US Pat. No. 10,189,349

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A shutter device for a vehicle, which adjusts an amount of air flowing from an outside of a vehicle surface to an inside thereof the shutter device comprising:a frame member having an opening provided therein and a frame-side pivot member, and mounted on the vehicle;
a fin extending in a first direction; and
a fin-side pivot member, which is pivotally engaged with the frame-side pivot member to pivotally support the fin on the frame member to be pivotable in the opening of the frame member,
wherein the fin-side pivot member is provided independently from the fin, and the fin-side pivot member is fixed to the fin,
wherein the fin has a uniform sectional shape in the first direction, and
wherein the fin includes an engaging part having a uniform sectional shape throughout the fin in the first direction, and the fin-side pivot member is engaged with the engaging part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,348

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel comprising an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of the engine compartment, in which components to be cooled of the vehicle are situated, wherein the upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in a vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which extends by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the lower flat element runs, from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction behind the rear end of the upper flat element, in a steeper curve than the upper flat element rearward and upward to a rear end which lies even further rearward and substantially higher than the rear end of the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,347

ENGAGING DEVICE FOR WHEEL AND WHEEL SET HAVING REMOVABLE POWER MODULE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. An engaging device for a wheel, comprising:a wheel hub located in a center of a wheel, wherein the wheel hub has a plurality of engaging holes; and
a transmitting member having a plurality of grooves, wherein an elastic member is provided in each of the grooves in such a way that one end of each elastic member is connected to one of the grooves and the other end of each elastic member is connected to an engaging member, wherein
the shapes of the engaging members and the engaging holes correspond to each other, such that the engaging members fit into the engaging holes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,346

PLANETARY MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A planetary multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a housing (9);
at least one electric motor (EM);
three planetary gear sets including a first planetary gear set (RS1), a second planetary gear set (RS2) and a third planetary gear set (RS3);
a drive (An) connectable by a zeroth shift element (K0) to a first shaft (1);
an output (Ab) connected to a second shaft (2);
four additional shafts including a third shaft (3), a fourth shaft (4), a fifth shaft (5) and a sixth shaft (6); and
a plurality of additional shift elements including a first shift element (K1), a second shift element (K2), a third shift element (K3), a fourth shift element (K4) and a fifth shift element (B1), the plurality of additional shift elements actuatable to provide at least eight forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8);
wherein a first element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connected to the housing (9), the first shaft (1) is permanently connected to a second element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), a rotor (10) of the electric motor (EM) is connected to a third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), and the third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connectable by one or more of the plurality of additional shift elements to at least one element of one or more of the second and third planetary gear sets (RS2, RS3).

US Pat. No. 10,189,344

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first rotary electric machine;
a second rotary electric machine configured to output power to a drive wheel;
a power transmission unit including an input element and an output element, the input element being configured to receive power from the internal combustion engine, the output element being configured to output power input to the input element, and the power transmission unit being configured to switch between a non-neutral state where power is transmitted between the input element and the output element and a neutral state where power is not transmitted between the input element and the output element;
a differential unit including a first rotating element, a second rotating element and a third rotating element, the first rotating element being connected to the first rotary electric machine, the second rotating element being connected to the second rotary electric machine and the drive wheel, the third rotating element being connected to the output element, and the differential unit being configured such that, when rotation speeds of any two of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element are determined, a rotation speed of the remaining one of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element is determined;
a clutch configured to switch between an engaged state where power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine and a released state where transmission of power from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine is interrupted, power from the internal combustion engine being transmitted to the first rotary electric machine through at least one of a first path or a second path, the first path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine via the power transmission unit and the differential unit, and the second path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine, the second path being different from the first path and not including the differential unit, and the clutch being provided in the second path; and
a controller configured to control the internal combustion engine, the first rotary electric machine, the power transmission unit and the clutch, the controller being configured to: (i) set the power transmission unit to the neutral state, (ii) set the clutch to the engaged state, and (iii) then start the internal combustion engine by increasing a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine with the use of the first rotary electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,343

CASE STRUCTURE OF POWER EQUIPMENT UNIT

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

1. A case structure of a power equipment unit which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, the case structure comprising:a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment;
a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and
a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member, wherein
the cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside,
a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port,
the lid member is provided with a cover member disposing part having a recess shape concaved from an upper surface of the lid member,
the cover member is disposed in the cover member disposing part such that the intake port is located higher than the upper surface, and
an upper end of the levee wall is located above an imaginary line passing through a lower end of the intake port from an intersection between the upper surface of the lid member and the cover member disposing part in a sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,189,342

BALL-BALANCING ROBOT AND DRIVE ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

The Regents of the Univer...

12. A ball-balancing robot, comprising:a ball having a ball surface and a reference axis extending through a centroid of the ball;
three omniwheel assemblies, each omniwheel assembly comprising a motor having a motor axle and an omniwheel configured to rotate around the motor axle;
a chassis configured for supporting the three omniwheel assemblies at 120° spacings with the motor axles oriented at an angle a relative to the reference axis and the omniwheels rotated at an angle ? to define mutually-orthogonal planes, wherein each omniwheel frictionally contacts the ball surface to convert rotational motion of the motor axle to torque on the ball;
a frame extending upward from the chassis;
a control assembly disposed on the frame, the control assembly comprising an electronic controller for selectively and independently activating the omniwheel assemblies; and
a power supply for powering the motors and the control assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,341

TOP OF A CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE COMPRISING PANEL BOWS

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A top of a convertible vehicle, comprising a top cover and a top linkage which is adjustable between a closed position covering a vehicle interior and a storage position uncovering the vehicle interior toward the top and which has a linkage arrangement on each of its two sides with respect to a vertical longitudinal center plane of the top, each linkage arrangement being pivotably mounted on a respective main bearing, which is fixed to the vehicle, via a main multi-joint arrangement comprising two main links, a rear bow realized as a panel bow being mounted on each of the bilaterally arranged linkage arrangements via a rear link arrangement, said rear bow being arranged at the rear when the top linkage is in the closed position and extending in the transverse direction of the top, wherein the two bilaterally arranged rear link arrangements are each actuable by a drive lever which drives the respective rear link arrangement in a first opening phase starting from the closed position while the main multi-joint arrangement is static and which drives the respective rear link arrangement in the opposite direction of the respective main multi-joint arrangement in a second opening phase, and wherein the top linkage comprises at least four panel bows.

US Pat. No. 10,189,340

FOLDING TONNEAU COVER APPARATUS

Agri-Cover, Inc., Jamest...

1. A tonneau cover apparatus for removable attachment about a top of a perimeter of a cargo box of a pickup truck, the top perimeter of the cargo box including a forward end, two opposing sidewalls and a tailgate, the tailgate being positioned rearward of the forward end and having an open position and a closed position, the tonneau cover apparatus comprising:a support frame assembly for attachment to the cargo box, the support frame assembly having two opposing side rails, wherein each of the respective side rails can be secured to one of the respective opposing sidewalls; and
a cover assembly including a plurality of rigid panels; wherein the plurality of rigid panels includes first and second panels; the first and second panels being flexibly secured to one another by a flexible hinge; each of the rigid panels having a thickness of from about 0.020 inches to about 0.200 inches and the flexible hinge is made from a fiber reinforced polymeric material that can withstand deformation without breaking or cracking; and wherein the cover assembly includes a plurality of elongated support members; wherein each of the plurality of elongated support members is secured to an underside of one of the plurality of rigid panels to stiffen the respective rigid panel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,339

TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM FOR A CARGO BED OF A VEHICLE

Rugged Liner, Inc., Owos...

1. A tonneau cover system comprising:a first side rail;
a second side rail, where each of the first side rail and the second side rail are adapted to be mounted to a vehicle; and
a plurality of panels coupled to the first side rail and the second side rail, where the plurality of panels comprise:
a first panel;
a second panel spaced from said first panel;
a third panel adjacent said second panel;
a spacer bar disposed between said first panel and the second panel with said spacer bar being fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail, the spacer bar including a channel;
a mounting mechanism connected to the spacer bar, the mounting mechanism including:
a housing disposed within the channel of the spacer bar, the housing having an opening and a closed end;
a bracket pivotably connected to the housing so that the bracket is movable between a locked position where a portion of the bracket is located proximate to the closed end and a stowed position where a portion of the bracket is located within the opening;
wherein said first panel is pivotally coupled to said spacer bar to enable said first panel to pivot relative to said spacer bar while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail;
wherein said third panel is pivotally coupled to said second panel to enable said third panel to pivot relative to said second panel and to permit said third panel to be located over said second panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said side rails to define an intermediate folded position of said tonneau cover system; and
a hinge assembly mounted between said second panel and said spacer bar to enable said second panel and said third panels to pivot relative to said spacer bar as a unit from said intermediate folded position to a final folded position located over said spacer bar and a portion of said first panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rails and said second side rail.

US Pat. No. 10,189,338

FOLDING TOP FOR A CABRIOLET VEHICLE

MAGNA Car Top Systems Gmb...

1. A folding top for a cabriolet vehicle, the folding top comprising:a top linkage having a storm linkage, the storm linkage having an upper storm rod and a lower storm rod which are connected to one another in an articulated manner;
a top cover;
a roof kinematic system to move the top linkage between a closed position and an open position, the roof kinematic system being including a four-bar linkage kinematic system having a first link, a second link, and a first drive member to drive the first link;
a tensioning hoop assigned to the top linkage and to which the top cover is connected;
a tensioning hoop kinematic system to move the tensioning hoop and to which the roof kinematic system is connected such that, during a movement of the roof kinematic system, the tensioning hoop performs an adjusting movement, the tensioning hoop kinematic system including a guide link and a coupling link connected in an articulated manner to the second link, a first bearing point to connect the guide link at a first end region to the coupling link in an articulated manner, and a second bearing point to connect the guide link at a second end region thereof to the tensioning hoop in an articulated manner; and
a control device to adjustably move the storm linkage between a locked position, in which the tensioning hoop is loaded by the storm linkage, and an unlocked position, the control device including a four-rod linkage and a second drive member, the four-rod linkage having an upper toggle lever and a lower toggle lever which are connected to one another in an articulated manner, the upper toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner to the lower storm rod, and the lower toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner between the second drive member and a body of the cabriolet vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,337

COMPOSITE LIFTGATE

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A composite liftgate system, comprising:an inner panel formed of a structural thermoplastic composite material;
an outer panel adhesive bonded to the inner panel, said outer panel having a finished surface;
at least one first channel that extends horizontally, at least one other channel that extends in a diagonal direction and a plurality of structural reinforcement ribs, at least one of said plurality of structural reinforcement ribs extending from at least one longitudinal side of said at least one other channel, all integrally molded into the inner panel to manage loads applied to the inner panel; and
at least a pair of steel reinforcement brackets connected by adhesive to the inner panel to add structure and strength to the inner panel;
wherein the inner panel further comprises at least one second channel, wherein the at least one first channel is located in the at least one second channel; and
wherein the at least one other channel is at least one first pair of channels that extend diagonally upward in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,336

GLAZING UNIT COMPRISING A PROFILED CLIP-FASTENING BEAD HAVING A HOLE

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing unit comprising a glazed element having an outer face, an edge face and an inner face, said glazing unit comprising, along at least a part of a bottom edge, a profiled bead attached to said glazed element and comprising a groove for clip-fastening a covering piece on said profiled bead, said covering piece comprising, as seen in cross section, a barbed hook that passes into said groove during clip-fastening, said profiled bead being situated against said edge face of said glazed element, said profiled bead comprising, as seen in cross section, an inner leg situated beneath said inner face of said glazed element, wherein the bottom edge comprises two bottom parts disposed symmetrically on either side of a vertical axis that is centered along a length of the vehicle glazing unit, wherein the inner leg extends along said two bottom parts and comprises (a), in a region of a first of the two bottom parts a first hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg and (b), in a region of a second of the two bottom parts, a second hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg, and wherein the first and second holes are each centered lengthwise on a bottommost point of said profiled bead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,335

FILTER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filtration material for filtering a contaminated air stream, comprising:a first layer comprising a first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a first plurality of cells, the first plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix comprising ?-glucan and chitin, the first layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream;
a second layer fluidly downstream of the first layer comprising a second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a second plurality of cells, the second plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix including ?-glucan and chitin, the second layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream, the second layer being adhered to the first layer; and
a polymer mixture coating the first layer and the second layer, the polymer mixture including a polymer and an antioxidant, the polymer configured to mitigate exposure of the first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers and the second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers to glucanases and chitaneses, the polymer further configured to begin thermally degrading at or above a predetermined temperature, the antioxidant being included at an amount sufficient to mitigate the polymer from thermally degrading below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,189,334

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a bezel having an air outlet formed therein;
a retainer having an air flow path along which an air flow toward the air outlet occurs and which communicates with the air outlet;
a movable fin for changing a blowout direction of air sent into the air flow path of the retainer and blown out from the air outlet, the movable fin having an upstream end and a downstream end;
a pair of rotational shafts for rotatably supporting the movable fin, the rotational shafts being formed at side ends of the movable fin and positioned at a downstream side along an air flow direction on the side ends; and
a fixed fin positioned near the air outlet of the bezel, the fixed fin having an upstream side and a downstream side;
wherein the downstream end of the movable fin is arranged near an edge position of the fixed fin positioned at the upstream side along the air flow direction, the downstream end and the edge position of the fixed fin being separated with a clearance therebetween,
wherein both upper and lower surfaces of the movable fin each include a concave surface which gradually curves from the upstream end to the downstream end, and
wherein a thickness of the movable fin narrows from the upstream end of the movable fin to a minimum thickness along the airflow direction at a position between the upstream end and the downstream end of the movable fin, and the thickness of the movable fin thickens from the minimum thickness from the position to the downstream end.

US Pat. No. 10,189,333

METHOD OF MODIFYING A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

14. A method of modifying a primary air conditioning loop of a heavy duty truck, the primary air conditioning loop having a compressor, a condenser mounted within an engine bay of the truck, an evaporator, and a cooling fan belt-driven by an engine of the truck mounted within the engine bay adjacent a radiator of the truck, the method comprising:removing the condenser from the engine bay;
removing the belt-driven cooling fan from the engine bay;
installing a remote condenser on the truck external from the engine bay on a back of a cab of the truck, the remote condenser in fluid communication with the primary air conditioning loop of the truck, the remote condenser including one or more electrically powered condenser fans mounted adjacent to the condenser;
installing an electric cooling assembly in the engine bay adjacent to the radiator of the truck, the electric cooling assembly comprising four electrically powered cooling fans oriented in a 2×2 arrangement and surrounded by a shroud;
installing a control unit in electrical communication with the one or more cooling fans, wherein the control unit activates or deactivates one or more of the electrically powered cooling fans based on cooling needs of the engine;
installing a manual activation switch for activating the one or more electrically powered cooling fans of the electric cooling assembly;
removing an oil cooler from the engine bay of the truck; and
installing a remote oil cooler at a location that is external to the engine bay of the truck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,331

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

JAPAN CLIMATE SYSTEMS COR...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a heat pump
including a compressor configured to compress refrigerant, a downstream indoor heat exchanger disposed inside a vehicle compartment, an upstream indoor heat exchanger disposed in a portion of the vehicle compartment upstream of the downstream indoor heat exchanger in a flow direction of air, and an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle compartment, and
configured such that the compressor, the downstream indoor heat exchanger, the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and the outdoor heat exchanger are connected together through a refrigerant pipe; and
an indoor air conditioner
housing the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger,
including an air blower configured to send air-conditioning air to the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
configured to generate conditioned air to supply the conditioned air into the vehicle compartment,
wherein the refrigerant pipe includes
a low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only low-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
a high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only high-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
the heat pump further includes
an air conditioning controller configured to switch the heat pump among a plurality of operation modes including
an air-heating operation mode in which the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger serve as radiators and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, and
an air-cooling operation mode in which the upstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, the downstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and
a flow path switcher configured to switch a refrigerant flow path such that high-temperature refrigerant from the downstream indoor heat exchanger flows through the high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-heating operation mode and that low-temperature refrigerant from the outdoor heat exchanger flows through the low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-cooling operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,330

AUXILIARY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR A SLEEPER CAB OF A TRUCK

1. In combination:a truck having an engine, a direct current battery system, a conventional air conditioning system operated by the engine, an operator's cab having a rearward end, and a sleeper cab at the rearward end of the operator's cab with the sleeper cab having an interior, a first side wall, a second side wall, a rear wall with interior and exterior sides, a floor, and a bunk bed positioned above the floor of the sleeper cab;
an auxiliary alternating current air conditioning system for supplying cool air to said interior of said sleeper cab only when the truck engine is not running, comprising:
(a) a 12 volt direct current condenser and fan mounted on said exterior side of said rear wall of said sleeper cab;
(b) an alternating current air conditioner unit mounted in said sleeper cab;
(c) said direct current condenser and fan being operatively connected to said alternating current air conditioner unit;
(d) an electrical inverter electrically connected to said direct current battery system which inverts direct current electricity from said direct current battery system of said truck to alternating current electricity;
(e) said inverter being electrically connected to said air conditioner unit which supplies alternating current thereto;
(f) an auxiliary control which is operatively connected to said air conditioner unit which controls the operation of said air conditioner unit;
(g) an inverter control electrically connected to said inverter which controls said inverter;
(h) said air conditioner unit having at least one cool air conduit extending therefrom into said interior of said sleeper cab;
an air manifold positioned on said air conditioning unit and is in communication with said air conditioning unit; and
said cool air conduit being in communication with said air manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,329

DAMPING FORCE ADJUSTING MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damping force adjusting mechanism comprising:a case that houses an operating fluid;
a sealing member that separates an inside of the case into a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber;
a housing that holds the sealing member and houses the sealing member in the case;
a damping valve that is housed inside the housing and performs control of opening and closing between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber;
a first pilot chamber and a second pilot chamber which are separately formed inside the housing with the damping valve therebetween;
a first communication passage that causes the first fluid chamber to communicate with the first pilot chamber;
a second communication passage that causes the second fluid chamber to communicate with the second pilot chamber;
a first fixed orifice that is interposed in the first communication passage;
a second fixed orifice that is interposed in the second communication passage;
a control chamber that is formed inside the housing and communicates with the first pilot chamber and the second pilot chamber;
a control valve that is housed inside the control chamber, separates the control chamber into a first control chamber communicating with the first pilot chamber and a second control chamber communicating with the second pilot chamber, and selects a flow of the fluid from the first control chamber to the second control chamber or a flow of the fluid in a reverse direction with respect to the flow of the fluid in accordance with magnitudes of fluid pressures inside the first control chamber and the second control chamber;
an actuator that controls electrical driving of the control valve and controls the fluid pressure inside the first pilot chamber or the second pilot chamber;
a first relief valve that has a valve member having the first fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the first communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the first communication passage; and
a second relief valve that has a valve member having the second fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the second communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the second communication passage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,327

SPRING MODULE WITH NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE STIFFNESS SPRINGS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A strut assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the strut assembly comprising:a damper; and
an elastic unit having at least one spring module acting in concert with the damper to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel, wherein the at least one spring module has a positive stiffness spring arranged in parallel with a negative stiffness spring;
wherein the positive stiffness spring is a Belleville spring segment and the negative stiffness spring is a buckling beam segment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,326

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A FRAME ELEMENT AND A CONNECTING ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR SECURING A CONNECTING ELEMENT TO A FRAME ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An assembly, comprising:a frame element of a motor vehicle;
a connecting element, provided for attaching a component, and
a fiber winding configured to non-displaceably secure the connecting element to the frame element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,325

AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An amphibious vehicle, comprising:an engine;
at least one land traveling device;
at least one water propelling device;
a power distribution device configured to distribute power outputted from the engine between land travel power which is to be supplied to the at least one land traveling device and water propulsion power which is to be supplied to the at least one water propelling device;
a slippage-amount detection device configured to detect a slippage amount of the at least one land traveling device relative to ground; and
a controller configured to adjust at least the land travel power, of the land travel power and the water propulsion power, on the basis of the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device,
wherein the controller is configured to reduce the land travel power and increase or maintain unchanged the water propulsion power, if the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device is greater than a threshold while the land travel power and the water propulsion power are supplied respectively to the at least one land traveling device and the at least one water propelling device for landing from water to land.

US Pat. No. 10,189,324

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

1. A method for coupling a motor vehicle having a trailer coupling to a coupling element of a trailer with at least partially automatic actuation of the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle includes a surroundings sensor system, at least one axle, and an air suspension system, the method comprising:acquiring, from the surroundings sensor system, data;
checking, using the data obtained by the surroundings sensor system, when the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer; and
controllably adjusting a level of the at least one axle of the motor vehicle by way of the air suspension system based on the acquired data;
wherein when, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer, the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, automated maneuvering takes place into a position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle; and
wherein after the position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is reached, a controlled change in level takes place at the at least one axle in such a way that the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle engages into the coupling element of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,322

DEVICE FOR DISASSEMBLING A TIRE FROM A WHEEL RIM AND A METHOD OF DISASSEMBLING A TIRED WHEEL

BUTLER ENGINEERING AND MA...

1. A device for dismounting a tired wheel having a wheel rim and a tire mounted on the wheel rim, comprising:a support member,
a bill or lever-shaped disassembling tool having one end thereof articulated to said support member, and the other work end thereof substantially hook-shaped, whereby said disassembling tool can be angularly displaced between a first insertion position between the tire bead of the tire and edge of the wheel rim and a second engagement and extraction position of the tire bead,
comprising an interception element for holding said tool in an engagement and extraction position wherein the interception element is carried either by said support member or by said disassembling tool and arranged to intercept said tool or said support member, respectively, when said disassembling tool reaches said engagement and extraction position, said interception element comprising an elastically loaded pin, wherein during the angular displacement between said first insertion position and the second extraction position and upon reaching the second extraction position, the elastically loaded pin is energized to lock said tool in said second extraction position, and thereby preventing any backwards angular movement of said tool.

US Pat. No. 10,189,321

AIR MAINTENANCE TIRE SYSTEM COMPONENT PROTECTOR

1. A protector for components of an air maintenance tire system, the components of the air maintenance tire system including an annular air tube being mounted to a tire, a mounting member being secured to a sidewall of the tire and connected to the annular air tube, and at least one flexible connecting tube extending between the mounting member and a valve housing to enable fluid communication between the annular air tube and the valve housing, the protector comprising:a first end disposed proximate a connection of the at least one connecting tube to the mounting member and being secured to the mounting member;
a second end disposed proximate the valve housing and being secured to the valve housing, whereby the protector covers at least an outboard surface of the at least one connecting tube for a length of the connecting tube extending between the mounting member and the valve housing; and
a mid-portion disposed between the first end and the second end, the protector being formed with a taper extending from the first end to the mid-portion, and with a taper extending from the second end to the mid-portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,320

ON-WHEEL AIR MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

1. An air maintenance system comprising:a rotating inner ring secured to a vehicle wheel;
a stationary outer ring maintaining a constant angular position;
an occlusion roller rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring, the occlusion roller having a protruding portion centered axially at a radially outer surface of the occlusion roller with axially outer portions of the occlusion roller being radially recessed from the protruding portion and supported by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring;
spacer rollers rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring and rotationally supported by the bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring; and
a flexible tube defining a pump cavity, the air maintenance system pumping a fluid from the ambient environment into a pneumatic tire by applying an occluding force against the flexible tube, periodically occluding portions of the pump cavity,
the spacer rollers having axially outer surfaces for rotational support by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring and a recess centered axially at the outer surface of the spacer rollers for avoiding any contact between the spacer rollers and the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,319

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Jianzhong Fu, Rockville,...

1. A passenger car tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) comprising:a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
determine a safety condition of a specific tire of the passenger car, based on deviations from a load-dependent tire pressure standard that is configured dynamically based on a real-time load of the specific tire measured by at least one load sensor; and
determine the load-dependent tire pressure standard by looking up a database comprising a plurality of tire pressure standards correlating respectively with a plurality of loads for the specific tire;
an indication device configured to provide at least one of a visual, audio, or heptic indication of the safety condition of the specific tire; and
a plurality of sensors configured to collect data of the tire load;
wherein:
the safety condition comprises a tire deformation limit;
the TPMS is a non-FMVSS138 system; and
the plurality of sensors are disposed at seats of the passenger car to measure occupancy of the passenger car to thereby indirectly measure the tire load data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,318

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING SPECIFIED GROUNDING TREAD

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a carcass layer; a belt layer being disposed on a periphery of the carcass layer; a tread rubber including a cap tread and an undertread; a pair of side wall rubbers; a pair of rim cushion rubbers; and a rubber grounding tread that is exposed to a road contact surface of the tread rubber and penetrates the cap tread and the undertread to contact the belt layer in an electrically conductive manner;the grounding tread including a widened portion having a cross-sectional area that widens toward a contact surface with the belt layer at a contact portion with the belt layer;
the widened portion of the grounding tread having a profile shape that bulges outward in a tire width direction;
the undertread including a thickened portion that has a gauge that increases toward each contact surface with the grounding tread at the portion of the grounding tread penetrating the undertread; and
a gauge G1 of a flat portion of the undertread and a gauge G2 of the thickened portion of the undertread have a relationship of 1.5?G2/G1?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,317

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING TWISTED BEAD CORDS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire having twisted bead cords comprising a carcass comprising a carcass ply extending from a tread portion through a sidewall portion to a bead core of a bead portion; whereinthe bead core is made of axially inner and outer core pieces, and a radially inner end portion of the carcass ply is held between the inner and outer core pieces without turning-up around the bead core;
the inner and outer core pieces are each formed of a helical body by each helically winding a bead cord made of a plurality of twisted steel wires around a tire axis from radially inward to outward; and
in the inner core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is the same as a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire, and
in the outer core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is opposite of a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire;
wherein a twisting direction of a sheath in the inner core piece around the cord axis and a twisting direction of a sheath in the outer core piece around the cord axis are the same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,315

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire having a vehicle inner/outer orientation when mounted on a vehicle, comprising: a plurality of protrusions provided on a vehicle inner side on an inner tire side portion in a tire circumferential direction, wherein the vehicle inner side is facing toward the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; a plurality of recesses provided on a vehicle outer side on an outer tire side portion, wherein the vehicle outer side is facing away from the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; and indicators on the inner tire side portion or the outer tire side portion, the indicators indicating the vehicle inner/outer orientation for the pneumatic tire when mounted on the vehicle;a height of projection of the protrusions from the tire side portion being more than 4 mm and not more than 10 mm, the protrusions being formed elongated, a bending rigidity in a lateral direction satisfying a range not less than 0.1 MPa·mm4 and not more than 10,000 MPa·mm4, and an inclination of the protrusions in the longitudinal direction with respect to the tire radial direction satisfying a range ±60°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,314

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising a tread portion on which land portions are formed by main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction and lateral grooves extending in a tire width direction, wherein at least one stepped portion whose height is gradually decreased on a downstream side in a water drain direction is formed on at least one portion of a groove wall which forms the land portion;wherein the groove wall has a tapered surface which is gradually inclined toward a groove bottom side as the groove wall extends toward the inside of the groove from an open end of the groove, wherein the stepped portion is formed on the tapered surface; and
wherein the tapered surface is formed on the groove wall which forms the lateral groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,313

TIRE COMPRISING AN IMPROVED TREAD

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire adapted to be mounted on a mounting rim of a vehicle wheel and having a predetermined direction of mounting on a vehicle, comprising a tread extending between an outboard axial edge and an inboard axial edge, the inboard axial edge being the edge intended to be mounted on the side facing the body shell of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle in the predetermined direction of mounting, the distance between the outboard axial edge and the inboard axial edge of the tread in the new state defining a width L of the tread;wherein the tread comprises N circumferential ribs, N being a whole number greater than or equal to 4, separated by N?1 circumferential grooves each one comprising two lateral walls, the mean axial distance between the two lateral walls of each groove being greater than or equal to 5 mm and less than or equal to 20 mm;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread extends, which is configured to be in contact with a road surface, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from a first axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.95·L, to a second axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is less than or equal to 0.6·L;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread comprises a first portion made from a first rubber composition and a second portion axially adjacent to the first portion and made from a second rubber composition different from said first rubber composition, wherein the second axial position is an outboard lateral wall of the groove adjacent to the second portion of the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread;
wherein the first portion extends, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from said first axial position to a third axial position of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.8 L and less than or equal to 0.85 L, the second portion of the circumferential rib extending from said third axial position to said second axial position, wherein the ribs other than the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread are the second rubber composition;
wherein said first and second rubber compositions comprise at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler comprising a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage greater than or equal to 50% and less than or equal to 100% of weight of all of the reinforcing filler, and
wherein said first rubber composition has:
an elastic modulus at 300% deformation which is greater than 1.1 times and less than or equal to 2.1 times the elastic modulus at 300% deformation of said second rubber composition;
a Shore A hardness which is greater than or equal to 0.95 times and less than or equal to 1.20 times the Shore A hardness of said second rubber composition;
a complex modulus G* at 60° C. which is greater than or equal to 1.00 times and less than or equal to 2.10 times the complex modulus G* at 60° C. of said second rubber composition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,312

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a carcass toroidally extending between a pair of bead portions;
an inclined belt formed by two inclined belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of equal to or greater than 35° and equal to or smaller than 90° relative to a tire circumferential direction and a circumferential belt formed by one or more circumferential belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of 5° or less relative to the tire circumferential direction, the inclined belt and the circumferential belt being provided at an outer side of a crown portion of the carcass in a tire radial direction; and
a tread disposed at an outer side of the circumferential belt in the tire radial direction;
wherein the circumferential belt has a higher tire circumferential direction rigidity per unit width in a central region including a tire equator than in other regions;
in a region of a surface of the tread including at least the tire equator, the tread includes a land portion continuous in the tire circumferential direction;
when an internal pressure of the pneumatic tire is set to 250 kPa or higher, a sectional width SW and an outer diameter OD of the pneumatic tire satisfy either one of the following relational expressions:
SW/OD?0.26 and SW<165 mm, or
OD?2.135×SW+282.3 mm and SW?165 mm; and
a width of the central region in a tire width direction, centered on a tire equator, is between 0.2 and 0.6 times a width of the circumferential belt in the tire width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,311

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire, comprising:a plurality of tire pieces comprising a first tire piece and a second tire piece such that the first tire piece and the second tire piece are integrated in alignment in a tire axial direction; and
a coupling portion configured to couple one of a first inner periphery portion and a second inner periphery portion to an axle,
wherein the first tire piece comprises a first tread ring, the first inner periphery portion and a plurality of first spokes such that the first tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the first inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the first tread ring, and the plurality of first spokes is connecting the first tread ring and the first inner periphery portion, the second tire piece comprises a second tread ring, the second inner periphery portion, and a plurality of second spokes such that the second tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the second inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the second tread ring, and the plurality of second spokes is connecting the second tread ring and the second inner periphery portion, the first inner periphery portion includes a first cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of first spokes, and a first flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the first cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion, and the second inner periphery portion includes a second cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of second spokes, and a second flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the second cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,310

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire comprising:a tread ring having a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface;
a hub positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread ring and configured to be fixed to an axle; and
a spoke structure connecting the tread ring and the hub,
wherein the tread ring includes a tread rubber layer, a first reinforcing cord layer, a second reinforcing cord layer and a shear rubber layer such that the tread rubber layer has the ground contact surface, the first reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread rubber layer, the second reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the first reinforcing cord layer, and the shear rubber layer is positioned between the first reinforcing cord layer and the second reinforcing cord layer, the first reinforcing cord layer comprises a first array layer comprising a plurality of first reinforcing cords, and a first topping rubber portion covering the first array layer, the second reinforcing cord layer comprises a second array layer comprising a plurality of second reinforcing cords, and a second topping rubber portion covering the second array layer, each of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has an inner topping rubber portion adjacent to the shear rubber layer, and an outer topping rubber portion, and at least one of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has the inner topping rubber portion formed of a rubber composition comprising a rubber component such that the rubber component comprises a butadiene rubber in a content rate in a range of 10 to 100% by mass, an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid metal salt in an amount in a range of 10 to 80 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by mass of the rubber component, and a peroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,309

WHEEL BEARING ASSEMBLY

ILJIN GLOBAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A wheel bearing assembly, comprising:a wheel hub fastened to a vehicle wheel so as to rotate as a unit and having a ring-shaped fastening portion; and
a brake disc having a ring-shaped fastening portion fastened to the fastening portion of the wheel hub,
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub protrudes radially outward, the fastening portion of the brake disc protrudes radially inward, and the fastening portion of the wheel hub and the fastening portion of the brake disc are fastened to each other while being axially overlapped,
wherein the wheel hub includes a cylindrical portion and a flange portion formed to extend radially outward from the cylindrical portion and to continuously extend in a circumferential direction, and
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub is formed at a radial outer edge of the flange portion so as to protrude radially outward.

US Pat. No. 10,189,308

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly,
a second drive assembly, and
a wheel axle having a first axle member and a second axle member,
wherein the axle members are arranged in a lengthwise direction relative to an axis of rotation of at least one of the first axle member and the second axle member on sides of the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly lying opposite to one another,
wherein the first axle member is coupled to the first drive assembly and the second axle member is coupled to the second drive assembly so that torque is transmitted,
wherein the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly are arranged axis-parallel to each another,
wherein the drive device has a first transmission for transmitting torque between the first drive assembly and the first axle member and a second transmission for transmitting torque between the second drive assembly and the second axle member,
wherein the first transmission and the second transmission are each designed as a spur or helical gear transmission with at least one transmission stage, and
wherein a displacement of the first axle member relative to the first drive assembly is executed in a crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the first axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the first transmission, or in that a displacement of the second axle member relative to the second drive assembly is executed in the crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the second axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the second transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,189,307

WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

GEO Plastics, Los Angele...

13. An assembly comprising:a pin sleeve configured to contain a retaining member and a biasing element;
a wheel mounting sleeve including an axle bore configured to receive an axle;
an annular rib extending radially outward from the wheel mounting sleeve at a position longitudinally spaced from the pin sleeve; and
a spacer extending longitudinally from the wheel mounting sleeve, the spacer monolithically formed with the wheel mounting sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,189,306

REAR HUB AND BICYCLIC AXLE

Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Ko...

1. A rear hub comprising:a hub body rotatably supported on a hub axle,
a sprocket carrier rotatably supported on the hub axle, and
a freewheel mechanism for axially coupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
further comprising a decoupling element for decoupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
wherein the decoupling element is actuated by a manual actuating element which is connected with an actuating mechanism on a bicycle handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,302

WHEEL TRIM

ZANINI AUTO GRUP, S.A., ...

1. A wheel trim (1) comprising:a base element (2) provided with holes (3); and
a cover element (4) placed on said base element (2), the cover element (4) being linked with the base element (2) by a speed activation element (5) and said cover element (4) being movable between a rest position, in which the holes (3) are not covered by the cover element (4), and an active position, in which the holes (3) are completely or partially covered by the cover element (4), when a rotating speed of the wheel is higher than a preset speed,
wherein the cover element (4) is also linked with the base element (2) by a temperature activation element (6) which moves the cover element (4) to said rest position when a temperature sensed by said temperature activation element (6) is higher than a preset temperature,
wherein a first end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is fixed to the base element (2) and a second end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is linked to the cover element (4) by an arm (10), a second end of the arm (10) being movable inside a groove (7) ,provided in the base element (2).

US Pat. No. 10,189,301

WHEEL SPIDER WITH ASSEMBLED SPOKE ELEMENTS AND CONNECTION OF WHEEL SPIDER TO RIM WELL

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel made of fiber composite material, the wheel comprising:a rim comprising a rim well and rim flanges;
a hub comprising a first force application element and a second force application element;
a first spoke element comprising first spoke element fiber composite material;
a second spoke element comprising second spoke element fiber composite material, the first spoke element being formed separate from the second spoke element to define a separately formed first spoke and a separately formed second spoke, the first spoke extending from a first area of the hub to a first area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a first positive-locking connection or by a first positive-locking connection and a first material connection in material bond, the second spoke extending from a second area of the hub to a second area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a second positive-locking connection or by a second positive-locking connection and a second material connection in material bond, the second area of the rim being located at a circumferentially spaced location from the first area of the rim with respect to a circumferential direction of the rim, the first spoke comprising a first spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one first spoke textile strand, the second spoke comprising a second spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one second spoke textile strand, the first spoke comprising a first spoke distal end portion and a first spoke proximal end portion, the first spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the first spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the first spoke proximal end portion comprising a first spoke surface, the second spoke comprising a second spoke distal end portion and a second spoke proximal end portion, the second spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the second spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the second spoke proximal end portion comprising a second spoke surface, the second spoke surface engaging the first spoke surface, wherein the second spoke surface is located circumferentially adjacent to the first spoke surface with respect to the circumferential direction, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are arranged between the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are fixed by at least the first force application element and the second force application element, at least one of the first force application element and the second force application element comprising pins, the pins being arranged between the spokes and the pins extending to another one of the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first force application element is connected to the second force application element via the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,189,300

DECORATIVE WPC PANEL COMPRISING A LOW-POROUS PROFILED EDGE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A method for producing a decorative panel, comprising the steps of: providing a plate-shaped carrier made of a WPC (wood plastic composite) material comprising wood particles and plastic;forming a profile in at least one edge of the plate-shaped carrier by milling using a milling head;
subjecting a surface of the profile to a thermal treatment to at least partially melt the WPC material in the region of the profile and seal the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,299

SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING A COVERING UPON A FRAME

Tracer Imaging LLC, Ossi...

1. A frame for maintaining a region of a fabric piece in a substantially planar state, comprising:a plurality of rails, each of said rails having a geometrical profile extended in a linear direction, said rails each having a first end face and a second end face, and
a plurality of corner pieces, each of said corner pieces including a slot formed partially through said corner piece at a miter angle, wherein the plurality of corner pieces exclusively define all corners of the frame and are separate parts relative to the plurality of rails, each slot being defined and formed only in a respective corner piece and not in the plurality of rails.

US Pat. No. 10,189,298

DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND TILTING A CONTAINER

1. An apparatus, comprising:a top plate, the top plate having a proximate end and a distal end;
a hinge assembly, wherein the proximate end of the top plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the top plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a bottom plate, wherein the top plate is hingedly coupled to the bottom plate by the hinge assembly, the bottom plate having a proximate end and a distal end, wherein the proximate end of the bottom plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the bottom plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a leg extending outwardly away from the bottom plate, wherein the leg is coplanar with the bottom plate, and wherein the leg is connected to the bottom plate near the distal end of the bottom plate;
a hook connected to a top end of a bungee cord, wherein the bungee cord is adapted to extend upwardly from a top surface of the top plate; and
a retaining wall, wherein the retaining wall protrudes upwardly from the top surface of the top plate, and wherein the retaining wall extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the top plate,
wherein the top plate is rotatable relative to the bottom plate,
and wherein the apparatus is adapted to hold a container, the container being positionable on the top surface of the top plate and at least partially enclosed by the retaining wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,297

WALL APPLIQUé

18. A wall appliqué comprising:a body portion consisting of a single layer having a front side and a back side wherein the body portion is a polyurethane material that is not a cross-linked polyethylene foam and sized and shaped to be used as architectural embellishment for a wall wherein the body portion has a thickness that is greater than .033 inches and less than ?? and has a Shore hardness of 10-60 and wherein the body portion is configured to be cut with handheld scissors; and
an adhesive portion comprising an adhesive layer wherein the adhesive portion is directly on the back side of the single-layer body portion wherein the adhesive layer is configured to bond the body portion to a wall by applying pressure to the body portion when the body portion is positioned on a wall wherein the adhesive portion is co-extensive with the back side of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,296

INSTRUMENT, SUCH AS A WRITING PEN, MAKE-UP PEN, TOOL OR TOY AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN INSTRUMENT

1. An instrument, said instrument comprising:a body adapted for being grasped by a user;
at least two modules, each module being independent of the other module(s), including an active portion and being movable relatively to the body; and
for each module, a mechanism for guiding the module in translation and in rotation along the body, the module being movable relatively to the body successively in a translation parallel to a first axis and in a rotation around a second axis which is perpendicular to the first axis and which is secured to the body, between a rest configuration wherein the active portion of the module is housed in the body and a use configuration wherein the active portion of the module protrudes out of the body,wherein both modules or two of the modules are positioned on either side of a same arm of the body, which extends along the first axis from a base of the body as far as one end of the body, the respective active portions of both of these modules being housed in the base in the rest configuration and extending along the first axis beyond the end of the body in the use configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,295

LAYER ELEMENT

1. A method for manufacturing a partially demetallized layer element, comprising the steps of:supplying a layer element, having
a carrier substrate with a face having at least one first and one second region, wherein the first region has a first structure which is different from a second structure of the second region, and at least one metal layer arranged on the face of the carrier substrate; and
removing the metal layer by exciting surface plasmon polaritons by means of electromagnetic radiation in the first region having the first structure;
wherein the metal layer in the second region is not removable by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons that contribute to the removing of the metal layer in the first region on account of the first structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,294

ARRAYS OF INDIVIDUALLY ORIENTED MICRO MIRRORS FOR USE IN IMAGING SECURITY DEVICES FOR CURRENCY AND BRAND AUTHENTICATION

LUMENCO, LLC, Englewood,...

1. A visual display assembly useful as a security element on paper and coin currency, and product labels, comprising:a substrate; and
on a surface of the substrate, an array of micro mirrors receiving ambient light and, in response, displaying an image in a plane spaced a distance apart from the surface of the substrate, wherein the image comprises a plurality of pixels and wherein the array of micro mirrors includes for each of the pixels a different set of the micro mirrors each having a reflective surface oriented, in a fixed manner with a body of each of the micro mirrors rotated about at least one of first and second rotation axes extending through the body, to reflect the ambient light toward a point on the plane corresponding to one of the pixels, wherein each of the different sets concurrently reflect the ambient light to concurrently generate the plurality of pixels, and wherein a voxel is created at each of the points on the plane via intersection of two or more beams of the reflected ambient light and wherein each of the created voxels produces an effect of a point source of light floating above the surface of the substrate in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,293

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT MEDIUM AND VERIFICATION METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An anti-counterfeit medium comprising:a support member including a first portion having optical transparency;
a first retardation layer facing the first portion and including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other;
a polarizing layer facing the first retardation layer at a position of the first portion; and
a second retardation layer facing the first retardation layer with the polarizing layer interposed therebetween, the second retardation layer including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other, wherein
the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer are attached to the support member,
the anti-counterfeit medium comprises only the polarizing layer as a polarizer,
a portion out of the anti-counterfeit medium where the first portion, the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer form a stacked structure has optical transparency, and
the anti-counterfeit medium is configured such that
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a first image when observing a portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with an unaided eye in a state in which the first retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and an observer, and a reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium, and
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a second image different from the first image when observing the portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with the unaided eye in a state in which the second retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and the observer, and the reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,292

METHOD FOR THE SURFACE APPLICATION OF A SECURITY DEVICE TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A fibrous sheet material having opposing surfaces and a recessin one opposing surface, which comprises:
a fibrous sub-region disposed beneath the recess, and an immediate adjoining bulk-region disposed next to the recess and the sub-region;
a surface applied security device disposed in the recess; and
an interface between the surface applied security device and the one opposing surface,
wherein the surface applied security device has been introduced during a wet stage of a paper manufacturing process where a fibrous web was sufficiently consolidated as a fully formed wet web, wherein by introducing the security device at this wet stage of the paper manufacturing process, the security device has been adequately forced into the fibrous web to further consolidate fibers in the sub-region rather than displacing them, wherein a water level and/or a moisture level of the sufficiently consolidated fibrous web ranged from about 60% to about 90% by weight, based on a total weight of the fibrous web, when the surface applied security device was introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,189,291

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUPPORT FOR THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

14. A thermal transfer image-receiving sheet comprising a substrate layer composed of a substrate, an adhesive layer composed of a melt-extruded resin, a porous layer composed of a porous film, and a color material-receiving layer that are layered in the order mentioned, whereinthe substrate and the porous film are laminated by the melt-extruded resin while passing the substrate and the porous film between a pair of rollers, the pair of rollers comprising a press roller and a cooling roller having a spacing d therebetween, and a midpoint defined along the spacing d between the press roller and the cooling roller; wherein,
a difference (d?h) between the spacing d between the rollers and a total thickness h of the substrate layer, the adhesive layer, and the porous layer is 20 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less; and
wherein a die is arranged above a position between the midpoint and the cooling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,290

PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a print-receiving medium that has plural pages arranged on the print-receiving medium along a length direction of the print-receiving medium, each of the pages including a print area, and has non-print areas each disposed between respective two adjacent pages of said plural pages;
a driving motor configured to drive said feeding roller; and
a printing head including plural heat generating elements that is arranged along a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of said feeding roller and is configured to form at least dots in each print line formed by dividing said print-receiving medium in said feeding direction at a print resolution, said printing head being configured to form a print on said print-receiving medium,
the printer being configured to sequentially execute printing using said feeding roller and said printing head in cooperation with each other for each of said plural pages of said print-receiving medium,
said printer further comprising:
a motor temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of said driving motor;
a processor; and
a first memory,
said first memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by said processor, cause said printer to perform:
a forcible cooling determination process for determining whether a detected temperature detected by said motor temperature detector reaches a forcible cooling temperature predetermined in advance in a state that said printing head executes the printing on said print area;
a first discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute forcible cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said forcible cooling temperature by said forcible cooling determination process;
a first resuming control process for resuming said printing while doubly forming dots on said print line of said print-receiving medium on which dots are formed last at least immediately before discontinuing said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to a forcible cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said forcible cooling by said first discontinuation control process;
a between-page cooling determination process for determining whether said detected temperature reaches a between-page cooling temperature that is lower than said forcible cooling temperature in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area;
a second discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute between-page cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said between-page cooling temperature by said between-page cooling determination process; and
a second resuming control process for resuming said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to between-page cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said between-page cooling by said second discontinuation control process.

US Pat. No. 10,189,289

TAPE INCLUDING LABEL PART AND ATTACHMENT PART SEPARABLE THEREFROM AND TAPE CARTRIDGE ACCOMMODATING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape comprising:a release sheet having an elongated rectangular shape, the release sheet having a length in a first direction greater than a length in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a main label portion affixed to the release sheet and containing a fold line extending in the first direction, the main label portion having a center portion in the second direction where the fold line extends in the first direction; and
a subordinate label portion affixed to the release sheet and arrayed with the main label portion in the first direction,
the subordinate label portion being separate from the main label portion and having a length in the second direction not more than a length from one end in the second direction of the main label portion to the fold line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,288

REJECTED MEDIA UNIT STORAGE FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device, comprising:a housing having an opening to provide access to a cassette removably supported within the housing;
a media unit holder configured to receive a rejected media unit driven between the opening and a body of the cassette along a media reject path, the media unit holder including:
a first deck having a first support surface between the body of the cassette and the opening, the first support surface facing the opening; and
a second deck mounted within the housing and having a second support surface, the media unit holder configured to receive the rejected media unit to support (i) a leading portion of the rejected media unit on the first deck, and (ii) a trailing portion of the rejected media unit on the second deck, wherein the first and second decks are configured to receive the rejected media unit for removal of the rejected media unit via the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,287

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:an ejection head provided with a plurality of nozzles and configured to eject a liquid from the nozzles to a paper sheet to perform printing;
a paper sheet transport roller configured to transport the paper sheet to an ejection position of the ejection head by rotating while pinching the paper sheet;
an inverting portion configured to curve and invert the paper sheet in order to print on a second surface of the paper sheet after printing on a first surface of the paper sheet;
a pinch portion configured to pinch the paper sheet with the inverting portion; and
a rotation control unit configured to control rotation of the paper sheet transport roller,
wherein, after printing on the first surface of the paper sheet, the rotation control unit performs a decurling process including a rotation stop control to stop rotation of the paper sheet transport roller for a predetermined time in a state in which a length from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the pinch portion to a forward end of the second surface of the paper sheet is equal to or shorter than a distance from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the paper sheet transport roller to an uppermost stream nozzle of the ejection head.

US Pat. No. 10,189,286

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS OF WEB PRINT MEDIUM

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a web and arranged downstream of an inkjet head for ejecting ink to the web in a conveyance direction of the web;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a back tension roller arranged upstream of the inkjet head in the conveyance direction and configured to apply a tension to a portion of the web located under the inkjet head in cooperation with the conveyance roller;
a conveyance speed detector configured to detect a conveyance speed of the web;
a brake configured to apply a braking force to the back tension roller; and
a controller configured to control the conveyance motor and the brake,wherein the controller is configured tobased on the conveyance speed of the web detected by the conveyance speed detector, control a value of a drive control parameter of the conveyance motor such that the conveyance speed of the web is equal to a target speed, the drive control parameter being a parameter for controlling power supplied to the conveyance motor,
calculate an output torque of the conveyance motor corresponding to the value of the drive control parameter, and
adjust the braking force of the brake such that a difference between the calculated output torque of the conveyance motor and an output torque of the brake is equal to a target torque difference corresponding to a target tension of the tension of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,285

SELF-STRIP MEDIA MODULE

1. A module, comprising:a peel bar rotatable from a first position on a discharge side of a platen roller to a second position on a feed side of the platen roller and to a third position on the discharge side of the platen roller;
wherein, when the peel bar is in the second position, media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis of a printer;
wherein, when the peel bar is rotated from the second position to the third position after the media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and the mid-chassis, the peel bar pulls the media over the platen roller and over itself;
wherein the printer comprises a thermal printhead configured to be lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on media, the media comprising a series of labels adhered to a liner; and
wherein, when the printer advances the media over the peel bar when the peel bar is in the third position, the labels are stripped from the liner as the media advances around the peel bar and the printer advances the liner around the peel bar and over the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,284

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall, the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the rear wall in a first direction orthogonal to the front wall and the rear wall, an arm portion including the front wall, the first wall, and the third wall, the arm portion having a tape feed exit located on an end of the arm portion in a second direction parallel to the front wall and the bottom wall, the first wall and the second wall forming an arm-opening extending in a third direction from the bottom wall to the top wall between the first wall and the second wall in the first direction, the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the first wall in the first direction, the third direction being orthogonal to the first and the second directions;
a tape, a portion of the tape being included within the arm portion, a different portion of the tape being exposed through the tape feed exit, the tape being configured to be fed to the tape feed exit in the second direction;
a rear indentation indented from a rear portion of the bottom wall toward the top wall up to a ceiling surface, the ceiling surface being parallel to the top wall and the bottom wall, the ceiling surface being between the top wall and the bottom wall in the third direction;
a plurality of front indicator portions positioned opposite of the portion of the tape with respect to the third wall in the first direction, the plurality of front indicator portions including a first type and a second type, the first type being defined on a surface of the front wall, the second type having an elevation with respect to the front wall in the first direction and exposing a portion of the third wall, positions of the plurality of front indicator portions corresponding to a type of the tape; and
a rear indicator portion formed on the ceiling surface, a position of the rear indicator portion indicating a color of characters, the rear indicator portion being one of a pressing portion or a non-pressing portion,
wherein the plurality of front indicator portions and the rear indicator portion are positioned between a first virtual line and a second virtual line, the first virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting the tape feed exit, and the second virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting an upstream end of the arm-opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,282

PRINTER AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING MULTI-PASS PRINTING

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a print executing unit including:
a conveying mechanism configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction;
a print head having a plurality of nozzles arranged in the conveying direction, each of the plurality of nozzles being configured to eject an ink droplet to form a dot on the sheet; and
a main scanning mechanism configured to execute a main scan by moving the print head in a main scanning direction perpendicular to the conveying direction; and
a controller configured to control the print executing unit to perform a multi-pass printing for printing a target image on the sheet with a plurality of pass processes, the plurality of pass processes forming a plurality of partial images respectively, two partial images formed with successive two pass processes overlapping partially, wherein K-number of active nozzles consecutively arranged are selected from the plurality of nozzles for each of the plurality of pass processes, dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at an upstream gradient from a nozzle having a maximum dot recording rate among the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles toward a most-upstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction, the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at a downstream gradient from a nozzle having the maximum dot recording rate toward a most-downstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the print executing unit to perform:
executing an (A)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KA number of active nozzles;
executing, before the (A)-print process is executed, a (B)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KB number of active nozzles, KB being smaller than KA; and
executing, after the (B)-print process is executed before the (A)-print process is executed, a (C)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and at least two pass processes are executed with KC number of active nozzles, KC being greater than or equal to KB and smaller than KA,
wherein the (C)-print process includes:
a (C1)-pass process with KC1 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being smaller than the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being the same as the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process; and
a (C2)-pass process with KC2 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the (C2)-pass process being executed after the (C1) pass process, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being the same as the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KA number of active nozzles used in the (A)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being smaller than the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, KC1 being smaller than KC2.

US Pat. No. 10,189,280

CORRUGATED-BOARD MACHINE

BHS Corrugated Maschinen-...

1. A corrugated-board machine for manufacturing corrugated board, comprisinga) a material-web output device for outputting a material web,
b) an inkjet printing device disposed downstream of the material-web output device for printing at least one imprint on the material web, and
c) an overcoating arrangement, disposed downstream of the inkjet printing device, for overcoating the printed material web at least in regions, the overcoating arrangement comprising a varnishing unit for substantially full-faced overcoating a printed side of the material web with at least one overcoating layer, the varnishing unit comprising at least one overcoat-application roller for applying the at least one overcoating layer on the printed side of the material web, the overcoating arrangement further comprises an inkjet-varnishing device for inkjet-varnishing the printed material web in regions with at least one inkjet-varnish region, the at least one inkjet-varnish region covers the at least one imprint at least in regions in order to increase its gloss effect at least in regions;
an inkjet-varnishing control device for position control of the at least one inkjet-varnish region on the printed material web, the positioning control taking place on the basis of markings of the printed material web, the inkjet-varnishing control device communicating scaling/size values to the inkjet-varnishing device for matching the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint, the inkjet-varnishing control device being configured to match a size of the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint by receiving corresponding information which is based on distance measurements of the markings on the material web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,278

HIGH-TURNAROUND, CLOSED-LOOP, DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING

1. A printing apparatus for direct-to-garment printing, comprising:a plurality of pallets movable along a closed-loop path, each pallet configured to secure a fabric substrate having a printable surface; and
a plurality of stations positioned along the closed-loop path, wherein each pallet stops at each station for a preset dwell time, and wherein the plurality of stations comprises:
an operator station configured for receiving and securing the fabric substrate onto one of the plurality of pallets to provide access to the printable surface of the fabric substrate;
one or more pretreatment stations configured for pretreating at least a portion of the printable surface of the fabric substrate with a pretreatment fluid;
one or more heating stations configured for heating and drying the pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate; and
one or more printing stations configured for printing an image on the dried pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate to form a printed fabric product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,277

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRETREATING AND PRINTING TEXTILE SURFACES

Aeoon Technologies GmbH, ...

1. Device for pretreating and printing textile surfaces havingat least one pallet for accommodating and holding a textile to be printed, wherein, for the purpose of printing, the textile is provided on a printing face,
a pretreatment means, by means of which the textile can be pretreated prior to printing, wherein on the textile a pretreatment fluid is applied in a pretreatment area,
a printing means having at least one print head, by means of which the textile can be printed with a printed image in the pretreatment area,
a movement means, by means of which the at least one pallet can be moved relative to the pretreatment means and the printing means, and
a programmable control means, by means of which the printing means, the pretreatment means and/or the movement means can be controlled,whereina detection means is provided, by means of which the textile can be detected, and
the detection means is connected to the programmable control means, wherein, depending on the detected textile, the pretreatment area can be applied individually onto a partial area of the printing face of the textile.

US Pat. No. 10,189,276

TAPE PRINTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape printing device that is vertically long and is able to be operated by being handheld, comprising:a main key operating portion; and
a plurality of groups of keys positioned on the main key operation portion on a front surface of the tape printing device,
wherein the plurality of groups of keys comprises a first group of keys having a high frequency of operations and a second group of keys having a low frequency of operations,
wherein the first group of keys having a high frequency of operations is disposed at a position near to a center of gravity in a longitudinal direction of the tape printing device, and the second group of keys having a low frequency of operations is disposed at a position distant from the center of gravity in the longitudinal direction of the tape printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,275

TREATMENT SEGMENT WITH A COUPLING SECTION AND DEVICE FOR PRINTING CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A treatment segment for printing on containers, said treatment segment comprising a coupling section for securing said treatment segment on a revolving and drivable transport element such that said treatment segment can be exchanged, wherein said treatment segment comprises at least one of a retention-and-centering unit for securing a container on said treatment segment and a receiver for retaining and releasing a retention-and-centering unit, wherein said coupling section is a component of a support structure that runs, at least in sections, in an interior of said treatment segment enclosed by a housing, and wherein said housing is retained, at least indirectly, on said support structure, wherein said support structure comprises at least one first coupling-element on which at least two spaced apart bearing sections are formed, wherein said bearing sections each have pairs of bearing surfaces that are configured such that an alignment of said treatment segment in relation to the transport element takes place through said bearing surfaces in two orthogonal spatial directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,274

PRINTER, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head having a plurality of heating elements arranged in an arrangement direction, the thermal head being configured to selectively energize the plurality of heating elements, thereby applying thermal energy to a print medium, wherein the print medium is configured to develop a first color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a first quantity and equal to or less than a second quantity and to develop a second color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a third quantity more than the second quantity;
a conveyor configured to convey the print medium in a conveyance direction perpendicular to the arrangement direction of the heating elements; and
a controller configured to perform a particular process comprising:
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fourth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a first area of the print medium; and
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fifth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a second area of the print medium, the second area including an overlapping area that overlaps and positionally coincides with at least a part of the first area in the conveyance direction, each of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being more than the first quantity and less than the second quantity, a sum of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being less than the third quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,273

HEAD UNIT HAVING NOZZLE CHIPS ARRANGED SIDE BY SIDE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A head unit comprising:nozzle chips which are arranged side by side in a first direction, each of the nozzle chips having a jetting surface and nozzles aligned in a predetermined direction parallel to the jetting surface and crossing both of the first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a holder configured to hold the nozzle chips from a side opposite to the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips; and
a fixing plate to which the nozzle chips are fixed and which is arranged on a side facing the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips,
wherein the holder has first walls arranged in the second direction so as to sandwich the nozzle chips therebetween,
each of the first walls has first projections formed on a lower surface thereof facing the fixing plate, and
the first projections make contact with the fixing plate and
wherein two nozzle chips included in the nozzle chips are exposed from the holder in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,272

CORRECTION VALUE ACQUIRING METHOD FOR INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND AN INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A correction value acquiring method for inkjet printing apparatus, an inkjet printing apparatus with an inkjet head for dispensing ink droplets to a printing medium to form images thereon, the inkjet head including a plurality of head modules each having a plurality of nozzles for dispensing the ink droplets, and drive circuits provided for the respective head modules for driving the nozzles, the method being arranged to obtain correction values for the drive circuits, the method comprising the following steps:a testing chart forming step for forming a testing chart in one printing job, the testing chart including a first line segment group having a plurality of first line segments formed in a direction perpendicular to a transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuit of a head module acting as reference among the head modules to output a reference drive signal for obtaining a reference density, and a second line segment group having a plurality of second line segments formed in the direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuits of the head modules other than the head module acting as reference to output the reference drive signal and drive signals with a plurality of different correction values added to the reference drive signal;
an identifying step for comparing density of each first line segment and density of each second line segment based on the testing chart, and identifying a second line segment having a matching density; and
a correction value acquiring step for acquiring a correction value corresponding to the second line segment identified.

US Pat. No. 10,189,269

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to discharge first black ink, second black ink having a higher surface tension than the first black ink, and color ink having a lower surface tension than the second black ink;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a target portion of a first area to be subjected to recording with a black ink on a recording medium is an edge portion adjoining a second area to be subjected to recording with at least the color ink; and
a control unit configured to control a recording operation to record an image on the recording medium by discharging ink from the recording head,
wherein the control unit controls the recording operation to discharge both the first and the second black ink to the target portion determined to be the edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,268

SOLVENT OR INK CONTAINER PLUG

DOVER EUROPE SARL, Verni...

1. A solvent or ink container plug including:a cylindrical base having an upper side and a lower side, the lower side being configured to face an inside of a container when the container is closed by the plug; and
a connection portion, connected to the upper side of the cylindrical base, the connection portion comprising at least two connection tips,
wherein the cylindrical base comprises a first aperture and a second aperture provided at the lower side of the cylindrical base,
wherein the first aperture and second aperture are each in communication with a corresponding one of the two connection tips, and
wherein the connection portion has a side dimension, measured in a plane perpendicular to an axis of introducing the plug onto or into the container, that is smaller than the cylindrical base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,267

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber which communicates with a nozzle for ejecting liquid;
an inflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber;
a liquid supply unit which supplies the liquid to the inflow path;
an outflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber, and through which the liquid is caused to flow out from the liquid chamber;
a moving object which causes the liquid to be ejected from the nozzle by reciprocating toward the nozzle in the liquid chamber; and
an actuator which causes the moving object to reciprocate,
wherein, at least in an ejecting state in which the liquid is continuously ejected from the nozzle due to reciprocating of the moving object, a flow path resistance of the outflow path is larger than that of the inflow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,266

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle through which fluid is ejected or purged;
a pressure regulating valve arranged upstream of the nozzle,
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to open in response to an open/close pressure differential of the fluid across the pressure regulating valve, and
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to controllably regulate the open/close pressure differential; and
a controller configured to:
when a suction pump is being operated to perform a first purging operation comprising creating a first negative pressure through suctioning by the suction pump to purge the fluid through the nozzle, control the pressure regulating valve to set the open/close pressure differential of the pressure regulating valve to a first value.

US Pat. No. 10,189,264

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid supply unit configured to be attachable to and detachable from a liquid ejection device that comprises an electrode assembly and an engaged part, the liquid supply unit comprising:a lower wall having a liquid supply port;
an upper wall opposed to the lower wall;
a first vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall;
a second vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall and opposed to the first vertical wall;
a third vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall;
a fourth vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall and opposed to the third vertical wall;
an inclined surface extending outward and upward from the second vertical wall such that the second vertical wall has a vertically extending section below the inclined surface;
a plurality of contact portions arrayed in an array direction on the inclined surface, the contact portions being electrically connectable with the electrode assembly; and
an engagement part that is engageable with the engaged part,
wherein the engagement part is located above the inclined surface on the second vertical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,262

CLEANING LIQUID, CONTAINER, INKJET PRINTING METHOD, INKJET PRINTING DEVICE, AND SET OF INK AND CLEANING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A cleaning liquid for rinsing an ink adhering to an article comprising:water; and
a first organic solvent,
wherein a liquid mixture of the water and the first organic solvent has a Hansen solubility parameter including a hydrogen bond term of 10.0 (cal/cm3)1/2 or less,
wherein the ink includes water, a second organic solvent, a polyurethane resin particle, and a polysiloxane surfactant having an HLB value of 8 or less,
wherein the polyurethane resin particle accounts for 5 percent by mass or more of a total amount of the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,189,261

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIPING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a wiper;
a wiping surface configured to be wiped with the wiper;
a plurality of nozzles provided in the wiping surface;
a drive element for discharging liquids from the nozzles; and
a moving mechanism configured to cause the wiper and the wiping surface to relatively move,
wherein, in a moving direction of the wiper with respect to the wiping surface, a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on an upstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most upstream side is shorter than a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on a downstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most downstream side,
wherein the wiping surface has a first region in which the nozzles are arranged and a second region in which no nozzles are arranged,
wherein the wiper is configured to move with respect to the wiping surface at a slower speed in the second region than in the first region,
wherein the wiper is shorter in length in a direction intersecting with the moving direction than a length of the wiping surface in the direction intersecting with the moving direction, and
wherein the wiper relatively moves a plurality of times from the edge of the wiping surface on the upstream side to the edge of the wiping surface on the downstream side, for wiping the wiping surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,260

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having a plurality of nozzles through which an ink composition containing an inorganic pigment is ejected, a nozzle surface having nozzle orifices, and a liquid-repellent film disposed on the nozzle surface;
an absorbing member that absorbs the ink composition containing the inorganic pigment from the nozzle orifices and the nozzle surface; and
an actuating mechanism including a pressing member that presses the absorbing member and the nozzle surface relative to each other,
wherein the actuating mechanism moves at least one of the absorbing member and the recording head relative to the other to perform a cleaning operation in which the ink composition is removed from the nozzle surface with the absorbing member, and
the absorbing member contains an impregnation liquid in an amount of 10% to 200% by mass based on 100% by mass of the absorbing member, the impregnation liquid having a surface tension of 45 mN/m or less during the cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,259

JOINING METHOD, APPARATUS OF MANUFACTURING JOINED BODY, JOINED BODY, INK JET HEAD UNIT, AND INK JET TYPE RECORDING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A joining method, comprising:applying a joining material to a transfer medium, the joining material joining a first member and a second member;
increasing a viscosity of the joining material that applied to the transfer medium than the viscosity of the joining material in applying the joining material to the transfer medium;
transferring the joining material to the first member; and
joining the first member and the second member by the joining material that transferred to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,258

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a plurality of recording heads each having at least a nozzle array from which droplets of an ink are discharged;
a pair of units for subsequent treatment that apply an energy to the droplets discharged from the plurality of recording heads onto a recording medium to exercise subsequent treatment for dots formed with the ink; and
a controller that, while reciprocating the plurality of recording heads along a first direction, prompts the plurality of recording heads to discharge the droplets onto the recording medium at timings of forward and backward scans being performed in order to obtain an image formed with the dots on the recording medium,
wherein two or more than two of the plurality of recording heads being disposed in a staggered arrangement in the first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction,
the pair of units for subsequent treatment being disposed along the second direction and spaced at an interval with the plurality of recording heads being interposed therebetween,
a respective one of the pair of units for subsequent treatment having a length in the second direction greater than or equal to an ink-dischargeable extent in the second direction of the plurality of recording heads in one scan, and
two or more than two nozzle arrays of the plurality of recording heads, from which droplets of a same color ink are discharged, being disposed symmetrically with respect to an intermediary line extending along the second direction and passing through center of the interval between the pair of units for subsequent treatment that are spaced apart;
wherein the plurality of recording heads comprises at least a pair of recording heads having two or more than two nozzle arrays disposed in parallel to each other from which droplets of different color inks are discharged, and
the two or more than two nozzle arrays are disposed symmetrically with respect to the intermediary line for each color of the droplets;
the plurality of recording heads comprise: a plurality of pairs of recording heads,
one of the pairs of recording heads disposed downstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a longer distance in the first direction, and another one of the pairs of recording heads disposed upstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a shorter distance in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,257

PRINT BAR STRUCTURE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print bar structure, comprising:a beam having two flanges connected by a web and a planar surface along a longitudinal edge of each flange;
a printhead mounting structure attached to the beam along the planar surfaces to mount a printhead;
a fluid flow structure positioned between the flanges to carry printing fluid to the printhead mounting structure, the fluid flow structure being distinct from the beam; and
multiple printheads mounted to the printhead mounting structure and arranged end to end in a staggered configuration in which each printhead overlaps an adjacent printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,256

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a head comprising a plurality of introduction openings and a plurality of sets of nozzles, each set of nozzles corresponding to each of the plurality of introduction openings, the head receiving a corresponding liquid from each of at least one of the plurality of introduction openings and ejecting the corresponding liquid through the corresponding set of nozzles while moving in a scanning direction, the plurality of introduction openings being arranged in a direction parallel to the scanning direction;
a plurality of liquid retention portions that are arranged in a direction that intersects the scanning direction and that retain a plurality of liquids, the plurality of liquid retention portions feeding the plurality of liquids to the plurality of introduction openings of the head;
a mounting portion in which the plurality of liquid retention portions are mounted; and
a plurality of flow channels that are provided in the mounting portion and supply the liquid to the head from the plurality of liquid retention portions,
wherein:
the plurality of liquid retention portions include a black liquid retention portion that retains a black liquid, and
among flow channel lengths of the plurality of flow channels, a flow channel length of a flow channel that supplies the black liquid is shortest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,255

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a flow passage member comprising:
a plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively connected to the plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of first flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and supplying the plurality of pressurizing chambers with liquid respectively;
a second flow passage commonly connected to the plurality of first flow passages;
a plurality of third flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and collecting liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively; and
a fourth flow passage including a damper and commonly connected to the plurality of third flow passages; and
a plurality of pressurizing sections respectively pressurizing liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers,
wherein a flow passage resistance in the plurality of third flow passages is lower than a flow passage resistance in the plurality of first flow passages, and
wherein a space facing the fourth flow passage via the damper is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,254

DROPLET EJECTING HEAD AND DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A droplet ejecting head, comprising:a board having a first surface and a second surface;
a pressure chamber in the board and having an opening on a first surface side of the board through which a solution can be supplied to the pressure chamber;
a nozzle through which solution supplied from the pressure chamber can be ejected, the nozzle being disposed on a second surface side of the board opposite the first surface side;
an actuator configured to cause a pressure change in the pressure chamber in response to an electrical signal supplied from a drive circuit by changing a volume of the pressure chamber; and
a solution holding container on the first surface side of the board, the solution holding container having a solution inlet for receiving solution and a solution outlet for supplying solution to the pressure chamber via the opening, wherein
the drive circuit is configured to:
set the electrical signal at a first voltage level at a start of a droplet ejection process for ejecting solution through the nozzle,
change the electrical signal from the first voltage level to a second voltage level during the droplet ejection process,
set the electrical signal to a third voltage level during a time period after changing the electrical signal from the first voltage level to the second voltage level, the time period being equal to a primary natural oscillation period of the actuator when the pressure chamber and the nozzle are filled with solution, and
set the electrical signal to the first voltage level after the time period has elapsed,
the second voltage level when applied to actuator causing the pressure chamber to expand in volume from a volume of the pressure chamber when the first voltage level is applied to the actuator, and
the third voltage level being in a range between the first voltage level and the second voltage level or equal to the second voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,189,253

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate; and
an ejection orifice-forming member formed on the substrate and including an ejection orifice configured to eject liquid and a liquid channel communicating with the ejection orifice,
wherein the ejection orifice-forming member includes an ejection orifice-forming member layer A, an intermediate water-repellent layer, and an ejection orifice-forming member layer B in this order from a substrate-side of the member,
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a protrusion protruding into the ejection orifice, and
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a water-repellent projection portion that is at least a portion of the intermediate water-repellent layer and that projects farther into the ejection orifice than the ejection orifice-forming member layer A and the ejection orifice-forming member layer B.

US Pat. No. 10,189,251

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head configured to discharge ink to a recording medium;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to temperature of the recording head;
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium;
a mode selecting controller which performs selecting of one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes at least including
(i) a first recording mode for printing a first surface of a recording medium and a second surface of a recording medium, the second surface being continuously fed to a recording position being recorded by the recording head after the first surface by the conveying unit and being recorded upon next after the first surface, and
(ii) a second recording mode where a period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface is shorter than the period in the first recording mode;
a heating controller which performs heating of the recording head so as
(i) not to heat the recording head during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the first recording mode, and
(ii) to heat the recording head, on the basis of information relating to the temperature of the recording head by driving a heating element to adjust a temperature of the recording head, during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the second recording mode; and
a recording controller which performs recording onto the first surface and the second surface by the recording head in accordance with the selected recording mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,248

PRINTHEAD WITH MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DIE AND APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print head assembly (PHA), comprising:a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) die mounted to a substrate, the die comprising:
an opening defined in the die;
a plurality of nozzles adjacent to the opening in fluid communication with the opening; and
a pad to receive electrical control signals; and
an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) mounted to the substrate to processes image data received by the ASIC into electrical signals defining firing patterns, comprising:
a communication link; and
a plurality of transmission lines that transmit the electrical signals to the MEMS die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,247

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting section that ejects liquid in response to a drive signal;
a non-contact power transmission circuit that transmits power in a non-contact manner by using the first frequency band;
a drive signal generation circuit that generates the drive signal by using a second frequency band including a portion of the first frequency band, the second frequency band being different from the first frequency band; and
a case body that surrounds the drive signal generation circuit and the non-contract power transmission circuit and includes a first surface and a second surface that faces the first surface,
wherein the drive signal generation circuit is arranged at a position closer to the first surface than to the second surface, and
wherein the non-contact power transmission circuit is arranged at a position closer to the second surface than to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,246

JETTING DEVICE WITH FILTER STATUS DETECTION

6. A method of detecting an obstruction status of a filter in a jetting device, the jetting device comprising an ejection unit arranged to eject droplets of a liquid, the ejection unit comprising a nozzle, a liquid duct connected to the nozzle, and an electro-mechanical transducer arranged to create an acoustic pressure wave in the liquid in the duct, and the jetting device further comprising a circuit configured to measure the electric response of the transducer, said method comprising the steps of:ejecting droplets from the nozzle in order to create an increased demand for liquid in the duct;
creating an acoustic pressure wave in the duct of the ejection unit by energizing the transducer with or without ejecting another droplet;
recording changes in the electric response of the transducer that represent pressure fluctuations induced by the acoustic pressure wave in the form of a time-dependent function P(t); and
judging the obstruction status of the filter on the basis of said time-dependent function P(t).

US Pat. No. 10,189,245

METHOD AND AN ASSEMBLY FOR SUBLIMATION TRANSFER PRINTING

SPGPrints B.V., Boxmeer ...

1. A method for sublimation transfer printing comprising in sequence the continuous steps of:feeding a web of carrier from a feed mechanism in a machine direction to a carrier transport unit of a sublimation transfer printer provided with multiple digital printing stations,
synchronizing the speed of carrier with the movement of said transport unit;
positioning carrier on said transport unit;
depositing sublimation ink or inks onto carrier whilst synchronizing the speed of carrier with the deposition of the sublimation ink or inks;
removing carrier from transport unit and passing carrier with deposited sublimation ink or inks together with a web of substrate material to be printed from a feed mechanism through a heat press at sublimation conditions,
transferring the sublimation ink or inks onto the substrate material, and
collecting the printed substrate material and used carrier from outlet,
wherein the digital printing stations extend transversally to the machine direction and cover the width of carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,244

METHOD FOR SELECTING A FORMAT FOR A SECTION TO BE PRINTED

Hewlett-Packard Gesellsch...

1. A method for producing a print product including selecting a print section format for a section to be printed having at least one signature, the steps comprising:selecting, by a processor, a print section layout that divides the section to be printed in a running direction and in a transversal direction into adjacent units;
assigning the at least one signature which includes pages in a page format of the print product to a unit of the adjacent units;
determining border regions outside of the at least one signature, longitudinal dimensions in a running direction of the at least one signature, and transversal dimensions in a transversal direction of the at least one signature, wherein at least one of the border regions adjoins an adjacent border region for an adjacent page;
implementing a fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions;
calculating an optimal longitudinal dimension from the sums of the longitudinal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the running direction, the fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions in the running direction, and a percentage of a difference between a longitudinal dimension and a minimum longitudinal dimension;
calculating an optimal transversal dimension from the sums of the transversal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the transversal direction, and a percentage of a difference between a transversal dimension and a minimum transversal dimension; and
selecting the print section format so that the longitudinal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal longitudinal dimension and the transversal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal transversal dimension;
imprinting the section to be printed;
collating the at least one signature for the imprinted section; and
cutting the imprinted and collated section into page format to form the print product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,243

PRINTING TRANSFERABLE COMPONENTS USING MICROSTRUCTURED ELASTOMERIC SURFACES WITH PRESSURE MODULATED REVERSIBLE ADHESION

1. An apparatus for printing transferable components, the apparatus comprising:a stamp comprising an elastomeric post protruding therefrom, the post having a surface configured for contact with a respective transferable component and including three-dimensional relief features protruding therefrom;
a transfer printing tool head including the stamp mounted thereon; and
a controller configured to operate the transfer printing tool head to press the stamp including the post protruding therefrom against the respective transferable component on a donor substrate with a first pressure to mechanically deform the relief features and a region of the post between the relief features such that the post contacts the respective transferable component over a first contact area, retract the stamp from the donor substrate such that the respective transferable component is adhered to the stamp, press the stamp including the respective transferable component adhered thereto against a receiving substrate with a second pressure that is less than the first pressure such that the post contacts the component over a second contact area that is smaller than the first contact area, and retract the stamp from the receiving substrate to delaminate the respective transferable component from the stamp and print the respective transferable component onto the receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,242

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting resin component that is not fully cured; and
while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path, delivering a ring of a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy that intersects at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line to a desired level of cure; and
wherein the ring of the curing energy is delivered by at least one galvanometer mirror-positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,241

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting-epoxy-resin component that is partially cured, and wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to selectively translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide; and
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, removed by the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,189,240

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:applying a liquid photopolymer resin to a non-resin component to create a continuous flexible line by pulling the non-resin component through a vessel, containing a volume of the liquid photopolymer resin, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises the non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that comprises at least some of the liquid photopolymer resin, applied to the non-resin component;
routing the continuous flexible line into a delivery guide;
pushing the continuous flexible line out of the delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper that is in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the photopolymer-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide;
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the photopolymer-resin component, removed by the scraper;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path; and
delivering curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,239

ABILITY TO THREE-DIMENSIONALLY PRINT AN APERTURE MASK ON A MULTI SPECTRAL FILTER ARRAY

MATERION CORPORATION, Ma...

7. A three-dimensional inkjet printer, comprising:a tray comprising a vacuum chuck configured to support an associated prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array; and
a print block, comprising:
at least one inkjet head in fluid communication with a reservoir for storing associated photopolymer resin, the at least one inkjet head configured to deposit the associated photopolymer resin onto a surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array forming an aperture mask thereon, and
at least one ultraviolet lamp for illuminating deposited photopolymer resin on the surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array, wherein the vacuum chuck is further configured to locate a start position of the at least one inkjet head relative to the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array,
wherein the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array comprises a plurality of optical filter elements of different optical filter types, the optical filter elements having slanted sidewalls, the optical filter elements bonded together at the slanted sidewalls to form an optical filter array.

US Pat. No. 10,189,238

EXPOSURE MOLDING DEVICE AND EXPOSURE MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., L...

1. An exposure molding device, comprising:an exposure tank having a first surface and a second surface, wherein photosensitive liquid is accommodated within the exposure tank;
a working platform disposed relative to the first surface; and
an optical system disposed relative to the second surface and comprising:
a light emission element emitting light along an optical path; and
an optical assembly comprising:
a light transparent element disposed on the optical path;
a first optical element disposed behind the light transparent element on the optical path;
a first transmission mechanism disposed along a first direction, and connected with the first optical element for driving the first optical element to move along the first direction;
a second optical element disposed between the light transparent element and the first optical element on the optical path; and
a first optical compensating element and a second optical compensating element disposed between the light transparent element and the second optical element on the optical path, wherein the first optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the first optical element, and the second optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the second optical element,
wherein after the light is transmitted through the light transparent element, the light is reflected to the exposure tank by the first optical element, such that the photosensitive liquid is exposed and molded on the working platform.

US Pat. No. 10,189,237

FEEDSTOCK LINES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A feedstock line for additive manufacturing of an object, the feedstock line having a feedstock-line length and an exterior surface, defining an interior volume of the feedstock line, and comprising:elongate filaments, extending along at least a portion of the feedstock-line length;
a resin, covering the elongate filaments; and
optical direction modifiers, each extending along only a portion of the feedstock-line length; and
wherein:
the optical direction modifiers are covered by the resin and are interspersed among the elongate filaments;
each of the optical direction modifiers has an outer surface;
each of the optical direction modifiers is configured such that when electromagnetic radiation strikes the outer surface from a first direction, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation departs the outer surface in a second direction that is at an angle to the first direction to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line;
the optical direction modifiers comprise partial-length optical waveguides;
each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a partial-length optical core;
the partial-length optical core of each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a first partial-length-optical-core end face, a second partial-length-optical-core end face, opposite the first partial-length-optical-core end face, and a partial-length peripheral surface, extending between the first partial-length-optical-core end face and the second partial-length-optical-core end face; and
each of the partial-length optical waveguides is configured such that when the electromagnetic radiation enters the partial-length optical core via at least one of the first partial-length-optical-core end face, the second partial-length-optical-core end face, or the partial-length peripheral surface, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation exits the partial-length optical core via the partial-length peripheral surface to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,236

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR MAGNETIC SURFACE COVERINGS

Golconda Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A system for finishing a wall comprising:a set of modular wall covering units comprising an inner attractant layer and a decorative outer layer;
a magnetic underlayment comprising an isotropic magnetic sheeting, the magnetic underlayment having been heat treated, wherein the heat treatment of the magnetic underlayment is at 158 degrees Fahrenheit for seven days; and
a support layer comprising a wall board, an insulation layer, and a covering layer, the support layer being substantially vertical relative to a floor when installed in a structure;
wherein the magnetic underlayment is secured to the support layer forming a combined magnetic surface assembly for receiving and supporting the set of modular wall covering units, and the set of modular wall covering units are adapted to be releasably secured to the combined magnetic surface assembly with the inner attractant layer facing the magnetic underlayment, and wherein the weight of the set of modular wall covering units, when installed in a vertical orientation, is supported by the combined magnetic surface assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,234

MACHINE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR BUILDING BOARD

ONEDAY WALL AB, Orebro (...

1. A machine for finishing building boards which are essentially shaped as cuboids including a primary main side and opposite thereto a secondary main side each having a relatively large delimitation area and four edge sides each having a relatively small delimitation area, the machine comprising:a conveyor line configured to receive incoming body elements for building boards and transport the body elements in a working direction along a set of processing stations in the machine;
a first processing station of said set of processing stations comprises laterally operating processing means configured to, by gluing, apply a first edge strip, of a female type, along a first edge side of said four edge sides in such a manner that the first edge strip is brought in parallel with the primary main side; and
a second processing station of said set of processing stations comprises vertically operating processing means configured to:
apply, by gluing, a primary surface layer which covers the entire primary main side and the primary side of the first edge stripe, and thereafter
apply a vertical pressure over the body element and the first edge stripe across the working direction while the body element and the first edge stripe pass the second processing station in such a manner that the primary side of the first edge stripe is brought in level with the primary main side of the body element when passing through the second processing station.

US Pat. No. 10,189,233

METHOD FOR FIXING RESIN TUBE TO DIE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR RESIN-TUBE COVERED ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for fixing a resin tube inserted in a cylindrical die to the die, comprising:(a) placing the resin tube inside the cylindrical die so that both end portions of the resin tube protrude from both ends of the die; and
(b) folding back the end portions of the resin tube protruding from the both ends of the die onto an outer peripheral surface of the die,
wherein step (b) includes the following steps (i), (ii), and (iii):
(i) providing a diameter expanding unit having a plurality of diameter expanding claws which are movable in a radial direction between a diameter reduced position to be insertable in the resin tube and a diameter expanded position to extend the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the resin tube is larger than an outer diameter of the die, and which extend in an axial direction orthogonal to the radial direction;
placing the diameter expanding unit so that the axial direction is substantially parallel to a center axis of the die;
inserting the diameter expanding claws at the diameter reduced position into one end portion of the resin tube protruding from one of the ends of the die; and
moving the diameter expanding claws to the diameter expanded position to expand a diameter of the one end portion of the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the one end portion is larger than the outer diameter of the die;
(ii) moving the diameter expanding unit and the die relative to each other so that the diameter expanding unit approaches the other end portion of the resin tube while keeping the one end portion of the resin tube in a diameter expanded state by the diameter expanding claws; and
(iii) applying a pressing force toward the other end portion of the resin tube to an end surface of the one end portion of the resin tube; disengaging the one end portion of the resin tube kept in the diameter expanded state with the diameter expanding claws from the diameter expanding claws; and shifting the one end portion of the resin tube onto the outer peripheral surface of the die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,232

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

NHK SPRING CO., LTD., Ka...

1. An electronic device manufacturing apparatus which manufactures an electronic device including electronic components fixed by a conductive adhesive agent, the apparatus comprising:a conveyor which conveys a work to which uncured conductive adhesive agent is applied;
a plurality of heaters opposed to the conveyor, the heaters being arranged at intervals;
a gas supply source which supplies an inert gas to each of the heaters;
a narrow path part including a narrow path formed locally along a locus in which the conductive adhesive agent passes, the narrow path part being disposed between the heaters and the conveyor to gather the inert gas passing through the heaters; and
a plurality of guide parts connecting the heaters and the narrow path part to guide the inert gas passing through the heaters to the narrow path,
wherein:
each of the guide parts includes a gas dispersion member which stores heat from a connected heater and disperses the inert gas passing through the connected heater,
each gas dispersion member includes a plurality of wire meshes layered in a direction of a flow of the inert gas, and
each of the pluralities of wire meshes includes at least two wire meshes of different permeabilities.

US Pat. No. 10,189,231

FABRIC HAVING A WATERPROOF BARRIER

Columbia Sportswear North...

1. An article of clothing, body gear, sporting gear, gloves, headwear, or footwear, comprising:a base material having an inward-facing surface and an outward-facing surface;
an exposed, breathable, hydrophobic, waterproof barrier disposed on the outward-facing surface of the base material, the waterproof barrier having an exposed, outward-facing surface and an inward-facing surface directed toward the base material;
a seam running through the waterproof barrier; and
a waterproof tape bonded to the outward-facing surface of the waterproof barrier and oriented to seal the seam against water ingress.

US Pat. No. 10,189,230

METHOD FOR FORMING COPPER FILM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for forming a copper film, the method comprising:forming a base film along a surface of an insulating film of an object, the base film being one of a titanium nitride film, a tungsten film or a tungsten nitride film; and
forming a copper film on the base film of the object having the insulating film and the base film after cooling the object to a temperature of 209 K or less.

US Pat. No. 10,189,229

SURFACE-TREATED STEEL SHEET

1. A surface-treated steel sheet comprising:a base steel sheet;
a surface treatment layer which is formed on at least one surface of the base steel sheet and which consists of an oxide layer and a metal layer; and
a chemical conversion layer which is formed on a surface of the surface treatment layer,
wherein the surface treatment layer contains Zn in an adhered amount of 0.30 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2 and Ni in an adhered amount of 0.03 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2, wherein the adhered amount of Ni is equal to or lower than the adhered amount of Zn,
the oxide layer is formed on a surface of the metal layer and is between the chemical conversion layer and the metal layer,
wherein distribution curves of emission intensities of Fe atoms, Zn atoms, and Ni atoms are obtained respectively by performing a glow discharge spectrometry in a range from a surface of the chemical conversion layer, which is used as a measurement start position, to a position at 1 ?m from the surface of the surface treatment layer in a depth direction, which is used as a measurement end position,
the emission intensity of the Fe atoms at an interface between the oxide layer and the metal layer is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Fe atoms in the measured range,
the emission intensity of the Ni atoms at the interface is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms, and
a first range in which the emission intensity of the Zn atoms is 60% or higher of a maximum emission intensity of the Zn atoms and a second range in which the emission intensity of the Ni atoms is 60% or higher of the maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms overlap in the depth direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,228

ASYMMETRIC PROCESSING METHOD FOR REDUCING BOW IN LAMINATE STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A laminate structure comprising a first substrate, a second substrate, and an interlayer attaching the first and second substrates,wherein the second substrate is a glass substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface, the first surface having a compressive stress less than a compressive stress of the second surface;
wherein the interlayer is positioned in direct contact with the second surface of the second substrate;
wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first substrate is different than a coefficient of thermal expansion of the second substrate; and
wherein a minimum radius of curvature of the laminate structure at a temperature ranging from about ?20° C. to about 90° C. is at least about 40 times greater than a maximum dimension of the laminate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,227

TAILORED PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of manufacturing a panel assembly, the method comprising:forming a plurality of bonds between a first sheet material and a second sheet material of a laminated sheet to bond the first and second sheet materials in a face to face relationship to form a preform, the plurality of bonds defining a closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials and an open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the open perimeter region is formed to define a structural load path for transmitting a force between a first location of the panel assembly and a second location of the panel assembly;
forming the preform into a predefined shape of the panel assembly;
applying a pressurized fluid through at least one inlet coupled in fluid communication with the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials of the preform to expand the preform, wherein the pressurized fluid expands the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the first and second sheet materials expand in an opposing direction thereby defining an expanded open perimeter region, and wherein the closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials remains vacant of the pressurized fluid such that the closed perimeter region is not expanded; and
filling the expanded open perimeter region defined between the first and second sheet materials with a non-gaseous filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,226

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICRO-TRUSS STRUCTURE

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A three-dimensional micro-truss structure comprising:a plurality of first polymer waveguide struts extending along a first direction;
a plurality of second polymer waveguide struts extending along a second direction;
a plurality of third polymer waveguide struts extending along a third direction; and
a plurality of fourth polymer waveguide struts extending along a fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth polymer waveguide struts interpenetrate one another at a plurality of nodes, the plurality of nodes defining a plane,
wherein each of the first, second, and third directions extends at a non-perpendicular angle with respect to the plane, the plane being substantially perpendicular to the fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, and third polymer waveguide struts that extend from the same node on the same side of the plane define a three-dimensional volume, and
wherein the fourth polymer waveguide strut that extends from the same node on the same side of the plane extends into the three-dimensional volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,225

HOSE WITH OPTIMIZED STEEL WIRE REINFORCEMENT LAYERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hose for conveying fluids under pressure comprising an elastomer core tube, at least two reinforcement layers at distinct reinforcement layer radii, said reinforcement layers being radially separated by intermediate elastomer material layers and an outer protective layer covering the outermost reinforcement layer,wherein at least two of said reinforcement layers comprise steel wires helically wound around the axis of said hose,
wherein the steel wires of the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the highest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers, the steel wires of the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the lowest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers differing from said highest E-ratio, whereby the E-ratio of any steel wire reinforcement layer is not lower than the E-ratio of any inner laying steel wire reinforcement layer, said E-ratio being equal to the ratio of the tensile strength over the elongation at break of said steel wire,
wherein said E-ratio is between 70,000 N/mm2 up to 200,000 N/mm2 for the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer and between 30,000 N/mm2 and 120,000 N/mm2 for the radially innermost steel wire reinforcement layer,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have crimps or bends for altering said E-ratio, while said steel wires of at least the outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are free of bends or crimps,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost and outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are of the same diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,224

METHODS FOR MAKING RUBBER BALES

Karltex Machine, Inc., O...

1. A method of forming a rubber bale, comprising:inserting, into a press chamber of a bale assembly, compressible rubber materials;
closing the press chamber;
compressing, in the press chamber, the compressible rubber materials with a bolster assembly to form a rubber bale, the bolster assembly including:
a first coupling portion;
a second coupling portion removably attached to the first coupling portion by one or more coupling bolts, the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion cooperatively defining an arc shaped cavity for receiving a hydraulic rod,
an island portion removably attached to the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion by a plurality of island bolts that run through either the first coupling portion, the second coupling portion, or both and into the island portion; and
a bolster cap removably attached to the island portion by a plurality of retainer bolts, the retainer bolts each including a non-circular head attached to a frustum, the head having a substantially planar surface, the frustum attached to a threaded shaft distal the head, the bolster cap including a plurality of countersunk bores that receive the retainer bolts, the countersunk bores having complementary shapes to those of the retainer bolts;
opening the press chamber; and
ejecting the rubber bale from the press chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,220

CALCULATION SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS

Essilor International, C...

1. A calculation system for manufacturing an ophthalmic lens, comprising:a processor;
a set of calculation modules 1 to N, N being an integer higher than 1, each calculation module being implemented by the processor and associated to a partial calculation in relation with a manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens, each calculation module activated independently and asynchronously from another calculation module,
a managing program implemented by a memory and the processor, wherein the memory stores sequences of instructions that are accessible to the processor and executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
receive input data from a remote device, the input data being related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens and/or to an ophthalmic lens manufacturing system that manufactures the ophthalmic lens,
calculate output data related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens from the input data, through one or several iteration(s) of:
determining several calculation modules to activate,
determining an order of activation of the several calculation modules to be activate,
activating the determined several calculation modules, in accordance with the determined order of activation, and
transmit, to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system, an indication that the output data have been calculated, and make the output data available to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system,
the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system manufacturing the ophthalmic lens based on the output data received by the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,219

METHOD OF FABRICATING A CERAMIC ARTICLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A resin transfer molding process comprising:inserting a ceramic article within a bladder defining a part cavity;
inserting the bladder into a second cavity with a fixed geometry;
pressurizing the bladder against the ceramic article by filling the bladder with a liquid material; and
injecting resin into the ceramic article within the bladder with the bladder against the ceramic article to maintain resin within the ceramic article during curing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,215

LAYING DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR THE LAYING DOWN OF FIBRE TAPES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

6. A method for automated laying down of fibre tapes on a surface by controlling a laying device according to claim 1, the method comprising:arranging a laying head and a creel on individually controllable head and creel positioning devices, respectively; and
tracking movements of the laying head with the creel and creel positioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,214

FREESPACE COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND DEVICE

Composite Cluster Singapo...

1. A movable apparatus for forming a thermo-softening part, the apparatus comprising:a stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, the stationary base structure defining a first side and a second side disposed opposite from the first side
a first placement unit that comprises:
at least one first roller, the first roller configured to move in a first predetermined path conforming to the first side of the stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, and
a first heat source, and
a second placement unit that comprises at least one second roller, which corresponds to the at least one first roller, the second roller configured to move in a second predetermined path conforming to the second side of the stationary base structure, and
wherein:
the first heat source is provided for heating an elongated thermo-softening material to a predetermined temperature, and
the at least one first roller and the at least one second roller are configured to compress the thermo-softening material and the stationary base structure, the at least one first roller configured to press the thermo-softening material to the first side of the stationary base structure, the at least one second roller configured to press against the second side of the stationary base structure opposite from the at least one first roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,213

METHOD AND MANUFACTURING UNIT FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL COMPONENTS

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing fiber composite material components comprising the following steps:providing a manufacturing unit to apply a fiber composite material to a component mould,
wherein the manufacturing unit has a positioning device and an application tool arranged thereon,
wherein the positioning device comprises a robot which has at least four pivot axes for the application tool,
wherein the positioning device to position the application tool relative to the component mould has a plurality of drive motors, which are activatable by a control device, the plurality of drive motors comprising a drive motor associated with each of the at least four pivot axes, and
wherein the manufacturing unit has at least two height profile measuring sensors, each with a detection range directed onto the component mould;
applying a first web of the fiber composite material to the component mould;
measuring a height profile in such a way that at least a part of the applied first web is located in the detection range of one of the height profile measuring sensors; and
applying a second web of the fiber composite material to the component mould in such a way that the control device activates at least one of the drive motors depending on the measured height profile, wherein the control device is operable to activate the at least one of the drive motors based on only one of the at least two height profile measuring sensors;
wherein the first and second webs are applied in opposite application directions,
wherein the at least two height profile measuring sensors comprise a first height profile measuring sensor and a second height profile measuring sensor arranged next to one another on the application tool such that the detection range of the first height profile measuring sensor is spaced apart from the detection range of the second height profile measuring sensor during application of the first and second webs;
wherein the first height profile measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a first direction;
wherein the second height measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a second direction;
wherein the application tool is rotated through 180° relative to the positioning device upon a change in the application direction;
wherein at least a part of a previously applied web is located in the detection range of one of the first and second height profile measuring sensors and not in the detection range of the other of the first and second height profile measuring sensors when the application tool is traveling in each of the first and second directions; and
wherein each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors is configured as a light section sensor configured to contactlessly measure the height profile of a previously applied web using a light section method comprising projecting a light line on the previously applied web and detecting a reflection of the light line, wherein the light line projected by each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors defines the detection range of each respective height profile measuring sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,212

POROUS STAMP MATERIAL FOR LASER PROCESSING, POROUS STAMP USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Glory Industry Co., Ltd.,...

1. A porous stamp material consisting of a porous substance having continuous pores having 10-60 ?m pore diameter and comprising a non-crosslinked thermoplastic resin and 50-250 parts by weight of hydroxylated compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin, wherein the starting temperature of dehydration of the hydroxylated compound is 100 to 500° C.

US Pat. No. 10,189,207

SONOTRODE

1. A sonotrode comprising:a head which defines a sealing surface elongated along a first direction orthogonal to a second direction; and
at least one first slot which extends through said head transversally to said first direction;
wherein said at least one first slot extends parallel to a third direction inclined to both said first direction and second direction;
said first direction defining a first angle with said second direction;
said sonotrode further comprising a pair of second slots which extend along respective fourth directions inclined with respect to both said first direction and said second direction; and
said fourth directions being symmetric with respect to a symmetry plane of said sonotrode parallel to said second direction and defining, each, a second angle with said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,206

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING DISCREPANT WELDS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method, for repairing a weld, the method comprising:providing a first weld-repair tool comprising an extended portion and a cavity adjacent the extended portion,
providing at least partially joined workpieces, wherein at least one workpiece contains a polymer material, the workpieces being joined by a discrepant weld comprising an insufficient primary portion and an ancillary portion positioned at a periphery of the insufficient primary portion or directly adjacent the insufficient primary portion;
positioning the first weld-repair tool and the workpieces so that the extended portion of the first weld-repair tool contacts a proximate workpiece of the workpieces, and the cavity aligns generally with the ancillary portion; and
delivering welding energy from the first weld-repair tool, via the extended portion, to the proximate workpiece in contact with the first weld-repair tool, causing the energy to melt the ancillary portion thus forming an enlarged ancillary portion that adjoins the insufficient primary portion and repairing the discrepant weld.

US Pat. No. 10,189,205

PRINTER HEAD Z-AXIS ALIGNMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

NORTHWORKS AUTOMATION, IN...

1. A z-axis calibration system for a three-dimensional printer comprising:a controller determining a zero position for a three-dimensional printer printhead in an x-axis and a y-axis, as well as finding an initial position for position of the printhead in the z-axis;
a hotend of the printhead for deposition of printing material, the hotend connected to the printhead via a connector moveable in the z-axis, the hotend including an arm extending outward therefrom;
an optical sensor assembly including an emitter and a detector, the optical sensor assembly directly affixed to the printhead, where at the initial position in the z-axis, the arm of the hotend extends in-between the emitter and the detector; and
wherein the controller calibrates a starting position for the printhead based on z-axis movement of the printhead distinct from the hotend as facilitated by the connector, causing z-axis displacement of the arm on the hotend, the z-axis displacement allowing the detector to detect a change in light from the emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,200

TOOLING, SYSTEM, AND PROCESS FOR INJECTION STRETCH BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE

1. Stretch blow station tooling for stretch blowing at least one parison into a molded article, with such parison including a handle, said tooling comprising:at least one blow mold including first and second blow mold halves shiftable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a body cavity surface formed therein, and wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a handle-supporting channel formed therein,
wherein in the closed position, said body cavity surfaces of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a blow cavity for receiving a main body of the parison, wherein in the closed position, said handle-supporting channels of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a handle-supporting cavity for receiving a main portion of the handle,
wherein when the parison is positioned within the blow mold, the main portion of the handle is received within the handle-supporting cavity and an end portion of the handle extends into the blow cavity; and
a plunger assembly including a plunger configured to be selectively positioned within said blow cavity,
wherein when said plunger is positioned within said blow cavity, said plunger is configured to contact the end portion of the handle of the parison so as to force the end portion of the handle towards the main body of the parison.

US Pat. No. 10,189,189

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling a liquid synthetic resin material into the mold;
(ii) disposing the mold, which has been filled with the liquid synthetic resin material in step (i), in a vacuum interior of a housing of a mixer; and
(iii) driving the mixer to subject the mold in the vacuum interior to a planetary motion, thereby agitating the synthetic resin material while degassing it and generating an agitated/degassed synthetic resin material in the mold and thereby molding the product by rotational molding,
wherein the planetary motion is generated by driving the mixer to cause the mold to orbit about an orbital axis and simultaneously rotate about a rotational axis, wherein the rotation axis is eccentric from the orbital axis and is tilted relative to the orbital axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED SPRAY FOAM FABRICATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a robotic arm;
(b) a tool module; and
(c) one or more computers;wherein(i) the robotic arm supports the tool module, which tool module comprises a nozzle and a subtractive fabrication tool, the nozzle and the subtractive fabrication tool being positioned in different locations within the tool module, and
(ii) the one or more computers are programmed to control the robotic arm and tool module in such a way that
(A) the nozzle performs spraying, which spraying comprises the nozzle spraying foam, layer by layer according to a CAD model, to fabricate walls of a mold configured to contain a casting material while the casting material cures,
(B) the subtractive fabrication tool performs removal of material from the mold according to the CAD model, which removal of material comprises removing foam material sprayed from the nozzle, and
(C) the robotic arm positions and orients the tool module in such a way that the nozzle and subtractive fabrication tool conduct the foam spraying and the removal of material, respectively, according to the CAD model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,179

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TUBULAR CONCRETE PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing tubular concrete products in a casting method using a plurality of upright casting molds, wherein each of the plurality of upright casting molds have an upright outer mold and a mold core arranged in the upright outer mold, the system configured to perform steps comprising:a) at least one demolding station for removing the upright outer mold from one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station and for removing a cured tubular concrete product from the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station,
b) at least one cleaning station for cleaning the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station and for cleaning the upright outer mold of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station,
c) at least one mold assembly station for assembling another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the cleaned upright outer mold and the cleaned mold core,
d) at least one filling station for filling the another of the plurality of assembled upright casting molds with concrete;
e) wherein a mold conveyor is configured to convey the another of the plurality of upright casting molds filled with concrete at the at least one filling station to a mold releasing position,
f) wherein a transport device is configured to transport the another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the mold releasing position to a curing zone and from the curing zone to a mold feeding position,
g) wherein the mold conveyor is further configured to convey the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds from the mold feeding position to the at least one demolding station,
h) repeating steps a through b for the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds to form a further of the plurality of upright casting molds in step c;
i) repeating steps d through g for the further of the plurality of upright casting molds, wherein the curing zone is configured to store the plurality of filled upright casting molds;
and wherein the system further comprises a fabrication zone having a plurality of fully automated fabrication stations to convey the plurality of upright casting molds between the fabrication stations.

US Pat. No. 10,189,172

METHOD OF REUSING REMNANT PREPREG FRAMEWORK

1. A method of reusing prepreg material comprising:providing a broad prepreg material comprised of reinforcing fibers impregnated with a resin matrix;
cutting out one or more geometric shapes from the broad prepreg material to make a component, leaving behind at least one piece of remnant prepreg material;
defining a pattern for cutting said piece of remnant prepreg material to form a single continuous strip of said remnant prepreg material; and
cutting the piece of remnant prepreg material to form the single continuous strip thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,189,171

SCISSOR CUTTER

1. A scissor cutter, comprising:a first cutting member including
a first pivot portion pivotal about a pivot axis of said scissor cutter,
two first offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said first pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along a lengthwise direction of the scissor cutter perpendicular to the pivot axis,
a first cutting portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and one of said first offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a first contact face, and
a first handle portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and the other of said first offset portions and that extends oppositely of said first cutting portion;
a second cutting member including
a second pivot portion pivotally connected to said first pivot portion,
two second offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said second pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along the lengthwise direction,
a second cutting portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and one of said second offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a second contact face, and
a second handle portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and the other of said second offset portions and that extends oppositely of said second cutting portion; and
a pivot extending through and interconnecting said first and second pivot portions;
wherein said first and second contact faces contact each other along a shear plane, said second pivot portion, said first cutting portion and said first offset portions are located at a first side of the shear plane, and said first pivot portion, said second cutting portion and said second offset portions are located at a second side of the shear plane, and
wherein, when said first and second pivot portions pivotally move with respect to each other, said first offset portions respectively abut against said second offset portions along said shear plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,165

ACTUATORS WITH CONFORMING SLEEVES

President and Fellows of ...

24. A method for mechanical actuation, comprising:using an actuator including at least one actuator body that defines a chamber and at least one sleeve covering part of the actuator body; and
pumping fluid into the chamber defined by the actuator body, causing the actuator body to deform where the actuator body is not covered by the sleeve, while the sleeve limits the actuator body from deforming where the sleeve covers the actuator body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,161

CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD CALIBRATING MECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF WRIST PART OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A calibration system calibrating parameters of a mechanical model representing a wrist part of a robot utilizing a target fastened at a hand of the robot at a predetermined position with respect to a joint closest to the hand, the target being able to be changed in position and posture by the robot, and an imaging device set around the robot, the calibration system comprising:a preliminary position generating part using a position of the robot when the target is arranged at a position where the target is included in a field of vision of the imaging device as an initial position and changing the posture of the target without changing the position of the target to generate a plurality of positions of the robot as a plurality of preliminary positions,
a target detecting part using an image of the target at the image acquired by the imaging device as the basis to acquire information on the position of the target on the image and the distance between the target and the imaging device,
an end point position storing part using the plurality of preliminary positions as starting points, making the robot move translationally so that the positions of the target detected by the target detecting part become predetermined positions and the distances become predetermined distance, and storing the positions of the robot after the translational movement as end points, and
a parameter calculating part using the positions of the end points stored by the end point position storing part as the basis to calculate the parameters of the mechanical model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,146

ABRASIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive tool comprising:a bonded abrasive including a body comprising abrasive particles contained within a bond material, wherein the body comprises a second major surface opposite a first major surface, and a peripheral surface extending between the first major surface and the second major surface; and
a barrier layer directly bonded to the first major surface and second major surface of the body, the barrier layer comprising a first polymer including a biaxially-oriented material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,145

ABRASIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive tool comprising:a bonded abrasive including a body comprising abrasive particles contained within a bond material; and
a barrier layer bonded to at least a major surface of the body, the barrier layer comprising a polymer including a biaxially-oriented material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,139

SURFACING TOOL FOR OPTICAL PURPOSES

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. An optical-quality surfacing tool comprising:an elastically compressible interface (12) comprising a first transverse end surface (20), a second transverse end surface (21) and a lateral surface (22) extending from the periphery of the first transverse end surface (20) to the periphery of the second transverse end surface (21);
a flexible pad (13) configured to be pressed against a workpiece surface (35), and secured to the interface (12) by its second transverse end surface (21); and
a connecting structure connecting said elastically compressible interface (12) and a member (30) for mounting the tool (10) on a surfacing machine (32, 33);
wherein said connecting structure is configured to form a bearing surface resting against part of the lateral surface (22) and/or of the first transverse end surface (20) of the interface (12), leaving at least part of the lateral surface (22) and at least a central part of the first transverse end surface (20) of the interface (12) free.

US Pat. No. 10,189,136

POWER TOOL WITH DIGITAL VARIABLE RELUCTANCE MOTOR CONTROL

JPW Industries Inc., LaV...

1. A method for operating a power tool, comprising:operating a motor of the power tool;
driving a working element of the power tool using the motor, the working element engaging a work piece during the driving of the working element;
sensing reluctance of the motor during the driving of the working element;
sensing a predetermined change in the reluctance of the motor during driving of the working element, the predetermined change in the reluctance corresponding to a change in a resistance to the driving of the working element wherein the change in the resistance to driving is a result of interaction between the working element and the work piece; and
automatically performing a predetermined action upon sensing the predetermined change, the predetermined action being an action selected from the group consisting of: stopping operation of the motor, reversing operation of the motor, increasing the speed of the motor, decreasing the speed of the motor, increasing the torque output by the motor, and decreasing the torque by the motor wherein the predetermined action includes operating the motor according to a predetermined operating profile, the operating profile including increasing the motor speed upon sensing a first predetermined change in the motor reluctance, and decreasing the motor speed according to the operating profile upon sensing a second predetermined change in the motor reluctance.

US Pat. No. 10,189,135

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF NOTIFYING ADHESION OF CUTTING FLUID

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electronic component; and
a casing which houses the electronic component,
wherein at least a part of an outer surface of the casing includes a base material mixed with a color changing substance that discolors when contacting a cutting fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,127

POSITIONING OF A SPINDLE WITH MICROMETRIC FORWARDING CONTROL AND TILTING OF ITS ROTATION AXIS

1. A positioning device of a spindle with micrometric forwarding control and tilting of a rotation axis of the spindle, the device comprising:a spindle shaft (11) rotatingly supported inside at least two rotatable supports,
wherein said at least two rotatable supports comprise two spherical elements (13,14) provided with respective seat surfaces to receive said spindle, said spindle being eccentric with respect to an axis (99) passing through a center of said spherical elements, said two spherical elements (13,14) being positioned in a housing having at least two parts (17,17?; or 19,20); and
two actuators (23,24) adapted to cause the two spherical elements (13,14) to rotate,
wherein said two actuators actuate the two spherical elements independently from one another during rotation of the spindle shaft, and
wherein said two actuators cause a controlled rotation of the two spherical elements (13, 14).

US Pat. No. 10,189,126

FUSELAGE STUFFING BUILDING AND FEEDER LINES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for assembling an aircraft, comprising: a railroad track, a first work station disposed alongside a first section of said railroad track, a railroad flat car rollably mounted on said first section of said railroad track, and a fuselage or fuselage section carried by said railroad flat car, wherein said first work station comprises a first set of tools for installing internal components inside said fuselage or fuselage section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,120

WELDING WIRE FOR FE—36NI ALLOY

APERAM, Luxembourg (LU)

1. Welding wire intended to be used for welding together portions of parts, which portions have the following composition in wt. %:35.0%?Ni?37.0%
trace?C?0.10%
trace?Mn?0.60%
trace?P?0.025%
trace?S?0.025%
trace?Si?0.35%
trace?Cr?0.50%
trace?Mo?0.50%
trace?Co?0.50%
the rest consisting of iron and inevitable impurities resulting from production,
wherein the welding wire is made in an alloy comprising, in wt. %:
38.6%?Ni+Co?45.0%
trace?Co?0.50%
2.25%?Ti+Nb?0.8667×(Ni+Co)?31.20% if 38.6%?Ni+Co?40.33%
2.25%?Ti+Nb?3.75% if 40.33%?Ni+Co?41.4%
0.4167× (Ni+Co)?15.0%?Ti+Nb?3.75% if 41.4%?Ni+Co?45.0%
trace?Nb?0.50%
0.01%?Mn?0.30%
0.01%?Si?0.25%
trace?C?0.05%
trace?Cr?0.50%
the rest consisting of iron and inevitable impurities resulting from production.

US Pat. No. 10,189,100

METHOD FOR WIRE ELECTRO-DISCHARGE MACHINING A PART

1. A method for machining a part, comprising, in sequence:wire electro-discharge machining the part using a wire electrode having a zinc component to create a recast layer having an initial composition make-up including a zinc content and at least one other material content in an outer surface thereof as a result of wire electro-discharge machining the part; and
removing at least a portion of the zinc content from the outer surface of the recast layer without substantially altering the remainder of the initial composition make-up of the recast layer by submersing the part in a zinc-removing solution to remove the zinc content that is free within the recast layer and to produce a final composition make-up of the recast layer, the zinc-removing solution dissolving the zinc content that is free for removal from the outer surface and into the zinc-removing solution, the final composition make-up being substantially identical to the initial composition make-up except for the removed zinc content.

US Pat. No. 10,189,097

INSERT AND INDEXABLE ROTARY CUTTING TOOL

Mitsubishi Hitachi Tool E...

1. An insert comprising substantially parallelogramatic upper and lower surfaces, a side surface connecting said upper surface and said lower surface, and a screw-receiving hole penetrating from said upper surface to said lower surface;a pair of corner portions of said upper surface having corner cutting edges;
part of a long-side ridgeline and a short-side ridgeline adjacent to said corner cutting edge having a main cutting edge and an auxiliary cutting edge both inclined downward;
said upper surface having rake faces for said main cutting edge and said auxiliary cutting edge;
said side surface having flanks for said main cutting edge and said auxiliary cutting edge;
said main cutting edge being constituted by first to third straight cutting edges;
said first to third straight cutting edges being connected in a bent-line shape with inward obtuse crossing angles when viewed from above, such that said second straight cutting edge is positioned outermost;
a cutting edge angle ?1 between the rake face and flank of said first straight cutting edge, a cutting edge angle ?2 between the rake face and flank of said second straight cutting edge, and a cutting edge angle ?3 between the rake face and flank of said third straight cutting edge meeting the relation of ?1>?2>?3;
said long-side ridgeline having first and second cutting-edge-free connecting ridgeline portions connected to said third straight cutting edge; and
said first connecting ridgeline portion being connected to said third straight cutting edge with an inward obtuse angle when viewed from above.

US Pat. No. 10,189,093

OPENING AND CLOSING CHUCK

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. An opening and closing chuck, wherein:a guide rail, which is linear, is provided on an outer surface of a chuck body, a pair of fingers that grasp a workpiece is provided on the guide rail, and at least one of the pair of fingers is a movable finger that is movable along the guide rail;
the movable finger includes a rail fitting groove into which the guide rail fits, a first concave groove is formed in right and left side surfaces of the guide rail and a second concave groove is formed in inner surfaces of right and left side walls of the rail fitting grooves, the first concave groove on the same side as the guide rail and the second concave groove on the same side as the rail fitting grooves being at positions at which the first concave groove and the second concave groove face each other, a rolling element is provided between the first concave groove and the second concave groove, and the movable finger is movable along the guide rail due to rolling of the rolling element;
as many cylinder apparatuses as there are movable fingers are provided in the chuck body, each cylinder apparatus including a piston and a rod that advance and retract by an action of air pressure in directions of an axial line of a cylinder hole, a top end of the rod extends from an end of the chuck body to an outside, and an end block, which faces the end of the chuck body, is attached to the top end of the rod so as to move toward and away from the end of the chuck body according to forward and backward movements of the rod;
the movable finger is linked to the end block, and opening and closing of the movable finger is driven by the rod through the end block; and
a position at which the rod is linked to the end block is a position near one end side of the end block in a width direction, and a position at which the finger is linked to the end block is a position near the other end side of the end block in the width direction,
wherein the guide rail is formed separately from the chuck body and is fixed to an outer surface of the chuck body, at least one of both ends of the guide rail in the longitudinal direction extends from the chuck body to within a moveable range of the block, and a clearance hole, into which the one end of the guide rail fits, is formed in the end block.

US Pat. No. 10,189,092

MACHINE TOOL

DOOSAN MACHINE TOOLS CO.,...

1. A machine tool, the machine tool comprising:a tool holder configured to include at least two machining inserts; and
a ram spindle configured to fasten the tool holder in a state of clamping the tool holder and to rotate the tool holder in order to change locations of the machining inserts;
wherein the ram spindle comprises:
a housing;
a center part rotatably accommodated inside the housing;
a first outer part disposed outside the center part, and configured to be co-rotated with the center part;
a second outer part disposed between the housing and the first outer part and fastened to the housing; and
an actuator unit accommodated inside the housing, and configured to selectively move the center part and the first outer part upward and downward;
wherein outer ribs protruding at equal intervals are formed on an outer circumferential surface of the first outer part, and protruding inner ribs spaced apart at predetermined intervals are formed on an inner circumferential surface of a cavity of the tool holder at equal intervals;
wherein a respective protrusion is formed on each of the outer ribs, and wherein a corresponding respective depression is provided on the tool holder adjacent to each of the inner ribs, each of the depressions being configured to be seated over a respective one of the protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,091

MACHINE TOOL

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

1. A machine tool comprising:a turret including, on a circumferential surface thereof, a plurality of tool attachment parts; and
a main spindle that holds a workpiece, wherein
the main spindle is provided in a movable manner along an axis line,
the turret is provided in a turnable manner to index each of the tool attachment parts relative to the main spindle,
the turret includes a predetermined cutout part,
a movement path for the main spindle to pass through the turret is formed by turning the turret such that the cutout part faces the main spindle,
the cutout part includes one plane along the axis line,
the turret includes, on a circumferential surface thereof except for on the cutout part, the tool attachment parts,
the turret includes, as seen in an axis line direction, a shape in which a part of a regular polygon centered at a turning center is linearly cut off by an edge of the cutout part,
the edge is, as seen in the axis line direction, a straight line in a direction crossing each side of the regular polygon, and
each tool attachment part is disposed according to each side left in the regular polygon cut off by the cutout part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,082

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING DIMPLED FORWARD ZONE

1. A turbine engine ring segment component, adapted for coupling to an interior circumference of a turbine casing in opposed orientation with a rotating turbine blade tip circumferential swept path, the blade tip having a rotational direction, a leading edge, a mid-chord cutoff point on its pressure side concave surface and a trailing edge, the component comprising:a curved support surface adapted for coupling to a turbine casing inner circumference, the support surface having upstream and downstream axial ends and a support surface curvature radius defined by a support surface central axis;
an abradable substrate coupled to the support surface, having a substrate surface facing the support surface central axis, the substrate surface defining a forward zone originating nearer the support surface upstream end and terminating axially between the support surface ends, and the substrate surface defining an aft zone originating at the adjoining forward zone termination and terminating axially nearer the support surface downstream end;
the forward zone defining a plan form pattern of projection or indentation dimples facing the support surface central axis, the dimples respectively having cross sectional profiles, for selectively varying hot working gas erosion resistance, porosity and/or abradability thereof, the dimples further having increasing volumes axially along the abradable surface from proximate the upstream axial end of the support surface to proximate the downstream axial end of the support surface;
the aft zone defining a plan form pattern of grooves and vertically projecting ridges facing the support surface central axis, angularly oriented at a first forward angle transverse to the support surface central axis;
the respective forward zone dimple pattern enhancing higher hot working gas erosion resistance than in the aft zone; and the respective aft zone ridge and groove pattern enhancing greater porosity and abradability than in the forward zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,073

MATRIX FOR MAKING CLINCH-TYPE JOINTS BETWEEN SHEET-FORMED MEMBERS AND AN APPARATUS INCLUDING SUCH A MATRIX

BOLLHOFF ATTEXOR S.A., E...

1. A matrix configured for making clinch-type joints between at least two members of sheet-formed material of the same or different types, metal or non-metal, by means of the matrix and a co-operating punch and an anvil, the matrix comprising a first generally flat sheet-formed matrix element arranged movable relative to a second generally flat sheet-formed matrix element in a same plane so that the first and second matrix elements can slide on an essentially flat support surface between a first initial position in which said first and second matrix elements form between them at least one essentially closed co-axial matrix cavity and a second position corresponding to an open position for said at least one co-axial matrix cavity, said first and second matrix elements being arranged to be actuated in a direction of said first initial position by at least one actuation means, wherein the matrix is configured so that during use the punch is arranged to be driven in an essentially linear movement in the direction of the co-axial matrix cavity, at a bottom of the matrix cavity said anvil is arranged, wherein during forming said clinch-type joints the sheet-formed material of the at least two members is first drawn into the matrix cavity forming a cup-formed protrusion with side walls and a bottom part and then the members are locked to each other by laterally extending said bottom part by means of squeezing the bottom part between the punch and the anvil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,069

PORTABLE TUBE BENDER

Yung Chi Industry Co., Lt...

1. A bending base of a tube bender, which is connected to a bending tool of the tube bender, comprising:a first plate;
a second plate kept a predetermined distance from the first plate to form a bending space therebetween;
a first block, which has a first groove, received in the bending space and pivoted on the first plate and the second plate for free rotation; and
a second block, which has a second groove, received in the bending space and pivoted on the first plate and the second plate for free rotation;
wherein the first block and the second block are between the first plate and the second plate, and have opposite ends thereof pivoted on the first plate and the second plate respectively;
wherein the first plate and the second plate are two elongated plates; the second plate is provided with a first slot, and the bending tool is provided with a second slot; the bending base is connected to the bending tool with the first slot engaging the second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,189,067

TOOL HOLDERS USABLE WITH TOOLING HAVING DIFFERENT TANG STYLES AND/OR CONFIGURED WITH MECHANICALLY-ACTUATED CLAMP ASSEMBLY

Wilson Tool International...

1. A tool holder configured for use with tools having different tang styles, the tool holder comprising:a housing;
a mechanism that is mechanically actuatable, the mechanism accessible through an opening defined in the housing; and
a clamp assembly operably coupled to the mechanism and comprising:
a clamp plate; and
one or more clamping fingers;
wherein the clamp plate is defined as a longitudinal body that has an extent spanning across the one or more clamping fingers, the longitudinal body of the clamp plate having an end contacting the one or more clamping fingers, the one or more clamping fingers movable in order to secure tools having different tang styles between the fingers and a stationary wall of the housing, movement of the one or more clamping fingers corresponding to movement of the clamp plate body end which stems from adjustment of the mechanism; and
wherein the clamp plate has at least two differing tolerance areas provided therein to enable different degrees of freedom or play for the clamp plate body end both in direction of corresponding movement of the end and in crosswise direction when securing a tool via the clamp assembly, a first tolerance area comprising a plurality of first slits each defined across the extent of the clamp plate body end and thereby forming a plurality of clamp plate portions in contact with the one or more clamping fingers, a second tolerance area defined across a depth of each of the clamp plate portions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,066

WHEEL STRAIGHTENER DEVICE

GAHOTECH SISTEMAS AUTOMOT...

1. A WHEEL STRAIGHTENER DEVICE, comprising:a main column (110);
a flange (111) mounted on an end of the main column (110) for fixing a wheel;
a measuring rod (116) mounted on the same end of the main column (110) and arranged above the flange (111);
a guide (118) mounted on the same end of the main column (110), a single piece body (115) being movably mounted on the guide (118), and a bearing (114) mounted on a top end of the single piece body (115), the bearing (114) having a geometric shape matching with a shape of an inner region of the wheel for supporting the wheel, wherein the single piece body (115) moves along the guide (118) to approach or move away from the wheel positioned on the flange (111);
a tubular extension (113) formed on a central portion of the main column (110) and perpendicular to the main column (110);
a second tubular extension (120), portion of which is inserted into an end portion of the tubular extension (113) and perpendicular to the main column (110);
a tubular piece (121) mounted on an end of the second tubular extension (120) and being perpendicular to the second tubular extension (120);
a third tube segment (132) being movably inserted into the tubular piece (121) and being parallel to the main column (110);
a piston hydraulic means (130) being mounted on an upper end of the third tube segment (132) and connected to a hydraulic pump (117), which is mounted on the main column (110), by means of hoses (119);
wherein the flange (111) has a central bore, and a plurality of radial oblong holes for matching with drill pattern of the wheel, wherein the plurality of radial oblong holes includes three sets of radial oblong holes, a first set of radial oblong holes (I) includes radial oblong holes (I) spaced evenly with 72° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (I) starting from a reference hole (I, II, III), a second set of radial oblong holes (II) includes radial oblong holes (II) spaced evenly with 90° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (II) starting from the reference hole (I, II, III), and a third set of radial oblong holes (III) includes radial oblong holes (III) spaced evenly with 120° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (III) starting from the reference hole (I, II, III), thus the radial oblong holes of the three sets of radial oblong holes are positioned alternately on the flange (111).

US Pat. No. 10,189,063

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR FORMATION OF EXTRUSION PRODUCTS

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. An extrusion device for shear-assisted extrusion, comprising:an extrusion die with a scroll face in the form of a spiral that surrounds an extrusion orifice arranged in a center of the extrusion die, the scroll face configured to spin with respect to a billet to draw plasticized billet material from an outer edge of the billet in contact with the scroll face toward the extrusion orifice while applying a simultaneous rotational shear and axial extrusion force to the billet; whereby the extrusion die is configured to extrude the plasticized billet material through the extrusion orifice yielding an extrusion product with microstructure grains in the extrusion product that are one-half the size of microstructure grains in the billet prior to extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,058

APPARATUS FOR REMOVING CHIPS FROM INTERIOR OF PIPE USING PRESSURE DIFFERENCE

DONGHWA INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

1. An apparatus for removing chips from an interior of a pipe, having a fitting mounted to a region adjacent to a hole bored in the pipe, through which high-pressure fluid flows, and a sandwich valve coupled to the fitting, the apparatus comprising:a chip-removing adapter mounted above the sandwich valve;
a suction tube extending to an inner surface of the pipe through the chip-removing adapter in order to remove chips deposited in the pipe;
a vertical moving unit for vertically moving the suction tube;
a delivery tube connected to an upper end of the suction tube and configured to deliver the chips to a predetermined place; and
a strainer mounted to a distal end of the delivery tube in order to separate the delivered chips from the fluid;
wherein a lower end of the suction tube comprises a suction tip having a funnel shape and a suction plate is coupled to the suction tip, wherein the suction plate is formed to be curved corresponding to a curved inner surface of the pipe; and
wherein the suction tube is provided with a stopper for limiting a downward moving distance of the suction tube, the stopper being mounted to a portion of the suction tube that is exposed outside the chip-removing adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,057

POWDER REMOVAL ENCLOSURE FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A material removal apparatus comprising:an enclosure having a first inlet and a first outlet;
a rotatable platform contained within the enclosure for positioning a 3D printed workpiece having particulate on a surface thereof;
a pressurized gas applicator connected to the first inlet and configured to selectively apply a pressurized gas to the 3D printed workpiece;
a vibration source configured to apply an adjustable vibratory frequency to at least one of the rotatable platform or the 3D printed workpiece;
a material reclamation unit connected to the first outlet configured to collect a material removed from the 3D printed workpiece;
an articulating arm connected to the pressurized gas applicator configured to adjust a position of the pressurized gas applicator relative to the 3D printed workpiece; and
a programmable logic controller (PLC) configured to adjust a position and an orientation of the rotatable platform, the applying of pressurized gas from the pressurized gas applicator, the position of the articulating arm, and the adjustable vibratory frequency of the vibration source based on a physical parameter of the 3D printed workpiece, wherein the PLC:
generates a pre-programmed movement pattern based on a geometry of the 3D printed workpiece; and
adjusts the articulating arm, the rotatable platform, and the position of the pressurized gas applicator according to the pre-programmed movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,189,054

DEVIATION HANDLING APPARATUS AND DEVIATION HANDLING METHOD

Freund Corporation, Toky...

1. A deviation handling apparatus to be used for a continuous production system of granulated products used for pharmaceutical products, foods and fertilizers in order to discharge granulated products not meeting predetermined product specifications out of the system, the deviation handling apparatus comprising:a storage section for temporarily storing granulated products;
an inspection section for inspecting selected physical properties of the granulated products in the storage section;
a discharge path arranged downstream relative to the storage section to discharge the granulated products to outside of the continuous production system; and
a switching section for switching a moving route of the granulated products according to a result of the inspection by the inspection section so as to guide the granulated products judged as not meeting the predetermined product specifications to the discharge path, wherein
the storage section is arranged on a conveyance route for conveying the granulated products in the continuous production system and has a first valve capable of shutting off the conveyance route, a second valve capable of shutting off the conveyance route, the second valve being located downstream relative to the first valve, and a storage chamber formed between the first valve and the second valve to store the granulated products,
the first valve and the second valve each have a closed position for shutting off the conveyance route and an open position for opening the conveyance route, wherein as the first valve and the second valve are placed into the respective closed positions, the conveyance route is closed and the storage chamber is sealed, thereby producing a hermetically sealed storage chamber in the storage section,
the inspection section is arranged so as to face the storage chamber and measure the selected physical properties of the granulated products stored in the storage chamber, and
the switching section is arranged at a diverging portion of the discharge path and the conveyance route and has a switching valve having a first position for causing the conveyance route to communicate with a downstream side of the continuous production system and a second position for closing a downstream side of the conveyance route and causing the conveyance route to communicate with the discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,049

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive transducer comprising:an element including a plurality of cells, the element having an end portion and a middle portion, and having at least two of the cells in the end portion and at least two of the cells in the middle portion,
wherein each cell includes a vibrating membrane that is connected to one of a first electrode and a second electrode,
wherein there is a gap between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein an electrical signal is outputted via either one of the first electrode and the second electrode when an acoustic wave from an object is incident on the vibrating membrane and the vibrating membrane vibrates,
wherein the cells in the end portion of the element have a diameter equal to that of the cells in the middle portion of the element,
wherein the first electrodes of all cells in the element are electrically connected to each other, and the second electrodes of all cells in the element are electrically connected to each other, and
wherein shape of the element is rectangular having a pair of long sides and a pair of short sides; in a direction along the long side, the distance between cells in the end portion of the element is greater than the distance between cells in the middle portion of the element; and in a direction along the short side, the distance between cells in the end portion of the element is equal to the distance between cells in the middle portion of the element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,041

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPRAYING COLOR INTO CRACKS OF A MOVING FORMED QUARTZ SLAB TO CREATE VEINS IN AN ENGINEERED STONE

1. A method for using an apparatus, wherein the apparatus comprisesa device which moves a first portion of a slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introduces a first crack in the slab; and
a device for spraying a first material having a color into the first crack of the slab, so that the first crack sprayed with the first material becomes a line having the color of the first material;
a conveyor device which is configured to move in a first direction; and
and wherein the conveyor device is configured to move the slab over a least a portion of the device which moves the first portion of the slab out of alignment with the majority of the slab;
and further comprising the steps of:
moving the first portion of the slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introducing the first crack in the slab; and
spraying the first material having the color into the first crack of the slab.

US Pat. No. 10,189,040

DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A dispensing device, comprising:a container having an upper end, a lower end, and a hollow interior volume;
a hand pump mechanism disposed on the upper end for dispensing a substance stored within the interior volume, wherein the hand pump mechanism is permanently secured to the upper end of the container;
a dispensing aperture on the lower end, wherein the dispensing aperture is removably sealed by a removable panel;
a refill valve disposed on the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,035

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND SUCCESSIVELY APPLYING SEALANT MATERIAL

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A machine for mixing and successively applying a bi-component sealing material formed by mixing a base and a hardener in a pre-established ratio comprising:storage tanks including a first storage tank for the base and a second storage tank for the hardener;
metering chambers including:
a first metering chamber for the base and having an inlet connected to a first inlet hose extending from the first storage tank, and
a second metering chamber for the hardener and having an inlet connected to a second inlet hose extending from the second storage tank,
wherein a first volume of the first metering chamber and a second volume of the second metering chamber are related such that a volumetric ratio of the first and second volumes conforms to a desired volumetric ratio of a mixture of the base and the hardener;
a pushing device including:
a first piston in the first metering chamber and configured to push the base from the first metering chamber and through a first outlet of the first metering chamber, and
a second piston in the second metering chamber and configured to push the hardener from the second metering chamber and through a second outlet of the second metering chamber;
wherein the pushing device comprises an actuator configured to move the first and second pistons at displacement speeds determined by a control system to push the base from the first metering chamber and the hardener from the second metering chamber;
an applicator device including a mixing head having inlets each connected to a respective one of the first and second outlets of the first and second metering chambers, a static mixer configured to mix the hardener and base flowing from the first and second metering chambers, and a third outlet through which a mixture of the hardener and base flows from the static mixer; and
at least two flow measurement devices configured to measure a flow of the base and a flow of the hardener from the first and second outlets,
wherein the control system is configured to vary the displacement speeds of said first and second pistons so that a ratio of the flows of the hardener and the base from the first and second outlets conforms to a pre-established ratio of the base and the hardener based on weight or volume of the base and the hardener,
wherein the control system, while the pushing device pushes the first and second pistons, repeatedly: (i) receives data from the at least two flow measurement devices indicative of the flows from the first and second metering chambers of the base and the hardener, (ii) calculates the displacement speeds for each of the first and second pistons based on the received data, and (iii) applies the calculated displacement speeds to command the pushing device to move the first and second pistons at their respective displacement speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,189,031

HYBRID FLOW NOZZLE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A spray apparatus comprising:a nozzle having a nozzle tube connected to a turret, the nozzle tube having a fluid inlet, the fluid inlet coupled to a first passageway, a second passageway, and a third passageway;
a first valve coaxially aligned with a second and third valve along a valve axis arranged perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the turret, wherein the first passageway is opened by the first valve, the second passageway is opened by the second valve, and the third passageway is opened by the third valve; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of the first valve and the second valve such that in response to receipt of a control signal the first valve and second valve respectively operate to open the first passageway and the second passageway to release an amount of fluid to a corresponding first input and second input of the turret, wherein the first input and second input of the turret respectively couple to a first duct and a second duct arranged inside the turret, and other ends of the first duct and second duct mate to a combined nozzle output and a third duct is operatively coupled to the an individual output via the third passageway and the controller; and wherein the controller is configured to interleave an output signal of the first valve with an output signal of the second valve to generate an aggregate output signal having a frequency that is greater than each of the respective output signals of the first and second valves so as to increase a flow rate of the fluid released from each of the first and second passageways into the combined nozzle output.

US Pat. No. 10,189,025

CAM ASSEMBLY COMPRISING CYLINDRICAL HOUSING

XG SCIENCES, INC., Lansi...

1. A cam assembly comprising:a solid cylinder having a near end and a distal end and an opening extending from the near end through the distal end;
wherein the opening includes an inset;
wherein the near end is configured at a slight angle from the vertical, the angle comprising less than about 15°;
wherein the opening extending from said near end through said distal end is angled through the cam assembly, the opening beginning at the near end and near a bottom edge of the solid cylinder and terminating through the distal end near a top edge of the solid cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,189,021

MICROFLUIDIC CHIP, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR AND ANALYSIS DEVICE USING SAME

NANOBIOSYS INC., Seoul (...

1. A microfluidic chip comprising:a substrate comprising, an inflow part penetrating the substrate in a thickness direction,
an outflow part penetrating the substrate in the thickness direction, and
a fluid channel defined to connect the inflow part and the outflow part and extending in a first direction within the substrate, wherein the thickness direction and the first direction are different from one another; and
a film attached to the substrate and covering at least a portion of at least one of the inflow part, the outflow part, and the fluid channel, the film configured to protect at least one of the inflow part, the outflow part and the fluid channel from the outside;
wherein the film includes a first film attached to a top surface of the substrate and a second film attached to a bottom surface of the substrate;
wherein the fluid channel includes an upper fluid channel formed on a top surface of the substrate; a lower fluid channel formed on a bottom surface of the substrate; and a third fluid channel connecting the upper fluid channel and the lower fluid channel,
wherein a thickness of the at least one film is smaller than a thickness of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,011

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING CATALYST AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing an exhaust gas purifying catalyst including a porous carrier and a noble metal catalyst supported on the porous carrier, the porous carrier containing particles of an alumina-ceria-zirconia composite oxide including ceria-zirconica composite oxide, the method comprising:preparing the porous carrier having physical property values, after subjected to baking at 900° C. for 5 hours, of a pore diameter of the particles in a range of 2 to 20 nm, a specific surface area of the particles in a range of 75 to 115 m2/g, a crystallite size of the ceria-zirconia composite oxide that is contained in the particles in a range of 4 to 6 nm, and a bulk density of the particles in a range of 0.5 to 0.9 cm3/g; and
bringing a noble metal chemical solution into contact with the porous carrier, the noble metal chemical solution having an aggregate of one of platinum, palladium, or rhodium with a grain size adjusted to less than or equal to 1 nm with use of one of a platinum nitric acid solution, palladium nitric acid solution, or rhodium nitric acid solution, so that the noble metal catalyst is supported on the porous carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,010

COMPOSITION BASED ON ZIRCONIUM OXIDE AND ON AT LEAST ONE OXIDE OF A RARE EARTH OTHER THAN CERIUM, HAVING A SPECIFIC POROSITY, PROCESSES FOR PREPARING SAME AND USE THEREOF IN CATALYSIS

Rhodia Operations, Paris...

1. A composition comprising zirconium oxide and at least one oxide of a rare earth other than cerium, in a weight proportion of zirconium oxide of at least 50%, wherein after calcination at a temperature of 900° C. for 4 hours, the composition as measured by mercury intrusion porosimetry in accordance with standard ASTM D 4284-8 exhibits two populations of pores of which respective diameters are centered, for a first population, about a value of between 20 nm and 40 nm and, for a second population, about a value of between 80 nm and 200 nm, and wherein the composition has a specific surface area of at least 25 m2/g after calcination at 1100° C. for 4 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,189,007

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POROUS CELLULOSE BEADS AND ADSORBENT EMPLOYING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing porous cellulose beads, the method comprising:mixing an alkaline aqueous solution having a temperature of not less than ?20° C. and not more than 20° C. and cellulose to obtain a cellulose dispersion;
adding a crosslinking agent to the cellulose dispersion to obtain a mixed liquid;
dispersing the mixed liquid in a dispersion medium to obtain an emulsion; and
contacting the emulsion with a coagulating solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,189,006

INTEGRAL 3D GRAPHENE-CARBON HYBRID FOAM

Nanotek Instruments, Inc....

1. An integral graphene-carbon hybrid foam comprising multiple pores and pore walls, wherein said pore walls comprise single-layer or few-layer graphene sheets selected from the group consisting of graphene fluoride, graphene chloride, graphene bromide, graphene iodide, hydrogenated graphene, nitrogenated graphene, and combinations thereof and containing 0.001% to 25% by weight of non-carbon elements; wherein said few-layer graphene sheets have 2-10 layers of stacked graphene planes having an inter-plane spacing d002 from 0.3354 nm to 0.40 nm as measured by X-ray diffraction; and wherein said single-layer or few-layer graphene sheets are chemically bonded by a carbon material and have a carbon material-to-graphene weight ratio from 1/200 to 1/2.

US Pat. No. 10,189,005

PUMP FOR CORROSIVE FLUIDS

1. A pump for pumping a corrosive fluid, wherein the pump comprises:a sealed internal chamber;
a pumping chamber, wherein the pumping chamber is within the sealed internal chamber;
a pump inlet connected to the pumping chamber;
a pump outlet connected to the pumping chamber;
a rotational pumping element configured for pumping the corrosive fluid from the pump inlet to the pump outlet, wherein the rotational pumping element is within the pumping chamber;
a drive shaft for driving the rotational pumping element, wherein the drive shaft is completely within the sealed internal chamber, wherein the drive shaft is configured for magnetically coupling to an external motor;
a pump housing forming the sealed internal chamber, the pump housing including a containment can for forming a magnetic coupler receptacle within the sealed internal chamber,;
a cylindrical internal magnetic coupler located within a magnet receptacle, the cylindrical internal magnetic coupler being connected to the drive shaft; and
an external magnetic coupler located outside of the sealed internal chamber, the external magnetic coupler including a cylindrical cavity, at least a portion of the containment can being located within the cylindrical cavity, the external magnetic coupler being configured for rotationally coupling to the cylindrical internal magnetic coupler;
wherein the rotational pumping element, the pumping chamber, and the pump housing are formed from an electrically non-conducting plastic with electrically conducting particles;
wherein the drive shaft is formed from an electrically semi-conducting ceramic;
wherein the electrically non-conducting plastic includes polytetrafluoroethylene;
wherein the electrically conducting particles include graphite;
wherein the electrically semi-conducting ceramic includes sintered silicon carbide;
wherein the magnetic coupler receptacle is cylindrically shaped and includes a dome shaped end cap; and
wherein any one of: the pump housing is formed by machining, the rotational pumping element is formed by machining, the pumping chamber is formed by machining, the sealed internal chamber is formed by machining, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,998

CATALYST ROLLER FOR GRAVITY-ASSISTED PARTICLE FLOW

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A catalyst roller system, comprising:a roller volume comprising a top interior surface, a sidewall, and an inner contour surface;
a plurality of catalyst particles within the roller volume, the plurality of catalyst particles comprising an average catalyst particle diameter, the catalyst particles having an angle of repose and an angle of internal friction;
a catalyst inlet in fluid communication with the roller volume via the top surface;
a catalyst exit in fluid communication with the roller volume; and
a catalyst roller disc rotatably mounted within the roller volume, a contour clearance between the mounted catalyst roller disc and the inner contour surface being less than half of the average catalyst particle diameter for at least one location,
wherein a catalyst stoppage angle defined by
a) a top of the mounted catalyst roller disc,
b) an intersection of the catalyst inlet and the top interior surface at the closest intersection point to the top of the mounted catalyst roller disc, and
c) a tangent line passing through the top of the mounted catalyst roller disc,
has a value within 15% of the angle of repose.

US Pat. No. 10,188,996

POWDER MIXING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

Adamis Pharmaceuticals Co...

1. A powder mixing apparatus comprising:a first powder input portion comprising a first dispensing device;
a venturi tube;
a first mixing portion comprising a first powder inlet, a first gas inlet, and
a first mixing cavity;
wherein the first dispensing device comprises a first opening configured to dispense a first premixed powder through the venturi tube and into the first mixing portion;
wherein the first premixed powder comprises at least two micronized powders;
wherein the first gas inlet is configured to provide a first flow of a pressurized gas into the first mixing cavity; and
wherein the gas and the first premixed powder interact in the first mixing cavity to form a first post-mixed powder.

US Pat. No. 10,188,995

METHOD FOR PREPARING COMPOUND DISPERSOIDS OF HYDROPHOBIC NANOPARTICLES AND SURFACTANTS

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. A method for preparing a complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants with a dispersion apparatus,wherein the dispersion apparatus comprises a water supply pipeline, a complex mixing pipeline and a material collecting pipeline;
the complex mixing pipeline comprises an ultrasonic disperser and a fluid reservoir that are connected in series, and a first plunger pump for one-way circulation of materials is provided between the ultrasonic disperser and the fluid reservoir;
the water supply pipeline is connected with a top of the ultrasonic disperser;
the material collecting pipeline is connected with a material outlet of the fluid reservoir;
the ultrasonic disperser comprises an instrumental barrel, a first ultrafiltration membrane and a second ultrafiltration membrane are disposed in the instrumental barrel up and down in succession which divide the instrumental barrel into three cavities, which are: a first cavity with a first ultrasonic emission probe disposed therein, a second cavity with a second ultrasonic emission probe disposed therein and a third cavity; a wall of the instrumental barrel is provided with a through surfactant delivery pipe connected to the first cavity; and the wall of the instrumental barrel is provided with a through hydrophobic nanoparticles delivery pipe connected to the second cavity;
wherein the method comprises the following steps:
(1) the first and second ultrafiltration membranes of suitable aperture sizes are selected according to experimental requirements, the second ultrafiltration membrane is mounted on a second snap ring first, and then the first ultrafiltration membrane is mounted on a first snap ring;
(2) a top cap of the ultrasonic disperser is fastened down, surfactants are added into the first cavity of the ultrasonic disperser through the surfactant delivery pipe, and hydrophobic nanoparticles are added into the second cavity of the ultrasonic disperser through the hydrophobic nanoparticle delivery pipe; the surfactant delivery pipe and the hydrophobic nanoparticle delivery pipe are closed after delivery;
(3) water in a water reservoir is injected into the ultrasonic disperser by the first plunger pump;
(4) after the water is injected, the hydrophobic nanoparticles and the surfactants are enabled to carry out one-way circulation in the complex mixing pipeline by a second plunger pump, and the first and second ultrasonic emission probes are started; during the process of water circulation in the ultrasonic disperser, at first, water is mixed with the surfactants in a upper room of the ultrasonic disperser, a dispersion solution of surfactants and water is formed under ultrasonic cavitation effects of the first ultrasonic emission probe and enters the second cavity through the first ultrafiltration membrane, part of the solution that meets not the standard of the first ultrafiltration membrane size is detained in the first cavity without entering the second cavity until the particle size thereof meets the standard of the first ultrafiltration membrane size after ultrasonic cavitation by the first ultrasonic emission probe;
(5) the dispersion solution of surfactants and water entering the second cavity is mixed with the hydrophobic nanoparticles;
(6) the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles dispersed into suitable sizes and surfactants enters into the third cavity through the second ultrafiltration membrane, and then is cycled to the ultrasonic disperser through the fluid reservoir and the second plunger pump;
(7) steps (1) to (6) are repeated and cycled to form the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants;
(8) the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants is cycled to the fluid reservoir;
(9) connection between the material collecting pipeline and the fluid reservoir is enabled, the dispersion is collected to a complex dispersion reservoir by a third plunger pump.

US Pat. No. 10,188,990

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING A DETONATOR WITHIN A PERFORATING GUN ASSEMBLY

DynaEnergetics US, Inc., ...

1. A detonator positioning device for positioning a wireless detonator in a perforating gun assembly, the device comprising:a cylindrical body comprising an open end, a closed end, and a central bore adapted for receiving the detonator, the central bore extending along at least some of a length of the cylindrical body, the central bore including an enlarged bore portion adjacent the open end of the cylindrical body;
a plurality of arms extending toward the open end of the cylindrical body and at least partially enclosing the enlarged bore portion of the central bore, each of the plurality of arms adapted to retain a detonator head of the detonator when the detonator is positioned within the enlarged bore portion of the central bore; and
a plurality of legs extending from the cylindrical body and toward the closed end of the cylindrical body, each of the plurality of legs adapted to position the cylindrical body in the perforating gun assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,188,985

ZEOLITE AND REDOX OXIDE COMBINED CATALYST BODY

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method for treating an exhaust stream containing NOx gas comprising contacting a catalytic structure with the exhaust stream, the catalytic structure comprising a first oxide selected from the group consisting of tungsten oxides and vanadium oxides, a second oxide selected from the group consisting of cerium oxides, lanthanum oxides, zirconium oxides, and combinations thereof, and a zeolite, the method further comprising contacting the catalytic structure with the exhaust stream containing NOx gas, wherein the catalytic structure is substantially free of platinum, palladium, and rhodium, and wherein an external layer of the catalytic structure comprises a mixture of the first oxide and the second oxide without the zeolite on a layer comprising the zeolite.

US Pat. No. 10,188,982

METHOD AND INDUSTRIAL PLANT FOR OBTAINING HELIUM FROM A HELIUM-CONTAINING FEED GAS

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method for obtaining helium from a helium-containing feed gas, said method comprising:feeding the helium-containing feed gas to a prepurifying unit wherein undesirable components are removed from the helium-containing feed gas in a pressure swing adsorption process to obtain a prepurified feed gas;
feeding the prepurified feed gas to a membrane unit connected downstream of the prepurifying unit, said membrane unit having at least one membrane which is more permeable to helium than to at least one further component present in the prepurified feed gas, to produce a pressurized low-helium retentate stream;
feeding said pressurized low-helium retentate stream from the membrane unit to the prepurifying unit; and
displacing helium-rich gas with the aid of the pressurized low-helium retentate stream from an adsorber to be regenerated in the prepurifying unit into an already regenerated adsorber of the prepurifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,980

COAL UPGRADE PLANT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING UPGRADED COAL

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A coal upgrade plant comprising:a dryer for heating and drying coal before pyrolyzing the coal;
a scrubber for treating a carrier gas discharged from the dryer while catching a desorbed component desorbed from the coal when the coal is dried by the dryer, and causing at least one of mercury and mercury-based substances contained in the carrier gas to be adsorbed to an absorber for removal thereof;
a waste water treatment equipment for separating waste water collected from the scrubber into a solid content and recycled water;
a water demanding section for using the recycled water treated in the waste water treatment equipment; and
a carrier gas cooler that is provided on an upstream side of the scrubber to cool the carrier gas discharged from the dryer by using cooling water,
wherein the water demanding section is a cooling water feed section that feeds the cooling water to the carrier gas cooler, and uses the recycled water as the cooling water.

US Pat. No. 10,188,977

POLYMERIC NETTING OF RIBBONS AND STRANDS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An absorbent article comprising a polymeric netting, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core, wherein the polymeric netting comprises polymeric ribbons and polymeric strands, each of the polymeric ribbons and strands having a length and width, wherein the length is the longest dimension and the width is the shortest dimension, wherein the polymeric ribbons have a height-to-width aspect ratio of at least three to one, a major surface that is intermittently bonded to only one polymeric strand, and a height that is greater than a height of the one polymeric strand, and wherein the absorbent core is between the polymeric netting and the backsheet, wherein the polymeric netting is between the absorbent core and the backsheet, or wherein the polymeric netting is within the absorbent core.

US Pat. No. 10,188,976

AIR PURIFIER, METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIME TO REPLACE FILTER THEREOF, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FILTER REPLACEMENT TIME PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL THEREFOR

COWAY CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. An air purifier comprising:a memory storing flow rate/differential pressure correlation graphs according to respective filter usage states;
a differential pressure sensor measuring differential pressure as a pressure difference between a front end of the filter and a rear end of the filter; and
a filter replacement time management unit determining a time to replace the filter according to a result of matching a differential pressure of the filter measured by a differential pressure sensor in every preset period and a flow rate of air introduced to the filter at the time of measuring the differential pressure to the flow rate/differential pressure correlation graph according to each usage state;
wherein the memory stores flow rate/differential pressure correlation graphs regarding a plurality of filters, identifies a filter having a graph matched to an initial differential pressure measured by the differential pressure sensor at an initial installation stage and a flow rate of air introduced to the filter at the time of measuring the initial differential pressure on the basis of a flow rate/differential pressure graph of an initial usage stage regarding a plurality of filters, selects a flow rate/differential pressure correlation graph of a replacement time state of the identified filter, and use the selected graph in determining a time to replace the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,975

HONEYCOMB AIR FILTER AND METHODS THEREOF

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. An air filter, comprising:at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter having at least one coat on at least a portion of an interior surface of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter, the at least one coat comprising a sorbent and a Pt/TiO2 catalyst, wherein the sorbent forms islands or clusters dispersed within pores of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter and the Pt/TiO2 catalyst forms separate islands or clusters that are dispersed within the pores of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter; and
the air filter, in-use, retains from filtered air a particulate and a volatile organic compound, wherein the volatile organic compound is formaldehyde.

US Pat. No. 10,188,973

APPARATUS AND METHOD USING AN ELECTRIC FIELD FOR CREATING UNIFORM NANOFIBER PATTERNS ON NONCONDUCTIVE MATERIALS TO ENHANCE FILTRATION AND FOR EMBEDMENT OF FIBERS INTO MATERIALS FOR OTHER APPLICATIONS

Research Triangle Institu...

1. A filtration device comprising:a base filtration material having openings for fluid flow therethrough; and
a filtration medium disposed in contact with the base filtration material, said filtration medium comprising a plurality of nanofibers formed on the base filtration material, and
a collection of said nanofibers having a macroscopically ordered pattern formed by the nanofibers themselves comprising sections of differently oriented fibers, the pattern comprising first and second sections of oriented fibers with the second section having an orientation different from the first section, the pattern present on a surface of the collection of the nanofibers, and the collection comprising a first macroscopic region having said nanofibers at a greater thickness than a second macroscopic region having said nanofibers, wherein the nanofibers in the first macroscopic region and the nanofibers in the second macroscopic region form together the macroscopically ordered pattern,
wherein the filtration medium has a figure of merit greater than 30 kPa?1, where the figure of merit is given by ?Log (Pt)?P, where Pt is the fractional penetration of a specific aerosol particle diameter and ?P is a pressure drop across the filtration medium corresponding to a face velocity of 5.3 cm/s and particle size of 0.3 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,188,971

ROTARY DISC FILTER AND MODULE FOR CONSTRUCTING SAME

1. A rotary disc filter for filtering a liquid comprising:a. a rotary drum for receiving the liquid and having a plurality of drum openings for permitting the liquid to flow from the drum;
b. one or more disc-shaped filter members secured around the drum;
c. each disc-shaped filter member including a plurality of compartments configured to receive liquid from the drum and to hold the liquid;
d. the compartments disposed around the drum with each compartment being disposed between and next to two other compartments;
e. each compartment being bound, at least in part, by opposed edges and on opposite sides by two filters;
f. wherein liquid held in the compartments is filtered by flowing outwardly through the filters on opposite sides of the compartments;
g. a drive for rotatively driving the drum and causing the disc-shaped filter members and the compartments thereof to rotate with the drum; and
h. openings formed in the edges of the compartments and configured to:
(i) substantially reduce the entrainment of liquid in the compartments by the rotary motion of the disc-shaped filter member and the compartments; and
(ii) pass substantially all of the liquid held in one compartment to an adjacent trailing compartment in response to the disc-shaped filter member rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,188,970

ROTARY DRUM SCREEN FOR THIN STILLAGE FILTRATION

WATER SOLUTIONS, INC., S...

1. A rotating drum screen system for separating solids from an influent material stream comprising:a housing having an influent inlet at an influent inlet end, a solid discharge end and an area between the influent inlet end and the solid discharge end, the influent inlet permitting a flow of influent containing solids in a flowing fluid into a hollow portion of a drum screen positioned lengthwise in the area between the influent inlet end and the solid discharge end, the drum screen comprising a filter screen that retains at least a portion of the solids within the hollow portion of the drum screen and which produces a liquid effluent that is discharged from an outer surface of the drum screen, the retained solids being removable from the drum screen via the solid discharge end, wherein the filter screen has a size in the range of 25 ?m and 150 ?m; and
a head box disposed within the hollow portion of the drum screen proximate the influent inlet end and in fluid communication with the influent inlet, the head box comprising a plurality of parallel fluid flow channel dividers dividing an influent stream received at the influent inlet into a plurality of parallel ongoing streams and directing the plurality of ongoing streams outwardly against the drum screen.

US Pat. No. 10,188,969

FILTER DEVICE

11. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having a filter head, a filter bowl and a removable housing cover part;
a filter element separating a non-filtrate side from a filtrate side in said filter housing and having an element cap thereon forming an enclosure for an end of filter material of said filter element facing said cover part;
a bypass valve having a valve closure element preloaded by a closing spring into a closed position of said bypass valve in which said valve closure element bears against a valve seat part in a blocked position of said filter element, said bypass valve opening a fluid path from said non-filtrate side to said filtrate side bypassing said filter element, said valve closure element and said closing spring being on said cover part, said valve seat part being on said element cap;
an annular receiving part on said element cap at said enclosure, said receiving part being a planar circular ring, a guide part being connected to an internal circumference of said receiving part and extending axially into an inner side of said filter element forming said non-filtrate side, said valve seat part being on said guide part, said guide part being a hollow cone extending with a tapered end thereof having an opening within said inner side of said filter element, an edge of said opening forming a sealing edge of said valve seat part.

US Pat. No. 10,188,968

CANDLE FILTER SUPPORT AND PLATE ASSEMBLY FOR POLYMER MELTS

Westlake Longview Corpora...

1. A polymer melt filter support comprising:a hollow cylindrical body defined by a first end, a second end, and a cylinder wall having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a screw thread on the outside surface of the first end portion;
a plurality of holes in the cylinder wall at the second end portion;
an opening at the second end; and
a cone insert adapted to fit inside of the second end opening,
wherein the cone insert comprises a base plate,
wherein the perimeter of the top surface of the base plate comprises one or more recesses,
wherein the recesses and an inner surface of the cylindrical body define a reservoir for holding solder or weld metal for joining the cone insert to the cylindrical body,
wherein the holes allow for a polymer melt outside of the cylindrical body to flow inside of the cylindrical body,
wherein the first end comprises an opening for the polymer melt inside of the cylindrical body to flow outside of the cylindrical body,
wherein the area of the openings of the holes on the outside surface of the cylinder wall is larger than the area of the openings of the corresponding holes on the inside surface of the cylinder wall, and
wherein the shape of the openings of the holes on the outside surface is non-circular.

US Pat. No. 10,188,964

CHROMATOGRAPHY COLUMNS

REPLIGEN CORPORATION, Wa...

1. A method of making and loading a chromatography column, the method comprising:selecting a column tube that has an inner surface having an inner diameter and a length to accommodate a volume of packing medium, the column tube having an elasticity and a wall thickness;
selecting first and second flow distributors each having an outer circumferential surface having an outer diameter;
permanently securing the first flow distributor to a first end of the column tube;
loading the packing medium into the column tube;
inserting the entire second flow distributor into a second end of the column tube, wherein the outer diameter of the second flow distributor is larger than the inner diameter of the column tube before the second flow distributor is inserted into the second end of the column tube, by applying an axial force sufficient to drive the second flow distributor into the column tube, expand the inner diameter of the column tube, and establish an interference fit between the outer circumferential surface of the second flow distributor and the inner surface of the column tube to form a sealed chamber within the column tube between the first and second flow distributors, wherein the interference fit enables the chromatography column to withstand operational pressures and maintain a hydraulic seal without the second flow distributor being permanently secured in position;
after inserting the second flow distributor and establishing the interference fit, adjusting a longitudinal position of the second flow distributor within the column tube by (i) applying an additional axial force to move the second flow distributor further into the column tube, or (ii) forcing liquid into the sealed chamber to apply a hydraulic force to move the second flow distributor back towards the second end of the column tube, or any combination of (i) and (ii); and
when the second flow distributor has reached a final longitudinal position, permanently securing the second flow distributor within the column tube at the final longitudinal position.