US Pat. No. 10,429,511

LIGHT DETECTION AND RANGING (LIDAR) ICE DETECTION SYSTEM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A detector, comprising:one or more Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) devices on an aircraft, each of the LIDAR devices including a transmitter and a receiver, wherein:
each of the one or more transmitters repetitively scan an aerodynamic surface on the aircraft using laser pulses, forming scattered laser pulses scattered from the aerodynamic surface, and
each of the one or more receivers receive the scattered laser pulses and output data comprising timing of the scattered laser pulses received in the one or more receivers; and
a computer coupled to the one or more LIDAR devices, the computer calculating temporal changes in coordinates of the aerodynamic surface from the output data, the temporal changes indicating a presence or absence of ice on the aerodynamic surface; wherein:
the temporal changes are adjusted to exclude changes resulting from flexing of the aerodynamic surface due to changes in pressure of airflow over the aerodynamic surface or
the laser pulses scan the aerodynamic surface with a scanning speed that is faster than timescales on which the flexing takes place.

US Pat. No. 10,429,510

SENSOR AND METHOD FOR SETTING THRESHOLD OF SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A sensor for detecting an object by reception of light from a light projecting unit in a light receiving unit, the sensor comprising:a sampling unit configured to sample a light reception amount of the light received by the light receiving unit;
a calculator configured to calculate a variation in the light reception amount per unit time based on the light reception amount sampled by the sampling unit;
a setting unit configured to set as a threshold a light reception amount corresponding to the variation in the light reception amount per unit time when the variation in the light reception amount per unit time satisfies a predetermined condition; and
a detector configured to detect the object by comparison between the light reception amount of the light received by the light receiving unit and the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,429,509

MOLDED PROXIMITY SENSOR

STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LT...

1. A proximity sensor, comprising:an encapsulating layer having a first side and a second side;
a plurality of cap feet in contact with and extending from the first side of the encapsulating layer, the plurality of cap feet and the encapsulating layer being formed from a same material, two of the cap feet having a first height with respect to the first side of the encapsulating layer, and one of the cap feet having a second height with respect to the first side of the encapsulating layer, the second height being different from the first height; and
a plurality of lenses, each of the lenses having a first side and a second side, the encapsulating layer in contact with the first side and the second side of each of the lenses;
a light emitting device disposed below a first one of the lenses;
a semiconductor die including a sensor area disposed below a second one of the lenses; and
an adhesive material, which prevents light from passing therethrough, that secures the one of the cap feet having the second height with respect to the first side of the encapsulating layer to the semiconductor die.

US Pat. No. 10,429,508

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE, MOVING SYSTEM, AND DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A distance measuring device, comprising:a first distance measurer configured to
measure a distance to a target object, and
output first distance information indicating a measured distance when the distance measurement is performed under a condition that satisfies a distance measurement condition, but output the first distance information indicating a predetermined value when the distance measurement is performed under a condition that does not satisfy the distance measurement condition;
a second distance measurer that measures a distance to the target object and outputs second distance information indicating the measured distance; and
circuitry configured to, when the first distance information indicates the predetermined value and, at a same time, the second distance information satisfies a predetermined condition, make an alteration such that the distance measurement condition used by the first distance measurer is altered, wherein
when the distance measurement condition is altered, the circuitry is further configured to cause the first distance measurer to measure a distance to the target object again.

US Pat. No. 10,429,506

LATERAL DISTANCE SENSOR DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A lateral distance sensor diagnosis apparatus cooperating with a lateral distance sensor that detects a distance with an object existing in a lateral region relative to a vehicle by transmitting search waves towards the lateral region and receiving reflected waves reflected by the object in a propagation range of the search waves,the lateral distance sensor diagnosis apparatus comprising:
a detection result acquisition section that acquires a detection distance that is a distance detected by the lateral distance sensor;
a vehicle information acquisition section that acquires vehicle information that is information indicating a travel state of the vehicle, the vehicle information including a steering angle;
a travel enabled distance acquisition section that determines whether the vehicle is estimated to have contact with the object detected by the lateral distance sensor because of a turning radius difference between tracks followed by front and rear inner wheels when turning based on the detection distance acquired by the detection result acquisition section and the steering angle included in the vehicle information, the travel enabled distance acquisition section acquiring, based on the detection distance, a travel enabled distance when determining that the vehicle is estimated to have contact with the object, the travel enabled distance being a distance the vehicle is permitted to travel before the vehicle has contact with the object;
a movement distance calculation section that calculates a movement distance of the vehicle from when the detection result acquisition section acquires the detection distance that the travel enabled distance acquisition section uses to acquire the travel enabled distance; and
a diagnosis test section that determines whether the lateral distance sensor operates normally by comparing, when the travel enabled distance acquisition section determines that the vehicle is estimated to have contact with the object, the movement distance calculated by the movement distance calculation section with the travel enabled distance acquired by the travel enabled distance acquisition section,
wherein the diagnosis test section determines that the lateral distance sensor fails to operate normally when the movement distance becomes greater than the travel enabled distance under a state being maintained, the state where the steering angle accords with an angle at which the vehicle will have contact with the object.

US Pat. No. 10,429,503

VEHICLE COGNITIVE RADAR METHODS AND SYSTEMS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling transmissions of a cognitive radar system, the method comprising the steps of:transmitting a first plurality of transmittal signals by a cognitive radar system of a vehicle, the cognitive radar system having at least a first modality;
receiving sensor data from one or more sensors having a second modality that is different from the first modality;
identifying, via a processor, an object for tracking based on the sensor data;
determining, via the processor, a classification as to a type of the object based on the sensor data;
selecting, via the processor, an adjusted waveform for a second plurality of transmittal signals for transmission by the cognitive radar system, based on the determined type of the object using the sensor data; and
tracking the object, via the processor, using the adjusted waveform for the second plurality of transmittal signals transmitted by the cognitive radar system based on the determined type of the object as determined using the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,502

TARGET DETECTING DEVICE FOR AVOIDING COLLISION BETWEEN VEHICLE AND TARGET CAPTURED BY SENSOR MOUNTED TO THE VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A target detecting device mounted in a vehicle in order to avoid a collision between the vehicle and a target that is captured by a sensor mounted to the vehicle, the target detecting device comprising:a radar sensor that transmits radar waves to a target present around a reference vehicle in which the target detecting device is mounted, and receives reflected waves from the target;
an imaging sensor that captures an image of an area around the reference vehicle; and
an electronic control unit, the electronic control unit being configured to:
detect a target using information acquired by the radar sensor;
select a target that satisfies a predetermined condition, among targets detected by the radar sensor;
output information on a selected target;
detect a stopped vehicle present around the reference vehicle;
detect a target from the image acquired by the imaging sensor by performing image recognition using predetermined patterns of a target; and
increase, when the stopped vehicle is detected, the number of upper body patterns for image recognition of a pedestrian included in the predetermined patterns of the target in an overlapped area in the image that overlaps the stopped vehicle when viewed from the reference vehicle, compared to an instance in which a stopped vehicle is not detected, wherein the number of upper body patterns is set to be a first value when the stopped vehicle is detected and is set to be a second value when the stopped vehicle is not detected, the first value being lamer than the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,501

MOTORCYCLE BLIND SPOT DETECTION SYSTEM AND REAR COLLISION ALERT USING MECHANICALLY ALIGNED RADAR

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A blind spot detection system for a motorcycle, comprising:a motorcycle;
a device for measuring acceleration mounted to the motorcycle;
a device for measuring orientation mounted to the motorcycle;
a processor in communication with the device for measuring acceleration and the device for measuring orientation; and
a detection device for detecting the presence of other vehicles in at least one blind spot;
wherein the device for measuring acceleration detects a gravity force vector, and the device for measuring orientation detects the position of the motorcycle relative to the gravity force vector such that a lean angle of the motorcycle is calculated with the processor, and the detection device is configured to maintain the same position relative to the gravity force vector and compensate for the position of the motorcycle if the lean angle is greater than or less than 90°, such that the detection device is able to detect the presence of other vehicles in the at least one blind spot, independent of the lean angle of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,429,489

SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS OF LIGHTER-THAN-AIR (LTA) PLATFORMS

SPACE DATA CORPORATION, ...

1. A free-floating constellation communication system comprising:a plurality of lighter-than-air platforms comprising at least a first platform and a second platform; said first and second platforms comprising a communications signal transceiver and being free-floating without any longitudinal and latitudinal position control; and
a plurality of communications devices within a contiguous geographic area, at least one of said communications devices having communications capability with said communications signal transceivers;
wherein said at least one of said communications devices is capable of handing off communication with said first platform to said second platform as said first platform moves out of a communication range of said at least one of said communications devices, and
wherein said free-floating constellation communications system is configured to provide a line-of-sight coverage of wireless data to a user on a landmass and said plurality of lighter-than-air platforms are configured to operate in a range of 60,000 to 140,000 feet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,487

DRONE LOCALIZATION

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method for collaborative localization of multiple devices in a geographic area, the method comprising:receiving global localization data originating with one or more neighboring devices;
receiving local localization data originating with a mobile device;
determining a first confidence level from the local localization data;
determining a second confidence level from the global localization data; and
performing, by a processor, a collaborative localization calculation for the mobile device based on the first confidence level and the second confidence level.

US Pat. No. 10,429,485

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LOCATION IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING USING RADIO FREQUENCY

VACUS TECH PRIVATE LIMITE...

1. A system for determining a spatial location of a target radio frequency node of a first type located in a defined space, the system comprising:a plurality of radio frequency nodes of a second type located within the defined space, wherein each of the plurality of radio frequency nodes of the second type communicates with the target radio frequency node, each of the plurality of radio frequency nodes of the second type comprises a multi-antenna system and an antenna switch controlling the operational status of antennas of the multi-antenna system, and wherein the multi-antenna system comprises discrete directional antenna elements having 24 discrete antennas segregated in eight distinct groups with three antennas in each group, the antennas within each group arranged in an adjacent fashion; and
a radio frequency node of a third type located within or outside the defined space, wherein the radio frequency node of the third type communicates with the plurality of radio frequency nodes of the second type to determine the spatial location of the target radio frequency node.

US Pat. No. 10,429,484

COMPACT HARMONIC TUNER SYSTEM WITH ROTATING PROBES

1. A harmonic impedance tuner system comprisinga) an automated two carriage slide screw tuner
b) a system controller, and
c) a calibration method,
wherein
a) the tuner comprises
a slabline between an input port and an output port with two grounded sidewalls and a center conductor;
and two mobile carriages #1 and #2, sharing the same area of the slabline, remotely controlled using stepper-motors, mounted diametrical on top of the sidewalls, straddling the slot and sliding parallel to the axis of the slabline, said carriages controlling associated disc-shaped tuning probes #1 and #2, said probes rotating inside the slot of the slabline,
wherein
the disc tuning probes have a dual approximately elliptical shape,
and wherein
the main axes of the ellipses are approximately perpendicular to each-other;
b) the system controller comprises
a central processor, electronic memory, electronic motor control, communication interface and associated control, communication and data collection software;
c) the calibration method comprises
tuner control, s-parameter acquisition routines and data processing algorithms.

US Pat. No. 10,429,482

DE-EMBEDDING AND CALIBRATION OF MIRROR SYMMETRIC RECIPROCAL NETWORKS

Oracle International Corp...

1. A method comprising:arranging a pair of HALF-THRU fixtures connected at a mirror reference plane to form a mirror symmetric THRU structure; and
characterizing ports of a test fixture connected with the mirror symmetric THRU structure by
calculating, by at least one processor, amplitude and phase of a first parameter indicative of an input impedance with open output of one of the HALF-THRU fixtures, Z11, based on a detected second parameter indicative of an input impedance with open output of the mirror symmetric THRU structure, Z11, and a detected third parameter indicative of a forward transfer impedance with open output of the mirror symmetric THRU structure, Z21,
calculating, by the at least one processor, an amplitude of a fourth parameter indicative of a reverse transfer impedance with open output of the one of the HALF-THRU fixtures, Z12, based on the second parameter indicative of the Z11 and the third parameter indicative of the Z21 and either of (i) a detected fifth parameter indicative of a reverse transfer impedance with open input of the one of the HALF-THRU fixtures with a load shunted to ground at the mirror reference plane, zL12, or (ii) a detected sixth parameter indicative of a reverse transfer impedance with open input of the mirror symmetric THRU structure with a load shunted to ground at the mirror reference plane, ZL12,
calculating, by the at least one processor, an amplitude and phase of a seventh parameter indicative of an output impedance with open input of the one of the HALF-THRU, fixtures, z22, based on the third parameter indicative of the Z21 and the fourth parameter indicative of the z12, and
outputting, by the at least one processor, the amplitude and phase of the first parameter indicative of the z11, the amplitude of the fourth parameter indicative of the z12, or the amplitude and phase of the seventh parameter indicative of the z22.

US Pat. No. 10,429,480

COMBINING MULTIPLE MRI DATA ACQUISITIONS HAVING DIFFERENT B1 INHOMOGENEITIES

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a first acquiring unit configured to acquire data by executing a first pulse sequence based on a first radio-frequency (RF) pulse transmission condition having a first B1 inhomogeneity condition;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire data by executing a second pulse sequence based on a second RF pulse transmission condition having a second B1 inhomogeneity condition different from the first B1 inhomogeneity condition; and
a combining unit configured to perform a combining process, after execution of said first and second pulse sequences, either (a) on the data acquired by the first acquiring unit and the data acquired by the second acquiring unit or (b) on data obtained by reconstructing a first image based on the data acquired by the acquiring unit and data obtained by reconstructing a second image based on data obtained by reconstructing the data acquired by the second acquiring unit,
wherein the first and second acquiring units independently control a plurality of electric-power transmitting systems that are configured to supply an RF pulse to a transmission coil so as to change a distribution of B1 strength and B1 inhomogeneity between data acquisition by the first acquiring unit and data acquisition by the second acquiring unit by differentiating at least one of an amplitude, a phase, and a waveform of the RF pulse between the first RF pulse transmission condition and the second RF pulse transmission condition.

US Pat. No. 10,429,479

RAPID MEASUREMENT OF PERFUSION USING OPTIMIZED MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method for using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to estimate quantitative perfusion parameters of a subject that has been administered a contrast agent, the steps of the method comprising:(a) acquiring non-selective data from a subject with the MRI system by directing the MRI system to perform a plurality of pulse sequences that each include a non-selective radio frequency (RF) inversion pulse that inverts spin magnetization in a volume-of-interest that includes at least one slice, the acquired non-selective data representing a plurality of different signal evolutions;
(b) acquiring selective data from a subject with the MRI system by directing the MRI system to perform a plurality of pulse sequences that each include a selective RF inversion pulse that inverts spin magnetization only in a slice in the volume-of-interest, the acquired selective data representing a plurality of different signal evolutions;
(c) estimating first longitudinal relaxation parameters from the non-selective data by comparing the non-selective data with a dictionary database comprising a plurality of different signal evolution templates;
(d) estimating second longitudinal relaxation parameters from the selective data by comparing the selective data with a dictionary database comprising a plurality of different signal evolution templates; and
(e) computing quantitative perfusion parameters based on a difference between the first and second longitudinal relaxation parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,429,475

METHOD FOR INCREASING SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING PER-VOXEL NOISE COVARIANCE REGULARIZATION

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method for producing an image of a subject using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the steps of the method comprising:a) acquiring k-space data from the subject using an MRI system that includes an array of radio frequency (RF) receiver coils;
b) reconstructing an image for each receiver coil from the k-space data acquired in step a) from that receiver coil;
c) estimating a noise covariance matrix for each voxel in each image reconstructed in step b);
d) producing an image of the subject by weighting and combining the images reconstructed in step b) while regularizing the noise covariance matrices on a per-voxel basis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,468

SIMULTANEOUS DYNAMIC CONTRAST ENHANCED AND DYNAMIC SUSCEPTIBILITY MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method for using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to estimate quantitative perfusion parameters of a subject that has been administered a contrast agent, the steps of the method comprising:(a) estimating optimized acquisition parameters that are optimized to direct the MRI system to generate a plurality of different signal evolutions that maximize discrimination between different magnetic resonance relaxation parameters in a minimized number of repetition time (TR) periods;
(b) acquiring contrast-enhanced data with the MRI system by directing the MRI system to perform a plurality of pulse sequences using the optimized acquisition parameters, the acquired contrast-enhanced data representing the plurality of different signal evolutions;
(c) simultaneously estimating longitudinal relaxation parameters and transverse relaxation parameters by comparing the acquired contrast-enhanced data with a dictionary database comprising a plurality of different signal evolution templates; and
(d) computing quantitative perfusion parameters based on the longitudinal relaxation parameters and the transverse relaxation parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,429,463

QUIET MRI WITH SPIN ECHO (SE) OR FAST SPIN ECHO (FSE)

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus comprising:static and gradient magnetic field generators and at least one radio frequency (RF) coil disposed within said magnetic field generators;
RF transmitter and RF receiver circuits coupled to said at least one RF coil; and
at least one MRI sequence control circuit including a k-space memory and at least one processor configured to control said gradient magnetic field generators and said RF transmitter and receiver circuits during execution of an MRI data acquisition sequence including plural successive TR (repetition time) intervals wherein:
said TR intervals each includes at least one instance of a MRI data acquisition sequence kernel for a spin echo (SE) or fast spin echo (FSE) MRI k-space data acquisition sequence of interrelated RF and gradient magnetic field pulses including a slice select gradient magnetic field Gss that remains at a non-zero amplitude throughout said kernel, including data acquisition readout periods, thereby reducing acoustic noise associated with a slice-select magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,429,461

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE AND TIMING MISALIGNMENT DETECTION METHOD THEREOF

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging device comprising:a magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field in a predetermined direction in a predetermined inspection space;
a magnetic field gradient generator configured to generate magnetic field gradients in three directions, and impart a gradient to a magnetic field intensity in the inspection space along each of three axes orthogonal to one another;
a probe configured to apply a high frequency magnetic field to a subject laid in the inspection space;
a sequencer configured to control the generation of the magnetic field gradients in the three directions, application of the high frequency magnetic field to the subject, and reception of a magnetic resonance signal generated from the subject by the probe; and
a processor programmed to process the detected magnetic resonance signal,
wherein the magnetic field gradient generator includes a positive-side subcoil and a negative-side subcoil for generating the magnetic field gradients in the three directions through composition, and power sources each for supplying current to the positive-side subcoil and the negative-side subcoil,
wherein the sequencer is configured to execute a plurality of pulse sequences used for detecting a drive timing misalignment between the positive-side subcoil and the negative-side subcoil, generate the magnetic field gradient in a first direction among the three directions through composition, and measure an echo of one of a first slice at a position shifted to the positive-side subcoil from an origin of the magnetic field gradient, and a second slice at a position shifted to the negative-side subcoil from the origin under a read-out magnetic field gradient pulse in the first direction, and
wherein the processor is programmed to determine the drive timing misalignment between the positive-side subcoil and the negative-side subcoil by deriving projection images of the first slice and the second slice from application of an inverse-Fourier transformation on echo signals measured by the pulse sequences, obtain a phase difference between the projection images of the first slice and the second slice, and compute a change width of a drive timing of one of the positive-side subcoil and the negative-side subcoil which reduces a slope of the phase difference with respect to a location along the first direction to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,429,460

RADIO FREQUENCY ANTENNA DEVICE FOR GENERATING A DIGITAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE INFORMATION SIGNAL

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A radio frequency (RF) antenna device for providing magnetic resonance (MR) information from an examination space of a MR imaging system, comprising:at least one RF coil with at least one connection port for receiving an analog MR information signal,
and at least one analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which is connected to the at least one connection port and which converts the analog MR information signal into a digital MR information signal,
wherein the at least one ADC is a RF band-pass sub-sampled sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter, and
wherein the at least one ADC is provided with a sampling frequency (fs) that is at least one of:
two times the Nyquist frequency of a carrier signal of the analog MR information signal, and
at least two times higher than the Nyquist frequency of a modulation signal in the analog MR information signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,459

FORMATION PROPERTY MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:at least a transmitting antenna and a receiving antenna of a downhole tool housing, wherein the transmitting antenna and receiving antenna are steerable to provide equivalent dipoles with a selected tilt angle of a plurality of tilt angles with respect to a longitudinal axis of the downhole tool housing; and
a controller to select the selected tilt angle of the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna, to enable acquisition of signal data by the receiving antenna corresponding to a selected depth of investigation for resistivity and dielectric constant in a geological formation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,457

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS WITH OPTIMIZED OPERATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating a medical imaging system that is situated in an examination room, said method comprising:providing detected information to a control processor of the medical imaging system, after detecting that image data of a patient are to be acquired by operation of the medical imaging system;
in said control processor, selecting an examination sequence, as a selected examination sequence that is dependent on the detected information, from among a plurality of stored predetermined examination sequences, wherein
each of said plurality of stored predetermined examination sequences comprising a plurality of predetermined examination steps consisting of a first category of steps that are to be performed by said medical imaging system and a second category of steps that involve a manual action that is to be performed by an operator of the medical imaging system on an object other than said control processor that is in said examination room;
generating control signals for said first category of steps and emitting said control signals to the medical imaging system in order to operate the medical imaging system so as to execute said selected examination sequence;
in said control processor, after beginning execution of the selected examination sequence, when the selected examination sequence is ongoing, detecting a current examination step in the ongoing selected examination sequence in which the medical imaging system is currently operating;
in said control processor, consulting said ongoing selected examination sequence in order to identify that a next predetermined step in the ongoing selected examination sequence is in said second category of steps, said next predetermined step being required by said ongoing selected examination sequence to immediately follow the detected current examination step in the ongoing selected examination sequence;
in said control processor, when it is determined that said next predetermined step is in said second category of steps, generating step information that represents said manual action to be performed in said next predetermined step; and
in said control processor, generating projector control signals from said step information and emitting said projector control signals from said control processor to an image projector in order to operate said image projector so as to project an image, corresponding to said step information, on a projection surface to inform said operator of the manual action that must be performed in said next predetermined step.

US Pat. No. 10,429,456

MODULES AND METHODS INCLUDING MAGNETIC SENSING STRUCTURES

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. A magnetic module comprising:a patterned magnetic sensing structure;
circuitry arranged to process signals associated with the patterned magnetic sensing structure; and
an aperture in the magnetic module, the aperture opening to an environment that is external to the magnetic module, the aperture being physically aligned with the patterned magnetic sensing structure, and the patterned magnetic sensing structure being arranged to sense magnetic stimuli in the environment that is external to the magnetic module.

US Pat. No. 10,429,454

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING A PEDOMETER

Logitech Europe S.A., La...

7. An inertial motion system for a head-mounted electronic device, the inertial motion system comprising:a head-mounted electronic device comprising:
an accelerometer for producing signals indicative of acceleration;
an atmospheric pressure sensor for producing signals indicative of altitude;
a gyroscope for producing signals indicative of direction changes; and
a magnetometer for producing signals indicative of a compass direction;
a GPS location unit; and
a non-transitory, computer readable medium, communicatively coupled to the accelerometer, the atmospheric pressure sensor, the gyroscope and the magnetometer, and comprising instructions configured to determine route data from the signals indicative of acceleration from the accelerometer and at least one of the signals indicative of compass direction from the magnetometer and the signals indicative of direction changes from the gyroscope, and distance data based on the vertical movement of the accelerometer using a stride length and a cadence determined from the vertical movement.

US Pat. No. 10,429,451

APPARATUS FOR TESTING LUMINAIRE BASED ON USB AND METHOD USING THE SAME

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An apparatus for testing a luminaire based on a universal serial bus (USB), comprising:a power measurement unit for measuring power consumption by measuring power input from a host system to a luminaire based on the USB;
a message interpretation unit for generating a result of interpretation of a message based on a USB-based control message sent and received between the host system and the luminaire;
an illuminance reception unit for receiving a result of measurement of illuminance of the luminaire, measured by a light reception device; and
an information generation unit for generating test result information based on a result of the measurement of the power consumption, the result of the interpretation of the message, and the result of the measurement of the illuminance;
wherein the apparatus for testing the luminaire further comprises:
a USB plug including a detachable USB plug-fixing unit for connecting to the host system which have one of defined USB port types;
a USB receptacle including a detachable USB receptacle-fixing unit for connecting to the luminaire which have one of defined USB connector types;
an external power supply connection unit for receiving power from an external power supply;
wherein the apparatus for testing the luminaire is driven by using power received from the external power supply and passes power supplied from the host system to the luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,429,449

BATTERY PACK TESTER

MIDTRONICS, INC., Willow...

1. An apparatus for testing batteries connected in a battery pack, wherein the battery pack comprises a plurality of batteries, the apparatus comprising:a forcing function generator configured to apply a forcing function signal to a battery in the battery pack;
measurement circuitry configured to measure a response of the battery to the applied forcing function signal;
a memory containing a capacity-compensation correction factor calculated from an average measured capacity of a nominal battery pack and a rated pack capacity representing a rated capacity of the nominal battery pack as a whole, wherein the average measured capacity of the nominal battery pack is determined by applying the forcing function to each battery in the battery pack while the battery is interconnected in the nominal battery pack to form a separate measure of the capacity of the nominal battery pack for each battery and forming an average of the separate measures; and
a microprocessor configured to calculate a corrected dynamic parameter based upon the applied forcing function signal, the response of the battery to the applied forcing function signal and the capacity-compensation correction factor stored in the memory, wherein the corrected dynamic parameter comprises a measured dynamic parameter which is corrected due to errors introduced in the response measurement arising from other batteries in the battery pack, and the microprocessor is further configured to determine a condition of each battery within the battery pack based upon its corrected dynamic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,447

VOLTAGE SENSING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A voltage sensing device configured to switch between a voltage sensing mode for sensing a voltage across two voltage detection target nodes and a current sensing mode for sensing a voltage across terminals of a shunt resistor for sensing a current, the voltage sensing device comprising:a multiplexer that is configured to
selects either two corresponding voltages at the two voltage sensing target nodes or two corresponding voltages at the terminals of the shunt resistor, and
output either the two corresponding voltages at the two voltage sensing target nodes or the two corresponding voltages at the terminals of the shunt resistor, which are selected by the multiplexer, as a first output voltage and a second output voltage;
a differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit that includes a sampling capacitor and a feedback capacitor, and that is configured to
sample the first output voltage and the second output voltage through the sampling capacitor, and
output sensing voltages corresponding to the first output voltage and the second output voltage by transferring a charge, which is stored in the sampling capacitor, through the feedback capacitor; and
an operation control unit that is configured to control the multiplexer and the differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit,
wherein the differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit is configured to change a gain of the differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit,
wherein the operation control unit is configured to switch an operation mode to the voltage sensing mode by
controlling the multiplexer to output each of the two corresponding voltages at the two voltage sensing target nodes, and
controlling the differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit to change the gain to a first gain, and
wherein the operation control unit switches the operation mode to the current sensing mode by
controlling the multiplexer to output each of the two corresponding voltages at the terminals of the shunt resistor, and
controlling the differential switched capacitor amplifier circuit to change the gain to a second gain, which is larger than the first gain.

US Pat. No. 10,429,446

BATTERY MONITORING SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

7. A battery monitoring system for monitoring a storage battery, the battery monitoring system comprising:a voltage detection section that is configured to detect voltage across terminals of the storage battery;
a current detection section that is configured to detect charging and discharging current flowing to and from the storage battery; and
a first unit and a second unit that are configured to communicate with each other at predetermined communication periods, wherein
the first unit includes:
a first obtainment section that is configured to (a) obtain (1) a voltage detection value of the voltage across the terminals detected by the voltage detection section and (2) a current detection value of the charging and discharging current detected by the current detection section and (b) associate the voltage detection value and the current detection value during predetermined time synchronization periods;
a battery control section that is configured to control the storage battery based on the voltage detection value and the current detection value obtained by the first obtainment section;
a second obtainment section that is configured to obtain the current detection value at a plurality of time points in each of the predetermined time synchronization periods, and
a transmission section that is configured to transmit the current detection values obtained by the second obtainment section to the second unit during the each of the predetermined communication periods;
the second unit includes (1) an average value calculation section that is configured to calculate an average value of the current detection values received from the transmission section and (2) a controller that is configured to use the average value of the current detection values to control in part the storage battery;
the battery control section is configured to perform a predetermined process for controlling the storage battery during the each of the predetermined time synchronization periods;
the first obtainment section is configured to obtain the current detection at a first time point of the plurality of time points during the each of the predetermined time synchronization periods;
the predetermined process ends at a second time point of the plurality of time points during the each of the predetermined time synchronization periods, the second time point being subsequent to the first time point; and
a time period between the first time point and the second time point is shorter than the predetermined synchronization periods and the changes according to an execution state of the predetermined process.

US Pat. No. 10,429,445

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING CHARGING INFORMATION TO A USER OF A WEARABLE DEVICE

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing charging information to a user of a wearable device, the method comprising the steps of:providing a wearable device comprising one or more sensors, a processor, and a memory;
obtaining sensor data from the one or more sensors of the wearable device;
storing the sensor data in a memory of the wearable device, wherein the sensor data is associated with a time information indicating a time slot that said sensor data is obtained;
identifying one or more sensor-based charging time slots, based on the sensor data and the time information associated with the sensor data;
receiving calendar-based schedule information;
identifying one or more calendar-based charging time slots, based on the received calendar-based schedule information;
comparing the identified one or more sensor-based time slots and the one or more calendar-based time slots to determine a matching optimal time slot, wherein the matching optimal time slot is a time before a battery of the wearable device is fully depleted; and
notifying the user to charge the wearable device at the determined matching optimal time slot.

US Pat. No. 10,429,441

EFFICIENT TEST ARCHITECTURE FOR MULTI-DIE CHIPS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A multi-die chip, comprising:a substrate;
a first die on the substrate, wherein the first die has a test data input (TDI), a first test data output (TDO), and a second TDO, and wherein the first die comprises:
a first test circuit having an input and an output, wherein the first test circuit comprises:
a first scan chain;
a first instruction register; and
a first test access controller configured to couple the first instruction register between the input and the output of the first test circuit during setup of a first test, and to couple the first scan chain between the input and output of the first test circuit during execution of the first test; and
a first test configuration circuit configured to receive a control signal, to couple the output of the first test circuit to the first TDO of the first die if the control signal has a first control value, and to couple the output of the first test circuit to the second TDO of the first die if the control signal has a second control value; and
a second die on the substrate, wherein the second die has a first TDI, a second TDI, and a TDO, and wherein the second TDI of the second die is coupled to the second TDO of the first die, and the second die comprises:
a second test circuit having an input and an output; and
a second test configuration circuit configured to receive the control signal, to couple the input of the second test circuit to the first TDI of the second die if the control signal has the first control value, and to couple the input of the second test circuit to the second TDI of the second die if the control signal has the second control value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,439

IN DIE STEPPING SORT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for testing a plurality of dies, each of the plurality of dies having a plurality of bumps, the apparatus comprising:a test head having a plurality of probes, each of the plurality of probes connected to one of a plurality of traces of a space transformer, the plurality of probes arranged in a pattern having a pitch less than 65 microns;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, then executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
actuate the test head such that the plurality of probes contact a subset of the first plurality of bumps of one of the plurality of dies, and
receive a voltage signal from the plurality of probes when the plurality of probes is in contact with the subset of the plurality of bumps of the one of the plurality of dies, wherein the plurality of dies is an embedded multi-die interconnect bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,429,438

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AUTHENTICATION FROM A DIE MATERIAL MEASUREMENT

1. A system comprising:an integrated circuit (IC) comprising:
a die sourced from a wafer;
a test circuit incorporated into the die, wherein when energized the test circuit is configured to generate a signal based upon a property of material forming the die, the material property is a function of a location of the die in the wafer from which the die was sourced; and
a label identifying the location of the die within the wafer; and
a test system configured to:
generate a test value based upon the signal generated at the test circuit;
compare the test value with a reference value to determine whether the test value is within a predefined range of the reference value, the reference value based upon measurements sourced from a plurality of dies each cut from a respective wafer, each of the plurality of dies being located in a position in its respective wafer that corresponds to the location of the die identified in the label and
responsive to determining that the test value is within the predefined range of the reference value, generate a notification that the die is sourced from the wafer location detailed in the label.

US Pat. No. 10,429,437

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TEST DIAGRAM

Keysight Technologies, In...

1. A self-documenting instrument test system comprising:a plurality of test instruments that perform a test specified by a script on a DUT when said DUT is connected to a circuit comprising connections between said DUT and said test instruments, said script specifying sequences of operations to be performed by said test instruments during said test, but not said connections between the test instruments and said DUT;
a data processing system that operates each test instrument to determine any input and output connection points on said test instrument and any signal that can be generated by that test instrument and/or any signals that can be measured by that test instrument,
said data processing system being adapted to examine said script and said information on said test instruments connected to said data processing system and to generate a circuit diagram showing said DUT and said test instruments in said script and connections between said DUT and said test instruments, said data processing system being adapted to display said circuit diagram on a GUI connected to said data processing system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,435

CONTACTLESS MEASUREMENT OF THE CONDUCTIVITY OF SEMICONDUCTORS USING A MULTICARRIER FREQUENCY TEST SIGNAL

Universite Paris-Sud, Or...

1. A method of contactless measurement of the conductivity of semiconductors, said method being implemented by:a first assembly comprising a signal emission/reception system capable of emitting/receiving a multifrequency signal over a range of frequencies,
a second assembly comprising one semiconducting target and an inductor element, the semiconducting target being positioned close to the inductor element,
a transmission line, said transmission line being adapted to transmit the signal between the first assembly and the second assembly, and
a third assembly, said third assembly being intended to be connected to the first assembly, the third assembly comprising an analysis system, the third assembly being adapted to analyze a signal emitted by the first assembly and a reflected or transmitted signal received by the first assembly, and the third assembly being adapted to derive therefrom a reflection or transmission coefficient of the emitted signal, said method comprising the following steps:
a) the first assembly emits a multifrequency signal,
b) the second assembly reflects or transmits part of the multifrequency signal emitted by the first assembly,
c) the first assembly receives the multifrequency signal reflected or transmitted by the second assembly,
d) the third assembly calculates the reflection or transmission coefficient of the emitted signal for the range of frequencies,
e) the third assembly determines the conductivity of the semiconducting target;
and wherein the emitted multifrequency signal is of the form:

where Te is the period of each sample of the emitted multicarrier signal, ai the amplitude of each frequency composing the multicarrier signal, and ?i its respective phase.

US Pat. No. 10,429,432

METHOD FOR DETECTING A FAULTY CONNECTION OF AN AUXILIARY BATTERY

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for detecting a faulty connection of a low-voltage auxiliary battery incorporated in an auxiliary network of a motor vehicle supplied by said low-voltage auxiliary battery and by a non-reversible current source, the non-reversible current source being voltage-controlled to supply an output voltage which is a function of a control setpoint voltage of said non-reversible current source, the method comprising:determining at least one minimum or maximum voltage value, which cannot be reached by voltage at terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery, based on measured or estimated parameters of the low-voltage auxiliary battery;
assigning the function of the control setpoint voltage corresponding to the minimum or maximum voltage value;
controlling the non-reversible current source at the assigned control setpoint voltage that corresponds to the minimum or maximum voltage value that cannot be reached by the voltage at the terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery only when a faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery is to be detected;
measuring the voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network;
comparing the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network with the control setpoint voltage; and
determining the faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery when it is determined that there is a match between the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network and the control setpoint voltage, in the comparing the measured voltage with the control setpoint voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,431

CODELESS RECEPTACLE TESTER

ECM Industries, New Berl...

1. A single line codeless receptacle tester comprising:a single line outlet tester circuitry configured to perform a plurality of electrical outlet testing functions; and
a housing having
a first end,
a second end opposite the first end, and
an enclosure that encloses the single line outlet tester circuitry, and
an indicator section including five codeless wiring condition indicators and five dedicated light sources that are electrically connected to the single line outlet tester circuitry,
wherein each codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators is indicative of only one wiring condition of a plurality of wiring conditions of a single line electrical outlet,
wherein the each codeless wiring condition indicator corresponds to only a respective one of the five dedicated light sources,
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control a first dedicated light source of the five dedicated light sources to emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, the emission of light by the first dedicated light source being dedicated to a first codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators, and
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control the five dedicated light sources to not emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, a lack of emission of light by the five dedicated light sources being dedicated to a first wiring condition indicator, wherein the first wiring condition indicator is different from the first codeless wiring condition indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,428

ECU GROUND FAULT ISOLATION FOR A DELAY SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of detecting a ground fault in a faulty electronic control unit from among a plurality of electronic control units, the method comprising:enabling a ground fault detection technique executed by a processor;
determining, by the processor, a message count for each respective electronic control unit transmitted during a ground offset condition over a predetermined time period, the message count including messages communicated within a communication bus having a measured voltage at least a predetermined voltage value above an expected voltage value;
normalizing the message counts for each respective electronic control unit to thereby generate a normalized message count for each respective one of the plurality of electronic control units, the normalized message count being a number of the messages having the measured voltage to a total number of the messages;
identifying the faulty electronic control unit as a function of the normalized message counts; and
outputting a fault signal to identify the fault electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,427

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE STATE OF AN ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED VALVE

11. An electrically switched hydraulic device comprising:a moveable subassembly configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
an electrical control device configured to actuate the moveable subassembly with a time-varying control signal, the electrical control device comprising a first switching transistor actuated by a first control input to generate the time-varying control signal applied to the moveable subassembly, and a second switching transistor actuated by a second control input to control an on/off state of the moveable subassembly;
wherein the electrical control device determines the time-varying control signal by comparing a first signal indicating a desired value of at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device with a second signal indicating a current value of the at least one state characteristic value;
wherein the electrical control device comprises an evaluation unit that determines the at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device by the time-varying control signal; and
wherein the at least one state characteristic value includes a measure of a current position of the moveable subassembly and a velocity of the moveable subassembly as the moveable subassembly moves between the first position at a first time and the second position at a second time.

US Pat. No. 10,429,426

SETUP AND METHOD FOR NOISE PARAMETER MEASUREMENT

1. An on-wafer noise parameter measuring system, being controlled by a computer, for measuring noise parameters and s-parameters of a semiconductor chip on a wafer comprising: a measurement setup,wherein the measurement setup comprises
a noise measurement path for measuring the noise parameters of the chip, and
an s-parameter measurement path for measuring s-parameters of the chip,
said noise measurement path including,
a cascade of calibrated noise source, input impedance tuner, input DC bias network, a first subset of wafer probes, output DC bias network, noise receiver and RF cables;
and said s-parameter measurement path including,
a second subset of wafer probes, input and output DC bias networks, RF cables and a vector network analyzer connected to the second subset of wafer probes,
and wherein
the bias networks of both paths are connected to DC bias supplies.

US Pat. No. 10,429,425

METHOD FOR DETECTING SURFACE ELECTRIC FIELD DISTRIBUTION OF NANOSTRUCTURES

Tsinghua University, Bei...

10. A method for detecting surface electric field distribution of nanostructures, the method comprising the following steps of:providing a nanostructure sample located on an insulated surface of a substrate, and a vapor-condensation-assisted optical microscope system comprising a vapor-condensation-assisted device and an optical microscope comprising a stage, wherein the vapor-condensation-assisted device configured to provide vapor;
locating a sample on the stage;
spraying first charged nanoparticles to the insulated surface; and
blowing vapor to the insulated surface to image the first charged nanoparticles via an optical microscope.

US Pat. No. 10,429,422

EMI TESTING DEVIATION CORRECTION SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) testing deviation correction system, comprising:an EMI testing facility;
a signal provisioning device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a first power connector coupling and a first networking port that is coupled to the first power connector coupling via cabling;
a signal generator that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a power connector that is connected to the power connector coupling on the signal provisioning device, wherein the signal generator is configured to generate signals having first signal characteristics and provide the signals through the power connector, and wherein the cabling, the first power connector coupling, and the first networking port included in the signal provisioning device are configured to provide a pass-through such that the signals generated by signal generator have the first signal characteristics when transmitted through the first networking port;
an Impedance Stabilization Network (ISN) device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is configured to couple to the first networking port on the signal provisioning device to receive signals that are provided by the signal generator through power connector and that are transmitted through the signal provisioning device from the first power connector coupling to the first networking port; and
a signal receiver device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is coupled to the ISN device and configured to receive signals transmitted through the signal provisioning device and the ISN device, wherein the signals received by the signal receiver device include second signal characteristics that are different than the first signal characteristics, and wherein the difference between the second signal characteristics and the first signal characteristics provides an indication of at least one correction for the EMI testing facility.

US Pat. No. 10,429,421

METHOD OF OPERATING A HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID SYSTEM

1. A method of operating a hearing aid system comprising the steps of:identifying a receiver type of the hearing aid system,
providing a threshold frequency based on the identified receiver type,
measuring the electrical impedance of a receiver of the hearing aid system for a range of frequencies hereby providing a measured receiver impedance spectrum,
determining at least one of a peak frequency and a valley frequency from the measured receiver impedance spectrum,
triggering an action in response to a frequency threshold test applied to the determined peak frequency or valley frequency indicating that the peak frequency or valley frequency exceeds the threshold frequency, wherein
the threshold frequency is selected such that the action is triggered when a sound output of a hearing aid is at least partially congested.

US Pat. No. 10,429,420

SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AND MAPPING THE SHEET RESISTIVITY OF THE FILM ON FLAT-PANEL

1. A system for measuring and mapping a sheet resistivity of a film on a flat-panel comprising:a frame;
a probe chamber;
a horizontally tracking motion end effector for transporting the flat panel to a location for being probed;
a plurality of leveling chucks for supporting the flat panel when being probed;
a probe-mounting assembly;
a plurality of four-point probes;
the probe chamber and a chuck supporting plate being mounted onto the frame;
the horizontally tracking motion end effector being tracked in and out of the probe chamber for transporting the flat panel to and from a probing position;
the plurality of leveling chucks and the probe-mounting assembly being mounted in the probe chamber;
the plurality of leveling chucks being distributed across the probe chamber on the chuck support plate;
the plurality of leveling chucks being positioned in the probe chamber and under the probe-mounting assembly;
the plurality of four-point probes being detachably mounted onto the probe-mounting assembly allowing only vertical movement;
the plurality of four-point probes being positioned in between the plurality of leveling chucks and the probe mounting assembly;
each of the plurality of four-point probes being pointing to a site of the corresponding chuck of the plurality of leveling chucks, this plurality of leveling chucks are positioned to avoid colliding with the horizontally tracking motion end effector when being lifted to meet a probe head.

US Pat. No. 10,429,418

FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT DEVICE, FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT METHOD AND UNDER FREQUENCY LOAD SHEDDING DEVICE

Schneider Electric Indust...

1. A frequency measurement device, comprising:a sampling module unit that outputs a voltage sampling value in accordance with a voltage to be sampled and a sampling frequency input thereto;
an angle shift computation unit based on single-cycle Discrete Fourier Transform DFT that computes and outputs a first angle shift based on the single-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift computation unit based on multi-cycle DFT that computes and outputs a second angle shift based on the multi-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift selection unit that selects and outputs one of the first angle shift and second angle shift an absolute value of which is smaller as a selected angle offset, in accordance with the first angle shift and second angle shift input thereto;
a sampling frequency computation and outputting unit that computes a sampling frequency in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto, and outputs the sampling frequency to the sampling module unit as a new sampling frequency; and
a frequency measurement value computation and outputting unit that computes and outputs a frequency measurement value in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,415

METHOD FOR IMPROVING COMMON MODE REJECTION IN A ROGOWSKI COIL-BASED CIRCUIT

1. A sensor for use in an electricity meter comprising:a non-magnetic core having a first winding wrapped thereon, the first winding having a center-tap coupled to a reference voltage; and
a common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to the first winding, the common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to reference the reference voltage, the common mode rejection circuit comprising
a differential amplifier having a first input, a second input and an output;
a first resistive path coupled from a first end of the first winding to the first input;
a second resistive path coupled from a second end of the first winding to the second input;
a first capacitive path coupled from the first input to the output;
a second capacitive path coupled from the second input to the reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,414

MULTIPLE CONTACT PROBE HEAD DISASSEMBLY METHOD AND SYSTEM

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method for disassembling a multiple contact probe head including a plurality of contact probes positioned by a first die at a first end of the plurality of probes and a second die at a second end of the plurality of probes, the method comprising:applying a force to the plurality of contact probes in position in the first die across an opposing side of the first die from the second die; and
removing the second die from the plurality of contact probes by extracting the plurality of contact probes from one or more openings in the second die.

US Pat. No. 10,429,411

NEAR FIELD SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, PROBE FOR SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, AND SAMPLE OBSERVATION METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A near-field scanning probe microscope comprising:a measurement probe configured to relatively scan a test sample;
an excitation light irradiation system;
a near-field light generation system configured to generate near-field light in a region comprising the measurement probe in response to irradiation with excitation light from the excitation light irradiation system; and
a scattered light detection system configured to detect Rayleigh scattering and Ramen scattered light of the near-field light from the sample, generated between the measurement probe and the sample,
wherein the near-field light generation system comprises a cantilever with a chip coated with a noble metal, and a tip of the chip is provided with a nanowire wire group comprising a plurality of carbon nanowires with a noble metal provided at ends thereof; and
wherein the nanowire wire group comprises a main carbon nanowire for measurement, the main carbon nanowire being the carbon nanowire closest to the sample and being used to determine a measurement resolution, and adjacent to the main carbon nanowire, a plurality of auxiliary carbon nanowires is disposed in a predetermined arrangement to act as an antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,429,402

WASHING/DRYING APPARATUS, SCREENING APPARATUS, WASHING/DRYING METHOD, AND SCREENING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A cleaning and drying apparatus for a plate having a biochip, the cleaning and drying apparatus comprising:a cleaner that is configured to clean the plate in an upright condition;
a dryer that is configured to dry the plate in an upright condition, the dryer being arranged above the cleaner; and
a rotational operator that is configured to rotate the uncleaned plate in a horizontal condition to an upright condition and then to rotate the dried plate in an upright condition to a horizontal condition again.

US Pat. No. 10,429,396

MASS SPECTROMETRY ASSAY FOR CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining the amount of 17-OH progesterone in a sample by mass spectrometry, the method comprising:(i) ionizing the sample under conditions suitable to produce one or more 17-OH progesterone ions detectable by mass spectrometry;
(ii) determining by tandem mass spectrometry the amount of the one or more 17-OH progesterone ions; and
(iii) using the determined amount of the one or more ions to determine the amount of 17-OH progesterone in the sample, wherein the method has a limit of quantitation of 6 ng/dL.

US Pat. No. 10,429,382

IMMUNOLOGICAL TEST ELEMENT WITH CONTROL ZONE FOR IDENTIFYING HOOK EFFECT

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for identifying the presence of the Hook effect during the immunochromotographic determination of an analyte in a liquid sample, the method comprising:contacting the sample with a reagent zone of an immunochromatographic device comprising the reagent zone, a detection zone and a control line, and allowing the sample to migrate from the reagent zone to the detection zone and the control line, wherein
the reagent zone comprises a labeled conjugate comprising an analyte binding partner and a label in migratable form and is dissolvable in the liquid sample;
the detection zone comprises a first permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte; and
the control line comprises a second permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte or complexes containing the analyte and a permanently immobilized binding partner for the labeled conjugate, and
detecting the signal associated with the labeled conjugate immobilized in the detection zone and the control line, wherein the lack of signal in the detection zone and the control line indicates the presence of the Hook effect.

US Pat. No. 10,429,381

CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING AND USING THE SAME

1. A chemically-sensitive field effect transistor having a multi-layered structure, comprising:a substrate layer having an extended body;
a first and second insulating layer positioned above the extended body of the substrate layer, the second insulating layer being positioned above the first insulating layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode each having one or more surfaces, the one or more surfaces defining a boundary between an interior portion and an exterior portion of each electrode, at least a portion of the one or more surfaces of the source and drain electrodes being disposed at least partially within the first insulating layer, the source electrode being separated from the drain electrode by a distance;
a graphene layer positioned between the first and second insulating layers and contacting at least the exterior portion of the one or more surfaces of each of the source and drain electrodes, the graphene layer extending a length a first exterior portion of the source electrode to a first portion of the drain electrode thereby forming a channel between the source and drain electrodes; and
one or more surface structures forming a gate that overlaps at least a portion of the source and the drain electrodes, the one or more surface structures being at least partially positioned in the second insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,373

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ROLLING DEVICE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for diagnosing a rolling device comprising an outer member, an inner member, and a rolling element, the method comprising:providing a lubrication film between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, wherein when the outer member and the rolling element contact each other and/or the inner member and the rolling element contact each other at a metallic contact part, the metallic contact part forms a resistor R2 in an electric circuit formed between the outer member and the rolling element, and/or between the rolling element and the inner member, the lubrication film and the metallic contact part being connected in parallel in the electric circuit;
applying an alternating voltage to the electric circuit;
measuring an impedance and a phase of the electric circuit when the alternating voltage is applied to the electric circuit, and
calculating a lubrication film thickness between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on a measured impedance and a measured phase, and
calculating a metallic contact ratio between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on the measured impedance and the measured phase.

US Pat. No. 10,429,371

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTING GAS OR GAS MIXTURES FROM A LIQUID FOR PERFORMING DISSOLVED GAS OR GAS MIXTURE ANALYSIS

Vaisala Oyj, Vantaa (FI)...

1. A system for extracting gas from a liquid for performing dissolved gas analysis, the system comprising:a container for storing at least one of a liquid and a gas,
a bidirectional liquid pump which is connected to the container,
a piping which is connected to the container and the bidirectional liquid pump, and wherein the system is configured to extract the gas from the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional liquid pump in a first direction along a closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container, and
wherein the system is configured to dissolve the gas back into the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional pump in a second direction different than the first direction along the closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container.

US Pat. No. 10,429,365

CHROMATOGRAM DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A chromatograph system comprising:a chromatograph for collecting three-dimensional chromatogram data having time, signal intensity and another third dimension collected for a sample to be analyzed, the chromatograph comprising a converter for converting detected signals to digital data;
a chromatogram data processing system for processing the three-dimensional chromatogram data based on the digital data received from the converter, the system comprising a processor configured to:
calculate at least one auxiliary vector orthogonal to a principal vector, the principal vector being a multidimensional vector expressing a spectrum which shows or can be regarded as a relationship between the third dimension and the signal intensity for a target component to be observed,
designate the at least one auxiliary vector as a filter for impurity extraction;
calculate an inner product of a process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated as the filter, the process-target multidimensional vector expressing a process-target spectrum obtained or derived from the three-dimensional chromatogram data obtained for the sample to be analyzed; and
determine a presence or absence of an impurity other than the target component in the process-target spectrum based on the inner product of the process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated; and
a display connected to the chromatogram data processing system for displaying the process-target spectrum and the impurity determination.

US Pat. No. 10,429,364

DETECTING LOW LEVEL LCMS COMPONENTS BY CHROMATOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTION

THERMO FINNIGAN LLC, San...

1. A method for analyzing a sample, comprising: performing a survey scan at a first gain setting of an ion detector to identify high intensity features corresponding to high abundance compounds within a sample, the survey scan indicating the presence of ions at various m/z and retention time values: generate a transmission matrix defining regions of retention time and m/z space for which ions should be transmitted which excludes of the retention time and mass-to-charge zones occupied by high intensity features: separating components of the sample using the chromatographic column: obtaining a first mass data set using the mass analyzer at a second gain setting of the ion detector in accordance with the transmission matrix, wherein the high abundance compounds are excluded from the analysis to prevent overloading the detector, the second gain setting more sensitive than the first gain setting; generating an inclusion list of features of the first mass data set, the inclusion list including low abundance compounds not detectable in the survey scan; fragmenting ions corresponding to features of the inclusion list; obtaining a second mass data set from the fragmented ions; and identifying and/or quantifying the low abundance compounds based on the second mass data set; wherein the low abundance compounds are at a concentration of not greater than 0.01% of the high abundance compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,429,363

FAR-ULTRAVIOLET ABSORBANCE DETECTION DEVICE FOR LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A far-ultraviolet absorbance detection device for liquid chromatography, comprising:an optical system including a light source that emits light including far-ultraviolet light,
a first mirror disposed adjacent to the light source,
a first slit disposed adjacent to the first mirror,
a diffraction grating that disperses the light emitted from the light source, the diffraction grating being adjacent to the first slit and configured to rotate,
a flow cell through which a liquid is passed,
a second slit for selecting a predetermined wavelength of +1 order light diffracted by the diffraction grating and causing the light to enter the flow cell,
a second mirror disposed adjacent to the second slit,
a first photodetector that detects the light transmitted by the flow cell,
a second photodetector that detects light other than the +1 order light diffracted by the diffraction grating;
a mechanism for evacuating or substituting the optical system with nitrogen gas; and
a computation unit that calculates absorbance from an output signal from the first photodetector and an output signal from the second photodetector, wherein
the second photodetector is fixedly disposed relative to the diffraction grating and is adjacent to the diffraction grating, such that no structure is interposed between the second photodetector and the diffraction grating,
light from the diffraction gradient passes directly into the second photodetector without passing through any slit and without passing through any beam splitter,
light reflected from the second mirror passes directly into the flow cell without passing through any slit and without passing through any beam splitter, and
the computation unit performs base line correction in synchronism with wavelength modification caused by rotation of the diffraction grating during measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,429,361

VALVE AND SPLITTING SYSTEM FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL LIQUID ANALYSIS

Regents of the University...

1. A multi-dimensional liquid analysis system, comprising:a first separation system including a first separation column, the first separation column configured to chromatographically separate a sample within a liquid mobile phase and to provide a first dimension outflow having a first outflow rate;
a flow splitter fluidly coupled to the first dimension outflow, the flow splitter configured to split the first dimension outflow into a first split outlet flow and a second split outlet flow;
a second separation system including a sample loop and a second separation column, wherein the second separation system is configured that the sample loop receives a sample volume from the second split outlet flow, and wherein the second separation column is configured to chromatographically separate the sample volume from the second split outlet flow; and
a flow control pump fluidly coupled to and located downstream of one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow, the flow control pump configured to withdraw the one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow from the flow splitter at a controlled withdrawal flow rate to obtain, in the sample volume from the second split outlet flow, a representative sampling of compounds in the first dimension outflow for separation in the second separation system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,356

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING AN ULTRASONIC WEDGE AND A PROBE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:an ultrasonic wedge having a back wall;
a probe comprising a phased array transducer, wherein the probe is mounted to a probe interface wall of the ultrasonic wedge; and
an ultrasonic inspection station connected to the probe by a probe cable, wherein the ultrasonic inspection station comprises a display, a microprocessor, a memory coupled to the microprocessor, and one or more executable instructions stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the processor, the executable instructions including instructions for:
determining a first ultrasonic signal gate, wherein the first ultrasonic signal gate is determined by the processor based on a first theoretical Z distance Z1TH between a first transducer element of the phased array transducer of the probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge, and a last theoretical Z distance ZnTH between a last transducer element of the phased array transducer of the ultrasonic probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge;
displaying the first ultrasonic signal gate on the display;
locating a second ultrasonic signal gate above a start of the first ultrasonic signal gate;
firing an ultrasonic signal from each of the transducer elements;
determining an operating status of each transducer element in the phased array transducer of the probe as live or dead, wherein each of the transducer elements that did not trigger the first ultrasonic signal gate and each of the transducer elements that triggered the first ultrasonic signal gate and also triggered the second ultrasonic signal gate are determined to be dead transducer elements and the remaining transducer elements are determined to be live transducer elements; and
calibrating, based on the identification of the dead and live transducer elements, the ultrasonic wedge and probe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,354

RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE FOR CHECKING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE USING ULTRASOUND

AIRBUS, Blagnac (FR)

1. An ultrasonic control device to inspect a structure made of composite material during its production, the structure being produced in a space limited by an inner face of a first form and by an inner face of a second form, the device comprising:a plurality of ultrasound sensors arranged in a vicinity of the structure, each ultrasound sensor emits an ultrasound wave into the structure and picks up an echo returned by the structure;
a layer of piezoelectric material, an inner face of the piezoelectric material is placed on an outer face of the second form; and
a replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material arranged to be pressed against an outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material, the replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material comprises, on a face in contact with the layer of piezoelectric material, a plurality of electrodes, each electrode is configured to be excited separately by a control signal transmitted via a conductor;
a conductive surface of said each electrode is arranged to be in contact with the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material such that said each electrode forms, with an area of the layer of piezoelectric material facing which said each electrode is placed, a distinct ultrasound sensor;
wherein an arrangement of the plurality of ultrasound sensors is modifiable by altering the arrangement of the plurality of the electrodes; and
wherein the ultrasonic control device is reconfigurable by replacing or repositioning the replaceable film on the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material to alter the arrangement of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,353

PHOTOACOUSTIC MICROSCOPE AND PHOTOACOUSTIC SIGNAL DETECTION METHOD

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. A photoacoustic microscope, comprising:a light source which generates pulse light;
a focusing optical system which focuses the pulse light emitted from the light source and irradiates a sample with the focused pulse light;
a photoacoustic signal detection sensor which detects an acoustic signal generated from the sample through irradiation of the pulse light; and
a controller configured to:
form an image signal of the sample based on the acoustic signal;
one of generate or store information representing a relation between intensity of the pulse light entering the sample and intensity of the acoustic signal generated from the sample;
change intensity of the pulse light from the light source based on the information;
calculate, based on the information, as a threshold, pulse light intensity with which the intensity of the acoustic signal relative to the intensity of the pulse light starts to increase;
change, based on the calculated threshold, the intensity of the pulse light from the light source to be equal to or more than the threshold; and
change the intensity of the pulse light from the light source such that the following Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied:
1.05 where IT is the calculated threshold and IP is a peak value of intensity at a focus position of the pulse light after the change.

US Pat. No. 10,429,350

PHOTOACOUSTIC GAS DETECTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A downhole system comprising:a quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectrometer (QEPAS) configured to be positioned within a wellbore formed in a subterranean zone of a hydrocarbon formation, the QEPAS comprising:
a laser configured to emit light;
a first, passive quartz tuning fork (QTF) configured to detect a pressure wave created in a gas, wherein the pressure wave is created as the light is absorbed by the gas; and
a second, active QTF configured to amplify the pressure wave in the gas, wherein the first, passive QTF is configured to detect the amplified pressure wave;
a sampling system coupled to the QEPAS, the sampling system configured to be positioned in the wellbore, the sampling system configured to obtain a sample of a wellbore fluid at a downhole location in the subterranean zone, the QEPAS configured to spectroscopically scan the sample and to determine a plurality of quantities of a corresponding plurality of hydrocarbons in the sample; and
a computer system connected to the QEPAS, the computer system comprising:
one or more processors; and
a computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving the plurality of quantities of the plurality of hydrocarbons in the sample; and
determining a plurality of ratios, each ratio being a ratio of one of the plurality of hydrocarbons with another of the plurality of hydrocarbons.

US Pat. No. 10,429,349

METHOD FOR DETERMINING ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITIES IN SAMPLES BY MEANS OF AN EDDY CURRENT SENSOR

1. A method for determining the electrical conductivity in samples by means of an eddy current sensor in which an alternating electrical field is excited by an alternating electrical voltage applied to a transmitter coil at a known measurement frequency ? and an alternating electromagnetic field which is directed against the alternating electrical field is thereby formed which is detected by a receiver coil or by a suitable detector and the complex impedance Z=R+jX is determinedwherein this procedure is carried out at different measurement frequencies ? once in air and once at the same measurement frequencies at a calibration body with a known electrical conductivity ?, and wherein a determination of the electrical conductivity ? of a sample is performed in accordance with one of the following:
1) differences of the real and imaginary portions ?R and ?X of the measured values in air and over the calibration body are divided by the respective measurement frequency ?; wherein a product ?? is associated with each value pair ?R/? and ?X/?=?L in accordance with the associated measurement frequency ? and the known conductivity ? of the calibration body and a ?? locus shown in a Nyquist diagram with these value pairs;whereina value pair ?R/? and ?X/? of the values in air is formed at the measured values over the sample at a measured impedance Z at a measurement frequency ? of a sample with an unknown conductivity ? and a point from the ?? locus and thus a ?? value is associated with this value pair ?R/? and ?X/?=?L and the unknown electrical conductivity ? of the sample material is determined from this using the known measurement frequency ?;and2) on the calibration at a calibration body and a measurement at a sample, the phase angle ?=tan(?X/?R) is calculated and the function of the product ??=f(?) is determined instead of the ?? locus, with a product ?? being associated with the phase angle ? on the measurement of an unknown conductivity ? of the sample material with this function and thus the electrical conductivity ? of the sample being determined at the known measurement frequency ?;and3) on the calibration at a calibration body and a measurement at a sample, the quotient q=?X/?R or its reciprocal 1/q is calculated and, instead of the ?? locus, the function of the product ??=f(q) or ??=f(1/q) is determined and a product ?? is associated with the quotient q or 1/q on the measurement of an unknown conductivity ? of a sample with this function f(q) or f(1/q) and thus the electrical conductivity ? of the sample material is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,429,346

KIT FOR USE IN ELECTROPHORETIC MATRIX STAINING

PIERCE BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC...

1. A kit for electrophoretically staining a biopolymer in a matrix comprisinga first non-cellulosic or modified cellulosic matrix contact sheet contacting a first side of the matrix,
a second matrix contact sheet contacting a second side of the matrix and comprising a non-cellulosic or partially cellulosic material,
a stain solution comprising a stain reagent and a solvent, the stain solution optionally being absorbed within the first matrix contact sheet,
and
a destain solution comprising an organic solvent, an acid, water, and optionally a buffering agent, the destain solution being absorbed within the second matrix contact sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,345

ELECTROPHORESIS DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHORESIS DEVICE, AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATING EXTRACELLULAR VESICLES

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. An electrophoresis device comprising:a first flow passage extending in a first direction and through which a sample and a buffer solution flow;
a sample collecting part provided at an end portion of the first flow passage and configured to collect the sample;
electrodes disposed at both sides of the first flow passage in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and configured to apply a voltage to the first flow passage in the second direction;
second flow passages communicating with both sides of the first flow passage in the second direction, configured to accommodate the electrodes, and through which a second buffer solution flows; and
partition walls fixed to communicating portions between the first and second flow passages with a predetermined bonding strength and configured to block movement of substances between the first and second flow passages,
wherein the first flow passage and the second flow passages are formed of a base material,
the partition walls are formed of a gel material having ion permeability, and being chemically bonded to the base material,
openings of the second flow passages are provided at a first surface of the base material in a third direction which is perpendicular to the first and second directions,
openings of the first flow passage is provided at a second surface of the base material in the third direction,
the second flow passages are disposed to communicate with the first flow passage in the third direction,
a second base material is stacked on the first surface of the base material, and
a third base material is stacked on the second surface of the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,342

CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR

1. A chemically-sensitive field effect transistor having a multi-layered structure for performing a sequencing reaction involving the sequencing of strands of nucleic acids, the field effect transistor, comprising:a substrate layer having an extended body;
a first insulating layer positioned above the extended body of the substrate layer;
a second insulating layer positioned above the first insulating layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode each having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface separated from the bottom surface by opposing outer and inner side portions, each of the opposed side portions and each of the bottom surfaces of the source and drain electrodes being disposed within the first insulating layer, the source electrode being separated from the drain electrode by a distance;
a graphene layer positioned between the first insulating layer and second insulating layer and extending between the outer side portion of the source electrode and the outer side portion of the drain electrode thereby forming a channel between the source electrode and drain electrode, the graphene layer contacting the top surface of the source electrode and drain electrode; and
a reaction chamber formed by a well structure provided in the second insulating layer, the well structure having an opening at a top surface of the second insulating layer and extending toward the graphene layer the graphene layer forming a bottom layer of the reaction chamber, the reaction chamber configured for receiving and retaining one or more reactants therein for performing the sequencing reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,340

GAS SENSOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a work function type sensor provided in a main surface of a semiconductor substrate;
a first ion pump removing a first interfering gas component from a detection target gas; and
a first gas diffusion prevention film formed between the work function type sensor and the first ion pump,
wherein the work function type sensor includes:
the semiconductor substrate;
a well having a first depth from the main surface of the semiconductor substrate and formed in the semiconductor substrate;
a gate insulation film formed over the well; and
a gate layer formed over the gate insulation film,
wherein the first ion pump includes:
a first ion conductive film;
a first ion pump electrode formed to be in contact with a lower surface of the first ion conductive film; and
a second ion pump electrode formed to be in contact with an upper surface of the first ion conductive film,
wherein a first cavity into which the detection target gas is introduced is formed in the first gas diffusion prevention film,
wherein a part of a front surface of the gate layer is exposed to the first cavity, and
wherein a part of a lower surface of the first ion pump electrode is exposed to the first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,339

GAS SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a cup-shaped solid electrolyte body having oxygen ion conductivity in which a tip of a tubular outer circumferential portion is closed;
a measuring gas side electrode disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the outer circumferential portion;
a reference gas side electrode disposed on an inner circumferential surface of the outer circumferential portion;
a heater disposed on an inner circumferential side of the solid electrolyte body for heating the solid electrolyte body;
a housing for holding the solid electrolyte body; and
a cover attached to the housing for covering the solid electrolyte body; wherein,
the cover has a large-diameter cover portion positioned on an outer circumferential side of the solid electrolyte body, a small-diameter cover portion positioned adjacent to a tip side of the large-diameter cover portion and formed smaller in diameter than the large-diameter cover portion, and a stepped portion connecting the small-diameter cover portion and the large-diameter cover portion; wherein,
a first through hole having the entire circumference of a hole punched out is formed at a tip of the small-diameter cover portion; and
a second through hole having the entire circumference of a hole punched out is formed at a plurality of positions in a circumferential direction of the stepped portion,
wherein the cover is the only cover attached to the housing for covering the solid electrolyte body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,337

ANALYTE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

LifeScan IP Holdings, LLC...

1. An analyte measurement system to measure a glucose concentration in physiological fluid of a user, the system comprising:a test strip including a substrate having a reference electrode, a first working electrode and a second working electrode coated with a reagent layer having a mediator, the electrodes being connected to corresponding contact pads; and
an analyte meter having a signal processor and a test circuit in connection with a test strip port that receives the contact pads of the test strip so that the meter is configured to apply a test voltage after deposition of physiological fluid on the electrodes and determine a hematocrit-corrected glucose concentration from measured first, second, third, fourth and fifth test currents at first, second, third, fourth and fifth discrete intervals after application of the test voltage by the meter in which the signal processor is programmed with instructions to determine a ratio of the first test current to the second test current raised to a power term and multiplying the ratio by the fifth test current, where the power term is a function of a first tuning parameter and a second tuning parameter in order to determine the hematocrit-corrected analyte concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,429,336

ELECTRODE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TEST ELEMENT INTEGRITY

Roche Diabeters Care, Inc...

1. A method of verifying test element integrity of a test element having an integrity electrode, the method comprising:providing a test element comprising (a) an electrode-support substrate, (b) a working electrode provided on the electrode-support substrate that includes a first body portion and a first connective neck extending from the first body portion, (c) a counter electrode provided on the electrode-support substrate that includes a second body portion, an opposite pair of second connective necks, and a third body portion coupled to one of the opposite pair of second connective necks and positioned adjacent the first body portion of the working electrode opposite the second body portion, each of the opposite pair of second connective necks extending transversely from a respective end of the second body portion, (d) a cover, and (e) a spacer coupled to the electrode-support substrate and partially overlapping the third body portion of the counter electrode, the spacer including an edge defining a boundary of a capillary channel formed between the cover and the electrode-support substrate, wherein each of the opposite pair of second connective necks extend across the boundary of the capillary channel free from the second body portion and the third body portion such that the second body portion is located entirely within the capillary channel, and the second body portion and the opposite pair of second connective necks surround the working electrode in the capillary channel forming a loop circuit around the working electrode; and
applying a signal across the pair of connective necks of the counter electrode to verify continuity along the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,334

HUMIDITY SENSOR WITH HEAT MODULE

EM Microelectronic-Marin ...

1. A humidity sensor, comprising:a silicon base plate, on which a stack of a plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, each of which is provided with a metallic zone, and a metal layer are disposed,
wherein the metal layer is etched to form two electrodes, each comprising an armature provided with a plurality of arms, the armatures being mounted so that the arms of said each armature are interlaced such that the arms are positioned to face one another;
an active layer, deposited directly onto the silicon base plate and being interposed between the silicon base plate and a first intermetallic dielectric layer of said stack of the plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, the first intermetallic dielectric layer being disposed closest to the silicon base plate among the stack of the plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, wherein a temperature module is disposed in the active layer, the temperature module supplying a signal representing a temperature, the temperature module comprising a temperature detector having:
a bipolar transistor connected by a base and a collector thereof to earth,
a current source, one terminal of which is connected to a power supply and another terminal of which is connected to an emitter of the bipolar transistor,
a voltage source supplying a reference voltage, and
a differential amplifier, wherein a base-emitter voltage at a connection point between the bipolar transistor and the current source is extracted to be directed to the differential amplifier, the differential amplifier providing a difference between the base-emitter voltage and the reference voltage to supply a voltage representing the temperature;
an interlevel dielectric layer deposited directly on the active layer and being disposed between the active layer and the first intermetallic dielectric layer; and
a heating element deposited on the active layer and being disposed within the interlevel dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,328

MEMS-BASED ISOTHERMAL TITRATION CALORIMETRY

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A microelectromechanical systems-based calorimetric device for characterization of biomolecular interactions comprising:a first micromixer;
a second micromixer;
a thermally-isolated reaction chamber in fluid contact with the first micromixer;
a thermally-isolated reference chamber in fluid contact with the second micromixer; and
a thermoelectric sensor configured to measure at least one temperature metric associated with the reaction chamber and the reference chamber;
wherein the first micromixer comprises a passive chaotic micromixer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,326

X-RAY OPTICS ASSEMBLY WITH SWITCHING SYSTEM FOR THREE BEAM PATHS, AND ASSOCIATED X-RAY DIFFRACTOMETER

1. An X-ray optics assembly for an X-ray diffractometer, comprising:a multilayer mirror;
a monochromator; and
a switching system with selectable beam paths for an X-ray beam, such that a first beam path in a first position of the switching system bypasses the multilayer mirror and the monochromator, a second beam path in a second position of the switching system contains the multilayer mirror and bypasses the monochromator, and a third beam path in a third position of the switching system contains the multilayer mirror and the monochromator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,324

RADIOGRAPHIC PIPE INSPECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Paragon Inspection Limite...

1. A method of inspecting a pipe, the method including the steps of:providing a container comprising a first portion and a second portion that form a chamber in a closed position;
locating the container around a pipe when the container is in an open position;
moving the container from the open position to the closed position, wherein in the closed position the container is located around the pipe and substantially encloses at least a portion of the pipe within the chamber; and
passing a beam of radiation across the chamber of the container and through the at least a portion of the pipe when the container is in the closed position, wherein the container shields the beam of radiation, wherein a center of the beam of radiation is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis along a length of the pipe, a distance between a source of the radiation and the at least a portion of the pipe being equal to or less than 300 mm, wherein the container comprises a radiation detector attached to and movable with the second portion of the container, the radiation detector configured to determine a strength, quantity, and/or amount of radiation, wherein the radiation detector is located in the container opposite to the source of radiation when in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,429,321

APPARATUS FOR HIGH-SPEED IMAGING SENSOR DATA TRANSFER

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An imaging sensor assembly, comprising:at least one substrate, wherein the at least one substrate includes a plurality of substrate signal lines;
at least one imaging sensor package disposed on the at least one substrate, wherein the at least one imaging sensor package includes at least one imaging sensor disposed on at least one imaging sensor package substrate;
at least one receiver package disposed on the at least one substrate, wherein the receiver package includes at least one receiver integrated circuit disposed on at least one receiver package substrate, wherein the at least one receiver package and the at least one imaging sensor package are disposed a selected distance apart on the at least one substrate; and
at least one circuit board, wherein the at least one circuit board is operably coupled at a selected distance above a surface of the at least one substrate to the at least one imaging sensor package and the at least one receiver package, wherein a plurality of data signals is transmitted between the at least one imaging sensor package and the at least one receiver package via the at least one circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,429,320

METHOD FOR AUTO-LEARNING TOOL MATCHING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method of tool matching, comprising:performing measurements, with one or more detectors of an optical measurement tool, on a control wafer at a first time to determine a first set of parameters associated with tool conditions of a lithography tool for processing one or more wafers different from the control wafer, wherein one or more of the first set of parameters includes at least one of film thickness, critical dimension, trench height, sidewall angle, overlay, surface roughness, or surface smoothness of the control wafer;
comparing, with one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more detectors of the optical measurement tool, the first set of parameters against a primary set of parameter thresholds to determine when a parameter of the first set of parameters matches a correctable tool condition;
determining, with the one or more processors, a presence or an absence of the parameter in a library of key parameters when the parameter matches the correctable tool condition, the library of key parameters including a secondary set of parameter thresholds that is a subset of the primary set of parameter thresholds;
adding, with the one or more processors, the parameter to the library of key parameters when the parameter matches the correctable tool condition and is not represented in the library of key parameters;
providing to the lithography tool, with the one or more processors, a control signal configured to reconfigure at least one control setting of the lithography tool to repair the correctable tool condition;
performing measurements on a second wafer at a second time to determine a second set of parameters;
identifying at least one of a time difference or a run count between the first time and the second time; and
comparing, when the time difference is below a threshold time difference or when the run count is below a threshold run count, the second set of parameters against the secondary set of parameter thresholds of the library of key parameters to determine when a key parameter of the second set of parameters is out of limit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,318

DETECTION SYSTEM FOR A MULTILAYER FILM AND METHOD THEREOF USING DUAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICES FOR CAPTURING FORWARD SCATTERED LIGHT AND BACK SCATTERED LIGHT

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A detection system for a multilayer film, comprising:a light source device, projecting a pair of parallel incident light to a transparent multilayer film obliquely for producing and enabling a forward scattered light and a back scattered light to be emitted therefrom;
a first image capture device, capturing the back scattered light to produce a first image;
a second image capture device, capturing the forward scattered light to produce a second image; and
an image processing device, coupling to the first image capture device and the second image capture device for comparing and detecting the differences between the second image and the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,429,313

METHODS, TEST STRUCTURES, AND TEST SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A SURFACE CHARACTERISTIC OF A CHIP FACET

Elenion Technologies, LLC...

1. A test system for determining a surface characteristic of a chip facet, the test system comprising:a first chip having a facet, the first chip including a first waveguide configured to direct test light towards the facet;
a detector configured to measure an amount of a portion of the test light reflected by the facet or a portion of the test light transmitted by the facet; and
a processor configured to determine a surface characteristic of the facet on the basis of the measured amount;
wherein the first waveguide is configured to receive the reflected portion of the test light from the facet, wherein the first chip further includes a second waveguide, wherein the first waveguide and the second waveguide are coupled by a directional coupler or a multimode interference coupler, and wherein the detector is coupled to the second waveguide to measure the reflected portion of the test light.

US Pat. No. 10,429,312

DRIP CHAMBER WITH INTEGRATED OPTICS

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC....

1. A drip chamber for an infusion tube, comprising:a first end arranged to receive a drip tube;
a second end including an exit port;
at least one wall connecting the first and second ends, said at least one wall including a flat portion;
a space enclosed by the first and second ends and the at least one wall;
at least one lens including a flat surface and an opposing curved surface, said flat surface of said at least one lens being directly fixed to said flat portion of said at least one wall and configured for receiving light transmitted through the space and focusing and transmitting the light to another lens; and
at least one specially programmed processor configured to:
generate at least one image of the space, said at least one image including an image of a drop pendant from an end of the drip tube; and
calculate a volume of the pendant drop from the image of the drop pendant.

US Pat. No. 10,429,311

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ANALYZING A LIQUID MEDIUM

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method of controlling an oxidizing biocide in an industrial water system, the method comprising:exposing a reactive zone of a chemical test strip to the industrial water thereby creating a post-exposure reactive zone;
imaging the post-exposure reactive zone using an imaging device thereby creating a digital image of the post-exposure reactive zone;
analyzing a colorimetric parameter of at least a portion of the digital image of the post-exposure reactive zone using image analyzing software to determine the concentration of the oxidizing biocide; and
modifying the oxidizing biocide in the industrial water system based on the determined concentration by at least one of changing an injection rate of the oxidizing biocide, changing a concentration set point of the oxidizing biocide, or changing a type of the oxidizing biocide.

US Pat. No. 10,429,310

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING A PARAMETER

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of sensor elements wherein the sensor elements are configured to be actuated in response to exposure to a parameter and the apparatus is configured to record when each of the sensor elements are actuated wherein:
the plurality of sensor elements comprises at least a first subset of one or more sensor elements and at least a second subset of one or more sensor elements where the first subset of one or more sensor elements is actuated in response to a first level of exposure to a parameter and the second subset of one or more sensor elements is actuated in response to a second level of exposure to a parameter,
wherein at least one of the plurality of sensor elements comprise a portion of sensing material and an irreversible memory portion, wherein the portion of sensing material and the irreversible memory portion are connected in a circuit;
wherein the plurality of sensor elements are arranged such that when the exposure to the parameter sensed by the sensing material exceeds a threshold value, a reversible change in conductivity of the sensing material caused by the exposure to the parameter causes an irreversible change in an electrical characteristic of the irreversible memory portion, thereby causing an irreversible change in an electrical characteristic in the circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,307

SPECTROMETRIC MEASURING DEVICE

23. A spectrometric measuring device for a process measuring point, comprising:a housing;
a radiation source disposed in the housing;
a coupling and decoupling optical system structured to decouple radiation of the radiation source from the housing and direct the radiation into a measuring medium in a measuring region external to the housing, and to couple measuring radiation from the measuring region into the housing;
a spectrograph disposed in the housing and aligned in relation to the coupling and decoupling optical system such that the measuring radiation coupled into the housing from the measuring region is detected by the spectrograph, wherein the spectrograph is configured to disperse the measuring radiation into a spectrum and to register the spectrum using a detector;
an electronic device disposed in the housing and connected to the detector, the electronic device configured to detect and process the registered spectrum to determine, based upon the spectrum, a measurand correlated to the concentration of at least one analyte in the measuring medium; and
a connection connected to the housing, the connection structured to enable connecting the housing to a process container containing the measuring medium, wherein the measuring region is located within a volume area of the process container, said volume area containing the measuring medium, and
wherein the connection includes an immersion changeover device integrated into a wall of the process container, the immersion changeover device structured to move at least a portion of the housing adjacent the process container, which includes a window embodied to couple and decouple radiation into the measuring region of the process container, between a service position retracted into a service chamber of the immersion changeover device and a measuring position extended into the process container.

US Pat. No. 10,429,305

METHODS OF HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING A STRUCTURE OF A SAMPLE, THE STRUCTURE BEING MARKED WITH FLUORESCENCE MARKERS

ABBERIOR INSTRUMENTS GMBH...

1. A method of high-resolution imaging a structure of a sample, the structure being marked with fluorescence markers, the method comprisingsuperimposing an intensity maximum of focused fluorescence excitation light with an intensity minimum of focused fluorescence inhibition light, the intensity minimum being enclosed by intensity maxima of the focused fluorescence inhibition light, to form a light intensity distribution,
subjecting the sample to the light intensity distribution,
selectively scanning partial areas of interest of the sample with the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution,
registering fluorescence light emitted out of the sample and allocating the registered fluorescence light to a respective location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution in the sample, and
terminating subjecting the sample to at least the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution at each location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution, if at least one criterion selected from the following criteria is met for the respective location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution:
a predetermined maximum light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has been registered,
a predetermined minimum light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has not been registered within a predetermined period of time,
wherein the partial areas of interest of the sample are selected in that the focused fluorescence excitation light is at first directed directly successively to partial areas of the sample which are located one behind the other in a scanning direction in scanning the sample, wherein fluorescence light emitted out of the sample is registered and wherein the partial areas of the sample are defined as partial areas of interest, if, within a predetermined test period of time, a predetermined minimal light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has been registered, and
wherein the sample is afterwards scanned over the partial areas of the sample arranged one after the other in the scanning direction, wherein subjecting the sample to at least the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution only takes place in the partial areas of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,429,303

PORTABLE AND AUTONOMOUS, IOT ENABLED, OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A portable optical measurement system for performing metal trace analysis on a liquid sample, the system comprising:a sample holder for holding an analysis substrate that includes a reference region and at least one test region co-planar with the reference region on the analysis substrate, the at least one test region including the liquid sample during the metal trace analysis, the reference region acting as a baseline, and the at least one test region testing a respective one of multiple liquid samples;
an ultraviolet (UV) light source for emitting ultraviolet light illuminating the liquid sample;
an optical sensor for detecting radiation emanating from the liquid sample and converting the detected radiation into an electrical signal;
a microcontroller for processing the electrical signal; and
an external interface for transmitting the processed electrical signal to an external device,
wherein the analysis substrate is configured for manual movement by a user, the system further comprises a tracking system for detecting a sample scanning location for the metal trace analysis, wherein the tracking system comprises a light source, other than the UV light source, and another optical sensor, and wherein the other optical sensor detects light emitted by the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,297

MONITORING OPACITY OF SMOKE EXHAUSTED BY WOOD STOVE AND CONTROLLING WOOD STOVE BASED ON SAME

Acumentor LLC, Centralia...

1. A wood stove monitoring device comprising:a mounting flange mountable to and fittable over a chimney exhaust pipe of a wood stove, the mounting flange movably positionable vertically along the chimney exhaust pipe;
a ring removably mountable on top of the mounting flange, the ring having an interior surface and a plurality of exterior flat surfaces, the mounting flange suitably positionable vertically along the chimney exhaust pipe so that the ring is positioned at least partially above an end of the chimney exhaust pipe;
an optical beam source disposed on a first exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring, the optical beam source generating and outputting an optical beam perpendicular to the first exterior flat surface and through a corresponding hole within the first exterior flat surface and the interior surface of the ring;
an optical sensor disposed on a second exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring opposite to the first exterior flat surface, the optical sensor linearly aligned with the optical beam source to detect the optical beam output by the optical beam source as the optical beam passes through smoke exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe; and
a temperature probe disposed on a third exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring and extending through the third exterior flat surface and the interior surface of the ring, the temperature probe measuring a temperature of heat exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe;
a thermal energy generation stack disposed on a fourth exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring, the thermal energy generation stack generating electrical power responsive to heat exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe,
wherein the optical beam source and the optical sensor are powered by the electrical power that the thermal energy generation stack generates;
a heat regulating transfer mechanism to conductively transfer heat from the ring and to reduce the heat transferred from the ring;
a thermal energy generator having a first surface attached to the heat transfer mechanism and converting the heat transferred by the heat regulating transfer mechanism to the power; and
a cooling mechanism attached to a second surface of the thermal energy generator opposite the first surface, the cooling mechanism cooling the thermal energy generator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,296

MULTILAYER FILM METROLOGY USING AN EFFECTIVE MEDIA APPROXIMATION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A metrology system comprising:a controller communicatively coupled to a detector configured to generate a detection signal based on reflection of an illumination beam from a multilayer film stack, wherein the multilayer film stack includes one or more zones with two or more material compositions disposed in a repeating pattern, wherein a number of layers of each material composition within the one or more zones is known, the controller including one or more processors configured to execute program instructions causing the one or more processors to:
model reflection of the illumination beam by the multilayer film stack by modeling the one or more zones of repeating layers of the multilayer film stack as thick films having zone thicknesses and effective permittivity values using an effective medium model, wherein the effective medium model relates the effective permittivity values of the one or more zones to permittivity values of the two or more material compositions and volume fractions of the two or more material compositions within the one or more zones;
determine values of the zone thicknesses and the volume fractions using a regression of the detection signal based on the effective medium model; and
determine average thickness values of the two or more material compositions within the one or more zones based on the number of films having each of the two or more material compositions, the zone thicknesses, the volume fractions, and the effective permittivity values.

US Pat. No. 10,429,287

INTERFEROMETRIC METHOD FOR MEASURING A SIZE OF PARTICLE IN THE PRESENCE OF A GAP

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Osaka ...

1. A device comprising:a first member, and
a second member forming a gap together with the first member, wherein
the gap has one end and another end, the one end being wider than the other end,
the second member is superposed on the first member,
the second member has an opposite surface opposite to the first member,
the opposite surface has a groove that forms the gap,
the groove extends from the one end toward the other end of the gap,
the groove is configured to generate interference fringes in the gap upon irradiation of the gap with a plurality of monochromatic light beams having different wavelengths, the interference fringes appearing for the respective monochromatic light beams,
portions of the opposite surface located on respective opposite sides of the groove are in contact with the first member,
the first member has a longer length than the second member in a direction in which the groove extends, and
the first member has a portion extending outward of the one end in the direction in which the groove extends.

US Pat. No. 10,429,286

VIBRONIC SENSOR

1. A vibronic sensor for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container, comprising:at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically;
a driving/receiving unit; and
an electronics unit, wherein:
said driving/receiving unit is designed to excite, via an electrical excitation signal, mechanical oscillations in said at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically and to receive said mechanical oscillations of said at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically, and to convert said mechanical oscillations into an electrical receiving signal;
said electronics unit is designed to generate the excitation signal on the basis of said receiving signal and to determine said at least one process variable from the receiving signal;
said electronics unit comprises at least one adaptive filter;
said electronics unit is designed to set a filter characteristic of said adaptive filter in such a way that there is a target phase shift between said excitation signal and said receiving signal;
said electronics unit is designed to set said target phase shift by setting a center frequency of said adaptive filter; and
said electronics unit comprises a phase control unit, which controls said center frequency of said adaptive filter in such a manner that there is a specifiable value for a phase shift between an input signal and an output signal of said adaptive filter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,284

IN SITU ENVIRONMENTALLY-ISOLATED WEAR TESTER

1. An in situ testing system comprising:a wear tester, wherein the tester comprises:
a sample mount configured to hold a sample;
a first positioner configured to position the sample mount;
a tip configured to contact a surface of the sample; and
a load cell configured to apply a normal load to the tip and to measure a friction arising from contact between the tip and the surface of the sample; and
an enclosure configured to house the tester, wherein the enclosure comprises:
a base plate;
a plurality of side walls and a top wall configured to provide an internal chamber;
a sealing surface formed between a portion of the surface of the base plate and an edge of each of the plurality of side walls;
a vacuum exchange port configured to introduce an additional sample to the tester without changing an environment maintained within the internal chamber; and
an overpressure valve configured to release one or more fluids within the internal chamber of the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,429,282

DETECTION OF ORGANIC HALIDE COMPOUNDS USING CLOSE LOOP FLOW ASSISTED ELECTRO-ENHANCED SOLID-PHASE MICROEXTRACTION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for detecting and quantifying one or more haloether compounds in an aqueous sample, comprising:inducing a flow state to the aqueous sample to form a flowing aqueous sample, wherein the aqueous sample is confined to a sample system comprising a sample container, an extraction vial, a pump, and tubing fluidly connecting the sample container, the extraction vial and the pump, and the flow state is a continuous flow of the aqueous sample in the sample system;
immersing a fiber and an electrode into the flowing aqueous sample, wherein the fiber and the electrode are disposed in the extraction vial;
applying a negative voltage to the fiber and a positive voltage to the electrode while the fiber is in contact with the flowing aqueous sample to adsorb the one or more haloether compounds onto the fiber;
removing the fiber from the flowing aqueous sample and thermally desorbing the one or more haloether compounds from the fiber in an injection port of a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS);
subjecting the one or more haloether compounds to GC-MS analysis to detect and determine a concentration of the one or more haloether compounds,
wherein the aqueous solution has a pH of 2; and
wherein the one or more haloether compounds are selected from the group consisting of chlorophenyl phenyl ether and bromophenyl phenyl ether.

US Pat. No. 10,429,279

DEVICES AND CARTRIDGES FOR EXTRACTING BIO-SAMPLE REGIONS AND MOLECULES OF INTEREST

XMD, LLC, Sterling, VA (...

1. A cartridge for extracting biological material from a biological sample, the cartridge comprising:a film pre-loaded on the cartridge, wherein the film comprises a substrate suitable for extracting biological material from the biological sample;
an adjustable link for attaching the cartridge to a slide upon which the biological sample has been mounted, wherein the cartridge and slide form a single unit after attaching the cartridge to the slide;
a pull tab which is attached to the film, wherein the pull tab enables the film to be removed from the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,429,278

COMPOSITE GAS SAMPLING SYSTEM

Mustang Sampling, LLC, R...

1. A system for selected sampling cryogenic liquid hydrocarbon source where the liquid hydrocarbon has been vaporized and conditioned by a vaporizer during transfer processing, comprising:a housing;
a controller for controlling the gas sampling operation contained within the housing;
a vaporized gas port providing a first, a second and a third gas stream feed lines adapted to receive a vaporized gas sample of a select volume at a select time;
a gas analyzer connected to said first gas stream feed line; a speed loop connected to said second feed line;
a plurality of removable, sample cylinders connected to the speed loop for collection of non-composite fresh samples at select times directly from the vaporizer;
an accumulator connected to said third gas stream for receiving a select volume of gas to create a composite sample of vaporized gas;
at least one pump associated with said accumulator to build accumulator pressure at a level to prevent dew point drop out of the vaporized gas;
a plurality of removable sample grab cylinders for receiving composite vaporized gas samples from the accumulator;
a residual gas removal array for removing residual gas as from the system following transfer processing of the cryogenic liquid hydrocarbon.

US Pat. No. 10,429,274

VERTICAL HIGH SPEED TESTING DEVICE FOR SPIRAL SEAL OF CONE BIT BEARING

Southwest Petrolem Univer...

1. A vertical high-speed testing device for a spiral seal of a cone bit bearing, comprising:an upper fixed plate;
a cone;
a shaft, in which a first through hole, a second through hole and a third through hole are formed;
a spiral sleeve, which is in threaded connection to the cone, and an inner surface of which is provided with sealing threads, and there is a clearance between the sealing threads and the shaft;
a liquid cylinder, inside which the cone, the spiral sleeve and the shaft are all arranged; and
a lower fixed plate;
wherein, both the cone and the spiral sleeve are sheathed on the shaft; a first cavity, which is sealed, is formed between the cone and the shaft; the first through hole is communicated with the first cavity; the upper fixed plate and the lower fixed plate are connected to upper and lower ends of the liquid cylinder, respectively, to form a second cavity communicated with the first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,264

DEVICE FOR DETECTING BALANCE OF HUB VALVE HOLE

Citic Dicastal Co., Ltd, ...

1. A device for detecting balance of a hub valve hole, comprising:a hub conveying roller bed, a hub identification device, a valve hole balance detection device and a processor;
wherein the hub conveying roller bed is configured to sequentially convey a hub from an upstream of a conveying belt to the hub identification device and the valve hole balance detection device until the hub leaves the valve hole balance detection device;
wherein the hub identification device comprises an electronic belt scale and an industrial camera, the electronic belt scale is configured to obtain a weight of the hub when the hub is conveyed to the hub identification device, the industrial camera is configured to take a front photo of a wheel disc of the hub when the hub is conveyed to the hub identification device, and the electronic belt scale and the industrial camera are both in data connection with the processor;
wherein the valve hole balance detection device comprises a spindle, an industrial camera, a laser generating device and a laser receiving device, wherein the spindle is configured to clamp and rotate the hub when the hub reaches the valve hole balance detection device;
wherein the industrial camera is configured to face the front of the wheel disc of the hub;
wherein the laser generating device and the laser receiving device are configured to emit laser, detect laser reflection at a bolt hole of the wheel disc and transmit a reflected signal to the processor; and
wherein the processor is configured to receive the laser reflection from the laser generating device and the laser receiving device which are used for emitting laser and detecting the laser reflection at the bolt hole of the wheel disc, and calculate a weight compensation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,252

FLEXIBLE CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSOR

1. A flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor comprising:a first polymeric substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a second polymeric substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface;
an elastic dielectric sensing material positioned between the inner surface of the first polymeric substrate and the inner surface of the second polymeric substrate;
a first plurality of wires positioned on the outer surface of the first polymeric substrate; and
a second plurality of wires positioned on the outer surface of the second polymeric substrate,
wherein the flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor has a thickness less than 200 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,429,250

ANALYTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MANAGING POWER AND NOISE

Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a processor of an analyte monitoring device, a temperature level of a power source of the analyte monitoring device;
determining, by the processor, whether to cause the analyte monitoring device to enter a power saving mode in which an operation of at least one component of the analyte monitoring device is suspended based on: the temperature level of the power source and whether one or more executable actions are in process;
determining, by the processor, whether the one or more executable actions are in process based on one or more blocker flags, wherein each respective blocker flag of the one or more blocker flags is indicative of whether a respective executable action of the one or more executable actions is in process; and
causing, by the processor, the analyte monitoring device to enter the power saving mode based on: the temperature level of the power source and when the one or more executable actions are determined not to be in process based on the one or more blocker flags.

US Pat. No. 10,429,223

AIR FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED SENSOR MODULE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air flow rate measuring device disposed in an intake air passage for intake air to be taken in an engine system, the air flow rate measuring device measuring a flow rate of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage, the air flow rate measuring device comprising:a casing that defines a bypass passage to take in a portion of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage;
a flow rate sensor that is disposed in the bypass passage, the flow rate sensor generating an output signal according to a flow rate of the intake air taken in the bypass passage; and
a sensor module that is separate away from an outer wall of the casing, wherein
the sensor module includes
a module connector integrally formed with the sensor module,
a multi-sensor unit integrally formed with the sensor module and having a relative humidity sensor and a temperature sensor that are integrally coupled to each other, and
a signal processing circuit that is integrally coupled to the sensor module between the module connector and the multi-sensor unit, calculates an absolute humidity according to the temperature of the intake air, processes the absolute humidity and the temperature of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage into signals respectively, and outputs the signals,
the relative humidity sensor is exposed to an inside of the intake air passage to detect a relative humidity of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage, and
the temperature sensor detects a temperature of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,217

FLOW SENSOR SYSTEM WITH CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

CRISI Medical Systems, In...

1. A system for sensing medicament delivery and transmitting an operation modification signal having at least two separable components comprising:a first component comprising a flow sensor having:
a fluid port having a flow tube;
a fluid inlet at a first end of the flow tube adapted to couple to an outlet of a fluid source;
a fluid outlet at a second end of the flow tube adapted to deliver fluid from the fluid source to a fluid pathway that provides fluid to a patient; and
at least one sensor to characterize at least one attribute of the fluid from the fluid source; and
a second component comprising a base having:
a controller that generates at least one operation modification signal in response to at least one attribute matching at least one condition specified by at least one rule;
a transmitter for transmitting the operation modification signal to at least one device, the operation modification signal, when received by the at least one device, causing the at least one device to modify at least one operating parameter,
wherein the flow sensor is mountable onto the base and said at least one sensor is in electrical communication with said controller via a connection between the flow sensor and the base when the flow sensor is mounted onto the base.

US Pat. No. 10,429,201

COLLECTIVE VEHICLE TRAFFIC ROUTING

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing directions, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more computing devices, a request for turn-by-turn directions;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, at least one route associated with the turn-by-turn directions, wherein the at least one route is associated with a plurality of route segments;
estimating, by the one or more computing devices, a travel time for the route, wherein the travel time is based on vehicle data associated with a lane of at least one route segment, wherein the vehicle data comprises an estimated speed associated with the lane based, at least in part, on an estimated number of vehicles traveling on the lane;
generating, by the one or more computing devices, the turn-by-turn directions based on the travel time for the route, wherein the turn-by-turn directions include instructions indicating a fastest lane of travel along the route; and
transmitting, by the one or more computing devices to a first client device, the turn-by-turn directions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,198

INTELLIGENT FUEL PROMPT DEVICE AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An intelligent fuel prompt device for a vehicle, comprising:a sensor configured to obtain fuel consumption information of a vehicle;
a GPS receiver configured to obtain position information of the vehicle;
a processor configured to obtain reachable range information of the vehicle according to the position information and fuel consumption information of the vehicle;
a prompt module configured to prompt with respect to the reachable range information of the vehicle;
a gas station information receiver configured to obtain position information of gas stations;
wherein the processor is further configured to determine whether the vehicle is able to reach a nearest gas station based on the position information of the gas stations and the reachable range information of the vehicle;
wherein the prompt module is further configured to prompt a user in response to the vehicle not being able to reach the nearest gas station;
wherein the processor is configured to:
obtain a driving distance ?d of the vehicle in a preset period of time, fuel consumption information ?g in said preset period of time, and a road-related coefficient j of the current road section, and calculate a current specific fuel consumption from equation 1:
h=?g/?d/j  equation 1;
obtain the reachable range information of the vehicle according to said specific fuel consumption, said position information of the vehicle and said road-related coefficient using equation 2:
h*?i=n1di*ji=g  equation 2;
wherein, h is the current specific fuel consumption, g is a total amount of the remaining fuel, dj is a distance that the vehicle can travel on each section of the road, wherein the road is divided into i sections according to the road-related coefficient, 1?i?n and is an integer, n?1 and is an integer, jj is the road-related coefficient of each section of the road.

US Pat. No. 10,429,193

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING HIGH PRECISION MAP

BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECH...

1. A method for generating a high precision map, the method comprising:acquiring three-dimensional (3D) laser point cloud data for generating the high precision map and information related to a grid map for generating the high precision map, the 3D laser point cloud data comprising at least one piece of 3D laser point data containing a 3D coordinate and a reflection value, the grid map being formed of grid images arranged in M rows and N columns, each of the grid images having an equivalent size, both M and N being positive integers, the information related to the grid map comprising:
a row number and a column number of the grid map;
a unit pixel length of the grid map indicating a physical length represented by one pixel in the grid map; and
a horizontal pixel number and a vertical pixel number of each of the grid images in the grid map;
determining, according to the 3D coordinate of the 3D laser point data and the information related to the grid map, position information of each piece of the 3D laser point data of the 3D laser point cloud data in the grid map, the position information comprising:
a row value and a column value of a grid image, where the 3D laser point data is located, in the grid map; and
a coordinate of the 3D laser point data in the grid map;
rendering each pixel point in each of the grid images in the grid map, by using the reflection value of 3D laser point data of the 3D laser point cloud data having an equivalent coordinate in the grid map as the coordinate of the pixel point, in order to generate each of grid images in the grid map;
identifying, by using a machine learning algorithm, road information of each of the grid images in the grid map, the road information comprising at least one of road shape information, road slope information, road curvature information, road direction information, lane width information, crash barrier information, road border information, lane marking information, and guiding line information;
clustering, by using a machine learning algorithm in combination with position relations among each of the grid images in the grid map, the road information of each of the grid images in the grid map, in order to obtain the road information of the grid map, comprising
setting at least one different unit pixel length for the grid map to generate the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length; and
clustering, by using the machine learning algorithm in combination with the position relations among each of the grid images in the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length, the road information of each of the grid images in the grid map with the at least one different unit pixel length, in order to obtain the road information of the grid map and coordinate data in the road information; and
loading the road information of the grid map into the grid map to generate the high precision map.

US Pat. No. 10,429,181

MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OBJECT

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A radar apparatus for determining a topology of an object on an object guidance device, a volume of the object, or a mass of the object, comprising:an array antenna including a transmitter and at least two receivers;
control circuitry;
a measuring instrument interface; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium on which a program code is stored,
wherein the transmitter and the at least two receivers are positioned on a line in a lateral direction across a width of the object guiding device, which is designed to guide the object in a longitudinal direction of the object guidance device,
wherein the program code, when executed by the control circuitry, causes the control circuitry to be configured to:
transmit a transmit signal from the transmitter,
to receive, from the at least two receivers of the array antenna, receive signals which are produced by the transmit signal,
use the receive signals from the at least two receivers of the array antenna to analyse the structure of the object along a linear region in the lateral direction across the width of the object guidance device using digital beamforming, such that a topology of a surface of the object along the line in the lateral direction of the object guidance device is determined by the at least two receivers,
determine a topology of the object, a volume of the object, or a mass of the object, and
output the topology, the volume, or the mass.

US Pat. No. 10,429,160

FIRE-RETARDING ARTILLERY SHELL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An artillery shell comprising:a fore-body, a mid-body, and an aft-body defined by an external surface and having a shell thickness, wherein the shell thickness increases from a first thickness at the fore-body to a second thickness at the mid-body and further increases to a third thickness at the aft-body;
a cavity disposed within the external surface;
a fire-retarding material disposed within the cavity; and
a trigger configured to release the fire-retarding material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,149

SMALL ARMS STABILIZATION SYSTEM

MAJR Mechatronics LLC, S...

1. A self-stabilizing small arm comprising:a. a barrel assembly rigidly connected to a stock assembly;
b. a stock plate connected to the stock assembly;
c. a stabilization assembly controlling the relative position of the stock plate and stock assembly, the stabilization assembly including:
i. at least one movement sensor;
ii. at least one actuator; and
iii. a controller using signals from the movement sensor to operate the actuator in order to compensate for unintended movement of the small arm; and
d. a receiver positioned behind a trigger of the small arm.

US Pat. No. 10,429,143

FIRE CONTROL INSERT FOR FIREARM

1. A firearm with removable firing control housing insert, the firearm comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a frame including a pair of right and left sidewalls, a rear wall extending transversely between the sidewalls, an open top, and an axially elongated cavity accessible through the open top;
an axially elongated firing control housing insert including a front end, a rear end, and pair lateral sidewalls extending between the ends;
the insert detachably mounted in the cavity and configured for holding firing mechanism components, the insert being removable from the cavity through the open top of the frame;
an elongated locking slot formed in a rear wall of the insert engaging a forwardly projecting locking protrusion formed in the rear wall of the frame, the locking slot and protrusion operable to retain a rear end of the insert in the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,429,136

OUTBOARD MARINE PROPULSION SYSTEM WITH CLOSED LOOP LOWER UNIT HEAT EXCHANGER

Global Packaging Systems,...

1. A lower unit heat exchanger for an outboard marine propulsion system comprising:a housing comprising an upper half and a lower half;
a cooling coil disposed within the housing;
upper cooling slots through the upper half of the housing for providing a flow of marine operating water through the cooling coil;
lower cooling slots through the lower half of the housing for providing a flow of marine operating water through the cooling coil;
an opening in the upper half of the housing configured to receive a lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system;
an opening in the lower half of the housing configured to receive a lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system; and
a mounting tab mechanically coupled to the housing for attaching the housing to the lower unit of the outboard marine propulsion system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,135

RECOVERY AND RE-USE OF WASTE ENERGY IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising a crude oil refining facility comprising:a flow control system comprising flow pumps, flow pipes, and valves;
an amine regeneration plant comprising an acid gas absorber column, an acid gas regenerator column, and an acid gas regenerator bottoms stream comprising a weak amine salt;
an aromatics complex comprising an aromatics complex benzene extraction unit comprising a benzene distillation column and a benzene column bottoms stream, a raffinate column bottom stream, and a naphtha splitter column bottom stream, the aromatics complex comprising at least one of benzene, toluene, or xylene;
a sour water stripper plant comprising a sour water stripper column and a stripper bottom stream;
a sulfur recovery plant comprising an amine regenerator distillation column and an amine regenerator bottoms stream;
a gas separation plant comprising a de-ethanizer distillation column, a C3/C4 splitter distillation column, a C3/C4 splitter column bottom stream, and a de-ethanizer column bottoms stream;
the aromatics complex comprising an aromatics plant xylene products separation unit comprising an extract column, a raffinate column, a raffinate column overheads stream, and an extract column overheads stream;
a hydrocracking plant comprising feed furnaces, a first stage reaction reactor vessel, a second stage reaction reactor vessel, a first stage reaction cold high pressure separator comprising a separator vessel, a second stage reaction cold high pressure separator comprising another separator vessel, a product stripper stream, a diesel product stream, a kerosene product cooling stream from a main fractionator column, and a kerosene pumparound stream;
a diesel hydro-treating plant comprising a diesel stripper column and a diesel stripper bottom stream;
a first heat exchanger configured to heat the acid gas regenerator bottoms stream in the amine regeneration plant using a branch of the raffinate column overheads stream in the aromatics plant xylene products separation unit; and
a second heat exchanger configured to heat a branch of the stripper bottom stream in the sour water stripper plant using the diesel stripper bottom stream in the diesel hydro-treating plant.

US Pat. No. 10,429,122

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED OFF-CYCLE DEFROST

Kysor Warren EPTA US Corp...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:a first circulation fan electrically coupled in a non-switchable manner to a power source via a first load wire;
a relay electrically coupled to the first circulation fan via a second load wire and to the power source, the relay comprising a lead that is electrically coupled to a controller;
responsive to the refrigeration system operating in a cooling cycle, the controller positions the relay in an open position such that the relay interrupts electrical voltage from the relay to the first circulation fan via the second load wire such that electrical voltage is provided to the first circulation fan via the first load wire causing the first circulation fan to operate in a low-speed mode;
responsive to the refrigeration system operating in a defrost cycle, the controller positions the relay in a closed position, such that the relay supplies electrical voltage to the first circulation fan via the second load wire such that electrical voltage is provided to the first circulation fan via the first load wire and the second load wire causing the first circulation fan to operate in a high-speed mode; and
wherein operation of the first circulation fan in the high-speed mode reduces a length of a time period where an increased discharge air temperature exists relative to operation of the first circulation fan in low-speed mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,118

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a refrigerating compartment including a refrigerating section formed on an upper side thereof and an alternate temperature section formed on a lower side thereof;
a cold air flow path formed on a rear side of the refrigerating compartment;
a compressor that compresses a refrigerant to yield a compressed refrigerant, the compressor compressing at a normal speed during a normal operation of supplying cold air to the refrigerating compartment;
a condenser that condenses the compressed refrigerant to yield a condensed refrigerant;
an evaporator that is provided in the cold air flow path and evaporates the condensed refrigerant to generate the cold air;
a cover disposed between the cold air flow path and the refrigerating compartment and forming at least one flow passage that guides the cold air generated by the evaporator to flow around the refrigerating compartment section and the alternate temperature section;
a refrigerating compartment circulation fan disposed in at least a portion of the at least one flow passage for allowing the generated cold air to flow between the cold air flow path and the alternate temperature section; and
a processor to control the refrigerating compartment circulation fan to circulate the cold air generated by the evaporator,
wherein the processor controls the refrigerating compartment circulation fan to turn on to cool the refrigerating compartment in the normal operation, and to turn off the refrigerating compartment circulation in response to the processor determining that a difference between an actual temperature of the refrigerating section and a target temperature of the alternate temperature section reaches a threshold temperature so that the cold air of the cold air flow path is introduced into the alternate temperature section by natural convection to cool the alternate temperature section, and
wherein the processor further controls the compressor to compress the refrigerant at higher pressure than at the normal operation by increasing a rotational speed of the compressor in response to the processor determining that the refrigerating compartment circulation fan is turned off to cause the evaporator to be further activated to generate the cold air in order to maximize the introduction of the cold air of the cold air flow path to the alternate temperature section by the natural convection.

US Pat. No. 10,429,106

ASYMMETRIC EVAPORATOR

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A falling film evaporator for a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprising:an evaporator housing;
a plurality of evaporator tubes disposed in the evaporator housing and arranged into one or more tube bundles, through which a volume of thermal energy transfer medium is flowed;
a plurality of tube sheets supportive of the plurality of evaporator tubes;
a first wall member and a second wall member extending vertically at opposite lateral sides of the plurality of evaporator tubes, the first wall member and the second wall member defining an inner vapor passage therebetween, defining a first outer vapor passage between the first wall member and the evaporator housing, and defining a second outer vapor passage between the second wall member and the evaporator housing; and
a vapor outlet disposed at an evaporator housing wall to direct vapor refrigerant from the evaporator housing;
wherein a first gap between a first wall member lower edge and a tube sheet base of the plurality of tube sheets is greater than a second gap between a second wall member lower edge and the tube sheet base of the plurality of tube sheets; and
wherein the second gap is disposed nearer to the vapor outlet than the first gap, biasing the flow of vapor refrigerant from the plurality of evaporator tubes toward a lateral side of the evaporator opposite the vapor outlet, thereby decreasing an amount of entrained liquid refrigerant in the flow of vapor refrigerant reaching the vapor outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,101

MODULAR TWO PHASE LOOP DISTRIBUTED HVACANDR SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An HVAC&R system comprising:a first pumping device configured to circulate a first volume of a first medium, the first medium includes a first two-phase fluid;
a second pumping device configured to circulate a second volume of the first medium;
a first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, wherein at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is operably coupled to the first pumping device, and wherein at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is configured to operate in a heating mode and a cooling mode;
a second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, wherein at least one of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units is operably coupled to the second pumping device;
a first primary HVAC&R unit operably coupled to at least one of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the first pumping device;
a second primary HVAC&R unit operably coupled to at least one of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the second pumping device;
a controller, and
at least one sensing device;
wherein the first pumping device, a portion of each of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, and a portion of the first primary HVAC&R unit form a first primary fluid loop, and the second pumping device, a portion of each of the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units, and a portion of the second primary HVAC&R unit form a second primary fluid loop;
wherein the at least one sensing device is disposed on at least the first primary fluid loop, wherein the at least one sensing device is configured to monitor the pressure and temperature of at least the first medium in the primary loop, wherein the controller is configured to prevent cavitation in the first pumping device by varying the operation of at least the first HVAC&R unit and the first pumping device to maintain the subcooling of the first medium at an inlet of the first pumping device using the monitored pressure and temperature;
wherein each of the first plurality of secondary HVAC&R units and the second plurality of secondary HVAC&R units includes a secondary compressor and a first secondary heat exchanger operably coupled to the secondary compressor, wherein the secondary compressor is configured to circulate a second medium, the second medium includes a second two-phase fluid; and
wherein a portion of the first primary fluid loop is operably coupled to the first secondary heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,099

ELECTRIC HEATING DEVICE AND PTC HEATING ELEMENT FOR SUCH

1. An electric heating device comprising:several PTC heating elements arranged in a circulation chamber,
a heating element casing which fits as a structural unit at least one PTC element and contact plates that energize said PTC element and that form contact strips for an electrical plug connection,
a partition wall which separates said circulation chamber from a connection chamber in which said contact strips of said PTC heating element penetrating said partition wall are exposed and are electrically connected, and
a plug connection which is formed between said partition wall and said PTC heating element and via which said PTC heating element is held in at least one of a frictionally engaged manner and a positive fit manner on said partition wall in the direction of insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,092

ASYNCHRONOUS REPORTING SYSTEM

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) reporting system comprising:a gateway device comprising interconnected components including:
a master clock;
a random access memory;
a non-volatile programmable memory having stored therein one or more of:
a customized bootloader,
a gateway application software image;
a radio frequency tool kit image;
non-volatile application run data; and
factory provided data;
a processor connected to the master clock, the random access memory, and the non-volatile programmable memory; and
a PHY chip connected to the processor,
wherein the gateway device is in communication with one or more pieces of HVAC equipment via radio frequency (RF) communication links,
wherein the gateway device is in communication with an external network,
wherein the gateway device is in two-way synchronous communication with a router,
wherein the gateway device is configured and adapted to provide asynchronous communication to the router,
wherein the router is in communication with an Internet cloud through a broadband connection,
wherein the one or more pieces of HVAC equipment communicate with the gateway device in data sessions within a round robin sequence of data sessions, and
wherein communication between the gateway device and the router occurs within a data session within the round robin sequence of data sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,090

CLOSED-LOOP AIR-TO-WATER AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

1. A closed-loop air-to-water air conditioning system for providing heating and cooling to a building, the air conditioning system comprising:a condenser assembly operably configured to create a non-ambient temperature inside a condenser refrigerant line;
a fluid climatization assembly thermally coupled to the condenser assembly, the fluid climatization assembly including:
a climatized-fluid storage tank;
a to-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank fluidically coupled to the climatized-fluid storage tank by a crossover tube configured to allow a fluid to pass from the climatized-fluid storage tank to the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank;
a first thermal fluid line thermally coupling the climatized-fluid storage tank and the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank to the condenser refrigerant line, wherein the first thermal fluid line is configured to distribute the fluid from the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank to a thermal coupling with the condenser refrigerant line to thereby chill the fluid in the first thermal fluid line and return to the climatized-fluid storage tank; and
a second thermal fluid line fluidically coupled to the climatized-fluid storage tank; and
an air handler assembly thermally coupled to the second thermal fluid line of the fluid climatization assembly, the air handler assembly having a fan and an air chamber that, together, are operable to move ambient air from within the building across the second thermal fluid line of the fluid climatization assembly to transform the ambient air within the building to climatized air and distribute the climatized air to at least a portion of the building;
wherein the second thermal fluid line is routed from the climatized-fluid storage tank, through the air handler assembly, and returns to the to-be-recycled-climatized-fluid storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,429,088

AIR-CONDITIONING-APPARATUS INDOOR UNIT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning-apparatus indoor unit comprising:a body which is box-shaped, the body including a body top board having a substantially rectangular shape, a body side board connected to all sides of the body top board, and a body open face provided opposite to the body top board and having an opening;
an air-sending fan provided inside the body;
a heat exchanger provided inside the body in such a manner as to surround the air-sending fan;
a sloping guide; and
a drain pan provided inside the body and below the heat exchanger, and including a drain reservoir that stores condensed water generated by the heat exchanger,
wherein the body further includes
a plurality of body air outlets provided on a periphery of the body open face and configured to blow out air to an outside of the body, the air having been taken in from the opening of the body open face and having flowed through the heat exchanger,
wherein the plurality of body air outlets are each formed by
a body-air-outlet outer side wall provided along the body side board;
a body-air-outlet inner side wall provided by opposing the body-air-outlet outer side wall, and
body-air-outlet end walls connecting the body-air-outlet outer side wall and the body-air-outlet inner side wall,
wherein one of the body-air-outlet end walls stands between the drain reservoir and one of the plurality of body air outlets, and
wherein the sloping guide is provided on at least one of the body-air-outlet end walls and has a sloping-guide upper surface, and
wherein the sloping-guide upper surface projects toward a central part of the body air outlet as the sloping-guide upper surface extends closer to the body open face from the body top board and is continuous with the body-air-outlet inner side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,429,075

COOKTOP APPLIANCE AND METHODS OF OPERATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance comprising:a panel comprising a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first burner assembly comprising a first burner extending at least partially above the top surface of the panel;
a second burner assembly spaced apart from the first burner assembly on the panel, the second burner assembly comprising a second burner extending at least partially above the top surface of the panel;
a first control valve in fluid communication with the first burner assembly to selectively direct a flow of gas thereto;
a second control valve in fluid communication with the second burner assembly to selectively direct a flow of gas thereto; and
a controller operably coupled to the first control valve and the second control valve, the controller including a single burner mode and a multi-burner mode, the single burner mode comprising independently positioning the first control valve and the second control valve, the multi-burner mode comprising cooperatively positioning the first control valve and the second control valve,
wherein cooperatively positioning the first control valve and the second control valve comprises
positioning the first control valve based on a directed heat output at the first burner, and
positioning the second control valve based on a directed heat output at the second burner that is equal to the directed heat output at the first burner.

US Pat. No. 10,429,074

DUAL FUEL HEATING ASSEMBLY WITH SELECTOR SWITCH

1. A dual fuel heating assembly for use with either a first fuel or a second fuel different from the first, the heating assembly comprising:an inlet housing comprising:
a first pressure regulator configured to regulate a flow of fuel within a first predetermined pressure range;
a second pressure regulator configured to regulate a flow of fluid within a second predetermined pressure range different from the first predetermined pressure range;
a first housing outlet downstream of the first and second pressure regulators; and
a second housing outlet downstream of the first and second pressure regulators;
a first orifice;
a second orifice;
wherein each of the first and second orifices are configured for the combustion of regulated fuel received from the first housing outlet;
a burner and a pilot light comprising a first pilot orifice, a second pilot orifice, and a thermocouple; the burner and pilot light being in fluid communication with the first housing outlet;
a selector switch comprising:
a selector switch inlet configured to receive a flow of regulated fuel;
a first selector switch outlet fluidly coupled to the first orifice;
a second selector switch outlet fluidly coupled to the second orifice;
a selector switch valve member and a corresponding selector switch valve seat; and
a diaphragm, wherein the second housing outlet is fluidly coupled to the diaphragm such that a portion of regulated fuel flow acts on a backside of the diaphragm and wherein a pressure of the regulated fuel acting on the backside of the diaphragm determines whether the selector switch valve member is engaged with or disengaged from the selector switch valve seat, thereby determining whether regulated fuel entering the selector switch inlet is directed to one or both of the first orifice and the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,429,070

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine defining a circumferential direction, the combustor assembly comprising:a combustor dome and a combustion chamber liner formed integrally of a ceramic matrix composite material, the combustor dome defining a plurality of openings for receiving a plurality of fuel-air injector hardware assemblies;
wherein the combustion chamber liner and the combustor dome define in part a combustion chamber extending from a forward end to an aft end, wherein the combustion chamber liner extends continuously from the forward end of the combustion chamber to the aft end of the combustion chamber,
wherein the combustor dome comprises a transition portion and a forward wall, wherein the transition portion extends seamlessly from the forward wall of the combustor dome to the combustion chamber liner and defines an angle greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees relative to the forward wall;
wherein the transition portion defines a flat extending away from the forward wall of the combustor dome and wherein the combustor dome defines a radius of curvature between the transition portion and the forward wall, wherein the forward wall defines a length, and wherein the radius of curvature is between about 2 percent and about 20 percent of the length of the forward wall.

US Pat. No. 10,429,069

WALL OF A STRUCTURAL COMPONENT, IN PARTICULAR OF GAS TURBINE COMBUSTION CHAMBER WALL, TO BE COOLED BY MEANS OF COOLING AIR

1. A wall of a structural component to be cooled, comprising:a first side with a tubular extension projecting outward from the first side, wherein the tubular extension has an inflow area, and
a thermally loaded second side with an outflow area, wherein the thermally loaded second side is opposite the first side;
at least one cooling aft channel arranged so as to be inclined at an angle to the wall, and extending from the inflow area to the outflow area through the tubular extension, wherein the cooling air channel penetrates from the first side to the thermally loaded second side to supply a cooling aft from the inflow area to the outflow area; and
a rib connecting the tubular extension to the first side, wherein the tubular extension is supported by the rib with respect to a surface of the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,429,067

DYNAMIC MULTI-LEGS EJECTOR FOR USE IN EMERGENCY FLARE GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method of handling a flow of flare gas comprising:a. obtaining a flowrate of the flow of flare gas;
b. directing the flow of the flare gas to a piping circuit comprising a plurality of ejector legs piped in parallel;
c. comparing the flowrate of the flow of flare gas with flow capacities of the ejector legs;
d. identifying a particular one or ones of the ejector legs having a cumulative capacity to adequately handle the flow of the flare gas;
e. directing a flow of a motive gas to the piping circuit to motive gas inlets of ejectors in the particular one or ones of the ejector legs and maintaining a pressure of the motive gas at the motive gas inlet at a substantially constant value; and
f. directing the flow of flare gas to suction inlets of the ejectors in the particular one or ones of the ejector legs).

US Pat. No. 10,429,066

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THERMAL EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION

1. An apparatus for thermal exhaust gas purification, comprising:a thermal reactor connected to a raw gas supply line for supplying a raw gas to the thermal reactor and comprising a combustion chamber for thermally purifying the supplied raw gas; and
an energy recovery means connected to said combustion chamber of said thermal reactor via an outlet line for supplying a purified gas resulting from the thermal purification process in said combustion chamber to said energy recovery means,
wherein said energy recovery means comprises:
a first heat exchanger for cooling down the purified gas to a first temperature level and transmitting an enthalpy released thereby to a heat exchange medium; and
at least one condensation heat exchanger arranged downstream of said first heat exchanger for further cooling down the purified gas to a second temperature level lower than the first temperature level such that condensable substances contained in the purified gas condense and enthalpies released thereby are transmitted to a heat exchange medium and/or the raw gas upstream of said thermal reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,065

LOW NOX GAS BURNERS WITH CARRYOVER IGNITION

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A burner assembly, comprisinga plurality of burners, each burner including a burner tube having an inlet and an outlet and a burner axis;
a partition plate arranged generally perpendicular to a horizontal plane defined by the plurality of burner axes, the partition plate including:
a plurality of partition openings complementary to and arranged coaxially with the plurality of burners, wherein a periphery of at least one of the plurality of partition openings is embossed;
a plurality of carryover openings formed in the partition plate between the plurality of partition openings, wherein each of the plurality of carryover openings includes a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end extending perpendicular to a horizontal plane containing the burner axis of each of the plurality of burners, the plurality of carryover openings being arranged in fluid communication with the embossed periphery of at least one of the plurality of partition openings such that a flow is directed between the embossed periphery and at least one of the plurality of carryover openings;
an igniter located adjacent a side of the partition plate near the plurality of burners, the igniter being configured to ignite a fuel and air mixture provided at the outlet of the burners; and
an igniter carryover formed in the partition plate in alignment with the igniter at a position between an end of the partition plate and an adjacent partition opening of the plurality of partition openings, the igniter carryover including a substantially identical first opening and second opening, the first opening and the second opening being sized such that a sufficient amount of the fuel and air mixture reaches the igniter without cooling the igniter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,057

LIGHT-UP BEARD

Elegant Headwear Co., Inc...

1. A light-up facial covering which simulates the appearance of a beard, comprising:a facial covering member that is configured and dimensioned to overlie at least a portion of a lower half of a face of a wearer, said facial covering member comprising an outer layer having an interior side and an exterior side, said exterior side having faux hairs attached thereto dimensioned to simulate the appearance of a beard, and a plurality of spaced-apart openings extending from said interior side to said exterior side;
means for securing said facial covering member to a wearer's head comprising a pair of lateral flaps connected to said facial covering member,
a plurality of electrically powered lights, each of said electrically powered lights being affixed to said facial covering member extending from said interior side through one of said openings to said exterior side so that it is visible, when lit, through said faux hairs on said outer layer of said facial covering member; and
means for electrically powering said plurality of lights affixed to said facial covering member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,056

VENTILATION AND HUMIDITY-CONDITIONING UNIT AND APPARATUS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A ventilation and humidity-conditioning unit comprising:a structure mounted on a housing including a space inside the housing that is separated from an outside thereof, the structure including a ventilation hole providing ventilation between an inside of the housing and the outside of the housing;
a humidity-conditioning member provided midway in the ventilation hole of the structure, the humidity-conditioning member absorbing water vapor; and
a ventilation member provided to the structure, the ventilation member being closer to the outside of the housing than the humidity-conditioning member is, the ventilation member being permeable to a gas, the ventilation member preventing a liquid and a solid from entering the inside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,048

LED SOCKET FOR RECEIVING A COB-LED AND BASE FOR SUCH LED SOCKET

TE Connectivity Nederland...

1. An LED socket, comprising:an LED package having an LED mounted on an LED printed circuit board;
a contact having a receiving section adapted to be connected to a terminal end of an electrical cable and a contact lug having a T-shaped contact section; and
a base defining a receptacle for receiving the LED printed circuit board, the receptacle is open to an opening in the base adapted to expose the LED at a front face of the base, the base holds the contact and the T-shaped contact section is exposed in the receptacle and electrically contacts a pad of the LED printed circuit board, the contact is adapted to be inserted into a radial slot of the base in a radial direction and is moved in a second direction extending perpendicular to the radial direction within the radial slot.

US Pat. No. 10,429,029

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting display device comprising:a board assembly including organic light emission elements arranged on a substrate, and a sealing member on the substrate to seal the organic light emission elements;
a plastic cover including an ultra violet light blocker on the board assembly; and
an adhesive layer between the board assembly and the plastic cover, disposed on the sealing member, and attaching the plastic cover to an upper surface of the sealing member, and formed from an adhesive composition which includes 50˜95 parts by weight of an acryl-based copolymer resin, 4.7˜44 parts by weight of an acryl monomer, 0.1˜2 parts by weight of a cross linking monomer, 0.1˜2 parts by weight of a visible light initiator, and 0.1˜2 parts by weight of an additive; and a dam formed from the same material as the adhesive layer, wherein the dam is directly adjacent to and is along edges of the adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,026

LAMP ASSEMBLY WITH ANISOTROPIC HEAT SPREADER AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A lamp assembly comprising:an outer lens constructed of a transparent or translucent material;
a lamp housing defining a lamp cavity in conjunction with the outer lens;
a projector assembly having a transparent projector lens positioned aft of the outer lens;
a lighting source positioned adjacent to and partially within the projector assembly, and having a printed circuit board (PCB) connected to one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs), each of the LEDs being configured to emit light through the projector lens; and
an anisotropic heat spreader connected to the PCB, and extending beyond a surface area of the PCB and into the lamp cavity to a location between the outer lens and the transparent projector lens to thereby direct heat away from an LED junction of the PCB and into a predetermined lower temperature zone of the lamp cavity, wherein
the predetermined lower temperature zone is disposed between the outer lens and the transparent projector lens, below the transparent projector lens, and adjacent a bottom of the outer lens, and
the heat carried by the anisotropic heat spreader circulates air out of the predetermined lower temperature zone and upward across an entire exposed inner surface of the outer lens.

US Pat. No. 10,429,023

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. An illumination device for a vehicle, comprising:a light source part;
a heat dissipation part mounted on the light source part, and configured to dissipate heat generated from the light source part;
a reflector covering the top of the light source part, and configured to reflect the light irradiated from the light source part;
a first additional reflector protruding forward from an upper end of the reflector, and configured to reflect the light irradiated from the light source part;
a second additional reflector mounted on the heat dissipation part, and configured to reflect the light reflected by the first additional reflector;
a shield part configured to pass or block the light reflected by the second additional reflector; and
a lens part through which the light reflected by the reflector and the second additional reflector passes,
wherein the reflector comprises:
a reflection coupling part mounted in a case,
a reflection extension part extended from the reflection coupling part so as to be disposed above the light source part, and
a reflection support part formed at an end of the reflection extension part, and having the first additional reflector coupled thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,022

HEADLIGHT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A headlight for a motor vehicle, comprising:a light source mounted on a horizontal carrier;
a reflector adjacent to the carrier and the light source emits in a direction of a surface normal of the carrier upwards against the reflector;
a projection lens that receives light deflected by the reflector;
a corrective optical element that corrects a chromatic aberration of the projection lens; and
a screen arranged between the light source and the projection lens,
wherein the corrective optical element is mounted on a first side of the screen that faces away from the reflector and at a distance from the projection lens.

US Pat. No. 10,429,021

VEHICLE LAMP FITTING

ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.,...

1. A vehicle lamp fitting, comprising a lens and a semiconductor light source, wherein:the lens comprises an incident surface, and an exit surface that comprises an upper exit surface, a middle exit surface, and a lower exit surface, which are divided from each other by a horizontal step surface which does not intersect a reference optical axis of the semiconductor light source and is provided between the upper exit surface and middle exit surface and between the middle exit surface and the lower exit surface, and
the upper exit surface is comprised of one surface and the lower exit surface is comprised of one surface different from the upper exit surface, and the upper exit surface and the lower exit surface have a focal point located at the center or substantially the center of a light emission surface of the semiconductor light source,
the middle exit surface is, in a front view, divided by at least two vertical step surfaces substantially equal distance to the left and right from the center of the semiconductor light source without intersecting the reference optical axis of the semiconductor light source, wherein each of divided exit surfaces of the middle exit surface is arranged to take, as focal line, a different line segment which is located on the light emission surface, and the focal lines of the divided exit surfaces, located respectively on both end sides in a horizontal direction among the divided exit surfaces of the middle exit surface, each include the focal point of the upper exit surface and the lower exit surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,018

RECESSED LIGHT FIXURE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture comprising:a housing including a lower edge, the housing configured to be recessed within a surface;
an edge-lit flat panel light supported in the housing, the edge-lit flat panel light including a planar surface spaced apart from the lower edge of the housing; and
a plurality of louvers supported in the housing and positioned between the lower edge and the light emitting element, each of the louvers including a first planar side surface and a second planar side surface oriented parallel to the first planar side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,010

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device, comprising:an organic fluorescent body unit; and
a display panel on the organic fluorescent body unit, wherein the organic fluorescent body unit includes:
a light source unit including a light source substrate and a plurality of light sources on the light source substrate,
fluorescent body patterns, each of the red organic fluorescent body patterns including a red organic fluorescent body,
a green organic fluorescent body layer provided on the red organic fluorescent body layer and including a green organic fluorescent body, and
a base member interposed between the green organic fluorescent body layer and the red organic fluorescent body patterns, the base member including:
a top surface contacting the green organic fluorescent body layer, the top surface being flat and continuous over an entirety of the light source substrate, and
a bottom surface opposite the top surface and contacting the light source substrate, the bottom surface including fluorescent body grooves extending from the bottom surface only partially toward the top surface, and each of the red organic fluorescent body patterns being respectively accommodated in one of the fluorescent body grooves,
wherein:
the red organic fluorescent body patterns respectively contact top and side surfaces of each of the light sources, and
the base member is in contact with each of the red organic fluorescent body patterns and separated from each of the light sources by the red organic fluorescent body patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,428,997

MOUNTING MEMBER

1. A mounting member for mounting a mobile device and a mobile device accessory of being fixed to one face of the mobile device and having a ring on an object, the mounting member comprising:a body;
a slot portion being formed in a part of the body and having a receiving groove for receiving the ring;
a pressing portion disposed in close contact with a side wall of the receiving groove and configured to elastically press the ring to be located in the receiving groove and;
a release preventing part being disposed to penetrate through a sidewall of the body in a horizontal direction to fix the ring received in the receiving groove to prevent the ring from being released from the receiving groove
wherein the pressing portion is made of an elastic material so that slippage of the ring located in the receiving groove is suppressed and wear of the pressing portion is suppressed,
wherein the slot portion and the pressing portion are formed parallel to each other
wherein the release preventing part comprises:
a push portion being provided inside the body to surround the slot portion, and having a button movable in the horizontal direction by a force externally pressed at one end;
a hook formed at the other end of the push portion and adapted to fix the ring in the receiving groove as the ring is received in the receiving groove; and
an elastic member being adjacent to the hook and being resiliently connected to the push portion to fix the hook in the receiving groove.

US Pat. No. 10,428,979

METHOD OF PRODUCING A COMPOSITE PIPE AND SUCH A COMPOSITE PIPE

VICTREX MANUFACTURING LIM...

1. A composite reinforced pipe comprising:an extruded pipe P1 comprising a first polymeric material, said first polymeric material having a Tg ranging from 120° C. to less than 260° C., and said first polymeric material comprising the repeat units of the formula (XX):

wherein t1 and w1 independently represent 0 or 1 and v1 represents 0, 1 or 2;
a reinforcing means overlaying said pipe P1, said reinforcing means comprising:
a fibrous material; and
a second polymeric material comprising the repeat units of the formula (XX):

wherein t1 and w1 independently represent 0 or 1 and v1 represents 0, 1 or 2;
said pipe P1 further comprising an annular wall, said annular wall comprising an inside surface of the pipe P1, and an outer surface of the pipe P1;
wherein said reinforcing means is applied to the outer surface of the pipe P1 to form a composite reinforced pipe;
wherein the first polymeric material comprises a crystallinity ranging of at least 25% in an outer region of the pipe P1; and
wherein the second polymeric material of the reinforcing means bonds with the surface first polymeric material at the outer region of the pipe P1 to form the composite reinforced pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,976

CABLE FIXATION DEVICE

HELLERMANNTYTON GMBH, (D...

1. A fixation device configured to secure a bundle of cables to a structure, the fixation device comprising:a head member arranged on a leg member, the leg member extending from a fixation foot for fixing the fixation device on the structure to the head member for positioning and fixing the bundle of cables;
a positioning feature enabling a plurality of relative positioning of the head member and the leg member, wherein the leg member and the head member are distinct members, wherein the positioning feature further enables complementary engagement of the distinct members; and
a key configured to prevent disengagement of the head member and the leg member, wherein the key comprises a first arm inserted in a key hole of the head member and engaged in a hollow arranged on the leg member, wherein the hollow is an annular groove surrounding the leg member, the key hole is tangent to the groove so the first arm registers in both the key hole and the groove prevents disengagement of the head member from the leg member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,966

HYDRANT STEM COUPLING WITH RIBS

Mueller International, LL...

1. A hydrant comprising:a hydrant body defining an internal cavity;
an upper stem positioned within the internal cavity;
a lower stem positioned within the internal cavity; and
a monolithic stem coupling securing the upper stem to the lower stem, the stem coupling comprising:
a coupling body defining a main bore that is circular in radial cross-section and sized to receive the upper stem and the lower stem, the coupling body further defining an internal shoulder extending radially inward from the main bore, the internal shoulder defining a shoulder bore, the shoulder bore defining an internal diameter that is less than an outer diameter of an end of the upper stem proximate to the stem coupling and an outer diameter of the lower stem proximate to the stem coupling;
a plurality of ribs, each rib extending radially outward from the coupling body; and
a break-away feature, the internal shoulder defined at an edge of the break-away feature, each rib of the plurality of ribs adjacent to the break-away feature in a direction towards the lower stem.

US Pat. No. 10,428,958

VALVE WITH AN ALTERNATING SEAT SYSTEM

KSB Aktiengesellschaft, ...

1. A valve, comprising:a housing having a flow inlet and a flow outlet;
a seat located in the housing;
a shut-off body configured to be displaced relative to the seat to adjust a flow from the flow inlet to the flow outlet passing through the seat;
a shut-off body displacing element configured to control displacement of the shut-off body relative to the seat; and
a guide sleeve arranged in the housing to surround at least in part the shut-off body displacing element
wherein
the guide sleeve is configured to be connected to the seat in a manner which permits the seat to be removed from the housing with the guide sleeve when the guide sleeve is removed from the housing;
the seat includes a recess configured to receive a sealing element configured to seal axially between the housing and an outer surface of the seat when the seat is in an installed position in the housing,
the recess includes an undercut configured to receive the sealing element in a releasable connection which resists sealing element self-release, and
the housing and the seat are configured such that when the seat is installed into the housing the sealing element is axially compressed between mutually opposing axially-facing surfaces of the housing and the seat and conforms to a shape of the recess between the housing and the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,428,955

CONTAMINATION RESISTANT BUTTERFLY VALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A butterfly valve assembly for use in a fluid flow containing particles of debris comprising:a valve body;
a valve element disposed in the valve body and configured to be rotatable in the valve body via a shaft, the valve element including a seal groove that extends about a periphery and defines an upstream side and a downstream side of the valve element, the seal groove including:
an upstream face;
a downstream face opposite the upstream face and parallel thereto, the upstream face and the downstream face defining a first seal groove width; and
a base face defining a seal groove depth;
a seal disposed within the seal groove such that a clearance exists between the seal and the upstream face and/or the downstream face, the seal having a rectangular cross-section, and shape and size substantially equal to the seal groove, the seal extending from the seal groove to an inner radial surface of the valve body and contacting the inner radial surface;
a first relief formed in the seal groove at an intersection of the upstream face and the base face, the upstream face parallel to the downstream face from the outer periphery to the first relief; and
a second relief formed in the seal groove at an intersection of the downstream face and the base face, the first relief and second relief being positioned such that a second seal groove width at the base face is greater than the first seal groove width at any other seal groove location such that the particles of debris accumulate in the first relief and/or the second relief and not the clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,428,947

SEALING DEVICE

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A sealing device for sealing a machine interior from a machine exterior, comprising:a first metal ring hermetically fixed to a housing;
a second metal ring directly mated to the first metal ring;
a main lip bonded to the first metal ring and in close contact with, in a slidable manner, an outer peripheral surface of a rotating shaft inserted through an inner circumference of the housing, the main lip being located proximate the machine interior;
an annular elastic body bonded to the second metal ring on an outer side of the main lip, the annular elastic body extending axially away from the second metal ring and the main lip and being stretchable in an axial direction, and including a portion that extends radially inwardly toward the rotating shaft and is configured for receipt of a biasing means; and
a sliding ring provided at an end portion of the annular elastic body on a side opposite the second metal ring away from the machine interior and proximate the machine exterior, and in close contact with, in a slidable manner, a seal flange that is fixed directly to the outer peripheral surface of the rotating shaft,
wherein the sliding ring is C-shaped in cross-section and configured for receipt of the portion of the annular elastic body that extends radially inwardly therein, and
wherein the biasing means is configured to elastically press the sliding ring against the seal flange.

US Pat. No. 10,428,945

INLAID RING WITH PLATED LATERAL SIDE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A method of forming a piston ring, comprising:providing a base portion formed of a metallic material, the base portion having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite the first surface, the base portion having an outer surface extending from the first surface to the second surface;
finish grinding the first surface to form a reference surface such that the second surface is rougher than the first surface;
positioning the reference surface on a base surface;
while the reference surface is positioned on the base surface, forming a bevel surface from the second surface while leaving an unbeveled portion of the second surface extending from the outer surface to a start of the unbeveled portion;
applying a chromium layer to the bevel surface and to the unbeveled portion, and not to the first surface; and
grinding the chromium layer to reduce a surface roughness of the chromium layer.

US Pat. No. 10,428,941

DRIVE MEMBER SELECTION

QINETIQ LIMITED, Hampshi...

1. A drive member selection mechanism, comprising:at least one drive member and at least two selector members arranged about a common axis in such a manner that the position of each of the at least two selector members along the common axis may be changed; wherein:
the at least one drive member includes a first and a second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the at least two selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to be selectively engaged with said at least one projection of the drive member;
the arrangement is such that, for the at least one respective drive member, the at least one projection on the first face thereof may be drivingly engaged with the at least one projection of one of the at least two selector members in a first torque connection after moving the one selector member along the common axis into engagement with the at least one drive member in use and the at least one projection on the second face thereof may be drivingly engaged with the at least one projection of another of the at least two selector members in a second torque connection opposed to the first torque connection after moving the other selector member along the common axis into engagement with the drive member in use;
a shift mechanism arranged to control the position of the at least two selector members along the common axis, the shift mechanism having at least two rotatable drums each provided with a circumferential track, where each of the at least two rotatable drums is substantially identical and mounted with a rotational displacement relative to another of the at least two rotatable drums, and where each of the at least two selector members is mounted in association with a separate said track, such that rotation of the corresponding rotatable drum determines the position of the associated selector member along the common axis; and
each track is symmetrical around each rotatable drum, the pattern of each track being repeated on both sides of each rotatable drum, and each of the rotatable drums further includes at least two shift arms, each of the respective two shift arms arranged in association with one side of each rotatable drum to engage with the track formed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,428,935

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A method of controlling an automatic transmission, the automatic transmission including:a piston having a first surface and a second surface opposite from each other in axial directions of the piston, and movable in the axial directions;
a plurality of friction plates disposed on a first surface side of the piston;
an engaging hydraulic pressure chamber for supplying hydraulic pressure to the second surface of the piston and directing the piston to an engaging position to push the friction plates to be engaged with each other in an engaged state;
a disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber for supplying hydraulic pressure to the first surface of the piston and directing the piston to a disengaging position to cause the friction plates to be in a disengaged state;
a hydraulic pressure control valve having an output port of hydraulic pressure, and for supplying and discharging hydraulic pressure to and from the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber and the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber;
a first oil path communicating the output port of the hydraulic pressure control valve with the engaging hydraulic pressure chamber; and
a second oil path communicating the output port with the disengaging hydraulic pressure chamber, the second surface having a larger area for receiving hydraulic pressure than an area of the first surface for receiving hydraulic pressure,
the method comprising controlling the friction plates to change from the disengaged state to the engaged state in response to a gear shift command, and
the controlling the friction plates including:
controlling the hydraulic pressure control valve to adjust the hydraulic pressure to a first instruction pressure in a first period in response to the gear shift command; and
controlling the hydraulic pressure control valve to adjust the hydraulic pressure to a second instruction pressure in a second period directly following the first period, a change of the second instruction pressure being larger than a change of the first instruction pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,927

VEHICLE CASING

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle casing comprising:a metal frame; and
a resin cover covering the metal frame, the resin cover accommodating a plurality of vehicle components inside the metal frame,
the metal frame including:
a bearing supporting boss portion rotatably supporting a shaft member inside the resin cover, the shaft member being one of the plurality of vehicle components and configured to rotate about a shaft center,
an arm portion connected to the bearing supporting boss portion, the arm portion being separated from an inner surface of the resin cover, and the arm portion extending straight from a flange portion of the metal frame to the bearing supporting boss portion, and
a mount boss portion configured to fix the vehicle casing to a vehicle body, wherein:
the bearing supporting boss portion is separated from the inner surface of the resin cover, and
the resin cover is disposed so as to cover all of the metal frame except a portion provided with the mount boss portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,914

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), comprising:a first pulley;
a second pulley;
wherein each of the first and second pulleys includes:
a first sheave;
a second sheave;
a pulley axle operatively coupled between the first sheave and the second sheave, the first sheave being movable relative to the second sheave along the pulley axle,
wherein each of the first and second sheaves includes:
a sheave body; and
a plurality of sheave teeth protruding from the sheave body;
an endless rotatable device operatively coupled between the first and second pulleys, wherein the endless rotatable device includes:
a linkage assembly including a plurality of links, wherein the linkage assembly has a linkage width;
a plurality of pins interconnecting at least two of the plurality of links, wherein each of the pins includes a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion, and at least one of the first end portion and the second end portion extends beyond the linkage width; and
a plurality of device teeth each coupled to at least one of the first end portion and the second end portion of one of the plurality of pins, wherein the device teeth are configured to engage the sheave teeth;
wherein a first group of the device teeth are directly coupled to the first end portion of the pins, and a second group of the device teeth are directly coupled to the second end portion of the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,428,912

TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a first planetary gear device including first, second and third rotary elements;
a second planetary gear device including first, second and third rotary elements;
a compound planetary gear set including first, second, third and fourth rotary elements; and
a plurality of frictional elements configured to selectively engage with at least one of the rotary elements of the first planetary gear device, the second planetary gear device and the compound planetary gear set,
wherein the first rotary element of the first planetary gear device is fixedly connected to a transmission case, the second rotary element of the first planetary gear device is fixedly connected to the second rotary element of the second planetary gear device, and the third rotary element of the first planetary gear device is selectively connected to the first rotary element of the compound planetary gear set and the fourth rotary element of the compound planetary gear set,
wherein the first rotary element of the second planetary gear device is configured to be selectively connected to the transmission case, the second rotary element of the second planetary gear device is fixedly connected to an input shaft, and the third rotary element the second planetary gear device is fixedly connected to the first rotary element of the compound planetary gear set, and
wherein the first rotary element of the compound planetary gear set is configured to be selectively connected to the input shaft, the second rotary element of the compound planetary gear set is configured to be selectively connected to the transmission case and selectively connected to the input shaft, the third rotary element of the compound planetary gear set is fixedly connected to an output shaft, and the fourth rotary element of the compound planetary gear set is configured to be selectively connected to the transmission case.

US Pat. No. 10,428,911

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, a ninth rotation element, and a tenth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set having an eleventh rotation element, a twelfth rotation element, and a thirteenth rotation element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth rotation element and the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotation element and the eleventh rotation element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotation element and the thirteenth rotation element; and
a plurality of shafts each selectively connecting a corresponding element to a transmission housing, the corresponding element being a rotation element of the first, second and third planetary gear sets which is not fixedly connected to one of the first to sixth shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,428,910

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a first planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set including a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set including a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
an input shaft mounted with the first, second, and third planetary gear sets at an external circumference of the input shaft;
an output shaft disposed parallel to the input shaft and mounted with the fourth planetary gear set on an external circumference of the output shaft;
a first shaft connecting the first rotation element and the fourth rotation element and selectively acting as a fixed element;
a second shaft connected with the second rotation element and directly connected with the input shaft;
a third shaft interconnecting the third rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a fourth shaft connected with the fifth rotation element;
a fifth shaft connected with the sixth rotation element and selectively acting as a fixed element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected with the eighth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the fourth shaft;
a seventh shaft connected with the ninth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the input shaft;
an eighth shaft connected with the tenth rotation element and gear-meshed with one shaft among the fourth and seventh shafts via a first transfer gear set;
a ninth shaft connected with the eleventh rotation element and directly connected with the output shaft; and
a tenth shaft connected with the twelfth rotation element, and gear-meshed with a remaining shaft among the fourth and seventh shafts that is not gear-meshed with the eighth shaft, via a second transfer gear set,
wherein the first planetary gear set comprises a first sun gear as the first rotation element, a first planet carrier as the second rotation element, and a first ring gear as the third rotation element,
wherein the second planetary gear set comprises a second sun gear as the fourth rotation element, a second planet carrier as the fifth rotation element, and a second ring gear as the sixth rotation element,
wherein the third planetary gear set comprises a third sun gear as the seventh rotation element, a third ring gear as the eighth rotation element, and a third planet carrier as the ninth rotation element, and
wherein the fourth planetary gear set comprises a fourth sun gear as the tenth rotation element, a fourth planet carrier as the eleventh rotation element, and a fourth ring gear as the twelfth rotation element.

US Pat. No. 10,428,905

POWERSHIFT MULTISPEED REVERSING TRANSMISSION

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A powershifting multispeed reversing transmission comprising:an input shaft that can be driven by a drive engine,
the input shaft being in functional connection with a drive shaft that is arranged coaxially and is rotatable about a rotational axis,
a fixed gear being connected to the drive shaft in a rotationally fixed manner,
the fixed gear meshing with a fixed gear that is connected, in a rotationally fixed manner, to a forward-driving shaft and, at the same time, the fixed gear meshing with a fixed gear that is connected, in a rotationally fixed manner, to a reverse-driving shaft,
the forward-driving shaft being connectable in a rotationally fixed manner, via a forward-drive clutch for forward driving, to a loose gear,
the reverse-driving shaft being connectable in a rotationally fixed manner, via a reverse-drive clutch for reverse driving, to a loose gear, and
in a direction of the rotational axis of the drive shaft, the forward-drive clutch being arranged on the forward-driving shaft, between the fixed gear on the forward-driving shaft and the loose gear, and, in the direction of the rotational axis of the drive shaft, the reverse-drive clutch being arranged on the reverse-driving shaft, between the fixed gear and the loose gear such that a fitting space is produced, on the drive shaft, close to the fixed gear in which a converter lockup clutch is accommodable.

US Pat. No. 10,428,903

TRANSMISSION FOR THE POWERTRAIN OF A RAIL VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A wheelset transmission for a power-train of a rail vehicle, the wheelset transmission comprising:an input shaft,
an intermediate shaft,
a drive output shaft,
the input shaft being connectable so as to be driven by a drive motor,
the wheelset transmission having at least two selectively engagable transmission stages with different transmission ratios for a same travel direction, and a shifting device for selectively engaging the two transmission stages independent of each other,
the two transmission stages being formed of a first spur gear pair, including a first spur gear and a third spur gear, and a second spur gear pair, including a second spur gear and a fourth spur gear,
the first and the second spur gears each being arranged in a rotationally fixed manner on the input shaft whereas the third and the fourth spur gears each being arranged so as to rotate about an intermediate shaft axis, and
the third and the fourth spur gears being mounted to rotate in a housing of the wheelset transmission in each case on a bearing support stud fixed to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,899

WINDOW COVERING SYSTEM AND WINDOW COVERING CONTROL APPARATUS THEREOF

NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO.,...

13. A window covering system comprising a headrail, a bottom rail, a covering material and a window covering control apparatus, the covering material is arranged between the headrail and the bottom rail, the window covering control apparatus is arranged in the headrail;wherein the window covering control apparatus comprises a driving module, a damping output module, and a damping control module; the driving module comprises a lifting cord, the lifting cord extends from the driving module toward the bottom rail, and the lifting cord is coupled to the bottom rail through the covering material; the damping output module and the driving module are configured to operate simultaneously; the damping control module is coupled to the damping output module and the driving module, and the damping control module comprises a control detecting unit and a fitting unit;
wherein the control detecting unit comprises a detecting portion and a stopper portion, the detecting portion and the stopper portion are coupled to each other, the detecting portion is configured to drive the stopper portion to move, the driving module is coupled to the detecting portion, and the detecting portion is driven to be displaced by the driving module;
the fitting unit is coupled to the damping output module, and the stopper portion is configured to be detachably engaged to the fitting unit;
wherein, the driving module drives the detecting portion to be displaced during an expansion of the covering material; while the covering material is being expanded and when the stopper portion is still engaged to the fitting unit, the damping output module is driven by the driving module to provide damping to the driving module; when the bottom rail descends to a predetermined position during the expansion of the covering material, the stopper portion is driven apart by the detecting portion from the fitting unit, so that the driving module operates independently of the damping output module to stop the damping output module from providing damping.

US Pat. No. 10,428,897

COMPRESSIBLE FLUID DEVICE COMPRISING SAFETY DEVICE AND METHOD OF PROTECTING A COMPRESSIBLE FLUID DEVICE

1. A compressible fluid device comprising:a casing defining a compression chamber,
a piston movable in the chamber,
a safety member placed in such a manner as to be struck by the piston in the event of the piston overstriking, whereby at least some of the compressible fluid is evacuated from the compression chamber after the safety member is struck by the piston, and
a pre-strike member, the pre-strike member positioned in said chamber and arranged to be struck before the safety member is struck by the piston, the safety member is only struck once a predetermined compressive overstroke force has been applied by the piston to the pre-strike member to cause the pre-strike member to at least partially deform thereby allowing the piston to strike the safety member after the at least partial deformation of the pre-strike member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,896

CYLINDER-PISTON UNIT WITH A COMPENSATING SEALING ELEMENT

1. A hydraulic cylinder piston unit (21) comprising: a cylinder (22) with a cylinder interior space (25) delimited by an inner cylinder wall (26) and two cylinder end walls (23, 27), one of the cylinder end walls (23) being a cylinder bottom wall (23) and the other of the cylinder end walls (27) being a cylinder head cover (27), a piston (41) guided in the cylinder interior space (25) by a piston rod (31),with an elastically deformable compensation seal element (71) which is supported in the cylinder interior space (25) so as to be movable relative to the piston (41), and
a compensation spring (61) arranged in the cylinder interior space (25) between the elastically deformable compensation seal element (71) and an adjacent cylinder end wall (23, 27) delimiting the cylinder interior space (25), wherein
the elastically deformable compensation seal element (71) has two spaced seal rings (84, 85) for being guided along the inner cylinder wall (26),
the compensation spring (61) is supported directly on the elastically deformable compensation seal element (71),
wherein the elastically deformable compensation seal element (71) includes an inner seal ring (92) for being additionally guided on the piston rod (31), and,
wherein the inner seal ring (92) is arranged displaced toward the piston (41) with respect to the section of the elastically deformable compensation seal element (71) which is delimited by the seal rings (84, 85).

US Pat. No. 10,428,893

VEHICULAR BODY REINFORCING DEVICE

AISEN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle body reinforcing device comprising:brackets that support both axial ends of the device on a vehicle body;
a housing which is connected to one bracket of the brackets that support the both ends;
a rod member that has one end portion which is accommodated in the housing, and an other one end portion which is connected to an other one bracket of the brackets that support the both ends;
a biasing mechanism which is disposed between the one end portion of the rod member and the housing, and which biases against forces that enlarge and shorten an axial distance between the one bracket and the other one bracket; and
a friction mechanism which is supported on the rod member within the housing, and which presses the housing in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the rod member, wherein
the friction mechanism comprises:
a pressing member which is movably supported on the rod member in the direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod member, and which is disposed to be in contact with an inner surface of the housing;
a spring member which is disposed between the pressing member and the rod member, and which biases the pressing member to press the inner surface of the housing; and
an adjusting member that adjusts a pressing force of the pressing member to the housing by the spring member,
the rod member has a through hole in the direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod member, and wherein the spring member of the friction mechanism is accommodated in the through hole, and the pressing member is press-fitted into the through hole and held in the through hole together with the spring member, and wherein the adjusting member holds the spring member at a predetermined position in the through hole, and
the friction mechanism comprises a support member which is disposed between the adjusting member and the pressing member, and which supports the spring member movably in the through hole, and wherein the adjusting member holds the support member at a predetermined position in the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,428,891

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEVICE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A vibration isolation device comprising:an inner pipe having a first end surface and a second end surface at respective ends in an axis direction, the inner pipe having an enlarged portion enlarged in a tapered shape as going to the first end surface;
an outer pipe arranged at an outer side in a radial direction of the inner pipe with a distance therebetween;
a vibration isolation body made of elastic material and connecting the inner pipe and the outer pipe, the vibration isolation body being retained in a non-adhesion state from the enlarged portion; and
a flection portion formed in the outer pipe by bending an end portion in the axis direction at a side of the enlarged portion toward the outer side in a radial direction;
wherein the vibration isolation body has a stopper portion protruded toward the enlarged portion from a clearance between the inner pipe and the outer pipe and the flection portion and restraining a relative displacement of the inner pipe and the outer pipe in the axis direction by adding force from the enlarged portion at the first end surface side than the flection portion in the axis direction,
wherein the enlarged portion is a portion constituted by plastic-deforming a part of the inner pipe such that an outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe located on a first end surface side of an outer peripheral starting point of the inner pipe is enlarged in a tapered shape, and
wherein the vibration isolation body is in the non-adhesion state with the outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe located on the first end surface side of the outer peripheral starting point of the inner pipe,
wherein the outer peripheral starting point is a point of the outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe at which enlargement of the outer peripheral surface starts,
wherein the outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe is parallel to an axis of the inner pipe at a section located on a second end surface side of the outer peripheral starting point,
wherein the inner pipe including the enlarged portion is made by one-piece member, and
wherein the outer peripheral starting point is an end point of the section in which the outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe is parallel to the axis of the inner pipe such that the outer peripheral surface of the inner pipe parallel to the axis of the inner pipe starts at the outer Peripheral starting point.

US Pat. No. 10,428,882

BRAKE DEVICE

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A brake device comprising:an outer race having a cylindrical inner peripheral surface;
a plurality of brake shoes disposed inside, with respect to a radial direction, of the outer race and arranged in a circumferential direction, each brake shoe having a pair of brake surfaces and an inside surface, each brake surface facing the inner peripheral surface, the brake surface being contactable with the inner peripheral surface, the inside surface facing inward with respect to the radial direction;
an output-side rotary member disposed inside, with respect to the radial direction, of the brake shoes, the output-side rotary member having an opposed surface provided at an outer periphery thereof, the opposed surface facing the inside surface; and
an input-side rotary member configured to contact the brake shoes or the output-side rotary member in the circumferential direction and thereby capable of imparting a rotary torque to the output-side rotary member,
wherein the inside surface and the opposed surface are configured such that a rotary torque as imparted in at least one direction of rotation to the output-side rotary member causes the opposed surface to push the inside surface and thereby causes the brake surface to be pressed against the inner peripheral surface of the outer race, thus failing to cause the brake shoe to rotate,
wherein the brake shoe has a support surface disposed between the pair of brake surfaces, the support surface being contactable with the inner peripheral surface,
wherein when a normal use range of rotary torque is imparted to the output-side rotary member, the pair of brake surfaces are pressed against the inner peripheral surface to produce a braking force, and the support surface is separate from the inner peripheral surface, and
wherein when a rotary torque larger than a normal use range is imparted to the output-side rotary member, the support surface is caused to contact the inner peripheral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,880

CLUTCH SYSTEM

1. A clutch system comprising:a friction clutch configured for transmitting a torque between a torque-introducing element and a torque-discharging element, the friction clutch comprising:
an output element configured as an output plate carrier; and
an axially fixed counterplate; and
a ramp system comprising:
an input ramp;
an output ramp rotatable relative to the input ramp to change an axial extent of the ramp system;
a pilot clutch configured for initiating rotation of the input ramp relative to the output ramp when there is a differential speed between the torque-introducing element and the torque-discharging element;
an actuation element configured for actuating the pilot clutch; and,
a freewheel arranged in a torque path in parallel with the friction clutch,
wherein the freewheel comprises:
an input ring coupled to the torque-introducing element; and
an output ring coupled to the torque-discharging element and connected to the output element via the counterplate; and
wherein the freewheel is arranged to:
transmit a torque flow from the torque-introducing element to the torque-discharging element; and,
interrupt a torque flow from the torque-discharging element to the torque-introducing element.

US Pat. No. 10,428,867

ROCKSHAFT END CAP

1. An agricultural vehicle comprising:a frame;
a wheel supporting the frame;
a rockshaft coupled to the frame and operable to pivot with respect to the frame, the rockshaft having an outer surface and an open end;
an internal end cap positioned on the open end of the rockshaft, the internal end cap having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface of the internal end cap contacting the outer surface of the rockshaft;
an external end cap positioned on the open end of the rockshaft, the external end cap contacting the outer surface of the internal end cap; and
a fastener coupling the external end cap to the frame to retain the external end cap on the rockshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,428,865

FOIL BEARING, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND INTERMEDIATE PRODUCT OF FOIL BEARING

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A foil bearing comprising a plurality of foils which are arranged at a plurality of portions in a rotation direction of a shaft member to be supported,wherein each of the foils has a front end located on a rotation direction side and a rear end located on a side opposite to the rotation direction side,
wherein each of the foils each forms a top foil portion comprising a bearing surface in a region including the front end of the foil and a back foil portion that is arranged behind the top foil portion of an adjacent one of the foils in a region including the rear end of the foil,
wherein, of two of the foils adjacent to any one of the foils in the rotation direction and a direction opposite to the rotation direction, a gap in the rotation direction is secured between the rear end of the foil on the rotation direction side and the front end of the foil on the side opposite to the rotation direction side, and
wherein a width of the gap is set to be non-uniform in a direction orthogonal to the rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,862

CABLE LINKING DEVICE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A cable linking device comprising:an inner cable;
a linking member configured to link a link target with the inner cable;
an outer casing configured to cover an outer periphery of the inner cable;
a holding member connected to an end portion of the outer casing and configured to movably hold the linking member;
a restricting member capable of being displaced between a restricting position and an unrestricting position, the restricting member being configured to restrict, when moved to the restricting position, the linking member from moving from a linking position allowing an operation to link the link target with the linking member to be performed to a depth side position closer to the outer casing than the linking position in the holding member, and configured to allow, when moved to the unrestricting position, the linking member to move from the linking position to the depth side position; and
an interposing member capable of moving to an interposing position between the restricting member and the holding member and being displaced between the interposing position and a movement allowing position when the restricting member is disposed at the restricting position, the interposing member being configured to restrict, when moved to the interposing position, the restricting member from moving to the unrestricting position, and configured to allow, when moved to the movement allowing position, the restricting member to move to the unrestricting position, wherein:
the restricting member includes a pushed portion having a pushed surface that receives a pushing force for moving from the restricting position to the unrestricting position, and
the interposing member includes a restricting member side end portion that is disposed closer to the holding member than a predetermined position is, the predetermined position being a position of the pushed surface of the pushed portion having moved closer to the holding member with movement of the restricting member from the restricting position to the unrestricting position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,859

COMBINATION RECESS FOR DRIVEN FASTENER

THE HILLMAN GROUP, INC., ...

1. A threaded fastener, comprising:a circular head end, a shank and an entry end, the circular head end located at one end of the shank and the entry end located at an opposite end of the shank,
wherein the circular head end includes an end face with a drive recess configured for being driven by multiple drive bit shapes, including a star or six lobe drive, a Phillips drive, a square drive and a flat blade drive;wherein the drive recess is aligned on a central axis of the threaded fastener, and the drive recess includes: an end profile in the end face about the central axis, the end profile includingfirst and second diametrically opposed and outwardly extending rectangular segments,
third and fourth diametrically opposed and outwardly extending rectangular segments,
first and second diametrically opposed and outwardly extending curved segments,
third and fourth diametrically opposed and outwardly extending curved segments,
first and second diametrically opposed and inwardly extending curved segments and
third and fourth diametrically opposed and inwardly extending curved segments;
wherein the drive recess includes an upper portion extending from the end face to a first recess depth at a first distance from the end face, and a lower portion extending from the first recess depth to a second recess depth at a second distance from the end face, where the second recess depth defines a terminal distal end of the drive recess;
wherein each of the first and second outwardly extending rectangular segments includes a first end wall section that angles toward the central axis at a first angle when running continuous from the end face into the lower portion and transitioning to a second end wall section that angles towards the central axis at a second angle when running from the lower portion to the terminal distal end of the drive recess, wherein the second angle is greater than the first angle; and
wherein each of the third and fourth outwardly extending rectangular segments includes a first end wall section that angles toward the central axis at the first angle when running from the end face to an intermediate depth at which the first end wall section converges with an outwardly curved wall section that runs parallel to the central axis, wherein the first end wall section is spaced from but aligned with a second end wall section in the lower portion that also angles towards the central axis at the first angle, and the second end wall section transitions to a third end wall section that angles towards the central axis at the second angle when running from the lower portion to the terminal distal end of the drive recess.

US Pat. No. 10,428,858

HEAVY MACHINERY PIN WITH A PAWL

1. A pin comprising:a shank;
a head on the shank;
a blade projecting laterally from the head;
a pawl carried in the blade, the pawl allowing rotation of the pin in a first direction and preventing rotation of the pin an opposite second direction; and
a hold formed within the blade and having a lateral opening at a distal end of the blade;
the pawl is carried in the hold and moves between a compressed condition and a normal condition;
in the compressed condition, the pawl is withdrawn within the blade; and
in the normal condition, the pawl extends out of the lateral opening, beyond the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,428,853

CONNECTION FASTENER

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A connection fastener comprising:a plurality of fasteners each of which includes a head portion provided at one end portion side and a tapered leading end portion provided at the other end portion side;
a sheet-shaped connection portion that is configured to connect the plurality of fasteners in a parallel direction; and
attaching portions that are separate from the connection portion attached to the fasteners such that each attaching portion covers at least one part of each leading end portion,
wherein the connection portion includes:
first holding portions each of which is configured to support a head portion side of each fastener; and
second holding portions each of which is configured to support at least one part of a circumferential surface of each attaching portion, and
wherein:
the connection portion includes second holding holes which support the attaching portions provided at the second holding portions, and first holding holes which support the head portion sides of the fasteners provided at the first holding portions; and
diameters of the second holding holes are larger than diameters of the first holding holes.

US Pat. No. 10,428,849

RADIALLY EXPANDING POST EXTENDER

Oz-Post International, LL...

1. A system for extending a post, comprising:a first post member;
an insert disposed in one end of the first post member, the insert defining a threaded hole; and
a post coupler configured to be inserted into an end of a second post member, the post coupler having a threaded rod and a nut disposed thereon, and wherein tightening the nut against a washer radially expands the post coupler to engage an inner surface of the second post member and the threaded rod is configured to be received by the threaded hole of the insert; and
wherein the post coupler further comprises a hollow cylindrical member and the washer is sized to contact an end surface of the second post member when the post coupler is inserted into the end of the second post member, the hollow cylindrical member contacting the washer on a first side of the washer; and
wherein the nut contacts the washer on a second side of the washer and is configured to be disposed within the first post member axially between the insert and the washer.

US Pat. No. 10,428,845

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH A COUNTERBALANCE VALVE CONFIGURED AS A METER-OUT VALVE AND CONTROLLED BY AN INDEPENDENT PILOT SIGNAL

SUN HYDRAULICS, LLC, Sar...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a meter-in valve configured to be fluidly coupled to a first source of pressurized fluid and control fluid flow from the first source of pressurized fluid into a first chamber of an actuator;
a counterbalance valve comprising: (i) a first port configured to be fluidly coupled to a second chamber of the actuator, (ii) a second port configured to be fluidly coupled to a tank, and (iii) a pilot port, wherein the counterbalance valve is configured to open and control fluid flow from the second chamber to the tank in response to a pilot pressure fluid signal received at the pilot port;
a pressure reducing valve configured to be fluidly coupled to a second source of pressurized fluid and to be fluidly coupled to the pilot port of the counterbalance valve, wherein the pressure reducing valve is configured to receive pressurized fluid from the second source of pressurized fluid and, when actuated, provide the pilot pressure fluid signal to the pilot port of the counterbalance valve, wherein the pilot pressure fluid signal has a reduced pressure level compared to pressurized fluid received from the second source of pressurized fluid; and
a controller configured to send a first command to the meter-in valve so as to provide fluid to the first chamber of the actuator, while sending a second command to the pressure reducing valve so as to provide the pilot pressure fluid signal to the pilot port of the counterbalance valve, such that actuation of the meter-in valve is decoupled from actuation of the counterbalance valve.

US Pat. No. 10,428,844

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING ELECTRICAL POWER FROM A WHEELED ENGINE-DRIVEN VEHICLE FOR POWERING A TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION UNIT

1. A system for generating power from a wheeled engine-driven vehicle, the system comprising:two hydraulic pumps for producing fluid power from mechanical power by pumping hydraulic fluid, a first one of the hydraulic pumps adapted for obtaining mechanical power from the engine of the vehicle and the second one of the hydraulic pumps adapted for obtaining mechanical power from one or more of the road-wheels of the vehicle; and
a hydraulic circuit including a hydraulic motor, wherein hydraulic fluid pumped by the two hydraulic pumps is provided to the hydraulic circuit in parallel through a fluid power input of the hydraulic circuit, and wherein the hydraulic motor is adapted for producing mechanical power from fluid flowing through the fluid power input, through the hydraulic motor, and back out of the hydraulic circuit for re-supplying hydraulic fluid as needed to the first and second hydraulic pumps.

US Pat. No. 10,428,841

ELECTROHYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR USE UNDER WATER, AND PROCESS VALVE HAVING AN ELECTROHYDRAULIC SYSTEM OF SAID TYPE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electrohydraulic system for use under water, comprising:a vessel having an interior space configured to (i) form a volume that is closed off in relation to the environment and (ii) receive a hydraulic fluid, the vessel including a compensation piston configured to pressurize the hydraulic fluid in the interior space to at least approximately that pressure that prevails in the environment;
a hydrostatic machine that is operable at least as a pump; and
an electro-machine that is mechanically coupled to the hydrostatic machine and operates as an electric motor configured to operate the hydrostatic machine as the pump,
wherein the hydrostatic machine and the electro-machine are disposed in the interior space of the vessel, and
wherein a first connection between a pressure connector of the hydrostatic machine and a first consumer line configured to supply a first pressurized space of a hydraulic consumer is controllable by way of a first valve that is located in the interior space of the vessel in such a manner that the connection (i) in a resting position which the first valve assumes under the effect of a spring is open, and (ii) in a switching position which the first valve assumes under the effect of an electric actuator is blocked at least in the direction from a first cylinder chamber to the hydrostatic machine.

US Pat. No. 10,428,819

SCROLL COMPRESSOR THAT INCLUDES A NON-ORBITING SCROLL HAVING A BYPASS HOLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a casing;
an orbiting member provided within the casing, and the orbiting member to perform an orbiting motion;
a non-orbiting member, wherein the orbiting member and the non-orbiting member to form a compression chamber, the compression chamber having a suction chamber, an intermediate pressure chamber and a discharge chamber;
a communication passage configured to allow a refrigerant of the compression chamber to flow;
an opening/closing valve assembly configured to open and close the communication passage; and
a switching valve assembly configured to control the opening/closing valve assembly, the switching valve assembly to be coupled to the opening/closing valve assembly, and the switching valve assembly to be provided outside the casing,
wherein the non-orbiting member includes a bypass hole to allow a refrigerant of the intermediate pressure chamber to at least partially pass, and wherein a check valve is provided at the bypass hole to open and close the bypass hole, and
wherein the opening/closing valve assembly is disposed at a backstream side rather than the check valve to open and close the communication passage that accommodates the check valve therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,816

VARIABLE SPEED MULTI-STAGE PUMP

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A multi-stage gear pump, comprising:a first pump stage;
a second pump stage; and
a variable speed gearbox including an input and an output,
wherein:
the input is rotationally coupled to the first pump stage and the input rotates at a first rotational speed,
the output is rotationally coupled to the second pump stage and rotates at a second rotational speed,
a variable gear ratio determines the second rotational speed relative to the first rotational speed, and
the multi-stage gear pump further comprises a boost stage rotationally coupled to the first pump stage.

US Pat. No. 10,428,812

DISC PUMP WITH ADVANCED ACTUATOR

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A pump comprising:a side wall substantially cylindrical in shape;
a first end wall and a second end wall closing the side wall for containing a fluid;
an actuator disposed between the first end wall and the second end wall;
an isolator extending from a periphery of the actuator to the side wall;
a first cavity adjacent the first end wall;
a second cavity adjacent the second end wall;
a first aperture disposed in the first end wall;
a second aperture disposed in the first end wall;
a first valve disposed in either one of the first aperture and the second aperture;
a third aperture disposed in the second end wall; and
a second valve disposed in the third aperture and configured to enable fluid to flow through the second cavity in both directions;
wherein the actuator is adapted to cause an oscillatory motion of the actuator to generate radial pressure oscillations of the fluid within the first cavity and the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,428,800

MODULAR SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORTING WIND TURBINE BLADES

1. A modular system for transporting wind turbine blades in at least two different spatial arrangements, each blade having a tip end and a root end, each blade further having a bolt circle diameter D at said root end, the system comprising:two or more root end transport frames each having a height H for supporting a root end of a wind turbine blade, wherein H two or more first tip end transport frames each having a height h1 for supporting a portion of a wind turbine blade towards the tip end of said blade, each said first tip end transport frame comprising a first base frame and a support bracket provided on top of said first base frame for receiving a portion of a wind turbine blade;
wherein each first tip end transport frame is stackable on top of a root end transport frame of the two or more root end transport frames and vice versa, such that the modular system is operable to stack successive wind turbine blades in an alternating root end to tip end arrangement;
wherein the modular system further comprises at least one of parts (i), (ii) and (iii):
(i) two or more second tip end transport frames each having a height h2 exceeding h1 for supporting a portion of a wind turbine blade towards the tip end of said blade, each second tip end transport frame comprising a second base frame and a support bracket provided on top of said second base frame for receiving a portion of a wind turbine blade; wherein each second tip end transport frame is stackable on top of the root end transport frame of the two or more root end transport frames and vice versa to replace the two or more first tip end transport frames, such that the modular system is operable to stack successive wind turbine blades in an alternating root end to tip end arrangement with two alternative inter-blade spacings resulting from the respective use of either the first or the second tip end transport frames;
(ii) two or more tip end distance pieces each attachable on top of or below a first tip end transport frame of the two or more first tip end transport frames, wherein the first tip end transport frame of the two or more first tip end transport frames and attached tip end distance piece of the two or more tip end distance pieces is stackable on top of the root end transport frame of the two or more root end transport frames and vice versa, such that the modular system is operable to stack successive wind turbine blades in an alternating root end to tip end arrangement with two alternative inter-blade spacings resulting from the respective use of the two or more first tip end transport frames either with or without the tip end distance pieces; and
(iii) at least one root end distance piece having a height h3 and being attachable in between two vertically stacked root end transport frames of the two or more root end transport frames, wherein (H+h3)?D, such that the modular system is operable to stack successive wind turbine blades in a root end to root end arrangement as alternative to the root end to tip end arrangement by stacking two or more first tip end transport frames or second tip end transport frames at one end and two or more root end transport frames with interposed root end distance pieces at an opposing end.

US Pat. No. 10,428,794

PITCH SYSTEM LOCKING ARRANGEMENT

1. A rotor of a wind turbine with a pitch system locking arrangement to lock the position of a wind turbine rotor blade, comprising: a rotor having a rotor hub and a rotor blade, wherein the rotor blade is connected to the hub via a bearing, to be rotatable with respect to the hub in a pitch movement, wherein the rotor blade includes a root section, and the root section includes a plate, that at least partially covers the cross section of the rotor blade, whereby a predetermined rotational position of the rotor blade with respect to the hub is a locked position, wherein the hub comprises a locking pawl, wherein the plate has an opening and the locking pawl is at least partially located in the opening of the plate, when the rotor blade is in the locked position, wherein the opening further comprises a ramp for the locking pawl to slide along, so that the locking pawl can slide out of the opening in one rotational direction of the rotor blade with respect to the hub, and wherein the plate directly abuts on the surface of the locking pawl such that forces from the locking pawl are applied directly to a side wall of the opening in the plate, the direction of application of the forces from the locking pawl being only in a plane defined by the plate such that the forces from the locking pawl applied to the plate do not cause any out-of-plane bending moments to occur in the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,428,790

WIND TURBINE BLADES

1. A method of making an elongate wind turbine blade extending longitudinally between a root end and a tip end in a spanwise direction, the method comprising:a. providing an elongate mould tool extending longitudinally in a spanwise direction;
b. arranging an elongate spar structure in the mould tool, the spar structure extending longitudinally in the spanwise direction;
c. arranging core material adjacent to the spar structure;
d. providing resin-permeable material between the spar structure and the core material and securing the resin-permeable material to the core material and/or the spar structure; and
e. administering resin into the mould during a resin infusion process, wherein the resin-permeable material restricts the flow of resin between the spar structure and the core material in the spanwise direction,
wherein securing the resin-permeable material to the spar structure and/or to the core material is performed prior to arranging the blade components in the mould.

US Pat. No. 10,428,789

CABLE ROUTING FOR WIND TURBINE SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE ROTORS

1. A wind turbine system comprising a plurality of wind turbines mounted to a common support structure by a support arm arrangement;said support arm arrangement comprising a mount portion and at least one arm extending from said mount portion and carrying a respective wind turbine;
said support arm arrangement being capable of yawing around said support structure;
said wind turbine system further comprises an arrangement for power cable guiding comprising:
at least one power cable;
an inner power cable support structure, inside said support structure;
an outer power cable support structure, outside said support structure, configured to housing a plurality of windings of said power cable;
an opening in said support structure, adapted to guide said power cable between said inner power cable support structure and outer power cable support structure during yawing of said support arm arrangement around said support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,787

FREE FLOATING WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER HAVING VARIABLE BUOYANCY FLEXIBLE PIPE AND ENHANCED CAPTURE WIDTH

1. A free floating wave energy converter including at least one flexible pipe adapted to float at a surface of a body of water, the at least one flexible pipe having an inlet end for receiving alternating slugs of water and air when the at least one flexible pipe is moored facing at an angle to a wave direction in the body of water and having an outlet end in fluid communication with power takeoff and other devices, comprising:a plurality of horizontal supports attached to the at least one flexible pipe at spaced apart locations, each of the horizontal supports extending horizontally traverse to a longitudinal axis of the at least one flexible pipe and horizontally outwardly in opposite directions from the at least one flexible pipe; and
at least two inflatable tubes attached to the horizontal supports on opposite sides of the at least one flexible pipe, each of the inflatable tubes extending longitudinally substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the at least one flexible pipe, wherein the at least one flexible pipe is raised and lowered relative to the surface of the body of water by respectively inflating and deflating the at least two inflatable tubes with a gas.

US Pat. No. 10,428,785

ENGINE CONTROLLER AND ENGINE CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine controller that controls a direct fuel-injection, spark-ignition engine configured to be capable of switching a combustion form in a cylinder between stratified charge combustion and homogeneous combustion, the engine including:a fuel injection valve configured to directly inject a fuel into the cylinder;
an ignition plug that spark-ignites a mixture in the cylinder;
an acceleration request sensor configured to detect an acceleration request of a driver; and
a cooling water temperature sensor,
wherein the engine controller is configure to:
estimate a top surface temperature of a piston in the cylinder based on a temperature detected by the cooling water temperature sensor;
when the acceleration request is detected by the acceleration request sensor during engine operation with the stratified charge combustion,
determine whether the estimated top surface temperature is greater than a predetermined temperature at which a liquid fuel adhering to a top surface of the piston is brought over in a liquid state to a subsequent cycle;
set an ignition timing of the ignition plug to a basic ignition time value in response to determining the estimated top surface temperature is greater than the predetermined temperature; and
in response to the acceleration request, switch the combustion form to the homogeneous combustion and retard the ignition timing of the ignition plug so that a period of time until a flame after the ignition reaches the top surface of the piston is extended in response to determining the estimated top surface temperature is less than or equal to the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,428,782

STARTING A MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVE UNIT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for starting a drive unit of a motor vehicle having a driving wheel, a clutch, a gearbox for coupling and decoupling the drive unit and the one or more driving wheels and brakes associated with the one or more driving wheels, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a starting signal from a transmitter remote from the vehicle;
detecting, by the processor, whether the clutch is closed;
based on the detecting that the clutch is closed, detecting, by the processor, whether the brakes are closed such that the motor vehicle is at a standstill;
based on the detecting the brakes are closed, controlling, by the processor, a clutch actuator to move the clutch from closed to opened;
starting the drive unit, by the processor, in response to the starting signal based on the brakes being closed and the clutch being opened; and
starting, by the processor, a temperature control device a predetermined period of time after the starting the drive unit.