US Pat. No. 10,137,822

HEADLAMP FASTENING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headlamp fastening system for a vehicle comprising:a vehicle wing fastening structure;
a radiator mounting structure;
a headlamp structure; and
a 1-valued alignment element configured to align and fix the headlamp structure with at least one of the vehicle wing fastening structure and the radiator mounting structure with respect to a z-direction relative to an x-, y-, and z-direction of the vehicle, wherein the 1-valued alignment element holds the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure in an alignment position, wherein the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure are relatively displaceable in the x-, y-, and z-direction relative to one another and wherein the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure with respect to the xy-plane such that the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure remain loose relative to one another; and a fixing position, wherein, upon the 1-valued alignment element fixing the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure, and the headlamp structure relative to one another with respect to the z-direction, the vehicle wing fastening structure, the radiator mounting structure and the headlamp structure simultaneously become fixed relative to one another in the x- and y-direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,821

LOW-BEAM-COLOR-TEMPERATURE-VARIABLE HEADLIGHT UNIT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A low-beam-color-temperature-variable headlight unit comprising:a case;
a condenser lens including a low-beam output surface from which a low beam outgoes, a light receiving surface located behind the low-beam output surface with respect to a front-back direction of the case;
a high-color-temperature light emitting diode located inside the case, at a position nearer to a center line of the light receiving surface than to a right end and a left end of the light receiving surface with respect to a right-left direction of the case, the high-color-temperature light emitting diode configured to illuminate a first illuminated area with light passing through the light receiving surface and outgoing from the low-beam output surface, and the high-color-temperature light emitting diode including a high-color-temperature light emitting surface from which high-color-temperature light is emitted;
a low-color-temperature light emitting diode located inside the case, side by side with the high-color-temperature light emitting diode in the right-left direction of the case, at a position nearer to the center line of the light receiving surface than to the right end and the left end of the light receiving surface with respect to the right-left direction of the case, the low-color-temperature light emitting diode configured to illuminate a second illuminated area, which overlaps the first illuminated area at least partly, with light passing through the light receiving surface and outgoing from the low-beam output surface, and the low-color-temperature light emitting diode including a low-color-temperature light emitting surface from which low-color-temperature light is emitted; and
a low-beam-color-temperature control unit capable of adjusting a color temperature of the low beam by adjusting a quantity of light emitted from the high-color-temperature light emitting diode and a quantity of light emitted from the low-color-temperature light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,137,820

EXPANDABLE HABITATION UNIT

1. A support apparatus for use with an expandable habitation unit having two side modules, a rear module and a roof module, the support apparatus comprising:a main frame independent of the habitation unit, the habitation unit surrounding substantially the entire main frame, the main frame having four upper horizontal bars, four lower horizontal bars, and four vertical bars connecting corners of the upper horizontal bars and the lower horizontal bars, two of the lower horizontal bars further include two arched wheel portions for location adjacent first and second wheels;
the roof module, the rear module and the two side modules being in communication with the main frame, each of the roof module, the rear module and the two side modules being actuated for movement relative to each other so as to vary the size of the habitation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,819

HOIST ASSEMBLY

Wastequip, LLC, Charlott...

1. A hoist assembly, comprising:a frame;
a first sheave assembly fixed relative to the frame, wherein the first sheave assembly comprises:
a first sheave comprising a first axis of rotation; and
a second sheave comprising a second axis of rotation oriented perpendicular to the first axis of rotation;
a second sheave assembly movable relative to the frame, wherein the second sheave assembly comprises:
a third sheave comprising a third axis of rotation; and
a fourth sheave comprising a fourth axis of rotation angularly-oriented relative to the third axis of rotation, wherein the third axis of rotation and the fourth axis of rotation are positioned in a plane; and
a cable engaged with the first sheave, the second sheave, the third sheave, and the fourth sheave.

US Pat. No. 10,137,817

SEED DISPENSING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

1. A seed dispensing system for delivering seed to a planter from a hopper bottom trailer, the system comprising:a main conduit that accepts the seed;
an auger within the main conduit, the auger transporting the seed through the main conduit;
a housing accepting seed from the trailer wherein the housing slidingly mounts onto the trailer;
a hopper of the trailer wherein the housing attaches to the trailer at the hopper below the trailer;
an attachment arm extending laterally outwards from the housing;
a trailer arm extending vertically below an opening in the trailer at the hopper wherein the trailer arm vertically supports the attachment arm of the housing, the attachment arm slidingly mounts above the trailer arm to secure the housing to the trailer wherein the attachment arm contacts the trailer arm below the opening;
a housing aperture of the housing that accepts seed from the trailer through the hopper;
an insertion aperture of the housing that accepts the auger, the auger transferring seed from the housing into the main conduit;
a dispensing conduit attached to the main conduit, the auger transporting the seed from the main conduit to the dispensing conduit, the seed exiting through the dispensing conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,815

TOWABLE ELECTRIC SWEEPER, DUMPSTER, AND POWER SOURCE

1. A towable trailer comprising:a rectangular frame with front, rear, left, and right sides supported by wheels mounted on its left and right sides and touching a road surface;
a towing assembly mounted to front of said frame for towing said trailer;
a rectangular rear panel attached perpendicular to and along rear edge of said frame with the bottom of said rear panel proximate to said frame and the top of said rear panel at least 60 inches above said road surface;
a hopper with front, rear, left, right, and bottom planes suitable for holding material and occupying space above and resting on said frame;
a hinging means attached to the top edge of said rear panel that mates with hinging means attached to the rear of said hopper allowing said hopper to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the top edge of said rear panel;
a platform adjoining rear, left and right sides of said frame;
an energy source; and
an actuator with two opposing ends with a first end attached to said platform and a second end attached to said hopper and powered by said energy source for rotating said hopper about said hinging means to such an angle so that said material is easily removed from said hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,814

VEHICLE TRAY

LEVEL SOLUTIONS, LLC, Ne...

1. A vehicle tray for retaining containers, comprising:(a) a tray portion comprising an upper surface, a lower surface, a proximal side, a distal side, a right lateral side, a left lateral side, and two or more openings;
(b) at least two receptacles, each receptacle being formed in an opening of the tray portion for retaining a container, wherein each receptacle comprises an interior surface, an exterior surface, an upper end, a lower end, one or more walls extending downwardly from the upper surface of the tray portion, and a floor formed in a lower end of the receptacle; and
(c) a central slot portion in a center of the tray comprising an upper end, a lower end, one or more walls extending downwardly from the upper end to the lower end, a base in the lower end, and a first slot, wherein the first slot comprises a horizontal longitudinal opening in the base, the opening extending upwardly at each longitudinal end of the first slot to form two upwardly extending openings in the walls of the central slot portion, wherein the first slot is positioned between at least two receptacles and is parallel to a side of the tray portion, and wherein the slot bifurcates the base of the central slot portion into two lateral sides and is sized to allow a vehicle restraining belt to fit within the slot and between the at least two receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,813

CONTROLLING A DEVICE DEPENDENT ON THE SEAT INCLINATION

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a seat having a backrest with an adjustable backrest inclination and/or a position of the seat being adjustable in a forward driving direction of the motor vehicle as provided during operation;
an interior device;
a controllable device;
a touch-sensitive screen, disposed in or on the interior device, configured to control the controllable device, the controllable device being a further screen physically separated from the touch-sensitive screen, at least one of an inclination, curvature, and a position of the touch-sensitive screen being adjustable relative to the interior device in the forward driving direction; and
a control device configured to control the at least one of the inclination, curvature and the position of the touch-sensitive screen based on at least one of the backrest inclination of the backrest and the position of the seat in the forward driving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,811

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat frame that includes a plurality of frame members joined to each other at a plurality of connection points in which a stress concentration occurs in the seat frame during a vehicle collision, the connection points being regions where joined frame members make surface contact with each other; and
a reinforcing member that is attached to at least one of the plurality of joined frame members such that the reinforcing member extends across and overlaps at least one connection point of at least one set of joined frame members of the plurality of joined frame members to disperse a stress from the stress concentration that occurs at the at least one connection point during the vehicle collision, and
the reinforcing member having a specific gravity smaller than a specific gravity of the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,810

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a seat cushion arrangement including a seat cushion having a seating surface; and
a positioning insert disposed below the seating surface of the seat cushion and having a first side oriented generally upward toward the seating surface of the seat cushion, and a second side oriented generally downward away from the seating surface of the seat cushion and including a plurality of first attachment features attached to a portion of the seat cushion arrangement, the first side including a back portion, a front portion, and a middle portion disposed between the front portion and the back portion, the middle portion being positioned lower than the front portion and the back portion such that the back portion inhibits rearward movement of a seated occupant beyond the back portion, and the front portion inhibits forward movement of a seated occupant, the positioning insert being located in the seat cushion such that it facilitates positioning of a seated occupant at a desired fore-aft position, and
wherein the seat cushion arrangement further includes a wireframe disposed below the seating surface and having a plurality of wireframe elements, the first attachment features being attached to at least one of the wireframe elements oriented in a first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,809

FLEXIBLE TANK WITH CAPE

2. A flexible tank for transporting bulk liquids or semi-liquid materials, comprising:at least one inner layer made of a flexible water-proof polymeric material, said at least one inner layer having first and second ends;
an outer shell made of a flexible polymeric material and forming an interior, said at least one inner layer positioned inside said interior of said outer shell, said outer shell having first and second ends;
a discharge valve extending through said outer shell and said at least one inner layer, said discharge valve being located near said first end of said at least one inner layer and said first end of said at least one outer shell; and
one cape that is generally rectangular in shape, centered along the longitudinal center of the outer shell, and has a constant width between 72 to 92 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,137,808

RECESSED SEAM STRUCTURE FOR COVER

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

1. A seat having a recessed seam, comprising:a cushion material;
a cover element covering the cushion material, the cover element including an outer surface and an inner surface, the cover element being attached to the cushion material;
a recessed seam defined in the cover element such that a predetermined portion of the cover element is recessed inwardly into the cushion material;
a mating fastener provided between the cover element and the cushion material at a location corresponding to the recessed seam, the mating fastener being configured to permit repeated coupling of the cover element and the cushion material, the mating fastener comprising:
a first fastener including a first engagement element, the first fastener being fixed to the inner surface of the cover element along the recessed seam;
a second fastener including a second engagement element, the second fastener having a base portion fixedly provided in the cushion material;
the first and second engagement elements being positioned in the cushion material to permit mutual engagement for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a joined condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby couple the cover element and the cushion material, and permit disengagement thereof from each other for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a separated condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby allow the cover element to be released from the cushion material; and
a slider configured to cause the mutual engagement and disengagement of the first engagement element and second engagement element, the slide being slidingly movable along the first and second engagement elements,
wherein the base portion of the second fastener is formed of an elongated planar material to provide an elongated planar base portion in the second fastener,
wherein the second fastener further includes an elongated rectangular base material having a first end provided with the second engagement element and a second end opposite to the first end,
wherein the elongated planar base portion of the second fastener is integrally fixed to the second end of the elongated rectangular base material to extend in a transverse direction of the elongated rectangular base material, and
wherein the elongated planar base portion is fixed to the cushion material in a direction along the recessed seam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,807

VENTILATED VEHICLE SEAT WITH BLIND COUPLING AND RELATED METHOD

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A ventilated automobile vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion sub-assembly including:
a foam core having an A-side and a B-side opposite the A-side;
a manifold providing fluid communication between a plurality of distributed manifold inlet/outlet openings and a primary manifold inlet/outlet opening, the manifold being coupled to the foam core with the primary manifold inlet/outlet opening fixedly positioned adjacent the B-side of the foam core; and
a blind coupling having a coupling frame surrounding and reinforcing the primary manifold inlet/outlet opening and a pair of front hook members and a pair of rear hook members extending from opposite sides of the coupling frame and away from the B-side of the foam core; and
a seat base sub-assembly including:
a blower unit coupled to a seat base member, the seat base sub-assembly having a front lip and a rear lip positioned on opposite sides of a blower inlet/outlet opening, and having a domed framework extending across the blower inlet/outlet opening;
wherein the front hook members are positioned relative to the coupling frame to hook the front lip to provide fore and aft positioning of the blind coupling relative to the blower inlet/outlet opening when the seat cushion sub-assembly is rotated with the B-side facing toward the seat base sub-assembly during an assembly operation; and
wherein the pair of front hook members and front lip are designed to permit the front hook members to slide laterally along the front lip and are positioned relative to the coupling frame to cause the coupling frame to engage the domed framework to provide lateral positioning of the blind coupling relative to the blower inlet/outlet opening when the front hook members are hooked to the front lip and the seat cushion sub-assembly is rotated during the assembly operation; and
wherein the pair of rear hook members extend from the coupling frame and hook the rear lip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,806

VEHICLE LOAD FLOOR ACCESS PANEL SYSTEM

1. A vehicle comprising:a load floor;
a storage compartment associated with the load floor;
a stowable seat having a seat structure coupled to the vehicle, the stowable seat configured to move between a deployed position and a stowed position where the stowable seat is stowed within the storage compartment; and
a load floor access panel assembly associated with the storage compartment and the stowable seat, the load floor access panel including a forward panel pivotally coupled to the load floor, and a rearward panel pivotally coupled to the forward panel, the load floor access panel assembly movable between an open position providing access to the storage compartment, and a closed position where the load floor access panel assembly is in a substantially flat load floor configuration covering the storage compartment;
wherein the rearward panel includes a channel formed therein configured to receive the seat structure when the stowable seat is in the deployed position and the load floor access panel is in the closed position, and a seat structure access panel pivotally coupled to the rearward panel and configured to move between a load floor position where the seat structure access panel covers the channel, and an access position where the seat structure access panel is pivoted away from the channel by the seat structure;
wherein the seat structure access panel is rotatably coupled to the rearward panel by a hinge coupling that includes a biasing mechanism configured to bias the seat structure access panel to the closed position within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,805

RECLINING BABY CAR SEAT

1. A reclining baby car seat comprising:a car seat base subassembly adapted to rest on a seat cushion of a vehicle and to securely fasten to the vehicle's lower anchors and tethers for children anchors;
a car seat passenger subassembly is slidably interconnected with the car seat base subassembly;
wherein the car seat passenger subassembly is able to move between an upright seating position and a reclining position;
wherein the car seat base subassembly comprises a car seat base, a left lower anchor strap, a right lower anchor strap, a left lower anchor connector, a right lower anchor connector, at least one gear rack, a left wheel channel, and a right wheel channel;
wherein a proximal end of the left lower anchor strap attaches securely to the left, rear section of the car seat base;
wherein a distal end of the left lower anchor strap attaches securely to the left lower anchor connector;
wherein a proximal end of the right lower anchor strap attaches securely to the right, rear section of the car seat base and a distal end of the right lower anchor strap attaches securely to the right lower anchor connector;
wherein the left lower anchor connector clips onto a vehicle left lower anchor and the right lower anchor connector clips onto a vehicle right lower anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,804

VEHICLE SEAT WITH A RECLINER

JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH, B...

1. A vehicle seat comprising a seat part relative to which a backrest is arranged so as to be rotatable about a backrest rotational axis;wherein the backrest is adjusted by means of a recliner and is able to be locked in a respective position on the seat part;
wherein the recliner comprises a recliner fitting with a positive and/or non-positive connecting means in form of a toothing, which cooperates positively and/or non-positively with a drive element and/or locking element;
wherein the drive element and/or locking element is connected rotatably to the backrest;
wherein a drive element and/or locking element rotational axis is disposed at an angle to the backrest rotational axis;
wherein the vehicle seat further comprises a drive, of which a rotational movement is transmittable to the drive element and/or locking element by means of a bevel gear mechanism; and
wherein the drive element and/or locking element is a worm and is configured to mesh with the toothing of the recliner fitting during this rotation, and as a result, the drive element and/or locking element moves along an outer periphery of the recliner fitting to drive the backrest; and
wherein the worm is flattened and/or recessed at least in a partial region of its periphery such that in this region the worm is not able to cooperate non-positively and/or positively with the toothing of the recliner fitting so the backrest may be adjusted relative to the recliner fitting;
wherein the worm is mounted rotatably and longitudinally displaceable on an axle; and
wherein the vehicle seat further comprises a spring means, said spring means being compressed or released during a longitudinal movement of the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,803

LONGITUDINAL ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

1. A longitudinal adjustment mechanism for a vehicle seat, the longitudinal adjustment mechanism comprising:at least one first seat rail;
at least one second seat rail that is displaceable relative to the first seat rail;
a spindle assigned to the first seat rail, for interacting with a gearbox that is assigned to the second seat rail;
at least one spindle holder fixing the spindle relative to the first seat rail; and
a floor connection for connecting the first seat rail to a vehicle structure, wherein:
the floor connection and the at least one spindle holder are components that are configured so as to be mutually separate; and
the at least one spindle holder has one web, two first limbs, two second limbs, and two flanges; or
the at least one spindle holder is H-shaped, wherein the at least one spindle holder has two flanges which are interconnected by means of a web.

US Pat. No. 10,137,802

DETECTING OCCUPANT PRESENCE ON A VEHICLE SEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a bladder disposed in a vehicle seat;
a pump;
a pressure sensor;
a conduit that connects the pump to the bladder;
a T-section that connects the conduit to the pressure sensor;
a switch to actuate the pump to at least one of inflate and deflate the bladder with fluid; and
a controller having a processor and a memory, the memory having stored instructions executable by the processor to detect that the pump has been actuated, and then, if actuation of the pump was detected, determine that an occupant is present in a vehicle seat according to two or more data received from the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,801

CONDUCTOR LINE, CURRENT COLLECTOR, AND CONDUCTOR LINE SYSTEM

CONDUCTIX-WAMPFLER GMBH, ...

1. A conductor line for supplying at least one electrical load traveling on the conductor line in a longitudinal direction with electrical power, the conductor line comprising:at least one conductor strand running in the longitudinal direction;
an electrically-conducting conductor profile for contacting a sliding contact of the at least one electrical load; and
at least one signal transmission device running in the longitudinal direction, the at least one signal transmission device including an elongated, slotted waveguide;
wherein the elongated, slotted waveguide and the electrically-conducting conductor profile are designed and formed as one component from an electrically-conducting material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,800

POWER FEEDING DEVICE AND CONTACT POWER FEEDING SYSTEM

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

1. An electrical power supplying device for supplying electrical power in a contact manner to a pair of power receiving elements of a charging arm that extends outwardly in a vehicle transverse direction from an electric vehicle, comprising:a pair of power lines configured to extend along a travel path of the electric vehicle in a state enabling contact with the pair of the power receiving elements, and electrical power being supplied to the power lines;
a pair of insulators configured to retain the respective power lines; and
a base member containing a pair of retaining plates to which the respective insulators are fixed, and being disposed on an opposite side from the travel path with respect to the pair of power lines, wherein the base member includes a substantially constant thickness plate having a vertically flat center portion mounted to a post, and upwardly and downwardly inclined portions forming the pair of retaining plates;
wherein the base member is configured to ensure an insulating distance between the pair of power lines such that the base member is spaced apart from the pair of power lines, and to orient a contact portion of one of the power lines with respect to the charging arm in an upwardly inclined manner toward the side of the travel path, and to orient a contact portion of another of the power lines with respect to the charging arm in a downwardly inclined manner toward the side of the travel path,
wherein each of the insulators has a length along a longitudinal direction of corresponding one of the power lines, the length of each of the insulators being not the same as a length of the corresponding one of the power lines.

US Pat. No. 10,137,799

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE ELECTRIC DRIVES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric-drive vehicle comprising:first and second propulsive drive units coupled to front and rear axles of the vehicle respectively, each drive unit exhibiting power loss change with respect to torque changes over a plurality of operating conditions; and
a controller programmed to increase a proportion of propulsive torque provided by the first drive unit in response to a change in the operating conditions resulting in a rate of power loss change of the second drive unit increasing relative to that of the first drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,798

BUSBARS FOR A POWER MODULE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle power module assembly comprising:a horizontally stacked frame array;
a plurality of power stages, each housed within one of the frames, including a pair of opposite polarity terminals extending external to a respective frame, and arranged such that like polarity terminals are adjacent one another; and
busbars located external to the frames to electrically connect adjacent pairs of like polarity terminals in a horizontal line orientation relative to a horizontal frame stack orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,797

BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE ESTIMATION BASED ON CURRENT PULSE DURATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery; and
a controller coupled to the traction battery to operate the traction battery according to a state of charge derived from a resistance value and, in response to a duration of current flow through the traction battery exceeding a predetermined duration, change the resistance value from a second resistance value to a first resistance value that is greater than the second resistance value to compensate the state of charge for a change in voltage drop caused by diffusion processes within the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,137,796

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD THEREOF

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A control system for an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) including a plurality of electric vehicle supply devices including a first electric vehicle supply device, the plurality of electric vehicle supply devices being structured to charge a plurality of electric vehicles, the control system comprising:a central controller configured to receive an ancillary service order from a power grid structured to request ancillary service during an ancillary service period, generate a plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders including a first coordinated ancillary service order, and distribute the plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders to a plurality of local controllers including a first local controller;
wherein the plurality of local controllers are each configured to control the plurality of electric vehicle supply devices in real time using the plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders so as to coordinate ancillary service to the power grid during the entire ancillary service period,
wherein each coordinated ancillary service order includes an ancillary service providing time period and a battery charging time period, and
wherein the ancillary service providing time period of the first coordinated ancillary service order includes a first time period during which the first local controller operates the first electric vehicle supply device so as to prepare for future ancillary service by regulating energy in a battery of an electric vehicle and a second time period during which the first local controller operates the first electric vehicle supply device so as to provide ancillary service following the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,137,795

PERFORMING ACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONNECTED VEHICLE

Recargo, Inc., El Segund...

1. A method, comprising:receiving data collected by an on-board diagnostic system of a controller area network of an electric vehicle;
comparing the collected data to data previously collected from controller area networks of a group of electric vehicles having a same make and model as a make and model of the electric vehicle;
identifying a potential failure event for a battery pack of the electric vehicle when data collected from the electric vehicle matches one or more data patterns associated with known failure events at battery packs for the group of electric vehicles; and
performing an action in response to the identified potential failure event,
wherein the performed action includes generating and transmitting an alert message that identifies the potential failure event for the battery of the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,794

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A method for wireless charging, the method comprising:aligning an energized charging pad of a charger with a receiver charging pad of a device being charged using alignment data from an electronic compass;
transferring energy by an electromagnetic field from the energized charging pad of a charger to the receiver charging pad of a device being charged; and
using PLC (power line communications) for communications between the charger and the device being charged, wherein the using PLC for communications further comprises using the electromagnetic field between the energized charging pad and the receiver charging pad for the communications.

US Pat. No. 10,137,793

WIPER RING AND CHARGING PILE USING SAME

ScienBiziP Consulting(She...

1. A wiper ring configured for being applied in a charging pile, the wiper ring comprising:a ring body having a radial outer side surface and a radial inner side surface, the radial inner surface being opposite from the radial outer side surface in a radial direction of the ring body;
a mounting portion located on the radial outer side surface, the mounting portion being configured for coupling the wiper ring to the charging pile; and
a plurality of brushes arranged on the radial inner side surface of the ring body, each of the plurality of brushes having an end fixed to the radial inner side surface of the ring body and the other end, opposite to the end, facing a center of the ring body or a defined point of the ring body;
wherein the plurality of brushes cooperatively form a through-hole having a diameter for allowing a cable of the charging pile to pass through, and the diameter of the through-hole is less than that of the cable; and
wherein the mounting portion is a ring groove defined along a circumferential periphery of the radial outer side surface, the ring groove is plugged into by a sidewall of the cable through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,792

VEHICLE CONTROL BASED ON LITHIUM PLATING DETECTION IN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery having a plurality of cells; and
a controller in communication with the traction battery and programmed to control the traction battery responsive to detection of lithium plating in at least one cell of the plurality of cells based on a differential cell voltage of the at least one cell relative to an associated threshold, wherein the controller is further programmed to identify a lithium plated cell based on a relationship between open circuit voltage and state of charge (SOC) of the traction battery for SOC values below a threshold after discharging of the traction battery for a predetermined time to allow completion of lithium stripping.

US Pat. No. 10,137,791

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE CONVERTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle converter, comprising the steps of:acquiring, by a controller, a required maximum voltage and a required minimum voltage of a first motor and a second motor using a required torque and a rotation speed of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor using the rotation speed and a magnetic flux of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, a corrected voltage command using the voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, an output voltage command of the converter using the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor, the corrected voltage command, and a voltage of a battery; and
controlling, by the controller, an output voltage of the converter using the output voltage command of the converter,
wherein the step of acquiring the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage further comprises the steps of:
deriving the required maximum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required maximum voltage; and
deriving the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required minimum voltage, and
wherein the step of acquiring the corrected voltage command further comprises the steps of:
determining, by the controller, a greater voltage command by comparing the voltage command of the first motor with the voltage command of the second motor;
calculating, by the controller, a difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor;
deriving, by the controller, a correction value from map data, an input of which is the difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor, and an output of which is the correction value; and
acquiring, by the controller, the corrected voltage command by subtracting the correction value from the greater voltage command.

US Pat. No. 10,137,790

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NOISE REDUCTION IN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE POWERTRAIN WITH MULTI-THREE-PHASE ELECTRIC DRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric machine configured with at least two sets of three phase windings;
a plurality of power switches configured to selectively couple voltage terminals to each of the phase windings; and
a controller programmed to operate the power switches according to a switching pattern, for each of the sets, updated at intervals defined by a switching frequency and defined so that each of the sets achieves a same reference voltage vector using switching patterns that are different during each one of the intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,137,789

SIGNAL PIN ARRANGEMENT FOR MULTI-DEVICE POWER MODULE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A power module comprising:a first insulating substrate having a bonded copper layer on a first side defining circuit traces, a plurality of first signal pins, and a plurality of power terminals, wherein the first signal pins and power terminal are coplanar and each cantilevers beyond an edge of the first substrate;
at least one semiconductor chip containing a power transistor and having a side soldered to a respective circuit trace on the first substrate that extends to one of the power terminals;
a second insulating substrate parallel to the first substrate and having a bonded copper layer on an interior side facing the first side and defining circuit traces and a plurality of second signal pins, wherein the second signal pins are coplanar and each cantilevers beyond an edge of the second substrate, wherein the chip includes a plurality of signal pads, wherein a first group of the signal pads are each connected to a respective first signal pin, and wherein a second group of the signal pads are each connected to a respective second signal pin;
a plurality of spacers each soldered between the first side and the interior side; and
an encapsulating body securing the substrates, chip, and spacers, wherein the signal pins and power terminals extend through the encapsulating body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,788

POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A power electronic device, comprising:at least one inductor configured to couple to a first capacitor and a second capacitor; and
a controller configured to control a first current conducting through the inductor and a second current conducting through the inductor, wherein the first and second currents conduct in opposite directions with respect to each other, and the first and second currents interact with each other through the inductor such that a net direct current (DC) component through the inductor is approximately zero, wherein the controller is configured to cause a spectrum to be created in a fifth current associated with the second capacitor via time interleaving, such that the first current is phase shifted with respect to the third current.

US Pat. No. 10,137,787

REGENERATIVE CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR, REGENERATIVE DRIVER FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR, AND POWER-ASSISTED VEHICLE

TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD., T...

1. A regenerative controller for an electric motor that supplies driving power to a vehicle and that regeneratively charges a power storage device in the vehicle, comprising:a wheel rotation detection unit to be provided on the vehicle detecting a rotation amount of one of wheels of the vehicle;
a crank rotation detection unit to be provided on the vehicle detecting a rotation amount of a crank that is configured to be rotatable by a user so as to drive one of the wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller that calculates a first value based on the detected rotation amount of said one of the wheels, a second value based on the detected rotation amount of the crank, and a control parameter based on at least the second value among the first value and the second value, the controller determining whether to perform regeneration charging of the power storage device via the electric motor based on a relative difference between the first value and the second value, and when the regeneration charging is determined to be performed, the controller determining a regeneration amount of the electric motor in accordance with said control parameter, and controlling the electric motor such that the electric motor regeneratively charges the power storage device at the determined regeneration amount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,786

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control device, which is to be applied to a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a regenerative braking device configured to generate electric power by a wheel rotated by an external force and to recover the generated electric power to an in-vehicle battery, to thereby apply a regenerative braking force to the wheel,the vehicle control device comprising:
position setting means configured to set, when the vehicle is predicted to decelerate based on position information of the vehicle, a position at which the deceleration is predicted to be finished as a target deceleration end position;
regeneration enhancement control means configured to carry out regeneration enhancement control, which is control of using the regenerative braking device to decelerate the vehicle so that electric energy recovered to the in-vehicle battery when an accelerator pedal is released increases during deceleration of the vehicle to which the target deceleration end position is set as compared to deceleration of the vehicle to which the target deceleration end position is not set;
tuck-in suppression control means configured to carry out tuck-in suppression control, which is control of suppressing a tuck-in by decreasing a deceleration at which the vehicle decelerates by a return operation of the accelerator pedal in a case when a tuck-in will be caused by the return operation of the accelerator pedal during a turn of the vehicle; and
prioritization means configured to prioritize the tuck-in suppression control over the regeneration enhancement control so that the tuck-in suppression control by the tuck-in suppression control means and the regeneration enhancement control by the regeneration enhancement control means are not simultaneously carried out.

US Pat. No. 10,137,785

CURRENT COLLECTOR SYSTEM HAVING TELESCOPIC ARM FOR CRANES, CONTAINER CRANES, ERTGS, AND CONVEYING DEVICES

1. A current collector system for a vehicle which can be moved in a longitudinal direction along a power rail arrangement, the current collector system including:at least one current collector trolley;
one or more current collector contacts arranged on the at least one current collector trolley and configured to be connected to power rails of the power rail arrangement;
a telescopic arm configured to be fixed to the vehicle; and
an adjustment drive comprising at least one rigid chain arrangement and at least a first rigid chain drive,
wherein the adjustment drive is configured to extend and/or retract the telescopic arm, and
wherein the telescopic arm comprises at least one telescopable telescopic stage, wherein an end of the rigid chain arrangement is connected to a most extendible telescopic stage of the at least one telescopable telescopic stage or to the current collector trolley in a fixed manner or is configured to be connected by means of a locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,137,784

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A controller for an electric vehicle configured so as to be used in an electric vehicle, the electric vehicle comprising:a motor which is connected to drive wheels of the electric vehicle via a differential gear and a drive shaft, and which is configured to generate a braking or driving torque for each of the drive wheels;
a mechanical braking device capable of independently generating a braking force for each of the drive wheels; and
a wheel speed sensor configured to detect a rotation speed of each of the drive wheels of the electric vehicle,
wherein the controller is configured to
calculate a vehicle speed of the electric vehicle;
calculate a slip ratio of each of the drive wheels based on the calculated vehicle speed and the detected wheel speed of each of the drive wheels, and when a slip ratio of a predetermined slip ratio or more is detected, suppress a slip state so that the slip ratio of each of the drive wheels is a target motor slip ratio;
reduce a torque absolute value of the motor so that the slip ratio of each of the drive wheels is the target motor slip ratio; and
apply, by the mechanical braking device, a larger braking force to, of the right drive wheel and the left drive wheel, the drive wheel having a higher wheel speed than the drive wheel having a lower wheel speed when the reduction in the torque absolute value of the motor causes the rotation speed of either of the drive wheels to fall below the target motor slip ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,137,783

HIGH-VOLTAGE VEHICLE NETWORK OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, QUICK-BREAK SWITCH AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE HIGH-VOLTAGE VEHICLE NETWORK

1. A high-voltage vehicle network of a motor vehicle, the high-voltage network comprising:a high-voltage battery;
a consumer network;
an electrical cable connecting said high-voltage battery to said consumer network;
a quick-break switch for disconnecting said high-voltage battery from said consumer network, said quick-break switch receiving an airbag signal, said quick-break switch containing a relay drive, an auxiliary drive having an activation cable and receiving the airbag signal, a magnetic drive with a control cable connected to said relay drive, and a relay with two relay contacts, said relay being open when not electrically powered; and
said magnetic drive having a movable impact armature, said auxiliary drive acting on said movable impact armature.

US Pat. No. 10,137,782

VEHICULAR POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicular power distribution system which distributes power from a power source to a plurality of systems in a vehicle and then supplies the powers to a plurality of electric devices via predetermined wire harnesses, comprising:a first power control box which is configured to distribute the power;
a second power control box which is configured to distribute the power; and
a main connection cable which electrically connects the first power control box and the second power control box, wherein
the second power control box includes a first voltage converter which generates output power of second voltage lower than a first voltage determined in advance from input power of the first voltage, and a second voltage converter which generates output power of third voltage higher than the first voltage from the input power of the first voltage,
the first power control box supplies the power of the first voltage to the main connection cable,
the second power control box receives the power of the first voltage from the main connection cable, and generates the output power of the second and third voltages by the first and second voltage converters based on the power of first voltage, and
a number of voltage levels of power passing through the main connection cable is smaller than each of a number of voltage levels outputted from the first power control box and a number of voltage levels outputted from the second power control box.

US Pat. No. 10,137,781

INPUT DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An input device mounted on a vehicle with a display device, the input device comprising:an operation surface, on which an operation body performs an input;
a distance acquisition unit that acquires a distance between the operation surface and the operation body;
a display control unit that detects a movement of the operation body on the operation surface, and switches the display screen;
a guide unit that is arranged at a position separated from the operation surface by a predetermined distance along a direction toward the operation surface, and has a predetermined length;
a mode switching operation detection unit that detects the movement of the operation body along the guide unit; and
a mode switching unit that switches between an aerial operation prohibition mode for reflecting only the movement of the operation body, in which a distance between the operation surface and the operation body is within a predetermined distance, on a switching operation of the display screen, and an aerial operation permission mode for additionally reflecting an operation of the moving body, in which the distance between the operation surface and the operation body exceeds the predetermined distance, on the switching operation of the display screen, wherein:
the mode switching unit switches the aerial operation prohibition mode to the aerial operation permission mode when the mode switching operation detection unit detects that the operation body moves along the guide unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,780

LED INDICATING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A VEHICLE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

Magneti Marelli S.p.A., ...

1. An LED indicating device, in particular for a vehicle instrument cluster, the device comprising:a plate comprising at least one light permeable portion, the light permeable portion having a rear surface;
a plurality of LED sources arranged in a position spaced apart from said rear surface;
a light guide comprising a body distinct from said plate and interposed between said LED sources and said rear surface;
a control unit acting to control the power supply to said LED sources;
said body having a first surface facing said LED sources and a second surface facing said rear surface and including:
a matrix made of a light impermeable material;
a plurality of light permeable elements, which are embedded in said matrix and continuously extend from said first surface to said second surface;wherein:said light permeable elements are embedded in said matrix in positions spaced apart from one another;
said second surface is spaced apart from said rear surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,779

VEHICULAR IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICULAR IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular image display device that controls a display of a display screen mounted at a position visible from a driver seat, comprising:a detection unit that detects a travel start of a vehicle in response to a detection of a driving load applied to a driver of the vehicle;
a setting image display unit that displays a setting image for setting a plurality of operation contents for a vehicle-mounted device, the plurality of operation contents in the setting image indicate different operations of the vehicle-mounted device which are allowed under the driving load currently applied to the driver;
an image change unit that changes the setting image of the display screen to a setting disable image indicating that the setting of the plurality of operation contents for the vehicle-mounted device is disabled and including a display of a vehicle speed when the detection unit detects the travel start of the vehicle; and
a previous notice execution unit that executes a previous notice display by continuously moving a boundary between an area in which the setting image is displayed and an area in which the setting disable image is displayed on the display screen so as to increase the area of the setting disable image, prior to a change to the setting disable image,
wherein
during a moving of the boundary between the area in which the setting image is displayed and the area in which the setting disable image is displayed,
the image change unit:
forbids a display of one or more of the plurality of operation contents which is not allowed to be operated under the driving load currently applied to the driver; and
displays remaining of the plurality of operation contents which is allowed to operate under the driving load currently applied to the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,778

CONTENT STARTUP CONTROL DEVICE, CONTENT STARTUP METHOD, AND CONTENT STARTUP SYSTEM

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A content startup control device comprising:a user interface that receives an instruction from a user to select a content among a plurality of contents of a different type;
an interface circuit that acquires current information from a vehicle and/or current information on traveling as a temporary vehicle information;
a memory that stores a recorded vehicle information, which is extracted from the temporary vehicle information acquired by the interface circuit when the content is selected or started up in response to the instruction received by the user interface, as a startup record of the content; and
a central processing unit that creates a startup condition under which the content is to be started up based on the startup record;
wherein, if the recorded vehicle information corresponds to the startup condition, the central processing unit proposes startup of a content related to the startup condition or starts up the content related to the startup condition; and
wherein the memory extracts a part of the temporary vehicle information as the recorded vehicle information depending on the type of the content.

US Pat. No. 10,137,777

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE SYSTEM CONTROL BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL TRAITS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle based on a physiological trait, comprising:receiving physiological data from one or more physiological sensors, the physiological data including at least one of a blood pressure, a pulse rate, a body temperature, a respiration rate, a blood sugar and a blood alcohol level;
processing the received physiological data, by a processor, and determining, by the processor, one or more physiological conditions based on the received physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors;
processing the received physiological data, by the processor, and determining, by the processor, one or more physiological changes based on a comparison of a baseline reading of the physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors and a subsequent reading of the physiological data from the one or more physiological sensors;
based on the determined one or more physiological changes, retrieving, by the processor, a setting associated with the determined one or more physiological changes and outputting, by the processor, one or more control signals to a vehicle system to control an operation of the vehicle system based on the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological changes;
outputting, by the processor, a prompt based on the determined one or more physiological conditions;
determining, by the processor, whether the prompt has been dismissed; and
based on the determining that the prompt has not been dismissed, retrieving, by the processor, the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological conditions and outputting, by the processor, one or more control signals to a vehicle control system to operate the vehicle autonomously based on the setting associated with the determined one or more physiological conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,776

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising:circuitry configured to
monitor whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
decelerate said vehicle to automatically stop said vehicle after a conclusive abnormality determination time point which is a time point when said circuitry finalizes a determination that said driver is in said abnormal state;
determine whether or not said vehicle is in a deceleration prohibition situation based on at least one set of self-vehicle information on a traveling state of said vehicle, information on a vehicle speed of another vehicle traveling around said vehicle, information on a speed limit of a road on which said vehicle is traveling, information on weather condition around said vehicle, and information on a road surface condition of said road on which said vehicle is traveling; and
prohibit said deceleration of said vehicle when it is determined that said vehicle is in said deceleration prohibition situation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,775

VEHICLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driveshaft selectively coupled to outputs of first and second axles by first and second clutches, respectively; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a command to reconnect the driveshaft to the outputs of the first and second axles, close the second clutch to transfer loads from the second axle to the driveshaft, adjust a slip speed of the first clutch to within a target range, and close the first clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,774

CONTROL DEVICE FOR 4WD VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control device for a 4WD vehicle, the 4WD vehicle including a driving force source, main driving wheels, auxiliary driving wheels, a driving force transmission shaft, a first disconnection mechanism, and a second disconnection mechanism, the driving force transmission shaft configured to transmit part of power of the driving force source transmitted to the main driving wheels to the auxiliary driving wheels during 4WD traveling, the first disconnection mechanism disposed on the driving force source side of the driving force transmission shaft, the second disconnection mechanism disposed on the auxiliary driving wheels side of the driving force transmission shaft, the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being configured to disconnect a power transmission path between the driving force source and the auxiliary driving wheels, the 4WD traveling being traveling with the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being engaged, one of the first disconnection mechanism and the second disconnection mechanism being a clutch, the clutch having a first rotating member and a second rotating member configured to rotate relative to the first rotating member, and the clutch being configured to control an engagement force while synchronizing a rotation speed of the first rotating member and a rotation speed of the second rotating member, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
execute engagement control for controlling the engagement force of the clutch such that the driving force transmission shaft is maintained in a state prior to an initiation of a continuous increase in the rotation speed of the driving force transmission shaft, and
control the engagement force of the clutch based on a temperature of a hydraulic oil at the initiation of the engagement control, the hydraulic oil lubricates at least the first rotating member or the second rotating member, and the clutch is configured to cause an increase of the rotation speed of the first rotating member or the rotation speed of the second rotating member as a result of the engagement of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,773

NON-LINEAR SPRING MECHANISM

Ford Global Technologis, ...

1. A refilling system of a vehicle comprising:a fluid port having an interior passage and a main opening positioned forward of the interior passage;
a sealing door pivotably coupled to the fluid port, downstream of the main opening, the sealing door angled relative to a central port axis, where the main opening is only covered by the sealing door and no additional caps; and
a spring mechanism having a fixed spring arm coupled to the fluid port and a pivotable spring arm coupled to the sealing door, the fixed spring arm rotatably coupled to the pivotable spring arm via a spring hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,772

TANK LID UNIT AND FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tank lid unit that is installed at a through hole of a fuel tank and houses a drive circuit for driving a fuel pump in the fuel tank, comprising:a resin lid main body that is made of a resin material and closes the through hole;
a metal housing that is made of a metal material and internally houses the drive circuit; and
a first assembling structure and a second assembling structure which are disposed on both sides of the metal housing in a reference radial direction of the resin lid main body, and which assemble the metal housing above the resin lid main body, wherein
each of the first assembling structure and the second assembling structure includes:
a metal rod that is made of a metal material;
a resin protrusion that is formed integrally with the resin lid main body and protrudes upward from the resin lid main body at a place spaced away from the metal housing laterally along the reference radial direction, the resin protrusion being fixedly fitted to the metal rod due to the metal rod being inserted through the resin protrusion; and
a metal protrusion that is formed integrally with the metal housing and protrudes from the metal housing laterally along the reference radial direction, the metal protrusion providing a gap in the reference radial direction between the metal protrusion and the metal rod due to the metal rod being inserted through the metal protrusion,
a total dimension of a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side opposite to the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side opposite to the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than a difference in a thermal expansion amount between the resin lid main body and the metal housing in the reference radial direction when a temperature exceeds a reference temperature,
a total dimension of a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side toward the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side toward the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than a difference in a thermal shrinkage amount between the resin lid main body and the metal housing in the reference radial direction when the temperature falls below the reference temperature, and
a total dimension of a spacing dimension between the resin protrusion and the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension between the resin protrusion and the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than the difference in the thermal shrinkage amount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,771

CANISTER

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A canister comprising:a canister case including a tank port configured to communicate with a fuel tank, a purge port configured to communicate with an intake passage of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, and an atmospheric port opened to the atmosphere; and
an adsorbent disposed in the canister case and confiqured to adsorb and desorb fuel vapor from the tank port; wherein:
the canister case having a longitudinal axis and comprising:
a case body having a tubular peripheral wall portion extending in an axial direction and an end wall portion closing a first end of the peripheral wall portion; and
a cover having an end wall portion closing a second end of the peripheral wall portion of the case body;
two of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port are positioned side-by-side on the end wall portion of the case body or the end wall portion of the cover; and
the remaining one of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port, an accessory component mount portion configured to couple to an accessory component for communication with the remaining one of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port, and a vehicle mount portion confiqured to be mounted to the vehicle are formed on the other of the end wall portion of the case body and the end wall portion of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,137,770

EXHAUST DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. An exhaust device for a motorcycle having a pipe section extending below an engine for guiding an exhaust gas therefrom rearwardly with respect to a vehicle body and housing a catalyzer therein, and a muffler connected to a rear end of said pipe section, comprising:an upstream oxygen sensor positioned upstream of said catalyzer and a downstream oxygen sensor positioned downstream of said catalyzer, wherein
said downstream oxygen sensor is disposed in either a position overlapping a stand device for supporting a vehicle as viewed from below the vehicle body when said stand device is stored, or a position overlapping a stand receiver for abutting against said stand device as viewed from below the vehicle body when said stand device is stored,
said pipe section includes a larger-diameter portion having an increased diameter for housing said catalyzer therein,
said larger-diameter portion is positioned below a cylinder block of said engine and in front of a crankcase of said engine,
said engine has a cylinder whose cylinder axis is inclined forwardly of the vehicle body with respect to a vertical direction,
said larger-diameter portion is disposed such that said larger-diameter portion has an axis substantially parallel to said cylinder axis,
said upstream oxygen sensor and said downstream oxygen sensor are mounted outwardly from the insides of said pipe section and said muffler in the vehicle widthwise direction,
said downstream oxygen sensor is positioned to overlap with both of a part of said stand device and said stand receiver as viewed from below the vehicle body, and
the front, rear and lower sides of said downstream oxygen sensor are covered with a plate-like member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,769

CENTER MOUNTED AIR CHUTE FOR A REAR MOUNTED ENGINE

Stephen Kariniemi, Scott...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cargo compartment;
a cargo compartment support section having a lateral plane;
an engine air intake, located forward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and substantially perpendicular to the ground;
an air chute comprising a closed bottom portion and the air chute is located rearward of the engine air intake;
wherein the engine radiator is mounted rearward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and rearward of the air chute;
wherein the air chute has a center portion located between the engine air intake and the engine radiator and the center portion has a substantially flat top portion and the substantially flat top portion has a height at its mid portion that is less than the engine air intake height and the engine radiator height and the substantially flat top portion extends up into the passenger compartment; and
wherein said center portion of the air chute is positioned along a longitudinal center line of the cargo compartment support section and is positioned to be used as a center console in the cargo compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,768

AIR DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A FARM MACHINE

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. An air delivery system for a farm machine having an exhaust duct configured to receive exhaust from an engine, the air delivery system comprising:a first rotary blower including a housing and having a first rotor and a second rotor rotatably disposed in the housing, the first and second rotors having meshed lobes for transporting air from an inlet port to an outlet port, the first rotary blower further including a first rotor shaft and a second rotor shaft rotatably supported by the housing and having the first and second rotors, respectively, fixed for rotation therewith;
a first aftertreatment enclosure configured to receive and surround a first portion of the exhaust duct and having a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, wherein the first inlet receives the engine exhaust from the engine and the second inlet receives a first portion of cooling air from the rotary blower to reduce a temperature of the engine exhaust passing through the first aftertreatment enclosure, wherein the engine exhaust exits the first aftertreatment enclosure through the first outlet, and the cooling air is vented to ambient air through the second outlet; and
a second aftertreatment enclosure configured to receive and surround a second portion of the exhaust duct and having a third inlet, a fourth inlet, a third outlet, and a fourth outlet, wherein the third inlet receives the engine exhaust from the engine and the second inlet receives a second portion of cooling air to further reduce a temperature of the engine exhaust received from the first aftertreatment enclosure and passing through the second aftertreatment enclosure, wherein the engine exhaust exits the second aftertreatment enclosure through the third outlet, and the second portion of cooling air is vented to ambient air through the fourth outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,767

POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission unit for a vehicle, comprising:a prime mover including a main prime mover, a first motor and a second motor;
a transmission that transmits torque between the main prime mover and drive wheels and between the first motor and the drive wheels;
a locking device that selectively halts a rotation of an output shaft of the main prime mover by bringing a rotary member into engagement to a stationary member;
a transmission case holding the first motor, the second motor, the transmission, and the locking device;
a first torque limiter that is disposed between the main prime mover and the locking device to restrict torque transmitted between the drive wheels and the main prime mover; and
a second torque limiter that is held in the transmission case to restrict torque transmitted between the drive wheels and the locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,766

RETRACTABLE TRUCK BED COVER HAVING SLAT ARRAY WITH FLEXIBLE JOINER MEMBERS AND SHIELDED SEAMS

ROLL-N-LOCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A cover for a truck bed, the cover comprising:a plurality of adjacent slats, each of the plurality of adjacent slats comprising:
a trailing edge;
a leading edge being on an opposite side of a width of the slat from the trailing edge;
an outer planar slat surface;
an inner planar slat surface;
a thickness between the outer planar surface of the slat and the inner planar surface of the slat;
a first step nib on the leading edge of the slat; and
a second step nib on the trailing edge of the slat, the second step nib configured to mate with the first step nib of an adjacent slat to form a closed joint limiting access from outside when the cover is in a closed extended position;
wherein the first step nib and the second step nip of each of the plurality of slats are located within the thickness of the slat.

US Pat. No. 10,137,765

FRONT-AND-REAR SPLIT DOORS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

SHENZHEN ZHILUN DRIVING T...

1. A front-and-rear split door, used in an electric vehicle, comprising a vehicle body and a passenger compartment disposed on the vehicle body, wherein the front-and-rear split door comprises a front compartment door and a rear compartment door configured to open or close the passenger compartment, wherein the front compartment door and the rear compartment door are provided above the passenger compartment, wherein the front compartment door comprises a front cover and two front doors respectively connected to two sides of the front cover, the rear compartment door comprises a rear cover and two rear doors respectively connected to two sides of the rear cover;a front end of the front compartment door is connected to the vehicle body via a first hinge assembly, a rear end of the rear compartment door is connected to the vehicle body via a second hinge assembly; and
the electric vehicle further comprises a first turning mechanism configured to control the front compartment door to turn outwardly about the first hinge assembly and a second turning mechanism configured to control the rear compartment door to turn outwardly about the second hinge assembly, and a first linkage turning device configured to turn each of the two front doors in a linkage manner when turned with the front compartment door and a second linkage turning device configured to turn each of the two rear doors in a linkage manner when turned with the rear compartment door,
wherein the front compartment door and/or the rear compartment door is provided with an air window.

US Pat. No. 10,137,764

ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW CONTROL SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window control system comprising:a plurality of electro-optic windows each having a variable transmittance level;
a portable control unit for generating wireless control signals for controlling transmittance levels of the plurality of electro-optic windows; and
a plurality of window control circuits each coupled to a respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows and each comprising a transceiver for receiving the wireless control signals from the portable control unit, and each configured to adjust the transmittance level of the respective one of the plurality of electro-optic windows in response to a wireless control signal received by the transceiver from the portable control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,763

HEAT-PUMP-TYPE VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A heat-pump-type vehicle air-conditioning system comprising:a cooling refrigerant circuit in which an electric compressor, a vehicle exterior heat exchanger, a receiver, a first decompression means, a vehicle interior evaporator provided in an HVAC unit are connected in this order;
a heater core that is disposed on a downstream side of the vehicle interior evaporator in the HVAC unit, and in which a heat medium including hot water is capable of being circulated;
a refrigerant/heat medium heat exchanger that is provided in a discharge pipe of the electric compressor, and exchanges heat between the heat medium circulated in the heater core, and refrigerant gas discharged from the electric compressor;
a heating bypass circuit having a first end connected to the discharge pipe of the electric compressor through a switching means on a downstream side of the refrigerant/heat medium heat exchanger, and a second end connected to the receiver;
a second circuit that is connected between an outlet side of the receiver and a first end side of the vehicle exterior heat exchanger, and has a second decompression means; and
a third circuit that is connected between a second end side of the vehicle exterior heat exchanger and an intake circuit of the electric compressor, and has a solenoid valve which is opened during heating, wherein
a heating refrigerant circuit is capable of being configured by connecting the electric compressor, the refrigerant/heat medium heat exchanger, the switching means, the heating bypass circuit, the receiver, the second circuit having the second decompression means, the vehicle exterior heat exchanger, and the third circuit having the solenoid valve in this order,
the downstream side of the refrigerant/heat medium heat exchanger is directly connected to the second end side of the vehicle exterior heat exchanger through the switching means,
the switching means and the receiver are directly connected by the heating bypass circuit, and
in a heating mode, when the vehicle exterior heat exchanger is frosted, the heating refrigerant circuit is switched to the cooling refrigerant circuit, and a high-temperature and high-pressure refrigerant which passes through the refrigerant/heat medium heat exchanger is directly introduced into the vehicle exterior heat exchanger, so that defrosting is possible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,762

VEHICULAR ADSORPTION TYPE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular adsorption type air conditioning device comprising: a heater core and an interior heat exchanger that perform heat exchange between air inside a vehicle cabin and a heating medium; an exterior heat exchanger that performs heat exchange between air outside the vehicle cabin and the heating medium; a heating flow path section that circulates the heating medium between a heat source of the vehicle and the heater core; a plurality of adsorption vessels each including an adsorption section and an evaporation-condensation section, with an adsorbent and a refrigerant sealed within the adsorption vessels; and a flow path system that interchanges the heating medium between: the plurality of adsorption vessels and each of the heat source, the exterior heat exchanger, and the interior heat exchange, and that, while causing an adsorption process to take place in at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels, causes a desorption process to take place in at least one other adsorption vessel; the flow path system being capable of switching between a cooling mode in which the heating medium is circulated between the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on an adsorption process side and the interior heat exchanger, a first heating mode in which the heating medium is circulated between the interior heat exchanger and the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side or the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one other adsorption vessel on a desorption process side, or the heating medium is circulated between the interior heat exchanger and both the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side and the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side, and a second heating mode in which the heating medium is circulated in parallel: (i) between the interior heat exchanger and the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side, and (ii) between the interior heat exchanger and the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one other adsorption vessel on the desorption process side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,761

INTEGRATED ROOF BOW AND HVAC DUCT WITH A HEADLINER PROVIDING A CLOSE-OUT WALL OF THE DUCT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A roof bow/air duct apparatus for a roof of a vehicle having right and left roof rails comprising:a plurality of transversely extending duct/bow portions assembled between the roof rails and defining an air inlet;
a longitudinally extending duct portion;
the duct/bow portions and the duct portion defining an air flow distributor; and
a headliner closing off a lower side of the distributor and including an air distribution vent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,760

PTC HEATER FOR VEHICLE

Hanon Systems, Daejeon (...

1. A positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater for a vehicle, which is inserted and mounted in a plurality of passageways formed inside an air-conditioning case to heat air flowing in the passageways, the PTC heater comprising:a housing inserted and mounted across the passageways of the air-conditioning case; and
a core part formed by a plurality of cores respectively arranged on the passageways inside the housing,
wherein the PTC heater independently controls the cores arranged on the passageways to independently heat airs respectively flowing in the passageways,
wherein the passageways are formed with a first passageway and a second passageway which are formed inside the air-conditioning case, and wherein the cores are formed with a firs core arranged on the first passageway and a second core arranged on the second passageway,
wherein a heat protection member for preventing heat transfer between the first core and the second core is mounted between the first core and the second core,
wherein the heat protection member includes at least one bypass hole to make some of the air passing through the PTC heater bypass the first core and the second core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,759

HEATING DEVICE FOR THE VEHICLE INTERIOR OF A VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A heating device for a vehicle interior of a vehicle, wherein the heating device is configured as an IR radiator comprising a reflector housing having a parabolic cross section with a textile-based heating band and a heating element carrier arranged in the reflector housing, wherein the textile-based heating band is made of a mixed yarn of stainless steel wrapped on an outside by a basalt multifilament, said heating band having a cross section of uniform thickness to enable heat radiation generated by the heating band to exit perpendicular to the heating band, wherein the heating band has an entirely planar surface without curvature in facing relation to an exit of the reflector housing, wherein the heating band is arranged on the heating element carrier, said heating element carrier arranged below the heating band opposite the heat radiation generated by the heating band.

US Pat. No. 10,137,758

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a heat pump cycle including an inside heat exchanger performing heat exchange between a refrigerant and a blown air that is to be blown into a vehicle compartment, and a refrigerant-circuit switching device that switches between a refrigerant circuit of a cooling mode in which the blown air is cooled in the inside heat exchanger and a refrigerant circuit of a non-cooling mode in which the blown air passes through the inside heat exchanger without being cooled in the inside heat exchanger;
a blower that blows air as the blown air into the vehicle compartment through the inside heat exchanger; and
a refrigerant-circuit controller that selects the cooling mode or the non-cooling mode based on an air-conditioning load, the refrigerant-circuit controller controlling an operation of the refrigerant-circuit switching device, wherein
upon selecting the non-cooling mode, the refrigerant-circuit controller turns a cooling unallowable flag on,
only when the cooling unallowable flag is on, the refrigerant-circuit controller starts performing a cooling-mode unallowable control in which the refrigerant-circuit controller selects an air blowing mode instead of selecting the cooling mode, and
in the air blowing mode, the blower blows the blown air into the vehicle compartment while the inside heat exchanger does not perform heating or cooling of the blown air.

US Pat. No. 10,137,757

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING A MOTOR VEHICLE

MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH,...

12. An air-conditioning system for heating and air conditioning a motor vehicle, comprisinga housing,
a first heat exchanger arranged in the housing,
a second heat exchanger arranged in the housing,
a flow guidance element, and
a flow channel through the housing,
wherein the flow channel begins upstream of the first heat exchanger and continues through the first heat exchanger into a branching region arranged between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, wherein in the branching region the flow channel divides into an upper first flow channel and a lower second flow channel, wherein the upper first flow channel does not pass through the second heat exchanger, wherein the lower second flow channel continues through the second heat exchanger,
wherein the flow guidance element is fixed on the second heat exchanger or a retaining device that fixes the second heat exchanger in the second flow channel and projects into the branching region at an angle with respect to a face of the second heat exchanger, wherein the flow guidance element has an S-shaped section and an adjoining C-shaped section curved towards the second heat exchanger, wherein the C-shaped section is arranged on a free end region of the flow guidance element, wherein the second heat exchanger has a projection extending towards the first flow channel, on which the flow guidance element is arranged, wherein the flow guidance element comprises a region abutting a wall delimiting the first flow channel and is formed such that the interface between the flow guidance element and the wall is free of steps and edges that would cause a turbulent air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,756

ROTARY DOOR FOR VENTILATION APPARATUS AND VENTILATION APPARATUS HAVING THE ROTARY DOOR

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A ventilation apparatus comprising:a case defining a main passage of airflow internally;
an evaporator accommodated in the main passage of the case,
a rotary door rotatably supported by the case and located on a downstream side of the evaporator in the main passage of the case, and
an auxiliary conduit connected with the case and defining auxiliary passage of airflow discharged from the main passage of the case, wherein
the rotary door includes a shaft and a deflector,
the shaft includes a tubular wall that extends along a center axis and has a tubular shape, and the tubular wall defines an inner passage therein,
the deflector extends from the shaft in a radial direction,
the shaft has (i) an end opening that is formed in at least one of axial ends of the shaft and (ii) a peripheral opening that is formed in the tubular wall,
the inner passage is in fluid communication with the both end opening and the peripheral opening, and
the peripheral opening is configured to face the evaporator to draw a portion of the airflow passing through the main passage of the case, wherein
the auxiliary passage of the auxiliary conduit is in fluid communication with the inner passage of the shaft through the end opening of the rotary door,
the peripheral opening extends in a circumferential direction in an opening angular range, and
the shaft has a first perimeter and a second perimeter, which define the opening angular range therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,137,755

VEHICLE SEAT AIR-CONDITIONING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle seat air-conditioning device that blows a conditioned air from a seat, the conditioned air that is supplied from an interior air-conditioning unit that performs an air conditioning for an indoor space of a vehicle compartment, the vehicle seat air-conditioning device comprising:a seat air-conditioning duct that has one end communicating with the interior air-conditioning unit and an other end arranged at a location adjacent to the seat, the seat air-conditioning duct that guides the conditioned air to the location adjacent to the seat; and
a connection duct that has one end communicating with the seat air-conditioning duct and an other end communicating with the seat and guides the conditioned air to the seat, the connection duct that is bent at a middle part of the connection duct to form a curved portion of which location varies in conjunction with a displacement of the seat, wherein
the connection duct has:
a duct body that is made of a flexible material, the duct body in which the conditioned air flows along a flow direction; and
a plurality of core members that are made of a material having a higher rigidity than the duct body and maintain a cross-sectional shape of the duct body at a specified cross-sectional shape, the plurality of core members each having a flat plate shape,
the plurality of core members are arranged in successive order, in the duct body, each along the flow direction and are parallel with the flow direction to guide the conditioned air to flow along the flow direction,
the plurality of core members respectively have:
an outer plate that is located on an outer peripheral side in the curved portion;
an inner plate that is located on an inner peripheral side in the curved portion; and
a connection plate that connects the outer plate with the inner plate, and
a length of the outer plate in the flow direction is longer than a length of the inner plate in the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,754

EXPANDABLE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

1. An expandable refrigeration system for vehicles, said system comprising:a generally rigid frame member having a plurality of walls that define a first hollow interior space;
an expandable cooler body having a plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other are joined with each of the plurality of walls of the generally rigid frame member, wherein the expandable cooler body is configured to move from a first position to a second position and back to the first position, wherein the expandable cooler body is positioned entirely within the first hollow interior space when in the first position, wherein the expandable cooler body is positioned at least partially outside the first hollow interior space to form a second hollow interior space when in the second position;
a transitional wall that is pivotally secured to the generally rigid frame member, wherein the transitional wall is removably coupled with three of the plurality of walls of the generally rigid frame member to completely enclose the expandable cooler body within the first hollow interior space when the expandable cooler body is in the first position;
wherein the transitional wall is removably coupled with three of the plurality of expandable wall sections which are parallel to each other when the expandable cooler body is in the second position; and
a refrigeration unit that is secured to the generally rigid frame member, said refrigeration unit fluidly communicating with the first and second hollow interior spaces, and functioning to control a temperature within the first and second hollow interior spaces in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,753

AIR GUIDE HOUSING AND VENTILATION, HEATING OR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WITH SUCH AN AIR GUIDE HOUSING

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. An air guide housing for a ventilation, heating or air conditioning system of a vehicle, the air guide housing comprising:at least one first air inlet opening having a cross sectional area which is disposed substantially vertical to a first axis;
at least one second air inlet opening having a cross sectional area which is arranged substantially vertical to a second axis;
at least one air outlet opening having a cross sectional area which is arranged essentially vertical to a third axis; and
a fan impeller for suctioning air into the air guide housing, the fan impeller disposed in a center of the air guide housing such that the at least one first air inlet opening is located in a direction of rotation of the fan impeller upstream of the at least one second air inlet opening and the at least one second air inlet opening is located in the direction of rotation of the fan impeller upstream of the at least one air outlet opening, and
wherein the second axis and the third axis are arranged substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,752

POWER HEAT DISSIPATION DEVICE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A power heat dissipation device, comprising:a heat-conducting layer having a heat-absorbing surface and a heat-dissipating surface;
a heat sink in thermal contact with the heat-dissipating surface of the heat-conducting layer, wherein a heat-conducting section is formed in the heat sink; and
at least one cooling chip embedded in the heat sink and disposed adjacent to the heat-conducting section, the at least one cooling chip having a cooling surface perpendicular to the heat-dissipating surface of the heat-conducting layer, and the cooling surface facing the heat-conducting section in the heat sink, such that the at least one cooling chip and the heat-conducting layer are respectively located at different sides of the heat-conduction section, enabling heat in the heat sink to be dissipated via the heat-conducting section independently of the cooling chip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,751

AIR SPRING COMPRISING ADSORPTIVE MATERIAL

VIBRACOUSTIC GMBH, Darms...

1. An air spring system comprising:at least one air spring with at least one compressed air chamber, the compressed air chamber comprising a first chamber with a variable volume defined at least in part by a rolling bellows and a second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber, the at least one air spring being connected to a compressor unit as a compressed air supply device, wherein a compressed air space of the second chamber is provided with an adsorptive material, wherein the adsorptive material is an agglomerated porous monolithic element defining a geometrical shape that fills the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,750

CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LIFT AXLE AND AIR SUSPENSION ON A TRAILER

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A trailer controller comprising:an air suspension bellows signal input for receiving a signal indicative of a pressure value in an air suspension bellows;
a lift axle control output for transmitting a lift axle control signal; and
a processor having control logic, the control logic capable of:
receiving the air suspension bellows signal;
transmitting the lift axle control signal to lower the lift axle in response to the pressure value in the air suspension bellows being less than a predetermined pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,749

AIR SPRING WITH DAMPING CHARACTERISTICS FOR HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES

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

1. A method for converting a non-damping air spring into an air spring with damping characteristics for a suspension assembly of a heavy-duty vehicle, comprising the following steps:a) providing a non-damping air spring including a bellows and a piston, said bellows configured to be attached to said piston to form a bellows chamber and further configured to be attached to a main member of said heavy-duty vehicle, the piston having an open bottom and being free of a piston chamber, said piston being configured to be attached to said suspension assembly of said heavy-duty vehicle,
b) said non-damping air spring being converted to a damping air spring by:
i) forming at least one opening between said bellows chamber and said piston;
ii) sealingly closing said open bottom of said piston by attaching a disc to the open bottom, whereby the piston and said disc define a piston chamber, wherein airflow between the bellows chamber and the piston chamber provides damping to the suspension assembly of said heavy-duty vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,748

VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle wheel suspension comprising:a bearing element;
a carrier, said bearing element rotatably mounted on said carrier;
a spring damper strut connected to said carrier and supported on a vehicle structure;
a transverse control arm connected to the carrier and to the vehicle structure;
a control member connected at one end to the carrier and at the other end to the transverse control arm, said control member arranged relative to the transverse control arm such that in a front view of the control member and the transverse control arm, a force application line of the control member is inclined toward a transverse control arm axis defined by a point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the vehicle structure side and a point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, such that a point of intersection of the force application line of the control member and the transverse control arm axis in a predetermined static position is between the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the structure side and the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, between the end of the control member connected to the carrier and the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, and not between the end of the control member connected to the control arm and the end of the control member connected to the carrier, wherein between includes the respective ends of the control member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,747

WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION CARRIER

1. A weight distribution carrier, comprising:a cart having a base and a first pair of wheels;
a jack having a jack leg and a jack body mounted to the base, wherein the jack leg is received within the jack body;
a mount plate positioned at and connected adjacent to a lower distal end of the jack body;
a coupler having an opening sized and shaped to receive the jack body, wherein the coupler is configured to receive a weight distribution hitch;
the jack body received through the opening in the coupler and mounted to the coupler by connection and engagement with the mount plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,746

ACTUATOR

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Sys...

1. An actuator for a tire inflation system comprising:a first component having a first fluid passage; and
a second component having a second fluid passage and a sealing surface for sealing engagement with a rotatable component of a wheel assembly;
the second component being movable relative to the first component between a first position where the first fluid passage is isolated from the second fluid passage and the sealing surface is spaced from the rotatable component and a second position where the first fluid passage is in fluid communication with the second fluid passage and the sealing surface is in sealing engagement with the rotatable component, wherein the first fluid passage is isolated from the second fluid passage by virtue of engagement between the first component and the second component and wherein a protrusion of one of the first and second components engages the other of the first and second components to isolate the first fluid passage from the second fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,137,745

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING TARGET PRESSURE IN CONJUNCTION WITH GRAVITY-DRIVEN AUTOMATIC TIRE PUMPING MECHANISMS

INTELLIAIRE, LLC, Park C...

1. A method comprising:receiving (1) first data associated with one of usage data and sensor data and (2) tire data for a target tire;
determining, via a processor, and based on the first data, a pump parameter that will provide a desired inflation level for the target tire according to the tire data; and
adjusting a pump positioned at a distal end of the target tire away from a tire axis and according to the pump parameter, such that rotational motion of the target tire about the tire axis causes gravity to move an element of the pump in a first direction at a first rotational position to yield a first stroke, and causes gravity to move the element in a second direction at a second rotational position to yield a second stroke, wherein the first stroke and the second stroke perform one of (1) pumping a gas into the target tire to the desired inflation level and (2) generating electricity to electrically power the pump the pump the gas into the target tire, wherein the pump comprises a plurality of masses, and wherein the pump is adjusted by fixing one or more masses of the plurality of masses in place preventing the one or more masses from moving as part of the first stroke or the second stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,137,744

MEASUREMENT AND MONITORING DEVICE FOR TIRE-RELATED VARIABLES OF A VEHICLE

Fachhochschule Aachen, A...

1. A device for measuring and/or monitoring tire-related variables of a vehicle with a sensor unit (1) for transmitting, receiving and processing signals, comprisingan antenna unit of the sensor unit (1) for emission of a transmission signal (S) in the direction of an object being measured (7) and wherein a reflection signal (R, R?) reflected by the object being measured is received and analysed, and
a transceiver unit (2) of the sensor unit (1), by means of which a reflection factor (S11), formed as the quotient from the reflection signal reflected by the object being measured (R) and the transmission signal (S), is measured, and by means of which a resonance frequency and/or a phase difference between the transmission signal (S) and the reflection signal (R) is determined,
wherein the transceiver unit (2) has a vector network analyser (VNA) and an analysis unit (11), so that a distance to the object being measured (7) is established by detecting the phase difference between the transmission signal (S) and the reflection signal (R), and
wherein first reflector elements (15) oriented in the peripheral direction and second reflector elements (16) arranged transversally to the first reflector elements (15) are provided, so that the reflection signal (R?) is varied as a function of a steering lock of a wheel (5).

US Pat. No. 10,137,743

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE

1. A method for operating a tire pressure monitoring device which is mounted on a wheel of a vehicle provided with a pneumatic tire, the method comprising the steps of:providing the tire pressure monitoring device comprising:
a sensor, which delivers an electric output signal dependent on a tire pressure;
a transmitter, which transmits signals wirelessly in transmission intervals, between which in each case there is a first transmission pause, said signals containing information dependent on the output signal of the sensor;
a control device, which controls the sensor, the transmitter and the first transmission pause thereof;
a source, which provides electrical energy for the operation of the tire pressure monitoring device, wherein the electrical energy to be stored is generated in the tire pressure monitoring device using a generator as the source, the generator generating the electrical energy from the rolling movement of the wheel; and
a rechargeable electric accumulator, in which electrical energy delivered from the source is stored until it is required for the operation of the tire pressure monitoring device;
monitoring the state of charge of the rechargeable electric accumulator by a monitoring device provided in the tire pressure monitoring device; and
ending one or more of the first transmission pauses as soon as enough electrical energy is stored in the rechargeable electric accumulator to operate the tire pressure monitoring device between two successive first transmission pauses until the conclusion of a predetermined number of transmission processes, wherein the predetermined number of transmission process is greater than one.

US Pat. No. 10,137,742

TIRE HAVING A DEVICE FOR GENERATING ROTATION-DEPENDENT SIGNALS

1. A method for producing a tire, the method comprising:providing a tire body having a holding element which is connected in positively locking or non-positively locking fashion to the tire body, wherein the holding element is arranged, substantially outside strengthening members or reinforcement elements of the tire; and,
providing a signal-generating element which is received in the holding element such that the signal-generating element forms a part of the outer surface of the tire or projects beyond the outer surface of the tire;wherein the signal-generating element is shot by way of a corresponding pistol into the element holder.

US Pat. No. 10,137,741

DISPLAY ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR APPLYING THE SAME TO VULCANIZED RUBBER ARTICLES

1. A display assembly for attachment with a vulcanized rubber article comprising:one or more display layers of elastomeric material configured to provide a display indicia;
an intermediate layer formed from an elastomeric material that is different from that of the one or more display layers, wherein the intermediate layer is in direct contact with at least of the one or more display layers, and wherein the one or more display layers and the intermediate layer are vulcanized together before attachment with the vulcanized rubber article; and
an adhesive layer in direct contact with an underside surface of the intermediate layer opposite the one or more display layers, wherein wherein the adhesive layer is formed from a material capable forming a chemical bond with a surface of the vulcanized rubber article at ambient temperature conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,740

MOTORCYCLE TIRE FOR RUNNING ON ROUGH TERRAIN

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A motorcycle tire for running on rough terrain comprising:a tread portion, a sidewall portion and a carcass having a toroidal profile;
the tread portion being provided with a first block pair comprising a shoulder block and a middle block arranged adjacently to each other in an axial direction of the tire through a first groove bottom having a first thinnest rubber portion, and a central block arranged axially inwardly of the middle block;
the shoulder block comprising a ground contact surface having an axially inner edge and an axially outer edge corresponding to a tread edge that locates axially outermost of the tire beyond the sidewall portion;
the middle block comprising a ground contact surface having an axially outer edge and an axially inner edge;whereinin a first tire cross-section passing the first block pair, a distance from the first thinnest rubber portion to the axially inner edge of the shoulder block is greater than a distance from the first thinnest rubber portion to the axially outer edge of the middle block; and
the axially inner edge of the middle block protrudes radially outwardly beyond an imaginary tread profile that passes an intersecting point of a ground contact surface of the central block, and a tire equator and extends along the toroidal profile of the carcass.

US Pat. No. 10,137,739

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire with a tread, the tread comprising:a plurality of circumferential direction main grooves extending along a tire circumferential direction;
a plurality of land portion rows that are partitioned by the circumferential direction main grooves and that are formed with sipes;
lug grooves that partition each land portion row into a plurality of land portions in a row along the tire circumferential direction;
first auxiliary grooves formed on one groove width direction side of the lug grooves, the first auxiliary grooves opening onto the lug grooves and terminating inside the land portions; and
second auxiliary grooves formed on the other groove width direction side of the lug grooves, the second auxiliary grooves opening onto the lug grooves so as to face opening portions of the first auxiliary grooves that open onto the lug grooves, and terminating inside the land portions, and
terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves being connected to the circumferential direction main grooves through fine grooves of which groove width is wider than that of the sipes,
wherein the terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves bend toward a tire edge from an extending direction of the second auxiliary grooves, and
the fine grooves are formed on an extension of a bending direction of the terminal portions of the second auxiliary grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,137,738

TIRE COMPRISING CARCASS REINFORCEMENT CORDS WITH LOW PERMEABILITY

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, having a radial carcass reinforcement comprising:two beads;
two sidewalls;
a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction;
a tread that radially caps the crown reinforcement; the tread being joined to the two beads by way of the two sidewalls;
an additional layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially arranged in each shoulder, a respective first end of each additional layer arranged axially outside the at least two working crown layers; and
at least one additional layer, referred to as a protective layer, of reinforcing elements, referred to as elastic reinforcing elements, is axially interposed between the additional layers of reinforcing elements, a second end of each respective additional layer being axially in line with the protective layer;
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 1 mm,
wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter strictly greater than 0.16 mm,
wherein the metal reinforcing elements of at least one layer of the carcass reinforcement are advantageously non-wrapped cords that return a flow rate of less than 20 cm3/min in what is referred to as a permeability test, and
wherein the at least one additional layer, referred to as the protective layer, of the reinforcing elements, referred to as the elastic reinforcing elements, that are oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,737

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREFOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:a sensor; and
a controller configured to control the sensor, obtain motion information of the portable electronic device to detect a motion of at least a part of an arm of a user, switch the portable electronic device to a driving mode based on the obtained motion information, and activate at least one function related to driving from among functions of the portable electronic device,
wherein the motion information comprises at least one of an acceleration of the portable electronic device, a speed of the portable electronic device, and a velocity of the portable electronic device, and
wherein the controller is configured to switch the portable electronic device to the driving mode when a change in a sign of a vertical velocity of the portable electronic device occurs during a preset period of time more than a preset number of times and an average of a vertical speed of the portable electronic device is within a preset speed range during the preset period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,736

WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:a rigid wheel including—
a central portion, and
a plurality of mounting elements configured to be removably attached to the central portion so that when attached, the mounting elements do not move relative to the central portion when subject to ground engaging pressure and are circumferentially spaced apart so that a longest distance between two mounting elements is at least six (6) inches; and
an airless flexible tire that does not include air during normal use mounted on the rigid wheel, portions of the tire extending annularly between the mounting elements and not engaging the mounting elements being completely separated radially from the rigid wheel by a through-space transversely extending entirely from a first axial side of the tire to an opposite axial side of the tire, the portions of the tire not engaging the mounting elements being configured to flex radially inwardly toward the rigid wheel when subject to ground engaging pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,735

WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:a rigid wheel including—
a central portion having a plurality of apertures for attaching fasteners thereto, and
a plurality of circumferentially spaced mounting elements configured to be removably attached to the central portion via fasteners so that each of the mounting elements is prevented from rotating relative to the central portion; and
an airless flexible tire that does not include air during normal use mounted on the rigid wheel, portions of the tire extending at least six (6) inches annularly between the mounting elements and not engaging the mounting elements being completely separated radially from the rigid wheel by a through-space transversely extending entirely from a first axial side of the tire to an opposite axial side of the tire, the portions of the tire not engaging the mounting elements being configured to flex radially inwardly toward the rigid wheel when subject to ground engaging pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,734

RUBBER COMPOSITION COMPRISING A 1,3-DIPOLAR COMPOUND ADDITIVE BEARING AN IMIDAZOLE FUNCTIONAL GROUP

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A rubber composition based on:at least one diene elastomer;
a reinforcing filler; and
a 1,3-dipolar compound of formula (I):
Q-A-B  (I)
wherein Q comprises a dipole containing at least one nitrogen atom,
wherein A is an atom or a group of atoms connecting Q to B,
wherein B comprises a ring of formula (II):

 and
wherein three of the four symbols Z, Y, R and R?, which are identical or different, each represent an atom or a group of atoms, it being possible for Z and Y to form, together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, a ring, and the fourth symbol Z, Y, R or R? denotes a direct attachment to A.

US Pat. No. 10,137,732

UNIVERSAL WHEEL ASSEMBLY AND SUITCASE

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A suitcase, comprising:a case body; and
at least one universal wheel assembly, wherein the at least one universal wheel assembly comprises:
a base structure comprising an upper base and a lower base which form a cavity therebetween;
a wheel ball locked in the cavity in a manner such that the wheel ball is capable of rolling in all directions, wherein a bottom of the lower base is provided with an opening enabling a part of the wheel ball to protrude out of a lower end face of the lower base to form an exposed rolling spherical surface, and an inner diameter of the opening is smaller than a diameter of the wheel ball;
at least three rollers rollably arranged between an inner wall of the upper base and a surface of the wheel ball; and
an elastic gasket arranged between the inner wall of the upper base and the surface of the wheel ball, wherein the elastic gasket includes roller mounting bases uniformly distributed on a bottom of the elastic gasket in a circumferential direction in one-to-one correspondence with the at least three rollers, and wherein the roller mounting bases include recessed portions matching shapes of the at least three rollers;
wherein the elastic gasket is arranged to absorb vibration that occurs during a rolling process of the rollers and the wheel ball, and press the rollers with a suitable force to keep the rollers and the wheel ball in constant contact without affecting normal rolling between the rollers and the wheel ball.

US Pat. No. 10,137,731

WHEEL PAD

1. A wheel pad for moving an object across a surface, said wheel pad comprising:a contact pad having an outer skin defining an upper surface, a lower surface and a pad chamber disposed therebetween in which is enclosed a fluid and a torus bearing, said torus bearing having a plurality of adjacent bearings, each of said adjacent bearing being rotatably joined by a separator structured and arranged to allow each of said bearings to independently rotate in said pad chamber, said contact pad defining a lower end of said wheel pad;
a load bearing assembly comprising a load transfer mechanism and a load transfer device, said load transfer mechanism having a plurality of recirculating bearings moveably disposed in a ball chamber, said load transfer device structured and arranged to move independent of said load transfer mechanism while transferring the weight of the object from at or near an upper end of said wheel pad to said upper surface of said contact pad;
a housing positioned above said upper surface of said contact pad, said housing structured and arranged to enclose said load bearing assembly; and
a clamping assembly having a plurality of clamping members that secure said contact pad to said housing,
wherein said fluid and said torus bearing in said contact pad will transfer the weight of the object from said upper surface of said contact pad to said lower surface of said contact pad so as to distribute the weight of the object substantially evenly across said lower surface of said contact pad to provide omnidirectional movement for said wheel pad across the surface as a result of lateral forces applied to said load bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,730

TOOL FOR HANDLING OF A WHEEL

1. A tool for handling a wheel, the tool comprising:a supporting plate member (1) having a first wall member and a second wall member spaced apart from the first wall member, the supporting wall member having a first end (la) and a second end (1b),
at least one threaded holder (5, 7, 7?) on the supporting plate member (1), which threaded holder is configured to receive a threaded pushing means (6, 6?, 6?, 6??, 18, 18?),
a first compression member (2) having a compression end (2a) and a tension end (2b), the compression end disposed between the first wall member and the second wall member of the supporting plate member and pivotally connected to the first end of the supporting plate member,
a second compression member (2?) having a compression end (2?a) and a tension end (2?b), the compression end disposed between the first wall member and the second wall member of the supporting plate member and pivotally connected to the second end of the supporting part,
moving means (3) having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to the tension end of the first compression member and the second end connected to the tension end of the second compression member, the moving means configured to axially move the first compression member (2) and the second compression member (2?) in relation to the supporting plate member,wherein the at least one threaded holder comprises a first end holder (7) connected to the first end of the supporting member and a second end holder (7?) connected to the second end of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,729

REINFORCED BICYCLE RIM

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

1. A bicycle rim assembly adapted to be coupled to a hub to create a bicycle wheel, the rim assembly including:a rim defining a central plane and comprising:
an annular inner wall;
an annular outer wall cooperating with the inner wall to define a cavity; and
annular projections spaced laterally relative to the central plane and extending substantially radially outwardly from the outer annular wall; and
a cover coupled to rim and including:
sidewalls disposed on lateral sides of the rim adjacent the projections, each sidewall including a lateral inner portion having a lateral thickness; and
an annular ring portion interconnecting the sidewalls, the annular ring portion including a radial thickness less than the lateral thickness of the lateral inner portion of the sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,137,728

AERODYNAMIC BICYCLE RIM AND WHEEL

HED CYCLING PRODUCTS, INC...

1. An aerodynamic bicycle rim comprising:a circumferential outer surface on a radially outer side of the bicycle rim, the bicycle rim adapted to seat a bicycle tire; and
a set of sidewalls, each sidewall extending radially from a nose of the bicycle rim to a radially outermost edge of the rim to form a bicycle rim body having a maximum rim body width that is greater than a maximum width of the tire, the maximum rim body width occurring radially closer to the radially outermost edge than to a centerline of the rim body, the set of sidewalls tapering inward from a widest part of the rim body to the nose at a constant or increasing rate;
wherein, the bicycle rim is operable to seat the tire so that when the tire is seated in the bicycle rim the cross-sectional shape of the tire and rim body is asymmetrical about a widest portion of the cross-sectional shape and there is a tangent line tangent to the tire and tangent to a sidewall of the set of sidewalls radially inward from the radially outermost edge having a tangent angle of 8-17 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,137,727

WHEEL FASTENING SYSTEM FOR MOBILE ROBOT WITH WHEELS

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A wheel fastening system for a wheeled mobile robot comprising:a chassis;
a motor disposed in the chassis, and the motor having a shaft;
a wheel centered on the shaft of the motor; and
a thrust bearing interference fit between the wheel and the chassis, and the thrust bearing withstanding axial loads applied to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,726

UPRIGHT MULTI-POSITION FABRIC PAINTING RACK

1. A painting rack assembly for supporting fabric during a painting process, comprising:a frame portion, further comprising:
a first pair of spaced, parallel elongated members;
a second pair of spaced, parallel semi-elongated members connected to the first pair of spaced, parallel elongated members to define a parallelogram, wherein the parallelogram further defines a working plane within which a scarf may be taughtly stretched;
a respective pivotable connector operationally connected to each respective semi-elongated member, wherein each respective pivotable connector is centered relative each respective semi-elongated member; and
a plurality of independently tension-adjustable partially elastic fabric connection assemblies operationally connected to and distributed around the parallelogram; and
a support assembly operationally connected to the frame portion, further comprising:
a pair of elongated support members, each respective elongated support member connected to the respective pivotable connector at one end and having a connection socket at the other, oppositely disposed end;
a pair of spaced elongated stabilizing members extending orthogonally from each respective elongated support member and oriented parallel to the working plane:
a respective four-way connector operationally connected to each respective support member; and
an elongated utility member magnetically connected at a first one end to the connection socket attached to one of the pair of elongated support members and magnetically connected at a second, opposite end to the four-way connector connected to another one of the pair of elongated support members;
wherein the four-way connector is operationally connected to each respective spaced stabilizing member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,725

TELESCOPING WRITING IMPLEMENT

Paul Cary Fisher, Jr., B...

1. A telescoping writing implement that telescopes from a shortened configuration to a lengthened configuration comprising:a writing cartridge having a writing tip;
a least one outer pen body;
a guide tube disposed circumferentially around the writing cartridge, the guide tube configured with the writing tip within the guide tube when the writing implement is in the shortened configuration and the writing tip exposed from the guide tube when the writing implement is in the lengthened configuration; and
a retaining member engaging the writing cartridge and the retaining member also engaging or formed from the outer pen body, the engagement of the retaining member to the writing cartridge causing the writing tip to be exposed from the guide tube when the writing implement is in the lengthened configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,724

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SINGLE-DETENT BINDER

1. A method for assembling a single-detent binder comprising:a) assembling ring shaped components and first and second baseplates to a housing, wherein the first and second baseplates are longitudinally adjacent and parallelly arranged and connected to each other, wherein the first and second baseplates comprises adjacent longitudinal edges and non-adjacent longitudinal edges, wherein the first and second baseplates are so assembled as to pivot around the adjacent longitudinal edges in order to open or close the ring shaped components, wherein the ring shaped components each comprise two half ring shaped elements, the half ring shaped elements each are fixed on the first and second baseplates and pass through the housing, the half ring shaped elements occlude to form a closed ring, and the half ring shaped elements disjoin to form an opened ring;
b) assembling the control component to the housing;
c) rotatively connecting at least one rotary locking piece to a pull rod;
d) subsequent to rotatively connecting the at least one rotary locking piece to the pull rod, rotatively connecting the at least one rotary locking piece to at least one of the first and second baseplates; and
e) operatively connecting the pull rod to the control component, wherein the control component comprises a handle, which enables the control component to rotate relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,723

GREETING CARD HAVING COMPRESSED OBJECT THEREIN AND METHOD OF SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING DEFORMATION THEREOF

Hallmark Cards, Incorpora...

1. A greeting card having a gift item of a temporarily reduced size, the greeting card comprising:a greeting card body having at least a front panel and a rear panel;
a transparent and flexible pouch coupled to the card body, wherein the transparent and flexible pouch is sealed under vacuum-pressure;
a plush item received in the transparent and flexible pouch and in a compressed state from the vacuum-pressure, the plush having a front surface and a rear surface; and
a transparent insert received in the transparent and flexible pouch, wherein the transparent insert is more rigid than the transparent and flexible pouch;
wherein the transparent insert comprises a front surface and a back surface, wherein a portion of the insert is positioned between the front surface of the plush item and a portion of the transparent and flexible pouch, wherein the front surface of the plush item is pressed up against the back surface of the transparent insert by the vacuum-pressure, and wherein the transparent insert minimizes deformation of the front surface of the plush item adjacent the back surface of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,137,722

CREASE STICKY NOTE

Miccudo Multimedia Co., L...

1. A crease sticky note, comprising:a sticky body, having an adhesion portion and a flexible portion disposed adjacent to the adhesion portion, the flexible portion including a front side and a back side;
an adhesive layer, disposed on the adhesion portion; and
at least one crease, disposed on the adhesion portion, or between the adhesion portion and the flexible portion, or on a stress hinders area of the flexible portion which is near the adhesion portion,
wherein the at least one crease is formed by a perforation cutter, and
wherein the flexible portion has a writable area including both of the front and back sides of the flexible portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,721

ILLUMINATED ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated assembly comprising:a panel;
at least one sheet movably coupled to said panel, said sheet capable of overlaying engagement with said panel;
wherein said sheet comprises:
a sheet front surface opposite a sheet back surface; and
at least one light transmission portion disposed within said sheet, said light transmission portion communicating between said sheet front and back surfaces;
wherein said light transmission portion comprises an aperture element defining an aperture element opening communicating between said sheet front and back surfaces; and
a light source operatively coupled to said panel;
wherein said light source in an activated condition provides light to said panel; and
wherein said light is transmitted from said panel through said light transmission portion such that said light is viewable by a viewer of said sheet front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,720

ILLUMINATED ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated assembly comprising:a plurality of pages coupled to one another, each said page comprising:
a light-diffusing panel having a panel first surface opposite a panel second surface;
a first sheet having a first sheet front surface opposite a first sheet back surface, said first sheet back surface in overlapping engagement with said panel first surface;
at least one first sheet light transmission portion disposed within said first sheet, said first sheet light transmission portion communicating between said first sheet front and back surfaces; and
a light source operatively coupled to said light-diffusing panel, said light source in an activated condition provides light to said panel first surface;
wherein said light is transmitted from said panel first surface through said first sheet light transmission portion such that said light is viewable by a viewer of said first sheet front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,719

BOOK BINDING APPARATUS

HORIZON INTERNATIONAL INC...

1. A book binding apparatus comprising:one or more clampers movable along a predetermined path while gripping a book block in a standing state, each of the clampers including a pair of clamp plates movable between an open position in which the pair of clamp plates receives the book block therebetween and a closed position in which the pair of clamp plates grips the book block therebetween;
a series of processing units arranged along the path to carry out perfect binding; and
a book block supplying unit arranged at a book block supply position upstream of the series of processing units on the path to supply the book block to the pair of clamp plates of the clamper, wherein
when the clamper is arranged at the book block supply position, the book block is supplied from the book block supplying unit to a gap between the pair of clamp plates which takes the open position, and the pair of clamp plates takes the closed position, thereafter,
the book block is bounded while the clamper leaving the book block supply position and passing through the series of processing units, and
the book block supplying unit is arranged at one side of the book block supply position in a direction of the path, and includes a book block conveying surface extending at a right angle to and obliquely downward toward the pair of clamp plates at the book block supply position, the book block being conveyed to the pair of clamp plates on the book block conveying surface with a spine in the head thereof, wherein
the clamper includes:
a guide plate attached to a top end of one of the pair of clamp plates so as to be rotatable around a horizontal pivot extending at a right angle to a direction of conveying the book block by the book block conveying unit, the one of the pair of clamp plates being nearest to the book block supplying unit at the book block supply position, the guide plate being movable between a standing position in which the guide plate upwardly extends from and along the associated clamp plate and a tilted position in which the guide plate tilts outward from the standing position; and
a spring arranged between the guide plate and pivot to constantly bias the guide plate toward the standing position, wherein
the book binding apparatus comprises a guide plate drive mechanism arranged independently of or at the clamper to rotate the guide plate of the clamp plate from the standing position to the tilted position against the biasing force of the spring in such a manner that the guide plate is connected to the book block conveying surface when the pair of clamp plates takes the open position at the book block supply position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,718

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINTED PRODUCTS WITH INTEGRATED COVER

HUNKELER AG, Wikon (CH)

1. A method for producing printed products, in particular softcover books, with integrated cover, wherein the method comprises at least the following steps:(a) printing of a paper web or individually supplied paper sheets, preferably by means of digital printing;
(b) optional application of an adhesive to the paper web or the paper sheets;
(c) single or multiple folding and cutting of the paper web to form signatures or else single or multiple folding of the paper sheets to form signatures;
(d) optional application of an adhesive to the signatures signatures;
(e) stacking of the signatures to form a signature stack with at least one top and one bottom signature;
(f) folding open the top sheet of the top signature or else the bottom sheet of the bottom signature and applying an adhesive layer in at least the area of the folded-open sheet, which is intended to comprise at least the spine and/or an area of the signature stack adjacent to the spine;
(g) turning over the sheet folded open and provided with the adhesive layer around the spine of the signature stack, so that the cover for the printed product is formed; and
(h) optional pressing of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,137,717

LASER PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLOUR DYNAMIC IMAGE

SVG OPTRONICS CO., LTD., ...

1. A laser printing apparatus for a color dynamic image, comprising:an optical system
a recording material;
a pigment box: and
a pigment box moving assembly, wherein:
the recording material comprises: a refraction layer formed by a plurality of microspheres or microlenses, and a shading layer formed on a focal plane of the plurality of microspheres or microlenses;
the optical system comprises a laser and an image generator, a laser light emitted by the laser irradiates onto the recording material after being processed by the image generator, the laser light irradiating onto the recording material is focused on the shading layer via the refraction layer, and a focus point is formed on the shading layer when energy of the focused laser light is greater than an evaporation threshold value of the shading layer; and
the pigment box is arranged opposite to the shading layer of the recording material, and the pigment box moving assembly is configured to drive the pigment box to move.

US Pat. No. 10,137,716

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge detachably installed in a tape printing apparatus having a cartridge installation portion on which the tape cartridge is installed, a tape feeding mechanism portion that feeds a printing tape from the installed tape cartridge, a ribbon feeding mechanism portion that feeds an ink ribbon in synchronization with the feeding of the printing tape, a printing head portion that performs printing on the printing tape and is configured to be movable between a printing position and a retracting position, a head cover that is provided on the cartridge installation portion in a projecting manner, covers the printing head while allowing the printing head to move, and has a plurality of corners, and a convex portion that is provided on one of the corners of the head cover and guides installation of the tape cartridge, the tape cartridge comprising:a platen roller that receives power from the tape feeding mechanism portion and faces the printing head portion in a state where the printing tape and the ink ribbon are disposed between the platen roller and the printing head at the printing position;
a winding up core that winds up the ink ribbon; and
a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core,
wherein the cartridge casing includes an insertion opening in which the head cover is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion; and
wherein the insertion opening includes:
an inner wall portion including a first inner wall that is disposed at a printing tape accommodation side of the insertion opening and a second inner wall that is disposed at a winding up core side of the insertion opening; and
a facing portion that is a corner portion formed by the first inner wall and the second inner wall and faces the convex portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,715

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEFECT DETECTION IN A PRINTING SYSTEM

1. A printing system comprising an apparatus for defect detection in a printing system, the printing system comprising:an image forming device;
a sensing unit comprising at least one first sensor device for sensing a surface geometry or topology of a sheet to be printed as the sheet travels on a transport path of the printing system and for generating data representative of that surface geometry or topology;
a processor device for processing the data from the first sensor device to detect and classify deformations in the surface geometry or topology of the sheet; and
a controller for controlling further progress of the sheet along the transport path of the printing system in dependence upon the deformations in the surface geometry or topology of the sheet detected and classified by the processor device,
wherein the controller determines operating conditions in the sensing unit, and
wherein the controller adjusts the operating conditions in the sensing unit to be similar to the operating conditions in the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,714

PRINTER AND PRINTING PROGRAM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printer, comprising:a printing head that includes a plurality of heating elements arranged in a first direction; and
a processor,
wherein printing data representing an image to be printed on a printing medium are divided into a plurality of line data, each of the plurality of line data representing a corresponding line segment of the image, extending in the first direction, by a series of dots constituted of printing dots to be printed on the printing medium and non-printing dots that are not printed on the printing medium,
wherein, for each of the line data, the processor selectively activates the heating elements that correspond to the printing dots in the line data so as to make the selected heating elements generate heat and print the corresponding printing dots in the line data on the printing medium, and
wherein, for each of the line data, the processor obtains distribution information of the printing dots in the line data, and sets an energizing time, during which the selected heating elements are energized continuously, or intermittently by pulses, to print the corresponding printing dots, in accordance with the distribution information of the printing dots in the line data,
wherein, in obtaining the distribution information of the printing dots for each of the line data, the processor counts or estimates an occurrence frequency of two successive printing dots in the line data, and
wherein the processor sets said energizing time for each of the line data in accordance with the counted or estimated occurrence frequency of the two successive printing dots in the line data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,713

THERMAL PRINTER AND PORTABLE TERMINAL

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A thermal printer, comprising:a head block including a head support plate and a thermal head fixed to the head support plate;
a platen roller brought into abutment against the thermal head through intermediation of recording paper;
a wiring board connected to and extending from the thermal head;
a frame supporting the platen roller and the head support plate; and
a recording paper sensor mounted to the wiring board and configured to detect the recording paper,
the frame including a guide wall at an upstream side of the thermal head in a conveyance direction of the recording paper, the guide wall guiding the recording paper to the thermal head,
the head block including a sensor holder mounted thereto, the sensor holder covering a portion of the wiring board and including a holding portion that positions the recording paper sensor between the thermal head and the guide wall in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,712

RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a recording unit configured and arranged to perform recording on a recording medium, the recording unit including a recording head and a platen that faces the recording head in a first direction and is configured to support the recording medium; and
a medium support unit arranged below the recording unit and configured and arranged to support the recording medium that is in a continuous form, the medium support unit being arranged so as to overlap the recording unit as viewed in the first direction while the medium support unit is positioned at a housing position, the medium support unit being configured and arranged to move, relative to the recording unit, along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction from the housing position, the medium support unit including
a platform which is configured to support the recording medium from below and on which the recording medium is configured to be placed, and
an up-down mechanism configured and arranged to move the platform upward in the first direction by the medium support unit being pulled from below the recording unit,
the up-down mechanism being configured and arranged to commence to move the platform upward in the first direction after the medium support unit commences to move in the second direction relative to the recording unit during pulling of the medium support unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,711

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING PLURALITY OF SHEET FEEDERS AND METHOD THEREFOR HAVING SWITCHING CONTROL FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming system, comprising:a communication interface;
a standard sheet feeder configured to pick up sheet on a standard tray;
an auxiliary sheet feeder configured to pick up sheet on a second tray;
a motor configured to selectively apply a drive force to one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders;
a transmission assembly configured to switch transmission of the drive force selectively to the one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders, by switching a connection between the motor and the one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders;
an image forming device including a recording head; and
a controller configured to:
receive preceding data in a first transmission from the communication interface, wherein the preceding data includes data instructing preparation for printing and includes data advising that print job data will be subsequently transmitted, the subsequent transmission comprising control data;
after completing receipt of the first transmission, determine whether the sheet is present or absent in the standard and the auxiliary trays, and, based on determining that the sheet is absent in the standard tray and the sheet is present in the auxiliary tray, control the transmission assembly to initiate switching of the transmission of the drive force to the auxiliary sheet feeder; and
after completing receipt of the first transmission, receive the control data in a second transmission from the communication interface and control the image forming device to form an image on picked-up sheet based on the control data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,710

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer which transports a sheet of paper from a paper tray inserted in the printer to perform printing, the printer comprising:an insertion/removal sensing unit configured to sense insertion and removal of the paper tray;
a transport failure sensing unit configured to sense a transport failure of the sheet of paper; and
a print control unit configured to, in response to the transport failure sensing unit sensing the transport failure during a current transport of the sheet of paper, determine whether the current transport of the sheet of paper is a first transport that is performed directly after the insertion/removal sensing unit sensing the insertion of the paper tray,
the print control unit being further configured to, in response to determining that the current transport of the sheet of paper is the first transport, issue a notification for prompting a user to perform an operation relating to the paper tray.

US Pat. No. 10,137,709

RECORDING DEVICE AND MEDIUM FEEDING METHOD FOR RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a feeding portion which feeds a medium;
a medium support comprising a first support portion and a second support portion, the feeding portion being upstream of the first and second support portions,
a control portion which controls the feeding portion;
a groove which is provided on a downstream side of the first support portion and the upstream side of the second support portion in a feeding path of the medium; and
a cutter that is used for cutting the medium at the position of the groove,
wherein the control portion controls the feeding portion so that the feeding portion feeds a leading edge of the cut medium to an upstream side before feeding the leading edge of the medium to the downstream side of the groove, after the medium is cut at a position of the groove;
wherein the control portion controls the feeding portion so that a trailing end of the recorded portion of the medium reaches a standby position which is different from the position in which the groove is provided in the feeding path at the end of a recording job, and
wherein the control portion determines whether or not the medium is to be cut at the position of the groove and then determines whether or not the medium is fed by the feeding portion during the standby state between the recording jobs.

US Pat. No. 10,137,708

PRINTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTING DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printing device comprising:a print mechanism that prints images on roll paper stored in the printing device;
a cutter disposed downstream in a conveyance direction from the print mechanism and configured to cut the roll paper while leaving an uncut portion;
a communicator that receives receipt production control commands, said receipt production control commands instructing issuing a receipt printed with information including transaction information by the print mechanism; and cutting of the roll paper by the cutter;
a conveyance mechanism that conveys the roll paper in the conveyance direction or a reverse direction that is opposite to the conveyance direction; and
a controller that executes a reversing process that conveys the roll paper in the reverse direction by the conveyance mechanism if the receipt is separated from the roll paper at the uncut portion after the roll paper is cut by the cutter, and does not execute the reversing process in a specific situation when the receipt remains partially connected to the roll paper through the uncut portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,707

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH PAIRS OF CONVEYANCE ROLLERS

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a first inkjet head configured to eject ink to a sheet being conveyed;
a second inkjet head arranged parallel to the first inkjet head and downstream of the first inkjet head in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to eject ink to the sheet being conveyed;
a first platen arranged to face the first inkjet head and configured to support the sheet being conveyed between the first inkjet head and the first platen;
a second platen arranged to face the second inkjet head and configured to support the sheet being conveyed between the second inkjet head and the second platen;
a first pair of conveyance rollers arranged upstream of the first platen in the conveyance direction and configured to convey the sheet toward the first platen downward with respect to a horizontal direction; and
a second pair of conveyance rollers arranged downstream of the first platen and upstream of the second platen in the conveyance direction and configured to receive the sheet conveyed by the first pair of conveyance rollers and convey the sheet toward the second platen downward with respect to the horizontal direction, wherein
the second inkjet head is arranged at a lower position than the first inkjet head,
the second platen is arranged at a lower position than the first platen,
the second pair of conveyance rollers is arranged at a lower position than the first pair of conveyance rollers, and
a nip point of the second pair of conveyance rollers is arranged at a lower position than a highest point of the first platen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,706

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head that includes a nozzle row which is provided with a plurality of liquid discharging nozzles discharging liquid to a medium along a medium transporting direction, and executes recording as one pass by discharging the liquid from the liquid discharging nozzles in accordance with movement in a scanning direction intersecting the medium transporting direction;
a transporting unit that transports the medium to a recording position which is a position facing the nozzle row; and
a controller that is capable of acquiring information relating to a length of the medium in the medium transporting direction, and controls the recording head and the transporting unit,
wherein the controller determines the liquid discharging nozzle being used for a recording operation as one pass in the beginning in accordance with the acquired length of the medium in the medium transporting direction, and executes a heading operation feeding the medium to a position facing the determined liquid discharging nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,705

TRANSPORT DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A transport device comprising:a transport section configured to transport a medium;
a medium guide section including a guide face for guiding, in a transport direction, the medium in a state of being transported by the transport section;
a cover configured to be attached on the guide face; and
a storage section configured to store in itself the cover in a state of being detached,
wherein one edge side of the cover is secured to the storage section, and
wherein the storage section is disposed along an upstream edge side of the guide face, and another edge side of the cover is configured to be attachably and detachably engaged with a downstream side of the medium guide section through the guide face.

US Pat. No. 10,137,704

EDGE HOLDERS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An edge holder, comprising:a strap;
a first end cap attached to a first end of the strap;
a second end cap attached to a second end of the strap, opposite the first end; and
a cam rotatably engaged with the second end cap to adjustably tension the strap between the first end cap and the second end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,137,703

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus configured to perform a printing operation in a plurality of passes on a recording medium, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a head that reciprocates in a main scanning direction while discharging an ink curable by being irradiated with light, from a plurality of nozzles onto the recording medium; and
an irradiator having a plurality of irradiation elements that are configured to irradiate the ink discharged from the head with light, and are mounted on one substrate,
wherein the plurality of irradiation elements are LEDs and arranged in a sub scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction, and
an array pitch of the plurality of irradiation elements is n/m (m?1), where n is a pass width of one of the plurality of passes in the printing operation using a minimum pass number performed by the inkjet printing apparatus,
wherein the irradiation elements are equally arranged in each of the plurality of passes, and
wherein the inkjet printing apparatus does not include a partition wall positioned between the irradiation elements.

US Pat. No. 10,137,702

TREATMENT LIQUID APPLICATOR AND PRINTER INCLUDING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A treatment liquid applicator comprising:a storage container to store a treatment liquid;
a squeeze roller partially immersed in the treatment liquid in the storage container;
a coating roller disposed opposite the squeeze roller; and
an outlet disposed at the storage container,
the outlet including an outlet opening through which the treatment liquid flows from the storage container to an outside of the storage container,
the outlet extending from an inner wall surface of the storage container,
wherein the squeeze roller supplies the treatment liquid to the coating roller, to form a film of the treatment liquid on the coating roller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,701

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFORE

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising a control unit for controlling the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets comprising at least one speciality sheet intended to be one-sided printed and at least one duplex sheet intended to be two-sided printed, and for scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order, a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop, a first turn station arranged in the duplex printing loop for turning a sheet of the plurality if both sides of the sheet are scheduled to be printed in two passes along a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data on one side per pass,wherein
the speciality sheet has predetermined unexchangeable opposite edges,
the control unit comprises a scheduler to schedule a sheet for a first pass along the print engine and for a second pass along the print engine by using the duplex printing loop and a logic module to determine whether or not the sheet is a speciality sheet,
the printing system comprises a second turn station arranged in the paper path of the printing system near an inlet of the output section for turning the sheet before laying the sheet off in an output holder of the output section when activated,
and the control unit is configured,
for a sheet determined not to be a speciality sheet by means of the logic module,
to activate the first turn station to turn the sheet after the first pass and before the second pass of the sheet along the print engine, and,
for a sheet determined to be a speciality sheet by means of the logic module,
to deactivate the first turn station as to behave as a pass-through for the sheet after the first pass and before the second pass of the sheet along the print engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,700

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus configured to record an image based on image data on a sheet, the ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:a first roller pair configured to convey the sheet in a conveyance direction while nipping the sheet;
a recording head disposed downstream of the first roller pair in the conveyance direction, having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are formed in a nozzle area, and configured to jet ink droplets from the nozzles to the sheet;
a carriage carrying the recording head and configured to move in a width direction intersecting with the conveyance direction;
a second roller pair disposed downstream of the recording head in the conveyance direction and configured to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction while nipping the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control the first roller pair and the second roller pair to perform intermittent conveyance of the sheet;
control the carriage and the recording head to record a one-pass image on the sheet by causing the recording head to jet the ink droplets during movement of the carriage in the width direction in a state where the sheet is stopped in the intermittent conveyance of the sheet; and
calculate an overlap amount, in the conveyance direction, of a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a predefined one pass and a one-pass image to be recorded on the sheet in a next one pass after the predefined one pass, the overlap amount depending on a nipping state of the sheet by the first roller pair and the second roller pair in a case of recording the one-pass image in the next one pass,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the overlap amount based on a length of the nozzle area in the conveyance direction and a length in the conveyance direction of the image which corresponds to the image data and which is to be recorded on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,699

IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image forming method of forming a halftone image on a corrugated fibreboard recording medium using an inkjet recording device that uses magenta ink and other inks with two or more colors other than the magenta ink, the image forming method comprising:determining a droplet ejection position of the magenta ink and then determining droplet ejection positions of the other inks with two or more colors to be positions different from the droplet ejection position of the magenta ink, wherein
nozzles ejecting the magenta ink are not shifted relative to nozzles ejecting the other inks with two or more colors other than magenta ink.

US Pat. No. 10,137,698

MIXER APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

The Technology Partnershi...

1. A mixer system for use with a non-contact liquid printer, the mixer system comprising:a printing liquid reservoir, configured to contain a printing liquid defining a first printing liquid surface;
expansion chamber in fluid communication with the printing liquid; and
an aspirator element in fluid communication with the expansion chamber,
wherein in use of the mixer system:
the aspirator element is operable to reduce a pressure of a gas in the expansion chamber; such that a pressure head of the printing liquid moves the printing liquid from the printing liquid reservoir to the expansion chamber to cause a second printing liquid surface defined by the expansion chamber to rise in the expansion chamber from a first level to a second level; and the aspirator element is further operable to restore the pressure of the gas in the expansion chamber, such that the pressure head of the printing liquid moves the printing liquid from the expansion chamber to the printing liquid reservoir returning the second printing liquid surface from the second level to the first level, so as to cause mixing of the printing liquid in the printing liquid reservoir, wherein the pressure head of the printing liquid is defined as a pressure differential between a first pressure acting on the first printing liquid surface and a second pressure acting on the second printing liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,697

LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PUMP

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid supply device comprising:a force sensor which outputs an output value corresponding to a force of expansion of a detection target site of a blockage detection tube communicating with a liquid ejection unit for ejecting a liquid;
a pump for sending out a liquid in the blockage detection tube toward the liquid ejection unit; and
a control unit which stops an operation of the pump when the output value reaches a threshold,
wherein the control unit decides the threshold, using, as a reference value, the output value acquired when a predetermined condition is satisfied including that the detection target site is filled with the liquid and that the pump is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,137,696

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS WITH TANK INCLUDING NOTIFICATION FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank forming an ink chamber and including an injection inlet;
a cover movable between a covered position in which the injection inlet is covered and an exposed position in which the injection inlet is exposed;
a cover sensor positioned to sense a movement of the cover;
a recording head configured to discharge ink from the ink chamber; and
a controller configured to control operation of the recording head,
wherein the controller is configured to:
decide whether complement of ink injection into the ink chamber is a first time or a second time;
count an amount of ink discharged from the recording head;
based on decision that the complement of the ink injection into the ink chamber is the first time and based on the counted amount of discharged ink being greater than or equal to a first threshold value, wait until the controller receives one positional signal outputted from the cover sensor in response to the cover being positioned in the exposed position; and
based on decision that the complement of the ink injection into the ink chamber is the second time and based on the counted amount of discharged ink being greater than or equal to a second threshold greater than the first threshold value, wait until the controller receives the one positional signal outputted from the cover sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,695

PRINTHEAD PRIMING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a conduit coupled to a printhead, where the conduit includes an inlet and an outlet; and
a divider that divides a pressurized gas flowing through the conduit such that a predetermined portion of a total volumetric flow rate of the pressurized gas is provided to an environment surrounding the divider and a remaining portion of the pressurized gas in the conduit is provided via the outlet of the conduit to the printhead at a predetermined pressure sufficient to prime an ink supply of the printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,694

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT AND LIQUID CONSUMPTION SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid supply unit comprising:a liquid container configured to supply a liquid to a liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid container having a liquid supply portion that is arranged to flow out the liquid;
a unit housing located below the liquid consuming apparatus and configured to be detachably mounted to a bottom face of the liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid container being configured to be placed inside of the unit housing; and
a liquid introduction portion configured to be connected with the liquid supply portion and to flow the liquid from the liquid supply portion to the liquid consuming apparatus, the liquid introduction portion being placed inside of the unit housing,
the unit housing being located below a paper feed slot of the liquid consuming apparatus and being configured to be detachably mounted to an outer surface side of the bottom face of the liquid consuming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,137,693

PRINTING ASSEMBLY

1. A printing assembly (200), wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one frame (283) having at least two side walls (271), and wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one crossbar (272), which extends between the side walls (271) at least in a transverse direction (A), and wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one supporting body (616) that is movable relative to the frame (283) in at least one throw-off direction (C), said supporting body extending between the side walls (271) at least in the transverse direction (A), and extending in the transverse direction (A) over at least 75% of the working width of the at least one printing assembly (200), characterized in that at least two print heads (221) are located on the at least one supporting body (616) and are movable together with the at least one supporting body (616), and in that at least one first contact point (617) located on the at least one supporting body (616) and at least one second contact point (618) located on the at least one crossbar (272) form at least one first pair of contact points (619), which lie opposite one another in the throw-off direction (C) and which are in contact and/or can be brought into contact with one another, and in that the at least one first pair of contact points (619) are located spaced from each side wall (271) in the transverse direction (A) by a respective distance that corresponds to at least 20% of the working width of the printing assembly (200), and in that at least one third contact point (621) located on the at least one supporting body (616) and at least one fourth contact point (622) located on the at least one crossbar (272) form at least one second pair of contact points (623), which are at least temporarily opposite one another, including at least in a supporting direction that is orthogonal to the throw-off direction (C) and orthogonal to the transverse direction (A), and which are in contact and/or can be brought into contact with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,137,692

WATER-BASED CLEANING LIQUID FOR INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS USE AND CLEANING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A water-based cleaning liquid for inkjet recording apparatus use comprising:at least 0.10% by mass and no greater than 10.00% by mass of a nonionic surfactant;
at least 0.50% by mass and no greater than 30.00% by mass of a deliquescent agent; and
a pH adjuster, wherein
the nonionic surfactant contains polyoxyalkylene alkylamine,
the deliquescent agent includes at least one of sorbitol, trimethylolpropane, and 1,3-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-5,5-dimethylhydantoin,
the pH adjuster includes an alkali metal salt,
the water-based cleaning liquid for inkjet recording apparatus use has a pH of at least 7.5 and no greater than 8.5, and
wherein the polyoxyalkylene alkylamine has a structure represented by the following formula (1-1),

where in the formula (1-1), R1 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of at least 8 and no greater than 24, A1O and A2O each represent, independently of one another, at least one of an oxyethylene group and an oxypropylene group, and m1 and n1 each represent a number that is greater than 0 and that satisfies 0.5?(m1+n1)?100.

US Pat. No. 10,137,691

PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE STATION AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

1. A printhead maintenance station for cleaning a nozzle plate of a print unit that is movable parallel to a first axis and a second axis, comprising:a wiper bar having a wiper secured thereto;
a wiper cleaning assembly associated with the wiper, wherein the wiper is movable from a stored position in which the wiper is stored in the wiper cleaning assembly and a wiping position spaced apart from the stored position;
an actuator; and
a controller adapted to move a print medium, the printhead maintenance station, and the print unit parallel to the first axis;
wherein the printhead maintenance station is adapted to remain stationary when the print unit moves parallel to the second axis and, when not in use, the wiper is disposed at the stored position, and wherein during a maintenance cycle, the controller is adapted to operate the actuator to move the wiper bar to move the wiper from the stored position to the wiping position, and cause relative movement of the printhead maintenance station and the print unit to wipe the nozzle plate with the wiper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,690

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member including a porous body formed into a belt shape having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to come into contact with the ink image and to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the ink image;
a compression member configured to come into contact with the second surface of the porous body in order to compress the second surface for extruding the first liquid from the first surface; and
a liquid collecting member configured to collect the first liquid extruded from the first surface by the compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,689

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a frame;
a liquid ejecting head having an ejection surface that is formed with ejection ports for ejecting liquid, the liquid ejecting head being elongated in a first direction;
a supporting section disposed in confrontation with the ejection surface and configured to support a recording medium;
a first-tank mount section on which a first tank storing liquid is configured to be mounted such that liquid in the first tank mounted on the first-tank mount section is conveyed to the liquid ejecting head;
a receiving section configured to receive liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head;
a waste-liquid tank configured to store liquid received by the receiving section;
a medium feed tray configured to accommodate the recording medium;
a discharge section configured to receive the recording medium on which an image has been formed by the liquid ejecting head;
a conveying mechanism configured to convey the recording medium from the medium feed tray to the discharge section through the supporting section;
a liquid conveying section configured to convey liquid in the first tank mounted on the first-tank mount section to the liquid ejecting head; and
a controller,
wherein the medium feed tray is located below the supporting section;
wherein each of the discharge section and the first-tank mount section is located at a higher position than the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the discharge section is located directly above the liquid ejecting head, and the first-tank mount section is located at a position shifted in a horizontal direction from a position directly above the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the first tank and the supporting section are located to overlap each other with respect to the first direction in a state where the first tank is mounted on the first-tank mount section;
wherein the supporting section has a pivotal end and a free end opposite the pivotal end, the supporting section being configured to pivotally move about the pivotal end;
wherein the controller is configured to control the supporting section to move from a confronting position confronting the ejection surface to a retracted position by moving the free end in a direction away from the ejection surface, allowing the receiving section to receive liquid ejected from the liquid ejecting head; and
wherein the receiving section is disposed at a position in confrontation with the ejection surface when the supporting section is at the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,688

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a scanner;
an inkjet head; and
a controller configured to:
receive a copy instruction including an operation mode information;
cause the scanner to read an image formed on an original based on the operation mode information in response to reception of the copy instruction;
generate image data representing the read image;
determine a standby period based on the operation mode information;
execute a pre-print process in response to an elapse of the determined standby period from the reception of the copy instruction; and
cause the inkjet head to eject ink droplets to print an image based on the image data after completion of the pre-print process.

US Pat. No. 10,137,687

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING SUCH A DEVICE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead die, comprising:a first resistor to cause fluid to be ejected from a first fluid chamber out of a first nozzle;
a second resistor to cause fluid to be ejected from a second fluid chamber out of a second nozzle;
a first cavitation plate covering the first resistor;
a second cavitation plate covering the second resistor, the first cavitation plate spaced from the second cavitation plate;
a first adhesive layer overlying the first cavitation plate;
a second adhesive layer overlying the second cavitation plate, the first adhesive layer spaced apart from the second adhesive layer; and
a protective layer between the first and second fluid chambers and the first and second adhesive layers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,685

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS HAVING COVER MEMBER WITH ENHANCED RIGIDITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate having a discharge port forming face in which a plurality of discharge ports which form at least one row and which discharge a liquid are formed; and
a cover member which has a longitudinal shape in a first direction and which covers a part of the discharge port forming face,
wherein the cover member comprises:
two end regions being located at two ends in the first direction, and
two beam portions which extend in the first direction and connect the two end regions together and which, together with the two end regions, form a single opening that exposes the plurality of discharge ports, and
wherein when a width of the opening in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction is denoted as a [mm], a minimum length in the first direction of the end regions is denoted as c [mm], a modulus of longitudinal elasticity of the cover member is denoted as E [GPa], and a thickness of the cover member is denoted as t [mm], the following expression is established:

US Pat. No. 10,137,684

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:a timer;
a power generator configured to receive electrical power from a power supply, and supply the electrical power to the timer as driving electrical power;
a memory; and
a controller,
wherein the memory storing a time length parameter representing a ratio of an energized time length when the timer is in an energized state where the timer is receiving the driving electrical power from the power generator to a fundamental cycle time length which is a time length parameter used for estimation of a non-energized time length when the timer is in an non-energized state where the timer is not receiving the driving electrical power from the power generator and is based on a cyclic nature of a calendar,
the controller being configured to execute:
a storing process of calculating the energized time length during which the timer is in the energized state after a particular calculation start point based on a time measured by the timer and storing the energized time length as calculated;
a determining process of determining whether there exists the non-energized state after the calculation start point;
an estimation process of estimating the non-energized time length, referring to the energized time length and the time length parameter stored in the memory when it is determined in the determining process that there exists the non-energized state after the calculation start point; and
a lapse time length calculation process of calculating a lapse time length elapsed from the calculation start point based on the non-energized time length estimated in the estimation process and the energized time length stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,137,683

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a first heater row including a plurality of heaters arranged in a first direction in a plan view; and
a first transistor and a second transistor configured to supply current to a first heater of the plurality of heaters,
wherein the first heater and the first transistor are connected in series on an electric path between first wiring to which a first potential is supplied and second wiring to which a second potential different from the first potential is supplied,
wherein the first heater and the second transistor are connected in series on an electric path between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
wherein the first heater is arranged between the first transistor and the second transistor in a second direction crossing the first direction in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,137,682

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a pressure chamber-forming substrate provided with a pressure chamber;
a nozzle communicating with the pressure chamber;
a piezoelectric element which is provided in a vibrating plate closing a portion of the pressure chamber and which generates pressure fluctuations in a liquid in the pressure chamber by causing the vibrating plate to vibrate; and
a driving IC which is connected to the piezoelectric element through wiring and which carries out driving control of the piezoelectric element,
wherein the driving control has
a first preliminary heating step of heating the liquid in the pressure chamber by causing at least any one of the piezoelectric element, the driving IC, and the wiring to generate heat;
a preliminary ejection step of ejecting the liquid in the pressure chamber from the nozzle after the first preliminary heating step;
a second preliminary heating step of heating the liquid in the pressure chamber more weakly than in the first preliminary heating step by causing at least any one of the piezoelectric element, the driving IC, and the wiring to generate heat after the preliminary ejection step; and
a main ejection step of starting an operation of ejecting the liquid from the nozzle after the second preliminary heating step.

US Pat. No. 10,137,681

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS GENERATING PRINT DATA INCLUDING DOT FORMATION STATES FOR RESPECTIVE PIXELS BY USING IMAGE DATA

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
generating print data using the target image data, the print data representing dot formation states for respective pixels in a printing area, the printing area including an edge printing area and an interior printing area inside the edge printing area, the edge printing area including an outer area outside a recording sheet; and
supplying the print data to a print execution machine, the print execution machine including a plurality of nozzles configured to eject ink droplets; a pressure applying section configured to apply pressure to ink to eject the ink droplets; and a drive section configured to supply a pulse signal to drive the pressure applying section,
wherein the generating print data comprises determining a dot type from a plurality of dot types including a first type dot and second type dot, each of the dot formation states being classified into one of the plurality of dot types,
wherein the first type dot is formed by a first process, the first process being for supplying the pressure applying section with a first drive pulse signal and an additional pulse signal subsequent to the first drive pulse signal, the first drive pulse signal being used to control one of the plurality of nozzles to eject an ink droplet, the additional pulse signal being used to apply pressure to the ink in the one of the plurality of nozzles in a direction opposite to an oscillating direction of a surface of the ink in the one of the plurality of nozzles,
wherein the second type dot is formed by a second process, the second process being for supplying the pressure applying section with a second drive pulse signal without supplying the additional pulse signal, the second drive pulse signal being used to control the one of the plurality of nozzles to eject an ink droplet,
wherein the determining determines that the first type dot is to be formed in the edge printing area, and
wherein the determining determines that the first type dot is not to be formed but the second type dot is to be formed in the interior printing area.

US Pat. No. 10,137,680

PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING INDIVIDUALLY MOVABLE SUB-DETECTOR ELEMENTS FOR PRINT HEAD PROTECTION

SPGPrints B.V., Boxmeer ...

1. A printing system comprising:a print module with one or more printheads covering a printing width in an x-direction; and
a substrate holder for supporting a substrate to be printed on by the print module;
wherein the substrate and print module are movable relative to each other in a y-direction that is perpendicular to the x-direction,
wherein each printhead in a print position is positioned spaced at a first distance from the substrate holder in a z-direction that is perpendicular to the x- and y-direction,
wherein a detection mechanism is provided for detecting obstructions on the substrate holder, like crumples in the substrate, the detection mechanism comprising a detection element that extends along the printing width, and that, in the print position, is positioned spaced at a second distance from the substrate holder in the z-direction, which second distance is smaller than the first distance,
wherein a control unit is provided for stopping further relative movement in the y-direction between the substrate and the print module when an obstruction has been detected by the detection mechanism,
wherein the detection element of the detection mechanism comprises at least a first set of individually movable sub-detection elements that are positioned adjacent each other or staggered along the printing width for together cover the printing width in the x-direction, and
wherein the individually movable sub-detection elements are designed to have a detection signal send out to the control unit when one of the sub-detection elements gets moved out of a starting position by an obstruction trying to pass it.

US Pat. No. 10,137,679

MATERIAL DEPOSITION SYSTEM FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A material deposition system for additive manufacturing comprising:an extruder having:
two or more input ports for receiving two or more feed materials,
a mixing chamber for receiving the two or more feed materials supplied from the two or more input ports,
a mixing device for mixing the two or more feed materials in the mixing chamber to create a blended deposition material, and
an extrusion port for extruding the blended deposition material;
two or more actuators, each of the two or more actuators being configured to independently feed a respective one of the two or more feed materials at a feed rate toward the mixing chamber;
a measuring device configured to measure the viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber; and
a controller operatively coupled to the measuring device and operatively coupled to the two or more actuators;
wherein the controller is configured to receive information from the measuring device corresponding to the measured viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber; and
wherein the controller is configured to adjust the respective feed rates of the two or more actuators independently of one another in response to the information received from the measuring device corresponding to the measured viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the blended deposition material in the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,678

ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE FOR A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:integrating a first 3D object model with a second 3D object model to generate an integrated 3D printable model, the first 3D object model modeling a first object that is passive, the second 3D object model modeling an electrical power source receptacle that operably connects to an electrical power source that provides electrical power for operation of the first object, the second 3D object model comprising an electrical pathway from the electrical power source receptacle to an actuator of the 3D object;
printing a 3D object, with the actuator as a component, based upon the integrated 3D printable model such that the actuator interacts with the electrical power source to provide the electrical power to the first object; and
connecting the actuator to the electrical power source using the electrical pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,677

CELLULOSE FILM PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SUBSTRATES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE PRINTING

POLYMERIC CONVERTING LLC,...

1. A method of printing a single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film having a top surface and a bottom surface in a high temperature printer:said method comprising:
(a) coating said bottom surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive and coating said top surface of said single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film with a functional top coating while controlling the moisture content of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film at between 4.5 and 6.5 wt % water, based on the weight of the single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film;
(b) laminating a lay flat liner onto said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive to form a laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film; and
(c) passing said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film through a laser printer to affix printed indicia to said laminated single ply transparent or pigmented cellulose film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,676

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING AND ADHERING PANEL AND BRACKET STRUCTURES

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A method for the attachment of a bracket to a panel structure comprising:i. providing a reformable thermoplastic epoxy resin adhesive for attaching the bracket to the panel structure, the thermoplastic epoxy resin adhesive being incapable of forming crosslinks so that the adhesive is adapted to be reformed;
ii. placing the bracket in a desired location on the panel structure;
iii. heating the adhesive to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the adhesive but below a melt processing temperature of 150° C.; and
iv. hardening without crosslinking the adhesive by cooling to room temperature so the bracket is adhered to the panel structure
v. heating the adhesive to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the adhesive to remove the bracket during repair.

US Pat. No. 10,137,674

ELASTOMERIC LAMINATE WITH ACTIVATION THICKNESS

1. A method for forming an elastomeric laminate comprising the steps of:providing a first coverstock material;
SELF'ing the first coverstock material to create a pre-SELFed coverstock layer having a primary activation pattern comprising SELF-specific land areas and deformed areas;
providing an elastomeric layer; and
joining the elastomeric layer at zero strain to the pre-SELFed layer in a relaxed state wherein the deformed areas exist, such that the elastomeric layer and pre-SELFed coverstock layer are joined at one or more bonding sites.

US Pat. No. 10,137,673

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTINUOUS FLOW CELL LYSIS IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A method for fabricating a microfluidic device using soft-lithography replica molding, comprising:fabricating a first piece of the microfluidic device in a mold, the first piece including at least one microchannel having features sized to provide for mechanical cell lysis, the features including constricted regions and non-constricted regions separating the constricted regions, the non-constricted regions being shaped to converge at the ends into the constricted regions, wherein fabricating the first piece comprises:
pouring a first layer of a thermoplastic prepolymer onto the mold; and
partially curing the first layer under exposure to UV-light;
fabricating a second piece of the microfluidic device on a glass slide, wherein fabricating the second piece comprises:
coating the glass slide with a layer of the thermoplastic prepolymer; and
partially curing the layer coated on the glass slide under exposure to UV-light;
removing the partially cured first piece from the mold, wherein the partially cured first layer is removed from the mold without loss of the features of the at least one microchannel;
contacting the first piece to the second piece; and
bonding the first piece and the second piece together on the glass slide by curing the contacted first and second pieces under exposure to UV-light.

US Pat. No. 10,137,672

LAMINATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A lamination device comprising:a jig configured to accommodate a window having a curved surface;
a transfer member configured to allow a film to be attached to the window to be spaced from the jig;
a roller unit configured to press a surface of the transfer member to which the film is not attached and attaching the film to the window;
a driver connected to the roller unit and configured to move the roller unit along the curved surface of the window by rotating with respect to a fixed rotational center; and
a pressing unit connected to the driver and the roller unit and configured to press the roller unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,671

FLEXIBLE FILM COMPOSITION FOR HEAT SEALS AND CONTAINER WITH SAME

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A flexible container comprising:a first film and a second film, each film comprising a heat sealable flexible film structure comprising:
a seal layer (A) consisting of (i) from 35 to 80 percent by weight of the layer (A) of a propylene based plastomer or elastomer (“PBPE”) and (ii) from 20 to 65 percent by weight of layer (A) of a low density polyethylene having a melt index from 0.2 g/10 min to 50 g/10 min and a density in the range of from 0.915 g/cm3 to 0.935 g/cm3;
a base layer (B) comprising an ethylene-based polymer selected from the group consisting of high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene, (LLDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and combinations thereof; and
an outermost layer (C) comprising a material having a melting point greater than 140° C.;
wherein the films are arranged such that the layer (A) of each film is in contact with each other and the second film is superimposed on the first film to form a common peripheral edge; and
a heat seal is located along at least a portion of the common peripheral edge;
a hard seal wherein opposing layers (B) are in contact with each other; and
a frangible seal wherein opposing layers (A) are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,669

VEHICLE INTERIOR MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

LG HAUSYS, LTD., Seoul (...

1. A vehicle interior material comprising:coating layers formed on both surfaces of a veneer layer, wherein the coating layers are formed from water-dispersible polyurethane dispersion or water-dispersible acrylic polyurethane dispersion, wherein
the water-dispersible polyurethane dispersion or the water-dispersible acrylic polyurethane dispersion comprises a solid content of 10% to 40% by weight,
the water-dispersible polyurethane dispersion or the water-dispersible acrylic polyurethane dispersion further comprises a silica compound, and
the water-dispersible polyurethane dispersion or the water-dispersible acrylic polyurethane dispersion comprises 5 to 30 parts by weight of the silica compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of the solid content of the dispersion;
a back layer on the coating layer of one surface of the veneer layer, and
a front layer on the coating layer of the other surface of the veneer layer,
wherein each of the front layer and the back layer comprises one or more thermoplastic resins, and wherein a thickness of the coating layers is 5 ?m to 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,137,668

LAMINATED GLAZINGS WITH IMPROVED MOISTURE PROTECTION

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORP...

1. A laminated glazing including a moisture-sensitive functional insert included within said glazing, said laminated glazing comprising:a stack comprised of a plurality of glass or plastic plies, said plies joined together by interlayers located between said plies, wherein a central area of said stack comprises at least one optically clear interlayer,
said stack further including therein a moisture-sensitive functional insert, wherein the moisture-sensitive functional insert is a light valve selected from the group consisting of a suspended particle device, a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, an electrochromic light-controlling material, a thermochromic light controlling material and an electrophoretic light-controlling material,
and wherein an inner perimeter of the laminated glazing is formed with a frame comprised of a hydrophobic moisture-resistant material, said frame having a thickness substantially corresponding to a combined thickness of the interlayers within said glazing plus the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,137,667

GLASS LAMINATE CONSTRUCTION FOR OPTIMIZED BREAKAGE PERFORMANCE

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass laminate for a vehicle glazing, the glass laminate comprising:an outer glass sheet having an outer first surface and an inner second surface;
an inner glass sheet having an outer third surface and an inner fourth surface; and
a polymer interlayer between the second surface of the outer glass sheet and the third surface of the inner glass sheet,
wherein the inner glass sheet is chemically strengthened with a depth of layer (DOL),
wherein at least one of the inner glass sheet and the outer glass sheet has a thickness not exceeding about 2 mm or less, and
wherein the outer third surface of the inner glass sheet has flaws formed therein to weaken the glass laminate in the event of an internal impact on the inner fourth surface, the flaws formed in the third surface having a depth of about 80% to 90% a depth of the depth of layer (DOL).

US Pat. No. 10,137,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATE, AND LAMINATE

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A laminate comprising a flat film and a support film, wherein:the flat film has a thickness of 1000 nm or less, and does not have through-pores with an opening diameter of 1 nm or more;
the support film is a porous film having a surface roughness of 100 nm or less;
a plurality of openings in the main surface of the support film have an average diameter below 1000 nm; and
the main surface of the support film has an opening ratio of 40 area % or less.

US Pat. No. 10,137,664

COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE, AIRCRAFT WING AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A composite material structure, comprising a fiber-reinforced plastic composite material extending in one direction, wherein the one direction is 0°, and having a plurality of holes defined at intervals in a row in the one direction, that is subjected to a tensile load or a compressive load in the one direction, wherein:a peripheral region around the holes includes a first area obtained by bending a composite material reinforced using continuous fibers made even in a longitudinal direction so that a center line of a width of the composite material weaves between adjacent holes and zigzags in the one direction;
a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of the peripheral region is lower than a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of another region that surrounds the peripheral region;
the first area includes at least two parallel parts, wherein a first parallel part is positioned on a side and in contact with a hole of the plurality and is connected to a second parallel part on a side and in contact with an adjacent hole of the plurality by a slanted part disposed between the hole and the adjacent hole, such that first parallel part on the side of the hole and the second parallel part on the side of the adjacent hole are on opposite sides; and
wherein the parallel part comprises the continuous fibers oriented in a 0° direction, is parallel to a first diameter of its corresponding hole, and includes an extension line of a second diameter of its corresponding hole that is oriented in a ±90° direction, wherein a portion of the parallel part has a length equal to or greater than the first diameter of its corresponding hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,663

COMPOSITES COMPRISING ADHERED COMPONENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite comprising:a first component;
a second component; and
an adhesive stack disposed between the first component and the second component, the adhesive stack comprising:
a first adhesive-impregnated scrim layer disposed between the first component and the second component; and
a bulk adhesive layer disposed between the first component and the second component, wherein the bulk adhesive layer has a cleaving region with an embedded cord arrangement within the cleaving region for cleaving the adhesive stack.

US Pat. No. 10,137,662

FLEXIBLE LIGHTWEIGHT ARC FLASH AND FLASH FIRE RESISTANT POLYVINYLCHLORIDE FABRIC AND GARMENTS AND METHODS THEREFOR

Tingley Rubber Corporatio...

1. An apparatus comprising:a garment having a plurality of sections made with a fabric;
the fabric of the garment comprising:
a flexible polyvinylchloride sheet comprising plasticizers;
a non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber;
an adhesive covering a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet that forms a bond only between a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet and a part of the non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber, the adhesive being discontinuous lines and forming discrete locations that are spaced in the range of 0.25 to 1.5 mm,
wherein the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet forms an outside of the garment that is exposed during wear.

US Pat. No. 10,137,661

MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, DECORATIVE SHEET, DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A structural body comprising a base material, and a microrelief structural layer having a microrelief structure,the microrelief structural layer being laminated on the base material as a surface layer of the structural body, and
the microrelief structural layer having at least one physical property selected from the group consisting of the following (A) and (B):
(A) the elastic modulus at 25° C. is 50 MPa or more, and the elastic modulus at 80° C. is 30 MPa or less; and
(B) the tensile elongation at break at 80° C. is from 20% to 100%,wherein:the microrelief structural layer contains a cured product obtained by curing a curable composition,
the curable composition includes at least one monomer selected from the group consisting of a monomer having one radical-polymerizable double bond (X), a monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y), and a monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z), in an amount of from 70 parts by mass to 100 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the curable components in the curable composition,
the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y) is from 600 to 8000, and
the value obtained by dividing the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z) by the number of groups having polymerizable double bonds is from 300 to 1000.

US Pat. No. 10,137,659

FLOORBOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. Floorboards configured to make a floating floor, the floorboards comprising a surface layer and a core, the floorboards are mechanically lockable and which along edge portions of the floorboards have pairs of opposing connectors configured for locking similar, adjoining ones of the floorboards to each other both vertically and horizontally, wherein the surface layer comprises flexible resilient fibers, and wherein a thickness of the surface layer is equal or larger than 0.5 times a thickness of the core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,658

VACUUM INSULATOR AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:an outer case;
an inner case accommodated in the outer case;
a refrigerating cycle; and
a vacuum insulator disposed between the outer case and the inner case,
wherein the vacuum insulator comprises:
a sack-shaped enveloping member having a gas barrier property; and
a core member enclosed in the enveloping member, the core member including one or more sheets, each including a plurality of inorganic fibers,
an inside of the enveloping member is decompressed, and
at least one sheet of the one or more sheets comprises a plurality of bundled inorganic fibers formed by bundling some inorganic fibers from among the plurality of inorganic fibers, and at least a part of the bundled inorganic fibers are in contact with each other,
wherein the at least one sheet comprises in the range of 10 to 200 bundled inorganic fibers per 1 cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,137,657

CORNER BOARDS, CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Sierra Packaging Solution...

1. A method of manufacturing a corner board, comprising:bending a board stock to form first and second sides of the corner board, having an angle therebetween;
cutting the board stock into fixed lengths, the bent and cut board stock forming the corner board; and
forming a slit at a predetermined distance from a first end of the corner board, wherein the predetermined distance is between about 0.5 cm and about 2 cm, inclusive, when the corner board has a thickness of about 0.6 cm or greater, and between about 0.75 cm to about 3 cm, inclusive, when the corner board has a thickness of less than 0.6 cm, wherein pushing the bent board stock between the slit and the first end of the corner board inward from the first angle enables the corner board to be placed on a vertical edge of a container or stack of containers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,656

CARTON FEEDER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY FEEDING A PLURALITY OF CARTONS TO A CONVEYOR TRACK USING A PLURALITY OF PICK-UP HEADS

Norden Machinery AB, Kal...

1. A carton feeding system for feeding a plurality of cartons to a conveyor track, comprising:a plurality of feeding devices, where each feeding device comprises:
a pick-up head with a plurality of vacuum cups each having a front, the front of the plurality of vacuum cups defining a holding plane, the pick-up head being moveable between:
a pick-up position (P1) in which the holding plane of the pick-up head is positioned parallel to a folded carton blank that is to be picked up, and
an insertion position (P2) in which the carton blank is oriented for insertion into the conveyor track, and
an erecting finger having a bearing surface and pivotally suspended at the pick-up head, wherein the erecting finger is pivotal with respect to the holding plane of the pick-up head between:
a first position in which the bearing surface of the erecting finger is substantially parallel to the holding plane when the pick-up head is in the pick-up position (P1) such that the erecting finger supports the folded carton blank received on the holding plane of the pick-up head, and
a second position in which the bearing surface is transverse to the holding plane of the pick-up head when the pick-up head is in the insertion position (P2) to engage the carton blank and at least partially open the carton blank and align the erecting finger with the conveyor for insertion of the carton into the conveyor, wherein the pick-up head and the erecting finger are released from the carton blank at the insertion position (P2) when the carton is inserted into the conveyor;
wherein at least two of feeding devices of the plurality of feeding devices are operable in parallel to insert and release at least two cartons simultaneously at respective ones of the insertion positions (P2) located along the conveyor track.

US Pat. No. 10,137,655

RESEALABLE PACKAGE METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE RESEALABLE PACKAGE AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING THE RESEALABLE PACKAGE

1. A resealable package, comprisinga package body having a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, an openable top end and a closed bottom end,
wherein a portion of the first side wall protrudes beyond the second side wall at the top end in a direction from the bottom end to the top end,
wherein, when the package is in a closed configuration, an outer surface of the first side wall is located at a first outer surface of the package, and an outer surface of the second side wall is located at a second outer surface of the package opposite the first outer surface, and
a removable closure element with a first adhesive arrangement and a second adhesive arrangement applied to a common surface of the closure element, the first adhesive arrangement and second adhesive arrangement being applied to separate and distinct areas of the common surface of closure element and out of adherence to each other;
wherein the closure element is releasably adhered to an inner surface of the portion of the first side wall which protrudes beyond the second side wall and the second outer surface via the first adhesive arrangement so as to close and seal the top end, and releasably adhered to at least one of the inner surface of the first side wall and the second outer surface via the second adhesive arrangement that is resealable and distinct from the first adhesive arrangement, and
wherein, upon removal of the closure element from the package body, the first adhesive arrangement remains with the closure element and the second adhesive arrangement is left behind on at least one of the inner surface of the first side wall and the second outer surface, the second adhesive arrangement allowing the inner surface of the portion of the first side wall which protrudes beyond the second side wall and the second outer surface to be resealably adhered to one another in a position to close the top end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,654

MACHINE AND METHOD OF FORMING A BEAD-APEX ASSEMBLY FOR TIRES

VMI HOLLAND B.V., Epe (N...

1. Tyre building machine for applying apex strips to beads to form a bead-apex assembly for a green tyre, comprising:a bead holder for holding the beads,
a cutting device for cutting a substantially continuous length of apex into the apex strips with the apex strips having a leading end and a trailing end with respect to the bead holder, and
an applicator clamp for transferring the leading end of one of the strips onto one of the beads at the bead holder,
wherein the tyre building machine comprises a first gripper and a second gripper for engaging the leading end and the trailing end, respectively, of the apex strips and moving the apex strips in a direction of conveyance in a plane of conveyance towards the bead holder,
wherein the first gripper is moveable between a first start position and a first end position and the second gripper is moveable between a second start position and a second end position,
wherein the tyre building machine is provided with a first wedge, a second wedge, a third wedge and a fourth wedge,
wherein the first gripper and the second gripper each comprise a first gripping member that is suspended into a position underneath the plane of conveyance and a second gripping member that is suspended into a position above the plane of conveyance,
wherein for each gripper at least one of the gripping members is a biased gripping member biased by a respective biasing element to move towards the other of the gripping members of that gripper for clamping the apex strips from two opposite sides of the plane of conveyance,
wherein the first wedge is provided with a protrusion which is arranged to counteract the bias of the least one biasing element of the first gripper when the first gripper is at the first start position, the second wedge is provided with a protrusion which is arranged to counteract the bias of the at least one biasing element of the first gripper when the first gripper is at the first end position, the third wedge is provided with a protrusion which is arranged to counteract the bias of the least one biasing element of the second gripper when the second gripper is at the second start position, and the fourth wedge is provided with a protrusion which is arranged to counteract the bias of the at least one biasing element of the second gripper when the second gripper is at the second end position,
wherein the first end position is located at the applicator clamp,
wherein the second end position is located at the bead holder,
wherein the tyre building machine is arranged for conveying the apex strips in a first plane, wherein the first gripper and the second gripper are moveable between the first plane and a second plane in a background with respect to the first plane, and
wherein the grippers are arranged to be moved from their respective start positions to their respective end positions in the first plane and wherein the grippers are arranged to be returned from their respective end positions to their respective start positions in the second plane, which is behind the cutting device and the applicator clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,137,653

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING A GREEN TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A method for manufacturing a green tire by winding a carcass reinforcement ply (N) onto a cylindrical rotary tire-building drum having a circular section of which the generatrix is rectilinear, on which an inner rubber layer (G) is laid and defines a first laying surface, on which a number of profiled elements (P) that are axially spaced, with respect to a rotation axis of said tire-building drum, apart one from one another and have a given thickness are laid, wherein said inner rubber layer (G) and said profiled elements (P) define a second laying surface that defines a meridian line (M) having a curved profile on which said carcass reinforcement ply (N) is wound, comprising:grasping a front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) with the aid of a transport device having a chassis that supports a transverse row of gripping pads disposed along a line parallel to said front edge,
transferring the carcass reinforcement ply (N), with the aid of said transport device, between a supply station and said tire-building drum,
laying the front edge (Nav) of said ply on the second laying surface,
withdrawing said transport device,
applying an applicator roller having a deformable profile to the front edge (Nav) of said carcass reinforcement ply, and exerting a pressure in the radial direction, with respect to the tire-building drum, across the width of said carcass reinforcement ply corresponding to the points at which the carcass reinforcement ply is brought into contact with said second laying surface, and rotating said tire-building drum,
wherein after the step of grasping the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) and prior to the step of laying the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) on the second laying surface, moving at least one of the gripping pads relative to at least one other of the gripping pads such that the transverse row of gripping pads is adjusted from a first configuration in which all of the gripping pads are located in a single plane while grasping the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) to a second configuration in which said at least one gripping pad is vertically offset with respect to said at least one other gripping pad so as to impart in said carcass reinforcement ply (N) a non-planar profile which follows the contour of the meridian line (M) by displacing an articulating support carrying the at least one of the gripping pads into contact with a profiled bar that has a profile corresponding to that of the meridian line to as to impart the row of gripping pads with the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,652

METHOD OF HOSE CONSTRUCTION

7. A method of hose construction comprising:providing a hose former having a surface;
providing a sacrificial layer on the surface of the hose former;
constructing a hose on the sacrificial layer;
forcing pressurized fluid between the sacrificial layer and the hose former to separate the hose former from the sacrificial layer;
removing the hose former from the sacrificial layer; and
separating the sacrificial layer from the hose, wherein the step of separating the sacrificial layer from the hose comprises collapsing the sacrificial layer under atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,651

HEATING SYSTEM FOR COMPOSITE REWORK OF AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus that comprises:a frame;
an attachment system configured such that in operation, the attachment system attaches the frame to a surface of a composite structure;
a laser unit directly connected to the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a number of laser beams directed to; a first mirror, a second mirror, and a scanning lens, mounted within the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a laser source within the laser unit;
a vacuum bag that comprises a transparency for the number of laser beams with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag;
a controller that comprises a rework module specially programmed to:
receive rework information and data, for each portion, of a composite patch, that comprises at least: a depth and a number of plies in layers of a composite material removed to form a scarf in the composite structure, boundary conditions of the scarf, an optical absorption factor of a resin in a composite patch for the scarf, the transparency of the vacuum bag, a pressure within the vacuum bag,
identify a heating cycle and a cooling cycle for each portion;
generate commands, based upon a simulation that comprises at least one of: a finite analysis and an analytical analysis of the rework information and the data, to select, for each portion, a wavelength and an intensity required for each laser beam, in the number of laser beams, for a period of time needed to respectively raise each portion to a desired temperature range; and
transmit the wavelength and the intensity required for each laser beam to pass through the vacuum bag with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag and cause the desired temperature range in each portion, within the vacuum bag, for each step needed to cure the composite patch on the composite structure, such that the number of laser beams respectively heat each portion of the composite patch to the desired temperature range; and
an image sensor configured to confirm: an amount of curing of each portion of the composite patch, and a compliance of the laser beam with the commands, the controller configured to receive data from the image sensor and adjust commands based upon the data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,650

FILAMENT WINDING APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A filament winding apparatus comprising:a fiber supplier that supplies a fiber toward a liner having a cylindrical section;
a winder that rotates the liner along a circumferential direction of the cylindrical section to wind the fiber around the liner;
a tension adjuster that adjusts tension of the fiber supplied to the liner; and
a controller that controls an action of the filament winding apparatus,
wherein the controller includes
a tension amplitude estimator that estimates a tension amplitude that is a fluctuation width of the tension of the fiber wound around the liner based on an amount of circumferential swing of the liner rotated by the winder,
a waveform generator that generates a temporary tension waveform that relates a rotation phase of the liner rotated by the winder to the tension of the fiber wound around the liner based on the estimated tension amplitude and predetermined set tension of the fiber to be wound around the liner, and
a tension controller that controls the tension adjuster in such a way that an adjusted tension waveform that relates the rotation phase of the liner to the tension of the fiber adjusted by the tension adjuster has a phase opposite to a phase of the temporary tension waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,137,649

STEERING COLUMN PRODUCED FROM FIBRE-COMPOSITE AND ON THE BASIS OF PULTRUSION, BRAIDING AND/OR WINDING TECHNOLOGY

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A process of forming a fiber composite component, the process comprising:pulling a first set of rovings through a template;
braiding a second set of rovings onto the first set of rovings in a braiding head so as to form a braid;
impregnating the braid with a curable resin;
curing the impregnated braid in a heated mold so as to form a blank, wherein the heated mold gives the blank a profiled shape;
cutting the blank to size by a cutting device; and
introducing a milled relief with an opening into a guiding ridge of the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,648

MATERIAL PLACEMENT SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for placing material for a composite part, the method comprising:positioning a roller relative to a material delivery structure in which the roller is associated with an end of the material delivery structure;
moving the material delivery structure relative to a mold;
moving a plurality of lengths of material towards the roller; and
placing the plurality of lengths of material on the mold with the roller;
wherein the roller has an axis of rotation configured to move over a curved path between a first position and a second position relative to the material delivery structure; wherein the material delivery structure has a first guide on a first side of the material delivery structure in which the first guide is configured to guide a first number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller and a second guide on a second side of the material delivery structure in which the second guide is configured to guide a second number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,647

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIBER FABRICS AND COMPONENT PREFORMS MADE OF FIBRES IN TWO STEPS

COMPOSITENCE GMBH, Leonb...

1. A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional fiber fabric or a three-dimensional component preform, comprising:forming an overall convex body by sequentially laying sets of fibers on an overall convex surface of a workpiece carrier such that the sets of fibers extend from a first edge region of the overall convex surface to a second edge region of the overall convex surface,
subsequently clamping the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body on the surface of the workpiece carrier by clamping each of the first and second edge regions between a clamping device and the workpiece carrier, and
subsequently reshaping a to-be-reshaped region, which lies between the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body, into a reshaped region having at least one concave section by using a re-molding tool having a movable part that presses the to-be-reshaped region to form the reshaped region,
wherein the reshaped region has a surface area that is greater than the surface area of the to-be-reshaped region and/or
at least the segment of a fiber that forms the reshaped region of the body has a length that is greater than the length of the segment of the same fiber that forms the to-be-reshaped region of the overall convex body and/or
in a cross-sectional view, the path of a surface of the to-be-reshaped region is represented by a first line, and in the cross-sectional view, the path of the same surface of the reshaped region is represented by a second line, the first line being shorter than the second line.

US Pat. No. 10,137,646

PREPARING A POLYGON MESH FOR PRINTING

Whispering Gibbon Limited...

1. A computer-implemented method of preparing a polygon mesh for printing by a process of additive manufacturing, comprising the steps of:receiving a model of an object to be printed in the form of a polygon mesh;
converting the polygon mesh into a signed distance field comprising voxels identified as interior or exterior to the object, including the steps of creating a plurality of layered depth images of the model, and writing to the distance field using said layered depth images,
said conversion including resolving degeneracies in the model so that the signed distance field defines an outer surface that is an orientable manifold, in that pixels in said layered depth images that have inconsistencies are not written to the distance field, and pixels are considered inconsistent if a polygon of one orientation does not have a corresponding polygon of an opposing orientation; and
converting the signed distance field to a format that facilitates additive manufacturing of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,645

PROCESS AND MACHINE FOR MANUFACTURING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. A process for manufacturing an ophthalmic lens (10) having at least one optical function, which comprises:a step (100) of additively manufacturing said ophthalmic lens (10), by depositing a plurality of predetermined volume elements of at least one material having a predetermined refractive index, in accordance with a target geometric envelope (18);
a step of determining an actual geometric envelope at least once during the implementation of said additive manufacturing step (100); and
a step of triggering a corrective action if there is in a zone (P) a difference (Ecdif) larger than a predetermined threshold (S1, S2) between said target geometric envelope (18) and said actual geometric envelope, wherein said step of triggering a corrective action includes:
i) implementing a first corrective action when there is, in said zone (P), between said target geometric envelope (18) and said actual geometric envelope, a difference (Ecdif) larger than a first predetermined threshold (S1) and lower than a second predetermined threshold (S2), and
ii) implementing a second corrective action different from the first corrective action when there is, in said zone (P), between said target geometric envelope (18) and said actual geometric envelope, a difference (Ecdif) larger than said second predetermined threshold (S2), and
wherein said first corrective action includes depositing, on said zone (P), at least one additional predetermined volume element (14) without replacing the target geometric envelope (18), this deposition being said to be an altitude addition, whereas the second corrective action includes determining a modified target geometric envelope (19) replacing said target geometric envelope (18).

US Pat. No. 10,137,644

PROCESSING OBJECT DATA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system for generating a three-dimensional object from three-dimensional object data, comprising:a processing system to:
obtain characteristic data including one or more of a scaling factor corresponding to an ambient temperature during manufacturing, data defining an age of a build material, data defining a humidity level of a build material, data defining a particle size of a powdered build material, and data defining characteristics of a coalescing agent;
perform a geometrical transformation on the three-dimensional object data based on the characteristic data to compensate for distortions introduced by the additive manufacturing system during the generation of the three-dimensional object; and
generate a plurality of slice images from the transformed three-dimensional object data, each slice image defining a portion of a layer of build material where a coalescing agent is to be delivered during generation of the three-dimensional object; and
a manufacturing system to generate the three dimensional object based on the slice images.

US Pat. No. 10,137,643

MODEL-BASED PROCESS SIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a sensitivity model that comprises a plurality of sensitivity values and/or functions, each sensitivity value and/or function specifies a prediction, for a different lithographic apparatus setting for one lithographic apparatus, of an amount of a difference in an imaging result attributable to an amount of a difference in the lithographic apparatus setting;
generating, by a hardware computer, a simulated substrate contour using one or more of the sensitivity values and/or functions of the sensitivity model; and
storing in a non-transitory computer-readable medium and/or providing to a lithographic apparatus, data and/or instructions based on the simulated substrate contour,
where the data and/or instructions, or a derivative thereof, are configured to guide design, control and/or modification of an aspect of a physical process of manufacturing devices and/or an aspect of a physical object or apparatus for use in the process of manufacturing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,137,642

METHODS TO FORM 3D OBJECTS USING CROSS-LINKABLE OR SINTERABLE MATERIALS

1. A method comprisingforming a boundary line, wherein the boundary line forms a close curve;
forming a layer in the inner area defined by the boundary line, wherein the boundary line and the layer comprise different materials or different material properties;
treating the layer;
repeating forming the boundary line, forming the layer, and treating the layer until an object is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,641

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GUANGZHOU LITE-ON MOBILE ...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a carrier which has a predetermined surface, the predetermined surface including a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface; and
driving a discharging head to move on a work track and conduct a three-dimensional spread corresponding to the first surface, the second surface, and the third surface, wherein the predetermined surface and the work track have an identical spacing therebetween;
wherein the discharging head moves relative to the first surface using a first movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the second surface using a second movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the third surface using a third movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the first movement speed is identical to the third movement speed, and the second movement speed is different from the first and third movement speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,137,640

METHOD FOR ADHERING PARTS AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of bonding together at least two parts, the method comprising:assembling together at least two parts and at least one adhesive layer, the adhesive being configured so that its adhesive power increases on heating as a result of it polymerizing, at least one of the parts being made of composite material or of metal, the adhesive layer being present, after assembly, between the parts, the assembled together parts and the adhesive being present in a chamber defined by a wall, the wall having an inside face situated facing a first part present between the adhesive layer and the wall, the first part being intended to be bonded to a second part and only a fraction of the second part being present inside the chamber;
applying a hydrostatic pressure on the parts by contacting a stationary liquid with a side of the wall opposite from the chamber, the wall being configured so that, at least after application of the hydrostatic pressure, its inside face has the same shape as the first part; and
bonding the parts with the hydrostatic pressure applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,639

METHOD OF FABRICATING AN ULTRASONICALLY WELDED MAT UNIT

1. A method comprising:forming a first layer of a floor mat unit from non-vinyl nontoxic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material;
forming a second layer of the floor mat unit from the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material;
curing, at least partially, the first and second layers;
adjoining the first layer in direct contact with the second layer at a plurality of intersecting welding contact points; and
welding the first and second layers together without any material to bond the first and second layers together other than the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material.