US Pat. No. 11,027,593

COMBUSTION CHAMBER ASSEMBLY UNIT

1. A combustion chamber assembly unit for a fuel-operated vehicle heater, the combustion chamber assembly comprising:a combustion chamber housing with a combustion chamber defined by a circumferential wall and by a bottom area;
a flame tube, which follows the circumferential wall in a direction of a housing longitudinal axis and surrounds a waste gas flow space, which waste gas flow space is open in the direction of the housing longitudinal axis, wherein a waste gas backflow space is formed between the flame tube and a housing wall of a housing at least partially surrounding the flame tube, the waste gas flow space being open to the waste gas backflow space in a first axial end area of the waste gas backflow space;
a combustion air feed space surrounding the circumferential wall and being open to the combustion chamber via a plurality of combustion air feed openings provided in the circumferential wall;
a partition separating the combustion air feed space from the waste gas backflow space;
an oxidation catalytic converter device positioned downstream in relation to the combustion chamber in a second axial end area of the waste gas backflow space such as to surround the partition and configured such that combustion waste gas flows therethrough; and
a hydrocarbon storage device or a nitrogen oxide storage device or both a hydrocarbon storage device and a nitrogen oxide storage device provided in the second axial end area of the waste gas backflow space.

US Pat. No. 11,027,592

VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle climate control system comprising:a heat exchanger to heat ambient air using engine waste heat;
an auxiliary heater independent of engine waste heat; and
a controller programmed to issue an on/off command to the auxiliary heater based on an engine on/off transition,
wherein the on/off command to the auxiliary heater is offset by a time being a power-surge dissipation time period of the auxiliary heater.

US Pat. No. 11,027,591

SERVICE PORT CAP WITH CLICK LOCK

AIRSEPT, INC., Atlanta, ...

1. A cap fitted onto and sealing a service port:the service port comprising a cylindrical nipple with a first diameter and a first length at a top end, a radially projecting annular flange below the cylindrical nipple, the annular flange having a second diameter greater than the first diameter and a second length less than the first length, and a cylindrical waist below the annular flange, the cylindrical waist having a third diameter less than the second diameter and a third length less than the first length; and
the cap comprising:
a top portion defining a radially extending flange having a peripheral diameter;
a mid-portion below the radially extending flange and having a diameter less than the peripheral diameter of the radially extending flange, the mid portion extending downwardly from the radially extending flange a first distance, the mid-portion defining a generally hollow cylindrical interior bounded by a wall of the mid-portion, the hollow cylindrical interior having a length substantially the same as the first length and being sized to receive the cylindrical nipple of the service port;
an annular portion below the mid-portion and extending downwardly therefrom a second distance less than the first distance, the annular portion defining an interior annular groove bounded by a wall of the annular portion, the interior annular groove being sized to receive the annular flange of the service port;
the wall of the annular portion defining a radially outwardly projecting bulge of the cap;
a bottom portion below the annular portion and extending downwardly therefrom a third distance less than the first distance, the bottom portion defining a generally hollow interior bounded by a wall of the bottom portion, the wall of the bottom portion being sized to surround at least part of the waist of the service port;
at least one slot formed in the cap extending upwardly from the bottom portion, through the annular portion, and at least partially into the mid-portion, the at least one slot extending through the walls of the bottom portion, the annular portion, and the mid portion to allow the bottom portion of the cap to spread over and past the annular flange of a service port; and
a seal within the cap beneath the top portion, the seal being configured to engage and seal against an end of the nipple of the service port;
a locking ring axially slidably disposed around the cap below and captured by the radially extending flange of the top portion of the cap, the locking ring being movable between an unlocked position surrounding the mid-portion of the cap and a locked position at least partially surrounding the annular portion of the cap.

US Pat. No. 11,027,590

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF HEATING AND COOLING OF A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO PREDICTIVE MODELING THAT RECALIBRATES BASED ON OCCUPANT MANUAL CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a heating element within a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising:collecting data relating to Certain Identifiable Conditions while an occupant is occupying a seating assembly of a vehicle, the seating assembly comprising a heating element configured to impart heating to the occupant of the seating assembly within which the heating element is disposed, and the vehicle further comprising: (a) a controller in communication with the heating element, the controller including a Pre-established Predictive Activation Model setting forth rules governing activation of the heating element as a function of data relating to Certain Identifiable Conditions; and (b) a user interface configured to allow the heating element to be manually activated or deactivated; and
automatically activating the heating element when the collected data satisfies the rules of the Pre-established Predictive Activation Model for activation of the heating element as a function of the data relating to the Certain Identifiable Conditions, and the rules of the Pre-established Predictive Activation Model are a function of data relating to ambient temperature and at least one other Certain Identifiable Conditions including whether automatic windshield wipers have been activated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,589

ELECTRIC MOTOR WITH COOLING SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cooling system for an electric motor, comprising:an electric motor having a thermal exchange feature with a supply opening for receiving coolant and a discharge opening for expelling coolant, wherein:
the discharge opening is connected to the supply opening via a coolant circuit,
the coolant circuit includes a first return line in which a heat exchanger is arranged, a bypass line, and a second return line,
the discharge opening is connected to the supply opening by both the first return line and the bypass line,
the bypass line bypasses the heat exchanger arranged in the first return line,
a battery is arranged in the second return line, and
the second return line is selectively connected to a short-circuit line which causes coolant to flow from a point downstream of the battery and return to the second return line upstream of the battery, and
a heat accumulator is arranged in the short-circuit line.

US Pat. No. 11,027,588

AIR CONDITIONING UNIT FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioning unit that is configured to perform an air conditioning for a vehicle compartment, comprising:an air conditioning case that defines a warm air passage, a cool air passage, and a downstream space therein,
the warm air passage allowing air to flow therethrough and to be heated in a heater,
the cool air passage allowing air to flow therethrough while bypassing the heater,
the downstream space defined on a downstream side of the warm air passage and on a downstream side of the cool air passage,
the warm air passage and the cool air passage being connected to each other in the downstream space; and
a case interior member in the air conditioning case, wherein
the cool air passage is in fluid communication with the downstream space in a cool air flow direction,
the case interior member includes
a tunnel member that defines a tunnel channel therein passing through the tunnel member in a direction intersecting with the cool air flow direction and
a tunnel exterior guide wall that is configured to guide an air to flow from the warm air passage to an outside of the tunnel channel in the downstream space,
the tunnel member is open to the warm air passage at an upstream end of the tunnel channel, and includes a tunnel guide wall that faces the tunnel channel and that is configured to guide an air flowing through the tunnel channel,
in the downstream space, the air from the cool air passage flows outside the tunnel member across the tunnel member from the cool air passage to a side of the tunnel member away from the cool air passage along the cool air flow direction, and joins the air flowing from the warm air passage into the outside of the tunnel member,
the tunnel exterior guide wall includes an exterior-wall downstream end that is located most downstream in the tunnel exterior guide wall in a first flow direction along which the air flows from the warm air passage into the downstream space along the tunnel exterior guide wall,
the tunnel guide wall includes a tunnel-wall downstream end in a second flow direction along which the air flows along the tunnel guide wall in the tunnel channel,
the tunnel exterior guide wall around the exterior-wall downstream end extends along a first direction,
the tunnel guide wall around the tunnel-wall downstream end extends along a second direction, and
the first direction is closer to a direction, which is opposite to the cool air flow direction along which the air flowing from the cool air passage into the downstream space, as compared to the second direction, wherein
the air conditioning case includes a case wall that extends from the tunnel exterior guide wall,
the case wall includes a notch, a first case wall portion, and a second case wall portion, the first case wall portion and the second case wall portion being separate members,
the first case wall portion abuts on the second case wall portion on a boundary extending from the notch, and
the tunnel exterior guide wall is fixed to the case wall with the notch engaged with the tunnel exterior guide wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,587

GEARING ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ACTUATOR DEVICE FOR HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT OF A VEHICLE BODY

1. A gearing arrangement for an actuator device for height adjustment of a vehicle body, the gearing arrangement comprising:an input wheel;
an output wheel rotatably connected to the input wheel by a tooth system formed thereon and a corresponding tooth system formed on the input wheel;
a blocking element configured to block a rotational movement arranged on the output wheel;
at least one guide track on the blocking element, the at least one guide track having at least one blocking stop integrated therein and at least one deflection location;
a pin section that is connected to the at least one guide track, the pin section is movable and is configured to be guided along the at least one guide track upon rotation of the output wheel and to block a rotational movement of the output wheel upon penetrating into the at least one blocking stop; and
a rotative position of the blocking element is detectable by the at least one deflection location during the guidance of the pin section by the at least one deflection location.

US Pat. No. 11,027,586

VEHICLE SUSPENSION MEMBER

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (...

1. A vehicle suspension member made of metal, comprising:a body part;
a first bush support part disposed in the body part;
a second bush support part disposed behind the first bush support part in the body part; and
a ball joint support part disposed outside in a vehicle width direction of the first bush support part in the body part,
where the body part includes
a first lateral part to connect the first bush support part to the second bush support part,
a second lateral part to connect the first bush support part to the ball joint support part,
a third lateral part to connect the ball joint support part to the second bush support part, and
a vertical pair of ribs extending from the ball joint support, part to the second bush support part in the third lateral part,
wherein a straight line, connecting the ball joint support part to the second bush support part, intersects at a predetermined intersection with a curved line formed by connecting to one another vertically middle points between upper end edges and lower end edges of the vertical pair of ribs from the ball joint support part to the second bush support part, and
|(1?S2/S1)|?0.2 is satisfied, where S1 is area of a first region defined by the straight line and the curved line between the intersection and the ball joint support part, and S2 is area of a second region defined by the straight line and the curved line between the intersection and the second bush support part.

US Pat. No. 11,027,585

LINK FOR A LINK SYSTEM FOR THE ATTACHMENT OF A WHEEL CARRIER TO A BODY OF A VEHICLE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A link for a link system for the attachment of a wheel carrier to a body of a vehicle, said link comprising:a main body including (i) a joint portion having a joint bearing receptacle for the articulated fastening to the body of the vehicle, (ii) a wheel carrier portion with a wheel carrier joint receptacle for the articulated fastening to the wheel carrier of the vehicle, and (iii) a connecting portion between the wheel carrier portion and the joint portion,
wherein, in the joint portion of the main body, a center of gravity line (S) of the main body is oriented centrally with respect to a longitudinal axis (LA) of the main body,
wherein a joint longitudinal axis passing through the wheel carrier joint receptacle is oriented non-parallel with respect to a joint longitudinal axis passing through the joint bearing receptacle,
wherein an acute angle extends between the joint longitudinal axis of the joint bearing receptacle and the longitudinal axis (LA) of the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,584

FLYING CAR WITH FORE AND AFT LIFTING SURFACES

1. A flying car vehicle, said flying car vehicle has a roadable configuration, and additionally said flying car vehicle has a flying configuration, said flying car vehicle has: a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, and a vertical axis;said flying car vehicle comprises:
a) a body, said body has a front portion, a middle portion and an aft portion
b) a front lifting surface proximal to said front portion of said body, said front lifting surface comprises a center section, said front lifting surface additionally comprises a starboard section, and said front lifting surface additionally comprises a port section; a front starboard pivot connects said starboard section of said front lifting surface to said center section of said front lifting surface, a front port pivot connects said port section of said front lifting surface to said center section of said front lifting surface, a front starboard pivot axis defines the motion of said front starboard pivot, likewise, a front port pivot axis defines the motion of said front port pivot; in said flying configuration of said flying car vehicle said front lifting surface has surrounding airflow, additionally in said flying configuration said front lifting surface has a first angle of attack, said first angle of attack is measured relative to said surrounding airflow;
In said flying configuration, said front lifting surface additionally has a center of gravity, said front lifting surface additionally has a center of lift, said front lifting surface additionally has a trailing edge, said starboard section and said port section each have tip sections; said front lifting surface additionally has a lateral pivot axis, said lateral pivot axis allows incidence change of said front lifting surface relative to said front portion of said body, said incidence change allows incidence pivoting of said front lifting surface in response to said surrounding airflow, said incidence pivoting in response to said surrounding airflow allows said front lifting surface to fly consistently at said first angle of attack relative to said surrounding airflow
c) a rear lifting surface proximal to said aft portion of said body, said rear lifting surface comprises a center section, said rear lifting surface additionally comprises a starboard section, and said rear lifting surface additionally comprises a port section; a rear starboard pivot connects said starboard section of said rear lifting surface to said center section of said rear lifting surface, a rear port pivot connects said port section of said rear lifting surface to said center section of said rear lifting surface, a rear starboard pivot axis defines the motion of said rear starboard pivot, and likewise, a rear port pivot axis defines the motion of said rear port pivot; said port and said starboard sections of said rear lifting surface each have tip sections located outboard of said body when said flying car vehicle is in said flying configuration
d) at least one driven wheel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,583

ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

1. An attachment assembly comprising:a support member extending longitudinally about a longitudinal axis, the support member adapted and configured to be engaged with a receiver of a vehicle;
a flange plate extending from the support member, the flange plate generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the flange plate comprising an aperture; and
an attachment member attached to the support member by a shaft member inserted into the aperture of the flange plate, the attachment member having a closed loop, the shaft member comprising an aperture disposed and fully enclosed in the shaft member, the closed loop disposed in the aperture of the shaft member, the attachment member being both rotatable about the longitudinal axis relative to the support member and moveable along the attachment member's closed loop length within the aperture to provide both rotational movement and movement along the closed loop length for pulling an object with the vehicle or the vehicle being pulled.

US Pat. No. 11,027,582

METHOD TO LOCK TPMS SENSOR PROTOCOL PRESSURE DEFINITION

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method comprising:measuring a tire pressure for at least one tire with at least one tire pressure sensor, wherein the tire pressure sensor has at least a first resolution for transmitting pressure information and a second resolution for transmitting pressure information that is higher than the first resolution;
determining if a measured tire pressure is above a predetermined pressure threshold;
identifying whether the tire pressure sensor has experienced at least one predetermined vehicle operating characteristic, and/or identifying whether the tire pressure sensor has been activated by a command; and
only locking the tire pressure sensor into the second resolution if the tire pressure sensor has experienced the at least one predetermined vehicle operating characteristic or if the tire pressure sensor has been activated by the command.

US Pat. No. 11,027,581

SYSTEM TO INFLUENCE THE POSITION OF A VEHICLE

1. A system for influencing a vehicle position when travelling along an inclined subsurface, comprising:a vehicle structure including left and right wheels;
a tire inflation system for the supply of the corresponding tires of each individual wheel with a specified tire inflation pressure; and
a sensor device for determining a transverse tilt of the vehicle structure with respect to the travelled inclined subsurface, the sensor device configured to provide a transverse tilt magnitude that reflects the determined transverse tilt and operably communicates it to a control unit, wherein the transverse tilt magnitude is a deviation of a parallel position of the vehicle structure as measured relative to a center of gravity of the vehicle structure;
wherein the control unit operably adapts the tire inflation pressure specified for either the left or the right wheels by controlling the tire inflation system in accordance with the transverse tilt magnitude in such a way that the vehicle structure is tilted in the sense of a reduction of the determined transverse tilt in accordance with a permissible tolerance range with respect to the travelled inclined subsurface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,580

WHEEL FOR AUTONOMOUS CLEANING ROBOT

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A wheel for an autonomous cleaning robot that maneuvers the robot on a floor surface, the wheel comprising:a tire having a circular shape, having first and second opposing outer edges and a middle portion having a tread pattern between the first and second outer edges and including an interior surface having raised features and hub trenches configured to engage a hub, the tread pattern comprising a plurality of raised treads having trenches therebetween, each of the plurality of raised treads comprising:
a first raised tread portion extending from the first outer edge to the middle portion and perpendicular to the first and second outer edges;
a second raised tread portion extending at an angle away from the first raised tread portion; and
a third raised tread portion extending from the second raised tread portion to the second outer edge and perpendicular to the first and second outer edges, the third raised tread portion being laterally offset from the first raised tread portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,579

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising: a first circumferential groove and a second circumferential groove on a tread surface of a tread portion, extending along a tire circumferential direction, and sandwiching a tire equatorial plane; anda land portion defined by the first circumferential groove and the second circumferential groove, the land portion being divided by a first plurality of lateral grooves which communicate with both the first circumferential groove and the second circumferential groove to form a block row, a second plurality of lateral grooves being formed in each block of the block row, the second plurality of lateral grooves consisting of:
narrow grooves formed as a set of two narrow grooves provided intersecting the tire circumferential direction, communicating with the first circumferential groove, and terminating within the land portion; and
an auxiliary groove provided intersecting the tire circumferential direction, communicating with the second circumferential groove, terminating within the land portion, a terminating end portion of one of the auxiliary grooves being disposed between terminating end portions of each of the sets of the narrow grooves in the tire circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,578

WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY

1. A wheel and tire assembly comprising:a plurality of support elements that define an axial end face of the wheel and tire assembly for supporting part of a load of a vehicle; and
an annular shear band extending circumferentially around the support elements, the band having a radially inner circumferential membrane, a radially outer circumferential membrane, and a shear layer interconnecting the inner membrane and the outer membrane, the shear layer having a plurality of transversely adjacent closed cells for controlling shear deflection between the inner membrane and the outer membrane, the closed cells forming a honeycombed structure with each cell extending radially and entirely between the inner membrane and the outer membrane in the sense that no other closed cells are present radially between the inner membrane and the outer membrane, the shear layer being constructed of nylon adhering to a rubber compound coating of the inner membrane and the outer membrane thereby radially reinforcing the inner and outer membranes with the closed cells being filled with styro-foam.

US Pat. No. 11,027,576

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE OF HUB

CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.,...

1. A device for controlling the temperature of a hub, comprising:a hub bearing, an axle, an end cover, a water return passage, a motor, a turbine, a water storage tank, and a water outlet passage, wherein the hub bearing is mounted at a central hole of the hub, the axle is mounted in the central hole through the hub bearing, and the end cover is mounted on a wheel disc outside the hub bearing, the water storage tank is arranged inside the axle and connected to the water outlet passage and the water return passage, the water outlet passage and the water return passage are connected fluidly, the turbine is arranged at the bottom of the water storage tank, and the turbine is driven by the motor at the bottom of the water storage tank.

US Pat. No. 11,027,575

BICYCLE WHEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BICYCLE WHEEL

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a bicycle wheel, the method comprising:forming a first rim portion, a first hub mounting end, and a first spoke portion on a first panel member by press molding;
forming a second rim portion, a second hub mounting end, and a second spoke portion on a second panel member by press molding;
forming a first clinching portion and a second clinching portion, which each protrude to a side, by bending the first panel member and the second panel member;
forming a rim with the first rim portion and the second rim portion by joining the first panel member and the second panel member together, mounting a hub to be coupled to the first hub mounting end and the second hub mounting end, and forming a spoke including the first spoke portion and the second spoke portion between the rim and the hub;
forming a first reinforcing portion, which is spaced apart from the first rim portion, in a state in which the first clinching portion is formed by bending the first panel member; and
forming a second reinforcing portion, which is spaced apart from the second rim portion, in a state in which the second clinching portion is formed by bending the second panel member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,574

PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A TIMEPIECE PROVIDED WITH A RAISED EXTERNAL ELEMENT

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A process for the production of a part of a timepiece or a jewelry provided with an external element comprising:forming an electrically conductive substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface;
forming a pattern having a recess within the substrate between the upper surface and the lower surface;
depositing an electrically insulating layer into the recess so that an upper surface of the insulating layer extends only as far as the upper surface of the substrate;
depositing a metal layer onto the upper surface of the substrate by galvanic growth so that a bottom surface of the metal layer covers only a portion of the upper surface of the insulating layer;
dissolving the insulating layer;
covering an assembly comprising the substrate and the metal layer with a mass of a base material of the part, wherein the mass forms an imprint of the pattern; and
separating the mass and the metal layer from the substrate, wherein the mass then exhibits an external element with a shape corresponding to the imprint of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 11,027,573

PEN

CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A pen, comprising:a pen tube, comprising:
a pen tube case; and
a thread portion, provided at the pen tube case;
a connection structure, comprising:
a main body;
a corresponding thread portion, provided at the main body, for joining with the thread portion; and
an elastic unit fastener, provided at the main body;
a cap, wherein the main body is located in the cap, the cap comprising;
a cap case; and
an elastic unit corresponding fastener, provided at the cap case; and
an elastic unit, two ends of the elastic unit being respectively fastened to the elastic unit fastener and the elastic unit corresponding fastener,
wherein the elastic unit provides an elastic force so as to enable the connection structure and the cap to be close to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,027,572

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR COVERING, PROTECTING, AND CONCEALING PERSONAL, PRIVATE, CONFIDENTIAL, AND NONPUBLIC INFORMATION

5. A covering device for covering and concealing printed and/or hand-written text, lettering, graphics, drawings, and/or marks on a sheet, a page, or page of a book comprising:a first face, substantially opaque, having at least four sides;anda second face having at least four sides; and
a sleeve formed by joining at least one of the sides of the first face with at least one of the corresponding sides of the second face, while leaving the remaining sides of the two faces unjoined, wherein the user can slightly separate the folder sleeve at the unjoined edges and discretionally position the sleeve to encompass any portion of at least one sheet, page, or page of a book; and
a folder sleeve wherein at least a portion or a far edge of the first face and/or the second face is magnetic or magnetized which allows the joined folder sleeve to slip over at least a portion of two faces of at least one sheet, page, or of a book which can allow the user to discretionarily cover and conceal printed and/or hand-written text, lettering, graphics, drawings, and/or marks on a sheet, a page, or page of a book and releasably and magnetically adhere to secure the folder sleeve where positioned.

US Pat. No. 11,027,571

RECORDABLE GREETING CARD WITH USER-DEFINABLE TOUCH ZONES

HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORA...

1. A greeting card having user-definable touch zones, the greeting card comprising:a body having at least a first layer that is at least partially affixed to a second layer, wherein the body includes at least one fold that defines each of a cover portion and a content portion of the greeting card, wherein based on the at least one fold, the greeting card is adapted to open to an open state that exposes the content portion and close to a closed state that hides the content portion with the cover portion; and
an audible greeting assembly at least partially disposed within the body between the first layer and the second layer, the audible greeting assembly including:
a sensor array having a plurality of sensors operable to detect touch gestures through at least the first layer,
a microprocessor coupled to the sensor array and configured to generate a touch zone based on a determination that a detected touch gesture encircles a set of sensors of the plurality of sensors, wherein the generated touch zone corresponds to the encircled set of sensors,
a memory coupled to the microprocessor and configured to store the generated touch zone,
a microphone coupled to the microprocessor and operable to receive, based on the generation of the touch zone, an associated audio track for storage in the memory, and
a sliding switch, coupled to the cover portion and the microprocessor, the microprocessor being further configured to determine that the greeting card is in one of the open state and the closed state based on a corresponding position of the sliding switch, wherein the microprocessor is further configured to store the generated touch zone in a first segment of the memory when generated while the greeting card is in the closed state and in a second segment of the memory when generated while the greeting card is in the open state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,570

MULTI-PURPOSE ABSORBENT CARD

CC Scholz Design Inc., R...

1. A card comprising:a liquid absorptive sponge cloth forming a first panel and a second panel;
a fold line defined between the first panel and the second panel;
a first sheet of material comprising a material alternate to the sponge cloth, wherein the first sheet of material is bonded to each of the first panel and the second panel; and
a printed communication on a first surface of the first panel,
wherein the sponge cloth is semi-rigid when substantially dry and is non-rigid upon saturation with liquid water, and wherein the sponge cloth has a maximum tensile strength of at least 2.66 lbs./in when wet.

US Pat. No. 11,027,569

EDGE TABS FOR NOTEBOOK

ACCO Brands Corporation, ...

1. A bound assembly comprising:a plurality of sheets each having a bound edge extending in a first direction;
a binding at the bound edge, the binding securing the bound edge of each of the plurality of sheets;
the plurality of sheets including at least one divider sheet including a tab portion located on the bound edge; and
a tab strap having a first end connected to the tab portion located on the bound edge, and the tab strap having a second end connected to or adjacent an unbound edge of the divider sheet and opposite the bound edge;
wherein a force exerted on the tab portion is transferred to the second end of the tab strap and causes a warping or buckling of the divider sheet or the second end of the tab strap adjacent said unbound edge.

US Pat. No. 11,027,568

SELF-SUPPORTING BOOK

Kermit Zarley Enterprises...

1. A self-supporting book comprising:a) a first cover that is a front cover comprising;
i) a front face;
ii) a back face;
iii) a first outer edge; and
iv) a first inner edge;
b) a second cover that is a back cover attached to the front cover and comprising:
i) an exposed face that is exposed when the self-supporting book is in a closed position;
ii) an inner face;
iii) an inner edge; and
iv) an outer edge;
wherein the inner edge of the back cover is rotatably attached to the first inner edge of the front cover;
c) a plurality of pages coupled to a binding wherein each of said plurality of pages has an attached end and an extended end;
wherein the binding comprises a plurality of rings that extend through a plurality of apertures in the plurality of pages;
d) a third cover attached to the back cover and comprising:
v) a back face;
vi) an inner edge;
vii) an outer edge;
viii) a left side edge;
ix) a right side edge; and
x) a binding retainer for detachably attaching the binding to the third cover; said binding retainer comprising:
a plurality of slots;
a retainer portion;
wherein the inner edge of the third cover is rotatably attached to the outer edge of the back cover;
wherein the plurality of rings of the binding are detachably attached to the third cover by insertion of said plurality of rings through the plurality of slots and into the retainer portion;
e) a page holder comprising:
xi) a left side member;
xii) a right side member;
xiii) a top bar;
xiv) a cavity between the left and right side members and between the top bar and the binding;
wherein the self-supporting book is configured to be self-supporting with the back cover extending from the third cover, and the front cover rotated to engage the first outer edge with the back face of the third cover;
wherein the page holder is slidably engaged with the third cover and configured to slide up along the third cover and extend from the outer edge of the third cover in a page support configuration to provide a support for one of said plurality of pages;
wherein a page supported by the page holder in said page support configuration can be pushed through the cavity of the page holder; and
wherein the binding and plurality of pages are detachably attachable to the third cover.

US Pat. No. 11,027,567

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

CANON FINETECH NISCA INC....

10. An image forming system comprising:a reading apparatus for reading images;
an image forming apparatus for forming, on a sheet, an image read by the reading apparatus; and
a sheet processing apparatus for performing a post-processing on the sheet having an image formed by the image forming apparatus,
wherein the sheet processing apparatus comprises:
a first insertion section having a slit through which sheets may be inserted from outside;
a first manual binding section for binding the sheets inserted into the first insertion section;
a second insertion section having a slit through which sheets may be inserted from outside; and
a second manual binding section for binding the sheets inserted into the second insertion section, and
wherein the first manual binding section of the sheet processing apparatus is arranged in a space between the image forming apparatus and the reading apparatus, and the second manual binding section of the sheet processing apparatus is arranged outside the space.

US Pat. No. 11,027,566

INSTALLING PRINTED MEDIA

Velcro IP Holdings LLC, ...

1. A printed media display system, comprisinga media mounting surface carrying discrete male touch fastening elements arranged in a field extending across the surface, each male touch fastening element having a stem projecting outward and supporting a fiber-engageable head; and
print media in the form of a flexible sheet having a fastening side and a print side, the fastening side featuring engageable fibers in a fibrous field extending across a length and width of the flexible sheet, such that the fastening side of the print media is releasably engageable with the media mounting surface so as to display the print side;
wherein the media mounting surface and the fastening side of the print media together form a releasable fastening having a Peel Strength; and
wherein the flexible sheet has a Bending Rigidity;
the Peel Strength and Bending Rigidity related such that the print media display system has a Wrinkle Propagation Coefficient of between 10 and 30.

US Pat. No. 11,027,565

CARD PRINTER ALIGNMENT BRACKET

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A method for aligning a card for printing within a printing device, the printing device including a transport mechanism, a print unit that is configured to move relative to the transport mechanism thereby defining a print area, and a card feeder having an alignment bracket disposed proximate to the transport mechanism, the method comprising:positioning the card feeder in a first orientation and depositing the card from the card feeder onto the transport mechanism along a processing axis;
moving the transport mechanism in a first direction where the card moves away from the card feeder along the first direction on the transport mechanism;
positioning the card feeder in a second orientation different from the first orientation where the alignment bracket aligns with the transport mechanism along with the processing axis, the alignment bracket having a rear wall that engages the card when the card is moved into the alignment bracket and a guide that projects in a perpendicular direction from the rear wall;
moving the transport mechanism in a second direction opposite the first direction such that the card moves into the alignment bracket and an edge of the card abuts the rear wall, wherein the guide aligns the card along the processing axis;
moving the transport mechanism in the first direction such that the card clears the alignment bracket; and
positioning the card feeder to a third orientation separate from the first and second orientations where the card feeder is outside the print area when the card feeder is in the third position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,564

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus configured to transport a substrate in a roll-to-roll scheme,the printing apparatus comprising:
a controller;
a printing unit including a printing head; and
a front driving roller and a nip roller disposed upstream of the printing unit and configured to nip and transport the substrate, wherein
the controller is configured to control the printing unit such that a transport of the substrate is started from a state where the transport of the substrate is stopped and printing is started after a transport distance of the substrate reaches a pre-discharge transport distance, wherein
the pre-discharge transport distance is set to a value not less than a first longest distance, provided that a transport distance in a condition, in which the transport distance is a longest distance, among Conditions 1, 2, and 3 provided below is the first longest distance wherein
Condition 1 is a transport distance until a region of the substrate that was nipped between the front driving roller and the nip roller passes through the printing head disposed most downstream in a transport path of the substrate,
Condition 2 is a transport distance until a transport speed of the substrate becomes constant, and
Condition 3 is a transport distance until tension of the substrate being transported becomes stable.

US Pat. No. 11,027,563

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MEDIUM CONVEYANCE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print an image on a medium conveyed in a conveyance direction;
a first roller arranged upstream of the printing unit in the conveyance direction;
a second roller arranged downstream of the printing unit in the conveyance direction;
a conveyance belt that is stretched over the first roller and the second roller such that a tension is applied to the conveyance belt between the first roller and the second roller, wherein the conveyance belt is configured to support the medium at least in a facing region facing the printing unit; and
a control unit configured to perform on the conveyance belt a forward rotation operation configured to convey the medium supported by the conveyance belt in the conveyance direction by causing the conveyance belt to be rotated in a first rotation direction, and a reverse rotation operation configured to convey the medium supported by the conveyance belt in a reverse conveyance direction, which is an opposite direction to the conveyance direction, by causing the conveyance belt to be rotated in a second rotation direction, which is an opposite direction to the first rotation direction, wherein
when the reverse rotation operation has been performed during a print pause period, which is a period after printing of a first image and prior to printing of a second image, and the tension of the conveyance belt has changed as a result of the reverse rotation operation, the control unit corrects a rotation amount of the conveyance belt in the first rotation direction during printing of the second image, wherein the corrected rotation amount corresponds to a change in tension of the conveyance belt.

US Pat. No. 11,027,562

POSITIVE PRESSURE PLENUM SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORT BELTS IN A PRINTING DEVICE

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printing module, comprising:a plurality of printheads;
a transport belt located below the plurality of printheads to transport print media below the plurality of printheads, wherein the transport belt comprises a plurality of vacuum openings;
a positive pressure plenum system, wherein the positive pressure plenum system provides a positive air flow to create an air interface between a top surface of the positive pressure plenum system and a bottom surface of the transport belt, wherein the positive pressure plenum system provides a negative air flow to create a vacuum through the plurality of vacuum openings of the transport belt to hold the print media against the transport belt;
a positive air flow sensor;
a vacuum air flow sensor; and
a controller communicatively coupled to a positive air flow source and a negative air flow source to control an amount of positive air flow generated by the positive air flow source based on a positive air flow measurement by the positive air flow sensor and to control an amount of vacuum air flow generated by the negative air flow source based on a vacuum air flow measurement by the vacuum air flow sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,561

INK JET CARD PRINTER HAVING A DUAL BELT CARD TRANSPORT

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

19. A card transport for use with an ink jet card printer comprising:a first belt configured to feed a card along a processing axis;
a first motor configured to drive the first belt;
a second belt configured to feed a card along the processing axis; and
a second motor configured to drive the second belt;
wherein:
the first and second belts each include an input/output end and a passing end;
the passing ends of the first and second belts are configured to simultaneously engage a card fed between the first and second belts; and
the first belt is spaced from and oriented relative the second belt such that a gantry of a print unit is permitted to move an ink jet print head of the print unit along a fast scan direction, parallel to the processing axis, across a first card in a print position on the first belt and a second card in a print position on the second belt and move the ink jet print head along a slow scan direction that is perpendicular to the fast scan direction, such that the ink jet print head is permitted to print an image to the first card and the second card during a same print operation.

US Pat. No. 11,027,560

PRINTING SYSTEMS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printing system, comprising:a first excimer irradiation source positioned to irradiate a media substrate, wherein the first excimer irradiation source has power metrics and is posited at a distance from the media substrate to provide electromagnetic radiation at the surface of the media substrate at a surface power density of from 20 mW/cm2 to 80 mW/cm2 and
an inkjet print head positioned with respect to the excimer irradiation source to form a printed image on the media substrate after irradiation with the excimer irradiation source.

US Pat. No. 11,027,559

EXPANDING A COLOR GAMUT OF A DIRECT THERMAL PRINTER

ZINK HOLDINGS, LLC, Bill...

1. A system comprising:a control circuit; and
one or more print heads linked to the control circuit, each of the one or more print heads containing a linear array of print head elements that print on a direct thermal output medium, the output medium transported past the print head elements to produce a two-dimensional print image, the print image resulting from heating of the output medium by dynamically adjusting an average power of a pulse stream applied to the individual print head elements to heat them,
wherein the output medium comprises three color forming layers, each capable of forming a different color when heated above a respective threshold temperature T1, T2 and T3, the three color forming layers separated by chemically inert spacing layers, and
wherein dynamically adjusting the average applied power comprises evaluating pixel color data prior to printing each pixel of an image to determine whether a hue and saturation of the color to be printed will be compromised by unintended printing on a first and second color forming layers when issuing pulses in a segment designated for printing on an intermediate color forming layer located between the first and second color forming layers.

US Pat. No. 11,027,558

RFID PRINTER APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A RFID tag printer apparatus, comprising:a print head to print a pattern on an RFID tag that includes an RFID chip at a predetermined mounting position within the RFID tag; and
a processor configured to:
receive the predetermined mounting position,
receive label information including a print position for pattern information to be printed on the RFID tag, and
compare the predetermined mounting position to the print position and control the print head to print the pattern information only if the print position does not overlap a region through which the RFID chip passes when RFID tag is conveyed along a conveying direction past the print head.

US Pat. No. 11,027,557

RECORDING METHOD HAVING COLORED INK COMPOSITIONS THAT BELONG TO A SAME COLOR SYSTEM AND HAVE DIFFERENT COLOR DENSITIES

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A recording method comprising:ejecting colored ink compositions that include a light colored ink composition and a dark colored ink composition that belong to a same color system and have different color density from an ink jet head and causing the ink compositions to adhere to a recording medium; and
causing a processing solution that contains a coagulant for coagulating constituents of the colored ink compositions to adhere to the recording medium,
wherein the causing of the ink compositions to adhere is performed by performing scanning, in which the colored ink compositions are ejected while a relative position of the ink jet head with respect to the recording medium is changed in a scanning direction, a plurality of times, and
a maximum distance of scanning performed once in the causing of the ink compositions to adhere is equal to or greater than 50 cm.

US Pat. No. 11,027,556

INK COMPOSITION AND INK JET RECORDING SET

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. An ink composition to be used in an ink jet recording apparatus, the ink composition comprising:a self-dispersing pigment;
a soap-free resin; and
water, wherein
when 15 g of the ink composition is weighed into a 50-mL sample bottle and the sample bottle is shaken 100 times for one minute, at 60 seconds after shaking, a foam height from a liquid level is 1 cm or less.

US Pat. No. 11,027,555

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION AND INTERFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid;
a supply portion including a supply hole through which the printing fluid is configured to flow out of the storage chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front surface at which the supply portion is provided;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface;
an upper surface disposed upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward opposite to the gravitational direction in the upright posture;
a locking surface disposed at the upper surface and facing rearward;
one protrusion positioned at the upper surface; and
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface, the locking surface, the electrical interface, and the one protrusion being arranged in a recited order in the frontward direction in the upright posture, the one protrusion, the electrical interface, and the locking surface being arranged upward in a recited order in the upright posture,
wherein the one protrusion extends in the frontward direction in the upright posture, with a front end of the one protrusion being disposed rearward relative to a front end of the supply portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,554

SUPPLY AUTHENTICATION VIA TIMING CHALLENGE RESPONSE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A replaceable supply device comprising:a print cartridge including printing fluid; and
an electronic device on the print cartridge to facilitate authentication of the replaceable supply device, the electronic device including:
electrical contacts that communicate data with a host device during operation; and
a microcontroller including:
a memory including:
a plurality of calculation counts,
a base key, and
a plurality of reference response time windows secured with a digital signature, the plurality of time windows corresponding to the plurality of calculation counts;
a Central Processing Unit (CPU) in communication with the electrical contacts, the CPU to perform the operations of:
responding to a timing challenge from the host device via the electrical contacts, and
generating different session keys from the base key for respective communication sessions; and
a hardware logic circuit in communication with the CPU, the circuit to perform a calculation including the operations of:
receiving input from the CPU based on the timing challenge received by the CPU from the host device via the electrical contacts, the input including a random seed and one of the session keys, the session key being different for each calculation,
performing an initial iteration of a mathematical calculation based on the input from the CPU,
performing a number of additional iterations of the mathematical calculation based on an output of an immediately prior iteration, the number of iterations based on a selected calculation count of the plurality of calculation counts, and
providing an output from a last of the additional iterations to the CPU, the CPU to prepare a challenge response for transmission to the host device via the electrical contacts within the reference response time window of the plurality of time windows, the reference response time window corresponding to the selected calculation count, for authentication of the replaceable supply device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,553

CONNECTOR STRUCTURE OF INK POUCH

TAIWAN NANOTECHNOLOGY COR...

1. A connector structure of an ink pouch, comprising:a connector body, which comprises a joining section, a sealing section joined to the joining section, and an ink passage extending in a longitudinal direction through the joining section and the sealing section, the sealing section having a top surface on which a fitting peg, which is hollow, is formed to extend upward from a circumference of the ink passage, the top surface of the sealing section being formed with a plurality of insertion slots that are extended downward and spaced from each other along a circumference of the fitting peg by a predetermined interval, the sealing section having an external circumferential surface that is partly and inwardly recessed to form an annular retaining groove, the annular retaining groove being in communication with ends of the plurality of the insertion slots;
a sealing cap having a top surface that is partly recessed downward in a central portion thereof to form a pressing section, the sealing cap having a bottom surface that is partly recessed upward to form a fitting trough corresponding in position to the pressing section, the bottom surface of the sealing cap being provided with a plurality of engaging and retaining sections projecting therefrom and along a circumference of the fitting trough and spaced from each other by a predetermined interval, the engaging and retaining sections each comprising an insertion arm extending downward from the bottom surface of the sealing cap and an engaging block protruding outward from an end of the insertion arm; and
a flexible plug having an outside diameter that is greater than an inside diameter of the ink passage of the connector body;
wherein to combine, the flexible plug is positioned in the fitting trough of the sealing cap, and the insertion arms of the engaging and retaining sections of the sealing cap are respectively inserted into the insertion slots of the connector body, such that the engaging blocks protrude into the annular retaining groove of the connector body to securely combine the sealing cap and the connector body together, and wherein the fitting peg is located in the fitting trough and the flexible plug closes the ink passage.

US Pat. No. 11,027,552

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

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A set of printing-fluid cartridges each defining a depthwise direction, a height direction perpendicular to the depthwise direction, and a widthwise direction perpendicular to the depthwise direction and the height direction when attached to a printer in an attached posture, each of the printing-fluid cartridges comprising:a housing comprising:
a lower case defining therein a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid, the lower case including outer walls that define the storage chamber; and
an upper cover in engagement with the lower case, the upper cover being positioned upward relative to the storage chamber and having an upper surface facing upward in the attached posture, wherein outer surfaces of the outer walls of the lower case and the upper surface of the upper cover define an outer profile of the housing;
a supply portion provided at the lower case and having a liquid passage extending in the depthwise direction to be in communication with the storage chamber;
an electrical interface supported by the upper cover and facing upward in the attached posture; and
a protrusion provided at the upper cover, the protrusion extending in the depthwise direction in the attached posture, the protrusion being positioned opposite the supply portion with respect to the storage chamber in the height direction in the attached posture,
the set of printing-fluid cartridges comprising:
a first printing-fluid cartridge storing printing fluid of a first type; and
a second printing-fluid cartridge storing printing fluid of a second type different from the first type,
wherein the protrusion of the first printing-fluid cartridge and the protrusion of the second printing-fluid cartridge are positioned offset from each other in the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,551

SYSTEM INCLUDING A RESERVOIR CONFIGURED TO STORE LIQUID AND A TANK TO WHICH THE RESERVOIR CAN BE CONNECTED

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A system comprising:a housing that includes a conveyance path that extends in a depth direction intersecting a height direction of the housing and through which a sheet passes;
a first tank that is disposed on one side of the conveyance path inside the housing in a width direction perpendicular to the height direction and the depth direction and configured to store liquid;
a second tank that is disposed on the other side of the conveyance path inside the housing in the width direction and configured to store liquid;
a first reservoir that is configured to be connected to the first tank and configured to store liquid;
a second reservoir that is configured to be connected to the second tank and configured to store liquid; and
a liquid discharge head that is disposed inside the housing and ejects the liquid supplied from the first tank and the second tank, wherein
the housing includes:
a front wall having an opening through which a sheet is discharged;
a rear wall facing the front wall; and
a housing side contact,
each of the first reservoir and the second reservoir includes:
a liquid flow hole which is configured to lead the stored liquid to the outside;
a first outer wall that has translucency and is visible from the outside of the housing through a translucent portion formed in the front wall and having translucency when the first reservoir is connected to the first tank or the second reservoir is connected to the second tank; and
a second outer wall located between the first outer wall and the rear wall when the first reservoir is connected to the first tank or the second reservoir is connected to the second tank, and facing the first outer wall,
the first tank includes a first flow pipe that extends upward from an upper end of the first tank and is configured to be connected to the liquid flow hole of the first reservoir,
the second tank includes a second flow pipe that extends upward from an upper end of the second tank and is configured to be connected to the liquid flow hole of the second reservoir, and
the system further comprises a circuit board that is disposed on the second outer wall and has a reservoir side contact that contacts the housing side contact when the first reservoir is connected to the first tank or the second reservoir is connected to the second tank.

US Pat. No. 11,027,550

SPITTING OFFSETS FOR PRINTHEADS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus comprising:a printhead to dispense a first print fluid and a second print fluid;
a first nozzle disposed on the printhead, wherein the first nozzle is to eject a first plurality of drops of the first print fluid;
a second nozzle disposed on the printhead, the second nozzle offset from the first nozzle by an offset distance along a relative direction of media travel, wherein the second nozzle is to eject a second plurality of drops of the second print fluid; and
a textile to receive the first plurality of drops and the second plurality of drops, wherein the textile is to be moved relative to the printhead by the offset distance between ejection of the first plurality of drops and the second plurality of drops.

US Pat. No. 11,027,549

BONDING STRUCTURE, HEAD MODULE, HEAD DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A head module comprising:a liquid discharge head configured to discharge a liquid; and
a nozzle cover to which the liquid discharge head is bonded,
wherein the liquid discharge head includes:
a nozzle plate including a nozzle through which the liquid is discharged and a first bonding surface; and
an actuator substrate including an actuator configured to generate energy to discharge the liquid from the nozzle, and
wherein the nozzle cover includes an opening, configured to expose the nozzle in the nozzle plate, and a second bonding surface, to be bonded to the first bonding surface of the nozzle plate with a first adhesive and a second adhesive, different from the first adhesive, and
wherein at least one of the first bonding surface and the second bonding surface includes:
a first region on which the first adhesive is applied;
a second region on which the second adhesive is applied; and
a third region, disposed between the first region and the second region, the third region having a water repellency relatively higher than a water repellency of the first region and a water repellency of the second region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,548

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection port member that includes an ejection port that ejects a liquid;
an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting the liquid from the ejection port;
a terminal electrically connected to the energy generating element; and
a substrate portion that supports the ejection port member, the energy generating element, and the terminal,
wherein the terminal is connected to a wire member that supplies electric power that drives the energy generating element to the energy generating element,
wherein the substrate portion includes a hole portion formed from a surface of the substrate portion on a side opposite to a surface of the substrate portion on which the terminal is provided to a surface where the terminal is exposed, and
wherein an area of the surface of the substrate where the terminal is exposed is smaller than an area of an opening of the hole portion,
wherein the wire member is a wire for wire lead bonding or a flying lead wire, and
wherein the wire member is not directly in contact with a side wall surface of the hole portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,547

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate;
an ejection orifice forming member having a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting a liquid; and
an intermediate layer provided between the substrate and the ejection orifice forming member, wherein
the substrate has a supply path for supplying the liquid to the plurality of ejection orifices,
the ejection orifice forming member has a common liquid chamber communicating with the plurality of ejection orifices,
the supply path and the common liquid chamber communicate with each other via a filter portion including a plurality of holes formed in the intermediate layer,
the ejection orifice forming member has a wall portion that protrudes into the common liquid chamber at a position opposed to the filter portion,
the wall portion extends along a direction intersecting an arrangement direction of the plurality of ejection orifices, and
the wall portion is formed at the position overlapping with the plurality of holes when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the face of the supply path side of the filter portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,546

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate including a discharge port configured to discharge a liquid;
a channel member configured to support the recording element substrate and supply the recording element substrate with the liquid;
an electric wiring board placed on the channel member in such a manner that the electric wiring board extends in a longitudinal direction of the liquid discharge head, the electric wiring board being configured to supply the recording element substrate with power; and
a plate-like protective member directly or indirectly fixed to the channel member to cover the electric wiring board,
wherein all parts of the channel member are arranged inside the plate-like protective member,
wherein a surface of the plate-like protective member opposed to the channel member and a surface of the channel member opposed to the plate-like protective member are substantially parallel to each other, and
wherein in a case where a direction in which the recording element substrate is viewed from the channel member is defined as downward, the protective member includes a first bent portion configured to be bent in a transverse direction of the liquid discharge head, the first bent portion being located at a position that is above an upper end of the channel member and below a midpoint of a line segment connecting the upper end of the channel member and an upper end of the protective member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,545

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a fluid ejection chamber having a drop ejecting element therein;
a first fluid channel to communicate a first fluid with the fluid ejection chamber;
a second fluid channel to communicate a second fluid different than the first fluid with the fluid ejection chamber;
a fluid pump communicated with one of the first fluid channel and the second fluid channel, and
a mixing zone between the fluid pump and the fluid ejection chamber to form a combination of the first fluid and the second fluid,
the first channel to direct the first fluid to the mixing zone in a first direction along a first axis, and the second channel to direct the second fluid to the mixing zone in a second direction opposite the first direction along a second axis coaxial with the first axis,
the fluid ejection chamber to selectively eject drops of the first fluid, the second fluid, and the combination of the first fluid and the second fluid therefrom.

US Pat. No. 11,027,544

INK JET METHOD AND INK JET APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. An ink jet method comprising:a discharging step of discharging a radiation-curable ink jet composition from an ink jet head; and
an irradiating step of irradiating the discharged radiation-curable ink jet composition with radiation, wherein
the ink jet head includes a first nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles in a column direction and a second nozzle group including a plurality of nozzles in the column direction, and the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group are arranged at different positions from each other in the column direction and in a scanning direction intersecting the column direction,
in the discharging step, a scan that involves discharging the radiation-curable ink jet composition from the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group while the ink jet head is scanned in the scanning direction is performed,
in the irradiating step, the radiation is emitted from a radiation source disposed at a side of the ink jet head opposite to the scanning direction,
the radiation-curable ink jet composition contains a monofunctional monomer including a nitrogen-containing monofunctional monomer, an amount of the monofunctional monomer being 80 mass % or more relative to a total amount of the radiation-curable ink jet composition, and
an amount of the nitrogen-containing monofunctional monomer is from 5 to 20 mass % relative to the total amount of the radiation-curable ink jet composition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,543

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETERMINING MINIMUM DISCHARGE ENERGY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that performs printing by discharging ink onto a print medium from a printhead which includes a plurality of electrothermal transducers, a plurality of temperature detection elements configured to detect temperatures of corresponding electrothermal transducers, and a plurality of orifices arranged in correspondence with the plurality of electrothermal transducers, comprising:a measurement unit configured to use a corresponding temperature detection element to measure a temperature, which changes due to heat generated by supplying energy, of an electrothermal transducer selected from the plurality of electrothermal transducers;
a detection unit configured to detect, based on the temperature measured by the measurement unit, a peak voltage which indicates a point of change, from a state in which the ink is discharged normally from the printhead to a state in which the ink is not discharged from the printhead, and which is based on an output signal from the temperature detection element reflecting temperature change of the electrothermal transducer;
a comparison unit configured to compare the peak voltage detected by the detection unit with a threshold value;
a change unit configured to change the energy to be supplied to the selected electrothermal transducer;
a repetition unit configured to repeat the measurement by the measurement unit, the detection by the detection unit, and the comparison by the comparison unit, by supplying the energy changed by the change unit, until the peak voltage is determined not to be less than the threshold value in the comparison by the comparison unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine the energy supplied at a time in which the peak voltage is determined not to be less than the threshold to be minimum discharge energy.

US Pat. No. 11,027,542

DRIVING CIRCUIT, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A driving circuit that drives a discharge head which includes a piezoelectric element driven by receiving a first voltage signal and which discharges a liquid by driving the piezoelectric element, the driving circuit comprising:a first voltage signal output circuit that outputs the first voltage signal by operating based on an amplification control signal; and
an integrated circuit that outputs the amplification control signal, wherein
the integrated circuit includes
an amplification control signal generation circuit,
an output control circuit, and
a first register,
the amplification control signal generation circuit generates the amplification control signal based on a drive data that defines a signal waveform of the first voltage signal input from an input terminal,
the first register holds an operating state data that defines the operating state of the driving circuit input from the input terminal,
the output control circuit controls an output of the driving circuit based on the operating state data,
the integrated circuit includes a second register that holds an abnormality detection data for determining the presence or absence of an abnormality in the operating state data held by the first register, and
the second register is provided at the same address as the first register.

US Pat. No. 11,027,541

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a head configured to discharge a liquid;
a liquid receptacle configured to receive the liquid discharged from the head, the liquid receptacle including:
an absorber including a slit; and
an absorber case configured to house the absorber;
a moving device configured to move the liquid receptacle relative to the head; and
control circuitry configured to cause the head to discharge the liquid into the slit of the absorber while moving, with the moving device, the liquid receptacle with respect to the head.

US Pat. No. 11,027,540

INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

Hitachi Industrial Equipm...

1. An inkjet recording device which has two sub-print heads, each of which includes a nozzle that forms ink particles by applying vibration to ink being ejected under pressure, a charging electrode for charging the ink particles, a deflection electrode for deflecting the charged ink particles, and a gutter for recovering ink particles not used in printing, in which two nozzles are disposed in a deflection direction of the ink particles, and which performs printing on a printed object while moving the printed object relative to the ink particles in a direction substantially perpendicular to the deflection direction of the ink particles,wherein the inkjet recording device has a function for reducing a clearance between print results, printed by the two nozzles, by controlling a voltage applied to the charging electrode and a voltage applied to the deflection electrode,
wherein one print content is printed by the two nozzles, and
wherein a charging voltage of a first charging electrode, which charges ink particles formed by a first nozzle of the two nozzles, which is disposed upstream in the deflection direction of the ink particles, is changed to a large charging voltage, and a deflection voltage, which is applied to a first deflection electrode which deflects the ink particles charged by the first charging electrode, is changed to a large deflection voltage, and thus a size of the one print content can be adjusted in a state where a space between a print result printed by the first nozzle and a print result printed by a second nozzle is fixed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,539

PRINTING PALLET FOR ARTICLES OF CLOTHING

JAKPRINTS, INC., Clevela...

1. A method of printing on an article of clothing using a pallet, comprising:(A) providing a pallet including:
a mount plate including a first end and a second end,
a top plate including a first end and a second end, the second end of the top plate being located at the second end of the mount plate and the top plate being fixed in place relative to the mount plate,
a gap between the top plate and the mount plate,
a collar plate located on the first end of the mount plate, and
wherein the first end of the mount plate extends beyond the first end of the top plate to define a space between the top plate and the collar plate, and wherein the collar plate is adjustable in a forward direction toward the top plate and a backward direction away from the top plate;
(B) receiving an article of clothing for mounting over the top plate and within the gap, and receiving an inner surface adjacent to a collar of the article of clothing such that the collar is placed around the collar plate and the inner surface is mounted over the collar plate; and
(C) printing onto both an outer surface of the article of clothing and the inner surface adjacent to the collar.

US Pat. No. 11,027,538

REGISTER ERROR DETECTION DEVICE, REGISTER ERROR DETECTION METHOD, AND PRINTED MATTER

Taiyo Electric Industry C...

1. A register error detection device comprising:an image capturing unit that captures an image of two first register marks of a first color printed on a substrate by a first plate cylinder of a rotary printing press and a second register mark of a second color printed on the substrate by a second plate cylinder of the rotary printing press; and
a calculation unit that compares a reference position located between the two first register marks with a comparison position that is based on the second register mark in the image captured by the image capturing unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates a register error based on the number of pixels between the reference position and the comparison position, and
wherein the calculation unit calculates the distance per pixel based on the number of pixels between the respective centroids of the two first register marks in the image and a known distance between the respective centroids of the two first register marks that have been printed, and calculates the product of the distance per pixel and the number of pixels between the reference position and the comparison position as the register error.

US Pat. No. 11,027,537

MEASURED SENSOR DISTANCE CORRECTION

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A distortion correction device for a web printing press, the device comprising:a first sensor and a second sensor separated by a calibrated sensor distance, the first and second sensors to detect marks on a substrate as the substrate advances through the press;
an encoder to detect advancement of the substrate; and
a scaling measurement correction module to:
detect a mark on the substrate with the first sensor;
detect the mark on the substrate with the second sensor;
using an output from the encoder, determine a measured distance between the sensors based on detection of the mark at each sensor;
compare the measured distance to the calibrated sensor distance;
determine a correction factor based on the comparison of the measured distance to the calibrated sensor distance; and
adjust operation of the web printing press based on the correction factor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,536

DIODE LASER FIBER ARRAY FOR POWDER BED FABRICATION OR REPAIR

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for generating a pattern in a powder bed, comprising:a diode laser fiber array comprising a plurality of diode lasers and a plurality of optical fibers corresponding to the plurality of diode lasers, each optical fiber configured to receive a laser beam from a respective diode laser and configured to emit the laser beam; and
a support configured to support a powder bed or a component configured to support the powder bed at a distance from ends of the optical fibers, wherein the diode fiber laser array is configured to emit a plurality of laser beams to simultaneously melt portions of a layer of powder in the powder bed to generate a desired pattern, and wherein the plurality of diode lasers are selectively activatable and deactivatable such that the plurality of laser beams emitted therefrom correspond to the pattern of a layer of a build to be formed in the powder bed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,535

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR ADVANCED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. A manufacturing computer device for dynamically adapting additive manufacturing of a part, said manufacturing computer device comprising at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device, said at least one memory device stores a model of a build process for the part including a plurality of build parameters, said manufacturing computer device configured to:receive current sensor information of at least one current sensor reading of a melt pool from a build of the part in progress, wherein the current sensor information is received from one or more sensors, and wherein the melt pool represents additional material already added to the part;
determine one or more attributes of the melt pool based on the current sensor information;
calculate at least one unseen attribute of the melt pool, wherein the at least one unseen attribute is not directly observable by the one or more sensors; and
determine an adjusted build parameter based on the at least one unseen attribute, the one or more attributes, and the plurality of build parameters.

US Pat. No. 11,027,534

FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A fiber composite material, comprising:a fiber prepreg layer comprising a first resin and fibers impregnated in the first resin; and
a plurality of strip-shaped composite resin layers disposed on the fiber prepreg layer, the plurality of the strip-shaped composite resin layers and the fiber prepreg layer together form a hollow tubular body having a lamination of multi-layer fiber prepreg layers to make the plurality of the strip-shaped composite resin layers interposed between the multi-layer fiber prepreg layers,
wherein the plurality of the strip-shaped composite resin layers comprise multi-layered carbon nanotubes and a second resin, and a length direction of the plurality of the strip-shaped composite resin layers is at an angle of from 0 degree to less than 90 degrees with respect to an extending direction of the fiber prepreg layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,531

MULTILAYERED, FLEXIBLE, FLAT SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCT OR COMPONENT WITH A SEGMENT-LIKE SURFACE AND A METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURE, AS WELL AS A MULTIDIMENSIONALLY CURVED MOULDED PART MADE THEREFROM AND A METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

1. A multilayered, flexible, flat semi-finished product with a segment-like surface, the semi-finished product being constructed in a layered manner, consisting of a carrier layer and an upper cover layer and a lower cover layer, and comprising at least two materials, whereinthe first material is a flat structure,
the second material has a lower drapability than the first material,
the carrier layer is formed by the first material, which is coated with the second material on an upper side as the upper cover layer and on an underside as the lower cover layer, characterized in that
the second material forms the upper cover layer from a multitude of upper segment parts and each upper segment part is connected by a web to a lower segment part penetrating the carrier layer, and that each upper segment part and each lower segment part form one of a plurality of platelet-shaped segments,
the platelet-shaped segments have undercuts in an area of the web,
the carrier layer has slot-like apertures which correspond to a contour of the undercuts, and
the undercuts of the platelet-shaped segments are positively connected to the apertures in the carrier layer and the upper segment parts rest on the upper side of the carrier layer and the lower segment parts rest on the underside of the carrier layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,530

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE COMPONENT WITH IMAGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Jayco, Inc., Middlebury,...

1. A method of forming a structural panel for a recreational vehicle, the structural panel forming a sidewall, an interior wall, a floor, or a ceiling of the recreational vehicle and having an outer side and an inner side, said method comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of layers, one layer of the plurality of layers comprising a printable layer formed from an ink printable material;
forming a lamination from the plurality of the layers to form the structural panel, said forming including forming an outer surface of the outer side of the structural panel with the printable layer, and said forming further includes forming the lamination into the sidewall, interior wall, floor, or ceiling of the recreational vehicle;
reinforcing the lamination with a reinforcing component;
forming an optical reference in a known fixed location relative to the structural panel;
printing a two-dimensional image on the printable layer, the image being formed from a plurality of pixels, said printing including printing the image at a known location in fixed registry with the optical reference wherein each pixel forming the image is in a precise known location on the structural panel; and
providing the reinforcement component in a known location in fixed registry with the optical reference wherein each pixel forming the image is in a precise known location in fixed registry with the reinforcement component; and
wherein the printable layer has a first side and a second side, said forming an optical reference comprises printing an image on the second side of the printable layer, and said printing further comprises printing the image on the first side of the printable layer at a known location in fixed registry with the optical reference on the second side of the printable layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,529

JOINT SURFACE COATINGS FOR CERAMIC COMPONENTS

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An article comprising:a component;
a substrate comprising a first ceramic;
a braze or weld layer between the component and the substrate; and
a joint surface coating between the substrate and the braze or weld layer; wherein the joint surface coating comprises:
a first diffusion barrier layer comprising a second ceramic material,
a first compliance layer comprising at least one of a metal or a metalloid, wherein the first compliance layer is a continuous layer on an outer surface of the substrate between the first diffusion barrier layer and the substrate,
a second diffusion barrier layer comprising a third ceramic; and
a second compliance layer comprising at least one of a metal or a metalloid, the second compliance layer being between the first diffusion barrier layer and the second diffusion barrier layer,
wherein the at least one of the metal or the metalloid of the second compliance layer is different than the at least one of the metal or the metalloid of the first compliance layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,528

LAMINATED VEHICLE WINDSHIELD WITH INTERNAL LUMINOUS SIGN(S)

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A laminated vehicle windshield including one or more internal luminous signs, comprising:a first curved glazing with a first main face, which first main face is intended to be on an exterior side of the vehicle, and an opposite second main face;
a second curved glazing with a third main face and an opposite fourth main face, which fourth main face is intended to be on an interior side of the vehicle, at least one of the first and second curved glazings being made of mineral glass,said first and second curved glazings being connected together via the second and third faces by a lamination interlayer made of a thermoformable polymeric material, said lamination interlayer including a first bonding main face toward a side of the second main face and a second bonding main face toward a side of the third main face;a first peripheral layer forming an interior masking layer made of opaque material, which is between the second bonding face and the third main face or that is on the fourth main face;
a second peripheral layer forming an exterior masking layer made of opaque material, between the first bonding face and the second main face, facing the interior masking layer; and
a first radiation source for first signs,wherein the first radiation source includes a first curved organic-light-emitting-diode (OLED) device between the second and third main faces configured to emit a first emission in the visible spectrum,wherein the first OLED device, which is configured to emit a first emission, forms a first luminous sign, and
wherein when the first OLED device is in a zone of the interior masking layer, the interior masking layer includes a first passing aperture to let the first luminous sign be seen.

US Pat. No. 11,027,527

SILVER COLORED COATED ARTICLE WITH LOW-E COATING HAVING ABSORBER LAYER AND LOW VISIBLE TRANSMISSION

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate and having silver glass side reflective color, the coating comprising:first and second infrared (IR) reflecting layers comprising silver, the first IR reflecting layer being located closer to the glass substrate than is the second IR reflecting layer;
a first contact layer located over and directly contacting the first IR reflecting layer comprising silver;
a dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride located over and directly contacting the first contact layer;
wherein the dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride is split by a splitting absorber layer comprising Nb and Zr, so that the splitting absorber layer comprising Nb and Zr is located between and contacting a first portion of the dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride and a second portion of the dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
a second contact layer located over the layer comprising silicon nitride;
the second IR reflecting layer comprising silver located over and directly contacting the second contact layer;
a third contact layer located over and directly contacting the second IR reflecting layer;
another dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride located over the third contact layer; and
wherein the coated article has a visible transmission of from 15-45%, a glass side visible reflectance of from 23-43%, a glass side reflective a* value from ?6.0 to +5.0, and a glass side reflective b* value from ?11.0 to +3.0.

US Pat. No. 11,027,525

CURVED LAMINATED GLASS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CURVED LAMINATED GLASS

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

6. A method for manufacturing a curved laminated glass for automobile, the method comprising:preparing a curved soda lime glass;
providing a thin plate glass which is flat on a concave surface of the curved soda lime glass; and
laminating the thin plate glass onto the concave surface of the soda lime glass by elastically deforming the thin plate glass to form a curved thin plate glass,
wherein a thickness of the curved soda lime glass is larger than a thickness of the curved thin plate glass,
wherein a first surface of the curved thin plate glass is adjacent to the curved soda lime glass, and compressive bending stress is formed on a second surface of the curved thin plate, which is opposite to the first surface of the curved thin plate glass,
wherein the curved thin plate glass is non-tempered alkali-free glass including 26 wt % to 29 wt % of Al2O3, and
wherein a Vickers hardness ratio of the curved soda lime glass to the curved thin plate glass is 1:1.1 to 1:1.3.

US Pat. No. 11,027,524

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LAMINATED GLASS ARTICLES WITH IMPROVED EDGE CONDITION

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A laminated glass article comprising:a first glass clad layer;
a second glass clad layer;
a glass core layer between the first glass clad layer and the second glass clad layer, each of the first glass clad layer and the second glass clad layer fused to the glass core layer;
a recess in an edge of the laminated glass article and disposed between the first glass clad layer and the second glass clad layer; and
a polymeric filler material disposed within a recess in an edge of the laminated glass article between the first glass clad layer and the second glass clad layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,523

POLYESTER FILM INCORPORATING SILICONE FOR RELEASE OF CANNED MEAT PRODUCTS

TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA),...

1. A polyester film comprising an outer release layer (Layer A) and a core layer (Layer B);the outer release layer comprising: (a) about 93 wt. % to 99.9 wt. % of a polyethylene terephthalate resin P1, the polyethylene terephthalate resin P1 comprising (i) an alkali metal phosphate in an amount of 1.3 mol/ton of the polyester resin P1 to 3.0 mol/ton of the polyester resin P1, and (ii) phosphoric acid in an amount of from 0.4 to 1.5 times by mole that of the alkali metal phosphate, (b) 0.1-2 wt. % of a silicone resin comprising a polydimethylsiloxane resin, and (c) 0.1-3 wt. % silica; and
the core layer comprising a polyester resin P2 and about 15 wt % to about 45 wt % of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT);
wherein the polyester film is free of Bisphenol A, and wherein weight percentages of said (a), said (b), and any optional one or more additional ingredients in the outer release layer total 100 wt. %, and
wherein the outer release layer is free of wax and has a food area coverage of about 5% or less as measured according to Food Release Test;
wherein the silicone resin has a kinematic viscosity ranging from 10-5×106 centistokes at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 11,027,521

SPLICE JOINT IN LAMINATE COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A method for forming a composite structure of first and second sections joined by a splice joint, each section being formed from uncured layers of plies of composite material, each ply being formed from fibers and a volume of uncured matrix material and having a gap edge, the method comprising:(a) placing a first ply of the first section on a convex surface of a tool;
(b) placing a first ply of the second section on the surface of the tool, a gap edge of the first ply of the second section being spaced by a selected first contraction distance from and generally parallel to a gap edge of the first ply of the first section, the first plies forming a first layer;
(c) placing a second ply of the first section on the first ply of the first section, a gap edge of the second ply of the first section being spaced by a selected splice distance plus a selected second contraction distance from the gap edge of the first ply of the first section;
(d) placing a second ply of the second section on the first ply of the second section, a gap edge of the second ply of the second section being spaced by the selected second contraction distance from and generally parallel to the gap edge of the second ply of the first section, a portion of the second ply of the second section overlapping the first ply of the first section by the splice distance, the second plies forming a second layer, the first and second layers forming a splice joint;
(e) consolidating the layers and curing the matrix material, thereby causing contraction of the layers toward the tool, the first and second contraction distances being selected so that adjacent gap edges of the plies of each layer are in close proximity or in contact after moving toward each other during the contraction, the second contraction distance being larger than the first contraction distance.

US Pat. No. 11,027,520

METHOD OF WRAPPING MICA PAPER ON AN ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR AND MICA PAPER TAPE SUITABLE FOR SAME

1. A tape having a first face comprising a continuous surface of mica paper and a second face comprising a support layer,wherein the mica paper consists of 70 to 99 weight percent mica and 1 to 30 weight percent of a binder of aramid fibrids, and optionally, additive fibers or floc;
and the support layer comprises a film, a paper, a nonwoven fabric, or a woven fabric;
wherein the initial elongation of the support layer is equal to or less than the initial elongation of the mica paper; and
wherein the support layer is demountably attached to the mica paper such that when a delamination force of 10 N/10 mm or less is imposed on the support layer it can be separated from the mica paper,
wherein the support layer can withstand a tensile force of at least 50 Newtons per 10 millimeters of width.

US Pat. No. 11,027,519

SELF-STRESSING ENGINEERED COMPOSITE MATERIALS, METHODS OF SELF-STRESSING ENGINEERED COMPOSITE MATERIALS, AND SELF-STRESSING REINFORCEMENT FOR SAME

The University of Vermont...

1. Self-stressing reinforcement for an engineered composite comprising a matrix having a cure time for achieving a cured state from an uncured state, the self-stressing reinforcement comprising:a body designed and configured so that, when said body is present in the matrix, stress transfers between portions of the body and the matrix in the cured state, the body composed of at least one material chemically responsive to an activator present within the matrix so as to cause a change in the body that results in tensile stress in the body inducing compressive stress into the matrix so as to cause the matrix to be pre-stressed in the cured state, wherein the activator is selected from a group consisting of:
a self-activator present in the matrix but not as an additive; and
an internal activator internal to the matrix and added to the matrix as an additive;
wherein the body comprises a releasing component and an active component, wherein, when the self-stressing reinforcement is present in the matrix and exposed to the activator:
the releasing component is chemically activated by the activator to release pre-stress in the active component so as to transfer a portion of the pre-stress into the adjacent portions of the matrix to create the compressive stress in the adjacent portions of the matrix; and
the active component comprises a core and the releasing component comprises a sleeve surrounding the core and holding the core in tension prior to activation, wherein the sleeve comprises the at least one material that responds chemically to the activator.

US Pat. No. 11,027,518

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE MULTI-LAYER MATERIAL

1. Electrically conductive multi-layer material (1) for applying it under a non-conductive water insulation layer, comprising a woven glass fibre web (2) which comprises a binding agent (4) which is a polyvinyl acetate (PVA) and a fire retardant compound (5) which is an organozinc compound, and is impregnated with electrically conductive carbon particles (6), wherein one side of the glass fibre web (2) is coated with a metallic electrically conductive layer (10) by the means of vacuum deposition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,517

DECORATIVE LAMINATES INCLUDING THERMOPLASTIC INK LAYERS AND RELATED METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

11. A method of forming a decorative laminate, the method comprising:providing a reinforcing layer having a rigid film that defines a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
forming a decorative pattern of the decorative laminate by applying a thermoplastic ink layer to the first surface of the reinforcing layer;
applying heat, via an oven, to partially solidify the thermoplastic ink layer applied to the first surface;
coupling a film layer to the thermoplastic ink layer, the film layer to protect the decorative pattern formed by the thermoplastic ink layer, the thermoplastic ink layer to remain partially solidified during coupling of the film layer to the thermoplastic ink layer;
contacting a heated press to the film layer;
embossing, via the heated press, the decorative laminate-to define an embossed shape of the decorative laminate, wherein the decorative laminate is to be heated by the heated press to a temperature of at least about 300 degrees Fahrenheit to set the embossed shape of the decorative laminate; and
fully solidifying, via the heated press, the partially solidified thermoplastic ink layer during the embossing of the decorate laminate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,515

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MULTI-LAYERED BOARD HAVING AT LEAST THREE MEDIUMS WITH AT LEAST TWO MEDIUMS BEING DIFFERENT

Scorrboard LLC, Tukwila,...

1. A board product, comprising:a first medium formed from a first paper having a machine direction and cross direction, the first medium having stretched fibers aligned in the machine direction and having one or more score lines having axes aligned with the machine direction of the first medium, wherein a width of the first medium in the cross direction after inducement of the score lines is equivalent to a width of the first medium in the cross direction before inducement of the score lines;
a second medium formed from a second paper having a machine direction and a cross direction, the second medium affixed with respect to the first medium and having one or more flutes aligned with the cross direction of the second paper; and
a third medium affixed to the first medium.

US Pat. No. 11,027,514

ULTRATHIN HOLLOW PLATES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVE...

1. A nanocardboard structure comprising:at least two parallel planar films separated from each other by a gap of from about 0.1 micrometers to about 1000 micrometers; and
a webbing disposed between the at least two parallel planar films, wherein the at least two parallel planar films comprise perforations that match a cross section of the webbing, wherein the nanocardboard including the webbing is fabricated as a monolithic structure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,513

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ARTICULATING BOARD PRODUCT HAVING A FACING WITH SCORE LINES IN REGISTER TO FLUTING

Scorrboard LLC, Tukwila,...

1. A board product, comprising:a facing having a plurality of continuous scores at equidistant intervals throughout the facing;
a medium coupled to the facing and having a plurality of flutes having valleys and crests at equidistant intervals throughout the medium, wherein each valley of the medium is aligned with a continuous score of the facing; and
an articulation point located at a region of the facing and at a region of the medium, the articulation point having a bend in the facing and in the medium wherein a first one of the plurality of scores is disposed in the facing and aligned parallel and congruent with a valley of a first flute of the medium and a second one of the plurality of scores is disposed in the facing and aligned parallel and congruent with a valley of a second flute of the medium;
wherein scores in the facing that are not associated with the articulation point remain unarticulated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,512

FORMING OF VACUUM BAG PACKAGING

CLOVER IMAGING GROUP, LLC...

1. A system for forming a packaging material to a desired configuration, the system comprising:a forming chamber configured to receive the packaging material, the forming chamber including a body and a closure sealingly engageable with the body and moveable between an open configuration for placement of the packaging material into the forming chamber and a closed configuration in which the forming chamber is sealed with the packing material wholly within the sealed forming chamber;
a vacuum system fluidly communicating with the forming chamber and operable to establish a vacuum within the sealed forming chamber around the entire packaging material;
a forming die positioned within the forming chamber; and
an actuator operable to urge the packaging material and the forming die into engagement with one another while the vacuum system maintains the vacuum within the forming chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,027,511

SHEET STOCK MATERIAL CONFIGURATION AND APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FEEDING SHEET STOCK MATERIAL TO A DUNNAGE SYSTEM

Nuevopak Technology Compa...

1. A supply unit of pre-configured sheet stock material for a dunnage machine comprising:at least one middle longitudinal section;
a first laterally folded longitudinal section; and
a second laterally folded longitudinal section,
wherein a beginning section or finishing section of the supply unit comprises the first and second laterally folded longitudinal sections extending longitudinally further than the at least one middle longitudinal section or the at least one middle longitudinal section extending longitudinally further than the first and second laterally folded longitudinal sections, and
wherein both the first laterally folded longitudinal section and the second laterally folded longitudinal section each include a folded leading edge portion folded in a longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,510

SHEET-CUTTING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CUTTING SHEET, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Nihon Seizuki Kogyo Co., ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a first processing section which forms a plurality of first processing lines, extending in a first direction (an X axial direction) on a sheet as an object to be processed by selectively making a plurality of tools contact with and release from the sheet, and relatively moving the plurality of tools to the first direction with respect to the sheet, at a first position, the plurality of tools comprising a plurality of first blades to cut the sheet;
a second processing section which forms a plurality of second processing lines, extending in a second direction (a Y axial direction) orthogonal to the first direction on the sheet by selectively making a plurality of tools contact with and release from the sheet and relatively moving the plurality of tools to the second direction with respect to the sheet, at a second position, the plurality of tools comprising a plurality of second blades to cut the sheet;
a third processing section which forms a third processing line that is an aslant line or a curved line, on the sheet, by making a third blade contact with and release from the sheet, and relatively moving the sheet and the blade, at a third position, the blade being configured to cut the sheet;
a conveyance mechanism which conveys the sheet among the first position, the second position, and the third position;
an up-down moving motor which causes a movement of the blade which cuts the sheet in a third direction (a Z axial direction) orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction; and
an angle adjustment motor which causes a rotation of the blade about an axis along the third direction,
wherein the first processing section, the second processing section, and the third processing section are operable independently of each other and in parallel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,509

MOULD FOR A TIRE TREAD COMPRISING CONCEALED CHANNELS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A mould for moulding a tread of a tire, the tread having a thickness of material to be worn away and a tread surface adapted to come into contact with the road surface when the tire is running, said mould comprising:a moulding surface configured to mould the tread surface of the tread, said moulding surface comprising at least one moulding element formed of a blade and a bar, the blade being borne by the moulding surface of the mould so as to mould a sipe in the tread, the bar, borne by the blade forming an enlarged part of maximum width D, being configured to mould a channel in the tread, said channel itself being configured to form a new groove when the tread becomes part worn, this moulding element being such that each blade is delimited by two lateral faces forming between them a mean angle at least equal to 6 degrees and at most to 18 degrees, the blade having a maximum width LM at or proximate the moulding surface of the mould, this width gradually decreasing to be equal to a minimum width Lm at the connection with the bar, the minimum width Lm of the blade at the connection with the bar being at least equal to 0.2 times and at most equal to 0.4 times the maximum width D of the bar,
wherein curved arc surfaces, having a radius of curvature at least equal to 0.6 times and at most equal to 2 times the maximum width D of the bar, are formed where the blade meets the bar.

US Pat. No. 11,027,508

METHOD FOR RETREADING A TIRE CASING USING A ROLLER

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of retreading a tire casing, comprising the steps of;disposing a cured rubber tread in the form of a closed ring on a carcass with a layer of hot-melt material interposed between the tread and the carcass, and
rollering the tread by means of at least one roller with a width that is less than a width of the tread, a part of the layer of hot-melt material being heated locally at points just before the rollering without other parts of the hot-melt material being heated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,507

TIRE BUILDING DRUM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID TIRE BUILDING DRUM

VMI HOLLAND B.V.

1. A tire building drum comprising a left section, a right section and a center section which are rotatable about a central drum axis, wherein the center section forms a circumferential support surface of the tire building drum for supporting one or more tire components, wherein the left section and the right section are expandable in a radially outward direction with respect to the central drum axis, wherein the center section is supported on the left section and the right section and expandable in the radially outward direction with respect to the central drum axis together with the left section and the right section from a contracted position to an expanded position, wherein the tire building drum comprises a support member in the axial direction between the left section and the right section for supporting the center section in the radially outward direction, wherein the support member is connected to the center section and is movable together with the center section in the radially outward direction, wherein the tire building drum further comprises a blocking device for blocking the support member against movement in a radially inward direction with respect to the central drum axis when the center section is in the expanded position, wherein the blocking device comprises a blocking surface that is radially fixed with respect to the central drum axis, wherein the support member is arranged for abutting the blocking surface when the center section is in the contracted position, wherein the support member is arranged to be moved in the radially outward direction away from said blocking surface when the center section is moved towards the expanded position, wherein the blocking device further comprises a first blocking body that is insertable in a first insertion direction into a blocking position in which the first blocking body is located in the radially inward direction between the support member and the blocking surface to block movement of the support member in the radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,506

ACTUATING RING FOR TIRE MOLD ASSEMBLY

1. An actuating ring assembly for a tire mold comprising:a radially moveable tread mold portion operable with an upper sidewall portion and a lower sidewall portion to define a tire mold cavity in a closed position of the tire mold; and
an actuating ring slidably engaging the upper sidewall portion and the lower sidewall portion to provide radial and axial movement of the tread mold portion relative to the upper sidewall portion and the lower sidewall portion, the actuating ring having axially upper rectangular circumferential slots and axially lower rectangular circumferential slots axially offset from the axially upper slots, one of the axially upper slots being circumferentially longer than another of the axially upper slots, one of the axially lower slots being circumferentially longer than another of the axially lower slots.

US Pat. No. 11,027,505

METHOD FOR CHECKING FORMATION OF BEADS OF TYRES

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A method for checking the formation of beads of tyres in a tyre production line, the method comprising:arranging a carcass sleeve having end flaps turned up around respective annular anchoring structures in order to form respective beads;
rotating said carcass sleeve around an axis thereof;
during said rotation, acquiring at least one image representative of at least one circumferential portion of a radially external surface of said carcass sleeve, said at least one circumferential portion comprising respective edges of said end flaps turned up;
processing said at least one image in order to determine a circumferential trend of an axial distance of each edge from a reference plane on said carcass sleeve orthogonal with said axis; and
detecting possible defects of said beads as a function of said trend.

US Pat. No. 11,027,504

SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. A system for production of fiber composite components, comprising:at least a first fiber placement machine configured to apply fiber layers to a workpiece, the first fiber placement machine comprising a placement head for laying fibers on the workpiece and a tool table adapted for linear movement along a first axis and for pivoting about a vertical pivot axis; and
a further processing station, distinct from the first fiber placement machine, for modification of the workpiece,
wherein the workpiece can be brought both to the first fiber placement machine and to the further processing station by an automated conveyor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,503

FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

Covestro Deutschland AG, ...

1. A fiber reinforced polymer composite material, wherein:a. the fiber reinforced polymer composite material comprises a polymeric resin matrix in a continuous phase, and chemical fiber fabric and reinforced fibers dispersed in the polymeric resin matrix, and the chemical fiber fabric covers the reinforced fibers so as to avoid exposure of the reinforced fibers to an outside surface of the composite material;
b. the chemical fiber fabric is selected from the group consisting of plain cloth, twill, and sateen prepared from continuous fibers by a weaving method; or fabric prepared by a knitting method; or fabric directly prepared by a stitchbonding method and has a grammage in the range of 10-1800 g/m2; and
c. the fiber reinforced polymer composite material is prepared by a pultrusion process or a continuous laminate process.

US Pat. No. 11,027,502

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A NANOPORE IN A LIPID BILAYER

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A method of identifying a base of a nucleic acid molecule, comprising:recording a first electrical measurement indicative of the base of the nucleic acid molecule as a strand of the nucleic acid molecule moves through a nanopore under an applied electrical stimulus;
recording a second electrical measurement indicative of the base of the nucleic acid molecule wherein the second electrical measurement is a repeat electrical measurement; and
identifying the base based on the first electrical measurement wherein the repeat measurement is used to increase confidence in the identification, wherein the repeat electrical measurement corresponds to a different conformation of the nucleic acid molecule.

US Pat. No. 11,027,500

CONSTRUCTION OF STRUCTURES BY JOINING OF PRE-FORMED TAPE

Triad National Security, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spool comprising tape, the spool configured to dispense the tape;
a joining tractor configured to receive the tape from the spool and join a newly dispensed section tape to an adjacent inner section of the tape or to a foundation ring; and
juxtaposed rollers on opposite sides of the tape that are configured to guide the tape as the tape is joined, at least one of the juxtaposed rollers configured to provide propulsion for the joining tractor, wherein
the joining tractor is configured to move along the foundation ring, and subsequently, the adjacent inner section of tape, to attach a next section of the tape outside of the foundation ring or the adjacent inner section of the tape.

US Pat. No. 11,027,499

METHOD FOR CONNECTING HOLLOW PROFILES

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A method for producing a load-bearing structure, comprising:providing a semi-finished composite body having a plurality of plug-in regions each of which has an open end and one open side, the semi-finished composite body being formed from a first fiber/plastic composite material;
placing the semi-finished composite body in a mold;
placing ends of profiles in the open sides of the plug-in regions of the semi-finished composite body, each of the profiles having a hollow portion formed from a second fiber/plastic composite material and a rigid foam core filling and reinforcing all of the respective hollow portion; and
pressing the plug-in regions of the semi-finished composite body together with the ends of the profiles in the plug-in regions of the composite body in the mold to connect a plurality of sides of the ends of the profiles firmly to the semi-finished composite body; and
heating the regions of the semi-finished composite body that have been pressed to the ends of the profiles sufficiently to cross link plastic of the first fiber/plastic composite material to plastic of the second fiber/plastic composite material to form the load-bearing structure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,498

ULTRASONIC WELDING OF DISSIMILAR SHEET MATERIALS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method, of forming a welded component of dissimilar-material pieces by ultrasonic welding, comprising,placing a first thermoplastic piece atop a top surface of a higher melting temperate (HMT) piece, wherein the top surface of the HMT piece comprises a first set of holes each having an opening in the top surface, to cover the first set of holes in the HMT piece, and wherein the HMT piece further comprises a second set of holes, each having an opening at a bottom surface of the HMT piece;
placing a second thermoplastic piece adjacent the bottom surface of the HMT piece, covering the second set of holes in the HMT piece, sandwiching the HMT piece with the first thermoplastic piece;
applying ultrasonic energy to the thermoplastic piece above the first set of holes of the HMT piece using an ultrasonic horn to melt material of the first thermoplastic piece so that material melted fills the first set of holes of the HMT piece to create a weld point joining the first thermoplastic piece and the HMT piece to form the welded component; and
applying ultrasonic energy to the second thermoplastic piece below the second set of holes of the HMT piece, so that material of the second thermoplastic piece melts and flows into the second set of holes.

US Pat. No. 11,027,497

ANCHORING IN A LIGHTWEIGHT BUILDING ELEMENT

MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG,...

1. A method of anchoring a connector in a heterogeneous first object comprising a first building layer and, distally of the first building layer, an interlining layer, wherein the interlining layer has a density substantially lower than a density of the first building layer and/or a mechanical stability substantially lower than a mechanical stability of the first building layer, the method comprising the steps ofproviding the first object;
providing the connector that comprises thermoplastic material in a solid state and extends between a proximal end and a distal end;
bringing the connector into physical contact with the first building layer;
applying a first mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until the first building layer is pierced by the connector in a vibration assisted manner, and a distal portion of the connector reaches into the interlining layer;
applying a second mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates structures of the first object, and
stopping the second mechanical vibration and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection between the connector and the first object.

US Pat. No. 11,027,496

ADHESIVE BONDING AND SEALING OF SEAMS AND JOINTS

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A method of adhesive bonding and sealing comprising:directly applying sealing material at either seams or joints;
applying adhesive material at the seams or joints,
arranging the adhesive material to rest directly, at least in part, on the sealing material, and
causing the sealing material to flow into the seams or joints under the weight of the adhesive material as a result of the adhesive material having a higher viscosity than the sealing material in a liquid form of both the sealing material and the adhesive material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,495

OBJECT TEXTURIZER

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A texturizer, comprising:an extension arm;
a fine motor controller comprising a heating element, one or more texturizing tools and a fine motor which is operable to control respective positions and orientations of the heating element and the one or more texturizing tools; and
a gross motor controller interposed between the extension arm and the fine motor controller and operable to control a position and an orientation of the fine motor controller relative to the extension arm.

US Pat. No. 11,027,494

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN IRRADIATION SYSTEM OF AN APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORK PIECE

SLM Solutions Group AG, ...

1. An apparatus for associating a position in a construction data set with a position in a building section of the apparatus, comprising:a building section for generating a three-dimensional work piece, configured to receive a base element comprising a boundary surface;
an irradiation unit configured to generate a radiation beam and to scan the radiation beam over a predefined scanning field, wherein the predefined scanning field comprises at least part of the boundary surface of the base element;
a detecting unit configured to detect time-dependent electromagnetic radiation intensity of electromagnetic radiation emitted at a spot position of the radiation beam while the radiation beam is scanned over the scanning field; and
a controller configured to:
associate the detected electromagnetic radiation intensity with position information indicative of a current position of the radiation beam;
determine a position of the boundary surface of the base element with regard to the scanning field, based on intensity variations of the detected time-dependent electromagnetic radiation intensity and based on the position information, such that abrupt intensity variations over time are identified as corresponding to edges of the boundary surface;
associate a position in a construction data set with a position in the building section, based on the determined position of the boundary surface; and
associate a position of an additive boundary surface of an additive element defined by the construction data set with the determined position of the boundary surface of the base element.

US Pat. No. 11,027,493

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF A 3D PART

DASSAULT SYSTEMES, Veliz...

1. A computer-implemented method of additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional (3D) part, comprising:obtaining a surface representation of a 3D part in a 3D scene, the surface representation being enclosed inside a bounding volume;
discretizing the 3D scene into voxels;
forming an unsigned distance field by storing a minimal distance value to the surface representation of the 3D part for each voxel;
determining one or more voxels located outside the bounding volume, the one or more voxels located outside the bounding volume being associated with a label;
propagating flood filling the label until a stopping condition is met, which is reaching a gradient inversion of the distance field;
inverting the sign of a distance value of all unlabeled voxels to obtain a signed distance field;
computing an iso-surface of the 3D part at iso-value zero based on the signed distance field; and
additive manufacturing the 3D part,
wherein the propagating by flood filling the label until the stopping condition is met further comprises:
comparing the value of the minimal distance value of labelled voxel with the value of the minimal distance value of a neighbor unlabeled voxel, and
propagating the label to the unlabeled voxel if the minimal distance value of the neighbor unlabeled voxel is equal or lower that the value of the minimal distance value of labelled voxel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,492

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A quality control method of a stock of a base material for additive manufacture of components, comprising:selecting a batch of a base material out of a plurality of indexed batches of the stock, wherein base material assigned to the same batch index is indicative of a quality of the respective base material,
loading a quantity of base material of the selected batch into a manufacturing system,
additively manufacturing a component from the base material, wherein the base material of the selected batch is exposed to manufacturing conditions in a build area, and
increasing the batch index of the base material remaining after the additive manufacture in the build area, wherein a magnitude of the increase reflects an extent of an exposure of the base material remaining to the manufacturing conditions in the build area during the additive manufacturing of the component,
wherein a control system tracks the base material and its quality by means of the batch index of the base material, during a plurality of manufacturing jobs,
wherein the quantity of base material loaded into the manufacturing system is entered manually into the control system and a quantity of the base material remaining after the additive manufacture is automatically calculated by the control system, and
wherein the base material and its quality are tracked in that the stock of the base material is retained in a plurality of containers which are numbered and assigned to a batch index each.

US Pat. No. 11,027,491

POWDER RECIRCULATING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of making a part by an additive manufacturing process, comprising the steps of:(a) supporting a solid build platform on top of a support surface that includes openings extending therethrough;
(b) traversing a powder dispenser positioned above the support surface across the build platform, while dispensing powder from the powder dispenser, so as to deposit the powder over the build platform, wherein some of the powder dispensed falls through the openings in the support surface and into a collection hopper;
(c) traversing the build platform with a scraper to scrape the deposited powder, so as to form a layer increment of powder, wherein excess powder is scraped from the solid build platform and through the openings in the support surface and into the collection hopper;
(d) using a directed energy source to fuse the layer increment of powder in a pattern corresponding to a cross-sectional layer of the part; and
(e) repeating in a cycle steps (b) through (d) to build up the part in a layer-by-layer fashion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,490

RAPID PROTOTYPING APPARATUS

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. Apparatus for producing a three-dimensional model by sequentially forming layers of photopolymer material one on top of the other responsive to data defining the three-dimensional model, the apparatus comprising:at least one printing head configured to selectively dispense the photopolymer material responsive to data defining a shape of the three-dimensional model;
an array of LEDs controllable to provide radiation to polymerize the photopolymer material, wherein the LEDs in said array are non-packaged LEDs; and
a controller configured to:
control the at least one printing head to dispense the photopolymer material to sequentially form the layers of photopolymer material; and
to turn on the array of LEDs to provide the radiation to cure the photopolymer material when situated above the photopolymer material and to turn off the array of LEDs when not situated above the photopolymer material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,489

CONSUMPTION OF MATERIAL IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method for additive manufacturing comprising:obtaining a material consumption policy;
obtaining a digital representation of a three-dimensional (3D) structure, said digital representation comprising a plurality of voxels;
identifying, in said 3D structure, defined regions consisting of non-versatile voxels:
identifying, in said 3D structure, undefined regions consisting of versatile voxels;
selecting a consumable material for each of said non-versatile voxels;
selecting a consumable material for each of said versatile voxels according to said material consumption policy; and
printing said 3D structure, voxel by voxel, using said digital representation and said material selected for each of said plurality of voxels, wherein said consumption policy comprises applying a weighting to each one of said at least two available consumption materials, and said selecting a consumable material for each of said versatile voxels comprises minimizing a cost function associated with said weightings.

US Pat. No. 11,027,488

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, AND JIG

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus comprising:a material ejector that ejects a material of a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object onto a work on which the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped;
a light beam irradiator that irradiates the ejected material with a light beam; and
a jig to which the work is detachably attached and that includes a channel supplied with a cooling medium for cooling the work,
wherein the channel is formed on a contact surface side where said jig is in contact with the work, and is open to the contact surface side so that the cooling medium contacts the work, and is formed in a concentric shape with respect to a center of said jig.

US Pat. No. 11,027,486

SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES FOR REINFORCING COMPONENTS OF ARTICLES OF WEAR

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of reinforcing a footwear component, the method comprising:applying a thermoplastic powder to the footwear component;
leveling at least a portion of the thermoplastic powder;
selectively applying thermal energy to the footwear component to at least partially bond the thermoplastic powder with the footwear component; and
compressing the thermoplastic powder and the footwear component to increase a density of the thermoplastic powder.

US Pat. No. 11,027,485

SHEET-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a part, the method comprising steps of:forming a stack from at least two sheets of fusible material, the at least two sheets comprising a bottom sheet that comprises a bottom-sheet top surface, a bottom-sheet bottom surface, and a bottom-sheet thickness, separating the bottom-sheet top surface and the bottom-sheet bottom surface, and a top sheet that comprises a top-sheet top surface, a top-sheet bottom surface, and a top-sheet thickness, separating the top-sheet top surface and the top-sheet bottom surface, wherein the bottom sheet and the top sheet are stacked such that the top-sheet bottom surface and the bottom-sheet top surface form an interface between the top sheet and the bottom sheet;
directing a laser beam through the top-sheet top surface and through the top-sheet thickness such that the laser beam passes through the top-sheet top surface and through the top-sheet thickness without transferring energy to any portion of the top sheet so that no portion of the top sheet is melted; and
transferring the energy from the laser beam, directed through the top-sheet top surface and the top-sheet thickness, to multiple spaced-apart regions of the interface between the top sheet and the bottom sheet such that only a portion of the top-sheet thickness, abutting the multiple spaced-apart regions of the interface between the top sheet and the bottom sheet, and only a portion of the bottom-sheet thickness, abutting the multiple spaced-apart regions of the interface between the top sheet and the bottom sheet, are melted;
wherein melted portions of the top sheet of the stack and the bottom sheet of the stack define a fused portion of the of the stack and the fused portion of the stack defines at least a portion of the part.

US Pat. No. 11,027,483

VALVE INCORPORATING TEMPORARY PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

University of Florida Res...

1. A method of selectively blocking or opening a passage using a granular gel that is a thixotropic material, the method comprising:blocking the passage using the granular gel, wherein the granular gel comprises a cross-linked polymer network that is solvated in a solvent and wherein the blocking comprises:
operating at least one pump to dispense the granular gel into the passage by applying a first pressure to the granular gel that is above a yield stress of the granular gel and causes a first phase change in the granular gel; and
after the granular gel is in the passage, operating the at least one pump to impose a second pressure on the passage that is below the yield stress of the granular gel and causing a second phase change in the granular gel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,482

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF MULTI-COMPONENT PARTS FOR CUSTOMIZABLE ENERGETIC SYSTEMS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method of producing an energetic system, comprising the steps of:providing a support material comprising fuel constituents;
providing thermite explosive constituents;
providing an additive manufacturing system, wherein said additive manufacturing system comprises:
a print head configured to extrude a print stream of said support material,
a motion controller configured to move said print head,
a build platform, and/or
a build platform motion controller configured to move said build platform;
printing a matrix with a multiplicity of open areas with said additive manufacturing system, wherein said matrix is made from said support material comprising said fuel constituents extruded from said print head; and
filling said multiplicity of open areas with an infill material to produce said energetic system, wherein said infill material comprises said thermite explosive constituents.

US Pat. No. 11,027,481

METHOD FOR TREATING MILLIMETRE AND/OR MICROMETRE AND/OR NANOMETRE STRUCTURES ON A SURFACE OF A SUBSTRATE

EV Group E. Thallner GmbH...

1. A method for treating a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the method comprises:providing a substrate having millimetre and/or micrometre and/or nanometre structures on at least the first surface, wherein the structures are produced by an imprinting process;
applying at least one mechanical stabilizer to the structures on the first surface, wherein the at least one mechanical stabilizer provides mechanical protection from loads and can be dissolved in a solvent, wherein the at least one mechanical stabilizer is applied by at least one of centrifugal coating, spray coating or immersion;
fixing the first surface having the at least one mechanical stabilizer applied thereto to a sample holder, wherein fixing includes directly fixing one of the at least one mechanical stabilizer to the sample holder, and using at least one of a vacuum fixing, an electrostatic fixing or a magnetic fixing to directly fix a portion of the one of the at least one mechanical stabilizer applied by centrifugal coating, spray coating or immersion to the sample holder; and
processing the second surface while the first surface is fixed to the sample holder.

US Pat. No. 11,027,480

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HIGH-PRESSURE TANK

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a high-pressure tank comprising:a step (a) of preparing a tank intermediate product including a fiber-reinforced resin layer formed by winding a carbon fiber impregnated with a thermosetting resin around a liner including a cap attached thereto; and
a step (b) of performing a process for induction-heating the fiber-reinforced resin layer of the tank intermediate product by induction-heating the fiber-reinforced resin layer using induction-heating means, wherein:
the induction-heating means comprises first induction-heating means for induction-heating a trunk part of the tank intermediate product and second induction-heating means for induction-heating a dome part of the tank intermediate product; and
a temperature of the trunk part of the tank intermediate product and a temperature of the dome part thereof are controlled independently of each other by controlling an output of the first induction-heating means and an output of the second induction-heating means independently of each other in the step (b).

US Pat. No. 11,027,479

THERMAL CONTROL MOLD FOR MAKING THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICROSTRUCTURES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for fabricating three-dimensional microstructures, the method comprising:disposing a substantially planar reflow material on a mold having a molding region, a boundary region, and a thermal-isolating region disposed therebetween, wherein the molding region includes a cavity formed therein and a protrusion projecting upwards from a bottom surface of the cavity and the thermal-isolating region includes at least one pocket formed adjacent to and along a perimeter of the cavity of the molding region, wherein
a thermal resistance of the thermal-isolating region is proportional to
where R3 is an outer radius of the thermal-isolating region, R2 is an inner radius of thermal-isolating region, T is a thickness of the mold, and Drecess2 is a depth of the at least one pocket of the thermal-isolating region, andthe mold has a geometrical relationship defined by two or more of [(R3?R2)/(T?Drecess2)], [(R2?R1)/Drecess1], and [(R2?R1)/Drecess2], where R1 is an outer radius of the cavity of the molding region and Drecess1 is a depth of the cavity of the molding region, wherein T and Drecess1 are different;
heating the reflow material while the reflow material is disposed on the mold, wherein a thermal resistance within the at least one pocket of the thermal-isolating region is greater than a thermal resistance of the molding region, and wherein the molding region has a first temperature higher than a second temperature of the boundary region and the thermal-isolating region divides thermal masses of the molding region and the boundary region; and
reflowing the reflow material towards the bottom surface of the cavity by creating a pressure gradient across the reflow material, whereby the protrusion extending from the bottom surface of the cavity helps to shape the reflow material and thereby form a three-dimensional microstructure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,478

THERMOFORM PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD OF FORMING-IN A FILM WEB INTO CARDBOARD ELEMENTS

1. A thermoform packaging machine comprising:a forming station having a forming tool lower part, the forming tool lower part being disposed for movement in a direction transverse to an operating direction of the thermoform packaging machine;
wherein the forming tool lower part comprises two reception units that each have one or a plurality of troughs, and each trough is configured for receiving therein a respective cardboard element;
wherein one reception unit is positionable at an infeed position laterally beside a machine frame of the thermoform packaging machine, while the other reception unit is at a forming position;
wherein, when the one reception unit with the cardboard element or cardboard elements is at the forming position, a first film web is formable into the forming tool lower part to form one or more containers in the first film; and
wherein the thermoform packaging machine is operable to transport the one or more containers out of the forming station in the operating direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,477

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A CONTAINER FILLED WITH FILLING MEDIUM

KHS Corpoplast GmbH, Ham...

1. A method for producing a container filled with a liquid product from a thermally conditioned preform made of a thermoplastic material, the method comprising steps of:stretching the preform in a blowing form with a stretching rod; and
inflating the perform in the blowing form to form the preform into the container and fill the container with the liquid product;
wherein the inflating step includes introducing a first fluid at a first pressure level into the preform in a pre-blowing phase, and introducing a second fluid at a second pressure level that is greater than the first pressure level into the preform in a main blowing phase,
wherein the first fluid is a blowing gas,
wherein the second fluid is the liquid product,
wherein the blowing gas comprises a mixture of at least two different supplied gases,
wherein one of the at least to different supplied gases is carbon dioxide, and
wherein at least a part of the carbon dioxide in the blowing gas separates out of the blowing gas and carbonates the liquid product in container at a conclusion of the main blowing phase.

US Pat. No. 11,027,476

MULTIPLE SCREW EXTRUDER IMPLEMENTED WITH VACUUM VENT AND SCREWS CONFIGURED TO DENSIFY, OR EXTRACT FLUID FROM, MATERIAL PROCESSED BY THE EXTRUDER

Entek Manufacturing LLC, ...

1. A multiple-screw extruder implemented with a vacuum vent positioned between spaced-apart material feed locations of an extruder barrel to facilitate densification of material introduced into a material feed location that is downstream of the vacuum vent, extraction of unwanted fluid from material introduced into the extruder, or both, the extruder comprising:a thermally controlled extruder barrel including multiple concatenated barrel segments defining a longitudinal axis and an interior of the extruder barrel through which multiple axially spaced-apart extruder screws extend, the interior of the extruder barrel having an interior surface;
a first feed location associated with a first opening formed in a first barrel segment of the multiple concatenated barrel segments, and a second feed location associated with a second opening formed in a second barrel segment of the multiple concatenated barrel segments, the second barrel segment positioned downstream of the first barrel segment;
a vacuum vent associated with a vent opening formed in a third barrel segment of the multiple concatenated barrel segments and positioned between the first and second feed locations, and the vacuum vent configured to apply vacuum to the vent opening in the third barrel segment for passage through the vacuum vent to a free volume between the interior surface of the extruder barrel and a section of each of the multiple extruder screws, the sections of the multiple extruder screws functioning as a filter zone; and
each section of the multiple extruder screws of the filter zone having lengthwise mixing elements located between the vacuum vent and the second opening associated with the second feed location, the section of each of the multiple extruder screws having a diameter, d, a length, l, and an l/d ratio within a range of between about 0.25:1 and about 12:1, the mixing elements of the filter zone configured to allow polymeric material introduced at the first feed location to flow as molten polymeric material through the filter zone along the longitudinal axis of the extruder barrel and to capture material introduced at the second feed location so as to prevent the vacuum from drawing through the vacuum vent an appreciable amount of the material, and the mixing elements of the filter zone configured to prevent the flow of molten polymeric material from completely filling the free volume between the extruder screws and the interior surface of the extruder barrel so as not to form a dynamic seal and thereby allow the vacuum to extract through the vacuum vent unwanted fluid present in the filter zone.

US Pat. No. 11,027,475

SCREW-TYPE EXTRUDER

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Hyogo ...

1. A screw extruder which extrudes a kneaded material,comprising:
a screw having a helical flight provided on an outer peripheral surface of a shaft portion thereof; and
a chamber housing the screw, wherein
a flight thickening portion is provided at a part which is a tip portion of the flight and is on the reverse side of a rotation direction of the flight;
the flight thickening portion extends from the tip portion, along the flight toward the shaft portion, to a reverse surface of the flight thickening portion;
the reverse surface of the flight thickening portion is disposed such that a gap is formed between the reverse surface of the flight thickening portion and the shaft portion; and
a thickness of the flight is uniform from the tip portion to the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,474

FLUIDIC SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INDUCING ANISOTROPY IN POLYMERIC MATERIALS

Beth Israel Deaconess Med...

1. A fluidic device for forming a polymer sheet from a polymer liquid while applying flow constriction thereto, comprising:a polymer distribution fluidic network comprising a plurality of polymer distribution microfluidic or mesofluidic channels, said polymer distribution microfluidic or mesofluidic channels comprising laterally arrayed outlets arranged to form the polymer solution liquid sheet when a polymer solution is provided to a proximal inlet of said polymer distribution fluidic network;
a first flow-confining distribution fluidic network comprising a plurality of first flow-confining microfluidic or mesofluidic channels, said first flow-confining microfluidic or mesofluidic channels comprising laterally arrayed outlets arranged to form a first flow-confining liquid sheet when a flow-confining solution is provided to a proximal inlet of said first flow-confining distribution fluidic network;
a second flow-confining distribution fluidic network comprising a plurality of second flow-confining microfluidic or mesofluidic channels, said second flow-confining microfluidic or mesofluidic channels comprising laterally arrayed outlets arranged to form a second flow-confining liquid sheet when the flow-confining solution is provided to a proximal inlet of said second flow-confining distribution fluidic network;
a first flow conduit having an inlet in flow communication with said laterally arrayed outlets of said polymer distribution fluidic network, said laterally arrayed outlets of said first flow-confining distribution fluidic network and said laterally arrayed outlets of said second flow-confining distribution fluidic network, wherein distal portions of said polymer distribution fluidic network, said first flow-confining distribution fluidic network and said second flow-confining distribution fluidic network are arranged in a stacked configuration along a stacking direction, such that a layered flow is formed within said first flow conduit when the flow-confining solution is provided to said proximal inlets of said first flow-confining distribution fluidic network and said second flow-confining distribution fluidic network, the layered flow comprising the polymer solution liquid sheet, contacted and sheathed on opposing sides thereof by the first flow-confining liquid sheet and the second flow-confining liquid sheet; and
a second flow conduit having an inlet in flow communication with an outlet of said first flow conduit, said second flow conduit having a height, as determined along the stacking direction, that is less than the height of said first flow conduit, and said second flow conduit having a cross-sectional area, perpendicular to a flow direction, that is less than a cross-sectional area of said first flow conduit, the second flow conduit thereby forming a flow constriction suitable for reducing a thickness of the polymer liquid sheet via hydrodynamic focusing as the layered flow flows into and through said second flow conduit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,473

MULTILAYERED ARTICLE COMPRISING POLYPROPYLENE IMPACT COPOLYMERS, AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Braskem America, Inc., P...

1. A polymer sheet, comprising:a core layer comprising a propylene impact copolymer (ICP), the propylene ICP comprising:
(a) a matrix comprising a polypropylene homopolymer or a propylene/alpha-olefin random copolymer which comprises greater than 50 wt. % of units derived from propylene monomer, and
(b) a dispersed copolymer which comprises ethylene and a C3-C8 ?-olefin,
wherein the ICP has a first melting point between 100° C. and 130° C. and a second melting point between 106° C. and 180° C.; and
a first additional layer comprising a first polymer composition,
wherein the molar ratio of ethylene monomer in the dispersed phase is greater than 0.82.

US Pat. No. 11,027,472

TYRE STRIP EXTRUSION APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING TREAD AND/OR SIDE STRIPS FOR TYRES, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TREAD OR SIDE STRIP OF A TYRE

KRAUSSMAFFEI BERSTORFF GM...

1. A tyre strip extrusion apparatus for producing a tread and/or side strip for a tyre, comprising:a first extruder including a first screw which defines a first longitudinal axis;
a second extruder including a screw which defines a second longitudinal axis;
a third extruder including a screw which defines a third longitudinal axis;
a fourth extruder including a screw which defines a fourth longitudinal axis;
an extrusion head including a head housing having at least four feed openings which are connected to the first, second, third and fourth extruders in one-to-one correspondence for feed of extrusion material; and
an extrusion moulding tool connected to the head housing, said extrusion moulding tool including a profile plate formed with an outlet opening which communicates with the feed openings so as to enable extrusion material to flow from the feed openings along respective material paths to the outlet opening for extruding a web from the extrusion material, a first distributor plate which bears against the head housing along a first parting surface, and a second distributor plate which is arranged upstream of the profile plate in a flow direction of the extrusion material, with the first distributor plate bearing against the second distributor plate along a second parting surface, said first and second distributor plates configured such that at least a majority of the material paths runs through the first and second parting surfaces,
wherein the second distributor plate has a first guide channel which extends at least partially along a third parting surface of the second distributor plate downstream the second parting surface,
wherein the second distributor plate has a bore, said first guide channel being connected to the bore,
wherein the first guide channel has at an end facing away from the bore a branching point into a first channel branch and a second channel branch, so that extrusion material flowing out from the bore in the first guide channel flows in the flow direction downstream of the branching point into the first channel branch and into the second channel branch,
wherein, at least partially along the second parting surface, the first distributor plate has a second guide channel connected to the bore and a third guide channel having three branches.

US Pat. No. 11,027,471

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A SHUTTER OF A PLASTICS INJECTION SYSTEM

RUNIPSYS EUROPE, Mery (F...

1. A system for controlling a shutter arranged to slide in a plastic material injection nozzle, comprising:a hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder coupled to said shutter to make it slide between a shutting off position of the nozzle and a maximum opening position of the nozzle,
a distribution device for distributing fluid to the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder, comprising:
a first path in fluidic connection with a first chamber of the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder,
a second path in fluidic connection with a second chamber of the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder,
a third path for supplying fluid from a reservoir,
a main solenoid valve arranged to establish selectively a fluidic connection between the third path and the first or the second path,
at least two elements selected from:
a first unidirectional regulator of the flow of fluid arranged in the fluidic connection between the first path and the first chamber of the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder, said first regulator being regulated to a first constant flow,
a second unidirectional regulator of the flow of fluid arranged in the fluidic connection between the first path and the first chamber of the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder in series or in parallel with the first regulator, said second regulator being regulated to a second constant flow greater than the first flow,
a solenoid valve arranged so as to selectively block the circulation of fluid between the first path and the first chamber of the hydraulic or pneumatic actuating cylinder,
at least two electrical control members adapted to displace at least one moveable member so as to selectively establish at least two different configurations of the fluid circuit within the distribution device, said configurations being selected in such a way that in the course of an opening cycle, the fluid passes successively through each of said at least two elements,
a sequential control unit comprising at least two control paths each electrically connected to an electric member for controlling the distribution device, said control unit being configured to send selectively an electrical control signal via one and/or the other of said control paths such that:
under the effect of a first signal sent via a first control path, the distribution device adopts a first configuration,
under the effect of a second signal sent via a second control path, the distribution device adopts a second configuration different from the first.

US Pat. No. 11,027,470

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING INJUECTION-MOLDED ARTICLE

CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD....

1. A molding system for preparing an injection-molded article, comprising:a molding machine, including a barrel, a screw mounted for moving within the barrel, a driving motor driving the screw to move a molding resin;
a mold disposed on the molding machine and connected to the barrel of the molding machine to receive the molding resin, and having a mold cavity with a die swell structure for being filled with the molding resin;
a processing module simulating a filling process of the molding resin from the barrel into the molding cavity based on a molding condition including a predetermined screw speed for the molding machine, wherein simulating the filling process of the molding resin comprises simulating a die swell effect of the molding resin in the die swell structure by taking into consideration of an effective factor, a shear viscosity, an extension viscosity and a shear rate of the molding resin; and
a controller operably communicating with the processing module to receive the molding conditions and with the molding machine to control the driving motor of the molding machine based on the molding conditions to move the screw at the predetermined screw speed to transfer the molding resin at a corresponding flow rate to perform an actual molding process for preparing the injection-molded article;
wherein the processing module performs a model to simulate the die swell effect of the molding resin, and the model is represented by an expression:

where ? represents a stress distribution, ??* represents a rate of change of the stress distribution, Wi(?) represents an viscoelastic property of the molding resin, ?W(?) represents the weighted viscosity distribution of the molding resin, D represents a rate of deformation of the molding resin, and ? represents the shear rate of the molding resin.

US Pat. No. 11,027,469

MOLD SYSTEM INCLUDING SEPARABLE, VARIABLE MOLD PORTIONS FOR FORMING CASTING ARTICLE FOR INVESTMENT CASTING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming a casting article for investment casting, the casting article including a core surrounded by a solidified sacrificial material, the method comprising:additively manufacturing a plurality of separable mold portions for a mold for forming the casting article, the plurality of separable mold portions including a set of varied interchangeable versions of a selected separable mold portion, each varied interchangeable version of the selected separable mold portion configured to accommodate a different core of a plurality of varied cores;
forming the mold about a selected core of the plurality of varied cores by coupling two or more mold-selected separable mold portions together, the mold-selected separable mold portions selected to accommodate the selected core of the plurality of varied cores, wherein the forming further includes positioning the selected core in the mold to form a space between an exterior surface of the selected core and an interior surface of the mold;
casting the casting article by introducing a sacrificial material fluid into the space between the exterior surface of the selected core and the interior surface of the mold and about the exterior surface of the selected core, the sacrificial material fluid comprising a wax or a polymer, the sacrificial material fluid when solidified forming the sacrificial material about the selected core;
coating the casting article with a ceramic material to form a ceramic mold for the investment casting; and
wherein each separable mold portion includes a mold thermal conducting conduit therein configured to conduct a temperature controlled thermal fluid therethrough to control a temperature of at least the respective separable mold portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,468

MANIFOLD DEVICE FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING NOZZLE, INJECTION MOLDING NOZZLE WITH MANIFOLD DEVICE AND INJECTION MOLDING TOOL WITH INJECTION MOLDING NOZZLE AND MANIFOLD DEVICE

1. A manifold device for an injection-molding nozzle for an injection-molding tool comprising: a main manifold channel for an injection-molding compound, which the main manifold channel extends from an inlet opening into the manifold device as far as at least two transfer openings, and with at least two manifold channels which each extend from a transfer opening to an outlet opening and are each fluidically connected by the transfer opening to the main manifold channel, characterized in that the at least two transfer openings open into the main manifold channel at at least two different heights in the longitudinal direction of the main manifold channel, wherein the at least two transfer openings open into the main manifold channel on two planes which are spaced apart from each other in the longitudinal direction of the main manifold channel, and wherein the outlet openings are located,1) in the longitudinal direction of the main manifold channel, between the two planes of the at least two transfer openings;
2) in a third plane that is arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the main manifold channel; or
3) in a third plane that is arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the main manifold channel and between the two planes of the at least two transfer openings.

US Pat. No. 11,027,466

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING FOAM MOLDED PARTS WITH AESTHETIC SURFACES BY FOAM INJECTION MOLDING

INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP G...

1. A process for producing a foam molded part by foam injection molding, which comprises the following steps:a) providing a melt of a foamable material S comprising a thermoplastic polymer matrix M and at least one foaming agent F selected from chemical foaming agents releasing carbon dioxide and physical foaming agents selected from nitrogen and carbon dioxide,
wherein the thermoplastic polymer matrix M comprises at least one thermoplastic styrene copolymer P consisting of, based on P:
1.1 5-95% by weight of a copolymer A consisting of, based on A:
1.1.1 70-76% by weight, of one or more vinyl aromatic monomer(s) A1 selected from styrene and substituted styrenes,
1.1.2 24-30% by weight, of one or more vinyl cyanide monomer(s) A2 selected from acrylonitrile, methacrylonitrile, or mixtures thereof, and
1.1.3 0-6% by weight, of one or more unsaturated copolymerizable monomers A3,
1.2 5-60% by weight of a graft rubber B consisting of, based on B:
1.2.1 10-95% by weight of a graft base B1 comprising, based on B1:
1.2.1.1 80-100% by weight of one or more rubber type monomer(s) B11 selected from butadiene, isoprene, and C1-C10 alkyl acrylates, and
1.2.1.2 0-20% by weight of one or more polyfunctional crosslinking monomer(s) B12, and
1.2.2 5-90% by weight of a graft shell B2 comprising, based on B2:
1.2.2.1 75-85% by weight of one or more vinyl aromatic monomer(s) B21 selected from styrene and substituted styrenes,
1.2.2.2 15-25% by weight of one or more vinyl cyanide monomer(s) B22 selected from acrylonitrile, methacrylonitrile, or mixtures thereof, and
1.2.2.3 0-10% by weight of one or more unsaturated copolymerizable monomers B23;
b) filling a mold cavity K with the melt of the foamable material S by injection;
c) foaming the foamable material S in the mold cavity K by reduction of pressure and/or increase in temperature;
d) taking out the foam molded part; and
e) optionally further working of the foam molded part;wherein the melt temperature shortly before or during injection of the melt into the mold cavity in step b) is in the range of 255° C. to 300° C., and wherein the mold temperature in step b) is in the range of 50° C. to 150° C., andwherein filling of the mold cavity K with the melt of the foamable material S by injection in step b) is carried out with an injection speed in the range of 100 to 200 ccm/s.

US Pat. No. 11,027,465

METHODS FOR FORMING ROTOR BLADES HAVING FOAM CORES

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A method comprising:positioning at least one nozzle within a hollow portion of a rotor blade at a distance associated with a span of the rotor blade, wherein the hollow portion of the rotor blade has a fixed volume between an outboard end and an inboard end of the rotor blade; and
providing, via the at least one nozzle, a liquid foam mixture in the hollow portion, wherein the liquid foam expands and becomes a solid foam material that fills the hollow portion of the rotor blade;
wherein the hollow portion of the rotor blade is defined, at least in part, by an aft wall of a spar of the rotor blade, at least a portion of an inner surface of an upper skin of the rotor blade, at least a portion of an inner surface of a lower skin of the rotor blade, and a forward wall of a trailing edge wedge of the rotor blade for the span of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 11,027,464

HEADREST AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE HEADREST

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of manufacturing a headrest, the headrest including a stay, a skin material, a cushion material that is foam-molded integrally with the stay inside the skin material and that has a hollow portion therein, and a dynamic damper that is attached to the stay and that is disposed in the hollow portion in such a manner as not to abut on the cushion material, the method comprising:arranging the skin material in a molding die;
arranging the stay, to which an air bag is attached in such a manner as to cover the dynamic damper, inside the skin material;
injecting a foamable synthetic resin raw material into the skin material to foam-mold the injected foamable synthetic resin raw material integrally with the stay; and
taking out the air bag from the headrest after foam formation and solidification of the foamable synthetic resin raw material, or perforating a hole in the air bag and removing air therefrom after foam formation and solidification of the foamable synthetic resin raw material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,463

MOLDING RESIN TO FORM CONTINUOUS STRUCTURES

Velcro IP Holdings LLC, ...

1. A molding apparatus comprising:a movable molding surface defining an array of molding cavities;
a pressure shoe having a generally stationary outer surface defining in cooperation with the molding surface a pressure zone; and
a resin source configured to introduce molten resin into the pressure zone to be forced into at least some of the molding cavities by pressure in the pressure zone;
wherein the molding surface is movable with respect to the pressure shoe to progressively introduce molding cavities to the pressure zone to be filled with resin while the outer surface of the pressure shoe and the molding surface define therebetween an entrance gap of progressively decreasing gap width upstream of the pressure zone with the outer surface of the pressure shoe spaced from the molding surface in the pressure zone to define a minimum gap at which the outer surface of the pressure shoe has a slope essentially and locally parallel to the molding surface, and
wherein the pressure shoe is adapted to be held in a flexed condition against resin in the pressure zone while forcing resin into the cavities, with the outer surface of the pressure shoe curved upstream of the pressure zone.

US Pat. No. 11,027,462

POLYDIMETHYLSILOXANE FILMS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A roll-to-roll processing method of producing a thin PDMS film, the steps comprising:coupling a first layer of a water-soluble polymer to a substrate;
drying the first layer of the water-soluble polymer;
subsequent to drying the first layer, coupling a second layer of a crosslinkable PDMS polymer to the first layer of the water-soluble polymer; and
drying and crosslinking the second layer of the crosslinkable PDMS polymer to form the thin PDMS film coupled to the substrate through the water-soluble polymer;
wherein the thin PDMS film has a thickness of less than 500 ?m.

US Pat. No. 11,027,461

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING MATERIALS OVER FASTENER HEADS PROTRUDING FROM NON-HORIZONTAL SURFACES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applicator for applying a material over a fastener head, protruding from a non-horizontal surface of a part, the applicator comprising:an enclosure,comprising:
a wall, comprising:
an inner side;
an interior surface on the inner side; and
an outer side, opposite the inner side; and
an interior space, defined by the interior surface of the wall;
a daubing lever that passes through the wall of the enclosure and that is movably coupled to the enclosure, and wherein the daubing lever comprises:
an actuation end, located on the outer side of the wall of the enclosure;
a working end, located opposite the actuation end on the inner side of the wall of the enclosure; and
an abutment portion, located at one of the actuation end, the working end, or between the actuation end and the working end; and
a biasing element, configured to impart a moment on the daubing lever to bias the abutment portion of the daubing lever toward the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,460

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING ITEMS UTILIZING A PLANAR SUPPORT MEMBER

1. A method of manufacturing a decorative item, the method comprising:obtaining a component support assembly that includes at least a first component on a top surface of a planar support member, wherein the first component comprises a plurality of spaced-apart members, each of the members having side surfaces, a planar top surface, a planar bottom surface, and a thickness between the top surface and the bottom surface, wherein the members all have the same thickness;
placing a frame relative to the top surface of the planar support member such that the frame surrounds the first component, the frame having a plurality of side members defining an open interior of the frame, wherein when placed relative to the top surface of the planar support member, the plurality of side members and a portion of the planar support member define a frame cavity;
depositing a liquid second component material into the frame cavity and onto the component support assembly, such that the second component material is in contact with an inner surface of each of the plurality of side members of the frame, the side surfaces of the first component members so as to surround each member of the first component, and the top surface of the planar support member;
allowing the second component material to harden to form a second component that is secured to the first component and at least a portion of the top surface of the planar support member, wherein the first component, the second component, and the planar support member together form an unfinished item;
removing the frame from the unfinished item; and
removing the planar support member from the first component and the second component to reveal a bottom surface of the item, the bottom surface of the item having exposed surfaces of the first component and the second component, wherein the upper surfaces of the first component and the second component are also exposed surfaces, and wherein the first component and the hardened second component have a different color or translucency.

US Pat. No. 11,027,459

FUEL TANK PRODUCING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel tank producing apparatus comprising:a rotating portion adapted to rotate a tank container about a central axis of the tank container;
a heated gas intake chamber that receives heated gas from a hot gas generator, the heated gas being capable of curing a thermosetting resin that forms the tank container; and
a nozzle coupled to the heated gas intake chamber and adapted to blow the heated gas received from the heated gas intake chamber onto a surface of the tank container to cure the thermosetting resin while the tank container is being rotated, wherein
the rotating portion is configured to rotate the tank container in a reverse direction of a direction of blowing the heated gas from the nozzle so that a portion of the surface onto which the heated gas is blown by the nozzle moves toward the nozzle as the tank container is rotated in the reverse direction,
the nozzle is located at a position displaced away from a plane that extends through the central axis of the tank container as viewed from a direction of the central axis of the tank container, and
the nozzle blows the heated gas in a blowing direction that (i) is parallel to the plane and (ii) does not intersect the central axis of the tank container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,457

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING MIXING OF CEMENT SLURRY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:providing a mixing system, comprising:
a recirculation tub comprising at least one agitator;
a recirculation cement mixer fluidly connected to the recirculation tub, wherein the recirculation cement mixer has a recirculation fluid inlet, a water inlet, and a cement powder inlet;
a recirculation pump fluidly connected to the recirculation tub via a recirculation manifold, wherein the recirculation manifold directs fluid towards the recirculation pump;
a recirculation discharge manifold in fluid communication with the recirculation pump at a first end of the recirculation discharge manifold and the recirculation fluid inlet at a second end of the recirculation discharge manifold, wherein the recirculation pump directs fluid toward the recirculation inlet via the recirculation discharge manifold; and
a sensor attached to the recirculation discharge manifold, wherein the sensor comprises an air entrainment sensor and is configured to measure a property of a fluid in the recirculation discharge manifold, wherein the property of the fluid being measured comprises an air entrainment measurement;
recirculating the fluid from the recirculation tub through the recirculation pump to the recirculation cement mixer via the recirculation fluid inlet;
measuring the property of the fluid in the recirculation discharge manifold with the sensor;
transmitting signal representing the property being measured from the sensor to a control system; and
adjusting the mixing system in response to the measurement signal, wherein the mixing system is adjusted in response to the measurement signal indicating that the air entrainment of the fluid is above about 6% of a volume of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 11,027,456

CERAMIC COMPOSITE

Shildan, Inc., Mount Lau...

1. A method of firing clay or ceramic elements in a roller kiln, comprising the steps ofseparately extruding a pair of first and second ceramic elements to each have a plurality of protruding plateaus and adjacent recesses, with said protruding plateaus each in the shape of a substantially rectangular parallelepiped and adjacent recesses substantially in the same shape,
passing the first ceramic element on rollers through the roller kiln,
passing the second ceramic element on rollers through the roller kiln, and
mating and securing the first and second ceramic elements together by interlocking the respective plateaus and recesses, after passing each said ceramic element through the roller kiln, such that a lateral edge defined by said interlocking plateaus and recesses being substantially flat, and
said elements defining top, bottom, front, back and lateral surfaces when interlocked,
with said front and back surfaces being substantially flat and parallel to one another, and said lateral surfaces being substantially flat and parallel to one another, to define a noncircular shape when said elements are interlocked.

US Pat. No. 11,027,455

FORMLINER FOR FORMING A PATTERN IN CURABLE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF USE

1. A formliner for use with curable material, the formliner comprising:a plurality of cells each configured to face the curable material;
a rib system comprising a plurality of ribs extending along at least two cells of the plurality of cells, the plurality of ribs forming at least parts of boundaries of the at least two cells; and
a channel extending along a cell of the at least two cells, the channel positioned between the cell of the at least two cells and a rib of the plurality of ribs, the channel extending through an other rib of the plurality of ribs between the at least two cells of the plurality of cells, the rib extending straightly at a portion of the rib forming the channel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,454

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC SINTERED BODY, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC MOLDED BODY

Japan Fine Ceramics Cente...

1. A method for producing a ceramic compact on a substrate, the method comprising:heating the substrate at a temperature ranging from 150° C. to less than 400° C. to prepare a heated substrate,
spraying a surface of the heated substrate with a slurry comprising a plurality of ceramic particles, a liquid dispersion medium, and a dispersant;
and volatilizing the liquid dispersion medium;
wherein a concentration of the ceramic particle in the slurry is from 20% to 40% by volume, and
wherein a content of the dispersant in the slurry is from 0.1 to 10 parts by volume based on 100 parts by volume of the ceramic particles.

US Pat. No. 11,027,453

CUTTING TOOL

Positec Power Tools (Suzh...

1. A cutting tool, used for cutting with a guide device being provided with a guide surface, the cutting tool comprising;a housing;
a motor, accommodated in the housing;
a transmission mechanism being configured to be connected to the motor and used for driving a saw blade, wherein the saw blade is provided with a saw blade plane;
base plates connected to the housing, wherein the base plates comprise a first base plate provided with a first bottom surface and a second base plate provided with a second bottom surface;
a connecting mechanism disposed between the first base late and the second base plate; and
a mode switching mechanism comprising s topping member movable connected to one of the first base plate and the second base plate and a stopping matching portion selectively matched with the stopping member;
wherein at least one of the first base plate and the second base plate is provided with an abutting surface coplanar with the saw blade plane for being matched with the guide surface, and the first base plate and the second base plate are relatively movable to expose the abutting surface; and
wherein the first baseplate is provided with a saw blade groove for the saw blade to pass through; and
wherein the connecting mechanism is disposed between the first base plate and the second base plate, such that the first bottom surface has a first position coplanar with the second bottom surface and a second position staggered perpendicular to a rotational axis of the saw blade and non-coplanar with the second bottom surface; and
wherein when in the first position, the second base plate is flush with the first base plate to enclose the saw blade in the saw blade groove.

US Pat. No. 11,027,452

BLADE GUARD FOR A TABLE SAW

SawStop Holding LLC, Tua...

2. A method of detaching a safety element from a splitter mounted on a table saw, where the splitter includes at least one notch used to hold the safety element to the splitter, and where the table saw includes a work surface, the method comprising:moving the safety element in a direction substantially parallel to the work surface and then pivoting the safety element relative to the work surface to disengage the safety element from the notch, and
then lifting the safety element away from the splitter, where the moving, pivoting and lifting are done by hand without the use of tools, and
where said lifting cannot be performed if said pivoting has not been performed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,451

FILM CUTTING APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A film cutting apparatus comprising:a punch plate including a first punch protruded on an upper surface and a second punch protruded on a lower surface;
a first die plate having a first hole corresponding to the first punch, the first die plate providing a surface on which a first film is provided;
a second die plate having a second hole corresponding to the second punch, the second die plate providing a surface on which a second film is provided;
at least two guide bars penetrating the first die plate and the punch plate and fixed to the second die plate;
a first elastic member between the first die plate and the punch plate;
a second elastic member between the punch plate and the second die plate; and
an elevator configured to press the first die plate,
wherein a length of the first elastic member is greater than that of the second elastic member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,450

CUTTING HEADS, CUTTING MACHINES EQUIPPED THEREWITH, AND METHODS OF OPERATION

Urschel Laboratories, Inc...

1. An annular-shaped cutting head of a cutting machine, the cutting head comprising:annular-shaped first and second structural members spaced apart in an axial direction of the cutting head;
circumferentially-spaced support segments between the first and second structural members, each of the support segments having a leading edge and an oppositely-disposed trailing edge, an inner surface region facing in a radially inward direction of the cutting head, an outer surface region facing in a radially outward direction of the cutting head, a knife support surface defined on the inner surface region adjacent the leading edge of the support segment, and a gate located adjacent the trailing edge of the support segment;
knife assemblies located adjacent the leading edge of each of the support segments, each of the knife assemblies comprising a holder opposing one of the knife support surfaces of the support segments and adapted to clamp a knife between the holder and the knife support surface;
wherein the cutting head further comprises at least one of the following:
first camming units engaging the first and second structural members and adapted to draw the first and second structural members together to releasably secure the support segments therebetween;
second camming units located at the outer surface regions of the support segments and adapted to draw the holders of the knife assemblies toward a corresponding one of the knife support surfaces to clamp a knife between the holder and the knife support surface; and
adjustment units each comprising an adjustment pin engaging the first and second structural members and a camming portion adapted to cam against the outer surface region of a corresponding one of the support segments adjacent the trailing edges of the support segment to deflect the gate of the support segment in the radially inward direction of the cutting head.

US Pat. No. 11,027,449

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CUTTING CUSHIONED DIVIDER MATERIAL FOR USE IN CREATING SUB-COMPARTMENTS IN A CONTAINER

TrekPak, LLC, Broomfield...

1. A cutter apparatus usable to reconfigure multi-layer, foam fluted board so said multi-layer, foam fluted board, upon reconfiguration, is usable as divider material in a storage container, said multi-layer, foam fluted board having a corrugated core layer sandwiched by upper and foam layers, said cutter apparatus comprising:a guide prong insertable into a flute of said corrugated core layer;
a central vertical plane that divides said cutter apparatus into a right cutter portion and a left cutter portion, said cutter apparatus having a front-most portion;
a first blade to a right of said central vertical plane; and
a second blade to a left of said central vertical plane;wherein said first and second blades each angle upwards and towards a front of said cutter apparatus, and wherein one of said first and second blades is closer to said front-most portion of said cutter apparatus than is the other of said first and second blades,said cutter apparatus further comprising:a cutter body to which said first and second blades are removably secured;
a handle established above said first and second blades, said handle having a handle longitudinal axis; and
a removed material ejection ramp established through said cutter body and rearward of said first and second blades, and having a rearward half that is rearward of at least a portion of said handle longitudinal axis and that projects substantially above said foam fluted board at an angle behind a location at which said foam fluted board is cut that is configured to divert removed material upward above said foam fluted board behind the cutter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,448

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING A SHEET INTO A CONTINUOUS STRIP

VMI HOLLAND B.V.

1. An apparatus for converting a sheet of elastomeric material into a continuous strip, wherein the sheet has a longitudinal direction, a first longitudinal edge, a second longitudinal edge and a sequence of cuts extending in a cutting direction transversely across the sheet with respect to the longitudinal direction, wherein the cuts in the sequence alternately extend from one of the longitudinal edges towards and terminate short of the other of the longitudinal edges to form a plurality of interconnected sheet sections, wherein the continuous strip has a plurality of interconnected zig-zag sections, wherein the sheet sections are arranged to be pulled apart in a feeding direction to form the zig-zag sections of the continuous strip, wherein the apparatus comprises a separator device that is arranged for receiving the sheet with the longitudinal direction thereof parallel to the feeding direction, wherein the separator device comprises a retaining device for retaining an upstream sheet section with respect to a consecutive downstream sheet section in the feeding direction, and a sensor device for detecting the pulling apart of the downstream sheet section from the upstream sheet section, wherein the sensor device comprises two or more sensors arranged for detecting the pulling apart of the downstream sheet section from the upstream sheet section, wherein said two or more sensors comprise at least a first side sensor, and wherein the apparatus further comprises a control unit that is electronically connected to the retaining device and the first side sensor for controlling the retaining device to retain the upstream sheet section until the first side sensor detects the pulling apart of the downstream sheet section from the upstream sheet section.

US Pat. No. 11,027,447

APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS FOR TRIMMING DRIED CANNABIS FLOWERS

1. A method of trimming dried plants comprising:obtaining a device featuring:
two blades, including a first blade defined by a disk with an annular pattern of openings that includes at least one opening that has a cutting edge; and,
a second blade wherein the second blade is underneath to the first blade and features a c-shaped pattern of openings that has at least one opening with a cutting edge;
wherein the annular pattern of openings is superimposed on the c-shaped pattern of openings so that rotating the first blade relative to the second bade accomplishes a cutting action between the at least one cutting edge of the at least one opening that is included in the annular pattern of openings of the first blade and the at least one cutting edge of the at least one opening that is included in the c-shaped pattern of openings of the second blade;
a container housing the blades; and,
a motor positioned under the second blade with a drive shaft through the second blade so that the drive shaft of the motor is connected to the first blade and so that the motor is not directly beneath any one of the openings of the c-shaped pattern of openings of the second blade;
placing plants to be trimmed on top of the first blade so that extrusions of the plants are provided through the at least one opening that is included in the annular pattern of openings of the first blade;
turning on the motor so that the motor spins the first blade while the second blade remains stationary, so that a cutting action is accomplished at least between the cutting edge of said at least one opening included in the annular pattern of openings of the first blade and the cutting edge of said at least one opening included in the c-shaped pattern of openings of the second blade whenever said edges intersect during rotation of the first blade relative to the second blade;
wherein the cutting action trims the extrusions from the plants; and,
wherein the trimmed extrusions to fall through the at least one opening of the second blade.

US Pat. No. 11,027,446

PIZZA PAN WITH PRECISE CUTTING GUIDELINES

Dimitrije Stojanovski, S...

1. A device comprising a pizza pan including guidelines configured to aid in precisely cutting a pizza into slices with desired shapes, the device comprising:a flat base, the flat base comprising a rectangular portion and a hemispherical portion;
raised walls surrounding the flat base, the raised walls comprising a rim around a top of the raised walls;
a plurality of the guidelines formed upon the pizza pan, each guideline comprising a depressed groove, wherein each depressed groove extends contiguously from the flat base, up one of the raised walls, and onto the rim; andwherein the depressed groove includes material spanning from a first side of the depressed groove to a second side of the depressed groove.

US Pat. No. 11,027,445

PIZZA SUPPORT TABLE AND COMBINED CUTTER

1. An apparatus comprising:a substantially planar housing having a recess elongated in a first dimension and relatively narrow in an second dimension orthogonal to said first dimension;
a circular cutting disk having a cutting edge and being disposed and rotatable within said planar housing recess at a fixed location therein;
a sleeve having a recess to receive a portion of said circular cutting disk, and disposed to mate with said planar housing and enclose said circular cutting disk with said planar housing; and
a plurality of parallel members are connected to said substantially planar housing and extend perpendicularly away from one substantially planar outer surface of said substantially planar housing and at least one member connected to and extending from said sleeve so as to be parallel with said plurality of parallel members.

US Pat. No. 11,027,444

SHAVING SYSTEM

AQUA JET RAZOR LLC, Nort...

1. A multifunctional shaving system comprising:a handle with an internal channel for passing liquid from a liquid source, the handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a transition head connectable to the proximal end of the handle with a slot-type channel communicating in a connected state with the internal channel of the handle;
a cartridge holder in the form of a floating arm with an internal slot-type channel connectable to a proximal end of the transition head communicating in a connected state with the slot-type channel of the transition head; and
a removable cartridge, further comprising an attachment connectable to the proximal end of the handle provided with a head with cleaning members on its outer surface for oral care, the attachment contains a channel communicating in a connected state with the channel of the handle and the outer surface of the head with the cleaning members,
wherein the connections between the handle and the transition head, the head and the cartridge holder, the handle and the attachment are made detachable using a pin/plug connection, while in the distal end of the handle a socket is provided for inserting a proximal end of an adapter with an internal channel for passing liquid from a liquid source, and the connection between the cartridge and cartridge holder is configured to ensure the possibility of cartridge floating in its holder.

US Pat. No. 11,027,443

SHAVING RAZOR CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor cartridge comprising:a housing molded from a first polymeric material and having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface, the housing having a wall partially defining an opening extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the wall having a pair of arms each having a distal end that extending toward each other defining a gap;
a guard toward a front of the housing;
a cap toward a rear of the housing;
at least one blade mounted between the guard and the cap; and
a bridge interconnecting the distal ends, wherein the bridge is molded from a second polymeric material that is different than the first polymeric material, wherein a secant modulus calculated at 1% engineering strain of the first polymeric material is more than 10% different than a secant modulus calculated at 1% engineering strain of the second polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,442

PERSONAL CARE DEVICE

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A method for controlling a personal care device comprising a working head including at least one cutter unit, comprising the following steps:detecting at least one behavioral parameter indicative of a user's behavior during handling the personal care device when effecting a personal care treatment to a body surface,
adjusting at least one working parameter of the personal care device in response to the detected at least one behavioral parameter by an adjustment actuator controlled by an electronic control unit provided with (i) a control algorithm for calculating an output control signal for the adjustment actuator in response to at least one behavioral input signal indicative of the detected at least one behavioral parameter during the personal care treatment, and (ii) a modification algorithm for modifying the control algorithm,
modifying the control algorithm with the modification algorithm on the basis of at least one modification input signal during the personal care treatment, wherein said at least one modification input signal and said at least one behavioral input signal come from the same detector and correspond to the same detected behavioural parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,441

HAIR CUTTING DEVICE WITH COMB UNIT RECOGNITION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A hair cutting system comprising:a hair cutting device including a hair cutting device body having a cutting arrangement for cutting hair and a comb interface; and
a plurality of different interchangeable comb units for releasable attachment of a selected comb unit to the comb interface of the hair cutting device body, the selected comb unit being one of the plurality of different interchangeable comb units,
wherein each interchangeable comb unit of the plurality of different interchangeable comb units includes a comb identification member identifying a respective comb unit of the plurality of different interchangeable comb units,
wherein the comb interface includes a comb recognition arrangement such that, upon attachment of the selected comb unit to the comb interface, the comb recognition arrangement is configured to detect the selected comb unit which is attached to the comb interface of the hair cutting device body to identify which of the plurality of different interchangeable comb units is the selected comb unit, and
wherein the comb recognition arrangement includes two switches configured to be selectively activated depending on which of three different comb units of the plurality of different interchangeable comb units is attached to the comb interface for identifying which of the three different comb units is attached to the comb interface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,440

SELF-RETRACTING KNIFE WITH REPLACEABLE BLADE

Erosion Runner, L.P., Da...

1. A self-retracting utility knife comprisingan elongated housing having mating sections connected together and with a forward end portion defining a blade aperture,
a blade carrier within the housing and having a forward end portion supporting a replaceable flat knife blade,
the housing supporting the blade carrier for linear movement between a fully extended position with the knife blade projecting forwardly from the blade aperture and a fully retracted position with the knife blade in the housing,
a spring member within the housing and connected to urge the blade carrier and knife blade continuously from the fully extended position to the fully retracted position,
a hand operated member connected to the blade carrier for moving the blade carrier and knife blade against the spring member toward the fully extended position in response to forward pressure on the hand operated member,
an anti-retraction latch member supported for movement within the housing and responsive to continuous inward pressure for engaging and stopping retracting movement of the blade carrier at an extended position from the fully retracted position,
the latch member requiring continuous inward pressure to hold the blade carrier at the extended position,
the blade carrier and knife blade move to the fully retracted position by the spring member when the inward pressure on the latch member is released, and
the anti-retraction latch member includes a plurality of stop surfaces for stopping retraction of the knife carrier and knife blade at a plurality of positions spaced inwardly from the fully extended position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,439

PROTECTIVE WEAPON

ALBL LLC, Gaithersburg, ...

1. A protective weapon configured to transition from a deactivated state to an activated state, the protective weapon comprising:a housing portion including:
a rigid upper member;
a rigid lower member; and
an elastic sheath extending between the rigid upper member and the rigid lower member; and
a plurality of blunt blades fixedly attached to the rigid lower member, the plurality of blunt blades including a first blade, the first blade disposed substantially within the housing portion when the protective weapon is in the deactivated state, each blade of the plurality of blunt blades having:
a blunt body portion;
an upper portion joined to the blunt body portion and having a pointed tip; and
a forward-facing concave surface adjacent to the pointed tip,
wherein the protective weapon is configured to transition from the deactivated state to the activated state when a compressive force is applied to bring the rigid upper member and the rigid lower member into closer proximity.

US Pat. No. 11,027,438

POSITIVE POSITIONING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

A-dec, Inc., Newberg, OR...

1. A positive positioning device, comprising:a dental unit arm having a dental unit arm pivot shaft to pivotably couple the dental unit arm to a dental chair assembly;
a body within having an internal bore within which a cylinder is defined;
multiple stacked plates housed within the body, the multiple stacked plates having a central opening defined therein and in which the dental unit arm pivot shaft is received, the multiple stacked plates comprising keyed clutch plates and keyed friction plates, wherein the keyed clutch plates and the keyed friction plates are interleaved with each other, and wherein the keyed clutch plates are keyed with one of the body or the dental unit arm pivot shaft and the keyed friction plates are keyed with the other of the body or the dental unit arm pivot shaft;
a spring-biased piston shaped to slide within the internal bore to apply a force to the multiple stacked plates to resist rotation of the dental unit arm pivot shaft relative to the multiple stacked plates; and
a piston release device actuatable by a user to release the spring-biased piston to decrease force applied to the multiple stacked plates and allow free rotation of the dental unit arm pivot shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,027,437

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CONFORMABLE VACUUM CUP FOR AN END EFFECTOR

JABIL INC., St. Petersbu...

1. A vacuum grip for an end effector, comprising:an eyelet communicatively associated with a vacuum, and having a groove substantially circumferentially thereabout;
an extending foam cup including an inner circumference suitable for receiving therein at least the groove; and
a wire clip comprising two legs each having a pointed end for insertion along a cross-sectional plane of the extending foam cup, the two legs being suitable to compress the receiving inner circumference into frictional contact with the groove upon the insertion of both of the pointed ends.

US Pat. No. 11,027,436

SOFT ROBOTIC ASSISTIVE GRIPPING DEVICE

1. A soft robotic assistive gripping device, comprising:a) a flexible molded body comprising a plurality of actuatable arms ending in a tip, wherein the flexible molded body comprises:
i) a main channel disposed within the molded body, wherein a plurality of interconnected channels branch out from the main channel, the plurality of interconnected channels comprise a first row of channels on a first side of the main channel and a second row of channels on a second side of the main channel, wherein the second side is opposite to the first side of the main channel, wherein the molded body comprises an elastically extensible material and a strain-limiting material having a higher elastic modulus relative to the elastically extensible material; and
ii) a pressurizing inlet connected to a fluid source, wherein the pressuring inlet is configured to receive fluid from the fluid source into the plurality of interconnected channels, wherein the molded body is configured to expand when the plurality of interconnected channels are pressurized by the fluid, thereby causing a bending motion around the strain-limiting material of the molded body;
b) at least one sensor affixed or integrated into at least one of the plurality of actuatable arms; and
c) a skin covering each said tip, wherein a region between the skin and each said tip comprises a plurality of interconnected microchannels configured to receive fluid from a second pressurizing inlet wherein each channel of the plurality of interconnected microchannels has a width of from 100 ?M to about 500 ?M.

US Pat. No. 11,027,435

AUTOMATED WORK PIECE TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAME

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method for automatically identifying at least one physical characteristic of a work piece comprising:selecting at least one test scheme for determining the at least one physical characteristic, each test scheme including one or more test configurations;
selecting at least one error isolation scheme, the at least one error isolation scheme includes:
a load reversal scheme including one or more counterpart test configurations to the one or more test configurations of the selected at least one test scheme;
implementing each of the selected at least one test scheme and the at least one error isolation scheme, implementing includes:
moving the work piece through the one or more test configurations of the selected at least one test scheme, and measuring one or more of base force, torque, or motion for the work piece with a sensor suite in the one or more test configurations; and
moving the work piece through the one or more counterpart test configurations of the selected at least one error isolation scheme, and measuring one or more of counterpart force, torque or motion for the work piece with the sensor suite in the one or more counterpart test configurations; and
identifying the at least one physical characteristic of the work piece based on the selected at least one test scheme, identifying the physical characteristic includes:
isolating error common to one or more of the measured base and counterpart force, torque or motion including at least creep error;
determining one or more of refined force, torque or motion by removing the isolated error including at least one of creep, cross-talk, temperature drift or non-linearity error from one or more of the measured base force, torque or motion; and
determining the at least one physical characteristic according to the one or more refined force, torque or motion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,434

TELEPRESENCE CONTROLLER AND SYSTEM USING MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID CLUTCH APPARATUSES

EXONETIK INC., Sherbrook...

1. A telepresence controller for interaction with a remote telepresence session to control haptic interactions between an end effector and the remote telepresence session, the telepresence controller comprising:at least one force sensor adapted to monitor at least one force applied to an end effector,
at least one position sensor adapted to monitor a position of the end effector,
the telepresence controller being configured for communicating with the remote telepresence session to exchange position data and force data indicative of concurrent haptic movements of the end effector and an object in the remote telepresence session;
at least one magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus having an input adapted to be connected to a power source and configured to receive a degree of actuation (DOA) therefrom, the magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus having an output being actuatable to selectively transmit the received DOA to the end effector by controlled slippage;
a force controller module for determining a force input required on the end effector as a function of haptic events for the object in the remote telepresence session; and
at least one clutch driver module to drive the magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus with the controlled slippage being as a function of the force input.

US Pat. No. 11,027,433

ROBOT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT SYSTEM FOR TAKING OUT WORKPIECES LOADED IN BULK

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot system that takes out each of workpieces loaded in bulk inside a case, the robot system comprising:a hand that grips a workpiece,
a robot that moves the hand,
a three-dimensional sensor that acquires information about distances to the workpieces, and
a controller that controls the hand and the robot, wherein
the controller includes:
an operation control unit that sends operation commands to the hand and the robot;
a generation unit that generates three-dimensional information including information about positions of measurement points set to the workpieces based on an output from the three-dimensional sensor;
a storage unit that stores three-dimensional shape data of the workpieces;
a detection unit that detects positions and orientations of the workpieces by implementing model matching in which the three-dimensional information about the workpieces is compared with the three-dimensional shape data;
a selection unit that selects a target workpiece to be taken out by the robot based on the positions and the orientations of the workpieces;
a deletion unit that deletes information about at least part of the measurement points included in the three-dimensional information; and
a determination unit that determines a state after the robot implements an operation of lifting the workpiece,
the generation unit generates first three-dimensional information based on an output from the three-dimensional sensor that has captured an image of the workpieces before the robot implements an operation of gripping the target workpiece,
the operation control unit controls the robot so as to stop after implementing an operation of gripping and lifting the target workpiece selected based on the first three-dimensional information,
the generation unit generates second three-dimensional information based on an output from the three-dimensional sensor that has captured an image of the workpieces after the robot implements the operation of lifting the target workpiece,
the deletion unit compares a position of the measurement point in the first three-dimensional information with a position of the measurement point in the second three-dimensional information, detects, as a specified measurement point, the measurement point in the first three-dimensional information from which the measurement point in the second three-dimensional information is present within a predetermined distance range, and generates third three-dimensional information in which information about the specified measurement point is deleted from the first three-dimensional information,
the detection unit detects a position and an orientation of a workpiece included in the third three-dimensional information,
the determination unit determines whether or not the workpiece included in the third three-dimensional information matches the target workpiece, and
when the workpiece included in the third three-dimensional information matches the target workpiece, the operation control unit controls the robot so as to convey the workpiece gripped by the hand to a predetermined conveyance destination position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,432

TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROLLING POSITION OF AN END EFFECTOR OF A ROBOTIC DEVICE RELATIVE TO A VIRTUAL CONSTRAINT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A system comprising:a robotic device comprising an end effector and one or more joints to position the end effector in a plurality of degrees of freedom;
a navigation system configured to track an actual position of the end effector; and
one or more controllers configured to:
identify a condition wherein the actual position of the end effector has been constrained by a virtual constraint;
determine a home position of the end effector, the home position is a position the end effector would be located without regard to the virtual constraint;
evaluate an anticipated movement of the end effector from the actual position to the home position;
detect that the anticipated movement would cause an anticipated collision between the end effector and the virtual constraint;
compute a target position of the end effector that evades the anticipated collision, wherein the target position is spaced apart from the actual position and located along the virtual constraint; and
control the one or more joints of the robotic device to slide the end effector from the actual position to target position along the virtual constraint.

US Pat. No. 11,027,431

AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION METHOD FOR ROBOT SYSTEM

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. An automatic calibration method of a robot system, comprising:providing a ball-rod member including a connection rod and a sphere connected to a first end of the connection rod;
fixing a second end of the connection rod opposite the first end to an end execution tool mounted on a flange of a robot;
providing a plurality of distance sensors around a target point and sensing an actual distance from each of the distance sensors to a surface of the sphere;
controlling the robot to move a center of the sphere to the target point in a plurality of different poses based on the actual distances sensed by the distance sensors and calculating a first transformation matrix Ts of the center of the sphere with respect to a center of the flange based on a plurality of pose data of the robot at the target point in the different poses; and
calculating a second transformation matrix Tt of a center of the end execution tool with respect to the center of the flange according to a following formula:
Tt=Ts*Tc, wherein
Tc is a third transformation matrix of the center of the end execution tool with respect to the center of the sphere and is known and constant.

US Pat. No. 11,027,430

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LATENCY COMPENSATION IN ROBOTIC TELEOPERATION

Toyota Research Institute...

1. A method comprising:presenting a virtual representation of an environment of a robot;
receiving a first user command to control the robot within the environment;
rendering a predicted version of the virtual representation during a period of latency in which current data pertaining to the environment of the robot is not available;
updating the predicted version of the virtual representation based upon a second user command received during the period of latency, wherein the second user command relates to directing the robot to manipulate an object in the environment of the robot;
receiving, during the period of latency, a third user command to complete interaction of the robot with the object in the environment;
simulating completion of the interaction of the robot with the object; and
upon conclusion of the period of latency, reconciling (i) the predicted version of the virtual representation with current data pertaining to the environment of the robot and (ii) the predicted version of the object now disengaged from the robot with current data about the object.

US Pat. No. 11,027,429

ROBOT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A robot comprising a noncontact sensor configured to detect an entrance of a moving object, the robot being configured to perform a predetermined motion, wherein the robot is further configured to:perform the predetermined motion in a state where the moving object does not enter, and thereby store, for each of a plurality of measurement points set in a movable range of the robot, an output value of the noncontact sensor as a reference output value in advance, and
stop the predetermined motion when the output value of the noncontact sensor changes from the reference output value at the measurement point closest to a current operating position of the robot by a first threshold value or larger when the robot is performing the predetermined motion in a state where the moving object could possibly enter and the current operating position of the robot is in a range in which it is necessary to determine an entering state of the moving object.

US Pat. No. 11,027,428

SIMULATION APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A simulation apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a virtual base, a first virtual arm, and a second virtual arm as a three-dimensional image corresponding to a base, a first arm connected to the base, and a second arm connected to the first arm of a robot, respectively, the second arm being located far from the base than the first arm, an end effector being attachable to an end of the second arm;
an input interface configured to receive an operation of a user;
a memory configured to store computer-executable instructions, image data of a plurality of attitudes of the first and second arms of the robot, and a robot three-dimensional coordinate system; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-executable instructions so as to:
receive a selection input from the user via the input interface to indicate selecting the second arm of the robot to be virtually operated;
display the virtual base, the first virtual arm, and the second virtual arm of the robot on the display as the three-dimensional image based on the image data and the robot three-dimensional coordinate system;
change a color of the displayed second virtual arm to a first color that is different from a color of the displayed first virtual arm of the robot on the display based on the received selection input and the robot three-dimensional coordinate system;
receive a drag operation with respect to the selected second arm from the user via the input interface;
display a horizontal mesh at a display position of the displayed second virtual arm based on the robot three-dimensional coordinate system, the displayed horizontal mesh moving along with the displayed second virtual arm;
change an attitude of the displayed first and second virtual arms to cause the end of the displayed second virtual arm to reach a target position in response to the drag operation and based on the robot three-dimensional coordinate system; and
change the first color of the displayed second virtual arm to a second color when the changed attitude of the displayed first and second virtual arms is an impossible attitude of the first and second arms of the robot by the received drag operation and based on the robot three-dimensional coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 11,027,427

CONTROL DEVICE, PICKING SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, PROGRAM, AND CONTROL METHOD

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A control device for controlling a picking apparatus that arranges a work picked at a first position of a first container by using a picking hand at a second position of a second container being different from the first container, the control device comprising:a point cloud information acquiring unit for acquiring point cloud information of a region including at least one of the picking hand and the work at a time which is at least one of (i) when the picking hand moves the work in the second container and (ii) when the picking hand arranges the work at the second position;
an abnormality detection unit for detecting an abnormality based on the point cloud information acquired by the point cloud information acquiring unit; and
an instruction sending unit for sending, to the picking apparatus, an instruction for suspending an operation of the picking apparatus in response to the abnormality detection unit detecting the abnormality, wherein:
the abnormality detection unit is for detecting a load collapse inside the second container based on the point cloud information acquired by the point cloud information unit, and
the instruction sending unit is for sending, to the picking apparatus, the instruction for suspending the operation of the picking apparatus in response to the abnormality detection unit detecting the load collapse.

US Pat. No. 11,027,426

ROBOT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT SYSTEM FOR TAKING OUT WORKPIECES LOADED IN BULK

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

13. A control method of a robot system including a robot and a hand provided with a plurality claw parts, for taking out each of workpieces loaded in bulk inside a container, the control method comprising:an image capturing step for capturing an image of the workpiece by using a three-dimensional sensor configured to acquire information about a distance to the workpiece;
an acquisition step for acquiring three-dimensional information about the workpiece on the basis of an output of the three-dimensional sensor;
a selection step for selecting a target workpiece to be taken out by the robot on the basis of the three-dimensional information of the workpiece;
a stopping step for stopping the robot in response to the hand colliding with the workpiece while the robot is moving to a target position for gripping the target workpiece;
a detection step for detecting a stop position of the robot stopped in the stopping step;
a determination step for determining, on the basis of the target position and the stop position of the robot, whether or not the target workpiece is able to be pressed by a part other than grip regions of the hand, the grip regions having a shape for gripping the workpiece; and
a movement step for controlling the robot so as to move the workpiece inside the container after the hand collides with the workpiece; wherein
when it is determined in the determination step that the target workpiece is able to be pressed by the part other than the grip regions, the movement step includes a step for controlling the robot so as to move the hand in the horizontal direction without driving the claw parts, and press the workpiece by the hand.

US Pat. No. 11,027,425

SPACE EXTRAPOLATION FOR ROBOT TASK PERFORMANCE

X DEVELOPMENT LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:identifying, by one or more processors, based on a gesture of an operator detected in vision data captured by one or more vision sensors, an approximation of a discrete space within the environment, wherein identifying the approximation comprises projecting one or more vectors from the gesture to one or more points on a surface in the environment;
extrapolating, by one or more of the processors, the discrete space within the environment based on the approximation and one or more visual attributes of the environment captured by one or more of the vision sensors;
identifying, by one or more of the processors, a plurality of objects that are co-present within the discrete space, wherein the plurality of objects are to be manipulated by a robot; and
operating, by one or more of the processors, the robot to manipulate the identified plurality of objects.

US Pat. No. 11,027,424

ROBOT HAND, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ROBOT HAND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot hand comprising:three or more finger units configured to grip an object by the finger units; and
a control unit configured to, when assembling the object to another object, assemble the object to the another object by, in a state where the object is gripped by two or more of the finger units, not operating the two or more of the finger units used for gripping the object but operating one or more of the finger units other than the two or more of the finger units in an assembling direction and moving the object in the assembling direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,423

SOFT ROBOTIC ACTUATORS UTILIZING ASYMMETRIC SURFACES

SOFT ROBOTICS, INC., Cam...

1. A soft robotic actuator, comprising:an elongate body having a first wall portion having a first profile and a second wall portion disposed opposite the first wall portion, the second wall portion having a repeating variable profile such that a height of the elongate body varies over its length, wherein
(a) the elongate body defines a sealed void which is capable of being pressurized relative to the environment around the actuator, and
(b) a distal end-of the elongate body is configured to exhibit angular displacement under pressurization, due at least in part to the repeating variable profile of the second wall portion, wherein the angular displacement increases in direct proportion to the pressure applied from an ambient pressure to a pressure according to a final curve profile.

US Pat. No. 11,027,422

ROTARY ACTUATOR AND ROBOT

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A rotary actuator comprising:a motor including a rotor and a stator; and
a rotation restricting mechanism which restricts rotation of the rotor that has stopped;
a case body in which the motor and the rotation restricting mechanism is accommodated, wherein
the rotation restricting mechanism includes:
a substantially annular rotation-side restricting member fixed to the rotor;
a fixed-side restricting member which engages with the rotation-side restricting member to restrict movement of the rotation-side restricting member in a circumferential direction of the rotor; and
a drive mechanism which moves the fixed-side restricting member in an axial direction of the rotor,
a plurality of protrusions which protrude inward or outward in a radial direction of the rotor are formed on the rotation-side restricting member at regular intervals in the circumferential direction,
a restricting portion which enters between the protrusions in the circumferential direction to restrict movement of the rotation-side restricting member in the circumferential direction is formed in the fixed-side restricting member, and
the drive mechanism moves the fixed-side restricting member between a restriction position at which the restricting portion is disposed between the protrusions in the circumferential direction and a restriction release position at which the restricting portion is removed from between the protrusions in the circumferential direction,
wherein the drive mechanism comprises:
a biasing member which biases the fixed-side restricting member toward one side in the axial direction; and
a solenoid which moves the fixed-side restricting member to the other side in the axial direction,
wherein the biasing member biases the fixed-side restricting member toward the restriction position,
the solenoid moves the fixed-side restricting member at the restriction position to the restriction release position,
the fixed-side restricting member is fixed to one end portion of a plunger of the solenoid,
a through hole in which the other end portion of the plunger or a pin fixed to the other end portion of the plunger is disposed is formed in the case body,
the other end portion of the plunger or a portion of the pin protrudes to the outside of the case body when the fixed-side restricting member is at the restriction position, and
the fixed-side restricting member at the restriction position moves to the restriction release position when the other end portion of the plunger or a portion of the pin protruding to the outside of the case body is pushed toward the inside of the case body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,421

ROBOT AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa ...

1. A robot, comprising:a base;
a reduction gear connected to the base and comprising a lubrication chamber and a gear mechanism positioned in the lubrication chamber;
an air chamber positioned inside the base and communicating with the lubrication chamber sealed to hold lubricant; and
an arm connected to the reduction gear and configured to turn around a rotation axis of the reduction gear with respect to the base such that the reduction gear is positioned in a joint between the arm and the base; and
a motor connected to the gear mechanism of the reduction gear and configured to generate driving force for turning the arm around the rotation axis of the reduction gear with respect to the base,
wherein the gear mechanism in the reduction gear is configured to slow down and transmit an output of the motor such that the arm turns around the rotation axis of the reduction gear with respect to the base, and an outer frame of the base and the reduction gear includes a base casing, a flange member and a reduction gear casing such that the flange member is attached to the reduction gear casing on one side and to the base casing on the other side and that the air chamber is positioned in the base casing and outside the reduction gear casing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,420

MODULAR CARGO STORAGE APPARATUS FOR USE ON A BASE PLATFORM OF A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS THAT TRANSPORTS AN ITEM BEING SHIPPED

FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES,...

1. A modular cargo storage apparatus for use on a base platform of a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped, the modular cargo storage apparatus comprising:a set of folding structural walls configured to at least partially enclose a payload area above the base platform and on at least three sides above the base platform and forming a set of vertical boundaries on the at least three sides of the payload area;
an interlocking alignment interface disposed on at least one of the folding structural walls, the interlocking alignment interface comprising
a set of latches disposed on the at least one of the folding structural walls, and
a locking handle coupled to the set of latches, the locking handle actuating the set of latches to cause the set of latches to interlock with at least the base platform; and
a modular component power and data transport bus disposed on the at least one of the folding structural walls, the modular component power and data transport bus having a top side modular component electronics interface and a bottom side modular component electronics interface, wherein the top side modular component electronics interface being disposed on a top edge of the at least one of the folding structural walls and wherein the bottom side modular component electronics interface being disposed on a bottom edge of the at least one of the folding structural walls, wherein each of the top side modular component electronics interface and the bottom side modular component electronics interface having (a) a power conduit outlet and (b) a command and data communication interface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,419

MODULAR AUXILIARY POWER MODULE FOR A MODULAR AUTONOMOUS BOT APPARATUS THAT TRANSPORTS AN ITEM BEING SHIPPED

FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES,...

1. A modular auxiliary power module for a modular autonomous bot apparatus that transports an item being shipped, the auxiliary power module comprising:a base adapter platform having a top side, a bottom side, and a plurality of peripheral edges, wherein the top side of the base adapter platform having a cargo support area configured to support the item being shipped, wherein the top side of the base adapter platform includes at least a first interlocking alignment interface and wherein the bottom side of the base adapter platform includes at least a second interlocking alignment interface;
a cargo door movably attached to and extending from one of the peripheral edges of the base adapter platform;
an auxiliary power source disposed as part of the base adapter platform; and
an output power outlet disposed as part of the base adapter platform, the output power outlet being coupled to the auxiliary power source and providing access by a first component of the modular autonomous bot apparatus to the auxiliary power source.

US Pat. No. 11,027,418

ROBOT AND WORKING METHOD BY THE ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A robot, comprising:a first robotic arm having at a tip end a hand part according to a specific work to be performed to a box of which an upper surface is opened and in which one or more non-self-standing plate-shaped articles are accommodated; and
a second robotic arm having at a tip end a hand part according to an assisting work to assist the specific work, and being configured to respectively contact two L-shaped regulating members with an upper surface and a side surface of the non-self-standing plate-shaped article,
wherein the second robotic arm is configured to perform, by respectively contacting the two L-shaped regulating members, for preventing that the non-self-standing plate-shaped article in the box spread in a given direction in a horizontal plane, with the upper surface and the side surface of the non-self-standing plate-shaped article, the assisting work to regulate a movement of the non-self-standing plate-shaped article in the given direction in the horizontal plane and secure a given space in the box, and
wherein the first robotic arm is configured to perform the specific work of:
(i) gripping the non-self-standing plate-shaped article, conveyed by a conveyor, with a grip device attached to the first robotic arm;
(ii) positioning the grip device between the two regulating members when viewed from the side surface of the non-self-standing plate-shaped article whose movement in the given direction in the horizontal plane is being regulated by the two regulating members; and
(iii) storing the non-self-standing plate-shaped article at a given position in the space inside the box.

US Pat. No. 11,027,416

TWO-WHEELED SELF-BALANCING ROBOT

GOERTEK TECHNOLOGY CO., L...

1. A two-wheeled self-balancing robot, comprising a vehicle body with wheels mounted on both sides thereof, wherein:the vehicle body comprises a parallelogram frame for enabling the vehicle body to deform tiltedly;
the vehicle body is provided with a stage, and the stage is hinged with the parallelogram frame;
the parallelogram frame is provided with a first motor, and the first motor drives the parallelogram frame to deform tiltedly according to road conditions so as to always keep the stage horizontal;
a flywheel is provided in the parallelogram frame, the flywheel is located in a central perpendicular plane which is perpendicular to a connection line of centers of two wheels at a center of the connection line, and rotation of the flywheel keeps the vehicle body in a standing state due to gyroscopic effect; and
a lower portion of the middle plate is provided with a flywheel support plate which is parallel to the middle plate; two sides of the flywheel support plate are respectively hinged to the side plates; the flywheel support plate is provided with a flywheel seat at a middle position of the flywheel support plate, the flywheel is mounted in the flywheel seat, and a second motor is mounted below or above the flywheel seat to drive the flywheel to rotate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,415

GENERALIZED COORDINATE SURROGATES FOR INTEGRATED ESTIMATION AND CONTROL

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A machine comprising:at least two legs comprising a first leg and a second leg;
a sensor; and
a control device configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from the sensor, a first measurement indicative of a first distance along a first direction from a center of mass of the machine to a first position of the first leg when the first leg initially contacts a surface during a first stance period, the first stance period commencing when the first leg initially contacts the surface at the first position;
receiving, from the sensor, a second measurement indicative of a second distance along an opposite second direction from the center of mass of the machine to a second position of the first leg-when the first leg initially raises from the surface during the first stance period, the first stance period terminating when the first leg initially raises from the surface;
determining a third distance along the first direction from the center of mass of the machine for placing the second leg in contact with the surface at a third position during a second stance period based on the received first measurement and the received second measurement, the second stance period commencing after the first stance period terminates; and
providing instructions to move the second leg of the machine to the third position during the second stance period.

US Pat. No. 11,027,414

LINE HOLDER

1. A nonconductive line holder for repositioning a conductor, wherein said nonconductive line holder comprises:a shaft, said shaft having a first end and a second end;
a head including at least two projections being spaced apart attached to said first end of said shaft, wherein said head is configured to receive and retain a conductor;
wherein said second end comprises at least one flange, wherein said at least one flange is configured for attaching to a base, wherein the base is configured for mounting to a pole and configured to allow for pivoting adjustment of said line holder within said pole to adjust an angle of said line holder extending from said base, wherein said line holder is nonconductive so as to be configured to hold an energized conductor in said head.

US Pat. No. 11,027,413

COLLAPSIBLE INFEED/OUTFEED APPARATUS WITH SHELF

1. An A-frame foldable apparatus, comprising:a first apparatus top section and a second apparatus top section movably attached to a center support structure;
a first set of legs movably attached to the center support structure and a second set of legs pivotally attached to the center support structure;
wherein each set of legs comprises a first and a second leg support extending from the legs to the apparatus top sections;
wherein a shelf connection is placed between the first and second leg support;
wherein a shelf is movably attached to each pair of legs, wherein the shelf comprises a first section and second section, wherein the first and second sections are movably attached to each other at opposite ends of the shelf connection holding the legs in a fixed position;
wherein the second apparatus top section is split into an upper apparatus top section and a lower apparatus top section.

US Pat. No. 11,027,412

SELF-ALIGNED TILT AND YAW SYSTEM FOR WIND TURBINE BLADE ROTATING DEVICE

TPI Composites, Inc., Wa...

1. A wind turbine blade apparatus comprising:a root device, the root device including:
a base, the base having a root support member with an upper surface with a radius of curvature and configured to receive a portion of a wind turbine blade,
at least one housing disposed on a lateral side of the base, the housing including a groove configured to receive a bearing,
a shaft extending at least partially through the base and housing,
at least one bearing, the at least one bearing disposed at least partially within the housing, wherein the shaft can be displaced within the housing,
at least one roller at least partially disposed above an upper surface of the base,
wherein the housing is disposed below at least one roller; and
a tip device, the tip device including:
a base,
a template,
a rotatable support frame, the rotatable support frame having:
a first support configured to receive a first template side engaging a pressure side of a wind turbine blade,
a second support configured to receive the first template side engaging a suction side of a wind turbine blade, and
an opening, the opening configured to receive a portion of a wind turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 11,027,411

SAW STAND

TTI (MACAO COMMERCIAL OFF...

1. A saw stand comprising:a table having a saw support surface;
a plurality of legs pivotally coupled to the table, the legs movable relative to the table to define a first configuration, a second configuration, and a third configuration of the saw stand, wherein the plurality of legs includes a first leg and a second leg, each pivotable about a first axis, and wherein the plurality of legs further includes a third leg and a fourth leg, each pivotable about a second axis parallel to the first axis; and
a latch mechanism including a latch element movable between a latched position and an unlatched position, wherein the latch mechanism is configured to inhibit movement of each of the legs relative to the table when the latch element is in the latched position and the saw stand is in the third configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,027,410

ERGONOMIC LATERAL MANUAL SWEEPING DEVICE

1. A sweeping device comprisinga sweeping head;
an elongated pole attached to the head;
a paddle attached to an end of the elongated pole opposite the sweeping head, the paddle being wider than the elongated pole, the paddle having a front surface and a rear surface that extend horizontally and vertically with respect to the pole on respective opposite sides of the pole, wherein the front and rear surfaces are curved with a concave shape from the center of the front and rear surfaces to the edges of the front and rear surfaces so as to provide an area of contact between an arm and a torso;
a handle attached to the pole between the paddle and the sweeping head, the handle having a hand grip in a form of a structure extending in two directions from opposite sides of an axis of elongation of the pole, and configured to rotate the sweeping head about only a single axis with respect to the paddle; and
a pole connector at the end of the pole opposite the sweeping head including a cylinder in a bottom vertical hole of the paddle centered in the paddle and attached to the elongated pole and configured for rotation of the paddle with respect to the handle about the single axis.

US Pat. No. 11,027,409

WRENCH HANDLE AND WRENCH

Proprietary Technologies,...

1. A wrench handle being elongated in a predetermined direction and having at least a portion thereof being substantially hollow, said hollow portion having a front part and a rear part, the front part of said hollow portion being formed having a substantially square shaped opening being surrounded by four walls extending in the direction of which said handle is elongated, said square shaped opening further being formed to receive a driving member of a socket extension bar having a similar square shape when viewed from an end-view thereof, the rear part of the hollow portion of said handle having a distal open end, whereby, the socket extension bar may be inserted into the rear part of said hollow portion of said handle with the driving member of said socket extension bar entering into the square shaped opening at the front part of the hollow portion of said wrench handle, whereby, said socket extension bar may be substantially housed and detachably secured within the hollow portion of said wrench handle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,408

POWERED TOOL DEVICE

1. A powered tool device configured for use by a user having a body, a first hand, and a second hand, the device comprising:a shaft configured to couple with an action head and a motor;
a separation structure coupled to the shaft, the separation structure oriented perpendicular to the shaft;
a first handle bar having a first medial end and a first distal end, the first medial end coupled to the separation structure and the first handle bar oriented to extend perpendicular to the separation structure;
a first battery housing coupled to the first handle bar at the first distal end;
a second handle bar having a second medial end and a second distal end, the second medial end coupled to the separation structure and the second handle bar oriented to extend perpendicular to the separation structure so that the first handle bar and the second handle bar are oriented parallel to each other;
a second battery housing coupled to the second handle bar at the second distal end;
wherein the first and the second handle bars are separated from each other via the separation structure so that when the user grasps the first handle bar with their first hand and the second handle bar with their second hand the body of the user is able to be positioned between the first and the second handle bars.

US Pat. No. 11,027,407

ROTATING GRIP FOR A PNEUMATIC TOOL

VIS, LLC, Travelers Rest...

1. An air tool comprising:a barrel;
a main body portion from which the barrel extends;
a sleeve secured to an exterior of the barrel, the sleeve connected to the barrel by a retaining ring, the retaining ring engaging an exterior terminal end of the sleeve, wherein the sleeve provides for a gripping location by an operator and wherein the retaining ring facilitates rotation of the sleeve relative to the barrel when the tool is in operation.