US Pat. No. 10,710,931

COPOLYMERS HAVING A GRADIENT STRUCTURE AS DISPERSANT FOR ALKALINICALLY ACTIVATED BINDING AGENTS

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. A binder composition comprising:an organic binder and/or a mineral binder,
an alkaline activating agent, and
a copolymer, as dispersant, having a polymer backbone and side chains bonded thereto and comprising:
at least one ionizable monomer unit M1, and
at least one side chain-bearing monomer unit M2,
wherein:
the copolymer has a gradient structure in at least one section A in a direction along the polymer backbone with regard to the ionizable monomer unit M1 and/or with regard to the side chain-bearing monomer unit M2,
the copolymer has a further section B, where there is essentially a constant local concentration of monomers and/or a statistical or random distribution of monomers over the entire section B,
the ionizable monomer unit M1 has a structure represented by formula I:

and the side chain-bearing monomer unit M2 includes a structure represented by formula II:

where:
R1, in each case independently, is —COOM, —SO2—OM, —OPO(OM)2, or —PO(OM)2,
R2, R3, R5, and R6, in each case independently, are H or an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,
R4 and R7, in each case independently, are H, —COOM, or an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, or R1 forms a ring together with R4 to give —CO—O—CO—,
M, independently of one another, represents H+, an alkali metal ion, an alkaline earth metal ion, a di- or trivalent metal ion, an ammonium ion, or an organic ammonium group,
m=0, 1, or 2,
p=0 or 1,
X, in each case independently, is —O— or —NH—,
R8 is a group represented by formula -[AO]n—Ra, where A is a C2- to C4-alkylene, Ra is H, a C1- to C20-alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, or an alkylaryl group, and
n=2-250.

US Pat. No. 10,710,930

SURFACE ENHANCED PULP FIBERS IN FIBER CEMENT

DOMTAR PAPER COMPANY, LLC...

13. A fiber-reinforced cementitious composite, comprising:a blend of a cementitious composition and cellulosic fibrous material,
wherein the cellulosic fibrous material comprises surface enhanced pulp fibers formed from a hardwood, and wherein the surface enhanced pulp fibers have a length-weighted average fiber length of at least about 0.2 millimeters, and an average hydrodynamic specific surface area of at least about 10 square meters per gram, wherein the number of surface enhanced pulp fibers is at least 12,000 fibers/milligram on an oven-dry basis.

US Pat. No. 10,710,929

MINERAL COMPOSITION BASED ON A MIXED SOLID PHASE OF CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM CARBONATES AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING SUCH A COMPOSITION

S. A. Lhoist Recherche et...

1. A mineral composition containing a mixed solid phase of synthetic calcium and magnesium carbonates, formed of a crystallized calcic portion and a plate-like form crystallized magnesian portion, the crystals of the calcic portion and those of the magnesian portion being aggregated in a form of composite aggregates, these aggregates themselves being at least partly agglomerated in a form of agglomerates, said calcic portion comprising at least one carbonate selected from the group consisting of calcite and the mixtures of calcite and aragonite, said magnesian portion comprising hydromagnesite in the plate-like form, said aggregates being formed of a calcic core on which hydromagnesite plates are aggregated, said mixed solid phase of carbonates of said mineral composition having a thermal conductivity of 25 to 45 mW/Km for a bulk density of 250 kg/m3 or lower and of 80 kg/m3 or higher measured in accordance with standard EN 459.2, and a Ca/Mg molar ratio higher than 1.2 and equal to or less than 4.0.

US Pat. No. 10,710,928

GLASS WITH ENHANCED STRENGTH AND ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES, AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method of making an antimicrobial glass article, comprising the steps:providing a glass article having a first surface and a plurality of ion-exchangeable metal ions;
providing a strengthening bath comprising a plurality of ion-exchanging metal ions larger in size than the ion-exchangeable metal ions;
providing an antimicrobial bath comprising a plurality of silver ions, a plurality of the ion-exchangeable metal ions and a plurality of the ion-exchanging ions, the bath having a concentration of silver nitrate at about 5% to 100% by weight;
submersing the glass article in the strengthening bath to exchange a portion of the plurality of ion-exchangeable metal ions in the glass article with a portion of the plurality of the ion-exchanging metal ions in the strengthening bath to form a compressive stress layer extending from the first surface to a diffusion depth in the glass article;
removing a portion of the compressive stress layer from the first surface of the glass article to a first depth above the diffusion depth in the glass article to define a new first surface and a remaining compressive stress layer; and
submersing the glass article in the antimicrobial bath to exchange a portion of the ion-exchangeable and the ion-exchanging metal ions in the compressive stress layer with a portion of the plurality of the silver ions in the antimicrobial bath to impart an antimicrobial property in the glass article, wherein the antimicrobial bath is at a temperature in the range from about 150° C. to about 275° C.

US Pat. No. 10,710,927

GLASS ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A glass article comprising:a core comprising a core glass composition; and
a clad adjacent to the core and comprising a clad glass composition comprising SiO2, Al2O3, B2O3, and at least one alkali metal oxide selected from the group consisting of Li2O, Na2O, K2O, Rb2O, Cs2O, and combinations thereof;
wherein a concentration of SiO2 in the clad glass composition is about 45 mol % to about 60 mol %;
wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the clad glass composition is about 50×10?7° C. to about 95×10?7° C.;
wherein a liquidus viscosity of the clad glass composition is at least about 50 kP; and
wherein a degradation rate of the clad glass composition in a reagent is greater than a degradation rate of the core glass composition in the reagent.

US Pat. No. 10,710,926

SEALING MATERIAL

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A sealing material for sealing a metal material, comprising 70 mass % to 100 mass % of glass powder comprising alkali metal oxide silicate glass and 0 mass % to 30 mass % of ceramic powder, and having a linear thermal expansion coefficient in a temperature range of from 30° C. to 380° C. of more than 100×10?7/° C. and 170×10?7/° C. or less,wherein the glass powder comprises high-expansion glass powder, and
wherein the high-expansion glass powder comprises as a glass composition, in terms of mol %, 55% to 75% of SiO2, 0% to 10% of B2O3, 1% to 12% of Al2O3, 17% to 28% of Li2O+Na2O+K2O, 10% to 23% of Na2O, 1% to 7% of CaO, and up to 9% of MgO+CaO+SrO+BaO.

US Pat. No. 10,710,924

OPTICAL FIBER PRODUCTION METHOD

Fujikura Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An optical fiber production method comprising:drawing an optical fiber from an optical fiber preform in a drawing furnace;
cooling the optical fiber in an annealing furnace;
delivering the optical fiber into the annealing furnace;
when the optical fiber is delivered into the annealing furnace, controlling a temperature difference between a temperature of the optical fiber and a fictive temperature of glass forming a core included in the optical fiber after a lapse of time from a certain point in time to be higher than 20° C. and lower than 100° C.; and
precooling the optical fiber to obtain the temperature difference prior to delivering the optical fiber into the annealing furnace.

US Pat. No. 10,710,922

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CUTTING A SUBSTRATE

National University of Ir...

1. A method of cutting a substrate, comprising:forming a plurality of recesses in a surface of the substrate by laser ablation; and
applying a stress to the substrate that is concentrated by the recesses to promote cutting along a cutting line via propagation of a crack through the plurality of recesses,
wherein the recess shape, defined by a boundary line of an opening of the recess at the surface of the substrate, of each of one or more of the recesses is non-circular, such that a radius of curvature of the boundary line varies along the boundary line, and the recess shape further has plural tip regions, each tip region being defined as a local minimum in the radius of curvature of the boundary line at the surface of the substrate, and
wherein the laser ablation is performed with a laser fluence controlled so that no molten flow of substrate material occurs in the tip regions.

US Pat. No. 10,710,921

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEDICAL VIAL

NIPRO CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A medical vial containing a Type I Class A borosilicate glass for storing an alkaline high ionic strength solution containing 0.1 mol/L or more of alkali salt, in which silica corrosion is reduced to be comparable to that for Type I Class B borosilicate glass, the medical vial produced by a method comprising:molding a glass tube containing a Type I Class A borosilicate glass as a raw material into a medical vial having a desired vial shape, in which a molar ratio of oxides contained in the Type I class A borosilicate glass satisfies
?=0.23±0.02 in ?=[(Na2O+K2O)—Al2O3]/B2O3 and satisfies
?=7.5±0.5 in ?=B2O3/Al2O3, and
in which an alkali borate is volatilized during said molding, said alkali borate reacting with the borosilicate glass to form a deteriorated layer in the medical vial; and
fire blasting the medical vial, after said molding, so that a flame of the medical vial is applied to said deteriorated layer which evaporates and removes said deteriorated layer; and
wherein when said medical vial stores said alkaline high ionic strength solution containing 0.1 mol/L or more of alkali salt, elution of silica from said borosilicate glass is reduced relative to an amount of silica elution that would occur for said medical vial having said deteriorated layer prior to said fire blasting, said elution of silica being reduced to be comparable to that for Type I Class B borosilicate glass;
wherein Type I Class A borosilicate glass differs chemically from Type I Class B borosilicate glass by having a greater amount by weight of silicon dioxide and boron oxide and a lesser amount by weight of aluminum oxide than Type I Class B borosilicate glass; and
wherein Type I Class A borosilicate glass is characterized as low-expansion borosilicate glass with physical properties including a linear coefficient of expansion over the range 0 to 300° C. of 32-33 cm/cm-° C.×10?7±1.5.

US Pat. No. 10,710,920

METHODS FOR THERMALLY TREATING GLASS ARTICLES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method for thermally treating glass articles, the method comprising:heating a glass article to a treatment temperature equal to an annealing temperature of the glass article ±15° C. at a first heating rate HR1, the glass article having a pre-treatment hydrolytic titration value prior to thermally treating;
holding the glass article at the treatment temperature for a holding time greater than or equal to 5 minutes;
cooling the glass article from the treatment temperature through a strain point of the glass article at a first cooling rate CR1 less than 0° C./min and greater than ?20° C./min such that a density of the glass article is greater than or equal to 0.003 g/cc after cooling, wherein |HR1|>|CR1|; and
cooling the glass article from below the strain point at a second cooling rate CR2, wherein |cR2>|CR1|, the glass article having a post-treatment hydrolytic titration value after thermally treating, wherein the pre-treatment hydrolytic titration value is greater than the post-treatment hydrolytic titration value.

US Pat. No. 10,710,919

FACILITY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HOLLOW GLASS ARTICLE

POCHET DU COURVAL, Paris...

1. A method for manufacturing a hollow glass article including at least the following steps:receiving a blank of the hollow glass article in a finishing mold, the finishing mold defining a cavity for forming the hollow glass article from the blank;
achieving at least one injection of a gas into the inside of the blank contained in the cavity via a blowing head, the gas stemming from at least one gas source connected to the blowing head; and
injecting a coloring powder into the inside of the blank, the blank being received in the finishing mold, or injecting the coloring powder into the inside of the hollow glass article while the hollow glass article is located in the finishing mold, the coloring powder stemming from at least one reservoir, the injection of the coloring powder taking place before, during, after, before and during, during and after, or before and during and after the gas injection;
conveying said gas from said at least one gas source via a gas duct to the blowing head; and
conveying said coloring powder via a coloring powder duct from said at least one reservoir to the gas duct, the coloring powder duct extending from the at least one reservoir to the gas duct and having an anti-return valve, the coloring powder duct and the gas duct being adapted for mixing the coloring powder with the gas prior to the at least one injection of the gas, wherein the gas duct comprises a constriction into which the coloring powder duct opens, the constriction being adapted for sucking up the coloring powder and mixing the coloring powder with the gas by a Venturi effect,
wherein the at least one reservoir and the anti-return valve are configured so that a bed of the coloring powder extends from the at least one reservoir to the anti-return valve in the coloring powder duct.

US Pat. No. 10,710,918

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A HOLLOW GLASS ARTICLE HAVING A CONTAINER SHAPE

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making a hollow glass article composed of soda-lime-silica glass, wherein the soda-lime-silica glass has a composition that comprises 60 wt % to 80 wt % SiO2, 8 wt % to 18 wt % Na2O, and 5 wt % to 15 wt % CaO, and further has a glass transition temperature between 510° C. and 600° C., the method comprising:pulverizing soda-lime-silica cullet to obtain cullet particles of reduced particle size;
incorporating the cullet particles into a particulate feedstock;
forming the particulate feedstock into a hollow monolithic glass container preform without melting the cullet particles, the hollow monolithic glass container preform having a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the soda-lime-silica glass, but not exceeding 850° C., and further having a container shape that includes a wall defining an interior containment space and an opening to the interior containment space; and
cooling the hollow monolithic glass container preform into a hollow, amorphous soda-lime-silica glass article that retains the container shape.

US Pat. No. 10,710,917

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR WATER TREATMENT

UNLIMITED WATER SOLUTIONS...

1. A method comprising:generating a first water product and a sludge of contaminants from water to be treated using an advanced electronic-oxidation process, wherein generating the first water product and the sludge of contaminants using the advanced electronic-oxidation process comprises:
applying a first electronic treatment to the water to be treated in accordance with an electrocoagulation technique operated in synchronization with ozone,
applying a second electronic treatment to the water to be treated in accordance with an electro-flocculation technique operated in synchronization with ozone,
applying a third electronic treatment to the water to be treated in accordance with an electro-chlorinator technique operated in synchronization with ozone, and
applying a fourth electronic treatment to the water to be treated in accordance with an electro-dialysis technique operated in synchronization with ozone;
separating the sludge of contaminants from the first water product using a filtration process;
filtering the first water product to produce a second water product and a concentrated water byproduct, wherein the filtering comprises a first sub-stage to remove particles greater than 0.02 ?m to about 0.05 ?m followed by a second sub-stage comprising a reverse osmosis process or a nano-filtration process; and
exposing the second water product to an ultraviolet light treatment or ozonation process to generate clean water.

US Pat. No. 10,710,916

PORTABLE, NON-BIOLOGICAL, CYCLIC SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

E3 WATER, LLC, Austin, T...

1. A portable sewage water treatment system comprisinga sewage water intake having
a reservoir adapted to accumulate influent sewage water from diverse sewage sources;
a circulating pump adapted to create a sewage water stream circulating within said reservoir;
a dense materials filter coupled downstream of said circulating pump within said sewage water stream;
at least one grinder coupled downstream of said dense materials filter and adapted to grind solid materials of indeterminate size within said sewage water stream into solid material particles of substantially similar size;
at least one macerating pump adapted to further reduce in size said solid material into particles of substantially similar size;
a forwarding pump coupled downstream of said macerating pump and adapted to forward said sewage water stream within said portable sewage water treatment system; and
a surge tank coupled downstream of said forwarding pump and adapted to equalize sewage water stream pressure within said portable sewage water treatment system;
a clarifier coupled to said sewage water intake, said clarifier having
a tank having
a vertical axis extending between a top and a bottom;
tank walls surrounding said vertical axis and defining a clarifier interior, said tank walls further defining
a holding chamber disposed adjacent said top, said holding chamber having substantially vertical, cylindrical sides extending a spaced distance below said top; and
a circulating chamber disposed below said holding chamber and extending to said bottom, said circulating chamber having substantially conical walls converging at a select angle relative to said vertical axis from adjacent said holding chamber to adjacent said bottom;
a sewage water stream injection port coupled to said circulating chamber adjacent said bottom and in fluid communication with said clarifier interior; and
header means disposed within said holding chamber and adapted to siphon a treated sewage water stream of treated sewage water from said clarifier;
disinfecting means coupled between said sewage water intake and said clarifier for non-biologically disinfecting said sewage;
flocculation means coupled between said disinfectant means and said clarifier for causing solid materials suspended in said sewage water to precipitate out of solution and to clump together for removal;
polymer treatment means for treating said sewage water to discourage flocculated solid materials from sticking to said tank walls within said clarifier interior; and
filtering means for filtering said treated sewage water.

US Pat. No. 10,710,915

GRAPHENE AEROGEL METALLIC ORGANIC FRAME COMPOSITE MATERIAL LOADED WITH MICROORGANISM AS WELL AS PREPARATION METHOD AND APPLICATION THEREOF IN THE TREATMENT OF AZO DYE

SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY, Suzh...

1. A preparation method of graphene aerogel and metallic organic framework composite material loaded with microorganisms, comprising the following steps:(1) mixing a graphene oxide solution with ascorbic acid and then placing it successively in a boiling water bath environment, an ice bath environment, a room temperature environment, a boiling water bath environment, and then performing freeze drying and thermal annealing to obtain a graphene aerogel;
(2) sequentially immersing the graphene aerogel in a silane coupling agent solution and a terephthalic acid solution to obtain a carboxylated graphene aerogel;
(3) using FeCl3 ethanol solution and trimesic acid ethanol solution as self-assembly solution, the carboxylated graphene aerogel is self-assembled with layer-by-layer method to obtain graphene aerogel metallic organic framework composite material;
(4) loading microorganisms onto the surface of the graphene aerogel metallic organic framework composite material to obtain a graphene aerogel metallic organic framework composite material loaded with microorganisms.

US Pat. No. 10,710,914

OXIDATION PROCESS

Great Lakes Clean Water L...

1. An apparatus for treating aqueous solutions for disposal, said apparatus comprising:(a) a processing tank, the tank having a fluid outlet and a fluid inlet;
(b) a recirculation conduit, the recirculation conduit being fluidly connected to the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet; the recirculation conduit including,
(i) a pump for recirculating fluid from the processing tank, through the recirculation conduit and back into the tank in a flow direction;
(ii) at least one ozone injector for injecting ozone into fluid being circulated by the pump, the ozone injector being downstream of the pump,
(iii) a pressure device, said pressure device being located within the recirculation conduit and downstream of the ozone injector, wherein, in operation, said pressure device is operable to maintain a pressure in a portion of the recirculation conduit between the pump and the pressure device at a pressure above atmospheric;
(iv) a mixer, the mixer being located downstream of the ozone injector and upstream of the pressure device;
(v) an oxidation/reduction potential (ORP) sensor operable to measure an ORP of the fluid in the recirculation conduit; and
(vi) a diverter valve switchable between a recirculation configuration in which the diverter valve passes fluid for recirculation through the recirculation conduit, and a diverting configuration in which the diverter valve diverts fluid from the recirculation conduit for discharge;
said apparatus being operable to continue processing of the fluid until the ORP of the processed fluid at said sensor rises to a predetermined level.

US Pat. No. 10,710,913

WASTE LIQUID TREATMENT METHOD AND WASTE LIQUID TREATMENT APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A waste liquid treatment method for removing metal contained in a chemical solution used in treatment of a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising the steps of:(a) recovering the chemical solution used in treatment of a semiconductor substrate;
(b) removing metal contained in the chemical solution recovered in said step (a) from the chemical solution by mixing polyacid in the chemical solution to allow the polyacid to capture the metal; and
c) precipitating a salt of the polyacid and a counter cation, acquired by putting the counter cation into a mixed solution of the polyacid having captured metal and said chemical solution, wherein
said polyacid is a deletion complex with a deficient portion, and
the chemical solution recovered in said step (a) and the polyacid are allowed to react with each other at a pH value between 2 and 3 to capture metal contained in the chemical solution in the deficient portion of the polyacid.

US Pat. No. 10,710,912

SUBMERISSIBLE CHEMICAL DISPENSER FOR A POOL

1. A submersible chemical dispenser for a pool comprising:a chemical tablet housing defining an internal cylindrical cavity and having an outer surface surrounding the internal cylindrical cavity, having a plurality of apertures defined thereon and spatially and fluidly coupled to the internal cylindrical cavity, a main body with a first end and a second end opposite the first end of the main body, a lid with a bottom end operably configured to selectively, removably, and directly couple to the first end of the main body in a locked and threaded configuration, and a top end opposing the bottom end, the bottom end of the lid, and with a coupler member coupled thereto and having a coupler sidewall, the internal cylindrical cavity shaped and sized to receive a plurality of water-soluble chemical tablets; and
a buoyancy container defining a buoyancy cavity with a gas therein and having a first end operably configured to selectively, removably, and directly couple to the coupler sidewall in a locked configuration to orient the buoyancy container in an upright orientation with respect to a longitudinal axis of the chemical tablet housing and to encapsulate the buoyancy cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,710,911

EFFLUENT TREATMENT PROCESS—PH REFINEMENT FOR SULPHATE REMOVAL

MINTEK, Randburg (ZA)

1. A method of decomposing ettringite, which includes the step of lowering a pH of a slurry containing ettringite to a value between 8 and 8.5 to form amorphous aluminium trihydroxide and gypsum crystals in suspension.

US Pat. No. 10,710,910

ELECTROCOAGULATION USING OSCILLATING ELECTRODES

UTI LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, ...

1. An electrocoagulation cell comprising:a nonconductive housing containing a conductive aqueous wastewater electrolyte;
an anode plate disposed in the electrolyte within the housing, the anode plate having opposing sides;
a cathode comprising at least two cathode plates disposed in the electrolyte within the housing spaced apart from the opposing sides of the anode plate, so that the electrolyte provides conductivity between both sides of the anode and the cathode;
a constant DC current source connecting the anode and the cathode, configured to supply a current between both sides of the anode plate and the cathode in a current direction and thereby apply a potential difference across the electrocoagulation cell;
an oscillating linkage mediating a physical oscillation of the disposition of the anode relative to the cathode, wherein the physical oscillation disposes the anode relative to the cathode in a direction that has a component that is perpendicular to the current direction and wherein the cathode is fixed while the anode oscillates;
wherein the current source and the oscillating linkage are configured so that the physical oscillation causes an oscillation in the potential difference across the cell as current flows in the current direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,909

PULSE DISCHARGE POWER SUPPLY AND PULSE DISCHARGE GENERATING METHOD

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A pulse discharge power supply for introducing pulse discharge by outputting a voltage pulse for a plurality of times to a discharge load being a target of the pulse discharge, the pulse discharge power supply, comprising:a pulse generator circuit including a capacitor discharge circuit configured to output a first voltage pulse, and output a second voltage pulse after outputting the first voltage pulse, the first voltage pulse being generated by superposition of a first plurality of pulses, the second voltage pulse being generated by superposition of a second plurality of pulses; and
a control circuit configured to control an output of the second voltage pulse based on an integration value of an electric current flowing into the discharge load with respect to the first voltage pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,710,908

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE AND WATER TREATMENT METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A water treatment device, comprising:a grounding electrode having a planar flowing water portion that causes treatment target water to flow;
a multiple of high voltage electrodes provided parallel with the flowing water portion in a position distanced from the flowing water portion of the grounding electrode and so as to extend in a direction intersecting a flow direction of the treatment target water;
a frame having a gas supply port that supplies a gas that generates a radical owing to an electrical discharge between the grounding electrode and the high voltage electrode, and a supply port and a discharge port of the treatment target water, and housing the grounding electrode and the high voltage electrode; and
blowing means that induces a gas flow in an interior of the frame, wherein the blowing means comprises a gas blowing out portion from which gas is blown out, the gas blowing out portion opened in a direction opposite to the flow direction of the treatment target water, wherein
the blowing means forms a gas flow with respect to an electrical discharge region, the region extending from the high voltage electrode to a surface of the treatment target water on the flowing water portion, the gas flow intersects an extension direction of the high voltage electrode and intersects with extension direction of the electrical discharge which formed from the high voltage electrode to the surface of the treatment target water on the flowing water portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,907

HYDRODYNAMIC SEPARATORS, ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR STORM WATER TREATMENT

Hydroworks, LLC, Clark, ...

1. An assembly for the treatment of storm water, comprising:an outer housing having a hollow chamber with an upper portion, an opposed lower portion, a wall therein between, an inlet through the wall for the ingress of storm water, and an outlet through the wall for the egress of water;
a hydrodynamic separator disposed configured to be disposed within the hollow chamber, the hydrodynamic separator comprising:
a hollow inner tubular member having an open upper end, an opposed open lower end, a tubular wall disposed therein between, and at least one hole through the tubular wall configured for entry of storm water, the lower end having a first diameter;
a first plate disposed proximal to the lower end of the hollow inner tubular member, the first plate having a second diameter, wherein the second diameter is greater than the first diameter;
a first lower weir spaced apart from a second lower weir, wherein the first and second lower weirs extend upward from the first plate;
a first higher weir disposed proximal to the first lower weir, the first higher weir extending upward from the first plate and having a height greater than a height of the first lower weir;
a second higher weir disposed proximal to the second lower weir, the second higher weir extending upward from the first plate and having a height greater than a height of the second lower weir; and
a second plate disposed below the first plate, the second plate having a third diameter, wherein the first diameter is less than the third diameter and the third diameter is less than the second diameter;
wherein the hydrodynamic separator is configured to allow ingress of storm water from a first location between the first lower weir and the second lower weir, the first location being defined by a first angular extent between the first and second lower weirs;
wherein the first and second plates are configured to be disposed about the lower end of the hollow tubular member; and
wherein the first plate has an opening configured to allow egress of storm water to a second location between the first higher weir and the second higher weir, wherein the second location is defined by a second angular extent opposed from the first angular extent.

US Pat. No. 10,710,905

WATER TREATMENT METHOD, AND ASSOCIATED MODULE AND FACILITY

1. A process for the treatment of an aqueous effluent comprising the steps of:(a) liquid-liquid extraction, by contacting the aqueous effluent with a water immiscible hydrophobic liquid membrane, allowing ion transfer of target ions from the aqueous effluent to the hydrophobic liquid membrane, thereby to produce a treated aqueous effluent that is depleted in said target ions,
(b) separating the treated aqueous effluent from the hydrophobic liquid membrane from step (a),
(c) contacting the treated aqueous effluent from step (b) with a hydrophobic solid membrane, in order to remove the residual hydrophobic liquid membrane in said treated aqueous effluent by coalescence on said hydrophobic solid membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,904

DEVICE AND A PROCESS FOR PURIFICATION OF GREY WATER

CONOPCO, INC., Englewood...

1. A device for purification of grey water, the device comprising:i. an air tight container for holding grey water comprising an outlet port for discharging out foam;
ii. the container comprising a means for aeration of contents of the container;
iii. a foam conveyor connected to the outlet port; and
iv. a foam breaking device;
wherein the outlet port is in fluid communication with a foam breaking device comprising:
a. an inverted cup;
b. a collection tray; and
c. a disc connected to a motor to facilitate rotation of the disc;
wherein the foam conveyor establishes fluid communication between the outlet port and the disc of the foam breaking device; and
wherein;
either the foam breaking device is placed external to the container and is such that the inverted cup has an open mouth which is positioned in the collection tray, the disc being placed in the inverted cup and rotatably connected to a base of the inverted cup;
or the inverted cup is positioned over the collection tray and fixed to the collection tray and is provided with an air vent, the disc being placed above the collection tray and rotatably connected to the inverted cup;
a surface of the disc is rough and has concentric corrugations.

US Pat. No. 10,710,903

PROCESSING CONTAMINATED WATER CONTAINING VOLATILE COMPOUNDS VIA FLASH EVAPORATION

Elcon Recycling Center (2...

1. A method for processing contaminated water containing volatile or/and semi-volatile compounds, the method comprising:superheating the contaminated water, for forming superheated contaminated water having a temperature higher than a predetermined threshold temperature of about 103° C.;
flash evaporating said superheated contaminated water at said temperature, for forming superheated contaminated steam; and
thermally oxidizing said superheated contaminated steam, so as to thermally oxidize the volatile or/and semi-volatile compounds contained therein, and form thermal oxidation gas/vapor products;
characterized in that said superheated contaminated water is heated to a temperature in a range of between about 103° C. and about 120° C.

US Pat. No. 10,710,902

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AND CONTROLLING WATER CLARITY

1. Apparatus for determining and controlling water opacity comprising:a water chamber having opposing open ends and a water inlet and water outlet located between the opposing open ends such that the water inlet and the water outlet are positioned on a same side of the water chamber so that they are parallel with one another and the water inlet is located near one of the opposing open ends of the water chamber and the water outlet is located near the other of the opposing open ends of the water chamber;
a first transparent lens which covers one of the opposing open ends of the water chamber and another transparent lens which covers the other of the opposing open ends of the water chamber;
a light source positioned at one of the opposing open ends of the water chamber located near the water inlet;
a light sensitive detection circuit positioned at the other of the opposing open ends of the water chamber located near the water outlet; and
a control unit capable of receiving an output signal from the light sensitive detection circuit and determining a target signal to send to a water treatment system which functions to treat water.

US Pat. No. 10,710,901

COATED POROUS SUBSTRATES FOR FRACKING WATER TREATMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:contacting a contaminated aqueous fluid comprising a contaminant with a coated porous substrate, wherein the coated porous substrate is coated with a hydrophilic or oleophobic coating; and
passing the aqueous fluid through the coated porous substrate to produce a treated water comprising water, wherein the treated water is potable water, and whereby the concentration of the contaminant in the treated water is less than the level of the contaminant in the contaminated aqueous fluid; and
utilizing at least a portion of the treated water as a component of a hydraulic fracturing fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,710,900

WATER BAG PRESSURE DETECTION DEVICE, WATER BAG INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND WATER BAG TYPE WATER PURIFIER

1. A water bag pressure detection device comprising:a base seat defining an airtight cavity therein, an upper end of the base seat being provided with a mounting opening communicated with the airtight cavity;
a pressure sensor module configured to detect pressure in a water bag, at least a lower portion of the pressure sensor module being disposed in the airtight cavity and being connected with a circumferential edge of the mounting opening in a sealing manner, and an inductive head of the pressure sensor module being configured to abut against a lower portion of the water bag; and
a ventilation member defining a ventilation passage therein and disposed at the base seat, the ventilation passage communicating the airtight cavity to outside of the base seat, and the ventilation passage being provided with a balancing seal member configured to move in the ventilation passage along with variations of pressure in the airtight cavity and outside pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,899

WATER PURIFICATION DEVICE

Caryn Anne Cohen, Parkwo...

1. A nozzle for a fluid purification device including a container, the nozzle including a spout which is used to drink from the container and a filter holder suitable for carrying a removable filter element, the filter holder having a funnel-shaped first portion, which is in use its upper portion, defined by a removable filter retaining member and a second portion, which is in use its lower portion, carrying the removable filter element, the second portion being made from a first, substantially rigid material while the funnel-shaped first portion is covered by a second material, which is softer than the first material such that at least a part of the funnel-shaped first portion of the filter holder is deformable when being pressed against an outlet of a fluid source so as to create a fluid tight seal between it and the outlet of the fluid source when pressed against the outlet while filling the container such that the fluid pressure is increased as a result of the fluid tight seal in order to force fluid through the removable filter element when filling the container, wherein the nozzle defines a first fluid flow path along which fluid flows when, in use, filling the container and a second fluid flow path along which fluid flows when, in use, dispensing fluid from the container, wherein the fluid flow paths are arranged such that, when located in the nozzle, the removable filter element is positioned in the first fluid flow path so that the fluid is filtered when filling the container and positioned outside the second fluid flow path so that the flow of fluid is unobstructed by it when dispensing fluid from the container thereby allowing a natural drinking action, in use, whereby the fluid within the container is allowed to be poured from the container without having to apply positive or negative force to drive the flow of fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,710,898

FLUID INJECTION FILTRATION SYSTEM

1. A control system for a fluid filtration system, the control system comprising:a memory storing a control program; and
a processor, wherein the control program, when executed on the processor, configures the processor to:
detect, via an inlet pressure sensor, a fluid pressure of a fluid in a conduit upstream of an actuator valve;
verify that the fluid pressure is within an operating pressure range;
generate a first signal configured to open an actuator valve based on the verification, wherein the actuator valve is closed prior to the generation of the first signal;
detect the presence of a fluid within a filter assembly after generating the first signal to open the actuator valve;
generate a second signal to actuate a pump in fluid communication with the filter assembly based on detecting the presence of the fluid within the filter assembly, wherein the fluid is filtered in response to actuating the pump;
detect an inlet pressure within an inlet portion of the filter assembly, wherein the filter assembly comprises a filter element arranged to divide the filter assembly into the inlet portion and an outlet portion,
detect a fluid level within the outlet portion of the filter assembly; and
generate a cleaning initiation signal configured to initiate a cleaning cycle when the detected inlet pressure is within the operating pressure range and the detected fluid level within the outlet portion is below a low level threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,710,897

FLUID DECONTAMINATION APPARATUS

Pontic Technology, LLC, ...

1. A fluid decontamination apparatus, comprising:a body defining an enclosure that enables fluid flow therethrough, the body having opposing ends;
an inlet aperture coupled to a contaminated fluid source and coupled to the body for introducing a fluid flow into the enclosure, the inlet aperture configured to generate hydrodynamic cavitation upon exiting the inlet aperture within the enclosure;
a three dimensionally open structured (3DOS) substrate disposed within the enclosure proximate to the inlet aperture such that the hydrodynamic cavitation generated by the inlet aperture enters the 3DOS substrate and extends in a continuous manner therein, the 3DOS substrate having an openness ranging from 10 pores per inch (ppi) to 50 ppi and having a relative density between 2% and 20%, the 3DOS substrate is structured such that the hydrodynamic cavitation is maintained and hydrodynamic cavitation continues through the 3DOS substrate, to enable destruction of toxic species and unwanted organic compounds contained in the contaminated fluid; and
an outlet aperture for discharging the fluid flow from the enclosure, the inlet and the outlet apertures configured to direct the fluid flow through the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,896

TUNGSTEN PENTACHLORIDE CONDITIONING AND CRYSTALLINE PHASE MANIPULATION

1. A method of conditioning WCl5, the method comprising heating a container of WCl5 to a temperature ranging from approximately 190° C. to 245° C. for a time period ranging from approximately 2 hours to approximately 48 hours to produce a WCl5—containing composition comprising approximately 10% weight to approximately 40% weight of the WCl5 as Phase 1 WCl5 as determined by X-ray diffraction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,895

NANOLOG AND NANOPARTICLES AND METHOD OF FORMATION

NANOTECH INDUSTRIAL SOLUT...

1. A nanostructure comprising:a cluster of substantially cylindrical bodies, the substantially cylindrical bodies in said cluster are directly in contact with one another along their lengths and are substantially aligned with one another so that their lengths are substantially parallel, the composition of the cylindrical bodies comprising tungsten (W) and sulfur (S), and each of the cylindrical bodies has a geometry with at least one dimension that is in the nanoscale, wherein each cluster of cylindrical bodies has a width dimension ranging from 0.2 microns to 5.0 microns, and a length greater than 5.0 microns, wherein each of the cylindrical bodies include externally concentric crystalline regions comprised of said tungsten (W) and said sulfur (S) and crystalline core regions comprised of an oxide containing material, wherein folds of said tungsten (W) and said sulfur (S) are present between said externally concentric crystalline regions and said crystalline core regions comprised of said oxide containing material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,894

METHOD FOR PREPARING HOLLOW OCTAHEDRAL CUPROUS OXIDE

1. A method for preparing hollow octahedral cuprous oxide, comprising the following steps:(1) mixing a copper chloride solution and a sodium hydroxide solution, and then performing a precipitation reaction to obtain a precipitation solution; and
(2) mixing the precipitation solution with glucose and ammonium hydroxide, and then reacting to generate the hollow octahedral cuprous oxide;
wherein the concentration of the copper chloride solution in the step (1) is 20-25 g/L
wherein the concentration of the sodium hydroxide solution in the step (1) is 0.5-1.5 mol/L;
wherein the volume ratio of the copper chloride solution to the sodium hydroxide solution in the step (1) is 30:28;
wherein the mass ratio of the glucose in the step (2) to copper chloride in the copper chloride solution in the step (1) is (0.1-0.3):(0.5-0.8);
wherein the mass concentration of ammonium hydroxide in the step (2) is 20-30%; and
the volume ratio of the ammonium hydroxide to the copper chloride solution in the step (1) is (3-7):(25-35).

US Pat. No. 10,710,893

PROCESS FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF AMMONIA

Casale SA, Lugano (CH)

1. A process for the synthesis of ammonia comprising the steps of:reforming of a hydrocarbon feedstock into a raw product gas, said reforming requiring a heat input;
purification of said raw product gas obtaining a make-up synthesis gas;
conversion of said synthesis gas into ammonia, wherein said purification includes shift conversion of carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, wherein said heat input of the reforming process is at least partially recovered from at least one of:
said step of shift conversion, which is carried out with a peak temperature of at least 450° C.;
said step of conversion into ammonia; and
wherein said heat input of the reforming process is at least partially recovered from the step of conversion into ammonia, and said heat recovery is carried out by: direct cooling of one or more catalytic beds for the synthesis of ammonia, and/or cooling an effluent of an ammonia catalytic bed or ammonia reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,892

HIGH CHARGE DENSITY METALLOALUMINOPHOSPHOSILICATE MOLECULAR SIEVES

and the crystalline microporous metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicate molecular sieve is characterized by a specific x-ray diffraction pattern, the method comprising forming a reaction mixture containing reactive sources of R, A, E, P, M and Si, and heating the reaction mixture at a temperature of about 60° C. to about 200° C. for a time sufficient to form the metalloalumino(gallo)phosphosilicate molecular sieve, the reaction mixture having a composition expressed in terms of mole ratios of the oxides of:aR2/pO:bM2O:cMO:E2O3:dP2O5:eSiO2:fH2O
where “a” has a value of about 2.1 to about 120, “b” has a value of about 0.1 to about 8, “c” has a value of about 0.01 to about 8, “d” has a value of about 1.69 to about 30, “e” has a value from 0.01 to about 16 and “f” has a value from 50 to about 5000, and wherein the sources of phosphorus are selected from orthophosphoric acid, phosphorus pentoxide and ammonium dihydrogen phosphate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,891

MORPHOLINIUM-BASED QUATERNARY AMMONIUM CATION AND AEI TYPE ZEOLITE MADE THEREWITH

SACHEM, INC., Austin, TX...

7. A process of making an aluminosilicate zeolite having an AEI framework comprising reacting a mixture comprising an oxide of silicon, faujasite, a quaternary ammonium compound comprising a 2,4,4,6-tetramethylmorpholinium cation, an alkali metal hydroxide and water at a temperature of at least 100° C. for a time sufficient to form crystals of an aluminosilicate zeolite having an AEI framework.

US Pat. No. 10,710,890

EMM-37 MATERIALS AND PROCESSES AND USES THEREOF

wherein part or all of a structure directing agent has been removed from the crystalline material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,889

EMM-31 MATERIALS AND PROCESSES AND USES THEREOF

27. A structure directing agent compound having the following structure of Compound E:wherein A is an ion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,888

BETA ZEOLITE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

3. A method for producing beta zeolite, the method comprising:(1) a step of mixing a silicon source, a zinc source, an M source, a lithium source, an alkali source, and water so as to obtain a reaction mixture having composition represented by a molar ratio to be presented below;
SiO2/ZnO=2 or more and 100 or less
SiO2/M2O3=more than 0 and 300 or less
Li2O/SiO2=0.01 or more and 0.2 or less
TEA2O/SiO2=0.07 or more and 0.25 or less
H2O/SiO2=3 or more and 28 or less,
in the formula, M represents at least one kind of element selected from the group consisting of aluminum, iron, boron, and gallium, TEA represents a tetraethylammonium ion,
(2) a step of using beta zeolite as a seed crystal and adding the seed crystal to the reaction mixture at a proportion of 0.1% by mass or more and 30% by mass or less with respect to a silica component in the reaction mixture; and
(3) a step of heating the reaction mixture to which the seed crystal has been added at 80° C. or higher and 200° C. or lower in a hermetically sealed manner.

US Pat. No. 10,710,887

ZEOLITIC MATERIAL UZM-63

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,710,885

GERMANIUM-68 SOURCE MATERIAL AND CALIBRATION DEVICES THAT INCLUDE SUCH SOURCE MATERIAL

CURIUM US LLC, St. Louis...

1. A solid-state germanium-68 source material comprising:a matrix material having a three-dimensional polyhedral crystal structure, the matrix material comprising:
a first tetrahedra comprising a central atom, T, and oxygen, the central atom being selected from the group consisting of silicon, aluminum, zirconium and stable germanium, the first tetrahedra having a formula TO4; and
a second tetrahedra, the second tetrahedra being a germanium-68 tetrahedra comprising germanium-68 and oxygen and having a formula 68GeO4, the first tetrahedra and germanium-68 tetrahedra being part of a three-dimensional polyhedral crystal structure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,884

METHOD OF PREPARING METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL AND METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL PREPARED THEREBY

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method of preparing a metal oxide-silica composite aerogel, the method comprising steps of:(1) adding with mixing a metal ion solution to a water glass solution containing a concentration of water glass in a range of 0.025 M to 3.0 M and adding to the solution with mixing an acid catalyst until a pH of 7 to 8 is reached, and allowing the mixture to react to prepare a metal oxide-silica composite wet gel; and
(2) spray drying the metal oxide-silica composite wet gel,
wherein the spray drying is performed by injecting dry gas into a drying chamber and spraying and hot air drying the metal oxide-silica composite wet gel, and
the spraying is performed at a rate of 0.13 1/hr to 0.195 1/hr.

US Pat. No. 10,710,883

GRAPHITE-TITANIUM-NANOCOMPOSITE COMPLEX AND METHOD OF PREPARATION THEREOF

The king Abdulaziz City f...

1. A method of preparing a graphite-titanium-nanoparticle complex, the method comprising:amine functionalizing of graphite by a coupling agent to produce amine functionalized graphite, wherein the amine functionalizing occurs in an atmosphere of noble gas for a time period of six hours;
amine functionalizing of titanium by a coupling agent to produce amine functionalized titanium, wherein the amine functionalizing occurs in an atmosphere of noble gas for a time period of six hours;
mixing the amine functionalized graphite with the amine functionalized titanium using a vortex shaker to produce a mixture, wherein the mass ratio of amine functionalized graphite to amine-functionalized titanium is 1:1;
synthesizing an ion complex by adding a metal ion solution to the mixture, the metal ion solution and mixture undergoing gentle shaking at a temperature of 80° C. for a time period ranging from twelve to thirty-six hours; and
adding freshly prepared trisodium citrate solution and sodium borohydride solution to the ion complex in a shaker for a time period of one hour at room temperature to produce a graphite-titanium-nanoparticle complex, wherein the mass ratio of trisodium citrate solution to sodium borohydride is 1:1.

US Pat. No. 10,710,882

PURIFICATION PROCESS MODELED FOR SHAPE MODIFIED NATURAL GRAPHITE PARTICLES

Syrah Resources Ltd., Me...

1. A method comprising:milling graphite flakes to form graphite particles of varying sizes;
classifying the graphite particles into different groups of graphite particles with respectively different nominal sizes; and
performing different purification processes on the different groups of graphite particles with respectively different nominal sizes to produce purified groups of graphite particles, wherein the different groups of graphite particles comprise a first group of graphite particles of a first nominal size and a second group of graphite particles with a second nominal size, wherein the first nominal size is less than the second nominal size, and wherein the first group of graphite particles is exposed to a purifying agent for less time than the second group of graphite particles is exposed to the purifying agent.

US Pat. No. 10,710,881

FIBROUS CARBON NANOSTRUCTURE DISPERSION LIQUID

ZEON CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. A fibrous carbon nanostructure dispersion liquid comprising:one or more fibrous carbon nanostructures that exhibit a convex upward shape in a t-plot obtained from an adsorption isotherm; and
a solvent,
wherein the fibrous carbon nanostructures include graphene nanotapes having a tape-shaped section at which inner walls are in proximity or adhered to each other along its entire length, and
wherein metal impurities have a concentration of less than 15×1010 atoms/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,710,880

METHOD FOR UPLIFTING CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE, AND CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. A method for uplifting a carbon nanotube structure,the carbon nanotube structure including a fixture sheet and a carbon nanotube array,
wherein in the carbon nanotube array, a plurality of carbon nanotubes removed from a growth substrate are aligned in a predetermined direction, and at least a portion of the plurality of carbon nanotubes is embedded in or bonded to the fixture sheet,
the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a carbon nanotube structure, in which at least a portion of the plurality of carbon nanotubes is fallen down so as to lie one above another relative to the fixture sheet,
attaching an adhesive tape to the carbon nanotube array,
and removing the adhesive tape from the carbon nanotube array to uplift the plurality of carbon nanotubes relative to the fixture sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,879

PROCESS FOR MAXIMIZING HYDROGEN RECOVERY

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for recovery of hydrogen, comprising:A) obtaining a stream comprising hydrogen, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen from a reaction zone;
B) sending said stream through an adsorption zone to produce a hydrogen stream and a tail gas stream;
C) compressing the tail gas stream to at least 467 psig and passing at least a portion of the compressed tail gas stream across a feed side of a membrane having the feed side and a permeate side, and being selective for hydrogen over one or more C1-C6 hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, wherein the membrane rejects at least about 79% by mole methane of said stream obtained from the reaction zone;
D) withdrawing from the permeate side a permeate stream enriched in hydrogen compared with a residue stream withdrawn from the feed side, wherein said residue stream is sent to a product recovery section of an upstream process for additional recovery of feed and product; and
E) recycling said permeate stream into said stream from said reaction zone.

US Pat. No. 10,710,878

HYDROGEN GENERATION METHOD, SYSTEM, AND SOLUTION USED THEREIN

National Chiao Tung Unive...

1. A hydrogen generation method, comprising:adding a nitrogen-substituted derivative of an alkyldithiolate ruthenium complex, having a chemical formula of [(Ru)X(CO)Y(?-SCH2CH(NHZ)CH2S)], as a biomimetic hydrogenase photocatalyst into a solution, wherein X is 1-6, Y is 1-9 and Z is CO2(C(CH3)3) or CO2CH3;
adding an organic acid reactant into the solution;
adding a P-ligand into the solution;
adding an electron donor into the solution; and
irradiating the solution with light in order to produce hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,710,877

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING HYDROGEN FROM FORMIC ACID

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. An apparatus for generating hydrogen by dehydrogenation of a formic acid, comprising:a reactor containing a heterogeneous catalyst, wherein the reactor has an opening within the reactor capable of feeding water to the reactor;
a syringe pummp connected to the reactor configured to supply a formic acid into the reactor;
a moisture remover connected to the reactor configured to remove moisture generated at the reactor; and
a cold trap bath configured to condense the moisture removed by the moisture remover and supply the condensed moisture as in a form of water to the reactor,
wherein the cold trap bath is connected to the reactor to supply the water to the reactor via the opening,
wherein the heterogeneous catalyst comprises a metal heterogeneous catalyst and a catalyst support,
wherein the metal heterogeneous catalyst is at least one selected from the group consisting of Pt, Rh, Ru, Au, Ag, Pd, Ni, Co, Cu, and Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,710,876

QUANTUM DOT GLASS PLATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A quantum dot glass plate, comprisinga first glass substrate;
a second glass substrate correspondingly parallel with the first glass substrate, and a shape of the first glass substrate is same as a shape as the second glass substrate;
a glue layer arranged between the first glass substrate and the second glass substrate, and edges of the glue layer correspond to edges of the first glass substrate and the second glass substrate, wherein the first glass substrate does not contact with the second glass substrate;
wherein the glue layer comprises at least one glue frame that are lined side by side;
wherein each of the glue frames comprises at least three edge sub-frames, and heads and tails of at least three edge sub-frames are successively connected with each other;
wherein quantum dots are uniformly distributed in each of the glue frames, the first glass substrate is attached to a first surface of the glue layer, the second glass substrate is attached to a second surface of the glue layer, wherein the first surface of the glue layer is opposite to the second surface of the glue layer;
wherein the quantum dots are selected from the group consisting of copper indium diselenide material, copper indium gallium selenide material, and cadmium telluride material;
wherein the quantum dots have a particle size ranging from 1 nm to 10 nm;
wherein a width of the edge sub-frame ranges from 0.1 mm to 1 mm, a distance between any two adjacent glue frames ranges from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm, and a distance from the edge of the glue layer to the edge of the first glass substrate ranges from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm; and
wherein the glue frame is a rectangular ring structure, and the glue frame surrounds a periphery of the glue layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,875

ENCAPSULANT BARRIER

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A circuit comprising:a device;
a substrate, wherein the device is mounted on the substrate;
one or more terminals formed on the substrate for attaching lead wires for electrically coupling to the device;
an encapsulant barrier deposited along a scribe line, wherein the substrate is singulatable along the scribe line; and
an encapsulant deposited to encapsulate at least one of the one or more terminals, wherein the encapsulant is deposited between the encapsulant barrier and an edge of the device parallel to the encapsulant barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,710,874

MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A micromechanical structure, comprising:a substrate; and
a functional structure arranged at the substrate;
wherein the functional structure comprises a first functional region, adjacent to a first portion of the substrate, the first functional region being deflectable with respect to the substrate responsive to a force acting on the functional structure; and a second functional region, wherein the first functional region is between the first portion of the substrate and the second functional region;
wherein the first functional region comprises a base material;
wherein the second functional region has at least one of a module of elasticity or a hardness within a range of 5 GPa to 70 GPa;
wherein in at least one section of the first functional region the base material is doped with impurity atoms, so that at least one of a module of elasticity or a hardness in the at least one section is 75% or less of the module of elasticity or the hardness in the second functional region of the functional structure that is not doped with impurity atoms or is doped less than the at least one section;
wherein the impurity atoms comprise at least one of phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, boron, fluorine, gallium, germanium, and arsenic; and further comprising at least one backplate, the backplate contacting the substrate and separated by an air-gap from the functional structure;
wherein the functional structure is actuated in response to an electrical signal transmitted to the backplate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,873

COMPLEMENTARY METAL OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR (CMOS) ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

Butterfly Network, Inc., ...

10. A method, comprising:forming one or more first standoff structures on an uppermost portion of a substrate, the substrate comprising:
an integrated circuit; and
a metal layer electrically connected to the integrated circuit;
bonding a membrane to the one or more first standoff structures such that a sealed cavity exists between the uppermost portion of the substrate and a bottommost portion of the membrane, thereby defining, at least in part, an ultrasonic transducer; and
forming a conductive material extending from the metal layer, through one of the one or more first standoff structures, and to an uppermost portion of the membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,872

MEMS PACKAGE WITH ROUGHEND INTERFACE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method, comprising:providing a first substrate on which a plurality of first semiconductor devices is formed;
providing a second substrate on which a plurality of second semiconductor devices is formed;
roughening a top surface of a first dummy pad extending outwardly from the first substrate, wherein the first dummy pad is formed as a ring-shape configuration that surrounds the plurality of first semiconductor devices;
roughening a top surface of a second dummy pad extending outwardly from the second substrate, wherein the second dummy pad is formed as a ring-shape configuration that surrounds the plurality of second semiconductor devices;
providing a first bonding pad extending outwardly from the first substrate, the first bonding pad being surrounded by the first dummy pad; and
providing a second bonding pad extending outwardly from the second substrate, the second bonding pad being surrounded by the second dummy pad, wherein the first and second bonding pads are located so as to be bonded with each other when the first and second substrates are coupled to one another;
coupling the first and second substrates by contacting the roughened top surfaces of the first and second dummy pads with each other so as to limit a lateral shift between the first and second substrates, wherein each of the top surfaces of the first and second dummy pads of the first and second substrates comprises plural peaks and valleys; and
providing a metal plate around an edge of a top surface of the second substrate so as to prevent lateral shifting between the first and second substrates after they are coupled to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,710,871

MEMS DEVICES INCLUDING MEMS DIES AND CONNECTORS THERETO

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device, comprising:a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) substrate comprising an interconnect structure;
a first dielectric layer overlying the interconnect structure;
a first bond pad disposed in the first dielectric layer;
a first microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) die disposed on the first dielectric layer;
a molding material extending along sidewalls of the first MEMS die;
a second dielectric layer overlying the molding material;
a first connector extending from the first bond pad to a first surface of the molding material; and
a second connector extending from a second bond pad to the first surface of the molding material, wherein the second bond pad is disposed on the first MEMS die.

US Pat. No. 10,710,870

MEMS SENSOR STRUCTURE COMPRISING MECHANICALLY PRELOADED SUSPENSION SPRINGS

STICHTING VU-VUMC, Amste...

1. A MEMS sensor comprising:a support structure;
a plurality of suspension springs connected to the support structure;
a proof mass flexibly suspended by the suspension springs, the proof mass and the suspension springs forming a proof mass-spring system;
a guiding structure for guiding a movement of the proof mass in a first direction, the first direction defining a sensing direction of the MEMS sensor; and
an actuator connected to or in engagement with at least one of the suspension springs for mechanically preloading said at least one of the suspension springs with a compressive force, wherein the actuator is configured to move an end of said at least one of the suspension springs in a second direction which is different from the first direction and wherein the compressive force reduces a natural frequency f0 of the proof mass-spring system.

US Pat. No. 10,710,869

MICROMECHANICAL SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical sensor comprising:a substrate;
an oxide on the substrate;
a first functional layer;
a second functional layer; and
a third functional layer, wherein the second functional layer is situated between the first functional layer and the third functional layer;
the third functional layer and the second functional layer are connected to each other by a connecting area of the third functional layer;
the second functional layer is at least partially underneath the connecting area and at a distance from the first functional layer; and
the first functional layer is at least partially situated underneath the connecting area and on the oxide, wherein a bottom surface of the connecting area represents a furthest extension of the third functional layer toward the first functional layer, wherein the third functional layer is made of a material, and wherein no portion of the material present in any layer of the sensor extends further toward the first functional layer than the bottom surface of the connecting area.

US Pat. No. 10,710,868

MEMS SENSOR

Merry Electronics (Shenzh...

1. An MEMS sensor, comprising:an electrode plate having a conductive portion;
a diaphragm structure disposed at one side of the electrode plate with an interval and having a sensing film;
a support structure disposed between the diaphragm structure and the electrode plate and surrounding an electrical coupling zone and a gas flow zone, the support structure comprising an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall surrounding an outer edge of the gas flow zone, the outer wall surrounding an outer edge of the electrical coupling zone; and
a pressure relief film covering the gas flow zone, wherein when the pressure relief film is deformed by an external force, the pressure relief film is switched into an open state to communicate the gas flow zone with an external environment.

US Pat. No. 10,710,867

FUEL DISTRIBUTION STATION

CAPAT, LLC, Miami, FL (U...

1. An environmentally friendly fuel distribution station comprising:an upper canopy, said upper canopy including a fuel tank and an outer shell enclosing said fuel tank; and
a fuel distribution interface suspended from said upper canopy, said fuel distribution interface is configured to receive input information from a user and displays output information to said user, and selectively controls the fuel distribution operation;
an equipment bay located adjacent to said fuel tank and containing equipment to facilitate a pumping of fuel in said fuel tanks to said fuel distribution interface;
a fire shield wall disposed between said fuel tank and said equipment bay;
a fuel dispenser structurally independent of said distribution interface and is in close association with said fuel distribution interface,
wherein said fuel dispenser is in fluid communication with said fuel tank for dispensing said fuel from fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,710,866

PRESSURIZED DECANTING DEVICE

Zake IP Holdings, LLC, S...

1. A pressurized decanting device, the device comprising:a base;
a housing configured to at least partially mount the base;
an outlet apparatus extending from the base, the outlet apparatus comprising an outlet pipe;
a pump configured to compress and transport a gas;
a power supply mechanism;
a gas guiding apparatus in communication with the pump and the outlet apparatus, the gas guiding apparatus comprising a gas inlet pipe in communication with the pump;
a switch mechanism being mounted on the outlet apparatus, the switch mechanism configured to power on and off the pump in a circuitry arrangement,
whereby powering on the pump through operation of the switch mechanism forces the gas through the gas inlet pipe; and
a cork defined by a sealing thread and a cavity, the cork configured to detachably couple to the outlet apparatus; and
a diaphragm disposed across the cavity, the diaphragm forming a cork borehole configured to enable passage of the gas, wherein the gas guiding apparatus comprises a gas inlet pipe, a first vent pipe connected to the outlet pipe, and a second vent pipe in communication with the cavity, the first vent pipe being connected to the second vent pipe through the switch mechanism, and the pump being in communication with the cavity through the gas inlet pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,710,864

SYSTEM FOR MIXING AND DISPENSING BEVERAGES

Somabar Inc., Los Angele...

1. A drink vending apparatus, comprising:a plurality of ingredient cartridges, wherein one ingredient cartridge comprises electronic means for identifying contents of the one ingredient cartridge;
a mixing container;
a control unit configured to control selective dispensing of ingredients from all of the plurality of ingredient cartridges into the mixing container and dispense mixed ingredients from the mixing container in response to a drink request;
a plurality of two-port valves, each two-port valve provided with one ingredient cartridge slot; and
a plurality of fluid passageways comprising a series of first fluid passageways each connecting a first opening of each of the plurality of two-port valves with a cleaning solution container and a series of second fluid passageways connecting a second opening of each of the plurality of two-port valves with the mixing container;
wherein the control unit is further configured to control selective dispensing of ingredients based on information of contents of the one ingredient cartridge received from the electronic means.

US Pat. No. 10,710,863

WATER BOTTLE FILLING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A water bottle filling system, comprising:a water storage reservoir having an inlet valve and an outlet valve;
an air pump connected to said water storage reservoir and adapted to force air from the water storage reservoir and reduce pressure in the water storage reservoir below ambient pressure;
a coupling downstream from said outlet valve; and
a refillable water bottle connected by air tight seal to said coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,710,862

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A BEVERAGE FILLING SYSTEM

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A method comprising controlling a beverage-filling system that comprises a circular filling machine that comprises a ring bowl and a plurality of filling elements, each of which feeds a corresponding one of said bottles, wherein each filling element comprises a flow meter and a valve that controls flow of said beverage into a bottle, wherein said ring bowl feeds beverage to each filling element, wherein said filling machine is a circular filling machine that rotates at an angular velocity while said bottles are being filled, wherein said angular velocity undergoes variation as said circular filling machine slows down, wherein controlling said filling machine comprises deriving a current-volume flow signal either by summing signals from all flow meters to define an aggregate quantity of beverage being filled into said bottles or by carrying out a calculation that relies on a measured speed of said circular filling machine and on volumes of said bottles that are to be filled, using said current-volume flow signal to derive a regulating signal for regulating an inflow of beverage into said ring bowl, based at least in part on said regulating signal, regulating inflow of beverage into said ring bowl to maintain a target level of beverage in said ring bowl, storing said an angular-velocity profile indicative of said variation in said angular velocity, measuring a current angular velocity of said circular filling machine, based on said measured current angular velocity and said stored angular velocity profile, anticipating flow of beverage out of said ring bowl, and regulating said product inflow based at least in part on said anticipated flow of beverage out of said ring bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,710,861

AUTOMATIC LID OPENER

1. An automatic lid opener, comprising:a base section comprising
a base cavity surrounding a perimeter of a container,
an inflatable grip within the base cavity for applying a predetermined pressure to the perimeter of the container,
a pump configured to inflate the inflatable grip, the inflatable grip configured to extend in a radially inward direction of the base cavity upon inflation;
a top section comprising
a lid cavity,
a lid gripping mechanism comprising
a first gripping rack comprising a first gripping portion at an end of the first gripping rack,
a second gripping rack comprising a second gripping portion at an end of the second gripping rack, the second gripping portion at an end opposite to the first gripping portion, and
a first gear mating with the first and the second gripping racks, the first gear positioned between the first and the second gripping racks, and configured to move the first gripping rack in a direction opposite to the movement of the second gripping rack, thereby capable of increasing or decreasing the distance between the first gripping portion and the second gripping portion, and
a lid rotation mechanism disposed within the lid cavity and comprising a jaw rack for bearing and rotating the two gripping racks and the first gear;
a middle section comprising a height adjustment mechanism bearing the top section, the height adjustable mechanism operable to move the top section to adjust the vertical separation between the top section and the base section;
at least one motor configured to operate at least one of the pump, the lid gripping mechanism, the rotation mechanism, or the height adjustment mechanism; and
a control panel operably coupled with and configured to control the at least one motor to power at least one of the pump to inflate the inflatable grip, the lid gripping mechanism to adjust the distance between the gripping portions, the lid rotation mechanism to rotate the jaw rack and the gripping portions borne in the jaw rack, or the height adjustment mechanism to move the top section;
wherein the middle section and the inflatable grip are stationary relative to the base section.

US Pat. No. 10,710,859

SLEEVE TYPE BOTTLE OPENER SUITABLE FOR BOTTLE STOPPERS OF DIFFERENT SIZES

1. A sleeve type bottle opener suitable for bottle stoppers of different sizes, wherein the sleeve type bottle opener comprises a cylindrical sleeve body and a bottle mouth guide part; an inner wall of the sleeve body is a cylindrical through hole whose upper and lower ends can be completely penetrated through, and the bottle mouth guide part, having one end with a smaller diameter coaxially connected to the lower end of the inner wall of the sleeve body, is arranged at the lower end of the sleeve body and is of a truncated cone shape; the inner wall of the sleeve body with a “”-shaped through hole being arranged on its both sides respectively comprises rigid walls and elastic walls, the “”-shaped through holes and the inner wall of the sleeve body form two elastic walls having one side thereof respectively connected to an integrated structure of two rigid walls; protruded elastic claws and rigid claws, which are configured to prevent the bottle stopper from rotating, are respectively arranged inside the sleeve body along the axial direction, the rigid claws are fixed at one end of the surface of the rigid wall close to the surface of the elastic wall, the elastic claws are fixed at one end of the surface of the elastic wall far away from the rigid wall, and the protruding length of the elastic claw is greater than that of the rigid claw.

US Pat. No. 10,710,858

EXTRACTOR FOR BEVERAGE BASKETS

Actron Manufacturing, Inc...

1. An extractor for extracting storage containers from an aircraft galley storage area, the extractor comprising:a rigid frame having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a grip extending from the first end portion;
a cable having a first cable end and a second cable end, the cable attached to the grip on the first cable end;
an extractor arm carrier attached to the second cable end;
an extractor arm attached to the extractor arm carrier;
a first spring attached to the extractor arm carrier;
a second spring attached to the extractor arm carrier; and
a spring housing on the second end portion of the rigid frame;
wherein the first spring and the second spring abut one another in the spring housing, and the first spring and the second spring abut one another as the first spring and the second spring extend from the spring housing;
wherein the first spring and second spring are constant force springs and bias the extractor arm carrier toward the second end portion of the rigid frame and wherein the first spring and second spring are flat wire springs having a thickness of 0.005 to 0.0057 inches, a width of 0.200 to 0.270 inches, a length of 19 to 21 inches and a coiled outside diameter of 0.650 to 0.750 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,710,857

AERIAL LIFT AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

1. An aerial lift, comprising:a lower portion equipped with members for connecting to the ground;
a lifting structure;
a platform supported by the lifting structure; and
a lighting system including at least one lighting device arranged on the lower portion or on the platform, other than a driving light,
wherein the lighting device selectively generates colored beams of light, the color of which is selected from among at least two different colors, respectively corresponding to:
an emergency stop situation of the aerial lift, and
an accident at height situation of the aerial lift,
wherein the lighting device selectively generates the colored light beams pointed toward the ground and the environment immediately surrounding the aerial lift, at least partly including a zone comprised between 0 and 1 meter of the edge of the members for connecting to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,710,856

UTILITY TOWER LEVELING APPARATUS AND METHOD

AMPJACK INDUSTRIES LTD., ...

1. An electrical or communication transmission tower leveling device for leveling an existing transmission tower with respect to a ground surface wherein the transmission tower includes a plurality of upright members and interconnecting lattice members, the leveling device comprising:a frame structure positioned near the transmission tower;
a first support that is secured to a first side of a transmission tower that is leaning, the first support adapted to be pivotally secured to the frame structure to form an axis of rotation;
a second support that is secured to a second side of the transmission tower, opposite the first side of the transmission tower;
a lift support beam positioned on the same side of the transmission tower as the second support;
at least one lift cylinder that extends from the lift support to the second support;
a controller for controlling the extension and retraction of the at least one lift cylinder;
wherein extension or retraction of the at least one lift cylinder causes the transmission tower to rotate about the axis of rotation to allow for the transmission tower to be leveled.

US Pat. No. 10,710,855

HYDRAULIC DRIVING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic driving system comprising:a loading-line pump device configured to discharge an operating liquid at a flow rate corresponding to a first load sensing pressure signal input to the loading-line pump device;
a loading-line driving device connected to one loading-line actuator or a plurality of loading-line actuators and also connected to the loading-line pump device through a loading-side passage, the loading-line driving device being configured to adjust a flow rate of the operating liquid flowing from the loading-line pump device to the one loading-line actuator or the plurality of loading-line actuators;
a steering-line pump device configured to discharge the operating liquid at a flow rate corresponding to a second load sensing pressure signal input to the steering-line pump device;
a steering-line driving device connected to a steering actuator and also connected to the steering-line pump device through a steering-side passage, the steering-line driving device being configured to adjust a flow rate of the operating liquid flowing from the steering-line pump device to the steering actuator; and
a switching valve device configured to (i) connect the loading-side passage and the steering-side passage when a load pressure of the one loading-line actuator or at least one of the plurality of loading-line actuators is equal to or higher than a predetermined pressure, and (ii) disconnect the loading-side passage and the steering-side passage when a load pressure of the one loading-line actuator or the plurality of loading-line actuators is less than the predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,854

REACH TRUCK

HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC., ...

1. A reach truck, comprising: a main body;at least one load arm that protrudes from the main body;
a mast trolley that is supported at the at least one load arm, wherein the mast trolley is shift-able along a longitudinal axis of the reach truck relative to the main body;
a mast that is attached to the mast trolley;
a linear actuator configured to shift the mast trolley along the longitudinal axis of the reach truck relative to the main body; wherein
the linear actuator is attached at a first end thereof to the main body and at a second end thereof to the mast trolley; and
the linear actuator is arranged inclined to the longitudinal axis of the reach truck and defines a first angle between the extension direction of the linear actuator and the longitudinal axis of the reach truck, wherein the first angle changes depending on the position of the mast trolley relative to the main body; and
the reach truck further comprises a sensor communicating with a control unit, wherein the control unit is configured to determine the angular position of the linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,710,853

FLOOR CONVEYOR

16. A floor conveyor comprising:a sensor device configured to:
generate a detection zone having a first range that is to leave a gap between the detection zone and an object; and
extend the detection zone to have a second range in which the object is to be within the detection zone; and
a control unit in communication with the sensor device, the control unit to implement a security measure on the floor conveyor if the object is not detected within the detection zone when the detection zone is extended to have the second range.

US Pat. No. 10,710,852

PORTABLE AUTO RACK

1. A portable auto lift comprising:a plurality of vehicle engaging arms configured to selectively engage and support a vehicle;
a frame coupled to and supporting the plurality of vehicle engaging arms
a moveable carriage coupled to and supporting the frame and the plurality of vehicle engaging arms;
a vertical support post configured to receive the movable carriage that supports frame and the vehicle engaging arms, the vertical support post further including a vertically adjustable portion for selectively vertically adjusting the height of the vertical support post;
a hydraulic system for selectively moving the moveable carriage along a length of the vertical post, including selectively moving the carriage along a length of the vertically adjustable portion; and
further including an array of LED lights on at least one vehicle engaging arm.

US Pat. No. 10,710,851

TELESCOPIC COLUMN

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. A telescopic column, comprising:at least two telescopic elements linearly movable with respect to one another, and
a drive system, containing:
a drive unit including a first clutch element,
an output unit including a shaft, a windable connecting element and a second clutch element connected to the shaft such that the second clutch element and the shaft rotate together, wherein the connecting element is connected to the shaft and at least one of the movable telescopic elements,
a brake unit configured to transmit a sufficiently strong retaining force onto the second clutch element that the telescopic elements are held in their relative position with respect to each other,
the brake unit is further configured such that applying a drive moment to the first clutch element reduces the retaining force such that the telescopic elements are movable relative to each other, and
the brake unit is further configured such that with applying an output-side torque to the second clutch element increases the retaining force acting on the second clutch element.

US Pat. No. 10,710,850

REVOLVING FRAME FOR WORK MACHINE, AND WORK MACHINE PROVIDED WITH SAME

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A slewing frame for a work machine, the slewing frame being supported, through a slewing bearing, on a lower travelling body of the work machine to slew around a slewing center extending in a top-down direction, and supporting a mast and a boom, the slewing frame comprising:a bottom plate including a bottom-plate upper-surface portion, and a bottom-plate lower-surface portion to which the slewing bearing is fixed;
a pair of left and right side plates disposed on the bottom-plate upper-surface portion, extending along a front-back direction of the slewing frame, and facing each other in a left-right direction of the slewing frame across the slewing center, each of the pair of left and right side plates including a side-plate upper-surface portion, a side-plate front-end portion, and a side-plate rear-end portion;
a rear end member connecting the side-plate rear-end portions of the pair of left and right side plates in the left-right direction;
a pair of boom foot sections provided at the side-plate front-end portions of the pair of left and right side plates, respectively, and supporting a proximal end portion of the boom;
a pair of mast foot sections provided at front side parts of the side-plate upper-surface portions of the pair of left and right side plates, respectively, and supporting a proximal end portion of the mast;
a mast connection section provided at the rear end member, and connected to the mast through a connection member;
a pair of left and right first reinforcement members, each disposed extending from one of the boom foot sections toward a front side part of the slewing bearing, when the slewing frame is seen along the left-right direction, and each including a lower end portion linked to the front side part of the slewing bearing;
a pair of left and right second reinforcement members, each disposed extending from one of the boom foot sections toward one of the mast foot sections, when the slewing frame is seen along the left-right direction;
a pair of left and right third reinforcement members, each disposed extending from one of the mast foot sections toward a rear side part of the slewing bearing, when the slewing frame is seen along the left-right direction, and each including a lower end portion linked to the rear side part of the slewing bearing;
a pair of left and right fourth reinforcement members, each disposed extending from a middle region, of an upper portion of one of the side plates, located above the rear side part of the slewing bearing, toward the front side part of the slewing bearing, when the slewing frame is seen along the left-right direction, and each including a lower end portion linked to the front side part of the slewing bearing; and
a pair of left and right fifth reinforcement members, each disposed extending from the middle region toward the rear side part of the slewing bearing, when the slewing frame is seen along the left-right direction, and each including a lower end portion linked to the rear side part of the slewing bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,849

CRANE COUNTERWEIGHT AND SUSPENSION

TEREX AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, ...

1. A pick and carry crane, comprising:a front body that defines a front part of the crane, the front body pivotally connected via a pivot arrangement to a rear body of the crane;
the crane defines a side tipping line when the front body has been pivoted relative to the rear body about the pivot arrangement, the side tipping line defined as an imaginary longitudinal axis that extends between a point at which the front body contacts the ground to a point at which the rear body contacts the ground, being the points about which the crane may topple; and
a first counterweight mounted with respect to the crane and arranged to move with respect to the side tipping line so as to maintain a counteracting side tipping moment above a threshold value when the crane is lifting and/or carrying a load, wherein the threshold value corresponds to a side tipping moment that causes the crane to topple sideways about the side tipping line.

US Pat. No. 10,710,848

WEARPAD AND WEARPAD HOUSING ARRANGEMENT FOR A TELESCOPIC BOOM ASSEMBLY

1. A wearpad for a telescopic boom assembly, the wearpad comprising:a first surface for contacting an outer boom of the boom assembly;
a second surface for contacting an inner boom of the boom assembly; and
a length, wherein the first surface and the second surface extend along the length, and wherein the length extends along a longitudinal direction of a boom assembly; and
a chamfered portion with a first end at a first location along the length and a second end at a second location along the length, wherein the first surface and the second surface converge along the chamfered portion, such that a first distance between the first surface and the second surface at the first end of the chamfered portion is greater than a second distance between the first surface and the second surface at the second end of the chamfered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,847

MOBILE CRANE

MAEDA SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD...

1. A mobile crane, comprising:a fly jib;
a jib coupling member that is coupled to a rear end of the fly jib and removably attached to a tip end part of the boom in order to couple the fly jib to the tip end part of the boom such that the fly jib can be raised and lowered with the rear end thereof as a fulcrum;
a sheave disposed in a distal-end-side area of the fly jib so as to be capable of sliding in a longitudinal direction of the fly jib;
a raising/lowering cylinder for sliding the sheave in the longitudinal direction; and
a raising/lowering wire rope stretched between the jib coupling member and an area of the fly jib that is rearward from the sheave in the longitudinal direction, a wire rope portion partway along the raising/lowering wire rope being wound around the sheave from a front side of the fly jib.

US Pat. No. 10,710,846

STOP RING HAVING A SUPPORT EYE LUG USED TO SUSPEND A STOPPING MEANS OR LASHING MEANS

1. A stop ring comprising:a support eye lug used to suspend a stopping or lashing means and a threaded pin, rotatably arranged with respect to the support eye lug, for fixing to an object to be lifted or fixed,
the support eye lug and the threaded pin being connected to each other in a form-fitting manner by a bearing journal of the threaded pin, which engages in a bearing bore of the support eye lug, a plurality of bearing elements, and having a locking element by means of which, in a locking position, the support eye lug and the threaded pin can be blocked against rotation,
the bottom of the support eye lug closed at the top, wherein bearing rollers are provided as bearing elements, and a rotatably mounted locking pin is provided at the bottom of the support eye lug, the locking pin, when in an initial position, not being engaged in the bearing journal of the threaded pin, but which can be moved into a locking position, which blocks rotation by actuation from the outside, and
the locking pin is designed as a torsion rod with a recess the center.

US Pat. No. 10,710,845

METHOD OF HANDING OVER A LOAD, AND AN ARRANGEMENT TO HAND OVER A LOAD

HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTOR...

1. A method to hand over a load, in particular when submerged, from a first hoisting device to a second hoisting device, comprising the steps of:providing a rigid intermediate device having a first connection point and a second connection point, wherein the first connection point and the second connection point are spaced with respect to each other, and wherein the intermediate device is configured to be connected to the load,
connecting the load to the intermediate device,
connecting the first hoisting device to the first connection point,
suspending the load completely from the first hoisting device,
connecting the second hoisting device to the second connection point, and
transferring the load from the first hoisting device to the second hoisting device, until the load is completely suspended from the second hoisting device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,844

CHAIN STRETCH DETECTION DEVICE, CHAIN STRETCH DETECTION METHOD, AND PASSENGER CONVEYOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A chain stretch detection device configured to detect stretch of a chain in a power transmission device,the power transmission device comprising:
a driving sprocket configured to rotate through transmission of a drive force thereto;
a driven sprocket supported on a rotatable rotary shaft; and
a chain, which is wound around the driving sprocket and the driven sprocket, and is configured to transmit power of the driving sprocket to the driven sprocket,
the chain stretch detection device comprising:
a meshing height measurement device configured to measure meshing heights of the chain at a position along the chain in which the driving sprocket or the driven sprocket is in contact with and meshes with the chain; and
a signal processing device configured to determine a height difference between adjacent rollers in the chain based on signals acquired by the meshing height measurement device and estimate an amount of the stretch of the chain based on the determined height difference.

US Pat. No. 10,710,843

CAR DOOR INTERLOCK WITH SILL LOCK

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

9. An elevator system, comprising:an elevator car movable within a hoistway between a plurality of landings, the elevator car including:
an elevator car door movable between an open position and a closed position;
a car door mechanism configured to determine if the elevator car is positioned within a landing door zone, the car door mechanism including;
a rotatable link arm;
a sensing mechanism coupled to the rotatable link arm to detect a fixed sensing vane of a hoistway landing door; and
an engagement latch pivotally connected to the rotatable link arm, wherein the engagement latch is rotatable in response to engagement between the sensing mechanism and the sensing vane; and
a lock assembly operably coupled to both the engagement latch and a lower portion of the elevator car, the lock assembly being configured to lock and unlock a portion of the elevator car door.

US Pat. No. 10,710,842

FIBER REINFORCED ELEVATOR BELT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car, comprising:a plurality of tension elements extending longitudinally along a length of the belt;
an inner belt layer formed from a first material bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a first side of the belt, the inner belt layer forming an inner belt surface interactive with a traction sheave of an elevator system;
an outer belt layer formed from a second material bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a second side of the belt, the plurality of tension elements disposed between the first side and the second side;
a middle belt layer disposed between the plurality of tension members and the outer belt layer; and
one or more sensors disposed between the middle belt layer and the outer belt layer to monitor health of the plurality of tension members.

US Pat. No. 10,710,841

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND ELEVATOR SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD

ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG,...

1. A method for operating an elevator system which comprises a shaft system and at least three cars, the elevator system configured for separately moving the cars in at least a first direction of travel and in a second direction of travel, the method comprising:moving the at least three cars separately and sequentially;
continuously predicting a stop point for each car of the at least three cars for at least one direction of travel;
continuously determining a distance of the predicted stop points of neighboring cars from each other of the at least three cars; and
transferring the elevator system to a safety mode based on a negative distance of the stop points being determined.

US Pat. No. 10,710,840

MOTORIZED TIE-DOWN DEVICE

1. A motorized tie-down device comprising:a housing comprising:
a power supply comprising one or more rechargeable batteries;
an electric motor coupled to receive power from the power supply;
a control to activate the electric motor;
a reel;
a hook configured to secure to a support platform;
a thumbscrew configured to be screwed down to prevent the reel from rotating; and
a worm drive assembly operatively coupled to the electric motor and the reel and configured to transfer rotation from the electric motor to the reel;
a flexible strap having a first end attached to the reel; and
a carabiner attached to a second end of the flexible strap.

US Pat. No. 10,710,839

HIGH EFFICIENCY BOBBIN WINDING DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABILITY

1. A high efficiency bobbin winding device with adjustability comprising:a housing;
a base;
said housing being disposed on said base;
at least one motor assembly comprising;
a hinged motor support rotably secured at a lower end to said base;
a motor secured to said hinged motor support;
a motor shaft adapted to releasably hold a bobbin;
a shutoff sensor disposed on a front portion of said housing whereby a selected fill level of said bobbin is detected;
an electronic control electrically connected to said at least one motor and said shutoff sensor; and
and adjustment means for selectively adjusting a position of said motor to said selected fill level.

US Pat. No. 10,710,837

GUIDE APPARATUS FOR LONG OBJECT

TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO., O...

1. A guide device for a long object, the guide device comprising:a movable portion reciprocally movable in a reciprocal direction;
a fixed portion fixed to be immovable in the reciprocal direction;
a flexible connecting portion connecting the movable portion and the fixed portion when the connecting portion includes a curved part at an intermediate position in a longitudinal direction; and
a guide member defining an accommodation chamber together with the connecting portion, the accommodation chamber being capable of accommodating the long object, wherein the guide member reciprocates in the reciprocal direction while guiding the movable portion and the connecting portion so that the connecting portion reciprocates in the reciprocal direction as the curved part is shifted in accordance with reciprocal movement of the movable portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,836

TIE-WIRE HOLSTER

1. A tie-wire holster comprising:(a) a tire-shaped body formed of a unitary section of flexible polymer material having a Shore A hardness of between about 40 and about 70, the body including a top circumferential portion and first and second radially inward extending sidewalls;
(b) the body having an outer diameter between about 4 and about 7 inches, and the sidewalls having a central opening between about 1.5 and about 4 inches in diameter;
(c) at least two slots formed in the first sidewall, the slots extending from an inner edge of the first sidewall into the top circumferential portion;
(d) a spool-shaped attachment member with a first flange and a second flange connected by a web portion, the first flange having a larger diameter than the second flange, and the first flange being positioned against an interior of the second sidewall and the second flange being positioned against an exterior of the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,835

COLLAR RETENTION SYSTEM FOR PACKAGING DEVICE FOR DISPENSING ELONGATED FLEXIBLE MATERIAL

ADEMCO INC., Golden Vall...

1. A system comprising:an elongated rotatable member for receiving elongated flexible material wound around the elongated rotatable member and for dispensing the elongated flexible material therefrom by rotating, wherein the elongated rotatable member includes a first tube and a second tube, and wherein the second tube is shorter lengthwise than the first tube, is located around the first tube, and is centered along a length of the first tube;
a first primary collar located around the first tube proximate to a first lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member and pressed against a first edge of the second tube;
a second primary collar around the first tube proximate to a second lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member and pressed against a second edge of the second tube, wherein the first primary collar and the second primary collar define a lengthwise center of the elongated rotatable member onto which the elongated flexible material is wound, and wherein the first primary collar and the second primary collar resist outward pressure thereon from the elongated flexible material;
a first retention collar secured with friction around the first tube proximate to the first lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member to secure, with friction, the first primary collar in place against the first edge of the second tube for resisting the outward pressure thereon from the elongated flexible material and to prevent the first primary collar from shifting lengthwise along the elongated rotatable member towards the first lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member; and
a second retention collar secured with friction around the first tube proximate to the second lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member to secure, with friction, the second primary collar in place against the second edge of the second tube for resisting the outward pressure thereon from the elongated flexible material and to prevent the second primary collar from shifting lengthwise along the elongated rotatable member towards the second lengthwise opposing end of the elongated rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,834

FOLDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCORPORATING THE SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A folding apparatus comprising:a folding device configured to fold a sheet bundle;
an additional folding device including,
a pressure roller disposed downstream from the folding device in a sheet conveyance direction and configured to rotate along the sheet conveyance direction to press the sheet bundle after the folding device folds the sheet bundle, and
a sheet support member disposed opposite the pressure roller via the sheet bundle;
a conveyer configured to convey the sheet bundle to a position at which the additional folding device presses the sheet bundle and hold the sheet bundle at the position; and
control circuitry configured to,
instruct the additional folding device to perform additional folding processing at a first position on the sheet bundle,
set a distance between the first position and a second position different from the first position based on at least one of a number of sheets in the sheet bundle and a thickness of a sheet in the sheet bundle,
instruct the conveyer to move the sheet bundle to the second position, and
instruct the additional folding device to perform the additional folding processing at the second position on the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,833

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A post-processing apparatus, comprising:a sheet discharge tray to which a sheet or a sheet bundle is discharged;
a shift mechanism configured to shift a discharge position of the sheet or the sheet bundle discharged to the sheet discharge tray from a reference position; and
a controller configured to
control the shift mechanism to divide the sheet or the sheet bundle in a first direction in a direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet or the sheet bundle and a second direction opposite to the first direction,
control the shift mechanism to shift the sheet bundle for each job of a plurality of jobs, and
when a job includes a plurality of sheet bundles, control the shift mechanism to shift more than one bundle of the plurality of sheet bundles included in the job.

US Pat. No. 10,710,831

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING AT LEAST ONE NOTE OF VALUE

Wincor Nixdorf Internatio...

1. An apparatus for aligning at least one note of value along a transport path, comprising:at least one bank note reader, which has at least one scanning line with at least first and second detection areas along the scanning line for scanning the at least one note of value,
wherein each of the at least first and second detection areas scans respective scanning areas in a transport plane of the transport path,
wherein the first detection area detects a first point along a leading edge of the at least one note of value, and
wherein the respective scanning areas are arranged along the at least one scanning line orthogonally with respect to a central axis of the transport path;
a first transport element and at least one second transport element for transporting the at least one note of value along the transport path in a first transport direction along the central axis,
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements each contact the at least one note of value in respective contact areas,
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements include respective first and second contact elements, each of the first and second contact elements being a roller, and
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements are downstream of the at least one scanning line along the transport path;
at least one aligning apparatus for aligning the at least one note of value, which at least one aligning apparatus is arranged between the first transport element and the at least one second transport element along the transport path and forms a section of the transport path;
wherein the at least one bank note reader detects a trailing edge of the at least one note of value in a first scanning area of the respective scanning areas and in a second scanning area of the respective scanning areas, the first scanning area is on a first side of the central axis the same lateral distance to the central axis of the transport path as a first contact area of the contact areas of the second transport element;
wherein the second scanning area is on a second side of the central axis opposite the first side the same lateral distance to the central axis of the transport path as a second contact area of the contact areas of the second transport element;
wherein that commencing with the detection of the exit of the trailing edge of the at least one note of value from the first scanning area and the second scanning area, a control unit controls the transport of the at least one note of value in the first transport direction and the at least one aligning apparatus in such a way that the at least one aligning apparatus commences an aligning process only after the at least one note of value has been transported across a preset first path length in the first transport direction;
wherein the control unit controls the at least one aligning apparatus to execute an aligning process on the at least one note of value over a first distance along the transport path, the first distance equal to a distance between the respective contact areas of the first and at least one second transport elements less a first safety distance equal to a radius of the roller of the first contact element and also less a second safety distance equal to a radius of the roller of the second contact element; and
wherein that during transport of the at least one note of value in the first transport direction along the first distance, the at least one note of value is additionally transported in a second transport direction extending transversely with respect to the first transport direction across the transport path, the at least one note of value transported a second distance by the at least one aligning apparatus whereby the displacement of the at least one note of value transversely to the first transport direction results in alignment of a second point of the leading edge of the at least one note of value with the first detection area and the roller of the second contact element and the second point being a third distance along the central axis from the roller of the second contact element when the first point has traveled the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,710,830

PAPER FEED APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS COMPRISING PAPER FEED APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING PAPER FEED APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A paper feed apparatus, comprising:a paper placing tray on which a plurality of paper can be placed at one time, the paper placing tray being disposed at an upstream end of a paper feed path;
a pickup roller that is provided movably between a standby position and an operation position and sends-out a paper placed in the paper placing tray;
a first regulating portion that regulates a movement of a first width paper placed in the paper placing tray in a paper feeding direction, outside a second width paper passage area in a direction orthogonally intersecting the paper feeding direction;
a second regulating portion that regulates a movement of a second width paper placed in the paper placing tray and having a smaller width than the first width paper in the paper feeding direction, inside the second width paper passage area in the direction orthogonally intersecting the paper feeding direction, the second regulating portion being provided closer to a center of the paper placing tray with respect to a width direction of the paper placing tray; and
a setting detecting member that detects that the paper has been placed in the paper placing tray, wherein
each of the first regulating portion and the second regulating portion is provided on the paper placing tray, such that one of the first regulating portion and the second regulating portion makes contact with the paper placed in the paper placing tray and regulates movement of the paper,
each of the first regulating portion and the second regulating portion is provided movably between a position for regulating the movement of the paper and a position for feeding the paper, and
the first regulating portion and the second regulating portion are arranged at only the same side with respect to a center portion in an axial direction of the pickup roller in the direction orthogonally intersecting the paper feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,829

PAPER CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PAPER CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A paper conveyance device comprising:an upstream roller and a downstream roller arranged at an interval in a paper conveyance path;
paper conveyance guides arranged between the upstream and downstream rollers in the paper conveyance path to guide both surfaces of paper along the paper conveyance path during paper conveyance;
drivers that drive the upstream and downstream rollers independently; and
a processor that measures load torques on the upstream and downstream rollers, makes a judgment as to whether or not the paper is rubbing against one of the paper conveyance guides with reference to the load torques on the upstream and downstream rollers, and performs controlled paper conveyance with reference to the load torques on the upstream and downstream rollers depending on a result of the judgment,
wherein the processor judges that the paper is rubbing against an outer one of the paper conveyance guides if there is a large increase in the load torque on the upstream roller during paper conveyance, and the processor judges that the paper is rubbing against an inner one of the paper conveyance guides if there is a large increase in the load torque on the downstream roller.

US Pat. No. 10,710,828

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a stacking device having a stacking surface on which a plurality of sheets is to be stacked;
a feeding device configured to feed each of the plurality of the sheets stacked on the stacking surface;
a contact portion including a first surface, a downstream side edge of each of the plurality of sheets with respect to a sheet feeding direction of the sheets stacked on the stacking device being brought into contact with the first surface, wherein the first surface includes a surface inclined with respect to the stacking surface, and an angle formed between the first surface and the stacking surface being an obtuse angle;
a moving member having a contact surface, the downstream side edge of each of the plurality of sheets fed by the feeding device being brought into contact with the contact surface, wherein the contact surface is movable so that a protruding amount of the contact surface from the first surface changes, and
a sensor unit configured to output a signal according to the position of the moving member,
wherein a position of the moving member under a state in which at least one of the sheets is stacked on the stacking surface for feeding the sheet by the feeding device is defined as a retreat position, the at least one sheet stacked on the stacking device moving the moving member to the retreat position to change the signal of the sensor unit, and
wherein the feeding device brings leading edges of the plurality of sheets into contact with the first surface so as to separate one sheet from the plurality of the sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,710,826

SHEET TRANSPORT WITH ONE-WAY CLUTCH TO DISENGAGE SEPARATION SHAFT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

8. A method, comprising:when no sheets of media are between a first separation roller and a second separation roller, driving a motor in a forward mode such that a pickup roller, first separation shaft, the first separation roller, second separation shaft, and the second separation roller are rotating in a first direction;
when one sheet of media is between the first separation roller and a second separation roller, disengaging the second separation roller from the second separation shaft such that:
the pickup roller, first separation shaft, first separation roller, and second separation shaft are rotating in the first direction; and
the second separation roller is rotating in a second direction due to interaction with the first separation roller; and
when multiple sheets of media are between the first separation roller and the second separation roller, reengaging the second separation roller to the second separation shaft such that the pickup roller, first separation shaft, first separation roller, second separation shaft, and second separation roller are rotating in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,825

CART CHASIS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A cart chassis comprising:a plurality of removable spanners to divide the chassis into multiple areas inside the chassis;
a first area of the multiple areas to accommodate a first type of modular accessory tray including a print media feeding system, and a second area of the multiple areas to accommodate a second type of modular accessory tray without a print media feeding system; and
an upper platform of the chassis to support a print engine.

US Pat. No. 10,710,824

CURBED RAMP

Discount Ramps.com LLC, ...

1. A ramp system comprising:a rail oriented along a major length of the ramp system, the rail comprising:
an outer wall that extends in a vertical direction and defines an extent of the ramp in a width dimension;
a curb comprising an inner wall connected to the outer wall at a curb head that forms a vertical extent of the rail, wherein the inner wall is angled away from the outer wall in a direction away from the curb head at an angle of ten degrees or less;
a side wall oriented parallel to the outer wall and a lower end of the side wall is connected to a lower end of the outer wall by a bottom wall;
a shelf connected to an upper end of the side wall and a lower end of the inner wall; and
a shelf extension is connected to the lower end of the inner wall and to the outer wall, wherein the shelf extension is co-planar with the shelf and the shelf extension is perpendicular to the outer wall; and
a deck secured to the shelf, the deck configured to support a wheel of a vehicle, the curb vertically extending above the deck;
wherein the curb head is solid through a distance in the vertical direction at least four times a thickness of the outer wall or the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,823

PIVOTING LOAD CHUTE

Santa Rosa Systems, LLC, ...

11. A pivoting load chute, comprising:a support stand;
one or more sections that define a conveying surface, with the one or more sections configured for rotation relative to the support stand about a substantially horizontal axis between a lowered position and a raised position; and
at least one linkage assembly, including
a first linkage arm, with a first end of the first linkage arm operably connected to the support stand,
an actuator that is operably connected to and extends between the support stand and the first linkage arm, and
a second linkage arm, with a first end of the second linkage arm operably connected to the one or more sections that define the conveying surface, and with a second end of the second linkage arm operably connected to a second end of the first linkage arm;
wherein the one or more sections that define the conveying surface are transitioned from the lowered position to the raised position through actuation of the actuator, which results in application of a force to a bottom portion of the one or more sections that define the conveying surface through the first linkage arm and the second linkage arm; and
wherein the second linkage arm has a dogleg shape characterized by a lower section separated from an upper section by a bend, and wherein, in the raised position, the upper section of the second linkage arm is oriented in a substantially parallel relationship with and provides an engagement surface contacting the bottom portion of the one or more sections that define the conveying surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,822

GRIPPING MEMBER AND TELESCOPIC VACUUM CHAMPER FOR GRIPPING A LAYER OF PRODUCTS

OCME S.R.L., Parma (IT)

1. A gripping member for gripping a layer of products comprising:an upper closed wall;
a suction plane associated on a lower side of the upper wall, which is adjustable in height and identifies an area for vacuum gripping;
mechanical grips, which can be moved and associated with the sides of the layer of products to be picked up, wherein said mechanical grips are connected each other to form a peripheral continuous gripping ring;
a lower safety support plane, movable between an open position of disengagement from the gripping area and a closed position at least partially in engagement with the gripping area; and
a telescopic chamber, open only toward the bottom, said telescopic chamber being fastenable around the product layer for lifting the product layer through a peripheral one of said mechanical grips and being connectable to means for generating depression or vacuum, for pneumatically lifting the product layer by means of depression,
wherein said telescopic chamber comprises the peripheral continuous gripping ring arranged at the periphery of the upper wall and consisting of four angular elements and at least four plate-like side elements, which are slidably arranged with respect to said angular elements, said upper wall being of plane dimensions adjustable between a minimum dimension, corresponding to the suction plane, and a maximum dimension, corresponding to the maximum dimension of the layer to be picked up.

US Pat. No. 10,710,821

CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

Azbil Corporation, Chiyo...

1. A conveyance system comprising:a chamber;
a plate disposed in the chamber, the plate being used for disposing an article thereon;
an in-chamber bridge disposed next to the plate in the chamber;
a moving member that moves along the in-chamber bridge and the plate to move the article on the in-chamber bridge and the plate; and
a sterilization device that sterilizes an interior of the chamber,
wherein the chamber is allowed to be tightly sealed, with the moving member disposed on the in-chamber bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,710,820

TRANSFER MECHANISM FOR USE WITH A FOOD PROCESSING SYSTEM

Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.,...

1. A food processing system comprising:a compartment operable to process a food product; and
a transfer mechanism for transferring food product from the compartment of a food processing system, the transfer mechanism comprising
a conduit including a first end portion configured to be in communication with the compartment and a second end portion, wherein the first end portion is disposed such that food product in the compartment can enter the first end portion;
a liquid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit between the first end portion and the second end portion such that fluid enters the conduit from the liquid discharge; and
a pressurized fluid source in communication with the liquid discharge, the pressurized fluid source operable to propel a liquid through the liquid discharge into the conduit and toward the second end of the conduit without propelling food product through the liquid discharge, wherein the fluid propelled toward the second end of the conduit moves the food product from the first end portion of the conduit toward the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,819

LONG REACH VACUUM ROBOT WITH DUAL WAFER POCKETS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A processing system comprising:a transfer chamber;
an interim station coupled to the transfer chamber, the interim station to temporarily hold wafers;
a robot arm disposed in the transfer chamber and comprising an end effector having a longitudinal axis, wherein the end effector comprises:
a first wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a first location along the longitudinal axis; and
a second wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a second location along the longitudinal axis, wherein the end effector is capable of concurrently carrying a first wafer in the first wafer pocket and a second wafer in the second wafer pocket; and
a load lock coupled to the interim station, wherein the interim station is positioned between the transfer chamber and the load lock, wherein the interim station is within reach of the first wafer pocket and the second wafer pocket, and wherein the load lock is within reach of the first wafer pocket but not the second wafer pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,818

TRANSFER UNIT AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING BLISTER PACKS

23. A method for transferring blister packs from a first and a second pick position to a common place position by means of a transfer unit, comprising the steps of:providing a first and a second blister pack in a first and a second pick position, wherein the first and second blister packs in the first and second pick positions are arranged next to each other in a row which is transverse to a longitudinal center plane of the transfer unit;
picking the first blister pack in the first pick position, moving the first blister pack, and placing the first blister pack in the place position, wherein the first blister pack is placed from above in the place position, wherein the first blister pack in the first pick position is outwardly offset from the longitudinal center plane, and wherein the first blister pack in the place position is placed with a rotation of 180° around a center of the first blister pack in comparison to an orientation of the first blister pack in the first pick position; and
picking the second blister pack in the second pick position, moving the second blister pack, and placing the second blister pack in the place position, wherein the second blister pack is placed in the place position from above, wherein the second blister pack in the second pick position is outwardly offset from the longitudinal center plane and wherein the second blister pack in the place position is rotated by 180° around a center of the second blister pack in comparison to an orientation of the second blister pack in the second pick position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,817

WALL PANEL INVERTER AND PREFABRICATION METHOD

1. An inverter manufacturing cell comprising: a table including a base, a frame configured to receive a work piece, and at least one pivotable lift arm attached to the base and to the frame, wherein the pivotable lift arm is configured to pivot relative to the base about at least one axis such that the frame and work piece rotate from a first, generally horizontal position to a second, generally vertical position, wherein after rotating to the second, vertical position the frame is configured to slide such that the frame and work piece further rotate to a third, generally horizontal position wherein the frame and work piece are inverted relative to the first, generally horizontal position, and wherein the frame extends around the entire perimeter of the work piece.

US Pat. No. 10,710,816

PALLET POSITIONING STATION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

CHEP Technology Pty Limit...

1. A method for operating a pallet positioning station for positioning a pallet to be impacted by a pallet impact station, the pallet positioning station comprising a frame adjacent the pallet impact station; a pallet lift assembly carried by the frame, and comprising a lift grate moveable between a retracted position and an extended position; and a pallet push arm assembly carried by the frame and comprising a pallet push arm movable between a retracted position and a pallet positioning position, the method comprising:moving the pallet push arm and the lift grate to the retracted positions to receive the pallet for positioning;
moving the lift grate to the extended position when the pallet is to be positioned for impact by the pallet impact station; and
moving the pallet push arm to the pallet positioning position to position the pallet towards the pallet impact station until the pallet is aligned with an impact reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,815

PALLET POSITIONING STATION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

CHEP Technology Pty Limit...

1. A pallet positioning station for positioning a pallet to be impacted by a pallet impact station, the pallet positioning station comprising:a frame adjacent the pallet impact station;
a pallet lift assembly carried by said frame and comprising a lift grate moveable between a retracted position and an extended position;
a pallet push arm assembly carried by said frame and comprising a pallet push arm movable between a retracted position and a pallet positioning position; and
a controller configured to
move said pallet push arm and said lift grate to the retracted positions to receive the pallet for positioning,
move said lift grate to the extended position when the pallet is to be positioned for impact by the pallet impact station, and
move said pallet push arm to the pallet positioning position to position the pallet towards the pallet impact station until the pallet is aligned with an impact reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,814

DEVICE FOR SHAPING A NARROW CONTAINER STREAM INTO A WIDE CONTAINER STREAM

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus for shaping a narrow container stream, into a wide container stream, said apparatus comprising a first container guide, a second container guide, a shaping region, wherein said shaping region that comprises a container inlet, a container outlet, a deceleration segment, a shaping segment, said deceleration segment following said container inlet along a transport direction, said shaping segment following said deceleration segment along said transport direction and forming said container outlet, which follows said shaping segment along said transport direction, endlessly circulating transport bands that connect laterally to each other and define a transport plane along which said containers are transported, and a delivery conveyor that delivers containers to said container inlet, wherein said first and second container guides extend between said container inlet and said container outlet, thereby delimiting opposite sides of said shaping region, wherein said first and second container guides, or projections thereof onto said transport plane, are constrained to be between first and second limit curves, wherein there exists a coordinate system having an x-axis that extends along said transport bands and a y-axis that is perpendicular to said x-axis, wherein said first limit curve follows a course defined byy=?7·10?4x2?0.1582x+k3,
wherein said second limit curve follows a course defined by
y=10?6x3?15·10?4x2+0.3439x+k4
wherein x is a distance from said y-axis, y is a distance from said x-axis, and k3 and k4 are constants that satisfy k3/k4=0.88, and wherein said first and second container guides comprise inner surfaces that face said container, said inner surfaces being cambered about axes perpendicular to said transport plane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,813

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CLEANING A CONVEYOR BELT

HYDRITE CHEMICAL CO., Br...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a roller system including a drive roller and at least a first guide roller and a second guide roller configured to receive an elongated article to be cleaned, the first guide roller, the second guide roller, and the drive roller forming a serpentine path for the article;
a frame for supporting the first guide roller, the second guide roller, and the drive roller,
wherein the first guide roller is rotatably attached between a first leg assembly and a second leg assembly, the drive roller is rotatably attached between a third leg assembly and a fourth leg assembly, and the second guide roller is rotatably attached between a first lateral member and a second lateral member,
wherein the first lateral member is coupled between the first leg assembly and the third leg assembly and the second lateral member is coupled between the second leg assembly and the fourth leg assembly;
a fluid delivery system for directing fluid at top and bottom faces of the article, the fluid delivery system including one or more conduits, each conduit being in fluid communication with a plurality of nozzles to direct fluid to the top and the bottom faces of the article,
wherein the drive roller is a sprocket for engaging and transporting the article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,812

PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION METHOD AND PROGRAM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A physical distribution system comprising:a first conveyance path;
a second conveyance path that merges with the first conveyance path at a first junction;
a first sensor configured to detect a package passing along the first conveyance path to the first junction;
a second sensor configured to detect a package passing along the second conveyance path to the first junction; and
a processor configured to:
count a first number of packages present in a first convergence monitoring section that is determined in the first conveyance path upstream the first junction, by using the first sensor,
count a second number of packages present in a second convergence monitoring section that is determined in the second conveyance path upstream the first junction, by using the second sensor,
determine an order in which packages in the first convergence monitoring section and packages in the second convergence monitoring section pass the first junction, based on the first number and the second number, and
control the first and second conveyance paths, such that the packages pass the first junction in the determined order.

US Pat. No. 10,710,811

MATERIAL UNLOADER APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Superior Industries, Inc....

1. A material unloader for receiving and conveying material from a vehicle, the material unloader having an operational configuration and a transport configuration, the material unloader comprising:a conveyor extending in a generally longitudinal direction;
a ground frame, the ground frame having at least one opening therethrough, said opening being disposed at least partially above said conveyor;
a first ramp pivotally coupled to said ground frame and extending in a first lateral direction away from said ground frame in the operational configuration;
a first actuator configured to pivot the first ramp;
a second ramp pivotally coupled to said ground frame and extending in a second lateral direction away from said ground frame in the operational configuration, wherein said opening is disposed at least partially laterally between said first and second ramp;
a second actuator configured to pivot the second ramp;
a wheel assembly at least partially supporting the ground frame in the transport configuration; and
a truss supported on said ground frame and disposed at least partially above said ground frame, said truss configured to bear a compressive load in the transport configuration, wherein said first and second ramps are raised in the transport configuration, wherein at least a portion of said first and second ramps form a part of said truss in the transport configuration such that said first and second ramps bear at least a portion of said compressive load in the transport configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,710,809

TRANSPORTING DEVICE, VACUUM ARRANGEMENT, TRANSPORTING ROLLER AND METHOD

1. A transporting device, comprising:a plurality of transporting rollers, of which at least two transporting rollers comprise:
a glass tube mounted rotatably about an axis of rotation;
the glass tube being joined together from a plurality of tube segments, a first tube segment of which is arranged between two second tube segments; and
the first tube segment having a plurality of portions, circumferential surfaces of which are surfaces of revolution with respect to the axis of rotation and/or are arranged coaxially;
the plurality of transporting rollers providing by means of the circumferential surfaces a transporting surface for transporting a substrate along the transporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,808

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLED DISTRIBUTION OF COMPONENTS

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A system for controlled distribution of components for timepieces, for an installation for automatic assembly of all or part of an article produced from at least one of said components, the system comprising:a vibrating device wherein said components are placed in bulk, which is provided with first and second compartments connected together at a first end by a first passage zone in which the first end of the first compartment is positioned above the first end of the second compartment such that the components from the first end of the first compartment fall into the first end of the second compartment, and the first and second compartments are connected together at a second end by a second passage zone in which the second end of the second compartment is positioned above the second end of the first compartment such that the components in the second end of the second compartment fall into to the second end of the first compartment to form a closed circuit wherein the components can flow continuously in the first and second compartments, and
an articulated gripping arm provided to seize said components from a distribution zone positioned between the first and second passage zones to distribute said components to said automatic assembly installation,
the vibrating device comprising first and second planes inclined in opposite directions included, respectively, in the first and second compartments, said components being able to progress along the first and second inclined planes towards a supply platform on which at least one component can be arranged in advance of its seizure by the articulated gripping arm, said supply platform being located in the second compartment at an exit of the second inclined plane.

US Pat. No. 10,710,807

SHUTTLE FOR USE IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL WAREHOUSE SYSTEM

1. A shuttle for retrieving goods in a warehouse system comprising a three-dimensional arrangement of storage spaces including a plurality of lanes, a plurality of rows, and one or more levels, the shuttle being configured to be movable along at least one of the plurality of lanes at a top of the at least one lane, wherein goods in a storage space are disposed at the bottom of the storage space and the shuttle is configured to pick up the goods by lifting the goods from the bottom of the storage space when the shuttle is positioned above the goods, the shuttle comprising:an upper platform;
a lower platform;
one or more gripping arms fixed to the upper platform and extending downwards from the lower platform for lifting the goods from the bottom of the storage space; and
a lifting device for lifting the goods when the one or more gripping arms grip the goods, wherein the lifting device is configured to lift the upper platform with respect to the lower platform.

US Pat. No. 10,710,806

ITEM RETRIEVAL USING A ROBOTIC DRIVE UNIT

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A system, comprising:a conveyor;
a robotic drive unit adapted to provide support for an item; and
at least one processor configured to:
instruct the robotic drive unit to move to be proximate to a receptacle;
instruct the robotic drive unit to align the item and the receptacle;
initiate a transfer of the item to the receptacle via the conveyor; and
cause a lock for the receptacle to be engaged after transferring the item, wherein the lock comprises at least one of: a latch that engages the item, or a door for the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,805

GOODS-TO-MAN WAREHOUSING COMPRISING MULTILEVEL RACKING, MOBILE STORAGE UNITS, STORAGE UNIT TRANSPORTERS, AND PICK-PLACE VEHICLE

Crown Equipment Corporati...

1. A goods-to-man warehousing system comprising:a multilevel racking system;
a plurality of multilevel mobile storage units;
a storage unit transporter;
a pick-place vehicle;
a mobile storage unit transfer node accessible by the pick-place vehicle; and
a warehouse management computing hub, wherein
the multilevel racking system comprises a vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays and a plurality of racking system aisles,
the storage unit transporter and the pick-place vehicle are configured to travel in the racking system aisles,
the storage unit transporter is further configured to travel beneath the vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays of the multilevel racking system,
one or more of the multilevel mobile storage units are positioned in respective ones of the storage bays of the multilevel racking system,
the pick-place vehicle comprises pick-place hardware that enables the pick-place vehicle to transfer multilevel mobile storage units between a plurality of different, vertically displaced storage bays of the multilevel racking system and the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system,
the multilevel mobile storage units are structurally configured to stand at a mobile storage unit transfer node on the warehouse floor and to permit a storage unit transporter to travel beneath the multilevel mobile storage units when the multilevel mobile storage units are standing at a mobile storage unit transfer node on the warehouse floor;
the storage unit transporter comprises storage unit engagement hardware that enables the storage unit transporter to transport multilevel mobile storage units to and from the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system, and
the warehouse management computing hub is programmed to instruct the storage unit transporter and the pick-place vehicle to coordinate movement of the multilevel mobile storage units in the goods-to-man warehousing system such that the pick-place vehicle engages a target multilevel mobile storage unit from a vertically displaced stocked storage bay of the array of storage bays and lowers the multilevel mobile storage unit from the stocked storage bay onto the mobile storage unit transfer node, the storage unit transporter enters and exits a travel path beneath the multilevel racking system or along the racking system aisles towards the mobile storage unit transfer node with the target storage unit and transports multilevel mobile storage units along mobile storage unit travel paths extending from respective mobile storage unit transfer nodes within, into, and out of the racking system aisles.

US Pat. No. 10,710,804

STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM CASE UNIT DETECTION

Symbotic, LLC, Wilmingto...

1. A warehouse automated storage and retrieval system for transport and storage of cases of wares in a ware case storage room, the warehouse automated storage and retrieval system comprising:a storage structure with an array of storage locations distributed on at least one storage shelf having a seating surface configured to support ware case units freely throughout the seating surface on the at least one storage shelf;
a controller, where each ware case unit has a predetermined storage position in which the ware case unit is seated on the at least one storage shelf and the controller is configured to determine the predetermined storage position; and
a disturbance restorative system including
at least one disturbance detection sensor disposed on the at least one storage shelf,
a disturbance control module in communication with the at least one disturbance detection sensor and configured to identify a disturbance and determine a disturbance type causing the disturbance from different disturbance types, and
wherein the disturbance restorative system is configured so that the disturbance restorative system initiates a corrective action from a number of different corrective actions based on the different disturbance types.

US Pat. No. 10,710,803

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING PART-LOAD CONSIGNMENTS TO A STORAGE RACK FOR STORAGE, AND STORAGE SYSTEM

TGW Mechanics GmbH, Wels...

1. A method for transferring unit loads to storage channels of a first storage rack and a second storage rack each having a plurality of storage channels, using a unit load handling device comprising first a buffer device with waiting devices for temporarily buffering the unit loads as long as unit load receiving devices pick up the unit loads from the waiting devices of the buffer device and second at least one unit load lifting device having a liftable transport device for transporting the unit loads from a conveyor system connected to the unit load lifting device to the waiting devices of the buffer device,wherein:
the unit load receiving devices can be moved alongside the waiting devices of the buffer device and the storage channels of the first and second storage racks in a first direction (x-direction) in order to transport unit loads between the waiting devices of the buffer device and the storage channels, each of the unit load receiving devices having
a support frame,
a receiving platform configured to receive one unit load of a first length or at least one unit load of a second length,
a transport device having telescopic units, the telescopic units:
being synchronously extendable relative to the unit load receiving device into the storage channel in a second direction (z-direction), and
disposed parallel with longitudinal sides of the receiving platform, and
each telescopic unit having a base frame, a first rail that is displaceable relative to the base frame and a second rail that is displaceable relative to the first rail, wherein the second rails each is provided with an outer transport element respectively at its oppositely lying end sections and one inner transport element disposed between them, wherein the outer and inner transport elements are used to transfer the unit loads to depth positions lying one behind the other in the storage channels with a mutual spacing, and wherein the outer and inner transport elements can be moved between an initial position retracted away from the unit load and an operating position engaging with the unit load, and
each of the unit load receiving devices is able to receive the one unit load of the first length exclusively between the outer transport elements or at least one unit load of the second length between one of the outer transport elements and the inner transport elements,
comprising the steps:
transferring a unit load of the first length or at least one unit load of a second length to the unit load receiving device,
positioning the unit load receiving device in front of a storage channel designated by a controller in which a unit load is to be stored at least in a first depth position and a unit load is to be stored in a second depth position lying behind the first depth position,
initially shifting a unit load from the unit load receiving device into the storage channel such that this unit load is shifted by a first pair of outer or inner transport elements by moving the transport device in the direction of the storage channel as far as an intermediate position,
moving back the transport device in the direction of the unit load receiving device such that a second pair of outer or inner transport elements that will be used to shift the unit load from the intermediate position to the second depth position is positioned behind a side wall of the unit load facing the unit load receiving device,
finally shifting the unit load in the storage channel from the intermediate position to the second depth position using the second pair of outer or inner transport elements by moving the transport device in the direction of the storage channel.

US Pat. No. 10,710,802

AUTOMATED STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING SUSPENDED GOODS IN SAID STORAGE SYSTEM

TGW Mechanics GmbH, Wels...

1. A method for storing hanging goods on clothes hangers in an automated storage system comprising a stationary storage rack with storage regions for the hanging goods in storage levels lying one above the other, and a goods transport device having a base frame which is displaceable in front of the storage rack in a first direction, and at least one storage and removal device having a goods displacement device which is displaceable relative to the base frame in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, whereby a hanging good of the hanging goods is moved via the goods displacement device between a goods receiving carrier assigned to a storage region of the storage regions and a goods receiving carrier assigned to the goods transport device, and wherein the goods receiving carriers in the storage regions remain in the storage rack,wherein
the goods receiving carriers are oriented parallel with the second direction and the hanging goods on the goods receiving carriers each define a hanging plane extending in a direction perpendicular to the goods receiving carriers; and
a gripper unit is mounted on the goods displacement device and the gripper unit grips a clothes hanger of the clothes hangers and can move a hanging good of the hanging goods between the goods receiving carriers and on the goods receiving carriers.

US Pat. No. 10,710,801

GLIDE-IN CART STORAGE SYSTEM

Frazier Industrial Compan...

1. A storage rack system, comprising:a support structure having at least two levels of vertically arranged storage bays, each bay having a front proximal end and a rear, distal end, and a pair of left and right parallel rails extending from the front end to the rear end on both the left and right sides of each bay, when viewed from the front-to-rear perspective;
the left rail and the right rail each having a generally I-shaped cross section with a lower horizontal wall with an upper surface, a vertical wall extending up from the upper surface of the lower wall, each lower wall of the pair of rails having a lower inner flange extending from the vertical wall toward the other of the pair of rails and a lower outer flange extending from the vertical wall away from the other of the pair of rails, and an upper horizontal wall at the top of the vertical wall;
the upper wall of the left and the right pair of rails each having an inner flange extending from the vertical wall towards the other rail, and an outer flange extending from the vertical wall away from the other rail; and
a cut-out notch through the upper wall of both the inner flange and outer flanges of both the left rail and the right rail of the pair of rails, wherein the notch through the inner flange of the left rail is the same distance from the front of the left rail as the notch through the outer flange of the left rail and the notch through the inner flange of the right rail is the same distance from the front of the right rail as the notch through the outer flange of the right rail.

US Pat. No. 10,710,800

TRASH CAN

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A trash can comprising:a frame comprising a base, a casing supported on the base, and an upper support that is coupled to a top of the casing;
a liner removably disposed within a cavity of the casing and having a bottom that rests directly on the base in the cavity;
a lid coupled to and rotatable relative to the frame between a closed position, in which the liner is concealed, and an open position, in which the liner is accessible; and
a bag cover coupled to the upper support through a hinge such that the bag cover is rotatable relative to the upper support between a closed position covering a top of the liner and an open position exposing the top of the liner,
wherein the upper support is disposed within the cavity between the liner and the casing,
wherein the liner extends through an opening in the upper support, and
wherein the lid is rotatable about the hinge such that the lid and the bag cover can rotate independently of the other about a common axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,799

CONTAINER FOR RECEIVING MULTIPLE FLEXIBLE BAG ASSEMBLIES

Munchkin, Inc., Van Nuys...

1. A container, comprising:a housing having a waste chamber configured to receive a waste disposal unit, the waste chamber comprising:
a first stationary support member adapted to receive a single-use bag; and
a second stationary support member adapted to securely receive a cassette having a tubing packed therein; and
a rotatable member having a resilient opening through which a portion of the single-use bag or the tubing is provided, where in use the rotatable member twists the portion to seal the portion closed.

US Pat. No. 10,710,798

LINER BAG FOR WASTE AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS

VANSTRUM, LLC, McFarland...

1. A trash containment and removal system comprising a trash container and a flexible liner for the trash container, wherein the liner comprises:a. a body having an open top edge, a bottom edge, opposing sides and an interior;
b. a closure device at the top edge for securing the liner to the container; and
c. a one-piece base having folded panels connected at an upper edge of the panels to the bottom edge of the body, the one-piece base being seamless below the upper edge of the folded panels and forming a seamless floor,
wherein the liner forms an airtight seal with the trash container, creating a vacuum which keeps the liner in place within the trash container during a dumping process.

US Pat. No. 10,710,797

SCENTED DRAWSTRING BAG

Poly-America, L.P., Gran...

1. A thermoplastic bag comprising:a front panel and a back panel of thermoplastic film, the front panel and back panel joined at a bottom edge,
the front panel and back panel joined generally along a first side edge and an opposing second side edge,
a front folded over upper portion of the front panel defining a first upper edge, the first upper edge defining an upper opening of the thermoplastic bag,
the front folded over upper portion affixed to the front panel by a first lower seal proximate to a distal edge of the front folded over upper portion, the first lower seal extending generally between the first side edge and the second side edge,
a first hem seal below the first upper edge and above the first lower seal, the first hem seal extending generally between the first side edge and the second side edge,
a first drawstring between the front folded over upper portion and the front panel, the first drawstring below the first upper edge and above the first hem seal, the first drawstring extending generally between the first side edge and the second side edge, and
a first enclosed overlap area defined by the front folded over upper portion, the front panel, the first hem seal, and the first lower seal, the first overlap area inaccessible to a user of the thermoplastic bag and devoid of a drawstring, and
a first scent carrier located within the first enclosed overlap area, the first scent carrier comprising a scented compound.

US Pat. No. 10,710,796

APPARATUS FOR CLEANING THE INTERIOR OF AN ABOVE GROUND STORAGE TANK

1. In a storage tank having a vertical sidewall that separates the tank exterior from the tank interior and a horizontally oriented tank floor, a nozzle assembly comprising:(a) a nozzle section said nozzle section having a wash pipe extending through said sidewall of said storage tank into said interior of said storage tank and a nozzle connected to said wash pipe whereby said nozzle will vibrate in response to a flow of wash fluid through said nozzle;
(b) a suction section said suction section having a draw nine extending through said sidewall of said storage tank;
(c) wherein said nozzle is adjustably positionable adjacent said tank floor;
(d) wherein a plurality of compression springs is positioned between said nozzle and said wash pipe;
(e) wherein each said compression spring of said plurality of compression springs is a coiled compression spring; and wherein each said compression spring of said plurality of coiled compression springs is mounted on a threaded connector.

US Pat. No. 10,710,794

RAIL CAR RACK

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC, Aub...

1. A rack configured to hold a plurality of glass sheets, the rack comprising:a plurality of upright members, each of the upright members comprising an upper end and a lower end, the upright members being thicker at the respective lower ends compared to the respective upper ends, so that the upright members are thinner upwardly away from the ground;
wherein rear surfaces of the respective upright members which are opposite surfaces that are to support the glass sheets are configured to remain perpendicular to the ground and perpendicular to bottom surfaces of a plurality of base members throughout lengths of the upright members;
the plurality of base members extending outwardly and generally perpendicularly from respective upright members, the base members having a thickness that increases moving outwardly from the upright members so as to form an acute or right angle between innermost surfaces of the upright members and uppermost surfaces of the base members; and
wherein the rack is configured to be arrangeable back-to-back with another rack of the same type to form a mutually-supporting A-frame rack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,793

AEROSOL NOZZLE

TOYO AEROSOL INDUSTRY CO....

1. An aerosol nozzle, comprising a nozzle lower part that fits with a plurality of stems protruding from an aerosol container, and a nozzle upper part that fits with the nozzle lower part, whereinthe nozzle lower part includes stem fitting parts that fit with the plurality of stems respectively, an upper abutment surface, and stem-communicated passages that open in the upper abutment surface and extend through the nozzle lower part from the stem fitting parts,
the nozzle upper part includes a lower abutment surface, and a mixing passage that opens in the lower abutment surface and extends upward,
at least one of the upper abutment surface and the lower abutment surface has a converging groove that connects openings of a plurality of the stem-communicated passages,
the converging groove forms a plurality of converging passages that connect openings of the stem-communicated passages and an opening of the mixing passage when the nozzle lower part and the nozzle upper part are fitted with each other, and
cross-sectional areas of each of the plurality of converging passages are configured to differ from each other or to vary along directions that the converging passages extend.

US Pat. No. 10,710,792

AEROSOL CONTAINER WITH EASY-TO-OPERATE PUSH BUTTON

1. An aerosol container comprising:a main body filled with aerosol substance, wherein said main body is cylindrical in shape and includes a bottom end being entirely flat;
a nozzle disposed on a top end of said main body, wherein said nozzle includes a vertical portion and a horizontal portion, wherein said nozzle extends within said main body a predetermined depth and lies above said bottom end of said main body, wherein said horizontal portion is located at said top end of said vertical portion, wherein said top end of said vertical portion extends outwardly from said top end of said main body, wherein said horizontal portion forms a right angle with said vertical portion;
a pipe defined with a first end introduced in aerosol substance, a second end connected to said nozzle and a body therebetween; and
an actuating mechanism including a valve in connection with an internal body portion of said pipe, wherein said valve is actuated by a push button located on an outer surface of said main body, a rod mounted in a horizontal configuration connecting said push button and said valve, wherein said rod includes a spring mounted to an outer surface of said rod, wherein said rod and said spring are located entirely within said main body.

US Pat. No. 10,710,791

HAIR TREATMENT PROCESS THAT PROVIDES SHEEN USING AN AEROSOL DEVICE

1. A hair treatment process comprising:applying to the hair a composition comprising at least one fatty substance using an aerosol device, wherein the aerosol device comprises:
a container containing the composition and at least one propellant, wherein the at least one propellant possibly is present in the composition or in the container, separate from the composition; and
a diffuser for dispensing said composition, the diffuser comprising:
a body extending around a dispensing axis and being open at two opposite axial ends, and
an engaging part extending around the dispensing axis and being open at two opposite axial ends,
wherein the engaging part at least partially defines a dispensing orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,710,790

NESTED INSULATED PACKAGING

Pratt Corrugated Holdings...

1. A nested insulated packaging assembly comprising:an outer box including an outer top side wall, an outer bottom side wall, and a plurality of outer lateral side walls;
an inner corrugated cardboard portion positioned in the outer box, the inner corrugated cardboard portion including a plurality of inner lateral side walls, the plurality of inner later side walls defining a lateral outer surface and a lateral inner surface, the lateral inner surface disposed opposite from the lateral outer surface, the lateral inner surface at least partially defining an inner storage cavity within the inner corrugated cardboard portion, the lateral outer surface and the lateral inner surface each defined by corrugated cardboard;
a first thermal liner contacting the outer bottom side wall of the outer box; and
a second thermal liner contacting at least a first outer lateral side wall, a second outer lateral side wall, and a third outer lateral side wall of the plurality of outer lateral side walls of the outer box and at least a first inner lateral side wall, a second inner lateral side wall, and a third inner lateral side wall of the plurality of inner lateral side walls of the inner corrugated cardboard portion, the second thermal liner contacting the lateral outer surface, the second thermal liner comprising a left fold, a front fold, and a right fold, the second thermal liner defining an inner surface and an outer surface, a thickness of the second thermal liner being defined between the inner surface and the outer surface, a portion of the outer surface defined by the left fold contacting the first outer lateral side wall, a portion of the inner surface defined by the left fold contacting the first inner lateral side wall, a portion of the outer surface defined by the front fold contacting the second outer lateral side wall, a portion of the inner surface defined by the front fold contacting the second inner lateral side wall, a portion of the outer surface defined by the right fold contacting the third outer lateral side wall, a portion of the inner surface defined by the right fold contacting the third inner lateral side wall, the second thermal liner defining a first bend line between the left fold and the front fold, the portion of the inner surface defined by the left fold being connected to the portion of the inner surface defined by the front fold at the first bend line, the second thermal liner defining a second bend line between the front fold and the right fold, the portion of the inner surface defined by the front fold being connected to the portion of the inner surface defined by the right fold at the second bend line, the left fold defining a left side end of the second thermal liner, the right fold defining a right side end of the second thermal liner, the left side end defined opposite from the right side end, the thickness being uniform from the left side end to the right side end.

US Pat. No. 10,710,789

MULTI-CHAMBER BAG

Schur Star Systems, Inc.,...

1. A multi-chamber storage bag, the storage bag comprising:a first chamber containing a first edible food and comprising a first pair of sheets defining the first chamber, each of the first pair of sheets has a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a second chamber located adjacent the first chamber containing a second edible food, and comprising a folded sheet defining the second chamber, the folded sheet having a first end and a second end and; and
a releasable seal joining the first chamber and the second chamber, and preventing fluid communication between the first chamber and the second chamber and the resealable seal comprising
a second pair of sheets, each of the second pair of sheets being bonded to one of the first pair of sheets,
the first end of the folded sheet bonded to one of the second pair of sheets opposite to one of the first pair of sheets,
the second end of the folded sheet bonded to another of the second pair of sheets opposite another of the first pair of sheets, and
each of the second pair of sheets releasably sealed to the other of the second pair of sheets,
the releasable seal being configured to release in response to one or more of:
an internal temperature within the first chamber exceeds a temperature threshold,
an internal temperature within the second chamber exceeds the temperature threshold,
a temperature of the releasable seal exceeds a threshold,
an internal pressure within the first chamber exceeds a pressure threshold, and
an internal pressure within the second chamber exceeds the pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,710,788

HERMETIC PACKAGES WITH LASER SCORED VENT SYSTEMS

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A microwaveable heatable package comprising:an inner region configured to receive a product;
a sealing film, the sealing film being comprised of at least one layer of a microwavable film adapted for use in heating the product, the sealing film having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner region of the heatable package being hermetically sealed by at least a portion of the sealing film; and
at least one weakened wall pattern scored by a laser into a portion of the outer surface of the sealing film, the weakened wall pattern having a thickness less than an unscored sealing film thickness, the inner surface adjacent to each wakened wall pattern being directly exposed to pressure generated in the inner region,
wherein the weakened wall pattern forms a vent pattern having a vent pattern span that is the greater of a vent pattern length and a vent pattern width,
wherein the inner region has an inner region span that is the greater of an inner region length and an inner region width,
wherein the vent pattern span is from about 1% to about 50% of the inner region span.

US Pat. No. 10,710,787

LAMINATED PACKAGING MATERIAL, PACKAGING CONTAINERS MANUFACTURED THEREFROM AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE LAMINATE MATERIAL

1. Laminated cellulose-based, liquid- or semi-liquid food packaging material, for heat sealing into aseptic packaging containers containing food product, comprising a bulk material layer comprising a brown or dark cellulose-based fibre material that has a brown or dark surface facing outward so that the brown or dark surface is on a side to face away from the food product in the packaging container made from the laminated material, a layer comprising an oxygen barrier layer or coating arranged on an inside of the bulk layer so that the oxygen barrier layer or coating is on the side to be directed inwards to the food product in the packaging container made from the laminated material, and further on an inside of the oxygen barrier layer, an innermost, heat sealable and liquid-tight layer of a thermoplastic polymer, the innermost polymer layer intended to be in direct contact with the food product packaged in the packaging container, the laminated packaging material further comprising a print substrate layer arranged on an outside of the brown or dark surface of the bulk layer and possessing a thickness of 22 ?m to 35 ?m, wherein the print substrate layer is a white pre-manufactured, oriented, cavitated film from a thermoplastic polymer composition comprised of a polyolefin, the thermoplastic polymer composition also comprising 40 weight-% to 85 weight-% of mineral filler particles selected from the group consisting of consisting of dolomite and calcium carbonate CaCO3, the thermoplastic polymer composition also comprising 1 weight-% to 10 weight-% of white titanium oxide pigment particles.

US Pat. No. 10,710,786

WRAPPING MATERIALS FOR SOLID OBJECTS

L.P. BROWN COMPANY, INC.,...

1. A roll of continuous wrapping material, comprising:a core;
a first wrapping segment, at least one middle wrapping segment, and a last wrapping segment in contact with the core;
wherein the last wrapping segment comprises a leading section, a trailing section, and a body section therebetween and further comprises two side edges,
and wherein the trailing section comprises first and second pointed regions juxtaposed to one another, in which an edge of the first pointed region comprises a first side edge of the last wrapping segment, and an edge of the second pointed region comprises a second side edge of the last wrapping segment;
wherein each of the first and second pointed regions is arranged to form an acute angle; and
the trailing section of said last wrapping segment further comprises a first adhesive material in contact with the first pointed region and a second adhesive material in contact with the second pointed region, wherein the first adhesive material and the second adhesive material contact the core.

US Pat. No. 10,710,785

LOCKABLE PACKAGING AND A RELEASE MECHANISM THEREFOR

WestRock MWV, LLC, Atlan...

1. A package comprising a two-part locking mechanism and a release mechanism for deactivating the two-part locking mechanism, the release mechanism comprising a depressible zone, the depressible zone being at least substantially planar and formed in a panel of the package and being defined by two discrete, oppositely positioned and spaced cut or frangible side edges and the depressible zone otherwise being continuously formed with said panel, the depressible zone being structured and arranged such that the depressible zone is deformable below the plane of said panel to cause the two-part locking mechanism to be unlocked, wherein the depressible zone is structured and arranged such that the depressible zone is deformable below the plane of the said panel by the provision of one or more intermediate fold lines extending between and terminating on each of the two oppositely positioned cut or frangible side edges, wherein the depressible zone is further defined by two outer fold lines, each outer fold line extending between and terminating on the side cuts of the depressible zone, wherein the one or more intermediate fold lines comprises two intermediate fold lines both formed closer to one of said outer fold lines than to the other of said outer fold lines.

US Pat. No. 10,710,784

FOLDABLE SPOON AND METHOD FOR MAKING

1. A foldable spoon formed from a sheet of foldable material, comprising,A) a spoon handle, comprising a graspable section, no more than one apex fold at an apex point and no more than one valley fold meeting at said a apex point located on said sheet of foldable material,
B) a spoon cup section connected to said spoon handle, wherein said sheet is bent backwards to form said spoon cup section, and wherein said cup section is capable of carrying food, and wherein said handle extends outward from said spoon cup section, wherein said handle is flat, and
C) a first handle fold that forms a partially folded portion of said handle so that said partially folded portion extends only partially along the length of said handle, a second handle fold that forms a second partially folded portion of said handle so that said second partially folded portion extends only partially along the length of said handle thereby forming said graspable section of said spoon handle, wherein said partially folded portion of said handle comprises more than four layers of said sheet, wherein said more than four layers are each parallel to one another, wherein said no more than one apex fold, said no more than one valley fold, said first handle fold, said second handle fold and said spoon cup section are formed out of said sheet, wherein said graspable section of said spoon handle extends away from said cup section so that a user may grasp said graspable section without any fingers contacting said cup section.

US Pat. No. 10,710,783

REUSABLE ROTATING BOTTLE CAP MARKERS FOR BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS

1. A reusable bottle cap device comprising:a housing having an entirely closed upper surface, an open lower region, a substantially closed lateral surface, a hollow inner cavity, and at least one window cutout formed in the substantially closed lateral surface;
at least one rotatable dial having a visible surface on which a plurality of numbers, characters, or symbols are displayed and can be seen through said at least one window cutout;
said at least one rotatable dial further comprising an edge that can be accessed by a user via said at least one window cutout such that a user can rotate said at least one rotatable dial;
a valve housing affixed to said open lower region of said housing at an upper side of the valve housing and adapted to secure to an opening on a beverage container at a lower side thereof;
wherein the at least one rotatable dial is positioned within the housing and is seated on the upper side of the valve housing wherein the at least one rotatable dial encircles a lateral sidewall of the value housing and is adapted to rotate thereabout, the lateral sidewall extending from the upper side towards the housing;
wherein rotation of the at least one rotatable dial is isolated and independent from the lower side of the valve housing, such that securement of the value housing to the beverage container is unrelated to the rotation of the at least one rotatable dial;
wherein the entirely closed upper surface extends continuously along any diameter thereof, wherein the diameter extends across a perimeter of the closed upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,782

FILTER CAP ASSEMBLY INCLUDING PROTECTIVE BAFFLE AND METHOD OF USE

Performance Systematix, I...

1. A gas permeable point baffle for protecting a filter vent from contact with the contents of a container, said point baffle comprising at least one perforation, said point baffle being welded to a liner and covering a filter vent operatively attached to said liner, housed within a cap engageable to the mouth of the container, wherein said point baffle is sized to cover only said filter vent and not an entire surface of said liner, and wherein said point baffle faces inside said container.

US Pat. No. 10,710,781

RESEALABLE COVER FOR CONTAINERS

William Battaglia, North...

1. A cover for use in sealing a container comprising:a base adapted to be engaged with an upper rim of a container; said base including:
a wall having a top surface, a bottom surface, an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface and outer surface extend between the top surface and bottom surface, and wherein the inner surface bounds and defines an opening through which an upper wall of the container is selectively accessible; and
a first sealing member extending upwardly beyond the top surface of the base; and
a lid including:
a top wall;
a sidewall circumscribing the top wall; wherein the sidewall has a top surface, a bottom surface, an inner surface, and an outer surface;
a channel bounded and defined by an interior surface of the lid;
wherein an opening to the channel is provided in the bottom surface of the lid's sidewall;
wherein the first sealing member of the base is received through the opening in the bottom surface and into the channel of the lid when the lid is moved to a closed position, and the first sealing member is removed from the channel when the lid is moved to an open position; and
a passageway is defined between a portion of the lid and a portion of the base when the lid is in the closed position; wherein the passageway is adapted to be in fluid communication with air surrounding an exterior surface of the cover and a space defined between the top wall of the lid and the upper wall of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,710,779

MULTI-FUNCTION CONTAINER LID

1. A container lid having a hatch cover in a top portion covering a centrally positioned annular hatch opening wherein said container lid is configured to be reversibly secured onto an upper end rolled rim of a container having a substantially circular opening at its upper end, the container lid comprising:wherein said container lid is made from a resilient material comprising at least one of thermoplastic, non-thermoplastic, rubber, or paper that is configured to be moulded, thereby offering contact lubricated properties:
the container lid having a peripheral rim portion configured to be sealingly reversibly securable to said upper end rolled rim of said container with the top portion of said lid having a first elevated planar region further defined by an elevated annular top tract panel defining a ring-shaped brim mount with a primary and a secondary drinking access ports arranged in a diametrically opposed positional relationship and die-cut into a top transition surface of said elevated annular top tract panel defining said brim mount;
and a second recessed substantially planar region within said hatch cover;
wherein said brim mount is further comprised of an annular outside wall, an annular top transition surface, inwardly dependent from said outside wall, an annular curved inside wall downwardly dependent from said top transition surface encircling said centrally positioned annular hatch opening;
wherein said peripheral rim portion is further comprised of a circumferential annular inclined transition flange outwardly dependent from a base of said outside wall, a circumferential outer perimeter continuous annular flange is downwardly dependent from said transition flange,
whereby said transition flange and said continuous annular flange work in combination as a rim-engaging means adapted to engage said upper end rolled rim of said container in a mutually releasable semi-locking relationship;
wherein said hatch cover further comprises an inclined top surface,
wherein said hatch cover is formed from an annular continuous curved peripheral wall upwardly dependent from said inclined top surface, an annular horizontally planar peripheral lip outwardly dependent from an top of said continuous curved peripheral wall in contact with said top transition surface of said brim mount;
wherein said continuous curved peripheral wall has a wider circumference at the top and narrower circumference at a base creating a tapered wall, shaped and sized for frictionally fitment within said curved inside wall of said brim mount with a larger upper circumference and smaller lower circumference, both circumferences dimensionally larger than the upper and lower circumferences of said continuous curved peripheral wall;
wherein said mainly annular horizontally planar peripheral lip is further comprised of an outwardly extending, integrated planar arcuate tab further comprising an upstanding vertical gripping post, a die-cut string guide hole, a die-cut string entry slit and a downwardly depending downstanding vertical snap-fitting post reversibly snap fitting into said secondary drinking access port; and
wherein said gripping post is configured to be easily grasped between a thumb and index finger,
a hinge is formed at least partially along one side of a portion of said top transition surface of said brim mount interposed between said primary drinking access port on one side of said hinge and an integrated planar rigid transition panel on an opposite side of said hinge,
wherein the side of said rigid transition panel, distal from said hinge, is further connected to a substantially vertical rigid transition wall downwardly dependent connecting at its base to said inclined top surface of said hatch cover and bounded on either side between terminal ends of said annular continuous curved peripheral wall of said hatch cover,
wherein a pair of twin, low profile, spaced, upstanding opposing posts, each post positioned at opposite ends of said rigid transition panel, on the one side of said hinge, are directly opposite a pair of twin, low-depth, spaced, dimensionally larger cavities therein said top transition surface of said brim mount on the opposite side of said hinge such that said twin posts and said twin cavities are equidistant from each other on either side of said hinge;
wherein said hinge enables said hatch cover to be rotated 180 degrees from a closed position to an opened position exposing said hatch opening of sufficient size to dunk a confection into a beverage in said container without first removing said container lid from said container rim; and
wherein said hatch cover in said opened position inverts said inclined top surface positioning an opposing elevated inclined bottom surface facing upwards providing said inclined bottom surface to rest an organically flavoured infusion pouch, retrieved from said container to drain residual infused beverage from said pouch down said elevated inclined bottom surface through said hatch opening back into said container.

US Pat. No. 10,710,778

INSULATING CONTAINER

YETI Coolers, LLC, Austi...

1. An insulating container, comprising:a base including:
a sidewall structure having a plurality of sides;
a bottom portion connected to a first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, the bottom portion being configured to support the insulating container on a surface;
the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure defining an opening at a second end, opposite the first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, the opening being configured to allow access to an interior void of the insulating container formed by the sidewall structure and the bottom portion, and wherein a gasket is configured to seal the opening when a lid is in a closed position; and
at least one latch device configured to secure the lid when the lid is in a closed position and wherein the gasket is further configured to provide a watertight seal when the latch device secures the lid, the latch device further including:
a latch upper, wherein a top portion of the latch upper is pivotally attached to the lid; and a latch lower, wherein a top portion of the latch lower is pivotally attached to a bottom portion of the latch upper,
wherein the latch lower further includes an engaging tab,
wherein the engaging tab is configured to engage a keeper when the lid is secured in the closed position,
wherein the keeper is positioned on a front side of the bottom portion of the insulating container,
wherein the latch upper and the latch lower when in a closed position are maintained in a recessed position, and flush with a front side of the lid and flush with a front side of the bottom portion of the insulating container, and
wherein the keeper is flush with the latch upper and the latch lower when the latch device secures the lid in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,777

AUTOMATIC OPENING DEVICE FOR CARTON PACKAGES

1. An automatic opening device (1) for packages, said automatic opening device (1) comprising:an elongated cylindrical body (3);
a cap (26);
a base element (9) provided with an upper face (9s) and a lower face (9i), the outer surface of the elongated cylindrical body (3) being provided with a thread (2), the lower face (9i) of the base element (9) being able to be affixed to a pierceable portion of a package;
wherein the cap (26) comprises a disc-like cap element (27) provided with an inner face (29) and an elongate side wall (28) extending vertically, a thread being provided onto the inner surface of the elongate side wall (28) allowing the cap (26) to screw onto the external thread (2) of the elongated cylindrical body (3);
wherein the thread (2) comprises at least one first groove (2c) and at least one second groove (2f) of opposite orientation with respect to said at least one first groove (2c), said at least one second groove (2f) being a continuation of said at least one first groove (2c); and
wherein the cap (26) is provided with a cutting means to cut said pierceable portion of the package.

US Pat. No. 10,710,776

SQUEEZABLE DISPENSING PACKAGE AND METHOD

MaxPax LLC, Walworth, WI...

1. A heat-sealed squeezable dispensing pouch comprising:an outer sheet having a front wall, a rear wall and a folded edge located between the front wall and the rear wall, wherein the outer sheet is folded along the folded edge such that an inner surface of the front wall faces an inner surface of the rear wall;
a first heat seal coupling the inner surface of a peripheral section of the front wall to a peripheral section of the inner surface of the rear wall such that the inner surfaces of the front and rear walls define an interior chamber;
a rupturable inner membrane formed from a contiguous, single monolayer of thermoplastic material, the rupturable inner membrane located within the interior chamber, wherein the rupturable inner membrane divides the interior chamber into a contents compartment and a dispensing channel, wherein the first heat seal defines an edge of the contents compartment and the folded edge defines an edge of the dispensing channel;
a second heat seal coupling the rupturable inner membrane to the inner surface of the front wall;
a third heat seal coupling the rupturable inner membrane to the inner surface of the rear wall; and
wherein the second heat seal and the third heat seal are positioned in contact with an interior of the contents compartment;
wherein the rupturable inner membrane is configured to break when a pressure within the contents compartment is greater than a rupture threshold, wherein the first, second and third heat seals are configured to remain sealed when the inner membrane breaks.

US Pat. No. 10,710,775

CONTAINER WITH CONCERTINA SIDE WALLS AND BASE

TARVIS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED...

1. A container having an upper portion and a lower portion comprising:a containment region including at least one side wall defining a pair of opposed side wall regions extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, and a basal wall at the lower region of the container;
an upper opening at least partially surrounded by a flange disposed at the upper portion at an end of said at least one side wall distal from said basal wall; and
a plurality of pre-formed compaction enabling features at each of said at least one side wall and said basal wall reducing resistance to compression of said lower portion compared to said upper portion, readily enabling compaction of said lower portion compared to said upper portion such that, upon compression, said compaction enabling features are configured to substantially completely compact said basal wall to bring at least a lower region of said opposed side wall regions substantially adjacent to one another upon squeezing of said opposed side wall regions;
said compaction enabling features including at least one surface relief on said basal wall and a region of concertina in said side wall;
said region of concertina extending from said basal wall upwards towards said flange.

US Pat. No. 10,710,772

SOFT CORE BOTTLE

Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Sof...

1. A soft core bottle, comprising:a bottle housing; and
a liner;
wherein the liner includes a first bottle opening and a first bottle body, the first bottle body being made of a soft material,
wherein the bottle housing is made of a hard material,
wherein the liner is attached to the bottle housing via the first bottle opening in an assembled state,
wherein an inner side wall of the first bottle body includes a plurality of protruding points, and
wherein the bottle housing comprises a second bottle opening and a second bottle body, and a bottom portion of the first bottle body maintains contact with a horizontal, flat, and supporting bottom portion of the second bottle body when the liner is positioned in the second bottle body,
wherein the soft core bottle further includes a bottle cover including a cover body, an inner side wall of the first bottle opening is provided with a plurality of first threads, an outer side wall of the cover body is provided with a plurality of second threads, both of the first threads and the second threads are parallel with the first bottle opening, and the outer side wall of the cover body is attached to an upper portion of the inner side wall of the first bottle opening by engaging the first threads and the second threads in a sealing manner.

US Pat. No. 10,710,771

CONTAINER, PREFORM ASSEMBLY AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING CONTAINERS

HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V...

1. A container comprising an inner container and an outer container with facing surfaces, integrally blow moulded from a preform assembly comprising an inner and an outer preform, at least one of the inner and the outer preform containing particles different from the plastic, embedded in the plastic, wherein at least part of at least one of the facing surfaces has a surface roughness higher than about 0.1 Ra and/or wherein the difference in roughness of said facing surfaces is at least over a part more than about 0.1 Ra.

US Pat. No. 10,710,770

STACKABLE CONTAINER SYSTEM

1. A container for use in an arrangement of multiple containers of the same type, said container comprising:a lower container part and a cover;
at least two coupling recesses disposed within oppositely lying first walls that extend beyond an upper surface of the cover of the container; and
at least two coupling hooks disposed on oppositely lying side walls of the container, the coupling hooks for interacting with associated coupling recesses of another container of the same type,
wherein the coupling hooks are able to move between a coupled position, in which the coupling hooks are engaged in the coupling recesses of the other container, and a detached position, in which the coupling hooks are disengaged from the coupling recesses of the other container,
each of the coupling hooks and each of the coupling recesses has two parts, the two parts of each of the coupling hooks being actuated via a shared actuation surface,
a guide lug is disposed between the two parts of each of the coupling hooks, and a guide shaft is disposed between the two parts of each of the coupling recesses, each of the guide lugs for positioning engagement in an associated guide shaft of the other container, the guide lug being immobile with respect to the lower container part of the container,
after placement of the container on top of the other container, one of the coupling hooks can be inserted in the horizontal direction into the associated coupling recess of the other container, and the oppositely lying coupling hook can subsequently be pushed vertically into the associated coupling recess of the other container, and
each of the guide shafts has only three walls and is open toward the inside of the container such that the guide lug can be inserted into the associated guide shaft of the other container from the side, so as to allow the container to be positioned loosely onto the other container and subsequently pushed so that the guide lug enters the associated guide shaft of the other container.

US Pat. No. 10,710,769

COMPOSITE PALLET

Integrated Composite Prod...

1. A composite pallet, comprising:a plurality of base boards including a first base board and a second base board;
a plurality of support blocks coupled to the plurality of base boards, the plurality of support blocks including a first support block;
wherein the first support block is detachably connected to the first base board, is detachably connected to the second base board, and secures the first base board to the second base board;
wherein the first support block includes a first section with a first width and a second section with a second width different from the first width;
a plurality of intermediate boards coupled to the plurality of support blocks;
a plurality of top boards coupled to the plurality of intermediate boards;
wherein the plurality of top boards include a top outside board, the top outside board comprising a thermoplastic material, a rib, and a tension member disposed within the rib and positioned adjacent to an end portion of the rib; and
wherein the tension member includes a continuous fiber bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,768

PALLET

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

1. A pallet comprising:at least one top board on which a load is placed; and
at least one substantially plate-shaped stringer board that is provided independently of the top board and that has at least one non-contact portion, which is not in contact with the top board in a region between the stringer board and the top board in a vertical direction, the stringer board being in contact with the top board in the vertical direction,
and
wherein the load contacts the top board on at least two different positions along a length direction of the stringer board, and each portion where the load and the top board are brought into contact with each aligns with a different non-contact portion in a direction perpendicular to the length direction of the stringer board,
wherein a plurality of the non-contact portions are formed with a center portion of the stringer board in a longitudinal direction of the stringer board interposed between the non-contact portions.

US Pat. No. 10,710,767

CARTON AND BLANK THEREFOR

WestRock Packaging System...

1. A package comprising a carton and a plurality of articles disposed therein, the carton comprising a plurality of panels forming walls of a tubular structure including a top wall, a first side wall, a base wall, and a second side wall, the carton comprises a display window defined at least in the first side wall for display of a display article disposed immediately adjacent to the display window, the display article being at least partially visible through the display window from an exterior of the carton, a top opening defined, at least, in the top wall for receiving an upper portion of said display article and a bottom opening defined at least in the base wall to access said display article at a first position in which the display article is disposed entirely within an interior of the carton and a second position in which an upper portion of said display article extends through the top opening, wherein the display article comprises a neck portion having a first diameter, a main body portion having second diameter, the second diameter being greater than the first diameter and a transition region disposed between the neck portion and the main body portion, wherein the top opening is dimensioned so as to allow at least a portion of the neck portion to pass therethrough and to inhibit at least the main body portion from passing through, wherein the top wall is otherwise free of any openings positioned and dimensioned so as to allow a neck portion of any one of the plurality of articles other than the display article to pass therethrough and to inhibit at least a main body portion of said any one of the plurality of articles other than the display article from passing through.

US Pat. No. 10,710,765

BASE FOR HOT-FILL PLASTIC CONTAINERS

GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY,...

1. A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising:a bottom portion, having a flat outer surface;
a wedge-shaped annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the wedge-shaped annular support heel is angled linearly and inwardly at an angle ? of from about 45° to about 65° relative a plane extending from the sidewall;
a plurality of partial sphere structures extending from the wedge-shaped annular support heel and beyond the bottom portion thus forming a spherical contact surface supporting the container; and
a rounded edge between the wedge-shaped annular support heel and the bottom portion, wherein the rounded edge has a radius of curvature of from about 1.0 mm to about 14.0 mm,
wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin and polypropylene.

US Pat. No. 10,710,764

STRUCTURE HAVING A GEL-LIKE COATING ON THE SURFACE THEREOF

TOYO SEIKAN CO., LTD., T...

1. A structure forming a gel coating on a surface of a base material that is formed in a predetermined shape, said gel coating including fine solid particles of a grain size of not more than 50 ?m and an oily liquid;(a) said gel coating has a viscosity of 35 to 250 mPa·s (25° C.) as measured at a rotational frequency of 20 rpm; and
(b) said base material is a container and said gel coating is formed on an inner surface thereof with which a content comes in contact.

US Pat. No. 10,710,763

LABELING MACHINE FOR LABELING CONTAINERS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A labeling machine for labeling containers, the labeling machine comprising:at least one machine unit which is operable to treat containers; and
a movable protective element which separates at least part of the at least one machine unit from an environment, the protective element comprising a handle for moving the protective element, wherein the handle comprises a pushbutton for locking and/or unlocking, the pushbutton being actuatable to selectively release and/or block movement of the protective element, wherein the pushbutton comprises a first button which, when actuated, blocks operation of the labeling machine, wherein the pushbutton further comprises a second button which, when actuated, releases operation of the labeling machine, wherein the pushbutton is configured such that the second button is only actuatable when the protective element is closed to release the operation of the labeling machine, and wherein the second button, when actuated as a release input, releases operation of the labeling machine upon receipt of a confirmation input.

US Pat. No. 10,710,762

CUT AND STACK PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SUBSTRATES AND PROCESS

POLYMERIC CONVERTING LLC,...

9. A method of printing a single ply transparent or opaque polyester, polypropylene, polyethylene, cellophane or vinyl film label substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface, in a variable imaging printer and then cutting and stacking the labels into stacks of single labels imaged in a sequence that is predetermined and synchronized with a planogram, production schedule or distribution plan, said method consisting of:(a) coating said bottom surface of said single ply transparent or opaque polyester or vinyl film substrate with a layer consisting of pressure sensitive adhesive and optionally coating said top surface of said pressure sensitive adhesive coated single ply transparent or opaque polyester or vinyl film substrate with a functional top coating to receive the variable image;
(b) laminating a layflat coated paper liner onto said layer of pressure sensitive adhesive to form a laminate with said single ply transparent or opaque polyester or vinyl film substrate; and
(c) converting said laminate with a single ply transparent or opaque polyester or vinyl film substrate into roll or fan-fold format with non-variable printing, placing scores, die cuts and or optional pin holes for tractor feed, and
(d) passing said laminate with a single ply transparent, pigmented or opaque polyester or vinyl film substrate through a variable image laser printer to affix printed indicia to said laminate with a single ply transparent or opaque polyester or vinyl substrate following a sequence that is a predetermined and synchronized sequence with a planogram, production schedule or distribution plan; and
(e) processing the variable imaged roll or fan-fold through a cutter/stacker machine by feeding said variable imaged roll or fan-fold into said cutter/stacker machine while maintaining the synchronized sequence and delivering discrete individual labels into stacks of discrete individually cut labels that are then easily applied by hand where the volume resistivity of the laminated transparent or pigmented opaque film substrate is 109-1013 ohms-cm.

US Pat. No. 10,710,761

LABELLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR ITS OPERATION

VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A gap sensor assembly for a labelling machine, the labelling machine configured to convey label stock along a web path, the gap sensor assembly comprising:a roller configured to guide the label stock along the web path:
a sensor arrangement configured to produce a sensor signal which is a function of a property of a portion of label stock, wherein the sensor arrangement comprises:
a transmitter portion configured to produce a detection signal; and,
a receiver portion configured to detect the detection signal and to produce the sensor signal which is a function of a property of the label stock; and wherein
the roller comprises the transmitter portion and/or the receiver portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,759

PACKAGING METHOD TO ENABLE RE-STERILIZATION OF MEDICAL DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method of packaging comprising:providing one or more pre-filled medical devices;
providing a pouch having a gas impermeable section divided into two or more individual gas impermeable chambers and a gas-permeable header;
placing each of the one or more pre-filled medical devices into the individual chambers of the gas impermeable section;
sealing the pouch along the gas-permeable header;
sterilizing the medical device with a sterilizing agent;
sealing each of the one or more pre-filled medical device into one or more of the individual chambers of the gas impermeable chamber; and
removing the gas permeable header.

US Pat. No. 10,710,758

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE REMOVAL OF A COVER FROM A SEALED TUB IN AN ASEPTIC ENVIRONMENT

VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.,...

1. A method for removing within a sterilizable environment a cover from a tub sealed with the cover, the method comprising:providing a sterilizable chamber for maintaining an aseptic condition;
holding in the chamber a tub sealed with a peelable cover, the tub and cover having corresponding pluralities of corners;
illuminating one or more peeling monitor zones with light from at least one light source;
peeling the cover from one of the plurality of corners of the tub;
measuring a first intensity of light from the illuminating at one of the peeling monitor zones proximate to and substantially non-overlapping with the tub and after at least a portion of the peeling;
assessing a current status of the peeling of the cover from the tub based on the first intensity of light; and
providing an indication for the assessed current status.

US Pat. No. 10,710,757

WEIGH-IN-MOTION SCALE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LINEAR SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR CONVEYOR

1. A weigh-in-motion system for weighing objects on a linear synchronous motor conveyor, wherein the linear synchronous motor conveyor includes: sections of a linear synchronous motor which motor sections include propulsion coils; a cable through which power and communication can be provided to the propulsion coils; sections of track on which a vehicle can transport an object; and at least one vehicle, said system comprising:a. a support structure for supporting the following: a weigh cell, a section of a linear synchronous motor conveyor track, a vehicle for transporting an object, and an object; and
b. the weigh cell on said support structure on which a section of the linear synchronous motor conveyor track rests directly or indirectly, wherein said weigh cell is configured to weigh vehicles and objects while in motion; wherein the support structure is configured to also support at least one section of the linear synchronous motor, wherein the linear synchronous motor sections are positioned adjacent to one another, wherein the support structure is configured to support a section of the linear synchronous motor without supporting one or more adjacent sections of the linear synchronous motor, wherein the support structure is configured to support two sections linear synchronous motor and one section of linear synchronous motor conveyor track, and the section of the linear synchronous motor track supported by the support structure spans at least portions of the two sections of linear synchronous motor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,756

SMOKING ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR A CIGAR OR CIGARILLO HAVING A LONGITUDINAL BORE FOR ADJUSTABLE DRAW

Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc., ...

1. A method of marketing a plurality of cigars or cigarillos to a consumer comprising the steps of:(a) providing a point of sale display;
(b) the display providing sets of cigars or cigarillos having different burn rates, wherein each set includes multiple cigars or cigarillos;
(c) packaging the first set of cigars or cigarillos having a first burn rate in a first package, the first package having a first indicia indicating the first burn rate; and
(d) packaging the second set of cigars or cigarillos having a second burn rate in a second package, the second package having a second indicia indicating the second burn rate, the second burn rate being slower than the first burn rate;
(e) wherein the display enables the consumer to select either the first or the second package;
f) wherein each cigar or cigarillo has an outer shell filled with smokable filler and one or more elongated members imbedded in said smokable filler; and
g) wherein each elongated member can be removed to provide an air flow path spaced inwardly of said outer shell that increases the burn rate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,755

PACKAGING APPARATUS

Ishida Co., Ltd., Kyoto ...

1. A packaging apparatus configured to package an object to be packaged by covering the object to be packaged with a film, a peripheral portion of the film being held and stretched, the packaging apparatus comprising:a delivering unit configured to deliver the film from a film roll onto which the film is wound;
a first conveyance unit including a first feeder portion and a first clamp unit, the first feeder portion being configured to convey the film delivered from the delivering unit in a first direction that is a direction in which the film is paid out, the first clamp unit being configured to clamp the film conveyed by the first feeder portion;
a second conveyance unit including a second feeder portion and a second clamp unit, the second feeder portion being configured to convey the film delivered from the delivering unit in the first direction, the second clamp unit being configured to clamp the film conveyed by the second feeder portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the first conveyance unit in a second direction intersecting the first direction;
a second moving unit configured to move the second conveyance unit in the second direction;
a cutting unit configured to cut the film between the delivering unit and the first and second conveyance units; and
a controller programmed to control operation of the first conveyance unit, the second conveyance unit, the first moving unit, the second moving unit, and the cutting unit;
wherein the controller, after causing the cutting unit to cut the film, is programmed to cause one of the first clamp unit and the second clamp unit to clamp the cut film and is programmed to control operation of at least one of the first moving unit and the second moving unit so that a distance between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit in the second direction becomes greater than a maximum width of the film in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,753

METHOD FOR FILLING A THIN-BODY FLEXIBLE BAG PROVIDED WITH A SPOUT

GUALA PACK S.P.A., Caste...

1. A method for filling a thin-body flexible package provided with a spout, comprising the steps of:providing for, inside the spout, a main duct accessible by a mouth portion and an inner chamber adjacent to the main duct and accessible by an inner opening opposite the mouth portion;
providing for a valve assembly comprising a normally closed valve made as a single piece and a retaining ring made as a single piece, where the normally closed valve comprises a flexible membrane provided with at least one through-cut forming flaps of the membrane, the normally closed valve being arranged between the main duct and the inner chamber of the spout;
providing for a filling nozzle provided with a dispensing opening arranged upstream of the valve for dispensing a product intended to fill the package;
causing the product to flow from the filling nozzle into the main duct;
deforming the flaps so as to open the valve by the action of the product in the main duct;
causing the product to flow into the inner chamber through an opening made by the flaps deformed by the product.

US Pat. No. 10,710,752

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT WINDOWS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for inspecting an aircraft window installed on an aircraft, the aircraft defining an interior and an exterior, and the aircraft window defining an interior surface and an exterior surface, the system comprising:a. an interior subsystem operable in the aircraft interior, the interior subsystem including a light source and an interior polarizer, the light source and interior polarizer operable to direct light at the interior surface of the window with the light polarized at a first angle;
b. an exterior subsystem operable adjacent the aircraft exterior, the exterior subsystem including an exterior polarizer, the exterior polarizer operable for polarizing light from the exterior surface of the window at a second angle;
wherein the polarizer of the exterior subsystem is operable in a nominal position in which the second angle is rotated relative to the first angle and further wherein the light source produces light that shines through the exterior surface of the window and to produce an image at the exterior polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,751

RIGGING TOOL FOR A CONTROL SURFACE OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations, S.L., ...

1. A rigging tool for a control surface of an aircraft comprising:a laser for outputting a low energy laser beam;
a target assembly comprising a plate including a target point, and a support to sustain the target assembly on a surface of a control surface; and
a laser platform shaped as an elongated body provided with structure to rest on a surface of a control surface, the laser platform having backward and forward extremes;
the forward extreme comprising a first hole fixed at a forward position of the forward extreme and a second hole fixed at a rear position of the forward extreme; and
the backward extreme being configured to hold the laser in a position in which an output of the laser is aligned with the first hole and the second hole, wherein the backward extreme comprises structure to vary the position of the laser in three dimensions of space; and
wherein, in operation, when the laser beam passes through the first hole and the second hole and incises in the target point, a neutral position of a control surface is indicated.

US Pat. No. 10,710,749

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PARTS ASSEMBLY FOR A NACELLE OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE

1. A device for assembling by brazing or diffusion-welding metallic parts for a nacelle of an aircraft turbojet engine, the device comprising:tooling including a first mold element and a second mold element, the tooling configured to clasp the metallic parts within an assembly space between the first mold element and the second mold element;
a gas injection device to inject a gas into the assembly space such that an increase in pressure presses the metallic parts against each other;
an enclosure adapted to receive the tooling and the metallic parts; and
a heating device arranged to increase a temperature inside the enclosure to an assembly temperature,
wherein the tooling further includes tie members configured to seal the assembly space, each tie member comprising two jaws and a holding element,
wherein the holding element is configured to hold the two jaws in a sealing position and cause the two jaws to exert a mechanical pressure against respective bearing surfaces of the first mold element and of the second mold element such that the mechanical pressure inhibits the first mold element and the second mold element from getting away from each other at least along a direction normal to said bearing surfaces at least at the assembly temperature,
wherein the two jaws of each tie member comprises a first material and the holding element of each tie member comprises a second material, the first material having a thermal expansion coefficient higher than a thermal expansion coefficient of the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,748

AIRCRAFT PART ASSEMBLY

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A method of producing at least part of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a frame, the frame comprising a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and one or more side edges disposed between the first surface and the second surface;
mounting the frame to a first tool, the first tool comprising a support surface that contacts at least part of the second surface of the frame, thereby opposing movement of the frame at least in a direction perpendicular to the second surface;
while the frame is mounted to the first tool, machining at least part of the first surface of the frame to form one or more attachment features;
transferring the machined frame to a second tool, the second tool being configured to contact the frame at only the one or more side edges of the frame; and
while the frame is mounted to the second tool, attaching, using the attachment features, to the first surface, aircraft panels to form an outer skin of the at least part of the aircraft,
wherein the method further comprises, between the steps of machining at least part of the first surface and mounting the machined frame to the second tool:
re-mounting the frame to the first tool such that the support surface contacts at least part of the first surface of the frame, thereby opposing movement of the frame at least in a direction perpendicular to the first surface; and
while the frame is re-mounted to the first tool, machining, using the cutting tool, at least part of the second surface of the frame to form one or more further attachment features; and
attaching aircraft panels to the first surface and the second surface uses the further attachment features in addition to the attachment features.

US Pat. No. 10,710,747

COMPOUND CONTOUR VACUUM TRACK FOR AUTOMATION OF FINAL ASSEMBLY FROM THE INTERIOR OF A FUSELAGE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A device for fastening a structure, comprising:a track, having a length and a width, configured to be mounted interior to a structure comprising an aircraft fuselage, in order to access a first surface of the structure comprising an inside surface of the aircraft fuselage, wherein the first surface comprising the inside surface of the aircraft fuselage has one or more holes through which fasteners are inserted;
wherein an automated fastening machine is mounted on the track to traverse the track while performing fastening functions;
wherein the track allows the automated fastening machine to make contact with the first surface comprising the inside surface of the aircraft fuselage, such that the automated fastening machine is configured to align with the holes in the first surface comprising the inside surface of the aircraft fuselage, and the automated fastening machine is configured to install the fasteners in the holes;
wherein the track is configured to be mounted on a second surface of the structure comprising an aft pressure bulkhead of the aircraft fuselage at an angle to the first surface comprising the inside surface of the aircraft fuselage, and the track is configured to be cantilevered from the second surface comprising the aft pressure bulkhead of the aircraft fuselage so that the width of the track is cantilevered upward at an angle ranging from 80 degrees to 100 degrees to the first surface comprising the inside surface of the aircraft fuselage;
wherein the track is configured to be mounted with the length of the track along X-Axis and Z-Axis directions, the X-Axis direction comprises a lateral orientation within the structure comprising the aircraft fuselage, and the Z-Axis direction comprises a vertical orientation within the structure comprising the aircraft fuselage;
wherein an X-Axis carriage of the automated fastening machine is configured to move the automated fastening machine along the track in at least the X-Axis and Z-Axis directions; and
wherein a Y-Axis arm of the automated fastening machine is configured to move an end effector of the automated fastening machine in a Y-Axis direction perpendicular to both the X-Axis and Z-Axis directions to perform the fastening functions.

US Pat. No. 10,710,746

GROUND STATION AND TETHER FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Stabilis Inc., South Pas...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle system, comprising:a ground station, comprising:
a case;
a power supply housed in the case; and
a tether having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end of the tether coupled to the case; and
a module comprising smart battery authentication circuitry configured to be coupled to the second end of the tether,
wherein the module is configured to be connected to an unmanned aerial vehicle,
wherein the smart battery authentication circuitry enables the unmanned aerial vehicle to receive power from the power supply housed in the case when the module is connected to the unmanned aerial vehicle, and
wherein the ground station comprises a receptacle configured to accommodate the module.

US Pat. No. 10,710,744

LEVELING MECHANISM FOR PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGE, AND PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGE

CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARIN...

1. A passenger boarding bridge leveling mechanism mounted on a passenger boarding bridge, wherein the passenger boarding bridge leveling mechanism comprises:a four-bar linkage mechanism comprising a mounting base and three bars, in which the mounting base may be fixedly mounted on the passenger boarding bridge; in which one of the three bars extends outwards, and a leveling wheel and a first detection switch are mounted at an end of the outwardly extending bar, the first detection switch being used for detecting a vertical displacement of the leveling wheel on an aircraft fuselage;
a preload apparatus having an end connected to the mounting base, and the other end connected to one of the three bars, the preload apparatus further comprising a preload to make the outwardly extending bar maintain a tendency of extending outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,710,742

EXTERIOR AIRCRAFT LIGHT AND AIRCRAFT COMPRISING THE SAME

GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS...

1. An exterior aircraft light comprising:a housing configured to be mounted to an exterior portion of an aircraft,
at least one light source mounted to the housing,
a lens cover, cooperating with the housing for forming an inner space of the exterior aircraft light, with light from the at least one light source leaving the exterior aircraft light through the lens cover into an outside environment of the aircraft, and
a gasket arranged between the housing and the lens cover, the gasket having at least one flap portion forming at least one check valve for fluid discharge from the inner space of the exterior aircraft light towards the outside environment of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,710,740

SONIC BOOM DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

8. An airborne platform, comprising:a flight navigation system configured to store a flight plan;
a display device;
a feedback device comprising at least one of a haptic feedback device or a tactile feedback device; and
a control circuit comprising a feedback parameter database configured to map at least one feedback parameter to at least one pressure level of a plurality of pressure levels, the at least one feedback parameter comprising at least one of a magnitude, a frequency, or an intermittency, wherein the control circuit is configured to:
receive an indication of a sonic boom including a pressure level of the sonic boom;
cause the display device to display a visual representation of the indication of the sonic boom;
retrieve, from the feedback database, the at least one feedback parameter corresponding to the pressure level of the sonic boom; and
cause the haptic feedback device to output feedback corresponding to the pressure level of the sonic boom by controlling the at least one feedback parameter by which the haptic feedback device outputs a mechanical force or vibrates responsive to the indication of the sonic boom.

US Pat. No. 10,710,737

AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEM

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An aircraft fuel tank system comprising:a first fuel tank compartment configured to contain liquid fuel;
a residual fuel conduit including an inlet in the fuel tank compartment and an outlet external to the first fuel tank compartment, wherein the residual fuel conduit is angled in a downward direction from the inlet to the outlet such that the inlet is above the outlet;
a float-activated valve at the inlet to the residual fuel conduit in the first fuel tank compartment, wherein the float-activated valve comprises a float arranged to become positively buoyant when immersed in liquid fuel in the first fuel tank compartment so that the float moves up to a raised position which causes the valve to close and prevent liquid fuel from flowing out of the first fuel tank compartment, through the valve and through the residual fuel conduit;
the float is arranged to move down to a lowered position in response to a level of the liquid fuel in the first fuel tank compartment dropping, the movement of the float to the lowered position causing the valve to open and permit liquid fuel to flow through the residual fuel conduit and out of the first fuel tank compartment through the valve, and
a transfer pipe connecting the first fuel tank compartment to a second fuel tank compartment and permitting liquid fuel to flow between the first and second fuel tank compartments, wherein the float-activated valve is positioned so that, when the level of the liquid fuel in the first fuel tank compartment drops below the transfer pipe, fuel can still flow out of the first fuel tank compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,710,736

LATCH INDICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A FAN COWL OF AN AIR VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A latch indication system for a fan cowl of an air vehicle, the latch indication system comprising:a door movable between a closed position and an open position;
a handle coupled to an interior of the fan cowl, the handle being movable between a handle stowed position and a handle deployed position, only when the door is in the open position; and
a linkage assembly mechanically connecting the handle to a cover assembly, the cover assembly having a movable member movable between a movable member stowed position and a movable member deployed position, such that when the door is in the closed position and the handle is in the handle stowed position, the latch indication system indicates that one or more latch assemblies of the fan cowl are in a latched condition, and when the door is in the open position and the handle is in the handle deployed position, the latch indication system indicates that one or more of the latch assemblies of the fan cowl are in an unlatched condition,
wherein the linkage assembly includes an interlock feature that prevents movement of the handle from the handle deployed position to the handle stowed position, when the one or more latch assemblies are in the unlatched condition.

US Pat. No. 10,710,735

OPERATION OF A VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating a propulsion system of a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, the propulsion system comprising a turbomachine, an electric machine, a forward thrust propulsor, and a plurality of vertical thrust electric fans, the method comprising:driving the forward thrust propulsor with the turbomachine;
rotating the electric machine with the turbomachine to generate direct current electrical power;
driving the plurality of vertical thrust electric fans at least in part with the direct electric power generated from rotating the electric machine with the turbomachine;
determining a failure condition of the turbomachine; and
providing an alternating current electrical power to the electric machine to drive the forward thrust propulsor with the electric machine in response to determining the failure condition of the turbomachine by converting the direct current electrical power to alternating current electrical power, and providing the alternating current electric power to the electric machine to drive the forward thrust propulsor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,734

HYBRID AIRCRAFT PROPULSORS HAVING ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN AUGMENTOR FANS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a turbofan including a core engine and a ducted fan to be rotated via the core engine, the ducted fan including a plurality of ducted fan blades arranged circumferentially around the core engine and circumscribed by a nacelle, the nacelle forming an outermost housing of the turbofan and circumscribing a bypass duct associated with the turbofan, the ducted fan blades being located within the bypass duct;
an augmentor fan configured to increase a bypass ratio associated with rotation of the ducted fan within the bypass duct, the augmentor fan including an augmentor hub ring and a plurality of augmentor fan blades, the augmentor fan blades being arranged circumferentially around the augmentor hub ring and projecting outwardly relative to an outer surface of the nacelle, the augmentor fan to rotate separately from the ducted fan; and
an electrical drive to rotate the augmentor hub ring in response to a supply of electrical energy provided to the electrical drive, the electrical drive being located radially outward of the bypass duct and between the outer surface and an inner surface of the nacelle.