US Pat. No. 10,654,733

MOBILE, REPLACEABLE, AND REGENERABLE CARTRIDGE FOR TREATMENT OF WATER

BFG Environmental Technol...

1. A mobile, replaceable and regenerable water treatment cartridge, comprising:an outer shell having a first side, a second side opposite said first side, an outer shell top and an outer shell bottom opposite said outer shell top, said outer shell being comprised of an upper outer shell opening and a lid in removable sealing engagement with said upper outer shell opening so as to define an outer shell internal volume;
an inner shell having an inner shell top and an inner shell bottom opposite said inner shell top, said inner shell being comprised of an upper inner shell opening so as to define an inner shell internal volume;
a chassis being in removable sliding engagement with said inner shell through said upper inner shell opening and being comprised of a connector plate, and means for guiding placement of said chassis in said inner shell internal volume;
a membrane filter attached to said chassis;
means for handling on said second side of said outer shell;
means for rendering mobile on said outer shell bottom of said outer shell;
a first connector being in fluid connection with said outer shell internal volume and being positioned on said second side of said outer shell;
a second connector being in fluid connection with said inner shell internal volume and being positioned on said connector plate so as to be accessible on said first side of said outer shell; and
a connection port being connected to said equipment and being positioned on said connector plate so as to be accessible on said first side of said outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,654,732

EQUIPMENT AND PROCESS FOR MASSIVE DISSOLUTION OF GASES IN LIQUIDS

Biotecam Assessoria e Des...

1. Equipment for massive dilution of gases in liquids, comprising:a rigid body having a top, a bottom, an interior, a zone of greater cross-sectional area in a lower region, and a zone of smaller cross-sectional area in an upper region, said rigid body comprising at least one liquid inlet region in the lower region, at least one liquid outlet region at the top and/or the bottom, and at least one gas outlet region in the upper region, said rigid body containing, in its interior:
at least one conventional gas bubble forming device in the lower region; and
at least one liquid thin film forming hive, said at least one hive having a plurality of inner channels with a smaller cross-sectional area relative to a zone of smaller cross-sectional area in the upper region, the liquid in which the gas is dissolved being extravagated after passing through said at least one hive;
wherein said rigid body further comprises:
at least one set of external pipes connected to the liquid inlet region or the liquid outlet region; and
a separation wall vertically dividing the rigid body at least partially into two regions, thereby enabling active reversing of the flow direction of the liquid passing through the interior of the rigid body and by the at least one set of external pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,654,731

METHOD OF TREATING CONTAMINATION IN A FLUID STREAM WITH AN ELECTRIC CURRENT

1. A method of generating reductive and/or oxidative chemical species in an aqueous fluid stream to disinfect and/or remove contamination comprising:a) providing a filter material which comprises a filter element of at least two porous carbon support layers and a silicate layer or glass wool layer in direct contact with and between the at least two porous carbon support layers;
b) passing an electric current through the filter element, thereby creating oxidative species;
c) passing a fluid stream containing elemental halogens and/or halide salts through the filter element, thereby distributing A) halogens or halides and B) oxidative species within the filter element;
d) subsequent to distributing the A) halogens or halides and the B) oxidative species within the filter element, directing a contaminated fluid mass into contact with the filter element in the presence of the electric current; and
e) adsorbing and/or oxidizing contaminants from the contaminated fluid mass onto the filter element, thereby disinfecting or removing the contaminants and
f) creating a treated fluid flow mass.

US Pat. No. 10,654,730

LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A liquid processing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical processing tank of which a first end is closed;
a rod-shaped first electrode that is disposed at the first end of the processing tank;
an insulator that covers at least a part of a side surface of the first electrode disposed to protrude from an inner wall of the first end of the processing tank into the processing tank;
a liquid introduction port that causes a liquid to swirl by introducing the liquid in a tangential direction of the processing tank and generates a gas phase in a swirling flow of the liquid;
a discharge portion that is disposed at a second end of the processing tank and discharges the liquid introduced from the liquid introduction port;
a plate-shaped second electrode that is disposed at the second end of the processing tank;
an opening portion that is formed in the second electrode with a central axis of the processing tank as a center; and
a power supply that applies a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein an outer diameter of the insulator is smaller than an outer diameter of a gas-phase generating space where the gas phase is generated in the processing tank.

US Pat. No. 10,654,729

FLUID STERILIZATION DEVICE

NIKKISO CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A fluid sterilization device comprising:a treatment flow passage in which a fluid subject to sterilization flows;
a light source chamber that stores a light source for irradiating the fluid in the treatment flow passage with ultraviolet light;
a window member that is provided between the treatment flow passage and the light source chamber and transmits the ultraviolet light; and
a pressure adjustment mechanism that includes a partition wall configured to be displaced in accordance with a pressure difference between the treatment flow passage and the light source chamber and adjusts a pressure in the light source chamber by using volume change associated with a displacement of the partition wall so as to reduce the pressure difference between the treatment flow passage and the light source chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,654,728

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFICATION OF WATER

Tata Consultancy Services...

1. A process for removing arsenic and inactivating microorganisms from arsenic and microorganisms laden water in a point of use water purification system;said process comprising:
preparing granulated arsenic removal media (144) by:
adding ferric chloride in an amount ranging from 5 to 30% weight/volume and sodium hydroxide in an amount ranging from 5 to 40% weight/volume in water, at a pH ranging from 6.5 to 7 to obtain a slurry;
allowing said slurry to settle for a time period ranging from 1 to 8 hours to obtain a residue and a supernatant;
separating said supernatant from said residue by decantation and filtration to obtain a cake;
drying said cake at a temperature ranging from 60 to 110° C. for a time period ranging from 8 to 24 hours to obtain a dried cake;
converting said dried cake to granulated matter, the granulated matter represents the granulated arsenic removal media (144); and
preparing a bed of granulated arsenic removal media (140) by holding the granulated arsenic removal media (144) between a mesh and a cloth, and
removing arsenic from the arsenic and microorganisms laden water by leading a flow of the arsenic and microorganisms laden water, against gravity, through the bed of granulated arsenic removal media (140) to produce a flow of microorganisms laden water with reduced arsenic content, wherein the bed of granulated arsenic removal media (140) comprises iron compounds in an amount ranging from 30 to 70% of the total mass of the bed, the granulated arsenic removal media (144) having particle size ranging from 400 to 1000 micrometers and surface area ranging from 50 to 400 m2/g, and
regulating a contact time between said arsenic and microorganisms laden water and said bed of granulated arsenic removal media (140) by regulating the flow of microorganisms laden water with reduced arsenic content, with a nozzle (N), the contact time ranging from 5 to 30 minutes; and
inactivating microorganisms in the water laden with microorganisms with reduced arsenic content by leading the water laden with microorganisms with reduced arsenic content through a disinfectant releasing system which releases at least one disinfectant in the water laden with microorganisms with reduced arsenic content at a rate ranging from 0.1 to 1 mg/ liter to cause depletion of viable microbial content therein, to provide water deficient of arsenic and microorganisms, wherein said disinfectant is chlorine, wherein the point of use water purification system does not need electricity and continuous supply of water for performing the process of removing arsenic and inactivating microorganisms from the arsenic and microorganisms laden water.

US Pat. No. 10,654,727

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DE-OILING A FEED OF OIL AND WATER

1501367 Alberta Ltd., Ed...

1. A method of de-oiling a feed comprising oil and water, the feed having an input temperature above the boiling point of water and an input pressure sufficient to maintain the water in a liquid state, the method comprising:pumping the feed with a motive pump through a phase separator having a restriction to effect a phase separation of oil and water in the feed and produce an agitated mixture;
supplying the agitated mixture from the phase separator into a pressure vessel operating at a pressure sufficient to maintain in a liquid state water that is at a temperature above the boiling point of water;
removing an oil phase from the pressure vessel; and
removing a water phase from the pressure vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,654,726

SOLAR DESALINATOR

1. A solar desalinator for removing contaminants from contaminated water to produce potable water comprising:a. a source of contaminated water;
b. a solar collector for receiving the contaminated water comprising:
i. an inner conduit having in internal wall defining a volume, a center line, a collector inlet for receiving the contaminated water, and a collector outlet for delivering steam;
ii. an outer shell surrounding the inner conduit defining an annular vacuum space between the inner conduit and the outer shell;
iii. a silicone stopper positioned adjacent the collector outlet capable of blocking water from the collector outlet but transmitting steam to the collector outlet; and
iv. a heat absorbing material positioned within the inner conduit;
c. a parabolic mirror configured as a trough, extending parallel to the solar collector, and having a focal line coincident with the center line of the inner conduit; and
d. a condenser for receiving the steam from the collector outlet of the inner conduit and condensing the steam into potable water.

US Pat. No. 10,654,725

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR FILTER AS YOU POUR FILTRATION

Brita LP, Oakland, CA (U...

1. A filter assembly, comprising:a frame extending from a first end to an opposing second end and defining a longitudinal axis, the frame comprising a plurality of axial support members extending substantially parallel to and spaced outwardly from said longitudinal axis and a plurality of a circumferential support members extending between the plurality of said axial support members and being connected with the plurality of said axial support members, the axial support members having opposite first and second ends, and wherein said plurality of axial and circumferential support members define a plurality of openings, the frame bounding a channel disposed within the frame and extending from the first ends to the second ends of the axial support members, the plurality of openings in the frame being in fluid communication with the channel;
a first generally planar end cap, wherein the first generally planar end cap has a first inner surface, a first outer surface, and a first circumferential outer edge between the first inner surface and the first outer surface, the first circumferential outer edge radially extending a first distance from the longitudinal axis, wherein the first inner surface includes a first projection and a first flange surface extending from the first projection to the first circumferential outer edge, wherein the first projection is configured to connect with the first ends of the axial support members and defines a first external curved surface, and wherein the first generally planar end cap defines an aperture in fluid communication with the channel;
a second generally planar end cap, wherein the second generally planar end cap has a second inner surface, a second outer surface, and a second circumferential outer edge between the second inner surface and the second outer surface, the second circumferential outer edge radially extending a second distance from the longitudinal axis, wherein the second inner surface includes a second projection and a second flange surface extending from the second projection to the second circumferential outer edge, wherein the second projection is configured to connect with the second ends of the axial support members and defines a second external curved surface; and
a first filter media having an internal surface configured to contact with external surfaces of the axial and circumferential support members and the first and second external curved surfaces of the first and second projections such that at least a portion of the first filter media is maintained in a curved configuration, the first filter media having a first end adjacent the first flange surface and a second end adjacent the second flange surface, the first filter media having an external surface radially extending a third distance from the longitudinal axis, the third distance being less than the first distance and the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,654,724

POLYALUMINUM SALTS AND THEIR USES IN PREPARATION OF HIGH-PURITY COLLOIDAL ALUMINUM-SILICA COMPOSITE PARTICLES AND ZEOLITES

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

16. A method comprising:combining in an aqueous blend a water-soluble aluminum salt, a first acid having a pKa of 3.5 to 9.5, and an aqueous colloidal silica to form an aluminum-silica reaction product;
passing the aluminum-silica reaction product through a fixed bed of a water-insoluble anion exchange resin to provide an aluminum-silica effluent;
optionally diluting or concentrating the aluminum-silica effluent; and
combining the aluminum-silica effluent with an aqueous alkali, further aqueous colloidal silica, and optionally a structure directing agent to form an aqueous silica-alumina composition, wherein the structure directing agent is selected from the group consisting of N,N,N-trimethyl-1-adamantylammonium hydroxide, tetramethylammonium hydroxide, tetrapropylammonium hydroxide, tetraethylammonium hydroxide, tetrabutylammonium hydroxide, tetrahexylammonium hydroxide, tetraoctylammonium hydroxide, methyltributylammonium hydroxide, methyltriethylammonium hydroxide, phenyltrimethylammonium hydroxide, methyltripropylammonium hydroxide, dodecyltrimethylammonium hydroxide, hexadecyltrimethylammonium hydroxide, N-dodecyl N-ethyl N,N-dimethyl ammonium hydroxide, N,N-dimethyl N,N-diethyl ammonium hydroxide, and any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,654,723

AEROGELS

University of Newcastle U...

1. A method for the production of an oxide aerogel optionally comprising a dopant, the method comprising:reacting an oxide wet gel with an electrophile to generate CO2 gas, thereby providing a porous solid oxide containing the CO2 gas, the porous solid oxide optionally comprising a dopant;
wherein a liquid component of the oxide wet gel comprises an aqueous alkaline solution that comprises carbonate ions, bicarbonate ions, or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,654,720

RECOVERING BROMINE FROM SOLID WASTE CONTAINING BROMINE COMPOUNDS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Elcon Recycling Center (2...

1. A method for recovering bromine from solid waste containing bromine compounds, the method comprising:providing the solid waste containing the bromine compounds;
providing a supply of solid calcium hydroxide;
mixing the solid waste and said solid calcium hydroxide, thereby forming a mixture thereof;
heating said mixture in a chemical reducing environment, for forming a heated product comprising solid calcium bromide; and
processing said heated product, so as to form bromine.

US Pat. No. 10,654,719

ZERO EMISSIONS SULPHUR RECOVERY PROCESS WITH CONCURRENT HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING U...

1. A plant suitable for conducting thermal oxidative cracking of a H2S-containing gas stream, said plant comprising a reaction chamber which comprises a mixing zone, a burner and a thermal oxidative cracking zone downstream of said mixing zone and an inlet coupled to a source of a H2S-containing acid gas stream, which source is an amine regeneration unit, a sour water stripper unit or both, and an inlet coupled to a source of an oxygen-comprising stream, both of said inlets configured to introduce said H2S containing gas and said oxygen-comprising stream into said mixing zone to obtain a mixture,wherein the mixing zone comprises said burner;
wherein said reaction chamber further contains downstream of said reaction zone a quench zone for effluent from the thermal oxidative cracking reaction zone which quench zone comprises a spray nozzle for direct injection of water; and
a hydrogen purification section configured to receive hydrogen downstream of said quench zone and wherein the thermal oxidative cracking reaction zone does not contain a catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,654,718

SCALABLE NANOTUBE FABRICS AND METHODS FOR MAKING SAME

Nantero, Inc., Woburn, M...

1. A scalable nanotube device, comprising:a first material layer;
a nanotube fabric disposed over and above said first material layer, said nanotube fabric having a top surface, a bottom surface, and at least one sidewall, the distance between said top surface of said nanotube fabric and said bottom surface of said nanotube fabric defining a thickness for said nanotube fabric;
a second material layer disposed over and above said nanotube fabric and horizontally aligned with said first material layer;
wherein said thickness of said nanotube fabric is sufficient to prevent said first material layer from contacting said second material layer;
wherein said nanotube fabric comprises a plurality of nanotube elements, each of said plurality of nanotube elements having a first end and a second end; and
wherein said plurality of nanotube elements within said nanotube fabric has a preselected nanotube length distribution profile selected to substantially prevent said plurality of nanotube elements from having both a first end and a second end in physical contact with said at least one sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,717

MEMS DEVICE

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A MEMS transducer comprising:a flexible membrane, the flexible membrane comprising a conductive track; and
a continuity testing circuit electrically connected to the conductive track, wherein the conductive track is electrically isolated from any further conductive regions of the flexible membrane, andwherein the continuity testing circuit is configured to test the continuity of the conductive track;wherein:the MEMS transducer further comprises a substrate;
the flexible membrane is attached to the substrate;
the conductive track is located within a perimeter region of the flexible membrane, a mechanical attachment between the flexible membrane and the substrate being located in the perimeter region of the flexible membrane;
the flexible membrane is attached to the substrate at a plurality of supporting edges located in the perimeter region of the flexible membrane, the conductive track being located at each of the supporting edges; and
the plurality of supporting edges alternate around the perimeter of the flexible membrane with a plurality of unfixed edges, the conductive track being located at each of the unfixed edges.

US Pat. No. 10,654,716

METHOD FOR PACKAGING AT LEAST ONE SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for packaging at least one semiconductor component, the method comprising:covering at least one partial surface of the at least one semiconductor component with at least one chemically or physically dissoluble sacrificial material;
depositing a photopatternable material on the sacrificial material;
surrounding the at least one semiconductor component at least partially with a photoablatable packaging material, wherein at least a part of the sacrificial material on the at least one partial surface and at least a part of the photopatternable material are also surrounded by the photoablatable packaging material;
exposing the sacrificial material on the at least one partial surface of the at least one semiconductor component at least partially by forming at least one trench that extends through the photoablatable packaging material and through at least part of the photopatternable material deposited on the sacrificial material using a light beam; and
using a chemical or physical removal method to which the photoablatable packaging material has a higher resistance than does the sacrificial material, exposing the at least one partial surface at least partially by at least partially removing the previously exposed sacrificial material;
wherein:
(I) (a) the covering the at least one partial surface with the sacrificial material and the depositing of the photopatternable material on the sacrificial material, which are both performed prior to the surrounding step and the exposing steps, include depositing a layer of the sacrificial material on the at least one semiconductor component, depositing a layer of the photopatternable material on the layer of the sacrificial material, and patterning the layers of the photopatternable material and sacrificial material, so that portions of the layers of the photopatternable material and sacrificial material are removed, leaving on the at least one partial surface a remaining region of the sacrificial layer with a remaining region of the photopatternable material on the remaining region of the sacrificial layer; and (b) the surrounding includes surrounding at least a part of the remaining region of the photopatternable material and at least part of the remaining region of the sacrificial layer; and/or
(II) the method further comprises depositing a sensitive material for detecting at least one substance in the at least one trench so that the sensitive material fills a bottom of a center open area of the at least one trench and fills at least one peripheral open area of the at least one trench so that part of the sensitive material is bounded on top of the part of the sensitive material by at least a part of the photopatternable material, with a portion of the photoablatable packaging material being arranged on top of the at least the part of the photopatternable material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,715

INTEGRATED ANALYSIS DEVICES AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS AND ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

BIONANO GENOMICS, INC., ...

1. A method of analysis, comprising:translocating a DNA molecule at an approximately constant flow rate through at least two channels of successively decreasing width such that at least a portion of the DNA molecule is elongated while disposed in a nanochannel analysis region of the channels, wherein the widest channel has a width in the range of from about 10 nm to less than about 10000 nm, and wherein the ratio of the width of the widest channel to the width of the nanochannel analysis region is in the range of from about 100 to about 10000;
detecting a signal arising from the elongated DNA molecule or portion thereof within the nanochannel analysis region; and
correlating the signal to a property of the DNA molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,654,714

HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROFLUIDIC AND MICROMECHANICAL APPLICATIONS

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A method, comprising:forming a chamber in a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the chamber extending into the semiconductor substrate from the first surface and having a bottom between the first and the second surfaces of the semiconductor substrate;
forming an inlet path to the chamber through the second surface of the semiconductor substrate, the inlet path configured to receive fluid;
forming an outlet path in fluid communication with the chamber and a surrounding environment;
forming a first heating element between the chamber bottom and the second surface of the semiconductor substrate, the first heating element being configured to generate heat when subjected to an electrical current, the first heating element having an annular shape;
forming a second heating element to include an at least partially annular shape surrounding at least a portion of the outlet path;
positioning the first heating element between the chamber and the semiconductor substrate; and
forming a third heating element adjacent to the outlet path of the chamber, the third heating element having an at least partially annular shape, the third heating element at least partially surrounding the second heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,713

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM STRUCTURE HAVING A CAVITY AND THROUGH-HOLES OF DIFFERENT WIDTHS

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

17. A method for manufacturing a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) structure, comprising:etching a first region of a MEMS substrate to form a first trench and etching a second region of the MEMS substrate to form a second trench in a main etching process;
etching through the first region by etching through the first trench to form a first through hole and partially etching the second region by etching through the second trench to form an extended second trench in a first step of an over-etching process; and
etching through the second region by etching through the extended second trench to form a second through hole in a second step of the over-etching process,
wherein the first region is wider than the second region and an ratio of an etching rate of a bottom portion of the second region to an etching rate of a middle portion of the second region is greater than about 1.1.

US Pat. No. 10,654,712

ELEVATED MEMS DEVICE IN A MICROPHONE WITH INGRESS PROTECTION

Knowles Electronics, LLC,...

1. A micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) microphone comprising:a base including a port extending through the base;
a shim assembly disposed on the base and over the port, the shim assembly having a plurality of walls that form a hollow interior cavity, the shim assembly having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface being coupled to the base;
an ingress protection element extending over and coupled to the top surface of the shim assembly, wherein the shim assembly elevates the ingress protection element above the base, the ingress protection element being effective to prevent the passage of contaminants there through; and
a MEMS device including a diaphragm and a back plate, the MEMS device being disposed over the ingress protection element, wherein an exposed length of the ingress protection element underneath the MEMS device is greater than a diameter of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,654,711

DROPLET CONTROL AND DETECTION DEVICE, OPERATING METHOD THEREOF, AND MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A droplet control and detection device, comprising:a light source;
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a droplet arranged on a light-exiting side of the light source, wherein the droplet is movable under the effect of an electric field formed between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a photoelectric detection structure, configured to detect light emitted by the light source and reflected by the droplet;
a processing circuit, configured to obtain droplet information according to a detection result of the photoelectric detection structure and control an electrical signal applied on the first electrode and the second electrode according to the droplet information;
a first hydrophobic layer and a second hydrophobic layer oppositely arranged and on the light-exiting side of the light source, wherein the first hydrophobic layer and the second hydrophobic layer are spaced by a predetermined distance, and the droplet is arranged between the first hydrophobic layer and the second hydrophobic layer;
a first insulation layer covering the first electrode, wherein the second electrode is arranged on the first insulation layer;
a second insulation layer covering the second electrode, wherein the first hydrophobic layer is arranged on the second insulation layer; and
a spacer arranged between the first hydrophobic layer and the second hydrophobic layer and configured to support the second hydrophobic layer in such a manner that the first hydrophobic layer and the second hydrophobic layer are spaced by the predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,654,710

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS HAVING FLEXIBLE CONNECTING MEMBERS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a first substrate having a first surface;
a semiconductor device provided on and/or in the first surface;
a first flexible connecting member electrically connected to the semiconductor device;
a first pad electrically and mechanically connected to the first flexible connecting member; and
a second substrate having a second surface facing the first surface of the first substrate, and covering the semiconductor device,
the second substrate including a bump protruding from the second surface, and an interconnect electrically connected to the bump,
the second substrate being a low-temperature sintered ceramic substrate containing alkali metal ions,
the first pad being electrically connected and mechanically bonded to the interconnect via the bump,
the first pad having at least a portion overlapping the semiconductor device in a plan view seen in a direction along a normal to the first surface,
the bump having at least a portion overlapping the first pad in the plan view seen in the direction along the normal to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,709

SHIELDED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LEAD FRAME THEREFOR

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. An article of manufacture, comprising:a lead frame, wherein the lead frame includes a die receiving area, a plurality of leads disposed on at least one side of the die receiving area and that are generally perpendicular to the at least one side of the die receiving area, wherein each lead of the plurality of leads has an inner lead end that is spaced from but near to the at least one side of the die receiving area and an outer lead end that is distal to the at least one side of the die receiving area, and a strip formed in the die receiving area that is bendable to a substantially vertical position for electrical connection to a package lid, and wherein the die receiving area, the plurality of leads, and the strip are all formed of the same electrically conductive sheet material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,708

OPTICAL SCANNER MODULE AND OPTICAL SCANNER CONTROL APPARATUS

MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. An optical scanner module, comprising:an optical scanner apparatus that scans incident light by oscillating a mirror;
a package on which the optical scanner apparatus is mounted, the package formed by a multilayer interconnection board,
wherein the optical scanner apparatus includes
a displacement sensor that detects an oscillation angle of the mirror, and
a first group of terminals that are respectively connected to a sensor interconnect connected to the displacement sensor and a drive interconnect through which a drive signal for oscillating the mirror passes,
wherein the package includes
a second group of terminals that are connected to the first group of terminals of the optical scanner apparatus, and
stacked interconnects, in which the sensor interconnect and the drive interconnect are formed, the stacked interconnects extended from the optical scanner apparatus by a connection between the first group of terminals and the second group of terminals, and
wherein portions of the sensor interconnect and the drive interconnect in the stacked interconnects are placed not to overlap in a plan view, the portions extending in substantially the same direction in the package, and
a ground (GND) interconnect is provided between the sensor interconnect and the drive interconnect that are adjacent in a same interconnect layer in the package.

US Pat. No. 10,654,707

METHOD OF STICTION PREVENTION BY PATTERNED ANTI-STICTION LAYER

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for manufacturing a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) apparatus, the method comprising:forming a dielectric layer and a bump feature directly above a conductive routing layer, the bump feature laterally separated from the dielectric layer;
forming an anti-stiction layer on the dielectric layer and the bump feature;
patterning the anti-stiction layer to remove the anti-stiction layer from over a part of the conductive routing layer and therein defining a patterned anti-stiction layer that uncovers one or more predetermined locations associated with a bonding of a handle substrate to a MEMS substrate;
increasing a roughness of an upper surface of the patterned anti-stiction layer; and
bonding the handle substrate to the MEMS substrate at the one or more predetermined locations.

US Pat. No. 10,654,706

SADDLE TREE AND A METHOD FOR LIMITING UPWARD TRAVEL OF A SEAT FORMING ELEMENT RELATIVE TO A BACK ENGAGING ELEMENT OF THE SADDLE TREE

Lam Technologies Limited,...

1. A saddle tree comprising:a back engaging element for engaging the back of an animal,
a seat forming element resiliently mounted on the back engaging element and being resiliently moveable relative to the back engaging element,
a limit means connected between the seat forming element and the back engaging element for limiting upward travel of the seat forming element relative to the back engaging element, and
a ratchet mechanism adjustably coupling the limit means to one of the back engaging element and the seat forming element for adjustably setting a limit of upward travel of the seat forming element relative to the back engaging element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,705

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF TRANSFERRING CRYOGENIC FLUIDS

1. An apparatus for transferring liquid, compressed and/or cryogenic fluids, comprising:a first coupling part and
a second coupling part, the second coupling part having a connecting and locking mechanism in order to establish a connection to the first coupling part,
wherein the first coupling part comprises a conduit connection for the fluids to be transferred,
wherein the conduit connection comprises a connecting piece,
wherein the second coupling part comprises a conduit connection for the fluids to be transferred, wherein the conduit connection comprises a connecting piece,
wherein the connecting piece of the second coupling part is connectable to the connecting piece of the first coupling part, and
wherein the second coupling part further comprises at least one contact surface and the first coupling part comprises a contact surface, the contact surfaces being connectable for establishing charge equalization between the coupling parts, wherein via a line link, the at least one contact surface of the second coupling part is connected to contacts enabling earthing and dissipation of possible electric charges,
wherein the second coupling part additionally comprises two conduit connections connectable to a storage device for gases, and each of the conduit connections comprises an opening being directed to the connecting piece of the second coupling part,
wherein the openings of the conduit connections are formed as a nozzle or annular gap, and
wherein a gas flow by means of which the contact surfaces of both coupling parts may be cleaned may exit via the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,654,704

FLUID DELIVERY DEVICE

LDJ MANUFACTURING, INC., ...

1. A mobile fluid pumping system comprising a pump having a reversible motor, said motor operating in either a first direction or a second direction, a tank, a first connecting member providing fluid communication between the pump and the tank, a reusable stainless valve (RSV) quick coupler compliant with the ISO 22241-3:2008(E) quality standard and configured to provide association with said connecting member said first connecting member defining a single route, said route providing direct fluid communication in either direction from said reversible motor, the reversible motor operating in the first direction causing a fluid to move through said single route in the first direction toward the tank, and the reversible motor operating in the second direction causing fluid to move through the single route in a second direction away from the tank, said system providing a closed load and unload system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,703

BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS WITH REMOTE DISPENSING OPERATIVE CONTROLS

Automatic Bar Controls, I...

1. A beverage dispensing system comprising:a flexible line containing multiple fluid lines;
a remote dispensing device coupled to a first end of the flexible line and configured to dispense a first fluid through a first fluid line of the multiple fluid lines;
a bar gun coupled to a second end of the flexible line, opposite the first end of the flexible line, the bar gun comprising:
a body having a plurality of apertures;
a nozzle;
a plurality of buttons, each protruding through a respective one of the apertures, the plurality of buttons comprising an active dispensing button configured to directly mechanically actuate a valve within the body to dispense a second fluid from a second fluid line of the multiple fluid lines, and a remote dispensing button; and
a sensing assembly configured to sense depressions of the active dispensing button and to sense depression of the remote dispensing button; and
a controller configured to actuate the remote dispensing device to dispense the first fluid through the nozzle in response to initially receiving a first signal from the sensing assembly indicating the remote dispensing button has been depressed and subsequently receiving a second signal from the sensing assembly indicating that the active dispensing button is depressed and is directly mechanically actuating the valve so that the second fluid is being dispensed from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,702

VALVE ASSEMBLIES AND MANUALLY OPERABLE HANDLE ASSEMBLIES FOR BEVERAGE DISPENSING MACHINES

Cornelius, Inc., Osseo, ...

1. A beverage dispensing machine comprising:a valve body configured to receive a first fluid and a second fluid and dispense the first fluid through a first orifice and the second fluid through a second orifice;
a first valve seal movable to open and close the first orifice;
a second valve seal movable to open and close the second orifice;
an arm pivotally coupled to the valve body such that pivoting of the arm relative to the valve body moves the first valve seal and the second valve seal and thereby opens the first orifice and the second orifice; and
a solenoid valve and a handle that are independently and separately operable to pivot the arm and thereby dispense the first fluid and the second fluid;
wherein the handle pivots independent of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,701

ULTRA HIGH RATIO LIQUID DELIVERY SYSTEM

Global Agricultural Techn...

1. A liquid dispensing system comprising:a first container (10) enclosing a chamber (12);
a flexible container (18) in the chamber (12);
a first liquid (20) contained in the flexible container (18);
a first conduit (22) and a second conduit (24) in the chamber (12), the first conduit (22) connecting the chamber (12) to an outlet port (26) in the first container (10), the second conduit (24) connecting the flexible container (18) to the first conduit (22) where the second conduit (24) is coupled to the flexible container (18) at a flexible container outlet location, the flexible container outlet location being located at a bottom of the flexible container (18), wherein the second conduit (24) is connected to the chamber (12) via an orifice (30) and the output port (26); and
supply source (48) for introducing a pressurized second liquid (50) into the chamber (12), the first conduit (22) serving to direct an exiting flow of the pressurized second liquid (50) from the chamber (12) to the outlet port (26), with the pressurized second liquid (50) serving to collapse the flexible container (18) and expel the first liquid (20) contained therein via the second conduit (24) to the first conduit (22) for mixture with the exiting flow of the pressurized second liquid (50).

US Pat. No. 10,654,700

BEVERAGE DISPENSER WITH VARIABLE CARBONATION CAPABILITY

Automatic Bar Controls, I...

1. A control system for a beverage dispenser, comprising:a user interface configured to receive a beverage selection including a carbonation level and a predetermined volume; and
a controller configured to determine a valve timing scheme for a first valve for a carbonated fluid and a second valve for a non-carbonated fluid in order to dispense the predetermined volume of the selected beverage with the selected carbonation level, and configured to actuate the first valve and second valve according to the valve timing scheme to dispense the predetermined volume of the selected beverage with the selected carbonation level;
wherein the valve timing scheme comprises a first dispensing portion and a second dispensing portion, performed after the first dispensing portion,
wherein the first dispensing portion comprises a plurality of cycles,
wherein each cycle comprises opening and closing the first valve to dispense a first volume of the carbonated fluid, and opening and closing the second valve to dispense a second volume of the non-carbonated fluid,
wherein the first volume is uniform for each cycle, and the second volume is uniform for each cycle,
wherein the second dispensing portion comprises opening and closing only one of the first valve or the second valve in order to dispense a third volume of only one of the carbonated fluid or the non-carbonated fluid in order to complete the dispensing of the predetermined volume of the selected beverage with the selected carbonation level, and
wherein the third volume is greater than the first volume and greater than the second volume.

US Pat. No. 10,654,699

WATER DISPENSER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A liquid dispenser, comprising:a water tank configured to store cooling water therein;
a water tank cover configured to cover an opened upper end of the water tank;
a cooling module provided in the water tank to circulate refrigerant therethrough to cool the cooling water;
a motor installed at the water tank cover and configured to provide a rotational force;
an agitator connected to the motor to receive the rotational force from the motor and protruding downward from the motor to be immersed in the cooling water filled in the water tank;
a cooling coil through which drinkable water flows; and
a cooling module supporter installed in the water tank,
wherein the cooling module includes a coil-shaped refrigerant tube surrounding the agitator at a position spaced apart from the agitator,
wherein the cooling coil is configured to surround the agitator at a position spaced apart from the agitator, and is immersed in the cooling water filled in the water tank to allow the drinkable water passing through the cooling coil to be cooled, and
wherein the cooling module supporter comprises:
an upper groove formed to support a lower end of the cooling module; and
a lower groove mounted on the cooling coil.

US Pat. No. 10,654,698

UNIT FOR THE APPLICATION OF LIDS OF OPENING DEVICES

1. An applying unit for applying lids of opening devices to spouts of packages, the packages being movable along a conveying direction, the applying unit comprising:a track;
a plurality of applying devices arranged adjacent one another, each applying device including an applying head configured to engage and apply a respective one of the lids to a respective one of the spouts moving along the conveying direction;
a plurality of carts each movably mounted on the track so that the plurality of carts move along the same track in a direction parallel to the conveying direction, each of the carts being operatively connected to one of the applying devices so that the cart and the respective applying device move together along the track;
a plurality of individually excitable solenoids provided on either the carts or the track, and a plurality of permanent magnets provided on either the track or the carts; and
a control unit operatively connected to the individually excitable solenoids to individually operate the solenoids and cause the carts as well as the respective applying device to move along the track parallel to the conveying direction in which the packages are moved independent of movement of other carts along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,654,697

GYROSCOPICALLY STABILIZED VEHICLE SYSTEM

Hand Held Products, Inc.,...

1. A method to stabilize a forklift carrying a load, the method comprising:determining, by a volume dimensioning device, a dimension of the load and a volume of the load;
determining, by a weight sensor, a weight of the load;
calculating an approximate center of gravity of the load based on the determined dimension and volume of the load; and
stabilizing the forklift when lifting the load by rotating the gyroscopic disc at a rotational speed determined based on the determined weight and calculated approximate center of gravity of the load.

US Pat. No. 10,654,696

HYDRAULIC JACK CAPABLE OF QUICKLY LIFTING LOAD

HANGZHOU YINGJIANG MACHIN...

1. A hydraulic jack capable of quickly lifting a load, comprising a frame with a front wheel and a rear wheel; wherein the frame is mounted with a lifting arm, a long connecting rod, a tray, a bracket and a hydraulic oil pump for driving the lifting arm, a handle connected with the hydraulic oil pump through a hand press, and the hydraulic jack further comprises a large pump and a small pump for supplying high pressure oil to the hydraulic oil pump, an inner cavity of the large pump and an inner cavity of the small pump are respectively in communication with a hydraulic ram, and a large pump core and a small pump core are axially connected to the hand press respectively, and a top surface of the large pump core and a top surface of the small pump core are respectively in contact with rollers mounted on the hand press respectively; wherein the inner cavity of the large pump is in communication with a first pressure regulation mechanism, and the inner cavity of the small pump is in communication with a second pressure regulation mechanism;wherein the first pressure regulation mechanism comprises a first upper valve body mounted on a lower valve body, a first oil outlet communicating with an oil compartment and the first upper valve body, and a first oil inlet communicating with the inner cavity of the large pump is provided at the bottom of the large pump; a central hole of the first upper valve body is sequentially provided from a bottom to a top with a first lower steel ball capable of blocking the first oil inlet, a first ball valve base, a first pressure spring, a first valve core and a first valve rod; the first pressure spring being installed between the first ball valve base and the first valve core, and the first valve rod is provided with a first central through-hole where a first thimble passes through and a lower end of the first central through hole is connected with the first valve core, and the first thimble drives the first valve core to move up and down along the axis of the first upper valve body; a first adjustment screw nut adjusting the set pressure is installed on the top of the first valve rod, and the lower end of the first adjustment screw nut is connected fixedly with the lower valve body through a first stop pin; the top of the first adjustment screw nut is provided an opening where a first upper steel ball is provided, the lower end of the first upper steel ball leans against the first thimble;
the second pressure regulation mechanism comprises a second upper valve body mounted on the lower valve body, a second oil outlet communicating with the oil compartment and the second upper valve body, and a second oil inlet communicating with the inner cavity of the small pump is provided at the bottom of the small pump; a central hole of the second upper valve body is sequentially provided from a bottom to a top with a second lower steel ball capable of blocking the second oil inlet, a second ball valve base, a second pressure spring, a second valve core and a second valve rod, the second pressure spring being installed between the second ball valve base and the second valve core, and the second valve rod is provided with a second central through-hole where a second thimble passes through and a lower end of the second central through hole is connected with the second valve core, and the second thimble drives the second valve core to move up and down along the axis of the second upper valve body; a second adjustment screw nut adjusting the set pressure is installed on the top of the second valve rod, and the lower end of the second adjustment screw nut is connected fixedly with a lower valve body through a second stop pin; the top of the second adjustment screw nut is provided an opening where a second upper steel ball is provided, and the lower end of the second upper steel ball leans against the second thimble;
a first cam installed at the bottom of a first driving lever and hinged at the top of the first upper valve body leans against the upper end of the first upper steel ball; a second cam installed at the bottom of a second driving lever and hinged at the top of the second upper valve body leans against the upper end of the second upper steel ball; the ends of the connecting rod are hinged on the first driving lever and the second driving lever respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,654,695

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY FOR DETECTING AND MEASURING SLIP USING PROXIMITY SENSORS

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A clutch assembly, comprising:a first gear;
a second gear;
a first proximity sensor configured to determine a first number of teeth of the first gear that pass by the first proximity sensor within a period of time; and
a second proximity sensor configured to determine a second number of teeth of the second gear that pass by the second proximity sensor within the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,694

CYLINDER RETENTION DEVICE

Manitowoc Crane Companies...

1. A mast assembly for a crane, the mast assembly comprising:a mast having a base with a first rotating connector, a top opposite the base, and a catch between the base and the top;
a hydraulic actuator comprising a cylinder rotatably coupled to the mast, a rod extending from the cylinder, and a cap coupled to the rod, the cap having a lateral extent greater than a lateral extent of the rod;
a retaining mechanism coupled to the cylinder, the retaining mechanism comprising a first portion disposed along the rod between the lateral extent of the rod and the lateral extent of the cap and a second portion configured to latch with the catch, wherein the retaining mechanism has a non-latching configuration with the rod extended and the cap not engaging the first portion, and a latching configuration with the rod retracted and engaging the first portion, wherein the retaining mechanism is moved from the non-latching configuration to the latching configuration by contact with the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,654,693

CRANE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

PRIDE BODIES LTD., Cambr...

1. A crane tower assembly comprising:a crane tower frame mountable atop at least two spaced apart horizontal support subassembly members for supporting the crane tower frame outboard relative to at least one longitudinally extending member of a vehicle frame, the at least two spaced apart horizontal support subassembly members configured for coupling with the at least one longitudinally extending member of the vehicle frame;
a horizontal arm coupled with the at least two spaced apart horizontal support subassembly members outboard relative to the at least one longitudinally extending member of the vehicle frame from beneath the at least two spaced apart horizontal support subassembly members and transversely relative to the at least two spaced apart horizontal support subassembly members;
a vertical support having a top end portion coupled with the horizontal arm and a bottom end portion couplable with an outrigger assembly; and,
a rigid brace extending angularly between the vertical support and the horizontal arm for supporting the horizontal arm and for transferring at least one of bending moment and shear acting on the horizontal arm during crane operation to the outrigger assembly via the vertical support.

US Pat. No. 10,654,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CRANE OPERATIONS ON OFFSHORE UNIT

Rowan Companies, Inc., H...

16. A system for operating a crane on an offshore unit on which entities operate, the system comprising:a plurality of portable wireless devices associated with the entities;
a plurality of stationary wireless devices associated with the offshore unit;
a database storing a dimensional map of the offshore unit;
a communication interface in communication with the plurality of stationary wireless devices and with the crane; and
a programmable control device in communication with database and the communication interface, the programmable control device configured to:
track, in the database, locations of the entities in the dimensional map of the offshore unit by receiving at least wireless monitoring from the wireless devices associated with the entities and the offshore unit;
obtain dynamic operating parameters of the crane operating on the offshore unit;
calculate a dynamic lifting zone that changes by moving dynamically in the dimensional map in the database based on the dynamic operating parameters of the crane;
detect a conflict of at least one of the tracked locations interfering with the dynamic lifting zone of the crane; and
output the detected conflict.

US Pat. No. 10,654,691

OVERHEAD CRANE WITH REMOTELY LOCATED WINCH

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. An overhead crane supported by a derrick, comprising:a frame comprising a pair of rail members and a bridge member coupled between the rail members; and
a trolley coupled to the frame and comprising a fairlead assembly and a cable guide movable in an X-Y plane within an inner perimeter of the frame, wherein the fairlead assembly comprises a pair of arms, a central pivot point located between the arms, and peripheral pivot points located at opposite ends of the arms, and the central pivot point is movable along a Z-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,690

AUTOMATIC LOCKING MECHANISM AND CLAMPING DEVICES WITH AUTOMATIC LOCKING MECHANISM

1. An automatic locking mechanism for a clamping device, comprisinga first element,
wherein the first element is configured to be coupled to a first component of the clamping device,
wherein the first element comprises a first annular element,
wherein the first annular element comprises one or more first teeth arranged around the first annular element, wherein each first tooth comprises a first valley area and a first slanting surface rising from the first valley area,
wherein the first element comprises a second annular element,
wherein the second annular element comprises one or more second teeth arranged around the second annular element, wherein each second tooth comprises a second valley area and a second slanting surface rising from the second valley area,
wherein the second annular element is spaced from the first annular element so that a first valley area faces a second slanting surface, and a second valley area faces a first slanting surface,
a second element,
wherein the second element is configured to be coupled to a second component of the clamping device,
wherein the first and second components are configured to be movable relative to each other,
wherein the second element comprises a hookable feature,
a third element,
wherein the third element is disposed in the first and second annular elements of the first element,
wherein the third element comprises a hook end at or near a first end of the third element for rotatably toggling with the hookable feature of the second element between a separatable configuration and a coupling configuration,
wherein in the separatable configuration, the hook end is separatable from the hookable feature,
wherein in the coupling configuration, the hook end is coupled to and not separatable from the hookable feature,
wherein the third element comprises at least a protruded element disposed between the first and second slanting surfaces of the first element for interfacing with the first and second slanting surfaces,
wherein the interfacing of the at least a protruded element and the first and second slanting surfaces is configured so that under a force causing the at least a protruded element to contact the first slanting surface, the at least a protruded element moves along the first slanting surface to rest at the first valley area, which causes the third element to rotate a first angle,
wherein the interfacing of the at least a protruded element and the first and second slanting surfaces is configured so that under a force causing the at least a protruded element to contact the second slanting surface, the at least a protruded element moves along the second slanting surface to rest at the second valley area, which causes the third element to rotate a second angle,
wherein a combination of the first angle and the second angle toggles the hook end between the separatable configuration and the coupling configuration with the hookable feature,
wherein the first and second annular elements are disposed in a sleeve,
wherein the sleeve comprises a support feature for supporting an annular element of the one or more annular elements in a downward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,689

STRUCTURE INSTALLATION SYSTEM WITH VEHICLE HAVING HANGERS TO SUPPORT A WALL

TGR Construction, Inc., ...

1. A structure installation system, comprising:a vehicle adapted to traverse a ground surface, wherein the vehicle includes:
an arm extending from the vehicle;
a plurality of wheels or a plurality of tracks connected to a motor;
a wall adapted to be installed in the ground surface, wherein the wall comprises a bollard wall including a plurality of vertical beams defining a plurality of slots;
a support connected to the arm of the vehicle, wherein the support is rotatable about at least one axis with respect to the arm of the vehicle, wherein the support comprises an upper end and a lower end;
a plurality of hangers connected to the support, wherein the wall is removably connected to the hangers, wherein the support is adapted to retain the wall in a desired position and orientation with respect to the ground surface during installation of the wall in the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,688

ELEVATOR COUNTERWEIGHT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A counterweight module system comprising:at least two counterweight modules, each counterweight module comprising:
a first part and a second part, which together form an elongated rectangular body comprising a first end part and a second end part arranged at ends of the body in a longitudinal direction of the body,
wherein between the first part and the second part, a straight joint is arranged at a right angle in relation to the longitudinal direction of the body,
wherein the straight joint is a straight line extending an entire width of the body, and
wherein the first end part and the second end part are respectively protruding from the first part and the second part, and are in mirror-image symmetry; and
a counterweight locking element for securing the at least two counterweight modules in place in a counterweight frame, the counterweight locking element comprising:
an elongated plate part; and
at least two projections arranged to extend at a right angle from the elongated plate part,
wherein the projections form a form-lock between the locking element and the counterweight module,
wherein the counterweight locking element is placed between the at least two counterweight modules with the projections contacting at least one longitudinal side surface, at the straight joint, of at least one of the at least two counterweight modules.

US Pat. No. 10,654,687

PULLEY WHEEL RACK

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A pulley wheel rack comprising:a first rack part and a second rack part;
a pulley wheel space between the first rack part and the second rack part;
a first frame arranged to the first rack part, and a second frame arranged to the second rack part;
a first ball joint provided by the first frame;
an axle configured to extend from the first frame to the second frame, and configured to be rotatable into different securable positions by the first ball joint; and
a pulley wheel bearing-mounted on the axle by hub bearings, and comprising at least one traction surface for engaging an elevator rope,
wherein the first ball joint includes a first ball part and a first ball rack engaging the first ball part and surrounding the axle, the first ball rack comprising a first opening and a first adjuster inserted into the first opening to adjust a tilt angle of the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,686

ELECTROMAGNETIC SAFETY TRIGGER

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A selectively operable braking device for an elevator system including a car and a plurality of guiderails, comprising:a safety brake disposed on the car and adapted to be wedged against one of the guiderails when moved from a non-braking state into a braking state;
a rod operably coupled to the safety brake, the rod configured to move the safety brake between the non-braking state and braking state;
a magnetic brake operably coupled to the rod and disposed adjacent to the guiderail, the magnetic brake configured to move between a rail-engaging position and a rail-non-engaging position, said magnetic brake, when in the rail-engaging position contemporaneously with motion of the car, moving the rod in a direction to thereby move the safety brake from the non-braking state into the braking state;
an electromagnetic component, the electromagnetic component configured to move the magnetic brake from the rail-engaging position to the rail-non-engaging position upon receipt of a resetting signal; and
wherein the magnetic brake is configured to de-couple from the electromagnetic component when in the rail-engaging position;
wherein the magnetic brake includes a magnet and the electromagnetic component includes a coil, the magnetic brake is attracted to or repelled from the electromagnetic component in response to a presence or absence of current in the coil, the magnet magnetically coupled to the guiderail in the rail-engaging position;
wherein the rod has a first end connected to the safety brake and a second end connected to the magnetic brake.

US Pat. No. 10,654,685

CAR MOUNTED GOVERNOR FOR AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A car mounted governor for an elevator system comprising:an overspeed pulley configured to be secured to an elevator car of the elevator system, the overspeed pulley configured to detect an overspeed condition of the elevator car via a rate at which a governor cable passes around the overspeed pulley;
a free pulley configured to be secured to the elevator car, the governor cable routed around the free pulley; and
a tensioning device disposed at the free pulley and operably connected thereto to maintain a select tension on the governor cable, the tensioning device including:
a movable mounting location for the free pulley; and
a biasing member operably connected to the free pulley to bias a location of the free pulley to maintain the select tension on the governor cable;
wherein the free pulley is slidably secured in a mounting slot.

US Pat. No. 10,654,684

ELEVATOR SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO ESTIMATE A TIME ASSOCIATED WITH CLOSING DOORS OF AN ALLOCATED ELEVATOR AND METHOD OF PERFORMING SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for controlling an elevator system, the elevator system including at least one elevator, and the method comprising:receiving an elevator call from a first terminal device of a plurality of terminal devices, the first terminal device being a portable terminal device carried by a passenger;
estimating a passenger arrival time for the passenger associated with the first terminal device to arrive at one or more of an elevator car and an elevator lobby based on a location of the first terminal device relative to the elevator lobby;
allocating an elevator car based on the passenger arrival time in an attempt to match the passenger arrival time and an elevator arrival time of the elevator car to the elevator lobby, the allocated elevator car having a default door open time in which doors of the elevator car remain in an open state;
calculating a call specific estimated closing time of a closing of the doors of the allocated elevator car based on the elevator arrival time for the allocated elevator car to arrive at a floor associated with the elevator call and the default door open time, the call specific estimated closing time being particular to the elevator call;
transmitting the call specific estimated closing time to the first terminal device;
updating the call specific estimated closing time based on at least a duration associated with executing elevator calls associated with floors preceding the floor associated with the elevator call after transmitting the call specific estimated closing time;
transmitting the updated call specific estimated closing time to the first terminal device;
receiving a request to increase the call specific estimated closing time from the passenger via the first terminal device prior to arrival of the passenger to the elevator lobby; and
selectively increasing the updated call specific estimated closing time by selectively lengthening the time in which doors of the elevator car remain in the open state in response to the request from the first terminal device such that upon arrival of the allocated elevator car to the elevator lobby the doors of the allocated elevator car remain open longer than the default door open time, based on a limit value corresponding to the call specific estimated closing time not being exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,654,683

MONITORED BRAKING BLOCKS

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system comprising:an elevator car configured to travel along a guide rail;
a braking assembly coupled to the elevator car, the braking assembly configured to selectively operate in a disengagement mode that allows the elevator car to travel along the guide rail, and an engagement mode that inhibits the elevator car from traveling along the guide rail; and
an electronic braking assembly controller in signal communication with the braking assembly, the electronic braking assembly controller configured to generate an electronic braking signal that activates the engagement mode of the braking assembly and decelerate the elevator car without exceeding a predetermined g-force (g) threshold irrespective to load changes inside the elevator car such that the elevator car is stopped at a floor landing,
wherein adjusting the braking assembly includes delivering an electrical current to the braking assembly, and wherein the braking assembly applies a frictional force against the guide rail to decelerate the elevator car in response to the electrical current, and
wherein an amount of delivered electrical current is based on the current load to maintain a deceleration that does not exceed the g-force threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,682

CONVEYANCE SYSTEM HAVING PARALLELED DRIVES

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A conveyance system comprising:a machine having a motor;
a source of AC power;
a drive system coupled to the source of AC power, the drive system to provide multi-phase drive signals to the motor, the drive system including:
a first drive having a first converter and a first inverter, the first convertor including a first positive DC bus and a first negative DC bus;
a second drive having a second converter and a second inverter, the second convertor including a second positive DC bus and a second negative DC bus;
wherein the first positive DC bus and the second DC positive bus are electrically connected and the first negative DC bus and the second negative DC bus are electrically connected;
an inductive interface coupled to the first inverter and the second inverter, the inductive interface including a plurality of inductive elements, the inductive interface combining drive signals from the first inverter and the second inverter for each phase of the drive signals;
wherein the motor receives the drive signals from the inductive interface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,681

OFFSHORE HOSE LOADING STATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Reel Power LIcensing Corp...

1. A loading station for transferring supplies via a first hose and a second hose wherein said first hose and said second hose are adapted to be pulled from a first sea vessel or first dock to a second sea vessel or second dock comprising:a jumper shaft having a first end, a length, and a second end;
a first modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said first hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a first rotating shaft segment having a first end, a second end attached to said first end of said jumper shaft, and a length;
a second modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said second hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a second rotating shaft segment having a first end attached to said second end of said jumper shaft, a second end, and a length;
a motor having a third rotating shaft with an end in communication with said first end of said first rotating shaft segment of said first modular reel assembly; and
wherein said first rotating shaft, said second rotating shaft and said third rotating shaft are linearly aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,654,680

BAG DISPENSER

Twist-Ease Inc., Minneap...

1. A bag dispenser comprising:a frame including a roller portion for receiving a bag roll defined by a plurality of bags attached to a leading bag to be dispensed, the roller defining a longitudinal axis; and
a brake plate configured to capture the leading bag against the frame for providing frictional force on the leading bag to limit sliding thereof, the brake plate pivotally attached to the frame via a pivot arm, the brake plate pivotable with respect to the frame between a non-pivoted friction-application position and a pivoted bag roll installment position, the pivot arm configured to pivot with respect to the frame along a pivot plane generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
wherein the frame further includes a pair of upwardly extending guide posts adjacent the brake plate, the guide posts defining spacing therebetween for receiving the leading bag and for receiving the pivotable brake plate when the brake plate is brought to the non-pivoted friction-application position to contact the leading bag, the guide posts configured for positioning the leading bag under the brake plate and configured for providing vertical side support surfaces for the leading bag during dispensing, wherein the brake plate defines a flat contact portion for capturing the leading bag against the frame for providing frictional force on the leading bag to limit sliding thereof and wherein the brake plate further includes a transition portion positioned behind the flat contact portion, the transition portion of the brake plate defining a curved contact surface that is convex to the leading bag for allowing the leading bag to slide smoothly while also providing additional frictional force on the leading bag.

US Pat. No. 10,654,679

MEDIUM PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A medium processing device comprising:a discharge member configured to discharge a sheet-shaped medium from a discharge position in a predetermined discharge direction;
a discharge tray on which the medium discharged by the discharge member is stacked;
a shift part configured to vary a relative position of the discharge position and the discharge tray in a shift direction perpendicular to the discharge direction to shift a shift position where the medium is stacked on the discharge tray; and
a control part configured to control the shift part so as to shift the shift position for each medium bundle containing a plurality of the mediums,
wherein the control part calculates a thickness of the medium bundle, and
when the calculated thickness exceeds a first threshold value, the control part makes it possible to select a number of the shift position from a plurality of candidates.

US Pat. No. 10,654,678

UNIT FOR THERMOSETTING PRINTED FABRICS

ATPCOLOR S.R.L., Milan (...

1. A unit for thermosetting printed fabrics, comprising:a heated roller rotating about a rotation axis and having a cylindrical outer surface;
a first guiding element carried by an adjusting device for adjusting the angular position of said first guiding element about said rotation axis, wherein said first guiding element is rotatable about said rotation axis and wherein said first guiding element has substantially the shape of a wing profile having an inner wall facing the cylindrical outer surface of the heated roller and defining a gap with the cylindrical outer surface of the heated roller, for passing the fabric; and
a second guiding element movable between an operative position and an inoperative position, wherein said second guiding element is fixed to a pair of levers articulated about an axis parallel to said rotation axis, said levers being associated with respective linear actuators which control oscillation of said second guiding element between said operative position and said inoperative position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,677

TRAVERSE WINDING APPARATUS

Web Industries, Inc., Ma...

1. An apparatus for traverse winding web materials in strip form comprising:(a) a reciprocating carriage assembly,
(b) a core load and unload assembly,
(c) a tension controlled drive and lay down assembly, and
(d) a control system whereinthe reciprocating carriage assembly (a) comprises (a)(1) a stationary base having a length and width corresponding to a major axis and a minor axis, respectively, and an upper surface; (a)(2) a sled having a length and width corresponding to a major axis and a minor axis, respectively, parallel to the major and minor axes of the base, an upper surface, a front surface, a back surface, and an undercarriage, the front and back surfaces corresponding to the faces of the sled along and perpendicular to the minor axis of the sled, said sled set upon the surface of the base and adapted to move in an oscillating or reciprocating motion along the major axis of the base, and (a)(3) a carriage motor assembly for effecting the movement of the sled along the major axis of the base; the core load and unload assembly (b) comprises (b)(1) a superstructure mounted on or set upon the upper surface of the sled and adapted to receive and release a rotatable core element, said superstructure comprising or having (b)(2) parallel support railings or arms having upper and lower ends, the lower ends associated with the upper surface of the sled and the upper ends removed from or extending away from the upper surface of the sled, the railings or arms having (b)(3) opposing chuck elements at or near their upper ends for securely, yet releasably, receiving opposing ends of the core element whose axis, when mounted on the chucks, is parallel to the major axis of the sled, said chuck elements allowing for the free rotation of the core element about its axis, said railings or arms adapted to effect a movement of the core element along the minor axis of the sled from a first position intermediate the front and rear surfaces of the sled to a second position at or proximate to the rear surface of the sled, while maintaining the core element axis parallel to the major axis, the first position corresponding to the point at which winding of the flexible web material on the core element begins and the second position corresponding to the point where the core element is released from the chucks and the core load and unload assembly;the tension controlled drive and lay down assembly (c) comprises (c)(1) a lay down assembly mounted on or co-stationary with respect to the stationary base forward of and removed from the front surface of the sled comprising a lay down roller element, whose axis is parallel to the major axis of the base, on a pivoting armature biased, in use, to be in contact with or proximate to, preferably biased to or against, the core element or the surface of the flexible web material as it is wound, (c)(2) a drive roller, whose axis is parallel to the major axis of the sled, aligned with and, in use, biased to be in contact with the core element or the surface of the flexible web material on the core element as it is being wound, the drive roller, effecting rotation of the core element through surface contact, and (c)(3) a drive motor for effecting rotation of the drive roller, the drive roller and drive motor being mounted on or set upon the sled intermediate the core element in its first position and the front face of the sled; andthe control system comprises one or more sensors associated with the lay down assembly for detecting changes in the tension of the flexible web material and a processor for assessing the changes in the tension of the flexible web material and adjusting the speed of the drive motor to maintain a substantially constant tension in the flexible material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,676

APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY CUTTING AND DISCHARGING A WEB OF MATERIAL, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

1. A device for cutting a material web, the device comprising:a longitudinal cutting device for cutting a material web in a longitudinal direction at least separable in at least a partial web and at least a remaining web;
a discharging device for discharging the produced remaining web; and
a transverse cutting device downstream of the longitudinal cutting device for cutting the remaining web transversely to the longitudinal direction,
wherein
the discharging device comprises at least one funnel which is configured with an inlet in order to discharge the remaining web,
the discharging device can be positioned at a first roller which serves for a transport of the material web,
the geometry of the funnel in the area of the inlet is at least adjusted to the geometry of the first roller,
the geometry of the funnel within the area of the inlet is configured as a segment of a circle, and
the device further comprises a closing element which is configurable between a closing position and an opening position, wherein in the closing position an opening of the funnel is closed and in the opening position the opening of the funnel is opened, and
wherein the opening is arranged on an adjacent side of the funnel where the inlet is located.

US Pat. No. 10,654,675

SLIDING DEVICE FOR MATERIAL SHAFT

YUNG YI LI CO., LTD., Ta...

1. A sliding device for a material shaft, comprising:a shaft body, an outer periphery of the shaft body having an annular sleeve surface, the annular sleeve surface being provided with a plurality of parallel accommodating grooves extending axially, either side of an inner wall of each of the accommodating grooves being recessed with a limiting groove extending axially;
a plurality of sliding units, disposed in the accommodating grooves, each of the sliding units including at least one limiting rod and two rollers, the limiting rod having a limiting portion extending along an axial direction of the shaft body, the limiting portion being located in the limiting groove, two ends of the limiting portion being provided with pivot portions extending radially, the pivot portions being pivotally connected to the rollers respectively, the rollers being located in each of the accommodating grooves, a top surface of each of the rollers extending out of the annular sleeve surface of the shaft body, distal ends of each of the pivot portions having engaging ends;
a plurality of spacers, disposed in the accommodating grooves, the spacers being spaced and arranged between the sliding units respectively, each of the spacers having a positioning portion, two ends of the positioning portion being provided with abutting portions extending radially, distal ends of each of the abutting portions having engaging ends, the engaging ends of the spacers leaning against the engaging ends of the adjacent limiting rod to limit the rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,654,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeding member configured to feed a recording material placed on a tray;
an imaging forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material fed by the feeding member;
a conveying member configured to convey the recording material that has been fed by the feeding member;
a separation member configured to form a nip portion together with the conveying member and to separate a plurality of recording materials from each other at the nip portion;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a receiving unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave that is transmitted from the transmitting unit and passed through the recording material; and
a control unit configured to control a pre-feeding operation such that a first recording material placed on the tray is fed and a second recording material, which is to be fed next to the first recording material, is fed for a predetermined distance so that the first recording material and the second recording material partially overlap before a rear edge of the first recording material passes the nip portion,
wherein the control unit does not perform the pre-feeding operation based on the ultrasonic wave received by the receiving unit, and
wherein, in a case where the pre-feeding operation is not performed, the control unit feeds the second recording material so that the second recording material reaches the nip portion after the rear edge of the first recording material has passed the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a notification portion which performs notification;
a sheet feeding cassette which includes a placing plate on which sheets are set;
a sheet feeding rotary member which is provided above the sheet feeding cassette and which rotates to feed sheets;
a sheet feeding sensor which is provided on a downstream side of the sheet feeding rotary member in a sheet conveying direction and which senses arrival and passage of sheets;
a remaining quantity sensor which senses a remaining quantity of sheets in the sheet feeding cassette;
a storage portion which stores notification data; and
a controller which
recognizes a remaining level of sheets in the sheet feeding cassette based on an output of the remaining quantity sensor,
raises the placing plate according to the remaining quantity of sheets such that the sheet feeding rotary member and the sheets make contact with each other,
counts a required time after the sheet feeding rotary member starts to rotate until the sheet feeding sensor senses a tip end of a sheet,
judges whether a sheet feeding delay has occurred based on the required time,
makes the storage portion store a cumulative number of fed sheets for each remaining level and a number of sheets whose sheet feeding has delayed for each remaining level as the notification data,
calculates an incidence of sheet feeding delays for each remaining level based on the notification data, and
makes the notification portion notify the remaining level at which the incidence exceeds a first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,672

TRANSPORT DEVICE FOR STACKING PARTIAL BOOK BLOCKS

MUELLER MARTINI HOLDING A...

1. A transport device for stacking a plurality of partial book blocks along a transport path formed of transfer paths, wherein a finished stacked book block product is feedible to a processing machine, the transport device comprising:a first transfer path of the transfer paths which is arranged at a start of the transport device;
at least a first separating element which is downstream of the first transfer path and upstream of at least a second transfer path of the transfer paths; and
a second separating element which is downstream of the second transfer path and is upstream of a third transfer path of the transfer paths;
wherein the processing machine is downstream of the third transfer path,
wherein a transition path is arranged upstream of the second separating element and within which the book block product that is to be introduced therein is transferable from a transport position where it is lying flat into a transport position where it is guided standing up, and
wherein at least one of the transfer paths is equipped with at least one sheet stack feed unit and/or at least one collator-feeder.

US Pat. No. 10,654,671

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a storage portion configured to store a sheet;
a rotating member configured to come into contact with the sheet and convey the sheet in a sheet conveying direction by rotating; and
a drive transmission unit including a first gear provided with a first engaging portion, a second gear provided with a second engaging portion configured to engage with the first engaging portion, and an urging member having an urging direction and configured to urge the first gear toward the second gear, wherein the drive transmission unit is configured to transmit driving force from a driving source to the rotating member when the first gear and the second gear are configured to rotate in a first direction,
wherein, in a state where the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion are engaged with each other and the first gear is rotating in the first direction, a first surface of the first engaging portion transmits the driving force from the first gear to the second gear,
wherein the storage portion includes an inclined surface configured to come into contact with the sheet being conveyed in the sheet conveying direction and perform sheet separation,
wherein the inclined surface is provided on a downstream side of the rotating member with respect to the sheet conveying direction,
wherein the first surface is inclined such that the first engaging portion is retracted from the second engaging portion in a direction against an urging force of the urging member while the first engaging portion rotates in the first direction, and
wherein the first gear is a helical gear that includes helical teeth having a direction of twist, and the direction of twist of the helical teeth in the first gear is a direction configured to generate an axial force with respect to the urging direction of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,670

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A conveying apparatus configured to convey a sheet, comprising:a main body including a conveyance path via which the sheet is conveyed;
a first feed tray which is installable in the main body at a first position by being inserted into the main body in a first direction, crossing an up/down direction, through an opening formed in the main body, and which is configured to support the sheet to be fed to the conveyance path, wherein the first feed tray is movable in a second direction opposite the first direction from the first position to a second position in which a portion of the first feed tray extends from the main body; and
a discharge tray which is arranged above the first feed tray when the first feed tray is at the first position and which is configured to support the sheet discharged from the conveyance path,
wherein a spacing distance in the up/down direction between the first feed tray and the discharge tray is shorter than a first predetermined moving amount,
wherein the discharge tray is configured to move upwardly in response to contact with the first feed tray when the first feed tray is moved upwardly,
wherein the discharger tray is rotatable,
wherein the discharge tray is removable from the main body in response to rotation of the discharge tray by a predetermined rotating amount, and
wherein the discharge tray is rotate less than the predetermined rotating amount in response to the contact with the first feed tray when the first feed tray is moved upwardly by the first predetermined moving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,654,669

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A method for receiving sheets for a sheet supplying apparatus having a tray on which a plurality of sheets are stackable, a guide mechanism configured to freely guide the tray in an up and down direction, a movement conversion mechanism configured to convert an up and down motion of the tray to a rotational motion, a rotary member rotatably supported around a predetermined rotational axis and comprising a transmitted portion configured to receive the rotational motion converted from the up and down motion of the tray in cooperation with the movement conversion mechanism and a driven portion configured to receive a rotational driving force from a driving source to lift the tray, a cam and slider mechanism having a protrusion which integrally rotates with the rotary member and a cylindrical member through which the rotary member is inserted, the cylindrical member having a spiral groove formed on an inner surface thereof, and configured to convert the rotational motion of the rotary member around the rotational axis to a linear motion of the cylindrical member parallel to the rotational axis, and a compression spring configured to elastically press an end portion of the cylindrical member of the cam and slider mechanism parallel to the rotational axis to lift the tray, the method comprising:converting an up and down motion of the tray to a rotational motion of the rotary member by the movement conversion mechanism;
converting the rotational motion of the rotary member around the rotational axis to a linear motion of the cylindrical member parallel to the rotational axis by the rotary member and the cam and slider mechanism; and
elastically pressing an end portion of the cylindrical member of the cam and slider mechanism parallel to the rotational axis by the compression spring to lift the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,654,668

SWEEP AUGER DRIVE SHIELD WITH GRAVITY RECLAIM

SUKUP MANUFACTURING CO., ...

17. A system for unloading grain out of a grain bin, comprising:a sweep auger;
the sweep auger extending a length from an inward end to an outward end;
a sweep wheel connected adjacent the outward end of the sweep auger;
a gearbox adjacent the outward end of the sweep auger;
a drive shield connected adjacent the outward end of the sweep auger;
wherein the drive shield forms a pocket;
the sweep wheel positioned within the pocket of the drive shield;
a guide plate at least partially overlapping the gearbox in a vertical plane;
the guide plate positioned within the pocket of the drive shield;
wherein the sweep wheel spins within the pocket of the drive shield such that grain piles up within the pocket and moves by gravity over the guide plate and in the path of the sweep auger.

US Pat. No. 10,654,667

MUD CHEMICAL DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method for delivering a chemical to a drilling rig, comprising:lowering a silo onto a base of a skid;
opening a discharge port of the silo using an actuator of the skid;
providing a plurality of discharge paths
selecting a discharge path for a mud chemical contained within the silo based on a type of the mud chemical;
delivering the mud chemical from the discharge port into the selected discharge path of the skid; and
directing the mud chemical from the selected discharge path to a mud mixing system and a drilling rig.

US Pat. No. 10,654,666

SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED PLATE DESTACKING

BD KIESTRA B. V., Dracht...

1. A separating system comprising:a housing sized to receive a stack of articles having at least one second article stacked on top of a first article, wherein the housing has an interior surface and is shaped to at least partially surround the stack of articles above the first article,
a lifter rotatable into a contact position adjacent a surface on the at least one second article, the lifter being adapted to apply a lifting force to the surface on the at least one second article to lift at least a portion of the second article above the contact position; and
an extractor that moves the first article away from the stack of articles after the at least one second article has been lifted above the contact position by the lifter,
wherein the housing comprises a guide surface on the interior surface wherein the guide surface in cooperation with the lifter prevents the at least second one article from moving with the first article when the first article is moved by the extractor, and further wherein the housing guides the stack of articles downward after the first article is moved away and the lifter is rotated from the contact position and further wherein the housing is adjacent a moveable door that rotates from an open position to a closed position, wherein the moveable door, in the closed position, stabilizes the stack of articles as the first article is moved away by the extractor and wherein the moveable door is moved into the closed position before the lifter is moved into the contact position and wherein the moveable door is lifted in unison with the lifter after the lifter is moved into the contact position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,665

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RESTOCKING ITEMS ON SHELVES USING A PNEUMATIC PIPE SYSTEM

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

8. A restocking system, comprising:a plurality of imaging sensors configured to capture imaging data of items on store shelves; a database having item-specific data stored, the item-specific data including dimensions, weight, and orientation information of the items;
a processor; and
a computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
storing the imaging data in the database;
calculating a current quantity of a product on the store shelves based on the imaging data and the item-specific data;
calculating a current depletion rate for the product based on the current quantity of the product, a previous quantity of the product, and a historical sales rate of the product;
forecasting when an emptiness threshold for the product will be reached based on the current depletion rate and the current quantity of the product, to yield a forecasted replenishment time; and
at the forecasted replenishment time:
generating an alert for restocking the respective product via a pneumatic pipe system; and
triggering the pneumatic pipe system to restock the respective product based on the alert.

US Pat. No. 10,654,664

TRAY CONVEYOR

INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTER...

8. A tray locator assembly for aligning one or more trays in a tray-based automated storage and retrieval system, the tray locator assembly comprising:one or more guide pin assemblies comprising one or more guide pins configured to engage one or more slots formed in a surface of at least one tray of the one or more trays; and
at least one translational actuator operatively coupled to the one or more guide pin assemblies and configured to move the one or more guide pins inserted into the one or more slots so as to translate the at least one tray, wherein the translation of the at least one tray separates a second group of trays having a second size from a first group of trays having a first size along the conveyance plane to a second position in order to reduce tolerance stack up associated with the first group of trays.

US Pat. No. 10,654,663

REVERSAL MECHANISM

Superba S.A.S., Mulhouse...

1. A wire heat treatment device comprising:a structure forming a drying oven with a first opening for a wire entry and a second opening for a wire exit and integrating at least two superimposed conveyor belts within the drying oven; and
at least one reversal mechanism, the at least one reversal mechanism comprising:
a first upper conveyor belt;
a second lower conveyor belt, wherein the first upper conveyor belt and the second lower conveyor belt are configured to be positioned respectively above and below a product;
at least one cylinder; and
at least one clamping means configured to clamp the product against a portion of the first upper conveyor belt, the portion of the first upper conveyor belt moving on a portion of a periphery of the at least one cylinder, wherein the first upper conveyor belt is linked to the at least one cylinder, and wherein the reversal mechanism is configured to reverse a direction of travel of the product from a first direction to a second direction parallel to and opposite from the first direction by moving the product from the first upper conveyor belt to the second lower conveyor belt or from the second lower conveyor belt to the first upper conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,654,662

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HANDLING PIECE GOODS MOVED ONE AFTER ANOTHER

Krones Aktiengesellschaft...

1. A method for handling piece goods (2) moved one after another, comprising:transporting piece goods (2) to a seizing range (4) of a manipulator (5), wherein
seizing at least one transported piece good (2) or a group of at least two transported piece goods (2) from an unspaced succession as a closed formation (F), in the seizing range (4) in a clamping or force-locking or form-locking manner by at least two clamping devices or grippers (22) located opposite each other and assigned to the at least one manipulator (5);
spatially separating the seized piece good (2) or the group of at least two piece goods (2) from subsequent piece goods (2) of the closed formation (F); and
transferring the at least one separated piece good (2) into a specified relative target position (P) or target alignment in relation to subsequent piece goods (2) of the closed formation (F);
wherein one first vertical symmetry plane (S2*), which is defined by the at least one piece good (2) seized by the at least two clamping devices or grippers of the at least one manipulator (5), and which is oriented about perpendicular to a transport direction (TR) of the piece goods (2), is spaced apart from a second vertical symmetry plane (S5) aligned about parallel thereto, with the second vertical symmetry plane (S5) being defined by the manipulator (5) or by the manipulator clamping devices or grippers (22).

US Pat. No. 10,654,661

CLEANING BIN FOR CLEANING A STORAGE GRID OF A STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

1. A vehicle operated cleaning bin for cleaning a storage grid of a storage system, wherein the cleaning bin comprises:connecting means for attaching the cleaning bin to a lifting device of a remotely operating vehicle being configured to vertically convey the cleaning bin inside a column of the storage grid by aid of the lifting device, and
a plurality of cleaning means for removing foreign debris from the storage grid, the plurality of cleaning means comprising a plurality of sweeping devices,
wherein
at least one cleaning means of the plurality of cleaning means is arranged at a bottom wall of the cleaning bin, and
at least two sweeping devices are arranged on at least one lateral wall of the cleaning bin.

US Pat. No. 10,654,659

CONVEYOR CONTROLLERS

Insight Automation, Inc.,...

1. A conveyor controller for being implemented into a conveyor system having at least one motorized roller in at least a portion of the conveyor system, the conveyor controller comprising:control circuitry:
at least one network interface for interfacing with at least one additional conveyor controller;
the control circuitry configured for monitoring a stationary motorized roller for detecting at least partial rotation of the motorized roller;
in response to detecting the at least partial rotation of the previously stationary motorized roller, the control circuitry further configured for determining a length of time during which the at least partial rotation has been detected;
in response to the determined length of time exceeding a first target period of time, the control circuitry activating the motorized roller to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,658

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT

Daifuku Co., Ltd., (JP)

1. A control system for mechanical equipment, the mechanical equipment including a plurality of control target devices, a control device operable to control the control target devices, and a manual operator control console, the control system comprising:a portable operation assistance terminals:
a communication means which connects the portable operation assistance terminal and the control device;
the manual operator control console including an operation switch operable to control the control target devices and including a mechanical equipment identifier for identifying the mechanical equipment to the portable operation assistance terminal, where the mechanical equipment identifier comprises a code displayed on an outside surface of the manual operator control console;
the portable operation assistance terminal including an image capturing means operable to read and receive the code displayed on the manual operator control console and the portable operation assistance terminal being operable to display a manual operation assistance screen based on the mechanical equipment identifier, the manual operation assistance screen including a manually operated device selection section for selecting a selected control target device from the plurality of control target devices, and including a control content display section which displays control content assigned to the operation switch of the manual operator control console for the selected control target device; and
the control device being operable to receive, a control target device switching signal from the portable operation assistance terminal, via the communication means, the control target device switching signal being identified by an operation on the manually operated device selection section and being operable to connect a control unit of the selected control target device and the operation switch of the manual operator control console such that when an operation is performed on the operation switch of the manual operator control console, the control assigned to the operation switch is performed by the selected control target device.

US Pat. No. 10,654,657

CONVEYING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSOCIATING DATA WITH AN ITEM TRANSPORTED BY A CONVEYING SYSTEM

Matthews International Co...

1. A method of associating data with an item being transported by a conveying system, the method comprising:receiving an item at a first zone of a conveying system;
receiving data associated with the item;
storing the data in a first non-transitory computer-readable storage medium associated with the first zone;
transporting the item to a second zone of the conveying system; and
transferring the data stored in the first computer-readable storage medium to a second non-transitory computer-readable storage medium associated with the second zone,
wherein receiving data associated with the item comprises reading data from a data tag associated with the item using a data tag reader associated with the first zone, and
wherein a data tag associated with the item is not read by a data tag reader associated with the second zone.

US Pat. No. 10,654,656

MEASURING DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING MEASUREMENT VALUES FOR MEASURING A TENSION IN A CONVEYING SYSTEM, AS WELL AS A CONVEYING UNIT AND A CONVEYING FACILITY

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. A measuring device for acquiring measurement values for measuring a tension in a conveying system,wherein the measuring device is designed to
guide a conveying member with rollers from a first section of the measuring device to a second section of the measuring device,
to effect a deflection of the conveying member with regard to a straight-lined connection between the first and the second section and
to detect measurement values corresponding to a reaction force according to this deflection,
wherein the measuring device comprises a guide channel with surfaces for guiding the rollers of the conveying member in at least one of a horizontal direction or a vertical direction, and wherein one of these surfaces is a deflecting surface for deflecting the conveying member, and the deflecting surface is formed on a deflecting element of a measuring element and the reaction force is a force that acts upon the measuring element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,655

STUCK SLIDE DETERMINATION SYSTEM

1. A digital slide scanning apparatus comprising:a scanning stage configured to receive a slide and secure the slide to the scanning stage;
a motor configured to move the scanning stage during a scanning process;
a sensor pair comprising a transmitter element and a receiver element, wherein the transmitter and receiver elements are positioned to detect the presence or absence of a slide at one or more positions during the scanning process, wherein both of the transmitter element and the receiver element of the sensor pair are positioned above the scanning stage on a same side of the scanning stage, wherein the transmitter element is configured to transmit a signal, and wherein the receiver element is configured to receive the signal, transmitted by the transmitter element, when the signal is reflected by a surface at the one or more positions; and
at least one processor configured to, during the scanning process for a slide,
control the motor to move the scanning stage,
receive a signal from the sensor pair,
analyze the signal to determine a presence or absence of the slide,
determine that the slide is improperly positioned based on the determination of the presence or absence of the slide, and,
when the slide is determined to be improperly positioned, control the motor to stop movement of the scanning stage.

US Pat. No. 10,654,654

SUCTION DEVICE

HARMOTEC CO., LTD., Kofu...

1. A suction device, comprising:a columnar main body;
a flat end face formed on the main body;
a concave part formed at the end face;
a fluid flow-forming means for forming a fluid swirl flow in the concave part or forming a radial flow by discharging a fluid into the concave part, the fluid swirl flow or the radial flow generating negative pressure that applies suction to a material; and
a guide part that surrounds the concave part, and controls flow of the fluid flowing out of the concave part and flowing along the end face, such that the fluid flows in a direction away from a position occupied by the material prior to a commencement of suction, the guide part including a flange part that projects radially inward and, as seen in an axial direction of the guide part, overlaps the end face.

US Pat. No. 10,654,653

CONVEYOR BELT FLAKING ROLLER AND SYSTEM

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A conveyor belt flaking system comprising:a plurality of conveyor belt segments, each of the segments having opposing splice-able distal ends;
a cable winch positioned proximate to a first end of the conveyor belt flaking system and at least one of the plurality of conveyor belt segments positioned proximate an opposing second end of the flaking system;
a plurality of support pipes for supporting the conveyor belt segments when laid in a flake run of the conveyor belt flaking system;
at least one hold-back drum insertable into one of the plurality of support pipes;
a plurality of belt support A-frames for securing a cable from the cable winch and supporting one of the plurality of conveyor belt segments when introduced onto the flake run; and,
a two directional flaking roller attachable to the cable from the cable winch, the two directional flaking roller comprises an inner drum attachable to the cable from the cable winch, and an outer rotatable section disposed around and circumferentially outward of the inner drum, the inner drum includes drum lugs that form a connection with the cable, the outer rotatable section comprises a plurality of rollers disposed on the periphery of the outer rotatable section and rotatable about a first axis, and a plurality of side rollers disposed on both sides of the outer rotatable section and rotatable about a second axis, the first axis tangential to the outer rotatable section, and the second axis radial to the outer rotatable section.

US Pat. No. 10,654,652

EXTENDIBLE BELT CONVEYOR AND TRANSFER PLATES FOR SAME

Santa Rosa Systems, LLC, ...

12. A transfer plate for an extendible belt conveyor with a boom mounted for pivotal movement with respect to a penultimate section of the extendible belt conveyor, the transfer plate configured for spanning a gap between a belt of the boom and a belt of the penultimate section, said transfer plate comprising:a rod positioned between the boom and the penultimate section;
a plurality of first components that each include multiple base members mounted on and rotatable with respect to the rod joined to and connected by a single flange member positioned adjacent to the belt of the boom, with a distal edge of the flange member extending over the belt of the boom; and
a plurality of second components that each include multiple base members mounted on and rotatable with respect to the rod joined to and connected by a single flange member positioned adjacent to the belt of the penultimate section, with a distal edge of the flange member extending over the belt of the penultimate section;
wherein, in use, each of the multiple base members of the plurality of first components is arranged in an alternating relationship with each of the multiple base members of the plurality of second components along the rod;
wherein, in use, as the boom pivots with respect to the penultimate section, an upper surface of each of the plurality of first components remains substantially parallel to the belt of the boom, and an upper surface of each of the plurality of second components remains substantially parallel to the belt of the penultimate section.

US Pat. No. 10,654,650

BARREL ROLLING SAFETY DEVICE

Uncommon Solutions, LLC, ...

1. A safety device, comprising:a base plate having a first side, a second side, and a plurality of apertures, the second side of the base plate connectable to a first rail of a dunnage rack;
a stopping arm having a first end, a second end, and a stopping arm aperture, the stopping arm connectable to the first side of the base plate, wherein the stopping arm is rotatable; and
a pin, wherein the pin is removable and insertable through each of the plurality of apertures, of the base plate, and through the stopping arm aperture, of the stopping arm,
wherein, when the pin is in a first location, the pin allows a barrel to traverse over the stopping arm in a first direction, and prevents the barrel from traversing over the stopping arm in a second direction, and
wherein, when the pin is in a second location, the pin prevents the barrel from traversing over the stopping arm in either the first direction or the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,649

ROOF TOP UNIT TRANSPORT AND LIFT DEVICE AND SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

ATS MECHANICAL SERVICES, ...

1. A system for rooftop transport of a heating venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, the system comprising:a first wheeled attachment feature for removably connecting to the HVAC unit, wherein the first wheeled attachment feature includes:
a first selectively variable height mechanism connected to a first inner sleeve;
a first upright portion for connecting the first inner sleeve at a plurality of selectable positions relative to the first upright portion, such that an overall height of the first upright portion and the first inner sleeve may be selectably varied;
a first securing mechanism at a first end of the first upright portion for securing the first wheeled attachment feature to the HVAC unit; and
a first wheel, wherein the first wheel is a directional wheel;
a second wheeled attachment feature, that is separately portable with respect to the first wheeled attachment feature and is for removably connecting to the HVAC unit, wherein the second wheeled attachment feature includes:
a second selectively variable height mechanism connected to a second inner sleeve;
a second upright portion for connecting the second inner sleeve at a plurality of selectable positions relative to the second upright portion, such that an overall height of the second upright portion and the second Inner sleeve may be selectably varied;
a second securing mechanism at a first end of the second upright portion for securing the second wheeled attachment feature to the HVAC unit; and
a second wheel;
a third wheeled attachment feature that is separately portable with respect to the first wheeled attachment feature and the second wheeled attachment feature and is for removably connecting to the HVAC unit, wherein the third wheeled attachment feature includes:
a third selectively variable height mechanism connected to a third inner sleeve;
a third upright portion for connecting the third inner sleeve at a plurality of selectable positions relative to the third upright portion, such that an overall height of the third upright portion and the third inner sleeve may be selectably varied;
a third securing mechanism at a first end of the third upright portion and for securing the third wheeled attachment feature to the HVAC unit; and
a third wheel; and
a fourth wheeled attachment feature that is separately portable with respect to the first wheeled attachment feature, second wheeled attachment feature, and third wheeled attachment feature and is for removably connecting to the HVAC unit, wherein the fourth wheeled attachment feature includes:
a fourth selectively variable height mechanism connected to a fourth inner sleeve;
a fourth upright portion for connecting the fourth inner sleeve at a plurality of selectable positions relative to the fourth upright portion, such that an overall height of the fourth upright portion and the fourth Inner sleeve may be selectably varied;
a fourth securing mechanism at a first end of the third upright portion and for securing the fourth wheeled attachment feature to the HVAC; and
a fourth wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,654,648

DEVICE TO OPEN AND CLOSE TRASH BIN CABINET DOORS IN SMALL SPACES

1. A trash collection apparatus, comprising:a frame member adapted to being mounted to a cabinet door, a door carriage is mounted within said frame member;
a bin support mounted to at least one spring member, wherein the at least one spring member is mounted to a rail provided at a bottom of a cabinet;
a guiding assembly provided at said bin support, wherein said guiding assembly is mounted to said frame member;
said guiding assembly includes a guiding rod, wherein said guiding rod is connected to a guiding rod spring;
a trash receptacle placed on said bin support;
a lid hingedly mounted to said trash receptacle;
said bin support carrying said trash receptacle is slidable along said rail with the help of a propulsion spring adapted to slide said bin support along said rail; and
a lid actuating assembly, said lid includes a support arm having a roller, said roller travels on said lid actuating assembly to raise or lower said lid when said bin support is slid along said rail.

US Pat. No. 10,654,647

FILM CASSETTE HAVING AN OVOID SHAPE

Angelcare USA, LLC, Newa...

1. A film-dispensing cassette for a waste disposal device, comprising:a liner cavity for containing a length of liner film; and
a central passage surrounded by the liner cavity, the central passage having an ovoid shape;
wherein the central passage has a forward edge, an aft edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, a widthwise axis perpendicular to a depthwise axis;
wherein the widthwise axis extends a maximum distance A between the first and second side edges, and the depthwise axis extends at a maximum distance B between the forward edge and the aft edge, the maximum distance B being the sum of a length of ½A located between the forward edge and the widthwise axis, and a length J located between the widthwise axis and the aft edge, wherein the length B is greater than the length A, and wherein the length J is greater than the length ½A; and
wherein the widthwise axis is separated from the forward edge by a distance C, and the widthwise axis is separated from the aft edge by a distance D, where D is greater than C;
wherein the maximum distance A is a maximum widthwise distance;
wherein the maximum distance A is a diameter of an inscribed circle such that a center of the inscribed circle is located the distance J from the aft edge and is within the central passage such that the length ½A is the radius of the inscribed circle;
wherein the widthwise axis is coincident with the maximum distance A; and
wherein the depthwise axis is coincident with the maximum distance B and perpendicular to the maximum distance A.

US Pat. No. 10,654,646

CONTAINING APPARATUS FOR ELIMINATING BRIDGING

SUNCUE COMPANY LTD., Tai...

1. A containing apparatus for eliminating bridging comprising:a body being a furnace base of a burning furnace, tapering inwardly toward a bottom of the body, and having
at least one nozzle connected to the body;
a chamber formed inside the body; and
a ventilator comprising
at least one casing covering an exterior surface of the body and having an enclosed space; and
at least one through hole communicating with the chamber and the enclosed space, and located near the at least one nozzle; and
a pulse module connected with the body; and
an air supply connected to the at least one nozzle and being able to pulse gas into the chamber of the body;
wherein the at least one through hole and the at least one nozzle are arranged so that air flowing through the at least one through hole may partially cool down the furnace base at a location surrounding the at least one nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,645

BULK MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEM FOR REDUCED DUST, NOISE, AND EMISSIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a container holding bulk material, wherein the container is portable, and wherein the container stores the bulk material during movement of the container prior to discharge of the bulk material from the container;
a blender having a blender inlet, wherein the blender inlet is a hopper of the blender or a mixing compartment of the blender;
a frame for receiving and holding the container thereon; and
a gravity feed outlet coupled to the frame for routing the bulk material discharged from the container directly into the blender inlet such that the bulk material exits a lower end of the gravity feed outlet directly into the blender inlet;
wherein the container comprises a discharge gate disposed at a lower portion thereof, wherein the discharge gate is selectively actuated to release the bulk material from the container;
wherein the frame comprises a gate actuator disposed thereon for selectively actuating the discharge gate of the container when the container is disposed on the frame, wherein the container is prevented from releasing the bulk material until the container is positioned on the frame and the gate actuator actuates the discharge gate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,644

DUAL ACTUATED AEROSOL DEVICES

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. An aerosol actuator, comprising:a locking ring, comprising:
a base;
a rim about an outer circumference of the base;
a lock projection extending upwardly from the base;
a manifold opening in the base; and
at least one base snap structure extending outwardly from the base;
a manifold, comprising:
an inlet having a first substantially vertical central axis extending therethrough;
a valve seat adjacent to the inlet;
an outlet having a second substantially horizontal central axis extending therethrough;
a flow path between the inlet and the outlet; and
at least one actuator post;
a cap, comprising:
a wall defining a cap base opening, a trigger opening, and a spray opening;
at least one locking ring support extending off an interior surface of the wall; and
at least one trigger support;
a trigger, comprising:
a button actuator;
a lever actuator extending off of the button actuator;
at least one pivot support extending off of the trigger;
an actuation lock configured to engage the lock projection in a first configuration to prevent the trigger from pivoting relative to the locking ring,
at least one trigger retention post extending off of the trigger and configured to prevent the trigger from being disassembled from the cap; and
at least one actuator wing extending away from an underside of the trigger;
wherein the rim of the locking ring is snapped into the at least one locking ring support of the cap defining an interior space between an upper surface of the base of the locking ring and the interior surface of the wall of the cap, the manifold is seated in the interior space, the at least one pivot support is mounted on the at least one trigger support, and the at least one actuator wing is configured to interact with the at least one actuator post of the manifold, and
wherein the button actuator extends above and over the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,643

INSULATED SLEEVE FOR A CONTAINER

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. An insulative sleeve comprisingan upright inner tab arranged to extend upwardly along and in spaced-apart relation to a vertical central axis and having a plastically deformed first material segment having a first density,
an upright outer tab arranged to extend upwardly along and in spaced-apart relation to the vertical central axis and arranged to mate with the upright inner tab along an interface therebetween, and
an upright fence arranged to extend around the central axis, interconnect the upright inner tab and the upright outer tab, and having a second material segment having a second density,
and a floor coupled to the upright fence,
wherein the upright inner tab, the upright outer tab, and the upright fence comprise a first formulation of insulative cellular non-aromatic polymeric material and the floor comprises a second formulation of insulative cellular non-aromatic polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,642

APPARATUS FOR ACTIVE HEAT REMOVAL FROM A HEAT RESISTANT CONTAINER

Honeywell International I...

1. A vehicle recorder, comprising:a crash survivable memory system (CSMS) comprising:
a transmitter system;
a crash protected memory system (CPMS); and
a transceiver system; and
a first heat absorber surrounding the CSMS;
a thermoelectric generator surrounding the first heat absorber to absorb and convert, at least in part, heat that passes through a thermal insulator and electrically coupled to and configured to provide power to the transmitter system; and
an impact resistant enclosure, part or all of which is permeable to electromagnetic spectrum in which the transmitter system transmits, where the impact resistant enclosure surrounds the thermoelectric generator.

US Pat. No. 10,654,641

CONNECTING AND CONTAINER SYSTEM

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETM...

1. A container system, comprising: at least one container having a removal opening for withdrawing content from the container, and a connecting arrangement on a side remote from the removal opening, the connecting arrangement being irreversibly openable for providing a fluidic connection between the container and another container, and a removable cover having a receptacle for covering the connecting arrangement, the cover also being formed with a holding device for a region of the container forming the removal opening, so that the cover is usable as a support foot for the container by removing the cover from covering the connecting arrangement and using the holding device for holding the container in the region forming the removal opening.

US Pat. No. 10,654,640

CONTAINER FOR TRANSPORT AND STORAGE OF FOOD PRODUCTS

Zume, Inc., Mountain Vie...

1. A food container comprising:a base having at least one edge, the base comprising a raised rim disposed about a perimeter of an upwardly facing food receiving portion which receives a food product, the food receiving portion comprising a substantially planar surface and a plurality of channels each being recessed downwardly into the planar surface and extending across at least a portion of the planar surface, with at least one channel and a corresponding portion of the at least one edge delineating a respective detachable portion of the food receiving portion, each of the detachable portions selectively separable from other detachable portions; and
a cover selectively engageable with at least a portion of the raised rim of the base, the cover comprising a substantially downward facing interior surface and a substantially upward facing exterior surface, the interior surface having a perimeter channel sized and dimensioned to engage the at least a portion of the raised rim of the base when the cover is engaged with the base, and the cover sized and shaped to provide an interior chamber which protects the food product, the interior chamber defined at least in part by the interior surface of the cover and a corresponding part of the food receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,639

CONTAINER COVER THAT FACILITATES CREATING NEGATIVE PRESSURE AND LONG TIME SEALING

SHIN HUNG YIH TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A container cover, comprising a rotary device, an outer cover member, an inner cover member, a first guide block, a second guide block, a pumping piston, a piston seat, a check valve and a first spring member, wherein:said rotary device is rotatably coupled to said outer cover member and fixedly connected with said first guide block;
said outer cover member is fixedly connected to said inner cover member, said outer cover member comprising a plurality of axially extending guide grooves;
said inner cover member is mounted with a packing gasket, said packing gasket being set between said inner cover member and said outer cover member and adapted for sealing a container in an airtight manner when said outer cover member is covered with said inner cover member on said container;
said first guide block comprises a plurality of guide rods;
said second guide block is fixedly fastened to said pumping piston, comprising a first continuous wave-shaped track disposed in contact with said guide rods at a bottom side for causing said guide rods to move along said first continuous wave-shaped track of said second guide block and said second guide block to move up and down when said first guide block is rotated by said rotary device, said first continuous wave-shaped track of said second guide block comprising a plurality of low-elevation points and a plurality of high-elevation points, each said low-elevation point of said first continuous wave-shaped track rising gradually to one respective said high-elevation points of said first continuous wave-shaped track, each said high-elevation point of said first continuous wave-shaped track descending gradually to one respective said low-elevation point of said first continuous wave-shaped track;
said upper rail seat is fixedly fastened to said second guide block and said pumping piston, comprising a second continuous wave-shaped track disposed in contact with said guide rods of said first guide block at a top side, said second continuous wave-shaped track of said upper rail seat comprising a plurality of low-elevation points and a plurality of high-elevation points, each said low-elevation point of said second continuous wave-shaped track rising gradually to one respective said high-elevation points of said second continuous wave-shaped track, each said high-elevation point of said second continuous wave-shaped track descending gradually to one respective said low-elevation point of said second continuous wave-shaped track;
said pumping piston is adapted for reciprocation in a piston groove of said piston seat axially, comprising a plurality of constraint blocks respectively coupled to said axially extending guide grooves of said outer cover member for vertical movement and an external mounting groove extended around the periphery thereof and mounted with a first gasket ring;
said piston seat is fixedly fastened to said cover member, comprising a piston groove that accommodates said pumping piston and allows said pumping piston to reciprocate therein, a second gasket ring mounted around the periphery thereof, and an air-pumping hole cut through a bottom wall thereof;
said check valve is mounted in said air-pumping hole of said piston seat;
said first spring member is mounted between said piston seat and said pumping piston;
when said rotary device is driven by an external force to rotate said first guide block, said guide rods are moved along said first continuous wave-shaped track, causing said second guide block and said pumping piston to move alternatively up and down in said piston groove of said piston seat and to further pump air out of said container through said air-pumping hole of said piston seat.

US Pat. No. 10,654,638

FRAME END CAP PACKAGE

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A frame package comprising:a back panel;
an inside panel tab extending from the back panel;
a front panel extending from the back panel and defining a region to rest upon a corner portion of a frame; and
an inside panel extending from the front panel with an inside panel tab slot,
wherein the back panel, the front panel, and the inside panel are arranged with one another to fold about the corner portion of the frame and for the inside panel to extend through a frame opening such that the corner portion of the frame is covered by at least one of the back panel and the front panel, and wherein the inside panel tab is received within the inside panel tab slot to secure the back panel to the inside panel without an additional fastener and with the corner portion of the frame disposed therebetween; and
wherein the back panel further comprises a first side portion to rest upon the frame, the first side portion oriented between the back panel and the front panel with a fold between the first side portion and the back panel to fold the back panel to a back surface of the frame, and with a fold between the first side portion and the front panel to fold the front panel to a front surface of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,654,637

EXPANDABLE SECONDARY PACKAGE FOR A CONTAINER

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A container comprising:a container body having a first cavity for receiving a product therein, the container body having a front surface, back surface, first sidewall and second sidewall; and
a cover having an opening extending thereinto, said opening configured to receive said container body therein, the cover comprising an outer wall, an inner wall and a second cavity defined between said outer wall and inner wall, said second cavity housing a protective material therein, a fluid-permeable region provided on the inner wall, wherein the fluid-permeable region comprises a perforation,
wherein said protective material moves the cover from a first configuration to a second configuration, wherein the first configuration corresponds to a first inner profile defined by the inner wall and the second configuration corresponds to a second inner profile defined by the inner wall, said second inner profile being smaller than said first inner profile.

US Pat. No. 10,654,636

PAPER LID AND STORAGE CONTAINER

Lotte Co., Ltd., Tokyo (...

1. A paper lid:the paper lid having a back surface capable of being adhered to a flange portion of a container body capable of storing a predetermined content,
the paper lid comprising:
a paper having a grain direction;
a first tearable side and a second tearable side, wherein the first and second tearable sides run parallel to the grain direction; and
a fixed side and a tabbed side, the tabbed side having a tab formed on an edge of the tabbed side, and wherein the fixed and tabbed sides run across the grain direction;
wherein, after adhering the paper lid to the flange portion, the tab is configured such that when it is pulled away from the flange portion of the container body, the pulling, allows the tearable sides to tear in a direction along the grain direction and the tabbed side to tear in a direction across the grain direction;
said tab having an inner portion and an outer portion;
wherein the inner portion of the tab is adhered to the flange portion and the inner portion of the tab has a width narrower than a width of the outer portion of the tab, and wherein the outer portion of the tab is an outer edge of the tab;
first back half-cut lines for opening that extend from the tab outward and away from each other at an acute angle with respect to the paper grain direction;
second back half-cut lines for opening that extend from outer ends of the first back half-cut lines for opening, respectively, along the paper grain direction;
first front half-cut lines for opening that are located on an outer side of the first hack half-cut lines for opening, respectively, with a constant width between the first front and back half-cut lines and extend along the back half-cut lines for opening, respectively, at an acute angle with respect to the paper grain direction; and
second front half-cut lines for opening that are located on an outer side of the second back half-cut lines for opening, respectively, with a constant width between the second front and back half-cut lines and extend along the back half-cut lines for opening and the paper grain direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,635

TRANSPARENT RETAIL BAG-IN-BOX PACKAGE

Bemis Company, Inc., Nee...

1. A retail bag-in-box package comprising:a flowable product, a bag, and a box; said product contained in said bag which is contained in said box; wherein
(a) said box is plastic and has (i) a bottom panel, an opposing top panel, and a self-supporting upstanding wall connecting said bottom and top panels wherein at least a portion of said wall is transparent, and (ii) an access port through said top panel adapted for providing communication means for removing said product from said bag;
(b) said bag is made from a flexible thermoplastic film, hermetically sealed to itself, and containing said product with a bag volume capacity ?1 liter (1000 ml), said bag attached to an interior surface of said box proximate said access port, wherein said bag is attached by adhesive, heat sealing, ultrasonic sealing, or radio frequency sealing, and wherein at least a portion of said bag has a transparent wall which overlaps said transparent portion of said box wall to provide visual access to a product contained within said bag, and
(c) said flowable product comprises a liquid; and
wherein said box wall has a Gurley stiffness of at least 1000 milligrams force and wherein said bag film has a Gurley stiffness of less than 50 milligrams force.

US Pat. No. 10,654,634

CONTAINER FOR USE WITH TRANSPORTABLE MATERIALS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A container for use with transportable materials, comprising:an outer surface configured to enclose a cavity;
a liner disposed within the outer surface to define a lined cavity within the cavity;
a first aperture in the outer surface with an area sufficient to allow insertion of one or more fingers;
a second aperture in the outer surface with an area sufficient to allow exit of the one or more fingers and positioned sufficiently proximate to the first aperture such that the one or more fingers inserted into the first aperture are permitted to exit the second apertures;
a flap that forms a triangular column between the liner and the first aperture and the second aperture to form a handle cavity; and
a tab disposed on the flap, wherein the tab locks in a slit to secure the flap.

US Pat. No. 10,654,633

STIRRER COMPRISING A SEALED PACKAGE WHICH HOLDS THEREIN A LIQUID

Meta4sys Limited, St Hel...

1. A stirrer comprising a sealed package which holds therein a liquid and which comprises a first film and a second film sealingly joined to each other, said films being fluid tight and fully enclosing therebetween an elongate volume in which the liquid is sealingly retained, wherein the package has a first openable portion at one end and a second openable portion at an opposite end such that when both openable portions are opened the liquid is able to flow out of the opened first openable portion and the second openable portion acts as a vent, wherein each openable portion comprises at least one of the two films having a grippable tab which can be manipulated to peel apart the joint between the films, wherein the joint between the films is weaker in the region of each openable portion compared to the joint on sides of the openable portion, thereby resisting separation of the films beyond a predetermined amount at each openable portion, wherein the stirrer comprises one or more further sealed elongate volumes, each having a first and a second openable portion and each containing a liquid, wherein the sealed elongate volumes extend in a same lengthwise direction as each other and are laterally offset from each other, wherein the openable portions of each elongate volume are separately openable to dispense separately the individual liquids contained in the elongate volumes, wherein a length of each elongate volume is different such that the first openable portions are at different locations in the lengthwise direction, and wherein a single grippable tab of at least one of the two films opens the first openable portions sequentially.

US Pat. No. 10,654,632

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS AND RELATED METHODS

B. Braun Medical Inc., B...

1. A flexible container comprising:a first sheet attached to a second sheet along a perimeter with a perimeter seal to define an enclosed space, said perimeter comprising first and second long edges and first and second short edges, and each of said first and second sheets comprises an exterior surface and an interior surface;
wherein the perimeter seal has both a permanent seal section and a pressure absorbing seal section along a cross-section and is formed along at least one section of the first long edge and the second long edge and at least one section of the first short edge and the second short edge;
wherein the pressure absorbing seal section of the perimeter seal has a separation characteristic value that is lower than the separation characteristic value of the permanent seal section;
wherein the permanent seal section and the pressure absorbing seal section along the cross-section is asymmetric along a plane defined by the first sheet and the second sheet;
wherein the pressure absorbing seal section of the at least one section of the first long edge and the second long edge and the pressure absorbing seal section of the at least one section of the first short edge and the second short edge are spaced from one another so as to define a space therebetween; and
wherein the perimeter seal has a first peelable transition located adjacent the enclosed space formed by an edge of a heat die and a second peelable transition located between the permanent seal section and the pressure absorbing seal section away from the enclosed space formed by a transition section of the heat die away from the edge of the heat die.

US Pat. No. 10,654,631

GAS BARRIER FILM AND GAS BARRIER LAMINATE

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A gas barrier laminate comprising(a) a gas barrier film comprising:
a substrate, which comprises a biaxially stretched polyethylene terephthalate film or a biaxially stretched polypropylene film;
a first layer made of an aqueous coating agent (C) that contains 15 mass % to 60 mass % of a water soluble polymer (A), which is a polyvinyl alcohol resin, 10 mass % to 50 mass % of an inorganic layered mineral (B), which is water-swellable mica, about 30% of an aqueous polyurethane resin having water solubility or water dispersibility, and about 10% of a water-dispersible isocyanate curing agent; and
a second layer made of a coating agent (D) that contains titanium oxide and has a viscosity in the range of 10 mPa·s or more and 1000 mPa·s or less, wherein the coating agent (D) is prepared by dispersing the titanium oxide in a solvent to prepare a dispersion liquid of the titanium oxide, followed by adding a polyurethane resin to the dispersion liquid, the first layer and the second layer being disposed in this order on at least one surface of the resin film substrate, wherein the second layer comprises about 71 mass % of the titanium oxide, about 21 mass % of the polyurethane resin and about about 8 mass % of vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate copolymer; and
(b) a non-stretched polypropylene film adhered to the second layer via an adhesive layer comprising a polyester urethane adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,654,630

LID AND CONTAINER INCLUDING THE SAME

1. A lid, comprising:a lid body with a hole;
an elastic sleeve having a bore extending therethrough, a part of the elastic sleeve extending through the hole, the elastic sleeve elastically deformable between a torsional state and a non-torsional state;
an elastic spout extending through the bore of the elastic sleeve, the elastic spout being open when the elastic sleeve is in the non-torsional state, the elastic spout being deformed to close when the elastic sleeve is in the torsional state;
a rotating member rotatably assembled on the lid body and configured for twisting the elastic sleeve to the torsional state to cause the elastic sleeve to press and deform the elastic spout;
a locking member movably mounted on the lid body, the locking member having a locking state, in which the locking member is interlocked with the rotating member to keep the elastic sleeve in the torsional state, and a releasing state, in which the locking member is separated from the rotating member to allow the elastic sleeve to return to the non-torsional state; and
an elastic member positioned between the lid body and the locking member and interacting with the locking member for driving the locking member to remain in the locking state.

US Pat. No. 10,654,629

CHECK VALVE STRUCTURE, NOZZLE MEMBER USING SAME, AND SQUEEZE CONTAINER

TAKEUCHI PRESS INDUSTRIES...

1. A check valve structure that allows fluid to flow from one side to another side of the check valve structure, the check valve structure comprising:an annular valve seat;
an annular support portion;
an elastic valve element fixed between the valve seat and the support portion, wherein the valve seat is disposed upstream of the elastic valve element, wherein the support portion is disposed downstream of the elastic valve element, wherein the elastic valve element has an annular outer edge portion and an inner portion surrounded by the outer edge portion, wherein the outer edge portion includes a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface; and
a passage extending between the first surface and the second surface through an outermost perimeter of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element, wherein:
the passage switches between a closed state and an open state,
the passage is in the closed state when (1) a first portion of the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is in contact with the support portion and a second portion of the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is not in contact with the support portion and (2) an entire circumferential length of the second surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is in contact with the valve seat,
the passage is in the open state when (1) the first portion of the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is in contact with the support portion and the second portion of the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is not in contact with the support portion and (2) a third portion of the entire circumferential length of the second surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is not in contact with the valve seat to allow the passage to communicate from the third portion on the second surface through the outermost perimeter to the second portion on the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element,
wherein when first pressure of fluid is applied to the elastic valve element from the downstream, the passage is in the closed state,
wherein when second pressure of fluid is applied to the elastic valve element from the upstream, (1) the passage is in the closed state and (2) the inner portion of the elastic valve element deforms toward the downstream, and
wherein when third pressure of fluid is applied to the elastic valve element from the upstream, (1) the passage is in the open state and (2) the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element elastically deforms such that the third portion of the entire circumferential length of the second surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element is not in contact with the valve seat allowing the passage to extend from the third portion on the second surface through the outermost perimeter to the second portion on the first surface of the outer edge portion of the elastic valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,628

CAP FOR A POUCH

Scholle IPN IP BV, Tilbu...

1. A cap for a pouch comprising:a spout engaging body including a depending skirt defining a central bore configured to engage a spout, the central bore defining a central axis;
a handle member extending from the spout engaging body; and
a multimode handle coupling assembly including:
at least one handle tab formed into the handle member;
at least one mode three slot, the at least one mode three slot including a multi direction slot defined in the handle member having a central opening and a plurality of radial slot portion pairs, to, in turn, sized to receive a handle tab of another cap in a plurality of orientations; and
a first stacking coupling assembly including:
a spout engagement portion on the spout engagement body, comprising one of a pair of slots centered about the central axis; and
a handle engagement portion on the handle member, comprising a pair of tabs, centered about the central axis, wherein the handle engagement portion and the spout engagement portion define mating structures such that the spout engagement portion of the cap is structurally configured to releasably couple to a handle engagement portion of a second cap in a stacked configuration wherein the central axis of the cap and the second cap are colinear, to, in turn, be vertically aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,654,626

LID-TO-CONTAINER LOCKING COMBINATION AND METHOD

1. A lid-to-container locking combination for maximizing lid-to-container retention, the lid-to-container locking combination comprising:a container, the container comprising an upper container rim and a container wall extending downwardly from the upper container rim, the container wall comprising a radially outwardly extending indentation located in inferior adjacency to the upper container rim at an inner surface thereof; and
a container lid, the container lid comprising a rim-receiving groove, a lid wall, and a wall-to-groove resilient portion, the wall-to-groove resilient portion traversing a structural distance between the lid wall and the rim-receiving groove and being resiliently actuable intermediate a first, relaxed configuration and a second, actuated configuration, the second, actuated configuration being achieved by pivoting a radially outer indentation-engaging portion of the wall-to-groove resilient portion about a pivot point intermediate the lid wall and the wall-to-groove resilient portion, the rim-receiving groove for receiving the upper container rim, the indentation-engaging portion being engageable with the radially outwardly extending indentation when in the actuated configuration, the rim-receiving groove and the radially outer indentation-engaging portion together for locking the container lid to the container when in the actuated configuration for cooperatively maximizing lid-to-container retention.

US Pat. No. 10,654,624

CONTAINER CAP EASILY SEPARATE COLLECTION

1. A container cap which is easily and separately collected, the container cap comprisinga cap body having a screw-coupling scheme, and a display ring provided below the cap body, a hinge and a plurality of bridges that connect the display ring to the cap body, and, a cut slit being provided below the hinge, the cut slit being formed on a partial section of a circumference of a central portion of the display ring,
wherein the displaying ring is divided into an upper displaying ring and a lower displaying ring by the cut slit,
wherein the display ring has a cut part including cut bridges formed at one end side or both end sides of the cut slit and,
wherein the cut part is formed vertically at one end or both ends of the lower displaying ring only without being formed in the upper displaying ring such that the upper displaying ring is formed without any cut parts.

US Pat. No. 10,654,623

BOTTLE WITH DRINK-THROUGH CAP

1. A beverage bottle, comprising:a vessel portion configured to contain fluid, the vessel portion including an upper end comprising a vessel opening and a lower closed end; and
a cap configured to mate with the upper end of the vessel portion, the cap including:
a front portion comprising a front lip and a back portion comprising a back lip,
an outer sidewall extending about a periphery of the cap between the front portion and the back portion and defining a height of the cap at the back lip and a height of the cap at the front lip,
an inner sidewall that defines a periphery of a cap opening extending through the cap and through which the fluid may flow from the beverage bottle when the cap is mated with the vessel portion, and
a butterfly valve comprising a valve sidewall defining an outer periphery of the butterfly valve, wherein the butterfly valve seats within the cap opening such that the inner sidewall of the cap is adjacent to and extends around the valve sidewall, wherein the butterfly valve is configured (i) to seal the cap opening to prevent the fluid from exiting the beverage bottle when the butterfly valve is in a closed position and (ii) to unseal the cap opening to enable the fluid to exit the beverage bottle when the butterfly valve is in an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,622

DISPENSERS WITH DIVERTER INSERTS

Server Products, Inc., R...

4. A dispenser for dispensing a viscous product contained in a flexible package, the dispenser comprising:a hollow body extending along a longitudinal axis and having a first end, an opposite second end, and a cavity configured to receive the flexible package;
a handle assembly connected to the first end of the hollow body and including a piston movably disposed in the cavity for engagement with the flexible package;
a plurality of dispensing valves positioned within the hollow body at the second end; and
a diverter insert removably disposed in the cavity and configured to receive the viscous material from the flexible package as the piston moves and radially divert the viscous material to the plurality of dispensing valves,
wherein the diverter insert has an inlet opening centered about the longitudinal axis through which the viscous material is received, an opposite outlet opening through which the viscous material is dispensed to the plurality of dispensing valves, and a chamber extending between the inlet opening and the outlet opening;
wherein the chamber has a first interior sidewall that radially inwardly slopes from the inlet opening toward the longitudinal axis and terminates at a second interior sidewall that radially outwardly slopes away from the longitudinal axis and terminates at the outlet opening; and
wherein the first interior sidewall radially inwardly diverts the viscous material and the second interior wall radially outwardly diverts the viscous material to each of the plurality of dispensing valves.

US Pat. No. 10,654,621

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKING A STEPPED END

Coating Excellence Intern...

1. A process for preparing a bag comprising the steps of:slitting a tube of flexible material adjacent an open end of the tube to provide first slits beside a first panel of the tube and to provide second slits beside a second panel of the tube;
trimming the first panel to a first shortened length adjacent to the open end of the tube while the first slits separate the first panel from a remainder of the tube, wherein the remainder of the tube comprises side gussets and the second panel;
trimming each of the side gussets to a second shortened length adjacent to the open end of the tube while the second slits separate each of the side gussets from the second panel, wherein the second shortened length is longer than the first panel and shorter than the second panel; and
applying adhesive material on the tube wherein the tube is adapted to be folded along a fold line of the tube, which folds the first panel upon itself with the adhesive material therebetween, and the adhesive material is adapted to form an adhesive bond and an adhesive seal to a portion of the first panel and the side gussets and the second panel, and provide a closed stepped end for the bag,
wherein the tube has a woven inner layer comprising a polymeric material, and at least one outer layer of a printable nonwoven polymeric material, and wherein the printable nonwoven polymeric material is a polypropylene film capable of being printed with graphics using water based pigments or solvent based pigments,
the outer layer is reverse printed on an inside surface of a first polypropylene film, and a second layer of polypropylene film is laminated to the first polypropylene film, with the printed surface between the first and second layers of polypropylene film,
and the inner layer consists of a flexible, woven seamless tube.

US Pat. No. 10,654,620

MULTI-LAYER FILM

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A multi-layer film comprisinga skin layer,
a seal layer located in spaced-apart relation to the skin layer, and
a puncture-resistant layer arranged to extend between and interconnect the skin layer and the seal layer,
wherein the puncture-resistant layer includes a first puncture-resistant sub-layer comprising a nylon material, a second puncture-resistant sub-layer, and a third puncture-resistant sub-layer comprising a polypropylene impact copolymer, and the second puncture-resistant sub-layer is arranged to extend between and interconnect the first puncture-resistant sub-layer and the third puncture-resistant sub-layer;
wherein the layers of the multi-layer film are in order seal layer, first puncture-resistant sub-layer, second puncture-resistant sub-layer, third puncture-resistant sub-layer, and skin layer;
wherein the skin layer includes a first skin sub-layer comprising an mLLDPE material, a second skin sub-layer comprising about 85% to about 97% by weight HDPE and about 3 to about 15% by weight mLLDPE, and the first skin sub-layer is located between the second skin sub-layer and the puncture-resistant layer;
wherein the seal layer includes a first seal sub-layer comprising a first ionomer material and a second ionomer material and a second seal sub-layer comprising about 75% to about 95% by weight HDPE and about 5% to about 30% by weight of an anhydride-modified LLDPE, and the second seal sub-layer is located between the first seal sub-layer and the puncture-resistant layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,619

FLUID BOTTLE WITH EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

Hydration Junkie, Pleasa...

1. A bottle for containing fluids; comprising:a bottle body having a plurality of walls forming an interior cavity configured to hold fluid, and a top opening into said interior cavity; said plurality of walls comprising a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, and a fourth wall, all of which are positioned perpendicular to a bottom surface of said bottle body;
a cap assembly that is selectively engageable with said top opening;
a portable electronic device retention surface that is:
positioned between an intersection of said first wall and said second wall;
positioned at about 45 degrees relative to said first wall and said second wall;
a first elongated side and a second elongated side oriented downwards, towards each other to form a triangular shape;
a third shortened side and a fourth shortened side oriented upwards, towards each other to form an upper peak, the third shortened side and the fourth shortened side being smaller than the first elongated side and the second elongated side;
a portable electronic device retention mechanism fixed on said portable electronic device surface and configured to engage and release a portable electronic device;
a vertically oriented handle formed by a recessed passage into said third wall and said fourth wall;
a recessed notch located near a bottom of said vertically oriented handle;
a fin fixed vertically within said notch; said fin having an aperture creating a passage therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,654,617

CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A CONTAINER OF SAID TYPE

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A manufacture comprising a container group that comprises containers arranged in rows, a handle formed from a band, said handle being a looped carrying handle having first and second ends, said first end comprising a pull off tab connected to a first connecting section, said second end comprising a second connecting section, said first and second connecting sections being connected to outwardly-facing surfaces of at least some of said containers, first adhesive layers that connect containers that are in the same row, said first adhesive layers being disposed in upper and lower sectional planes, and second adhesive layers connect containers in adjacent rows, said second adhesive layers are disposed only on said lower sectional plane, whereby said lower sectional plane has only second adhesive layers.

US Pat. No. 10,654,616

DATA CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A MOVABLE PLATFORM AND ACTUATING ATTACHMENT

INNOVATIVE LOGISTICS, INC...

1. A data connector assembly for a movable platform comprising:a female data connector assembly comprising:
a housing;
a recess formed in a front surface of the housing
a data connector port located at a center of the recess;
a face plate for coupling the female data connector assembly to the movable platform;
a first spring connector for movably coupling a rear face of the housing to a front face of the face plate; and
a data connector immovably coupled to a front surface of the face plate,
wherein a front portion of the data connector extends into the data connector port.

US Pat. No. 10,654,615

PLASTIC PALLET WITH SUPPORT BLOCKS HAVING POCKETS FOR PIN WHEELING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

CHEP Technology Pty Limit...

1. A pallet comprising:a top deck having a rectangular shape;
a bottom deck having a rectangular shape; and
a plurality of spaced apart corner support blocks coupled between corners of said top and bottom decks and forming a gap therebetween for receiving a lifting member, each corner support block comprising
a single column aligned with one of the corners of said top and bottom decks,
a lower ledge extending from a bottom end of the single column and defining a lower perimeter of said corner support block,
an upper ledge extending from a top end of the single column and defining an upper perimeter of said corner support block,
exposed side surfaces extending between the upper and lower ledges, with the exposed side surfaces being continuous so as to wrap around the defined lower and upper perimeters, and with the exposed side surfaces being recessed from the defined lower and upper perimeters so as to form a continuous pocket that wraps around the defined lower and upper perimeters for receiving an end of the lifting member to allow the pallet to be spun around.

US Pat. No. 10,654,614

CAN SHELL AND DOUBLE-SEAMED CAN END CLOSURE

Container Development, Lt...

1. A one-piece sheet metal can shell having a vertical center axis and a curled peripheral crown adapted to be double-seamed to an end portion of a formed sheet metal can body, the can shell comprising:a circular center panel connected to an annular panel wall connected by a downwardly projecting wall portion to a curved inner wall portion of a countersink having an annular inclined and substantially straight outer wall portion and a generally U-shaped cross-sectional configuration, the panel wall extending from the center panel to the downwardly projecting wall portion at an angle in axial cross section between 30° and 60° relative to the center axis, and
an annular chuck wall having an at least partially curved lower wall portion connected to the outer wall portion of the countersink and an inclined upper wall portion projecting upwardly and laterally outwardly from the lower wall portion and connected to an inclined inner wall portion of the crown,
wherein a horizontal radial width of the inclined upper wall portion of the chuck wall (W2+W1?W3) is greater than a horizontal radial width (W4) of the panel wall, and
wherein the horizontal radial width (W4) of the panel wall is greater than a horizontal radial width (W1) of the countersink at the bottom of the countersink.

US Pat. No. 10,654,613

NESTING AND SHOCK ABSORBING PACKAGE

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A package for enclosing at least one item, the package comprising:a first portion including a first surface comprising
a plurality of protrusions, each of the plurality of protrusions comprising an arched ridge having a first radius, the plurality of protrusions separated by one or more substantially flat valleys, each of the one or more substantially flat valleys formed between a pair of the plurality of protrusions, and
a raised frame comprising raised walls surrounding a depression, wherein a height of the raised walls relative to the one or more substantially flat valleys is substantially the same as a height of the plurality of protrusions relative to the one or more substantially flat valleys, and a height of the depression is substantially the same as a height of the one or more substantially flat valleys;
a second portion including a second surface comprising
a plurality of indentations, each of the plurality of indentations comprising an arched ditch having a second radius, wherein the second radius is substantially equal to the first radius, the plurality of indentations separated by one or more substantially flat raised portions, each of the one or more substantially flat raised portions formed between a pair of the plurality of indentations, and
an indented frame comprising indented portions surrounding a boss, wherein a depth of the indented portions relative to the substantially flat raised portions is substantially the same as a depth of the plurality of indentations relative to the substantially flat raised portions, and a height of the boss is substantially the same as a height of the substantially flat raised portions; and
a hinge connecting the first portion to the second portion, the hinge configured to allow the package to transition between an open position and a closed position; wherein, in the closed position, the first portion and the second portion define a space for enclosing at least one item.

US Pat. No. 10,654,612

PACKAGING BOX

CJ Cheiljedang Corporatio...

1. A packaging box comprising:a main body having at least an upper surface and an inner space; and
a handle having a band form and installed on at least the upper surface of the main body, wherein the upper surface comprises;
a pair of foldable parts, each foldable part being separate from the handle, and each foldable part being separated from the other by a centerline traversing a center of the upper surface, the folding parts respectively comprising folding lines; and
a connection part connecting the pair of foldable parts to each other and overlapping with the pair of foldable parts by surface-contacting lower surfaces of the pair of foldable parts;
wherein, as the pair of foldable parts are dented by folding along the folding lines and the connection part stays overlapped with the pair of foldable parts while the upper surface is dented inwardly, the pair of foldable parts are dented inwardly without separating from each other and thus an opening is not created at the pair of foldable parts, and thereby the upper surface is set apart from the handle, and a finger insertion space is formed between the upper surface and the handle, and
wherein the folding lines on each of the pair of foldable parts comprises at least a bilaterally symmetric pair of folding lines extending to a middle part of the upper surface from positions adjacent to each corner of the upper surface, and wherein each foldable part is disposed to be folded from an outer part of the upper surface to the centerline traversing the center of the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,611

RETAIL READY PACKAGING

VANGUARD PACKAGING, LLC, ...

1. A separable container moveable from a shipping configuration to a display configuration by separating a cover portion of the container from a tray portion of the container, the container being configured for shipping or storing items when the container is in the shipping configuration and for displaying items when the container is in the display configuration, the shipping configuration of the container comprising:opposed first and second side panels, each side panel comprising an upper portion and a lower portion;
a first front panel extending between respective front edges of said first and second side panels, said first front panel comprising an upper portion and a lower portion; and
a second front panel coupled to said upper portion of said first front panel, said second front panel extending over said lower portion of said first front panel when the container is in the shipping configuration, thereby concealing said lower portion of said first front panel,
wherein said upper and lower portions of said first front panel and said first and second side panels are bisected by a separating line,
wherein said separating line is configured to retain respective upper portions of said first and second side panels to respective lower portions of said first and second side panels when the container is in the shipping configuration,
wherein separating said cover portion of the container from said tray portion of the container comprises separating respective upper portions of said first and second side panels from respective lower portions of said first and second side panels along said separating line,
wherein said tray portion comprises a front wall formed from said lower portion of said first front panel of the container and opposed first and second side walls formed from respective lower portions of said first and second side panels of the container,
wherein said cover portion comprises a first front wall formed from said upper portion of said first front panel of the container and opposed first and second side walls formed from respective upper portions of said first and second side panels of the container,
wherein said cover portion comprises said second front panel such that moving the container to the display configuration causes a front surface of said front wall of said tray to be revealed,
wherein a proximal end of said second front panel is coupled to a first portion of said front edge of said second side panel and wherein an opposed distal end of said second front panel is positioned relatively adjacent to said front edge of said first side panel, said first portion of said front edge of said second side panel consisting of at least a portion of said front edge that is defined by said upper portion of said second side panel, and
wherein a first portion of said separating line extends between said second front panel and said second side wall of said tray, said first portion of said separating line consisting of a cut line that is a complete cut between said second front panel and said second side wall of said tray such that said second front panel is not directly coupled to said second side wall of said tray portion when the container is in the shipping configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,654,610

STACKABLE RECEPTACLE FOR THE SHIPMENT OF GOODS

United States Postal Serv...

1. A receptacle for the shipment of goods, the receptacle comprising:a first side face having a first support slot formed therein;
a first segment attached to the first side face along an edge of the first side face;
a first flap attached to the first segment along an edge of the first segment, the first flap comprising a second support tab formed along an edge of the first flap;
a second side face;
a second segment attached to the second side face along an edge of the second side face; and
a second flap attached to the second segment along an edge of the second segment, the second flap comprising a second support slot and a first support tab,
wherein the first support tab is configured for insertion into the first support slot and the second support tab is configured for insertion into the second support slot.

US Pat. No. 10,654,609

PLASTIC CONTAINER WITH STRAPPED BASE

Niagara Bottling, LLC, O...

1. A container configured to resist deformation in the base and the sidewall comprising:a flat foot base comprising a gate, a wall, and flat feet, the gate centered on a central axis of the container, the wall extending from the gate toward a resting surface of the container, the flat feet extending from the wall to the resting surface;
a sidewall connected to the base, the sidewall extending substantially along the central axis to define at least part of an interior of the container;
a bell connected to the sidewall and leading upward and radially inward to a finish connected to the bell;
a plurality of pressure resistance bands vertically lined up along the central axis configured to communicate forces on the container vertically along the container between the base and the sidewall to continuously resist deformation in the base and the sidewall;
further comprising a plurality of recessed columns positioned in the sidewall, the recessed columns comprising sidewall ribs extending along a periphery of the sidewall and centered about the central axis, wherein portions of the sidewall between the sidewall ribs are substantially continuous along the periphery of the sidewall, the recessed columns configured to resist at least one of bending, leaning, crumbling, or stretching along the sidewall;
and wherein the sidewall ribs comprise a plurality of varying depth ribs positioned along the periphery of the sidewall, wherein each varying depth rib comprises shallow sections and deep sections, the shallow sections having a rib depth less than a rib depth of the deep sections, wherein the shallow sections of the plurality of varying depth ribs vertically line up along the central axis to form the recessed columns.

US Pat. No. 10,654,608

LABELLING DEVICE FOR SYRINGES FOR PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS

Kiro Grifols, S.L., Arra...

1. A labelling device for syringes for pharmaceutical products which comprises:a carousel including a syringe holder and a syringe transporter;a syringe labelling station;a syringe handler; anda camera configured to detect a position of a marker scale of each syringe,wherein the syringe handler is a robotic arm configured to rotate each syringe in order to orient said syringe in such a way that a label does not conceal the marker scale of said syringe, and
wherein the syringe labelling station comprises an arm responsible for holding the label by a suction system and two articulated gates arranged such that when the syringe handler causes each syringe to pass therethrough, said gates apply pressure over the body of each syringe in such a way that the label is affixed uniformly over said body.

US Pat. No. 10,654,607

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LABELS TO CABLE OR CONDUIT

Encore Wire Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for applying at least one label to cable or conduit, the apparatus comprising:at least one tamping device, wherein the tamping device is in intermittent contact with the at least one label; and
at least one guide shoe in intermittent contact with the at least one label.

US Pat. No. 10,654,606

CONTAINER LABELING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A system for applying labels or printed information to individual containers in a stack, comprising:a. a frame extending above and across a conveyor, said frame having a track;
b. a carriage movably mounted on said track, wherein said carriage is connected to a mechanism for moving said carriage along said track,
c. a plurality of applicator systems mounted on said carriage, each having an applicator in mechanical connection with said carriage;
d. said conveyor for positioning stacked containers into a position in which said carriage can be positioned adjacent to said stacked containers, said conveyor passing through said frame, and said carriage is operable to move along said track to (1) lower to a first position to position said plurality of applicator systems such that said applicator of each of said plurality of applicator systems can apply labels or printing to individual stacked containers and (2) vertically retract to a second position wherein said stacked containers may pass under said carriage; and
e. an electronic system for controlling the position of said conveyor, and said carriage and said applicator of each of said plurality of applicator systems, wherein said plurality of applicator systems is operable to apply a label or printing to each individual container in said stacked containers.

US Pat. No. 10,654,605

PACKING APPARATUS

ISHIDA CO., LTD., Kyoto ...

1. A packing apparatus comprising:a sealing mechanism configured to affix a tape continuously on portions of a cardboard box transported in a state that a flap thereof is folded in and closed forming a folded-in flap, including a first side surface of the cardboard box on a downstream side with respect to a transportation direction of the cardboard box through the packaging apparatus, the folded-in flap, and a second side surface facing the first side surface, and seal a lid of the cardboard box, the sealing mechanism further including a first pressing member and a second pressing member, the first pressing member being configured to press the tape against the first side surface and the flap, the second pressing member being configured to press the tape against the flap and the second side surface,
the packing apparatus further comprising an electronic controller that includes:
a timing sensing section configured to detect a timing at which the affixing of the tape on the first side surface is initiated by the first pressing member, the first pressing member initially applying an initial pressing force affixing the tape to the cardboard box; and
a pressing force control section configured to reduce the initial pressing force exerted by the first and second pressing members to a reduced pressing force that is less than the initial pressing force in response to the timing sensing section detecting that the affixing of the tape on the first side surface is initiated and continuing exerting the reduced pressing force at least until affixing of the tape to the flaps is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,654,604

RE-CLOSURE TAPE APPLICATION ON PACKAGING MACHINE

13. A method of forming a reclosure fastening system on a packaging material during printing of graphics on the packaging material, comprising:printing a pressure-sensitive adhesive using a printing press in a transverse direction on a first side of the packaging material;
spraying or printing a detack material on a top surface of the pressure-sensitive adhesive;
printing a release coating on a second side of the packaging material registered with the pressure-sensitive adhesive whereby the release coating acts to release the detackified pressure-sensitive adhesive layer without blocking; and
wherein the upper detackfied surface of the pressure-sensitive adhesive has a plurality of non-adhesive standoffs disposed in a random distribution on top of the upper adhesive surface, with at least two of the plurality of standoffs partially overlapping with one another, the plurality of standoffs comprising sprayed materials applied onto the upper adhesive surface to provide randomized distribution of the standoffs on the upper adhesive surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,603

INFLATING STATION FOR INFLATING OF FILM BAGS AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

INDAG POUCH PARTNERS GMBH...

1. An inflating station in a film bag filling apparatus for inflating film bags prior to a filling process, wherein the inflating station comprises:a first suction bar arm and a second suction bar arm configured to open two or more film bags that are arranged next to one another;
a first drive shaft for moving the first suction bar arm and a second drive shaft for moving the second suction bar arm;
a first gear wheel arranged on the first drive shaft and a second gear wheel arranged on the second drive shaft, the first gear wheel meshing with the second gear wheel;
an inflating bar with inflating spouts arranged thereon for inflating the opened film bags; and
a servo engine arranged on the first drive shaft,
wherein a drive movement of the first drive shaft transfers from the first gear wheel to the second gear wheel, and from the second gear wheel to the second drive shaft, thereby providing synchronous movement of the suction arms,
wherein the suction bar arms comprise vacuum cups configured to, in a closed state of the suction bar arms, open film bags by vacuum suction and horizontal movement of the vacuum cups, and wherein the suction bar arms comprise clamping bars with bulgings, wherein the suction bar arms are configured to apply a contact pressure in the closed state of the suction bar arms,
wherein inflating spouts for inflating the opened film bags are arranged at the inflating bar, wherein the inflating bar is vertically displaceable.

US Pat. No. 10,654,602

INSERTION APPARATUS

TOYO JIDOKI CO., LTD., T...

1. An insertion apparatus for placing a packaging object in a packaging bag, the insertion apparatus comprising:a bag support unit that holds the packaging bag in a state where a bag mouth of the packaging bag is opened;
a transfer mechanism that places the packaging object at a supply position;
a first intermediate holding unit provided to be able to ascend and descend;
an elevation mechanism that elevates or lowers the first intermediate holding unit so as to place the first intermediate holding unit at a first elevation position and a second elevation position;
a first placement mechanism that moves the packaging object placed at the supply position in a horizontal direction so as to place the packaging object on the first intermediate holding unit placed at the first elevation position;
a horizontal movement mechanism that moves the first intermediate holding unit placed at the second elevation position in the horizontal direction so as to insert at least a part of the first intermediate holding unit in the packaging bag via the bag mouth;
a second placement mechanism that moves the packaging object, when placed on the first intermediate holding unit and the first intermediate holding unit is at least partially placed in the packaging bag, in the horizontal direction so as to place the packaging object inside the packaging bag;
a second intermediate holding unit provided above the first intermediate holding unit, the second intermediate holding unit includes a third side guide part and a fourth side guide part that are configured to support the packaging object on the first intermediate holding unit when placed at the second elevation position,
wherein a distance between the third side guide part and the fourth side guide part of the second intermediate holding unit in a horizontal direction is adjustable; and
a distance adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the distance between the third side guide part and the fourth side guide part to regulate a position of the packaging object on the first intermediate holding unit when placed at the second elevation position so as to prevent a change in a posture of the packaging object.

US Pat. No. 10,654,601

METHOD OF MANAGING A SET OF LIDS, STACKED AND INSERTED IN A PACKAGE, TRANSPORT DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING A SET OF STACKED LIDS AND INSERTED IN A PACKAGE, AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING PALLETIZED SET OF LIDS

BALL BEVERAGE CAN SOUTH A...

1. A method of managing a set of lids (42) stacked and inserted into a package, the set (42) having a first portion (43) including a lid stack, and a second portion (44) including an opening (45) and a free end of the package, comprising the steps of:pressing said set (42) and moving it to a transport device (1), while keeping the lids in the package;
pressing said second portion (44) with a handle (23) of the transport device (1);
displacing handle (23) so as to take at least a part of the second portion (44) towards the first portion (43);
displacing handle (23) so as to place the second portion against the first portion (43);
immobilizing the second portion (44) against the first portion (43) using an immobilizing device (9), wherein the immobilizing device (9) includes movable jaws (12) provided with nails (13), the nails (13) extending in a horizontal plane beneath the stack lids inserted in the package;
opening the handle (23) and moving it away from said set (42), wherein the immobilizing device (9) is opened before the step of displacing handle (23) so as to place the second portion (44) against the first portion (43), the immobilizing device (9) being closed after this step.

US Pat. No. 10,654,600

METHOD FOR PACKING A MATTRESS SPRING BED

XIAMEN GRAND-ONE INDUSTRI...

1. A method for packing mattress spring beds, the method comprising:assembling two uncompressed mattress spring beds, each of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds comprising a mattress frame,
connecting a first end of a plurality of springs together and a second end of the plurality of springs together to form a spring assembly for each of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds,
detachably fastening the spring assembly to each of the mattress frames of each of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds,
disposing a sponge layer on the mattress frame of each of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds, and
surrounding the sponge layer with cloth;
overlaying the assembled two uncompressed mattress spring beds onto each other to form a mattress spring bed stack, such that the mattress frame of a first of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds is spaced apart from the mattress frame of a second of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds by positioning the spring assembly of the first uncompressed mattress spring bed in abutment with the spring assembly of the second uncompressed mattress spring bed, such that a top end of the mattress spring bed stack is the mattress frame of the first uncompressed mattress spring bed and a bottom end of the mattress spring bed stack is the mattress frame of the second uncompressed mattress spring bed;
placing the mattress spring bed stack into a sealing bag;
mechanically compressing the mattress spring bed stack within the sealing bag, resulting in the spring assemblies in each of the two uncompressed mattress spring beds being compressed;
vacuum compressing the mechanically compressed mattress spring bed stack in the sealing bag resulting in the spring assemblies in each of the two mechanically compressed mattress spring beds being further compressed;
sealing the vacuum compressed mattress spring bed stack within the sealing bag; and
binding the vacuum compressed mattress spring bed stack in the sealed sealing bag using a strap.

US Pat. No. 10,654,599

ADJUSTABLE TABLES FOR USE IN PACKAGE FORMING SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Automated Solutions, LLC,...

1. An adjustable table for use in a packaging forming system, the adjustable table comprising:outer side panels;
moveable inner side panels moveably connected to the outer side panels with the outer side panels held stationary relative to the moveable inner side panels;
a table top secured to the moveable inner side panels, the table top and the inner side panels configured to move upwardly or downwardly relative to the outer side panels; and
cam plates movably connected to the moveable inner side panels and the outer side panels with the cam plates, the inner side panels, and the outer side panels configured to interact with each other so that linear horizontal movements of the cam plates translates to generally upward and downward movement of the table top, wherein each of the cam plates comprise two cam rollers protruding outward from a portion positioned below the inner side panels that engage horizontal slots in the respective outer side panels so that, during movement of the cam plates, the cam plates are moved in a horizontal movement.

US Pat. No. 10,654,598

APPARATUSES FOR WRAPPING A LOAD AND SUPPLYING FILM FOR WRAPPING A LOAD AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

1. A method for preventing access to a wrapping apparatus comprising:defining a secure area about at least a part of the wrapping apparatus, the secure area comprising openings for permitting access thereto;
securing the secure area with a plurality of mechanical barriers and a plurality of light curtains;
defining a plurality of barriers with the light curtains selectively configurable in an active configuration and an inactive configuration; and
selectively shutting down operation of the wrapping apparatus upon at least one barrier in the active configuration being crossed,
wherein the light curtain barriers comprise a first set of light curtain barriers and a second set of light curtain barriers, selectively configurable in the active configuration, the first set being configured in the active configuration and the second set being configured in the inactive configuration upon operation of the wrapping apparatus allowing access to a packaging material dispenser and preventing access to the wrapping apparatus, and
wherein the first set being configured in the inactive configuration and the second set being configured in the active configuration upon rotation of the packaging material dispenser to prevent access thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,654,597

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR TAMPING THE CONTENTS OF A CONTAINER

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An apparatus for tamping the contents of a container having a bottom surface prone to bending, cracking, or both bending and cracking during tamping, comprising:a tamp head configured to tamp the contents of the container; and
a container support assembly configured to temporarily support the bottom surface of the container during tamping, the container support assembly including,
a support element including,
an upper surface, the upper surface being substantially flat and horizontal, and
a protrusion extending upwardly from the upper surface, the protrusion is sized and shaped to correspond to a size and a shape of the bottom surface of the container, and
an actuator configured to move the support element between a first position and a second position, the actuator connected to a slide bar having at least one inclined surface that abuts at least one corresponding inclined surface on the support element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,596

ON-ORBIT THERMAL EXTRACTIONS OF RAW MATERIALS FROM SPACE DEBRIS IN SUPPORT OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF NEW SPACE ELEMENTS ON-ORBIT

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A system for manufacturing a space-based component or for Asteroid mining, said system being in orbit around the Earth or in orbit around the Sun, said system comprising:a spacecraft body;
a solar collection device mounted to the spacecraft body for collecting solar energy from the Sun that is converted into heat;
a solar refinery coupled to the spacecraft body and being operable to collect and capture space debris directly from and suspended in space, said solar refinery being heated by the heat provided by the solar collection device and being operable to separately and independently melt constituent elements and compounds in the space debris by using the heat provided by the solar collection device, said solar refinery including a collection element being capable of separately collecting different elements and compounds extracted from the space debris; and
a fabrication module coupled to the spacecraft body and being operable to obtain the elements and compounds from the collection element either in molten, solid or vapor form and fabricate the space-based component therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,654,595

MAINTAINING HIGH-INCLINATION ECCENTRIC ORBIT USING AN ELECTRODYNAMIC TETHER

United States of America ...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle having an electrodynamic tether connected thereto;
a processor contained within the vehicle and connected to the electrodynamic tether, the processor configured to cause a current to be directed to the electrodynamic tether to cause a change in motion of the vehicle; and
a plurality of sensors contained within the vehicle and connected to the processor, wherein the processor is configured to direct current to the electrodynamic tether based upon input received from the plurality of sensors to maintain the vehicle within a specified orbit;
wherein the specified orbit has an inclination angle that is greater than 63.4 degrees and less than or equal to 90 degrees, with apogee positioned between above 63.4 degrees North latitude and about 90 degrees North latitude.

US Pat. No. 10,654,594

PAYLOAD DISPENSER

RUAG SPACE AB, Gothenbur...

1. A self-supporting payload dispenser for a launch vehicle, comprising:a first panel;
a second panel;
a third panel with a-payload mounted onto the third panel, wherein the payload comprises a satellite, wherein the first panel, the second panel, and the third panel are attachable to each other forming a self-supporting payload dispenser, wherein the self-supporting dispenser is a primary load bearing structure arranged to transfer loads from a launch vehicle to the payload, and is designed as a facetted tube with detachable sides.

US Pat. No. 10,654,593

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESSURE CONTROL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

8. A method for pressure control comprising:storing a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen within a tank;
transporting a first portion of the mixture of oxygen and nitrogen from the tank to a pressurized enclosed volume through a first branch of a pressure control line;
transporting a second portion of the mixture of oxygen and nitrogen through a second branch of the pressure control line to at least one flight suit removably coupled to the first branch;
enabling entry of air into the pressurized enclosed volume using a negative pressure relief valve when a pressure within the pressurized enclosed volume exceeds a threshold pressure; and
preventing the entry of liquid water into the pressurized enclosed volume at a float valve of the negative pressure relief valve.

US Pat. No. 10,654,592

INTEGRATION OF FUEL CELL WITH CRYOGENIC SOURCE FOR COOLING AND REACTANT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A fuel cell-based power system, comprising:a fuel cell configured for continuously receiving a first reactant and a second reactant to produce chemical reactions that generate electrical power, water, and heat;
a first tank configured for storing the first reactant;
a second tank configured for storing the second reactant;
a coolant subsystem configured for circulating a primary coolant in association with the fuel cell, thereby absorbing at least a portion of the heat generated from the fuel cell,
wherein the coolant subsystem comprises a primary heat exchanger configured for injecting absorbed heat from the primary coolant into a secondary coolant, and secondary heat exchangers configured for injecting absorbed heat from the primary coolant into the first reactant and the second reactant; and
a reactant distribution subsystem configured for conveying the first reactant from the first tank and the second reactant from the second tank to the fuel cell, for conveying at least one of the first reactant from the first tank or the second reactant from the second tank to an independent system, and for conveying the first reactant from the first tank to the coolant subsystem as the secondary coolant to remove the at least a portion of the heat absorbed by the primary coolant,
wherein the independent system is configured for performing a function, which is different from an electrical power generation function or a cooling function.

US Pat. No. 10,654,591

PRECISION APPROACH PATH INDICATOR WITH A NOVEL REFLECTOR ARRANGEMENT

Obelux Oy, Helsinki (FI)...

1. A precision approach path indicator (PAPI) comprising:a first artificial light source comprising a plurality of semiconductor emitters,
a second artificial light source comprising a plurality of semiconductor emitters,
a first planar reflector for guiding light received from the first artificial light source as a first beam of an output of the PAPI,
a second planar reflector for guiding light received from the second artificial light source as a second beam substantially parallel to the first beam of the output of the PAPI,
a first concave reflector adapted to collect light emitted by the plurality of semiconductor emitters of the first artificial light source and to focus the collected light into the first beam directed to the first planar reflector,
a second concave reflector adapted to collect light emitted by the plurality of semiconductor emitters of the second artificial light source and to focus the collected light into the second beam directed to the second planar reflector, and
a projector lens configured to receive the first and second beams from the first and second planar reflectors and output the output of the PAPI.

US Pat. No. 10,654,590

AIRCRAFT COCKPIT VIEW ENHANCING SYSTEM AND METHOD

COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT CORPO...

1. An aircraft cockpit view enhancement system, comprising:a front-position camera device, a left-position camera device and a right-position camera device, wherein the front-position camera device is arranged inside the cockpit between a driver's eye position point and an aircraft windshield pillar, with a photographing angle of the front-position camera device directly facing the aircraft windshield pillar, and the left-position camera device and the right-position camera devices are respectively arranged inside the cockpit at a left side and a right side of the aircraft windshield pillar, with photographing angles of the left-position camera device and the right-position camera device respectively pointing to the right side and the left side deviated from the aircraft windshield pillar;
an image processing device, the image processing device being connected to the front-position camera device, the left-position camera device and the right-position camera device to perform image synthesis and image registration on a front-position image, a left-position image and a right-position image photographed by the front-position camera device, the left-position camera device and the right-position camera device, so as to obtain an image of a region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar; and
a display device, the display device being connected to the image processing device to display the obtained image of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar;
wherein the image processing device comprises an image synthesis module, an edge detection module and an image registration module, wherein the image synthesis module is used for performing image synthesis on the left-position image and the right-position image so as to obtain a synthesized image with a greater angle of view, the edge detection module is used for performing edge detection on the front-position image so as to obtain a boundary of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar, and the image registration module is used for performing image registration on the obtained synthesized image and front-position image, and extracting an image of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar according to the obtained boundary;
wherein the image processing device further comprises an image cutting module, the image cutting module being used for adjustably cutting the image of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar according to an actual visual effect;
wherein the image processing device further comprises an image transformation module, the image transformation module being used for performing image transformation processing on the image of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar according to the shape of the aircraft windshield pillar, such that the image of the region shielded by the aircraft windshield pillar which has been subjected to the image transformation processing is suited to the shape of the aircraft windshield pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,654,589

AVIONIC DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING VERTICAL SITUATION DISPLAYS INCLUDING INSTABILITY PREDICTION AND AVOIDANCE SYMBOLOGY

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. An avionic display system, comprising:an avionic display device on which an avionic display including a vertical descent profile graphic that visually represents an optimal vertical descent profile is displayed; and
a controller operably coupled to the avionic display device and configured to:
project a reference descent path based on an aircraft's present flight conditions, for the aircraft to operate on the optimal vertical descent profile during a descent or approach;
predict when an unstable aircraft state is projected to occur for the aircraft on the reference descent path;
wherein an optimized drag device deployment scheme defines a sequence and timing of deployment of available drag devices on the aircraft, determine whether implementation of the optimized drag device deployment scheme can enable the aircraft to remain on the reference descent path while preventing the projected occurrence of the unstable aircraft state; and
when the aircraft can remain on the reference descent path and prevent occurrence of the predicted unstable aircraft state by implementation of the optimized drag device deployment scheme,
(i) generate symbology on the avionic display that visually indicates the optimized drag device deployment scheme, the symbology including rendering a uniquely identifying drag device deployment cue for each drag device in the optimized drag device deployment scheme at a location alongside the vertical descent profile graphic that visually indicates the anticipated timing of drag device deployment;
(ii) continuously forecast whether a future unstable aircraft state is predicted to occur when arriving at a stabilization distance absent alterations to the implemented optimized drag device deployment scheme; and
(iii) dynamically adjust the drag device deployment cues, responsive to forecasted future unstable aircraft states.

US Pat. No. 10,654,588

ROTOR WIRELESS LOAD AND MOTION MONITORING SENSOR NETWORK

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of data collection from a rotor system of an aircraft comprising:disposing a plurality of sensors at a plurality of locations of a rotating portion of the rotor system;
positioning one or more antennae at one or more rotationally fixed locations of the aircraft, the fixed locations of the one or more antennae being optimized via an electromagnetic simulation software operable to evaluates radio frequency signal strength for a wireless channel between the one or more antennae and the plurality of sensors;
positioning a gateway at the airframe, the gateway being operably connected to the one or more antennae;
collecting rotor system data via the plurality of sensors;
wirelessly transmitting the rotor system data from the plurality of sensors to the one or more antennae via two or more separate wireless protocols;
transferring the rotor system data from the one or more antennae to a gateway;
normalizing the rotor system data into a common format at the gateway;
synchronizing the rotor system data at the gateway; and
providing the synchronized rotor system data from the gateway to one or more aircraft systems including a health monitoring system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,587

AIRCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROL SURFACE ACTUATION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a flight control surface;
a track connected to said flight control surface, wherein said track moves said flight control surface between at least a retracted position and an extended position;
an actuation system that moves said track, wherein said actuation system comprises a first rack engaged with a first pinion, wherein one of said first rack and said first pinion is connected to said track; and
a monitoring system for monitoring the movement of said track by said actuation system, said monitoring system comprising:
a second rack engaged with a second pinion, wherein said second pinion is rotatable about an axis of rotation in response to movement of said second rack relative to said second pinion, and wherein one of said second rack and said second pinion is fixedly connected to said track; and
a rotation detector operatively connected to said second pinion,
wherein said first rack has a first tooth spacing between adjacent teeth thereof, wherein said second rack has a second tooth spacing between adjacent teeth thereof, wherein said first tooth spacing is greater than said second tooth spacing.

US Pat. No. 10,654,586

IN-FLIGHT DAMAGE DETECTION SYSTEM AND DAMAGE DETECTION METHOD

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A damage detection system comprising:a storage that stores:
instructions for flying an aircraft in an active damage detection flight mode that causes physical changes to the aircraft to facilitate detection of suspected damage, and
a plurality of reference physical quantities associated with the active damage detection flight mode and a structural object of the aircraft,
wherein the plurality of reference physical quantities include at least one of a strain, a vibration, or an acceleration of the structural object that is expected when the aircraft is in flight, in the active damage detection flight mode, without damage to the structural object;
a physical quantity detection unit, including at least one sensor, configured to detect a value of a first physical quantity of the structural object during a flight of the aircraft in a passive damage detection mode in which the physical quantity detection unit is operating during normal flight operations;
a flight condition changing circuit configured to change the flight of the aircraft to the active damage detection mode, to determine whether a damage arose in the structural object, when the value of the first physical quantity detected by the physical quantity detection unit indicates that the damage may have occurred in the structural object;
a damage detection circuit configured to determine whether the damage arose in the structural object, based on an additional value of the first physical quantity or a value of a second physical quantity of the structural object detected by the physical quantity detection unit while the aircraft is flying in the active damage detection flight mode; and
wherein the damage detection circuit is adapted to determine whether the damage arose in the structural object, based on a comparison of the additional value of the first physical quantity or the value of the second physical quantity with a corresponding one of the plurality of reference physical quantities for the active damage detection flight mode without damage to the structural object.

US Pat. No. 10,654,585

VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD THAT USES AIR DATA FROM SURFACE-MOUNTED PRESSURE SENSORS FOR VEHICLE ORIENTATION CONTROL

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INC.,...

1. A vehicle guidance system, comprising:a plurality of surface-mounted pressure sensors configured to be mounted on a vehicle, each sensor being configured to detect a surface pressure distribution for a respective location of the corresponding sensor on the vehicle, respectively;
an air data estimation controller configured to be connected to each of the plurality of surface-mounted pressure sensors, the air data estimation controller being configured to:
receive an initial value for a Mach number of the vehicle,
calculate a converged value for an angle of attack of the vehicle based on first surface pressure data from a first set of the surface-mounted pressure sensors, and a converged sideslip angle value of the vehicle based on second surface pressure data from a second set of the surface-mounted pressure sensors,
calculate a freestream dynamic pressure based on the initial value for Mach number, the calculated converged value for angle of attack, and the calculated converged sideslip angle value,
calculate a freestream pressure, and
calculate a converged value for Mach number based on the calculated freestream pressure and the calculated freestream dynamic pressure; and
a flight control processor configured to receive the calculated converged value for Mach number and the calculated freestream pressure from the air data estimation controller, and to provide an output command for adjusting an orientation of the vehicle based on the converged value for Mach number and the freestream pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,584

REFUELING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Modern Technology Solutio...

1. A hose guide, comprising:a framework having wings and remotely-adjustable control surfaces interacting with air through which the hose guide moves;
an attachment interface, attaching the hose guide to a fuel hose extended from an aircraft, at a distal end away from the tanker aircraft; and
a control system enabled to adjust the adjustable control surfaces;
wherein the fuel line connects to the framework at center-of-gravity of the framework, the hose guide is enabled to be towed as a glider by the aircraft, and control surfaces adjusts three-dimensional position of the end of the fuel hose at the hose guide relative to position of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,654,583

FUEL TANK INERTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMI...

1. A fuel tank inerting system for an aircraft, the system comprising:a fuel tank;
a catalytic heat exchanger comprising a first flow path and a second flow path for heat exchange with the first flow path;
a first inlet arranged upstream of the first flow path of the catalytic heat exchanger for providing a mixture of fuel vapour and oxygen to the first flow path for sustaining a catalysed reaction;
a second inlet arranged upstream of the second flow path for providing a flow of liquid fuel from the fuel tank to the second flow path of the catalytic heat exchanger for exchanging heat with the first flow path; and
a transfer pipe in heat exchange with the fuel tank through a wall of the transfer pipe, wherein the transfer pipe is arranged to receive fuel from the second flow path of the catalytic heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,654,581

AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEM

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An aircraft fuel system comprising:a fuel tank configured to contain liquid fuel, wherein the fuel tank includes walls defining a fuel containing chamber;
a baffle dividing the fuel containing chamber into a primary fuel containing space and a secondary fuel containing space,
a fuel drain through which the liquid fuel flows from the primary fuel containing space into the secondary fuel containing space, wherein the fuel drain is configured to allow fuel to drain into the secondary fuel containing space from the primary fuel containing space at a rate no greater than a maximum mass flow drain rate;
a primary fuel outlet configured to draw the liquid fuel from the primary fuel containing space, and
a secondary fuel outlet configured to draw the liquid fuel from the secondary fuel containing space, wherein the secondary fuel outlet is configured to draw the liquid fuel at an allowable mass flow rate of the liquid fuel greater than the maximum mass flow drain rate;
wherein the secondary fuel outlet is configured so that the liquid fuel flow through the primary fuel outlet causes the liquid fuel flow to be drawn through the secondary fuel outlet, and
an auxiliary duct connects the secondary fuel outlet with the primary fuel outlet so that the secondary fuel outlet receives pressurized fuel from the primary fuel outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,654,580

TILTROTOR OUTBOARD FIXED ENGINE CONFIGURATION WITH OFFSET ROTATION SPINDLE AND INTERCONNECT DRIVE SHAFT

BELL HELIPCOPTER TEXTRON ...

1. A rotorcraft drive system comprising:one or more fixed engines;
a wing member comprising two inboard ribs and an outboard tip rib connected between a forward wing spar and an aft wing spar, and an aft cove positioned aft of the aft wing spar;
a rotating spindle that rotates a proprotor gearbox and rotor pylon between a hover and forward flight position, wherein the rotating spindle rotates about a rotation bearings on the two inboard ribs of the wing member;
an interconnect drive shaft connected to the one or more fixed engines, wherein the interconnect drive shaft passes through the aft cove of the wing member and connects to a forward-aft drive shaft located outboard of the outboard tip rib, wherein the forward-aft drive shaft is connected to the proprotor gearbox to provide power to a proprotor; and
the forward wing spar of the wing member comprises a U-shaped extension between one of the inboard ribs and the outboard tip rib that is sized to allow space for and provide support of the rotor pylon in a forward position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,579

COOLED COOLING AIR SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY ...

1. In an aircraft including a gas turbine engine having a compressor including a compressor booster, a turbine, and a nacelle, a system for cooling compressor discharge air provided to the turbine to cool the turbine, the system comprising:a heat exchanger provided in a nacelle compartment of the gas turbine engine configured to cool the compressor discharge air by exchanging heat from the compressor discharge air to a cooling fluid; and
a cooling fluid circuit configured to circulate cooling fluid through the heat exchanger and a heat sink, wherein the heat sink includes one or more outlet guide vanes of the gas turbine engine and also includes at least one of a nacelle aft core cowl, a nacelle external cowl, a thrust reverser outer fixed structure, or one or more other surfaces exposed to a bypass duct.

US Pat. No. 10,654,578

COMBINED AC AND DC TURBOELECTRIC DISTRIBUTED PROPULSION SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A propulsion system comprising:an alternating current (AC) generator configured to produce electrical current;
a plurality of propulsors configured to receive the electrical current from the AC generator and provide thrust based on the electrical current from the AC generator;
an AC drive circuit configured to deliver a first portion of the electrical current to a first group of propulsors from the plurality of propulsors;
a direct current (DC) circuit configured to simultaneously deliver a second portion of the electrical current to a second group of propulsors from the plurality of propulsors, different from the first group of propulsors; and
a controller configured to:
modulate a first amount of thrust provided by the first group of propulsors by controlling a rotational speed associated with the AC generator; and
modulate a second amount of thrust provided by the second group of propulsors by controlling a motor speed of the second group of propulsors.

US Pat. No. 10,654,577

RAINBOW FLOWPATH LOW PRESSURE TURBINE ROTOR ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining a radial direction, a longitudinal direction, and a circumferential direction, an upstream end and a downstream end along the longitudinal direction, and an axial centerline extended along the longitudinal direction, the gas turbine engine comprising:a low pressure (LP) turbine defining an outer flowpath,
wherein the outer flowpath defines a first outer flowpath radius at an upstream-most end of the LP turbine, a last outer flowpath radius disposed at a downstream-most end of the LP turbine, and a middle outer flowpath radius disposed therebetween along the longitudinal direction,
wherein the middle outer flowpath radius is greater than the last outer flowpath radius,
wherein the LP turbine further defines an inner flowpath,
wherein the inner flowpath further defines a first inner flowpath radius corresponding to the first turbine rotor, a middle inner flowpath radius corresponding to the middle turbine rotor, and a last inner flowpath radius corresponding to the last turbine rotor, and
wherein the last inner flowpath radius is less than the middle inner flowpath radius and the first inner flowpath radius.

US Pat. No. 10,654,576

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH THERMOELECTRIC COOLING AIR HEAT EXCHANGER

Rolls-Royce North America...

15. A method of operating a gas turbine engine for providing propulsion for an aircraft, the method comprisingdetermining an operational state of the gas turbine engine as one of ground idle, takeoff, climb, cruise, and flight idle,
comparing a thermal differential existing between a cooling air system and a coolant system of the gas turbine engine to a predetermined threshold corresponding to the operational state of the gas turbine engine,
based on the determined operational state and a result of the comparing of the thermal differential to the predetermined threshold corresponding to the operational state of the gas turbine engine, selectively:
applying voltage across a thermoelectric section of a thermoelectric heat exchanger of the gas turbine engine in response to determination that the thermal differential does not exceed the predetermined threshold, or
extracting electric power from the thermoelectric section of the thermoelectric heat exchanger in response to determination that the thermal differential does exceed the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,574

AIRFOIL FOR STEADYING AN EVACUATION SLIDE

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable slide for use in an emergency evacuation system of an aircraft, comprising:a main body having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side, a second side, and a width extending from the first side to the second side, the main body being configured to inflate in response to receiving a flow of fluid;
a first lanyard coupled to the main body;
a second lanyard located nearer the second side than the first lanyard;
a first slip ring slidably coupled to the first lanyard and a second slip ring slidably coupled to the second lanyard; and
an airfoil coupled to the first slip ring and the second slip ring to facilitate movement of the airfoil towards at least one of the first side or the second side, the airfoil being configured to exert a force on the main body in a downward direction corresponding to a direction of gravity in response to receiving a wind flow, wherein the first slip ring and the second slip ring facilitate movement of the airfoil towards the first side and the second side of the main body via the first lanyard and the second lanyard.

US Pat. No. 10,654,573

SEATING-SYSTEM KITS AND METHODS OF CONFIGURING SEATING SYSTEMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A seating-system kit for a vehicle that comprises floor beams and a primary pair of seat tracks, attached to the floor beams, the seating-system kit comprising:a secondary pair of seat tracks;
a plurality of struts, comprising at least one of a first strut type or a second strut type and configured to provide a coupling interface between the secondary pair of seat tracks and the floor beams;
a doubler, configured to at least partially cover an opening in one of the floor beams; and
a spacer, configured to be positioned in the opening in the one of the floor beams; and
wherein:
at least a portion of the spacer is between the doubler and the second type strut when the second strut type and the doubler are attached to the one of the floor beams; and
the first strut type is geometrically different from the second strut type.

US Pat. No. 10,654,572

AIRCRAFT SEAT DEVICE

1. An aircraft seat device comprising:a load bearing frame comprising two form-lock elements, which are embodied as rails and are oriented in a seat direction parallel to each other; and
a plurality of structural components that are fastened at the load-bearing frame, wherein:
at least one of the plurality of structural components is tool-lessly mounted and demounted to and from the load-bearing frame using at least one manually actuable fastening element;
the at least one manually actuable fastening element arranges the at least one of the structural components at the load-bearing frame;
the at least one of the plurality of structural components is coupled to the load-bearing frame merely by the form-lock elements and by the fastening element;
the at least one of the plurality of structural components is implemented as a central kinematics (CK) unit, tool-lessly mounted and demounted to and from the load-bearing frame, the CK unit comprising a CK frame formed from a plurality of profile elements, the CK frame being pivotable and implementing a plurality of sitting and recumbent positions of an aircraft seat encompassing the aircraft seat device; and
at least a further one of the plurality of structural components is embodied as a seat pan, and is tool-lessly mounted to the CK frame.

US Pat. No. 10,654,571

SYSTEM COMPRISING A DRONE AND AN ENTITY FOR CONTROLLING THIS DRONE

1. A system comprising a drone having an onboard entity on board said drone and a control entity for controlling the drone and situated remotely from the drone, the control entity being connected to a human-machine interface adapted to enable an operator to select instructions for sending from the control entity to the onboard entity, the onboard entity receiving the instructions sent by the control entity and executing actions corresponding to the instructions received by the onboard entity, wherein:the onboard entity generates a message from the instructions received by the onboard entity and transmits this message to the control entity; and
the control entity controls warning means to generate an information signal representative of said message transmitted by the onboard entity and received by the control entity;
the system further comprising validation means connected to the control entity, the control entity generating an intention message in response to a command exerted by the operator on said validation means after said information signal has been generated and transmitting said intention message to the onboard entity; and
the onboard entity conditioning the execution of said actions as a function of said intention message, which actions correspond to the instructions previously received by the onboard entity.

US Pat. No. 10,654,570

VEHICULAR ALERT SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored codes executable by a computer to implement a vehicular alert method, comprising:receiving at the computer, detected data including vehicular condition data and road condition data transmitted by at least one of a plurality of autonomous aerial vehicles; and
comparing the detected data with preset hazardous parameters stored in a look up table, and upon determining a match with a preset hazardous parameter, causing at least one of the plurality of autonomous aerial vehicles to display a hazard signal and a reduce speed signal on a display,
wherein the at least one autonomous aerial vehicle displays a reduced speed limit that is reduced with respect to a legal speed limit,
wherein the reduced speed limit displayed depends upon a type of the preset hazardous parameter matched, and
wherein each of the preset hazardous parameters stored in the look up table is assigned a driver notification priority score from 0-100.

US Pat. No. 10,654,569

MAST BEARING SYSTEM FOR A TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A tiltrotor aircraft, comprising:a mast assembly, the mast assembly comprising:
a mast;
a bearing system;
a housing; and
a housing cap secured to the housing, wherein the bearing system is between the mast and the housing, the bearing system further comprising:
a first bearing assembly comprising a first inner race, a first outer race, and a plurality of first tapered roller bearings;
a second bearing assembly comprising a second inner race, a second outer race, and a plurality of second tapered roller bearings;
an inner spacer;
an outer spacer, wherein the inner spacer and the outer spacer are between the first bearing assembly and the second bearing assembly; and
a retaining device, wherein the retaining device secures the first inner race, the second inner race, and the inner spacer together, and the housing cap secures the first outer race, the second outer race, and the outer spacer together.

US Pat. No. 10,654,568

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AT LEAST COLLECTIVE PITCH OF ROTOR BLADES OF A MULTI-BLADE ROTOR IN A ROTARY-WING AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTER DEUTSCH...

1. A control system for controlling at least collective pitch of rotor blades of a multi-blade rotor in a rotary-wing aircraft, wherein the multi-blade rotor comprises a rotor shaft that defines an associated rotor axis, the control system comprising:a non-rotating sliding sleeve that is mountable to the rotor shaft such that the non-rotating sliding sleeve is axially displaceable coaxially to the associated rotor axis on the rotor shaft,
at least one actuator arm that is pivotally mounted to the non-rotating sliding sleeve, the at least one actuator arm being adapted for axially displacing the non-rotating sliding sleeve that is mounted to the rotor shaft upon activation,
at least one hinge support that is adapted for a hinged support of the at least one actuator arm such that a rotational movement of the at least one actuator arm on the at least one hinge support upon activation is translatable into a pivotal movement of the at least one actuator arm on the non-rotating sliding sleeve that is adapted to cause an axial displacement on the rotor shaft of the non-rotating sliding sleeve that is mounted to the rotor shaft,
wherein
the at least one hinge support comprises at least one carrier element that is adapted for carrying the at least one actuator arm, the at least one carrier element comprising composite material, and
wherein the at least one carrier element comprises at least one elastically deformable support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,567

COMPOSITE YOKE FITTING FOR BEARING ATTACHMENT TO ROTORCRAFT BLADE

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A tail rotor blade assembly comprising:a tail rotor blade comprising an inboard end, an outboard end, an upper skin portion, a lower skin portion, and a core material sandwiched and bonded between the upper skin portion and the lower skin portion; and
a composite yoke fitting made from a composite material, the composite yoke fitting attached to the tail rotor blade, wherein the composite yoke fitting comprises:
an outboard portion inserted into the inboard end of the tail rotor blade, the outboard portion sandwiched only between the upper skin portion and the lower skin portion and extending spanwise to the core material disposed between the outboard portion and the outboard end of the tail rotor blade,
an inboard portion, and
a flexure region about which the tail rotor blade is configured to flex, wherein the inboard portion and the flexure region are outside of the upper skin portion and lower skin portion of the tail rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,654,566

INTEGRATED MAIN ROTOR HUB AND SHAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A main rotor system for a rotary wing aircraft:a lower rotor hub to which lower rotor blades are attachable and which rotates the lower rotor blades about an axis in a first direction;
a hollow rotor shaft passing through the lower rotor hub having a first end and a second end, the first end of the rotor shaft being configured to couple to a component of the rotary wing aircraft for rotation about the axis;
an upper rotor hub integral to the second end of the rotor shaft, the upper rotor hub including a plurality of similar upper rotor members integrally formed with the second end and equidistantly spaced about a circumference of the rotor shaft such that the upper rotor hub has an open center aligned with a hollow interior of the rotor shaft, and wherein an opening configured to receive an upper rotor blade is formed between adjacent rotor members and the upper rotor hub and rotor shaft rotate the upper rotor blade in a second direction about the axis, the second direction being opposite the first direction; and
a hub plate mounted to an upper surface of the upper rotor hub above a connection point of the upper rotor blades, wherein the hub plate seals the open center of the upper rotor hub.

US Pat. No. 10,654,565

COLLECTIVE TO ELEVATOR MIXING OF A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An aircraft comprising:an airframe including a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis;
an extending tail;
a counter rotating, coaxial main rotor assembly including an upper rotor assembly and a lower rotor assembly;
a translational thrust system positioned at the extending tail, the translational thrust system providing translational thrust to the airframe;
a horizontal stabilizer including a first actuator connected with a left elevator and a second actuator connected to a right elevator, the left and right elevators being positioned at the extending tail, one of the left elevator and the right elevator being offset relative the other of the left elevator and the right elevator along one of the longitudinal axis and the lateral axis; and
a flight control computer to independently control one or more of the main rotor assembly and the elevator through a fly-by-wire control system, wherein the left elevator and the right elevator are independently controllable through selective actuation of the first actuator and the second actuator by the flight control computer;
wherein the flight control computer is configured to mix a collective pitch of the main rotor assembly and a deflection of the elevator.

US Pat. No. 10,654,564

AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY INCLUDING DEFLECTION SENSOR

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. An aircraft landing gear assembly comprising:a shock-absorbing strut comprising a cylinder and a sliding tube;
attachment lugs configured to couple the shock-absorbing strut to an aircraft airframe;
a first region at or adjacent to the attachment lugs;
a second region spaced from the first region by a flexible region, the flexible region comprising at least a portion of the shock-absorbing strut, the first region having greater positional stability than the second region such that flexing of the flexible region due to in-use loads causes the second region to deflect further from a second default position than the first region deflects from a first default position; and
a deflection sensor comprising:
a first gyroscope rigidly mounted at, or with respect to, the first region so as to generate a first signal which represents rotation of the first region about one or more orthogonal axes;
a second gyroscope rigidly mounted at, or with respect to, the second region so as to generate a second signal which represents rotation of the second region about the one or more orthogonal axes, the second gyroscope being synchronised in time with the first gyroscope; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first and second gyroscopes to receive the first and second signals, the controller being configured to subtract one of the first and second signals from the other to obtain a differential signal which represents deflection of the second region relative to the first region due to flexing of the flexible region.

US Pat. No. 10,654,563

METHOD FOR OPERATING A LANDING GEAR AND AN AIRCRAFT INCLUDING THE LANDING GEAR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for operating a landing gear, the method comprising:extending an actuator to apply a force to a crank link of a toggle lock mechanism to rotate the toggle lock mechanism in a first rotation direction against a biasing force of at least one biasing member causing a mechanical unlocking of a second lock link from a fully extended position and causing rotation of the second lock link away from the fully extended position;
retracting the actuator to rotate the toggle lock mechanism about a toggle lock pivot axis of a first lock link, causing rotation of the second lock link that is rotatably coupled to the first lock link so that
the second lock link folds relative to the first lock link in a second rotation direction, and
a toggle link of the toggle lock mechanism rotates relative to the second lock link, in the first rotation direction opposite the second rotation direction, to rotate the second lock link to a fully retracted position of the second lock link relative to the first lock link; and
wherein:
the first lock link and the second lock link are distinct from a landing gear shock strut of the landing gear, and
the toggle link couples the crank link to the second lock link, the actuator is coupled to both the first lock link and the crank link, and the at least one biasing member is coupled to both the first lock link and the crank link.

US Pat. No. 10,654,562

LANDING GEAR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

15. A method of retracting a landing gear connected to an aircraft having a fuselage and a wing, the landing gear comprisinga main strut;
an inboard stay assembly, a first end of the inboard stay assembly being attached to the main strut and a second end of the inboard stay assembly being connected to the fuselage;
a sidestay, a first end of the sidestay being connected to the main strut and a second end of the sidestay being connected to the wing; and
a link assembly comprising an upper arm having a first end and a lower arm having a second end, wherein the first end is attached to the main strut and the second end is connected to the aircraft,
the method comprising retracting the landing gear from an extended position to a retracted position by rotating the main strut about an axis of rotation extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft,
wherein the link assembly is configured such that the relative movement between the upper arm and the lower arm varies the distance between the first end and the second end of the link assembly as the landing gear retracts.

US Pat. No. 10,654,561

ROTORCRAFT FLY-BY-WIRE GO-AROUND MODE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system, comprising:a rotorcraft flight control computer (FCC) having a control law, the control law operable to engage a level-and-climb command in response to a switch of a pilot control assembly (PCA) being selected, wherein the level-and-climb command is configured to establish a roll-neutral orientation and increase altitude; and
wherein the control law is further operable to establish the roll-neutral orientation by receiving a sensed roll orientation, the sensed roll orientation being non-neutral, and smoothly transitioning the roll orientation from the non-neutral sensed roll orientation to the roll-neutral orientation; and
further wherein smoothly transitioning the roll orientation from the non-neutral roll orientation to the roll-neutral orientation comprises filtering an initial roll angle value and a desired neutral roll angle value through a lag filter to establish a roll target and generating a roll command based upon the roll target and based upon a feedback signal.

US Pat. No. 10,654,560

CONTROL SURFACE TRANSITIONING FOR HYBRID VTOL AIRCRAFT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A method comprising:defining a maximum deflection for a first axis of a control surface axis of an aircraft;
defining a maximum deflection for a second axis of the control surface;
creating a graphical representation of the maximum deflection for the first and second control surface axes;
determining an angle of rotation of a structure on which the control surface is carried, wherein the angle of rotation is relative to a body of the aircraft;
rotating the graphical representation in accordance with the determined angle of rotation;
calculating a distance between a point representing a selected combination of roll moment and yaw moment and each edge of the graphical representation; and
calculating a control surface deflection based on the calculated distances;
wherein the structure on which the control surface is carried is a mast rotatable between first and second positions relative to the aircraft body; and
wherein when the mast is in the first position, the angle of rotation is zero degrees and when the mast is in the second position, the angle of rotation is 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,654,559

PITCH CONTROL DEVICE FOR A DUCTED TAIL ROTOR OF A ROTORCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A pitch control device for a ducted tail rotor of a rotorcraft, comprising:a control input member with a disc-shaped central component and at least two connecting arms that extend radially from the disc-shaped central component, wherein the disc-shaped central component is provided for being mounted to an associated pitch control shaft of the ducted tail rotor, and
a control transfer member comprising a ring-shaped connector rigidly attached in a releasable manner to the at least two connecting arms of the control input member; the control transfer member comprising at least two push rods that extend axially from the ring-shaped connector, wherein each one of the at least two push rods is provided for being coupled to an associated pitch lever of a rotor blade of the ducted tail rotor;
wherein the at least two connecting arms of the control input member are rigidly attached to the ring-shaped connector of the control transfer member and the control input member comprises a composite material, the control transfer member comprising metal; and wherein a bushing is provided as an interface between each one of the at least two connecting arms and the ring-shaped connector.

US Pat. No. 10,654,558

ROTOR HUB WITH ENFORCED COLLECTIVE CONING

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A rotor assembly comprising:a rotor hub operable to rotate based on rotation of a mast;
a first rotor blade pivotally attached to the rotor hub;
a bracing member pivotally attached to the rotor hub at a first end and pivotally attached to the first rotor blade at a second end; and
a linkage mechanism coupling the first rotor blade to a second rotor blade;
wherein the bracing member is operable to transfer a coning movement of the first rotor blade to a movement of the linkage mechanism and a corresponding coning movement of the second rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,654,557

MORPHING SKIN FOR AN AIRCRAFT

BOMBARDIER INC., Dorval ...

1. An aircraft skin assembly, the skin assembly comprising: a first rigid member, wherein the first rigid member comprises at least a portion of an aircraft structural frame; a second rigid member, wherein the second rigid member also comprises at least a portion of the aircraft structural frame, wherein the second rigid member is moveable with respect to the first rigid member, and wherein a distance is defined between the first rigid member and the second rigid member; a morphing member extending between the first rigid member and the second rigid member, wherein the morphing member compensates for at least one of a change in the distance and a change in an orientation between the first rigid member and the second rigid member; wherein the morphing member comprises: a plurality of first segments attached to the first rigid member; and a plurality of second segments attached to the second rigid member; wherein the first segments are moveable with respect to one another, wherein the second segments are moveable with respect to one another, wherein the first segments form a first portion and the second segments form a second portion and said portions are separated from one another along a substantially linear seam in the absence of change in the distance and the orientation between the first rigid member and the second rigid member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,556

VTOL AIRCRAFT WITH WINGS

1. A vertical taking-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft comprising:a fuselage comprising a length direction;
a pair of first thrust units tiltably mounted on an upper portion of the fuselage and mounted on two sides of the fuselage respectively;
a pair of first wings securely mounted on the upper portion of the fuselage and on the two sides of the fuselage respectively, and the first wings disposed behind and above the pair of first thrust units; each one of the first wings comprising:
a root end mounted on the fuselage; and
an outer end opposite the root end of the first wing; a longitudinal length of the outer end of the first wing parallel with the length direction being larger than that of the root end of the first wing;
a pair of second thrust units tiltably mounted on a lower portion of the fuselage and mounted on the two sides of the fuselage respectively; the second thrust units being disposed behind the first thrust units; and
a pair of second wings securely mounted on the lower portion of the fuselage and mounted on the two sides of the fuselage respectively, and the second wings disposed behind and above the pair of the second thrust units; each one of the second wings comprising:
a root end mounted on the fuselage; and
an outer end opposite the root end of the second wing; a longitudinal length of the outer end of the second wing parallel with the length direction being larger than that of the root end of the second wing.

US Pat. No. 10,654,555

WINDOW ASSEMBLY FOR AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A window assembly for an aircraft, comprising:a window frame arranged bordering a window opening in a hull of the aircraft;
a window seal attached to the window frame;
a window supported by the window frame and sealed to the window frame by the window seal;
a window retainer covering the window seal and the window frame from an inside of the aircraft; and
a transparent vapor barrier supported by the window retainer and covering the window from the inside of the aircraft such that an air gap is formed between the window and the transparent vapor barrier;
wherein the transparent vapor barrier is configured as a transparent airtight foil.

US Pat. No. 10,654,554

METHOD FOR OPERATING A COOLING SYSTEM OF A SHIP

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. A method for operating a cooling system of a ship having a sea water part system with a sea water pump that is coupled to at least one first cooling water circuit by a first heat exchanger such that a cooling water of the first cooling water circuit is cooled by a sea water of the sea water part system in a region of the first heat exchanger, the first cooling water circuit has a heat exchanger bypass and a control valve that determines a first cooling water proportion of the first cooling water circuit that is conducted via the first heat exchanger and a second cooling water proportion of the first cooling water circuit that is conducted via the heat exchanger bypass, and a second cooling water circuit, wherein the second cooling water circuit and the first cooling water circuit are coupled via a second heat exchanger, in a region of which the cooling water of the second cooling water circuit is cooled by the cooling water of the first cooling water circuit, the second cooling water circuit includes a second heat exchanger bypass to the second heat exchanger coupling the second cooling water circuit and the sea water part system or the second cooling water circuit and the first cooling water circuit and a second control valve that determines a proportion of the second cooling water circuit that is conducted via the second heat exchanger and a cooling water proportion of the second cooling water circuit that is conducted via the heat exchanger bypass, the method comprising:controlling a position of the control valve such that an advance cooling water temperature due to a mixture of the first cooling water proportion and the second cooling water proportion correspond to a set point value; controlling a rotational speed of the sea water pump based on the position of the control valve;
controlling a position of the second control valve such that a return cooling water temperature upstream of the second heat exchanger corresponds to a respective set point value; and
controlling the rotational speed of the sea water pump based at least in part on the position of the second control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,654,553

SHIP WITH BOIL-OFF GAS LIQUEFACTION SYSTEM

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas;
a boil-off gas discharge line configured to discharge boil-off gas from the storage tank;
at least one compressor comprising a first compressor and a second compressor, each configured to compress at least a portion of the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank to provide compressed boil-off gas;
a third compressor configured to compress a first flow out of the compressed boil-off gas from the at least one compressor;
a first heat exchanger configured to heat-exchange the first flow flowing downstream the third compressor with the boil-off gas flowing through the boil-off gas discharge line upstream the at least one compressor, which cools the first flow;
a refrigerant decompressing device configured to expand a second flow of compressed boil-off gas flowing out of the at least one compressor;
a second heat exchanger configured to heat-exchange the second flow flowing downstream the refrigerant decompressing device with the first flow flowing downstream the first heat exchanger, which further cools the first flow;
liquefaction decompressing device configured to expand the first flow downstream the second heat exchanger, in which at least part of the first flow liquefies; and
a fourth compressor configured to compress the second flow downstream the second heat exchanger for returning to the at least one compressor,
wherein the fourth compressor is driven by power generated from expanding of the second flow at the refrigerant decompressing device.

US Pat. No. 10,654,552

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHIP ENGINE

2. A method of operating a system of a ship, the method comprising:discharging LNG from an LNG storage tank by a discharge pump located inside the LNG storage tank;
supplying LNG discharged from the LNG storage tank to a high-pressure pump via an LNG transfer line;
branching off LNG from the LNG transfer line and returning LNG to the LNG storage tank via an LNG return line;
controlling the discharge pump and a flow control valve located at the LNG return line for discharging LNG from the LNG storage tank, returning a first portion of LNG flowing in the LNG transfer line to the LNG storage tank, and supplying a second portion of LNG flowing in the LNG transfer line to the high-pressure pump,
wherein, when the second portion supplied to the high-pressure pump is at a temperature higher than a predetermined temperature, the discharge pump is controlled to increase a discharge flow rate of LNG discharged at the discharge pump to inhibit the temperature of the LNG flowing in the LNG transfer line from increasing to the boiling point of LNG for minimizing boil-off gas generation in the LNG transfer line and further for avoiding a supply of boil-off gas to the high-pressure pump, and further the flow control valve is controlled to increase a return flow rate of the first portion of LNG returning to the LNG storage tank in view of the increased discharge flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,551

METHOD OF OVERSHOOT FOR FASTER PLANING OF MARINE VESSEL

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of planing a marine vessel propelled by an electric propulsion system operably connected to a rotatable propeller system, the method comprising:receiving a command input requesting an increase in throttle;
determining whether the marine vessel is on plane;
determining whether there is sufficient power and energy available in the electric propulsion system to reach planing speed when the marine vessel is not on plane; and
increasing power output from the electric propulsion system for a selected period of time such that the electric propulsion system is allowed to overshoot continuous power limits of one or more components of the electric propulsion system for the selected amount of time, the one or more components of the electric propulsion system comprising at least one of an electric motor, an energy storage device, and an electric controller.

US Pat. No. 10,654,550

EXPANDING FLOW NOZZLE

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An expandable, steerable nozzle for a device, the nozzle comprising:a rigid ring mounted to the device and operatively coupled to a steering mechanism of the device;
a rigid plate; and
a flexible bellows coupling the ring to the plate according to a configurable operating angle, so that a fluid traversing the ring and contacting the plate produces a reactive force according to the operating angle;
wherein the flexible bellows has a first configuration in which the nozzle does not extend beyond an exterior surface of the device, and a second configuration in which the nozzle extends beyond the exterior surface of the device.