US Pat. No. 10,457,483

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING OR RETRIEVING ITEMS

OPEX CORPORATION, Moores...

15. A material handling system, comprising:a storage and retrieval system, comprising:
a plurality of storage locations for storing items;
a plurality of independently operable displaceable storage and retrieval vehicles operable to retrieve an item from one of the storage locations and convey the item to a transfer location;
an input/output system operable to transfer items to and from the transfer location, wherein the input/output system comprises:
a plurality of picking vehicles for transporting items;
a picking track for guiding the picking vehicles, wherein the track comprises a loop;
an input/output station along the track configured to facilitate removal of an item from one of the delivery vehicles;
wherein the picking vehicles circulate around the loop between the input/output station and the transfer location;
wherein the picking vehicles are configured differently than the displaceable storage and retrieval vehicles and a stop impedes displacement of the storage and retrieval vehicles into the picking track.

US Pat. No. 10,457,482

METHOD FOR FETCHING A TARGET BIN STORED IN A STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

5. A storage system, comprising:a three-dimensional storage grid containing a plurality of bins stacked in vertical stacks;
supporting rails on the grid structure;
a plurality of vehicles controllably arranged to move on the supporting rails; and
a control device, wherein the control device is configured to enable fetching of a target bin stored in the storage system by:
controlling a plurality of non-target vehicles, wherein each of the non-target vehicles operates as an intermediate storage for a single bin located vertically above the target bin;
controlling a target vehicle to pick up the target bin; and
controlling the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle to be positioned adjacent to each other in a linear manner on the supporting rails, wherein the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle are the same type of vehicle able to lift only a bin at the time,
wherein the control device is configured to control each of the plurality of non-target vehicles to operate as intermediate storage for the single bin located vertically above the target bin by:
controlling the non-target vehicle to move to a target location above the target bin;
controlling the non-target vehicle to pick up a single bin from the vertical stack at the target location;
controlling the non-target vehicle to rest at a neighbour location; and
determining if the target bin has become an upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location, and if this is not true, repeating the controlling steps until the target bin has become the upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,457,481

STRUCTURE PROTECTOR

C. B. Medina Casado, Vil...

1. Structure protector to prevent damage to support legs of warehouse shelf structure by forklift equipment, said structure protector comprising:a covering element (1) for a corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element (1) formed by a profile (1.1) with a C-shaped cross-section, said covering element suitable for being installed around an exterior lateral contour of the corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element (1) having a surface defined around said profile (1.1), said covering element having a height which covers a lower part of the corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element having a support base (1.2) fastened to the ground; and
at least one of an element with a hollow truncated pyramid shape (2) having three inclined sides (2.1) and one open side, an open lower base and an upper base smaller than the lower base, said upper base open towards the open side, said upper base having a horizontal flat surface (2.2) in a contour corresponding to the same hollow truncated pyramid shape, said contour corresponding to the three inclined sides (2.1), said horizontal flat surface (2.2) having an interior contour shape suitable for fitting to said surface around said profile (1.1) of said covering element (1).

US Pat. No. 10,457,480

CANTILEVERED DUMPER SYSTEM

1. A dumping system comprising:a base structure; and
a dumping mechanism comprising a plurality of sides such that said dumping mechanism is adapted to receive and subsequently dump material, said plurality of sides comprising a plurality of sidewalls that include at least a first sidewall and a second sidewall, said first sidewall adapted to be connected to said base structure in a first configuration such that said dumping mechanism is adapted to rotate relative to said base structure between a first loading position and a first dumping position, said dumping mechanism further adapted to be repositioned relative to said base structure to be in a second configuration wherein said second sidewall is adapted to be connected to said base structure such that said dumping mechanism is adapted to rotate relative to said base structure between a second loading position and a second dumping position;
wherein, relative to said base structure, said first loading position is different from said second loading position, and said first dumping position is different from said second dumping position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,479

NESTED LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRASH RECEPTACLE WITH LID

1. A nested liner assembly, comprising:a. a plurality of liners, a liner of the plurality of liners being inside a next liner of the plurality of liners, the liner having an edge defining an opening into an interior of the liner, the plurality of liners including an innermost liner and an outermost liner;
b. an insert operable to be inserted into a trash receptacle, the insert defining a channel and wherein the plurality of liners are configured to be removably attached to the insert, wherein the insert operable has an outer portion dimensioned to surround the trash receptacle, wherein the outer portion has a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end and the second end overlap;
c. a lifter dimensioned to fit into the channel; and
d. at least one lift strap attached to the lifter and operable to lift the lifter from the channel of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,457,477

SLICED ASSEMBLY TYPE CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Shanghai CIMC YangShan Lo...

1. A sliced assembly type container, comprising: a bottom finished module, two lateral finished modules, two door finished modules respectively hinged to door ends of lateral bodies of the two lateral finished modules, a top finished module, and a front finished module, wherein:the bottom finished module comprises:
a bottom body, comprising two door end bottom corner fittings, two bottom longitudinal beams and two front end bottom corner fittings, respectively disposed on both lateral sides of the bottom body;
two bottom lateral connecting parts, respectively disposed on both sides of the bottom body to fixedly connect the two lateral finished modules, wherein each of the bottom lateral connecting parts comprises: a lateral connecting element, a first corner connecting element at the door end of the lateral connecting element, and a second corner connecting element at a front end of the lateral connecting element; and
a bottom front connecting part, disposed at a front end of the bottom body, to connect the front finished module;
each of the two lateral finished modules comprises:
a lateral body, comprising a lateral wall, a front end corner pillar connected to a front end of the lateral wall, and a door end corner pillar connected to a door end of the lateral wall;
lateral bottom connecting parts, disposed on a bottom side of the lateral body, to fixedly connect the bottom finished module, wherein each of the lateral bottom connecting parts comprises: a lateral connecting element, a first corner connecting element at a door end of the lateral connecting element, and a second corner connecting element at a front end of the lateral connecting element;
lateral top connecting parts, disposed on a top side of the lateral body, to fixedly connect the top finished module, wherein each of the lateral top connecting parts comprises: a lateral connecting element, a first corner connecting element at a door end of the lateral connecting element, and a second corner connecting element at a front end of the lateral connecting element; and
a lateral front connecting part, disposed at a front end corner pillar of the lateral body, to connect the front finished module;
the top finished module comprises:
a top body, comprising two door end top corner fittings, two top longitudinal beams, and two front end top corner fittings positioned on both lateral sides of the top body;
two top lateral connecting parts, respectively disposed on both lateral sides of the top body, to fixedly connect the two lateral finished modules, wherein each of the top lateral connecting parts comprises: a lateral connecting element, a first corner connecting element at a door end of the lateral connecting element, and a second corner connecting element at a front end of the lateral connecting element; and
a top front connecting part, disposed at the front end of the top body, to connect the front finished module;
the front finished module comprises:
a front body;
a front bottom connecting part, disposed on a bottom side of the front body, to connect the bottom finished module;
two front lateral connecting parts, respectively disposed on both sides of the front body, to connect the two lateral finished modules; and
a front top connecting part, disposed on a top side of the front body, to connect the top finished module; and
wherein the bottom finished module and the two lateral finished modules are fixedly connected through two pairs of the lateral connecting elements, and the two lateral finished modules and the top finished module are fixedly connected through another two pairs of the lateral connecting elements, each of the four pairs of the lateral connecting elements being able to be fixedly connected together via a connecting piece and/or a structural adhesive, wherein the connecting piece has a locking effect capable of producing force in a vertical direction and in a horizontal direction, and
wherein the front lateral connecting part and the lateral front connecting part are fixedly connected together via a connecting piece, wherein the front lateral connecting part comprises a first abutting wall extending vertically, and the lateral front connecting part of each of the two lateral finished module comprises a second abutting wall extending vertically, wherein the connecting piece for fixing the two corresponding side connections has a shape of H and comprises a first clasp slot for clamping the first abutting wall and a second clasp slot for clamping the second abutting wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,476

VIBRATORY FLOOR WITH CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE, FOR COHESIVE PRODUCTS

VIBRAFLOOR SAS, Givry (F...

1. A vibratory floor installed in a container (11) including a flexible-body-motion system to transport a particulate down a slope, the flexible-body-motion system comprising at least one shaker module (1), each shaker module including at least one motor-driven vibrator (8), a filler material (5) having a first planar surface and compression springs (4), the at least one motor-driven vibrator (8) is secured to a metal sheet (6) having a first planar surface, the first planar surface of the metal sheet bearing on the first planar surface of the filler material (5) when the vibratory floor bears a load, and on the compression springs (4) when the vibratory floor is not loaded, wherein an increase in an inner volume (10) defined between the first planar surface of the metal sheet and the first planar surface of the filler material of each shaker module during an emptying cycle is offset using an outer pipe (14) relative to a clean air volume (19) contribution outside the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,474

INDIVIDUAL PILL DISPENSER

T Graziano Product Develo...

1. A pill dispenser for dispensing a pill, said dispenser comprising:a container defining an interior cavity for storing pills to be dispensed terminating in an upper neck comprising a sidewall having a neck pill outlet through-aperture spanning less than half of a neck circumference; and
a cap comprising a cap top bearing a downwardly protruding peripheral cap wall, adapted to rotate about, and in close proximity to, an exterior of said container neck and a downwardly protruding central wall abutting a central cap chamber and wholly circumscribed within said peripheral cap wall; wherein said peripheral cap wall includes a cap pill outlet through-aperture; and wherein said central wall includes an outer surface bearing a latitudinally-recessed, pill cavity, spanning less than half of a cap circumference, longitudinally spanning to a nadir of said central wall, said pill cavity offset from said pill aperture, wherein said cap is adapted to occupy at least two positions about said neck: (i) a load position characterized by said neck pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said cap pill cavity; and a (ii) dispense position, occupied subsequent to said pill load position, characterized by said cap pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said neck pill outlet through-aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,457,473

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID ARTICLES

Parata Systems, LLC, Dur...

1. A dispensing apparatus for dispensing articles, the dispensing apparatus comprising:a dispensing outlet;
a nonlinear guide channel;
a dispensing path extending through the nonlinear guide channel to the dispensing outlet; and
a drive system including:
a belt; and
a belt actuator operable to drive the belt;
wherein the dispensing apparatus is configured to convey articles on the belt in a dispensing direction along the dispensing path toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed;
wherein the nonlinear guide channel is configured to singulate the articles as the articles are conveyed along the dispensing path and through the nonlinear guide channel toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed; and
wherein the dispensing apparatus is operable to selectively drive the belt in a reverse direction to convey the articles along the dispensing path away from the dispensing outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,457,472

COMBINATION MEDICINE CONTAINERS AND DISPENSERS

1. A combination medicament container and dispenser comprising:a cylindrical bottle having,
an interior area,
a lower cylindrical portion of a first diameter defining a lower interior area of the interior area of the cylindrical bottle, the lower cylindrical portion having a bottom,
an upper cylindrical portion in communication with the lower cylindrical portion, the upper cylindrical portion being of a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter of the lower cylindrical portion, the upper cylindrical portion having a top, and defining an upper interior area of the interior area of the cylindrical bottle,
a cutout in a side of the bottom of the lower cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle that provides external access to the lower interior area of the cylindrical bottle, with the upper interior area holding medicaments,
a plurality of axially extending grooves on an inside periphery of the upper cylindrical portion, and
a plate in the lower cylindrical portion above the cutout and having a slot of a graduated width surrounding a central hub, the central hub having a bore;
a cylindrical cup for holding medicaments, the cylindrical cup defining a cylindrical wall and having a central hole, a medicament hole with a graduated width perimeter radially adjacent the central hole, and a resilient tab extending axially along the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical cup situated on the plate such that the central hub of the plate is received in the central hole of the cylindrical cup, the resilient tab receivable in one of the plurality of axially extending grooves on the inside periphery of the upper cylindrical portion whereby the medicament hole can register with a portion of the slot with the graduated width to allow a medicament of a particular size within the cylindrical cup to fall through the medicament hole and the slot with the graduated width;
a cap rotatably situated on and over the top of the upper cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle; and
an indexer rotatably disposed in the lower interior area of the lower cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle and having a chute that registers with the slot with the graduated width when rotated and with the cutout when further rotated to dispense a single medicament of the medicaments within the upper interior area through the cutout of the lower interior area, and having a stem extending through the bore of the central hub of the plate and into the cap, wherein rotation of the cap rotates the indexer for dispensing a medicament through the cutout.

US Pat. No. 10,457,471

BEVERAGE SYSTEMS AND KITS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

BruMate, LLC, Denver, CO...

1. A kit, comprising:a container having an internal threaded section; and
a threaded gasket configured to engage the internal threaded section of the container;
wherein the threaded gasket is further configured to contact at least a portion of a beverage can when the beverage can is positioned within the container and when the threaded gasket is engaged with the internal threaded section of the container, so that the beverage can will not fall out of the container when the container is inverted; and
wherein a user can drink the beverage from the beverage can while the threaded gasket is coupled to the container and in contact with the beverage can.

US Pat. No. 10,457,470

MODULAR BOX ASSEMBLY

Pratt Retail Specialties,...

1. A modular box assembly comprising:a box having a top end and an opposed bottom end, the box comprising:
a first side panel, a third side panel opposed to the first side panel, a second side panel positioned between and coupled to the first side panel and the third side panel, and a fourth side panel opposed to the second side panel, the fourth side panel being positioned between and coupled to the first and third side panels, wherein each of the side panels extends from the top end to the bottom end;
a bottom panel disposed at the bottom end of the box, the bottom panel being coupled to each of the side panels such that the side panels and the bottom panel define a box cavity, and the top end defines a box opening in communication with the box cavity; and
a first shoulder attached to the second side panel, the first shoulder extending inward from the first side panel and the third side panel into the box cavity;
a second shoulder attached to the fourth side panel, the second shoulder extending inward from the first side panel and the third side panel into the box cavity, wherein each shoulder is spaced from the top end a predetermined distance; and
a box top comprising a top panel configured to cover the box opening, the box top being selectively movable about and between a closed position, in which the box top encloses the box cavity, and an open position, in which the box top is spaced from the top end and the box cavity is accessible, wherein in the closed position, a lower surface of the top panel engages the first shoulder and the second shoulder to support the top panel, and in the closed position an upper surface of the top panel is substantially flush with the top end of the box, and wherein the box top further comprises a pair of opposed side tabs extending away from the top panel, and wherein each side tab has a width that is less than a width of the top panel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,469

INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER HAVING AT LEAST ONE SPACER FOR IMPROVING AIRFLOW WITHIN THE CONTAINER

1. A system comprising:a payload container having at least a first face, and a second face on an opposite side of the payload container from said first face, said payload container being configured in size and shape such that said payload container may be positioned within and spaced from inside sidewalls of an insulated shipping container, such that air is free to flow between outside sidewalls of the payload container and the inside sidewalls of the insulated shipping container;
a first horizontal spacing element in direct contact with the first face of the payload container and between and directly contacting and separating the payload container and at least one first heat transfer element such that said payload container and said first heat transfer element do not directly contact one another, said first horizontal spacing element being configured above the payload container to space the first face of the payload container from the at least one first heat transfer element, such that air flows freely between the first surface of the payload container and all surfaces of the first heat transfer element and a convection current is created across exposed surfaces of the at least one first heat transfer element; and
a second horizontal spacing element positioned adjacent to the second face of the payload container, on an opposite side of the payload container from the first horizontal spacing element.

US Pat. No. 10,457,468

THERMALLY PROTECTED SHIPPING CONTAINER

Call2Recycle, Inc., Atla...

1. A container comprising:an open-top box having an upper edge and including a top flap attached to the upper edge along a first fold line; and
a lid assembly attached to the upper edge of the open-top box along a second fold line and comprising:
a back panel;
a front panel attached to the back panel and including an opening; and
a pair of side flaps attached to at least one of the back panel and the front panel along a pair of fold lines,
wherein the lid assembly has a first configuration in which the lid assembly is coupled to the top flap such that the opening in the front panel provides access to an interior of the open-top box with the pair of side flaps folded to form a side closure to the lid assembly; and
wherein the lid assembly has a second configuration in which the pair of side flaps secure the lid assembly to the open-top box such that the container is sealed for shipment, and
a thermally protective lining, consisting of polyethylene terephthalate, secured to an inner surface of at least a portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,467

INSULATED STORAGE SYSTEM

1. An insulated container configured to store consumables, the container comprising: a body having an insulated wall that encompasses a cavity, the cavity configured to hold consumables; a circumferential trench configured to wrap around a circumference of the body, the trench having opposite facing walls, each wall having a groove configured to receive wheels configured to roll within the groove about the circumference of the body; a plurality of wheels positioned in the grooves on opposite facing walls and configured to roll while the container remains upright; and a removably attachable external saddle tank, shaped conformal to the body, the saddle tank being hollow to provide extra buoyancy of the container when the container is in water.

US Pat. No. 10,457,466

MICROWAVE HEATING CONSTRUCT

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A construct for heating a food product, the construct comprising:a plurality of panels forming an interior space of the construct, the plurality of panels comprise a first main panel, a first minor panel foldably connected to the first main panel at a first longitudinal fold line, a second minor panel foldably connected to the main panel at a second longitudinal fold line, a first major panel foldably connected to the first minor panel at a third longitudinal fold line, and a second major panel foldably connected to the second minor panel at a fourth longitudinal fold line, the first major panel and second major panel being overlapped to form a second main panel, at least one panel of the plurality of panels comprising a microwave energy interactive material;
a plurality of end panels foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels for closing a first end of the construct, the plurality of end panels comprise a first end panel foldably connected to the first main panel, a first partial end panel foldably connected to the first major panel, and a second partial end panel foldably connected to the second major panel, the first partial end panel and the second partial end panel being overlapped to form a second end panel foldably connected to the second main panel,
the first end panel comprises a female locking feature and the second end panel comprising a male locking feature for being received in the female locking feature to close the first end of the construct,
further comprising an edge being in a lateral direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the construct, a second end opposite the first end, the second end is an open end defined by the edge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,465

DISINFECTANT WIPES

TRISTEL PLC, Newmarket (...

1. A disinfectant wipes system comprising:a flexible sealed container containing a plurality of fabric wipe members and a burstable sachet;
a first part comprising a first reagent in a carrier medium absorbed or impregnated in the fabric wipe members; and
a second part within the burstable sachet, the second part miscible with the first part and comprising a second reagent in a carrier medium;
wherein the first reagent and the second reagent will react when mixed to provide a disinfectant composition;
wherein the container has an opening through which the wipe members and the burstable sachet may pass; the opening releasably sealed by an adhesive-backed label; and
wherein the burstable sachet is separate from the plurality of wipe members so that it can be removed through the opening without removing any of the plurality of wipe members.

US Pat. No. 10,457,464

CUSHION STRUCTURE AND PACKAGING ASSEMBLY

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A cushion structure for use with a packaging case for an object, the cushion structure comprising a first member and a second member, wherein:the first member is configured to snuggly receive the object;
the second member is configured to be mounted onto a case body of the packaging case;
the first member and the second member are detachably coupled with at least one docking slot arranged at the first member, and at least one docking portion arranged at the second member;
the at least one docking portion is configured to be detachably mounted into the at least one docking slot;
the first member further comprises a hollow structure;
the at least one docking slot is arranged on a side plate of the hollow structure;
the at least one docking portion of the second member is configured to be embedded in the hollow structure through the at least one docking slot;
the first member comprises a cuboid structure;
the second member has an “I”-shaped, “L”-shaped, or “Z”-shaped cross section;
the second member has a “Z”-shaped cross section, and comprises:
a first plate;
a second plate; and
an intermediate plate; and
the first plate and the second plate are arranged to be parallel, the intermediate plate is arranged to be perpendicular to, and is configured to couple, the third parallel plate and the second plate, and the third parallel plate is the at least one docking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,463

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING WITH MOUNTING AND REMOVAL FUNCTION

ROSE PLASTIC AG, (DE)

1. A protective packaging for securing an object used in connection with a holder, the protective packaging configured to maintain the object in a secure position therein, the protective packaging comprising:first and second shell parts each having a respective face wall, wherein the face walls of the first and second shell parts are pivotally connected to each other with a connection aligned along a pivot axis so that the first and second shell parts can be folded together, and wherein each of the first and second shell parts have respective second ends located opposite from the face walls, the second end of each of the shell parts cooperating to define a collar area at times when the first and second shell parts are folded together;
a first receiving space defined by an inside surface of at least one of the first and second shell parts, the first receiving space adjacent the connection and configured to receive a portion of the object at times when the object is received in the first receiving space;
a second receiving area defined by the at least one shell part, the second receiving area adjacent the first receiving space, wherein the second receiving area defines bearing surfaces configured to engage the object at times when the object is received in the second receiving area;
a third receiving space adjacent the second receiving area and defined by the inside surface of the at least one shell part, the third receiving space configured to receive a portion of the object at times when the object is held in the at least one shell part; and
a sealing cap positionable over the collar area and configured to cover a portion of the object at times when the object is received in the first and second shell parts,wherein the protective packaging defines a longitudinal axis and is rotatable about the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,462

SNAP CLOSE PEEL RESEAL PACKAGE

Bemis Company, Inc., Nee...

1. A package, comprising:a tray having a recessed portion and a flange, the recessed portion defining a product-receiving cavity and the flange including two opposed edges defining a width of the tray; and
a lidding film extending across the cavity;
wherein the flange comprises a margin portion and a frame portion, the frame portion surrounding the cavity and the margin portion being disposed alongside the frame portion, wherein the margin portion has a margin width, and wherein a ratio of the margin width to the width of the tray is in a range of 0.8 to 1.2;
wherein the lidding film attaches to both the frame portion and the margin portion of the flange and the lidding film comprises a peelable/resealable film; and
wherein the recessed portion includes a side wall having a first imperforate locking feature, and wherein the margin portion includes a second imperforate locking feature configured to mate with the first imperforate locking feature by pivotably rotating the margin portion towards the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,461

CONTAINER WITH INNER PACKAGE

Philip Morris Products S....

1. A container for consumer goods, comprising:a housing comprising a box and a lid hingedly attached to the box along a lid hinge line, wherein the box comprises a front wall and a rear wall, and further wherein the lid is adapted to be manipulated between an open position and a closed position;
an inner package disposed within the housing and at least partially defining an interior volume for housing consumer goods, the inner package comprising a wrapper comprising a line of weakness that defines a flap in the wrapper;
wherein the flap is attached to an inner surface of the lid such that upon opening the lid the flap is separated from the wrapper along the line of weakness and hinged to the remainder of the wrapper along a flap hinge line to form an access opening through which the consumer goods can be removed; and
wherein the flap hinge line is spaced from the lid hinge line, and wherein the entire inner surface of the flap is provided by the inner surface of the wrapper.

US Pat. No. 10,457,460

PACKAGING BAG

YUSHIN CO., LTD., Niigat...

1. A packaging bag comprising:a main bag body defined by at least one main bag body laminate film and having an upper edge part, a lower edge part and a pair of side edge parts sandwiched therebetween such that a filling space for a packed material is defined within the main body bag; and
a pouring nozzle attached to an upper portion of the main bag body and defined by at least one pouring nozzle laminate film that is thinner than the at least one main bag body laminate film, the at least one pouring nozzle laminate film being fusion-joined at three peripheral portions thereof other than an end portion defined as a base part configured to form a pouring path that communicates with the filling space of the main bag body and to develop a self-sealing function when the packed material in the filling space is poured through the pouring path, the pouring nozzle protruding from the upper portion of the main bag body such that the pouring nozzle is prevented from extending beyond one side edge part of the pair of side edge parts and the upper edge part of the main bag body when the packed material is poured, wherein
the main bag body is provided with, at an upper corner thereof between a portion of the upper edge part and a portion of the one side edge, a removable protective cover configured to house the pouring nozzle,
the main bag body is provided with a cutout edge portion that extends along the upper corner of the main bag body from the portion of the upper edge part to the portion of the one side edge part, the pouring nozzle being fixed and held by the cutout edge part of the main bag body such that the pouring nozzle is fit into the protective cover at a position between the upper edge part and the one side edge part of the main bag body,
the protective cover has an outer edge extending from the upper edge part and the one side edge part of the main bag body and is directly connected to and separable from the cutout edge part, and
an outer face of the base part is fusion-joined to the inner face of the cutout edge part in the main bag body such that the pouring nozzle is connected to the main bag body and inner faces of the pouring path are unfused to permit the packed material to be poured.

US Pat. No. 10,457,459

PACKAGE

XPO Logistics Supply Chai...

1. A package comprising:a first tray having at least one compartment defined by a first plurality of wall structures, wherein the first plurality of wall structures define a first opening;
a second tray having at least one compartment defined by a second plurality of wall structures, wherein the second plurality of wall structures define a second opening;
a hinge connecting the first tray and the second tray, the hinge configured to enable the first tray and the second tray to pivot relative to each other to an open position and a closed position; and
a display device comprising at least one perforated region configured to be removed to form at least one structure, wherein the at least one structure is configured to position an article
wherein when the package is in the closed position, the first opening of the at least one compartment of the first tray is oriented to face the second tray and the second opening of the at least one compartment of the second tray is oriented to face the first tray, and
wherein when the package is in the closed position, the display device is positioned between the first tray and the second tray in an interior portion of the package.

US Pat. No. 10,457,458

FLIP WRAP

1. A sheet of twist-free cling wrap, comprising:A single ply body of cling film having a top, a bottom, a left side and a right side, a front, a back, a length, a three ply flap seamed to each of the top and the bottom of the body, a single ply thumb tab bonded to each of the front left side and the front right side, and a spine fused into, running the length of, and projecting coplanarly beyond, the left side and the right side of the top flap and body seam, wherein the three plies of each flap comprise in this order:
a. a top ply of cling film,
b. a center ply of cling-free film, each such center ply further comprising a plurality of hooks cut thereinto and projecting therefrom; and
c. a bottom ply of cling film.

US Pat. No. 10,457,457

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS WITH BOTTOM SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A disposable stand-up flexible container comprising:a product volume made from a flexible material;
a plurality of structural support members, which supports the product volume, wherein each of the structural support members includes an expanded structural support volume made from a flexible material and expanded by an expansion material above atmospheric pressure, and wherein the plurality of structural support members includes:
a front middle structural support member, oriented about vertically, and disposed on a front of the container and on a first side of the container, and extending from a top portion of the container through a middle portion of the container into a bottom portion of the container;
a back middle structural support member, oriented about vertically, and disposed on a back of the container and on the first side of the container, and extending from a top portion of the container through a middle portion of the container into a bottom portion of the container;
a bottom structural support member, oriented horizontally and substantially laterally, disposed on a front of the container and in a bottom portion of the container;
a bottom middle structural support member, oriented horizontally and substantially perpendicular to the bottom structural support member, wherein an end of the bottom structural support member is joined to an end of the bottom middle structural support member; and
wherein:
at least part of the front middle structural support member is in contact with at least part of the back middle structural support member; and
a lower portion of the front middle structural support member is spaced apart from a lower portion of the back middle structural support member by a reinforcing seal that is formed by sealed portions that are bounded by edges that are shared with the bottom portions of front middle structural support member and the back middle support member and a middle portion of a bottom middle structural support member, on at least the first side, such that each reinforcing seal has an overall shape that is a substantially triangular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,457,456

SHEET MATERIAL AND BARRIER PACKAGING CONTAINER USING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SHEET MATERIAL

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A sheet material, comprising:a substrate, a fine fiber layer on at least one surface of the substrate, and a moisture-retaining layer also on the at least one surface of the substrate, the fine fiber layer comprising a plasticizer and cellulose nanofibers having an average fiber length of about 1.0 ?m, wherein the moisture retaining layer is formed by coating an aqueous solution of glycerine that does not contain nanofibers.

US Pat. No. 10,457,454

CONTAINER

1. An improved container comprising a body with an engagement end, a cap connected to said body, and a plurality of operating sets penetrating through said cap and movably inserted into said cap respectively,said body including a first opening enclosed by said engagement end and covered by said cap and a first accommodation area extending downwards from said first opening for accommodating a main material,
said cap including a bottom wall, a side wall extending outwards from said bottom wall for engaging with said engagement end, a second accommodation area enclosed by said bottom wall and said side wall, and a partitioning wall extending outwards from said bottom wall to divide said second accommodation area into a plurality of independent accommodation rooms serving for accommodating second materials,
each of said plurality of operating sets including a shank movably inserted through a corresponding opening formed in said bottom wall of said cap into a corresponding one of said plurality of accommodation rooms, a sealing plate connected to one end of said shank for engaging with said partition wall, and a head connected to another end of said shank and disposed outside of and separated from said cap,
each of said sealing plates engaging with said partition wall at a corresponding engagement position to seal a corresponding one of said plurality of accommodation rooms and to prevent said corresponding accommodation room from communicating with said first accommodation area, said sealing plates allowing said accommodation rooms to communicate with said first accommodation area upon separation from said partitioning wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,452

SAFETY CAPSULE FOR A CONTAINER

BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A., ...

1. A safety capsule for a container, comprising:i) a cap (2) for closing the container, said cap (2) being made of a plastic material and comprising a thread (20) for connection to the container;
ii) a cover (3) for said cap (2), said cover (3) comprising a base (30) and a lateral wall (31) that extends from said base (30); said base (30) and said lateral wall (31) overlying said cap (2), said base (30) being at the opposite end with respect to a zone (4) of the capsule in which an intactness band (8) is located; the intactness band (8) being designed to be connected with the container;
iii) a press-fit engagement means (5) that sets said cap (2) and said cover (3) into operative communication, enabling transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2) for a purpose of making it possible to unscrew said cap (2);
iv) means (6) for preventing extraction of the cover (3) from the cap (2), comprising a first connecting means (61) for connecting the cover (3) to the cap (2); said engagement means (5) and said first connecting means (61) being at least partly incorporated in said cap (2) and cover (3);
v) means for re-closing the cap on the container after it has been opened, comprising:at least a first flexible tab (23) incorporated in the cap (2) and projecting towards the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3); said first tab (23) surmounting a first part of the cap (2), a first concavity (24) being wedged between the first tab (23) and said first part of the cap (2);a second flexible tab (32) projecting from the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3) towards the cap (2); the second tab (32) surmounting one zone of the lateral wall (31) of the cover, a second concavity (33) being wedged between said second tab (32) and said zone of the lateral wall (31);a first direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a simultaneous insertion of the first tab (23) in the second concavity (33) and an insertion of the second tab (32) in the first concavity (24) so as to enable the transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2), and the cap (2) to be screwed onto the container as a result;a second direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a sliding of the first tab (23) over the second tab (32).

US Pat. No. 10,457,451

CLEANSING DEVICE

F.S. KOREA INDUSTRIES INC...

1. A cleansing device comprising:a first joining member joined to an opening of a mineral water bottle that accommodates mineral water, the first joining member includes an applicator which allows the mineral water accommodated in the mineral water bottle to be applied to a face of a user; and
a second joining member detachably joined to the first joining member to protect the applicator of the first joining member,
wherein a diameter of the first joining member is sized to engage the opening of the mineral water bottle,
wherein a movement passage of the mineral water accommodated in the mineral water bottle is formed to penetrate at and throughout a center of the applicator,
wherein a seating groove in which a part of the applicator is inserted and seated is formed in the first joining member and a mineral water movement guide pipe is installed at a center of the seating groove, which is inserted into a part of the movement passage, and
wherein a mineral water movement amount control member is installed in the mineral water movement guide pipe, which controls a movement amount of the mineral water accommodated in the mineral water bottle to a very small amount.

US Pat. No. 10,457,450

INTERGRAL, SINGLE MATERIAL CONTAINER CAP

DESARROLLOS TAMARIT PLAZA...

1. A cap, made from a single material, having a top surface, a cover adapted to fit the top surface, and a perimetric side wall configured to be fitted on an opening of a liquid container, with at least one liquid outlet for the exit of liquid from the liquid container and at least one air inlet, flush with the top surface of the cap, for the entrance of air into the container, comprisinga check valve configured to allow the entrance of air into the liquid container, and prevent the exit of the liquid from the liquid container; said check valve built into the cap and protruding inwardly from an inside of the top surface of the cap;
said check valve further comprising a tubular body with two ends, such that a first end is located in the at least one air inlet, and the second end opposite the first comprises contacting walls configured to close the tubular body when at rest; said contacting walls further configured to separate and open the tubular body when said check valve in use or when vacuum is created inside the container;
the perimetric side wall containing threads configured to screw the cap to the opening of the liquid container; wherein the cover, the check valve, the perimetric side wall, and the threads are an integral one-piece construction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,449

CONTAINER HINGE

Inline Plastics Corp., S...

1. A method of forming a plastic container comprising:providing a sheet of plastic material that is at least partially transparent;
forming a first portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange;
forming a second portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange, the first portion and the second portion defining a container volume; and
forming a hinge joining the peripheral flange of the first portion and the peripheral flange of the second portion, the hinge having a pivot line tangent to the peripheral flange of the first portion, wherein the flange of the first portion extends further than the flange of the second portion proximate each end of the pivot line to create a seamless periphery about the hinge relative to a periphery of the first portion when the container is closed,
wherein forming the hinge further comprises forming at least two inward facing arcuate perimeter segments, each arcuate perimeter segment formed adjacent to respective ends of the pivot line, wherein the pivot line is tangent to at least a portion of each arcuate perimeter segment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,447

PACKAGED CONSUMER PRODUCT

1. A packaged consumer product comprising:a package container;
a consumer product disposed within the package container;
a package closure disposed in communication with the package container;
an indicia comprising an array of discrete visual elements disposed in two or more layers upon adjacent surfaces of the package container and package closure, wherein the package container comprises two or more discrete visual elements and the package closure comprises two or more discrete visual elements, wherein the array of discrete visual elements comprise a network of elements that form a composite image; and
an interface gap between the package container and the package closure, wherein the indicia comprises an image-free zone corresponding to the location of the interface gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,446

CONTAINMENT SYSTEM HAVING A ROTATABLE COVER

2think, LLC, Windsor, CO...

1. A containment system comprising:a container having a container sidewall disposed between opposing container first and second ends;
a lateral cavity disposed in said container sidewall;
a cover configured for concentric disposition about said container sidewall; and
an aperture element disposed in said cover, said aperture element defining an aperture element opening communicating between cover inner and outer surfaces;
wherein said cover is rotatable about said container sidewall between first and second positions;
wherein in said first position, said aperture element opening aligns with said lateral cavity, thereby allowing access to said lateral cavity; and
wherein in said second position, a portion of said cover overlays said lateral cavity to enclose said lateral cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,457,445

NESTING CONTAINER CARRIER

OREGON PRECISION INDUSTRI...

1. A container carrier for securing together and carrying multiple containers comprising:an integrally molded body including a plurality of annular structures and a graspable loop;
wherein each annular structure is connected by a bridge to at least one adjacent annular structure of the plurality of annular structures;
wherein each annular structure includes a side wall formed of side wall portions separated by side wall voids formed in the side wall, and a top surface connecting the side wall portions;
wherein each side wall portion has a respective upper side wall segment that has a reduced diameter relative to a respective lower side wall segment of the side wall portion;
wherein the upper and lower side wall segments are joined at a ledge that spans a difference between respective diameters in the upper and lower side wall segments;
wherein the graspable loop extends integrally flush from an inside bottom edge of the bridge to an inside bottom edge of an opposite bridge such that a height of a portion of the graspable loop that extends beyond the top surfaces of the annular structures and bridges when the container carrier is in an unbiased configuration is less than a height of a portion of the graspable loop that remains below the top surfaces of the annular structures and bridges;
wherein a respective flange is positioned proximate a bottom end of each side wall void;
wherein the flanges of each annular structure are collectively configured to releasably engage a corresponding container of the multiple containers; and
wherein a bottom portion of the lower side wall segment is shaped to have an inner diameter that is larger than an outer diameter of the upper side wall segment and smaller than an outer diameter of the ledge, so that the bottom portion of the lower side wall segment will rest upon the ledge of a second, same-shaped container carrier when stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,457,444

BULK CONTAINER WITH INTERLOCKING FEATURES

ORBIS Corporation, Ocono...

1. A bulk container comprising:a base having a rectangular perimeter wall having four corners and defining a chamber with an opening at one end and a bottom wall closing an opposed end of the rectangular perimeter wall, the bottom wall having a continuous flat bottom surface;
four feet attached to the bottom wall, one of each of the four feet being positioned at one of each of the four corners and attached by a fastener, each foot having a portion removed along a peripheral edge to define a notch, the notch having a reduced height portion that extends to the peripheral edge;
four side wall panels are hingedly connected to the base and are moveable from a stowed position in the chamber to an extended position where the side wall panels extend vertically and have an outer surface coplanar with the peripheral edge, and a top surface; and
a pair of spaced protuberances extending from the top surface flanking each corner and offset therefrom, one protuberance of the pair is dimensioned to fit within a notch of a like container and the other protuberance of the pair is dimensioned to abut an edge of a foot of a like container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,443

ADJUSTABLE PALLET

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An adjustable pallet comprising:a deck to support a product for shipping, the deck being selectively positionable in a raised position, as a horizontal support surface for the product, and in a lowered position, closer, at least in part, to a floor to facilitate unloading the product from the pallet; and
a movable support, the movable support including an inclined plane, the deck resting on the movable support in the raised position, and the deck being capable of traversing, at least in part, the inclined plane of the movable support when the deck is transitioned between the raised position and the lowered position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,442

COMPOSITE PALLET

INTEGRATED COMPOSITE PROD...

1. A rail-rackable composite pallet, comprising:a base layer comprising two or more thermoplastic base members, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members extends between a first end and a second end;
an intermediate layer comprising two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members extends between a first end and a second end;
two or more thermoplastic support blocks removably attached to the base layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic base members and removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the second surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members such that the two or more thermoplastic support blocks are positioned between the base layer and the intermediate layer, wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks separate the base layer from the intermediate layer;
wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks include a first support block and a second support block, the first support block having a first section with a first width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the first section and a second section with a second width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the second section, wherein the second width is different from the first width, the second support block having a substantially constant width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the second support block; and
a top layer comprising two thermoplastic top outside members removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members extends between a first end and a second end,
wherein at least some of the two or more thermoplastic base members, the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, and the two thermoplastic top outside members are thermoplastic structural members, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises two or more ribs extending away from the second surface to a rib end portion between the first and second ends of the thermoplastic structural member, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises fiber dispersed in a thermoplastic material and each of the two or more ribs of the thermoplastic structural member comprises a continuous fiber bundle within each rib proximate the rib end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,440

INSULATED LINERS AND CONTAINERS

COLDKEEPERS, LLC, Thomas...

1. An insulated shipping and storage liner comprising:pliable first and second layers that are sealed together so as to form a liner having (i) a bottom portion, (ii) walls, (iii) an opening generally opposite the bottom portion, (iv) a first major outer liner surface, (v) a second major outer liner surface opposite said first major outer liner surface, (vi) a first major inner liner surface, (vii) a second major inner liner surface opposite said first major inner liner surface, said first major inner liner surface and said second major inner liner surface (a) being positioned between said first major outer liner surface and said second major outer liner surface, and (b) forming an article receiving portion of said liner accessible via said opening, and (viii) a liner housing volume of a first size between said pliable first and second layers;
an insulating layer positioned within the housing volume and being of a size smaller than the first size and being movable relative to the pliable first and second layers, the insulating layer comprising at least one sheet of insulating material together having (a) a first insulating material end portion positioned along said opening and extending within a first space between (i) said first major outer liner surface and (ii) said first major inner liner surface and (b) a second insulating material end portion positioned along said opening and extending within a second space between (i) said second major outer liner surface and (ii) said second major inner liner surface, each of said first insulating material end portion and said second insulating material end portion comprising rectilinear cut outs at opposite corners thereof along said opening; and
at least one liner closure capable of at least partially closing said opening of said liner;
wherein the liner is configured to be convertible into a substantially rectangular box form having (i) a bottom wall, (ii) two pair of opposing side walls and (iii) opposing top wall portions, each of which is foldable over upper edges of the two pair of opposing side walls whereby, when the liner is inserted into an open box outer shipping or storage container, the liner conforms to an interior configuration of the outer box shipping and storage container and thereby provides an insulated covering for all inner surfaces of the outer shipping or storage container, when inserted into the outer box shipping or storage container, including a box bottom wall, opposite box side walls and a top box wall of the outer box shipping or storage container when the top box wall is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,439

SAG-RESISTANT CONTAINERS AND BLANKS FOR MAKING THE SAME

WestRock Shared Services,...

1. A container formed from a blank of sheet material, the container comprising:a bottom wall;
two opposing end walls, each end wall including at least an end panel extending from an end edge of the bottom wall;
two opposing side walls each extending from an opposing side edge of the bottom wall;
an upper reinforcing assembly at least partially extending from each end panel; and
a side reinforcing assembly extending from opposing side edges of each end panel,
wherein the upper reinforcing assembly comprises a top end flap extending from a top edge of the end panel and a top side flap extending from a side edge of the top end flap, the top side flap being coupled to one of the two side walls in a substantially face-to-face relationship,
wherein the side reinforcing assembly comprises an outer reinforcing panel extending from a side edge of the end panel and an inner reinforcing panel extending from a side edge of the outer reinforcing panel, wherein the outer reinforcing panel is positioned in a substantially face-to-face relationship with the inner reinforcing panel and the inner reinforcing panel is coupled to one of the two side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,457,438

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL CONTAINER BASE

AMCOR RIGID PLASTICS USA,...

11. A container comprising:a finish defining an opening;
a shoulder portion extending from the finish;
a body extending from the shoulder portion in a direction parallel with a longitudinal axis and defining a chamber; and
a base portion extending at an end of the body opposite to the shoulder portion and being moveable from an as-blown position to an expanded position, and from the expanded position to a retracted position, and the base portion including a planar ring, a planar portion, and a pushup portion; and
a closure disposed on the finish and closing the opening, wherein the closure includes a tamper evident diaphragm that is activated in the retracted position;
wherein the base portion defines a plurality of radial grooves along the planar portion and includes a plurality of ribs extending radially in the pushup portion, the ribs are disposed offset and alternative of the radial grooves, and the planar ring is pivotable and moves the planar portion and the pushup portion as a uniform section in a first direction along the longitudinal axis as the base portion moves from the as-blown position to the expanded position and in a second direction opposite the first direction as the base portion moves from the expanded position to the retracted position;
wherein the planar portion is substantially parallel to a plane extending along an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis in the as-blown position, the expanded position, and the retracted position; and
wherein the base portion includes: a hinge portion that is concave to a surface of the base portion, the planar ring extends from the hinge portion, and the hinge portion flexes such that the planar ring pivots as the base portion moves from the as-blown position to the expanded position, and from the expanded position to the retracted position, and a standing ring disposed along an outside diameter of the base portion, and the standing ring does not move along the longitudinal axis as the base portion moves from the as-blown position to the expanded position, and from the expanded position to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,437

LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINER AND PREFORM

Plastipak Packaging, Inc....

1. A container assembly comprising:(i) a plastic blow molded container comprising:
a lower supporting base portion;
a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and
a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion, the neck portion including a dispensing opening, positioned at a top of the neck portion, threads positioned below the dispensing opening, and a support flange positioned below the threads, the support flange having an upper surface and a lower surface; and
(ii) a closure configured to receive the threads;
wherein the container is formed of a material comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET); the container is filled with a beverage; a weight of the neck portion from the lower surface of the support flange to a top of the dispensing opening is 2.3 grams or less; and a vertical distance from the lower surface of the support flange to a top of the dispensing opening, including the threads, is 0.450 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,457,436

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WRAPPING TIES IN A FACEMASK MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. An automated method for wrapping fastening ties around a body of a continuous stream of facemasks in a facemask production line, comprising:conveying the facemasks on a conveyor in the production line at an orientation such that each facemask has a leading pair of ties and a trailing pair of ties extending from a body in a conveying direction of the production line;
drawing the leading pair of ties below the body as the facemask continues to be conveyed in the conveying direction such that the leading pair of ties wraps under the body;
at a wrapping station in the production line, subsequently clamping the body with an automated clamping device and rotating the body relative to a rotation axis through the body to cause the leading and trailing pairs of ties to further wrap around the body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,435

FOOD CONTAINER SUPPLY DEVICE

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A food container supply device comprising:a stocker which accommodates a food container group in a stacked state;
a stocker holder which holds the stocker;
an extraction conveyor which moves in a reciprocating manner in a perpendicular direction between an extraction position of extracting a lowest food container in the food container group and a feeding position of feeding the lowest food container, and includes a suction port of sucking the lowest food container;
a gripping device which is disposed between the stocker holder and the extraction conveyor, moves up and down to control a positioning, and presses at least a second food container from the lowest food container in the food container group; and
a control device which controls positioning of at least the gripping device,
wherein the gripping device includes a pair of claws which move in a first horizontal direction between a first forward movement position of contacting the food container and a first backward movement position of non-contacting the food container, and a pair of shutters which moves in a second horizontal direction orthogonal to the first horizontal direction between a second forward movement position of contacting the food container and a second backward movement position of non-contacting the food container,
wherein the control device selectively positions the pair of claws and the pair of shutters at a height of the stacked food container group such that the height corresponds to the type of a lowermost container to be fed, and
wherein the control device selectively controls a gripping operation and at least one of the pair of claws and the pair of shutters based on a shape of the food container group to be one of a gripping operation pattern of respectively moving the pair of claws to the first forward movement position and moving the pair of shutters to the second forward movement position at the same time, a gripping operation pattern of moving one of the pair of claws and the pair of shutters to the first forward movement position or the second forward movement position and then moving the other to the first forward movement position or the second forward movement position in response to widen a gap with respect to a non-extraction container, and a gripping operation pattern of moving only one of the pair of claws and the pair of shutters to the first forward movement position or the second forward movement position, during each operation of extracting the food container in response to a shape of the food container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,434

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PACKAGING INJECTION MOULDINGS

HEKUMA GMBH, Eching (DE)...

1. A method for transferring injection-molded components (P) in the form of pipette tips (P) from an injection-molded machine into packaging containers (V1 to V4), comprising the following steps:withdrawing the injection-molded components (P) in a ring-shaped arrangement from a tool (W) of the injection molding machine by a withdrawal grab (100),
transferring the ring-shaped arrangement into an in-line configuration of the injection-molded components (P) in a transfer station (101),
positioning the injection-molded components (P) in the transfer station (101) according to positioning in a workpiece holder (102), and
transporting the injection-molded components (P) into the workpiece holder (102) by means of the transfer station (101), whereupon the injection-molded components (P) from the workpiece holder (102) are inserted into the packaging containers (V1 to V4), whereinin the withdrawal grab (100) injection-molded components (P), arranged along a straight line (Y) in an opposite manner, are withdrawn from the ring-shaped arrangement and are transferred into the in-line configuration in the transfer station (101),whereupon the remaining injection-molded components (P) of the ring-shaped arrangement, which face each other along the straight line (Y) complete the already present in-line configuration in the transfer station (101) such that from the ring-shaped arrangement of the injection-molded components (01 to 08) on the withdrawal grab (100) at least one line or row is formed in the transfer station (101), whereingroups of rings (R1 to R8) of injection-molded components at the withdrawal grab (100) are transferred in groups of rows in the transfer station (101) such that in the groups of rows numbering of the injection-molded components (P) corresponds continuously to the numbering in the ring-shaped arrangement, whereinthe in-line configuration of the injection-molded components (P) in the transfer station (101) is compacted to a compact in-line configuration by moving single injection-molded components and/or portions of single rows in relation to each other in which the injection-molded components (P) and groups of rows of the injection-molded components have a predetermined distance to each other which corresponds to the positioning in the workpiece holder (102), whereingroups of rows (R1 to R8) in the transfer station (101) corresponding to one shot of the injection molding machine are inserted into the workpiece holder (102) such that the order of the groups of rings in the injection molding tool corresponds to the order of groups of rows in the workpiece holder (102), whereby the transfer station repeatedly charges the workpiece holder (102), and wherein,the workpiece holder (102) is designed by means of rod-shaped workpiece holder units (102.1, 102.2, . . . ), having receiving holes (B) for the injection-molded components (P), the rod-shaped workpiece holder units (102.102.2, . . . ) are attached to a support device (102a) in a manner displaceable relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,433

CONVEYOR DEVICE FOR CONVEYING FOOD PRODUCTS

PROVISUR TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A conveyor device for conveying food products in stacks or interleaved units made of a plurality of slices of cheese or meat products, the conveyor device comprising:a main flow path comprising a plurality of parallel conveyor tracks, aligned with one another, having an input side and an output side;
a buffer flow path comprising a buffer conveyor;
a distributor conveyor; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit is configured to control the conveyor device to format the food products in a specific product format on the plurality of parallel conveyor tracks;
wherein the control unit is configured to control the distributor conveyor to transfer the food products on the input side of the main flow path from the main flow path onto the buffer conveyor of the buffer flow path until the buffer conveyor is filled;
wherein the control unit is configured to control the conveyor device to fill a product gap on one of the plurality of parallel conveyor tracks incoming on the input side with a food product so that on the output side all parallel conveyor tracks are supplied with the food products.

US Pat. No. 10,457,432

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for producing packages of infusion products, said packages comprising a bag (3) filled with a dosed quantity of a product, a tag (4), and a length of thread (2) attached at opposite ends to said bag (3) and said tag (4) respectively, said apparatus comprising:a forming group (30,40) of said filled bag (3);
a feeding group (50) that feeds said filled bag after forming;
a cutting and feeding group (60) of said length of thread (2); and
a sewing head (70) of said length of thread (2) to said filled bag (3), wherein said feeding group (50), said cutting and feeding group (60), and said sewing head (70) are capable of rotating around respective rotation axes,
wherein said feeding group (50) of said filled bag also feeds said tag (4), and said sewing head (70) sews said length of thread (2) also to said tag (4), and
wherein said sewing head (70) peripherally carries one or more movable sewing units (80), said one or more sewing units (80) being caused, in succession, to move and interact with said cutting and feeding unit via a first tracking motion of said cutting and feeding unit (60), to receive said length of thread via a second tracking motion of said feeding group (50) of said filled bag and said tag (4), and to sew ends of said length of thread (2) received by said cutting and feeding (60) group, to said bag (3) and to said tag (4) carried in a continuous movement by said feeding group (50).

US Pat. No. 10,457,431

COFFEE POD POINT OF SALE FABRICATION DEVICE

1. A device for expanding a compressed coffee pod, filling and dispensing the expanded coffee pods, said device comprising;a enclosure housing all components of said device;
a pod advancing means for the movement of said compressed pods within said enclosure;
a pod loading means for the storage and feed of said pods onto said pod advancing means;
a means for pod expanding adapted to increase a volume of a well of said coffee pod;
a coffee filling means for the storage, grinding and dosing of coffee beans into said coffee pod;
a sealing means for the affixation of a seal across a top face of a top flange of said coffee pod;
a pod delivery station for the transfer of a sealed, filled coffee pod from said pod advancing means to an exterior portal in said enclosure; and
an operating system for controlling the operation of said device;
wherein said pod advancing means moves said pods from said pod loading means to said pod delivery station, there between sequentially passing through said means for pod expanding, said coffee filling means, and said sealing means; and
wherein said operating system provides signals for the initiation of the mechanized operation of said device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,430

APPARATUS FOR COUPLING PLASTIC CAN CARRIERS TO CANS

American Canning Machines...

1. An apparatus for coupling one or more can carriers to a plurality of cans, comprising:rails for guiding cans as the cans move through the apparatus;
two or more stop members, wherein at least two stop members are moved horizontally towards one another in between the rails to stop the cans at a selected position along the rails;
one or more push bodies that move along a length of the rails;
one or more push members coupled to the push bodies, wherein the push members can be inserted in between the rails to contact the cans and move the cans along a path between the rails;
a hopper configured to position at least one can carrier on top of the cans; and
at least one roller positioned to provide a downward force on the at least one can carrier and attach the at least one can carrier to the cans as the cans are moved past the at least one roller by the push members.

US Pat. No. 10,457,429

PAIR OF JAWS FOR A TWIST-TYING MACHINE

Johnson International Cor...

1. A pair of jaws for a twist tying machine; the pair of jaws comprising:a fixed jaw, further comprising a housing configured to be attached to the twist tying machine and extending to a flat distal edge;
a fixed jaw channel, formed within the fixed jaw and configured to accommodate a product tie from the twist tying machine;
a movable jaw, rotatably attached to the twist tying machine and extending to a movable jaw distal end;
a movable jaw channel, formed within the movable jaw and configured to accommodate the product tie from the fixed jaw channel;
wherein, closing the movable jaw against the fixed jaw enables the product tie to travel through the movable jaw around a product, and through the fixed jaw creating a tie around the product
a flat distal edge line, that is parallel to the flat distal edge;
an inclined portion, joined to the flat distal edge; wherein the inclined portion is parallel to an inclined portion line;
a fixed jaw transition angle is measured from the flat distal edge line to the inclined portion line;
wherein the fixed jaw transition angle is at least zero degrees but no more than ninety degrees
a fixed jaw channel opening, that is hollowed out from the inclined portion; wherein the fixed jaw channel opening is the beginning of the fixed jaw channel further comprising a modified rectangular opening having a fixed jaw channel outer wall, a fixed jaw channel upper wall, and a fixed jaw channel lower wall;
a fixed jaw upper concave portion formed into the fixed jaw channel upper wall; and
a fixed jaw lower concave portion formed into the fixed jaw channel lower wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,428

BRAKE SYSTEM OF WIRE REEL IN REINFORCING BAR BINDING MACHINE

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

1. A reinforcing bar binding machine comprising:a feed motor which feeds a wire from a wire reel;
a twist motor which twists wire fed from the wire reel to bind the reinforcing bars;
a stopper lever movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein in the engaged position the stopper lever engages an outer periphery of the wire reel to brake the wire reel and in the disengaged position the stopper lever does not engage the wire reel so that the wire reel is rotatable;
at least one member which engages with the stopper lever, wherein the at least one member is movable between an unbraked position and a braked position, and movement of the at least one member from the unbraked position to the braked position moves the stopper lever from the disengaged position to the engaged position;
a brake actuator which is separate from the feed motor and the twist motor, wherein the brake actuator includes one of a solenoid or a motor, and wherein actuation of the brake actuator causes movement of the at least one member from the unbraked position to the braked position and thereby moves the stopper lever from the disengaged position to the engaged position; and
a binding machine body which includes a first side and a second side, and an aperture extending through the binding machine body from the first side to the second side; and
wherein:
(i) the brake actuator is located on the first side of the binding machine body;
(ii) the wire reel is located on the second side of the binding machine body; and
(iii) the at least one member includes a portion positioned on the second side of the binding machine body and a portion extending through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,457,427

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING SOLID SUBSTANCES

VMI HOLLAND B.V., Epe (N...

1. An apparatus for dispensing solid substances, wherein the apparatus comprises a feeder section with a first holder for holding a plurality of feeder units in a first circular array that extends concentrically around an upright central axis, a collection section with a second holder for holding a plurality of hoppers in a second circular array that extends concentrically around the central axis below the first holder, and a dispensing section below the second holder,wherein the second holder is rotatable about the central axis for rotating the plurality of hoppers with respect to the feeder positions for receiving solid substances from one or more of the feeder units and with respect to a first packing position for dispensing the solid substances to the dispensing section,
wherein the apparatus further comprises a cleaning device for removing pollutants from the plurality of hoppers,
wherein the cleaning device comprises a hub that is rotatable about the central axis together with the second holder and a plurality of ducts for forming an air connection between each of the plurality of hoppers and the hub,
wherein the hub is arranged to be connected to a vacuum source for generating a partial vacuum in the hub,
wherein the cleaning device comprises a first blocking member that is arranged for at least partially blocking the air connection between one of the hoppers and the hub when said one hopper is positioned in the first packing position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,426

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING FILLED CONTAINERS MADE FROM PREFORMS

KHS GMBH, Dortmund (DE) ...

1. A method for producing filled containers from preforms made of a thermoplastic material, comprising the steps of: transferring the preforms in each case onto a molding and filling element of a molding and filling station; and, in a subsequent molding and filling process, remolding the preforms into a particular container in a mold of the molding and filling station, which is in a molding and filling status in which a simultaneous molding and of the container is carried out under an effect of pressure of a supplied liquid filling material; and, after the molding and filling, removing the container from the molding and filling element of the molding and filling station; further including, before the molded and filled container is removed, transferring the molding and filling station into a safety status in which the particular mold is separated and protected from the molding and filling element, wherein there is a plurality of molding and filling stations on a transport element which is driven in a rotary manner, the switching of the molding and filling stations between the molding and filling status and the safety status occurs by a relative movement between the particular molding and filling element and an associated mold, the relative movement being radial to an axis of rotation of the rotating transport element so that in the safety status the particular mold is entirely radially spaced from the molding and filling element so that there is no radial overlap between the molding and filling element and the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,457,425

SPACECRAFT WITH ANTI NADIR BATTERY RADIATOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A battery system for a satellite, the system comprising:an anti-nadir panel for the satellite having a nadir-facing first side and an anti-nadir facing second side,
wherein the nadir-facing first side of the anti-nadir panel is mounted to an anti-nadir side of a main body of the satellite such that the nadir-facing first side of the anti-nadir panel is always facing the anti-nadir side of the main body of the satellite;
at least one battery pack mounted to the anti-nadir facing second side of the anti-nadir panel, wherein the at least one battery pack comprises at least one battery cell; and
at least one radiator, wherein the at least one radiator is mounted to the at least one battery pack,
wherein the at least one radiator comprises a top side, a bottom side, and four edge sides, wherein each of the top side and the bottom side has a larger surface area than each of the four edge sides, and
wherein the at least one radiator is disposed on a side of the at least one battery pack that is opposite the anti-nadir panel such that the top side of the at least one radiator is anti-nadir facing when the satellite is in a deployed position and the bottom side of the at least one radiator always faces the anti-nadir side of the main body of the satellite.

US Pat. No. 10,457,424

FLEXIBLE THERMAL-CONTROL MATERIAL, AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A flexible thermal-control material which is formed by laminating:a reflection layer which reflects solar light; and
an infrared radiation layer which radiates infrared light,
wherein the infrared radiation layer comprises a radiation crosslinked fluorine resin material, wherein
a support layer is further laminated on a surface of the reflection layer on the side opposite to the surface where the infrared radiation layer is laminated, and
the support layer is formed with a polyimide material or a polyester material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,423

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRCRAFT FAILURE PREDICTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft component failure prediction apparatus comprising:a database coupled to at least one aircraft system, the database being configured to receive from the at least one aircraft system and store
at least one multidimensional operation data matrix corresponding to operation of an aircraft component obtained from a plurality of aircraft, and
at least one multidimensional maintenance message matrix corresponding to the operation of the aircraft component from the plurality of aircraft; and
an aircraft maintenance controller coupled to the database, the aircraft maintenance controller being configured to
classify operational data, in a first classification, of the at least one multidimensional operation data matrix as corresponding with at least one maintenance message to form at least one classified multidimensional operation data matrix including classified data;
classify the classified data of the at least one classified multidimensional operation data matrix with a machine learning model, in a second classification, to predict an occurrence of a future maintenance message for the aircraft component within a predetermined analysis time period, where the aircraft maintenance controller preprocesses the at least one classified multidimensional operation data matrix to remove classification obscuring data from the at least one classified multidimensional operation data matrix, and
generate an output of at least one partial dependency function on a user interface coupled to the aircraft maintenance controller, the output of the at least one partial dependency function being generated from the at least one classified multidimensional operation data matrix where the output of the at least one partial dependency function explains prediction of the occurrence of the future maintenance message by identifying at least which of the operational data is most frequently identified by the at least one maintenance message and operational ranges of the operational data most frequently identified by the at least one maintenance message.

US Pat. No. 10,457,422

WEIGHTS FOR WATER IMMERSION TESTING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An apparatus for securing a rotor blade, comprising:a base having a length alignable along a length of the rotor blade, the rotor blade positioned against a set point;
a first slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a first clam shell assembly supported by the first slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade at the selected location of the rotor blade;
a second slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a second clam shell assembly supported by the slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade; and
an offset member secured to the base and configured to maintain the base at a distance from a set point for receiving the rotor blade at the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly, wherein a length of the offset member is selected to place a center of gravity of the received rotor blade at a midpoint between the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,457,421

DRONE DOCKING STATION AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

1. A drone docking station device comprising:A container with a motorized sliding door for accepting deliveries of a group of food items, groceries and/or parcels (e.g. goods); and
The container mounted to a building, house, post, porch, roof, window or existing mailbox;
A device mounted on the container for communicating with a drone
A letter slot allowing for one way deposits of mail;
A flood light energized by a motion detector for enhanced area security; and
A solar panel mounted on the docking stationWherein the container is mounted for ready access by persons to a building, house, post, porch, roof, window and/or existing mailbox.

US Pat. No. 10,457,420

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MAINTENANCE AND SHELTER TO DRONE

Sharper Shape Oy, Espoo ...

1. An apparatus for providing maintenance and shelter to at least one drone, the apparatus comprising:at least one maintenance unit operable to provide maintenance to a drone that has arrived for maintenance;
a base structure fixed within a ground pit to a support, the base structure being configured for providing support to the at least one maintenance unit;
at least one landing structure suitable for the drone to land on, wherein each landing structure comprises a first actuator that is operable to move the at least one landing structure in relation to the base structure, so as to align the drone landed on the at least one landing structure with respect to the at least one maintenance unit, thereby enabling the at least one maintenance unit to provide maintenance to the drone; and
wherein the support is configured to lower and raise the apparatus into and out of the ground pit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,419

PIN ARRAY CHAMBER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RELEASING AND CAPTURING A MOVING OBJECT—SPACE

1. A pin array release and capture chamber system comprising:two substantially parallel plates of pin arrays,
each pin array having a plurality of pins that extend and retract through the respective plate substantially perpendicular to the respective plate, the two pin arrays arranged vertically opposite each other with a space between the two pin arrays,
wherein the pins of a first pin array of the two pin arrays and the pins of a second pin array of the two pin arrays extend toward each other in an extended state and retract away from each other in a retracted state, and
wherein the space is enclosed by two vertical sides and two horizontal sides; and
wherein the two pin arrays are sized such that in the extended state more than one of the pins of each pin array comes into contact with the body of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,418

UAV PAYLOAD MODULE CAMERA ASSEMBLY AND RETRACTION MECHANISM

AeroVironment, Inc., Mon...

1. A UAV comprising:a) a payload secured to the UAV so as to be capable of being stowed within the UAV and deployed out of the UAV;
b) a biasing member to bias the payload out of the UAV and into a deployed position; and
c) a retraction mechanism comprising a flexible means capable of supporting tension, the retraction mechanism and the flexible means allowing the payload to be deployed by the biasing member and causing the payload to retract into the UAV from the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,417

FLIGHT INSTRUMENT WARNING DISPLAY

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A aircraft display, comprising:a calculation unit configured to receive inputs from one or more aircraft systems and to determine if warnings should be displayed based on current aircraft flight conditions and aircraft propulsion system parameters; and
a display unit configured to receive input from the calculation unit and to generate graphics for a flight instrument display, wherein the graphics comprise one or more warnings indicating a low power condition during low altitude flight or low airspeed flight,
wherein the graphics comprise one or more warning bands having a plurality of segments, each segment is associated with:
a different airspeed warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft height above surface, or
a different altitude warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft airspeed, or
a different power warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft airspeed and a current aircraft height above surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,416

PARACHUTE LANDING ASSISTANT

1. A parachute landing assistant comprised of a battery pack; a power switch; an LED indicator light; an audio jack; a microcontroller; and LIDAR ground proximity sensor, whereinthe battery pack is comprised of an alkaline or lithium ion battery system that supplies 5 V DC power to the microcontroller and other components; the power switch allows a parachutist to enable or disable operation of Parachute Landing Assistant;
the LED indicator light informs the parachutist as to whether the Parachute Landing Assistant operation is enabled or disabled;
the audio jack permits a tone or tones to be transmitted from the Parachute Landing Assistant to a headset or helmet of the parachutist to alert the parachutist with a tone or tones as to proximity of the parachutist to the ground;
the microcontroller controls the components of the Parachute Landing Assistant;
the microcontroller receives signals from the LIDAR ground proximity sensor, interprets those signals, and alerts the parachutist when the parachutist reaches a pre-set distance from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,457,415

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING THE BRAKING OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus (S.A.S.), Blagnac...

1. A method for assisting braking of an aircraft on a runway, the method comprising automatically implementing steps of:computing, using a first computer installed onboard the aircraft, a minimum braking distance of the aircraft on the runway, for which the aircraft attains a target speed;
displaying a representation of the minimum braking distance on a screen of the first computer, such that a crew member of the aircraft can select one of one or more runway exits that is compatible with the minimum braking distance;
receiving, via a second computer installed onboard the aircraft, information from a ground station, the information comprising at least a list of different runway exits;
sending at least the list of different runway exits to a man-machine interface in the cockpit of the aircraft, the man-machine interface being associated with a processing unit included in avionic equipment of the aircraft;
before landing the aircraft on the runway, entering, by the crew member of the aircraft, an input of a target braking distance by the man-machine interface in the cockpit of the aircraft, wherein the target braking distance corresponds to a distance between the runway threshold and the selected runway exit, and wherein the target braking distance is greater than or equal to the minimum braking distance;
during entry, by the crew member, of the target braking distance:
displaying the list of different runway exits on a screen of the man-machine interface; and
receiving a selection, by an interactive element of the man-machine interface, of a runway exit in the list of different runway exits displayed on the screen of the man-machine interface;
engaging an automatic optimized braking mode of the aircraft so the aircraft attains a target speed when the aircraft reaches the selected runway exit; and
controlling a braking system of the aircraft after the landing of the aircraft on the runway, according to the automatic optimized braking mode, such that the aircraft attains the target speed when the aircraft arrives at the selected runway exit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,414

REDUCED ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNATURE OF CONFORMING CONICAL SEAL FASTENER SYSTEMS

Arconic Inc., Pittsburgh...

1. A fastener, comprising:a sleeve having an elongated portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a head located at the first end of the elongated portion, and an internal threaded portion located at the second end of the elongated portion, the head including a bearing surface located on an underside thereof;
a core bolt disposed within the sleeve and having a first end, a second end opposite the first end of the core bolt, a head located at the first end of the core bolt, and a shank portion having an external threaded portion located proximate to the second end of the core bolt, the threaded portion of the core bolt being engageable threadedly with the threaded portion of the sleeve; and
a seal element attached to the sleeve and juxtaposed with the bearing surface of the head of the sleeve, the seal element includes a sealing portion and a lip that extends angularly from the sealing portion, and the seal element includes a tubular portion extending axially from the sealing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,413

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AIRCRAFT LIGHTNING STRIKE PROTECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

14. A lightning strike protection system of an aircraft, the lightning strike protection system comprising:a capacitor having a predetermined capacity to hold a predetermined quantity of electric charges provided to the capacitor;
a voltage generating device coupled to the capacitor, wherein as a quantity of electric charges provided to the capacitor exceeds the predetermined capacity of the capacitor, the voltage generating device converts the electric charges stored in the capacitor into a voltage to generate a lightning leader from the aircraft; and
a conductive path embedded in the aircraft to channel a lightning strike induced by a connection of the lightning leader with an oncoming lightning leader therethrough to be discharged away from the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,411

LIGHTNING STRIKE DISPERSION FOR COMPOSITE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A lightning strike dispersion structure comprising:a composite component having an outboard surface, wherein the composite component is electrically nonconductive;
a metal sheet coupled to and extending across a minority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component, wherein the metal sheet is electrically conductive and comprises a ductile material;
a metal stud coupled to and in electrical contact with the metal sheet, the metal stud extending completely through the composite component, wherein the metal stud comprises a head and a tip longitudinally opposite the head, wherein the metal stud is electrically conductive and the head of the metal stud is fixedly embedded in the ductile material of the metal sheet; and
a metal mesh coupled to and extending across a majority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component, wherein the metal mesh is electrically conductive and the majority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component is inclusive of the minority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component such that the metal mesh extends across and is in electrical contact with the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,457,410

MAGNETIC CARBON NANOTUBE CLUSTER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:receiving a magnetic particle;
forming a plurality of carbon nanotube catalyst nanoparticles on an outer surface of the magnetic particle; and
forming a plurality of carbon nanotubes extending from the catalyst nanoparticles while the magnetic particle is levitated within a nanotube growth chamber to form a magnetic carbon nanotube cluster, wherein the forming the plurality of carbon nanotubes extending from the catalyst nanoparticles comprises controlling a magnetic field generator to levitate the magnetic particles in a growth region of the nanotube growth chamber, and wherein the growth region comprises a carrier gas configured to supply carbon atoms to form the plurality of carbon nanotubes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,409

ADAPTIVE ENGINE EXHAUST SIGNATURE SUPPRESSOR

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

19. A method of changing performance of an aircraft, comprising:providing an exhaust system, comprising:
an engine exhaust plane associated with an entrance to the exhaust system;
an exhaust exit plane associated with an exit of the exhaust system;
a forward cap movable relative to the engine exhaust plane and configured to selectively intersect the engine exhaust plane;
an aft cap movable relative to the exhaust exit plane and configured to selectively intersect the exhaust exit plane; and
a centerbody disposed at least partially longitudinally between the forward cap and the aft cap, each of the forward cap and the aft cap being movable relative to the centerbody, wherein the forward cap, the aft cap, and the centerbody collectively form an interior space configured to be fed cooling air via at least one duct connected with the centerbody, wherein a position of the centerbody is fixed relative to the at least one duct; and
moving at least one of the forward cap and the aft cap through operation of a single movement production device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,408

REUSABLE EVACUATION SYSTEM RESTRAINT

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. An evacuation system comprising:an inflatable slide;
a releasable restraint coupled to the inflatable slide, the releasable restraint comprising:
a first mating portion including a receptacle having a first prong and a second prong, wherein the first prong and the second prong are separated by a first width, and
a second mating portion releasably coupled to the first mating portion, wherein the first mating portion is configured to decouple and recouple with the second mating portion; and
an adjustment fastener coupled to the second prong, the adjustment fastener configured to increase or decrease the first width to a second width.

US Pat. No. 10,457,407

DUAL CONFIGURATION WIND CURTAIN FOR EVACUATION ASSEMBLY

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An evacuation assembly of an aircraft, the evacuation assembly comprising:an evacuation slide; and
a sheet coupled to the evacuation slide, wherein the sheet is deployable in a wind curtain configuration and a canopy configuration, wherein the sheet comprises a first portion and a second portion;
wherein in the wind curtain configuration:
the first portion of the sheet is a substantially vertical panel that extends along one lateral side of two opposing lateral sides of the evacuation slide;
the second portion of the sheet is in a furled form that extends along a top edge of the first portion of the sheet that is the substantially vertical panel at the lateral side of the evacuation slide;
wherein in the canopy configuration:
the second portion is unfurled to extend over a top side of the evacuation slide.

US Pat. No. 10,457,406

DUAL CONFIGURATION EVACUATION ASSEMBLY

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An evacuation assembly of an aircraft, the evacuation assembly comprising:an evacuation slide; and
a sheet coupled to the evacuation slide, wherein the sheet is deployable in a negative lift configuration and a canopy configuration;
wherein:
in the negative lift configuration the sheet extends across at least a portion of an underside of the evacuation slide;
in the canopy configuration the sheet extends over at least a portion of a top side of the evacuation slide;
the evacuation slide comprises a longitudinal axis, a first longitudinally extending border tube, and a second longitudinally extending border tube;
the first longitudinally extending border tube and the second longitudinally extending border tube extend parallel to the longitudinal axis to form opposing lateral edges of the evacuation slide;
a first portion of the sheet is affixed to the first longitudinally extending border tube; and
a second portion of the sheet, at least in the canopy configuration, is detachably coupled to the second longitudinally extending border tube.

US Pat. No. 10,457,405

COMPOSITE AEROSTRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED HEATING ELEMENT

TRIUMPH AEROSTRUCTURES, L...

1. A heated aerostructure, comprising:a composite structure, comprising:
a reinforced thermoplastic upper layer forming a load bearing element of the aerostructure wherein the thermoplastic of the upper layer has a first glass transition temperature;
a reinforced thermoplastic lower layer forming a load bearing element of the aerostructure wherein thermoplastic of the lower layer has a second glass transition temperature;
a thermoplastic heater layer wherein the thermoplastic of the heater layer has a third glass transition temperature and the heater layer comprises:
a plurality of electrically conductive fibers;
a first electrode electrically connected with the conductive fibers; and
a second electrode electrically connected with the conductive fibers, so that the conductive fibers provide an electrical pathway between the first electrode and the second electrode;
wherein the conductive fibers of the thermoplastic heater layer are substantially similar to the reinforcing fibers of the upper layer and the lower layer;
a first fiber reinforced thermoplastic insulative layer disposed between the heater layer and the upper layer wherein the thermoplastic of the first insulative layer has a fourth glass transition temperature;
a second fiber reinforced thermoplastic insulative layer disposed between the heater layer and the lower layer wherein the thermoplastic of the second insulative layer has a fifth glass transition temperature;
wherein the third glass temperature is within 25 percent of the glass transition temperature of the first and second glass temperature;
a sensor operable to sense a characteristic indicative of the formation of ice on the upper layer;
a controller connected with the sensor and an electrical power source for controlling the power provided to the first electrode;
wherein the first electrode and the electrically conductive fibers are connected such that electric power applied to the first electrode is conducted to the electrically conductive fibers to provide resistive heating sufficient to heat the composite structure to impede formation of ice on the composite structure or to remove ice formed on the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,457,404

CARBON NANOTUBE ANTI-ICING AND DE-ICING MEANS FOR AIRCRAFT

1. A system for anti-icing and de-icing an aircraft, the system comprising:an electrically conductive coating or film;
an electrical circuit comprising one or more electrical leads, wherein the one or more electrical leads comprises either electrical wires or metal strips;
a carriage assembly having an upper carriage and a lower carriage, wherein the carriage assembly houses the one or more electrical leads, wherein the carriage assembly is bonded to a wing of the aircraft, wherein the one or more electrical leads is configured to be heated;
a control unit comprising a power supply and an electrical connector, wherein the electrical connector comprises a negative end and a positive end, wherein the negative end is connected to a corresponding negative end of an electrical lead of the one or more electrical leads, and wherein the positive end is connected to a corresponding positive end of said electrical lead;
a plurality of temperature sensors connected to the control unit; and
a plurality of ice detector sensors connected to said plurality of temperature sensors and said electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,457,403

DUAL-CHANNEL DEICING SYSTEM FOR A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of deicing a rotary wing aircraft, comprising:providing a first electrothermal heating element located along a leading edge of a main rotor blade over a stagnation line, a second electrothermal heating element located aft of the first electrothermal heating element along an upper surface of the main rotor blade, a third electrothermal heating element located aft of the first electrothermal heating element along a lower surface of the main rotor blade, and a fourth electrothermal heating element located aft of the third electrothermal heating element along the lower surface of the main rotor blade;
operating the third electrothermal heating element prior to the first electrothermal heating element, the first electrothermal heating element prior to the second electrothermal heating element, and the fourth electrothermal heating element subsequent to the second electrothermal heating element in response to a heating cycle defined by a controller, the heating cycle including an on-time and an off-time; and
communicating between the controller and another controller, such that the another controller is operable to define the heating cycle upon a failure associated with the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,402

DEVICE FOR DE-ICING A ROTOR BLADE, ROTOR BLADE PROVIDED WITH SUCH A DEVICE, ROTOR, TURBOMACHINE AND AIRCRAFT

RATIER FIGEAC, Figeac (F...

1. A device for de-icing at least one surface portion of a rotor blade liable to be covered with a layer of ice, said device comprising:at least one first heating device adapted to permit detachment of at least part of said layer of ice in contact with said surface portion of the rotor blade, further comprising:
at least one second heating device comprising heating elements that are electrical resistors extending facing only part of said surface portion so as to circumscribe at that location closed-contour zones of said surface portion, the second heating device extending in the form of at least one lattice, named second heating lattice, comprising cells, each cell of said second heating lattice defining a closed-contour zone,and in that:the heating elements of the second heating device are adapted to cause breaking of the ice through said thickness of said ice layer,
the first heating device extends at least partly facing the inside of said closed-contour zones of said second heating device,
the closed-contour zones are circumscribed by the heating elements of the second heating device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,401

DUAL-USE AIR TURBINE SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A dual-use air turbine system for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft, the dual-use air turbine system comprising:a variable area air turbine mechanically linked to a spool of the gas turbine engine through a multi-speed gear set;
a plurality of valves in pneumatic ducting operable to direct an engine start air flow through an inlet of the variable area air turbine and drive rotation of the spool during an engine start mode of operation, wherein the valves comprise a first check valve, a high pressure shutoff valve, a main valve located upstream of the inlet of the variable area air turbine, a starter air valve located downstream of an outlet of the variable area air turbine, and a second check valve located between the outlet of the variable area air turbine and the main valve; and
a controller configured to direct an engine bleed air flow from a compressor section of the gas turbine engine through the inlet of the variable area air turbine and drive rotation of the spool during an environmental control system active mode of operation of an environmental control system that provides conditioned air to a cabin of the aircraft, wherein the engine bleed air flow is provided from a lower pressure tap of the compressor section by the first check valve to the main valve and to the inlet of the variable area air turbine or the engine bleed air flow is provided from a higher pressure tap of the compressor section by the high pressure shut-off valve to the main valve and the inlet of the variable area air turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,457,400

MIXING DEVICE WITH REDUCED RISK OF ICING

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A mixing device for use in an aircraft air-conditioning system, comprising:a cold air supply line adapted to supply cold air to the mixing device,
a first recirculation air supply line adapted to supply recirculation air to the mixing device, and
a mixing chamber having an upstream end and a downstream end, the mixing chamber adapted to mix the cold air supplied to the mixing device via the cold air supply line with the recirculation air supplied to the mixing device via the first recirculation air supply line,
wherein the first recirculation air supply line has a heat transfer portion which is thermoconductively connected to a mixing chamber wall delimiting the mixing chamber, and
wherein the heat transfer portion of the first recirculation air supply line branches off a main portion of the first recirculation air supply line at a branch-off,
wherein the main portion of the first recirculation air supply line has an outlet leading into the mixing chamber at the upstream end of the mixing chamber and adjacent to an outlet of the cold air supply line where the cold air supply line leads into the mixing chamber,
wherein the heat transfer portion of the first recirculation air supply line extends along the mixing chamber from the outlet of the main portion of the first recirculation air supply line to the downstream end of the mixing chamber, the downstream end being disposed downstream of the outlet of the main portion of the first recirculation air supply line into the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,399

AIRCRAFT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN AIRCRAFT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

9. A method of operating an aircraft air conditioning system, the method comprising the steps:guiding a flow of ambient air through an ambient air supply line having a first end connected to an ambient air inlet and a second end connected to a mixer of the aircraft air conditioning system so as to supply ambient air to the mixer, the flow of ambient air being controlled by a shut off valve,
guiding a flow of ram air through a ram air channel having a first end connected to a ram air inlet and a second end connected to an aircraft environment, the ram air channel being additionally provided to the ambient air supply line,
compressing the ambient air flowing through the ambient air supply line via a first compressor arranged in the ambient air supply line,
guiding a flow of bleed air bled off from an engine or an auxiliary power unit through a bleed air supply line having a first end connected to the engine or the auxiliary power unit and a second end connected to the aircraft environment via the ram air channel, and
driving a bleed air turbine by the bleed air flowing through the bleed air supply line, the bleed air turbine being coupled to the first compressor so as to drive the first compressor, and
the bleed air supply line opening into the ram air channel so as to guide bleed air flowing through the bleed air supply line into the ram air channel and to discharge the bleed air to the aircraft environment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,398

COLLAPSIBLE BACKREST

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A collapsible backrest, comprising:a cover;
a back panel retained within a first compartment of the cover;
a base panel flexibly coupled to the back panel and retained within a second compartment of the cover;
a central panel flexibly coupled to the base panel and retained within a third compartment of the cover; and
an end panel flexibly coupled to the central panel and retained within a fourth compartment of the cover, wherein the base panel, the central panel, and the end panel form a triangular support structure in a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,397

AIRCRAFT SEAT STRUCTURE

JAMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An aircraft seat structure comprising:a first seat unit having a first seat region that includes a first seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a first protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the first seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the first seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls; and
a second seat unit having a second seat region that includes a second seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a second protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the second seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the second seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls,
a third seat unit includes a third seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration,
wherein the first protruding region of the first seat unit and the second protruding region of the second seat unit are formed so as to protrude in opposite directions relative to the first seat region and the second seat region, and
the first seat unit is arranged in such a manner that a longitudinal direction thereof matches a front-rear direction of the aircraft, and the second seat unit is arranged in such a manner that a longitudinal direction thereof matches the front-rear direction of the aircraft, the first seat unit and the second seat unit being connected in a state where a portion of the second seat region of the second seat unit is inserted in the first protruding region of the first seat unit,
the third seat unit is arranged to the second seat unit in a manner of side-by-side two rows,
an intermediate portion is received in a space below the second seat portion or in an accommodating portion of the second protruding portion, at the second seat unit, and
wherein the bed configuration is formed, by positioning the intermediate portion taken therefrom between the seat portion of the second seat of the second seat unit and a footrest portion arranged in an inner space of the first protruding portion of the first seat unit, heights of the top surfaces thereof being the same as each other,
the second seat of the second seat unit and the third seat of the third seat unit are connected when a partition wall arranged between the second seat unit and the third seat unit is slid to open.

US Pat. No. 10,457,395

FASTENING SYSTEM FOR FASTENING AN OBJECT IN A VEHICLE

1. A fastening system in a vehicle, comprising:at least one rail arranged on a vehicle side, the at least one rail configured to releasably fasten an object;
at least one fastening device arranged on an object side, the at least one fastening device configured to positively fix the object on the rail;
a spring configured to be provided on the fastening device, the spring including a pivot, the spring, with a positive arrangement of the fastening device on the rail, configured to produce a non-positive fit between the fastening device and the rail;
two locking hooks including a first locking hook and a second locking hook provided on the fastening device, the two locking hooks configured to articulate on the pivot, wherein a first side of the first locking hook and a second side of the second locking hook away from the first side engage around an end region of the rail which is configured to face the object; and
a control body rotatably mounted in a space between a third side of the first locking hook and a fourth side of the second locking hook, the control body having a length and a width, the length greater than the width, the control body configured to be adjusted from a first orientation in which the width is between the third side and the fourth side to a second orientation in which the length is between the third side and the fourth side to fix the object on the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,457,394

AIRSHIP LAUNCH FROM A CARGO AIRSHIP

STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, L...

1. A method for launch of an unmanned second airship mechanically coupled to a cargo airship comprising:connecting a cargo airship to a second airship, the second airship not being positively buoyant at the launch site, the cargo airship comprising propulsive and maneuvering capabilities, the cargo airship comprising a releasable mass comprising a detachable unmanned air vehicle containing a pump to transfer lifting gas from the lifting gas reservoir to the second airship;
launching the cargo airship, the cargo airship carrying the second airship aloft and traveling to a predetermined location and deployment altitude using the propulsive and maneuvering capabilities of the cargo airship;
while aloft, transferring lifting gas from a first lifting volume of the cargo airship to a second lifting volume of the second airship;
after launch and while aloft in drifting flight, performing a hull integrity check on the second airship; andwhen the hull integrity check is satisfactory, releasing the second airship from the cargo airship;wherein:the second airship is an unmanned high-altitude airship and connecting the cargo airship to the second airship comprises stowing the second airship and a payload in a payload bay of the cargo airship, said payload connected to but not within the second airship;
transferring lifting gas comprises opening the commandable valve to allow lifting gas to flow through an inflation tube into the second airship such that the second airship inflates and progressively lifts the second airship out of the payload bay while the payload remains in the payload bay; and
releasing the second airship comprises releasing the payload connected to the second airship from the payload bay of the cargo airship, the second airship lifting the payload from the payload bay.

US Pat. No. 10,457,393

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR RECEIVING AERIAL VEHICLE DELIVERY

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. An apparatus for receiving aerial vehicle delivery comprising:a receiving pad configured to receive a package released by an aerial vehicle hovering over the receiving pad;
one or more accessory couplers attached to the receiving pad and configured to allow a receiving pad accessory to couple to and uncouple from the receiving pad; and
a wall portion surrounding at least a portion of the receiving pad, the wall portion being removably coupled to the receiving pad via an accessory coupler; and
wherein the receiving pad is coupled to a motorized retractor configured to retract and extend the receiving pad; and
wherein the motorized retractor is configured to automatically extend the receiving pad in response to the aerial vehicle approaching the receiving pad.

US Pat. No. 10,457,392

MOBILE BASE UTILIZING AUTOMATED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR DELIVERING ITEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

7. A system to deliver items, the system comprising:a mobile base configured to transport items to a delivery area, the delivery area comprising delivery locations, the mobile base comprising a roof with an opening in the roof of the mobile base that serves as an extraction point for an item in the mobile base that is to be delivered to a delivery location;
an automated aerial vehicle (AAV) configured to deliver an item from the mobile base to a delivery location; and
a computing system, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing program instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to at least:
provide instructions directing the AAV to take off from the mobile base after an item in the mobile base has been received by the AAV at the extraction point of the mobile base, wherein the item is an ordered item and a user order for the item specifies a delivery location where the ordered item is to be delivered;
provide instructions directing the AAV to transport the ordered item from the mobile base to the delivery location, wherein the instructions directing the AAV to transport the ordered item include a route from the mobile base to the delivery location; and
provide instructions directing the AAV to travel from the delivery location to the mobile base and to land on the mobile base.

US Pat. No. 10,457,391

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING ELECTRONIC WARFARE AND CYBER EFFECTS

SELEX GALILEO INC., Arli...

1. A small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) comprising:an airframe having a fuselage and a Prandtl wing;
a power system having a plurality of hydrogen fuel cells positioned within the Prandtl wing; and
at least two electric ducted fans positioned on the fuselage, wherein the at least two ducted fans are powered by at least a portion of the plurality of hydrogen fuel cells;
wherein the Prandtl wing comprises two Prandtl wing structures, wherein each of the two Prandtl wing structures is formed from at least two trusses connected with a carbon fiber wing skin, wherein the carbon fiber win skin is bonded to terminating edges of the at least two trusses; and
wherein the plurality of hydrogen fuel cells have different sizes configured to fit positioned between the at least two trusses.

US Pat. No. 10,457,390

AIRCRAFT WITH THRUST VECTORING PROPULSION ASSEMBLIES

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A propulsion assembly for an aircraft comprising:a nacelle;
an engine disposed within the nacelle;
a proprotor coupled to the engine; and
a thrust vectoring system including a pivoting plate, a rotary actuator operable to rotate the pivoting plate about a propulsion assembly centerline axis and a linear actuator operable to pivot the pivoting plate about a pivot axis that is normal to the propulsion assembly centerline axis;
wherein, the engine is mounted on the pivoting plate such that operation of the pivoting plate enables resolution of a thrust vector within a thrust vector cone.

US Pat. No. 10,457,389

MULTICOPTER-ASSISTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING AND RETRIEVING A FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT

Hood Technology Corporati...

1. A multicopter comprising:a hub;
an arm attachable to the hub, the arm including a rotor and a rotor motor drivingly engaged to the rotor, the rotor motor defining multiple cooling channels; and
a cooling fan attachable to the rotor motor, the cooling fan defining multiple radially oriented cooling channels,
wherein the cooling fan is positionable relative to the rotor motor so that the cooling channels of the cooling fan at least partially align with the cooling channels of the rotor motor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,388

ROTOR ASSEMBLY WITH HIGH LOCK-NUMBER BLADES

Bell Helicopter Textron, ...

1. An aircraft rotor assembly, comprising:a central yoke;
a plurality of rotor blades coupled to the yoke for rotation with the yoke about an axis, each blade having a Lock number of approximately 5 or greater; and
a lead-lag pivot for each blade, each pivot being a radial distance from the axis and allowing for in-plane lead-lag motion of the associated blade relative to the yoke, each pivot allowing for in-plane motion from a neutral position of at least 1 degree in each of the lead and lag directions;
wherein lead and lag motion of each blade is opposed by a biasing force that biases the associated blade toward the neutral position; and
wherein the biasing force is selected to achieve a first in-plane frequency of greater than 1/rev for each blade.

US Pat. No. 10,457,387

AUTOGYRO WITH A STREAMLINED OUTER CONTOUR

Christoph Fraundorfer, N...

1. A gyroplane, comprising:a fuselage defining a forward end and a rear end displaced apart downstream from the forward end along a longitudinal direction of the fuselage;
a mast arranged between the forward end and the rear end of the fuselage, a free end of the mast extending away from the fuselage in a vertical direction;
a rotor arranged in a rotatable manner at the free end of the mast, the rotor being configured and disposed so that the rotor can be set in autorotation by an air flow flowing from the forward end toward the rear end of the fuselage and thereby generate lift transmitted to the fuselage via the mast;
a propeller configured and disposed in the area of the rear end of the fuselage and drivable to produce propulsion of the gyroplane;
a horizontal stabilizer arranged downstream of the propeller;
a strut connecting the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage and including a first section that extends away from the propeller in the longitudinal direction;
a horizontal stabilizer extension disposed between the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer and extending in a coaxial manner with respect to the rear end of the fuselage, the horizontal stabilizer extension being spaced from the rear end of the fuselage in such a manner that a gap is formed between horizontal stabilizer extension and the rear end of the fuselage; and
wherein the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer extension together form a streamlined outer contour.

US Pat. No. 10,457,386

HYDRAULIC SHIMMY DAMPER

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A damper, comprising:a disc;
first and second housings defining first and second interiors at opposite disc sides, respectively, the first housing configured to be coupled with a first arm;
first and second bodies respectively disposed within the first and second interiors and respectively comprising collars, bellows connecting the collars to the disc to form third and fourth interiors and springs anchored between the first and second housings and the collars; and
a rod configured to be coupled with a second arm, affixed to the first and second bodies and extended through the disc and the first housing,
wherein the rod and the first housing are relatively movable with relative movement of the first and second arms and the third and fourth interiors are configured to contain fluid charged therein and to flow the fluid through the disc.

US Pat. No. 10,457,385

WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR AN AIRCRAFT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

15. An aircraft comprising:a wheel;
a landing gear strut; and
at least one wheel drive system for ground movement of the aircraft, each of the at least one wheel drive system including:
a motor system supported by an unsuspended part of the landing gear strut, the motor system including:
an electric motor, and
a reduction gearing system, and
a clutch system, which connects an output shaft of the electric motor to the wheel via the reduction gearing system, the clutch system including:
a dog-clutch including a drive part, which is secured to the motor system, and a receiving part, which is secured to a rim of the wheel, and
a translational movement system, which translationally moves the drive part along an axis of an axle crossbeam of the landing gear strut into an engaged position, in which the drive part collaborates with the receiving part, and a disengaged position, in which the drive part is separated from the receiving part,
wherein the receiving part includes an annular corolla, which is fixed on one side of the rim of the wheel, and a plurality of shock absorbers fixed to the annular corolla and spaced apart so as to leave a square-edged slot between each adjacent pair of the shock absorbers, and
wherein each of the shock absorbers fixed to the annular corolla is arranged circumferentially between radial stop portions extending radially towards each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,384

EMISSION-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING EMISSIONS FROM AN EJECTION PORT

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. An emission-capturing apparatus for use in conjunction with a vehicle having a surface, the surface including an ejection port, the emission-capturing apparatus comprising:a tank having an inlet and an outlet, the outlet being disposed above a bottom of the tank, an internal ambient pressure of the tank being at least equal to an external ambient pressure at all times;
a muffler fluidly coupled with the outlet, the muffler configured to intercept all fluid exiting the outlet, to permit passage of gas through the muffler, and to inhibit passage of liquid through the muffler;
a hose having a tank end and a coupler end, the tank end fluidly coupled to the inlet of the tank; and
a coupler fluidly coupled to the coupler end of the hose, the coupler having a drain hole extending through the coupler, the coupler configured to be fluidly coupled to the surface, to completely cover the ejection port, and to support the coupler end of the hose in a position to receive an emission from the ejection port when the coupler is coupled to the surface and when the drain hole is aligned with the ejection port.

US Pat. No. 10,457,383

AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. An aircraft landing gear assembly comprising:a first part and a second part, the first and second parts being movably mounted with respect to one another;
a structural member pivotally coupled to the first part via a first joint, the structural member having a load reacting condition in which it inhibits relative movement between the first and second parts by reacting to a compressive load applied to it by the parts,
the first joint including a first bearing surface associated with the first part and a second bearing surface associated with the structural member, the first joint being arranged such that the first bearing surface mechanically couples with the second bearing surface during said compressive loading so as to define a load path between the first and second bearing surfaces by each bearing surface engaging a respective bearing counter-face; and
one or more springs,
wherein the first and second bearing surfaces each define male and/or female engagement formations arranged to engage with the respective first and second counter-faces to inhibit pivotal movement of the structural member relative to the first part when the first and second bearing surfaces are engaged in an interlocking condition with the respective first and second counter-faces, the one or more springs being arranged to urge the first and second bearing surfaces to assume a spaced condition in which they are relatively spaced from the respective first and second counter-faces so as to permit said pivotal movement of the structural member relative to the first part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,382

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC TACTILE FEEDBACK TO A VEHICLE OPERATOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for providing dynamic tactile feedback to an operator of a vehicle, comprising:a tactile feedback generator coupled to provide a controllable tactile feedback signal to an operator of a vehicle upon receipt of an activation signal;
a tactile feedback control device coupled to the tactile feedback generator for selectively providing an activation signal and a tactile feedback characteristic signal thereto;
an accelerometer positioned within the vehicle; and
a turbulence processing unit coupled to receive accelerometer data from the accelerometer, the turbulence processing unit processing the accelerometer data to identify characteristics of a current level of turbulence-induced vibration, and, based thereon, selecting and providing updated tactile feedback characteristics to the tactile feedback control device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,381

TORQUE-SENSITIVE LOCKING AND RELEASE MECHANISM FOR A BISTABLE PITCH PROPELLER

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A bistable pitch propeller, comprising:a ball;
a spring;
a clutch module, wherein:
the clutch module has a range of rotational movement between a locked end position and a released end position;
the clutch module includes a detent, the ball sits in the detent when the clutch module is in the locked end position, and the ball sits outside of the detent when the clutch module is in the released end position;
the clutch module rotates toward the released end position in response to an input torque; and
the clutch module rotates toward the locked end position in response to a spring force from the spring; and
an aircraft blade, wherein:
the aircraft blade has a range of rotational movement between a first pitch angle and a second pitch angle;
the aircraft blade is mechanically coupled to the clutch module;
the aircraft blade is at the first pitch angle when the clutch module is in the locked end position; and
the aircraft blade is at the second pitch angle when the clutch module is in the released end position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,380

ARTICULATED ROTOR SYSTEMS WITH PITCH INDEPENDENT DAMPING

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A proprotor system operable for use on a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter flight mode and an airplane flight mode, the proprotor system comprising:a rotor hub;
a plurality of proprotor blades coupled to the rotor hub such that each proprotor blade has three independent degrees of freedom relative to the rotor hub including blade pitch about a pitch change axis, blade flap about a flapping axis and lead-lag about a lead-lag axis;
a plurality of twin spherical elastomeric centrifugal force bearings each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the rotor hub and each providing a coincident hinge with a center point for the respective pitch change, flapping and lead-lag axes between a pair of oppositely disposed spherical surfaces; and
a plurality of lead-lag dampers each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the rotor hub, each lead-lag damper aligned with the pitch change axis of the respective proprotor blade, thereby providing pitch independent lead-lag damping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,379

BACKUP SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:sending commands, wherein the commands include a command to a movement system to move a folding wing tip to a first position and a command to at least one of a latch system or a lock system to secure the folding wing tip in the first position; and
in response to at least one of the movement system, the latch system, or the lock system not responding to the commands, sending a command to utilize at least one of a backup valve, a backup actuator, or a backup power source connected to the at least one of the movement system, the latch system, or the lock system in one of moving the folding wing tip to the first position or securing the folding wing tip in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,378

MECHANICALLY JOINING AIRFRAME MEMBERS AT SOLID INSERT

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. An airframe assembly for an aircraft comprising:a first airframe member having a first skin, a second skin, a plurality of large cell core sections and a plurality of solid inserts, the large cell core sections and the solid inserts structurally bonded between the first and second skins and structurally bonded together, the first airframe member having a plurality of sets of openings, each set of openings extending through the first skin, one of the solid inserts and the second skin;
a second airframe member having a first skin, a second skin, a plurality of large cell core sections and a plurality of solid inserts, the large cell core sections and the solid inserts structurally bonded between the first and second skins and structurally bonded together, the second airframe member having a plurality of sets of openings, each set of openings extending through the first skin, one of the solid inserts and the second skin;
a plurality of ribs disposed between the first and second airframe members each rib having a first set of openings aligned with one of the sets of openings of the first airframe member and a second set of openings aligned with one of the sets of openings of the second airframe member; and
a plurality of fastener each extending through aligned openings of one of the ribs and one of the first and second airframe members to securably couple each of the ribs between the first and second airframe members such that each of the ribs is securably coupled to the first airframe member opposite one of the solid inserts and securably coupled to the second airframe member opposite one of the solid inserts.

US Pat. No. 10,457,377

SELF-PERFORATING SPACER FOR AN INSULATION BLANKET OF AN AIRCRAFT, ASSEMBLY METHOD FOR SAID SPACER AND INSULATION BLANKET FOR AN AIRCRAFT FITTED WITH SAID SPACER

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. A self-perforating spacer comprising:a first part including:
a first head; and
a tube having a first end linked to the first head, a second end that is free and a through-seat opening out firstly at the first head and secondly at the second end;
a second part including:
a second head; and
a body extending from the second head to an end face and including a conduit opening out firstly at the second head and secondly at the end face and configured to receive the tube of the first part,
the self-perforating spacer being configured to assume a disassembled state in which the first and second parts are independent and an assembled state in which the first and second parts are linked and immobilized in relation to one another, the first and second parts having cooperating shapes configured to immobilize, in a fitted and locked state corresponding to the assembled state of the self-perforating spacer, the first and second parts in relation to one another when the tube of the first part is seated in the conduit of the second part,
the spacer further comprising a cutting system including:
a first circular blade positioned on a first face of the first head of the first part; and
a second circular blade positioned on the end face of the second part, the first and second blades being configured and positioned to cooperate and to cut when the self-perforating spacer is in the assembled state, wherein the second circular blade comprises an inner edge, an outer edge, and a beveled end extending between the inner edge and the outer edge and oriented toward the first part in the assembled state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,376

AIRCRAFT STRETCHER CONNECTOR

AIRMEDIC, North Hollywoo...

1. A block and bolt connector comprising:a block having an aperture with a lower opening and an upper opening which is smaller than the lower opening, the aperture extending through the block from the lower opening to the upper opening, the aperture having a first portion and a second portion;
a bolt having a head portion which may pass through the lower opening but not the upper opening and a shaft which may pass through the lower opening and the upper opening, the head portion of the bolt being received within aperture of the block and the shaft extending at least partially outside of the block beyond the upper opening thereof, the first and second portions of the aperture being configured so as to permit selected movement of the bolt within the aperture relative to the block; and
wherein the connector connects a medical stretcher to floor tracks in an aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,375

AIRCRAFT INTERIOR FITTING COMPONENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN AIRCRAFT INTERIOR FITTING COMPONENT SYSTEM

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft interior fitting component system, comprising:an aircraft interior fitting component,
a support element attached to the aircraft interior fitting component, and
an aircraft primary structure component comprising a frame of the aircraft, the frame comprising a side face extending substantially perpendicularly to the x-axis of the aircraft,
wherein the support element is dimensioned in such a way and is attached to the aircraft interior fitting component in such a position that, in an assembled state of the aircraft interior fitting component in an aircraft, the support element is supported on the aircraft primary structure component at least when a predetermined load acts on the aircraft interior fitting component along an x-axis of the aircraft in a flight direction,
wherein the support element comprises a support surface provided to come into abutment on the side surface of the frame when the predetermined load acts on the aircraft interior fitting component along the x-axis of the aircraft in the flight direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,374

AIRCRAFT CABIN ARRANGEMENT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft cabin arrangement which extends in a rectilinear manner along a cabin axis that extends centrally through the aircraft cabin arrangement, comprising:a ceiling trim arrangement which delimits a cabin interior upwardly from the cabin axis,
a first and a second cabin element beneath the ceiling trim arrangement that extend upwardly from a floor of the cabin arrangement to the ceiling trim arrangement,
a gangway disposed between the first and second cabin elements,
wherein the ceiling trim arrangement has a first, a second and a third row of ceiling trim elements;
wherein the rows extend perpendicularly to the cabin axis;
wherein the rows are arranged one immediately after another in a direction of the cabin axis such that the second row is arranged between the first and the third row;
wherein each row has a central ceiling trim panel and two lateral ceiling trim panels;
wherein the central ceiling trim panels are arranged vertically above the cabin axis;
wherein the lateral ceiling trim panels of a row immediately adjoin the central ceiling trim panels of the row in a laterally adjacent manner on both sides, perpendicularly to the cabin axis;
wherein the lateral ceiling trim panels of the second row have one or more lighting sources;
wherein the first and second cabin elements extend perpendicularly to the cabin axis beneath the central and lateral ceiling trim panels;
wherein axial lengths of the central and lateral ceiling trim panels are adapted such that the second row of ceiling trim panels is arranged vertically above the gangway,
wherein the axial lengths of the central and lateral ceiling trim panels of the first and the third row are different from the axial lengths of the central and lateral ceiling trim panels of the second row,
wherein each row has outer ceiling trim elements in a laterally adjacent manner on the side of the lateral ceiling trim panels which is opposite the central ceiling trim panel, perpendicular to the cabin axis,
wherein the axial lengths of the outer ceiling trim elements of the three rows are identical to one another and are equal to the axial lengths of the central and lateral ceiling trim panels of the second row, and
wherein the lateral ceiling trim panels of each row are formed separately from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,457,373

AIRCRAFT WITH A FUSELAGE AND A COMPOSITE TAIL BOOM

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A composite tail boom for an aircraft, the composite tail boom comprising at least partly a tubular tail boom cone with an outer skin and an inner skin, characterized in that the inner skin delimits a hollow interior of the composite tail boom, wherein a plurality of rod-shaped stiffening elements and a plurality of ring-shaped stiffening elements are arranged between the outer skin and the inner skin, the plurality of rod-shaped stiffening elements being oriented in longitudinal direction of the composite tail boom and the plurality of ring-shaped stiffening elements being distributed along the longitudinal direction in the tubular tail boom cone, and wherein at least one of the plurality of ring-shaped stiffening elements comprises an associated thickness in radial direction of the tubular tail boom cone that is smaller than an associated thickness of at least one of the plurality of rod-shaped stiffening elements in radial direction of the tubular tail boom cone.

US Pat. No. 10,457,372

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR SHIP

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A propulsion device for a ship, comprising:an input shaft connected to a driving source;
a forward gear provided on the input shaft;
a reverse gear provided on the input shaft;
an output gear engaged with the forward gear and the reverse gear;
an output shaft configured to receive driving power transmitted from the output gear;
a forward and reverse switching clutch configured to transmit driving power from the input shaft to the forward gear or the reverse gear;
a forward one-way clutch disposed between the input shaft and the forward gear, the forward one-way clutch connecting the forward gear and the input shaft to each other in a case where the forward gear is rotated at a higher speed than a speed at which the input shaft is rotated; and
a reverse one-way clutch disposed between the input shaft and the reverse gear, the reverse one-way clutch connecting the reverse gear and the input shaft to each other in a case where the reverse gear is rotated at a higher speed than a speed at which the input shaft is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,457,371

VESSEL STEERING APPARATUS

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A ship steering system configured to perform a movement control to move a ship to a target position, the ship steering system comprising:a ship steering control device coupled to an ECU, the ship steering control device configured to:
determine, based on a distance between a present position of a ship calculated from a signal from a GPS device and a target position of the ship:
a movement control suspension zone including the target position,
a buffer zone adjacent to the movement control suspension zone, and
a movement control execution zone adjacent to the buffer zone,
suspend generation of a thrust by a propulsion apparatus of the ship based on the present position being in the movement control suspension zone,
generate the thrust by the propulsion apparatus of the ship based on the present position being in the movement control execution zone, and
generate the thrust by the propulsion apparatus of the ship based on the present position being in the buffer zone only when:
the ship moves from the movement control execution zone to the buffer zone, and
the ship is moving away from the target position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,370

MARINE STEERING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING STEERING FEEDBACK

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A steering system on a marine vessel, the steering system comprising:a steering wheel movable by a vessel operator to steer the marine vessel;
a variable resistance device controllable to apply a variable resistance amount to resist movement of the steering wheel;
a control unit that controls the variable resistance device, the control unit configured to:
determine a resistance amount based on vessel speed and/or engine revolutions per minute (RPM), wherein the resistance amount is greater than zero;
control the variable resistance device to apply the resistance amount to resist movement of the steering wheel based on vessel speed and/or engine RPM;
detect at least a threshold change in angular position of the marine vessel;
determine a baseline resistance amount based on the resistance amount at a time of detecting the threshold change in angular position; and
control the variable resistance device to prevent a decrease in the variable resistance amount below the baseline resistance amount.

US Pat. No. 10,457,369

FOOT PEDAL-POWERED IMPELLER SYSTEM

1. A foot pedal-powered impeller system comprising:a foot crank, a drive shaft, and an impeller drive;
wherein the foot pedal-powered impeller system is a boat propulsion system;
wherein the foot pedal-powered impeller system is adapted to be powered by the feet of a user;
wherein the foot crank comprises a first pedal, a first crank arm, a second pedal, a second crank arm, and a right angle gearbox;
wherein the foot crank is adapted to rotate the drive shaft using energy provided by the user;
wherein the first pedal is a rectangular platform that is used as a foot-operated lever;
wherein the first pedal is rotationally coupled to the first crank arm such that the axis of rotation of the first pedal is oriented horizontally;
wherein the first pedal is coupled to the outside surface of the distal end of the first crank arm such that the first pedal clears the right angle gearbox as it completes each rotation;
wherein the first crank arm is an arm that couples the first pedal to a spindle of the right angle gearbox;
wherein the proximal end of the first crank arm is coupled to a first end of the spindle at a right angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,368

WATER PADDLE SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

1. A paddle comprising:at least one paddle blade coupled to a shaft;
a sleeve coupled over the shaft, the sleeve comprising a helical opening;
a locator pin coupled to the shaft and extending through the helical opening; and
a first handle fixedly coupled to the sleeve;
wherein the paddle blade is configured to rotate from a first position corresponding to the locator pin positioned at a first location in the helical opening to a second position corresponding to the locator pin positioned at a second location in the helical opening.

US Pat. No. 10,457,367

LATERAL THRUST DEVICE

17. A device for redirecting a portion of the reverse flow of a jet stream created by a watercraft having a first and a second engine, wherein said first and second engine each have a pump assembly, wherein said pump assembly has an impeller duct, an impeller housing, a nozzle and a first and second deflector nozzle having a reverse gate pivotably connected to said nozzle, said device comprising:a main body, fixed to said watercraft proximate said first deflector nozzle of said engine, having a first inlet and second inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, and a first channel and second channel disposed therein;
wherein said first channel fluidly connects said first inlet to a first outlet;
wherein said second channel fluidly connects said second inlet to said second outlet;
wherein said first channel and said second channel intersect;
wherein said first channel is configured to redirect said portion of said reverse flow of said jet stream when said deflector nozzle is in position over said first inlet;
wherein when said first inlet of said first channel accepts said reverse flow, said first channel bends said reverse flow such that when said reverse flow exits said first outlet said reverse flow is primarily a lateral flow;
wherein said second channel is configured to redirect said portion of said reverse flow of said jet stream when said deflector nozzle is in position over said second inlet; and
wherein when said second inlet of said second channel accepts said reverse flow, said second channel bends said reverse flow such that when said reverse flow exits said second outlet said reverse flow is primarily a lateral flow.

US Pat. No. 10,457,366

FISH WITH VARIABLE HYDRODYNAMIC LIFT AND TOW LINE COMPRISING THE FISH

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A fish intended to be submerged and towed by a cable, the fish comprising:a supporting structure configured to move in water in a horizontal main direction and at least one appendage configured to generate, for the fish, a hydrodynamic lift directed downwards when the fish moves in the water under the towing effect, wherein the appendage is orientable between a first position generating a maximum value of the hydrodynamic lift of the fish and a second position generating a reduced value of the hydrodynamic lift of the fish, and wherein the fish comprises a lock which, in a locked configuration, keeps the appendage orientated in the first position and which, in an unlocked configuration, frees the orientation of the appendage, and wherein the appendage is configured to move from the first position to the second position under the effect of a hydrodynamic lift specific to the appendage; and
a first stop and a second stop configured to limit movement of the appendage, wherein in the locked configuration, the lock keeps the appendage bearing against the first stop and, wherein in the unlocked configuration, the appendage bears against the second stop due to the hydrodynamic lift generated by the appendage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,365

UNDERWATER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Elta Systems Ltd., Ashdo...

1. A system for underwater use, comprising:an autonomous mother unmanned underwater vehicle (AMUV) and at least one auxiliary unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV),
the AMUV being configured for autonomously searching for and detecting undersea objects potentially present in an undersea region of interest (ROI), for generating object information relating to the objects detected thereby to enable identification and location of at least one object of interest (OOI) among the detected objects, and for selectively transporting said at least one UUV to at least within a predetermined distance from said location of said at least one OOI,
wherein said AMUV is configured for autonomously identifying at least one said OOI among the detected objects in said ROI by processing said object information, and
said at least one UUV being configured for autonomously interacting with said at least one OOI at least within said predetermined distance, responsive to said control information being provided, wherein said interaction comprises neutralizing the at least one OOI.

US Pat. No. 10,457,364

MASK-TYPE GOGGLES USED FOR SWIMMING AND DIVING

DONGGUAN LONGWELL SPORTS ...

1. Mask-type goggles used for swimming and diving, comprising a soft rubber mask, a lens, a transparent frame, a decorative strip, and a lens fixing frame, the soft rubber mask having a fitting cavity at an inner side thereof for attaching to a user's face, a front of the soft rubber mask having a lens hole communicating with the fitting cavity, an inner edge at lens hole being circumferentially formed with a lens groove for fitting the lens, the lens being mounted to the lens groove, the transparent frame being configured to cover an outer edge of the lens hole, the transparent frame comprising a rim, an inner side of the rim being formed with a decorative groove, the decorative strip being embedded in the decorative groove, the lens fixing frame being mounted in the frame to block an outer edge of the lens, wherein the transparent frame comprises two rims and a ridge portion between the two rims, upper edges of inner sides of the two rims are formed with a first decorative groove, an inner edge of the ridge portion is formed with a second decorative groove, the decorative strip includes a first decorative strip and a second decorative strip, the first decorative strip is embedded in the first decorative groove, the second decorative strip is embedded in the second decorative groove, the first decorative groove and the first decorative strip are shaped like a chevron, and the second decorative groove and the second decorative strip are shaped like a reverse V.

US Pat. No. 10,457,363

ILLUMINATED LIFESAVING JACKET

1. A illuminated lifesaving jacket comprising:a life jacket, a plurality of jacket LEDs, a control unit, a locator module, a water-activated switch, and a jacket battery pack;
wherein the illuminated lifesaving jacket is a personal floatation device with emergency illumination that is activated by exposure to water;
wherein the illuminated lifesaving jacket acquires location information from the locator module and notifies authorities of the location information using a personal communication device;
wherein the life jacket comprises an outer layer of material over a buoyant core;
wherein the life jacket comprises a pair of arm openings and a neckline;
wherein the pair of arm openings is adapted to fit over arms of a person;
wherein the neckline is adapted to surround the neck of the person;
wherein the life jacket opens for donning and removal along a breakline running vertically down the front of the life jacket;
wherein a plurality of fasteners couple the opposing edges of the breakline to hold the life jacket in place;
wherein the life jacket is secured by one or more adjustment straps that surround the life jacket horizontally;
wherein the ends of each of the one or more adjustment straps are joined to each other by one or more buckles and the length of the one or more adjustment straps are adjusted using a plurality of strap length adjusters;
wherein the life jacket comprises one or more waterproof compartments which encloses electrical components;
wherein the one or more waterproof compartments are sealed or are accessible via a resealable aperture;
wherein the life jacket comprises a cell phone pocket;
wherein the cell phone pocket is a pouch for holding the personal communication device;
wherein the cell phone pocket is one of the one or more waterproof compartments;
wherein the personal communication device is placed into the cell phone pocket before entering the water so that the personal communication device is kept dry and operates from within the cell phone pocket;
wherein a power connector within the cell phone pocket couples the jacket battery pack to the personal communication device via wiring and thereby extends the battery life of the personal communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,362

COLLAPSIBLE FLOTATION DEVICE

Kelsyus, LLC, Virginia B...

1. A flotation apparatus, comprising:a panel having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion, the panel having an interior region and an outer region disposed about the interior region, the panel having a maximum length greater than a maximum width of the panel,
the outer region having an inner perimeter portion, the outer region including a first inflatable chamber, the first inflatable chamber, when inflated, having a centerline that is curved;
the interior region including a liquid permeable material having an outer perimeter portion fixedly coupled to the inner perimeter portion of the outer region, the interior region including a second inflatable chamber having an end portion coupled to the outer region of the panel such that the second inflatable chamber is disposed between the first end portion of the panel and the second end portion of the panel, the second inflatable chamber, when inflated, having a centerline that is linear.

US Pat. No. 10,457,361

SELF-RIGHTING LIFE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A life raft comprising:a base comprising a first side and a second side; and
an inflatable canopy coupled to the first side of the base and configured to inflate and extend across the first side of the base to form a first chamber defined between the first side of the base and the inflatable canopy;
wherein the inflatable canopy is configured to inflate in response to deploying the life raft;
wherein the inflatable canopy is coupled along and extends from at least 50% of a circumference of the base;
wherein the inflatable canopy comprises a dome having an inner layer and an outer layer, wherein an internal inflatable volume of the inflatable canopy is defined between the inner layer and the outer layer;
wherein the base comprises an inflatable border tube defining a first inflatable volume;
wherein the internal inflatable volume of the inflatable canopy is a second inflatable volume; and
wherein the first inflatable volume is in fluidic communication with the second inflatable volume.

US Pat. No. 10,457,360

METHOD OF REMOVING AQUATIC WEEDS FROM WATERCRAFT TRAILERS

1. A method to remove weeds, milfoil, invasive species from watercraft trailers while out of the water utilizing a tool in the form of right angles with a head and side edge's with capture and collecting means, scrapes in the form of sharpened edge on perimeter edges, sharp edges to cut weeds pinched between boat and trailer, hooks at the leading and trailing edges, the tool also including a handle, with the angles and size of the tool allowing the tool to be moved along a rail to remove weeds, milfoil, invasive species from watercraft trailers and tight beam intersections while out of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,457,359

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PREVENT THE BIOFOULING OF AN OUTDRIVE

1. An outdrive engine enclosure, comprising:a top sidewall, a bottom sidewall, and two side sidewalls coupled to each other and forming a closed end and an open mouth opposite the closed end, the open mouth sized to simultaneously receive a skeg and a cavitation plate of an outdrive engine;
a transom ligature constrictably coupled circumferentially about the sidewalls proximate the open mouth;
two neck ligatures constrictably coupled circumferentially about the sidewalls between the open mouth and the closed end;
a transom section comprising the open mouth, the transom ligature, and a first portion of the sidewalls, the transom section coupled to a neck section along a first junction, the neck section comprising the two neck ligatures and a second portion of the sidewalls; and
a prop section coupled to the neck section along a second junction and comprising the closed end and a third portion of the sidewalls;
wherein the enclosure at the first junction narrows along at least a first path and the enclosure at the second junction expands along at least a second path;
wherein the outdrive engine enclosure further comprises a deployed configuration, the deployed configuration comprising the sidewalls proximate the open mouth constricted by the transom ligature around one of a transom mounting rim and a gimbal housing of the outdrive engine to form a transom seal that is substantially watertight, and further comprising the sidewalls, between the open mouth and closed end, constricted by each of the two neck ligatures against the outdrive engine proximate a neck of the outdrive engine, thereby reducing the volume contained inside the enclosure in the deployed configuration;
wherein the neck of the outdrive engine is defined by a smallest circumference around the outdrive engine that passes between the cavitation plate and a cowling above the cavitation plate;
wherein fluid communication between outside of the enclosure and inside of the enclosure while the enclosure is in the deployed configuration is inhibited sufficient that a veliger extinction capacity within the enclosure outpaces a rate of veliger introduction to the outdrive engine while the enclosure is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,358

MARINE SAFETY LIGHTING

Peter Granata Design, LLC...

1. A method for increasing visibility of a motorboat having an operating engine in the vicinity of other boats, comprising the steps of:providing a light emitting safety lighting device positioned in the bow area of the motorboat to controllably cast safety light in an outward direction from the motorboat;
connecting the safety lighting device with a power source, the engine of the motorboat, and a circuit; and
providing a switch in the circuit situated so at automatically energize and illuminate the light emitting safety lighting device with the power source in response to operation of the engine of the motorboat, whereby cast safety light from the safety lighting device increases visibility of the motorboat to other boats in the vicinity of the motorboat whenever the engine thereof is operating, for safety purposes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,357

SUBSEA WELLBORE OPERATIONS VESSEL

ITREC B.V., Schiedam (NL...

1. A mono-hull vessel adapted to perform subsea wellbore related operations involving a riser string between the subsea wellbore and the vessel, said vessel comprising:a mono-hull hull having a longitudinal axis, wherein the hull of the vessel has a moonpool;
deck structure forming a main deck of the vessel;
a tower arranged at said moonpool, wherein the tower is provided with one or more vertical rails;
a hoisting device comprising a travelling hanger device that is movable up and down relative to the tower along said one or more vertical rails on the tower;
a mobile working deck, arranged above the moonpool, said working deck being provided with a riser string hanger that is adapted to support a riser string therefrom in a firing line, wherein the mobile working deck is guided so as to allow for vertical translatory motion of the mobile working deck between an elevated position and a lowered operative position in which the mobile working deck is level with an adjacent area of the main deck of the vessel,
wherein the travelling hanger device is provided with a riser string lifting tool that is adapted to connect to an end of a riser section and is embodied to support a weight of a riser string in said firing line when released by the riser string hanger; and
a riser storage hold within the hull of the vessel below said deck structure, wherein the riser storage hold comprises riser storage racks adapted to store therein, or has stored therein, in horizontal orientation and parallel to said longitudinal axis, multiple individual riser sections or multiple pre-assembled riser stands, wherein each riser stand is pre-assembled from the multiple riser sections connected end-to-end,
wherein the riser storage hold has a floor, side walls, and a roof, wherein the roof of the riser storage hold is formed by said deck structure,
wherein said deck structure is provided with an elongated transfer opening therein, parallel to said longitudinal axis, said transfer opening having a length and a width dimensioned to allow for transfer of one of the riser sections or one of the pre-assembled riser stands in horizontal orientation via said transfer opening out of and into the riser storage hold, and
wherein the riser storage hold is provided with a transfer station comprising a transfer elevator including a vertical guide and a riser support, the vertical guide being provided within the riser storage hold, and being configured to guide the riser support, the transfer elevator being provided within the hold and being adapted to raise and lower one of the riser sections or one of the pre-assembled riser stands in horizontal orientation thereof with said riser support so as to pass the one riser section or the one pre-assembled riser stand through said transfer opening.

US Pat. No. 10,457,356

METHOD FOR HANDLING A FAIRED CABLE TOWED BY A VESSEL

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method for handling a cable that is faired by means of a fairing, said cable being towed by a ship on board which is there is carried a winch allowing the faired cable to be wound in and paid out through a faired-cable guide device, the method comprising:a first step of monitoring the cable, making it possible to detect whether the fairing is experiencing a double twist around the cable comprising an immersed full twist and an airborne full twist,
and, when a double twist is detected, a first step of hauling in the faired cable, during which step the faired cable is hauled in, the first hauling step being carried out in such a way that the immersed full twist at least partially leaves the water and does not enter the guide device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,355

MOTILE BUOYANCY DEVICE INCLUDING NON-NEWTONIAN MATERIAL

Renoun, LLC, Shelburne, ...

1. A motile buoyancy apparatus for use in a fluid, the motile buoyancy apparatus comprising:an outer layer, the outer layer comprising a performance surface; and
at least a portion including a first material, wherein:
the first material is a non-Newtonian material; and
the at least a portion causes the performance surface to exhibit a shear rate-variable shear response.

US Pat. No. 10,457,354

VESSEL HAVING AN IMPROVED HULL SHAPE

1. A displacement vessel comprising a stern configured to reduce wave impact loads on the displacement vessel, the stern comprising a section of the displacement vessel rearward from a midship mark of the displacement vessel, wherein the displacement vessel comprises a bow, the bow comprising a section of the ship in front of the midship mark, wherein the displacement vessel comprises a hull being transversely symmetrical about a centerline of the displacement vessel, wherein the stern of the displacement vessel extends below a design waterline, wherein opposite side surfaces of the stern, when seen in a direction opposite of the bow, form an acute angle under and above the design waterline configured to decrease displacement of the displacement vessel in the stern, the opposite side surfaces being adjoined along and symmetrical about a stern centerline, at least a portion of the stern centerline extending above the design waterline, wherein the portion of the stern centerline of the displacement vessel positioned above the design waterline slopes forwards in the direction of the bow of the displacement vessel from an inferior end of the portion of the stern centerline of the displacement vessel positioned above the design waterline to a superior end of the stern centerline of the displacement vessel positioned above the design waterline, wherein the stern is non-concave along the portion of the stern centerline of the displacement vessel positioned above the design waterline, and wherein one or more frame lines of the stern include at least a first portion that extends laterally and superiorly from the design waterline and at least a second portion that extends medially and superiorly from the first portion of the one or more frame lines thereby providing a convex section of the side surfaces of the stern.

US Pat. No. 10,457,353

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket assembly comprising:a first sprocket and a second sprocket, the second sprocket being adjacent to the first sprocket in an axial direction parallel to a rotational center axis of the bicycle rear sprocket assembly without another sprocket disposed between the first sprocket and the second sprocket, the first sprocket including
a first sprocket body;
a plurality of first sprocket teeth provided to an outer periphery of the first sprocket body, the plurality of first sprocket teeth including a first shifting initiation tooth and a second shifting initiation tooth, a plurality of first circumferential areas each of which has a first circumferential length corresponding to a single tooth pitch defined from a driving surface of a tooth of the first sprocket teeth to a driving surface of an adjacent tooth of the first sprocket teeth, the adjacent tooth being adjacent to the tooth without another tooth of the first sprocket teeth therebetween;
a first total number of the plurality of first circumferential areas is an even number;
a first shifting facilitation area in which the first shifting initiation tooth is disposed, the first shifting facilitation area including a first axially recessed portion to facilitate an upshifting operation;
a second shifting facilitation area in which the second shifting initiation tooth is disposed, the second shifting facilitation area including a second axially recessed portion to facilitate an upshifting operation;
a third shifting facilitation area configured to facilitate a shifting operation from the second sprocket to the first sprocket, the third shifting facilitation area including a third axially recessed portion to facilitate a downshifting operation, the third axially recessed portion being disposed between the second axially recessed portion and the first axially recessed portion in a driving rotational direction configured to move a bicycle in the forward direction; wherein the third axially recessed portion is adjacent to the first axially recessed portion;
a first circumferential area counting number from a driving surface of the first shifting initiation tooth to a driving surface of the second shifting initiation tooth in the driving rotational direction with respect to the rotational center axis of the bicycle rear sprocket assembly being an odd number; and
a second circumferential area counting number from the driving surface of the second shifting initiation tooth to the driving surface of the first shifting initiation tooth in the driving rotational direction being an odd number; and
the first circumferential area counting number being different from the second circumferential area counting number.

US Pat. No. 10,457,352

BICYCLE FRAME, ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND ENERGY ACCUMULATOR

BIKETEC AG, Huttwil (CH)...

1. A Bicycle frame having at least one frame portion which is configured for the removable mounting of at least one separate energy storage device, characterized in that the frame portion configured for the removable mounting of the energy storage device has an asymmetric cross section with respect to a frame centre plane, wherein the frame portion has an L-shaped cross section at least along portions of the frame portion, which extend in a direction perpendicular to said L-shaped cross section, and wherein the cross section of the frame portion and the cross section of the energy storage device complement one another to form a substantially rectangular total cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,457,351

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A PEDAL-OPERABLE VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR SENSING THE STATE OF A PEDAL DRIVE

Robert Bosch GMBH, Stutt...

1. A drive system for a pedal-operable vehicle, comprising:a drive motor with which a drive force for the vehicle is generatable;
pedals on pedal arms;
a bottom bracket spindle on which the pedal arms are mounted;
a drive mechanism for transferring drive energy from the bottom bracket spindle to a wheel of the vehicle, a clearance existing in a transfer path of drive energy between a pedal arm and a chainring, rotating with the bottom bracket spindle, of the drive mechanism; and
a return device with which clearance-affected parts are transferable, at or below an idle pedal force within their clearance with respect to one another, into an idle position in which the clearance-affected parts assume at least approximately a predefined relative position with respect to one another, the clearance-affected parts being removable, within the clearance, from the idle position by way of pedal force above the idle pedal force against the action of the return device, and information as to whether the clearance-affected parts are in an idle position being furnishable in a form of at least one electrical signal, wherein the clearance-affected parts are the bottom bracket spindle and the chainring, and wherein drive system is configured such that the drive motor delivers no drive energy for the vehicle and is switched off when in response to the clearance-affected parts being in the idle position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,350

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control system comprising:a power supply;
a first bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply;
a second bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply; and
a controller programmed
to monitor an electrical communication of the first bicycle electric component,
to place the first bicycle electric component in a suspend mode for a predetermined suspend period to reduce electrical power consumption upon the controller determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the first bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component for a first predetermined inactivity period when an operation mode of the first bicycle electric component is in the suspend mode,
to monitor an electrical communication of the second bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the second bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the second bicycle electric component for a second predetermined inactivity period,
to individually and independently set the first predetermined inactivity period and the second predetermined inactivity period, and
to enable a user to individually and independently set the first and second predetermined inactivity periods to desired time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,457,349

VEHICLE COMPONENT

1. A vehicle component, comprising:a front frame adapted to support a rider's mass;
a four-bar linkage including a first link member and a second link member;
a swing arm including a first end and couplable to a rear wheel on an opposing end distal to the first end; and
an energy management system interposed between the front frame and the swing arm configured to convert at least 60% of kinetic energy imparted into the energy management system into potential energy over a range of 0% to 60% squat of the vehicle component;
the first link member and the second link member movably coupling the swing arm to the front frame and arranged to create an equipoise state between forces of inertia and acceleration;
wherein the acceleration is caused by a horizontal force applied to the opposing end of the swing arm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,348

BICYCLE REAR SUSPENSION

1. A suspension for a vehicle for traveling over a ground on a ground-engaging member, the vehicle having a frame member to be suspended relative to the ground, the suspension comprising:an arm having a first end and a second end, the arm extending between the frame member generally at the first end and the ground-engaging member generally at the second end; and
a slide link coupled to the frame member and to the arm, the slide link, oriented in an anti-squat configuration, comprising a part of a four-bar suspension between the arm and the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,457,347

EMBEDDED HANDLE AND HANDLE STRUCTURE FOR BICYCLE

TH INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., ...

1. A handle set for a bicycle, comprising:a stem comprising an engaging portion, the engaging portion comprising a first engaging part, a second engaging part, and a third engaging part;
an embedded handle, comprising:
two grip portions; and
a joining portion connecting the two grip portions;
wherein each of the first engaging part and the second engaging part has a respective spacer mounted thereon, and a respective extension bar seat mounted on each respective spacer;
wherein the third engaging part has a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion, the first mounting portion having a first mounting hole and the second mounting portion having a second mounting hole;
wherein the embedded handle has a handle mounting hole disposed between, and aligned with, the first mounting hole and the second mounting hole;
a first fastener and a second fastener inserted into the aligned first mounting hole, second mounting hole, and handle mounting hole.

US Pat. No. 10,457,346

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle including a vehicle body, a front wheel that is disposed anterior to the vehicle body and that is steerable about a steering axis, and a front fork that supports the front wheel, the vehicle body including a vehicle body frame and a steering rotation unit that is supported on the vehicle body frame and that rotates about the steering axis, the vehicle comprising:a variable trail length mechanism that varies a trail length of the front wheel, the variable trail length mechanism including an oscillation shaft that extends in a vehicle width direction to thereby connect the front fork oscillatably with the steering rotation unit,
wherein the oscillation shaft is disposed at a position overlapping an axis of the front fork in a vehicle side elevational view,
wherein the steering rotation unit includes a steering shaft journaled by a head pipe of the vehicle body frame, a top bridge fixed to an upper end portion of the steering shaft, and a bottom member fixed to a lower end portion of the steering shaft, and
wherein the oscillation shaft is disposed at, in a side elevational view, a position overlapping the axis of the front fork and closer to the bottom member than to the top bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,345

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN AUTOMOTIVE MIRROR

1. A method for manufacturing an automotive mirror, comprising the following steps: forming a printed circuit board as a flexible printed circuit board comprising n+1 branches, n c N; providing n modules each comprising at least one electronic element housed within a plastic casting and connected to conducting paths on at least one of the surfaces of the plastic casting; and at least one of a standard gripping point, guiding structure, snap connection element and sealing member provided by the plastic casting; connecting up to n of said branches to one module each and connecting one branch to cables or a cable harness to be connected to at least one of a power supply and a control unit outside the mirror; providing mirror parts free of electronic elements; assembling the mirror parts and the modules; providing a gripping device with at least one gripping unit; the at least one gripping unit gripping at least one of the mirror part, the modules and the flexible printed circuit board at the standard gripping point; and assembling the at least one of the mirror part, the modules and the flexible printed circuit board by controlling the gripping device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,344

CLOSURE MEMBER AND BODY OPENING ALIGNMENT VERIFICATION SYSTEM

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. A method comprising:sensing an X/Z location of featureR1 relative to an X/Z location of featureR2 on a body/side to establish an axisbs extending through featureR1 and featureR2;
sensing an X/Z location of featureR3 and X/Z location of featureR4 of a door on a fixture to establish an axisd relative to a design axisD;
securing the door to the body/side; and
sensing an X/Z location of featureR3 and X/Z location of featureR4 of the door as installed on the body/side and determining a difference between the X/Z location of featureR4 and an X dimension of featureR2 and the axisbs.

US Pat. No. 10,457,343

TRACK CHAIN ASSEMBLY OF UNDERCARRIAGE WITH LINK HAVING INCREASED PITCH

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track chain assembly comprising:a plurality of link subassemblies, each of the plurality of link subassemblies being connected to an adjacent link subassembly such that the plurality of link subassemblies has a first end and a second end, each of the plurality of link subassemblies including a link, the link defining a pair of pin passages in spaced relationship to each other by a standard link pitch; and
a master link subassembly, the master link subassembly connected to the first end and the second end of the plurality of link subassemblies, the master link subassembly including a master link, the master link defining a pair of master link pin passages in spaced relationship to each other by a master link pitch, wherein the master link pitch is greater than the standard link pitch in a range up to twice the standard link pitch, wherein the master link includes a first master link portion and a second master link portion, the first master link portion defining one of the pair of master link pin passages, the first master link portion including a first profiled surface, the second master link portion defining the other of the pair of master link pin passages, the second master link portion including a second profiled surface, the second profiled surface having a complementary configuration relative to the first profiled surface and being in contacting relationship with the first profiled surface such that a mating interface of the first master link portion and the second master link portion is defined therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,457,342

TRAVELING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when travelling, the traveling apparatus comprising:a front wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the front wheel;
a rear wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the rear wheel;
an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by changing a relative position of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member;
a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and rear wheel, wherein the wheel base length adjusted by the adjusting mechanism is associated with a speed of the traveling apparatus achieved by driving the driving unit in such a way that the longer the wheel base length, the greater the speed becomes, and when one of values of the wheel base length and the speed is changed by an operation of the user, the other one of the values is controlled to be a value associated with the changed one of the values; and
a control unit configured to, when the wheel base length is adjusted by the user operating the adjusting mechanism, drive the driving unit at the speed associated with the adjusted wheel base length, the speed being a target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,341

UNDERBODY CHANNEL VORTEX GENERATORS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a first end and an opposing second end, wherein the first end is configured to face oncoming airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface;
an underbody extending between the first and second ends of the vehicle body and defining a space between the vehicle body and the road surface, the underbody including a first lateral edge, an opposing second lateral edge and a central region defined therebetween; and
at least one aerodynamic surface disposed on the underbody wherein the at least one aerodynamic surface includes at least one curved triangular channel having an apex, the at least one curved triangular channel configured to cause airflow to separate over a trip edge of the at least one curved triangular channel to create a low pressure vortex region within the curved triangular channel,
wherein the apex of the at least one curved triangular channel extends toward the underbody and the trip edge extends away from the underbody.

US Pat. No. 10,457,340

ADJUSTABLE BODY SKIRTING ASSEMBLY AND A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An adjustable body skirting assembly comprising:a support structure including a side surface and a bottom surface;
a skirt member supported by the support structure and being elongated relative to a longitudinal direction;
wherein the skirt member is movable between a deployed position in which the skirt member is disposed transverse to the bottom surface of the support structure such that the skirt member and the side surface cooperate with each other to define a wall that is configured to redirect an airflow away from the bottom surface, and a retracted position in which the skirt member retracts relative to the side surface such that the wall is removed which allows the airflow to interact with the bottom surface;
an actuator coupled to the skirt member and configured to move the skirt member to the deployed position and the retracted position; and
wherein the support structure defines a pocket, with the skirt member movable into the pocket when in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,339

MOTOR VEHICLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An active wing apparatus for a motor vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a single drive portion configured to drive at least one threaded shaft;
a wing assembly configured to reversibly deploy in a first direction from a retracted condition to a deployed condition and reversibly expand telescopically along a second direction transverse to the first direction from a compact condition to an expanded condition, the wing assembly comprising a primary wing portion and at least one secondary wing portion, wherein the at least one secondary wing portion is coupled to the at least one threaded shaft; and
at least one lifting arm having a first end configured to rotate about a first pivot axis provided at a substantially fixed location and a second end coupled to the at least one threaded shaft;
wherein rotation of the at least one threaded shaft causes:
the second end of the at least one lifting arm to travel along the at least one threaded shaft causing pivoting of the at least one lifting arm about a second pivot axis at the second end causing raising or lowering of the wing assembly; and
the at least one secondary wing portion to reversibly expand from the primary wing portion telescopically along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,338

AERODYNAMIC REAR DRAG REDUCTION SYSTEM FOR A TRAILER

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. An aerodynamic rear drag reduction system configured to be coupled to a rear frame assembly of a trailer including a rear frame and a rear swing door, the drag reduction system comprising:a side panel configured to be coupled to the rear swing door to extend generally vertically at least partially along a height of the trailer;
a top panel configured to be coupled to the rear swing door to extend generally horizontally at least partially along a width of the trailer; and
a cable system configured to connect the side panel and the top panel to prevent upward movement of the top panel beyond its generally horizontal position, the cable system including a first cable with a first end coupled to an inner surface of the side panel, and a second cable and a third cable each with a first end coupled to a bottom surface of the top panel, and a second end of each of the first cable, the second cable, and the third cable coupled together at a juncture.

US Pat. No. 10,457,337

VEHICLE BED EXTENDER

Lund Motion Products, Inc...

1. A vehicle bed extender for use with a vehicle having a storage bed having a front end, a rear end, a first side panel defining one side of said bed, a second side panel defining an opposite side of said bed, a bottom surface, and a tailgate at a rear end, said vehicle bed extender comprising:a plurality of wall portions located in different vertical planes, each of the plurality of wall portions comprising:
a first side wall tube comprising a first portion configured to be positioned adjacent the first side panel of the storage bed and a second portion extending from the first portion at a first bend, the second portion angled with respect to the first portion;
a connecting wall tube non-integral with the first side wall tube, the connecting wall comprising a first end portion, a second end portion opposite the first end portion, and a middle portion between the first and second end portions, the first end portion extending from the middle portion at a second bend, the second end portion extending from the middle portion at a third bend, wherein the first end portion of the connecting wall tube is configured to connect to the second portion of the first side wall tube in a first telescoping arrangement; and
a second side wall tube non-integral with the connecting wall tube, the second side wall tube comprising a first portion configured to be positioned adjacent the second side panel of the storage bed and a second portion extending from the first portion at a fourth bend, the second portion angled with respect to the first portion, wherein the second portion of the second side wall tube is configured to connect to the second end portion of the connecting wall tube in a second telescoping arrangement;
a first strut configured to hold the plurality of wall portions, the first strut attached to the plurality of wall portions between the first bend of the first side wall tube and the second bend of the connecting wall tube of each of the plurality of wall portions; and
a second strut configured to hold the plurality of wall portions, the second strut attached to the plurality of wall portions between the third bend of the connecting wall and the fourth bend of the second side wall tube of each of the plurality of wall portions.

US Pat. No. 10,457,336

FLOORING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

1. A method comprising:providing an elongated member having a top surface;
depositing a first adhesive generally about a perimeter of the top surface of the elongated member;
depositing a second adhesive at least partially within the perimeter of the top surface of the elongated member, the second adhesive having a lower viscosity than the first adhesive and being retained within the perimeter by the first adhesive;
heating a friction-increasing member to a pre-heat temperature;
disposing the friction-increasing member on the first and second adhesive to form a flooring apparatus; and
curing the flooring apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,457,335

VEHICULAR MUD GUARD STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular mud guard structure comprising:a mud guard portion provided in a rear end of a wheel house in which a wheel assembly is placed, the mud guard portion having a plate shape such that a width direction of the mud guard portion extends along a vehicle width direction, the mud guard portion having a lower end that projects toward a vehicle lower side and that extends below an underfloor on a vehicle rear side of the wheel house; and
an end flow regulating portion extending from an inner part of the mud guard portion in the vehicle width direction toward the vehicle rear side from the mud guard portion, the end flow regulating portion being curved and inclined towards the vehicle rear side as the end flow regulating portion extends towards an inner side in the vehicle width direction, wherein:
the end flow regulating portion has a plate shape; and
a rear end of the end flow regulating portion is provided with a hole portion that penetrates the end flow regulating portion in a plate-thickness direction of the end flow regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,334

STEERING SUPPORT STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A steering support structure comprising:a circular tubular instrument panel reinforcement pipe that extends in a width direction of a vehicle and that supports a steering column placed in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle;
a cowl-to brace that extends in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, that has a front end fixed to a cowl panel placed in a farther front side of the vehicle than the instrument panel reinforcement pipe, and that comprises a joint portion to be joined with the instrument panel reinforcement pipe between the front end and a rear end; and
a floor brace that extends in an up-and-down direction of the vehicle, and that has a lower end fixed on a floor tunnel and an upper end fixed to the rear end of the cowl-to brace, wherein
the joint portion of the cowl-to brace is formed in a ring shape to be fitted and inserted into the instrument panel reinforcement pipe, and is joined over the entire circumference of the instrument panel reinforcement pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,457,333

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE DASH ASSEMBLY AND CONVERSION PROCESS

SportChassis, LLC, Clint...

1. A right-hand drive dash assembly for use in a cab of a medium duty truck, the assembly comprising:a firewall;
a unitary main dash having a bottom surface, a left side, a right side, and a back edge;
a left bracket secured to the left side of the dash, the left bracket connectable to a left side cab wall;
a center bracket secured to the back edge of the dash and connectable to the firewall;
a steering column bracket secured to the back edge of the dash, the steering column bracket connectable to a steering column mount;
a right bracket secured to the right side of the dash, the right bracket connectable to a right side cab wall; and
a water separator comprising:
a housing having a top portion and a bottom portion;
an intake opening on a first side of the housing;
a primary baffle disposed vertically in the housing, extending from the top portion to a position proximate the bottom portion;
a second baffle disposed laterally adjacent the primary baffle, extending from the bottom portion to a position proximate the top portion; and
an HVAC intake disposed on a second side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,332

STRUCTURE OF A FRONT PART OF THE BODYSHELL OF A VEHICLE, NOTABLY A MOTOR VEHICLE

PSA Automobiles SA, Pois...

1. A front portion of a body shell of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, having three bodywork elements comprising:a lateral firewall cross-member arranged to strengthen a transverse firewall of the front portion structure of the vehicle that separates a passenger compartment from an engine compartment of the vehicle;
a lower bay cross-member on which a lower portion of a vehicle windshield rests;
a stretcher stabilizer resting against a corresponding stretcher of the vehicle;said bodywork elements each being connected at an end to an A-pillar of the vehicle, the front portion structure comprising strengthening means connected to the A-pillar and to the corresponding ends of the bodywork elements in order to strengthen the connections between the A-pillar and the bodywork elements, to prevent said connections from breaking if the vehicle is in a head-on collision.

US Pat. No. 10,457,331

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a first pillar that configures a first part of a vehicle pillar and extends substantially along a vehicle vertical direction;
a second pillar that configures a second part of the vehicle pillar, is disposed a predetermined distance away from the first pillar substantially in a vehicle front-rear direction, and extends substantially along the vehicle vertical direction, with an upper end portion of the second pillar being coupled to an upper end portion of the first pillar and with a lower end portion of the second pillar being coupled to a lower end portion of the first pillar;
a transparent member that spans between the first pillar and the second pillar to thereby cover an opening formed by the first pillar and the second pillar, and through which an area exterior to the vehicle can be seen; and
a reinforcement member that couples a vehicle upper portion side of the first pillar to a vehicle upper portion side of the second pillar substantially in the vehicle front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,330

ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLE FOR TRANSPORT OF GOODS MADE OF A ROTOMOULDED BODY SUPPORTED BY A MODULAR TUBULAR FRAME

Interactive Fully Electri...

1. An electrically powered motor vehicle for transport of goods, comprising:a main frame;
a front axle assembly; and
a rear axle assembly,
wherein said axle assemblies each comprise an auxiliary supporting frame and two suspension units that connect two respective wheel supports to said auxiliary supporting frame, and
wherein at least one of said axle assemblies is a motor-driven axle with steering wheels, further comprising, mounted on the respective auxiliary supporting frame, an electric motor for driving the wheels in rotation, a control unit of said motor, a transmission unit for transmission of motion from the electric motor to the wheels, and a steering device for steering the wheel supports,
wherein said main frame includes:
a front frame subassembly,
a floor-panel subassembly,
a rear frame subassembly, and
a top frame subassembly,
wherein each of said frame subassemblies comprises a lattice structure including box-section elements,
said frame subassemblies being prearranged for being preassembled separately and subsequently assembled together to form the main frame,
wherein said top frame subassembly is prearranged for incorporating the intermediate uprights of the motor vehicle that upstand from the floor panel assembly between the front frame assembly and the rear frame assembly and does not include parts that extend behind said intermediate uprights, and
wherein fixed to said intermediate uprights and to the rear frame subassembly is a transporting body for transport of goods, the transporting body comprising at least one tank-shaped bottom element that bounds a compartment, the compartment being disposed entirely behind said intermediate uprights.

US Pat. No. 10,457,329

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure comprising:a front side member rear extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle, a part of a front side of the front side member rear being an inclined portion inclined such that a position of the inclined portion rises toward a front side of the vehicle:
a tubular front side member fixed to the inclined portion of the front side member rear and extending from the inclined portion to the front side of the vehicle; and
a reinforcing member being fixed to an inner peripheral surface of the front side member, the reinforcing member having a plate shape, wherein
the reinforcing member is provided with an extending portion extending to a rear side of the vehicle behind a rear end of the front side member; and
the extending portion is fixed to the front side member rear.

US Pat. No. 10,457,328

ROAD DEPARTURE PROTECTION SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of preventing road departure for a vehicle comprising: analyzing an image from a camera, which provides a view of a driving direction for the vehicle, to recognize a roadway path by identifying a roadway edge, wherein the image analysis is performed by an electronic control unit for the vehicle;determining a predicted vehicle path with the electronic control unit; comparing the roadway path to the predicted vehicle path;
determining a vehicle roadway departure when the predicted vehicle path differs from the roadway path by a predetermined threshold;
determining at least one corrective action to return the vehicle path to the roadway path; and
sending instructions to at least one other vehicle system to provide the at least one corrective action; wherein analyzing an image from the camera to recognize a roadway path further comprises estimating a road surface roughness with one of a tire pressure monitoring sensor, an inertia measuring unit and a wheel speed sensor and the at least one corrective action further comprises changing the trajectory away from the roadway edge and further onto the roadway path prior to changing the trajectory of the vehicle to parallel with the roadway edge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,327

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF ASSISTING A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method of assisting a driver of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining a feature of a road to be travelled by a vehicle,
selecting a trajectory to be driven along the road as a first parameter, the trajectory being selected by the driver;
selecting a feedback as a second parameter, the feedback being selected by the driver, program instructions for the first and second parameters being selected on the identity of the driver or program instructions for the first and second parameters being selected on the condition of a selection made by the driver;
determining whether a current trajectory of the vehicle while travelling the road is deviating from the selected trajectory of the vehicle along the road; and
providing a feedback operation to assist a driver in guiding the vehicle nearer to the selected trajectory, the feedback operation being based on the second parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,326

VEHICLE TRAILER CONTROL SYSTEM WITH SPEED CONTROL

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of controlling a speed of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, at a human machine interface (“HMI”), a command from an operator to begin an autonomous backup of the vehicle;
receiving, at the HMI, a set point speed from the operator; and
automatically controlling, from a processor in communication with the HMI, a powertrain and/or a brake system of the vehicle to regulate the vehicle to travel at the set point speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,325

OMNIDIRECTIONAL VEHICLE

DONGGUAN QIANGLE PLASTIC ...

1. An omnidirectional vehicle, comprising a chassis, wheels and wheel steering mechanisms, wherein the wheel steering mechanisms are configured between the chassis and the wheels, and are arranged to drive the wheels to rotate about a steering center shaft of each wheel with 180° or more, each of the wheel steering mechanisms comprises a swing arm, one end of the swing arm is pivotally connected to the chassis, and another end of the swing arm is connected to the wheel, the chassis is provided with an arcuate guiding groove, and the swing arm is swingable along the guiding groove, the swing arm is bent with a bending angle of 90°, and the swing arm is provided with a horizontal portion and a vertical portion that are formed in an integration; the chassis is provided with a pivotal shaft, one end of the horizontal portion is directly connected to the pivotal shaft of the chassis, and another end of the horizontal portion is connected to the vertical portion; an upper end of the vertical portion is directly connected to the guiding groove, and a lower end of the vertical portion is connected to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,324

ALL-WHEEL STEER TRAILER

1. An all-wheel steer trailer, comprising:a substantially horizontally disposed frame having a forward end, a rearward end, a first side and a second side;
said frame including:
(a) an elongated first frame member having a forward end and a rearward end;
(b) an elongated second frame member having a forward end and a rearward end which is horizontally spaced from said first frame member;
(c) a first cross-member secured to said first and second frame members at said forward ends thereof;
(d) a second cross-member secured to said first and second frame members rearwardly of said first cross-member;
(e) said second cross-member having a vertically disposed opening formed therein; and
(f) a plurality of cross-members secured to said first and second frame members so as to extend therebetween in a horizontally spaced-apart manner rearwardly of said second cross-member;
a gooseneck hitch having a horizontally disposed upper hitch member having a rearward end, a forward end and a vertically disposed hitch member having an upper end and a lower end;
said rearward end of said upper hitch member being secured to said first cross-member so as to extend forwardly therefrom;
said upper end of said vertically disposed hitch member being secured to said forward end of said upper hitch member;
a horizontally disposed plate secured to said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member;
said plate at said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member having a central opening formed therein;
a vertically disposed first king pin, having an upper end and a lower end;
said upper end of said first king pin being secured to said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member and which extends downwardly therefrom through said central opening in said plate;
a front axle support having a forward end, a rearward end, an upper end, a lower end, a first side and a second side;
an elongated tongue having a forward end and a rearward end;
said rearward end of said tongue being pivotally secured, about a horizontal axis, to said front axle support;
a first wheel rotatably secured to said front axle support at said first side thereof;
a second wheel rotatably secured to said front axle support at said second side thereof;
said plate at said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member being rotatably positioned on said upper end of said front axle support whereby said first king pin extends downwardly through said upper end of said front axle support;
a turn plate assembly having a forward end and a rearward end;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed base plate having a forward end, a rearward end, an inner end and an outer end;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed tube, having a forward end and a rearward end, at said inner end of said base plate;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed support plate positioned above said tube;
said turn plate assembly also including a vertically disposed second king pin extending upwardly from said support plate thereof;
said second king pin rotatably extending upwardly through said vertically disposed opening in said second cross-member;
an elongated steering rod having a forward end and a rearward end;
said steering rod slidably extending through said tube in said turn plate assembly whereby said forward end of said steering rod is positioned forwardly of said tube of said turn plate assembly and so that said rearward end of said steering rod is positioned rearwardly of said tube of said turn plate assembly;
said forward end of said steering rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said front axle support;
an elongated tie rod having forward and rearward ends;
said forward end of said tie rod being pivotally secured to said outer end of said base plate of said turn plate assembly;
a first spindle support secured to said first frame member at said rearward end of said first frame member;
said first spindle support including a vertically disposed tube having an upper end and a lower end;
a second spindle support secured to said second frame member at said rearward end of said second frame member;
said second spindle support including a vertically disposed tube having an upper end and a lower end;
a first spindle assembly including a horizontally disposed first mounting plate having a forward end and a rearward end;
a vertically disposed first spindle having a lower end and an upper end;
said lower end of said first spindle being secured to said first mounting plate whereby said first spindle extends upwardly from said first mounting plate;
a second spindle assembly including a horizontally disposed second mounting plate having a forward end and a rearward end;
a vertically disposed second spindle having a lower end and an upper end;
said lower end of said second spindle being secured to said second mounting plate whereby said second spindle extends upwardly from said second mounting plate;
said first and second spindles being horizontally spaced-apart;
an elongated rear tie rod having a first end and a second end;
said first end of said rear tie rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said first mounting plate;
said second end of said rear tie rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said second mounting plate;
said first spindle rotatably extending upwardly through said tube of said first spindle support;
said second spindle rotatably extending upwardly through said tube of said second spindle support;
a first axle having an inner end and an outer end;
said first axle being positioned below said first mounting plate of said first spindle assembly and being secured to said first mounting plate thereof;
a left rear wheel rotatably mounted on said outer end of said first axle;
a second axle having an inner end and an outer end;
said second axle being positioned below said second mounting plate of said second spindle assembly and being secured to said second mounting plate thereof;
said rearward end of said tie rod being pivotally secured to said inner end of said second axle; and
a right rear wheel rotatably mounted on said outer end of said second axle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,323

HANDS-ON/-OFF DETECTION IN A STEER-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

5. A method for determining a contact state between a driver of a motor vehicle with a steer-by-wire steering system and a steering wheel of the steer-by-wire steering system, wherein the steer-by-wire steering system comprises a steering adjuster that is electronically controlled based on a driver's steering demands, a feedback actuator that transmits feedback effects of a road to the steering wheel, and a control unit that actuates the feedback actuator and the steering adjuster, the method comprising:determining a frequency spectrum of movement signals detected by sensors of the feedback actuator;
analyzing the frequency spectrum by determining damping of amplitudes of predetermined frequency ranges; and
estimating a driver's steering torque with a monitor of the feedback actuator, a model of the feedback actuator, and the movement signals.

US Pat. No. 10,457,322

MOTOR CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A motor control unit that comprises a current command value calculating section that calculates a current command value of a motor applying a steering assist torque to a steering system of a vehicle, and a feedback section that controls a motor current flowing to said motor through a feedback mechanism based on said current command value, comprising:a control unit state detecting section that detects at least one state of said motor control unit, and outputs said state as a control unit state; and
a characteristic changing section that changes a setting of a closed loop response characteristic of said feedback section in real time depending on said control unit state;
wherein said characteristic changing section comprises:
a stationary gain calculating section that calculates a set value of stationary gain of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state;
a response frequency calculating section that calculates a set value of a response frequency of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state; and
a coefficient calculating section that calculates coefficients of a transfer function of a control section in said feedback section, said coefficients being used to achieve each set value of said stationary gain and said response frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,457,321

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An electronic control unit that comprises a bridge having upper-stage field-effect transistors (FETs) and lower-stage FETs and driving-controls a three-phase blushless motor, via an inverter being supplied a power supply VR, by inputting a duty signal of a pulse width modulation (PWM) calculated in a micro controller unit (MCU) into a gate driving section, comprising:a reverse connection protective FET which is interposed between a battery and said power supply VR and turns-ON/OFF with a switching signal from said MCU;
a diagnostic resistor voltage-dividing circuit which is supplied said power supply VR and outputs voltage-divided voltages obtained by voltage-dividing connection point voltages of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs;
an FET-short detecting section which is supplied said power supply VR, and detects at least one-side short failure of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs based on said voltage-divided voltages and outputs an error notification; and
a detecting-section-failure diagnostic function which inputs said error notification, is included in said MCU, and detects a failure of said FET-short detecting section,
wherein said detecting-section-failure diagnostic function diagnoses said failure of said FET-short detecting section at start up and turns-OFF said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs when said failure of said FET-short detecting section is detected, and
wherein said FET-short detecting section diagnoses said short failure of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs when said failure of said FET-short detecting section is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,457,320

WATER DETECTION SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A water detection system for detecting a leak of water into an apparatus mounted on a vehicle, the water detection system comprising:a transmission-side unit provided in the apparatus mounted on the vehicle, the transmission-side unit including a water detection element configured to detect the water, a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit an output signal of the water detection element, and a power source configured to supply power to the water detection element and the transmitter;
a reception-side unit spaced apart from the transmission-side unit, the reception-side unit including a receiver configured to receive the output signal wirelessly transmitted from the transmitter and a determination circuit configured to determine, based on the output signal received by the receiver, whether there is the leak of the water into the apparatus mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,319

CONTROL CIRCUIT THAT PERFORMS A FEEDBACK CONTROL OPERATION TO CONTROL AN OBJECT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A control circuit, comprising:a difference calculator configured to calculate, upon receipt of an operating value output from an object to be controlled, a difference between the operating value and a target value, and output the difference;
a proportional control unit configured to calculate, upon receipt of the difference from the difference calculator, a proportional value of the difference as a first output value;
an integration unit including a suppressing section, the integration unit configured to:
calculate, upon receipt of the difference from the difference calculator, an integrated value of the operating value by adding the difference and a modified previously-calculated integrated value, which is a previously-calculated integrated value modified by the suppressing section to be in a predetermined range if the previously-calculated integrated value is outside the predetermined range, and
calculate a second output value based on the integrated value; and
an output unit configured to:
calculate, upon receipt of the first and second output values, a new operating value with the first and second output values, and
output, to the object, a control signal having the new operating value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,318

POWER STEERING ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power steering adjustment device comprising:a steering control information acquirer acquiring steering control information representing control information of assist power of steering;
a steering control information calculator calculating a graph of steering control information in accordance with the steering control information acquired by the steering control information acquirer;
a mark information inputter acquiring mark information representing a point being an adjustment candidate of the steering control information;
a mark information processor setting a mark in accordance with the graph of the steering control information when the mark information inputter acquires the mark information; and
an adjustment information display displaying the graph of the steering control information and the mark being set by the mark information processor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,317

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING UNIT WITH OFFSET LINK MECHANISM

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine; and
a connector device provided at a location at a water temperature sensor that is provided in a vicinity of the engine to detect a water temperature of a coolant for cooling the engine, the connector device including:
a harness, the harness having an electrical wire portion mostly covered with a sheath member, and a connector portion formed at a tip end of a portion of the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member, wherein the portion of the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member extends between the sheath member and the connector portion,
a protective member that covers an outer peripheral side of the connector portion, and has flexibility,
an abutting portion in which portions of the protective member on a sheath member side are caused to abut against each other, and
a fixing member that fixes the abutting portion to the sheath member,
wherein the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member is only covered with the protective member.

US Pat. No. 10,457,316

COMPACT STEERING

Yoav Netzer, Moers (DE)

1. A vehicle steering input device comprising:a first knob configured to be rotatable around a first axis of rotation and operatively coupled to a steering column so that rotating the first knob results in rotation of the steering column; and
a second knob configured to be rotatable around a second axis of rotation and operatively coupled to rotate the steering column so that rotating the second knob results in rotating the steering column,wherein:the first and second rotatable knobs are operatively coupled so that rotating one knob in a clockwise (CW) or counter clockwise (CCW) direction results in rotating the other knob in a same direction; and
the first axis of rotation and the second axis of rotation define an angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,315

STEERING APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering apparatus comprising:an upper jacket having a first end in a column axis direction, the first end being coupled to a steering member;
a lower jacket slidably fitted externally on a second end of the upper jacket in the column axis direction;
a supporting member that is fixed to a vehicle body and that supports the lower jacket;
a clamping mechanism that holds the upper jacket in a position relative to the lower jacket by clamping the lower jacket to the upper jacket;
a holding member held by the upper jacket; and
a resistive force generating mechanism that is movable together with the holding member in the column axis direction and that slides, when the upper jacket moves relative to the lower jacket during a secondary impact, relative to at least one of the supporting member and the lower jacket so as to generate a resistive force against movement of the upper jacket, wherein
the resistive force generating mechanism includes a fixed portion fixed to the holding member, and an extension portion extending in the column axis direction and having a coupled portion that is coupled to the fixed portion at a predetermined location in the column axis direction,
the clamping mechanism clamps the lower jacket to the upper jacket via the supporting member and the extension portion, and
the resistive force generating mechanism further includes a coupling stiffness reducing mechanism that reduces coupling stiffness between the fixed portion and the coupled portion of the extension portion so as to facilitate, when the clamping mechanism clamps the lower jacket to the upper jacket, deflection of the coupled portion of the extension portion relative to the fixed portion in a lateral direction as seen from the column axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,313

ADAS WHEEL LOCKING DEVICE

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A steering column assembly comprising:a first shaft assembly having a first shaft having a first shaft first end and a first shaft second end;
a second shaft assembly having a second shaft that is at least partially received within the first shaft, the second shaft having a second shaft first end and a second shaft second end, the second shaft first end being disposed proximate the first shaft second end; and
a locking assembly disposed about at least one of the first shaft and the second shaft and arranged to inhibit rotation of at least one of the first shaft and the second shaft, the locking assembly comprising:
a shaft lock sleeve disposed about the first shaft; and
a jacket sleeve disposed about and spaced apart from the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,312

VEHICLE STEERING COLUMN COMPRISING A RACK WEDGE

1. Steering column comprising:an adjustable body intended to be mounted so as to be free to slide on a support intended to be fixed at a single position to a vehicle chassis, the adjustable body comprising two walls,
a tube fixed to the adjustable body, intended to be operably coupled to the steering wheel of the vehicle,
a wedge housed inside the adjustable body and mobile between an unlocked position and a locking position inside the adjustable body between the walls and at a distance from these latter,
means for driving and means for guiding the wedge, arranged with the wedge so as on the one hand to be able to drive the wedge in a simple translation movement from the unlocked position toward the locking position so that the wedge can come to bear against the adjustable body, the wedge then being in the locking position, and on the other hand to immobilize the wedge in the locking position in a fixed manner relative to some of the driving means that are adapted to be fixed relative to the chassis of the vehicle when the wedge is in the locking position,
in which the adjustable body comprises at least one guiding face against which the wedge is able to slide in guiding contact when the wedge is driven in movement between said unlocked position and said locked position,
in which the guiding face of the adjustable body includes a row of teeth, the wedge comprising a guided face including at least one row of teeth, oriented to face a corresponding row of teeth of the adjustable body guiding face and are able when the wedge is placed in the locking position to bear against the corresponding row of teeth of the guiding face,
and in which the guided face and guiding face are oriented generally parallel to each other and the guiding face row of teeth and the guided face row of teeth are oriented so that each tooth points in a direction generally parallel to their corresponding guiding face and guided face.

US Pat. No. 10,457,311

FRAME STRUCTURE OF A PERAMBULATOR

16. A shell element of the frame structure of a perambulator, child seat or infant carrier, comprising:a sleeve;
an inwardly projecting first protrusion;
on one side surface only of the sleeve includes at least one through-hole configured as a fastening arrangement, and that extends through the first protrusion; and
a second inwardly projecting protrusion;
wherein a blind hole is located in the second protrusion, and wherein the blind hole opens into an inner space of the sleeve; and
wherein the profiled frame element is a one-piece body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,310

CONVERTIBLE CARGO CASE

Radio Flyer, Inc., Chica...

1. A convertible cargo case for a wagon having a plurality of hangers extending therefrom, comprising:a frame having a first vertical member in a first plane, a second vertical member in the first plane and spaced a distance from the first vertical member, a third vertical member in a second plane different from the first plane, a fourth vertical member in the second plane and spaced a distance from the third vertical member, a first cross member connecting a first end of the third vertical member with a first end of the fourth vertical member, the first cross member being in the second plane, a second cross member connecting a second end of the first vertical member with a second end of the third vertical member, the second cross member being substantially perpendicular to the first plane and the second plane, and a third cross member connecting a second end of the second vertical member with a second end of the fourth vertical member, the third cross member being substantially perpendicular to the first plane and the second plane;
a first receiver adjacent a first end of the first vertical member for releasably engaging one of the plurality of hangars of the wagon to assist in securing the cargo case to the wagon in a cargo use position;
a second receiver adjacent a first end of the second vertical member for releasably engaging another of the plurality of hangars of the wagon to assist in securing the cargo case to the wagon in a cargo use position; and,
a housing having a first side wall, a second side wall opposing the first side wall, a third side wall joining one end of the first side wall and one end of the second side wall, a fourth side wall opposing the third side wall and joining an opposing end of the first side wall and an opposing end of the second side wall, and a bottom wall joining a bottom end of the first side wall, second side wall, third side wall and fourth side wall to define a cavity of the housing, the housing having a rigid member at the bottom wall, and the bottom wall and the rigid member each having an opening to allow a hand grip of the wagon to pass therethrough; and,
a lock to releasably secure the housing to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,309

CARRIER FOR TRANSPORTING A COOLER AND A GRILL, AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

1. A carrier for transporting a grill and cooler over difficult terrain, the carrier comprising:a chassis that includes a first frame and a floor wherein:
the first frame has:
a front end that includes a front axle to which a front wheel is couplable with and rotatable about,
a rear end that includes a rear axle to which a rear wheel is couplable with and rotatable about,
a longitudinal bar that includes the first frame's front end, and that has a third end, and
a link that includes the first frame's rear end, and that has a fourth end that is coupled with the longitudinal bar between the first frame's front end and the longitudinal bar's third end, and
the floor is coupled with the first frame, and together, the first frame and the floor define a receptacle disposed between the front and rear wheel and configured to hold a cooler; and
a second frame coupled with the chassis and operable to hold a grill, the second frame positionable relative to the first frame to:
a first position where the grill is operable to cook food when the second frame holds the grill, and
a second position where the grill is stored for transportation when the second frame holds the grill.

US Pat. No. 10,457,308

CART

1. A cart, comprising a bottom frame, the bottom frame having a first transverse frame member and a longitudinal frame member, a first and a second back wheel, the first and second back wheel being connected to opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, a first front wheel mounted to the bottom frame, a carrier frame mounted to the bottom frame, a collapsing mechanism for bringing the carrier frame from a carrying position into a collapsed position, and a folding mechanism for folding the first and second back wheel and the first front wheel from a drive position into a stow position, the folding mechanism having a first and a second back wheel holder pivotably connecting the first and the second back wheel about essentially horizontal axes extending in a longitudinal direction of the cart to the opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, respectively, the folding mechanism further having a first slide block for sliding along the longitudinal frame member, a first guide unit connecting the first slide block to the first back wheel holder and a second guide unit connecting the first slide block to the second back wheel holder, the folding mechanism further having a connecting member connecting the carrier frame to the first slide block, the folding mechanism further having a first front wheel holder, the first front wheel holder pivotably connecting the first front wheel about an essentially horizontal axis extending in the longitudinal direction of the cart to the bottom frame, the folding mechanism further having a third guide unit for guiding the first front wheel holder, wherein the folding mechanism further comprises a longitudinal connecting arm connecting the first slide block to the third guide unit for the first front wheel holder.

US Pat. No. 10,457,307

WIRELESS CROSSING ACTIVATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. A wireless target activation system for a train comprising at least one locomotive or control car, the system comprising at least one computer programmed or configured to:receive at least one first target location associated with a forward route of the train;
receive at least one second target location associated with the forward route of the train, wherein the at least one first target location is located before the at least one second target location on the forward route of the train;
determine a gap time between when the leading edge of the train leaves the at least one first target location and is estimated to arrive at the at least one second target location based at least partially on a distance between the at least one first target location and the at least one second target location and a design speed; and
based at least partially on the gap time, an allowable acceleration of the train, and a required warning time, generate an activation message configured to activate or cause the activation of at least one function associated with the at least one second target location, wherein if the distance between the at least one first target location and the at least one second target location is too short to reach the design speed based on the allowable acceleration, the at least one computer is programmed or configured to set the design speed of the train to be the following:
?2*a*gd
wherein a is the allowable acceleration and gd is the distance between the at least one first target location and the at least one second target location.

US Pat. No. 10,457,306

SERVER, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATING PLATFORM DWELL TIME OF TRAIN

KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH I...

8. A method of automatically calculating a dwell time of a train, the method comprising:entering, by a first train, a first station and entering, by a second train, a second station;
transmitting, by an operation control server, information on a time at which the first train enters the first station and a time at which the second station enters the second station to passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station;
capturing, by a camera of the first station and a camera of the second station, at least a portion of the first station and at least a portion of the second station in predetermined directions to acquire a first image and a second image, respectively;
capturing, by a camera installed inside the first train and a camera installed inside the second train, an interior of the first train and an interior of the second train in predetermined directions to acquire a third image and a fourth image, respectively;
determining, by the passenger detection device of the first station, passengers from the first image and the third image;
determining, by the passenger detection device of the second station, passengers from the second image and the fourth image;
calculating, by the passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station, the numbers of passengers;
transmitting, by the passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station, the calculated numbers of passengers to the operation control server;
calculating, by the operation control server, an appropriate dwell time of the first train and an appropriate dwell time of the second train using the calculated numbers of passengers;
determining, by the operation control server, whether the appropriate dwell time of the first train is equal to the appropriate dwell time of the second train; and
adjusting, by the operation control server, the second appropriate dwell time to be equal to the first appropriate dwell time.

US Pat. No. 10,457,305

TRACKSIDE RAILWAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING USE OF AT LEAST ONE TRACKSIDE COMPONENT OF A RAILWAY INSTALLATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A trackside railway apparatus, comprising:at least one sensor device configured to detect at least one use of at least one trackside component of a railway system;
a storage device for storing at least one item of use information dating from the detection of use;
a transmission device configured to wirelessly transmit the use information, independently of a time of storage of the use information, to at least one receiving device entering a transmission range; and
the apparatus being configured to detect the at least one receiving device entering a detection range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,304

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TRAIN INFORMATION RELATIVE TO A TRAIN MOVING ALONG A RAILWAY TRACK

ALSTOM Transport Technolo...

1. A system determining train information relative to a train moving along a railway track comprising:a pressure measuring device placed along the railway track measuring a speed of an airflow generated by the train when moving on the railway track, and generating a speed signal;
a controller arranged to receive said speed signal and to determine train information relative to the train as a function of said speed signal,
wherein the controller determines train information by determining the speed of the airflow as a function of time and determining two pulses of said speed of the airflow corresponding to the head and to the tail of the train, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,457,303

VIBRATION NOTIFICATIONS RECEIVED FROM VIBRATION SENSORS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of vibration sensors arranged in a predetermined order on a track, wherein each of the plurality of vibration sensors is to:
generate electrical charge in response to vibrations;
transmit vibration notifications in response to vibration levels above a threshold level; and
transmit, with each vibration notification, a sensor identification code stored on the respective vibration sensor; and
a receiver module to:
receive vibration notifications and sensor identification codes from the plurality of vibration sensors;
identify, based on a position of a train along the track, a subset of the plurality of vibration sensors from which vibration notifications are expected; and
determine whether vibration notifications have not been received from consecutive, with respect to the predetermined order, vibration sensors in the subset;
wherein the receiver module is communicatively coupled to the plurality of vibration sensors and to the train.

US Pat. No. 10,457,302

EMERGENCY ACTION SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A LOCOMOTIVE

Railserve, Inc., Atlanta...

1. An emergency action device for use with a railcar or a locomotive, the device comprising:a user-based emergency action device transmitter with an emergency stop button; and
a locomotive transceiver in communication with the user-based emergency action device transmitter and located on the locomotive, the locomotive transceiver configured to stop a railcar or a locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized and when the emergency stop button is pressed to immediately stop the locomotive and stop an unsafe movement of the locomotive,
wherein the locomotive transceiver receives a signal sent from the emergency action device transmitter when a crew member presses the emergency stop button, and the locomotive transceiver further sends an emergency stop signal directly to a relay valve for a set of brakes on the locomotive, wherein the relay valve causes air to be released from a brake pipe, thereby immediately applying the set of brakes and bringing the locomotive to an immediate stop, and further wherein the emergency action device is reset only when the crew member pushes the emergency stop button a second time, which sends a reset signal closing the relay valve and releasing the set of brakes, indicating that the unsafe movement of the locomotive has been resolved,
wherein the locomotive transceiver and the relay valve are configured to be responsive to and in communication with the emergency action device transmitter, wherein the emergency action device transmitter and the locomotive transceiver enables the crew member to stop the railcar or locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized.

US Pat. No. 10,457,300

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY INFLUENCING TRACK-BOUND VEHICLES

Siemens Mobility GmbH, M...

1. A method of automatically controlling track-bound vehicles, wherein, in a normal operating mode:the track-bound vehicles report their respective positions to a track-side device; and
the trackside device determines a respective movement authority for the track-bound vehicles, taking into account the positions reported by the track-bound vehicles, and the movement authority is transmitted to the respective track-bound vehicle;
the method comprising:
in the event that one of the track-bound vehicles is a faulty track-bound vehicle whose integrity cannot be guaranteed, switching over to a fault mode without interrupting a travel operation of the track-bound vehicles; and
in the fault mode:
causing the faulty track-bound vehicle to determine a position of one vehicle end thereof and to report the position of the one vehicle end to the track-side device together with an item of information indicating that an integrity of the position of the one vehicle end cannot be guaranteed; and
determining the movement authorities for the track-bound vehicles with the track-side device and, with respect to the faulty track-bound vehicle, taking into account the reported position of the one vehicle end and, in respect of the other vehicle end, an item of vacancy reporting information of a track-side vacancy reporting system.

US Pat. No. 10,457,299

TRAIN STOP TIMER

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. A train control system for a train including at least one locomotive or control car and, optionally, at least one railroad car, in a track network having a plurality of tracks, the system comprising:an operator interface on-board the at least one locomotive or control car configured to provide information to an operator of the train;
a wheel tachometer configured to provide an indication that the train is stopped; and
at least one computer programmed or configured to:
receive the indication that the train is stopped from the wheel tachometer;
continuously increment a counter in response to receiving the indication that the train is stopped; and
control the operator interface to output a current count of the counter to the operator of the train.