US Pat. No. 10,245,840

INK DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH ROBUST COMPLIANCE

Memjet Technology Ltd., ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:at least one inkjet printhead;
an ink line connected to the printhead; and
a compliance fluidically communicating with the ink line, the compliance comprising sealed flexible bellows configured for dampening ink pressure fluctuations in the ink line, wherein the bellows comprise a plurality of concentric portions joined via concertinaed sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,245,839

CAP FOR INK TANK, INK TANK, AND INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink tank comprising:a tank body having an ink inlet port and configured to accommodate an ink therein; and
an ink tank cap configured to open and close the ink inlet port of the ink tank, and having a contacting portion of which contacts with the ink inlet port, and which is formed of an ethylene-propylene-diene rubber containing silicone;
a content amount of the silicone in the ethylene-propylene-diene rubber containing the silicone is in a range of 1 part by weight to 15 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the ethylene-propylene-diene rubber; and
a material forming the tank body is selected from the group consisting of polypropylene, polyethylene, polyphenylene ether, and a mixed resin of polybutylene terephthalate and an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene resin.

US Pat. No. 10,245,838

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head ejecting liquid onto a medium transported on a transport path extending in a depth direction;
a carriage holding the liquid ejecting head and reciprocally moving in a width direction so as to cross the transport path; and
a waste liquid containing portion containing waste liquid discharged from the liquid ejecting head, wherein
the carriage includes a plurality of liquid containers that contain the liquid and are mounted on the carriage in such a manner that the plurality of the liquid containers are arranged side by side with each other in the depth direction, and
a portion of the carriage overlaps the waste liquid containing portion in a vertical direction when the liquid ejecting head is outside the transport path.

US Pat. No. 10,245,837

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING SWITCH CAPABLE OF SWITCHING COMMUNICATION STATE BETWEEN DAMPER CHAMBER AND PUMP

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus to which a cartridge is attachable, the cartridge being formed with a storage space for storing ink and comprising a first air flow path allowing the storage space to be communicated with an atmosphere, the inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank comprising:
a storage chamber for storing ink supplied from the cartridge;
an outlet port through which the ink stored in the storage chamber is allowed to flow out; and
a second air flow path configured to allow the storage chamber to be communicated with the atmosphere;
a recording portion comprising:
a damper chamber for storing ink supplied from the storage chamber, the damper chamber being positioned higher than the outlet port in an up-down direction and fluidly communicated with the storage chamber; and
a recording head comprising a nozzle and configured to eject the ink stored in the damper chamber through the nozzle;
an ink passage configured to communicate the storage chamber with the damper chamber, the ink stored in the storage chamber being supplied to the damper chamber through the outlet port and the ink passage;
a pump configured to suck fluid in the damper chamber;
a first switch configured to be switched between a first state and a second state, wherein when the first switch in the first state enables the pump to suck the fluid in the damper chamber whereas the first switch in the second state causes the pump not to suck the fluid in the damper chamber, wherein the first switch in the first state is configured to interrupt fluid communication of the damper chamber with the atmosphere whereas the first switch in the second state allows the fluid communication of the damper chamber with the atmosphere; and
a controller capable of controlling the first switch and the pump, the controller being configured to perform:
after attachment of the cartridge to the inkjet recording apparatus, an initial ink introduction process comprising:
a first suction process to drive the pump for a first period of time in a state where the first switch is in the first state, the ink stored in the storage space being sucked toward the damper chamber through the storage chamber during the first period of time; and
after performing the first suction process, an open process to switch the first switch to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,836

HEAD CLEANING MECHANISM AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A head cleaning mechanism comprising:a recording head having an ink ejection surface in which a plurality of ink ejection ports are opened to eject ink onto the recording medium; and
a wiper for wiping the ink ejection surface in a predetermined direction, wherein
the recording head includes a plurality of cleaning liquid supply ports disposed on an upstream side of the ink ejection port in a wiping direction in which the wiper wipes the ink ejection surface, so as to supply cleaning liquid, and an inclined surface connected to a supply port formation surface in which the cleaning liquid supply ports are formed, on the upstream side in the wiping direction, the inclined surface being inclined downward toward a downstream side in the wiping direction, a tip of the wiper being in pressure contact with the inclined surface in the wiping operation, and
the inclined surface has a pressure contact start position at which the wiper starts the pressure contact in the wiping operation, and a water repellent region formed at least from the pressure contact start position to a position on an upstream side of the cleaning liquid supply port in the wiping direction to have a contact angle with water of 90° or more.

US Pat. No. 10,245,835

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus, comprising:a head having a discharging port surface provided with discharging ports that discharge liquid;
a suction port configured to perform a suction operation to suck liquid from the discharging port surface under a state of being spaced away from the discharging port surface;
a pressure changing unit configured to change a pressure in the head; and
a control unit configured to cause the suction port to perform the suction operation under a state in which the pressure changing unit has changed the pressure in the head into a positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,834

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A FLUID-EJECTION DEVICE, AND FLUID-EJECTION DEVICE

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a nozzle plate including:
a first nozzle cavity, having a first diameter, in a first semiconductor body;
a first hydrophilic layer on the first semiconductor body and on inner walls of said first nozzle cavity;
a structural layer on the first hydrophilic layer, the first hydrophilic layer being positioned between the structural layer and the first semiconductor body; and
a second nozzle cavity in the structural layer, the first and second nozzle cavities being in mutual fluidic communication, the second nozzle cavity being aligned to the first nozzle cavity in a fluid-ejection direction and having a second diameter larger than the first diameter; and
a containment chamber coupled to the nozzle plate and configured to contain said fluid so that the first and second nozzle cavities are in fluidic connection with the containment chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,245,833

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting head that has a wiring substrate having a first surface that is connected to a driver-element-forming substrate in which rows and a plurality of driver elements are provided, a part of the plurality of driver elements being included in the rows, and a second surface that is on the opposite side to the first surface and that is provided with a driver IC that outputs signals that drive the driver elements in the rows, a wire in the second surface that supplies electrical power to the driver elements and a through wire that extends between the first surface and the second surface, the method comprising:processing the wiring substrate so as to form a recessed portion that is recessed in the second surface of the wiring substrate in a thickness direction thereof and a through hole that penetrates through the wiring substrate, the wiring substrate being a board made of a silicon single crystal substrate, and
forming the wire by filling a conductive material into the recessed portion and the through wire by filling the conductive material into the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,832

INK JET PRINTING

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printing system, comprising a plurality of printheads wherein each printhead comprises a plurality of drop generators disposed in a first array and a second array, wherein:the first array is disposed on a first side of an ink feed slot;
the second array is disposed on a second, and opposite, side of the ink feed slot;
the drop generators in the first array are spaced one dot pitch apart perpendicular to a motion of a print medium, and alternate between a high drop weight (HDW) drop generator and a low drop weight (LDW) drop generator, wherein the HDW drop generators generate drops between 6 and 11 nanograms;
the drop generators in the second array are spaced one dot pitch apart perpendicular to the motion of the print medium and alternate between an LDW drop generator and an HDW drop generator; and
each drop generator in the first array is in a line of the motion of the print medium with a corresponding drop generator in the second array, wherein each HDW drop generator in the first array is in line with an LDW drop generator in the second array, and each LDW drop generator in the first array is in a line of the motion of the print medium with an HDW drop generator in the second array.

US Pat. No. 10,245,831

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a liquid discharge substrate configured to discharge liquid, the liquid discharge substrate including: a surface on which at least one pad is disposed close to a first edge; a first side surface that is adjacent to the surface with the first edge in between; at least one second side surface that is adjacent to the surface and the first side surface; and a back surface that is adjacent to the first side surface with a second edge in between opposing the first edge;
a wiring substrate including at least one wiring;
a support substrate that is in contact with the second edge and includes a surface on which the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate is joined; and
a sealing agent provided in a space defined by the surface of the support substrate, the first side surface, and an electric connection portion in which the at least one pad and the at least one wiring are electrically connected to each other, the electric connection portion extending in a direction crossing the first edge as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the second edge and at least one third edge intersect at an intersecting point, the at least one third edge forming the surface of the support substrate and being in contact with the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the sealing agent is provided on the second edge from the space to the intersecting point, and
wherein the liquid discharge substrate has an end portion on a side of the at least one second side surface, which protrudes beyond an end portion of the surface of the support substrate, as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,830

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH A FLUID CIRCULATING ELEMENT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printing system comprising:a fluid ejection chamber having a nozzle;
a drop ejecting element positioned in the fluid ejection chamber to cause a droplet of fluid in the fluid ejection chamber to be ejected through the nozzle;
a fluid circulation channel in communication with the fluid ejection chamber and a fluid feed slot;
a fluid circulating element positioned in the fluid circulation channel to circulate fluid through the fluid circulation channel and the fluid ejection chamber;
a logic device to:
receive a data stream addressed to the drop ejecting element;
determine whether the data stream indicates that the drop ejecting element is to be energized; and
in response to a determination that the data stream does not indicate that the drop ejecting element is to be energized, energize the fluid circulating element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,829

LIQUID JETTING HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid jetting head, comprising:a channel substrate having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are open, the channel substrate being formed with pressure chambers communicating with the nozzles respectively; and
an actuator covering the pressure chambers,
wherein the pressure chambers include first pressure chambers arranged in an arrangement direction to form a first pressure chamber row in the channel substrate,
each of the first pressure chambers has a first end on one side in an orthogonal direction and a second end on the other side in the orthogonal direction, the orthogonal direction being parallel to the nozzle surface and orthogonal to the arrangement direction,
the nozzles include first nozzles communicating with the first pressure chambers respectively,
any two first nozzles, which are included in the first nozzles and adjacent to each other in the arrangement direction, are arranged at different positions in the channel substrate with respect to the orthogonal direction and different in a first distance, the first distance being a distance in the orthogonal direction between each first nozzle and the first end of each first pressure chamber communicating with the first nozzle,
the first nozzles include farthest two first nozzles that are separated from each other farthest with respect to the orthogonal direction, and
a second distance in the orthogonal direction between the farthest two first nozzles is not less than a third distance, the third distance being a distance between each of the farthest two first nozzles and a nearest end of each first pressure chamber communicating with the first nozzle, the nearest end of the first pressure chamber being one of the first end and the second end which is nearer to the first nozzle in the orthogonal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,828

DISCHARGE WAVEFORM GENERATING DEVICE, METHOD OF GENERATING DISCHARGE WAVEFORM, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A discharge waveform generating device comprising:a timing reference generation circuit to generate a discharge timing as a timing reference for generating, from image data, a discharge waveform of ink to print the image data, based on a line synchronization signal as a reference signal for synchronizing discharge operations of a plurality of discharge nozzles to discharge ink;
a timing adjustment circuit to set an adjustment value of the discharge timing, based on the discharge timing generated by the timing reference generation circuit;
a waveform pattern generation circuit to generate the discharge waveform from the image data, based on outputs of the timing reference generation circuit and the timing adjustment circuit; and
a timing correction circuit to cause the waveform pattern generation circuit to start generation of the discharge waveform in a condition in which the waveform pattern generation circuit has not finished generation of a currently generated discharge waveform when the timing reference generation circuit receives the line synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,827

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, DRIVER CIRCUIT, AND HEAD UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A driver circuit that drives a capacitive load with a drive signal, the driver circuit comprising:a comparator unit that includes a first comparator section and a second comparator section, receives an input signal and the drive signal, and outputs a first control signal and a second control signal;
a transistor pair that includes a first transistor that is controlled based on the first control signal and a second transistor that is controlled based on the second control signal, and outputs the drive signal;
a first offset section that lowers the input signal by a first voltage, or raises the drive signal by the first voltage; and
a second offset section that raises the input signal by a second voltage, or lowers the drive signal by the second voltage,
the first transistor and the second transistor being located electrically in series between the power supply voltages,
the drive signal being output from a terminal that is a connection point of the first transistor and the second transistor,
the first comparator section comparing a first comparison signal and a second comparison signal and outputting the first control signal,
the first comparison signal being a signal obtained by offsetting one of the input signal and the drive signal,
the second comparator section comparing a third comparison signal and a fourth comparison signal and outputting the second control signal, and
the third comparison signal being a signal obtained by offsetting one of the input signal and the drive signal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,826

METHOD OF INK JET PRINTING

1. A method of ink jet printing, wherein liquid ink is supplied to a plurality of nozzles via a common ink supply passage, and actuators associated with the nozzles are controlled to cause ink droplets to be expelled from the nozzles in accordance with image information to be printed, said method comprising the steps of:detecting a situation where a number of the nozzles which are connected to the common ink supply passage and are presently active but stop printing within a given time interval is larger than a given maximum number; and
if that situation is detected, activating at least one actuator associated with one of the nozzles that stop printing with sub-threshold agitation pulses which cause an agitation of a meniscus in the nozzle without a droplet being expelled.

US Pat. No. 10,245,825

PRODUCT ALIGNMENT USING A PRINTED RELIEF

TRACER IMAGING LLC, Ossi...

1. A method of forming an alignment grid to register a prefabricated lenticular sheet with a rectilinear print raster of a printing device, comprising:determining a physical pitch of a lenticulated face of the lenticular sheet; and
printing a pattern of raised parallel lines upon a substrate mounted upon a surface of the printing device, wherein the pattern of raised lines has a pitch substantially equal to a physical pitch of the lenticulated face and are configured for reception within valleys formed between lenticules of the lenticulated face for deterring movement of the lenticular sheet across an axis of the lenticules.

US Pat. No. 10,245,824

METHOD FOR DECORATING THE SIDES OF PLASTIC CARDS

Smart Layer 3, S.L., Bar...

1. A method for decorating sides of plastic cards by hot foil stamping, the method comprising the following steps:a. placing a plurality of plastic cards on a support wedge, such that first sides of said plastic cards are opposite an engraver,
b. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the first sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said first sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
c. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the first sides,
d. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge such that second sides of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
e. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the second sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said second sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
f. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the second sides,
g. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge, such that a third side of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
h. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the third sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said third sides with adjacent sides of the cards,
i. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the third sides,
j. placing the plurality of plastic cards on the support wedge, such that fourth sides of said plastic cards are opposite the engraver,
k. hot foil stamping, via the engraver, the fourth sides of the plastic cards and including round corners formed by said fourth sides with adjacent sides of the cards, and
l. blowing air on the hot foil stamping applied to the fourth sides.

US Pat. No. 10,245,823

METHOD FOR PREPARING A SCREEN PRINTING SCREEN

1. A method of preparing a screen for a screen printing machine comprising the steps of:providing a housing having an inkjet print applicator in fluid communication with a reservoir holding a supply of an ultraviolet light blocking agent, a screen support structure in operative alignment with the inkjet print applicator and a source of ultraviolet light in operative alignment with the screen support structure;
loading a pre-stretched screen formed from a mesh, the screen having an ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on a first surface thereof onto the screen support structure of the housing;
providing a first relative movement between the screen support structure and the inkjet print applicator on the housing while the pre-stretched screen is on a screen bed;
printing a quantity of the ultraviolet light blocking agent to select regions of the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating the pre-stretched screen during the providing a first relative movement step to prevent curing of the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating in the select regions when subsequently exposed to an ultraviolet light;
providing a second relative movement between the screen support structure and the source of ultraviolet light subsequent to the first relative movement;
exposing the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on the screen and the ultraviolet light blocking agent printed on the screen in the select regions to the source of ultraviolet light on the housing during the providing a second relative movement step to cure the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating on the screen other than in the select regions; and,
removing the ultraviolet blocking agent and the ultraviolet light sensitive emulsion coating in the select regions after the exposing step to enable a textile ink to pass through the mesh of the screen in the select regions during a textile printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,822

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONCURRENTLY MAKING MULTIPLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS FROM MULTIPLE SOLIDIFIABLE MATERIALS

Global Filtration Systems...

1. A method of concurrently making a plurality of three-dimensional objects on a build platform, each object comprising a support section formed from a first solidifiable object material, a first object section formed from the first solidifiable object material, and a second object section formed from a second solidifiable object material, wherein the first object section and the second object section of each object have respective heights along a build axis and meet at an interface, the method comprising:determining a height of the first object section of each object along the build axis;
determining a desired interface distance between each object's interface and a build platform along the build axis, wherein the desired interface distance is the same for each object;
determining a support section height along the build axis for each object, wherein the support section height of each object equals the difference between the desired interface distance and the object's first object section height along the build axis;
solidifying each object's support section by solidifying a plurality of support layers of the first solidifiable object material until the object's support section height is reached, wherein each plurality of layers is removably adhered to the build platform;
solidifying each object's first object section by solidifying a plurality of first object section layers of the first solidifiable material until the object's first section height is reached, wherein at least some of the objects in the plurality of three-dimensional objects have different first object section heights;
solidifying each object's second object section by solidifying a plurality of second object section layers of the second solidifiable object material until the second section height is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,245,821

REUSABLE NETWORKED 3-D PRINTING

1. A method of providing a service over a communication network, comprising:receiving, via the communication network from a remote requester, information indicative of physical characteristics of an item requested by the remote requester and a request to generate a physical three dimensional model for the item specified by the remote requester;
transforming, using a processor of a computer, the information indicative of the physical characteristics of the item into model data used to generate the physical three dimensional model;
obtaining components for generating the physical three dimensional model from storage;
generating, using sound waves generated by an array of speakers and based on the model data, the physical three dimensional model for the item specified by the remote requester;
sending imagery of the physical three dimensional model to the remote requester via the communication network, and
returning the components used to generate the physical three dimensional model to the storage after the imagery of the physical three dimensional model is sent to the remote requester,
wherein the array of speakers are each selectively controlled by the processor of the computer, and the array of speakers are arranged such that a sound wave emanating from one of the speakers does not directly counter another sound wave emanating from an opposing speaker.

US Pat. No. 10,245,820

FORMING SACRIFICIAL STRUCTURES USING PHASE-CHANGE MATERIALS THAT SUBLIMATE

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A method, comprising:depositing a first layer of a polymer material;
depositing a first amount of sublimable material on the first layer of the polymer material to form a first sacrificial structure, wherein the sublimable material includes cyclododecane;
depositing a second layer of the polymer material on the first amount of sublimable material and first layer of the polymer material; and
removing the sublimable material to form a channel defined by the first and second layers of the polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,245,819

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

1. A system for manufacturing a display unit, the system comprising:a carrying unit configured to carry an optical film including a polarizing film and a release film, wherein the polarizing film includes an adhesive layer through which, a release film adheres to and is peeled from the polarizing film;
a cutting unit configured to cut the optical film up to a predetermined depth to form a polarizing film sheet piece on the optical film, without cutting the release film;
a panel supply unit configured to continuously supply a panel to an attachment position, at which the polarizing film sheet piece is attached to one surface of the panel;
an attachment unit configured to peel the polarizing film sheet piece from the release film, and attach the peeled polarizing film sheet piece to the one surface of the panel supplied by the panel supply unit; and
a winding unit configured to wind the release film peeled by the attachment unit,
wherein the attachment unit includes:
an adhering means, which has an adhering property at an external side thereof, and peels the polarizing film sheet piece from the release film by the adhering property, and moves to the attachment position and makes the polarizing film sheet piece face the one surface of the panel in parallel;
an attaching means, which presses the adhering means to attach the polarizing film sheet piece to the one surface of the panel, and
a moving means, which moves so as to enable the adhering means to pass through an adhering position, at which the adhering means adheres to the carried polarizing film sheet piece, and the attachment position, and
wherein the adhering means is positioned on at least a part of a surface of the moving means.

US Pat. No. 10,245,818

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR PRE-CURING AN ADHESIVE LAYER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for pre-curing an adhesive layer bonding a first component to a second component before main curing, comprising:heating the adhesive layer by treating an adhesive layer component with a pair of electrodes,
wherein the pair of electrodes applies a predetermined electrical current to the first component,
wherein a first electrical current (I1) is applied to the first component with the pair of electrodes for raising a temperature of the adhesive layer above an activation threshold (AT) and thereafter a second electrical current (I2) is applied to the first component with the pair of electrodes for maintaining the temperature of the adhesive layer within a predetermined temperature range (TR) above the activation threshold (AT),
wherein the first electrical current (I1) is applied to the first component for a time duration (t1) of about 1000 ms to 7000 ms,
wherein the second electrical current (I2) is applied at a predetermined number of pulses, and each of the pulses is applied to the first component for a time duration (t2) of 300 ms to 700 ms, and
wherein a mechanical pressure (P) is applied to a surface of the first component and a surface of the second component for a predetermined time duration (t3) during pre-curing of the adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,816

SOLAR HEAT REFLECTIVE ROOFING MEMBRANE AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE SAME

CertainTeed Corporation, ...

1. A process for preparing a roofing membrane with solar heat-reflectance, the process comprising:laminating a tie-layer to a bituminous base sheet to form an intermediate sheet, the bituminous base sheet comprising a continuous substrate sheet of fibrous material, the continuous substrate sheet being saturated with a bituminous material and coated on at least one side with a bituminous material;
depositing a solar heat-reflective polymeric coating composition directly on the intermediate sheet;
curing the solar heat-reflective polymeric coating composition to form a solar heat-reflective coating; and
depositing an upper coating composition directly on the solar heat-reflective coating to form an upper coating layer;
wherein the tie-layer is laminated to the bituminous base sheet by heating the surface of the base sheet to above the softening temperature of the bituminous material, and adhering the tie-layer to the base sheet by contacting the base sheet with the tie-layer and permitting the bituminous material to partially saturate the tie-layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,815

SURFACE TREATMENT METHOD FOR CASING

1. A surface treatment method for a casing, the casing having an outer surface and four sidewalls surrounding the outer surface, the surface treatment method comprising:forming a heat transferring film on the casing by a vacuum heat transfer process or a paint-drying process, the heat transferring film covering the outer surface and the four sidewalls; wherein the process of forming the heat transferring film on the casing further comprises:
a heat pressing layer and a releasing film layer attached to a surface of the heat pressing layer;
forming the heat transferring film on the casing under heat and vacuum pressure using a heat pressing machine, with the heat pressing layer being attached to the casing; and
removing the releasing film layer of the heat transferring film to expose the heat pressing layer; and
forming a surface pattern layer on a portion of the heat transferring film facing away from the outer surface by a digital inkjet curable by ultraviolet light.

US Pat. No. 10,245,814

IN-LINE LAMINATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

19. An in-line lamination system comprisinga film slitter aligned along a machine direction and adapted to receive a sheet of film along the machine direction and form film strips from the sheet of film, the film strips aligned along the machine direction in a series of adjacent lanes,
a non-woven material supply adapted to provide a first substantially continuous non-woven web and a second substantially continuous non-woven web along the machine direction, and
a laminator aligned with the film slitter along the machine direction and configured to receive the film strips, first non-woven web, and second non-woven web,
wherein the laminator is configured to provide means for selectively bonding the film strips in adjacent lanes alternatingly to one of the first non-woven web or second non-woven web to form a first laminate sheet and a separate second laminate sheet, each of the first laminate sheet and a second laminate sheet having alternating sections of exposed non-woven material and film material.

US Pat. No. 10,245,813

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING SEALED POUCHES

CMD Corporation, Appleto...

1. A method for making pouches from a laminate film, comprising:moving the laminate film to a sealing section, wherein the sealing section includes a sealing platen;
controlling at least two servo motors to drive the sealing platen to intermittently contact the laminate film in response to feedback from the servo motors and in response to a calibrated parameter; and
moving the laminate film from the sealing section.

US Pat. No. 10,245,812

DUAL CURE STAIN RESISTANT MICROSPHERE ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising at least a first surface having:(a) a binder resin layer comprising a fluorine-containing polymer, wherein the binder resin layer has a first major surface opposite a second major surface; and
(b) a plurality of microspheres partially embedded and adhered to the first major surface of the binder resin layer;
wherein the fluorine-containing polymer is a partially fluorinated polymer derived from at least one fluorine containing monomer and two or more non-fluorinated monomers having at least one active hydrogen functional group, and further wherein at least one but not all of the active hydrogen functional groups are reacted with at least one curing agent having latent functionality and wherein the partially fluorinated polymer comprises a copolymer of the structure of Formula (I):
?Rf??RX??RL??RG?  (I)
wherein Rf must be present as 30 mol % to 60 mol % of the polymer, and wherein RX must be present as 5 mol % to 20 mol % of the polymer, and further wherein the remaining mol % of the polymer are RL, and RG,(a) Rf is selected from at least one of the following or combinations thereof:—CF2CF2—,
—CFClCF2—,—CH2CF2—wherein Rf2 is fluoroalkyl having 1 to 8 carbon atoms;(b) RX is:wherein Q1 isor
—O—Z—Xwherein Z is optional, or when present, is selected from an alkylene, arylene, aralkylene or alkarylene, in which any are optionally substituted with N, O or S; and wherein X is OH, or SH, or NHR1, where R1 is H, alkyl or cycloalkyl having 1 to 22 carbon atoms;(c) RL iswherein Q2 is,or,
—O—Z-Lwherein Z is optional, or when present, is selected from an alkylene, arylene, aralkylene, or alkarylene, in which any are optionally substituted with N, O or S andL isor
—Y—Z?A)n,wherein Y is O, S, NR1, wherein R1 is H, or alkyl or cycloalkyl having 1 to 22 carbon atoms, andA is
wherein n is 1 to 5 and R2 is H or CH3; and(d) RG iswherein Q3 isor
—O—Z-Gwherein Z is optional, or when present is selected from an alkylene, arylene, aralkylene, or alkarylene in which any are optionally substituted with N, O or S and wherein G is aryl, alkyl, aralkyl or alkaryl.

US Pat. No. 10,245,810

HEAT-RESISTANT MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A heat-resistant member comprising:a member to be protected; and
a metal oxide ceramic protective layer which is disposed on part of or all surfaces of the member and which has a porosity of 0 percent by volume or more and 5 percent by volume or less,
wherein the protective layer contains a first component as a main component made from an oxide of at least one selected from the group consisting of Fe, Cu and Ni, and a second component that contains at least one element selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, K, Ga, Si, Zr, Ti, Sn, Nb, Sb and Ta, and
wherein the heat-resistant member has an electric resistivity of 0.1 ?cm or more and 100 ?cm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,245,809

HETEROGENEOUS COMPOSITES AND PRODUCTS THEREOF

Pu Feng Enterprise Corp.,...

1. A heterogeneous composite sequentially comprising:a first layer which includes a fiber layer, a metal layer, a plastic layer or a combination thereof,
a second layer which includes a fiber layer with a plastic layer, or a fiber layer with a non-woven cloth layer, and
a base layer which is a thermoplastic layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer are respectively mounted on the base layer by a glue layer, wherein a compressive strength value between the first layer and the second layer is less than 20%, wherein:
the base layer includes polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), Nylon, polycarbonate (PC) or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA),
the fiber layer includes polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), carbon fiber, Kevlar fiber, glass fiber, nylon, or natural fiber,
the plastic layer includes polypropylene (PP), Nylon, polyurethane (PU), thermoplastic urethane (TPU), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC) or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA),
the metal layer includes aluminum, magnuminium alloys, stainless steel, chromium-plated brass or titanium alloy, and
the glue layer includes co-polyolefin, co-polyamide, co-polyester, thermoplastic polyurethane, polyolefin, polyamide or polyester.

US Pat. No. 10,245,808

MULTI-LAYERED FUNCTIONAL FABRIC AND ARTICLES

Halo International SEZC L...

1. A laminated fabric article comprising:a first layer of shock absorbing visco-elastic fabric;
a second layer of electromagnetic barrier metallized fabric; and
a third layer of moisture barrier hydrophobic coated fabric;
wherein the second layer and the third layer have unstrained areas larger than an unstrained area of the first layer, and are substantially delaminated from the first layer except at their edges.

US Pat. No. 10,245,807

PANEL FOR ABSORBING MECHANICAL IMPACT ENERGY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

University of Massachuset...

1. A panel for absorbing energy from an impact load comprising:a substrate;
a multiplicity of flocked monofilament flock fibers, each having first and second ends, the fibers being attached, at their first ends to a surface of the substrate with the second ends of the multiplicity of monofilament flock fibers extending away from the substrate;
the multiplicity of monofilament flock fibers extending away substantially perpendicular to the substrate;
the multiplicity of monofilament flock fibers being closely spaced to each other sufficiently to buckle resiliently and absorb a portion of the energy imparted to the panel by an impact load;
wherein the multiplicity of monofilament flock fibers further comprises:
a first group of fibers, each fiber having a first denier and a first fiber length and a second group of fibers, each fiber of the second group of fibers having a second denier lower than the first denier and a second length shorter than the first length; and
wherein the second group of fibers are interspersed among the first group of fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,245,805

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure, comprising:a honeycomb body having partition walls defining a plurality of cells that extend from an inflow-end face as one end face to an outflow-end face as the other end face, the honeycomb body having a circumferential shape at a cross section orthogonal to the extending direction of the cells that is a rectangular shape with four corners being chamfered and having a long diameter and a short diameter, wherein
the plurality of cells are hexagon cells having a hexagonal shape at the cross section orthogonal to the extending direction of the cells, and
the hexagon cells are configured so that a longest diagonal line of each hexagon cell and the long diameter of the honeycomb body form an angle that is in a range from 1 to 6°, and when there are a plurality of the longest diagonal lines, any one of the longest diagonal lines and the long diameter form an angle that is in the range from 1 to 6°.

US Pat. No. 10,245,804

FIRE RETARDED ARAMID FIBER-BASED HONEYCOMB

HEXCEL CORPORATION, Dubl...

1. A honeycomb for use in making aircraft panels wherein said honeycomb has walls comprising a resin-coated paper material that has a self-extinguishing time of less than 10 seconds and a self-extinguishing burn length of less than 12 inches when exposed to a 12 second vertical flame in accordance with the vertical burn test requirements set forth in 14 C.F.R. Part 25.583, said resin-coated paper material comprising:a. layer of paper comprising from 30 to 50 weight percent para-aramid fibers and para-aramid pulp, based on the total weight of said paper, and from 50 to 70 weight percent non-aramid fibers and non-aramid pulp, based on the total weight of said paper, said non-aramid fibers being selected from the group consisting of polyester fibers and acrylic fibers and said non-aramid pulp comprising, cellulose fibers; and
a fire retarded phenolic resin comprising a phenol formaldehyde resin and a sufficient amount of a phosphorous-containing fire retardant so that said fire retarded phenolic resin contains from 2 to 6 weight percent phosphorous, wherein the amount of said fire retarded phenolic resin in said resin-coated paper material is sufficient to so that said resin-coated paper material has a self-extinguishing time of less than 10 seconds and a self-extinguishing burn length of less than 12 inches when exposed to a 12-second vertical flame in accordance with the vertical burn test requirements set forth in 14 C.F.R. Part 25.583.

US Pat. No. 10,245,803

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUTTING AND CREASING MEDIA

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a cutting and creasing tool configured to move in an X direction but not in a Y direction during use, the cutting and creasing tool including a cut-crease head comprising
a non-rotatable cutting blade with a cutting edge and a terminal end, the cutting blade being moveable between an engaged position in which the terminal end is below a sheet of media and a non-engaged position in which the terminal end is above the sheet of media, and
a non-rotatable creasing tip spaced from the cutting blade,the cut-crease head being configured to support only one cutting blade and only one creasing tip during use,a cutting and creasing platform having a generally planar upper surface configured to support the sheet of media during cutting and creasing, the platform including an elastically deformable creasing portion disposed beneath the creasing tip, and a non-deformable cutting portion disposed adjacent to the creasing portion and beneath the cutting blade, the cutting portion having an elongated channel formed therein to receive the cutting blade when the cutting blade is in the engaged position,
a positioner configured to draw the sheet of media along the cutting and creasing platform in a Y-direction while shifting the sheet back and forth along the Y-direction in response to at least one of a cutting order and a creasing order, and
a computerized processor configured to operate the cutting and creasing tool and the positioner.

US Pat. No. 10,245,802

DIE COMPATIBILITY ADAPTOR FOR MACHINE PRESS COMMUNICATION

1. A machine press system comprising:a machine press comprising a first bolster cable and a second bolster cable;
a manufacturing die coupled to the machine press, the manufacturing die comprising a first proximity sensor configured to sense the presence and absence of a first workpiece within a first workspace and a second proximity sensor configured to sense the presence and absence of a second workpiece within a second workspace; and
a die compatibility adaptor comprising:
a housing;
a die cable extending outward from the housing and terminating at a die cable end engageable with the manufacturing die;
a direct cable receptacle communicatively coupled to the die cable and configured to receive the first bolster cable;
a duplicate cable receptacle configured to receive the second bolster cable; and
one or more isolation relays positioned between and communicatively coupled to the duplicate cable receptacle and the die cable, the one or more isolation relays comprising a closed position and an open position, wherein in the closed position the duplicate cable receptacle is communicatively coupled to the die cable.

US Pat. No. 10,245,801

BRIQUETTING MACHINE AND BRIQUETTING METHOD FOR LOOSE METAL SCRAPS

Yaojin Yang, Wuxi, Jiang...

1. A briquetting apparatus comprising:a pre-extruding punch advancing in a first pathway along a bottom section of a hopper pushing loose metal scraps towards a first entrance leading to an adjacent re-extruding cavity, wherein the hopper further comprises a material staging area, a pre-extruding release area, and an upright arranged baffle plate for dividing the material stage area and the pre-extruding release area to accommodate overflow of the loose metal scraps into the pre-extruding release area as the pre-extruding punch advances towards the first entrance of the re-extruding cavity;
a re-extruding punch advancing in a second pathway perpendicular to the pre-extruding punch, compressing and pushing the loose metal scraps from the re-extruding cavity towards a second entrance leading to an adjacent final extruding cavity, wherein a front end of the re-extruding punch comprises at least one indented gap to direct overflow of the loose metal scraps in the re-extruding cavity into the pre-extruding release area and into a re-extruding release area around the second entrance; and
a final-extruding punch advancing in a third pathway perpendicular to both the pre- and re-extruding punches, further compressing the loose metal scraps in the final extruding cavity to form a metal cake.

US Pat. No. 10,245,800

WASTE PAPER REBALER

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A method of rebating lower density bales of waste paper to form higher density bales, the method comprising the steps of:using a fork lift truck to retrieve two strapped lower density bales from a remote location and delivering them to a loading platform of a rebaler;
pushing with forks of the fork lift truck one of the lower density bales through a rectangular feed port and into a breach of a rebaler housing;
pushing with the forks of the fork lift truck the other lower density bale through the rectangular feed port and into the breach of the rebaler housing so that the bales are in side-by-side relationship with respect to one another, the rebaler housing being formed of vertical side walls and a vertical end wall joined by horizontal top and bottom walls and defining an interior space having a downstream end proximate the vertical end wall, an upstream end opposite the downstream end, and a width defined by a distance between the vertical side walls, with the breach being defined at the upstream end of the interior space, the rectangular feed port being formed in one of the vertical side walls adjacent to and in communication with the breach, and with the long axes of the bales extending across the width of the interior space;
progressively moving a compression ram from the upstream end toward the downstream end to first push the two strapped lower density bales from the breach and into a compression chamber defined at the downstream end of the interior space, and then to compress the two lower density bales together against the vertical end wall to form a higher density bale;
binding the higher density bale to maintain the bale in its compressed configuration;
ejecting the higher density bale through a rectangular ejection port formed into one of the vertical sidewalls of the housing and onto a retrieval platform located beneath and outboard of the ejection port; and
retrieving with the fork lift truck the higher density bale from the retrieval platform.

US Pat. No. 10,245,799

BALER FOR RECYCLED MATERIALS

1. A baler comprising:a loading chamber adapted for receiving material;
a normal operation exit passageway adapted to discharge baled material from the baler;
a compression chamber positioned between the loading chamber and the normal operation exit passageway and having at least one compression ram adapted for compressing the material and forming a bale, the chamber further defining a discharge ram for discharging the compressed bale through the normal operation exit passageway; and
a chamber access door repositionable about the compression chamber, the access door being movable between an engaged position where the access door forms a portion of a wall of the compression chamber and a displaced position where a portion of wall displaced by the access door defines a jam exit passageway such that jammed material can be translated through the jam exit passageway by the compression ram.

US Pat. No. 10,245,798

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MIDSOLE FORMED FROM TWO PREFORMS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a midsole for an article of footwear comprisingplacing first and second preforms in contact with one another in a preform recess in a first mold, first and second portions of the first mold cooperating to define the preform recess and a peripheral overflow chamber extending about a periphery of the preform recess;
closing the first mold by positioning the first and second portions in contact with one another;
heating the first mold for a predetermined period of time at a predetermined temperature such that the first and second preforms expand within the preform recess and into the peripheral overflow chamber to produce a midsole preform with a peripheral preform flange extending about a periphery of the midsole preform;
removing the midsole preform from the first mold;
allowing the midsole to further expand and cool;
placing the midsole preform in a midsole recess of a second mold and the peripheral preform flange in a peripheral recess of the second mold, first and second portions of the second mold cooperating to define the midsole recess and the peripheral recess extending about a periphery of the midsole recess, with a volume of the midsole recess being less than a volume of the midsole preform, and a volume of the peripheral recess being less than a volume of the peripheral preform flange;
closing the second mold by positioning the first and second portions in contact with one another, thereby compressing the midsole preform and the peripheral preform flange to produce a midsole with a peripheral flange;
heating the second mold for a predetermined period of time at a predetermined temperature;
allowing the second mold to cool;opening the second mold; andtrimming away the peripheral flange of the midsole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,797

METHOD, PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A process for building tyres for vehicle wheels, the process comprising: forming all components belonging to a carcass sleeve of a first tyre on a first forming drum and all components belonging to a carcass sleeve of a second tyre on a subsequent second forming drum, wherein said tyre components belonging to a carcass sleeve of said first and second tyres are formed by:loading the first forming drum at a loading and unloading location of a carcass-building line, on a single shuttle movable along a straight guide;
moving the shuttle on the straight guide to bring said shuttle to a plurality of dispensing stations of semifinished products, wherein each dispensing station is disposed in a respective deposition location, and each respective deposition location is included in a plurality of deposition locations positioned in a space succession along the straight guide, wherein at each of said dispensing stations of semifinished products, a semifinished product is laid on a radially external surface of the first forming drum carried by the shuttle for forming one of the components belonging to the carcass sleeve of the first tyre; and
bringing the first forming drum provided with the components formed by the dispensing stations back to said loading and unloading location and unloading said first forming drum from said shuttle before loading the subsequent second forming drum,
shifting the unloaded first forming drum provided with the components formed by the dispensing stations to an apparatus at which annular anchoring structures of the first tyre are placed and turned up portions of the carcass sleeve of the first tyre are formed, then carrying the first forming drum to an apparatus at which the turned-up portions are rolled, and then to an assembling station at which an outer sleeve is coupled to the carcass sleeve of the first tyre
wherein the first forming drum is moved in a first sequence among a first set selected from the plurality of deposition locations, the first sequence being different from the space succession of said deposition locations along the straight guide and wherein the first forming drum is brought at least two times to one and the same deposition location of the first set;
wherein the subsequent second forming drum is moved in a second sequence among a second set selected from the plurality of deposition locations and wherein the subsequent second forming drum is brought at least two times to one and the same deposition location of the second set, the number of deposition locations of the first set being different than the number of deposition locations of the second set,
wherein the space succession of the plurality of deposition locations remains unchanged,
wherein only a single forming drum is located on and moved along the straight guide at a time between the times of loading and unloading that single forming drum on and from said shuttle, and the shuttle holds the single forming drum during the laying of the semifinished products; and
wherein a running direction of said shuttle is reversed at least twice after the loading of the single forming drum onto said shuttle and before said shuttle is further reversed to return to the loading and unloading location during movement of said shuttle along the straight guide while forming components of each carcass sleeve of the first and second tyres.

US Pat. No. 10,245,796

CENTER DECK ASSEMBLY FOR TIRE BUILDING DRUM

1. A center deck assembly for a tire building drum, the tire building drum being rotatably mounted on a central drive shaft and including a center section, the center deck assembly being disposed in the center section of the drum, the center deck assembly comprising:a hub seating on and being secured to the central drive shaft, the hub cooperating with a frame to form a cylinder;
a piston extending circumferentially in the tire building drum about the hub, the piston seating in the cylinder and being contained in the cylinder;
a plurality of segment bars being disposed about the circumference of the center deck assembly;
the piston being operably connected to the segment bars by a plurality of linkages, wherein each of the linkages comprises a scissor-lever mechanism, each of the linkages including a radially inward link and a radially outward link that are pivotally interconnected; and
a roller disposed on each linkage at the pivotal interconnection between the radially inward link and the radially outward link, wherein the roller engages a bearing surface formed on an axially outward surface of the piston, in which the bearing surface is formed with a conical shape that angles axially inwardly as it extends radially outwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,794

METHOD OF MANIPULATING ENCAPSULATION OF COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by a transfer medium or substrate comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains, wherein each chain of nanocrystals is encapsulated, the method comprising:(a) applying a magnetic field to the transfer medium or substrate to control the color displayed by the transfer medium or substrate;
(b) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals at a level that destroys the encapsulation surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied such that the nanocrystals are unable to adjust position within the chains of nanocrystals and within the transfer medium or substrate when the magnetic field is applied; and
(c) applying the transfer medium or substrate to a material or article of wear to transfer the color to the material or article of wear.

US Pat. No. 10,245,793

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR FORMING PROFILE ELEMENTS

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for forming profile elements from a multilayer stack of pre-impregnated fibers, the method comprising:moving the multilayer stack in a feed direction at a feed speed by a first set of conveyor belts and a second set of conveyor belts, wherein the first set of conveyor belts engage with an upper surface and a lower surface of a first lateral edge section of the multilayer stack, wherein the second set of conveyor belts engage with an upper surface and a lower surface of a second lateral edge section of the multilayer stack, wherein the second lateral edge section is opposite to the first lateral edge section, wherein the first and second sets of conveyor belts hold the first and second lateral edge sections in a starting plane, and wherein the first and second sets of conveyor belts are arranged so that a distance between the first and second sets of conveyor belts decreases in the feed direction; and
moving a middle portion of the multilayer stack over a ramp upwardly inclined in the feed direction with respect to the starting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,245,792

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR BONDING

Rolls-Royce PLC, London ...

1. A bonding method for joining first and second components by adhesive bonding at a bonding interface defined by respective complementary bonding faces of the first and second components, the method comprising a pre-bonding fit check in which the components are arranged in an intended bonding position to check the closeness of fit between them over the bonding interface, and wherein the fit check comprises:bringing the components together in the intended bonding position with a flexible, compressible spacing sensor layer between their bonding faces, thereby compressing the sensor layer to varying degrees according to the spacing between the faces at different regions of the bonding interface, and
sensing the degree of compression of the sensor layer at the different regions to obtain a bondline thickness profile for the bonding interface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,791

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A REINFORCING STRUCTURE ON THE SURFACE OF A MOULDING

1. A device for producing a reinforcing structure, which comprises a fiber-reinforced strip including a thermoplastic material, on a molded body surface of a molded body, the device comprising:a contact pressure unit for pressing the strip onto the molded body surface;
the strip positionable between the contact pressure unit and the molded body surface such that a contact pressure region of the strip is bringable into contact with the contact pressure unit and the molded body surface, whereby the strip is subjectable to a force in a direction of the molded body surface by of the contact pressure unit;
the device comprises a translation and/or rotation unit coupled in terms of motion to the molded body and/or to the contact pressure unit such that a motion and/or a rotation of the molded body relative to the contact pressure unit is achievable, whereby the strip is applyable to the molded body surface, wherein during application of the strip to the molded body surface, the contact pressure unit moves in a direction of relative motion (R1) with respect to the molded body surface, and the strip is pulled in a pulling direction (R2) in relation to the contact pressure unit;
at least one laser diode array having a multiplicity of laser diodes for irradiating a heating surface of the strip ahead of the contact pressure region of the strip in the pulling direction (R2), and/or for irradiating a heating surface of the molded body after the contact pressure region of the strip in the direction of relative motion (R1);
the strip is meltable locally in the region of the heating surface thereof and/or the molded body surface is meltable locally in the region of the heating surface thereof by irradiation by the laser diode array to join the strip to the molded body by pressing the strip onto the molded body surface by the contact pressure unit:
the laser diode array directly irradiates the heating surface of the strip and/or the heating surface of the molded body or the reinforcing structure; and
the laser diodes of the laser diode array are configured as surface emitters.

US Pat. No. 10,245,790

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT CONNECTION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for producing a component connection, the method comprising the acts of:providing a first component which is made of a thermoplastic plastic material at least in the region of a part of its surface;
providing a ball which is made of a thermoplastic plastic material at least in a region of its surface;
pressing the ball onto the first component such that the thermoplastic plastic material of the ball bears against the thermoplastic plastic material of the first component;
vibrating the ball via an ultrasonic sonotrode and welding the ball to the first component;
providing a second component which has a through-hole;
bringing the second component up to the first component such that the ball projects at least into the through-hole of the second component or projects to a certain extent through the through-hole; and
clipping a clip element onto the ball, wherein the clip element projects beyond the through-hole and interconnects the two components in an interlocking and/or force-locking manner.

US Pat. No. 10,245,788

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THERMAL COMPENSATION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. A method for thermal compensation during an additive manufacturing process, the method comprising:receiving, at a CNC machine, information relating to a material used in the additive manufacturing process, wherein the received information includes at least a Coefficient for Thermal Expansion (CTE) for the material; and
modifying a distance of travel for a first pre-programmed tool path based on at least the Coefficient for Thermal Expansion (CTE);
wherein the CNC machine includes at least one servomotor for linearly translating a nozzle along the first pre-programmed tool path;
wherein rotational motion of the servomotor is configured to linearly translate the nozzle via a gearing mechanism; and
wherein modifying the distance of travel for the first pre-programmed tool path includes adjusting the gearing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,245,787

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTING METHOD

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A three-dimensional printing apparatus that cures liquid photo-curable resin to sequentially stack resin layers each having a predetermined cross-sectional shape to print a three-dimensional object, the apparatus comprising:a tank storing the liquid photo-curable resin and including a printing region in which the three-dimensional object is to be printed;
a projector to project a first image having a quadrangular or substantially quadrangular shape onto the tank; and
a controller to control the projector; wherein
the controller includes:
a matrix calculator to calculate a projective transformation matrix by which the first image is projectively transformed so that the first image is presented on an entirety of the printing region;
an acquirer to transform the first image using the projective transformation matrix, thus acquiring a second image obtained by correction of the first image, the second image including a projection sub-image having a quadrangular or substantially quadrangular shape;
an inclination calculator to calculate a horizontal inclination and a vertical inclination of the projection sub-image in the second image;
a vertical and horizontal correction value calculator to calculate, based on the horizontal inclination, a first correction value by which a horizontal brightness distribution of the first image is corrected, and to calculate, based on the vertical inclination, a second correction value by which a vertical brightness distribution of the first image is corrected;
a memory to store a third correction value by which a brightness distribution of the first image projected onto the entirety of the printing region is corrected, the first image projected having a rectangular, substantially rectangular, square or substantially square shape;
a corrector to correct a brightness distribution of the second image using a fourth correction value calculated based on the first correction value, the second correction value, and the third correction value; and
a projection controller to control the projector so that the projection sub-image of the second image whose brightness distribution has been corrected is projected from the projector onto the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,245,786

SYSTEM FOR PLANARIZING OBJECTS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTING SYSTEMS WITH REDUCED DEBRIS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printing system comprising:an ejector head configured to eject drops of material;
a platform configured to move in a process direction to a position opposite the ejector head to enable the ejector head to eject drops of the material toward the platform to form an upper surface of an object on the platform;
a first planarizer positioned in the process direction to be opposite the platform after the ejector head has ejected drops of the material toward the platform, the first planarizer being separated from the platform at a first distance, and the first planarizer being configured to remove a first portion of the material from the upper surface of the object on the platform;
a second planarizer positioned in the process direction to be opposite the platform after the first planarizer has removed the first portion of the material from the upper surface of the object on the platform, the second planarizer being separated from the platform at a second distance that is less than the first distance, and the second planarizer being configured to remove a second portion of the material from the upper surface of the object on the platform, one of the first and the second planarizer being a roller having a knurled surface to remove material from the upper surface of the object on the platform and the other of the first and the second planarizer being a device having a blade to remove material from the upper surface of the object on the platform;
a first housing defining a first chamber in which at least one of the first planarizer and the second planarizer is positioned; and
a first vacuum source connected to the first housing, the first vacuum source being configured to produce a first vacuum in the first chamber to pull material removed by the at least one of the first planarizer and the second planarizer from the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,245,785

METHODS FOR STEREOLITHOGRAPHY THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

HOLO, INC., Oakland, CA ...

1. A method for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) providing, adjacent to a build surface, a mixture comprising (i) a polymeric precursor, (ii) a photoinitiator configured to initiate formation of a polymeric material from said polymeric precursor, and (iii) a photoinhibitor configured to inhibit formation of said polymeric material from said polymeric precursor; and
(b) exposing said mixture to (i) a first light having a first wavelength sufficient to cause said photoinitiator to initiate formation of said polymeric material from said polymeric precursor at a location disposed away from said build surface, to print at least a portion of said 3D object, and (ii) a second light having a second wavelength sufficient to cause said photoinhibitor to inhibit formation of said polymeric material from said polymeric precursor at a location adjacent to said build surface,
wherein said mixture has a composition such that a ratio of (i) an energy per unit area of said second light sufficient to initiate formation of said polymeric material relative to (ii) an energy per unit area of said first light sufficient to initiate formation of said polymeric material is greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,245,784

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REUSE OF MATERIALS IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

STRATASYS LTD., Rehovot ...

1. A printing system for forming three-dimensional objects, layer by layer, the system comprising:a first inkjet printing head to dispense modeling material from a modeling material container;
a second inkjet printing head to dispense support material from a support material container;
a reusable waste material container;
a third inkjet printing head communicating with the reusable waste material container to dispense reusable material conveyed from the reusable waste material container, wherein said reusable material comprises materials previously discharged from at least one of the first and second inkjet printing heads; and
a leveling unit that removes surplus material from previously deposited layers of dispensed material, a bath wherein the surplus material is collected, a filter retaining solid particles through which liquid reusable waste material passes, and a tube conveying the reusable waste material to the reusable waste material container.

US Pat. No. 10,245,783

PRINTER FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

1. A printer for three dimensional printing comprising one or more extrusion cores; wherein each such extrusion core comprises structures surrounding a filament-pathway; wherein the filament-pathway removably receives a filament; wherein the filament enters one-end of the filament-pathway as a solid and leaves a distal-end of the filament-pathway as a liquid; wherein said structures comprise:a hot-end that begins at the distal-end; wherein the hot-end comprises a first-temperature-controlled-block surrounding a portion of the filament-pathway; wherein this portion of the filament-pathway comprises a melt-chamber;
a transition-section that begins where the hot-end ends; wherein the transition-section is disposed between the one-end and the distal-end; wherein the transition-section comprises a first-insulator and a second-temperature-controlled-block for heating the filament; wherein the transition-section surrounds a different portion of the filament-pathway,
wherein the different portion of the filament-pathway located within the transition-section comprises a diverging-converging-chamber; wherein with respect to a direction of flow of the filament through the filament-pathway from the one-end to the distal-end, the diverging-converging-chamber begins within the second-temperature-controlled-block and ends within the first-insulator; wherein the diverging-converging-chamber minimizes interruptions in the direction of flow of the filament along the filament-pathway;
a cool-end that begins where the transition-section ends and wherein the cool-end ends at the start of the filament-pathway at the one-end; wherein the cool-end comprises a second-insulator surrounding yet another different portion of the filament-pathway;
wherein the first-temperature-controlled-block liquefies portions of the filament passing through the hot-end such that the distal-end discharges liquefied filament.

US Pat. No. 10,245,781

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MECHANICAL ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN A BUILD PLATFORM AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PRINTS

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A method for fabricating an article of manufacture from layers of a material extruded by an additive manufacturing machine nozzle, the method comprising the steps of:a. positioning a platform body having features extending outward from said body and defining protrusive areas and recessive areas of said body, where the protrusive areas overhang the recessive areas when viewed from a nozzle central axis direction, in a build area that is accessible by the nozzle;
b. extruding one or more initial layers of material with the nozzle across the protrusive areas and recessive areas at a first traverse speed such that at least one of the one or more initial layers at least partially fills the recessive areas and is mechanically engaged by the extending features;
c. extruding additional layers of material with the nozzle on top of the one or more initial layers at a second traverse speed such that the additional layers are thermally bonded to the one or more initial layers and the article of manufacture is engaged with the platform body; and
d. disengaging the article of manufacture from the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,245,780

EMBOSSED FILM, SHEET FILM, TRANSFER COPY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING EMBOSSED FILM

DEXERIALS CORPORATION, T...

1. An embossed film comprising:a film main body having a width direction and a length direction, and being a long-length film in the length direction; and
a plurality of concavities formed on a surface of the film main body,
wherein a diameter of an opening surface of the concavity is larger than a visible light wavelength,
wherein an arrangement pattern of the concavities has periodicity along the length direction of the film main body, and
wherein a difference between a rate of loss of concavities in one end portion of the film main body in the length direction and a rate of loss of concavities in the other end portion of the film main body in the length direction is 10 ppm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,245,779

LINEAR-MOTOR-DRIVEN CONVEYING SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR STRETCHING SYSTEM

1. Linear motor-driven conveying system for stretching and simultaneous stretching, comprising:a guide rail and/or conveying rail along which a gripper-conveying unit having a gripper part and a conveying part is displaceable lengthways by a linear motor drive, wherein
the linear motor drive comprises secondary parts which are displaceable with the conveying part, are attached fixedly thereto and are in the form of permanent magnets, and comprises fixed primary parts in a small spacing gap therefrom, for generating electromagnetic fields, the primary parts acting on a motor engagement side of the secondary parts while the secondary parts continue to move,
the gripper part comprises a clamping device for fixing an edge of a material web, thereby defining a material web plane,
the conveying system comprises one linear motor drive arranged below and one linear motor drive arranged above the conveying part, and a control system is configured to operate the upper linear motor drive at only a maximum power of 75% with respect to the maximum power of the lower linear motor drive, and
the conveyed web is fixed to the gripper part, thereby defining a conveyed web plane, the conveyed web plane being arranged at a height distance (H) with respect to the more powerful linear motor drive, the height distance (H) being less than or equal to the length (L) of the secondary parts on the conveying parts.

US Pat. No. 10,245,777

GUSSET BOARD WITH COLLAPSIBLE NOSE

Pearl Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A gusset board configured to fold a gusset in a tube of film, the gusset board comprising:a base portion of the gusset board;
a base sliding surface on the base portion, the base sliding surface being fixed stationary on the gusset board;
a nose portion of the gusset board;
a nose sliding surface on the nose portion of the gusset board, the nose sliding surface is positioned in substantially a same plane as the base sliding surface, the nose sliding surface having a general triangular configuration with a base edge and an opposite apex end;
the nose portion of the gusset board having a rear surface on an opposite side of the nose portion of the gusset board from the nose sliding surface; and,
a mast having a length with opposite proximal and distal ends, the proximal end of the mast being connected to the rear surface of the nose portion of the gusset board at the apex end of the nose sliding surface, the mast being configured to be moved between a first position of the mast relative to the rear surface of the nose portion of the gusset board where the mast extends outwardly from the rear surface of the nose portion of the gusset board and a second position of the mast relative to the rear surface of the nose portion of the gusset board where the mast extends along the rear surface of the nose portion of the gusset board.

US Pat. No. 10,245,776

METHODS FOR FORMING ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH BENT DISPLAY EDGES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for forming an electronic device with a display, wherein the display comprises a flexible display layer having a planar portion, comprising:attaching the flexible display layer to a support layer with adhesive;
simultaneously applying pressure and heat to the flexible display layer and the support layer that bends the flexible display layer and the support layer to form a bent portion in the flexible display layer, wherein the bent portion is adjacent to the planar portion;
forming a notch in the support layer to facilitate bending of the support layer, wherein the flexible display layer forms a continuous surface over the notch in the support layer; and
mounting the display in an electronic device housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,775

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING A DIGITAL PROFILE OF A RESIDUAL LIMB TO A PROSTHETIC SOCKET STRUT

LIM Innovations, Inc., S...

1. A method of reforming a thermoplastic article to assume a desired shape, the method comprising:heating a thermoplastic article to render it malleable;
providing a field of longitudinally extending pins, each pin having an end facet at one end of the pin, the pins extending parallel to each other, the pins being relatively longitudinally positionable relative to one another;
relatively positioning the pins in the field so that end facets corresponding to at least a portion of the field of pins define a molding surface that conforms to the desired shape;
after relatively positioning the pins, pressing via a pressurized medium the malleable thermoplastic article against the pins in the field
to reform at least a portion of the thermoplastic article into the desired shape; and
separating the reformed thermoplastic article from the molding surface, wherein the reformed thermoplastic article retains the desired shape after separating from the molding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,774

BLOW-MOLDING PLASTIC BUBBLE-GENERATING DEVICE

LIH YANN INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A blow-molding plastic bubble-generating device, including: a board-like shell body, formed through blowing a hollow embryo placed in a mold, wherein the hollow embryo is blown and expanded, the hollow embryo is penetrated through by a plurality of needle posts on an inner wall of the mold to form the board-like shell body, the board-like shell body is integrally formed and hollow and has a shell wall which completely and continuously surrounds the board-like shell body, and the shell wall has a plurality of through holes; wherein the shell wall has a plurality of protrusive mouths, and each said protrusive mouth has one of the through holes.

US Pat. No. 10,245,773

METHOD FOR MOLDING TWO-PIECE BLOW MOLDED HOLLOW TANK BY USING AUXILIARY MALE MOLDS

YAPP AUTOMOTIVE PARTS CO....

1. A method for blow molding a hollow tank formed by two parisons by using auxiliary male molds, wherein the method comprises the following steps:1) positioning the two parisons of the tank to be blow-molded into a mold, the mold comprising two half molds and a pre-molding template between the two half-molds, wherein the two parisons of the tank to be blow-molded are positioned between the two half molds and the pre-molding template respectively;
2) closing the two half molds of the mold onto the pre-molding template;
3) pre-stretching the molten parisons by using the auxiliary male molds provided on the pre-molding template;
4) performing high-pressure blow molding inside the mold to melt the two parisons, and pre-molding the molten parisons into two housing pieces;
5) opening the mold, and withdrawing the pre-molding template;
6) moving into the mold a device for facilitating inside components of the hollow tank to be connected to the pre-molded housing pieces;
7) moving the device out from the mold;
8) closing the mold for the second time and finishing blow molding the hollow tank; and
9) opening the mold and taking out the molded hollow tank;
wherein the auxiliary male molds provided on the pre-molding template are set as a split-type structure, and
wherein step 3) further comprises a specific step of as follows:
3-1) after the two half molds of the mold are closed, the parisons are sucked into the mold by vacuum force, and at the same time an actuating mechanism drives the auxiliary male molds to move toward an inner wall of the mold, so as to perform pre-stretching on the parisons; and
wherein in the step 6, a robot moves the device together with the inside components to a location that is between the two half mold and
where the connection of the inside component to the pre-molded housing pieces shall be performed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,772

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A POSITION OF AN ACTUATOR PISTON

Synventive Molding Soluti...

1. In an injection molding system, an apparatus for continuous monitoring of axial position of an actuator piston traveling between upstream and downstream positions within an axial bore of an actuator housing, the apparatus comprising:a magnetic member embedded in the actuator piston;
the actuator housing having a body portion which is of a substantially non-magnetic and/or magnetically permeable material, such that during axial travel of the actuator piston within an axial bore of the non-magnetic or magnetically permeable body portion, the body portion allows transmission of a magnetic field generated by the magnetic member embedded in the actuator piston to be detected by a magnetic field detector attached to an exterior surface of the body portion,
the magnetic field detector monitoring changes in a magnetic flux density generated by the magnetic member disposed in the piston as the piston travels between upstream and downstream positions within the axial bore, the detector monitoring the changes in flux density and generating a changing output signal that is unique to each travel position in the bore based on the changes in flux density,
wherein the magnetic member has a north-south axis disposed transverse to the direction of axial travel in the bore such that the magnetic flux density varies depending on where the detector is attached relative to the axial travel position of the piston and the embedded magnetic member in the piston, and
wherein the output signal of the magnetic field detector is transmitted to a control system for closed loop control or open loop status monitoring of the axial piston position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,771

METHOD FOR THE PROCESS MANAGEMENT OF A MOLD-FILLING PROCESS OF AN INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

1. A method for the volumetrically correct filling of a cavity of a mold with a melt of a material to be processed in an injection-molding process, said method comprising a learning phase and a production phase:performing said learning phase comprising the steps of:
providing an injection molding machine equipped with a mold and set up for producing a usable part in a cavity of the mold;
carrying out at least one learning injection-molding cycle to obtain the usable part and recording a pressure curve correlating to a mass pressure curve;
determining a viscosity index, which characterizes a melt of the learning injection-molding cycle, during an injection phase of the learning injection-molding cycle or during a plasticization phase preceding the learning injection-molding cycle;
determining a filling index as an index for the volumetrically correct filling of the cavity of the usable part in the learning injection-molding cycle, wherein the following equation applies:

wherein
FIL is the filling index,
COPL is a changeover point in the learning injection-molding cycle,
(s=COPL) is a screw position at the changeover point in the learning injection-molding cycle,
(s=CPL) is a screw position at the start of integration for determining the filling index,
t(s=COPL) is the time at the screw position of the changeover point in the learning injection-molding cycle,
PLMass(t) is the pressure curve, and
t(s=CPL) is the time at which the screw position has reached a position at which a predefined pressure PLMass(t)=PcP is applied, or has reached a position at which the filling of the cavity begins, wherein the following equation applies:
s=CPL>s=COPL; and
forming a molded-part volume equivalent
MPVeq=FILNIL, wherein VIL is the viscosity index,
performing said production phase comprising
the steps of:
carrying out a multiplicity of production injection-molding cycles using the mold;
recording at least one pressure curve correlating to the mass pressure curve during a current cycle of the multiplicity of production injection-molding cycles;
determining a viscosity index, which characterizes the melt of the current production injection-molding cycle, during the injection phase of the current production injection-molding cycle or during a plasticization phase preceding the current production injection-molding cycle,
after determining the viscosity index, calculating a required filling index for the current production injection-molding cycle in accordance with the equation:
FIp=MPVeq*VIp
and
adjusting a changeover point of the current production injection-molding cycle and/or an injection rate profile in such a manner during a remaining injection phase (EP) of the current production injection-molding cycle that the following equation applies:

wherein
COPp is the changeover point in the production injection-molding cycle,
(s=COPp) is a screw position at the changeover point in the production injection-molding cycle,
(s=CPp) is a screw position at the start of integration for determining the filling index,
FIp is the required filling index,
PPMass(t) is the at least one pressure curve,
VIp is the viscosity index.

US Pat. No. 10,245,770

HOUSINGS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A housing for a mobile phone, comprising:a metal part comprising a sidewall, the sidewall defining:
an interior surface of the housing;
an exterior surface of the housing; and
a recess formed along the interior surface of the sidewall and defining:
an undercut; and
a reduced thickness portion of the sidewall relative to an adjacent portion of the sidewall; and
a molded piece having a portion extending into the recess and engaged with the undercut, thereby affixing the molded piece to the metal part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,769

DIE SLIDE ROTATIONAL HOLLOW MOLDING ASSEMBLY FOR CREATING AN ARTICLE WITH A HOLLOW INTERIOR

U.S. Farathane Corporatio...

1. A mold assembly for forming a component exhibiting a sealed interior, said mold assembly comprising:a stationary supported mold half;
a rotary platen supported mold half, each of said mold halves being movable in directions towards and away from one another in order to define each of engaged/closed and opened/separated positions;
each of said mold halves exhibiting a plurality of shell forming locations defined in opposing configured surfaces thereof for forming a first half shell of material in said stationary supported mold half and a second half shell of material in said rotary platen supported mold half and, upon mating said mold halves together in a first closed mold configuration; and
upon separating the mold halves, the rotary platen supported mold half being rotated, a pick and place mechanism separately being employed with the second mold half in order to transfer the second half shell to a further shell forming location within the stationary supported mold half in order to reposition the second half shell opposite the first half shell supported within the first mold half and so that the first and second half shells are arrayed in opposing fashion with a perimeter extending and formed edge of each half shell arranged in contact with one another;
said mold halves being subsequently reclosed prior to a second perimeter extending material being formed in contact with the contacting perimeter extending edges in order to bond the half shells together; and
said mold halves being reopened for removal of a completed component.

US Pat. No. 10,245,768

DIE SLIDE ROTATIONAL HOLLOW MOLDING PROCESS AND ASSEMBLY FOR CREATING AN ARTICLE WITH A HOLLOW INTERIOR

U.S. Farathane Corporatio...

1. A method for forming a component exhibiting a sealed interior, comprising the steps of:providing first and second mold halves;
forming first and second half shells of material within cavities defined within each of the mold halves and upon mating the mold halves together in a first closed mold configuration;
opening and subsequently reorienting at least one of the shells or mold halves such that the first and second half shells are arrayed in opposing fashion with perimeter extending edges of each half shell arranged in contact with one another;
said steps of opening and reorienting further including each of rotating the first mold half to reposition the first half shell, in combination with employing a pick-and-place mechanism with the second mold half for transferring the second half shell to a further cavity within the second mold half which opposes the first mold half;
reclosing the mold halves and subsequently forming a second perimeter extending material in contact with the contacting perimeter extending edges in order to bond the half shells together; and
reopening the mold halves and removing a completed component.

US Pat. No. 10,245,767

MEMBRANE FOR LIQUID-RESISTANT DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING A MEMBRANE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A bracket assembly for preventing liquid ingress, the bracket assembly comprising:a bracket body comprising a through hole and a recess that surrounds the through hole;
a membrane carried by the bracket body and at least partially sealing the through hole such that a liquid is prevented from passing through the through hole, the membrane allowing air to pass through the through hole; and
a membrane support that defines a hollow ring coupled to an edge of the membrane, the membrane support further coupled to the bracket body and positioned within the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,245,766

COMPOSITE CASING FOR AXIAL TURBOMACHINE LOW-PRESSURE COMPRESSOR

Safran Aero Boosters SA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a composite casing of a turbomachine, the casing comprising an arcuate wall, a fixing flange extending radially from one edge of the wall and forming with the wall a sharp-edged corner, said method comprising:supplying a mould with a corner configured to form an edge corner of the casing;
supplying a filled thermoplastic resin profile section and placing the filled thermoplastic resin profile section along the corner of the mould, the profile section being of triangular shape;
placing a fibrous reinforcement in the mould hugging the profile section;
closing the mould;
injecting a resin into the mould such that the resin comes into contact with the profile section and polymerizing said resin in the mould, wherein during the polymerization, the resin adheres to the profile section; and
demoulding the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,765

METHOD OF PRODUCING A PANEL AND A CORE THEREFOR

FiberCore IP B.V., Rotte...

1. A core element, having the shape of a block with a first surface, a second surface situated opposite the first surface, mutually facing longitudinal side faces, and mutually facing transverse side faces,wherein the first surface is provided with a first groove that is a continuous groove which extends parallel to the longitudinal side faces, wherein the first surface is further provided with a recess that extends through the core element and ends up in both the longitudinal side faces, wherein the first groove discharges into said recess,
and wherein the longitudinal side faces are provided with side wall grooves, the side wall grooves being continuous side wall grooves which extend between and end at the first surface and the second surface, and which are separated from and do not discharge into the first groove in the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,763

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SOLID SURFACES FOR CONSTRUCTION

COSENTINO RESEARCH AND DE...

1. A method for the production of a board made from materials for construction comprising the following steps:a) storing raw materials that are inorganic,
b) controlled metering different ones of the raw materials,
c) dry milling or wet milling the raw materials from the controlled metering of step b) to obtain a first mixture,
d) storing the first mixture obtained in step c),
e) processing and adding color pigments to a proportion of the first mixture stored in d), obtaining a first colored mixture,
f) mixing at least some of the first mixture with the first colored mixture obtained in step e) to obtain a homogenous colored mixture,
g) storing different homogenous colored mixtures obtained from steps a) through f) using different color pigments,
h) creating a blanket of different homogenous colored mixtures by metering the different homogenous colored mixtures on a conveyor belt to create different embellishments throughout an entire volume of the blanket or throughout at least a portion of an entire volume or a surface of the blanket in a non-homogenous manner, wherein the application of different embellishments comprises controlled distribution onto a conveyor of the different homogenous colored mixtures in order to obtain a desired aesthetic design,
i) subsequent to step h), compacting the different homogenous colored mixtures at a compaction pressure to form a compacted board,
j) sizing an end part of each compacted board by cutting through an entire thickness of the compacted board,
k) pressing the compacted board at a pressure greater than the compaction pressure to form the board for construction,
l) drying the pressed board,
m) subsequent to drying the pressed board, cooking the pressed board, and
n) calibrating, polishing, cutting or beveling edges of the cooked pressed board.

US Pat. No. 10,245,762

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATING BRANCHED STRUCTURES IN MATERIALS

1. A system for forming branched structures, the system comprising:a first sheet having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a second sheet having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a deformable film intermediate the first sheet and the second sheet;
a boundary sealed between the second sheet and the deformable film;
wherein the boundary is configured to remain fixed under either positive or negative pressure in the outline of an article while sealed between the second sheet and the deformable film thereby to form a constrained cell space, the first and second sheets having sufficient rigidity to together maintain a desired gap height of and across the constrained cell space under either positive or negative pressure; and
at least one inlet port in fluid communication with the constrained cell space for controllably conveying fluid into or out of the constrained cell space.

US Pat. No. 10,245,761

MOULD FOR A WIND TURBINE COMPONENT

1. A mould for a wind turbine component, the component comprising a plurality of elements having different respective heat capacities and the mould comprising:an inner mould layer defining a mould surface for supporting the plurality of elements;
heating means disposed beneath the mould surface; and
a heat distribution layer adjacent to the heating means;
wherein the mould has one or more first regions configured to support elements of the component having relatively high heat capacity, one or more second regions configured to support elements of the component having relatively low heat capacity, and one or more transition regions defined between the first and second regions; and
wherein the heat distribution layer is of greater thickness and/or has a higher mesh density in the one or more transition regions of the mould than in the one or more second regions of the mould, and
wherein the heat distribution layer in one or more transition regions of the mould is configured to enhance heat transfer within the heat distribution layer to one or more first regions of the mould.

US Pat. No. 10,245,760

MOULD TOOL HEAT MANAGEMENT

SURFACE GENERATION LIMITE...

1. A mould tool assembly comprising:a mould layer comprising a mould face and a temperature control surface that is disposed opposite the mould face;
a utilities layer configured to support the mould layer in use;
a first temperature control assembly comprising a heater and a fluid conduit extending from the utilities layer to the mould layer and configured to direct heating and/or cooling fluid to the temperature control surface to heat and/or cool the mould layer; and
an active thermal layer disposed between the mould layer and the utilities layer, wherein the active thermal layer comprises a fluid chamber configured to be heated and/or cooled independently of the mould layer, wherein the fluid conduit extends through the active thermal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,759

MOULDING MACHINE AND PROCESS FOR FORMING A MOULD

UPCYCLE HOLDINGS LIMITED,...

1. A moulding machine comprising first and second non-complementary moulds, the first mould defining a female mould cavity and the second mould defining a flat moulding surface, wherein the first and second moulds are movable between a first position in which the moulds are apart and the female mould cavity and the flat moulding surface both face upwards, and a second position in which the moulds are brought together and the flat moulding surface faces into and closes the female mould cavity to form a completely enclosed cavity, and wherein each mould has a plurality of bores formed through it with an opening at each end configured for receiving flow of a mould cooling or heating fluid, and at least two of the bores are connected to each other by a block over the opening at one end of one bore and the opening at the end of another bore, the block having a mould facing surface and being formed with a groove defined on the mould facing surface which connects the openings to each other, wherein the or each groove is formed with a first end, a second end, and a constriction therebetween such that the flow path of the or each groove first narrows and then widens again between the first end and the second end, the constriction being configured to provide a venturi effect so that when the fluid passes through the constriction its velocity increases.

US Pat. No. 10,245,758

INTEGRAL RESCUE ACCESSORY FOR FORCIBLE ENTRY AND CORE DRILL

1. An integral rescue accessory for forcible entry, the accessory comprising:hydraulic wall saws, a rotating platform, and a coring claw
the hydraulic wall saws including: a diamond saw blade, a wall saws support frame, a wall saws linear slider, a hydraulic motor, a hydraulic arm, a wall saws mounting, a wall saws guide roller, a wall saws travel motor, a wall saw hydraulic joint and a spline, wherein:
the diamond saw blade is driven by the hydraulic motor to proceed cutting downwardly by swinging the hydraulic arm;
at least the hydraulic wall saws, the hydraulic motor, and the hydraulic arm are installed on the linear slider and are driven by the wall saws travel motor, the guide roller guides at least the hydraulic wall saws, the hydraulic motor, and the hydraulic arm along the spline to proceed straight-line cutting;
the wall saws support frame and the wall saws mounting are installed at a certain angle that makes the angle between the diamond saw blade and a cutting plane 80°;
the rotating platform including a general hydraulic joint, rack, a rotating platform, a turntable and a servomotor;
the top of the rack connects with the general hydraulic joint which is configured to connect to a large-scale engineering equipment, the bottom of the rack connects with the rotating platform;
the coring claw including a claw hydraulic drive cylinder, a claw connector, a claw, a claw mounting bracket, a hydraulic drive cylinder mounting bracket, a claw arranging slider, and a claw linear guideway; two claw mounting brackets are arranged on the turntable, the claw hydraulic drive cylinder is arranged on two claw mounting brackets, and the claw hydraulic drive cylinder connects with a claw via the claw connector;
an extension and recovery of the claw is driven by telescoping of the hydraulic cylinder; the claw is arranged on a claw arranging slider configured to slide along the claw linear guideway; and
the claw mounting bracket is designed with a certain angle to make the angle between the claw and the cutting plane normal 80° such that the claw extends into a gap created by the hydraulic wall saws.

US Pat. No. 10,245,757

MOLD EXTRACTOR ASSEMBLY FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS FORMING MACHINE

COLUMBIA MACHINE, INC., ...

1. A mold extractor configured to move a mold assembly to and from a mounted position within a concrete products forming machine (CPM), the mold extractor comprising:in a concrete products machine, a mold mounting structure in a CPM center section and a feed drawer assembly located to a rear of the CPM center section;
a lift mechanism coupled to the feed drawer assembly configured to vertically move the feed drawer assembly with respect to the mold mounting structure;
a guide rail assembly coupled to an underside of and vertically moveable with the feed drawer assembly via the lift mechanism;
an extractor arm assembly moveable horizontally along the guide rail assembly via a first extension assembly coupled to the extractor arm assembly;
an extractor fork assembly telescopically nested about the extractor arm assembly; and
a second extension assembly, independent of the first extension assembly, coupled between the extractor arm assembly and the extractor fork assembly and configured to extend a horizontal reach of the mold extractor forwardly of the mold mounting structure, wherein the lift mechanism and first and second extension assemblies are operative to extend the extractor fork to an intermediate extended position just below the mold mounting structure, lift the extractor fork up against a mold resting on the mold mounting structure so that the mold is carried off the mold mounting structure, moving the mold forwardly to an extended position at a mold transfer assembly, and lowering the mold onto the mold transfer assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,756

MOLD ASSEMBLY FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS FORMING MACHINE

COLUMBIA MACHINE, INC., ...

1. A mold assembly for forming concrete products comprising:a mold box having cavities disposed between side walls of the mold box for receiving and molding concrete products;
a head assembly having multiple shoes aligned within the mold box cavities and slots formed on outside upper surfaces thereof;
compression strip stop brackets slidably received in each of the slots to enable tool less insertion and removal of the compression strip stop brackets from the head assembly and configured to contact stop block surfaces on the concrete products forming machine during a product forming process;
a mounting bracket extension coupled to each of the side walls of the mold box and forming a lower mounting surface of the mold assembly configured to mount to shelves of a concrete products forming machine;
die alignment holes formed in an underside of each mounting bracket extension and configured to receive alignment dowels extending upward from shelves of the concrete products forming machine;
mold transfer locators formed in an underside of each of the sidewalls inward of the die alignment holes and shelves of the concrete products forming machine and configured to locate the mold assembly onto mold extractor arms when the mold assembly is lifted off of the alignment dowels by the mold extractor arms during a mold extraction process.

US Pat. No. 10,245,755

LIGHTWEIGHT, REDUCED DENSITY FIRE RATED GYPSUM PANELS

United States Gypsum Comp...

1. A gypsum panel comprising a gypsum core disposed between cover sheets, the gypsum core formed from a mixture comprising:stucco in an amount of about 1162 to about 1565 lbs/msf (about 5.7 to about 7.6 kg/m2), and
high expansion particles in an amount of up to about 10% by weight of stucco, said particles having a volume expansion of about 300% or more of their original volume after being heated for about one hour at about 1560° F. (850° C.);
the high expansion particles in an amount and distribution in the core effective to provide a High Temperature Shrinkage (S) in the X-Y direction of about 10% or less, and the panel having a density (D) of about 37 pounds per cubic foot (590 kg/m3) or less.

US Pat. No. 10,245,754

MITER SAW SAFETY DEVICE

10. In combination:a. a miter saw having a base, a work piece supporting surface, a guide fence with a front surface engaging a work piece during a cutting operation, and a pivoting saw blade;
b. a safety device, the safety device comprising:
a body having at least a first edge, a second edge spaced from the first edge, a third edge interconnecting the first and second edges, and a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
a positioning arm extending from the first edge of the body, the positioning arm having a distal end, and an aperture disposed in the positioning arm;
a mounting device extending through the aperture in the positioning arm and engaging the miter saw to secure the safety device relative to the miter saw;
a guide member subtending the second surface of the body, the guide member having a first surface oriented perpendicular to the second surface of the body and spaced from the second edge of the body, wherein the second surface of the body and the first surface of the guide member hold the work piece in a stationary position against the supporting surface of the miter saw and the front surface of the guide fence during the cutting operation; and
a safety wall extending from the first surface of the body, the safety wall immovable relative to the body, the safety wall positioned at an angle relative to the guide fence of the miter saw.

US Pat. No. 10,245,753

RETRACTABLE CHAINSAW GUARD

9. A chainsaw guard mountable on a chainsaw having a motor powerhead housing, a drive motor contained in the housing, a saw chain guide bar mounted on the housing, and a saw cutter chain driven by the drive motor and carried on the saw chain guide bar, the chainsaw guard forming a physical barrier that limits access to the saw cutter chain when the chainsaw guard is mounted on the powerhead housing, the chainsaw guard comprising:a bracket member mountable to the powerhead housing, the bracket member having a receiving track extending along its length, wherein the bracket member further comprises a first guide rod support structure extending from an outer surface of the bracket member, and
a retractable member movably engaged with the bracket member and designed and configured to sheathe the saw chain guide bar and the saw cutter chain of the chainsaw when the chainsaw guard is mounted on the chainsaw, the retractable member having proximal and distal ends and a top, a bottom, and an elongated side forming an open sheath, and being translatable between and among a retracted position and an extended position relative to the bracket member, the retractable member comprises a second guide rod support structure at the distal end of the retractable member, and
a compressible springs engaged with a guide rod, wherein the first guide rod support structure of the bracket member further comprises an aperture to receive and allow sliding engagement of the guide rod, wherein the aperture of the first guide rod support structure is sized to allow the guide rod to traverse the aperture, but maintaining the spring engaged with the guide rod on one side of the aperture, and wherein the second guide rod support structure of the retractable member has an aperture aligned with the aperture of the first guide rod support structure when the retractable member is slidably engaged with the bracket member, to receive and affix a first end of the guide rod, and wherein a second end of the guide rod is slidably received and supported by the bracket member, and the first end of the guide rod is secured to the distal end of the retractable member, the spring having a spring force to position the retractable member relative to the bracket member in the extended position until a force greater than the spring force is applied to the distal end of the retractable member, translating the retractable member towards the retracted position relative to the bracket member; when the force is removed from the distal end of the retractable member, the retractable member is moved by the spring force to the extended position relative to the bracket member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,752

CHAINSAW BAR SHIELD

11. A chainsaw bar shield comprising:at least one bar shield arm extending from at least one securing mechanism;
wherein the at least one securing mechanism includes a pinching structure having a first engaging structure engaged with a first side of a chainsaw bar of a chainsaw and a second engaging structure engaged with a second side of the chainsaw bar of the chainsaw and a pinch point at the chainsaw bar wherein the chainsaw bar is between the first engaging structure and the second engaging structure;
wherein at least one of the first engaging structure and the second engaging structure comprises an advancing mechanism;
wherein the at least one bar shield arm is defined by a bar shield arm length and a bar shield arm width that is shorter than the bar shield arm length, wherein the bar shield arm width is perpendicular to the bar shield arm length and extends in a direction from the first engaging structure to the second engaging structure;
wherein the at least one bar shield arm is offset from and extends across the pinch point in a direction of the bar shield arm width and the at least one bar shield arm does not contact or engage the chainsaw bar and a chainsaw chain of the chainsaw when the chainsaw bar shield is secured to the chainsaw; and
an end arm extending downwardly from an end of the bar shield arm length, wherein the at least one bar shield arm at least partially conceals the chainsaw chain of the chainsaw, and the end arm at least partially conceals a terminal end of the chainsaw bar and prevents the terminal end from extending therethrough when the bar shield is secured to the chainsaw.

US Pat. No. 10,245,751

CLAMPING ASSEMBLY FOR WOODWORKING KNIFE

ANDRITZ IGGESUND TOOLS AB...

1. A clamping assembly for clamping at least one or more knife elements onto a base member of a woodworking machine, said one or more knife elements having first and second opposed sides; said clamping assembly comprising:first and second clamping, components securing said one or more knife elements therebetween, said first clamping component abutting said second clamping component at least at one location;
said first clamping component having two ends and first and second opposed sides and being sized and shaped to have three distinct contact positions, said distinct contact positions comprising, (1) a surface defining a fulcrum located generally adjacent one end of the first clamping component, (2) a surface defining a knife abutting portion, located generally adjacent the other end of the first clamping component, abutting the first side of said one or more knife elements, and (3) a bearing surface, all such surfaces at said three contact positions being located on the same first side of the first clamping component, with the bearing surface located between the fulcrum and the knife abutting portion of the first clamping component;
said second clamping component having: i) two ends and first and second opposed sides, ii) a bearing support surface formed on the first side of the second clamping component and being sized, shaped and oriented, such that it engages the bearing surface of the first clamping component and iii) a surface portion also on the first side of the second clamping component sized, shaped and oriented such that it engages the second opposite side of said one or more knife elements;
said first and second clamping components having openings formed therein extending between the clamping components' respective first and second sides and located between their respective ends, said opening, in the first clamping component being located intermediate of the knife abutting portion and the fulcrum, and said openings being in alignment with each other;
an actuator applying a clamping force to said first clamping component along a clamping axis defined by the aligned openings in the clamping components, said actuator having a head engaging the second side of the first clamping component and a threaded shank extending from the head through the aligned openings in said damping components to secure said clamping components on the base member, whereby the clamping force is directed by said first clamping component against the first side of said one or more knife elements at the knife abutting portion and at said fulcrum toward the second clamping component;
i) said surface defining the fulcrum of the first clamping component, ii) said surface defining the knife abutting portion of the first clamping component and iii) said surface portion of the second clamping component engaging the second opposite side of said on or more knife elements all lying on planes being generally parallel to each other and all inclined relative to the clamping axis and transverse to it whereby the first clamping component is caused to slide relative to the second clamping component under the action of the clamping force;
said surface defining the fulcrum of the first clamping component also being formed as a substantially planar surface which is oriented relative to the clamping axis such that a line normal to said substantially planar surface is at an acute angle ? to said clamping axis;
said bearing surface of the first clamping component and said bearing support surface of the second clamping component being located facing each other parallel to said clamping axis and being sized, shaped, oriented, and positioned to not bear the clamping force such that a line normal to said bearing surface and said bearing support intersects said line normal to the surface of said fulcrum at a location farther askew of said clamping axis than said fulcrum whereby said bearing surface and the bearing support surface resist sliding movement of said first clamping component under the action of the clamping force and a reaction force developed at the fulcrum under the action of the clamping force has a line of action directed away from the clamping axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,750

COMPOUND MITER APPARATUS

1. A guide apparatus for performing compound miter cuts using a saw blade, the guide apparatus comprisinga gauge including:
a base support member;
a first flap connected to the base support member along a first hinge;
a first locking angle guide connected between the base support member and the first flap, wherein the first flap is rotatable along the first hinge to define a predetermined lean angle, with the first locking angle guide used to fixedly hold the first flap in place at the predetermined lean angle orientation;
a second flap connected to the first flap along a second hinge, the second hinge disposed perpendicular to the first hinge; and
a second locking angle guide connected between the first flap and the second flap, wherein the second flap is rotatable along the second hinge to define a predetermined miter angle, with the second locking angle guide used to fixedly hold the second flap in place with respect to the predetermined miter angle; and
a plate for attaching to a miter saw in a manner parallel to the saw blade, wherein upon initiating a compound miter cut, the plate is brought into contact and aligned with the second flap of the gauge, thereby moving the saw blade to the desired compound angle as defined by the combination of the predetermined miter angle and the predetermined lean angle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,749

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE FABRICATION OF AN ENDLESS BAND FROM A FIBER MATERIAL BLOCK, ENDLESS BAND AND FIBER MATERIAL BLOCK

1. A method for fabrication of an endless band from a fiber material block comprising:(a) cutting off a plate element from a face side of a fiber material block, wherein the plate element comprises (i) a cutting surface from the fiber material block, (ii) a main surface facing the cutting surface, and (iii) an edge surface connecting the cutting surface and the main surface;
(b) arranging the edge surface of the plate element with the fiber material block such that the edge surface abuts the fiber material block;
(c) connecting the plate element and the further plate element to begin fabrication of an endless band; and
(d) cutting the further plate element from the face side of the fiber material block wherein the further plate element has (i) a cutting surface from the fiber material block, (ii) a main surface facing the cutting surface, and (iii) an edge surface connecting the cutting surface and the main surface,
wherein the plate element and the further plate element are connected before the further plate element is cut from the fiber material block.

US Pat. No. 10,245,748

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FLOORING MODULES COMPRISING ELEMENTS WITH CURVILINEAR EDGES MADE FROM TIMBER PLANKS HAVING EDGES WITH THE NATURAL CURVATURE OF THE WOODEN MATERIAL

12. A method for producing a flooring module comprising a plurality of rows of elements with each row comprising a pair of the elements, with the pair of elements in each row adjoining each other at a butt joint, with the respective butt joints of the elements of each row being staggered with respect to the butt joint of an adjacent row, and with the pair of elements in each row having ends that are staggered with respect to ends of the pair of elements in an adjacent row, the method comprising:(a) selecting a number of the rows in the module;
(b) providing a number of lamellae veneer plank packs, wherein a lamellae veneer plank pack is obtained from a same trunk, the lamellae veneer plank pack comprising a plurality of edges with each of the edges having a curved contour;
(c) scanning the number of lamellae veneer plank packs into a computer database, wherein the lamellae veneer plank pack is scanned as a single timber plank;
(d) sorting scanned lamellae veneer plank packs into a plurality of groups according to the number of rows in the module selected in step (a) and a resulting number of elements in the module and based on a similarity of curved contours of respective edges of the scanned lamellae veneer plank packs such that the curved contours of the respective edges of a scanned lamellae veneer plank pack in each group are more similar to curved contours of edges of other lamellae veneer plank packs in the same group than to the curved contours of edges of a lamellae veneer plank pack in a different group;
(e) generating in the computer database data representing virtual contours for edges of each of the plurality of elements in the module so that a virtual contour of each of the plurality of elements follows generally a curved contour of an edge of a lamellae veneer plank pack in one of the plurality of groups;
(f) selecting scanned lamellae veneer plank packs in each of the groups by matching contours of respective of the scanned lamellae veneer plank packs with the virtual contours of respective of the elements;
(g) separating a lamellae veneer plank pack selected in step (f) into individual veneer planks and gluing the individual veneer planks on a substrate to produce a laminate element; and
(h) cutting the laminate element so that the curved contours of respective edges of laminate elements match the virtual contours for the edges of the plurality of elements generated in the computer database.

US Pat. No. 10,245,747

HANDSAW

U.M. KOGYO INC., Hyogo (...

1. A handsaw having a plurality of saw teeth arranged on a longitudinal edge of a saw blade, the saw teeth being configured as prism-shaped teeth each having a shape of a prism, the prism-shaped teeth being configured such that at least adjacent prism-shaped teeth rise at a same rising angle from an edge surface of the longitudinal edge of the saw blade, to cause spaces between the adjacent prism-shaped teeth to be constant in a rising direction in which the prism-shaped teeth rise; whereinthe prism-shaped teeth are triangular prism-shaped teeth that extend from the longitudinal edge of the saw blade, each of said prism-shaped teeth having an obliquely cut end face, three parallel lateral edges, and three intersecting lateral faces, each of the lateral faces bordered by two of the three parallel lateral edges, and said prism-shaped teeth being separated from each other by respective planar surfaces of the longitudinal edge of the saw blade,
the three parallel lateral edges of each triangular prism-shaped tooth including two lateral edges configured as lateral edges of a flush lateral face of the three intersecting lateral faces, the flush lateral face rises flush with one of front and back surfaces of the saw blade, and a remaining lateral edge of the three parallel lateral edges has said spaces on both sides and is configured as a lateral edge that is parallel to the two lateral edges of the flush lateral face and that rises flush with the other of the front and back surfaces of the saw blade;
the triangular prism-shaped teeth are arranged in alternating orientations one after another such that the flush lateral faces of the respective teeth are located alternately on the front and back surfaces of the saw blade;
each triangular prism-shaped tooth has the obliquely cut end face at a tip end of the tooth obtained by obliquely truncating the triangular prism-shaped tooth, the obliquely cut end face having an oblique triangle that spans an entire thickness of the saw blade between the front and back surfaces;
among the three parallel lateral edges of each triangular prism-shaped tooth, each of both lateral edges belonging to the flush lateral face has a vertical cutting edge formed thereon; and
among edges belonging to the obliquely cut end face of each triangular prism-shaped tooth, each of the edges not belonging to the flush lateral face has a horizontal cutting edge formed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,245,746

STOCK GUIDE ASSEMBLY

JessEm Products Limited, ...

1. A stock guide assembly for use with a work table to guide movement of stock along a work surface of the work table in a feed direction, the stock guide assembly comprising:a base configured for mounting the stock guide assembly on the work table;
a shaft having a shaft axis and first and second end portions spaced apart along the shaft axis, the shaft mounted on the base for selectively moving along and pivoting about the shaft axis with respect to the base;
an arm having an arm axis oriented transverse to the shaft axis and first and second end portions spaced apart along the arm axis, the arm having a first arm member defining the first end portion and a second arm member defining the second end portion, the first and second arm members being selectively attachable to one another to selectively adjust a distance between the first and second end portions, the first end portion of the arm being attached to the second end portion of the shaft to constrain the arm for moving relative to the base conjointly with the shaft;
a roller mounted on the second end portion of the arm for rotation relative to the arm and for moving relative to the base conjointly with the arm and the shaft, the shaft being selectively movable relative to the base when the base is mounted on the work table to position the roller for engaging stock passing by the base to hold the stock against the work table;
a clamping assembly pivotably supported on the base for pivoting with respect to the base about the shaft axis in first and second pivot directions within a range of motion having a first end position and a second end position, the clamping assembly configured to be selectively connected to the shaft to inhibit movement of the shaft with respect to the base along the shaft axis and to constrain the shaft to pivot with the clamping assembly about the shaft axis with respect to the base within the range of motion, the clamping assembly comprising:
a pivot bracket having a first end portion and a second end portion and arranged relative to the base so that the first end portion engages the base when the clamping assembly is positioned at the first end position to inhibit movement of the clamping assembly from the first end position in the first pivot direction and so that the second end portion engages the base when the clamping assembly is positioned at the second end position to inhibit movement of the clamping assembly from the second end position in the second pivot direction; and
a clamping jaw connected to the pivot bracket for selectively gripping the shaft between the pivot bracket and the clamping jaw to connect the shaft to the clamping assembly; and
a biasing assembly operatively connected between the base and the clamping assembly to yieldably bias the clamping assembly relative to the base in the first pivot direction, the biasing assembly comprising:
a spring holder attached to the base; and
a spring operatively connected to the spring holder and the pivot bracket to yieldably bias the pivot bracket in the first pivot direction;
wherein when the shaft is connected to the clamping assembly and the base mounts the stock guide assembly on the work table,
wherein the biasing of the pivot bracket in the first pivot direction biases the roller in the first pivot direction toward engagement with the stock passing by the base through the connection between the clamping assembly and the shaft, and
wherein movement of the roller in a direction away from the work surface pivots the arm, the shaft, and the clamping assembly in the second pivot direction relative to the base and the spring holder against the yieldable biasing force imparted by the compression spring until the second end portion of the pivot bracket engages the base at the second end position of the range of motion of the clamping assembly to inhibit further movement of the roller away from the work surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,745

SLICING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR SLICING ELASTIC STRANDS IN PARTICULAR MEAT STRANDS

1. A cutting machine for producing slices in a weight precise manner from meat strands, wherein the cutting machine comprises:at least one form tube that is open at a front end and at a back end, the at least one form tube extending in a longitudinal pressing direction, said longitudinal pressing direction corresponding to an axial direction of a meat strand;
a longitudinal press plunger for said at least one form tube, wherein the press plunger is insertable into the at least one form tube from the back end;
a blade for cutting off one or more slices from the meat strand, the blade disposed proximate the front end of the at least one form tube;
wherein the at least one form tube is made from a plurality of form tube elements in a circumferential direction which are movable relative to each other in both transversal directions relative to the longitudinal pressing direction and the at least one form tube has a first cross section that is adjustable in both transversal directions relative to the longitudinal pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,744

ACCESSORY FOR OSCILLATING POWER TOOLS

Cherif Morcos, Kirkland,...

1. A blade accessory for use with an oscillating power tool, the blade accessory comprising:a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, the first end being a blade end for cutting, the second end being an attachment end for mounting the blade accessory to the oscillating power tool;
an arbor defined at the attachment end of the body, the arbor being configured to matingly engage attachment elements of a drive flange of the oscillating power tool, the arbor comprising a plurality of openings including:
a primary opening comprising:
a central opening defining a central axis of the arbor;
a first elongated opening conjoined with the central opening and extending radially from the central axis along a first radial axis;
a second elongated opening conjoined with the central opening and extending radially from the central axis along a second radial axis, wherein said second radial axis is substantially orthogonal to said first radial axis;
wherein the first elongated opening and the second elongated opening each extend radially to a first specific radial distance measured from the central axis of the arbor; and
a set of secondary openings disjoined from said primary opening and positioned radially about the central axis along respective radial axes distinct from said first and second radial axes, the secondary openings in the set of secondary openings extending to a second specific radial distance measured from the central axis of the arbor, wherein the second specific radial distance to which the secondary openings extend is the same as the first specific radial distance to which the first and second elongated openings extend.

US Pat. No. 10,245,743

WASTE STRIPPING UNIT WITH SIMPLIFIED TOOL ADJUSTMENT IN A PACKAGING PRODUCTION MACHINE

BOBST SA, (CH)

1. A waste stripping unit for use in a packaging production machine and positionable downstream of a cutting unit on a path of substrates,the waste stripping unit comprising a unit frame, two rotary tools parallel to each and cooperating with one another defining a gap through which the substrates move, a first one of the tools having an outer surface provided with waste stripping needles protruding radially outward from the outer surface, a removable cassette in which the two tools are mounted, the cassette comprising a cassette frame provided with bearings, located and configured for supporting the two tools such that the cassette can be introduced into the unit frame transversely of the substrate path, attached to and extracted from the unit frame transversely of the substrate path,
wherein the waste stripping unit comprises two parallel and substantially horizontal rails mounted to the unit frame transversely of the substrate path, and each rail including a respective extension which in a deployed state continuously protrudes outward from the unit frame to outside the unit frame and out of the substrate path to permit entry and exit of the cassette into and outside the unit frame and in a stored state is nested in the unit frame, the extensions are maintained to the floor by a leg assembly, the extensions being parallel and substantially horizontal in the deployed state and being movable from the deployed state to the stored state,
wherein said extensions of said rails and the leg assembly fold out to protrude outside of the unit frame in automatic alignment with horizontal rails inside of the frame unit to permit entry and exit of the cassette into and outside the unit frame, and are configured to be folded up and nested in the unit frame when the packaging production machine is operating in production, and
wherein said unit frame is configured to receive therein said extensions of said rails when the packaging production machine is operating in production.

US Pat. No. 10,245,742

SIDE LOADING PENDULUM SLICER

J.E. Grote Company, Inc.,...

1. A food product slicer comprising:(a) a product holder including an elongated, tubular sidewall defining a longitudinal barrel that the sidewall encircles, the sidewall extending vertically and having a first barrel opening at a first sidewall end disposed adjacent a blade, wherein the product holder is configured to be driven cyclically along a path in which the product holder reaches a first path end and in which the first barrel opening passes adjacent the blade to slice a food product that is in the barrel;
(b) a horizontally-facing aperture extending through only a portion of a length of the sidewall near the first sidewall end, and being large enough for the food product to be inserted through the aperture;
(c) an object disposed within the barrel adjacent the aperture during movement of the product holder through the path for bearing against the food product, the object having an outer shape that corresponds to the barrel;
(d) a prime mover drivingly linked to the object to drive the object along the barrel at least away from the first barrel opening;
(e) a food product injector disposed horizontally-adjacent the first path end, the injector having a surface upon which the food product is supported before the food product injector injects the food product horizontally over a gap between the injector and the sidewall through the aperture into the barrel; and
(f) a central computer that controls movement of the product holder and the food product injector, wherein the central computer limits the food product to being injected through the aperture when the aperture is disposed adjacent the first path end.

US Pat. No. 10,245,741

METHOD OF FLATTENING THE EDGES OF A SWATCH OF FLEXIBLE MATERIAL TO BE CUT

LECTRA, Paris (FR)

1. A flattening method for flattening the edges of a swatch of flexible material from which pieces are to be cut out, the method comprising:establishing a digital representation of at least a portion of an outline of the swatch of flexible material using a scanner;
establishing a specific flattening direction and distance for each one of selected points of a scanned portion of the outline of the swatch using a work station;
providing a cutter tool and a presser foot, said cutter tool arranged within a peripheral boundary of the presser foot; and
for each selected point of the scanned portion of the outline of the swatch, using the presser foot to flatten the edges of the swatch along the specific flattening direction and distance established for said point, and along a flattening direction going from within the swatch towards its edges;
wherein, during use of the presser foot to flatten the edges of the swatch along the specific flattening direction and distance, a blade of the cutter tool is in a retracted position above the swatch of flexible material.

US Pat. No. 10,245,739

SHAVER

DORCO CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A shaver comprising:a cartridge including:
a cartridge body;
a plurality of blades installed in the cartridge body along an elongated direction of the cartridge body, wherein a rear portion of each of the blades is generally straight;
a plurality of pairs of side fixation slots, each pair of the side fixation slots formed on left and right frame portions of the cartridge body, respectively, so as to fix left and right lateral ends of each corresponding blade;
a supporter provided at a center area between the left and right frame portions of the cartridge body and connecting upper and lower frame portions of the cartridge body, wherein the supporter has a rear surface;
a plurality of inside fixation slots, each formed on the supporter provided at the center area so as to fix the rear portion of each corresponding blade; and
a hinge portion formed on either end of the lower frame portion of the cartridge body, the hinge portion having a hinge groove; and
a handle body coupled to the cartridge body, the handle body including:
a hinge protrusion being coupled to the hinge groove; and
an elastic portion projecting from an upper portion of the handle body, the elastic portion contacted with the rear surface of the supporter so that a swing operation of the cartridge body via the hinge protrusion being coupled to the hinge groove is elastically performed by an elastic force of the elastic portion,
wherein the hinge protrusion extends outwardly in a lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,738

SAMPLING SCISSORS AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pair of sampling scissors comprising a tray, a blade, a first hand grip, a second hand grip, a first guide rail, a first slider and a first position fixing device;wherein the tray is connected with the first hand grip and the blade is connected with the second hand grip, and the first hand grip is pivotably connected with the second hand grip through a central shaft;
wherein the blade comprises a first cutting edge disposed at edges of the blade, a projection of the first cutting edge onto a bottom surface of the tray is a hollow and closed pattern, the first cutting edge is perpendicular to the bottom surface of the tray for shearing off a sample, and the tray is configured to receive the sample;
wherein the first slider is disposed on the first guide rail, which is fixed to the second hand grip, and is fixed to the blade, and the blade is slidable along the length of the first guide rail through the first slider;
wherein the first position fixing device is constructed to fix the first slider to one of a plurality of positions on the first guide rail, and comprises a clip which is movable along the length of the first guide rail; and
wherein a first groove, extending along the length of the first guide rail, is disposed in the first guide rail, the first groove comprises a first opening extending along the length of the first guide rail and close to the first slider, a width of the first opening is smaller than a width of the first groove, the first slider has an integral structure that comprises a first slider main body, a travelling element and a first neck portion which is between the first slider main body and the travelling element, and a width of the travelling element is smaller than or equal to that of the first groove but larger than that of the first opening, the travelling element is in the first groove, the first slider main body is out of the first groove and the first neck portion is at the first opening, a width of the first slider main body is larger than that of the first groove, and the blade is fixed on a surface of the first slider main body facing away from the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,245,737

STRIPPING TOOL FOR LEAFY VEGETABLES AND HERBS

1. A hand-operated device for use in removing foliage from a stem of a leafy vegetables or an herb, the device comprising:a unitary, elongated body having no moving parts, the elongated body being sized to be held comfortably in a user's hand, the elongated body having at least two opposing edges, a portion of at least one of the two opposing edges following a convex curve;
at least a portion of the convexly curved edge of the elongated body formed as a convexly curved smooth sharp edge, the other of the edges of the elongated body formed as a convexly curved dull edge opposite the sharp edge;
a plurality of apertures of different sizes extending through the body such that a user can select an aperture large enough to allow the stem of a selected leafy vegetable or herb to pass through the aperture but too small for the foliage of the leafy vegetable or the herb to pass through, and
wherein a user can pass the selected leafy vegetable or the herb through the selected aperture to remove the foliage therefrom, and then cut the foliage to a desired size by holding the body with the convexly curved dull edge against the user's hand and rocking the convexly curved smooth sharp edge along its length over the foliage.

US Pat. No. 10,245,736

AUTOMATICALLY RETRACTABLE CUTTER

ORANGE HARDWARE COMPANY, ...

1. A cutter comprising:a handle comprising a slot in an end of the handle and two grooves in two opposite internal faces of the handle;
a cassette comprising:
a first pair of bosses inserted in the grooves to allow the cassette to translate and pivot in the handle; and
a catch formed on the cassette;
a blade partially inserted in the cassette;
a sliding element formed with a fin, and movably inserted in the handle between a rear position where the fin is separated from the catch and a front position where the fin is in contact with the catch and the cassette is located closer to the slot than when the sliding element is in the rear position, wherein the catch is abutted against the fin so that the cassette is moved forwards in the handle by the sliding element during movement to the front position from the rear position;
a spring for connecting the sliding element to the handle, thereby biasing the sliding element toward the rear position;
a lever connected to the handle and operable to move the sliding element to the front position from the rear position; and
a linkage for connecting the lever to the sliding element so that the lever is operable to move the sliding element via the linkage, wherein the linkage comprises:
a first bar pivotally connected to the handle;
a second bar, a third bar, a fourth bar;
a first pin for connecting the first bar to the second bar;
a second pin for connecting the second bar to the third bar, and
a third pin for connecting the third bar to the fourth bar, wherein the first and third pins are in contact with and movable relative to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,245,735

GLOVEPORT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF REPLACING COMPONENTS

Delaware Capital Formatio...

1. A method of replacing a glove, comprising:aligning a leading face of a replacement glove assembly with a trailing radial face of a gloveport sealing assembly disposed in an annular port ring of a glove port, wherein a substantial portion of the leading face of the replacement glove assembly is defined by a glove cap;
pushing a replacement sealing assembly of the replacement glove assembly into the annular port ring, thereby translating the gloveport sealing assembly towards a glovebox and pushing the glove cap through the annular port ring;
coupling the glove cap to the trailing radial face of the gloveport sealing assembly; and
disconnecting the glove cap from the leading face of the replacement sealing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,734

MANIPULATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

9. A control method of a manipulation system, the control method comprising:a first movement step of moving a manipulator to a manipulator position corresponding to an input operation position of a first input unit based on a first movement command signal of the first input unit;
a second movement step of moving, in a state where the input operation position of the first input unit is at a predetermined input operation position, the manipulator to a manipulator stored position stored in a storage based on a second movement command signal of a second input unit; and
a movement operation enabling step of restricting execution of the second movement step when the input operation position of the first input unit is not at the predetermined input operation position and of enabling the second movement step when the input operation position of the first input unit is at the predetermined input operation position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,733

ROBOT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A robot comprising:a tractor that includes a connector and that pulls a user through the connector;
a walker that includes wheels for moving the tractor, the walker also including one or more brakes for the wheels, and the walker being coupled to the tractor;
an input device that receives an instruction to operate at least one of the tractor and the walker; and
a controller that, in response to reception of the instruction by the input device, determines whether or not to permit the tractor and/or the walker to perform a process based on the instruction, in accordance with a current state of the robot, the current state being one of a plurality of states of the robot,
wherein each of the plurality of states of the robot is represented by using values of a plurality of items, one of the plurality of items being an item indicating whether or not the one or more brakes are applied to the wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,245,732

RECEPTION SYSTEM AND RECEPTION METHOD

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

1. A reception system, comprising:an imaging unit that captures an image;
a reception information storage unit that stores an image of a visitor who visited in the past and information of a receiving person whom the visitor visited in the past in an associated manner; and
an action performing unit that generates a question to the visitor based on a scenario regarding a response to the visitor and acquires information via a response to the question from the visitor, wherein
the action performing unit changes a response presented to the visitor based on the scenario depending on whether or not the reception information storage unit stores an image that corresponds to the image captured by the imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,731

PROGRAMMING OF A ROBOTIC ARM USING A MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEM

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:causing a robotic device to move a robot tool using one or more robot movements of a replication control path, wherein the one or more robot movements of the replication control path cause the robotic device to move the robot tool through a motion path that corresponds to a predetermined motion path of a demonstration tool;
receiving position data indicative of position of the robot tool during movement of the robot tool by the robotic device;
comparing the position data to the predetermined motion path of the demonstration tool; and
based on the comparison, determining a refinement to the one or more robot movements of the replication control path.

US Pat. No. 10,245,730

AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. An autonomous mobile robot, adapted to move on a surface according to a moving datum plane, the autonomous mobile robot comprising:a first distance sensor configured to detect a first detecting distance between the first distance sensor and the surface along a first axial direction;
a second distance sensor configured to detect a second detecting distance between the second distance sensor and the surface along a second axial direction, the first distance sensor has a first projection on the moving datum plane along the first axial direction, the second distance sensor has a second projection on the moving datum plane along the second axial direction, a distance between the first projection and the autonomous mobile robot is larger than the distance between the second projection and the autonomous mobile robot; and
a control unit configured to control the autonomous mobile robot to move in a speed limited mode in response to the first detecting distance being within a first distance range that is greater than a safe distance range for which the speed of the mobile robot is not reduced, and configured to control the autonomous mobile robot to stop moving when the second detecting distance is larger than a second pre-determined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,245,729

SENSORIZED COVERING FOR AN INDUSTRIAL DEVICE

Comau S.p.A., Grugliasco...

1. An automated device comprising:a movable structure;
an actuator for causing displacements of the movable structure;
a control system including a control unit and operable to control the actuator;
a sensorized covering for covering at least part of the movable structure,
wherein the sensorized covering comprises at least one of a contact sensor or a proximity sensor,
wherein the sensorized covering further comprises a plurality of covering modules mutually couplable in a separable way, each covering module of the plurality of covering modules including a respective load-bearing structure having a predefined shape to which at least one layer of elastically yielding material is connected,
wherein at least two of said plurality of covering modules each having connected thereto at least one of:
an electrical connector operable to electrically interconnect in a separable way the at least two covering modules to each other, or
a mechanical connector operable to mechanically interconnect in a separable way the at least two covering modules positioned adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,245,727

AUTOMATED DATA CENTER

CenturyLink Intellectual ...

1. An automated data center management system, comprising:one or more equipment racks, each equipment rack configured to house at least one server farm equipment, each of the at least one server farm equipment having an attachment point;
a spare equipment repository having at least one replacement equipment; and
a first hardware management robot comprising a robotic arm having an interface point, the interface point configured to couple to the attachment point of the at least one server farm equipment;
a hardware management controller in communication with the first hardware management robot, the hardware management controller comprising:
at least one processor;
non-transitory computer readable media having encoded thereon computer software comprising a set of instructions executable by the at least one processor to cause the hardware management controller to:
receive a service request, wherein the service request indicates server farm equipment needing service;
determine a location of the server farm equipment;
determine whether one or more objects are located between the first hardware management robot and the server farm equipment;
generate a path from the first hardware management robot to the location of the server farm equipment, wherein the path that is generated takes into account a location of each of at least one of the one or more objects that are determined to be located between the first hardware management robot and the server farm equipment;
transmit information regarding the path to the first hardware management robot;
wherein, in response to receiving the information regarding the path, the first hardware management robot is configured to follow the path to the server farm equipment and to replace the server farm equipment with replacement equipment of the at least one replacement equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,245,726

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TIERED PROGRAMMING OF ROBOTIC DEVICE

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method operable by a computing device, the method comprising:receiving a request for a given task to be performed by a robotic system, wherein the robotic system includes a modular reconfigurable workcell including two or more modular docking bays on a surface of the workcell that support removable attachment of two or more peripherals in a fixed geometric configuration;
determining two or more subtasks required to perform the given task, wherein the two or more subtasks are performed by the two or more peripherals of the robotic system, wherein a first peripheral of the two or more peripherals is configured to perform a first set of subtasks and a second peripheral of the two or more peripherals is configured to perform a second set of subtasks, wherein the first peripheral is selected based on its ability to perform the first set of subtasks, and wherein the second peripheral is selected based on its ability to perform the second set of subtasks;
determining an arrangement of the two or more subtasks to perform the given task, wherein the arrangement includes a combination of the two or more subtasks in a particular order;
based on the determined arrangement of the two or more subtasks, determining an arrangement of the two or more peripherals on the modular reconfigurable workcell to perform the given task;
receiving an indication of attachment of the two or more peripherals to the modular reconfigurable workcell based on the determined arrangement of the two or more peripherals; and
executing the two or more subtasks in the determined arrangement to cause the two or more peripherals of the robotic system to perform the given task.

US Pat. No. 10,245,725

ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A controlling method of a robot apparatus provided with a first link, a second link, a joint which connects the first link and the second link to each other, a wire member arranged along the first link or the second link, a driving source which drives the joint, a controlling apparatus which controls the driving source, the wire member being attached to the first link or the second link through a deformation member, to transmit a driving signal at least to the driving source, and a sensor for measuring a deformation amount of the deformation member, the controlling method comprising:measuring, executed by the controlling apparatus, to operate the sensor to measure the deformation amount of the deformation member when the deformation member is deformed by deformation of the wire member due to driving of the joint by the driving source; and
driving and controlling, executed the controlling apparatus, to operate the driving source to drive the joint, based on a value of the deformation amount measured in the measuring by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,245,724

SYSTEM, METHOD AND PRODUCT FOR UTILIZING PREDICTION MODELS OF AN ENVIRONMENT

SHMUEL UR INNOVATION LTD....

1. A method comprising:obtaining a first scene of an environment from one or more sensors, wherein the one or more sensors observe scenes of the environment;
predicting, using a model of the environment and based on the first scene of the environment, a predicted second scene of the environment;
obtaining an observed second scene from the one or more sensors, wherein the observed second scene occurs later in time than the first scene;
wherein prior to said obtaining the observed second scene, performing computations based on the predicted second scene;
comparing the predicted second scene with the observed second scene; and
performing an action, using the computations and based on differences determined in said comparing between the predicted second scene and the observed second scene, whereby utilizing the computations based on the predicted second scene to reduce response time of performing the action in response to the observed second scene.

US Pat. No. 10,245,723

PORTABLE DRY CHEMICAL DELIVERY ROBOT

1. A portable dry chemical delivery robot comprising:a. a cart comprising:
(i) a rear frame comprising a vertical guide with aligned pin holes and two rear frame wheels;
(ii) a bottom brace assembly attached at a right angle to the rear frame comprising two angled wheels configured to support both the rear frame and the bottom brace assembly and two bottom wheels for supporting the bottom brace assembly and a U brace integral with and extending from a plane of the bottom brace assembly;
(iii) a first vertical support and a second vertical support connected to the bottom brace assembly;
(iv) a top frame with a top central brace connected to the rear frame and to each of the first vertical support and the second vertical support;
(v) a sliding locking assembly attached to the first vertical support, the second vertical support, and the vertical guide for sliding up and down the first vertical support, the second vertical support, and the vertical guide;
b. a hoist mounted to the top central brace;
c. a moveable hopper with a flared inlet tapering to an outlet, the moveable hopper connected to the hoist and contained within the cart;
d. a screw conveyor connected to the outlet of the moveable hopper;
e. a motor with transmission connected to the screw conveyor, the motor engaged by a remote power supply; and
f. a flow controller connected to the motor for regulating operation of the screw conveyor, the flow controller in communication with a network;
g. a plurality of client device connected to the network providing both local and remote control of the screw conveyor wherein each client device contains a command screen enabling increase of flow rates, decrease of flow rates, stop and removal of dry chemicals from the moveable hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,245,722

ROBOT SYSTEM COMPRISING A ROBOT AND TWO DEVICES THAT CAN BE CONNECTED TO SAID ROBOT IN AN ALTERNATING MANNER, AND METHOD FOR CHANGING SAID DEVICES

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A method for exchanging systems connected to a robot, which communicate with a robot application, the method comprising:removing a first system from an arm of the robot and connecting a second system to the arm of the robot, the first and second systems being selectively, alternately attachable to the arm of the robot;
detecting an interruption in a communication with the first system;
removing an address entry for the first system from a communication directory;
establishing communication with the second system; and
creating an address entry for the second system in the communication directory.

US Pat. No. 10,245,721

TRUCK ACCESSORY

2546805 Ontario Inc., (C...

1. A truck accessory comprising:a first end opposite a second end defining a longitudinal direction therebetween;
an end plate adjacent the first end of the truck accessory;
a handle defining the second end of the truck accessory and the handle is connected to the end plate, wherein the handle length is sized to reach to adjacent a forward end of a truck bed so as to effectuate the removal of one of a box, bag, and bulk material from the truck bed;
a hook connected to the end plate having a collapsed first position of the hook and an extended second position of the hook, wherein the hook is movable between the first position and the second position, and the hook including a central portion and two linear extensions of the hook defining a U-shaped configuration of the hook;
a pivot axis, wherein the hook pivots about the pivot axis from the first position to the second position;
a first lobe extending towards the second end from a major surface of the end plate; and
a second lobe extending towards the second end from the major surface, wherein the pivot axis extends transversely through the first lobe and transversely through the second lobe.

US Pat. No. 10,245,720

ELASTIC VIBRATING APPLIANCE HANDLE

1. A device comprising a vibrating rubberized handle for a toiletry appliance, the device comprising:a vibrating motor insert; and
a handle constructed entirely with elastic rubberized material, the handle comprising two receiving cavities, wherein at least one of the receiving cavities is configured to receive at least one of a handle of the appliance and the vibrating motor insert.

US Pat. No. 10,245,719

TELESCOPING UTILITY LINE POLE

UTILITY SOLUTIONS, INC., ...

10. A telescoping utility line pole, comprising:(a) an outer pole section having an inner bore defined by an inner surface, the inner surface extending an entire overall length of the outer pole section, the outer pole section having:
(i) a plurality of spaced-apart raised sections extending radially inward away from the inner surface, the plurality of spaced-apart raised sections being disposed around a circumference of the inner surface at a distal end of the outer pole section to define spaces therebetween, wherein each of the spaces has an open first end and an open second end such that segments of the inner surface extend through the spaces, the plurality of spaced-apart raised sections extend between a first end located at the distal end of the outer pole section and a second end spaced away from the first end a distanced less than the overall length of the outer pole section;
(b) an inner pole section configured for mating engagement with the outer pole section and having a first outer diameter smaller than a first inner diameter defined by the inner bore and smaller than a second inner diameter defined by the raised sections to form the utility line pole, the inner pole section having a plurality of lugs positioned around a periphery of a distal end of the inner pole section, the plurality of lugs having a second outer diameter smaller than the first inner diameter and greater than the second inner diameter;
(c) wherein the spaces have a defined spacing equal to a defined spacing of the plurality of lugs such that when:
(i) the plurality of lugs and spaces are in a first position, the plurality of lugs align with the spaces and permit the inner pole section to slide axially into engagement with or slide axially out of engagement with the outer pole section; and
(ii) the plurality of lugs and spaces are in a second position, the plurality of lugs are misaligned with the spaces and the plurality of raised sections interfere with the plurality of lugs and block the inner pole section from sliding into and out of engagement with the outer pole section.

US Pat. No. 10,245,718

PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR A MACHINE TOOL, AT LEAST FOR PROTECTING A WORKPIECE SURFACE AGAINST OVERHEATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A protection apparatus of a machine tool for protecting at least a workpiece surface against overheating, comprising:at least one sensor unit including at least one sensor element that detects at least one characteristic variable of a fluid flow provided for transporting material removed from a workpiece; and
at least one evaluation unit that enables identifying at least one temperature of a workpiece surface of the workpiece to be machined by the machine tool based at least in part upon the at least one characteristic variable detected via the at least one sensor unit,
wherein the at least one sensor unit further includes at least one further sensor element that detects at least one characteristic volumetric flow rate variable of the fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,245,717

DRILLING DEVICE AND FRICTION CLUTCH FOR A DRILLING DEVICE

3. A drilling device that is adjustable at least between a clamping configuration, a drilling configuration and a screwing configuration, the drilling device comprising:a machine housing;
a machine spindle, which is drivable with the aid of a motor;
a drill chuck having a jaw holder, in which clamping jaws are guided that are adjustable with the aid of a threaded connection provided between an entrainer and a threaded sleeve;
a drill spindle that is drivable by the motor via a planetary gear set, which is disposed on a side facing the machine spindle and includes a sun wheel;
a planet carrier that carries at least one planet wheel; and
a ring wheel that has at least one cam that interacts with at least one clutch element fixed with respect to the ring wheel in the drilling configuration,
wherein the at least one clutch element is supported movably against a clamping spring force of a clamping spring with respect to the ring wheel in the clamping configuration,
wherein the at least one clutch element is movably supported against a screw spring force with respect to the ring wheel in the screwing configuration,
wherein the screw spring force results from a series connection of the clamping spring and a screw spring, and
wherein the screw spring and the clamping spring are separated by a separating disk, which is fixedly disposed with respect to the ring wheel in the clamping configuration and is adjustably disposed with respect to the ring wheel in the screwing configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,716

UNIVERSAL ACCESSORIES FOR OSCILLATING POWER TOOLS

1. An accessory for coupling to an attachment mechanism of an oscillating power tool, the accessory comprising:a working end portion; and
an opposite rear end portion configured to be coupled to a plurality of different configurations of attachment mechanisms for oscillating power tools, the rear end portion including:
a central opening having a central portion configured to receive a central post of a tool clamping mechanism, and a rearward portion in communication with the central portion, extending rearward along an axis, and open to the rear end portion of the accessory;
a first plurality of elongated openings in communication with and extending radially outward from the central portion of the central opening, the first plurality of openings including a first radial slot, a second radial slot separated by approximately 90 degrees from the first radial slot, and a third radial slot separated by approximately 90 degrees from the second radial slot and approximately 180 degrees from the first radial slot;
a second plurality of openings including a first arc-shaped opening spaced radially outward from and not in communication with the central portion and extending in a circumferential direction between the first and second radial slots, and a second arc-shaped opening spaced radially outward from and not in communication with the central portion and extending in a circumferential direction between the second and third radial slots.

US Pat. No. 10,245,715

OVERHEAD DRILL AND ANCHOR PRESS

1. An overhead drill and anchor press, comprising:a controller;
a frame;
a telescopic mast connected to and supported by the frame, the telescopic mast being configured to selectively move vertically between a down position and one of a plurality of raised positions;
a turret attached to an upper portion of the telescopic mast, the turret having a main shaft;
a first drill connected to a first portion of the turret and a second drill connected to a second portion of the turret;
a first motor connected to the main shaft of the turret which when activated by the controller causes the turret and the first and second drills to selectively rotate between different rotational positions;
a second motor configured to move the first drill vertically between a lowered position and a raised position; and
a third motor configured to move the second drill vertically between a lowered position and a raised position,
wherein the controller is configured to control the telescopic mast to move the telescopic mast to position the turret adjacent to a surface to be drilled, to control the second motor to raise the first drill to a drilling position of the surface to be drilled, to control the first drill to drill a hole in the surface, to control the second motor to lower the first drill away from the surface, to control the first motor to rotate the turret to position the second drill below the drilled hole in the surface, to control the third motor to raise the second drill to the hole drilled in the surface, and to control the second drill to set an anchor in the drilled hole in the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,714

HYDRAULIC BUFFER WITH FAST STARTUP

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. An accumulator assembly for a hammer assembly, the accumulator assembly comprising:a vessel having an upper portion and a lower portion;
a flexible membrane extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, the membrane dividing the vessel into a first interior chamber and a second interior chamber;
a receptacle located proximate the vessel and in fluid communication with the second interior chamber;
a plunger located at least partially within the receptacle; and
a dampener facing the plunger, the dampener receiving an initial load from a machine, wherein a resistance force to the load drives the plunger towards the dampener, the dampener driving the plunger into the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,713

EXPLOSIVE DISCHARGE ACTUATED TOOL FOR DRIVING FASTENERS

1. An explosive discharge actuated tool for driving fasteners, comprising:a tubular housing extending in a longitudinal direction, and having an opening which extends in a first transverse direction transverse to the longitudinal direction to define a mounting surface, and a plurality of retaining recesses which are disposed on said mounting surface, and which are displaced from each other in the longitudinal direction;
a barrel mounted in and movable relative to said tubular housing in the longitudinal direction, and including
a rear segment defining an accommodation chamber for receiving an explosive cartridge, and
a barrel body extending from said rear segment forwardly and defining a barrel bore which is in fluid communication with said accommodation chamber, said barrel body having an exhaust port which is located proximate to said rear segment and downstream of said accommodation chamber for discharging a combustion gas;
a piston disposed in said barrel bore and to be driven by the combustion gas so as to exert a striking power to strike a fastener out of said barrel, said piston having a trailing end disposed forwardly of said accommodation chamber to define, in a pre-firing position, a combustion chamber in said barrel bore so as to generate the combustion gas when the explosive cartridge detonated; and
a power adjusting unit including
an adjusting pin which has a blocking region and which is disposed to be movable relative to said barrel in the longitudinal direction so as to permit said blocking region to completely or partially close said exhaust port,
a latch spindle having an actuated end and a latch end which is opposite to said actuated end in the first transverse direction, and which is disposed to be movable relative to said adjusting pin in the first transverse direction between a shiftable position where said latch spindle is movable with said adjusting pin in the longitudinal direction, and a non-shiftable position where said latch spindle is prevented from moving with said adjusting pin in the longitudinal direction, and
an engaging block sleeved on and movable with said latch spindle in the first transverse direction and having a protuberance which is configured to be movable between an engaged position where said protuberance is engaged in a selected one of said retaining recesses so as to prevent said latch spindle from moving away from the non-shiftable position, and a disengaged position where said protuberance is disengaged from the selected one of said retaining recesses to place said latch spindle in the shiftable position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,712

RATCHET WRENCH HAVING QUICK RELEASE STRUCTURE

YIH CHENG FACTORY CO., LT...

1. A ratchet wrench having a quick release structure, comprising:a drive bar, the drive bar including a fork arm, a fork opening formed at the fork arm, an axial hole communicating with the fork opening, and a radial hole communicating with the axial hole;
a rotary head, the rotary head being pivotally connected to two ends of the fork arm, the rotary head including a round housing, a ratchet apparatus disposed inside the round housing, a plurality of positioning recesses disposed on the round housing, and a pivot axis formed at the rotary head and passing through the two ends of the fork arm, wherein the pivot axis is perpendicular to the radial hole; and
a locking switch, the locking switch including a turning element disposed in the radial hole and a latch element disposed in the axial hole, the turning element rotatably driving the latch element to move axially, the latch element being engaged with or released from any of the positioning recesses,
wherein the locking switch further includes a locking spring connected to one end of the latch element;
wherein the turning element includes a plurality of drive portions radially protruding therefrom and driving movement of the latch element;
wherein the latch element includes a plurality of openings for insertion of the drive portions, and
wherein a quantity of the drive portions is the same as a quantity of the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,245,711

ELECTRIC POWER TOOL WITH VIBRATION MECHANISM

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. An electric power tool with vibration mechanism comprising:a housing;
a motor housed in the housing;
a deceleration mechanism to which a rotation of the motor is transmitted, the deceleration mechanism being housed in a gear case;
a final output shaft to which the rotation is transmitted from the deceleration mechanism, the final output shaft being held in a tubular portion via a bearing, the tubular portion being disposed on a front end of the gear case, and the final output shaft projecting forward;
a vibration mechanism disposed in the tubular portion, the vibration mechanism being configured to provide a vibration in an axial direction to the final output shaft;
a vibration switching member housed in a slit, the slit being axially disposed on a front end of the tubular portion, the vibration switching member being moved back and forth in the slit by an operation from outside to switch on and off actuation of the vibration mechanism;
a stop member installed on the front end of the tubular portion to cover the slit; and
an expansion prevention portion disposed on the stop member, the expansion prevention portion being brought in contact with an outer periphery of the front end of the tubular portion to prevent the front end of the tubular portion from expanding, and the front end of the tubular portion including the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,710

DEVICE FORMING A WORKPIECE CLAMP

THIBAUT, Vire (FR)

1. A device forming a clamping pad comprising;a body presenting a first face to be secured by suction to a worktable; and
a second face to be secured by suction to a workpiece,
wherein the body contains means for generating suction, which suction generator means are linked, through at least a duct, to said first face to be secured to the worktable and to said second face to be secured to a workpiece and are able to generate suction on the first and second faces, wherein the suction generator means comprise a vacuum pump and an energy source for powering said vacuum pump, the vacuum pump and the energy source being located within the body, wherein the body contains a vacuum buffer tank, connected to said suction generator means and suitable, when evacuated by the suction generator means through said duct, for applying suction to said first and second faces,
wherein the device comprises means for lifting the workpiece, in order to facilitate moving the workpiece in translation and positioning the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,245,709

GRIPPING TOOL

KABUSHIKI KAISYA LEBEN HA...

1. A gripping tool comprising:two members, each of the members having
a grasping part; and
an acting part,
wherein the members are rotatably connected to each other,
the acting parts are opened and closed in association with opening and closing of the grasping parts,
the grasping part has a plurality of grasping positions, and
the grasping part is formed in such a shape that, when the two members are closed at the respective grasping positions, a degree of opening of the acting parts is different among the grasping positions,
wherein a shape of the grasping part is a step shape which is formed to have different widths.

US Pat. No. 10,245,708

METHOD OF MAKING AN ABRASIVE ARTICLE AND ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making an abrasive article, the method comprising steps:a) providing a porous abrasive member having first and second opposed major surfaces, wherein openings extending through the porous abrasive member from the first major surface to the second major surface, wherein the porous abrasive member comprises abrasive particles secured to a porous substrate by at least one binder material;
b) urging a malleable thermosetting melt-flowable composition through the openings in the porous abrasive member to form an abrasive article precursor, wherein the malleable melt-flowable composition comprises novolac phenolic resin and furfuryl alcohol; and
c) heating the abrasive article precursor to form the abrasive article, wherein the abrasive article comprises first and second opposed major surfaces, and wherein both of the first and second major surfaces comprise a cross-linked reaction product of the malleable thermosetting melt-flowable composition.

US Pat. No. 10,245,707

CONFORMABLE SANDING BLOCK

Malco Products, Inc., An...

14. An conformable sanding block with a longitudinal axis for sanding contoured-shaped objects, comprising:a.) a locking end cap;
b.) a sliding end cap;
c.) a series of indexable segments each with a central slot being arranged between the end caps;
d.) wherein the end caps and indexable segments each have at least one fulcrum point, wherein the fulcrum points comprise radiused stirrups and radiused tabs whereby the end caps and indexable segments pivot upon each other;
e.) the sanding block has a bottom whereat a sandpaper holder is releasably and slidably attached by the bottom of the sanding block and the sandpaper holder have complementary profiled ribs and profiled slots to slidably hold the block and holder together as to prevent the sandpaper from tearing, wrinkling, creasing or buckling when the block changes shape, the holder being adapted to releaseably fasten sandpaper thereto; and
f) a flexible position rod fastened to both end caps and passing through the central slots of the segments thereby capturing each of the indexable segments forming the ergonomically conformable sanding block that is settable between concave and convex shapes thereby being adaptable for sanding the contoured-shaped objects without the sandpaper wrinkling, tearing, creasing or buckling.

US Pat. No. 10,245,706

TOOL FOR FINE MACHINING OF SURFACES

Kolthoff Gabrovo EOOD, G...

1. A tool for fine machining of surfaces, the tool comprising:a working medium carrier comprising a top face and a bottom face, wherein the bottom face is an attachment side;
a set of individual exchangeable strip-shaped lamella holders, each comprising one or more lamellas in individual or bundled arrangement, wherein the lamellas each are oriented away from the attachment side of the working medium carrier and form in a downward direction remote from the attachment side a common working plane;
wherein the lamella holders on a side facing the attachment side are provided with hooking elements and wherein the attachment side of the working medium carrier is provided with hooking receptacles that are complementary to the hooking elements;
wherein the hooking elements are configured to be directly inserted into the hooking receptacles in a direction perpendicular to a downward face of the attachment side;
wherein the hooking elements comprise first undercut faces and the hooking receptacles comprise second undercut faces complementary to the first undercut faces, wherein the lamella holders, after directly inserting the hooking elements into the hooking receptacles in the perpendicular direction, are moved parallel to the attachment side so that the first and second undercut faces engage each other and hook the hooking elements and the hooking receptacles relative to each other, wherein the lamella holders are locked at the working medium carrier solely by the hooking elements and the hooking receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,245,705

PRINTED ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A flexible abrasive article comprising:a first base layer having opposed first and second major surfaces, wherein the first base layer is non-tacky under ambient conditions;
an ink layer disposed on the first major surface of the first base layer;
a second base layer disposed on the ink layer whereby the ink layer is located between the first and second base layers and wherein the second base layer comprises a thermoplastic; and
an abrasive layer disposed on the second base layer whereby the second base layer is located between the abrasive layer and the ink layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,704

COATED ABRASIVE ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An abrasive article comprising:a flexible backing having a major surface, the major surface being a top surface;
a make resin contacting the major surface and extending over a portion of the major surface in a first pre-determined pattern of discrete coated regions;
individual abrasive grits contacting the make resin and generally in registration with the make resin as viewed in directions normal to the plane of the major surface; and
a size resin extending over both the portion of the major surface and the make resin in a second pre-determined pattern of discrete coated regions and contacting both the individual abrasive grits and the make resin, the first and second pre-determined patterns being generally in registration with each other as viewed in directions normal to the plane of the major surface, wherein the size resin generally extends over areas of the major surface coated by the make resin and encapsulates the abrasive particles and the make resin, but does not generally extend over areas of the major surface not coated by the make resin, and wherein areas of the major surface contacting the make resin are generally coplanar with areas of the major surface not contacting the make resin, whereby the areas of the major surface not contacting the make resin remain uncoated at the top of the abrasive article.

US Pat. No. 10,245,703

LATTERALLY-STRETCHED NETTING BEARING ABRASIVE PARTICLES, AND METHOD FOR MAKING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making a laterally-stretched netting comprising a patterned abrasive layer on a first major surface thereof, the method comprising the steps of, in order:providing a netting comprising a lateral width and comprising a first set of polymer strands and a second set of polymer strands, polymer strands of the first set being bonded to polymer strands of the second set at bond regions, and the first and second sets of strands comprising first surfaces that collectively define a first major surface of the netting;
coating a make coat layer onto the first major surface of the netting so that at least some first surfaces of strands of the first set of strands, and some first surfaces of strands of the second set of strands, are make-coated strands;
depositing abrasive particles onto at least some of the make-coated first surfaces of strands that define the first major surface of the netting, in a pre-determined pattern;
laterally stretching the netting by a stretching factor of at least about 25%;
and,
hardening the make coat layer;
whereby at least a majority of the abrasive particles are each singly bonded to a strand of the laterally-stretched netting.

US Pat. No. 10,245,702

CONTROL OF WET ABRASIVE BLASTERS

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. An incoming water control for use in a wet abrasive blasting system that includes a blast pot pressure vessel for containing water and abrasive, a hose that connects an outlet of the blast pot pressure vessel to a mixing point at which water abrasive mixture is mixed with compressed air, and a blast nozzle from which an air water abrasive mixture is delivered, the water control comprising:an incoming water supply that delivers water with a pressure of between 1 psi and 200 psi through a water supply line;
a pressure reducing valve disposed on the water supply line and configured to regulate and maintain the pressure of water from the incoming water supply below 20 psi; and
a water pump connected to the water supply line and disposed downstream of the pressure reducing valve, wherein the water pump includes check valves that receive water having a water pressure of less than 20 psi from the pressure reducing valve and delivers water to the blast pot pressure vessel to pressurize the blast pot pressure vessel filled with water and abrasive.

US Pat. No. 10,245,701

3D MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL POLISHING DEVICE AND MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL POLISHING FLUID

Kunshan Nano New Material...

1. A 3D magnetorheological polishing device, comprising:a container, the container being disposed with an accommodation space to accommodate a polishing fluid and a workpiece awaiting polishing; and
a magnetic field generator, the container being disposed on the magnetic field generator and being configured to rotate synchronously with the magnetic field generator, wherein a rotational speed thereof ranges from 0 to 300 RPM;
wherein a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator is distributed evenly around the accommodation space, and a magnetic field strength at a vertical height of 6-10 cm from a surface of the container is no lower than 0.2 T.

US Pat. No. 10,245,700

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR RECOVERY AND RECYCLING OF CARPET COMPONENTS

Carpet Processing and Rec...

1. A method of processing carpet, fabric or other flexible sheet material having a face layer and at least one backing layer, the method comprising:conveying the carpet, fabric or other flexible sheet material along a platform;
urging the carpet, fabric or other flexible sheet material into contact with the platform;
simultaneously abrading a surface of the carpet, fabric or other flexible sheet material with an abrasive device; and
discharging a gas stream to impinge on a leading end of the carpet, fabric or other flexible sheet material as the leading end clears the abrasive device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,699

VALVE SEAT MACHINING DEVICE, AND VALVE SEAT MACHINING METHOD USING SAID VALVE SEAT MACHINING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A valve seat processing machine configured to process a valve seat in a valve device including a valve body portion which defines a flow passage of fluid and a valve drive portion which is detachably positioned on the valve body portion and which is configured to open and close the flow passage by driving a valve element capable of engaging with the valve seat in the valve body portion, the valve seat processing machine comprising:a base portion configured to be attached to the valve body portion;
a main body portion on the base portion, the main body portion being movable relative to the base portion in two different axial directions;
a support portion on the main body portion, the support portion being movable relative to the main body portion in a drive direction of the valve element;
a main spindle on the support portion, the main spindle being rotatable relative to the support portion about an axis parallel to the drive direction of the valve element;
a tool holding device on the main spindle, the tool holding device being configured to hold a cutting tool for processing the valve seat, and being movable relative to the main spindle in a direction intersecting the drive direction of the valve element;
a controller configured to perform control of moving the support portion or the main spindle in the drive direction of the valve element and to perform control of moving the tool holding device relative to the main spindle in the direction intersecting the drive direction of the valve element; and
a ring member rotatably attached to an outer periphery of the main spindle and fixable to the valve body portion,
wherein the main body portion includes a pressing device for pressing the base portion to form a gap between the main body portion and the base portion from a state in which the main body portion and the base portion are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,245,698

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENT USE OF CNC MACHINE SHAPING TOOL INCLUDING CESSATION OF USE NO LATER THAN THE ONSET OF TOOL DETERIORATION BY MONITORING AUDIBLE SOUND DURING SHAPING

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE O...

1. A method for generating a reference information set of CNC machine tool shaping sound related information and rules for generating tool condition labels based thereon, the method comprising the steps of:a. recording human audible sound while a CNC machine tool is shaping a workpiece, including during normal operation and during deteriorating operation;
b. generating a plurality of relatively short term duration slices of the recorded sound;
c. selecting, by a human, for each said short term duration slice of sound, a shaping tool condition label, which selection has been made by the human based on listening to the sound generated while the machine is shaping a workpiece and judging the condition of the shaping tool and selecting a tool condition label that corresponds with the judged condition, and associating the selected shaping tool condition label with the corresponding short term duration slice of sound, resulting in a labeled short term slice of sound;
d. reducing noise in said plurality of short term duration slices of recorded labeled sound to generate a plurality of noise reduced slices of labeled sound;
e. for each labeled short term slice of sound, extracting values of a plurality of short term features, at least one of which is a time domain feature and at least one of which is a frequency domain feature, resulting in a labeled short term slice of feature values;
f. associating a plurality of labeled short term slices of feature values together to form a labeled mid term duration frame of sound related information;
g. extracting from said labeled mid term duration frame of sound related information, values of a plurality of mid term features (F), including at least one time domain mid term feature and at least one frequency domain mid term feature, and associating said plurality F of mid term features together to form a labeled mid term vector of values of sound related information;
h. repeating the steps 1.a through 1.g a plurality of times, to generate a labeled feature information set of a plurality of tool condition labeled mid term vectors of values of sound related information;
i. based on the values of the plurality of mid term features of the feature information set, generating a plurality of principal components (PC), where the plurality PC is smaller than the plurality F, and then generating, corresponding to the feature information set, a principal component information set, of a plurality of labeled mid term vectors of values of principal components, the values of principal components of each vector constituting a pattern of values, each vector also having a tool condition label associated therewith, the plurality of mid term vectors of values of principal components, the pattern thereof, and tool condition labels together constituting a principal component information set;
j. if the principal component information set is imbalanced with respect to each of the tool condition labels, then balancing the principal component information set with respect to each of the tool condition labels to generate a balanced reference principal component information set; and
k. choosing a specific classifier and classifying the balanced reference principal component information set with regard to the tool condition labels to generate rules that match each pattern of values of a vector of values of principal components to a single tool condition label.

US Pat. No. 10,245,697

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM OF MACHINE

Okuma Corporation, Niwa-...

1. A method for controlling a temperature adjustment system of a machine tool, the temperature adjustment system including: a medium supply and collection device for supplying, a medium having a temperature to be adjusted, to a structural member of the machine tool, and collecting, the medium having a temperature to be adjusted, from the structural member; and a temperature adjusting device for adjusting a temperature of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted, the method comprising:a first step of
measuring a structural-member temperature that is a temperature near a first portion in the structural member, after stopping of a machining operation that causes temperature change of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted, the first portion contributing to the temperature change of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted and being deformed due to the temperature change of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted,
measuring a reference temperature that is a temperature of a second portion, in the machine tool, which is not involved in the temperature change of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted, and which is not deformed due to the temperature change of the medium having a temperature to be adjusted, and
obtaining a temperature change value based on the structural-member temperature and the reference temperature;
a second step of obtaining an estimated temperature of the first portion based on the temperature change value; and
a third step of determining, based on the estimated temperature, whether or not at least one of an operation of the temperature adjusting device and an operation of the medium supply and collection device is stopped, or whether or not at least one of an operation of the temperature adjusting device and an operation of the medium supply and collection device is switched from a first mode representing a normal operation to a second mode in which power consumption is less than that in the first mode,
wherein, in the second step, the estimated temperature is obtained by using: the temperature change value; and a coefficient that is previously obtained such that a time response is the same between the estimated temperature and temperature change of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,696

MACHINE FOR WORKPIECE PROCESSING

TRUMPF LASER GMBH, Schra...

1. A workpiece processing machine, comprising:a separator including a separating wall configured to divide an operating space into a processing region for processing a workpiece and at least one additional operating region;
a laser processing head configured to process the workpiece in the processing region;
a rotary workpiece changer having a rotatable workpiece support for transporting, in a rotary motion about a rotational axis on a center of the rotatable workpiece support, the workpiece between the processing region and the at least one additional operating region by using an opening formed in the separator, the separator configured to divide the operating space along a direction substantially parallel to the rotational axis, the rotatable workpiece support having a rotatable protection wall configured to shield the at least one additional operating region with respect to the processing region when the workpiece is processed,
wherein the separator has a protection door movable between a processing position and a transport position along the direction substantially parallel to the rotational axis, wherein the protection door is configured to be in abutment with the rotatable protection wall in the processing position to close the opening and spaced apart from the rotatable protection wall in the transport position, and wherein a spacing between the processing position and the transport position of the protection door is adjustable based on one or more dimensions of the workpiece; and
a controller having a processing program programmed to control a drive to position the protection door with different spacings from the processing position based on dimensions of different workpieces.

US Pat. No. 10,245,695

MACHINE TOOL HAVING A CONVEYING DEVICE FOR LEADING AWAY CHIPS

DECKEL MAHO PFRONTEN GMBH...

1. A machine tool for machining a workpiece, said workpiece being clamped in a working space of the machine tool, the machine tool comprising:a machine bed, which has a chip collection region having at least one conveying channel open on a working space side for collecting chips that drop during the machining of the workpiece; and
a conveying device for leading away chips that have dropped into the chip collection region in the at least one conveying channel, the conveying device including:
a stationary supporting shaft, which extends in the at least one conveying channel in a longitudinal direction of the at least one conveying channel;
a spiral element being rotatably supported on the stationary supporting shaft; and
a drive for driving a rotational motion of the spiral element about the stationary supporting shaft, such that the stationary supporting shaft remains stationary when the spiral element rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,245,694

DRY MACHINING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A dry machining apparatus, comprising:a tool that machines a workpiece;
a receiving surface arranged below the tool and the workpiece, said receiving surface comprising
a first surface that is arranged below the tool and the workpiece and which receives chips generated by the machining;
a second surface that is arranged above the first surface; and
a third surface that connects the first surface and the second surface;
said apparatus comprising an air jet nozzle that has an air jet port which jets air toward a boundary portion between the second surface and the third surface from the second surface, said air jet nozzle supplying at least a part of the air jetted from the air jet port to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,693

TOOL MAGAZINES OF MECHANICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS FOR ADMINISTERING TOOLS

1. A tool magazine providing a plurality of punching tools for a machine tool for processing a metal sheet, the tool magazine comprising:a first magazine unit that comprises multiple first storage locations and that is provided for one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools that are transferred between the first magazine unit and a processing station of the machine tool, wherein the processing station is arranged at a first end of a machine frame of the machine tool, and wherein the first magazine unit is configured to store one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools while one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools are operated to process the metal sheet at the processing station;
a second magazine unit that comprises a permanent tool carrier and a temporary tool carrier and that is provided for one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools that are transferred from the second magazine unit to the first magazine unit for subsequent transfer to the processing station and/or for one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools that are transferred from the first magazine unit to the second magazine unit after being transferred to the first magazine unit from the processing station; and
a tool handling device spaced apart from the processing station and positioned at a second end of the machine frame of the machine tool, the second end of the machine frame being disposed opposite the first end,
wherein the permanent tool carrier and the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit comprise multiple second storage locations for the one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools that are transferred from the second magazine unit to the first magazine unit and/or for the one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools that are transferred from the first magazine unit to the second magazine unit,
wherein the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit can be moved into an operating position and into a non-operating position, wherein the temporary tool carrier is not fixedly attached to the machine frame when disposed in either the operating position or the non-operating position,
wherein the permanent tool carrier of the second magazine unit is fixedly attached to the machine frame, and is permanently accessible to the tool handling device,
wherein the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit is temporarily accessible to the tool handling device such that the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit, when in the operating position, is accessible to the tool handling device for removing one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools from the temporary tool carrier and/or transferring one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools to the temporary tool carrier, and, when in the non-operating position, is inaccessible to the tool handling device for removing one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools from the temporary tool carrier and/or transferring one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools to the temporary tool carrier,
wherein the tool handling device is configured to transfer one or more punching tools of the plurality of punching tools between the first magazine unit and the permanent tool carrier of the second magazine unit, between the first magazine unit and the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit when in the operating position, and between the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit when in the operating position and the permanent tool carrier of the second magazine unit,
wherein the first magazine unit, the permanent tool carrier of the second magazine unit, and the temporary tool carrier of the second magazine unit, when in the operating position, are spaced apart from the processing station at the second end of the machine frame of the machine tool for accessibility to the tool handling device,
wherein the first magazine unit comprises a plurality of fixation devices for gripping the metal sheet, and
wherein the first magazine unit comprises a linear rail that is oriented parallel to the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,245,692

CHAIN-TYPE TOOL MAGAZINE

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A chain-type tool magazine including a circulating chain, for removably holding a plurality of pots, to which tools are attached, or a plurality of tools, the tool magazine comprises:an endless chain in which a plurality of link members is linked to each other, the link members each comprising a base part, a pair of arm portions extending from the base part, at least one first roller rotatably mounted to an end of at least one of the arm portions, and a second roller mounted to the base part, the pair of arm portions of each of the link members defining an opening therebetween for removably holding a pot or a tool, a plane of the opening being aligned in a direction of a propagation of the endless chain;
a guide for guiding the first rollers and second rollers to allow the endless chain to circulate along a serpentine track having multiple turns; and
a driver for driving the endless chain to circulate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,691

CONTROLLER FOR MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A controller for a machine tool,the machine tool including:
a coolant unit for storing a coolant;
an oil mist unit for generating an oil mist;
a main shaft;
a tool attachable to and detachable from the main shaft; and
piping for supplying both the coolant and the oil mist to the main shaft, where the coolant and the oil mist are dischargeable from a through hole provided in the tool when said tool is attached to the main shaft,
said controller configured to
execute a processing program to instruct the discharge of either the coolant or the oil mist,
confirm existence of a tool replacing instruction in said processing program,
confirm existence of an oil mist discharge instruction between said tool replacing instruction and a next tool replacing instruction, and
when the oil mist discharge instruction is confirmed, cause the tool to be maintained in a state where said tool is detached from said main shaft during a predetermined period of time at the time of replacing the tool, and at the same time cause the oil mist to discharge from said oil mist unit into the piping to remove the coolant from said piping during the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,245,690

DEVICE FOR HOLDING THE CONTROL CONSOLE OF A MACHINE TOOL

DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHA...

1. Apparatus for use with a machine tool, comprising:an operating panel via which the machine tool can be controlled by a user,
and
a supporting arm supporting the operating panel and the supporting arm being mounted on the machine tool by means of a hinge in such a way that the supporting arm holding the operating panel can be pivoted relatively to the machine tool about a vertical axis of the hinge, wherein
the operating panel comprises a hinge element, which is held by the supporting arm, on which a display unit and an input unit of the operating panel are held, wherein the hinge element extends along a horizontal axis and the display unit and/or the input unit can be pivoted about the horizontal axis, and a first end portion of the hinge element is mounted on a connecting element which is provided at an end of the supporting arm,
two damping elements, which are arranged on opposite sides at the operating panel in such a way that the horizontal axis extends through both damping elements, wherein each of the damping elements is adapted to dampen an impact to the apparatus that occurs, because of the collision between the apparatus and the machine tool, when the supporting arm is pivoted with respect to the machine tool about a vertical axis,
a first damping element of the two damping elements is mounted on the connecting element and extends beyond the display unit and/or the input unit away from the operating panel in the direction of the horizontal axis, and
a second damping element of the two damping elements is arranged at a second end portion of the hinge element opposite to the first end portion and extends beyond the display unit and/or the input unit away from the operating panel, at the side opposite to the first damping element, in the direction of the horizontal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,689

ROD TENSIONING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY PROCESS OF SUCH A DEVICE ON A ROD

1. A rod tensioning device comprising:a first actuator, and a tubular support sleeve dedicated to radially surround a threaded rod, the first actuator providing a cylinder, and a piston sliding in the cylinder and forming with the cylinder an annular chamber dedicated to be supplied with pressurized fluid, the annular chamber being sealed by sealing means interposed between the cylinder and piston, the piston having an annular threaded bore dedicated to be engaged with the threaded rod so as to be adapted to transmit a tensioning axial force (F) from the actuator towards the threaded rod, and
at least a second actuator having a cylinder, and a piston sliding in the cylinder and forming with the cylinder an annular chamber dedicated to be supplied with pressurized fluid, the annular chamber being sealed by sealing means interposed between the cylinder and piston, the at least second actuator being temporary axially arranged between the first actuator and the tubular support sleeve for a temporary blockwise assembly, the pistons of two axially adjacent actuators being indexed in rotation together by indexing means.

US Pat. No. 10,245,688

METHODS FOR COUPLING OR DECOUPLING A TOOL AND A TOOL RETAINER OF A ROTARY DRIVE SUB-ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of coupling or decoupling a tool of a rotary-drive sub-assembly and a tool retainer of the rotary-drive sub-assembly, the method comprising:rotationally anchoring the tool to a first tool-change member, rotatably coupled to a base, by engaging a tool-change-engagement portion of the tool with a first tool-engagement portion of the first tool-change member, wherein the base has a first side and a second side, opposite the first side; and
causing relative rotation between the tool and the tool retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,687

ARTICLE SELECTION AND PLACEMENT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. An article selection and placement assembly comprising:an infeed assembly for continuously feeding a supply of articles to be placed on objects;
a conveyor assembly receiving the supply of articles from the infeed assembly and moving the articles in an upstream direction;
a selector assembly at an upstream end of the conveyor assembly; and
a placing assembly configured to engage articles of the supply of articles moving on the conveyor assembly, the placing assembly being separate from the selector assembly;
wherein the selector assembly is configured to select the engaged articles from the supply of articles moving on the conveyor assembly, and the placing assembly is configured to prepare the selected articles for placement onto objects and to place the prepared articles on the objects.

US Pat. No. 10,245,686

CONDITIONING METHOD OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS FOR AERODYNAMIC NOISE REDUCTION

EnvAerospace Inc., Bramp...

2. A conditioning method of gas turbine engine components for aerodynamic noise reduction being provided by ion conditioning in physical vapor deposition process, after two stage surface preparation including a traditional finishing process to smooth the surface until the surface roughness (Ra) reaches a maximum 250 nanometers and a washing process. The ion conditioning process comprises at least three of the following intermediate stages and performed not in the presented order:a glow discharge cleaning;
an arc discharge cleaning;
a direct smoothing;
a surface glancing; and
a surface relaxation;to reach a surface roughness (Ra) below 150 nanometers resulting in conditioned components.

US Pat. No. 10,245,685

BOX COLUMN ASSEMBLY

ConXtech, Inc., Pleasant...

1. An apparatus for supporting a rectangular beam structure during a welding process, comprisinga longitudinal frame structure defining a rotational axis, and
a plurality of yoke structures spaced from each other along the rotational axis of the frame structure, each yoke structure containing a collar member, the collar member having a circular perimeter and an internal opening shaped to conform to the rectangular beam structure, and being rotatable inside the yoke structure about the rotational axis, each yoke structure including an upper yoke section and a lower yoke section connected to a fixed base, the upper and lower yoke sections being selectively coupled to each other at opposing lateral points near a horizontal plane, and each collar member including a pair of semi-circular collar sections,
wherein each collar section is rotatable between a bottom position and a top position, and removable with the upper yoke section when the collar section is in the top position to expose upper corners of a beam while the beam is supported along sides and a bottom of the beam by the lower yoke section and the other collar section in the bottom position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,684

ROLL-OUT WHEEL FOR PIPE WELDING

Roly LLC, Watford City, ...

1. A roll-out wheel for use in pipe welding, comprising:a base housing having means for removably securing the base housing to a surface;
a rolling arm having a working end, a lever end, and a hinge point therebetween, wherein the rolling arm is pivotably attached to the base housing at the hinge point so as to be moveable in a vertical plane relative to the base housing;
a means for locking the rolling arm so as to prevent pivoting of the rolling arm about the hinge point, wherein the means for locking comprises a locking port in the base housing and a locking pin configured for insertion into the locking port, wherein the locking pin contacts the lever end of the rolling arm when inserted into the locking port, thereby preventing pivoting of the rolling arm about the hinge point;
a hand wheel attached to the working end of the rolling arm and oriented perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the rolling arm, wherein the hand wheel is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the rolling arm; and
a pipe chuck affixed to a working side of the hand wheel opposite the rolling arm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,683

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BEAM DIAGNOSIS ON LASER PROCESSING OPTICS

Primes GmbH Messtechnik f...

1. An apparatus for determining geometrical parameters of a laser beam, comprising:an optical system configured to focus the laser beam into a processing region,
a device for output coupling of radiation that travels in a direction opposite to a direction of travel of the laser beam through the optical system,
a beam diagnostic device, and
a first reflector element with a first surface,
wherein the first reflector element is placeable in a positioning region between the optical system and the processing region,
wherein the first surface of the first reflector element is partially reflecting and is curved,
wherein a curvature of the first surface is equal to a mean curvature of a wave front of laser beam in the positioning region of the first reflector element, and
wherein the focused laser beam is focused by the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,245,682

LASER ABLATION FOR WIREBONDING SURFACE ON AS-CAST SURFACE

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A casting assembly comprising:a base layer;
an oxidation layer disposed on the base layer;
a mold release layer disposed on the oxidation layer;
a contamination layer disposed on the mold release layer;
a base layer outer surface being a surface of the contamination layer; and
a bonding interface surface defined by the base layer outer surface, the bonding interface surface formed by:
a material removal process including a first laser etching process applied to a section of the base layer outer surface to remove the contamination layer, the mold release layer, the oxidation layer, and a portion of the base layer to form an intermediate finish surface; and
a material polish process including a second laser etching process applied to the base layer to form the bonding interface surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,681

GENERATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL COMPONENT BY SELECTIVE LASER MELTING

15. A processing machine for generating a three-dimensional component by selective laser melting comprising:a processing chamber,
at least one functional interface which extends into the processing chamber and is configured to be connected to an electrical conductor for acting on an already completed area of the three-dimensional component during selective laser melting, the at least one functional interface configured to be connected to a supply device for the conductor, which is connected to the at least one functional interface; wherein the supply device is configured as a voltage generator configured to be connected via the functional interface to a supply end and a discharge end of the conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,245,680

CLADDING METHOD FOR VALVE SEAT AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR CYLINDER HEAD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cladding method for a valve seat in a cylinder head blank provided with an intake port and an exhaust port communicating with a combustion chamber, comprising:forming an annular countersunk groove in an opening end of at least one of the intake port and the exhaust port on a combustion chamber side,
providing a gas flow regulating wall which projects from the annular countersunk groove to an inner side of the annular countersunk groove and to the combustion chamber side, the gas flow regulating wall having an upper surface that faces toward the combustion chamber side and that inclines upwardly as the upper surface progresses from an edge of the annular countersunk groove toward a center of the annular countersunk groove,
supplying metal powder to the annular countersunk groove,
spraying gas on the metal powder and flowing the gas by the upper surface of the gas flow regulating wall from the inner side to an outer side of the annular countersunk groove, while the metal powder is irradiated with a laser beam to form a cladding layer, the flowing of the gas pushing the cladding layer in a molten state toward the outer side of the annular countersunk groove, and
removing the gas flow regulating wall from the cylinder head blank after the cladding layer has been formed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,679

LASER WELDING HEAD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A laser welding head including a base unit thereof comprising:a shield gas injection nozzle that is provided to the base unit, irradiates laser light onto a target, and supplies a shielding gas to the target;
a welding wire supply nozzle that is provided to the base unit and supplies a welding wire to the target, and
a shielding gas cover which forms an air space by locally surrounding the target and wherein the laser welding head is configured for use in water, and each of the shield gas injection nozzle and the welding wire supply nozzle includes a main body section and a surface layer section that covers the main body section, and the surface layer section in the air space is entirely formed by at least one material selected from alloy composed of at least one metal carbide where the metal is selected from transition metals of the IV, V, VI group of the periodic table; cermet; ceramics; and MCrAlY alloy, wherein the surface layer section covers an entirety of the main body section in the air space, and the main body section extends from the base unit into the air space.

US Pat. No. 10,245,678

MANAGEMENT METHOD OF POWDER SUPPLY HEAD, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING EROSION SHIELD

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POPOWE...

1. A management method of a powder supply head which has a double tube in which an inner circumference side tube that sprays a cladding metal used for cladding by welding using a laser and an outer circumference side tube that is disposed at an outer circumference of the inner circumference side tube and sprays a shielding air overlap concentrically, and supplies the cladding metal to a cladding portion, the method comprising:a spraying process of spraying the cladding metal from the powder supply head to a test region under set conditions and forming a line segment by the cladding metal sprayed to the test region;
a width measurement process of measuring a width of the cladding metal sprayed onto the test region;
a determination process of, in a case where the measured width of the cladding metal is an allowance or smaller, determining that the powder supply head is usable, and in a case where the measured width of the cladding metal is greater than the allowance, determining that the powder supply head is unusable.

US Pat. No. 10,245,677

LASER DECOATING OF COATED METAL SHEETS

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemt...

1. A method of laser decoating a coated metal sheet, the method comprising:directing a laser beam onto a surface of a metal sheet coated with a metal protective layer, such that the laser beam strikes the surface of the metal sheet at a laser spot and melts material of the metal protective layer; and
directing multiple gas flows, from a plurality of nozzles at a pressure of at least 3 bar and at an acute angle with respect to the laser beam onto the laser spot, the nozzles being arranged around the laser beam such that the gas flows directed from the nozzles intersect with each other on the surface of the workpiece at the laser spot and blow away the melted material of the metal protective layer from the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,245,676

FRICTION STIR WELDING DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A friction stir welding device comprising:a workpiece holder configured to hold a first workpiece and a second workpiece whose end edge is butted and disposed in a posture making an angle intersecting a face of the first workpiece; and
a welding device main body configured to be relatively moved in directions in which corners formed by the first and second workpieces held by the workpiece holder extend,
wherein the welding device main body includes:
friction stir welding tools including stationary shoulders, which have workpiece contact faces brought into contact with both of the workpieces forming the corners, and rotatable probes and disposed at both the corners between which the second workpiece is sandwiched;
spindle units configured to rotate the probes of the friction stir welding tools;
axial movement units configured to move the spindle units in directions following rotary shafts of the probes within a plane perpendicular to a direction of relative movement of the welding device main body relative to the workpieces; and
axially perpendicular movement units configured to move the spindle units in directions perpendicular to the rotary shafts of the probes within the plane perpendicular to the direction of relative movement, and
wherein the axially perpendicular movement units include:
movable tables that are moved in the directions perpendicular to the rotary shafts of the probes within the plane perpendicular to the direction of relative movement; and
gravity compensation mechanisms that are mounted on the movable tables.

US Pat. No. 10,245,675

MULTI-STAGE RESISTANCE SPOT WELDING METHOD FOR WORKPIECE STACK-UP HAVING ADJACENT STEEL AND ALUMINUM WORKPIECES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of resistance spot welding a workpiece stack-up that includes a steel workpiece and an aluminum workpiece, the method comprising:(a) providing a workpiece stack-up that has a first side and a second side, the workpiece stack-up comprising a steel workpiece disposed adjacent to and overlapping an aluminum workpiece, the steel workpiece having a faying surface that contacts a faying surface of the aluminum workpiece to establish a faying interface between the workpieces;
(b) passing an electrical current across the faying interface to cause melting of the aluminum workpiece and the formation of a molten aluminum weld pool within the aluminum workpiece that wets the faying surface of the steel workpiece;
(c) allowing the molten aluminum weld pool to solidify into a weld joint that bonds the steel and aluminum workpieces together at the faying interface, the weld joint having an interfacial weld bond area joined with the faying surface of the steel workpiece;
(d) passing an electrical current through the weld joint to remelt at least a portion of the weld joint at the interfacial weld bond area to form a remelted portion of the weld joint;
(e) allowing the remelted portion of the weld joint to resolidify to form a first refined weld joint; and
(f) repeating steps (d) and (e) at least once to produce a final refined weld joint that bonds the steel and aluminum workpieces together at the faying interface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,674

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PLASMA GAS VENTING IN A PLASMA ARC TORCH

Hypertherm, Inc., Hanove...

1. A plasma cutting system comprising:a torch body having a proximal end and a distal end defining a longitudinal axis extending therethrough;
a torch tip having a proximal end and a distal end, the torch tip located at the distal end of the torch body and including a plasma plenum and a plasma arc exit orifice located at the distal end of the torch tip;
a lead connector disposed on the proximal end of the torch body and connectable to a torch lead at the proximal end of the torch body, the torch lead having a proximal end and a distal end;
an atmospheric vent port from the plasma plenum and disposed between the plasma arc exit orifice and the distal end of the torch lead, the atmospheric vent port having an outer opening exposed to atmosphere, the outer opening disposed upstream of the proximal end of the torch tip and downstream of the distal end of the torch lead; and
a conduit fluidly connecting the plasma plenum and the atmospheric vent port, the conduit comprising:
a first channel configured to direct a portion of ionized gas from the plasma plenum in a first direction axially away from the plasma arc exit orifice; and
a second channel, fluidly connected between the first channel and the atmospheric vent port, configured to direct the portion of ionized gas from the first channel to the atmospheric vent port.

US Pat. No. 10,245,673

MIG/MAG WELDING OF CARBON STEEL WITH ROTATING ARC AND AR/HE/O2 GAS MIXTURE

1. A process for the electric-arc MIG/MAG welding of at least two carbon steel parts with use of a consumable filler wire, a rotating arc and gas shielding formed of a ternary gas mixture consisting of 19.5 to 20.5% of helium, of 2.7 to 3.3% of O2 and of argon for the remainder (% by volume), wherein the consumable filler wire is melted by the rotating arc so as to obtain metal transfer by rotating liquid vein and the at least two carbon steel parts overlapping or covering one another, the rotating arc welding taking place at said overlap or covering.

US Pat. No. 10,245,672

TORCH FOR ELECTRIC ARC WELDING SYSTEM

Lincoln Global Inc., Cit...

1. A welding apparatus, comprising:a welding gun having a memory device configured to store an identification code which identifies said welding gun;
a welding system coupled to said welding gun, said welding system comprising:
a waveform generator configured to generate a welding waveform corresponding only to the welding gun;
a power source coupled to said waveform generator and configured to receive said welding waveform and generate a welding output signal based on said welding waveform; and
a decoder coupled to said memory device in said welding gun and to said waveform generator, wherein said decoder is configured to detect said identification code and generate an enabling signal in response to detecting said identification code, and
wherein said waveform generator is configured to only generate said welding waveform in response to said decoder sending said enabling signal to said waveform generator.

US Pat. No. 10,245,671

WELD OVERLAY SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A weld overlay system which weld overlays an outer peripheral surface of a workpiece of a circular tube shape, the weld overlay system comprising:a workpiece jig which holds the workpiece in such a manner that a center axis direction of the workpiece conforms to a first direction, and rotates the workpiece in a circumferential direction thereof;
a carriage which moves in the first direction along the workpiece held by the workpiece jig;
a welding base disposed above the workpiece and supported on the carriage in such a manner that the welding base is displaceable with respect to the carriage in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction;
at least one pair of rollers, each roller of the at least one pair of rollers having a rotary shaft that extends in parallel with the first direction, the pair of rollers being supported on the welding base in such a manner that the rotary shafts of the pair of rollers are spaced apart from each other in the second direction, and the pair of rollers are pressed against the outer peripheral surface of the workpiece by a gravitational force to maintain a distance between the welding base and the workpiece at a constant value;
a welding torch supported on the welding base in such a manner that a tip end of the welding torch is positioned between the rotary shafts of the pair of rollers in the second direction;
a horizontal movement mechanism provided between the carriage and the welding base and including a rail extending in a horizontal direction and a slider which travels on the rail, the horizontal movement mechanism being configured to cause to move the welding base to be displaceable in the horizontal direction with respect to the carriage; and
a vertical movement mechanism provided between the carriage and the welding base to move and configured to cause the welding base to be displaceable in a vertical direction with respect to the carriage,
wherein the vertical movement mechanism includes a slider shaft extending in the vertical direction, a first base to which the slider shaft is fastened, a second base which is slidable on the slider shaft, and an elastic member provided between the first base and the second base.

US Pat. No. 10,245,670

WELDING OR CUTTING TOOL

1. A welding or cutting tool for welding or cutting electrically conductive work pieces, having a nozzle disposed at a tool tip, for exit of a welding or cutting jet, and having a nozzle cap that encloses the nozzle, at least in part, and is open toward the tool tip, wherein the nozzle cap has an electrode that forms a capacitance with the respective work piece, and wherein the nozzle cap has an insulating element, wherein the electrode comprises an electrically conductive first ceramic material, and is configured in one piece with the insulating element, wherein the insulating element comprises an electrically insulating second ceramic material.

US Pat. No. 10,245,669

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUTOGENOUS PROCESSES

Linde Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. An enveloping gas device for transporting at least one enveloping gas, wherein the enveloping gas device is allocated to a burner head or at least one nozzle of a device provided for working or processing at least one component or workpiece by autogenous processes selected from the group consisting of autogenous flame cutting, autogenous flame brazing, and autogenous flame gouging, characterized in that at least one burner flame issuing from the burner head or nozzle and directed towards the component or workpiece is completely enclosed by the enveloping gas which is not consumed by the at last one burner flame, and concentrating the flame on the at least one component or workpiece and the concentration of contaminants contained in the waste gas from the device is reduced by the enveloping gas, wherein an end area of the enveloping gas device facing the component or workpiece protrudes slightly beyond end area of the burner head or the nozzle that faces the component or workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,245,668

FLUXING SYSTEMS, BONDING MACHINES INCLUDING FLUXING SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

KULICKE AND SOFFA INDUSTR...

1. A bonding machine comprising:(a) a bond head assembly including a bonding tool for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate, the semiconductor element including a plurality of conductive structures; and
(b) a fluxing system including (i) a flux holder defining a cavity for holding flux, and (ii) a fluid source for providing a cooling fluid to cool the flux holder, the cooling fluid being provided by the fluid source to a surface of the flux holder beneath the cavity,
wherein, prior to bonding of the semiconductor element to the substrate, the bonding tool is configured to dip the conductive structures at least partially into the cavity such that the conductive structures contact the flux,
the bonding machine being at least one of a thermocompression bonding machine or a flip chip bonding machine.

US Pat. No. 10,245,667

CHIP JOINING BY INDUCTION HEATING

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. An apparatus for joining a chip with a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a pick-and-place machine including a pick-up head to for releasably holding the chip and a robotic arm for moving the pick-up head in a motion path;
an induction heater including a plurality of coil turns located in the motion path directly over the substrate, the coil turns having an inner diameter defining an interior surface; and
a power supply coupled with the induction heater, the power supply configured to supply electrical power with a time-varying alternating current to the coil turns of the induction heater for heating solder bumps on the chip by electromagnetic induction while the chip is releasably held by the pick-up head, wherein the pick-up head moves the chip axially through the interior surface of the coil turns and toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,666

DRILLING TOOL FOR USE IN MACHINING A CONDUCTIVE WORK PIECE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A drilling tool for use in machining a conductive work piece, said drilling tool comprising:an electrode assembly comprising:
a forward electrode comprising an outer radial portion and an inner radial portion, said outer radial portion comprising a forward face, and said inner radial portion extending from said forward face of said outer radial portion;
a dielectric sheath that extends circumferentially about a portion of said forward electrode; and
at least one side electrode coupled to said dielectric sheath; and
a protective cap positioned at least partially over said electrode assembly, said protective cap comprising a first opening and a second opening defined therein such that said inner radial portion of said forward electrode and said at least one side electrode are at least partially exposed, wherein at least a portion of said protective cap extends beyond said forward face of said outer radial portion, wherein said protective cap comprises a forward wall and a side wall that at least partially extend over a wear region generally defined between the forward electrode and the at least one side electrode, and wherein said first opening is defined in said forward wall and said second opening is defined in said side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,245,665

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR BROKEN TAP REMOVAL

Ray F. Woods, Salem, OH ...

1. A tap removal tool comprising:A bolt with a head and distal threaded portion and a nut to engage on said threaded portion of the bolt, and said bolt having a longitudinally threaded blind bore in a flat bottom of said threaded portion therein, where said longitudinally threaded blind bore is to accept a threaded rod, and a hollow body is slid over said threaded portion of the bolt and just beneath the nut on said bolt, and said body having a distal end where a lock assembly is encompassed and said body distal end formed with an exterior wrench flats, where said lock assembly accepts an interchangeable flute tab assembly, and said interchangeable flute tab assembly is a hollow longitudinal shaft having at least one flute tab distal said lock assembly portion, and said flute tab is formed to engage in a tap flute, said flute tab retaining a rubber bushing, and said rubber bushing having an opening to accept said flute tab, and where said threaded rod protrudes beyond said distal end of the interchangeable flute tab assembly's said tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,245,664

BEVEL GEAR CUTTING MACHINE FOR CHAMFERING BEVEL GEAR TOOTH EDGES AND METHOD FOR CHAMFERING THE TOOTH EDGES OF BEVEL GEARS

KLINGELNBERG AG, (CH)

1. A bevel gear cutting machine comprising:a plurality of numerically-controllable axes;
a workpiece spindle;
a workpiece spindle axis, wherein the workpiece spindle is configured to receive a bevel gear coaxially with the workpiece spindle axis; and
a deburring device including a deburring spindle configured to receive at least one first deburring tool defining at least one cutting edge;
wherein the bevel gear cutting machine is configured to chamfer tooth edges in a first pass and a second pass;
wherein, in the first pass, first chamfers are formed on the tooth edges by using the at least one cutting edge of the at least one first deburring tool in a continuous process in which the bevel gear and the at least one first deburring tool coupledly rotate while engaged with one another; and
wherein, in the second pass, second chamfers are formed adjacent or near the first chamfers by using the at least one cutting edge of the at least one first deburring tool or by using at least one cutting edge of a second deburring tool in a continuous process, in which the bevel gear and the at least one first or second deburring tool coupledly rotate while engaged with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,245,663

AIRFLOW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A table saw comprising:a lower guard assembly including a dust exhaust chute, the lower guard assembly being configured to at least partially enclose a lower portion of a saw blade;
a first airflow fan positioned in the lower guard assembly and configured and arranged to produce a first airflow directed through the lower guard assembly toward the dust exhaust chute;
a second airflow fan positioned in the lower guard assembly and configured to produce a second airflow directed through the lower guard assembly toward the dust exhaust chute, the first and second airflows forming a combined airflow directed toward the dust exhaust chute;
a motor configured to rotationally drive an output shaft; and
a drivetrain system connecting the output shaft to the first airflow fan and the saw blade to enable the motor to rotationally drive the first airflow fan, the second airflow fan, and the saw blade simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,245,662

WALL OR FLOOR SAW

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A wall or floor chain sawing device comprising:a chain bar assembly comprising a chain bar guiding a chain at least partly around a perimeter of the chain bar, the chain bar having a longitudinal extension, and a chain bar housing attached to and partially covering the chain bar and the chain;
a motor;
a track interface arranged to co-operate with a guiding track;
a power transmission arrangement adapted to transfer a motion from said motor to the chain; and
a first pivotable support rod and a second pivotable support rod,
wherein each of the first pivotable support rod and the second pivotable support rod has a corresponding first end and second end,
wherein each first end is pivotably attached to a mounting bracket, the mounting bracket being at least indirectly attached to the motor,
wherein each second end is at least indirectly pivotably attached to the chain bar assembly, and
wherein the first pivotable support rod and the second pivotable support rod are configured to move the chain bar assembly in a complete circular movement in a cutting plane while maintaining the chain bar assembly in a direction of the longitudinal extension of the chain bar within the cutting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,245,660

SAW GUIDE PRESSURE FEED SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method for making a bandmill cut through a workpiece, said bandmill having a sawblade, the sawblade having a cutting edge, a trailing edge, and first and second side faces connecting the cutting and trailing edges, a top sawguide and a bottom sawguide, each sawguide having a FRONT face enabled to contact and pre-strain the sawguide against the first side face of the sawblade for making a cut through a workpiece, a motion controller and a motion drive mechanism for controlling workpiece feedspeed; wherein said method is characterized by:(a) providing an anti-deviation feedback loop controller to an operator of a bandmill, said anti-deviation feedback loop controller comprising:
i) a force sensor operatively coupled to a second face of said bottom sawguide, wherein said force sensor is enabled to sense a dynamic sawblade deflecting force of a side of the sawblade against the FRONT face of the bottom sawguide in real time while sawing a workpiece, said sawblade deflecting force caused by saw feed velocity through a nonuniform workpiece and preceding a lateral deflection of said sawblade toward or away from said FRONT face of said bottom sawguide during a cut, said force sensor to generate an electrical signal of a magnitude and a direction of said sawblade deflecting force;
ii) an anti-deviation control system configured to receive said electrical signal from said force sensor, and to determine a feedspeed adjustment output therefrom;
iii) a motion drive mechanism enabled to receive said feedspeed adjustment output from said anti-deviation control system and drive a workpiece feedspeed in response thereto;
(b) pre-stressing said sawguide by laterally displacing said bottom sawguide against said first side face of the sawblade;
(c) configuring said anti-deviation control system to digitally zero said electrical signal between cuts, such that a positive value of said electrical signal during a cut is associated with a lateral deflecting force of said blade in a first direction and a negative value is associated with a lateral deflecting force of said blade in an opposite direction;
(d) operating said force sensor in
i) a zero set state wherein said force sensor is elastically pre-strained in compression by statically pre-stressing said sawguide against said blade and digitally zeroing said electrical signal; and,
ii) an anti-deviation detection state wherein force sensor is elastically compressed or relaxed during a cut by any lateral deflecting force of said blade against or away from said sawguide and said electrical signal may range around zero from a positive value to a negative value, and,
(e) while cutting a workpiece, monitoring said magnitude and direction of said sawblade deflecting force and operating said motion drive mechanism under control of said anti-deviation control system so as to forestall any lateral deflection of said first side face of the sawblade perpendicular to the first side face of the sawblade from a true cut line, thereby operating an anti-deviation feedback control loop.

US Pat. No. 10,245,659

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a top surface comprising a side portion, and a first corner portion and a second corner portion each adjacent to the side portion;
a bottom surface opposite to the top surface;
a side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a cutting edge disposed along a ridge line at an intersection between the top surface and the side surface,
wherein
the cutting edge comprises:
a main cutting edge located on the side portion;
a first sub cutting edge located on the first corner portion; and
a second sub cutting edge located on the second corner portion, the main cutting edge comprises in a side view:
a first cutting edge is connected to the first sub cutting edge;
a second cutting edge is connected to the second sub cutting edge; and
a third cutting edge having a linear shape and located between the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge,
the main cutting edge inclines with a height thereof decreasing from a portion adjacent to the first sub cutting edge to a portion adjacent to the second sub cutting edge in a side view, and
an inclination angle of the third cutting edge is greater than inclination angles of the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge in a side view.

US Pat. No. 10,245,658

CUTTING DEVICE AND CHAMFERING MACHINE COMPRISING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A cutting device for use in a chamfering process of a film laminate, comprisinga rotating wheel having a rotation center; and
a cutting bite comprising a main body mounted on said rotating wheel and a cutting tip provided on said main body and provided to perform chamfering of the film laminate by rotating the rotating wheel,
wherein said cutting bite is mounted on the rotating wheel such that the central axis of said cutting tip is inclined at a first angle with respect to the tangential direction of a rotation locus of the cutting bite formed by rotating said rotating wheel, and
wherein the cutting tip is provided such that a cutting line contacting with the film laminate along the rotation direction of the rotating wheel is formed as a curved line, but a central part of the curved line has a concave shape recessed inward than both side edges.

US Pat. No. 10,245,657

TWIST DRILL AND PRODUCTION METHOD

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A production method for a twist drill comprising the following steps:milling a plurality of depressions into a circumferential surface of a blank in order to form a network of ribs, first ribs of the ribs being parallel to each other and running along an axis of the blank, while second ribs of the ribs are parallel to each other and run at an angle of inclination slanted relative to the first ribs;
milling grooves into sections of the first ribs situated between adjacent second ribs; and
forming a drilling head on an end face of the milled blank, wherein
the grooves are milled at a depth deviating by less than 10% from a depth of the depressions.

US Pat. No. 10,245,656

STEP BIT

GREENLEE TOOLS, INC., Ro...

1. A step bit comprising:a distal end and a proximal end, and a central axis defined between the distal and proximal ends around which the step bit is configured to be rotated;
a tip provided at the distal end, the tip including one or more cutting edges;
a body extending from the tip, the body including one or more flutes having a cutting edge,
a plurality of steps provided on the body from the tip to the proximal end, each step having a first land and a second land extending proximally from the first land, each first land having a length and a surface defining an outer diameter, each second land having a length and a surface defining an outer diameter, wherein in each step the outer diameter of the first land is less than the outer diameter of the second land, the lands progressively increasing in outer diameter as the steps progress from a first step at the distal end to a terminal step at a proximal end of the body, wherein in each step the length of the first land is less than the length of the second land, wherein the length of each first land is the same, and wherein the length of each second land is the same; and
a shank extending proximally from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,245,655

COLLETED BUSHING AND METHOD OF USE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A colleted bushing, comprising:a collet having a collet proximal end and a collet bore having a collet axis and collet threads formed along a section of the collet bore, and a collet bore taper located adjacent the collet proximal end, the collet including a plurality of collet fingers located adjacent the collet proximal end and configured to be inserted into a workpiece hole of a workpiece, the collet having a collet flange of a larger width than a collet diameter collectively defined by the collet fingers, the collet flange having an underside defining a planar annular surface configured to be placed in contact against a surface of the workpiece when the collet is installed in the workpiece hole and thereby preventing pivoting of the collet within the workpiece hole and maintaining perpendicularity of the collet axis relative to the surface of the workpiece;
a bushing having a bushing proximal end, a bushing bore, a bushing outer surface, and bushing threads formed along a section of the bushing outer surface; and
the bushing configured to be inserted into the collet bore and the bushing threads configured to engage the collet threads in a manner resulting in simultaneous rotational and axial movement of the bushing relative to the collet until the bushing proximal end contacts the collet bore taper causing the collet fingers to be urged radially outwardly and removably locking the collet within the workpiece hole, the bushing bore configured to receive and guide a tool.