US Pat. No. 10,246,003

DETERMINATION AND SETTING OF OPTIMAL INTENSITY

International Business Ma...

1. A fog light modulation system, comprising:a first sensor for detecting speed of said vehicle and outputting a signal representing said speed of said vehicle;
a second sensor for detecting an amount of precipitation falling proximately to said vehicle and outputting a signal representing said amount of precipitation;
a light driver for illuminating a light positioned in the rear of the vehicle to an intensity;
a controller comprising a microcontroller coupled to said first sensor, said second sensor, and said light driver, wherein said microcontroller is programmed to include a series of spray propensity coefficients representing vehicle specific aerodynamic characteristics for a respective series of corresponding vehicles and to allow one of said series of spray propensity coefficients to be selected for adjusting said intensity;
wherein said microcontroller is programmed to calculate an intensity value for said at least one light based on said speed received from said first sensor as a fraction of a maximum speed of said vehicle times said amount of precipitation received from second sensor as a fraction of a maximum amount of precipitation and to adjust said intensity value by the selected one of said series of spray propensity coefficients; and
wherein said microcontroller is programmed to modulate said intensity of said at least one light according to said intensity value by controlling said light driver.

US Pat. No. 10,246,002

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, the lighting device comprising:an irradiator that includes a light source mounted in the vehicle, the irradiator being configured to emit band-shaped light from the light source at a predetermined irradiation angle to irradiate a road surface with the band-shaped light, and the irradiator being configured to change an irradiation direction of the band-shaped light toward the road surface;
a detector configured to detect a pedestrian; and
a shield that is provided to face an emission side of the band-shaped light from the light source, the shield being configured to shield a part of the band-shaped light such that the road surface is illuminated in a shape of a figure indicating prescribed information in an orientation configured to be read by the detected pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,246,001

CARRIER OF ONE OR MORE LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES (LEDS) FOR A SIGNALING MODULE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A carrier of one or more light sources for a luminous module for an automotive vehicle, comprising:a substrate that is rigid and has at least one aperture and electrical tracks on at least one side; and
at least one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs), each of said at least one or more LEDs having a body and electrical connection leads lateral to said body, said at least one or more LEDs being placed through said at least one aperture of said substrate, said electrical connection leads making contact with respective said electrical tracks;
wherein said substrate is a rigid molded part having a three-dimensional shape,
wherein a material of said substrate is a thermoplastic doped with conductive metal particles and is configured to adhere to said electrical tracks, and
wherein an optical portion of said at least one or more LEDs extends beyond an opposite surface of said substrate from said at least one side of said substrate with said electrical tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,246,000

PARKING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A parking assistance system for a motor vehicle comprising:a monitoring unit configured to detect an object in a zone surrounding the motor vehicle and to sense a bearing of the detected object; and
a lighting system operably coupled to the monitoring unit and configured to emit light in an area surrounding the motor vehicle;
wherein the monitoring unit controls a distribution of the emitted light as a function of the sensed bearing,
wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to determine when the detected object is on a left-side of the vehicle or on a right-side of the vehicle, and to produce a first distribution of emitted light when no object is detected, a second distribution of emitted light when the detected object is on the left-side of the motor vehicle and a third distribution of emitted light when the detected object is on the right-side of the motor vehicle,
wherein the lighting system comprises a first light located on the left-side of the motor vehicle and a second lights located on the right-side of the motor vehicle opposite the first light, the first and second lights being operable in a first operating state and a second operating state different from the first operating state; and wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to operate the first and second lights in the first operating state for producing the first distribution, to operate the first light in the first operating state and the second light in the second operating state for producing the second distribution, and to operate the first light in the second operating state and the second light in the first operating state for producing the second distribution,
wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to sense the distance of the detected object from the vehicle and to control a light property of the lighting system in the second operating state as a function of the sensed distance, and
wherein the controlled light property comprises an opening angle defined between a light boundary and a dark boundary of the light emitted by the first and second lights in the second operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,999

HEADLIGHT WITH A MODULAR PROJECTION MODULE FOR ENHANCING ILLUMINATION INTENSITY

YUJING TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A headlight with a modular projection module for enhancing illumination intensity, comprising:a base having a connection portion formed on and protruding obliquely downwards and rearwards from a middle portion of the base;
a lighting module mounted on a top of the connection portion of the base;
a support frame mounted on a front portion of the base and having an opening formed through the support frame;
a reflective cover mounted on the top of the connection portion of the base with a front portion of the reflective cover mounted through the opening of the support frame, and having a first reflective surface concavely formed on an inner wall of the reflective cover and facing the lighting module;
a lens assembly mounted on a front portion of the support frame and having a center line centrally passing through the lens assembly, wherein the center line is an optical axis of the lens and the lighting module is located below the center line of the lens assembly; and
a light-shielding member mounted between the lens assembly and the support frame and having:
a blocking wall formed on and protruding upwards from a top edge portion of a right half part of the light-shielding member, and located above the center line;
a blocking ear formed on and horizontally protruding rearwards from a portion of a rear surface of the blocking wall which is adjacent to a left end of the blocking wall, and located above the center line; and
a reflective block formed on and obliquely protruding downwards and rearwards from the rear surface of the light-shielding member, located below the blocking ear, and having a second reflective surface concavely formed on a rear portion of the reflective block and facing the first reflective surface of the reflective cover;
wherein a vertical plane and a horizontal plane perpendicularly intersect in the center line, light emitted from the lighting module is reflected by the reflective cover, is partially blocked and partially reflected by the light-shielding member, and passes through the lens assembly to generate an illumination pattern associated with lower beam for right hand traffic, wherein
the illumination pattern includes:
a left half pattern and a right half pattern located below the horizontal plane and divided by the vertical plane, wherein the left half pattern is lower than the right half pattern;
a passing-beam dimming zone located in the left half pattern, and defined to be an area 0.86 degrees below the horizontal plane and 3.5 degrees to the left of the vertical plane, wherein a part of light emitted from the lighting module and irradiating to the blocking ear is blocked by the blocking ear of the light-shielding member to prevent the part of light from further irradiating to the lens assembly and cause a reduced luminous intensity at the passing-beam dimming zone;
a brightened region stretching across the vertical plane and divided by the vertical plane to have:
a left part located on the left of the vertical plane, extending downwards from a top edge portion of the left half pattern and leftwards from the vertical plane, and spaced apart from the passing-beam dimming zone by a gap; and
a right part of the brightened region extending rightwards from the vertical plane with a left top portion thereof coinciding to a left top portion of the right half pattern of the illumination pattern;
wherein a part of light emitted from the lighting module and irradiating to the second reflective surface of the reflective block is sequentially reflected by the second reflective surface and the first reflective surface of the reflective cover and the reflected light further irradiates to pass through the lens to cause an increased luminous intensity at the brightened region.

US Pat. No. 10,245,998

LOAD RESTRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD

GREAT AUSSIE IDEAS PTY LT...

1. An assembly for restraining a load, the assembly comprising an apparatus and a flat tape secured together, the apparatus comprising a U-shaped member consisting of a single pair of arms and a single open slot defined by the arms, wherein the single open slot is adapted to receive the flat tape and the flat tape is configured to form a bight that extends from the single open slot between the arms, wherein each arm ends in a hook that projects into the single open slot to prevent the flat tape from laterally slipping off the arms and exiting the single open slot, and wherein the bight is configured to be formed around the load, wherein the load comprises a first side and a distally positioned second side, and wherein the U-shaped member is positioned proximal to the first side and a first surface of a vehicle is positioned proximal to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,245,997

RADIO FREQUENCY ID TAG POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSED-GAS TANKS

BAUER COMPRESSORS, INC., ...

1. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag positioning system, comprising:a collar adapted to be coupled to a filling fixture on a gas tank wherein the filling fixture is aligned with a longitudinal axis of the gas tank; and
a tag holder coupled to said collar, said tag holder being transparent to electromagnetic energy, said tag holder including a first region having a slot extending from an edge of said first region, said tag holder including a second region extending from said first region, said second region including a positioning leg wherein, when said collar with said tag holder coupled thereto is coupled to the filling fixture such that said positioning leg of said tag holder is adapted to be in contact with the gas tank, said slot is approximately perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the gas tank.

US Pat. No. 10,245,996

BOAT TRAILER

1. A boat trailer configured to transport a plurality of boats comprising:a lower platform, said lower platform having opposing longitudinal support members, said lower platform further including opposing end members, said end members being perpendicularly secured to said opposing longitudinal support members, said end members being located at opposite ends of said opposing longitudinal support members, said lower platform further including at least two track members, said at least two track members being mounted to said opposing end members;
an upper platform, said upper platform having opposing longitudinal support members, said opposing longitudinal support members being parallel in configuration, said upper platform having opposing end support members, said opposing end support members being perpendicular to said opposing longitudinal support members, said opposing end support members being secured at opposite ends of said opposing longitudinal support members;
a plurality of support members, said plurality of support members operable to secure the upper platform to said lower platform, said plurality of support members extending upward from said lower support platform, said plurality of support members being adjustable in height; and
wherein the plurality of support members function to provide alternate heights of the upper platform relative to the lower platform so as to accommodate objects superposed the lower platform.

US Pat. No. 10,245,995

METHODS FOR BACKING A TOWED DINGHY

1. A method for preventing front tires of a flat-towed dinghy from pivoting into a maximum turn when a towing vehicle and the flat-towed dinghy are maneuvered backward, said method comprising:(a) positioning a respective carrier behind each respective front tire of the dinghy such that a respective drag mechanism is supporting a trailing end of each respective carrier and a respective set of wheels is supporting a leading end of each respective carrier;
(b) rolling each dinghy front tire in reverse up onto its respective carrier until each respective front tire is stopped by a respective chock on its respective carrier; and
(c) applying a reversing force to said dinghy, said reversing force moves said carriers on said respective supporting sets of wheels and on said respective supporting drag mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 10,245,994

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INCLUDING AUTONOMOUS DETACHABLE ENGINE MODULES AND PASSENGER MODULE

1. A transportation system comprising:at least one passenger module;
a plurality of autonomous engine modules, each autonomous engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules being physically separable from, and configured to operatively couple with, the at least one passenger module to form an autonomous passenger vehicle, each engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules including an engine module computing system comprising one or more engine module computing system processors for controlling operation of the engine module computing system, and an engine module computing system memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more engine module computing system processors, each engine module computing system memory storing a self-driving capability;
another computing system separate from the autonomous engine module computing systems, the other computing system comprising one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors, the memory storing an engine module use candidate determination capability including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
determine, responsive to a user request for use of an autonomous engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules, at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate from the plurality of autonomous engine modules;
generate, responsive to a determination of at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate from the plurality of autonomous engine modules, a notification directed to the user and including information relating to the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate; and
receive a selection, by the user, of an autonomous engine module use candidate from the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate,
wherein the self-driving capability of each engine module computing system includes instructions that when executed by the one or more engine module computing system processors cause the one or more engine module computing system processors to control the autonomous engine module use candidate selected from the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate, to autonomously drive the selected autonomous engine module use candidate to a designated pickup location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,993

MODULAR AUTONOMOUS GROUND VEHICLES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

14. A transportation method, comprising:directing a coupling portion to couple a storage compartment portion to a propulsion portion of an autonomous ground vehicle (AGV);
instructing the AGV to travel to a location where the storage compartment portion is to be delivered;
instructing the coupling portion to decouple the storage compartment portion from the propulsion portion;
instructing a movement mechanism comprising at least one of a roller, a mechanical actuator or a robotic arm to move the storage compartment portion off of the propulsion portion to deliver the storage compartment portion at the location; and
instructing the AGV to depart from the location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,992

LOADING RAMP ASSEMBLY AND A MOVABLE CARGO TRANSPORT INCLUDING THE LOADING RAMP ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A loading ramp assembly configured for attachment in a cargo area including a floor, a first sidewall disposed transverse to the floor and a second sidewall disposed transverse to the floor, with the first and second sidewalls spaced apart and generally aligning with each other, the loading ramp assembly comprising:a ramp pivotable inside the cargo area relative to the floor between a use position in which at least a portion of the ramp is disposed in a generally horizontal orientation on top of the floor and a storage position in which the ramp is spaced from the floor and secured in a generally vertical orientation along at least one of the first and second sidewalls;
further including a bracket attached to the ramp;
wherein:
the ramp includes a ramp body;
the bracket includes a first arm and a second arm spaced apart from each other, and the first and second arms are attached to the ramp body;
the first and second arms of the bracket each include a respective pivot point to pivot the ramp body between the storage position and the use position;
the ramp includes a plurality of segments cooperating with each other;
one of the segments is defined as an initial segment that extends between the first and second arms and overlaps the floor between the first and second arms;
the initial segment includes a use surface and a mounting surface opposing each other;
the use surface of the initial segment faces outwardly opposite of the floor when in the use position and the mounting surface of the initial segment faces the floor when in the use position;
the first and second arms are mounted to the mounting surface of the initial segment, and at least part of the first and second arms are disposed between the mounting surface and the floor when the ramp is in the use position; and
at least another one of the segments is movable between a loading position and a stowed position, and the at least another one of the segments is configured to telescope outwardly from the initial segment such that at least a portion of the ramp is disposed outside of the cargo area when in the loading position, and the at least another one of the segments is configured to retract inwardly into the initial segment when in the stowed position such that the ramp is completely contained inside the cargo area when in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,991

ILLUMINATED FLOOR MAT RETENTION ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illuminated floor mat retention assembly comprising:a fastener having a housing configured to fasten a floor mat onto a floor, wherein the fastener comprises an upper grommet and a lower grommet, wherein the lower grommet is fixedly connected to the floor and the upper grommet fastens onto the lower grommet;
a light transmissive window provided in the housing; and
a light source located proximate to the fastener for generating light to be output through the window.

US Pat. No. 10,245,990

SEAT APPARATUS

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

11. A seat apparatus comprising:a vehicle seat including a cushion member having a bottom portion with a plurality of recessed portions;
a plurality of bag bodies configured to expand by injection of fluid;
a fluid supply mechanism configured to supply the fluid to the plurality of the bag bodies:
a flow path formation member of which an inner space constitutes a flow path for the fluid to extend toward each of the plurality of the bag bodies, the flow path formation member being made of a bendable material; and
a tubular body disposed in the flow path formation member and that forms, on an inner side thereof, a portion of the flow path,
wherein at least one of the plurality of the recessed portions is provided in a portion of the bottom portion of the cushion member positioned in a seating portion of the vehicle seat, the seating portion being a portion of the vehicle seat on which a hip of a passenger is placed,
wherein the each of the plurality of the bag bodies is expandable in a corresponding one of the recessed portions,
wherein the fluid supply mechanism is configured to expand at least one bag body of the plurality of the bag bodies by supplying the fluid thereto and to change the at least one bag body to be expanded by switching a fluid supply destination, and
wherein the tubular body is made of a material harder than that of the flow path formation member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,989

HEADREST

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A headrest comprising:a stay held on a seat back;
a headrest body which is supported tiltably about a tilting shaft provided in the stay;
a lock part which locks the headrest body in a non-tiltable manner; and
a lock release part which releases lock of the lock part,
the lock release part includes:
an operation button to be pressed, the operation button has a pair of locking pawls;
a biasing member which biases the operation button in an opposite direction to a pressing direction of the operation button; and
a bezel which has a cylinder wall and a bottom wall for containing the operation button to be movable back and forth in the pressing direction, and is provided with a locking part which locks the operation button biased by the biasing member to hold the operation button in the cylinder wall, wherein:
the locking part is provided in the bottom wall, the locking part including a pair of elastically deformable locking pieces which extend in the pressing direction and pinch the pair of locking pawls therebetween to be engages with the pair of locking pawls respectively,
respective engaging surfaces of the pair of locking pawls which are engaged with the locking pieces are formed as tilted surfaces which are brought close to each other toward the pressing direction,
the operation button including a guide part which extends along a central axis of the cylinder wall,
the pair of locking pawls are provided in a tip of the guide part,
the bottom wall includes a guide hole into which the guide part is inserted, and
the pair of locking pieces are in an edge of the guide hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,988

VEHICLE SEAT PROVIDED WITH SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat including a seat cushion, a seat back, a seat belt, and a seat belt retractor configured to retract the seat belt, the vehicle seat comprising:a seat back frame comprising:
right and left side frames disposed at a distance away from each other in a lateral direction,
an upper frame connecting an upper end portion of the right side frame and an upper end portion of the left side frame,
a lower frame connecting a lower end portion of the right side frame and a lower end portion of the left side frame,
a connecting frame disposed at distances away from the right and left side frames and connecting the upper frame and the lower frame, the connecting frame being made of a pipe member, and
a plate member joined to the connecting frame at a first weld and a second weld; and
a first bracket by which the seat belt retractor is attached to the seat back frame,
wherein the first bracket is provided on the connecting frame at distances away from the upper frame and the lower frame, and
wherein the first bracket is disposed between the first weld and the second weld.

US Pat. No. 10,245,987

ACTIVE VEHICLE SEAT ARCHITECTURE FOR INERTIAL COMPENSATION IN MOTOR VEHICLES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An active vehicle seat assembly for a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having a vehicle body with a base plate, the vehicle body having mutually orthogonal longitudinal, lateral, and vertical axes, the active vehicle seat assembly comprising:an occupant chair including a backrest portion and a seat portion connected to the backrest portion;
a motion sensor connected to the occupant chair and configured to detect motion of the occupant chair and output signals indicative thereof;
an automated platform subjacent the seat portion and configured to movably mount the occupant chair to the vehicle body, the automated platform including:
a pitch plate movably mounted to the seat portion, the pitch plate being configured to pivot relative to the lateral axis;
a pitch actuator connected to and configured to selectively pivot the pitch plate;
a roll plate pivotably mounted to the pitch plate, the roll plate being configured to pivotably mount to the base plate and pivot relative to the longitudinal axis; and
a roll actuator connected to and configured to selectively pivot the roll plate; and
a four-bar roll linkage with first and second roll actuation plates and first and second sets of roll pivot joints, the first set of roll pivot joints being configured to pivotably couple first ends of the first and second roll actuation plates to the base plate of the vehicle body, and the second set of roll pivot joints pivotably coupling second ends of the first and second roll actuation plates to the roll plate; and
an on-board controller communicatively connected to the motion sensor, the pitch actuator, and the roll actuator, the on-board controller being operable to respond to a motion signal from the motion sensor indicative of an inertial motion disturbance to the occupant chair and output a control signal to one or both of the pitch and roll actuators to selectively pivot one or both of the pitch and roll plates and thereby counteract the inertial motion disturbance.

US Pat. No. 10,245,986

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back including:
a top plate main part having a front-facing seating surface; and
a top plate side part configured to protrude more forward than the top plate main part from an outer side of the top plate main part;
a side adjuster configured to move the top plate side part between a protruding position in which the top plate side part protrudes more forward than the top plate main part and a retracted position in which the top plate side part is retracted from the protruding position; and
a controller configured to, in a case where a side collision of a vehicle is detected, drive and control the side adjuster so that the top plate side part is in the protruding position,
wherein the top plate side part has a shape including a curved concave surface which protrudes in a shape curved toward the front side so as to wrap the top plate main part from a backside of the top plate main part to both sides of the outer side of the top plate main part in a recessed shape.

US Pat. No. 10,245,985

RECLINING SEAT TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF MINE BLAST LOAD ON SPINE AND LOWER LEG INJURIES

The United States of Amer...

1. A combination of a seat assembly and associated structure configured to be installed in a vehicle and to recline the seat assembly in response to an upward acceleration of the vehicle so as to mitigate injury to a human occupant when seated in the seat assembly, the combination comprising:a seat assembly frame;
a back frame portion of the seat assembly frame;
a lower frame portion of the seat assembly frame extending forward from the back frame portion;
a means for absorbing energy applied to the seat assembly frame from the upward acceleration;
a seat pivotal connection between the lower frame portion and the energy absorbing means;
stop means incorporated in the seat pivotal connection for preventing tilting of the seat assembly when less than a predetermined amount of tilting force acts on the seat assembly;
a dog-leg lever having a foreleg and an aft leg and a junction between the foreleg and the aft leg;
a pivot connection configured to couple the junction and a floor of the vehicle, the pivot connection being disposed more rearward relative to the seat assembly frame than the energy absorbing means;
wherein the foreleg is configured to extend forward relative to the seat assembly frame and to be disposed over the floor forward of the pivot connection when the combination is installed in the vehicle; and
a strut pivotally connected between the aft leg and the back frame portion of the seat assembly frame.

US Pat. No. 10,245,984

SEAT SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

ClearMotion Acquisition L...

1. A seat system for a vehicle, comprising:a seat constructed and arranged to pivot relative to the vehicle at least about a first axis that passes through a first pivot point movably attached to the vehicle;
a first actuator and a second actuator that can interact with the seat constructed and arranged to pivot the seat about at least the first axis; and,
a processor configured to: (i) determine a desired angle of rotation of the seat relative to the vehicle based at least in part on a predetermined control parameter, and (ii) command the first actuator and the second actuator to pivot the seat to the desired angle of rotation about at least the first axis wherein a motion of the seat relative to the vehicle results in rotation of the seat, about a second pivot point, relative to earth.

US Pat. No. 10,245,983

OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A seat assembly, comprising:a frame assembly have a seat portion and a seatback portion;
a seat member supported on the seat portion of the frame assembly and having a support portion supported on a carrier member, wherein the support portion and the carrier member of the seat member are comprised of porous non-absorbent materials that are configured to allow water to drain therethrough;
a seatback supported on the seatback portion of the frame assembly and having a support portion supported on a carrier member, wherein the support portion and the carrier member of the seatback are comprised of porous non-absorbent materials that are configured to allow water to drain therethrough; and
a cover member comprised of a perforated fabric that is non-absorbent, wherein the cover member includes a first portion covering the seat member and a second portion covering the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,245,982

VEHICLE SEAT WITH LATERALLY COLLAPSING PORTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a cushion coupled with a seatback,
each of the seatback and the cushion including:
a respective base body defining an internal cavity open on a side of the base body; and
a respective secondary body slidably mounted with the respective base body so as to be extendible out of the respective internal cavity beyond the side of the respective base body and retractable at least partially within the respective internal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,245,981

CHILD'S BOOSTER SEAT WITH DETACHABLE BELT POSITIONER CAR SEAT

1. A child safety seat comprising:a seat back;
a seat base removably coupled in its entirety to the seat back, the seat base comprising:
a primary base; and
a removable base removably coupled to the primary base the removable base comprising:
a seating surface configured to receive a child thereon;
a bottom surface opposite the seating surface;
a first left armrest coupled to the removable base and rotatable with respect to the removable base and configured to rotate from a first stored position along the bottom surface to a use position along a first side of the removable base; and
a first right armrest coupled to the removable base and rotatable with respect to the removable base and configured to rotate from a second stored position along the bottom surface to a use position along a second side of the removable base opposite the first side; and
wherein the removable base is configured to be used as a first booster seat when detached from the primary base, with the bottom surface resting on a vehicle seat and the primary base is configured to be used as a second booster seat when the removable base is detached from the primary base.

US Pat. No. 10,245,980

CHILD SAFETY SEAT ASSEMBLY

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child safety seat assembly comprising:a support base having a shell body that defines a receiving area and includes a support surface and an upright surface rising upward from the support surface, the shell body being assembled with a latch located adjacent to the upright surface; and
a child carrier operable to detachably assemble with the support base, the child carrier including a seat shell having a foot portion protruding downward, the foot portion having an opening and an interior in which are assembled a release arm and a fixed rod, the latch of the support base being movable through the opening into the interior of the foot portion for engaging with the rod when the child carrier is installed on the support base;
wherein the foot portion is placed on the support surface in the receiving area and the latch engages with the rod when the child carrier is locked with the support base, and the release arm is operable to push the latch to disengage from the rod for removal of the child carrier from the support base.

US Pat. No. 10,245,979

DUAL ACTUATOR

1. An actuator comprising:a motor;
a gear assembly;
a pulley selectively rotatable about an axis by the motor via the gear assembly;
at least one biasing member;
a first cable connected at one end to the pulley; and
a second cable connected at one end to the pulley,
wherein the pulley is rotatable in a first pulley direction to a first actuation position to increase tension in the first cable and is rotatable in a second pulley direction opposite the first pulley direction to a second actuation position to increase tension in the second cable, and wherein the at least one biasing member is operable to bias the pulley in the second pulley direction when the pulley is in the first actuation position and to bias the pulley in the first pulley direction when in the pulley is the second actuation position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,978

VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD FOR FIXING A SEAT ELEMENT

1. A vehicle seat having a seat element which is pivotally mounted to a front base part at a secondary axis for movement from a use position into a storage position,wherein the vehicle seat has a locking means;
wherein, in a fixing position taken up in the use position, the locking means interacts with the seat element in a first direction or a second direction in a form-fitting manner or a force-fitting manner;
wherein the locking means has a pivotable locking catch pivotally supported on a rear base part of the vehicle seat;
wherein the locking catch interacts in the fixing position in the form-fitting or the force-fitting manner with a bolt fixed to the seat element;
wherein the locking catch is configured to be pivoted in order to leave the fixing position;
wherein the vehicle seat has an articulation system that is a four-bar linkage having a first link pivotally connected to each of the front base part and the rear base part and a second link pivotally connected to each of the front base part and the rear base part for folding up the seat element; and
wherein the seat element is connected to the rear base part via a third link that forms a scissor linkage with at least a portion of the seat element, wherein, in the use position, the rear base part is fixed in a positionally fixed manner, wherein the four-bar linkage and the scissor linkage are configured such that the base part is pivoted about the secondary axis in order to take up the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,977

ARMREST CONTROL DEVICE AND ARMREST DEVICE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An armrest control device, comprising:a driving mode determiner that determines a switching state of a driving mode of a vehicle capable of switching between an automatic driving mode and a manual driving mode; and
an armrest controller that moves a supporter of an armrest, which supports an arm of a driver, so that the supporter approaches a steering wheel, when the driving mode determiner determines that a switching from the automatic driving mode to the manual driving mode has started.

US Pat. No. 10,245,976

CONTROLLER AND INTERFACE FOR VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A controller and interface system comprisingan electronic control unit,
a human-machine interface,
the electronic control unit integrated with the human-machine interface;
the integrated electronic control unit and human-machine interface incorporated physically and electronically within a vehicle seat side shield;
wherein the vehicle seat side shield comprises a substrate and a conductive layer coupled to the substrate;
wherein electrical components of the electronic control unit and the human-machine interface are disposed on a common circuit board; and
the substrate and conductive layer substrate are configured as the common circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,245,975

CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A movable seat comprising:a beacon module and a child safety seat module;
wherein the beacon module and the child safety seat form a wireless communication link;
wherein the movable seat is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a child safety seat and a driver's seat;
wherein the beacon module installs in the driver's seat of the vehicle;
wherein the child safety seat module installs in the child safety seat;
wherein the beacon module: a) detects the weight of a first individual in the driver's seat; and, b) transmits a signal over the wireless communication link to the child safety seat module;
wherein the child safety seat module: c) detects the weight of a second individual in the child safety seat; d) detects the transmitted signal from the beacon module; and; e) generates the audible and visual alarm;
wherein if the child seat module detects the weight of the second individual in the child safety seat but does not detect the weight of the first individual, the child seat module initiates a plurality audio and visual alarms to indicate that the second individual remains in the child safety seat;
wherein the beacon module comprises a tee housing and a beacon circuit;
wherein the tee housing contains the beacon circuit;
wherein the tee housing mounts in the driver's seat of the vehicle;
wherein the tee housing is a hollow structure;
wherein the tee housing mounts in the driver's seat such that the hollow interior volume of the tee housing decreases when the first individual is in the driver's seat.

US Pat. No. 10,245,974

VEHICLE DETECTION SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle detection system, comprising:a reading device that is provided in a vehicle, transmits and receives a signal, and transmits a transmission signal including at least a signal that supplies power;
a detection device that is provided in the vehicle and that includes
an antenna that mutually transmits and receives a signal from and to the reading device,
a signal output circuit that is activated using the signal that supplies power included in the transmission signal received by the antenna as driving power, and outputs a detection signal to the antenna, and
a first connection switch provided between the antenna and the signal output circuit, and that switches a first electrical connection portion between the antenna and the signal output circuit to a contact state or to a non-contact state according to a first characteristic of a state inside the vehicle;
a second connection switch provided between the antenna and the signal output circuit, and that switches a second electrical connection portion between the antenna and the signal output circuit to a contact state or to a non-contact state according to a second characteristic of the state inside the vehicle; and
at least one processor that is connected to the reading device and is configured to determine the state inside the vehicle based on the detection signal received by the reading device, wherein
the detection device is configured to
connect the signal output circuit and the antenna, and transmit the detection signal from the signal output circuit via the antenna to the reading device, when the first electrical connection portion and the second electrical connection portion are simultaneously in the contact state, and
disconnect the signal output circuit and the antenna, and refrain from transmitting the detection signal from the signal output circuit via the antenna to the reading device, when either the first electrical connection portion or the second electrical connection portion is in the non-contact state, and
the at least one processor determines the state inside the vehicle based on the detection signal received by the reading device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,973

TECHNOLOGY AND METHODS OF ON-BOARD VEHICLE OCCUPANT ACCURATE WEIGHING BY A SIMPLIFIED WEIGHING APPARATUS BASED ON WEIGHING MODERATOR AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN ON-BOARD OCCUPANT WEIGHING SYSTEMS

1. A method of weighing a person sitting in a seat of a vehicle, comprising:applying a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value with respect to a substantially vertical surface of another object that is a predetermined distance away from a weighing unit operatively coupled to the seat of the vehicle, wherein the application of the horizontal force does not change a weight measurement of the object recorded by the weighing unit when the object is applying the force to the vertical surface wherein the horwest effect is defined by a rule that states that an object located in a closed system and on the weighing unit providing and applying a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value with respect to a substantially vertical surface of another object that is a predetermined distance away from the weighing unit, does not change a weight measurement of the object recorded by the weighing unit when the object is applying the force to the substantially vertical surface wherein said horwest effect provides an accurate weight measurement of an occupant sitting on the seat, to which the weighing unit is operatively attached, by compressing in a horizontal direction a piece that is hanging from a substantially vertical part of the vehicle and secures the foot of the occupant while being compressed by the foot of the occupant in a horizontal direction, and this compressing does not influence the accurate weight measurement of the occupant's whole body measured by said weighing unit at the time when a switch connected to said substantially vertical part of the vehicle signals to a computing and control unit that the foot of the occupant compresses the piece and the current result of the weight measurement is correct.

US Pat. No. 10,245,972

TRAILER-BASED ENERGY CAPTURE AND MANAGEMENT

HYLIION INC., Austin, TX...

1. An apparatus comprising:a towed vehicle for use in combination with a towing vehicle, the towed vehicle having an electrically powered drive axle configured to supply supplemental torque to one or more wheels of the towed vehicle and to thereby supplement, while the towed vehicle travels over a roadway and in at least some modes of operation, primary motive forces applied through a separate drivetrain of the towing vehicle;
an energy store on the towed vehicle, the energy store configured to supply the electrically powered drive axle with electrical power and further configured to receive energy recovered using the electrically powered drive axle in a regenerative braking mode of operation, and wherein the energy store on the towed vehicle includes a battery or battery array;
an auxiliary power unit (APU) interface to supply electrical power from the energy store to the towing vehicle; and
an inverter coupled between the battery or battery array and the APU interface to supply AC power to the towing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,971

MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM

Gates Corporation, Denve...

1. A motor-generator system comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a motor-generator in driven engagement with the internal combustion engine by an endless belt, the motor-generator comprising;
a controller detecting a speed signal of the internal combustion engine, a driver input signal, a battery state signal and a motor-generator signal;
the motor-generator operable to provide a motoring torque or a load torque to the internal combustion engine at a predetermined frequency of rotary vibration according to a controller command; and
the controller controlling the motor-generator torque at a frequency greater than 1 Hz such that when the internal combustion engine accelerates, the motoring torque is applied to speed the motor-generator rotation, and when the internal combustion engine decelerates, the load torque is applied to slow motor-generator rotation such that motor-generator rotation is controlled to attenuate a system vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,970

VARIABLE POWER OUTLET AND MAXIMUM SPEED IN DRIVE MODE

1. A vehicle comprising:an accelerator pedal configured to be positioned between an at-rest position corresponding to a minimum power request and a maximum displacement position corresponding to a maximum power request;
an input device configured to receive a selection of a drive mode including a first drive mode, a second drive mode or a third drive mode;
a power source configured to generate power; and
an engine control unit (ECU) coupled to the accelerator pedal, the input device, and the power source and configured to control the power source to provide a greater acceleration rate when the second drive mode is selected than when the first drive mode is selected for accelerator pedal positions greater than the at-rest position and less than the maximum displacement position,
wherein a relationship between positions of the accelerator pedal and power output by the power source is non-linear for the first drive mode, the power source providing the same limited maximum power output when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the first drive mode is selected as when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the second drive mode is selected, the same limited maximum power output being less than a maximum power output when the accelerator pedal is positioned at the maximum displacement position and the third drive mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,245,969

POWER SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER SOURCE CONTROL METHOD

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A power source control device comprising:a charging state detector configured to detect a charging state of a drive battery mounted on an electric vehicle; and
a power source mode switch configured to switch a power source mode of the electric vehicle,
wherein the power source mode switch is configured to automatically switch the power source mode from an ON mode in which a power source for an electric device is turned on to an OFF mode in which the power source is turned off in a case that charging of the drive battery is stopped while the power source mode is set at the ON mode.

US Pat. No. 10,245,968

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHARGING A VEHICLE USING A DYNAMIC POWER GRID, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION IN THE VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for managing power consumption in a vehicle, comprising:a power source signature database that stores power source signatures for a plurality of power sources used in charging and refueling events within the vehicle, the power source signatures identifying an ultimate source of power;
an optimizing device which:
stores quantity data associating a quantity of the power being stored in the vehicle with the ultimate source based on the power source signatures; and
optimizes a plurality of parameters to determine a power to be consumed by the vehicle based on the quantity data; and
an operating mode setting device which sets an operating mode for powering the vehicle based on the determined power,
wherein the plurality of parameters includes an environmental impact of a power source in the plurality of power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,245,967

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Liberty Plugins, Inc., S...

1. A system for managing banks of Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSEs) comprising:a controller, the controller having control over a plurality of EVSEs in a bank, the controller having a queue of requests for charging corresponding to at least one of the EVSEs in the bank,
wherein the controller determines a load-shed state and
if the load-shed state is no on-going load-shed event, then the controller selects, from the queue of requests, a first set of corresponding EVSEs to be active, the first set having a first aggregate draw up to a first predetermined limit,
otherwise, the controller selects, from the queue of requests, a second set of corresponding EVSEs to be active, the second set having a second aggregate draw that does not exceed a second predetermined limit, the second predetermined limit being less than the first predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,966

VEHICLE ARCHITECTURES, DEVICES AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR MANAGING WIRELESS VEHICLE CHARGING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for managing charging of an electrical storage unit of a motor vehicle at a wireless vehicle charging station, the method comprising:communicating, via a vehicle controller with the wireless vehicle charging station, to initiate charging of the electrical storage unit of the motor vehicle;
monitoring a predetermined proximity of the wireless vehicle charging station for intrusion of an obstruction;
receiving, via the vehicle controller from a sensor, a signal indicative of detection of the obstruction within the predetermined proximity of the wireless vehicle charging station;
determining, via the vehicle controller, whether the detected obstruction is a living object or a lifeless object;
initiating, via the vehicle controller responsive to a determination that the detected obstruction is a living object, a first remedial action strategy including commanding the motor vehicle to generate a visual or audible cue configured to drive away the living object; and
initiating, via the vehicle controller responsive to a determination that the detected obstruction is a lifeless object, a second remedial action strategy including directing the motor vehicle to reposition such that the motor vehicle avoids contact with the lifeless object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,965

TRANSMISSION COIL FOR THE INDUCTIVE TRANSFER OF ENERGY

Robert Rosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transmission coil (10) which is configured to inductively transfer energy, comprising a carrier (17), a coil arrangement (11) with a multiplicity of turns (12), and a capacitance, characterized in that the capacitance is formed by a multiplicity of capacitors (22), wherein one of the capacitors (22) is assigned to an individual turn (12) and another of the capacitors is assigned to a group of at least two turns (12) of the coil arrangement (11), and the capacitors (22) are arranged, together with the coil arrangement, on the carrier (17).

US Pat. No. 10,245,963

AIR COOLED WIRELESS CHARGING PAD

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A charging pad comprising:a housing having a magnetics assembly housing part and an electronics assembly housing part;
an interface layer within the housing, the interface layer having a top side and a bottom side, wherein the interface layer includes a thermal insulator sub-layer and an electromagnetic shielding sub-layer, the thermal insulator sub-layer forms one of the top side and the bottom side of the interface layer and the electromagnetic shielding sub-layer forms an other one of the top side and bottom side of the interface layer;
wherein the magnetics assembly housing part includes a floor portion spaced apart from the bottom side of the interface layer;
wherein the electronics assembly housing part includes a ceiling portion spaced apart from the top side of the interface layer;
a magnetics assembly arranged below the bottom side of the interface layer within the magnetics assembly housing part and attached to the floor portion of the magnetics assembly housing part; and
an electronics assembly spaced apart from and arranged above the top side of the interface layer within the electronics assembly housing part and attached to the ceiling portion of the electronics assembly housing part, the electronics assembly including a printed circuit board having electric and electronic components arranged thereon, the printed circuit board being attached to the ceiling portion of the electronics assembly housing part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,962

ACTIVE RECTIFIER FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, VEHICLE ASSEMBLY USING SAME AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An active rectifier for a wireless power transfer system, the active rectifier comprising:a first rectifying circuit;
a second rectifying circuit;
a first switching circuit;
a second switching circuit; and
a controller, wherein
the first rectifying circuit, the second rectifying circuit, the first switching circuit, and the second switching circuit are arranged in a form of a bridge circuit between a secondary coil of a vehicle and a battery of the vehicle,
the active rectifier controls the first and second switching circuits according to a charging status of the battery or an output status of the wireless power transfer system in order to change or maintain a charging power to the battery,
a first connection node between a first terminal of the first rectifying circuit and a first terminal of the first switching circuit and a second connection node between a first terminal of the second rectifying circuit and a first terminal of the second switching circuit are connected to both ends of the secondary coil,
a first common terminal between a second terminal of the first rectifying circuit and a second terminal of the second rectifying circuit and a second common terminal between a second terminal of the first switching circuit and a second terminal of the second switching circuit are connected to both ends of the battery,
when an increased output of the wireless power transfer system is desired, the controller selectively turns on or off one of the first and second switching circuits while the other of the first and second switching circuits is turned off according to a phase of a voltage or current induced in the secondary coil, and
when a decreased output of the wireless power transfer system is desired, the controller selectively turns on or off one of the first and second switching circuits while the other of the first and second switching circuits is turned on according to the phase of the voltage or current induced in the secondary coil.

US Pat. No. 10,245,961

INVERTER-CHARGER COMBINATION

1. An inverter-charger combination comprising:a plurality of first and second switching elements each comprising a plurality of switching units disposed in parallel, the plurality of first and second switching elements being adapted to be electrically coupled to a load and to a rechargeable energy storage system (RESS);
a capacitor, connected in parallel to the plurality of first and second switching elements; and
a dual active bridge, connected in parallel to the plurality of first and second switching elements and the capacitor, the dual active bridge being adapted to be electrically coupled to the RESS,
wherein each one of the first switching elements is connected in series with one of the second switching elements to form a first switching subassembly, there being provided at least two first switching subassemblies disposed in parallel, each switching subassembly being electrically connected to an alternating current (AC) source,
wherein each of the first and the second switching elements comprises a first and a second contactor,
wherein, when the first contactor is open and the second contactor is closed, a first electric current is enabled to flow from the RESS in direct current (DC) form to the load in AC form through the plurality of switching elements to provide power to the load,
wherein, when the first contactor is closed and the second contactor is open, a second electric current is enabled to flow from the AC source in the AC form to the RESS in the DC form through the plurality of switching elements to charge the RESS, and
wherein at least some of the first and second switching elements are configured to have only one or more of the switching units active during RESS charging and all of the switching units active during power transmission to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,245,960

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER DEVICE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An electric power converter device for charging a battery in a vehicle, the electric power converter device comprising:a power factor converter receiving a direct current DC power from a power source, wherein the power factor converter increases a voltage level of the DC power;
a DC-to-DC converter electrically coupled to the power factor converter and operable to decrease the voltage of the DC power from the power factor converter;
a power output device configured to provide electrical power to the battery in the vehicle;
a bypass switch operable to electrically couple the power output device to one of the power factor converter or the DC-to-DC converter such that the electrical power provided by the power output device to the battery is based on one of a voltage output of the power factor converter or a voltage output of the DC-to-DC converter; and
a controller configured to switch the bypass switch between a first state, whereby the bypass switch electrically couples the power output device to the DC-to-DC converter, and a second state, whereby the bypass switch electrically couples the power output device to the power factor converter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,959

POWER CONVERTER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A power converter system comprising:a power bus;
a plurality of power converter modules connected to the power bus in parallel;
a plurality of energy storage modules, each energy storage module coupled to the power bus via a corresponding one of the plurality of power converter modules; and
a controller module configured to control at least one of the plurality of power converter modules to operate in each of a plurality of charging power conversion modes, each charging power conversion mode configured for connecting an input power source to the corresponding energy storage module for charging power to the corresponding energy storage module,
wherein the at least one power converter module is configured to be switchable by the controller module to operate in any one of the plurality of charging power conversion modes.

US Pat. No. 10,245,958

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a first motor configured to generate a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation of the first motor;
a second motor connected to a driving shaft coupled with driving wheels of the hybrid vehicle, the second motor being configured to generate a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation of the second motor;
a planetary gear set including three rotation elements connected to three shafts, the shafts including a shaft of the first motor, a shaft of the engine, and the driving shaft, the three rotation elements being connected such that the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft are arrayed in the order of the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft in an alignment chart;
a first inverter configured to drive the first motor;
a second inverter configured to drive the second motor;
an electric storage device;
a step up-down converter connected to a low voltage-side electric power line and a high voltage-side electric power line, the low voltage-side electric power line being connected to the electric storage device, the high voltage-side electric power line being connected to the first inverter and the second inverter, the step up-down converter being configured to transfer electric power between the low voltage-side electric power line and the high voltage-side electric power line while changing voltage of the electric power; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
(i) control the engine and the step up-down converter such that the counter-electromotive voltage of the first motor becomes higher than a direct current-side voltage of the first inverter and a direct current-side voltage of the second inverter and that torque is output from the first motor to the driving shaft through the planetary gear set, when an accelerator is on during specified traveling of the hybrid vehicle with gates of the first inverter and the second inverter being cut off and the engine being operated, and
(ii) control the engine and the step up-down converter such that rotational speed of the first motor becomes smaller and voltage of the high voltage-side electric power line becomes lower when the accelerator is off than when the accelerator is on during the specified traveling.

US Pat. No. 10,245,957

SMART REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A method for controlling, via a smart braking system, a speed of a vehicle while a cruise control system of the vehicle is deactivated, comprising:determining, at a first time, that an accelerator of the vehicle is deactivated;
recording a travel speed of the vehicle at the first time;
determining, at a second time, that the vehicle is accelerating while the accelerator is deactivated; and
responsive to determining that the vehicle is accelerating while the accelerator is deactivated, activating a braking system of the vehicle to maintain the speed of the vehicle at the recorded travel speed of the vehicle at the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,245,956

PREVENTING HIGH INDUCED VOLTAGE FROM BEING APPLIED TO DISCHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A discharge control device that controls a discharge bypass circuit for discharging, at time of a collision of a vehicle, a charge in a capacitor provided in a drive device for a motor that rotates wheels of the vehicle, the drive device supplying a power received from a battery to the motor to drive the motor, the drive device supplying the power to the discharge control device,the discharge control device comprising
a control circuit that makes the discharge bypass circuit start discharge at the time of the collision of the vehicle by receiving a discharge instruction signal, and after discharge of the charge in the capacitor, makes the discharge bypass circuit start discharge when an induced voltage induced by the motor surpasses a predetermined threshold,
wherein the drive device is electrically connected to the motor and the discharge control device such that the induced voltage induced by the motor is applied to the discharge control device via the drive device,
wherein the control circuit includes:
(i) a flip-flop circuit that:
outputs an output signal that is a discharge instruction to the discharge bypass circuit at the time of the collision of the vehicle by receiving the discharge instruction signal to an input terminal of the flip-flop circuit,
stops, after discharge of the charge in the capacitor, the output of the output signal upon receiving a reset signal, and
resumes output of the output signal when a reset release signal is input to the flip-flop circuit, and
(ii) a reset control circuit that outputs the reset release signal to the flip-flop circuit when the induced voltage induced by the motor surpasses the predetermined threshold,
wherein the drive device is connected to the discharge control device via a power line such that the drive device supplies power to the discharge control device via the power line,
wherein the reset control circuit is connected to the power line, the reset control circuit determines whether the induced voltage induced in the power line surpasses the predetermined threshold,
wherein the flip-flop circuit and the reset control circuit are supplied with power through the power line.

US Pat. No. 10,245,955

VEHICLE CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING AN IMPACT TO BATTERY UNITS AT A TIME OF COLLISION

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a first battery unit comprising a front module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a front seat of the vehicle, a middle module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a rear seat of the vehicle, and a front casing accommodating the front module group and the middle module;
a second battery unit comprising a rear module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged in a rear portion of the vehicle, and a rear casing accommodating the rear module group; and
a rear sub frame arranged in a region surrounding the second battery unit, wherein
the front casing and the rear casing are independently fixed to a skeletal structure of the vehicle,
a space is provided between the front casing and the rear casing,
a front frame of the rear sub frame is arranged in the space, and
the front frame is overlapped with the front casing and the rear casing in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,954

VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle display device comprising:an image display device that is disposed in front of a driver in a vehicle and displays an image; and
a frame member that is disposed on a driver side of the image display device and surrounds a part of an image display region in the image display device, wherein
when displaying a new image in a surrounding of the frame member, the image display device displays the new image from an edge of the frame member in a slide-in manner.

US Pat. No. 10,245,953

DISPLAY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A display device, comprising:a display configured to display a charging schedule of an electricity storage device, using a plurality of icons representing charging plans for a plurality of days; and
a controller configured to display the icons on the display, when a plurality of different charging reservation types are specified for the charging plans for the plurality of days, the different charging reservation types including (1) a charging reservation with start time specified by a user and (2) a charging reservation with finish time specified by the user, so that at least one of a shape and a color of the icon for the charging reservation with start time specified by the user is different from at least one of the shape and the color of the icon for the charging reservation with finish time specified by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,952

SELF-BALANCING TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

SPIN MASTER LTD., Toront...

1. A self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a body;
a first wheel rotatably coupled to the body;
a second wheel rotatably coupled to the body, the second wheel having at least one lateral roller rotatable about a roller axis that is one of oblique and orthogonal to a rotation axis of the second wheel;
at least one motor coupled to the second wheel to control rotation of the second wheel and the at least one lateral roller;
at least one sensor coupled to the body to generate orientation data therefor;
a control module coupled to the at least one sensor and the at least one motor to control operation thereof at least partially based on the orientation data generated by the at least one sensor; and
a receiver coupled to the control module to communicate operational commands received from a remote control unit to the control module, the remote control unit having a set of user controls and communicating the operational commands generated by actuation of the user controls,
wherein the control module at least partially controls the at least one motor at least partially based on the operational commands to maintain a center-of-gravity of the self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle over an area of contact of the first wheel and the second wheel with a travel surface, and
wherein the first wheel is pivotable relative to the body, and wherein pivoting of the first wheel is controlled by the control module at least partially based on the operational commands received from the remote control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,951

HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH DUAL-DRIVE PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid transmission comprising:an input shaft adapted for fixation to an internal combustion engine;
an output shaft co-axial with the input shaft and driveably connected to a differential;
a motor configured to propel the output shaft with the input shaft stationary;
a driving sprocket selectively coupled to the input shaft by a first one-way-clutch and selectively coupled to the output shaft by a second one-way-clutch;
a driven sprocket;
a chain engaging both the driving sprocket and the driven sprocket; and
a pump driveably connected to the driven sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,245,950

CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICULAR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a four-wheel drive system of a vehicle,the four-wheel drive system including
a transfer case configured to distribute a part of drive power generated from a drive source to left and right secondary drive wheels,
a differential mechanism coupled to the left and right secondary drive wheels,
a propeller shaft that transmits power delivered from the transfer case, to the differential mechanism,
a first meshing clutch provided in the transfer case, the first meshing clutch being configured to selectively permit and inhibit power transmission between the drive source and the propeller shaft, and
a second meshing clutch configured to selectively permit and inhibit power transmission between the propeller shaft and the differential mechanism,
the differential mechanism including a pair of control couplings configured to adjust transmission torque transmitted to the left and right secondary drive wheels,
one of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch including a synchro mechanism,
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to, when the four-wheel drive system is switched from a two-wheel drive state in which the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch are released to a four-wheel drive state in which the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch are engaged during turning,
synchronize rotation of the one of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch including the synchro mechanism, by means of the synchro mechanism, and
synchronize rotation of the other of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch, by controlling coupling torque of one of the pair of control couplings which transmits power to one of the left and right secondary drive wheels which provides an outer wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,949

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE INCLUDING AN ALL-WHEEL DRIVE THAT CAN BE ENABLED AND DISABLED BY DETERMINING AN ANGULAR ACCELERATION OF COMPONENTS, WHICH ARE UNCOUPLED WHEN THE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE IS DISABLED

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, wherein the vehicle comprises:an all-wheel drive configured to be enabled and disabled, and a drive train with two clutches actuated by a control unit configured to enable and disable the all-wheel drive, and a plurality of components configured to rotate between the two clutches, the plurality of components configured to be driven when the all-wheel drive is enabled and configured to be uncoupled from the remaining drive train when the all-wheel drive is disabled, wherein the method comprises:
when the all-wheel drive is disabled, measuring the rotational speed (n) of at least one of the plurality of uncoupled components in a time interval and determining an angular acceleration (a) of the uncoupled components.

US Pat. No. 10,245,948

ECO 4×4 FRONT-AXLE TRANSMISSION HAVING AN INTEGRATED SHUT-OFF UNIT FOR ALL WHEEL DRIVES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An axle drive mechanism, comprising:a driving toothed wheel;
a drive mechanism housing;
a differential cage, which is mounted rotatably in the drive mechanism housing by way of a first and a second differential cage bearing, with said bearings being spaced apart from one another in an axial direction;
a differential gear;
a first and a second output shaft; and
at least one shiftable torque transmission device, which is disposed radially inward relative to the driving toothed wheel and the first output shaft and comprises a torque transmission region, wherein the torque transmission region is at least partially disposed between said differential cage bearings in the axial direction, wherein
the torque transmission device comprises a radially inner output part and a radially outer driving part, and the driving part can make contact with the output part in said torque transmission region, and the output part can be connected to the driving part in a form-locked manner, and
the driving part is mounted displaceably in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,947

VEHICLE INCLUDING A SHIFTABLE TRANSMISSION WITH OPERATION LEVER

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:two seats juxtaposed in a right-left direction of the vehicle;
an engine including at least a portion located between the two seats in a plan view of the vehicle;
a continuously variable transmission located to a side of the engine with at least a portion thereof located below one of the two seats in the plan view and to which a rotational power from the engine is transmitted;
a shiftable transmission located on a same side as the engine in the right-left direction with respect to the continuously variable transmission and to which a rotational power from the continuously variable transmission is transmitted;
a transmission that transmits the rotational power from the shiftable transmission to a vehicle wheel;
a switching lever on a same side as the continuously variable transmission with respect to a center of the shiftable transmission in the right-left direction, and that inputs a shifting operation force into the shiftable transmission;
a shift rod linked to the switching lever; and
an operation lever operated by a driver seated on the seat to shift the shiftable transmission, and linked to the shift rod.

US Pat. No. 10,245,946

PLATFORM HEAVY DUTY TRANSFER CASE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERI...

1. A transfer case for use in a motor vehicle having a powertrain and front and rear drivelines, the transfer case comprising:a mainshaft adapted to receive drive torque from the powertrain;
a rear output shaft adapted to be connected to the rear driveline;
a front output shaft adapted to be connected to the front driveline;
a transfer mechanism having a first transfer component rotatably supported on said mainshaft and a second transfer component rotatably supported on said front output shaft, said first and second transfer components being drivingly interconnected for common rotation;
a mode clutch operable in a first mode to disconnect said first transfer component from said mainshaft and in a second mode to connect said first transfer component to said mainshaft;
a mode actuator for controlling shifting of said mode clutch between its first and second modes;
a rear planetary gearset having a first component driven directly by said mainshaft and a second component driven at a reduced speed relative to said mainshaft;
a rear range collar drivingly connected to said rear output shaft and moveable between first and second range positions relative to said rear planetary gearset, said rear range collar operable in its first range position to establish a drive connection between said first component of said rear planetary gearset and said rear output shaft and is further operable in its second range position to establish a drive connection between said second component of said rear planetary gearset and said rear output shaft;
a front planetary gearset having a first component driven directly by said second transfer component and a second component driven at a reduced speed relative to said second transfer component;
a front range collar drivingly connected to said front output shaft and moveable between first and second range positions relative to said front planetary gearset, said first range collar operable in its first range position to establish a drive connection between said first component of said front planetary gearset and said front output shaft and is further operable in its second range position to establish a drive connection between said second component of said front planetary gearset and said front output shaft; and
a range actuator operable for controlling coordinated movement of said rear range collar and said front range collar between their respective first and second range positions.

US Pat. No. 10,245,945

DRIVING DEVICE AND WHEELED ROBOT HAVING THE SAME

UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP., S...

1. A driving device of a robot comprising at least one driving assembly and a fixing assembly that are arranged outside a base of the robot, wherein the at least one driving assembly comprises a motor, an omnidirectional wheel, a connection shaft configured to connect an output shaft of the motor to the omnidirectional wheel, and a connection assembly configured to connect the connection shaft to the motor and the omnidirectional wheel, the motor, the connection shaft and the omnidirectional wheel are arranged along a radial direction of the base, and the fixing assembly is configured to fix the motor to the base of the robot, wherein a lateral surface of the output shaft of the motor comprises a first external planar surface that defines a positioning hole, a hub of the omnidirectional wheel defines a mounting hole having an inner side surface that comprises a first inner planar surface, the connection shaft comprises a first end and a second end, the first end defines a receiving hole that allows the output shaft to be inserted thereinto and has an inner surface comprising a second inner planar surface, the second inner planar surface comprises a protrusion matching the positioning hole, and the second end has a lateral surface comprising a second external planar surface matching the first inner planar surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,943

FILLER LID STRUCTURE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A filler lid structure comprising:a base member having an opening portion communicating with a supply port;
a lid having a distal end as one end and a proximal end opposite to the distal end as another end and configured to shift between a closing position at which the lid covers the opening portion and an opening position at which the lid opens the opening portion; and
a link including a first link member and a second link member and connecting the base member to the lid, wherein
the first link member has a first support portion supported on the base member and a second support portion supported on the lid, is swingable relative to the base member about the first support portion, and is swingable relative to the lid about the second support portion, the distal end of the lid being distal to the second support portion and the proximal end of the lid being closer than the distal end to the second support portion,
the second link member has a third support portion supported on the base member and a fourth support portion supported on the lid, is swingable relative to the base member about the third support portion, and is swingable relative to the lid about the fourth support portion,
the second support portion is located at the proximal end side of the lid with respect to the fourth support portion,
the third support portion and the first support portion are located at the same position,
at the opening position, a distance in an outer-inner direction between the distal end of the lid and the base member is larger than a distance in the outer-inner direction between the proximal end of the lid and the base member,
when the lid shifts from the closing position to the opening position, the first link member swings about the first support portion in a direction in which the second support portion is moved away from the base member, and
a distance between a base support point at which the base member supports the third support portion and an end support point at which the lid supports the fourth support portion changes when the lid shifts from the closing position to the opening position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,942

OPERATING MEDIUM TANK ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. An operating medium tank arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:an operating medium tank;
a filling tube for refueling the operating medium tank, said filling tube being fluidly connected on one side to the operating medium tank and on the other side has an insertion opening for receiving a refueling device;
a guide insert arranged in the filling tube for guiding the refueling device; and
a liquid separator comprising a separator chamber which is divided into a first sub-chamber and a second sub-chamber, said first sub-chamber being fluidly connected to the operating medium tank via a ventilation line, said second sub-chamber being fluidly connected to a filter device, said separator chamber being fluidly connected to the filling tube for purging operating medium separated in the liquid separator into the filling tube,
said first sub-chamber and said second sub-chamber being fluidly connected with each other via a labyrinth separator which is formed by the liquid separator and the filling tube,
wherein the separator chamber is formed in a separator housing of the liquid separator, said first sub-chamber being separated from the second sub-chamber by at least one separating web arranged in the separator housing,
wherein the at least one separating web traverses the entire separator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,941

VENT VALVE

1. A vent valve to control internal tank pressure of a fuel tank, comprising:at least one valve housing having at least one first connection configured to provide fluid communication with the fuel tank and at least one second connection configured to provide fluid communication with a fuel vapour filter,
at least one valve element seated by at least one of gravitational force and spring force in a valve seat in a position which completely closes the first connection,
wherein the vent valve is operable such that, when a pressure from the fuel tank rises above a threshold pressure, the valve element is unseatable from the valve seat and, when the pressure from the fuel tank lowers below the threshold pressure, the valve element is returnable to the seated position,
wherein the valve element is arranged to move within a valve element guide,
wherein the valve element and the valve element guide are configured to permit a gap flow between the valve element and the valve element guide,
wherein the valve element has at least one first relief opening, which forms a bypass for said gap flow, and
wherein the first relief opening is arranged approximately at a level of the valve seat or below the valve seat in relation to the direction of flow through the valve, and
wherein the valve element has at least one second relief opening, which is closed by a nonreturn valve acting counter to a direction of closing of the vent valve.

US Pat. No. 10,245,940

DUAL FUEL TANK FOR LOCOMOTIVE AND MARINE APPLICATIONS

CNGMOTIVE, INC., Frankfo...

1. A dual-fuel railroad locomotive comprising:a chassis;
a plurality of railroad wheels mounted to the chassis;
a dual-fuel diesel cycle engine supported by the chassis and operatively connected to the wheels to drive the wheels to propel the locomotive along a railroad track; and
a dual-fuel tank mounted to the chassis and in fluid communication with the dual-fuel diesel cycle engine, the dual-fuel tank including:
at least one liquid fuel vessel, and
at least one pressurized fuel vessel,
wherein the at least one liquid fuel vessel is positioned to form a side-impact buffer that protects the at least one pressurized fuel vessel from side-impacts.

US Pat. No. 10,245,939

GRILLE SHUTTER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A grille shutter device comprising:a first bumper reinforcement extending in a vehicle width direction; and
a shutter mechanism that is provided with a plurality of support members extending from the first bumper reinforcement in a direction intersecting with the vehicle width direction, is supported by the plurality of support members, and regulates a flow rate of air which flows into an engine room from a grille, wherein
the shutter mechanism includes a movable fin that is rotatably supported by the plurality of support members,
the movable fin has a distal portion provided with a seal member that is elastically deformable, and
a distance from a rotary shaft of the movable fin to a distal end of the seal member attached to the movable fin is set to be longer than a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the first bumper reinforcement, and a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the distal portion of the movable fin not including the seal member is set to be shorter than a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the first bumper reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,245,938

ASSEMBLY OF AN AIR GUIDE TO A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. An assembly comprising:an air guide on a structural component of a motor vehicle; and
at least two fastening means of the air guide to the structural component, said fastening means being disposed on lateral edges of said air guide and of the structural component, each fastening means comprising a first fastening component integral with the air guide and a second fastening component integral with the structural component, the first and second fastening components being formed to work together in a same fastening direction,
wherein the fastening means project laterally from a frame defined by the lateral edges of the structural component in a direction substantially perpendicular to the fastening direction,
wherein the first fastening component is joined to the air guide by retaining means formed to break following an impact in a direction substantially parallel to the fastening direction, and
wherein the lateral edges of the air guide exhibit guide parts situated substantially opposite second fastening components, each guide part being formed to guide a lateral edge of the structural component supporting a second fastening component inside the air guide following a breakage of the retaining means of the first fastening component working together with said second fastening component, the breakage resulting in a movement of the air guide towards the structural component in a direction substantially parallel to the fastening direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,937

VEHICLE COMPRISING AUTONOMOUS STEERING COLUMN SYSTEM

Carla R. Gillett, Sacram...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame construction to suit: medical mobility vehicles, robot vehicles, sport vehicles, off road vehicles, vehicles for hire or for ride sharing;
said frame configured with opposing front and rear ends;
one or more seats, said one or more seats configured to support one or more users;
an arrangement of foot pedals or a platform providing footing support;
one or more hub wheels comprising a drive motor, said drive motor including a DC motor type with rotor, stator, gears; or
one or more truck assemblies comprising a drive motor, the drive motor being a DC hub motor type with rotor, stator, and gears;
one or more braking devices,
a platform configured with a contoured construction, and said platform to compartmentalize system components;
a base having an underlying surface characterized by a center of mass to support a user of the vehicle who's either standing or sitting during driving operation;
a seat constructively configured on said base, the seat being configured for user to sit on, or to rest an appendage on;
a powered steering column, pivotally mounted to the front end of the frame, said steering column operatively engaged to propulsion system components;
an array of conduit supporting an array of power cable harnessed within vehicle framework;
one or more fenders;
a control panel affixed to said powered steering column, said control panel comprising a control module including a user I/O interface system;
one or more steering actuators and steering actuator couplings; a retractable locking pin assembly for preventing over rotation;
a handlebar rigidly attached to said steering column, said handlebar being used to turn the steering column both manually or autonomously via said steering actuator;
one or more grip handles situated on said handlebar for user to control power level to throttle and brakes;
one or more thumbwheel switches for user to engage power ON/OFF;
a headlight, a taillight including brake, and turn signal lights;
said powered steering column operatively engaged to a yoke intersection situated on the frame's front end;
a control panel, a power control system connecting to electrical components;
a Lidar sensor and system sensors situated on the vehicle;
one or more cameras having a means to view parameters via a wireless interface communication link, a I/O interface system utilizing local mapping and satellite GPS;
a wireless communication control method to include a Bluetooth communication device for controlling the vehicle motion from afar;
an autonomous control system; the autonomous control system comprising a means for systematically employing short range proximity sensors including LIDAR, and an environmental scanner laser system to detect objects;
a manual drive mode, an autopilot mode, and a semi-autonomous drive mode, an autonomous drive system;
a kickstand mode; an operational control mode, and a balance control mode;
a battery bank, a battery charger, and a wiring connection means furnishing a controlled power source to vehicle system components with one or more charger ports that provide external charging via USB power cable.

US Pat. No. 10,245,936

POWERED SKATEBOARD SYSTEM

Carla R. Gillett, Sacram...

1. A powered skateboard system comprising:a skateboard, said skateboard including:
a deck having a top surface for supporting a rider/operator of the powered skateboard;
a bottom surface configured to facilitate engagement with one or more inner-motorized trucks;
a compartment situated in the bottom surface of the powered skateboard adapted to store one of more control system components and a cover configured to cover an opening formed by said compartment;
said skateboard further comprising a control system, operation sensors, and control devices;
said control system comprising control methodologies configured to monitor and control mechanical operations of said one or more inner-motorized trucks;
said wireless controller device for controlling forward trajectory and braking momentum of said one or more inner-motorized trucks;
a wireless transmitter configured to transmit information associated with the operation of said one or more inner-motorized trucks;
a receiver configured to receive information associated with the operation of said one or more inner-motorized trucks;
a safety mechanism kill switch to shut off power of said one or more inner-motorized truck's drive motors;
one or more wire connections disposed within a conduit array situated between a power control device disposed within said one or more control system components of the powered skateboard system;
one or more battery packs configured for a primary or a secondary back up power source of said powered skateboard system;
a battery charging device and a battery charging controller associated with a charge level of said one or more battery packs used to power said one or more inner-motorized trucks;
one or more motion control devices for controlling the steering and braking operations of said one or more inner-motorized truck drive motors of said powered skateboard.

US Pat. No. 10,245,935

MOBILE PLATFORM FOR MATERIALS TRANSPORT

1. A mobile platform comprising:a chassis comprising a first end, a second end distal the first end, and opposite sides extending there between;
a drive system comprising a differential drive motor pair configured to drive a respective pair of central wheels;
a pair of suspension devices located on the opposite sides, each comprising:
a respective rocker beam, pivotally connected to a respective side, and extending from about a centre of the chassis to about the first end, and being one of a pair of rocker beams;
the pair of central wheels comprising, for each of the pair of suspension devices, a respective central wheel connected to the rocker beam at about the centre, and being one of a pair of central wheels; and,
a respective first end wheel connected to the rocker beam at about the first end, and being one of a pair of first end wheels; and,
one or more second end wheels located at the second end,
each of the pair of rocker beams configured to rotate between at least: a first position, the pair of central wheels extending outwards from a bottom portion of the chassis in the first position, such that the chassis rolls using at least the pair of central wheels; and, a second position, the pair of central wheels retracting towards the bottom portion in the second position, such that the chassis rolls using the pair of first end wheels, and the one or more second end wheels without the pair of central wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,245,934

TORQUE ROD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

YAMASHITA RUBBER KABUSHIK...

1. A torque rod comprising:a small ring section to be connected to an engine;
a large ring section to be connected to a vehicle body;
a rod section providing a connection between the small ring section and the large ring section;
the small ring section including an outer member connected to the rod section, a small ring inner member to be connected to the engine, and a small ring elastic member providing a connection between the outer member and the small ring inner member, said small rind elastic member of the small rind providing a small rind torsion spring, which is generated by torsion applied to the small rind elastic member, when vibration of the engine is transmitted through the small rind section to the rod section; and
the large ring section including an outer member connected to the rod section, an inner member to be connected to the vehicle body, and a large ring elastic member providing a connection between the outer member and the inner member, said large rind elastic member of the large rind section providing a large rind spring, which is generated by transmission of vibration from the rod section to the vehicle body side, said large ring spring including a first spring in an axial direction of the rod section and a second spring in an axial direction of the inner member;
the torque rod produces a rigid body resonance due to vibration of the engine and transmits the vibration to the vehicle body,
wherein transmission characteristics relative to a magnitude of transmission force transmitted from the large ring section to the vehicle body at a time of rigid body resonance of the torque rod, are such that a capacity of transmission force from the large ring section to the vehicle body at a resonance peak is less than 100N/mm,
wherein transmission characteristic parameters for realizing the transmission characteristic of the torque rod include: the small ring torsion spring and a large ring spring ratio, which is a ratio the first spring to the second spring, when the vibration is transmitted from the rod section to the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,245,933

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a center tunnel which is formed on a floor panel so as to extend in a front-rear direction;
a high-voltage battery which is disposed on the center tunnel; and
a frame member which holds the high-voltage battery, wherein
the frame member comprises:
a pair of left and right side wall portions which extend downward from opposite sides of a bottom portion of the frame member in a transverse direction; and
a pair of left and right leg portions which extend obliquely downward from the pair of left and right side wall portions, and wherein
the frame member is fastened to inclined surfaces of the center tunnel via the pair of left and right leg portions, and
a space which accommodates a cell voltage sensor is formed between the bottom portion of the frame member and the center tunnel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,932

VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE BRACKET

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front structure comprising:a pair of Fr side members extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle;
a support frame provided between the pair of Fr side members and equipped with a rotary electric machine as a driving source; and
a bracket which fixes the support frame to the pair of Fr side members,
wherein a bending and buckling starting point in a vehicle width direction is formed in the Fr side member,
the bracket is provided with a fastening portion which comes into contact with an upper surface of the Fr side member, protrudes inward in the vehicle width direction from the upper surface of the Fr side member, and comes into contact with the upper surface of the support frame so as to be disposed in a pair in a front-rear direction across a buckling starting point of the Fr side member,
the bracket includes a connecting portion having an angular groove shape recessed in the vehicle width direction in a cross-section in a plan view, the connecting portion including a front wall portion connected to a front fastening portion among the pair of fastening portions and extending in a height direction, a rear wall portion connected to a rear fastening portion among the pair of fastening portions and extending in the height direction, and a side wall portion which connects the front wall portion and the rear wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,931

SEAL ASSEMBLY AND THE ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

TAIZHOU VALEO WENLING AUT...

1. A seal assembly for sealing connection region between a glass and a shaft assembly passing through the glass, said shaft assembly comprising a shaft and a threaded bushing around the shaft, the seal assembly comprising:an outer seal, having a body portion used to be supported on the glass, the outer seal further comprising at least one first sealing portion to form at least one sealing area;
an inner rotatable seal, having a body portion with a thread for engaging a thread of the bushing, the inner rotatable seal further comprising at least one second sealing portion to form at least one sealing area,
wherein the body portion of the outer seal and the body portion of the inner rotatable seal each has corresponding threads for engaging the outer seal with the inner rotatable seal,
wherein the thread on the body portion of the outer seal is an external thread, and the thread on the body portion of the inner rotatable seal is an internal thread.

US Pat. No. 10,245,930

DEFLECTOR DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A deflector device comprising:a deflector base which is fixed to both side edge portions of a roof opening portion provided in a roof of a vehicle;
a deflector arm which is assembled to the deflector base so as to extend along both side edge portions of the roof opening portion and is rotatably supported so as to approach and separate from the roof opening portion in response to an opening and closing operation of a panel for opening and closing the roof opening portion;
a deflector unit which is configured to be deployed in a case where the deflector arm is separated from the roof opening portion and to be stored in a case where the deflector arm approaches the roof opening portion; and
a biasing member which is installed in a state of being abutted on the deflector arm so that one end side thereof is assembled to the deflector base and the other end side thereof biases the deflector arm in a direction in which the deflector arm is separated from the roof opening portion,
wherein the biasing member is a wire material bent in a U shape as a whole so that both tip ends thereof approach each other, and is installed so that both tip ends of the wire material become the one end side, and a bent part of the wire material becomes the other end side,
the deflector base has a pair of side walls facing each other in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the deflector arm extends,
a shaft portion which extends forward the facing side wall and of which a sectional shape is an oval shape having a pair of linear portions facing each other and a pair of circular arc portions facing each other so as to respectively connect the ends of the linear portions to each other is provided in each side wall,
the deflector arm has a rotation portion disposed between the side walls so as to be inserted into the shaft portion of each side wall,
shaft holes each having a depth from openings on sides of the facing side walls in a direction in which the side walls face each other are provided in the rotation portion, and
each of the shaft holes has a tubular shape which has an inner peripheral surface slidable with a sliding surface which is a surface of the pair of circular arc portions of the shaft portion, and has an insertion port which is provided so as to allow the pair of linear portions of the shaft portion to pass through the inner peripheral surface in a radial direction such that the deflector arm is not slid with the sliding surface when the deflector arm rotates so as to pass through the pair of linear portions of the shaft portion when being inserted into the shaft portion, among the inner peripheral surface and has a bottom wall which is provided so as to block between the openings of sides of the side walls facing each other not to pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,245,929

LOCKING DEVICE HAVING A LOCKING HOOK AND A MOVABLE SLIDE

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A locking device of a top of a convertible vehicle, comprising a locking support, a locking hook, which can be shifted in at least one of a translational and rotational manner so as to be displaced between a release position and a locked position, and a driving mechanism for the locking hook, said driving mechanism comprising a driving wheel, which is driven by a driving motor and which drives a slide movable on the locking support, wherein the slide is connected to a driving section of the locking hook via a pull-link arrangement in such a manner that the locking hook undergoes a pivoting movement when the slide is moved.

US Pat. No. 10,245,928

TONNEAU COVER WITH HIDDEN HINGES

TECTUM HOLDINGS, INC., A...

1. A foldable tonneau system comprising:a. a plurality of tonneau sections;
b. one or more hinges connecting two or more of the plurality of tonneau sections together, the one or more hinges each including:
i. a hinge housing connected to each of the two or more of the plurality of tonneau sections with each of the hinge housings being connected a different one of the plurality of tonneau sections, and
ii. a slide box located at least partially within and movably connected to each of the hinge housings;
wherein each of the slide boxes are longitudinally movable relative to the hinge housings so that the one or more hinges are longitudinally extendable, and the hinge housings are rotationally movable relative to each other so that one of the plurality of tonneau sections is rotationally movable to a location above a second one of the plurality of tonneau sections.

US Pat. No. 10,245,927

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A TARPAULIN FASTENING SYSTEM

Royer Ent., LLC, Payson,...

1. A tarp fastening system, comprising:a flatbed trailer, including
at least one mechanical support structure;
a rubrail;
a payload; and
a tarp arranged to cover the payload; and
one or more tarp fastening devices removably coupled to the at least one mechanical support structure, each of the one or more tarp fastening devices including,
a support frame;
a spool coupled to the support frame;
an interconnecting line cord coupled to the spool;
a plurality of connection pins coupled to the interconnecting line cord; and
a gear assembly coupled to the spool, wherein the plurality of connection pins are removably coupled to the tarp and the rubrail and the gear assembly is configured to retract the interconnecting line cord into the spool to secure the tarp to the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,245,926

DEPLOYABLE TAILGATE STORAGE BAG FOR SUV

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A deployable storage assembly for a vehicle, comprising:at least one mounting portion;
at least one base operably connected to the mounting portion and rotatable between an open position and a closed position;
at least one frame arrangement supporting a storage compartment when the at least one base is in the open position, wherein the frame arrangement is operably pivotably connected to the mounting portion for pivotable movement as the base is moved between the open and closed positions;
a pair of brackets, wherein the brackets provide the pivotable connection between the frame arrangement and the mounting portion;
at least one fastener operably connected to the at least one mounting portion and the at least one base to selectively hold the at least one base in the closed position; and
said frame arrangement further comprising
a top rail that is curved and pivotably connected at both ends to the respective bracket;
a pair of vertical members operably connected to the top rail and operably pivotably connected to the base;
a first side portion operably connected to the mounting portion and operably connected to the base;
a second side portion operably connected to the mounting portion and operably connected to the base; and
a retaining device operably connected to the top rail, pair of vertical members, first side portion, second side portion, and/or the base, wherein the retaining device and frame arrangement are foldable with the base between the open position and closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,925

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VEHICLE DOOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sashless vehicle door structure configured to separate an interior of a vehicle on an inner side of the sashless vehicle door structure from an exterior of a vehicle on an outer side of the sashless vehicle door structure, the sashless vehicle door structure comprising:a first panel having an outer side configured to face the exterior of the vehicle;
a second panel made of a fiber reinforced resin and provided on the outer side of the first panel, the second panel forming a closed cross-section structure portion with the first panel at an upper portion of a vehicle door, the closed cross-section structure portion having a length direction that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction;
an up-stop member that includes joined portions joined to the second panel, a base portion, and an abutment portion non-rotatably fixed on a first side of the base portion, the abutment portion being positioned on an outer side of the closed cross-section structure portion configured to face the exterior of the vehicle, the abutment portion limiting a range of a door glass by abutting a glass-side member provided at a lower portion of the door glass when the door glass is fully raised, the joined portions being joined in a state of being superposed on an inner side of the second panel configured to face the interior of the vehicle;
rivets that join the second panel and the joined portions;
a door outer panel disposed on the outer side of the first panel; and
a communication hole formed in the second panel, the communication hole communicating an interior and an exterior of the closed cross-section structure portion, the base portion of the up-stop member being positioned within a perimeter of the communication hole such that the entirety of the base portion is accommodated by the communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,924

AUTOMATIC VEHICLE CABIN AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A vehicle cabin air filtration system, comprising:an electronic air filter configured to remove unwanted particles from an air flow received from an exterior of the vehicle;
a location sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a geographical location of the vehicle in an environment; and
a controller operatively connected to the electronic air filter and the sensor, the controller configured to:
receive the signal indicative of the geographical location of the vehicle from the sensor;
compare the geographical location of the vehicle to a known stored geographical location of a poor air quality zone in the environment; and
selectively activate or deactivate the electronic air filter based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,245,923

AUTOMOBILE AIR FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER SYSTEM

1. An air fragrance diffuser system for use in an automobile, the air fragrance diffuser system comprising:an atomizer device storing a fragrance oil;
an air pressure generating source integrated within the atomizer device for supplying pressurized air within the atomizer device to convert the fragrance oil into vapors; and
a transmission system coupled to the atomizer device for receiving a mixture of the vapors and the pressurized air and transmitting the mixture into a passenger compartment of the automobile.

US Pat. No. 10,245,922

FLAP WITH ENHANCED ARTICULATION MEANS FOR AN AIR EXTRACTOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A flap (14, 114, 214, 314) for an air extractor (10, 110, 210), said flap comprising a rigid or semi-rigid wall (42, 142, 242, 342) and articulation means (40, 140, 240, 440, 440?) to allow a pivoting of the flap about an axis (A) substantially parallel to the wall, the articulation means being connected to a single edge (42a, 142a, 242a) of the wall, said articulation means being configured such that the axis of pivoting of the flap is spaced from said wall, characterized in that said articulation means comprise at least one substantially spherical swivel element (40, 140, 240, 440) connected to the single edge by an arm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,921

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLANT FLOW THROUGH A HEATER CORE OF A VEHICLE BASED UPON AN ESTIMATED HEATER CORE AIR OUT TEMPERATURE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:a temperature estimation module configured to determine an estimate of a heater core air out temperature of a vehicle based upon a heater core inlet coolant temperature, a heater core outlet coolant temperature, an estimated volumetric air flowrate, and an estimated volumetric coolant flowrate,
wherein the temperature estimation module is configured to estimate the heater core air out temperature using a least square estimation and is configured to estimate the heater core air out temperature based upon the heater core inlet coolant temperature, the heater core outlet coolant temperature, a volumetric coolant flowrate, and a volumetric air flowrate, wherein the temperature estimation module is configured to estimate the heater core air out temperature according to ?1?clnt+?2?air+?3TClnt,In+?4TClnt,Out+?5, where ?clnt is a volumetric coolant flowrate, ?air is the volumetric air flowrate TClnt,In is the heater core inlet coolant temperature, TClnt,Out is the heater core outlet coolant temperature, and ?i represents respective least square estimate coefficients; and
a coolant flow control module configured to:
control a coolant flowrate at which coolant flows to a heater core of the vehicle by adjusting at least one of a position of a coolant control valve of the vehicle and an output of a coolant pump of the vehicle; and
control the coolant flowrate to decrease a difference between a target heater core air out temperature and the estimated heater core air out temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,245,920

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle air conditioning device, comprising a duct for supplying conditioned air from an air conditioner to occupants of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, whereinthe air conditioner executes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in a vehicle compartment of the vehicle,
the duct is extended in a vehicle rear direction and is placed on an upper surface of a floor carpet and fixed to the floor carpet, and the duct supplies conditioned air from the air conditioner to a portion of the vehicle compartment configured to hold a wheelchair occupant in a wheelchair.

US Pat. No. 10,245,919

FORCED COOLING OF VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING BLOWER MOTOR WITH AIRFLOW REGULATING RIBS

Valeo Japan Co., Ltd., S...

1. A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a blower unit, the blower unit including:
a scroll casing including a first wall having an intake port; a second wall facing the first wall; and a peripheral wall connecting peripheral edge portions of the first wall and the second wall, and
an impeller rotatably provided in the scroll casing;
a motor having a revolving shaft configured to rotate the impeller and to be mounted on the second wall;
a blow-out flow channel provided between a bending end portion of the scroll casing and a tongue portion of the scroll casing; and
a motor cooling air introduction chamber provided outside the tongue portion, wherein:
the motor cooling air introduction chamber is in communication with the blow-out flow channel via an air intake port opening in a peripheral wall of the tongue portion facing the blow-out flow channel at a position more closer to the first wall side than an inner wall surface of the second wall,
the blow-out flow channel is provided with a plurality of airflow regulating ribs comprising a first rib and a second rib intersecting a blow-out plane formed by a blow-out port and facing the peripheral wall provided with the air intake port,
the plurality of airflow regulating ribs projects from an inner wall surface of the second wall and having a top portion in the blow-out flow channel, and
the plurality of airflow regulating ribs are arranged so that an upstream end of the first rib among the plurality of airflow regulating ribs is arranged at a position farther from the peripheral wall than a downstream end of the first rib provided the air intake port is located on the upstream side, the first rib approaching the peripheral wall from the upstream end to the downstream end,
wherein the first rib defines a first angle with the blow-out plane and the second rib defines a second angle with the blow-out plane, and
wherein the first angle is greater than the second angle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,917

EXHAUST GAS HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A powertrain comprising:an engine including a primary pump incorporated therewith;
an exhaust system including an exhaust passageway in fluid communication with the engine;
an exhaust gas heat exchanger;
a transmission having a transmission cooling system;
a transmission heat exchanger;
a heater core;
an auxiliary pump separate from the primary pump;
an engine coolant circuit defining a plurality of passageways that connect the auxiliary pump, the engine, the heater core, the transmission heat exchanger, and the exhaust gas heat exchanger in series, with one of the passageways connected to the engine to define an outlet from the engine and another one of the passageways connected to the engine to define a return to the engine; and wherein the auxiliary pump is positioned proximal to the return to the engine or positioned adjacent to the heater core;
wherein the exhaust gas heat exchanger is operatively connected to the exhaust system and configured to transfer heat between the engine coolant circuit and the exhaust system; and
wherein the transmission heat exchanger is operatively connected to the transmission cooling system and configured to transfer heat between the engine coolant circuit and the transmission cooling system.

US Pat. No. 10,245,916

LOW PROFILE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Bergstrom, Inc., Rockfor...

1. A vehicle air conditioner, comprising:a housing assembly comprising a top cover, a mounting base, and a mounting surface, the mounting surface configured to contact an exterior of a roof of a vehicle; and
a plurality of air conditioning components, including a compressor and a condenser, disposed at least partially within the housing assembly;
wherein the housing assembly is configured such that, when the air conditioner is installed in the vehicle such that the mounting surface contacts the roof of the vehicle, a first portion of at least one of the plurality of air conditioning components extends above the roof of the vehicle, and a second portion of the at least one of the plurality of air conditioning components extends through an opening in the roof of the vehicle and below into a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
wherein the at least one of the plurality of air conditioning components includes the compressor; and
wherein the air conditioner is configured such that when the air conditioner is installed in the vehicle such that the mounting surface contacts the roof of the vehicle and the air conditioner is in operation, air is drawn from a gap between the roof of the vehicle and a bottom of the mounting base, through the condenser, and is expelled through the top cover.

US Pat. No. 10,245,915

TASK-SPECIFIC RIDE-HEIGHT AND SPEED CONTROL OF AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR WITH AIR STRUT SUSPENSION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A task-specific ride-height and speed control system for a self-propelled agricultural product applicator having a propulsion unit and three or more ground engaging wheels operatively joined to a frame adapted for supporting at least one agricultural product container and distributor arrangement, and defining forward and rear ends of the frame, a longitudinally extending central axis of the frame extending from the rear end to the forward end of the frame in a direction of travel of the self-propelled agricultural product applicator, and a vertical axis of the frame, the task-specific ride-height system comprising:a plurality of controllable ride-height trailing arm suspension systems independently joining each wheel to the frame, with each trailing arm suspension system including an upper suspension arm, a lower suspension arm, an extensible air strut and an angular position sensor operatively interconnected to one another and disposed between a rolling axis of a corresponding ground engaging wheel of the three or more ground engaging wheels independently supported by that controllable ride-height trailing arm suspension system and a point of attachment of the controllable ride-height trailing arm suspension system to the frame such that the angular position sensor detects a relative angular position between the upper and lower suspension arms at a present extension of the extensible air strut;
an air power source for providing a controlled flow of pressurized air to the extensible air strut of each of the controllable ride-height trailing arm suspension systems, to thereby control ride-height by controlling extension of each of the extensible air struts;
a speed control arrangement operatively connected to the propulsion unit for controlling ground speed of the self-propelled agricultural product applicator; and
an electronic control unit operatively connected to the angular position sensors, a load sensing arrangement, the air power source, and the speed control arrangement;
the electronic control unit being configured for receiving a desired task input and signals from the angular position sensors indicative of a present relative angular position of the upper and lower suspension arms of each suspension system, and commanding the air power source to control the extensible air struts at an extension thereof providing a ride-height corresponding to the desired task input;
the electronic control unit also being configured for determining a maximum ground speed corresponding to the desired task input, and commanding the speed control arrangement to limit ground speeds while operating at the ride-height corresponding to the desired task input to ground speeds less than or equal to the maximum ground speed corresponding to the desired task input.

US Pat. No. 10,245,914

CONTROLLING GROUND CLEARANCE IN A SELF-PROPELLED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A trailing-arm suspension system for connecting a ground engaging wheel to the frame of a vehicle, the suspension system comprising an upper suspension arm, a lower suspension arm, a load bearing suspension element and an angular position sensor, operatively interconnected to one another and disposed between the ground engaging wheel and the frame:the upper suspension arm defining a frame attachment point thereof, adapted for fixed attachment to the frame;
the lower suspension arm defining a rolling axis of the ground engaging wheel and adapted for supportive attachment thereto of the ground engaging wheel for rotation of the ground engaging wheel about the rolling axis of the wheel;
the upper and lower suspension arms also defining respective forward and aft ends thereof, with the forward ends being adapted for operative pivoting connection to one another through an angular rotation about a suspension pivot axis extending generally parallel to the rolling axis of the wheel and disposed forward of the rolling axis of the wheel, and the aft ends of the upper and lower suspension arms being disposed respectively aft of the frame attachment point and rolling axis, and with the aft ends of the upper and lower suspension arms being respectively adapted for operative attachment thereto of the load bearing suspension element; and
the angular position sensor being operatively connected between the upper and lower suspension arms for detecting an angular rotation of the upper and lower arms with respect to each other about the pivot axis, the angular rotation detected being indicative of a distance between the rolling axis of the wheel and the frame attachment point, and thereby also being indicative of a ride height of the frame above the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,245,913

VIBRATION DAMPER AND MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A vibration damper comprising:a piston;
a piston rod fastened to the piston;
a working chamber divided by the piston into a first working chamber and second working chamber;
a generator drivable by a movement of the piston rod, wherein a damping force of the vibration damper is influenced by energization of the generator; and
an energizable component part that is configured to short-circuit windings of the generator when unenergized and cancels the short circuit when energized.

US Pat. No. 10,245,912

TRAILER HITCH

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A trailer hitch comprising:a cross-vehicle beam extending from a first end to a second end;
the cross-vehicle beam including a middle section, a first round section integral with the middle section and extending from the middle section to the first end, and a second round section integral with the middle section and extending from the middle section to the second end;
wherein, in cross-section, the middle section includes a flat extending from a forward end to a rearward end, and a curved portion curving from the forward end to the rearward end;
the flat having a midpoint between the forward end and the rearward end and a center line extending through the midpoint perpendicular to the flat, the curved portion being symmetrical about the center line; and
a receiver welded directly to the flat.

US Pat. No. 10,245,911

TIRE CHUCK ADAPTOR

SERAPHIM ENTERPRISES, INC...

1. A tire chuck adaptor for motorcycles comprises:a sleeve;
a bearing;
a valve;
an extension coupler;
an orientation coupler;
an air chuck;
a chuck-receiving window;
the sleeve comprises a first section, a first open end, a second section, and a second open end;
the valve being rotatably mounted within the second section by the bearing;
the extension coupler traversing out the second section and through the first open end;
the orientation coupler being positioned adjacent to the first open end;
the air chuck being positioned adjacent to the orientation coupler, opposite the first open end;
the valve, the extension coupler, the orientation coupler, and the air chuck being in serial fluid communication with each other;
the chuck-receiving window laterally traversing through the second section;
the chuck-receiving window being positioned in between the second open end and the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,245,910

AUXILIARY FIXTURE FOR A TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE

ORANGE ELECTRONIC CO., LT...

1. An auxiliary fixture for a tire pressure monitoring device comprising:a handle;
a positioning base connected to the handle and having
a rear side;
a front side;
a pivot segment deposited on the rear side of the positioning base and connected to the handle;
a clamping segment deposited on the front side of the positioning base, and having a pushing pin deposited on the clamping segment to press against the tire pressure monitoring device to enable a valve stem of the tire pressure monitoring device to insert into a valve hole of a tire rim; and
a quick release structure mounted between the pivot segment and the clamping segment to connect the clamping segment with the pivot segment; and
a holding lever connected to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,909

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LOCKING A RIM OF A WHEEL TO A TURNTABLE

NEXION S.P.A., Correggio...

1. A device for locking a rim of a wheel to a wheel-holder unit equipped with a supporting plate and a hollow rotary shaft having an end portion which projects in a cantilever fashion from the supporting plate, the device comprising:a centring cone having a through hole;
a clamping rod having at a first end a locking element which can be inserted inside the hollow shaft to prevent a movement of the clamping rod along a first axis of the wheel-holder unit, and having a threaded portion at a second end;
a clamping element coupled to the threaded portion and which can be rotated so as to move along an axis of the clamping rod,
a centring flange, wherein the centring flange is operatively interposed between the centring cone and the clamping element and has a central through hole, a first face and a second face from, which two or more centring rods project in a cantilever fashion which can be inserted into corresponding radial openings of the rim, wherein the first end of the clamping rod is operatively inserted in the hole of the centring flange and in the hole of the centring cone, with the same direction as that in which the centring rods project, opposite to the direction that along which the centring cone is tapered.

US Pat. No. 10,245,908

SYSTEM FOR TIRE INFLATION

Aperia Technologies, Inc....

1. A system for tire inflation comprising:a housing configured to couple to a wheel;
a drive mechanism defining a rotational axis, the drive mechanism comprising:
an eccentric mass, rotatable about the rotational axis, that offsets a center of mass of the drive mechanism from the rotational axis along a radial vector;
a pump arranged radially distal the rotational axis of the drive mechanism, the pump comprising:
a chamber defining a chamber lumen; and
a reciprocating element arranged at least partially within the chamber lumen and translatable along a pump axis normal to the rotational axis;
a drive coupler coupled between the drive mechanism at a first position radially distal the rotational axis and the reciprocating element at a second position fixed to the reciprocating element;
an electric motor, comprising:
a rotor connected to the eccentric mass, and
a stator concentrically arranged with the rotor, the stator rotatably coupled to the rotor and statically mounted to the housing; and
a controller, communicatively coupled to the torque regulation mechanism and configured to cooperatively, with the electric motor, operate the system between at least a pumping mode and a freewheeling mode, wherein the controller is configured to operate the electric motor to supply a first torque to the eccentric mass and thereby maintain a substantially constant angle between a gravity vector and the radial vector in the pumping mode, and is configured to operate the electric motor to supply a second torque to the eccentric mass and thereby maintain a relative angular velocity between the eccentric mass and the primary pump about the rotational axis substantially equal to zero in the freewheeling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,245,907

TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE FOR BICYCLE

AUDEN TECHNO CORP., Taoy...

1. A tire pressure gauge for a bicycle, wherein the tire pressure gauge is fastened to an air valve and measures tire pressure at any time during the travel of the bicycle, the tire pressure gauge comprising:a connector assembly made of an abrasion-resistant material, the connector assembly including:
a main body including:
a front member having a connection end and an extension end, the front member including an opening portion, a first thread hole, and an accommodating channel, wherein the opening portion is located at the connection end for being connected with the air valve, the opening portion extending inwards, the first thread hole is located at the extension end, and the accommodating channel is located between the opening portion and the first thread hole, in which the opening portion, accommodating channel, and the first thread hole are coaxial and communicate with each other, and in which the axial depth of the opening portion is smaller than that of the accommodating channel, and the axial depth of the accommodating channel is smaller than that of the first thread hole; and
a connecting member which is connected to an end of the front member and integrally formed therewith, the connecting member including a second thread hole communicating with the first thread hole, being coaxial therewith, and having an inner diameter the same as the inner diameter of the first thread hole; and
a gas-tight member disposed in the accommodating channel by passing through the opening portion, the gas-tight member being made of an abrasion-resistant rubber and having an outer diameter smaller than that of the accommodating channel, a thickness smaller than the axial depth of the accommodating channel, and an inner diameter smaller than that of the second thread hole; and
a gauge assembly disposed at an end of the connecting member opposite the other end where the connecting member is connected to the front member, the gauge assembly including a wireless transmission unit and a processing unit, wherein the processing unit measures the pressure of the air entering the gauge assembly and generates an tire pressure information correspondingly, and wherein the wireless transmission unit is electrically connected to the processing unit and an external communication device so as to transmit the tire pressure information to the external communication device,wherein a part of the air valve is engaged with the first thread hole and the second thread hole, and the gas-tight member is closely engaged with the part of the air valve that is in the accommodating channel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,906

TIRE WEAR COMPENSATED LOAD ESTIMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system of estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire, comprising:a vehicle tire having a tire cavity and supporting a load;
an inflation pressure measuring sensor attached to the tire for measuring an inflation pressure level within the tire cavity;
a contact patch length sensor attached to the tire for measuring the contact patch length of the tire rolling against a ground surface carrying a tire load;
a tire rolling speed sensor mounted to the vehicle for measuring a rolling speed of the tire;
a hub acceleration sensor for measuring a hub acceleration of a hub supporting the vehicle tire;
a tire wear state estimation calculator for deriving an estimated depth of a tread of the tire based on the hub acceleration;
a compensation factor based upon the estimated depth of the tread; and
a tire load calculator for estimating a tire load from the contact patch length, the compensation factor, the inflation pressure level, and the tire rolling speed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,904

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE TPMS BROADCAST MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle tire pressure monitoring system comprising:sensors disposed in wheel and tire assemblies of the vehicle; and
a processor in communication with the sensors and configured to:
receive an unencrypted signal including first tire pressure data;
selectively enter an encrypted communication mode with the sensors based on the first tire pressure data;
transmit an encrypted request to the sensors for second tire pressure data;
receive an encrypted signal from the sensors including the second tire pressure data; and
authenticate the unencrypted signal based on the first tire pressure data and the second tire pressure data.

US Pat. No. 10,245,903

COMMUNICATION DEVICE MOUNTING POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A communication device mounting position determination system comprising a communication device provided in each of wheels of a vehicle and a determination apparatus, provided in a vehicle body of the vehicle, including a determination unit that exchanges wireless signals with the communication devices and determines which of the vehicle wheels is provided with the communication device from which the wireless signal has been received,wherein the determination apparatus includes:
a vehicle body-side transmission unit that transmits a first wireless signal in a first frequency band to the communication devices;
a vehicle body-side receiving unit that receives a second wireless signal in a second frequency band transmitted by the communication devices; and
a vehicle body-side signal strength detection unit that detects a signal strength of the second wireless signal received by the receiving unit,
wherein each of the communication devices includes:
a wheel-side receiving unit that receives the first wireless signal transmitted by the determination apparatus;
a wheel-side signal strength detection unit that detects a signal strength of the first wireless signal received by the receiving unit; and
a wheel-side transmission unit that transmits, in the second wireless signal, information including the signal strength detected by the signal strength detection unit, and
wherein the determination unit determines which wheel is provided with the communication device from which the vehicle body-side receiving unit has received the second wireless signal on the basis of the signal strength of the second wireless signal detected by the vehicle body-side signal strength detection unit and the signal strength included in the second wireless signal received by the vehicle body-side receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,902

PNEUMATIC TIRE

5. A pneumatic tire comprising:a pair of bead parts;
a side wall part which extends to an outer side in a tire radial direction from each of the bead parts;
a tread part which is connected to outer ends in the tire radial direction of the respective side wall parts;
a toroidal carcass layer which is provided between the pair of bead parts;
a side wall rubber which is provided in an outer side of the carcass layer in each of the side wall parts; and
a tread rubber which is provided in an outer side of the carcass layer in the tread part,
wherein the tread rubber includes:
a cap part which is formed of a non-conductive rubber and constitutes a grounding surface;
a base part which is provided in an inner side in the tire radial direction of the cap part; and
a conductive part which is provided in at least one lateral end part of a pair of lateral end parts in both ends of the cap part in a tire width direction, and is formed so as to connect the grounding surface and a lateral end surface or a bottom surface of the cap part in a tire meridian cross section through an inner portion of the cap part while avoiding a position covering the grounding surface,
wherein the conductive part has an extended site which is branched from a conductive path connecting the grounding surface and the lateral end surface or the bottom surface of the cap part so as to extend to an outer side of the cap part in the tire width direction such that the extended site terminates in the non-conductive rubber of the cap part, and is formed of a conductive rubber having a different rubber hardness from the non-conductive rubber forming the cap part,
wherein the rubber hardness of the conductive rubber forming the conductive part is lower than the rubber hardness of the non-conductive rubber forming the cap part,
wherein the conductive path includes an exposed site at which an outer lateral end of the conductive path in the tire radial direction is exposed to the grounding surface, and the conductive part is provided in an outer side of the cap part in a tire width direction with respect to the exposed site, and
wherein the conductive part is not provided on an inner side of the conductive path in the tire width direction and only the non-conductive rubber is provided on the inner side of the conductive path in the tire width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,901

CAVITY NOISE REDUCTION TIRE

KUMHO TIRE CO., INC., Gw...

1. A cavity noise reduction tire comprising:a tread portion, a bead assembly being disposed at each side of the tread portion, and a sidewall portion for connecting the tread portion and the bead assembly; and
a sound-absorbing material attached to an inner side of the tread portion of the tire,
wherein a ratio of a cross-section area B of the sound-absorbing material with respect to a cross-section area (A+B) of a space formed by an inner surface of the tire ranges from 23% to 29%,
a left-to-right width W1 of a lower end of the sound-absorbing material is 55% of a maximum left-to-right width SW of the tire,
a left-to-right width W2 of an upper end of the sound-absorbing material is 50% of the maximum left-to-right width SW of the tire,
the sound-absorbing material is formed of a porous polyurethane foam having an elasticity of not less than 20% as measured according to JIS K 6401,
the sound-absorbing material has a tensile strength of 2.3 kgf/cm2 or more, a density of 33 kg/m3 to 45 kg/m3 and an elongation percentage of 340% or more, thereby reducing a cavity noise and enhancing a low temperature durability,
a vertical slope is formed at a lower portion of a side of the sound-absorbing material, and a slanted slope is formed extending from the vertical slope at an upper portion of the side of the sound-absorbing material such that W1 is longer than W2, and
a plurality of grooves are formed on a top of the sound-absorbing material, each of the grooves extending in a direction parallel to a circumference of the tire, wherein each of the grooves is an arc shape having a radius determined by the following equation:
R=0.0005×(W1)2+0.0475×W1.

US Pat. No. 10,245,900

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire that includes a pair of bead cores, and a carcass that extends between the pair of bead cores, wherein the carcass includes a carcass main portion that extends between the pair of bead cores, and carcass fold-back portions that are folded back to outsides, along a tread width direction, of the pair of bead cores, respectively, and the carcass fold-back portions are wound around the bead cores, respectively, and each of the carcass fold-back portions includes a carcass outer-side end that is an outer-side distal end in a tire radial direction, the tire comprises:a hard bead filler that is arranged on an outer side of the carcass in the tread width direction; and
a soft bead filler that is softer than the hard bead filler, the hard bead filler and the soft bead filler being completely embedded in the tire, wherein:
the hard bead filler extends, along the tire radial direction, from an outer side of the bead core at least to a center of the bead core,
the soft bead filler is located between the carcass outer-side end and the hard bead filler along the tire radial direction, such that the carcass outer-side end is separated from the hard bead filler by the soft bead filler, and
a thickness of the hard bead filler along the tread width direction is not shorter than 0.5 mm on a straight line passing over the center of the bead core in the tread width direction,
wherein:
a length, along the tire radial direction, of a region where the hard bead filler and the carcass main portion contact with each other is a contact length L,
a length, along the tire radial direction, from an outer-most surface of a tread surface that contacts with a road surface in the tire radial direction to a bead toe that is an inner-most portion of a bead portion in the tire radial direction is a tire height H, and
a ratio L/H of the contact length L to the tire height H is not smaller than 0.2 and not larger than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,245,899

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire having a side surface comprising:a pair of circumferential ridges which extend in a tire circumferential direction and are arranged so as to be spaced in a tire diametrical direction;
a grid-shaped ridge which is constructed by intersecting ridges having first ridges and second ridges, the first ridges and the second ridges being straight lines that are inclined relative to the tire diametrical direction, the first ridges and second ridges extending in directions that contact the pair of circumferential ridges, the first ridges intersecting the second ridges to form a grid-shaped pattern between the pair of circumferential ridges, the intersecting ridges defining smooth areas having a smooth surface between adjacent ones of the intersecting ridges in the grid-shaped pattern; and
a plurality of framing ridges framing closed areas which are dotted in a repeating pattern between the pair of circumferential ridges, each of the closed areas having a smooth surface and being wider than each of the smooth areas in the grid-shaped pattern, the plurality of framing ridges being a subset of the intersecting ridges in the grid-shaped pattern, and
wherein the grid-shaped ridge surrounds the plurality of framing ridges in such a manner as to prevent the plurality of framing ridges from coming into contact with each other, and the plurality of framing ridges are coupled to each other via the grid-shaped ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,245,898

RUBBER DECOR AND TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion contacting a road surface; and
a sidewall portion continuing into the tread portion,
wherein sidewall rubber constituting the sidewall portion includes a rubber decor comprising:
a rubber;
a white layer arranged on or above a surface of the rubber and composed of a white paint; and
a colored layer composed of a paint except a white paint and at least partially applied on the white layer,
wherein the darkest part of the white layer has brightness of 80% or more, and the white layer and the colored layer constitute a desired decoration,
wherein the white paint is an ultraviolet ink and the paint except a white paint is an ultraviolet ink,
wherein the rubber comprises a barrier layer at the surface of the rubber and at least at an area adjacent to the white layer, the barrier layer including butyl-based rubber,
wherein an outermost end in a tire radial direction of the barrier layer is arranged on an inner side of a tire maximum width position in the tire radial direction, and
wherein tire radial outer ends of the white layer and the colored layer are arranged on the inner side of the tire maximum width position in the tire radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,897

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire having, in a tread surface, only a pair of circumferential grooves extending straight along a tire circumferential direction, the pair of circumferential grooves arranged on respective sides of a tire equatorial plane, the pair of circumferential grooves arranged inside a midpoint between the tire equatorial plane and a tread end in a tire width direction, and a plurality of widthwise grooves opening to each of the circumferential grooves, the widthwise grooves having a groove width wider than a groove width of each of the circumferential grooves at least in a portion opening to the circumferential groove, and the widthwise grooves extending in a direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction, the widthwise grooves extending to a tread end, whereina plurality of recesses are formed respectively in a groove wall surface of each of the circumferential grooves, each of the plurality of recesses is formed on the groove wall surface of the respective circumferential groove opposite to a respective one of the widthwise grooves,
the groove wall surface of the respective circumferential groove between the plurality of recesses is straight,
in a tread plan view, each of the plurality of recesses has an apex at an innermost portion in the tire width direction,
each of the plurality of recesses connects with the respective circumferential groove at a first connecting point and a second connecting point, one of the first connecting point and the second connecting point arranged outside two intersections of extended groove wall surfaces of the widthwise groove and a groove wall of the respective circumferential groove, and the other of the first connecting point and the second connecting point meeting one of the two intersections,
along the tire circumferential direction, a width of the plurality of recesses in the tire width direction gradually increases from the first connecting point to the apex and gradually decreases from the apex to the second connecting point,
the apex of the plurality of recesses is spaced apart from a center line of the widthwise grooves, and
a maximum width of the plurality of recesses in the tire width direction is equal to or less than 50 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,896

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central main groove on each side of a tire equator to form a pair of shoulder portions each disposed axially outward of each central main groove and a central portion between the central main grooves, the tread portion having a direction to install on a vehicle;
the shoulder portions comprising an outboard shoulder portion to be located on outboard of the vehicle when the tire is installed to the vehicle and an inboard shoulder portion to be located on inboard of the vehicle when the tire is installed to the vehicle;
each of the shoulder portions being provided with a plurality of shoulder lug grooves each extending axially inwardly from each tread edge and terminating within the shoulder portion and a plurality of axially extending first sipes each arranged between a pair of circumferentially adjacent shoulder lug grooves;
the first sipes having an axially inner and an outer end each of which terminates within the shoulder portion and the axially outer end located axially inward of the tread edge;
a total sum ? Lai of lengths of the first sipes provided on the inboard shoulder portion being greater than a total sum ? Lao of lengths of the first sipes provided on the outboard shoulder portion;
the inboard shoulder portion being provided with a circumferentially extending second sipe located axially inward of the first sipes; and
the central portion being formed as a rib that is not provided with any grooves having a width of more than 1.5 mm, wherein the central portion is provided with a plurality of central sipes connecting the central main grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,245,895

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a sipe formed in a land portion of a tread surface,
wherein the sipe has a 3D sipe portion formed into a three-dimensional shape which changes along a depth direction, and a 2D sipe portion formed into a two-dimensional shape which does not change along the depth direction,
wherein the 3D sipe portion extends in the depth direction from the tread surface and terminates at a position which does not reach a sipe bottom, and the 2D sipe portion extends in the depth direction from a terminated position of the 3D sipe portion and reaches the sipe bottom,
wherein the three-dimensional shape of the 3D sipe portion is formed into a sideways V-shaped form which is bent at only one position in the depth direction, and
wherein both ends of the sipe are closed within the land portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,894

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: at least four ribs extending in a tire circumferential direction, defined and formed by at least three circumferential grooves extending in the tire circumferential direction in a tread portion thereof,at least two of the at least four ribs including one of the at least four ribs disposed on a first side of a tire equatorial plane in a tire width direction and another one of the at least four ribs disposed on a second side thereof, at least three of the at least four ribs protruding to an outer side in a tire radial direction beyond a profile line of a tread surface when viewed in a meridian cross section, the protruding amounts of the at least three of the at least four ribs decreasing in order from the first side towards the second side in the tire width direction,
a cap tread forming a tread surface of the tread portion is composed from different types of compounds, and a loss tangent tan ? at 60° C. of one of the compounds in a region where the rib has the least protruding amount is smaller than a loss tangent tan ? of another one of the compounds in a region of the rib where the protruding amount is the greatest, the ribs protruding beyond the profile line are provided adjacent to one another interposed by one of the circumferential grooves, and the difference between the protruding amounts of the adjacent ribs is from 0.4 mm to 0.8 mm, both inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,245,893

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising, on a tread surface:a pair of circumferential grooves extending on both sides of a tire equator;
a plurality of lateral grooves each extending in a tire width direction between a rib-shaped center land row and a tread edge, the rib-shaped center land row being defined by the pair of circumferential grooves; and
longitudinal grooves disposed on the outsides, in the tire width direction, of the circumferential grooves, each of the longitudinal grooves communicating between the lateral grooves that are adjacent to each other in a tire circumference direction, wherein
each of the lateral grooves includes a lateral groove first portion having a groove width larger than a groove width of the longitudinal grooves, a lateral groove second portion having a groove width larger than a groove width of the longitudinal grooves and disposed further outward, in the tire width direction, than the lateral groove first portion, and a lateral groove step portion connecting the lateral groove first portion and the lateral groove second portion,
a groove width center of the outer end, in the tire width direction, of the lateral groove first portion is disposed closer to one tire circumferential side than a groove width center of the inner end, in the tire width direction, of the lateral groove second portion,
the lateral groove step portion extends at an angle relative to the tire circumference direction so as to connect the outer end, in the tire width direction, of the lateral groove first portion and the inner end, in the tire width direction, of the lateral groove second portion,
the longitudinal grooves are bent twice and extend at an angle relative to the tire circumference direction toward the side opposite the side the lateral groove step portion extends,
the end portion on the one tire circumferential side of each of the longitudinal grooves joins an area where the lateral groove second portion and the lateral groove step portion of the lateral groove on the one tire circumferential side join together,
the end portion on the other tire circumferential side of each of the longitudinal grooves joins an area where the lateral groove first portion and the lateral groove step portion of the lateral groove on the other tire circumferential side join together,
an inclination angle of the lateral groove step portion relative to the tire circumference direction is smaller than inclination angles of the lateral groove first portion and the lateral groove second portion relative to the tire circumference direction,
the lateral groove first portion extends from the inner end of the lateral groove first portion, in the tire width direction, toward the other tire circumferential side, and
the lateral groove first portion and the lateral groove second portion of each lateral groove extend to form a curve that is convex toward the other tire circumferential side, and the inclination angles of the lateral groove first portion and the lateral groove second portion relative to the tire width direction decrease toward the tread edge.

US Pat. No. 10,245,892

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire comprising a plurality of land portions formed on a tread portion thereof by a plurality of circumferential grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction, a mounting direction of the tire with respect to a vehicle being designated, wherein:a land portion of the plurality of land portions which is closest to a tire equatorial plane includes an outer wall surface configured to be positioned on a vehicle outer side, an inner wall surface configured to be positioned on a vehicle inner side, and a tread surface on an outer side of the tire in a tire radial direction, an outer edge of the tread surface being in contact with the outer wall surface, and an inner edge of the tread surface being in contact with the inner wall surface; wherein the inner wall surface is closer to the tire equatorial plane than the outer wall surface of the land portion which is closest to the tire equatorial plane;
the tread surface of the land portion which is closest to the tire equatorial plane is formed in a convex shape which is smoothly curved between the outer edge and the inner edge and which has a top portion most protruded outward in the tire radial direction, in a cross section of the land portion in a tire width direction;
a relationship of Do the top portion of the tread surface of the land portion which is closest to the tire equatorial plane is positioned closer to the inner edge than a center of the land portion which is closest to the tire equatorial plane in the tire width direction;
the convex shape of the tread surface of the land portion which is closest to the tire equatorial plane exhibits a convex curve formed by smoothly connecting a plurality of arc portions;
the plurality of arc portions has at least a top arc portion including the top portion of the tread surface, an outer arc portion extending from the outer edge toward the top arc portion, and an inner arc portion extending from the inner edge toward the top arc portion;
a relationship of Ro?Rc>Ri is satisfied when a radius of curvature of the outer arc portion is denoted as Ro, a radius of curvature of the top arc portion is denoted as Rc, and a radius of curvature of the inner arc portion is denoted as Ri;
the radius of curvature Ri of the inner arc portion is not more than 30% of the radius of curvature Rc of the top arc portion; and
each of the distance Di between the top portion and the inner edge in the tire radial direction, and the distance Do between the top portion and the outer edge in the tire radial direction is equal to or smaller than 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,891

EVOLVING TREAD FOR A TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A tread for a heavy vehicle tire of total wearing thickness PMU corresponding to a thickness of material worn away during running, the tread having a tread surface in contact with a roadway, the tread including at least one cut opening in the initial condition onto the tread surface, the cut comprising:an external part having the form of a groove extending continuously in the main direction of the cut, the groove opening onto the tread surface when new and having, on this tread surface, a width Le such that it does not close up in the contact patch and a mean depth Pe less than 70% of the thickness PMU;
an internal part forming the bottom of the cut, this internal part having the shape of a channel of mean width Lc and mean height Hc, the channel extending continuously in the main direction of the cut for forming a new continuous groove when the part wear of the tread reaches at most 80% of the thickness PMU;
an intermediate part making a connection between the internal part and the external part, the intermediate part including an alternation—in the main direction of the groove that forms the external part, a succession of wide parts and of narrow parts, the wide parts not closing when they enter the contact patch and the narrow parts closing when they enter the contact patch, thus limiting the reduction in stiffness of the tread caused by the presence of this cut,
the tread being characterized in that the wide parts of the intermediate part form oblique channels connecting the external groove part to the internal channel part, these wide parts being disjointed from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,245,890

TIRE WITH NOISE-REDUCING TREAD PATTERN

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. A tire having an axis of rotation, said tire comprising:a tread extending circumferentially about said axis and including a plurality of tread elements disposed in a tread pattern,
each of said plurality of tread elements having one of two different pitch lengths, the two different pitch lengths being a short pitch length and a long pitch length, a pitch ratio of the long pitch length to the short pitch length being within a range of from approximately 1.15 to approximately 1.40, and
said tread pattern including 44 pitches having 24 occurrences of a first pitch length and 20 occurrences of a second pitch length arranged according to a pitch sequence of 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 wherein in the pitch sequence, 1 is a pitch having the short pitch length and 2 is a pitch having the long pitch length.

US Pat. No. 10,245,889

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING LUG GROOVES FORMING A DIRECTION TREAD PATTERN

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

3. The pneumatic tire according to claim 1,wherein each of the shoulder grooves is disposed axially outward of the three circumferential grooves;
wherein the shoulder grooves are grooves extending with an inclination to the circumferential direction within a contact patch of the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,245,886

PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH BRAKING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:a base, the base including a plurality of caster wheel assemblies, each of the caster wheel assemblies including a caster brake actuator movable between a total braking position and a non-braking position; and
a linkage system coupled to the caster brake actuators to control the caster brake actuators and operable to move the caster brake actuators between the total braking positions and the non-braking positions, and the caster brake actuator being independently coupled to the linkage system wherein each of the caster brake actuators is decoupled from each of the other caster brake actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,245,885

PALLET DOLLY PULLER SYSTEM

12. A method for coupling a pallet dolly to a pallet dolly puller to move the pallet dolly comprising the steps of:(1) providing a pallet dolly puller that comprises: a handle, a platform portion, a plurality of wheel assemblies, at least one projecting portion mounted immovably to the platform portion in a fixed angular disposition with at least one bulbous cap atop the at least one projecting portion, and, a pallet dolly that comprises: a top, sides, a bottom and one or more guide entryways located at sides of the pallet dolly for accepting and guiding portions of the projecting portion of the pallet dolly puller;
(2) positioning the pallet dolly puller adjacent the one or more guide entryways;
(3) tilting the at least one projecting portion forward and downwardly toward sides of the pallet dolly in order to move the at least one cap of the pallet dolly into the at least one or more guide entryways; and,
(4) After insertion of the at least one cap into the at least one guide entryway, tilting the at least one projecting portion rearwardly, and trapping the at least one cap behind overhung portions of the pallet dolly sides.

US Pat. No. 10,245,884

PROTECTIVE COVER HAVING SENSOR HOLDER PART, BEARING DEVICE INCLUDING THE PROTECTIVE COVER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PROTECTIVE COVER HAVING SENSOR HOLDER PART

NAKANISHI METAL WORKS CO....

1. A protective cover having a sensor holder part for use in a bearing device including an inner ring with an inner ring track surface on an outer peripheral surface, an outer ring with an outer ring track surface on an inner peripheral surface, a bearing having a rolling element rolling between the inner ring track surface and the outer ring track surface, and a magnetic encoder positioned at one axial end portion of the bearing, fixed to the inner ring, and has N and S poles alternately arranged at regular intervals in a circumferential direction; and a magnetic sensor that is opposed to the magnetic poles of the magnetic encoder to detect rotation of the magnetic encoder, the protective cover comprising:a disc-shaped member, wherein the disc-shaped member includes a main body part and the sensor holder part, the main body including a division wall, and a thick part,
wherein the protective cover is a cup-shaped protective cover,
wherein the sensor holder part holds the magnetic sensor and the division wall divides the magnetic encoder and the magnetic sensor,
wherein out of a cylindrical member and the disc-shaped member forming the cup shape, at least the disc-shaped member is an injection-molded article, and
wherein the thick part of the disc-shaped member, seen from a bottom surface, is approximately fan-shaped such that it becomes gradually wider with increasing proximity towards positions corresponding to the sensor holder part and the division wall from a position corresponding to a gate of the molding die in the injection molding, and
wherein the thick part has a thickness of about 1.2 to 3 times larger than the thickness of a surrounding part of the thick part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,883

FOLDABLE WHEEL

BAGOLF LIMITED, Hong Kon...

1. A foldable wheel defined about an axis of rotation of the wheel, the foldable wheel comprising a closed loop having at least two consecutive links, each consecutive link being substantially in the form of a ring sector of section as defined in a plane that is substantially perpendicular to said axis of rotation of the wheel that presents substantially the shape of a trapezoid, thus comprising two non-parallel faces, a major base, and a minor base, means for mounting two consecutive links to pivot relative to each other about a link pivot axis, the facing two non-parallel faces belonging respectively to two consecutive links being defined in such a manner that, when they are not in contact with each other, they form a V-shape of apex directed towards the two major bases, the V-shape having an angle at the apex of value that is not zero, and when they are in contact with each other, they form a V-shape with an angle at the apex of zero value, said link pivot axis being situated substantially at the apex of a said V-shape and being parallel to said axis of rotation of the wheel, wherein the means for mounting two said consecutive links to pivot relative to each other are constituted by:a bearing comprising two portions, respectively a male bearing portion forming a pivot pin on the link pivot axis and a female bearing portion forming a pivot housing, said pivot pin being pivotally mounted in said pivot housing; and
means for mounting said male and female bearing portions respectively at two points belonging respectively to two consecutive links and situated in the proximity of the apex of said V-shape.

US Pat. No. 10,245,882

HOUSING FOR ELECTROIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECIS...

1. A method of making a housing comprising:providing a ceramic body;
forming a pattern layer on a surface of the ceramic body to form an embedding member,
wherein the pattern layer comprises a plurality of different patterns, the plurality of different patterns are arranged side by side, the pattern layer is made of thermo-sensitive ink material, each pattern represents a different temperature interval range from temperature interval range of the other patterns, and each pattern changes its color when within its temperature interval range and the color changing of each pattern is reversible; and
forming a base to integrate with the ceramic body comprising the pattern layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,881

CHALK LINE DEVICE

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

4. A chalk line device comprising:a housing defining an outer surface and an internal chamber, the housing including an opening;
a spool supported in the internal chamber for rotation relative to the housing about a spool axis;
a chalk line extending through the opening of the housing, at least a portion of the chalk line wrapped around the spool;
a drive mechanism for rotating the spool, the drive mechanism including a gear member, the gear member directly coupled to the spool at a spool interface, the gear member transmitting a torque to the spool to rotate the spool; and
a clutch mechanism for selectively uncoupling the gear member from the spool at the spool interface when a torque transmitted by the gear member to the spool exceeds a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,245,880

PRESS PLATE OR ENDLESS BELT WITH RFID TRANSPONDER

HUECK Rheinische GmbH, V...

1. Press plate or endless belt, comprising a flat body with a stamping surface and at least one external surface which is provided not for stamping,wherein the press plate or endless belt has at least one RFID transponder, and the RFID transponder is equipped with an electronic memory which can be read and written to by the RFID transponder, and at least one data record identifying the press plate or endless belt is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,245,879

MANUAL APPLICATOR

SOCIETE BIC, Clichy (FR)...

1. A manual applicator for applying a material on a substrate such as a sheet of paper, said manual applicator comprising:a housing;
an applicator endpiece projecting beyond a front opening of the housing; and
a handle that is C-shaped;
wherein, in a first section plane and in at least one second section plane different from the first section plane and not parallel with the first section plane, said housing presents the same external outline adapted to be pressed into an internal outline of the handle, thereby enabling the handle to be fastened on said housing in a first orientation and alternatively in at least one second orientation different from the first orientation, the handle being oriented in the first section plane in the first orientation and in the second section plane in the second orientation, said first and second section planes being substantially in alignment with a longitudinal axis of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,878

TABLET WITH INTERCONNECTION FEATURES

COMSERO, INC., Broomfiel...

1. A process of using, arranging, and rearranging a plurality of tablet assemblies comprising:providing a first tablet including an upper surface, a bottom surface, a first side comprising a first magnet, a second side comprising a second magnet, a third side comprising a third magnet, and a fourth side comprising a fourth magnet;
providing a second tablet including an upper surface, a bottom surface, a first side comprising a first magnet, a second side comprising a second magnet, a third side comprising a third magnet, and a fourth side comprising a fourth magnet;
providing a first mounting assembly comprising ferrous metal including a first leg with a first rivet, a second leg with a second rivet, a third leg with a third rivet,
and a fourth leg with a fourth rivet;
providing a second mounting assembly comprising ferrous metal including a first leg with a first rivet, a second
leg with a second rivet, a third leg with a third rivet, and a fourth leg with a fourth rivet;
releasably interconnecting the first tablet to the first mounting assembly by interconnecting the first magnet of the first tablet to the first rivet of the first mounting assembly, interconnecting the second magnet of the first tablet to the second rivet of the first mounting assembly, interconnecting the third magnet of the first tablet to the third rivet of the first mounting assembly, and
interconnecting the fourth magnet of the first tablet to the fourth rivet of the first mounting assembly; and
releasably interconnecting the second tablet to the second mounting assembly by interconnecting the first magnet of the second tablet to the first rivet of the second mounting assembly, interconnecting the second magnet of the second tablet to the second rivet of the second mounting assembly, interconnecting the third magnet of the second tablet to the third rivet of the second mounting assembly, and interconnecting the fourth magnet of the second tablet to the fourth rivet of the second mounting assembly;
wherein the first leg of the first mounting assembly comprises a first protuberance, the second leg of the first mounting assembly comprises a first indention, the third leg of the first mounting assembly comprises a second protuberance, and the fourth leg of the first mounting assembly comprises a second indention, and wherein the first leg of the second mounting assembly comprises a first indention to receive the first protuberance of the first mounting assembly, the second leg of the second mounting assembly comprises a first protuberance which is received by the first indention of the first mounting assembly, the third leg of the second mounting assembly comprises a second indention to receive the second protuberance of the first mounting assembly, and the fourth leg of the first mounting assembly comprises a second protuberance which is received by the second indention of the first mounting assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,877

INK DELIVERY SYSTEM

Sanford, L.P., Atlanta, ...

1. A writing instrument, comprising:a barrel having a barrel first end and an oppositely disposed barrel second end, wherein a vent hole is disposed in the barrel second end;
an ink reservoir disposed within the barrel;
a writing nib in fluid communication with the ink reservoir;
a valve comprising a valve first end and an oppositely disposed valve second end;
a valve stem having a stem first end and an oppositely disposed stem second end, wherein the stem first end is coupled to the valve and a vent valve is disposed at the stem second end, the vent hole and the vent valve collectively forming a vent; and
an agitator disposed on the valve stem,
wherein:
the nib is coupled to the valve at the valve first end and the valve stem is coupled to the valve at the valve second end,
the nib is adapted to actuate to shift the valve between first and second positions, and
when in a first position the valve is disposed in the barrel such that at least a surface of the valve seals against an internal surface of the barrel to prevent flow between the ink reservoir and the nib, and when in a second position, the valve is shifted to open one or more passages through which a fluid can flow from the ink reservoir to the nib.

US Pat. No. 10,245,876

SECURITY ELEMENT AND IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT

Gemalto AG, Aarau (CH)

1. A security element having an authenticity information item for checking a correct combination of at least two carrier parts, wherein the security element comprises at least one first partial element having a first partial information item and at least one second partial element having a second partial information item, wherein the first partial element is assignable to a first carrier part and the second partial element is assignable to a second carrier part, wherein the first partial element and the second partial element are movable from a starting position into a check position, in which the first partial element and the second partial element overlay one another, and wherein the first partial information item and the second partial information item in the check position represent said authenticity information item,wherein the security element further comprises at least one third partial element having a third partial information item, wherein the third partial element is assignable to a third carrier part, wherein the third partial element is movable with respect to the first partial element from a starting position into a check position in which the first partial element and the third partial element overlay one another, wherein the first partial information item and the third partial information item in the check position represent a further authenticity information item,
wherein the first, second, and third partial elements are at least one of (i) defined by an area, wherein the area of each partial element is identical and (ii) delimited by an external peripheral line running within the corresponding first, second, and third carrier parts, wherein the area delimited by the peripheral line of each partial element is identical,
wherein, in the check position, the first, second, and third partial elements are located one above the other such that the first, second, and third partial elements entirely coincide wherein the authenticity information item is at least one of at least one first image and at least one first alphanumeric character, and wherein the first partial information item represents a first part of the at least one of the at least one first image and the at least one first alphanumeric character, and wherein the second partial information item represents a second part of the at least one of the at least one first image and the at least one first alphanumeric character, and wherein the further authenticity information item is at least one of at least one second image and at least one second alphanumeric character, and wherein the first partial information item represents a first part of the at least one of the at least one second image and the at least one second alphanumeric character, and wherein the third partial information item represents a second part of the at least one of the at least one second image and the at least one second alphanumeric character.

US Pat. No. 10,245,875

DIGITALLY ENCODED SEAL FOR DOCUMENT VERIFICATION

United States Automobile ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by at least one processor, at least one image of a document;
identifying, by the at least one processor, the document based at least in part on the at least one image of the document;
determining, by the at least one processor, data associated with the document based at least in part on the identification of the document; and
instructing, by the at least one processor, an applicator to generate a seal that encodes the data associated with the document, the seal being applicable to a tangible version of the document, wherein the seal is configured to remove the data encoded in the seal in response to a scan of the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,874

LAY-FLAT BOOK PRODUCTION

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A lay-flat book block production apparatus comprising:a glue dispenser to transition between an active state in which glue is provided to one side of a web that is guided past the glue dispenser, and an inactive state in which glue is not provided to the web that is guided past the glue dispenser; and
a folding unit to fold the web, wherein each of a plurality of flat portions of a side of the folded web faces another of the plurality of flat portions of a same side, and wherein the folding unit includes a roller pair to guide the web and provide the web with a plurality of crease lines and a plurality of perforation lines, wherein:
a first roller of the roller pair includes at least one longitudinally extending, radially protruding portion to dive into at least one corresponding longitudinally extending notch of a second roller of the roller pair to crease the web, wherein the at least one corresponding longitudinally extending notch forces the web to sharply bend around the at least one longitudinally extending, radially protruding portion, and
the second roller of the roller pair includes at least one longitudinally extending line of radially protruding pins to dive into at least one longitudinally extending line of recesses of the first roller of the roller pair to perforate the web.

US Pat. No. 10,245,873

BINDING MECHANISM CARTRIDGE, BINDING DEVICE BODY AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A binding mechanism cartridge being storable in a storage portion of a binding device body instead of a staple cartridge, the staple cartridge being storable in the storage portion of the binding device body, the binding mechanism cartridge comprising:a body portion having an outer width set to a size corresponding to an inner width of the storage portion and being detachably held in the storage portion, wherein the body portion includes a gripping portion protruding reward from a rear top portion;
a longitudinal slide mechanism unit provided on a front surface of the body portion and being slidable to the body portion in a longitudinal direction, the longitudinal slide mechanism unit comprising:
a base portion protruding from a lower part of a front surface of the longitudinal slide mechanism unit, and configured to support a bundle of sheets from a bottom surface of the bundle of sheets; and
an upward-and-downward moving portion attached to the front surface of the longitudinal slide mechanism unit and positioned on an upper side of the base portion, the upward-and-downward moving portion being movable upward and downward along the front surface of the longitudinal slide mechanism unit, wherein the upward-and-downward moving portion moves close to or away from the bundle of sheets supported on the base portion by moving upward and downward, the upward-and-downward moving portion comprising:
a binding portion provided on a lower end side of the upward-and-downward moving portion and configured to bind the bundle of sheets,
wherein the binding portion is configured to bind the bundle of sheets by being in contact with the bundle of sheets according to a downward-movement of the upward-and-downward moving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,872

PRINTING AMOUNT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a user interface that receives user information and image formation execution information;
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet;
a communication interface; and
a processor configured to:
authenticate a user based on the received user information,
control the communication interface to receive, from a server, a printing amount that indicates a number of times of printing in the image processing apparatus in association with the received user information and that is updated based on a number of sheets decolored by a decoloring apparatus,
determine whether the received printing amount is greater than zero,
if the received printing amount is greater than zero, control the image forming unit to form an image on the sheet in accordance with the input image formation execution information, and
if the received printing amount is not greater than zero, control the image forming unit to not form an image on the sheet in accordance with the received image formation execution information.

US Pat. No. 10,245,871

IMAGE ERASING APPARATUS AND IMAGE ERASING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image erasing apparatus comprising:a feeding unit which supplies a sheet to a conveyance path, the sheet having formed thereon:
in a first region, a first image having first information relating to a predetermined purpose, and
in a second region different from the first region, identification information from which one of the sheet and a user can be identified;
a reading unit which reads the identification information formed on the sheet conveyed on the conveyance path;
a storage unit which stores, in advance, image data corresponding to a second image, in association with the identification information, the second image having second information relating to the predetermined purpose, the second image being different from the first image;
an erasing unit, provided on the conveyance path at a downstream side with respect to the reading unit in a conveying direction of the sheet, which decolors a part or all of the first image formed on the sheet;
an image forming unit, provided on the conveyance path at a downstream side with respect to the erasing unit in the conveying direction of the sheet, which forms an image onto the sheet after the erasing unit finishes decoloring the first image; and
a controller which receives the identification information that is read by the reading unit, obtains from the storage unit the image data corresponding to the second image based on the received identification information, and controls the image forming unit to form the second image based on the obtained image data, onto the first region of the sheet from which the first image has been decolored.

US Pat. No. 10,245,870

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINTED SHEET

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

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transport unit that transports a sheet; and
an image forming section that forms an image region formed of a toner layer that enables information written on the sheet, which has been transported by the transport unit, by using a whiteboard marker to be erased by using a whiteboard eraser,
wherein, in the image region formed by the image forming section, a pattern image having a predetermined gap is formed as an uppermost layer by using a clear toner, and a solid image is formed as a layer excluding the uppermost layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,869

THERMAL TRANSFER SHEET, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER SHEET, THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET, METHOD FOR FORMING PRINTED PRODUCT, AND PRINTED PRODUCT

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A thermal transfer image-receiving sheet comprising:a pattern layer, a masking layer, an intermediate layer, and a receiving layer provided in this order on a substrate;
wherein a portion of the surface of the pattern layer is exposed,
wherein the receiving layer is a solvent-based receiving layer containing a solvent-based resin and a silicone oil,
wherein the intermediate layer is a water-based intermediate layer containing a water-based resin, and
wherein the masking layer is a solvent-based masking layer containing a solvent-based resin and a colorant.

US Pat. No. 10,245,868

IMAGE TRANSFER MATERIAL AND POLYMER COMPOSITION

MJ SOLUTIONS GMBH, Plymo...

1. An image transfer sheet for transferring an image to a receptor element, the image transfer sheet comprising:a melt transfer layer;
an image receiving layer; and
a first opaque layer positioned between the melt transfer layer and the image receiving layer, the first opaque layer comprising a thermoplastic elastomer and a white pigment; and
a second opaque layer positioned between the melt transfer layer and the image receiving layer, the second opaque layer comprising a thermoplastic elastomer and a white pigment;
wherein the combined thickness of the first and second opaque layers is between 0.5 to 2.5 mils; and
wherein the second opaque layer has a composition different from a composition of the first opaque layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,867

THERMAL IMAGING

1. A thermosensitive recording medium comprising:a. a base sheet;
b. a thermosensitive composition on at least one surface of the base sheet comprising a binder and a thermosensitive material comprising:
i. one or more oxidizing agents; and
ii. a dye precursor having the formula;

wherein R1 and R2 can be the same or different and are: H, alkyl of 1-4 C, NH2, OH, COOR? wherein R? is alkyl of 1-4C or H, CONH2, halogen, OR? wherein R? is alkyl of 1-4C, CH2 OH, CH2NH2, CONR?R? wherein R? and R? can be the same or different; R3 is H or alkyl of 1-4C or COR?; R4, R5 can be the same or different and are: H, alkyl of 1-4C, NH2, OH, COOH, CONH2, halogen, OR?, NO2, SO3, HNR?, or NR?R? or any pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof or mixtures thereof, and wherein R6 and R7 can be the same or different and can be hydrogen, a carboxylate group, a borate group or a silicate group.

US Pat. No. 10,245,866

COLOUR IMAGING OF SECURITY DOCUMENT PRECURSORS

AGFA-GEVAERT, Mortsel (B...

1. A method of producing a security document, the method comprising the steps of:producing a first portion of a colour image by laser marking a security document precursor including a laser markable layer containing a leuco dye; and
producing a second portion of the colour image by an imaging technique that is different from laser marking; wherein
the first portion and the second portion of the colour image are in color registration with each other to form a single image.

US Pat. No. 10,245,865

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit that discharges liquid on a medium to perform recording; and
a carriage having the recording unit and capable of moving in a width direction intersecting a medium transport direction, wherein
the carriage carries at least one liquid container that stores the liquid to be supplied to the recording unit and that has a filling port through which the liquid is poured from a refilling container,
the liquid container has a level checking portion that is formed of a transparent material through which the liquid level can be viewed, and
the carriage has a first viewing portion through which the level checking portion of the liquid container can be viewed and a cleaning mechanism that wipes off the liquid deposited on the level checking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,864

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SHEET METAL FRAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A method of manufacturing a sheet metal frame, comprising:a step of forming at least one drawn portion in a frame main body formed into a planar shape such that the at least one drawn portion projects in a surface direction from a planar portion of the frame main body; and
a step of, after forming the at least one drawn portion, engraving, from a projecting side of the at least one drawn portion, groove portions stretched to have a linear shape in the planar portion of the frame main body at a distance of 5 to 10 mm from a boundary portion between the planar portion and the at least one drawn portion so as to surround an entire region of at least one drawn portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,863

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:an apparatus body including a recording device therein, the recording device performing recording onto a medium to be transported;
at least three drive sources provided inside the apparatus body;
a battery provided inside the apparatus body and supplying electric power to the three drive sources;
a locking mechanism disposed inside the apparatus body; and
a battery accommodation portion provided inside the apparatus body and accommodating the battery, wherein,
of the three drive sources, a first drive source and a second drive source are disposed on one side of the apparatus body with respect to a center portion of the apparatus body in a width direction that intersects a medium transport direction, and a third drive source is disposed on the other side of the apparatus body with respect to the center portion in the width direction,
the battery has a center of gravity that is on the other side with respect to the center portion in the width direction,
the battery includes a second contact point that is electrically coupled to a first contact point provided inside the apparatus body and that is formed such that the battery can be inserted into and removed from the battery accommodation portion,
the locking mechanism fastens the battery to the apparatus body with the first contact point and the second contact point being connected to each other,
the locking mechanism includes a lock pin that assumes an advancing state in which the lock pin advances in a direction intersecting an insertion direction of the battery or a retracting state in which the lock pin is further away from the battery than in the advancing state and the locking mechanism also includes an urging device that urges the lock pin toward the advancing state,
the locking mechanism is formed such that the lock pin enters a locking state by engaging with an engagement portion provided in the battery when the lock pin is in the advancing state and enters an unlocking state when the lock pin is in the retracting state, and
an urging force of the urging device is such that the battery is not dislodged due to weight when the apparatus body is inclined such that a direction in which the battery may be dislodged is aligned with a gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,862

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, PRINTER, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power source circuit configured to supply electric power to an electric load;
a capacitor connected to a power supply line extending from the power source circuit to the electric load and configured to supply electric power to the electric load;
a charge circuit configured to charge the capacitor by supplying a current that is powered by the electric power supplied from the power source circuit;
a detection circuit configured to detect a voltage value of the capacitor; and
a controller configured to, in a case where the detected voltage value of the capacitor reaches a first threshold value,
control the charge circuit to change a current value of the current of the charge circuit from a first current value to a second current value that is smaller than the first current value, wherein the first current value is supplied before the detected voltage value reaches the first threshold value, and wherein the second current value is greater than zero, and
wherein, after the detected voltage value of the capacitor reaches the first threshold value, the controller is further configured to
continually determine, while the second current value is supplied to the capacitor, whether the detected voltage value of the capacitor is smaller than a second threshold value that is smaller than the first threshold value; and
cause a discharge of the capacitor in a case where the controller determines that the detected voltage value of the capacitor is smaller than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,245,861

PRINTERS, PRINTER SPINDLE ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING MEDIA WIDTH FOR CONTROLLING MEDIA TENSION

1. A printer spindle assembly comprising:a media spindle having a first end and a second end;
a commutator disposed circumferentially at the first end of the media spindle;
at least two brushes in electrical contact with the commutator and connected to a voltage source, the voltage source, the at least two brushes, and the commutator forming a closed electrical circuit;
a plurality of electrically conductive springs serially disposed on the media spindle in electrical communication with the commutator, wherein each electrically conductive spring is configured to be in an uncompressed state in the absence of media on the media spindle and one or more of the electrically conductive springs is configured to be in a compressed state in the presence of the media on the media spindle; and
a continuous electrically conductive path formed of electrically resistive material disposed along a longitudinal axis of the media spindle and configured to be in electrical contact with a first spring end of the one or more electrically conductive springs in the compressed state to form a series circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,860

INTERMEDIATE UNIT, POST PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An intermediate unit comprising:a carry-in port through which a medium is transported into the intermediate unit from a printing unit that ejects liquid to print an image on the medium;
a carry-out port through which the medium is transported to a post processing unit that performs post processing on the medium; and
a transportation path that is disposed between the carry-in port and the carry-out port,
wherein the transportation path is provided with
a group of pairs of first transportation rollers that is provided with a plurality of pairs of transportation rollers, each of which includes a driving roller that applies a transportation force in a transportation direction to the medium and a driven roller that is rotated in accordance with the rotation of the driving roller with the medium nipped between the driving roller and the driven roller, and
a pair of correction rollers that is positioned on the downstream side of the group of pairs of first transportation rollers in the transportation direction and corrects skew of the medium with respect to the transportation direction,
wherein the pair of correction rollers includes a first roller which rotates in a direction in which the medium is transported toward the carry-out port and a second roller which is rotated in accordance with the rotation of the first roller with the medium nipped between the first roller and the second roller, and
wherein the first roller includes a convex portion that protrudes from a surface of the first roller and that comes into point contact with the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,245,859

PAPER FEEDING MECHANISM

FOXLINK IMAGE TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A paper feeding mechanism comprising:a lower frame having a groove;
an upper frame;
a separation roller mounted to the upper frame;
a pickup roller mounted to the lower frame and placed in the groove;
a paper feeding channel formed between the separation roller and the pickup roller, or between the separation roller and the lower frame; and
at least one blocking element pivoted on the upper frame and placed beside the separation roller, the blocking element having a stopping part, the stopping part contacting the lower frame;
wherein the blocking element has a pivoting shaft, a direction of an axis of the pivoting shaft is perpendicular to a direction of the paper feeding channel, the pivoting shaft is located at an upstream side relative to a connecting point between the blocking element and the lower frame; and
wherein the upper frame is formed a plurality of pivoting holes, the lower frame has a cam part, the cam part is positioned beside the groove and has an extension direction parallel with a longitudinal direction of the groove; the blocking element includes a first blocking element and a second blocking element, the first blocking element has a first pivoting part, a first swing arm, a first blocking part, a connecting arm, two first pivoting shafts and an avoiding groove, the first pivoting part pivots on the pivoting holes, the first blocking element extends toward a downstream side, the first pivoting part extends downward and toward the downstream side to form the first swing arm, the first swing arm is bent upwardly to form the first blocking part, the blocking part extends upwardly and toward the downstream side to form the connecting arm, two sides of the first pivoting part protrude to form the two first pivoting shafts, the two first pivoting shafts pivot on the pivoting holes, the avoiding groove penetrates through the first swing arm, the blocking part and the connecting arm, the voiding groove extends along a longitudinal direction of the first blocking element; the second blocking element has a second pivoting part, a second swing arm, a second blocking part and two second pivoting shafts, the second pivoting part pivots on the pivoting holes, the second blocking element extends toward the downstream side, the second pivoting part is extended downwardly and toward the downstream side, and then further bent upwardly and extended upwardly and toward the downstream side to form the second swing arm, the second swing arm protrudes downward to form the second blocking part, two sides of the second pivoting part protrude to form the two second pivoting shafts, the two second pivoting shafts pivot on the pivoting holes.

US Pat. No. 10,245,858

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a printing unit that performs printing on a medium;
a medium accommodating member that is detachably provided in the apparatus main body and is capable of accommodating the medium;
a first roller that is provided in the apparatus main body, and picks up the medium from the medium accommodating member by being brought in contact with the medium which is accommodated in the medium accommodating member mounted in the apparatus main body and being driven to rotate;
a second roller that is provided in the apparatus main body, is disposed on a downstream side of the first roller in a transporting direction of the medium, and is brought into contact with the medium picked up by the first roller on the same surface as a surface with which the first roller comes into contact and is driven to rotate;
a third roller that is provided in the apparatus main body, and is brought into contact with the medium picked up by the first roller on a surface opposite to the surface with which the first roller comes into contact and is rotated following the second roller;
a driving source of the first roller and the second roller; and
a displacing mechanism that displaces a position of the third roller with respect to the second roller depending on attaching and detaching of the medium accommodating member to and from the apparatus main body,
wherein the medium accommodating member includes a hopper which is movable between a feeding position in which the medium to be accommodated is pressed to the first roller by a pressing force of a pressing member and a standby position in which the medium is separated from the first roller against the pressing force of the pressing member,
wherein the displacing mechanism displaces the third roller to a contacting position in which the third roller is capable of coming into contact with the second roller when the medium accommodating member is mounted in the apparatus main body, and displaces the third roller to a non contacting position in which the third roller is separated from the second roller when the medium accommodating member is pulled out from the apparatus main body, and
wherein the first roller is rotatable in a reverse rotating direction opposite to a rotating direction of the driven rotation due to the frictional force with the pulled out medium in accordance with the pulling-out of the medium accommodating member under a circumstance in which the medium is pressed by the hopper present at the feeding position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,857

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:a main body in which is formed a conveyance path through which a sheet is conveyed;
an image recorder disposed in the main body and having nozzles through which a liquid is ejected toward the conveyance path;
a sheet supporter movable between an opposed position at which the sheet supporter is opposed to the image recorder so as to partly define the conveyance path and supports the sheet located at the conveyance path and a retracted position at which the sheet supporter is retracted from the opposed position so as not to partly define the conveyance path; and
a distance-defining member movable between a first position and a second position, the distance-defining member located at the first position being configured to define a distance between an upper surface of the sheet and the lower surface of the image recorder, the first position being a position at which at least a part of the distance-defining member is located in a gap between the lower surface of the image recorder and the sheet supporter located at the opposed position, the second position being a position at which at least a part of the distance-defining member is not located in the gap;
wherein the distance-defining member located at the first position is supported by the sheet supporter located at the opposed position, and the distance-defining member located at the first position is moved to the second position by moving the sheet supporter from the opposed position to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,856

PRINTING SUSPENSION CONTROL FOR A PRINTER HAVING MULTIPLE PRINTING MECHANISMS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer having multiple printing mechanisms including a first printing mechanism and a second printing mechanism each configured to apply printing to a printing medium, the printer comprising:a printing device configured to execute a printing process to repetitively print a character defined for a page with one of the multiple printing mechanisms, the printing process including a first printing process and a second printing process, the first printing process being a process for printing a plurality of pages of the character of a first printing medium using the first printing mechanism, the second printing process being a process for printing on a second printing medium, physically separate and distinct from the first printing medium, using the second printing mechanism; and
a controller,
the controller being configured to:
determine whether a first instruction to suspend the printing process in execution is received;
when it is determined that the first instruction is received while the printing device is executing the first printing process:
complete printing of a page which is being printed when the first instruction is received, and suspend the first printing process thereafter but before completion of the first printing process;
determine whether a second instruction to start the second printing process using the second printing mechanism is received after the first printing process is suspended; and
execute the second printing process when it is determined that the second instruction is received and while the first printing medium remains in a printing position with respect to the first printing mechanism; and
when it is determined that the first instruction is received while the printing device is executing the second printing process and while the first printing medium remains in the printing position with respect to the first printing mechanism, continue to execute the second printing process.

US Pat. No. 10,245,855

PHOTO PRINTER

DS GLOBAL, Seoul (KR)

1. A photo printer for applying given heat to paper responding to the given heat to express given colors so as to print images or texts, the photo printer comprising:a base adapted to accommodate a paper therein;
a pickup roller protruding from a bottom of the base to feed the paper accommodated in the base forwardly;
a platen roller disposed in front of the base to discharge the paper fed by the pickup roller forwardly;
a head located above the platen roller to apply given heat to the paper;
a motor;
a transgear engaged with the motor;
a first power transfer part for connecting the transgear and a rotary shaft of the platen roller with each other to rotate the platen roller; and
a second power transfer part for connecting the transgear and a rotary shaft of the pickup roller with each other to rotate the pickup roller,
wherein the transgear, the first power transfer part and the second power transfer part are disposed on a same side surface of the base as each other, and
wherein the second power transfer part comprises:
a clutch gear adapted to receive a rotary force of the transgear and having a first protrusion formed on one side thereof; and
a clutch coupled to the rotary shaft of the pickup roller and having a second protrusion locked onto the first protrusion to transfer the rotary force of the transgear to the pickup roller.

US Pat. No. 10,245,854

DETERMINING PRINTER PLATEN TYPE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printer, comprising:a first platen removably installable in the printer and having a platen type;
a surface of the first platen having a first feature indicative of the platen type;
a platen-type-discriminating first sensor, the first sensor to detect a first distinguishing characteristic of the first feature; and
a controller to determine the platen type from the first distinguishing characteristic,
wherein the first sensor is further to detect whether the first platen is properly installed in the printer, and
wherein the controller is further to prevent operation of the printer unless the first platen is properly installed in the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,853

CONCENTRIC DUCT SYSTEM FOR A DRYER OF A PRINTING SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A system comprising:a dryer of a printing system comprising:web conditioners configured to condition a web of print media;intake ports configured to supply air for the web conditioners; andoutlet ports configured to remove air for the web conditioners; anda duct system for the dryer comprising:a supply hub including supply nodes around a body of the supply hub and configured to connect with the intake ports via supply ducts; anda return hub including return nodes around a body of the return hub and configured to connect with the outlet ports via return ducts;wherein the supply hub and the return hub are configured to position concentrically with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,245,852

PHOTO-CURABLE INK JET INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD USING THE SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method using a photo-curable ink jet ink set comprising a first photo-curable ink jet ink and a second photo-curable ink jet ink, the method comprising:ejecting the first photo-curable ink jet ink onto a recording medium, the first photo-curable ink jet ink comprising a white ink;
ejecting the second photo-curable ink jet ink onto the first photo-curable ink jet ink ejected onto the recording medium, wherein the second photo-curable ink jet ink comprises a non-white, color ink; and
curing the first photo-curable ink jet ink and the second photo-curable ink jet ink; the curing being conducted using a UV-LED having an emission peak at a wavelength in the range of 350 to 420 nm;
wherein the first photo-curable ink jet ink has a surface tension and contains a (meth) acrylic acid ester having a vinyl ether group expressed by general formula (I): CH2?CR1—COOR2—O—CH?CH—R3, wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a divalent organic residue having a carbon number of 2 to 20, and R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic residue having a carbon number of 1 to 11; and the second photo-curable ink jet ink has a surface tension,
wherein the surface tension of the first photo-curable ink jet ink is higher than the surface tension of the second photo-curable ink jet ink.

US Pat. No. 10,245,851

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transport unit that transports a medium to a support table that supports the medium;
a printing unit that is provided at a position facing the support table and that performs printing by depositing a liquid to the medium on the support table; and
a drying unit that dries the liquid deposited on the medium,
wherein the drying unit includes a first heater unit capable of heating a printed side surface of the medium that has been subjected to be printing and a second heater unit capable of heating an opposite side surface of the medium to the printed side surface,
wherein the first heater unit includes a plurality of first heaters that are disposed at the same position in a transport direction of the medium and that are arranged in a direction orthogonal to the transport direction,
wherein each of the plurality of first heaters includes a first heating element that heats the medium and a reflective plate, the first heating element being disposed in the reflective plate,
wherein the second heater unit includes a second heater that is disposed at a position superposed on the first heater unit in the transport direction and that is disposed at a position superimposed on a gap between adjacent first heating elements and reflective plates of the plurality of first heaters in the direction orthogonal to the transport direction,
wherein each of the first heating elements has a length in the transport direction, the length in the transport direction being longer than a length in the direction orthogonal to the transport direction, and
wherein the second heater includes a second heating element that has a length in the transport direction, the length in the transport direction being longer than a length in the direction orthogonal to the transport direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,850

HEATING GAS BETWEEN AN INLET AND AN OUTLET TO PRINTED MEDIA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus to provide heated gas to printed media, the apparatus comprising:a housing including:
an inlet to receive gas from a fan; and
an outlet defining at least one slot shaped nozzle to provide heated gas to the printed media, the housing defining a direct path between the inlet and the outlet, wherein a width of the housing increases from the inlet to the outlet such that a first end of the housing is smaller than a second end of the housing, the first end of the housing comprising the inlet, and the second end of the housing comprising the outlet; and
a heater positioned within the housing to heat the gas from the inlet, wherein a width of the heater follows the increasing width of the housing from the inlet to the outlet such that a first end of the heater closest to the first end of the housing is smaller than a second end of the heater closest to the second end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,849

VAPOR CONTROL HEATING IN A PRINTER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A vapor control heater for a printer having a dryer to dry a print substrate leaving a print zone, comprising:a housing;
a heating element at least partially enclosed by the housing; and
a fan to move air over the heating element and into an air flow from the dryer after the air flow passes over the print substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,848

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit that prints on a printing medium;
a transporting unit that transports the printing medium having been printed on along a transport surface; and
a post-process unit that performs a post-process on the printing medium on the transport surface,
wherein the post-process unit includes a cover that covers the printing medium on the transport surface, and
wherein the cover has an inspection window that allows the printing medium on the transport surface to be visually inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,245,846

ADDITIVE COLOR PRINTING USING MULTIPLE COLOR GRAPHIC LAYERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for printing a three-dimensional object onto a substrate using a printing device, the method comprising:receiving color graphic design information at the printing device, the color graphic design information representing a color graphic image;
receiving the substrate at the printing device;
printing a lower color graphic layer of the three-dimensional object onto the substrate using the color graphic design information;
printing one or more transparent structural layers of the three-dimensional object onto the lower color graphic layer; and
printing an upper color graphic layer of the three-dimensional object onto an uppermost layer of the one or more transparent structural layers using the color graphic design information, wherein the upper color graphic layer and the lower color graphic layer collectively visually depict the color graphic image.

US Pat. No. 10,245,845

OBJECT HOLDER FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a shuttle mount configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead of a direct-to-object print system;
a plurality of multi-pointed star-shaped receptacles in the shuttle mount for receiving a retainer in one of a plurality of orientations relative to an edge of the shuttle mount; and
a plurality of removable retainers for collectively retaining the object while it is being moved, each retainer having a head and a base, and each retainer is one head type in a set of two or more different head types with an edge head type shaped to retain a straight edge of the object on the shuttle mount, and a corner head type shaped to retain a corner in which two or more edges of the object meet on the shuttle mount, wherein a base portion of each retainer being shaped such that, when the base of the retainer is pressed into one of the multi-pointed star-shaped receptacles, the head of the retainer assumes a desired orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,844

OBJECT HOLDER FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a frame configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead of a direct-to-object print system;
a flexible belt positioned around an inside of the frame substantially forming a circle, one end of the belt being fixed to the frame, an opposite end of the belt passing through an opening in the frame such that pulling the end of the belt through the opening causes the belt to tighten circumferentially around an object in the frame; and
a lock for engaging the belt to prevent the belt from loosening after the belt has been pulled tight around the object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,843

THERMAL HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A thermal head, comprising:a substrate;
a heat generating section disposed on the substrate;
an electrode disposed on the substrate, the electrode comprising
a connecting portion connected to the heat generating section; and
a first protective layer which covers the heat generating section and the connecting portion of the electrode,
a part of the first protective layer which is disposed on the connecting portion comprising
a closed first void, the closed first void extending in a thickness direction of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,842

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:a print unit that moves a head in both a first direction and second direction; and
a controller that generates a first direction print image based on first direction color conversion information for a first print medium, and generates a second direction print image based on second direction color conversion information for a second print medium, the second direction color conversion information for the second print medium being generated by adjusting second direction color conversion information for the first print medium; and
the controller controlling the print unit to print the first direction print image in the first direction on the second print medium, and print the second direction print image in the second direction on the second print medium.

US Pat. No. 10,245,841

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An inkjet head, comprising:a plurality of nozzles which eject ink;
a plurality of pressure chambers which are respectively communicate with the plurality of nozzles and are filled with ink;
a plurality of pressure generation means which are respectively provided in correspondence with the plurality of pressure chambers, and apply a pressure to ink inside the pressure chambers;
a circulation flow passage that is provided to be branched from an ink flow passage ranging from an inlet of the pressure chambers and an outlet of the nozzles, and is capable of discharging ink inside the plurality of pressure chambers; and
a damper that is provided to face the circulation flow passage, and is capable of changing a volume of the circulation flow passage through elastic deformation in correspondence with a pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,840

INK DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH ROBUST COMPLIANCE

Memjet Technology Ltd., ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:at least one inkjet printhead;
an ink line connected to the printhead; and
a compliance fluidically communicating with the ink line, the compliance comprising sealed flexible bellows configured for dampening ink pressure fluctuations in the ink line, wherein the bellows comprise a plurality of concentric portions joined via concertinaed sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,245,839

CAP FOR INK TANK, INK TANK, AND INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink tank comprising:a tank body having an ink inlet port and configured to accommodate an ink therein; and
an ink tank cap configured to open and close the ink inlet port of the ink tank, and having a contacting portion of which contacts with the ink inlet port, and which is formed of an ethylene-propylene-diene rubber containing silicone;
a content amount of the silicone in the ethylene-propylene-diene rubber containing the silicone is in a range of 1 part by weight to 15 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the ethylene-propylene-diene rubber; and
a material forming the tank body is selected from the group consisting of polypropylene, polyethylene, polyphenylene ether, and a mixed resin of polybutylene terephthalate and an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene resin.

US Pat. No. 10,245,838

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head ejecting liquid onto a medium transported on a transport path extending in a depth direction;
a carriage holding the liquid ejecting head and reciprocally moving in a width direction so as to cross the transport path; and
a waste liquid containing portion containing waste liquid discharged from the liquid ejecting head, wherein
the carriage includes a plurality of liquid containers that contain the liquid and are mounted on the carriage in such a manner that the plurality of the liquid containers are arranged side by side with each other in the depth direction, and
a portion of the carriage overlaps the waste liquid containing portion in a vertical direction when the liquid ejecting head is outside the transport path.

US Pat. No. 10,245,837

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING SWITCH CAPABLE OF SWITCHING COMMUNICATION STATE BETWEEN DAMPER CHAMBER AND PUMP

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus to which a cartridge is attachable, the cartridge being formed with a storage space for storing ink and comprising a first air flow path allowing the storage space to be communicated with an atmosphere, the inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank comprising:
a storage chamber for storing ink supplied from the cartridge;
an outlet port through which the ink stored in the storage chamber is allowed to flow out; and
a second air flow path configured to allow the storage chamber to be communicated with the atmosphere;
a recording portion comprising:
a damper chamber for storing ink supplied from the storage chamber, the damper chamber being positioned higher than the outlet port in an up-down direction and fluidly communicated with the storage chamber; and
a recording head comprising a nozzle and configured to eject the ink stored in the damper chamber through the nozzle;
an ink passage configured to communicate the storage chamber with the damper chamber, the ink stored in the storage chamber being supplied to the damper chamber through the outlet port and the ink passage;
a pump configured to suck fluid in the damper chamber;
a first switch configured to be switched between a first state and a second state, wherein when the first switch in the first state enables the pump to suck the fluid in the damper chamber whereas the first switch in the second state causes the pump not to suck the fluid in the damper chamber, wherein the first switch in the first state is configured to interrupt fluid communication of the damper chamber with the atmosphere whereas the first switch in the second state allows the fluid communication of the damper chamber with the atmosphere; and
a controller capable of controlling the first switch and the pump, the controller being configured to perform:
after attachment of the cartridge to the inkjet recording apparatus, an initial ink introduction process comprising:
a first suction process to drive the pump for a first period of time in a state where the first switch is in the first state, the ink stored in the storage space being sucked toward the damper chamber through the storage chamber during the first period of time; and
after performing the first suction process, an open process to switch the first switch to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,836

HEAD CLEANING MECHANISM AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A head cleaning mechanism comprising:a recording head having an ink ejection surface in which a plurality of ink ejection ports are opened to eject ink onto the recording medium; and
a wiper for wiping the ink ejection surface in a predetermined direction, wherein
the recording head includes a plurality of cleaning liquid supply ports disposed on an upstream side of the ink ejection port in a wiping direction in which the wiper wipes the ink ejection surface, so as to supply cleaning liquid, and an inclined surface connected to a supply port formation surface in which the cleaning liquid supply ports are formed, on the upstream side in the wiping direction, the inclined surface being inclined downward toward a downstream side in the wiping direction, a tip of the wiper being in pressure contact with the inclined surface in the wiping operation, and
the inclined surface has a pressure contact start position at which the wiper starts the pressure contact in the wiping operation, and a water repellent region formed at least from the pressure contact start position to a position on an upstream side of the cleaning liquid supply port in the wiping direction to have a contact angle with water of 90° or more.

US Pat. No. 10,245,835

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus, comprising:a head having a discharging port surface provided with discharging ports that discharge liquid;
a suction port configured to perform a suction operation to suck liquid from the discharging port surface under a state of being spaced away from the discharging port surface;
a pressure changing unit configured to change a pressure in the head; and
a control unit configured to cause the suction port to perform the suction operation under a state in which the pressure changing unit has changed the pressure in the head into a positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,834

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A FLUID-EJECTION DEVICE, AND FLUID-EJECTION DEVICE

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a nozzle plate including:
a first nozzle cavity, having a first diameter, in a first semiconductor body;
a first hydrophilic layer on the first semiconductor body and on inner walls of said first nozzle cavity;
a structural layer on the first hydrophilic layer, the first hydrophilic layer being positioned between the structural layer and the first semiconductor body; and
a second nozzle cavity in the structural layer, the first and second nozzle cavities being in mutual fluidic communication, the second nozzle cavity being aligned to the first nozzle cavity in a fluid-ejection direction and having a second diameter larger than the first diameter; and
a containment chamber coupled to the nozzle plate and configured to contain said fluid so that the first and second nozzle cavities are in fluidic connection with the containment chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,245,833

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting head that has a wiring substrate having a first surface that is connected to a driver-element-forming substrate in which rows and a plurality of driver elements are provided, a part of the plurality of driver elements being included in the rows, and a second surface that is on the opposite side to the first surface and that is provided with a driver IC that outputs signals that drive the driver elements in the rows, a wire in the second surface that supplies electrical power to the driver elements and a through wire that extends between the first surface and the second surface, the method comprising:processing the wiring substrate so as to form a recessed portion that is recessed in the second surface of the wiring substrate in a thickness direction thereof and a through hole that penetrates through the wiring substrate, the wiring substrate being a board made of a silicon single crystal substrate, and
forming the wire by filling a conductive material into the recessed portion and the through wire by filling the conductive material into the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,832

INK JET PRINTING

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printing system, comprising a plurality of printheads wherein each printhead comprises a plurality of drop generators disposed in a first array and a second array, wherein:the first array is disposed on a first side of an ink feed slot;
the second array is disposed on a second, and opposite, side of the ink feed slot;
the drop generators in the first array are spaced one dot pitch apart perpendicular to a motion of a print medium, and alternate between a high drop weight (HDW) drop generator and a low drop weight (LDW) drop generator, wherein the HDW drop generators generate drops between 6 and 11 nanograms;
the drop generators in the second array are spaced one dot pitch apart perpendicular to the motion of the print medium and alternate between an LDW drop generator and an HDW drop generator; and
each drop generator in the first array is in a line of the motion of the print medium with a corresponding drop generator in the second array, wherein each HDW drop generator in the first array is in line with an LDW drop generator in the second array, and each LDW drop generator in the first array is in a line of the motion of the print medium with an HDW drop generator in the second array.

US Pat. No. 10,245,831

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a liquid discharge substrate configured to discharge liquid, the liquid discharge substrate including: a surface on which at least one pad is disposed close to a first edge; a first side surface that is adjacent to the surface with the first edge in between; at least one second side surface that is adjacent to the surface and the first side surface; and a back surface that is adjacent to the first side surface with a second edge in between opposing the first edge;
a wiring substrate including at least one wiring;
a support substrate that is in contact with the second edge and includes a surface on which the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate is joined; and
a sealing agent provided in a space defined by the surface of the support substrate, the first side surface, and an electric connection portion in which the at least one pad and the at least one wiring are electrically connected to each other, the electric connection portion extending in a direction crossing the first edge as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the second edge and at least one third edge intersect at an intersecting point, the at least one third edge forming the surface of the support substrate and being in contact with the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the sealing agent is provided on the second edge from the space to the intersecting point, and
wherein the liquid discharge substrate has an end portion on a side of the at least one second side surface, which protrudes beyond an end portion of the surface of the support substrate, as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,830

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH A FLUID CIRCULATING ELEMENT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printing system comprising:a fluid ejection chamber having a nozzle;
a drop ejecting element positioned in the fluid ejection chamber to cause a droplet of fluid in the fluid ejection chamber to be ejected through the nozzle;
a fluid circulation channel in communication with the fluid ejection chamber and a fluid feed slot;
a fluid circulating element positioned in the fluid circulation channel to circulate fluid through the fluid circulation channel and the fluid ejection chamber;
a logic device to:
receive a data stream addressed to the drop ejecting element;
determine whether the data stream indicates that the drop ejecting element is to be energized; and
in response to a determination that the data stream does not indicate that the drop ejecting element is to be energized, energize the fluid circulating element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,829

LIQUID JETTING HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid jetting head, comprising:a channel substrate having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are open, the channel substrate being formed with pressure chambers communicating with the nozzles respectively; and
an actuator covering the pressure chambers,
wherein the pressure chambers include first pressure chambers arranged in an arrangement direction to form a first pressure chamber row in the channel substrate,
each of the first pressure chambers has a first end on one side in an orthogonal direction and a second end on the other side in the orthogonal direction, the orthogonal direction being parallel to the nozzle surface and orthogonal to the arrangement direction,
the nozzles include first nozzles communicating with the first pressure chambers respectively,
any two first nozzles, which are included in the first nozzles and adjacent to each other in the arrangement direction, are arranged at different positions in the channel substrate with respect to the orthogonal direction and different in a first distance, the first distance being a distance in the orthogonal direction between each first nozzle and the first end of each first pressure chamber communicating with the first nozzle,
the first nozzles include farthest two first nozzles that are separated from each other farthest with respect to the orthogonal direction, and
a second distance in the orthogonal direction between the farthest two first nozzles is not less than a third distance, the third distance being a distance between each of the farthest two first nozzles and a nearest end of each first pressure chamber communicating with the first nozzle, the nearest end of the first pressure chamber being one of the first end and the second end which is nearer to the first nozzle in the orthogonal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,828

DISCHARGE WAVEFORM GENERATING DEVICE, METHOD OF GENERATING DISCHARGE WAVEFORM, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A discharge waveform generating device comprising:a timing reference generation circuit to generate a discharge timing as a timing reference for generating, from image data, a discharge waveform of ink to print the image data, based on a line synchronization signal as a reference signal for synchronizing discharge operations of a plurality of discharge nozzles to discharge ink;
a timing adjustment circuit to set an adjustment value of the discharge timing, based on the discharge timing generated by the timing reference generation circuit;
a waveform pattern generation circuit to generate the discharge waveform from the image data, based on outputs of the timing reference generation circuit and the timing adjustment circuit; and
a timing correction circuit to cause the waveform pattern generation circuit to start generation of the discharge waveform in a condition in which the waveform pattern generation circuit has not finished generation of a currently generated discharge waveform when the timing reference generation circuit receives the line synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,827

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, DRIVER CIRCUIT, AND HEAD UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A driver circuit that drives a capacitive load with a drive signal, the driver circuit comprising:a comparator unit that includes a first comparator section and a second comparator section, receives an input signal and the drive signal, and outputs a first control signal and a second control signal;
a transistor pair that includes a first transistor that is controlled based on the first control signal and a second transistor that is controlled based on the second control signal, and outputs the drive signal;
a first offset section that lowers the input signal by a first voltage, or raises the drive signal by the first voltage; and
a second offset section that raises the input signal by a second voltage, or lowers the drive signal by the second voltage,
the first transistor and the second transistor being located electrically in series between the power supply voltages,
the drive signal being output from a terminal that is a connection point of the first transistor and the second transistor,
the first comparator section comparing a first comparison signal and a second comparison signal and outputting the first control signal,
the first comparison signal being a signal obtained by offsetting one of the input signal and the drive signal,
the second comparator section comparing a third comparison signal and a fourth comparison signal and outputting the second control signal, and
the third comparison signal being a signal obtained by offsetting one of the input signal and the drive signal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,826

METHOD OF INK JET PRINTING

1. A method of ink jet printing, wherein liquid ink is supplied to a plurality of nozzles via a common ink supply passage, and actuators associated with the nozzles are controlled to cause ink droplets to be expelled from the nozzles in accordance with image information to be printed, said method comprising the steps of:detecting a situation where a number of the nozzles which are connected to the common ink supply passage and are presently active but stop printing within a given time interval is larger than a given maximum number; and
if that situation is detected, activating at least one actuator associated with one of the nozzles that stop printing with sub-threshold agitation pulses which cause an agitation of a meniscus in the nozzle without a droplet being expelled.

US Pat. No. 10,245,825

PRODUCT ALIGNMENT USING A PRINTED RELIEF

TRACER IMAGING LLC, Ossi...

1. A method of forming an alignment grid to register a prefabricated lenticular sheet with a rectilinear print raster of a printing device, comprising:determining a physical pitch of a lenticulated face of the lenticular sheet; and
printing a pattern of raised parallel lines upon a substrate mounted upon a surface of the printing device, wherein the pattern of raised lines has a pitch substantially equal to a physical pitch of the lenticulated face and are configured for reception within valleys formed between lenticules of the lenticulated face for deterring movement of the lenticular sheet across an axis of the lenticules.

US Pat. No. 10,245,824

METHOD FOR DECORATING THE SIDES OF PLASTIC CARDS

Smart Layer 3, S.L., Bar...

1. A method for decorating sides of plastic cards by hot foil stamping, the method comprising the following steps:a. placing a plurality of plastic cards on a support wedge, such that first sides of said plastic cards are opposite an engraver,
b. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the first sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said first sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
c. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the first sides,
d. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge such that second sides of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
e. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the second sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said second sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
f. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the second sides,
g. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge, such that a third side of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
h. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the third sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said third sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
i. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the third sides,
j. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge, such that fourth sides of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
k. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the fourth sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said fourth sides with adjacent sides of the cards, and
l. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the fourth sides.

US Pat. No. 10,245,823

METHOD FOR PREPARING A SCREEN PRINTING SCREEN

1. A method of preparing a screen for a screen printing machine comprising the steps of:providing a housing having an inkjet print applicator in fluid communication with a reservoir holding a supply of an ultraviolet light blocking agent, a screen support structure in operative alignment with the inkjet print applicator and a source of ultraviolet light in operative alignment with the screen support structure;
loading a pre-stretched screen formed from a mesh, the screen having an ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on a first surface thereof onto the screen support structure of the housing;
providing a first relative movement between the screen support structure and the inkjet print applicator on the housing while the pre-stretched screen is on a screen bed;
printing a quantity of the ultraviolet light blocking agent to select regions of the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating the pre-stretched screen during the providing a first relative movement step to prevent curing of the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating in the select regions when subsequently exposed to an ultraviolet light;
providing a second relative movement between the screen support structure and the source of ultraviolet light subsequent to the first relative movement;
exposing the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on the screen and the ultraviolet light blocking agent printed on the screen in the select regions to the source of ultraviolet light on the housing during the providing a second relative movement step to cure the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on the screen other than in the select regions; and,
removing the ultraviolet blocking agent and the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating in the select regions after the exposing step to enable a textile ink to pass through the mesh of the screen in the select regions during a textile printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,822

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONCURRENTLY MAKING MULTIPLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS FROM MULTIPLE SOLIDIFIABLE MATERIALS

Global Filtration Systems...

1. A method of concurrently making a plurality of three-dimensional objects on a build platform, each object comprising a support section formed from a first solidifiable object material, a first object section formed from the first solidifiable object material, and a second object section formed from a second solidifiable object material, wherein the first object section and the second object section of each object have respective heights along a build axis and meet at an interface, the method comprising:determining a height of the first object section of each object along the build axis;
determining a desired interface distance between each object's interface and a build platform along the build axis, wherein the desired interface distance is the same for each object;
determining a support section height along the build axis for each object, wherein the support section height of each object equals the difference between the desired interface distance and the object's first object section height along the build axis;
solidifying each object's support section by solidifying a plurality of support layers of the first solidifiable object material until the object's support section height is reached, wherein each plurality of layers is removably adhered to the build platform;
solidifying each object's first object section by solidifying a plurality of first object section layers of the first solidifiable material until the object's first section height is reached, wherein at least some of the objects in the plurality of three-dimensional objects have different first object section heights;
solidifying each object's second object section by solidifying a plurality of second object section layers of the second solidifiable object material until the second section height is reached.