US Pat. No. 10,336,204

AUTOMATIC LATERAL ALIGNMENT FOR WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEMS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for automatic wireless charging alignment comprising:calculating a wireless power transfer efficiency during a wireless charging session involving a wireless charging assembly having a transmitting coil and an electronic device having a receiving coil mounted to a linear actuator mechanism;
controlling the linear actuator mechanism to move the receiving coil in a lateral direction such that the wireless power transfer efficiency increases;
determining whether to move the receiving coil in a first lateral direction or a second lateral direction opposite the first lateral direction; and
controlling the linear actuator mechanism to move the receiving coil in a lateral direction determined in the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,336,203

CHARGING/DISCHARGING STATION, IN PARTICULAR FOR A BATTERY-OPERATED VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A charging/discharging station (2) for charging or discharging an at least partially battery-operated vehicle (14) via an inductively coupled pair of coils, the charging/discharging station (2) comprisingat least one parking space (4) with a primary coil (6), the primary coil (6) being able to form the inductively coupled pair of coils together with a secondary coil (18) of a vehicle (14) to be discharged and/or charged,
a first communication unit (8) which is set up to communicate with a second communication unit (16) of the vehicle (14),
at least one camera device (10) which is connected to a computer device (12) for processing recorded image data, the computer device (12) storing spatial coordinates of the at least one parking space (4), and the computer device (12) having means for navigating the vehicle (14) to the at least one parking space (4) on the basis of image data relating to the vehicle (14) which are recorded by the camera device (10) and the spatial coordinates of the at least one parking space (4) by means of the first and second communication units (8, 16), wherein the camera device flies autonomously above the parking spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,336,202

DRONE ASSISTANCE APPARATUS WITH CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A drone receiving apparatus comprising:a landing area on which a drone is receivable, the landing area comprising a platform, a lighting system, and/or a surface;
a charging plate for providing electrical power to the drone received by the landing area;
a communication system;
a signal communicable by the communication system to exchange data with the drone that is within a communicable proximity to the communication system;
wherein the drone is communicable with additional drones to exchange the data at least partially relating to status to coordinate operation of the drone; and
wherein the data comprises diagnostic information and/or charging information relating to the drone.

US Pat. No. 10,336,200

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND POWER RECEIVER

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power supply system comprising:a power transmitter; and
a power receiver,
the power transmitter comprising a power-transmitting coil to which AC power of a frequency is input from a power source, and
the power receiver comprising a power-receiving coil magnetically coupled to the power-transmitting coil at a coupling coefficient, and a first power-receiving-side series element coupled in series to the power-receiving coil and having imaginary impedance jZS2i,
wherein the frequency and the imaginary impedance satisfy Formula (1) so that an impedance of a power-receiving-side seen from the power source and the coupling coefficient are independent when the coupling coefficient changes,
where the Formula (1) is:

where L1 is self-inductance of the power-transmitting coil, L2 is self-inductance of the power-receiving coil, I1 is a current flowing through the power-transmitting coil, and I2 is a current flowing through the power-receiving coil.

US Pat. No. 10,336,199

ARRANGEMENT OF AN INDUCTION COIL ON AN UNDERBODY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle underbody arrangement, comprising:an induction coil configured to inductively charge an energy accumulator, the induction coil being arranged on an underbody of a motor vehicle;
a covering element configured to at least partially cover the induction coil on a downward side in a vertical direction of the motor vehicle; and
an underbody protection element adjoining the induction coil, the underbody protection element being configured to protect at least one component other than the induction coil of the motor vehicle,
wherein at least a portion of the induction coil is disposed between the underbody protection element and the covering element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,198

CHARGE CABLE LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A charge cable lock device for use with an inlet that includes an inlet housing, wherein a charge cable including a rocking arm with a hooking portion is connected in a removable manner to the inlet, the charge cable lock device comprising:a lock member movable to a lock position and an unlock position, wherein the lock member is configured to contact the rocking arm to restrict disengagement of the hooking portion of the rocking arm from the inlet when the lock member is located at the lock position;
a lock housing that supports the lock member; and
a fixing pin configured to be inserted into the lock housing and the inlet housing and fix the lock housing to the inlet traversing the lock housing and the inlet housing,
wherein the fixing pin includes a metal one-piece component including
distal linear portions that are parallel to each other, and
a bridge that connects the distal linear portions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,197

POWER TRANSMITTER, POWER RECEIVER, AND WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A power transmitter comprising:a high-frequency power source device generating high-frequency power;
a power transmitting unit including a power-transmitting coil, the power transmitting unit wirelessly transmitting the high-frequency power received from the high-frequency power source device to a power receiver mounted on an electric vehicle; and
a transmitter-side controller that calculates a transmitter usage rate, the transmitter-side controller causing the power transmitting unit to stop power transmission in response to the transmitter usage rate exceeding a predetermined threshold, the transmitter usage rate indicating a rate of time during which the power transmitting unit transmits power to the power receiver per unit time.

US Pat. No. 10,336,196

ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. A power control method of an electric storage apparatus that includes an output terminal, an electric storage device connected to the output terminal via a power supply route in the electric storage apparatus, and a monitoring apparatus including a detector, a communication unit, and a controller, the method comprising:detecting a variation value corresponding to an amount of charge of the electric storage device;
shutting down the power supply route in the electric storage apparatus, which connects the electric storage device to the output terminal; and
causing the communication unit to receives an input signal from outside.

US Pat. No. 10,336,195

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle including an electric motor configured to provide a regenerative braking force to left and right drive wheels that are one of front wheels and rear wheels, and a friction braking device configured to provide a friction braking force to left and right trailer wheels that are the other of the front wheels and the rear wheels, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a yaw rate sensor configured to determine a yaw rate generated by the vehicle;
a steering angle sensor configured to determine a steering angle; and
at least one controller configured to
calculate an expected value of a lateral acceleration to be generated by the vehicle, based on the steering angle and a speed of the vehicle;
determine a reduced braking force in accordance with an excessive allocation permission rate, which is a rate at which the braking force allocated to a trailer wheel side is reduced with respect to a drive wheel braking force, according to a desired allocation of the braking force between the front wheels and the rear wheels, and cause the reduced braking force to be allocated to a drive wheel side;
reduce the regenerative braking force and increase the friction braking force provided by the friction braking device by an amount corresponding to a reduced amount of the regenerative braking force, when the regenerative braking force is generated and the expected value is equal to or larger than a predetermined value representing an intention of a driver to turn the vehicle;
estimate an understeer tendency when the vehicle is turned;
calculate the speed of the vehicle or at least one wheel of the vehicle;
estimate the yaw rate based on the determined steering angle and the speed;
perform a first control of reducing the regenerative braking force by a first amount and increasing the friction braking force provided by the friction braking device by the first amount when the understeer tendency is estimated when the vehicle is turned with the regenerative braking force being generated; and
perform a second control of estimating a lateral acceleration that can be generated by the vehicle, based on at least a vehicle state, and reducing the regenerative braking force by a second amount according to the estimated lateral acceleration,
wherein the electric motor is configured to generate the regenerative braking force on the left and right wheels that are the front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,336,193

WASTE HEAT UTILIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A waste heat utilization system for an electric vehicle having an electric motor for driving the electric vehicle and a battery for supplying the electric motor with electric energy, comprising:an air conditioning circuit for air conditioning a vehicle interior of the electric vehicle, wherein, during operation of the waste heat utilization system, a working medium circulates in the air conditioning circuit, which has arranged therein:
a compressor for compressing the working medium;
a condenser for condensing the working medium;
an evaporator for evaporating the working medium;
a cooling circuit for cooling at least one of the electric motor and the battery, wherein, during the operation of the waste heat utilization system, a coolant circulates in the cooling circuit, which has arranged therein:
the electric motor and the battery, wherein the electric motor is arranged in a first branch of the cooling circuit, and the battery is arranged in a second branch of the cooling circuit, the second branch being fluidically connected in parallel with the first branch;
a first heat exchanger for discharging heat from the coolant into surroundings of the waste heat utilization system;
a coolant driver;
a first chiller via which heat is transferrable from the first branch of the cooling circuit into the air conditioning circuit;
a second chiller via which heat is transferrable from the second branch of the cooling circuit into the air conditioning circuit;
a heating circuit, in which a heating medium circulates, and in which a heating medium driver and a second heat exchanger for giving off heat from the heating medium into the vehicle interior are arranged;
wherein the condenser is an indirect heat exchanger via which heat is transferrable from the air conditioning circuit into the heating circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,192

PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATION ASSISTANCE METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A projection type display device comprising:a first optical modulation unit that spatially modulates light emitted from a first light source unit in accordance with image information;
a first transmitter that inputs the image information into the first optical modulation unit;
a first projection unit that projects the light spatially modulated by the first optical modulation unit to a projection surface disposed on a windshield of a vehicle;
a first processor configured to perform as:
a first image information generation unit that generates the image information; and
a first abnormality sensing unit that senses abnormality in the first optical modulation unit, wherein the abnormality in the first optical modulation unit is determined when a degree of match between a calculated projected image information of the first optical modulation unit and the imaqe information generated from the first image information generation unit is less than or equal to a threshold; and
a first control unit that
stops at least one of the first optical modulation unit or the first light source unit when the first abnormality sensing unit senses abnormality in the first optical modulation unit,
determines whether or not the image information generated by the first image information generation unit includes image information which calls attention of an operator of the vehicle to a field of view in a travelling direction of the vehicle, wherein the image information which calls attention of the operator of the vehicle to the field of view in the travelling direction of the vehicle is generated due to at least one of an obstacle and a dangerous object in the travelling direction of the vehicle,
produces a first output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information includes the image information calling attention, and
produces no first output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information does not include the image information calling attention,
wherein the first control unit displays, on a display device mounted in the vehicle, an icon calling attention and a message calling attention as part of the first output for calling attention,
wherein the display device is a projection type display device comprising: a second optical modulation unit that spatially modulates light emitted from a second light source unit in accordance with image information; a second transmitter that inputs the image information into the second optical modulation unit; a second projection unit that projects the light spatially modulated by the second optical modulation unit to the projection surface disposed on the windshield of the vehicle; a second processor configured to perform as: a second image information generation unit that generates the image information; and a second abnormality sensing unit that senses abnormality in at least one of the second optical modulation unit or the second transmitter; and a second control unit that stops at least one of the second optical modulation unit or the second light source unit when the second abnormality sensing unit senses abnormality in at least one of the second optical modulation unit or second the transmitter, determines whether or not the image information generated by the second image information generation unit includes image information which calls attention of the operator of the vehicle to the field of view in a travelling direction of the vehicle, produces a second output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information includes the image information calling attention, and produces no second output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information does not include the image information calling attention.

US Pat. No. 10,336,191

VEHICLE TACHOMETER DISPLAY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising, by a controller of a vehicle including an engine:detecting that a downshift of a manual transmission of the vehicle is likely; and
displaying, on a tachometer—
a first indicator of a current angular velocity of the engine;
a second indicator of a desired angular velocity;
a filled region having a fill corresponding to a difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity; and
determining a color for the filled region according to the difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,336,190

ROAD SIGN INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD IN VEHICLE

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

1. A road sign information display system in a vehicle comprising:a front surround view camera installed in a host vehicle and configured to obtain an image of surroundings in front of the host vehicle;
a sign recognition device that recognizes a road sign from the image to provide first sign information representing the recognized road sign, the road sign being a stop sign or a do-not-enter sign;
a sign information display device that displays the first sign information to a driver in the host vehicle;
a display control device that controls the sign information display device; and
a front vehicle recognition device that recognizes a front vehicle running ahead of the host vehicle in a driving lane in which the host vehicle is running or in an adjacent driving lane so as to provide information relating to movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is configured to determine whether or not the sign information display device is allowed to display the first sign information, on the basis of the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle comprises at least a velocity of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is further configured to
detect the velocity of the front vehicle and a velocity of the host vehicle,
obtain a predetermined threshold velocity by multiplying the velocity of the host vehicle by 0.6 to 0.9, and
compare the velocity of the front vehicle and the predetermined threshold velocity, and
wherein the display control device does not allow the sign information display device to display the first sign information when the velocity of the front vehicle is higher than the predetermined threshold velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,336,189

POLARIZER PLATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel that includes a display region;
a polarizer plate positioned on an upper portion of the display panel;
a case positioned below the display panel to accommodate the display panel; and
a groove line in at least one surface of the base film opposite from a side wall of the display panel,
wherein the polarizer plate includes a base film, an adhesive layer disposed on the base film, a polarizer protection film disposed on a surface of the adhesive layer opposite from the base film, and a polarizer disposed on a surface of the polarizer protection film opposite from the adhesive layer, wherein the base film includes projection regions that extend out from a region covered by the polarizer,
wherein the projection regions of the base film are bent around the groove line as a boundary toward the case, and
wherein the projection regions cover side portions of the polarizer protection film and the polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,188

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

12. A vehicle display system comprising:a display device configured to display an image on a window of a vehicle; and
circuitry configured to
determine whether a driver of a vehicle is in a normal state;
provide for display, on the display device, a first image for inside the vehicle based on determining that the driver is in the normal state;
provide for display, on the display device, a second image for a target outside the vehicle based on determining that 1) the driver is in the normal state and 2) the driver is aware of a presence of the target outside the vehicle;
provide for display, on the display device, a third image for outside the vehicle based on determining that the driver is not in the normal state;
provide for display, on the display device concurrently with the third image, a fourth image for an occupant present inside the vehicle based on determining that the occupant other than the driver is present inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,187

PLANETARY POWER TAKE OFF DEVICE

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A power take off device comprising:a housing, the housing having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface defining a central cavity, and a plurality of openings extending from the outer surface to the inner surface to provide access to the central cavity;
an input gear, the input gear being disposed in one of the plurality of openings, at least a portion of the input gear being disposed within the central cavity, and at least another portion of the input gear being disposed outside the central cavity outwardly of the outer surface;
an output device, the output device being disposed in another one of the plurality of openings, and at least a portion of the output device being disposed outside the central cavity outwardly of the outer surface;
an intermediate gear set disposed entirely within the central cavity and mechanically connecting the input gear and the output device, the intermediate gear set including a planetary gear set;
the planetary gear set including a sun gear, a plurality of planet gears carried by a planet carrier, and a ring gear; and
a clutch for connecting the ring gear with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,186

PUSHBUTTON VEHICLE SHIFTER INTERFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle pushbutton shifter interface comprising:a support assembly located proximate a panel in a vehicle generally forward of a driver seat; and
a plurality of pushbutton keys arranged horizontally on the support assembly and mechanically actuatable downward by force applied by a user to input vehicle operating modes including vehicle transmission positions, wherein the plurality of pushbutton keys pivot about a horizontal pivot rod to actuate a switch.

US Pat. No. 10,336,185

FINAL DRIVE FOR A ROAD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A final drive for a road vehicle, comprising a pinion gear on a pinion axle journaled in a housing, the pinion gear being in gear engagement with a crown gear journaled for rotation transversely to the pinion axle, the final drive comprisingan all wheel drive (AWD) coupling, comprising a disc package axially controlled by a hydraulic piston for optionally transmitting torque from an ingoing axle to the pinion axle and a means for rotatably connecting the disc package to the pinion axle,
the ingoing axle of the AWD coupling being radially journaled only by the pinion axle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,184

FUEL STORAGE ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A fuel storage assembly comprising:a power source;
a first tank;
a first fuel pump adapted to remove fuel from the first tank;
an electric relay electrically connected between the power source and the first fuel pump for terminating electric power to the first fuel pump;
a second tank adapted to receive the fuel removed from the first tank;
a second fuel pump adapted to remove fuel from the second tank;
a fuel level sensor configured to measure fuel level within the second tank; and
a shut-off device located in the second tank and electrically wired to the electric relay and configured to detect a shut-off level of fuel in the second tank, wherein upon detection of the shut-off level the shut-off device effects shut-down of the first fuel pump via the electric relay, wherein the shut-off device effects shut-down of the first fuel pump module upon detection of a deactivate transfer level that is lower than the shut-off level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,183

FUEL DOOR ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A fuel door arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a filler neck compartment;
a fuel door; and
a pivot arm supporting the fuel door and pivotally coupled to the filler neck compartment such that the fuel door is positionable about a pivoting axis between a closed position for at least sectionally closing the filler neck compartment, and an open position for revealing the filler neck compartment to enable refueling of the motor vehicle;
wherein the fuel door is displaceably supported on the pivot arm for relative radial movement with respect to the pivoting axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,182

VEHICLE CANISTER MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

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

1. A vehicle canister mounting arrangement comprising:a vehicle frame comprising:
a plurality of base members for supporting at least one seat in an occupant area;
a pair of front upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a forward portion of the occupant area;
a pair of rear upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a rearward portion of the occupant area;
a fuel tank; and
a canister for receiving vapor from the fuel tank, the canister mounted in a location above the base members, behind the front upright members and in front of the rear upright members;
wherein the at least one seat comprises a pair of seats arranged side-by-side in the occupant area, and a tubular frame member extends in a longitudinal direction between and in front of the pair of seats, and wherein the canister is attached to the tubular frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,180

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:estimating a powertrain component cooling demand based on operating conditions;
responsive to the powertrain component cooling demand, concurrently adjusting each of a radiator fan speed, a coolant system pump output, a vehicle grille shutter opening, and a vent opening of vents coupled to an engine insulating enclosure, wherein the concurrently adjusting includes selecting between a first mode of operation including a first setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening, and a second mode of operation including a second, different setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening based on energy loss in the first mode relative to energy loss in the second mode, wherein each of the first mode and the second mode meets the powertrain component cooling demand.

US Pat. No. 10,336,179

HYDRAULIC MOTOR FOR VEHICLE WHEEL

1. An apparatus comprising a hydraulic motor for a vehicle wheel, said hydraulic motor comprising a hydrodynamic element, a reaction element, a front bearing, a rear bearing, a support, an oil distributor, and a brake, wherein said hydrodynamic element comprises cells, pistons mounted so as each to slide in a respective cell, thereby defining a variable-volume chamber therein, and ducts that lead into said cells in order to communicate with said chambers, wherein said reaction element comprises an annular cam on which an active face of each piston acts, wherein said front and rear bearings at least indirectly enable said reaction element and said hydrodynamic element to rotate with respect to each other about an axis of rotation, wherein said support is rotationally linked to one of said elements, said vehicle wheel being rotationally linked to the other of said elements when in use, wherein said oil distributor rotates as one with said reaction element and brings said ducts selectively into communication with an oil supply line and a return line depending on an angular position thereof relative to said hydrodynamic element, and wherein said brake is mounted functionally between said two elements in order to selectively prevent rotational movement, said brake having at least one first braking surface rotationally coupled to said hydrodynamic element, and a second braking surface rotationally coupled to said reaction element, wherein each piston is mounted radially with respect to the axis of rotation, and wherein said hydrodynamic element is secured to a collar that surrounds said oil distributor and that bears, on a radially outer face thereof, means for rotationally coupling to said at least one first braking surface, said brake thus being disposed around said distributor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,178

FINAL DRIVE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND FINAL DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A final drive for a motor vehicle, comprising: a drive assembly having a drive shaft, wherein the drive shaft is coupled via a gear stage to an output shaft of a the final drive, wherein the drive shaft is coupled to the gear stage via an intermediate shaft that is arranged offset with respect to the drive shaft, wherein the intermediate shaft lies on a first side of a conceptual plane incorporating an axis of rotation of the drive shaft, and wherein a power electronics unit is electrically connected to the drive assembly via connection terminals arranged at the front end thereof on a second side, which lies opposite to the first side so that the power electronics unit and the gear stage are arranged in a single housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,177

DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device, comprising:a first drive unit;
a second drive unit;
a transmission unit including a primary shaft for connection to the first drive unit, a secondary shaft, and at least one gear pair via which the primary and secondary shafts are operatively connectable to one another;
a driving gear mounted in coaxial relationship to the secondary shaft and operatively connected to the second drive unit;
an output gear mounted in coaxial relationship to the primary shaft and meshing with the driving gear;
a secondary-shaft coupling device configured to couple only the driving gear directly with the secondary shaft; and
a primary-shaft coupling device configured to couple only the output gear directly with the primary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,176

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first transmission route configured to transmit power produced by the internal combustion engine to a wheel;
a first switching device arranged on the first transmission route, and configured to be switched between a connecting state which connects the internal combustion engine and the wheel and a disconnecting state which disconnects the internal combustion engine and the wheel;
a first rotating electrical machine;
a second transmission route connecting a first junction and the first rotating electrical machine, the first junction located on the first transmission route and closer to the internal combustion engine than the first switching device is;
a second switching device arranged on the second transmission route, and configured to be switched between a connecting state which connects the first transmission route and the first rotating electrical machine and a disconnecting state which disconnects the first transmission route and the first rotating electrical machine; and
a control circuit configured to control the first switching device and the second switching device, wherein
while the power is being transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the wheel with the first switching device in the connecting state, if a vehicle speed of the vehicle becomes greater than a first vehicle speed threshold value, the control circuit performs control to switch the second switching device to the disconnecting state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,175

ENGINE MOUNT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine mount for a vehicle, comprising:a rubber module which includes a rubber having a core therein, and a case that surrounds an exterior circumference of the rubber;
a fluid module with a module case coupled to the rubber module to define an upper chamber and a lower chamber and having a straight flow path and a bypass flow path, a closure configured to open or close the straight flow path, and a diaphragm installed on the module case to close the lower chamber; and
a coil module which has a coil embedded in the fluid module and configured to open and close the closure when a power source is turned on or off,
wherein the module case has a circular plate shape of a predetermined thickness, and the straight flow path that vertically penetrates the circular plate shape is formed in a central region of the module case such that a liquid flows directly between the upper chamber and the lower chamber through the straight flow path, and
wherein the closure includes:
a circular plate portion in which a permanent magnet is embedded and configured to open or close the straight flow path; and
a connecting rod that is integrally formed with the circular plate portion and vertically extends from the circular plate portion and a lower end portion of the connecting rod is connected to a central portion of the diaphragm after passing through the straight flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,336,174

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC ENGINE MOUNT

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

1. A mount system for mounting a first component of a vehicle to a second component of the vehicle, the mount system comprising:a tube portion, including a first component mount, that is provided about a centerline, the tube portion including:
a first outer magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an inwardly facing magnet that is parallel to the centerline; and
a second outer magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an inwardly facing magnet set that includes:
a first inwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline, and
a second inwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline; and
a shaft portion, including a second component mount, that is provided about the centerline, the shaft portion including:
a first inner magnet support portion, oriented about the centerline, provided with an outwardly facing magnet that is parallel to the centerline; and
a second inner magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an outwardly facing magnet set that includes:
a first outwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline, and
a second outwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline; and
the inwardly facing magnet interacts with the outwardly facing magnet to repel, with a first air gap provided therebetween;
the first inwardly facing damper magnet interacts with the first outwardly facing damper magnet to attract, with a second air gap provided therebetween; and
the second inwardly facing damper magnet interacts with the second outwardly facing damper magnet to repel, with a third air gap provided therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,336,173

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR POWER UNIT OF UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A mounting structure for a power unit of a utility vehicle, the mounting structure comprising:a left front support portion supporting a left front end of the power unit;
a right front support portion supporting a right front end of the power unit; and
a rear support portion supporting a rear end of the power unit,
wherein the left front support portion, the right front support portion, and the rear support portion are disposed such that a centroid of a triangle connecting the left front support portion, the right front support portion, and the rear support portion coincides with a centroid of the power unit in a plan view of the power unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,172

ENDLESS TRACK ENCLOSURE FOR TRACKED VEHICLES

1. A bag assembly for covering an endless track of a heavy equipment vehicle during transport of the vehicle upon a flatbed trailer, said bag assembly comprising:a flexible outer bag portion for surrounding and covering a portion of the endless track that extends laterally beyond a side edge of the flatbed trailer;
a flexible inner bag portion joined to said outer bag portion for partially covering a portion of the endless track disposed laterally inwardly of the side edge of the trailer bed, said inner and outer portions including forward and rearward lobes for respectively covering forward and rearward end portions of the endless track, said inner bag portion including a recess for accommodating a bottom section of the endless track such that said bottom section of said endless track engages the trailer bed directly through said recess, said inner bag portion further including an inwardly facing inner edge segment that wraps around and vertically covers and obscures an inwardly facing interior edge of the endless track for the entire portion of the endless track that does not directly touch the trailer; and
a tension strap assembly interconnected and extending longitudinally between opposing locations of said inwardly facing inner edge segment on respective said lobes, said tension strap assembly pulling respective portions of said inwardly facing inner edge segment together to hold the bag in snug interengagement with a covered track such that debris dislodged from the inwardly facing interior edge of the track during transport is retained within the bag, said tension strap assembly including a medial connecting strap that extends between said forward and rearward lobes inwardly of the inwardly facing interior edge segment of the endless track, said tension strap assembly further including a plurality of diverging straps, each interconnected between said medial strap and a respective strap connector carried by said inwardly facing inner edge segment of said bag.

US Pat. No. 10,336,171

RETRACTABLE VEHICLE COVER AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

1. A retractable car cover, comprising:a housing mountable to a vehicle roof;
a front roller rotatably residing in the housing;
a rear roller rotatably residing in the housing behind the front roller;
a front cover portion rollable onto the front roller to reside in the housing in a front stowed position, and deployable from the housing; and
a rear cover portion rollable onto the rear roller to reside in the housing in a rear stowed position and deployable from the housing;
spiral springs residing inside the housing and attached to the front and rear rollers and configured to resist withdrawal of the front cover and the rear cover from the housing and to draw the front cover and the rear cover into the housing; and
locking mechanisms configured to retain the front cover and the rear cover when deployed, and to release the front cover and the rear cover to return the front cover and the rear cover into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,170

VARIABLE BELT MOLDING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE DOOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable belt molding structure for a vehicle door, the variable belt molding structure comprising:a skin disposed in a fixed quarter window and a rear door window formed in a rear door of a vehicle to have a width that is varied in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a carrier portion internally coupled to the skin to maintain air-tightness by being in contact with a window glass of the rear door window;
a clip mounted to be internally coupled to the carrier portion and mounted in a door panel of the rear door; and
a first mounting clip coupled to a fixed quarter window bracket attached to the fixed quarter window,
wherein the skin includes:
a first skin extension configured to extend downward in a height direction of the vehicle; and
a second skin extension integrally formed with the first skin extension to extend in a horizontal direction thereof or a horizontal and upward direction thereof, and
wherein a first flange is formed in the second skin extension of the skin to protrude downward in the height direction of the vehicle, and the first mounting clip is disposed in the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,336,169

DOOR WEATHER STRIP

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A door weather strip configured to seal a gap between an outer periphery of a door that selectively opens and closes an opening of a vehicle body and a peripheral edge of the opening, the door weather strip comprising:a molded portion formed by molding using a mold, wherein the molded portion is arranged in a corner of the door corresponding to a joint portion between a roof and a pillar of the vehicle body in the peripheral edge of the opening; and
an insert member that is embedded in the molded portion, wherein
the molded portion includes
an attachment base that is attached to an inner periphery of the corner,
an extension that extends from the attachment base to an outer peripheral side of the corner, and
a sealing portion that is formed in the extension,
the sealing portion includes
a sealing lip that extends in a circumferential direction, and
a molded hollow sealing portion that has a hollow portion and extends in the circumferential direction on an inner side of the extension and on an inner peripheral side of the sealing lip,
a slit through which an inner core for forming the hollow portion is removed is formed in a connecting portion of the molded hollow sealing portion that is connected to the extension,
the extension is divided by the slit into an inner peripheral portion on the inner peripheral side of the slit and an outer peripheral portion on the outer peripheral side of the slit,
the insert member includes
a base that extends in the circumferential direction in the attachment base,
an intermediate section that is continuous with the base and extends in the circumferential direction in the inner peripheral portion, and
a stay portion that is continuous with the intermediate section and extends to the outer peripheral side in the outer peripheral portion, and
a width in the circumferential direction of at least a section of the stay portion that crosses the molded hollow sealing portion is set smaller than widths in the circumferential direction of the base and the intermediate section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,168

APPARATUS FOR COVERING A CONTAINER LOAD

TY-CROP MANUFACTURING LTD...

1. An apparatus for covering an open top of a transportation trailer container, the apparatus comprising:an arm pivotable between a closed position and an open position, the arm holding a rotatable roller for dispensing and receiving a flexible cover, the flexible cover being wrapped around the roller when the arm is in the open position, the flexible cover being unrolled from the roller to cover the open top due to motion of the arm from the open position to the closed position, the arm pivotably mounted to an arm pivot;
a recessed region comprising the arm pivot; and
a secondary cover movable between a cover closed position and a cover open position, the secondary cover covering a top of the recessed region when in the cover closed position, the secondary cover biased toward the cover closed position, the secondary cover being overtop of the arm when the arm is in the closed position and the secondary cover is in the cover closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,167

APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING INFLOW OF DUST IN REAR RAIL OF SUNROOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for preventing an inflow of dust in a rear rail of a sunroof, the apparatus comprising:the rear rail of the sunroof which is disposed in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a tilt lever which has a first end portion coupled to a moving glass and a second end portion disposed on the rear rail, and slides along a trajectory of the rear rail;
a tilt lever shoe which is disposed at the second end portion of the tilt lever, and configured to be fastened by being fitted with the rear rail; and
at least one guide rail which is disposed to protrude from the rear rail in a width direction of a vehicle,
wherein an internal surface of the tilt lever shoe is disposed to contact with at least one of upper and lower surfaces of the at least one guide rail,
wherein at least two layers of the at least one guide rail are surrounded by the tilt lever shoe so as to prevent a dust from flowing into the rear rail, and
wherein the at least two layers include:
an upper layer, wherein at least a surface of the upper layer is spaced with a gap from an inner upper of the tilt lever shoe; and
a lower layer, wherein upper, lower and left and right surfaces of the lower layer are in contact with the internal surface of the tilt lever shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,336,166

DOOR IMPACT BEAM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a door impact beam that is disposed on a door frame of a vehicle, the method comprising:preparing a raw pipe having a circular cross-section with first and second end portions open;
forming a secondary pipe having a larger diameter at first and second end portions than at a center portion by expanding the first and second end portions of the raw pipe by inserting a punch into the first and second end portions of the raw pipe; and
pressing the secondary pipe to make the first and second end portions of the secondary pipe flat and make the center portion of the secondary pipe concaved in a predetermine direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,165

SPRING-ACTIVATED EXTENDABLE SUN VISOR BLADE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A carrier assembly for translating a vehicle extendable sun visor between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, comprising:a track element defining a channel;
a compression spring disposed within the channel; and
a carrier slidably received within the channel, the carrier including a spring plate detent, wherein the track element includes a detent aperture configured to releasably engage the spring plate detent to retain the vehicle extendable sun visor in the stowed configuration and to disengage the spring plate detent such that the compression spring is released to automatically bias the vehicle extendable sun visor into the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,336,164

SUN VISOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sun visor assembly, comprising:a support rod displaceable between a first position, extending along a windshield, and a second position extending along a side window;
a visor body carried on said support rod; and
a cam configured to displace said visor body along said support rod from a home position to an extended position as said support rod is displaced toward said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,163

WINDSHIELD

NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPAN...

1. A windshield to which an information acquisition device can be attached that emits and/or receives light to acquire image information from outside of a vehicle that includes the windshield, the windshield comprising:a glass sheet;
a mask layer that is formed on the glass sheet and blocks a visual field and visible light from the outside of the vehicle, at least one opening being formed in the mask layer,
wherein the glass sheet and the mask layer have different heat shrinkage percentages and are molded together by being heated, and
the information acquisition device is configured such that the image information can be used such that an influence of distortion is reduced, the distortion occurring in a predetermined range from an inner peripheral edge of the opening toward a center of the opening due to the molding.

US Pat. No. 10,336,161

METHOD FOR FREEZE PROTECTION

THERMO KING CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for freeze protection for a temperature control system, the temperature control system for controlling the temperature of a temperature-controlled space at a user-selected set point temperature, the method comprising:setting a return air target temperature to equal the user-selected set point temperature;
controlling the return air temperature to be approximately equal to the return air target temperature, wherein controlling the return air temperature includes the temperature control system cooling the temperature-controlled space while in a cool mode and heating the temperature-controlled space while in a heat mode;
adjusting the return air target temperature based on a monitored return air temperature when a monitored discharge air temperature drops to one of at or below freezing; and
controlling the temperature control system in one of the cool mode and the heat mode so that the return air temperature is approximately equal to the adjusted return air target temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,336,160

VEHICULAR COOLING SYSTEM

1. A vehicular cooling system comprising:a vehicle having a roof wherein said roof has seven holes, said holes include no more than two air holes, one harness hole, and four installation holes, and where said air holes have an area of 50 in2 or less, said harness hole has an area of 20 in2 or less, and each of said installation holes are circular and have a diameter of ¾ inch or less;
a water tank affixed to said vehicle;
a cooling unit mounted upon said roof with four bolts that pass through said four installation holes, said cooling unit including;
a housing have a top, a bottom, a central cavity and one or more sidewalls circumferentially enveloping said cavity, said housing having inlet formed through said one or more sidewalls which permits the passage of air, said housing having outlet formed through said housing's bottom which permits the passage of air;
an evaporative media positioned within said housing's cavity, said evaporative media in the shape of a closed loop having a center hole adjacent to said housing's outlet, said evaporative media having a top that engages said housing's top and said evaporative media having a bottom which engages said housing's bottom; and
an air pump for pumping air positioned within said housing's cavity and within said evaporative media's center hole, said air pump connected to said housing's outlet for receiving air from said housing's inlet and said evaporative media, for being pumped and expelled air through said housing's outlet to said roof's air holes;
a closed loop conduit assembly which passes through said harness hole, said conduit assembly including a first conduit connecting said water tank to said cooling unit for transporting water within said water tank to said cooling unit for distribution upon said evaporative media, and a second conduit connecting said cooling unit to said water tank for transporting water within said cooling unit to said water tank; and
at least one water pump connected to said closed loop conduit assembly for pumping water through said first and second conduits between said water and cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,158

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for heating a vehicle, comprising:increasing a temperature of a coolant flowing through a heat exchanger directly coupled to an engine coolant loop by transferring electrical current to a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater from an energy storage device in response to a temperature of an engine being less than a first threshold temperature, where the engine coolant loop includes a heater core, where the PTC heater is included in the heat exchanger, and where the heat exchanger is directly coupled to a heat pump;
flowing the coolant with the increased temperature from the heat exchanger with the PTC heater to the heater core via a coolant conduit;
while the coolant with the increased temperature is flowed from the heat exchanger to the heater core, flowing heated coolant in the engine coolant loop from the engine to the heater core in response to the engine temperature being greater than a second threshold temperature; and
while the temperature of the coolant traveling through the heat exchanger is heated via the PTC heater, increasing the temperature of the coolant in the engine coolant loop via heat transferred from the heat pump through the heat exchanger and then to the engine coolant loop in response to an ambient temperature being greater than a threshold ambient temperature and without mixing or exchanging the coolant in the engine coolant loop with a refrigerant in the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,336,157

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle climate control system, comprising:transferring thermal energy from a heat pump to a high temperature coolant loop in a first climate control mode; and
transferring thermal energy from the heat pump to a low temperature coolant loop in a passenger cabin cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,156

PLUMBING LINE HANGERS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body;
an HVAC system having an HVAC suction line and an HVAC liquid line; and
a hanger configured to couple the HVAC suction and liquid lines to the body, the hanger comprising:
a rigid wire having a first end and a second end, the first end formed to define a first aperture, and the second end formed to define a second aperture;
a first isolator disposed within the first aperture and configured to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness between the body and the rigid wire;
a fastener extending through the first isolator and first aperture to couple the rigid wire first end to the body; and
a second isolator disposed within the second aperture and defining a third aperture and a fourth aperture;
wherein the HVAC suction line extends through the third aperture and the HVAC liquid line extends through the fourth aperture such that the second end supports the HVAC suction and liquid lines in a desired orientation;
wherein the second isolator completely surrounds each of the HVAC suction and liquid lines to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness between the rigid wire and each of the HVAC suction and liquid lines; and
wherein the hanger includes an absence of any sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,155

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a heater core configured to receive engine cooling water from an engine and heat an air blown into a vehicle room;
an electric water pump configured to pump the engine cooling water and to forcibly circulate the engine cooling water through the heater core when the vehicle is switched from an engine drive mode to a motor drive mode;
a discharged air temperature sensing unit configured to sense a discharged air temperature as a temperature of an air discharged into the vehicle room; and
a control unit configured to, when the vehicle is switched from the engine drive mode to the motor drive mode, differentially control a rotational speed of the electric water pump depending on a temperature difference between the discharged air temperature inputted from the discharged air temperature sensing unit and a target discharge temperature calculated in advance based on internal/external temperature conditions and a user set temperature, so that an amount of the engine cooling water supplied to the heater core is differentially controlled depending on the temperature difference, wherein the discharged air temperature sensing unit includes a center vent temperature sensor installed in a center vent existing in a central area of the vehicle room and a floor vent temperature sensor installed in a floor vent existing in a floor surface area of the vehicle room, and wherein the control unit includes an operation unit configured to use one of a discharged air temperature sensed by the center vent temperature sensor or a discharged air temperature sensed by the floor vent temperature sensor, depending on an air discharge mode available at a time of switching the vehicle to the motor drive mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,153

ACTIVE ROLL CONTROL APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An active roll control apparatus in which a stabilizer bar installed between left and right wheels of a vehicle and extending in a first direction and a stabilizer link connected to the stabilizer bar are moved to adjust a stiffness value of the stabilizer bar, the active roll control apparatus comprising:a sliding part having one side connected to the stabilizer bar and the other side connected to the stabilizer link to slide the stabilizer link in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
a movement restricting part installed at the sliding part to restrict movement when the sliding part slides,
wherein the sliding part includes:
a joint shaft having one side coupled to one end of the stabilizer bar; and
a fastening member having one side coupled to the end of the stabilizer link and having the joint shaft inserted thereinto to slide in the second direction along an outer surface of the joint shaft,
wherein the movement restricting part includes:
a first protrusion protruding outward in a radial direction of the joint shaft from one surface inside the guide groove of the joint shaft; and
a locking member formed at an inner surface of the fastening member to correspond to the first protrusion to restrict sliding movement of the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,152

CONTROLLABLE LOAD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

1. A weight distribution system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a plurality of axles, each axle having a pair of suspension air bags thereon for supporting the weight of the truck onto the axle, the vehicle also having a control system area network that is connected to a set of components of the vehicle, the weight distribution system comprising:a manifold adapted to be in fluid flow communication with a source of pressurized air, the manifold also in fluid flow communication, independently, to each of the plurality of air bags such that the manifold can add air or remove air from each of the air bags independently;
a plurality of pressure sensors, each pressure sensor connected to a respective one of the air bags for measuring a pressure of the respective air bag and issuing a reading based on the measurement; and
a control system in signal communication with each of the pressure sensors and to the manifold for controlling operation of the manifold based on a calculation of a data set such that each reading is a part of the data set.

US Pat. No. 10,336,151

SUSPENSION WITH HYDRAULIC PRELOAD ADJUST

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A shock absorber comprising:a damper with a cylinder, said cylinder having a piston and rod therein;
a first spring mounted around said damper, said first spring disposed to become compressed during a compression stroke of said damper;
a second spring mounted around said damper, said second spring disposed to become compressed during a compression stroke of said damper;
a preload piston coupled to at least one of said first spring and said second spring, said preload piston disposed to cause said at least one of said first spring and said second spring to become more compressed or less compressed as said preload piston moves relative to said damper;
a remotely controllable preload adjuster coupled to at least one of said first spring and said second spring, said remotely controllable preload adjuster configured to partially compress or expand said at least one of said first spring and said second spring independently of said compression stroke; and
a logic unit coupled to said shock absorber, said logic unit configured to send a signal to said remotely controllable preload adjuster, said signal to cause said remotely controllable preload adjuster to partially compress or expand said at least one of said first spring and said second spring.

US Pat. No. 10,336,150

DETERMINING PAYLOAD PROPERTIES USING ACTUATOR PARAMETER DATA

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:instructing a motion controller of a mobile drive unit to move a payload utilizing an actuator;
measuring an operational parameter of the actuator during movement of the payload;
determining a mass of the payload based at least in part on a magnitude of the measurement of the operational parameter, the payload comprises a plurality of items, individual items of the plurality of items having substantially equal mass;
counting the plurality of items based at least in part on the determined mass of the payload; and
instructing the motion controller to optimize a motion of the mobile drive unit while transporting the payload based at least in part on the determined mass of the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,336,149

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon, computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling vehicle motion of a vehicle, said method comprising:accessing a set of control signals, wherein at least a first control signal of said set of control signals comprises a set of values associated with a pressure applied to an area of a vehicle component inside a cabin of said vehicle, wherein said vehicle component and at least one vehicle suspension damper is coupled to a frame of said vehicle; accessing a set of predetermined vehicle component base-level pressure values associated with said vehicle component;
comparing said set of values associated with a pressure applied to said vehicle component with said set of predetermined vehicle component base-level pressure values;
based on said comparing, calculating an approximate shift in a center of gravity of said vehicle having occurred;
monitoring a state of at least one valve within said at least one vehicle suspension damper, wherein said state controls a damping force within said at least one vehicle suspension damper;
based on said calculating and said monitoring, determining a control mode for said at least one vehicle suspension damper that, when actuated, would compensate said vehicle for said shift in said center of gravity; and
according to said control mode, regulating damping forces within said at least one vehicle suspension damper by actuating said at least one valve to adjust to a desired state, such that said base-level center of gravity is approximately restored.

US Pat. No. 10,336,148

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon, computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling vehicle motion of a vehicle, said method comprising:accessing a set of control signals, wherein at least a first control signal of said set of control signals comprises a set of values associated with at least one user-induced input, wherein at least one vehicle suspension damper is coupled to a frame of said vehicle;
accessing a set of release thresholds associated with a brake position and a brake velocity of said at least one user-induced input;
comparing said set of values associated with said at least one user-induced input with a predetermined user-induced input threshold value, to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status;
monitoring a state of at least one valve within said at least one vehicle suspension damper, wherein said state controls a damping force within said at least one vehicle suspension damper;
based on said user-induced input threshold value approach status and said set of release thresholds, determining a control mode for said at least one vehicle suspension damper; and
according to said control mode and based on said monitoring, regulating damping forces within said at least one vehicle suspension damper by actuating said at least one valve to adjust to a desired state, such that a tilt of said frame is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,336,147

SPRING GUIDE AND SUSPENSION DEVICE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A spring guide that supports a coil spring via a rubber sheet, the coil spring elastically supporting a vehicle body, the rubber sheet being formed into an arc shape, the spring guide comprising:a mounting portion which is depressed, the rubber sheet being fitted to the mounting portion; and
a plurality of lock pieces standing at an outer periphery of the mounting portion, wherein
the mounting portion has an arc groove to which the rubber sheet is fitted,
the arc groove has a depth which deepens toward a center portion of the arc groove in a circumferential direction of the arc groove,
at least one of the plurality of the lock pieces is formed at an outer peripheral side of an end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, the depth of the arc groove at the end portion being shallower than at the center portion, and
a height of the lock piece, which is disposed at the end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, from a bottom surface of the arc groove is higher than a height of a sidewall of the arc groove from the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,146

REMOVABLE SECURING CHAIN ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A securing member comprising:a securing body capable of securing an accessory;
an insert body extending from the securing body and capable of being inserted into a receiver of an under bed hitch mounting device;
a locking member positioned in the insert body;
a camming mechanism extending above the insert body, the camming mechanism in operative communication with the locking member, wherein actuation of the camming mechanism positions the locking member from an unlocked position to a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,145

MULTIPLE BALL SIZE/CLEVIS HITCH

The Delta Company, LLC, ...

1. A multiple hitch member assembly for connecting a trailer to a tow vehicle where the tow vehicle has a hitch receiver secured to the tow vehicle, said multiple hitch assembly comprising:a. a main hitch shaft;
b. an outer hitch tube receiving said hitch shaft wherein said shaft has an end retaining plate secured to its distal end;
c. said main hitch shaft having a length and shape configured to extend through said outer hitch tube and configured to be received in said hitch receiver, said outer hitch tube having a plurality of hitch members secured thereto at different angular positions thereon; and
d. said hitch shaft further having a first retainer pin receiving hole therethrough proximate its proximal end configured for receiving a first pin for coupling said hitch shaft to said hitch receiver, and a second retainer pin receiving hole more proximate its outer end for receiving a second pin for coupling said hitch member shaft to said outer hitch tube, configured with said first pin in place for securing said hitch member shaft to said hitch receiver, and with said second pin removed configured for said outer hitch tube to be rotated on said hitch shaft to allow a desired hitch member to be rotatably positioned in a desired position, and configured for said end retaining plate to prevent the removal of said hitch shaft and the hitch from said hitch receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,336,144

TIRE ELECTRONICS SECURING STRUCTURES

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. An electronics package securing structure comprising:an annular hoop configured to abut an inner surface of a tire, wherein the annular hoop consists essentially of open-cell reticulated foam having a modulus between about 20-50 kPa, wherein the annular hoop includes an inflation chamber, wherein the annular hoop is flexible and extensible, wherein the annular hoop has a cross sectional area between about 0.4 and 47.0 cm2, wherein the annular hoop has a top surface defined by an outer diameter and a bottom surface defined by an inner diameter, wherein the top surface of the annular hoop includes a divot configured to receive an electronics package, and wherein the top surface of the annular hoop is configured to abut the inner surface of the tire across 30-90% of a tread width.

US Pat. No. 10,336,143

TYRE DEFLECTION MONITORING

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A system for monitoring deflection of a tire, the system comprising:a first sensor configured to sense load data indicative of a load on an axle and to transmit the load data, and
a second sensor configured to sense first pressure data indicative of pressure in a first tire mounted to a first wheel on the axle, and to transmit the first pressure data;
a third sensor configured to sense second pressure data indicative of pressure in a second tire mounted to a second wheel on the axle, and to transmit the second pressure data;
a non-transitory memory, storing tire behavior information which relates tire deflection to tire load and tire pressure; and
a controller in communication with the memory, the controller being configured to:
receive the load data and calculate a load on the axle using the load data;
receive the first pressure data and calculate a pressure in the first tire;
receive the second pressure data and calculate a pressure in the second tire;
calculate a load on the first tire based on the calculated load on the axle, the calculated pressure in the first tire, and the calculated pressure in the second tire;
determine a deflection of the first tire based on the calculated load on the first tire, the calculated pressure in the first tire, and the stored tire behavior information, and
output a signal indicating the determined deflection.

US Pat. No. 10,336,142

DEVICE FOR DETECTING LOW-PRESSURE STATE OF TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A detection system for detecting a low-pressure state of at least one predetermined tire out of a plurality of tires attached to a vehicle, comprising:a wheel speed sensor attached to each of the plurality of tires and configured to detect wheel speed information from each of the plurality of tires, wherein the plurality of tires include at least a front tire and a rear tire;
a warning indicator; and
a detection device including an I/O interface and a CPU, each wheel speed sensor being connected to the detection device via a communication line and the I/O interface, the wheel information detected by each wheel speed sensor being transmitted to the detection device in real time, the CPU of the detection device being configured to:
retrieve wheel speed information of the front tire and the rear tire out of the plurality of tires from the wheel speed sensor;
calculate a low-pressure index value DEL2 from wheel speed information of the front tire and the rear tire out of the plurality of tires, the low-pressure index value DEL2 being a comparison value obtained by comparing a rotation speed of the front tire and a rotation speed of the rear tire, and the low-pressure index value DEL2 being an index value that increases as the rotation speed of the front tire increases and decreases as the rotation speed of the rear tire increases, or an index value that increases as the rotation speed of the rear tire increases and decreases as the rotation speed of the front tire increases;
perform a frequency analysis on a waveform signals of wheel speed information of at least one tire out of the plurality of tires to calculate a resonance frequency RF of said at least one tire;
calculate a corrected value DEL2? based on the following formula:
DEL2?=DEL2-A*(RF?RF0),
wherein A is a predetermined parameter, being a value corresponding to an inclination of a regression line between the resonance frequency RF and the low-pressure index value DEL2 under the same low-pressure condition, and RF0 is a predetermined reference resonance frequency, being a value of the resonance frequency RF under a reference low-pressure condition and a reference imposed load condition;
determine the low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire by comparing the corrected value DEL2? and a predetermined threshold value; and
control the warning indicator to issue a warning representing occurrence of a pressure decrease when the low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire is determined, wherein the determined low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire eliminates an influence of an imposed load on the vehicle, thereby avoiding misdetection and improving accuracy of the low-pressure determination.

US Pat. No. 10,336,141

TIRE HAVING STATIC CHARGE DISSIPATION ELEMENT

BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE...

1. A tire tread, comprising:a road-contacting surface;
an inner component-contacting surface;
a splice surface comprising a radially outer edge and a radially inner edge;
at least one conductive element;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially outer edge;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially inner edge;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented in contact with the splice surface;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented substantially parallel to the splice surface;
wherein the at least one conductive element comprises a circumferential thickness of between about 0.015 mm and about 6.000 mm;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends along at least a portion of at least one of the road-contacting surface and the inner component-contacting surface; and
wherein the at least one conductive element covers an entire surface of the splice surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,140

PROJECTING FEATURES MOLDED WITHIN SUBMERGED TREAD VOIDS

Compagnie Generale des Et...

5. A method of forming a tire tread comprising: providing a mold comprising:at least a first mold portion and a second mold portion operatively positionable together to form a tread-forming cavity there between corresponding to a tire tread;
the first mold portion including a top interior side corresponding to a top side of a tread thickness configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation;
the second mold portion including a bottom interior side corresponding to a bottom side of the tread thickness configured to attach to a tire carcass and a submerged void-forming element projecting outwardly from the bottom interior side and into the tread-forming cavity to a terminal end recessed below the top interior side to form a corresponding submerged void within the tread thickness, the submerged void-forming element having a plurality of projecting feature-forming cavities extending at least partially into a width of the submerged void-forming element for forming a plurality of corresponding projecting features extending at least partially within a width of the submerged void formed within the tread thickness;
molding tread material arranged within the tread-forming cavity of the mold to form a molded tread, the tread having:
a tread thickness bounded depthwise by a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to a tire carcass, the thickness extending laterally between a first side edge and a second side edge and longitudinally in a lengthwise direction of the tread,
a submerged void extending into the tread thickness from the bottom side of the tread to a terminal location spaced below the top side, the submerged void forming a groove, wherein the submerged void has a width that, when exposed and in contact with the ground surface, the submerged void remains open in a footprint of the tire, and
a plurality of projecting features arranged within the submerged void below the terminal location of the submerged void, the plurality of projecting features being further arranged in a spaced arrangement along a length of the submerged void, each of the plurality of projecting features extending at least partially across the width of the submerged void and comprising either a wear indicator, a stone ejector, or a noise suppressor,
where each of the plurality of projecting feature-forming cavities extend through the submerged void-forming element such that each of the projecting features formed within the molded tread in the step of molding form a continuous projecting feature extending fully across the width of the submerged void; and
removing the molded tread from the mold whereby the submerged void-forming element is pulled through each of the plurality of projecting features to form a discontinuity comprising a fracture, crack, or tear without a gap extending across a cross-section of each projecting feature at a location along a length of the projecting feature.

US Pat. No. 10,336,139

BODY PLY SHAPE FOR A TIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire defining a radial direction, an axial direction, and a tire centerline, the tire comprising:a pair of opposing bead portions;
a pair of opposing sidewall portions connected with the opposing bead portions;
a crown portion connecting the opposing sidewall portions;
a body ply extending between the bead portions and through the sidewall and crown portions, the body ply having a curve along a meridian plane, wherein s is the length in mm along the curve from centerline of the tire; and
one or more belt plies positioned in the crown portion, wherein sM is one-half of the maximum curvilinear width, along the axial direction, of the widest belt of the one or more belt plies; and
where within a cross-section along the meridian plane; the body ply is located radially inward of a basis curve along at least one side of the tire centerline by a deviation D(s), with ?7.5 mm?D(s)??3 mm at a point sb+54 mm along the curve of the body ply, where
sb is equal to sM?60 mm,
D(s) is deviation from the basis curve, with the basis curve defined from a shape the body ply has in the meridian plane when the tire is mounted on an application rim at a reference inflation pressure of 0.5 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,336,137

ELECTRORHEOLOGICAL FLUIDS INCORPORATED INTO POLYMERIC ARTICLES AND TIRES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of altering the elastic modulus of a polymeric article comprising:electrospinning a hollow non-woven fabric containing electrorheological fluid therein,
incorporating the electrospun, electrorheological-fluid-containing non-woven fabric into a polymer matrix to thereby form a polymeric article, and
subjecting the electrorheological fluid to an electric field thereby changing the elastic modulus of the electrorheological fluid and the overall elastic modulus of the polymeric article.

US Pat. No. 10,336,134

FLEXIBLE WHEEL RIM WITH FLOATING HOOKS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A vehicle wheel, with symmetry of revolution, adapted for the mounting of a tire, comprising:an axially central part comprising a disc;
a first lateral part and a second lateral part, at least the first lateral part being separate from the axially central part, each of the first lateral part and the second lateral part being provided with a rim seat configured to receive a bead of a tire, the axially central part, the first lateral part, and the second lateral part being made from a rigid matrix;
a first intermediate part between the axially central part and the first lateral part, the first intermediate part forming the only mechanical link between the axially central part and the first lateral part, the first intermediate part comprising a flexible matrix, the Young's modulus of uniaxial extension of the flexible matrix being greater than or equal to 50 MPa and less than or equal to 400 MPa;
wherein the Young's modulus of uniaxial extension of the rigid matrix is greater than or equal to 5 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,336,133

MAGNETIC WHEEL

TAS GLOBAL CO., LTD., Bu...

1. A magnetic wheel comprising:a balance block;
a magnetic body which is provided in the balance block and attaches the balance block to an attachment object with a magnetic force; and
a magnetic shielding block which is provided in the balance block and guides a magnetic field generated in the magnetic body toward the attachment object,
wherein the balance block comprises:
a circular block body; and
a frame portion which is provided at an edge of the block body and has a larger diameter than the block body.

US Pat. No. 10,336,131

CANVAS WITH SUPPORT

1. A framed canvas, the framed canvas comprising:a frame comprising at least two sides, each of the at least two sides comprising a front surface and a rear surface, wherein one of the at least two sides comprises a round cavity in the rear surface and another of the at least two sides comprises two rectangular cavities in the rear surface;
a canvas sheet contacting each of the at least two sides; and
at least one support, the at least one support comprising a first end and a second end, wherein one of the at least one supports has a round cross-section and two other of the at least one supports have rectangular cross sections, wherein a first end of the at least one support having the round cross section is configured to extend into the round cavity and a first end of the two at least one supports having the rectangular cross-sections are configured to extend into the two rectangular cavities, wherein a second end of the at least one support having the round cross section is configured to extend into a void in a second end of each of the two at least one support having the rectangular cross-sections.

US Pat. No. 10,336,129

WRITING IMPLEMENT

MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY...

1. A writing implement comprising:a shaft;
an ink supply core that is housed inside the shaft, and that is capable of guiding ink by capillary force;
a collector core in contact with a proximal end of the ink supply core;
a core surrounding member that covers an outer periphery of the ink supply core such that a portion of the ink supply core and a portion of the core surrounding member are exposed at a leading end of the shaft; and
a joint that is capable of changing a relative positional relationship between the ink supply core and the core surrounding member in an axial direction,
wherein the ink supply core is moved by elastic deformation of the joint, thereby causing the ink supply core to move relatively rearward with respect to the core surrounding member so as to enable a tip of the ink supply core and a tip of the core surrounding member to contact a writing surface at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,336,128

LEFT HANDED FOUNTAIN PEN

1. A pen, comprising:a shank;
an ink tube;
a connector connected to the ink tube and the shank;
a feeder connected to the connector; and
a nib connected to the feeder,
wherein a writing tip of the nib extends through a hole in the feeder, and
the writing tip is resiliently biased against the feeder and is selectively moveable between a first position in which ink flow between the writing tip and the feeder is prevented and a second position in which ink flow between the writing tip and the feeder is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,336,127

EZ SPEEDY DUAL CLIP

1. A hands-free, self-supporting, reversible clipboard, comprising a rigid, rectangular display surface having a front face and a back face, the front face further comprising:a top edge, two spaced-apart top bend lines parallel to the top edge, wherein the top bend line further from the top edge is bent away from the front face at an obtuse angle, forming a display angle, and the top bend line nearer to the top edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a mount angle, and;
a bottom edge, two spaced-apart bottom bend lines parallel to the bottom edge, wherein the bottom bend line further from the bottom edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a first hook angle, and the bottom bend line nearer to the bottom edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a second hook angle;
a front clip mounted to the front face below the display angle and opening toward the bottom of the front face;
a back clip mounted to the back face above the first hook angle and opening toward the top of the front face.

US Pat. No. 10,336,124

SECURITY ELEMENT COMPRISING AN INTERFERENCE PIGMENT AND A NANOMETRIC FILLER

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS, ...

1. A security element for a secured document, comprising:a security structure comprising an opaque layer and at least one opening in this opaque layer; and
a masking structure superposed at least partially on the security structure, for decreasing visibility of the security element in reflected light, the security element being present within the secured document or on a surface of the secured document, the masking structure comprising a nanoscale filler and a multilayer interferential pigment, the security element being visible under transmitted light through the masking structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,094

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a first ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which a first ink is ejected towards a recording medium to form ink dots of the first ink on the recording medium;
a second ink head including a plurality of nozzles through which a second ink is ejected towards the recording medium to form ink dots of the second ink on the recording medium;
a moving mechanism to move the first ink head and the second ink head, and the recording medium, with respect to each other; and
a controller connected with the first ink head, the second ink head and the moving mechanism, to control the first ink head, the second ink head and the moving mechanism;whereinthe controller includes:
a converter to convert image data of the first ink into the ink dots of the first ink, and to convert image data of the second ink into the ink dots of the second ink;
a generator to generate, upon receipt of data on the ink dots of the second ink converted by the converter, a plurality of dot groups, including at least a first dot group and a second dot group, of the ink dots of the second ink, the first dot group including at least a portion of the ink dots of the second ink, and the second dot group including at least a portion of the ink dots of the second ink;
a first printing controller to form, on the recording medium, a first printing layer of the ink dots of the first ink and the ink dots of the first dot group; and
a second printing controller to form a second printing layer of the ink dots of the second dot group, above or below the first printing layer; and
the generator generates the plurality of dot groups such that the plurality of dot groups include all the ink dots of the second ink;
the first ink is a special color ink; and
the second ink is a process color ink.

US Pat. No. 10,336,051

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF PRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUN

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A three-dimensional object forming apparatus comprising:a print head configured to discharge a liquid;
an energy-emitting device configured to cure the liquid discharged from the print head and form a dot;
a storage medium that stores a dither mask; and
one or more controllers programmed to:
control an operation of the print head such that a three-dimensional object is formed as an aggregate of dots by representing a shape of the three-dimensional object to be formed as a voxel-set and forming a dot in a voxel of the voxel-set which is determined as a target in which the dot is formed, and
determine a target voxel in which a dot is formed depending on a result of comparing a forming index value which is a value depending on a dot forming rate in a voxel of the voxel-set which is positioned on an inside of the three-dimensional object with a threshold of the dither mask.

US Pat. No. 10,336,048

FILM LAMINATOR FOR CELL PHONES

Alpha Comm Enterprises, L...

1. An apparatus for applying protective film to the screen of a portable electronic device having a defined shape, comprising:a fixing plate shaped to receive said portable electronic device, said fixing plate having a horizontal top surface and an opening in said horizontal top surface accommodating the defined shape of said portable electronic device;
a protective film assembly comprising a first outer film, a primary protective film layer, and a second outer film; and
a hinge bonded to a portion of said protective film assembly and to said horizontal top surface of said fixing plate,
wherein said first outer film is configured to be completely removed from said primary protective film layer, using a separating strip, prior to adhering said primary protective film layer to the screen of said portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,047

METHOD OF PREVENTING CORROSION OF MATING SURFACES OF COMPONENTS

MAHINDRA AND MAHINDRA LIM...

1. A method of preventing corrosion of the mating surfaces of components, said method comprising:(i) impregnating a polyester based carrier with at least one anaerobic acrylic adhesive to form an impregnated carrier;
(ii) spraying at least one pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive on one surface of said impregnated carrier to form an impregnated carrier having a pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer;
(iii) protecting said pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer using a protective silicon release liner to configure a pasting surface on said impregnated carrier;
(iv) pasting said pasting surface after detaching said silicon release liner therefrom on a first component, wherein said pasting surface is in contact with said first component;
(v) abutting a second component to said first component such that said impregnated carrier is sandwiched therebetween; and
(vi) applying force on said abutted first and second components such that said anaerobic acrylic adhesive oozes out from said impregnated carrier and coats mating surfaces of said abutted first and second components in the absence of oxygen to commence and complete curing of said anaerobic acrylic adhesive on mating surfaces of said first and said second components.

US Pat. No. 10,336,044

LAMINATED FILM AND PACKAGING BAG

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A laminated film, comprising:a resin substrate;
a coating layer on the resin substrate; and,
a deposited thin film layer in between the resin substrate and the coating layer, the deposited thin film layer contains a silicon oxide and has a thickness of 5 to 100 nm,
wherein the coating layer contains a water-soluble polymer, at least one of a silane coupling agent and a hydrolysate thereof, at least one of a metal alkoxide and a hydrolysate thereof, and an inorganic layered compound, and
wherein the content of the inorganic layered compound in the coating layer is 2 to 10 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,336,035

POLYURETHANE BASED RIGID FLOORING LAMINATE

SCHNELLER LLC, Kent, OH ...

1. A laminate structure comprising:a backing layer comprising a fiber reinforcement with a thermoset or thermoplastic polymer resin matrix;
a base layer comprising an alloy layer made of polyurethane in combination with a terpolymer comprising polyamide, polyester and polyether or a combination thereof; and
an adhesive layer disposed on a first surface of the base layer between the backing layer and the base layer; and
a cap layer comprising polyurethane, wherein the peel resistance between the combination of the cap layer and base layer and the backing layer is at least about 103 Newtons (N) per 25 millimeters after aging for at least 500 hours, wherein the laminate meets the toxicity flaming and non-flaming test protocols pursuant to AITM 2.0007 with respect to HCN, CO, NO2, SO2/H2S, HF, and HCl limits, said limits being less than 150, 1000, 100, 100, 100, and 150 respectively as measured by specific optical density, in addition to Federal Aviation Regulation 25.853 MD with regard to the parameters of vertical burn, drip time and char of the laminate, said limits being less than 15 seconds, 5 seconds and 203 mm respectively, and further having a tear strength of greater than 50 Newtons according to ISO 4674, method A, and an areal density of between 1800 and 2100 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,336,026

USE OF VACUUM TO INCREASE EFFECTIVE SKID DEPTH OF PRE-CURED TREAD

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for increasing effective skid depth, comprising:providing a tire carcass having one or more worn original grooves on a surface thereof;
providing a pre-cured tread, comprising:
opposing top and bottom tread faces delineating a tread thickness coextensive therewith;
opposing lateral sides defining a tread width along which adjacent tread elements assume a tread sculpture;
one or more grooves provided on the top tread face with each groove terminating at a predetermined offset distance from the tread bottom face;
a network of channels incorporated along at least a portion of the tread bottom face; and
a thin undertread having a predetermined undertread thickness;
forming one or more groove hollows directly over corresponding original grooves of the carcass, with the groove hollows formed to match locations of the one or more grooves provided on the top tread face;
applying at least one layer of a bonding material between the bottom tread face and the carcass; and
curing the at least one layer of the bonding material without an envelope and evacuating gas along the channel network to force the tread onto the carcass and pull the undertread into the one or more groove hollows that are in fluid communication with the channel network such that a resultant skid depth is at least equal to a molded tread thickness of the pre-cured tread;
wherein forming the groove hollows deepens the original grooves by a predetermined net depth.

US Pat. No. 10,336,025

COMPOUND LENS FOR USE WITH ILLUMINATION SOURCES IN OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Lumenflow Corp., Wyoming...

1. A compound lens comprising:a first lens element;
a second lens element in alignment with the first lens element along a common optical axis, wherein the first and second lens elements are integrally joined to each other, wherein the first and second lens elements are co-molded from a silicone resin, and wherein the first and second lens elements are optically coupled to each other to reduce the optical path difference of center ray bundles and sagittal ray bundles propagating through the compound lens;
a third lens element integrally joined to the second lens element, the third lens element being a bi-concave frusto-conical lens, the bi-concave frusto-conical lens separating the center ray bundle from the sagittal ray bundle; and
a fourth lens element integrally joined to the third lens element, the fourth lens element being a bi-convex aspheric lens, wherein the third and fourth lens elements are in alignment with the first and second lens elements along the common optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,022

MANUFACTURE OF OPHTHALMIC LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of manufacturing an ophthalmic lens using a first mold portion and a puck assembly, said puck assembly comprising a carrier puck, wherein the puck assembly supports at least one of the first mold portion and the ophthalmic lens during at least two of the following ophthalmic lens manufacturing steps:a. assembling the first mold portion and a second mold portion into a mold assembly including a lens-defining cavity containing a lens precursor material;
b. curing the lens precursor material in the mold assembly to form a lens;
c. separating the mold assembly such that the lens remains attached to the first mold portion;
d. detaching the lens from the first mold portion;
e. extracting unwanted material from the lens;
f. hydrating the lens;
g. inspecting the lens;
h. packaging the lens; andcharacterised in that the carrier puck is arranged and configured to interface with a plurality of different step-specific puck elements and the method includes:i. providing a first step-specific puck element;
ii. combining the first step-specific puck element with the carrier puck and carrying out a first ophthalmic lens manufacturing step on the first mold portion and/or the lens carried by the carrier puck; and then
iii. providing a second step-specific puck element;
iv. combining the second step-specific puck element with the carrier puck and carrying out a second ophthalmic lens manufacturing step on the first mold portion and/or the lens carried by the carrier puck,wherein the puck assembly supports at least one of the first mold portion and the lens during the majority of the ophthalmic lens manufacturing steps a. to h.

US Pat. No. 10,336,008

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF A DEVICE FOR GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

EOS GMBH ELECTRO OPTICAL ...

1. A method for automatically calibrating an apparatus for generatively producing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a construction zone, in which the object is to be constructed layer by layer by selective consolidation of a pulverulent material;
providing a control unit for controlling the apparatus,
providing an irradiation device for emitting electromagnetic radiation onto selective regions of an applied layer of the material, wherein the irradiation device comprises at least one first and at least one second scanner;
operating the irradiation device with the first scanner, irradiating a first scan zone in the construction zone, and the second scanner irradiating a second scan zone in the construction zone; and
irradiating the applied layer of the material or a target by means of the first scanner in order to produce a first test pattern in the material or the target;
irradiating the applied layer of the material or the target by means of the second scanner in order to produce a second test pattern in the material or the target;
detecting the first and second test patterns by means of a camera and assigning the first and second test patterns to the first and second scanners, respectively;
comparing the first and second test patterns with one another;
determining a relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern comprising at least a deviation of a lattice constant of the test patterns, a deviation of a position of the test patterns in a coordinate system, a deviation of an orientation of the test patterns in the coordinate system or a deviation of size of the test patterns; and
calibrating the first and/or the second scanner in such a way that the relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern falls below a predetermined setpoint value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,006

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Southern Methodist Univer...

1. A method for additive manufacturing of a composite article comprising:forming a three-dimensional mesh comprising a plurality of fibers by:
alternately inserting a first subset of the plurality of fibers along the X-axis between a third subset of the plurality of fibers along the Z-axis followed by inserting a second subset of the plurality of fibers along the Y-axis between the third subset of the plurality of fibers along the Z-axis to form a layer, fibers in each subset separated by gaps which form voids between the plurality of fibers;
introducing a flowable, solidifiable material into the layer; and
solidifying the material;
wherein the material at least partially surrounds the fibers and wherein portions of the material are solidified to form a solid matrix embedding the fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,336,000

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DETERMINING ORIENTATION AND FABRICATION PARAMETERS USED IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) CONTINUOUS LIQUID INTERFACE PRINTING (CLIP) SYSTEMS, AND RELATED PRINTERS

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of operating a Continuous Liquid Interface Printing (CLIP) printer, the method comprising:receiving a set of objectives for fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) object using the CLIP printer;
defining the 3D object as a plurality of different portions;
for each orientation of a plurality of orientations of the 3D object, performing a plurality of simulations of a fabrication of each portion of the plurality of portions of the 3D object using a different set of parameters for each simulation;
selecting a fabrication orientation from among the plurality of orientations for fabrication of the 3D object responsive to a determination that at least one simulation of the plurality of simulations achieves the set of objectives,
wherein a first set of parameters selected for a first portion of the object is different than a second set of parameters selected for a second portion of the 3D object;
and
fabricating the 3D object by the CLIP printer at the fabrication orientation using the first set of parameters for the first portion of the 3D object and the second set of parameters for the second portion of the 3D object,
wherein the set of objectives for fabrication comprises at least one mechanical characteristic of the 3D object, a surface finish of the 3D object, an indicator of accuracy of the fabricated 3D object relative to data used to fabricate the 3D object, a degree to which augmentation/modification of the 3D object is affected as a result of fabrication, and/or a speed at which the 3D object is to be fabricated, and
wherein the set of objectives for fabrication further comprises an indication of weighting of respective ones of the set of objectives.

US Pat. No. 10,335,998

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING LASER AND DISPENSER ON COMMON SUPPORT

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising:a platen having a top surface to support an object being manufactured;
a support structure;
a dispenser to deliver a plurality of successive layers of a powder on the platen, the dispenser configured to deliver the powder on the platen simultaneously in a linear region that extends and is elongated along a first axis;
an actuator coupled to the support structure to move the support structure along a second axis parallel to the top surface and perpendicular to the first axis; and
an energy source configured to fuse at least a portion of the powder on the platen;
wherein the dispenser and energy source are secured to the support structure such that the dispenser and energy source move as a single unit with the support structure over the platen along the second axis and such that the linear region sweeps along the second axis to deposit the powder along a swath over the platen to form a layer of powder.

US Pat. No. 10,335,994

METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL PRINTING

STRATASYS LTD, Rehovot (...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a support construction for the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a rigid exterior construction around at least part of the support construction, the rigid exterior having substantially similar strength and elasticity to the three-dimensional object; and
forming a release construction around the rigid exterior construction, the release construction being between the rigid exterior construction and the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,335,973

HYDRO-FORMED FILM WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICRO-APERTURES

TREDEGAR FILM PRODUCTS CO...

1. A film comprising:a polymeric web having first and second opposing, substantially planar web surfaces; and
a plurality of three dimensional perforations through the polymeric web, each three dimensional perforation comprising a hollow protrusion extending from the first planar web surface, each protrusion having an apex, an opening at the apex having a circumference defined, at least in part, by a plurality of irregularly shaped petals, and an elliptical cross-section parallel to the planar surface of the web, the elliptical cross-section having a protrusion axis ratio in a range of 0.65 to 1.35,
wherein the plurality of three dimensional perforations were formed using a hydroforming process, and
wherein the localized protrusions are formed in the web in a two-dimensional pattern having a mesh count in a range of about 40 to about 75.

US Pat. No. 10,335,961

SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM WITH AT LEAST ONE LOCKABLE ARTICULATED CONNECTION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM

1. A support arm system comprising at least one lockable articulated connection with a pivot axis, the articulated connection comprising a locking device associated with the articulated connection, the locking device comprising:at least one brake shoe lever applying a braking force at the articulated connection, the braking force being applied perpendicular to the pivot axis;
a passive drive, passively applying a passive drive force on the at least one brake shoe lever; and
an actuating device associated with the locking device, the actuating device comprising an active drive applying an active drive force relative to the passive drive force, upon being actuated, wherein the active drive force acts in a same plane as the passive drive force and the braking force is applied in said same plane or in a plane which is parallel to said same plane and closely adjacent to said same plane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,959

JOINT DRIVING APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A joint driving apparatus comprising:a housing unit fixed to a first link;
a driving unit housed in the housing unit and adapted to rotationally drive a second link, an output shaft of the driving unit being connected to the second link;
a bearing fixed to the housing unit, the bearing (i) adapted to rotatably support the second link and (ii) configured to couple the second link to the housing unit; and
a supporting unit configured to couple the driving unit to the housing unit and configured to support the driving unit on the housing unit, the supporting unit including (i) an elastic body configured to deform according to a relative movement of the driving unit in relation to the housing unit in a rotating direction of the second link and (ii) a sensor configured to measure a torque based on the deformation of the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,958

ROBOTIC END EFFECTOR QUICK CHANGE MECHANISM WITH SWITCHABLE MAGNETIC COUPLER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A robotic end effector quick change coupling apparatus comprising:a robotic manipulator having controllable motion in at least one axis;
a drive motor assembly connected to the robotic manipulator and having a center drive interface;
a coupling component extending from the drive motor assembly and having a magnetic element;
an end effector having a mating coupling component and having a drive connection adapted to removably receive the center drive interface, said mating coupling component concentric with the drive connection and having a mating magnetic element, said magnetic element and mating magnetic element separably engaged by mutual magnetic attraction;
a tool holder incorporating a relief sized to closely receive the profile of the end effector, said tool holder adapted to removably receive and secure said end effector whereby motion of the robotic manipulator in the at least one axis joins or separates the coupling component and the mating coupling component and the robotic manipulator engages or disengages the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,335,956

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACQUIRING AND MOVING OBJECTS

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A method of engaging and moving an object using a programmable motion system, said method comprising the steps of:engaging the object with a primary end effector of a primary acquisition system;
moving the object toward a secondary retention system;
retaining the object with the secondary retention system, said step of retaining the object with the secondary retention system being independent of the prior steps of engaging the object and moving the object such that movement of the secondary retention system is not dependent on movement of the primary acquisition system, wherein the secondary retention system includes a retention area that is defined by at least one wall and a floor;
disengaging the object from the primary acquisition system;
transporting the object to an output destination; and
releasing the object from the secondary retention system by dropping the object through the floor of the retention area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,954

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING DIALOGS OF A ROBOT

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. A computer-implemented method of handling an audio dialog between a robot and a human user, the method comprising:during said audio dialog, receiving audio data and converting said audio data into text data;
in response to said text data, determining a dialog topic, said dialog topic comprising a dialog content and a dialog voice skin, wherein the dialog content comprises a plurality of sentences, and the dialog voice skin includes audio rendering modifications and voice skin parameters including frequency, velocity and tone;
determining a sentence to be rendered in audio by the robot;
receiving a modification request of said determined dialog sentence, wherein the modification request is a vote of a plurality of parties;
applying one or more moderation rules to the modified determined dialog sentence according to said modification request, wherein the one or more moderation rules comprise one or more filters, said one or more filters comprising blacklists of one or more words or whitelists of one or more words; and
producing a dialog expression based on the modified determined dialog sentence and the one or more moderation rules.

US Pat. No. 10,335,953

PHARMACY AUTOMATION USING AUTONOMOUS ROBOT

1. A pharmacy automation system comprising a robot, the robot being configured to:automatically create a schedule for delivery of a prescribed medication at regular intervals to a patient with a chronic illness, the schedule being based on the refill rate of the prescribed medication prescribed for the patient;
communicate the schedule electronically to the patient in advance of the time at which the delivery is to be made;
receive approval of the schedule from the patient and patient's doctor;
determine the mode of pick-up from the scheduled; and
deliver the prescribed medication;
wherein the mode of pick-up is self-pick or proxy pick-up, wherein the robot is further configured to:
interact with an inventory of goods to determine if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy;
if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy:
use an internal mapping of at least a portion of the pharmacy to interact with a medication dispenser to fill a container with the prescribed medication, and store the container;
when the patient or the proxy arrives to pick up the prescribed medication, to check and approve an identification of the patient or the proxy; and
retrieve the container with the prescribed medication and hand the container with the prescribed medication over to the patient or proxy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,952

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF MOBILE ROBOTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

16. A system, comprising:a mobile robot;
a tracking system that monitors a selectively permeable virtual membrane and a current location of the mobile robot in a physical space, wherein the physical space comprises a first area separated from a second area by the selectively permeable virtual membrane, and a software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot with regard to the second area;
a memory storing a computer program; and
a processor that executes the computer program, wherein the computer program:
assigns the software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot to the second area;
assigns the selectively permeable virtual membrane to a location in the physical space;
identifies a software state of the mobile robot, wherein the software state of the mobile robot matches the software requirement;
determines whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement; and
allows the mobile robot to move from the first area to the second area through the selectively permeable virtual membrane in response to determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement.

US Pat. No. 10,335,945

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORT APPARTATUS WITH MULTIPLE MOVABLE ARMS UTILIZING A MECHANICAL SWITCH MECHANISM

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A substrate transport apparatus comprising:a drive section having coaxial drive shafts and at least a first and a second independently controllable motor coupled to a respective first and second drive shaft of the coaxial drive shafts;
a first articulated arm having a first arm link and a first end effector connected to the first arm link for holding a substrate thereon;
a second articulated arm having a second arm link and a second end effector connected to the second arm link for holding a substrate thereon; and
each of the first and second arm links being rotatably joined by the coaxial drive shafts to rotors of both of the first and second independently controllable motors such that simultaneous movement of the first and second independently controllable motors effects extension of an extension arm of the first and second articulated arms and rotation of a rotating retracted arm of the first and second articulated arms wherein the first articulated arm is respectively the extension arm while the second articulated arm is the rotating retracted arm and is the rotating retracted arm while the second articulated arm is the extension arm, so that each of the first arm link supporting the first end effector respectively become extension arm links as each of the second arm link supporting the second end effector respectively become rotating retracted arm links and so that each of the second arm link supporting the second end effector respectively become extension arm links as each of the first arm link supporting the first end effector respectively become rotating retracted arm links that are rotated in a substantially retracted configuration so that each of the rotating retracted arm links of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration, is maintained in a substantially constant position, with respect to each other rotating retracted arm link of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration, by a common drive shaft, of the coaxial drive shafts, rotating in a common direction relative to and substantially simultaneously with the rotating retracted arm effecting extension of the extension arm with rotation of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,335,937

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A FASTENING RESULT DETECTOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool comprising:a housing;
a cylinder within the housing;
a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder;
a driver blade extending from the piston;
a signal generator movable with the piston relative to the cylinder;
a plurality of sensors associated with the cylinder, each sensor configured to generate a signal based on movement of the signal generator relative to the sensor; and
a controller configured to communicate with the sensors and, responsive to receiving at least one of the signals, determine whether a positive fastening result or a negative fastening result has occurred based on at least one of the signals.

US Pat. No. 10,335,935

TORQUE WRENCH WITH SHOCK ABSORPTION

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A tool having a handle portion and a drive head, the tool comprising:a control housing extending from the drive head and including first and second housing portions;
a controller disposed in the control housing;
a display disposed between the first housing portion and the controller, the display having opposing first and second surfaces, the first surface facing the first housing portion and the second surface facing the controller and the second housing portion; and
first and second materials adapted to absorb impact forces to protect the display when the tool experiences an impact force, the first material is disposed between the second surface and the controller, and the second material is disposed between the first surface and the first housing portion;
a battery tray disposed in the handle portion;
an end cap coupled to an end of the battery tray;
a flange disposed in the handle portion and
a third material disposed between the end of the battery tray and the flange, wherein the end cap and the battery tray are adapted to slide within the handle portion and the third material is adapted to compress upon application of an impact force to the end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,335,927

CLAMP APPARATUS

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A clamp apparatus in which, by rotation of a pair of clamp arms, a workpiece is clamped between one of the clamp arms and another of the clamp arms, comprising:a body;
a drive unit disposed on the body and which outputs a driving force along an axial direction;
a pair of clamp arms supported rotatably on the body, the clamp arms being arranged face-to-face with each other;
a driving force transmission mechanism, which transmits a driving force of the drive unit to the clamp arms, to thereby cause rotation of the clamp arms;
a cover member disposed detachably with respect to the body, and which covers the drive unit and a portion of the clamp arms; and
an unloading tray disposed inside of the cover member at a position below the clamp arms in the direction of gravity, the unloading tray being removable from the body,
wherein the cover member includes openings through which ends of the pair of clamp arms are inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,335,925

SKATE BLADE HOLDER TOOL

VELASA SPORTS, INC., Act...

1. A blade holder to hold single skate blades for sharpening, the blade holder comprising:a first sidewall and a second sidewall, the first sidewall positioned opposite the second sidewall, a blade engagement channel formed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a first blade-engaging member and a second blade-engaging member coupled to the blade holder and positioned within the blade engagement channel, wherein bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall define a bottom of the channel, wherein at least the first blade engaging member is configured to move toward the opposite sidewall of the first sidewall or the second sidewall; and
a user-controlled component coupled to the blade holder, wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component between a first position and a second position is configured to control movement of at least the first blade-engaging member within the blade engagement channel;
wherein, in the first position, a gap between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member allows the skate blade to be positioned between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member; and
wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component from the first position to the second position moves at least the first blade-engaging member to reduce the gap and laterally engage a respective side of the skate blade such that the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member hold the skate blade at a bottom portion of the blade engagement channel and a skating edge of the skate blade extends beyond the bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,924

METHOD AND BLASTING MEANS FOR PRODUCING A SATINIZED FINISH ON AN ALUMINIUM SUBSTRATE

VULKAN INOX GMBH, (DE)

1. A method for producing a satinized surface on an aluminium substrate, comprising the method steps:providing an aluminium substrate; and
treating by a blasting process with a blasting material the surface regions of the aluminium substrate provided that are to be satinized;wherein there is used as the blasting material a mixture of angular and spherical particles having a grain diameter D90 of ?0.3 mm, further wherein the mixture has the following distribution:particles with a diameter >0.315 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter ?0.315 mm and ?0.200 mm being ?5% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter <0.200 mm and ?0.050 mm being ?95% of the total mixture; and
particles with a diameter <0.050 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,335,917

PAD FOR SUPPORTING ABRASIVE DISC

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A pad for supporting an abrasive disc by being fixed with the abrasive disc to a shaft of a grinder, the pad comprising:a supporting surface configured to contact and engage the abrasive disc at a vertex portion, wherein a cross-section of the supporting surface along the radial direction has a V-shaped profile such that, when the grinder is not being operated, the abrasive disc contacts the supporting surface only at the vertex portion and portions of the abrasive disc located radially outward from the vertex portion are separated from the pad,
in a radial direction, an outer edge of the supporting surface being located inward of an outer edge of the abrasive disc,
the supporting surface including a taper portion extending from the vertex portion to the outer edge of the supporting surface, wherein the taper portion is inclined away from the abrasive disc as the taper portion approaches the outer edge of the supporting surface, and
the abrasive disc being not fixed to the taper portion so as to be moveable relative thereto between a first position where the abrasive disc is separated from the taper portion and a second position where the abrasive disc contacts the taper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,911

TOOL HOLDER ASSEMBLY MOUNTABLE ON A MACHINE SPINDLE HAVING A SPINDLE COOLANT CHANNEL

Precision Machinery Resea...

1. A tool holder assembly comprising:a holder body extending along an axial line, and having a first end, a second end opposite to said first end along the axial line, and a holder coolant channel extending through said first end and said second end along the axial line;
a pull stud extending along the axial line into said holder body through said first end, and having an insertion portion, a grip portion, and a longitudinal passage, said insertion portion being disposed adjacent to said first end, said grip portion being opposite to said insertion portion along the axial line, said longitudinal passage extending through said insertion portion and said grip portion along the axial line, and fluidly communicating with said holder coolant channel; and
a flow adjustment unit including a connection tube extending into said longitudinal passage, a resilient member urging said connection tube to project outwardly from said grip portion, and a flow guide channel extending through said connection tube and fluidly communicating with said holder coolant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,910

SEALING MEMBER FOR MACHINE TOOLS

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. A wiper member for machine tools comprising:a supporting member;
a plate-shaped elastic member; and
an adhesive layer which bonds the elastic member to the supporting member, wherein
the supporting member has a shape of a bent plate-like body, and comprises a supporting portion and a first protective portion,
the elastic member is bonded to the supporting portion via the adhesive layer laminated on a part of a front face of the elastic member so as to be curved along the bent shape of the supporting member,
a first corner portion formed by a back face and one side face of the elastic member is assumed to be an edge portion in contact with an opposite material, and the one side face is formed by cutting,
a part of the front face of the elastic member at the side of an edge portion on which the adhesive layer is not laminated is in contact with an inner face of the first protective portion of the supporting member; and
a second protective portion, and the second protective portion is provided at a distal end of the supporting member on a side opposite to the supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,908

ROTARY TABLE DEVICE

TSUDAKOMA KOGYO KABUSHIKI...

1. A rotary table device for a machine tool comprising:a main shaft that is rotatably supported with respect to a frame by a first bearing in an insertion hole formed in the frame;
a table that is secured to an end side of the main shaft, and on which a workpiece, which serves as an object to be processed, is mounted; and
a clamp piston that is provided so as to be movable in an axial direction of the main shaft in the insertion hole,
wherein the main shaft has a clamp surface that faces the table,
wherein a pressure chamber is defined by the frame and the clamp piston,
wherein the table is brought into a clamped state by friction force that is generated between the clamp piston and the clamp surface by causing the clamp piston to press-contact the clamp surface when an operating fluid is supplied to the pressure chamber,
wherein the rotary table device further comprises a second bearing that is provided separately from the first bearing, the second bearing being provided between the table and the frame so as to contact the table and the frame, and being provided so as to directly support the table with respect to the frame, and
wherein at least part of the second bearing is provided so as to be positioned within a range of existence of the pressure chamber in a radial direction of the main shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,335,905

ISO-GRID COMPOSITE COMPONENT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An iso-grid composite component for a gas turbine engine comprising:a uni-tape ply bundle including uni-tape plies and a first spacer ply;
a spacer including a second, different spacer ply, said spacer transverse to said uni-tape ply bundle, and said spacer interrupted by said uni-tape ply bundle;
an interstitial ply layer adjacent said uni-tape ply bundle and said spacer; and
wherein said uni-tape ply bundle and said spacer define a rib pattern, said uni-tape ply bundle at least partially defines a first rib of said rib pattern, said spacer at least partially defines a second rib of said rib pattern that is transverse to said first rib, and said interstitial ply layer spanning between a first sidewall of said first rib and a second sidewall of said second rib.

US Pat. No. 10,335,901

SELECTIVE LASER SOLIDIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. A selective laser solidification apparatus, comprising:a build platform for supporting a powder bed onto which powder layers can be deposited;
at least one laser module for generating a plurality of laser beams for solidifying powder material deposited onto the powder bed;
a laser scanner for individually steering each laser beam to solidify separate areas in each powder layer, a scanning zone for each laser beam being defined by the locations on the powder bed to which the laser beam can be steered by the laser scanner, and the laser scanner being arranged such that each scanning zone is less than the total area of the powder bed and at least two of the scanning zones overlap; and
a processing unit arranged to select, for at least one of the powder layers, which one of the laser beams to use to solidify an area of the powder layer located within a region in which the scanning zones overlap based on a total length of time each laser beam is used for solidifying areas in the powder layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,897

LASER ABLATION OF ACCELEROMETER PROOF MASS

Applied Physics, Inc., M...

1. A method for producing a proof-mass assembly, comprising:forming a proof mass with a curved flapper hingedly supported at a straight end by a bifilar flexure that extends radially inwardly from a support ring, wherein one side of the bifilar flexure comprises a pair of adjacent flexure arms spaced apart by a window;
scanning a femtosecond laser on the flexure arms over a plurality of passes to gradually thin bifilar flexure regions on a first side of the flexure arms;
feathering with the femtosecond laser in areas where the flexure arms connect to the curved flapper or reed and producing a gradual transition from a thick to a thin section; and
periodically reducing femtosecond laser output to minimize damage from laser scanning and maximize bifilar flexure strength until the bifilar flexure arms reach a predetermined thickness to form the proof-mass assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,895

FRICTION STIR WELDING DEVICE AND FRICTION STIR WELDING METHOD

Hitachi Power Solutions C...

1. A friction stir welding device comprising:a joining head attached to a wrist head of a robot main body having multi-axis degrees of freedom;
a drive device having the robot main body and capable of moving the joining head along a joint line where two members to be joined are joined together;
a control device which supplies a motor drive current to an electric motor provided for the joining head, thus inserts a pin part of a joining tool into the members to be joined while rotating the joining tool, and also controls the drive device in such a way that the joining head moves along the joint line, thus performing friction stir welding of the two members to be joined; and
a deviation detection device which detects a junction deviation which is a deviation between the joining head that is moving and a direction along the joint line,
wherein the control device is configured to output to the drive device a position correction signal with a different polarity according to a difference in direction of misalignment between the joining head and the joint line, for moving the joining head in a direction toward the joint line and resolving the junction deviation, and thus moves the joining head toward the joint line, until a time the junction deviation becomes zero, said control device to output when the junction deviation exceeds a deviation limit value which is a predetermined maximum deviation at the time of the friction stir welding, and
wherein the control device is configured to stop outputting the position correction signal to the drive device until the next time the junction deviation exceeds the deviation limit value, said control device to stop outputting when the junction deviation becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 10,335,894

JOINING METHOD

NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPAN...

1. A joining method comprising:a butting process configured to butt a first metal member and a second metal member each having a front surface with various heights against each other to form therebetween a butt portion with varying heights, wherein the butt portion includes at least two flat sections, at least one upward inclined section and at least one downward inclined section; and
a welding process configured to apply a friction stirring to the butt portion by a stirring pin of a rotation tool, the stirring pin being maintained at a constant insertion depth with respect to at least one of the first and the second metal member across the flat sections and said upward and downward inclined sections of the butt portion,
wherein only the stirring pin contacts both the first metal member and the second metal member at the insertion depth generating only frictional heat and the stirring pin has a tapered shape so as to have a smaller diameter in a hanging down direction and includes only one outer circumferential surface having only one continuous spiral groove engraved only in the outer circumferential surface engaging the first metal member and the second metal member, and
wherein the spiral groove extends counterclockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates clockwise, and the spiral groove extends clockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates counterclockwise.

US Pat. No. 10,335,892

WELD ELECTRODE FOR ATTRACTIVE WELD APPEARANCE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A welding electrode comprising: a body of the welding electrode, which welding electrode forms electrical resistance spot welds in an assembly of overlying metal workpieces that comprises at least one aluminum alloy workpiece, the body having an end; a convex weld face supported at the end of the body; and ringed protrusions that project outwardly from the convex weld face and are positioned to make contact with and indent into a surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece when the convex weld face of the welding electrode is brought into contact with the assembly of overlying sheet metal workpieces during a resistance spot welding operation, the ringed protrusions being radially spaced from one another on the convex weld face and each of the ringed protrusions having a circumference that surrounds a center of the convex weld face, wherein each of the ringed protrusions has rounded corners when viewed in cross-section, and wherein an innermost ringed protrusion of the ringed protrusions rises to a height above a portion of the convex weld face surrounded by the innermost ringed protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,890

SEAM WELDING METHOD AND VEHICLE BODY

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

1. A vehicle body which is formed by joining plural laminated metal sheets together through welding, the vehicle body comprising:a side panel in which a front side door opening for an associated front side door is defined,
a portion of the side panel surrounding the front side door opening includes a front portion, a front pillar, a center pillar, and a side sill,
the front portion, the front pillar, the center pillar, and the side sill include flange portions which form a circumferential edge portion of the side panel that defines the front side door opening, the circumferential edge portion constitutes a welded portion, and
the circumferential edge portion is quadrangular shaped with linear portions and corner portions where a sharp curve is formed,
the side panel of the vehicle body including:
spot welded areas formed in the welded portion, the spot welded areas including spot welded joint portions formed through spot welding, the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions and include a boundary portion where number of laminated metal sheets differ; and
seam welded joint portions formed in the welded portion, the seam welded joint portions formed through seam welding, the seam welded joint portions being formed along the linear portions between the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions,
wherein in the spot welded areas the spot welded joint portions are located on either side of the boundary portion and in positions which face end portions of the seam welded joint portions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,889

SYSTEMS FOR PRINTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

DIGITAL ALLOYS INCORPORAT...

1. A method for forming a three-dimensional structure, comprising:(a) bringing a feedstock in contact with a solid object; and
(b) subjecting electrical current to flow from said feedstock to said solid object, or vice versa, while said feedstock and a surface of said solid object are moving relative to one another and while said feedstock is in contact with said surface of said solid object, which flow of said electrical current from said feedstock to said solid object, or vice versa, is sufficient to melt a portion of said feedstock to deposit said portion of said feedstock on said surface of said solid object, thereby forming at least a portion of said three-dimensional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,886

VIBRATING WELDING SYSTEM

1. A vibration welding system, comprising:a tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding torch body;
a welding head attached to said torch body;
a tungsten electrode held by said welding head; and,
a vibration unit attached to said torch body and which imparts vibrating motion to said tungsten electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,335,881

COATING CONCEPT

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A composition comprising:particles of a metallic parent material, and
a mechanical blend comprising a first component and a second component,
wherein the first component is at least one powder of particles of a boron source and wherein the particles in the powders of the boron source have an average particle size less than 250 ?m,
wherein the second component is at least one powder of particles of a silicon source, and wherein the particles in the powders of the silicon source have an average particle size less than 250 ?m,
wherein the mechanical blend comprises boron and silicon in a weight ratio of boron to silicon within a range from about 3:100 wt:wt to about 15:100 wt:wt,
wherein each particle in the mechanical blend is either a boron source or a silicon source,
wherein silicon and boron are present in the blend in at least 80 wt %,
wherein the parent material is less than 75 wt % of the parent material, silicon and boron, and
wherein the at least one boron source and the at least one silicon source are oxygen free except for inevitable amounts of contaminating oxygen, and wherein the inevitable amount of contaminating oxygen is less than 10 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,335,880

RACKS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE METAL PROCESSING

H.C. STARCK INC., Newton...

1. An apparatus for receiving and supporting one or more components during processing thereof at a process temperature greater than approximately 1000° C., the apparatus comprising:a first shelf (i) comprising a first refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture being threaded through at least a portion of its thickness;
a plurality of first support posts, each first support post (i) comprising a second refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture of the first shelf, and (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of the first support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of the first support post below the support collar;
a second shelf (i) comprising a third refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture of the second shelf being configured to receive the upper end of one of the first support posts such that a portion of the second shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the first support post received in the aperture,
a third shelf (i) comprising a fourth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures; and
a plurality of second support posts, each second support post (i) comprising a fifth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture, (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of each second support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of each second support post below the support collar, and (iv) defining a dowel pin mount through the upper end thereof above the support collar,
wherein (A) the upper end of each second support post is receivable within an aperture of the third shelf such that (i) a portion of the third shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the second support post received in the aperture, and (ii) the dowel pin mount of each second support post is disposed above a top surface of the third shelf, (B) each of the apertures of the second shelf is threaded through at least a portion of its thickness, and (C) the threaded lower end of each second support post is receivable within one of the threaded apertures in the second shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,335,872

CUTTING INSERT HAVING ARC-SHAPED CUTTING EDGES AND INCLINED SEATING SURFACES, TOOL BODY AND CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A cutting insert (1) to be mounted onto a tool body (21), said cutting insert comprising first and second end surfaces (2, 3), a peripheral side surface (4) extending between the first and second end surfaces (2, 3), a central axis (A) perpendicular to the first and second end surfaces (2, 3) and passing through a center thereof, and a cutting edge (5) formed at least in part of an intersecting edge between the first end surface (2) and the peripheral side surface (4), wherein, in the cutting insert:the cutting edge (5) includes at least one circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a) having a first circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a1) which forms part of a virtual circle having a center (E), the center (E) being spaced apart from the central axis (A) as viewed from a direction facing the first end surface (2);
the second end surface (3) comprises a contact surface portion (6) that is in contact with the tool body (21) when the cutting insert is mounted onto the tool body;
a longitudinal plane (B) includes the central axis (A) and the center (E) of the virtual circle;
a median plane (C) perpendicular to the central axis (A) passes midway between the two end surfaces (2, 3);
a longitudinal axis (L) is defined by the intersection of the longitudinal plane (B) and the median plane (C);
a virtual plane (D) perpendicular to both the longitudinal plane (B) and the median plane (C) intersects the first circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a1) and traverses the contact surface portion (6);
in a cross-section taken along the virtual plane (D), the contact surface portion (6) is inclined at a non-zero angle of inclination (8) relative to the median plane (C); and
at least one cutting edge (5) formed at an intersecting edge between the second end surface (3) and the peripheral side surface (4).

US Pat. No. 10,335,867

HOLE CUTTER WITH MULTIPLE FULCRUMS

1. A hole cutter comprising:a substantially cylindrical blade body defining a cutting edge and a longitudinal axis; and
at least one axially-elongated aperture formed through the blade body and spaced from the cutting edge such that a portion of the blade body extends between the cutting edge and the axially-elongated aperture, the at least one axially-elongated aperture bounded by a bottom edge axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge, a top edge spaced further away from the cutting edge than the bottom edge, and a side edge connecting the bottom edge to the top edge and oriented at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the blade body;
wherein the axially-elongated aperture is configured to receive therethrough a lever for removing a work piece slug from an interior of the blade body, and the blade body defines within the axially-elongated aperture a plurality of fulcrums configured for engaging the lever and for levering the slug out of the interior of the blade body by applying a sufficient levering force against the fulcrums to lever the slug towards the cutting edge, the plurality of fulcrums including a first fulcrum axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge and a second fulcrum axially spaced further away from the cutting edge than the first fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,335,865

METHODS FOR PROCESSING A CONFINED AREA OF A WORKPIECE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for processing a drilling location in a confined area of a workpiece that has a first side and a second side, located opposite the first side, along a drilling axis using an end effector, the method comprising steps of:positioning the end effector relative to the drilling location of the workpiece, and wherein the end effector comprises:
a base;
a translation platform, coupled to and moveable relative to the base;
a pressure foot, coupled to the translation platform and movable relative to the base;
a spindle, coupled to the translation platform and movable relative to the pressure foot;
a drill bracket, coupled to the spindle;
a flat angle drill, coupled to the drill bracket and operatively coupled with the spindle;
a clamp, coupled to and movable relative to the pressure foot;
a clamp drive mechanism, operatively coupled with the pressure foot and the clamp; and
a counterbalance mechanism, operatively coupled with the base and the translation platform;
coupling a bushing to a hexagonal retainer of the flat angle drill wherein the bushing comprises a cylindrical outer surface and a hexagonal inner surface configured to receive the hexagonal retainer;
rotationally positioning the drilling axis of the flat angle drill in a selected clocked orientation relative to a rotational axis of the spindle;
clamping the bushing between a first arcuate clamping surface of a first bracket member of the drill bracket and a second arcuate clamping surface of a second bracket member of the drill bracket at the selected clocked orientation, wherein the first bracket member and the second bracket member are coupled to each other and to the spindle;
counterbalancing a weight sum of the translation platform, the pressure foot, the spindle, the drill bracket, the flat angle drill, the clamp, and the clamp drive mechanism using the counterbalance mechanism;
moving the clamp relative to the pressure foot along the drilling axis into contact with the first side of the workpiece using the clamp drive mechanism;
moving the pressure foot relative to the clamp and relative to the base along the drilling axis into contact with the second side of the workpiece using the clamp drive mechanism;
clamping the workpiece between the clamp and the pressure foot; and
drilling the workpiece with the flat angle drill.

US Pat. No. 10,335,859

WHEEL LIGHTWEIGHT MACHINING FIXTURE AND METHOD

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel lightweight machining fixture, comprising a rotating chuck, an electric cylinder, a guide rail, a slide block, a first linear motor, a first piezoelectric sensor, a first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor, a first vertical lathe turret, a second linear motor, a clamping base for clamping the second linear motor, a second piezoelectric sensor, a second ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor, and a central hole flange turning tool for turning a central hole and a flange surface of a wheel, wherein two grooves are bilaterally distributed in the rotating chuck, the electric cylinder and the guide rail being fixedly mounted in a left groove of the two grooves, the slide block is mounted on the guide rail, an output end of the electric cylinder is connected with the slide block, the first linear motor is fixedly mounted on the slide block, the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor is mounted at an output end of the first linear motor, and the first piezoelectric sensor is located inside the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor; when the electric cylinder drives the slide block to move along the guide rail, the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor can be in contact with different positions on a spoke of the wheel, so that a spoke thicknesses at different positions can be detected.

US Pat. No. 10,335,840

PRODUCTION LINES AND METHODS FOR HOT ROLLING STEEL STRIP

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE...

1. A production line for hot rolling a steel strip, the production line comprising:a hot rolling line having a plurality of rolling stands, the plurality of rolling stands comprising,
a plurality of successive active rolling stands disposed at an upstream end of the hot rolling line, and
at least one inactive rolling stand disposed downstream of the plurality of active rolling stands in a conveying direction of the steel strip to be hot rolled,
the hot rolling line is configured to hot roll the steel strip by passing the steel strip successively through the plurality of rolling stands in the conveying direction; and
a cooling section configured to cool the hot rolled steel strip after exiting a last of the active rolling stands, the cooling section having an upstream end positioned to start after the last of the active rolling stands and before the at least one inactive rolling stand such that at least a portion of the cooling section is shifted to be located upstream of the at least one inactive rolling stand of the hot rolling line, the cooling section comprising at least,
a first cooling unit disposed at the upstream end of the cooling section and positioned between the last of the active rolling stands and the at least one inactive rolling stand, and
a second cooling unit disposed downstream of the at least one inactive rolling stand,
wherein the first cooling unit subjects the steel strip to cooling fluid along a length of the steel strip measured with respect to the conveying direction that is at most 25% of a distance between the last of the active rolling stands and the at least one inactive rolling stand.

US Pat. No. 10,335,779

HIGHLY STABLE NI-M F6-NH2O/ONPYRAZINE2(SOLVENT)X METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS AND METHODS OF USE

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of capturing chemical species from a fluid composition, the method comprisingcontacting a metal organic framework characterized by the formula [MaMbF5(O/H2O)w(Ligand)x]z with a fluid composition, where Ma is Ni2+; Mb is Al3+, Fe3+, V3+, V5+, or Nb5+; w is 1; Ligand is pyrazine; x is 2; and z is at least equal to 1; and
capturing one or more captured chemical species from the fluid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,335,776

MANGANESE-CONTAINING DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. An oxidation catalyst composite for abatement of exhaust gas emissions from a lean burn engine comprising:a carrier substrate having a length, an inlet end, and an outlet end, an oxidation catalyst catalytic material on the carrier, the oxidation catalyst catalytic material including a first washcoat layer comprising a first refractory metal oxide support, a platinum (Pt) component and a palladium (Pd) component in a ratio of Pt to Pd in the range of about 10:1 to 1:10; and
a second washcoat layer comprising a second refractory metal oxide support containing Mn, a zeolite, a Pt component, and optionally a Pd component,
wherein the Mn content of the second refractory metal oxide support is in the range of 0.1% to 30% by weight, and wherein the Mn is doped with Fe, Ni, Co, Cu, Ce, Sn, Ir, In, or a combination thereof, and
wherein the oxidation catalyst composite is effective to abate hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide, and to oxidize NO to NO2 in a lean burn engine exhaust.

US Pat. No. 10,335,750

MAGNETIC DRIVE FOR BIOREACTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A system to be utilized as bioreactor mixer, the system comprising:a rotating drive;
a fixed shaft;
an impeller capable of rotating around the fixed shaft;
a first set of magnets in a first array format positioned at a drive end adjacent the rotating drive and a second set of magnets in a second array format positioned at the impeller; and
at least one plate including the first set of magnets positioned thereon such that the first set of magnets are positioned in a concentric geometric configuration and individually shaped with a wider outside dimension that narrows toward a center of the concentric geometric configuration;wherein the second set of magnets are arranged adjacent one another to augment a magnetic field on one side of the second array while cancelling the magnetic field to zero on an opposite side of the second array to achieve a spatially rotating pattern of magnetization.

US Pat. No. 10,335,748

STIRRING DEVICE AND LABORATORY DEVICE WITH SUCH A STIRRING DEVICE

1. A stirring device (1) for stirring a stirring medium (3), the stirring device (1) comprising at least one stirring element (4), driven by a stirring drive (2), movable relative to the stirring drive (2) and to the stirring medium (3), and at least partially immersible in stirring medium (3), so as to be in contact therewith, in a use position, wherein the stirring element (4) includes a stirring element housing (6) which is sealed close or closable in a liquid-tight manner, the stirring drive (2) being arranged in the interior of the stirring element (4).

US Pat. No. 10,335,747

ADHESIVE-AIR INFUSER DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Simchem Inc., Chapel Hil...

1. A method of infusing air into an adhesive, the method comprising steps for:directing a flow of air through an air nozzle and into an interior of a hollow body at an upstream end of the hollow body;
directing a flow of adhesive into the interior of the hollow body and around at least a portion of the air nozzle at the upstream end of the hollow body;
causing the adhesive and the air to flow from the upstream end of the hollow body toward a downstream end of the hollow body such that the adhesive and the air mix to form an adhesive-air solution while flowing through the hollow body; and
directing the adhesive-air solution out of the interior of the hollow body at the downstream end of the hollow body,
wherein the air nozzle comprises an air diffuser defining a plurality of entry openings through which the air flows into the interior of the hollow body such that the air flows into the interior of the hollow body to form air bubbles within the adhesive flowing around the air diffuser.

US Pat. No. 10,335,746

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VARIATION OF FLOW TO ERODE SOLID CHEMISTRY

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method for obtaining a solution from a product chemistry and a fluid, comprising:providing the product chemistry;
introducing the fluid through a plurality of manifold diffuse member ports in a manifold diffuse member positioned adjacent the product chemistry; and
adjusting characteristics of the flow of the fluid through the manifold diffuse member ports in the manifold diffuse member by selectively blocking or unblocking at least some of the manifold diffuse member ports with a cover to obtain and maintain a concentration or amount of the solution, the cover having asymmetrically arranged and radially positioned cover slots to provide various potential configurations, each configuration blocking a different number of manifold diffuse member ports;
wherein the cover is attached to a molded portion having closed ports for blocking the at least some of the manifold diffuse member ports or at least some of the cover slots;
wherein the asymmetrically arranged and radially positioned cover slots are not symmetric about any axis on the surface of the manifold diffuse member; and
wherein the amount of liquid allowed through the ports modifies the turbulence of the liquid, which modifies the erosion rate of the product chemistry.

US Pat. No. 10,335,745

BASE STABLE SEMIPERMEABLE MEMBRANE AND METHODS THEREOF

AMS TECHNOLOGIES INT. (20...

1. A base stable semipermeable nanofiltration (NF) membrane, wherein said NF membrane is prepared by a process comprising steps of:a. providing an ultrafiltration (UF) base support membrane selected from the group consisting of polyethersulfone (PES) and polysulfone (PS); said UF base membrane is a non-crosslinked base polymer;
b. providing a modification solution comprising water soluble partially crosslinked polyethylenimine (PEI) or non-crosslinked PEI;
c. activating the surface of said UF membrane by subjecting said UF membrane to heating in an aqueous solution containing 0.1% (w/w) of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at a temperature of 70° C.;
d. forming a first crosslinked layer upon at least a portion of a surface of said UF base support membrane of step (c); said forming comprises steps of:
i. providing said modification solution to comprise 1% (w/w) water soluble partially crosslinked PEI or 1% (w/w) oligomer-polymer mixture of water soluble non-crosslinked PEI (PEI MW 800 and PEI MW 750K at a ratio of 1:1);
ii. preparing said modification solution to comprise partially crosslinked PEI by admixing an aqueous solution of said condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid within an aqueous solution of said PEI oligomer-polymer mixture at a ratio of said condensate to said PEI being 0.3:1.0, with subsequent heating of said modification solution at 50° C. for 3 hours;
iii. immersing said UF base support membrane in said prepared 1% (w/w) modification solution to comprise a partially crosslinked PEI, for 18 hours at a room temperature, then subsequent heat-treating said membrane in either modification solution for 1 hour at 50° C. or in prepared 1% (w/w) solution comprising oligomer-polymer mixture of non-crosslinked PEI (PEI MW 800 and PEI MW 750K at a ratio of 1:1) for 1 hour at 90° C.;
iv. after cooling and washing, contacting said UF base support membrane of step (iii) with aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature; and
v. curing said UF base support membrane of step (iv) in an alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2 hours at 70° C. to complete the formation of the first cross-linked layer upon of said activated UF base support membrane;
e. forming a second crosslinked layer upon said first layer of said UF base support membrane of step (d) comprising steps of:
i. providing a modification solution comprising water soluble partially crosslinked PEI prepared according to step (d, ii) and diluted to either concentration of 0.125% (w/w) or 0.125% (w/w) of non-crosslinked PEI, prepared from PEI, MW 750K;
ii. contacting said UF base support membrane of step (d, v) with an aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature;
iii. immersing said UF base support membrane of step (ii) in 0.125% (w/w) modification solution for 1 hour at room temperature for partially crosslinked PEI or alternatively at 90° C. for non-crosslinked PEI;
iv. heat-treatment of said UF base support membrane in alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2-3 hours at 60-90° C.;
v. cooling and rinsing said UF base support membrane with reverse osmosis (RO) water;
vi. immersing said UF membrane of step (v) in an aqueous solution comprising 0.1% w/w of the condensate of cyanuric chloride with sulfanilic acid for 1 hour at room temperature; and,
vii. heat-treating in an alkaline solution, pH=11, for 2 hours at 60° C., followed by 2 hours at 90° C. to complete the formation of the second crosslinked layer upon said UF membrane with said first crosslinked layer, said second crosslinked layer is a NF layer;
f. repeating said step (e) n times for providing NF membrane with n+1 multiple cross-linked layers upon said first layer of said UF base support membrane; n is an integer number equals to or greater than 1; and,
g. immersing said base stable semipermeable NF membrane in 20% solution of phosphoric acid in water at a temperature ranging from 70° C. to 90° C. for a period of time ranging from 18 to 24 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,335,744

METHOD OF PRODUCING FLAT SHEET MEMBRANE ELEMENT AND FLAT SHEET MEMBRANE ELEMENT

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A flat sheet membrane element, comprising:a filter plate composed of a thermoplastic resin;
a plurality of recessed bonding portions multiply formed on a surface along a periphery of the filter plate, wherein the plurality of recessed bonding portions comprise an internal recessed bonding portion and an external recessed bonding portion; and
a sheet filter membrane having a periphery pressed in and bonded to the filter plate by heat welding in the internal and external recessed bonding portions,
wherein each recessed bonding portion has a different depth from a surface of the filter membrane, such that the internal recessed bonding portion is formed with a deeper depth in the surface of the filter plate compared with a depth of the external recessed bonding portion, and
wherein the external recessed bonding portion is formed in a mesh pattern to intermittently press outer peripheral sides of the sheet filter membrane into the external recessed bonding portion for bonding to the filter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,743

COMPOSITE MEMBRANE, SEMI-PERMEABLE MEMBRANE INCLUDING THE COMPOSITE MEMBRANE, AND WATER TREATMENT DEVICE INCLUDING THE SEMI-PERMEABLE MEMBRANE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A composite membrane, comprising:an organic polymer matrix; and
a plurality of porous inorganic particles having a plurality of pores forming a channel in a first direction,
wherein, an average length of the porous inorganic particles in the first direction parallel to the channel is less than three times but more than one times an average maximum length of the porous inorganic particles in a second direction perpendicular to the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,742

ASYMMETRIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES AND MODIFIED SUBSTRATES USED IN THEIR PREPARATION

HYDROXSYS HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A method of preparing an asymmetric composite membrane comprising the steps:irradiating a dispersion comprising sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) and at least one cross-linking agent in an organic solvent to provide a dispersion of partially cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone);
contacting one side of a sheet of microporous polyolefin wetted with a solution of a hydrophilicitizing agent in an aqueous solvent with the dispersion of partially cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone);
irradiating the one side of the coated sheet at a wave length and an intensity for a time sufficient to adhere the cross-linked sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) to the sheet of microporous polyolefin to provide a composite; and then
drying the composite at a temperature and time sufficient to provide the asymmetric composite membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,740

SUBMERGED-TYPE FILTRATION APPARATUS

KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A submerged-type filtration apparatus comprising: a filtration bath disposed over a ground; a filtration membrane cassette configured to be installed in the filtration bath, the filtration membrane cassette comprising a frame structure and a plurality of filtering membrane modules installed in the frame structure; a first guide disposed in the filtration bath and configured to guide the filtration membrane cassette when the filtration membrane cassette is inserted into the filtration bath so as to be installed in the filtration bath, wherein the first guide is an inner feed water pipe through which a feed water to be treated, introduced from outside of the submerged-type filtration apparatus, is supplied into the filtration bath; and a second guide disposed in the filtration bath and configured to guide the filtration membrane cassette when the filtration membrane cassette is inserted into the filtration bath so as to be installed in the filtration bath, wherein the filtration membrane cassette further comprises an aeration unit combined with the frame structure and configured to eject air bubbles toward the filtering membrane modules, and wherein the second guide is an inner air pipe for supplying air to the aeration unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,739

SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE SHEET

BL TECHNOLOGIES, INC., M...

1. A spiral wound membrane element, comprising:a perforated central tube with a flow restriction at one end;
one for more membrane sleeves, each of the one or more membrane sleeves comprising two membrane sheets enclosed at two edges around a feed spacer sheet and wrapped around the central tube;
one or more permeate carrier sheets attached to the perforated central tube at a first edge opposite a second edge, wherein the one or more permeate carrier sheets and the one or more membrane sleeves are in a 1:1 ratio, respectively;
a seal on a third edge and a fourth edge of each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets, extending from the first edge to the second edge wherein the one or more membrane sleeves and each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets are wrapped in a spiral and the second edge of each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets is open and extends beyond each of the one or more membrane sleeves lying over each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets in a peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element such that each of the one or more permeate carrier sheets is in fluid communication with the perforated central tube and the peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element; and
an anti-telescoping device secured to each of end of the perforated central tube, the anti-telescoping device comprising a passage that communicates between the peripheral region of the spiral wound membrane element and inside of the perforated central tube.

US Pat. No. 10,335,736

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION MATERIAL

CATALER CORPORATION, Kak...

1. An exhaust gas purification material that is disposed in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine, and purifies exhaust gas emitted by the internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas purification material comprising:a particulate filter that traps particulate matter in the exhaust gas and contains an SCR catalyst for adsorbing ammonia and reducing NOx in the exhaust gas,
wherein an upstream portion of the filter including an exhaust gas inlet-side end, and a downstream portion of the filter including an exhaust gas outlet-side end, each contain a zeolite catalyst as the SCR catalyst,
the upstream portion and the downstream portion each comprise a different type of the zeolite catalyst, wherein the zeolite catalyst contained in the upstream portion is ?-zeolite and the zeolite catalyst contained in the downstream portion is SAPO-based zeolite, and
a ratio (B/A) of a maximum allowable adsorption amount of ammonia A in the upstream portion and a maximum allowable adsorption amount of ammonia B in the downstream portion satisfies the relationship 1.1?(B/A)?2.

US Pat. No. 10,335,733

GAS SEPARATION PROCESS

Fujifilm Manufacturing Eu...

1. A process for separating a feed gas comprising polar and non-polar gases into a gas mixture enriched in polar gas(es) and a gas mixture depleted in polar gas(es), the process comprising passing the feed gas through a gas separation unit comprising at least two gas-separation modules in order of increasing selectivity for the polar gas(es), wherein (i) the feed gas entering the gas separation unit comprises more than 35 mol % and up to 90 mol % of polar gas(es); and (ii) each gas-separation module comprises a gas separation membrane; (iii) the feed gas is passed through a first set of gas-separation modules and then through a second set of gas-separation modules, wherein each of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules has a higher polar gas selectivity than all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules; and (iv) all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 5 to 25 and all of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 20 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,335,727

HONEYCOMB FILTER

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a honeycomb fired body including porous cell partition walls defining a plurality of cells that serve as channels of exhaust gas, exhaust gas introduction cells each having an open end at an exhaust gas inlet side and a plugged end at an exhaust gas outlet side, exhaust gas emission cells each having an open end at the exhaust gas outlet side and a plugged end at the exhaust gas inlet side, and an outer wall on a periphery thereof, wherein
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas introduction cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
the exhaust gas emission cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, are each adjacently surrounded fully by the exhaust gas introduction cells across the porous cell partition walls,
cells adjacent to the outer wall include the exhaust gas introduction cells and the exhaust gas emission cells,
a substantial ratio of number of the exhaust gas introduction cells to number of the exhaust gas emission cells (exhaust gas introduction cells:exhaust gas emission cells) is 4:1,
all the exhaust gas introduction cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, have same cross-sectional area in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof, a cross-sectional area of each exhaust gas introduction cell being smaller than that of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof,
the outer wall has corners, and each of the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall and each of the exhaust gas emission cells adjacent to the outer wall have a side in contact with the outer wall in a cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cells, the side being straight and parallel to a side defining an outer periphery of the outer wall, the thickness of the outer wall excluding the corners is uniform, and
the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell adjacent to the outer wall is 130 to 200% of the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell other than the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,726

GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A gas purification device that is detachably mounted over a discharge port of an image forming apparatus body, the discharge port discharges gas from the inside of the image forming apparatus body, the gas purification device comprising:a removing member that removes powder contained in the gas and has a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being disposed to face the discharge port, wherein the gas discharged from the discharge port enters the first surface and is discharged from the second surface;
a casing that has an inner surface, the inner surface being disposed to face the second surface with a gap therebetween, wherein the gas discharged from the second surface passes through the gap and strikes the inner surface; and
an outflow port that flows out the gas from the gas purification device and is disposed at a different position from the inner surface,
wherein the length of the casing in a discharging direction in which the gas is discharged from the discharge port is shorter than in an intersecting direction against the discharging direction in which the removing member and the outflow port are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,335,723

FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having an element seat therein with a pipe socket;
a filter element exchangeably disposed in said filter housing and having filter material and an end cap on one end of said filter material, said end cap having a cap rim surrounding said filter material; and
a connection adapter on said end cap attaching said filter element in an operating position to said element seat in said filter housing, forming a fluid impermeable connection between said filter element and said filter housing and enabling a rotationally and positionally fixed mounting of said filter element and a formation of the fluid-impermeable connection with element seats of different designs in said filter housing, said connection adapter having an outer ring body with a pattern of ring design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an outside surface of said outer ring body, said ring design irregularities on said outer ring body being matched to and engageable with a complementary pattern of seat design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an inside surface of said pipe socket of said element seat of one of the different designs of said element seats in said filter housing, alignment of said ring and seat design irregularities placing said filter element in the operating position in said filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,722

FILTER GROUP

UFI FILTERS S.P.A., Port...

1. A filter cartridge (30) comprising:a substantially tubular filter wall (33) having a central axis and
a support plate (32) fixed to an end of the filter wall (33),
wherein the support plate (32) comprises
a hooking tooth (34) rising from a surface of the support plate (32) opposite the filter wall (30), wherein the hooking tooth (34) comprises:
a stalk (340), rising from the support plate (32) and elastically flexible in a radial direction, having a lower end branching from the support plate (32) and a free upper end; and
a hooking head (341) extending from the free upper end of the stalk (340) in a radial direction toward the central axis and defining a profiled surface (3410,3411) substantially perpendicular to the central axis of the filter wall (33) and having at least two radially inner corners (3412,3413;) proximal to the central axis, which exhibit different distances from the central axis of the filter wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,721

FILTER ELEMENT FOR A FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter, comprising:a filter element received in a filter housing and having an axially extending receiving part on said filter element;
said axially extending receiving part having first and second guiding tracks extending on respective axially extending inner and outer surfaces of said receiving part;
the inner surface comprising a cylindrical surface having an annular groove for receiving a sealing ring; and the outer surface including a threaded surface;
wherein said filter element is capable of being received in the filter housing in either a first or second mode of construction by engaging with a housing socket; whereby in the first mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an outer surface of the housing socket and the inner surface of the receiving part; and whereby in the second mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an inner surface of the housing socket and the outer surface of the receiving part.

US Pat. No. 10,335,719

THREE-PART END CAP AND FILTER ELEMENT INCLUDING SAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

23. A filter arrangement comprising:an end cap comprising:
a first annular component;
a second annular component secured to the first component, the first and second annular components defining a radially directed flow path therebetween;
an outer seal defining a radially outward directed sealing surface and a secondary sealing surface;
an outer seal carrier defined in part by the first annular component and in part by the second annular component, the outer seal carrier axially securing the outer seal therein and configured to expose the radially outward directed sealing surface of the outer seal, the outer seal carrier defining a first sealing surface, the secondary sealing surface of the outer seal sealingly contacting the first sealing surface of the outer seal carrier;
filter media secured to an inner side of the second annular component;
a housing having an annular sidewall defining an open end and a central cavity, the sidewall defining a third sealing surface that is radially inwardly directed, the radially outward directed sealing surface sealingly contacting the third sealing surface, the filter media being positioned within the central cavity of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,718

FILTER INSERT FOR A FLUID, IN PARTICULAR TRANSMISSION OIL

1. A filter insert for a filter for filtering a fluid, comprising:an inflow surface; and
an outflow surface, and having a main throughflow direction (X) and an outflow direction (Y);
a filter body including:
a filter medium with pleats that has been folded into a pleated bellows, edges of folds in the pleated bellows forming
inflow pleat edges on an inflow side of the pleated bellows; and
outflow pleat edges on an outflow side of the pleated bellows;
wherein the filter medium of the pleated bellows has a first lateral end face surface and an opposite second lateral end face surface, wherein the pleat edges extend across the filter bellows from the first lateral end face surface to the opposite second lateral end face surface;
wherein the pleat edges of the pleated bellows are arranged perpendicular to the main throughflow direction (X);
wherein a first number of the outflow pleat edges on a post-filtration side of the filter body form the outflow surface;
wherein a second number of the inflow pleat edges on a pre-filtration side of the filter body form the inflow surface;
wherein the pleated bellows has
a first seal arranged on the first lateral end face surface, preventing the fluid from overflowing from the pre-filtration side to the post-filtration side of the filter body; and
a second seal arranged on the second lateral end face surface, preventing the fluid from overflowing from the pre-filtration side to the post-filtration side of the filter body;
wherein the pleats at the outflow side of the filter bellows form V-shaped notches which extend from the inflow pleat edges to the outflow pleat edges
wherein at least one of the V-shaped notches of the pleats at the outflow side of the filter bellows is open laterally at the first lateral end face surface, and thus opens up an outflow channel and/or inflow channel;
wherein the first seal is a plastic frame that is mounted on the first lateral end face surface, the first lateral end face surface of the filter medium of the pleated bellows is covered by and embedded into the plastic frame;
wherein the at least one V-shaped notch of the pleats opens laterally through the plastic frame such that the outflow channel and/or inflow channel in the at least one of the V-shaped notch opens laterally through the plastic frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,717

CARAFE FILTER WITH AIR LOCK PREVENTION FEATURE

KX Technologies LLC, Wes...

1. A filter housing for gravity-fed applications including:a top cap having at least a first aperture for fluid ingress;
a filter media having a hollow center;
a filter media top end cap having apertures for allowing fluid ingress to said filter media;
a filter media housing body attached to said filter media top end cap;
a bottom end cap attached to said housing body;
at least a second aperture through a side of said housing body, said bottom cap, or both, for fluid egress;
a surface tension disrupter extending from said top cap to at least within a top portion of said filter media hollow center, such that said surface tension disrupter within said top portion of said filter media hollow center, pierces a resulting air pocket formed by fluid flow through said filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,335,716

FILTER ELEMENT AND FILTER UNIT

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A unit comprising a plurality of filter elements consecutively arranged along a longitudinal axis, each of the plurality of filter elements comprising: a carrier element, which is permeable to fluid, including a support surface having a surface area increasing contour; and a filter medium, deposited onto the support surface of the carrier element, forming a filter layer adapted to the surface area increasing contour, wherein the carrier element includes a first and second outer surface portions, the outer surface portions facing away from each other on a non-filtrate side of the filter element and constituting the support surface such that both outer surface facing portions include the surface area increasing contour, wherein any adjacent pair of filter elements face each other with one of their outer surface portions, wherein the surface area increasing contour of each of the carrier elements includes convex and concave surface portions, and wherein the convex and concave surface portions of any adjacent pair of filter elements mesh with each other such that the convex surface portions are arranged partially within the concave surface portions in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,335,714

LIQUID RECOVERY FILTER

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A liquid recovery filter comprising:a filter shell having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, and a cylindrical outer wall extending between the upper end and the lower end, the shell defining an internal volume;
a filter element disposed within the filter shell, whereby a gap formed between the shell and the filter element defines an upstream section of the internal volume, the filter element having an inlet side and an outlet core, the inlet side of the filter element communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an inlet passage extending substantially radially from a first point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, the inlet passage communicating fluidly with the upstream section;
an outlet passage extending substantially radially from a second point on the filter shell cylindrical outer wall, wherein the second point is located on a side of the cylindrical outer wall opposite the location of the first point,
the outlet passage communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element;
a downstream vent passage port/purge port disposed through the filter shell, the downstream vent passage port/purge port communicating fluidly with the outlet core of the filter element; and,
an inline gas filter disposed in the downstream vent passage port/purge port, wherein the inline gas filter permits the sterile introduction of a gas into the downstream section through the vent passage port/purge port to purge processed liquids retained in the downstream section after filtering of the processed liquids by the filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,335,712

METHOD USING PRESSURE GRADIENT PROFILING IN AN EXTRACTION COLUMN

1. A method of extracting a compound from a raw material using an extraction column comprising:directing a flow of pressurized solvent into a base of the extraction column;
utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent to create a pressure gradient applied to the raw materials packed within the extraction column;
compressing the raw materials via hydraulic compression from the pressurized solvent; and
obtaining an extracted effluent from the compressed raw materials that flows out of the extraction column;
wherein the extraction column is sealed off by a removable pressure cap, the removable pressure cap configured to cover the extraction column when utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,335,711

SYSTEM INCLUDING A DIRECT CONTACT DESUBLIMATING HEAT EXCHANGER FOR REDUCING FOULING

Sustainable Energy Soluti...

1. A method of decreasing fouling in a process using a desublimating heat exchanger, comprising:providing a first desublimating heat exchanger comprising a main chamber;
separating a liquid outgoing stream of the desublimating heat exchanger into at least two parallel liquid streams comprising a first parallel liquid stream and a second parallel liquid stream;
processing the first parallel liquid stream via a first unit operation and processing the second parallel liquid stream via a second unit operation;
providing a mixing chamber of a second desublimating heat exchanger;
injecting the first parallel liquid stream into the mixing chamber at an opening of a first injection conduit positioned at a lower section of the mixing chamber;
injecting the second parallel liquid stream into the mixing chamber at an opening of a second injection conduit positioned at an upper section of the mixing chamber; and,
mixing the first parallel liquid stream with the second parallel liquid so that the first parallel liquid stream and the second parallel liquid stream have a substantially uniform temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,335,709

APPARATUS FOR DEWATERING FLUIDS

1. An apparatus for dewatering fluids, comprising:a dewatering chamber through which a fluid can flow for at least partial dewatering therein and having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet;
a fluid reservoir;
a supply line connected in fluid communication with said fluid inlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir to supply the fluid to be dewatered to said dewatering chamber, said supply line including a shared line;
a discharge line connected in fluid communication with said fluid outlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir for at least partially dewatered fluid, said discharge line also including said shared line, said shared line being selectively connected in fluid communication to said supply line and said discharge line;
a fluid pump in said shared line;
a control valve selectively connecting said shared line to said fluid reservoir in a first setting thereof or to said dewatering chamber in a second setting thereof;
a flow divider at an end of said shared line opposite said control valve, said flow divider having constantly open first and second conduits dividing fluid flow from said fluid pump into a first substream conveyed to said fluid inlet and a second substream conveyed to said fluid reservoir, said flow divider dividing the fluid flow from said fluid pump into the first and second substreams at a fixed and defined ratio of substreams independently of a degree of contamination of the fluid flow in every active operating state of the apparatus;
a fluid heater in said supply line in fluid communication with and between said flow divider and said dewatering chamber; and
a fluid filter in said discharge line in fluid communication with and downstream of said fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,335,706

COMBINED LIFTING BARN FENCING EQUIPMENT

Zhejiang Dafeng Industry ...

1. A combined lifting barn fencing equipment, comprising:a barn (1) movably mounted in a first annular groove in the periphery of a stage,
a lifting mechanism (4) that drives the barn (1) to lift up and down,
a fence (2) movably mounted in a second annular groove (11) of the barn (1), and
a hoisting mechanism that drives the fence (2) to lift up and down,
wherein the lifting mechanism is mounted at the bottom of the first annular groove, the hoisting mechanism (3) is mounted at the top of a gate above the stage, the barn (1) is mounted to a bedplate (6); the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove or rises to above of the stage driven by the lifting mechanism (4), when the barn (1) descends to the first annular groove, the upper surface of the bedplate (6) is flush with a stage surface; when not connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is retained inside the second annular groove (11), when connected with the hoisting mechanism (3) for lifting, the fence (2) is hoisted to the above of the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,335,698

TUMBLING TOY SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF OPERATION

KMA Concepts Limited, No...

1. A tumbling toy system, comprising:a guide track having two sides and a bottom that extend between two opposite ends, wherein said two sides are a first distance apart at a first elevation above said bottom;
a tumble pin resting in said guide track that is free to tumble within said guide track, said tumble pin having a first length between a first end and an opposite second end, and a midplane between said first end and said second end, wherein said first end and said second end of said tumble pin cyclically contact said bottom of said guide track as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track;
wherein said tumble pin tapers from a maximum diameter at said midplane to a minimum diameter at both said first end and said second end, and wherein said maximum diameter is larger than said first distance between said two sides, therein causing said tumble pin to cyclically contact said two sides and become temporarily suspended between said two sides as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,697

COMBINATION TOY PROJECTOR AND NIGHTLIGHT

SKIP HOP, INC., New York...

10. A toy projector comprising:a housing comprising a screen having a plurality of apertures of different shapes;
a light source enclosed within the housing, the light source adapted to project light from the housing through the apertures in the screen; and
a sheet composed of a translucent material and having a pattern formed thereon, the sheet sealed to the housing along an entire perimeter of the sheet except for its top side thereby forming a reversible pocket affixed to the housing and open at its top, the pocket having a first configuration in which the sheet is disposed over a rear surface of the housing opposite from the screen, such that the light projected from the housing through the apertures in the screen projects the different shapes onto a wall or a ceiling, the pocket having a second configuration in which the sheet is disposed over the screen and the light projected from the housing through the apertures in the screen is diffused through the sheet such that an area of the sheet is illuminated with the pattern of the sheet and the different shapes visible on the sheet while the different shapes are obstructed from being projected onto the wall or the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,335,696

DRIFT RACER

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A ride assembly, comprising:a passenger vehicle comprising front wheels, rear wheels, a motor, and a steering wheel;
wherein the front and rear wheels are disposed on a surface;
wherein the motor is configured to provide power to the front wheels to propel the passenger vehicle; and
wherein the steering wheel is configured to adjust a position of the rear wheels and enable the passenger vehicle to drift;
a track forming a trough in the surface; and
a bogie hingedly coupled to the passenger vehicle to enable the passenger vehicle to drift, wherein the bogie is disposed in the trough, and wherein the bogie is configured to direct movement of the passenger vehicle along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,695

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCORPORATING PNEUMATIC ROBOTIC SYSTEMS INTO STRUCTURES

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a virtual reality system configured to present one or more virtual objects via an electronic display;
one or more inflatable objects that correspond to the one or more virtual objects, wherein one or more shapes of the one or more inflatable objects matches one or more shapes of the one or more virtual objects; and
a processor configured to cause at least one of the one or more inflatable objects to inflate based on feedback from the virtual reality system.

US Pat. No. 10,335,694

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FASTENING OF INFLATABLE RIDE SURFACES

Whitewater West Industrie...

1. A system for connecting surfaces, comprising:a first surface portion having an extrusion with a first mating surface disposed beneath a plane extending along a top surface of the first surface portion;
a second surface portion having a receptacle with a second mating surface disposed beneath the plane extending along the top surface of the first surface portion, the receptacle configured to receive at least a portion of the extrusion, the first mating surface and the second mating surface configured to mate together, defining a gap therebetween, when the extrusion is at least partially received by the receptacle for connecting the first surface portion with the second surface portion; and
a flap configured to extend over the gap above the plane, and over at least a part of the first surface portion or the second surface portion, when the first mating surface is mated with the second mating surface, such that the flap is urged to lay against the first and second portions during operation when presented with a flow of water.

US Pat. No. 10,335,692

GAME HISTORY RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING AND INTERACTING WITH GAME HISTORY

Aten International Co., L...

1. A game history interaction method, comprising:(a) providing a game history recording device coupled to a game console and a game host;
(b) the game history recording device receiving, from a storage device or a network, game operation information, which includes a plurality of pieces of input information forming a time sequence;
(c) the game history recording device receiving a start up command from the game console and informs the game host to start a game;
(d) the game history recording device reading the game operation information from the storage device or the network, and sending the plurality of pieces of input information to the game host, without sending any further information from the game console to the game host;
(e) the game host outputting a video signal corresponding to the game operation information to a display device; and
(f) the display device displaying the video signal outputted by the game host.

US Pat. No. 10,335,691

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AUDIO AND VIDEO CHANNELS FOR VIDEO GAME PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for managing chat sessions for a video game, comprising: a video game execution engine on a computing device configured to:execute the video game, in response to selection of the video game for game play received from a player;
responsively generate audio and video data of the video game based on input provided by the player;
receive a request from a first spectator to join in game play of the video game, the first spectator responsively added as a new player of the video game, wherein control of the game play of the video game is transferred from the player to the new player;
update the audio and video data of the video game to include input from the new player;
transmit the audio and video data updated with input from the new player for the video game to client devices of the player, the new player and client devices of spectators that request to view the game play of the video game; and
a chat subsystem configured to establish chat sessions for the video game, wherein the chat subsystem establishes a plurality of chat channels in response to the selection of the video game for game play by the player including,
a player channel over which the new player participates in chat with the player using a peer-to-peer communication, wherein the player channel is associated with the new player and the client device of the new player through a new player node;
a spectator channel over which the spectators and the new player participate in chat using peer-to-peer communication, the spectator channel is associated with specific ones of the spectators and the client devices of the specific ones of the spectators through a corresponding spectator node, and the new player is associated with the spectator channel through the new player node of the new player,
wherein the plurality of chat channels including the player channel and the spectator channel are managed concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,335,690

AUTOMATIC VIDEO GAME HIGHLIGHT REEL

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A video game recording system, comprising:memory configured to store a highlight criterion for a video game to mark a highlight event in the video game;
a processing core having at least one processor configured to:
execute a gaming platform to play the video game in a video game session,
identify a video game event in the video game session that matches the highlight criterion, wherein identifying the video game event comprises:
recording a biometric input entered into the video game session for a player interacting with the video game during the video game session, wherein said biometric input for the player is provided using a video camera, biometric sensor or gesture recognition device utilized by the player for the video game session,
identifying a biometric characteristic of the player interacting with the video game during the video game session interaction to determine a player excitement level, and
comparing the player excitement level to an event threshold to determine that the highlight criterion is satisfied, and
trigger an application programming interface to mark the video game event as a highlight event for inclusion in a highlight reel presenting highlight events from the video game session; and
an output device configured to present the video game session to a player.

US Pat. No. 10,335,689

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium having stored thereon instructions to be executed on a computer, the instructions causing the computer to perform steps of:deploying a plurality of units on a field displayed on a display, the plurality of units being movable in the field;
varying an attack strength of a first unit among the plurality of units so that the attack strength of the first unit, in response to the first unit and a second unit among the plurality of units satisfying a first positional relationship by a movement of at least one of the first unit and the second unit, is decreased to be lower than the attack strength of the first unit when the first unit and the second unit do not satisfy the first positional relationship, wherein the attack strength is an attack strength for attacking a stronghold on the field and attacking a third unit, the first unit and the third unit not belonging to an identical group; and
attacking the stronghold by the first unit and the second unit, wherein
the first positional relationship is satisfied by the movement causing the second unit to be located within a first range of the first unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,688

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL FEATURES FOR HOSTED SESSIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method for managing a game application having administrative controls provided to a first user, wherein the first user has administrative controls over a plurality of users, the method comprising:receiving, from a second user, an access request comprising credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
in response to verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls, granting permissions to the second user to override the administrative controls of the first user while the first user maintains administrative control over the plurality of users, wherein overriding the administrative controls allows the second user to reject parameter changes issued by the first user;
communicating game data defining activity of a game session to a companion application that is associated with the second user;
receiving commands for modifying attributes of the game data from the companion application; and
modifying the attributes of the game data in response to receiving the commands.

US Pat. No. 10,335,686

PROGRAM, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium upon which a computer program product is embodied, comprising code executable by a computer arranged to operate a computer game, the computer having at least a processor and a storage unit, to cause the computer to carry out the following steps:a storing step, comprising storing, in the storage unit, a first parameter associated with a first game content arranged in virtual space, and a second parameter associated with a second game content arranged in the virtual space, the first parameter corresponding to a degree of adjustment attribute of the first game content, the second parameter corresponding to a mutable attribute of the second game content;
a starting step, comprising, with the processor, starting a match between the first game content and the second game content;
a first changing step, comprising, with the processor, automatically changing a third parameter, the third parameter corresponding to a positional relationship between the first game content and the second game content in the virtual space to be closer to a first target value at a certain time change rate;
an increasing step, comprising, with the processor, increasing a fourth parameter when a first task is achieved, the fourth parameter comprising a counter of a number of consecutive achievements of the first task;
a second changing step, comprising, with the processor, changing the second parameter associated with the second game content, by an amount determined based on the values of the third parameter, the first parameter, and the fourth parameter; and
a determining step, comprising determining, with the processor, that a user wins the match when the second parameter becomes a second target value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,685

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND GAME PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein a game program executed by a computer included in an information processing apparatus for performing game processing in which a first group including a first object and a second object operated by a user competes with a second group including a third object and a fourth object, the game program causing the computer to execute:arranging, in a virtual three-dimensional space, the first object, the second object, the third object, the fourth object, a first connection object connecting the first object and the second object, and a second connection object connecting the third object and the fourth object;
controlling actions of the first object and the second object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the first object and the second object based on the first connection object, and controlling actions of the third object and the fourth object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the third object and the fourth object based on the second connection object;
controlling a virtual camera arranged in the virtual three-dimensional space such that at least one of the third object and the fourth object is included in a field-of-view range of the virtual camera;
generating a virtual space image acquired based on the virtual camera; and
causing a display to display the virtual space image.

US Pat. No. 10,335,684

GAME SYSTEM, GAME PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, AND GAME APPARATUS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a touch screen;
a processing system having at least a processor and a memory that is configured to store computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the game system to:
automatically move an operation target object that is an operation target of a player in a predetermined direction within a virtual space;
display, on the touch screen, a game screen that scrolls so as to follow movement of the operation target object;
perform predetermined movement control on the operation target object on the basis of a touch input from the player on the touch screen;
when the operation target object is located within a first determination region set for a non-operation target object, which is an object different from the operation target object, so as to be located at a position overlapping the non-operation target object, perform first collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing a display form of the non-operation target object to a first display form, and performing first movement control on the operation target object;
when a touch input is performed in a state where the operation target object is located within a second determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be wider in the predetermined direction and a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction than the first determination region, perform second collision determination processing that includes determining that the operation target object has collided with the non-operation target object, changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form, and performing second movement control, which is different from the first movement control, on the operation target object; and
when the operation target object is located within a third determination region set for the non-operation target object so as to be located at a side in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction with respect to a position of the first determination region and at a position adjacent to the first determination region, perform third collision determination processing that includes performing third movement control, which is different from the first movement control and the second movement control, on the operation target object such that the operation target object avoids a collision with the non-operation target object, wherein
when a touch input is performed while the third movement control is performed, the third collision determination processing further includes changing the display form of the non-operation target object to the first display form without performing the process by the first collision determination processing and the process by the second collision determination processing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,683

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A server connected to a first terminal used by a first player and a second terminal used by a second player different from the first player, the server comprising:circuitry configured to:
receive first information from the first terminal, the first information identifying the second player;
receive second information from the second terminal, the second terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space associated with the second player; and
transmit third information to the first terminal based on the received first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the first terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,682

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Minato-ku (J...

1. A method performed by a user terminal used by a first player, the method comprising:transmitting first information to a server from the user terminal, the first information identifying a second player which is different from the first player and being designated by the first player, the server receiving second information from another user terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space; and
receiving, at the user terminal, third information from the server based on the first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the user terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,681

CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE OF A COMPUTER DEVICE

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling a user interface of a computer device responsive to user engagement with displayed player objects on the user interface, the method comprising the following steps implemented by computer executable code executed by one or more hardware processors on the computer device;displaying on the user interface a game area having a plurality of game objects in a static player graph;
providing on the user interface a player object configured for targeting and shooting of said game objects in response to user input, the player object configured to respond to user input to selectively perform one of (i) travel along a player selected trajectory to target one of the plurality of game objects in the static player graph, and (ii) be selected to contribute directly to an objective and be deselected from targeting the game objects in the static player graph; and
detecting fulfilment of the objective to trigger a boost action.

US Pat. No. 10,335,680

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE GAME

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for providing an interactive media guidance game, the method comprising:retrieving, from a first content provider, a first viewing history identifying a first plurality of media assets requested by a user from the first content provider;
retrieving, from a second content provider, a second viewing history identifying a second plurality of media assets requested by the user from the second content provider;
generating for display within an electronic media guidance application a plurality of tiles arranged in a grid, wherein each tile in a first column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the first plurality of media assets, and wherein each tile in a second column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the second plurality of media assets;
receiving a user input to modify the displayed plurality of tiles;
in response to receiving the user input:
selecting, using a selection algorithm, a first media asset from the first plurality of media assets and a second media asset from the second plurality of media assets;
generating for display a first tile associated with the first media asset in the first column of the grid and a second tile associated with the second media asset in the second column of the grid;
retrieving first metadata associated with the first media asset and second metadata associated with the second media asset;
retrieving a first plurality of fields from the first metadata and a second plurality of fields from the second metadata;
comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields, a field type with a field type of each field in the second plurality fields;
determining, based on the comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields a corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
comparing data in each of the first plurality of fields with data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
determining, based on comparing the data in each of the first plurality of fields with the data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields, whether one or more fields in the second plurality of fields match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields;
determining based on an amount of fields in the second plurality of fields that match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields, whether the first media asset matches the second media asset;
in response to determining that the first media asset matches the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset matches the second media asset; and
in response to determining that the first media asset does not match the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset does not match the second media asset.

US Pat. No. 10,335,679

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A video processing device comprising:a log acquisition section adapted to acquire a log of events that took place in a game,
wherein a moving image of the game is continuously recorded using a ring buffer having a predetermined storage capacity, and
wherein the events are selected from a list of predefined events for the game;
a video acquisition section adapted to acquire from the ring buffer, a video showing playing details of the game; and
an identification section adapted to identify a portion, in the video, showing the game playing details at times of occurrence of the events in the log; and
a memory to store the video in association with the events in the log.

US Pat. No. 10,335,676

GAME SYSTEM, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH EXECUTABLE GAME PROGRAM STORED THEREON, WHICH CAN PROVIDE VIBRATION TO USER

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a first vibration portion arranged for one hand of a user and a second vibration portion arranged for the other hand of the user;
an operation portion which accepts input from the user; and
one or more processors operative to:
provide a first screen representation in which an object moving in a virtual space turns left in accordance with a first operation input from the user via the operation portion, and provide a second screen representation in which the object moving in the virtual space turns right in accordance with a second operation input from the user via the operation portion, and
vibrate the first vibration portion more strongly than the second vibration portion when providing the first screen representation in which the object turns left, and vibrate the second vibration portion more strongly than the first vibration portion when providing the second screen representation in which the object turns right.

US Pat. No. 10,335,675

GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game controller comprising:a holding portion configured to be held by a user;
a first button placed on an upper surface of a main body of the game controller and configured to allow the user to operate the first button with a finger of the user while holding the holding portion, the first button having a lower portion and an upper portion that is configured to be contacted by the user's finger, and
a second button placed on the upper surface of the main body and configured to allow the user to operate the second button with the same finger of the user that operates the first button, the second button being located closer to a front surface of the main body than the first button, wherein
the upper portion of the first button includes a protruding portion that protrudes outward from the lower portion in a direction from the front surface to a back surface of the game controller and in a direction from a center of the game controller to a side surface of the game controller, the protruding portion warps upward in the direction from the front surface to the back surface, and an end portion of the first button in the direction of the side surface has a sloped portion, the sloped portion including a portion sloping at a first sloping angle and a portion sloping at a second sloping angle greater than the first sloping angle, the portion sloping at the first sloping angle and the portion sloping at the second sloping angle are within an outer perimeter of the upper portion when the first button is viewed towards the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,674

VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER

Performance Designed Prod...

1. A video game controller, comprising:a controller body;
a processor housed in the controller body;
a plurality of control inputs comprising a directional pad, a pair of thumbsticks and a plurality of buttons, each of the plurality of control inputs operable to control one or more operations of a video game, the processor configured to convert one or more operations of the plurality of control inputs into electrical signals and to communicate such signals to a video game console via a cable;
an audio jack configured to receive an audio connector for a headset, the audio jack configured to communicate with the processor; and
a switch in communication with the audio jack and with the processor, the switch configured to detect when the audio connector is coupled to the audio jack and to communicate a detection signal of said connection to the controller,
wherein the processor operable to automatically communicate data to the video game console indicating the controller is audio enabled following receipt of the detection signal from the switch indicating the connection between the audio connector for the headset and the audio jack, the processor further configured to automatically route audio from the video game console to the headset at a default volume level upon receiving the detection signal from the switch indicating the connection between the audio connector for the headset and the audio jack, the processor configured to automatically adjust a volume level of the audio communicated from the console to the default volume level prior to communicating the audio to the headset.

US Pat. No. 10,335,673

ELECTRONIC GAMING DIE

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. An electronic gaming die comprising:an enclosure having N sides where N is equal to or greater than 4;
a flexible substrate that folds into N sides and fits into an interior of the enclosure, wherein each side has an inner face, an outer face and is assigned an integer from 1 to N;
a number of light emitting diodes disposed on the outer face of each side of the flexible substrate, wherein the number of light emitting diodes equals the integer assigned to the side of the flexible substrate;
a sensor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate;
a processor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and communicably coupled to the sensor and the one or more light emitting diodes; and
a battery disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and electrically connected to the one or more light emitting diodes, the sensor and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,672

GAME KIT AND ASSEMBLY

1. A game kit, comprising:a generally rectangular box portion defining a recess, wherein the box portion further comprises a case portion and a cover portion hingedly connected thereto;
a generally flat support member hingedly connected to the case portion;
a lockable armature assembly operationally connected to the generally flat support member and to the case portion;
a first pipe operationally connected to the cover portion;
a pair of ancillary pipes connected to the cover portion, wherein each respective ancillary pipe is positioned opposite the first pipe from the other respective ancillary pipe and wherein each ancillary pipe is equidistant from the first pipe; and
a plurality of bean bags;
wherein the cover portion is pivotably connected to the case portion and pivotable between a closed position parallel to and engaging the case portion and an open position parallel to and extending away from the case portion;
wherein with the case portion placed on a generally flat surface, pivoting the first cover portion away from the case portion and into a generally vertical orientation and pivoting the support member away from the case portion and locking the armature assembly deploys the first and ancillary pipes in a generally vertical orientation for receiving tossed bags.

US Pat. No. 10,335,671

CHILD PROTECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING ACCESSORY

1. A child protective entertainment and dining accessory, comprising:a base tray selectively attachable to and detachable from a dining table and configured to support at least one of food and drink for a child;
a food compartment disposed on a portion of the base tray, such that the food compartment is recessed from a top surface of the base tray;
a child cup holder disposed on a portion of the base tray to store a cup therein;
a rail onto which to secure one or more toys such that the rail is supported by the base tray, the rail disposed above the food compartment, the rail comprising:
a lateral portion in parallel with the base tray to support the one or more toys, such that the lateral portion has a length substantially the same as a length of the food compartment, such that the lateral portion prevents the one or more toys from contact with the food compartment,
a first vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a first end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the first vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the first vertical portion is at least less than half of a length of the lateral portion, such that the first vertical portion is disposed near at least a portion of a first edge of the food compartment between the food compartment and the child cup holder, and
a second vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a second end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the second vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the second vertical portion is equivalent to the height of the first vertical portion, such that the second vertical portion is disposed at a greater distance from a second edge of the food compartment with respect to the first vertical portion; and
a flexible edge extension removably connected to at least a portion of an edge portion of the base tray to extend along and from an edge portion of a peripheral edge of the base tray.

US Pat. No. 10,335,670

CARD SHOE APPARATUS AND TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system for detecting special arrangements of shuffled playing cards having:a shuffle card set made up of a predetermined number of decks which have been shuffled;
a computer; and
a card shoe apparatus, which is communicably connected to the computer, for storing the shuffled playing cards and manually dealing the cards housed in the card shoe apparatus one by one onto a game table, the card shoe apparatus that stores rules of a card game, the card shoe apparatus having:
a card housing unit for housing the shuffled playing cards;
an opening for drawing out the cards from the card housing unit one by one;
a card reading unit that reads information from the card being drawn from the card housing unit;
a restriction unit for preventing any cards from moving in a slot; and
a motion sensor for detecting movement of any cards travelling through the slot,
wherein the computer restricts any cards from fraudulently moving in the slot by activating the restriction unit based on a detection result by the motion sensor,
the computer detects whether or not there is any special arrangement of the shuffled playing cards based on the information of the cards read by the card reading unit,
the special arrangement comprises at least one of the following cases:
(1) rank of a card read by the card reading unit is larger or smaller by one than a preceding card read by the card reading unit for the predetermined number of cards;
(2) the same rank continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit;
(3) the same suit continues for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit; and
(4) the same sequence is repeated for the predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,669

SELF-BALANCING BOARD WITH PRIMARY WHEEL AND DISTAL AUXILIARY WHEEL

Koofy Innovation Limited,...

1. A self-balancing board, comprising:a primary wheel assembly, comprising:
a primary wheel; and
a motor driving the primary wheel;
a platform secured to the primary wheel assembly and having a foot deck;
at least one sensor sensing the orientation of the platform;
a controller receiving data from the at least one sensor and controlling the motor in response to the received data; and
a first auxiliary wheel assembly coupled to the platform distal the primary wheel assembly, the first auxiliary wheel assembly including a first auxiliary wheel that is elevated from contacting a flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is parallel to the flat surface, and being engaged with the flat surface upon which the primary wheel rests when the foot deck is tilted by a selected angle, so as to cooperate with the primary wheel to support the self-balancing board on the flat surface without triggering braking by the controller on the primary wheel,
wherein the first auxiliary wheel overlaps at least a portion of the primary wheel in a lateral direction and extends laterally across a longitudinal centerline of the primary wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,668

ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a carrier for supporting a user;
a free-wheel unit disposed at one end of the carrier;
a foot-wheel unit disposed at the other end of the carrier;
a driving unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the foot-wheel unit, and for providing a power to the electric vehicle;
a first angle-detecting unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the carrier, the first angle-detecting unit for detecting a swinging status between the free-wheel unit and the carrier so as to provide a swinging signal;
a micro processing unit signally connected to the driving unit and the first angle-detecting unit; and
a voice prompting unit disposed at the carrier and electrically connected to the micro processing unit;
wherein when the swinging signal achieves a predetermined condition which is determined by the micro processing unit, the driving unit is turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,335,666

INLINE SKATE HAVING ADJUSTABLE SHOCK ABSORBER

Dongguan Hongmei Sports E...

1. An inline skate, comprising:a skate boot;
a front wheel mount secured to a front portion of a bottom of the skate boot;
a front wheel rotatably secured to the front wheel mount;
a rear wheel mount secured to a rear portion of the bottom of the skate boot;
a rear wheel rotatably secured to the rear wheel mount;
a shock absorber disposed between the front wheel mount and the rear wheel mount;
a protective member disposed on the shock absorber; and
a brake block attached to a rear end of the skate boot with both the rear wheel mount and the rear wheel disposed below;
wherein the shock absorber comprises two sets of a positioning member secured to the bottom of the skate boot; a threaded adjustment member disposed through either the rear wheel mount or the front wheel mount; a biasing member; a first bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the first bifurcation element having one end secured to an end of the threaded adjustment member and the other two ends secured to the other end of the biasing member; and a second bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the second bifurcation element having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two ends secured to one end of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,665

SPLITBOARD LATCHING DEVICE

1. A device for latching a first splitboard ski and a second splitboard ski, a first fastener assembly secured to the first splitboard ski and a second fastener assembly secured to the second splitboard ski, and a lengthwise common edge between the first splitboard ski and the second splitboard ski, comprising:a latching device including an aperture, a first side, and a slot;
the aperture is centered about a rotational axis of the latching device and is rotationally coupled to the first splitboard ski;
the first side is distanced away from the aperture;
the first side includes a first side portion bridging over an opening of the slot;
the slot is distanced away from the aperture and extends through the first side below the first side portion;
the slot includes an outside edge with two or more detents; and
the two or more detents each successively engage the second fastener assembly progressively closer to the rotational axis and away from the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,664

GOLF UTILITY DEVICE WITH BALL ALIGNMENT TOOL, DIVOT REPAIR TOOL AND RANGEFINDER

1. A golf utility apparatus comprising first and second rotational members configured to rotate at a fixed distance from each other,wherein:a. the first rotational member comprises a ball alignment tool for assisting a golfer to align a putt;b. the second rotational member has at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith, wherein said at least one golf tool is selected from among a group of golf tools consisting of a divot repair tool, a range finder, a spike wrench, a ball marker, a golf tee, a fidget/focus device, and combinations thereof; andc. a third rotational member with at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,335,662

EXERCISE BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY METHOD

1. A method for an exerciser to perform different balancing squat exercise, comprising the following steps:a. selecting a swing elevation and balance kit that includes a main clip designed to attach to the front edge of a brim on a visor or hat at a location aligned with the exerciser's front midline axis, a length adjustable string attached at one end to said main clip, and a weight attached at an end of said string opposite said end attached to said main clip;
b. attaching said main clip to said brim so that the string is aligned with said exerciser's front midline axis;
c. selecting a balancing squat exercise to perform from a standing position that requires the exerciser to keep said weight aligned with said midline axis all times;
d. adjusting the length of the string so that said weight is elevated above ground and supported by said brim on the visor or hat when standing and remains elevated above the ground and when performing said balancing squat exercise;
e. performing said balancing squat exercise and simultaneously keeping said weight aligned over said midline axis at all times; and
f. repeating step (e) repeatedly.