US Pat. No. 10,597,298

CERAMIC ENCAPSULATION BY USE OF ONE OR MORE SPECIALIZED SILANES TO TEMPLATE OIL IN AN OIL IN WATER EMULSION

CoLabs International Corp...

1. A method for forming silica-based particles, the method comprising the steps:(a) preparing an emulsion having a basic pH, the emulsion including a continuous phase that is polar and has one or more nonionic surfactants and/or one or more anionic surfactants, and a dispersed phase comprising droplets including a non-polar active ingredient and a non-polar diluent;
(b) adding a first modified silica precursor to the emulsion such that the first modified silica precursor is emulsion templated onto the surface of the droplets to form a silica-based first shell layer around the droplets, wherein the first shell layer formed has a mean thickness of about 1 nm to about 500 nm within 2 hours from addition of the first modified silica precursor to the emulsion, and wherein the first modified silica precursor has the general formula (I):
R1x-Si-(OR2)y  (I)wherein R1 is selected from substituted and unsubstituted alkyl, aryl, alcohols, amines, amides, aldehydes, acids, esters, and functional groups having an unsaturated carbon-carbon bond, wherein R2 is an alkyl group, wherein x+y=4, and wherein x=1 or 2;(c) adding a second modified silica precursor to the emulsion such that a coating can be deposited on at least part of the silica-based first shell layer through the interaction of the second modified silica precursor with the first modified silica precursor present in the silica-based first shell layer to form a second shell layer, wherein the first silica precursor and the second silica precursor are different; and
(d) allowing the emulsion to sit for up to 2 days until the thickness of the first shell layer and the second shell layer together have a mean thickness in the range of about 1 ?m to about 250 ?m;
wherein the method produces silica-based particles having a silica-based shell surrounding a liquid core comprising the non-polar active ingredient and the non-polar diluent.

US Pat. No. 10,597,297

ENRICHED ACID GAS FOR SULFUR RECOVERY

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system of acid gas enrichment, the system comprising:an acid gas stream connector configured to receive an acid gas stream;
a contactor configured to separate the acid gas stream received from the acid gas stream connector into a carbon dioxide rich stream and a purified acid gas stream, the acid gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), and hydrocarbons;
a regenerator in fluid communication with the contactor such that the regenerator is configured to separate the purified acid gas stream to obtain a hydrogen sulfide rich stream and a hydrogen sulfide lean stream, the hydrogen sulfide rich stream having a concentration of hydrogen sulfide;
a recycle stream conduit fluidly coupled between the regenerator and the contactor, and configured to supply at least a portion of the hydrogen sulfide rich stream from the regenerator to the contactor; and
an acid gas recycle valve coupled to the recycle stream conduit that opens and closes a fluid pathway from the regenerator to the contactor based on an H2S content in the hydrogen sulfide rich stream to direct the hydrogen sulfide rich stream exiting the regenerator to combine with the acid gas stream at the acid gas stream connector prior to the combination of the hydrogen sulfide rich stream and the acid gas stream entering the contactor.

US Pat. No. 10,597,296

METHOD FOR SUPPLYING OZONE GAS AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING OZONE GAS

IWATANI CORPORATION, Osa...

1. A method for supplying an ozone gas containing a nitrogen oxide from an ozone gas source to an object while switching the ozone gas between a state where the ozone gas is supplied to the object through a first channel provided with a first vessel holding a first adsorbent of silica gel and a state where the ozone gas is supplied to the object through a second channel, the method comprising the steps of:supplying the ozone gas from the ozone gas source to the object through the second channel; and
switching the ozone gas from the ozone gas source to the state where the ozone gas is supplied to the object through the first channel so that the nitrogen oxide is adsorbed on the first adsorbent and supplying the ozone gas having a reduced concentration of the nitrogen oxide to the object, wherein
the step of supplying the ozone gas from the ozone gas source through the second channel includes the step of, while supplying the ozone gas from the ozone gas source to the object through the second channel, introducing a part of the ozone gas from the ozone gas source to the first vessel so that the ozone gas is adsorbed on the first adsorbent and ozone adsorbability of the first adsorbent is reduced, and
in the step of supplying the ozone gas from the ozone gas source to the object through the first channel, the ozone gas passes through the first vessel holding the first adsorbent whose ozone adsorbability is reduced in the step of reducing ozone adsorbability of the first adsorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,597,294

INTEGRATED METHODS FOR CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS

Novomer, Inc., Rochester...

1. A method for the integrated production of chemicals comprising:a) in a first reaction zone, contacting an epoxide in the presence of a carbonylation catalyst with a syngas stream containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide to produce an epoxide carbonylation product, and
b) removing an upgraded gas stream from the first reaction zone, wherein the upgraded gas stream has a higher hydrogen to carbon monoxide ratio than the starting syngas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,597,293

OPERATION METHOD FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND HYDROGEN PRODUCTION APPARATUS

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Osa...

1. A hydrogen production apparatus comprising a desulfurizer that desulfurizes a source gas, a reformer that heats the desulfurized source gas in a state mixed with steam with a heater and obtains a reformed gas, a CO transformer that causes carbon monoxide in the reformed gas to react with steam and obtains a transformed gas, and a hydrogen purification unit that separates impurities other than hydrogen from the transformed gas after processing by the CO transformer to purify hydrogen gas, further comprising:a gas flow path that allows gas comprising at least one of the source gas, the desulfurized source gas, the reformed gas, the transformed gas, and/or the hydrogen gas to flow to the desulfurizer, the reformer, the CO transformer, and/or the hydrogen purification unit, and a pressure feed configured to cause the gas to flow in the gas flow path,
a controller programmed or configured to perform, in order, a hydrogen purification operation for driving the heater and the pressure feed to supply the gas to the gas flow path, and a stopping operation configured to stop operation of the heater and the pressure feed, and
a throttle unit in a return path that returns and circulates the gas while bypassing the hydrogen purification unit in a closed circulation circuit, the throttle unit configured to switch between a throttled state in which a first flow path resistance is set and a throttle released state in which a second flow path resistance is set, wherein the second flow path resistance is smaller than the first flow path resistance,
wherein the closed circulation circuit that returns and circulates the gas by the pressure feed in an order of the desulfurizer, the reformer, and then the CO transformer while bypassing the hydrogen purification unit, is provided in the gas flow path, and a purge gas supply path is provided where a purge gas is supplied to an upstream side of the pressure feed in the gas flow path,
wherein the controller, prior to the stopping operation, is programmed or configured to perform a purging step of replacing the gas within the gas flow path with the purge gas, and filling the purge gas into the gas flow path,
wherein the controller, in a start-up operation in which the heater is operated to increase the temperature of the gas within the gas flow path, which is performed prior to the hydrogen purification operation, is programmed or configured to perform a pressure increasing step of supplying the purge gas from the purge gas supply path to the closed circulation circuit, and increasing the pressure within the closed circulation circuit while operating the pressure feed, and subsequently to perform a temperature increasing step for operating the pressure feed and the heater and increasing the temperature, and
wherein the controller is programmed or configured to perform the pressure increasing step with the throttle unit switched to the throttled state, and to perform the temperature increasing step with the throttle unit switched to the throttle released state.

US Pat. No. 10,597,292

PROCESS FOR GENERATING POWER AND HYDROGEN GAS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A process for generating power and hydrogen gas, comprising:mixing a natural gas stream with steam to form a natural gas/H2O stream and delivering the natural gas/H2O stream to a reaction zone of a membrane reformer assembly, wherein at least a portion of a natural gas/H2O stream is converted into a syngas stream in the presence of a nickel-doped aluminum oxide catalyst, and wherein a portion of molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across a hydrogen-permeable membrane to a sweep zone;
flowing steam to the sweep zone to sweep molecular hydrogen and to form a H2/H2O stream;
condensing the H2/H2O stream to form a hydrogen stream and a first purified water stream; and
combusting the hydrogen stream to generate power,
wherein the membrane reformer assembly comprises
a first vessel with a first internal cavity having, a heating zone with a heating zone inlet and a heating zone outlet, the reaction zone with a reaction zone inlet and a reaction zone outlet, and the sweep zone with a sweep zone inlet and a sweep zone outlet, wherein the reaction zone and the sweep zone are separated by the hydrogen-permeable membrane and the reaction zone contains the nickel-doped aluminum oxide catalyst;
a combustor comprising
a plurality of combustor feed inlets, and
an exhaust outlet,
wherein the combustor is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and at least one of said combustor feed inlets is fluidly connected to the reaction zone outlet via a syngas line; and
an expander located downstream of the combustor and fluidly connected to the exhaust outlet via an exhaust line,
wherein the natural gas/H2O stream is converted into the syngas stream in the reaction zone in the presence of the nickel-doped aluminum oxide catalyst, and at least a portion of the molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across the hydrogen-permeable membrane to the sweep zone leaving behind the hydrogen stream in the reaction zone,
wherein the hydrogen stream is combusted in the combustor to form an exhaust stream, and
wherein the exhaust stream is expanded in the expander to generate power,
the power generation system further comprising:
an ion transport membrane assembly comprising
a second vessel with a second internal cavity, and
an ion transport membrane that divides the second internal cavity into a feed zone and a permeate zone, wherein the feed zone has an ITM feed inlet and an ITM feed outlet and the permeate zone has a permeate zone inlet and a permeate zone outlet,
wherein at least a portion of molecular oxygen present in an oxygen-containing stream that is delivered to the feed zone is transported across the ion transport membrane to the permeate zone,
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and the permeate zone inlet is fluidly connected to the heating zone outlet via a sweep as line, and
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located upstream of the combustor and the permeate zone outlet is fluidly connected to one of said combustor feed inlets via an oxygen line.

US Pat. No. 10,597,291

DISPOSABLE MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE

The University of British...

1. A microfluidic cartridge that is disposable and is configured to mix a first solution with a second solution to produce a mixed solution, the microfluidic cartridge comprising:(A) a carrier, comprising a first inlet connector, a second inlet connector, and an outlet opening;
(B) a microfluidic structure integrally incorporated into the carrier, the microfluidic structure comprising:
(I) a first inlet microchannel configured to receive fluid from first inlet connector;
(II) a second inlet microchannel configured to receive fluid from the second inlet connector;
(III) a mixer configured to:
receive a first solution from the first inlet microchannel and a second solution from the second inlet microchannel;
mix the first solution and the second solution to provide a mixed solution, and
direct the mixed solution into an outlet microchannel; and
(IV) the outlet microchannel, which is in fluid communication with the outlet opening,
wherein the mixer is a Dean Vortex Bifurcating Mixer (DVBM) comprising an inlet leading to a first leg channel and a second leg channel that define a circumference of a first toroidal mixing element.

US Pat. No. 10,597,290

PROCESS FOR FILLING ETCHED HOLES USING FIRST AND SECOND POLYMERS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A process for filling one or more etched holes defined in a frontside surface of a wafer substrate, the process comprising the steps of:(i) depositing a layer of a thermoplastic first polymer onto the frontside surface and into each hole;
(ii) optionally reflowing the first polymer;
(iii) optionally repeating steps (i) and (ii) until the holes are overfilled with the first polymer;
(iv) depositing a layer of a photoimageable second polymer;
(vi) selectively removing the second polymer from regions outside a periphery of the holes, the selective removing comprising exposure and development of the second polymer;
(vii) exposing the wafer substrate to a controlled oxidative plasma so as to reveal the frontside surface of the wafer substrate; and
(viii) planarizing the frontside surface to provide one or more holes filled with a plug comprising the first polymer only, each plug having a respective upper surface coplanar with the frontside surface,
wherein the first polymer is less viscous than the second polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,289

3D PRINTER, RESIN, AND INTERCONNECT

1. A method of manufacturing a microfluidic device comprising:constructing the microfluidic device layer by layer by applying a layer of uncured resin and curing to crosslink the layer by exposure to UV light from a UV source, for the exposure of each individual layer;
patterning the exposure of the UV source to expose at least a portion of the layer to cure the resin in that portion and to optionally leave one or more portions unexposed to leave uncured resin in those portions,
including in the resin of the layer a UV light absorber having an absorption spectrum that fully overlaps the spectrum of the UV source to result in a spectral overlap,
the thickness of the layer sufficiently small, and the exposure to UV light of a duration to crosslink resin in the exposed portions of the layer corresponding to the exposure pattern,
without UV penetrating to any layer underlying the layer due to the UV light absorber, sufficient to cure uncured resin portions in the underlying layer,flushing uncured resin from the unexposed portions of the constructed layered microfluidic device to result in a microfluidic device with voids, the voids interconnected to function as microfluidic components.

US Pat. No. 10,597,288

MEMS-DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, MEMS DEVICE, AND MEMS MODULE

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. A MEMS device characterized in that the MEMS device includes:a substrate that has a movable portion and a hollow portion both of which coincide with each other when viewed in a thickness direction and a fixed portion that supports the movable portion, and characterized in that the movable portion and the fixed portion are made of a same and single semiconductor that does not have a joined portion at a boundary between the movable portion and the fixed portion;
a first metallic layer formed on the substrate, the first metallic layer having a pad portion, and an outer peripheral portion that is physically separated from the pad portion and that surrounds the pad portion; and
a second metallic layer covering the pad portion and the outer peripheral portion together, and having a portion that enters a first region between the pad portion and the outer peripheral portion, wherein
the substrate has a principal surface including a surface of the movable portion, and the principal surface has a concave portion that coincides with the movable portion when viewed in the thickness direction, and
the outer peripheral portion is electrically connected to the pad portion through the second metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,287

MULTI-CHAMBER TRANSDUCER MODULE, APPARATUS INCLUDING THE MULTI-CHAMBER TRANSDUCER MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MULTI-CHAMBER TRANSDUCER MODULE

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A transducer module, comprising:a supporting substrate having a first side and a second side, first and second through vias extending from the first side to the second side;
a conductive path at the second side of the supporting substrate, the conductive path coupled to the first and second through vias;
a cap coupled to the first side of the supporting substrate to form a first chamber and a second chamber, the second chamber being internally isolated from the first chamber, the first through via being in the supporting substrate at the first chamber, the second through via being in the supporting substrate at the second chamber;
a first sensor chip coupled to the first side of the supporting substrate in the first chamber, the first sensor chip integrating a first microelectromechanical (MEMS) transducer configured to detect a first environmental quantity and to generate a first transduced signal as a function of the first environmental quantity detected;
a second sensor chip coupled to the first side of the supporting substrate in the second chamber, the second sensor chip integrating a second microelectromechanical (MEMS) transducer configured to detect a second environmental quantity and to generate a second transduced signal as a function of the second environmental quantity detected; and
a control chip in the first chamber, the control chip being functionally coupled to the first MEMS transducer, the control chip being functionally coupled to the second MEMS transducers by the first and second through vias and the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 10,597,286

MONOLITHIC PHASE CHANGE HEAT SINK

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. A monolithic microelectromechanical (MEMS) device including a vapor chamber, the device comprising:a condenser substrate;
a device substrate having a device surface comprising an integrated circuit disposed therein and a rear surface, wherein the vapor chamber is enclosed between the condenser substrate and one of the device surface or rear surface of the device substrate, wherein the condenser substrate has approximately a same footprint as the device substrate;
a phase change liquid disposed in the vapor chamber, the phase change liquid being in contact with the device substrate; and
one or more wicks extending into the vapor chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,597,285

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR HEATING FUEL HOSES AND NOZZLES

Wayne Fueling Systems LLC...

1. A fuel dispensing device, comprising:a hose having first and second passageways extending longitudinally therethrough, the first passageway being configured to pass fluid therethrough, the second passageway being adjacent to and independent from the first passageway, and the second passageway being configured to pass air therethrough;
a heat element disposed within and extending along a longitudinal length of the second passageway in the hose, the heat element being configured to heat the air passing through the second passageway, thereby heating the fluid within the first passageway that is adjacent the second passageway;
a nozzle, the first passageway extending through the nozzle such that the fluid is allowed to exit a distal opening of the first passageway to allowing be dispensed from the nozzle, and the second passageway having a distal opening that is proximal to the distal opening of the first passageway, the distal opening of the second passageway allowing the air to pass therethrough;
a flow diverting element located at a junction between the hose and the nozzle, the flow diverting element being configured to divert the first and second passageways such that distal to the flow diverting element in the hose the second passageway is disposed within the first passageway and proximal to the flow diverting element in the nozzle the first passageway is disposed within the second passageway; and
a movable element located distal to the nozzle and proximal to the flow diverting element, the movable element being configured to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the hose so as to allow the nozzle to be selectively oriented relative to the hose, and the first and second passageways extending through the movable element.

US Pat. No. 10,597,284

FUEL TANK VENT AND SHUTOFF VALVE

Flomax International, Inc...

1. A non-pressure valve comprising:a tubular housing having an inlet and an outlet;
a sliding sleeve coupled with the outlet, where an interior surface of the sliding sleeve and the tubular housing together form a fluid flow path, where the sliding sleeve slides on an interior surface of the outlet, and relative to the outlet, between a closed position and an open position;
a spring disposed between the sliding sleeve and the tubular housing;
a flow-through mount disposed within the tubular housing adjacent the sliding sleeve, wherein the flow-through mount is coupled with a bulb, the bulb configured to engage the sliding sleeve and impede a flow of fuel;
a hose fluidly coupling the non-pressure valve with a remote fuel vent; and
wherein the flow-through mount comprises a plurality of bypass openings configured to divert a portion of the fuel flow through the hose to the remote fuel vent regardless of whether the sliding sleeve is in either the closed position or the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,283

ERRONEOUS REFUELING PREVENTION DEVICE

YACHIYO INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

1. An erroneous refueling prevention device which restricts or allows insertion of a refueling gun into a refueling passage depending on an outer diameter of the refueling gun,the device comprising:
a flap configured to open or close the refueling passage by a turn of the flap about a first turn pivot; and
a switch configured to be unlocked from the flap by a turn of the flap to a half-opened state, and to turn about a second turn pivot,
wherein the switch comprises a protrusion detector configured to, in response to the turn, project to a position where the protrusion detector faces the refueling passage,
wherein the switch restricts or allows a turn of the flap from the half-opened state to a fully-opened state, depending on a turn amount of the switch to be determined by a contact relationship between the protrusion detector and the refueling gun.

US Pat. No. 10,597,282

MASS BASED LOW PRODUCT INDICATOR

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A dispenser that dispenses a product, the dispenser comprising:a housing comprising a compartment selectively closed and secured by a lockable door, the compartment includes a container holder supporting an opaque product container;
the opaque product container containing a product, the product having a UV sensitivity and a product level within the product container that ranges between full and empty, the product level having a low level wherein the product level is near empty;
a dispensing apparatus associated with the product container to withdraw and dispense product from the product container at an outlet, wherein said dispensing apparatus comprises an outlet tube and a bucket fill assembly for selectively dispensing from either or both of the tube or bucket fill assembly via a dispensing area;
the container holder being vertically moveable within a movement range;
a biasing element supporting the container holder within the housing that urges the container holder upwardly such that a position of the product container in the movement range is dependent upon the product level in the product container; a level indicator window positioned through the lockable door and vertically fixed relative to the housing;
a sign vertically fixed relative to the container holder, the sign including a low level marking at an upper portion of the sign to indicate when the product level is at the low level or lower; and
wherein when the product level is at the low level or lower, the window is aligned with a portion of the low level marking.

US Pat. No. 10,597,281

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO RECORD THE FLOW OF A LIQUID USING AN ELECTRONIC POURER

1. An inventory system comprising:an electronic pourer, configured to:
transmit a first notification when the electronic pourer is coupled to a container, wherein the first notification includes a unique electronic pourer identification value,
transmit a second notification when it is determined that a pour has occurred through the tamper proof electronic pourer, and
transmit a third notification when the electronic pourer is decoupled from the container; and
a computing device paired with the electronic pourer, configured to:
register the electronic pourer as active upon receiving the first notification, wherein the register includes incrementing a value of a container usage counter, the value of the container usage counter queried from a database coupled to the computing device,
increment a pour counter when it is determined that the electronic pourer has transmitted the second notification,
reset the pour counter when it is determined that the electronic pourer has transmitted the third notification.

US Pat. No. 10,597,280

SMART WATER DISPENSER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A smart water dispenser comprising:a mechanical switch;
an electronic switch arranged on a water outlet pipeline;
a mechanical switch detection unit configured to detect an ON/OFF state of the mechanical switch and transmit a detection result to a controller; and
an electronic switch detection unit configured to detect an ON/OFF state of the electronic switch and transmit a detection result to the controller;
wherein the controller is connected to the electronic switch, the mechanical switch detection unit and the electronic switch detection unit, and is configured to determine whether water usage is normal according to the ON/OFF states of the mechanical and the electronic switches, and to turn off the electronic switch if it is determined that the water usage is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,597,279

DRINK HOLDER

CARDIFF GROUP, naamloze v...

10. A holder comprising:a rigid outer holder comprising a mouth; and
an adapter provided on the mouth;
wherein:
the mouth of the rigid outer holder is configured to receive a flexible inner holder that comprises a coupling element, and
the adapter is configured to be coupled to the coupling element of the inner holder,
thereby allowing the inner holder, with the coupling element that is too small to be provided on the mouth directly to be provided on the mouth,
wherein the outer holder and the adapter are fitted with a complementary first lock that locks their relative position when they are coupled, whereby the locking is repeatedly reversible.

US Pat. No. 10,597,278

METHOD OF DISPENSING A BEVERAGE WITH VARIABLE PRESSURE

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A....

1. A method of preparing and dispensing a beverage with a countertop dispensing device, the device comprising:a housing comprising a beverage unit with a liquid line having a liquid inlet at one end and a beverage outlet at an opposite end; a pressure controller controlling the pressure in the liquid line; and a container receiving means, to receive an ingredient container, such that when correctly installed, the content of the container is in fluid communication with the liquid line for mixing the content of the ingredient container with a base liquid in the liquid line;
an ingredient container identification unit;
a processor coupled to the identification unit and to the pressure controller for controlling said pressure controller based on input received from the container identification;
the method comprising the steps of:
providing the ingredient container in the device;
identifying the ingredient container;
providing a base liquid;
mixing the content of the ingredient container with the base liquid to prepare the beverage to be dispensed;
the thus prepared beverage;
wherein the pressure in the liquid line changes from a first pressure level higher than ambient pressure level, to a second pressure level higher than the ambient level, and higher than the first pressure level, by said pressure controller during dispensing of the beverage, the first pressure level being different from the second pressure level, wherein the pressure is maintained substantially constant at the first level during a first fraction of the period needed for dispensing the beverage, and wherein the pressure is maintained substantially constant at the second level during a second fraction of the period needed for dispensing.

US Pat. No. 10,597,277

FILL VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR FILLER DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF USE

Fogg Filler Company, Hol...

1. A fill valve assembly for use in association with a filler device, comprising:a vent tube, a valve housing, a valve sleeve, and a seal member;
wherein the vent tube comprises an upper venting aperture, a lower venting aperture, an intermediate region having a lower displacement stop member having an annular upper surface, wherein the lower displacement stop member comprises an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of the vent tube positioned immediately below the lower displacement stop member, and wherein the vent tube is positioned at least partially within the valve housing, and the valve sleeve:
wherein the valve housing is in communication with a filler device;
wherein the valve sleeve is positioned at least partially within the valve housing;
wherein the seal member is positioned within the valve housing;
wherein the fill valve assembly is positionable among a closed position, a first open position, a second open position, and a clean-in-place position;
wherein when the fill valve assembly is in a first open position, the seal member contacts an upper wall of the valve housing, and when the fill valve assembly is in a second open position, the seal member contacts the lower displacement stop member of the vent tube; and
wherein the seal member is configured such that moving the valve sleeve relative to the valve housing causes the seal member to displace upwardly relative to the vent tube and the displacement stop member from the second open position to the first open position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,276

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A BOTTLER BURST HANDLING PROTOCOL OF A CONTAINER FILLING DEVICE AND A DUMMY CONTAINER APPLIED THEREFOR

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A....

1. A dummy container for controlling a container filling device comprises:a base;
a housing attached to the base and movable in view of the base between a first extended position and a second collapsed position, the housing defining a fluid inlet extending into a pressure chamber;
a locking mechanism arranged between the housing and the base allowing locking the housing in the first extended position in view of the base; and
actuating mechanism designed to release said locking mechanism between the base and housing upon a pressure increase in the pressure chamber, thereby triggering the movement of the housing into the second collapsed position in view of the base;
the locking mechanism comprises latches which slide laterally from a locked position wherein the latches engage in a recess provided in the base to an unlocked position wherein the latches retract into a recess provided in the actuating mechanism;
the actuating mechanism comprises:
a piston movably arranged in the housing between a first and second position, said piston comprises a piston head sealingly engaging the housing and defining said pressure chamber together with the housing; and
a biasing mechanism for biasing the piston head towards the first position, the biasing mechanism positioned in the housing portion of the dummy and encircling the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,597,275

SOFT ROBOTIC ACTUATORS FOR POSITIONING, PACKAGING, AND ASSEMBLING

Soft Robotics, Inc., Bed...

1. A method comprising:providing a target object to an input location, the input location being proximal to a soft robotic elastomeric actuator, the soft robotic elastomeric actuator comprising an elastomeric body having a reservoir and configured to be inflated by supplying an inflation fluid to the reservoir and further comprising an elastomeric base having a first side forming a gripping surface and a second side exposed to an internal void of the reservoir;
transmitting a first control signal to a controller associated with the soft robotic actuator, the first control signal comprising a first command to inflate the soft robotic actuator;
fixing the target object at the input location using the soft robotic actuator;performing an operation on the target object;determining that the operation has ended;
transmitting a second control signal to the controller, the second control signal comprising a second command to deflate the soft robotic actuator; and
providing the target object to an output location.

US Pat. No. 10,597,274

TOWER ELEVATING ASSEMBLY

HOMECARE PRODUCTS, INC., ...

1. A tower elevating assembly, comprising:(a) a platform assembly configured to move between a first elevation position and a second elevation position, the platform assembly having a first and second ends and a platform therebetween, the platform having a longitudinal axis, wherein the platform has a first and second guard wall, respectively, on the first and second ends of the platform and a ramp between the first and second guard walls to enclose the platform, the ramp being retractable to provide an exit from the platform;
(b) a single stage tower supporting the platform assembly, the single stage tower is located near to the first end of the platform assembly and spaced from the second end of the platform assembly, the tower having a first end and a second end and including a track assembly, wherein the track assembly includes first and second track portions extending between the first and second ends of the tower, wherein each of the first and second track portions includes at least first and second adjacent channels, wherein each of the first and second track portions is manufactured as a single continuous extruded structure made from extruded aluminum, and wherein a portion of the single continuous structure of each of the first and second track portions defines the at least first and second adjacent channels of the respective first and second track portions, wherein the at least first and second channels are defined by a wall portion and first and second end portions, each of the first and second end portions having a first end at the wall portion, wherein the transition from the wall portion to each of the first and second end portions is a rounded corner, and a second end extending in an orthogonal direction from the wall portion, and at least one divider portion extending from the wall portion between the first and second end portions in an orthogonal direction from the wall portion to define the at least first and second channels having openings thereto, wherein the first and second track portions are arranged such that the openings to both of the at least first and second channels of the first track portion face the openings to both of the at least first and second open channels of the second track portion and an outer side of the wall portion of the first track portion faces away from an outer side of the wall portion of the second track portion, wherein the tower further includes at least first and second legs extending from a base of the tower orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the tower, and wherein the tower is configured to be anchored to a ground surface by base attachments points located on the first and second legs; and
(c) a carriage assembly for providing support to the platform assembly, the carriage assembly having a first end adjacent the tower for supporting the first end of the platform assembly and a second end spaced from the tower for supporting the second end of the platform assembly, and the carriage assembly including a tower interface at the first end configured for moving first and second rollers within the first channels of the first and second track portions, wherein the first and second rollers are configured to rotate about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the platform, wherein the platform assembly is configured to move along the track assembly between the first elevation position at the first end of the tower to the second elevation position at the second end of the tower, wherein a vertical reach of the platform assembly is limited to a length of the single continuous extruded aluminum first and second track portions.

US Pat. No. 10,597,273

CARRIER VEHICLE

NIDEC-SHIMPO CORPORATION,...

1. A carrier vehicle comprising:a flat plate through which a through-hole is provided; and
a moving section that causes the flat plate to move,
wherein the moving section is switched among
a reference mode in which the flat plate is caused to move to a reference position,
a penetrating mode in which the through-hole in the flat plate is penetrated through, and
a moving mode in which the flat plate is caused to move from the reference position to a moving position without penetrating through the through-hole in the flat plate.

US Pat. No. 10,597,272

CLAMPING ASSEMBLY FOR LOAD-CARRYING VEHICLE

Loron, Inc., Kelso, WA (...

1. A clamping assembly for a load-carrying vehicle, comprising:first and second clamp arms movable towards and away from each other to contact and exert a clamping force on a load sufficient for lifting and transporting the load;
first clamp arm sensing elements positioned at spaced apart locations on the first clamp arm and responsive to forces exerted at adjacent first clamp arm clamping areas;
second clamp arm sensing elements positioned at spaced apart locations on the second clamp arm and responsive to forces exerted at second clamp arm clamping areas;
wherein the first clamp arm sensing elements and the second clamp arm sensing elements are configured to sense and feed back forces exerted by the first and second clamp arms, respectively, and to passively adjust a clamping force magnitude based on a fraction defined as an engaged clamp arm area engaged by the load divided by a total clamp arm area and a location of the engaged clamp arm area relative to the first clamp arm sensing elements and the second clamp arm sensing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,597,271

PROACTIVELY REDUCING VIBRATIONS IN AN INDUSTRIAL TRUCK

JUNGHEINRICH AKTIENGESELL...

1. An industrial truck, in particular a tri-lateral sideloader, comprising:a truck body;
wheels connected to the truck body by wheel suspensions;
a mast, which extends substantially vertically from the truck body and with which a plurality of attachment parts are associated;
a plurality of operating components, which are designed to carry out operating functions of the industrial truck;
a control unit, which is designed to actuate the plurality of operating components of the industrial truck; and
a detection apparatus, which is designed to detect at least one of an operating parameter of the industrial truck or a parameter of an environment around the industrial truck;
wherein the industrial truck further comprises a prediction unit, which is operationally coupled both to the detection apparatus and the control unit and is designed to predict an occurrence of vibrations on the industrial truck based on data provided by the detection apparatus which represent the at least one of the operating parameter of the industrial truck or the parameter of the environment around the industrial truck;
wherein the industrial truck is designed to provide prediction data to the control unit; and wherein the control unit is further designed, based on the prediction data, to actuate at least one of the plurality of operating components to reduce vibrations associated with the truck body or the mast such that the vibrations predicted by the prediction unit are reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,597,270

SHOPPING FACILITY TRACK SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ROUTING MOTORIZED TRANSPORT UNITS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A track system, comprising:an elevated track system within a retail store, wherein the elevated track system comprises a series of elevated tracks that are positioned elevated above a sales floor of the retail store and retail products to be sold from the retail store, wherein the elevated tracks are distributed over at least a portion of the sales floor of the retail store, and configured such that multiple motorized transport units travel along the series of elevated tracks in traversing at least portions of the retail store;
wherein the elevated track system further comprises one or more staging areas that are not one of the series of elevated track and extend directly from a first track of the series of elevated tracks, wherein the one or more staging areas are configured to receive and support one or more motorized transport units that are idle and awaiting instructions from a central computer system and allow the one or more motorized transport units to be maintained in the elevated track system without interfering with one or more other motorized transport units as they travel along at least the first track of the series of elevated tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,597,269

LIFT BASE WITH RETRACTABLE WHEELS

SHINN FU COMPANY OF AMERI...

1. A transportable jack system, comprising:a jack disposed on a base, the base comprising:
a base plate having a plurality of wheel openings formed therein; and
a biasing member disposed between a wheel and the base plate;
wherein:
the biasing member comprises configured from a single piece of material consisting of a horizontal top portion, a horizontal bottom portion, and an angled middle portion disposed between the top horizontal portion and the bottom horizontal portion;
the biasing member biases the base plate away from a ground surface when a load applied to the jack is below a predetermined threshold; and
the biasing member deforms when the load is above the predetermined threshold, wherein the deformation allows the base plate to contact the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,597,268

JACK STAND APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A jack stand apparatus for supporting an overlying load placed thereupon, the jack stand apparatus comprising:a shaft support structure, the shaft support structure comprising a series of leg elements and a central shaft-receiving hub, the series of leg elements extending radially outwardly and downwardly relative to the central shaft-receiving hub, the central shaft-receiving hub comprising a shaft-receiving bore;
a screw shaft construction, the screw shaft construction being supported by the series of leg elements and the central shaft-receiving hub and rotatably received in the shaft-receiving bore of the central shaft-receiving hub of the shaft support structure, the screw shaft construction comprising a shaft axis of rotation and external helical threads, the external helical threads having a shaft thread pitch; and
a pawl assembly, the pawl assembly comprising a fulcrum, a lever arm, and a pawl element, the lever arm and the pawl element extending from the fulcrum, the fulcrum having a fulcrum axis of rotation, the pawl element comprising a helical pawl tip, the helical pawl tip being structurally cooperable with the external helical threads and having a pawl pitch equal to the shaft thread pitch for enhancing structural cooperation between the pawl assembly and the screw shaft construction, the helical pawl tip comprising a flat pawl tip face, a helical upper pawl tip edge, a helical lower pawl tip edge, and laterally opposed pawl tip edges, the helical upper and lower pawl tip edges being parallel to one another, the laterally opposed pawl tip edges being parallel to one another, the fulcrum being cooperably associated with the shaft support structure for enabling a user to structurally cooperate the pawl tip with the external helical threads via the lever arm;
the screw shaft construction being telescopically positionable relative to the shaft support structure for engaging an the overlying load, the helical pawl tip being engagable with the external helical threads for preventing downward movement of the screw shaft construction relative to the shaft support structure when the helical pawl tip and the external helical threads are engaged, the series of leg elements for supporting the jack stand apparatus upon a support surface, the jack stand apparatus thus for supporting the overlying load placed thereupon.

US Pat. No. 10,597,267

VARIABLE RADIUS FAIRLEAD

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A fairlead comprising:an opening through which a line under tension is rove;
a front lip of the opening comprising a variable radius round;
the front lip guides a change in direction of the line, and
a back lip of the opening comprising a mirror image of the variable radius round.

US Pat. No. 10,597,266

CRANE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE OVERLOAD PROTECTION OF SUCH A CRANE

Liebherr-Components Biber...

1. A crane comprising:a boom;
at least one load receiver having a raisable and lowerable configuration;
an overload protection device comprising a detector for detecting the outreach and the load on the at least one load receiver, wherein the overload protection device is configured to compare the detected load and the detected outreach with a stored load curve and to switch off a crane drive when the detected load at the detected outreach equals or exceeds the load curve; and
a monitoring device for monitoring the overload protection device comprising a determiner for determining a tensioning force holding the boom and/or induced in a guy cable;
wherein the monitoring device is configured to:
determine online in crane operation a guying torque from the determined tensioning force present in the guy cable holding the boom,
determine a lifting torque from the detected outreach and the detected load,
determine a dead torque while making use of stored crane data,
compare the sum of the lifting torque and the dead torque with the online determined guying torque, and
then, if a difference of the online determined guying torque from said sum of lifting torque and dead torque exceeds a tolerance threshold, emit an error signal and/or shutdown signal.

US Pat. No. 10,597,265

SLIDER FOR USE WITH A CRANE

High Concrete Group, LLC,...

1. A crane for lifting heavy loads, the crane comprising:a beam having a flange;
a hoist for lifting the loads;
a slider for moving the hoist, the slider comprising;
a hoist support member;
mounting arms extending from either end of the support member, a portion of each mounting arm is spaced from the support member to form a flange receiving slot which is dimensioned to receive the flange of the beam;
a drive mechanism for moving the slider relative to the beam;
wheel mounting members attached to and extending from the mounting arms, each of the wheel mounting members extending from opposite sides of the mounting arms;
wheels extending from the wheel mounting members; and
springs are provided between the wheels and the wheel mounting members, the springs support the weight of the slider without creating contact on the flange of the beam when no load is applied to the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,597,264

SEMI-AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM FOR CARRYING AND PLACING ELONGATE OBJECTS

Advanced Construction Rob...

32. An apparatus comprising:a gantry subassembly comprising:
a bridge member for laterally spanning, in use, a selected section of a work site; and,
a gantry drive system for effecting travel of the gantry subassembly along a first path of the selected section of the work site;
a tram subassembly movably mounted on the gantry subassembly, said tram subassembly comprising:
a tram; and,
a tram drive system for effecting travel of the tram along a second path along the span of the bridge member;
an actuation subassembly mounted on the tram subassembly comprising:
a motion actuator; and,
an actuator drive system for effecting travel along a third path generally perpendicular to the second path, linear movement on a path parallel to the first path, and rotational movement about an axis of the third path;
a gripper subassembly suspended from, and movable with, the motion actuator of the actuation subassembly, the gripper subassembly comprising:
an arm suspended from the motion actuator; and,
a plurality of grippers suspended from the arm for gripping and releasing the object, each gripper comprising at least one pair of articulatable fingers biased towards each other in a partially closed spaced relationship and a finger actuation member for opening and closing the at least one pair of fingers; and,
an autonomous control system comprising:
a sensing function;
a modeling function; and,
an execution function;
the sensing function having receivers for receiving sensory signals and communicating the sensory signals to at least the modeling function,
the modeling function dynamically calculating the position of at least the at least one gripper relative to the work site, coordinating the position calculations with a preplanned map for placement of a plurality of objects on the work site to generate coordination calculations, and communicating the coordination calculations to the execution function, and
the execution function communicating motion signals to one or more of the gantry drive system, the tram drive system, and the actuator drive system for coordinated movement along one or more of the first path, the second path, the third path, the parallel path, and the rotational axis, respectively, to position the gripper subassembly for one or more of lifting, transporting and placing the plurality of objects.

US Pat. No. 10,597,263

TROLLEY FOR A LIFTING DEVICE

1. A trolley for lifting gear, the trolley being designed as a monorail trolley comprising:a lifting mechanism arranged on a support frame and comprising running wheels which are mounted on the support frame and via which the trolley can be moved on a beam and of which at least one first running wheel is mounted on an axle and the axle can be driven together with the running wheel by means of a drive motor, wherein the drivable first running wheel has a circumferential running surface and the running surface is designed and arranged such that it is in contact with the beam when the trolley moves on the beam, wherein the drivable first running wheel is drivingly connected to at least one of the further running wheels via a traction mechanism such that the axle is arranged between the drive motor and the traction mechanism and thus the traction mechanism is drivingly connected downstream of the axle, so that the traction mechanism can be driven by the axle, and the running surface is in contact with the beam when the trolley moves on the beam outside of the traction mechanism, wherein in each case a traction mechanism disk is drivingly allocated to the driven running wheels and the traction mechanism rotates about the traction mechanism disks, and wherein (i) the driven running wheels and the associated traction mechanism disk are each formed in one piece or (ii) the driven running wheels and the associated traction mechanism disk are drivingly connected to one another in each case by means of a motor shaft or an axle, and wherein the driven running wheels are acted upon via resiliently biased friction rollers in the direction of the beam serving as the travel rail.

US Pat. No. 10,597,262

PIPE HANDLING APPARATUS

BALLTEC LIMITED, Morecam...

1. Pipe handling apparatus for recovering a flexible pipe from a seabed, comprising: an insert configured to be inserted into a pipe to be handled; a plurality of clamping members moveably mounted relative to the insert; and an actuator operable to urge the clamping members towards the insert such that the wall of the pipe to be handled can be gripped by the clamping members and the insert, wherein the clamping members have elongate, longitudinally extending, clamping surfaces and the insert comprises a respective elongate, longitudinally extending, recess in its surface for each clamping member.

US Pat. No. 10,597,261

TRANSPORT DEVICE

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR INN...

1. A transport device for conveying passengers in a conveying direction between a first landing area and a second landing area, the transport device comprising:a balustrade including a lower side and an upper side;
a skirt member, wherein the skirt member and the balustrade extend between the first landing area and the second landing area, the skirt member adapted to secure the balustrade by engagement with the lower side of the balustrade;
an endless moving handrail that forms a loop, wherein a first section of the endless moving handrail is configured to move along the upper side of the balustrade in the conveying direction, wherein a second section of the endless moving handrail is configured to move within the skirt member in a direction opposite the conveying direction, wherein first and second turnaround sections are disposed between the first and second sections of the endless moving handrail, the first turnaround section disposed proximate the first landing area and the second turnaround section disposed proximate the second landing area; and
a cover member disposed at at least one of the turnaround sections, the cover member being adapted to render at least part of the at least one of the turnaround sections of the endless moving handrail inaccessible to passengers, wherein the cover member comprises;
a cover section that follows a curvature of the at least one of the turnaround sections of the endless moving handrail;
an attachment section that is configured to be fixedly attached to at least one of the skirt member or a landing cover plate; and
a positioning mechanism configured to position the cover section relative to the balustrade in an adjustable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,597,260

ELEVATOR DOOR PANEL

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator door panel, the elevator door panel including a composite material based on reinforcement fibres embedded in a polymer matrix material, the reinforcement fibres being arranged in the polymer matrix material so thatthe elevator door panel is stiff in a vertical plane, and
the elevator door panel is flexible in a horizontal plane such that the elevator door panel is configured to be bent to a curve around a vertical corner,
wherein the elevator door panel is attached to a top roller slider and a bottom roller slider, such that the elevator door panel is configured to be glidingly supported on top and bottom door guide rails via the top and bottom roller sliders, respectively,
wherein the top roller slider includes
a top slider body that is parallel to the top door guide rail,
two top support arms rotatably attached to separate, opposite end portions of the top slider body, each top support arm rotatably attached to the top slider body by a separate articulated joint positioned in a middle of the top support arm, and
a plurality of top rollers, wherein separate top rollers, of the plurality of top rollers, are attached to opposite ends of each top support arm, wherein the separate top rollers that are attached to the opposite ends of each top support arm are configured to be seated within separate U-shaped grooves in the top door guide rail, based on the top roller slider being installed on the top door guide rail,
wherein the bottom roller slider includes
a bottom slider body that is parallel to the bottom door guide rail,
two bottom support arms rotatably attached to separate, opposite end portions of the bottom slider body, each bottom support arm rotatably attached to the bottom slider body by a separate articulated joint positioned in a middle of the bottom support arm, and
a plurality of bottom rollers, wherein separate bottom rollers, of the plurality of bottom rollers, are attached to opposite ends of each bottom support arm, wherein the separate bottom rollers that are attached to the opposite ends of each bottom support arm are configured to be seated within separate U-shaped grooves in the bottom door guide rail, based on the bottom roller slider being installed on the bottom door guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,597,259

ELEVATOR APPARATUS WITH SEAL MEMBER AND LINK MECHANISM

TOSHIBA ELEVATOR KABUSHIK...

1. An elevator apparatus, comprising:a car-side door sill configured to guide a car door provided in a doorway of an elevator car along its open/close direction;
a landing-side door sill configured to guide a landing door provided in a doorway to the elevator car in each floor where the elevator car can be landed along its open/close direction;
a seal member being displaceable between a sealing position and an evacuation position, the seal member being shaped so as to seal a gap occurring between the car-side door sill and the landing-side door sill, a side of the seal member being rotatably supported by a supporting member at the car-side door sill; and
a link mechanism configured to releasably engage with an actuating member,
wherein the link mechanism is configured to release from engagement with the actuating member at a car side to actuate when the car door starts to open from a door-close end, hold the seal member while rotating the seal member at the sealing position, release the holding of the seal member at the sealing position, and allow the seal member to rotate to the evacuation position,
wherein the link mechanism, when released from the engagement with the actuating member, is configured to move downward by deadweight of component parts and to move upward by the engagement with the actuating member,
wherein a slide block is configured to push down one end of a rotation block to rotate the rotation block to allow the seal member to rotate to the sealing position when the link mechanism moves down,
wherein the slide block is configured to move upward to allow the seal member to rotate to the evacuation position, and
wherein the slide block is configured to move downward to be sandwiched between the rotation block and the car-side door sill, thereby causing the seal member to be held at the sealing position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,258

STAIRLIFTS

Stannah Stairlifts Limite...

1. A method of joining together tubular rail sections of a stairlift rail, said method comprising:forming a first locking surface in each tubular rail section such that each said locking surface is accessible from within the tubular section, said locking surfaces being by holes extending through the walls defining the tubular rail sections;
mounting an internal joint, said internal joint comprising a length of tube, concentrically between juxtaposed tubular rail sections, the internal joint carries second locking surfaces provided by pins complementary to, and engageable with the first locking surfaces on said juxtaposed tubular rail sections, said pins being mounted within said internal joint on a bar and being engageable within said holes to lock said tubular rail sections together;
holding said tubular rail sections together, and in alignment, by said internal joint;
positioning said first and second locking surfaces so that said tubular rail sections can be brought into engagement;
positioning clamping screws through a wall of the tube and screwing into the bar such that the bar is held in position within the tube;
from a position external to said tubular rail sections, tightening the clamping screws to cause displacement of said second locking surfaces into engagement with said first locking surfaces to positively prevent axial displacement and relative rotation between said tubular sections; and
frictionally engaging said internal joint with internal surface parts of said tubular sections while engaging said first and said second locking surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,597,257

HIGH SPEED BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR ELEVATOR SAFETY GEAR AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG,...

1. An elevator braking system, comprising:a wedge having a curved wedge bearing race;
a clamping jaw having a curved jaw bearing race; and
a roller bearing assembly; said assembly having two cages with a spacer maintaining a space therebetween; a plurality of rollers rotatably coupled to said two cages; each of said plurality of rollers being barrel shaped; a first side of said roller bearing assembly configured to be coupled to said wedge via said curved wedge bearing race; and, a second side of said roller bearing assembly configured to be coupled to said clamping jaw via said curved jaw bearing race;
wherein said roller bearing assembly further comprises a resetting spring; and
wherein a radius of curvature of each of said plurality of rollers is less than a radius of curvature of said curved wedge bearing race.

US Pat. No. 10,597,256

SAFETY CIRCUIT BOARD FOR A PASSENGER TRANSPORT INSTALLATION

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A safety circuit board for controlling an electromechanical brake and motor controller of a passenger transport installation, the safety circuit board comprising:at least one processing unit;
a main safety output with an associated relay connected to the at least one processing unit and providing a connection to the electromechanical brake and motor controller; and
a secondary safety output with an associated relay connected to the at least one processing unit and providing a connection to the electromechanical brake and motor controller,
wherein the main safety output and the secondary safety output are configured in parallel enabling control of the electromechanical brake and motor controller with the at least one processing unit using either of the main safety output and the secondary safety output, and
wherein the at least one processing unit is configured to alternately connect between the main safety output and the secondary safety output when connecting and controlling the electromechanical brake and motor controller.

US Pat. No. 10,597,255

ELEVATOR ROUTE SELECTION SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method for providing destination dispatch in an elevator control system, comprising:identifying a user;
retrieving a user profile associated with the user, wherein the user profile includes a plurality of user preferences, the plurality of user preferences being weighted to prioritize the plurality of user preferences;
receiving a destination request associated with the user;
analyzing the user profile and the destination request;
determining a plurality of assignments;
identifying a preferred assignment of the plurality of assignments, the preferred assignment identified in response to the weighted plurality of user preferences; and
prompting the user to opt-out of the preferred assignment.

US Pat. No. 10,597,254

AUTOMATED CONVEYANCE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method for automating maintenance of a conveyance system, the method comprising:receiving video from a camera associated with the conveyance system;
performing automated maintenance tasks on the conveyance system;
storing results of the automated maintenance tasks in a maintenance database; and
providing maintenance tasks to a mobile device, each maintenance task including a maintenance task identifier and a maintenance task status;
wherein the performing the automated maintenance tasks comprises performing video analytics on the video and performing the automated maintenance tasks in response to the video analytics;
wherein the automated maintenance tasks are performed under the instruction of a controller, each automated maintenance task fulfilling a task in a maintenance routine.

US Pat. No. 10,597,253

AUTOMATED AISLE RUNNER

1. An automated aisle runner comprises:an aisle runner;
an automated control unit;
a mobile runner extender;
the aisle runner comprising a runner body, a fixed end, and a free end;
the automated control unit comprising a housing, a runner feed opening, a runner roller, and a retraction mechanism;
the runner feed opening traversing through the housing;
the runner roller being rotatably mounted within the housing;
the retraction mechanism being operably coupled to the runner roller to control rotation of the runner roller;
the fixed end and the free end being terminally positioned opposite each other along the runner body;
the fixed end being adjacently connected to the roller body;
the runner body being disposed about the runner roller; and
the free end being selectively engaged with the mobile runner extender.

US Pat. No. 10,597,252

STACKABLE WIRE-DISPENSING CONTAINER

Encore Wire Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for dispensing wire or cable, the apparatus comprising:a cylindrical enclosure of a first height, wherein the cylindrical enclosure has a bottom portion;
a top portion removably attached to the cylindrical enclosure by a clamping ring;
a wire hole located in both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure; a carrying hole located in both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure; and
a core of a second height located within the enclosure, wherein the core forms an area, wherein the wire hole of both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure is located within the area formed by the core, and wherein the wire or cable is placed around the core and exits the wire hole.

US Pat. No. 10,597,251

STACKABLE WIRE-DISPENSING CONTAINER

Encore Wire Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for dispensing wire or cable, the apparatus comprising:an enclosure with a top and a bottom portion and at least three side portions of a first height;
a wire hole located in both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure;
a carrying hole located in both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure; and
a core of a second height located within the enclosure, wherein the core forms an area, wherein the wire hole of both the top and bottom portions of the enclosure is located within the area formed by the core, and wherein the wire or cable is placed around the core and exits the wire hole.

US Pat. No. 10,597,250

ELASTIC HAIR TIE DISPENSER

TIY Products, LLC, Austi...

1. A method for making an elastic hair tie dispenser, comprising the steps of:a) providing two round transparent clamshell housing sections configured to be held together with fasteners, wherein when assembled said two housing sections form a dispenser housing configured to accept a centrally located spool and a cutting blade;
b) providing elastic hair tie cording material removably wound around said spool forming a coil within said assembled dispenser housing; and
c) providing a cording orifice and a cutting slot molded into said dispenser housing; and
d) providing a pivoting blade actuator assembly movably attached to said dispenser housing having a cutting blade therein;
whereby said elastic hair tie cording spooled within said housing is dispensed by being pulled through said cording orifice to a variable desired length then cut with said pivoting blade actuator cutting blade.

US Pat. No. 10,597,249

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STACKER MODULE FOR AUTOMATED COMPOSITE-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MACHINE

Impossible Objects, Inc.,...

1. A stacker apparatus for stacking and aligning substrate sheets, comprising:a frame having a base plate;
a sheet catcher;
a presser having a press plate and a system that moves the press plate up and down; and
a plurality of registration pins that project upwardly to a location below the sheet catcher, the registration pins having tapers at their upper ends.

US Pat. No. 10,597,248

MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding portion that performs a feeding operation, which feeds a medium in a first direction to a downstream side, and a reverse feeding operation, which feeds the medium in a second direction to an upstream side, the feeding portion including a first motor that is configured to cause the feeding portion to rotate when performing the feeding operation and the reverse feeding operation; and
a wind-up portion that performs a wind-up operation, which winds up a medium fed in the first direction to the downstream side by the feeding operation, and a unwinding operation, which unwinds the wound up medium, the wind-up portion including a second motor that is configured to cause the wind-up portion to rotate when performing the wind-up operation and the unwinding operation,
wherein the wind-up portion performs the unwinding operation prior to the reverse feeding operation, and
wherein the reverse feeding operation includes the feeding portion rotating in the second direction that feeds the medium to the upstream side, and wherein the feeding portion starts rotating in the second direction that feeds the medium to the upstream side only after the wind-up portion has stopped rotating in a direction that unwind the wound up medium.

US Pat. No. 10,597,247

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a roll sheet being a continuous sheet wound in a roll form;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet supplied from the holding unit;
a driving unit configured to perform a conveyance operation to rotate in a first direction to cause the roll sheet held in the holding unit to rotate in a forward direction and convey the sheet to the printing unit;
a first sensor configured to change its output value in accordance with a distance to the sheet of the roll sheet held in the holding unit;
a second sensor located on a conveyance path between the first sensor and the printing unit and configured to detect the sheet during the conveyance operation;
a detecting unit configured to detect a leading end of the sheet on the basis of the output value of the first sensor while causing the roll sheet to rotate in a reverse direction by causing the driving unit to rotate in a second direction opposite to the first direction
a control unit configured to switch a rotation direction of the driving unit from the second direction to the first direction after the detecting unit detects the leading end of the sheet; and
a determining unit configured to determine a conveying state of the conveyed sheet, before the second sensor detects the sheet, on the basis of fluctuation of the output value of the first sensor while the driving unit rotates in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,246

PLANT AND PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PAPER ROLLS

FUTURA S.P.A., Capannori...

1. A process for producing paper rolls, the process comprising:producing logs of paper material by winding a predetermined amount of paper web about at least one tubular core oriented transversely with respect to a direction of entering of the paper web in a rewinder in which said winding is executed; and
cutting the logs transversely to obtain rolls of predetermined length, said at least one tubular core being produced by a tube-forming machine having a position intercepted by the direction of the paper entering the rewinder.

US Pat. No. 10,597,245

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PAPER FEEDING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an accommodation unit configured to accommodate a paper sheet therein;
at least one driving roller configured to contact the paper sheet, wherein rotation of the driving roller while the driving roller is in contact with the paper sheet propels the paper sheet along a plane tangential to a contact position and coplanar with a carrying direction of the paper sheet;
a separation mechanism that moves the at least one driving roller out of the contact position to a separation position where the at least one driving roller is separated from the paper sheet; and
a pickup roller that is disposed on a downstream side of the at least one driving roller in the carrying direction,
wherein the at least one driving roller includes a first roller and a second roller, and the first roller and the second roller are disposed so that rotation shafts of the first roller and the second roller are separated from each other and are positioned such that a first vector normal to a curved surface of the first roller and a second vector normal to a curved surface of the second roller intersect on a downstream side of the rotation shafts with respect to the carrying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,244

GUIDING TRAY FOR DOCUMENT CONVEYING APPARATUS

PFU LIMITED, Kahoku-Shi,...

1. A document conveying apparatus comprising:a body;
a document tray having a first document stacking face;
a guiding tray having a second document stacking face, wherein a width of the second document stacking face is smaller than a width of the first document stacking face;
a first support member that movably supports the document tray between an open position where a document is placed on the first document stacking face and a close position where the document tray is closed; and
a second support member that supports the guiding tray,
wherein the second support member positions the guiding tray at a first distance from the document tray, when the document tray is at the open position, wherein
the second support member positions the guiding tray at a second distance from the document tray, when the document tray is at the close position, and wherein the second distance is smaller than the first distance, wherein
the guiding tray includes an engaging member, and wherein
the second support member includes a guide member that engages with the engaging member and movably guides the guiding tray when the document tray moves from the open position to the close position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,243

LOCKING MECHANISM FOR MOVABLE UNIT, AND SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED THEREWITH

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A locking mechanism for a movable unit, comprising:a hook substantially in an L shape, the hook including
a supporting portion pivotably supported on a pivot on a unit main body and
an engaging portion protruding from the supporting portion;
an engaged portion formed on the movable unit supported on, movably relative to, the unit main body, the engaging portion being engageable with the engaged portion; and
a biasing member biasing the hook in a first direction to cause the engaging portion to engage with the engaged portion,
the locking mechanism locking the movable unit to the unit main body,
wherein
the hook has
a first face which is facing the engaged portion at a tip end side of the engaging portion and which is substantially perpendicular to the supporting portion and
a second face extending from the first face toward a supporting portion side and inclined relative to the first face in such a direction as to recede from the pivot, and
when the engaging portion and the engaged portion are in engagement, the engaged portion touches only the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,597,242

SPRING ASSIST ASSEMBLY FOR A LEVELER LIP PLATE

Blue Giant Equipment Corp...

1. A dock leveler comprising:a lip plate that is rotationally attached to an edge of a deck at a hinge and operable between raised and lowered positions, wherein the lowered position is generally parallel with the deck and the raised position is more than 90 degrees from the lowered position; and
a spring assist assembly extending between the deck and the lip plate, the spring assist assembly including a plurality of springs that linearly operate along respective calibrating posts to operate a single linkage member to bias the lip plate toward a vertical position from each of the lowered and raised positions, wherein a base end and a compression end of each spring is adjustable along the respective calibrating posts, and wherein one spring of the plurality of springs is adjusted at the base and compression ends to exert an upward biasing force that biases the lip plate from the lowered position toward the vertical position and also exert an opposing negative biasing force that biases the lip plate from the raised position toward the vertical position, wherein the upward biasing force is defined by the one spring being in compression and the opposing negative biasing force is defined by the one spring being in tension.

US Pat. No. 10,597,241

CARGO TRANSFER SYSTEM USING A PALLETIZED RACK

American Refrigerated Exp...

1. A method for bulk loading a railcar comprising:bulk loading a multi-tiered rack with cargo, wherein said multi-tiered rack comprises at least a first base tier and a second adjustably positioned tier above said first tier, said first and second tiers configured to be air permeable by having a wire mesh positioned thereon to support the cargo while allowing air to pass therethrough;
transporting said loaded multi-tiered rack through an opening of the railcar;
positioning said loaded multi-tiered rack onto a plurality of tracks positioned on a floor of the railcar;
moving said loaded multi-tiered rack from a position proximate said opening to a position within the railcar, said moving being conducted on a plurality of pneumatically extendable rollers extending from said plurality of tracks; and
securing said loaded multi-tiered rack in the railcar by retracting said extendable rollers to lower said loaded rack onto a loading surface.

US Pat. No. 10,597,240

CONVEYANCE FACILITY

DAIFUKU CO., LTD., Osaka...

1. A conveyance facility for conveying an article along a conveyance path, comprising:a conveyance unit comprising a traveling body traveling on the conveyance path, and a support traveling with the traveling body and supporting the article being suspended, the conveyance unit conveying the article along the conveyance path; and
a traveling rail provided along the conveyance path and supporting the traveling body so as to be travelable, wherein the traveling rail comprises:
a friction transmission belt in frictional contact with the support; and
a meshing transmission belt being meshed with the support, wherein both the friction transmission belt and the meshing transmission belt are arranged on the same traveling rail and each is operative to cause the traveling body to travel along at least a portion of the same traveling rail;
a sending device provided on the conveyance path, and sending out a plurality of the conveyance units traveling on the conveyance path, at predetermined intervals,
wherein the friction transmission belt is arranged on an upstream side from a position where the sending device is arranged, and
wherein the meshing transmission belt is arranged on the downstream side from the position where the sending device is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,597,239

TRANSFER SYSTEM FOR CONTAINERS

1. A transfer system or transferring thermoplastic material containers from a linear operating machine to a rotary operating machine, comprisinga first linear transfer device apt to pick the thermoplastic material containers from the linear operating machine in a picking zone and to translate along a first axis from said picking zone to an exchange zone, and vice versa,
a wheel apt to cooperate with the rotary operating machine peripherally provided with seats for the thermoplastic material containers, and apt to rotate about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis,
at least one second linear transfer device apt to pick the thermoplastic material containers from the first linear transfer device in said exchange zone, and to transfer them to said seats, said at least one second linear transfer device being apt to translate parallel to said first axis from the exchange zone to an unloading zone proximal to the wheel, and vice versa,wherein the first linear transfer device is provided with retaining means for retaining the thermoplastic material containers and the at least one second linear transfer device is provided with gripping means for picking the thermoplastic material containers from corresponding retaining means in the exchange zone, said retaining means being equally spaced apart by a first pitch equal to the pitch of said gripping means,wherein the seats are equally spaced apart by a second pitch which is different from said first pitch,and wherein the seats are shaped so that a periphery of the wheel has a sawtooth-shaped profiler wherein a profile of the periphery of the wheel at each seat comprises a first curved stretch and a second curved stretch adjacent to the first curved stretch, and wherein there is an inflection point between the first curved stretch and the second curved stretch.

US Pat. No. 10,597,238

TRANSPORTING ARRANGEMENT AND EMPTY-CONTAINER ACCEPTING ARRANGEMENT

Wincorbh Nixdorf Internat...

1. A transporting arrangement, comprising:a multi-level transporting section, including a first transporting level and a second transporting level arranged above the first transporting level;
a feeding conveyor for feeding a container in the direction of the multi-level transporting section;
a distributing conveyor between the feeding conveyor and the multi-level transporting section, wherein the distributing conveyor is mounted at the multi-level transporting section pivotably between the first transporting level and the second transporting level for distributing the container to the first transporting level or the second transporting level;
a sensor arrangement, which is configured to sense at least one physical property of the container;
a pivoting control device, which is configured to pivot the distributing conveyor within a determined time period between the first transporting level and the second transporting level if the at least one property satisfies a predetermined criterion, including a movement gear mechanism, wherein the movement gear mechanism comprises an eccentric.

US Pat. No. 10,597,237

LIFTING AND LOWERING APPARATUS

ITOH DENKI CO., LTD., (J...

19. A method for lifting and lowering an object, the method comprising:providing a first station and a second station that are positioned at different heights in relationship to each other;
providing a first shelf member and a second shelf member that is disposed adjacent to the first shelf member;
wherein the first shelf member includes a plurality of first placing tables with at least two of the first placing tables at different heights in relationship to each other, whereas the second shelf member includes a plurality of second placing tables with at least two of the second placing tables at different heights in relationship to each other, and
wherein the first and the second shelf members lift and lower synchronously, such that when one of the first and the second shelf members lifts, the other lowers, whereas when the other lifts, the one lowers,
adjusting a height of one of the first placing tables to a height of the first station to transfer an object placed on the first station to the one of the first placing tables;
changing a height of the first shelf member and a height of the second shelf member simultaneously to adjust a height of the one of the first placing tables to a height of one of the second placing tables;
transferring the object from the one of the first placing tables directly to the one of the second placing tables;
changing a height of the first shelf member and a height of the second shelf member again simultaneously to adjust a height of the one of the second placing tables to a height of another of the first placing tables;
transferring the object from the one of the second placing tables directly to the another of the first placing tables;
repeating transference of the object between the first and the second shelf members according to necessity to transfer the object to a desired height; and
discharging the object to the second station.

US Pat. No. 10,597,236

CAPACITIVELY COUPLED CONVEYER MEASURING SYSTEM

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor measuring system comprising:a conveyor including:
a plurality of article-carrying conveying bodies advanceable in a conveying direction;
a plurality of deflection sensors disposed at sensor positions in the conveying bodies, wherein each of the deflection sensors senses deflection of the conveying body; and
a plurality of couplers, each connected to an associated one of the deflection sensors;
wherein each of the couplers includes a first plate and a second plate both connected in series with the associated deflection sensor;
at least one stationary measurement circuit external to the conveying bodies and including:
a stationary coupler coupling the at least one stationary measurement circuit to the plurality of deflection sensors in the conveying bodies without contact as the associated couplers in the conveying bodies pass close to the stationary coupler;
wherein the stationary coupler includes a first plate forming a first coupling capacitor with the first plates of the couplers and a second plate forming a second coupling capacitor with the second plates of the couplers as the couplers pass close to the stationary coupler;
wherein the at least one stationary measurement circuit measures the deflection of the conveying bodies sensed by each of the deflection sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,597,235

CARTON UNLOADER TOOL FOR JAM RECOVERY

INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTER...

8. A robotic material handling system comprising:a conveyor system configured to convey one or more articles towards a rear end of the robotic material handling system, the conveyor system comprising:
a front portion configured to receive the one or more articles, wherein at least a portion of the front portion is configured to expand to a first configuration and retract to a second configuration, wherein the front portion includes a plurality of individually actuatable zones to convey the one or more articles; and
a rearward conveyor positioned downstream of the front portion, configured to receive the one or more articles from the front portion; and
a controller in electronic communication with the conveyor system, the controller configured to:
activate at least one of a plurality of zones on the front portion to convey the one or more articles in a first direction towards the rearward conveyor;
detect one or more jammed articles on the front portion;
in response, actuate expansion of the front portion to the first configuration; and
dislodge the one or more jammed articles by causing one or more of:
separating the one or more jammed articles by activating one or more of the plurality of zones under the one or more jammed articles, or
activating one or more of the plurality of zones under the one or more jammed articles in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,234

CARTON UNLOADER TOOL FOR JAM RECOVERY

Intelligrated Headquarter...

1. A method of conveying articles on a robotic material handling system, the method comprising:positioning a nose conveyor surface of the robotic material handling system proximate to an article pile, the nose conveyor surface being vertically-movable and having two or more parallel conveyors that are distal to and feed a rearward conveyor, the rearward conveyor being laterally narrower than the nose conveyor surface;
robotically moving one or more articles onto the nose conveyor surface from the article pile;
activating at least one of the two or more parallel conveyors of the nose conveyor surface to convey at least one article from the nose conveyor surface toward the rearward conveyor;
detecting a jammed article that is at least partially supported by the nose conveyor surface and that has failed to be fully conveyed onto the rearward conveyor by the at least one of the two or more parallel conveyors;
dislodging the jammed article by causing at least one of: (i) vertically repositioning the nose conveyor surface; and (ii) activating the at least one of the two or more parallel conveyors of the nose conveyor surface to run in a forward direction;
activating at least one parallel conveyor that is in contact with the jammed article in a rearward direction to convey a portion of the jammed article in the rearward direction; and
activating the two or more parallel conveyors in the rearward direction to convey remaining portions of the jammed article in the rearward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,233

RAIL MODULE HAVING RAIL PORTIONS AND HAVING A LINEAR DRIVE, CARRIAGE FOR A RAIL MODULE AND RAIL TRANSPORT SYSTEM

1. A rail-bound carriage (6) for a rail module (1), the rail module comprisingrail portions (2) and
a linear drive for moving the rail-bound carriage (6),
wherein the linear drive has at least one drive module (3), which can be brought into operative connection with at least one reaction element (7),
wherein, when the reaction element (7) and the carriage (6) are used as intended, the at least one reaction element (7) is secured independently of the drive module (3) to the carriage in a drive region and the drive region faces the drive module (3) when the carriage is arranged as intended on the rail portions (2),
wherein the drive module (3) is arranged fixedly in relation to the rail module (1),
wherein the drive module (3) has at least one first and at least one second drive apparatus (4) for driving the carriage (6) along at least one first and along at least one second movement axis,
wherein at least one work machine (8) is assigned to each drive apparatus (4) and each movement axis and wherein each drive apparatus (4) has a pinion (5) driven by the work machine (8),
wherein the pinion (5) and the at least one reaction element (7) are adapted to each other and arranged in relation to each other such that, when the rail module (1) is used as intended, by means of the reaction element (7) a drive action of the pinion (5) of a drive apparatus (4) is converted to a translational movement of the carriage (6) along a movement axis assigned to the drive apparatus (4), so that the rail-bound carriage (6) can be moved along one of the movement axes,
wherein the pinion (5) has a disc-shaped or cylindrical basic body,
wherein the pinion (5) can be brought into rotation by the work machine (8),
wherein the reaction element (7) has at least one rack (13), which can engage with the pinion,
wherein, beside the rack (13), at least one meshing engagement aid (9) is arranged in the drive region of the carriage (6),
wherein the meshing engagement aid (9) is an elongated bar having teeth (10) which are arranged in alignment with teeth of the rack (13),
wherein the meshing engagement aid (9) has an insertion side (11) and a feed side (12), the feed side (12) facing a rack portion of the rack (13),
wherein a feed tooth pitch and/or depth in feed tooth portions of meshing engagement aid teeth (10) are adapted on the feed side (12) to a tooth pitch and/or depth of teeth of the rack (13) in the rack portion,
wherein an insertion tooth pitch in insertion tooth portions of the meshing engagement aid teeth (10) is greater on the insertion side (11) than the feed tooth pitch and/or an insertion tooth depth in insertion tooth portions of the meshing engagement aid teeth (10) is smaller on the insertion side (11) than the feed tooth depth, and
wherein the meshing engagement aid teeth (10) each run continuously from the insertion side (11) to the feed side (12), so that when the carriage (6) is moved transversely to the movement axis of a pinion (5) the rack (13) arranged on the carriage (6) can, in a trouble-free manner, be meshed with a pinion of the drive apparatus (4) of the rail module (1) or guided thereover.

US Pat. No. 10,597,232

SHEET BUNDLE CONVEYING APPARATUS

Duplo Seiko Corporation, ...

1. A sheet bundle conveying apparatus that conveys a sheet bundle formed of a predetermined number of sheets, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of conveying belts juxtaposed so that the sheet bundle is conveyed while being placed thereon;
a regulating guide that is movable so as to sandwich the sheet bundle placed on the conveying belts from both sides in a direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction;
a belt driving part that drives the conveying belts;
a guide driving part that drives the regulating guide; and
a driving control part that controls the belt driving part and the guide driving part,
wherein the conveying belts have stopping members having a form abuttable on a first end surface on an upstream side and/or a second end surface on a downstream side in the conveyance direction of the sheet bundle being placed, and have a placement area for the sheet bundle on the upstream side and/or the downstream side of the stopping members, and
(I) when the sheet bundle is placed on the placement area, the driving control part controls the belt driving part so that the conveying belts move so as to bring the stopping members to predetermined positions, respectively,
(II) after the sheet bundle is placed on the placement area, the driving control part (a) controls the guide driving part so that the regulating guide sandwiches the sheet bundle from both sides in the orthogonal direction and (b) controls the belt driving part so that at least one of the conveying belts is moved to make the stopping members of the conveying belt abut on the first end surface or the second end surface of the sheet bundle and at the same time or thereafter, make the second end surface or the first end surface of the sheet bundle abut on the stopping member of the other of the conveying belts, and
(III) the driving control part controls the belt driving part and the guide driving part so that the sheet bundle is conveyed along the regulating guide with the stopping members abutting on the first end surface and the second end surface as in the above (II),
wherein the stopping members have elasticity on abutting surfaces abutting on the first end surface and/or the second end surface of the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,597,231

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING WATER IN AN UNDERGROUND RESERVOIR AND MANAGING THE SAME

NEXT TIER AGRIBUSINESS, L...

1. A method for storing groundwater comprising the following steps:identifying a subsurface aquifer located beneath a developed parcel of land, the developed parcel of land having a ground surface at a base elevation, wherein the developed parcel of land has a surface use selected from the group consisting of agricultural, commercial, residential, and recreational, wherein the subsurface aquifer comprises a porous and permeable layer located at a first elevation;
storing water in a surface water storage facility located at a first location remote from the developed parcel of land;
conveying water through a piping system into the subsurface aquifer, wherein the piping system connects the surface water storage facility and the subsurface aquifer, the piping system comprising an array of conduit members, each conduit member having an outlet into the subsurface aquifer;
conveying water through the piping system into the subsurface aquifer; and
measuring the volume of water conveyed through the piping system to calculate a groundwater recharge credit from a total volume of water banked in the aquifer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,230

ARTICLE TRANSPORT FACILITY

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An article transport facility comprising:a storage rack in which a plurality of storage sections for storing articles are arranged in a first direction along a horizontal direction;
a rail installed on a floor along the first direction;
a first transport apparatus and a second transport apparatus that are guided by the rail to move in the first direction in front of the storage rack and transport the articles to the storage sections or from the storage sections;
a first cable body for power supply or communication that is connected to the first transport apparatus and extends in the first direction; and
a second cable body for power supply or communication that is connected to the second transport apparatus and extends in the first direction,
wherein:
both a first end, which is an end of the first cable body on a side opposite to a connecting portion thereof connected to the first transport apparatus, and a second end, which is an end of the second cable body on a side opposite to a connecting portion thereof connected to the second transport apparatus, are fixed to the floor,
the first cable body allows the first transport apparatus to move in a first movement area, which is an area extending along the first direction, by deforming as the first transport apparatus moves along the first direction,
the second cable body allows the second transport apparatus to move in a second movement area, which is an area extending along the first direction and at least partially overlapping the first movement area, by deforming as the second transport apparatus moves along the first direction, and
the first cable body and the second cable body are arranged on the same side in a second direction, which is perpendicular to both the first direction and an up-down direction, relative to the rail so that an area in which the first cable body is arranged and an area in which the second cable body is arranged in the second direction at least partially overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,597,229

STACKER CRANE WITH AN IMPROVED SLIDING MECHANISM

INPECO HOLDING LTD., Qor...

1. A stacker crane for transporting, inserting and picking containers of biological material test tubes in/from locations of a plurality of shelves of a storage for storing said containers of biological material test tubes, said stacker crane is able to move said containers of biological material test tubes in the three Cartesian directions x, y and z, so as to reach said locations, and comprises:first guide means along said direction x, comprising a first pair of guides;
second guide means along said direction y, orthogonal to said direction x, comprising at least a second pair of guides;
a movable structure comprising a first carriage and a second carriage, said first carriage is able to slide integrally with said second carriage in said direction x along said first pair of guides;
wherein said second pair of guides is separate and independent from said first carriage and from said second carriage,
said first carriage is integrally provided with a third pair of guides for said second carriage, which contribute to form said second guide means when said first carriage is arranged at said second pair of guides, thus aligning said third pair of guides to said second pair of guides,
to each of said first carriage and second carriage is integrally connected at least one pair of sliding mechanisms located along the respective ends, and
said second carriage is able to slide independently of, and to be released from, said first carriage along said second guide means in said direction y, by the translational movement of said sliding mechanisms of said second carriage from said third pair of guides to said second pair of guides and vice versa;
wherein said sliding mechanisms comprise one or more sliders able to slide inside said first, second and third pairs of guides; and
wherein said sliding mechanisms comprise a coupling plate, to be attached to said first carriage and second carriage respectively, which supports rolling means able to slide inside said first, second and third pairs of guides and to transform the sliding friction of said sliding movement into rolling friction;
wherein said sliders comprise end members coupled to the edges of said coupling plate which, along with said first, second and third pairs of guides, close a containment space of said rolling means so as to prevent impurities from entering.

US Pat. No. 10,597,228

MAGNETIC DRIVE INTELLIGENT TRASH BIN LID ASSEMBLY

1. A magnetic drive intelligent trash bin lid assembly, the assembly comprising:a lid portion having:
a shell having a lid shaft, a bottom, and a top;
a shell cover joined to the shell; and
whereby the shell selectively pivots about the lid shaft in an arcuate path between an open position and a closed position;
a variable linkage connected to the shell, the variable linkage having:
a shaft;
a crankshaft; and
a cover seat receiving the lid shaft;
a drive motor comprising a rotatable output shaft, the drive motor being operable to rotate the rotatable output shaft;
a sensor being operatively connected to the drive motor, the sensor detecting a sensory motion near the lid portion, whereby the sensor activates the drive motor when a sensory motion is detected;
whereby, the output shaft rotates when the sensor detects motion;
a magnetic clutch receiving the output shaft, the magnetic clutch selectively engaging and disengaging the drive motor and the variable linkage, the magnetic clutch having:
a first magnet positioned in a magnet front seat;
a second magnet positioned in a magnet rear seat;
an elastic seat; and
a rotatable shaft extending from the elastic seat, the magnets and the elastic seat being coaxially arranged in a coaxial configuration, whereby the magnets are releasable from the seats to magnetically attract;
a spring defined by two ends, the ends of the spring being inserted into the magnet rear seat and the elastic seat, respectively, whereby the spring helps absorb axial and rotational forces applied to the magnetic clutch;
whereby, rotation of the output shaft releases the first magnet from the magnet front seat, and releases the second magnet from the magnet rear seat, thereby causing the first and second magnets to draw together, thereby causing the elastic seat to be axially displaced towards the output shaft, thereby causing the rotatable shaft extending from the elastic seat to engage the crankshaft, thereby causing the crankshaft to convert the axial displacement along the magnetic clutch to a rotational motion against the lid shaft, thereby causing the lid shaft to pivot the shell to the open position;
whereby the spring helps reduce an axial force from the displacement of the elastic seat towards the output shaft; and
whereby, cessation of rotation by the output shaft engages the first magnet to rest in the magnet front seat, and engages the second magnet to rest in the magnet rear seat, thereby causing the first and second magnets to withdraw, thereby causing the elastic seat to be axially displaced away from the output shaft, thereby causing the rotatable shaft extending from the elastic seat to disengage the crankshaft, thereby causing the lid shaft to release the shell to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,227

DUSTBIN LOCK ASSEMBLY

Franzen Canada Corp., Ki...

1. A lock for a container lid sized to cover a top opening of a container, the lock comprising:a lock casing for attaching to the container,
a pair of interlocking engagement members, the first interlocking engagement member of the pair being supported on the lock casing, and the second interlocking engagement member of the pair for attaching to the container lid;
a first biasing member urging the pair of interlocking engagement members to engage with each other to keep the container lid in a closed position, covering the top opening,
a rocker pivotally attached to the second interlocking engagement member at a pivot point, the rocker having a top tab extending upwardly and a release arm extending downwardly, both from the pivot point, wherein pressing down of the top tab moves the release arm to disengage the pair of interlocking engagement members from each other so that the container lid can be lifted to uncover the top opening, and
an actuator having an undersurface for disposition above the top tab and under the container lid, the top tab having a curved top edge for contacting with the undersurface which converts a lateral motion of the actuator to a downward pressure on the top tab to press down the top tab.

US Pat. No. 10,597,226

FLOAT AND EVAPORATION SUPPRESSING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A float that floats in a liquid, comprising a spherical body having a spherical shape from which parts are cut off so as to form a regular hexagonal shape when viewed from one direction,wherein a center of gravity of the float is set at a position shifted from a center point of the spherical body along a center line that passes through the center point in parallel with the one direction,
a magnet is attached to at least part of a portion of a surface of the spherical body, wherein the magnet and the portion are immersed in the liquid and is not any one of six side surfaces constituting the regular hexagonal shape, when the float is floated in the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,225

TRUCK BODY

GECKO TANKS PTY LTD, Wel...

1. A tank for mounting on a load carrying platform of a service truck to transport a first fluid in a main chamber and at least one second fluid in at least one sub-chamber permitting storing the second fluid separate from the first fluid, the main chamber and the at least one sub-chamber being fluidly connected to piping of the service truck for either filling the main chamber with the first fluid and the at least one sub-chamber with the second fluid or delivering the first fluid and the second fluid to delivery means for delivering the first fluid and the second fluid outside the main chamber and the at least one sub-chamber to locations distal to the service truck, the tank comprising:the main chamber having an exterior surface defining an inner volume adapted to receive the first fluid, and
the at least one sub-chamber having first and second ends and a side wall having an exterior surface located within the inner volume of the main chamber, and an inner surface defining an inner volume within the at least one sub-chamber to store the second fluid, the side wall of the at least one sub-chamber having at least one first location comprising a first gate, the first gate being adapted to be selectively displaced between a closed condition to keep the second fluid separate from the first fluid and an open condition to allow flow of the first fluid into the inner volume of the at least one sub-chamber;
each end comprising a second location comprising a second gate adapted to be selectively displaced between an open condition and a closed condition to allow flow of the second fluid into the inner volume of the at least one sub-chamber, and
wherein the at least one sub-chamber is arranged with respect to the main chamber such that the first location comprising the first gate is located within the main chamber and the second location comprising the second gate is located exterior to the main chamber and the side wall of the at least one sub-chamber is located within the inner volume of the main chamber in order for the exterior surface of the side wall of the at least one sub-chamber to be surrounded by the first fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,224

CAPSULE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A PREDETERMINED QUANTITY OF BEVERAGE SUITABLE FOR CONSUMPTION

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts...

1. A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product, by means of a beverage brewing device comprising a receptacle for receiving the capsule, comprisinga cup comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and
a lid in use connected to the cup at a second end of the circumferential wall opposite the bottom,
wherein the wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product,
wherein at least a portion of a surface of the capsule conceived to, in use, interact with the receptacle is provided with at least one projection for forming a sealing engagement with the receptacle; and
wherein the at least one projection comprises a sponge capable of retaining fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,223

BOX-IN-BOX CONTAINER

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A container for consumer goods comprising: a rigid outer box having a hinged lid configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box; a rigid inner box comprising panels separated by fold lines and assembled from an inner box blank including a top front panel separated from a top panel by a first transverse fold line, a back panel separated from the top panel by a second transverse fold line, a bottom panel separated from the back panel by a third transverse fold line, and a bottom front panel separated from the bottom panel by a fourth transverse fold line, wherein the top panel and top front panel include a pre-cut opening therein configured to provide access to an inner volume of the inner box, and the inner box blank comprises a plurality of layers including paperboard and bundle wrap, the bundle wrap including a layer of foil and a layer of paper forming an inner liner of the inner box wherein the layer of foil is between the paperboard and the paper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,222

PACKAGE FOR TOBACCO-RELATED ARTICLES

Reemtsma Cigarettenfabrik...

1. A package for tobacco-related articles, comprising:an outer shell having a front wall, a rear wall, two lateral walls opposite to each other connecting the front wall and the rear wall, as well as a top side;
a lid adapted to close the top side of the outer shell when in a closed state, the lid being swivelably connected to the rear wall or one of the lateral walls of the outer shell at a hinge line and being swivelable about the hinge line for transfer from the closed state to an opened state;
an inner shell adapted to accommodate a plurality of tobacco-related articles and shiftably mounted in the outer shell, wherein the inner shell is moveable towards the top side of the outer shell from a retracted position to an advanced position, which enables access to the smoking articles; and
a sound-producing mechanism adapted to produce a sound when the inner shell is moved from the retracted position to the advanced position and/or from the advanced position to the retracted position,
wherein the sound-producing mechanism includes at least one part arranged at the inner shell, said part being adapted to interact in a sound-producing manner with a counterpart arranged at an inner face of the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,597,221

HIGH PRESSURE REDUCING TILT NOZZLE

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, I...

1. A pressure reducing tilt nozzle comprising:a body defining a cavity having an inlet and an outlet;
a piston disposed in the cavity and biased in a first piston position away from the inlet allowing flow through the inlet, the piston being movable toward the inlet to a second piston position preventing flow through the inlet when pressure in the cavity overcomes a biasing force biasing the piston in the first piston position; and
a spindle having a first end disposed in the cavity and a second end, the spindle being biased in a first spindle position toward the outlet preventing flow through the outlet and being movable to a second spindle position allowing flow through the outlet thereby reducing the pressure in the cavity such that the piston moves to the first piston position,
wherein the cavity angles outward at the outlet to define a flared region, and wherein the spindle is tiltable in the flared region to move the spindle to the second spindle position allowing flow through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,597,220

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING SCLEROSING MICROFOAM

PROVENSIS LIMITED, Londo...

1. An adaptor for connecting a filling or dispensing means to a valve of a pressurisable container, said adaptor comprising:a cylindrical element with open ends and an inner wall and an outer wall therebetween, said open ends comprising a lower open end configured to enable attachment to the pressurisable container and an upper open end configured to enable attachment of a filling means or a dispensing means;
an inner bore to accommodate the valve of the pressurisable container and enable engagement of the valve with the filling means or dispensing means when attached through the upper open end of the device;
wherein the outer wall of the adaptor comprises three or more evenly spaced cam tracks which circumferentially and downwardly extend from a top initial portion to a bottom terminal end wall at a terminal end of each cam track, which cooperate with corresponding cams on the filling means or dispensing means, and which connect the valve of the pressurisable container to a fluid path of the filling or dispensing means when the pressurisable container and filling or dispensing means are rotated relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,597,219

THERMALLY INSULATING PACKAGING

Vericool, Inc., Livermor...

1. A thermally insulating packaging to hold an item, the thermally insulating packaging comprising:a solid compostable or recyclable shell that is formed primarily of a starch, wherein the shell includes
a floor,
a plurality of inner side walls that are coupled to the floor,
a rim coupled to the plurality of inner side walls, and
a plurality of outer side walls that are couple to the rim,
wherein the floor and the plurality of inner side walls define an interior space of the shell to receive the item and an opening to the interior space,
wherein the plurality of inner side walls and plurality of outer side walls have a space therebetween that defines a first gap,
wherein the floor is continuously coupled to each of the plurality of inner side walls, wherein each of the plurality of inner side walls is continuously coupled to adjacent inner side walls, wherein each of the plurality of inner side walls is continuously coupled to the rim, wherein the rim is continuously coupled to each of the plurality of outer side walls, and wherein each of the plurality of outer side walls is continuously coupled to adjacent outer side walls; and
a bottom cover attached to bottom edges of the outer side walls of the shell and extending below the floor of the shell, the floor and the bottom cover having a space therebetween that defines a second gap,
wherein the floor, the plurality of inner side walls, the rim, the plurality of outer side walls and the bottom cover define an air-filled cavity that includes the first gap and the second gap, and wherein the air-filled cavity and shell are sufficiently thick to provide thermal insulation.

US Pat. No. 10,597,218

GLOVE PACKAGING HAVING ANTIMICROBIAL BARRIER

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A glove container comprising:a plurality of disposable polymeric gloves;
a container body enclosing therein the disposable polymeric gloves, the container body having an opening through which the disposable polymeric gloves are removable by a user;
a film attached to an underside surface of the container body via an adhesive, the film covering the opening and including a slit through which one or more of the disposable polymeric gloves is removable by the user, each glove of the disposable polymeric gloves being completely within the container body prior to the user inserting a hand through the slit to obtain each glove; and
an antimicrobial material incorporated within the film to create a contaminant free zone, the antimicrobial material having a predetermined antimicrobial activity value.

US Pat. No. 10,597,217

VACUUM-DRAWING LID

LIFETIME BRANDS, INC., G...

1. A lid for sealing a container, comprising:a base frame including a first valve and a plurality of vertically extending ridges;
a piston including a second valve and a plurality of vertically extending grooves configured to engage with the ridges; and
a chamber bounded at least in part by the base frame and the piston,
the piston movable in a first direction with respect to the base frame to change a volume of the chamber to actuate the first valve, the piston movable in a second direction opposite to the first direction to change the volume of the chamber to actuate the second valve.

US Pat. No. 10,597,216

PACKING MEMBER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A packing member attached to an article to be packed, which is accommodated in a package box, to absorb an impact applied to the article, the packing member comprising:a first supporting part;
a second supporting part; and
a shock absorbing member connected to the first supporting part and the second supporting part, wherein
one of the first supporting part and the second supporting part is disposed so as to be partially in contact with the article in a state in which an impact is not applied, and
when an impact is applied, the shock absorbing member deforms to absorb the impact,
wherein the shock absorbing member is provided between the first supporting part and the second supporting part so as to extend in a direction parallel to a direction in which the article is attached, the direction being opposite to the direction in which the article is located,
wherein the first supporting part and the second supporting part have a first surface and a second surface, respectively, facing an end of the article in the direction in which the article is attached, and the shock absorbing member is provided so as to connect between the first and second surfaces,
wherein the second supporting part supports a part of the article further on the outside than the first supporting part in a direction intersecting the direction in which the article is attached, one of the first surface of the first supporting part and the second surface of the second supporting part is in contact with the end of the article in the direction in which the article is attached, and the other of the first surface of the first supporting part and the second surface of the second supporting part is not in contact with the end of the article in the direction in which the article is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,597,215

PANEL FIXING DEVICE

HUIZHOU CHINA STAR OPTOEL...

1. A panel fixing device, comprising a box, a pressing member and an expansion agent, wherein an inner wall of a frame of the box is provided with a limiting groove, the pressing member is movably disposed in the limiting groove, the frame has a receiving through hole connecting with the limiting groove, the expansion agent is received in the receiving through hole;wherein a surface of the pressing member facing the receiving through hole is partially recessed to form a receiving groove, when the expansion agent is expanded, the expansion agent partially expands into the receiving groove to push the pressing member so that the pressing member compresses the panel accommodated in the box;
wherein an extending direction of the receiving through hole is parallel to the moving direction of the pressing member, one end of the receiving through hole penetrates an inner wall of the limiting groove facing the receiving groove, and the other end of the receiving through hole penetrates an outer wall of the frame; and
wherein the panel fixing device further comprises a sealing member for sealing one end of the receiving through hole located at the outer wall of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,597,214

COMBINED SHIPPING PROTECTION AND IMPINGEMENT DETECTION WRAP

NUSCALE POWER, LLC, Port...

1. A packaging material, comprising:a gas-impermeable base layer;
an indicator layer disposed upon the base layer; and
a gas-impermeable top layer continuously disposed over the indicator layer;
wherein the top layer forms a plurality of cells, and a portion of the indicator layer is exposed to an interior of each cell, and wherein each of the plurality of cells is filled with a gas, and the portion of the indicator layer exposed to the interior of the cell visibly changes appearance where the gas escapes upon the top layer breaking over the cell.

US Pat. No. 10,597,213

PRESSURE REDUCTION-ABSORBING BOTTLE

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A pressure reduction-absorbing bottle having a cylindrical shape with a bottom and formed of a synthetic resin material, the bottle comprising:a bottom wall portion in a bottom portion of the bottle including:
a grounding portion positioned at an outer circumferential edge of the bottom wall portion;
a rising circumferential wall portion connected to the grounding portion from an inner side of the bottle in a bottle radial direction and extending upward;
an annular movable wall portion extending from an upper end portion of the rising circumferential wall portion toward the inner side of the bottle in the bottle radial direction; and
a central wall portion connected to an inner end portion of the movable wall portion in the bottle radial direction, wherein
the movable wall portion is arranged to be configured to be freely rotationally moved about a connection portion between the movable wall portion and the rising circumferential wall portion in a vertical direction together with the central wall portion and the movable wall portion includes a curved portion having a curved surface shape protruding downward,
the curved portion is connected to an outer end portion of the central wall portion in the bottle radial direction, and
a lowest portion of the curved portion positioned at a lowest position thereof is disposed at a portion of the curved portion positioned further outward in the bottle radial direction than a central position of the curved portion positioned at a center between outer and inner ends of the curved portion in the bottle radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,597,212

FLUID-DISPENSING BAG HOLDER

Karten Products LLC, Fay...

1. A fluid-dispensing bag holder comprising:a first housing member; and
a second housing member;
the first housing member having a first edge with a first concavity,
the second housing member having a second edge with a second concavity,
the first housing member and the second housing member configured to be positioned in an open position and a closed position, the closed position including the first housing member mated with the second housing member to define a first wall and an internal space between the first housing member and the second housing member, and such that the first edge mates with the second edge and the first concavity aligns with the second concavity to define a spout opening through the first housing member and the second housing member into the internal space, the spout opening contained in the first wall,
the first housing member having a first side and a second side, the first side having the first concavity, the second side defining a handle aligned on a plane of symmetry with the first concavity.

US Pat. No. 10,597,211

FLUID HANDLING CONTAINERS, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

PALL LIFE SCIENCES BELGIU...

1. An apparatus for receiving an at least partially flexible vessel adapted for receiving a fluid, comprising:an overpack including a base having a floor and an upstanding sidewall forming an interior for receiving the vessel; and
a partition removably positioned in the interior of the overpack, the partition extending generally transverse to the sidewall and generally aligned with the floor to form a compartment in the interior of the overpack for receiving the vessel;
wherein the base of the overpack includes a door for providing access to an exterior compartment of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,597,210

FLEXIBLE POUCH WITH MICROCAPILLARY DISPENSING SYSTEM

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A flexible pouch comprising:opposing flexible films, the flexible films defining a common peripheral edge;
a microcapillary strip sealed between the opposing flexible films, the microcapillary strip composed of a matrix of a polymeric material, and a plurality of channels wholly disposed in the matrix polymeric material;
a first side of the microcapillary strip located at a first side of the common peripheral edge and a second side of the microcapillary strip located at a second side of the common peripheral edge;
a peripheral seal along at least a portion of the common peripheral edge, the peripheral seal comprising a sealed microcapillary segment.

US Pat. No. 10,597,209

SEALED PACKAGE CONTAINING A SQUEEZABLE PRODUCT

Meta4sys Limited, (JE)

1. A pack comprising a sealed package containing a squeezable product, the package having a first openable portion and being at least partially flexible to enable squeezing of the package to facilitate dispensing of a liquid contained within the product via the first openable portion once opened, wherein the package comprises one or more films which are fluid-tight and which fully enclose a volume in which the product is sealingly retained, wherein said one or more films comprises a flexible first film and a flexible second film, which films are sealingly joined to each other about a periphery thereby fully enclosing said volume in which the product is sealingly retained, wherein the pack has at least one formation for improving the dispensing of the liquid, said at least one formation comprising the second film being provided with a first preformed hinge across at least part of the volume enclosed by the package, wherein the at least one formation comprises an insert plate, a second preformed hinge being substantially aligned with said first preformed hinge and being provided by the insert plate, wherein the insert plate lies against the first film and the insert plate is less flexible than said first film, and wherein the product is a flexible, absorbent substrate containing said liquid, said substrate comprising a non-memory foam.

US Pat. No. 10,597,208

BIODEGRADABLE PERSONAL CARE SYSTEMS

On The Go Products Co., ...

1. A biodegradable personal care system, comprising:a biodegradable housing;
a biodegradable dry wipe container positioned in the biodegradable housing;
a biodegradable dry wipe positioned inside the biodegradable dry wipe container;
a biodegradable airtight container positioned in the biodegradable dry wipe container; and
a biodegradable moist wipe positioned inside the biodegradable airtight container.

US Pat. No. 10,597,207

FILLABLE CAP CLOSURE WITH A FILM SEAL THAT IS OPENED PURELY BY MEANS OF ROTATION OR AXIAL PRESSING

BEVASWISS AG, Neuhausen ...

1. A fillable cap closure for receiving and film-sealing a liquid or pourable filling in an interior cavity of a container and for emptying by purely rotating a twist cap (1), the fillable cap closure comprising:a receiving part (3) is screwed onto a threaded connection piece of the container, the receiving part having a cylinder (7) which is open at a bottom of the cylinder, wherein the cylinder (7) is sealed by a film at the bottom; and
a cup (2) which is inserted into the cylinder (7), the cup comprising at an edge of the cup at least one piercing and cutting tooth (5) which extends over the edge in an axial direction, and a plurality of guide means in the form of two depressions (9) which are opposite one another on an outer wall of the cup (2) and initially opposite a base of the cup, the two depressions each forming an oblique surface (27) on an end facing away from the base of the cup, wherein the twist cap (1) is provided with drivers (8) which engage in the depressions (9) on the cup (2) to open and pivot down the film by rotating the twist cap, wherein a first rotation the drivers (8) can drive onto each oblique surface (27) and an axial displacement of the cup (2) downwards is brought about to pierce through the film (33), then by further horizontally rotating the twist cap (1), in that the drivers (8) rotate the cup by abutting lateral surfaces of the depressions (9), the film (33) is cut open along a circumference thereof by less than 360°, and by subsequently further rotating the twist cap, another axial displacement of the cup (2) downwards to fold down the film (33) is brought about by ribs (10) that extend axially on the outer wall of the cup (2) moving down a guide rib (24) that extends at an oblique angle on an inner wall of the cylinder (7).

US Pat. No. 10,597,206

MEDICINE CONTAINER COVER

9. A medicine container assembly comprising:a medicine container defining a cavity; and
a cover attached to the medicine container, the cover comprising:
a top layer forming a top surface of the cover;
a wireless controller layer beneath the top layer, the wireless controller layer comprising a transceiver, micro controller, memory, and power source, wherein upon instruction to the micro controller, an opening mechanism within the cover is caused to be activated to release a deactivating material into the medicine container;
a motor mounted to a layer positioned beneath the wireless controller layer, the motor connected to the opening mechanism, the opening mechanism adapted to, upon actuation by the motor, release the deactivating material from a first deactivating material container layer; and
wherein the opening mechanism comprises a rotatable layer with at least one depending arm, the at least one depending arm engaged with a rotatable disc with an aperture alignable with an opening in the first deactivating material layer, such that upon rotation of the rotatable layer, the rotatable disc is moved to an open position allowing a release of the deactivating material.

US Pat. No. 10,597,205

CONTAINER FOR A GOVERNMENT REGULATED PRODUCT HAVING A CHILD RESISTANT LID

N2 PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC...

1. A container for storage, preservation, identification and tracking of a government regulated product comprising:(a) a one or more-piece container having an outer portion having an exterior surface and an inner portion having an interior surface, an upper portion and a lower portion, configured for containing a government regulated product;
(b) a two-piece re-sealable child resistant lid affixed to said upper portion of said container, wherein said child resistant lid includes a contoured upper surface, a locking inner ring having a plurality of restraining teeth which engage with an external locking trough located on the circumference of a locking member having a relief area to access a nib section and an indicator section for the purpose of locking and unlocking said child resistant lid; and
(c) identifying indicia including an electronically readable identification tag located on the outer portion exterior surface of said container, for identifying and tracking the contained government regulated product contents within said container;
wherein said container configured for containing a government regulated product is securely re-sealable using said two-piece re-sealable child resistant lid, after the sealed container is opened to access the government regulated product within said container.

US Pat. No. 10,597,204

TRAVEL BOTTLE WITH SLIDE LOCK

Navajo Manufacturing Comp...

1. A cap of a dispensing bottle, said cap comprisinga main body having a lid,
a top body secured to said main body, and
a switch plate secured between said main body and said top body, said switch plate including a handle for moving said switch plate between a locked position and an unlocked position, said lid being closeable when said switch plate is in said locked position and said lid being prevented from closing when said switch plate is in said unlocked position,
said lid including a projection, said projection engaging said handle to prevent closure of said lid when said switch plate is in said unlocked position,
said projection avoiding contact with an upper end of said handle to allow said lid to be closed when said switch plate is in said locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,203

CONTAINER

MERRY ELECTRONICS (SHENZH...

1. A container, comprising:a first cover;
a second cover;
a rotating shaft engaged between the first cover and the second cover, such that the first cover and the second cover are rotatable relative to each other;
an acting portion connected to the rotating shaft;
a multiple bending elastic piece comprising a fixing portion fixed to the first cover, an interfering portion located between the fixing portion and the rotating shaft, and an abutting portion connected to the interfering portion, wherein, while the rotating shaft is rotating relative to the first cover, the acting portion changes a bending degree of the multiple bending elastic piece with the rotation of the rotating shaft, thereby enabling the interfering portion to selectively contact opposite sides of the acting portion;
a limiting plate covering the acting portion and the interfering portion, wherein the abutting portion of the multiple bending elastic piece is located closer to the limiting plate than the interfering portion; and
a buffering layer disposed on the abutting portion of the multiple bending elastic piece and located between the abutting portion and the limiting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,597,202

RESEALABLE LIDDING WITH PATTERNED ADHESIVE

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A package comprising:a rigid base member defining a cavity configured to receive an item therein, the base member have a peripheral flange surface; and
a flexible lidding member configured to be engage on a perimeter portion the flange and to cover the cavity within the base member, the lidding member having
a first layer, the first layer having a first layer perimeter portion that is fixed to the flange of the base member, and a first layer central portion spaced inwardly of the first layer perimeter portion,
a second layer adhered to the first layer,
an adhesive layer, the adhesive layer having
a pattern applied permanent adhesive central portion, the central adhesive portion spaced inwardly from the first layer perimeter portion and permanently adhering the second layer to the first layer central portion, and
a pattern applied pressure sensitive perimeter adhesive portion surrounding the central adhesive portion and overlapping with the flange of the base member, the perimeter adhesive portion configured to permit a perimeter portion of the second layer to at least partially separate from the first layer perimeter portion during a peeled opening of the lidding member from the base member;
a central score line within the first layer, the central score line substantially surrounding the central adhesive portion, wherein the central score line permits the first layer perimeter portion to separate from the remainder of lidding member during the peeled opening of the lidding member, and
a tab portion formed as part of the perimeter portion of the lidding member, the tab portion having an edge score line formed in the first layer, the edge score line positioned directly adjacent the fixed perimeter portion of the first layer,
wherein the tab portion starts the peeling of the lidding member, with the second layer separating from the first layer between the edge score line and the central score line, exposing the perimeter adhesive portion, and
wherein the exposed perimeter adhesive portion permits the selective resealing of the second layer to the perimeter portion of the first layer and the closing of the cavity of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,597,201

CLOSURE FOR RETORT CONTAINER

SONOCO Development, Inc.,...

1. A retortable container comprising:a container reservoir for storing product, the reservoir having a defined opening for discharge of the product, the opening formed within an upstanding rim projected from the reservoir body, the rim having an external surface and securing means formed thereon,
a membrane sealed to the rim and closing the opening, the membrane sealing the product within the reservoir;
a closure including a tubular ring, the tubular ring having a skirt formed about a central axis, an overlap flange portion at a top end of the skirt and directed inwardly towards the central axis, an outwardly open area radially inward of the flange, and
a separately formed disk, the disk conforming to the dimensions of the open area of the ring, the disk insertable into the open area after retort of the container, membrane and closure combination, the disk retained by the flange within the open area to close the open area.

US Pat. No. 10,597,200

SCREW CAP CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A screw cap container comprising a container main body and a screw cap, whereinthe container main body includes a mouth tubular portion, which is provided on an outer circumference thereof with slope screw portions configured to be screwed to the screw cap,
the slope screw portions include: upper screw protrusions disposed at three or more different positions at an equal interval in a top view thereof; lower long screw protrusions having left end positions same as left end positions of the upper screw protrusions, being disposed a predetermined height below and in parallel with the upper screw protrusions, and each having a length longer than a length of each upper screw protrusion; and oblique screw protrusions extending obliquely relative to the lower long screw protrusions in an upper right direction from right ends of the lower long screw protrusions and each being connected to a left end of a different one of the upper screw protrusions,
the screw cap includes a top wall and an outer circumferential wall suspended from an outer edge of the top wall, and
the outer circumferential wall is provided on an inner circumference thereof with cap screw protrusions disposed at an equal interval and at an equal height in the same number as the number of the upper screw protrusions and thus configured to be screwed with the slope screw portions of the container main body.

US Pat. No. 10,597,199

CLOSURE AND AN ASSEMBLY OF THE CLOSURE WITH A CONTAINER

1. An assembly of a closure with a container, for sealing of the container, the assembly comprising:a container having an inner container surface defining a cavity opening to ambient through an opening;
a closure comprising:
an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the lower portion comprises a lower lateral surface, the lower portion being adapted to be inserted into the opening of the container; and
two grooves provided on the lower lateral surface and adapted to receive two respective sealing members, the two grooves being separated by a predetermined distance;
the two sealing members provided in the two respective grooves, the two sealing members being adapted to provide sealing between the lower lateral surface and the inner container surface, wherein the lower lateral surface, the inner container surface and the two auxiliary sealing members together define an annular space;
a barrier sealant in the annular space; and
a longitudinal tension member provided within the cavity and adapted to arrest motion of the closure with respect to the container.

US Pat. No. 10,597,198

RECLOSABLE VACUUM-TIGHT POUCH AND RESEALABLE VACUUM-TIGHT CLOSURE MECHANISM THEREFOR

1. A reclosable vacuum-tight pouch comprising:(A) a first sidewall and a second sidewall joined together to define an interior and an opening of the pouch; and
(B) a closure mechanism attached to the first sidewall and the second sidewall along the opening of the pouch from a first end of the closure mechanism to a second end of the closure mechanism, the closure mechanism consisting of:
(i) a first base having an opening end and an interior end, the first base being attached to the first sidewall from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(ii) a first interlocking profile extending from the first base;
(iii) a first flange extending along a length of the first base from the first interlocking profile to the opening end of the first base, the first flange being attached to the first sidewall of the pouch at the opening end of the first base, from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(iv) a second interlocking profile extending from the first base;
(v) a second flange extending along a length of the first base from the second interlocking profile to the interior end of the first base, the second flange being unattached to the first sidewall of the pouch at the interior end of the first base, from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(vi) a first sealing member extending from the first base, the first sealing member being positioned between and spaced from the first and second interlocking profiles, such that the first sealing member is spaced from the first interlocking profile by a first separation distance to create a space between the first sealing member and the first interlocking profile, the first sealing member comprising an extended region that extends from the first base and a protruding end comprising a bulbous head with a protruding end sealing surface disposed along the majority thereof;
(vii) a second base having an opening end and an interior end, the second base being attached to the second sidewall from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(viii) a third interlocking profile extending from the second base, the third interlocking profile being configured to occlude and to deocclude with the first interlocking profile;
(ix) a third flange extending along a length of the second base from the third interlocking profile to the opening end of the second base, the third flange being attached to the second sidewall of the pouch at the opening end of the second base, from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(x) a fourth interlocking profile extending from the second base, the fourth interlocking profile being configured to occlude and to deocclude with the second interlocking profile;
(xi) a fourth flange extending along a length of the second base from the fourth interlocking profile to the interior end of the second base, the fourth flange being attached to the second sidewall of the pouch at the interior end of the second base, from the first end to the second end of the closure mechanism;
(xii) a second sealing member extending from the second base, the second sealing member being positioned between and spaced from the third and fourth interlocking profiles, such that the second sealing member is spaced from the fourth interlocking profile by a second separation distance to create a space between the second sealing member and the fourth interlocking profile, the second sealing member comprising a grooved member that has a grooved member sealing surface disposed thereon, such that the grooved member sealing surface is complementary to and sealingly engages the protruding end sealing surface, by surrounding at least a majority of the protruding end sealing surface and forming a gastight seal therebetween;
(xiii) a first sealing reservoir protrusion extending from the first base, the first sealing reservoir protrusion being positioned in the space between the first sealing member and the first interlocking profile, such that the first sealing reservoir protrusion is spaced from the first and second sealing members, the first interlocking profile, and the second base, and the first sealing reservoir protrusion being of a size and a shape to form a seal within the space between the first sealing member and the first interlocking profile, the size and shape of the first sealing reservoir protrusion relating to the first separation distance of the first sealing member from the first interlocking profile;
(xiv) a second sealing reservoir protrusion extending from the second base, the second sealing reservoir protrusion being positioned in the space between the second sealing member and the fourth interlocking profile, such that the second sealing reservoir protrusion is spaced from the first and second sealing members, the fourth interlocking profile, and the first base, and the second sealing reservoir protrusion being of a size and a shape to form a seal within the space between the second sealing member and the fourth interlocking profile, the size and shape of the second sealing reservoir protrusion relating to the second separation distance of the second sealing member from the fourth interlocking profile;
(xv) a first end-stomp positioned at the first end of the closure mechanism; and
(xvi) a second end-stomp positioned at the second end of the closure mechanism,
wherein the first and second sealing reservoir protrusions eliminate any leakage paths in the first end-stomp and the second end-stomp by forming the seals within the respective spaces between the respective sealing members and the respective interlocking members.

US Pat. No. 10,597,197

BISTABLE PULL-SNAP HOLD OPEN MECHANISM AND METHOD

1. A fitment bistable pull-snap hold open mechanism, comprising:a flexible first flat strip comprised of a polyolefin material having:
a first end;
a second end opposite the first end;
an inner mating surface;
an outer bonding surface opposite the inner mating surface;
a flexible second flat strip positioned relative to the first flat strip, the second flat stripe comprised of a polyolefin having:
a first end;
a second end opposite the first end;
an inner mating surface;
an outer bonding surface opposite the inner mating surface;
one or more pivot members integrated into the second flat strip separating the second flat strip into a side seal portion and an operable portion, the side seal portion coupled to the operable portion,
wherein the first flat strip is coupled to the second flat strip at both the first ends and the seconds ends with two or more bonding points at each of the first and second ends,
wherein the one or pivot members comprise a vertical living hinge and a flexure allowing the fitment bistable pull-snap hold open mechanism to be biased between an open configuration and a closed configuration,
wherein the vertical living hinge does not extend to the top edge or the bottom edge of the second flat strip, and
wherein the first flat strip and the second flat strip are applied proximate the opening of a flexible package on the inside walls of the package.

US Pat. No. 10,597,196

TAMPER-EVIDENT MESH MATERIAL AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE THEREFOR

JX NIPPON ANCI, INC., Ke...

1. A tamper-evident mesh material comprising:a nonwoven mesh fabric, said mesh fabric comprising a plurality of strands, said plurality of strands comprising overlying strands and underlying strands, wherein said underlying strands comprise a visual property, and wherein said overlying strands are bonded to said underlying strands at a plurality of crossover points; and,
a contrast layer, wherein said contrast layer is visually distinct from said visual property of said underlying strands, and wherein said contrast layer is disposed over at least a portion of each said overlying strand and each said underlying strand, and over said plurality of crossover points,
wherein breakage of a bond between at least one of said overlying strands and at least one of said underlying strands at a crossover point of said plurality of crossover points exposes said visual property of said at least one underlying strand at said crossover point to indicate breakage of said bond.

US Pat. No. 10,597,195

METHODS OF MAKING GUSSETED FLEXIBLE PACKAGE WITH SHAPED SIDES

Fres-co System USA, Inc.,...

1. A method of making a plurality of side-gusseted flexible packages each having a central longitudinal axis, said method comprising:forming a web of flexible material into a tubular member having a central longitudinal axis and a plurality of sequentially located sections extending along said central longitudinal axis, each of said sections being arranged to be formed into a respective one of said side-gusseted flexible packages, each of said side-gusseted flexible packages comprising a front panel, a back panel, and a pair of gusseted side panels, said front panel having a first side edge, a second side edge, a top edge and a bottom edge, said back panel having a first side edge and a second side edge, a top edge and a bottom edge, each of said gusseted side panels comprising pair of gusset sections connected to each other by a fold line, with one of said pair of gusseted side panels being connected between said first side edge of said front panel and said first side edge of said back panel, with the other of said pair gusseted side panels being connected between said second side edge of said front panel and said second side edge of said back panel;
sealing portions of said front panel to portions of said gusseted side panels along respective front panel seal lines at said front panel side edges, each of said front panel seal lines having an end edge portion and an intermediate edge portion, with each of said end edge portions of said front panel seal lines being immediately adjacent a respective one of said top and bottom edges and being convex in shape and with each of said intermediate edge portions of said front panel seal lines being located between said end edge portions of said front panel and being concave in shape, whereupon said intermediate edge portions of said front panel seal lines are located closer to said central longitudinal axis than said end edge portions thereof;
sealing portions of said back panel to portions of said gusseted side panels along respective back panel seal lines at said back panel side edges, each of said back panel seal lines having an end edge portion and an intermediate edge portion, with each of said end edge portions of said back panel seal lines being immediately adjacent a respective one of said top and bottom edges and being convex in shape and with each of said intermediate edge portions of said back panel seal lines being located between said end edge portions of said back panel and being concave in shape, whereupon said intermediate edge portions of said back panel seal lines are located closer to said central longitudinal axis than said end edge portions thereof;
cutting portions of said package immediately outside said front and back panel seal lines; and
sealing the bottom edges of said front and back panels together along a bottom seal line.

US Pat. No. 10,597,194

SEED CONTAINER AND SHELL RECEPTACLE

1. A seed container and shell receptacle, comprising:an outer container comprising an outer sidewall, a base, and an open upper end, defining an interior outer volume, wherein the base is removably securable to the outer sidewall;
an inner container comprising an inner sidewall, an open bottom end, and an open top end, wherein the inner container is adapted to nest within the outer container such that the base of the outer container acts as an inner container base and defines an interior inner volume;
a lid having a first aperture disposed to give access to the interior outer volume and a second aperture disposed to give access to the interior inner volume, wherein the first aperture and the second aperture are adapted to be closed by a first door and a second door, respectively;
wherein the lid is removably securable to the open upper end of the outer container;
a lip extending perpendicularly inward from the outer sidewall at the base of the outer container; and
wherein the lip is configured to support the open bottom end of the inner container thereon when the base is removed from the outer container, such that the inner container is retained within the outer container thereby.

US Pat. No. 10,597,193

CONTAINER WITH REMOVABLE TRAY

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A container comprising:a container body defining a first body end and a second body end, and a container space formed between the first body end and the second body end;
a removable tray positioned within the container body between the first container body end and the second container body end, the removable tray having an open top end and an enclosed bottom end, wherein when the removable tray is positioned within the container body, the removable tray divides the container space into an enclosed container space containing a first material and a removable tray space containing a second material; and
at least two fingers extending upwardly from the bottom end of the removable tray, wherein the fingers are configured to removably secure a housing therein,
wherein the container is configured such that the first material and the second material are separated prior to removal of the removable tray and may be intermixed after removal of the removable tray.

US Pat. No. 10,597,192

RESEALABLE BEVERAGE CAN LID

8. A resealable beverage can lid comprising:a lid having a top side having a first scored opening and a bottom side;
a first rivet formed in the lid and extending outwardly from the top side of the lid;
a tab portion connected to the first rivet;
a second rivet formed in the lid and extending outwardly from the top side of the lid, the second rivet having an indentation formed in the bottom side of the lid, the second rivet having a second scored opening; and
a closure element having a protrusion formed therein with the protrusion of the closure element fitting within the indentation of the second rivet formed in the bottom side of the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,191

PORTABLE CONTAINER AND CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

YETI Coolers, LLC, Austi...

1. An accessory for use with a portable container having a bottom and a sidewall extending upward from the bottom to define an internal cavity with a top opening, the accessory comprising:a jacket having a storage member and configured to extend around at least a portion of the sidewall of the container; and
a connection member comprising a connector configured to be connected to a port on the container such that a portion of the connector is received through the port, wherein the connection member is connected to the jacket and configured to support the jacket in connection with the container,
wherein the connector has an enlarged head and a stem depending from the enlarged head, wherein the connector is configured for connection to the port such that the enlarged head sits above the port and the stem depends downward through the port.

US Pat. No. 10,597,190

POURING ELEMENT FOR A COMPOSITE PACKAGING AND A COMPOSITE PACKAGING WITH A POURING ELEMENT

SIG Technology AG, Neuha...

1. A pouring element for a composite packaging, in particular for a beverage carton for liquid foods, with a basic body comprising a fastening flange and a pouring tube, a cutting element arranged and guided in the pouring tube, first guide means formed in the pouring tube and at least one pair of cams formed on the cutting element, wherein the first guide means and the at least one pair of cams cooperate correspondingly, wherein the first guide means is formed by a surrounding and self-contained rib.

US Pat. No. 10,597,189

JOINTED PACKAGE CORNER PROTECTOR

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. A jointed package corner protector, comprising a plurality of corner plates and a connection assembly that connects two adjacent ones of the corner plates that are respectively set at upper and lower sides in a lengthwise direction of the corner plates;wherein each of the corner plates is formed, in each of two opposite, upper and lower, ends thereof, with first through holes that are substantially perpendicular to the lengthwise direction of the corner plates; the connection assembly comprises a joint sheath and a button fastener; and the joint sheath is formed with second through holes that correspond to the first through holes formed in an upper end portion of a lower one of the two adjacent corner plates that is located at the lower side and the first through holes formed in a lower end portion of an upper one of the two adjacent corner plates that is located at the upper side such that the button fastener is set to penetrate through corresponding ones of the first through holes and the second through holes to connect the two adjacent corner plates of the upper and lower sides to the joint sheath;
wherein the joint sheath has a cross-sectional shape that corresponds to and mates with a cross-sectional shape of the corner plates, and the cross-section of the corner plates is an L-shape;
wherein the corner plates each comprise a first vertical board extending in the lengthwise direction thereof and a second vertical board extending in the lengthwise direction of the corner plate and substantially perpendicular to the first vertical board, opposite upper and lower ends of the first vertical board and opposite upper and lower ends of the second vertical board being each formed with the first through holes;
wherein the upper and lower ends of the first vertical board and the upper and lower ends of the second vertical board are each formed with two first through holes;
wherein the joint sheath comprises a first connection board mateable with the first vertical board and a second connection board mateable with the second vertical board; and the first connection board is formed with four second through holes and the second connection board is formed with four second through holes;
wherein the joint sheath further comprises a third connection board corresponding to and opposite to the first connection board, a fourth connection board corresponding to and opposite to the second connection board, a first closure board connected between the first connection board and the third connection board, and a second closure board connected between the second connection board and the fourth connection board; the four second through holes formed in the first connection board are extended to penetrate through the third connection board, and the four second through holes formed in the second connection board are extended to penetrate through the fourth connection board; and the first connection board, the first closure board, the third connection board, the fourth connection board, the second closure board, and the second connection board collectively define an enclosure space, such that the two adjacent corner plates of the upper and lower sides have connectable portions that are respectively inserted into the enclosure space.

US Pat. No. 10,597,188

CONFIGURABLE CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

Tailgate N Go, Grand Jun...

1. A configurable container assembly comprising:a container defined by:
a bottom;
a left sidewall including a first set of slots located on top of and proximate an interior edge of the left sidewall and a second set of slots located on top of and proximate an exterior edge of the left sidewall;
a right sidewall including a third set of slots located on top of and proximate an interior edge of the right sidewall and a fourth set of slots located on top of and proximate an exterior edge of the right sidewall;
a front left wall including a fifth set of slots located on top of and proximate an interior edge of the front left wall and a sixth set of slots located on top of and proximate an exterior edge of the front left wall;
a front right wall including a seventh set of slots located on top of and proximate an interior edge of the front right wall and an eighth set of slots located on top of and proximate an exterior edge of the front right wall;
a back wall including a ninth set of slots located on top of and proximate an inside edge of the back wall;
a lid coupled to the back wall; and
a front middle wall located between the front left wall and the front right wall, the front middle wall adapted to rotate between being vertical and horizontal;
a first accessory including one or more protrusions, wherein the one or more protrusions are adapted to be inserted into one of the slots of the back wall, the left sidewall, the right sidewall, the front left wall, and the front right wall.

US Pat. No. 10,597,187

DOUBLED-WALLED CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A double-walled container comprising: an outer layer body that is bottle-shaped and that includes a mouth, the mouth being cylindrical, a trunk that is connected to the mouth and has a diameter larger than a diameter of the mouth, and a bottom connected to the trunk; and an inner layer body that is accommodated inside the outer layer body, has a shape corresponding to a shape of the outer layer body and is configured to be deformed to undergo volume reduction, the mouth being provided with at least one air introduction hole that passes through the outer layer body and introduces air between the outer layer body and the inner layer body,the double-walled container further comprising: an engaging part for plug used for fitting a dispensing tool to the mouth by plugging; a neck ring provided around the mouth; and a plurality of ribs that are provided on at least an upper part of the trunk and extends in a direction from the mouth toward the bottom; wherein
the neck ring includes at least one ring diameter expansion part whose diameter is expanded by bending a peripheral wall forming the mouth so that it projects radially outward and at least one ring intermittent part that is circumferentially adjacent to the at least one ring diameter expansion part and whose diameter is less expanded than that of the at least one ring diameter expansion part, and
the plurality of ribs include at least one expanded diameter part rib whose upper end is disposed immediately below the at least one ring diameter expansion part and at least one intermittent part rib whose upper end is disposed immediately below the at least one ring intermittent part located immediately below the at least one air introduction hole, and the at least one intermittent part rib includes an extending portion extending beyond the upper end of the at least one expanded diameter part rib.

US Pat. No. 10,597,186

PRODUCE LABEL PRINTER AND APPLICATOR

John Bean Technologies Co...

1. An apparatus for printing and applying label on produce being transported on a conveyance system, comprising:a. a label supply for supplying unprinted or partially printed labels mounted on a substrate tape;
b. a printer for receiving the labels from the label supply and printing content on the labels pertaining to the produce being transported at an operational rate of a maximum specific number of labels per unit time;
c. an accumulator receiving the printed labels from the printer;
d. an applicator receives the labels from the accumulator, removes the labels from the substrate tape and applies the removed labels on the produce as the produce is being transported by the conveyance system at an operational rate of a maximum specific number of labels per unit time which is a different rate than the maximum rate that the printer can print content on labels; and
e. the accumulator receives labels from the printer, temporarily stores a variable number of labels that have been printed by the printer and supplies the stored labels as needed to the applicator to compensate for the difference in the operational rates of the printer and the applicator; and
f. a control system to initiate and terminate operation of the printer based on the number of labels stored in the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,597,185

PACKAGING MATTRESSES AS A DOUBLE SPIRAL ROLL

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A method comprising:inserting a first mattress into a sheath;
compressing the first mattress such that air exits the sheath;
sealing the sheath such that air is prevented from re-entering the sheath;
placing a bottom surface of the first mattress on a rolling wrapper such that the rolling wrapper wraps around a first end of the first mattress and onto a top surface of the first mattress, wherein the bottom surface of the first mattress has a length;
inserting the first end of the first mattress into a mechanical roller;
rolling the first mattress by bending the first end of the first mattress over onto the top surface of the first mattress, wherein both the top surface and the bottom surface of the first mattress are covered by the rolling wrapper where the first end of the first mattress is rolled over onto the top surface of the first mattress;
continuing to roll the first mattress such that successive portions of the bottom surface of the first mattress become adjacent to successive portions of the top surface of the first mattress and such that the entire length of the bottom surface of the first mattress is covered by the rolling wrapper;
placing a bottom surface of a second mattress on the rolling wrapper such that a first end of the second mattress is adjacent to a second end of the first mattress, wherein the bottom surface of the second mattress has a length;
continuing to roll the first mattress such that successive portions of the bottom surface of the first mattress become adjacent to successive portions of a top surface of the second mattress;
continuing to roll the first mattress such that successive portions of the bottom surface of the second mattress become adjacent to successive portions of the top surface of the second mattress and such that the entire length of the bottom surface of the second mattress is covered by the rolling wrapper; and
taping a first location on the rolling wrapper to a second location on the rolling wrapper that has completed an additional wrap around the second mattress.

US Pat. No. 10,597,184

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSEMBLING HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE BOX

RENGO CO., LTD., Osaka (...

1. A height-adjustable box comprising:a base sheet and a cover sheet which are made of corrugated paperboard, wherein the base sheet comprises side sheet portions and folded sheet portions on both sides of a bottom sheet portion through first fold lines and second fold lines, and the cover sheet comprises side sheet portions and folded sheet portions on both sides of a top sheet portion through first fold lines and second fold lines,
wherein the side sheet portions and the folded sheet portions of the base sheet are bent upwardly along the first fold lines and the second lines, the cover sheet is positioned on the base sheet with the base sheet and the cover sheet arranged so that the base sheet crosses the cover sheet, the top sheet portion is bonded to the folded sheet portions of the base sheet, the side sheet portions and the folded sheet portions of the cover sheet are bent downwardly along the first fold lines and the second fold lines, and the folded sheet portions of the cover sheet are bonded to the bottom sheet portion,
wherein the cover sheet comprises protruding pieces which protrude from both sides of the cover sheet and are continuous from the first fold lines of the cover sheet to the folded sheet portions of the cover sheet; and
the base sheet comprises folded pieces, each of the folded pieces being separated into a first folded piece portion which protrudes from a corresponding one of the side sheet portions of the base sheet through a corresponding fold line of the base sheet and a second folded piece portion which protrudes from a corresponding one of the folded sheet portions of the base sheet through a respective fold line, by a cut disposed on an extension of a corresponding one of the second fold lines of the base sheet such that the first folded piece portion is bent outwardly so as to be disposed along an inner surface of a corresponding one of the protruding pieces of the cover sheet and the second folded piece portion is bent downwardly so as to be disposed along an inner surface of a corresponding one of the side sheet portions of the cover sheet so as to close a gap between the base sheet and the cover sheet at a corresponding corner of the height-adjustable box.

US Pat. No. 10,597,183

APPARATUS FOR HEAT SHRINKING A PACKAGE AND METHOD FOR HEAT SHRINKING A PACKAGE

Cryovac, LLC, Charlotte,...

1. An apparatus for heat shrinking a package, comprising:a chamber configured such that a package on a surface of the apparatus may be heat shrunk via a heating fluid in the chamber; and
a preheat container configured to supply a preheated liquid to a heat tank from which the heating fluid is supplied to the chamber;
wherein the preheat container is above said surface such that liquid in the preheat container can be preheated by heat from the chamber; and
wherein the preheat container is positioned on an upper surface of the chamber and directly above the chamber such that the preheated liquid is preheated above the chamber by heat rising upward in the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,597,182

COMPOSITE REINFORCEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NEPTUNE RESEARCH, LLC., ...

1. A repair kit for reinforcement of a physical structure, the repair kit comprising:a moisture-tight enclosure;
a carrier formed of a plurality of fibers within the moisture-tight enclosure; and
a moisture-curable prepolymer impregnating the carrier in a partially cured state, the moisture-curable prepolymer being formed of at least a polyfunctional aliphatic isocyanate and an aromatic-group-containing polyol as the only polyol;
wherein the polyfunctional aliphatic isocyanate is an isocyanurate-based polyfunctional isocyanate with an isocyanate functionality of greater than two,
the carrier is a fabric or includes unidirectional fiber layers therein,
the aromatic-group-containing polyol is based on a polymer selected from polyester, polyamide, polyurethane, polyurea, and a combination thereof and has aromatic groups in its backbone, and
the polyfunctional aliphatic isocyanate constitutes about 50 wt.% to 90 wt.% of the moisture-curable prepolymer, and the aromatic-group-containing polyol constitutes about 10 wt.% to 50 wt.% of the moisture-curable prepolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,597,181

BOTTLE WRAPPING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THIN FILM OF STRETCHING PLASTIC MATERIAL

Krones AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A wrapping apparatus for containers in bundles as rows of adjacent containers, comprising:a wrapping station (2, 3) wherein a film of stretching plastic material is continuously spirally wound on adjacent rows of containers moving according to a displacement axis, said film being delivered by reels rotating around said displacement axis;
downstream of said wrapping station (2, 3), a cutting and severing unit is provided with at least a bridge carriage (202, 203), alternately movable according to a translation axis parallel to the displacement direction of said containers, whereon a cutting device (104) is mounted, movable crosswise to said translation axis; and
an elongation mechanism, equipped with a first pair of retaining members (205a, 205b) and a second pair of retaining members (206a, 206b) mounted on said bridge carriage (202, 203), upstream and downstream, respectively, of said cutting device (204), mutually movable apart and each configured to engage with a line of said containers in order to space them apart from each other and to define a greater crossing gap for said cutting device (104).

US Pat. No. 10,597,180

PACKAGING MACHINE WITH A HORIZONTAL-AXIS CAROUSEL, PARTICULARLY FOR PACKAGING ROLLS OF PAPER OR PACKS OF PAPER SERVIETTES OR OTHER SOLID PRODUCTS OF VARIABLE SIZE

CPS Company S.r.l., Casa...

1. A packaging machine for packaging rolls of paper or packs of paper serviettes, the machine comprising:a carousel having a plurality of identical seats rotating around a horizontal axis and a table perpendicular to said axis, said seats being angularly equidistant from each other around the axis and radially open towards both an inside and an outside of the carousel, each seat formed by:
a fixed longitudinal wall fastened perpendicularly to said table;
an adjustable longitudinal wall arranged parallel to, and at a first distance from the fixed longitudinal wall, the first distance being adjustable by adjusting means for adjusting the first distance, to allow a product of variable size partially wrapped in wrapping sheet to be moved perpendicularly to the axis and inserted between the fixed and adjustable longitudinal walls;
two transverse walls located between the fixed and adjustable longitudinal walls, the transverse walls configured to cooperate with ends of the product partially wrapped in wrapping sheet, the two transverse walls being separated by an adjustable second distance, at least one of the transverse walls being connected to means for adjusting the second distance,
wherein the means for adjusting the first distance comprises:
first internal threads and a first slide sliding on a first rectilinear guide means supported by the table of the carousel, the first rectilinear guide means being parallel to a movement of the adjustable longitudinal wall during adjustment of the first distance;
a first screw parallel to the first guide means, the first screw cooperating with the first internal threads, the first screw being kinematically connected to corresponding first screws of other seats, via first associated means, causing an action on the first screw of any seat to synchronously and precisely adjust a same width of all seats of the carousel; and
wherein the means for adjusting the second distance comprises:
second internal threads and a second slide sliding on a second rectilinear guide means supported by the table of the carousel, the second guide means being parallel to an adjustment movement during adjustment of the second distance parallel to the axis,
a second screw parallel to the second guide means, the second screw cooperating with the second internal threads, the second screw being kinematically connected to corresponding second screws of other seats via second associated means, causing an action on the second screw of any seat to synchronously and precisely adjust a same length of all seats of the carousel.

US Pat. No. 10,597,179

AUTOMATIC RANDOM BOX SEALER AND METHOD OF SEALING BOXES OF DIFFERENT SIZES

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A box sealer comprising:(a) a conveyor system including one or more conveyors;
(b) a first box measurer including a first sensor, a second sensor, and a top flap engager movable toward and away from the one or more conveyors;
(c) a second box measurer including a plurality of centering arms movable inwardly from disengaged positions to engaged positions;
(d) a flap closer;
(e) a tape applicator; and
(f) a control system configured to:
control the top flap engager to move from a disengaged position toward a box having multiple open upright flaps and positioned at a box measuring position;
receive, from the first sensor, a detection signal indicating that the first sensor has detected one of the upright open top flaps of the box and, responsive to receiving the detection signal, control the top flap engager to continue to move downward an additional distance to engage at least one of the upright open top flaps of the box and then stop;
receive, from the second sensor, a height signal associated with an amount of movement of the top flap engager;
control the centering arms to move from the disengaged positions to the engaged positions to engage opposing sides of the box;
receive, from the second box measurer, a width signal associated with an amount of movement of one of the centering arms; and
determine the height of the box based on the height and width signals.

US Pat. No. 10,597,178

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A CONTAINER TO A STERILE ENVIRONMENT

Medtronic Navigation, Inc...

1. A method of moving a member to a sterile field in an operating room, comprising:using a navigation system to track a tracking sensor;
covering a portion of a sterile user with a handle of a container extending from a container open end towards a container closed end while the sterile user is holding the container;
partially withdrawing a separate sleeve positioned completely within the container from the container at a first time;
positioning, by a non-sterile user, the member including a human input device in the container through a first open end of the sleeve positioned outside the container to contain the human input device within the container at a second time;
completely removing the separate sleeve from within the container at a third time after the second time;
maintaining the sterility of an exterior of the container while and after positioning the human input device within the container;
closing the container after positioning the human input device within the container in an operating room; and
using the human input device from within the closed container to provide input to the navigation system within the operating room.

US Pat. No. 10,597,177

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FILLING A PRODUCT INTO A CONTAINER

20. A computer storage system comprising a non-transitory storage device, said computer storage system having stored thereon executable program instructions that direct a computer system of an apparatus for filling a product into a container to at least:control a drive unit for moving the container in relation to a filling unit from a first position, in which a bottom end of the container is arranged at a maximum distance from a filling nozzle, to a second position, in which the bottom end of the container is arranged at a minimum distance from the filling nozzle;
open a first end of the filling unit and fill the product into the container;
move the container away from the first end of the filling unit by controlling the drive unit to step through a number of predefined positions while continuing to fill the product into the container;
close the first end of the filling unit when the container has been moved to a predefined end position; and
calculate an acceleration of the pump at predefined positions of the drive unit in order to obtain drive unit compensation distances as a function of the pump acceleration at each predefined position of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,597,176

BALLOON FILLING AND TYING TOOL

1. A balloon tool comprising:a U-shaped body comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the U-shaped body further comprises a first side and a second side each extending from the first end to the second end;
a first side wall coupled with the first side of the U-shaped body at the second end of the U-shaped body, wherein the first side wall extends outward from the second end;
a second side wall coupled with the second side of the U-shaped body at the second end of the U-shaped body, wherein the second side wall extends outward from the second end to form a slot positioned between the second end of the U-shaped body, the first side wall, and the second side wall; and
a tooth comprising a proximal end coupled with the second side wall and a distal end, wherein the tooth extends outward from the second side wall toward the first side wall, and wherein the distal end of the tooth is spaced a distance from the first side wall to form a gap between the distal end of the tooth and the first side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,597,175

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A CONTAINER FILLED WITH A LIQUID FILLING MATERIAL

KHS GMBH, Dortmund (DE) ...

1. A method for producing containers filled with a liquid filling material from preforms made of a thermoplastic material, the method comprising the steps of: thermally conditioning a respective preform and subsequently transforming the preform during a forming and filling phase in a mold with at least one liquid filling material as pressure medium so as to simultaneously form and fill the container; supplying the filling material or portions of the filling material in at least two process phases with different carbon dioxide contents; and in a second of the process phases providing the liquid filling material with a desired carbon dioxide concentration by introducing dry ice formed as pellets while the container is being formed.

US Pat. No. 10,597,174

FILLING NOZZLE

SHIBUYA CORPORATION, Ish...

1. A filling nozzle comprising:a filling cylinder, in which an auger rotates about the axis of the filling cylinder to discharge powder through an opening provided at the lower end of the filling cylinder;
an air-injection cylinder fitted to the exterior of the filling cylinder to form an annular space between the filling cylinder and the air-injection cylinder; and
an air-supply unit supplying air in the annular space, the supplied air passing through the annular space;
the air-injection cylinder having a tip portion that extends downward below the opening and has an air-discharge mouth formed in a tapered shape such that the tip portion has a diameter smaller than that of the opening; and
the supplied air being injected from a space between the tip of the filling cylinder and the air-injection cylinder, and flows along the inner surface of the discharge mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,597,173

ROCKET LANDING SYSTEMS

1. A system for stabilizing a landing rocket, comprising:a first upright support structure;
a second upright support structure;
a third upright support structure;
a fourth upright support structure;
a first lateral support element extending from the first upright support structure to the second upright support structure;
a second lateral support element extending from the second upright support structure to the third upright support structure;
a third lateral support element extending from the third upright support structure to the fourth upright support structure;
a fourth lateral support element extending from the fourth upright support structure to the first upright support structure;
a first stabilizing element extending from the first lateral support element to the third lateral support element and movable along a length of the first lateral support element and along a length of the third lateral support element;
a second stabilizing element extending from the first lateral support element to the third lateral support element and movable independently of the first stabilizing element along the length of the first lateral support element and along the length of the third lateral support element;
a third stabilizing element extending from the second lateral support element to the fourth lateral support element and movable along a length of the second lateral support element and along a length of the fourth lateral support element; and
a fourth stabilizing element extending from the second lateral support element to the fourth lateral support element and movable independently of the third stabilizing element along the length of the second lateral support element and along the length of the fourth lateral support element.

US Pat. No. 10,597,172

MAGNETIC-FLUID MOMENTUM SPHERE

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A magnetic-fluid momentum sphere, which is used for satellite attitude adjustment, comprising stators (1) and a spherical shell (2), wherein the stators are divided into three groups, axes of the three groups of stators are orthogonal to each other, each group of stators comprises two stators which are arranged symmetrically with respect to a center of the spherical shell, and inner surfaces (11) of the stators are spherical surfaces; and the spherical shell is formed by coupling two hemispherical shells (3) together, and the spherical shell is made of a non-ferromagnetic material, wherein:the inner surfaces of the stators abut against an outer surface of the spherical shell, there is no relative movement between the spherical shell and the inner surfaces of the stators, and the spherical shell is filled with magnetic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,597,171

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE PLAY IN AN ELECTROMECHANICAL ACTUATOR

1. A method for characterization of an amplitude (?S) of a play (S(t)) of an electromechanical actuator, the electromechanical actuator comprising an electric motor and a mobile element capable of being set in motion by the motor, said play (S(t)) being defined as a distance (m) or an angle (rad) which either of the motor or the mobile element has to travel through before the motor or the mobile element can cause a movement or a stress to the other of the motor or the mobile element,the actuator comprising an upstream sensor suitable for measuring a position of the motor (X1(t)) and a downstream sensor suitable for measuring a position of the mobile element (X2(t)), as well as a force sensor suitable for measuring a load applied to the mobile element (Fl(t)),
the method comprising the steps of:
measuring the position of the motor (X1(t)), the position of the mobile element (X2(t)) and the load applied (Fl(t)) to the mobile element using the three upstream sensor, the downstream sensor, and the force sensor, respectively,
from computer modelling of the actuator and the measured position of the motor (X1(t)), of the measured position of the mobile element (X2(t)) and of the measured load applied (Fl(t)) to the mobile element, estimating a value of play (S(t)) using a state observer by considering the play (S(t)) as a component of the state, a time derivative of the play S(t) being modelled in the form:
S(t)=0+b(t)
where S is the play, b is random white noise of known spectral density, and t is time,
one of the components of the state of the state observer being a deviation ?X(t) between the measured position of the mobile element X2(t) and the measured position of the motor X1(t), such that a state vector x is expressed in the following form:
x=[?X?X S]T
where ?X=X2?X1,
and a magnitude of measured output of the state observer is expressed in the following form:
y=[?X]T
and determining the amplitude of the play (?S) from a set of values of the play (S(t)) obtained at the estimating step for different instants in time (t).

US Pat. No. 10,597,170

ARRANGEMENT IN CATAPULT

ROBONIC LTD OY, Tampere ...

1. A launching cylinder of a catapult wherein the launching cylinder comprises:a frame comprising a cylindrical inner space;
a piston assembly arranged movably inside the inner space and being connected to a piston rod;
a first pressure space and a second pressure space inside the cylindrical inner space of the frame and being separated from each other by means of the piston assembly;
and wherein the first pressure space is connectable to a pneumatic circuit for generating launching movement towards a stroke direction of the launching cylinder, and the second pressure space on the side of the piston rod is connectable to a hydraulic circuit for generating return movement opposite to the stroke direction, whereby the launching cylinder is provided with combined pneumatic launching means and hydraulic returning means.

US Pat. No. 10,597,169

METHOD OF AERIAL VEHICLE-BASED IMAGE PROJECTION, DEVICE AND AERIAL VEHICLE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method of image projection using an aerial vehicle, comprising:adjusting a position of the aerial vehicle to a projection-permitted position if an image projection event for the aerial vehicle is detected, comprising:
adjusting the position of the aerial vehicle if the image projection event for the aerial vehicle is detected;
obtaining, at the adjusted position, edges of a candidate obstacle, a distance from a point of the candidate obstacle to the aerial vehicle, and an obstacle image of the candidate obstacle captured in a projecting direction of a projector carried by the aerial vehicle;
determining whether the edges of the candidate obstacle, the distance from the point of the candidate obstacle, and a color and a texture of the candidate obstacle in the obstacle image satisfy a preset projection background condition; and
if the preset projection background condition is satisfied, determining that the candidate obstacle is a target obstacle satisfying the preset projection background condition and that the adjusted position is the projection-permitted position; and
triggering the projector carried by the aerial vehicle to project an image onto the target obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,597,168

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING CONFIGURATIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. A method for assisting the landing of an aircraft in a phase of descent for the purpose of a landing on a runway with the help of an instrument landing assistance module, the method comprising:an image capturing step, implemented by an image capturing module, including capturing a sequence of successive images of the ground;
during the descent, if the aircraft is situated below a first altitude and above a second altitude lower than the first altitude, the method comprises:
an image processing step, implemented by an image processing module, including processing the successive images captured in the image capturing step;
a monitoring step, implemented by a monitoring module, including identifying on the images processed in the image processing step at least one visual characteristic corresponding to a runway, called a visual characteristic, wherein the at least one visual characteristic comprises at least one of: approach lights of the runway or a central axis of the runway, wherein the approach lights are detected by a contour detection sub-module, and wherein the center axis of the runway is determined by comparing characteristics of an image and characteristics of a mirror image;
wherein, if at least one visual characteristic is identified during the monitoring step, the method comprises:
a computation step, implemented by a computation module, including computing a current position of the aircraft relative to the runway on the basis of the visual characteristic or characteristics identified in the monitoring step;
a comparison step, implemented by a comparison module, including comparing the current position computed in the computation step with a signal representative of a current position transmitted to the comparison module by the instrument landing assistance module;
if the computed current position and the transmitted current position are not substantially identical, the method comprises a first transmission step, implemented by a first transmission module, including transmitting a signal representative of a go-around warning to a first display unit, and
wherein, if no visual characteristic is identified in the monitoring step, the method comprises a second transmission step, implemented by a second transmission module, including transmitting a signal representative of a go-around warning signal to the first display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,597,167

TIME TO ALTITUDE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A system for displaying range and time to altitude for an aircraft, comprising:a flight management system in communication with a plurality of sensors, the flight management system configured to receive flight data from the plurality of sensors including altitude and vertical speed measurements;
an aircraft display system; and
a controller in communication with the flight management system and the aircraft display system, the controller configured to:
receive a selected target altitude;
generate a range to altitude arc at a display of the aircraft display system based on the flight data and the selected target altitude;
determine a time to altitude based on the flight data and the selected target altitude by:
subtracting a current altitude from the selected target altitude to determine a difference between the current altitude and the selected target altitude; and
dividing the difference between the current altitude and the selected target altitude by a current vertical speed to determine the time to altitude; and
present the time to altitude in proximity to the range to altitude arc at the display of the aircraft display system.

US Pat. No. 10,597,166

IN-FLIGHT REFUELING PROBE FOR AN AIRCRAFT

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An in-flight refueling probe for an aircraft to be refueled by a fuel dispensing aircraft having a receptacle for connecting to the refueling probe, said refueling probe comprising:a first tubular member having first and second ends, said first end mounted to the aircraft and said second end extending from the aircraft, said first tubular member having an internal passage extending from said first end to said second end with said second end terminating in an external convex shape, said external convex shaped second end having a plurality of first holes equally spaced thereabout;
a second tubular member having first and second ends, said first end having an internal concave surface engaged with said external convex shaped end of said first tubular member, said first end of said second tubular member having a plurality of second holes there through in alignment with said plurality of first holes in said second end of said first tubular member;
a plurality of fasteners extending through said first and second holes joining said first end of said second tubular member to said second end of said first tubular member; the fasteners having a strength limited to a value that will break under a specific load on said nozzle;
a nozzle assembly mounted to said first end of said second tubular member for coupling to the receptacle on the fuel dispensing aircraft; and
at least one sealing member comprising an O-ring incorporated between said internal concave surface and said external convex shaped end and positioned upstream of the fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,597,165

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A STRAINER, A STRAINER, AND AN EJECTOR COMPRISING SUCH A STRAINER

Zodiac Aerotechnics, (FR...

1. A method for manufacturing a strainer used to transfer fuel between two tanks of an aircraft or to supply fuel to an engine, said strainer comprising:a housing having an open face for passage of the fuel, the open face being closed off by a grate acting as a filter; and
a conduit having a first open end and a second open end with a fuel passageway extending from the first open end to the second open end, wherein the first open end of the passageway is adapted to be connected to an inlet of an ejector, and wherein the second open end of the passageway terminates within the housing,
the method being characterized in that the method comprises the step of manufacturing the conduit, the housing and the grate of the strainer as a single monobloc part.

US Pat. No. 10,597,164

AIRCRAFT HAVING REDUNDANT DIRECTIONAL CONTROL

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An aircraft having redundant directional control, the aircraft comprising:an airframe;
a two-dimensional distributed thrust array attached to the airframe, the thrust array including a plurality of propulsion assemblies; and
a flight control system operable to independently control each of the propulsion assemblies;
each propulsion assembly comprising:
a housing;
a gimbal coupled to the housing and operable to tilt about first and second axes;
first and second actuators operable to tilt the gimbal respectively about the first and second axes; and
a propulsion system coupled to and operable to tilt with the gimbal, the propulsion system including an electric motor having an output drive and a rotor assembly having a plurality of rotor blades, the rotor assembly rotatable with the output drive of the electric motor in a rotational plane to generate thrust having a thrust vector;
wherein, responsive to a thrust vector error of a first propulsion assembly, the flight control system commands at least a second propulsion assembly that is symmetrically disposed relative to the first propulsion assembly to counteract the thrust vector error, thereby providing redundant directional control for the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,597,163

AIR FREIGHT TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED DEVICE USING LIQUID NITROGEN

Reflect Scientific Inc., ...

1. An air freight unit load device (ULD) for an aircraft with a cargo bay, comprising:an enclosure adapted to be placed in the cargo bay with
one or more cryogenic tanks;
a heat exchanger coupled to the one or more cryogenic tanks;
a Stirling engine having a cold sink coupled to the one or more cryogenic tanks;
a payload bay with double walls and Vacuum Insulated Panels (VIPs) placed between the walls and thermally isolated from the cargo bay;
one or more valves coupling the one or more cryogenic tanks, the heat exchanger, and the Stirling engine;
a controller coupled to the valves and one or more sensors to maintain temperature of the payload bay at a predetermined temperature setpoint, and
a blowout panel attached to a side of the enclosure applying constant pressure on the blowout panel and sealing the payload bay during normal aircraft operation,
wherein the enclosure includes at least one angled side housing the one or more cryogenic tanks with load cell units below the liquid nitrogen tanks and the liquid nitrogen tanks positioned horizontally in the ULD, and wherein the enclosure fits predetermined dimensions in the cargo bay.

US Pat. No. 10,597,162

MIXING BLEED AND RAM AIR AT A TURBINE INLET

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. An airplane comprising:a first medium;
a second medium; and
an air conditioning system comprising:
a first turbine,
a compressor located upstream of the turbine in a flow path of the first medium,
a mixing point at which the first medium mixes with the second medium;
a heat exchanger configured to reject heat from the first medium to a third medium; and
a second heat exchanger configured to reject heat from the second medium to the third medium,
wherein the mixing point is downstream of the compressor and upstream of the turbine,
wherein the mixing point is located downstream of the heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,597,161

SPACE-OPTIMIZING SEATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR PASSENGER TRANSPORT AND METHODS THEREFOR

1. An aircraft cabin system, the system comprising:a lower deck defining a horizontal floor surface extending substantially in a horizontal plane that longitudinally divides an interior space of a fuselage section disposed at least partway between a nose and a tail of an airframe to form a cabin space above the lower deck;
an upper deck partition that longitudinally divides the cabin space to define a lower cabin space below the upper deck partition and above the lower deck, and further defining an upper cabin space above the upper deck partition and below a wall of the fuselage section, wherein a first portion of the upper deck partition has a first elevation above the lower deck along a longitudinal axis of the fuselage section;
an elevated walkway comprising an aisle in the upper cabin space, the aisle extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft and configured to permit a passenger to walk along the aisle in the upper cabin space;
a plurality of passenger cabins disposed in the upper cabin space arranged to form a single column of passenger cabins positioned along each lateral side of the elevated walkway, each one of the plurality of passenger cabins being at least partially disposed above a second portion of the upper deck partition at a second elevation above the lower deck, wherein the second elevation exceeds the first elevation, and each of the plurality of passenger cabins including a seat positioned therein adjacent the elevated walkway and a fixed bed positioned therein laterally adjacent the seat and apart from the elevated walkway, each of the seat and the fixed bed having a longitudinal axis extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft; and
a plurality of passenger seating spaces located in the lower cabin space between the second portion of the upper deck partition and the lower deck, wherein each of the plurality of passenger seating spaces located in the lower cabin space includes a seat positioned therein extending at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft;
wherein seat density in the lower cabin space is greater than seat density in the upper cabin space.

US Pat. No. 10,597,160

ARRANGEMENT WITH A PARTITIONING DEVICE IN A CABIN OF A VEHICLE AND AIRCRAFT WITH A CABIN AND SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An arrangement for a cabin of a vehicle, comprising:a floor having a primary region and a secondary region separated by an aisle;
a first equipment component located in the primary region;
a second equipment component located in the primary region; and
a partitioning device located in the primary region and terminating at the aisle;
wherein the partitioning device is set up to provide a wall surface between the first equipment component and the second equipment component substantially perpendicular to the floor;
wherein the partitioning device is positionable in at least two positions along a length running between the first equipment component and the second equipment component;
wherein the partitioning device is lockable in its respective position on at least one of the floor, a cabin ceiling, and a cabin lining;
wherein the partitioning device comprises a guiding device and a dimensionally stable partition wall guided therein; and
wherein the guiding device is arranged on the cabin ceiling, and extends over the at least two positions.

US Pat. No. 10,597,159

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOLDER

ST ENGINEERING AEROSPACE ...

14. An integrated entertainment system for use with a passenger seat comprising:a monitor mounted in a back of the passenger seat;
a longitudinal clamping structure mounted to the monitor, the clamping structure having a generally L-shaped cross-section and configured to hold a portable electronic device between the monitor and the clamping structure, comprising:
a supporting flap forming an L-base of the generally L-shaped clamping structure, and configured to support the portable electronic device such that an effective area of the portable electronic device is not parallel to the supporting flap,
a clamping flap forming an L-leg of the generally L-shaped clamping structure, and configured to clamp the portable electronic device against the monitor, and
a mounting structure for slidably or tiltably mounting the clamping structure to the monitor; wherein
the clamping flap is pivotably coupled to the supporting flap through a hinge; and wherein
the clamping structure comprises a biasing structure configured to urge the clamping flap towards the supporting flap.

US Pat. No. 10,597,158

DEVICE FOR USE IN VEHICLE

Panasonic Avionics Corpor...

1. A device for use in a vehicle having an entertainment system having one or more video monitors for displaying entertainment content, the device comprising:a housing;
a modular information processing system enclosed in the housing, the information processing system including
a data processor in which the data processor executes program logic, the program logic including a control system;
a communication module connected in communication with the control system, the communication module being in communication with the vehicle entertainment system in which the communication module is configured to receive information from the vehicle entertainment system according to at least one communication protocol and communicate the information to the control system of the information processing system; and
an electrical power input electrically connectable to the entertainment system configured to receive electrical power from the vehicle entertainment system and supply power therefrom to the data processor, the communication module, and an electronic paper display; and
the electronic paper display connected in communication to the control system and displaying information in accordance with commands received from the control system, the electronic paper display comprising an electrophoretic ink, the electronic paper display different from the video monitors; and
wherein the control system is configured to receive advertising data via the communications module from the vehicle entertainment system and to display information on the electronic paper display in accordance with the advertising data.

US Pat. No. 10,597,157

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE FLEET MANAGEMENT

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:one or more sources of propulsion coupled to provide propulsion to the UAV;
a power source coupled to power the one or more sources of propulsion;
a communication system coupled to the power source to communicate with an external device; and
a controller coupled to the communication system, the power source, and the one or more sources of propulsion, wherein the controller includes executable instructions that when executed by the controller causes the UAV to perform operations, including:
measuring a power source charge level of the UAV;
sending a signal including the power source charge level of the UAV to the external device;
in response to sending the signal, receiving movement instructions from the external device; and
in response to receiving the movement instructions, engaging the one or more sources of propulsion to move the UAV from a first location on a storage rack to a second location within a storage facility, wherein the second location has a shorter flight time to an egress point of the storage facility or to a staging area within the storage facility relative to the first location, and wherein the UAV moves to the second location instead of other UAVs proximate to the first location when the power source charge level of the UAV is higher than that of the other UAVs.

US Pat. No. 10,597,156

CLEANING DRONE

1. A computer-implemented method for managing the flight of a drone, said drone comprising a physical treatment device, the method comprising the steps repeated over time of:measuring the distance between the drone and an object present in the environment of the drone;
adjusting the distance from the drone to the object according to predefined internal parameters and external parameters associated with the object present in the environment; and
performing a physical treatment on the object from the drone.

US Pat. No. 10,597,155

SHADOW CASTING DRONE

1. A first drone, comprising:a frame;
a covering member attached to the frame;
a flight control system on board the first drone, the flight control system configured to:
detect a presence of a second drone above an object on the ground; and
fly the first drone to a position between the second drone and the object to block, by the covering member, a view of the object from the second drone.

US Pat. No. 10,597,154

STEERABLE ROTATING PROJECTILE

1. A projectile, comprising:an inertial mass, having a center of mass, configured to rotate during flight to gyroscopically stabilize a translational flight path of the projectile with respect to a gyroscopic axis;
a sensor, configured to determine an angular rotation of the inertial mass with respect to the environment, and producing at least one rotational signal in dependence on the angular rotation;
at least one aerodynamic surface configured to produce a lift dependent on at least a translational movement velocity of the projectile, the lift having a center of pressure;
a control system, configured to produce a control signal in dependence on the rotational signal and at least one control input signal; and
a rotational actuator, responsive to the control signal, configured to selectively reposition the center of pressure, to thereby alter a net spatial relationship between the center of pressure and the center of mass synchronized with the determined angular rotation, to create a gyroscopic reaction force responsive to the at least one control input signal.

US Pat. No. 10,597,153

HELIPLANE CRAFT

1. An aircraft, comprising:a substantially cylindrical body having a longitudinal axis, enclosing a cockpit having seating and controls for a pilot with the pilot's upper body oriented in the direction of the axis of the cylindrical body;
a first and a second set of counter-rotating propellers of an overall diameter substantially greater than a maximum diameter of the body, positioned at an upper extremity of the cylindrical body;
a first direct-current (DC) motor powering the first propeller set, and a second DC motor powering the second propeller set;
a battery compartment at a lower extremity of the cylindrical body, enclosing a DC battery assembly of a capacity to drive the first and second DC motors for a substantial time;
a first fixed wing having a wing flap on a lower edge, affixed to the cylindrical body and extending a substantial distance away from the cylindrical body in a first direction;
a second fixed wing having a wing flap on a lower edge, affixed to the cylindrical body and extending a substantial distance away from the cylindrical body in a second direction, at an angle of between one-hundred and twenty and one-hundred and eighty degrees from the first direction;
a rudder in a plane parallel to the axis of the cylindrical body, positioned at the lower extremity of the body and extending away from the cylindrical body, the plane of the rudder bisecting the angle between the first and the second direction of the wings;
landing struts extending from a lower and outer extremity of each wing and of the rudder, the landing struts each extending parallel to the axis of the cylindrical body, the lower extremity of the three struts defining a plane orthogonal to the axis of the body, providing a support structure for the aircraft; and
controls operable to move the rudder and the wing flaps, and to manage power and rpm of the counter rotating propellers;
wherein with the aircraft supported on the struts with the axis of the body vertical, powering and driving the propellers causes the aircraft to lift vertically, and with the aircraft rising vertically at a sufficient speed, operating the wing flaps in a particular manner causes the aircraft to transition from vertical to substantially level flight, particular management of power to the propellers and the wing flaps in substantially level flight, together with the weight of the body, cargo and batteries causes the aircraft to transition to vertical orientation, and further management of power to the propellers causes the aircraft to lose altitude vertically until again landing on and supported by the struts.

US Pat. No. 10,597,152

DUAL TILTWING AIRCRAFT HAVING A QUADRILATERAL LINKAGE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An aircraft having a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode and a forward flight mode, the aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
a dual tiltwing assembly having a vertical lift orientation and a forward thrust orientation relative to the fuselage, the dual tiltwing assembly including a forward wing, an aft wing and a quadrilateral linkage, the quadrilateral linkage coupling the forward wing to the aft wing and the quadrilateral linkage coupling the forward and aft wings to the fuselage;
a distributed propulsion system coupled to the dual tiltwing assembly, the distributed propulsion system including a plurality of forward propulsion assemblies coupled to the forward wing and a plurality of aft propulsion assemblies coupled to the aft wing; and
a flight control system operably associated with the distributed propulsion system and the dual tiltwing assembly, the flight control system operable to independently control each of the propulsion assemblies and operable to transition the dual tiltwing assembly between the vertical lift orientation and the forward thrust orientation;
wherein the quadrilateral linkage includes a fixed link formed by the fuselage, an input link coupled between the fixed link and one of the forward and aft wings, a floating link coupled between the forward wing and the aft wing and an output link coupled between the fixed link and the other of the forward and aft wings.

US Pat. No. 10,597,151

FAILURE TOLERANT ROTOR BLADE PITCH ANGLE CONTROLLING DEVICE

1. A failure tolerant rotor blade collective pitch angle controlling device, comprising:a. a plurality of rotor blades, each with a pitch axis of rotation along its length;
b. a rotor hub that interconnects said plurality of rotor blades and hinges each rotor blade of said plurality of rotor blades about said pitch axis of rotation;
c. a plurality of rotor blade pitch arms, each connecting to a rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades on one end, to allow transmission of moments to control blade pitch, and each other end extends away from each rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades of said pitch axis of rotation;
d. a rotor shaft that spins and transmits torque, gyroscopic moments and thrust forces along a rotor spin axis;
e. a rotating collective fitting of rigid material that spins with and translates along said rotor shaft spin axis to uniformly transmit pitch commands to all rotor blades of said plurality of rotor blades, simultaneously;
a plurality of rotor links, each that connect the other end of each blade pitch arm of said plurality of pitch arms, through a hinge or spherical bearing, to said rotating collective fitting, also through a hinge or spherical bearing;
g. said plurality of rotor links rotate with said rotor hub, said plurality of rotor blades, said plurality of rotor pitch arms and said rotor shaft about the said rotor shaft spin axis;
h. a slider that one end connects to said rotating collective fitting through a rotational bearing and translates along said rotor shaft spin axis to control pitch of said plurality of rotor blades but does not rotate;
i. a swivel plate of rigid material that connects to said slider through a spherical joint to allow relative changes in orientation between the said swivel plate and said slider;
j. three irreversible actuators, each connected to a stationary structure on one end and to said swivel plate on each other end, to control and adjust said swivel plate orientation and position by modifying the length of each actuator of said three irreversible actuators, thereby, uniformly adjusting the pitch of all said plurality of rotor blades simultaneously by averaging the input of each said three irreversible actuators, even if one or more actuators of said three irreversible actuators fail.

US Pat. No. 10,597,150

ARTICULATED ROTOR SYSTEMS WITH BLADE-TO-BLADE DAMPING

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

15. A rotorcraft comprising:a fuselage;
a power system disposed within the fuselage;
a mast coupled to the power system;
a yoke coupled to the mast and operable to rotate therewith;
a plurality of blade grip assemblies;
a plurality of centrifugal force bearings each coupling one of the blade grip assemblies with the yoke;
a plurality of rotor blades each coupled to one of the blade grip assemblies such that each rotor blade has a coincident hinge located at the respective centrifugal force bearing and such that each rotor blade has three independent degrees of freedom relative to the yoke including blade pitch about a pitch change axis, blade flap about a flapping axis and lead-lag about a lead-lag axis; and
a blade-to-blade damping ring including a plurality of damper anchors each coupled to one of the blade grip assemblies along the respective pitch change axis and a plurality of lead-lag dampers each coupled between adjacent damper anchors;
wherein, each damper anchor is coupled to the yoke to prevent relative rotation therebetween; and
wherein, each blade grip assembly is operable to rotate relative to the respective damper anchor during blade pitch operations, such that the blade-to-blade damping ring is operable to provide pitch independent lead-lag damping.

US Pat. No. 10,597,149

MULTICOPTER-ASSISTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING AND RETRIEVING A FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT

Hood Technology Corporati...

1. A launch-assist assembly for facilitating launch of a fixed-wing aircraft, the launch-assist assembly comprising:a base;
a tray; and
multiple legs pivotably attached to and extending between the tray and the base,
wherein the tray is movable relative to the base between a storage position and a launch position via pivoting of the legs relative to the base,
wherein the tray is a first distance from the base when in the storage position and a second distance from the base when in the launch position,
wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance, and
wherein the launch-assist assembly enables the fixed-wing aircraft to launch vertically when the tray is angled at less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,597,148

AUTONOMOUS BRAKE-COOLING SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT

1. A brake cooling system for aircraft, comprising:a connector;
a tool configured to open an air conditioning valve of the aircraft, the tool comprising:
two plates that form a “Y” or fork, wherein the two plates are joined by a plurality of bolts;
a tube fixed to the plates;
a mobile tube attached externally to the fixed tube;
springs compressed inside the mobile tube; and
two triggers attached to the mobile tube; and
a duct system configured to connect an air conditioner to the brakes of the aircraft via couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,597,147

AIRCRAFT TIRE

DAITO PRESS MFG. CO., LTD...

1. An aircraft tire comprising:a tire body forming an outer peripheral part of an aircraft wheel; and
a protrusion that is provided on a side of the tire body so as to protrude from the side of the tire body, the protrusion including at one end thereof a pressure receiving surface configured to receive flight wind pressure and having a streamline shape tapering toward another end of the protrusion along a circumference of the tire body, and the protrusion causing rotation of the aircraft wheel before touchdown in a direction in which the aircraft wheel rotates during a landing roll through the action of flight wind pressure received by the pressure receiving surface,
wherein the protrusion includes:
a pair of legs erected on the side of the tire body in spaced relation along a radius of the tire body, the pair of legs extending along the circumference of the tire body;
a weight portion supported by the pair of legs to have its center of gravity positioned outwardly of respective horizontal positions of the pair of legs with respect to a center line widthwise of the tire body; and
a hollow part defined by the tire body, the pair of legs, and the weight portion, the hollow part extending between the one end and the other end of the protrusion,
wherein the pressure receiving surface is formed of respective end faces of the pair of legs, an end face of the weight portion, and an internal surface of the hollow part,
wherein the pair of legs is caused, by centrifugal force that acts on the weight portion during rotation of the aircraft wheel before the touchdown, to fall over in a direction from a center of the tire body toward an outer periphery of the tire body to narrow the hollow part and thereby reduce an area of the pressure receiving surface, and
wherein the weight portion is supported by the pair of legs such that XG>X2>X1 is satisfied in a state before the pair of legs is caused to fall over in the direction from the center of the tire body toward the outer periphery of the tire body by the centrifugal force acting on the weight portion during rotation of the aircraft wheel before the touchdown, where XG is a horizontal distance between the center line and the center of gravity of the weight portion, X2 is a horizontal distance between the center line and a heightwise protruding end of the leg of the pair of legs closer to a center of the tire body, and X1 is a horizontal distance between the center line and a heightwise protruding end of the leg of the pair of legs closer to the outer periphery of the tire body.

US Pat. No. 10,597,146

AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR HAVING A LEVER ASSEMBLY, AIRCRAFT INCLUDING THE SAME, AND RELATED METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft landing gear structure for an aircraft, comprising:a strut assembly having a longitudinal axis, wherein the strut assembly is configured to transition between a compressed configuration in which the strut assembly has a compressed length when the strut assembly is weighted by an aircraft, an extended configuration in which the strut assembly has an extended length when the strut assembly is not weighted by the aircraft, and a retracted configuration for stowage of the aircraft landing gear structure within the aircraft and in which the strut assembly has a retracted length, wherein the compressed length and the retracted length are less than the extended length, and wherein the strut assembly comprises:
an upper tubular housing;
a lower tubular housing operatively coupled to the upper tubular housing and configured to be longitudinally translated relative to the upper tubular housing, wherein the lower tubular housing is configured to be longitudinally translated between a compressed position and an extended position, wherein the lower tubular housing is in the compressed position when the strut assembly is in the compressed configuration, wherein the lower tubular housing is in the extended position when the strut assembly is in the extended configuration, wherein the lower tubular housing is further configured to be selectively and longitudinally translated to a retracted position, and wherein the lower tubular housing is in the retracted position when the strut assembly is in the retracted configuration; and
a shrink mechanism contained within the upper tubular housing, wherein the shrink mechanism is mechanically linked to a retract actuator configured to retract the aircraft landing gear structure into the aircraft by pivoting a retraction mechanism about a retraction axis, wherein the retract actuator is further configured to actuate the shrink mechanism to transition the strut assembly between the extended configuration and the retracted configuration, wherein the shrink mechanism comprises an upper link pivotally coupled to a lower link via an apex pin that defines a pivoting axis about which the lower link pivots when the shrink mechanism is actuated, and wherein the apex pin is arranged such that the pivoting axis is at a non-parallel angle with respect to the retraction axis; and
a lever assembly operatively coupled to the lower tubular housing of the strut assembly, the lever assembly comprising:
a forward link pivotally coupled to the upper tubular housing via a first link pivot joint; and
a truck beam pivotally coupled to a second link pivot joint of the forward link, wherein the truck beam is further pivotally coupled to the lower tubular housing such that longitudinal translation of the lower tubular housing with respect to the upper tubular housing causes pivoting of the forward link and the truck beam with respect to one another, and wherein the shrink mechanism is configured to selectively and longitudinally translate the lower tubular housing with respect to the upper tubular housing, thereby causing pivoting of the forward link and the truck beam with respect to one another as the strut assembly is transitioned between the retracted configuration and the extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,597,145

WINGLET

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A winglet for attachment to a wing portion of an aircraft, the winglet comprising:a winglet root, wherein the winglet root defines a recess configured to receive a connector of the wing portion and the winglet root comprises at least one protrusion for receipt into at least one corresponding hole of the connector of the wing portion, and
wherein a portion of the winglet root that at least partially defines an upper or a lower side of the recess has at least one hole extending through the portion of the winglet root and configured to receive a fastener that fastens the winglet to the connector when the connector is located in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,597,144

UNDER THE WING-MOUNTED JET ENGINE WITH PIVOTAL SWIVEL JOINT TO PRODUCE DIRECTIONAL THRUST VECTORING THRU SWIVEL ANGLE

1. A commercial Jet aircraft comprising: at least two jet engines (14), said jet engines (14) mounted under respective wings (10) which are connected to a fuselage (12) of said aircraft, the jet engines (14) are pivotally connected under the wings (10) of said aircraft, each engine (14) pivotally connected to said respective wing (10) by a plurality of flange plates (27a/b), and an interface plate (30) mounted beneath said respective wing (10), with a plurality of adjustable pivot-point control arms (23), a power cylinder (20), and support struts (53); wherein the control arms (23) each connect a respective one of the flange plates (27a/b) to a rear side end portion of the respective engine (14) and the power cylinder (20) connects the respective one of the flange plates (27a/b) to a front top portion of the respective engine (14).

US Pat. No. 10,597,143

LOW MOMENT ROTOR HUB

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A rotor hub, comprising:a hub body;
a plurality of blade grips configured for attaching a respective one of a plurality of rotor blades;
a plurality of centrifugal force bearings coupled to the plurality of blade grips, wherein a focus of the plurality of centrifugal force bearings is aligned with a centerline of a rotor mast;
a plurality of drive links configured to transfer torque to the plurality of rotor blades; and
a plurality of pitch horns configured to adjust a pitch of the plurality of rotor blades;
wherein each drive link of the plurality of drive links is coupled to the hub body via a first attachment point and to a blade grip of the plurality of blade grips via a second attachment point and wherein the first attachment point of each drive link of the plurality of drive links is disposed on a leading edge side of the respective one of the plurality of rotor blades.

US Pat. No. 10,597,142

ACTIVE FLOW CONTROL DEVICES FOR AIRCRAFT WINGS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An aircraft wing having an upper surface, a lower surface, a leading edge and a trailing edge, the wing incorporating an active flow control device comprising:a fluid chamber housed in the wing providing a conduit for receiving fluid and accommodating the fluid at elevated pressure; and
a fluid channel having an inlet in fluid communication with the fluid chamber and an outlet on the upper surface of the wing arranged at or adjacent the leading edge, so that during flight, fluid at elevated pressure can be supplied to the fluid chamber and released through the fluid channel, so as to reduce lift,
wherein the active flow control device further comprises a valve assembly switchable to enable or block fluid communication between the fluid chamber and the fluid channel,
wherein said fluid channel is a first fluid channel, wherein the active flow control device further comprises a second fluid channel having an inlet in fluid communication with the fluid chamber and an outlet on the upper surface of the wing arranged at or adjacent the leading edge and aft of the outlet of the first fluid channel, and wherein said valve assembly is switchable between a first state in which fluid communication between the fluid chamber and the first fluid channel is enabled and fluid communication between the fluid chamber and the second fluid channel is blocked and a second state in which fluid communication between the fluid chamber and the second fluid channel is enabled and fluid communication between the fluid chamber and the first fluid channel is blocked, so that during flight, fluid at elevated pressure can be selectively released through either the first fluid channel or the second fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 10,597,141

WING FLAP WITH TORQUE MEMBER AND METHOD FOR FORMING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A wing flap; comprising:a flap body comprising:
an inboard end;
an outboard end, opposite the inboard end;
an upper skin;
a lower skin; opposite the upper skin; and
a plurality of spars that extend between the upper skin and the lower skin; and
a torque member that is coupled to the flap body and comprises a plurality of extension members; and wherein:
a portion of the torque member is contiguous with at least one of the upper skin and the lower skin;
each one of the plurality of extension members is coupled to the inboard end of the flap body;
at least one of the upper skin and the lower skin comprises a skin major portion and a skin extension portion that extends from the skin major portion;
the flap body is partially formed by the skin major portion; and
the torque member is partially formed by the skin extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,597,140

METHODS OF CONFIGURING A WING TIP DEVICE ON AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A method of configuring a wing tip device on an aircraft, the aircraft comprising a wing having a fixed wing with the wing tip device moveably mounted at an outer end of the fixed wing, wherein the method comprises the steps of: (i) undertaking ground-based operations at an airport with the wing tip device in a ground configuration, in which ground configuration a span of the aircraft is within an airport compatibility limit: (ii) moving the wing tip device to a take-off configuration in which the wing tip device is moved away from the ground configuration such that the span of the aircraft is increased beyond the airport compatibility limit, and such that the wing tip device has a first lift coefficient; (iii) taking-off with the wing tip device in the take-off configuration; and (iv) moving the wing tip device from the take-off configuration to a flight configuration, in which flight configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the take-off configuration such that the wing tip device has a second lift coefficient, the second lift coefficient is lower than the first lift coefficient, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between the ground and take-off configurations by rotation about an axis oriented perpendicular to an oblique cut plane separating the wing tip device and the fixed wing, and wherein the wing tip device, at a junction with the fixed wing, overcuts or undercuts the fixed wing due to the oblique cut plane.

US Pat. No. 10,597,139

LATCHING DEVICE FOR A FOLDABLE WING ARRANGEMENT

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A latching device for a wing arrangement for an aircraft, which wing arrangement includes a wing comprising:a base section having a first end portion adapted to be secured to the fuselage of an aircraft and an opposite second end portion, and
a tip section having a third end portion and an opposite fourth end portion, wherein the third end portion is pivotably connected to the second end portion such that the tip section is pivotable about a pivot axis between a deployed position and a stowed position in which the spanwise length of the wing is smaller than in the deployed position,
wherein the latching device comprises:
a support structure,
a latching bolt having a longitudinal axis and being slidably supported by the support structure such that the latching bolt is movable between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein in the extended position the latching bolt extends further from the support structure than in the retracted position, at least one first hydraulic actuator, and
at least one first hydraulic actuator and at least one first connector assembly adapted to be connected to a first hydraulic system of an aircraft and to supply the at least one first hydraulic actuator with pressurized hydraulic fluid, and at least one second hydraulic actuator and at least one second connector assembly adapted to be connected to a second hydraulic system of an aircraft and to supply the at least one second hydraulic actuator with pressurized hydraulic fluid, wherein the at least one first connector assembly is separated from the at least one second connector assembly,
wherein the at least one first hydraulic actuator and the at least one second hydraulic actuator are each configured to move the latching bolt from the extended position into the retracted position independent of the other one of the at least one first hydraulic actuator and the at least one second hydraulic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,597,138

ROTATIONAL JOINT FOR AN AIRCRAFT FOLDING WING

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A rotational joint for an aircraft wing having a fixed wing and a wing tip device at the tip of the fixed wing, the wing tip device being rotatable relative to the fixed wing between a flight configuration for use during flight, and a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is rotated relative to the fixed wing such that the span of the wing is reduced,wherein the rotational joint comprises:
a rotation mechanism that rotatably couples the wing tip device to the fixed wing, configured to allow the wing tip device to rotate relative to the fixed wing between the flight and ground configurations, and
a locking mechanism configured to lock the rotation mechanism such that the wing tip device is locked in the flight and ground configurations,
wherein the locking mechanism comprises first and second locking members and first and second receiving members,
the locking mechanism being configured to lock the wing tip device in one of the flight configuration and ground configuration by receiving the first and second locking members in the first and second receiving members respectively, and to lock the wing tip device in the other of the flight configuration and ground configuration by receiving the first locking member in the second receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,597,137

THERMAL INSULATORS HAVING COLD SIDE FLAP SEALS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A thermal insulator, comprising:a first thermal blanket including:
a first insulation section;
a flap adjacent to and extending laterally from the first insulation section, the flap having a first portion laterally adjacent the first insulation section and a second portion laterally adjacent the first portion;
a second insulation section located on the first portion of the flap; and
a fastener having a free end and a fixed end opposite the free end, the free end extending from the second insulation section in a direction away from the flap;
a second thermal blanket to be coupled to the first thermal blanket, the second thermal blanket including:
a third insulation section;
a fourth insulation section having a third portion laterally adjacent the third insulation section and a fourth portion laterally adjacent the third portion, the fourth portion including a through hole to receive the free end of the fastener; and
a seal to be compressed between the third portion of the fourth insulation section and the second portion of the flap when the second thermal blanket is coupled to the first thermal blanket, the seal being laterally offset from the fastener such that the fastener does not pass through the seal when the seal is compressed between the third portion of the fourth insulation section and the second portion of the flap; and
a retaining nut to be placed over the free end of the fastener to couple the second thermal blanket to the first thermal blanket.

US Pat. No. 10,597,136

AIRCRAFT BRACE HOUSING A FLUID TRANSFER LINE

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. An aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
a wing in an upper portion of the fuselage; and
at least one brace, which extends between the wing and a lower portion of the fuselage, which comprises a central portion, a front portion, and a rear portion,
wherein one or more fluid transfer lines extend in the front portion, and/or in the rear portion the brace houses one or more fluid transfer lines between the wing and the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,597,135

AIRCRAFT CELL COMPRISING A DOOR OPENING IN RECTILINEAR TRANSLATION

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft cell, comprising:an outer envelope having at least one longitudinal portion, a width of the longitudinal portion reduces in a longitudinal direction of the aircraft cell, the outer envelope provided with at least one opening made in the said at least one longitudinal portion,
a door, and
a linking means connecting the door to the outer envelope and configured to move the door between two extreme positions, namely a closed position wherein the door obstructs the opening, and an open position wherein the door is horizontally offset from the opening in such a way that the door covers a region of the outer envelope adjacent to the opening,
wherein the linking means is configured in such a way that movement of the door from one of the two extreme positions to the other is a rectilinear translational movement in one direction of movement,
wherein the linking means is located inside the aircraft cell,
wherein the door moves from the closed position to the open position and vice versa following a single rectilinear path without being blocked by a perimeter of the opening in the outer envelope, and
wherein the width of the longitudinal portion reduces in a longitudinal direction of the aircraft cell from one of a forward extremity and a rear extremity of the longitudinal portion to the other of the forward extremity and the rear extremity of the longitudinal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,597,134

ADHESIVE JOINTS FOR AIRCRAFT

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An adhesive joint for an aircraft comprising:a wing rib having a first surface forming a plurality of isolation grooves, the isolation grooves oriented transverse to the wing rib;
a wing skin having a second surface; and
an adhesive forming a bondline between the first and second surfaces to bond the wing rib to the wing skin, the adhesive substantially filling the isolation grooves to form a plurality of disbond arrest boundaries;
wherein, the disbond arrest boundaries are operable to prevent a disbond in the bondline from traversing therethrough, thereby preventing the disbond from propagating along the bondline across the disbond arrest boundaries.

US Pat. No. 10,597,133

AEROFOIL FOR AN AIRCRAFT, AND AN AIRCRAFT

Lilium GmbH, Gilching (D...

1. An aircraft, comprising a fuselage and first and second pairs of aerofoils, wherein the aerofoils of each pair extend from opposing sides of the fuselage, wherein each aerofoil comprises a first lift body, a second lift body, which is arranged behind the first lift body in a direction of flow of the aerofoil, the second lift body being pivotable relative to the first lift body between a cruising flight position in which both lift bodies together define an elongate and substantially continuous cross section of the aerofoil in the direction of flow, and a take-off/landing position in which the second lift body is angled downwards relative to the first lift body in order to increase a lift of the aerofoil, and at least one engine is arranged on the second lift body, wherein a center of thrust of all the engines of the second pair of aerofoils is located behind a center of gravity of the aircraft in the direction of flight and the first pair of aerofoils is arranged entirely in front of the center of gravity of the aircraft in the direction of flight such that a center of thrust of all the engines of the first pair of aerofoils is located in front of the center of gravity of the aircraft in the direction of flight.

US Pat. No. 10,597,132

SHIP

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A ship comprising:a propulsion unit configured to exert a propulsion force on a ship hull by power from an engine;
detection means for detecting a current position, a bow direction, and a moving speed of the ship hull;
a shift lever configured to change magnitude and direction of an output from the propulsion unit;
a lever sensor configured to detect a manipulation position of the shift lever; and
a control device connected to the propulsion unit, the detection means, and the lever sensor, the control device being configured to acquire an operating status of the propulsion unit and detection results obtained by the detection means and the lever sensor, and to control the propulsion unit based on the detection results,
wherein:
the manipulation position of the shift lever includes at least four positions of a forward traveling position, a neutral position, a reverse traveling position, and a positioning position, and
the control device performs a dynamic positioning control in a case where the manipulation position of the shift lever detected by the lever sensor is in the positioning position.

US Pat. No. 10,597,131

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SHIP PROPULSION SYSTEM AND SHIP PROPULSION SYSTEM

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. A method for operating a ship propulsion system for a ship, wherein the ship propulsion system includes an engine, a propeller shaft and an adjustable propeller, wherein a rotational speed of an engine shaft of the engine is converted into a rotational speed of the propeller shaft, and wherein the adjustable propeller is adjustable for adjusting a pitch angle of the adjustable propeller, the method comprising:determining, on a control side, a setpoint rotational speed for the propeller shaft and a setpoint pitch angle for the adjustable propeller based at least in part on an operator-side propulsion request to the ship propulsion system and an adjustable propeller characteristic diagram;
determining, on the control side, a setpoint operating point, comprising a setpoint rotational speed and a setpoint torque for the engine based at least in part on the operator-side propulsion request, the setpoint rotational speed for the propeller shaft, and an engine characteristic diagram;
determining an actual operating point of the engine based at least in part on a measured actual rotational speed and a measured actual torque;
checking, on the control side, with drive power staying unchanged, whether the setpoint rotational speed for the propeller shaft and the setpoint pitch angle for the adjustable propeller can be changed while reducing a fuel consumption of the engine based at least in part on the actual operating point of the engine, the adjustable propeller characteristic diagram, and the engine characteristic diagram;
adapting the setpoint rotational speed for the propeller shaft, the setpoint pitch angle for the adjustable propeller, and the setpoint operating point of the engine based on the checking;
measuring a relative speed of the ship; and
determining a limit value for the setpoint pitch angle of the adjustable propeller based at least in part on a speed of the ship to avoid cavitations of the adjustable propeller.

US Pat. No. 10,597,130

TROLLING MOTOR WITH A TRANSDUCER ARRAY

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A device comprising:a motor;
a propeller coupled to the motor;
a shaft configured to couple the motor to a watercraft, wherein the shaft is configured to rotate relative to the watercraft, wherein the shaft defines an internal passage; and
a housing that encapsulates the motor, wherein the housing comprises at least one transducer array, wherein the at least one transducer array comprises a phased array configured to transmit one or more sonar beams into an underwater environment, wherein the housing further comprises an orientation sensor configured to measure an orientation of the at least one transducer array relative to the watercraft; and
at least one electrical cable that leads from the transducer array through the internal passage of the shaft to enable electrical signals to be transmitted between the transducer array and a computing device, wherein the electrical cable is contained within the internal passage of the shaft so as to protect the electrical cable while still enabling rotation of the shaft and housing,
wherein the phased array comprises a plurality of transducer elements affixed to a printed circuit board (PCB), wherein each of the plurality of transducer elements is electrically connected to traces on the PCB, wherein each of the plurality of transducer elements is configured to receive sonar returns from the underwater environment, and wherein the plurality of transducer elements from two or more diamond shaped sub-arrays.

US Pat. No. 10,597,129

MARINE DUCTED PROPELLER MASS FLUX PROPULSION SYSTEM

1. A marine ducted propeller mass flux propulsion system comprising:an intake section;
an impeller/confusor/stator section;
a discharge section;
a passage extending from an intake opening of the intake section to an outlet of the discharge section, wherein the passage has a length and an axial cross-sectional area, wherein the passage is capable of creating a flow path for a water stream on a volumetric basis;
an exhaust heat exchanger;
a confusor/stator housing;
an upper steering nozzle;
a lower steering nozzle, wherein the exhaust heat exchanger heats the confusor/stator housing, the upper steering nozzle and the lower steering nozzle; and
internal working parts, the internal working parts being at least partially accommodated within the passage,
wherein the axial cross-sectional area of the passage is increased and decreased throughout the length of the passage to accommodate a volumetric mass of the internal working parts while maintaining a constant water volume from the intake opening of the intake section to the outlet of the discharge section.

US Pat. No. 10,597,127

BOAT LIFT

1. A boat lift, comprising:a boat lift construct constructed and arranged to receive a boat hull on an upper surface thereof, the boat lift construct comprising;
a first flotation tank construct,
a second flotation tank construct, and
a transverse flotation tank,
wherein the first floatation tank construct joins a first side of the transverse flotation tank and the second flotation tank construct joins a second side of the transverse flotation tank, wherein the transverse flotation tank comprises a pump, wherein the first flotation tank construct, the second flotation tank construct and the transverse flotation tank are in hydraulic communication, and wherein the pump is constructed and arranged to remove water from the first flotation tank construct, the second flotation tank construct and the transverse flotation tank, and
wherein the first flotation tank construct comprises a vertical void extending through a side of the first flotation tank construct, and wherein the void is exterior to a water seal of the first flotation tank construct, the vertical void constructed and arranged to receive a pile therein.

US Pat. No. 10,597,126

WATERCRAFT SECURING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

STEELE TRIBE LLC, Four S...

1. A floating dock comprising:a frame;
at least one float;
first and second dock posts; and
first and second self-adjusting line systems, each of the first and second self-adjusting line systems comprising a slide, an elongate member, an upper stop, a lower stop, a line, and a damper, the slide being slidable along the elongate member between the upper stop and the lower stop, the line being adapted to tether the slide to a watercraft, the line passing through the damper, the damper being configured to damp a varying tension force in the line caused by movement of a watercraft resulting from wave action;
the at least one float being coupled to the frame, the at least one float being adapted to support the frame on water, the frame having a first longitudinal section and a second longitudinal section, the first longitudinal section operatively secured to the second longitudinal section,
the first and second longitudinal sections of the frame defining a slip therebetween, the slip being sized and configured to receive a watercraft within the slip, the first dock post secured in a fixed vertical position relative to and projecting upward from the first longitudinal section, the second dock post secured in a fixed vertical position relative to and projecting upward from the second longitudinal section, the first dock post and the second dock post being positioned on opposite sides of the slip, the first self-adjusting line system being attached to the first dock post, the second self-adjusting line system being attached to the second dock post, and the first and second self-adjusting line systems configured such that when a watercraft tethered to the first slide via the first line and tethered to the second slide via the second line moves as a result of wave action the first slide and the second slide are capable of moving independently to allow vertical translation, pitch, and roll of the watercraft while the watercraft is secured within the slip.

US Pat. No. 10,597,125

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DEPTH FINDER APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A height adjustable depth finder system, comprising:at least one support having a plurality of telescoping sections;
a depth finder display coupled to a top section of the at least one support;
a base coupled to a bottom section of the at least one support and configured to be mounted to a portion of a boat;
a flexible cable coupled to the top section of the at least one support and configured to be driven to raise and lower the depth finder display;
a cable guide configured to be installed in the base, and to guide the flexible cable through the base and through a hull floor of the boat;
an actuator configured to raise and lower the depth finder display through a telescoping action of the at least one support by driving the flexible cable; and
a switch to selectively control the actuator to raise and lower the depth finder display.

US Pat. No. 10,597,124

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO OPTIMIZE SAILING EFFICIENCY

MagnaSail, LLC, Orlando,...

1. A sailing vessel comprising:a hull;
a rudder for steering said sailing vessel, disposed proximate to said sailing vessel's stern;
a substantially ridged keel disposed substantially along a vertical midplane of said sailing vessel and proximate to said sailing vessel's center;
wherein said keel has three approximately equally sized areas disposed along a vertical length of said keel as follows:
a tip area located farthest away from the sailing vessel,
a root area located closest to said sailing vessel, and
a center area in between said tip area and said root area;
a first flap rotatably attached to said keel within said tip area of said keel and disposed to create counter-heeling forces when rotated during sailing;
a second flap rotatably attached to said keel within said root area of said keel and disposed to create counter-leeward-drift forces when rotated during sailing;
wherein said center area separates said first flap and said second flap;
wherein during sailing said first flap and said second flap can be either (i) rotated to the same side of said keel or (ii) rotated to opposite sides of the keel; and
wherein each of said flaps rotate about an axis disposed substantially within said vertical midplane.

US Pat. No. 10,597,123

ELECTRONICALLY POWERED ILLUMINATING FIN SYSTEM FOR WATERSPORTS INVOLVING BOARDS

10. A water sports board comprising a fin, the fin comprising:a body;
a light directed to illuminate an area below the water sports board; and
a remote controller in wireless communication with a controller of the fin.

US Pat. No. 10,597,122

EXTENDER FOR HOLDING ACCESSORIES

Railblaza Limited, Auckl...

1. An extender for holding boating accessories, comprising:at least a first limb and a second limb engaged in elbow relationship such that one can be pivoted with respect to the other about a transverse axis;
at least one of the limbs comprising a swivel portion that is able to turn about a longitudinal axis; and
at least one locking part able to move longitudinally along a respective one of the limbs between locked and unlocked positions;
the arrangement being such when the locking part is in the locked position it prevents the swivel portion turning and does not prevent pivoting of the one limb with respect to the other about the transverse axis.