US Pat. No. 10,967,700

VEHICLE HVAC SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle HVAC system for delivering airflow to a vehicle occupant cabin having a front row and a rear row, the vehicle HVAC system comprising:a casing defining an airflow passageway;
a front duct defining an airflow passageway that is fluidly coupled to the airflow passageway of the casing;
a shifter base assembly disposed in the vehicle occupant cabin and including a base housing defining an airflow passageway that is fluidly coupled to the airflow passageway of the front duct; and
a distribution duct defining an airflow passageway that is fluidly coupled to the airflow passageway of the base housing of the shifter base assembly and the rear row of the vehicle occupant cabin,
wherein the airflow passageways through the casing, the front duct, the base housing and the distribution duct form a continuous passageway through which air flows into the rear row of the vehicle occupant cabin,
wherein the shifter base assembly includes a shifter lever unit having a lever base and a shifter lever, and wherein the lever base is attached to a mounting portion formed on the base housing and the shifter lever is pivotally attached to the lever base; and
wherein the shifter base assembly includes a transfer shifter apparatus having a transfer housing and a transfer shifter device, and wherein the transfer housing is attached to another mounting portion and a support portion extending from the base housing, and the transfer shifter device is pivotally attached to the transfer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,699

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING SLUGGING IN HVAC COMPRESSOR OF VEHICLE

Paccar Inc, Bellevue, WA...

1. A system for air-conditioning a vehicle, comprising:a compressor configured in an engine compartment of the vehicle;
a first evaporator configured in a cab of the vehicle;
a second evaporator configured in a sleeper of the vehicle;
a first one-way check valve permitting flow from the first evaporator to the compressor via a first refrigerant line;
a second one-way check valve permitting flow from the second evaporator to the compressor via a second refrigerant line, wherein the first refrigerant line and the second refrigerant line are joined at a junction between the first evaporator and the compressor and between the second evaporator and the compressor, and wherein the first one-way check valve is configured between the first evaporator and the junction and the second one-way check valve is configured between the second evaporator and the junction;
a control valve configured to control flow of a refrigerant to the compressor;
an accumulator configured between the junction and the compressor for storing at least some of the refrigerant;
a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature of air in a cab of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to issue instructions to:
receive a signal from the temperature sensor, and
when a lower set point of the temperature inside cab is reached:
close the control valve to close a path of the refrigerant to the compressor,
run the compressor to pump-down the refrigerant, and
upon receiving a pressure signal from a pressure sensor, deactivate the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,698

SELF-BALANCING MULTI-CHAMBER AIR SPRING

GM Global Technology Oper...

8. A vehicle suspension system, comprising:a self-balancing air spring, the air spring comprising a first chamber, the first chamber defining a variable, primary volume, the first chamber comprising a moveable piston, a second chamber fluidicly coupled to the first chamber via an electromechanical valve and a first bleed valve arranged in parallel, the second chamber defining a fixed, secondary volume, and an actuator coupled to the moveable piston; and
a controller coupled to the electromechanical valve and the actuator;
wherein the first bleed valve permits a flow of fluid between the primary volume and the secondary volume such that the first and second chambers are maintained at an equal pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,697

AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An air suspension system comprising:a front wheel-side air suspension and a rear wheel-side air suspension which are interposed between a vehicle body and associated axles to perform vehicle height adjustment in response to supply and discharge of air;
a compressor configured to compress air; and
a tank configured to store air compressed by the compressor;
wherein, when a front wheel-side vehicle height and a rear wheel-side vehicle height are to be raised simultaneously with each other,
either one of the front wheel-side air suspension and the rear wheel-side air suspension is supplied with compressed air from the tank without passing through the compressor, and
the other of the front wheel-side air suspension and the rear wheel-side air suspension is supplied with compressed air from the tank after the compressed air has been pressurized by the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,696

ELECTRONIC LEVEL CONTROL DEVICE FOR AIR-SUSPENDED VEHICLES, METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC LEVEL CONTROL

Wabco Europe BVBA, Bruss...

1. An electronic level control device for a vehicle having an air suspension system, said vehicle comprising a chassis having at least one axle, at least two wheels arranged on the at least one axle, and an air spring arranged between the at least one axle and the chassis for at least one of the at least two wheels, the electronic level control device comprising:an electronic control unit configured to initiate a level controlling procedure by actuating a solenoid valve of the air spring to supply compressed air to the air spring from a compressed air storage device and/or discharge compressed air from the air spring into the atmosphere so as to perform the level controlling procedure; and
at least one capacitive level sensor comprising a variable capacitance, wherein said capacitive level sensor is configured to determine a distance between the chassis and the at least one axle based on the variable capacitance, the at least one capacitive level sensor further comprising a capacitor formed by the chassis and the at least one axle, wherein the variable capacitance varies depending upon the distance between the chassis and the at least one axle; andthe electronic control unit including an electric circuit comprising a DC voltage source, a charging resistor, and a time-voltage measuring unit,wherein the electric circuit is configured to: generate a square wave voltage: determine a time period that elapses between applying the square wave voltage and achieving a predetermined charging voltage value at the capacitor, and calculate a current capacitance of the capacitor by the formula: C2=(R1/?t?1/C1)?1 wherein C2 is the current capacitance of the capacitor, R1 is a previously known electrical resistance of the charging resistor, ?t is the determined time period, and C1 is a constant capacitance of other capacitive elements connected in series to the capacitor, and wherein the electronic control unit is configured to generate a control signal for actuating the solenoid valve based on a value of the variable capacitance and wherein variable capacitance is the calculated current capacitance of the capacitor (C2).

US Pat. No. 10,967,695

STEERABLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Blueline Mfg., Co., Moxe...

1. A steerable suspension system for a vehicle, the system comprising:a steerable drive-wheel attached to a main-frame of the vehicle with a parallel-lever suspension, and the parallel-lever suspension including a parallel-acting pair of arms;
the parallel-acting pair of arms include an upper lever-arm, and a lower link-arm;
the upper lever-arm hingably connects a cross-head to a suspension-strut, and the upper lever-arm includes a mid-section, the mid-section located between the cross-head and the suspension-strut;
the lower link-arm hingably connects the cross-head to a cross-base, and the cross-base extends from the main-frame of the vehicle;
a fulcrum positioned proximate to the mid-section of the upper lever-arm, and the fulcrum pivotably connects the upper lever-arm to the cross-base;
the suspension strut mounts to the main-frame of the vehicle, and the suspension strut connects to the upper lever-arm;
the upper lever-arm movable in a parallel action with the lower link-arm, as the upper lever-arm pivots about the fulcrum, and as the cross-head is raised or is lowered in relation to the main-frame;
the steerable drive-wheel includes a steering-leg, and a steering-actuator connects the steering leg to the cross-head; and
the vehicle steerable with rotation of the steering-actuator, as the parallel-lever suspension dampens the steerable drive-wheel with the suspension strut.

US Pat. No. 10,967,694

REAR SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a frame assembly extending longitudinally along a centerline of the vehicle;
at least one front ground-engaging member supporting the frame assembly;
at least one rear ground-engaging member supporting the frame assembly; and
a rear suspension assembly operably coupled to the frame assembly and the at least one rear ground-engaging member, the rear suspension assembly comprising:
a trailing arm generally extending longitudinally and operably coupled to the frame assembly and the at least one rear ground-engaging member;
an upper radius rod extending in a generally lateral direction relative to the centerline of the vehicle and operably coupled to the trailing arm;
a lower radius rod extending in the generally lateral direction relative to the centerline of the vehicle and operably coupled to the trailing arm; and
a suspension member configured to control toe of the at least one rear ground-engaging member and generally extending longitudinally and operably coupled to the at least one rear ground-engaging member, the suspension member including a first coupling member positioned laterally adjacent the trailing arm.

US Pat. No. 10,967,693

CHECK RAIL WITH A BALL-AND-SOCKET JOINT

Benteler Automobiltechnik...

1. A check rail for a wheel suspension in a vehicle, comprising:a check rail body;
a ball-and-socket joint pan formed in the check rail body, wherein the ball-and-socket joint pan comprises a circumferential inner wall and a receiving opening;
a ball-and-socket joint pin with an articulated ball in the ball-and-socket joint pan;
a sprayed plastic injection layer on the circumferential inner wall that is configured to embed the articulated ball in the ball-and-socket joint pan between the circumferential inner wall of the ball-and-socket joint pan and the articulated ball; and
a round plate that closes off the receiving opening and secures the articulated ball in the ball-and-socket joint pan,
wherein the sprayed plastic injection layer is at least on sections of a surface of the round plate, and wherein the surface faces an inner chamber of the ball-and-socket joint pan;
wherein a central recess breaks through a bottom of the ball-and-socket joint pan and has no plastic injection layer, and the articulated ball dips at least partially into the central recess.

US Pat. No. 10,967,692

COMBINATION AUTOMOBILE HELICOPTER

1. A combination automobile helicopter vehicle comprising:an automobile having an engine;
a first rotor blade and a second rotor blade, each rotor blade spaced apart on a side of a hub, the first and second rotor blades are substantially parallel to a horizontal plane defined by a top of the automobile, the hub in rotational communication with a rotor column, the rotor column defining a longitudinal axis which is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal plane;
a first pivot mechanism and a second pivot mechanism connecting the first rotor blade and the second rotor blade to the hub and allowing each of the first and second rotor blades to pivot between a drive position where the first rotor blade and the second rotor blade are positioned parallel to an axis defined by a length of the automobile and a second position where the first rotor blade and the second rotor blade extend in a flight position having a positional angle up to 90 degrees relative to the drive position;
a braking mechanism operatively engaging the rotor column;
a clutch mechanism for engaging, and disengaging a gear mechanism that engages the rotor column from a disengaged engine positioned to an engaged position which powers a rotational force to the rotor column;
a steering wheel rigidly attached to a first end of a tube, a second end of the tube rigidly attached to a clutch wherein the tube is free to rotate in a first bearing when a first end of a steering rod is inserted inside the clutch and extends near an aft end of the clutch, the steering rod extending forward and passing through and beyond a second bearing, a second end of the steering rod is operationally connected to the steering wheel, the steering rod is situated inside a second tube extending near a forward end of the clutch, an opposite end of the second tube extending forward to the second bearing, the clutch is connectable to the steering rod in a road mode and the clutch connectable to the second tube when in a flight mode;
a drive shaft extending from the bevel gear to a tail rotor bevel gear in operable engagement with a tail rotor;
wherein the combination automobile helicopter vehicle in a road mode is convertible to a flight mode upon selective disengagement of a drive train of the automobile and engagement of the rotor column.

US Pat. No. 10,967,691

RETRACTABLE WHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR AN AMPHIBIAN

Gibbs Technologies Limite...

1. A retractable wheel or track drive assembly for an amphibian, comprising:an actuator;
a retraction linkage assembly movable between a protracted position and a retracted position;
a suspension assembly at least partially connected to the retraction linkage assembly and movable between a protracted position and a retracted position; and
at least one wheel or track drive, wherein:
when the retraction linkage assembly and the suspension assembly are protracted then the retraction linkage or suspension assembly supports or both supports or holds the at least one wheel or track drive in a ground engaging position for use on land; and wherein:
the actuator comprises a non-actuating end and an actuating end; and
at least one of the non-actuating end and the actuating end of the actuator are either i) positioned on the starboard side of an amphibian, past the centreline, for a wheel or track drive positioned on the port side of the amphibian or ii) positioned on the port side of an amphibian, past the centreline, for a wheel or track drive positioned on the starboard side of the amphibian, when in the protracted or the retracted position of the retraction linkage assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,690

HIGH MOBILITY ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV), FOR EXAMPLE FOR EMERGENCY AND RESCUE CIVIL ACTIVITIES OR FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE AGRICULTURAL FIELD OR FOR EARTH MOVING ACTIVITIES

1. A high mobility all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for emergency and rescue civil activities or for activities in the agricultural field or earth-moving activities, comprising:a vehicle structure, comprising at least one module for transporting persons and/or material,
at least two front legs and at least two rear legs articulated to the vehicle structure and carrying respective track assemblies,
each track assembly carrying a respective electric motor for actuating a track,
each of said articulated front and rear legs comprising one or more articulated segments, and having a first end portion articulated to the vehicle structure and a second end portion articulated to the respective track assembly,
the first end portion of each leg connected in an articulated manner to the vehicle structure both about a first axis, directed vertically with respect to the vehicle structure, and about a second axis, directed horizontally with respect to the vehicle structure,
an actuator device for rotating the leg about said first axis, which can be actuated to vary the position of the leg about said first axis and to consequently vary the track width distance of the respective track assembly with respect to the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle structure,
an actuator device for rotating the leg about said second axis, which can be actuated to vary the position of the leg about said second axis to vary accordingly the height of the vehicle structure with respect to the track assembly carried by said leg,
the second end portion of each leg connected in an articulated manner to a supporting structure of the respective track assembly, both about a third axis, horizontally directed, and about a fourth axis, vertically directed, and about a fifth axis, directed parallelly to longitudinal direction of the track assembly,
the articulation of the track assembly about said third horizontal axis being a freely rotatable articulation, which allows the track assembly to engage in a pitching-free movement to follow the contour of the ground while the vehicle is moving,
an actuator device for rotating the track assembly about said fourth axis, which can be actuated to vary the position of the track assembly about said fourth axis to maintain the track assembly parallel to the vertical longitudinal plane of the vehicle structure when the track width distance of the track assembly with respect to the aforesaid median plane is varied,
the articulation of the track assembly about said fifth longitudinal axis being a freely rotatable articulation, or an articulation with which one or more shock-absorbing devices are associated, or an articulation controlled by a respective actuator device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,689

UNDERBED HITCH MOUNTING SYSTEM

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. An underbed hitch mounting system comprising:a pair of parallel end members laterally spaced apart, each of the end members comprising a tubular member;
first and second cross rails positioned at orthogonal angles relative to the end members, each of the first and second cross rails comprising a rail tubular member;
a mid rail positioned between the first and second cross rails, the mid rail comprising mid rail tubular member and a hitch ball socket; and
at least four receiving members, wherein each of the parallel end members has two receiving members formed in opposing ends, wherein the four receiving members define a quadrilateral periphery to cooperate with attachment mechanisms for a fifth wheel hitch.

US Pat. No. 10,967,688

MULTI-POINT UNDERBED HITCH MOUNTING SYSTEM

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. An under bed hitch mounting apparatus comprising:a first bracket attachable to a frame of a vehicle below a load bed of the vehicle;
a second bracket attachable to the frame of the vehicle below the load bed of the vehicle, the second bracket transversely spaced from the first bracket wherein the first and second brackets are not directly attached to one another;
a pair of first receiving members attached with the first bracket and configured to engage an accessory member, wherein at least a portion of the pair of first receiving members extend above the load bed of the vehicle; and
a pair of second receiving member attached with the second bracket, and configured to engage the accessory member, wherein at least a portion of the pair of second receiving members extend above the load bed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEMI-AUTONOMOUS REPETITIVE OPERATION OF A TIRE CHANGER MACHINE

HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPAN...

1. A tire changer machine comprising:a clamping assembly configured to receive a wheel rim;
a drive assembly configured to rotate the wheel rim about an axis;
a plurality of tools selectively positionable to mount a tire on the wheel rim and demount a tire from the wheel rim;
a control system configured to coordinate operation of the plurality of tools;
a control input element configured to be selectively operable by a human operator to direct said control system to complete a tire demount procedure under operator supervision for an initial wheel assembly in a set of wheel assemblies; and
wherein the control system is further configured to coordinate the plurality of tools to complete, responsive to an operator command input through said control input element, an automated tire demount procedure without operator supervision for at least a second wheel assembly in said set of wheel assemblies subsequent to a successful completion of said tire demount procedure under operator supervision for said initial wheel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,686

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE OPERATION OF THE ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A system for detecting the operation of the motor or engine of a motor vehicle equipped with at least one tire-pressure-monitoring-system transmitter, the tire-pressure-monitoring-system transmitter comprising:a low-frequency stage comprising a resonant stage connected to receive input from an antenna and to deliver output to a processing stage,
a first switch connected in series with a second switch, the assembly being connected in series between the antenna, the resonant stage and the processing stage,
the first switch being connected to at least two capacitors so as to control the parallel connection of at least one of said capacitors, in order to modify the equivalent capacitance of the low-frequency stage,
the second switch being connected to at least two resistors so as to control the parallel connection of at least one of said resistors, in order to be able to modify the equivalent resistance of the low-frequency stage,
outputs of the low-frequency stage being arranged to receive input from the processing stage, in order to transfer a perceived signal to means for processing the signal, which are configured to compare the level of the perceived signal to a preset threshold level in order to determine whether the motor or engine of the vehicle is in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,685

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a sidewall portion extending in a tire radial-direction; and
a tread portion having a tread surface on outer side in the tire radial-direction and connected to an outer end of the sidewall portion in the tire radial-direction, wherein
the tread portion includes a plurality of grooves extending to an outer end in a tire width-direction, and a plurality of blocks arranged in a tire circumferential-direction by being defined the blocks by the plurality of grooves,
the plurality of blocks includes a plurality of first blocks each having a first outer end edge within the tread surface in the tire width-direction and a plurality of second blocks each having a second outer end edge within the tread surface in the tire width-direction, the second outer end edges being disposed inwardly in the tire width-direction than from the first outer end edges,
the sidewall portion includes a plurality of projecting portions projecting in the tire width-direction,
the projecting portions are placed such that at least a portions of at least one of the projecting portions is superposed on one of the first blocks in the tire radial-direction as viewed in the tire width-direction,
the at least one of the projecting portions includes a first opening which is separated from both end edges of the at least one of the projecting portions in the tire circumferential-direction, and which is located at a position, within the at least one of the projecting portions, most projecting in the tire width-direction,
a center position of the first opening in the tire circumferential-direction is deviated from a center position of the projecting portion in the tire circumferential-direction,
the at least one of the projecting portions further includes a second opening which is separated from both end edges of the at least one of the projecting portions in the tire circumferential-direction,
the sidewall portion includes an annular protrusion portion projecting in the tire width-direction and extending along the tire circumferential-direction,
the first opening is placed on an inner side in the tire radial-direction than the annular protrusion portion,
the second opening is placed on an outer side in the tire radial-direction than the annular protrusion portion, and
each of the first and second openings becomes narrower in a width in the tire circumferential-direction as each of the first and second openings proceeds inwardly in the tire radial-direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,684

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion comprising a first land portion having a ground contact surface defined between a circumferentially extending first edge and a circumferentially extending second edge; and
the first land portion being provided with first lateral grooves each extending from the first edge toward the second edge and terminating within the first land portion, second lateral grooves each extending from the second edge toward the first edge and terminating within the first land portion and a circumferentially extending first longitudinal narrow groove in communication with the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves, wherein
each of the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves comprises a wide-width portion and a narrow-width portion having a width smaller than that of the wide-width portion,
the wide-width portion of each of the first lateral grooves extends from the first edge and the wide-width portion of each of the second lateral grooves extends from the second edge,
the first longitudinal narrow groove passes through the narrow-width portion of each of the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves without passing through the wide-width portion of each of the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves,
the wide-width portion of each of the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves has a localized raised bottom upwardly on an end portion that is connected to a respective main groove,
a depth d2 of the raised bottom of the wide-width portion is in a range of from 0.50 to 0.65 times a maximum depth dl of the wide-width portion, and
the narrow-width portion of each of the first lateral grooves and the second lateral grooves has a localized raised bottom upwardly on an end portion connected to the wide-width portion, and a depth d5 of the raised bottom of the narrow-width portion is in a range of from 0.25 to 0.35 times a maximum depth d3 of the narrow-width portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,683

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion which is provided, on each side of a tire equator, with an axially inner crown main groove and an axially outer shoulder main groove each extending continuously in a circumferential direction so as to define a crown land region between the crown main grooves, a pair of middle land regions between the crown main grooves and shoulder main grooves, and a pair of shoulder land regions axially outside the shoulder main grooves,whereinthe tread portion, which has a first tread edge, a second tread edge, a first tread half portion between the first tread edge and the tire equator, and a second tread half portion between the second tread edge and the tire equator, is provided with first sipes and second sipes,whereineach of the first sipes extends along a curved line or alternatively a substantially straight line from its axially inner end located at a position in the crown land region in the second tread half portion spaced apart from the tire equator to its axially outer end located at a position in the shoulder land region in the first tread half portion spaced apart from the tire equator through the crown main groove and the shoulder main groove disposed in the first tread half portion, while having a width of less than 2 mm over the entire length thereof,whereineach of the second sipes extends from its axially inner end located at a position in the crown land region in the second tread half portion spaced apart from the tire equator to the second tread edge, while having a width of less than 2 mm over the entire length thereof,whereinthe shoulder land region in the second tread half portion is provided with
second shoulder lug grooves each extending axially inwardly from the second tread edge and having an axially inner end within the shoulder land region in the second tread half portion, and
third sipes extending axially inwardly from the axially inner ends of the respective second shoulder lug grooves into the middle land region in the second tread half portion, and each having a width of less than 2 mm over the entire length thereof,whereinthe third sipes are smoothly continued from the shoulder land region to the middle land region through the shoulder main groove in the second tread half portion, and
the third sipes have axially inner ends connected to the respective second sipes in the middle land region in the second tread half portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,682

TIRE HAVING NOISE-REDUCING TREAD PATTERN

Nexen Tire Corporation, ...

8. A method of manufacturing a mud terrain tire having a noise-reducing tread pattern, the method including steps of:forming a tread configured to extend circumferentially about a tire carcass and including the noise-reducing tread patterns;
wherein the noise-reducing tread pattern includes a plurality of tread elements, with the tread elements each having a first pitch length, a second pitch length, or a third pitch length, wherein the first pitch length is less than the second pitch length which is less than the third pitch length; and
wherein the noise-reducing tread pattern includes the following circumferential configuration:
a circumferential row including 44 pitches, with 11 occurrences of the first pitch length (1), 20 occurrences of the second pitch length (2), and 13 occurrences of the third pitch length (3) including the following pitch sequence:
33321122321223333222121123332322322111222121.

US Pat. No. 10,967,681

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves comprising a crown main groove and a shoulder main groove to form a middle land portion therebetween;
the middle land portion being provided with a plurality of middle lateral grooves to divide the middle land portion into a plurality of middle blocks; and
the plurality of middle lateral grooves comprising a plurality of first middle lateral grooves and a plurality of second middle lateral grooves,whereinthe plurality of first middle lateral grooves each comprises
a first inner inclined element extending from the crown main groove and inclined with respect to a tire axial direction,
a first outer inclined element having a length different from that of the first inner inclined element, and extending from the shoulder main groove and inclined with respect to the tire axial direction in a same direction as the first inner inclined element, and
a first intermediate inclined element connecting the first inner inclined element with the first outer inclined element and inclined in an opposite direction to the first inner inclined element,
the plurality of second middle lateral grooves each comprises
a second inner inclined element extending from the crown main groove and inclined with respect to the tire axial direction in a same direction as the first inner inclined element,
a second outer inclined element having a length different from that of the second inner inclined element, and extending from the shoulder main groove and inclined with respect to the tire axial direction in a same direction as the second inner inclined element, and
a second intermediate inclined element connecting the second inner inclined element with the second outer inclined element and inclined in an opposite direction to the second inner inclined element, and
wherein the first intermediate inclined element is located in such a manner as not to overlap with the second intermediate inclined element when the first intermediate inclined element is projected onto the second middle lateral groove that is adjacent to the first intermediate inclined element in the tire circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,680

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire, comprisinga tread surface divided into a plurality of land portions by at least one circumferential groove extending along a tire equator and tread edges, wherein
at least an outline from the tire equator of the tread surface to a tread edge of the tread edges comprises a plurality of arcs each having a different radius of curvature in a width direction cross-sectional view of the tire;
an arc having a minimum radius of curvature among the plurality of arcs lies in a land portion having a maximum tread width direction length among the plurality of land portions;
an arc having a larger radius of curvature is disposed on a tread edge side of the arc having the minimum radius of curvature and disposed at the tread edge; and
the arc having the minimum radius of curvature has a tire width direction length that is 15% to 30% of a tire width direction length of the land portion having the maximum tread width direction length.

US Pat. No. 10,967,679

TIRE WITH A TREAD HAVING REINFORCED SECTORS AND SELF-MAINTAINING RECESSES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire having an axis of rotation, the tire comprising:first and second beads;
first and second sidewalls, the first sidewall being connected to the first bead, and the second sidewall being connected to the second bead; and
a crown including a first side, a second side, and a radially outer tread,
wherein the first side is connected to a radially outer end of the first sidewall,
wherein the second side is connected to a radially outer end of the second sidewall,
wherein the tread includes:
at least one first sector that extends axially over a portion of a total width of the tread, each first sector extending circumferentially over an entire circumference of the tire, each first sector extending radially to a first-sector contact face that is intended to come into contact with a roadway when the tire is running, and each first sector being formed of a base material,
at least one second sector that extends axially over a portion of the total width of the tread, each second sector extending circumferentially over the entire circumference of the tire, each second sector extending radially to a second-sector contact face that is intended to come into contact with the roadway when the tire is running, and each second sector being formed of a rigid reinforcing material having a dynamic shear modulus G* that is at least two times greater than a dynamic shear modulus G* of the base material,
a plurality of grooves, each groove having groove sidewalls and a groove bottom, each groove sidewall extending from an adjacent contact face, and each groove having a depth P that is measured in a radial direction between its groove bottom and a position corresponding to a radial height of the adjacent contact face, and
wherein, for a set of at least one second sector, each contact face of the set includes a recess having a depth p of less than 2 mm, the depth p being measured in a radial direction from a surface of the recess to a position corresponding to a radial height of a contact face of an adjacent first sector, and
wherein a rigidity of the reinforcing material is 10 times greater than a rigidity of the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,967,678

TIRE WITH LAMINATE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. A method of applying a laminate to a cured tire, the method comprising:providing a cured tire having a circumferential tread constructed of a base material, wherein the circumferential tread has a plurality of tread elements, each of the plurality of tread elements having a top surface and a plurality of side surfaces, and wherein the circumferential tread further has a plurality of grooves disposed between the plurality of tread elements;
providing an uncured laminate;
puncturing the uncured laminate to form a plurality of holes in the uncured laminate;
placing the uncured laminate about the circumferential tread of the cured tire, such that the uncured laminate covers at least some of the plurality of tread elements and at least some of the plurality of grooves, wherein the laminate has greater snow traction than the base material;
stitching the uncured laminate to the cured tire by applying pressure to the uncured laminate;
buffing off the uncured laminate from a top surface of the plurality of tread elements; and
heating the uncured laminate and the cured tire.

US Pat. No. 10,967,677

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire with a tread composed of a rubber composition comprising:not less than 0.5 part by mass of silica and
not less than 5 parts by mass of a resin
based on 100 parts by mass of a rubber component comprising 40 to 100% by mass of a styrene-butadiene rubber and 0 to 60% by mass of a butadiene rubber,
wherein an adhesive force of the rubber composition measured by the following adhesion test method is not less than 300 when an adhesive force of a reference rubber composition wherein the whole amount of resin has been replaced by oil is assumed to be 100,
a loss tangent tan ?70° C. at 70° C. of the rubber composition is not more than 125 when a loss tangent tan ?70° C. of the reference rubber composition is assumed to be 100, and
a ratio of a loss tangent tan ?0° C. at 0° C. of the rubber composition to the loss tangent tan ?70° C. at 70° C. of the rubber composition (tan ?0° C./tan ?70° C. is from 3.0 to 10,
a softening point of the resin is not lower than 80° C., and
a cis content of the butadiene rubber is not less than 90% by mass,
wherein the adhesion test method comprises:
preparing a test rubber,
conducting a wet friction test and generating an adhesive substance on a surface of the test rubber,
measuring the adhesive substance wherein a volume of the adhesive substance and an adhesive force per unit area of the adhesive substance are measured, and
evaluating an adhesive force of the test rubber based on the volume of the adhesive substance and the adhesive force per unit area of the adhesive substance.

US Pat. No. 10,967,676

RIM FOR A TIRE

MAI IT ALLA S.R.L., Vero...

1. A rim for a tire, comprising:a main tubular body extending around a rotation axis of the rim and having a cylindrical surface extending between two lateral edges and, in use, facing the tire;
a bead-seat having a greater diameter than the cylindrical surface of the tubular body and overlapped to it; said bead-seat comprising an external portion with respect to a space occupied by the tire and an elongated portion extending inside the space occupied by the tire;
characterised in that it comprises compensating means interposed between the elongated portion of the bead-seat and the cylindrical surface and in contact with them to compensate the differences in thickness present between the bead-seat and the tubular body;
said compensating means comprising an annular element that surrounds the tubular body and a seat having an annular extension around the body and extending also along the direction parallel to the cylindrical surface for a preset length; said annular element being inserted in said seat and arranged in contact with the bead-seat and with the cylindrical surface; said annular element presenting one of its own surfaces facing inside the seat distanced by the bottom of said seat and said annular element projecting from the seat and sliding inside the seat, in a radial direction with respect to the body, towards the tubular body or towards the bead-seat during use, the annular element moves from a more internal position of the seat to a more projecting position depending on the position of the rim to realise said compensation of the differences in thickness between the tubular body and the bead-seat.

US Pat. No. 10,967,675

BICYCLE RIM FOR TUBELESS TIRE

HED CYCLING PRODUCTS, INC...

17. A bicycle rim adapted to seat a bicycle tire, comprising:a first bead channel portion forming a first bead channel, wherein in the first bead channel is tapered and wherein the first bead channel portion further comprises:
a first bead channel outer sidewall having a first bead channel outer sidewall radially outer end and a first bead channel outer sidewall radially inner end, the first bead channel outer sidewall radially outer end located laterally outward of the first bead channel outer sidewall radially inner end;
a first bead channel inner sidewall having a first bead channel inner sidewall radially outer end and a first bead channel inner sidewall radially inner end, the first bead channel inner sidewall radially outer end located laterally inward of the first bead channel inner sidewall radially inner end;
a transition from the first bead channel outer sidewall to the first bead channel inner sidewall, wherein the transition from the first bead channel outer sidewall to the first bead channel inner sidewall is a first continuous curve;
a second bead channel portion forming a second bead channel, wherein the second bead channel is tapered and wherein the second bead channel portion further comprises:
a second bead channel outer sidewall having a second bead channel outer sidewall radially outer end and a second bead channel outer sidewall radially inner end, the second bead channel outer sidewall radially outer end located laterally outward of the second bead channel outer sidewall radially inner end;
a second bead channel inner sidewall having a second bead channel inner sidewall radially outer end and a second bead channel inner sidewall radially inner end, the second bead channel inner sidewall radially outer end located laterally inward of the second bead channel inner sidewall radially inner end;
a transition from the second bead channel outer sidewall to the second bead channel inner sidewall, wherein the transition from the second bead channel outer sidewall to the second bead channel inner sidewall is a second continuous curve;
a first bead seat, the first bead seat disposed laterally outward of the first bead channel;
a second bead seat disposed laterally outward of the second bead channel;
a first rim ledge extending from the first bead channel outer sidewall to the first bead seat;
a transition between the first rim ledge and the first bead channel outer sidewall, wherein the first rim ledge comprises a continuous straight outer surface that does not increase in diameter from the transition between the first rim ledge and the first bead channel outer sidewall to the first bead seat;
a second rim ledge extending from the second bead channel outer sidewall to the second bead seat;
a transition between the second rim ledge and the second bead channel outer sidewall to the second bead seat, wherein the second rim ledge comprises a continuous straight outer surface that does not increase in diameter from the transition between the second rim ledge and the second bead channel outer sidewall to the second bead seat;
a center portion from the first bead channel inner sidewall to the second bead channel inner sidewall;
a first rim sidewall adjacent to the first bead seat, the first rim sidewall having a first rim sidewall radially outer end; and
a second rim sidewall adjacent to the second bead seat, the second rim sidewall having a second rim sidewall radially outer end; and
wherein the bicycle rim has a smaller diameter at the center portion than at the first rim sidewall radially outer end and the second rim sidewall radially outer end.

US Pat. No. 10,967,674

DECORATIVE PART, WHEEL, AND FIXATION STRUCTURE OF DECORATIVE PART AND WHEEL

HONDA ACCESS CORP., Niiz...

1. A decorative part to be attached to a wheel of a vehicle, comprising:at least one fixation portion to be fixed to the wheel; and
at least one first positioning portion and at least one second positioning portion that are engageable with at least one linear convex portion linearly extended on the wheel,
wherein the first positioning portion and the second positioning portion are plate-shaped ribs,
wherein the first positioning portion and the second positioning portion are formed at given intervals on a rear surface facing the wheel and
wherein the linear convex portion is arranged in between the first positioning portions and the second positioning portions with the decorative part being attached to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,673

TIRE WITH TENSIONED SPOKES

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. A method of assembling a nonpneumatic tire and hub, the method comprising:providing a tire including:
an upper ring,
a tread disposed above the upper ring, and
a plurality of spokes extending radially downward from the upper ring, each spoke being configured to carry a load while in tension and while in compression, wherein the upper ring and the plurality of spokes are part of a unitary component constructed of a single material, and wherein each spoke terminates at a lower end having a spoke mount having an aperture;
providing a hub having a plurality of hub mounts, each hub mount corresponding to a spoke mount, wherein each spoke has a first length when the tread is not in contact with a ground surface and when each spoke mount is disengaged from its corresponding hub mount; and
mounting the spoke mounts to the hub mounts in series by inserting each hub mount into an aperture of a spoke mount, such that the length of each spoke is extended to a second length greater than the first length when the tread is not in contact with the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,672

PAINT PALETTE SYSTEM

TULKO HARDWARE, LLC, Tul...

1. A paint palette comprising:a flat bottom base comprising an interior side, an exterior side, and a perimeter;
sidewalls comprising an inner side and an outer side, the sidewalls extending from the perimeter of the flat bottom base in a direction of the interior side of the flat bottom base, the inner side of the sidewalls and the interior side of the flat bottom base forming a cavity; and
paint retaining bristle fabric comprising a fabric-like material having a bristle filament, the paint retaining bristle fabric coupled to and entirely covering the interior side of the flat bottom base within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,967,670

ORNAMENT ASSEMBLY WITH SUSPENSION EFFECT

TAT ROY JEWELLERY LIMITED...

1. An ornament assembly with a suspension effect, comprising:a base comprising a bottom frame and a transparent bottom cover, wherein the transparent bottom cover is fixed on the bottom frame;
a top frame fit and combined with the base to form an integral body, wherein a transparent top cover is fixed on the top frame and the top cover is fit with the transparent bottom cover to form a holding space;
a first magnetic member provided on the base; and
an ornament, wherein a second magnetic member is provided on the ornament, the ornament is provided in the holding space and magnetic poles of the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member are oppositely arranged such that the ornament is suspended in the holding space under the repulsive force of magnetic forces.

US Pat. No. 10,967,669

SCENTED FLOWER PEN ARRANGEMENT

Amanda Steed, Fort Colli...

1. A scented flower writing utensil arrangement comprises:a vase;
an artificial floral arrangement;
a quantity of simulated water medium;
a scented core;
a writing utensil holder;
a plurality of decorative writing utensils;
the vase comprises a base, a brim, and an opening;
the base and the brim being positioned opposite each other along the vase;
the opening being delineated by the brim;
the quantity of simulated water medium being positioned within the vase adjacent to the base;
the artificial floral arrangement traversing into the vase through the opening;
the artificial floral arrangement comprises a plurality of flowers and plurality of stems;
each of the plurality of flowers being terminally connected to a respective one of the plurality of stems;
the plurality of stems being connected within the quantity of simulated water medium;
the artificial floral arrangement being arranged around the scented core and the writing utensil holder;
the writing utensil holder comprises a body and a plurality of receptacles;
each of the plurality of writing utensil receptacles traversing into the body of the writing utensil holder; and
each of the plurality of decorative writing utensils being removably positioned into a respective one of the plurality of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,967,668

WRITING INSTRUMENT WITH A LOCKING DEVICE

1. A writing instrument comprising:a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being at least partially fitted into the first portion and being moveable in an axial direction relative to the first portion;
the first portion includes a first distal end while the second portion includes a second distal end opposite the first distal end and a locking device disposed in the second distal end;
the first distal end includes a writing tip or a nib;
the locking device includes a chamber and a lock mechanism accommodated in the chamber;
the chamber, being provided only in the second portion, includes a wall which is moveable between a first position and a second position;
when the first distal end is below the second distal end and positioned in a direction of gravity only, the lock mechanism under a force of gravity forces the moveable wall to move into the first position preventing the first portion from moving in the axial direction relative to the second portion; and
when the first distal end is arranged above the second distal end, the lock mechanism moves towards the direction of gravity and locks the moveable wall in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,667

FEEDING PENCIL

1. A feeding pencil comprising:a main body including a main body barrel having a tubular shape;
a front barrel configured to be detachably engaged with the main body barrel; and
a cartridge disposed in the front barrel for receiving a drawing material,
wherein the cartridge includes a first engagement portion provided on a rear side of the cartridge,
wherein the main body includes a second engagement portion provided on a front side of the main body and configured to be engaged with the first engagement portion, so that when the cartridge is tilted from the main body, an engagement between the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion is released,
wherein the first engagement portion includes a tubular portion having a cutout hole formed through the tubular portion, and
wherein the second engagement portion includes an insertion portion configured to be inserted into and engaged with the cutout hole of the tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,666

ENCODING METHOD AND DECODING METHOD USING METAL NANOSTRUCTURES

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

1. An encoding method using a chiral metal nanostructure, the encoding method comprising:preparing a plurality of metal nanostructures having a chiral structure;
obtaining optical data of the plurality of metal nanostructures; and
preparing a security medium including the plurality of metal nanostructures.

US Pat. No. 10,967,665

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON FINETECH NISCA INC....

6. A sheet binding processing apparatus, comprising:a conveying portion which conveys sheets;
a conveying path which is a path for sheets conveyed by the conveying portion;
a stacking portion on which sheets discharged from a discharging port of the conveying path by the conveying portion in a conveying direction are stacked:
a first regulating portion which regulates a position of a sheet bundle, stacked on the stacking portion, in a crossing direction crossing to the conveying direction by contacting an end of the sheet bundle in the crossing direction;
a second regulating portion which regulates a position of a sheet bundle, stacked on the stacking portion, in the conveying direction by contacting an end of the sheet bundle in the conveying direction;
a manual setting portion to which sheets are set from an outside of the apparatus;
a binding device which binds a sheet bundle by a staple, the binding device moving in the crossing direction so that the binding device moves from a first side of the sheet binding processing apparatus to a second side of the sheet binding processing apparatus and moves from the second side to the first side, the binding device being movable to a first position and to the second position, the binding device being located at the first position when the binding device binds a corner portion of a sheet bundle, the corner portion including an end where the first regulating portion has contacted and an end where the second regulating portion has contacted, the corner portion being on the first side of the sheet bundle, the binding device being located at the second position when the binding device binds a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion, the binding device being located at a third position when a staple is replenished for the binding device, the third position being different from the first position; and
a controller which is configured to perform a first mode conveying a sheet by the conveying portion and a second mode binding a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion by the binding device,
wherein the second position is set at an outside and the second side of an introducing area, the introducing area is an area where a sheet is introduced to the stacking portion in the first mode,
wherein the controller, in case of performing the first mode without performing a binding process by the binding device, locates the binding device at a position which is set at the outside and the second side of the introducing area,
wherein an angular posture of the binding device which is located at the third position is different from an angular posture of the binding device which is located at the first position, and
wherein an angular posture of the binding device which is located at the third position is different from an angular posture of the binding device which is located at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,664

MULTILAYERED BODY, PRODUCING METHOD FOR MULTILAYERED BODY, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing system, comprising:a printing mechanism, configured to perform printing with a radiation curable ink through an inkjet method on a metal tone glossy surface having a metal tone glossiness; and
a print control section that controls the printing mechanism to print a color layer on the metal tone glossy surface with the printing mechanism,
wherein the print control section prints the color layer such that at least a part of the color layer has a thickness that allows transmission of light reflected by the metal tone glossy surface,
wherein the print control section acquires at least one print condition among a plurality of print conditions from a storage that stores the plurality of print conditions for printing the color layer that adds color to the metal tone glossiness,
wherein the plurality of print conditions comprise:
one or more first print conditions, acquired by the print control section when a base material including the metal tone glossy surface is a first base material including a base member, and a metal tone glossy layer formed on at least a part of the base member with metallic ink and having the metal tone glossy surface; and
one or more second print conditions, acquired by the print control section when the base material is a second base material including a metal part forming the metal tone glossy surface, and
at least one of the one or more first print conditions and at least one of the one or more second print conditions are different,
wherein the one or more first print conditions include a condition for printing the color layer including an arithmetic mean height and a transmission density located in a region below a straight line represented as y=0.1067x+0.8 on the coordinates of the arithmetic mean height x and the transmission density y, and
the one or more second print conditions include a condition for printing the color layer including an arithmetic mean height and a transmission density located in a region below a straight line represented as y=0.0625x+0.8 on the coordinates of the arithmetic mean height x and the transmission density y.

US Pat. No. 10,967,663

PRINTING INTAGLIO, PRINTING INTAGLIO MANUFACTURING METHOD, PRINT-MAKING METHOD, AND PRINT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method for manufacturing a printing intaglio, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a printing base which has a plurality of first recessed portions at its surface;
(b) forming an aluminum film on the printing base;
(c) after (b), anodizing a surface of the aluminum film, thereby forming a porous alumina layer which has a plurality of minute recessed portions;
(d) after (c), bringing the porous alumina layer into contact with an etching solution, thereby enlarging the plurality of minute recessed portions of the porous alumina layer; and
(e) removing part of the aluminum film formed outside the plurality of first recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,662

INK-ACCOMMODATION UNIT AND INKJET PRINTER PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-accommodation unit provided in an inkjet printer including a printer main body, the ink-accommodation unit comprising:a first member configured to accommodate therein ink to be supplied to the printer main body, the first member including an injection portion through which the ink is configured to be injected;
a second member pivotably movably connected to the first member, the second member being pivotable about a pivot axis relative to the first member between a closed position and an open position, the injection portion being covered by the second member when the second member is at the closed position, the injection portion being exposed when the second member is at the open position; and
a connecting member,
wherein the pivot axis is parallel to a front-rear direction with respect to the first member and is positioned at a side of the first member, the side being closer to the printer main body,
wherein the injection portion comprises an inlet and a sealing member corresponding to the inlet, the connecting member having one end connected to the sealing member,
wherein the connecting member has another end adapted to fix the connecting member to a connecting-member fixing portion,
wherein the connecting-member fixing portion is provided on an outer surface of the first member at a position between the pivot axis and the inlet of the injection portion, and
wherein the connecting-member fixing portion and the inlet are overlapped with each other as viewed in a left-right direction with respect to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,661

PRINTHEAD GUARD

Entrust Corporation, Sha...

1. A plastic card printer, comprising:a card input through which a plastic card is input for printing;
a printhead that is configured to print onto the plastic card, the printhead is movable between a printing position at which the printhead can print onto the plastic card and a non-printing position at which the printhead cannot print onto the plastic card;
a printhead guard associated with the printhead, the printhead guard is movable relative to the printhead between a covering position where the printhead guard covers the printhead and a non-covering position where the printhead guard does not cover the printhead; and
wherein the printhead guard is at the covering position when the printhead is at the non-printing position, and the printhead guard is at the non-covering position when the printhead is at the printing position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,660

MEDIA REPLACEMENT PROCESS FOR THERMAL PRINTERS

1. A method, comprising steps of:activating a release condition with a press of a button on a media adapter of a printer, wherein the media adapter comprises a push rod, a catcher, and a spring, wherein the catcher comprises a plurality of claws;
removing a media core from the media adapter;
loading a spool of media on the media adapter;
activating a catch condition with another press of the button on the media adapter; and
printing utilizing the spool of media,
wherein, the push rod comprises wedge structures.

US Pat. No. 10,967,659

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a feeding-side motor for rotating roll media with a recording medium wound thereon in roll shape to feed out the recording medium from the roll media;
an inkjet recording unit for ejecting ink onto the recording medium fed out from the roll media to record an image on the recording medium;
a winding-side motor for winding, into roll shape, the recording medium with the image recorded thereon by the inkjet recording unit;
a feeding-side roll-diameter measuring unit for measuring a roll diameter of the roll media as a feeding-side roll diameter;
a winding-side roll-diameter measuring unit for measuring, as a winding-side roll diameter, a roll diameter of recorded media with the recording medium wound thereon in roll shape by the winding-side motor; and
a motor drive controller for controlling respective drive of the feeding-side motor and the winding-side motor, wherein
based on a relationship between motor rotating speeds and roll diameters under conveyance of the recording medium at a specified conveyance speed, the motor drive controller determines a first rotating speed corresponding to the feeding-side roll diameter measured by the feeding-side roll-diameter measuring unit and moreover determines a second rotating speed corresponding to the winding-side roll diameter measured by the winding-side roll-diameter measuring unit to drive the feeding-side motor at the first rotating speed and moreover drive the winding-side motor at the second rotating speed.

US Pat. No. 10,967,658

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SHEET STORAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first holder configured to rotatably hold a roll sheet formed by winding a continuous sheet into a roll shape;
a second holder provided below the first holder in a direction of gravity and configured to rotatably hold a roll sheet formed by winding a continuous sheet into a roll shape;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet supplied from either of the first holder and the second holder;
a discharge port provided above the first holder with respect to the direction of gravity and configured to discharge the sheet printed by the printing unit, the first holder and the second holder being positioned on a side where the discharge port of the printing apparatus is provided; and
a guide unit provided between the first holder and the second holder with respect to the direction of gravity and configured to move between a first position and a second position,
wherein the guide unit receives a front end portion of the sheet discharged from the discharge port when located at the first position, and does not receive the front end portion of the sheet when located at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,657

MEDIUM TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND LIQUID JETTING DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A medium transporting device comprising:a gripping unit that comprises a plurality of gripping members which grip a leading end region of a medium in a medium transporting direction;
a medium supporting unit that comprises a first adsorption supporting unit which adsorbs and supports a trailing end region of the medium having a length determined in advance in the medium transporting direction from the trailing end of the medium in the medium transporting direction and a second adsorption supporting unit which adsorbs and supports a non-end region, which is a region other than the leading end region and the trailing end region of the medium, the second adsorption supporting unit generating an adsorption pressure less than an adsorption pressure generated by the first adsorption supporting unit;
a medium position moving unit that moves a position of the medium in a width direction, which is a direction orthogonal to the medium transporting direction, the medium being supplied to the medium supporting unit in the width direction; and
a medium transporting unit that transports the medium supported by the medium supporting unit in the medium transporting direction, and the gripping unit and the medium supporting unit are disposed on the medium transporting unit,
wherein regarding the width direction, the first adsorption supporting unit has a length, which is obtained by adding a length twice a moving distance of the medium by the medium position moving unit to a medium length of a size allowing the first adsorption supporting unit to adsorb and support the trailing end region, and a distance from a center position in the width direction to one end in the width direction is the same as a distance from the center position in the width direction to the other end in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,656

SHEET FEED DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A sheet feed device comprising:a housing having an opening and a sheet conveyance path; and
a tray configured to be inserted into the housing through the opening in a first direction and to be pulled out from the housing in a second direction opposite from the first direction, the tray being configured to support a sheet, the tray including:
a bottom plate configured to support a sheet; and
a front plate rotatably supported at an end portion of the tray in the second direction, the front plate having a first end portion at which a rotational axis of the front plate is located and a second end portion opposite from the first end portion,
the front plate being configured to rotatably move between:
a first position at which the front plate extends diagonally upward in the second direction from the first end portion toward the second end portion; and
a second position at which the second end portion of the front plate is located at a position that is higher than the second end portion at the first position and that is shifted in the first direction from the second end portion at the first position,
the front plate including a grip and a surface, the surface of the front plate facing in the second direction and downward in a state where the front plate is located at the first position, wherein the surface surrounds the grip.

US Pat. No. 10,967,655

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:a motor configured to convey a medium; and
a processor configured to control the motor, wherein
the processor is configured to perform predetermined processing based on receiving a signal corresponding to a counterelectromotive force of the motor, and
wherein the predetermined processing includes causing the motor to perform rewinding of the medium by a length corresponding to the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,654

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:a transporting roller;
a driven roller facing the transporting roller to sandwich a recording medium between the driven roller and the transporting roller and to transport the recording medium in a transporting direction;
a roller holder rotatably supporting the driven roller;
a biasing member biasing the roller holder toward the transporting roller;
a recording portion including a nozzle which ejects ink droplets;
a guide rail supporting the recording portion;
a first contact surface provided at a member attached to the guide rail and configured to contact a first surface of the recording medium; and
a second contact surface located below the first contact surface and configured to contact a second surface of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,967,653

THERMAL PRINTER

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A thermal printer comprising:a frame including sidewalls;
a platen roller supported by the frame, through bearings, the platen roller being configured to rotate with a rotational shaft;
a thermal head disposed opposite the platen roller;
a support member for supporting the thermal head, the support member being configured to be pivoted with respect to the frame; and
an adjustment mechanism disposed between the rotational shaft of the platen roller and the thermal head, the adjustment mechanism allowing a distance between the rotational shaft of the platen roller and the thermal head to be adjusted, while contacting at least one from among components of the platen roller and components of the thermal head, so that a gap between the thermal head and the platen roller is adjusted, the adjustment mechanism including:
cams each of which is coaxially arranged with the platen roller and each of which is disposed inside a given sidewall from among the sidewalls of the frame, each cam being configured to be rotated while an outer peripheral surface of each cam contacts a given component from among the components of the thermal head, thereby allowing the distance between the rotational shaft of the platen roller and the thermal head to be adjusted; and
securing screws each of which is provided through a given sidewall of the frame, from outside the given sidewall, such that a given cam from among the cams is screwed.

US Pat. No. 10,967,652

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing device, configured to perform printing on a medium using color ink, the printing device comprising:a pretreatment agent head serving as an inkjet head, configured to eject a pretreatment agent as a liquid that is applied to the medium before the color ink is applied to the medium;
a color ink head serving as an inkjet head, configured to eject the color ink;
an energy ray irradiation unit, configured to emit energy rays, wherein
the pretreatment agent is a liquid that contains a pretreatment agent solvent and generates heat in response to the energy rays, and
the energy ray irradiation unit emits the energy rays to respective positions at which printing is performed on the medium after the pretreatment agent head ejects the pretreatment agent, and evaporates at least part of the solvent in the pretreatment agent,
wherein the color ink is ink that contains a color ink solvent and generates heat in response to the energy rays, and the energy ray irradiation unit emits the energy rays to respective positions at which printing is performed on the medium after the color ink head ejects the color ink, and evaporates at least part of a color ink solvent in the color ink,
wherein, in a case of emitting the energy rays to the color ink applied to the medium, the energy ray irradiation unit emits the energy rays to the color ink so that the color ink solvent in the color ink does not boil,
wherein the medium is an absorbable medium that absorbs the pretreatment agent, and the energy ray irradiation unit emits the energy rays to the pretreatment agent applied to the medium to dry the pretreatment agent at least to a degree such that a curl and a cockling of the medium is not generated after the color ink is ejected onto the medium, and
wherein, in a case of emitting the energy rays to the pretreatment agent applied to the medium, the energy ray irradiation unit emits the energy rays to the pretreatment agent so that the pretreatment agent solvent in the pretreatment agent does not boil.

US Pat. No. 10,967,651

PRINTER AND PRINTER DISPLAY DEVICE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A printer, comprising:a printer housing, which includes a plurality of outer surfaces including a bottom surface opposed to an installation surface, and has a recording paper receiving portion configured to receive recording paper through an opening portion;
a printer cover, which is coupled to the printer housing, and is configured to openably cover the opening portion;
a printer display device, which is removably mounted to an outer surface, of the plurality of outer surfaces, other than the bottom surface, and is configured to display predetermined information; and
a connection cable, which is connected between the printer housing and the printer display device, and is configured to communicate at least data related to the predetermined information,
wherein the printer display device has a cable groove in which the connection cable is fitted and received;
wherein the printer display device includes:
a fixing portion separably mounted to the outer surface;
a display portion main body, which has a display portion configured to display the predetermined information provided thereon, and to which the connection cable is connected;
a hinge portion, which has a rotation axis, and is configured to couple the fixing portion and the display portion main body to each other so that the display portion main body is rotated about the rotation axis with respect to the fixing portion, and
wherein the cable groove includes:
a first cable groove formed in the hinge portion so as to extend along the rotation axis;
a second cable groove, which is formed in the fixing portion, and communicates to one groove end part of the first cable groove along a direction of the rotation axis; and
a third cable groove, which is formed in the display portion main body, and communicates to another groove end part of the first cable groove along the direction of the rotation axis and communicates to a connecting portion between the connection cable and the display portion main body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,650

HYBRID SILK SCREEN AND DIRECT-TO-GARMENT PRINTING MACHINE AND PROCESS

1. A hybrid digital and screen printing system comprising:a direct-to-garment (DTG) printing station having a print head moveable into a printing zone;
a direct to screen (DTS) printing machine for preparing a silk screen for use in the DTG printing station;
a raster image processor (RIP) electronically coupled to the DTG printing station and the DTS printing machine, the RIP having a processor, and a memory storing computer readable instructions when executed by the processor takes the following steps:
store in the memory a digital art file containing an electronic representation of the colors and their locations to be printed on the substrate to produce an indicia;
sending a first signal to the DTS printing machine representative of a base coat of the indicia; and
sending a second signal to the at least one DTG printing station representative of the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black colors of the indicia.

US Pat. No. 10,967,648

PRINTER

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head configured to print on a print medium;
a head unit to which the thermal head is attached;
a holder movable between a first position for holding the thermal head at an attachment position of the head unit and a second position for canceling the holding of the thermal head at the attachment position; and
a receiver configured to receive the thermal head below the attachment position when the thermal head is separated from the head unit in a state where the holder is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,647

FILTER UNIT, LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, AND LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A filter unit comprising:a flow path member configuring a filter chamber through which liquid flows; and
a filter partitioning the filter chamber into a first space located upstream in a liquid flow direction and a second space located downstream in the liquid flow direction, wherein
a first recess and a second recess as two recesses recessed in a direction of being farther from the filter are formed in a wall surface of the second space in a wall surface of the flow path member,
a projection projecting toward the filter is formed between the first recess and the second recess in the wall surface,
a first coupling port through which the liquid flows to an outside of the filter chamber from the second space is formed in the first recess,
a second coupling port through which the liquid flows to the outside of the filter chamber from the second space is formed in the second recess,
the projection extends in a direction of crossing between the first coupling port and the second coupling port when a second space side is viewed from a first space side, and
when a portion of the projection between one end portion and another end portion in the crossing direction represents a front end portion, a distance between the first coupling port and the front end portion in a first direction, among directions in a plane of the filter, as a direction toward the first coupling port from the second coupling port is smaller than a distance between the first coupling port and the one end portion in the first direction and is smaller than a distance between the first coupling port and the other end portion in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,646

JETTABLE MATERIAL FIRING CHAMBER CHECK VALVE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A check valve for preventing reverse flow of jettable material within a jettable material firing chamber during a firing event, comprising:a free-floating plug; and
a first holding post and a second holding post spaced apart from the first holding post, wherein the first and second holding posts extend from a bottom floor of the firing chamber, and each of the first and second holding posts has a first height, and wherein the free-floating plug has a second height greater than the first height, each of the first height and the second height being along a direction of a thickness of the firing chamber extending from the bottom floor,
wherein the free-floating plug is arranged between the first and second holding posts and an inlet in a wall of the firing chamber, the wall and the first and second holding posts restricting a movement of the free-floating plug within the firing chamber when the free-floating plug physically contacts the first and second holding posts, wherein the free-floating plug is spaced away from the inlet when the jettable material flows from a jettable material reservoir through the inlet and past the free-floating plug into the firing chamber, and wherein the free-floating plug is forced against the inlet responsive to a pressure generated by the firing event in the firing chamber to stop a backflow of the jettable material in the firing chamber through the inlet to a fluid passage between the inlet and the jettable material reservoir, wherein, during the firing event, a firing device disposed within the firing chamber is to create a relatively higher pressure within the firing chamber compared to a pressure within the firing chamber before the firing event to move the free-floating plug against the inlet to block the inlet and eject the jettable material from a nozzle aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,967,645

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head that performs a recording operation by discharging a liquid onto a medium;
a carriage that is movable in a direction intersecting a direction in which the medium is to be transported, the carriage having a bottom on which the recording head is mounted;
at least one liquid container that contains the liquid to be supplied to the recording head, the liquid container having an inlet through which the liquid is to be refilled, the liquid container being mounted above the recording head in the carriage;
a plug member that plugs up the inlet;
an illumination member that irradiates the liquid container from the liquid container;
a detector that detects detaching of the plug member from the inlet; and
a controller that controls the illumination member, based on a detection result of the detector,
the illumination member being configured to irradiate the liquid container in response to detection of the detaching of the plug member from the inlet with the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,967,644

EXTERIOR BODY, LIQUID STORAGE BODY UNIT AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An exterior body for storing a liquid storage body including a first main film, a second main film, and a first side film that define an interior space containing a liquid, the first side film including a gusset portion having a fold with two portions of the first side film located on opposite sides of the fold, the first main film having a first main surface, the second main film having a second main surface, and the first main surface facing the second main surface via the liquid, the exterior body comprising:an outer shell that forms a storage space storing the liquid storage body; and
a pressing portion that is provided in the outer shell, that presses the first side film by interposing the first and second main films from both sides, and that bends the gusset portion inward and presses the two portions of the first side film closer together.

US Pat. No. 10,967,643

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a cartridge capable of ejecting a liquid stored therein;
a flow channel through which the cartridge and a liquid tank capable of supplying the liquid to the cartridge are in fluid communication with each other;
a closing unit capable of closing the flow channel; and
a movable member configured to be operated before the cartridge and the flow channel are uncoupled from each other,
wherein the closing unit comprises a closing member, and closes the flow channel with the closing member moved with movement of the movable member,
the liquid ejecting apparatus further comprises a carriage capable of carrying the cartridge and moving during liquid ejection of the cartridge,
the movable member is a covering member provided to the carriage and configured to cover the cartridge, and in replacement of the cartridge, the movable member is removed from covering the cartridge by being moved pivotally by a user to allow access to the cartridge, and
the closing member closes the flow channel by being moved pivotally about a rotational center of the covering member, wherein
the cartridge and the flow channel are coupled to each other by a joint member included in the covering member, and
in replacement of the cartridge, the cartridge and the flow channel are uncoupled from each other by removing the covering member from covering the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,967,642

CONTAINERS WITH LID MANIFOLDS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An article, comprising:a container body;
a lid covering the container body, wherein the lid comprises a lid aperture to permit passage of a printing fluid into the container body; and
a lid manifold mounted to the lid, wherein the lid manifold comprises:
a lid manifold input port to be fluidly connected to and disconnected from a container manifold port of a separate printing system,
a lid manifold output opening that is in a form of a needle having a length of less than or equal to about 6 mm and is fluidly connected to the lid aperture, and
a channel fluidly connecting the lid manifold input port and the lid manifold output opening.

US Pat. No. 10,967,641

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head including a nozzle for ejecting liquid by driving a drive element;
an electrical component coupled to the drive element;
a liquid storing member including a filling port for injecting the liquid from a refilling container therethrough, the liquid storing member receiving and storing the liquid through the filling port; and
a holder mounting the liquid ejecting head, the electrical component, and the liquid storing member, wherein
the electrical component and the filling port do not overlap each other in plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,967,640

INK DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An ink discharge device comprising:a plurality of recording heads respectively having nozzles which discharges an ink; and
one damper being provided in common to the plurality of recording heads and reducing pressure variation of an ink in each of the recording heads,
wherein each of the recording heads includes a head side coupling,
the damper includes a damper side coupling which is connected to the head side coupling along an up/down direction,
the damper side coupling is provided so as to be movable along the up/down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,639

PRINTHEAD CRADLE WITH LONGITUDINAL RAIL ENGAGING PRINTHEAD OVERHEAD HANGER

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A print module comprising:a cradle defining a longitudinal cavity and an access opening at a first end of the longitudinal cavity, the cradle having a supply assembly slidably received therein;
a printhead carrier positioned in the longitudinal cavity, the printhead carrier comprising a longitudinal rail; and
an elongate printhead having a longitudinal overhead hanger for complementary longitudinal sliding engagement with the rail;wherein:the printhead is removable from the cradle via longitudinal sliding movement of the printhead relative to the printhead carrier through the access opening;
the supply assembly is slidably movable relative to the printhead; and
the supply assembly comprises a thrust pin configured for urging a central portion of the printhead towards a lower nest portion of the cradle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,638

PRINT MODULE HAVING PIVOTABLE PRINTHEAD CARRIER

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A print module comprising:a cradle defining a longitudinal cavity and an access opening at a first end of the longitudinal cavity, the cradle comprising a supply assembly slidably received therein;
an elongate printhead carrier positioned in the longitudinal cavity, the printhead carrier being pivotable about a pivot axis at a second end of the cradle opposite the first end; and
an elongate printhead longitudinally slidably engaged with the printhead carrier, wherein:
the printhead is removable from the cradle via pivoting of the printhead carrier and longitudinally sliding the printhead relative to the printhead carrier through the access opening; and,
the supply assembly is linearly slidably movable towards and away from the printhead for detachable connection thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,967,637

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid onto a medium;
a maintenance unit that performs a maintenance operation for the liquid ejecting head;
a mounting mechanism in which is mounted a waste liquid container that houses a portion of the liquid discharged as a waste liquid from the liquid ejecting head; and
an access area that is provided vertically below a transport path along which the medium is transported and that is accessible from an apparatus front side, which is a downstream side in a transport direction in which the medium is transported,
wherein the mounting mechanism includes a housing portion that houses the waste liquid container and is disposed so that a mounting port for mounting the waste liquid container in the housing portion opens to the access area by having the mounting port be oriented in a width direction of the liquid ejecting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,967,636

HEAD CHIP, LIQUID JET HEAD, AND LIQUID JET RECORDING DEVICE

SII PRINTEK INC., Chiba ...

1. A head chip comprising:an actuator plate having a plurality of ejection channels respectively communicated with nozzle holes and electrodes disposed on inner walls of the respective ejection channels;
a bonded plate to be bonded to the actuator plate, and having a liquid contact surface which liquid entered the ejection channels has contact with;
an adhesive layer disposed between the bonded plate and the actuator plate, and adapted to bond the bonded plate and the actuator plate to each other; and
a protective film adapted to cover continuously from inner walls of the respective ejection channels to at least a part of the liquid contact surface via an end surface of the adhesive layer exposed on the ejection channel side,
wherein the electrodes disposed on the inner walls of the ejection channels are each a common electrode,
the actuator plate further has non-ejection channels each disposed between the ejection channels adjacent to each other and individual electrodes respectively disposed on inner walls of the non-ejection channels, and
the protective film also covers the inner walls of the non-ejection channels.

US Pat. No. 10,967,635

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:a first channel unit in which a first channel is defined, the first channel unit including:
a first joining surface;
an opposite surface that is opposite to the first joining surface;
a tube disposed on the opposite surface and defining the first channel;
an outside portion disposed on the opposite surface and positioned outside the tube, the outside portion having an end at an upper end of the first channel unit in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the first joining surface; and
a coupling portion disposed on the opposite surface and coupling the outside portion and the tube, the coupling portion having an end at the upper end of the first channel unit in the orthogonal direction, and
a second channel unit in which a second channel communicating with the first channel is defined, the second channel unit including a second joining surface joined to the first joining surface of the first channel unit,
wherein the end of the outside portion and the end of the coupling portion extend to an identical position in the orthogonal direction, and
the tube includes a circumferential portion that is exposed outside and extends in the orthogonal direction to the identical position to which the end of the outside portion and the end of the coupling portion extend.

US Pat. No. 10,967,634

FLUIDIC DIE WITH DROP WEIGHT SIGNALS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluidic die comprising:an array of nozzles, each nozzle to eject a fluid drop in response to a corresponding actuation signal having an actuation value;
nozzle select logic to provide for each nozzle a nozzle select signal having a select value or a non-select value; and
actuation logic to provide the respective actuation signal for each nozzle, the actuation logic to:
receive one or more drop weight signals; and
for each nozzle select signal having the select value, to provide an actuation signal having an actuation value to the corresponding nozzle and/or to one or more neighboring nozzles based on a state of the one or more drop weight signals.

US Pat. No. 10,967,633

RECORDING DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A recording device configured to perform recording on both a first surface of a medium to be transported, and a second surface being an opposite surface to the first surface, the recording device comprising:a recording unit configured to perform the recording on the medium;
a detection unit configured to detect, when the recording unit records a second image on the second surface, a reference pattern formed on the first surface when the recording unit records a first image on the first surface, wherein the reference pattern includes a plurality of patterns formed at specific intervals on the first surface in a medium transport direction; and
a control unit configured to:
control the recording unit;
generate a first correspondence relationship that associates each pattern of the plurality of patterns formed on the first surface with a corresponding set of lines of a first plurality of lines included in raster data of the first image in the medium transport direction;
generate a second correspondence relationship that associates each pattern of the plurality of patterns formed on the first surface with a corresponding set of lines of a second plurality of lines included in raster data of the second image in the medium transport direction; and
when the second image is recorded on the second surface, perform determination processing for determining whether the plurality of patterns on the first surface detected by the detection unit and the raster data of the second image match the second correspondence relationship,
wherein the recording unit is further configured to perform the recording of the second image on the second surface of the medium when a pattern of the plurality of patterns is detected on the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,632

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a conveyer configured to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction;
a carriage configured to reciprocate in a scanning direction crossing the conveyance direction;
a head mounted on the carriage and configured to discharge liquid supplied thereto from a liquid tank via a supply path, the head including a plurality of nozzles aligned in the conveyance direction; and
a controller configured to control the conveyer, the carriage and the head to execute:
recording an image on one piece of the recording medium by alternately executing a plurality of recording passes each causing the liquid to be discharged from the plurality of nozzles while moving the carriage and a plurality of conveying operations each causing the conveyer to convey the recording medium; and
in a case that recording the image on one piece of the recording medium is executed,
in each of the plurality of conveying operations, causing the conveyer, to convey the recording medium in the conveyance direction such that recording areas, on the recording medium, on which the image is recorded by two continuous recording passes of the plurality of recording passes, are partially overlapped with each other in the conveyance direction,
obtaining, with respect to each of the plurality of recording passes, information regarding a supply state of the liquid from the liquid tank to the head in a case of executing each of the plurality of recording passes,
determining a moving velocity of the carriage with respect to each of the plurality of recording passes, based on the information regarding the supply state, and
increasing or decreasing a length in the conveyance direction of an overlap area in which the recording areas by the two continuous recording passes overlap with each other in the conveyance direction, by adjusting a conveyance amount, by which the recording medium is conveyed in each of the plurality of conveying operations, depending on moving velocities of the carriage determined with respect to the two continuous recording passes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,967,631

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid ejection device that performs preprocessing to apply a processing liquid from an applying unit to a recording medium before ejecting a liquid droplet onto the recording medium to form an image, the liquid ejection device comprising:an acquiring unit that acquires a capture image that is of an image formed on the recording medium and that is captured by a capturing unit;
a calculating unit that determines a diameter of a single liquid drop of the capture image and an interference amount of two adjacent liquid drops of the capture image; and
a correcting unit that corrects a concentration of a flocculant in the processing liquid based on the diameter of the single liquid drop and the interference amount of the two adjacent liquid drops in the capture image.

US Pat. No. 10,967,630

SHEET-FED PRINTING PRESS

1. A sheet-fed printing press, including;at least one sheet coating unit of the sheet-fed printing press and configured as a non-impact sheet coating unit, the at least one sheet coating unit including a transport path for sheets to be coated, the at least one sheet coating unit further including at least one sheet coating position configured as at least one sheet coating print head:
at least one first frame of the at least one sheet coating unit of the sheet-fed printing press, the at least one sheet coating print head being connected to the at least one first frame of the at least one sheet coating unit, the at least one first frame having first and second spaced lateral walls and at least one upper cross member and at least one lower cross member, which first and second spaced lateral walls and upper and lower cross members define an opening in the at least one first frame;
at least one conveyor belt for conveying sheets along the transport path in the at least one sheet coating unit of the sheet-fed printing press, the at least one conveyor belt having a circulation path, the conveyor belt circulation path including at least one sheet conveying section, along which at least one sheet conveying section the at least one sheet coating position is located, and which at least one sheet conveying section is parallel to a transport direction of sheets along a section of the transport path of the sheets to be coated, the at least one conveyor belt including at least one deflection means and at least one radial bearing, at least one portion of the at least one conveyor belt passing through the opening in the at least one first frame;
at least one second frame of the sheet coating unit of the sheet-fed printing press, the at least one conveyor belt being connected to the at least one second frame by the at least one deflection means and by the at least one radial bearing; and
at least one installation surface different from the at least one first frame of the at least one sheet coating unit and different from the at least one second frame of the at least one sheet coating unit and whereby, to decouple the at least one print head of the at least one sheet coating unit from possible vibrations induced in the at least one print head of the at least one sheet coating unit by one of the at least one conveyor belt and by the at least one deflection means of the at least one coating unit and from drives therefor, the at least one first frame and the at least one second frame have an absence of any rigid connection between each other, apart from their respective connections to the at least one installation surface, which at least one installation surface is different from the at least one first frame and from the at least one second frame, and by their non-rigid connection to each other through only one or more flexible connections.

US Pat. No. 10,967,629

PRINTING APPARATUS CARRIAGE FOR CONTAINER HAVING CIRCULAR CROSS SECTION

WIN SOON, INC., South Ga...

1. A printing apparatus carriage for a container having a circular cross section, which is applied to a printing apparatus installed on a transport portion transporting containers having circular cross sections aligned in a row and configured to form an ink-printing layer on a lower outer circumferential curved surface of each of the containers inserted at certain intervals by a timing screw from the transport portion while a stamping roll rolls and stamps ink in a pattern groove formed on an outer circumferential surface of a drum on an outer circumferential curved surface of the container, the printing apparatus carriage comprising:a guide installed to face the stamping roll and configured to operate to support the container not to be pushed while the stamping roll stamps ink on the lower outer circumferential curved surface of the container;
a first guardrail and a second guardrail arranged in parallel with a certain interval therebetween to guide the container entering as a reaction to rotation of the stamping roll and to prevent derailment;
a drive which drives and circulates a belt, which is pressed against an upper outer circumferential curved surface of the container in front of the first guardrail and placed over a belt pulley and a plurality of idle pulleys while maintaining uniform tension, using a rotational driving force of an electric motor to transport the container along the first and second guardrails; and
a guide rail which guides movement of the container entering as the reaction to the rotation of the stamping roll and supports a bottom end of the container to prevent derailment,
wherein the guide has a surface facing the stamping roll which is formed as a curved surface corresponding to a circular arc of the stamping roll and is installed to be adjustable in an installation interval from the stamping roll.

US Pat. No. 10,967,628

ENERGY-SAVING ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY DIGITAL LETTERING MACHINE

SHENZHEN REBORN PRECISION...

1. An energy-saving environment-friendly digital lettering machine, which comprises a conveying mechanism, a rewinding mechanism and a machine base, wherein the machine base is provided with a working platform, and the conveying mechanism and the rewinding mechanism are respectively arranged on a left side and a right side of the working platform, wherein the lettering machine further comprises a lettering mechanism, the working platform is provided with at least one lettering mechanism, and each lettering mechanism is arranged on the working platform through a corresponding mounting base, wherein the conveying mechanism, the lettering mechanism and the rewinding mechanism are all electrically connected with a control system of the lettering machine;each lettering mechanism comprises a lettering assembly, an X-axis moving assembly and a Z-axis moving assembly, wherein the lettering assembly realizes engraving of patterns, and the lettering assembly is arranged on the X-axis moving assembly and supported by the Z-axis moving assembly;
wherein the conveying mechanism comprises a paper feeding assembly and two paper pulling assemblies;
wherein the paper feeding assembly comprises a paper feeding base; a material feeding shaft; and a paper pulling roller, wherein the material feeding shaft and the paper pulling roller are both arranged on the paper feeding base, and the material feeding shaft and the paper pulling roller are sequentially arranged to form a paper feeding path through which a material piece passes;
wherein each paper pulling assembly comprises two paper pulling side plates; a main paper pulling roller; and two paper pulling compression roller units, wherein the main paper pulling roller and the paper pulling compression roller units are all fixed on the working platform through the paper pulling side plates, and the paper pulling compression roller units are movably connected with the main paper pulling roller;
wherein each paper pulling compression roller unit comprises a paper compression roller; two paper compression sliders; two cylinders; and two cylinder clamping blocks, wherein two ends of the paper compression roller are respectively provided with the two paper compression sliders, the two cylinders and the two cylinder clamping blocks, the paper pulling side plates each being provided with a supporting groove fitted to a respective one of the paper compression sliders, the paper compression sliders are slidably connected with the paper pulling side plates, the cylinders are fixedly connected with the cylinder clamping blocks, the two cylinder clamping blocks are fixed at the two ends of the paper compression roller respectively, and a peripheral surface of the paper compression roller is pressed against a peripheral surface of the main paper pulling roller to form a conveying path of the material piece;
wherein the rewinding mechanism comprises a rewinding base; a stripping assembly; a waste collecting shaft; and a material collecting shaft, wherein the stripping assembly, the waste collecting shaft, and the material collecting shaft are all arranged on the rewinding base, the stripping assembly includes a first stripping roller and a second stripping roller, the second stripping roller is arranged above the first stripping roller, a peripheral surface of the second stripping roller is pressed against a peripheral surface of the first stripping roller, and a finished product is wound on the material collecting shaft and a waste product is wound on the waste collecting shaft after the material piece passes through the stripping assembly;
wherein the X-axis moving assembly is a linear motor, and the Z-axis moving assembly comprises a base; a motor; and a screw rod, wherein the motor and the screw rod are arranged on the base, the base is provided with a sliding rail, the screw rod and the sliding rail are arranged in parallel in a vertical direction, the screw rod and the motor are connected, the base is fixedly connected with the X-axis moving assembly, and the screw rod and the sliding rail are slidably connected with the lettering assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,627

PRINTED MULTIFUNCTIONAL SKIN FOR AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Quest Integrated, LLC, K...

1. A method of instrumenting an aerodynamic structure, comprising:forming a printed multifunctional skin (pSKIN) by printing at least a sensor, an actuator and a conductive trace over a foil by additive manufacturing;
providing the aerodynamic structure having a first surface exposed to an outside environment; and
adhering the pSKIN to the first surface of the aerodynamic structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,626

PRINTHEAD MODULE FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A module for an additive manufacturing system, comprising:a frame configured to be removably mounted on a support that is movable along a first axis;
a dispenser configured to deliver a layer of particles on a platen that is separate from the frame, or an underlying layer on the platen;
an energy source comprising a light source or electron gun configured to generate a beam to fuse the particles; and
a metrology system having a first sensor to measure a property of a surface of the layer before being fused and a second sensor to measure a property of the layer after being fused;
wherein the dispenser, first sensor, energy source and second sensor are positioned on the frame in order along the first axis, and wherein the dispenser, first sensor, energy source and second sensor are fixed to the frame such that the frame, dispenser, first sensor, energy source and second sensor can be mounted and dismounted as a single unit from the support.

US Pat. No. 10,967,625

DOUBLE ENDED HAND TOOL

1. A tool for applying items, said tool comprising:a first end and a second end, said first and second ends coupled by a shaft;
wherein said first end comprises a wax tip, and wherein said second end comprises a hollow extended portion which is narrower than the shaft, and wherein said tool further comprises a connector located within said shaft, and wherein said hollow extended portion comprises a hollow tube, and further comprising an adapter, wherein said hollow extended portion which is narrower than the first end is coupled to said adapter, and wherein said connector couples said wax tip and said adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,624

FASTENING ARTICLES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising:a thermoplastic layer having opposing first and second side edges and first and second surfaces, the first surface of the thermoplastic layer bearing a plurality of male fastening elements, wherein the thermoplastic layer is plastically deformed and has a retardance profile comprising an average retardance along a line from the first side edge to a location 500 micrometers from the first side edge, wherein a distance from the first side edge where 75% of the average retardance is observed is at least 10 micrometers, and wherein a distance between the opposing first and second side edges is up to 50 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,967,623

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELASTICIZED COMPOSITE SIDE PANELS AND NON-ELASTICIZED SIDE PANELS FOR ABSORBENT SANITARY ARTICLES

FAMECCANICA.DATA S.P.A., ...

1. A method for producing elasticized composite panels and non-elasticized panels for an absorbent sanitary article comprising:feeding a sheet having side edges along a feed direction;
forming controlled activation zones in said sheet within the side edges spaced apart along the feed direction, wherein each of the controlled activation zones comprises activation elements selected from the group consisting of: cuts, holes, mechanical deformation, and combinations thereof;
attaching discrete elastic elements onto the sheet spaced apart along the feed direction to form a composite web, each elastic element overlapping a respective one of the controlled activation zones;
making transverse cuts at predetermined intervals on the composite web, each transverse cut crossing at least part of one of the controlled activation zones to form separate and alternating elasticized composite panels and non-elasticized panels, wherein: each elasticized composite panel includes comprising at least part of one of the elastic elements, and each non-elasticized panel does not include any part of the elastic elements.

US Pat. No. 10,967,622

COATING DEVICE AND COATING METHOD

HOMAG GmbH, Schopfloch (...

1. A coating device for coating a workpiece with a coating material, comprising:a pressing element for applying a coating material to a surface of a workpiece to be coated,
an apparatus for effecting a relative movement between the workpiece and the pressing element;
a detection device for detecting a surface property on the surface of the workpiece to be coated and a device for acting on an adhesive to be used based on the detection result of the detection device; and
an applicator element for applying the adhesive to the surface of the workpiece to be coated; and
a dosing device for changing the adhesive amount to be applied by the applicator element to the workpiece,
wherein the coating device is configured to change the adhesive temperature in an area of the applicator element based on the detection result of the detection device, and
wherein the dosing device is configured, on the basis of the detection result of the detection device, to change the adhesive amount.

US Pat. No. 10,967,621

METHODS FOR FORMING CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

COI Ceramics, Inc., San ...

1. A method of forming a ceramic matrix composite structure, the method comprising:providing a plurality of lamina, the lamina of the plurality comprising a reinforcing phase in a matrix phase comprising a ceramic material, each of the lamina having a substantially consistent thickness along its length and defined by the reinforcing phase and the matrix phase;
positioning the lamina of the plurality adjacent to one another to form a multi-laminar structure; and
selectively bonding adjacent lamina, of the multi-laminar structure, to one another proximate to opposing ends of the multi-laminar structure to form a ceramic matrix composite structure exhibiting, in a region disposed between the opposing ends of the multi-laminar structure, increased flexibility relative to a rigidity exhibited proximate the opposing ends, the region disposed between the opposing ends and comprising less inter-laminar bonding of the adjacent lamina than inter-laminar bonding of the adjacent lamina proximate the opposing ends,
the adjacent lamina comprising, both before and after the positioning and selective bonding of the adjacent lamina and after completion of the forming of the ceramic matrix composite structure, along the region disposed between the opposing ends, the reinforcing phase in the matrix phase with a lamina composition along the region disposed between the opposing ends being the same as the lamina composition at the opposing ends,
the reinforcing phase and the matrix phase defining, prior to the positioning and prior to the selective bonding of the adjacent lamina, the substantially consistent thickness of each of the adjacent lamina along the length of each and defining, after the selective bonding of the adjacent lamina and after completion of the forming of the ceramic matrix composite structure, the substantially consistent thickness of each of the adjacent lamina between the opposing ends.

US Pat. No. 10,967,620

METHOD OF PREPARING ELASTOMER MEMBRANE WITH HIGH WATER PRESSURE RESISTANCE

TAIWAN TEXTILE FEDERATION...

1. A method of preparing an elastomer membrane with high water pressure resistance, the method comprising the steps of:(a) preparing a dry material by subjecting first thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) powder/particles to a drying treatment at 70° C.˜85° C.;
(b) preparing a modifier, wherein the modifier is one or a mixture of at least two of diethylenetriamine, diethylaminopropylamine, and diaminodiphenylmethane;
(c) preparing a first mixture by mixing the dry material thoroughly with the modifier in a weight ratio of 50%˜95%:5%˜50%;
(d) preparing a second mixture by mixing an initiator thoroughly with the first mixture in a weight ratio of 0.01˜5:100;
(e) preparing a first membrane layer by passing the second mixture through a mixing device and a lamination device;
(f) preparing a second membrane layer by repeating the steps (a) to (e) with second TPU powder/particles, wherein the second TPU powder/particles have a weight-average molecular weight higher than or equal to a weight-average molecular weight of the first TPU powder/particles, and the second membrane layer is formed on the first membrane layer; and
(g) preparing a third membrane layer by repeating the steps (a) to (e) with third TPU powder/particles, wherein the third TPU powder/particles have a weight-average molecular weight equal to the weight-average molecular weight of the first TPU powder/particles, and the third membrane layer is formed on the second membrane layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,619

POLYOLEFIN-BASED ELASTIC FILM STRUCTURES, LAMINATES AND METHODS THEREOF

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A stretch-modified elastomeric multilayer film comprising:a core layer comprising a first ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer, wherein the first ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer comprises at least 50 mol. % ethylene, has a melt index (I2) from 0.5 g/10 min to 5 g/10 min, and has a density of 0.850 g/cc to 0.890 g/cc; and
at least one outer layer independently comprising a second ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer and from 2.5 to 30 wt. % of an antiblock agent, wherein the second ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer comprises at least 50 mol. % ethylene, has a melt index (I2) from 0.5 g/10 min to 25 g/10 min, and has a density of 0.850 g/cc to 0.890 g/cc;
wherein the density of the first ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer is equal to or greater than the density of the second ethylene-?-olefin block copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,617

GAS BARRIER FILM AND COLOR CONVERSION MEMBER

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A gas barrier film comprising a substrate layer containing a filler, an anchor coat layer provided on the substrate layer, and a gas barrier layer provided on the anchor coat layer, whereinthe filler has an average particle diameter D of 0.02 to 3.00 ?m,
the substrate layer has a thickness equal to or larger than the average particle diameter of the filler,
a total thickness T of one or more layers disposed between the substrate layer and the gas barrier layer is 0.02 to 0.40 ?m,
a thickness of the substrate layer is 15 to 30 ?m, and
the ratio (D/T) of the average particle diameter D of the filler to the total thickness T of the one or more layers disposed between the substrate layer and the gas barrier layer is from 2.3 to 15.

US Pat. No. 10,967,616

PROTECTIVE FILM

NeXolve Holding Company, ...

1. A protective film comprising:a) a base layer comprising a soluble polyimide polymer, wherein the soluble polyimide polymer is 6FDA-BDAF and comprises titanium dioxide encased in silicon dioxide incorporated therein and where the base layer comprises a base layer exterior surface, a base layer thickness, and a base layer length, where the base layer thickness is less than 12 microns and the base layer length is at least 2 meters; and
b) an exterior layer directly contacting the base layer exterior surface, where the exterior layer comprises a fluorinated polymeric layer, wherein the fluorinated polymeric layer is selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated ethylene polymer, a fluoroethylene alkyl polymer ether, an ethylene chlorotrifluoro polymer and a polyvinyl fluoride polymer;
wherein (i) the protective film is adhered to a substrate by thermal bonding, diffusion welding or ultrasonic welding and (ii) Wherein at least one of the base layer or exterior layer comprises an indium-tin-oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,615

MULTILAYER BARRIER FILM

Macro Technology Inc., O...

1. A multilayer film comprising:a central barrier layer comprising first and second layers of a polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) polymer, wherein the central barrier layer additionally comprises an ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) layer and/or a polyamide layer which may be blended with polyvinyl acetate (PVA), optionally bonded to one or more of the PVDC layers with a bonding layer;
an outer layer adjacent to an outer side of the first polyvinylidene chloride layer;
a sealant layer adjacent to an outer side of the second polyvinylidene chloride layer; and
a shrink layer in between the sealant layer and the second polyvinylidene chloride layer having a thickness in the range of from about 2 to about 50 microns, wherein the shrink layer comprises at least one material selected from the group consisting of elastomers, plastomers, polypropylene copolymer, or terpolymer; or a blend of low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), metallocene LLDPE (mLLDPE), very low density polyethylene (VLDPE), metallocene polyethylene (mPE), single site metallocene catalyst (SSC)-based LLDPE, ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), ethylene methacrylate (EMA), acid polymers, network polymers, ionomers with a melt index (MI) of from about 0.5 MI to 10 MI, and blends of these.

US Pat. No. 10,967,614

SOLID-PHASE COMPOSITE STRUCTURE AND RELATED METHODS

SEAMEN CORPORATION, Woos...

1. A composite structure comprising:a solid-phase base-substrate component;
a mesh component having non-woven solid-phase polymeric strands that are fused together to form a three-dimensional structure having a thickness of at least three millimeters, the thickness being defined as the greatest normal distance between the mesh-component first side and second opposing side, at least a portion of the polymeric strands that make up the mesh-component first side are embedded into and thereby attached to the solid-phase base-substrate component;
a substantially planar component having first and second sides, wherein the substantially planar-component first side is attached to the mesh-component second side; and
an adhesive-layer component having a first and second surface, wherein the adhesive-layer component first surface is in contact with and attached to the second side of the substantially planar component, and wherein the adhesive-layer second surface is in contact with and attached to a first surface of an exterior sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,967,613

LAMINATE SHEET AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

SHINDO CO., LTD., Fukui ...

1. A method of manufacturing a laminate sheet, the method comprising the steps of:(1) providing a fluororesin film with a thickness of 10-1000 ?m, wherein a surface of the fluororesin film has a reactive functional group as a result of a surface treatment, wherein the reactive functional group is selected from the group consisting of an unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon group, an alkenyl group, an epoxy group, an acryloxy group, a methacryloxy group, an amide group, a glycidyl group, a combination of a carbonyl group and an epoxy group, and a combination of a carbonyl group and a glycidyl group,
(2) providing a millable silicone rubber composition sheet with a thickness of 0.2-5.0 mm, wherein the millable silicone rubber composition sheet comprises a millable silicone rubber composition containing (a1) a hydrophobized reinforcing silica filler or (a2) a reinforcing silica filler and a hydrophobizing agent, and (b) an organic peroxide having a one-minute half-life temperature in a temperature range of 100?150° C.;
(3) overlapping the fluororesin film and the millable silicone rubber composition sheet so that a side of the fluororesin film having the reactive functional group as a result of the surface treatment contacts the silicone rubber composition sheet; and
(4) curing the millable silicone rubber composition sheet by heating under pressure at 90-135° C. to produce the laminate sheet, which is characterized in that the fluororesin film and a silicone rubber sheet formed by curing the millable silicone rubber composition sheet adhere to one another, the laminate sheet has a peel adhesion strength of 5N/25 mm or more as measured on a test strip of the laminate sheet in accordance with JIS K6854-2, and an average warpage value of the four corners of a 120 mm square test sample of the laminate sheet is 35 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,967,612

INTERLAYER FOR LAMINATED GLASS, AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass comprising:a first layer containing a thermoplastic resin, a plasticizer, and silica particles;
a second layer containing a thermoplastic resin, and
a third layer containing a thermoplastic resin,
wherein the second layer is disposed on a first surface side of the first layer, and the third layer is disposed on a second surface side of the first layer that is opposite to the first surface,
wherein the thermoplastic resin in the first layer is a polyvinyl acetal resin,
wherein a degree of acetylation of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer is 25 mol % or less,
wherein a content of the plasticizer in the first layer is 50 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin in the first layer,
wherein a content of the silica particles in the first layer is 5 parts by weight to 35 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin in the first layer,
wherein the first layer has tan ? of 0.8 or greater at 200° C.,
wherein the second layer has a glass transition temperature higher than a glass transition temperature of the first layer, and
wherein the glass transition temperature of the first layer is 15° C. or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,967,611

INTERLAYER FOR LAMINATED GLASS, AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass that has one-layer structure or a two or more layer-structure, the interlayer film comprising:a first layer containing a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer,
wherein the first layer has a glass transition temperature of 10° C. or lower, and has an elastic modulus of 285,000 Pa or greater at 30° C., and
wherein, provided that a thickness of the interlayer film for laminated glass is T, a thickness of the first layer is 0.128T or greater when the interlayer film has a two or more layer-structure, and
wherein a ratio of an elastic modulus of the first layer at a temperature of the glass transition temperature (° C.) of the first layer +80° C. to an elastic modulus of the first layer at a temperature of the glass transition temperature (° C.) of the first layer +30° C. ranges from 0.48 to 0.62.

US Pat. No. 10,967,610

LAMINATED GLASS

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A laminated glass, comprising:a first glass sheet;
a second glass sheet; and
an interlayer positioned between the first glass sheet and the second glass sheet, to bond the first glass sheet and the second glass sheet together,
wherein the laminated glass is curved,
wherein the laminated glass has a first area used by a head-up display, and a second area adjacent to the first area and not used by the head-up display,
wherein one or both of the first glass sheet and the second glass sheet are wedge-shaped glass having a thickness that changes from a first edge to a second edge, which is opposite to the first edge, and
wherein the laminated glass is configured such that the interlayer has a wedge angle ?i of less than or equal to 0.2 mrad, one or more points in at least a part of an area of the first area have a wedge angle ?g1 from 0.1 to 1.2 mrad, and one more points in at least a part of an area of the second area have a wedge angle ?g2 from 0.33 to 0.49 mrad, said wedge angles ?g1 and ?g2 being a sum of a wedge angle of the first glass sheet and a wedge angle of the second glass sheet, and
wherein the wedge angles ?g1 and ?g2 are different.

US Pat. No. 10,967,609

CLAD MATERIAL

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A clad material comprising:a first layer made of stainless steel; and
a second layer made of Cu or a Cu alloy and roll-bonded to the first layer and interatomic bonding by diffusion between the stainless steel and the Cu or the Cu alloy,
wherein a grain size of the second layer made of Cu or the Cu alloy measured by a comparison method of JIS H 0501 is 0.076 mm or more and 0.150 mm or less and the Cu alloy contains 0.05 mass % or more and 0.15 mass % or less of Zr, or contains 4 ppm or more and 55 ppm or less of Ti, and 2 ppm or more and 12 ppm or less of S and 2 ppm or more and 30 ppm or less of O.

US Pat. No. 10,967,608

COMPOSITE BOARDS AND PANELS

CERALOC INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A building panel comprising a core and a surface layer, wherein the core comprises a mix of thermoplastic material and fillers, the surface layer comprises a composite material comprising wood particles bonded to each other by a cured thermosetting resin, and wherein the surface layer is bonded to the core by the cured thermosetting resin,wherein the panel is formed by:
providing the core by forming a mat-shaped layer comprising a dry blend of fillers and thermoplastic particles under heat and pressure,
applying the surface layer comprising a powder mix comprising wood particles and thermosetting resin on the core, and
laminating the surface layer in a pressing operation to the core and thereby forming a building panel, wherein the wood particles of the surface layer and the fillers of the core are bonded to each other by cured thermosetting resin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,607

BASE MATERIAL NONWOVEN FABRIC FOR MOLDING AND MOLDED PRODUCT OBTAINED BY THE SAME

JAPAN VILENE COMPANY, LTD...

1. A base material nonwoven fabric for molding in a predetermined shape by heat molding, said base material nonwoven fabric for molding having a two-layer structure of a long fiber nonwoven fabric layer comprising at least a polyester resin and a short fiber nonwoven fabric layer comprising a polyester resin, wherein a flow-solidified undrawn polypropylene layer is localized in the vicinity of an interface between the long fiber nonwoven fabric layer and the short fiber nonwoven fabric layer, and wherein the undrawn polypropylene layer is a polypropylene resin having an MFR (melt mass flow rate) of 20 [g/10 min.] or more (230 [° C.], 2.16 [Kg]) measured according to JIS K6921-2.

US Pat. No. 10,967,606

FOAM PRODUCT

1. A foam product comprising:a foam core having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to said top surface; said foam core being composed of a plurality of foam beads;
a first outer layer having a visible pattern; and
a first binding layer being disposed between said first outer layer and said top surface of said foam core for firmly binding said first outer layer, said first binding layer, and said foam core together as an integral structure;
wherein said first binding layer consisting of:
(a) 10 to 40 wt % of anhydride modified ethylene acrylate resin;
(b) 3 to 10 wt % of butane;
(c) 0.05 to 0.2 wt % of foaming agent;
(d) 0.05 to 3.0 wt % of stabilizer; and
(e) remaining part of low density polyethylene (LDPE) resin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,605

DECORATIVE LAMINATES HAVING AN OPEN-CELL FOAM LAYER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a panel to be disposed in a cabin of an aircraft, the panel constructed of material that outgasses over time; and
a decorative laminate coupled to the panel, the decorative laminate including:
a decorative layer;
an open-cell foam layer having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the decorative layer coupled to the first side of the open-cell foam layer, the open-cell foam layer constructed of open-cell metal foam or open-cell ceramic foam with cells having a size up to approximately 6.35 millimeters (mm); and
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer coupled to the second side of the open-cell foam layer such that the open-cell foam layer is disposed between the decorative layer and the pressure sensitive adhesive layer, the pressure sensitive adhesive coupled to the panel, the pressure sensitive adhesive layer including venting pathways extending randomly through a thickness of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer, such that air disposed between the decorative laminate and the panel when the decorative laminate is coupled to the panel and gas vented from the panel after the decorative laminate is coupled to the panel is vented through the pressure sensitive adhesive layer and the open-cell foam layer to an edge of the open-cell foam layer to atmosphere to prevent bubbles from forming between the decorative laminate and the panel over time.

US Pat. No. 10,967,604

WATER BASIN CONSTRUCTION METHOD

1. A method for constructing a water basin for recreational water activities comprising: excavating dirt from a ground surface to form the water basin;shaping the dirt at the bottom of the water basin with different contours and slopes; laying a multi-layer geo textile fabric over top of the dirt shaped contours and slopes at the bottom of the water basin to form an artificial surfing reef; the multi-layer geo textile fabric comprises a bottom layer of non-woven geo textile fabric, a top layer of non-woven geo textile fabric and a liner between the top and bottom layers of non-woven geo textile fabrics;
applying a coating of plasticized gypsum composition mixture over top of the top layer of non-woven geo textile fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,967,603

SINGLE-SERVE PORTION PACK

Amcor Flexibles Transpac ...

1. A single-serve portion pack comprising:a multilayer film structure, the multilayer film structure comprising a protective layer, a print, a base layer and a peelable seal layer, the print situated in-between the protective layer and the base layer;
wherein the protective layer is a polyalkylene terephthalate based layer having a stress value at 20% strain, comprised between 5 and 20 MPa, measured with a controlled stress dynamic mechanical analyzer at 90° C.

US Pat. No. 10,967,602

SELF-TENSIONING DRUM COVERING FOR A DRIVE DRUM IN A CORRUGATING MACHINE

16. The method according to claim 15, wherein the convexly deltoid-shaped region (6) is made up of two right-angled triangular regions (61, 62), wherein each right-angled triangular region (61, 62) is fixed on the drive drum surface by at least one fixing element (9).

US Pat. No. 10,967,601

DEVICE FOR FINE EMBOSSING OF PACKAGING MATERIAL WITH A SET OF EMBOSSING ROLLS OF THE MALE/FEMALE EMBOSSING TYPE

Boegli-Gravures SA, Mari...

1. An embossing device for fine embossing of packaging material to produce contrast-enhanced features with a set of embossing rolls including a female embossing roll and a male embossing roll, structural elements of the female embossing roll and structural elements of the male embossing roll assigned to each other,wherein a structural element of an embossing roll from the set of embossing rolls includes light-scattering elements, the light-scattering elements arranged to form a matrix of protrusions with individual protrusions arranged in two different directions on at least one of a bottom surface, a side surface, a plane, and an immediate surrounding of the structural element, a height HK of the protrusions being in a range between 10 ?m and 80 ?m, having a period of adjacent protrusions between 80 ?m and 200 ?m in the two different directions, and the protrusions having a foot width of at least 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,967,600

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING LONGITUDINAL HEAT SEALER

Pregis Innovative Packagi...

14. A protective packaging formation device, comprising:an inflation assembly having a fluid conduit that directs fluid between first and second overlapping plies of a polymeric web;
a driving mechanism that drives the film in a downstream direction; and
a sealing mechanism that includes a heating assembly having a thin film heater that heats the plies to create a longitudinal seal that seals the first and second plies of film together, trapping the fluid therebetween as the driving mechanism drives the web such that the web slides across the heating assembly in a downstream direction, the driving mechanism comprising a first compression element that rotatably compresses the web against the heating assembly and a second compression element positioned relative to the first compression element such that the web is compressed between the first compression element and the second compression element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,599

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR FORMING PACKAGES OF FLEXIBLE MATERIAL HAVING SIDE GUSSETS

ICA S.P.A., Bologna (IT)...

1. A method for forming packages of flexible material having a first side gusset and a second side gusset starting from a strip coming from a reel and having a sliding direction, said method comprising the following steps:a) making said first gusset by means of folding close to a first side edge of said strip;
b) making said second gusset by means of folding said strip; and
c) folding said strip so that the first side edge of said strip is at a second side edge of said strip so as to form an open tubular element;
wherein said step b) is performed on a portion of said strip which extends in the sliding direction after said step a) was performed on said portion, wherein said steps a) and b) occur simultaneously during formation of different packages, but they occur one following the other with reference to a given position along said sliding direction of said strip;
wherein said step c) is performed on said portion of said strip which extends in the sliding direction while said step b) is performed on said portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,598

BOX AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING THE SAME

Dome Zero Inc., Lexingto...

1. A box, comprising:a continuous strip wound in a helical configuration so as to define a main body and a plurality of flaps, the main body including a plurality of bands, and each of the plurality of flaps including at least a portion of a band;
wherein adjacent bands are coupled together to render the main body unitary in construction, the main body having at least one notch or score formed on an exterior surface of the main body, the at least one notch or score being arranged to create a region of weakness that facilitates a folding of one or more flaps, the at least one notch or score being formed over at least two adjacent bands that are coupled together.

US Pat. No. 10,967,597

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FEEDING A LUBRICATING OR RELEASING AGENT TO PRESSING TOOLS OF A TABLET PRESS

Fette Compacting GmbH, S...

1. A method for feeding a lubricating or releasing agent from a dosing station to one or more pressing took arranged in a pressing chamber of a tablet press, the tablet press having a feed pipe for feeding the lubricating or release agent from a dosing station to the one or more pressing tools of a pressing chamber of the tablet press, the feed pipe having a shut-off valve disposed in-line therewith for controlling a flow of the lubricating or release agent to the pressing chamber, the method comprising the steps of:producing a negative pressure within the pressing chamber of the tablet press;
measuring a pressure in the feed pipe upstream of the shut-off valve;
measuring a pressure in the pressing chamber of the tablet press; and
issuing an enable signal when the pressure stream of the shut-off valve is greater than the pressing, chamber pressure by a given first limit pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,596

BALER WITH PLATEN BYPASS PREVENTION FEATURES

Wastequip LLC, Charlotte...

1. A baler, comprising:a housing defining an interior volume, the interior volume comprising a compression portion and a loading portion;
a first closure movably coupled with the housing and operative to enclose the compression portion, the first closure having an interior wall that faces the interior volume when the first closure is in a closed position, wherein the interior wall of the first closure has a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is recessed relative to the second surface;
a second closure movably coupled with the housing and operative to enclose the loading portion, the second closure defining a third surface that faces the interior volume when the second closure is in a closed position;
a reciprocating compression assembly comprising:
a linear actuator; and
a platen operably coupled with the linear actuator, wherein the platen is movable between a retracted position and an extended position in response to actuation of the linear actuator;
wherein the third surface of the second closure is substantially flush with the second surface of the first closure when the first and second closures are in their respective closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,595

DUAL MOLD SPACER

CompagnieGenerale Des Eta...

11. A dual mold spacer for use with a dual mold assembly, comprising:a first side portion that is configured to engage a first side rail of the dual mold assembly;
a second side portion that is configured to engage a second side rail of the dual mold assembly;
a body portion that extends from the first side portion to the second side portion, wherein the body portion is configured to be located between a press of the dual mold assembly and first and second molds of the dual mold assembly, wherein the body portion is configured for being spaced from and free from engagement with the first and second molds of the dual mold assembly;
wherein the first side portion is a first side bar, and wherein the second side portion is a second side bar;
wherein the body portion comprising at least two cross-bars;
wherein each of the two cross-bars defines a center rib groove that are configured for the receipt of a center rib of the dual mold assembly, wherein the center rib grooves are configured such that the center rib is spaced from and free from engagement with the cross-bars, and wherein the center rib grooves are located between the first and second side bars in a lateral direction of the dual mold assembly and are aligned with one another in the lateral direction of the dual mold assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,594

HEAD FOR THE CO-EXTRUSION OF A COMPLEX RUBBER PROFILED ELEMENT INTENDED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF A TIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A head for co-extrusion of a rubber profiled element intended for the manufacture of a tire, the head being configured to be mounted on a cylindrical-roller co-extrusion machine and the head comprising a lower wall of cylindrical profile extending radially lengthwise in a longitudinal direction about a central axis and extending rectilinearly widthwise in a transverse direction parallel to the central axis and perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, and the head comprising, from upstream to downstream of the lower wall of cylindrical profile, and in the longitudinal direction:(a) a first extrusion unit comprising a first extrusion duct opening into the lower wall of the head, the first extrusion duct being divided into sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
(b) a first profiling blade defining a first shaping profile that is discontinuous in the transverse direction and situated radially beyond the lower wall of the head intermittently in the transverse direction;
(c) a second extrusion unit comprising a second extrusion duct opening into the lower wall of the head, the second extrusion duct being divided into sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
(d) a second profiling blade defining a second shaping profile situated radially beyond the lower wall of the head, the second shaping profile having no discontinuity in the transverse direction, the second profiling blade comprising at least one tooth extending radially inward but not reaching the lower wall of the head, each tooth being situated in a continuation of the longitudinal direction of a divider dividing the first extrusion duct into the sub-ducts in the transverse direction, creating a discontinuity in the first shaping profile of the first profiling blade in the transverse direction, and dividing the second extrusion duct into sub-ducts in the transverse direction, the second profiling blade incorporating at least one third extrusion duct opening into the lower wall of the head, and each outlet of the at least one third extrusion duct adjoining a tooth of the second profiling blade; and
(e) a third profiling blade defining a final shaping profile situated radially beyond the lower wall of the head, the final shaping profile having no discontinuity in the transverse direction, the third profiling blade comprising at least one tooth extending radially inward but not reaching the lower wall of the head, and each tooth of the third profiling blade being situated in front of a tooth of the second profiling blade.

US Pat. No. 10,967,593

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING GREEN TIRES

HARBURG-FREUDENBERGER MAS...

1. A device for producing a green tire, comprising: a tire building drum on which at least two materials in strip form are positioned; core setting means for setting at least two cores of the green tire in place in the device; wherein the tire building drum is equipped both with a core clamping means and with a core fixing means, wherein the tire building drum is formed from a central part and two drum halves arranged adjacent to the central part on both sides, wherein the drum halves are positionable in an axial direction, wherein the central part has a variable diameter in a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction; and further comprising a center device for stretching materials of the green tire, wherein the drum halves and the center device are positioned so as to be able to form a free space between the center device and the two drum halves, wherein the core fixing means is expandable in the radial direction prior to setting of the cores and lifts the center device in the radial direction whereby the materials of the green tire are tensioned in the radial direction by movement of the center device, wherein the cores after setting are clamped from below by a radial expansion of the core clamping means, and wherein the core fixing means is expanded in a radial direction to fully fix the cores in the axial direction in addition to the radial direction by a combination of the core fixing means and the core setting means before the green tire is subjected to internal pressure and rises from the drum in a center region, and wherein the clamping means and the fixing means are movable in the axial direction by a movement of the drum halves, wherein the drum halves are positioned in the axial direction in a first step and, after the first step, away from the center device in a second step so that there are free spaces between the center device and each of the drum halves, wherein the spaces are configured to permit laying-on further material that is folded over under the core by rolling-on means.

US Pat. No. 10,967,592

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GREEN TYRES

HARBURG-FREUDENBERGER MAS...

1. A tire building machine for producing tire blanks, said tire building machine comprising: a rotary table having a vertical axis around which the rotary table is pivotable; a double-drum carcass machine arranged on the rotary table and disposed so as to be pivotable with the rotary table in a horizontal plane, wherein the double-drum carcass machine includes two carcass machines each having one carcass drum; and at least one ply server for feeding the double-drum carcass machine with tire components for tire blanks, wherein the at least one ply server has at least one placing device and is configured so as to open and is disposed so that the at least one placing device in a loading position protrudes into a kinematic moving area of the double-drum carcass machine, wherein the at least one placing device is movable in a linear manner in a horizontal direction for supplying material components to the carcass machine, wherein the at least one placing device is movable vertically so that, additionally or alternatively to the horizontal movement, a vertical movement is facilitated and thereby the ply server is configured to open, wherein the at least one placing device is formed by an upper placing device and a lower placing device, wherein the upper placing device and the lower placing device protrude in the loading position into the kinematic moving area of the double-drum carcass machine, and wherein the rotary table is configured so that pivotable movement of the rotary table is interruptable in at least one loading position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,591

CIRCUMFERENTIAL MEASUREMENT IN TIRE BUILDING PROCESSES AND DEVICES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire manufacturing method for controlling a product profile having one or more elastomeric layers that are produced by continuously extruding an elongated element of an elastomeric material and depositing the elongated element upon a forming surface of a circumferentially rotating drum, the process comprising the following steps:feeding the elongated element to a reel assembly at a predetermined flow rate consistent with a rotation speed of the rotating drum, with the reel assembly positioned at a predetermined distance L above the forming surface so as to remain out of contact therewith;
depositing the elongated element axially along at least a portion of the forming surface to produce a layer;
providing data for the product profile that includes at least a target circumferential value of at least a portion of the layer;
detecting, with a predetermined frequency, a value indicative of a distance traveled by the elongated element along a circumferential extent of the rotating drum;
comparing the detected value with the target circumferential value at an elapsed time during the deposition cycle; and
verifying equivalence between the detected value and the target circumferential value prior to deposition of a subsequent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,590

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a tire, the method comprising:injection molding a tire frame member formed in a ring shape from a frame resin material, the tire frame member including a pair of bead sections disposed separated from each other along the tire width direction, a pair of side sections that extend from the pair of bead sections toward the tire radial direction outside, and a crown section that connects together the pair of side sections;
forming a ring shaped bead core that is embedded in and joined to each of the bead sections by welding, the bead core being formed by a single strand, or plurality of strands, of bead cord extending in the tire circumferential direction, and covered with, and joined to, a covering resin material exhibiting thermo-plasticity; and
forming an extension portion that extends from each of the bead cores in a direction that intersects with the tire circumferential direction when viewed from a tire side face, the extension portion formed as a result of melting and flowing the covering resin material together with the tire frame member, the extension portion being joined to the tire frame member by welding.

US Pat. No. 10,967,589

TIRE MOLD WITH INTERCHANGEABLE ELEMENT HAVING REMOVABLY ATTACHABLE LAMELLE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

13. A mold for forming a tire, comprising:an interchangeable element, wherein the interchangeable element is configured for engaging the tire and forming a section of tread of the tire when the tire is molded by the mold;
a lamelle that is removably attachable to the interchangeable element, wherein the lamelle is configured for engaging the tire and forming a sipe of the section of tread of the tire, wherein the lamelle is removably attachable in that the lamelle is configured to be attached to the interchangeable element and then removed from attachment to the interchangeable element;
wherein the interchangeable element comprising a first portion and a second portion that are configured for engagement with one another, and wherein the lamelle when attached to the interchangeable element is located at a decouple interface between the first portion and the second portion when the first portion and the second portion are in engagement; and
a portion to portion mechanical fastener that is configured to removably attach the first portion and the second portion, wherein the portion to portion mechanical fastener when engaged attaches the first portion and the second portion, and wherein the portion to portion mechanical fastener when not engaged does not attach the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,588

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A method of manufacturing a light emitting device, comprising:providing a substrate on which a light source is disposed;
ejecting resin from a nozzle onto the substrate substantially around the light source in a circular shape, a shape of a letter ‘C’, or a rectangular shape, such that the resin is separated from a center of an upper surface of the light source; and
hardening the resin to provide a covering member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,587

COMPOSITE MATERIALS INCLUDING CARBON NANOTUBE YARNS AND METHODS

The Florida State Univers...

1. A method of forming a composite material, the method comprising:providing two or more carbon nanotube yarns;
filament winding the two or more carbon nanotube yarns to form a first material layer comprising the two or more carbon nanotube yarns;
contacting the two or more carbon nanotube yarns with a resin during at least a portion of the filament winding;
applying a first stretching force to the first material layer to form a stretched first material layer, wherein the first stretching force is effective to extend a length of the first material layer by about 2% to about 3%;
removing the first stretching force from the stretched first material layer;
applying a second stretching force to the stretched first material layer to form an aligned first material layer, wherein the second stretching force is effective to extend a length of the stretched first material layer by about 2% to about 3%;
removing the second stretching force from the aligned first material layer; and
applying a third stretching force to the aligned first material layer, wherein the third stretching force is effective to extend a length of the aligned first material layer by about 0.1% to about 3%; and
curing the resin at least partially while the third stretching force is applied to the aligned first material layer to form the composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,967,586

RADIUS FILLERS FOR COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, COMPOSITE STRUCTURES THAT INCLUDE RADIUS FILLERS, AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus configured to form a pre-form for a radius filler, the apparatus comprising:a composite tape source that is configured to provide a plurality of lengths of composite tape;
a pre-forming structure that is configured to receive the plurality of lengths of composite tape and to converge the plurality of lengths of composite tape to produce the pre-form, wherein the pre-forming structure includes a pre-form die, wherein the pre-form die includes:
(i) a die body, wherein the die body includes a first side and a second side;
(ii) a plurality of first openings on the first side of the die body configured to receive the plurality of lengths of composite tape, wherein each first opening of the plurality of first openings defines a major opening axis that is parallel to a width of a respective first opening of the plurality of first openings, and further wherein a selected major opening axis of a selected first opening of the plurality of first openings is oriented at a skew angle with respect to another major opening axis of another first opening of the plurality of first openings; and
(iii) a second opening on the second side of the die body, wherein the plurality of first openings converges into the second opening within the die body, and further wherein the pre-form is configured to be withdrawn from the second opening; and
a drive mechanism that is configured to convey the plurality of lengths of composite tape between the composite tape source and the pre-forming structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,585

COMPOSITE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FORMING COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

GUERRILLA INDUSTRIES LLC,...

1. A composite structure, comprising:a first component part, the first component part including:
a first sheet of thermoplastic fiber reinforced material, wherein the first sheet has an outside perimeter, wherein at least a first aperture is formed in the first sheet, and wherein the at least a first aperture of the first sheet is spaced apart from the outside perimeter;
a second component part, the second component part including:
a second sheet of thermoplastic fiber reinforced material, wherein the second sheet has an outside perimeter, wherein at least a first aperture is formed in the second sheet, wherein the at least a first aperture of the second sheet is spaced apart from the outside perimeter,
wherein the first component part is joined to the second component part,
wherein an interior volume is formed between at least a first portion of the first component part and a first portion of the second component part,
wherein the outside perimeter of the first sheet forms at least a portion of a first outside edge section of the first component part,
wherein the outside perimeter of the second sheet forms at least a portion of a first outside edge section of the second component part,
wherein the first aperture of the first sheet forms at least a portion of a first inside edge section of the first component part,
wherein the first aperture of the second sheet forms at least a portion of a first inside edge section of the second component part,
wherein the first sheet includes a first plurality of fibers,
wherein one end of each fiber in the first plurality of fibers forms a portion of the first outside edge section of the first component part,
wherein another end of each fiber in a first subset of the first plurality of fibers forms a portion of a second outside edge section of the first component part,
wherein another end of each fiber in a second subset of the first plurality of fibers forms a portion of the first inside edge section of the first component part, and
wherein a second aperture is formed between a portion of the first component part and an adjacent portion of the second component part.

US Pat. No. 10,967,584

METHOD OF FORMING REINFORCING FIBER SUBSTRATE

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corpo...

1. A method of forming reinforcing fiber substrate, comprising:shaping a fiber preform along a mold while pulling out films that sandwich an end of the fiber preform from above and below.

US Pat. No. 10,967,583

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLABLY CUTTING FIBERS AND RELATED METHODS

BRIGHT LITE STRUCTURES LL...

1. A fiber gun, comprising:a mandrel having a longitudinal axis and coupleable to a source including one or more fibers, the mandrel including:
an uppermost portion;
a first portion at and/or near the uppermost portion;
a lowermost portion generally opposite the uppermost portion;
a second portion at and/or near the lowermost portion;
a length extending between the uppermost portion and the lowermost portion;
a cross-sectional area that varies along at least a portion of the length of the mandrel; and
a cross-sectional perimeter of the mandrel remains constant from the first portion of the mandrel to a portion of the mandrel near the lowermost portion or near at least one cutting surface of the mandrel, and wherein the cross-sectional perimeter increases by at most 5% from the portion of the mandrel near the lowermost portion or near the at least one cutting surface to the lowermost portion or the at least one cutting surface;
a transport mechanism configured to move the one or more fibers from the first portion of the mandrel the second portion of the mandrel; and
at least one cutter including one or more cutting elements, each of the one or more cutting elements disposed at least proximate to the at least one cutting surface of the mandrel and configured to cut the one or more fibers, the at least one cutting surface being at least one of at or near the lowermost portion of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,582

OPTIMIZED PIPE HANDLING SYSTEM WITH QUICK LOADER ARM

Gajeske, Inc., Houston, ...

1. A method for fusing first and second sections of thermoplastic pipe to form a growing thermoplastic pipeline using a fusion machine for fusing thermoplastic pipe, the first section of thermoplastic pipe having been previously loaded in the fusion machine, the fusion machine comprising a fusion apparatus supported on a mobile sub-frame, the fusion apparatus comprising a heating element, at least one set of non-movable clamping arms for clamping the previously loaded first section of thermoplastic pipe and at least one set of movable clamping arms for clamping the second section of thermoplastic pipe in a position to be fused to the previously loaded first section of thermoplastic pipe, all of the clamping arms each having a common centerline, the method comprising the steps of:providing a pipe loader arm having a first end equipped with pipe receiving surfaces and an opposite, hinged connecting end, the pipe loader arm also being equipped with a pipe raising mechanism;
attaching the hinged connecting end of the pipe loader arm to the mobile sub-frame of the fusion machine thereby forming a hinged connection between the two;
hingedly connecting the pipe raising mechanism between the pipe loader arm and the mobile sub-frame of the fusion machine, whereby actuating the pipe raising mechanism causes the pipe loader arm to move between an unloaded position and a pipe loading position;
moving the fusion machine and its mobile sub-frame in a forward axial direction toward the second section of pipe, the second section of pipe having a leading end and a trailing end;
actuating the pipe raising mechanism of the pipe loader arm so that the pipe loader arm is lowered to the pipe loading position, moving the fusion machine and its mobile sub-frame forward to scoop up the leading end of the second section of pipe and holding the trailing end of the second section of pipe immovable;
receiving the second section of pipe within the movable clamping arms and using a pipe leveling device to level the second section of pipe parallel to a ground surface as the second section of pipe is received within the movable clamping arms of the fusion machine while the pipe loader arm is used to align the second section of pipe with the first section of pipe;
closing the movable clamping arms of the fusion machine once the second section of pipe is aligned with the first section of pipe;
fusing said first section of pipe to the second section of pipe to make a fused pipeline joint; and
progressing the mobile sub-frame with its fusion machine forward to a third section of thermoplastic pipe to be fused to the trailing end of the second section of pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,967,581

RUBBER CORE CORD JOINING STRUCTURE, AND SOLIDIFYING AGENT FOR JOINING RUBBER CORE CORD

EIKO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD,...

1. A rubber core cord joining structure of which opposite end portions of a rubber core cord or end portions of two rubber core cords are joined to each other with an adhesive,wherein a solidified portion formed by a solidifying agent that has solidified is formed at each of the opposite end portions of the rubber core cord or each of the end portions of the two rubber core cords, and
the solidified portion contains porous particles.

US Pat. No. 10,967,580

SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVELY-MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF SECURING A COMPONENT TO A BUILD PLATFORM DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. An additively-manufactured component, comprising:a support structure comprising an array of support members and a component body integrally formed with the support structure using an additive-manufacturing process, at least some of the support members comprising a conduction gate integrally formed as part of the respective support member such that the array of support members comprises conduction gates distributed at a multitude of locations along the vertical axis of the respective support members, wherein the support members comprising a conduction gate have a first cross-sectional width and the conduction gate has a second cross-sectional width narrower than the first cross-sectional width.

US Pat. No. 10,967,579

DATA UNITS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A data unit of an additive manufacturing system, the data unit comprising:a mounting to removably mount the data unit on a receiving portion of an additive manufacturing build material container for containing a source supply of build material;
a data source to store data comprising a plurality of additive manufacturing parameters of the build material; and
a communications interface to communicate with a reader of an additive manufacturing build material processing apparatus separate from the build material container,
wherein the communications interface is to transmit stored data from the data source to the additive manufacturing build material processing apparatus and receive commands to write or change data in the data source; and
wherein the data source is organized into data fields, at least one of the fields having a condition that governs use of the at least one field with a condition to prevent use of the additive manufacturing build material container after an unauthorized refilling of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,967,578

5D PART GROWING MACHINE WITH VOLUMETRIC DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY

1. A method for producing three-dimensional objects, the method comprising:providing a system comprising
at least three photonic energy emitters, wherein at least one of the at least three photonic energy emitters is a DLP projector,
a flood and drain system having a chamber system, and
a build platform;
providing photonic energy curable material;
projecting a 3D image using the at least three photonic energy emitters onto the build platform;
flooding the photonic energy curable material into the chamber system, wherein the build platform is within the chamber system;
draining the photonic energy curable material away from the chamber system while curing the photonic energy curable material in the shape of the 3D image at a convergence point; and
cryogenic cooling the photonic energy curable material prior to the step of flooding the photonic energy curable material into the chamber system, wherein the cryogenic cooling speeds up the curing of the photonic energy curable material;
wherein one of the at least three photonic energy emitters alone is of insufficient wattage or power to cure or solidify the photo-reactive material, thus, allowing a beam or vector to pass through the photopolymer material,
wherein the photonic energy curable material intersected by the photonic energy emitted by at least two of the at least three photonic energy emitters cures the photonic energy curable material to produce a three-dimensional object at the convergence point, such that the combined wattage or power of the beams or vectors becomes sufficient to cure or solidify the photopolymer material, and
wherein the step of projecting the 3D image using the least three photonic energy emitters onto the build platform occurs prior to the step of flooding the photonic energy curable material into the chamber system,
wherein the photonic energy curable material is a UV photopolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,577

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POWDER SYSTEM RECYCLER FOR PRINTING PROCESS

Impossible Objects, Inc.,...

1. A powder system apparatus for depositing powder in a printing system, and for removing and recycling excess powder, comprising:a vibrating trough for depositing powder downward onto a printing substrate;
a first volume above the vibrating trough that comprises a two-valve system for adding powder downward into the vibrating trough, the two-valve system comprising a first top flap and a second bottom flap configured such that both the top and bottom flaps cannot both be open at the same time, and further configured so that the top flap opens in a first horizontal orientation to one side, and the bottom flap opens in a second horizontal orientation to another side, where the first and second horizontal orientations are opposite one another;
a vacuum system constructed to remove excess powder that does not adhere to the printing substrate; and
a cyclone system above the first volume and connected to receive excess powder from the vacuum system and, through downward helical flow of the excess powder, to bring the excess powder downward toward the first volume that comprises the two-valve system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,576

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED STRUCTURE HAVING A PLURALITY OF LAYERS IN A STACKING DIRECTION AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

LOCAL MOTORS IP, LLC, Ch...

1. An additive-manufactured structure, comprising:a plurality of layers stacked in a stacking direction; and
at least one reinforcement structure affixed to the layers and extending at least partially in the stacking direction, the at least one reinforcement structure extending across entire thicknesses of one or more consecutive layers of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,967,575

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE GENERATIVE MANUFACTURING OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

EOS GmbH Electro Optical ...

1. A manufacturing method for generatively manufacturing a three-dimensional object by layer-by-layer application and selective solidification of a building material, comprising the steps of:applying a layer of the building material to a build area by means of a recoater moving in a movement direction across the build area;
selectively solidifying the applied layer of the building material at points corresponding to a cross-section of the object to be manufactured by means of a solidification device;
repeating the steps of applying and solidifying until the three-dimensional object is completed; and
moving a first heating element and a second heating element in the movement direction across the build area, the first and second heating element being different from the solidification device, the first heating element being arranged behind the recoater in the movement direction and locally introducing thermal energy into the newly applied layer of the building material at any point of the build area and the second heating element being arranged in front of the recoater in the movement direction and introducing thermal energy into the layer of the building material which has been already selectively solidified at any point of the build area,
the solidification device being moved in use in a solidification direction across the build area back and forth from one end of the build area to an opposite end of the build area in order to selectively solidify the applied layer;
the first and/or the second heating elements are moved together with the solidification device; and
wherein the thermal energy released by the first and the second heating elements at a specific point of the build area is adjustable depending on a position of the specific point in the build area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,574

LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHOD

DMG MORI Company Limited,...

1. A laser additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:an irradiation unit that irradiates an irradiation region with a laser beam having a light intensity distribution converted by a diffractive optical element;
a head having a material supplying unit for supplying powder material to the irradiation region; and
a movement mechanism which relatively moves the head and a workpiece,
wherein in the irradiation region, irradiation light forms a substantially circular spot having a light intensity distribution in which light intensity in an outer peripheral portion is higher than light intensity in a central portion, and the central portion has predetermined light intensity, and
the material supplying unit supplies the powder material to the substantially circular spot, wherein the light intensity distribution is formed such that the light intensity in the central portion ranges 8% to 40% of the light intensity in the outer peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,573

TANK ASSEMBLY AND COMPONENTS THEREOF FOR A 3D PRINTING SYSTEM

NEXA3D INC., Ventura, CA...

1. A membrane assembly, comprising:a frame surrounding a central opening;
a flexible membrane disposed with the central opening of the frame;
a membrane securing member configured to secure a perimeter portion of the flexible membrane between the membrane securing member and the frame; and
a plurality of magnetically attractable components embedded in the frame proximate to a surface of the frame facing away from the membrane securing member when securing the flexible membrane between the membrane securing member and the frame,
wherein the frame comprises a groove and wherein the membrane securing member is configured to secure the perimeter portion of the flexible membrane within the groove of the frame,
wherein the frame comprises a top surface, a bottom surface, an outer side surface facing away from the central opening, and an inner side surface facing towards the central opening, and wherein the groove is located on the bottom surface of the frame, and
wherein the inner side surface of the frame is configured to be friction fit to a bottom rim of a tank sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,967,572

BUILD PLATES INCLUDING CONDUITS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF BUILDING COMPONENTS ON BUILD PLATES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A build plate of an additive manufacturing system, the build plate comprising:a body including:
a build surface enabling the additive manufacturing system to build a plurality of components thereon during an additive manufacturing process; and
a bottom surface opposite and joined to the build surface, the bottom surface sized to position on an adjustable build platform;
a plurality of conduits through the body and extending between the build surface and the bottom surface, each of the plurality of conduits are capable of enabling fluid flow through the body of the build plate for removing unsintered material during the additive manufacturing process,
each of the plurality of conduits including:
a first portion extending from and substantially perpendicular to the bottom surface;
a second portion substantially perpendicular to the first portion, the second portion having a first end and a second end, wherein the first portion is in fluid communication with the second portion at a midpoint between the first and second ends;
a third portion extending from the first end of the second portion to the build surface, the third portion substantially perpendicular to and in fluid communication with the second portion;
a fourth portion extending from the second end of the second portion to the build surface, the fourth portion substantially perpendicular to and in fluid communication with the second portion,
a first outlet opening adjacent a second outlet opening, wherein the first outlet opening and the second outlet opening are on the build surface of the body, the first outlet opening fluidly coupled to the third portion, and wherein the second outlet opening is fluidly coupled to the fourth portion; and
an inlet opening on the bottom surface of the body, the inlet opening fluidly coupled to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,571

VARYING ORIFICE CROSS-SECTION FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system comprising:an actuator operable to control a plurality of actuator rods, the plurality of actuator rods comprising a first actuator rod and a second actuator rod;
a plurality of nozzles connected to each actuator rod in the plurality of actuator rods, the plurality of nozzles comprising a first nozzle and a second nozzle;
wherein the first nozzle is connected to the first actuator rod;
wherein the first nozzle comprises a first cross-section;
wherein the second nozzle is connected to the second actuator rod;
wherein the second nozzle comprises a second cross-section; and
a controller configured to:
operate the first actuator rod to maneuver the first nozzle under a printer head; and
operate the second actuator rod to maneuver the second nozzle under the first nozzle, wherein the printer head extrudes a filament that passes through the first cross-section of the first nozzle and the second cross-section of the second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,570

DEVICE FOR PRINTING LUMEN TISSUE CONSTRUCT, METHOD FOR USING THE SAME AND 3D BIOPRINTER

REVOTEK CO., LTD, Chengd...

1. A device for printing lumen tissue construct, comprising a sprayhead assembly and a bioprinting platform,wherein the sprayhead assembly is for printing a biological construct on an inner surface of a lumen tissue by the bioprinting platform; and
wherein the sprayhead assembly includes a bio-block sprayhead which consists of a screw pump and a bio-block nozzle, and the screw pump includes a spiral stator and a spiral rotor for extruding a bio-block entering the screw pump to the bio-block nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,569

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING INTERCHANGEABLE NOZZLE TIPS

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising:a moveable support;
a matrix reservoir operatively connected to an end of the moveable support;
a multi-channel nozzle module having a first tip with a rectangular orifice, and a first arrangement of cure enhancers located around the first tip;
a single-channel nozzle module having a second tip with a circular orifice, and a second arrangement of cure enhancers located around the second tip;
a tip changer mechanically connected to the multi-channel and single-channel nozzle modules; and
a controller in communication with the tip changer, the moveable support, and the first and second arrangements of cure enhancers, the controller being configured to:
receive specifications for a structure to be manufactured by the additive manufacturing system; and
selectively coordinate operation of the tip changer, the moveable support and the first and second arrangements of cure enhancers based on the specifications.

US Pat. No. 10,967,568

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MACHINE COMPRISING A POWDER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM HAVING A TRAY AND AN INJECTOR

AddUp, Cebazat (FR)

1. A machine for the additive manufacture of a part by complete or partial selective melting of a powder, the machine comprising:a horizontal working plane configured to receive a powder layer;
at least one spreading device for spreading the powder layer over the working plane, which device is movable with respect to the working plane along a trajectory over the working plane, the trajectory comprising at least one component parallel to a longitudinal horizontal direction;
at least one deposition system for deposition of powder on the working plane, the deposition system comprising (a) at least one slide for receiving powder and (b) at least one powder injector,
wherein the receiving slide is movable in translation, with respect to the working plane, along at least one transverse horizontal direction, between (a) a retracted position in which the receiving slide extends outside the trajectory of the spreading device over the working plane and (b) a deployed position in which the receiving slide extends at least in part into the trajectory of the spreading device over the working plane, and
wherein the injector is positioned above the receiving slide so as to dispense powder over the receiving slide which is moving between the retracted position and the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,567

METHOD OF FORMING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object with a shape determined by model data defining a model of the object, wherein the model is a grid model in which a regular mesh of grid points is overlaid on a bottom surface and a textured top surface is defined by assigning a height value to each grid point, the method comprising the steps of:a) splitting the model into a high elevation/low resolution base part and a low elevation/high resolution cover part having a textured top surface identical to the textured top surface of the model, and a curved bottom surface which matches a top surface of the high elevation/low resolution base part, said textured top surface of the low elevation/high resolution cover part making the cover part not flat;
b) forming a base body with a shape as determined by the base part of the model;
c) transforming the low elevation/high resolution cover part by a conversion of the curved bottom surface of the low elevation/high resolution cover part into a flat bottom surface while preserving a spatial relation between the curved bottom surface and the textured top surface at each grid point;
d) employing a 3D printing technique for printing a sheet-like cover body with a shape as determined by the transformed cover part of the model; and
e) matching the cover body to the base body by vacuum forming.

US Pat. No. 10,967,566

CHAMBER SYSTEMS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

SEURAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

13. An apparatus, comprising:a print head comprising an energy source, the print head comprising one or more energy patterning units configured to provide one or more two-dimensional patterned incident beams;
an optical-mechanical assembly comprising optical components arranged to receive the one or more two-dimensional patterned incident beams;
a build platform to hold a powder bed formed by a powdered material; and
a rejected energy handling unit configured to reuse beam energy rejected by the one or more energy patterning units by performing either or both of:
recycling the rejected beam energy using beam shaping optics; and
directing the rejected beam energy to an article processing unit for heating or further patterning,
wherein the optical-mechanical assembly is movable in a vertical direction to focus and direct one of the one or more two-dimensional patterned incident beams onto a top surface of the powder bed held by the build platform.

US Pat. No. 10,967,565

ENERGY FIELD THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING SYSTEM

Light Field Lab, Inc., S...

1. A three-dimensional printing system comprising:a print-medium receptacle configured to hold a quantity of print medium;
an energy-source system configured to provide energy to a plurality of energy locations and comprising a plurality of energy sources;
at least one energy-directing system wherein each energy-directing system comprises:
an array of waveguides configured to direct energy from the plurality of energy locations along a plurality of propagation paths wherein each propagation paths extends through one of a plurality of energy locations; and
wherein each waveguide is configured to direct energy from the plurality of energy locations through the waveguide along the plurality of propagation paths wherein each propagation path extends from the waveguide in a unique direction at least determined by one of the plurality of energy locations;
a control system in communication with the energy-source system and configured to cause the array of waveguides of the at least one energy-directing system to deliver energy at a threshold intensity level to a plurality of selected intersections of a plurality of intersections of the plurality of propagation paths by operating the plurality of energy sources to provide energy along the plurality of propagation paths;
wherein the print medium is configured to react when exposed to energy at the threshold intensity level; and
wherein the plurality of selected intersections define a plurality of interior and exterior surfaces of a three-dimensional (“3D”) object inside the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,564

METHOD FOR THE LAYERED CONSTRUCTION OF A SHAPED BODY

Lithoz GmbH, Vienna (AT)...

1. A method for the layered construction of a shaped body of highly viscous photopolymerizable material, where each of the layers of the shaped body are formed one after the other and one on top of the other, by forming a material layer of predetermined initial thickness (a) of the highly viscous photopolymerizable material in a tank and lowering a construction platform, or the shaped body at least partially formed on the construction platform, into the material layer so as to cause a layer of the highly viscous photopolymerizable material having a final thickness (b) to form between the construction platform or the at least partially formed shaped body and the tank bottom, which layer is cured in a position-selective manner to provide the desired shape of the shaped body layer, wherein the initial thickness (a) of the material layer is varied prior to lowering the construction platform during the construction of the shaped body and wherein the predetermined initial thickness (a) is not the same for every layer being formed during the construction of the shaped body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,563

METHOD FOR REDUCING DRAWING FORCE IN FORMING PROCESS OF PHOTOCURABLE MATERIAL

National Taiwan Universit...

1. A method for reducing a drawing force in a forming process of a photocurable material, the method comprising the following steps:providing a mold release composition at least comprising a radical scavenger and a molding agent, wherein the radical scavenger is configured for terminating free radical polymerization by inhibiting carbon free radicals, or OH, RO, ROO, or other components containing oxygen free radicals released during the forming process of the photocurable material, and wherein the molding agent consists of silicon dioxide and/or a polymeric material that is light-transmittable after curing;
forming a mold release film from the mold release composition by curing forming or by combining with an upper surface of a plate, thereby preparing a substrate;
placing the photocurable material on the substrate;
irradiating the photocurable material using a light source to cure a portion of the photocurable material, wherein the photocurable material releases the free radicals during the irradiating step, and wherein the free radicals react with the radical scavenger in the upper surface of the substrate and form an uncured layer on the upper surface of the substrate to avoid adhesion of the cured portion of the photocurable material to the substrate; and
reducing the reacted radical scavenger in the upper surface of substrate by:
i. adding a sustaining agent into the photocurable material, wherein the sustaining agent is configured to reduce the radical scavenger that has reacted with the free radicals; or
ii. applying a voltage to the substrate, wherein voltage is configured to reduce the radical scavenger that has reacted with the free radicals using the principle of electrochemical reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,562

METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE SURFACE FINISH OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED ARTICLES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method of additive manufacturing comprising,(i) providing a material comprised of a prepolymer comprised of an isocyanate terminated prepolymer and a filler in an amount such that the material has a shear storage modulus G? of 100,000 to 300,000 Pa measured at an oscillation rate of 1 Hz and a relaxation time of 20 seconds to 360 seconds,
(ii) dispensing said material through a nozzle to form an extrudate deposited on a base,
(iii) moving the base, nozzle or combination thereof while dispensing the material so that there is horizontal displacement between the base and nozzle in a predetermined pattern to form an initial layer of the material on the base, and
(iv) repeating steps (ii) and (iii) to form a successive layer of the material adhered on the initial layer to form an additive manufactured part.

US Pat. No. 10,967,561

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLOSE-PACKED GAS SPHERE THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

National Taipei Universit...

1. An additive manufacturing (AM) system configured to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) object from a liquid photocurable composition, comprising:a gas sphere assembly, comprising:
a prep chamber, having a prep region containing a plurality of close-packed gas spheres;
a first generation system operatively associated with the prep chamber, positioned thereunder, generating the plurality of first closed-packed gas spheres;
a reservoir operatively associated with the first generation system, feeding the liquid photocurable composition thereto for generation of the plurality of first close-packed gas spheres; and
a first gas cylinder operatively associated with the first generation system, feeding a first gas under pressure to the first generation system,
wherein the first gas and the liquid photocurable composition are fed to the first generation system, generating the plurality of first closed-packed gas spheres comprising a pressurized gas surrounded by a thin film of a liquid photocurable composition; and
an AM assembly operatively associated with the gas sphere assembly, performing an AM irradiation method employing the plurality of close-packed gas spheres.

US Pat. No. 10,967,560

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR THE FABRICATION OF TISSUE

Organovo, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A bio-ink cartridge for use with an automated bio-printer, the bio-ink cartridge comprising:a bio-ink comprising a plurality of human cells and a cell culture media, the plurality of human cells comprise multicellular aggregates, at least a first multicellular aggregate is cohered to at least a second multicellular aggregate, the bio-ink is a cell suspension;
a deposition orifice, wherein the bio-ink is primed with respect to the deposition orifice; andwherein the bio-ink cartridge is attachable to an automated bio-printer and the bio-ink cartridge is controllable by the automated bio-printer, wherein the bio-ink is primed with respect to the deposition orifice using a laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,967,559

3D PRINTED OBJECT WITH EMBEDDED SENSING DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) printed object comprising:a body formed of an electrically non-conductive material;
an electrically conductive channel embedded within the body, wherein forming components of a 3D printer are to form the body and the electrically conductive channel;
a sensing device in electrical communication with the electrically conductive channel, wherein the sensing device is affected by a disruption in a current applied through the electrically conductive channel, said sensing device being embedded within the body; and
a signal emitter to emit a wireless signal in response to the sensing device being affected by a disruption in the applied current, said signal emitter being embedded within the body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,558

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PAINT-ROLLER MANUFACTURING WITH INTEGRATED FINAL CUTTING ONLINE

1. A method for manufacturing paint rollers, the method comprising:using a precision measuring or sensing device to control a cutting device causing the cutting device to cut an advancing paint roller tube into pre-selected lengths prior to the paint roller tube hardening and setting; and
allowing the cut lengths to harden and set into final paint rollers having final paint roller lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,967,557

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PAINT-ROLLER MANUFACTURING WITH INTEGRATED FINAL CUTTING ONLINE

1. A paint roller manufacturing system, comprising:measuring device configured to determine a length of a paint roller tube that has advanced;
cutting device configured to cut the paint roller tube into desired lengths prior to the paint roller tube hardening and setting, the desired lengths corresponding to a resulting final paint roller length of the paint roller tube after hardening and setting; and
controller operatively communicating with the cutting device and the measuring device, the controller being configured to permit an operator to select a final paint roller length.

US Pat. No. 10,967,556

UNIFORM EXPANSION OF THIN-WALLED SCAFFOLDS

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A method, comprising:using a scaffold made from a tube comprising a polymer, the polymer having a glass transition temperature, the scaffold having an outer diameter and the outer diameter having a before crimping size;
using a crimping device having a plurality of blades configured to form an aperture, wherein the blades are rotated relative to each other to increase or decrease the size of the aperture during crimping;
using a polymer material disposed within the aperture; and
crimping the scaffold to a balloon, the crimping comprising:
placing the scaffold and the balloon within the aperture, wherein the polymer material is between a surface of the scaffold and a surface of the blades,
reducing the outer diameter of the scaffold from the before crimping size to a first size while the balloon has a first pressure,
while the scaffold has about the first size and the balloon has a second pressure, resetting the polymer material,
reducing the outer diameter of the scaffold from the about the first size to a second size while the balloon has the first pressure, and
while the scaffold has about the second size and the balloon has the second pressure, resetting the polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,967,555

PLASTIC EXTRUDER WITH MOBILE OPERATOR STATION AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

1. A method of operating a plastic-extrusion system comprising a plurality of components including an extruder and a collection device for collecting the extruded plastic material, the method comprising the steps of:providing each of the components with read data unique to the respective component;
providing a mobile terminal designed for taking in and outputting data of the plastic-extrusion system and having a screen of a graphical user interface, a reader for reading the read data, and a camera,
associating the plastic-extrusion system with an information source holding data about each of the components and going beyond the read data provided on the components, the mobile terminal being configured to access the information source;
reading the read data with the reader to identify a one of the components and then connecting with the information source and downloading therefrom data regarding the identified component; and
displaying with the mobile terminal information from the information source regarding the identified component on the screen of the mobile terminal and going beyond the informational content of the read data read out by the read module.

US Pat. No. 10,967,554

EXTRUDER SCREW HAVING PATHS WITHIN THE SCREW, EXTRUDER, AND EXTRUSION METHOD

Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki K...

1. An extruder screw configured to convey a raw material while kneading the raw material, comprising:a screw main body having a straight axial line in a conveyance direction of the raw material, and configured to rotate on the axial line;
conveyance portions provided in an axial direction of the screw main body, and configured to convey the raw material in the axial direction along an outer circumferential surface extending in a circumferential direction of the screw main body with rotation of the screw main body;
barrier portions provided on the screw main body, and configured to limit conveyance of the raw material at positions adjacent to the conveyance portions; and
paths provided inside the screw main body, in each of which the raw materials flows,
the conveyance portions and the barrier portions are alternately arranged along the axial direction of the screw main body,
the conveyance portions includes third conveyance portions adjacent to the respective barrier portions and second conveyance portions adjacent to the respective third conveyance portions, and
in the respective third conveyance portions, and a second conveyance portion and a barrier portion adjacent to respective sides of the respective third conveyance portion,
the paths each comprise an entrance opened on a side of the respective barrier portion, of the outer circumferential surface of the respective third conveyance portion to cause the raw material, the conveyance of which is limited by the barrier portions to increase pressure on the raw material, to flow in, an exit opened on a side of the respective second conveyance portion, of the outer circumferential surface of the respective third conveyance portion to allow the flowing raw material to flow out to the outer circumferential surface of the screw main body, and a path main body connecting between the entrance and the exit, and
the raw material flowing into the entrance flows towards the exit in an opposite direction to a conveyance direction of the conveyance portions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,553

PIN CAM DEFLECTOR NUT

1. A device comprising:a first extrusion die subassembly including a pitched groove and a first sealing surface;
a second extrusion die subassembly including a pin and a second sealing surface, wherein said second extrusion die subassembly is mated to and aligned with the first extrusion die subassembly with the pin of the second extrusion die subassembly engaged in the pitched groove of the first extrusion die subassembly;
the first extrusion die subassembly or second extrusion die assembly further including a deflector and further including a flow passage positioned adjacent the sealing surface of the extrusion die subassembly on which the flow passage is positioned,
wherein the pitched groove is angled such that the pin will align with the pitched groove and such that the first extrusion die subassembly can be tightened or loosened from the second extrusion die subassembly in under one rotation of one or more of said extrusion die subassemblies and the fastening direction creates a sealing pressure between the first sealing surface and the second sealing surface confining flow through the flow passage and the loosening direction applies an ejection pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,551

METHOD FOR MOULDING AN OPTICAL COMPONENT WITH THE COMPONENT BEING DIRECTLY COOLED BY A FLUID

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A method for moulding an optical component comprising:providing a moulding device comprising:
a fixed mould part including a base; and
a mobile mould part including a base and a rotary stage that rotates about an axis of rotation, the mobile mould part being movable translationally relative to the fixed mould part along the axis of rotation so as to open and close the moulding device,
wherein the rotary stage is movable translationally relative to the base of the mobile mould part along the axis of rotation,
wherein the fixed mould part and the mobile mould part each includes a moulding block fixed to the base of the fixed mould part and to the base of the mobile mould part, respectively, to present a moulding station, each of the moulding blocks including a moulding impression, the moulding impressions cooperating with each other to form a moulding cavity when the moulding blocks face each other and the moulding device is closed,
wherein the fixed mould part and the mobile mould part each includes a cooling block fixed to the base of the fixed mould part and to base of the mobile mould part, respectively, to present a cooling station, the cooling blocks cooperating with each other to form a cooling space when the cooling blocks face each other and the moulding device is closed, and
wherein the rotary stage includes insertion openings extending radially about the axis of rotation, the moulding block and the cooling block of the mobile mould part being insertable and slidable inside the insertion openings;
moving the mobile mould part toward the fixed mould part to close the moulding device;
moulding a moulded component in the moulding cavity;
moving the mobile mould part away from the fixed mould part to open the moulding device:
moving the rotary stage away from the base of the mobile mould part along the axis of rotation:
transferring the moulded component from the moulding cavity into the cooling space by rotating the rotary stage, the moulded component being held by the rotary stage:
moving the rotary stage toward the base of the mobile mould part along the axis of rotation:
moving the mobile mould part toward the fixed mould part to close the moulding device; and
cooling the moulded component in the cooling space by sending a cooling fluid between the moulded component and the cooling blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,967,550

HIGH YIELD STRENGTH, LOW THERMAL IMPEDANCE COMPONENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Plantronics, Inc., Santa...

1. A machine component, comprising:a coalesced metal body having a zone of steel and a zone of copper, with a transition zone in which the zones of steel and copper coalesce, wherein the transition zone is a welded combination of steel and copper;
a machined surface on the zone of steel on a first side of the coalesced metal body; and
the zone of copper having a proximal boundary being disposed proximal to, and separated by, the zone of steel from the machined surface, and a distal boundary distal to the machined surface and proximal to a second surface of the coalesced metal body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,549

PULL OR PUSH ROD OR LOCKING NUT FOR A MOLDING MACHINE

ENGEL AUSTRIA GMBH, Schw...

1. A pull or push rod for a molding machine having at least one groove, wherein the at least one groove is suitable for forming a positive-locking connection with a locking nut, by means of which positive-locking connection, forces are transmittable between the locking nut and the pull or push rod, wherein the at least one groove:has a groove cross-section,
has at least two groove side walls, and
has a groove base,
wherein the at least two groove side walls, viewed in the groove cross-section, each transition with at least one transition curvature into the groove base, wherein the groove base in the groove cross-section is at least partially formed as a curvature, wherein the curvature of the groove base differs from the transition curvatures of the groove side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,967,548

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HAND TOOL HANDLE, AND A HAND TOOL HANDLE

Fiskars Finland Oy Ab, H...

1. A method for manufacturing a handle for a hand tool, the handle comprising a body portion and one or more surface portions provided at least partly on the body portion, the method comprising:fabricating a tubular surface portion of the one or more surface portions and setting it in a mold cavity of a mold against a cavity wall;
setting a core into the mold cavity and the tubular surface portion, and
casting melt mass into the mold cavity for providing the body portion that constitutes a shaft of an axe, a spade, a pair of secateurs or a rake such that the melt mass flows into the tubular surface portion into a space between the tubular surface portion and the core and the tubular surface portion is pressed against a wall of the mold cavity to obtain a shaft where said tubular surface portion covers at least a part of the body portion to define a gripping part, and
drawing out the core from the body portion to form an at least partly hollow body portion to define said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,547

MOLD, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MOLDED PART

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

1. A method for manufacturing a panel assembly for a vehicle, comprising:injection molding a panel substrate in a single injection mold, and injection molding the panel substrate includes:
molding a trim line recess on an underside of the panel substrate with a reduced thickness relative to adjacent areas of the panel substrate,
molding a plurality of thick portions defined in spaced apart relation to one another along and interrupting of the trim line recess, each thick portion being an area of increased thickness relative to adjacent areas of the panel substrate; and
trimming the panel substrate at a predetermined trim line defined by the trim line recess to define a part aperture in the panel substrate;
wherein the single injection mold includes a plurality of core pins, each of the plurality of core pins is movable between a retracted position wherein each of the plurality of core pins is removed from a mold cavity of the single injection mold in which the panel substrate is formed and an extended position wherein each of the plurality of the core pins extends into the mold cavity in which the panel substrate is formed, and further wherein injection molding the panel substrate includes molding the panel substrate with the plurality of core pins each in the extended position,
wherein injection molding the panel substrate with the plurality of core pins in the extended position defines core pin apertures in the thick portions of the panel substrate that are spaced apart along the predetermined trim line, the core pin apertures intersected by the predetermined trim line such that first portions of the core pin apertures reside outside of the predetermined trim line and second portions of the core pin apertures reside inside of the predetermined trim line, wherein the first portions of the core pin apertures remain in the panel substrate after trimming and at least partially define the part aperture in the panel substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,546

CALENDER HAVING A TABLE FOR DETACHING THE PROFILED MIXTURE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A calender for profiling a rubber mixture for manufacturing tire casings, the calender comprising:three rotating rolls including an upper roll, an intermediate roll, and a lower roll, wherein (a) the three rotating rolls are arranged such that an axis of rotation of the upper roll is situated above an axis of rotation of the intermediate roll and such that the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll is situated above an axis of rotation of the lower roll, (b) the axis of rotation of the upper roll, the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll, and the axis of rotation of the lower roll are parallel, (c) the axis of rotation of the lower roll and the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll are situated in a same vertical plane, (d) the axis of rotation of the upper roll is situated in a plane inclined with respect to the vertical plane, (e) the upper roll and the intermediate roll are separated by a first distance in the inclined plane, the first distance defining the height of a first profiling nip, and (f) the intermediate roll and the lower roll are separated by a second distance in the vertical plane, the second distance being less than the first distance and the second distance defining the height of a second profiling nip; and
a table for separating the profiled mixture, the separating table being positioned downstream of the second profiling nip,
wherein a pair of upper lugs are situated at transverse ends of the upper roll and the intermediate roll, and a pair of intermediate lugs are situated at transverse ends of the intermediate roll and the lower roll,
wherein the upper lugs comprise two quarter-circle bearing surfaces meeting at the first profiling nip and respectively following the shape of outer walls of the upper roll and of the intermediate roll, and
wherein the intermediate lugs comprise two quarter-circle bearing surfaces meeting at the second profiling nip and respectively following the shape of outer walls of the intermediate roll and of the lower roll, and
wherein, for the intermediate roll or the lower roll, each transverse end of the roll is equipped with a collar fastened to the roll and inserted between the roll and the quarter-circle bearing surface of an intermediate lug, the collar enabling a radius of the roll to be increased by a height equal, within the operating clearance, to the second distance separating the intermediate roll and the lower roll.

US Pat. No. 10,967,545

CALENDER HAVING A ROLL WITH SIDE COLLARS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A calender for profiling a rubber mixture for manufacturing tire casings, the calender comprising:three rotating rolls including an upper roll, an intermediate roll, and a lower roll, wherein (a) the three rotating rolls are arranged such that an axis of rotation of the upper roll is situated above an axis of rotation of the intermediate roll and such that the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll is situated above an axis of rotation of the lower roll, (b) the axis of rotation of the upper roll, the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll, and the axis of rotation of the lower roll are parallel, (c) the axis of rotation of the lower roll and the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll are situated in a same vertical plane, (d) the axis of rotation of the upper roll is situated in a plane inclined with respect to the vertical plane, (e) the upper roll and the intermediate roll are separated by a first distance in the inclined plane, the first distance defining a height of a first profiling nip, and (f) the intermediate roll and the lower roll are separated by a second distance in the vertical plane, the second distance defining a height of a second profiling nip;
a pair of upper lugs and a pair of intermediate lugs, wherein (a) the upper lugs are situated at transverse ends of the upper and intermediate rolls, (b) the intermediate lugs are situated at transverse ends of the intermediate and lower rolls, (c) the upper lugs include two quarter-circle bearing surfaces meeting at the first profiling nip and respectively following a shape of outer walls of the upper roll and of the intermediate roll, and (d) the intermediate lugs include two quarter-circle bearing surfaces meeting at the second profiling nip and respectively following a shape of outer walls of the intermediate roll and of the lower roll,
wherein, for the intermediate roll or the lower roll, each transverse end of the roll is equipped with a collar fastened to the roll and positioned between the roll and a quarter-circle bearing surface of a corresponding intermediate lug of the pair of intermediate lugs, the collar enabling a radius of the roll to be increased by a height equal, within an operating clearance, to the second distance separating the intermediate roll and the lower roll;
a retainer structured to retain the rubber mixture, the retainer being positioned upstream of the second profiling nip, opposite a central part of the second profiling nip and between the pair of intermediate lugs; and
a presser positioned between the retainer and the collar at the transverse end of the roll, the presser being structured to press the rubber mixture and being positioned upstream of the second profiling nip, wherein the presser includes fingers of a flattened shape that are rotatable about an axis parallel to the axis of rotation of the upper roll, the axis of rotation of the intermediate roll, and the axis of rotation of the lower roll, the fingers being set in motion by an actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,967,544

MOLD SEPARATION DEVICE AND SEPARATION METHOD THEREOF

HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITE...

1. A mold separation device comprising:a carrying stage adapted to carry a first mold and a second mold bonded to the first mold;
a scraping mechanism disposed at an edge of the carrying stage and comprising a blade tool adapted to scrape off a spilled glue connecting an edge of the first mold and an edge of the second mold and produced when the first mold is bonded to the second mold, wherein the blade tool is mounted in a fixed position;
two separation mechanisms disposed at the edge of the carrying stage and located on two opposite sides of the scraping mechanism, wherein each of the separation mechanisms comprises a pull controlling member adapted to pull open the first mold and the second mold so that the first mold and the second mold are separated from each other; and
a working platform comprising a platform surface, an accommodating recess, and a spin table, wherein a height difference exists between a bottom surface of the accommodating recess and the platform surface, and the spin table is located on the platform surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,543

RESIN MOLDING APPARATUS

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

1. A resin molding apparatus comprising:a first metal die and a second metal die configured to relatively move to press a flat thermoplastic resin sheet into a molded product having a flat section and a concave-convex section continuously extending from the flat section; and
a heater configured to locally heat a concave-convex molded region, of the thermoplastic resin sheet, that is pressed into the concave-convex section when the thermoplastic resin sheet is pressed,
wherein the heater is separate from the first metal die and the second metal die,
wherein the flat thermoplastic resin includes a boundary between a heated region heated by the heater and a non-heated region not heated by the heater that is positioned not at the concave-convex molded region but at the flat section,
wherein the first metal die has a flat surface configured to be in contact with the flat section and a concave-convex surface configured to be in contact with the concave-convex section,
wherein a distance between the concave-convex surface of the first metal die and a corresponding surface of the second metal die is shorter than a distance between the flat surface of the first metal die and a corresponding surface of the second metal die when the first metal die and the second metal die are closed, and
wherein the first metal die has an elastic body which extends to the flat surface from a boundary between the flat surface and the concave-convex surface, protrudes from the flat surface toward the second metal die, and is disposed and configured to press the heated region and the non-heated region of the thermoplastic resin sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,967,542

PROCEDURE AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A PART MADE FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND PART MADE FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL OBTAINED BY MEANS OF SAID METHOD

FUNDACIO EURECAT, Cerdan...

1. A method for manufacturing a part made from composite material, wherein the part comprises a body and one or more continuous fiber bundles arranged within said body, wherein the method comprises the stages of:a) obtaining a said body, which includes one or more tubular cavities in its interior, wherein each tubular cavity of said one or more tubular cavities extends between a first end, disposed on the outer surface of the body and which comprises an inlet orifice, and a second end, opposite to said first end;
b) introducing resin in the liquid state and a continuous fiber bundle in the interior of at least one tubular cavity of said one or more tubular cavities through its inlet orifice, such that the input end of the continuous fiber bundle advances towards the second end of said at least one tubular cavity; and
c) curing the resin until it solidifies, adhering to the body of the part and fixing the continuous fiber bundle in the interior of said at least one tubular cavity;wherein stage b) comprises carrying out said introduction of resin in the liquid state and of said continuous fiber bundle simultaneously, performing said introduction of the continuous fiber bundle within said at least one tubular cavity exerting on the continuous fiber bundle a viscous drag force by means of the resin, applying pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,967,541

UNIT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE PREFORMS

CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES INDU...

1. An installation for production of thermoplastic composite preforms intended to be thermoformed, said installation comprising a mobile support that includes a conveyor with a surface and a plurality of storage areas situated in the vicinity of said mobile support to be able to store a respective plurality of thermoplastic composite material structural elements and transfer and connection devices for transferring said structural elements from respective storage areas of said plurality of storage areas to said surface of said conveyor of said mobile support and connecting together said structural elements on said surface of said conveyor of said mobile support so as to be able to produce a preform;wherein said mobile support is driven sequentially in translation along a feed path in a feed direction and said storage areas are arranged laterally relative to said mobile support, and in that said transfer and connection devices include transfer carriages mobile in translation along a transfer path in a transfer direction over said surface of said conveyor of said mobile transport transverse to said feed direction to transfer said structural elements sequentially onto said surface of said conveyor of said mobile support in said transfer direction,
wherein said conveyor transports said structural elements from an entry to an exit along said feed path under said transfer path;
wherein said storage areas are paired, the storage areas of each of the pairs of storage areas being opposite each other relative to said mobile support,
wherein said transfer carriages are mechanically connected two by two, and
wherein if one of the transfer carriages is driven toward one of the storage areas the other transfer carriage is simultaneously driven from the other storage area toward the mobile support.

US Pat. No. 10,967,540

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOLD EXTRACTION ASSEMBLY IN A CONCRETE PRODUCTS FORMING MACHINE

Columbia Machine, Inc., ...

1. A method for moving a mold assembly to and from a mounted position within a concrete products forming machine (CPM), the method comprising:mounting an extractor assembly to a feed box assembly at a rear of a concrete products forming machine, the extractor assembly including a guide rail assembly, an extractor fork assembly, and an extractor arm assembly;
vertically moving the extractor assembly and feed box assembly together with respect to a mold mounting structure in a CPM center section;
moving the extractor fork assembly to an intermediate extended position just below the mold mounting structure;
lifting the extractor fork assembly up against a mold assembly resting on the mold mounting structure so that the mold assembly is carried off the mold mounting structure;
moving the mold assembly forwardly to a fully extended position at a mold transfer assembly; and
lowering the mold assembly onto the mold transfer assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,539

MANUFACTURING LINE, PROCESS, AND SINTERED ARTICLE

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. Ceramic ribbon, comprising:grains comprising alumina, the grains sintered such that the grains are fused to one another;
wherein thickness of the ceramic ribbon is a distance between first and second surfaces of the ceramic ribbon, wherein length of the ceramic ribbon is a dimension of one of the first or second surfaces that is orthogonal to the thickness, wherein the thickness is no more than 500 micrometers and at least 10 micrometers;
wherein porosity of the ceramic ribbon is volume of the ceramic ribbon unoccupied by inorganic material, wherein the porosity is less than 1%;
wherein the first and second surfaces of the ceramic ribbon have a granular profile;
wherein the first and second surfaces have roughness in a range of 10 nanometers to 1000 nanometers across a distance of 10 millimeters along the length of the ceramic ribbon;
wherein the ceramic ribbon is translucent such that the ceramic ribbon has total transmittance of at least 30% at wavelengths in a range of 300 nanometers to 800 nanometers;
wherein the ceramic ribbon exhibits haze such that diffuse transmission through the ceramic ribbon is in a range of 10% to 60% at wavelengths from 300 nanometers to 800 nanometers, and
wherein the ceramic ribbon has high surface quality such that the first and second surfaces both have at least a square centimeter of area having fewer than 10 surface defects from adhesion or abrasion with a dimension greater than 5 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,967,538

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS

DIEFFENBACHER GMBH MASCHI...

1. A method for the continuous production of material boards made of essentially non-metallic material, comprising:continuously heating material on an endlessly circulating conveyor belt via a continuous furnace;
providing a press downstream in a production direction;
generating electromagnetic waves via a plurality of magnetrons included in the continuous furnace;
feeding the electromagnetic waves into a radiation chamber via hollow conductors with outlet openings; and
controlling individual magnetrons or the plurality of magnetrons to operate the magnetrons with different powers for a differentiated power profile in and/or transversely to the production direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,537

CIRCULAR SAW, IN PARTICULAR HAND-HELD CIRCULAR SAW

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A circular saw for cutting a workpiece, comprising:a housing;
a tool holder supported by the housing and operably connected to an exchangeable saw blade;
a drive unit at least partially arranged in the housing and operably connected to the tool holder, the drive unit configured to rotationally drive the tool holder and the exchangeable saw blade about an associated axis of rotation; and
a protective wedge assigned to the exchangeable saw blade and rotatably mounted on the housing such that the protective wedge is rotatable about the associated axis of rotation, the protective wedge configured to enclose at least a portion of the exchangeable saw blade, and the protective wedge guided in a sawing groove formed by the saw blade in the workpiece during a sawing operation of the workpiece, in such a way that contact with the portion of the exchangeable saw blade is at least substantially prevented,
wherein the protective wedge is rotatable about the associated axis of rotation to expose the exchangeable saw blade by at most an angular range of 90°.

US Pat. No. 10,967,536

BLADE GUARD FOR A TABLE SAW

SawStop Holding LLC, Tua...

8. A table saw comprising:a table defining a work surface;
a circular blade, where the blade is adjustable to extend at least partially above the work surface to an elevation, and where a user can adjust the elevation of the blade;
a splitter configured to move with the blade as the user adjusts the elevation of the blade; and
a top guard held securely in place on the splitter so that the top guard does not move along the splitter as a user feeds a workpiece on the work surface past the blade to make a cut, where the top guard is moved forward and rotated upward to remove the top guard from the splitter, and where a user can remove the top guard from the splitter by hand without the use of tools and without moving a bail or lever.

US Pat. No. 10,967,535

METHOD OF ADJUSTING A PUNCH BODY ASSEMBLY

Amada Tool America, Inc.,...

1. Method of adjusting a punch body assembly comprising a punch body coupled to a driver, comprising the steps of:coupling a base of the driver to a driver engagement end of the punch body;
moving the driver with respect to the punch body until a select axial position of the driver with respect to the punch body is reached along a longitudinal axis of the punch body;
locking the driver at the select axial position, and
wherein the step of moving the driver with respect to the punch body to the select axial position includes aligning one of a plurality of position bores in the driver engagement end of the punch body with a locking hole in the base of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,967,534

SCRAP SCRAPER

Geo. M. Martin Company, ...

1. An apparatus for separating scrap from moving corrugated boxes, comprising:one or more surfaces that support and transport the moving corrugated boxes along a path, the one or more surfaces include an opening in the one or more surfaces; and
a scrap scraper comprising a contacting edge and an upstream surface that are part of a single element in a through machine direction, the scrap scraper is positioned laterally across and above the path, the scrap scraper is positioned above the opening in the one or more surfaces, the scrap scraper is configured to contact the moving corrugated boxes with the contacting edge of the scrap scraper, the contacting edge of the scrap scraper is configured to perform a scraping action against an upper surface of the boxes to scrape scrap across the upper surface of the boxes;
the scrap scraper comprises a non-linear cross-sectioned panel having a box contact end and a funnel region distal to the box contact end, the contacting edge of the scrap scraper is at the box contact end, the box contact end includes a contact surface that is configured to make contact with the scrap, the contact surface forms a scraper angle of action with the path, a tangent of the panel at the funnel region forms a scraper funnel angle with the moving corrugated boxes, the scraper angle of action is greater than the scraper funnel angle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,532

PERSONAL APPLIANCE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A personal appliance comprising:a. a handle comprising an implement connecting structure;
b. an implement connected to the implement connecting structure;
c. an implement displacement sensor positioned in the handle; and
d. a follower positioned in the handle, the follower having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the follower being in contact with the implement and the second end of the follower being sensed by the implement displacement sensor, the follower converts rotational movement of the implement into a linear displacement, the linear displacement of the follower directly correlates to the rotational displacement of the implement permitting the implement displacement sensor to measure a displacement of the implement relative to a fixed position of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,530

HAIR CUTTING DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A hair cutting device comprising a housing unit and a cutting unit,the housing unit comprising:
a length-setting mechanism, and
an actuator for varying a cutting length setting of the cutting unit within a cutting length range, the actuator being moveable by the length-setting mechanism between a first actuator position corresponding to a first extreme cutting length of the cutting length range, and a second actuator position corresponding to a second extreme cutting length of the cutting length range;
the cutting unit configured to pivot relative to the housing unit between a closed position for a cutting operation and an open position;
the cutting unit comprising:
a blade carrier carrying a cutting blade and pivotally coupled to the housing unit at a pivot, the blade carrier being pivotally movable about a pivot axis through the pivot for pivotally moving the cutting unit about the pivot axis;
a guard moveable along the blade carrier to change a distance between the cutting blade and a tip of the guard for setting the cutting length setting of the cutting unit within the cutting length range, wherein the guard is moveable between a first guard position corresponding to the first extreme cutting length and a second guard position corresponding to the second extreme cutting length;
a spring configured to bias the guard to the first guard position; and
a follower element attached to the guard and configured to cooperate with the actuator so that, with the cutting unit in the closed position, movement of the actuator from the first actuator position to the second actuator position drives the follower element to move the guard from the first guard position to the second guard position;
wherein the follower element is configured to cooperate with the actuator so that, when the actuator is in the second actuator position, pivoting movement of the cutting unit from the open position to the closed position causes the actuator to drive the follower element to move the guard from the first guard position to the second guard position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,529

DUAL SCISSOR WITH LIFTER

1. A device for cutting food, comprising:a first scissor that comprises a first blade and second blade;
a second scissor that comprises a first blade and second blade; and
a lifter comprising a first flat piece and a second flat piece, wherein the first flat piece is connected to the first blade of the first scissor, and the second flat piece is connected to the first blade of the second scissor; and wherein the first flat piece and the second flat piece are each shaped as a wedge; andwherein the second flat piece is connected to the first flat piece.

US Pat. No. 10,967,528

MAINTENANCE JIG FOR BALANCER OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A maintenance jig for a balancer of a robot, the balancer including a casing that has a cylindrical shape and that is closed at both ends by two end plates, each having a through hole that passes through in a thickness direction, a movable member disposed in the casing so as to be movable in an axial direction of the casing, a rod that has one end, which is fixed to the movable member, and that has another end, which is disposed outside the casing through the through hole of one of the end plates, and a force generating member that is accommodated in the casing and that generates a pulling force that pulls the rod into the casing in accordance with an amount of movement of the movable member, said maintenance jig comprising:a first member that is detachably fixed to the other end plate and that includes a screw hole disposed at a position corresponding to the through hole of the other end plate; and
a second member that is elongated, that includes a male screw portion to be fastened to the screw hole, and that has a distal end that abuts against the movable member by being passed through the through hole of the other end plate; and
a friction reducing portion disposed at the distal end of the second member,
wherein the second member includes a rotational force input unit through which a rotational force about a longitudinal axis is input, and
wherein the friction reducing portion reduces a sliding friction with respect to the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,527

BRAKE RELEASE DEVICE AND ROBOT MANIPULATOR EMPLOYING SAME

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A brake release device for a robot manipulator, wherein the robot manipulator comprises a housing and a brake element, the housing defines and forms an inner space, the housing has an opening, the inner space is in communication with a space outside the housing through the opening, the brake element is disposed within the inner space, the robot manipulator stops or is allowed to actuate according to a position of the brake element,wherein the brake release device is connected with the brake element, a first part of the brake release device is located in the inner space, a second part of the brake release device penetrates through the opening and is exposed from the housing, and when the part of the brake release device exposed from the housing is moved by an external force so as to drive the brake element to move synchronously, the robot manipulator is allowed to actuate,
wherein the brake release device comprises a first stop part and a second stop part opposite to the first stop part, the first stop part is exposed from the housing, the second stop part is located within the inner space, a diameter of the first stop part and a diameter of the second stop part are both larger than an aperture of the opening, and when the first stop part is moved by the external force so as to drive the brake element to move synchronously, the robot manipulator is allowed to actuate, and a position of the first stop part or a position of the second stop part is limited by the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,967,526

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a seamless first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is free to translate between braided fibers of the seamless first braided tube;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably change a braid angle of the first braided tube and to operably shorten a portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,525

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ADJUSTABLE POSITIVE STOP IN SPACE

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

10. A method for controlling a user's movements of an end-effector, comprising:receiving a user-applied force on the end-effector of a robotic arm causing motion at joints of the robotic arm;
determining a current position of the end-effector relative to an anatomy of a patient;
comparing a current position of the end-effector to a predetermined location defined relative to the anatomy; and
controlling a position of a physical constraint based on the comparison between the current position of the end-effector and the predetermined location, wherein the physical constraint is configured to constrain movement of the end-effector resulting from the user-applied force by limiting a range of motion of a passive joint coupled between the end effector and the physical constraint.

US Pat. No. 10,967,524

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONVERSION OF ROTATIONAL MOTION INTO LINEAR ACTUATION BY MECHANICAL STACKING OR UNSTACKING OF CONNECTED LINKS

1. A link stacking actuator system comprising:a first chain comprising a series of adjacent links, the first chain having a first end and a second end; and
a first rotational motor connected to the first end, the first rotational motor connected to a non-rotating surface, wherein rotation of the first rotational motor twists the first chain, thereby stacking the links to shorten the first chain, resulting in forceful contraction of the first chain, wherein the rotation of the first rotational motor further twists the first chain and stacks the links in a second order stack with previously stacked links stacking again to create the second order stack, the second order stack having at least one link in contact with at least three other links.

US Pat. No. 10,967,523

MACHINE FOR THE PROCESSING OF LINEN ITEMS IN AN INDUSTRIAL LAUNDRY, A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE MACHINE, AND AN INDUSTRIAL LAUNDRY

1. A machine for the processing of linen items in an industrial laundry, such as for receiving, reorienting and transferring a linen item from a loader to a movable linen carrier, with a transfer mechanism comprising:a carriage,
a drive for moving said carriage between a loading position and a discharge position,
wherein said carriage includes a frame structure with two spaced apart clamping structures, each clamping structure being rotationally connected to the frame structure to rotate about a respective axis of rotation aligned with a direction along which the carriage moves,
each clamping structure comprising two spaced apart activatable clamps, and
actuators for rotation of said clamping structures about said respective axis of rotation and activation of said clamps.

US Pat. No. 10,967,522

TWIN GRIPPER

Rattunde AG, Ludwigslust...

1. A twin gripper for gripping two round-profile portions (2, 3) simultaneously, comprising a first mount (6) with a first bearing means (6a) and a further first bearing means (6b) and a second mount (7) with a second bearing means (7a) and a further second bearing means (7b), including a gripping arm, at one end of which a gripping head with a centric clamping vice and a jaw (4) and a further jaw (5) are arranged,wherein the first and second bearing means (6a, 7a) are connected to one another in a fixed position, and the first and second bearing means (6a, 7a) are constantly arranged fixed in position to one another during the gripping process and the further first and the further second bearing means (6b, 7b) are connected to one another in a resilient manner, and the two bearing means (6a, 7a) can be displaced back and forth in a displacement direction (V) in relation to the two further bearing means (6b, 7b) and the two further bearing means (6b, 7b) are formed from the further jaw (5) which is a one-piece further jaw (5) and the further jaw (5) includes a first jaw portion (5a) which comprises the first further bearing means (6b) and a second jaw portion (5c) which comprises the second bearing means (7b) and a narrow spring portion (5b) forming the resilient force between two jaw portions (5a, 5c) including the two further bearing means (6b, 7b) and the two jaw portions 5a, 5c are both part of the one-piece further jaw (5) and the narrow spring portion (5b) connects the first jaw portion (5a) comprising the further first bearing means (6b) and the second jaw portion (5c) comprising the further second bearing means (7b),
and wherein the first jaw portion (5a) and the second jaw portion (5c) are separated from each other by a narrow gap (30) in a resilient manner by the narrow spring portion (5b), the gap (30) is formed between the further bearing means (6b, 7b) including the two jaw portions (5a, 5c), the gap being open on one side and being limited by the spring portion (5b) on another side.

US Pat. No. 10,967,521

ROBOT AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Finewell Co., Ltd., Osak...

1. A robot comprising:a hand having a finger;
a cartilage conduction vibration source which is provided in the finger and which conducts vibration to an ear cartilage of a human; and
a joint mechanism which guides the entire hand to achieve contact with the ear cartilage and which adjusts the finger to guide the finger to a tragus.

US Pat. No. 10,967,520

MULTIMODAL OBJECT IDENTIFICATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a robot, a voice input;
detecting, based on sensor data captured by the robot, a gesture of a human that indicates a spatial region outside a region described by the sensor data;
accessing stored data indicating locations of one or more objects in the spatial region, the stored data being generated before receiving the voice input;
identifying, based at least on the stored data, an object that corresponds to the voice input and that is located in the spatial region indicated by the gesture; and
causing the robot to perform, in response to the voice input, an action associated with the identified object.