US Pat. No. 10,919,728

SPOOL MADE OF A THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL FOR THE WINDING OF WINDING MATERIAL, AS WELL AS TO A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

PURUS PLASTICS GMBH, Arz...

1. A spool for winding strand-shaped material, comprising:flange discs having an outer flange surface and an inner flange surface, each of which has a central through bore that is surrounded by an annular recess within the inner flange surface, and
a one-piece tubular spool core,
wherein the spool core comprises a tube, end surfaces of which are connected in a materially bonded manner on an annular wall located within the annular recess of the inner flange surfaces of the flange discs,
wherein at least one channel is provided adjacent to the annular wall in the annular recess for receiving liquefied connection material,
wherein the spool core has approximately the same diameter as the annular wall and is bonded in the annular recess by said connection material, and
wherein the diameter of the annular recess is greater than that of the central through bore of the flange surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,919,727

PROCESS FOR KNOTTING ROVING PACKAGES

JUSHI GROUP CO., LTD., T...

1. A process for knotting roving packages, comprising steps of: arranging a plurality of roving packages in a single layer or multiple layers; dividing all roving packages into at least one group of roving packages; selecting, from each group of roving packages, two roving packages as a starting roving package and an ending roving package; successively connecting all roving packages in each group of roving packages from the starting roving package to the ending roving package; and, connecting an inner fiber of a roving package other than the starting roving package and the ending roving package in each group of roving packages to an outer fiber of a previous roving package and connecting an outer fiber of this roving package to an inner fiber of a next roving package, or connecting an outer fiber of a roving package other than the starting roving package and the ending roving package in each group of roving packages to an inner fiber of a previous roving package and connecting an inner fiber of this roving package to an outer fiber of a next roving package; wherein,when the roving packages are arranged in a single layer, the numbers of the roving packages in each row are the same or not completely the same, and the numbers of the roving packages in each column are the same or not completely the same; and
each group of roving packages includes at least one row of roving packages, wherein a group of roving packages including more than one row of roving packages includes multiple rows of roving packages connected successively; or, each group of roving packages includes at least one column of roving packages, wherein a group of roving packages including more than one column of roving packages includes multiple columns of roving packages connected successively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,726

WIRELINE SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING SAME

LONGYEAR TM, INC., Salt ...

10. A method comprising:operatively securing a wireline assembly to a mast of a drill rig, the wireline assembly comprising:
a drum engaged with a drilling cable, wherein the drum has a rotational axis and defines an interior chamber extending axially relative to the rotational axis;
opposed first and second support brackets, wherein the drum is positioned between the first and second support brackets and configured to rotate relative to the first and second support brackets;
a motor positioned at least partially within the interior chamber of the drum and operatively coupled to the drum, wherein upon activation of the motor, the drum rotates about the rotational axis relative to the first and second support brackets; and
a spooling device that receives the drilling cable from the drum and directs the drilling cable to a roller assembly of the drill rig, wherein the spooling device comprises a mounting bracket that is rotationally coupled to the first and second support brackets, and wherein the mounting bracket and the first and second support brackets define respective openings in communication with the interior chamber of the drum; and
at least one protective mesh element that circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the drum, wherein the mounting bracket of the spooling device is secured to the at least one protective mesh element; and
selectively rotating the spooling device relative to the drum from a first rotational position to a second rotational position, wherein in the first rotational position, the spooling device is oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the mast of the drill rig, and wherein in the second rotational position, the spooling device is angularly oriented relative to the longitudinal axis of the mast of the drill rig,
wherein the at least one protective mesh element rotates together with the spooling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,725

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A DEVICE SYSTEM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A resource recovery system comprising:a spoolable conductor including;
a device disposed in line with the conductor, the device including a plurality of subassemblies;
a connector depending from each of the subassemblies;
a link connected to the connectors supplying a signal connection between the subassemblies;
a connection configuration having a device connection interface configured to connect with the device to facilitate sensory activity or control activity of the device with a fluid flowing in an interior of a tubular member of the resource recovery system; and
a backing, securable to the connection configuration to produce an interference fit with the tubular member of the resource recovery system.

US Pat. No. 10,919,724

TIE-WIRE HOLSTER

1. A tie-wire holster comprising:(a) a tire-shaped body formed of a unitary section of flexible polymer material having a Shore A hardness of between about 15 and about 75, the body including a top circumferential portion and first and second radially inward extending sidewalls;
(b) the body having an outer diameter between about 3.5 and about 7 inches, and the sidewalls having a central opening between about 0.5 and about 5 inches in diameter;
(c) at least two slots formed in the first sidewall, the slots extending from an inner edge of the first sidewall into the top circumferential portion;
(d) a spool-shaped attachment member with a first flange and a second flange connected by a web portion, the first flange having a larger diameter than the second flange, and the first flange being positioned against an interior of the second sidewall and the second flange being positioned against an exterior of the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,919,723

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVEYING A TIRE LAYER

VMI HOLLAND B.V.

39. A method for conveying a tire layer between a first discharge conveyor and a second discharge conveyor extending in a first conveying plane (H1) and a second conveying plane (H2), respectively, downstream in a direction of conveyance (D) of a supply conveyor extending in a third conveying plane (H3), wherein the method comprises providing a swivel conveyor with at least one endless belt or wire and a first pulley, a second pulley and a third pulley that define a minimal loop (L) for guiding said at least one endless belt or wire along a conveying run and a return run, wherein the first pulley defines at least a first part of the conveying run, wherein the second pulley defines at least a first part of the return run and wherein the third pulley is arranged between the first part of the conveying run and the first part of the return run, wherein the third pulley is swivable with respect to the first pulley and the second pulley about a swivel axis (X) that is located at a pivot position (Y) spaced apart from the third pulley towards the first pulley and the second pulley, wherein the third pulley is swivable about said swivel axis between a first swivel position and a second swivel position to align the first part of the conveying run with a first conveying plane (H1) and a second conveying plane (H2), respectively, wherein the minimal loop (L) has a length, wherein the pivot position (Y) is chosen such that the length of the minimal loop (L) when the third pulley is in the first swivel position is the same within a tolerance of less than 1 percent with respect to the length of the minimal loop (L) when the third pulley is in the second swivel position, wherein the method comprises the steps of:swivelling the third pulley with respect to the first pulley and the second pulley about the swivel axis (X) between the first swivel position and the second swivel position while keeping the length of the minimal loop (L) the same within the tolerance when the third pulley is in the first swivel position and in the second swivel position; and
using the swivel conveyor to convey a first tire layer from the supply conveyor to the first discharge conveyor when the first part of the conveying run is aligned with the first conveying plane (H1) and to convey a second tire layer from the supply conveyor to the second discharge conveyor when the first part of the conveying run is aligned with the second conveying plane (H2).

US Pat. No. 10,919,722

REEL UNWINDER WITH SYSTEM FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING THE REELS

Guangdong Fosber Intellig...

1. An unwinder for unwinding reels of web material, comprising:a rotating support with a rotation axis and provided with engaging members for engaging the reels;
a reel positioning system for loading the reels onto the rotating support;
an unloading system for unloading the reels from the rotating support;
wherein the reel positioning system comprises a first conveyor for the reels and a pusher configured and arranged to push the reels from the first conveyor towards abutment members defining a pick-up position where a reel is taken by the rotating support; and wherein the reel positioning system and the unloading system are arranged at opposite sides of the rotating support.

US Pat. No. 10,919,721

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a sheet feeding tray on which a sheet to be subjected to image formation is placed;
a sheet feeder configured to abut against the sheet placed on the sheet feeding tray to feed the sheet;
a moving unit configured to move at least one of the sheet feeder and the sheet feeding tray to cause one of an abutment state in which the sheet feeder is held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray and a separated state in which the sheet feeder is not held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray;
a human detector configured to detect a human being present in a vicinity of the image forming apparatus; and
a controller configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state in which the sheet feeder is not held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray after an elapse of a predetermined timeout time without receiving an instruction of starting image formation and the apparatus being in the abutment state in which the sheet feeder is held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray,
wherein in a state in which the human detector detects a human, the controller is configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state after an elapse of a first time period as the predetermined timeout time, and
wherein, in a case in which the human detector changes from a state in which the human is detected to a state in which the human is not detected, the controller is configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state even if the first time period is not yet elapsed after an elapse of a second time period as the predetermined timeout time, the second time period being shorter than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,919,720

SHEET CONVEYANCE UNIT AND SHEET CONVEYANCE SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet conveyance unit being connected to a sheet discharge unit which discharge a sheet,the sheet conveyance unit comprising:
a sheet inlet port which is connected to a discharge guide provided in the sheet discharge unit;
an inlet guide which is disposed at the sheet inlet port and has an upper guide facing an upper surface of the sheet and a lower guide disposed below the upper guide so as to face a lower surface of the sheet;
a conveyance member which conveys the sheet conveyed into the sheet conveyance unit along the inlet guide; and
a guide switching mechanism which switches the inlet guide between a conveyance position at which the upper guide and the lower guide face each other with a first distance and a separation position at which the upper guide and the lower guide are spaced from each other with a second distance greater than the first distance,
wherein,
to connect the sheet conveyance unit to the sheet discharge unit,
the inlet guide is disposed to the separation position by the guide switching mechanism before the discharge guide is inserted between the upper guide and the lower guide, and is disposed to the conveyance position after the discharge guide is inserted between the upper guide and the lower guide.

US Pat. No. 10,919,719

BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND TRANSFER DEVICE

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

1. A belt driving device comprising:an annular belt member comprising a first edge and a second edge;
a plurality of rotary members that extend in parallel and rotate, the belt member being wound around the rotary members, the belt member circulating;
a protrusion that protrudes from an inner peripheral surface of the belt member, the protrusion extending along the second edge of the belt member, the protrusion being arranged in a direction parallel to an extending direction of the rotary members, the protrusion being provided at the second edge; and
a contact member that is closer to the first edge than the second edge, the contact member and the belt member being arranged side by side, wherein
when the belt member deviates in the extending direction, the contact member comes into contact with the belt member to limit the deviating of the belt member, and
a difference between a position of the belt member when the protrusion comes into contact with an end surface of one of the rotary members and a position of the belt member when the belt member comes into contact with the contact member is equal to or less than a width of the protrusion in the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,718

MEDIUM SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. A medium supply apparatus comprising:a box member inside which a medium is stored and which is inserted into and extracted from a body of an image forming apparatus;
a bottom plate which is disposed at a bottom portion of the box member and on which the medium is placed, the bottom plate being lifted up by an elastic force of an elastic member; and
a rotary portion attached to a side wall, among walls of the box member, positioned on a lateral side with respect to a front side toward which the box member is extracted from the image forming apparatus, the rotary portion being rotatable about a location of attachment of the rotary portion,
wherein the rotary portion includes
a rear portion positioned on a rear side, in contrast to the front side, with respect to the location of attachment, the rear portion being moved upward by a reaction force applied from the body when the box member is extracted, and
a front portion positioned on the front side with respect to the location of attachment, the front portion being moved downward by rotation of the rotary portion due to upward movement of the rear portion to lower the bottom plate against the elastic force, wherein the front portion has a contact surface that contacts a contact target that is at least one of a part of the bottom plate and a member that is movable in an up-down direction together with the bottom plate, a location of contact of the contact surface with the contact target is moved along with the rotation of the rotary portion, and the contact surface at the location of contact is directed in a direction of movement of the contact target.

US Pat. No. 10,919,717

LIFTING DEVICE FOR BLOCKS WITH NON-PARALLEL WALLS

1. A device for lifting a hollow bodied block with non-parallel walls, comprising:an elongated body having a top end and a bottom end;
a handle, affixed to the elongated body;
a first arm having a first end and a second end, the first arm rigidly mounted to and extending in a first direction from the elongated body, the first arm having a first bracket comprising a first surface affixed to the second end of the first arm, the first surface configured to engage a first inner wall of a hollow bodied block;
a second arm having a first end and a second end, the first end pivotally attached to the elongated body at a pivot point and extending away from the elongated body in a second direction, the second arm having a second bracket comprising a second surface affixed to the second end of the second arm, and the second surface configured to engage a second inner wall of the hollow bodied block by angling the second surface; and
a stabilizing member extending in a third direction, the stabilizing member configured to engage a third inner wall of a hollow bodied block,
wherein a length of the stabilizing member is adjustable along the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,716

COVER SLIP DISPENSER APPARATUS

1. A cover slip dispenser apparatus comprising:a dispenser body having a dispenser front side separated from a dispenser rear side, a dispenser left side separated from a dispenser right side, and a dispenser top side separated from an open dispenser bottom side defining a dispenser inside, the dispenser top side having a square top aperture extending through to the dispenser inside, the dispenser inside being configured to store a plurality of cover slips;
a bottom frame coupled to the dispenser body, the bottom frame being coupled to the open dispenser bottom side, an inner surface of the bottom frame having a plurality of spring-loaded ball detents to prevent the plurality of cover slips from passing through unless forced;
a plunger coupled to the dispenser body, the plunger being slidably coupled within the dispenser inside and configured to contact a topmost slip of the plurality of cover slips;
a spring coupled to the dispenser body, the spring being coupled within the dispenser inside above the plunger and configured to apply pressure on the plunger to arrange the plurality of cover slips against the plurality of ball detents;
a lever coupled to the dispenser body, the lever being slidably coupled through the top aperture of the dispenser top side, a lever bottom of the lever being coupled to the spring, the lever being configured to dispense one cover slip of the plurality of cover slips when depressed; and
a thickness of each of a right frame side and a left frame side of the bottom frame being greater than a thickness of each of a front frame side and a rear frame side, the plurality of ball detents comprising a right ball detent and a left ball detent coupled within the right frame side and the left frame side, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,715

FILTER MOVING DEVICE

Lonza Ltd, Visp (CH)

1. A filter moving device comprising:a frame having a first end, a second and opposite end, and defining a height there between, the first end of the frame comprising an open end leading to an interior space within the frame, the open end having a size and the frame having a height such that the open end of the frame can be placed over a filter cartridge stack contained in a filter assembly;
a plurality of lifting elements located on the frame, the lifting elements being movable between an engaging position and a disengaging position, wherein, when in the engaging position, the lifting elements engage a filter cartridge stack located within the interior space of the frame wherein the lifting elements are arranged in groups and wherein the lifting elements in a group are located at different positions around the interior space of the frame at the same height on the frame and wherein there are at least two groups of lifting elements located at different heights on the frame; and
a locking mechanism that locks the lifting elements in the engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,713

SYSTEM FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING A SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR LOADING A SUBSTRATE, AND METHOD FOR UNLOADING A SUBSTRATE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A method for loading a substrate, the method comprising:controlling a mechanical hand to take two halves of the substrate sequentially out of a substrate storage chuck, and placing the two halves of the substrate respectively on two layers of sucker assemblies of a substrate rotation apparatus at a first rotation position;
controlling the substrate rotation apparatus to be switched to a second rotation position;
controlling the mechanical hand to take the two halves of the substrate sequentially out of a lower layer of sucker assembly and an upper layer of sucker assembly of the substrate rotation apparatus at the second rotation position, so that the two halves of the substrate are arranged in a length direction of mechanical fingers, and joined together into an entire substrate, on the mechanical fingers; and
controlling the mechanical hand to convey the two halves of the substrate joined together into the entire substrate to a substrate machining device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,712

CART COUPLING ASSEMBLY

Intelligrated Headquarter...

1. A cart coupling assembly, comprising:a coupling disc configured to couple to an adjacent cart, wherein the coupling disc comprises:
a bearing slot adapted to hold a bearing, wherein the bearing slot is located at a center of the coupling disc, wherein the bearing slot is configured to engage, with a bearing hub assembly of the adjacent cart;
a mounting slot through which a bolt can be fastened to the adjacent cart; and
a control slot with one or more position registers defined along a control slot cavity of the control slot, the one or more position registers configured to one of restrict or allow a sliding movement of the control slot cavity, while the coupling disc rotates relative to the bearing slot, and wherein in response to rotation of the coupling disc, a gap distance between the cart coupling assembly and the adjacent cart varies without transverse movement of the coupling disc.

US Pat. No. 10,919,711

COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A component mounting device comprising:a component mounting head including
(A) a head main body,
(B) a nozzle holding tool held on the head main body,
(C) a first raising and lowering device configured to raise and lower the nozzle holding tool with respect to the head main body in an advancing direction towards a board,
(D) a suction nozzle, which picks up and holds a component, that is held by the nozzle holding tool to be raised and lowered relative to the nozzle holding tool, and
(E) a second raising and lowering device that is configured to be raised and lowered together with the nozzle holding tool by the first raising and lowering device, and that is configured to raise and lower the suction nozzle relative to the nozzle holding tool, and the suction nozzle is moved in the advancing direction by the second raising and lowering device, so as to mount the component on the board, the second raising and lowering device including
a biasing member configured to bias the suction nozzle in a retracting direction with respect to the nozzle holding tool,
an engaging member provided to be raised and lowered relative to the nozzle holding tool and the suction nozzle and configured to engage with an engaged member provided on the suction nozzle, and
an actuator configured to raise and lower the engaging member, the actuator configured to, by moving the engaging member in the advancing direction, cause the engaging member to engage with the engaged member of the suction nozzle, and further, by moving the engaging member in the advancing direction in a state with the engaging member engaged with the engaged member, cause the suction nozzle to be advanced against the biasing force of the biasing member; and
a control device configured to control operation of the component mounting head, the control device including an engaging position detecting section configured to cause the engaging member to move in the advancing direction by using the actuator of the second raising and lowering device at a speed slower than that of the first raising and lowering device and when an applied force applied in a vertical direction to the engaging member increases at a predetermined rate the control device determines an engaging position that is a position in vertical direction at which the engaging member engages with the engaged member and the control device memorizes a lowering amount of the second raising and lowering device that corresponds to the suction nozzle held by the nozzle holding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,919,710

TRANSPORT UNIT, TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND TRANSFER METHOD

HIRATA CORPORATION, Kuma...

1. A transfer method of transporting and positioning a curved substrate, correcting the substrate into a straight shape by pressing a substrate surface of the substrate, and transferring the corrected substrate, the method comprising: a setting step of setting a work range for the substrate based on a contour of the substrate in an uncurved straight state; a correction step of correcting the substrate into a straight shape by pressing a pressing member against the substrate surface of the substrate within the work range; the correction step includes: a blowing step of blowing air to the substrate surface of the substrate and a pressing step of pressing the pressing member against the substrate surface of the substrate; a positioning step of positioning the corrected substrate; a suction holding step of holding the positioned corrected substrate by suction; and a transfer step of transferring the corrected substrate held by suction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,708

INDEXING AND AUTO-SPACING SYSTEM

CONFLEX PACKAGING, INC., ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing instructions executable by a processor to:determine, at a first sensor, a gap distance between a first product and a second product;
determine a first flow rate, wherein the first flow rate is determined based on the gap distance between the first product and the second product;
store the first flow rate at a controller;
detect, at a second sensor, a leading edge of the first product;
detect, at the second sensor, a trailing edge of the first product;
determine a second flow rate, wherein the second flow rate is based on a time difference between detection of the leading edge of the first product and detection of the trailing edge of the first product; and
raise a pusher located on a chain on a track surface, wherein:
the pusher is raised at a location corresponding to a determined location of the first product; and
the determined location is based on a comparison of the stored first flow rate and the second flow rate of the first product.

US Pat. No. 10,919,707

MARKING TRANSPORT CLEANING PAD

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method for cleaning hardware components of a rendering system comprising:attaching a cleaning pad including an absorbent material onto an inner surface of a transport belt;
moistening the absorbent material located on the cleaning pad;
cleaning hardware components of a rendering system by activating movement of the transport belt and the cleaning pad through the rendering system to cause the moistened absorbent material of the cleaning pad to contact the hardware components, wherein the hardware components comprise support rollers and a marking platen;
stopping the movement of the transport belt and the cleaning pad attached to the transport belt after cycling through the hardware components of the rendering system; and
removing the cleaning pad from the transport belt after the cleaning pad and the transport belt are stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,919,706

CONVEYOR APPARATUS AND COMBINED WEIGHING APPARATUS

Ishida Co., Ltd., Kyoto ...

1. A conveyor apparatus comprising:a conveying unit which conveys an article supplied from the outside;
a detection unit which detects an amount of an article loaded on the conveying unit; and
a control unit which sets a force of conveying the article in the conveying unit on the basis of a detection result of the detection unit and controls an operation of the conveying unit,
wherein the control unit sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be smaller than a current conveying force when a state in which a change amount of the article loading amount on the conveying unit is smaller than a threshold value is maintained for a predetermined time or more in the detection result of the detection unit, and
the control unit sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be larger than the current conveying force when a state in which the change amount is smaller than the threshold value is maintained for a first predetermined time or more and sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be smaller than the current conveying force when a state in which the change amount is smaller than the threshold value is maintained for a second predetermined time or more which is the predetermined time and is equal to or longer than the first predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,919,705

APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS MOTION OF INDEPENDENT MOVERS ALONG A PATH

The Procter and Gamble Co...

1. Apparatus for controlled motion of independent movers along a path comprising:a track that prescribes a single path for movers;
a plurality of movers movably mounted on the track for moving along said path, said movers comprising a driven member that is oriented to be contacted by at least one drive element at any position along the path; wherein at least one driven member comprises a gear rack joined to one of said movers, said gear rack comprising gear teeth;
a plurality of drive elements arranged along the track, said drive elements each comprising a surface that is oriented to contact the driven member of said movers, wherein said drive elements are configured to sequentially engage the driven member of a plurality of said movers to provide controlled motion of said movers independently around said track, wherein the drive elements are each driven by a rotary motor; and
a programmable computer control system in communication with the rotary motors for controlling the motion of the rotary motors;
wherein at least one drive element comprises a timing belt that has a plurality of teeth thereon;
wherein said belt is in the configuration of an endless loop located inside the track, wherein said belt is arranged to be supported in the endless loop configuration by at least one of a plurality of backup rollers or a guide rail that allow the belt to drive the driven members following the path for the movers;
wherein the single path has a race track configuration having two linear sides, two curvilinear portions at the ends, and transitions between each of the linear sides and the curvilinear ends, wherein the transitions and curvilinear portions at the ends of the track form spline curves, and the portions of the belt that drive the movers along the spline curves are supported by a plurality of backup rollers configured to allow the belt to drive the movers around the spline curves due to engagement of the timing belt teeth and the rack teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,919,704

ROAD-PORTABLE CONVEYOR APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Superior Industries, Inc....

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising:supporting the wheel assembly on the conveyor such that the wheel assembly is supported off the ground when the conveyor is supported at least partially on the wheeled support.

US Pat. No. 10,919,703

BELT CONVEYOR AND MODULAR CONVEYOR BELT FOR INCLINES

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

1. A modular conveyor belt comprising:a series of rows of one or more belt modules hingedly linked together at hinge joints between consecutive rows, wherein the rows are arranged in a repeating pattern of belt sections along a belt travel direction, each belt section including:
a first region formed by one or more first rows of first belt modules having a flat top surface made of a first high-friction material having a first hardness durometer;
a second region formed by one or more second rows of second belt modules having a textured top surface made of a second high-friction material having a second hardness durometer;
a third region formed by one or more third rows of third belt modules disposed between the first and second regions and having a low-friction flat top surface recessed below the levels of the flat top surface of the first region and the textured top surface of the of the second region;
a fourth region formed by consecutive fourth rows of the third belt modules disposed between the second region and the first region of a consecutive belt section.

US Pat. No. 10,919,702

AERIAL ROOF HEIGHT ITEM RECEIVING CHUTE

1. A chute comprising of:impact absorbing pads spaced to prevent large unimpeded falls;
wherein impact absorbing pads allow for an item to be further dropped from said pads either onto another pad or bottom of the chute wherein said impact absorbing pads have mechanisms on them to assist them to flex or rotate to release an item on them;
wherein the mechanism is a simple rope system mechanism is attached to the impact absorbing pad allowing the impact absorbing pad to be tugged down if items get stuck on the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,919,701

INTERCHANGEABLE AUTOMATED MOBILE ROBOTS WITH A PLURALITY OF OPERATING MODES CONFIGURING A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT ROBOT TASK CAPABILITIES

Alert Innovation Inc., N...

1. An automated store, comprising:a building structure comprising:
a replenishment section wherein the automated store is replenished with product totes containing new inventory eaches;
an automated fulfillment section wherein eaches are transferred from product totes to order totes at workstations to fulfill orders from customers; and
a delivery section wherein order totes from the automated fulfillment section are made available for direct pickup by the customers or a customer proxy; and
a mobile robot configured to move throughout and between the replenishment section, the automated fulfillment section and the delivery section;
a central controller configured to:
assign a mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation to the mobile robot, the plurality of modes of operation comprising a replenishment mode, an order fulfillment mode and a delivery mode,
wherein, in the replenishment mode, the mobile robot transports received product totes into storage;
wherein, in the order fulfillment mode, the mobile robot transports the product totes to the workstations, and transports the order totes to the workstations and the delivery section;
wherein, in the delivery mode, the mobile robot transports order totes to a location in the delivery section to make the order totes available for delivery to the customers or customer proxy; and
wherein the mobile robot may travel between each of the replenishment section, the automated fulfillment section and the delivery section without physical reconfiguration of the mobile robot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,700

MOBILE STORAGE SYSTEM WITH DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

Spacesaver Corporation, ...

1. A mobile storage system, comprising:a plurality of movable storage units, wherein each of the storage units includes a local control unit and a local control panel, wherein the local control panel allows a user to manually enter control commands to move the storage unit;
a master controller in communication with the plurality of local control units of the plurality of movable storage units;
a wireless transceiver in communication with the master controller to receive and transmit messages from the master controller; and
a user device including a display that allows the user to enter commands and view control images related to the mobile storage system, wherein the user device is in wireless communication with the master controller such that the user controls operation of the mobile storage system through the user device,
wherein when the user device and the master controller have created a wireless connection, the master controller disables each of the local control panels and prevents a wireless connection with another user device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,699

STORAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...

1. A storage system, comprising:a first set of parallel rails or tracks and a second set of parallel rails or tracks extending transverse to the first set in a substantially horizontal plane to form a grid pattern having a plurality of grid spaces;
a plurality of stackable storage containers arranged in stacks, the stacks being located beneath the rails or tracks, each stack being located within a footprint of a grid space; and
at least one load handling device disposed on the rails or tracks, above the stacks and arranged to move laterally above the stacks of stackable containers on the rails or tracks, each load handling device having a lifting device arranged to lift one or more containers, or parts thereof, from the top of a stack;
wherein a number of the containers within the stacks, include service means for providing services to the respective container, thereby enabling individual containers within the stacks to perform additional functions;
the lifting device including releasable connecting means for connecting a load handling device to a container to be lifted, the releasable connecting means adapted to connect the container to be lifted to a power or data or signal or other service provided by the load handling device thereby maintaining the power, or the data or the signal or the other service to the container to be lifted when said container is lifted from the top of a stack, through the grid spaces, in to the load handling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,698

ROBOTIC CARGO HANDLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...

12. A method of transferring containers between road and rail vehicles at a container interchange, the container interchange including a first set of rails and a second substantially perpendicular set of rails forming a grid structure above at least one transport network, the transport network having at least two sections of the at least one transport network, the handling system including a plurality of robotic load handling devices operating above and on the first set of rails and the second set of rails of the grid, the robotic load handling devices having a body mounted on wheels, a first set of wheels being arranged to engage with at least two rails of the first set of rails, the second set of wheels being arranged to engage with at least two rails of the second set of rails, the first set of wheels being independently moveable and driveable with respect to the second set of wheels such that when in motion only one set of wheels is engaged with the grid at any one time thereby enabling movement of the load handling device along the rails to any point on the grid by driving only the set of wheels engaged with the rails, the system including vehicle means located on the at least one transport network, the vehicle means including one or more carriages, each of the one or more carriages being associated with the at least one container, each load handling device being provided with engaging means for engaging the at least one container associated with the vehicle, the at least one container being located on and delivered to the system by the vehicle means, and a lifting means for lifting the at least one container from the associated carriage and transferring the at least one container from the carriage to an alternative location within the system, the method comprising:a. moving the vehicle means including the at least one container into position under the grid structure, wherein portions of the rails above the vehicle means are missing in a direction transverse to the direction of the transport network thereby enabling alignment of the load handling devices above the vehicles:
b. moving a load handling device into position on the grid structure above the at least one container, the position of the load handling device not being governed by a position of the vehicle beneath a footprint of a grid space, the load handling device thereby being configured to raise and lower the at least one container on to and off the vehicle irrespective of whether the vehicle is positioned beneath a footprint of a grid space:
c. lifting the at least one container from the vehicle means into the body of the load handling device;
d. moving the load handling device to a predetermined desired position above a different vehicle means; and
e. depositing the at least one container into the different vehicle means located beneath the grid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,697

PLATE STORAGE ASSEMBLY

JUSTOY PTY LIMITED

1. A storage assembly, comprising a rack, a tray and a loading device, wherein the loading device is configured to move the tray between a storage position on the rack and an access position, the loading device comprising two lifting arms that support a cradle, wherein the tray is supported on the cradle when in the access position and the loading device includes a drawing arm that is configured to move the tray between the storage position and the access position, wherein the drawing arm is pivotally connected to the cradle at a first end and includes an end roller at a second end, wherein the end roller cooperates with a channel in the tray, such that pivoting the drawing arm moves the end roller along the channel and thereby moves the tray between the storage position and the access position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,696

DUMP SYSTEM

1. A material handling system for lifting and dumping material into a container, the material handling system comprising:at least one horizontal rail connected to the container;
at least one vertical track slidably mounted to the horizontal rail, the vertical track defining a generally vertically extending lower portion and a curved upper portion transitioning into the generally vertically extending lower portion;
a carriage connected to the vertical track for movement with respect to the vertical track;
a holder pivotally attached to the carriage; and
a motive power device operable to raise and lower the carriage along the vertical track for moving the holder between an upper position proximate the curved upper portion and a lower position, the holder being in a generally inverted position in the upper position,
wherein, the holder is configured to pivot with respect to the carriage between a generally upright position upon the holder being in the lower position and a generally inverted position upon the holder being in the upper position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,695

STAKE CABLING SYSTEM FOR SECURING BINS

Securecan Corporation, W...

1. A stake-cable system for trash bins, comprising:an object attachment point associated with a trash bin;
an anchor attachment point associated with a ground surface;
a cable connecting the object and anchor attachment points; and
one or more interconnectors interconnect one or both ends of the cable to a respective attachment point,
wherein the anchor attachment point further comprises an anchor post extending between an eye hole and a toggle bolt anchor, wherein the toggle bolt anchor is connected to the ground surface in an extended condition, and wherein the eye hole engages with either the cable or one of the one or more interconnectors;
an O-ring removably engaging the toggle bolt anchor in a contracted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,919,694

WELDED DECK SEAM SKIN PONTOON INTERNAL FLOATING ROOF

HMT LLC, The Woodlands, ...

1. An internal floating roof for a storage tank, comprising:a rim;
a first plurality of girders extending in a first direction across the rim, wherein the first plurality of girders comprises a first girder, wherein the first girder comprises a first top channel;
a second plurality of girders extending in a second direction, cross-wise to the first direction; wherein the second plurality comprises a second girder, wherein the second girder comprises a second top channel;
a deck sheet disposed on a first top surface of the first girder and a second top surface of the second girder;
a first cap channel coupled to the first top channel of the first girder, wherein the first cap channel comprises:
a first foot configured to press a first edge of the deck sheet against the first top surface of the first girder, wherein the first foot is welded to the deck sheet along a first length of the first cap channel; and
first and second legs defining a first bottom channel, wherein the first and second legs are configured to be inserted into the first top channel of the first girder and configured to engage with a first fastener extending into the first top channel to bias the first cap channel against the first girder;
a second cap channel coupled to a second top channel of the second girder, wherein the second cap channel comprises:
a second foot configured to press a second edge of the deck sheet against the second top surface of the second girder, wherein the second foot is welded to the deck sheet along a second length of the second cap channel; and
third and fourth legs defining a second bottom channel, wherein the third and fourth legs are configured to be inserted into the second top channel of the second girder and configured to engage with a second fastener extending into the second top channel to bias the second cap channel against the second girder; and
a pontoon coupled to the first girder.

US Pat. No. 10,919,693

BULK MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEM FOR REDUCED DUST, NOISE, AND EMISSIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a container holding bulk material, wherein the container is portable, and wherein the container stores the bulk material during movement of the container prior to discharge of the bulk material from the container;
a blender having a blender inlet, wherein the blender inlet is a hopper of the blender or a mixing compartment of the blender;
a frame for receiving and holding the container thereon; and
a gravity feed outlet coupled to the frame for routing the bulk material discharged from the container directly into the blender inlet such that the bulk material exits a lower end of the gravity feed outlet directly into the blender inlet;
wherein the container comprises a discharge gate disposed at a lower portion thereof, wherein the discharge gate is selectively actuated to release the bulk material from the container;
wherein the frame comprises a gate actuator disposed thereon for selectively actuating the discharge gate of the container when the container is disposed on the frame, wherein the container is prevented from releasing the bulk material until the container is positioned on the frame and the gate actuator actuates the discharge gate.

US Pat. No. 10,919,692

MODULAR CONTAINER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Biosphere Aerospace, LLC,...

1. A ground transport drive container comprising:an outer container having a cuboid shape, wherein the outer container comprises a plurality of walls forming an enclosure that contains a propulsion system;
a plurality of wheels secured to the outer container; and
a fitting panel secured to a first wall of the plurality of walls, wherein
the fitting panel comprises a plurality of fittings for securing the ground transport drive container to another apparatus, and
the fitting panel can be actuated between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration independently of the plurality of walls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,691

BEVERAGE CARTRIDGE WITH NEEDLE PUNCTURE PREVENTION

Ideators, LLC, New York,...

1. A beverage cartridge comprising:a sidewall;
a bottom;
an opening;
a filter comprising a filter material arranged to separate the cartridge into a first compartment between the filter and the opening and a second compartment between the filter and the bottom, wherein the first compartment stores a first substance; and
a printable coating printed on one or more portions of the filter material, wherein the coating increases the puncture resistance of the filter material,
wherein the coating includes a first layer of urethane printed directly on the filter material, an epoxy printed over at least a portion of the first layer of urethane, and a second layer of urethane printed over the epoxy, wherein the epoxy is completely enclosed by the first layer of urethane and the second layer of urethane.

US Pat. No. 10,919,690

CAPSULE HAVING A MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A NUTRITIONAL PRODUCT

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A capsule for preparing a nutritional product in a device configured to supply liquid into the capsule, the capsule comprising:at least one compartment for providing nutritional ingredients for the preparation of the nutritional product in combination with the supplied liquid,
wherein the at least one compartment comprises a liquid impermeable membrane forming a release side of the at least one compartment, the liquid impermeable membrane configured to release the nutritional product from the at least one compartment, and
wherein the capsule further comprises at least one relief element protruding from an opening wall, wherein the at least one relief element is tooth shaped comprising a slanted surface that forms a tip at a first end of the slanted surface, and a second end of the slanted surface is opposite from the first end and is more distant from the liquid impermeable membrane than the tip, wherein the at least one relief element further comprises a base surface connecting the slanted surface to the opening wall, and wherein the at least one relief element comprises a surface perpendicular to the liquid impermeable membrane and extending between the base of the relief element and the tip of the relief element,
wherein the liquid impermeable membrane is free of an aluminium layer and comprises a first polymer layer and a second polymer layer being connected to each other at a respective surface of contact, wherein the first polymer layer comprises a precut and wherein the second polymer layer is free of a precut or weakened line or zone, and
wherein the relief element is positioned to overlap the precut in an axial direction perpendicular to a plane of the liquid impermeable membrane, the precut positioned such that a first end of the precut overlaps the at least one relief element and a second end of the precut does not overlap the at least one relief element when viewed along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,689

MODIFIED CONTAINER OF CONSUMER ARTICLES COMPRISING AN ELEMENT OF DISCERNIBLE THICKNESS

Philip Morris Products S....

12. A blank for forming a container for consumer goods, the blank comprising a laminar substrate having a substrate thickness and a three dimensional element having a thickness from about 50 micrometres to about 500 micrometres, the three dimensional element being affixed to the laminar substrate;wherein the three dimensional element is affixed to the blank by adhesive provided on an affixing area of a first surface of the laminar substrate; and
wherein the blank comprises a thickness element for at least partly offsetting or compensating the thickness of the three dimensional element, the thickness element being provided on a region of the first surface of the laminar substrate other than the affixing area, the entirety of the thickness element extending over a region of the first surface other than the affixing area, wherein the thickness element increases the thickness of the container at the region in which the thickness element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,919,688

SINGLE FINGER DISPENSING ARTICLE

DDP SPECIALTY ELECTRONIC ...

1. An article comprising a can (10) having opposing top (12) and bottom (14) ends with a valve stem (20) extending out from the top end and a dispensing device (100) attached to the valve stem, wherein the dispensing device comprises:a. a hollow base (30) with opposing entrance (32) and exit (34) ends and defining a hollow base flow channel (36) extending all the way through the hollow base including through the entrance and exit ends with the entrance end removably attached to the valve stem of the can so as to provide fluid communication from the valve stem into the hollow base flow channel of the hollow base;
b. a hollow tube (40) with opposing entrance (42) and exit (44) ends and defining a hollow tube flow channel (46) extending all the way through the hollow tube including through the entrance end and through one or more than one hole (48) proximate to the exit end, wherein the hollow tube is affixed to the hollow base so that the entrance end of the hollow tube is proximate to the exit end of the hollow base so as to establish fluid communication between the hollow base flow channel and hollow tube flow channel and so the two flow channels become continuous;
c. a sleeve (50) with opposing lower (52) and dispensing (54) ends and a finger pad (58) proximate to the lower end, wherein the sleeve extends over and is able to slide over at least a portion of the hollow tube such that the dispensing end of the sleeve is proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and wherein the sleeve defines a dispensing hole (56) proximate to the dispensing end;
d. an elastic connector (60) that attaches the sleeve to at least one of the hollow base and hollow tube proximate to the lower end of the sleeve such that when the sleeve slides along the hollow tube away from the hollow base the elastic connector provides a restoring force to slide the sleeve along the hollow tube back towards the hollow base; and
e. a sealing gasket (70) around the outside of the hollow tube between the hollow tube and sleeve and located between hole or holes (48), which are proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube, and the entrance end of the hollow tube;
wherein the dispensing device can reversibly move between an open position and a closed position by sliding the sleeve along the hollow tube, the closed position being characterized by the sleeve sealing the one or more than one hole in the hollow tube proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and the open position being achieved by sliding the sleeve from the closed position along the hollow tube away from the hollow base so as to unseal the one or more than one hole through the hollow tube allowing fluid flow from the hollow tube flow channel out from the sleeve proximate to the dispensing end; and
wherein a single action of pressing a finger against the finger pad is able to slide the sleeve to an open position and to tilt the valve stem to dispense pressurized contents of the can through the hollow tube and wherein subsequent single finger action of releasing pressure on the finger pad results in both return of the valve stem to a closed position for the can and return of the sleeve to a closed position;
wherein the hollow tube has a tapered hollow tube section that narrows in outside diameter proximate to the exit end and has defined through the tapered hollow tube section a hole and wherein the sleeve has a tapered sleeve section that narrows in inside diameter proximate to the dispensing end and wherein the hollow tube tapered section and tapered sleeve section fit together when the dispensing device is in a closed position such that the sleeve seals the hole in the tapered hollow tube section thereby preventing fluid flow through the hole, and when the dispensing device is in an open position the sleeve is displaced from the hole in the tapered hollow tube section thereby allowing fluid flow through the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,919,687

DISPENSER WITH CAP

DDP SPECIALTY ELECTRONIC ...

1. An article comprising a can (10) and a dispensing device (100) wherein the can has opposing top (12) and bottom (14) ends with a valve stem (20) extending out from the top end and wherein the dispensing device comprises:(a) a cap (30) attached to the can and that fits over the top end of the can and covers the valve stem where the cap has defined therein an access slot (35) that provides access to the valve stem;
(b) a hollow tube (40) having opposing entrance (42) and exit (44) ends and that defines a hollow tube flow channel (46) extending through the hollow tube including the entrance end and one or more than one hole (48) proximate to the exit end, the entrance end of the hollow tube being removably attached to the valve stem of the can so that there is fluid communication through the valve stem into the flow channel and the hollow tube extending through the access slot in the cap;
(c) a sleeve (50) extending over a portion of the hollow tube, the sleeve having a lower end (52) and an opposing dispensing end (54) that is proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube where the sleeve defines a hole proximate to the dispensing end and the sleeve is capable of reversibly sliding over the hollow tube;
(d) a lever (60) that has a sleeve end (62) and an opposing trigger end (64) that is hingedly attached to the cap between the sleeve and trigger ends, where the sleeve end is operatively engaged with the sleeve so as to cause the sleeve to move towards the exit end of the hollow tube and tilt the valve stem of the can when the trigger end of the lever is displaced towards the can and where the trigger end extends along at least a portion of the length of the can;
(e) an elastic feature (70) that provides a force, or causes a force to be applied, to the sleeve when the sleeve is moved towards the exit end of the hollow tube, the force being in a direction that tries to move the sleeve towards the entrance end of the hollow tube; and
(f) a sealing gasket (80) around the outside of the hollow tube between the hollow tube and the sleeve and located between the exit and entrance ends of the hollow tube, the sealing gasket preventing fluid communication past the sealing gasket between the hollow tube and sleeve;wherein, when the sleeve is in a closed position the sleeve seals the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube so as to preclude fluid flow out from the flow channel of the hollow tube proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and the trigger end of the lever extends next to but spaced apart from the can, but when the sleeve is in the open position the sleeve is displaced towards the exit end of the hollow tube unsealing the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube thereby allowing fluid flow from the flow channel of the hollow tube through the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube; andwherein with a single action of pressing the lever so as to displace the trigger end of the lever towards the can when the sleeve is in a closed position causes the sleeve to move into an open position and the valve stem to tilt thereby opening the can, and with a single action of releasing pressure on the trigger end of the lever the sleeve moves into a closed position sealing the hollow tube and the valve stem returns to a non-tilted position closing the can.

US Pat. No. 10,919,685

DOSING DISPENSER SYSTEM

DOSELOGIX, LLC, Woodstoc...

1. A dosing dispenser for a flowable composition, the dosing dispenser comprising:a housing defining a chamber;
a plunger movable within the chamber;
a traveler at least partially within the chamber and configured to selectively position the plunger;
a driver at least partially within the chamber, wherein the driver is rotatable relative to the housing and is engaged with the traveler such that rotation of the driver movably positions the traveler within the chamber; and
a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are rotatable with the driver, wherein the first arm comprises a non-uniform profile along a length of the first arm and such that at least the first arm provides auditory feedback, and wherein the first arm and the second arm are each bendable with rotation of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,919,684

LOW COST INSULATED CARRYING BAG

SIMPLE CONTAINER SOLUTION...

1. An insulated carrying bag comprising:a. a multilayer first panel comprising a top free edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge a second side edge, a strengthened section comprising strengthening material, and a hand hole positioned in the strengthened section;
b. a multilayer second panel comprising a top free edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge and a second side edge, a strengthened section comprising strengthening material, and a hand hole positioned in the strengthened section; and
c. a multilayer bottom panel comprising a front edge and a back edge,
the first panel first side edge being connected to the second panel first side edge along the two edges, the first panel second side edge being connected to the second panel second side edge along the two edges, the first panel bottom edge being connected to the front edge of the bottom panel along the edges, and the second panel bottom edge being connected to the back edge along the edges,
wherein the connected first panel, second panel and bottom panel form a compartment accessible through the top free edges of the first and second panels, and the layers of the first panel, second panel and bottom panel comprise an insulating thermoplastic layer and a vapor barrier layer, and the first and second panels additionally comprise a layer of the strengthening material selected from low density polyethylene film having a density of 0.910 g/cc to 0.925 g/cc, wherein the layer of the strengthening material is positioned between the thermoplastic insulating layer and the vapor barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,919,683

THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE PACK, THERMAL EXCHANGE UNIT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE PACK

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thermal energy storage pack that performs temperature management of food and/or beverage, the thermal energy storage pack comprising:a first accommodation portion filled with a first thermal energy storage material that exhibits phase change at a predetermined temperature;
a second accommodation portion that is overlaid by the first accommodation portion and that is filled with a second thermal energy storage material that maintains a liquid phase state at the phase change temperature of the first thermal energy storage material; and
a cover material that closes off the first accommodation portion,
wherein the second accommodation portion comes into contact with the food and/or beverage,
wherein the first accommodation portion is formed of a first plastic film, while the second accommodation portion is formed of a second plastic film, and
wherein the second plastic film is more flexible than the first plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,919,682

LIDDED CONTAINER AND CONTAINER USED THEREFOR

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A lidded container comprising:a container having an opening; and
a lid which covers the opening and is joined to the container,
wherein the container comprises a bottom portion, a side portion standing upright from the bottom portion, and a flange portion which is continuously connected to an upper portion of the side portion and comprises a first plane,
a circumferential seal portion is formed between the lid and the first plane of the flange portion,
the seal portion comprises a main seal portion and a protruding seal portion protruding inward with respect to the main seal portion,
at least one of the flange portion and the lid comprises a contact suppression mechanism for suppressing a contact between the flange portion and the lid, which is provided outside the protruding seal portion at a position corresponding to at least the protruding seal portion, and wherein the side portion includes a first portion corresponding to the protruding seal portion and second portions located on both sides of the first portion, the first portion constituting the same plane or the same curved surface continuous with second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,919,681

BAG IN BOX CONTAINER

1. A bag in box container comprising:a tap dispenser engaged with said bag in box container;
a front panel that is a dispensing side of said bag in box container, a rear panel opposite said front panel, opposing side panels connecting said front panel to said rear panel, a bottom panel below said tap dispenser, and a top panel opposite said bottom panel, wherein said front panel has a front panel exterior facing surface and an opposing front panel interior facing surface;
a removable tear strip in said front panel at least partially covering said tap dispenser;
a tap dispenser seating panel having an upper part facing said front panel and a movable bottom part with which said tap dispenser is engaged, wherein said movable bottom part has a first position away from said front panel interior facing surface and a second position facing said front panel interior facing surface when said removable tear strip is separated from said front panel;
a first leg flap positioned exterior to said bottom panel, said first leg flap extending from a first proximal end associated with said bag in box container to a first distal end and having a first hinge line positioned between said first proximal end and said first distal end;
a second leg flap positioned exterior to said bottom panel, said second leg flap extending from a second proximal end associated with said bag in box container to a second distal end and having a second hinge line positioned between said second proximal end and said second distal end;
a first discontinuity in said bottom panel positioned between said first hinge line and said first distal end and operably engageable with said first distal end when said first leg flap is folded about said first hinge line; and
a second discontinuity in said bottom panel positioned between said second hinge line and said second distal end and operably engageable with said second distal end when said second leg flap is folded about said second hinge line, wherein, when said first distal end is engaged with said first discontinuity and said second distal end is engaged with said second discontinuity a resting plane defined by said hinge lines is separated from said tap dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,919,680

LIQUID BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Packaging Corporation of ...

1. A beverage container for housing an internal liquid container with a spout, the beverage container comprising:a bottom;
at least four walls extending upwardly from the container bottom, the side walls each having an upper edge portion;
the side walls comprising a first set of opposed walls comprising first and second wall panel sections and a second set of opposed walls comprising third and fourth wall panel sections;
one of the wall panel sections comprising a spout receiving opening therethrough;
a first shield panel section comprising a first proximal end portion coupled to the first wall panel section and a first distal end portion spaced inwardly from the first wall panel section and overlaying at least a portion of the internal liquid container, a second shield panel section comprising a second proximal end portion coupled to the second wall panel section and a second distal end portion spaced inwardly from the second wall panel section and overlaying at least a portion of the internal liquid container, the first distal end portion being coupled to the second distal end portion;
a first top panel section coupled to the third wall panel section and extending inwardly above the first and second shield panel sections and over the internal liquid container;
a second top panel section coupled to the fourth wall panel section and extending inwardly and positioned to overlay the first top panel section;
wherein a gap is provided between the first and second distal end portions and the first top panel section; and
wherein the first and second top panel sections comprise a handle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,679

MULTIPLE COMPARTMENT CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

FLPSDE, LLC, Elkhorn, NE...

1. A container assembly comprising:an outer compartment comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the outer compartment defines an outer cavity that is accessible through a first opening at the first end of the outer compartment and through a second opening at the second end of the outer compartment;
an inner compartment comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the inner compartment defines an inner cavity that is accessible through a third opening at the first end of the inner compartment, wherein the inner compartment is configured for coupling to the second end of the outer compartment such that the inner compartment extends through the second opening into the outer cavity, wherein the first end of the inner compartment is positioned outside of the outer cavity when the inner compartment and the outer compartment are coupled together, wherein the inner compartment is removably coupled to the second end of the outer compartment via a threaded engagement;
a first closure that is configured for coupling to the first end of the outer compartment for selectively opening and closing the first opening in the outer compartment, wherein the first closure is configured to support the outer compartment in a generally upright manner when the first closure is placed on a generally horizontal surface, wherein the first closure is removably coupled to the first end of the outer compartment via a threaded engagement; and
a second closure that is configured for coupling to the first end of the inner compartment for selectively opening and closing the third opening in the inner compartment, wherein the second closure is configured to support the inner compartment in a generally upright manner when the second closure is placed on a generally horizontal surface, and wherein the second closure is removably coupled to the first end of the inner compartment via a threaded engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,919,678

EASY-OPEN MEDIA WRAPPER

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A method of forming a media wrapper for wrapping a stack of print media, the method comprising:providing a structure having a front edge, a rear edge, a left edge, and a right edge;
wrapping the structure around a stack of print media so as to define a left side, a right side, a front side, a rear side, a top side, and a bottom side of a wrapped package formed by two pairs of longitudinal fold lines, two pairs of transverse fold lines, and two pairs of lateral fold lines;
sealing one of the left or right edges of the structure in an overlapping configuration with respect to the other of the left or right edges of the structure to form a girth seal on the bottom side of the wrapped package;
folding each of the front and rear edges of the structure into a respective envelope fold so as to form the front and rear sides of the wrapped package by creating fold lines arranged to form a pair of side flaps, a bottom flap overlapping the side flaps, and a top flap overlapping the bottom flap for each of the front and rear sides;
sealing each top flap to the corresponding bottom flap, and
creating a line of weakness in the structure comprising:
a first line of weakness portion that extends along a fold line of the envelope fold forming a respective one of the front or rear sides of the wrapped package,
a second line of weakness portion that extends substantially perpendicularly to the respective longitudinal fold lines, and
a connecting line of weakness portion that extends between the first line of weakness portion and the second line of weakness portion and is disposed at a non-zero angle with respect to each.

US Pat. No. 10,919,677

CUTOUTS FOR PRIMARY AND/OR SECONDARY AND/OR TERTIARY PACKAGING AND PACKAGING OBTAINED WITH SUCH CUTOUTS

Pierre Chevalier, Lechat...

1. A packaging comprising two detachable elements respectively formed from cutouts of sheet-form card or corrugated card material, a first element forming a base of the packaging and a second element forming a lid of the packaging,wherein the cutouts of the first element comprise two main flaps, a first main flap forming a bottom of the packaging and a second main flap forming a side wall of the packaging, said flaps being connected by a first fold line directly or by a secondary flap, and a set of lateral tabs arranged on either side of at least one of said main flaps and connected to said main flaps by second fold lines perpendicular to the first fold line so that said elements exhibit the overall shape of a letter L;
wherein the cutouts of the second element comprise two main flaps, a first main flap forming a top of the packaging, and a second main flap forming a side wall of the packaging, said flaps being connected by a first fold line directly or by a secondary flap, and a set of lateral tabs arranged on either side of at least one of said main flaps and connected to said main flaps by second fold lines perpendicular to the first fold line so that said elements exhibit the overall shape of a letter L;
wherein the first main flap of the cutouts of the first and second elements is of quadrilateral shape, the four corners of the first main flap being chamfered;
wherein the width of the first main flap forming the bottom of the packaging and the lateral tabs connected to said first main flap is greater than the width of the second main flap forming side wall and the lateral tabs connected to said second main flap; and
wherein the width of the first main flap forming the top of the packaging and the lateral tabs connected to said first main flap is greater than the width of the second main flap forming side wall and the lateral tabs connected to said second main flap.

US Pat. No. 10,919,676

LID WITH VENTILATION SYSTEM

EMM HOLDING B.V., Zwolle...

1. A lid for attachment to a container holding a liquid for use with a liquid spraying device, the lid comprising:a lid body defining an exterior surface and an interior surface;
an adapter extending from the exterior surface of the lid body and configured to releasably couple with the liquid spraying device, the adapter defining a liquid conduit extending through the lid body;
a vent duct defining an vent conduit extending through the lid body, the vent duct including a duct inlet end extending from the exterior surface of the lid body and a duct outlet end extending from the interior surface of the lid body;
a valve disposed in the vent duct and configured to permit air flow in a first direction, from the duct inlet end to the duct outlet end, while preventing liquid flow in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a cap extending over the duct inlet end, the cap including a cap interior surface defining an interior air chamber, communicating with the vent conduit, and at least a first passage, communicating between the interior air chamber and a first cap inlet; and
a tube coupled to the duct outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,919,674

LIQUID CONTAINER LID ASSEMBLY

1. A lid assembly for outfitting a liquid container, the lid assembly comprising, in combination:a lid body, the lid body comprising a rim-receiving groove and an annular insert-supportive depression, the annular insert-supportive depression providing a primary liquid-letting aperture for enabling liquid migration therethrough, the rim-receiving groove for attaching the lid body to a container rim of the liquid container; and
a lid body insert, the lid body insert being receivable in and supportable by the insert-supportive depression and comprising a secondary liquid-letting aperture and an insert axis, the lid body insert being rotatable about the insert axis intermediate open and closed lid body insert positions, the secondary liquid-letting aperture being rotatably positionable in superior adjacency to the primary liquid-letting aperture when in an open lid body insert position for enabling liquid egression via both the primary and secondary liquid-letting apertures, the secondary liquid-letting aperture being rotatably re-positionable in lateral adjacency to the primary liquid-letting aperture for preventing liquid egression via the lid assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,673

CONTAINER AND CONTAINER LID WITH BUILT-IN BRINE DISC

BWAY Corporation, Atlant...

1. A container lid comprising:a seal portion along a perimeter of a body, the seal portion for receiving an edge of a container;
a tear strip removeably connected to the seal portion;
one or more lift tabs accessible upon removal of the tear strip;
a cover panel groove defined by a top surface of the body, the cover panel groove comprising a sloping portion that slopes downwardly to a centerline of the cover panel groove; and
a plurality of protrusions protruding from a bottom surface of the body to a particular depth, wherein:
the body includes four regions defined by two perpendicular axes, each axis of the two perpendicular axes passing through a central point of the body;
the plurality of protrusions are arranged such that at least one of the plurality of protrusions are within each of the four regions;
each of the plurality of protrusions has a length greater than the particular depth; and
the length of any protrusion within one of the four regions is perpendicular to the length of any protrusion within an adjacent region of the four regions.

US Pat. No. 10,919,672

SEAL INDICATION MECHANISM FOR CONTAINERS

ANGELCARE FEEDING USA, LL...

1. A cup assembly having a central vertical axis, comprising:a lid having:
a circumferential sidewall extending between a first axial end and a second axial end,
threads disposed on an internal surface of the circumferential sidewall, and
a tab defined by the circumferential sidewall, the tab defined between a first channel and a second channel circumferentially spaced from the first channel, the first channel and the second channel extending through a thickness of the circumferential sidewall from the second axial end a portion of a distance between the second axial end and the first axial end, the tab having a detent projecting radially inward from the tab, the detent having a length extending along a detent vertical axis that is parallel to the central vertical axis; and
a cup formed from a hard plastic material the cup comprising:
an annular lip having threads projecting radially outward from an external circumferential surface of the annular lip, and
a rib projecting radially outward from the external circumferential surface of the annular lip, the rib having a length extending along a rib vertical axis that is parallel to the central vertical axis,
wherein the threads of the lid and the threads of the cup are configured to be engaged to one another by rotating the cup and the lid in a rotational direction, relative to one another, such that the detent moves from a first circumferential position to a second circumferential position with respect to the cup,
wherein the detent is configured to engage and slide radially over the rib at an intermediate position between the first circumferential position and the second circumferential position such that as the detent moves from the intermediate position to the second circumferential position in the rotational direction, a visual indication of a seal between the lid and the cup is provided by the cup and/or the lid,
wherein the detent is axially spaced from the threads of the lid, and
wherein the lid includes a port configured to permit the withdrawal of fluid through the port by suction force when the detent is in the second circumferential position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,671

TAMPER EVIDENCE BRIDGES

Niagara Bottling, LLC, D...

1. A container configured to provide highly visible evidence of having been opened by other than a manufacturer of the container, comprising:a base extending upward to a sidewall of the container;
a shoulder connected between the sidewall and a bell, a diameter of the bell decreasing as the bell extends upward to a neck of the container;
a finish connected to the neck and configured to receive a container cap, the finish comprising a neck ring and defining an opening to an interior of the container; and
at least one tamper evidence bridge coupled with the container cap and the neck ring, the at least one tamper evidence bridge configured to break when the container cap is rotated relative to the finish;
the at least one tamper evidence bridge formed as a tab extending from the container cap to a geometric feature in the perimeter of the neck ring, wherein the tab is laser molded to the geometric feature.

US Pat. No. 10,919,670

TAMPERPROOF SEAL FOR SEALING CONTAINERS

1. A system for a tamperproof seal, comprising:a. a bottle assembly including a bottle having a neck and bottle threads extending about a perimeter of said neck;
b. a cap assembly including a cap, said cap including a top portion and a bottom portion, said top portion and said bottom portion being of a same width, said cap initially including a seal between said top portion and bottom portion, said seal being broken once said top portion and said bottom portion are separated, said top portion including a threaded portion along an entire interior circumference thereof, said threaded portion having a threaded portion height and extending an entire height of said top portion, said bottom portion including inner teeth extending entirely about an inner circumference of said bottom portion, said inner teeth being angled a predetermined amount upwardly and towards each other, said inner teeth being interconnected in abutting contact with each other along a bottom portion of each of said inner teeth, an open slit extending between each of said inner teeth and defining said inner teeth, said inner teeth including a flat distal end, said open slit having a slit width, said slit width being less than a tooth width of each of said inner teeth, said top portion including an inner plug member within extending downwardly therefrom, said inner plug member entirely surrounded by said threaded portion along a plug member circumference of said inner plug member, said inner plug member having an inner plug member height and extending the entire height of said top portion, said threaded portion height and said inner plug member height being equal, said threaded portion being entirely above of said inner teeth; and
c. said cap with said seal intact being mounted to said neck, said top portion engaging said neck by having said threaded portion engage said bottle threads, said bottom portion engaging said neck by having said inner teeth engage the bottommost of said bottle threads, said bottom portion being permanently mounted to said neck once said inner teeth engage said neck, said top portion being removably attachable to said neck once said seal is broken, said seal adapted to indicate tampering of said seal if said seal is broken before reaching an authorized user, said inner plug member penetrating a predetermined depth into said bottle through said neck when said neck is engaged by said top portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,669

PACKAGING BOX

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PACK...

1. A packaging box, comprising: a box body; a box cover integrally formed with the box body; and at least one baffle arranged inside a cavity of the box body, wherein the at least one baffle divides the cavity of the box body into at least two cavities;wherein the box body is integrally press-formed from a plate provided with a plurality of bending dents; and each of the at least one baffle is formed by bonding of adjacent side walls of two adjacent quadrilateral positioning frames, and an extension wall for positioning the quadrilateral positioning frames is foldable and disposed at each of a first side wall of the box body and a second side wall of the box body;
wherein the extension wall is folded into the cavity of the box body, an end of the extension wall is contacted with a bottom of the box, and the bottom of the box faces to the box cover.

US Pat. No. 10,919,667

NESTING STORAGE CONTAINER

Crayola LLC, Easton, PA ...

1. A nesting storage container comprising:a plurality of upright walls and a lower wall surrounding an internal cavity, the plurality of upright walls having an upright wall height;
at least one de-nesting feature comprising:
a first arcuate surface coupled to two adjacent upright walls of the plurality of upright walls forming a first internal corner that is concave;
a second arcuate surface coupled to two adjacent upright walls of the plurality of upright walls forming a second internal corner that is concave; and
an upper surface facing away from the lower wall of the plurality of upright walls, the upper surface having a width that is defined as the distance measured between the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface of the de-nesting feature;
wherein the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface extend perpendicularly from a bottom surface of the internal cavity, said de-nesting feature comprising a height that is between 5 and 20 percent of the upright wall height;
wherein the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface are convex with respect to the first internal corner and the second internal corner;
wherein a surface area of the upper surface is partially defined by the width of the upper surface; and
at least one handle having a concave handle offset oriented along a vertical axis of at least a portion of at least one of the plurality of upright walls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,666

SLED CONFIGURED FOR SHIPPING VESSEL

Target Brands, Inc., Min...

1. A sled configured to hold a shipping vessel, the sled comprising:a deck including a top surface and a cradle section configured to hold a shipping vessel, the cradle section having a length that extends from a back of the deck towards a front of the deck;
a first back wall that defines a portion of a back of the cradle section;
a second back wall spaced apart from the first back wall that defines a portion of the back of the cradle section;
a first wedge extending at least the length of the cradle section and including at least an outer facing surface and an upper facing surface, wherein the outer facing surface of the first wedge defines a first side of the cradle section of the sled;
a second wedge spaced apart from the first wedge, extending at least the length of the cradle section and including at least an outer facing surface and an upper facing surface, wherein the outer facing surface of the second wedge defines a second side of the cradle section of the sled;
wherein the upper facing surface of the first wedge is oriented at an angle relative to the top surface of the deck such that the upper facing surface of the first wedge slopes downwardly from an outer edge of the upper facing surface of the first wedge to an opposing inner edge of the upper facing surface of the first wedge; and
wherein the upper facing surface of the second wedge is oriented at an angle relative to the top surface of the deck such that the upper facing surface of the second wedge slopes downwardly from an outer edge of the upper facing surface of the second wedge to an opposing inner edge of the upper facing surface of the second wedge.

US Pat. No. 10,919,665

PALLET WITH THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE

Viking Cold Solutions, In...

1. A thermal energy storage pallet comprising:a first sheet formed with a first plurality of bends defining a first higher portion, a first lower portion, and first sidewalls;
a second sheet formed with a second plurality of bends defining a second higher portion, a second lower portion, and second sidewalls, the second plurality of bends matching the first plurality of bends;
wherein the first and second pluralities of bends define a plurality of recesses, the plurality of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift for moving the thermal energy storage pallet;
wherein the first sheet and the second sheet each formed of a rigid material to provide structural support for the thermal energy storage pallet;
a plurality of standoff members connecting the first and second sheets, wherein the plurality of standoff members are disposed between the first and second higher portion, between the first and second lower portions, and between the first and second sidewalls to provide further structural support for the thermal energy pallet;
wherein the first higher portion of the first sheet forms a structured deck onto which goods may be loaded for transport; and
a phase change material disposed in compartments defined by and located between the first and second sheets and the plurality of standoff members, the phase change material operable to change state in response to heat exchange between the thermal energy storage pallet, the transported goods, and an environment surrounding the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,919,664

BEVERAGE CAN END HAVING AN ARCUATE PANEL WALL AND CURVED TRANSITION WALL

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can end comprising:a center panel;
an arcuate panel wall that extends outwardly from the center panel, the panel wall having a maximum deviation D1 from a straight reference line by between 0.0008 (eight ten-thousandths) inches and 0.009 inches; the straight reference line being drawn between and through (i) a juncture of the arcuate panel wall and the center panel and (ii) a juncture of the arcuate panel wall and the annular bead;
an upwardly opening annular bead;
a lower transition wall extending from an outer end of the annular bead, the lower transition wall being inclined at an angle A2 that is less than 11 degrees;
a curved upper transition wall extending outwardly from an upper end of the lower transition wall, the lower transition wall yielding smoothly to the upper transition wall;
a substantially flat intermediate wall;
a substantially flat upper wall that is inclined more than the intermediate wall and that is inclined at an angle A4 that is at least 13 degrees;
a juncture formed between the intermediate wall and the upper wall;
a seaming panel extending from an upper end of the upper wall, the seaming panel having a radius R4 of between 0.050 inches and 0.060 inches;
a curl extending outwardly from an outer end of the seaming panel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,663

UNIT DOSE PACKAGING SYSTEM (UDPS) HAVING CHILD RESISTANT LOCKING FEATURE WITH FOCUSED PUSH BUTTON

WestRock MWV, LLC, Norcr...

1. A unit dose paperboard package having a locking feature, comprising:an outer paperboard sleeve and an inner paperboard slide card lockably retained within the outer sleeve, such that the outer sleeve includes a plurality of panels operatively connected to each other such that a top panel of the plurality of panels includes an inner slide card retaining aperture and an inner slide card releasing button defined thereon;
wherein the inner slide card includes one or more unit dose dispensing blisters and an inner slide card retaining and releasing panel located adjacent to the one or more unit dose dispensing blisters; and
wherein the slide card release button includes a longitudinally extending tab defined by a cut in the sleeve, with a root of the tab between ends of the cut, and with a moveable tab edge opposite the root of the tab, and wherein the card retaining aperture extends longitudinally past the moveable tab edge in a first direction, but does not extend longitudinally past the root of the tab in a second direction opposite the first direction;
wherein the longitudinally extending tab has a length extending in a longitudinal direction from the moveable tab edge to the root of the tab, and wherein the card retaining aperture extends in the longitudinal direction less than one half of the length of the tab from the moveable tab edge towards the root.

US Pat. No. 10,919,662

LIQUID CONTAINER

1. A liquid container, comprising:a base;
a wall joined to the base; and
several flaps joined to the upper edge of the container in such a way that when they close, the mouth of the container formed by the base and the wall is covered;
characterized in that the wall joined to the base has a circular profile in its lower edge which modifies its geometry up to a polygonal profile in its upper edge, where the sides of the polygonal profile are the junction point between the wall and the flaps; and
the overlap of the flaps in closed position forms several sealing points, where one of the vertices of the polygonal profile includes a first cut in one internal flap and a second cut in one external flap, in a manner that when the flaps are closed an opening for pouring is formed enabling the extraction of the liquid from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,661

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR A BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Corkcicle, LLC, Orlando,...

1. A beverage container, comprising:a base including an axis, a closed bottom, an open top, and an interior cavity, wherein the base comprises an opaque material;
a vessel configured to contain a fluid, comprising a material that is translucent or transparent, an opening to allow the fluid to flow to an interior of the vessel, wherein when the vessel is mounted in the interior cavity of the base, a portion of the vessel extends above the open top of the base, and a radial air space is present between an exterior of the vessel and an interior of the base relative to the axis; and
a seal between the base and the vessel when the vessel is mounted in the interior cavity of the base, the seal comprising a plurality of seals axially spaced apart from each other, each seal of the plurality of seals circumscribing the vessel relative to the axis, and wherein each of the base, vessel and seal comprise a different material; and
the seal is visible from an exterior of the beverage container and comprises a friction surface that includes higher friction than any other surface of the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,660

LABELING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A labeling apparatus comprising:a label holder configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position that is closer to a conveyer than the retracted position is, and receive a label on an end of the label holder facing the conveyer;
a first sensor above the conveyer at a first position upstream a position facing the label holder in a conveyance direction of the conveyer, the first sensor configured to obtain height information of an object on the conveyer;
a second sensor above the conveyer at a second position upstream the position facing the label holder and downstream the first position in the conveyance direction, the second sensor configured to detect a leading end of the object on the conveyer; and
a controller configured to:
determine a moving distance of the label holder up to a standby position between the retracted position and the extended position based on the height information of the object obtained by the first sensor;
upon the second sensor detecting the leading end of the object, control the label holder to move by the determined moving distance to the standby position before the object is conveyed on the conveyer to the position facing the label holder; and
after the object is conveyed on the conveyer to the position facing the label holder, control the label holder to move from the standby position towards the extended position to attach the label to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,919,659

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PACKAGING FOOD PRODUCTS IN CONTAINERS AND CONTAINERS PACKAGED BY SUCH SYSTEMS AND METHODS

BELLISIO FOODS, INC., Ja...

1. A system for packaging a food product in a container, said system comprising:a conveyance apparatus operable to move trays in a machine direction, each tray defining a cavity and including at least one wall and a flange extending from an edge of the wall, the flange having a single layer first area with a first thickness and a second area comprised of at least two layers with a second thickness, the second thickness being at least twice as thick as the first thickness;
a delivery apparatus operable to deposit the food product into the cavities of the trays;
a positioning apparatus operable to position covers relative to the trays, the cover having a cover thickness, wherein the positioning apparatus is configured to position each cover on a respective tray to overlap the flange of the respective tray, the cover and the tray forming the container; and
an ultrasonic bonding apparatus comprising:
a first bonding module;
a second bonding module positionable in close proximity to the first bonding module to define a nip therebetween, wherein the ultrasonic bonding apparatus is configured to receive the flange and the cover of each container in the nip between the first bonding module and the second bonding module, wherein at least one of the first bonding module and the second bonding module vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency and delivers ultrasonic energy to at least one of the cover and the flange to seal the container, and wherein the nip has a nip thickness less than 0.03 in.; and
a frame configured to prevent displacement of the second bonding module and the first bonding module during ultrasonic bonding of the flange and the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,919,658

METHOD FOR THE AUTOMATIC OPENING OF A CARRIER MEANS AS WELL AS AN APPLIANCE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. A method for the automated opening of a carrier and for provision of the carrier in a container-like loading and transport aid and for further conveying the opened carrier, comprising the steps of:feeding the flatly closed carrier to a holder of a first suspended conveyor appliance by way of a carrier feed appliance;
conveying the flatly closed carrier, which is held by the holder, to a carrier opening appliance in a suspended manner;
opening the flatly closed carrier with the carrier opening appliance; and positioning the carrier in a standing manner in the container-like loading and transport aid with a merging appliance;
conveying away of the container-like loading and transport aid and the opened carrier with a second suspended conveyor appliance,
wherein the second suspended conveyor appliance contains a conveying member onto which the container-like loading and transport aid is connected via a suspension, so that the container-like loading and transport aid together with the carrier being arranged in the container-like loading and transport aid in a standing manner can be further conveyed in a suspended manner.

US Pat. No. 10,919,657

METHOD OF, AND APPARATUS FOR, FEEDING PRODUCTS INTO CONTAINERS

1. A method of feeding products into containers, wherein at least two different types of products are fed into a container, comprising:a) on feeding devices comprising a plurality of conveyor belts following one after the other in a conveying direction of the products, retaining the products on the conveyor belts by negative pressure created by a vacuum chamber located beneath the conveyor belts;
b) transporting the products via the feeding devices in the direction of a device for feeding the products into a container, wherein each type of the products is transported separately by means of a dedicated one of the feeding devices;
c) controlling the conveying speed of the feeding devices, whereby the products are presented to a removal conveyor in a sequence which corresponds to a desired arrangement of the products within the container;
d) from a final conveyor belt of the conveyor belts of the feeding devices, feeding the products to the removal conveyor, wherein the products are transferred from the each of the feeding devices to the removal conveyor, specifically in accordance with the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container, wherein the removal conveyor is formed from a plurality of adjoining conveyor belts on which the products are transported, wherein the removal conveyor is arranged at an essentially equal height level with the final conveyor belt, and wherein the removal conveyor is directed transversely to the feeding devices and correspondingly transports the products away in the direction of the device for feeding the products into the container; and
e) using a pusher, pushing the products into the container in the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container,
wherein the conveying speed of each of the conveyor belts of the feeding devices is controlled individually by a control means whereby the products reach the removal conveyor in the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container,
wherein the conveying speed of at least one of the conveyor belts of the removal conveyor is controlled by the control means such that groups of products are formed, and
wherein distances formed between the groups of products in the conveying direction are greater than those between the products within a group, and wherein the products within a group form a layer or row of products within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,656

PROCEDURES FOR OPERATING A VACUUM TO STORE PERISHABLES BY CONTROLLING PRESSURE AND OXYGEN LEVELS INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER AS WELL AS SETTING FLOOR AND CEILING OPERATING PARAMETERS

Ripelocker LLC, Bainbrid...

1. A method for storing a perishable item under controlled atmospheric conditions comprising: with respect to a vacuum chamber for containing the perishable item, reducing total atmospheric pressure in the vacuum chamber to below a predetermined upper total pressure limit; monitoring oxygen partial pressure within the vacuum chamber; admitting an oxygen-containing gas into the vacuum chamber when oxygen partial pressure within the vacuum chamber falls below a predetermined lower oxygen partial pressure limit; and reducing the total atmospheric pressure in the vacuum chamber at predetermined intervals to at least partially flush the vacuum chamber of accumulated gases and volatiles within the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,919,655

PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PACKAGING PRODUCTS

General Mills, Inc., Min...

1. A packaging system comprising:a first sealer configured to create a first seal in packaging material along a direction of travel of the packaging material during a packaging operation, thereby forming a packaging loop; and
a gas flusher configured to flush ambient air from within the packaging loop during the packaging operation, wherein the gas flusher includes a mechanically retractable lance configured to: project, while fixed in an operative position during the packing operation, in the packaging loop; and be selectively repositioned relative to the first sealer into a retracted position away from the packaging material during stoppage of the packaging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,654

SEALING TOOL WITH RECESS AND TRANSITION REGION

GEA Food Solutions German...

1. An upper sealing tool comprising:a peripheral region and a recess, by way of which an upper film web is formed,
wherein the recess has a transition region and an inner region, and
wherein the recess has a depth measured between the peripheral region and the inner region,
wherein the transition region has a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion is provided in a convex state and the second portion is provided in a concave state,
wherein a ratio of the depth of the recess to a radius of curvature of the first portion is ?2.5, and wherein a ratio of the depth of the recess to a radius of curvature of the second portion is ?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,919,653

FLUID MIXING AND HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE

Jevo IP, LLC, Los Angele...

1. A fluid mixing and heat exchange device, comprising:a hot water tank;
a mixing chamber spaced away from the hot water tank and fluidly coupled to a first liquid reservoir;
a first chilling module fluidly coupled to the mixing chamber;
a coolant tank fluidly coupled to the first chilling module;
a radiator fluidly coupled to the coolant tank; and
a dispensing manifold fluidly coupled to the mixing chamber and adapted to dispense a mixed and chilled fluid mixture to a plurality of fluid vessels, wherein the first chilling module includes a chilling device and a heat exchanger, where the heat exchanger is positioned on a first side of the chilling device and where the chilling device is positioned between the heat exchanger and a liquid gelatin interface on a second side of the chilling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,652

MANIFOLD FOR AUTOMATIC DRUG COMPOUNDER

CAREFUSION 303, INC., Sa...

1. A manifold, comprising:a housing;
a cap assembly comprising:
a cap defining an opening, the opening having an opening diameter; and
a first sealing member comprising an extended portion having an extended portion diameter, wherein the opening diameter is smaller than the extended portion diameter, and the extended portion of the first sealing member is compressed by an edge of the opening to radially compress the first sealing member;
a needle guide assembly having a second sealing member; and
a needle assembly having a needle with a central bore, a first opening, and a second opening,
wherein the needle assembly is extendible from a disengaged position in which the first and second openings are both disposed on a common side of the first sealing member between the first and second sealing members and an engaged position in which the first and second openings are disposed on opposing sides of the first sealing member, and the needle assembly is wiped by the compressed first sealing member as the needle assembly is retracted from the first sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,919,651

METHOD FOR PRODUCING INDIVIDUAL DOSING QUANTITIES VIA A DRUM DOSING DEVICE

Harro Hoefliger Verpackun...

1. A method for producing individual dosing quantities of a powdered product via a drum dosing device, wherein the drum dosing device includes a product supply, a dosing drum, and a measuring device for the mass determination of the dosing quantities, wherein the dosing drum defines at least one dosing opening on a peripheral side thereof, wherein the at least one dosing opening is delimited on an inner side via a filter element and a partial vacuum can be applied thereto through the filter element, the method comprising the steps of:in a filling position, filling the at least one dosing opening with a partial quantity of the powdered product from the product supply;
in the filling position, applying the partial vacuum to the at least one dosing opening through the filter element, wherein a dosing quantity of the powdered product forms in the at least one dosing opening;
rotating the dosing drum until the at least one dosing opening filled with the dosing quantity is located in an ejection position in which the dosing quantity is ejected out of the at least one dosing opening;
further rotating the dosing drum until the emptied at least one dosing opening is again located in the filling position;
cyclically repeating the above steps multiple times, wherein individual masses of multiple ejected dosing quantities are sequentially determined via the measuring device;
forming a mass mean value from the determined individual masses of the multiple ejected dosing quantities, comparing the mass mean value to a predetermined inner target mass range, and using the mass mean value for a tendency regulation as follows:
if the mass mean value formed is within the predetermined inner target mass range, the level of the partial vacuum acting on the at least one dosing opening in the filling position remains unchanged, and the above formation of a mass mean value begins from the beginning; and,
if the mass mean value formed is outside the predetermined inner target mass range, an adapted partial vacuum is ascertained in such a way that in a case of excessively low mass mean value, the level of the partial vacuum is increased, and in a case of excessively high mass mean value, the level of the partial vacuum is decreased, and the adapted partial vacuum is applied to the at least one dosing opening in the filling position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,650

ATOMIC NUMBER (Z) GRADE SHIELDING MATERIALS AND METHODS OF MAKING ATOMIC NUMBER (Z) GRADE SHIELDING

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A process, comprising:providing a first material having a higher atomic number and a second material having a lower atomic number; and
diffusion bonding the first material and the second material together to form a Z-grade material having:
a first layer of the first material;
a second layer of the second material; and
a third layer, between the first and second layers, consisting of an alloy of the first and second materials, wherein a density of material in the third layer increases along a gradient from the first layer to the second layer, and wherein the third layer is at least 0.5 mil in thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,919,649

LOW-POWER HALL THRUSTER WITH AN INTERNALLY MOUNTED LOW-CURRENT HOLLOW CATHODE

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. A Hall thruster comprising:a center axis oriented from an upstream section of the Hall thruster, the upstream section housing a back pole for a magnetic circuit and a supply line for a gas propellant, to a downstream section concentric with an azimuthally-symmetrical discharge chamber;
the magnetic circuit comprising a center core, the center core comprising a counter bored cathode bore formed within the center core;
the counter bored cathode bore extending along the center axis, the counter bored cathode bore comprising:
an upstream bore having an upstream bore diameter and an upstream bore length along the center axis;
a downstream bore having a downstream bore diameter greater than the upstream bore diameter and a downstream bore length along the center axis, wherein the downstream bore length is shorter than the upstream bore length and, wherein the downstream bore is a counterbore of the upstream bore;
an internally-mounted cathode placed within the cathode bore, the internally-mounted cathode comprising:
an upstream section having an upstream cathode diameter and an upstream cathode axial length, wherein the upstream cathode diameter is an outermost diameter of the upstream section;
a downstream section having a downstream cathode diameter greater than the upstream cathode diameter and a downstream cathode axial length shorter than the upstream cathode axial length, wherein the downstream cathode diameter is an outermost diameter of the downstream section;
wherein the downstream section is positioned within the counterbore, and the upstream section is positioned within the upstream bore.

US Pat. No. 10,919,648

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENT AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method for manufacturing a component, the method comprising:a first step where a supporting robot supports a first member having a plate shape in a state where the first member is deformable due to gravity;
a second step where a support state of the first member is changed based on a deformed shape of the first member, which is recorded in advance in a storage unit and which is obtained at a time of mounting a second member on the first member;
a third step where a mounting robot mounts the second member on the first member where the support state is changed; and
before the second step, a fourth step of recording, in the storage unit, the deformed shape of the first member in a state of being supported, the deformed shape being obtained at the time of mounting the second member on the first member, and recording the support state of the first member which is brought about by the supporting robot, wherein
in the second step, a support state of the first member is changed such that the first member assumes the support state which is recorded in the storage unit, which is obtained at the time of mounting the second member on the first member, and which is brought about by the supporting robot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,647

COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR APPLYING HYDROPHOBIC COATING TO FIBROUS SUBSTRATES

Green Theme Technologies,...

1. A method for coating a porous fabric having multiple intersecting fibers that define a web having air-filled interstitial void spaces, comprising1) applying a curable coating composition at a weight of 1 to 15 g/m2 to at least one surface of the porous fabric wherein the curable coating composition comprises monomers that include a) at least one free-radical-curable monomer having exactly one polymerizable group per molecule, the free-radical-curable monomer having at least one hydrocarbyl group that has at least eight carbon atoms bonded directly or indirectly to the polymerizable group, wherein the hydrocarbyl group may be nonfluorinated, partially fluorinated or perfluorinated, the free-radical-curable monomer having a boiling temperature equal to or greater than 100° C., and b) at least one crosslinking monomer having at least two free-radical-curable polymerizable groups and a boiling temperature equal to or greater than 100° C.; and wherein the coating composition at 22° C. is a liquid or a suspension of one or more solids in a liquid phase
2) after step 1), removing air from the interstitial void spaces, and then
3) curing the curable coating composition on the porous fabric to form a porous coated fabric having a cured coating adherent to at least some of the intersecting fibers, wherein the curing is performed in the presence of free radicals and in an environment characterized by a partial pressure of oxygen of no greater than 0.1 kPa and/or an atmosphere containing no greater than 0.1 mole percent oxygen until at least 50 mole-percent of the monomers in the curable coating composition are converted to polymer, and
wherein the porous coated fabric is maintained in an environment characterized by a partial pressure of oxygen of no greater than 0.1 kPa and/or an atmosphere containing no greater than 0.1 mole percent oxygen from the time the interstitial air is removed until at least 50 mole-percent of the monomers in the curable coating composition are converted to polymer, and
further wherein i) step 3) includes a step of contacting the porous coated fabric with an atmospheric pressure plasma to initiate polymerization of the monomers of the curable coating composition and/or ii) the curable coating composition includes a heat activated free radical initiator and step 3) includes heating the porous coated fabric to an elevated temperature for a time sufficient to decompose at least 50 mole-percent of the free radical initiator to form free radicals.

US Pat. No. 10,919,646

UNMANNED VEHICLE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An unmanned vehicle comprising:a body; and
a gimbal assembly arranged at the body and including:
a shock-absorbing structure arranged inside the body, the shock-absorbing structure including a plurality of shock-absorbing balls arranged symmetrically with respect to a symmetry center, and each of the plurality of shock-absorbing balls including a through hole;
a connecting structure arranged outside the body;
a gimbal coupled to the connecting structure; and
a load arranged outside the body, carried by the gimbal, and fixedly connected to the shock-absorbing structure via the connecting structure,
wherein a line connecting a center of the gimbal and the symmetry center is perpendicular to a centerline of an opening direction of the through hole of each of the plurality of shock-absorbing balls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,645

GIMBAL QUICK ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A gimbal quick assembly/disassembly apparatus, comprising a fuselage seat component, a gimbal seat component and a locking component, wherein the fuselage seat component is fixedly mounted on a bearing member, the gimbal seat component is fixedly mounted on a gimbal and the gimbal seat component comprises a gimbal seat; and wherein the locking component is mounted on the fuselage seat component or on the gimbal seat component and the gimbal seat component and the fuselage seat component are detachably mounted together by using the locking component, so that the gimbal is detachably mounted on the bearing member, wherein the fuselage seat component comprises a fuselage seat having a gimbal seat receiving groove with an opening towards the fuselage seat, the fuselage seat being movably received in the gimbal seat receiving groove and the locking component being mounted on the gimbal seat.

US Pat. No. 10,919,644

MULTI-MODE AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION LIGHT AND AIRCRAFT COMPRISING THE SAME

GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS...

1. A multi-mode aircraft navigation light, comprising:a first light source of a first color, wherein the first color is green;
a second light source of a second color, wherein the second color is red; and
a common optical system arranged over the first light source and the second light source for conditioning light emitted by either one of the first light source and the second light source; and
a switching circuit configured to effect power supply to a selected one of the first light source and the second light source depending on a color selection signal; and
an orientation sensor, configured to detect an orientation of the multi-mode aircraft navigation light and to provide an orientation indication to the switching circuit, wherein the color selection signal is based on the orientation indication;
wherein the orientation sensor comprises at least one of: an inertial sensor and an optical sensor; and
wherein the multi-mode aircraft navigation light is usable as a left forward navigation light in a left wing tip of an aircraft and as a right forward navigation light in a right wing tip of an aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,643

AIRCRAFT LIGHT FIXTURE ENERGY HARVESTING

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An aircraft lighting system disposed in an environment of an aircraft comprising:a housing;
a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the housing;
an illumination element connected to the PCB disposed within the housing, the PCB configured to receive heat in response to illuminating the illumination element;
a heatsink thermally coupled to the PCB and configured to receive the heat from the PCB;
energy generation circuitry in thermal communication with the heatsink and configured to generate electricity in response to receiving the heat from the heatsink;
switching circuitry including a driver operable to control illumination of the illumination element and operated with a driver voltage; and
energy harvesting circuitry including a regulator configured to draw energy from the energy generation circuitry and output a regulator voltage at the driver voltage, and configured to measure the energy from the energy generation circuitry and to determine an energy demand associated with the switching circuitry and control circuitry based on a comparison between the energy from the energy generation circuitry and one or more predetermined thresholds,
wherein the energy harvesting circuitry includes a first switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the control circuitry when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds, and a second switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the PCB when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,919,642

HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR AND ACCUMULATOR ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A landing gear system for an aircraft includinga retractable landing gear assembly,
a hydraulic actuator for actuating movement of at least a part of the landing gear assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration,
an accumulator associated with the actuator, the accumulator comprising a first space for a volume of pressurised gas, and a second space for a volume of hydraulic fluid, the first and second spaces being separated by a separator piston,
and a monitoring system,
wherein
the separator piston is configured to travel to a first stroke limit position during said movement from the first configuration to the second configuration,
travel of the separator piston beyond the first stroke limit position is indicative of a fault,
the accumulator includes a snubbing device that acts to slow movement of the separator piston only once the separator piston has traveled beyond the first stroke limit position, and
the monitoring system is arranged to measure the time taken for movement of said part from the first configuration to the second configuration, and to compare the time taken with a threshold time, such that the measured time being longer than the threshold time is indicative of a possible fault.

US Pat. No. 10,919,641

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRSPEED DETERMINATION

Joby Aero, Inc, Santa Cr...

1. A method for an aircraft comprising:determining a set of propeller operating parameters based on an electronic control signal controlling actuation of a propeller;
determining an inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of propeller operating parameters and a propeller model relating a power coefficient of the propeller of the aircraft to the inflow velocity through the propeller; and
determining a vehicle state parameter of the aircraft based on the inflow velocity through the propeller.

US Pat. No. 10,919,640

CONVERSION BETWEEN CALIBRATED AIRSPEED AND TRUE AIRSPEED IN TRAJECTORY MODELING

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. An avionics system for an aircraft, the avionics system comprising:a storage device for storing instructions for converting between airspeed types; and
one or more data processors configured to execute the instructions to:
generate a calibrated airspeed of the aircraft;
convert the calibrated airspeed to an actual true airspeed of the aircraft;
determine an initial approximate relationship between the calibrated airspeed and a computed true airspeed as a function of a pressure altitude of the aircraft;
generate an adjusted approximate relationship based on the actual true airspeed and the initial approximate relationship at a chosen pressure altitude; and
estimate a future airspeed of the aircraft based on the adjusted approximate relationship and a future altitude.

US Pat. No. 10,919,638

AIRCRAFT CABIN PRESSURIZATION ENERGY HARVESTING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An energy harvesting system, comprising:an aircraft cabin enclosing a high-pressure environment comprising an interior aircraft cabin air at a first air pressure and an air temperature, the aircraft cabin defining a low-pressure environment exterior of the aircraft cabin comprising an exterior aircraft cabin air at a second air pressure lower than the first air pressure;
an energy harvesting mechanism fluidly communicating between the aircraft cabin and the low-pressure environment, the energy harvesting mechanism comprising an entrance chamber configured to receive the exterior aircraft cabin air, and a compressor coupled to a turbine shaft configured to compress the received exterior aircraft cabin air in response to a rotational motion of the turbine shaft and direct the compressed air into the aircraft cabin at the first air pressure, in which the compressor defines a compression chamber configured to warm the compressed air; and
a turbine fluidly communicating between the aircraft cabin and the low-pressure environment, the turbine comprising an expansion chamber configured to receive the interior aircraft cabin air and expand the received air from the first air pressure to the second air pressure, and an exit chamber configured to direct the expanded air to the low-pressure environment, in which the turbine is configured to produce rotational motion of the turbine shaft in response to the received interior aircraft cabin air expanding and the expansion chamber is thermally coupled to the compression chamber such that heat generated within the compression chamber is transferred to the expansion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,919,637

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR FUEL TANK INERTING SYSTEM

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A fuel tank inerting system for an aircraft comprising:a first air source;
a second air source, wherein the second source includes air provided from an outlet of a primary heat exchanger of an environmental control system;
an air flow including a mixture of air from the first air source having a first temperature and air from the second air source, distinct from the first air source, having a second temperature, the second temperature being cooler than the first temperature; and
at least one air separating module configured to separate an inert gas from the air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,919,636

FLUIDIC PROPULSIVE SYSTEM AND THRUST AND LIFT GENERATOR FOR AERIAL VEHICLES

JETOPTERA, INC., Edmonds...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a main body having a fore portion, a tail portion, a starboard side and a port side;
a gas generator coupled to the main body and producing a gas stream;
at least one fore conduit fluidly coupled to the generator;
at least one tail conduit fluidly coupled to the generator;
first and second fore ejectors fluidly coupled to the at least one fore conduit, coupled to the fore portion and respectively coupled to the starboard side and port side, the fore ejectors respectively comprising an outlet structure out of which gas from the at least one fore conduit flows at a predetermined adjustable velocity;
at least one tail ejector fluidly coupled to the at least one tail conduit and coupled to the tail portion, the at least one tail ejector comprising an outlet structure out of which gas from the at least one tail conduit flows at a predetermined adjustable velocity;
first and second primary airfoil elements having leading edges, the primary airfoil elements respectively coupled to the starboard side and port side, the leading edges of the first and second primary airfoil elements being respectively located directly downstream of the first and second fore ejectors such that the gas from the fore ejectors flows over the leading edges of the primary airfoil elements; and
at least one secondary airfoil element having a leading edge and coupled to the main body, the leading edge of the at least one secondary airfoil element located directly downstream of the outlet structure of the at least one tail ejector such that the gas from the at least one tail ejector flows over the leading edge of the at least one secondary airfoil,
wherein the first and second fore ejectors each have a leading edge, and the entirety of each of the first and second fore ejectors is rotatable about an axis oriented perpendicular to the leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,919,635

AERIAL VEHICLE

Intelligent Energy Limite...

1. An unmanned aerial rotorcraft vehicle having a fuel cell system forming a portion of the aerial vehicle's support structure comprising:a plurality of propulsion modules affixed via load bearing struts to a body;each strut having a top surface and a bottom surface;a fuel cell having vertical bi-polar plates oriented from top to bottom surface of each strut;air inlets for each fuel cell provided at the top surface of each strut;wherein the air inlets are unblocked during flight; wherein each propulsion module is configured to provide air as an oxidant to a fuel cell via the air inlets and,wherein the fuel cells form a fuel cell stack which generates power and provides a structural load bearing component of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,634

INERT AMBIENT PRESSURE DELAY

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A pressure delay mechanism, comprising:a triggering mechanism operably coupled to an input signal port and to an output signal port and configured to transmit a signal from the input signal port to the output signal port; and
a differential pressure mechanism operably coupled to an exterior pressure input and to an interior pressure input and configured to lock the triggering mechanism during a first state of pressure difference and to unlock the triggering mechanism during a second state of pressure difference,
wherein the triggering mechanism comprises a bolt slidably disposed within a housing, the bolt having a first end operably coupled to the input signal port and a second end operably coupled to the output signal port and
wherein the differential pressure mechanism is configured to lock the bolt from translational movement during the first state of pressure difference and to unlock the bolt from translational movement during the second state of pressure difference.

US Pat. No. 10,919,633

SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH VENTILATION SYSTEM UTILIZING VENTURI EFFECT TO MULTIPLY AIR FLOW

1. A ventilated seat assembly, comprising:a cushion assembly;
a structural element supporting the cushion assembly;
a plurality of Venturi tubes positioned relative to the cushion assembly to direct a flow of air through the cushion assembly, each Venturi tube comprising in fluid communication a compressed air inlet, an ambient air inlet, and a mixed air outlet;
an air compressor supplying compressed air;
a manifold assembly coupled in fluid communication with the air compressor;
a conduit network fluidly coupling the manifold assembly with the plurality of Venturi tubes; and
a controller operable for activating the air compressor to supply compressed air and actuating the manifold assembly to cause compressed air to flow through the conduit network to one or more of the plurality of Venturi tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,919,632

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSITIONING A SECTION DIVIDER ASSEMBLY WITHIN A VEHICLE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A section divider assembly that is configured for positioning above one or more seats and indicating a boundary of a section onboard a cabin of a vehicle, the section divider assembly comprising:an attachment header;
a barrier extending downwardly from the attachment header;
a first coupler secured to the attachment header, wherein the first coupler is configured to removably secure to a first fitting secured to a strongback of a stowage bin assembly within the cabin, wherein the first fitting comprises: (a) a base defining an internal chamber, wherein the internal chamber includes opposed clamp pockets and opposed lever pockets, wherein a latch opening is defined at a front of the base, wherein the latch opening is configured to receive a latch of the first coupler; (b) opposed clamps retained with the opposed clamp pockets, wherein the opposed clamps securely engage a portion of the first coupler; and (c) opposed levers retained with the opposed lever pockets, wherein the lever pockets are operably connected to the opposed clamps to selectively move the opposed clamps in relation to the latch; and
a second coupler secured to the attachment header and spaced apart from the first coupler, wherein the second coupler is configured to removably secure to a second fitting secured to a fixed rail within the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,919,631

AIRCRAFT WITH MULTIPLE DOORS AND MULTIPLE ZONES

SAFRAN CABIN INC., Hunti...

1. An aircraft comprising:a body that defines a cabin interior, wherein the cabin interior includes a pilot zone, a passenger zone positioned aft of the pilot zone, and a cargo zone positioned aft of the passenger zone,
front and back rows of seats positioned in the passenger zone,
a forward door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position, and
an aft door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the pilot zone and the front row of seats are accessible and the back row and cargo zone are inaccessible from an exterior of the body when the aft door is in the closed position and the forward door is in the open position, and wherein the back row and cargo zone are accessible and the pilot zone and the front row of seats are inaccessible from the exterior of the body when the aft door is in the open position and the forward door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,630

RESTRAINT ASSEMBLY FOR CARGO SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A restraint assembly of a cargo system, the restraint assembly comprising:a base configured to be mounted to a tray of the cargo system;
a lateral restraint comprising a guide face and a top edge, wherein the lateral restraint is rotatably coupled to the base; and
a vertical restraint extending from the top edge of the lateral restraint;
wherein:
the restraint assembly is configured to have a stored position and a raised position;
in the stored position both the lateral restraint and the vertical restraint are configured to be disposed within a volume defined by the tray of the cargo system;
in the raised position the vertical restraint and at least the guide face of the lateral restraint are configured to be disposed above the volume defined by the tray of the cargo system such that the restraint assembly provides at least one of longitudinal guidance, lateral restraining, and vertical restraining to cargo;
a first rotational axis between the lateral restraint and the base is configured to extend perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the tray of the cargo system; and
the first rotational axis between the lateral restraint and the base is configured to be oblique relative to a conveyance plane of the cargo system.

US Pat. No. 10,919,629

VEHICLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING

TALYN AIR, INC., Los Ang...

1. A vehicle system for vertical take-off and/or landing (VTOL), comprising:a carrier vehicle, comprising: one or more fuselages, one or more wings, one or more attach units coupled to the one or more fuselages or to the one or more wings, and propulsion systems operable to provide, at least, vertical thrust and horizontal thrust;
a cruise vehicle, comprising: one or more fuselages for carrying passengers or cargo, and one or more wings;
the one or more attach units of the carrier vehicle being adapted to couple to the cruise vehicle to detachably engage,
wherein the propulsion system of the carrier vehicle comprises:
one or more lift rotors coupled to the one or more fuselage or the one or more wings and operable to provide vertical thrust; and
one or more cruise rotors coupled to a fore or aft end of the one or more fuselages or the one or more wings and operable to provide horizontal thrust, and
wherein the one or more lift rotors comprise four pairs of lift rotors, the one or more fuselages of the carrier vehicle comprises two fuselages coupled with one wing, and the one or more cruise rotors comprises two push rotors coupled to two tails of the carrier vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,628

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RAISING AND LOWERING A PAYLOAD

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial-vehicle system comprising:a tether;
a motor arranged on an aerial vehicle and configured for operation in a first mode and a second mode that respectively counter and assist unwinding of the tether;
a payload coupling apparatus configured to mechanically couple the tether to a payload; and
a control system configured to:
(a) operate the motor such that the tether unwinds to position the payload coupling apparatus of the aerial vehicle at or near a first altitude corresponding to expected coupling to a payload;
(b) when the payload coupling apparatus is located at or near the first altitude, determine, based at least in part on motor current during a predetermined attachment verification period, that the payload coupling apparatus is mechanically coupled to the payload;
(c) responsive to the determination that the payload coupling apparatus is mechanically coupled to the payload, operate the motor to retract the tether; and
(d) while retracting the tether, determine that both: (i) an unwound length of the tether is less than a threshold length and (ii) motor current during the retraction of the tether is greater than a threshold current, and responsively operate the motor to pull the payload up to a secure position at or near the aerial vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,627

ASYMMETRIC AIRCRAFT AND THEIR LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEMS FROM SMALL SHIPS

ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPM...

1. A fixed wing aircraft for atmospheric flight using aerodynamic lift, the aircraft comprising a primary airfoil structure; anda dolly engaging the primary airfoil structure of the aircraft and supporting the aircraft in a stored configuration with the airfoil structure more in a vertical than horizontal plane and with a forward direction of flight angled more vertical than horizontal, the aircraft having a shorter length in the direction of flight than span when in the stored configuration, the aircraft having a horizontal width, excluding any propeller, in the stored configuration that is less than half its length in the direction of flight, the dolly being moveable to transport the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,626

CHARGING A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE IN FLIGHT USING A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of generating a flight plan for an unmanned aerial vehicle includingcharging a rechargeable battery of the unmanned aerial vehicle,
the method comprising:
receiving mission data for the unmanned aerial vehicle,
including a plurality of locations for the unmanned aerial vehicle;
calculating, using a processor,
a path for the unmanned aerial vehicle including the plurality of locations and a specified distance from a high voltage power line at which an energy is generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle;
creating an initial flight plan for the unmanned aerial vehicle that includes the path and operational settings for the unmanned aerial vehicle;
calculating a fuel consumption associated with the initial flight plan,
the fuel consumption including an energy expended and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
determining whether the fuel consumption is greater than an available energy of the unmanned aerial vehicle,
the available energy comprising an existing charge of the rechargeable battery and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
selecting the initial flight plan as the flight plan when the fuel consumption is not greater than the available energy;
creating an adjusted flight plan for the unmanned aerial vehicle when the fuel consumption is greater than the available energy,
wherein creating the adjusted flight plan includes increasing a portion of the flight plan, wherein the unmanned aerial vehicle flies a specified distance from a high voltage power line,
wherein the portion of the flight plan is longer than a portion that the energy is generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
calculating an adjusted fuel consumption associated with the adjusted flight plan;
determining whether the adjusted fuel consumption is greater than an adjusted available energy,
wherein the adjusted available energy comprises the existing charge of the rechargeable battery and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the adjusted flight plan; and
selecting the adjusted flight plan as the flight plan when the adjusted fuel consumption is not greater than the adjusted available energy.

US Pat. No. 10,919,625

RECONFIGURABLE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR SUBSURFACE SENSOR DEPLOYMENT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) comprising a main body that includes a plurality of rotors utilized to provide propulsion to the UAV and a ring circumscribing the plurality of rotors that includes first threads along an outer perimeter of the ring; and
a landing base including second threads engaged with the first threads of the ring, wherein the first threads and the second threads are configured to transition the main body along a length of the landing base in response to rotation of the main body with respect to the landing base.

US Pat. No. 10,919,624

UAS DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

WET, Sun Valley (CA)

1. A display system including an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that flies in a flight path relative to a structure, the display system comprising:a mounting system that is coupled to the structure;
a tether that has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to the mounting system, and wherein the mounting system allows movement of the proximal end relative to the structure; and
a control system that controls the flight path of the UAS;
wherein the UAS is coupled to the distal end; and
wherein the control system controls the flight path of the UAS such that the proximal end moves relative to the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,623

AIR VEHICLE FLIGHT MECHANISM AND CONTROL METHOD

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. An air vehicle apparatus, comprising:a first flapping control surface and a second flapping control surface;
wherein the first flapping control surface and the second flapping control surface are capable of providing hovering and control moments without the benefit of additional control surfaces, and wherein the hovering and control moments comprise variable differential sweep angles of deflection of the first flapping control surface and the second flapping control surface in the course of respective sweep angles of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,622

ADVANCED EMERGENCY COLLECTIVE ACTUATOR WITH FRICTION PULL-OFF AND METHOD FOR A HELICOPTER

Merlin Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for use with a helicopter including a rotor system having a main rotor with an adjustable pitch that is controlled at least in part by a pilot using a collective control and the collective control pivotally supports a friction control lever as part of a friction control that is engageable by the pilot to selectively increase a control force that is required as a minimum to move the collective control, said apparatus comprising:an actuator including a motor having an output shaft for rotation to change the adjustable pitch by exerting an actuation force;
a flexible cable that applies the actuation force to the friction control lever such that the actuation force initially disengages the friction control to decrease the control force and, thereafter, reduces the adjustable pitch toward a minimum collective pitch position; and
a control arrangement that is configured to receive a signal that is indicative of a low rotor RPM condition and to respond to the signal by activating the actuator to exert the actuation force.

US Pat. No. 10,919,621

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An unmanned air vehicle, comprising:one or more generators, each of which generates a force that drives the unmanned air vehicle to fly and also generates an air flow;
one or more first structural components;
one or more microphones, each of which outputs a first signal;
one or more speakers; and
a processor that generates one or more second signals according to the first signal output from each of the one or more microphones,
wherein the one or more first structural components respectively correspond to the one or more generators, respectively surround one or more rotary wings of the one or more generators, and each includes a through-hole extending in a direction of the air flow generated by a corresponding one of the one or more generators, the through-hole being in a first direction opposite to a second direction of the air flow,
a first end, in the first direction, of the one or more first structural components and a first surface of a rotation plane, in the first direction, of the one or more rotary wings are aligned such that the one or more rotary wings are covered by a first end part of the one or more first structural components, the first end part corresponding to a position of the one or more rotary wings,
a second end, in the second direction of the air flow, of the one or more first structural components is extended, in the second direction of the air flow, beyond a second surface of the rotation plane, in the second direction of the air flow, of the one or more rotary wings by a length longer than the first end part,
each of the one or more microphones is located in an inner region surrounded by a corresponding one of the one or more first structural components such that each of the one or more microphones is spaced apart in the second direction of the air flow from a corresponding one of the one or more generators, and
each of the one or more speakers is located apart in the second direction of the air flow from a corresponding one of the one or more generators and outputs a sound according to a corresponding one of the one or more second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,919,620

LANDING GEAR BOGIE PITCH TRIMMER

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A landing gear bogie pitch trimmer, comprising:a hydraulic actuator for adjusting a pitch of a landing gear bogie, in use;
a fluid interface for receiving, from an aircraft hydraulic system external to the landing gear bogie pitch trimmer, hydraulic fluid for use in actuating the hydraulic actuator;
a flow control valve for controlling flow of the hydraulic fluid through the fluid interface in use;
a gas-chargeable accumulator configured to be charged by a gas bottle;
wherein the gas-chargeable accumulator is in fluid communication with the flow control valve; and
wherein the gas-chargeable accumulator is configured to deliver the hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator in use.

US Pat. No. 10,919,619

FUSE PIN MODEL DIFFERENTIAL OR EXCLUSION FEATURE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fastening system having differentiable components, the system comprising:a first bushing having a first mating feature positioned within an opening of a first receiver;
a first fuse pin comprising a head and a first projection, the first projection configured to be positioned within the first bushing, the first fuse pin configured to shear upon an application of a first predetermined load, the first fuse pin having a second mating feature, the first and second mating features comprise a second projection on a surface of the head of the first fuse pin and a recess on a surface of the first bushing; and
wherein the second mating feature corresponds to the first mating feature to permit insertion of the first projection of the first fuse pin into the first bushing within the first receiver to selectively connect a first component to a second component, wherein the first bushing is positioned between the first fuse pin and the first receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,919,618

FLUID FLOW CONTROL FOR AN AEROFOIL

Fourth Dimensional Aerosp...

1. A device for influencing a wake flow of an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing having an inboard root end and an outboard tip end, a high pressure side and a low pressure side, and a leading edge and a trailing edge, the device comprising a body adapted for attachment in the region of the tip of the aircraft wing and having a through-duct with a first opening at a first end of the duct being located on the high pressure side of the wing and a second opening at a second end of the duct being located on the low pressure side of the wing, the duct being configured to, when the wing is exposed to fluid flow, permit a fluid flow through the duct so as to inhibit the flow of fluid around an outboard extremity of the wing and to direct the fluid flow through the duct into a pair of opposing rotating flows of substantially equal magnitude externally of the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,919,617

DISTRIBUTED ACCELERATION SENSING FOR ROBUST DISTURBANCE REJECTION

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:an airframe;
an aircraft flight controller to provide an output control signal; and
a sensor package positioned on the airframe, the sensor package comprising a rate gyroscope, a plurality of accelerometers, and a processor, wherein the sensor package is configured to measure collectively at least nine independent axial acceleration measurements,
wherein each of the plurality of accelerometers is positioned a predetermined distance from the center of gravity of the airframe,
wherein the processor is configured to generate an actuation signal based at least in part on a feedback signal received from at least one of said rate gyroscope and said plurality of accelerometers,
wherein the processor is configured to communicate the actuation signal to said aircraft flight controller,
wherein the aircraft flight controller is configured to adjust the output control signal as a function of said actuation signal, and
wherein the plurality of accelerometers is arranged in a circle with the rate gyroscope positioned substantially at the center of said circle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,616

GUIDANCE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AIRFOIL LEADING EDGE HIGH-LIFT DEVICE CARRIER TRACK

ASCO INDUSTRIES NV, Zave...

1. A guidance assembly for guiding and supporting a movement of an airfoil leading edge high-lift device carrier track between a retracted position and an extended position, comprising at least one lower guide element arranged for contacting a lower surface of said carrier track and/or at least one upper guide element arranged for contacting an upper surface of said carrier track, wherein at least one of said lower or upper guide element includes a sliding surface arranged to be in sliding contact with said leading edge high-lift device carrier track during operational movement of said carrier track, and wherein at least one of said lower or upper guide element is configured to pivot about a pivot axis transverse a direction of operational movement of said carrier track.

US Pat. No. 10,919,615

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR JOINING TITANIUM AND TITANIUM ALLOY STRUCTURES TO EPOXY-CONTAINING COMPOUNDS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

16. An assembly comprising:a first metal component, said first metal component comprising a first titanium structure, said first titanium structure comprising a first titanium structure surface:
a sol-gel layer applied to the first titanium structure surface of the metal component;
an amount of an epoxy-containing compound applied to the sol-gel layer;
a cured composite component, said cured composite component comprising a composite component first surface and a cured composite component second surface, said cured composite component positioned adjacent the first metal component; and
wherein the first metal component is joined to the cured composite component to form an assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,614

AIRFOIL WITH A MAIN WING AND A HIGH-LIFT BODY

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An airfoil for an aircraft, the airfoil comprising:a main wing having a leading edge,
a high-lift body having a leading edge and a concavo-convex cross-section transverse to its leading edge such that a concave recess is defined by the high-lift body, which concave recess extends parallel to the leading edge of the high-lift body,
wherein the high-lift body is coupled to the main wing at a recessed portion provided in the leading edge of the main wing such that the concave recess faces the main wing, and
wherein the high-lift body is selectively movable between a retracted position and a deployed position, wherein in the retracted position the leading edge of the main wing and the leading edge of the high-lift body form a continuous common leading edge, and
a sealing device having a first sealing element arranged in the concave recess defined by the high-lift body,
wherein the first sealing element is plate-shaped, is rotatable about a common rotational axis relative to the main wing, abuts sectionally on the high-lift body and has a side face extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis,
wherein the sealing device is coupled to the high-lift body such that when the high-lift body is moved between the retraced position and the deployed position, the first element rotates relative to the main wing, and
wherein in the deployed position of the high-lift body at least part of a gap formed between the main wing and the high-lift body in a plane extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis is covered by the sealing device
wherein the sealing device comprises a second sealing element arranged in the concave recess defined by the high-lift body,
wherein the second sealing element is plate-shaped, is rotatable about the common rotational axis relative to the main wing and has a side face extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis,
wherein the first and the second sealing elements are rotatable about a common rotational axis relative to each other and wherein the side faces of the sealing elements extend parallel to each other, and
wherein when the high-lift body is moved between the retraced position and the deployed position, the second sealing element rotates relative to the main wing and the first and the second sealing elements rotate relative to each other, while constantly maintaining their side faces parallel to each other, such that when the first and the second sealing elements are projected on a plane extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis, an overlap between the first and the second sealing elements is smaller when the high-lift body is in the deployed position than when the high-lift body is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,613

VEHICLE WITH A FOLDABLE FAIRING INTEGRATED FOOTSTEP UNIT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A vehicle with a fairing and a sliding door that is glidingly mounted to the vehicle, wherein the sliding door is associated with a foldable fairing integrated footstep unit, and wherein the foldable fairing integrated footstep unit comprises:an outer shell that is integrated into the fairing of the vehicle, the outer shell comprising an exterior surface that creates in closed state of the foldable fairing integrated footstep unit an aerodynamic surface with the fairing,
wherein an unfolding and folding unit connects the outer shell to the vehicle, the unfolding and folding unit comprising:
a sliding mechanism that is adapted for being engaged by the sliding door at least during an opening gliding movement and a closing gliding movement of the sliding door, and
a guiding link that connects the outer shell to the sliding mechanism;
the unfolding and folding unit being provided for unfolding the foldable fairing integrated footstep unit into an opened state during the opening gliding movement of the sliding door and for folding the foldable fairing integrated footstep unit into the closed state during the closing gliding movement of the sliding door.

US Pat. No. 10,919,612

FLOOR PANELS AND FLOORING SYSTEMS FOR A PASSENGER VEHICLE, AND METHODS FOR INSTALLATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A flooring system in a passenger vehicle, the flooring system comprising:a first set of floor panels including panels rigidly attached to a structure of the passenger vehicle; and
a second set of floor panels, each floor panel of the second set of floor panels having an interlocking feature for slidably engaging an adjacent floor panel, wherein the interlocking feature is configured to enable lateral relative motion to occur and restrict vertical relative motion between panels of the second set of floor panels and a respective adjacent floor panel,
wherein, after each floor panel of the second set of floor panels is interlocked with the adjacent floor panel, a space is defined between a respective floor panel of the second set of floor panels and the respective adjacent floor panel to enable the lateral relative motion to occur between panels of the second set of floor panels and the respective adjacent floor panel, and
wherein each floor panel of the second set of floor panels is positioned to engage at least one adjacent floor panel of the first set of floor panels.

US Pat. No. 10,919,611

OPENING AND SECURE-CLOSING SYSTEM

Airbus Operations S.L., ...

1. An opening and secure-closing system for a door in a chamber of an aircraft, the opening and secure-closing system comprising:an overpressure door for the chamber and adapted to open towards an outside of the chamber;
at least one rotatory fitting configured to be joined to a first frame structure of the chamber and to the overpressure door, wherein the at least one rotatory fitting is adapted to move along a path as the at least one rotary fitting pivots about a first hinge axis of the overpressure door, and
a safety device comprising,
a fixing element configured to be joined to the first frame structure of the chamber,
a beam joined to the fixing element by a first end of the beam, the beam being a hollow beam extending along a direction axis X-X? perpendicular to the first hinge axis,
a blocking bar arranged within the beam, wherein the blocking bar is configured to move internally within the beam,
a lever element hinged to a first end of the blocking bar and configured to pivot about the blocking bar between a position A and a position B, wherein, as the lever element moves from position A to position B moves, a second end of the blocking bar moves along the direction axis X-X?, and wherein while the lever arm is at position B, the lever arm is in the path and blocks movement of the at least one rotatory fitting and while the lever arm is at position A, the lever arm is out of the path, and
a spring arranged around the blocking bar and within the beam,
wherein as the lever element moves from position A to position B, the blocking bar of the safety device is configured to traverse a first passage hole of the first frame structure of the chamber, and
when the lever element is in position B and blocking the movement the at least one rotatory, the overpressure door is prevented from closing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,610

UNMANNED ELLIPSOID MULTI-ROTOR AIRSHIP AND RESPECTIVE METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

1. An unmanned ellipsoid airship, comprising:a body of an unmanned flight device having a control box;
a single inflatable portion filled with a gas having an ellipsoid shape and connected to the body of the unmanned flight device that provides lift to the unmanned flight device;
a lift system connected to the body of the unmanned flight device having two or more rotors that provides lift to the unmanned airship;
the control box underneath a middle of the single inflatable portion and each of the two or more rotors being connected by a rod to the control box and being adjacent a periphery of the single inflatable portion; and
wherein the airship has a systemic symmetry for weight distribution and flight control of the airship.

US Pat. No. 10,919,609

PROPELLER DRIVE ASSEMBLY AND A SCREW PUMP FOR A WATER VESSEL

AB VOLVO PENTA, Gothenbu...

1. A propeller drive assembly, the propeller drive assembly comprisinga driveshaft for transferring a torque between an engine and a propeller of a water surface vessel, and
a housing enclosing the driveshaft,
wherein the propeller drive assembly comprises, separately from the driveshaft, a first element and a second element, the first element extending through a first bore of the second element,
wherein the second elements is fixed to the driveshaft and the first elements is arranged to be stationary in relation to the housing,
the second elements which is fixed to the driveshaft presents in the first bore a first elongated cavity forming a first helix along the first bore, so as to form with the first elements a screw pump, andthe driveshaft presents a second bore extending inside and concentrically with the driveshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,608

JET PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A WATERCRAFT

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A jet propulsion system for a watercraft, comprising:a duct defining an inlet;
a venturi unit defining part of the duct and defining a venturi outlet;
an impeller housing defining part of the duct and disposed between the inlet and the venturi unit; and
an impeller disposed within the impeller housing, the impeller being rotatable about an impeller rotation axis in (i) a forward direction whereby the impeller propels water out of the venturi outlet, and (ii) a reverse direction whereby the impeller propels water out of the inlet,
the venturi unit comprising:
a venturi conduit having a peripheral wall defining at least one aperture, the venturi conduit defining a venturi inlet and the venturi outlet, the venturi inlet having a greater cross-sectional area than the venturi outlet, wherein:
when the impeller rotates in the forward direction, water flows from the venturi inlet to the venturi outlet, and
when the impeller rotates in the reverse direction, water flows from the venturi outlet to the venturi inlet;
and
at least one door connected to the venturi conduit, the at least one door being movable between a closed position when the impeller rotates in the forward direction, and an open position when the impeller rotates in the reverse direction,
in the closed position, the at least one door closing the at least one aperture, and
in the open position, the at least one door opening the at least one aperture such that water flows into the venturi conduit via the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,919,607

BUILT-IN SYSTEM FOR TESTING THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM OF A LIFEBOAT

1. A lifeboat (1) having a sprinkler system and a built-in system for testing the sprinkler system, the built-in system for testing the sprinkler system comprising:a water tank (17);
a water tank pipeline (14);
a tank valve (15);
an outboard water valve (5);
an outboard water inlet pipe (4); and
sprinkler system pump (2);
wherein one end of the outboard water inlet pipe (4) comprises an inlet opening for receiving outboard water from a water installation of a marine facility;
wherein the other end of the outboard water inlet pipe (4) connects to outboard water valve (5);
wherein one end of the water tank pipeline (14) connects to the water tank (17);
wherein the other end of the water tank pipeline (14) connects to the tank valve (15);
wherein a passage from tank valve (15) and a passage from outboard water valve (5) communicate with an inlet of the sprinkler system pump (2).

US Pat. No. 10,919,606

SEABED BASE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR INSTALLATION OF SAME

Sembcorp Marine Integrate...

1. A floatable and removable seabed base structure (10) for storing and loading or unloading hydrocarbons and intended to be supported by a seabed (30), the seabed base structure (10) comprising a beam structure (11) provided with an upwards extending wall structure (22) arranged along at least a part of the periphery of the seabed base structure (10),the seabed base structure (10) having an opening (23) in the upwards extending wall structure (22) for allowing a floatable module to be berthed in and supported by the seabed base structure (10),
the seabed base structure (10) having a plurality of strong points (24) each configured to receive the end of a preinstalled vertical pile (14) for at least temporary support of the seabed base structure (10) during a piling operation for permanent piling of the seabed base structure (10) to the sea bed (30),
the plurality of strong points (24) extending laterally outwards from the upwards extending wall structure (22), wherein the plurality of strong points (24) are arranged spaced apart from one another longitudinally across a length of the upwards extending wall structure (22) and away from adjacent corners of the upwards extending wall structure (22).

US Pat. No. 10,919,605

ANTI-TWIST FRAME, VESSEL AND METHOD FOR LOWERING AN OBJECT IN A WATER BODY

1. A method for lowering an object in a water body from a vessel floating on the water body, the vessel comprising a first hoisting means and a second hoisting means, the first hoisting means and the second hoisting means arranged on or near the vessel, with at least a first anti-twist frame (ATF) being connected to a lower end of a first hoisting cable of the first hoisting means, the object being attached to the lower end of the first hoisting cable, below the ATF, comprising the steps of:a) adjusting the vessel's heading such that the vessel is aligned with the wave direction,
b) lowering the object in the water body with the first hoisting means until the object has reached a first depth (FD);
c) using the second hoisting means to lower the object together with the first hoisting means as found in step b), wherein the second hoisting means is connected to another part of the object, or else, to lower a clump weight in the water body to the first depth (FD), wherein the clump weight is connected to the lower end of the second hoisting cable,
d) providing an anti-twist wire extending between the first ATF and the second hoisting cable, the first ATF comprising a circumferential part with a plurality of connection means arranged for connecting the anti-twist wire at a plurality of connection points on the circumferential part, in a plurality of directions, and selecting such a connection point that, after connection, twist of the first hoisting cable is minimized, and the first ATF comprising a central part for attachment to a crane block, wherein the circumferential part is connected to the central part and extends in a plane perpendicular to the respective hoisting cable, during use, wherein the plurality of connection means are arranged at multiple positions along the circumference of the circumferential part to allow the longitudinal direction of the anti-twist wire to intersect the longitudinal direction of the respective hoisting cable for a plurality of anti-twist wire directions, and wherein the plurality of connection means are spaced-apart along the circumference, and
e) using the first and/or the second hoisting means to lower the object onto the bottom of the water body.

US Pat. No. 10,919,604

SPROCKET CARRIER AND MULTIPLE SPROCKET ARRANGEMENT

SRAM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, S...

1. A multiple sprocket arrangement for rotatable mounting on a rear wheel axle and for engagement in a bicycle chain, comprising:a number of sprockets including smaller sprockets and larger sprockets
a sprocket carrier having a substantially uniform material thickness, and a multiplicity of carrier arms which are connected to and extend between an inner ring and an outer ring in a radial direction,
wherein the carrier arms have carrier steps formed therein configured for attachment of at least two of the larger sprockets.

US Pat. No. 10,919,603

BOTTOM BRACKET FOR BICYCLES

Nathan Chan, West Vancou...

1. A bottom bracket connected to a spindle and a frame of a bicycle, the bottom bracket comprising:a housing connected to the frame, the housing comprising:
a substantially circular disc, the disc comprising:
a plurality of disc openings arranged proximate to a circumferential edge of the disc, wherein the disc is adapted to rotate with the spindle; and
a central opening adapted to engage with the spindle, wherein the central opening is defined by a plurality of indents for engaging with the spindle:
one or more pins adapted to selectively engage with the disc openings, wherein the engagement of the one or more pins with the disc openings prevents further rotation of the disc and the spindle; and
an actuating mechanism for selectively engaging the one or more pins with the disc openings; and
an adapter removably attached to the housing and connected to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,919,602

PORTABLE MOTOR ASSEMBLY

Richard Chi-Hsueh, San D...

1. A portable motor assembly, comprising:a case having a baseplate at a bottom thereof and a first motor fixing rack;
a control module disposed in the case and electrically connected with a power supply unit for supplying electricity, a motor driving module, and a switch disposed outside the case for controlling electricity supply of the power supply unit;
a motor having a motor axle, an axle holder pivotally connected to an outer end of the motor axle for connecting the first motor fixing rack of the case, a friction wheel wrapped around an outer surface of the motor for tightly contacting a surface of a rear wheel of a bicycle and driving the rear wheel to rotate, and a joint terminal and a signal terminal disposed at an exit of the axle holder, wherein the joint terminal and the signal terminal are electrically connected to the motor driving module of the control module for controlling and driving the motor; and
a fixing base having a supporting plate for connecting the baseplate of the case, a clamp holder disposed at one side of the supporting plate opposite to the motor, a clamp connected to the clamp holder for clamping a seat tube of the bicycle, and at least one tension spring seat disposed on the other side of the supporting plate for corresponding to the motor, wherein the clamp has a knob wrench for controlling a clamping force exerted to the clamp, and the at least one tension spring seat has a tension spring for connecting the clamp holder and the tension spring seat.

US Pat. No. 10,919,601

CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUSES FOR PUSH ASSISTANCE FOR AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control method for regulating an electric motor of an electric bicycle when a cyclist is manually pushing the bicycle at a gripping position on the bicycle, the method comprising:identifying activation of a push assistance by the cyclist manually activating a switch on the bicycle;
generating a torque with the electric motor to drive the electric bicycle based on the identified activation, to provide push assistance to the cyclist, wherein the torque is adapted to accelerate the bicycle in a direction of a longitudinal axis at a constant acceleration until the bicycle is moving at a predetermined first velocity;
after the bicycle is moving at said first velocity, capturing an acceleration of the electric bicycle in the direction of the longitudinal axis using a first sensor, wherein the first sensor is one of an acceleration sensor and a force sensor mounted on the handlebar, and the captured acceleration is the result of a manual pushing force or a braking force applied by the cyclist to achieve a desired velocity of the bicycle;
comparing the captured acceleration with an acceleration threshold value; and
in response to the captured acceleration exceeding the acceleration threshold value, regulating the electric motor on the basis of a change in the captured acceleration for push assistance of the bicycle at the desired velocity independent of the gripping position of the cyclist on the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,600

MOTOR DRIVING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD AND MOTOR-ASSISTED VEHICLE

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

1. A motor driving control apparatus, comprising:an inverter configured to drive a motor; and
a controller configured to control the inverter to start regeneration after lapse of a first time period since a second predetermined time period elapsed or gradually increase a regeneration amount, when a state that an acceleration of a vehicle on which the motor is embodied is negative and equal to or less than a first predetermined value continues for the second predetermined time period,
wherein the controller controls the inverter to stop or suppress the regeneration when a state that the acceleration of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a second predetermined value continues for a third predetermined time period, after instructing the inverter to start the regeneration, and
the second predetermined value is a negative value greater than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,919,599

BICYCLE HAVING ELECTRIC DRIVE OR AUXILIARY DRIVE

MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH

20. A bicycle, comprising:a pedal shaft;
a wheel drive for driving a driven wheel of the bicycle;
an electric drive, the electric drive including:
an electric motor including a drive shaft;
a driven shaft connected in a rotationally fixed manner to a driving gear for coupling to the wheel drive;
a transmission, structured and arranged to drivingly connect the drive shaft to the driven shaft;
wherein the transmission includes a driven gear connected in a rotationally fixed manner to the driven shaft in a rotational drive direction, and at least two output gears that respectively engage with the driven gear offset to one another in a circumferential direction of the driven shaft to drive the driven gear; and
wherein the at least two output gears are arranged on a side of the driven shaft facing away from a ground surface when in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,598

LEVERAGE PLATES FOR TRANSFORMING BICYCLE PEDAL ARMS INTO FIRST-CLASS LEVERS FOR PROPELLING A BICYCLE

11. A bicycle and a leverage plate for transforming a bicycle pedal arm into a first-class lever for propelling the bicycle, wherein the bicycle includes a frame, a steering mechanism attached to the frame, a seat attached to the frame for seating a rider, a front wheel rotatably secured to the frame and to the steering mechanism on a front end of the frame, a drive wheel rotatably secured to a rear end of the frame, the drive wheel having a drive gear sprocket for rotating the drive wheel as a driving wheel, a main gear sprocket secured to a gear side of the frame about midway between the front and drive wheels, and a drive-transmitting endless-loop chain secured between the main gear sprocket and the drive gear sprocket so that a revolving motion of the main gear sprocket in a clockwise direction around a view-directional axis, wherein the view-directional axis is aligned and oriented in a view-direction that first passes through the main gear sprocket, then passes through the gear side of the frame, and then passes through and away from a non-gear side of the frame, revolves the drive gear sprocket and the drive wheel to move the bicycle in a desired forward moving direction, a pair of leverage plates secured to opposed ends of a drive axle passing through the main gear sprocket and the frame, wherein each leverage plate comprises:a. an outer planar surface and an opposed frame-side planar surface, the planar surfaces defining a plate throughbore passing through the opposed surfaces of the leverage plate, wherein the drive axle is dimensioned to be secured to the plate throughbore and to pass through an axle throughbore of the main gear sprocket;
b. a pedal arm attachment post secured to and protruding from the outer planar surface of the leverage plate in a direction away from the bicycle frame, the pedal arm attachment post being positioned between the plate throughbore and a perimeter edge of the leverage plate;
c. a pedal arm having an inner end and an opposed outer end, the inner end being secured to the pedal arm attachment post so that the outer end of the pedal arm extends in a direction about parallel to the outer planar surface of the leverage plate and extends beyond the perimeter edge of the leverage plate, the pedal arm attachment post securing the pedal arm against removal from the attachment post, the pedal arm also including an inward side and an opposed outward side, wherein the inward side is closer to the plate throughbore than the outward side of the pedal arm;
d. a pedal rotatably secured to the outer end of the pedal arm so that rotation of the pedal through a 360 degree rotation moves the pedal arm, the leverage plate, the drive axle and the main gear sprocket through a 360 degree rotation around the plate throughbore;
e. a counterclockwise stop post secured to and extending away from the leverage plate in a direction parallel to the pedal arm attachment post and positioned on the leverage plate closer to the perimeter edge of the leverage plate than the pedal arm attachment post, and also positioned closer to the outer end of the pedal arm than the pedal arm attachment post to thereby stop rotation of the pedal arm around the pedal arm attachment post in a counterclockwise direction beyond the counterclockwise stop post; and,
f. the pedal arm attachment post, the counterclockwise stop post and the pedal arm being cooperatively configured so that the pedal arm is secured to pivot about the pedal arm attachment post between the counterclockwise stop post and the drive axle passing through the plate throughbore, and so that, whenever the pedal moves from about a twelve o'clock position above the pedal arm attachment post to about a twelve o'clock position above the plate throughbore, wherein “above” is a direction opposed to a direction of a pull of gravity, the pedal arm moves from adjacent the counterclockwise stop post to adjacent the drive axle extending from the plate throughbore to transform the drive axle into a fulcrum of a pedal arm first-class lever, thereby providing a mechanical advantage to any force being applied in the direction of the pull of gravity to the pedal, to the pedal arm, to the drive-axle fulcrum, and to the pedal attachment post, to thereby facilitate rotation of the leverage plate, the drive axle and the main gear sprocket while the pedal rotates in the clockwise direction from the about twelve o'clock position above the plate throughbore to about a six o'clock position below the plate throughbore.

US Pat. No. 10,919,597

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a suspension device comprising:
a spring disposed between a body of a vehicle and a wheel; and
a support member supporting one end of the spring, the support member being configured to move toward another one end of the spring to change a length of the spring;
a control unit configured to determine a target movement amount for the support member based on a predetermined interrelation between a weight applied to the vehicle and the target movement amount so that, when the weight is less than a predetermined weight, the target movement amount is increased as the weight increases, and, when the weight is equal to or larger than the predetermined weight, the target movement amount is set to an upper limit value, and to control a movement amount of the support member so that an actual movement amount of the support member reaches the target movement amount; and
a weight estimation unit configured to estimate the weight based on a length of the suspension device and the movement amount of the support member,
wherein the control unit is configured to determine the target movement amount based on a predetermined temporary value of the weight,
wherein the weight estimation unit is configured to increase the temporary value, even when the actual movement amount has reached the target movement amount, when an actual length of the suspension device does not reach a target length,
wherein the control unit is configured to decrease the target length, even when the weight estimation unit has increased the temporary value, when the target movement amount that is set anew and that corresponds to the temporary value that is set anew has reached the upper limit value, and
wherein the weight estimation unit is configured to estimate as the weight the temporary value when the actual length has finally reached the target length.

US Pat. No. 10,919,596

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVE STIFFNESS OF VEHICLE SUSPENSION

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A suspension for a vehicle comprising:a strut assembly including at least one longitudinal reinforcement member for coupling to a stanchion of said strut assembly, the longitudinal reinforcement member having a first position in which the strut has a first stiffness in a plane substantially aligned with an up/down and a fore and aft direction relative to the vehicle and a second position in which the strut has a second stiffness, in the direction of the plane, that is lower than the first stiffness; and
a selectively engageable orientation retainer for selectively retaining the longitudinal reinforcement member in the first position, wherein the reinforcement member has a non-uniform circumferential stiffness and the first stiffness in the first position results from the reinforcement member comprising a circumferential body comprised of a plurality of materials, said circumferential body not required to span the entire circumference of said stanchion, at least one of said plurality of materials having a modulus wherein said modulus of said at least one of said plurality of said materials is higher than a modulus of at least one other portion of said strut assembly, said at least one of said plurality of said materials substantially aligned with the plane, and wherein said longitudinal reinforcement member is coupled to said stanchion with clamps.

US Pat. No. 10,919,595

HYDRAULIC SHOCK ABSORBER

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. A hydraulic shock absorber comprising:a vehicle body side tube and a wheel side tube which are respectively disposed on a vehicle body side and a wheel side and arranged in a telescopic manner;
a cylinder provided to the wheel side tube;
a reservoir defined outside the cylinder;
a rod provided to the vehicle body side tube;
a piston provided at a lower end of the rod, the piston slidably abutting an inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, the piston separating the cylinder into an upper chamber and a lower chamber;
a passage formed inside the rod, the passage having an upper end opening that opens at an upper end of the rod and a lower end opening that opens inside the cylinder; and
a control valve provided at an upper portion of the vehicle body side tube, the control valve being configured to apply flow channel resistance to operating oil flowing from the upper end opening of the passage to the reservoir at extension and contraction operations in which the rod exits from and enters the cylinder,
wherein the control valve comprises;
a valve seat formed with a closing face,
a valve body configured to come into contact with the closing face, and
a valve shaft configured to transmit an operation force applied from a driving unit to the valve body,
wherein the control valve is defined with an upstream side flow channel extending from an inlet coupled to the upper end opening, via a space in which the valve body moves, to the closing face, and a downstream side flow channel extending from the closing face to an outlet, and
wherein the control valve is disposed above the cylinder so that a central axis of the valve shaft is inclined relative to a central axis of the vehicle body side tube and the wheel side tube.

US Pat. No. 10,919,594

FOLDABLE BICYCLE AND STORAGE SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A bicycle frame assembly comprising:a frame including a first segment, a second segment connected to the first segment at a first hinge, and a third segment connected to the second segment at a second hinge;
a front wheel and a handlebar assembly connected to the first segment;
a seat assembly connected to the third segment;
a rear wheel connected to the third segment; and
a synchronization cable extending through the second segment from the first hinge to the second hinge;
the first segment and the second segment of the frame being elongated along a longitudinal axis, and the first hinge rotates about a first rotational axis transverse to the longitudinal axis and the second hinge rotates about a second rotational axis transverse to the longitudinal axis, the first hinge and the second hinge being spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis;
the first hinge including faces abutting each other in a first plane, the first plane extending at a non-right angle relative to the longitudinal axis, the first rotational axis of the first hinge extending through the faces of the first hinge;
the second hinge including faces abutting each other in a second plane, the second plane extending at a non-right angle relative to the longitudinal axis, the second rotational axis of the second hinge extending through the faces of the second hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,919,593

GRIP COVER

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

1. A grip cover for a bicycle control device, the grip cover comprising:a first durometer portion and a second durometer portion, the first durometer portion having a higher durometer than the second durometer portion,
the first durometer portion comprising an attachment mechanism that includes a projection configured to engage the bicycle control device to maintain the grip cover in contact with the bicycle control device, the projection including a tab; and
the second durometer portion connected to the first durometer portion, the second durometer portion dimensioned to fit on the bicycle control device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,592

BICYCLE WITH COMPLIANT SEAT POST INTERFACE

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

1. A bicycle comprising:a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a frame supported on the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a seat post supported by the frame, an upper portion of the seat post being movable relative to the frame between a static first position and a stressed second position, wherein a lower portion of the seat post is substantially rigidly secured to the frame, wherein the seat post flexes when the upper portion of the seat post moves from the static first position to the stressed second position; and
a damping member coupling the seat post to the frame to dampen movement of the upper portion of the seat post between the static first position and the stressed second position, wherein the damping member comprises a hydraulic damper.

US Pat. No. 10,919,591

TRANSPORT SYSTEM

1. A transport system comprising:a multiplicity of transport carts, wherein the multiplicity of transport carts can be displaced in a transporting direction on a rail system and workpieces can be transported by means of the multiplicity of transport carts, wherein each transport cart has a chassis, wherein
each transport cart has a fastening device, which is intended to establish a connection between the transport cart and a workpiece carrier in order for the workpiece carrier to be transported, and
each fastening device comprises a plurality of fastening points, and each fastening point has a thermal insulating means, which impedes transfer of heat between the workpiece carrier and the transport cart.

US Pat. No. 10,919,590

ROBOTIC REPAIR SYSTEM FOR HIGH MAST LIGHT POLES

INFRASTRUCTURE PRESERVATI...

1. A robotic repair system for high mast light poles comprising:a support ring having a diameter to fit around a high mast light pole;
a guide system secured to and above the support ring;
a repair device having an attachment to repair the high mast light pole, the repair device engaging the guide system; and
a drive secured to the repair device and configured to move the repair device along the guide system;
wherein the guide system comprises a pair of rails.

US Pat. No. 10,919,589

HYBRID SURFACE-TRAVERSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

International Climbing Ma...

1. A surface traversing apparatus adapted to be adhered to a surface by a non-flow-through negative pressure differential, the apparatus comprising:a frame forming a chamber;
a seal having a substantially closed seal perimeter defining an opening of the chamber, the seal perimeter adapted substantially for rolling relative to the chamber and for contact with the surface to be traversed to prevent leakage and maintain a seal with the surface;
a fluid pump comprising an impeller having an inlet fluidically coupled to the chamber and an outlet fluidically coupled to ambient, the fluid pump structured and arranged to produce the non-flow-through negative pressure differential by pumping fluid from the chamber and to cooperate with the seal to adhere the apparatus to the surface; and
a drive configured to move the apparatus relative to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,919,588

TRACK PIN AND BUSHING RETENTION DESIGN FOR A TRACK CHAIN

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track chain member comprising:a shoe member; and
a first rail member extending from the shoe member, wherein the first rail member includes
a first lug defining a first bore defining a first longitudinal axis and including a first bushing retention shelf disposed in the first bore, a second lug defining a second bore defining a second longitudinal axis and including a second bushing retention shelf disposed in the second bore, the first lug and the second lug extending parallel and spaced apart from each other with the first longitudinal axis aligned with the second longitudinal axis, forming a female yoke; and
a third lug extending in a direction opposite that of the first lug and the second lug, the third lug defining a third bore defining a third longitudinal axis parallel to the second longitudinal axis;
wherein the third lug is disposed axially between the first lug and the second lug along the third longitudinal axis, the third lug includes a third bushing retention shelf disposed in the third bore, the first bore, the second bore and the third bores have cylindrical configurations defining a first radial direction of the first bore, a second radial direction of the second bore, and a third radial direction of the third bore, and the third bushing retention shelf extends radially the same amount as the second bushing retention shelf while the first bushing retention shelf extends further radially than the second or third bushing retention shelve.

US Pat. No. 10,919,587

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE

1. A suspension system for supporting a chassis relative to a crawler frame, the suspension system comprising:a link including a first portion and a second portion, the second portion configured to be coupled to the chassis, the link rotatable about an axis extending transversely through the first portion, the first portion including an inner surface, a plurality of projections extending radially inward from the inner surface, and a plurality of peripheral openings defined by spaces between the plurality of projections;
an axle member configured to be secured to the crawler frame, the axle member including a plurality of peripheral projections, each of the peripheral projections positioned in an associated one of the peripheral openings of the first portion, each of the peripheral projections extending radially outwardly with respect to the axis, rotation of the axle member relative to the link about the axis configured to cause each peripheral projection to rotate about the axis within the associated peripheral opening;
a shaft extending along the axis at least partially between the first portion and the axle member;
a bearing supporting the shaft for rotation about the axis relative to at least one of the link and the axle member;
a seal extending along a perimeter of at least the first portion of the link to seal the plurality of peripheral openings;
a plurality of resilient members, each of the resilient members positioned within an associated one of the peripheral openings and engaging an associated peripheral projection, each resilient member damping movement of the associated peripheral projection relative to the link about the axis in at least a first direction; and
at least one auxiliary roller assembly configured to be coupled to the crawler frame, the auxiliary roller assembly including a yoke and a plurality of auxiliary rollers coupled to the yoke, the yoke configured to be rotatable relative to the crawler frame about a yoke axis, the plurality of auxiliary rollers aligned along a direction of travel of the track and configured to engage an inner surface of the track.

US Pat. No. 10,919,586

VEHICLE SHIPPING POSITION TO APPLICATION POSITION CONVERSION

1. A work machine, comprising:a frame including an axle and an arm;
a track undercarriage assembly including an undercarriage assembly connected to the arm, a drive assembly operably attached to the axle, and a track belt mounted on the drive assembly;
wherein the axle includes an axle shaft and an axle flange, and the drive assembly includes a drive sprocket, wherein the drive sprocket includes an inner ring configured to attach to the axle flange, an outer ring configured to rotationally drive the track belt, and a collar that spans between the inner ring and the outer ring;
wherein the undercarriage assembly and the drive assembly are each configured for lateral adjustment relative to a longitudinal centerline of the frame from a first position to a second position;
wherein the drive assembly includes a spacer ring positioned between the inner ring of the drive sprocket and the axle flange to laterally adjust the drive assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,585

SYSTEM FOR TRAVELING ON A CYLINDRICAL OR FRUSTOCONICAL SURFACE

FACHHOCHSCHULE AACHEN, A...

1. A system for traveling on a cylindrical or frustoconical surface, the system comprising:an assembly platform;
a plurality of connected undercarriage elements that form a closed circumferential annular array with the assembly platform integrated between two of the undercarriage elements;
a respective continuous-track drive on each of the undercarriage elements;
a plurality of scissor-joint gripping structures that each circumferentially connect a respective two of the connected undercarriage elements to one another and with which a spacing between the respective connected undercarriage elements can be changed, each gripping structure being of variable circumferential length and having a plurality of crossed scissor levers that are pivoted centrally at intersections, each gripping structure having circumferentially and axially spaced end connectors each carrying a respective support element of the respective undercarriage element and each pivotable on the respective connector by 180° between a first orientation in which the respective undercarriage element is radially inward with respect to the gripping structure and a second orientation in which the respective undercarriage element is radially outward with respect to the gripping structure;
respective actuators each for changing the circumferential length of a respective one of the gripping structures and the circumferential spacing between the respective undercarriage elements; and
a plurality of continuous-track drives on the assembly platform at an axial spacing from the annular array of the connected undercarriage elements.

US Pat. No. 10,919,584

WORK VEHICLE

TADANO LTD., Kagawa (JP)...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a travel body;
a work body rotatably supported by the travel body;
a cabin supported by the work body;
a first camera and a second camera mounted in the travel body;
an operation unit that is disposed in an interior space of the cabin, causes the travel body to travel, and receives an operation of an operator for running the work body;
a display disposed in the interior space of the cabin;
a first controller mounted in the travel body; and
a second controller mounted in the work body,
wherein the first controller executes
a first composition process for composition of a first video imaged by the first camera and a second video imaged by the second camera and generating composite video data indicating a composite video, and
a transmission process for transmitting, to the second controller, the composite video data generated in the first composition process, and
wherein the second controller executes
a reception process for receiving the composite video data from the first controller, and
a display process for displaying, on the display, the composite video indicated by the composite video data received in the reception process.

US Pat. No. 10,919,583

ACTIVE DRAG-REDUCTION SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF REDUCING DRAG EXPERIENCED BY A VEHICLE

Ogab Ltd., Somerset (GB)...

1. An active drag-reduction system for a vehicle in which at least one turbulent and/or low pressure region is formed adjacent to the vehicle when moving at a speed above a predetermined threshold speed, the active drag-reduction system configured to reduce the at least one turbulent and/or low pressure region when activated, the active drag-reduction system comprising:at least one first fluid outlet located on the vehicle adjacent to the at least one region;
at least one second fluid outlet located on the vehicle adjacent to the at least one region and spaced from the at least one first fluid outlet, the second fluid outlet arranged to eject fluid substantially toward an interior of the at least one region; and
a fluid supply system configured to:
provide fluid at a first pressure and/or first ejection velocity to the at least one first fluid outlet; and
provide fluid at a second pressure and/or second ejection velocity to the at least one second fluid outlet, wherein the second pressure and/or second ejection velocity is greater than the first pressure and/or first ejection velocity, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,582

AERODYNAMIC DEFLECTOR DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. An aerodynamic deflector device for a motor vehicle wheel, comprising:a support configured to be mounted on a motor vehicle;
a deflecting wall mounted on the support so as to be movable between a retracted position in which, in the mounted state, said deflecting wall is raised with respect to the support, and a deployed position in which, in the mounted state, said deflecting wall is lowered with respect to the support and able to be placed upstream of the wheel of the vehicle;
an actuator configured to move said deflecting wall between the retracted and deployed positions,
wherein the deflecting wall has, in cross section, a central part and two lateral parts flaring out from the central part to obtain a divergent shape in the direction of the air flow striking said deflecting wall,
wherein the deflecting wall is connected to the support via pivot bearings and the actuator comprises an output lever having at a free end a pin cooperating with a movement rail of the deflecting wall; and
a closure wall, opposite to the central part, that connects the two lateral parts,
wherein an oblong hole extends parallel to the closure wall, and in the deployed position, the output lever is oriented perpendicularly with respect to the closure wall.

US Pat. No. 10,919,581

WAKE DISRUPTOR FOR USE WITH A LAND VEHICLE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method of using a wake disruptor to reduce drag of a land vehicle, the method comprising:providing a land vehicle having a front side spaced apart from a rear side to define a length of the land vehicle, a left side spaced apart from a right side to define a width of the land vehicle, and a top side spaced apart from a bottom side to define a height of the land vehicle;
arranging a wake disruptor along the rear side of the land vehicle in a configuration to reduce drag of the land vehicle, the wake disruptor forming a protrusion having a width extending outwardly from the rear side by a distance of 1.5 to 8 inches and having a length extending at least partially in a direction of the land vehicle width between a pair of opposing terminal ends, the pair of opposing terminal ends each forming an end with airflow impinging there against,
where the wake disruptor has one or more linear portions each forming a portion of the wake disruptor length extending in a direction that is 45 degrees or less, in absolute value, relative to the direction of the land vehicle width, where the one or more linear portions are arranged below a midpoint of a height of the rear side of the land vehicle, as measured from the bottom side of the vehicle to the top side of the land vehicle, and at least at a height greater than or equal to ten percent of the rear side height, and
where the one or more linear portions are arranged to form a V or W-shape, in an upright or inverted arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,919,580

VEHICLE FRAME AND CARGO BAY LINER

1. A vehicle and liner assembly comprising:a recreational vehicle having a housing, a front end, a rear end, a top, a bottom, and a pair of sidewalls;
a frame assembly, the housing mounted on and supported by the frame assembly;
a liner attached to the frame assembly and covering at least a substantial portion of the bottom of the housing, the liner having a first ply having an outer face with circular dimples and projections extending from an inner face on an opposite side of the first ply and a second ply spaced apart and substantially parallel to the first ply having an outer face having circular convexities, the convexities coinciding with and extending up from corresponding projections on the inner face of the first ply;
a sheet of aluminum foil covering the outer face of said second ply; and
a nonstructural layer of woven or nonwoven fabric mounted to the outer face of the first ply of the liner opposite the face having aluminum foil thereon; configured such that when the liner is mounted on the frame assembly of the recreational vehicle, the aluminum foil is facing an underside of the vehicle and the layer of woven or nonwoven fabric is exposed to and facing the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,919,579

COMPOSITE FLOOR STRUCTURE WITH EMBEDDED HARDPOINT CONNECTOR AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo body comprising:a composite floor assembly having an upper surface configured to support cargo and a lower surface opposite the upper surface;
a plurality of connectors embedded in the lower surface of the composite floor assembly such that the plurality of connectors face downward; and
a coupler assembly coupled to the plurality of connectors using a plurality of mechanical fasteners, the coupler assembly including a king pin that extends downward from the composite floor assembly to couple the cargo body to a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,578

VEHICLE BODY REAR FLOOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body rear floor structure, comprising:a floor panel arranged on a vehicle body rear portion, and
a rear crossmember mounted on the floor panel and extending in a vehicle width direction,
wherein
the rear crossmember comprises a crossmember-front and a crossmember-rear arranged on a rear side of the crossmember-front, wherein the crossmember-front and the crossmember-rear are separate parts before forming the rear crossmember and are integrally joined to form the rear crossmember.

US Pat. No. 10,919,577

ROCKER ASSEMBLY FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An automotive vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a fore portion, and an aft portion, and a longitudinal axis extending from the fore portion to the aft portion;
a rocker inner panel comprising a first channel with an interior side and an exterior side, the interior side being secured to the vehicle body, the first channel comprising a first upper horizontal sidewall, a first lower horizontal sidewall, and a first vertical endwall coupling the first upper horizontal sidewall to the first lower horizontal sidewall at the interior side; and
a rocker outer panel secured to the rocker inner panel, the rocker outer panel comprising a second channel, a third channel, and a fourth channel, the second channel being secured to the third channel, the third channel being secured to the fourth channel, an upper cavity being defined between the second channel and the third channel, an intermediate cavity being defined between the third channel and the fourth channel, and a lower cavity being defined between the second channel and the third channel,
wherein the first channel includes a first lower flange and the fourth channel includes a fourth lower flange, the first lower flange being secured to the fourth lower flange.

US Pat. No. 10,919,576

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front room disposed at a front portion of the vehicle in the vehicle in a vehicle-longitudinal direction;
a fuel cell stack disposed in the front room, the fuel cell stack comprising multiple cells stacked in the vehicle-longitudinal direction inside of a fuel cell case; and
a buffer member disposed in front of the fuel cell case and a stack frame in the vehicle-longitudinal direction;
wherein the stack frame supports the fuel cell stack from a bottom of the fuel cell stack, and the buffer member is fixed to a front end of the stack frame and supported by the stack frame.

US Pat. No. 10,919,575

VEHICLE CHASSIS PLATFORM

REE AUTOMOTIVE LTD, Tel-...

1. A vehicle chassis platform, comprising:a frame having a front frame end, a rear frame end, a longitudinal frame axis, an upper frame surface, a bottom frame surface, a first longitudinal lateral frame surface and a second longitudinal lateral frame surface, wherein the upper frame surface is substantially flat;
two or more mechanical connection assemblies each coupled to one of the first and second longitudinal lateral surfaces, each of mechanical connection assemblies to couple a vehicle corner module (VCM) to the frame and to transfer mechanical loads between the frame and the VCM when the VCM is coupled to the frame; and
two or more suspension units each coupled to one of the first and second longitudinal lateral frame surfaces so as none of components of the respective suspension unit is positioned in an area beneath the bottom frame surface and in an area above the upper frame surface.

US Pat. No. 10,919,574

AUTOMATIC PARKING SYSTEM AND AUTOMATIC PARKING METHOD

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An automatic parking system, comprising:a smart key recognizing sensor recognizing a smart key positioned in a first area;
a sensor device detecting parking areas depending on a size of a subject vehicle if the smart key is recognized; and
a controller controlling the subject vehicle to be parked in an optimal parking area among the parking areas,
wherein the sensor device detects the parking area in consideration of a length and a width of the subject vehicle,
the controller calculates a moving path between a current position of the subject vehicle and the optimal parking area,
the controller calculates:
a first extended straight line including a straight moving path at a time of an initial reverse for parking from a steering angle that has been in a neutral position;
a second extended straight line in a longitudinal direction of the optimal parking area; and
an intermediate extended straight line connecting between the first extended straight line and the second extended straight line so that the subject vehicle moving backward along the first extended straight line coincides with the second extended straight line without colliding with an obstacle when turning and moving backward toward the second extended straight line, and
the moving path includes a portion of the first extended straight line, a portion of the intermediate extended straight line, and a portion of the second extended straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,919,573

SENSOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A sensor for a motor vehicle, the sensor comprising:an evaluation unit connected to a first output of the sensor, the evaluation unit connected to a control unit via a first connection; and
a switching signal unit connected to a second output of the sensor in parallel with the evaluation unit, the switching signal unit connected to the control unit via a second connection.

US Pat. No. 10,919,572

CONTROLLING A VEHICLE BASED ON TRAILER SWAY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:estimating, by a processing device, an estimated articulation angle between a vehicle and a trailer coupled to the vehicle;
calculating, by the processing device, an expected articulation angle between the vehicle and the trailer;
comparing, by the processing device, the estimated articulation angle and the expected articulation angle to determine whether the trailer is experiencing trailer sway; and
responsive to determining that the trailer is experiencing sway, controlling, by the processing device, the vehicle to reduce the trailer sway,
wherein it is determined that the trailer is experiencing trailer sway when the estimated articulation angle minus the expected articulation angle is greater than a threshold,
wherein the expected articulation angle is calculated based at least in part on a turning radius of the vehicle, which is based at least in part on a steering angle of at least an inner road wheel of the vehicle,
wherein the turning radius of the vehicle is expressed as Rt and is calculated using the following equation:
where l represents a length of a wheelbase of the vehicle; ?i represents a steering angle of an inner road wheel of the vehicle; w represents a width of the trailer; b1 represents the distance between a rear axle of the vehicle and a rear of the vehicle; and b2 represents a length of the trailer, andwherein the expected articulation angle is expressed as ? and is calculated at a moment in time k using the following equation:

US Pat. No. 10,919,571

INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION FOR VEHICLES, IN PARTICULAR A SUSPENSION FOR A DIRECTIONAL WHEEL FOR VEHICLES

BRIST AXLE SYSTEMS S.R.L....

1. An independent suspension for a vehicle, comprising:a steering knuckle extending between an outer portion, defining an axis of rotation of a hub of a wheel of the vehicle, and an inner portion comprising a receiving seat extending transversely to the outer portion along a steering axis;
a knuckle-carrier assembly rotatably coupled to the inner portion of the steering knuckle to allow a relative rotation around the steering axis, and comprising a first and a second supporting portion each defining a hinge point substantially horizontal to one end of a respective cross arm;
wherein the knuckle-carrier assembly comprises a first and a second body distinct from one another, in which:
the first body is substantially “L” shaped and has a linear portion, defining a steering pin, and an angled portion, defining the first supporting portion and extending transversely to the linear portion to misalign the respective hinge point by the steering axis;
the second body comprises a coupling portion fitted around the steering pin from which a supporting arm extends, comprising the second supporting portion and projecting laterally to the linear portion of the first body to misalign the respective hinge point from the steering axis.

US Pat. No. 10,919,569

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control system installed on a vehicle and comprising:a turning device configured to turn a wheel of the vehicle; and
a control device configured to execute turning control that controls the turning device, wherein
the turning control comprises:
first turning control that generates a target trajectory and makes the vehicle follow the target trajectory; and
second turning control that is executed independently of the first turning control without depending on the target trajectory,
when the first turning control and the second turning control are executed simultaneously, the control device determines whether or not the first turning control counteracts turning of the wheel by the second turning control, and
when determining that the first turning control counteracts the turning of the wheel by the second turning control, the control device replans the target trajectory by designating at least one of a current position and a current yaw angle of the vehicle as a starting point of the target trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,919,568

METHOD FOR OPERATING A STEERING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a steering system of a motor vehicle with a power steering system including a plurality of actuator paths for applying a respective plurality of partial assist torques which combine for an applied total assist torque to a steering gearbox, each of the plurality of actuator paths including a respective functional unit and a respective motor, the method comprising:activating a first of the plurality of actuator paths as master and activating a second of the plurality of actuator paths as slave;
determining a determined total assist torque in each of the plurality of actuator paths;
determining partial assist torques for all actuator paths in each of the plurality of actuator paths; and
determining a first fault relating to a component that is required for determination of the partial assist torques in the first of the plurality of actuator paths that is activated as master;
activating the first of the plurality of actuator paths previously activated as master as slave when the first fault is present;
activating the second of the plurality actuator paths previously activated as slave as master when the first fault is present; and
receiving the associated partial assist torque by each of the plurality of actuator paths activated as slave from the plurality of actuator paths that is activated as master.

US Pat. No. 10,919,567

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An electric power steering apparatus that calculates a current command value based on a steering torque and a vehicle speed, drives a motor based on said current command value and assist-controls a steering system by a driving-control of said motor, comprising:a handle-returning control section that calculates a target steering angular velocity by using a steering angle, said vehicle speed, said steering torque and said current command value, limits said target steering angular velocity depending on a steering angular velocity, calculates a handle-returning control current by using a limit-target steering angular velocity which is obtained from a pre-limit deviation between said target steering angular velocity and said steering angular velocity, which is suppressed to a limit value or less, and drives said motor by a compensated current command value which is obtained by adding said handle-returning control current to said current command value.

US Pat. No. 10,919,566

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR FOR ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An apparatus for controlling a motor for an electric power steering system, the motor comprising a stator on which a plurality of coils are wound and a rotor, which is placed inside the stator and into which a plurality of magnets are inserted, the plurality of coils being divided into two coil groups, the apparatus comprising:a first controller configured to control supply of power applied to a first coil group that is one of the two coil groups;
a second controller configured to control supply of power applied to a second coil group that is the other one of the two coil groups; and
a boost converter configured to compensate for a difference between power output from the first controller and power output from the second controller by compensating a difference between a first voltage input to the first controller and a second voltage input to the second controller by increasing or decreasing one of the first and second voltages.

US Pat. No. 10,919,565

NOISE REDUCTION STRUCTURE OF ELECTRONIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A noise reduction structure of an electronic power steering apparatus including a worm shaft rotated by a motor, a worm wheel engaged in the worm shaft and rotating a steering shaft, and a housing surrounding the worm shaft, the noise reduction structure comprising:a cylindrical damper unit formed as an elastic member in an inner side of the cylindrical damper unit rotatably connected to the worm shaft and configured to absorb a shock transmitted to the worm shaft;
a rubber holder coupled to a semi-cylindrical damper holder formed on a side surface of the damper unit for making a close contact between the worm shaft and the worm wheel; and
a plug unit including a plug holder formed on a lower end of a side surface of the plug unit for coupling to the rubber holder, the plug unit fixed to the housing on an other side surface of the plug unit.

US Pat. No. 10,919,564

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, MOTOR, AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A motor control device comprising:a frame including a metal material;
a substrate disposed on an upper side of the frame with a gap between the substrate and the upper side of the frame, the substrate including a hole penetrating an upper surface and a lower surface;
a wiring that is inserted into the hole from a side of the upper surface of the substrate and includes a tip portion connected to the substrate; and
an insulating spacer interposed between the frame and the substrate; wherein
the spacer includes a side wall portion that surrounds the tip portion of the wiring in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,919,563

STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle, comprising:a shell part,
a steering shaft including a longitudinal axis and is mounted rotatably in the shell part,
a guide part configured to hold the shell part,
an energy absorption device operatively disposed between the guide part and the shell part, the energy absorption device including:
a bending wire with a first end section and a second end section, the bending wire coupled to the shell part by the first end section and to the guide part by the second end section,
a rail attached by a side wall to the shell part, and
a pin coupled to the guide part,
wherein the second end section of the bending wire has a coupling section that engages behind the pin and is braced at least at a support point on the side wall in response to a crash, wherein the support point is arranged on the side of the pin that is gripped by the coupling section, and
wherein the pin has a first spacing from the side wall, while a second spacing between the pin and the support point measuring in the axial direction is at least 1.1 times the first spacing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,562

STEERING ASSEMBLY WITH POSITIVE LOCK AND ENERGY ABSORPTION AND PYROTECHNIC ACTUATOR

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An energy absorption plate for a steering column assembly comprising:a. a first end and a second end;
b. an arcuate segment;
c. a first generally flat segment between the first end and the arcuate segment;
d. a second generally flat segment between the second end and the arcuate segment;
wherein the first generally flat segment is situated generally parallel to the second generally flat segment and faces away from a column tube and toward a downwardly oriented tilt plate of the steering column assembly;
wherein the second generally flat segment is adapted to be secured to the column tube of the steering column assembly;
wherein the first generally flat segment includes one or more features for engaging with a fastener to lock the column tube in position in the steering column assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,561

STEERING DEVICE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A steering device comprising:a pipe into which a steering shaft is inserted so as to be rotatable around a first axis line extending along a forward-rearward direction;
a housing that is supported by a vehicle body, and that supports the pipe so as to be movable in the forward-rearward direction;
a drive unit that moves the pipe in the forward-rearward direction with respect to the housing;
a movable portion that is moved in the forward-rearward direction by the drive unit;
a joint portion that joins the drive unit and the movable portion to each other; and
a load absorbing mechanism that is disposed between the pipe and the movable portion,
wherein the load absorbing mechanism includes
an EA plate disposed in the pipe,
a guide plate disposed in the movable portion, and overlapped with the EA plate when viewed in an intersection direction intersecting the forward-rearward direction, and
a connection member which connects the EA plate and the guide plate to each other, and which is slidable relative to the EA plate and the guide plate in a case where a forward acting load applied to the pipe has a predetermined value or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,919,560

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VARIABLE-LENGTH STEERING SHAFT

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A method for producing a variable-length steering shaft that includes a hollow shaft with an internal toothing in which a toothed shaft that engages in a positively locking fashion is disposed so as to be telescopic in an axial direction, with the toothed shaft including a toothing region with teeth disposed on an outer circumference and extending in the axial direction, wherein in the toothing region a shaft core is by way of an injection molding process overmolded with a sliding coating comprising thermoplastic material, the method comprising:positioning the shaft core within a mold cavity of an injection molding tool coaxially with respect to a mold surface that delimits the toothing region;
injecting molten plastic through a gate point in an axial end wall of the mold cavity into the mold cavity between the shaft core and the mold surface of the mold cavity;
removing the toothed shaft from the injection molding tool after the molten plastic has solidified; and
providing the hollow shaft and axially inserting the toothing region into the internal toothing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,559

STEERING DEVICE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A steering device comprising:a column unit that includes an outer column and an inner column provided inside the outer column movably in a front-rear direction and that supports a steering shaft such that the steering shaft rotates around a first axis extending in the front-rear direction;
a front bracket that is attached to a vehicle body and that supports the outer column such that the column unit rotates around a second axis extending in a lateral direction;
a lock bolt that is inserted into a through-hole penetrating the outer column in the lateral direction;
a rear bracket that is provided with a tilting guide hole guiding vertical movement of the lock bolt in accordance with rotation of the outer column and that is attached to the vehicle body at a position behind the front bracket; and
an urging member that is connected to the lock bolt and urges the column unit upward via the lock bolt,
a hanger bracket that engages with the inner column via the lock bolt to restrict movement of the inner column relative to the outer column in the front-rear direction in telescopic motion,
wherein the outer column is provided with a bumping portion that restricts the outer column from rising by causing the outer column and the rear bracket to come into contact with each other before the lock bolt abuts onto an upper end inner circumferential edge of the tilting guide hole in accordance with rotation of the column unit about the second axis in tilting motion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,558

STEERING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A steering apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a steering wheel comprising a shaft coupler connected to an upper steering shaft of a vehicle, and a first grip member and a second grip member disposed on the shaft coupler;
a steering column having the upper steering shaft therein and connected with the shaft coupler to change the axial length thereof in accordance with driving modes; and
a controller configured to rotate at least one of the first grip member, the second grip member, and the shaft coupler, depending on the driving modes,
wherein at least one of the first grip member and the second grip member is configured to be rotatable relative to each other about the steering column.

US Pat. No. 10,919,557

MOBILE BASE FOR INFANT CAR SEAT

1. A mobile base for a removable automotive child seat, comprising:a lower platform having top and bottom surfaces with at least one wheel mounted on the bottom surface of the lower platform;
an adjustable telescoping pillar affixed substantially perpendicular to the top surface of the lower platform at a centroid of the substantially identical triangular shape; and
an upper platform having top and bottom surfaces, the top surface of each of the upper and lower platforms having a perimeter in a substantially identical triangular shape with rounded corners, the adjustable telescoping pillar being affixed substantially perpendicular to the bottom surface of the upper platform at the centroid of the substantially identical triangular shape, and the top surface of the upper platform having a pair of upstanding hook features, respectively positioned adjacent left and right corners of the upper platform, removably securing the removable automotive child seat to the mobile base.

US Pat. No. 10,919,556

STACKABLE AND ROLLABLE CARTS AND PROCESSES FOR ASSEMBLING SAME

1. A cart for transporting elongated materials, comprising:a frame;
a plurality of wheels connected to the frame and configured to support the cart;
a first arm and a second arm, each including a first end and a second end;
a first pivot assembly that pivotally connects the first end of the first arm to the frame to allow the first arm to move between a use position and a stored position; and
a second pivot assembly that pivotally connects the first end of the second arm to the frame to allow the second arm to move between the use position and the stored position, wherein:
the first arm and the second arm are substantially parallel to the frame when in the stored position,
the first pivot assembly and the second pivot assembly include a first arm receiver and a second arm receiver, respectively,
the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver are each configured to selectively engage the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm, respectively, to selectively maintain the first arm and the second arm in the use position, and to selectively disengage the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm, respectively, to allow the first arm and the second arm to be moved from the use position to the stored position, and wherein:
the first pivot assembly and the second pivot assembly include a first locking pin assembly and a second locking pin assembly, respectively, and the first locking pin assembly and the second locking pin assembly are configured to selectively lock the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm in the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver, respectively, and are configured to selectively unlock the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm from the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver, respectively, to allow the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm to be removed from the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver, respectively, and wherein:
the first locking pin assembly and the second locking pin assembly are each configured for manual actuation to unlock the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm from the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver, respectively, to allow the arm to move from the use position to the stored position, and for automatic actuation to allow the first arm and the second arm to move from the stored position to the use position and to lock the first arm and the second arm in the use position without manual actuation,
wherein the first pivot assembly includes a first guide plate and the second pivot assembly includes a second guide plate, and wherein the first guide plate and the second guide plate are each configured to guide the first end of the first arm and the first end of the second arm into the first arm receiver and the second arm receiver, respectively, when the first arm and the second arm are pivoted from the stored position to the use position, and wherein the first arm and the second arm each have an elongated body and the guide plates are arranged to be at an angle of about 20 degrees to about 50 degrees relative to the elongated body of the respective arm when the arm is in the use position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,555

AUTOMATED ROBOTIC SHOPPING CART

1. A automated robotic shopping cart comprising:a locomotion subsystem, a controller, and a cart;
wherein the automated robotic shopping cart is a shopping cart that is adapted to follow a shopper by tracking a phone that is in the possession of the shopper;
wherein the automated robotic shopping cart is adapted to provide shopping assistance to the shopper using a display and a touch screen;
wherein the automated robotic shopping cart is adapted to entertain a child riding in the cart;
wherein the locomotion subsystem comprises a drive motor, an axle, a pair of rear wheels, a steering motor, a steering linkage, a pair of front wheels, one or more batteries, and a battery enclosure;
wherein the drive motor causes the cart to move forward or backwards by turning the pair of rear wheels;
wherein the steering motor steers the cart by changing a steering angle of the pair of front wheels;
wherein the drive motor is mounted under a frame at the rear of the cart;
wherein the drive motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy;
wherein the drive motor causes rotation of the axle and the pair of rear wheels when electrical energy is applied to the drive motor;
wherein the electrical energy applied to the drive motor is controlled by the controller;
wherein the drive motor is oriented such that the shaft of the drive motor runs horizontally from left to right;
wherein the axle is laterally oriented and the ends of the axle are coupled to the pair of rear wheels;
wherein the axle is an extension of the shaft of the drive motor or is rotationally coupled to the shaft of the drive motor;
wherein the steering motor is mounted under the frame at the front of the cart;
wherein the steering motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy;
wherein the steering motor causes movement of the steering linkage when electrical energy is applied to the steering motor;
wherein the electrical energy applied to the steering motor is controlled by the controller;
wherein the steering motor is oriented such that the shaft of the steering motor runs vertically;
wherein the steering linkage is coupled to the bottom of the shaft of the steering motor;
wherein the steering linkage extends laterally and the ends of the steering linkage are coupled to the pair of front wheels;
wherein rotation of the steering motor causes movement of the steering linkage to the right or to the left and causes the pair of front wheels to change their the steering angle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,554

THREE-WHEEL CARGO CART WITH ADJUSTABLE HANDLE HEIGHT

1. A three-wheeled cargo cartcomprising a tub;
a right side tub rear support; a
left side tub rear support;
a first front wheel configured to rotate on a first front wheel axle;
a right side tub lifting handle having a proximal end, and a distal end supported by the first front wheel axle;
a left side tub lifting handle having a proximal end, and a distal end supported by the first front wheel axle;
a right side lever and wheel assembly comprising
a lever having a proximal end and a distal end and a pivot point provided between the proximal end and the distal end,
a lever handle provided on the proximal end of the lever, and
a right side rear wheel configured to rotate in proximity to the distal end of the lever;
a left side lever and wheel assembly comprising
a lever having a proximal end and a distal end and a pivot point provided between the proximal end and the distal end,
a lever handle provided on the proximal end of the lever, and
a left side rear wheel configured to rotate in proximity to the distal end of the lever;
a right hand pivot bracket attached to the tub or attached to the right lifting handle in proximity to the proximal end of the right lifting handle, the right hand pivot bracket comprising
a plurality of adjustment notches, and
a right lever stop cam;
a left hand pivot bracket attached to the tub or attached to the right lifting handle in proximity to the proximal end of the right lifting handle, the right hand pivot bracket comprising
a plurality of adjustment notches, and a
left lever stop cam; and
a crossmember shaft comprising
a right end portion pivotally attached to the right side lever pivot point and to the right hand pivot bracket thereby permitting the right side lever to pivot relative to the right hand pivot bracket, so that as the right side handle is raised, the right rear wheel is lowered, and as the right side handle is lowered, the right rear wheel is raised, and
a left end portion pivotally attached to the left side lever pivot point and to the left hand pivot bracket thereby permitting the left side lever to pivot relative to the left hand pivot bracket, so that as the left side handle is raised, the left rear wheel is lowered, and as the left side handle is lowered, the left rear wheel is raised.

US Pat. No. 10,919,553

TOILET LIFT APPARATUS

1. A toilet lift apparatus comprising:a base having a left side and a right side, the left side being slidably engageable with the right side;
an attachment bar coupled to the base, the attachment bar comprising a left attachment bar and a right attachment bar, the left attachment bar being coupled to the left side of the base and the right attachment bar being coupled to the right side of the base;
a pair of supports coupled to the base, the pair of supports comprising a left support coupled to the left side of the base and a right support coupled to the right side of the base;
a cantilever coupled to the pair of supports, the cantilever comprising a left arm pivotably coupled to the left support and a right arm pivotably coupled to the right support, each of the left arm and the right arm having a lift end and a handle end, the lift end being configured to selectively engage with a toilet, the cantilever pivoting on the pair of supports to lift and alternatively lower the toilet, the cantilever having a rest position and an alternate lifted position;
a ratchet assembly coupled to the cantilever, the ratchet assembly being coupled to the handle end of each of the left arm and the right arm, the ratchet assembly pulling in, or alternatively pushing out, each of the left arm and the right arm, the ratchet assembly thus moving a left half of the toilet lift apparatus comprising the left side of the base, the left attachment bar, the left support, and the left arm of the cantilever and a right half of the toilet lift apparatus comprising the right side of the base, the right attachment bar, the right support, and the right arm of the cantilever from an open position to an alternate closed position; and
a latch bar coupled to the ratchet assembly, the latch bar extending down past the attachment bar and having a plurality of hooks, each of the plurality of hooks being selectively engageable with the attachment bar to secure the cantilever in the lifted position
the ratchet assembly further comprising:
a ratchet mechanism, the ratchet mechanism having a fixed half, a ratchet half, and a pair of sleeves, the fixed half being coupled to the latch bar;
a lever coupled to the ratchet mechanism, the lever having a lever arm coupled to the ratchet half and a lever pad coupled to the lever arm, the lever pad providing a place for a user to operate the ratchet mechanism; and
a pair of threaded extensions coupled to the ratchet mechanism, the pair of threaded extensions being coupled within the pair of sleeves, the pair of threaded extensions rotating as the lever arm is manipulated, the pair of threaded extensions being coupled within the handle end of each of the left arm and the right arm of the cantilever.

US Pat. No. 10,919,552

METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN EMBARKING/DISEMBARKING DURATION OF AN OBJECT

Siemens Mobility GmbH, M...

1. A method for determining a duration of an embarking process and/or a disembarking process of at least one autonomously movable object conveyable by a movable unit, which comprises the step of:determining the duration of the embarking process and/or the disembarking process of the at least one autonomously movable object embarking and/or disembarking the movable unit by using a model describing the embarking process and/or the disembarking process of the at least one autonomously movable object embarking and/or disembarking the movable unit spatially discreetly dynamically, wherein the model processes at least one input;
selecting the at least one input from a variable selected from the group consisting of embarking and/or disembarking data, configuration data, time data and operational data;
selecting the embarking and/or disembarking data from the group consisting of a number, kind or dimension of the autonomously movable object inside the movable unit, a number, kind or dimension of the autonomously movable object outside the movable unit, a number of an obstacle inside the movable unit, a number of an obstacle outside the mobile unit, a number, kind or dimension of an obstacle at the movable unit, and a position of the autonomously movable object;
selecting the configuration data from the group consisting of a location, dimension or kind of an obstacle, a characteristic of the movable unit, and a characteristic of a station of the movable unit;
selecting the time data from the group consisting of a scheduled arrival time of the movable unit at the station, a scheduled departure time of the movable unit at the station, an actual arrival time of the movable unit at the station, an actual departure time of the movable unit at the station, and a preferred duration of the embarking process or the disembarking process;
selecting the operational data from the group consisting of a free-flow velocity of the autonomously movable object, a velocity of the movable unit, and an opening velocity of a door of the movable unit;
selecting the obstacle from the group consisting of a stationary element or a broken door of the movable unit;
wherein the model comprises determining whether the door of the train is functioning or a broken door of the train from a sensor output and the broken door does not open to allow passengers to enter the broken door of the train, and wherein the model further comprises providing for a time delay based on the passengers movement avoiding the broken door and the passengers movement boarding the train based on the movement of the passengers to the functioning door of the train, and applying the time delay of the boarding due to the broken door to a travel time of the train between a plurality of stations.

US Pat. No. 10,919,551

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING ENFORCEABLE INSTRUCTIONS IN VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Wabtec Holding Corp., Wi...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) calculator, an enforceable instruction from a dispatch center, the enforceable instruction received in a first format;
converting, by the CRC calculator, the enforceable instruction from the dispatch center into a second format that is different than the first format;
calculating, by the CRC calculator, an enforceable instruction CRC based at least partly on the enforceable instruction from the dispatch center converted into the second format; and
transmitting, by the CRC calculator, the enforceable instruction CRC in the second format to at least one of a back-office server of a vehicle control (VC) system or an on-board system of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,550

METHOD AND POSITIONING DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A TRACK-GUIDED VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR A RAIL VEHICLE

Siemens Mobility GmbH, M...

1. A method for determining a position of a rail vehicle, the method comprising the following steps:using a distance measuring device provided on the vehicle for obtaining first position-determining distance measurement values;
readjusting the distance measuring device based on position marker information available at a position marker on a track;
using a first position marker information recorder connected to the distance measuring device for capturing the position marker information;
using a second position marker information recorder, being offset relative to the first position marker information recorder in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, for capturing the position marker information of the same position marker and initiating a generation of second position-determining distance measurement values;
connecting a first evaluation device and a further evaluation device to the distance measuring device;
installing the first position marker information recorder at a front of the vehicle and installing the second position marker information recorder at a rear of the vehicle;
when a given position marker is passed by the first position marker information recorder, adjusting the distance measuring device using position marker information captured by the first position marker information recorder, and then providing position-determining distance measurement values of the distance measuring device, which has been adjusted to the first evaluation device and, with the first evaluation device, determining the position of the vehicle from the position-determining distance measurement values of the distance measuring device, which has been adjusted, until the given position marker is passed by the second position marker information recorder; and
when the given position marker is passed by the second position marker information recorder, readjusting the distance measuring device or a further distance measuring device connected to the second position marker information recorder, by position marker information from a respective position marker captured by the second position marker information recorder, and then providing position-determining distance measurement values of the distance measuring device, which has been readjusted, to the further evaluation device and, with the further evaluation device, determining the position of the vehicle from the position-determining distance measurement values of the distance measuring device, which has been readjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,919,549

LANTERN AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL LED LIGHT FOR RAILWAYS

PROTRAN TECHNOLOGY, LLC, ...

1. A hand-held railway lantern for use on a railway, the hand-held railway lantern including:a case including a front panel, a back panel opposite the front panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, and two side panels connected to form a rectangular shape;
a work light including a front array of lights on the front panel and a back array of lights on the back panel, each array of lights including a plurality of light-emitting diode (LED) lights located on the front panel and the back panel, the plurality of LED lights including a plurality of extra-bright LED lights with multi-colors, the work light configured to have two-sided light capability, the two-sided light capability configured to provide warning and lighting via both the front array of lights and the back array of lights;
a flash light located on the top panel, the flash light including two bright top-mounted LED lights; and
a sensor configured to:
provide orientation position indication, and
turn on the back array of lights and turn off the front array of lights based on the front panel being covered, or turn on the front array of lights and turn off the back array of lights based on the back panel being covered.

US Pat. No. 10,919,548

NON-STOP TRAIN WITH ATTACHING AND DETACHING TRAIN CARS

1. A non-stop train system comprising:a plurality of train cars each comprising:
a braking system coupled to rail wheels;
an operators cab comprising controllers;
a display disposed within the operator's cab;
a front coupler and a rear coupler;
a proximity sensor; and
a wireless transmitter and receiver;
an electronic control module communicatively coupled to the proximity sensor and the display via the wireless transmitter and receiver, and comprising a processor and a memory, and
a track comprising a plurality of drop off and pick up locations, wherein
at least one prepositioned train car of the plurality of train cars is stopped on the track at one of the plurality drop off and pick up locations,
at least one non-stop express train car of the plurality of train cars approaches the one of the plurality drop off and pick up locations on the track initiating the at least one prepositioned train car to begin departure from the one of the plurality drop off and pick up locations,
the proximity sensors detect a distance and a relative speed between the at least one non-stop express train car and the at least one prepositioned train car, and
the electronic control module processes inputs of the proximity sensors and outputs data comprising the distance and the relative speed between the at least one non-stop express train car and the at least one prepositioned train car on the display to facilitate manual coupling, automated coupling, or a combination thereof of the front coupler of the at least one non-stop express train car to the rear coupler of the at least one prepositioned train car while moving along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,919,547

ENCODER BEARING HUB ASSEMBLY FOR RAIL VEHICLES

HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC, ...

1. A bearing hub assembly for a rail vehicle comprising:a body portion configured to couple to an outside surface of a rail guide wheel apparatus;
a disc portion operatively coupled to the body portion and configured to couple to an inside surface of a rail wheel, wherein the disc portion is configured to rotate with the rail wheel and relative to the body portion;
a ring member including a plurality of magnets each having a first polarity, the ring member configured to rotate with the disc portion; and
a sensor disposed on the body portion, wherein the sensor is configured to capture sensor data associated with rotation of the disc portion and the sensor includes a sensor head having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity and aligned with the ring member such that the sensor head is configured to detect movement of the plurality of magnets.