US Pat. No. 10,391,916

EXTENDABLE TILT ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

1. An extendable tilt assembly system comprising:a tailgate guide assembly comprising:
a tailgate protector that may be bent or formed over the edge of the tailgate and/or bumper;
at least two upward facing tailgate guide runners fastened to the tailgate protector;
at least one removable or retractable lower catch member and may have a removable bar added to the lower catch member, disposed adjacent to the back end of the tailgate protector; and
whereby the tailgate guide assembly is either fastened to a tailgate or disposed over/fastened to a bumper;
a cargo handling system comprising:
a guide assembly having one of more locking holes through the upward facing wheel runner, closeable top openings/cutouts may be added on the inner sides of both the first and second inward facing channels to allow for the tilt of portions of the cargo handling system independently or locked together;
wherein the guide assembly may be fastened on a cargo bed of a pickup truck or any other applicable vehicle's cargo bed; and
wherein the guide assembly may be constructed such that it is in and of itself the cargo bed of a given vehicle;
wherein at least one removable or retractable lower catch member and removable bar is disposed adjacent to the back end of the guide assembly;
a lower extendable assembly having stabilizer components which may be lockable; and further comprising:
a plurality of tracking wheels to track the assembly;
at least one upper catch member to facilitate the tilt function;
cutouts on the back end of the lower extendable assembly disposed under the lower catch members in order to allow the passage of the lower extendable assembly over the tailgate guide assembly and its lower catch member(s) in order to facilitate the tilt function off of the tailgate guide assembly;
closeable top openings/cutouts may be added on the inner sides of both the first and second inward facing channels to allow for the tilt by the release of adjustable stabilizer components which may be lockable on the upper extendable assembly to tilt the upper extendable assembly; and
the lower extendable assembly may comprise of a plurality of cross members disposed on the lower bottom of its lower structure; and
an upper extendable assembly having adjustable stabilizer components which may be lockable and further comprising:
a plurality of both tracking and non-tracking wheels to roll on the upward facing wheel runners;
locking members that enable the upper extendable assembly to be locked by the bolt or spring lock of the guide assembly;
the upper extendable assembly may comprise of a plurality of cross members disposed on its upper bottom of its upper structure; and
the upper extendable assembly may comprise of at least two removable upwardly extending non-contiguous sidewalls,
whereby the modified upper extendable assembly rolls upon the modified lower extendable assembly which in turn rolls upon the modified guide assembly without the presence of the tailgate guide assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,391,914

VEHICLE SEAT LATCH

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly latch comprising:an elongated member fixedly attached to a rear portion of a seatback; and
a bracket disposed on a rear wall of a passenger compartment and including a striker therein, wherein the elongated member includes an integrally defined hook portion that retains the elongated member on the striker in an engaged condition, wherein the elongated member includes a pair of base portions and an intermediate portion disposed between the pair of base portions, the intermediate portion including the integrally defined hook portion, and wherein the intermediate portion includes a first portion extending vehicle downward, a second portion extending upwardly from the first portion, a third portion extending downwardly of the second portion, a fourth portion extending vehicle forward, an upwardly extending fifth portion that terminates at a sixth vehicle forward extending portion, a seventh portion extending vehicle rearward, and an eighth portion extending vehicle rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,391,913

METHOD FOR DYNAMIC ADAPTATION OF LATERAL SUPPORT TO VEHICLE STATES IN MOTOR VEHICLE SEATS WITH A SEAT SURFACE AND WITH A BACKREST AND CORRESPONDING SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for adjusting a motor vehicle seat, comprising:using a controller to:
receive pressure signals from pressure sensors disposed in a grid network on outside surfaces of edge bladders of the seat;
starting when an ignition of the vehicle is turned off, the door is opened, or no change in acceleration occurs that indicate a movement of the vehicle, monitor for at least one of the pressure signals indicating an increase in the bladder pressure on a door side of the seat; and
raise or lower a fluid pressure within the edge bladders using the pressure signals, including lowering of the bladder pressure on the door side on recognizing an entry or exit situation only if a load-related pressure rise in bladders on the door side has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,391,911

COMPOSITE SEAT CORE MATERIAL AND VEHICULAR SEAT ELEMENT USING THE COMPOSITE SEAT CORE MATERIAL

JSP CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A composite seat core material, comprising:a foamed molded substrate that comprises a multiplicity of first thermoplastic resin expanded beads which are fusion-bonded to each other and free of through-holes, and
a foamed molded connecting member that comprises a multiplicity of second thermoplastic resin expanded beads each having a through-hole, said second thermoplastic resin expanded beads being fusion-bonded to each other such that interconnected void spaces which communicate with an outer surface of the foamed molded connecting member and which include part of the through-holes of the second thermoplastic resin expanded beads, are defined in the foamed molded connecting member,
the foamed molded connecting member being integrally bonded to the foamed molded substrate in such a state that a part of said outer surface of the foamed molded connecting member is exposed on an upper surface of the composite seat core material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,909

MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING A HEATABLE HEAD RESTRAINT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A motor vehicle head restraint for a vehicle seat having a seat cushion and a backrest on which the head restraint is arranged, the head restraint comprising:a cushion body having a passage opening formed therein, the passage opening passing from a rear side of the cushion body to a front side of the cushion body;
a cover for the cushion body;
at least one fan arranged in a cavity formed in the passage opening, the cavity being at a distance from the rear side and at a distance from the front side of the cushion body;
a rear, air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat provided on the rear side of the cushion body, the rear heating mat being configured to heat suctioned air; and
a front, air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat provided on the front side of the cushion body, wherein suctioned air preheated via the rear heating mat is additionally heated via the front heating mat.

US Pat. No. 10,391,907

HEADREST SUPPORT DEVICE

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

1. A headrest support device comprising:a support member coupled to a frame of a seatback; and
a headrest pillar structure including a pillar base portion extending laterally and supported by the support member so as to be rotatable around an axial line of the pillar base portion, and a pair of pillar main body portions extending substantially vertically from the pillar base portion substantially in parallel to each other in a mutually spaced apart relationship and connected to a headrest;
wherein the support member is coupled to the frame at at least one coupling portion disposed between the two pillar main body portions in front view in a headrest upright condition where the headrest is positioned above the seatback;wherein the coupling portion includes a first coupling portion disposed between the two pillar main body portions and above the pillar base portion in front view in the headrest upright condition, and a second coupling portion positioned below the pillar base portion;wherein the frame includes a pair of side frames located on either side, a first upper frame connected between upper ends of the side frames, and a second upper frame connected between parts of the side frames located below the first upper frame; and
wherein the support member is connected to the second upper frame at the second coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,901

PASSIVE SEAT VENTILATION SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A seat comprising:an exterior seat surface movable inward and outward relative to an interior of the seat; and
a flexible material overlaying the exterior seat surface, the flexible material is lockable to restrict movement of the flexible material towards the exterior seat surface;
wherein movement of the exterior seat surface into the seat defines a gap between the exterior seat surface and the flexible material to permit air to circulate between the exterior seat surface and the flexible material to cool an occupant of the seat;
wherein the flexible material is anchored at opposite ends to a first rail and a second rail within the seat; and
wherein the flexible material extends through a first slit defined by the exterior seat surface proximate to the first rail, and a second slit defined by the exterior seat surface proximate to the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,391,897

SEAT FOR VEHICLES

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

1. A seat for vehicles having a flip-up mechanism to shift a seat cushion disposed on a base part from a normal seating posture to a flipped-up posture in which a front side of the seat cushion is lifted and a rear side of the seat cushion is lower than the front side of the seat cushion, the flip-up mechanism comprising:a support leg part having one end connected to a frame of the seat cushion rotatably around a first rotation shaft and another end connected to the base part rotatably around a second rotation shaft and a guided part provided closer to a tip of the one end of the support leg part than the first rotation shaft;
a guide part comprising a guide groove formed around the first rotation shaft with the first rotation shaft as a center, the guide part being engaged with the guided part so as to have the guided part be able to move along the guide groove in a circumferential direction with the first rotation shaft as the center and guide the guided part in the guide groove; and
a coil spring provided between the frame and the guided part and applying a biasing force to the guided part so as to have the guided part guided by the guide part and have one end of the support leg part flipped up so that the seal cushion is in the flipped-up posture in which the front side of the seat cushion is lifted and the rear side of the seat cushion is lower than the front side of the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,895

RECLINER OF VEHICLE SEAT

DAS CO., LTD., (KR)

1. A recliner for a vehicle seat, the recliner comprising:a plate holder comprising a plurality of guide blocks that are radially arranged with a gap therebetween and protrude in an axial direction, a first catch protrusion being formed on at least one of the guide blocks;
a sector gear configured to be rotated relative to the plate holder and comprising an internal gear on an inner surface thereof;
a plurality of pawl teeth each configured to be moved between a pair of the guide blocks, the pawl teeth comprising external gears on outer surfaces thereof for engagement with the external gear, and catch hooks on portions of inner surfaces thereof;
an operation cam comprising a shaft hole in a center portion thereof, a plurality of pull hooks configured to be connected to the catch hooks so as to pull or push the pawl teeth, and a second catch protrusion protruding therefrom; and
a return spring having a spiral shape, the return spring comprising a center inner end portion hooked and supported on the second catch protrusion and an outer end portion hooked and supported on the first catch protrusion,
wherein a projection protrudes axially from the operation cam and comprises a support protrusion that protrudes radially from a remainder of the projection to support the return spring while making point contact with a center inner surface of the return spring.

US Pat. No. 10,391,883

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for remote, start control of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the method comprising steps of:receiving, by a telematics terminal, a remote start command via a wireless communication network;
transmitting, by the telematics terminal, a start signal corresponding to the remote start command through an in-vehicle network;
transmitting, by a vehicle controller, a start mode in response to the start signal;
determining, by the telematics terminal, a response waiting time corresponding to the start mode;
receiving, by the telematics terminal, an operation result of the start signal through the in-vehicle network during the response waiting time; and
transmitting, by the telematics terminal, the operation result over the wireless communication network,
wherein the start mode includes a normal start mode and a cold start mode,
wherein a response waiting time in the cold start mode is longer than a response waiting time in the normal start mode.

US Pat. No. 10,391,882

CELL-CONTACTING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR-VEHICLE BATTERY MODULE AND A MOTOR-VEHICLE BATTERY MODULE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A cell contact-making system of a motor vehicle battery module, comprising:a substantially plate-shaped support structure;
a plurality of separate contact elements each of which is disposed partially on and is fastened to the support structure on a first side, wherein each of the plurality of separate contact elements comprises a freely projecting side opposite the first side that protrudes beyond an edge of the support structure, each of which is used to contact two adjacent battery cells of the motor vehicle battery module, wherein
the contact elements are arranged next to one another in a first row, each contact element being fixed at one side to the support structure,
the support structure has a plurality of supporting sections which protrude laterally in relation to the battery cells to form an edge of the support structure, and
each of the contact elements are fastened to a corresponding one of the supporting sections.

US Pat. No. 10,391,880

BATTERY PACK AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a driving motor;
a battery pack including:
a battery that is rechargeable and dischargeable, the battery being configured to supply power to the driving motor;
a discharging switch and a charging switch electrically connected in serial between the battery and the driving motor;
a battery manager configured to directly control the discharging switch and the charging switch, to adjust an under voltage protection (UVP) level of the battery according to a discharging current of the battery, to measure a remaining capacity of the battery and to send remaining capacity information about the measured remaining capacity; and
a motor controller configured to receive the remaining capacity information from the battery manager, and to control an amount of power to be used by the driving motor in response to the remaining capacity information,
wherein:
the motor controller is configured to reduce the amount of power to be used by the driving motor in response to the remaining capacity information, and to send reduced load power information about the reduced amount of power, and
the battery manager is configured to reduce the UVP level of the battery in response to the reduced load power information.

US Pat. No. 10,391,877

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING COURTESY CHARGING STATION HAND-OFFS BETWEEN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE USERS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A charging system for an electrified vehicle, comprising:a battery pack;
a charging component in charging connection with the battery pack; and
a control module located on-board the electrified vehicle and being configured to:
receive an input from a mobile device associated with the electrified vehicle indicating that a charge hand-off feature is enabled; and
command the mobile device to broadcast a charging status message that facilitates a courtesy hand-off of a charging station component to another electrified vehicle user,
wherein the charging status message is broadcast from the mobile device to a second, different mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,391,873

MOBILE ENERGY STORAGE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENERGY TO A CONSUMER

Volkswagen AG

1. A mobile energy store located on a transportation vehicle, the mobile energy store comprising:a storage battery configured to store energy and be charged at a first charging station;
a receiving device configured to receive a request signal transmitted from a requesting load, the request signal including at least information about a location of the requesting load that is distant from the first charging station;
a coupler configured to be connected to the requesting load for transferring energy from the storage battery to the requesting load; and
a drive device configured to (i) move the mobile energy store autonomously in the public road traffic from the first charging station to the requesting load based on the request signal and (ii) move the mobile energy store autonomously in the public road traffic from the first charging station to a second charging station in response to determination that a second demand for energy at the second charging station is greater than a first demand for energy at the first charging station,
wherein the first demand indicates energy demanded in a first region that is assigned to the first charging station, and the second demand indicates energy demanded in a second region that is assigned to the second charging station.

US Pat. No. 10,391,866

ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically-driven vehicle configured to be connected to a power feeding device on the outside of the electrically-driven vehicle, the electrically-driven vehicle comprising:a rotary electric machine;
an electric power storage device configured to store electric power that is used to drive the rotary electric machine;
a communication device configured to communicate with a server on the outside of the electrically-driven vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to control external charging in which the electric power storage device is charged by using the electric power that is supplied from the power feeding device,
the electronic control unit being configured to acquire information from the server, the information indicating a degree of tightness of electricity supply-demand balance at a destination of the electrically-driven vehicle, and
the electronic control unit being configured to prohibit execution of charging promotion control for urging a user to perform the external charging at the destination when the acquired information indicates that the degree of the tightness is higher than a reference level.

US Pat. No. 10,391,865

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM COMPRISING A CIRCUIT FOR DETECTING AN ELECTRICAL INSULATION FAULT

Renault S.A.S., Boulogne...

1. An apparatus comprising an electrical system, wherein said electrical system comprises first and second terminals and a detection circuit, wherein said first and second terminals are configured to connect to an onboard power source that maintains a voltage between said first and second terminals, wherein said detection circuit detects an insulation fault between said onboard power source and a vehicle body that forms a floating electrical ground, wherein said insulation fault corresponds to an abnormal value of an insulation resistance between said vehicle body and a point on said onboard power source, wherein said detection circuit comprises a programmable voltage-generator, a current-measurement device, and a control unit, wherein said programmable voltage-generator connects to said vehicle body and a first terminal wherein said programmable voltage-generator biases said vehicle body and said first terminal at different potentials, wherein said current-measurement device measures an incoming current into said first terminal and an outgoing current across said a point on said onboard power source, wherein said current flows through said insulation resistance, and wherein said control unit controls application, by said programmable voltage-generator, of at least one non-zero voltage value between said vehicle body and said first terminal, acquires a value of said current measured by said current-measurement device for each value of voltage applied, and calculates a value of said insulation resistance based at least in part on said measured value of said current.

US Pat. No. 10,391,863

ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically driven vehicle, comprising:a motor configured to input and output a power for driving;
an inverter configured to drive the motor;
a power storage device configured to supply electric power to the inverter; and
a control device configured to shut down the inverter in response to detection of a short circuit fault of the inverter, wherein
when ignition is on, a shift position is a neutral position, and shut-down of the inverter is cancelled in a state that a short circuit fault occurs in any phase among multiple phases of the inverter, the control device performs a first ON control to turn on upper and lower arms in any arbitrary phase among the multiple phases, and
when an abnormality is detected in the inverter due to the first ON control, the control device performs a second ON control to turn on upper and lower arms in a different phase from the phase of the first ON control.

US Pat. No. 10,391,862

HEAD-UP DISPLAY COVER MEMBER AND DISPLAY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A head-up display cover member that covers from an upper side an image generation unit for generating an image viewed as a virtual image on a front side of a user, the cover member comprising:an upper wall;
a first transmissive member that transmits a light beam including the image generated by the image generation unit; and
a second transmissive member that is disposed on a rear side of the first transmissive member and transmits the light beam including the image generated by the image generation unit, wherein
the first transmissive member and the second transmissive member are disposed within a same opening formed in the upper wall,
the first transmissive member is shaped to face upward from a front end to a rear end,
the second transmissive member is shaped to face upward from a front end to a rear end, and
an angle defined by a slope at the rear end of the first transmissive member with respect to a front-rear direction is set to be larger than an angle defined by a slope at the front end of the second transmissive member with respect to the front-rear direction, or the rear end of the first transmissive member is offset to an upper side of the front end of the second transmissive member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,858

ACTIVE AIR FLAP ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED SEALING PERFORMANCE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An active air flap assembly with improved sealing performance, comprising:a plurality of flaps operated by an actuator for selectively opening and selectively closing a radiator grill installed at a front side of a vehicle;
a fixed shroud surrounding an outside of the plurality of flaps such that air passing through the radiator grill flows towards the plurality of flaps, the plurality of flaps being fixed to the fixed shroud; and
a movable shroud slidably installed on the fixed shroud in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, wherein the movable shroud, which is connected to the plurality of flaps through an interlocking device, is configured to slide toward the front side of the vehicle from the fixed shroud by the interlocking device when the plurality of flaps are rotated to close the radiator grill and is configured to slide toward a rear side of the vehicle from the fixed shroud by the interlocking device when the plurality of flaps are rotated to open the radiator grill.

US Pat. No. 10,391,854

DRIVE AND COOLING SYSTEM FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A power and cooling system for a vehicle having a prime mover disposed on a frame, an output shaft driven by the prime mover, a pair of driven wheels and a plurality of electronic components disposed on the vehicle, the power and cooling system comprising:a first hydraulic motor and a second hydraulic motor disposed on the vehicle, the first hydraulic motor and the second hydraulic motor each being connected to and driving one of the pair of driven wheels;
a generator driven by the prime mover and comprising a generator housing disposed on the vehicle;
a first circulating pump assembly engaged to the generator housing and driven by the prime mover;
a coolant reservoir connected to the first circulating pump assembly, the first circulating pump assembly providing coolant fluid to at least one of the plurality of electronic components; and
a first hydraulic pump disposed on the vehicle and engaged to the first hydraulic motor, and a second hydraulic pump disposed on the vehicle and engaged to the second hydraulic motor, wherein the first hydraulic pump comprises:
a first input shaft driving a first pump cylinder block located in a first pump housing; and
a second circulating pump assembly engaged to the first pump housing and driven by the first input shaft, and the second circulating pump assembly provides coolant fluid to at least one of the plurality of electronic components.

US Pat. No. 10,391,852

AXLE PROVIDED WITH A HYBRID DRIVE MODULE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A powertrain provided with a combustion engine, a front drive axle, a longitudinal drive shaft, and a rear drive axle, whereby the combustion engine is connected to the front drive axle, the longitudinal drive shaft, and the rear drive axle, such that the combustion engine can be in drive connection with the front drive axle, the longitudinal drive shaft, and the rear drive axle, wherein the rear drive axle is provided with a hybrid drive module, comprising:at least one drive source; and
a transfer gear set,
wherein the transfer gear set comprises:
an input;
an output; and
a first connection clutch provided operatively in between the input and the output,
whereby the output of the transfer gear set is adapted to be in drive connection with the rear drive axle,
wherein the longitudinal drive shaft is provided with a second connection clutch,
wherein the first connection clutch and the second connection clutch are hydraulically controlled and are connected to a same hydraulic circuit, and
wherein said hybrid drive module further comprises an electric motor and a flywheel operable as independent drive sources, each being independent from the combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,391,851

TRANSMISSION UNIT, POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A transmission unit for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of input shafts, each of the input shafts having a shift driving gear thereon;
a plurality of output shafts, wherein each of the output shafts has a shift driven gear configured to mesh with a corresponding shift driving gear;
a motor power output gear disposed on one of the output shafts;
a motor power shaft;
a first motor power shaft gear disposed on the motor power shaft and configured to rotate together with one of the shift driving gears;
a second motor power shaft gear disposed on the motor power shaft and configured to rotate together with the motor power output gear;
an output idler gear fitted over the motor power shaft; and
an output idler gear synchronizer disposed on the motor power shaft and configured to engage with the output idler gear.

US Pat. No. 10,391,850

MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE AND A CLUTCH ACTUATING DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An assembly (10) for a motor vehicle, the assembly (10) comprising:an electric machine having:
a machine housing (16),
a rotor (18), and
a stator (20); and
a clutch actuating device (14) having a pressure medium cylinder (34),
wherein the stator (20) includes a stator carrier (22) having a fluid cooling jacket (26), the fluid cooling jacket (26) comprising an annular space (24), a fluid inlet (28), and a fluid outlet (30) spaced apart from the fluid inlet (28),
wherein the stator (20) encloses a central receiving space (32) in which the pressure medium cylinder (34) of the clutch actuating device (14) is arranged,
wherein the pressure medium cylinder (34) has a pressure medium inlet (36) arranged inside an axial extension of the stator carrier (22) and which is fluidically connectable with a pressure source via a pressure medium channel (38) extending from the machine housing (16), and
wherein the pressure medium channel (38) is constructed at least partially in a wall portion (40) of the stator carrier (22) adjoining the central receiving space (32).

US Pat. No. 10,391,848

ENGINE MOUNTING STRUCTURE

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, Sh...

1. An engine mounting structure for a cab-over type vehicle, in which an engine is mounted on a pair of left and right chassis frames extending in a front and rear direction of a vehicle body and a cab is disposed above the engine,wherein an exhaust system is connected to one of left and right side surfaces of the engine, and
wherein the engine is mounted on the chassis frames in a state of being inclined at a predetermined angle such that the one side surface faces obliquely upward, the engine mounting structure comprising:
a first bracket configured to support a first side of the engine on a first chassis frame via a first mount member; and
a second bracket configured to support a second side of the engine on a second chassis frame via a second mount member,
wherein the first bracket comprises a first plate portion attached to the first mount member and a second plate portion attached to the first side of the engine, the first plate portion and the second plate portion forming an obtuse angle,
wherein the second bracket comprises a third plate portion attached to the second mount member and a fourth plate portion attached to the first side of the engine, the third plate portion and the fourth plate portion forming an acute angle, and
wherein a supercharger and an after-treatment device are disposed on the first side of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,391,845

DOOR ASSEMBLY STABILITY SYSTEMS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

1. A door assembly system for public transportation, comprising:a public transportation vehicle having an outer shell and an inner passenger compartment;
at least one door having an outer surface, an inner surface, a top, a bottom and two sides, wherein the door slides to open so that passengers can enter or exit the inner passenger compartment;
at least one connection point that is coupled to the top of the at least one door and mechanically directs the at least one door to open or to close;
a C-shaped rail, wherein the rail is coupled to the outer shell of the vehicle and wherein the rail is located approximately half of the height between the top and the bottom of the at least one door; and
a coupling component that is coupled to the inner surface of the door and is designed to mate with or engage with the C-shaped rail in a slideable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,391,844

VEHICLE DISPLAY SCREEN SAFETY AND PRIVACY SYSTEM

15. A method for improving safety while providing privacy for a vehicle having a rear window and a display screen located at a display screen location, the method comprising:detecting, by an outside sensor, spatial data associated with an outside viewer located outside of the vehicle;
determining, by an electronic control unit (ECU), whether the display screen is powered on;
determining an outside viewer location based on the spatial data when the display screen is powered on;
determining, by the ECU, a viewing region of the window through which the outside viewer views the display screen based on the display screen location and the outside viewer location; and
setting, by the ECU, the viewing region of the window to the opaque state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,842

AUTOMATICALLY DEPLOYABLE VEHICLE SHADE SYSTEM

1. A computing system for a vehicle, the 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, wherein the one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to:construct a virtual straight line connecting a predetermined location within a vehicle with a light source external to the vehicle;
determine spatial coordinates of locations on a plane defining at least one vehicle window;
determine if the virtual straight line passes through the at least one vehicle window, by determining if spatial coordinates of any location on the plane defining the at least one vehicle window coincide with spatial coordinates of any point on the virtual straight line;
if the virtual straight line passes through the at least one vehicle window, determine if the virtual straight line will pass through any deployable vehicle shade if the deployable vehicle shade is deployed; and
if the virtual straight line will pass through any deployable vehicle shade if the shade is deployed and the shade through which the virtual straight line will pass is not already deployed, operate the vehicle so as to deploy the deployable vehicle shade through which the virtual straight line will pass if the shade is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,841

CABIN AIR FILTER AND FILTER ASSEMBLY

1. A cabin air filter, comprising:a filter medium;
a filter element frame framing the filter medium and configured to attach the cabin air filter to a filter housing;
the filter element frame including
two longitudinal profiles arranged parallel to each other; and
two transverse profiles arranged parallel to each other and arranged perpendicular to the two longitudinal profiles,
at least one engagement element configured to engage pivotably at least one receiving element of the filter housing for pivoting the cabin air filter relative to the filter housing about a pivot axis;
wherein the at least one engagement element is provided on one of the transverse profiles;
wherein the at least one engagement element is a guide element and the at least one receiving element is a guide recess;
the filter element frame further including
at least one snap hook configured to lock with at least one locking means of the filter housing for blocking a pivoting action of the cabin air filter relative to the filter housing at least in a first direction about the pivot axis;
wherein two of the at least one engagement element are provided,
wherein each one of the two transverse profiles is provided with one of the two engagement elements.

US Pat. No. 10,391,839

REFRIGERATION CYCLE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A refrigeration cycle device, comprising:a compressor that includes a suction port and a discharge port, the compressor sucking in refrigerant from the suction port, compresses the refrigerant, and then discharges the compressed refrigerant from the discharge port;
a heat dissipater, the refrigerant which flowed out from the compressor flowing into the heat dissipater, the heat dissipater dissipating heat held by the refrigerant to ventilation air toward an air conditioning target space;
an exterior heat exchanger, the refrigerant that flowed out from the compressor flowing into the exterior heat exchanger, the exterior heat exchanger exchanging heat between the refrigerant and outside air;
a pre-exterior device switching unit disposed in a refrigerant passage from the compressor to the exterior heat exchanger, the pre-exterior device switching unit being switched between an opening side switching state that guides the refrigerant to flow from the compressor to the exterior heat exchanger, and a decompression side switching state that guides the refrigerant to flow from the compressor to the heat dissipater and guides the refrigerant, which is decompressed to a greater degree than in the open side switching state after flowing out from the heat dissipater, to flow to the exterior heat exchanger;
a pre-evaporator decompression unit that decompresses the refrigerant which flowed out from the exterior heat exchanger;
an evaporator that exchanges heat between the refrigerant which flowed out from the pre-evaporator decompression unit and the ventilation air to evaporate the refrigerant;
an evaporator passage that guides the refrigerant which flowed out from the exterior heat exchanger to the suction port of the compressor while passing through the pre-evaporator decompression unit and the evaporator;
a bypass passage that guides the refrigerant which flowed out from the exterior heat exchanger to the suction port of the compressor while bypassing the pre-evaporator decompression unit and the evaporator;
a passage switching unit that opens and closes the bypass passage, the passage switching unit being set in a non-bypass state that closes the bypass passage while the evaporator passage is open, and being set in a bypass state that opens the bypass passage while the evaporator passage is closed, wherein
the pre-exterior device switching unit and the passage switching unit form a coupled valve where the pre-exterior device switching unit and the passage switching unit are mechanically coupled, and
in the coupled valve, the passage switching unit is set in the non-bypass state together with the pre-exterior device switching unit being switched to the opening side switching state, and the passage switching unit is set in the bypass state together with the pre-exterior device switching unit being switched to the decompression side switching state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,837

HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRUCK CABS

Tiger Tool International ...

1. A vehicle heating and cooling system for a vehicle comprising a vehicle battery, the vehicle heating and cooling system comprising:an interior system;
a compressor system;
a primary working fluid configured to flow between the interior system and the compressor system;
an auxiliary heating system comprising
an auxiliary heat exchanger comprising at least one resistive-type heating element, where the auxiliary heat exchanger is operatively configured to transfer heat to the primary working fluid, and
a voltage controller operatively connected between the vehicle battery and the at least one resistive-type heating element to control flow of electricity from the battery to the at least one resistive-type heating element to generate heat; and
at least one valve assembly configured to operate in
a cooling mode in which the primary working fluid transfers heat from the interior system to the compressor system,
a standard heating mode in which in which the primary working fluid transfers heat from the compressor system to the interior system and the auxiliary heating system does not transfer heat to the primary working fluid, and
an augmented heating mode in which the auxiliary heating system transfers heat from the at least one resistive-type heating element to the primary working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,835

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-ICING A HEAT PUMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

9. A method for operating a vehicle heat pump, comprising:receiving vehicle heat pump sensor data to a controller;
operating the vehicle heat pump in a heating mode and transferring heat from the vehicle heat pump to engine coolant in the heating mode;
judging a presence of exterior heat exchanger icing in a refrigerant circuit via the controller while operating the vehicle heat pump in the heating mode;
activating an engine in a coolant circuit and operating the vehicle heat pump in a cooling mode via the controller in response to judging the presence of exterior heat exchanger icing, where the engine is activated after the vehicle heat pump is operated in a de-icing mode in response to the judging of the presence of exterior heat exchanger icing, where refrigerant is not sent to an only one single internal heat exchanger of the refrigerant circuit while operating the vehicle heat pump in the de-icing mode, and where the vehicle heat pump includes an actual total of one internal heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,391,834

AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner, comprising:a pump adapted to draw and discharge a heat medium;
a first heat exchanger that cools or heats the heat medium so as to adjust a temperature of the heat medium;
a second heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the heat medium having the temperature adjusted by the first heat exchanger and ventilation air to be blown into a space to be air-conditioned;
a heat transfer portion having a flow path through which the heat medium circulates, the heat transfer portion being adapted to transfer heat with the heat medium having the temperature adjusted by the first heat exchanger;
a large-inner-diameter pipe that forms a heat-medium flow path between the first heat exchanger and the heat transfer portion;
a small-inner-diameter pipe that forms a heat-medium flow path between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, the small-inner-diameter pipe having an inner diameter smaller than that of the large-inner-diameter pipe;
a parallel pipe forming a heat-medium flow path between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger, the parallel pipe being disposed in parallel with at least a part of the small-inner-diameter pipe, the parallel pipe having an inner diameter larger than that of the small-inner-diameter pipe; and
a flow-path switching valve configured to switch between a first state in which the heat medium circulating through the second heat exchanger flows through the parallel pipe, and a second state in which the heat medium circulating through the second heat exchanger does not flow through the parallel pipe but flows through the small-inner diameter pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,391,831

COMBINED HEAT EXCHANGER MODULE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A combined heat exchanger module comprising:an upper tank configured for introducing a cooling water into the combined heat exchanger module,
a lower tank configured for discharging the cooling water from the combined heat exchanger module;
first heat radiating channels, each having an upper end connected with the upper tank and a lower end connected with the lower tank, wherein each of the first heat radiating channels is formed with a flat tube shape through which the cooling water flows, and Wherein the first heat radiating channels are arranged in planes parallel to a direction of air flow;
second heat radiating channels, each having an upper end connected with the upper tank and a lower end connected with the lower tank, Wherein each of the second heat radiating channels is formed with a flat tube shape through which the cooling water flows, wherein the second heat radiating channels are arranged in planes parallel to the direction of the air flow; and
a plurality of thermoelectric elements, each having a first surface in surface contact with the second heat radiating channels and a second surface exposed to air,
wherein the plurality of thermoelectric elements are arranged in series along a direction parallel to a straight line connecting the upper tank and the lower tank, and are connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,826

GANGWAY FOR CONNECTING A FIRST CAR WITH A SECOND CAR

Dellner Couplers AB, Fal...

1. A gangway for connecting cars of a multi-car vehicle, comprising:a first hoop at a first end of the gangway, configured to be connected to a first car;
a second hoop at a second end of the gangway, opposite to the first end, configured to be connected to a second car;
a support beam;
a third hoop and a fourth hoop, resting on the support beam, and intermediate the first hoop and the second hoop;
wherein each of the hoops has a generally rectangular shape and envelopes an area large enough for a passenger to pass through;
a connection element elastically connecting the third hoop and the fourth hoop into a predetermined orientation relative to each other; and
a floor supported on the hoops.

US Pat. No. 10,391,821

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion which is provided with tread grooves defining a tread pattern and which has an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge which are intended to be positioned away from the center of a vehicle body and close to the center of the vehicle body, respectively,
wherein the tread grooves include an outboard shoulder main groove and an outboard crown main groove which are disposed on the outboard tread edge side of the tire equator and extend zigzag continuously in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the outboard shoulder main groove is composed of alternate long groove segments and short groove segments which are inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the outboard tread edge toward one side in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the long groove segments are inclined at an angle ?a with respect to the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the short groove segments are inclined at an angle ?b with respect to the tire circumferential direction which is larger than the angle ?a of the first groove segments,
wherein groove widths of the long groove segments gradually increase toward the outboard tread edge,
wherein the outboard crown main groove is composed of alternate first groove segments and second groove segments, wherein the first groove segments are inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the inboard tread edge toward one side in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the second groove segments are inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the outboard tread edge toward one side in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the tread grooves include outboard middle lateral grooves extending from the outboard crown main groove to the outboard shoulder main groove so as to be linearly continued to the respective short groove segments of the outboard shoulder main groove,
wherein the tread grooves include secondary middle lateral grooves which are alternated with the outboard middle lateral grooves so as to not be linearly continued with the short groove segments of the outboard shoulder main groove and extend from the outboard crown main groove to the outboard shoulder main groove,
wherein groove widths of the secondary middle lateral grooves gradually increase toward the outboard tread edge,
wherein the tread grooves include outboard shoulder lateral grooves extending from the outboard shoulder main groove towards the outboard tread edge, and
wherein the outboard shoulder lateral grooves are linearly continued to the respective secondary middle lateral grooves through the outboard shoulder main groove.

US Pat. No. 10,391,820

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga carcass, a belt and a narrow groove formed on a tread surface, the narrow groove extending in a direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction and having a groove width smaller than a groove depth,
the narrow groove opening at both ends thereof to the outside of a land portion,
the narrow groove having an air inflow part formed on at least one of the groove walls facing each other in the tire circumferential direction, the air inflow part opening only to the tread and the narrow groove,
wherein the belt includes first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth belt layers arranged in the stated order from an inside to outside in a tire radial direction,
wherein in a tire width direction, each of the first and second belt layers has a width measured along the tire width direction defined to be 25% or more and 70% or less of a tread width, each of the third and fourth belt layers has a width defined to be 55% or more and 90% or less of the tread width, and each of the fifth and sixth belt layers has a width defined to be 60% or more and 110% or less of the tread width,
wherein belt cords of the first and second belt layer are inclined at an angle of 70° or more and 85° or less with respect to a carcass cord, belt cords of the third and fourth belt layers are inclined at an angle of 50° or more and 75° or less with respect to the carcass cord, and belt cords of the fifth and sixth belt layers are inclined at an angle of 50° or more and 70° or less with respect to the carcass cord,
wherein the narrow groove has a maximum depth D1 and the air inflow part has a maximum depth D2, the D1 and the D2 satisfying:
5 wherein the air inflow part has a length of 5 mm or more along the longitudinal direction of the narrow groove and ½ or less of a length of the narrow groove along the longitudinal direction, and
wherein the air inflow part has a side profile in section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the narrow groove in which the depth of the air inflow part continuously increases from a point located on the tread surface to a point located on the groove wall of the narrow groove.

US Pat. No. 10,391,819

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

2. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending zigzag shoulder main groove located adjacent to a tread edge to define a shoulder portion axially outward of the shoulder main groove and central lateral grooves extending axially inwardly from the shoulder main groove,
wherein the shoulder portion comprises a top surface having an axially inner edge facing the shoulder main groove and a sidewall extending radially inwardly from the inner edge, the sidewall of the shoulder portion being provided with shoulder dent portions dented axially outwardly from the shoulder main groove,
wherein the central lateral grooves are located so that an extended portion in which each of the central lateral grooves is extended axially outwardly overlaps with a respective one of the shoulder dent portions at least partially,
wherein an axial distance from a tire equator to an axially outer end of each of the shoulder dent portions is in a range of from 0.55 to 0.66 times a tread half width which is an axial distance from the tire equator to the tread edge,
wherein the tread portion further comprises a central portion located axially inward of the shoulder main groove, the central portion comprises a top surface having an axially outer edge facing the shoulder main groove and a sidewall extending radially inwardly from the outer edge,
wherein the sidewall of the central portion is provided with central dent portions dented axially inwardly from the shoulder main groove,
wherein the central dent portions and the shoulder dent portions are arranged alternately in a circumferential direction of the tire,
wherein the shoulder main groove comprises a first inclined element inclined with respect to the circumferential direction of the tire and a second inclined element inclined in an opposite direction to the first inclined element,
wherein the shoulder portion further comprises a second dent portion dented axially outwardly from the shoulder main groove,
wherein the second dent portion at least partially overlaps with an extended portion in which the first inclined element is extended in a longitudinal direction thereof, and
wherein the second dent portion comprises a bottom provided with a sipe having a width in a range of from 0.5 to 1.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,391,818

PNEUMATIC TIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a tread portion and tire side regions, the tread portion having an asymmetrical tread pattern and a pair of tread halves, the tread halves extending between a tire equatorial plane and respective outer ends in the tire width direction of the tread portion, respectively, and having different negative ratios,wherein the tread portion has short fibers fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tread portion, and the short fibers are situated only in one of the tread halves with a lower negative ratio, and the tread half with a lower negative ratio has a short-fiber fixation area ratio of 50% or more, and
wherein short fibers are also fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tire side regions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,816

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a belt layer arranged between a carcass and a tread portion,wherein the belt layer comprises
a first main working belt,
a second main working belt arranged at an outer side of the first main working belt in a tire-radial direction, the second main working belt having a cord angle different from a cord angle of the first main working belt in a direction with respect to a tire-circumferential direction, and
a reinforcement belt,
a cord angle of the reinforcement belt is not smaller than 6 degrees and not larger than 9 degrees, and is smaller than a cord angle of the first main working belt and the second main working belt,
a width of the reinforcement belt is equal to or wider than 50% of a tire-section width and not wider than a width of a narrower one of the first and second main working belts,
when a perpendicular line extending from a groove bottom center of a shoulder main groove, which is a most outwardly located groove of main grooves in a tire-width direction, to the reinforcement belt is set, and an intersection of the perpendicular line and an upper surface of the reinforcement belt is set as an origin so that an outer side and an inner side in the tire-width direction are respectively defined as positive and negative, a ratio of a dimension from the origin to an end portion of the reinforcement belt to a half width of the reinforcement belt is not smaller than ?0.07 and not larger than 0.11, and
wherein a ratio of a distance from a groove bottom of the shoulder main groove to the upper surface of the reinforcement belt to a distance from a lower surface of the reinforcement belt to an inner surface of the tire on the perpendicular line is not smaller than 0.9 and not larger than 1.4.

US Pat. No. 10,391,814

AUTOMOTIVE SAFEY DEVICE

Measurement Ltd., Grand ...

1. An automotive safety device comprising:a housing including a first light source; and
a support assembly removably mountable to the housing, the support assembly comprising:
a unitary support base configured for mounting to the housing in a first configuration having a first orientation with respect to the housing and in a second configuration having a second orientation with respect to the housing; and
a plurality of support members movably attached to the support base and moveable between a first position and a second position, each of the plurality of support members being arranged adjacent to an outer surface of the housing in the first position when the support base is mounted to the housing in the first configuration, and each of the plurality of support members extending outward from the housing in the second position when the support base is mounted to the housing in the second configuration, whereby the support assembly defines a freestanding support structure when the support base is mounted to the housing in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,813

MULTIPLE CHAMBER PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire having a gas receiving fitting configured to receive a supply of pressurized gas, comprising:said receiving fitting in pneumatic communication with a plurality of chambers;
a plurality of valves, whereby, said plurality of chambers each having at least one valve;
said receiving fitting having a rod, said rod is in communication with at least one biasing mechanism, said rod is connected to a plurality of linkages, said plurality of linkages is connected to said plurality of valves, said at least one biasing mechanism positioning at least one linkage so that said at least one valve of said plurality of valves is biased in a closed orientation; and,
said rod is configured to open said at least one valve of said plurality of valves when said rod is depressed causing said at least one biasing mechanism to compress.

US Pat. No. 10,391,811

WRITING BOARD AND METHOD OF USE

1. A writing board system, comprising:a chalk writing device;
a dry-erase marker; and
a board, having:
a frame;
a base board to be supported within the frame;
a substrate configured to be secured to the base board; and
a thermosetting powder coating resin applied to the substrate, the thermosetting powder coating resin being composed of a compound;
a textured surface created by the thermosetting powder coating resin having a surface roughness greater than 0.8755 micrometer and less than 7.484 micrometer, thereby being adaptable for receiving chalk;
wherein the texture surface is suitable for writing on by the chalk writing device and the dry-erase marker because of the surface roughness; and
wherein any writing on the textured surface can be removed via a cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,391,808

PEN HOLDER

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A pen holding device configured to hold an electronic pen which has a first core that is elongated and is replaceable, the pen holder comprising:a casing having an electronic pen holder that is configured to hold the electronic pen in an erect state or a laid state; and
at least one refill core holder which is provided inside the casing and is configured to grasp a second core, which is a refill core for the electronic pen, in a direction different from a longitudinal direction of the electronic pen when the electronic pen holder holds the electronic pen in the erect state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,806

PERMANENT STAINING OF VARNISHED SECURITY DOCUMENTS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security document comprising:a substrate;
a protective varnish having a predetermined thickness covering from about 70% to 90% of a surface area of at least one side of the substrate; and
an unauthorized access identification area arranged in a remaining about 10% to about 30% of the surface area of the at least one side of the substrate, which comprises at least one staining ink retention zone having either no protective varnish or a layer of the protective varnish having a thickness less than the predetermined thickness,
wherein the unauthorized access identification area is configured so that, in the event of a staining ink coming into contact with the at least one staining ink retention zone, the at least one staining ink retention zone permanently and irreversibly retains the staining ink as an indicator of an unauthorized access to the security document,
wherein the at least one staining rink retention zone has a shape of lines of guilloches, and
wherein the at least one staining ink retention zone has a linewidth between about 100 microns and about 1000 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,391,802

RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording method comprising:adhering an ink composition including a pigment colorant to a recording medium to color the recording medium; and
adhering a reaction liquid to the recording medium, the reaction liquid containing water and a reagent for aggregating or thickening components of the ink composition, and having a pH of 7 to 10,
wherein the reaction liquid does not include a colorant to color the recording medium,
the reagent is a multivalent metal salt and a sulfate salt,
the reaction liquid includes a pH adjuster that adjusts the pH of the reaction liquid from a pH that is acidic to a pH that is in a range of neutral to alkaline, and
in the adhering of the reaction liquid, an epoxy-based adhesive is used for at least a portion of a reaction liquid passage for supplying the reaction liquid to an ink jet head, and a member in contact with the reaction liquid in the ink jet head, and the reaction liquid is discharged from the ink jet head so as to adhere to the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,800

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a first head unit;
a second head unit disposed adjacent to the first head unit in a first direction; and
a heat uniforming unit shared by the first head unit and the second head unit,
the first head unit and the second head unit each comprising:
a unit body comprising an actuator configured to cause ejection of liquid from a plurality of nozzles;
a first driver integrated circuit disposed on a first side of the unit body in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the first driver integrated circuit being configured to drive the actuator, the first side and a second side being opposite sides of the first head unit in the second direction, and
a second driver integrated circuit disposed on the second side of the unit body in the second direction and configured to drive the actuator,
the heat uniforming unit comprising:
a first heat uniforming member disposed on the first side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction and is in thermal contact with the first driver integrated circuit; and
a second heat uniforming member disposed on the second side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction and is in thermal contact with the second driver integrated circuit,
the first heat uniforming member and the second heat uniforming member being different members independent of each other, and
the first heat uniforming member and the second heat uniforming member being in thermal contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,799

INKJET PRINTER AND INKJET PRINT HEAD

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:one or a plurality of heads including actuators that cause an ink to be ejected;
one or a plurality of drive signal generators, including a first electronic component and a second electronic component, that generate a drive signal that drives the actuators; and
a cooling device that cools at least the first electronic component and the second electronic component; wherein
the first electronic component generates a greater amount of heat than the second electronic component when generating the drive signal;
the cooling device includes:
a first heat sink including wall members, a first end, and a second end, the wall members including a first wall member and a second wall member each including an outer wall, the first heat sink having a tubular shape defined by the wall members and being open at the first end and the second end; and
a first cooling fan including an inner air blowing portion, disposed so as to face the first end of the first heat sink, and an outer air blowing portion, disposed outwardly relative to the inner air blowing portion, the first cooling fan directing air flow at least through an interior of the first heat sink and along the outer wall of the first wall member; wherein:
the first electronic component is in contact with the outer wall of the first wall member; and
the second electronic component is in contact with the outer wall of the second wall member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,798

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus which ejects liquid onto a medium, the liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a carriage which includes a control unit which controls driving of the entire liquid ejecting apparatus and which includes a control substrate, an ejecting unit which ejects the liquid, and a driving substrate which is connected to the control substrate and the ejecting unit, and drives the ejecting unit,
wherein the carriage is provided with a fixing unit which fixes a position of the driving substrate with respect to a position of the ejecting unit,
wherein the carriage is further provided with a load absorbing unit which absorbs a physical load with respect to the ejecting unit from the driving substrate side, the load absorbing unit being interposed between the electing unit and the driving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,797

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus which ejects liquid onto a medium, the liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a carriage which includes a control substrate configuring at least a part of a control unit which controls driving of the entire liquid ejecting apparatus, an ejecting unit which ejects the liquid, and a driving substrate which is connected to the control substrate and the ejecting unit, and drives the ejecting unit,
wherein the carriage is provided with a load absorbing unit which absorbs a physical load with respect to the ejecting unit from the driving substrate side, the load absorbing unit being interposed between the ejecting unit and the driving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,795

TARGET TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A target transport apparatus comprising:a transport unit that includes a plurality of pinching portions disposed at intervals along a width direction that intersects with a transport direction of a target, the transport unit imparting a transport force on the target by the plurality of pinching portions pinching the target at a plurality of pinched areas; and
a transport amount detection unit, disposed at a location downstream from the plurality of pinching portions in the transport direction within a boundary of a width of one of the plurality of pinching portions, wherein the transport amount detection unit detects an amount by which the target is transported, and
wherein the transport amount detection unit is configured to capture an image of a surface of the target at a location that corresponds to at least one of the pinched areas of the target along the transport direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,791

MEDIUM TRANSPORT UNIT, RECORDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium transporting mechanism comprising:an upstream route configured to transport a recorded medium that is recorded upon by a recording head configured to discharge droplets,
a first switchback route configured to switch back the recorded medium transported from the upstream route,
a first guide route configured to transport the recorded medium from the upstream route to the first switchback route,
a first upstream reversing route configured to reverse and transport the recorded medium switched back from the first switchback route, and
a downstream reversing route configured to continue reversing and transporting the recorded medium transported from the first upstream reversing route,
wherein the first switchback route extends in a first direction,
wherein the downstream reversing route extends in the first direction and then reverses and extends in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and
wherein the recorded medium is transported by the downstream reversing route, transported to a post-processing section that executes post-processing on the recorded medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,790

INKJET PRINTER, DYE PRINTING METHOD, AND INK

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An ink, comprising:a solvent;
particles of a thermoplastic resin dispersed in the solvent and including a dye; and
small particles of a thermoplastic resin dispersed in the solvent and having a particle diameter smaller than that of the particles, wherein
the small particles have a glass-transition point lower than that of the particles.

US Pat. No. 10,391,787

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a recording head including:
a first color ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which first ink of a first color is ejected towards a recording medium to form ink dots of the first ink of the first color on the recording medium;
a second color ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which first ink of a second color is ejected towards the recording medium to form ink dots of the first ink of the second color on the recording medium; and
a second ink ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which second ink is ejected towards the recording medium to form ink dots of the second ink on the recording medium;
a transporter to move the recording head and the recording medium with respect to each other; and
a controller connected with the recording head and the transporter to control the recording head and the transporter; wherein
the controller is configured or programmed to include:
a first extractor to extract a first underlying layer dot group from the ink dots of the first ink of the first color such that a ratio of the first underlying layer dot group with respect to the ink dots of the first ink of the first color is a first extraction ratio;
a second extractor to extract a second underlying layer dot group from the ink dots of the first ink of the second color such that a ratio of the second underlying layer dot group with respect to the ink dots of the first ink of the second color is a second extraction ratio;
a first printing controller configured or programmed to form a first printing layer, on the recording medium, of at least the first underlying layer dot group, the second underlying layer dot group and the ink dots of the second ink; and
at least one additional printing controller to form at least one additional printing layer, above or below the first printing layer, of an image dot group including at least the ink dots, of the first ink of the first color, other than the first underlying layer dot group and the ink dots, of the first ink of the second color, other than the second underlying layer dot group.

US Pat. No. 10,391,785

SHRINK-PRINT METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR DEFECTIVE PRINTING NOZZLES IN AN INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for detecting and compensating for defective printing nozzles in an inkjet printing machine, the method comprising the following steps:using a computer to shrink an image height of a digitally available image to an image height of a print control strip while leaving an image width uninfluenced;
printing the shrunk digital image onto a printing substrate;
using at least one image sensor to record the printed shrunk digital image;
using the computer to compare the recorded image with the shrunk digital image;
using the computer to detect defective printing nozzles for the digital image based on the comparison and compensating for the detected defective printing nozzles; and
printing the digital image by using defective printing nozzle compensation on a subsequent printing substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,784

CONCEALING MISSING NOZZLES

Kornit Digital Ltd., Ros...

1. Method for digital printing of a substrate with immobilization of the color printing ink, the method comprising:finding failed printing nozzles;
carrying out immobilization treatment over the substrate without using at least some of nozzles neighboring a failed printing nozzle; and
printing the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,777

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE HAVING INTERFERING SURFACE, AND SET OF THE PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A set of printing-fluid cartridges each configured to be inserted into a prescribed insertion space of a cartridge-attachment section in an insertion direction crossing a gravitational direction to be attached to the cartridge-attachment section in an attached posture, the set of printing-fluid cartridges comprising a first printing-fluid cartridge, a second printing-fluid cartridge and a third printing-fluid cartridge,wherein:
the first printing-fluid cartridge stores printing fluid of a first type and the second printing-fluid cartridge stores printing fluid of a second type different from the first type, the third printing-fluid cartridge storing printing fluid of a third type different from the first type and the second type;
each of the first printing-fluid cartridge, the second printing-fluid cartridge and the third printing-fluid cartridge comprising:
a housing defining a width in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction in the attached posture, the housing comprising:
a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid therein;
a front surface facing frontward in the insertion direction in the attached posture;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a removal direction opposite to the insertion direction in the attached posture, the rear surface facing rearward in the attached posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface in the insertion direction in the attached posture; and
an upper surface positioned between the front surface and the rear surface in the insertion direction, the upper surface being positioned upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward in the attached posture;
a supply portion provided at the front surface and having a supply hole, the printing fluid being configured to flow out of the storage chamber through the supply hole in the insertion direction in the attached posture;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface and facing upward in the attached posture; and
an interfering surface positioned upward relative to the storage chamber in the attached posture, the interfering surface extending in the widthwise direction in the attached posture, the interfering surface being positioned downward and frontward in the insertion direction relative to the electrical interface in the attached posture, the interfering surface being configured to abut against a projection provided at another insertion space different from the prescribed insertion space of the cartridge-attachment section during an insertion of the printing-fluid cartridge into the another insertion space,
the upper surface of each of the printing-fluid cartridges has a first outer edge and a second outer edge opposite to each other in the widthwise direction; and
the interfering surface of the first printing-fluid cartridge is positioned closer to the first outer edge in the widthwise direction than the interfering surface of the second printing-fluid cartridge is to the first outer edge in the widthwise direction,
each of the printing-fluid cartridges defines an imaginary plane passing through a center of the electrical interface in the widthwise direction and extending parallel to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction;
the first printing-fluid cartridge and the third printing-fluid cartridge are configured to be inserted respectively into a first insertion space and a third insertion space positioned opposite to each other with respect to a second insertion space in the widthwise direction, the second printing-fluid cartridge being configured to be inserted into the second insertion space;
the interfering surface of the second printing-fluid cartridge is positioned on the imaginary plane in the widthwise direction;
the interfering surface of the first printing-fluid cartridge is positioned offset from the imaginary plane toward the first outer edge in the widthwise direction; and
the interfering surface of the third printing-fluid cartridge is positioned offset from the imaginary plane toward the second outer edge in the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,774

TANK ARRANGEABLE IN LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank comprising:a liquid storing chamber which is configured to store liquid to be consumed in a liquid consuming apparatus;
a first wall expanding in a horizontal direction and in a direction having a vector component in an up-down direction, the liquid stored in the liquid storing chamber being visible, through the first wall, from outside of the liquid storing chamber;
a second wall including a supply port located above the first wall and being configured to supply the liquid to the liquid storing chamber therethrough;
a third wall defining a bottom of the liquid storing chamber; and
a fourth wall arranged in the liquid storing chamber,
wherein a first gap is formed between one of the first and second walls and at least a part of a first end in a first direction, of the fourth wall, which is located closely to the one of the first and second walls, the first direction being parallel to the first wall and parallel to the horizontal direction,
a second gap is formed between the third wall and at least a part of a second end in the first direction, of the fourth wall, which is located closely to the third wall, and
the first gap is formed over an entire area in the first direction of the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,773

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that has a nozzle configured to eject a liquid in a liquid ejecting direction and a plurality of surfaces including a nozzle surface in which the nozzle opens and a side surface that intersects the nozzle surface;
a wiping unit including a first wiping unit for wiping the nozzle surface in a wiping direction that the nozzle surface and the side surface extend and a second wiping unit for wiping the side surface in the wiping direction, the second wiping unit having a contact surface with a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being closer to the side surface than the second portion;
a moving mechanism configured to relatively move the wiping unit and the liquid ejecting head; and
a cleaning member including a cleaning section for cleaning the first wiping unit and the second wiping unit, wherein the cleaning section includes a cleaning surface that comes into contact with the contact surface when the cleaning section cleans the second wiping unit, and
wherein the cleaning surface is inclined to the contact surface as viewed from the liquid ejecting direction, the cleaning surface being configured to contact the first portion following the cleaning surface contacting the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,771

PRINT BAR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print bar, comprising:a reference element to align the print bar with a mounting structure of a printer;a flat elongate sheet metal portion with constant height whose length is larger than its width and whose width is larger than its height; anda plurality of plastic members detachably mounted to a mounting surface of the flat elongate sheet metal portion, the plurality of plastic members being spaced apart from each other in the length direction,
wherein the flat elongate sheet metal portion is a first flat elongate sheet metal portion and the print bar further comprises a second flat elongate sheet metal portion with constant height whose length is larger than its width and whose width is larger than its height, wherein the length directions of the first and the second sheet metal portions are parallel and where the width directions of the first and the second sheet metal portions are perpendicular.

US Pat. No. 10,391,770

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE UNIT, AND DEVICE OF DISCHARGING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge head comprisinga flow path substrate including an individual liquid chamber communicating with a nozzle of discharging liquid; and
a holding substrate joined to the flow path substrate by an adhesive bond and having an opening communicating with the individual liquid chamber, wherein
the opening of the holding substrate has a wall surface crossing relative to a joining surface between the flow path substrate and the holding substrate,
an uneven portion is provided on the wall surface of the opening of the holding substrate, the uneven portion extending along a first direction that is parallel with the joining surface of the holding substrate and being arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
a part of the adhesive bond adheres to the uneven portion on the wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,767

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page-wide type, comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an ejection port array including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting a liquid, each ejection port communicating with a pressure chamber including therein a recording element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid, and a liquid supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a flow path member on which the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged,
wherein the flow path member includes a plurality of common supply flow paths that are provided adjacently to each other as running along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head for supplying a liquid to the plurality of recording element substrates, and a plurality of individual supply flow paths that connect the liquid supply path of each recording element substrate to the common supply flow paths, and
the plurality of individual supply flow paths include portions running obliquely to a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, as viewed from an ejection port array surface having the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 10,391,766

PRINTER AND METHOD TO ACTIVATE PRINT NOZZLES

1. A method to active print nozzles of an inkjet printer including a print head having print nozzles and respective actuators associated with each of the print nozzles, the method comprising:generating, by an actuator of the respective actuators, one or more conveying pulses to eject respective droplets of ink from the respective print nozzle;
determining a time interval between two conveying pulses of the one or more conveying pulses of one of the print nozzles;
selectively activating the actuator with one or more intermediate pulses based on the determined time interval, the one or more intermediate pulses having an amplitude and/or a duration that is less than an amplitude and/or a duration of the one or more conveying pulses, wherein the one or more intermediate pulses are configured such that no ink is ejected from the respective print nozzle with the one or more intermediate pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,391,765

CONTROL CIRCUIT, INK-JET HEAD SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A control circuit comprising:a memory interface; and
a power interface,
wherein the control circuit is configured to:
read out identifiers and voltage values from a memory via the memory interface, the memory storing the identifiers and the voltage values associated with the identifiers, the identifiers identifying actuators for jetting liquid, the voltage values corresponding to values of voltages to be supplied to the actuators;
based on the read out voltage values, associate each of the read out identifiers with one of power circuits, the power circuits being different in output voltage, each of the power circuits being changeable in the output voltage;
detect a failure power circuit via the power interface communicated with the power circuits, the failure power circuit being included in the power circuits and having failure occurred therein; and
based on detection of the failure power circuit,
determine each of non-failure power circuits having the closest output voltage to the output voltage of the failure power circuit, the non-failure power circuits being included in the power circuits and having no failure occurred therein; and
associate specified identifiers, which are associated with the failure power circuit, with each of the determined non-failure power circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,391,758

SUSTAINABLE LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE

AGFA NV, Mortsel (BE)

1. A method of preparing a lithographic printing plate comprising the steps of:jetting liquid droplets onto a lithographic support to define a printing area that corresponds to a raster image; and
curing the jetted liquid droplets on the lithographic support to define a plurality of cured drops as the printing area; wherein
the raster image includes a section having a tone-value from 90% to 100%;
after the step of curing, the jetted liquid droplets in a portion of the printing area that corresponds to the section having the tone-value from 90% to 100% do not contact each other at a top of the jetted liquid droplets; and
when the section of the raster image has a tone-value of 100%, the portion of the printing area has a tone-value of no more than 98%.

US Pat. No. 10,391,757

DEVICE FOR FACILITATING REPETITIVE MANUFACTURE OF PARTS HAVING PRECISIONALLY POSITIONED COMPONENTS WITH A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer that enables repetitive manufacture of three-dimensionally printed objects having precisely positioned parts comprising:a support member configured to support a three-dimensional object to be formed by a three-dimensional object printer;
at least one positioning member mounted to the support member, the at least one positioning member being configured to hold a component at a predetermined position with reference to the support member and the at least one positioning member having a first positioning member mounted to the support member, the first positioning member being configured to hold a first optical lens at a first predetermined position with reference to the support member, and a second positioning member mounted to the support member, the second positioning member being configured to hold a second optical lens at a second predetermined position with reference to the support member, a distance between the first predetermined position and the second predetermined position corresponds to a focal length between the first optical lens and the second optical lens;
at least one printhead configured to eject drops of material towards the support member;
an actuator operatively connected to the at least one printhead; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one printhead and the actuator, the controller being configured to operate the actuator to move the at least one printhead over the support member and to operate the printhead to eject drops of material towards the support member to form the three-dimensional object about the first optical lens held by the first positioning member of the at least one positioning member and the second optical lens held by the second positioning member of the at least one positioning member to incorporate the first optical lens and the second optical lens within the three-dimensional object without adhering the three-dimensional object to the first positioning member and the second positioning member of the at least one positioning member after the three-dimensional object is formed about the first optical lens and the second optical lens.

US Pat. No. 10,391,756

PORTABLE 3D PRINTER

1. A portable 3D printer system comprising an upper surface plate (1) having a moving motor at an upper end of the portable 3D printer system and a lower surface plate (4) having an electronic circuit at a lower end of the portable 3D printer system with respect to a vertical support plate (2) provided with an up and down moving plate (3), comprising:a first rectangular support plate (12) which is formed on one end of the upper surface plate (1);
a second rectangular support plate (28) which is provided on an upper end of the vertical support plate (2);
a third rectangular support plate (29) which is provided on a lower end of the vertical support plate (2);
a fourth rectangular support plate (41) which is formed on one end of the lower surface plate (4);
an up and down rotation shaft (24) which is provided vertically on a middle of the vertical support plate (2);
the up and down moving plate (3) which moves up and down by the up and down rotation shaft (24);
a fifth rectangular support plate (31) which is provided on the up and down moving plate (3);
a sixth rectangular support plate (32) which is provided on one end of the fifth rectangular support plate (31), said sixth rectangular support plate (32) configured to be rotated upward on a rotation base shaft (33);
an upper surface protruding plate (11) which is protruding from the center of the first rectangular support plate (12);
an upper surface support (27) having a groove formed in the center of the second rectangular support plate (28) into which the upper surface protruding plate (11) is inserted;
a rotary shaft (6) which is provided so that the upper surface protruding plate (11) inserted between the upper surface support (27) rotates with respect to the upper surface support (27) on a rotation axis;
a lower surface protrusion (42) which is protruding from the middle of the fourth rectangular support plate (41);
a lower surface support (26), on a center of which a groove is formed so that the lower surface protrusion (42) is inserted; and
a rotation base shaft (7) which is provided such that the lower surface support (26) rotates with respect to the lower surface protruding portion (42) on a second rotation axis,
wherein, when the portable 3D printer system is in use, the upper surface plate (1) is rotated at the upper end of the vertical support (2) so that the first rectangular support plate (12) and the second rectangular support plate (28) are engaged with each other and thus are stably fixed at an inner angle of 90°, and the lower surface plate (4) is rotated at the lower end of the vertical support plate (2) so that the third rectangular support plate (29) and the fourth rectangular support plate (41) are engaged with each other and thus are stably fixed at an inner angle of 90°, and
when the portable 3D printer system is in a carry position, the portable 3D printer system is configured in a way such that the vertical support plate (2) and the up and down moving plate (3), and the upper surface plate (1) and the lower surface plate (4) are folded so that the upper surface plate (1) and the vertical support plate (2) are folded between the lower surface plate (4) and the up and down moving plate (3).

US Pat. No. 10,391,755

SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION MATERIAL SET, METHOD OF FABRICATING SOLID FREEFORM OBJECT, METHOD OF FABRICATING DENTAL PROSTHESIS, AND DEVICE FOR FABRICATING SOLID FREEFORM OBJECT

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A method of fabricating a solid freeform object, the method comprising:forming a layer of a material A comprising a polymerization initiator A, a polymerizable compound A, and at least one of an organic particle and an inorganic particle;
applying a material B comprising a polymerizable compound B to a predetermined area of the layer of material A such that a layer of a cured product of the material A and the material B is obtained; and
repeating the forming of the material A and the applying of the material B,
wherein both the material A and the material B are liquid, and
wherein a volume average particle diameter of the at least one of the organic particle and the inorganic particle of the material A is less than 1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,754

FORMING APPARATUS AND FORMING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A forming apparatus for forming a three-dimensional object, comprising:a discharge head that discharges a forming material;
a forming platform disposed at a position so as to face the discharge head, the forming platform being a member in a form of a table that supports the three-dimensional object currently formed;
a first direction scan driver that drives the discharge head to perform a first direction scan in which the discharge head, while discharging the forming material, moves relative to the forming platform in a first direction previously set; and
a material-accumulating direction driver that moves at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head in a material-accumulating direction to change a head-platform distance between the discharge head and the forming platform, the material-accumulating direction being a direction in which the forming material discharged from the discharge head is accumulated in layers,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head during the first direction scan so as to increase the head-platform distance;
wherein the forming apparatus further comprising:
a data storage which stores slice data, and
the slice data representing a cross-sectional shape of the three-dimensional object to be formed,
the data storage being capable of storing a plurality of pieces of the slice data that respectively represent cross-sectional shapes at different positions in the three-dimensional object in the material-accumulating direction,
the first direction scan driver being configured to drive the discharge head to perform a plurality of the first direction scans at the same position in the three-dimensional object currently formed based on a respective one of the pieces of the slice data,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head so as to increase the head-platform distance at least at any one of timings during the plurality of the first direction scans performed at the same position based on one of the pieces of the slice data.

US Pat. No. 10,391,753

METHODS AND KEYWAY SUPPORTS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

16. A method for fabricating an object, comprising:(a) irradiating a layer of powder in a powder bed to form a fused region;
(b) providing a subsequent layer of powder over the powder bed by passing a recoater arm over the powder bed from a first side of the powder bed;
(c) repeating steps (a) and (b) until the object and at least one support structure is formed in the powder bed, wherein the at least one support structure and the object have a first orientation, wherein the object comprises a cavity having an outlet, and wherein the at least one support structure is positioned within the cavity;
(d) rotating the support structure to a second orientation, wherein the rotating the support structure comprises rotating the support structure approximately 90 degrees; and
(e) removing the support structure from the object by passing the support structure through the outlet of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,391,752

FILM STRIPPING DEVICE AND FILM STRIPPING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A film stripping device, comprising:a bearing platform, including a bearing surface; the bearing surface being configured to bear a plurality of film layers which include a film to be stripped off; the film to be stripped off being a film in the plurality of film layers away from the bearing surface;
an absorbing member, disposed above the bearing platform, including a plurality of first absorbing holes, and being configured to absorb the film to be stripped off, wherein the absorbing member is an absorbing member capable of rotating on an axis; and
at least two gas paths,
wherein the plurality of first absorbing holes are divided into at least two groups; each group of first absorbing holes are connected with one gas path; the gas paths are configured to provide negative pressure for each group of first absorbing holes; and the first absorbing holes belonging to one group and the first absorbing holes belonging to the other group are alternately arranged along an axial direction of the absorbing member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,746

FLEXIBLE GLASS LAMINATE STRUCTURES FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A flexible glass laminate structure comprising:a flexible glass layer comprising a flexible glass substrate having a thickness of no more than 0.3 mm; and
a property control layer laminated to the flexible glass layer;
wherein the property control layer has an effective stiffness to unit area weight ratio of between about 0.03 Nm3/kg and about 0.4 Nm3/kg; and
wherein a neutral axis of the flexible glass laminate structure is located outside the flexible glass layer when the flexible glass layer is in a compressive bend configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,741

LAMINATED CORE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING SHEET METAL PARTS TO FORM A LAMINATED CORE

voestalpine Stahl GmbH, ...

1. A method for connecting sheet metal parts to form a laminated core, comprising:separating sheet metal parts from a sheet metal strip having an at least regional curable polymer adhesive layer;
positioning the sheet metal parts one above the other, with adhesive-coated sides toward one another;
providing a mixture including water and a thermoplastic and/or cross-linkable adhesion promoter on at least one of the adhesive layers facing one another;
drying mixture; and
after drying the mixture, connecting the sheet metal parts to form a laminated core under pressure in a materially bonded fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,739

BI-COMPONENT FIBER AND FABRICS MADE THEREFROM

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A bi-component fiber comprising:from 5 to 95 percent by weight of a first component comprising at least one or more first polymers, based on the total weight of the bi-component fiber;
from 5 to 95 percent by weight of a second component comprising at least an ethylene-based polymer composition, based on the total weight of the bicomponent fiber, wherein said ethylene-based polymer composition comprises;
at least 70 percent by weight of the units derived from ethylene; and
less than 30 percent by weight of units derived from one or more ?-olefin comonomers; and
wherein said ethylene-based polymer composition is characterized by having a Comonomer Distribution Constant in the range of from 135 to 200, a vinyl unsaturation of less than 0.1 vinyls per one thousand carbon atoms present in the backbone of the ethylene-based polymer composition; a zero shear viscosity ratio (ZSVR) in the range from 1.3 to less than 2; a density in the range of 0.920 to 0.970 g/cm3, a melt index (I2) in the range of from 10 to 40 g/10 minutes, a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) in the range of from 1.8 to 3.0, a molecular weight distribution (Mz/Mw) in the range of from less than 2, and;wherein said bi-component fiber has a denier per filament in the range of from 0.5 to 10 g/9000 m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,738

VACUUM HEAT-INSULATION MATERIAL

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A vacuum heat-insulation material, comprising:at least one first fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape;
at least one second fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape that is disposed directly on one surface of the at least one first fiber member and that is thinner than the at least one first fiber member, the one surface of the at least one first fiber member extending in a longitudinal direction of the at least one first fiber member; and
at least one shell material that surrounds the at least one first fiber member and the at least one second fiber member,
wherein the at least one second fiber member is larger in a surface direction than the at least one first fiber member such that a portion of the at least one second fiber member extends beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction,
the shell material is disposed on an upper surface and a lower surface of the portion of the at least one second fiber member extending beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction, and
the at least one first fiber member includes at least two first fiber members, and the at least one second fiber member is placed between said at least two first fiber members.

US Pat. No. 10,391,737

LIGHTWEIGHT FLEXIBLE THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR FIRE PROTECTION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A thermal protection system for protecting a region from a heat source, the thermal protection system comprising:a first layer comprising a porous flexible refractory textile, the first layer being configured to be directly exposed to the heat source;
a second layer joined to the first layer and comprising a flexible insulator material and/or a flexible intumescent material, the second layer being configured to manage heat absorption through decomposition, phase transformation, charring, and/or sublimation of the second layer in response to heat from the heat source; and
a third layer joined to the second layer and configured to be disposed proximate to the region, the third layer comprising a flexible non-porous film,
wherein the second layer is disposed between the first layer and the third layer, and
wherein the thermal protection system includes no more than one metallic layer and no more than one textile layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,736

BREATHABLE AND WATERPROOF COMPOSITE FABRIC AND A METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A breathable and waterproof composite fabric, comprising:a fabric sheet having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to said first surface, and a plurality of micropores extending through said first and second surfaces; and
a first waterproof plastic film made of a nonporous material and having an outer surface, an inner surface that is opposite to said outer surface and that is bonded to said first surface of said fabric sheet, and a plurality of first hollow protrusions protruding from said outer surface in a direction opposite to said fabric sheet, each of said first hollow protrusions defining a first channel that extends through said inner and outer surfaces and that has an inner open end at said inner surface, and an outer open end distal from said inner and outer surfaces, said first channel extending curvedly from said inner open end to said outer open end wherein said inner open end and said outer open end face in different directions that are traverse to each other,
wherein each of said first hollow protrusions includes an extending tab that extends from said outer open end and that is movable to cover or uncover said outer open end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,735

USE OF FIBROUS VEILS TO REDUCE CORE CRUSH IN HONEYCOMB SANDWICH STRUCTURES

HEXCEL CORPORATION, Dubl...

1. An uncured sandwich structure in which a core comprising a honeycomb having a honeycomb perimeter is sandwiched between a first face sheet and a second face sheet, said honeycomb including a primary section and a chamfer section located adjacent to said primary section, said chamfer section having an interior border and an exterior border that coincides with said honeycomb perimeter, said chamfer section having a thickness that decreases from said interior border to said exterior border such that said chamfer section is subject to crushing during curing of said uncured sandwich structure, said uncured sandwich structure comprising:A) a core comprising a honeycomb having a first edge, a second edge and a perimeter wherein the distance between said first edge and second edge defines the thickness of said honeycomb, said honeycomb comprising a plurality of cells that are defined by walls which extend between said first and second edges in a thickness direction, said honeycomb comprising:
a) a primary section having a primary section perimeter that defines a primary section area of said honeycomb;
b) a chamfer section located adjacent to said primary section, said chamfer section having an exterior border and an interior border that defines a chamfer section area wherein said exterior border coincides with the perimeter of said honeycomb and said interior border coincides with said primary section perimeter, said chamfer section having a chamfer section width defined by the distance between said exterior border and said interior border and wherein the thickness of said honeycomb in said chamfer section decreases from said interior border to said exterior border;
B) an uncured first face sheet located adjacent to the first edge of said honeycomb, said uncured first face sheet comprising a first inner layer located nearest to the first edge of said honeycomb and a first outer layer, said first inner layer and said first outer layer each comprising a fibrous layer that has an areal weight of 80-600 grams per square meter and uncured resin, said uncured first face sheet covering both said primary section area and said chamfer section area;
C) an uncured second face sheet located adjacent to the second edge of said honeycomb, said uncured second face sheet comprising a second inner layer located nearest to the second edge of said honeycomb and a second outer layer, said second inner layer and said second outer layer each comprising a fibrous layer layer that has an areal weight of 80-600 grams per square meter and uncured resin, said uncured second face sheet covering both said primary section area and said chamfer section area; and
D) a first friction-promoting layer located between said first inner layer and said first outer layer, said first friction promoting layer comprising a first fibrous veil and a first resin binder wherein said first friction-promoting layer provides a reduction in the crushing of said core during curing of said uncured sandwich structure, wherein said first friction promoting layer covers substantially all of said chamfer section area and up to 50 percent of the primary section area and wherein the first friction promoting layer has an areal weight of 2 to 20 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,731

PRESS MACHINE AND METHOD FOR USING PRESS MACHINE

KOMATSU INDUSTRIES CORPOR...

1. A press machine comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of function programs for changing a mode of pressing;
a connection unit including a plurality of connection terminals and configured to receive a connector, wherein the connector is disconnected during operation of the press machine, wherein, when the connector is connected to the connection unit prior to operation of the press machine, a first of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory, when the connector is connected to the connection unit a state change from the first of the plurality of function programs to a second of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory, and after the connector is disconnected, the second of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory and executed during operation of the press machine; and
a controller configured to execute at least one function program among the plurality of function programs stored in the memory, in accordance with a combination of the plurality of connection terminals of the connection unit which are each in one of a conductive state and a non-conductive state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,727

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a substrate;
a light source having an optical axis, a light source bottom portion and a light source upper portion opposite to the light source bottom portion in the optical axis, the light source being provided on the substrate at the light source bottom portion; and
a covering member having a bottom surface and a top portion opposite to the bottom surface in the optical axis and provided on the substrate at the bottom surface to cover the light source, the covering member having a recess portion on the top portion above the light source and around the optical axis, the covering member being within the substrate when viewed along the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,722

METHOD OF PRODUCING AEROFOILS

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND, (...

1. A method of producing a composite material aerofoil, the method comprising:a. providing a mold having a three-dimensional shape of an aerofoil to be molded, the mold having a front edge, a trailing edge and upper and lower surfaces that extend from the front edge to the trailing edge;
b. providing a first layer having an adhesive side and a non-adhesive side over the mold, the first layer thereby having a front edge and a trailing edge, the first layer extending beyond the trailing edge of the aerofoil mold with the adhesive side facing the mold;
c. laying composite precursor material over the non-adhesive side of the first layer, the composite material thereby having a front edge and a trailing edge;
d. laying a moldable sheet over the composite precursor material on the mold, such that there is a snug fit of the moldable sheet to the composite precursor material, thereby generating a molding assembly;
e. curing the molding assembly from step d;
f. removing at least the moldable sheet and mold to provide a finished composite material aerofoil.

US Pat. No. 10,391,715

MODIFIED SONOTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN THE ULTRASONIC SEALING OF PACKAGES

Edison Welding Institute,...

1. An ultrasonic welding system, comprising:(a) a rotary sonotrode, wherein the rotary sonotrode includes a body and wherein the body includes:
(i) a first horizontal side, wherein the first horizontal side includes a first antinode;
(ii) a second horizontal side, wherein the second horizontal side includes a second antinode;
(iii) a first vertical side, wherein the first vertical side includes a first node;
(iv) a second vertical side, wherein the second vertical side includes a second node; and
(v) a middle region, an upper region, and a lower region, wherein the length of the middle region is greater than the length of the upper region and greater than the length of the lower region; and
(b) at least one ultrasonic transducer, wherein the at least one ultrasonic transducer is transversely aligned with the rotary sonotrode; and
(c) at least one input tool disposed between the rotary sonotrode and the transducer, wherein the at least one input tool includes a node and is an integral part of the transducer or is a component separate from the transducer, wherein the input tool is connected to the rotary sonotrode at the middle region thereof on either the first vertical side or the second vertical side, and wherein the connection point between the input tool and the sonotrode is located a predetermined distance away from the node of the sonotrode and a predetermined distance away from the node of the input tool.

US Pat. No. 10,391,710

DEPOSITION OF NON-UNIFORM NON-OVERLAPPING CURVILINEAR SEGMENTS OF ANISOTROPIC FILAMENT TO FORM NON-UNIFORM LAYERS

Arevo, Inc., Milpitas, C...

1. An article of manufacture comprising:a first layer DL[n] comprised of non-overlapping curvilinear segments of anisotropic filament, wherein the first layer DL[n] is bounded by a first surface z=s(x,y,n) and a second surface z=s(x,y,n+1);
wherein s(u,v,n+1)?s(x,y,n)?constant for all x,y, wherein s(u,v,n+1) is a point on the second surface that intersects a vector that is normal to the first surface at s(x,y,n); and
wherein n is an integer, x and u are real numbers in the domain x,u: [xS

US Pat. No. 10,391,699

RECYCLABLE PLASTIC STRUCTURAL ARTICLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A method of manufacturing a plastic structural article, the method comprising:providing a bead reservoir containing expandable polymer beads maintained in a pressurized state above atmospheric pressure;
blow-molding a plastic preform in a mold cavity using compressed gas to form the preform into an elongated member comprising an at least partially formed elongated tubular plastic shell wall defining a hollow interior cavity;
extending a plurality of hollow pins to pierce and extend through the at least partially formed elongated tubular plastic shell wall, the plurality of hollow pins comprising a first group of the hollow pins and a second group of the hollow pins;
introducing a pressurized gas into the hollow interior cavity through at least one of the hollow pins so as to cause the elongated tubular plastic shell to fully conform to the mold cavity;
after said fully conforming of the elongated tubular plastic shell to the mold cavity, venting the hollow interior cavity to achieve a controlled reduction in cavity pressure to below that of the bead reservoir pressure;
cutting at least one fill port through the elongated tubular plastic shell wall while maintaining the mold cavity pressurized above atmospheric pressure during said controlled reduction in cavity pressure;
after the reduction to below the bead reservoir pressure, filling the hollow interior cavity with the expandable polymer beads maintained in the bead reservoir in the pressurized state by opening a bead fill valve coupling the mold cavity to the bead reservoir while further controlling the cavity pressure by regulating the flow of gas exiting the mold cavity so as to maintain the expandable polymer beads in a compressed state relative to atmospheric pressure while the cavity is being filled therewith;
injecting a hot, at least partially vaporized heating medium into the filled interior cavity through the first group of the hollow pins while removing the heating medium from the interior cavity through the second group of the hollow pins for a period of time and then injecting the hot, at least partially vaporized heating medium into the interior cavity through the second group of the hollow pins while removing the heating medium from the interior cavity through the first group of the hollow pins for a period of time so as to partially melt and expand the expandable polymer beads to substantially fill the interior cavity of the shell, in turn causing the beads to bond to one another and to the shell wall;
injecting air into the interior cavity through one of the two groups of the hollow pins while evacuating air and condensate formed by the heating medium from the interior cavity through the other of the two groups of the hollow pins for a period of time, and then injecting air into the interior cavity through the other of the two groups of the hollow pins while evacuating the air and condensate from the interior cavity through the one of the two groups of the hollow pins for a period of time so as to provide cooling to substantially limit further expansion of the expanded beads, in turn forming the plastic structural article; and
releasing the plastic structural article from the mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,697

CONTROLLED PRESSURE ENCLOSURE

Addex, Inc., Newark, NY ...

1. An apparatus for cooling, the apparatus comprising:at least one enclosure comprising a cavity with operational extents further defined by a molten film cavity portion and a cooling element cavity portion, the cavity operable for receiving at least a portion of cooling gas from at least one cooling element, wherein the at least one enclosure is operable to maintain a predetermined pressure differential between an inside surface and an outside surface of the molten film cavity portion, the at least one enclosure further comprising at least one port maintaining a variable exhaust device operable for moving a portion of cooling gas from the cavity through the at least one port to a surrounding atmosphere to maintain the predetermined pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,391,696

HIGH PERFORMANCE COOLING ELEMENT

Addex, Inc., Newark, NY ...

1. An apparatus for cooling, the apparatus comprising:at least one divergent cooling element for receiving a flow of a molten film tube, the at least one divergent cooling element comprising a divergent cooling interface operable for expelling a cooling gas (i) in a path opposing the flow of the molten film tube toward a first exit gap defined by the flow of the molten film tube and a first exit tip, and (ii) in a path with the flow of the molten film tube toward a second exit gap defined by the flow of the molten film tube and a second exit tip, wherein at least one of the first exit gap and the second exit gap define a minimum gap between the divergent cooling interface and the flow of the molten film tube, and wherein at least one of the first exit tip and the second exit tip is closer to the flow of the molten film tube than any other portion of the divergent cooling interface, and wherein a distance between the first exit tip and the flow of the molten film tube is progressively reduced toward an end of the first exit tip, and a distance between the second exit tip and the flow of the molten film tube is progressively reduced toward an end of the second exit tip; and
wherein the divergent cooling interface comprises a cooling gas deflector for directing expelled cooling gas along the path opposing the flow of the molten film tube and along the path with the flow of the molten film tube.

US Pat. No. 10,391,690

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. An injection molding apparatus, configured to receive injection-molding melt to solidify the injection-molding melt into an injection molded part, wherein the injection molding apparatus comprises:a fixed mold component, wherein an injection port and a transmission runner connected with the injection port are formed in the fixed mold component, and the injection port is configured to be connected to a material injection apparatus, to receive the injection-molding melt injected by the material injection apparatus;
a movable mold component, wherein the movable mold component cooperates with the fixed mold component to mold the injection molded part, a molding groove is formed on a top portion of the movable mold component, the molding groove runs through the top portion of the movable mold component, and is connected with the transmission runner, and the molding groove comprises a first side and a second side that are provided opposite to each other;
a first positive electrode component, wherein the first positive electrode component is located on the first side of the molding groove; and
a first negative electrode component, wherein the first negative electrode component is located on the second side of the molding groove, to correspond to the first positive electrode component, so as to cooperate with the first positive electrode component to form an electric field between the first side and the second side of the molding groove, and further to perform electric field excitation on the injection-molding melt that flows into the molding groove through the transmission runner, wherein at least one of the first positive electrode component or the first negative electrode component is insulated from the fixed mold component and the movable mold component,
wherein:
the first positive electrode component is disposed in the fixed mold component,
the first negative electrode component is disposed in the movable mold component,
a direction of the electric field formed between the first side and the second side of the molding groove is perpendicular to a flowing direction of the injection-molding melt that flows into the molding groove,
the first side of the molding groove is a side that is of the molding groove and that is away from the movable mold component in a direction from the movable mold component to the fixed mold component,
the second side of the molding groove is a side that is of the molding groove and that is away from the fixed mold component in the direction from the movable mold component to the fixed mold component, wherein the movable mold component is grounded,
the fixed mold component is provided with an accommodation groove, wherein the accommodation groove runs through a bottom wall of the fixed mold component, and corresponds to the molding groove,
the injection molding apparatus further comprises a first insulation structure and a second insulation structure,
the first positive electrode component is accommodated in the accommodation groove,
the first insulation structure is disposed between the first positive electrode component and an inner wall of the accommodation groove to insulate the first positive electrode component from the fixed mold component, and
the second insulation structure is disposed in the movable mold component and encircles a peripheral wall of the molding groove so that the peripheral wall of the molding groove is insulated from the movable mold component to centralize electric field lines of the electric field in the molding groove.

US Pat. No. 10,391,689

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE-INTEGRATED GASKET

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a substrate-integrated gasket, comprising:providing a metal mold including a plurality of split molds, wherein adjacent split molds collectively define cavities that are configured for receipt of an injection molded rubber material;
providing a plurality of fiber substrates that are each constructed by a pulp fiber having cellulose as a main component between the adjacent split molds;
forming gasket bodies that are constructed by the rubber material by injecting the rubber material into the cavities between the split molds, the rubber material being impregnated into the fiber substrates at the cavities;
removing the fiber substrates including the impregnated rubber material from the metal mold; and
removing portions of the fiber substrates that are not impregnated by the rubber material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,685

CONNECTION ELEMENT FOR FORMING THE MALE PORTION OF AN AUTOMATIC FASTENER

APLIX, Paris (FR)

1. A method for manufacturing a sheet comprising a base strip and at least one fastening element made from one side of the strip, said fastening element comprising a stem part and a head part protruding laterally from the stem, comprising the steps in which:a preform sheet comprising said base strip and at least one preform element made from said one side of the strip, said preform element comprising a preform stem part and a preform head part protruding laterally from said preform stem part is passed into an interstice formed between a support surface and a pressing surface, wherein said preform head part protrudes laterally in a machine direction, more on a first machine direction side than on a second machine direction side, wherein said first machine direction side is opposite from said second machine direction side;
said preform element being passed into said interstice such that said at least one preform element is deformed to obtain thus said sheet comprising said base strip and said at least one fastening element made from one side of the strip, said fastening element comprising a stem part and a head part protruding laterally from the stem in said machine direction, more on said second machine direction side than on said first machine direction side.

US Pat. No. 10,391,682

APPARATUS FOR THERMAL PROCESSING OF FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING ELEMENTS

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

1. An apparatus for thermally processing a relief image printing element, wherein the relief image printing element comprises at least one photopolymer layer, and wherein the relief image printing element is selectively exposed to actinic radiation to crosslink portions of the at least one photopolymer layer, while portions of the at least one photopolymer layer are not exposed to actinic radiation and are not crosslinked, the apparatus comprising:a) means for supporting the relief image printing element;
b) heating means for melting or softening non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer;
c) at least one rotatable roll that is capable of bringing a blotting material into contact with the at least one photopolymer layer to remove the melted or softened non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer, wherein a nip is formed between the means for supporting the relief image printing element and the at least one rotatable roll, wherein as the at least one rotatable roll rotates against the printing element, melted or softened non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer are transferred from the printing element to the blotting material;
d) a scraping means arranged adjacent to the at least one rotatable roll, for removing non-crosslinked photopolymer remaining on a surface of the at least one rotatable roll after step a).

US Pat. No. 10,391,675

CONVERTIBLE RECYCLING APPARATUS FOR SYNTHETIC RESIN MATERIALS

MILLCO PRODUCT SOLUTIONS ...

1. A convertible plastics processor apparatus for recycling material comprises,a single stage pulverizer having a housing defining an enclosure,
a first multi-blade set on a rotating support disk in said enclosure in communication with a drive motor,
a second fixed multi-blade bed set mounted in said enclosure effacing said first blade set,
a top material inlet portal and dual oppositely disposed ducted vacuum top material outlet openings in said enclosure,
a centrifugal separator in communication with said ducted vacuum outlets and a source of vacuum,
a classifier in communication with said centrifugal separator,
cooling system on said enclosure and a remote source of cooling media in communication therewith,
said single stage shredder, grinder, pulverizer and said drive motor movable from a first vertical infeed position to a second horizontal product infeed position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,673

WIRE SAWING APPARATUS

SK SILTRON CO., LTD., Gy...

1. A wire sawing apparatus, comprising:a wire configured to cut an ingot;
an ingot conveyor unit configured to convey the ingot to the wire;
a nozzle configured to supply slurry to the wire; and
a dispersed slurry blocking unit disposed above and beside the ingot that is sawn by the wire and configured to absorb at least some of the slurry dispersed from a lateral surface of the ingot to be cut by the wire, the dispersed slurry blocking unit including a mesh structure that absorbs the dispersed slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,391,662

ADJUSTABLE CONVERTING ARRANGEMENT FOR A FLAT SUBSTRATE, CASSETTE, UNIT AND MACHINE PROVIDED THEREWITH

BOBST MEX SA, (CH)

1. A converting arrangement for a flat substrate, said converting arrangement comprising:a first cylindrical, rotary, converting tool and a second, cylindrical, rotary, converting tool, the first tool cooperating with the second tool to convert the substrate;
a first lateral bearing and a second lateral bearing, each of the first lateral bearing and the second lateral bearing being located toward a respective end of the first tool and holding the first tool for rotation;
a third lateral bearing and a fourth lateral bearing, each of the third lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing being located toward a respective end of the second tool and holding the second tool for rotation; and
horizontal adjustment spacers each having an inclined face and each horizontal adjustment spacer being horizontally and vertically slidable along an inclined face thereof, without rotation of the horizontal adjustment spacer, to adjust vertically each respective gap between the first lateral bearing and the third lateral bearing and between the second lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing to adjust a radial gap between the first tool and the second tool; wherein
the horizontal adjustment spacers comprise two of the horizontal adjustment spacers which are inserted between the first lateral bearing and the third lateral bearing and two of the horizontal adjustment spacers which are inserted between the second lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,660

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUTTING OR PERFORATING A WEB MATERIAL

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A system for processing a web of material, the system comprising:a traveling body carrying a web;
a cutting loop and a trigger loop, said web of material disposed between said cutting loop and said trigger loop;
said trigger loop inductively cooperating with said cutting loop in a web alteration zone to generate an electrical current in said cutting loop and heat said cutting loop; and
said cutting loop contacting said web of material in said web alteration zone to alter said web of material from a first condition of said web to a second condition of said web.

US Pat. No. 10,391,659

CUTTING MACHINE FOR WINDOW COVERING

NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO.,...

1. A cutting machine for window coverings, comprising:a worktable, which has a first abutting member and a series of first extending graduation marks provided on a table surface thereof, wherein the first abutting member projects from the table surface; the series of first extending graduation marks are provided along a longitudinal axis of the table surface, and a scale value thereof decreases from an end thereof near the first abutting member to another end away from the first abutting member;
a first cutting device, which is movably provided on the worktable, and is slidable along the longitudinal axis of the table surface, wherein the first cutting device is adapted to cut slats of a window covering;
a caliper, which is adapted to mark a length of the slats for locating the cutting device on the worktable, wherein the caliper comprises a first internal gauge point and a first external gauge point; when the caliper is fixed on a predetermined position on the worktable, the scale value of the series of first extending graduation marks pointed by the internal gauge point is greater than the scale value of the series of first extending graduation marks pointed by the external gauge point.

US Pat. No. 10,391,657

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ELASTIC DEACTIVATION IN A LAMINATE

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A method for operating a system having a blade roll unit revolving in a first direction about a first axis and carrying a compression blade thereon, having an anvil roll unit revolving in a second direction about a second axis and carrying a working anvil surface that faces away from the second axis and that is sloped toward the second axis from a higher leading end to a lower trailing end, and having servo motors configured to rotatably drive the blade roll unit in the first direction and the anvil roll unit in the second direction, the method comprising:operating the servo motors to control the rotational positioning of the blade roll unit relative to the anvil roll unit, so as to control positioning of the compression blade relative to the working anvil surface, and thereby control a force applied onto the working anvil surface by the compression blade as the compression blade and the working anvil surface rotate past each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,655

DUAL HEAD AND GUARD KNIFE

Spellbound Development Gr...

1. A tool, comprising:a blade holder mounting a first cutting edge and a second cutting edge, the first and second cutting edges separated by a portion of the blade holder; and
a movable cover coupled to the blade holder, such that the movable cover is configured to rotate relative to the blade holder to alternatively expose the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,391,653

SAFETY RAZOR AND BLADE UNIT FOR SAFETY RAZOR

BEIERSDORF AG, Hamburg (...

1. A blade unit for a safety razor, wherein the unit comprises:a connecting structure configured to fix the blade unit to a handle;
a blade housing comprising a plurality of blades having respective cutting edges lying in a shaving plane and being arranged to exert a cutting action when moved across a user's skin in a shaving direction; and
a rear portion arranged next to the plurality of blades in the shaving direction, comprising
a non-flexible concave back portion fixedly connected to a supporting structure for the blade housing, said non-flexible concave back portion arcuately bending away from the shaving plane, and
a convex lubricating pad arranged on and being supported by the non-flexible concave back portion and which extends up to a rear edge of the rear portion of the blade unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,648

SHAVING AND GROOMING APPARATUS

Daniel Lawrence Roth, Ne...

1. A trimmer blade assembly for a shaving and grooming apparatus comprising:(a) a stationary lower blade comprising a plurality of teeth where each of the plurality of teeth is curved and are in pressure contact with a plurality of curved teeth having curved tips of a moving upper blade, the stationary lower blade having a cutting area with a thickest section of at least one of the plurality of curved teeth of the stationary lower blade being in the range of 0.1-0.5 mm thick, wherein the stationary lower blade is thin enough to provide enough flexibility to create a counter force against the moving upper blade; and
(b) the moving upper blade comprising the plurality of curved teeth, wherein a radius of the curved tips of at least some of the plurality of curved teeth of the moving upper blade is less than a radius of the curved tips of at least some of the plurality curved teeth of the stationary lower blade in order to cause contact between the moving upper blade and the stationary lower blade, the stationary lower blade being mechanically supported by the moving upper blade so that the stationary lower blade is in pressure contact with the moving upper blade and a width of at least some of the plurality of curved teeth in the moving upper blade being chosen to be wider than a cutting slot in the stationary lower blade so as to prevent interference, thereby improving cutting efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,391,647

CUTTING HEAD AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A cutting head for a hair cutting appliance, the cutting head comprising:a blade set comprising a stationary blade and a cutter blade, the stationary blade and the cutter blade comprising at least one toothed leading edge jointly defined by respective teeth of the stationary blade and the cutter blade, the teeth of the stationary blade and the cutter blade extending in a longitudinal direction (X), wherein the stationary blade further comprises a front face, at the teeth thereof, the front face being arranged to face a user's skin, when in operation, and
a skin protector coupled to a housing portion of the cutting head, wherein the skin protector at least partially covers the front face, the skin protector comprising a main body,
wherein the skin protector is arranged to contact the skin, when in operation,
wherein the skin protector is movable, in response to external forces applied thereto, between a first state and a second state with respect to the blade set,
wherein the skin protector is arranged in an advanced position in the first state,
wherein the skin protector is arranged in a retracted position in the second state, such that
in the first state a greater portion of the blade set is covered by the skin protector compared to the second state wherein, in said second state, a greater portion of the blade set is exposed compared to the first state, and
wherein the main body of the skin protector is inclined with respect to the front face of the stationary blade when the skin protector is positioned in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,636

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PERSISTENT COMPANION DEVICE

SQN VENTURE INCOME FUND, ...

1. A method comprising:recording, utilizing a telecommunications-enabled robotic device adapted to persist in an environment of a user, an environment using one or more sensors and a camera located in the robotic device, the robotic device including a first segment housing the sensors and camera, a second segment, and a third segment, the first, second and third segments independently rotatable with respect to each other, wherein an end of the first segment facing a first end of the second segment has a generally circular periphery;
identifying a location of one or more persons in the environment based on at least one sensory input recorded by the sensors or camera;
performing a first rotation of at least one of the second segment and the third segment to aim the camera and sensors at the one or more persons;
executing a social interaction operation performing a second rotation of at least one of the second segment and the third segment in combination with a natural language interaction and electronic display screen graphics, wherein the social interaction operation is generated based on the data recorded by the sensors and camera;
executing an instruction to photograph the one or more persons according to a first parameter and via the social interaction; and
changing the mode of operation from the first mode of operation to a second mode of operation based, at least in part, on the first parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,630

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING OCCLUSION DETECTION

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, comprising:a machine vision sensor system comprising a camera;
an indicator light;
at least one processor; and
a memory comprising computer readable program code stored in a non-transitory medium, the computer readable program code comprising a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) application and a behavioral control application, wherein, when executed by the at least one processor, the computer readable program code causes the at least one processor to:
capture images of the operating environment of the mobile robot using the machine vision sensor system;
detect a presence of an occlusion obstructing a portion of a field of view of the camera based on the images captured using the machine vision sensor system; and
illuminate the indicator light responsive to detection of the presence of the occlusion obstructing the portion of the field of view of the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,391,629

AIR PUMP APPARATUS USING ELECTRIC ACTUATOR AND AIR PUMP SYSTEM

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An air pump system comprising:an air pump apparatus comprising:
an air cylinder comprising a built-in piston, and a first chamber and a second chamber which are separated by the piston, the first chamber and the second chamber each comprising a single inlet and outlet port that both sucks and evacuates air;
an electric actuator; and
an electric motor;
wherein the electric actuator moves the piston linearly and relatively to the air cylinder, using the electric motor as a drive source, and wherein
air under negative pressure or positive pressure generated by the electric actuator causing the piston to move linearly is used to operate a pneumatic device connected to the inlet and outlet port; and
an actuator of at least one axis configured to move the pneumatic device in at least one-axis direction, using a second electric motor as a drive source.

US Pat. No. 10,391,628

TRAINABLE MODULAR ROBOTIC APPARATUS AND METHODS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A modular robotic apparatus body, comprising:a first movable element and a second movable element; and
an electrical interface configured to effectuate movement of the first and the second movable elements separately based on one or more inputs from a control apparatus when the control apparatus is mated to the modular robotic apparatus body;
wherein the control apparatus is configured to receive feedback signals configured to train the body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,626

EXOSKELTON TO BE WORN ON THE FRONT AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN EXOSKELETON

ROBOTIQUES 3 DIMENSIONS, ...

1. An exoskeleton for the lower limbs, comprising:two articulated legs arranged to be coupled to the lower limbs of a user;
a connecting member which is provided between upper end portions of the legs on which it is articulated and which can be positioned in the area of the pelvis of the user; and
actuation means for actuating the articulated legs according to the movements of the user,
wherein the connecting member is articulated by way of first articulations comprising horizontal transverse axes arranged parallel or substantially parallel to one another, the transverse axes permitting flexion/extension of the corresponding leg, and sagittal axes, each arranged horizontal and perpendicular to the transverse axes, the sagittal axes permitting passive abduction/adduction of the user's hips,
wherein the connecting member is wholly situated in front of the upper end portions of the articulated legs in the direction of walking and is arranged to support a load in forward overhang with regard to the articulated legs,
wherein the legs each comprise a thigh and a shank which are connected by a knee joint arranged to permit flexion/extension of the thigh and of the shank, the thighs being connected at a top to the connecting member by the first articulations in the area of the hip, and
wherein the actuation means comprise actuating motors in the area of the thighs, in order to actuate the knee joints, and in the area of the connecting member, in order to actuate the first articulations in the area of the hip, said actuation means being controlled in a calculated and continuously verified manner in order to take up said forward overhang uniquely or substantially in the area of the pelvis of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,391,625

WORKBENCH WITH DOCKABLE STORAGE CART

Shanghai Cartec Industria...

1. An apparatus comprising a workbench and a dockable cart, the apparatus comp rising:a workbench frame including a first storage space and a docking area; and
a holding member coupled to the workbench frame, the holding member to support the dockable cart using the workbench frame,
wherein the dockable cart includes a cart frame having a second storage space and a support element,
wherein the dockable cart is moveable between a docked position where the support element is engaged with the holding member to dock the dockable cart with the workbench frame including lifting the dockable cart, and an undocked position where the dockable cart is separated from the workbench, and
wherein at least one of the holding member or the support element includes a ramp configured to lift the dockable cart as the dockable cart is positioned into the docked position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,624

POWER TOOL

POSITEC POWER TOOLS (SUZH...

1. A power tool, comprising:a housing;
a motor arranged in the housing, the motor being configured to output a rotary force;
an output shaft having a through hole configured to receive a first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits, and the output shaft is configured to drive the first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits rotating, the rotary force output from the motor is transmittable to the output shaft;
a cartridge arranged in the housing, the cartridge comprising a plurality of tool chambers configured to receive the plurality of tool bits;
a connecting shaft configured to move between a working status wherein the connecting shaft is coupled with the first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits in a first tool chamber of the plurality of tool chambers which the connecting shaft passing through, and a release status wherein the connecting shaft is separated from the first tool chamber of the plurality of tool chambers;
a restrictor arranged between the housing and the connecting shaft, the restrictor being configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
a slider coupled with the housing, the restrictor and the connecting shaft,
wherein
the slider is configured to move along an axial direction of the connecting shaft to cause the restrictor to be moved from the first position to the second position,
the restrictor is configured to limit the movement of the connecting shaft in a direction away from the output shaft if the restrictor is in the first position, and
the restrictor is configured to allow the connecting shaft to move in a direction away from the output shaft so that the connecting shaft is located at the release status if the restrictor is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,623

POWER TOOL

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A power tool comprising:a frame;
a motor;
a rotor rotatable relative to the frame by the motor and capable of manipulating a tool;
a transmission for transmitting power between the motor and the rotor, the transmission comprising:
at least two internally driven annulus gears, including a primary annulus gear and a secondary annulus gear,
an externally driven sun gear,
a planet carrier, and
at least one planet wheel carried by the planet carrier and arranged to transfer torque between the sun gear and one of the annulus gears; wherein each annulus gear, the sun gear and the planet carrier are rotatable concentrically around a central axis, each planet wheel rotatable epicyclically around the central axis, and each planet wheel comprising at least two concentrically joined gear wheels; and
a gear change structure allowing shifting between at least a first and a second configuration, the planet carrier being locked rotationally or partly locked rotationally to the frame in the first configuration and the planet carrier being released from rotational limitations of the frame in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,622

COMMUNICATION ADAPTER ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND WORKING MACHINE

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A communication adapter attachment device provided in a working machine, the adapter attachment device comprising:a communication adapter configured to wirelessly communicate data with an external device and including
a first protrusion protruding from a first side,
a second protrusion protruding from a second side, the second side located opposite to the first side,
a connector engaging protrusion, and
an adapter-side interface;
an adapter housing portion configured to receive the communication adapter and including an opening through which the communication adapter is attached and detached, and a claw portion configured to engage the connector engaging protrusion; and
a cap including a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion configured to engage the first protrusion and the second protrusion respectively, and a cap-side interface,
the cap-side interface configured to enable viewing of the adapter-side interface and/or an input operation to the adapter-side interface from outside of the working machine, in a state in which the communication adapter is accommodated in the adapter housing portion and that the opening is closed with the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,391,620

BASE MECHANISM AND ROLLER MECHANISM OF FLOOR NAILING GUN

TAIZHOU DAJIANG IND. CO.,...

1. A base mechanism of a floor nailing gun, comprising:a base fixedly connected to a bottom of a main body of a floor nailing gun, wherein the base has a first end portion, an opposite, second end portion, a first side and an opposite, second side defined such that the first end portion and second end portion are located between the first side and the second side;
at least one adjustment roller assembly pivotally connected to the first end portion of the base, wherein each adjustment roller assembly comprises at least one adjustment roller having a point in contact with an upper surface of a floor board, and a moving direction longitudinally along the floor board, when the at least one adjustment roller is in operation, and the moving direction of the at least one adjustment roller is from the first side to the second side of the base, or vice versa; and,
at least one positioning roller having an axis and being rotatable around said axis, wherein the at least one positioning roller is installed on at least one of the first side and the second side of the first or second end portions of the base using a bracket such that the axis of the at least one positioning roller is mutually perpendicular to an axial lead of the main body of the floor nailing gun;
wherein the base rotates about a rotation axis of the adjustment roller assembly; and
wherein when the device is in operation, the at least one positioning roller contacts a flange of the floor board due to the rotation of the base, and the positioning roller rotates along the flange of the floor board.

US Pat. No. 10,391,618

PULL-OUT TESTER FOR A SETTING TOOL

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A setting tool, comprising a housing, a device which sets a setting bolt into a setting object when activated and which has a driving ram and a means for driving the driving ram, a switch which actuates the device, and,a pull-out tester which comprises
a retaining part for retaining the setting bolt,
an elastic element,
at least one transmission part for transmission of a pull-out force acting on the setting bolt onto the elastic element, wherein exceeding of a pull-out test force acting on the setting bolt detaches a connection between the setting bolt and the pull-out tester due to deformation of the elastic element.

US Pat. No. 10,391,616

TOOL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Jore Corporation, Ronan,...

1. A tool connector assembly for transmission of off-axis torque from a power tool, the assembly comprising:a first drive shaft having a first end configured to be secured within a power tool and a second end defining a ball portion having a circular cross-sectional shape;
a second drive shaft having a first end defining a cup-shaped cavity configured to receive the ball portion such that the ball portion is moveable against a spherical surface of the cup-shaped cavity for moveably coupling the first drive shaft to the second drive shaft, the second drive shaft further having a second end defining an internal cavity configured to receive a tool bit; and
a hub collar received on the second drive shaft and rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the second drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,391,615

ROTATABLE FASTENING DEVICE

KABO TOOL COMPANY, Taich...

1. A rotatable fastening device connected between a driving tool and a rotatable member, the rotatable fastening device comprising:a rotatable base rotating along an axis, and the rotatable base having a driving end and a fastening end, the driving end removably connected to the driving tool, and the fastening end removably connected with and driving the rotatable member; and
an impact member removably connected to an outside of the rotatable base, and the impact member having at least one gravity unit projected outwardly therefrom, the gravity unit driven by the rotatable base to rotate around the axis for generating a tangent impact force;
wherein the rotatable base has at least two engaged seats, and the two engaged seats are equidistantly and symmetrically surround the axis, the impact member has two engaged units that are corresponding to and engaged with the two engaged seats.

US Pat. No. 10,391,614

LOCKING PLIERS

1. A locking pliers comprising:a fixed handle having an adjusting device disposed on one end;
a fixed jaw is rigidly retained in an opposing end of the fixed handle;
a moveable jaw is pivotally retained in substantially the opposing end of the fixed handle;
at least one power link is pivotally engaged with said moveable jaw;
a moveable handle;
a toggle link having a first end and a second end, said first end of said toggle link is in contact with an end of said adjusting device, said second end of said toggle link is pivotally engaged with said at least one power link, said toggle link is pivotally engaged with said moveable handle; and
a curved link having one end pivotally engaged with said moveable handle and an opposing end pivotally engaged with said at least one power link.

US Pat. No. 10,391,613

PROTECTIVE LEACHING MASK ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USE

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

1. A protective leaching mask assembly sized and configured for covering a superabrasive element including a superabrasive table, a rear face, and a side surface, the protective leaching mask assembly comprising:a protective mask being chemically resistant to a leaching agent, the protective mask including:
a base portion having an inner surface adjacent to the rear face of the superabrasive element and an outer surface spaced from the inner surface of the base portion; and
at least one sidewall extending from the base portion and defining an opening, the at least one sidewall including:
an inner surface adjacent to a selected portion of the side surface of the superabrasive element; and
an outer surface spaced from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall; and
a binding member in contact with at least a portion of the outer surface of the at least one sidewall and not in contact with the outer surface of the base portion, the binding member configured to compress the inner surface of the at least one sidewall against a selected portion of the side surface of the superabrasive element;
wherein the binding member is chemically resistant to hydrofluoric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,610

CORE CONFIGURATION FOR IN-SITU ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION MONITORING SYSTEM

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing, comprising:a support for a polishing pad having a polishing surface; and
an electromagnetic induction monitoring system to generate a magnetic field to monitor a substrate being polished by the polishing pad, the electromagnetic induction monitoring system comprising a core and a coil wound around a portion of the core, the core including
a back portion,
a center post extending from the back portion in a first direction normal to the polishing surface, the center post having a first width in a second direction parallel to the polishing surface, and
an annular rim extending from the back portion in parallel with the center post and surrounding and spaced apart from the center post by a gap, the annular rim having a second width in the second direction and the gap having a third width in the second direction,
wherein the third width is less than the first width, and a surface area of a top surface of the annular rim is at least two times greater than a surface area of a top surface of the center post.

US Pat. No. 10,391,603

POLISHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus for polishing a surface to be polished of an polishing object by sliding the surface to be polished and a polishing member relative to each other, comprising:a pressing unit that presses a back surface of the surface to be polished of the polishing object such that the surface to be polished is pressed against the polishing member;
a retainer member that is arranged on an outer side of the pressing unit and presses the polishing member;
a storage unit that stores information concerning a condition for preventing the polishing object from slipping out, the condition being defined by use of information concerning a pressing force of the retainer member; and
a control unit that acquires information concerning a force of friction between the surface to be polished of the polishing object and the polishing member or information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member, and executes control for adapting to the condition for preventing the slipping-out by using the acquired information concerning the force of friction or the acquired information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,602

METHOD FOR MULTIPLE CUTOFF MACHINING OF RARE EARTH MAGNET

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for multiple cutoff machining a rare earth magnet block, using a multiple blade assembly comprising a plurality of cutoff abrasive blades coaxially mounted on a rotating shaft at axially spaced apart positions, each said blade comprising a core in the form of a thin disk or thin doughnut disk and a peripheral cutting part on an outer peripheral rim of the core, said method comprising the step of rotating the cutoff abrasive blades to cutoff machine the magnet block into pieces,said method further comprising the steps of:
cutoff machining the magnet block with using the multiple blade assembly by first machining operation started from the upper surface of the magnet block downward to form cutoff grooves in the magnet block,
interrupting the machining operation before the magnet block is cut into pieces,
turning the magnet block upside down,
placing the magnet block such that the cutoff grooves formed before and after the upside-down turning may be vertically aligned with each other, and
cutoff machining the magnet block with using the multiple blade assembly by second machining operation restarted from the upper surface of the upside-down magnet block downward to form cutoff grooves in the magnet block until the cutoff grooves formed before and after the upside-down turning merge with each other, thereby cutting the magnet block into pieces, wherein in both of the first and second machining operations, respectively one multiple blade assembly is used.

US Pat. No. 10,391,601

POSITION MEASURING DEVICE FOR USE ON A MACHINE TOOL

DECKEL MAHO Pfronten GmbH...

1. A position measuring device for use on a machine tool, comprising:a scale section having a scale that is scannable by way of a scanner device and serves to detect a position of a first component of the machine tool in relation to a second component of the machine tool that is movable in relation to the first component when the scale section is arranged on the first component and the scanner device is arranged on the second component, and
at least one holding element that extends in a direction of the scale of the scale section and as a constituent of an indirect attachment indirectly attaches the scale section to a fixed point section of the first component of the machine tool,
wherein a material of the at least one holding element has a thermal expansion coefficient that is less than a thermal expansion coefficient of a material of the first component of the machine tool, and
wherein the at least one holding element is attachable at one end in the direction of the scale to the scale section and at the other end in the direction of the scale to the fixed point section of the first component, so that the position of the scale section relative to the fixed point section of the first component remains substantially unchanged in case of a thermal expansion of the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,391,598

HAND-HELD POWER-TOOL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power-tool device, comprising:at least one coupling device having at least one contact receiving region, the at least one coupling device configured to couple an optional additional module to at least one energy supply unit, the at least one contact receiving region defining an opening that has (i) at least one receiving opening portion and (ii) at least one dirt removal opening portion,
wherein the at least one receiving opening portion is configured to receive a corresponding contact element of the optional additional module and wherein the at least one dirt removal opening portion is configured to permit dirt to pass directly out of the contact receiving region when the optional additional module is in a coupled state with the at least one energy supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,597

LASER WORKSTATION WITH ENDLESS LOOP CONVEYOR AND COORDINATED ACCESS DOORS

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A laser processing unit, comprising:a workpiece loading station;
a workpiece unloading station;
a laser workstation including a laser robot operable to perform a laser operation on a workpiece;
wherein the laser workstation is located between the workpiece loading station and the workpiece unloading station;
a flexible endless loop extending from the workpiece loading station through the laser workstation and configured to deliver the workpiece from the workpiece loading station to the laser workstation;
a first stationary wall section separating the laser workstation from the workpiece loading station at a proximal side of the laser workstation;
a second stationary wall section offset from the first stationary wall section at a distal side of the laser workstation opposite the proximal side;
a first movable door mounted on the first stationary wall section and movable between an open position and a closed position, and configured to form a laser light-tight seal with the first stationary wall section;
a second movable door mounted on the second stationary wall section and movable between an open position and a closed position, and configured to form a laser light-tight seal with the second stationary wall section; and
a seal projection attached to the flexible endless loop for concurrent movement with the workpiece, wherein the seal projection forms a laser light-tight seal with the first movable door when the workpiece is located in the workpiece loading station and the first movable door is in its closed position, and forms a laser light-tight seal with the second movable door when the workpiece is located in the laser workstation and the second movable door is in its closed position, and wherein the seal projection is configured as an upwardly-facing channel for receiving a lower edge of the first movable door within said channel and subsequently receiving a lower edge of the second movable door within said channel wherein the flexible endless loop comprises a driven belt having an upper belt portion and a lower belt portion and the belt revolves during operation of the laser processing unit,
the laser processing unit further comprising a plurality of further seal projections attached to the belt for concurrent movement with the workpiece, and
during a revolution of the belt, each of the seal projections is moved by the upper belt portion to form respective laser light-tight seals with the first movable door and subsequently with the second movable door, and is recirculated by the lower belt portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,596

TOOL CHANGING METHOD AND TOOL CHANGER

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A tool changing method for a machine tool configured to change a tool by a changing arm between a machining space and a tool storage space that are separated by a partition, the tool changing method comprising:an image capturing step of capturing an image of the tool inside the tool storage space with an image capturing device, which includes an imaging device and a light source;
a calculating step of calculating a length of the tool based on the image captured in the image capturing step;
a control parameter determining step of determining a control parameter for a mechanical operation occurring with a tool change, based on the length of the tool; and
a tool changing step of changing the tool between the machining space and the tool storage space by carrying out the mechanical operation occurring with the tool change based on the control parameter; wherein
the imaging device is oriented within the tool storage space such that during the image capturing step, a longitudinal axis of the imaging device intersects a partition shutter, which opens and closes with respect to the partition, and
the light source is oriented within the tool storage space such that light emanating from the light source is directed upon a reflective surface of the shutter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,595

FLOATING TYPE MACHINING PLATFORM AND FLOATING TYPE MACHINING SYSTEM

NOPORVIS CO., LTD., Kaoh...

1. A floating type machining platform, comprising:a base;
a holding platform configured to hold a workpiece;
a first elastic module connected between the base and the holding platform along a first axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the first axis relative to the base;
a second elastic module connected between the base and the holding platform along a second axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the second axis relative to the base; and
a third elastic module is connected between the base and the holding platform along a third axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the third axis relative to the base;
wherein the first axis and the second axis are different horizontal axes, and the third axis is a vertical axis;
wherein the first elastic module comprises a first spring connected between the base and a first side of the holding platform, and a second spring connected between the base and a second side of the holding platform, the second side is opposite to the first side;
wherein the second elastic module comprises a third spring connected between the base and a third side of the holding platform, and a fourth spring connected between the base and a fourth side of the holding platform, the fourth side is opposite to the third side;
wherein the third elastic module comprises a fifth spring connected between the base and a fifth side of the holding platform, the fifth side is adjacent to the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side;
wherein the floating type machining platform further comprises a cover connected to the base and covering a sixth side of the holding platform, the sixth side is opposite to the fifth side, the third elastic module further comprises a sixth spring connected between the cover and the sixth side of the holding platform, the holding platform does not contact the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,391,592

MANUFACTURING OF HOLEMAKING TOOLS

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A process for producing a tool having a main body which extends in a longitudinal direction, at least one blade for machining a workpiece, and at least one flute associated with the at least one blade, the process comprising:grinding a coated body having a base coating disposed therein in a manner that removes the base coating in a region of the coated body, wherein grinding the coated body comprises one of:
a) providing the coated body having at least one preformed blade and at least one preformed flute, each of the preformed blade and the preformed flute having the base coating disposed thereon, and then grinding the at least one preformed blade in a manner that removes the base coating in a region of the at least one preformed blade including a clearance face of the at least one preformed blade and a flute wall of the at least one preformed flute to form at least one ground blade and at least one ground flute; or
b) grinding the coated body in a manner which substantially concurrently 1) forms at least one ground blade having a clearance face and at least one ground flute having a flute wall; and 2) removes the base coating in the region of the at least one ground blade the clearance face of the at least one ground blade, and the flute wall of the at least one ground flute; and
providing a second coating to the at least one ground blade.

US Pat. No. 10,391,591

JIG FOR FIREARM LOWER RECEIVER MANUFACTURE

80 Percent Arms Inc., Ga...

1. A machining tool assembly for machining portions of a blank to form a firearm lower receiver, the blank having a top surface and a buffer tube, the machining tool assembly comprising:a pair of side plates, the blank disposed between the pair of side plates;
a top plate coupled with the pair of side plates, the top plate including an access aperture formed therein, the access aperture being aligned with the top surface of the blank; and
an adjustable alignment mechanism, the adjustable alignment mechanism being adjustably extendable from a lower surface of the top plate and adapted to contact and align the top surface of the blank with the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,590

HIGH TEMPERATURE SOLDER PASTE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A package comprising:a substrate;
a component coupled with the package via a plurality of solder bumps in a solder grid array (SGA); and
wherein a surface of the solder bumps includes approximately 1% or less of a thixotropic agent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,588

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SCRIBING BRITTLE MATERIAL FOLLOWED BY CHEMICAL ETCHING

ROFIN-SINAR TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A method of laser processing a transparent material, comprising the steps of:a laser source configured to provide a laser beam comprising bursts of laser pulses;
one or more focusing elements configured to externally focus said laser beam relative to the transparent material to form a beam waist at a location external to said transparent material while avoiding the formation of an external plasma channel;
the laser beam and said one or more focusing elements are configured to produce sufficient energy density within said transparent material to form a continuous laser filament therein;
means for varying a relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material;
a control and processing unit operatively coupled to said means for varying said relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material;
said control and processing unit is configured to control said relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material for the formation of an array of continuous laser filaments within said transparent material;
said array of continuous laser filaments extending continuously from a first surface of said transparent material to a second surface of said transparent material; and,
selectively wet or dry etching said array of continuous laser filaments for releasing the closed form.

US Pat. No. 10,391,587

LASER THERMAL COMBINATION REMANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DAMAGED METAL PART

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, (CN)...

1. A method for repairing groove damage in a surface of a metal component, said method comprising the steps of:dividing the groove into multiple depths;
using laser shock peening (LSP) with laser cladding (wC) LSPwC to treat a bottom surface layer of the groove, remove surface impurities, and refine surface grains in the bottom surface layer;
using laser cladding to form a cladding coating with a given thickness in the groove;
treating each layer by LSPwC first and then laser cladding, until the groove is completely filled by a cladding coating which extends over a top surface of metallic component;
mechanically processing to remove the cladding coating higher than the top surface of metallic component;
grinding and polishing the top surface of the cladding coating; and
overlapping LSP the top surface of the cladding coating,
wherein after the cladding coating is solidified, LSPwC is used to treat a top surface of the cladding coating,
a preset cladding powder is applied to the top surface of cladding coating, and a fiber laser used to complete a second laser cladding coating, and
the depth is completely filled by the cladding coating to higher than the top surface of metallic component,
wherein the top surface of the cladding coating is ground and polished by sandpaper to insure a surface roughness of the cladding coating is less than 0.4 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,581

JOINING APPARATUS FOR PANEL SHEETS AND JOINING METHOD FOR PANEL SHEETS USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A joining apparatus for panel sheets which joins different types of panel sheets, comprising:an element punching device configured to store and supply elements according to a specification of a panel sheet and insert the element into a first panel sheet among different types of panel sheets; and
a welding device configured to resistively weld a part of the first panel sheet into which the element is inserted by the element punching device,
wherein the element punching device includes:
an element supply unit configured to store and supply the element; and
a punching unit configured to insert the element supplied from the element supply unit toward a second panel sheet, and
wherein the element supply unit includes:
a housing fixed between a pair of fixing brackets;
an accommodating box for individual specifications disposed at an upper part of the housing to distinguish and store the elements by individual specifications; and
a supply block in which a supply aperture which arranges the elements supplied from the accommodating box by individual specifications in the panel sheet is formed below the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,580

INTEGRATED CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A cable management system for a manufacturing apparatus comprising:a housing having a front panel and a rear panel;
a first recessed pocket integrated into a front bezel of the front panel;
a second recessed pocket integrated into a rear bezel of the rear panel;
a first cable management hook movably mounted to the first recessed pocket and having a shape complementary to the first recessed pocket so as to be configured to move between an open position external to a shape of the front bezel and a closed position that is integrated with the shape of the front bezel; and
a second cable management hook movably mounted to the second recessed pocket and having a shape complementary to the second recessed pocket so as to be configured to move between an open position external to a shape of the rear bezel and a closed position that is integrated with the shape of the rear bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,391,575

WELD BANK DATA STRUCTURES FOR WELDING APPLICATIONS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, Gle...

1. A computerized welding system comprising:a power supply;
a wire feeder;
a gas valve;
a non-transitory memory readable by the computerized welding system and storing a weld bank data structure, the weld bank data structure comprising a plurality of weld banks, each weld bank being associated with one or more weld files, and each weld bank associating a weld system configuration with each of the one or more weld files through a relational database, each weld file of the one or more weld files being associated with a weld process program and a weld sequence program, the associations being identified by relational database keys; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of the power supply, the wire feeder, and the gas valve, and to the non-transitory memory, the controller being programmed to:
retrieve the weld bank data structure from the memory,
identify a first weld bank of the plurality of weld banks,
configure the computerized welding system according to a first weld system configuration correlated to the first weld bank, and
control the power supply, the wire feeder, and the gas valve to provide a first weld process defined by a first weld process program correlated to the first weld bank, using parameters defined by a first weld sequence program correlated to the first weld bank.

US Pat. No. 10,391,572

DEVICE, METHOD, AND SYSTEM FOR COOLING A FLAT OBJECT IN A NONHOMOGENEOUS MANNER

1. A method for for inhomogeneous cooling of a flat object (2) with a first main face (200) and a second main face (202) opposite said first main face, comprising the steps of:a. providing an apparatus configured to inhomogeneously cool said flat object (2) with said first main face (200) and said second main face (202) opposite said first main face, the apparatus further comprising:
a cooling device (1) that is configured to cool the first main face (200); and
a heating device (4) configured to act locally upon a first partial face (204) on the second main face (202), the heating device (4) remaining in an active state while the cooling device (1) cools the first main face (200), in such a way that the flat object (2) is subjected to heat at said first partial face (204) relative to a second partial face (206) adjoining said first partial face (204) in such a way that said first partial face (204) is cooled more slowly in comparison with the second partial face (206) and during cooling, the second main face (202) of the flat object (2) therefore has an inhomogeneous temperature distribution at least in a partial time period of the cooling;
b. cooling for a first time period the flat object (2) by the cooling device (1) from the direction of the first main face (200);
c. heating for a second time period, wherein the heating device (4) acts locally upon a first partial face (204) of the second main face (202) in such a way that the flat object (2) is subjected to heat at said first partial face (204) relative to the second partial face (206), the heating device (4) remaining in an active state while the step of cooling is performed;
d. thereby as a result the flat object (2) is cooled more slowly at said first partial face (204) in comparison with the second partial face (206) for a third time period and therefore has an inhomogeneous temperature distribution in said third time period; and
e. wherein solidification of the solder (26) on the first partial face is delayed until solidification of the solder (26) on the second partial face (206) has started.

US Pat. No. 10,391,571

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE CONTROLLER HAVING WIRE ELECTRODE REPLACEMENT FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electric discharge machine, comprising:a wire electrode with predetermined weight, length, and wound diameter;
a wire electrode cutting unit;
a wire electrode replacement unit;
a wire connection unit; and
a controller configured to create a machining path based on an axis movement command from a machining program and control the wire electric discharge machine to perform a program operation according to the machining program to move the wire electrode and a workpiece relative to each other along the created machining path,
wherein the controller is configured to
execute the machining program;
monitor the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode based on physical values of the wire electrode wire;
analyze the machining program and calculate, before a start of electric discharge between the wire electrode and the workpiece in accordance with the machining program, an electric discharge machining time in a machining interval from (i) the start of the electric discharge to (ii) a stop of the electric discharge, wherein the machining program includes, in the machining interval, a plurality of commands controlling the wire electrode to cut the workpiece;
compare the remaining lifetime and the electric discharge machining time, determined based on physical values of the wire electrode wire and determine that the timing of replacement of the wire electrode is reached when the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode is shorter than the electric discharge machining time;
output a stop command for the program operation to a program operation control unit when the timing of replacement for the wire electrode is reached;
output a cutting command for the wire electrode to the wire electrode cutting unit and monitor the completion of cutting of the wire electrode;
output a replacement command for the wire electrode to the wire electrode replacement unit that automatically replaces the wire electrode on receiving the replacement command and monitor the completion of replacement of the wire electrode;
output a connection command for the wire electrode to the wire connection unit and monitor the completion of connection of the wire electrode by the wire connection unit when the replacement of the wire electrode is completed; and
output a restart command for the program operation to the program operation control unit when the connection of the wire electrode is completed,
wherein the comparison of the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode and the electric discharge machining time is performed during execution of the machining interval, which is an interval occurring prior in time to the start of the machining interval during which the end of the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode is determined to occur.

US Pat. No. 10,391,570

SMALL HOLE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A hole electric discharge machine applying voltage between a hole machining-use electrode attached to a spindle and a workpiece attached to a table to drill a hole in the workpiece by electric discharge energy, the hole electric discharge machine comprising:an electrode elongated in a direction;
an electrode guide having a crank shape and having a hollow part through which the electrode is passed, and guiding the electrode at a front end of the hollow part in a parallel with an axis of the spindle while shifted by a predetermined distance in a perpendicular direction from the axis of the spindle, the electrode guide comprising,
a first tube having a first inside diameter into which the electrode is inserted and which comprises a top straight part extending along the axis of the spindle, a bottom straight part extending in parallel with the top straight part, and a slanted part connecting the top straight part and the bottom straight part,
a second tube having a second inside diameter, the second tube being connected to the bottom straight part of the first tube in parallel with the axis of the spindle and guiding a front end part of the electrode, the second inside diameter being smaller than the first inside diameter, and
a connecting member connecting the bottom straight part of the first tube and the second tube guiding the front end part of the electrode; and
an electrode guide supporter that supports the electrode guide so that a position of the front end of the electrode guide in a direction of the axis of the spindle and an angular position about the axis of the spindle become predetermined values.

US Pat. No. 10,391,569

LOCK SPRING AND CUTTING TOOL HAVING A LOCK SPRING

THE GLEASON WORKS, Roche...

1. A cutter head portion of a rotatable gear cutting tool, said cutter head being disc-shaped and having a periphery, said cutter head comprising a plurality of cutting blade mounting slots and at least one adjustment screw, said at least one adjustment screw being operable to advance inward into at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots and to withdraw in a direction opposite to the advance inward movement,said at least one adjustment screw comprising a head portion and a shaft portion wherein at least a part of said shaft portion comprises threads,
said at least one adjustment screw being located in an opening in said cutter head, said opening extending from said periphery to said at least one cutting blade mounting slot, an inner portion of said opening being threaded and in threaded engagement with the threads of said shaft portion,
a spring located between said inner portion of said opening and a back surface of said head portion of said at least one adjustment screw, said spring being in contact with said back surface,
said cutter head portion further comprising at least one clamp screw and at least one clamp block, said at least one clamp block being positioned in at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots and being operable to clamp a cutting blade in position in at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots,
wherein at least one clamp screw and at least one adjustment screw contact said at least one clamp block in said at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots.

US Pat. No. 10,391,565

HOLE SAW GUIDE

1. A method of forming a hole in a work surface, said method comprising:providing a hole saw guide comprising: a transparent disk, said disk having on its surface concentric circular grooves;
determining a desired position on said work surface for forming a circular opening of a desired diameter;
aligning said hole saw guide with said desired position so that one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide having a corresponding diameter to that of said desired diameter for the circular opening is aligned with said desired position;
inserting a hole saw having a corresponding diameter to the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide within the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide;
cutting through the hole saw guide with the hole saw, within the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide, prior to cutting into the work surface; and
forming said circular opening using said hole saw with said hole saw mounted to a drill and the drill being activated.

US Pat. No. 10,391,564

HYBRID CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CUTTING GROOVE USING THE SAME

1. A hybrid cutting apparatus, comprising:a main body that is connected with a rotation shaft of a machine tool;
a grooving tool that is coupled to one side of the main body and for forming a groove at an interior circumference of a workpiece; and
a tool position control means that controls a position of the grooving tool to correspond to a cutting surface position of the workpiece,
wherein the tool position control means comprises a moving unit that moves a grooving tool such that a cutting tip of the grooving tool arrives at a groove processing depth of the workpiece, and
wherein the tool position control means further comprises:
a distance sensor for measuring a distance between a cutting tip of the grooving tool and the workpiece cutting surface; and
a control unit that automatically controls a level in which the moving unit moves the grooving tool according to a value that is measured by the distance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,561

CUBIC BORON NITRIDE-BASED SINTERED MATERIAL AND CUTTING TOOL MADE OF CUBIC BORON NITRIDE-BASED SINTERED MATERIAL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A cubic boron nitride-based sintered material comprising:cubic boron nitride particles of 70 to 95 vol %,
wherein in a structure of a cross-section of the sintered material, a binder phase with a width of 1 nm to 30 nm is present between the adjacent cubic boron nitride particles, the binder phase being made of a compound containing at least Al, B, and N and having a ratio of an oxygen content to an Al content of 0.1 or less in terms of atomic ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,391,552

CASTING MOULD AND PISTON PRODUCED WITH THE CASTING MOULD

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A casting mold for casting a piston for an internal combustion engine, comprising: a mold body having a surface texture in a region corresponding to a subsequent internal surface of a piston skirt, wherein the surface texture is defined by a plurality of grooves respectively having at least two groove walls inclined outwardly from one another, and wherein the plurality of grooves have the following dimensions:a depth of 0.2 mm a width of 0.02 mm an outward inclination of the at least two groove walls of 0° wherein the plurality of grooves are open along the depth thereof and taper outwardly in a direction away from the mold body such that a distance between the at least two groove walls of the plurality of grooves increases towards an entrance of the plurality of grooves, wherein the mold body includes a release coating disposed on the surface texture, wherein the coating at least partially narrows the entrance of the plurality of grooves without closing the plurality of grooves along the depth thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,391,550

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ACTUATED FABRICATOR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising, in combination:(a) actuating linear motion of at least one tape out of a plurality of tapes;
(b) melting fusible material; and
(c) guiding the tapes, as the tapes undergo the linear motion, into a configuration in which edges of neighboring tapes are adjacent to each other during a time in which the fusible material cools and hardens to join neighboring tapes at the edges;
wherein
(i) the tapes, when joined by the fusible material, comprise walls of a hollow structure, and
(iii) the method further comprises shortening or dismantling the hollow structure by
(A) melting fusible material adjacent to the edges, and
(B) moving the edges apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,547

CASTING MOLD OF GRADING WITH SILICON CARBIDE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A mold for casting a titanium-containing article, comprising:calcium monoaluminate, calcium dialuminate, mayenite, and silicon carbide, wherein the silicon carbide is present at about 10% to about 50% by weight and a concentration of said silicon carbide in the mold is graded such that it is in different portions of the mold in different concentrations, with a highest concentration of the silicon carbide is proximate a facecoat of the mold, a lowest concentration of the silicon carbide is furthest away from the facecoat and a medium concentration of the silicon carbide is present in sections of the mold between the lowest concentration of the silicon carbide and the highest concentration of the silicon carbide proximate the facecoat, wherein said facecoat comprises silicon carbide and is located between a bulk of the mold and an interior surface of the mold that opens to a mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,543

HIGH RATE PULSING WING ASSEMBLY LINE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture, the method comprising:moving and locating a wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions using synchronized automated guided vehicles (AGVs) guided in a predetermined manner;
supporting and indexing components in the wing structure using multi-axis assembly positioning systems (MAPS) at each assembly position, wherein indexing the components uses using determinant assembly techniques; and
using modular automated manufacturing processes employing magnetic assembly clamping, drilling, fastener insertion, and sealant application.

US Pat. No. 10,391,542

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ROLLING BEARING UNIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING VEHICLE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a rolling bearing unit,the rolling bearing unit comprising:
a hub main body having an inner ring track that is provided at one side in an axial direction and that is formed on an outer circumferential surface of an intermediate section of the hub main body in the axial direction; and
an inner ring that has an inner ring track on an outer circumferential surface of the inner ring at an other side in the axial direction and that is fitted onto a portion of the hub main body close to an other end of the hub main body in the axial direction,
wherein the inner ring is fixed to the hub main body by pressing an other end surface of the inner ring in the axial direction with a caulking section, and a hub-side face spline that is a concavo-convex section in a circumferential direction is formed on an other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, the caulking section being formed by plastically deforming a cylindrical section, formed on an other end portion of the hub main body in the axial direction, outward in a radial direction,
the method for manufacturing a rolling bearing unit comprising:
forming the hub-side face spline on the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction by performing rotary forging of rotating a roll about a central axis of the hub main body in a state in which a processing surface of the roll is pressed against the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, the roll being rotatably supported about a central axis of the roll and having a tip surface on which the processing surface is formed where concave sections and convex sections are alternately disposed throughout a circumference, the central axis of the roll being inclined with respect to the central axis of the hub main body,
during the rotary forging, in a stage in which a tooth depth of the hub-side face spline is increased to such an extent as to be engageable with the concave sections and the convex sections formed on the processing surface of the roll according to at least the rotary forging, periodically changing an interval between a roll support section supporting the roll and a stage supporting the hub main body so that the interval is minimized in a state in which one of a central position among the concave sections and the convex sections that constitute the processing surface of the roll is pressed toward the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, and the interval is maximized in a state in which other central position among the concave sections and the convex sections is pressed against the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction and so that the rotary forging is performed on the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction by rotating the roll about the central axis of the hub main body in a state in which the processing surface of the roll is pressed toward the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, and
forming the hub-side face spline such that a tooth surface of a tooth of the hub-side face spline is parallel to a side surface of a concave section of the concave sections of the processing surface of the roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,539

BLANKING DIE APPARATUS

MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC., F...

1. A blanking die apparatus, comprising:multiple machining stations having respective cutting tools operated simultaneously to perform predetermined blanking operations on a belt-shaped workpiece fed progressively in a longitudinal direction and finally to perform a contour blanking operation on the workpiece, thereby forming core pieces used for manufacturing a laminated iron core; and
an auxiliary cutting tool that forms a disposal hole by partly blanking a scrap forming area of the workpiece simultaneously with the operations of the cutting tools of the machining stations, thereby securing a feeding-direction load balance of the blanking die apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,391,534

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR STRAIGHTENING WHEEL

1. A wheel straightening apparatus comprising:a wheel assembly, the wheel assembly comprising a rim and a central portion, the central portion having a dress face and an inbound face, wherein at least one of the rim and the central portion have at least one irregularity;
a spindle having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end and an intermediate region between the first end and the second end;
a platen mounted to the spindle, the platen located in the intermediate region of the spindle, the platen engaging the wheel assembly in a fixed position relative to the spindle;
at least one first dynamic actuator device connected to the spindle and wherein the at least one first dynamic actuator device is configured to exert intermittent pressure on a section of the rim of the wheel assembly to be straightened, the intermittent pressure exerted by the at least one first dynamic actuator device exerting straightening force on the rim of the wheel assembly that increases and decreases to address the at least one irregularity, wherein the at least one first dynamic actuator device is positioned between the spindle and the rim of the wheel assembly;
an anchor mechanism configured to connect to the spindle and rotate relative thereto, the anchor mechanism having a sleeve connected to and overlying the spindle, the sleeve having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end, wherein one of the first or second ends engages the platen;
at least one pressure exerting stabilizer device in contact with the spindle and a location on the wheel rim and positioned between the spindle and the rim of the wheel assembly at a location opposed to the portion of the wheel to be straightened; and
an attachment mechanism, rotatably connected to the first end of the spindle, the attachment mechanism configured to be mounted on a support surface, the support surface including at least one of a frame, a floor or a bed located in a mobile device, wherein the wheel assembly is maintained at a location distant from the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,528

CLEANING APPARATUS USING LIQUID MIXED WITH GAS

Jong-Ha Park, Seoul (KR)...

1. A cleaning apparatus using a gas-mixed liquid, comprising:a liquid;
a first inlet port into which the liquid supplied from an outside is introduced;
a gas;
a second inlet port into which the gas to be mixed with the liquid introduced from the first inlet port is introduced, the second inlet port perpendicularly positioned to the first inlet port;
a mixing chamber having the gas mixed with the liquid, the liquid introduced from the first inlet port, the gas introduced from the second inlet port;
a beverage inlet port into which a beverage flows, the beverage inlet port connecting to mixing chamber;
an outlet port through which the liquid mixed with the gas in the mixing chamber and the beverage in the mixing chamber is discharged; and
a three-way valve to control an opening and a closing of the beverage inlet port as well as an opening and a closing of the first inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,391,525

WASHING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING CONTAMINATIONS FROM ARTICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An apparatus for washing a longitudinal press molded article to remove contaminations on a surface of the article, the contaminations being oils and fats, the apparatus comprises in series:a chain conveyer or a net conveyer configured for supporting and transporting in series a plurality of the articles in sequence, individually, and continuously, through a heating area to a washing area along a conveying direction at a conveying speed of 1.2 to 8.3 m/min;
the heating area comprising a heater capable of heating with radiation heat, the heater being configured to be disposed over the article and heat the article disposed in an upstream side with respect to the washing area to increase a surface temperature of the article to a temperature which is not lower than a boiling point of a super-cooled washing solution to remove at least a portion of contaminations from the surface of the article through evaporation and volatilization of such contaminations; and
the washing area being configured for washing the heated article, the washing area comprising:
a spraying apparatus configured for spraying the super-cooled washing solution having an oleophobicity to the contaminations on the article, the spraying apparatus comprising:
a solution-supplying tank configured for containing the super-cooled washing solution; and
a spraying nozzle connected to the solution-supplying tank, the spraying nozzle being a Laval nozzle disposed at an inclined angle with respect to the conveying direction, and the spraying nozzle in combination with an air-supplying conduit are configured to prepare the super-cooled washing solution in a form of a gas-liquid medium having two phases, where the super-cooled washing solution is prepared by preparing a cooling gas flow by utilizing an adiabatic expansion of a compressed air introduced to the Laval nozzle, followed by mixing the cooling gas flow with the washing solution;
an exhaust opening configured to be disposed below the article;
a flow controlling plate capable of covering at least a part of the article, where the flow controlling plate is configured to be disposed over the article, the flow controlling plate has a reversed U-shaped cross-section that forms a space in which the super-cooled washing solution sprayed from the spraying nozzle is guided towards the exhaust opening, and a flow of the sprayed super-cooled washing solution is substantially guided from the space to the exhaust opening; and
a recovery tank for receiving the sprayed super-cooled washing solution, the tank being disposed in a lower portion of the washing area;
wherein the washing area is configured such that washing and drying of the heated article are concurrently carried out by spraying the super-cooled washing solution against the heated article in the washing area to remove the remaining contaminations, which are not evaporated or volatilized during heating in the heating area, by rubbing the surface of the article with the super-cooled washing solution, while causing in the sprayed super-cooled washing solution a spontaneous phase transition (liquid?solid?gas) of super-cooled droplets of the washing solution.

US Pat. No. 10,391,524

ROTATING DRUM FOR WORKPIECE CONVEYANCE AND WORKPIECE CLEANING DEVICE

Hiraide Precision Co., Lt...

1. A workpiece cleaning device comprising:a rotating drum arranged in a transverse state;
a drum rotating mechanism for rotating the rotating drum about a drum center axis; and
a washing mechanism for spraying washing liquid onto a workpiece fed by a feed fin to wash the workpiece,
wherein the rotating drum has:
a drum body; and
a feed fin attached to a drum inner circumferential surface of the drum body in a state of extending helically along the drum inner circumferential surface; and
wherein the drum body has a liquid impassable section, and liquid passable sections formed from porous material, the liquid passable sections being arranged adjacent to both sides of the liquid impassable section in a circumferential direction of the drum body, and
where boundary edges of the liquid impassable portion on both sides to the liquid passable section in the circumferential direction are referred to as first and second boundary edges, respectively,
at least one of the first and second boundary edges has at least an edge portion of a prescribed length measured from an upstream-side end thereof in a workpiece conveyance direction, the edge portion being an inclined edge portion inclined in a straight-line fashion, curved-line fashion or stepwise fashion with respect to a downstream direction of the workpiece conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,521

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LARGE DEBRIS CONVEYANCE

1. A device for sorting particulate material, comprising:a main conveyor belt, wherein the main conveyor belt is angled upward;
a first rotor positioned adjacent to an end of the main conveyor belt and configured to rotate relative to the main conveyor belt, the rotor having at least one engagement member connected thereto, wherein the at least one engagement member includes a first row of engagement members, the first row of engagement members including a plurality of engagement members;
a separation screen configured to receive material from the main conveyor belt and separate the material into a first portion and a second portion;
a graded material conveyor positioned below the separation screen and configured to receive the first portion of the material, wherein the graded material conveyor is movable relative to the separation screen and includes a control plate;
an oversize material conveyor positioned at the end of the separation screen and configured to receive the second portion of the material, the oversize material conveyor being parallel to the graded material conveyor, wherein the oversize material conveyor is movable in a lateral direction relative to the separation screen and includes a control plate, wherein the graded material conveyor and oversize material conveyor convey the first portion of the material and the second portion of the material on opposite lateral sides of the device; and
a motive element configured to move the padding machine relative to a surface on which the padding machine is used.

US Pat. No. 10,391,519

DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL EFFECT LAYERS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A method of making an optical effect layer in a coating composition comprising magnetic or magnetizable pigment particles associated with a substrate using a permanent magnet assembly producing a first magnetic field and an electromagnet assembly producing an oscillating or rotating second magnetic field, the method comprising:spinning the permanent magnet assembly to rotate the first magnetic field through interaction between the oscillating or rotating second magnetic field and the first magnetic field;
aggregately orienting the magnetic or magnetizable pigment particles upon exposure of the substrate to the rotating first magnetic field of the spinning permanent magnet assembly to create the optical effect layer, wherein the electromagnet assembly includes a winding assembly and a drive; and
sensing an attribute of the first magnetic field and controlling timing of driving of the winding assembly based on the sensed attribute.

US Pat. No. 10,391,516

APPLICATOR WITH ROTARY CAM PISTON MECHANISM

MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY...

1. An applicator for discharging applied liquid by turning of a rotating operating portion attached to a barrel main body, the applicator comprising:the barrel main body in which an applied liquid reservoir portion for storing the applied liquid is provided;
the rotating operating portion provided in front of the barrel main body to be able to turn with respect to the barrel main body;
a piston which is slid in a front-back direction of the barrel main body by turning the rotating operating portion;
a cam mechanism portion, comprising a cam formed on the piston and a cam groove formed on the rotating operating portion, the applied liquid being discharged by operation of the cam mechanism portion,
a through hole provided in the piston;
an applied liquid feed path communicating with the through hole in the piston to feed the applied liquid to an applicator portion;
a first valve for opening and closing the through hole provided in the piston, the applied liquid being discharged through the first valve and the applied liquid feed path;
a through hole formed in the rotating operating portion, communicating with the through hole provided in the piston; and
a spring for biasing the first valve in such a direction as to close the through hole provided in the piston;
wherein the applied liquid is discharged by turning the rotating operating portion and sliding the piston in the front-back direction by use of the cam mechanism portion, and
wherein a first end portion of the spring is engaged in the rotating operating portion and a second end portion of the spring being engaged in the first valve.

US Pat. No. 10,391,515

VISCOUS FLUID APPLICATOR PUMP

1. An apparatus comprising:an applicator member comprising an applicator surface substantially matching a surface of a pipe or fitting, the surface of the pipe or fitting comprising at least a portion of an interior or exterior surface of the pipe or fitting; and
a pump to cause a fluid to flow via one or more channels onto the applicator surface;
wherein when the pipe or fitting is positioned within or around the applicator surface the pump causes the fluid to flow between the applicator surface and the surface of the pipe or fitting applying the fluid to the surface of the pipe or fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,391,513

SEALANT DISPENSING APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A sealant dispensing apparatus, comprising:a rotatable injection cartridge for loading a sealant, the injection cartridge having a plurality of outlets distributed from a periphery to a center with respect to a rotation axis of the injection cartridge; and
a nozzle assembly in fluid communication with the injection cartridge, the nozzle assembly comprising at least two sub-nozzles arranged in a line,
wherein the outlet of the injection cartridge closer to the center of the injection cartridge is in communication with the sub-nozzle of the nozzle assembly closer to a first end of the line, and the outlet of the injection cartridge closer to the periphery of the injection cartridge is in communication with the sub-nozzle of the nozzle assembly closer to a second end of the line, such that the outlets distributed outwardly from the center of the injection cartridge communicate with the sub-nozzles distributed from the first end to the second end, respectively, the first end being opposite to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,511

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK WITH METAL PLATE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A method of producing an organic semiconductor element by vapor deposition, comprising the steps of:arranging a vapor deposition target, a vapor deposition mask and a vapor deposition source in this order; and
forming an organic semiconductor element by using the vapor deposition mask,
wherein the vapor deposition mask comprises a resin mask having openings formed by laser irradiation corresponding to a pattern to be produced by vapor deposition, and
wherein a cross-sectional shape of the openings broadens towards the vapor deposition source.

US Pat. No. 10,391,507

PORTABLE WASHING DEVICE

Positec Power Tools (Suzh...

1. A portable washing device, comprising:a housing;
a motor arranged in the housing;
a pump driven by the motor;
a container connected to the pump and configured to store a washing liquid;
a flexible tube connected to the pump;
a spraying pistol connected to the pump by way of the flexible tube, the spraying pistol being configured to be held and controlled by a user using one hand to spray out the washing liquid from the spraying pistol; and
a control unit configured to change one or more of an operating mode or a rotation speed of the motor,
wherein the control unit is positioned on the spraying pistol in a location to facilitate simultaneous operation of the control unit and holding of the spraying pistol with the user's one hand.

US Pat. No. 10,391,502

SHREDDER WITH PAPER SEPARATION AND ADVANCEMENT MECHANISM

FELLOWES, INC., Itasca, ...

1. A shredder comprising:a housing;
a shredder mechanism received in the housing and including a motor and cutter elements, the motor rotating the cutter elements in an interleaving relationship for shredding articles fed therein, the cutter elements configured for rotation about parallel and horizontal axes;
a tray for holding a stack of articles to be fed into the cutter elements;
a stack separation mechanism positioned adjacent to the tray and comprising a rotatable body configured for rotation about a rotational axis relative to the stack, at least part of the rotatable body being configured for insertion into at least part of the stack to separate at least an edge of at least one article therefrom and for advancing the at least one article towards the cutter elements;
a drive system constructed to drive the rotatable body for said separating and said advancing of the at least one article from the stack and towards the cutter elements; and
an arm positioned adjacent to a front end of the tray to hold unseparated articles of the stack in the tray such that the at least one article that is separated by the rotatable body is guided into the cutter elements by the stack separation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,391,499

THERMAL CYCLING

Analogic Corporation, Pe...

1. A system, comprising:a thermal control system configured to control a temperature of a temperature control device based on a set of target temperatures and a corresponding timing sequence;
a calibration carrier, including:
a polymerase chain reaction region configured to be in thermal contact with the temperature control device;
a plurality of channels configured to process samples both individually and in parallel, wherein a portion of each channel is in the polymerase chain reaction region; and
a plurality of thermocouples, each channel of the plurality of channels in thermal communication with a different one of the thermocouples of the plurality of thermocouples at the portion of the respective channel of the plurality of channels that is located in the polymerase chain reaction region,
wherein each thermocouple generates a signal that maps a temperature of the portion of its respective channel to the set of target temperatures and the corresponding timing sequence, and
wherein the temperature of the portion is one of a denaturing temperature, an annealing temperature or an extending temperature of a replication of a polymerase chain reaction; and
a carrier receiving region configured to separately receive only one of the calibration carrier or a sample carrier at a given time.

US Pat. No. 10,391,489

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING DEFORMABLE FLUID VESSELS

GenMark Diagnostics, Inc....

1. A method for processing a fluid module including a collapsible fluid vessel containing fluid and supported on a planar substrate, said method comprising:moving a first actuator component in a first direction that is generally parallel to the plane of the substrate while constraining the first actuator component to prevent movement of the first actuator component in a direction normal to the plane of the substrate;
coupling a second actuator component to the first actuator component to convert movement of the first actuator component in the first direction into movement of the second actuator component in a second direction that is generally normal to the plane of the substrate; and
applying a force compressing the collapsible fluid vessel against the substrate with the second actuator component moving in the second direction to displace the fluid from the collapsible fluid vessel;
wherein the first actuator component comprises an actuator plate configured to be movable in the first direction, and wherein constraining the first actuator component comprises supporting the actuator plate for movement in the first direction by rollers engaged with opposed edges of the actuator plate, wherein the rollers are rotatable about axes that are perpendicular to the actuator plate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,487

BIOLOGIC FLUID ANALYSIS CARTRIDGE WITH SAMPLE HANDLING PORTION AND ANALYSIS CHAMBER PORTION

Abbott Point of Care, Inc...

1. A biological fluid sample analysis cartridge, comprising:a fluid channel;
a fluid passage extending between an entry end and an exit end, wherein the entry end is in fluid communication with the fluid channel; and
an analysis chamber defined by an upper panel having an interior surface and a base panel having an interior surface, wherein a lateral edge of the upper panel and a lateral edge of the base panel define a fill edge of the analysis chamber, and the interior surface of the upper panel and the interior surface of the base panel are separated a distance from one another that enables fluid sample contacting the fill edge to enter the analysis chamber by capillary action;
wherein the fill edge of the analysis chamber is separated from the fluid passage exit end by a void, which fill edge is therefore not connected to the fluid passage exit end, which said void extends a traverse distance between the analysis chamber fill edge and the fluid passage exit end, which traverse distance is sized such that a self-contained body of the biological fluid sample can extend across the void and maintain contact between the fluid passage exit end and the fill edge and pass between the fluid passage exit end and the fill edge by capillary action.

US Pat. No. 10,391,486

FLUIDIC CELL DESIGNS FOR INTERFACING MICROFLUIDIC CHIPS AND NANOFLUIDIC CHIPS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A fluidic cell configured to hold a nanofluidic chip, the fluidic cell comprising:a first plate configured to hold the nanofluidic chip;
a second plate configured to fit on top of the first plate, such that the nanofluidic chip is held in place, the second plate having at least one first port connected to at least one first feed line and at least one second port connected to at least one second feed line, the second plate having an entrance hole configured to communicate with an inlet hole of the nanofluidic chip, a bottom surface of the second plate being positioned to contact a top surface of the first plate;
wherein the at least one second feed line is angled above the at least one first feed line, such that the at least one first feed line and the at least one second feed line intersect to form a junction within the second plate, such that a combined feed line within the second plate extends from the junction above to the entrance hole below;
wherein the at least one second port is formed to have a line-of-sight to the entrance hole, such that the at least one second port is configured to receive input for extracting air trapped at a vicinity of the entrance hole;
wherein the combined feed line is a portion below an intersection of the at least one second feed line and the at least one first feed line; and
a coverslip positioned between the entrance hole of the second plate and the inlet hole of the nanofluidic chip, the coverslip comprising a coverslip hole configured to communicate with both the entrance hole and the inlet hole, the coverslip hole being concentrically aligned to both the entrance hole and the inlet hole, wherein the coverslip is a film.

US Pat. No. 10,391,483

DISPENSING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A dispensing device comprising:a base substrate;
a cover substrate whose one surface is bonded to one surface of the base substrate;
a liquid reservoir comprising a recess provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate;
a liquid sample introduction channel comprising a groove provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate, the liquid sample introduction channel being connected to the liquid reservoir; and
an air vent port provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate and connected to the liquid reservoir at a position different from a position where the liquid sample introduction channel is connected to the liquid reservoir,
wherein the number of the liquid reservoirs is two or more,
the liquid sample introduction channel includes a main channel and a plurality of branch channels, one end of the main channel being connected to a sample inlet and the other end of the main channel being connected to a sample outlet, the branch channels being connected to the main channel between the sample inlet and the sample outlet,
each branch channel having two ends, one of said ends being connected to a corresponding one of the liquid reservoirs and the other of said ends being connected to the main channel,
wherein first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections are provided in the main channel between the branch channels and between the branch channels and the sample outlet, the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections having an inflow-withstanding pressure higher than the branch channels and lower than the air vent port,
wherein the branch channels are arranged on opposite sides of the main channel alternately with spaces respectively between adjacent branch channels arranged on opposite sides of the main channel,
wherein the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections provided between the branch channels are arranged respectively within the spaces,
wherein all of the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections have the same inflow-withstanding pressure;
wherein the air vent port has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than an entire portion of the main channel located downstream of a portion where the air vent port is connected to the main channel via the branch channel,
wherein a second high inflow-withstanding pressure section is provided in the main channel in a space between the branch channel that is closest to the sample outlet and the sample outlet;
wherein the second high inflow-withstanding pressure section has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than each of the branch channels and each of the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections, and
wherein the air vent port has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than the second high inflow-withstanding pressure section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,476

INORGANIC NANOFIBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TAMKANG UNIVERSITY, New ...

1. A method for manufacturing inorganic nanofibers capable of generating an electric current upon exposure to visible or infrared light, comprising:adding polyvinylpyrrolidone into ethanol to obtain a polymer solution containing 9% of polyvinylpyrrolidone;
mixing the polymer solution with acetic acid in a volume ratio of 7:2 and then adding titanium isopropoxide to obtain an electrospinnable solution containing titantium and having a molar concentration of 0.23M;
electrospinning the electrospinnable solution at a relative humidity ranging from 50% to 60% to form a plurality of nanofibers; and
annealing the nanofibers at a temperature ranging from 700° C. to 800° C. to obtain a plurality of polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanofibers, wherein the polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanofibers are capable of generating an electric current upon exposure to ultraviolet, visible or infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,391,475

NON-NOBLE ELEMENT CATALYSTS AND METHODS FOR MAKING

1. A method for fabricating a porous structure, comprising:growing graphitic carbon in the presence of a transition metal and a compound containing a transition metal to produce a self-assembled structure;
doping the self-assembled structure with nitrogen; and
wherein, in the presence of ferrocene, the graphitic carbon is grown using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to produce the self-assembled structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,472

SURFACE-FUNCTIONALIZED POLYOLEFIN FIBERS AND THEIR USE IN METHODS FOR EXTRACTING METAL IONS FROM LIQUID SOLUTIONS

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A fiber useful in the absorption of metal ions from aqueous solutions, the fiber comprising a polyolefin backbone having a diameter of at least 1 micron and having covalently appended on its surface halogen atoms and vinyl-addition polymeric grafts functionalized with metal-binding groups.

US Pat. No. 10,391,471

POLYMERIC MATERIALS FOR CAPTURING FORMALDEHYDE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of capturing formaldehyde, the method comprising:a) providing a sorbent polymeric material having multiple aromatic rings and having at least one group of formula —SO2R5 and up to one group of formula —SO2R5 for each aromatic ring in the sorbent polymeric material, wherein providing the sorbent polymeric material comprises reacting a precursor polymeric material with a sulfonyl-containing compound, the precursor polymeric material comprising a polymerized product of a polymerizable composition comprising a monomer of Formula (I)

wherein
each R1 is hydrogen, halo, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, or aralkyl, wherein at least one R1 is hydrogen;
each R2 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, combines with a R3 connected to a same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl, or combines with a R3 connected to the same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl that is fused to one or more carbocyclic rings;
each R3 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, combines with a R2 connected to a same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl, combines with a R2 connected to the same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl that is fused to one or more carbocyclic rings, or combines with R4 connected to an adjacent carbon atom to form a carbon-carbon bond; and
each R4 is independently hydrogen or combines with R3 connected to the adjacent carbon atom to form a carbon-carbon bond; and
each R5 is independently —NH2 or —NR6-Q-NR6R7;
each R6 is independently hydrogen or an alkyl;
each R7 is hydrogen or —C(?NH)—NH2;
Q is a single bond, alkylene, or a group of formula -(Q1-NR6)x-Q2-;
each Q1 is an alkylene;
each Q2 is an alkylene; and
x is in an integer in a range of 1 to 4; and
b) sorbing formaldehyde on the sorbent polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,466

FABRICATION OF NANOPOROUS AEROGELS VIA FREEZE SUBSTITUTION OF NANOWIRE SUSPENSIONS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method of making a nanoporous aerogel, comprising:provide a liquid droplet of a nanowire suspension,
provide a cryogenic bath,
freeze cast said nanowire suspension by placing said liquid droplet of a nanowire suspension in said cryogenic bath to produce a spherical freeze-cast gel wherein said spherical freeze-cast gel contains a frozen medium,
provide a container of solvent,
extract said frozen medium from said spherical freeze-cast gel by freeze-substitution by cooling said spherical freeze-cast gel in said container of solvent to produce a spherical wet gel, and
dry said spherical wet gel to produce the nanoporous aerogel.

US Pat. No. 10,391,458

HYDROGEN GENERATION ASSEMBLIES AND HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICES

Element 1 Corp., Bend, O...

1. A steam reforming hydrogen generation assembly configured to receive at least one feed stream and generate a reformate stream containing hydrogen gas as a majority component and other gases, comprising:an enclosure;
a hydrogen-producing region contained within the enclosure and including a reforming catalyst, the hydrogen-producing region being configured to produce, via a steam reforming reaction, the reformate stream from the at least one feed stream;
a heating assembly configured to receive at least one air stream and at least one fuel stream and to combust the at least one fuel stream within a combustion region contained within the enclosure producing a heated exhaust stream for heating at least the hydrogen-producing region to at least a minimum hydrogen-producing temperature; and
an insulation base configured to reduce external temperature of the enclosure, the insulation base being adjacent to the combustion region, wherein the enclosure is supported on the insulation base and the insulation base includes insulating material and at least one passage that extends through the insulating material, the at least one passage being in fluid communication with the combustion region, wherein the insulation base further includes at least one cavity within the insulating material, and wherein the at least one cavity is (a) sized to at least partially receive an air blower configured to produce at least a portion of the at least one air stream and (b) in fluid communication with the at least one passage.

US Pat. No. 10,391,454

MONOLITHIC SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MONOLITHIC SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A monolithic separation membrane structure comprising:a porous monolithic substrate including a first end surface, a second end surface and a plurality of through-holes respectively passing from the first end surface to the second end surface; and
a separation membrane formed on an inner surface of the respective plurality of through-holes; wherein
the monolithic substrate includes an extrusion material layer and a support layer disposed between the extrusion material layer and the separation membrane,
an average particle diameter of a porous material configuring the support layer is smaller than an average particle diameter of a porous material configuring the extrusion material layer,
a surface roughness Ra of the separation membrane is no more than 1 micrometer, and
a thickness of the separation membrane is no more than 5 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,391,448

SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION (SCR) CONTROL OPTIMIZATION

1. A method of dosing ammonia in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing NOx emissions in a flue gas, the method comprising:calculating a running long term average, starting from the beginning of a compliance period, of NOx emissions;
determining whether the running long term average is greater than a defined NOx emissions limit for the compliance period and adjusting a short term target based on the running long term average being greater than the defined limit;
calculating a running short term average, starting from the beginning of a short-term period that is shorter than the compliance period, of the NOx emissions;
adjusting an instantaneous NOx setpoint based on the running short term average being greater than the adjusted short term target;
determining a stoichiometric constant based upon continuous real-time measurements of a ratio of NO2 to NO in the NOx emissions;
comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a primary ammonia dosing need, the inlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system upstream of administering ammonia into the flue gas;
comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a secondary ammonia dosing need, the outlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system downstream of an SCR reactor or catalyst;
controlling an ammonia dosing valve to administer ammonia into the flue gas, the dosing valve being at a location in the SCR system upstream of the SCR reactor or catalyst, based upon the combined primary and secondary ammonia dosing need and based upon the determined stoichiometric constants in a short-term control loop, continuously sequentially repeating the calculating the running short term average, the adjusting the instantaneous NOx setpoint, the determining the stoichiometric constant, the comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating
the primary ammonia dosing need, the comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating the secondary ammonia dosing need, and the controlling the ammonia dosing valve, for the duration of the short term period; and
at the end of the short-term period and the start of a new short term period, in a compliance period control loop, recalculating the running long term average, re-adjusting the short term target or resetting the short term target to be equal to the defined limit, and continuously repeating the short-term control loop for the duration of the new short-term period.

US Pat. No. 10,391,445

SEQUESTRATION OF CO2 USING CLATHRATES

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A method of sequestering clathrates, comprising:forming a CO2 clathrate and injecting the CO2 clathrate with a hydrate formation promoter, and
encapsulating the CO2 clathrate within a molecular barrier, and depositing the encapsulated CO2 clathrate on the ocean floor at a sufficient depth such that the CO2 clathrate will not decompose into liquid or vapor CO2 and water, wherein the sufficient depth is from 100 m-400 m, wherein depositing the encapsulated CO2 clathrate on the ocean floor comprises placing a hydrate forming constituent between the encapsulated CO2 clathrate and the ocean floor, thereby forming a hydrate between and attached to the encapsulated CO2 clathrate and the ocean floor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,443

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR THE PURIFICATION OF RAW SYNTHESIS GAS

1. A process for the stepwise separation of accompanying gases from a raw synthesis gas stream by a liquid absorbent countercurrently guided through all process steps and circulated via regeneration plants, the process comprising the steps of:separating H2S, COS and CO2 in an absorption step; and
separating accompanying gas residues,
wherein before the separation of H2S, COS and CO2 , the process further comprises an absorption step configured for the removal of aromatics followed by an absorption step configured for the separation of methyl mercaptan.

US Pat. No. 10,391,436

HOUSING, HOUSING COVER AND CONNECTING PART OF A DEVICE FOR SEPARATING AT LEAST ONE FLUID FROM A GAS AND A DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF A FLUID

1. A device for separating liquid from air of a spin-on filter type comprising,a cup-shaped housing assembly; and
at least one annular filter element disposed and fixed within an interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly forming a unitary spin-on filter, so as be completely replaced together in a service situation, the at least one annular filter element elongated along a longitudinal axis and surrounding the longitudinal axis;
wherein the cup-shaped housing assembly comprises:
a cup-shaped housing body having an interior and adapted to receive at least one annular filter element for separating liquid from air;
a housing cover that closes off an end face of the housing body, wherein the housing cover has an inner side that is facing the interior and an outer side that is facing away from the interior;
wherein the housing cover has at least one raw air inlet arranged off-center in the housing cover through which raw air is supplied to the interior;
wherein the housing cover has a central clean air opening though which filtered clean air is discharged from the interior,
wherein the filter element has an open end facing the housing cover;
wherein the housing cover has a connecting section in an area of the clean air opening, wherein the connecting section is an inner thread of the housing cover connectable to an outer thread of a nipple;
wherein an annular seal for sealing the raw air side relative to the environment is attached to the housing cover that can be contacted and compressed in axial direction;
wherein the housing cover has at least one liquid drain arranged at a clean air side of the cup-shaped housing assembly extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis, from the inner side of the housing cover which is facing the interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly to the outer side of the housing cover which is facing away from the interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly, the at least one liquid drain being arranged in radial direction between the centrally arranged clean air outlet and the raw air inlet, wherein the at least one liquid drain is formed by at least one groove or at least one recess, passage or bore in the housing cover that is arranged in radial direction between the clean air opening at the housing cover and the at least one raw air inlet;
wherein, for sealing the raw air inlet relative to the clean air opening, at least one annular sealing surface is arranged at the outer side of the housing cover, wherein the at least one sealing surface is arranged on the housing cover such that, in a connected state, the at least one sealing surface seals the at least one raw air inlet relative to the at least one liquid drain;
wherein a liquid collecting chamber is provided at an axial end of the filter element that is facing the housing cover, wherein the liquid collecting chamber is fluidically connected with the liquid drain such that separated liquid can be returned from the liquid collecting chamber through the liquid drain.

US Pat. No. 10,391,432

MANIFOLD ARRANGEMENT

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A filtration system comprising:a first filtration module including a first fluid communication opening and a first header having a first removable end cap engaged with an upper end of the first header and a first filtration cartridge having an end disposed in a lower end of the first header;
a second filtration module including a second fluid communication opening and a second header having a second removable end cap engaged with an upper end of the second header and a second filtration cartridge having an end disposed in a lower end of the second header;
a first common fluid transfer manifold in fluid communication with the first fluid communication opening and the second fluid communication opening positioned between the first filtration module and the second filtration module;
a second common fluid transfer manifold in fluid communication with the first and second filtration modules and disposed between and below the first and second filtration modules;
an aeration control mechanism disposed within the second common fluid transfer manifold and including:
a first conduit including a first aeration control aperture defined in a wall of the first conduit and in fluid communication with a lower end of the first filtration module; and
a second conduit including a second aeration control aperture defined in a wall of the second conduit and in fluid communication with a lower end of the second filtration module.

US Pat. No. 10,391,408

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO FACILITATE USER INTERACTIONS WITH VIRTUAL OBJECTS DEPICTED AS BEING PRESENT IN A REAL-WORLD SPACE

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A system configured to facilitate user interactions with virtual objects depicted as being present in a real-world space, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
obtain space information, the space information defining a representation of a first location in a real-world space, the first location in the real-world space including real-world objects and/or people present in and/or moving through the real-world space, the representation of the first location including one or more virtual objects depicted in the representation of the first location as being present in the first location, individual virtual objects being configured to experience locomotion within the representation of the first location;
obtain orientation information derived from output signals generated by an orientation sensor of a computing platform associated with a user, the orientation information defining an orientation of the computing platform physically present at a second location in the real-world space, the second location being a separate and distinct physical region in the real-world space from the first location;
generate image information based on the space information and the orientation information, the image information defining an image, the image depicting the representation of the first location within a field of view of the real-world space at the first location and the one or more virtual objects depicted in the first location within the field of view, wherein the field of view of the real-world space at the first location is determined based on the orientation of the computing platform physically present at the second location; and
effectuate presentation of the image via a display of the computing platform.

US Pat. No. 10,391,407

GAME APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A GAME PROGRAM FOR CONDUCTING DATA COMMUNICATIONS WITH A NETWORK

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A system, comprising:a first radio communication unit configured to receive data associated with a gaming application;
a second radio communication unit; and
a processing unit including at least one processor configured to execute one or more applications, at least one of the one or more applications including the gaming application, the processing unit configured to:
communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with a server and/or another system to send and/or receive data associated with the one or more applications; and
communicate, via the second radio communication unit, with a remote control device over a short range wireless radio communication connection, the remote control device to control switching of the system between a first mode and a second mode, wherein the first radio communication unit and the second radio communication unit are outside the processing unit, and wherein the system:
in the first mode:
powers the processing unit to execute the one or more applications; and
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with at least one of the server or the other system; and
in the second mode:
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with at least one of the server or the other system;
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the second radio communication unit, with the remote control device; and
restricts power to the processing unit such that the processing unit is unable to execute the one or more applications.

US Pat. No. 10,391,406

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAFE DRIVE INDUCING GAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for safe drive inducing game, comprising:a controller configured to:
execute a safe drive inducing game when a driver attention dispersion is detected while a vehicle is driven to stimulate driver attention;
recognize a target driving path from vehicle driving information when executing the safe drive inducing game;
generate a path guidance display according to the recognized target driving path to display on a game screen;
determine whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display by comparing a driving state of the vehicle with a position of the path guidance display displayed on the game screen wherein the game screen is displayed on a head up display (HUD) of the vehicle; and
calculate a score of the safe drive inducing game according to whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display,
wherein the controller is further configured to execute the safe drive inducing game and execute the safe drive inducing game based on a driver selection when the driver attention dispersion state is detected and add or subtract a score obtained from the safe drive inducing game based on whether the driving state of the vehicle corresponds to the safe driving condition, and
wherein the vehicle is driven by the driver during the execution of the safe drive inducing game.