US Pat. No. 10,137,636

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELLING AND/OR MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, AND RELATED PROCESSES

VOXEL 3D LLC, Salt Lake ...

1. A method of building a three dimensional object, comprising:building a first layer of the three dimensional object including addressing multiple two dimensional locations of a curative matrix thereby simultaneously activating a curable material forming the first layer of the three dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,635

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRINTING PATH PLANNING FOR MANUFACTURING OF FUNCTIONALLY GRADED MATERIALS WITH THE AID OF A DIGITAL COMPUTER

Palo Alto Research Center...

10. A method for printing path planning for functionally graded material with the aid of a digital computer, comprising steps of:retrieving one or more characteristics of a 3D printer, the printer comprising two or more reservoirs, each of the reservoirs shaped to store a printing material, the printer further comprising a mixing chamber for mixing the materials supplied from two or more of the reservoirs upon receiving material extrusion commands, and at least one printer head for extruding the mixed materials as a material mix;
obtaining a representation of a layer of a functionally graded material object, the layer having a polygonal shape and comprising a plurality of points associated with a composition of the material mix, to be printed by the printer, wherein printing by the printer comprises extruding at every point the material mix of the composition associated with that point;
for each of the points, computing rates of change in the material composition between the composition associated with that point and the compositions associated with one or more other of the points located in one or more directions from that point, and to compare the determined rates of change to a threshold;
determining for each of the points whether the printer head can move while printing the layer to one or more of the other points along one or more of the directions based on the characteristics, the rates of the change between that point and the other points, and the material composition at that point and the other point, wherein the printer head is determined to be able to move between that point and one of the other points if the rate of change associated with that point and the other point is below the threshold;
defining boundaries of a plurality of polygons comprised within the polygonal shape that can be printed by the printer head moving in one or more of the directions based on the determinations;
generating a path for the head to follow to print all of the polygons based on the boundaries; and
generating the material extrusion commands based on the generated path,
wherein the steps are performed by a suitably-programmed computer and wherein the printer prints all of the polygons based on the generated path and the material extrusion commands.

US Pat. No. 10,137,634

HYBRID ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTER USING LASER FUSING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printer comprising:an intermediate transfer surface;
development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer layers of different materials combined together to said intermediate transfer surface, said different materials comprise at least two different build materials and a support material;
a transfer station adjacent said intermediate transfer surface, said transfer station is positioned to receive said layers as said intermediate transfer surface moves past said transfer station;
a platen moving relative to said intermediate transfer surface, said intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of said different materials combined together to said platen each time said platen contacts one of said layers on said intermediate transfer surface at said transfer station to successively form a freestanding stack of said layers on said platen;
a fusing station positioned to apply light to said layer after said layer is transferred from said transfer station to said platen, said fusing station selectively applies different amounts of said light to said different build materials to sinter said different build materials differently within said layer, said fusing station controls said light to prevent said light from heating said support material within said layer, to leave said support material as a loose, unbound material; and
a material removal station positioned to remove said support material as said loose, unbound material, and leave said different build materials fused as a 3-D printed part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,633

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE EXPOSURE OF A SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING OR LASER MELTING DEVICE

CL SCHUTZRECHTSVERWALTUNG...

1. A method for controlling the exposure of a selective laser sintering or laser melting apparatus for manufacturing three-dimensional objects, comprising the following steps:providing a selective laser sintering apparatus or laser melting apparatus (1) in which three-dimensional objects can be manufactured by successive solidification of layers of a powder-type construction material (6) that can be solidified using radiation, on the positions corresponding to the respective cross-section of the object, wherein the provided apparatus (1) comprises an irradiation device for irradiating layers of the powder construction material, that has a plurality of scanners (8a, 8b) that can separately be actuated, simultaneously irradiating the powder construction material,
characterized by the following steps
separately detecting irradiation times of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) and/or the irradiation areas detected by each individual scanner (8a, 8b) in a first step, and storing the detected irradiation times and/or irradiation areas;
comparing the irradiation times and/or irradiation areas of the individual scanners (8a, 8b) with each other;
re-determining the surface sections of a construction material layer (11) to be irradiated by each individual scanner such that the irradiation times for each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are approximated to each other and/or the irradiation areas of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are aligned with each other in terms of surface area to the largest extent possible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,632

METHOD OF REMOVING SUPPORT STRUCTURE USING INTEGRATED FLUID PATHS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object:operating a first ejector of a three-dimensional object printer to eject a first material towards a platen to form an object;
operating a second ejector of the three-dimensional object printer to eject a second material towards the platen to form support for portions of the object, at least one portion of the support having a body with at least one fluid path that enables fluid to flow through the body of the support portion and contact a portion of the support material that formed the support;
connecting a fluid source to one end of the at least one fluid path of the support and operating an actuator to pump fluid from the fluid source through the at least one fluid path to enable fluid to flow through the at least one fluid path to contact the support material and exit from another end of the at least one fluid path to remove at least an inner portion of the support from the object; and
operating the actuator to periodically reverse a flow direction of the fluid through the at least one fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,137,631

DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING

1. A method for fused deposition modelling, comprising;configuring, using processing circuitry, a separation distance between a nozzle and an ultrasonic hammer;
depositing, using the nozzle, a material on a substrate at a first predetermined temperature;
moving, using the processing circuitry, the nozzle and the ultrasonic hammer at a predetermined speed in a predetermined pattern to create an object; and
hammering the deposited material using the ultrasonic hammer to compress the deposited material, wherein the deposited material is at a second predetermined temperature, and
wherein the configuring the separation distance between the nozzle and the ultrasonic hammer includes determining, using the processing circuitry, the separation distance so that the material changes in temperature from the first predetermined temperature when the material is deposited to the second predetermined temperature when the ultrasonic hammer is to compress the deposited material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,630

CONTROL METHOD OF EMBOSSING APPARATUS

Graphtec Corporation, Ka...

1. A control method of an embossing apparatus, comprising:moving a cutting tool including a blade to a position facing a predetermined first target position of a medium to be processed, by controlling an operation of a first driving device configured to move, in a first direction, a support member on which the medium to be processed is adhered, and an operation of a second driving device configured to move the cutting tool and an embossing tool which recesses the medium to be processed by pressing, in a second direction parallel to a major surface of the support member and different from the first direction;
controlling an operation of a first pressing device configured to move the cutting tool in a third direction perpendicular to the major surface of the support member, thereby sticking the blade into the first target position of the medium to be processed, and stopping the blade in a state in which a blade edge is positioned between upper and lower surfaces of the medium to be processed;
forming a cut line on a boundary between a non-processing portion where embossing is not performed and an embossing portion by moving the support member in the first direction by the first driving device, and moving the cutting tool in the second direction by the second driving device, in the state in which the blade is stuck in the medium to be processed;
moving the cutting tool to a position where the blade is pulled out from the medium to be processed, by controlling the operation of the first pressing device;
moving the embossing tool to a position facing a second target position along the cut line of the medium to be processed, by controlling the operations of the first driving device and the second driving device;
controlling an operation of a second pressing device configured to move the embossing tool in the third direction, thereby pressing the embossing tool against the second target position, and forming a recess in the medium to be processed; and
forming on the medium to be processed, after forming the cut line, an embossed portion formed of a continuous recess extending along the cut line and breaking the medium to be processed on the cut line, by moving the support member in the first direction by the first driving device, and moving the embossing tool in the second direction by the second driving device, in the state in which the embossing tool is pressing the medium to be processed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,629

BLOWN FILM INSTALLATION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A BLOWN FILM STRIP AND FILM PRODUCED THEREWITH

1. A blown film installation (1) with an annular nozzle for extruding a film tube, with a tube formation area for longitudinal and transverse stretching of the film tube, with a cooling means for the film tube moving in the machine direction, with a collapsing section of the film tube into a double layer film strip and with a pair of haul-off rollers beyond the cooling means for hauling off the film tube, wherein a processing roller line (8) for longitudinal stretching of the double layer film strip is disposed beyond the pair of haul-off rollers (2) in the machine direction,wherein
the machine direction is oriented vertically from the bottom up and the processing roller line (8) is disposed above the pair of haul-off rollers, wherein a heating means is provided for the double layer film strip (23); and
wherein a reversing unit (20) is provided above the processing roller line (8).

US Pat. No. 10,137,628

DUAL TENTER CLIP AND TABLE ASSEMBLY AND TRANSVERSE SHEET STRETCHING PLANT COMPRISING SAME

1. A dual tenter clip and table assembly for moving, by means of an endless chain consisting of alternating pairs of first chain links and pairs of second chain links rotatably connected by pins arranged in parallel to a plane of a rail and perpendicular to a direction of the endless chain's movement, a polymer material web on a stretching plant or stretching device for stretching said polymer material web at least in a transverse direction, said assembly comprisinga main tenter clip body comprising a main tenter clip body carriage having a plurality of wheels moving the carriage along a single rail by said endless chain to which a carriage of the main tenter clip body is fixed;
said carriage of the main tenter clip body further comprising a tenter table onto which the polymer material web to be stretched is fixed by a tenter clip; and
said carriage of the main tenter clip body being fixed to a first chain link of the endless chain by a vertical pin positioned in parallel to pins connecting first and second chain links and passing through at least one structural part of the main tenter clip body;
and said assembly further comprising
a secondary tenter clip body different in structure from the main tenter clip body and comprising a secondary tenter clip body carriage, said carriage of the secondary tenter clip body further comprising a tenter table onto which the polymer material web to be stretched is fixed by a tenter clip; and
said carriage of the secondary tenter clip body being fixed to a second chain link of the endless chain by a vertical pin positioned in parallel to pins connecting first and second chain links and passing through at least one structural part of the secondary tenter clip body;
wherein outer walls of the main tenter clip body carriages opposing outer walls of the secondary tenter clip body carriages and outer walls of the secondary tenter clip body carriages opposing outer walls of the main tenter clip body carriages have an oppositely shaped curvature to not come into contact with each other during operation of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,627

UNIT FOR PROCESSING BLANKS PROVIDED WITH AN OPTICAL CONFINEMENT SECTION HAVING CONVERGENT WALLS

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Unit (1) for processing hollow-body blanks (2) of plastic material, which comprises a chamber (6) in which the blanks (2) advance by following a predetermined pathway (T), this chamber (6) being delimited on both sides of the pathway (T) by two lateral walls (3, 4) having opposing inner faces (5), this chamber (6) comprising a main section (9) in which at least one of the walls (3, 4) is provided with numerous sources (10) of electromagnetic radiation, the lateral walls (3, 4) defining between themselves, at at least one end of the chamber, an opening (8) for the passage of the blanks (2), this chamber (6) further comprising at least one optical confinement section (12), which extends between the main section (9) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically reflective and converging in the direction of the opening (8),wherein the chamber (6) comprises an absorption section (18), which extends between the optical confinement section (12) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically absorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,626

PET BLOW MOULDING MACHINES

1. A method for controlling a preform for stretch blow molding a container with an integrally formed handle, said preform comprising a body portion and said integrally formed handle, said preform transferred from a preform supply source to a blow molding tool for blowing said container, said method including the steps of:a. passing said preform through a preform handle orienting apparatus;
b. transferring said preform to a preform transportation system;
c. transferring said preform from said transportation system to said blow molding tool;
d. maintaining orientation of said preform handle imposed by said handle orienting apparatus during said transfer to said preform transportation system and said transfer to said blow molding tool;
e. setting heat outputs of individual preform heating elements to deliver a required distribution of heat density to said body portion of said preform,
f. rotating said preform during transport along said transportation system past an array of the preform heating elements; and
g. shielding said integrally formed handle from excessive exposure to heating from said heating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,137,624

METHOD TO DIRECT COMPOUND EXTRUDED STRUCTURE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF IRRADIATION CROSSLINKED POLYPROPYLENE FOAM

TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA),...

1. A method of manufacturing an extruded structure, comprising:introducing resin into a feeder of an extruder;
injecting a liquid crosslinking agent into the extruder using an injector at a location downstream of the feeder within 4 to 8 screw diameters of an axial length of the extruder;
introducing a chemical blowing agent into the extruder at a location downstream of the location where the liquid crosslinking agent is injected into the extruder; and
extruding a structure from the extruder.

US Pat. No. 10,137,623

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system, comprising:an injection molding apparatus;
a conveyance means configured to convey a molded article produced by the injection molding apparatus;
an inspection means configured to inspect the molded article conveyed by the conveyance means;
a conveyance position detection means configured to detect a position of a conveyance part of the conveyance means;
a controller communicated with the injection molding apparatus, the inspection means and the conveyance position detection means; and
a data storage configured to store data,
wherein the data storage is configured to store, under a control of the controller:
molding data when the injection molding apparatus produces the molded article; and
first position information of the conveyance part that is a position of the conveyance part detected by the conveyance position detection means when the produced molded article is picked up by the conveyance means,
the molding data and the first position information of the conveyance part being stored in association with each other as a set, a plurality of sets of the molding data and the first position information being stored in the data storage,
wherein the data storage is further configured to store, under the control of the controller:
inspection data regarding the molded article when a molded article is inspected by the inspection means, and
second position information of the conveyance part that is a position of the conveyance part detected by the conveyance position detection means when the molded article is inspected by the inspection means,
the inspection data and the second position information of the conveyance part being stored in association with each other as a set, a plurality of sets of the inspection data and the second position information of the conveyance part being stored in the data storage,
wherein the data storage is configured to
extract, under the control of the controller, (1) a first set of the molding data and the first position information of the conveyance part and (2) a second set of the inspection data and the second position information of the conveyance part, respectively from (i) the plurality of sets of the molding data and the first position information of the conveyance part and (ii) the plurality of sets of the inspection data and the second position information of the conveyance part, wherein the first position information and the second position information of the conveyance part have a difference equal to a predetermined distance between (a) a pickup position where the molded article is picked up by the conveyance means and (b) an inspection position where the molded article is inspected by the inspection means, and
store (1) the molding data included in the extracted first set of the molding data and the first position information and (2) the inspection data included in the extracted second set of the inspection data and the second position information in association with each other, and
wherein the controller is configured to determine the molded article as non-defective or as defective by using (1) the stored molding data included in the extracted first set and (2) the stored inspection data included in the extracted second set in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,622

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INJECTION MOLDING OF PLASTIC MATERIALS

INGLASS S.p.A., Orbassan...

1. An apparatus for injection molding of plastic material into a mold cavity, comprising a distributor of fluid plastic material under pressure connected to at least one injector including a valve pin displaceable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the valve pin is controllably operated by an electric rotary actuator, said apparatus being configured to detect a value of the torque developed by the electric rotary actuator at least when the valve pin is in a path from said closed position to said open position, and to employ the detected torque value to pilot a molding process.

US Pat. No. 10,137,621

NOZZLE TERMINAL FOR INJECTORS OF PLASTIC MATERIAL INJECTION MOULDING APPARATUS

INGLASS S.p.A., San Polo...

1. A nozzle terminal for injectors of plastic material injection moulding apparatus, comprising a tubular tip defining a flow passage for injected plastic material and a ring nut coaxial to the tip, said tip including a radially inner element made of an abrasion resistant first material, an intermediate element made of a high thermal conductivity second material, and a radially outer element made of a corrosion resistant third material, wherein said radially inner, intermediate and radially outer elements are joined to each other in intimate mutual contact, wherein the radially inner element comprises a distal portion having a substantially constant thickness and extending up to the free end of the tip and the intermediate element is applied to such distal portion and has a constant thickness, which is substantially equal to the thickness of said distal portion of the radially inner element along an entire length of the mutual contact of the radially inner element and the intermediate element, wherein the radially outer element has a thickness less than the thickness of said distal portion of the radially inner element and the intermediate element and has a length extending beyond proximal and distal ends of the intermediate element so as to fully cover the intermediate element and hermetically insulate the intermediate element from the environment, and wherein the radially outer element distal end terminates in a thickened end portion enclosing the free end of the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,619

HEADER FOR MODULE OF HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANES AND METHOD OF POTTING HOLLOW FIBERS

ZENON TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS...

1. A method of producing a membrane module comprising the steps of:a) forming a bundle of hollow fiber membranes, the membranes held together by a layer of adhesive material spaced from the ends of the membranes to provide a potting region between the layer of adhesive material and the ends of the membranes;
b) placing the bundle of membranes in a mold wherein the mold seals against the adhesive material to form a substantially closed cavity surrounding the potting region;
c) injecting a liquid potting material into the cavity such that the potting material flows around the membranes; and,
d) solidifying the potting material in a seal with the membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,618

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING PLASTICS PARTS HAVING INSERTS

Gerresheimer Regensburg G...

1. A device for producing plastics parts, comprising in each case at least one rod-shaped metal insert, which has a proximal end and a distal end having a ground surface, in an injection moulding process, comprising a first mould half element and a second mould half element, at least one of the mould half elements being movable along a closure direction such that in a closed position, the mould half elements together form a closed cavity for moulding a plastics part, the insert projecting at least in portions into the cavity in order to be overmoulded with plastics material and being substantially arranged between the mould half elements in a mould dividing plane which comprises a longitudinal direction and a width direction, wherein at least one of the mould half elements has at least one fixing means, by which the insert can be fixed in the width direction, and in that a positioning means is able to be arranged at the proximal end of the insert, by which the insert, which is fixed in the width direction, is able to be moved along the longitudinal direction into an injection position,wherein the positioning means comprises an end piece on which a slide core is arranged, wherein at least one of the mould half elements comprises an actuating surface and the end piece comprises at least one ramp surface, the end piece being movable, during a closure movement of the mould half elements, from a starting position into an end position due to a sliding movement of the at least one actuating surface on the at least one ramp surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,617

LOW SHEAR PROCESS FOR PRODUCING POLYMER COMPOSITE FIBERS

UT-BATTELLE, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A method for producing an object from a polymer composite fiber comprising a polymer matrix with filaments incorporated therein whose lengthwise dimensions are substantially oriented with the axial dimension of the composite fiber, the method comprising subjecting a melt comprising a polymer matrix and filaments homogeneously distributed throughout said polymer matrix to an extrusion process in which the melt is extruded into a fibrous form in the absence of screw extruders and in the substantial absence of shear forces that result in breakage of said filaments, followed by cooling and solidification of the extruded melt to provide the polymer composite fiber, wherein the polymer composite fiber, as produced above, is fed into an additive manufacturing unit to produce said object made of said polymer composite fiber by additive manufacturing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,616

FABRICATING LIGHTWEIGHT SKIN SYSTEMS FOR LARGE SCALE ROBOTIC CHARACTERS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method of texturing cellular foam material, comprising:providing a sheet of cellular foam material as input to a laser cutter;
first controlling the laser cutter to make a first pass over a surface of the sheet cutting a first layer of a texture pattern; and
second controlling the laser cutter to make a second pass over the surface of the sheet cutting a second layer of the texture pattern, wherein the second layer overlaps the first layer and wherein the laser cutter has a first resolution setting defining a first dots per inch (DPI) value for the laser cutter during the first controlling and a second resolution setting defining a second dots per inch (DPI) value for the laser cutter during the second controlling that is greater than the first DPI value defined by the first resolution setting, whereby the laser cutter concentrates more heat energy in the cellular foam material during the second controlling than in the first controlling to provide a deeper cut on the surface of the sheet during the second controlling.

US Pat. No. 10,137,615

METHOD FOR FORMING MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT UPHOSLTERY

1. A method of forming a cover element for upholstery of an element of a motor vehicle seat, comprising at least one layer of foam and a cap comprising at least a covering material, wherein the forming of the cover element comprises the steps of:placing said cap against a matrix defining the visible shape of the cover element, with the covering material on a side of the matrix;
maintaining the cap pressed against the matrix by suction;
placing said at least one layer of foam against a back of said covering material; and
applying a forming punch defining a rear surface of the cover element;
wherein a foam thickness of the at least one layer of foam is obtained by spraying foam on a substrate supported by a suction plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,614

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus configured to manufacture a sheet by heating and pressurizing a material containing a fiber and an additive agent, the apparatus comprising:a supplying opening configured to supply an additive agent in air;
a first tank configured to communicate with the supplying opening and store the additive agent, the first tank including
a first photoelectric detector configured to detect an absence of the additive agent in the first tank,
a second photoelectric detector configured to detect that an amount of the additive agent in the first tank reaches an upper limit, and
a third photoelectric detector disposed between the first photoelectric detector and the second photoelectric detector in a vertical direction and configured to detect the amount of the additive agent in the first tank and; and
a second tank configured to communicate with the first tank and store the additive agent, the second tank being detachably attached to the sheet manufacturing apparatus, the second tank including a screw feeder configured to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank, the screw feeder being configured to commence to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank in response to the third photoelectric detector detecting the amount of the additive agent in the first tank,
the second tank including an opening through which the second tank is configured to communicate with the first tank and including a valve slidable relative to the opening of the second tank between an opening position at which the valve opens the opening of the second tank and a closing position at which the valve closes the opening of the second tank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,613

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING THIN-WALLED BODIES OF REVOLUTION

1. An apparatus for manufacturing thin-walled bodies of revolution comprises a heatable expander which is mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis, and a feeder for supplying mouldable material, said feeder being mounted above the expander so as to be movable therealong, wherein a lower part of the feeder is heatable, the expander is hollow with a reflective internal surface, and a heater of the expander is in the form of a laser, the radiation of which is transported into the expander.

US Pat. No. 10,137,612

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURE OF OPHTHALMIC LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of removing a contact lens from a lens mold portion carrying a contact lens, the method comprising reciprocally displacing a region of the mold portion to thereby cause an edge portion of the contact lens to become detached from the mold portion, wherein the reciprocal displacement comprises a plurality of cycles, each cycle comprising motion in a first direction, followed by motion in a second, opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,611

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED ARTICLE USING FOOD WASTE

1. A method for manufacturing a molded article using food waste, comprising:(s1) a step wherein food waste is collected;
(s2) a step wherein with respect to 1 g of the food waste, 0.01 to 0.5 g of deodorizing agent, 0.01 to 0.5 g of sterilizing agent and 0.01 to 0.5 g of natural antiseptic are added to form a first mixture;
(s3) a step wherein the first mixture is dried using a drier of above 15° C. and a heating film;
(s4) a step wherein the particles of the food waste are sorted out to remove impurities;
(s5) a step wherein the sorted particles of step s4 are crushed into sizes of 0.01 mm to 1 mm to form a crushed powder;
(s6) a first mixing step wherein a binding agent containing a food additive is mixed and pasted with the crushed powder to form a second mixture;
(s7) a second mixing step wherein purified water and an aromatic agent are mixed and pasted with the second mixture manufactured in the first mixing step to form a third mixture;
(s8) a step wherein the third mixture is poured into a mold and is compressed and molded, thus manufacturing the molded article;
(s9) a drying step wherein the molded article which was manufactured in such a way that it had been compressed and molded is dried;
(s10) a polishing step wherein the molded article is polished using a polishing agent;
(s11) a step wherein at least one small cube is manufactured and is marked with a number and is colored, wherein the surface of each small cube is marked with a number or is colored so as to engage or attach each cube, which is manufactured through the polishing step in the step s10; and
(s12) a step wherein an expandable large cube is manufactured, wherein the expandable large cube is manufactured in such a way to attach the at least one small cube, which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number, to each side of another small cube which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number.

US Pat. No. 10,137,610

POST-MOLD COOLING METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH CYCLONE COOLING EFFECT

YUDO VALUEPRO LAB CANADA ...

1. A method for post-molding cooling a molded article, the method comprising:providing cooling fluid at an open end of the molded article;
helically directing the cooling fluid in the molded article such that at least a portion of a concave interior surface of the molded article acts as a curved surface relative to a direction of flow of the cooling fluid to create turbulent flow of the cooling fluid against the concave interior surface of the molded article along a length of the concave interior surface from the open end of the molded article toward a closed end of the molded article; and
venting cooling fluid out of the open end of the molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,137,608

FILM-STRETCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method of producing a film having a porous structure, the film being configured to be used as separator for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, the method comprising:a film stretching step of stretching a film by use of a film-stretching apparatus which includes a stretching furnace having (i) an entrance through which the film is transferred into the stretching furnace and (ii) an exit through which the film is transferred out of the stretching furnace; and
a transfer step of holding, on the outside of the stretching furnace, both sides of the film with use of chucks and transferring the film into the stretching furnace through the entrance,
wherein, in the film stretching step, an airflow in the entrance is controlled so as to be directed toward an outside of the stretching furnace, the airflow containing a plasticizing agent volatilized from the film,
wherein, in the transfer step, while the chucks are moving outside of the stretching furnace, a temperature of the chucks is kept at not lower than 90° C. and not higher than 150° C.,
wherein the stretching furnace is divided, along a direction in which the film is transferred, into a plurality of air amount control zones, one of the plurality of air amount control zones being a zone connected to the entrance,
wherein the method further comprises independently controlling an amount of air in each of the plurality of air amount control zones,
wherein the plurality of air amount control zones include at least a pre-heating chamber and a stretching chamber,
wherein each of the pre-heating chamber and the stretching chamber supplies and discharges air, and
wherein a pressure in at least the zone connected to the entrance is controlled so as to be a positive pressure, and wherein the produced film has the porous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,607

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CURING COMPOSITE NACELLE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for curing a composite structure, comprising:an enclosure comprising a top plate, a base, and an outer wall disposed between said top plate and said base, said outer wall having a closed contour;
an inner wall disposed between said top plate and said base and surrounded by said outer wall, said inner wall having a closed contour, wherein surfaces of said inner and outer walls, said top plate, and said base define a ring-shaped cure volume; and
a hollow tool made of metal or composite material, said hollow tool comprising a surface having a closed contour and embedded heating elements, wherein said hollow tool surrounds said inner wall and is surrounded by said outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,137,606

MOLDING APPARATUS WITH HYDROPHOBIC PROPERTIES AND METHOD

1. A molding apparatus for a one step forming and filling process of a plastic container from a preform comprising a mold having an inner surface and means for filling liquid product in the preform, the inner surface of the mold having hydrophobic properties, and the hydrophobic properties of the mold being non-transient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,605

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AFFIXING REFERENCE DOTS WITH RESPECT TO MODELING IMPRESSION MATERIALS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An optical data acquisition system for capturing non-line of sight features within a workpiece comprising:a light projector for projecting a plurality of reference dots on a workpiece with non-line of sight features;
a digital camera at a first location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a digital camera at a second location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a control subsystem configured to merge images taken by the cameras for triangulation and generation of a three-dimensional relationship and location of the dots;
a turntable for placing the workpiece with non-line of sight features,
an additively manufactured holder configured to be at least partially received within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece,
wherein the holder comprises:
a handle portion;
an anchor portion opposite the handle portion; and
a float portion to at least partially support the handle portion with respect to the surface of a liquid modeling impression material within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,604

MOLD FOR CREATING NEGATIVE DRAFT SURFACES IN MOLDED ITEMS AND METHOD OF MOLDING

1. A method for molding a bathtub including at least one negative draft angle encroachment within said bathtub, said method comprising the steps of:(a) substantially covering the molding surfaces of a one-piece bathtub mold with a material to be molded while said material to be molded is in substantially fluid form, wherein said mold comprises a sump, walls extending beyond said sump, and at least one encroachment, wherein said sump comprises a sump front wall and a sump hack wall, and wherein said mold forms said sump front wall to reflect a negative draft angle of approximately 10 degrees and forms said sump back wall to reflect a negative draft angle of a magnitude not greater than the magnitude of the draft angle of said sump front wall, said encroachment comprises at least one of one or more shelves and one or more seats, and wherein at least one said encroachment reflects a draft angle that is negative with respect to a direction of pull parallel to the plane defined by said rear wall;
(b) allowing said material to harden to substantially solid form such that at least a portion of said material is molded into a bathtub; and
(c) removing said material from said mold by one or more of:
a) pulling;
(b) tilting; or
(c) liftingwithout breaking said mold or said material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,603

VACUUM CARRIER MODULE, METHOD OF USING AND PROCESS OF MAKING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method of using a vacuum carrier module, the method comprising:planarizing a gel film by flowing an alignment material through a hole in a substrate to contact a first surface of the gel film, wherein the gel film is adhered to an edge region of the substrate;
positioning at least one chip on a second surface of the gel film opposite the first surface;
encasing the at least one chip in a molding material; and
after encasing the at least one chip, applying a vacuum to the first surface of the gel film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,602

FABRICATING A ROBOTICS SKIN SYSTEM USING A MOLD CORE OR TOOL DEFINING AN INVERSE OF AN EXTERIOR SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method for fabricating an artificial skin system, comprising:from data storage, accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object, wherein the digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object;
processing the digital 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, wherein the processing comprises defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object;
fabricating the core based on the 3D model of the core, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core in the 3D model;
coating the exterior surface of the fabricated core with skin-forming material in liquid form; and
after the skin-forming material has hardened, removing the hardened skin-forming material from the fabricated core including turning the hardened skin-forming material inside out to orient portions of the hardened skin-forming material abutting the exterior surface of the fabricated core to face outward to provide an exterior surface of an artificial skin free of seam lines.

US Pat. No. 10,137,600

TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDING KNEADER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRODE MIXTURE USING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A twin-screw extruding kneader which conveys and kneads predetermined materials to produce a paste, comprising:a hollow housing;
two rotational shafts arranged parallel to each other at a predetermined interval inside the housing; and
a plurality of paddles arranged around each of the rotational shafts, which knead the materials supplied to the inside of the housing, wherein
a stiffly kneading zone for kneading the materials with a solid content higher than a final solid content, and a diluting zone for diluting the materials having passed through the stiffly kneading zone to adjust the solid content of the materials to the final solid content are provided inside the housing, and
a paddle length L1, a clearance C1, a paddle length L2 and a clearance C2 are set to satisfy conditional expression (1):
(L1/C1)/(L2/C2)?1.4  (1),
wherein, in the conditional expression (1):
the paddle length L1 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the stiffly kneading zone,
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C1 is a smallest gap width between an outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the stiffly kneading zone and an inner circumferential surface of the housing,
the paddle length L2 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the diluting zone, and
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C2 is a smallest gap width between the outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the diluting zone and the inner circumferential surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,599

EXTRUDATE TRANSPORT APPARATUS HAVING A FREE FLOATING ROLLER ASSEMBLY

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method for orienting sections of a green ceramic extrudate, comprising:applying a reference mark to a green ceramic extrudate as the extrudate exits an extrusion apparatus onto an extrudate support channel;
contacting a surface of the green ceramic extrudate with a contact roller comprising a contact roller axis substantially perpendicular to a predetermined extrudate axis along the extrudate support channel, wherein the contact roller is rotatably mounted to a free floating roller assembly having a predetermined effective weight, wherein the free floating roller assembly exerts a constant contact force to the surface of the green ceramic extrudate;
selectively reorienting the contact roller angularly with respect to the predetermined extrudate axis while maintaining the constant contact force;
cutting the extrudate to form an extrudate segment;
floatingly supporting the extrudate segment on an air bearing;
taking an optical reading of the reference mark on the cut section of the floatingly supported extrudate;
transferring the extrudate segment from the extrudate support channel via frictional force to a dryer tray; and
imaging an end of the extrudate segment on the dryer tray and comparing the image with a target range for alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,598

FORMLINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. Formliners comprising at least two formliners configured to form a corner in curable material when the at least two formliners are assembled together, the formliners comprising:a first formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion, wherein at least a part of the recessed portion is configured contact the curable material;
a boundary side extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner, the boundary side connected to the cell at a predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner, the predetermined angle corresponding to a desired angle of the corner when forming the corner in the curable material; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner toward the boundary side, the rib of the first formliner comprising an exterior surface forming an exterior cross-sectional profile, wherein at least a portion of the exterior surface is configured to contact the curable material; and
a second formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the second formliner, the rib of the second formliner comprising an opening having a cross-sectional profile corresponding to the exterior cross-sectional profile of the rib of the first formliner when the second formliner is positioned at the predetermined angle relative to the first formliner,
wherein the first formliner is configured to be assembled with the second formliner at the predetermined angle to form the corner in the curable material with the desired angle by mating the opening of the rib of the second formliner with exterior surface of the rib of the first formliner with the boundary side of the first formliner contacting the recessed portion of the cell of the second formliner along the predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner to minimize visible seams in the curable material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,594

SINGLE STEP CREOSOTE/BORATE WOOD TREATMENT

Stella-Jones Inc., Saint...

1. A wood treatment composition comprising:(1) at least about 3% w/w of a reaction product of C2-C6 monoalkanolamine and boric acid; and 2) at least about 90% w/w creosote; wherein the reaction product comprises a C2-C6 monoalkanolamine ester of boric acid; and the composition is greater than 98% free of water and is a homogeneous mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,137,593

MITER BOX

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A miter box comprising front and rear opposing surfaces, two opposing lateral surfaces, and an upper surface, wherein one lateral surface includes in a first direction, a through opening having a closed contour and a shape adapted to the cross-section of an element to be cut, the miter box further comprising a slot defining a cut line entirely crossing the opening,characterized in that a rear surface of the miter box comprises a first slot opening and a protruding rib, approximately vertical, for aiding positioning of the box for angle cuts, wherein the slot follows a plane forming a non-perpendicular angle with the first direction, and wherein the protruding rib is arranged offset from the first slot opening and in a middle of a projection of the slot on the rear surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,592

OSCILLATING MULTI-TOOL SYSTEM

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A power tool comprising:a housing;
a motor disposed within the housing;
a tool holder driven about an output axis by the motor, the tool holder having a locating feature projecting from a surface of the tool holder, wherein the locating feature includes a tapered portion becoming narrower in a direction away from the surface of the tool holder;
an output element for performing an operation on a workpiece, the output element having an aperture for receiving the locating feature of the tool holder to mate with the tool holder, wherein the output element includes a first face that faces the surface of the tool holder when the locating feature is received by the aperture and a second face generally opposite the first face;
a rotatable flange for transferring a clamping force for urging the output element towards the tool holder, wherein the flange includes a tab projecting from the flange for finger-tightening the flange, wherein the tab is operatively coupled to rotate the flange and the flange rotates to apply the clamping force; and
a biasing member providing the clamping force toollessly;
wherein a gap is defined between the surface of the tool holder and the first face when the tapered portion of the locating feature is fully received in the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,137,591

TOOLING AND A METHOD FOR WEAKENING AN OUTLINE IN A THIN PLASTICS CARD

IDEMIA FRANCE, Colombes ...

1. A method, comprising:weakening a first outline in a thin plastic card, wherein weakening the first outline comprises:
a first go punching step by means of a first go punch presenting a solid shape substantially identical to the first outline and suitable for punching the thin plastic card along a go direction against a first die presenting a first hollow shape substantially identical to the first outline and in alignment with the first go punch;
receiving a first material pushed by the first go punch into the first hollow shape of the first die; and
a first return punching step by means of a first return punch presenting a solid shape substantially identical to the first outline in alignment with the first go punch and suitable for punching the first material along a return direction opposite to the go direction; and
weakening a second outline in the thin plastic card, wherein weakening the second outline comprises:
a second go punching step by means of a second go punch presenting a solid shape substantially identical to the second outline and suitable for punching the thin plastic card in a second go direction against a second die presenting a second hollow shape substantially identical to the second outline and in alignment with the second go punch;
receiving a second material pushed by the second punch into the second hollow shape of the second die; and
a second return punching step by means of a second return punch presenting a solid shape substantially identical to the second outline in alignment with the second go punch and suitable for punching the second material along a second return direction opposite to the second go direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,589

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR REDUCING PARTS OF TIRES TO PIECES AT THE END OF LIFE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A machine for cutting a part of a tire down into pieces, comprising:a frame;
a tire support for supporting said part of the tire;
a supplying device for supplying said part of the tire, said supplying device being configured to feed said part to a cutting station;
a cutting device, disposed at said cutting station, for cutting said part so as to cut the part down into pieces, the cutting device comprising a first blade and a second blade, at least one of said first and second blades being pivotable in a hinged manner with respect to the other of said first and second blades at a fulcrum and defining a cutting plane, said first blade and second blade being shaped such that the cutting of said part of the tire starts at a distal end part of the blades with respect to the fulcrum;
wherein at least one of the first and second blades has a concave shape and cooperates with the other of the first and second blades to keep said part of the tire to be cut inside of the blades; and
wherein the supplying device includes a movable unit which can pivot about a vertical axis in a hinged manner between a first position for supplying a cap of the tire to the cutting station and a second position for supplying a sidewall of the tire to the cutting station;
wherein the movable unit includes rotatable drive members that rotate about a central axis thereof and that feed said part to the cutting device, wherein in the first position the central axis of the drive members is substantially parallel to a vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane and in the second position the central axis of the drive members is in an inclined position with respect to the vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,588

UTILITY CUTTER

1. A utility cutter, comprising:a handle that comprises a gripping surface;
one or more blades configured to extend from the handle, the blade comprising a cutting portion which includes one or more cutting edges and a non-cutting portion including a thickness; and
a guide including a guide length in a direction substantially parallel with the non-cutting portion of the one or more blades and a guide width in a direction substantially transverse the guide length; the guide attached directly and fixedly to the blade independent of engaging contact between the guide and the handle, the guide positioned in an attaching position on the one or more blades to expose at least a portion of the cutting portion and cover at least a portion of the non-cutting portion, the guide comprising a contoured surface that comprises at least one pointed edge to pierce through a corrugated material, the guide further comprising a first ramped side and a second ramped side, the first and second ramped sides directly adjacent the at least one pointed edge, the ramped sides transition to a widening of the guide, and the guide width at the attaching portion is greater than the thickness of the non-cutting portion of the blade; and,
the utility cutter further comprising a cut-away region ahead of the one or more cutting edges of the blade configured to accept a bunched portion of a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,587

AXE AND AXE HEAD

1. An axe comprising:an axe head and a handle to which one end portion of the axe head is mounted,
wherein the axe head is formed of a flat blade stock of generally uniform thickness,
wherein the axe head having a sharpened cutting edge,
wherein the axe head having a frame section comprising a first side face and a second side face, and a first side edge and a second side edge between the first side face and the second side face,
wherein the axe head defining a first axe head side on the first side face of the frame section and a second axe head side on the second side face of the frame section,
wherein the centre of gravity of the axe is located on a centre-of-gravity plane, which is parallel with a blade plane on which the sharpened cutting edge of the axe head is located and which is located at a distance from the blade plane and which is parallel with a normal working motion plane of the axe,
wherein the sharpened cutting edge of the axe head and the centre of gravity of the axe are arranged to cooperate when the sharpened cutting edge of the axe head hits a wood and the sharpened cutting edge of the axe head penetrates into the wood such that at least some of the impact force of the axe head is converted into a rotational motion of the axe head and a motion of the axe head in a curvilinear trajectory, and
wherein:
the axe head having a first handle attaching structure, which extends from the first side edge of the frame section of the axe head and which is located on the first axe head side of the axe head,
the axe head having a second handle attaching structure, which extends from the second side edge of the frame section of the axe head and which is located on the first axe head side of the axe head,
the frame section of the axe head, the first handle attaching structure of the axe head, the second handle attaching structure of the axe head are parts of a one-piece structure formed by plastically deforming and cutting said flat blade stock of generally uniform thickness,
the first handle attaching structure being provided with a first opening that is penetrated by the handle, and
the second handle attaching structure being provided with a second opening that is penetrated by the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,586

DUAL STROKE RAZOR SYSTEM

1. A razor comprising:a one-piece base body comprising:
a first outwardly extending lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a second outwardly extending lateral part opposite the first lateral part, the second lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a projection part extending outwardly from and in between the first and second lateral parts, the projection part having a first projection part surface, a second projection part surface opposite the first projection part surface, and an end;
the first projection part surface and the first surface of the first lateral part together defining a first semi-circular finger receiving surface;
the second projection part surface and the first surface of the second lateral part together defining a second semi-circular finger receiving surface;
a grip part having a first flat surface and a second flat surface, the grip part extending outwardly opposite the projection part so that a portion of the first flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the first lateral part and a portion of the second flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the second lateral part; and
a head with an operation face on the end of the projection part so that the operational face faces away from the first and second lateral parts and the grip part, the operational face including at least one first blade located closer to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface, at least one second blade located closer to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface, and a sliding surface between the at least one first blade and the at least one second blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,585

RAZOR ASSEMBLY

1. A razor assembly being configured to be removably positioned in a palm thereby facilitating a razor to shave hair, said assembly comprising:a grip being configured to be positioned in a palm of a hand thereby facilitating said grip to inhibit symptoms of tendonitis, said grip including a panel having a first surface, a second surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge having a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said panel being concavely arcuate between said first lateral side and said second lateral side wherein said panel is configured to conform to a palm of a hand; and
a blade unit being removably coupled to said grip wherein said blade unit is configured to shave hair, said blade unit including a frame, said frame having a pair of first members extending between each of a pair of second members, a plurality of blades being coupled between each of said second members, said plurality of blades being arranged to include a first set of blades and a second set of blades, said first set of blades and said second set of blades each being positioned on opposite sides of a center of said frame, each blade of said first set of blades and said second set of blades having a cutting edge directed towards said center of said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,584

ADAPTER FOR A HANDLE AND A CARTRIDGE OF DIFFERENT RAZOR SYSTEMS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An adapter for coupling each of a razor handle and a razor cartridge together, the adapter comprising:a handle engaging portion comprising:
at least one wall that defines a receptacle for receiving a razor handle;
a first handle protrusion extending from the at least one wall; and
a second handle protrusion extending from the at least one wall and being spaced from the first handle protrusion;
wherein the first handle protrusion and the second handle protrusion are configured to extend into a first recess and a second recess, respectively, of a stem of a razor handle;
a cartridge engaging portion coupled with the handle engaging portion, the cartridge engaging portion comprising:
a stem that defines a recess for selectively engaging a cartridge protrusion; and
a collar slidably coupled with the stem and slidable between a resting position and an ejecting position;
wherein sliding the collar from the resting position to the ejecting position facilitates ejection of a cartridge from the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,137,583

RAZOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

IRVING BARBER COMPANY LLC...

1. A razor device for supporting a razor blade, comprising:a blade support member having a recess formed therein;
a handle member coupled with the blade support member and rotatable relative to the blade support member;
and a cover member coupleable with the blade support member;
wherein:
the razor blade is removably supportable between the blade support member and the cover member;
the recess is sized such that, when the cover member is operably coupled with the blade support member, a perimeter edge of the cover member is either substantially aligned with a perimeter of the recess or within the perimeter of the recess; and
the cover member is coupleable adjacent to the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,137,582

FLUX BRIDGE FOR PIVOT MOTORS

Wahl Clipper Corporation,...

1. A pivot motor comprising,a stator and a plastic armature spaced from the stator by an air gap,
the plastic armature having a magnetic assembly and a pair of opposed openings for first and second springs on a first end, a drive arm on an opposite second end, and a pivot between the first end and the second end,
the magnetic assembly having first and second permanent magnets each having an outer face that is exposed to the stator, the first magnet and the second magnet being oriented at an oblique angle with respect to each other,
the magnetic assembly further having a flux bridge located on an inner face of the first and second permanent magnets that is opposite to the outer face,
the flux bridge occupying the space between the inner faces of the first and second magnets, the flux bridge having a first surface adjacent the first permanent magnet, a second surface adjacent the second permanent magnet, and a back surface between the first and second surfaces,
wherein the plastic armature further includes an orifice that holds only the flux bridge, and an alignment skeleton outside of the orifice that sets the first and second permanent magnets in the armature.

US Pat. No. 10,137,581

DRIVE FOR A HAIR CUTTING APPARATUS

Andis Company, Sturtevan...

1. A hair grooming device comprising:a yoke assembly that includes a slot that is configured to receive an eccentric drive, and a biased tension arm having a finger at one end, the finger includes a groove, the tension arm configured to engage a blade assembly;
a support assembly coupled to the yoke assembly, the support assembly includes a first arm spaced apart from a second arm, the first and second arms being respectively coupled to the yoke assembly, the yoke assembly being positioned between the first and second arms,
wherein the blade assembly includes a first blade and a second blade, the first blade is configured to reciprocate with respect to the second blade, the tension arm is biased into engagement with the first blade, and the groove is configured to receive a portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,580

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC ARM GUARD ASSEMBLIES

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A robotic system comprising:a robotic arm assembly comprising a robotic arm and an end effector coupled to said robotic arm, wherein said end effector is configured to selectively couple to a moveable object;
a guard assembly that is selectively moveable between an open configuration and a closed configuration and comprising a plurality of guard petals, each guard petal of said plurality of guard petals selectively moveable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration and comprising:
a flexible support structure; and
a fluid bladder coupled to said flexible support structure, wherein said fluid bladder is selectively filled with a fluid to change said fluid bladder between a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein said fluid bladder is configured to wrap said flexible support structure around at least a portion of the moveable object when said guard petal is in the extended configuration and said fluid bladder is in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,579

ANTI-JAMMING SYSTEM IN A HUMANOID-TYPE ROBOT

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. A humanoid robot comprising:first and second elements, each of the first and second elements comprising a skin delimiting an outer surface having a flexible zone and a rigid zone; and
an articulation linking the first and second elements and allowing a travel of at least one of the first and second elements with at least one degree of freedom and within a given range,
wherein an end of the range is defined by the flexible zone of the first element being separated from the flexible zone of the second element by a gap in the absence of an object, and the first element is attached to the second element by passing through the flexible zone of the second element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,578

JOINT STRUCTURE, HAND DEVICE, ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

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

1. A joint structure comprising:a base; and
a link that is movable with respect to the base, and to which a load is applied from an object,
wherein the link includes: a first link member that is movable with respect to the base; a second link member that is movable with respect to the first link member, and to which a load is applied from the object; an elastic member that is provided between the first link member and the second link member; a drive mechanism that transmits a drive force to the first link member; and an engagement mechanism provided between the base and the second link member,
the elastic member biases the second link member in a direction opposite to a direction in Which a load is applied to the second link member from the object so that a position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is maintained at a predetermined position, and
the engagement mechanism engages the base with the second link member to fix the base to the second link member when the load is applied to the second link member from the object so that the position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is moved from the predetermined position against a biasing force of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,577

CABLE-DRIVEN PARARELL ROBOT CAPABLE OF CHANGING WORKSPACE

Industry Foundation of Ch...

1. A cable-driven parallel robot capable of changing a workspace, the cable-driven parallel robot comprising:an installation frame having
an upper frame defining an upper workspace, and
side frames defining side workspaces;
a plurality of driving units respectively provided on respective sides of the installation frame, each of the driving units generating forward and reverse rotational power;
a plurality of cables installed through the driving units, each of the cables being wound or unwound by the power of its associated driving unit;
a plurality of end effectors separated from each other and configured to separably couple to one another by a coupling means, wherein each of the end effectors is connected to two cables of the plurality of cables; and
module-direction changing standby stations provided on sides of the upper frame, wherein each of the module-direction changing standby stations is provided at a middle portion of the sides of the upper frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,576

TRANSPORT APPARATUS

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A substrate transport apparatus for transporting substrates, the substrate transport apparatus comprising:a frame;
at least one transfer arm connected to the frame;
at least one end effector mounted to the at least one transfer arm; and
at least one passive substrate support pad disposed on the at least one end effector so that the at least one passive substrate support pad is fixed to the at least one end effector in a fixed position relative to the at least one end effector so as to hold a substrate on the at least one passive substrate support pad, the at least one passive substrate support pad has a configuration that passively effects, substantially coincident with the substrate coming in contact with the at least one end effector by coming into contact with at least one predetermined contact area of the at least one passive substrate support pad along a common contact plane defined by the substrate on the at least one passive substrate support pad, a substantially predetermined coefficient of friction, passively determined by and substantially coincident with the substrate coming in contact with the at least one end effector and the at least one predetermined contact area, that is directionally variable so that the predetermined coefficient of friction, on a common portion of the at least one predetermined contact area contacting the common contact plane, has a predetermined passive variance in magnitude with respect to different coplanar directions coincident with the common contact plane to provide an increased friction force, independently and passively affixing the substrate to the at least one passive substrate support pad along the common contact plane, resulting from an increased friction coefficient, in at least one predetermined direction of the different coplanar directions that is larger than a coefficient of friction in another predetermined direction of the coplanar directions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,575

SYNTHETIC REPRESENTATION OF A SURGICAL ROBOT

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

7. A robotic surgical system, comprising:a robotic arm assembly coupled to a tool having an end effector;
an image capture device disposed relative to the tool so as to capture video images of the end effector;
an input device operatively coupled to the robotic arm for commanding the robotic arm to move the tool;
a tool tracking component configured to track movement of the tool;
a display; and
a processor programmed to:
receive tool tracking information from the tool tracking component;
receive video information derived from video images of the end effector which have been captured by the image capture device;
receive tool related information; and
cause the tool related information and the video information to be displayed on the display so that the tool information is continuously collocated with the video information during movement of the tool by using the tool tracking information.

US Pat. No. 10,137,574

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a communication device capable of performing data communication with a robot controller that controls a motion of an end effector of the robot, wherein the robot controller is external from the image processing apparatus;
an imaging device that captures an image of a calibration target grasped by the end effector;
a command transmitting unit for transmitting to the robot controller a movement command in a common format to move the end effector to a plurality of predetermined positions so as to change a relative position of the calibration target, which becomes an imaging target, with respect to the imaging device, wherein the movement command in the common format is interpreted and converted to the movement command to the end effector in accordance with a type of the robot by a conversion program installed in the robot controller and wherein the movement command includes an order code and positions of movement destinations;
a movement coordinate acquiring unit for acquiring first coordinate values being each of position coordinates of the end effector having moved in accordance with the movement command to the end effector;
an imaging controlling unit for controlling an operation of the imaging device so as to capture an image of the calibration target at each movement destination, to which the end effector has moved;
an image detecting unit for detecting second coordinate values being position coordinates of the calibration target based on the image of the calibration target captured at each movement destination; and
a calibration executing unit for calculating a conversion rule between both of the coordinates based on the plurality of acquired first coordinate values and the plurality of detected second coordinate values;
wherein the conversion program is provided for each type of the robot, and when the movement command is received and the order code is detected in the movement command, the conversion program converts the positions of movement destinations to a movement command to the end effector in accordance with the type of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,573

CLEANING ROBOT FOR RECYCLING EQUIPMENT

CP Manufacturing, Inc., ...

1. A self-cleaning apparatus for sorting a mixture of materials, the apparatus comprising:a material sorter for sorting material, wherein a portion of the material enters the sorter and travels along the sorter in a travel direction, the material sorter further comprises a plurality of rotors adjacent to each other, wherein the rotors are configured with spacing there between;
a multi-axis arm adjacent to the material sorter, wherein the multi-axis arm is constructed to move an end of the multi-axis arm in at least three linear directions, each of which is orthogonal to the other directions;
a cutter connected to the end of the multi-axis arm; and
a sensor for detecting a location where material has accumulated around one of the plurality of rotors;
a processor connected to the sensor, the multi-axis arm, and the cutter, wherein the sorter has a sorting surface, the sensor placed on one side of the sorting surface and a light place on the opposite site of the sorting surface, wherein the processor performs the following steps;
illuminating the light;
detecting the luminance at a plurality of locations where material has accumulated;
determining an occlusion measure based on the detected luminance and a default luminance
ranking the plurality of locations based on the occlusion measure; and
directing the multi-axis arm to position the cutter adjacent to a first location within the plurality based on the ranking;
actuating the cutter to dislodge the accumulation from the material sorter at the first location;
directing the multi-axis arm to position the cutter adjacent to a second location within the plurality based on the ranking;
actuating the cutter to dislodge the accumulation from the material sorter at the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,137,572

GLASS CLEANING ROBOT OUTAGE EMERGENCY PROCESSING METHOD

Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. A glass cleaning robot outage emergency processing method comprising:Step 100: a glass cleaning robot (1) operates in an external power supply power-on mode, and is automatically switched to a built-in battery power-on mode when an external power supply suddenly suffers outage;
Step 110: the glass cleaning robot (1) determines whether its walking direction is a vertically downward direction;
Step 120: if a result of the determination of Step 110 is YES, Step 200 starts, and if the result of the determination is NO, the control unit controls a walking mechanism of the glass cleaning robot (1) to act so as to rotate a machine body of the glass cleaning robot (1), and Step 110 is performed again after the rotation; and
Step 200: a control unit controls the glass cleaning robot (1) to walk downward in response to the glass cleaning robot (1) being automatically switched to the built-in battery power-on mode, wherein Step 200 occurs in response to Steps 100, 110 and 120,
wherein Steps 110 and 120 are performed between Steps 100 and 200, and wherein Step 120 occurs after Step 110.

US Pat. No. 10,137,571

OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND OPERATION CONTROL METHOD

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

1. An operation control system comprising:a movable member having a first mechanical element;
an actuator which moves the movable member at a variable velocity;
a second mechanical element which is configured separately from the movable member and which is fixed at a position so as to be capable of making contact with the first mechanical element;
an operation state recognizing unit which recognizes an operation state including a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element; and
an actuator control unit that outputs, to the actuator, a stop instruction for stopping an operation of the actuator in a case where the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element recognized by the operation state recognizing unit depart from a predetermined allowable range in a two-dimensional coordinate system, the two-dimensional coordinate system expressed by a position and a velocity,
wherein in a case where a predetermined conditional expression is established which uses a position and a velocity of the first mechanical element, a collision time, a component indicating an allowable force which is allowable for the first mechanical element or the second mechanical element, a component indicating a resistance force applied to the movable member by the actuator, and a component indicating an inertia force applied to the first mechanical element, the actuator control unit determines that the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element are within the allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,137,570

LINK-TYPE TRANSFER ROBOT

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A link-type transfer robot comprising:a hand portion to hold a work, the hand portion being linearly moveable;
a transfer arm to hold the hand portion;
a support member with a fixed position;
a first link member, one end portion of which is rotatably linked to the support member and another end portion of which is rotatably linked to the transfer arm; and
a second link member, one end portion of which is rotatably linked to the support member at a position different from the one end portion of the first link member and another end portion of which is rotatably linked to the transfer arm at a position different from the other end portion of the first link member,
wherein the first link member, the second link member, the support member and the transfer arm constitute a parallel link,
a rotating shaft rotated by a rotational driving source provided at the one end portion of the first link member of the parallel link, and the hand portion is linearly moveable with respect to the transfer arm by using a rotational driving force transmitted from the rotating shaft to the other end portion of the first link member of the parallel link, and
the transfer arm is moveable by rotating/driving the first link member or the second link member with respect to the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,569

MULTI-ARTICULATED MANIPULATOR

NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD....

1. A multi-articulated manipulator comprising:a plurality of hollow outer shells,
grasping members comprising a pair of claw members, and
a plurality of power-transmission shafts to actuate the plurality of outer shells and the grasping members,
wherein the plurality of outer shells comprise a foremost outer shell having a first end and a second end, the second end connected to the grasping members and a basement outer shell articulatedly connected to the first end of the foremost outer shell,
wherein the plurality of power-transmission shafts are inserted in the basement outer shell and the foremost outer shell, and comprising a pair of claw power-transmission shafts operated independently from each other to actuate the pair of claw members of the grasping members, and
wherein the claw members are configured to be operated independently from each other by respective independent operation of each of the claw power-transmission shafts around a first fulcrum pin defining a first fulcrum and fastened to the second end of the foremost outer shell in a first diametrical direction with respect to the second end of the foremost outer shell, and
further comprising a first spring having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to a first one of the claw members and a second end connected to a second one of the claw members, the first spring extending around the first fulcrum to energize a tensile force to urge the claw members towards a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,568

ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot system comprising:a robot which includes a movable base and robot arm,
wherein the robot arm includes a first arm, a second arm, a third arm, a fourth arm, a fifth arm, and a sixth arm,
the first arm rotates around a first rotating axis,
the second arm rotates around a second rotating axis which has an axial direction different from an axial direction of the first rotating axis, the second rotating axis being orthogonal to the first rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the first rotating axis and the second rotating axis,
the third arm rotates around a third rotating axis, the third rotating axis being parallel to the second rotating axis,
the fourth arm is connected to the third arm and rotates around a fourth rotating axis, the fourth rotating axis being orthogonal to the third rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the third rotating axis and the fourth rotating axis,
the fifth arm is connected to the fourth arm and rotates around a fifth rotating axis, the fifth rotating axis being orthogonal to the fourth rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to both the fourth rotating axis and the fifth rotating axis,
the sixth arm is connected to the fifth arm and rotates around a sixth rotating axis, the sixth rotating axis being orthogonal to the fifth rotating axis when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the fifth rotating axis and the sixth rotating axis,
when viewed along the axial direction of the second rotating axis, the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm are configured to overlap each other in a folded state,
the third arm is closer to the first rotating axis than the second arm when the first arm, the second arm, and the third arm are in the folded state,
the first arm includes a first leg extending parallel to the second rotating axis and a second leg extending parallel to the first rotating axis, the first leg and the second leg being a single monolithic piece such that a position of the first leg relative to the second leg is fixed and the first leg and the second leg, together, rotate about the first rotating axis, and
the second leg connects to the second arm in a connection portion which positions the second arm spaced apart from the second leg such that the second arm rotates around the second rotating axis without contacting the second leg.

US Pat. No. 10,137,567

INVENTORY ROBOT

1. A robot for tracking or locating objects within an area comprising:a camera configured to detect image data of a plurality of objects within the area;
a memory configured to store an identifier and an object location for an object of the plurality of objects; and
a robot controller coupled to the camera and the memory and configured to:
determine that the object among the plurality of objects is to be tracked based on a manipulation of the object or a request to manipulate the object,
associate the object with the identifier
determine a current location of the object based on the image data, and
update, using the identifier and in the memory, the object location for the object to include the current location to keep track of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,566

AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE (AGV) WITH BATCH PICKING ROBOTIC ARM

Bastian Solutions, LLC, ...

1. A system, comprising:an automated guided vehicle (AGV);
a loading table on the AGV, wherein the loading table includes at least one conveyor;
a plurality of storage containers arranged on the conveyor;
a gantry moveably coupled to the AGV, wherein the gantry spans over the storage containers on the conveyor;
a robotic arm mounted to the gantry at a position above the storage containers on the conveyor, wherein the robotic arm is configured to pick from and/or put into the storage containers on the conveyor one or more items at a time when the conveyor is stationary;
a gantry drive system configured to move the gantry relative to the loading table to facilitate servicing of the storage containers on the conveyor by the robotic arm when the conveyor is stationary; and
wherein the conveyor is configured to move to discharge the storage containers from the AGV.

US Pat. No. 10,137,565

ERGONOMIC HANDLE AND STRUCTURES OPERABLE IN CONJUNCTION THEREWITH

1. A handle, comprising:a grip having a top end, a bottom end, a first side, a second side opposite said first side, a third side, and a fourth, combining to form an entire outer surface of the grip, wherein said first, second, third, and fourth sides extend between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein the first side comprises a convex curvature, originating from the top end and extending across a horizontal midpoint of the grip, the convex curvature transitioning to a concave curvature prior to a vertical midpoint of the grip, the concave curvature then transitioning to a second convex curvature that extends across the horizontal midpoint of the grip at the bottom end; and
wherein said horizontal midpoint comprises a center line between said first side and said second side and said vertical midpoint comprises a center line between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein said horizontal midpoint center line is orthogonal to said vertical midpoint center line; and
wherein at least one of said third or fourth side comprises an indented region having a length along a plane between the top end and the bottom end of the grip and having a width of the indented region along a plane between the first side and the second side of the grip, and wherein the horizontal midpoint center line runs along the length of the indented region and substantially through a center of the width of the indented region in at least one of the third and fourth side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,564

HANDLE FOR A TOOL OR LIKE IMPLEMENT

THE MAZZTECH GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A tool, comprising:a handle having an interior cavity therein;
a cylindrical grip disposed on the handle at a middle position and mechanically coupled to a rod, wherein the cylindrical grip moves laterally on the handle;
the rod being disposed within the interior cavity of the handle, wherein the rod is movable with respect to the interior cavity of the handle by movements of the cylindrical grip translated into movements of the rod to deploy and retract a first end of the rod with respect to an end of the handle that is fixed to a tool element;
the rod comprising a substantially uniform rod having a element disposed thereon and located proximate to a second end of the rod; and
a spring positioned about the rod and secured in place by the element, the spring extending between the element and the second end of the rod;
the tool element being attached to the end of the handle in a fixed position, wherein the tool element is not attached to the cylindrical grip or the rod;
wherein the tool is configured to deploy the rod by moving the cylindrical grip along the handle and towards the tool element, compressing the spring against the element;
whereby the first end of the rod extends beyond the end of the tool element to allow the rod be pushed into the earth to secure the tool in an upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,563

JEWELERS' INTERCHANGEABLE TOOL HEAD SET

1. A tool comprising:a handle and a plurality of interchangeable tool heads;
wherein the tool is adapted for use in making jewelry;
wherein the plurality of interchangeable tool heads comprises a collection of individual tool heads;
wherein each individual tool head is optionally mounted on the handle;
wherein the handle further comprises a spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector attaches in a removable manner a first individual tool head selected from the plurality of interchangeable tool heads to the handle;
wherein the handle comprises of a first lever, a second lever, a pivot, a plurality of docking ports, a retaining space, and a retaining structure;
wherein the first lever is further defined with a first working end;
wherein the second lever is further defined with a second working end;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is a right cylindrical cavity;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is further formed with a first opening and a bottom;
wherein the plurality of docking ports further comprises a first docking port and a second docking port;
wherein the first docking port is formed in the first working end;
wherein the second docking port is formed in the second working end;
wherein a lever selected from the group consisting of the first lever and the second lever further comprises the spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector further comprises a retaining space and a retaining structure;
wherein the retaining space further comprises a second opening;
wherein the retaining space opens into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector using a third opening;
wherein the retaining structure is positioned in the retaining space;
wherein the retaining structure further comprises a release button, a cantilever, and a locking tab;
wherein the release button is further formed with a spring channel;
wherein the release button is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the release button is a cylindrical structure that is designed to fit into the second opening such that the first end of the release button will project beyond the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein the cantilever is a shaft that projects away from the second end of the release button at an angle perpendicular to the center axis of the release button;
wherein the cantilever is further defined with a second free end;
wherein the locking tab projects perpendicularly away from the second free end of the cantilever;
wherein the locking tab is positioned such that the locking tab projects into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein a spring channel is a cavity that is sized to receive a spring;
wherein the spring is inserted in the spring cavity;
wherein the spring is a helical compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,562

REAR HANDLE

1. A power tool comprising:a housing;
a handle having two ends, the first end being moveably mounted to the housing via a first mounting assembly, the second end being moveably mounted to the housing via a second mounting assembly; and
a biasing mechanism connected between the housing and the handle;
wherein the first mounting assembly comprises a passageway defined within the handle and a rod having a first end, a second end, and a shaft with a longitudinal axis, the second end of the rod and at least a portion of the shaft being located in and axially slidable within the passageway to enable the end of the handle to move towards or away from the housing; and
wherein the housing comprises a chamber having an entrance formed within a wall of the housing, and the first end of the rod comprises a T-shaped portion having two arms projecting sideways from the first end of the rod, wherein the entrance is rectangular-shaped having short sides and long sides on a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, the entrance having a width along its long sides that is greater than a width of the T-shaped portion in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, and the entrance is sized to receive the T-shaped portion along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, the T-shaped portion being received within the chamber through the entrance and making a bayonet connection with the wall of the housing around the short sides of the entrance within the chamber by rotation of the rod to secure the rod to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,561

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electrical connection box comprising:a housing that accommodates an electronic component;
a tool that detaches the electronic component from the housing; and
a tool holding portion that is formed on a forming face of the housing and detachably holds the tool, wherein
the tool includes
a main body in which a holding hole is formed, and
a pinching portion that protrudes from the main body and pinches the electronic component,
the tool holding portion includes
a holding main body that is formed to protrude from the forming face and holds the main body by being inserted into the holding hole,
a rotation regulating portion that protrudes from the forming face and is formed to be separated from the holding main body, and regulates rotation of the pinching portion in a holding state in which the tool is held by the tool holding portion,
a first connection portion that protrudes from the forming face and extends from and is connected to each of the holding main body and the rotation regulating portion, and
a protrusion that is formed to protrude from the forming face on an opposite side from a side of the rotation regulating portion with the holding main body interposed therebetween, and
the protrusion is formed to face an opposite side from a side of the pinching portion with the holding hole interposed therebetween in the main body in an insertion direction in the holding state, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the main body in a state in which the pinching portion is positioned in a pulling direction corresponding to an opposite direction of the insertion direction compared to a position of the main body from the holding state.

US Pat. No. 10,137,560

JEWELRY MANDREL PLIERS AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Wubbers, LLC, South Lake...

1. A pair of mandrel pliers for forming a material during the manufacture of jewelry, the pair of mandrel pliers comprising:a first member forming a first handle, wherein the first member has a first proximate end and a first distal end;
a second member forming a second handle, wherein the second member has a second proximate end and a second distal end, and wherein the first member and the second member are pivotably joined at a central connection point;
a first mandrel jaw pivotably fastened to the first member at the first distal end, and wherein the first mandrel jaw is slidably engaged to a second rail housed between opposing sidewalls of the second member at a position between the second proximate end and the second distal end;
a second mandrel jaw pivotably fastened to the second member at the second distal end, and wherein the second mandrel jaw is slidably engaged to a first rail housed between opposing sidewalls of the first member at a position between the first proximate end and the first distal end; and
wherein the first mandrel jaw and the second mandrel jaw are capable of securely gripping the material at a location between the first mandrel jaw and the second mandrel jaw upon an application of a squeezing force to the first handle and the second handle, and wherein the first mandrel jaw and the second mandrel jaw are parallel to each other upon the application of the squeezing force
the pair of mandrel pliers further comprising an adjustment screw that controls a width of a gap between the first mandrel jaw and the second mandrel jaw when the mandrel pliers are in a closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,559

PLIERS

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A pliers comprising:a first member including a first head and a first handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the first handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area;
a first grip positioned on the recessed area of the first handle;
a second member pivotally coupled to the first member, the second member including a second head and a second handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the second handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area; and
a second grip positioned on the recessed area of the second handle,
wherein the end portions of the first and second handles are made of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,558

METHOD OF MAKING A COATED ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a patterned abrasive layer on a resin coated backing comprising the steps of:providing a production tool having a dispensing surface with cavities, each cavity having a cavity longitudinal axis perpendicular to the dispensing surface and a depth, D, along the cavity longitudinal axis;
selecting elongated abrasive particles having a length, L, along a longitudinal particle axis greater than a width, W, along a transverse axis perpendicular to the longitudinal particle axis, wherein the depth, D, of the cavities is between 0.5L to 2L;
supplying an excess of the elongated abrasive particles to the dispensing surface such that more elongated abrasive particles are provided than the number of cavities;
filling a majority of the cavities in the dispensing surface with an elongated abrasive particle disposed in an individual cavity such that the longitudinal particle axis is parallel to the longitudinal cavity;
removing a remaining fraction of the excess elongated abrasive particles not disposed within a cavity after the filling step from the dispensing surface;
aligning the resin coated backing with the dispensing surface with the resin layer facing the dispensing surface;
transferring the elongated abrasive particles in the cavities to the resin coated backing and attaching the elongated abrasive particles to the resin layer; and
removing the production tool to expose the patterned abrasive layer on the resin coated backing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,557

HIGH-DENSITY POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND

Diamond Innovations, Inc....

1. A method of making a superabrasive compact, comprising: providing a plurality of superabrasive particles;subjecting the plurality of superabrasive particles to a first elevated temperature and pressure;
pressing the plurality of superabrasive particles into a pill under the first elevated temperature and pressure;
providing a substrate attached to the pill; and
subjecting the substrate and the pill to a second elevated temperature and pressure suitable for producing the superabrasive compact wherein the first elevated temperature is higher than the second elevated temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,137,556

SHAPED ABRASIVE PARTICLES WITH LOW ROUNDNESS FACTOR

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. Shaped abrasive particles comprising alpha alumina made from a dispersion of aluminum oxide monohydrate and having a cross-sectional shape along a longitudinal axis of the shaped abrasive particles, the cross-sectional shape comprising a noncircular cross-sectional plane, the shaped abrasive particles comprising an Average Roundness Factor of between about 15% to 0% for the transverse cut, C, of the cross-sectional shape along the longitudinal axis, the shaped abrasive particles comprising an average tip radius of a cross-section of a first and a second face separated by a thickness t ranging from about 25 ?m to about 500 ?m and the average tip radius is less than 75 microns, and wherein the shaped abrasive particles exhibit a better cut rate during grinding than corresponding shaped abrasive particles having a higher Average Roundness Factor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,555

WORKPIECE MACHINING METHOD

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A method of machining a workpiece with a machine tool, comprising:retaining a tool on a spindle;
rotating the spindle at a target rotational speed; and
relatively moving the workpiece and the tool at a target moving speed to a target moving position in a cutting feed direction, wherein:
a rotational speed of the spindle is varied in a waveform having a predetermined amplitude and continuously changing in a periodic or non-periodic manner with respect to the target rotational speed; and
a relative moving speed between the tool and the workpiece is continuously varied in synchronization with the variation of the rotational speed of the spindle such that a ratio of the rotational speed of the spindle to the relative moving speed is not constant, at least in a predetermined time zone including a point where the rotational speed of the spindle reaches a maximal value and a predetermined time zone including a point where the rotational speed of the spindle reaches a minimal value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,554

HAND-HELD BELT SANDER

Techway Industrial Co., L...

1. A hand-held belt sander comprising:a casing including a head and a handgrip that is connected to said head, said head including a mounting seat that surrounds an axis and that has an open end;
an arm having
a sleeve segment that is mounted to said mounting seat and that is rotatable about the axis, and
an arm body that extends from said sleeve segment and that is transverse to the axis;
a sanding unit including
a drive member that is disposed in said head,
a driving roller that is driven rotatably by said drive member and that protrudes from said open end of said mounting seat,
a driven roller that is rotatably disposed at a distal end of said arm body of said arm, and
a sanding belt that is trained on said driving roller and said driven roller;
a retaining unit having
an annular groove that is formed in said mounting seat, and that opens away from the axis, and
a plurality of protrusions that are disposed on said sleeve segment of said arm, and that engage said annular groove so as to prevent separation of said arm from said head along the axis; and
a positioning unit including a plurality of spaced-apart engaging grooves that are arranged along an imaginary circle which surrounds the axis and that are formed in one of said mounting seat and said sleeve segment, and an engaging member that is disposed on the other one of said mounting seat and said sleeve segment, and that is operable to removably engage one of said engaging grooves;
wherein, when said engaging member engages the one of said engaging grooves, said arm is positioned relative to said head at an operating position;
wherein, when said engaging member is disengaged from the one of said engaging grooves, said arm is rotatable about the axis relative to said head;
wherein said positioning unit further includes a receiving groove that is formed at a side of said engaging grooves and that is disposed on the imaginary circle, said engaging member being operable to removably engage said receiving groove so as to position said arm relative to said head at a collapsed position, where said arm extends substantially parallel to said handgrip;
wherein said drive member is a motor;
wherein said sanding unit further includes a battery that is disposed in said handgrip, and a switch circuit that is electrically connected to said battery and said drive member, and that includes a controller and a safety switch, said safety switch including an actuator that is disposed in said arm, and a sensor that is disposed in said handgrip; and
wherein, when said arm is at the collapsed position and said actuator is sensed by said sensor, said switch circuit generates a control signal, and said controller cuts off power supplied by said battery to said drive member in response to said control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,553

ABRASIVE BELT GRINDING CENTER APPLICABLE TO GRINDING AND POLISHING OF WHOLE PROFILE OF BLISK

CHONGQING UNIVERSITY, Ch...

1. An abrasive belt grinding center applicable to grinding and polishing of a whole profile of a blisk, comprising a bed and a grinding head mechanism, wherein an index plate holder is arranged at a middle of an upper surface of the bed, and a numerical control index plate is mounted at a top end of the index plate holder, and a grinding robot is provided at a rear of the numerical control index plate;a Y-axis ram is provided at each of a left side and a right side of the index plate holder, a Y-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on each of the Y-axis ram, and the Y-axis screw rod at the left side and the Y-axis screw rod at the right side are splayed apart; one end of each of the Y-axis screw rods is coaxially connected to a respective Y-axis motor through a respective coupler, and a Y-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with each of the Y-axis screw rods is fixed to a bottom side of a respective Y-axis sliding saddle;
an X-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on each of the Y-axis sliding saddle, and is perpendicular to the respective Y-axis screw rod, one end of the X-axis screw rod is connected to an X-axis motor through a coupler, and an X-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with the X-axis screw rod is fixed to a bottom side of an X-axis sliding saddle;
a C-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an upper surface of the X-axis sliding saddle, a center of the C-axis arc-shaped rack is close to an axis of the numerical control index plate, a C-axis straight tooth cylindrical gear engaged with the C-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an output shaft of a C-axis driving right-angle reduction motor, and the C-axis driving right-angle reduction motor is mounted on an upper surface of a C-axis sliding saddle;
a pillar mounting support is provided on the upper surface of the C-axis sliding saddle, and a pillar is fixedly mounted on an upper surface of the pillar mounting support, a Z-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on a lateral side of the pillar, an upper end of the Z-axis screw rod is coaxially connected to a Z-axis motor through a coupler, the Z-axis motor is fixed to a top end of the pillar, and a Z-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with the Z-axis screw rod is fixed to a back side of a Z-axis sliding saddle;
a B-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on a front side of the Z-axis sliding saddle, a center of the B-axis arc-shaped rack coincides with a center of a contact wheel of the respective grinding head mechanism, and a B-axis straight tooth cylindrical gear engaged with the B-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an output shaft of a B-axis driving right-angle reduction motor, and the B-axis driving right-angle reduction motor is mounted on a front side of a B-axis sliding saddle; and
a housing is provided on the front side of the B-axis sliding saddle, and a drum is mounted in a mounting hole of the housing by a bearing; the grinding head mechanism is mounted on the drum, and the contact wheel of the grinding head mechanism is toward the axis of the numerical control index plate, a synchronous driven pulley is coaxially fixed to the drum and is connected to a synchronous driving pulley by a synchronous belt, the synchronous driving pulley is sleeved on an output shaft of a grinding head rotation driving motor, and the grinding head rotation driving motor is mounted on the B-axis sliding saddle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,552

POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing method comprising:rotating a substrate;
supporting a first surface of the substrate by directing a jet of liquid to the first surface of the substrate; and
polishing a second surface of the substrate with a polishing tool, the second surface being an opposite side of the substrate from the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,551

SANDING APPARATUS

1. A vacuum sanding apparatus for sanding a drywall seam and vacuuming resulting sanding dust, the vacuum sanding apparatus comprising:a sanding assembly, the sanding assembly including a motor for driving a sanding roller about a drive axis for sanding a target surface;
a handle for maneuvering the sanding assembly in sanding the target surface;
a vacuuming mechanism including a vacuum channel structure that defines a vacuum channel fluidly connecting a vacuum nozzle of the channel structure and a vacuum generator, the vacuum nozzle disposed near the sanding roller for capturing sanding dust resulting from sanding the target surface;
a pair of guide structures attached to the sanding assembly for guiding a sanding depth of sanding the target surface; and
a pair of shroud structures configured to springingly retract upon being forced against the target surface during sanding, the shroud structures extending from the sanding assembly to trap sanding dust between the shroud structures during sanding.

US Pat. No. 10,137,550

DEVICE FOR STRIKING A TOOL SHANK AND METHOD OF REDUCING MACHINE TOOL RUN-OUT THEREWITH

1. A device for striking a tool shank, comprising:a tip configured to contact the shank;
a plunger configured to be retracted a pullback distance from the tip and to exert a force on the tip proportional to the pullback distance when released; and
a control mechanism configured to control the pullback distance.

US Pat. No. 10,137,549

MILLING CUTTER WITH LUBRICATION CONDUITS

DECATUR DIAMOND, LLC, De...

1. A lubricant distribution device configured to be coupled to a rotating cutting tool having a plurality of circumferentially spaced cutting surfaces, the lubricant distribution device comprising:a main body having a manifold conduit extending along a central rotational axis of the main body; and
a plurality of lubricant distributing conduits configured to convey a lubricant therethrough, the plurality of lubricant distributing conduits formed in the main body and extending radially outwardly from the manifold conduit, each of the lubricant distributing conduits including an inlet fluidly coupling each of the lubricant distributing conduits to the manifold conduit and an outlet disposed adjacent a corresponding one of the circumferentially spaced cutting surfaces of the cutting tool, wherein each of the lubricant distributing conduits includes a transitional portion wherein a direction of flow of the lubricant changes from flowing parallel to the central rotational axis of the main body to flowing radially outwardly away from the central rotational axis of the main body, wherein each of the transitional portions is arcuate in shape and curves around an axis arranged perpendicular to the central rotational axis of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,548

FOOT ATTACHMENT FOR PNEUMATIC ROTARY TOOLS

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A vacuum-powered rotary tool comprising:a housing having a nose portion and a main body portion, the housing defining at least one air flow channel for guiding a flow of air within the housing, the at least one air flow channel including an air flow inlet located in the nose portion of the housing and at least one air flow outlet located in the main body portion of the housing, the main body portion of the housing being configured to be connected to a vacuum source for generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel;
a pneumatic drive system enclosed within the housing in the air flow channel and including an output shaft, the output shaft having an axis of rotation and including a tool holder that extends from the nose portion of the housing and is configured to retain a working tool, the pneumatic drive system being configured to use the flow of air in the air flow channel to drive the output shaft to rotate about the axis of rotation, the tool holder being configured to rotate with the output shaft and defining a working space in front of the nose portion of the housing where the working tool performs work while being rotated; and
a foot attachment removably attached to the nose portion of the housing, the foot attachment having a shroud portion, the shroud portion comprising a wall that extends generally forwardly from the nose portion of the housing in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation and surrounds the working space, the wall having a leading edge, the leading edge forming a perimeter around the working space and lying substantially in a single plane that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation,
wherein air is drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet in response to the vacuum source generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel,
wherein the air inlet is in fluid communication with the working space such that the air flow inlet draws air into the at least one air flow channel from the working space,
wherein the shroud portion includes at least one tangential air flow inlet for guiding an air flow into the working space from outside of the shroud portion as air is being drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet, and
wherein the at least one tangential air flow inlet is configured to generate a vortex within the working space when the flow of air is being generated by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,137,547

MAIN SPINDLE DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL

Okuma Corporation, Niwa-...

1. A main spindle device for a machine tool, comprising:a main spindle rotatably supported inside a sleeve via a bearing;
a cushioning member disposed on a position where a vibration displacement of a rotator exists; and
an arithmetic unit configured to use data of a tool to be used to analyze a vibration mode in a free vibration of the rotator based on a support rigidity of the bearing, masses of respective parts of the rotator including the tool, an attenuation coefficient, and an equation of motion derived from a rigidity and an inertia by a rotation, wherein
an outer diameter of the sleeve positioned outside the bearing is changed such that a position of an antinode of the vibration or a position on which a vibration displacement exists in the vibration mode matches a position of the cushioning member inside the main spindle to change a preload on the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,546

SWITCHABLE GEAR DRIVE FOR A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A switchable gear drive for a handheld power tool, comprising:at least two gears configured to be engaged via an axially adjustable switching member, the switching member being held in a locked position by a retaining element fixed in a housing in a first gear, and being held in an unlocked position with the retaining element in a second gear; and
a spindle for driving a tool which is drivable by an axially spring-loaded gear wheel supported in the housing;
wherein the gear wheel is axially supported on the retaining element on a side facing a distal end of the spindle, and wherein the retaining element is a circumferential, closed retaining ring,
wherein the retaining ring is accommodated in a first housing component of the handheld power tool such that it is held in a form-fitting manner in both axially directions,
wherein an inner wall of the first housing component includes at least one circumferential groove for axially accommodating a radially protruding locking element on the outer circumference of the retaining ring in a form-fit manner, and wherein the circumferential groove is connected to an axial groove in the inner wall of the first housing component,
wherein at least one of:
form fit elements situated on the inner circumference of the retaining ring are distributed over more than half the inner circumference;
radially protruding locking elements situated on the outer circumference of the retaining ring are distributed over more than half the outer circumference; or
more than two radially protruding locking elements are situated on the outer circumference of the retaining ring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,545

TOOL CHANGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

DMG MORI SEIKI CO., LTD.,...

1. A method for changing tools on a machine, the method comprising:transporting, by a tool transporter, one of the tools from a tool loading station or a tool magazine to a tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by a tool changer;
holding, by the tool transporter, the one of the tools at the tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by the tool changer during an automatic tool change process when the tool transporter is positioned at the tool transfer position;
holding, by a tool holder instead of the tool transporter, the one of the tools at the tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by the tool changer during the automatic tool change process when the tool transporter is not positioned at the tool transfer position; and
providing, by the tool changer, the one of the tools to a tool change position of the machine during the automatic tool change process, wherein
a longitudinal axis of the one of the tools when the one of the tools is held by the tool transporter is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the one of the tools when the one of the tools is located at the tool change position,
the tool transfer position when the one of the tools is transferred from the tool transporter to the tool holder is a same location with respect to the machine as is the tool transfer position when the one of the tools is transferred from the tool holder to the tool changer such that the location of the tool transfer position is static,
the tool transporter and the tool holder are configured to hold a same portion of the one of the tools, and
the tool transporter moves away from the tool transfer position before the tool holder holds the one of the tools.

US Pat. No. 10,137,544

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING COMPONENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of assembling a detail to a flexible member, comprising the steps of:positioning a detail against a plurality of reader pogos of a dimensional reader;
axially displacing the plurality of reader pogos to substantially conform to a detail contour in response to positioning the detail against the plurality of reader pogos;
recording reader pogo position data representing the detail contour;
clamping a flexible member against a plurality of positioning pogos of a positioning fixture physically separated from the dimensional reader;
axially displacing the plurality of positioning pogos complementary to the reader pogo position data;
deflecting, using the plurality of positioning pogos, the flexible member into a contour corresponding to the reader pogo position data; and
assembling the detail to the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,543

METHOD OF MINIMIZING STACKING ELEMENT DISTORTIONS IN OPTICAL ASSEMBLIES

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of assembling a compound optic including a plurality of stacking elements for spacing, aligning, and retaining optical elements comprising steps of:measuring stacking faces of a plurality of stacking elements that include optic holders,
extracting surface errors that can be represented by mathematical approximations from the measurements of the stacking faces,
relatively positioning the stacking elements including the optic holders in relative orientations that enhance complementarity between the surface errors of mating stacking faces based on the surface errors extracted from the measurements of the stacking faces, and
securing combinations of relatively oriented stacking elements together based on the relatively positioning of the stacking elements to control stress or strain.

US Pat. No. 10,137,542

WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE COMPONENTS AND MACHINE FOR MAKING SAME

SENVION GMBH, Hamburg (D...

1. A method for making, storing, dispensing, tapering, cutting and assembling one or more preform layers of material to form a structural element for a wind turbine blade comprising the steps of:(a) providing a preform layer of material of certain length dimensions and certain width dimensions, the preform layer of material including multiple elongate strength rods arranged longitudinally and parallel relative to one another and parallel to the length dimension in a single layer, each strength rod being disposed adjacent to and spaced from at least one adjacent strength rod;
each strength rod including multiple, collimated structural fibers fixed in a solidified matrix resin;
the preform layer including at least one carrier layer to which the multiple strength rods are joined by an adhesive;
wherein the carrier layer spaces adjacent strength rods a fixed distance apart to facilitate the flow of liquid bonding resin between adjacent strength rods of the preform layer to its joined carrier layer, the carrier layer further being of a permeable material suitable to facilitate the flow of liquid bonding resin through the carrier layer;
(b) receiving coiled lengths of the preform layer of material provided from step (a);
(c) dispensing lengths of the preform layer of material;
(d) partially grinding through portions across the width of the preform layer of material at predetermined lengths along the length of the preform layer of material, the partial grinding forming a V-shape across the width of the preform layer of material;
(e) cutting the grinded portions of material at the vertex of the V-shape to produce cut preform layers of predetermined lengths;
(f) stacking each length of cut preform layer with one or more other preform layers;
(g) causing liquid bonding resin to flow between adjacent strength rods and through the carrier layer to which the strength rods are joined and to adjacent stacked preform layers; and,
(h) solidifying the liquid bonding resin to fix the stacked preform layers to form a structural element for a wind turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,541

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BEARING RING MEMBER

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A manufacturing method for a bearing ring member having a raceway surface formed around at least one of an outer-circumferential surface and inner-circumferential surface, the method comprising performing a forging process on a metal raw material, whereinthe metal raw material is configured as a solid columnar member or as a tubular member;
the metal raw material comprises: a first metal part and a second metal part, the second metal part being made of a metal material different from a metal material of the first metal part and press-fitted to a circumferential surface of the first metal part or embedded within the first metal part, or being made of a metal material obtained by use of a modifying process performed on the metal material of the first metal part; and
the second metal part is provided only in an axial portion of the metal raw material which flows to a portion where metal characteristics or processing characteristics of the metal material of the second metal part are required in use of or at processing of the bearing ring member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,540

DEVICE FOR COATING TURBINE COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A coating device, comprising:electro-spark deposition (ESD) equipment including a power supply and an ESD torch electrically connected to the ESD equipment, the ESD torch including:
an inert gas source;
a vibration source;
a housing defining a cavity;
a spring positioned within the housing cavity and operably coupled to the vibration source to create a linear vibration in a controlled direction along an axis of the housing cavity;
an electrode disk holder contained within the housing cavity defining a disk holder cavity and formed from a conductive material, the electrode disk holder operably coupled to the vibration source;
an electrode disk including a conductive material, the electrode disk at least partially disposed within the electrode disk holder cavity and removably attached to the electrode disk holder by a pin, the electrode disk operably coupled with the electrode disk holder;
a torch cup extended from the housing and encloses the electrode disk; and
an inert gas lens surrounding the spring and at least a portion of the electrode disk holder within the housing cavity so at least a portion of the housing cavity defining an inert gas cavity between the electrode disk holder and the torch cup;
wherein during operation of the coating device, the vibration source linearly vibrates the electrode disk holder and the electrode disk along the axis, creating an air gap between the electrode disk and a surface of the work piece;
wherein in response to the housing following a contour of the work piece surface, the electrode disk rolls along the work piece surface; and
wherein the inert gas source is configured to provide the inert gas to the housing cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,137,539

WELDING CLAMPING DEVICE

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. A welding clamping device, comprising a base plate and two positioning sliding blocks; wherein each of the positioning sliding blocks comprises a sliding seat and a cam, each sliding seat comprises a support plate, and two cam holders arranged opposite to each other and fixed at two ends of the support plate of the each sliding seat; each cam is rotatably installed, via its own respective camshaft, between the two cam holders of its respective positioning sliding block, and each cam is configured to press fit a respective work piece to be welded; the base plate is provided with a slide slot, and the two positioning sliding blocks are slidably installed in the slide slot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,538

LIQUID COATING DEVICE

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A liquid coating device comprising:a flux tank into which an object to be coated is dipped into liquid to coat the liquid on a surface of the object, the object having a length;
a conveyor system that conveys the object at a predetermined speed along an object conveying path, the object coated in the flux tank being vertically lifted upward from a surface of the liquid;
a load applying member that applies a predetermined load to the object conveyed by the conveying system, the load applying member being disposed at an upstream side of the flux tank along the object conveying path when a side of the object conveying path in which the object enters the flux tank is set to be the upstream side and a side of the object conveying path in which the object is discharged from the flux tank is set to be a downstream side;
a dryer that dries the object on which the liquid is applied;
a cooler that cools the dried object;
a conveying speed measurement sensor that measures a conveying speed of the object;
a control system that controls the conveying system based on a measurement result of the conveying speed measurement sensor; and
a chamber that applies the liquid to the object, wherein the chamber comprises a housing forming an interior space and at least the flux tank, the dryer and the cooler are located within the interior space, wherein the chamber comprises a discharge port that is communicated to an outside of the chamber and discharges hot air from within the interior space of the chamber to the outside of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,537

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CHEMICALS AT HIGH TEMPERATURE

Frederick M. Mako, Fairf...

1. A method for forming an assembly comprising the steps of:placing a first tube of silicon carbide or mullite or superalloy adjacent a second tube of silicon carbide or mullite or tungsten; and bonding with a helium leak tight seal the first and second tubes together, wherein the helium leak tight seal maintains its integrity at a temperature of greater than 1100 ° C., wherein the placing step includes applying a mixture of between 30 wt % (weight percent or percent by mass) and 80 wt % alumina-silicate and between 20 wt % and 70 wt % magnesia-silicate in powder form to a 100% weight between the first and second tubes; or a mixture of between 80-10 wt % 80/20 nickel chromium alloy and 20-90 wt % copper of ?99.99% purity together to form a 100% weight.

US Pat. No. 10,137,536

SN-CU-BASED LEAD-FREE SOLDER ALLOY

SENJU METAL INDUSTRY CO.,...

1. A lead-free solder alloy composition consisting of: 0.6 to 0.9 wt % of Cu, 0.01 to 0.1 wt % of Al, 0.02 to 0.1 wt % of Ti, optionally 0.01 to 0.05 wt % of Co, and a balance of Sn.

US Pat. No. 10,137,535

CU BALL, CU CORE BALL, SOLDER JOINT, SOLDER PASTE, AND SOLDER FOAM

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A Cu ball containing:purity which is equal to or higher than 99.9% and equal to or lower than 99.995%,
sphericity which is equal to or higher than 0.95, and
Vickers hardness which is equal to or higher than 20 HV and equal to or less than 60 HV,
wherein a content of U is equal to or less than 5 ppb, a content of Th is equal to or less than 5 ppb, a content of at least one of Pb and Bi is more than 1 ppm, and an alpha dose is equal to or less than 0.0200 cph/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,137,533

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL APPARATUS FOR TESTING AND ETCHING SUBSTRATE AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for manufacturing an organic light-emitting apparatus, the method comprising:injecting a substrate through a chamber body of a multi-functional apparatus for testing and etching the substrate, the chamber body having an entrance in one of its sides and an exit in another one of its sides, wherein the injecting of the substrate into the chamber body is through the entrance of the chamber body;
transferring the injected substrate in a direction from the entrance to the exit utilizing a transfer unit disposed inside of the chamber body;
etching a part of the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a laser etching unit disposed above the transfer unit;
testing the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a testing unit; and
ejecting the substrate from the chamber body through the exit of the chamber body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,532

SUBSTRATE CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS BY USING A SUBSTRATE CUTTING APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a display apparatus, the method comprising:cutting a substrate by irradiating the substrate with a laser beam, the substrate comprising a first plurality of layers and a second plurality of layers, and a plurality of display units for displaying images,
wherein the cutting the substrate comprises:
irradiating a region of the substrate with an infrared wavelength laser beam to cut the first plurality of layers; and
irradiating the region of the substrate with a short pulse laser beam after the complete cut of the first plurality of layers, the short pulse laser beam having a visible wavelength of approximately 515 nm with a pulse in a picosecond range, to cut the second plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,531

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SEPARATING AN EDGE PORTION OF A WORKPIECE USING A LASER

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemt...

1. A method for cutting off an edge portion of a workpiece, the method comprising:applying a laser to the workpiece to form at least a plurality of individual severing cuts in the edge portion such that the edge portion is cut off from the workpiece, the plurality of individual severing cuts being arranged together along the edge portion,
wherein applying the laser to the workpiece to form the plurality of individual severing cuts comprises, for each individual severing cut of the plurality of individual severing cuts:
translating a laser cutting head and/or the workpiece relative to one another to form a first portion of the individual severing cut extending along a first direction;
altering a translation direction of the laser cutting head and/or the workpiece to form a second portion of the individual severing cut extending along a second different direction toward the edge of the workpiece;
detecting, at an end of the individual severing cut, an edge of the workpiece, wherein the translation of the laser cutting head or the workpiece continues at least until the edge is detected; and
after detecting the edge of the workpiece, translating the laser cutting head and/or workpiece relative to one another to a start position for a next individual severing cut, wherein the start position of the next individual severing cut occurs at a position on the workpiece where the individual severing cut changes from extending along the first direction to extending along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,530

LASER WELD METHOD AND WELD STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A laser welding method comprising:forming a melted section in which plural metallic workpieces within a weld region are melted by projecting a first laser beam onto said weld region with parts of the workpieces being set as the weld region when the workpieces are welded; and
projecting a second laser beam while the melted section is being solidified or after a solidified section in which the melted section is solidified is formed such that the second laser beam circles around a center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start position deviated from said center toward said center or such that the second laser beam is focused to the center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start region that includes the center and a periphery thereof,
wherein
the melted section including the center is progressed to solidify, or the solidified section is re-melted and a re-melted section is progressed to solidify while projecting the second laser beam; and
a solidification rate of at least the center of the melted section or the re-melted section is lowered by the projection of the second laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,529

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF MACHINING CONDITION CONTROL BASED ON POSTURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller for controlling a laser beam machine in accordance with a program and performing three-dimensional laser beam machining on a workplace, the numerical controller comprising:a machining condition change unit configured to:
obtain a speed ratio between a machining speed at an upper surface of the workpiece determined based on a upper travel amount of the laser beam on the upper surface of the workpiece and a machining speed at a lower surface of the workpiece determined based on a lower travel amount of the laser beam on the lower surface of the workpiece,
wherein the upper travel amount and lower travel amount are determined on a basis of a posture of a nozzle of the laser beam machine with respect to the workplace, the posture being specified by the program, and
change a machining condition specified by the program on basis of the obtained speed ratio,
wherein the three-dimensional laser beam machining by the laser beam machine is controlled on a basis of the machine condition changed by the machining condition change unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,528

BLANK ETCHING FIXTURE

AUTODIE LLC, Grand Rapid...

1. A blank etching apparatus that positions an etching screen relative to a blank comprising:a worktable including a table top and a base that supports said table top;
said table top having a top surface that supports the blank in a support plane that defines an x-axis and a y-axis;
said table top having a pair of lateral sides and a pair of longitudinal sides that extend between said pair of lateral sides;
a first jig that is movable with respect to said table top along said x-axis and that is fixed with respect to said table top along said y-axis, said first jig including a first pair of lateral segments that are disposed adjacent said pair of lateral sides of said table top and a first pair of longitudinal segments that extend between said first pair of lateral segments; and
a screen frame received between said first pair of longitudinal segments and said first pair of lateral segments of said first jig that is moveable along said y-axis relative to said first jig and said table top and that receives and carries the etching screen where said first jig and said screen frame cooperate to accurately and repeatably position the etching screen relative to the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,527

LASER-BASED MODIFICATION OF TRANSPARENT MATERIALS

IMRA America, Inc., Ann ...

1. A method for laser-based material processing of a material, the method comprising:generating a first series of laser pulses, each pulse of said first series having a pulse width of at least about 1 ns;
generating a second series of laser pulses, each pulse of said second series having an ultrashort pulse width;
setting a relative temporal spacing between a pulse of said first series with an ultrashort pulse of said second series such that one or more of said ultrashort pulses facilitates material modification of said material with a combination of said first series of pulses and said second series of laser pulses;
focusing and delivering said first series of pulses and said second series of pulses to said material along a common propagation direction,
wherein substantially no material modification occurs with said first laser pulse series alone, and substantially more material modification occurs with said combination of first series and second series than with either individual pulse series.

US Pat. No. 10,137,526

LASER MACHINING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A laser machining device, to machine a machining target subject by irradiating the converged laser beam output from each laser diode of a plurality of laser diodes connected in series, comprising:a machining laser beam output-power driving circuit that outputs a machining laser beam by driving said plurality of laser diodes;
a guide light output-power driving circuit that outputs a guide light by driving at least one partial laser diode of said plurality of laser diodes;
a selection means to select said guide light output-power driving circuit on determining the position and to select said machining laser beam output-power driving circuit on laser machining; and
a setup value comparison circuit to control an electric current to be below an electric current setup value to output the guide light, wherein the electric current flowing through said partial laser diode is not higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,525

FRICTION WELDING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for friction welding, the method comprising:positioning metallic components such that welding surfaces of the metallic components contact each other, wherein a metallic component in the metallic components has a relief feature adjacent to a welding surface for a first metallic component;
moving the welding surfaces relative to each other while the welding surfaces are in contact such that solid-state joining of the metallic components at the welding surfaces occurs to form a structure, wherein the relief feature causes a material from at least one of the metallic components to form with respect to the relief feature in a manner that enables performing an additional solid-state joining operation with the structure at a subsequent welding surface on the structure without removing flash;
wherein the metallic components comprise the first metallic component and a second metallic component;
wherein the relief feature comprises a cut-away portion of an edge of the second metallic component, the cut-away portion comprising a notch having no more than two planar surfaces, wherein one of the two planar surfaces is approximately perpendicular to a surface of the first metallic component and a second planar surface is approximately parallel to the surface of the first metallic component; and
machining the structure when joining operations are completed for the structure, wherein the flash is removed from the structure by:
forming a group of holes in the structure, and
machining the flash through the group of holes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,524

SPOT WELDING ELECTRODE HOUSING APPARATUS

KYOKUTOH CO., LTD., Nago...

1. A spot welding electrode housing apparatus capable of housing a plurality of electrodes for spot welding, the spot welding electrode housing apparatus comprising:a housing case including a linear housing path therein and having an electrode outlet port, the housing path being capable of housing the electrodes in a state where the electrodes are arranged linearly in a direction orthogonal to center axes of the electrodes and fitting recesses of the electrodes to be fitted on a distal end of a shank of a welding gun are arranged in parallel and are open in an identical direction, the electrode outlet port communicating with the housing path and being disposed at an end of the housing case;
a pressing part that presses one or a plurality of parallel electrodes housed in the housing path toward an end of the housing path;
a lever member supported by the housing case to be swingable about a swing shaft extending in a direction identical to the center axes of the electrodes housed in the housing path, a position of the lever member being changeable between a first position in which the lever member swings to one side to have a distal end cover a part of the electrode outlet port and a second position in which the lever member swings to another side to have the distal end expose the electrode outlet port; and
a biasing part disposed between a proximal end of the lever member and a side surface of the housing case and configured to bias the proximal end of the lever member to a direction away from the housing case so that the lever member swings to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,523

RESISTANCE WELDING METHOD AND CONDUCTOR UNIT

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...

1. A resistance welding method of welding two objects together comprising the steps of:clamping the two objects between a pair of electrodes; and
applying a welding current between the pair of the electrodes on a condition that the two objects are pressed to bring the two objects toward each other,
heating a contacting surface between the two objects,
wherein one of the two objects includes a core member and a plated layer, which coats the core member and has a melting point lower than that of a coating layer that is a metal constituting an outer surface of the core member,
wherein the two objects are clamped between the pair of the electrodes and the contacting surface is allowed to generate heat to melt the plated layer, and to weld the coating layer of said one of the two objects and a base member of another of the two objects together,
wherein the core member includes a core wire and the coating layer, which coats the core wire, the core wire having a round shape in section and being made of a material having a melting point higher than that of the coating layer and also being made of a material having mechanical strength higher than that of the coating layer, and
wherein the coating layer is made of a metal which forms no intermetallic compound between the metal constituting the coating layer and the base member when the coating layer and a the base member are welded or the coating layer is made by a method in which the intermetallic compound is not produced when the coating layer joins the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,522

ADAPTIVE PLASMA CUTTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A plasma cutting system, comprising:a gas flow control system having at least one gas flow valve which controls the flow a gas through said gas flow control system, and a first gas pressure detection device which detects a first location pressure of said gas downstream of said at least one gas flow valve;
a cutting torch assembly coupled to said gas flow control system to receive said gas, where said cutting torch assembly comprises a second gas pressure detection device which detects a second location pressure of said gas downstream of said first gas pressure detection device;
a gas line located between the first gas pressure detection device and the second gas pressure detection device, wherein said gas is supplied to the cutting torch assembly from the gas flow control system through the gas line;
a power supply operatively connected to said cutting torch assembly to provide a cutting current amperage to the cutting torch assembly; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of said first and second gas pressure detection devices, to said at least one gas flow valve, and to said power supply, where said controller controls an operation of said at least one gas flow valve based on gas pressure feedback signals from each of said first and second gas pressure detection devices to provide a desired pressure level of said gas at said cutting torch assembly,
wherein said desired pressure level is determined by said controller based on at least one of a condition of said plasma cutting system and a parameter of a cutting operation,
wherein said gas is either a plasma gas or a shield gas,
wherein said controller dynamically changes said desired pressure level during the cutting operation, based on a detected gas flow profile for said plasma cutting system determined by said controller using said first and second gas pressure detection devices, in timed coordination with changes to the cutting current amperage by said controller, and
wherein said detected gas flow profile models pressure change time lags within the plasma cutting system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,521

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUBMERGED ARC WELDING

ESAB AB, Gotenborg (SE)

1. A method for submerged arc welding, comprising:guiding a first hot wire towards a work piece and transferring current to said first hot wire for arc generation to create a weld puddle;
guiding a cold wire at a variable feed speed towards said weld puddle, wherein the cold wire is configured such that no arc is generated between the cold wire and the work piece;
continuously measuring, during a welding phase, at least a first active welding parameter related to said first hot wire, wherein the at least a first active welding parameter is continuously adapted to existing welding conditions;
continuously determining different target values for the variable feed speed of the cold wire based on different values of the at least a first active welding parameter, wherein a different value of the at least a first active welding parameter results in determination of a different target value for the variable feed speed of the cold wire; and
adjusting the variable feed speed of the cold wire to the different target values.

US Pat. No. 10,137,520

INITIATION OF WELDING ARC BY RESTRICTING OUTPUT

Thermal Dynamics Corporat...

1. A method for generating a weld during a start of a welding process, the method comprising:initially generating a welding output power by a control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to simultaneously limit a current and increase an inductance from an initial start of the welding process;
continuously determining a welding energy output or a first period of time that the welding output power is provided;
determining a second period of time for providing a current pulse, the second period of time is based on a run-in percentage of a wire feed speed and an output voltage, and a magnitude of the current pulse varies during the second period of time; and
providing a normal welding parameter after either: the welding energy output exceeds an energy output threshold, or the first period of time exceeds a time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,519

FLUX RESERVOIR APPARATUS

SHINKAWA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A flux reservoir apparatus comprising:a stage having a recessed portion for reserving flux therein;
a flux pot composed of an annular member having a through hole through which the flux flows, the flux pot arranged to move back-and-forth on a surface of the stage to feed the flux in the through hole into the recessed portion and to smooth a surface of the flux with a bottom surface of the flux pot; and
a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the flux pot and tilt the flux pot in a direction opposite to a moving direction when the flux pot is moving back-and-forth;
wherein the through hole of the flux pot is an elongated hexagonal hole elongated in a direction perpendicular to a back-and-forth direction with a length greater than the width of the recessed portion of the stage in the direction perpendicular to the back-and-forth direction, and wherein
wherein the bottom surface of the flux pot is an end face of the through hole and a chevron surface in which two surfaces are connected at an angle to define a linear ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,518

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND SOLDER MOUNTING METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A semiconductor package comprising: a first substrate over which a semiconductor chip is mounted; a second substrate disposed so as to face the first substrate and including a first through-hole through which a pin penetrates and a second through-hole which the pin does not penetrate; wherein the second substrate is formed from a one piece construction; a first solder ball which is formed between the first substrate and the first through-hole and covers an upper end of the pin that protrudes from an upper surface of the second substrate; wherein a most bottom end of the pin does not extend beyond a bottom surface of the second substrate when the pin is fitted within the first through-hole; and a second solder ball which is formed between the first substrate and the second through-hole, the second through-hole is provided under a center part of the first substrate in which the semiconductor chip is mounted and the first through-hole is provided under a peripheral part of the first substrate in which the semiconductor chip is not mounted, solder is provided at a first part which is between a conductive film disposed on an inner sidewall of the first through-hole and the pin and a space is formed at a second part which is between the conductive film and the pin and is adjacent to the upper surface of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,517

NICKEL-BASED BRAZING FOIL AND PROCESS FOR BRAZING

1. An amorphous, ductile Ni-based brazing foil having a composition consisting essentially ofNirestCraBbPcSidCeXfYg
wherein a, b, c, d, e, f, and g are numbers such that 16 atomic percent?a?30 atomic percent; 0.5 atomic percent?b?14 atomic percent; 2 atomic percent?c?20 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?d?14 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?e?5 atomic percent; 0 atomic percentb>c/15; wherein 10 atomic percent?b+c+d?25 atomic percent, wherein X is one or more of the elements Mo, Nb, Ta, W and Cu; and wherein Y is one or both of the elements Fe and Co,
and wherein the foil varies in thickness from a mean thickness of the foil in a variation of less than 25% over a length of 200 m, the foil has a width B of 0.5 mm?B?300 mm, and the brazing foil is at least 50% amorphous.

US Pat. No. 10,137,516

ELECTROCHEMICAL MACHINING OF A WORKPIECE

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A machine comprising a base and at least one work station which comprises a module for electrochemically machining a workpiece, wherein the module comprises:a frame; and
an electrode arrangement comprising
at least one electrode which is mechanically connected to the frame, and a drive for moving the at least one electrode, which drive is attached to the frame;
a workpiece holder for separably attaching the workpiece; and
a positioning device for displacing the workpiece holder and the module relative to each other,
and wherein
the drive comprises a drive axle at a distance from which a swivel axle is arranged, a drive arm being hinge-coupled to the swivel axle; and
an eccentric shaft is arranged on the drive axle or is integral with an output shaft of the drive, a second axle of the eccentric shaft representing the swivel axel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,515

METHOD FOR MACHINING A CASING OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBOSHAFT ENGINE AND SCRAPER TOOL FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A scraper tool for deburring an edge of an aircraft turboshaft engine casing, the scraper tool being mountable in a milling device, the scraper tool comprising:a body including, on a first end, a connector to connect to the milling device and, on a second end, a deburring module comprising a turning lathe platelet including at least one cutting edge to deburr the casing edge, said turning lathe platelet being indexable about a first rotation axis;
wherein the deburring module comprises a guide to maintain contact with the casing edge to adjust the turning lathe platelet to variations in a height of the casing edge along an axial direction of the casing, said at least one cutting edge being maintained in contact with the casing edge without indexing of the turning lathe platelet about the first rotation axis when the at least one cutting edge is deburring the casing edge, and
the deburring module further comprises a connecting pole having a longitudinal axis, the connecting pole and the longitudinal axis thereof extending from the deburring module into the connector, the turning lathe platelet being mounted to the connecting pole, and a plate rotationally mounted about said connecting pole, the guide being arranged on said plate, and the plate having an axis of rotation that is oriented so as to be coincidental with the longitudinal axis of the connecting pole, and
the connector inhibits a transfer of rotation of the milling device to the turning lathe platelet when the at least one cutting edge is deburring the casing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,513

DECK FASTENER REMOVAL TOOL

1. A tool for mounting a cutting device for cutting fasteners flush with a joist of known width, comprising:an extended handle;
a caddy attached to a distal end of said handle, said caddy further comprising,
two elongate side rails having a separation width sufficient to accommodate the width of said joist,
two inverted substantially U-shaped supports each having a closed end, and an open end joined on opposing sides to a respective side rail,
a truss joined to and spanning the U-shaped supports, and
at least one inwardly projecting leveling member protruding inwardly between said side rails, and
a holster for supporting a cutting tool having a cutting blade, the cooperative arrangement of said at least one leveling member, said two side rails, and said holster maintaining said cutting blade on a plane with a top of said joist when said joist is received between said two elongate side rails.

US Pat. No. 10,137,512

GROOVE CUTTING TOOL

General Electric Technolo...

1. A groove cutting tool comprising:a body; and
a holder slidably mounted within the body, the holder having:
a first end;
a blade mounted at the first end;
a second end, distal, in a slidable direction of the holder, from the first end;
a drive pinion, located towards the second end, configured to be in rotational communication with the blade; and
wherein the groove cutting tool further includes:
a shaft mounted to and extending perpendicular from the blade;
a bearing mounted on the shaft;
an output pinion with a cavity, wherein the shaft extends into the cavity and is fixed to the output pinion within the cavity; and
a portion of the holder extends into the cavity such that the bearing is fixed between the portion and the shaft within the cavity so as to enable rotation relative to the holder, as a unit, of the shaft, the output pinion and the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,511

APPARATUS FOR ATTACHING/DETACHING AN INSERT TO/FROM CUTTING TOOL

KORLOY INC., Seoul (KR)

1. An apparatus provided on a body of a cutting tool, for attaching or detaching an insert to or from the body of the cutting tool, the apparatus comprising:an insert receiving portion formed in the body of the cutting tool to receive the insert therein;
a wedge receiving portion formed in the body of the cutting tool continuously after the insert receiving portion;
a wedge received in the wedge receiving portion; and
a rotating unit configured to rotate the wedge in a first direction that faces the insert receiving portion, or to a second direction opposite the first direction, the rotating unit comprising:
a wedge screw hole formed through the wedge;
a screw screw-engaged in the wedge screw hole;
a bottom through hole formed in a bottom surface of the wedge receiving portion, the screw passing through the bottom through hole;
a hinge receiving portion formed in communication with the bottom through hole to serve as a center of rotation of the wedge; and
a hinge provided in the hinge receiving portion with one side being rotatable, and screw-engaged with the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,137,510

ROTARY CUTTING TOOL HAVING AXIALLY SUPPORTED LEAD CUTTING INSERT AND A CONTINUOUS CUTTING EDGE

Ingersoll Cutting Tool Co...

1. A cutting tool (20) rotatable about a tool axis (AT) defining a forward-rearward direction (DF, DR) and having a direction of rotation (R), the cutting tool (20) comprising:a cutting body (22) having:
a forward end surface (32);
a first insert receiving pocket (28) opening out to the forward end surface (32) and having a first insert seat surface (56) with a first insert axial support wall (58) transverse thereto;
a second insert receiving pocket (30) located axially rearward of the first insert receiving pocket (28) and having a second insert seat surface (62); and
a raised shoulder surface (84) adjacent the first insert axial support wall (58);
a first cutting insert (24) removably secured in the first insert receiving pocket (28), the first cutting insert (24) having opposing first insert front and back end surfaces (36, 38) with a first insert peripheral side surface (40) extending therebetween and a first insert axis (A1) extending therethrough, and at least one first insert front major cutting edge (42) formed at the intersection of the first insert front end surface (36) and the first insert peripheral side surface (40), and
a second cutting insert (26) removably secured in the second insert receiving pocket (30), the second cutting insert (26) having opposing second insert front and back end surfaces (46, 48) with a second insert peripheral side surface (50) extending therebetween and a second insert axis (A2) extending therethrough, and at least one second insert front major cutting edge (52) formed at the intersection of the second insert front end surface (46) and the second insert peripheral side surface (50),
wherein:
the first insert seat surface (56) contacts a first portion of the first insert peripheral side surface (40),
the first insert axial support wall (58) contacts a second portion of the first insert peripheral side surface (40),
one of the at least one first insert front major cutting edge (42) is operative and one of the at least one second insert front major cutting edge (52) is operative,
a second tool plane (PT2) perpendicular to the tool axis (AT) intersects the operative first insert front major cutting edge (42) and the operative second insert front major cutting edge (52), and
in a side view of the cutting tool (20) perpendicular to the tool axis (AT), the raised shoulder surface (84) is at least partially obscured by the second cutting insert (26).

US Pat. No. 10,137,509

ROTARY CUTTING TOOL

Kyocera SGS Precision Too...

1. A rotary cutting tool comprising:a body having a cutting portion and a shank portion, the cutting portion having a length;
a plurality of helical flutes formed in the cutting portion of the body,
wherein adjacent helical flutes form an index angle therebetween in each radial plane along the axial length of the flutes,
a plurality of peripheral cutting edges formed along an intersection of a circumferential surface of the cutting portion of the body and a portion of an inner surface of a respective one of the helical flutes facing in a direction of rotation of the body, each peripheral cutting edge having a radial rake angle,
the index angle between at least two adjacent helical flutes being different from the index angle between at least one other pair of adjacent helical flutes in at least one of the radial planes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,508

MINIATURIZED DEBURRING AND/OR CHAMFERING TOOL WITH INTERNAL COOLING

Heule Werkzeug AG, Balga...

1. Miniaturized deburring and/or chamfering tool with a cylindrical guide sleeve in which a blade holder base body is arranged in an exchangeable manner, which has at least one receiving slot for receiving and guiding a blade arranged there, which is leaf-shaped and designed so that it can bend along its longitudinal axis, and which, at its free front end, has a cutting head with a deburring or chamfering blade arranged there, the leaf-shaped blade configured to permit movement of the cutting head generally radially relative to a longitudinal axis of the tool out of the slot to an extended deburring/chamfering position and into the slot to a retracted non-deburring/chamfering position, wherein an internal cooling of the blade and removal of shavings from the blade are achieved by coolant flowing around the blade in the receiving slot on at least two facing sides.

US Pat. No. 10,137,506

DRILLING TOOL

1. A manual drilling tool for drilling one or more coupled elements, comprising:an engagement chuck adapted to be tightened in the spindle of a tool machine to drag said tool in rotation;
a point body with tool diameter having at least four helical grooves developing longitudinally on the point body and defining at least two primary cutters and at least two secondary cutters; said two primary cutters forming a tip angle said secondary cutters having a discharge surface; said discharge surface being shaped so as to create an interruption between the secondary cutters and the primary cutters by contributing to reduce the operator's effort, to reduce the temperature and to promote the discharge of the worked material, wherein said point body is formed by a substantially cylindrical first portion and a substantially conical second portion with taper towards the end of the tool,which manual drilling tool provides three different coning angles defined as angles formed by tangents to outer profiles of the cutters with an axis of main extension of the drilling tool, wherein said primary and secondary cutters form:a coning angle comprised in a range between 2 and 10 degrees for a length of a first cutter tract comprised between 6 and 14 mm starting from the distal end of the drilling tool;
a coning angle comprised in a range between 1 and 7 degrees for a length of a second cutter tract comprised between 2 and 9 mm starting from the above-mentioned first cutter tract; and
a coning angle comprised in a range between 0 and 6 degrees for a length of a third cutter tract comprised between 2 and 9 mm starting from the above-mentioned second tract.

US Pat. No. 10,137,505

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on said base material,said coating including a hard layer,
said hard layer including a plurality of crystal grains having a sodium chloride-type crystal structure, wherein
when crystal orientation of each of said plurality of crystal grains is analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction system for a cross section of said hard layer that is parallel to a normal direction of a surface of said base material to measure an angle of intersection between a normal direction to (001) plane that is a crystal plane of said crystal grain and the normal direction to the surface of said base material, a proportion A of said crystal grains having said angle of intersection of 0 degree or more to less than 20 degrees is 50% or more,
boundaries of said crystal grains include CSL boundaries and general boundaries,
the length of ?3 grain boundaries of said CSL boundaries is 50% or more of the length of ?3-29 grain boundaries that is a total of respective lengths of ?3 grain boundaries, ?7 grain boundaries, ?11 grain boundaries, ?17 grain boundaries, ?19 grain boundaries, ?21 grain boundaries, ?23 grain boundaries, and ?29 grain boundaries included in said CSL boundaries and is 1% or more and 30% or less of the total length of all boundaries that is a sum of the length of said ?3-29 grain boundaries and the length of said general boundaries,
said crystal grain has a layered structure in which a first layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlxTi1-x and a second layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlyTi1-y (where x?y) are alternately stacked, and
a total thickness of said first layer and said second layer adjacent to each other is 3 nm or more and 30 nm or less,
when the composition of the first layer is nitride, the composition of the second layer is also nitride, and
when the composition of the first layer is carbonitride, the composition of the second layer is also carbonitride.

US Pat. No. 10,137,504

PIPE END MACHINING DEVICE WITH AXIAL AUTOFEED

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device for cutting a compound bevel at an end of a length of pipe, said device comprisingan elongate mandrel,
a sleeve rotatable mounted on said mandrel, a radially extending arm on said sleeve,
a cutting tool on said arm for machining said end of length of pipe as said arm rotates,
a motor for rotating said sleeve and said arm,
a first gearing for radially moving said cutting tool along said arm at a fixed rate relative to rotation of said sleeve about said mandrel,
said sleeve axially moveable along said mandrel, a threading on said mandrel,
a feed nut engaging said threading for axially advancing said sleeve along said mandrel,
a cam on said sleeve,
a cam follower rotatable about a shaft,
an adjustable stop for limiting an angle of rotation of said cam follower about said shaft, and
a second gearing between said shaft and said feed nut wherein an axial feed rate along said mandrel is adjustable for cutting said compound bevel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,503

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCTION OF UNIFORMLY SIZED NANOPARTICLES

ATTOSTAT, INC., Salt Lak...

1. A stable nanoparticle composition comprising:a polar liquid selected from the group consisting of deionized water, alcohol, and a solution thereof; and
metal nanoparticles that are nonionic and have a mean diameter less than 35 nm and a ? potential greater than ±20 mV so as to remain dispersed in the polar liquid without a surfactant, wherein at least 99% of the metal nanoparticles have diameters within ±3 nm of the mean diameter,
wherein the metal nanoparticles are selected from the group consisting of silver, gold, copper, platinum, and an alloy of silver and gold,
wherein the nanoparticle composition is substantially free of metal ions from the metal nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,502

NEAR NET SHAPE COMBUSTION DRIVEN COMPACTION PROCESS AND REFRACTORY COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

Utron Kinetics, LLC, Man...

1. A process of producing refractory near net shape rhenium composite components with a combustion driven compaction process, comprising:providing a chamber,
providing a cavity,
providing rhenium containing powder and hafnium powder, wherein the rhenium containing powder have a mesh size between ?200 and ?635,
providing a male die adjacent the cavity,
providing a piston in contact with the male die,
providing a gas supply,
filling the chamber with a mixture of compressed natural gas and air, moving the piston and moving the male die into the cavity, and closing the gas supply,
combusting the gas, causing the pressure in the chamber to rise and exert force on the piston,
compressing the powder mixture into a refractory near net shape rhenium containing component,
wherein the refractory near net shape rhenium composite component contains less than 50 wt % rhenium and 1-5 wt % hafnium.

US Pat. No. 10,137,501

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROPORE FILTER

PURERON JAPAN CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a micropore filter comprising:a step of treating stainless steel particles having particle diameters in a range of 3 to 60 ?m in a bead mill using zirconia beads to prepare powder having a flakiness expressed by a ratio of a thickness with respect to a long diameter (thickness/long diameter) in a range of 0.03 to 0.4;
a step of pickling the powder to remove zirconia adhered to a surface of the powder due to treatment in the bead mill;
a step of applying a load of 10 to 15 kN to 0.5 to 1.0 g of the powder after the pickling, thus compacting the powder to obtain a compact body having a columnar shape;
a step of keeping the compact body in a vacuum atmosphere in a range of 10?5 to 10?3 Pa at a temperature in a range of 1000 to 1300° C. for 1 to 3 hours, thus firing the compact body to obtain a sintered body; and
a step of pressing the sintered body into a pipe having an inner diameter in a range of 0.90 to 0.99 times of an outer diameter of the sintered body, and extruding the sintered body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,500

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of manufacturing a component using electron beam melting comprising:providing a powder layer;
selectively melting at least a part of the powder layer so as to generate a solid layer of the component using a first electron beam;
identifying any defects in the solid layer by scanning the solid layer using a second electron beam;
removing any identified defects in the solid layer by using the first electron beam to re-melt at least a part of the solid layer; and then
repeating the steps of providing the powder layer, selectively melting at least a part of the powder layer, identifying any defects in the solid layer, and removing any identified defects at least once so as to build up a shape corresponding to the component, wherein
the power of the second electron beam is lower than the power of the first electron beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,499

METHOD AND ASSEMBLY FOR FORMING COMPONENTS HAVING AN INTERNAL PASSAGE DEFINED THEREIN

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming a component having an internal passage defined therein, said method comprising:positioning a jacketed core with respect to a mold, wherein the jacketed core includes:
a hollow structure consisting of a first material that is metallic, wherein the hollow structure includes an interior portion; and
an inner core disposed within the hollow structure, the inner core defining an inner core cross-sectional perimeter contacting substantially an entirety of the interior portion of the hollow structure;
introducing a component material in a molten state into a cavity of the mold, such that a portion of the jacketed core is submerged, and such that the component material in the molten state contacts the first material along substantially an entire outer perimeter of the submerged portion of the jacketed core; and
cooling the component material in the cavity to form the component, wherein the inner core cross-sectional perimeter defines a cross-sectional perimeter of the internal passage within the component.

US Pat. No. 10,137,498

HIGH-PRESSURE DIE CASTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Magna International Inc.,...

3. A die apparatus for die casting, comprising:a first die half having a first molding surface;
a second die half having a second molding surface facing said first molding surface to present a mold cavity therebetween;
a shot sleeve extending through said first die half toward said first molding surface;
said shot sleeve including a side wall presenting a fluid opening for conveying fluid,
said side wall extending to a partial end wall, the partial end wall defining at least one wall opening for allowing fluid to flow from said fluid opening toward said mold cavity;
a plunger disposed in said shot sleeve for pressing fluid through said at least one wall opening; and
a material separator disposed along one of said molding surfaces and movable relative to said molding surface,
wherein said first die half comprises a block of material disposed in a fixed position relative to said second die half;
said first molding surface includes a contour for shaping the fluid;
said first die half includes a first back surface facing opposite said first molding surface and a sleeve opening extending continuously from said first back surface to said first molding surface;
said sleeve opening includes at least one die opening extending toward said first molding first, each of said die openings being axially aligned with one of said wall openings for conveying fluid from said fluid opening of said shot sleeve toward said first molding surface;
said first die half includes a support ledge disposed parallel to said first molding surface and defining said at least one die opening and spacing said shot sleeve from said first molding surface;
said first die half defines a material separator opening along said first molding surface for receiving said material separator;
said material separator is movable in a direction perpendicular to said first molding surface;
said side wall of said shot sleeve extends along a center axis from a first end to a second end and circumferentially around said center axis to form said fluid passage;
said fluid passage presents a cross-sectional area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface;
said first end of said shot sleeve is open and receives said plunger;
said partial end wall of said shot sleeve is disposed in a fixed position and stationary relative to said side wall of said shot sleeve and said first molding surface;
said partial end wall of said first die presents a cross-sectional area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface, and said cross-sectional area of said partial end wall is greater than or equal to one third of said cross-sectional area of said fluid passage, and said partial end wall is disposed along one side of said shot sleeve;
each of said wall openings of said shot sleeve presents a cross-section area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface, said cross-sectional area of each wall opening is less than said cross-sectional area of said axially aligned die opening, and said cross-sectional area of each wall opening increases in a direction moving toward said axially aligned die opening;
said side wall of said shot sleeve defines a pouring hole disposed on a side of said shot sleeve opposite said partial end wall for receiving the fluid;
said plunger includes a plunger head presenting a cross-sectional area approximately equal to said cross-sectional area of said fluid passage of said shot sleeve;
said plunger head includes a serrated surface facing said second die half for engaging material contained in said shot sleeve;
at least one hold pin is received in said second die half and extends upwardly from said second molding surface, each of said hold pins is axially aligned with one of said die openings and one of said wall openings;
said second die half comprises a block of material aligned with and movable relative to said first die half;
said second molding surface presents a contour for shaping said fluid;
said second die half includes a second back surface facing opposite said second molding surface; and
said second die half defines at least one hold pin opening along said second molding surface, and each hold pin opening receives one of said hold pins.

US Pat. No. 10,137,497

CASTING DIE

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

1. A casting die comprising:a base;
a lower mold arranged on the base;
a horizontal sliding mold which is provided so as to be capable of moving on the lower mold and which has a surface shape corresponding to at least a part of a side face shape of a product to be casted; and
an upper mold which is provided so as to be capable of moving up and down with respect to the lower mold and which has a surface shape corresponding to an upper face shape of the product; wherein,
the lower mold is configured by a lower mold body and a lower mold stage which supports the lower mold body from below,
the lower mold body has a positioning part which abuts the horizontal sliding mold at a mold-closing position of the horizontal sliding mold, and has a surface shape corresponding to a lower face shape of the product,
a guide member is mounted on the lower mold stage so as to freely move in an up and down direction with respect to the lower mold stage,
the horizontal sliding mold is configured to slide on the guide member and the lower mold body, and
the guide member is provided with a locking part configured to lock with a lateral edge part of the lower mold body when the lower mold body is separated upward with respect to the lower mold stage, so that the lower mold body and the guide member are separated upward together.

US Pat. No. 10,137,496

METAL WIRE ROD COMPOSED OF IRIDIUM OR IRIDIUM ALLOY

TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K....

1. A metal wire rod composed of iridium or an iridium alloy, wherein the number of crystal grains on all cross-sections parallel to the longitudinal direction is 2 to 20 per 0.25 mm2, wherein the wire rod has a Vickers hardness of 200 Hv or more and less than 400 Hv.

US Pat. No. 10,137,495

MACHINE FOR FORMING METAL BARS

IKOI S.P.A., Cassola (VI...

1. A method for forming a precious metal ingot having specified dimensions and weight from solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes, the specified dimensions of said precious metal ingot includes a dimensionally specified ingot upper limit, said method employing a machine including an ingot mold and a cover for closing said ingot mold, said ingot mold having an interior comprising a first lower volume configured to the specified dimensions of the precious metal ingot, a second upper volume configured to facilitate depositing into said ingot mold of an amount of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot, and an upper end comprising an upper abutting edge of said ingot mold, said cover comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion including a rim adapted to engage the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold to close and hermetically seal said ingot mold when said precious metal ingot has been formed in said ingot mold first lower volume, said lower portion configured to project into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf ov various sizes deposited in said ingot mold to form said precious metal ingot, said cover lower portion having a dimension such that on engagement of said cover upper portion rim with the ingot mold upper abutting edge, the cover lower portion delineates an upper limit to the ingot mold first lower volume corresponding to the precious metal ingot dimensionally specified upper limit, said method comprising the steps of:a) depositing into said ingot mold through said second upper volume thereof said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot;
b) positioning said ingot mold cover for closing said ingot mold such that the cover lower portion projects into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold, and the cover upper portion rim remains raised with respect to the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold;
c) compacting said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold by compressing the same during a melting step by the resting of said ingot mold cover on said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf; and
d) progressively lowering said ingot mold cover during the compacting and compressing of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf during said melting step until the cover upper portion rim engages the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold closing and hermetically sealing said ingot mold whereby, because of said cover lower portion dimension, the cover lower portion delineates the ingot mold first lower volume upper limit corresponding to the dimensionally specified upper limit of said precious metal ingot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,494

METHOD FOR OBTAINING A FOUNDRY BODY FROM A GRANULAR MIXTURE COMPRISING A MODIFIED POLYCONDENSED RESIN AND A FORMALDEHYDE SCAVENGER

HUTTENES ALBERTUS FRANCE,...

1. Method for producing a foundry body, comprising at least the following successive steps:preparing a granular mixture, comprising, in % weight with respect to the total weight of the mixture:
a—at least 90%, by weight of grains, said grains being mainly composed of at least one mineral oxide, and at least 80% of said grains having a size from 10 to 3000 ?m,
b—0.3 to 3%, by weight of at least one resin polycondensed with formaldehyde and/or its derivatives, the percentage being calculated in dry resin solids,
c—0.001 to 3%, by weight of at least one curing agent, the percentage being calculated in dry curing agent solids,
d—0.003 to 1%, by weight of at least one formaldehyde scavenger compound, and
f—0.2 to 3%, by weight of water;
placing said granular mixture in contact with at least one surface of a forming tool, and
blowing at least one gas stream into the granular mixture at a temperature of 50° C. to 380° C., for a duration comprised from 1 to 300 seconds, in order to ensure at least partial curing of said mixture,
wherein said at least one resin has undergone a chemical reaction between a first element chosen from urea and its derivatives, melamine, benzoguanamine, glycoluril, and a second element chosen from formaldehyde and/or its derivatives,
wherein the polycondensed resin (component b—) of said granular mixture is modified by the presence of a component e—in the mixture, at a content from 0.003% to 1.5%, by weight with respect to the total weight of the mixture, said component e—being at least one resin,
wherein said at least one resin comprises tannins; and
wherein the foundry body disintegrates 50% or less after 20 minutes at 450° C.

US Pat. No. 10,137,493

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING METAL CONTAINER WITH LINING

Silgan Containers LLC, W...

1. A method of lining a metal container with a film, the container including a cylindrical sidewall open at a first end and closed with an end joined to the sidewall at a second end, the cylindrical sidewall and the end defining an interior surface, the method comprising:locating the film at the first end;
engaging the film with a mandrel; and
moving the mandrel into the container to displace the film from the first end into contact with the interior surfaces of the cylindrical sidewall and the end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,492

METHOD FOR CONNECTING A FIRST COMPONENT TO A SECOND COMPONENT

JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH, B...

1. A method for connecting a first component to a second component, the method comprising the steps of:providing the first component with a deformation region;
at least partially heating the deformation region;
providing an inner die with an optical component for plastic deformation;
plastically deforming the first component in the deformation region to connect the first component to the second component; and
directing light for heating the first component onto the deformation region by way of the optical component of the inner die for the step of at least partially heating the deformation region or for the step of plastically deforming the first component or for both the steps of heating the deformation region and plastically deforming the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,137,491

FORMING DEVICE AND FORMING METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A forming device configured to form a metal pipe having a pipe part and a flange part, the forming device comprising:a pair of a first die and a second die;
a driving mechanism configured to move at least one of the first die and the second die in a direction in which the dies are approached together;
a gas supply part configured to supply a first gas and a second gas into a metal pipe material held and heated between the first die and the second die; and
a controller configured to control driving of the driving mechanism and gas supply of the gas supply part,
wherein the first die and the second die configure a first cavity part for forming the pipe part and a second cavity part, communicating with the first cavity part, for forming the flange part, and
the controller is configured to:
cause the gas supply part to supply a first gas into the metal pipe material during a first supply time, such that a part of the metal pipe material is expanded in the second cavity part;
drive the driving mechanism such that the expanded part of the metal pipe material is pressed by the first die and the second die and the flange part is formed; and
cause the gas supply part to supply a second gas into the metal pipe material during a second supply time, after the formation of the flange part such that the pipe part is formed in the first cavity part, and
wherein the second supply time is longer than the first supply time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,490

OUTBOARD HYDROSTATIC BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR CAN BODYMAKER

Stolle Machinery Company,...

1. A carriage assembly guide bearing assembly for a can bodymaker, said bodymaker including an elongated ram body, a crank assembly, a housing assembly, a die pack and a carriage assembly, said die pack defining a passage, said carriage assembly including a body with a ram coupling, a crank coupling, a first lateral surface and a second lateral surface, said crank assembly including a reciprocating crank arm, said crank arm coupled to said carriage assembly body crank coupling, said ram body coupled to said carriage assembly body ram coupling, wherein said carriage assembly guide bearing assembly is coupled to said carriage assembly for supporting reciprocal motion of said carriage assembly and said ram body towards the die pack, said carriage assembly guide bearing assembly comprising:a carriage assembly first guide bearing assembly including a first component and a second component;
a carriage assembly second guide bearing assembly including a first component and a second component;
said carriage assembly first guide bearing assembly first component coupled to the carriage assembly body first lateral surface;
said carriage assembly first guide bearing assembly second component coupled to said bodymaker housing assembly;
said carriage assembly second guide bearing assembly first component coupled to the carriage assembly body second lateral surface;
said carriage assembly second guide bearing assembly second component coupled to said bodymaker housing assembly; and
wherein said carriage assembly first guide bearing assembly and said carriage assembly second guide bearing assembly are structured to orient and align said ram body with said die pack passage and are the only structures that directly affect an orientation and alignment of said ram body in the can bodymaker.

US Pat. No. 10,137,489

ROTARY STAMPER

FORMTEK, INC., Westfield...

1. A method for rotary stamping of a workpiece, said method comprising the steps of:providing a drive assembly to a support frame;
operatively connecting an upper die plate assembly to said drive assembly for horizontal and vertical movement; and
operatively connecting a lower die plate to said drive assembly for movement in a linear horizontal direction only;
defining opposed side clearance cutouts in said lower die plate wherein said lower die plate includes opposed cam plates positioned within said opposed side clearance cutouts, said cam plates having a pair of opposing legs;
slidably connecting said upper die plate assembly to said lower die plate via opposed alignment rods for maintaining a substantially constant alignment therewith as said upper die plate assembly moves vertically towards and away from said lower die plate, said alignment rods extending through said legs; and
passing said workpiece between said upper die plate assembly and said lower die plate during operation of said drive assembly;
wherein said upper die plate assembly has at least a pair of holes permitting said alignment rods to slidably pass through said holes during said vertical movement of said upper die plate assembly;
wherein said horizontal and vertical movements of said upper die plate are directly driven by said drive assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,488

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LEVELING A METAL PLATE

Allor Manufacturing Inc.,...

1. A device configured to level a metal plate fabricated from high-strength metal material, the device comprising:a frame;
a leveling station including one pair of upper rollers and a corresponding one pair of lower rollers rotatably disposed on the frame in a parallel arrangement in a lateral direction and defining a serpentine path that is disposed in a longitudinal direction that is associated with a direction of travel for the metal plate; and
wherein each one of the one pair of upper rollers includes a cylindrical outer peripheral surface that extends in the lateral direction and radially surrounds an upper axis of rotation;
wherein each one of the one pair of lower rollers includes a cylindrical outer peripheral surface that extends in the lateral direction and radially surrounds a lower axis of rotation;
wherein the radii of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and the radii of each one of the one pair of lower rollers are equivalent;
wherein the upper axes of rotation are offset in the longitudinal direction from the lower axes of rotation such that a longitudinal spacing is defined between the axes of rotation of contiguous ones of the one pair of upper rollers and the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein a plunge depth is defined as a difference in an elevation direction between a first elevation associated with a top-dead-center point of each one of the one pair of lower rollers and a second elevation that is associated with a bottom-dead-center point of each one of the one pair of upper rollers;
wherein the magnitude of the plunge depth associated with each one of the one pair of upper rollers and one of the one pair of lower rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of upper rollers is equal to the magnitude of the plunge depth associated with each one of the one pair of lower rollers and one of the one pair of upper rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein the serpentine path is defined between the outer peripheral surfaces of contiguous ones of the one pair of upper rollers and the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein the longitudinal spacing of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers is equal to achieve the equal plastification on the first and second sides of the metal plate;
wherein the longitudinal spacing and the plunge depth are configured such that the one pair of upper rollers and the one of the one pair of lower rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of upper rollers imparts a first bend radius on the metal plate in a first orientation and the one pair of lower rollers and the one of the pair of upper rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of lower rollers subsequently imparts a second bend radius on the metal plate in a second orientation that is opposed to the first orientation as the metal plate moves through the serpentine path as the metal plate bends about a portion of the outer peripheral surfaces of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers to subject the metal plate to plastic deformation corresponding to the portion of the respective outer peripheral surfaces of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers to provide equal plastification on both sides of the metal plate;
wherein the magnitude of the first bend radius and the magnitude of the second bend radius is selected such that a magnitude of plastification of the metal plate that is greater than 70% is achieved once the metal plate moves along the serpentine path past the two upper rollers and the two lower rollers; and
wherein the magnitude of the first bend radius is equivalent to the magnitude of the second bend radius; and
wherein there is a quantity of not more than the one pair of upper rollers and a quantity of not more than the one pair of lower rollers to achieve equal plastification on both sides of the metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,487

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BLADE

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a blade, the apparatus comprising:an arm module including a pressing unit pivoting around a first shaft;
a molding module including a molding die, wherein the molding die is pressed by the pressing unit and a bulk metallic glass (BMG) is pressed to be molded to a blade in the molding die; and
a drawing module pulling an end portion of the BMG exposed to the outside of the molding die to form an edge of the blade,
wherein the drawing module includes a pair of drawing tools pulling one end portion of the BMG in two directions so as to generate a necking due to a plastic deformation of the BMG, and
wherein the pair of drawing tools pull the one end portion of the BMG in the two directions positioned to be coplanar with a direction in which the blade extends and forming a predetermined angle with respect to the direction in which the blade extends.

US Pat. No. 10,137,486

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMAL TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED MATERIAL

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A method for treating porous media containing an undesired organic substance, comprising:a. providing a volume containing the porous media and the undesired organic substance;
b. adding a microwave absorber to the volume to thereby form a volume of a mixture to accelerate microwave heating of the volume of the mixture;
c. subjecting a portion of the volume of the mixture to microwave irradiation to heat the portion of the volume of the mixture to a combustion temperature of from 150° C. to 1200° C.;
d. initiating smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture;
e. terminating the microwave irradiation once the smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture is initiated;
f. initiating a flow of an oxidizer gas through the portion of the volume of the mixture once the smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture is initiated and controlling the flow at a rate such that a self-sustaining smoldering combustion front is formed that moves through remaining additional portions of the volume of the mixture; and
g. continuing the flow of the oxidizer gas until a target amount of the undesired organic substance in the volume of the mixture reaches a destructive temperature and is thereby destroyed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,485

INTEGRATED WORKPIECE POSITIONING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRAL FUME EXTRACTION SYSTEM

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

8. The system of claim 7, wherein the manifold is located below the work surface and the duct extends horizontally toward the manifold, each extraction port including a flexible seal extending outward therefrom to sealingly engage the duct when aligned therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,137,484

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PASSIVATION OF REMOTE SYSTEMS BY CHEMICAL DISPLACEMENT THROUGH PRE-CHARGED CONDUITS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for displacing fluids from a fluid handling system that is comprised of at least one structure requiring displacement, the system for displacing fluids comprising:i) a plurality of storage conduits, each storage conduit having an outlet and an inlet valve proximate an inlet;
ii) an outlet manifold having a plurality of inlets, one for each outlet of the plurality of storage conduits, and a manifold outlet spaced from the plurality of inlets;
iii) an outlet valve proximate the manifold outlet and connected to a flow line in fluid communication with an inlet of the at least one structure to be displaced;
iv) an inlet manifold having an inlet and a plurality of outlets, each of the plurality of outlets in fluid communication with an associated inlet valve of one of the plurality of storage conduits;
v) a displacement fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a displacement fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
vi) a treatment fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a treatment fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
vii) a barrier fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a barrier fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold; and
viii) at least three drivers for transferring fluids into and out of the plurality of storage conduits and in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
wherein the at least three drivers include a first driver to transfer displacement fluid, a second driver to transfer treatment fluid, and a third driver to transfer barrier fluid into the storage conduits to selective recharge the storage conduits.

US Pat. No. 10,137,483

ULTRASONIC CLEANING METHOD

SILTRONIC AG, Munich (DE...

1. A cleaning method for cleaning an object, the method comprising:ultrasonically vibrating the object, in a cleaning tank including a cleaning liquid, via an intermediate medium disposed in a coupling tank and in contact with the cleaning tank, a bottom surface of the cleaning tank being inclined relative to a bottom surface of the coupling tank, wherein the cleaning tank is disposed in the coupling tank, the ultrasonically vibrating including (a) a first ultrasonic vibrating of the cleaning liquid with a first difference between respective sonic velocities allowable in the cleaning liquid and the intermediate medium, and (b) a second ultrasonic vibrating of the cleaning liquid with a second difference between respective sonic velocities allowable in the cleaning liquid and the intermediate medium; and
adjusting an intermediate medium temperature so as to set the first difference and the second difference differently from each other such that ultrasonic waves, generated by the ultrasonically vibrating and traveling in a first direction at a boundary portion between the cleaning liquid held in the cleaning tank and the intermediate medium in contact with the bottom surface of the cleaning tank, are refracted in a second direction that is different than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,482

STRIPPING DEVICE AND DISPLAY SUBSTRATE PRODUCTION LINE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A stripping device, comprising a stripping chamber and a cleaning chamber, wherein,a stripping liquid having a set temperature is provided within the stripping chamber,
the stripping device further comprises a liquid jet component, the liquid jet component comprises a liquid supplying pipeline and a liquid jet head, the liquid supplying pipeline is configured to supply a cleaning liquid to the liquid jet head, the liquid jet head is configured to output the cleaning liquid, the liquid supplying pipeline is arranged in the stripping chamber, and the stripping liquid heats the cleaning liquid in the liquid supplying pipeline as the cleaning liquid flows through the liquid supplying pipeline arranged in the stripping chamber,
the cleaning chamber is provided outside of, and communicated with, the stripping chamber, and
in a direction from the stripping chamber to the cleaning chamber, the liquid supplying pipeline continuously extends from a first end of the stripping chamber to a second end, which is connected with the cleaning chamber and opposite to the first end, of the stripping chamber without disconnecting at a center portion of the stripping chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,481

METHODS OF REMOVING PARTICLES FROM OVER SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of removing particles from over a surface of a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:flowing a liquid in parallel with and across a horizontal surface of the substrate and the particles, the liquid having thickness over the substrate, the substrate having an undulating topography and the particles being less than 100 nm in cross-sectional diameter, a first region of the thickness being near the substrate and comprising particles, a second region of the thickness being further from the substrate than the first region and having more flow than the first region;
while the liquid is flowing, imparting an electric field across at least a region of the surface from electrodes spaced apart from one another and configured to form an electric field across at least the first region of the substrate; and
inducing movement of the particles from the first region to the second region using the electric field, wherein
the electric field is provided for a duration;
the electric field is maintained with an alternating current for part of the duration; and
the electric field is maintained with a direct current for another part of the duration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,480

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors and an isolation structure, a sensor of the plurality of sensors having a sensor pad exposed at a surface of the sensor array, wherein the exposed surface of the sensor pad defines a bottom surface of the isolation structure, the method comprising:exposing the exposed surface of the sensor pad to a non-aqueous organo-silicon solution including an organo-silicon compound and a first non-aqueous carrier;
applying an acid solution including an organic acid and a second non-aqueous carrier to the exposed surface of the sensor pad; and
rinsing the acid solution from the exposed surface of the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,137,479

TEMPORAL MULTIPLEXED EXCITATION FOR MINIATURIZED, PLANAR FLUORESCENCE ACTIVATED CELL SORTING

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A system comprising:at least two excitation lasers;
an objective that directs light from the at least two excitation lasers to a common point in an interrogation region of a fluidic channel via a first optical path, wherein the fluidic channel directs a flow of a plurality of fluorescently labeled particles through the interrogation region;
a beamsplitter that provides a side scatter beam comprising light from one of the at least two excitation lasers, wherein the side scatter beam is directed to the fluidic channel via a second optical path, and wherein the second optical path is different than the first optical path;
a side scatter detector for detecting side scattered light from particles in the fluidic channel passing through the side scatter beam;
at least one modulator that temporally multiplexes light from the at least two excitation lasers such that pulses of light from different lasers intersect the common point in the interrogation region of the fluidic channel at different times;
at least one fluorescence detector; and
at least one optical element optically coupled to the objective and the at least one fluorescence detector to direct light emitted from the plurality of fluorescently labeled particles and transmitted through the objective to the at least one fluorescence detector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,478

CLASSIFIER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CLASSIFIER

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A method of operating a classifier for classifying granular feedstock, comprising:rotating a rotary cage of the classifier;
through an air-guiding system that surrounds and is separated a distance from the rotary cage, aspirating classifying air into a classifying zone formed between the rotary cage and the air-guiding system, which classifying zone includes one or more baffles that have an orientation, size, and shape that generate an inhomogeneous flow field at the circumference of the rotary case that, together with the separation distance, generate an increase of torque acting on said rotating rotary cage by at least 20% as compared to an amount of torque acting on said rotary cage that would result from the classifying zone having no baffles disposed therein and the separation distance having no influence on the torque: and
feeding the granular feedstock into the classifying zone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,477

MODULAR ASSEMBLY FOR MULTIDIMENSIONAL TRANSDUCER ARRAYS

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A multidimensional transducer array system, the system comprising:first and second modules, each of the first and second modules comprising:
an adaptor having first and second planar surfaces oriented about 90 degrees relative to each other, the first planar surface connected with the multidimensional transducer array;
conductors in the adaptor, separate ones of the conductors electrically connected with separate elements of the multidimensional transducer array;
a printed circuit board having a top surface connected with the second planar surface of the adaptor, the conductors electrically connected with the printed circuit board; and
an integrated circuit connected with the printed circuit board such that signals on the conductors are provided at the integrated circuit;
the first module stacked with the second module such that the adaptors are in contact with each other and the adaptors are in contact with different parts of the multidimensional transducer array.

US Pat. No. 10,137,474

HIGH VISCOSITY FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for depositing a fluid over an interface, the method comprising:moving, by a dispensing device, the fluid within a chamber in a housing towards an exit of the chamber such that the fluid is dispensed through the exit of the chamber, wherein the chamber is configured to increase a tendency of the fluid to flow within the chamber;
receiving the fluid from the exit of the chamber at an input of a nozzle located at a first end of a body of the nozzle;
moving the fluid from the input through an arrangement of a plurality of channels located within the body such that the fluid exits the plurality of channels at an output of the nozzle located at a second end of the body, including:
moving the fluid through a center channel located along a center axis that extends through the first end and the second end of the body of the nozzle, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of the center channel varies along a length that extends along the center axis; and
moving the fluid through outer channels located away from the center axis around the center channel, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of each of the outer channels remains substantially constant along the center axis;
controlling a flow of the fluid through the plurality of channels by a configuration of the plurality of channels, wherein the configuration comprises a diameter profile that includes the cross-sectional diameter for each of the plurality of channels; and
depositing the fluid that exits the output of the nozzle over the interface to form a deposition having a desired shape.

US Pat. No. 10,137,473

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLICATION OF POLYSILAZANE AND FLUOROACRYLATE COATING COMPOSITIONS

Newtech LLC, Cincinnati,...

1. A method comprising:receiving into a sprayer a curable coating comprised of a polysilazane and a fluoroacrylate copolymer;
receiving an air flow control signal;
receiving a position control signal;
enabling a Venturi spray head in accordance with the air flow control signal;
positioning a work piece relative to the Venturi spray head in accordance with the position control signal; and
applying the coating to the work piece via the Venturi spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,137,472

DUAL PATTERN SHIM ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HOT MELT ADHESIVE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A hot melt adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an underlying substrate; and
a dual pattern shim assembly comprising:
a first pattern shim having a first lower edge in which a plurality of first fluid application ports are formed, wherein the first pattern shim deposits a first hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a first material pattern, the first material pattern comprising a plurality of first deposition patterns, each first deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective first fluid application port of the plurality of first fluid application ports;
a second pattern shim having a second lower edge in which a plurality of second fluid application ports are formed, wherein the second pattern shim deposits a second hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a second material pattern, the second material pattern comprising a plurality of second deposition patterns, each second deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective second fluid application port;
a separation shim interposed between the first and second pattern shims for separating the first and second pattern shims from each other, the separation shim having an intermediate lower edge disposed between the first lower edge and the second lower edge;
a die plate disposed adjacent to the second pattern shim, the die plate having a rearwardly facing bottom edge terminating in an arcuately shaped portion; and
a die adaptor for receiving the first hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of first inlet ports from a source of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of second inlet ports from a source of the second hot melt adhesive material, wherein the die adaptor defines a housing having an undersurface portion, a vertical front wall portion which has first fluid outlet ports for discharging the first hot melt adhesive material and second fluid outlet ports for discharging the second hot melt adhesive material defined within the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, and a knife edge portion extending vertically downwardly within a vertical plane from the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor such that the knife edge portion is disposed beneath the undersurface portion of the die adaptor,
wherein the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, the first and second fluid outlet ports, and the knife edge portion are substantially coplanar within a vertical plane,
wherein the first pattern shim is disposed in abutment with the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor and the knife edge portion of the die adaptor and is configured to receive the first hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor,
wherein the second pattern shim is configured to receive the second hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor through the first pattern shim and the separation shim,
wherein the first and second pattern shims, and the separation shim, as an assembly, are disposed immediately adjacent to the knife edge portion of the die adaptor such that the first and second hot melt adhesive materials are deposited onto the underlying substrate in an overlapping pattern relative to one another wherein at least one of a first deposition pattern of the plurality of first deposition patterns and a second deposition pattern of the plurality of second deposition patterns overlaps at least one of the other first deposition pattern and second deposition pattern,
wherein a first flow path for the first hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate in the first material pattern by the first pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor to the first pattern shim,
wherein a second flow path for the second hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate as the second material pattern by the second pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor, through the first pattern shim, through the separation shim, through the second pattern shim, to the die plate, and back to the second pattern shim,
wherein the first hot melt adhesive material is different than the second hot melt adhesive material,
wherein the underlying substrate is configured for movement along a path below the dual shim pattern assembly,
wherein the knife edge portion, the first lower edge, the intermediate lower edge, the second lower edge and a terminal edge of the arcuately shaped portion are disposed at a same elevational level, and
wherein the underlying substrate contacts the dual pattern shim assembly such that the underlying substrate is depressed by contact with the dual pattern shim assembly and one or more of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material being deposited from the dual pattern shim assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,471

SYSTEMS FOR REINFORCING A MULTI-PANEL SUPPORT MAT

29. An automated system for providing a reinforcement weld over at least one seam formed between upper and lower panels of a support mat, the upper and lower panels having similar or dissimilar shapes and dimensions, the automated system comprising:at least one extruder configured to apply weld-forming material over the at least one seam to form at least one weld atop the at least one seam;
at least one automated robot configured to carry said at least one extruder and control the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam;
at least one controller electronically coupled to said at least one robot and configured to direct said at least one robot to vary and/or maintain the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam; and
at least one force sensor associated with said at least one extruder and electronically coupled to said at least one controller, said at least one force sensor being configured to measure at least one among back-pressure resistance caused by said at least one extruder and push and pull on said at least one extruder during use of the system and communicate such data to said at least one controller,
wherein said at least one controller is configured to receive data from said at least one force sensor and determine, based upon such data, whether said at least one extruder is too close or too far from the mat and/or dispensing too much or too little weld-forming material as said at least one extruder reinforces the mat, and whether said at least one robot needs to make corrective adjustments to at least one among the position of said at least one extruder, the speed of movement of said at least one extruder and the rate of application of weld-forming material from said at least one extruder to the mat and, if so, determine the corrective adjustment(s) and direct said at least one robot to make such corrective adjustment(s).

US Pat. No. 10,137,470

SYSTEM FOR PAINTING OBJECTS

EISENMANN SE, Boeblingen...

1. A system for painting comprising:a) a painting booth;
b) at least one application device arranged in the painting booth, from which paint can be discharged onto objects;
c) a plurality of ring lines, which extend along the painting booth and each carry an operating medium needed for operation of the at least one application device;
d) at least one connecting device, via which at least some of the ring lines can be connected to the at least one application device as required;
wherein
e) each ring line is subdivided into at least two ring line regions;
f) the at least one connecting device has at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module, the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module being connected to the at least two ring line regions of each ring line, between each of the at least two ring line regions, to complete each ring line, the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module comprising
fa) at least as many ring line sections as there are ring lines, each ring line section having a terminal at each opposing end of the ring line section, wherein a first terminal of each ring line section connects to a first region of one ring line, and a second terminal of each ring line section connects to a second region of one ring line;
fb) for each ring line section, a branch line branching off from the latter;
fc) a terminal device, to which the branch lines lead and via which at least some of the branch lines can be connected to an outlet terminal;
g) at least one hose or a line connecting the outlet terminal of the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module directly or indirectly to the application device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,469

COATING DEVICE AND WASHING METHOD FOR ITS NOZZLE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A coating device comprising a barrel, a nozzle connected with the barrel, a waste sump and a washing bath and a washing component, wherein:the washing bath is provided at a side of the waste sump, and the nozzle is configured such that it can be positioned above the washing bath or the waste sump;
the washing component is provided in the washing bath, and is configured to discharge washing liquid and cleaning gas to the nozzle to wash the nozzle when the nozzle is moved to a position above the washing bath;
the washing component comprises a fork shaped bracket with two fingers, wherein the two fingers are provided with liquid outlets and gas outlets at ends thereof, wherein the liquid outlets are configured to discharge dilute liquid, and wherein the gas outlets are configured to discharge the cleaning gas; and
wherein the washing bath is provided with a guide rail therein, the guide rail is extended in a same direction as the washing bath, the fork shaped bracket is connected with the guide rail by a connection component, and the connection component is configured so that the fork shaped bracket is reciprocated along the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,137,468

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A SPRAYER WITH A LIQUID COATING PRODUCT AND TOOL FOR MOUNTING/DISMOUNTING SUCH A DEVICE

SAMES KREMLIN, Meylan (F...

1. A tool for mounting/dismounting a device for supplying at least one sprayer with a liquid coating product, the device comprising at least one valve controlling the flow of the coating product toward the sprayer, the valve comprising:a moving needle,
a valve body that defines a circulation volume for the coating product and a bearing seat for the needle in the closed configuration of the valve,
pneumatic driving means for translating the needle along an axis of separation/approach relative to the seat, the pneumatic driving means comprising a piston secured in translation to the needle and mounted sliding in a guide body,
a head mounted on the guide body and defining, with the latter and a face of the piston, a variable volume chamber in which an elastic return member is provided for returning the piston to its position,
wherein the head and the guide body are secured in rotation
using corresponding reliefs arranged on the head and on the guide body and that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the guide body opposite the needle, and protruding elements arranged on an outer radial surface of the head, and received in spaces defined between the slots or
using corresponding reliefs that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the head and protruding elements arranged on the guide body and received in spaces defined between the slots, and
wherein the guide body is screwed on the valve body, with its screwing axis combined with the axis of separation/approach, and wherein the head is equipped with reliefs driving rotation around the screwing axis of the guide body on the valve body,
wherein it comprises an end-piece, equipped with reliefs complementary to the driving reliefs equipping the head, as well as a maneuvering handle,
wherein the end-piece is equipped with axial retaining means of a subassembly comprising the guide body, and
wherein the axial retaining means comprise an O-ring mounted in a peripheral groove arranged around the end-piece and in that the O-ring is in contact with part of the subassembly, when the driving reliefs and the complementary reliefs cooperate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,467

TRIGGER-DISPENSING DEVICE FOR TWO OR MORE LIQUIDS

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A trigger head for a dispensing device comprising:a trigger;
at least one pump;
a first delivery duct;
a second delivery duct; and
a nozzle group;
wherein the at least one pump is operable by the trigger and suitable for carrying out a predetermined pre-compression of at least two substances, separately and simultaneously before dispensing;
wherein both the first delivery duct and the second delivery duct comprise a flexible tube, and each of the flexible tubes are directly connected to the nozzle group to minimize any premixing of the at least two substances and the flexible tubes have a length suitable to compensate for movement with respect to the nozzle group; and
wherein each of the at least one pump comprises at least one pre-compression valve suitable to pass the respective substance from a pressure chamber to the respective delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber exceeds a predefined threshold pressure and suitable to prevent transit of the respective substance from the pressure chamber to the first delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber is less than the predefined threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,466

DISCHARGE HEAD

APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH, R...

1. A discharge head for a dispenser, comprising a securing element for coupling the discharge head to the dispenser, a housing having an outlet opening and a valve body, wherein the valve body closes the outlet opening when the pressure of a medium in the discharge head is below a threshold value, and, in a ready-for-use state, the valve body releases the outlet opening when the pressure of the medium in the discharge head is above the threshold value, and wherein the valve body, in the ready-for-use state, is displaceable along an adjustment path for releasing and closing the outlet opening, whereina locking handle is provided which is movable relative to the securing element, in order to transfer the discharge head to a locked state in which the adjustment path of the valve body is reduced to zero, and/or in order to transfer the discharge head from the locked state to the ready-for-use state, and
the housing is coupled to the securing element so as to be rotationally fixed and movable in the direction of the adjustment path, wherein the adjustment path of the valve body is dependent on a distance between the housing and the securing element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,465

ELECTRIC SPRAYER

SUZHOU CROSSTEC CO., LTD....

1. An electric sprayer, comprising:a water tank having an upper end, a front, a back and a bottom;
a spray device;
a trolley seat and a roller disposed on the trolley seat, with the water tank removably disposed on the trolley seat, and
wherein the water tank is provided at the upper end with a sealing cover,
wherein the water tank is provided at the front with a mounting seat on which a motor, a pump and an electric outlet are fixed,
wherein a power supply, which is a lithium battery pack, is removably disposed on the electric outlet, wherein the spray device is connected to a water outlet of the pump,
wherein the pump has a water inlet in communication with the water tank, and
wherein the trolley seat comprises a support seat, wherein the support seat is provided with a positioning hole inside with a threaded knob, and wherein the water tank is provided at the back with an inner threaded hole matching the threaded knob.

US Pat. No. 10,137,464

MULTI-FUEL-CANISTER INSECT REPELLENT SYSTEM

Thermacell Repellents, In...

1. A gas-fueled, portable device for dispensing a heat-volatilizable substance, comprising:(a) a plurality of canister receiving cavities, each of which is configured to receive and reversibly engage with a fuel canister, wherein engagement of each fuel canister with the canister receiving cavity opens an outlet valve in the fuel canister, opens a receiving valve in the canister receiving cavity, and thereby admits gaseous fuel into a pressure regulator valve;
(b) a valve switch operably connected to the pressure regulator valve and operable by a user, the valve switch having an off position and an on position, wherein movement of the valve switch by the user from the off position to the on position opens the pressure regulator valve, thereby permitting the gaseous fuel to flow into a pressure regulator in fluid communication with the pressure regulator valve;
(c) wherein the pressure regulator operates the pressure regulator valve so as to maintain a predetermined gas pressure downstream of the pressure regulator valve;
(d) a fuel combustion chamber downstream of and in fluid communication with the pressure regulator; and
(e) a sole plate in thermal communication with the fuel combustion chamber and having a heated surface;wherein the pressure regulator valve meters the flow of the gaseous fuel to the fuel combustion chamber at a predetermined pressure, so as to sustain a predetermined rate of fuel combustion which heats the sole plate to a predetermined temperature sufficient to dispense the heat-volatilizable substance from the heated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,463

COATING AGENT LINE WITH GROUNDING ELEMENT

Durr Systems GmbH, Bieti...

1. A painting booth comprising: a booth wall that separates a booth interior from a booth exterior; a painting robot located in the booth interior and including a voltage cascade and a voltage connecting element to directly charge a coating agent before the coating agent is atomized; wherein said painting robot is a multi axis painting robot;a paint supply located in the paint booth exterior and having a ground side connecting element located in the paint booth exterior;
a coating agent line connected to the paint supply and the coating agent line is led through the painting robot, the coating agent line includes an inner space for conveying the coating agent and a line wall which encompasses the inner space; wherein the coating agent line runs from the booth exterior through the booth wall into the booth interior, the coating agent line directly connected to the voltage connecting element, said inner space is hollow, further wherein:
the coating agent line includes potential compensating element which is electrically conductive, located entirely in the hollow inner space, and connected to the ground side connecting element at one end and the potential compensating element at an opposite end having a free end; said free end extending axially into the inner space of the coating agent line providing a grounding interface and dividing the coating agent line into a voltage-side section and a around-side section,
the potential compensating element extends in an axial direction along the coating agent line,
the potential compensating element in the inner space is arranged separately from the line wall, and
the potential compensating element extends from the booth exterior through the booth wall so that the free end of the potential compensating element is located in the booth interior and upstream from the voltage connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,462

DEBRIS SEPARATOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A centrifugal debris separator for removing debris from a gas turbine engine fuel system, comprising:a debris separator inlet;
a debris separator outlet; and
a separating chamber with a centreline extending in an axial direction and defined by an outer wall formed around the centreline, the separating chamber comprising:
a separating chamber inlet for receiving fluid;
a first separator outlet to the separating chamber;
a second separator outlet to the separating chamber provided to the outer wall of the separating chamber;
a third separator outlet to the separating chamber defined by a third separator outlet wall formed around the centreline of the separating chamber;
a flow straightener downstream of the first separator outlet; and
at least one filter downstream of the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet, wherein
the debris separator inlet is fluidly connected to the separating chamber inlet,
the debris separator outlet is fluidly connected to the first separator outlet, and
the flow from the first separator outlet, the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet is rejoined downstream of the flow straightener and the at least one filter and upstream of the debris separator outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,461

STATOR FOR FLOTATION MACHINES

1. A flotation machine comprising:a tank sized to retain a slurry;
a rotor having openings through which at least one gas is emitted; and,
a stator positioned in the tank adjacent the rotor, the stator having a plurality of vanes, each of the vanes having a plurality of slots formed therein; each of the vanes having a height (H) extending in an axial direction of the stator, a width (W) extending in a radial direction (R) of the stator, and a thickness which is transverse to said radial direction (R); each of the slots having a shape that is elongated in the radial direction (R) along the width (W) of its respective vane, each of the vanes of the stator being spaced apart from the other vanes to which that vane is adjacent,
the vanes being positioned in series adjacent a periphery of the stator to define a central opening within the stator which is configured to receive the rotor, each vane extending radially with respect to a center of the stator; the rotor being positioned in the central opening, the rotor being rotatable within the central opening of the stator;
wherein upper portions of the vanes are supported by a top member which is annular and connected to the vanes, and wherein lower portions of the vanes are supported by a base which is connected to the vanes wherein an outer diameter or inner diameter of the top member is different than a respective outer diameter or inner diameter of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,137,460

DRIVE MODULE AND ITS USES, A FLOTATION PLANT AND A METHOD OF CHANGING OF THE DRIVE MODULE

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. A drive module selectively detachable from flotation tanks of a flotation plant, wherein the drive module is a self-supporting structure being transferable and hoistable as an integral entity, the drive module comprising:a self-supporting framework having a shape of a rectangular parallelepiped, the self-supporting framework defining an inner space within the self-supporting framework, and
at least two drive units, the at least two drive units being supported to the self-supporting framework in the inner space of the self-supporting framework, each of the at least two drive units including a drive shaft having a connection flange supported thereon, wherein the connection flange of each of the at least two drive units is located at the bottom of the inner space and is connectable to an external rotatable shaft for the rotation of the rotatable shaft, the rotatable shaft being located outside the drive module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,459

ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Naturion PTE. LTD., Buki...

1. An ion generating device comprising:a housing with at least one conductive surface and an opening;
an anode and a cathode disposed within the housing and having a space between them in fluid communication with the opening, and wherein the cathode is physically spaced from the at least one conductive surface;
a power source having a negative terminal and a positive terminal with a first connection between the negative terminal and the anode and a second connection between the positive terminal and the cathode;
an air mover disposed to direct air through the space toward the at least one conductive surface; and
a resistive element connected to the second connection and associated with the at least one conductive surface wherein when the power source is energized, an electrical field with negative ions is generated in the space and the negative ions are directed through the opening by the air mover with minimal charge build up.

US Pat. No. 10,137,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENTRAPPING MAGNETIC MATERIAL

Active Magnetics Research...

1. A mat assembly to remove magnetic material from shoes of a wearer passing over and engaging the mat assembly, the mat assembly comprising:an assembly base providing,
a base plate having an upper surface,
at least one magnetic cell fixed with respect to the base plate so as to be above the upper surface, and
a protective cover made of non-magnetic material and positioned above the cell to at least aid in protecting the cell; and
a mat portion of rectangular configuration so as to provide a pair of spaced longitudinal side edges and a pair of spaced transverse edges, the mat portion providing,
a non-magnetic trap base to be positioned above the assembly base and removably resting on the assembly base, the trap base having a working surface to be engaged by the shoes and in which the magnetic material can become embedded, with the cell attracting magnetic material from the shoes so that the magnetic material becomes embedded in the working surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,457

CRUSHING MACHINES

Terex GB Limited, Dungan...

1. An aggregate crushing machine comprising a base on which are mounted a feed conveyor, a screening unit, a crusher and a main conveyor, an arrangement of the machine being such that a material comprising an aggregate to be crushed will be fed from the feed conveyor to the screening unit for separation so that a finer material will be passed onto the main conveyor without passing through the crusher and a coarser material will be fed via the crusher to the main conveyor, the screening unit comprising a screen that vibrates when operative, the screening unit comprising a frame on which the screen is mounted, the frame being movable between an inoperative position in which the frame is substantially horizontal and an operative position in which the frame is angled relative to the substantially horizontal inoperative position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,456

REACTOR CONFIGURED TO FACILITATE CHEMICAL REACTIONS AND/OR COMMINUTION OF SOLID FEED MATERIALS

LLT International (Irelan...

1. An apparatus comprising:a chamber having a longitudinal axis;
a gas inlet configured to introduce a high-velocity stream of gas into the chamber, the gas inlet being disposed and arranged so as to effectuate a vortex of the stream of gas circulating within the chamber, the vortex rotating at a supersonic speed about the longitudinal axis of the chamber;
a material inlet configured to introduce a material to be processed into the chamber, the material inlet being disposed proximal to the gas inlet, the material being processed within the chamber by nonabrasive mechanisms facilitated by shockwaves within the chamber; and
an outlet configured to emit the gas and processed material from the chamber, the outlet being disposed at one end of the chamber that is opposite to a second end of the chamber where the gas inlet and the material inlet are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,455

LOOSEFILL INSULATION BLOWING MACHINE WITH REDUCED SOUND RATINGS

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A machine for distributing loosefill insulation material from a package of compressed loosefill insulation material, the machine comprising:a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end configured to receive compressed loosefill insulation material;
a lower unit having:
a shredding chamber configured to receive the compressed loosefill insulation material from the outlet end of the chute, the shredding chamber including a plurality of shredders configured to shred, pick apart and condition the loosefill insulation material thereby forming conditioned loosefill insulation material, the plurality of shredders driven by one or more motors;
a discharge mechanism mounted to receive the conditioned loosefill insulation material exiting the shredding chamber, the discharge mechanism configured to distribute the conditioned loosefill insulation material into an airstream;
a blower configured to provide the airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism; and
a sound chamber configured to receive the one or more motors and further configured to reduce the sound rating emanating from the machine, wherein the sound chamber is defined by an outer surface of a first low speed shredder of the plurality of shredders, an outer surface of an agitator guide, a floor, an inside surface of a left side panel, an inside surface of a front panel and an inside surface of a back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,454

MAINTENANCE PLATFORM OF JAW CRUSHER

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A maintenance platform of a jaw crusher, comprising:an adapter part configured to engage against a first wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in a jaw crusher cavity;
a support part configured to engage against a second wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in the jaw crusher cavity; and
a platform part for standing thereon, the platform part positioned between the adapter part and the support part, the platform part comprising a face section and a central section that is perpendicular to the face section, wherein the face section and the central section together define at least two grooves extending therebetween;
at least two hand-tightenable couplers configured to engage with the adapter part, wherein the at least two grooves are shaped such that the platform part is separable from the adapter part while the at least two hand-tightenable couplers are engaged with the adapter part, and wherein the adapter part is rigidly joinable to the platform part by positioning the at least two hand-tightenable couplers within the at least two grooves and tightening the at least to hand-tightenable couplers; and
an extension part that is coupled to the support part, wherein the extension part is slideably attachable to the platform part to adjust a distance between the adapter part and the support part,
wherein the maintenance platform is usable without the extension part in smaller jaw crushers or at lower platform position and is usable with the extension part in greater jaw crushers or at higher platform position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,453

STATIC-DEFEATING APPARATUS FOR PIPETTE TIPS

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A pipette tip tray comprising:a rack;
a pipette tip receptacle plate affixed to the rack, the pipette tip receptacle plate comprising an array of holes, a top surface and a bottom surface;
a flexible sheet comprising a first surface, a second surface and an array of holes, wherein:
each of the holes in the array of holes in the sheet comprises an edge, the second surface of the sheet is in contact with the top surface of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet is not adhered to the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the holes of the array of holes in the sheet each comprise a diameter or effective diameter,
the array of holes in the sheet are concentric with the array of holes in the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet comprises a uniform thickness or substantially uniform thickness of about 0.005 inches to about 0.02 inches, and
the sheet is flexible relative to the pipette tip receptacle plate; and
an array of pipette tips adhered to the sheet, wherein:
the array of pipette tips is positioned in the array of holes of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips comprises an exterior surface, a proximal region, a distal region, a proximal terminus, a distal terminus, and a junction between the proximal region and the distal region,
the distance between the proximal terminus to the junction is less than the distance between the distal terminus to the junction,
the proximal region of each of the pipette tips comprises a shoulder surface that protrudes from the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction,
each of the hole edges in the sheet contacts the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction of a pipette tip and the shoulder surface at the junction of the pipette tip contacts the first surface of the sheet,
the diameter or the effective diameter of each of the holes in the sheet is less than an outer diameter of the pipette tip exterior surface that contacts the hole edge,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips is retained in a corresponding hole of the sheet by an interference fit between the exterior wall of the pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in contact with the pipette tip, and
each of the pipette tips is adhered to the sheet by compression between the exterior wall of a pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in the sheet in contact with the pipette tip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,450

MICROFLUIDICS CARTRIDGE WITH PIPETTING GUIDE

TECAN TRADING AG, Manned...

1. A disposable cartridge (1) for use in a digital microfluidics system (3) for manipulating samples in liquid portions or droplets (4); the digital microfluidics system (3) comprising a cartridge accommodation site (2) and a central control unit (7) for controlling the selection of individual electrodes (8) of an electrode array (5) located at said cartridge accommodation site (2) and for providing a number of said electrodes (8) with individual voltage pulses for manipulating liquid portions or droplets (4) by electrowetting; the disposable cartridge (1) comprising a hydrophobic working surface (10) and a rigid cover (11) with a second hydrophobic surface (12); said hydrophobic surfaces (10,12) facing each other and being separated or being separable in essentially parallel planes by a gap (13) with a gap height (14):wherein the disposable cartridge (1) further comprises a number of pipetting guides (17) for safe entering and/or withdrawing liquids into and/or from the gap (13) of the disposable cartridge (1) with a tip (18) of a pipette (19); at least one of the pipetting guides (17):
being located at a pipetting orifice (22) that reaches through the rigid cover (11), and
being configured to prevent a pipette tip (18) from touching the hydrophobic working surface (10), and
providing an abutting surface (20) that is sealingly admittable by a counter surface (21) of a pipette tip (18),
wherein the pipetting guide comprises a shoulder and a first conical wall with a narrow end at the shoulder that provides the abutting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,448

MICROFLUIDIC CHIP WITH COATING TO REDUCE FLUID DIFFUSION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

FluxErgy, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A microfluidic chip comprising:a body including at least one microfluidic pathway configured to receive a fluid sample, the at least one microfluidic pathway including a coating configured to reduce fluid diffusion and seal a surface of the at least one microfluidic pathway; and
a heating device located on the body and forming a heating zone within a portion of the at least one microfluidic pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,447

ERGONOMIC FLUID HANDLING TUBES

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A fluid handling tube, comprising a tube body and a cap, wherein:the tube body comprises an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the cap comprises a proximal surface, a distal surface, a rim, a rim exterior surface, and a tubular sealing member protruding from the distal surface;
the sealing member comprises a distal terminus opposite the distal surface of the cap, an interior surface, and a substantially smooth exterior surface configured to seal with the interior surface of the tube body;
the cap comprises an anterior tube fastener member comprising an operator engagement surface;
the cap comprises a bore, which bore comprises a first bore interior side surface and an opposing second bore interior side surface;
the cap comprises two co-linear channels disposed on each side of the bore and disposed between the sealing member and the fastener member;
each of the channels comprises:
a latitudinal opening disposed on the proximal surface of the cap;
a channel floor;
a first channel terminus disposed at a rim exterior surface;
a second channel terminus disposed at the first bore interior side surface or the second bore interior side surface; and
a major length along the channel floor from the first channel terminus to the second channel terminus;
the fastener member of the cap comprises a protrusion configured to contact a surface of a fastener member counterpart of the tube body and releasably attach to the fastener member counterpart; and
the channels reduce the amount of force required for disassociation of the protrusion and the fastener member counterpart of the tube body, compared to the force required for the disassociation for a cap that does not include the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,446

DISPENSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A dispensing device for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the dispensing device comprising:(a) a housing comprising:
a holding chamber comprising an open top, a chamber wall having one or more chamber snap fit elements on an interior thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber;
(b) a cannula affixed to a distal segment of the tubular member; and
(c) a spring loaded piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one pair of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the snap fit arms including one or more arm snap fit elements complementary to the one or more chamber snap fit elements;
a piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber and the tubular member; and
a spring disposed around the piston rod, with two opposing ends thereof against the underside of the top pusher and the bottom of the holding chamber, respectively;
wherein the dispensing device is configured that engagement modes between the one or more arm snap fit elements on the at least one pair of snap fit arms of the push cap and the one or more chamber snap fit elements of the holding chamber control a venting position and an injection starting position, respectively, of the spring loaded piston; and an abutment of at least one part of the push cap with the piston stop in the holding chamber controls an injection ending position of the spring loaded piston.