US Pat. No. 10,919,257

COMPOSITE MATERIALS, METHODS OF MAKING, METHODS OF USE, AND ARTICLES INCORPORATING THE COMPOSITE MATERIALS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A structure comprising:a first layer having an externally-facing side and an internally-facing side opposing the externally-facing side, wherein the first layer is substantially impermeable to water; and
a second layer attached to the internally-facing side of the first layer, wherein the second layer is water-swellable;
wherein the first layer comprises one or more channels that extend through an entire thickness of the first layer to the second layer,
the one or more channels expose a region of the second layer,
the one or more channels allow water to contact the exposed region of the second layer,
each of the one or more channels has a first channel sidewall in the first layer and an opposing second channel sidewall in the first layer, and
the first sidewall has a first position relative to the second sidewall when the exposed region of the second layer is substantially dry, and a second position relative to the second sidewall when the exposed region takes up water and swells, wherein the second position differs from the first position in a measurable distance along at least a portion of a length, a width, a height, or any combination thereof, of the at least one channel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,256

COMPOSITE STRUCTURE HAVING A VARIABLE GAGE AND METHODS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE HAVING A VARIABLE GAGE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite structure having a variable gage, comprising:a first end having a first gage;
a second end having a second gage, which is less than the first gage;
a first outer surface extending from the first end to the second end;
a second outer surface extending from the first end to the second end; and
a plurality of plies (i) extending between the first end and the second end and (ii) arranged in a stack between the first outer surface and the second outer surface,
wherein the plurality of plies comprise:
a plurality of continuous plies, wherein each continuous ply extends from the first end to the second end; and
a plurality of drop-off plies, wherein each drop-off ply comprises a tip having a tapered shape, wherein each drop-off ply extends from the first end to a respective position of the tip of the drop-off ply between the first end and the second end,
wherein a first subset of the plurality of drop-off plies are between the first outer surface and a central portion of the stack and a second subset of the plurality of drop-off plies are between the central portion and the second outer surface,
wherein the tips of the plurality of drop-off plies are arranged in a monotonically-inward pattern comprising:
(i) in a first order of the first subset of the plurality of drop-off plies from the first outer surface toward the central portion, with each successive drop-off ply in the first order, a relative distance between the tip of the drop-off ply and the second end decreases, and
(ii) in a second order of the second subset of the plurality of drop-off plies from the second outer surface toward the central portion, with each successive drop-off ply in the second order, a relative distance between the tip of the drop-off ply and the second end decreases,
wherein the first gage and the second gage are respective thicknesses between the first outer surface and the second outer surface at the first end and the second end, respectively,
wherein the respective positions of the tips of the plurality of drop-off plies of the first subset are staggered with the respective positions of the tips of the plurality of drop-off plies of the second subset from the first end to the second end,
wherein, for each drop-off ply, a first distance between the tip of the drop-off ply and the tip of an adjacent one of the plurality of drop-off plies is at least ten times greater than a thickness of the drop-off ply,
wherein the first distance is measured along the first end to the second end,
wherein, for each drop-off ply, the adjacent one of the plurality of drop-off plies is adjacent to the drop-off ply in a dimension extending between the first outer surface and the second outer surface,
wherein a second distance between the tips of non-adjacent ones of the plurality of drop-off plies is at least three times greater than a thickness of each drop-off ply, and
wherein the second distance is measured along the first end to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,919,255

TRIM PANEL FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A trim panel for a motor vehicle, the panel comprising a moulded structural core,the core having two edges connected to each other along a joint,
the joint is convex and radiated wherein the edges are connected to each other gradually,
the core has a back face and a front face, the front face being coated with a glued carpet based front coating, the coating having a peripheral edging folded against the periphery of the back face,the panel wherein:the back face is provided, in the vicinity of the joint, with a plurality of substantially straight grooves arranged in a fan,
the grooves receive, glued therein, the folds formed in the edging in the vicinity of the joint, the back face is further provided with a peripheral slot extending along and at a distance from the edge of the face, a portion of the edging being inserted into the slot to be hidden,and wherein the grooves of the back face open into the peripheral slot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,254

CURVED COVER PLATE AND CURVED DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

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

1. A curved display device comprising:a curved display panel;
a curved cover plate connected with the curved display panel, and
wherein the curved cover plate comprises:
an upper structure in a flat plate structure, the upper structure being a display area on which an image is displayed;
a lateral structure provided at a predetermined angle with respect to the upper structure;
a bending structure formed between the upper structure and the lateral structure and curved with a predetermined curvature;
one lower structure arranged in parallel to the upper structure and provided at a predetermined angle with respect to the lateral structure; and
one third bending structure provided between the lower structure and the lateral structure and curved with a predetermined curvature, and
wherein the bending structure is positioned adjacent to the upper structure and the lateral structure such that the bending structure is separable from the curved cover plate,
wherein the one third bending structure is positioned adjacent to the lateral structure and the lower structure,
wherein a length of the one lower structure is shorter than a length of the upper structure at any point between an end of the one lower structure adjacent to the one third bending structure and an opposing end of the one lower structure, and an opening adjacent to the one lower structure is provided at the any point to open to an interior space formed by the upper structure, the bending structure, the lateral structure, the one third bending structure, and the lower structure, and
wherein the one lower structure is connected to only the one third bending structure such that the curved cover plate is asymmetric around a central axis of the upper structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,253

QUILLING DEVICE

1. An apparatus for coiling a paper strip, the apparatus comprising:a housing;
a pin having an end positioned external to the housing, the end having a slot elongated along an axis of rotation, the slot being sized to receive the paper strip;
an enclosure coupled to a surface of the housing, wherein the pin extends from the surface of the housing, and wherein the enclosure comprises a slot; and
a plunger disposed on the housing, wherein the plunger comprises:
a portion having a protuberance, partially enclosed by the enclosure, wherein the portion is slidably coupled to the enclosure to linearly translate the plunger towards and away from the pin, wherein the protuberance and the slot of the enclosure are configured to prevent a rotary motion and restrict a distance of the linear translation of the plunger away from the pin; and
a plunger head coupled to the portion of the plunger and positioned proximate to the pin, wherein the plunger head comprises a plunger surface aligned to press the paper strip against the pin, and wherein the plunger surface comprises a plurality of steps for accommodating paper strips having different widths, wherein each step comprises:
a surface portion extending parallel to the pin; and
an edge extending perpendicular from a top end of the surface portion and aligned transverse to the pin, wherein the edge is configured to prevent the paper strip from uncoiling or moving upwards along the axis of rotation and away from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,252

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR MAKING A POUCH OR CONTAINER

1. A system for making a container, comprising:a cutter configured to cut a folded web of thermoplastic material in a cutting direction transverse to a first direction of travel of the folded web to produce a plurality of container templates, each container template having a first opposing wall and a second opposing wall, a seam defined by a junction of the first opposing wall and the second opposing wall, opposing first and second upper ends of the first and second walls, respectively, defined opposite the seam, and a first side and a second side defined between the seam and the opposing first and second upper ends;
a turner downstream of the cutter, the turner including
a hub, and
a rotator assembly engaged with the hub, the rotator assembly including
a rotatable shaft extending downwardly from the hub, rotatably engaged with the hub about a first axis extending through the rotatable shaft, and having a distal end, and
a bag-contacting surface connected to the distal end, wherein the turner is configured to
engage a top exterior side of each container template via the bag-contacting surface,
vertically pick up each container template via the bag-contacting surface,
horizontally rotate each container template about the first axis via the rotatable shaft,
horizontally translate each container template via the hub, and
vertically deposit each container template along a second direction of travel via the bag-contacting surface, wherein the bag-contacting surface engages the top exterior side via one or more of a vacuum, electrostatic forces, and adhesion to prevent the container template from moving relative to the bag-contacting surface; and
a sealer downstream of the turner configured to seal one or both of the first side and the second side in a sealing direction parallel with the second direction of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,251

OPERATING GROUP FOR A CARTONING MACHINE, CARTONING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR FORMING A CARTON

I.M.A. Industria Macchine...

1. An operating group for a cartoning machine of the vertical type arranged for moving a blank adapted to form a carton for containing one or more products, said operating group including:a) a magazine for housing a plurality of blanks folded in a planar manner and for feeding a folded blank of said plurality of blanks along a folded blank feeding direction;
b) gripping arrangement that is configured for retaining a blank and is movable at least between a removing position, in which said gripping arrangement removes said blank arranged in the magazine in a folded planar configuration, which is horizontal, and a delivery position, in which said gripping arrangement delivers said blank arranged in a tridimensional unfolded configuration, which is vertical to said planar configuration;
c) said gripping arrangement being rotated around a horizontal rotation axis along a closed loop transfer path;
d) wherein the magazine is shaped for housing said blanks in a horizontal position at the removing position; and
e) the removing position from said magazine being arranged above the closed loop transfer path travelled by the gripping arrangement, such that the gripping arrangement can remove directly from the magazine said blank in the horizontal folded planar configuration;wherein said gripping arrangement is configured for travelling a portion of said closed loop transfer path subtended by an angle of substantially 270° between the removing position and the delivery position; andwherein said folded blank feeding direction of said magazine, said rotation axis of said gripping arrangement, and an advancement direction of said blank arranged in said tridimensional unfolded configuration are parallel to each other,
said advancement direction being defined by a conveying system of a packaging machine that moves said blank away from said operating group.

US Pat. No. 10,919,250

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A BLANK, ALSO A METHOD FOR THIS PURPOSE AND A BLANK

GKN Sinter Metals Enginee...

1. A press device having a device for filling of a mold of the press device with at least two different materials, comprisinga cavity to be filled with the at least two materials and
a filling unit for discharging the at least two materials for the purpose of introducing these materials into different regions of the cavity,
wherein the filling unit has at least two separate chambers or at least two chamber regions of a common chamber for simultaneous feeding of the at least two materials, directly adjoining one another or in separate locations, for introduction thereof into the cavity as at least partly distinguishable layers, and
comprising a relative rotary motion between the filling unit and the cavity, during a filling operation; wherein the cavity and/or a base of the cavity are movable in a translational manner horizontally relative to the filling unit during the filling operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,249

APPARATUS FOR PRESSING AND DEHYDRATING OF WASTE

1. An apparatus for pressing and dehydrating a pre defined amount of waste, the apparatus comprising:a main frame that provides a rigid support to the apparatus, the main frame is a metallic main frame;
a body that is mechanically linked to the main frame through a plurality of linkage plates,
the plurality of linkage plates are discretely positioned horizontally across, on the main frame;
the body includes:
a plurality of rigid support slabs having an upper polygonal configuration portion and a lower polygonal, configuration portion, with a top section of the upper polygonal configuration portion having a trapezoidal form:
the plurality of rigid support slabs include:
a main opening for accommodating a twin screw assembly; and
a plurality of peripheral openings;
the plurality of rigid support slabs are spaced-apart and fixed to and mounted vertically to the main frame in parallel via the plurality of linkage plates, with the plurality of rigid support slabs oriented perpendicular a longitudinal axis of the apparatus to, provide vertical support to the apparatus; and
a plurality of rigid support bars that are fixed to and mounted perpendicular to the plurality of rigid support slabs via the plurality of peripheral openings of the plurality of rigid support slabs;
the plurality of rigid support bars are oriented horizontally parallel along the longitudinal axis of the apparatus;
the plurality of rigid support bars are comprised of:
lateral bars that are connected to lateral sides of the plurality of rigid support slabs via a lateral opening of the plurality of peripheral openings of the plurality of rigid support slabs; and
top bars that are connected to a top side of the plurality of rigid support slabs via top openings of the plurality of peripheral openings of the plurality of rigid support slabs;
the body further includes:
a single bar that cross-connects the top bars, with the single bar oriented perpendicular to the top bars;
an inlet vertically mounted and fixed to a position located on the body;
wherein the inlet comprises an ingress cross-sectional opening for receiving the pre-defined amount of waste and an egress cross-sectional opening for transferring the pre-defined amount of waste to the twin screw assembly;
the twin screw assembly mounted on the main frame and horizontally positioned on the main frame for rotation along the longitudinal axis of the apparatus, wherein the twin screw assembly is configured to press and dehydrate the pre-defined amount of waste; and
a plurality of mesh screens rigidly linked to the body via the main opening of the plurality of rigid support slabs and linked to the plurality of rigid support bars, with the plurality of mesh screens oriented along the longitudinal axis of the apparatus,
the plurality of mesh screens is comprised of:
a single piece primary mesh screen and a single piece secondary mesh screen;
the secondary, mesh screen surrounds and encapsulates the primary mesh screen circumferentially; and
both the primary and secondary mesh screens of the plurality of mesh screens encapsulate the twin screw assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,248

PRESS BRAKE

Murata Machinery, Ltd., ...

1. A press brake that performs bending work on a workpiece by holding the workpiece between an upper tool and a lower tool, the press brake comprising:a ram to which the upper tool or the lower tool can be attached;
a ram driver that moves the ram upward and downward; and
a controller that controls the ram driver, wherein the ram driver includes:
a rotation/linear motion converter composed of a screw fixed to the ram and moves upward and downward as the ram moves upward and downward, and a nut screw-coupled with the screw;
a drive rotation body arranged apart from the nut in an axial direction of the screw and arranged rotatably about a rotation axis of the nut;
a first motor arranged in a fixed state;
a first power transmitter that transmits rotation of the first motor to the nut at high speed and with low torque;
a second motor arranged in a fixed state;
a second power transmitter that transmits rotation of the second motor to the drive rotation body at low speed and with high torque; and
a clutch provided between the nut and the drive rotation body and that couples the nut and the drive rotation body into an integrated rotation body.

US Pat. No. 10,919,247

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A SHEAR WEB

1. A shear web mould assembly for making a shear web for a wind turbine blade, the mould assembly comprising:an elongate male mould tool having a longitudinally-extending upper mould surface and a longitudinally-extending first side wall;
a longitudinally-extending detachable shim having an attachment portion for attaching to the first side wall of the mould tool and a shaping portion for supporting a flange structure of the shear web,
wherein the attachment portion of the shim is attached to the first side wall of the mould tool by one or more fixing devices, and the shaping portion of the shim has an upper surface that forms an extension of the upper mould surface of the mould tool, wherein the one or more fixing devices include a longitudinally extending brace configured to bear against the outer surface of the shim and configured to releasably clamp the shim to the first side wall, and wherein said one or more fixing devices further include a plurality of fasteners which extend respectively through a plurality of holes provided in the shim, wherein said brace is provided with a plurality of holes through which the plurality of fasteners may extend before extending through the holes in said shims.

US Pat. No. 10,919,246

MOLD AND METHOD FOR FORMING A PRESSURIZED FLUID CHAMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A mold for forming a pressurized fluid chamber, the mold comprising:a generally planar region;
a dome-shaped depression within the planar region, the dome-shaped depression comprising an opening to an exterior of the mold;
a compression area bounding the generally planar region and protruding upwardly from a front surface of the mold such that the compression area is raised relative to the generally planar region; and
a channel through at least two of the generally planar region, the dome-shaped depression, and the compression area, the channel in fluid communication with an area of the mold beyond the compression area.

US Pat. No. 10,919,245

INTERNAL TIRE BALANCING OF RUBBER TIRES ON RIMS

1. A process for internally balancing a pneumatic tire to or within tire manufacturer specifications or requirements for said tire, wherein said tire can have balance and a distribution of weight which can be supplemented at one or more locations on the tire with counterbalancing weights having mass to obtain said balance, for use on a car or other vehicle, which for said use the tire is installed on a rim, and when installed on said rim will have a curb side and an opposite car side, said tire comprising natural or synthetic rubber, a tire liner, and an inside sidewall, and said counterbalancing weights each having a weight centerline marking, wherein the process comprises the following series of steps:a) balancing the rim on a balancing machine if necessary;
b) mounting the tire on the rim, inflating the tire to or within said tire manufacturer specifications or requirements, checking the balance of said tire on the rim on said balancing machine, and determining the location and mass of counterbalancing weights which said machine indicates are needed on the tire for said internal balancing;
c) placing a first indexing mark on the rim and a second indexing mark on the tire at the weighting location such that the second indexing mark is adjacent the first indexing mark on the rim, and deflating and removing the tire from the rim;
d) transferring the second indexing mark on the tire from the curb side to the opposite car side of the tire to make a tire sidewall indexing mark;
e) cleaning and preparing the tire liner for attachment of said counterbalancing weights at the second indexing mark and the tire sidewall indexing mark, wherein said counterbalancing weights are rubberized weights;
f) applying vulcanizing rubber cement in preparation for attaching said counterbalancing weights;
g) aligning the weight centerline marking of the respective counterbalancing weight with the tire sidewall indexing mark;
h) attaching by vulcanization the counterbalancing weights and stitching them down, wherein the weights are hidden from view on the tire when the tire is remounted on the rim;
i) remounting the tire on the rim, aligning the first and second indexing marks to be adjacent, inflating the tire to or within said tire manufacturer specifications or requirements; and
j) placing the mounted tire and rim back on the balancing machine, and checking the internal balance of said tire on the rim on said balancing machine to confirm said balance is within tire manufacturer specifications or requirements for said tire.

US Pat. No. 10,919,244

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOLDING NON-PNEUMATIC WHEELS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. An adjustable molding system for molding a non-pneumatic wheel, the non-pneumatic wheel including a load support band, a hub, and a plurality of tension-transmitting web elements extending between the load support band and the hub, the non-pneumatic wheel defining axial, radial, and circumferential directions, the molding system comprising:an upper mold portion having a plurality of upper web forming elements spaced apart around the circumferential direction;
a lower mold portion having a plurality of lower web forming elements spaced apart around the circumferential direction and configured to receive the upper web forming elements when the molding system is in a closed position to form the tension transmitting web elements during a molding process, wherein the upper mold portion and lower mold portion form an internal cavity when the molding system is in the closed position;
a first configuration of removable mold elements for positioning within the internal cavity, the first configuration comprising
an upper mold bowl configured to form a surface of the wheel;
a lower mold bowl supporting the upper mold bowl and configured to form a surface of the wheel;
a retainer configured for receipt of the lower mold bowl, the retainer positionable onto the lower mold portion; and
a second configuration of removable mold elements for positioning within the internal cavity, the second configuration comprising
a cap;
a shield positionable below the cap onto the lower mold portion;
wherein the first and second configurations of removable mold elements are interchangeable within the internal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,919,243

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FEEDING A PLURALITY OF TREAD BANDS IN A PROCESS FOR BUILDING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. An apparatus for feeding a plurality of tread bands in a process for building tyres for vehicle wheels, comprising:a trolley comprising a plurality of shelves configured to store a plurality of vertically stacked tread bands, each tread band comprising, on a side thereof, a service fabric, wherein each tread band is positioned at a different height from the other tread bands in a respective shelf;
a separation device comprising a slide movable along a vertical direction and configured to separate the service fabric from each of the tread bands;
an auxiliary collection device comprising a plurality of juxtaposed auxiliary conveyor belts and a plurality of juxtaposed pressing rollers, each pressing roller of the plurality of pressing rollers being juxtaposed over a respective auxiliary conveyor belt of the plurality of auxiliary conveyor belts and movable between a respective rest position and a respective operative position via a respective arm of a plurality of arms pivotally connected to an upright fixedly associated with the plurality of juxtaposed auxiliary conveyor belts, wherein the auxiliary collection device is configured to position each of the plurality of juxtaposed auxiliary conveyor belts at a respective height of a respective tread band of the plurality of vertically stacked tread bands; and
a feeding device comprising at least one feeding conveyor belt configured to feed each tread band of the plurality of vertically stacked tread bands toward a forming support.

US Pat. No. 10,919,242

PNEUMATIC TIRE WITH IN-SITU GENERATED SEALANT COMPOSITION BY CHAIN CESSATION OF IONIC BUTYL

Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd., ...

1. A tire with in-situ generated built-in puncture sealant comprising:a supporting tire carcass comprised of one or more layers of ply, an outer circumferential tread, and a radially inner layer,
a pair of beads,
sidewalls extending radially inward from the axial outer edges of the tread portion to join the respective beads,
a sealant comprising the chain cessation product of a butyl ionomer-based rubber sealant precursor composition catalyzed by peroxide disposed inwardly from said radially inner layer, and
wherein said sealant provides self-sealing properties to the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,919,241

SELF-HEALING SILOXANE ELASTOMERS

Brock University, St. Ca...

1. A siloxane elastomer, comprisinga) at least one siloxane polymer which is functionalized with a first Diels-Alder moiety; and
wherein the at least one siloxane polymer is cross-linked with at least one second siloxane oligomer or polymer which is functionalized with two or more of a second Diels-Alder moiety,
wherein the first and second Diels-Alder moieties form reversible cross-links,
and wherein the first Diels-Alder moiety is

US Pat. No. 10,919,240

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING COMPOSITE MATERIAL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

20. An apparatus for processing composite material, the apparatus comprising:a pressure assembly configured to receive pressurized gas from a source of pressurized gas and provide the pressurized gas, at a predetermined pressure, to an enclosed volume formed between a vacuum bag and a cure tool;
an ionizer configured to receive pressurized gas from the source of pressurized gas, ionize the pressurized gas, and provide the pressurized gas to the enclosed volume after the pressurized gas has been ionized;
a bleed valve configured to release gas from the enclosed volume in response to a gas pressure within the enclosed volume exceeding a threshold; and
a gas filter configured to receive gas from the enclosed volume and filter the gas to remove particulates, volatiles, or vapors from the gas.

US Pat. No. 10,919,239

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FABRICATING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a composite structure, the method comprising:placing at least a first layer of reinforcement material on a surface of a tool; and
wrapping at least a first layer of veil material around the first layer of reinforcement material while the first layer of reinforcement material is positioned on the tool to produce a first reinforced ply, wherein the step of wrapping the first layer of veil material comprises relative axial rotation and longitudinal movement between the tool and a spool of veil material to spirally wrap the first layer of veil material around the first layer of reinforcement material such that adjacent pitches of the first layer of veil material overlap one another, and wherein a speed of the relative axial rotation and longitudinal movement between the tool and the spool of veil material is varied during the wrapping so as to provide a variable overlap of adjacent pitches of the first layer of veil material such that an amount of the first layer of veil material applied to the first layer of reinforcement material is varied along a length of the first reinforced ply such that a strength of the first reinforced ply is varied along its length.

US Pat. No. 10,919,238

METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN INDUCTIVE HEATING CIRCUIT TO SEAL A PACKAGING MATERIAL

1. A method of controlling an inductive heating circuit, having a varying load, to seal a packaging material, the inductive heating circuit having an induction power generator coupled to the varying load, the method comprising:generating AC power of at least two frequencies on at least one inductor in the inductive heating circuit,
determining the resulting phase shift (?) in the inductive heating circuit from the current generated at the at least two frequencies,
determining the impedance (z) of the inductive heating circuit for each of the at least two frequencies,
determining a load characteristics of the inductive heating circuit based on the relationship between the determined impedance and the determined phase shift,
determining an impedance operating range (zmin, zmax), and
selecting an AC output frequency for the induction power generator based on the load characteristics which results in the least amount of phase shift from a set ideal value and which is associated with an impedance that is within the impedance operating range.

US Pat. No. 10,919,237

PICK AND PLACE END EFFECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

11. An end effector comprising:a vacuum source interface formed in a first wall and in fluid communication with a vacuum chamber;
a plurality of vacuum ports formed from a plurality of hollow protrusions extending from a second wall, the plurality of vacuum ports in fluid communication with the vacuum chamber;
the vacuum chamber formed by the first wall, the second wall, and a lip, wherein the lip contacts both the first wall and the second wall, and wherein the plurality of vacuum ports is connected to the vacuum chamber receiving a vacuum from the vacuum source interface; and
a pressure envelope separated from the vacuum chamber by the second wall and configured to apply pneumatic pressure to a composite material such that the composite material is separated from the end effector, wherein ends of the plurality of hollow protrusions are flush with an end of the lip extending from the second wall.

US Pat. No. 10,919,236

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF WINDOWS/DOORS

Graf Synergy S.r.l., Non...

1. A process for the manufacture of windows/doors (1), wherein said process comprises the following steps:providing at least one inner panel (2) for windows/doors;
providing a plurality of plastic profiled elements (3) for windows/doors, each of said profiled elements (3) comprising at least two areas to seal (5), coupleable to the areas to seal (5) of the other profiled elements (3), and at least one longitudinal slot (6), in which a respective perimeter side (4) of said inner panel (2) is insertable;
wherein said profiled elements (3) comprise at least a first longitudinal portion (7), a second longitudinal portion (8) and a third longitudinal portion (9) mutually arranged substantially in a C pattern, with said first longitudinal portion (7) and said second longitudinal portion (8) which extend from said third longitudinal portion (9) and define said longitudinal slot (6) between them, wherein said longitudinal profiled elements (7, 8, 9) are made separately from each other and assembled later;
performing a step of mechanical machining by chip removal on at least one of said areas to seal (5), which comprises the step of forming a groove (11) at at least one of said areas to seal (5);
heating said areas to seal (5);
coupling said heated areas to seal (5) to one another by pressing said profiled elements (3) one against the other to maintain said areas to seal (5) in mutual contact and define the frame for windows/doors, said coupling taking place with said inner panel (2) inserted in said longitudinal slots (6) to define a window/door (1) which is composed by said frame and by said inner panel (2) contained in said frame said step of coupling the areas to seal (5) comprising a sub-step of melting the areas to seal (5) between them to define a sealing bead and a sub-step of making a containing compartment defined by said groove (11), in which said sealing bead is made inside said containing compartment;
wherein said step of forming a groove (11) is implemented by an operation by chip removal on a peripheral edge of at least one of said profiled elements (3);
wherein said groove (11) is formed only on said second longitudinal portion (8) and on said third longitudinal portion (9), while said first longitudinal portion (7) is completely leveled at the same working depth corresponding to the working depth of said groove (11), said profiled elements (3) being sealed together by melting and mutual union of said second longitudinal portions (8) and of said third longitudinal portions (9), while said first longitudinal portions (7) are not heated and, during said step of coupling, approach substantially snugly without melting.

US Pat. No. 10,919,235

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY OPENING A CONNECTION SITE

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

1. A connection system comprising a connection forming apparatus for forming a heat-bonded connection site seal line between two hollow, flexible, thermoplastic segments of a medical fluid flow path, the heat-bonded connection site seal line having an axis, and a connection site opening station for opening the heat-bonded connection site, wherein the connection site opening station includes: a roller having a first substantially cylindrical surface rotatable about a first axis and a plate having a second substantially planar surface facing the first cylindrical surface, one of the roller and the plate being moveable perpendicular to the first axis of the roller between a first position in which the facing surfaces are spaced apart sufficiently to receive the two segments and the heat bonded connection site seal line between the facing surfaces and a second position in which the facing surfaces apply a force to the connection site substantially in alignment with the connection site seal line axis and the roller being movable laterally back and forth relative to the plate when in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,234

WELDING HEAD

1. A welding head for welding a lid to a container having an opening device, the welding head comprising:a welding element for welding the lid to the opening device of the container comprising at least two gripping members for holding the lid during welding; and
a compensating device configured to center the welding element relative to the lid upon detection of a misalignment between the welding element and the lid comprising:
a first component facing away from the welding element; and
a second component facing towards the welding element,
wherein the at least two gripping members are configured to position the second component based on a position of the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,919,233

SELF-CLAMPING SELF-CURING BOND METHOD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corpora...

1. A method of bonding a first member to a second member, comprising:placing a multi-layer adhesive material between the first member and the second member, wherein the multi-layer adhesive material includes a resistive heating element, at least one layer of adhesive material, and at least one permeable layer;
engaging the first member to the second member using the multi-layer adhesive material to form a joint;
generating heat in the multi-layer adhesive material using the resistive heating element to bond the at least one adhesive material to one of the first member and the second member; and
removing gas from between the first member and second member via the at least one permeable layer.

US Pat. No. 10,919,232

STRAPPING DEVICE WITH AN ULTRASONIC WELDING DEVICE

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A strapping device comprising:a tensioning roller rotatable to tension a strap around a load;
an ultrasonic welding device configured to ultrasonically weld two overlapping portions of the strap to one another, the ultrasonic welding device comprising:
an ultrasound converter arranged on a converter longitudinal axis and configured to generate and transmit ultrasonic vibrations; and
a sonotrode arranged on the converter longitudinal axis and configured to receive the ultrasonic vibrations from the ultrasound converter,
wherein the sonotrode comprises a contact surface comprising a textured planar portion and a textured curved portion, wherein the curved portion of the contact surface curves away from a strap longitudinal axis of the overlapping portions of the strap,
wherein the sonotrode is movable from a non-use position in which the contact surface does not contact the strap to a use position in which the contact surface contacts one of the overlapping portions of the strap and transmits the ultrasonic vibrations to that one of the overlapping portions of the strap, and
wherein the contact surface is oriented so the textured planar portion of the contact surface is oriented at an angle ? with respect to the converter longitudinal axis, wherein the angle ? is acute; and
a blade movable to cut the strap from a strap supply to form a tensioned loop of strap around the load.

US Pat. No. 10,919,231

METHOD OF JOINING TWO OBJECTS

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of joining a first and a second object, the method comprising the steps of:providing the first object comprising a first material and the second object comprising a second material, wherein the first material is solid and comprises thermoplastic properties and wherein the second material is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state, the second object further comprising an opening having a depth and the first object further comprising an insert portion having a length and a proximal portion proximally of the insert portion, wherein the opening, the proximal portion and the insert portion are adapted to each other for the insert portion to be positioned in the opening with an interference fit, and for the proximal portion not to be able to be introduced into the opening, and wherein said first and second materials constitute at least part of opposite surface areas of insert portion and opening pressed against each other in the interference fit,
establishing the interference fit by placing the insert portion in the opening and applying an interference force between the opposite surface areas of the insert portion and the opening;
after establishing the interference fit, anchoring the insert portion in the opening by transferring energy suitable for liquefaction of the first material to the vicinity of said opposite surface areas in an amount and for a time sufficient, for liquefaction of a flow portion of the first material, the flow portion of the first material being material of the insert portion, and interpenetration of the second material by the flow portion in a vicinity of said opposite surface areas;
stopping the transfer of energy for a time sufficient for the first material liquefied during the step of anchoring to re-solidify and thereby establish anchoring of the insert portion in the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,919,230

NODE WITH CO-PRINTED INTERCONNECT AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING SAME

DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an additively manufactured node; and
an additively manufactured interconnect co-printed with the node, wherein the interconnect is configured to connect the node to a component;
wherein the node comprises a channel extending from an exterior surface of the node to a socket for adhesion injection, and a second channel extending from the exterior surface of the node to the socket for enabling at least a partial vacuum environment during adhesion injection.

US Pat. No. 10,919,229

POLYMERIC MATERIAL FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A printer cartridge for use in a three-dimensional printer system, wherein the printer cartridge containsa spool; and
a polymeric material;
wherein the polymeric material is carried by the spool,
wherein the polymeric material is formed from a thermoplastic composition containing a continuous phase that includes a matrix polymer comprising a polyester, a polyolefin, a styrenic polymer, or a combination thereof wherein the matrix polymer constitutes from about 60 wt. % to about 99 wt. % of the thermoplastic composition,
wherein a polymeric microinclusion additive and a polymeric nanoinclusion additive are dispersed within the continuous phase in the form of discrete domains wherein the microinclusion additive is present in the thermoplastic composition in an amount of from about 0.1 wt.% to about 30 wt.% and the nanoinclusion additive is present in the thermoplastic composition in an amount of from about 0.01 wt.% to about 15 wt.%; and further
wherein a porous network is defined in the polymeric material that includes a plurality of nanopores having an average cross-sectional dimension of about 800 nanometers or less, wherein the nanopores constitute about 20 vol.% or more of the total pore volume of the material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,228

DEFINITION OF A SHIELD FEATURE FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. Additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:a controller to:
receive object data relating to an object to be generated;
define print data for additive manufacture of the object by ejection of a print agent on build material in a pattern corresponding to selective fusing of the build material, wherein the print data is defined based on the object data so that the pattern defines a shield feature embedded within the object to inhibit fusing of build material corresponding to the shield feature relative build material corresponding to an adjacent portion of the object; and
a print agent distributor to eject a print agent on build material based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 10,919,227

MANUFACTURING SYSTEM FOR USE IN SPACE

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A system comprising:an additive manufacturing apparatus configured to perform an additive manufacturing process using a feedstock supplied thereto, thereby to produce an article;
a feedstock storage module configured to supply feedstock to the additive manufacturing apparatus;
a machining apparatus configured to perform a machining process;
a controller configured to control operation of the additive manufacturing apparatus and the machining apparatus; and
a recycling module configured to receive a waste material and to produce the feedstock therefrom, and to transfer the produced feedstock to the feedstock storage module; wherein
the additive manufacturing apparatus and the machining apparatus comprise a common heat source, the additive manufacturing apparatus is configured to use the common heat source to perform the additive manufacturing process, and the machining apparatus is configured to use the common heat source to perform the machining process.

US Pat. No. 10,919,226

POWDER MODULE FOR AN APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Concept Laser GmbH, Lich...

1. A powder module for an apparatus for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects, the powder module comprising:a powder chamber defining a powder room configured to receive a powdered construction material;
a support structure configured to support the powder chamber;
a carrying device disposed within the powder room and defining a bottom portion of the powder room, the carrying device being movably supported relative to the powder chamber; and
a drive device configured to move the carrying device relative to the powder chamber;
wherein a maximum traveling distance of the carrying device is from 1,050 millimeters to 2,000 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,919,225

INLET FOR BUILD MATERIAL CONTAINER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A build material container comprising:an outlet through an outer surface of the build material container to enable build material to be extracted from the build material container; and
an inlet through the outer surface of the build material container to enable a forced airflow to enter into the build material container in use, the inlet having a longitudinal axis and comprising:
a tubular structure comprising a first element having an inner face forming a first aperture, and a second element having an outer face forming a second aperture, the first aperture and the second aperture to pass the forced airflow and being non-aligned along at least one axis which passes through each of the inner face and the outer face and is parallel to the longitudinal axis, wherein the first element and second element are to disrupt the forced airflow entering into the build material container in use.

US Pat. No. 10,919,224

LEVELING SYSTEM FOR 3D PRINTER

IO Tech Group, Ltd., Lon...

1. A leveling system for a 3D printing system for laser dispensing, said leveling system comprising:a first frame supported at its corners by respective actuators of a first set of actuators, said first frame supporting an optical plane within which material dispensed by laser irradiation is disposed; and
a second frame supported at its corners by respective actuators of a second set of actuators and by said respective actuators of said first set of actuators so as to passively maintain a fixed gap between said optical plane and a receiving medium plane and supporting said receiving medium plane within which a substrate on which said material dispensed by laser irradiation is disposed;
wherein each of the actuators of the first and second sets is configured to be operated independently under the control of a controller to displace a respective corner of one of said first or second frame in a direction orthogonal to a reference frame on which the leveling system rests and maintain parallelism of the optical and receiving medium planes.

US Pat. No. 10,919,223

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PRINT HEAD

JABIL INC., St. Petersbu...

1. An additive manufacturing device for extruding filament into successive layers comprising:a platform being translatable in a first direction to receive the filament in the successive layers;
a printhead being translatable in second and third directions each being orthogonal to one another and the first direction;
wherein, the printhead includes:
a nozzle having an elongated body having first and second opposing longitudinal ends and an interior chamber extending between the first and second longitudinal ends;
wherein the filament is fed into the first end of the nozzle, into the chamber, heated in at least a portion of the chamber, and extruded from the second end of the nozzle;
first and second hobs forming a filament feed channel there between proximate the first end of the nozzle and substantially aligned to the interior chamber of the nozzle so as to feed the filament into the first end of the nozzle, such that at least a portion of the nozzle is between portions of the first and second hobs;
a first plurality of teeth peripherally extending from the first hob to engage the filament in the filament feed channel;
a hob arm having first and second opposing ends;
a cam coupled to the hob arm proximate to the first end of the hob arm;
at least one adjustable threaded force element coupled to the cam;
wherein the second hob is coupled to the hob arm proximate the second end of the hob arm;
a servo motor having a shaft extending towards and coupled to the first hob to directly impart rotational movement to the first hob; and
wherein an adjustable biasing force applied through the hob arm causes movement of the second hob relative to the first hob;
wherein the movement of the second hob adjusts the force applied to the filament in the filament feed channel by the first and second hobs.

US Pat. No. 10,919,222

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS INTO EXISTING COMPONENTS

8. A print head for an additive manufacturing system, comprising:a matrix reservoir configured to receive and wet a continuous fiber with a liquid matrix to form a matrix-wetted fiber;
a first channel fluidly connected to the matrix reservoir at a leading side of the print head and configured to discharge the matrix-wetted fiber;
a second channel located to trail the first channel relative to a travel direction of the print head, the second channel operatively connected to the first channel and configured to discharge at least one of a wire and an optical fiber into a bed formed by the matrix-wetted fiber discharged by the first channel;
a third channel located at a side of the second channel opposite the first channel, wherein the third channel is configured to discharge a thermoplastic matrix over the at least one of the wire and the optical fiber; and
a cutter mounted to a leading side of the print head and configured to form a groove into which the matrix-wetted fiber and the at least one of the wire and the optical fiber are discharged, wherein the third channel is located at a trailing side of the print head to close off the groove with the thermoplastic matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,919,221

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PRINT HEAD

JABIL INC., St. Petersbu...

1. A print head for additive manufacturing, comprising:two proximate hobs suitable to receive and extrude therebetween a print material filament for the additive manufacturing, each of the two hobs comprising two opposing halves, wherein each of the hob halves comprises teeth that are offset with respect to the teeth of the opposing hob half;
a motor capable of imparting a rotation to at least one of the two hobs, wherein the extrusion results from the rotation; and
an interface to a hot end capable of outputting the print material filament after at least partial liquification to perform the additive manufacturing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,220

DIRECTED INK DEPOSITION OF ADDITIVE MATERIAL USING A NEEDLE BRUSH

CARBON DESIGN INNOVATIONS...

1. An apparatus for precisely depositing controlled quantities of a material comprising:a stage moveable in an x axis and an orthogonal y axis;
a first needle incorporated into a probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM), the first needle having an adjustable position in the x axis and the y axis relative to the stage, the first needle having a tip;
a second needle having a tip, the second needle having a an adjustable vertical offset with respect to the first needle, the adjustable vertical offset being substantially perpendicular to the stage and in a z axis direction orthogonal to both the x axis and the y axis;
the adjustable vertical offset comprising an actuator coupled to the second needle, the actuator operative to cause the tip of the second needle to be a different height above the stage than the tip of the first needle;
the tip of the first needle operative to move in a substantially parallel x-y plane with respect to the stage;
the adjustable position of the first needle monitored by the AFM, the AFM operative to establish the different height of the second needle, the second needle configured to deposit additive material from the second needle onto the stage or a work piece via capillary action;
the second needle operative to receive additive material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,219

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATIVELY MANUFACTURING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

EOS GmbH Electro Optical ...

1. A method of generatively manufacturing a three-dimensional object in a process chamber of a generative manufacturing apparatus by a layer-by-layer application and selective solidification of a building material within a build area arranged in the process chamber, the build area having a build surface exposed to an interior of the process chamber, the method comprising:supplying a process gas to the process chamber during manufacture of the object, the process gas being supplied by a gas supply device and being discharged from the process chamber via an outlet,
the gas supply device is designed and/or arranged relatively to the build area and/or controlled such that a gas stream of the process gas streaming through the process chamber is shaped in such a manner that a substantially elongate oval impingement area of the gas stream is generated at the build surface within the build area, the gas stream is shaped by the gas supply device to present an elongate oval shape to the gas stream into the process chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,919,218

INTERLACE CALIBRATION AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for calibrating an additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:forming a first solidified portion within a first scan region, wherein the first solidified portion within the first scan region is formed by irradiating a build material while a build unit is in a first location; and
forming a second solidified portion within a second scan region, wherein the second solidified portion within the second scan region is formed by irradiating the build material while the build unit is in a second location different from said first location, wherein:
the additive manufacturing apparatus is calibrated based on at least one of: a degree of offset of the first and second solidified portions, and a degree of overlap of the first and second solidified portions; and
the first solidified portion comprises a first series of solidification lines and the second solidified portion comprises a second series of solidification lines, wherein the first and second series of solidification lines are formed as a Vernier scale.

US Pat. No. 10,919,217

THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) PRINTING BUILD MATERIAL COMPOSITION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A three-dimensional printing build material composition, comprising:polymer particles; and
a radiation absorbing additive mixed uniformly with the polymer particles, the radiation absorbing additive having a particle size ranging from about 1 ?m to about 100 ?m, and the radiation absorbing additive capable of absorbing incident radiation having wavelengths ranging from 700 nm to 10 ?m and wherein the radiation absorbing additive only allows less than 10% of incident radiation having wavelengths ranging from 600 nm to 700 nm to be absorbed, wherein the radiation absorbing additive is an organic near-infrared absorber selected from the group consisting of cyanines, phthalocyanines, tetraaryldiamines, triarylamines, metal dithiolenes, rare earth complexes, nonconjugated polymers, conjugated quinoid polymers, conjugated dye-containing polymers, donor-acceptor conjugated polymers, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,919,216

FOIL DEPOSITION ONTO AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED SUBSTRATE

1. An additive manufacturing system for forming a part of dissimilar materials, the additive manufacturing system comprising:a build platform;
a recoater configured for distributing build powder over the build platform;
a feed assembly comprising:
a first roller configured to feed a sheet of material therefrom,
a second roller configured to receive the sheet of material thereon, and
a frame supporting the second roller and configured to laterally pivot and telescope so that the second roller is movable relative to the first roller to extend a portion of the sheet of material over the build platform; and
a directed energy source configured for melting selected portions of the build powder and selected portions of the sheet of material to form the part.

US Pat. No. 10,919,215

ELECTROSTATIC POLYMER AEROSOL DEPOSITION AND FUSING OF SOLID PARTICLES FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising; a powder source; an aerosol generator to use a flow of gas to aerosolize powder from the source to produce an aerosol powder; a deposition surface; a surface charging element to apply a blanket charge to the deposition surface; a charging print head to selectively remove portions of the blanket charge from the deposition surface; and a transport system comprising one of either a second flow of gas or a vacuum, to transport the aerosol powder from the aerosol generator to the deposition surface, the transport system having an aerosol charging element to apply charge opposite of the blanket charge to the aerosol powder within the transport system such that the aerosol forms the part being manufactured on portions of the deposition surface where charge remains; a nozzle to receive the aerosol powder from the transport system to dispense the aerosol powder onto the deposition surface; and a movable object production stage to hold the deposition surface, the movable object production stage being translatable relative to the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,214

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing apparatus of a structure in which the structure is manufactured by laminating a modeling layer which becomes the structure while supporting the structure under formation with a support member, the apparatus comprising:a transfer member;
a liquid ejection head, having an ejection port through which a liquid is ejected, which ejects the liquid forming the modeling layer on a surface of the transfer member;
a support filling mechanism configured to load the support member at the periphery of the formed modeling layer on the surface of the transfer member;
a regulating member having a regulating surface;
a first ascending-descending mechanism is connected with the regulating surface and configured to ascend and descend the regulating surface relative to the transfer member;
a controller programmed to control the first ascending-descending mechanism to descend the regulating surface so as to dispose the regulating surface on the prepared modeling layer on the transfer member to bring the regulating surface into contact with the upper surface of the modeling layer which is at the opposite side of the transfer member,
wherein the controller controls the support filling mechanism to load a fluid material for forming the support member, which is different from a material of the modeling layer, into a gap between the transfer member and the regulating member in the periphery of the modeling layer and solidifies the fluid material to form the support member with the regulating surface abutting the upper surface of the modeling layer, and
wherein the controller controls the first ascending-descending mechanism to perform the relative movement so as to remove the regulating member from a layer formed of the modeling layer and the formed support member;
a modeling plate on which the structure under formation is held; and
a second ascending-descending mechanism connected to the modeling plate and configured to ascend and descend the modeling plate relative to the transferring member,
wherein the controller controls the second ascending-descending mechanism to ascend the modeling plate such that an upper surface of the layer and the structure under formation contact with each other, and such that the second ascending-descending mechanism transfers the layer formed of the modeling layer and the support member to the structure under formation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,213

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FABRICATING COLORED 3D OBJECT

ZHUHAI SAILNER 3D TECHNOL...

1. A method for fabricating a colored 3D object by layer-by-layer printing, comprising:layering a target object;
obtaining molding data corresponding to each layer of the target object according to structural information and color information of each layer of the target object, the molding data including layer-structure data and layer-color data
forming, based on the layer-structure data of the target object, a layer-structure product by printing of a molding material, wherein the molding material is ejected with an ejection and the layer-structure product has a structure including a grid structure with openings;
forming a layer-print product by printing color inks on the layer-structure product based on the layer-color data of the target object, wherein the color inks are printed synchronously or following the formation of the layer-structure product; and
repeatedly forming the layer-print product to provide a plurality of the layer-print products, and fabricating the colored 3D object from the plurality of the layer-print products, stacked one on another, wherein
the molding material is ejected by a print head with a plurality of ejection orifices, the plurality of ejection orifices including first orifices and second orifices,
the molding material is only ejected through the first orifices, and
the printing color inks is ejected through the second orifices to the openings of the grid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,212

MECHANIZED INVERTER FOR PIPE LINERS

10. A method for installing a pipe liner into a host pipe, the method comprising:providing an inverter configured to invert said pipe liner by introducing pressure into said pipe liner,
providing a top roller;
providing an assist system located between said inverter and said top roller, said assist system comprising:
a main housing having a main housing top and a main housing bottom, and each of said main housing top and said main housing bottom having an opening;
a first motor driving a first interior roller in a first direction;
a second motor driving a second interior roller in a direction oposite to said first direction;
placing said pipe liner onto said top roller; and
feeding said pipe liner through said assist system into said inverter.

US Pat. No. 10,919,211

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a display device, the method comprising:placing a processing object on a stage, the processing object comprising a first film member and a second film member, the first and second film members being partially adhered to each other by a first adhesive layer; and
bending the first film member of the processing object such that a part of one side of the first film member surrounds a part of an outer side of a bending area of a second film member of the processing object and the first and second film members are further adhered to each other by a second adhesive layer, the first and second adhesive layers being spaced apart from each other on opposite sides of a bent portion of the first and second film members,
wherein an empty gap is formed between the bent portion of the first film member and the bent portion of the second film member along an entire distance between the first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer,
wherein the first film member comprises a first flexible printed circuit board, and
wherein the second film member comprises a display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,210

ORGANO-SHEET FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. An organo-sheet for manufacturing a structural component formed as door inner skin, door module, or assembly carrier of a motor vehicle door, the organo-sheet comprising:a plate-shaped semi-finished product of thermoplastic material with embedded continuous fibers,
wherein at least two intersecting continuous fibers are positioned in only a single layer of a matrix of the semi-finished product in angular positions to each other and wherein respective ones of the at least two intersecting continuous fibers are connected to each other at each of intersection points of the intersecting continuous fibers,
first continuous fibers being oriented in a pull-off direction of a window pane of a window lifter, and
each of second continuous fibers being oriented in a loading direction of at least one additional functional element of the motor vehicle door mounted on the structural component of the motor vehicle door; and
adapters being located in an edge region of the organo-sheet, the adapters having a mounting opening and a plurality of ribs extending out from the mounting opening along a surface of the plate-shaped semi-finished product.

US Pat. No. 10,919,209

METHOD OF FORMING A DENTAL APPLIANCE

Align Technology, Inc., ...

14. A method of forming a dental appliance, comprising:mixing two or more urethane prepolymer components with one or more curatives to initiate a chemical reaction of the two or more urethane prepolymer components;
directly injecting the mixture into a positive dentition mold as the dental appliance and partially curing the dental appliance to a semi-solid state; and
fully curing the dental appliance from the semi-solid state by exposure to energy until the dental appliance thermosets.

US Pat. No. 10,919,208

LIQUID BLOW MOLDING METHOD AND LIQUID BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A liquid blow molding method for molding a bottomed tubular-shaped preform into a liquid-containing container in which a content liquid is held, the liquid blow molding method comprising:a first supply step of supplying, through a first supply path, a first liquid at a predetermined pressure into the preform that has been heated to a predetermined temperature to liquid blow mold the preform;
a second supply step of supplying, through a second supply path that is different from the first supply path, a second liquid into the preform after or simultaneously with the supply of the first liquid, wherein:
the second liquid includes properties that prevent the first liquid and the second liquid from maintaining a uniform mixed state;
a suck-back step, performed after the preform is liquid blow molded into the container having a predetermined shape in the first supply step, of sucking out a predetermined amount of the first liquid from the container that has been molded in the predetermined shape in the first supply step; and
in the second supply step, the second liquid is supplied into the container from which the predetermined amount of the first liquid has been sucked out in the suck-back step.

US Pat. No. 10,919,207

BLOW MOULDING MACHINE, PREFORMS, SYSTEM AND PROCESS

INTEGRATED PLASTICS PTY L...

1. A non-incremental, continuously rotating, stretch-blow-moulding machine fed with non-symmetric injection moulded preforms with integral handles and producing stretch-blow-moulding of containers with integral handles from the non-symmetric injection moulded preforms with integral handles; the body portion of the preform and the integral handle constituted from the same material; the machine including a preform orientation system to orient the handle of the preform into a known orientation at arrival at a pick off position; orientation of the handles controlled during transfer of the preforms by a transfer system from the pick off position to a preheating stage of the machine; manipulation of the preforms respectively concurrently aligning axes of the body portions of the preforms with axes of preform supporting mandrels of the preheating stage and aligning the handles of the preforms for controlled preheating of the preforms while the preheating stage is in continuous rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,205

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF AN ELONGATED PRODUCT, AND ELONGATED PRODUCT

LEONI Kabel GmbH, Roth (...

1. A method for producing an elongated product, which comprises the steps of:continuously conveying a core of the elongated product through an extrusion head of an extrusion unit;
extruding, via the extrusion unit, a material with a constant flow rate onto the core in a form of a sheath with a predetermined substantially constant wall thickness;
feeding the elongated product in a conveying direction to a molding unit downstream of the extrusion unit and while the material is still moldable;
backing up in the conveying direction part of the material via the molding unit by displacing part of the material relative to a remaining part of the material resulting in backed-up material; and
forming a molded part from the backed-up material in one piece on the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,919,204

CONTINUOUS REINFORCEMENT FOR USE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite structure, comprising:interspersing continuous primary fibers with elongated sections of secondary fibers to form a continuous reinforcement, wherein a majority of the elongated sections of secondary fibers extend within 0-20° of orthogonal to the continuous primary fibers and at least to an axial center of the continuous reinforcement;
directing the continuous reinforcement into a print head;
wetting the continuous reinforcement with a matrix;
discharging the wetted continuous reinforcement from the print head;
directing a cure energy from a print head-mounted cure enhancer onto an outer surface of the wetted continuous reinforcement as the wetted continuous reinforcement discharges from the print head; and
directing the cure energy through the elongated sections of secondary fibers to the axial center of the continuous reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,919,203

ARTICLES FORMED WITH BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS AND BIODEGRADABILITY CHARACTERISTICS THEREOF

BIOLOGIQ, INC., Idaho Fa...

1. An article comprising:polymeric content comprising:
a starch-based polymeric material formed from at least a first starch and a plasticizer; and
one or more polyolefins selected from the group consisting of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene;
wherein at least 25% of carbon atoms of the one or more polyolefins become at least one of carbon dioxide or methane at about 180 days in simulated landfill conditions or simulated compost conditions;
wherein the starch-based polymeric material has a crystallinity of less than about 20%, and resists recrystallization, a water content no greater than 2% by weight, and the starch-based polymeric material and one or more polyolefins exhibit a lack of sea-island features when blended together to form the article.

US Pat. No. 10,919,202

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING INJECTION-MOLDED ARTICLE

CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD....

1. A molding system for preparing an injection-molded article, comprising:a molding machine, including a barrel, a screw mounted for moving within the barrel, a driving motor driving the screw to move a molding resin;
a mold disposed on the molding machine and connected to the barrel of the molding machine to receive the molding resin, and having a mold cavity for being filled with the molding resin;
a processing module configured to simulate an anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin in the mold cavity based on a molding condition for the molding machine, wherein the anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin is simulated based in part on an elastic effect of the molding resin; and
a controller operably communicating with the processing module to receive the simulated anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin and with the molding machine to be configured to control the driving motor of the molding machine with the molding condition to move the screw to transfer the molding resin at a desired flow rate according to the simulated anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin to perform an actual molding process for preparing the injection-molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,919,201

BLIND INSTALLATION OF INJECTION MOLD COMPONENTS

1. A system for blind installation of parts to an injection molding machine, the system comprising:a shuttle plate defining at least one locking mechanism, wherein each said locking mechanism has an installation area and a lock area, and each said installation area is larger than each said lock area; and
an injection mold component defining a notch that has a corresponding geometry to said lock area such that said injection mold component is configured to be inserted into said installation area and said shuttle plate is configured to move to seat said notch into said lock area and secure said injection mold component to said shuttle plate, wherein said injection mold component is one of a knockout rod, a slide, a sleeve, a stripper, a core, a cavity, an ejector pin, or a change component.

US Pat. No. 10,919,200

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS

MOLD-MASTERS (2007) LIMIT...

1. A melt delivery body for an injection molding apparatus including a manifold plate and a machine nozzle to deliver a melt to the melt delivery body, the melt delivery body comprising:a manifold, housed in the manifold plate, including a melt network, the melt network having
an inlet for receiving the melt from the machine nozzle,
outlets, with each outlet of the outlets for distributing the melt to a respective nozzle, and
melt channels interconnecting the inlet with the outlets, wherein a first outlet of the outlets is substantially axially aligned with the inlet;
an in-line valve gated nozzle aligned in a linear configuration with the machine nozzle and a gate of a mold cavity, the in-line valve gated nozzle having a nozzle melt channel for receiving the melt from the first outlet of the melt network of the manifold and delivering the melt to the mold cavity, the nozzle melt channel of the in-line valve gated nozzle being substantially axially aligned with the inlet and the first outlet of the melt network;
a coupler and an inlet body coupling the in-line valve gated nozzle to the manifold, wherein the coupler defines a coupler melt channel and the inlet body defines an inlet body melt channel, the coupler melt channel and the inlet body melt channel together defining a connector melt channel to deliver the melt from the first outlet of the melt network of the manifold to the nozzle melt channel of the in-line valve gated nozzle;
a valve pin disposed in the nozzle melt channel of the in-line valve gated nozzle to regulate a rate at which the melt is dispensed from the in-line valve gated nozzle;
a valve pin actuator coupled to the valve pin, the valve pin actuator being positioned between the manifold and the in-line valve gated nozzle and being substantially axially aligned with the in-line valve gated nozzle, the valve pin actuator for controlling movement of the valve pin within the nozzle melt channel of the in-line valve gated nozzle; and
a retainer attached to a downstream end of the valve pin actuator, the retainer housing a biasing member and an upstream portion of the in-line valve gated nozzle, the biasing member being positioned to bias the in-line valve gated nozzle and the inlet body towards the manifold, and being positioned to accommodate heat expansion of the inlet body.

US Pat. No. 10,919,199

COMPOSITE COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE COMPONENT

1. A method for producing a composite component, the method comprising:molding a body from a plastic material, such that the molded body has at least one recess arranged adjacent to at least one respective projection;
pressing the at least one respective projection such that the plastic material of the molded body is thereby displaced into and closes off, as seen in cross-sectional view, an opening-side region of the at least one recess adjacent thereto; and
introducing flowable filler material into the at least one recess and solidifying the filler material,
wherein the filler material is an electrically conductive filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,197

DEVICE FOR REINFORCING, SEALING OR INSULATING A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. A device for reinforcing, sealing or insulating a structural element in a motor vehicle, comprising:a support having (i) a clip for pre-fixing the device in the structural element, wherein the clip comprises a base and two flexible wings arranged on the base; and (ii) a pocket-shaped depression in a region of the clip;
an adhesive for adhesively bonding the support in the structural element; and
element that is configured to be inserted into an interspace between the base and the wings of the clip so that when the device is pre-fixed on the structural element by the clip the flexible wings are restricted in their freedom of movement, and the insertion element comprising a foot that engages in the pocket-shaped depression once the insertion element is inserted into the clip.

US Pat. No. 10,919,196

METHOD FOR MAKING A BICYCLE SADDLE

VELO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD....

1. A method for making a bicycle saddle, the bicycle saddle comprising a load-bearing shell, a padding disposed on the shell, and a cover covering tightly over the padding, the padding comprising a supporting layer and a pressure-bearing layer, the supporting layer including a first upper surface, a first side surface, a first convex arc surface connecting the first upper surface and the first side surface, and a first under surface attached onto the upper surface of the shell, the pressure-bearing layer including a second upper surface, a second side surface, a second convex arc surface connecting the second upper surface and the second side surface, and a second under surface with a second concave arc portion, the second upper surface, the second side surface and the second convex arc surface being tightly covered by the cover, the second under surface being bonded on the upper surface of the supporting layer, the second concave arc portion being bonded onto the first convex arc surface of the supporting layer, the second side surface of the pressure-bearing layer having a first lower end, the concave arc portion of the pressure-bearing layer having a second lower end joining to the first lower end of the second side surface to define an outer edge, the outer edge being connected with an upper end of the first side surface of the supporting layer; the method comprising the following steps:placing a cover, which has a main area and a circumferential area extending from the main area, onto a mold cavity of a female mold by vacuum suction in a way that the main area of the cover is attached to an inner wall of the mold cavity and the circumferential area of the cover extends beyond an edge of the mold cavity;
pouring a pressure-loading layer of a temper foam material into the mold cavity and keeping the mold cavity at a molding temperature being higher than room temperature;
placing two first male molds into the mold cavity for defining a first closed portion between the main area of the cover and the two first male molds to provide a biasing force, and maintaining the two first male molds in such closed condition a first period of time for foaming the temper foam material into the pressure-loading layer according to the shape of the first closed portion;
removing the two first molds;
pouring a supporting layer of an ordinary foam material into the mold cavity;
coupling a shell made of a rigid or semi-rigid plastic material to a second male mold;
closing the mold cavity by the second male mold for defining a second closed portion between the shell and the pressure-loading layer and maintaining the second male mold in such closed condition a second period of time for foaming the ordinary foam material into the supporting layer according to the shape of the second closed portion, and
removing the second male mold and extracting a finished bicycle saddle;
wherein the inner wall of the mold cavity has a concave arc surface, each of the two first male molds has a bottom surface with a convex arc portion corresponding to the concave arc surface of the mold cavity to define a meniscus edge in the first closed portion of the mold cavity for allowing the pressure-bearing layer to have the outer edge connected with the upper end of the first side surface of the supporting layer such that the finished bicycle saddle has a smooth outer side surface for providing a comfortable contact during riding,
wherein each of the two first male molds has an upper portion, the second male mold has a bottom surface, and the second male mold abuts against the upper portion of each of the two first male molds with the bottom surface thereof to provide a biasing force on each of the two first male molds.

US Pat. No. 10,919,195

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by using a mold on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a detection unit configured to irradiate a first mark of the mold and a second mark of the substrate with first light, detect the first light from the first mark and the second mark, and measure a position deviation between the first mark and the second mark;
a heating unit configured to irradiate the substrate via the mold with second light different in wavelength from the first light, and heat the substrate to deform the shot region with the second light; and
a control unit configured to control alignment between the mold and the substrate based on the position deviation measured by the detection unit,
a wavelength selection element configured to suppress incidence, to the detection unit, of the second light reflected by at least one of the mold and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,919,194

APPARATUSES FOR DISPENSING POTTING MATERIAL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A potting-press assembly for injecting potting material into at least a portion of a workpiece, the potting-press assembly comprising:a chassis;
a potting press, pivotally coupled to the chassis, the potting press comprising a pressure head and a sleeve, removably coupled to the pressure head, wherein a pressurized-gas passage extends through the pressure head of the potting press; and
a control unit, fixed to the chassis and configured to cause the potting press to be selectively pressurized.

US Pat. No. 10,919,193

PRODUCTION OF TEXTILE COMPOSITE MATERIAL PREFORMS

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for producing textile composite material preforms, comprising the acts of:laterally cutting a planar structure of one or a plurality of textile composite materials into textile composite material portions prior to compression molding; and
after the act of laterally cutting, compression molding of the textile composite material portions to produce the textile composite material preforms;
wherein a respective textile composite material portion prior to the compression molding is fixed to a first carrier;
wherein the respective textile composite material portion is fixed to the first carrier by stitching and configuring a seam having a seam material;
wherein the first carrier after the compression molding is released from a lower side of the respective produced textile composite material preform;
wherein the first carrier after the compression molding is released from the lower side of the respective produced textile composite material preform by unpicking the seam and/or by a cut within the seam that follows a contour or the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,919,192

NARROW FLAKE COMPOSITE FIBER MATERIAL COMPRESSION MOLDING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of creating a composite component having random three-dimensional fiber orientation therethrough, the method comprising:cutting a unidirectional composite fiber tape into a plurality of flakes;
fracturing the plurality of flakes along a fiber axis to create a plurality of narrow flakes, wherein a majority of the plurality of narrow flakes has a length to width aspect ratio of at least 6:1;
pouring the plurality of narrow flakes of the unidirectional composite fiber tape into a mold reservoir shaped according to the composite component, wherein each of the plurality of narrow flakes is uncoupled to adjacent ones of the narrow flakes during said pouring, and wherein the plurality of narrow flakes settle randomly in three dimensions by virtue of the aspect ratio of at least 6:1;
heating the plurality of narrow flakes within the mold reservoir; and
compressing the plurality of narrow flakes within the mold reservoir through the mold reservoir to create the composite component, wherein the random three-dimensional orientation is maintained throughout said heating and compressing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,191

NARROW FLAKE COMPOSITE FIBER MATERIAL COMPRESSION MOLDING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of creating a composite component having random three-dimensional fiber orientation, the method comprising:transforming a unidirectional composite fiber tape into a plurality of narrow flakes, a majority of the plurality of narrow flakes having a length to width aspect ratio of at least 6:1;
pouring the plurality of narrow flakes into a reservoir of a mold in an uncoupled state such that an orientation of the plurality of narrow flakes settling within the reservoir comprises a substantially three-dimensionally random fiber orientation by virtue of the at least 6:1 aspect ratio;
heating the plurality of narrow flakes settled within the reservoir; and
compressing the plurality of narrow flakes settled within the reservoir through the mold to form the composite component, wherein the substantially three-dimensionally random fiber orientation is maintained throughout said heating and compressing steps,
wherein transforming the unidirectional composite fiber tape into the plurality of narrow flakes comprises:
cutting the unidirectional composite fiber tape into a plurality of flakes; and
fracturing the plurality of flakes along a fiber axis thereof to create the plurality of narrow flakes.

US Pat. No. 10,919,190

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A DOWN FEATHER SHEET BY HEAT INJECTION

1. A method of forming a down feather sheet comprising the steps of:i) mixing in a mixing chamber down material with a binder material in predetermined proportions to form a down/binder mixture,
ii) depositing said down/binder mixture on a conveyor in motion to form a down insulation layer of predetermined thickness,
iii) restraining exposed surfaces of said down insulation layer above said conveyor along a first conveyor length,
iv) curing said down/binder mixture in said down insulation layer by injecting heated air into said down/binder mixture at a temperature sufficient to cure said binder material and under predetermined air pressure while said down insulation layer is being displaced by said conveyor in motion to form a homogeneous down insulation sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,919,188

AGED GRANULAR MATERIAL AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN OBJECT THEREFROM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of manufacturing an object, the method comprising:subjecting virgin granular material including a combination of elements comprising a matrix material having a plurality of reinforcing fibers received therein to heat in an additive manufacturing process to form an aged granular material, the combination of elements of the aged granular material having a melt viscosity of between about 5 and about 15 grams per 10 minutes, a particle size distribution with a range in particle size of between about 50 and about 595 micrometers, an average specific enthalpy of first melt of between about 40 and about 50 Joules per gram, an average coefficient of thermal expansion of about 50 micrometers per millimeter per degrees Celsius, and an average heat of crystallization greater than about 40 Joules per gram; and
introducing the aged granular material into a molding process so as to form the object therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,919,187

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COSMETIC PRODUCTS, PREFERABLY LIPSTICKS, COCOA BUTTER LIPCARE STICKS OR LIP GLOSSES, AND RELATED MANUFACTURING MACHINE

PATENT LAB SA, Chiasso (...

1. A method for producing cosmetic products, said method comprising:providing a containment capsule or pod containing an amount of preparation for cosmetic product lower than 20 g, said capsule or pod having a cup-shaped body comprising a side wall and a bottom, the capsule or pod extending along a central axis to a height H;
introducing said pod or capsule into a pouring chamber or seat to at least ? of H;
heating said introduced pod or capsule in the pouring chamber or seat up to a predetermined temperature that causes a phase change of the preparation for cosmetic product in the pouring chamber or seat;
causing only the heated preparation for cosmetic product from the heated pod or capsule to pour into an intermediate sleeve provided with an inner cavity reproducing the negative shape of the poured cosmetic product to be obtained, the heated pod or capsule being maintained in the pouring chamber or seat, the intermediate sleeve including a lower component and an upper component;
cooling said cosmetic product poured in said intermediate sleeve;
after the cooling, removing the upper component and combining a final appliance base containing a mechanism for movement of a tube or stick with the poured cosmetic product; and
extracting, from the lower portion of the intermediate sleeve, the poured cosmetic product along with the final appliance base combined with the poured cosmetic product.

US Pat. No. 10,919,186

COLOR-BASED HEATING SYSTEM

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A system for heating a repair site of a component of fiber reinforced plastic, the system comprising:a film having color changing properties that are temperature-dependent;
a camera;
a heating plate having individually controllable heating zones, the heating plate being configured for arrangement on an opposite side of the repair site of the component from the film; and
a controller configured to use local color signals of the camera for locally controlling the individually controllable heating zones of the heating plate, such that any regions of the repair site, which correspond to one or more of the individually controllable heating zones and in which a temperature thereof is below a setpoint temperature, have more heat applied thereto to achieve the setpoint temperature over all regions of the repair site.

US Pat. No. 10,919,185

MOLDED PRODUCT HAVING HOLLOW INTERIOR REGION

DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING CO...

1. A molded a product, comprising:a body including a hollow interior region and a plurality of openings in communication between an interior region and an exterior of the body,
the body being formed from a resilient material that enables the product to stretch and retract to an original shape without tearing or breaking when removing a first part of the body from a corresponding first part of a core of a mold from a first portion of the interior region through a first opening of the plurality of openings and a second part of the body from a corresponding second part of the core of the mold from a second portion of the interior region through at least one of the first opening and a second opening of the plurality of openings, the first and second corresponding parts of the core of the mold being larger than each of the plurality of openings, the first and second corresponding parts of the core being detachably connectable,
the first part of the body having a shape defined by a shape of the corresponding first part of the core, the second part of the body having a shape defined by a shape of the corresponding second part of the core.

US Pat. No. 10,919,184

MASTER MANUFACTURING METHOD, OPTICAL BODY, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

DEXERIALS CORPORATION, T...

1. A master manufacturing method, comprising:a step of forming, on a surface of a master body that includes a base material, a periodic micro concave-convex structure in which an average cycle of concavities and convexities is less than or equal to visible light wavelengths;
a step of forming an inorganic resist layer on the surface of the master body;
a step of microparticulating and spraying an organic resist dissolved in a diluent onto the inorganic resist layer, to thereby form an organic resist layer, on a surface of which is provided a macro concave-convex structure in which the average cycle of concavities and convexities is greater than the visible light wavelengths; and
a step of etching the organic resist layer, the inorganic resist layer, and the master body, to thereby superimpose and form the micro concave-convex structure and the macro concave-convex structure on the surface of the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,182

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CRYSTALLIZING AND INCREASING MOLECULAR WEIGHT OF POLYMER PARTICLES

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for making PET particles comprising:extruding a PET melt having a temperature of about 230° C. to about 310° C. to form a molten PET strand;
cutting the molten PET strand into pellets while quenching with a cooling liquid resulting in solid PET particles;
drying the solid PET particles;
passing the solid PET particles to a crystallization bin without reheating the solid PET particles, and wherein crystallization of the particles takes place in the crystallization bin, resulting in a temperature increase and crystallization of the solid PET particles which forms from core to surface in the crystallization bin;
contacting the solid PET particles with hot inert gas or air; and
transporting the solid PET particles in a transport riser to the top of a SSP reactor with the hot inert gas or air.

US Pat. No. 10,919,181

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CURING CONCRETE

Transhield, Inc., Elkhar...

1. A method of manufacturing an apparatus for curing concrete, including:providing a film;
providing an absorbent material, the absorbent material having a plurality of raised surfaces and a plurality of recessed areas;
providing an adhesive material;
heating the film to its crystalline softening point;
applying the adhesive material to the raised surfaces of the absorbent material; and
adhering the film to the raised surfaces of the absorbent material so as to form a plurality of pockets between the film and the recessed areas of the absorbent material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,180

REPAIR PROCESS USING NETWORKED CERAMIC NANOFIBERS

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A repair process comprising:providing an article that has a substrate and a ceramic barrier coating disposed on the substrate, wherein the ceramic barrier coating has a porous columnar microstructure that includes microstructural columns that define elongated pores there between and the ceramic barrier coating has a damaged region;
abrading the damaged region to provide a dimple in the ceramic barrier coating, wherein a remaining region of the ceramic barrier coating adjacent the dimple remains intact; and
depositing a patch of networked ceramic nanofibers in the dimple, wherein the networked ceramic nanofibers comprise filaments that are non-linear and intertwined so as to form a porous network, the filaments being bonded together at locations where the filaments contact each other, and wherein the networked ceramic nanofibers extend into the elongated pores and interlock with the elongated pores and surface roughness of the dimple such that the networked ceramic nanofibers are secured to the ceramic barrier coating.

US Pat. No. 10,919,179

WEB FORMING DEVICE AND SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A web forming device comprising:a disperser configured to disperse in air defibrated material containing a defibrated material of defibrated fiber;
an accumulator configured to accumulate the defibrated material dispersed by the disperser;
a housing enclosing a space between the disperser and the accumulator;
a suction device disposed on the opposite side of the accumulator as the disperser; and
a fastening assembly including a first fixing assembly and a second fixing assembly that are removably attached to each other;
the disperser affixed to the first fixing assembly, and
the accumulator, housing, and suction device affixed to the second fixing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,178

CLASS-A FIRE-PROTECTED ORIENTED STRAND BOARD (OSB) SHEATHING, AND METHOD OF AND AUTOMATED FACTORY FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

M-Fire Holdings, LLC, Ca...

1. A Class-A fire-protected and moisture-protected oriented strand board (OSB) sheet for use in a wood-framed building, said Class-A fire-protected and moisture- protected OSB sheet comprising:a core medium layer made of wood pump, binder and/or adhesive materials;
multiple OSB layers, each said OSB layer having exterior wood surfaces with shallow exterior surfaces and being bonded to said core medium layer to provide an OSB sheet having first and second side surfaces and a perimeter, and side edge surfaces extending about the perimeter of said OSB sheet;
an edge sealant applied to the side edge surfaces of said multiple OSB layers bonded to said core medium layer, for providing protection against outdoor moisture;
a transparent clean fire inhibiting chemical (CFIC) surface absorption layer formed on the exterior wood surfaces of each said OSB layer during a surface absorption process, so as to produce Class-A fire-protected exterior surfaces about said OSB layers and said side edge surfaces; and
a moisture protective coating applied over said transparent CFIC surface absorption layer for providing protection against outdoor moisture;
wherein said transparent CFIC surface absorption layer includes tripotassium citrate absorbed into the shallow exterior surfaces of each said OSB layer, and inhibiting (i) the ignition and spread of a fire outbreak along said Class-A fire-protected exterior surfaces, and (ii) the development of smoke from such a fire outbreak, as chemical molecules in said transparent CFIC surface absorption layer interfere with free-radicals involved in the combustion phase of said fire outbreak.

US Pat. No. 10,919,177

SEMI-AUTOMATED WOOD-CUTTING MACHINE AND METHOD

INDEPENDENT STAVE COMPANY...

7. A semi-automated wood-cutting machine comprises:an indexing station comprising a plurality of stage assemblies arranged in a circular fashion about a central axis and configured to travel along a predetermined circular route between a plurality of stages, wherein the plurality of stages comprises:
a receiving/alignment stage at which a first stage assembly of the plurality of stage assemblies is adapted to receive a piece of wood, the receiving/alignment stage including a plurality of distance sensors configured to measure a width of the piece of wood at a plurality of locations along the piece of wood, and an alignment aid adapted to facilitate manual alignment of the piece of wood by an operator of the semi-automated wood-cutting machine, wherein the alignment aid comprises a projector configured to generate a projected cut line that is dynamically generated by the semi-automated wood-cutting machine based upon the measured width of the plurality of locations along the piece of wood;
a rough-cutting stage spaced along the circular route from the receiving/alignment stage, wherein, at the rough-cutting stage, the piece of wood is cut along a predetermined cut pathway defined in part by the projected cut line; and
a finishing stage spaced along the circular route from the receiving/alignment stage and the rough-cutting stage, wherein, at the finishing stage, at least one longitudinal extending edge of the piece of wood is contoured based on the projected cut line, and
a safety window bounded by a housing enclosing the rough-cutting stage comprising a plurality of safety sensors, the plurality of safety sensors configured to detect whether a plane of the safety window has been broken by an object and output an override signal that prevents activation of the indexing station.

US Pat. No. 10,919,176

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING WALL ELEMENTS FROM NAILABLE AND/OR STAPLEABLE MATERIALS

Raimund Beck Nageltechnik...

1. A process for manufacturing wall elements from nailable and/or stapleable materials, the method comprising the steps of:positioning a wall element frame (5) of a wall element to be produced on a horizontal worktable (1);
placing wall panels (6) on the wall element frame (5);
providing a mobile robot (7) carrying at least one of a compressed-air setting device (8) and a milling unit (9), the mobile robot freely movably positionable on a surface formed by the wall panels (6);
providing a central controller (4) controlling the mobile robot (7) and the at least one of the compressed-air setting device (8) and the milling unit (9);
the wall panels (6) are to be fastened to the wall element frame (5) by nails and/or staples driven in by the compressed air setting device (8);
the mobile robot (7) automatically moveable by the central controller (4) along the surface formed by the wall panels (6); and
actuating automatically by the central controller at predetermined positions of the mobile robot (7), at least one of the milling unit (9) and the compressed air setting device (8) in order to process the wall panels (6) and/or to fasten the wall panels (6) to the wall element frame (5).

US Pat. No. 10,919,175

CHAIN SAW

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A chain saw comprising:a saw chain;
a guide bar to which the saw chain is attached;
a sprocket configured to move the saw chain along a periphery of the guide bar;
a motor driven by electric power and configured to rotate the sprocket;
a housing that houses the motor;
a bolt protruding from the housing and penetrating a hole provided in the guide bar;
a nut screwed to the bolt to fix the guide bar to the housing;
a sprocket cover constituted of resin and covering the sprocket; and
a sleeve constituted of metal and interposed between the nut and the guide bar,
wherein
the nut is exposed to outside,
a part of the sprocket cover is interposed between the metal sleeve and the guide bar, and
the part of the sprocket cover is in contact with the metal sleeve and is arranged as a heat insulating structure such that the part of the sprocket cover and the metal sleeve are on a heat transfer path that is between the nut and the guide bar, and wherein the part of the sprocket cover spaces the metal sleeve from the guide bar to prevent the nut from becoming hot due to heat transfer from the guide bar.

US Pat. No. 10,919,174

DEVICE FOR CUTTING FOOD USING A LIQUID JET

Nienstedt GmbH, Haltern ...

1. A device for slicing foodstuffs by means of at least one liquid jet, comprising:an advancing device for transporting the foodstuff in at least one advancing direction through the device, said advancing device having a processing region on which the foodstuff to be sliced is borne and in which the liquid jet is directed onto the foodstuff;
at least one exit nozzle, disposed in the region of the processing region, from which a pressurized, bundled liquid jet exits, wherein the processing region below the foodstuff has a jet passage opening for the liquid jet exiting from the foodstuff and a jet receptacle into which the liquid jet enters in order for the cutting liquid to be collected, and which has a discharge for the cutting liquid;
wherein the jet receptacle is disposed below the jet passage opening and includes a funnel-like upper inlet region descending to a tubular portion, wherein the upper inlet region has a lower suction device
for at least one of particles entrained by the liquid jet, and liquid, which accumulate on the jet passage opening or are separated from the liquid jet;
wherein the lower suction device is formed by an annular suction duct in which the jet receptacle is disposed such that a suction gap is provided annularly about the jet receptacle, through which the at least one of particles entrained by the liquid jet and liquid are capable of being suctioned;
wherein the lower suction device includes an upwardly directed suction opening that surrounds the jet receptacle and through which particles and liquid that have been entrained downward by the liquid jet can be suctioned.

US Pat. No. 10,919,173

CUTTING HEAD FOR A CENTRIFUGAL CUTTING APPARATUS AND CENTRIFUGAL CUTTING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME

FAM, Kontich (BE)

1. A cutting head for a centrifugal cutting apparatus, said cutting head comprising a plurality of cutting stations, each of which is provided with a cutting element for cutting food products at a leading end of the cutting station and comprises an inner wall extending from the leading end to a trailing end and forming a product sliding surface, along which the food product slides between successive cuts, said cutting stations being assembled adjacent one another in such a way that a gap is present between each pair of adjacent cutting stations, a rake-off angle being defined as the angle that a product slice deviates upon being cut by one of the cutting elements and exiting the cutting head through the respective gap, said angle being measured relative to a tangent line to the product sliding surface at the trailing end of the respective preceding cutting station, wherein for each cutting station the inner wall is concave with a wall curvature corresponding to an inner diameter of the cutting head, and wherein for each cutting station a rear part of the product sliding surface at the trailing end has a reduced curvature with respect to said wall curvature such that the rake-off angle is below 17°.

US Pat. No. 10,919,172

KNIFE ASSEMBLY FOR FLAT KNIFE BLADE AND CUTTING SYSTEM EQUIPPED WITH SAME

FAM, Kontich (BE)

1. A knife assembly for slicing food products, the knife assembly comprising:a flat knife blade of which a front edge is a straight cutting edge;
a holder configured for supporting the knife blade, the holder having a curved bearing surface;
a clamp arranged for clamping the knife blade onto the curved bearing surface of the holder, thereby tensioning the knife blade wherein the knife blade is deformed into a curved shape while straightening the cutting edge; and
a fastening mechanism cooperating with the holder and clamp for securing and clamping the knife blade between the clamp and the holder with the cutting edge protruding at a front side of the knife assembly;
wherein the clamp and the holder have complementary clamping surfaces for clamping and tensioning the knife blade between them in a clamped state;
wherein the clamping surface of the clamp is formed by an inwardly bevelled surface, which extends from a frontal tip of the clamp up to a rearward edge at a predeterminded distance rearward from the frontal tip,
wherein the clamping surface of the holder is formed by at least part of the slightly curved bearing surface,
and wherein in said clamped state at least the frontal tip and the rearward edge of the inwardly bevelled surface of the clamp are in contact with the knife blade.

US Pat. No. 10,919,171

CONTAMINATION PROTECTION DURING TRANSPORT OF FOOD PORTIONS

Weber Maschinenbau GmbH B...

1. An apparatus for moving portions that each comprise at least one slice cut off from a food product, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of individually movable transport movers for the transport of portions;
a path system for the transport movers in which the transport movers are movable in a direction of transport along at least one predefined path; and
a control device for controlling the movements of the transport movers in the path system,
wherein the transport movers each comprise at least one rotor cooperating with the path system and at least one carrier for portions attached to the rotor;
wherein a disposal device is provided for at least one part region of the path, the part region at a risk of contamination, the disposal device comprising a disposal apparatus which is provided in addition to the path and which is arranged above the part region of the path, at least at times, and the disposal device is configured to dispose of at least one of contaminants and incorrect portions, originating from the food products on the slicing of the food products and/or on the handling of the arising portions, next to the part region at least at times; and
wherein the disposal device is provided in a transfer region in which portions move onto the transport movers, and in that the portions are transferred in the transfer region from an insertion apparatus, in particular configured as a conveyor belt or from a slicing apparatus to the transport movers.

US Pat. No. 10,919,170

FOOD PRODUCT SLICING APPARATUS

PROVISUR TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A food product slicing apparatus comprising:a frame;
an upper drive assembly mounted on the frame and including an upper belt configured to engage a top surface of a food product block to be sliced, a front wheel at a front end of the upper belt, a rear wheel at a rear end of the upper belt, the rear wheel being rotatably mounted on the frame in a first position, plates pivotally mounted on the frame around a fixed in place pivot, the fixed in place pivot being spaced from the rear wheel, the front wheel rotatably mounted on the plates, and a drive member engaged with the plates;
a lower drive assembly mounted in a second position on the frame and including a lower belt, the lower belt configured to engage a bottom surface of the food product block, the upper and lower drive assemblies separated from each other by a distance,
wherein when the drive member is engaged, the drive member rotates the plates and the front wheel around the fixed in place pivot so that the plates and the front wheel rotate relative to the frame, relative to the rear wheel, and relative to the lower drive assembly, while the rear wheel remains in the first position mounted on the frame and while the lower drive assembly remains in the second position mounted on the frame, to vary the distance a front end of the upper drive assembly is from the lower drive assembly, while maintaining the distance a rear end of the upper drive assembly is from the lower drive assembly; and
a slicing station attached to the frame and downstream of the upper and lower drive assemblies;
wherein (1) the frame includes a rod, and further comprising a height adjustment assembly attached to the rod, the upper drive assembly mounted on the height adjustment assembly, the height adjustment assembly mounted within a housing slidably mounted on the rod, an actuator mounted in the housing, a pivot member rotatably mounted to the housing, the pivot member including a pin extending therefrom which mounts in a slot on the rod; or (2) the fixed in place pivot comprising a pivot shaft connected directly to and extending between the plates.

US Pat. No. 10,919,169

MACHINE FOR CUTTING LOGS WITH GRINDING WHEELS AND METHOD

Fabio Perini S.p.A., Luc...

1. A method for adjusting reciprocal position between a disc-shaped cutting blade of a cutting machine and at least one grinding wheel of a grinding unit movable with respect to the disc-shaped cutting blade, wherein the grinding wheel is mounted on a rotation shaft and is arranged to co-act with a side of the disc-shaped cutting blade; the method comprising steps of:supporting the at least one grinding wheel on a housing;
bringing the housing into an initial position with respect to the disc-shaped cutting blade wherein the housing is in a near but non-contact position with the disc-shaped cutting blade;
controllably moving the at least one grinding wheel towards the disc-shaped cutting blade, moving the at least one grinding wheel according to an approach direction with respect to the housing while maintaining the housing in said initial position, said controllably moving being by automatically adjusting the position of the at least one grinding wheel with respect to the disc-shaped cutting blade by resiliently biasing the at least one grinding wheel towards the disc-shaped cutting blade until the at least one grinding wheel contacts the disc-shaped cutting blade;
once a reciprocal contact position has been achieved between the at least one grinding wheel and the disc-shaped cutting blade, locking the reciprocal position between the at least one grinding wheel and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,168

APPARATUS FOR PERFORATING A WEB MATERIAL

1. An apparatus for perforating web material, the apparatus comprising:a first roll comprising a first longitudinal axis, a first diameter, and a first blade disposed on the first roll, the first blade having a first design, wherein the first design comprises a nonlinear shape, wherein the first roll rotates about the first longitudinal axis;
a second roll comprising a second longitudinal axis, a second diameter, and a second blade disposed on the second roll, the second blade having a second design, wherein the second roll rotates about the second longitudinal axis, wherein the first design and the second design are the same;
a support operatively engageable with the first roll and operatively engageable with the second roll;
at least one anvil disposed on the support so as to cooperate in interacting relationship with one of the first blade and the second blade when the support is operatively engaged with the one of the first blade and the second blade;
wherein the first and second roll diameters are substantially the same; and
wherein the apparatus comprises two alternative paths for the web material, a first path between the first roll and the support and a second path between the second roll and the support, such that in operation the one of the first blade and the second blade rotates and interacts with the anvil, with the web material being perforated as the web material passes between the anvil and the one of the first blade and second blade.

US Pat. No. 10,919,167

RAZOR

DORCO CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A razor comprising:a handle;
a blade housing coupled to an end of the handle and configured to accommodate one or more blades;
a power generation unit provided at the handle and configured to generate power;
a drive transmission unit configured to be driven using the power generated by the power generation unit; and
a swing member disposed in front of a foremost blade among the one or more blades and configured to oscillate according to driving of the drive transmission unit,
wherein the swing member oscillates in a sliding movement moving toward and away from the foremost blade among the one or more blades, wherein the sliding movement of the swing member is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the foremost blade among the one or more blades, wherein, by the sliding movement,
the swing member is configured to push hair introduced into a space between the swing member and the foremost blade to be closer to the foremost blade along a shaving direction,
wherein the swing member comprises:
a guard bar provided adjacent to the foremost blade and configured to slide toward or away from the foremost blade; and
a sliding bar provided between the guard bar and the drive transmission unit to linearly move the guard bar according to rotation of the drive transmission unit,
wherein the guard bar comprises a protruding portion,
wherein the blade housing comprises a rail portion corresponding to the protruding portion, and
wherein the guard bar is linearly moved in the blade housing as the protruding portion is moved along the rail portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,166

SHAVING BLADE CARTRIDGE

BIC-VIOLEX S.A., Anixi (...

1. A shaving blade cartridge comprising:a housing extending along a longitudinal axis, the housing having a top side, a bottom side opposite to the top side, and two longitudinal sides extending along the longitudinal axis between the top and bottom sides;
a cutting blade mounted in the housing between the longitudinal sides, and having a cutting edge extending along the longitudinal axis; and
a retainer including a retainer body disposed above the cutting edge, the retainer body having at least two through holes, one of the at least two through holes is disposed in front of the cutting edge and another of the at least two through holes is disposed rearward of the cutting edge;
the housing including at least two riveting pins, each one of the two riveting pins correspond with and are received in a respective one of the at least two through holes to retain the cutting blade in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,165

BLADE SET MANUFACTURING METHOD, BLADE SET AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A blade set assembly for a hair cutting appliance, the blade set assembly comprising:a stationary blade,
a cutter blade,
a flexible coupling element including at least one insertion end and at least one retaining portion, and
a plastic contact bridge,
wherein the stationary blade and the cutter blade are arranged at a defined relative assembly position,
wherein the plastic contact bridge is attached to the cutter blade,
wherein the at least one retaining portion of the coupling element is attached to the stationary blade, and
wherein the at least one insertion end of the coupling element is driven into the plastic contact bridge in a material-displacing fashion, thereby displacing material of the plastic contact bridge and securing the assembly position between the stationary blade and the cutter blade.

US Pat. No. 10,919,164

UTILITY KNIFE WITH RETRACTABLE BLADE

1. A utility knife comprising:a handle having a blade slot; and
a knife blade slidably housed in the blade slot, and configured to extend and retract longitudinally from a blade slot opening of the blade slot;
wherein a first side of the handle includes a blade adjustment opening that exposes a first side of the knife blade to extend and retract the knife blade;
wherein a second side of the handle includes a biasing member that applies a lateral force against a second side of the knife blade to bias the knife blade against the first side of the handle;
wherein the first side of the handle includes one or more blade stops that engage the knife blade when biased against the first side of the handle to lock the knife blade at a selectable position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,163

AUTONOMOUS DATA MACHINES AND SYSTEMS

Knightscope, Inc., Mount...

1. A method for charging an autonomous data machine, the method comprising:providing a charging station, wherein the charging station has a low profile allowing the autonomous data machine to drive over to charge a power supply of the autonomous data machine automatically;
charging the autonomous data machine according to a charging decision; and
collecting, concurrently with charging the autonomous data machine, data about the environment of the autonomous data machine using one or more sensors on-board the autonomous data machine.

US Pat. No. 10,919,162

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT POWER MANAGEMENT OF MODULAR MOBILE ROBOT PLATFORMS WITH REPLACEABLE BATTERIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:at least one mobile robot comprising at least one robot battery configured to be detachably coupled to the at least one mobile robot;
at least one modular component comprising at least one modular component battery configured to be detachably coupled to the at least one modular component, wherein the at least one modular component is configured to be detachably coupled to the at least one mobile robot; and
at least one battery charging station disposed within a geographic area, wherein the at least one battery charging station is configured to receive the at least one robot battery from the at least one mobile robot and the at least one modular component battery from the at least one modular component, and wherein the at least one battery charging station is configured to provide the at least one robot battery to the at least one mobile robot and the at least one modular component battery to the at least one modular component,
wherein the at least one battery charging station comprises at least one battery charging port, and
wherein the at least one battery charging port is configured to simultaneously receive and charge multiple robot batteries and/or multiple modular component batteries.

US Pat. No. 10,919,161

CLUTCHED JOINT MODULES FOR A ROBOTIC SYSTEM

Sarcos Corp., Salt Lake ...

1. A clutched joint module for use within a robotic assembly, comprising:an output member operable to couple to a first support member of a robotic system;
an input member operable to couple to a second support member of the robotic system;
a primary actuator operable to apply a torque to rotate the output member about an axis of rotation, the primary actuator comprising a motor and a first transmission operatively coupled between the motor and the output member, wherein the first transmission is at least partially disposed within a central void of the motor; and
a clutch mechanism operably coupled between the input member and the output member, the clutch mechanism operable in an engaged state, a semi-engaged state, or a disengaged state, wherein the engaged state and the semi-engaged state facilitate selective application of the primary torque to the output member, wherein the clutch mechanism and the primary actuator each have a central axis of rotation substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,919,160

ELECTRODYNAMIC APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electrodynamic apparatus comprising:a first arm extending in a first direction;
a second arm extending in the first direction, the second arm being supported by the first arm;
a first linear actuator that is provided in the first arm or the second arm and moves the second arm along the first direction with respect to the first arm;
a support extending in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction and supporting the first arm;
a rotating mechanism including a motor that rotates the support about an axis of rotation parallel to the second direction;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor, when executing the instructions stored in the memory, that performs operations including:
causing the first linear actuator to move the center of gravity of the second arm towards the axis of rotation first, and then causing the rotating mechanism to rotate the support; and
causing the first linear actuator to move the center of gravity of the second arm away from the axis of rotation after causing the rotating mechanism to rotate the support,
wherein the first arm includes a first power transmission antenna, the second arm includes a first power reception antenna,
the first power transmission antenna supplies electric power to the first power reception antenna wirelessly,
the first power reception antenna supplies the supplied electric power to a load electrically connected to the first power reception antenna,
wherein the support includes a second power transmission antenna,
the first arm further includes a second power reception antenna,
the second power transmission antenna supplies electric power to the second power reception antenna wirelessly, and
the first power transmission antenna supplies electric power to the first power reception antenna wirelessly by using the supplied electric power to the second power reception antenna, and
wherein the power transmission antenna includes a power transmission coil,
the power reception antenna includes a power reception coil,
the power transmission coil is electromagnetically coupled to the power reception coil and supplies electric power to the power reception coil wirelessly,
the power transmission coil has a power transmission surface surrounded by an outside edge of the power transmission coil,
the power reception coil has a power reception surface surrounded by an outside edge of the power reception coil, and
the power transmission surface and the power reception surface are parallel to the second direction,
a size of the power transmission coil in the first direction is larger than a size of the power reception coil in the first direction,
a size of the power transmission coil in the second direction is larger than a size of the power reception coil in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,159

JOINT ASSEMBLY

Kassow Robots ApS, Kastr...

1. A joint assembly for a robot, comprising:a housing connected with an output part, the housing comprising a housing wall,
a strain wave gearing system comprising:
a wave generator,
a flexspline, and
a circular spline connected to the output part,wherein the wave generator is rotated by a rotor shaft, the rotor shaft being driven by an electric motor comprising a rotor magnet and a stator, the rotor magnet being affixed to the rotor shaft, and wherein the joint assembly further comprises:a rotor brake configured to stop or prevent relative movement between the rotor shaft and the flexspline, and
an output brake configured to stop or prevent rotation of the output part even if the flexspline is broken, the output brake being movable separately from the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,919,158

THREE-DIMENSIONAL ELECTROMECHANICAL ADHESIVE DEVICES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A device, comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of three-dimensional conductive microstructures disposed on the substrate and configured to deform when in contact with a surface of an object;
a dielectric coating disposed on an outer surface of the plurality of conductive microstructures; and
a plurality of electrodes disposed on the substrate, each electrode of the plurality of electrodes being electrically coupled to at least one of the plurality of conductive microstructures,
wherein the plurality of conductive microstructures are configured to electromechanically adhere to a surface of an object when voltage is applied to the plurality of conductive microstructures through the plurality of electrodes,
wherein the device is configured to provide an output for determining a force applied by a surface of an object against the plurality of conductive microstructures, the output being indicative of a change in an electrical property of one or more of the plurality of conductive microstructures, and
wherein the device is configured to set the voltage that is applied to the plurality of conductive microstructures to induce electromechanical adhesion based on the determined force applied by the surface of the object against the plurality of conductive microstructures.

US Pat. No. 10,919,157

MULTI-DISTANCE DETECTION DEVICE FOR A ROBOT, AND ROBOT EQUIPPED WITH SUCH (A) DEVICE(S)

FOGALE NANOTECH, Nimes (...

1. A device for the detection of objects for a robot, provided for equipping said robot, comprising:at least one approach sensor implementing a first detection technology for detecting a neighbouring object; and
at least one proximity sensor implementing a second detection technology for detecting a neighbouring object, different from said first technology and having a range less than the range of said at least one approach sensor;
wherein at least one proximity sensor is a capacitive sensor comprising at least one measurement electrode polarized at a first alternating electric potential different from a general earth potential, at a working frequency; and
wherein at least one approach sensor is referenced to an alternating electric potential (Vo), called guard potential, that is identical or substantially identical to the first potential, at the working frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,919,156

COMMUNICATION PATHS FOR ROBOT ARMS

CMR Surgical Limited, Ca...

1. A robot arm having a compound joint comprising a first revolute joint and a second revolute joint between a first limb of the arm and a second limb of the arm, the second limb of the arm being distal of the first limb, the arm comprising:a coupler element coupled to the first limb of the arm by the first revolute joint having a first rotation axis and to the second limb of the arm by the second revolute joint having a second rotation axis;
first and second rotational position sensors for sensing the configuration of the arm about the first and second joints respectively;
first and second torque sensors for sensing the torque applied about the first and second joints respectively;
a control unit for controlling the operation of the arm;
a first communications unit borne by the first limb and located proximally of the coupler and a second communications unit borne by the second limb and located distally of the coupler, each communications unit configured to encode data received from one or more of the position and/or torque sensors in a first data format into data packets and transmit those packets to the control unit in accordance with a packet-based data protocol different from the first data format;wherein the first position sensor is connected by a physical data link running within an exterior wall of the first limb to the first communications unit so as to pass data representing sensed position about the first joint to the first communications unit for encoding and the first torque sensor is connected by a physical data link running within an exterior wall of the second limb to the second communications unit so as to pass data representing sensed torque about the first joint to the second communications unit for encoding.

US Pat. No. 10,919,155

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 bowl provided with an enclosure having a wall extending around a vertical axis of revolution of the bowl and wherein said components are placed in bulk, and
an articulated gripping arm provided to distribute said components to said automatic assembly installation,
the vibrating bowl comprising an ascending helical ramp extending along an internal face of said wall between a base and an upper edge of said vibrating bowl constituting an exit of said ramp, said components being able to travel along this ramp towards a supply platform including a first part having an upper face on which at least one component travels from said exit to a distribution zone to be seized by the articulated gripping arm, said supply platform including a second part positioned below said first part and including a linking portion connected to a lower face of said first part and guide portions positioned on two sides of said linking portion in a width direction and forming an obtuse angle with the linking portion, said supply platform being connected to said exit and extending above or in the enclosure of the vibrating bowl, said guide portions configured to direct improperly oriented components discharged from the upper face to the enclosure of the vibrating bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,919,154

INTERFERENCE DETERMINATION METHOD, INTERFERENCE DETERMINATION SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An interference determination method for determining, by a processor, a possibility of interference between a robot having a plurality of movable shafts and a nearby object present near the robot, on a motion path through which the robot moves from an initial orientation to a target orientation, the method comprising:storing, by the processor in a memory, robot data obtained by approximating, using a polyhedron, a shape of a specific portion of interest of the robot;
storing, by the processor in the memory, data of a nearby object approximated body obtained by approximating a shape of the nearby object;
acquiring, by the processor, using a communication interface, the initial orientation and the target orientation;
setting, by the processor, a first orientation of the robot on the motion path through which the robot moves from the initial orientation to the target orientation, a second orientation of the robot on the motion path, the second orientation being set relatively closer to the target orientation than the first orientation, and an intermediate orientation between the first orientation and the second orientation;
generating, by the processor based on the robot data, robot approximated bodies obtained by approximating, using polyhedrons, the shape of the portion of interest of the robot in the first orientation, the second orientation, and the intermediate orientation;
generating, by the processor, a first combined approximated body by combining the generated robot approximated bodies;
determining, by the processor, whether the first combined approximated body interferes with the nearby object approximated body;
in response to determining, by the processor, that interference occurs, calculating, by the processor, an amount indicating an interval between two adjacent robot approximated bodies, of the plurality of robot approximated bodies constituting the first combined approximated body, and comparing the calculated amount with a first value; and
determining whether to generate a second combined approximated body smaller than the first combined approximated body, based on a result of comparing the calculated amount and the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,919,153

TEACHING METHOD FOR TEACHING OPERATIONS TO A PLURALITY OF ROBOTS AND TEACHING SYSTEM USED THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A teaching method for teaching an operation to a first robot and a second robot disposed so as to have a common working area, wherein the operation is taught through a computer, the method comprising:obtaining by the computer a first path for the first robot through which a first reference part of the first robot moves from a first point to a second point via the first path while avoiding an obstacle and a second path for the second robot through which a second reference part of the second robot moves from a third point to a fourth point via the second path while avoiding the obstacle, based on an operation command list and information on a position and a shape of the obstacle, wherein the operation command list comprises positional information of the first point, the second point, the third point, and the fourth point;
obtaining by the computer a first robot passing area for the first robot and a second robot passing area for the second robot, the first robot passing area being an area where a set of trajectories drawn by points constituting the first robot when the first robot is operated such that the first reference part moves via the first path on a virtual space, the second robot passing area being an area where a set of trajectories drawn by points constituting the second robot when the second robot is operated such that the second reference part moves via the second path on the virtual space;
detecting by the computer an interference area where the first robot passing area and the second robot passing area cross with each other;
setting by the computer a constraint condition by which none of the first and second robots can pass through at least a partial space within the interference area in a case where the interference area is detected; and
obtaining by the computer a first teaching value and a second teaching value, the first teaching value for moving the first reference part from the first point to the second point while avoiding the obstacle, the second teaching value for moving the second reference part from the third point to the fourth point while avoiding the obstacle, based on the operation command list, the positional information of the obstacle, and the constraint condition for each of the first and second robots.

US Pat. No. 10,919,152

TELEOPERATING OF ROBOTS WITH TASKS BY MAPPING TO HUMAN OPERATOR POSE

Nimble Robotics, Inc., S...

1. A system comprising:an imitation learning engine;
an operator system controller coupled to an image capturing device, the operator system controller configured to:
process an image of a subject, captured by the image capturing device, using a machine learning algorithm to identify one or more body parts of the subject during execution of a task; and
generate, based on the one or more body parts of the subject, body pose information of the subject in the captured image, the body pose information indicating a pose or motion trajectory of the subject in the captured image; and
a robotic system controller communicating with the operator system controller over a network, the robotic system controller coupled to a second image capturing device, the robotic system controller configured to:
receive one or more images of a robot and/or an environment surrounding the robot, captured by the second image capturing device, during execution of the task;
generate one or more pose and/or motion commands by processing the body pose information received from the operator system controller;
control one or more actuators of the robot according to the one or more pose and/or motion commands to cause the robot to take a pose or motion trajectory corresponding to the pose or motion trajectory of the subject in the captured image; and
provide the one or more images of the robot and/or the environment surrounding the robot, the one or more pose and/or motion commands, and/or information identifying the task to the imitation learning engine.

US Pat. No. 10,919,151

ROBOTIC DEVICE CONTROL OPTIMIZATION USING SPRING LATTICE DEFORMATION MODEL

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method performed via execution of one or more computer processors, the computer-implemented method, comprising:determining, by at least one of the one or more computer processors processing a first set of inputs using a machine learning model for determining behavior of a robotic arm, a first behavior for retrieving an item from within a storage container by holding the item at a contact point using a suction device of the robotic arm;
estimating, by at least one of the one or more computer processors, a likelihood of successfully retrieving the item using the determined first behavior, by determining an expected seal quality metric for the contact point, by processing an n-dimensional surface model of the item and physical properties of the suction device of the robotic arm, wherein determining the expected seal quality metric comprises:
modelling deformation and contact between the suction device and the n-dimensional surface model at the contact point on the item, using at least one n-dimensional spring-lattice to model deformation and contact between the suction device and the n-dimensional surface model at the contact point, such that potential energy across the n-dimensional spring-lattice is minimized; and
calculating the expected seal quality metric, using the n-dimensional spring-lattice and a fluids model relating fluid force and leak pathways; and
training, by at least one of the one or more computer processors, the machine learning model to optimize the behavior of the robotic arm, based on the expected seal quality metric.

US Pat. No. 10,919,150

MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motor control system that controls a motor by controlling a current supplied to the motor based on a position command input from a host device and controls an operation of a speed reducer including an input shaft connected to an output shaft of the motor and an output shaft connected to a load, the motor control system comprising:a detection unit that detects an event for detecting a rotation speed of the output shaft of the motor;
a speed deviation generation unit that generates a speed command based on the position command and calculates a speed deviation which is a deviation between the speed command and the rotation speed of the output shaft of the motor detected based on the event detected by the detection unit;
an angular transmission error compensation unit that estimates an angular transmission error between a rotation angle of the output shaft of the motor and a rotation angle of the output shaft of the speed reducer, and corrects the speed command, the speed deviation, or the rotation speed of the output shaft of the motor detected based on the event detected by the detection unit, based on the estimated angular transmission error;
a current command generation unit that generates a current command based on the speed deviation; and
a current control unit that controls a current supplied to the motor based on the current command.

US Pat. No. 10,919,149

CONTROLLER FOR ROBOT AND INVERSE TRANSFORMING METHOD FOR ROBOT

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A controller, applied to a robot provided with a vertical 6-axis articulated arm having an offset arm, the offset arm being provided with a fifth axis, linking a fourth axis and a sixth axis with each other, and having a link length d5, the fourth axis having a shaft center and the sixth axis having a shaft center, both of the shaft centers being parallel with each other, the arm having a head portion designated as a control point, a position and an orientation targeted to the control point being processed by an inverse transform in order to calculate an angle of each of the axes, the controller comprising:an angular provisional deciding unit configured to provisionally decide an angle of a sixth angle;
a direction calculating unit configured to calculate a direction of the offset arm based on the provisionally decided angle of the sixth axis;
a provisional target position calculating unit configured to calculate a provisional target position which is subtracted from a target position of the sixth axis by the link length d5;
an inverse transform processing unit configured to apply an inverse transform process to the provisional target position in a state where the link length d5 is set to 0; and
an estimation unit configured to repeat the processes starting from the provisional decision performed by the angular provisional deciding unit until a difference between an angle of the sixth axis, which is obtained by estimating a result from the inverse transform process based on an estimation function, and the provisionally decided angle of the sixth axis becomes equal to or less than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,919,148

EVENT PROCESSING USING ROBOTIC ENTITIES

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATI...

1. A system for event case processing, the system comprising:a first computing apparatus comprising a first computing platform having a first memory and at least one first processor;
an event case processing management module stored in the first memory, executable by the first processor and triggered by detection of events that are anomalies within systems of record, to process orchestration and manage a state of event cases;
a second computing apparatus comprising a second computing platform having a second memory and a plurality of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots including (i) a data-centric RPA bot, (ii) a policy and rules validation RPA bot, and (iii) a procedure RPA bot stored in the second memory, executable by the second processor and configured to,
receive an input command from the event case processing management module, perform predetermined robotic tasks in response to the input commands, and
return outputs to the event case processing management module in response to performing the predetermined robotic tasks,
wherein the event case processing management module and one or more of the RPA bots are configured to, in unison, provide end-to-end monitoring and performance indication of the processing of the event case, and
wherein the predetermined robotic task for (i) the data-centric RPA bot is capturing data and uploading data associated with the event cases, (ii) the policy and rules RPA bot is determining one or more policies or rules to apply to the processing of the event cases based on a type of the event and insuring that processing of the event cases adhere to the one or more policies or rules, and (iii) the procedure RPA bot is determining procedures associated with the processing of the event based on the type of the event and insuring that processing of the event cases adhere to the procedures.

US Pat. No. 10,919,147

PARALLEL LINK ROBOT AND PARALLEL LINK ROBOT SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A parallel link robot comprising:a base;
a movable part which is movable along a center axis and to which an end effector is attachable;
first, second and third link mechanisms provided around the center axis with angular intervals in a circumferential direction around the center axis to project outwardly along a radial direction with respect to the center axis, each of the first, second and third link mechanisms connecting the base and the movable part to move the movable part along the center axis, the angular intervals having an acute angular interval with an acute angle; and
first, second and third actuators provided at the base to be connected to the first, second and third link mechanisms respectively so as to drive the first, second and third link mechanisms respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,146

ROBOT ARM COMPRISING A MECHANICAL STOP DEVICE

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A robot arm, comprising:a plurality of links and a plurality of joints connecting the links such that the links can be adjusted relative to one another, wherein at least one of the joints is formed as a pivot joint that connects a first link that is located immediately ahead of and is associated with the pivot joint to a second link that is located immediately downstream of and is associated with the pivot joint, such that the first and second links are pivotable relative to one another about a pivot axis;
wherein the pivot joint can be adjusted automatically by a motor of the robot arm and is limited in its maximum pivot angle by a mechanical stop device of the robot arm;
the mechanical stop device comprising:
at least one stop protrusion connected to the first link, and
at least one counter-stop body selectively located proximate at least one stop position relative to the stop protrusion;
a plurality of receptacles associated with the second link and arranged distributed along a circumferential arc;
the at least one counter-stop body selectively positionable relative to the second link along a circumferential direction with respect to the pivot axis by coupling the counter-stop body with one of the receptacles to thereby define the stop position;
wherein the counter-stop body has a shape that cooperates with a corresponding shape of the plurality of receptacles, and is configured to retain the counter-stop body in a form-fitting manner within one of the receptacles when positioned therein, both in the circumferential direction and in a radial direction with respect to the pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,919,145

HORIZONTALLY ARTICULATED ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A horizontally articulated robot comprising:a base having a casing attached to a top surface;
a first arm provided in a notch in the base and extending horizontally from the base, the casing extending over the notch in the base when viewed in a plan view from the top surface of the base;
a control device controlling the first arm;
a first driver driving the first arm, the first driver being provided in the casing; and
a power source board supplying power to the first driver,
wherein the control device is disposed within an outer shell of the base,
the first arm is rotationally moved about the first rotation shaft,
the base is a pedestal,
the first arm is rotationally connected to the pedestal at the first rotation shaft,
the casing includes a portion overlapping the pedestal when viewed from a shaft direction of the first rotation shaft,
the control device includes the power source board, and
the power source board is provided in the base.

US Pat. No. 10,919,144

MULTI-SENSOR ARRAY INCLUDING AN IR CAMERA AS PART OF AN AUTOMATED KITCHEN ASSISTANT SYSTEM FOR RECOGNIZING AND PREPARING FOOD AND RELATED METHODS

Miso Robotics, Inc., Pas...

1. A method of assisting in food preparation in a kitchen environment comprising:inspecting a food preparation area in the kitchen environment containing at least one food preparation item or food item, wherein the step of inspecting is performed with an IR camera that generates IR image data, and a visible spectrum camera that generates RGB image data;
automatically computing, using a trained kitchen object recognition and tracking module, an output based on at least the RGB image data wherein the output comprises identity, confidence level of the identity, and location information for the at least one food preparation item or food item; and
refining the location information provided from the trained kitchen object recognition and tracking module to increase accuracy of the identified at least one food preparation item or food item in a three dimensional coordinate frame by operating on the IR image data generated in the inspecting step, and wherein the refining step is performed subsequent to the automatically computing step.

US Pat. No. 10,919,143

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ABNORMALITY OF JOINT OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An abnormality detecting method for detecting an abnormal clearance between a pair of joints a robot, the abnormal clearance exceeding a predetermined clearance between the pair of joints of the robot at a normal state, the robot having:a drive link driven by a motor;
a plurality of passive links including a pair of passive links and driven by a motion of the drive link; and
a plurality of pairs of joints including the pair of joints connected to the pair of passive links,the abnormality detecting method comprising:executing a simulation in which the robot is moved along each of a plurality of predetermined motion paths;
determining, among the plurality of predetermined motion paths, a motion path in which only the pair of joints collide with each other;
generating a robot motion for moving the robot along the motion path determined by the simulation;
measuring a drive torque or a current value of the motor when the robot is moved in accordance with the generated robot motion;
calculating an index value based on a magnitude of variation of a value relating to the measured drive torque or the measured current value; and
judging as to whether or not the abnormal clearance exists between the pair of joints, based on a comparison between a magnitude of the index value and a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,919,142

RAIL TYPE TOOL RACK

1. A tool rack assembly comprising:an elongated track having an intermediate plate and a pair of lateral grooves and a pair of ends symmetrically connected respectively to opposite sides of the intermediate, plate, the pair of lateral grooves being oppositely defined to form a pair of side wall edges arranged vertically and to form a side opening between outer sides of the pair of side wall edges;
at least one tool positioning seat having a pair of gripping legs arranged symmetrically, wherein the pair of gripping legs hook the outer sides of the respective side wall edges of the pair of side wall edges, the intermediate plate having a through hole adjacent each of the pair of ends, the through hole extending through a thickness of the intermediate plate; and
a pair of end covers, each of said pair of end covers comprising:
a main body having an abutting surface and a pair of lateral sides and an end side, wherein the abutting surface abuts against an outer wall of one of the pair of side wall edges of said track;
an end limit block protruding downwardly adjacent the end side from the abutting surface, said end limit block abutting one end of said track;
a pair of side claws being a pair of elastic undercuts protruding downwardly near the pair of lateral sides from the abutting surface, wherein said pair of side claws grip respectively the outer sides of the pair of side wall edges of said track; and
a bump protruding downwardly between said pair of side claws, said bump being embedded in the through hole of the intermediate plate of said track, wherein said bump has a T-shaped cross-section, each side edge of a downward protruding end of said bump has a chamfer thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,919,141

CONTAINER WITH STOOL IN LID

1. A container comprising:a body having a bottom connected to a plurality of walls and defining an interior space;
a lid having an upper surface connected to a plurality of lid walls and defining a lid space, wherein said lid is configured to engage the body to selectively provide or limit access to the interior space; and
a leg assembly comprising a plurality of legs and movable between a non-support position and a support position, wherein in said non-support position, the leg assembly is disposed within the lid space, and in said support position, the legs are extended from and provide support for the lid;
a step assembly movable between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein in said stowed position, the step assembly is disposed within the lid space and in said deployed position, the step assembly provides a step beneath the upper surface of the lid when the leg assembly is in the support position; wherein the step assembly further comprises a step surface and at least one step hinge rotatably engaged to the lid at one end and rotatably engaged to the step surface at the other end, and wherein the at least one step hinge facilitates movement of the step assembly between the stowed position and the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,140

HANDLE FOR HAND TOOL

1. A handle of a hand tool, comprising:a body made of a first material and adapted to be connected with a bit; a buffering portion made of a second material, the second material having elasticity and being less hard than the first material, the buffering portion including an inner annular portion, an outer annular portion, at least one protrusion and at least one through hole between the inner and outer annular portions, the inner annular portion being annularly connected with and around the body, the outer annular portion being spacingly disposed around the inner annular portion, the at least one protrusion radially extending, the at least one protrusion and the inner and outer annular portions being integrally formed of one piece; and
a grasp portion made of third material and integrally connected annularly with and around the outer annular portion, the second material being less hard than the third material;
wherein the buffering portion further includes a plurality of enhancing projecting portions integrally projecting on the inner and outer annular portions, and each of the at least one protrusion is integrally connected with two of the plurality of enhancing projecting portions respectively on the inner and outer annular portions.

US Pat. No. 10,919,139

REMOTE WRENCH HANDLE AND ACCESSORIES

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A tool and accessory combination comprising:a tool including:
a housing having opposing first and second ends and an arcuate slot extending across the housing;
an input and output respectively disposed proximate to the first and second ends, the input and output are each adapted to rotate relative to the tool, wherein the input is adapted to receive and transfer torque to the output, and the output is adapted to transmit torque to a work piece;
a locking pin adapted to engage the arcuate slot; and
an accessory coupled to the tool at the arcuate slot by the locking pin and further coupled to the tool by a joint disposed in the housing, wherein the accessory is rotatable relative to the tool via the joint and fixedly positionable at an angle of rotation by engaging the locking pin within the arcuate slot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,138

POWER WRENCH WITH ANGLE DRIVE

ATLAS COPCO INDUSTRIAL TE...

1. An angle type power wrench comprising:a housing;
a motor;
an output shaft; and
an angle drive connecting the motor to the output shaft,
wherein:
the angle drive comprises a drive pinion provided with a forward gear head, and a bevel gear provided on the output shaft and engaged by the forward gear head of the drive pinion,
the drive pinion is surrounded by a bearing support sleeve supporting a forward drive pinion bearing and a rear drive pinion bearing axially spaced from the forward drive pinion bearing,
the forward drive pinion bearing comprises an inner ball race at a forward end of the drive pinion, and an outer ball race at a forward end of the bearing support sleeve, and
the bearing support sleeve is connected to the housing via an adjustment connection consisting of a thread connection which enables adjustment of an axial position of the drive pinion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,137

WORK TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A work tool, in which any one of a plurality of operation modes is selectable and which is configured to operate according to the selected operation mode, the work tool comprising:a switch for driving a tool accessory;
an operation member configured to be held in an off-position in a non-pressed state and configured to move to an on-position in response to an external pressing operation, the operation member in the off-position placing the switch in an off-state, the operation member in the on-position placing the switch in an on-state;
a mode switching member configured to be switched between a plurality of switching positions in response to an external operation, the switching positions respectively corresponding to the operation modes; and
a movement restricting mechanism configured to restrict movement of the operation member from the off-position to the on-position when the mode switching member is in one or more, but less than all, of the plurality of switching positions; wherein:
the plurality of operation modes include a hammer mode and a drill mode, only a hammering operation of linearly driving the tool accessory in a direction of a prescribed driving axis being performed in the hammer mode, at least a drilling operation of rotationally driving the tool accessory around the driving axis being performed in the drill mode,
the plurality of switching positions include a hammer mode position and a drill mode position, the hammer mode position and the drill mode position respectively corresponding to the hammer mode and the drill mode;
the movement restricting mechanism is configured to allow the movement of the operation member to the on-position when the mode switching member is in the hammer mode position; and
the movement restricting mechanism is configured to prohibit the movement of the operation member to the on-position when the mode switching member is in the drill mode position, while allowing prohibition of the movement to be cancelled in response to an external operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,136

DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A driving tool configured to drive a fastener, the driving tool comprising:a driver held to be linearly movable between an initial position and a driving position along a working axis;
a first moving mechanism configured to move the driver from the initial position to the driving position so as to cause the driver to drive the fastener; and
a second moving mechanism configured to return the driver from the driving position to the initial position, wherein:
the second moving mechanism includes:
a torsion coil spring formed by spirally winding a wire around a central axis, the torsion coil spring having a fixed end part and an operation end part and being configured to return the driver to the initial position by an elastic force generated when the operation end part is operated in interlock with a movement of the driver to the driving position;
a spring holding member configured to hold the torsion coil spring and to rotate around a rotation axis extending along the central axis; and
a flexible member connecting the driver and the spring holding member,
the operation end part of the torsion coil spring is connected to the spring holding member,
the spring holding member is configured to operate the operation end part when rotated in a first direction around the rotation axis in interlock with the movement of the driver to the driving position, and to be rotated in a second direction by the elastic force of the torsion coil spring, the second direction being opposite to the first direction,
the spring holding member has a winding part, the winding part having an outer periphery on which the flexible member is to be wound,
the flexible member is configured to rotate the spring holding member in the first direction when drawn out from the winding part by the movement of the driver to the driving position, and to return the driver to the initial position when wound on the winding part by the rotation of the spring holding member in the second direction, the rotation being caused by the elastic force,
the flexible member is one of a metal wire, a string-like member made of fibers, and a band-like member made of fibers, and
one end portion of the flexible member is connected to the winding part and the other end portion of the flexible member is connected to the driver via an impact-reducing material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,135

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STEAM RING HEATING FOR BEARING REMOVAL FROM SHAFT

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

10. A method for removing a bearing assembly from a shaft, the method including:circumscribing the shaft with a steam ring, the steam ring being a ring shaped member and having:
an inner bore;
a lip ring, the lip ring extending from a first end face of the steam ring and having an inner diameter length that is greater than an outer diameter length;
a steam inlet port extending through a sidewall of the steam ring; and
a steam outlet port extending through the sidewall of the steam ring at a location spaced apart from the steam inlet port;
providing steam to the steam inlet port to heat the bearing assembly; and
sealing an inner diameter of the steam ring with a seal ring positioned around the inner diameter of the steam ring and sized to contact the shaft, the seal ring further positioned to allow for the steam to pass through the steam inlet port and the steam outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,919,134

IMPACT ROTARY TOOL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An impact rotary tool comprising:a drive source supplied with power from a battery pack to rotate a hammer with a drive shaft;
an output shaft rotated when struck by the hammer;
a strike detector that detects striking by the hammer;
a rotation speed detector that detects a rotation speed of the drive shaft;
a rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of the output shaft during a strike interval from when the strike detector detects a preceding strike to when the strike detector detects a following strike;
a torque calculator that calculates striking energy from an input rotation average speed during the strike interval, which is calculated based on the rotation speed of the drive shaft detected by the rotation speed detector, and calculates a tightening torque based on the calculated striking energy and the rotation angle of the output shaft during the strike interval detected by the rotation angle detector; and
a controller that controls the drive source based on the tightening torque calculated by the torque calculator,
wherein the controller performs pulse width modulation (PWM) control to limit a strike force by the hammer so as to maintain the strike force over a usable voltage range of the battery pack,
the impact rotary tool further comprises a current detector that detects current supplied to the drive source,
the controller limits a upper limit rotation speed of the drive source to a limit value when the current detected by the current detector is greater than or equal to an impact determination threshold,
the impact determination threshold is a threshold corresponding to a load that generates an impact,
the limit value of the upper limit rotation speed is set to be equal to a value of the rotation speed of the drive source applied when the voltage of the battery pack is a lower limit voltage of the usable voltage range,
the controller restricts driving of the drive source when the voltage of the battery pack is lower than the lower limit voltage, and
when the current detected by the current detection circuit is in a load free region and lower than the impact determination threshold, the controller does not limit the upper limit rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,919,133

ANTI-SLIP TORQUE TOOL WITH INTEGRATED ENGAGEMENT FEATURES

GRIP HOLDINGS LLC, Brand...

1. An anti-slip torque tool with integrated engagement features comprising:a torque-tool body;
at least one pair of diametrically opposing engagement features;
at least one intermediate feature;
the pair of diametrically opposing engagement features comprising a first opposing feature and a second opposing feature;
the first opposing feature comprising a first flat-bracing surface, a first distal cavity surface, and a first proximal cavity surface;
the second opposing feature comprising a second flat-bracing surface, a second distal cavity surface, and a second proximal cavity surface;
the first opposing feature and the second opposing feature being radially distributed around a rotational axis of the torque-tool body;
the first opposing feature and the second opposing feature being terminally connected to each other by the intermediate feature;
the torque-tool body being outwardly extended from the first opposing feature, the second opposing feature, and the intermediate feature;
the first distal cavity surface and the first proximal cavity surface being oppositely positioned of each other about the first flat-bracing surface;
the first distal cavity surface being terminally connected to the first flat-bracing surface;
the first proximal cavity surface being terminally connected to the first flat-bracing surface;
the second distal cavity surface and the second proximal cavity surface being oppositely positioned of each other about the second flat-bracing surface;
the second distal cavity surface being terminally connected to the second flat-bracing surface;
the second proximal cavity surface being terminally connected to the second flat-bracing surface;
the first proximal cavity surface and the second proximal cavity surface being terminally connected to the intermediate feature;
the second distal cavity surface comprising a distal convex section and a distal arc section;
the second proximal cavity surface comprising a proximal convex section and a proximal arc section;
the distal convex section and the distal arc section being adjacently connected to each other;
the proximal convex section and the proximal arc section being adjacently connected to each other;
the distal convex section and the proximal convex section being oppositely positioned of each other about the second flat-bracing surface;
the distal convex section being terminally connected to the second flat-bracing surface; and
the proximal convex section being terminally connected to the second flat-bracing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,919,132

QUICK RELEASE DEVICE OF HAND TOOL

SHUN-YEE INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A quick release device of a hand tool provided for being assembled with a tool, the quick release device including:a main body;
an operating portion, including a slidable sleeve operably and movably disposed around the main body and a pin radially inserted into the slidable sleeve, the operating portion further including a movable rod movably disposed in the main body, the pin connected with the movable rod;
an annular plastic body, rotatably disposed around the slidable sleeve and corresponding to the pin, a stepped structure being formed between the slidable sleeve and the annular plastic body;
an identification portion, disposed around an outer annular face of the annular plastic body;
wherein the slidable sleeve is movable between a first position and a second position, when the slidable sleeve moves toward the first position, the pin drives the movable rod to move toward a fixing position; when the slidable sleeve moves toward the second position, the pin pushes the movable rod to move toward a releasing position;
wherein the main body includes an elongate through slot extending axially, the pin is disposed through the slidable sleeve and the elongate through slot, the pin is further radially inserted into the movable rod and axially slidable relative to the main body along the elongate through slot, the pin is non-rotatable relative to the movable rod, the slidable sleeve, the pin and the movable rod are axially slidable relative to the main body at the same time and are non-rotatable relative to the main body;
wherein the movable rod further includes an assembling hole which is a circular blind hole, the operating portion further includes an elastic member disposed in the assembling hole, the pin is at least partially inserted into the assembling hole, the elastic member is abutted between the pin and the assembling hole, the pin has a tendency to move outward, and an end of the pin abuts against the annular plastic body;
wherein an end face of the pin includes a concave facing the annular plastic body, a periphery of the end face of the pin contacts the annular plastic body, and a space is formed between the annular plastic body and the end face and correspondingly located within the periphery of the end face of the pin;
wherein the pin has a length larger than a depth of the assembling hole and larger than a longitudinal extent of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,919,131

DOG BONE BUTTERFLY SLIDING TORQUE REACTOR AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A torque reactor comprising:a first body element adjustably joined to a second body element;
a first key extending from the first body element and configured to engage a first socket;
a second key extending from the second body element and configured to engage a second socket;
wherein at least one of the first key and second key is constrained to rotate over a limited rotation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,130

WRENCH

1. A wrench for tightening or loosening a nut, comprisinga first member having a first jaw, a first holding arm and a first joint portion connecting the first jaw to the first holding arm, the first jaw having a first upper surface, a first lower surface, a first nut member contacting wall extending from the first upper surface to the first lower surface, and a first edge defined between the first upper surface and the first nut member contacting wall, the first upper surface being positioned farther away from the first joint portion than the first lower surface;
a second member having a second jaw, a second holding arm and a second joint portion connecting the second jaw to the second holding arm, the second jaw having a second upper surface, a second lower surface, a second nut member contacting wall extending from the second upper surface to the second lower surface, and a second edge defined between the second upper surface and the second nut member contacting wall, the second upper surface being positioned farther away from the second holding arm than the second lower surface;
a joint including the first joint portion, the second joint portion and a pivotal axis at which the first and second members are pivotably coupled to each other, thereby allowing the first and second jaws to be movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a first opening defined by the first nut member contacting wall and the second nut member contacting wall, when the first and second jaws are positioned in the closed positions, the first opening having a first central axis extending through a geometric center of the first opening and perpendicular to a plane in which the first opening lies, the first opening having a top edge that comprises the first edge and the second edge,
wherein when the first and second holding arms moving away from each other, the first and second jaws move away from the first central axis toward the open position, and when the first and second holding arms moving toward each other, the first and second jaws move toward the first central axis toward the closed position,
wherein when the first and second jaws are in the closed position, the first and second holding arms are positioned generally parallel to the first central axis of the first opening,
wherein when the first and second jaws engage with a nut being tightened or loosened to rotate the nut, the first holding arm and the second holding arm are positioned generally perpendicular to a rotation plane defined by the top edge of the first opening,
wherein the first nut member contacting wall and the second nut member contacting wall are both spaced away from the joint,
wherein when the first and second jaws are positioned in the open position, a top surface of the first joint portion and a top surface of the second joint portion generally overlap with each other when viewed from a direction aligned with the pivotal axis,
wherein when the first and second jaws are positioned in the closed position, a second opening is formed transverse to the first opening and intersect the first opening, the first and second openings being separated by engaged ends of the first and second jaws, respectively, the second opening having a second central axis positioned generally parallel to the pivot axis,
wherein the first jaw further has a first parallel wall extending from an end of the first nut member contacting wall away from the first central axis when the first and second jaws are in the closed position, and the second jaw further has a second parallel wall extending from an end of the second nut member contacting wall away from the first central axis when the first and second jaws are in the closed position, the first and second parallel walls being positioned facing directly toward each and parallel to each other when the first and second jaws are in the closed position, and
wherein a thickness of the first nut member contacting wall is greater than a thickness of the first parallel wall, and thickness of the second nut member contacting wall is greater than a thickness of the second parallel wall.

US Pat. No. 10,919,129

VISE TABLE

1. A vise table comprising:a table block including an upper work surface;
a vise head block operably connected to the table block via a threaded guide, and wherein said vise head block is configured to move between an open position and a closed position, wherein in said open position, the vise head block is distal from the table block, and in said closed position, the vise head block is adjacent to the table block;
a rotator configured to selectively rotate the threaded guide in either a first direction or a second direction, wherein rotating the threaded guide in the first direction moves the vise head block toward the open position, and rotating the threaded guide in the second direction moves the vise head block toward the closed position; and
an activation mechanism configured to selectively facilitate movement of the vise head block in either a threaded mode or an unthreaded mode, wherein in said threaded mode, movement of the vice head block can only be achieved by rotating the threaded guide, and in said unthreaded mode, wherein movement of the vise head block can only be achieved by applying force to the vise head block in the desired direction of movement, said activation mechanism comprising:
an activator movable between an unactivated position and an activated position;
a trigger tooth in communication with the activator and movable between a first position and second position, wherein movement of the activator controls movement of the trigger tooth, and wherein when activator is in the unactivated position, the trigger tooth is in the first position, and wherein when the activator is in the activated position, the trigger tooth is in the second position; and
an engagement block having a threaded portion configured to correspond the threaded guide, and wherein said engagement block is in communication with the trigger tooth and movable between a disengaged position and an engaged position; wherein when the trigger tooth is the first position, the engagement block is in the disengaged position, wherein the threaded portion is disengaged from the threaded guide, this corresponds to the unthreaded mode, and wherein when the trigger tooth is in the second position, the engagement block is in the engaged position, wherein the threaded portion is engaged to the threaded guide, this corresponds to the threaded mode.

US Pat. No. 10,919,128

MODULAR SIDE-BY-SIDE VISE STRUCTURE

1. A modular side-by-side vise structure, comprising:a base (1), both sides of which are respectively provided with a laterally extending groove (11);
a fixture block group (2), including a plurality of stoppers (21) and at least movable fixture blocks (22), located on the base (1); a first upper bulge (211) protruding outwards on left and right sides of the stopper (21) respectively, a first lower bulge (212) protruding outwards at an opposite end from the first upper bulge (211); a first side groove (213) located between the first lower bulge (212) and the first upper bulge (211); a bottom end face of the first upper bulge (211) having a first detent (214); a second upper bulge (221) protruding outwards on left and right sides of the movable fixture block (22) respectively, a second lower bulge (222) protruding outwards at an opposite end from the second upper bulge (221); a second side groove (223) located between the second lower bulge (222) and the second upper bulge (221); a bottom end face of the second upper bulge (221) having a second detent (224); and
a side clamping piece group (3), including a plurality of side clamping pieces (31); wherein every two side clamping pieces (31) are a group, located on the right and left sides of the stopper (21) and movable fixture block (22), respectively; an inner side wall of each of the side clamping pieces (31) has upper and lower side bulges (311, 312) protruding in the same direction; each of the side clamping pieces (31) including an inwardly dished connection well (313) located between the upper and lower side bulges (311, 312); each of the side clamping pieces (31) including a positioning lug (314) protruding from a top surface of the upper side bulge (311); wherein the positioning lug (314) is configured to be in the first and the second detent (214, 224) respectively for clamping, so that the side clamping piece (31) is fixed to the base (1) as the positioning lugs (314) are clamped in the first and the second detent (214, 224); and an upper part (315) and a lower part (316) protruding oppositely on one side of the side clamping piece (31) at an opposite side from the upper and lower side bulges (311, 312); wherein the upper part (315) has a vertically through bolt hole (317), when the bolt (10) is screwed in the hole to prop the top side of lower part (316), the connection wall (313) is taken as pivot, so that the lower side bulge (312) clamps an upper side face of the groove (11) upwards, the stopper (21) or movable fixture block (22) configured to cling to base (1) tightly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,127

GRINDING WHEEL

Matuschek Messtechnik Gmb...

1. A grinding wheel for grinding metallic welding electrodes, comprising:an elastomerically deformable supporting layer that extends uninterrupted over an entire outer annular region of the grinding wheel from at least an inner edge of the outer annular region to an outer edge of the outer annular region;
a first metallic surface fastened to the elastomerically deformable supporting layer, the first metallic surface being an elastically deformable metal foil, wherein the elastically deformable metal foil extends radially, uninterrupted over the entire outer annular region along a surface of the elastomerically deformable supporting layer, from the inner edge of the outer annular region to the outer edge of the outer annular region such that the elastically deformable metal foil completely covers the outer annular region so that no portion of the surface of the elastomerically deformable supporting layer within the outer annular region is exposed; and
abrasive particles attached to the first metallic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,919,126

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING ABRASIVE ARTICLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method for making an abrasive article comprising:loading abrasive particles to a distribution tool, the distribution tool including a plurality of spaced apart elongated strips combining to define a plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels being open to a lower side of the distribution tool; and
distributing abrasive particles from the distribution tool on to a major face of a backing construction web located immediately below the lower side of the distribution tool;
wherein at least a majority of the abrasive particles distributed from the distribution tool undergo a particle orientation sequence in which each abrasive particle of the at least a majority of abrasive particles:
a) enters one of the plurality of channels,
b) passes partially through the corresponding channel such that a first portion of the abrasive particle is beyond the lower side and in contact with the major face, and a second portion of the abrasive particle is within the channel,
c) remains in simultaneous contact with at least one of the strips and the major face for a dwell period.

US Pat. No. 10,919,125

GRINDSTONE

NANO TEM CO., LTD., Naga...

1. A grindstone in which a grinding/polishing section for processing a workpiece hasa honeycomb structure formed by arranging polygonal prisms with no clearance therebetween, and
a plurality of separated grindstone columns, wherein each grindstone column of the plurality of separated grindstone columns:
consists of abrasive grains and a binder,
has an axis L in depth direction of grinding/polishing surface, and
is disposed on intersections or wall portions of the honeycomb structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,124

GRINDING MACHINE

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

1. A gear or profile grinding machine comprising:an electric drive with a drive wheel, wherein the electric drive is arranged on a base unit of the grinding machine and rotates the drive wheel,
a grinding spindle unit which is configured as a grinding arm that has a tubular structure at least in sections, wherein the grinding arm is removably mounted to the base unit of the grinding machine so as to extend from the base unit, wherein the grinding arm extends longitudinally from end that includes a driver to an opposite end which comprises a grinding tool which is mounted on a shaft, wherein the driver is in rotary union with the grinding tool by a first belt which is guided around the driver at a first location and guided around the grinding tool shaft, and
a gear element which transmits rotational movement of the drive wheel to the grinding tool,wherein the gear element comprises:the driver which is supported on the grinding spindle unit and which is in rotary union with the grinding tool via the first belt,
two guide wheels which are supported on the grinding spindle unit and
a second belt which is guided around the driver at a second different location and the guide wheels,wherein in the mounted state of the grinding spindle unit at the base unit the drive wheel contacts the belt between the two guide wheels and thereby drives the driver via the second belt and, in turn, drives the grinding tool via the first belt.

US Pat. No. 10,919,123

PIEZO-ELECTRIC END-POINTING FOR 3D PRINTED CMP PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of polishing a substrate, comprising:urging the substrate against a polishing surface of a polishing pad to remove one or more material layers from a patterned surface of the substrate, wherein
the patterned surface comprises a plurality of openings formed therein and the one or more material layers are disposed on the patterned surface and in the plurality of openings,
the polishing pad comprises a plurality of sensors embedded in a polishing pad material thereof, and
the polishing pad is mounted on a polishing platen of a polishing system;
detecting removal of the one or more material layers from the patterned surface, comprising:
detecting a frictional force exerted by the substrate against the polishing surface of the polishing pad using the plurality of sensors;
converting the detected frictional force into signal information;
wirelessly communicating the signal information received from the plurality of sensors to one or more interrogators disposed in the polishing platen;
detecting a change in the signal information, the change in the signal information corresponding to a change in the detected frictional force as at least one of the one or more material layers are removed from at least a portion of the patterned surface; and
changing one or more polishing conditions based on the detected change in signal information.

US Pat. No. 10,919,122

GRINDING AND/OR EROSION MACHINE

1. Grinding and/or erosion machine (10) that is configured to machine a chip-cutting rotary tool (13), that comprises a tool body (18) extending along a tool longitudinal axis (L), and having several cutting plates (19) per existing pitch (TR), said cutting plates being mounted to the tool body (18), wherein the machine comprises:a control device (25) configured to activate an axis arrangement (11) of the grinding and/or erosion machine (10) in order to move a machine tool (12) of the grinding and/or erosion machine (10) and the rotary tool (13) to be machined relative to each other,
an interface device (26) that is communicatively connected to the control device (25), wherein a user is able to use the interface device (26) to trigger a data import function of the control device (25) for reading-in position data of the cutting plates (19) into an imported machine data set (M),
wherein the position data (P) for each of the cutting plates (19) comprise at least one angular value (?1, ?2) describing an angular position about the tool longitudinal axis (L), a first length value (z1) and a second length value (z2), wherein the first length value (z1) describes an edge position of a first edge (37) of a respective cutting plate (19) of the cutting plates (19) in a direction parallel to the tool longitudinal axis (L), and wherein the second length value (z2) describes an edge position of a second edge (38) of the respective cutting plate (19) in a direction parallel to the tool longitudinal axis (L), said second edge being opposite the first edge (37),
wherein the control device (25) is configured to import the position data (P) during the data import function in chaotic order and to allocate the position data (P) of each of the cutting plates (19) in the imported machine data set (M) respectively to a separate virtual pitch (TV), independent of whether or not the cutting plates (19) do in fact belong or not belong to a common pitch of the rotary tool (13).

US Pat. No. 10,919,121

MACHINING DEVICE

NATIONAL CHUNG HSING UNIV...

1. A machining device, which is adapted to be installed on a mount, wherein the mount is provided with a spindle and a toolholder provided on the spindle; the toolholder is controllable to rotate and is adapted to be engaged with a tool; the machining device comprising:a primary coil module comprising a first ferrite core and a first coil, wherein the first ferrite core is engaged with the toolholder; the first coil is modular molded, and is detachably engaged with the first ferrite core; the first coil has a first hollow portion which is adapted to be passed through by a part of the first ferrite core;
a piezoelectric actuator which is electrically connected to the primary coil module and is engaged with the toolholder to be controlled to drive the tool to vibrate; and
at least one secondary coil module which is adjacent to the primary coil module, and comprises a second ferrite core and a second coil, wherein the second coil is modular molded and is detachably engaged with the second ferrite core; the second coil has a second hollow portion which is adapted to be passed through by a part of the second ferrite core;
wherein the first ferrite core is provided with a second frame and a second flange extending outwardly from a surface of the second frame in a radial direction of the first ferrite core; the first coil is engaged with an outside of the second frame, and an end of the first coil abuts against the second flange;
wherein the primary coil module comprises a sleeve fitting around the toolholder; the sleeve comprises a first frame and a first flange connected to a bottom edge of the first frame; the second frame of the first ferrite core fits around an outside of the first frame, and the second flange of the first ferrite core abuts against the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,919,120

COUPLING MEMBER HEAD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A coupling member head comprising:a holder configured to hold a coupling member at an end portion on a coupling target member side in an axial direction and configured to approach or separate from a coupling target member;
a pair of electrodes, tips of the electrodes being positioned closer to the coupling target member side than a coupling member holding region of the holder; and
a retraction mechanism configured to move the tips of the electrodes to a radial outside of the holder when the holder approaches the coupling target member.

US Pat. No. 10,919,119

METHOD FOR REPAIRING A COMPONENT BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for repairing a component, the method comprising:removing a portion originally including a plurality of original cooling holes, of the component to form a cavity;
forming by additive manufacturing a replacement portion including a plurality of cooling holes, wherein the replacement portion replaces the portion of the component; and
varying a surface roughness and a diameter of at least one cooling hole of the plurality of cooling holes relative to the plurality of original cooling holes during the forming by additive manufacturing the replacement portion, wherein the forming includes in-situ forming by additive manufacturing the replacement portion in the cavity, wherein the varying step includes varying the surface roughness in a range from 0.1 ?m Ra to 10 ?m Ra relative to the plurality of original cooling holes.

US Pat. No. 10,919,118

ULTRASONIC SCANNER FOR PIPELINE USE

Shawcor, Ltd., Toronto (...

1. A scanner assembly for external inspection of a pipeline girth weld, the apparatus comprising:a pipe mount section, mountable by mounting means to a mounting band affixed to the pipeline and capable of rotating around the circumference of the pipeline by travelling around the mounting band;
a scanner frame section, having scanner mounts;
wherein the scanner frame section has displacement means relative to the pipe mount section, such that the scanner frame section can be slidably displaced in relation to the pipe mount section from a first position in which the scanner frame section is proximal to the pipe to a second position in which the scanner frame section is distal to the pipe, when said pipe mount section is affixed to the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,919,117

HOT-FORMED PREVIOUSLY WELDED STEEL PART WITH VERY HIGH MECHANICAL RESISTANCE AND PRODUCTION METHOD

1. A welded steel part obtained by heating in the austenitic range followed by hot forming, then cooling, of at least one welded blank obtained by a butt welding of at least a first and a second sheet comprising:a steel substrate; and
a pre-coating including an intermetallic alloy layer and a metal alloy layer of an aluminum or aluminum-base alloy, the intermetallic alloy layer contacting the steel substrate, the metal alloy layer topping the intermetallic alloy layer;
a weld metal zone resulting from the welding operation and forming a bond between the first and second sheets;
the metal alloy layer being removed from edges peripheral to the weld metal zone while the intermetallic alloy layer remains;
over at least a portion of the weld metal zone, a ratio between a carbon content of the weld metal zone and a carbon content of the steel substrate of the first or second sheet having a higher carbon content Cmax, is between 1.27 and 1.59;
a composition of the steel substrate of at least the first or the second sheet, comprises the following elements, expressed in percent by weight:
0.10%?C?0.5%
0.5%?Mn?3%
0.1%?Si?1%
0.01%?Cr?1%
Ti?0.2%
Al?0.1%
S?0.05%
P?0.1%
0.0002%?B?0.010%,
the balance being iron and unavoidable impurities from processing.

US Pat. No. 10,919,116

INSTALLATION OF LASER VENT HOLES INTO VERTICAL WALLS OF CAVITY-BACK AIRFOILS

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

16. A method of manufacturing an airfoil, comprising:creating a plurality of cavities separated by a plurality of internal ribs in an airfoil forging; and
drilling at least one hole in at least one of the plurality of internal ribs with a laser drilling tool, wherein the at least one hole extends perpendicularly to a wall of the rib, wherein the plurality of internal ribs comprises a plurality of circular ribs and a plurality of linear ribs connecting the circular ribs, and wherein the plurality of circular ribs have a greater height than a height of the linear ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,919,115

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FINISHING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FACES WITH DIFFERENT ORIENTATIONS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a build platform;
at least one first consolidation device configured to direct at least one first energy beam to a first face of a component, wherein the first face has a first orientation; and
at least one second consolidation device configured to simultaneously direct at least one second energy beam toward a second face of the component as said first consolidation device directs the at least one first energy beam toward the first face, wherein the second face has a second orientation different from the first orientation, and wherein the second face of the component is a down facing face of the component, wherein said at least one second consolidation device comprises a plurality of second consolidation devices positioned circumferentially around the component.

US Pat. No. 10,919,114

METHODS AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES LEVERAGING GROWN BUILD ENVELOPE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for fabricating an object, comprising:(a) irradiating a layer of powder in a build area above a build platform to form a fused region;
(b) providing a subsequent layer of powder over the build area;
(c) repeating steps (a) and (b) until at least a portion of each of the object, a support structure, and a build envelope that retains unfused powder about the object are formed, wherein the support structure extends from and is dynamically grown from an inner surface of the build envelope to a location proximate a location of the object to be built;
(d) removing the object from the build envelope and the support structure; and
(e) removing unfused powder outside of the build envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,919,113

LASER LAP-WELDED JOINT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND AUTOMOBILE FRAMEWORK COMPONENT

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

1. A laser lap-welded joint comprising:two steel sheets, at least one of the two steel sheets having a tensile strength TS of 980 MPa or more and a chemical composition comprising, by mass %:
C: more than 0.07% and 0.25% or less;
P+S: less than 0.03%;
Mn: 1.8% or more and 3.0% or less;
Si: more than 1.2% and 1.8% or less; and
a balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities; and
a plurality of welded portions that are formed by welding and joining together the two steel sheets which are in a state of being stacked one on top of the other,
wherein each of the plurality of welded portions has a C-shaped surface being arranged in an array,
each of the welded portions is formed of a first linear portion extending in an array direction and second linear portions which are formed at respective ends of the first linear portion and each of the second linear portions has a surface having a semicircular shape,
wherein a radius R (mm) of the semicircular shape and a sheet thickness t (mm) of one of the steel sheets having a sheet thickness larger than a sheet thickness of the other of the steel sheets, or when the two steel sheets have an identical sheet thickness, the two steel sheets, satisfy a formula (1):
0 a gap G (mm) between the two steel sheets and the sheet thickness t satisfy a formula (2):
G?0.25t  (2),a ratio l/? of a weld length 1 (mm), which is a sum of a length of the first linear portion and lengths of the second linear portions in each of the welded portions, to a pitch ? (mm) between the welded portions that are adjacent to each other satisfies a formula (3):0.4 ?l/?<0.7  (3),
the sheet thickness t satisfies a formula (4):
t?4.0 mm  (4),
a space X (mm) between an end of a contact portion where the two steel sheets are in contact with each other and each of the welded portions satisfies a formula (5):
2t?X?4t  (5), and
a ratio W/t of a width W (mm) of each of the welded portions to the sheet thickness t satisfies a formula (6):
0.3?W/t?1.0  (6).

US Pat. No. 10,919,112

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A LITHIUM METAL NEGATIVE ELECTRODE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of manufacturing a negative electrode for an electrochemical cell of a lithium metal battery, the method including the following steps:(a) delivering a continuous lithium metal sheet to a cutting station;
(b) directing a first laser beam at an upper surface of the lithium metal sheet and advancing the first laser beam relative to the upper surface of the lithium metal sheet to cut off an end portion of the lithium metal sheet and form a lithium metal piece;
(c) delivering the lithium metal piece to a joining station;
(d) positioning a metallic current collector piece adjacent the lithium metal piece in an at least partially lapped configuration such that a faying surface of the metallic current collector piece confronts a faying surface of the lithium metal piece to establish a faying interface between the pieces at a weld site;
(e) positioning a transparent cover over the metallic current collector piece at the weld site such that the transparent cover presses against an upper surface of the metallic current collector piece and the faying surfaces of the metallic current collector piece and the lithium metal piece press against each other at the weld site;
(f) directing a second laser beam at the upper surface of the metallic current collector piece at the weld site to melt a portion of the lithium metal piece adjacent the faying surface of the metallic current collector piece and produce a lithium metal molten weld pool that wets the faying surface of the metallic current collector piece;
(g) terminating the second laser beam to solidify the lithium metal molten weld pool into a solid weld joint that physically bonds the lithium metal piece and the metallic current collector piece together at the weld site; and
(h) continuously repeating and coordinating steps (a) through (g) so that steps (b) and (f) are performed at different times using the same laser scanning head,
wherein the continuous lithium metal sheet and the lithium metal piece are respectively delivered to the cutting station and to the joining station by a first platform traveling in a first direction, and wherein the metallic current collector piece is delivered to the joining station by a second platform traveling in a second direction opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,111

LASER ENGRAVER MIRROR ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A laser engraving system, comprising:a laser transmitter configured to transmit a laser beam;
a workpiece support surface;
a lens assembly configured to focus the transmitted laser beam onto a workpiece supported by the workpiece support surface;
a first base supporting a first mirror and a first camera;
a rail system supporting the first base and configured to move the first base;
a memory; and
a controller operably connected to the first camera and the memory, the controller configured to execute program instructions stored in the memory to
obtain a first image data from the first camera indicative of a first location of the transmitted laser beam on the first mirror when the first camera and the first mirror are at a first rail system location,
obtain a second image data from the first camera indicative of a second location of the transmitted laser beam on the first mirror when the first camera and the first mirror are at a second rail system location spaced apart, along the rail system, from the first rail system location, and
output a first mirror adjustment signal for the first mirror based upon the first image data and the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,919,110

DATA GENERATING DEVICE SETTING MACHINING CONDITION SUITABLE FOR FOIL PLACED ON WORKPIECE TO BE MACHINED BY IRRADIATING LASER BEAM THEREON

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A data generating device for generating machining data to control irradiation of a laser beam from a laser machining device onto a surface of a workpiece on which a target foil to be subjected to the irradiation of the laser beam is placed, the target foil being made of metal, the machining data including a machining condition on the irradiation of the laser beam, the data generating device comprising:a storage configured to store a plurality of sets of machining condition information in association with respective ones of a plurality of sets of foil information, each of the plurality of sets of machining condition information specifying a machining condition on the irradiation of the laser beam, the machining condition including at least one of output intensity of the laser beam, scanning speed of the laser beam, a scanning number of times of the laser beam, a frequency of the laser beam, and a pulse width of the laser beam, each of the plurality of sets of foil information specifying foil composition, the foil composition including material of the corresponding one of the plurality of foils and a thickness of the corresponding one of the plurality of foils; and
a controller configured to perform:
receiving input information specifying the foil composition of the target foil as one set of foil information; and
identifying one of the plurality of sets of machining condition information stored in the storage, the one of the plurality of sets of machining condition information corresponding to the one set of foil information.

US Pat. No. 10,919,109

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PISTON FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONSISTING OF A PISTON UPPER PART AND OF A PISTON LOWER PART

MAHLE INTERNATIONAL GMBH

1. A method for producing a piston for an internal combustion engine comprising:arranging a piston upper part and a piston lower part in a friction welding device, wherein the piston upper part has a piston head with a combustion recess, and wherein the piston lower part has two mutually opposite skirt elements connected to one another via two mutually opposite pin bosses;
arranging a deflecting device configured to deflect at least one weld bead one of on and in the friction welding device; and
joining the piston upper part and the piston lower part to one another via friction welding.

US Pat. No. 10,919,108

CONFIGURED TO SET THE PLUNGING FORCE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A friction stir spot welding device which welds an object to be welded, by softening the object by friction heat and by stirring the object, the friction stir spot welding device comprising:a tool with a cylindrical shape, the tool being rotatable around an axis thereof, advanceable along a direction of the axis, and retractable along the direction of the axis;
a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the tool; and
a controller configured to weld a plurality of serial spot welds on the object, to compare i) a detected temperature of the tool (Tn), which is detected by the temperature detector in a time period which passes from end of a first weld of the plurality of serial spot welds until a start of a next second weld of the plurality of serial spot welds, to (ii) predetermined reference temperatures, and to set a plunging force (Fn) applied by the tool to press the object in the next second weld using the detected temperature of the tool (Tn) according to the following formula:
Fn=F1?((Tn?T1)/(T2?T1))×F2, wherein:
the predetermined reference temperature includes a first predetermined reference temperature and a second predetermined reference temperature, which is higher than the first predetermined reference temperature, and
the first predetermined reference temperature is designated by (T1), the second predetermined reference temperature is designated by (T2), a plunging force applied by the tool to press the object at the first predetermined reference temperature is designated by (F1), and a plunging force applied by the tool to press the object at the second predetermined reference temperature is designated by (F2).

US Pat. No. 10,919,107

RACK AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A RACK FOR A STEERING GEAR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A method for producing a rack for a steering gear of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:providing a toothed segment and a shaft segment;
aligning the toothed segment and the shaft segment on a longitudinal axis; and
connecting axial joining faces of the toothed segment and the shaft segment that are directed towards one another by friction welding at a welding joint, wherein for friction welding the method comprises
bringing the axial joining faces into frictional contact by way of a contact pressure force at a level of an initial friction force,
rotating the toothed segment and the shaft segment for friction relative to one another about the longitudinal axis,
performing thermal input friction by way of an input force that is 5 to 12 times the initial friction force,
mutually compressing the axial joining faces by way of a contact pressure force,
moving the toothed segment and the shaft segment toward one another in an axial direction by a predefined joining path, wherein the axial joining faces are mutually compressed until the predefined joining path has been reached by way of a welding force that is 10 to 20 times the initial friction force, and
holding the toothed segment and the shaft segment in position without friction,
wherein a heat-affected zone, as measured from the welding joint, has an axial width of at most 0.5 times a segment diameter of the toothed segment or the shaft segment, the method comprising heating the heat-affected zone to at most 250° C.

US Pat. No. 10,919,106

ULTRASONIC WELDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of making an annular component, comprising:forming sheet feedstock into an annular shape disposed about acentral axis;
bonding one portion of the sheet feedstock to another portion of the sheet feedstock using ultrasonic welding, so as to fix the annular shape;
repeating the steps of forming and bonding sheet feedstock to create a plurality of concentric layers; and
forming bonds between the plurality of concentric layers using ultrasonic welding,
wherein the plurality of concentric layers includes a first group of layers which are continuous, and a second group of layers which are discontinuous having solid portions defining internal open voids, so as to define at least one raised feature on an inner or outer surface of the annular component.

US Pat. No. 10,919,105

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS AND LAMINATING AND SHAPING METHOD

ADVANTEST CORPORATION, T...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus to laminate and shape a three-dimensional structure, comprising:a powder feeding unit configured to feed a powder layer;
an electron beam column configured to output an electron beam and deflect the electron beam toward a front surface of the powder layer;
an electron detector configured to detect an amount of electrons emitted from the front surface of the powder layer as a result of irradiation with the electron beam;
a melting judging unit configured to detect, based on a range of variation over time in a strength of a detection signal from the electron detector, that the powder layer is melted and generate a melting signal based on a reduced level of the range in variation over time of the strength of the detection signal from the electron detector; and
a deflection controller configured to receive the melting signal and determine a condition of the irradiation with the electron beam.

US Pat. No. 10,919,104

MAGNETIC CLAMPING HEAT SINK ASSEMBLY

SFS INTEC HOLDING AG, He...

1. A magnetic clamping heat sink assembly comprising:a magnetic assembly including a carrier body defining at least one seat, at least one magnet arranged within the at least one seat, and a spring resiliently biasing the carrier body; and
a base assembly including a base plate; wherein
(1) in a first operating condition in which the base assembly of the magnetic clamping heat sink assembly is positioned in a first position away from a ferromagnetic element, the spring holds the carrier body at a medial position spaced apart from the base plate, and
(2) in a second operating condition in which the base assembly of the magnetic clamping heat sink assembly is positioned in a second position adjacent to the ferromagnetic element, the carrier body is driven downward against a force of the spring to a lower position and into contact with the base plate by magnetic attraction between the at least one magnet and the ferromagnetic element.

US Pat. No. 10,919,103

INDUCTOR AND SYSTEM FOR WELDING FOR MAINTAINING WELDING ARCS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An inductor assembly for a welding power supply, comprising:an L shaped core element;
a T shaped core element, the T shaped core element having a central extension with an end disposed adjacent to a short side of the L shaped core element and a top section disposed adjacent to a long side of the L shaped core element;
combs disposed about the central extension of the T shaped core element, the combs having a plurality of openings or slots; and
a winding at least partially disposed within the plurality of openings or slots of the combs and spaced from the L and T shaped core elements by the combs.

US Pat. No. 10,919,102

JOINING CONNECTION AND METHOD FOR WELDING TORCH COMPONENTS

1. A welding torch neck assembly comprising:a first tubular segment (2) having a joining section (4) extending in the axial direction (8), the joining section (4) of the first tubular segment (2) having in the nonjoined state a joining surface (31) having a surface structure (7) with indentations (24) incorporated therein; and
a second tubular segment (3) having a joining section (5) extending in the axial direction (8), the joining section (5) of the second tubular segment (3) having in the nonjoined state a joining surface (32) having a surface structure (7) with indentations (24) incorporated therein, the indentations (24) of the joining section (4) and the indentations (24) of the joining section (5) being at an angle with respect to one another, the joining section (4) of the first tubular segment (2) received within the joining section (5) of the second tubular segment (3), the joining surface (31) directly engaging the joining surface (32), the joining sections (4, 5) overlapping in a joining area (6), the surface structure (7) of at least one of the first joining surface (31) and the second joining surface (32) by virtue of plastic deformation at least partly filling the indentations (24) of the surface structure (7) of the other of the first joining section (4) and the second joining section (5), whereby the first tubular segment (2) and the second tubular segment (3) engage with each other interlocking in both the axial direction (8) and the rotational direction (25.

US Pat. No. 10,919,101

WELDING SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING CLOUD COMPUTING AND DATA STORAGE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, via communication circuitry of a cloud-based resource, welding data relating to a welding operation from a first customer;
storing the welding data in computer-readable storage media associated with the cloud-based resource;
offering the welding data for sale, via the cloud based resource;
receiving, via the communication circuitry, an offer for the welding data from a second customer, different from the first customer, wherein the first and second customers are individual welders, factories, distributed manufacturing operations, or a combination thereof;
performing a financial transaction with the second customer;
transmitting, via the communication circuitry, the welding data to the second customer, wherein the welding data defines aspects of at least one welding operation for execution by a welding system by at least specifying one or more welding parameters; and
subsequently receiving, from the second customer, at least one of weld data or production data associated with the welding system during the welding operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,100

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:performing arc welding by periodically repeating a first heat input period having a first heat input amount and a second heat input period having a second heat input amount to a welding subject using a welding wire that is a consumable electrode,
wherein the first heat input period includes a first short-circuit period and a first arc period and the second heat input period includes a second short-circuit period and a second arc period, and
when release of short-circuit is detected during the second short-circuit period in the second heat input period,
a welding current during the second arc period in the second heat input period is set to be less than a current immediately before the release of the short-circuit, and
the welding current during the second arc period in the second heat input period is set to be less than a welding current during the first arc period in the first heat input period,
or
a total sum of energy indicated by an integral of the welding current over time during the second arc period in the second heat input period is set to be less than a total sum of energy indicated by an integral of the welding current over time during the first arc period in the first heat input period.

US Pat. No. 10,919,099

HAND-HELD DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A portable hand-held device configured to be attached to and detached from a metal board, comprising:a casing;
a magnet coupled to the casing; and
a bellow member that is made of a nonmetallic material, is provided on an attachment face side of the casing, the attachment face being attached to the metal board, incorporates the magnet disposed on the attachment face side, and is compressed toward or extends away from the attachment face, wherein the bellow member is compressed while the magnet attracts the metal board and the casing is attached to the metal board whereas the bellow member extends while the attraction of the magnet with respect to the metal board is released.

US Pat. No. 10,919,098

CUTTER AND KIT

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A cutter operable to cut a work piece extending along an axis, the cutter comprising:a cutting wheel selectively engageable with and operable to cut the work piece; and
a housing assembly supporting the cutting wheel for movement about the axis in a cutting direction to cut the work piece, the housing assembly having a generally cylindrical outer surface engageable by a user to pivot the cutter about the axis, a grip portion being on the outer surface and including a plurality of grip members, each grip member including, relative to the cutting direction, a trailing surface and a leading surface extending from the outer surface, the housing assembly further comprising a generally cylindrical outer wall and side walls defining an opening receiving the work piece, and the trailing surface of one or more grip members is closer to radial alignment with a central axis of the housing assembly than the leading surface, wherein the leading surface extends from the trailing surface at least partially radially inward towards the central axis;
wherein the outer wall and the side walls cooperating to define a cavity in which the cutting wheel is at least partially supported, at least one of the side walls defining a plurality of circumferentially-spaced openings communicating between the cavity and an exterior of the cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,919,097

RAPIDLY RETRACTABLE TOOL SUPPORT FOR A PIPE MACHINING APPARATUS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of operating a tool support, the method comprising:providing a tool clamp adapted to support a tool;
moving a worm gear to a first position;
coupling the worm gear with a feed screw in the first position;
rotating the worm gear in a first worm gear direction to rotate the feed screw;
moving the tool clamp along the feed screw to move the tool in a first tool direction upon rotating the worm gear in the first worm gear direction;
rotating the worm gear in a second worm gear direction to rotate the feed screw;
moving the tool clamp along the feed screw to move the tool in a second tool direction upon rotating the worm gear in the second worm gear direction;
moving the worm gear to a second position;
uncoupling the worm gear from the feed screw in the second position; and
rotating the feed screw independently of the worm gear with the worm gear in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,096

MODULAR CLAMPING SYSTEM

SYSTEM 3R INTERNATIONAL A...

1. A modular clamping device for a tool or a workpiece, comprising:a pallet having a plurality of x-y references and a plurality of z references configured for alignment with a chuck and a clamping unit, which is arranged in a clamped state concentrically at an outside of the chuck,
wherein, in the clamped state, a tubular part is arranged concentrically between the pallet and the clamping unit, the tubular part being configured such that it is connected to the pallet by a first connecting mechanism and connected to the clamping unit by a second connecting mechanism, and
wherein an inner diameter of the tubular part is larger than an outer diameter of the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,919,095

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:a first surface comprising a first side part, a second side part, and a third side part located between the first side part and the second side part;
a second surface located opposite of the first surface;
a third surface located between the first surface and the second surface; and
a cutting edge located at an intersection of the first surface and the third surface,
wherein
the cutting edge comprises:
a first cutting edge located at the third side part and having a straight line shape in a plan view of the first surface,
a second cutting edge located at the second side part and having a straight line shape in the plan view, and
a third cutting edge located between the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge and having a convex curvilinear shape in the plan view; and
the first cutting edge is located asymmetrically relative to a bisector of an angle formed by the first side part and the second side part in the plan view;
the first surface comprises:
a first inclined surface located along the first cutting edge and inclined toward the second surface at a first inclination angle as going away from the first cutting edge,
a second inclined surface located along the second cutting edge and inclined toward the second surface at a second inclination angle as going away from the second cutting edge, and
a third inclined surface located along the third cutting edge and inclined toward the second surface at a third inclination angle as going away from the third cutting edge;
the third inclination angle is greater than each of the first inclination angle and the second inclination angle;
each of the first inclination angle and the second inclination angle decreases as going away from the third cutting edge; and
a decrement of the first inclination angle is smaller than a decrement of the second inclination angle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,094

CUTTING DEVICE AND CUTTING METHOD

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A cutting device comprising:a work holder configured to support a workpiece for rotation about a workpiece rotation axis;
a tool holder configured to support a cutting tool for rotation about a tool rotation axis, wherein the tool rotation axis is oriented to the workpiece rotation axis such that when a workpiece is mounted to the work holder and rotated about the workpiece rotation axis, and a cutting tool having an outer peripheral surface, and also having an end surface extending perpendicular to the tool rotation axis and joining the outer peripheral surface at a cutting edge, is mounted to the tool holder and rotated about the tool rotation axis and caused to engage and cut the workpiece, the outer peripheral surface and the end surface function as a rake surface and a relief surface, respectively; and
a controller having:
means for controlling a rotational speed about the tool rotation axis of the cutting tool mounted to the tool holder,
means for controlling a rotational speed about the workpiece rotation axis of the workpiece mounted to the work holder,
means for providing relative movement of the tool holder relative to the workpiece axis such that the cutting tool mounted to the tool holder and rotated about the tool rotation axis is caused to engage the workpiece mounted to the work holder and rotated about the workpiece rotation axis, and to perform a cutting operation, and
means for causing a cutting tool peripheral speed at the cutting edge during the cutting operation to be equal to or more than a cutting speed of the cutting tool performing a cutting operation when the cutting tool mounted to the tool holder and rotated about the tool rotation axis engages the workpiece mounted to the work holder and rotated about the workpiece rotation axis, and the cutting tool mounted to the tool holder is subject to the relative movement of the tool holder relative to the workpiece axis,
whereby said cutting speed is the result of the rotational speed about the tool rotation axis of the cutting tool mounted to the tool holder, the rotational speed about the workpiece rotation axis of the workpiece mounted to the work holder, and the relative movement of the tool holder relative to the workpiece axis.

US Pat. No. 10,919,092

LOW-PRESSURE POWDER INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE, KIT AND METHOD

1. A low-pressure powder injection molding machine comprising a feedstock container adapted to contain a mixed feedstock material, a mold having an inlet, a cavity in which said feedstock material can set and an injection device having an injection port for supplying said mixed feedstock material from said container to said mold by using pressure, wherein said machine further comprises a moveable platform providing relative movement between said injection port of said injection device and said inlet of said mold so that said feedstock is communicated directly between said injection port and said inlet without an intermediary conduit, wherein said moveable platform is mounted on a base structure, the moveable platform being displaceable with respect to the base structure, along a platform displacement path;said injection device is adapted to be mounted on the moveable platform, the injection device having an injection cylinder that is adapted to fill up, at least in part, with a feedstock when in a container alignment position and that is adapted to inject the feedstock when in a mold alignment position according to a propulsion system within the injection cylinder;
said mold is adapted to be placed on the moveable platform and immobilized with respect to the base structure along the platform displacement path when the injection device is in a mold alignment position, the mold defining a cavity and the inlet, the cavity being for receiving the feedstock and forming a part according to a desired shape, the inlet being in communication with the cavity for transmitting the feedstock from the injection device to the cavity, the inlet being positioned to align with the injection device when in the mold alignment position;
said container adapted to be placed on the moveable platform and immobilized with respect to the base structure along the platform displacement path, the container defining a chamber and the outlet that is in communication with the chamber, the chamber being adapted to receive at least one material to produce the feedstock, the chamber being further adapted to receive a mixing tool and also adapted to contain the feedstock therein, the outlet being positioned to align with the injection cylinder when in the container alignment position; and
Said container further comprises a mixer having the mixing tool, the mixer being adapted to be displaceably mounted on the base structure so as to engage the container with the mixing tool.

US Pat. No. 10,919,091

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED CARBON DIOXIDE SCRUBBER

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A carbon dioxide scrubber, comprising:an unstructured metal lattice body defined by a plurality of ligaments extending between a common wall and a housing, wherein the housing is configured to receive a flow of air and the plurality of ligaments extend transversely with respect to a direction of the flow of air.

US Pat. No. 10,919,090

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING BY SPATIALLY CONTROLLED MATERIAL FUSION

VulcanForms Inc., Burlin...

1. An apparatus for additive manufacturing, comprising:a build surface;
a material depositing system configured to deposit a layer of material onto the build surface;
sources of laser energy configured to expose the layer of material to projections of laser energy; and
an intensity modulator associated with the sources of laser energy,
wherein exposure of the layer of material to the projections of laser energy fuses at least a portion of the layer of material, wherein each of the sources of laser energy is configured to form a line projection having a substantially linear shape, wherein the line projection is achieved by a superposition of the linear sources of laser energy, each having a length that is less than a length of the line projection, and wherein the intensity modulator is configured to independently control intensities of particular regions along the length of the line projection.

US Pat. No. 10,919,089

ANISOTROPIC PARTICLES, METHODS AND USES THEREOF

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A method of preparing anisotropic metallic nanoparticle cores, the method comprising steps of:(1) preparing metal seeds by providing a first reaction mixture comprising:
a metal precursor complex;
water; and
a first reducing agent; and
(2) providing a second reaction mixture comprising:
metal seeds prepared in step (1);
at least one of a metal hydroxide or a metal salt;
a second reducing agent; and
an oxidizing agent;
wherein the first and second reaction mixtures are each substantially free of surface-associated surfactants, polymers, underpotential deposition species, nitrogen-containing species, sulfur-containing species, and phosphorus-containing species; and
(3) maintaining the second reaction mixture under conditions sufficient to achieve production of anisotropic metallic nanoparticle cores of a selected morphology.

US Pat. No. 10,919,088

METHOD AND STIRRING SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC STIRRER

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method of controlling an electromagnetic stirrer arranged around a submerged entry nozzle (SEN) of a tundish provided with a stopper rod to control a casting throughput of the tundish, the SEN being configured to provide tapping of molten metal from the tundish and the electromagnetic stirrer being configured to generate a rotating magnetic field in the SEN, wherein the method comprises:controlling the electromagnetic stirrer to operate only when a gas flow rate through the stopper rod is in a first range of 1.5 NL/min to 20 NL/min.

US Pat. No. 10,919,087

SAND MOULDING MACHINE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAND MOULD PARTS

1. A sand moulding machine for the production of sand mould parts including a moulding chamber formed by a chamber top wall, a chamber bottom wall, two opposed chamber side walls and two opposed chamber end walls, wherein a chamber wall is provided with at least one sand filling opening, wherein at least one of the chamber end walls is provided with a pattern plate having a pattern adapted to form a pattern in a sand mould part, wherein at least one of the chamber end walls is displaceable in a longitudinal direction of the moulding chamber in order to compact sand fed into the moulding chamber, wherein at least one of the pattern plates is associated with at least one reference pattern block positioned in fixed relationship to the pattern of said pattern plate and adapted to form a reference pattern in an external face of a sand mould part, and wherein a detection system is arranged adjacent a path of travel of the compacted sand mould parts and is adapted to detect a position of a pattern face of the reference patterns of the sand mould parts, wherein a transverse compaction position in which said at least one pattern plate is positioned during compaction of sand fed into the moulding chamber is adjustable by means of at least one actuator by means of which said at least one pattern plate is adjustable by displacement relative to a nominal position in at least one transverse direction of the longitudinal direction of the moulding chamber and/or in that a rotational compaction position in which said at least one pattern plate is positioned during compaction of sand fed into the moulding chamber is adjustable by means of at least one actuator by means of which said at least one pattern plate is adjustable by rotation relative to a nominal rotational position about at least one axis of rotation, and in that said actuator or actuators is/are controlled by means of a control system on the basis of successive position detections performed by the detection system of pattern faces of reference patterns of compacted sand mould parts traveling along said path of travel in order to adaptively control the alignment of patterns formed in produced sand mould parts along the longitudinal direction of the moulding chamber and/or the rotational position of patterns formed in produced sand mould parts about corresponding axes of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,085

MOLD MATERIAL MIXTURE CONTAINING ADDITIVES FOR REDUCING CASTING DEFECTS

ASK Chemicals GmbH, Hild...

21. The component system according to claim 17, wherein the factice has a particle size with an average diameter of 30 to 600 ?m, preferably from 60 to 300 ?m, and particularly preferably from 80 to 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,919,084

TOOL HOLDER

1. A C-shaped tool holder consisting of an integral frame structure that is delimited by an inner and an outer edge, each C-shaped, in which the C-shaped edges are made from and connected to each other by at least five multiple-vertex frame bodies that are integrated into the frame structure, wherein in each case an inner side of the individual multiple-vertex frame bodies is a connecting surface, continuously curving along the circumferential direction, along the sides of the respective multiple-vertex frame body, and the inner and the outer C-shaped edge is each delimited to the outside by a continuously curving lateral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,919,082

CAST COMPONENTS AND MANUFACTURE AND USE METHODS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method comprising:casting a metallic workpiece having a spiral gap wherein the spiral gap is formed in the casting step; and
at least partially flattening the workpiece by unrolling.

US Pat. No. 10,919,081

PUNCHING METHOD, PUNCHING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATED IRON CORE

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A punching method comprising:punching out a plurality of electrical steel sheets in a stacked state by a mold, the mold including a punch, a die and a sheet presser; and
pressing the electrical steel sheets with the sheet presser when punching out the electrical steel sheets, wherein
a sheet thickness of each of the electrical steel sheets is set to be 0.35 mm or less, a Vickers hardness (test force 1 kg) of the sheets is set to be 150 to 400, and an average crystal grain size of the sheets is set to be 50 to 250 ?m,
a clearance between the punch and the die, is set to be 7% or more of a minimum sheet thickness of the sheet thicknesses of the electrical steel sheets and 7% or less of a total sheet thickness of the electrical steel sheets, and
a pressure that the sheet presser of the mold applies to the electrical steel sheets is set to be 0.10 MPa or more.

US Pat. No. 10,919,080

TUBING BENDER

Brochman Innovations, LLC...

1. A portable tubing bender, comprising:a handle portion configured to enable the portable tubing bender to be supported with a single hand as a fixed frame of reference;
a bender shoe operably coupled to the handle portion, the bender shoe defining an arcuate channel configured to restrain a length of tubing along a prescribed arc during bending operations;
a guide gear fixedly coupled to the bender shoe; and
a guide frame pivotably coupled to the bender shoe, the guide frame including a motor, a driven gear and a guide member, the motor configured to drive the driven gear along the guide gear to pivot the guide frame relative to the fixed frame of reference, to enable bending of the length of tubing around the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,079

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BAND-SHAPED METAL WIRE MEMBER INCLUDING BONDED PORTION

SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a band-shaped metal wire member that includes a bonded portion, the method comprising:(a) preparing a die that includes a first die provided with a depression and a second die provided with a projection that can be arranged within the depression so as to close off a space above the depression, an inner surface of the depression including a central die surface formed at a width-direction center of a base of the depression and a pair of curved guide die surfaces provided continuous with two sides of the central die surface and curved so as to project outward, the central die surface being formed as a flat surface or as a surface with a radius of curvature that is larger than that of the pair of curved guide die surfaces;
(b) folding in two a bonding process portion that is on at least a portion of an extension direction of the band-shaped metal wire member;
(c) arranging the bonding process portion of the band-shaped metal wire member within the depression such that two side edge portions of the bonding process portion are oriented toward the interior of the depression;
(d) inserting the projection into the depression and pressing the bonding process portion within the depression; and
(e) bonding metal wires in the bonding process portion together between the projection and the depression.

US Pat. No. 10,919,078

LAMINATION CYLINDER

1. A method of etching a lamination cylinder comprising:providing the lamination cylinder; and
defining a plurality of craters on the lamination cylinder, the craters having different geometries and a random distribution and being partially superimposed with respect to each other,
wherein the step of defining the plurality of craters comprises:
rotating the lamination cylinder around a longitudinal axis; and
etching the lamination cylinder with a laser beam along one or more helical patterns,
wherein the laser beam is pulsed at varying intervals of time and for varying durations, thereby causing the craters to achieve the random distribution and further causing some of the craters to be partially superimposed with respect to each other,
wherein use of the laser beam causes an increased hardness of a surface of the lamination cylinder, thereby causing the lamination cylinder to tolerate longer lamination processes without loss of quality of a laminated product, and
wherein the one or more helical patterns have varying distances therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,919,077

CLEANROOM WIPER AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

Foamtec International Co....

1. A cleanroom wiper comprising a woven fabric having a first fiber comprising a nylon/polyester conjugate and a second fiber comprising a polyester wherein the first and second fibers are woven using a repeating pattern having six warp threads comprising the second fiber and eighteen weft threads comprising the first fiber wherein the woven fabric is pre-saturated with only ultrapure water which immediately and evenly wets into the wiper.

US Pat. No. 10,919,076

INSPECTION SYSTEM

Ackley Machine Corporatio...

1. A system configured for use with a conveyer apparatus including a plurality of carrier bars, each carrier bar being structured to convey a plurality of pellet-shaped articles along a predetermined path, the system comprising:at least one camera configured to sense the plurality of pellet-shaped articles being conveyed along the predetermined path;
a lighting assembly configured to illuminate the pellet-shaped articles as they are being sensed by the at least one camera;
a removal unit, downstream of the at least one camera, structured to remove the plurality of pellet-shaped articles from the plurality of carrier bars; and
at least one processor in communication with the at least one camera and the removal unit, the at least one processor being configured to at least:
determine whether at least first and second predetermined characteristics are present for the plurality of pellet-shaped articles as the plurality of pellet-shaped articles are being conveyed along the predetermined path, the first predetermined characteristic being indicative of a coating for a given pellet-shaped article and the second predetermined characteristic being indicative of a hole therein, and
provide a control signal to the removal unit in dependence on determinations made in connection with the at least first and second predetermined characteristics,
wherein the removal unit is configured to remove the articles by suction, responsive to the control signal received from the at least one processor.