US Pat. No. 10,598,422

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage compartment to receive air;
a door rotatably provided at a front surface of the cabinet;
a housing attached to a rear surface of the door, the housing comprising a rear surface part that is shielded from the storage compartment, a top surface part that defines an opening through which air from the storage compartment is introduced into the housing, and a side surface part that defines an aperture configured to discharge the air in the housing into the storage compartment;
a basket disposed inside the housing, the basket comprising:
a basket bottom surface part that defines a bottom surface of a storage space of the basket,
a basket front surface part extending upward from a front portion of the basket bottom surface part,
first and second basket side surface parts respectively extending upward from both side surfaces of the basket bottom surface part, and
a basket rear surface part connecting to rear portions of the first and second basket side surface parts; and
a fan assembly to supply the air from the storage compartment toward the basket, the fan assembly being installed at the top surface part of the housing,
wherein the fan assembly comprises:
a blowing fan located below the opening of the top surface part of the housing, and
a shroud arranged to guide a flow of the air having passed through the blowing fan, the shroud comprising a bottom part that is provided at a lower side of the blowing fan and that defines first and second outlets that are configured to discharge the air having passed through the blowing fan, and
wherein the first outlet is defined at a rear portion of the bottom part of the shroud, and the second outlet is defined at a front portion of the bottom part of the shroud,
wherein the basket rear surface part is spaced apart from the rear surface part of the housing to thereby define an air passage between the basket rear surface part and the rear surface part of the housing, and
wherein the air passage and the first outlet are arranged along a vertical direction and allow the air discharged through the first outlet to flow downward and pass through the air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,598,420

PLANE HEATER AND ICE MACHINE HAVING SAME

DAE CHANG CO., LTD., Jeo...

1. A plane heater provided at an ice tray of an ice machine which comprises the ice tray having a partitioned space to accommodate ice-making water, a motor provided to face the ice tray and a control box having a printed circuit board, the plane heater comprising:a heat emitting body formed of a metal thin film and having a thickness thicker than 0 and equal to or thinner than 0.5 mm;
a heat insulation member provided to cover the heat emitting body; and
a power source connection part including an electrode pad electrically connected to the heat emitting body and a support plate provided below the electrode pad.

US Pat. No. 10,598,418

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING HEAT PUMP

UT-BATTELLE, LLC, Oak Ri...

11. The device according to claim 7,wherein the opening of the electronic expansion valve is controlled based on the ambient temperature, an air flow rate of an indoor blower of the heat pump, and at least one of an operating stage of the first compressor and an operating stage of the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,417

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS ABNORMALITY DETECTING SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:an expansion valve, and a liquid accumulation container configured to accumulate liquid refrigerant, connected via refrigerant pipes, that constitutes a refrigerant circuit forming a refrigeration cycle being configured to circulate refrigerant; and
a controller configured to control the refrigeration cycle,
the controller being configured to, while the refrigeration cycle apparatus is stopped from performing a normal operation mode:
control the expansion valve to have a fixed opening degree when the refrigeration cycle is stopped,
cause the refrigeration cycle, which is stopped, to operate, then stop the refrigeration cycle, then
detect abnormality of the refrigeration cycle based on state data indicating a state of the refrigeration cycle in the stopped state, the state data including a quantity of liquid refrigerant inside the liquid refrigerant container, the abnormality of the refrigeration cycle including excess or insufficiency of refrigerant quantity,
perform a comparison of the quantity of the liquid refrigerant inside the liquid refrigerant container with a reference value, and
detect the excess or insufficiency in refrigerant quantity based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,598,415

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS WITH DRY ICE OCCURRENCE SUPPRESSION STRUCTURE

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. A refrigeration apparatus, comprising:a refrigerant circuit that condenses a mixed refrigerant discharged from a compressor, decompresses the refrigerant with a capillary tube, and causes the mixed refrigerant to evaporate in an evaporator to exhibit a refrigeration effect, wherein
the mixed refrigerant containing a first refrigerant having a boiling point in an ultralow temperature range of not less than ?89.0° C. and not more than ?78.1 C and carbon dioxide (R744) is enclosed,
the refrigeration effect of not more than ?80° C. is exhibited by causing the first refrigerant to evaporate in the evaporator,
a heater that heats at least a portion of a suction pipe through which the mixed refrigerant that returns from the evaporator to the compressor passes to thus retain the carbon dioxide (R744) in a liquid phase or in a gas phase or to thus melt the carbon dioxide (R744) in a solidified phase in the suction pipe is provided,
the suction pipe includes a double-pipe structure including a main pipe and connection pipes connected to respective ends of the main pipe, wherein the mixed refrigerant that returns from the evaporator to the compressor passes through the main pipe and the connection pipes, and the capillary tube is disposed in the main pipe and is pulled out through the connection pipes at the respective ends, and
the heater is directly attached to one of the connection pipes of the double-pipe structure.

US Pat. No. 10,598,414

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VARIABLE CAPACITY EJECTOR UNIT

1. A method for controlling a variable capacity ejector unit arranged in a refrigeration system, said refrigeration system further comprising a compressor, a heat rejecting heat exchanger, an expansion device, an evaporator and a high pressure valve arranged in a refrigerant path, wherein the ejector unit is fluidly connected in the refrigerant path between the heat rejecting heat exchanger and the expansion device, wherein the high pressure valve is fluidly connected in the refrigerant path in parallel with the ejector unit, between the heat rejecting heat exchanger and the expansion device, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining a temperature and a pressure of refrigerant leaving the heat rejecting heat exchanger,
generating a high pressure valve control signal for the high pressure valve on the basis of the obtained temperature and the obtained pressure,
supplying the high pressure valve control signal to an ejector controller,
generating, by the ejector controller, an ejector control signal for the ejector unit based on the high pressure control valve signal, said ejector control signal indicating whether the capacity of the ejector unit should be increased, decreased or maintained,
controlling the capacity of the ejector unit in accordance with the generated ejector control signal,
and
controlling an opening degree of the high pressure valve in accordance with the high pressure valve control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,598,413

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a refrigerant circuit comprising a compressor, an indoor heat exchanger, an expansion valve, and an outdoor heat exchanger that are connected by a refrigerant pipe to allow refrigerant to circulate through the refrigerant circuit; and
a controller configured to control an operation state of the compressor,
the controller being configured to
determine whether a thermo-off condition is satisfied, and
when the thermo-off condition is satisfied, estimate an oil concentration inside the compressor based on a temperature of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor and a pressure of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor, and
determine whether the oil concentration is less than an oil concentration reference value, and
when the oil concentration is less than the oil concentration reference value, continue an operation of the compressor, and
when the oil concentration is equal to or more than the oil concentration reference value, stop the operation of the compressor and initiate the thermo-off operation.

US Pat. No. 10,598,408

SOLAR THERMAL ABSORBER ELEMENT

SAVO-SOLAR OY, Mikkeli (...

1. A solar thermal absorber element comprising:a cover glass; and
a highly selective vacuum coated roll-bond absorber, a distance being defined between the cover glass and the roll-bond absorber, the roll-bond absorber comprising heat transport tubes,
wherein a thermoplastic sealing attaches the cover glass and the roll-bond absorber to each other so that a hermetically-sealed space is formed, the hermetically-sealed space being surrounded by the cover glass, the roll-bond absorber, and the thermoplastic sealing, the hermetically-sealed space being filled up with a low thermal conductive gas.

US Pat. No. 10,598,407

GAS POWERED WATER HEATER CONTROLLER AND RELATED METHODS

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A gas powered water heater comprising:a first gas flow valve;
a pilot burner arranged to receive a flow of combustible gas from the first gas flow valve;
a first gas flow valve actuator assembly connected to the first gas flow valve and configured to hold the first gas flow valve in an open position upon completion of an ignition sequence, the first gas flow valve actuator assembly including:
a first electromagnetic actuator encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material;
a first wire lead electrically connected to the first electromagnetic actuator and encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material; and
a second wire lead electrically connected to the first electromagnetic actuator and encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material;
a second gas flow valve;
a main burner arranged to receive a flow of combustible gas from the second gas flow valve; and
a second gas flow valve actuator assembly connected to the second gas flow valve and configured to open and close the second gas flow valve in response to a call for heat, the second gas flow valve actuator assembly including:
a second electromagnetic actuator encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material;
a first wire lead electrically connected to the second electromagnetic actuator and encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material; and
a second wire lead electrically connected to the second electromagnetic actuator and encapsulated by a corrosion resistant material.

US Pat. No. 10,598,406

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange unit (200) in which heating medium flow channels through which a heating medium flows in a space between a plurality of plates and combustion gas flow channels through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other,
wherein the heat exchange unit (200) is configured with a sensible heat unit (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of each of the plates, and configured to heat the heating medium using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); and a latent heat unit (200B) configured with an area at the other side of each of the plates and configured to heat the heating medium using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which undergoes heat exchange in the sensible heat unit (200A), and
a flow channel cap (400) is coupled to a rear side of the sensible heat unit (200A) and configured to provide a combustion gas bypass flow channel (400a) of the combustion gas to allow a combustion gas which passes through a combustion gas flow channel formed at an upper portion of the sensible heat unit (200A) to flow into a combustion gas flow channel of the latent heat unit (200B).

US Pat. No. 10,598,405

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange portion (200) in which a heating medium flow path through which a heating medium flows in a space between a plurality of plates and combustion gas flow paths through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other,
wherein the heat exchange portion (200) is configured with a sensible heat portion (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of a plate, and configured to heat the heating medium using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); and a latent heat portion (200B) configured with an area at the other side of the plate and configured to heat the heating medium using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which underwent heat exchange in the sensible heat portion (200A),
a connection passage for the heating medium is formed between the sensible heat portion (200A) and the latent heat portion (200B),
the latent heat portion (200B) is configured with a heating medium inlet (201) into which the heating medium flows, and with a plurality of latent heat portion heating medium flow paths (P1) formed between a plurality of plates and configured to communicate with the heating medium inlet (201) in parallel thereto, and
the sensible heat portion (200A) is configured with a heating medium outlet (202) through which the heating medium flows, and with a plurality of sensible heat portion heating medium flow paths (P3) formed between the plurality of plates and connected in series between the plurality of latent heat portion heating medium flow paths (P1) and the heating medium outlet (202).

US Pat. No. 10,598,404

DAMPER WITH ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE TO BLADE MOTION

RESEARCH PRODUCTS CORPORA...

1. A damper regulator including:a. a swing arm having a length extending from a pivot about which the swing arm rotates,
b. an airflow passage shell adjacent the swing arm, the airflow passage shell surrounding an airflow path,
c. a rotatable shaft extending from the pivot into the airflow passage shell,
d. a damper affixed to the shaft within the airflow passage shell, the damper having opposing damper sides extending toward opposing sides of the airflow passage shell, wherein the opposing damper sides travel in opposite directions within the airflow path when the shaft rotates,
e. an arm carriage which translates along the length of the swing arm when the swing arm rotates about the pivot, and
f. a biasing spring in connection with the arm carriage, wherein the biasing spring exerts a biasing force on the arm carriage when the swing arm rotates about the pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,598,403

MECHANICAL VENTILATION HEAT RECOVERY APPARATUS

BE HIVE TECHNOLOGIES LIMI...

1. A Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system for a building, the building having at least two large outer surfaces facing in different directions, the MVHR system comprising a Heat Recovery Unit (HRU) for receiving and exchanging heat between a flow of ambient air from outside the building and a flow of building air from within the building, the HRU being connected by fluid flow conduits to first and second ports located on two different surfaces, of the at least two large outer surfaces of the building facing in different directions, in which a flow diverter is provided in the conduits between the HRU and the ports, the flow diverter being switchable between a first state in which ambient air flows from the first port to the HRU and into the building and building air flows from the HRU to the second port to be exhausted from the building, and a second state in which ambient air flows from the second port to the HRU and into the building and building air flows from the HRU to the first port to be exhausted from the building.

US Pat. No. 10,598,402

AIR CONDITIONER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air conditioner, comprising:an image sensor to capture a thermal image in an air-conditioning space;
a living-body detector to detect a living body present in the air-conditioning space on a basis of the thermal image;
a movement-distance calculator to calculate a movement distance of the living body present in the air-conditioning space;
a temperature-control determinator to provide an instruction to perform notification processing when an elapsed time when the living body whose temperature is outside a normal range where heat stroke and hypothermia are not likely to be caused and whose movement distance is less than a threshold value is present in the air-conditioning space exceeds a notification time threshold value and to provide an instruction to perform air-conditioning operation when the elapsed time exceeds a control time threshold value that is greater than the notification time threshold value;
a notifier to notify that the living body that is likely to develop heat stroke or hypothermia is present in the air-conditioning space in accordance with the instruction to perform the notification processing; and
a drive controller to perform the air-conditioning operation in accordance with the instruction to perform the air-conditioning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,598,401

CONTROLLER, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT USING A NEURAL NETWORK FOR ADAPTIVELY CONTROLLING AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION IN A BUILDING

DISTECH CONTROLS INC., B...

1. An environmental condition controller for controlling an environmental condition in an area of a building, the environmental condition controller comprising:memory for storing:
a predictive model generated by a neural network training engine, the predictive model comprising weights of a neural network calculated by the neural network training engine; and
a previously calculated environmental condition adjustment value (yn?1);
a communication interface for:
receiving an environmental condition target value (xref); and
receiving an environmental condition measured value (x);
a processing unit for:
calculating an environmental condition adjustment value (yn) by executing a neural network inference engine, the neural network inference engine implementing a neural network using the predictive model for inferring the environmental condition adjustment value (yn) based on inputs, the inputs comprising the previously calculated environmental condition adjustment value (yn?1), the environmental condition target value (xref), the environmental condition measured value (x), and an adaptive proportionality value (k);
generating and transmitting a command based on the environmental condition adjustment value (yn); and
storing in the memory the calculated environmental condition adjustment value (yn) as a previously calculated environmental condition adjustment value.

US Pat. No. 10,598,399

AIR CONDITIONER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a blower to blow air into space;
an inverter to drive the blower; and
a controller to control the inverter on the basis of an instruction for changing a condition of air in the space, wherein
the inverter includes:
a motor to drive the blower; and
an inverter circuit to rotate the motor as either a two-phase system or a three-phase system,
the instruction includes air information, and mode information that specifies an operation mode,
the controller includes:
a rotational speed memory to store a rotational speed corresponding to the air information;
a correction value memory to store a correction value that is a positive value or a negative value for a power saving mode, a non-power saving mode, a sleeping mode, and a non-sleeping mode in each of the operation modes;
a fixed value memory to store a predetermined fixed value;
a rotational speed acquiror to acquire, from the rotational speed memory, a specific rotational speed that is a rotation number per unit time corresponding to a combination of an air volume and an air speed specified by the air information;
a correction value acquiror to determine the operation mode specified by the mode information included in the instruction, determine whether or not the instruction includes a request to operate in the power saving mode, determine whether or not the instruction includes a request to operate in the sleeping mode, and acquire a specific correction value corresponding to a result obtained by the determination from among a plurality of the correction values stored in the correction value memory;
a fixed value acquiror to acquire the fixed value from the fixed value memory;
a calculator to calculate a threshold for selecting either two-phase operation or three-phase operation by adding the specific correction value acquired by the correction value acquiror to the fixed value acquired by the fixed value acquiror;
a rotational speed determinator to determine whether or not the specific rotational speed acquired by the rotational speed acquiror is lower than the threshold calculated by the calculator; and
a selector to select the three-phase operation when the rotational speed determinator determines that the specific rotational speed is lower than the threshold, or select the two-phase operation when the rotational speed determinator determines that the specific rotational speed is higher than or equal to the threshold, and
the inverter circuit rotates the motor as either the two-phase system or the three-phase system in accordance with the selection made by the selector.

US Pat. No. 10,598,398

ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATION SMOKE EVACUATION

Air Distribution Technolo...

1. A method of controlling operation of an energy recovery ventilation system that provides heating, ventilating, and air conditioning to at least one room of a building, comprising:determining a smoke level with a smoke sensor;
receiving a smoke signal at a processor from the smoke sensor, wherein the smoke signal is based on the smoke level; and
in response to receiving the smoke signal:
selecting a predetermined sequence from a plurality of predetermined sequences via the processor in response to determining that the smoke level exceeds a threshold level, wherein the plurality of predetermined sequences comprises:
a purge sequence, wherein the purge sequence is performed by increasing an exhaust fan speed to exhaust stale air from the at least one room and increasing an intake fan speed to replenish the stale air with fresh air directed into the at least one room;
a pressurization sequence, wherein the pressurization sequence is performed by increasing the intake fan speed and decreasing the exhaust fan speed to achieve a positive pressure within the at least one room by directing the fresh air into the at least one room; and
an exhaust sequence, wherein the exhaust sequence is performed by decreasing the intake fan speed and increasing the exhaust fan speed to achieve a negative pressure within the at least one room by exhausting the stale air from the at least one room; and
controlling the operation of the energy recovery ventilation system via the processor to perform the predetermined sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,598,397

VENTILATION FAN

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A ventilation fan that is attached to an attachment portion in a room and comprises:a main body frame that includes
a cylindrical air channel,
a flange connected to a circumferential edge portion of an inlet port of the air channel at a front face side of the air channel and extending in a radial direction, and
a rising portion connected to an edge of the flange and protruding toward a back face side; and
a fan including an impeller that rotates in the air channel,
the ventilation fan comprising:
a first electronic component and a second electronic component that are attached to a back surface of the flange;
a third electronic component that includes a claw portion on an outer portion of the third electronic component and is attached to the back surface of the flange;
an internal wiring routed on the back surface of the flange and connecting the first electronic component and the second electronic component;
a retention portion that includes
a first rib protruding from the back surface of the flange in a perpendicular direction to a plane direction of the back surface of the flange, and
a second rib protruding from a side face of the first rib in a direction parallel with the plane direction of the back surface of the flange or protruding toward the back surface of the flange, the retention portion retaining the internal wiring between an undersurface of the second rib and the back surface of the flange;
an electronic-component retention portion protruding from the back surface of the flange on a back face side to retain the third electronic component; and
a protrusion portion protruding from the back surface of the flange on the back face side in a position facing the retention portion on the back surface of the flange, wherein
the retention portion has an attachment hole for attaching the claw portion in an upper region of the first rib with respect to the second rib,
the claw portion is inserted into the attachment hole to retain the third electronic component, and
the internal wiring is retained between the electronic-component retention portion and the protrusion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,395

CLIMATE-CONTROL SYSTEM WITH GROUND LOOP

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A climate-control system comprising:a working-fluid circuit including:
a compressor compressing a working fluid;
an outdoor heat exchanger receiving compressed working fluid from the compressor;
an expansion device disposed downstream of the outdoor heat exchanger;
an indoor heat exchanger disposed downstream of the expansion device and upstream of the compressor; and
an intermediate heat exchanger conduit disposed between the outdoor heat exchanger and the expansion device and receiving working fluid prior to the working fluid flowing through the expansion device; and
a cooling-fluid circuit containing a cooling fluid in a heat transfer relationship with the working fluid in the intermediate heat exchanger conduit, the cooling-fluid circuit including:
a pump selectively pumping the cooling fluid; and
an underground heat exchanger conduit embedded in earth below an earth ground surface and selectively receiving the cooling fluid such that heat from the cooling fluid is transferred to the earth,
wherein the cooling-fluid circuit further comprises a heat exchanger vessel including a cooling-fluid inlet and a cooling-fluid outlet, the heat exchanger vessel receiving the cooling fluid through the cooling-fluid inlet and at least transiently containing the cooling fluid such that the cooling fluid is in a heat-transfer relationship with the working fluid in the intermediate heat exchanger conduit,
wherein the intermediate heat exchanger conduit is at least partially disposed within the heat exchanger vessel, and
wherein the cooling-fluid circuit further comprises a tank containing a volume of the cooling fluid, wherein the tank includes a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, wherein the first outlet provides cooling fluid to the underground heat exchanger conduit, wherein the first inlet receives cooling fluid from the underground heat exchanger conduit, wherein the second outlet provides cooling fluid to the heat exchanger vessel, and wherein the second inlet receives cooling fluid from the heat exchanger vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,598,394

COOLING DEVICE

Hale Industries, Inc., F...

1. A cooling device, comprising:a cover;
a trough connected to the cover;
a fan located between the cover and the trough;
wherein, multiple fan connectors connect to the fan;
multiple corners,
wherein each of the multiple corners is:
located within the trough, and
trapezoidal in shape;
multiple brackets,
wherein,
each of the multiple brackets is located between each corresponding one of the multiple corners,
and none of the multiple brackets connect to each other; and
piping sections connected to one another that traverse around the cover,
wherein the piping sections are located below a top part of the multiple brackets;
wherein:
each of the multiple corners includes a first part, a second part, and a third part with the first part connected to the second part and the third part connected to the second part,
wherein:
the second part of each of the multiple corners is closer to the fan than:
a front edge of the first part, and
a front edge of the third part of each of the multiple corners,
 wherein the front edge of the first part and the front edge of the third part do not connect with the second part of each of the multiple corners, and
 the piping sections are placed within grooves located on a top edge of the first part and the third part of each of the multiple corners, and the cooling device further comprising:
multiple pads, wherein the multiple pads are located entirely below the piping sections;
multiple pad covers, connected to the cover, wherein
a surface area of each of the multiple pad covers is 20% of the surface area of each corresponding one of the multiple pads, and
each of the multiple pad covers is located between each corresponding one of the multiple corners.

US Pat. No. 10,598,393

ELECTRIC-POWER CONTROL DEVICE, ELECTRIC MOTOR, AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRIC MOTOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An electric-power control device which drives an electric motor including a rotor into which a rotation shaft is inserted and a stator provided on an outer peripheral side of the rotor, the electric-power control device comprising:an annular substrate including a through hole through which the rotation shaft passes, the substrate being provided to face the rotor and the stator;
a connector which is provided at a peripheral portion of the substrate, and to which a lead wire is connected;
a power semiconductor module mounted on a first region which is one of sides of the substrate which are divided with respect to a straight line connecting a center of the through hole to a center of the connector, the power semiconductor module including a ground terminal and a driving circuit; and
a microcomputer mounted on a second region which is an other of the sides of the substrate, the microcomputer including a ground terminal and being configured to control electric power to be supplied to the electric motor,
on the substrate, a first ground pattern portion, a second ground pattern portion and a connection portion being provided,
the first ground pattern portion being provided as a ground electrode which is connected to the ground terminal of the power semiconductor module, and formed to extend from the power semiconductor module toward the connector in the first region,
the second ground pattern portion being provided as a ground electrode which is separated from the first ground pattern portion, connected to the ground terminal of the microcomputer, and formed to extend from the microcomputer toward the connector in the second region,
the connection portion connecting part of the first ground pattern portion that is close to the connector and part of the second ground pattern portion that is close to the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,598,392

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM

Endless Solar Corporation...

1. A solar energy system comprising:a solar collector for providing energy generated from incident solar radiation;
a first heat exchange system comprising an ejector that is arranged to operate using at least a portion of the energy provided by the solar energy collector; and
a second heat exchange system arranged to operate using energy from an energy source other than a source of solar energy,
wherein the solar energy system is arranged for direct or indirect transfer of thermal energy between the first heat exchange system and a region and between the second heat exchange system and the region, wherein the first heat exchange system and the second heat exchange system are capable of simultaneously transferring thermal energy between the respective first or second heat exchange system and the region,
wherein the solar energy system is arranged for direct or indirect transfer of thermal energy from the second heat exchange system for use by at least one of: the first heat exchange system and a system for heating water,
wherein the first and second heat exchange systems are arranged to transfer thermal energy indirectly to or from the region by exchanging heat with a hydronic circuit, and
wherein the first and second heat exchange systems comprise heat exchangers that are arranged to exchange heat with the hydronic circuit and wherein the heat exchangers are arranged to function as condensers when transferring thermal energy to the hydronic circuit, and to function as evaporators when transferring thermal energy from the hydronic circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,391

OVEN WITH ENHANCED AIR FLOW SYSTEM AND METHOD

Alto-Shaam, Inc., Menomo...

1. A cooking oven comprising:an insulated housing having housing walls including a door closing to define an interior cooking cavity and opening to provide access to the cooking cavity;
a cooking cavity heater communicating with the cooking cavity to heat the cooking cavity;
a blower for circulating heated air through the cooking cavity;
a first shelf spaced from the housing walls and horizontally disposed within the cooking cavity; and
a second shelf spaced from the housing walls and the first shelf and disposed within the cooking cavity and spaced in substantially parallel separation from the first shelf;
wherein the first and second shelves, respectively, have an areal density of at least six pounds per square foot, and the door has an inner plate of cast iron or steel with an areal mass of at least five pounds per square foot.

US Pat. No. 10,598,390

SYSTEM FOR CLEANING CIRCULATING OVEN AIR WITH REDUCED THERMAL DISRUPTION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An oven comprising:a cooking chamber configured to receive a food product; and
an air circulation system configured to provide heated air into the cooking chamber,
wherein the air circulation system comprises an air cleaning system, the air cleaning system comprising:
a catalytic assembly configured to clean air from the cooking chamber; and
a preheater configured to receive hot, cleaned air from the catalytic assembly in an outlet duct to transfer heat to fresh air provided from outside the oven in an inlet duct to preheat the fresh air to heated input air prior to provision of the heated input air into the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,598,388

APPLIANCE WITH ELECTROVIBRATION USER FEEDBACK IN A TOUCH PANEL INTERFACE

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:an electrically controlled heating element operable to elevate a temperature of food items and being configured to operate according to a first operational setting;
a user interface comprising:
a portion of an external surface of the cooking appliance comprising a touch sensor array to sense movement of a user's finger over the external surface to input instructions for altering at least the first operational setting, and
an electrovibration feedback circuit coupled to the external surface that generates a vibratory feedback that is sensible by said user's finger at the external surface in response to a control input made thereon for adjusting at least said first operational setting,
said electrovibration feedback circuit being configured to generate said vibratory feedback via an electrostatic force that simulates friction between said user's finger and the external surface, and to adjust a magnitude of the vibratory feedback in a manner that corresponds to, and thereby reflects, a magnitude or level of adjustment of said first operational setting based on said control input; and
a controller operatively connected to said user interface and configured to make said adjustment of said first operational setting in response to said control input;
wherein the electrically controlled heating element provides a variable size cooking zone defined at least in part by a first heating segment operable via the first operational setting and a second heating segment operable via a second operational setting that is independently controllable from the first operational setting, and
wherein the size of the cooking zone is increased or decreased by selective operation of the first and second operational settings and the magnitude of the vibratory feedback is increased or decreased corresponding to the size of the cooking zone.

US Pat. No. 10,598,387

OVEN

GUANGDONG MIDEA KITCHEN A...

1. An oven, comprising:an oven body; and
a gas circuit system and an electric circuit system, both of which are installed on the oven body; wherein the gas circuit system comprises:
a gas pipeline installed on the oven body;
a combustor installed in the oven body and being in communication with an outlet of the gas pipeline;
a control switch installed on the gas pipeline; and
an electric control valve installed on the gas pipeline and controlling connection and disconnection of the gas pipeline together with the control switch; the electric circuit system comprises:
a controller installed on the oven body, connected to the electric control valve and matched with the control switch for use, wherein when the control switch is turned on, the controller switches on the electric control valve, and when the control switch is turned off, the controller switches off the electric control valve; and
a timer installed on the oven body and connected to the controller, and when the timer times out, the timer can control the controller to switch off the electric control valve, so that the electric control valve disconnects the gas pipeline;
wherein the timer comprises a first IC chip, the first IC chip is a timing chip;
wherein the controller is a second IC chip comprising a single chip processor;
wherein the single chip processor is configured to receive and process signal from the first IC chip, and output instruction to the electric control valve to control its on-off.

US Pat. No. 10,598,386

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance, comprising:a top panel;
a gas burner assembly positioned at the top panel, the gas burner assembly comprising a burner body defining a fuel chamber and a plurality of flame ports, the fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the plurality of flame ports; and
a fuel supply system positioned proximate an inlet of the fuel chamber for providing a flow of fuel into the fuel chamber, the fuel supply system comprising:
an eductor comprising a suction chamber defining a suction inlet, a motive nozzle positioned within the suction chamber, and an eductor outlet;
a first fuel supply conduit providing fluid communication between the primary conduit and the suction inlet for providing a first flow of fuel into the suction chamber;
a second fuel supply conduit providing fluid communication between the primary conduit and the motive nozzle for providing a second flow of fuel into the suction chamber, the second flow of fuel having a higher pressure than the first flow of fuel;
a fuel pump fluidly coupled to the second fuel supply conduit for increasing a pressure of the second flow of fuel; and
a shutoff valve operably coupled to the primary conduit, the shutoff valve being configured for closing when a flow rate of the primary flow of fuel drops below a predetermined flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,598,385

SOLID FUEL STOVE

1. A solid fuel stove comprising:a stove body comprising body sidewalls defining (i) a fuel bay having a bay floor and a lateral fuel aperture positioned above said bay floor within a feed sidewall, and (ii) a substantially-vertical chimney, vertically positioned above said fuel bay, oriented to directly accept heat therefrom, comprising an outwardly flaring sidewalls terminating in an upper end heat outlet with a perimeter greater than a perimeter of said fuel bay;
a fuel chute descending into said fuel aperture, comprising a chute floor and chute sidewalls, at least partially circumscribing said fuel aperture, said chute floor forming an acute angle with said fuel aperture for the gravity-fed addition of fuel into said fuel bay;
a perforated fuel grate extending from said chute floor downwardly within said fuel bay, forming relative to said rear body sidewall, opposite said feed sidewall, beneath said chute floor an obtuse angle, and whereby said fuel grate and said chute floor form a substantially continuous surface positioning said fuel grate distally beneath said fuel chute floor adapted to facilitate a continued descent of fuel into said fuel bay as an effective gravitational extension of said fuel chute;
a substantially flat cooking shelf, spanning said heat outlet, comprising a perforated surface releasably affixed to said chimney; and
a stand, affixed to said fuel bay, having multiple legs diverging from said fuel bay.

US Pat. No. 10,598,383

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT GRILL TOP

1. A grill top, comprising:a means for attaching the grill top to a grill;
the means for attaching the grill top comprising a substantially vertical post;
the vertical post comprising an axis, an upper end, and a lower end;
the upper end comprising a first detent part;
the lower end comprising a means for gripping a grill;
a substantially vertical collar comprising an upper portion and a lower portion;
the vertical collar comprising a substantially vertical hollow inner surface and an outer surface;
the upper portion comprising a second detent part;
the vertical hollow inner surface fitting slidably over the vertical post;
the vertical collar being supported by the second detent part engaging the first detent part;
the lower portion comprising at least one pawl on the outer surface;
a handle member comprising a handle end, a middle portion, and a rack end;
the middle portion comprising a fulcrum rotatably attached to the upper portion of the vertical collar on the outer surface at a first pivot point;
at least one parallelogram bar comprising an inner bar end and an outer bar end;
a substantially horizontal rack comprising a periphery and at least one vertical lift member fixedly attached to the periphery;
the at least one vertical lift member comprising a top end and a bottom end;
the rack end of the handle member being rotatably attached to the top end of the at least one vertical lift member at a second pivot point;
the inner bar end being rotatably attached to the bottom end of the at least one vertical lift member at a third pivot point a first distance vertically below the second pivot point; and
the outer bar end being rotatably attached the lower portion of the vertical collar at a fourth pivot point the first distance below the first pivot point;
at least one ratchet bar comprising a tab at a tab end, a central portion, and a ratchet end;
the central portion of the at least one ratchet bar being rotatably attached to a fifth pivot point on the handle member located outwardly from the fulcrum;
the tab end and the ratchet end pivoting together about the fifth pivot point so that when the tab is moved outwardly, the ratchet end moves inwardly;
the tab end extending above the handle and the fifth pivot point;
the ratchet end extending below the fifth pivot point and comprising a plurality of outward-facing shaped notches;
the shape of each of the plurality of shaped notches comprising a hook at the bottom of each notch and a smooth upper part;
the ratchet end being biased outward by a ratchet biasing means;
one of the plurality of outwardly-facing shaped notches engaging the at least one pawl; and
the one of the plurality of outwardly-facing shaped notches being released from the at least one pawl by outward pressure on the tab.

US Pat. No. 10,598,382

IMPINGEMENT FILM-COOLED FLOATWALL WITH BACKSIDE FEATURE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A liner associated with an engine, comprising:a panel;
a shell coupled to the panel; and
an array of projections configured to enhance a cooling of the panel and distributed on at least part of a first side of the panel that corresponds to a cold side of the panel,
wherein the shell comprises a plurality of impingement cooling holes and the panel comprises a plurality of effusion cooling holes,
wherein a first density of the projections and effusion cooling holes in a first area of the panel is greater than a second density of the projections and effusion cooling holes in a second area of the panel,
wherein a first density of the impingement cooling holes in a first area of the shell is greater than a second density of the impingement cooling holes in a second area of the shell,
wherein the first area of the shell coincides with the first area of the panel and the second area of the shell coincides with the second area of the panel, and
wherein the impingement holes of the first density of impingement holes and the second density of the impingement holes are directed at the projections of the first density of projections and the second density of the projections, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,598,381

SWIRLER MOUNT INTERFACE FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An apparatus for a combustor of a gas turbine engine, the apparatus comprising:a swirler for the combustor of the gas turbine engine, the swirler comprising a swirler body with a swirler threaded section defined around a swirler central longitudinal axis; and
an anti-rotation lock which at least partially surrounds said swirler threaded section;
said anti-rotation lock including a multiple of circumferentially arranged arms, wherein said multiple of circumferentially arranged arms are configured to flex radially outward as said swirler body is threaded onto a support shell and to snap onto said support shell when said swirler body is fully installed;
said swirler threaded section including an external thread;
said multiple of circumferentially arranged arms projecting in a first axial direction away from said swirler body; and
an outer surface of said swirler body tapering radially inward as said outer surface extends in the first axial direction away from said swirler threaded section towards an axial distal end of said swirler body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,379

FILM COOLED MULTI-WALLED STRUCTURE WITH ONE OR MORE INDENTATIONS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An assembly for a turbine engine, the assembly comprising:a shell and a heat shield with a cooling cavity between the shell and the heat shield,
the heat shield defining a plurality of cooling apertures and an indentation in a side of the heat shield opposite the cooling cavity,
wherein the plurality of cooling apertures are fluidly coupled with the cooling cavity,
wherein the indentation is configured such that cooling air directed out of the cooling cavity from a first of the plurality of cooling apertures at least partially circulates against the side of the heat shield, and
wherein the heat shield comprises a surface that defines the indentation with a circular peripheral geometry.

US Pat. No. 10,598,378

BONDED COMBUSTOR WALL FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A combustor wall for a turbine engine, the combustor wall comprising:a combustor shell extending axially along a centerline, the combustor shell formed from a first material comprising a nickel alloy; and
a combustor heat shield extending axially along the centerline, the combustor heat shield formed from a second material that is different than the first material, and the combustor heat shield connected to the combustor shell by a bonded connection that comprises a partial transient liquid phase bonded connection;
wherein a cooling cavity is defined radially between the combustor shell and the combustor heat shield; and
wherein the second material comprises composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,598,377

COMBUSTION-POWERED FASTENER DRIVING TOOL FUEL CELL ASSEMBLY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

8. A combustion-powered fastener driving tool fuel cell assembly comprising:a fuel cell including a housing and a sealing member attached to the housing;
a fuel cell adapter secured to the sealing member of the fuel cell via interference fit, the fuel cell adapter including a tubular body having a plurality of longitudinally-extending, spaced-apart ridges at least partially engaging the sealing member and a radially outwardly extending locking flange; and
a fuel cell adapter cap releasably attachable to the locking flange.

US Pat. No. 10,598,375

ASYMMETRICAL AND OFFSET FLARE TIP FOR FLARE BURNERS

Honeywell International I...

1. A flare burner for burning combustible waste gases, the burner comprising:a manifold comprising an inlet,
two or more arms, and
a plurality of outlets, the inlet configured to be secured to a conduit for combustible waste gases, and the plurality of outlets being disposed on a plurality of arms such that oxygen may mix with combustible waste gases exiting the outlets,
wherein a first arm is curved in one direction has a plurality of walls positioned around said arm and is longer than a second arm that is curved in an opposite direction away from said first arm,
wherein each arm includes a plurality of outlets, and wherein each arm is bent in the shape of a circle and the outlets on each arm are disposed about a circumference of the circle, and a distance between the manifold and an outlet closest to the manifold on that arm is greater than a radius of the circle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,374

FUEL NOZZLE

1. A method of inducing swirl in pressurized air flowing through an air passageway of a fuel nozzle of a gas turbine engine, the fuel nozzle including the air passageway and a fuel passageway extending through a body of the fuel nozzle and meeting in a mixing zone at a downstream end of the fuel nozzle, the method comprising:inducing the swirl in the pressurized air at an exit of the air passageway by directing the pressurised air through helicoidal grooves formed at a downstream end of the air passageway, the air passage being centrally disposed within the body of the fuel nozzle;
directing fuel through the fuel passageway radially outward of the air passageway, the fuel passageway having an annular cross-sectional shape; and
directing the swirling pressurized air exiting the air passageway into the mixing zone for mixing with the fuel from the fuel passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,598,371

MODULAR ENCLOSURE WITH WATER MANAGEMENT MATING INTERFACES

Whelen Engineering Compan...

1. A warning light enclosure comprising:a modular base including a plurality of base modules, each base module having at least one end face and a periphery extending from said end face, the periphery including an outward projecting lip, said plurality of base modules connected with said end faces abutting each other to form said modular base with the outward projecting lips of adjacent base modules aligned in a common plane;
a plurality of retainers secured to said modular base below the lips of said base modules, said retainers and said lips defining a channel extending along at least part of a longitudinal side of said modular base and a cavity between each said retainer and an outside surface of said modular base below said lip, each said retainer including at least one drainage hole, said channel, said cavity and said drainage holes being in fluid communication to define a drain path;
a light transmissive dome including a plurality of dome portions, each dome portion having longitudinal sides, each longitudinal side terminating in a bottom edge and including a flange projecting inwardly from said longitudinal sides at a position spaced above said bottom edge;
wherein the flange of each dome portion is received in said channel to retain said dome portions to said modular base to define an interior space configured to retain a lighting device and said drain path to facilitate water exiting said interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,598,368

PATHLIGHT

AURORALIGHT, INC., Carls...

1. A pathlight comprising:a vertical support member;
a horizontal support member attached to the vertical support member;
an LED module comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes;
a visor;
means for rotatably attaching the LED module to the horizontal support member or visor;
wherein the visor is removably attached to the means for rotatably attaching; and
wherein heat from the rotatable LED module can be dissipated through the visor, through the horizontal support member, or through both.

US Pat. No. 10,598,367

LIGHT MODULE

1. A light module configured for insertion into a housing of a semiconductor lamp, the light module comprising:a driver;
a cooling element;
a light generator abutting the cooling element, the light generator comprising at least one semiconductor light source populated on a circuit board and electrically connected with the driver; and
an optical refraction element covering the at least one semiconductor light source, wherein the optical refraction element includes:
a first structure extending through a bottom wall of the cooling element and engaging the cooling element so that the optical refraction element is fastened on the cooling element; and
a second structure that presses the light generator onto the cooling element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,366

HYDROPONIC TOWER COMPATIBLE LIGHT SYSTEM

MJNN, LLC, South San Fra...

1. A liquid cooled lighting system configured for use with a hydroponic tower, the liquid cooled lighting system comprising:an LED board mounting fixture, said LED board mounting fixture including an internal coolant passageway;
at least one LED board mounted to a first side of said LED board mounting fixture;
a first coolant coupler rigidly attached to an upper end of said LED board mounting fixture, wherein a first portion of said first coolant coupler fits within said internal coolant passageway and fluidly connects said first coolant coupler to said internal coolant passageway;
an upper end cap assembly rigidly attached to said upper end of said LED board mounting fixture, wherein a second portion of said first coolant coupler passes through said upper end cap assembly, and wherein a third portion of said first coolant coupler extends beyond said upper end cap assembly, said third portion of said first coolant coupler configured for attachment to a first coolant conduit;
a second coolant coupler rigidly attached to a lower end of said LED board mounting fixture, wherein a first portion of said second coolant coupler fits within said internal coolant passageway and fluidly connects said second coolant coupler to said internal coolant passageway;
a lower end cap assembly, wherein said lower end cap assembly is not rigidly attached to said LED board mounting fixture, wherein a second portion of said second coolant coupler passes through said lower end cap assembly, wherein said lower end cap assembly is free to move about said second portion of said second coolant coupler along an axis of said second coolant coupler, and wherein a third portion of said second coolant coupler extends beyond said lower end cap assembly, said third portion of said second coolant coupler configured for attachment to a second coolant conduit; and
a light tube shield encircling said LED board mounting fixture and extending from said upper end of said LED board mounting fixture to said lower end of said LED board mounting fixture, wherein a first end of said light tube shield is bonded to said upper end cap assembly, and wherein a second end of said light tube shield is bonded to said lower end cap assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,598,365

PROXIMITY SENSOR SWITCHED AUTOMOTIVE LAMP COMPRISING AN ELECTRODE TO SENSE AN ELECTRIC FIELD THROUGH THE SENSING LOCATION FROM THE FACING SURFACE OF A LENS

GRAKON, LLC, Des Moines,...

1. A lamp comprising:a sensing circuit connected to a light source;
a lens spaced apart from the sensing circuit, the lens comprising a forward facing surface opposite a backward facing surface; the forward facing surface comprising a sensing location; and
an electrode having a first portion opposite a second portion, the first portion being connected to the sensing circuit, the second portion being positioned alongside the backward facing surface of the lens, the electrode being configured to sense an electric field through the lens at the sensing location, the sensing circuit being configured to turn on the light source when the light source is turned off and the electrode senses the electric field.

US Pat. No. 10,598,363

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DOWNLIGHTING AND WALL-WASHING LIGHTING EFFECTS

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A lighting fixture located in close proximity to a vertical surface, the lighting fixture comprising:a plurality of lighting units, comprising:
at least one first lighting unit comprising a first plurality of LED-based light sources configured to emit a first light beam oriented toward a first portion of the vertical surface;
at least one second lighting unit comprising a second plurality of LED-based light sources configured to emit a second light beam oriented toward a second portion of the vertical surface;
at least one third lighting unit comprising a third plurality of LED-based light sources configured to emit a third light beam oriented toward a horizontal surface; and
a controller operably connected to plurality of lighting units, wherein said controller is configured to control said first, second, and third plurality of light sources such that said first light beam has an intensity that is lower than an intensity of the second light beam, wherein the second portion of the vertical surface is lower than said first portion of the vertical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,598,362

LED LAMP WITH BUILT-IN POWER SUPPLY

Self Electronics Co., Ltd...

1. An LED lamp with a built-in power supply, characterized in that: comprising:a housing with a driving power supply built-in;
an LED lamp holder assembly fixedly connected to an outer side of the housing and connected to the driving power supply via a wire for receiving electrical power from the power supply;
a wire slot is arranged on the housing, the wire connected to the driving power supply can be taken out from the wire slot and received in the wire slot and then connected to the LED lamp holder assembly;
a mounting bracket; and
a rotating mechanism,
wherein the LED lamp holder assembly further includes an LED lamp panel, a lamp holder and a lamp cover,
the lamp holder and the lamp cover are fastened to form a holding room, and the LED lamp panel is received in the holding room,
the lamp holder has a through hole, and the wire passes through the through hole and is connected to the LED lamp panel,
the lamp holder is fixedly connected to the housing and covers and fits the wire slot, and
the housing is connected to the mounting bracket through the rotating mechanism, the housing and the LED lamp holder assembly fixed to the housing being able to achieve angled rotation relative to the mounting bracket by the rotating mechanism in a plane perpendicular to an axial direction of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,598,361

HIGH-POWERED LED LIGHT MODULE WITH A BALANCED MATRIX CIRCUIT AND METHOD

Heilux, LLC, Eden Prairi...

1. A device for providing high-intensity illumination, comprising:a substrate;
a first plurality of bus-bar conductors deposited on the substrate to form part of a circuit, wherein a plurality of gaps separate the plurality of bus-bar conductors from one another, wherein the first plurality of bus-bar conductors includes a first bus-bar conductor, a second bus-bar conductor, and a third bus-bar conductor, wherein the plurality of gaps includes a first gap and a second gap;
a first plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are connected in parallel and form part of the circuit, wherein each LED of the first plurality of LEDs is connected between the first bus-bar conductor and the second bus-bar conductor across the first gap;
a second plurality of LEDs that are connected in parallel and form part of the circuit, wherein each LED of the second plurality of LEDs is connected between the second bus-bar conductor and the third bus-bar conductor across the second gap; and
a first electrical connector and a second electrical connector each connected to the circuit in order to provide electrical power to the first plurality of LEDs and the second plurality of LEDs.

US Pat. No. 10,598,360

SEMICONDUCTOR ASSEMBLY

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. An assembly, comprising:a frame extending in a first direction, the frame being rigid and having a length and a thickness so as to define a mounting side, the mounting side including a mounting side surface, the frame further including a top surface and a bottom surface;
a plurality of traces provided on the frame, the traces being electroplated, at least one of the plurality of traces being provided on the mounting side surface and continuing onto one of the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a semiconductor device positioned on the mounting side, the semiconductor device connected to the electroplated traces via wire bonding.

US Pat. No. 10,598,359

MECHANISM FOR LOWERING A POLE

Swivelpole Patent Pty Ltd...

1. A mechanism for lowering a pole from a raised configuration whereby an end of the pole is out of easy reach to a lowered position whereby said end is within easy reach, the mechanism including:a base having a longitudinal axis, the base having a supporting portion fixed thereto, the supporting portion having a longitudinal axis which defines an operating axis, the operating axis being oriented to the longitudinal axis of the base at a first nonzero characteristic angle; and
an arm having a longitudinal axis, the arm having an engaging portion fixed thereto, the engaging portion being oriented to the arm at a second characteristic angle, the arm having an upper portion extending away from the engaging portion along the longitudinal axis of the arm and a lower portion extending away from the engaging portion along the longitudinal axis of the arm, the upper portion extending in an opposite direction to the lower portion;
wherein the engaging portion of the arm is arranged to engage with the supporting portion of the base, such that the arm is able to rotate about the operating axis, and
wherein the base is arranged to locate atop a pole portion, the pole portion having a longitudinal axis, the base being arranged to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the pole portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,357

DISPLAY DEVICES

The Coca-Cola Company, A...

1. A display device, comprising:a plurality of lit elements located in the display device; and
a plurality of modules, the plurality of modules including both movable modules and non-movable modules;
wherein the movable modules are adapted to form a dynamic area of the display device; and
wherein the non-movable modules are adapted to form a stationary area of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,356

INSTRUMENT CONTROL DEVICE, VARIABLE DEVICE, LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE, AND VARIABLE LIGHTING DEVICE

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. An instrument control device comprising:a variable mechanism including a motor configured to adjust a state of an instrument; and
a variable controller configured to drive the motor at a rotational speed corresponding to a command signal, the variable controller comprising:
a receiver configured to receive a wireless communication signal output at a predetermined period from a remote controller and output a pulse signal when an adjustment push button of the remote controller is pushed; and
a motor controller configured to increase the command signal stepwise for each time the pulse signal is inputted N times (N is a natural number), starting from input of the pulses of the pulse signal until the command signal reaches a predetermined value and thereafter maintains the command signal at the predetermined level, and sets the command signal to zero to stop the motor at a time the input of the pulse signal is stopped;
wherein the time that the pulse signal is inputted N times is set to a limit value at which an operator operates the adjustment push button.

US Pat. No. 10,598,355

SUSPENDED LIGHTGUIDE LUMINAIRE WITH LINEAR SOUND BAFFLES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A luminaire comprising:a light module, the light module comprising:
a first acoustic panel having a first wide portion and a first narrow portion;
a second acoustic panel having a second wide portion and a second narrow portion;
a lightguide located between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the lightguide extending from the first acoustic panel adjacent the first narrow portion and extending from the second acoustic panel adjacent the second narrow portion;
a frame disposed between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the frame securing an edge of the lightguide; and
one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) located within the frame and adjacent to the edge of the lightguide, the one or more LEDs oriented to emit light into the edge of the lightguide.

US Pat. No. 10,598,354

ADJUSTABLE RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. An adjustable light fixture comprising:a lighting head;
a socket base; and
an extender located between the lighting head and the socket base and configured to move between an extended configuration and a compressed configuration,
wherein:
the extender comprises a first component secured to the lighting head and a second component movable relative to the first component; and
the first component has a single elongated slot located on an external surface of the first component, the elongated slot being oriented in alignment with a longitudinal axis of the first component, and the elongated slot being configured to engage a portion of the second component, such that: (a) the second component moves, relative to the first component, in a purely translational direction, and (b) relative rotation is prevented between the first and second components.

US Pat. No. 10,598,353

LIGHT-EMITTING ARRANGEMENT AND LIGHT-EMITTING SYSTEM

Jabil Optics Germany GmbH...

1. A light-emitting diode (LED) component, comprising:a base body having a light-emitting region and comprising at least two fixing regions, wherein the base body comprises a smooth lower surface with a square cross-section, four side faces and an upper surface including the light-emitting region;
a first connector comprising a bending portion and a contact area configured for surface mounting, wherein the bending portion of the first connector is arranged between the base body and the contact area of the first connector; and
a second connector comprising a bending portion and a contact area configured for surface mounting, wherein the bending portion of the second connector is arranged between the base body and the contact area of the second connector, wherein the first connector and the second connector are configured as strip-type wires with the width of the second connector being larger than the width of the first connector,
wherein the first connector and the second connector are electrically conductively connected to the light-emitting region without any further connectors,
wherein the bending portion of the first connector and the bending portion of the second connector comprise continuous notches running transversely to a predefined bending direction, which reduce a thickness of the connectors locally and restrict the bending of the first connector and the second connector to particular sections as predetermined bending points, wherein to each notch of the bending portion of one connector a corresponding notch of the bending portion of the other connector is parallelly arranged in the same distance from the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,352

DOWNLIGHT WITH SPRING FIXING STRUCTURE

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A downlight fixing structure, comprising: a housing for accommodating light components, the housing having an insertion lock structure on a side of the housing; a spring, the spring comprising a coil portion, a head portion, and a tail portion, wherein the coil portion, the head portion and the tail portion are formed by a same metal wire, and the head portion is inserted into the insertion lock structure; and a spring cover located on a side of the housing, the spring cover having a conduit with a top opening and a bottom opening, the spring cover comprising a snap-fit component below the bottom opening, wherein the spring cover having a sunken part, lateral sides of the sunken part being integrally connected to other part of the spring cover, the sunken part being between the top opening and the bottom opening, and wherein a top side of the snap-fit component is connected to the spring cover, and the snap-fit component has slit openings on lateral sides and a bottom side.

US Pat. No. 10,598,351

DOWNLIGHT APPARATUS

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A downlight apparatus comprising:a major housing having a surface ring and a main cup, the main cup containing a LED plate and a driver circuit, the LED plate emitting light through an opening of the surface ring;
a plurality of hook slots attached to the surface ring surrounding the main cup; and
a plurality of hooks having bottom hooks being inserted and locked in corresponding hook slots respectively and having top hooks to fix the major housing on a ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,598,350

STRIP LAMP, ASSEMBLY METHOD AND DISASSEMBLY METHOD THEREOF

Self Electronics Co., Ltd...

1. A strip lamp, comprising:a groove body,
a cover body covering the groove body,
at least one latching member disposed on the cover body,
the groove body includes a first side wall, and a second side wall, the first side wall includes a blocking portion extending toward the second side wall in a section perpendicular to an extending direction of the groove body, the second side wall includes a latching edge extending toward the first side wall, and the latching member includes a body,
a latching portion extending perpendicular to the body and engaging with the latching edge, and a V-shaped latching groove provided in cooperation with the blocking portion, the latching portion includes a connecting edge connected to the body, and
a right-angled triangular portion, a right-angled side of the right-angled triangular portion is connected to the connecting edge, an other right-angled side is engaged with the latching edge, the V-shaped latching groove is latched on the blocking portion and includes a first side connected to the body, and a second side connected to the first side, an angle between the first side and the body is an obtuse angle in a section perpendicular to the extending direction of the groove body, and the second side is spaced apart from the cover body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,347

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Optovate Limited, Hemel ...

1. A method for manufacturing an illumination apparatus, the method comprising:forming a monolithic light-emitting layer on a first substrate;
transferring the monolithic light-emitting layer to a second substrate, the second substrate permitting transmission therethrough of light in an electromagnetic wavelength band;
selectively removing a plurality of light-emitting elements from the monolithic light-emitting layer in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements, performing of the selectively removing comprising selectively illuminating the plurality of light-emitting elements through the second substrate with light in the electromagnetic wavelength band;
forming a non-monolithic array of light-emitting elements with the selectively removed light-emitting elements in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,598,345

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An illumination apparatus, comprising:a plurality of light emitters arranged two-dimensionally; and
a light control component that transmits light emitted from the plurality of light emitters, wherein
the light control component includes a first diffusion layer and a second diffusion layer, each diffusing the light to be transmitted,
a first perpendicular haze is lower than a first diagonal haze, the first perpendicular haze indicating a diffusion degree of light traveling perpendicular to a light emission surface of the first diffusion layer, and the first diagonal haze indicating a diffusion degree of light traveling diagonal to the light emission surface of the first diffusion layer, and
a second perpendicular haze is higher than a second diagonal haze, the second perpendicular haze indicating a diffusion degree of light traveling perpendicular to a light emission surface of the second diffusion layer, and the second diagonal haze indicating a diffusion degree of light traveling diagonal to the light emission surface of the second diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,344

SOLID STATE LIGHT SOURCES WITH COMMON LUMINESCENT AND HEAT DISSIPATING SURFACES

1. A solid state light source with common luminescent and heat dissipating surfaces, comprising:at least one more reflective than transmissive, light transmitting thermally conductive element that functions as part of a light recycling cavity; and
at least one light emitting diode, said at least one light emitting diode enclosed within said light recycling cavity and directly attached to said more reflective than transmissive, light transmitting thermally conductive element, wherein said at least one more reflective than transmissive, light transmitting thermally conductive element emits at least a portion of the light and heat emitted by said at least one light emitting diode enclosed within said light recycling cavity; and a wavelength conversion element located inside said light recycling cavity wherein the light emitted by said light emitting diode is at least partially converted into longer wavelengths than those emitted by said light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,598,342

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND INTEGRATED LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a base member that comprises conductor wirings;
a light-emitting element that is mounted on the base member and emits first light;
a wavelength conversion member that is disposed on or above an upper surface of the light-emitting element and is adapted to absorb at least part of the first light and emit second light with a wavelength longer than a wavelength of the first light;
a light-reflective film that is disposed on an upper surface of the wavelength conversion member; and
an encapsulating member that covers the light-emitting element, the wavelength conversion member, and the light-reflective film,
wherein a ratio (H/W) of a height (H) to a width (W) of the encapsulating member is smaller than 0.5, and
wherein the wavelength conversion member has a bottom surface positioned on a light emitting element side, and an area of the bottom surface of the wavelength conversion member is larger than an area of the upper surface of the light-emitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,341

OPTICAL SIGNALING SYSTEM FOR A SMART-HOME DEVICE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A combination carbon monoxide and smoke detector, comprising:a case;
a carbon monoxide sensor housed within the case;
a smoke sensor housed within the case;
a plurality of light emitters arranged in a pattern and mounted within the case;
a light guide that is formed from a translucent or transparent material and that receives light from the plurality of light emitters and emits light through a first surface of the light guide;
a button, wherein the light guide causes light to be emitted around an edge of the button;
blackout material arranged against a second surface of the light guide;
one or more processors housed within the case, wherein:
the one or more processors are in communication with the carbon monoxide sensor, the smoke sensor, and the plurality of light emitters; and
the one or more processors are configured to activate the plurality of light emitters such that light is emitted into an ambient environment in a shaped pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,598,340

LED LAMP LIGHT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

Self Electronics Co., Ltd...

1. An LED lamp light distribution system, characterized in that: the LED lamp light distribution system comprises an LED chip, a lens disposed in a light emitting direction of the LED chip, and a light reflecting device disposed in the light emitting direction of the lens, the LED chip comprising a chip optical axis, the lens comprising a lens optical axis disposed coincident with the chip optical axis, and a light source setting groove intersecting the lens optical axis, and an exit surface for receiving the outgoing light of the light source setting groove, the light source setting groove is a plane symmetrical structure, in a section along the lens optical axis and parallel to the horizontal plane, the light source setting groove comprising a first contour line, and the exit surface comprising a first exit surface contour line, the first contour line and the first exit surface contour line completing the convergence of the outgoing light of the LED chip toward the lens optical axis, on a section along the lens optical axis and perpendicular to the horizontal plane, the light source setting groove comprising a second contour line, the exit surface including a second exit surface contour line, the second contour line and the second exit surface contour line completing diffusion of the outgoing light of the LED chip away from the lens optical axis, the light reflecting device comprising a reflecting plate perpendicular to a plane formed by the second contour line and the second exit surface contour line.

US Pat. No. 10,598,339

OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH SAME

WITTE Automotive GmbH, V...

1. An outside door handle, for a motor vehicle, the outside door handle having:a handle body with an outer contour,
a light source within the handle body, and
a diffuser within the handle body located between the light source and the outer contour and spaced from its the outer contour, whereby the diffuser scatters light irradiated by the light source into diffuse light and the diffuse light illuminates at least one of an area in front of the motor vehicle and a door handle cup.

US Pat. No. 10,598,337

LAMP FOR VEHICLES AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

ZKW Group GmbH, Wieselbu...

1. A lamp for a vehicle, the lamp comprising:a light generation unit comprising an array provided with a plurality of micro-light emitting diode (micro-LED) chips arranged therein; and
a lens configured to redirect light beams generated by the light generation unit,
wherein the light generation unit is configured to output a plurality of beams having a divergence angle defined in a vertical direction,
wherein the lens is arranged to have a largest vertical cross-section thereof inscribed in the divergence angle of the beams that are output from the light generation unit,
wherein the plurality of micro-LED chips comprise:
a first group of micro-LED chips arranged at an uppermost portion of the array and configured to output first beams to an uppermost portion of a range of the beams, and
a second group of micro-LED chips arranged at a lowermost portion of the array and configured to output second beams to a lowermost portion of the range of the beams, and
wherein the divergence angle is defined between an uppermost part of the first beams output from the first group of micro-LED chips and a lowermost part of the second beams output from the second group of micro-LED chips.

US Pat. No. 10,598,336

LIGHT DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Varroc Lighting Systems, ...

1. A light device for motor vehicle signal lamps, comprising a carrier housing, covered by a transparent or translucent cover, and an inner chamber wherein at least one light source for generating light rays is mounted, and a transparent optical part different from the cover with at least one output surface for the output of at least a part of light rays from the transparent optical part, wherein the light device comprises at least one macrotexture the surface of which consists of individual surfaces designed for transmission and/or reflection of a part of light rays, the macrotexture and the transparent optical part being arranged, to form the spatial light images visible from outside looking at the light device even with the light source being off, wherein at least one of the macrotexture is created in the form of a macrotexture body different from the cover and from the transparent optical part, wherein the macrotexture body is deposited between the cover and the output surface in such a way that it is in contact with the at least one output surface in contact points, wherein at least a part of light rays exiting the output surface in the direction to cover passes through at least some of the contact points.

US Pat. No. 10,598,335

LIGHTING TOOL FOR VEHICLE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting tool for a vehicle comprising:a first light source and a second light source disposed in a state facing each other; and
a light guide body configured to guide light from the first light source and the second light source in a same direction,
wherein the light guide body has:
a first incident section and a second incident section disposed to face the first light source and the second light source, respectively, and into which light emitted from the first light source and the second light source enters, respectively;
a reflection section that comprises a pair of inclined surfaces disposed between the first incident section and the second incident section and inclined in opposite directions with each other and an abutting section where the pair of inclined surfaces abut with each other, and that is configured to reflect the light entering from the first incident section and the second incident section in a same direction using the pair of inclined surfaces; and
a light guide section configured to guide the light reflected by the reflection section, and
a part of the light emitted from a light source which is either one of the first light source and the second light source enters the light guide body from an incident section which is one of the first incident section and the second incident section, passes through the light guide body at a side closer to the light guide section than the abutting section, and is emitted from another incident section, which is the another one of the first incident section and the second incident section, toward another light source, which is the another one of the first light source and the second light source, and then reflected by the another light source, and a part of the light reflected by the another light source enters from the another incident section and then is reflected toward the light guide section by the inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 10,598,334

VEHICLE LAMP

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a light source; and
a light guide body configured to guide light from the light source,
wherein the light guide body has a first light guide section disposed to have one surface facing the light source, and a second light guide section formed to protrude from an end surface that constitutes a profile of the first light guide section toward a side opposite to a side facing the light source,
the first light guide section includes an incidence section formed on the one surface, a first reflective section provided on a surface facing the incidence section, a second reflective section and a third reflective section provided on the end surface,
the second reflective section is formed on a first end surface that is a part of the end surface of the first light guide section and that is located at an end surface of the first light guide section disposed at a region different from a region where the second light guide section is protruding,
the third reflective section is formed on a second end surface and a third end surface that are a part of the end surface of the first light guide section and that are located at the region the second light guide section is protruding,
the first end surface is disposed between the second end surface and the third end surface,
the second light guide section is provided in a plate shape extending from the first light guide section toward a light emitted direction from the light source and includes a first light emission section provided on an end part of the second light guide section at a front side of the light emitted direction,
the second reflective section includes a reflective surface that internally reflects a part of the light emitted from the light source, which is reflected at the first reflective section after entering inside of the first light guide section from the incidence section, toward at least one of the second end surface and the third end surface,
the third reflective section includes a reflective surface that internally reflects a part of the light emitted from the light source, which is reflected at the first reflective section after entering inside of the first light guide section from the incidence section, toward the first light emission section through inside of the second light guide section,
the first light emission section serves as a light emitting surface,
the second reflective section has a first step section including a plurality of inclined surfaces configured to reflect some of the light that enters the first end surface toward the second end surface, and a second step section including a plurality of inclined surfaces configured to reflect some of the light entering the first end surface toward the third end surface,
the second reflective section has a shape in which a distance between the first step section and the second end surface and a distance between the second step section and the third end surface are gradually decreased in a direction from the incidence section toward the first end surface, and
the second light guide section has a shape in which distances between the second end surface and the first light emission section and the third end surface and the light emission section are gradually decreased in the direction from the incidence section toward the first end surface.

US Pat. No. 10,598,333

COMBINATIVE LIGHT STRIP ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

TAN DE TECH CO., LTD., D...

6. A light strip assembly, comprising:a straight light strip including a straight strip member, a light guiding member, and a light emitting device; the straight strip member has a mounting surface and an exit surface, and the exit surface is adjacent to an end of the mounting surface; the light guiding member is directly protruded on the mounting surface of the straight strip member the light guiding member is a semi-cone block having a coned surface with a reflector and an entrance surface adjacent to an end of the coned surface, the entrance surface is formed as semi circle shape and associated with the light emitting device; and
a bent light strip including a bent strip member, a bent light strip light guiding member, and a bent light strip light emitting device; the bent strip member has a bent light strip mounting surface and bent light strip exit surface, and the bent light strip exit surface is adjacent to the bent light strip mounting surface; the bent light strip light guiding member is directly protruded on the bent light strip mounting surface of the bent strip member,
wherein the bent light strip light guiding member is a semi-cone block having a coned surface with a bent light strip reflector and an bent light strip entrance surface adjacent to an end of the coned surface, the bent light strip entrance surface is formed as semi circle shape and associated with the bent light strip light emitting device,
wherein the straight strip member of the straight light strip is serially connected to the bent strip member of the bent light strip with the mounting surface of the straight strip member of the straight light strip connected to the bent light strip mounting surface of the bent strip member of the bent light strip and the exit surface of the straight strip member of the straight light strip connected to the bent light strip exit surface of the bent strip member of the bent light strip, and
wherein the light emitting device and the bent light emitting device of the straight light strip and the bent light strip emit lights to the light guiding member of straight strip member and the bent light strip light guiding member of bent strip member, and the lights are reflected by the reflector and the bent light strip reflector to emit to the straight strip member and the bent strip member, and then the lights leave the straight strip member and the bent strip member via the exit surfaces, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,598,332

TFT LCD LIGHT BAR

Putco, Inc., Des Moines,...

1. A vehicle light bar for installation on a vehicle having an electrical system comprising:a circuit board positioned within a housing and having a thin film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD); and
a controller electrically connected to the electrical system of the vehicle, electrically connected to the TFT LCD, and having a microprocessor and memory;
wherein the controller is configured to receive signals from the electrical system of the vehicle, interpret the signals received from the electrical system of the vehicle, and in response automatically control illumination of the TFT LCD; and
wherein the controller includes logic for automatically illuminating independently controllable portions of the TFT LCD and a microprocessor programmed to control light emission according to one or more selected strobing patterns and restrict light emission in at least one of the at least four different colors for an emergency or a construction warning.

US Pat. No. 10,598,328

LIGHTING SYSTEM, HEADLAMP, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A LIGHTING SYSTEM

Osram GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting system, comprising:an optical unit, which comprises at least one light guide, which is provided for at least one light source;
a retaining frame for the optical unit, said frame fastening the optical unit to a printed circuit board comprising the at least one light source; and
a spacer for positioning the optical unit, which spacer is arranged between the retaining frame and the printed circuit board, the spacer having at least one bearing opening configured to receive the at least one light guide, the bearing opening having an inwardly facing circumferential inner edge surrounding a center of the bearing opening;
wherein a plurality of guide recesses is formed on the edge of the at least one bearing opening and at least one support face is provided on the edge between an adjacent pair of the plurality of guide recesses, the support face supporting the light guide introduced into the bearing opening, the guide recesses extending laterally radially away from the center of the bearing opening;
wherein the guide recesses of at least one bearing opening engage in the guide recesses of at least one adjacent bearing opening; and
wherein the adjacent guide recesses of the adjacent bearing openings point towards one another.

US Pat. No. 10,598,326

UNIVERSAL TYPE MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR CAR LAMP BULB AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING UNIVERSAL TYPE MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR CAR LAMP BULB WITH BULB

H.A. AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, ...

1. A universal type mounting structure for a car lamp bulb is used for mounting the car lamp bulb by being cooperated with a bulb base, which comprises a first contact piece (1), a reflecting mirror mounting part (2) and a supporting seat (3), wherein the supporting seat (3) is arranged in the reflecting mirror mounting part (2); the universal type mounting structure for a car lamp bulb is characterized in thatthe first contact piece (1), which is cooperated with the supporting seat (3), comprises a clamping foot (4), a semi-circular pressing sheet (5) and a row of pressing sheet (6);
the row of pressing sheet (6) is arranged on the first contact piece (1) in manner of extending towards the two sides by taking a position opposite to the clamping foot (4) as a datum point;
the reflecting mirror mounting part (2) comprises a first cylindrical hole (7), a first supporting plane (8), a second cylindrical hole (9), a second supporting plane (10), three fan-shaped lug bosses, a lug boss (12), a pair of guide surfaces (13) and two V-shaped locating surfaces (14); wherein
the first supporting plane (8) is arranged between the first cylindrical hole (7) and the second cylindrical hole (9) and extends from a radial periphery outside the first cylindrical hole (7) to an inner diameter of the second cylindrical hole (9);
the second supporting plane (10) is arranged in manner of extending from the radial periphery outside the second cylindrical hole (9);
the three fan-shaped lug bosses comprising a fan-shaped lug boss 1 (11-1), a fan-shaped lug boss 2 (11-2) and a fan-shaped lug boss 3 (11-3) respectively are distributed on the first supporting plane (8) and an inner wall of the second cylindrical hole (9), and an area formed by the three fan-shaped lug bosses is in the shape of a waist-shaped slot;
the first contact piece (1) is arranged on the second supporting plane (10);
the supporting seat (3) is arranged in the waist-shaped slot formed by the three fan-shaped lug bosses, a square lug boss (12) is arranged on the supporting seat (3), and the square lug boss (12) is located just below the clamping foot (4) in an axial direction, so that the supporting seat (3) cannot drop out of the reflecting mirror mounting part (2);
the pair of guide surfaces (13) which are axially arranged are symmetrically arranged on the wall of the second cylindrical hole (9), and the two V-shaped locating surfaces (14) at an angle of 90 degrees are arranged on the wall of the second cylindrical hole (9) along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,325

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle headlamp, comprising:a light source module disposed at a central portion of an aspheric lens,
wherein the light source module includes:
a circuit board; and
first and second light emitting modules disposed on the circuit board,
wherein the first and second light emitting modules are separated by a partition wall,
wherein each of the first and second light emitting modules includes a blue light emitting diode (LED) light source and a phosphor disposed on the blue LED light source and the phosphor is configured to be activated by the blue LED light source to emit first light,
wherein the first light emitting module includes a phosphor film disposed at an exterior of the first light emitting module, and the phosphor film is configured to emit a second light,
wherein the first light and the second light have different wavelengths,
wherein a dominant wavelength of the first light is equal to or greater than about 540 nm and equal to or less than about 560 nm, and
wherein a dominant wavelength of the second light is equal to or greater than about 585 nm and equal to or less than about 595 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,598,324

ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION COLLECTING AND DIRECTING DEVICE

1. An electromagnetic radiation collecting and directing apparatus comprising:at least one heliostat with a reflective surface;
a propagating medium which at least partially extends into a structure, wherein the propagating medium comprises a first end and a second end;
an optical device associated with the propagating medium;
wherein the first end is configured to receive electromagnetic radiation from the at least one heliostat or the optical device;
wherein the optical device is configured to direct the received electromagnetic radiation through the propagation medium;
wherein the second end is configured to allow the received electromagnetic radiation to exit the propagating medium; and
a controller;
wherein the controller is configured to control the direction and amount of the received electromagnetic radiation via at least one of user input or sensor input; and
wherein the controller is further configured to cause some or all of the received electromagnetic radiation to be redirected to a third end of the propagating medium in response to receiving a demand for heat or electromagnetic radiation to be redirected to the third end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,323

ILLUMINATED NOVELTY FRAME FOR DISPLAYING A FEATURE IN MOTION

ADESSO INC., New York, N...

1. An illuminated novelty frame for displaying a feature in motion, comprising:a frame having a width and height of about 8 inches and a depth of around 1.5 to 2.0 inches;
two panels separated by a gap in the direction of the depth of the frame and seated within the frame, at least one panel being transparent, wherein each panel is supported by the frame at an interface;
a motor supported by the frame, wherein the motor is connectable to an electric power source to induce movement of the feature when energized;
a light source supported by the frame and oriented to illuminate at least the feature;
an air pump driven by the motor, the air pump fluidly connected to at least one nozzle having an output comprising an air stream to induce the movement of the feature when the motor is driven;
a plurality of elastic, spheroid globules comprising the feature, wherein the globules are moveable and visible between the two panels;
a sloped projection extending from a base disposed within the frame between the two panels and having a mouth disposed near the top of the projection, the mouth being in fluid communication with the output stream of the at least one nozzle; and
a catch basin positioned within the frame to collect the globules as they fall within the volume of liquid under the influence of gravity, and wherein the catch basin is shaped to direct the collected globules into the output stream of the at least one nozzle,
wherein the interface comprises a liquid-impermeable barrier and wherein the frame further includes a port for receiving a volume of liquid between the panels.

US Pat. No. 10,598,321

COVE LIGHTING

Electrix, LLC, New Haven...

1. A lighting system for mounting adjacent a junction of a wall and a ceiling of a room, the system comprising:a plurality of lighting fixtures mountable end-to-end along the wall and comprising a plurality of mounting extrusions;
a transition presenting a concave transition facing into the interior of the room and formed by a plurality of extrusions interfitting with the mounting extrusions, wherein the plurality of extrusions comprises:
an upper row of extrusions mounted end-to-end;
and a lower row of extrusions mounted end-to-end;
and
clips holding adjacent said extrusions of a row of the upper row or the lower row to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,598,317

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a board having a first surface on a first surface side thereof and a second surface on a second surface side thereof, the second surface being an opposite side to the first surface;
a plurality of light emitting elements including a first light emitting element and a second light emitting element and mounted on the first surface of the board;
a common-lead region disposed on the first surface of the board between the first light emitting element and the second light emitting element;
a wavelength conversion member formed unitarily with a transparent member and covering the plurality of light emitting elements and the common-lead region, the wavelength conversion member having a first end and a second end;
a bulb that encloses the board and the plurality of light emitting elements;
a first metal plate protruding at the first end of the wavelength conversion member;
a second metal plate protruding at the second end of the wavelength conversion member;
a plurality of wires comprising a first wire, a second wire, a third wire and a fourth wire;
a base connected to the bulb; and
a plurality of leads extending toward the base and each having an end portion connected to a respective one of the first and second metal plates,
wherein the first light emitting element is connected to the common-lead region via the first wire and is electrically connected to the first metal plate via the second wire,
wherein the second light emitting element is connected to the common-lead region via the third wire and is electrically connected to the second metal plate via the fourth wire,
wherein the plurality of leads are tilted such that a distance between the plurality of leads is reduced toward the base,
wherein the board has a first length in a first direction in which the first light emitting element, the common-lead region, the second light emitting element are connected via the first to fourth wires, and
wherein the board has a second length in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction in a top plan view of the board, the first length being longer than the second length.

US Pat. No. 10,598,316

FILAMENT, METHOD OF PRODUCING A FILAMENT AND A LIGHT SOURCE INCLUDING A FILAMENT

OSRAM OLED GmbH, Regensb...

1. A filament comprising a radiation-transmissive substrate, a plurality of light emitting diodes and a converter layer, whereinthe substrate has an upper side and a lower side facing away from the upper side, and the LEDs are arranged on the upper side of the substrate,
the converter layer covers the LEDs, the upper side and the lower side of the substrate, and the converter layer has a first sublayer on the upper side and a second sublayer on the lower side,
the converter layer is configured to obtain a radiation profile of the filament,
the first sublayer and the second sublayer differ from one another in their material composition,
the first sublayer of the converter layer comprises a first matrix material and the second sublayer of the converter layer comprises a second matrix material different from the first matrix material,
the first matrix material has a first refractive index and the second matrix material has a second refractive index, and
an absolute value of the difference between the first refractive index and the second refractive index is at least 0.05.

US Pat. No. 10,598,315

LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A LIGHTING DEVICE

LEDVANCE GMBH, Garching ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a first lighting unit;
a first heat-dissipating unit heat-conductively connected to the first lighting unit;
a second lighting unit;
a second heat-dissipating unit heat-conductively connected to the second lighting unit, wherein the second heat-dissipating unit is detachably connected to the first heat dissipating unit; and
a driver electrically connected with the first lighting unit and, separately, with the second lighting unit,
wherein the second heat-dissipating unit further comprises a plurality of side heat dissipators, wherein each of the side heat dissipators is detachably connected to the first heat dissipating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,314

LED LAMP

Liquidleds Lighting Corp....

1. An LED lamp comprising:an LED device having
multiple LED chips, wherein top surfaces and bottom surfaces of the multiple LED chips emit light;
multiple conductive substrates, each of the multiple conductive substrates having two opposite edges respectively adjacent to a preceding conductive substrate and a subsequent conducive substrate, wherein each of the multiple conductive substrates is a metal foil, the multiple conductive substrates are arranged at intervals, and the multiple LED chips are mounted on only one side of the multiple conductive substrates, and each of the multiple LED chips is supported by and electrically connected between two adjacent conductive substrates of the multiple conductive substrates, wherein a length of each LED chip is W1, a distance between two adjacent LED chips of the multiple LED chips is W2, and W2<2W1;
a packaging layer including an upper packaging layer and a lower packaging layer, wherein the upper packaging layer is pervious to light and covers the multiple LED chips and top surfaces of the multiple conductive substrates, wherein the lower packaging layer covers the bottom surfaces of the multiple LED chips and the multiple conductive substrates, wherein the packaging layer, the multiple LED chips and the multiple conductive substrates form a light bar; and
a protective cover being a curved tube mounted around the light bar, wherein the protective cover is pervious to light and is insulative, wherein an inner diameter of the protective cover is between 3 mm and 15 mm and an outer diameter of the protective cover is between 4 mm and 16 mm;
a fixing block having at least one hole allowing at least one end of the light bar to pass through so as to mount the LED device to the fixing block, with the light bar configured to have flexibility to be mounted in the curved tube and to pass through the at least one hole;
a circuit board electrically connected to at least one end of the light bar for controlling the LED device; and
a lamp base for holding and mounting the fixing block and the circuit board therein;
wherein a width of each of the multiple conductive substrates is D1, and wherein the inner diameter of the protective cover is D3;
wherein 0.3<(D1/D3)<1; and
wherein the opposite edges of each conductive substrate extend out of the packaging layer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,313

WORKING SHEATH TUBE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MAINTENANCE METHOD FOR RENOVATING OPERATION OF PUMP-DISCHARGE PIPE

Chiyoda Corporation, Kan...

1. An environmental maintenance method for a renovating operation of the pump-discharge pipe using the working sheath tube,said method comprising the sequential steps of:
a blocking step to block a flow path from the tank to the barrel;
a sheath tube arrangement step to insert the sheath tube into the barrel and to arrange an insertion hole facing the opening of the pump-discharge pipe;
a purge step to discharge an inert gas from a side of the pump-discharge pipe away from the barrel toward the barrel to purge the working space with an inert gas;
a pump-discharge pipe closing step to close the pump-discharge pipe by inserting the closing member through the insertion hole into the pump-discharge pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,598,312

CONNECTION STRUCTURE FOR PRESSURE VESSELS, TANK MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF TANK MODULE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A connection structure for pressure vessels, the connection structure comprising:a first mouth piece connected to at least one end of a tubular first pressure vessel in an axial direction;
a second mouth piece connected to at least one end of a tubular second pressure vessel in the axial direction; and
a nut, wherein:
the first mouth piece includes a first penetration passage extending in an intersection direction intersecting with the axial direction, and a first communicating passage configured to connect the first penetration passage to an inside of a first body portion of the first pressure vessel;
the second mouth piece includes a second penetration passage extending in the intersection direction intersecting with the axial direction, and a second communicating passage configured to connect the second penetration passage to an inside of a second body portion of the second pressure vessel;
the first mouth piece includes an external screw thread portion provided on a first outer wall portion of the first penetration passage; and
the nut is rotatably locked to a second outer wall portion of the second penetration passage of the second mouth piece and is threadedly engaged with the external screw thread portion of the first mouth piece so as to connect the first mouth piece and the second mouth piece to each other in the intersection direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,311

CABLE TRAY BRACKET

SST Systems, Inc., Sturg...

1. A bracket for supporting an electrical device on a wire-form cable tray, the bracket comprising:a receiving area including at least one aperture for fastening the electrical device; and
a plurality of retainers flanking the receiving area, wherein the plurality of retainers are planar-formed of an integral, uniform-thickness sheet material with the receiving area,
wherein the plurality of retainers includes retainers extending from opposite sides of the receiving area and away from each other,
wherein each of the plurality of retainers is formed with a relief of locally thickness-reduced sheet material along a line to define at least one fold axis for conforming the retainer to a portion of the cable tray to retain the bracket with respect to the cable tray with the plurality of retainers extending directly over top outer edges of the cable tray,
wherein a first retainer and a second retainer of the plurality of retainers are provided along a first edge of the bracket for engaging a first top outer edge of the cable tray, each of the first and second retainers having a distal end spaced from the receiving area, wherein the first retainer and the second retainer are spaced from each other by a slit that extends a first distance from the distal ends of the first and second retainers towards the receiving area, wherein the relief of locally thickness-reduced sheet material is formed on each of the first retainer and the second retainer at a second distance from the distal ends of the first and second retainers that is less than the first distance that the slit extends, and wherein the first edge is devoid of any fasteners and devoid of any fastener apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,598,310

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SINGLE HANDED OPERATION OF AN ADJUSTABLE STAND

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An adjustable stand, comprising:a stand base;
a stand cradle rotatably coupled to the stand base proximate a bottom edge of the stand cradle and a front edge of the stand base;
a stand arm rotatably coupled to the stand base proximate a bottom edge of the stand arm and a middle section of a top side of the stand base, and movably coupled to the stand cradle proximate two side edges of the stand cradle;
a handle rotatably coupled to the stand cradle proximate a top edge of the stand cradle;
two sets of rack teeth, each set of rack teeth coupled to a back side of the stand cradle proximate a respective one of the two side edges of the stand cradle; and
two rack tooth mechanisms, each rack tooth mechanism including a locking-sliding mechanism having a set of teeth, each locking-sliding mechanism rotatably coupled to a respective one of two ends of the handle, the rack tooth mechanism configured to:
when the handle is rotated to an adjustment position, cause each locking-sliding mechanism to rotate to an unlocked position and each set of teeth of the locking-sliding mechanism to disengage from a respective one of the two sets of rack teeth;
when the handle is in the adjustment position and the stand cradle is rotated to a first rotational position with respect to the stand base, set an angle of the stand cradle with respect to the stand base to a selected one of a plurality of angles at which the stand cradle can be set; and
when the handle is rotated to a retention position, cause each locking-sliding mechanism to rotate to a locked position, each set of teeth of the locking-sliding mechanism to engage with a portion of the respective one of the two sets of rack teeth, and lock the angle of the stand cradle to the selected angle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,309

STAND HEAD ASSEMBLY

1. A stand head assembly comprising:a coupling to facilitate coupling between an object to be supported and a stand body, the coupling having (i) an object face adapted for operative attachment to the object to be supported, and (ii) an opposing support face adapted for operative attachment to the stand body;
a drive assembly operatively associated with the stand body and adapted for attachment to the coupling, the drive assembly including a drive dog operatively adapted to impart pivotal movement to the coupling; and
a securing assembly operatively adapted to secure the coupling to the drive assembly;
wherein the coupling includes a drive slot operatively associated with the drive dog of the drive assembly, the drive slot operatively adapted (i) to receive and hold the drive dog and (ii) to provide a contact surface to be acted upon by the drive dog so as in use to impart pivotal movement to the coupling and the object to which the coupling is mounted;
wherein the drive assembly comprises a drive face from which the drive dog outwardly extends, the drive face adapted for operative location adjacent the support face of the coupling when the drive dog is held within the drive slot.

US Pat. No. 10,598,308

REMOVABLE AND REUSABLE INSULATION WRAP FOR PIPE, HOSES, AND FIXTURES

Neo IP Holdings, LLC, Ki...

1. A reusable insulation wrap comprising:a multilayer insulation member having
at least one stretchable layer adapted to resist moisture having first and second edges and sized to closely encircle an article,
at least one insulative layer,
at least one reflective layer affixed to the at least one insulative layer,
at least one protective layer adapted to be abrasion and moisture resistant to prevent damage to at least one of the at least one stretchable layer, the at least one insulative layer, and the at least one reflective layer,
a flame retardant in at least one of the at least one protective layer, the at least one stretchable layer, the at least one insulative layer, and the at least one reflective layer, and
ultraviolet protectant in at least one of the at least one protective layer, the at least one stretchable layer, the at least one insulative layer, and the at least one reflective layer; and
a fastener adapted to cooperatively engage and maintain the reusable insulation wrap in a desired position on the article; whereby, the reusable insulation wrap is stretched around the article to fit snugly in place on the article.

US Pat. No. 10,598,307

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND/OR METHODS FOR IMPROVED MATERIAL EFFICIENCY AND FABRICATION OF MODULAR PIPELINE PIGS

1. A modular pipeline pigging system comprising:a modular pipe pig, the modular pipe pig comprising:
a modular seal system;
a mandrel;
a front module; and
a rear module;
wherein, at least one of the front module and the rear module comprises:
a chassis defining a plurality of chassis apertures;
a first chassis flange;
a mount hub mounted to the face of the first chassis flange;
the seal assembly coupled to the mount hub, the seal assembly coupled to the chassis via a plurality of anchor lugs that function as springs;
a second chassis flange constructed to:
couple and position the mount hub and seal assembly between the first and second chassis flanges; and
when coupled to the first chassis flange, through chassis apertures and seal assembly apertures, substantially covers a face of the seal assembly and the mount hub.

US Pat. No. 10,598,306

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPLACING UNDERGROUND PIPE

1. A method of replacing underground conduit wherein an existing conduit is ruptured and expanded to create a space, and wherein a replacement conduit is introduced to occupy the space, said method comprising;employing a hydraulic cable puller system having a cable puller gripping a wire cable attached to a bursting head shaped to apply a radially outward stress to the existing conduit when the cable is placed under tension by the cable puller, wherein the cable tension is not constant;
allowing the tension in the cable to increase substantially to store potential energy therein and substantially increase the stress on the replacement conduit in the region of engagement with the bursting head, and
imposing a series of mechanical force pulses to the bursting head along the axis of the cable to repetitively increase and decrease the potential energy in the cable to impose a cyclically variable stress component in the region of engagement sufficient to cause fatigue failure of the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,302

SAFETY ANCHOR DEVICE FOR HIGH PRESSURE PIPE COUPLINGS

TORCSILL FOUNDATIONS, LLC...

1. A pipe restraint, comprising:an anchor configured to be at least partially embedded into and secured to the ground;
a first gripping member configured to grip a first pipe;
a second gripping member spaced apart from and aligned with the first gripping member, such that the second gripping member is configured to grip a second pipe that is connected to the first pipe, the first and second pipes being generally concentric;
a first arm connected to the anchor and the first gripping member, wherein the first arm is configured to constrain movement of the first gripping member with respect to the anchor, wherein the first arm is received around the anchor so as to be pivotal with respect thereto; and
a second arm connected to the anchor and the second gripping member, wherein the second arm is configured to constrain movement of the second gripping member with respect to the anchor, wherein the second arm is received around the anchor so as to be pivotal with respect thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,598,301

SAFETY APPARATUS

1. A safety apparatus configured to be securely attached to a support structure, the safety apparatus comprising:at least one attach plate for secure attachment to the support structure, wherein the at least one attach plate comprising: two attach plates fixedly attached to each other at a right angle to form a single-structure attach plate;
a cable guide configured to constrain a cable, the cable guide fixedly attached to the single-structure attach plate, the cable guide having a wall defined by an outer surface and an inner surface, the wall having a proximal first end opening and a distal second end opening at either end of the wall;
wherein the wall has a discontinuity running longitudinally from the proximal first end opening through to the distal second end opening, thereby forming a channel along a length of the cable guide;
wherein all exposed edges of the cable guide are smoothed to ensure that the cable can slide over the cable guide without damage; and
at least one attachment whereby the cable guide is attached to the at least one attach plate, the at least one attachment configured to prevent any relative lateral movement of the cable guide in relation to the at least one attach plate.

US Pat. No. 10,598,300

PROTECTING SUBSEA STRUCTURES

Subsea 7 Norway AS, Stav...

1. A protective cover for a subsea elongate element, the cover having:an open end; and
a barrier attached to the cover to extend across and close the open end;wherein the barrier is flexible to conform to and surround an elongate element extending from under the cover and out from under the barrier; andwherein the barrier comprises at least one drapable sheet, net or mesh attached to the cover around the open end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,299

HEATER CONTROL FOR AN AIR DRYER

NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC, ...

1. An air dryer, comprising;an inlet coupled to a main reservoir of a locomotive for receiving compressed air from the main reservoir of the locomotive;
a series of valves positioned in a valve block for controlling the movement of the compressed air through a desiccant;
a heater configured to warm the valve block;
a temperature sensor for outputting a signal indicating the temperature of at least a portion of the air dryer; and
a controller piloting the series of valves that is programmed to prevent the series of valves from opening until the signal received from the temperature sensor indicates that the series of valves will not freeze when operated.

US Pat. No. 10,598,297

SERVOVALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A servovalve comprising:a fluid transfer valve assembly comprising a supply port and a control port within a housing;
a moveable valve spool arranged to regulate flow of fluid from the supply port to the control port in response to a control signal; and
a drive assembly configured to axially move the valve spool relative to the fluid transfer valve assembly in response to the control signal to regulate the fluid flow, wherein the drive assembly includes:
a jet pipe moveable by an amount determined by the control signal to cause corresponding movement of the valve spool;
a first piezoelectric actuator element;
a first elastic element extending radially outward from the jet pipe in a first direction and connected to the the first piezoelectric actuator element;
a second piezoelectric actuator element;
an elastic spring extending radially outward from the jet pipe in a direction opposite the first direction and connected to the second piezoelectric actuator element; and
wherein contraction of the first piezoelectric actuator element causes the jet pipe to move the first direction and contraction of the second piezoelectric actuator element causes the jet pipe to move the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,292

HYDRAULIC BYPASS SYSTEM

1. A hydraulic system, comprising:a hydraulic pump;
a first hydraulic shock coupled to a first port of the hydraulic pump;
a first floating piston disposed in the first hydraulic shock;
a second hydraulic shock coupled to a second port of the hydraulic pump;
a second floating piston disposed in the second hydraulic shock;
a first hydraulic cylinder coupled to the first port of the hydraulic pump;
a third floating piston disposed in the first hydraulic cylinder;
a second hydraulic cylinder coupled to the second port of the hydraulic pump;
a fourth floating piston disposed in the second hydraulic cylinder; and
a first valve coupled between the first hydraulic cylinder and second hydraulic cylinder in parallel with the hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,598,290

CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH ECO FUNCTION FOR A SINGLE-ARMED MIXING FAUCET

KEROX Ipari es Kereskedel...

1. A cartridge provided with ECO function for a single-armed mixing faucet, comprising:a cylindrical housing comprising a cylindrical inner cavity defined by a cylindrical inner wall that has a central axis;
an arm comprising a first end extending out of the cylindrical housing and a second end configured as a shaft, wherein the arm can be moved relative to the housing with at least two degrees of freedom;
an actuator disc arranged in the housing configured to move in a plane normal to the axis, a bore being defined in a central portion of a first side of the actuator disc that is configured to be open in the direction of the arm and configured to receive the shaft, wherein the arm is operationally coupled to the actuator disc such that movement of the arm causes movement of the actuator disc in said plane;
a ceramic control disc coupled at one side to the actuator disc, wherein the ceramic control disc and the control disc are on opposite planar surfaces of the actuator disc;
a ceramic stationary disc having a planar face coupled to the planar face of the ceramic control disc such that a planar face of the ceramic control disc, in which the planar face is normal to the axis, can be moved along the plane of said faces relative to the stationary disc;
a base coupled to a side of the stationary disc opposite to the planar face, the base has a cold water inlet, a warm water inlet and a mixed water outlet,
wherein the actuator disc and the control disc coupled to the actuator disc are configured to move along said plane by the movement of the arm and this movement comprises a circular rotation component around a center adjacent to the inner wall of the housing in a limited angular range and a radial component, wherein the radial component of the movement of the control disc defines the flow rate of the mixed water outflow and the angular position defines the temperature of the mixed water; and
ECO elements that partially prevent further radial displacement of the control disc after reaching a predetermined radial position wherein further radial displacement of the control disc is prevented,
wherein the actuator disc comprises a pair of parallel planar walls that extend beyond said bore and in the direction of the radial component of the movement of the actuator disc in the central part of said angular range, and the spacing between these walls decreases in a pair of short transition zones at a predetermined intermediate distance from the center of rotation of the actuator disc, and the transition zones form respective buffer surfaces; and said ECO elements comprise an arced limiting element comprised of a resilient material and comprising a pair of spaced arms that engage and are guided by said parallel walls, the limiting element being configured to move only in a radial direction relative to the actuator disc, and the radial position of the limiting element is defined by a guiding path connected to the housing, and the limiting element being configured to move in the radial direction with respect to the actuator disc with minimal force force in a first radial zone lasting till said transition zones, and when the limiting element is moved further in radial direction with respect to the actuator disc, the force used to move the limiting element has to first overcome the resistance of opening the arms along the transition zone when being guided by the parallel walls in the range wherein the spacing between the walls is greater.

US Pat. No. 10,598,289

SPOOL VALVE

1. A slide valve for a conveying system with a conveying line (6, 6?, 7) conveying under a vacuum, the slide valve comprising:at least one slide (1, 1a), arranged at a conveying cross section of the conveying line and configured to close off the conveying cross section, wherein the at least one slide (1, 1a) comprises at least one passage opening (33);
at least one sealing ring (27, 28; 27?, 28?) configured to seal a gap between the conveying line (6, 6?, 7) and the at least one slide (1, 1a), wherein the at least one sealing ring (27, 28; 27?, 28?) surrounds the conveying line (6, 6?, 7) and comprises a washer-like sealing part which lies flat against the at least one slide (1a, 1a) and rests against a circumference of the conveying line;
wherein a side of the washer-like sealing part facing away from the at least one slide (1, 1a) is subjected to an ambient pressure;
wherein a pressure differential is produced between the ambient pressure and a pressure existing in the conveying line when conveying under vacuum, wherein the ambient pressure is greater than the pressure in the conveying line when conveying under vacuum;
wherein the washer-like sealing part is supported loosely without sealing on the at least one slide when no conveying under vacuum takes place;
wherein the washer-like sealing part seals the gap between the conveying line and the at least one slide only once a vacuum conveying action begins and the pressure differential forces the washer-like sealing part into a sealing position at the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,598,288

CASCADED CONTROLLABLE FLUID CONTROL VALVE AND VALVE TRIM FOR A FLUID CONTROL VALVE

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:a body defining an inlet, an outlet, and a passageway between the inlet and the outlet;
a seat ring positioned in the passageway;
a valve cage positioned adjacent the seat ring between the inlet and the outlet, the valve cage including a plurality of radial openings;
a first valve plug assembly positioned within the valve cage, the first valve plug assembly comprising a plurality of radial apertures and a first valve plug having an axial bore in fluid communication with the radial apertures and a throttling port in fluid communication with the axial bore, wherein the first valve plug is movable between a closed position, in which the first valve plug engages the seat ring, and an open position, in which the first valve plug is spaced apart from the seat ring; and
a second valve plug assembly positioned within the axial bore of the first valve plug assembly, the second valve plug assembly comprising a second valve plug that is movable within the first valve plug assembly between a closed position, in which the second valve plug engages the first valve plug, and an open position, in which the second valve plug is spaced apart from the first valve plug and allows fluid flow through the radial apertures in the first valve plug assembly and through at least one of the plurality of radial openings in the valve cage with the first valve plug in the closed position; wherein
the first valve plug assembly comprises a retainer secured to the first valve plug and a spring positioned within the retainer and between the first valve plug and the second valve plug, the spring biasing the second valve plug away from the first valve plug; and
the spring is isolated from the process fluid by the first valve plug, the second valve plug, and the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,287

COMPOSITE SEAL RING

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A composite seal ring, comprising:a resin seal ring configured to be attached in an outer peripheral groove of a valve that opens and closes a passage by a rotational displacement, and configured to seal between an inner wall of the passage and the valve, in a fully closed state of the valve, wherein the resin seal ring comprises an annular groove; and
a spring that is metal, disposed within the annular groove, and configured to press the resin seal ring radially outwardly and radially inwardly due to a pressure acting on the resin seal ring or a deformation of the resin seal ring; wherein
in a radial direction, there this is a first gap between a radial outer circumference of the spring and a radial outer circumference of the annular groove, and a second gap between a radial inner circumference of the spring and a radial inner circumference of the annular groove.

US Pat. No. 10,598,284

ANNULAR SEALING DEVICE

TECHNETICS GROUP LLC, Ch...

1. A seal apparatus configured in a stacked arrangement, the seal apparatus comprising:a first metallic ring having a cross section including:
a stem portion having a substantially block shape in cross section formed from an axially extending body portion having a radial width and an axial height, wherein the stem portion has a base; and
a bulbous portion coupled to the stem portion opposite the base of the stem portion, the bulbous portion comprising a spaced apart pair of sealing arms extending axially from the body portion, wherein each sealing arm includes a radially opposed arcuate sealing surface, the spaced apart pair of sealing arms forming a first axial groove having parallel sidewalls and a flat bottom wherein a transition from the parallel sidewalls to the flat bottom is formed by a first radius of curvature, wherein a width of the first axial groove is substantially equal to but greater than the radial width;
wherein the stem portion of the first metallic ring extends in a first direction from the base of the stem portion of the first metallic ring to the bulbous portion of the first metallic ring;
a second metallic ring having a cross section substantially identical to the first metallic ring, wherein the second metallic ring has the cross section including:
a stem portion having a substantially block shape in cross section formed from an axially extending body portion having a radial width and an axial height, wherein the stem portion has a base; and
a bulbous portion coupled to the stem portion opposite the base of the stem portion, the bulbous portion comprising a spaced apart pair of sealing arms extending axially from the body portion, wherein each sealing arm includes a radially opposed arcuate sealing surface, the spaced apart pair of sealing arms forming a first axial groove having parallel sidewalls and a flat bottom wherein a transition from the parallel sidewalls to the flat bottom is formed by a first radius of curvature, wherein a width of the first axial groove is substantially equal to but greater than the radial width;
wherein the stem portion of the second metallic ring extends in a second direction, which is opposite the first direction, from the base of the stem portion of the second metallic ring to the bulbous portion of the second metallic ring; and
wherein the base of the first metallic ring is proximal to and abuts the base of the second metallic ring, the bulbous portion of the first metallic ring is distal the base of the second metallic ring, and the bulbous portion of the second metallic ring is distal the base of the first metallic ring to provide a stacked sealing apparatus configured to seal against bi-directional pressure sources.

US Pat. No. 10,598,283

EXTRUSION SEAL DEVICES AND METHODS

1. An extruder comprising:a barrel having a barrel width structured to contain and pass an extrudable material;
a piston assembly including a handle connected to a piston, the piston structured to fit at least partially within the barrel, wherein the piston assembly enables a user to push the extrudable material through the barrel by applying force to the handle; and
a seal device disposed within the barrel adjacent to the piston and between the extrudable material and the piston, wherein the seal device comprises:
a body including a first end and an opposing second end that define a height of the body, a side surface extending between the first end and the second end, and defining a first width of the body, wherein the first end is substantially parallel to the second end, the second end defines a substantially planar surface extending across the first width, and wherein the body comprises a substantially firm material, and
a lip extending radially from the body at or near the second end to define an edge, the edge defining a second width, wherein the edge has a radius and the second width is greater than the first width, wherein the lip comprises a resilient material, and
wherein the body supports the lip enabling the edge of the lip to flex, wherein the second width is nearly the same as the barrel width, and the body is releasably coupled with the piston such that the seal device is released from the piston when sufficient force is applied to the piston in a direction away from the seal device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,282

PISTONS

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an actuator to operate a valve, the actuator having a first chamber defined by a surface; and
a piston disposed in the first chamber, the piston including a second chamber and a seal groove in which a seal is disposed, the second chamber to receive a fluid from the first chamber to enable a force imparted by the fluid within the second chamber to urge the seal into sealing engagement with the surface defining the first chamber, wherein an inner diameter of the seal is in fluid communication with a first fluid pressure and an outer diameter of the seal is in fluid communication with a second fluid pressure that is less than the first fluid pressure, and wherein the piston includes a port extending from the second chamber to an outer surface of the piston to enable the first fluid pressure to be greater than the second fluid pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,598,281

OVERRIDE FOR SHIFTING A SHIFT-BY-WIRE TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A shift-by-wire transmission comprising:a shiftable member selectively engageable with a park gear to put a vehicle in PARK;
a first intermediate member coupled with the shiftable member and rotatable about a pivot axis between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein in the engaged position the shiftable member is engaged with the park gear and in the disengaged position the shiftable member is disengaged from the park gear; and
an override mechanism including
a housing disposed at an exterior of a transmission case, the housing having a first pin aperture and a fastener aperture for receiving a fastener to rotatably fix the housing to the transmission case,
a manual shaft extending from an interior of the housing through the transmission case to an interior of the transmission case,
a reel plate having a second pin aperture, the reel plate rotatably fixed to the manual shaft and rotatable within the housing between a first angular position relative to the housing and a second angular position relative to the housing,
a spring for biasing the reel plate to the first angular position,
a pull-pin removably disposable within the first and second pin apertures, the pull-pin adapted to retain the reel plate in the second angular position, and
a second intermediate member rotatably fixed to the manual shaft and rotatable about the pivot axis between a nominal position and an override position, wherein moving the second intermediate member from the nominal position to the override position moves the first intermediate member from the engaged position to the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,598,279

MOTOR CONTROL STRATEGY FOR ELECTRIC SHIFT-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.,...

1. A method of controlling an electric motor of an electric shift-by-wire (SBW) system, the method comprising:determining whether a current stage and a target stage are identical;
rotating the motor in a direction of the target stage when the current stage and the target stage are not identical;
performing motor OFF control when the current stage and the target stage are identical;
performing reverse driving duty control when a difference between a current position and target position of the motor is less than a first setting value; and
stopping the motor when the difference between the current position and target position of the motor is less than a second setting value.

US Pat. No. 10,598,278

METHOD FOR MAINTAINING IDLE NOISE REFINEMENT AND VEHICLE THEREOF

Hyundai Motors Company, ...

1. A method for maintaining an idle noise refinement, the method comprising:performing a D-range neutral control,
wherein a controller is configured to apply auto hold threshold values to conditions for entering an auto hold control in a neutral control state,
wherein the auto hold threshold values are determinant of an entry into the D-range neutral control such that the auto hold threshold values limit the conditions for entering the auto hold control, and
wherein performing the D-range neutral control further comprises:
determining whether an auto hold function is activated based on whether a transmission is in a D-range idle slip state in the neutral control state;
when it is determined that the auto hold function is not activated, sensing a vehicle speed, an engine coolant temperature, and a brake pedal effort as the determinant of the entry into the D-range neutral control;
when D-range set conditions of the vehicle speed, the engine coolant temperature, and the brake pedal effort are satisfied, entering the D-range idle slip state;
when it is determined that the auto hold function is activated, determining whether the engine operates based on an Idle Stop and Go (ISG) control in the D-range idle slip state;
when it is determined that the engine operates, applying the auto hold threshold values for the vehicle speed, the engine coolant temperature, and the brake pedal effort; and
when conditions for maintaining the D-range neutral control are satisfied, maintaining the D-range idle slip state.

US Pat. No. 10,598,277

CONTROL DEVICE THAT HANDLES ERRONEOUS CLUTCH ENGAGEMENT

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. In a vehicle having an electric motor serving as a driving source of the vehicle, a mechanical oil pump drivingly connected to the electric motor, a continuously variable transmission equipped with a hydraulic variator operated using oil pressure from the oil pump and having a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and an endless power-transmission member wound around these pulleys, a friction engagement clutch interposed between the electric motor and the continuously variable transmission, a clutch control means for controlling the clutch such that the clutch enters into any one clutch control mode of a completely engaged state, a slip-engaged state, and a release state depending on a travelling state of the vehicle, and a vehicle control means for controlling the electric motor such that the electric motor rotates at a target rotation speed based on an output request to the electric motor and the clutch control mode, an erroneous clutch engagement handling control device for performing control to handle erroneous engagement that the clutch is erroneously completely engaged, comprising:an erroneous clutch engagement determination unit for determining that the clutch is in an erroneously engaged state when a predetermined determination condition is satisfied;
a secondary oil pressure detection means for detecting a secondary oil pressure, which is a pulley hydraulic pressure of the secondary pulley; and
an erroneous engagement handling control means for executing torque adjustment control to adjust an output torque of the driving source according to the secondary oil pressure detected by the secondary oil pressure detection means when it is determined that the clutch is in the erroneously engaged state by the erroneous clutch engagement determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,276

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONTROL THE OPERATION OF A TRANSMISSION USING ENGINE FUEL CONSUMPTION DATA

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A method of controlling the operation of a vehicle transmission operatively connected to an engine control module of an engine having operating characteristics and operatively connected to a transmission control module having access to a memory, the method comprising:receiving a throttle command at the engine control module, wherein the throttle command provides a desired engine speed for the engine;
deriving an engine control command from the received throttle command at the engine control module;
transmitting the engine control command to the transmission control module;
selecting a stored engine map from the memory based on the transmitted engine control command, wherein the stored engine map represents engine efficiency loss data of the engine;
determining a change to an operating condition of the transmission based on the selected stored engine map; and
modifying the operating condition of the transmission using the determined change based on the selected stored engine map to an updated operating condition of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,598,274

MODULAR CONTROL DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE GEARBOX

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A control device for a vehicle gearbox, comprising:a support casing,
a control lever pivotally mounted about an oscillation axis within said support casing and having an upper portion projecting from the support casing and carrying a lever handle,
a pivoting body rotatably mounted within said support casing about said oscillation axis and connected in rotation with said control lever about said oscillation axis,
a connecting member for connection of one end of a gearbox control cable, said connecting member being connected to said pivoting body,
wherein said connecting member is connected to said pivoting body by least one adapter element,
wherein said at least one adapter element and said pivoting body are configured so that they can be coupled with each other in different relative positions, so as to create different positions and/or different orientations of the control cable with respect to the pivoting body, and
wherein said pivoting body has a cylindrical wall, or a cylindrical wall portion, having an axis substantially coincident with said oscillation axis and having a plurality of seats circumferentially spaced apart from each other and selectively engageable by said at least one adapter element for selectively connecting said at least one adapter element in different corresponding positions on said pivoting body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,271

OIL PUMP CONFIGURATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. An oil pump configuration for a motor vehicle transmission, comprising:an oil pump having a pump part and an electric pump motor, said pump part being operatively connected to said electric pump motor;
a housing, said housing at least partially delimiting an oil chamber, said pump part being mountable inside said housing, said electric pump motor being mountable on said housing from outside;
a control unit disposed on said electric pump motor;
said control unit being sealed against said electric pump motor;
said housing having a receiver;
said electric pump motor engaging at least partially in said receiver; and
said control unit being sealed against said receiver by at least a seal.

US Pat. No. 10,598,270

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR RACK AND PINION MAST

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A method comprising:providing a mast, the mast being vertical, the mast having a rack;
mechanically coupling a carriage to the mast such that the carriage is movable relative to the mast, the carriage including a lubrication system, the lubrication system including:
a lubricating pinion, the lubricating pinion mechanically coupled to the carriage and in engagement with the rack, the engagement between the pinion and rack defining a pitch circle of the lubricating pinion, the lubricating pinion including a lubricant dispensing port, the lubricant dispensing port formed on a face of a tooth of the lubricating pinion, the lubricant dispensing port positioned at a distal end of the tooth or positioned along the pitch circle, the lubricating piston including:
a core, the core formed from a rigid material, the lubricant dispensing port formed in the core; and
a spreader, the spreader formed from a conformable material;
a lubricant reservoir; and
a pump to pump lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricant dispensing port;
pumping lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricating pinion;
dispensing lubricant from the lubricant dispensing port;
moving the carriage relative to the mast;
rotating the pinion; and
spreading the lubricant with the spreader as the lubricating pinion is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,598,269

AERATION PREVENTING APPARATUS

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

1. An aeration preventing apparatus, comprising:a case member installed in a vehicle and including a bottom wall portion and a side wall portion to form a reservoir space for accumulating an oil supplied from an oil pump;
a partition erected on an upper surface of the bottom wall portion and formed in a substantially cylindrical shape about an axial line in a vertical direction to separate the reservoir space into a radially inward space and a radially outward space, the partition including openings formed over a whole circumference in the partition so as to communicate the radially inward space and the radially outward space;
an oil passage forming part configured to form an oil passage from a suction port facing the radially inward space to the oil pump;
a movable plate formed in a substantially arc shape about the axial line and disposed facing a peripheral surface of the partition so as to cover a part of the openings; and
a plate support configured to support the movable plate to be movable along the peripheral surface of the partition by a gravitational or inertial force acting on the movable plate.

US Pat. No. 10,598,267

ROTOR FOR CAM PHASER WITH IMPROVED GEOMETRY

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. A rotor for a cam phaser, the rotor rotating about a rotation axis and the rotor comprising:a first face;
a receiving face arranged opposite to the first face;
a central portion;
at least two lobes that are arranged at the central portion and which extend away from the central portion in a radial direction; and
a cam shaft receiving recess provided at the receiving face and configured to receive a cam shaft,
wherein the cam shaft receiving recess includes an inside surface,
wherein each of the at least two lobes has an associated cam shaft centering element arranged at the inside surface for centering the cam shaft,
wherein each of the associated cam shaft centering elements is configured as a protrusion,
wherein each lobe of the at least two lobes has an angular orientation that corresponds to an angular orientation of its associated cam shaft centering element, and
wherein each of the at least two lobes shares a plane of symmetry that includes the rotation axis with the associated cam shaft centering element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,266

MOTOR VEHICLE BALANCING

GKN Automotive Ltd., Red...

1. A system for activating a gearless differential unit of an axle of a motor vehicle, comprising:the differential unit which includes
an input element;
a first output element couplable to the input element via a first frictionally engaged clutch to transmit a drive moment to a first drive wheel; and
a second output element, couplable to the input element via a second frictionally engaged clutch to transmit a drive moment to a second drive wheel;
wherein a control variable output by a control variable unit for adjusting drive moment transmittable by the clutches is supplied to the first clutch without intermediate connection of an individual control element, while the control variable is supplied to the second clutch via the intermediate connection of an individual control element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,265

ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

RATIER-FIGEAC SAS, Figea...

1. An actuator assembly comprising:a screw shaft having a shaft axis;
a drive arrangement pivotally supported for rotation around the shaft axis for driving the screw shaft;
a rod mounted to the drive arrangement at a location radial outward from the shaft axis for providing a primary function of reacting against torque applied about the shaft axis on the drive arrangement, the rod having a rod axis and being arranged to provide a load path that experiences load in a direction along the rod axis in reaction to torque on the drive arrangement, wherein the rod comprises a load sensor for detecting at least a direction of the load along the rod load path;
a no-back device, wherein the no-back device is connected with a rotational coupling to a frame and the drive arrangement is supported on bearings permitting the drive arrangement to rotate about the screw shaft axis and about the no-back device; and
a processor configured to receive a movement signal indicating a direction of drive of the screw shaft from a movement sensor and to receive a direction of load signal from the load sensor, wherein the processor is configured to determine, from the direction of load signal and the movement signal, whether or not the drive arrangement is operating in a resistive load quadrant or a load driven quadrant.

US Pat. No. 10,598,263

ACTUATOR FOR VEHICLE LATCH AND VEHICLE LATCH WITH ACTUATOR

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. An actuator for a latch, comprising:a motor operatively coupled to a gear train; and
a rack moveably mounted to the actuator for linear movement with respect to a housing of the actuator, wherein the gear train comprises: a worm; a worm gear and a pinion gear, wherein the pinion gear is rotatably mounted to the worm gear and the pinion gear has a plurality of teeth that engage a portion of the rack, wherein the pinion gear does not meshingly engage the worm gear and wherein the pinion gear has a protrusion that is movably located between a pair of features of the worm gear, the pair of features comprising a first protrusion and a second protrusion, the first protrusion being separate from the second protrusion, and wherein an axis of rotation of the worm is perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the worm gear and the pinion gear and rotational movement of the pinion gear with respect to the worm gear occurs without a corresponding rotational movement of the worm gear;
wherein the rack contacts a switch when it is moved from a first position to a second position by the gear train; and
wherein the switch is operatively coupled to a microcontroller that is provided with a state of the switch and the microcontroller operates the motor in opposite directions based upon the state or information received from the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,598,262

GEARLESS SPEED REDUCER OR INCREASER

MARMALADE TECHNOLOGIES LL...

1. A transmission arrangement comprising:an input shaft, an output shaft,
an outer race mounted on one end of one of the input and output shafts,
an inner race mounted on one end of the other of the input and output shafts,
the inner and outer races being arranged concentrically to create a cage for ball bearings,
at least two ball bearings disposed within the cage diametrically opposed to each other, and
a finger assist mounted so as to press each of the ball bearings into position within the cage,
wherein the finger assist is made of spring steel, and
wherein the races are pivoted with respect to each other around an axis running through each of the balls such that the balls are captured in a pocket between the races and cannot slide within the races, and so that rotation of the input shaft rotates the output shaft at a different speed than a speed of the input shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,260

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first gearset component, a second gearset component, and a third gearset component, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset;
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets and rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member, the output member is fixedly coupled to the third gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a first interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset, the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset, and the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset together;
a second interconnector which fixedly couples the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a third interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fourth interconnector which fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset; and
a plurality of selective couplers, wherein the plurality of selective couplers includes:
a first selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset and the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a second selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a third selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset and to the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fourth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset and to the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset;
a fifth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset; and
a sixth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset.

US Pat. No. 10,598,258

MULTI-PLUNGER PUMPS AND ASSOCIATED DRIVE SYSTEMS

U.S. Well Services, LLC, ...

15. A method for pumping fluid into a wellbore associated with a subterranean formation, the method comprising:fluidly connecting a multi-plunger hydraulic fracturing pump to a well associated with the subterranean formation such that the multi-plunger pump pumps fluid into the wellbore at a high pressure so that fluid passes from the wellbore into the subterranean formation and fractures the subterranean formation;
simultaneously powering the multi-plunger pump with a plurality of motors;
providing a planetary gear train having a plurality of input pinion gears in rotational contact with each of the plurality of motors so as to translate power from the plurality of motors into a desired pump rate of the multi-plunger pump.

US Pat. No. 10,598,256

DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. Dual clutch transmission for a motor vehicle, comprising:a plurality of gearwheel sets, which form exactly eight wheel planes switchable by switching elements and arranged in a sequence in an axial direction from an input side to an output side of the dual clutch transmission from the first to the eighth wheel plane arranged one after another, which are respectively assigned to a first sub-transmission and to a second sub-transmission, among which the first sub-transmission is provided with a first input shaft and the second sub-transmission is provided with a second input shaft, and both sub-transmissions are provided with a common output shaft, wherein the input shafts, which are coaxial to each other, can be alternately activated by means of a load-shiftable clutch, and wherein the first sub-transmission are assigned the even forward gears and the second sub-transmission is assigned the odd forward gears, which can be shifted with a gear shift via the switching elements, wherein a first gearwheel set of the first through the fourth wheel plane form the first sub-transmission and a second gearwheel set of the fifth through the eighth wheel plane form the second sub-transmission, wherein the input shafts are free of rotationally fixed wheel planes arranged thereupon, wherein each input shaft is provided with exactly one switching element switchable on both sides in particular in the axial direction, and by the first switching element the first input shaft can be coupled directly or indirectly to all of the first through the fourth wheel planes of the first sub-transmission or decoupled therefrom, and by the second switching element the second input shaft can be coupled directly or indirectly to all of the fifth through eight wheel planes of the second sub-transmission or decoupled therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,598,255

SELF-CONTAINED REDUCTION GEAR WITH TWO RATIOS, AND SYSTEM WITH ENGINE AND REVERSIBLE ELECTRICAL MACHINE INCLUDING THIS REDUCTION GEAR

SAFRAN TRANSMISSION SYSTE...

1. A system in an aircraft comprising:a reversible electrical machine;
an engine; and
a mechanical transmission connecting two rotating shafts belonging to the reversible electrical machine and to the engine respectively, the reversible electrical machine being used both as a starter of the engine and a generator electrically loaded by the engine
wherein the mechanical transmission comprises a reduction gear mechanism comprising two gear sets with different tooth reduction ratios, each gear set having a first toothed wheel mounted on a first shaft of the two rotating shafts and a second toothed wheel mounted on a second shaft of the two rotating shafts, the first shaft being an output shaft of the engine and the second shaft being an output shaft of the reversible electrical machine,
the first toothed wheels of the two gear sets being mobile toothed wheels free to axially slide on the first shaft and both being provided with mesh relief present on a lateral side of the toothed wheels and capable of engaging with complementary relief on the first shaft at gear positions, the first toothed wheels of the two gear sets being installed free to rotate on the first shaft but fixed in rotation with the first shaft at said gear positions,
the first shaft carries a spacer extending between the first toothed wheels of the two gear sets and freely sliding around the first shaft, the spacer can come into contact with the two first toothed wheels simultaneously, keeping the two first toothed wheels at a distance that prevents the gear positions from being present simultaneously,
wherein teeth of the first toothed wheels are helical and have inclinations in a same tangential direction relative to the first shaft so that changeovers of the reversible electrical machine from a starter mode to a generator mode and from the generator mode to the starter mode are automatically accompanied with changeovers of a first toothed wheel, among said two first toothed wheels, that is in the gear position, without any external control of axial positions of the first toothed wheels along the first shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,254

HIGH TORQUE TRANSMISSION

Nord-Lock Australia Pty L...

1. A worm drive having a worm and a worm wheel, including:meshing assemblies comprising a plurality of balls and a plurality of reciprocal cups formed about the worm wheel each meshing assembly comprising one ball of the plurality of balls and one reciprocal cup of the plurality of reciprocal cups, each reciprocal cup having a concave surface and an opposing flat surface, the opposing flat surface having a concave socket complementary to a shape of the ball for receiving a portion of the ball such that a second portion of the ball faces outwardly from the cup to present a spherical face of the ball to the worm, wherein a center line of the cup of each meshing assembly extends through a center of the ball of the meshing assembly and a center of the concave socket of the meshing assembly, wherein the center line forms an acute angle with a tangent line of a periphery of said wheel where the center line intersects the periphery of said wheel;
wherein the worm concavely tapers toward an end and presents a concavely tapering side profile complementing a peripheral portion of the worm wheel and wherein the worm comprises a concave track complementing the meshing assemblies,
whereby the spherical faces of the balls mesh with the concave track of the worm and are free to rotate thereby reducing shear forces between the worm and the worm wheel in use; and,
whereby in use the center line of the cup of each meshing assembly engaged with the worm is inclined toward the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,598,252

DAMPER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damper device, comprising:a first rotary element being rotatable about a rotary center;
a second rotary element being rotatable about the rotary center;
a third rotary element being rotatable about the rotary center;
a first elastic member elastically expanding and contracting in response to a relative rotation of the first rotary element and the second rotary element;
a first stopper being provided at the first rotary element and the second rotary element, the first stopper restricting the relative rotation of the first rotary element and the second rotary element by a contact thereof;
a second elastic member elastically expanding and contracting in response to a relative rotation of the second rotary element and the third rotary element; and
a second stopper being provided at the first rotary element and the third rotary element, the second stopper restricting the relative rotation of the first rotary element and the third rotary element by a contact thereof,
wherein the second stopper is disposed radially outward of the rotary center relative to the first stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,598,249

JOINT CUSHIONING SYSTEM

1. A protective cushioning assembly configured to be positioned over a person's hip to protect the hip during a fall, said assembly comprising:a pad being comprised of a foam material, said foam material being resiliently compressible, said pad having an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper edge, a lower edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge;
a magnetorheological fluid impregnating said foamed material, said magnetorheological fluid being configured to be alternated between a first state wherein said foamed material is bendable and compressible and a second state wherein said magnetorheological fluid forms rigid columns within said foamed material such that said foamed material is less bendable and compressible; and
an actuating system being mounted on said pad and being in operational communication with magnetorheological fluid, said actuating system actuating said magnetorheological fluid from said first state to the second state when said actuating system detects a threshold acceleration has been surpassed by said pad, said actuating system including
an accelerometer mounted on said pad and detecting an amount of acceleration to which said pad is being subjected, said condition including accelerometer detecting when said pad is in a free falling state,
a control processor being in communication with said accelerometer, and
a conductor being operationally coupled to said control processor, said conductor being operationally coupled to the magnetorheological fluid, said control processor electrifying said conductor to actuate said magnetorheological fluid to said second state when said accelerometer detects said pad is in said free falling state.

US Pat. No. 10,598,248

SMART FLUID DAMPER

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A smart fluid damper, comprising:a damper body defining a cavity having a smart fluid stored therein;
a piston having a piston head disposed within the cavity of the damper body and slidingly displaceable therein along a piston axis; and
a flow control element disposed within the cavity of the damper body, the flow control element including a main body having a central core, an outer housing that surrounds the main body and is spaced apart therefrom to define at least one fluid passage between the main body and the outer housing, the fluid passage extending a complete axial length of the main body to permit fluid flow therethrough from one axial side of the flow control element to the other, the central core including an energizable coil operable to generate a field to the smart fluid in the fluid passage, and a plurality of field barriers each operable to locally block the field generated by the energizable coil such that the field cannot pass therethrough, a first group of the field barriers being mounted to the main body of the flow control element and axially spaced-apart along the main body, a second group of the field barriers being mounted to the outer housing of the flow control element across the fluid passage and axially spaced-apart along the outer housing, the first and second groups of the field barriers configured to focus the field within the fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,598,247

VALVE FOR HYDRAULIC DAMPER

LISEGA SE, Zeven (DE)

1. A valve configured to ensure equalisation of pressures between sub-chambers of a hydraulic damper, the valve comprising:a first side for connection to a first sub-chamber and a second side for connection to a second sub-chamber,
wherein the valve, when in a rest position, is configured to block a flow of fluid between the first side and the second side, and, when displaced from the rest position, is configured to open a through-flow path with a through-flow cross-section to allow the flow of the fluid,
wherein the valve comprises two mutually guided valve elements that are movable relative to each other in a direction of movement (x),
wherein one of the two valve elements is configured as a moving element and the other valve element is configured as a seat element,
wherein the moving element is configured to be exposed on a load side to a fluid pressure on the first side to create an effective displacement force acting on the moving element in the direction of movement (x),
wherein the moving element is connected to a spring system to exert a restoring spring force opposing the effective displacement force on the moving element,
wherein one of the two valve elements includes a cylinder section with a plurality of passages,
wherein the through-flow path passes through at least some of the passages and the cross section of the through-flow path is limited by a cross-section of the passages,
wherein the other valve element comprises at least one cylinder shell section that, at least in the rest position, rests against the first valve element to block the flow of the fluid,
wherein the cross section of the through-flow path is adjustable via excursion of the valve as a result of displacement of the moving element relative to the seat element in the direction of movement (x), and
wherein the cross section of the through-flow path is adjustable such that the cross section of the through-flow path increases as the excursion of the valve increases,
wherein, when in the rest position or a position displaced from the rest position, an effective area of the moving element, via which the moving element is to be exposed to a fluid on the first side exerting pressure on the moving element to create the effective displacement force on the moving element is less than a cross-sectional area of the cylinder section containing the passages,
wherein the valve has a damping system comprising at least one damping chamber, located between the seat element and the moving element and having a volume dependent on a position of the moving element along the displacement path, wherein the damping system comprises a damping chamber bypass to connect the at least one damping chamber to the first and/or second sub-chamber, wherein the at least one damping chamber communicates with the flow-through path exclusively via the damping chamber bypass, and wherein fluid can only enter and can only exit the at least one damping chamber through the damping chamber bypass.

US Pat. No. 10,598,245

DYNAMIC DAMPER FOR VEHICLE

1. A dynamic damper for a vehicle, comprising:a mass comprising a cylindrical mass body;
a first bolt comprising a first bolt head spaced apart from one longitudinal end portion of the mass and a first bolt body extending from the first bolt head in a direction away from the mass, the first bolt body having threads on a circumferential surface thereof;
a first elastic portion having one portion flexibly bonded to the first bolt head of the first bolt and the other portion flexibly bonded to the mass;
a second bolt comprising a second bolt head spaced apart from the other longitudinal end portion of the mass and a second bolt body extending from the second bolt head in a direction away from the mass, the second bolt body having threads on a circumferential surface thereof;
a second elastic portion having one portion flexibly bonded to the second bolt head of the second bolt and the other portion flexibly bonded to the mass;
a first bracket comprising a first bolt-coupling plate extending in a top-bottom direction, the first bolt-coupling plate having a first bolt through-hole, through which the first bolt body of the first bolt extends;
a first nut screw-engaged with the first bolt body of the first bolt to couple the first bolt to the first bolt-coupling plate;
a second bracket comprising a second bolt-coupling plate extending in a top-bottom direction, the second bolt-coupling plate having a second bolt through-hole, through which the second bolt body of the second bolt extends; and
a second nut screw-engaged with the second bolt body of the second bolt to couple the second bolt to the second bolt-coupling plate,
wherein the mass comprises a first mass stopper having a circular cross-sectional structure, a diameter of which is smaller than a diameter of the mass body, the first mass stopper protruding outward from one longitudinal end of the mass body, and a second mass stopper having a circular cross-sectional structure, a diameter of which is equal to diameter of the first mass stopper, the second mass stopper protruding outward from the other longitudinal end of the mass body,
the first elastic portion is flexibly bonded to the first mass stopper of the mass,
the second elastic portion is flexibly bonded to the second mass stopper of the mass,
the first bracket comprises a first stopper cylindrical member extending from the first bolt-coupling plate to the mass, wherein the first bolt head of the first bolt and the first mass stopper of the mass are accommodated within the first stopper cylindrical member, and
the second bracket comprises a second stopper cylindrical member extending from the second bolt-coupling plate to the mass, wherein the second bolt head of the second bolt and the second mass stopper of the mass are accommodated within the second stopper cylindrical member.

US Pat. No. 10,598,244

SWITCHABLE DAMPER

SUSPA GMBH, Altdorf (DE)...

9. A switchable damper comprising:a housing having a longitudinal axis;
a plunger displaceable along the longitudinal axis;
a piston arranged between the housing and the plunger;
a friction lining arranged on the piston; and
a switching unit which is switchable between a blocking arrangement, in which the piston is blocked with respect to a displacement along the longitudinal axis, and a free-moving arrangement, in which the piston is released with respect to a displacement along the longitudinal axis, the switching unit having a shaped element which is engageable with a mating shaped element in the blocking arrangement, wherein the shaped element is a radial pin which is engageable in the mating shaped element designed as a shaped gate, wherein the mating shaped element is arranged on the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,598,243

SPRING CARRIER

LISEGA SE, Zeven (DE)

1. A spring carrier for use in plant construction to resiliently carry a load, the spring carrier comprising:a casing tube comprises a hollow cylinder, the casing tube having a longitudinal axis which extends in a longitudinal direction of the casing tube and an inner circumference which surrounds a clear cross-section of the casing tube,
a spring plate, a base plate and a spring disposed inside the casing tube and along the longitudinal axis between an upper boundary element and a lower boundary element,
wherein the spring is disposed between the base plate and the spring plate and applies a spring force respectively acting parallel to the longitudinal axis to the spring plate and the base plate,
wherein the spring plate is connected to a carrier element to resiliently carry a component and is displaceable along the longitudinal axis inside a displacement area limited by the upper and the lower boundary elements, the lower boundary element having a projection arrangement having a plurality of retaining projections disposed on the inner circumference of the casing tube,
wherein the base plate has a recess arrangement on an outer surface facing the inner circumference of the casing tube,
wherein the projection arrangement and the recess arrangement are arrangeable corresponding to each other such that, in a mounting situation, in which the base plate is disposed in a first angular position relative to the casing tube with respect to a rotation about the longitudinal axis, all of the plurality of the retaining projections of the projection arrangement are disposed perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis next to the base plate and, in an operational situation, in which the base plate is disposed in a second angular position relative to the casing tube, the projection arrangement overlaps with the base plate perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis to absorb a force exerted by the spring onto the base plate,
wherein at least one locking projection is disposed inside the casing tube and is offset upwards from the projection arrangement,
wherein the base plate has at least two locking recesses at a locking angular distance on the outer surface facing the inner circumference of the casing tube,
wherein the locking projection and the locking recesses are arranged corresponding to each other such that, in the mounting situation, the locking projection is disposed perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis inside a first of the locking recesses and, in the operational situation, the locking projection is disposed inside a second of the locking recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,598,242

COIL SPRINGS WITH NON-LINEAR LOADING RESPONSES AND MATTRESSES INCLUDING THE SAME

Sealy Technology, LLC, T...

1. A coil spring, comprising:a continuous wire having a length and forming an upper end convolution, a lower end convolution opposite the upper end convolution, and a plurality of helical intermediate convolutions between the upper end convolution and the lower end convolution,
the upper end convolution having a diameter, the lower end convolution having a diameter, and each of the plurality of helical intermediate convolutions having a respective diameter, and
the continuous wire defining a pitch between each one of the plurality of helical intermediate convolutions, a pitch between the upper end convolution and the helical intermediate convolution adjacent the upper end convolution, and a pitch between the lower end convolution and the helical intermediate convolution adjacent the lower end convolution,
wherein at least one of the pitches is different than another one of the pitches or at least one of the diameters is different from another one of the diameters such that the coil spring exhibits a non-linear loading response upon compression;
wherein the plurality of helical intermediate convolutions comprises a first portion of helical intermediate convolutions having a first diameter and a second portion of helical intermediate convolutions having a second diameter;
wherein the second diameter is less than the first diameter;
wherein the first portion of helical intermediate convolutions comprises a first helical intermediate convolution, a third helical intermediate convolution, and a fifth helical intermediate convolution of the continuous wire, and wherein the second portion of helical intermediate convolutions comprises a second helical intermediate convolution and a fourth helical intermediate convolution of the continuous wire.

US Pat. No. 10,598,241

MULTI DEFLECTION CANTED COIL SPRINGS AND RELATED METHODS

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc...

1. A connector assembly comprising a first body and a second body wherein the second body is inserted into the first body;the first body or the second body having a spring groove comprising two or more walls and a canted coil spring located within the spring groove; and
the canted coil spring comprising a plurality of coils interconnected with one another in a spaced-apart relationship and having a coil centerline passing through the plurality of coils; each coil comprising a plurality of coil sections that are canted at a first preselected angle a with respect to the coil centerline and with respect to a first canting plane that is parallel to the coil centerline and the plurality of coil sections of each of said plurality of coils being canted at a second preselected angle b with respect to the coil centerline and with respect to a second canting plane that is parallel to the coil centerline, said second canting plane being rotated relative to the first canting plane;
wherein each coil of said plurality of coils is deflectable from said first preselected angle a to a further canted angle a? in a first direction with respect to the first canting plane and from said second preselected angle b to a further canted angle b? in a second direction with respect to the second canting plane, the first direction and the second direction being generally perpendicular to said coil centerline;
wherein the first direction and the second direction are angled to one another; and
wherein angle a and angle a? represent angle values with respect to the first canting plane and angle b, and angle b? represent angle values with respect to the second canting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,598,239

VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ITT Italia S.r.l., Barge...

1. A braking system for a motorized vehicle, the system comprising:a friction element capable of sensing an external compression force applied to the friction element, the friction element comprising:
a support element;
a friction material attached to the support element;
a piezoceramic sensor positioned between the support element and the friction material, the piezoceramic sensor configured to generate an electrical signal according to the piezoelectric effect and to output the electrical signal;
an electrical circuit configured to receive the electrical signal output by the piezoceramic sensor;
a thermally insulating layer positioned between the support element and the friction material; and
an electrically insulating layer positioned between the electrical circuit and the thermally insulating layer;
a vehicle element configured to be braked by contacting the friction material of the friction element; and
a brake actuator controlled and actuated by a central processing unit and configured to press the friction material against the vehicle element when actuated,
wherein the central processing unit is configured to receive the electrical signal generated by the piezoceramic sensor and control the brake actuator in response to the electrical signal output by the piezoceramic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,238

SLACK ADJUSTER FOR A DRUM BRAKE OF A VEHICLE AIR BRAKING SYSTEM

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A slack adjuster for a drum brake of a vehicle air braking system, the slack adjuster comprising:a gear set including (i) a worm wheel having an outer circumferential surface, and (ii) a worm shaft having a longitudinal central axis and meshed with the worm wheel, wherein the worm shaft is rotated in one direction about its longitudinal central axis when the drum brake is applied and adjustment is required and in an opposite direction about its longitudinal central axis when the drum brake is released; and
an anti-reversing member having an inner circumferential surface facing the outer circumferential surface of the worm wheel, wherein the anti-reversing member allows rotation of the worm wheel when the drum brake is applied and prevents rotation of the worm wheel when the drum brake is released, wherein curvature of the inner circumferential surface of the anti-reversing member substantially conforms to curvature of the outer circumferential surface of the worm wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,598,236

LAMINATED SHIM FOR DISC BRAKE

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A laminated shim for a disc brake comprising:a base shim plate configured to be attached to a back surface of a pressure plate of a pad for the disc brake; and
a cover shim plate laminated at a back surface side of the base shim plate,
wherein the base shim plate includes:
a base side substrate portion having a flat shape, and
a base side locking piece extending from the base side substrate portion in a lamination direction of the base shim plate and the cover shim plate,
wherein the cover shim plate includes:
a cover side substrate portion which has a flat plate shape and is laminated on the base side substrate portion, and
a cover side locking piece which extends from the cover side substrate portion in an extension direction of the base side locking piece and is overlapped with respect to the base side locking piece in a radial direction of a rotor of the disc brake,
wherein a circumferential end portion of one of the base side locking piece and the cover side locking piece of corresponding one of the base shim plate and the cover shim plate that is arranged at a rear side in the extension direction abuts against a movement restricting surface facing a circumferential direction and provided at one of the base side substrate portion and the cover side substrate portion of the other one of the base shim plate and the cover shim plate, so that movement of the one of the base shim plate and the cover shim plate in the circumferential direction with respect to the other one is restricted,
the base side substrate portion is formed with a base side through hole, and the base side locking piece extends from a radial edge of the base side through hole in the lamination direction, and
the cover side substrate portion is formed with a cover side through hole, and the cover side locking piece extends from a radial edge of the cover side through hole in the extension direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,235

FRICTION BRAKE STRUCTURE

Oriental Motor Co., Ltd.,...

1. A friction brake structure comprising:a brake plate fixed to a rotating shaft of a rotary electric machine;
a ring-shaped brake shoe disposed facing the brake plate; and
a brake shoe support plate which engages with a fixing portion of the rotary electric machine so as to be movable in an axial direction, and which supports the brake shoe while being biased by biasing action so as to bring the brake shoe into sliding contact with the brake plate,
wherein braking action is exerted on the rotating shaft of the rotary electric machine while the rotary electric machine is driven, and holding torque is exerted on the rotating shaft of the rotary electric machine while the rotary electric machine stops.

US Pat. No. 10,598,234

MECHANICALLY RELEASED BRAKE FOR A MOWING MACHINE

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A hydrostatic transmission comprising:a hydraulic pump;
a hydraulic motor in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump, the hydraulic motor having an output shaft;
a rotatable member including a wheel hub for mounting a wheel, the rotatable member being operatively coupled to the output shaft for rotation about a rotational axis; and
a brake apparatus for restricting rotation of a rotatable member about the rotational axis, the brake apparatus comprising:
a brake member fixable on the rotatable member; and
a gripping member disposed about an external surface of the brake member and biased into default engagement with the brake member to restrict rotation of the rotatable member, wherein the gripping member is configured to be moved to a secondary position at least partially spaced from the brake member to allow rotation of the rotatable member; and
a pivoting linkage operatively coupled to the gripping member;
wherein the pivoting linkage is pivotable about a pivot axis that is transverse to the rotational axis of the brake member and the rotatable member; and
wherein, movement of the pivoting linkage about the pivot axis causes the gripping member to engage or disengage a radially outer surface of the brake member.

US Pat. No. 10,598,233

OVERRUNNING COUPLING AND CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE INADVERTENT ENGAGEMENT OF THE ASSEMBLY

Means Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling operating modes of an overrunning coupling assembly including first and second coupling members having first and second coupling faces, respectively, in close-spaced opposition with one another, the first coupling member being mounted for rotation about a rotary axis, the system comprising:a control member mounted for controlled shifting movement between the coupling faces, wherein the control member has a slot formed therein;
a bi-directional actuator assembly including an output member having a pair of spaced legs projecting therefrom, the output member extending through a slot formed in a wall of the second coupling member and being pivotally connected to the control member for selective, small-displacement, control member shifting movement relative to the second coupling member between a first position which corresponds to a first operating mode of the coupling assembly and a second position which corresponds to a second operating mode of the coupling assembly in response to an actuator command signal;
a one-way locking member integrally formed with the output member for movement between a disengaged position in which the control member is permitted to shift relative to the second coupling member and an engaged position between the control member and a locking member engaging portion of the wall of the second coupling member to lock the control member and the second coupling member together to prevent the control member from inadvertently shifting in a first direction relative to the second coupling member in the absence of the actuator command signal received by the actuator assembly; and
wherein the output member is rotatably connected to the control member via a clearance fit connection, the legs of the output member have the clearance fit connection with the slot in the control member and the slot in the control member has a straight edge and an angled edge so that when the locking member is in the disengaged position and the control member begins to inadvertently shift in the first direction in the absence of the actuator command signal received by the actuator assembly the output member rotates within the control member and the locking member rotates with the output member to move from the disengaged position to the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,598,232

TRANSMISSION SYNCHRONIZER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission synchronizer apparatus including a sleeve coupled to an external peripheral surface of a hub gear while moving axially, and clutch gears disposed at a first side and a second side of the hub gear, each selectively synchronizing and engaging with the sleeve according to an axial movement of the sleeve, the transmission synchronizer apparatus comprising:a plurality of main sleeve teeth protruding radially from an internal peripheral surface of the sleeve while being distanced from one another; and
an auxiliary sleeve tooth protruding radially from the internal peripheral surface of the sleeve while protruding from one side of respective main sleeve teeth to have a height lower than the respective main sleeve teeth,
wherein respective clutch gears have a plurality of gear teeth protruding along an external peripheral surface thereof, and pairs of main and auxiliary sleeve teeth of the sleeve are inserted between respective gear teeth distanced from one another,
wherein the respective gear teeth of the clutch gear includes an upper portion formed radially from a top portion of the respective gear teeth by a predetermined distance, and a lower portion formed from the upper portion to a root of the respective gear teeth; and
wherein the upper portion of the respective gear teeth has a surface width smaller than the lower portion so that the upper portion has an engagement length with the sleeve smaller than the lower portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,231

ANTI-FLUTTER CLUTCH ASSEMBLY AND RELATED METHODS

DODSON MOTORSPORT, Auckl...

1. A clutch assembly comprising:a clutch stack including a plurality of interleaved input and output plates mounted about a common clutch axis extending in an axial direction, the clutch stack being movable between an engaged position, with the interleaved input and output plates pressed together in the axial direction, and a disengaged position, with the interleaved input and output plates separated in the axial direction; and
a plurality of elastic elements mounted on least one of the interleaved input and output plates;
wherein, with the clutch stack in the disengaged position, the plurality of elastic elements maintain separation in the axial direction between those of the plurality of interleaved input and output plates adjacent to the at least one of the interleaved input and output plates on which the plurality of elastic elements are mounted; and
wherein the plurality of elastic elements are mounted on a respective plurality of “T” shaped mounting posts, a narrow portion of each of the “T” shaped mounting posts extending, in a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction, through an opening in a respective one of the plurality of elastic elements and a wide portion of each of the “T” shaped mounting posts retaining the respective one of the plurality of elastic elements thereon in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,229

TORQUE TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A torque transmission device (1) for a motor vehicle, comprising:a torque input element (2) intended to be coupled to a driving shaft;
a torque output element (3) intended to be coupled to an input shaft of a gearbox, the torque output element (3) and the torque input element (2) being capable of pivoting with respect to one another around an axis X; and
first and second elastic damping stages (32, 39) installed in series between the torque input element (2) and torque output element (3),
the first damping stage (32) having at least two elastic members arranged in series by a phasing member (33) and installed between the torque input element (2) and a guidance device (36; 37; 38; 40) so as to act against the rotation of the guidance device with respect to the torque input element (2),
the second damping stage (39) having at least one elastic member installed between the guidance device (36; 37; 38; 40) and the torque output element (3) so as to act against the rotation of the torque output element with respect to the guidance device (36; 37; 38; 40),
the guidance device (36; 37; 38; 40) having first stop means (43) capable of limiting the pivoting of the torque input element (2) with respect to the guidance device, and second stop means (42) capable of limiting the pivoting of the torque output element (3) with respect to the guidance device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,228

TORQUE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AUDI AG, Igolstadt (DE)

1. A torque transmission device, comprising:a shaft having an outer circumference provided with a shaft toothing adjacent a distal end surface thereof;
a hub comprising a bore extending between opposing end faces thereof, said bore having an inner circumference provided with a hub toothing, said hub being arranged on the shaft so that the shaft toothing and the hub toothing engage one another to transmit a torque,
wherein one of the hub toothing and the shaft toothing comprises a pair of opposing gaps defined between respective adjacent teeth thereof, adjacent teeth of the other of the hub toothing and shaft toothing being arranged within each said gap; and
a spring element having two legs formed with a base connecting the legs, the legs being arranged at opposing positions between the shaft and the hub, each said leg being arranged within one of the said gaps and disposed between said adjacent teeth of the other of the hub toothing and the shaft toothing and supported on tooth flanks thereof, said spring element completely traversing the hub between said opposing end faces and being supported on the shaft and the hub,
wherein the base extends across said distal end surface of the shaft, and each said leg has a free end inserted in an indentation on an outer side of the shaft to establish a form fitting connection therewith and to exert a spring force thereon, and
wherein each said leg comprises an outwardly extending bent portion abutting the hub to exert a spring force thereon, and at least one component of the spring force is oriented so that adjacent flanks of the shaft toothing and the hub toothing are pushed against each other over an entire circumference of the shaft and hub.

US Pat. No. 10,598,226

BEARING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE WHEEL

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A bearing device for a vehicle wheel, the bearing device comprising:an outer member having a first and a second outer raceway surface integrally formed on an inner circumference of the outer member;
an inner member including
a wheel hub configured to rotatably support a vehicle wheel, the wheel hub having a vehicle wheel-mounting flange and an axially extending cylindrical portion, the vehicle wheel-mounting flange being integrally formed with the cylindrical portion, and
at least one inner ring press-fit on the cylindrical portion of the wheel hub,
the inner member having a first and a second inner raceway surface formed on an outer circumference of the inner member and facing the first and second outer raceway surfaces, respectively;
rolling elements rollably accommodated between the first and second inner raceway surfaces of the inner member and the first and second outer raceway surfaces of the outer member, respectively;
a magnetic encoder disposed on an inner-side end of the inner member;
a cover configured to cover an opening of the outer member, the cover including a sensor mounting bore having, on a side of the sensor mounting bore, an opening and, on an opposite side of the sensor mounting bore, a bottom that is thinner than adjoining walls of the cover; and
a magnetic sensor inserted into the sensor mounting bore in the cover through the opening of the sensor mounting bore, and disposed to face the magnetic encoder with the bottom of the sensor mounting bore interposed between the magnetic sensor and the magnetic encoder,
wherein the bottom of the sensor mounting bore bulges toward the opening of the sensor mounting bore.

US Pat. No. 10,598,225

ENGINE BLOCK WITH RECESSED MAIN BEARING CAP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine block assembly comprising:a cylinder block;
a crankshaft bearing; and
a bearing cap bolted to the cylinder block, the bearing cap comprising:
a first recess extending from an exterior first surface of the bearing cap into the bearing cap in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the bearing cap;
a second recess extending from an exterior second surface of the bearing cap into the bearing cap in the direction of the longitudinal axis, the second surface opposite the first surface; and
a thrust surface extending over the first and second recesses and the thrust surface bending along an axial profile to form a more convex curvature in the direction of the longitudinal axis upon bolting the bearing cap to the cylinder block due to the first and second recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,598,224

BEARING CAGE SEGMENT, ANTIFRICTION BEARING, AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

1. A bearing cage segment for a rolling-element bearing, comprising:at least one sliding surface on which a surface of at least one rolling element of the rolling-element bearing is rotatable about an axial direction;
a first support element at a first radial position (r1) for supporting a first band section of a band clamp during an assembling of the rolling-element bearing; and
at least one second support element, at a second radial position (r2) different from the first radial position (r1), for supporting a second band section of the band clamp, wherein the first radial position (r1) is above and on a same side of the bearing cage segment as the second radial position (r2) with respect to the rolling-element bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,598,222

AIR BEARING FOR USE AS SEAL

NEW WAY MACHINE COMPONENT...

1. A rotating equipment comprising:a housing including a plurality of conductive passages for communicating gas;
at least one impeller having an annular bearing surface contained in the housing, wherein the at least one impeller is arranged along a shaft;
a first plurality of porous media gas bearings configured to support the at least one impeller radially; and
a second plurality of porous media gas bearings configured to directly support the annular bearing surface of the at least one impeller axially,
wherein each of the first and second pluralities of porous media gas bearings are connected to multiple plenums and the plurality of conductive passages for communicating gas are configured to supply pressurized gas to each of the multiple plenums, wherein each of the first and second pluralities of porous media gas bearings have a back surface and a front surface, and wherein each of the front and back surfaces are a continuous piece of porous material without openings.

US Pat. No. 10,598,221

PERMANENT MAGNET THRUST BEARING

Baker Hughes Oilfield Ope...

1. An electric submersible pumping system for use in pumping fluids from a wellbore, the electric submersible pumping system comprising:a motor;
a pump driven by the motor; and
a thrust chamber connected between the motor and the pump, wherein the thrust chamber comprises:
a housing;
a shaft; and
a magnetic thrust bearing, wherein the magnetic thrust bearing comprises:
a first platter connected to the housing, wherein the first platter produces a first platter magnetic field;
a second platter connected to the housing, wherein the second platter produces a second platter magnetic field; and
a first thrust disc connected to the shaft and located between the first platter and the second platter, wherein the first thrust disc produces a first thrust disc magnetic field that opposes both the first platter magnetic field and the second platter magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,598,217

ANGULAR CONTACT BALL BEARING AND TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. An angular contact ball bearing, comprising:an outer ring having an outer diameter D and having a first rolling surface, wherein the outer ring has first and second outer ring axial ends, a portion of the outer ring forming an outer ring shoulder which projects radially inwardly and forms a portion of the first rolling surface, a radially inner end of the outer ring shoulder forming a first axially extending radial surface having a first axial width,
an inner ring having an inner diameter d and having a second rolling surface, wherein the inner ring has first and second inner ring axial ends, the inner ring forms an inner ring shoulder which projects radially outwardly and forms a portion of the second rolling surface, a radially outer end of the inner ring shoulder forming a second axially extending radial surface having a second axial width, wherein the second axial width is greater than the first axial width, the second rolling surface being curvilinear along a side of the inner ring shoulder,
no more than one row of balls disposed between the first rolling surface and the second rolling surface, each of the balls having a diameter Dw,
wherein the diameter Dw of the balls, the outer diameter D of the outer ring, and the inner diameter d of the inner ring are chosen such that they satisfy the relationship:

a cage having a plurality of pockets formed by claw like extensions which extend essentially in the axial direction, each of the balls being in one of the plurality of pockets and having first and second axial ends, wherein the diameter of the balls, and the inner ring shoulder are configured such that the cage axially overlaps the first axial end of each of the balls, the inner ring shoulder axially overlaps the second axial end of each of the balls.

US Pat. No. 10,598,216

ROTATIONAL ASSEMBLY

ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC., T...

16. A rotational assembly, comprising:a base;
a bearing, disposed on the base and comprising a first ring wall, a second ring wall surrounding an outer side of the first ring wall, and a baseplate connected between the first and second ring walls, wherein an inner wall of the first ring wall forms a through hole and the first and second ring walls and the baseplate form a first ring-shaped groove;
a rotating shaft, sleeved on the first ring wall and rotatably supported in the first ring-shaped groove; and
an oil seal cover comprising a covering portion that covers an opening of the first ring-shaped groove, comprising a protrusion portion that is connected to the covering portion and extends to be engaged into the through hole, and comprising a third ring wall that surrounds and is connected to a side of the covering portion opposite to the protrusion portion, wherein the third ring wall, the covering portion, and the protrusion portion form a second ring-shaped groove, and an opening of the second ring-shaped groove faces the opening of the first ring-shaped groove.

US Pat. No. 10,598,213

AXIAL BEARING

1. An axial bearing comprising:a body having a disk-form configuration;
a centrally disposed passage opening extending axially into the body structured to receive a shaft;
at least one circular segmental oil pocket opening towards the passage opening;
wherein the at least one oil pocket, in both circumferential directions relative to the body, transitions into a plateau surface section directly adjoining the at least one oil pocket; and
wherein the at least one oil pocket has a pocket floor that is sloped in a radial direction relative to the body, and wherein a depth of the at least one oil pocket increases radially inwards.

US Pat. No. 10,598,212

AXIAL RETENTION AND ANTI-ROTATION FEATURES FOR HYDRODYNAMIC THRUST BEARINGS

1. A torque converter, comprising:a turbine;
an impeller including an impeller shell;
a stator assembly disposed between the turbine and the impeller, the stator assembly including a side plate; and
a hydrodynamic thrust bearing, disposed between the stator side plate and the impeller shell, including an axial retention element configured to attach to the stator side plate, wherein the stator assembly further includes a pocket for receiving the axial retention element.

US Pat. No. 10,598,211

SPHERICAL BEARING SLEEVE CONFIGURED WITH ONE OR MORE DISCRETE COLLARS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A bearing joint assembly, comprising:a bearing sleeve extending axially along a centerline between opposing first and second axial ends, the bearing sleeve including a spherical bearing, and the bearing sleeve formed as a monolithic body;
a first collar configured with the bearing sleeve, the first collar extending axially between opposing first collar ends, wherein one of the first collar ends of the first collar is axially aligned with and forms an end surface with the first axial end of the bearing sleeve, wherein a first annular channel is formed by and extends axially between the spherical bearing and the first collar, and wherein the first collar circumscribes the bearing sleeve;
a first mount mounted on and slidably engaging the spherical bearing;
a pair of second mounts, the spherical bearing and the first collar axially between the second mounts; and
a fastener projecting through the bearing sleeve and securing the bearing sleeve to the second mounts;
wherein the first annular channel provides space for the first mount to pivot about the spherical bearing and freely articulate between the second mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,598,209

AIRCRAFT BRAKE TORQUE LOAD REACTION THROUGH LANDING GEAR BOGIE STRUCTURE

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A torque tube for an aircraft brake, comprising:a cylindrical body extending between a first end and a second end;
a mating surface disposed at the first end, the mating surface configured to engage a landing gear bogie; and
an actuator flange disposed at the second end, wherein the actuator flange is configured to be coupled to an actuator mounting plate for mounting a brake actuator to the torque tube for compressing a plurality of rotating discs and a plurality of stators located between the first end and the second end;
wherein the torque tube is configured to be in mechanical communication with a brake stack and is configured to transfer torque from the brake stack to the landing gear bogie, and
the torque tube is configured to be in thermal communication with a brake stack and is configured to transfer heat from the brake stack to the landing gear bogie.

US Pat. No. 10,598,208

HAMMER-OPERATED INDENTATION TOOL

1. An indentation tool, comprising:an installation axis, a radially oriented indentation axis intersecting the installation axis at an incline angle away from normal, and a defined reserved space for an indentation site of a cylindrically-shaped structure, the reserved space spaced apart from the installation axis, and having the indentation axis passing through it;
a base extending along the installation axis, the base configured for coaxial installation onto the cylindrically-shaped structure, whereby the indentation site thereof occupies the reserved space; and
an elongate punch spaced apart from the installation axis and extending along the indentation axis, the punch having an indentation tip, and supported by the base for reciprocating radial movement along the indentation axis between a radially outer home position, in which the punch vacates the reserved space for occupation by the indentation site of the cylindrically-shaped structure, and a radially inner indentation position, in which the punch, leading with the indentation tip, reaches into the reserved space to indent the cylindrically-shaped structure at the indentation site thereof, including forcible radial movement along the indentation axis from the home position to the indentation position.

US Pat. No. 10,598,205

FASTENING DEVICE AND METHOD

SEMBLEX CORPORATION, Elm...

1. A fastening device comprising:an elongated shank portion extending longitudinally between a first shank end and a second shank end; and
a head portion arranged at the second shank end, wherein the head portion includes a drive arrangement configured and arranged for receiving a rotary driving force to drive the fastening device into at least one workpiece;
wherein the elongated shank portion further comprises:
a tip portion provided at the first shank end, wherein the tip portion is configured and arranged to create a hole and threads by softening the material of a workpiece;
a threaded portion provided between the tip portion and the second shank end, wherein the threaded portion includes a first helical ridge extending from a first helical ridge start portion to a first helical ridge end portion and a second helical ridge extending from a second helical ridge start portion to a second helical ridge end portion, wherein the first helical ridge start portion and the second helical ridge start portion are both separated from the tip portion by the same longitudinal distance, defined as distance A; and
a non-threaded intermediate portion between the tip portion and threaded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,204

ANTI-VIBRATION LOCKING CONNECTOR

ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPR...

1. A connector comprising:a connector body including an outer surface defining a longitudinal axis and gear teeth disposed on the outer surface;
a first sleeve rotatably coupled to said connector body, said first sleeve having a sidewall, wherein the sidewall of the first sleeve is formed to define a hole therethrough;
a moveable member positioned in the hole formed in the sidewall of the first sleeve;
a second sleeve positioned over said first sleeve and movable with respect to the first sleeve between a locked position and an unlocked position, said second sleeve having a sidewall, wherein the sidewall of the second sleeve is formed to define a recess;
a releasable locking member at least partially positioned between the gear teeth and the moveable member, said releasable locking member having a mating surface configured to engage the gear teeth of the connector body,
wherein in the unlocked position of the second sleeve, said recess is configured to at least partially align with said hole, and, upon rotation of said first sleeve relative to said connector body, said moveable member is configured to translate into said recess of said second sleeve to facilitate sliding of said mating surface of said releasable locking member along said gear teeth of said connector body, and
wherein in the locked position of the second sleeve, said recess is rotationally spaced from the hole, and, said mating surface of said releasable locking member is locked between said gear teeth of said connector body and said moveable member to prevent rotation of said first sleeve with respect to said connector body, and
a first engagement member provided on one of the first and the second sleeves and two second engagement members that are spaced apart and provided on the other one of the first sleeve and the second sleeve, wherein in the unlocked position of the second sleeve, the first engagement member is mated with one of the second engagement members, and wherein in the locked position of the second sleeve, the first engagement member is mated with another of the second engagement members.

US Pat. No. 10,598,202

INSERTABLE AND DETACHABLE DECK ANCHOR

1. A tie-down anchor for securing an object to a structure, the structure having adjacent first and second members of thickness T1 and T2, respectively, the first and second members spaced apart by a gap of width W1, said tie-down anchor comprising:a shaft assembly, the shaft assembly comprising (a) a longitudinally extending rod having a first end and a second end, (b) an anchor portion located at said first end, said anchor portion having a bar portion sized and shaped for engaging a lower side of at least the first member, and (c) an attachment portion located at said second end, said first end of said longitudinally extending rod and said anchor portion each having a maximum width less than or about equal to gap width W1;
a spring assembly, said spring assembly comprising (a) a compression spring, (b) an upper spring retainer, and (c) a lower spring retainer, said upper spring retainer comprising a first inner edge defining a first shaft receiving aperture, and said lower spring retainer comprising a second inner edge defining a second shaft receiving aperture, said spring assembly longitudinally adjustable and located around said longitudinally extending rod and located between said anchor portion and said attachment portion, said lower spring retainer comprising a bottom surface for engaging an upper side of at least said first member;
wherein (1) said compression spring, (2) said upper spring retainer, and (3) said lower spring retainer are each adjustable, longitudinally alone said longitudinally extending rod; and
wherein by engaging said lower spring retainer with the upper side of at least the first member and compressing said compression spring, the bar portion of the anchor portion may be pushed below the first member, and then the shaft assembly (a) rotated, and (b) released, so that said tie-down anchor is placed in an installed configuration where it securely engages at least the first member, by and between (1) the bar portion at the lower side, and (2) the lower spring retainer at the upper side.

US Pat. No. 10,598,201

METHOD OF MOUNTING INSERTS AND A DEVICE FOR MOUNTING INSERTS

10. A device to provide a plurality of inserts and facilitate automated mounting thereof, the device comprising:an insert tray having a plurality of through-holes between opposed first and second faces of the insert tray to receive an individual insert therein and a corresponding plurality of depressions in the first face of the insert tray, wherein each of the depressions has a larger diameter than and is concentrically formed with a respective one of the through-holes in the insert tray;
a rotatable support table for supporting the insert tray, the support table being supported above the supporting base for rotational movements between first and second orientations to thereby allow one of the first and second faces to respectively assume an operative position while another of the first and second faces is in an inoperative position;
an adhesive film applicator positioned so as to apply adhesive film on the first face of the insert tray so as to cover the plurality of through-holes and respective depressions thereof on the first face when the insert tray is in the first orientation while the through-holes on the second face remain exposed;
an insertion system for placing individual ones of the inserts within respective through holes when the insert tray is in the second orientation such that the second face is in the operative position and the first face with the adhesive film thereon is in the inoperative position opposite to the second face; and
a cutting system which cuts the adhesive film around the through hole at the diameter of the depression to thereby form a plurality of individual single adhesive films having a respective one of the inserts attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,598,200

COMPOSITE TUBULAR STRUCTURE

CROMPTON TECHNOLOGY GROUP...

1. A composite tubular structure comprising:an elongate composite member having:
a first end and a second end;
a first inwardly tapered section adjacent the first end;
a second inwardly tapered section adjacent the second end;
a main body portion extending from the first inwardly tapered section to the second inwardly tapered section; and
a first nut and a second nut for forming connections with other components, the first nut being retained in the first end by being embedded within the first inwardly tapered section, and the second nut being retained in the second end by being embedded within the second tapered section;
wherein the first inwardly tapered section has a first inner surface which follows a first tapered outer surface of the first nut, the first inwardly tapered section narrowing the elongate composite member in a first longitudinal direction towards the first end so as to provide a first constriction which retains the first nut within the elongate composite member;
wherein the second inwardly tapered section has a second inner surface which follows a second tapered outer surface of the second nut, the second inwardly tapered section narrowing the elongate composite member in a second longitudinal direction towards the second end so as to provide a second constriction which retains the second nut within the elongate composite member; and
wherein the main body portion of the elongate composite member is of constant internal radius between the first inwardly tapered section and the second inwardly tapered section.

US Pat. No. 10,598,199

CLAMPING APPARATUS

1. A clamping apparatus comprising:a housing, an interior of the housing including a main pinion, the housing externally having a receiving area provided with a recessed region, the receiving area being adapted to receive the placement of a mobile device;
two clamping arms assembled with the housing at two sides of the housing, the two clamping arms extending partially into the housing and being meshed with the main pinion, whereby the two clamping arms are movable in unison in opposite directions for opening or closing the clamping apparatus;
at least one manual actuator assembled with the housing at a side thereof, the at least one manual actuator extending partially into the housing and being meshed with the main pinion, the interior of the housing further including at least one spring connected to the at least one manual actuator, wherein when the at least one manual actuator is pushed by a user toward the interior of the housing, the at least one manual actuator drives the main pinion in rotation and thereby causes the two clamping arms to open; and
a push member disposed in the recessed region and protruding partially from the receiving area, wherein when a mobile device is placed in the receiving area, the push member is pushed toward the recessed region to release a locking state in which the push member restricts the at least one manual actuator to be able to move only toward the interior of the housing, and the at least one spring urges the at least one manual actuator in movement so that the at least one manual actuator drives the two clamping arms to move via the main pinion for clamping the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,198

MOUNT DEVICE FOR SWIMMING STARTING BLOCK

1. A mount device for securing a swimming starting block to a floor of a pool deck, the starting block comprising a diving platform supported underneath by a support structure, the mount device comprising:an upper mount conduit having an outer diameter or width sized for at least partially extending into an upwardly opening receiver conduit provided by the floor, an upper end of the upper mount conduit providing a support plate rigidly engagable with the support structure of the starting block, thereby preventing the starting block from unintentionally rotating relative to the upper mount conduit;
a lower mount conduit positioned below the upper mount conduit and having an outer diameter or width sized for being completely positioned within the receiver conduit;
an expansion bolt having a shaft that extends through a respective substantially coaxially aligned bore of each of the upper mount conduit and the lower mount conduit, each of the bores having a diameter that is relatively larger than a diameter the shaft;
the upper mount conduit and lower mount conduit being generally aligned end to end with a common axis, forming an angled interface between the upper mount conduit and the lower mount conduit, along with opposing long outside surfaces of each of the upper mount conduit and lower mount conduit; and
a rotation means connected with the expansion bolt above a top end of the upper mount conduit, the rotation means capable of being selectively rotated for causing the lower mount conduit to be urged along the common axis toward the upper mount conduit;
whereby, upon tightening the expansion bolt via the rotation means, the lower mount conduit is urged along the common axis toward the upper mount conduit, such that the opposing long outside surfaces of the upper mount conduit and lower mount conduit are urged in opposite, substantially horizontal directions, thereby creating a frictional engagement with an inside wall of the receiver conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,196

REDUCED NOISE RECIPROCATING PNEUMATIC MOTOR

SHINN FU CORPORATION, Ta...

9. In a reduced-noise pneumatic motor comprising a housing having a cap disposed at a first end, the cap having an air inlet; a base disposed at a second end, the base having an air outlet hole formed therein, and a piston pump extending therethrough; a pneumatic piston disposed within the housing, the pneumatic piston comprising a shuttle valve situated within a central bore of the pneumatic piston; and a piston rod having a first end extending into the piston pump and a second end secured to a spring which biases the piston rod against the pneumatic piston; the improvement comprising:a noise damping system configured to engage with the air outlet hole, the noise damping system comprising an air-receiving element, wherein air exits the pneumatic motor through the air outlet hole, and is received by the air-receiving element, the air receiving element dampening the sound caused by the air exiting from the pneumatic motor;
wherein:
the air-receiving element comprises a section of tubing, the tubing having a first end inserted into the air outlet hole and a second closed end, and a plurality of holes formed along the length of the tubing; and
the holes in the tubing are formed along the tubing in two perpendicular planes, the holes in the first plane being offset from the holes in the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,598,195

ROTARY ACTUATOR, CONVERTING ACTUATOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ROTATION

HYDROLINE OY, Vuorela (F...

1. A rotary actuator for producing rotation, comprising:a frame;
at least one output shaft; and
at least a first rotation unit and a second rotation unit, which are series connected regarding generating rotation in the at least one output shaft;
the first rotation unit having a first pressure medium cylinder for providing first axial movement and a first converting arrangement for converting the first axial movement to a first angular displacement;
the second rotation unit having a second pressure medium cylinder for providing second axial movement and a second converting arrangement for converting the second axial movement to a second angular displacement;
control means for directing pressure medium selectively to the first pressure medium cylinder and/or the second pressure medium cylinder for operating selected ones of the first rotation unit and/or the second rotation unit individually and/or simultaneously for producing stepped angular displacement, the stepped angular displacement including the first angular displacement, the second angular displacement, or a combination of the first angular displacement and the second angular displacement; and
a transmission for transmitting the stepped angular displacement to the at least one output shaft, whereby the rotation is an outcome of the stepped angular displacement; and
wherein the first pressure medium cylinder is configured to have two operational states consisting of a first operational position that is a contracted state and a second operational position that is an extended state without any intermediate operational state between the contracted state and the extended state and so that the first rotation unit generates two first angular displacements; and
wherein the second pressure medium cylinder is configured to have two operational states consisting of a first operational position that is a contracted state and a second operational position that is an extended state without any intermediate operational state between the contracted state and the extended state and so that the second rotation unit generates two second angular displacements.

US Pat. No. 10,598,194

FLUID VALVE ASSEMBLY AND A PROCESS VALVE POSITIONER

METSO FLOW CONTROL OY, V...

1. A fluid valve assembly of a process valve positioner for connection to a supply of fluid under pressure for providing a hydraulic or pneumatic actuator with an actuator fluid pressure, the process valve positioner including an electronic unit having an electrical control output, and a pneumatic or hydraulic actuator having a prestage and an output stage, where the prestage converts the electrical control output into a pilot fluid pressure to control the output stage, the output stage including the fluid valve assembly, the fluid valve assembly comprising:a valve body having a central bore with (i) at least one supply port configured to receive the supply of fluid under pressure, (ii) at least one actuator port configured to provide the actuator fluid pressure to the hydraulic or pneumatic actuator, and (iii) at least one exhaust port;
a stem movable within the central bore in an axial direction by an axial pilot force;
a pilot diaphragm and a piston arranged at one end of the stem to provide the axial pilot force according the pilot fluid pressure that is applied to the pilot diaphragm in a pilot pressure chamber;
a counter diaphragm and a counter piston arranged at an opposite end of the stem as the pilot diaphragm and the piston, the counter diaphragm and the counter piston being configured to provide an axial counter force according to a counter pressure applied to the counter diaphragm in a counter pressure chamber;
at least one pair of counter-acting metering edges operationally linked by the stem, each metering edge of each counter-acting pair including (i) a mating seat surface on the valve body or the stem, and (ii) a poppet ring supported by a flexible element to the valve body or the stem in a manner allowing a relative axial movement of the poppet ring and the supporting valve body or stem in a closed state of the respective metering edge, each poppet ring being pressure-balanced to compensate fluid pressure forces exerted on the respective poppet ring so as to provide a very small or zero resultant fluid pressure force applied to the respective metering edge;
a first restricted flow path from a supply pressure inlet of the valve assembly to the prestage, which controls the pilot pressure in the pilot pressure chamber and the axial pilot force; and
a second restricted flow path from the supply pressure inlet of the valve assembly to the counter pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,598,189

FAN, DIFFUSER, AND VACUUM CLEANER HAVING THE SAME

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A diffuser for a vacuum cleaner comprising:a bottom plate being annular in shape; and
a plurality of guide vanes disposed on the bottom plate, the guide vanes being evenly spaced and arranged along a circumferential direction of the bottom plate, each of the guide vanes extending obliquely from an inner edge to an outer edge of the bottom plate, an outer end of each guide vane extending outward beyond the outer edge of the bottom plate, each guide vane being deflected an angle of 30 to 70 degrees with respect to a tangential direction of the bottom plate at an inner end of the guide vane, the outer end of each guide vane being deflected an angle of 35 to 120 degrees along a circumferential direction with respect to the inner end of the guide vane,
wherein a passage area between each two adjacent guide vanes gradually expand from an inlet to an outlet of the diffuser.

US Pat. No. 10,598,188

RADIAL COMPRESSOR AND TURBOCHARGER

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. A radial compressor having a compressor rotor with moving blades, comprising:a compressor housing;
an insert piece mounted within the compressor housing;
a diffuser mounted within the compressor housing; and
a separate retaining ring configured to attach an integral unit to the compressor housing comprising at least the insert piece;
wherein the insert piece and the retaining ring delimit a flow duct leading to the moving blades of the compressor rotor,
wherein the diffuser delimits a flow duct leading away from the moving blades of the rotor,
wherein the diffuser is a bladeless diffuser and an integral part of the insert piece.

US Pat. No. 10,598,187

HEAT-DISSIPATION FAN WITH CYLINDRICAL FAN BLADES

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A heat-dissipation fan with cylindrical fan blades, comprising:a rotary assembly including a first rotor and a corresponding first stator for driving the first rotor to rotate; a plurality of first electrical conducting units arranged in the first rotor; and a second electrical conducting unit provided on the first stator for correspondingly contacting with the first electrical conducting units; and
a plurality of rotary cylinders being mounted on an outer surface of the first rotor to move along with the rotary assembly when the same is rotating; the rotary cylinders respectively including a second rotor and a second stator, the second rotor in each rotary cylinder being arranged corresponding to the second stator for driving the rotary cylinder to rotate about a centerline thereof; and the second stators being correspondingly electrically connected to the first electrical conducting units;
wherein the first electrical conducting units respectively include a first suspension linking element and a second suspension linking element, which are arranged face to face;
wherein each of the first suspension linking elements having an end connected to an inner top surface of the hub and another end connected to a first support shaft, and a first roller being movably fitted on around each of the first support shafts; and
wherein each of the second suspension linking elements having an end connected to the inner top surface of the hub and another end connected to a second support shaft, and a second roller being movably fitted on around each of the second support shafts to be located opposite to the first roller.

US Pat. No. 10,598,186

METHOD FOR PREVENTING THE CORROSION OF AN IMPELLER-SHAFT ASSEMBLY OF A TURBOMACHINE

Nuovo Pignone SRL, Flore...

1. A method for preventing corrosion of an impeller-shaft assembly of a turbomachine, the method comprising:assembling an impeller on a shaft in order to define an impeller-shaft assembly;
plating the assembly by inserting the assembly into a plating bath; and
coating at least a first predefined surface on the impeller and a second predefined surface on the shaft by spraying the predefined surfaces with a cold spray comprising particles of a nickel-based alloy or of stainless steel,
wherein the coating step is performed before the assembling step.

US Pat. No. 10,598,185

SPIRAL PUMP AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

AQYSTA HOLDING B.V., (NL...

1. Spiral pump, comprising:a support body;
a rigid rotary part having a rotary axis that is rotatable relative to said support body, wherein said rigid rotary part comprises a spiral fluid channel that has an inlet for receiving fluid arranged at or near an outer radial wall of said rigid rotary part and an outlet for discharging fluid at an increased pressure at or near the rotary axis;
wherein a fluid passage, configured for passing fluid at the increased pressure from inside the rigid rotary part to outside the rigid rotary part, is arranged at or near the rotary axis; and
fluid engaging members positioned on said rigid rotary part;
wherein the spiral fluid channel is an integrated spiral fluid channel with a course integrated within the rigid rotary part;
wherein the rigid rotary part comprises at least two rigid sub parts opposite relative to the integrated fluid channel, wherein two neighboring mating sub parts in an assembled state are directly connected and recesses in the mating sub parts together form the spiral fluid channel between the mating sub parts.

US Pat. No. 10,598,184

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A turbocharger comprising:a turbocharger body;
a turbine shaft rotatably housed in the turbocharger body with a turbine impeller provided to one end of the turbine shaft and a compressor impeller provided to an opposite end of the turbine shaft;
a bearing provided in the turbocharger body and configured to rotatably support the turbine shaft in an insertion hole formed in the bearing, the bearing including an end surface facing in an axial direction of the turbine shaft;
an opposing portion including an opposing surface facing the end surface of the bearing in the axial direction of the turbine shaft; and
a first groove formed on one of the end surface of the bearing and the opposing surface of the opposing portion to communicate between the insertion hole and an outer peripheral edge of the end surface of the bearing,
the first groove curvedly extending radially outward and forward in a rotational direction of the turbine shaft from an opening end of the first groove facing the insertion hole along a track of oil droplet of the lubricant receiving rotational force from the turbine shaft, the oil droplet supposed to be on a plane rotated by the turbine shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,183

AEROMECHANICAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An aeromechanical identification system, comprising:a pressurized gas source;
a valve in fluid communication with the pressurized gas source;
a first pressure regulator fluidly coupled between the valve and the pressurized gas source configured to receive a pressure command;
a manifold fluidly coupled between the first pressure regulator and the valve;
a gas pressure probe in fluid communication with the valve, wherein the valve is configured to control a flow of a pressurized gas from the pressurized gas source into the gas pressure probe,
wherein the gas pressure probe comprises a probe body having a base configured to receive a pressure sensor, and wherein an electronically controlled switching mechanism of the valve is coupled proximate the base;
the pressure sensor coupled to the gas pressure probe at the base and configured to measure a pressure within the gas pressure probe;
a controller in electronic communication with the valve to command the valve to operate at a frequency, wherein the controller is in electronic communication with the pressure sensor, wherein the controller is in electronic communication with the first pressure regulator and configured to control a gas pressure of the pressurized gas source via the pressure command.

US Pat. No. 10,598,181

GAS TURBINE ENGINES AND COMPRESSION SYSTEMS THEREFOR

1. A non-axial compression system for a gas turbine engine for positioning upstream of a combustor of the gas turbine engine, the non-axial compression system comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a first radial impeller having a first body for rotating about the longitudinal axis;
a second radial impeller positioned on the longitudinal axis downstream of the first radial impeller and upstream of the combustor, the second radial impeller having a second body for rotating about the longitudinal axis; and
a conical screw positioned on the longitudinal axis between the first radial impeller and the second radial impeller, the conical screw for rotating about the longitudinal axis, the conical screw having:
a first radius adjacent to the first radial impeller and a second radius adjacent to the second radial impeller, the second radius smaller than the first radius;
a hub; and
at least one conveyor blade extending outwardly from the hub and positioned between the first radius and the second radius, the first body adjacent to the first radius and the at least one conveyor blade being spaced apart from one another along the longitudinal axis;wherein a fluid downstream of the first radial impeller is directed axially by the conical screw towards the second radial impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,598,180

COMPRESSOR WITH THERMALLY-RESPONSIVE INJECTOR

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A compressor comprising:a housing;
a partition disposed within the housing, the partition defining a suction chamber and a discharge chamber, and including a discharge passage in fluid communication with the discharge chamber;
a first scroll supported within said housing and including a first endplate having a first spiral wrap extending therefrom;
a second scroll supported within said housing and including a second endplate having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and an injection passage, the first side having a second spiral wrap extending therefrom and meshingly engaged with said first spiral wrap to form a series of compression pockets, the injection passage being in fluid communication with at least one of said series of compression pockets; and
an injection system including a conduit and a valve assembly, the conduit having a first end in fluid communication with a fluid source, and a second end in fluid communication with the injection passage, the valve assembly including a valve housing, a valve body, and a first biasing member configured to displace the valve body from a first position to a second position relative to the valve housing, said valve body inhibiting fluid communication between said conduit and one of said series of compression pockets when in said first position, and said valve body allowing fluid communication between said conduit and one of said series of compression pockets when in said second position, said valve body being displaceable between said first and second positions in response to a change in operating temperature of the compressor,
wherein the valve housing includes a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, and
wherein the valve body has a valve head, a valve stem, and a guide, the valve stem extending axially between the valve head and the guide and fixedly coupling the valve head to the guide, the valve stem extending through the fluid outlet and the valve head is disposed on an opposite side of the fluid outlet from the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,598,178

COMPRESSOR WITH MAIN BEARING, PARTITION PLATE, AND FIXED AND ORBITING SCROLLS THEREBETWEEN

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a partition plate that partitions an inside of a sealed container into a high-pressure space and a low-pressure space;
a fixed scroll adjacent to the partition plate;
an orbiting scroll that meshes with the fixed scroll to form a compression chamber;
a rotation restrictor that prevents rotation of the orbiting scroll;
a main bearing that supports the orbiting scroll, the fixed scroll, the orbiting scroll, the rotation restrictor, and the main bearing being disposed in the low-pressure space, and the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll being disposed between the partition plate and the main bearing;
a bearing-side engagement portion provided in the main bearing;
a scroll-side engagement portion provided in the fixed scroll; and
a pillar member having a lower end portion secured in the bearing-side engagement portion and an upper end portion inserted in the scroll-side engagement portion,
wherein the partition plate comprises an upper surface and a lower surface that faces the fixed scroll, with both the upper surface and the lower surface being bent toward the fixed scroll side at a periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface,
an axial distance from the upper end portion of the pillar member to a tip of the periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface of the partition plate is smaller than a length by which the pillar member and the bearing-side engagement portion are coupled together,
the tip of the periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface of the partition plate is disposed above the upper end portion of the pillar member,
wherein a size of the lower end portion of the pillar member and a size of the bearing-side engagement portion provide press fitting of the lower end portion of the pillar member in the bearing-side engagement portion in a manner of interference fit, and
a size of the upper end portion of the pillar member and a size of the scroll-side engagement portion provide engagement of the upper end portion of the pillar member in the scroll-side engagement portion in a manner of clearance fit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,177

PUMP UNIT WITH INTEGRATED PISTON PUMP AND ELECTRIC MOTOR

Power Packer North Americ...

1. A pump unit for pressurising a hydraulic actuating system, wherein the pump unit comprises a pump housing including a pump chamber for housing a piston pump, and wherein the pump unit further comprises an electric motor for driving the piston pump, wherein the electric motor comprises:a motor rotor, wherein the motor rotor comprises a longitudinal motor rotor body including several magnets at an outer surface, wherein the motor rotor body defines an axial axis;
a field coil which is positioned opposite the magnets of the motor rotor body for rotationally driving the motor rotor body;wherein the piston pump comprises:a pump stator which is stationary inside the pump chamber, which pump stator has a longitudinal stator body which includes at least two channels serving respectively as an inlet or outlet channel;
a pump rotor positioned around the pump stator body, which pump rotor has a pump rotor body which is driveable in a rotational direction about the axial axis, wherein the pump rotor body includes several cylinder holes for each receiving a piston which is slidable with respect to the pump rotor body in a radial direction;
a ring positioned around the pump rotor body, wherein the ring is eccentrically positioned at an eccentricity with respect to the pump rotor body to provide a pump capacity;wherein the motor rotor and the pump rotor are incorporated into a common rotor such that the motor rotor body and the pump rotor body are formed as a one piece item with the motor rotor and the pump rotor located on opposite axial ends and wherein the pump stator is fixed to the pump housing adjacent to the pump rotor as a cantilever which extends axially through the pump rotor body to a position beyond the cylinder holes such that the common rotor is fully supported by the cantilevered pump stator.

US Pat. No. 10,598,174

AIR COMPRESSOR

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

1. An air compressor comprising:a tank that stores compressed air;
a motor that drives the air compressor to generates compressed air to be stored in the tank;
a pressure sensor that detects a pressure value in the tank; and
a controller that drives the motor when a pressure value in the tank detected by the pressure sensor is equal to or less than a motor start pressure value, and stops the motor when the pressure value in the tank detected by the pressure sensor is equal to or greater than a motor stop pressure value,
wherein, in a state where the motor is stopped, the controller reduces either the motor start pressure value or the motor stop pressure value each time a first predetermined time has passed, and
wherein, in a state where i) the motor is started, ii) the pressure value in the tank detected by the pressure sensor is equal to or less than a predetermined value, and iii) the pressure value in the tank detected by the pressure sensor is equal to or less than the motor start pressure value, the controller increases either the motor start pressure value or the motor stop pressure each time a second predetermined time has passed.

US Pat. No. 10,598,173

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT PUMP AND A METHOD FOR REGULATING THE PUMP

CASAPPA S.P.A., Collecch...

1. A variable displacement pump comprising:i) a pumping piston (10) of a fluid to be treated;
ii) a sliding seating (2) along which a travel of the piston (10) takes place;
iii) a rotating shaft (3) which draws both said piston (10) and said seating (2) in rotation, a rotation of said shaft (3), at least in an operating configuration, corresponding to a sliding of the piston (10) along the seating (2);
iv) regulating means (4) of the displacement of the pump (1) as a function of an electrical signal, said regulating means (4) in turn comprising:
a structure (41) having a variable inclination for regulating a length of a travel of the pumping piston (10) and therefore of a displacement of the pump (1); said variable-inclination structure (41) constraining an end of the piston (10);
a fluid-dynamic actuator (42) for regulating an inclination of said structure (41), a corresponding displacement of the pump (1) being associated to each inclination of the structure (41);
command means (43) of the actuator (42), which assume at least a non-equilibrium configuration in which the command means (43) induce a displacement of said actuator (42) and an equilibrium configuration in which the command means (43) do not induce a movement of the actuator (42), said command means (43) in turn comprising:
(a) a cursor (431) mobile at least between said equilibrium configuration and said non-equilibrium configuration, the cursor (431) in said non-equilibrium configuration being able to take at least a first position in which it places a chamber (420) acting on said actuator (42) in communication with a first zone (51) at least initially having a pressure that is different from a pressure present in said chamber (420);
(b) a sliding element (432) with respect to the cursor (431) for resetting said equilibrium configuration, said sliding element (432) being distinct from said actuator (42) and being mechanically actuated in consequence of a variation of an inclination of said structure (41);
the sliding element (432) comprising a jacket (433) of said cursor (431); said jacket (433) being pre-tensioned by elastic means (7) which exert a force in a predetermined direction;
said pump (1) comprising an element (410) solidly constrained to the variable-inclination structure (41) for inducing passage from the non-equilibrium configuration to the equilibrium configuration; said element (410) solidly constrained to the variable-inclination structure (41) exerting a thrust in opposition to said elastic means (7) or alternatively enabling displacement of the jacket (433) along said predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,169

FLUID TRANSPORTATION DEVICE COMPRISING A VALVE BODY, A VALVE MEMBRANE, A VALVE CHAMBER SEAT, AND AN ACTUATOR EACH SEQUENTIALLY STACKED WITHIN A ACCOMMODATION SPACE OF AN OUTER SLEEVE HAVING A RING-SHAPED PROTRUSION STRUCTURE

MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A fluid transportation device, comprising:a valve body comprising an inlet passage, an outlet passage, a first surface and a second surface, wherein the inlet passage and the outlet passage run through the first surface and the second surface, an inlet opening is formed in the second surface and in communication with the inlet passage, an outlet opening is formed in the second surface and in communication with the outlet passage, and a coupling structure is concavely formed in the first surface of the valve body;
a valve membrane comprising two valve plates, plural extension parts and plural hollow parts, wherein the two valve plates have the same thickness, the plural extension parts are arranged around the valve plates for elastically supporting the valve plates, and the hollow parts are arranged between the extension parts;
a valve chamber seat comprising a third surface, a fourth surface, an inlet valve channel, an outlet valve channel and a pressure chamber, wherein the inlet valve channel and the outlet valve channel run through the third surface and the fourth surface, the two valve plates are respectively supported on the inlet valve channel and the outlet valve channel so as to form a valve structure, the pressure chamber is concavely formed in the fourth surface, and in communication with the inlet valve channel and the outlet valve channel;
an actuator, wherein the pressure chamber of the valve chamber seat is covered by the actuator; and
an outer sleeve, wherein an accommodation space is defined by an inner wall of the outer sleeve, a ring-shaped protrusion structure is formed on the inner wall of the outer sleeve, and plural engaging structures are discretely arranged on a periphery of the outer sleeve at regular intervals,
wherein the valve body, the valve chamber seat and the actuator are sequentially stacked on each other, accommodated within the accommodation space of the outer sleeve, and supported on the ring-shaped protrusion structure, wherein the plural engaging structures of the outer sleeve are engaged with the coupling structure of the valve body so as to form the fluid transportation device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,167

SEMISPHERICAL SHOE FOR SWASH PLATE COMPRESSOR AND SWASH PLATE COMPRESSOR

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A semispherical shoe for a swash plate compressor so constructed that inside a housing where a refrigerant is present, a rotational motion of a swash plate mounted perpendicularly and obliquely on a rotational shaft by directly fixing said swash plate thereto or indirectly fixing said swash plate thereto through a coupling member to said rotational shaft is converted into a reciprocating motion of a piston through a semispherical shoe to be subjected to sliding contact with said swash plate to compress and expand said refrigerant,wherein said semispherical shoe is composed of a base material consisting of a metallic member, and a resin layer is formed on a surface of a planar part to be subjected to sliding contact with said swash plate and on a surface of a spherical part to be subjected to sliding contact with said piston by injection-molding a resin composition; and
said resin layer of said planar part and said resin layer of said spherical part are integral with each other, and at least one portion of said base material is not covered with said resin layer and is exposed,
wherein (1) a hollow part forming a concave portion in a direction from a spherical part side of said semispherical shoe or a planar part side thereof is formed at a central axis portion of said base material or (2) a hollow part penetrating through said spherical part side and said planar part side is formed at said central axis portion of said base material, and one portion of said hollow part is filled with said resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,166

ATHEROFLUIDICS-ON-CHIP

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A cell culture platform comprising:a flow conduit having an upstream port and a downstream port separated by a length of the flow conduit;
a first outlet located on the length of the flow conduit between the upstream port and the downstream port of the flow conduit that divides the flow conduit into an upstream end defined as a section of the flow conduit between the upstream port and the first outlet and a downstream end defined as a section of the flow conduit between the first outlet and the downstream port;
a branch conduit having a first branch port and a second branch port separated by a length of the branch conduit, the first branch port connected to and in fluid communication with the flow conduit upstream port; and
a modulator having a first modulator port, a second modulator port, and a third modulator port in fluid communication; wherein the first modulator port is connected to and in fluid communication with the flow conduit downstream port; the second modulator port is connected to and in variable fluid communication with a second outlet; and the third modulator port is connected to and in variable fluid communication with the second branch port.

US Pat. No. 10,598,165

ELECTRIC-DRIVEN AIR PUMP

BETO ENGINEERING AND MARK...

1. An electric-driven air pump adapted to inflate an inflatable object, said electric-driven air pump comprising:an outer housing unit including a connecting seat, said connecting seat including a gas outlet section adapted to be connected to the inflatable object, and a cylinder including a cylinder chamber, said gas outlet section including a valve-controlled air passage that is spatially communicated with said cylinder chamber;
an electric-driven mechanism mounted to said outer housing unit and including a motor; and
a piston mechanism including:
a driven piston that is disposed in said cylinder chamber,
a threaded driving rod rotated by said motor, connected to said driven piston in such a manner that rotation of said threaded driving rod drives reciprocal movement of said driven piston in said cylinder chamber, and formed with a helical guide slot, and
a guide pin fixed in said driven piston and extending into said helical guide slot,
wherein said motor is operable to rotate said threaded driving rod to drive reciprocal motion of said driven piston in said cylinder chamber, such that said guide pin moves along said helical guide slot;
wherein said cylinder further includes a cylinder wall that defines said cylinder chamber and that includes a longitudinal slot extending in a longitudinal direction, said driven piston including a surrounding wall, an end wall connected to an end of said surrounding wall, a receiving room defined by said surrounding wall and said end wall and receiving said threaded driving rod, a positioning protrusion protruding from said surrounding wall into said longitudinal slot, and an assembling hole extending through said positioning protrusion and said surrounding wall, said guide pin extending through said assembling hole; and
wherein said helical guide slot includes a starting slot section, an ending slot section that is opposite to said starting slot section in the longitudinal direction, a first guiding slot section and a second guiding slot section, said first and second guiding slot sections being connected between said starting and ending slot sections, such that, when said guide pin moves from said starting slot section to said ending slot section along said first guiding slot section, the inflatable object is inflated, and when said guide pin moves from said ending slot section along said second guiding slot section, the inflatable object is not inflated.