US Pat. No. 10,166,650

CHEMICAL-MECHANICAL PLANARIZATION SYSTEM

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) system comprising:a platen;
a pad disposed on the platen;
a polish head configured to hold a wafer against the pad;
a rotating mechanism configured to rotate at least one of the platen and the polish head;
a light source configured to provide incident light to an end-point layer on the wafer; and
a detector configured to detect intensity increase due to absorption of the incident light by the end-point layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,649

MACHINING APPARATUS FOR WORKPIECE

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A machining apparatus for a workpiece which inserts a workpiece into a holding hole of a carrier arranged on a lower turn table, holds the workpiece, moves down an upper turn table to a fixed position to sandwich the carrier holding the workpiece between the upper turn table and the lower turn table, and simultaneously machines both sides of the workpiece while rotating the upper turn table and the lower turn table around a rotational axis, respectively, the apparatus comprising:an upper turn table support mechanism which supports the upper turn table from above to be vertically movable by a cylinder extending along a rotational axis direction of the upper turn table;
a horizontal plate fixed to the cylinder so that a main surface thereof becomes perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cylinder;
at least three displacement sensors which measure height positions of a surface of the horizontal plate when the upper turn table has moved down to the fixed position; and
a control apparatus configured to calculate a relative height position of the upper turn table and an angle formed between the rotational axis of the upper turn table and the longitudinal axis of the cylinder from the height positions of the surface of the horizontal plate measured by the displacement sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,166,648

FINISHING BELT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FINISHING A WORKPIECE

1. A finishing belt device for finishing a peripheral surface of a workpiece, comprising:a finishing belt including a rear side and an active side;
a pressure apparatus including a pressure roller configured to apply a pressing force to the rear side such that, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, the active side is pressed against the peripheral surface in a linear contact region at a level of the pressing force; and
a pressure roller support on which the pressure roller is arranged as a first pressure roller and another pressure roller is arranged as a second pressure roller, such that, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, the active side of the finishing belt is pressed against the peripheral surface of the workpiece in two spaced-apart linear contact regions via the first and second pressure rollers,
wherein the pressure roller support is held on a main support so as to be rotatable about a pivot axis
wherein, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, a first deflection roller is configured to act between the first and second pressure rollers and space the finishing belt apart from the peripheral surface to be finished at the level of the deflection roller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,647

POLISHING APPARATUS AND POLISHING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus for polishing a notch portion of a substrate, the polishing apparatus comprising:a rotary holding mechanism configured to hold the substrate and rotate the substrate, the rotary holding mechanism including a holding stage having an upper surface configured to hold the substrate thereon;
a polishing head configured to bring a polishing tape into sliding contact with the notch portion of the substrate to polish the notch portion;
a tape supplying and recovering mechanism configured to supply the polishing tape to the polishing head and recover the polishing tape from the polishing head;
an X-axis moving mechanism configured to move the polishing head and the tape supplying and recovering mechanism in an X-axis direction, which is parallel with the upper surface of the holding stage;
a Y-axis moving mechanism configured to move the polishing head and the tape supplying and recovering mechanism in a Y-axis direction, which is perpendicular to the X-axis direction and parallel with the upper surface of the holding stage;
a tension sensor configured to measure a tension of the polishing tape; and
a monitoring unit configured to monitor the tension of the polishing tape based on an output signal of the tension sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,645

CENTERLESS GRINDING MACHINE

KOYO MACHINE INDUSTRIES C...

1. A centerless grinding machine for centerless grinding of a periphery of a work by means of a grinding wheel rotationally driven while rotationally supporting the work with a regulating wheel and a blade, comprising:a dressing means for performing a dressing process of the grinding wheel and a dressing process of the regulating wheel,
wherein the dressing means comprises a single dressing unit disposed between and at a lower position than the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel,
wherein the dressing unit includes a dresser vertically movable between a standby position and a dressing position, and
wherein the dresser is moved in a longitudinal axial direction relative to the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel so as to dress the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel at the dressing position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,644

PROCESSING INSPECTION WORKPIECE FOR MACHINE TOOL, AND ON-MACHINE MEASUREMENT METHOD USING SAID WORKPIECE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An on-machine measurement method using a processing inspection workpiece for a machine tool, the method comprising:Using the processing inspection workpiece which has at least one processing surface, and at least one reference surface facing in a direction in which the processing surface faces, and having a plurality of in-plane measurement points whose coordinates are known;
replacing an attachment of the machine tool with a measurement sensor configured to detect a contact position with the processing inspection workpiece, after the machine tool processes the processing inspection workpiece;
performing a first measurement to measure the measurement points on the reference surface by using the measurement sensor;
performing, after the first measurement, a second measurement to measure a measurement point on the processing surface near the measurement points on the reference surface by using the measurement sensor; and
detecting coordinates of all the measurement points by alternately performing the first measurement and the second measurement on all of the reference surface and the processing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,166,643

METHOD FOR MAKING SAFE THE USE OF AT LEAST ONE HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for making safe the use of a hand-held power tool, comprising:receiving, with a processor of an electronic safety device, an application-specific characteristic quantity from a machine sensor of the hand-held power tool configured to measure the application-specific characteristic quantity, application-specific characteristic quantity relating to at least one of a state of the hand-held power tool and a state of a working environment of the hand-held power tool;
receiving, with the processor of the electronic safety device, an identifier of the hand-held power tool from the hand-held power tool;
retrieving, with the processor of the electronic safety device, reference data assigned to the identifier from an appliance database;
comparing the application-specific characteristic quantity with the reference data; and
outputting, with an output device of the electronic safety device, at least one item of safety information using to the user in response to the comparison of the application-specific characteristic quantity with the reference data indicating infringement of a safety criterion,
wherein the electronic safety device has a fastener configured to fasten the electronic safety device to an extremity of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,642

DRIVE APPARATUS COMPRISING MECHANICAL VIBRATION SUPPRESSION FUNCTION, AND SYSTEM COMPRISING MECHANICAL VIBRATION SUPPRESSION FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A drive apparatus including a mechanical vibration suppression function, the drive apparatus comprising:a damper side linear motor including a stationary portion and a movable portion, the stationary portion being fixed to a machine base;
a drive side linear motor including a stationary portion and a movable portion, the stationary portion being fixed to the movable portion of the damper side linear motor;
a first detection unit that detects a first position that is a position of the movable portion of the drive side linear motor in relation to the machine base;
a second detection unit that detects a second position that is a position of the movable portion of the damper side linear motor in relation to the machine base;
a third detection unit that detects a third position that is a position of the movable portion of the drive side linear motor in relation to the movable portion of the damper side linear motor;
a drive side control unit that controls the drive side linear motor, based on the first position detected by way of the first detection unit and the third position detected by way of the third detection unit; and
a damper side control unit that controls the damper side linear motor, based on the second position detected by way of the second detection unit, thereby causing the damper side linear motor to function as a damper,
wherein adjustment of a response band of the damper side control unit is allowed in accordance with a command frequency band provided to the drive side control unit or a response band of the drive side control unit, and
wherein the adjustment is performed by adjusting a parameter used by the damper side control unit to control the damper side linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,641

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFORMING ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS TO CONTOURS OF CURVED SURFACES

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An automated processing system for use on a surface having a contour, the automated system comprising:an elongated flexible component having a first portion and a second portion;
an actuatable component movable between a first position and a second position and having a first portion and a second portion;
a first bracket having a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion of the first bracket, wherein the first portion of the actuatable component is connected to the first portion of the first bracket, and the first portion of the elongated flexible component is generally fixedly connected to the second portion of the first bracket for movement with and flexure with respect to the first bracket;
a second bracket having a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion of the second bracket, wherein: the second portion of the actuatable component is connected to the first portion of the second bracket; the second portion of the elongated flexible component is generally fixedly connected to the second portion of the second bracket for movement with and flexure with respect to the second bracket; the actuatable component is configured to induce relative movement between the first bracket and the second bracket upon the actuatable component moving between the first position and the second position; and the elongated flexible component is configured to flex into a contour upon the relative movement between the first bracket and the second bracket;
an actuator that selectively moves the actuatable component between the first position and the second position; and
at least one end effector operably connected to the elongated flexible component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,640

RECONFIGURABLE FLEXIBLE RAIL METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for performing at least a first operation and a second operation on a workpiece, the second operation being different from the first operation, the method comprising:attaching a flexible vacuum rail to a surface of a work piece, wherein a multi-axis carriage is coupled to the flexible vacuum rail;
coupling a first tool module to the multi-axis carriage, wherein the first tool module comprises a first tool-module frame, a first reaction unit on a first side of the first tool-module frame, a first pressure unit on a second side of the first tool-module frame, opposite the first side, and a first tool, removably connected to the first tool-module frame, wherein the first tool is configured to perform the first operation;
moving the multi-axis carriage along the flexible vacuum rail to a first location on the work piece;
performing the first operation with the first tool at the first location;
removing the first tool module from the multi-axis carriage after performing the first operation;
installing a second tool module to the multi-axis carriage, wherein the second tool module comprises a second tool-module frame, a second reaction unit on a first side of the second tool-module frame, a second pressure unit on a second side of the second tool-module frame, opposite the first side, and a second tool, removably connected to the second tool-module frame, wherein the second tool is configured to perform the second operation; and
performing the second operation with the second tool at the first location or at a second location, different from the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,639

SYSTEM FOR CHANGING AND INSERTING TOOLS INTO OR PRESENTING TOOLS AT A MACHINE TOOL AND TOOL MAGAZINE, ALSO MACHINE TOOL HAVING A TOOL CHANGING SYSTEM OR TOOL MAGAZINE

DECKEL MAHO PFRONTEN GMBH...

1. A system for changing and presenting one or more tools of a plurality of tools at a working spindle of a machine tool, the system comprising:n rotatable tool magazines for receiving the plurality of tools, where n?2, and the n tool magazines are arranged consecutively along a rotational axis, the rotational axis of the n tool magazines being arranged in a horizontal direction parallel to a floor space on which the machine tool stands, wherein at least one of the n tool magazines can be driven by a drive independently of the other one of the n tool magazines to perform a rotational movement about the rotational axis, and wherein each of the n tool magazines has a respective outer circumferential surface; and
a manipulator configured to remove the one or more tools of the plurality of tools from the n tool magazines and to deliver the one or more removed tools to the working spindle of the machine tool,
wherein the plurality of tools are held in tool mounts provided in and along the respective outer circumferential surfaces of the n tool magazines such that longitudinal axes of the plurality of tools in each of the n tool magazines are located in a plane and project from the outer circumferential surface of the associated tool magazine of the n tool magazines;
wherein the n tool magazines, or the n tool magazines with the exception of one of the n tool magazines, each have in one location on their respective outer circumferential surfaces a respective free place without tools through which the manipulator can be moved in a first horizontal direction parallel to the horizontal rotational axis of the n tool magazines,
wherein to remove the one or more tools of the plurality of tools from a selected tool magazine of the n tool magazines, at least one or more of the n tool magazines which are arranged along the rotational axis between the selected tool magazine and the manipulator are rotated about the rotational axis into a predetermined position such that their free places along the rotational axis provide access for the manipulator to horizontally traverse therethrough via movement of the manipulator in the first horizontal direction, and
wherein the manipulator performs a linear horizontal movement in the first horizontal direction through the free places from a position located outside of the n tool magazines, along a passage formed by the free places, and up to the selected tool magazine, and the manipulator performs a linear horizontal movement in the first horizontal direction through the free places from the selected tool magazine to the working spindle of the machine tool to transfer the one or more removed tools to the working spindle of the machine tool and to directly, by the manipulator, deliver the one or more removed tools to the working spindle of the machine tool, the n rotatable tool magazines being arranged such that the working same height above the floor space as a height of the horizontally arranged rotation axis of the n rotatable tool magazines above the floor space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,638

ASSEMBLING DEVICE OF WHEEL HUB UNIT

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. An assembling device of a wheel hub unit, comprising:a bearing setting unit configured to set a bearing unit including an inner ring, an outer ring, a plurality of tapered rollers rollably arranged between an inner ring raceway formed on an outer peripheral surface of the inner ring and an outer ring raceway formed on an inner peripheral surface of the outer ring, and a stepped part which is formed on an outer end part of the inner ring in an axial direction and with which end surfaces of the tapered rollers in the axial direction are in contact, such that the bearing unit is coaxial with respect to a hub cylindrical part provided at an end part of a hub main body in the axial direction and can be moved toward the hub cylindrical part;
a rotational drive source configured to transmit rotational force around an axis to the bearing unit set in the bearing setting unit; and
an inner-ring press-fitting unit configured to externally fit the inner ring of the bearing unit to which the rotational force around the axis has been transmitted, to the hub cylindrical part; wherein
the bearing setting unit includes:
a circular holding part configured to hold the outer ring of the bearing unit from an outer periphery;
a circular driven member which is arranged coaxially around the hub main body and to which the rotational force is transmitted from the rotational drive source; and
a rotational force-transmitting part which is connected between the driven member and the holding part and configured to transmit the rotational force, transmitted to the driven member, to the holding part; and
the holding part includes a plurality of divided holding members being spaced apart from one another in an opening state and holding the outer ring of the bearing unit from the outer periphery in a closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,637

PIPE LOCATING SYSTEM

Data Point Targets LLC, ...

1. A target device comprising:a bracket member configured to be removably attached to at least a first pipe having a first diameter and a second pipe having a second diameter, the second diameter being less than the first diameter;
a reflector coupled to the bracket member at a location such that when the bracket member is mounted on either of the first and second pipes, the reflector is aligned with the center of the pipe; and
at least two fasteners configured to attach the bracket to either of the first pipe and the second pipe;
wherein the reflector is rotatably mounted on the bracket member and is rotatable relative to a first axis and a second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,636

COMPOSITE HARD-SURFACE MATERIAL AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

SEED TECHNOLOGIES CORP., ...

1. A method for preparing a composite hard-face material, comprising:dispersedly fixing a plurality of hard-alloy sheets on a surface of a metal matrix; and
overlay welding the hard-alloy sheets and the metal matrix using a solder, to obtain the composite hard-face material,
wherein the solder comprises nickel-based alloy powder, tungsten carbide particles, and boron nitride powder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,635

WELDING DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACTIVE HEATING DEVICE FOR HEATING THE WORKPIECE

STIWA Holding GmbH, Attn...

1. Welding device (1), in particular a laser welding device, for welding workpieces (3), comprising at least one welding head (2), in particular a laser welding head, which is directed onto a working area (4) when in the working position, and at least one heating device (5) acting on the working area (4) in order to heat up the workpiece (3), in particular before and/or after the welding operation, wherein the welding device (1) comprises at least two adjacently disposed welding stations or welding lines which can be set up with workpieces (3) or workpiece parts to be welded by means of at least one workpiece carrier (23) and the at least one heating device (5, 22) is configured so that the workpieces (3) or workpiece parts can be heated by the heating device (5, 22) in timed cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,634

LASER CLADDING USING FLEXIBLE CORD OF HARDFACING MATERIAL WITH DIAMOND

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method of hardfacing a component, comprising:generating a laser beam and directing the laser beam to an area of a wear surface of the component;
feeding a flexible cord of a cladding material into the laser beam to melt the flexible cord and produce a bead of the cladding material on the wear surface, wherein the flexible cord includes an inner metal wire surrounded by an agglomerate of abrasion and wear-resistant material that contains diamond particles; and
moving the laser beam and the flexible cord along the wear surface to produce a cladding layer over the wear surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,633

LASER BEAM MACHINE FOR THERMALLY TREATING WORKPIECES WITH A CABLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM HAVING A FITTED DEFLECTION UNIT

Messer Cutting Systems Gm...

1. A laser beam emitting machine comprising:a laser head emitting a laser beam onto a workpiece that is to be treated,
a movement unit spatially moving the laser head, movement unit having a linearly moving machine portal on which a transverse carriage is supported such that said carriage can be moved transversely, and the laser head being mounted on said carriage,
a flexible fiber cable with a minimum permissible bending radius, said fiber cable transmitting the laser beam to the laser head and entering therein at an inlet point on an upper laser head end thereof, and
a cable guidance system guiding the fiber cable at least over a portion of a length thereof,
wherein the cable guidance system has a deflection unit that is mounted on the laser head and that predetermines a rigid deflection curve that extends above the inlet point and adjacent to the inlet point, and guides the fiber cable to the inlet point, and has a radius that is greater than the minimum permissible bending radius of the fiber cable.

US Pat. No. 10,166,632

IN-SITU LASER BEAM POSITION AND SPOT SIZE SENSOR AND HIGH SPEED SCANNER CALIBRATION, WAFER DEBONDING METHOD

International Business Ma...

1. A method for aligning a scan laser beam on a wafer, comprising;scanning, along a laser scan line, a scan laser beam generated from a laser scanning system across at least one laser beam sensor outside the wafer, the at least one laser beam sensor being adjacent to one of opposing edges of the wafer;
picking up, at a first position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a first optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a second position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a second optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a third position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a third optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the first position to a first electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the second position to a second electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the third position to a third electrical pulse;
determining, using at least one processor, a spot size of the scan laser beam based on a laser scan speed and a temporal width of the first electrical pulse; and
determining, using at least one processor, a position of the scan laser beam based on a time difference between the second and third electrical pulses,
wherein positions of the second optical slit and the third optical slit relative to the wafer are known to the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,631

LASER PROCESSING HEAD APPARATUS WITH CAMERA MONITOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRONIC COR...

1. A laser processing head apparatus with a camera monitor, comprising:a laser beam reflection mirror that reflects and deflects a laser beam for processing and changes an advancing direction of the laser beam for processing;
a condensing lens that collects a reflected laser beam for processing, which has been reflected by the laser beam reflection mirror, to a processing point of a processing material;
a camera that is disposed on an opposite side of the laser beam reflection mirror to the condensing lens and on the same axis as an optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an imaging optical system that is disposed between the camera and the laser beam reflection mirror and on the same axis as the optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an illumination optical system that is disposed on an imaging optical system side of the laser beam reflection mirror;
a light source for illumination that generates an illumination light which passes through the illumination optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror and irradiates the processing point; and
an optical filter that is disposed on a laser beam reflection mirror side of the imaging optical system, wherein
the reflected laser beam for processing generates processing point-emitted light including plasma by irradiating the processing point, or is reflected at the processing point and becomes a processing point-reflected laser beam, and the illumination light is reflected at the processing point and becomes illumination light for imaging,
the light source for illumination includes a near-infrared laser diode which generates a near-infrared laser beam of which upper limit value is a wavelength of the laser beam for processing,
an optical path of the illumination light and an imaging optical path, which is an optical path of the illumination light for imaging, are different optical paths that contact with each other,
the illumination light is directly guided to a laser optical path for processing, which is an optical path of the laser beam for processing, or
guided to the laser optical path for processing via an illumination light reflection mirror, which is disposed on a part of the imaging optical path between the imaging optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror, and which reflects the illumination light generated by the light source for illumination toward the laser beam reflection mirror,
the illumination light reflection mirror is a total-reflection mirror or a metal mirror,
the laser beam reflection mirror reflects 99% or more of the laser beam for processing, and transmits 80% or more of the illumination light and the illumination light for imaging, and
out of the processing point-emitted light, the processing point-reflected laser beam and the illumination light for imaging, which have passed through the condensing lens and the laser beam reflection mirror and are directed to the camera respectively, the optical filter blocks transmission of the processing point-emitted light and the processing point-reflected laser beam, and transmits the illumination light for imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,166,630

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE FOR MONITORING A JOINT SEAM, JOINING HEAD AND LASER WELDING HEAD WITH SAME

PRECITEC KG, Gaggenau-Ba...

1. An optical measuring device for monitoring a joining region in a workpiece, comprising:at least one light-section device with a first light source, which casts a light fan in a direction of the workpiece in order to create a triangulation light line within the joining region on the workpiece, the triangulation light line intersecting a joint seam in the joining region;
a first optical sensor with a first observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the triangulation light line projected onto the joint seam;
a second optical sensor with a second observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the joint seam, with the second observation beam path being coaxially coupled into the first observation beam path and with the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor using a common objective lens;
at least one first illumination module for homogeneous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a first angle to an optical axis of the common objective lens;
at least one second illumination module for homogenous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a second angle, larger than the first angle, to the optical axis of the objective lens; and
a control device, which, as a result of different actuation of the at least one first illumination module and of the at least one second illumination module at different periods of time, alternates between a dark-field and a bright-field illumination or sets a ratio of the intensities of the bright-field illumination and the dark-field illumination with respect to one another,
wherein a readout rate of the first optical sensor is greater than 1 kHz and a readout rate of the second optical sensor is less than 500 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,166,628

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional shaping apparatus comprising:an electron gun that generates an electron beam;
at least one first deflector that deflects the electron beam one-dimensionally or two-dimensionally;
at least one electromagnetic lens that is arranged between said electron gun and said at least one first deflector, and that focuses the electron beam;
a second deflector that is arranged between said electron gun and said at least one first deflector, and that deflects the electron beam one-dimensionally or two-dimensionally; and
a controller that controls deflection directions of said at least one first deflector and said second deflector so that the deflection directions of said at least one first deflector and said second deflector are different from each other, and that causes only said at least one first deflector only to deflect the electron beam when scanning with the electron beam a region where powder is to be melted to shape three-dimensional objects, and that causes both said at least one first deflector and said second deflector to deflect the electron beam when scanning with the electron beam a region where the powder is not to be melted,
wherein when the electron beam scans a region where the powder is not to be melted, said controller widens an area irradiated in a unit of time by the electron beam in comparison with an area irradiated in a unit of time by the electron beam when said second deflector is not caused to deflect, so as to prevent unintended melting of the powder in the region where the powder is not to be melted.

US Pat. No. 10,166,627

ALUMINUM ALLOY TO STEEL WELDING PROCESS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of spot welding a steel workpiece to an aluminum alloy workpiece, the method comprising:providing a stack-up that includes a steel workpiece and an aluminum alloy workpiece, the steel workpiece and the aluminum alloy workpiece overlapping to provide a faying interface;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece with a steel welding electrode;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece with an aluminum alloy welding electrode;
passing an electrical current between the steel and aluminum alloy welding electrodes and through the stack-up to initiate a molten aluminum alloy weld pool within the aluminum alloy workpiece and at the faying interface, the electrical current having a greater current density in the steel workpiece than in the aluminum alloy workpiece; and
ceasing passage of the electrical current at which time a contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece is greater in surface area than a contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece, the contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode having a surface area that is greater than the contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode by a ratio of 1.5:1 to 16:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,626

METHOD FOR THE NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION OF COMPONENTS OR COMPONENT REGIONS AND NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for non-releasably connecting components or component regions, wherein two connection faces are partially welded to each other and are bonded with an adhesive layer, the method comprising:forming a welding base on one of the connection faces;
forming a spacer on one of the connection faces at a location spaced from the welding base, wherein the welding base projects above the spacer, and wherein the steps of forming the welding base and the spacer are performed by pressing protrusions out of the associated connection face;
applying the adhesive layer on one of the connection faces,
moving the connection faces toward each other to press the welding base against the connection face that does not include the welding base, and
supplying welding current through the welding base to melt the welding base until the spacer stops the connection faces from moving toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,625

TORCH FOR TUNGSTEN INERT GAS WELDING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A torch for tungsten inert gas welding, comprising:a housing,
an electrode holder disposed in the housing,
an electrode unit held in the housing and made of a metal, and
a cooling device configured to cool the electrode unit, by which a liquid cooling medium can be conducted into the electrode holder and conducted out of the electrode holder again,
wherein the cooling device comprises at least one electrically conductive separating wall disposed within a shell of the electrode holder for forming cooling channels, at least the at least one electrically conductive separating wall being electrically connected to the electrode unit,
wherein an insulating layer is disposed between the housing and the electrode holder, and
wherein the at least one electrically conductive separating wall comprises at least one clearance, through which the cooling channels are connected to one another, so that the liquid cooling medium can flow into the electrode holder and in a direction of the electrode unit through at least one cooling channel and away from the electrode unit and out of the electrode holder through at least one other cooling channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,624

HYBRID WELDING SUPPLY

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A power source for an implement performing a welding or cutting operation comprising:an engine component including a field-controlled generator, the engine component being switchable between an on condition and an off condition;
a rectifier electrically connected to the field-controlled generator, wherein the rectifier converts alternating current provided by the field-controlled generator into a direct current;
at least one battery, wherein:
the engine component and at least one battery are electrically connected to a chopper bus,
the chopper bus is connected across the rectifier, and
a voltage droop of the chopper bus is controlled by field control of the field-controlled generator;
a charging chopper electrically connected to the field-controlled generator and the at least one battery, wherein the charging chopper provides a selected power to the at least one battery;
a battery boost converter electrically connecting the at least one battery to the chopper bus;
an auxiliary power converter being electrically connected to the chopper bus, the auxiliary power converter including a DC to DC converter;
a controller in communication with the field-controlled generator, auxiliary power converter and the battery boost converter, wherein the controller selectively varies power output from the engine component, and the at least one battery via the chopper bus and battery boost converter, to provide power sufficient to perform the operation; and
a user interface for receiving a welding output preset, wherein the user interface is powered, when the engine component is in the off condition, by the at least one battery through the battery boost converter, the chopper bus, and the DC to DC converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,623

METHOD OF OPERATING A WELDING POWER SUPPLY

ESAB AB, Gotenborg (SE)

1. A method, comprising:receiving information including data representing at least a welding depth; and
based on the information:
performing a first transition between a DC power mode of a welding power supply and an AC power mode of the welding power supply, and
performing a second transition between the AC power mode of the welding power supply and the DC power mode of the welding power supply,
wherein the first transition and the second transition are made without interruption of a welding process that includes at least operating the welding power supply, and
wherein the first transition and the second transition are made without interruption including uninterrupted feeding of a consumable electrode at the first transition and the second transition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,622

AUTOMATIC WELDING METHOD AND APPARATUS

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

7. A welding system for automatically controlling welding, the welding system comprising:a heat-source that generates a welding-arc;
a wire feed for feeding wire to a wire interaction position, the wire interaction position being a position where the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc; and
a control system comprising: a pre-programmed robot control system, a control system interface, and a camera configured to record the wire interaction position and communicate the recording to the control system interface, wherein:
the control system is configured to:
set at least one welding parameter having an adjustable magnitude and direction;
set a stable wire interaction position with a defined tolerance, the stable wire interaction position being a position where the wire fed by the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc so as to produce a weld having pre-defined qualities;
define a number of zones with respect to the stable wire interaction position, a first zone being defined based on a diameter of the wire;
monitor whether the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding; and
alter automatically the at least one welding parameter having the adjustable magnitude and direction to return the wire interaction position to within the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position if the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding;
the alteration of the magnitude and direction of the at least one welding parameter is dependent on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in; and
the at least one welding parameter comprises at least a feed rate adjusted in accordance with a pre-programmed algorithm based on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in.

US Pat. No. 10,166,621

WELDING DEVICE AND WELDING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A welding device which performs butt welding of tubes, comprising:a rotary member of a circular-arc shape to which a welding torch is mounted, the rotary member including external teeth;
a gear train that meshes with the rotary member and rotates the rotary member around a center axis of the tubes;
a table supporting the rotary member and the gear train;
a first movement mechanism that moves the table in a first direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes, the first movement mechanism including a first movement mechanism slide block to which the table is fastened, a first movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the first movement mechanism slide block, and a first motor which rotates the first movement mechanism screw shaft;
a second movement mechanism that moves the first movement mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes and the first direction, the second movement mechanism including a second movement mechanism slide block to which the first movement mechanism is fastened, a second movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the second movement mechanism slide block, and a second motor which rotates the second movement mechanism screw shaft;
a third movement mechanism that moves the second movement mechanism along the center axis of the tubes, the third movement mechanism including a third movement mechanism slide block to which the second movement mechanism is fastened, a third movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the third movement mechanism slide block, and a third motor which rotates the third movement mechanism screw shaft; and
a clamp mechanism that secures the third movement mechanism to the tube,
wherein the first movement mechanism, the second movement mechanism, and the third movement mechanism are disposed between the table and the clamp mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,620

SLAG REMOVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Slag Rebel LLC, San Anto...

1. A slag removal device comprising:a lower member having a cavity in a first end;
an upper structure having a first opening extending therethrough, the upper structure configured to attach to the first end of the lower member such that the first opening through the upper structure is aligned with the cavity in the lower member, wherein the upper structure comprises:
an upper member configured to be secured to the lower member;
a collar configured to be inserted into the upper member, the collar having a first end, the first end of the collar having a first diameter, the first diameter being less than an interior diameter of the upper member; and
a tube configured to be inserted into the collar, the tube having a first end, the first end of the tube having a second diameter, the second diameter being greater than an interior diameter of the collar; and
a piston configured to be inserted into the first opening of the upper structure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,619

SOLDERING PUMP

ERSA GmbH, Wertheim (DE)...

1. A soldering pump (10, 100, 200) for pumping an electrically conductive fluid, including a liquid solder, having a feed channel (14) which travels at least in segments along a circular path (12) and has an inlet (16) and an outlet (18), and having a device (20) for generating a moving magnetic field, the device (20) comprising a plurality of permanent magnets (22) and being designed such that the plurality of permanent magnets (22) is moved along the feed channel (14) during operation, the device (20) also being designed such that, during operation, the plurality of permanent magnets (22) rotates about an axis of rotation (35) arranged concentrically relative to the circular path (12), characterized in that the feed channel (14) is delimited by a ferromagnetic material (34) on its side facing away from the plurality of permanent magnets (22), and the feed channel (14) is delimited by a non-ferromagnetic material (30) on its side facing toward the plurality of permanent magnets (22).

US Pat. No. 10,166,618

HEAT STOP FOR BRAZING OR SOLDERING

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:a metal block having an interior space and a joint element, the joint element defined between a trench in an outer surface of the metal block and a hole extending from the outer surface of the metal block to the interior space, the trench configured to reduce dissipation, throughout the metal block, of heat applied to the joint element, the hole configured to receive a metal tube; and
the metal tube joined to the metal block at the hole, wherein the trench is filled with an epoxy compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,617

ELECTRODES FOR AND METHODS OF ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for electrical discharge machining, the electrode defining a length direction, a width direction, and a height direction, the electrode comprising:a head end;
a tip end;
a shaft extending from the head end to the tip end; and
a central plane defined through the head end, shaft, and tip end,
wherein the shaft is recessed along the width direction toward the central plane such that both the head end and the tip end are wider than the shaft, and
wherein the electrode is configured to discharge electricity to machine a component and
wherein the tip end has a height, and wherein the ratio of the height of the tip end to a slot depth for the component is within a range of 0.05 to 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,166,616

BAND SAW MACHINE WITH STARTING CUTTING POSITION CONTROL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

TERA AUTOTECH CORPORATION...

1. A band saw machine with starting cutting position control, for cutting a workpiece, the band saw machine comprising:a working platform, comprising a reference plane for placing the workpiece, and a fixing member disposed on the reference plane and for fixing the workpiece;
a cutting machine, comprising a driving wheel, a driven wheel, a band saw wound on the driving wheel and the driven wheel, and a motor that electrically drives the driving wheel, the band saw comprising a starting cutting tooth and a processing cutting tooth that are sequentially arranged, wherein a positioning sensor disposed at the driven wheel, and a sensed element disposed at the band saw and adjacent to the starting cutting tooth, the position of the sensed element is detected by the positioning sensor to confirm the position of the starting cutting tooth;
a vertical displacement member, connected to the working platform and the cutting machine, causing the cutting machine to move vertically;
a height sensor, disposed at the cutting machine, for detecting a starting cutting point of the workpiece farthest from the reference plane; and
a central processor, electrically connected to the height sensor, the vertical displacement element and the motor, the central processor receiving information of a position of the starting cutting point and controlling a displacement speed of the vertical displacement element and a first rotational speed of the motor to allow the starting cutting tooth to first cut at the starting cutting point.

US Pat. No. 10,166,615

SLIP DETECTOR

Marvel Manufacturing Comp...

1. A method of moving a workpiece on a table by gripping the workpiece with a vise, the workpiece being cut when brought along the table to a saw, the method comprising the steps of:gripping the workpiece with the vise,
moving the workpiece some move distance X along the table to the saw,
measuring the amount of slip distance Y occurring between the vise and the workpiece, and
moving the workpiece an additional distance Y equal to the measured slip distance Y so the total distance traveled by the workpiece along the table is equal to the move distance X plus the measured slip distance Y.

US Pat. No. 10,166,614

ORBITAL CUTTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FREELY AND SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING PLURALITY OF CUTTING TOOLS WITHIN ROTATING BODY BY USING ROTATIONAL SPEED RATIO

DCSENG CO., LTD., Chungc...

1. An orbital cutting apparatus that is capable of freely and selectively controlling a plurality of cutting tools within a rotary body using a rotational speed ratio, the orbital cutting apparatus comprising:a spindle rotating unit coupled to any one surface of a main body so as to rotate (C axis);
a plurality of tool units coupled to reciprocate (X axis) toward a center of the spindle rotating unit on a front surface of the spindle rotating unit so as to cut a clamped material in an orbital manner;
a relative movement unit coupled to the main body to be rotatable in synchronization with the spindle rotating unit, and configured to transmit a rotational power from the relative movement unit to the plurality of tool units so as to cause the plurality of tool units to reciprocate;
each tool unit of the plurality of tool units includes a connection gear formed at an end of a driving shaft so as to be selectively engaged with the relative movement unit so as to receive the rotational power of the relative movement unit;
an operation unit configured to cause one of the connection gears to be engaged with or be disengaged from the relative movement unit; and
a control unit configured to control movements of the spindle rotating unit and the relative movement unit,
wherein each of the connection gears are engaged with or disengaged from the relative movement unit as a result of being reciprocated on the end of the respective driving shaft by the operation unit so as to activate or deactivate a tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,613

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MACHINING LONGITUDINAL EDGES OF METAL WORKPIECES

1. A method for machining a longitudinal edge of an elongated metal workpiece (2) with a circumferential milling cutter (1) rotatable about a rotation axis and having at least one spiral cutting edge, the method comprising:contacting a longitudinal machining surface (B) of the workpiece (2) by the at least one cutting edge (z) of the milling cutter (1) with a plurality of teeth simultaneously;
providing relative movement between the workpiece (2) and the milling cutter in the direction of the rotation axis of the milling cutter (1);
wherein the plurality of teeth contact the machining surface (B) simultaneously with identical tooth spacings (as) in a direction of the relative movement;
engaging the plurality of teeth (z), with the machining surface (B) over a cylindrical effective length (l) of the milling cutter (1) during machining of the workpiece (2) during the relative movement, wherein each of the plurality of teeth (z) has an identical cutting depth (t); and
removing chips (s) is effected between adjacent teeth having the tooth spacing (as) simultaneously with the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 10,166,612

TOOTH FORMATIONS AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A SAW BLADE

Irwin Industrial Tool Com...

1. A saw blade comprising:a blade body;
a cutting edge extending along the blade body, wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth defining a repeating set pattern comprising groups of teeth, each of the plurality of teeth comprising a tip, a rake face located on a first side of the tip, a gullet located adjacent to the rake face and have a gullet depth, and at least one relief surface located on a second side of the tip opposite the first side,
wherein the repeating set pattern comprises:
a first unset tooth;
a first set tooth immediately following the first unset tooth and set to a first distance in a first set direction;
a second set tooth immediately following the first set tooth and set to a second distance in a second set direction opposite the first set direction;
a second unset tooth immediately following the second set tooth;
a third set tooth immediately following the second unset tooth and set to a third set distance in the second set direction; and
a fourth set tooth immediately following the third set tooth and set to a fourth set distance in the first set direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,611

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on said base material,said coating including a hard layer,
said hard layer including a plurality of crystal grains having a sodium chloride-type crystal structure, wherein
when crystal orientation of each of said plurality of crystal grains is analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction system for a cross section of said hard layer that is parallel to a normal direction of a surface of said base material to measure an angle of intersection between a normal direction to (001) plane that is a crystal plane of said crystal grain and the normal direction to the surface of said base material, a proportion A of said crystal grains having said angle of intersection of 0 degree or more to less than 20 degrees is 50% or more,
boundaries of said crystal grains include CSL boundaries and general boundaries,
the length of ?3 grain boundaries of said CSL boundaries is 50% or more of the length of ?3-29 grain boundaries that is a total of respective lengths of ?3 grain boundaries, ?7 grain boundaries, ?11 grain boundaries, ?17 grain boundaries, ?19 grain boundaries, ?21 grain boundaries, ?23 grain boundaries, and ?29 grain boundaries included in said CSL boundaries and is 1% or more and 30% or less of the total length of all boundaries that is a sum of the length of said ?3-29 grain boundaries and the length of said general boundaries,
said crystal grain has a layered structure in which a first layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlxTi1-x and a second layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlyTi1-y (where x?y) are alternately stacked, and
a total thickness of said first layer and said second layer adjacent to each other is 3 nm or more and 30 nm or less,
when the composition of the first layer is nitride, the composition of the second layer is also nitride, and
when the composition of the first layer is carbonitride, the composition of the second layer is also carbonitride.

US Pat. No. 10,166,610

COMPENSATION CHUCK FOR CENTRICALLY CLAMPING WORKPIECES

HVM Technology GmbH, Oyt...

1. A compensation chuck for centrically clamping workpieces comprising:a housing,
two pairs of mutually diametrally opposite base jaws for receiving corresponding clamping jaws,
a drive unit which is moveable by power clamping having two pairs of drivable entrainment members, wherein two adjacent entrainment members are respectively coupled together by a first rocker and two further adjacent entrainment members are coupled together by a second rocker, and
a coupling ring which guides a first entrainment member and a diametrally opposite second entrainment member in the peripheral direction tangentially relative to a clamping axis (A), wherein a motion play is provided between the entrainment members and the coupling ring in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,609

SELF-LOCKING DRILL CHUCK

ZHEJIANG SANOU MACHINERY ...

1. A self-locking drill chuck, comprising a drill body, a nut, a clamping jaw, a self-locking structure, and a rotating sleeve, wherein the rotating sleeve is provided with a convex leaf spring fixed to the rotating sleeve at both ends, the nut or a ring fixedly connected with the nut is provided with a first groove and a second groove matching with a convex portion of the convex leaf spring, the drill chuck in a self-locking state when the convex portion of the convex leaf spring is in the first groove, and the drill chuck in an unlock state when the convex portion of the convex leaf spring is in the second groove;the self-locking structure comprises a ring tooth on the drill body and a rotatable locking block arranged on the nut or ring fixedly connected to the nut, the nut or ring fixedly connected to the nut is provided with a leaf spring, the rotating sleeve is provided with a first part compressing the leaf spring and a second part compressing the locking block, and by compressing the leaf spring via the first part, the leaf spring compresses and rotates the locking block, the drill chuck enters the self-locking state when the locking block engages with the teeth on the drill body, and through compressing the locking block by the second part, the locking block reverses to break away from the tooth, a gap between the rotating sleeve and the tooth is provided with for lifting the locking block out of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,166,608

WOOD-DRILL ADAPTER SYSTEMS

1. A wood-drill adapter system comprising:a wood-drill adapter assembly comprising;
a core-bit-blank comprising;
a hollow-tubular body including;
a hole;
a cap comprising;
a cap-plate; and
a threaded-coupler;
an adapter-insert comprising;
an upper-disc comprising;
an upper-face;
an lower-face;
an outer-circumference; and
an upper-aperture;
a tubular-body comprising;
an outside-circumference;
an inside-circumference;
an upper-rim; and
a lower-rim;
a lower-disc comprising;
an upper-surface;
a lower-surface;
an external-circumference; and
an internal-circumference;
a set-screw-receiver; and
a set-screw;
wherein said wood-drill adapter system comprises said wood-drill adapter assembly in functional combination;
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly comprises said core-bit-blank, said adapter-insert, and said set-screw in functional combination;
wherein said core-bit-blank comprises said hollow-tubular body, and said cap in functional combination;
wherein said hollow-tubular-body includes said hole;
wherein said cap comprises said cap-plate, and said threaded-coupler in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert comprises said upper-disc, said tubular-body, said lower-disc, and said set-screw-receiver functional combination;
wherein said an upper-disc comprises and is defined by said upper-face, said lower-face, said outer-circumference, and said upper-aperture in functional combination;
wherein said tubular-body comprises said outside-circumference, said inside-circumference, said upper-rim, and said lower-rim in functional combination;
wherein said lower-disc comprises said upper-surface, said lower-surface, said external-circumference, and said internal-circumference in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert is affixed within said hollow-tubular body in an end opposite said cap;
wherein said lower-face of said upper-disc is fixedly arranged to said upper-rim of said tubular-body;
wherein said outside-circumference of said tubular-body is fixedly arranged adjacent to said internal-circumference of said lower-disc;
wherein said set-screw-receiver is affixed to said outside-circumference of said tubular-body;
wherein said set-screw-receiver of said adapter-insert and said hole of said hollow-tubular body are aligned and arranged to allow a user to insert said set-screw to secure a wood-boring tool into said wood-drill adapter assembly;
wherein said threaded-coupler of said cap of said hollow-tubular body is structured and arranged to accept a drive-shank such that said user may thread said drive-shank into said threaded-coupler such that said wood-drill adapter assembly is able to be rotated by a coring-rotary-tool; and
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly is useful for allowing said user to use said coring-rotary-tool typically used for concrete drilling/coring to drill a circular-opening in a wooden-material using said wood-boring tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,607

TETRAHEDRON-SHAPED CUTTING INSERT, INSERT HOLDER AND CUTTING TOOL

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A two-way indexable cutting insert (22) comprising:a regular tetrahedral basic shape defined by exactly four insert corner portions (30); and four insert face surfaces (32) mutually intersecting each other and comprising:
a first rake face surface (34a) and a first relief face surface (36a) that intersect to form a first major cutting edge (44a); and
a second rake face surface (34b) and a second relief face surface (36b) that intersect to form a second major cutting edge (44b) wherein:
each of the four insert face surfaces (32) has only one rake face surface (34a, 34b) or one relief face surface (36a, 36b), and none of the insert face surfaces has both a rake face surface (34a, 34b) and also a relief face surface (36a, 36b).

US Pat. No. 10,166,606

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a top surface having a polygonal shape in a top view, and comprising a first corner portion with an acute angle ?1 and a second corner portion with an obtuse angle ?2;
a bottom surface;
a side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a top cutting edge disposed along a ridge line at an intersection between the top surface and the side surface, and comprising:
a first corner cutting edge located in the first corner portion;
a first major cutting edge adjacent to the first corner cutting edge;
a second corner cutting edge located in the second corner portion; and
a second major cutting edge adjacent to the second corner cutting edge;
wherein the top surface further comprises:
a first breaker protrusion comprising a first part protruding toward the first corner portion and a second part facing the first major cutting edge in a top view; and
a second breaker protrusion comprising a third part protruding toward the second corner portion and a fourth part facing the second major cutting edge in the top view,
wherein a minimum value of a first gap W1 between the first part and the first corner cutting edge is larger than a minimum value of a second gap W2 between the third part and the second corner cutting edge in the top view, and
wherein a third gap W3 between the second part and the first major cutting edge increases from the first corner portion toward the second corner portion, and a fourth gap W4 between the fourth part and the second major cutting edge decreases from the second corner portion toward the first corner portion in the top view,
the third gap W3 increases at a constant ratio, and the fourth gap W4 decreases at a constant ratio in the top view.

US Pat. No. 10,166,605

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROPARTICLES

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing microparticles, in whichproviding at least two fluids to be processed, including a raw material fluid which contains at least one raw material, and a processing fluid which contains at least one substance to process the raw material;
introducing the at least two fluids into a processing device, the processing device comprising at least two processing surfaces facing each other, the at least two processing surfaces being configured to approach to and separate from each other, at least one of the at least two processing surfaces rotating relative to the other;
mixing the at least two fluids in a space formed between the at least two processing surfaces, thereby forming a thin film fluid;
obtaining microparticles of the raw material processed in the thin film fluid; and
adjusting a circumferential velocity of the rotation at a converging site in which the raw material fluid and the processing fluid are converged to be within a range of 6.16 to 20.94 m/sec to control a rate of coalescence of the microparticles to be 0% or more but no more than 31%, the rate of coalescence of the microparticles representing a ratio of plural microparticles that are stuck together in the obtained microparticles relative to the obtained microparticles,
wherein the microparticles are the at least one kind of microparticles selected from the group consisting of nickel microparticles, copper microparticles, and amorphous silica microparticles, and
wherein the processing device includes a first flow path for introducing one of the at least two fluids into the space between the at least two processing surfaces, and a second flow path, independent of the first flow path, for introducing the other of the at least two fluids, the second flow path leading to at least one opening formed on at least one of the at least two processing surfaces, said the other of the at least two fluids being introduced into the space between the at least two processing surfaces through the at least one opening, and wherein the converging point at which the at least two fluids converge together is the nearest point in the opening from a rotational center of the at least two processing surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,166,603

METAL 3D PRINTER

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A metal 3D printer adapted for laminate-molding a three-dimensional object, the metal 3D printer comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of side walls to form a molding chamber;
a recoater head reciprocating between a first position and a second position in a direction of a horizontal U axis in the lower part of the molding chamber and having a total length greater than that of an irradiation region extending in a direction perpendicular to the U axis to form a powder layer of a metal;
a laser irradiation device irradiating the irradiation region in the powder layer with a laser beam to form a sintered layer; and
an inert gas supply device circulating an inert gas through the molding chamber to remove fumes generated in the irradiation region from the molding chamber,
wherein the inert gas supply device comprises:
a first suction port disposed on one of the side walls facing each other in the direction of the U axis, which is closer to the first position than the second position;
a first blowout port disposed on a side of the recoater head to face the first suction port; and
a second blowout port disposed to face the first suction port across the irradiation region.

US Pat. No. 10,166,602

NANOMETRIC COPPER FORMULATIONS

P.V. NANO CELL LTD., Mig...

1. A method of producing a formulation containing single-crystal metallic copper particles, the method comprising the steps of:(a) adding a borohydride, as an incremental addition, to cupric ions in an acidic aqueous medium, in a presence of a first dispersant, to reduce said cupric ions and to produce said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a first dispersion, until a pH of said aqueous medium rises to at most 7; and
(b) providing said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a product dispersion,wherein said product dispersion contains particulate matter including nanometric metallic copper particles, at least 10% of said particulate matter being single-crystal metallic copper particles, said particulate matter having an average secondary particle size (d50) within a range of 20 to 200 nanometers (nm), said nanometric metallic copper particles being at least partially covered by at least one dispersant,wherein a concentration ratio of crystalline cuprous oxide to said nanometric metallic copper particles, within said particulate matter, is at most 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,166,601

DIE CAST TIP COVER AND METHOD OF MANAGING RADIAL DEFLECTION OF DIE CAST TIP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A die casting plunger tip assembly comprising:a first portion having a closed end defining an outer face; and
a tip cover disposed on the outer face of the closed end and attached to the closed end only by a clearance fit or an interference fit; the tip cover having a monolithic body comprising:
an integrally formed support structure extending from an inner surface of the tip cover toward the closed end, the support structure being positioned in contact with the outer face of the closed end;
wherein a cavity is formed between the outer face of the closed end and the tip cover.

US Pat. No. 10,166,600

FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A formed body manufacturing method for manufacturing a formed body such that molten metal is led out from a molten metal surface of the molten metal held in a holding furnace and is passed through a shape defining member configured to define a sectional shape of the formed body, the formed body manufacturing method comprising:measuring a surface temperature of the formed body formed such that the molten metal that has passed through the shape defining member solidifies;
adjusting a height of a coating material spray nozzle based on a result of the measurement of the surface temperature of the formed body so that the surface temperature of the formed body to which a heat dissipation coating material is blown becomes a solidifying point of the molten metal or less; and
spraying the heat dissipation coating material to a surface of the formed body from the coating material spray nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,599

COATED CASTING CORES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

20. A casting core assembly comprising:a metallic core;
a ceramic core having a compartment in which the portion of the metallic core is received; and
a ceramic coating at least partially covering the metallic core and the ceramic core,
the ceramic coating having an average thickness of 0.5 mil to 1.5 mil and covering essentially all of the exposed portions of both the metallic core and the ceramic core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,598

PRECISION-CASTING CORE, PRECISION-CASTING CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND PRECISION-CASTING MOLD

MITSUBISH HEAVY INDUSTRIE...

2. A precision-casting mold used to manufacture cast metal, comprising:a precision-casting core obtained by forming a coating layer of two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters on a surface of a sintered precision-casting core body mainly including silica particles having a shape corresponding to a cavity inside the cast metal; and
an outer mold corresponding to the shape of the outer peripheral surface of the cast metal, wherein
the two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters comprise silica sol and silica fume having larger particle diameters than the silica sol, the silica fume consisting of spherical particles, and
the silica sol and the silica fume have a weight ratio of 1:1 to 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,597

CAMSHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD AND GEAR SHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD

1. A camshaft-manufacturing method, comprising:preparing a plurality of split dies including recessed cam accommodation portions provided on side surfaces and rib accommodation portions formed in the recessed cam accommodation portions, configuring a split die group by butting side surfaces of the split dies, and forming a plurality of cam accommodation portions including the recessed cam accommodation portions between each adjacent pair of the split dies, in order to prepare the split die group;
preparing a cam including a through-hole, a cam body which is smaller than each of the cam accommodation portions, and ribs which are provided on both sides in a thickness direction of the cam body and configured to be fitted into the rib accommodation portions, and a hollow shaft, and arranging the cam and the shaft so that the cam body is accommodated in the cam accommodation portions, the ribs are fitted in the rib accommodation portions, and the hollow shaft is inserted into the through-hole of the cam, in order to prepare processing; and
introducing pressurized fluid into a hollow portion of the hollow shaft and performing hydroform processing, and fixing the cam to the hollow shaft by expanding the hollow shaft, in order to perform the processing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,596

FORGING APPARATUS WITH FORGING RAMS GUIDED IN THE DIRECTION OF STROKE AND ACCOMMODATING FORGING TOOLS

GFM-GmbH, Steyr (AT)

1. A forging apparatus, comprising:(a) first and second forging rams guided in a stroke direction and comprising a first abutment and a second abutment, respectively;
(b) first and second forging tools accommodated in the first and second forging rams, respectively;
(c) first and second shafts having a first shaft axis and a second shaft axis, respectively;
(d) first and second lifting drives driven by the first and second shafts, respectively, and supported on the first and second abutments, respectively, the first and second abutments being held in contact on the first and second lifting drives, respectively;
(e) a frame; and
(f) first and second support bearings disposed on the frame;
wherein the first shaft comprises first and second drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the first shaft axis, and cooperating with the first abutment;
wherein the second shaft comprises third and fourth drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the second shaft axis, and cooperating with the second abutment;
wherein the first shaft is rotatably guided between first and second bearing shells, wherein the first bearing shell is arranged in the first abutment and the second bearing shell is arranged opposite of the first bearing shell in the first support bearing supported in the stroke direction on the frame;
wherein the second shaft is rotatably guided between third and fourth bearing shells, and the third bearing shell is arranged in the second abutment and the fourth bearing shell is arranged opposite of the third bearing shell in the second support bearing supported in the stroke direction; and
wherein the first support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the first shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction and the second support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the second shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,595

ROLLING TOOL

1. A rolling tool for the roller finishing of bearing surfaces of a crankshaft which is pivotable around a crankshaft axis, the rolling tool comprising:a finishing roller head; and
a support roller head;
wherein the finishing roller head comprises a finishing roller head frame, a finishing roller head housing, a roller finishing roller, a pressure roller, and a roller cage;
wherein the roller finishing roller and the pressure roller are mounted in the finishing roller head housing;
wherein the roller finishing roller is guided on all sides by the roller cage;
wherein the support roller head comprises a support roller frame, a support roller housing, and two supporting rollers;
wherein the two support rollers are mounted in the support roller housing and are operable to support the crankshaft against a rolling force acting on the crankshaft through the roller finishing roller;
wherein both (i) the finishing roller head housing is mounted in the finishing roller head frame such that the finishing roller head housing is pivotable around a first pivot axis that is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to a tangent on a working side of the roller finishing roller and (ii) the support roller housing is mounted in the support roller frame such that the support roller housing is pivotable around a second pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to the first pivot axis, and around a third pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and perpendicular to the first pivot axis; and
wherein the first pivot axis is defined by a secant passing through the crankshaft and being a distance of less than 10 millimeters from the tangent on the working side of the roller finishing roller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,594

SPRING FORMING DEVICE, METHOD FOR FORMING A HELICAL SPRING AND CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM

SIMPLEX RAPID S.R.L., Sa...

1. Spring forming device comprising:a system for feeding a wire for forming a helical spring;
a winding system suitable for winding said wire according to a helical configuration having a predefined diameter (D) extending along a helix development axis (A);
one or more pitch tools, each adapted to act on wire such that it takes on said cylindrical helix configuration with a predetermined pitch (p);
a system for detecting an actual pitch (peff) of the spring forming in the device starting from said wire and
a control unit comprising means for detecting an amount (I) of the fed wire;
said control unit is configured to:
determine an actual length (Leff) of the spring forming in the device, based on the actual fed wire amount (I) and pitch (peff) detected for spring portions already formed in the device;
determine a reference length (L) as a function of said actual amount (I) of fed wire;
determine an error between said reference length (L) and said actual length (Leff); and
generate a command signal such that, during spring formation, the configuration of one of said one or more pitch tools is varied as a function of said error.

US Pat. No. 10,166,593

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR BUMPER BEAM OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A manufacturing method for a bumper beam of a vehicle, comprising:producing a circular pipe by pipe molding a steel plate having a predetermined thickness between first and second molding rolls;
heating the circular pipe to a predetermined temperature in a heating furnace;
pressurizing and molding the circular pipe heated in the heating furnace and having flexibility, while inserting the circular pipe between an upper mold and a lower mold to form a molding beam, and thereafter, cooling the molding beam to form the molding beam into a high-strength molding beam; and
curvature-molding the high-strength molding beam at a predetermined curvature through a curvature molding machine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,592

METHOD FOR FORMING A SHEET MADE OF AN ALUMINUM ALLOY INTO A COMPONENT OF COMPLEX SHAPE, PARTICULARLY A MOTOR-VEHICLE COMPONENT

C.R.F. Societa Consortile...

1. A method for forming a sheet made of an aluminium alloy into a component of complex shape, which comprises the following steps:providing a mould for blow-forming said sheet made of aluminium alloy with an aid of pressurized forming gas,
heating said sheet made of aluminium alloy and/or said mould to a predetermined heating temperature,
arranging, in a forming stage, the sheet within the mould, closing the mould and introducing pressurized forming gas into a chamber of the mould with a first face of the sheet facing this chamber, so that the sheet is pushed against a surface of the mould towards which a second face of the sheet is facing,
removing the sheet formed thereby from the mould and subjecting the sheet to a heat treatment,
said method being characterized in that:
the alloy constituting said sheet does not have superplasticity features,
said predetermined heating temperature is in the order of 400°-550° C.,
a maximum pressure reached by the forming gas is in the order of 20-30 bars, and
a time for forming the sheet within the mould is between 40 and 150 seconds,
wherein in a first part of the forming stage, the pressurized forming gas is fed into said chamber of the mould while clamping peripheral portions of the sheet between clamping surfaces of upper and lower elements of the mould with a force sufficient for ensuring sealing against pressurized gas in the mould, but not so high as to prevent a sliding movement of said peripheral portions with respect to said clamping surfaces the mould, parallel to said clamping surfaces, so that said peripheral portions slide relative to said clamping surfaces during said first part of the forming step, thereby enabling a first forming of the sheet without elongation thereof, and thereafter, in a second part of the forming stage, this sliding is prevented and the pressurized forming gas is kept to be fed into said chamber, so as to press the sheet against a wall of the mould, thus causing an elongation of the sheet until it reaches its final shape.

US Pat. No. 10,166,591

FORMING APPARATUS

Belvac Production Machine...

1. A rotatable forming apparatus for modifying a shape of a container, comprising: a frame having a lower base and an upper base, the lower base having a bottom surface and a generally opposing top surface, the bottom surface contacting a support surface; a forming turret assembly connected to the frame and including: a drive shaft extending in a vertical direction along a longitudinal axis from the top surface of the lower base to the upper base; a fixed turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft; a turret starwheel coaxial with the drive shaft, wherein the turret starwheel is configured to receive the container; an axially movable turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft and above the fixed turret portion, the axially moveable turret portion including a cam and an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the axially moveable turret portion in the vertical direction along the drive shaft with respect to the fixed turret portion so as to configure the forming turret assembly readily adjustable for containers of different lengths; forming ram assemblies extending around and connected to the axially movable turret portion, wherein each of the forming ram assemblies includes: cam followers configured to follow the cam as the cam rotates; a forming die operatively connected to the cam followers such that the forming die moves in the vertical direction while following the cam; a knockout tooling device; and a drive cylinder that causes axial movement of the knockout tooling device and is configured to operate independently of the forming die.

US Pat. No. 10,166,589

FORMING TOOL AND METHOD FOR HOT FORMING AND PARTIALLY PRESS HARDENING A WORKPIECE MADE OF SHEET STEEL

Gestamp Umformtechnik Gmb...

1. A forming tool for hot forming and partially press hardening a workpiece made of sheet steel, comprising:a die,
a punch which can be inserted into a cavity of the die to form the workpiece, and
a cooling device,
wherein the die is formed of a first die part and at least one second die part which is movable relative to the first die part, while the punch is formed of a first punch part and at least one second punch part which is movable relative to the first punch part,
wherein the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part interact with an opening device which causes the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to contact the workpiece for a shorter time than the first die part and the first punch part, and
wherein the die parts are movably connected to a die carrier and the punch parts are movably connected to a punch carrier, the die carrier and the punch carrier each being provided with a ram, and wherein when the die carrier and the punch carrier are moved closer together, the rams cause the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,166,588

APPARATUS FOR FORMING A STEEL WORKPIECE

MS AUTOTECH CO., LTD., G...

1. An apparatus for forming a steel workpiece, the apparatus comprising:a press comprising an upper mold and a lower mold and is configured to temporarily stop movement of the upper mold at a controlled position;
electrodes for applying electrical current to the workpiece loaded on the lower mold;
at least one power supply for supplying the electrical current to the electrodes;
a control unit for controlling the power supply; and
a first sensor disposed on the upper mold or the lower mold to measure a force applied to the workpiece and transmit the measured values to the control unit,
wherein the control unit controls a start timing of the power supply to supply the electrical current to the electrodes by using the values from the first sensor,
wherein the lower mold comprises:
a lower die; and
a steel assembly disposed on the lower die and contacting the workpiece loaded on the lower mold,
wherein the electrodes are disposed on the steel assembly and protrude above a surface of the steel assembly facing the workpiece so that the electrodes contact the workpiece in advance of the steel assembly, and
wherein an insulation material having elasticity is disposed between the electrodes and the steel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,587

SMART ACTIVE CONTROL ROLLER HEMMING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, ...

1. A smart active control hemming device, comprising:a robot arm; and
a hemming roller unit disposed at a front end portion of the robot arm,
wherein the hemming roller unit comprises:
a plurality of hemming rollers;
a control motor driven with an electric motor to adjust a hemming pressure or position of at least one of the hemming rollers; and
a pressure detection sensor configured to detect a hemming pressure of the hemming roller in which a hemming pressure is adjusted by the control motor, and
wherein the smart active control hemming device further comprises:
a signal amplification device configured to amplify a pressure signal detected by the pressure detection sensor;
a hemming pressure input unit configured to receive an input of a target value of a hemming pressure formed by the hemming rollers; and
a hemming pressure active controller configured to receive an actual value of a hemming pressure detected by the pressure detection sensor through the signal amplification device and compare the actual value with the target value to adjust a hemming pressure using the control motor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,586

REFORM TUB IRIS TO ALSO INCLUDE COIL SHEAR

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES US...

1. A combined iris and shear unit for a coil forming device, the unit comprising:an actuator and a plurality of support members coupled together in series to support formation of a coil and connected to the actuator; wherein each support member further comprises a retractable shear blades of a combined iris and shear unit, the actuator adapted to cause movement of the support members between an open position with the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit being retracted away from a reform tub wall, so that coil forming takes place within the reform tub without interference;
a support position with the retractable blades extended into the reform tub and providing support for the coil; or a shear position for cutting the coil before it is extracted, wherein the actuator receives signals from a controller to cause the retractable shear blades of the combined iris and shear unit to move to a required position where movement of each of the retractable shear blades occurs in conjunction with movement of one or more supporting member, and
a coil height sensor that is positioned at the top of the reform tub and a controller, whereby retraction or extension of the supports is controlled in response to signals from the height sensor received by the controller, wherein when the coil height sensor is triggered a first time the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit performs the support function of an iris and is used to provide a gradual coil build up needed within the reform tub, when the coil height sensor is triggered a second time the combined iris and shear unit is opened to let the coil drop to a coil plate, having weight sensors, until a specified coil weight has been achieved and then the combined iris and shear unit is closed, the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit are moved into a cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,585

EXTRUDER AND TUBE EXTRUDER OR METAL EXTRUSION PRESS

SMS MEER GMBH, Moencheng...

1. A tube or metal extrusion press comprising:a stationary press frame formed by a main housing and a counter housing attached thereto and spaced therefrom;
a billet support carrying a billet holder and a ram cross-member movable in the press frame between the main housing and the counter housing;
a piston-cylinder unit having a cylinder on the main housing, a piston in the cylinder, and a ram stem extending between a front end of the piston and the ram cross-member;
an equalizing reservoir associated with the cylinder and supplying hydraulic fluid to the piston;
a transfer passage extending between the reservoir and the cylinder rearward of the piston;
a piston disk in the reservoir;
a rod extending between a rear end of the piston and the disk and extending in the equalizing reservoir;
a fill valve having a displacement sleeve carried on the rod and carrying a ring piston and a fill valve body integrated centrally in the cylinder and movable in the transfer passage between an open position in which the passage has a large annular flow cross-section and a closed position in which the valve body blocks the passage; and
feed lines effective on opposite faces of the ring piston for pressurizing the ring piston alternately and thereby shifting the displacement sleeve, ring piston, and fill valve body between the open position and the closed position, whereby in the open position the cylinder can fill rapidly from the reservoir or empty rapidly into the reservoir and in the closed position the cylinder can be pressurized for extrusion of a billet in the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,584

PROCESS DAMPING OF SELF-EXCITED THIRD OCTAVE MILL VIBRATION

Novelis Inc., Atlanta, G...

1. A system, comprising:a tension adjustor positionable upstream of an entrance of a mill stand for adjusting tension of a metal strip entering the mill stand at a rolling speed;
a sensor positionable on or adjacent the mill stand for measuring tension fluctuations at or above 90 hertz of the metal strip entering the mill stand; and
a controller coupled to the sensor and the tension adjustor for actuating the tension adjustor to adjust the tension of the metal strip in response to the measured tension fluctuations while maintaining the rolling speed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,583

PROCESS FOR HOT-ROLLING METALLIC HOLLOW BODIES AND CORRESPONDING HOT-ROLLING MILL

SMS group GmbH, Duesseld...

1. A method for hot-rolling a metallic, elongated hollow body, said method comprising:disposing a rolling rod in the hollow body;
providing a solid lubricant as a lubricant film;
applying the lubricant film in solid form to the rolling rod; and
subsequently hot rolling the hollow body after the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod;
wherein a first roller disposed adjacent to the rolling rod presses the lubricant film onto the rolling rod; and
wherein:
a functional agent is provided as a functional agent film or as a functional agent sheet and the functional agent film or the functional agent sheet is applied in solid form to the rolling rod or to the lubricant film before the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod.

US Pat. No. 10,166,582

SPINNING METHOD AND SPINNING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A spinning method comprising:supporting a supported portion of a cylindrical work by a work supporting portion; pressing a roller of a spinning head against an outer peripheral surface of a processed portion of the work while revolving the roller; and
performing a forming process that points a tube axis of the processed portion of the work in a given direction by moving the roller relative to the work supporting portion and moving a core bar relative to the roller such that a cooperation between the core bar and the roller reduces a diameter of the processed portion along a shape of a distal end portion of the core bar, while making the core bar inserted into the processed portion of the work contact an inner peripheral surface of the processed portion, and bringing the roller into contact with the outer peripheral surface of the processed portion positioned at a tapered portion of the distal end portion of the core bar.

US Pat. No. 10,166,581

INTEGRATED TRANSVERSE ROLLING MILL FOR SEAMLESS TUBES

1. A rolling mill with transverse rolling for rolling seamless tubes from a full-section billet, said rolling mill defining a first rolling axis, comprising:a piercing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a first tube having a first rolled product length after a piercing operation of said full-section billet,
at least one finishing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a second tube, starting from the first tube, having a second rolled product length after a finishing operation of the first tube,
characterized in that the at least one finishing stand is arranged downstream of the piercing stand at a distance equal to or greater than the length of the first rolled product, so that during rolling operations a front end of the first tube may only be gripped by the at least one finishing stand once the rear end of the first tube is no longer gripped by the piercing stand,
and in that the rolling mill comprises at least one stake provided with an end tip adapted to pierce and roll the billet, a first portion having a length greater than the length of the first rolled product, an intermediate tip, adapted to roll the first tube to transform it into a second tube, a second portion having a length greater than the length of the second rolled product, wherein a same stake is used for the piercing operation on the piercing stand and also for the finishing operation on the at least one finishing stand.

US Pat. No. 10,166,580

ALUMINUM FOIL, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ROLL-TO-ROLL ALUMINUM FOIL, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ALUMINUM FOIL

TOYO ALUMINIUM KABUSHIKI ...

1. An aluminum foil comprising a first main surface and a second main surface located opposite to the first main surface,in at least one of the first main surface and the second main surface, a surface roughness Ra being not more than 10 nm, a surface roughness Rz being not more than 40 nm in each of a rolling direction and a direction perpendicular to the rolling direction, the number of peak counts being not less than 10 when a reference length L is 40 ?m, the number of peak counts being determined from a roughness curve in at least one of the rolling direction and the direction perpendicular to the rolling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,579

GAS VENT WITH LOW-PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE FOR LANDFILLS

WATERSHED GEOSYNTHETICS L...

1. A gas vent for a landfill, the landfill having a geomembrane, the gas vent comprising:a sub-surface gas collection manifold for collecting sub-surface gas from beneath a geomembrane, the collection manifold comprising a plenum for receiving sub-surface gas, the plenum defining an interior volume;
a conduit connected to and extending upwardly from the plenum, the conduit communicating with the interior volume of the plenum and having an upper discharge end, the conduit being adapted and provided for extending through an aperture in the geomembrane for communicating sub-surface gas from within the interior volume of the plenum through the geomembrane;
a hood positioned adjacent an upper portion of the conduit and defining a discharge chamber therein into which gas from the discharge end of the conduit is discharged, the hood also having a discharge outlet for venting gas from within the discharge chamber; and
a low-pressure relief valve associated with the conduit and being operative for opening when positive pressure exists within the conduit, the low-pressure relief valve comprising a valve membrane normally resting upon a seat and lifted off the seat by low positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,578

SURGICAL DRAPE PLUME EVACUATOR

Nano 2.0 Business Press, ...

1. A surgical drape plume evacuator comprising:a filter enclosure comprising two spaced sheets of porous material joined together at the edges of each of the sheets of porous material;
an operating aperture disposed in the filter enclosure and defining an area within the filter enclosure, serving as a barrier to keep a surgical field sterile and providing access to a surgical site thereto;
a pressure source for providing a positive air pressure to a device that creates a negative air pressure within a conduit that is completely disposed within the interior of the filter enclosure, wherein the conduit is opened at both ends; and
a fluid opening in the operating aperture in communication with one open end of the conduit,
wherein the conduit connects the operating aperture to the interior of the filter enclosure,
wherein the negative pressure created within the conduit by operation of the pressure source and device causes a smoke plume generated during surgery at the surgical site to drag through the conduit and into the interior of the filter enclosure,
wherein the smoke plume that is generated during surgery at the surgical site and is dragged through the conduit into the interior of the filter enclosure is completely entrapped within the filter enclosure, wherein none of the smoke plume that is entrapped within the filter enclosure is thereafter released from the interior of the filter enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,577

STORMWATER VAULT SERVICING PROCESS

1. A method of cleaning a stormwater vault comprising the steps of:selecting a stormwater vault having a periphery wall and a floor to form an interior chamber having an upper and lower chamber portion and having a stormwater inlet thereinto and an outlet therefrom, said vault floor having a downwardly sloped section extending from said periphery wall towards a central pickup area, said vault having an access entrance thereinto and having a water spray pipe having a plurality of spaced outlets therefrom mounted around the periphery of said vault interior chamber adjacent said sloped floor section, said outlets being aimed along the surface of said downwardly sloped floor sections for flushing debris settled in said vault interior chamber toward said central pickup area and a water supply pipe located in said vault interior chamber and connected to said water spray pipe and having a water coupling thereon positioned for attaching a water line thereto from outside said vault;
opening said vault access entrance;
inserting a vacuum suction line having an inlet end for drawing materials thereinto from said vault interior chamber through said access entrance;
withdrawing sediment in the bottom portion of said vault interior chamber beneath said inserted vacuum line;
connecting a water supply line to said water pipe coupling; and
applying water under pressure into said water spray pipe to spray water out said water spray pipe outlets to liquify and move the sediment in said vault interior chamber towards said vacuum inlet to withdraw the moved sediment from said vault.

US Pat. No. 10,166,576

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A LIQUID FREE OF PARTICLES

1. A system comprising:a high-pressure coolant system for supplying coolant to a machine tool under pressure, the high-pressure coolant system comprising a pump in fluid connection with at least one outlet via a first valve to provide high-pressure coolant to the machine tool and in fluid connection with a dump valve to relieve pressure upon a state change of the high-pressure coolant system in which supply of a high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system to the machine tool is stopped by closing the first valve;
at least one nozzle plumbed to the dump valve; and
at least one filter element, the at least one nozzle being configured to spray the at least one filter element with the high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system upon actuation of the dump valve upon the state change of the high-pressure coolant system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,575

SHIFT AND HOLD CONVEYOR ASSEMBLY FOR REMOVAL OF OVERSIZE PARCELS

Fives Intralogistics Corp...

1. A method of shifting, holding and removing articles from a conveying apparatus comprising the steps of:conveying a plurality of articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction on an upstream conveyor including a low friction conveying surface;
conveying said articles along a first sidewall extending outwardly along an inward side edge of said upstream conveyor at a selected position for a selected length;
conveying said articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction along an intermediate conveyor having a low friction conveying surface in flow communication with said upstream conveyor, said intermediate conveyor having a narrower width than said upstream conveyor;
conveying said articles along a second sidewall extending along an inward side edge of said intermediate conveyor;
conveying said articles along an offset extending inwardly from said first sidewall toward said second sidewall;
conveying said articles along a raised high friction belt of a selected width extending along an outer edge of said intermediate conveyor opposite of and parallel to said second sidewall said high friction belt raised a selected height above the surface of said low friction conveying surface of said intermediate conveyor holding said article coming in contact with said high friction belt preventing a lateral shift toward said inward offset and said second sidewall, said high friction belt raised an effective height and having an effective width to create a tipover threshold for said articles having a portion extending over both sides of said high friction belt and a center of gravity extending over a portion of said high friction belt opposite said second sidewall for tipping over and removing said articles from said intermediate conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING SCREEN PANEL ASSEMBLIES FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATORS

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A method, comprising:fabricating a screen panel support frame having a curved non-planar shape, said curved non-planar shape having a first post-fabrication amount of curvature; and
after fabricating said screen panel support frame, performing a screen panel unitization process to unitize said screen panel support frame having said first post-fabrication amount of curvature with at least a plurality of layers of screening material, said screen panel unitization process inducing bowing in said screen panel support frame, wherein said screen panel unitization process is arranged so that, after completing said screen panel unitization process, said bowing induced in said screen panel support frame reduces a net amount of curvature in said screen panel support frame from said first post-fabrication amount of curvature to a second post-unitization amount of curvature that is less than said first post-fabrication amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,573

ECCENTRIC ASSEMBLY FOR A VIBRATION COMPACTING MACHINE

Volvo Construction Equipm...

1. An eccentric assembly for a vibration compacting machine, the eccentric assembly comprising:a housing driven and rotated by a motor;
an eccentric shaft installed in the housing so as to have a changeable angular position by rotating relative to the housing;
a locking device adopted to lock the eccentric shaft by engaging with one side of the eccentric shaft, and to unlock the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined locking critical speed ??;
a clamping device adopted to clamp an opposite side of the one side of the eccentric shaft that engages with the locking device, and to release clamping to the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined clamping critical speed ox; and
a stopper installed in the housing so as to limit a rotation angle of the eccentric shaft generated when locking and clamping to the eccentric shaft are released.

US Pat. No. 10,166,571

REFINING METHOD FOR MICROSTRUCTURE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A method for refining nano/micro structures, comprising:preparing a mixed solution including nano/micro structures with different dimensions;
spreading the mixed solution including the nano/micro structures on a substrate that is inclined to form a layer on the substrate including subsets of nano/micro structures, each of the subset having nano/micro structures with substantially same mass or size;
collecting a part of the layer on the substrate, the part of the layer including at least one subset of the nano/micro structures; and
recovering the subset of nano/micro structures included in the collected part of the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,570

APPLICATOR SYSTEM FOR EXTRUSIVE DISPENSING OF WORK MATERIAL FROM COLLAPSIBLE CARTRIDGE

Plas-Pak Industries, Inc....

1. An applicator system for extrusive dispensing of work material from a flexible pre-charged portion of a cartridge unit, the system comprising:a body portion having an actuator portion and a housing portion coupled thereto;
said housing portion including a cartridge bay and an arresting member disposed forward of said cartridge bay and displaceably coupled thereto, said cartridge bay being configured to receive the cartridge unit and defining at least one containment compartment configured to receive and substantially enclose the flexible pre-charged cartridge of the cartridge unit, said arresting member being displaceable between open and closed configurations for releasable retention of the cartridge unit against forward escape from said cartridge bay, said arresting member in the open and closed configurations respectively opening and closing access to said containment compartment;
said actuator portion coupled to said housing portion in communication with said cartridge bay, said actuator portion including a drive member engaging the flexible pre-charged cartridge within said containment compartment; and,
said body portion including a handle and an activation member coupled thereto, said activation member being coupled to said actuator portion to selectively activate displacement of said drive member within said containment compartment responsive to user manipulation, said drive member being selectively driven thereby to compress the flexible pre-charged cartridge in a forward direction along and in direct contact with a surrounding inner surface of said containment compartment toward said arresting member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,569

PAINTING SYSTEM

1. A painting system comprising:a paint applicator having an elongated configuration with a length that is substantially greater than a width and a width that is substantially greater than a height, wherein the paint applicator has a generally planar shape;
a handle portion having a distal end; and
an applicator portion extending from the distal end of the handle portion, wherein the paint applicator is removably attachable to the applicator portion, wherein an engagement structure that extends from one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator, wherein the engagement structure has a linear shape, wherein a recess is formed in the one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator from which the engagement structure does not extend, wherein the recess is adapted to receive a portion of the engagement structure to restrict movement of the paint applicator with respect to the applicator portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,568

ASSEMBLY, IN PARTICULAR A PLAY FOUNTAIN

HOEKS BEHEER B.V., Baarn...

1. An assembly, comprising:a floor configured to support people;
a plurality of electrical devices including electric motors coupled to pumps and nozzles configured to generate jets of liquid, distributed over the floor;
a plurality of rechargeable batteries, each rechargeable battery connected to one or more of the electric motors;
at least one charger connected to one or more of the plurality of rechargeable batteries and configured to connect to a power source; and
a control system configured to operate the plurality of electrical devices and the at least one charger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,567

COATING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COATING JOINT

Aegion Coating Services, ...

1. A coating apparatus for coating a perimeter surface of a pipeline, the coating apparatus comprising:a mounting frame configured to be selectively mounted on the pipeline;
a sprayer mounted on the mounting frame and configured to deliver a fluid along a flow path oriented toward the perimeter surface of the pipeline when the mounting frame is mounted on the pipeline, the sprayer being operable in at least one operational mode to deliver curable liquid along the flow path in a spray pattern, the coating apparatus being configured to move the sprayer circumferentially around the pipeline when the sprayer is operating in said at least one operational mode to coat the perimeter surface with the curable liquid;
a vacuum system operable to impart a vacuum pressure on a space adjacent the flow path to draw a divertible fluid delivered from the sprayer away from said space; and
an overspray shroud comprising a wall defining a shroud interior and having a sprayer opening and a vacuum opening formed therein, the overspray shroud and the sprayer being fixed in position relative one another such that the sprayer is oriented to deliver fluid along the flow path through the sprayer opening and the shroud interior, the vacuum system being operatively connected to the vacuum opening to draw the divertible fluid away from the shroud interior as the sprayer is operated to coat the perimeter surface with the curable liquid;
wherein the vacuum opening is spaced apart from the flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,166,566

FLEXIBLE TUBULAR TAPE

Tube Tape, LLC, Richmond...

1. A flexible, tubular tape product comprising;a hollow tape tube formed from a spiral wound strip of overlapping pressure sensitive adhesive coated tape, wherein the hollow tape tube defines an empty interior core space and further wherein the outside surface of the hollow tape tube is coated with the pressure sensitive adhesive;
and a flexible core shaft inside the interior core space of the hollow tape tube, wherein the flexible core shaft defines an outside diameter and the hollow tape tube defines an inside diameter, and the outside diameter of the flexible core shaft is less than the inside diameter of the hollow tape tube.

US Pat. No. 10,166,565

IRRIGATION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FLOW RATE INTO IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OR ABSENCE OF AN IRRIGATION FAULT

1. An irrigation system comprising:a combined irrigation monitor and controller comprising a processor having a first and a second output and a first input;
a flow sensor coupled to the first input and an irrigation feed;
a first valve, the first valve coupled to the first output, the irrigation feed, and a first irrigation zone;
a second valve, the second valve coupled to the second output, the irrigation feed, and a second irrigation zone;
wherein when the state of the first output is in a first state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a first amount of flow;
wherein when the state of the second output is in a second state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a second amount of flow;
wherein the first and second quantified flows are processed by the processor to produce data selected from the following list: detection of an unexpected flow condition in combination with an indicator of the zone responsible for the unexpected flow condition; a flow characteristic of the first zone; information about a fault condition including the zone in which the fault condition occurs; or, a report of irrigation system performance including the amount of water flow to the first zone.

US Pat. No. 10,166,564

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSER WITH CAPTIVE PUSHER

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser comprising:a fluid reservoir that defines an opening;
a dispenser member that is mounted in the opening of the reservoir and that includes an actuator rod;
a pusher for mounting on the actuator rod of the dispenser member; and
a covering shell in which an assembly, formed by the reservoir and the dispenser member, is adapted to be held in removable manner, the pusher being held captive by the covering shell so that said actuator rod can be connected to the pusher only in the covering shell, the pusher being axially movable in the covering shell over a limited stroke that is defined by a low abutment and a high abutment;
magnetic means act between the covering shell and the pusher so as to hold the pusher, by magnetic attraction/repulsion, in a determined position that is stationary relative to the covering shell, when the actuator rod is disconnected from the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,166,563

PUMP SYSTEMS, PUMP ENGINES, AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A pump system, comprising:a closure;
an accumulator, comprising:
a first opening at one end of the accumulator;
a second opening at an end opposite the first opening;
a valve seat positioned on an interior of the accumulator between the first opening and the second opening;
a product chamber between the valve seat and the second opening;
a retaining ring circumscribing the second opening and projecting outward therefrom;
a valve seated in the valve seat;
a piston seal seated in the product chamber of the accumulator, the piston seal comprising:
a central portion;
a piston seal opening through the central portion;
an output cylinder, comprising:
a base wall;
a cylindrical wall extending off of upward from the base wall and defining a cavity;
an output stop within the cavity, said output stop being arranged to define an output volume, wherein the output stop is disposed vertically above the base wall;
a plug seal wall extending off of the base wall in a direction opposite the cylindrical wall;
a latch wall extending off of the base wall in the same direction as the plug seal wall, the latch wall received in snap-fit engagement with the retaining ring of the accumulator;
a piston stem, comprising:
a fluid lock at one end of the piston stem;
an output opening at an end opposite the fluid lock;
at least one input opening adjacent the fluid lock;
a piston stem flange extending outward from an exterior wall of the piston stem;
wherein a portion of the piston stem and the piston stem flange are positioned within the cavity of the output cylinder, the output opening of the piston stem is outside of the output cylinder, a portion of the piston stem extends through the piston seal opening, the fluid lock is on a side of the piston seal opposite the output cylinder, and the accumulator retaining ring is seated between the plug seal wall and the latch wall of the output cylinder;
said piston stem flange engaging with said output stop to generate said output volume.

US Pat. No. 10,166,562

PROTECTIVE CAP WITH DETACHABLE NOZZLE AND NOZZLE HOLDER

TOP SECRET INC., Santa M...

1. An apparatus for dispensing dry powder, said apparatus comprising:an applicator device having a spray outlet hole; and
a protective applicator cap, comprising:
a) a top wall horizontal to the base of the applicator device when said applicator cap is attached to the applicator device;
b) a downward terminating cylindrical side wall descending all around from said top wall;
c) a spray nozzle which is a hollow tube insertable into said spray outlet hole;
d) a cutout for said spray nozzle which is a single opening in the cylindrical side wall, said applicator cap being rotatable between an open position overlying the spray outlet hole of said applicator device whereby it can receive and communicate with said spray nozzle, and a closed position wherein said opening is not overlying the spray outlet hole, the spray outlet hole being closed by said applicator cap;
e) a nozzle holder clamp attached to said cylindrical wall and adapted to receive the spray nozzle when said spray nozzle is not in use, wherein said spray nozzle being movable between an inserted position wherein it is attached to the spray outlet hole through said cutout, and a detached position when it is held by said nozzle holder clamp;
wherein the applicator cap prevents discharge of dry powder in both the open position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,561

FLUID RESERVOIR AND DISPENSING DEVICE

MAKINEX IP PTY LTD, Arta...

1. A fluid reservoir assembly of the type that can store and release fluid under pressure, the assembly having an outer body which enables an inner tube to be stretched and held between the ends of the outer body and the inner tube having an inlet and an outlet for a fluid to enter and exit the inner tube, wherein the inner tube is held stretched in the range of (0.2*ØOB/ØIT) to (2*ØOB/ØIT) times the at-rest length of said inner tube, where Ø0B is the inside diameter or dimension of an aperture through said outer body which is to contain the inner tube and ØIT is the outside diameter of the inner tube when measured at rest and forming a circle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,560

CONTINUOUS LAUNCHER

AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELO...

1. A continuous launcher comprising:a pressing tube having therein a first hollow portion in which a piston is movable;
a launch unit disposed at a front side of the pressing tube in a spaced manner based on a launching direction, for launching a launch object using compression force, the compression force being generated by the piston moved forward along the first hollow portion;
a piston supply unit provided at a rear side surface of the pressing tube and including therein a plurality of pistons, wherein the piston supply unit supplies the pistons one by one to a rear end of the first hollow portion;
a piston loading unit provided at a rear end of the pressing tube, and allowing the piston to be moved from a supply position of the piston supplied into the first hollow portion to a load position within the first hollow portion, at which the piston is loaded; and
an operating fluid supply unit supplying an operating fluid between the supply position and the load position of the piston, to press forward the piston from the load position,
wherein the launch unit comprises:
a high-pressure connector having therein a second hollow portion, in which the piston is movable; a launch tube having a solid launch object therein, provided with a launch hollow portion serving as a path for launching the solid launch object, the launch tube being connected to a front end of the high-pressure connector to communicate the launch hollow portion and the second hollow portion with each other; and a diaphragm disposed to block between the second hollow portion and the launch hollow portion to generate air compression force within the second hollow portion, and which is exploded to launch the launch object when the air compression force reaches a preset pressure,
wherein the launch hollow portion has a cross section smaller than that of the second hollow portion, wherein the launch unit and the pressing tube are spaced apart from each other, and wherein a front end of the first hollow portion and a rear end of the second hollow portion are disposed to face each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,559

HOSE END SPRAYER WITH MULTI-SIZE BOTTLE CONNECTORS

Root-Lowell Manufacturing...

1. A hose end sprayer with multi-size bottle connectors comprising:a lid including:
a cap having a top and two or more annular bottle connectors with different diameters positioned on an underside of the top;
a liquid conduit extending across the top, the conduit having an inlet at one end that is attachable to a hose and an outlet nozzle at an opposite end for discharging liquid; and
a siphon tube having an upper end connected to and in fluid communication with an interior of the conduit at a point inside of the periphery of the smallest bottle connector, the siphon tube extending downwardly from the upper end to a lower end positioned below the upper end, the siphon tube being formed such that liquid in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube is urged upwardly from the lower end through the upper end into the liquid conduit as a result of liquid flowing through the liquid conduit causing the admixture of liquid in the inlet conduit with liquid drawn through the siphon tube, with the admixed liquids being discharged from the outlet nozzle; and
at least one liquid container adapted to hold a liquid chemical, the liquid container having an open mouth of a size and shape that mates with and is releasably attachable to one of the bottle connectors on the underside of the top, such that when the lid is mounted on the container and the container is filled with a sufficient quantity of liquid chemical that the liquid chemical is in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube, the liquid chemical is siphoned into liquid that is transmitted through the sprayer from the hose inlet to the nozzle, thereby causing admixed liquids to be discharged from the nozzle;
wherein the sprayer includes multiple containers of different heights and the siphon tube is flexible and long enough to extend to a position adjacent the bottom of the tallest container, the siphon tube being bendable so it also extends to the bottom of shorter containers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,558

COOLING DEVICE FOR A SPRAYING NOZZLE OR SPRAYING NOZZLE ASSEMBLY WITH A COOLING DEVICE FOR THERMAL SPRAYING

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A cooling device for a spraying nozzle which is suitable for thermal spraying, comprising:a covering with an exterior surface and an inner space configured for arrangement of the spraying nozzle, wherein the covering is constructed from two half-shells and a separation line extends between the half-shells in a longitudinal direction of the covering,
an inlet and an outlet for a cooling fluid,
wherein the inner space of the covering is constructed as a fitting face in contact with the spray nozzle over at least two-thirds of a longitudinal extent of the covering, wherein when the spraying nozzle is assembled in the inner space a fit is formed between the spraying nozzle and the covering,
a lining for the fitting face of the covering, the lining providing an adaptor for dimensional differences between the covering and the spraying nozzle, and
a cooling line provided in the covering, the cooling line having a closed cross-section and connecting the inlet to the outlet,
a second cooling line, wherein each of the cooling lines feeds into a different one of the two half-shells, and
a second inlet and a second outlet, wherein each of the two half-shells is in communication with only one of the two inlets and only one of the two outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,557

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY TOOL SYSTEM

Carlisle Fluid Technologi...

1. A system, comprising:an electrostatic spray system, comprising:
an electrostatic tool; and
a spray tip assembly configured to receive a coating material and an airflow to atomize and charge the coating material, and spray the coating material in an airflow direction, comprising:
a first air cap horn comprising a first recess on a first exterior surface at a first distal end of the first air cap horn, wherein the first recess surrounds an outlet of an aperture that extends through the first air cap horn;
a first charging pin configured to extend through the aperture and disposed within the first recess; and
a grounded pin, wherein the first charging pin and the grounded pin are configured to produce an electric field that charges the coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,556

PULSATING HIGH PRESSURE AIR AND WATER NOZZLE

VAC-TRON EQUIPMENT, LLC, ...

1. A pulsating nozzle, the nozzle comprising:an impeller adapted to rotate about an axis;
an annular housing securing the impeller therein;
a supply aperture secured to the annular housing, wherein the supply aperture is orientated to direct a stream of pressurized fluid to impact the impeller; and
a discharge port secured to the annular housing to discharge a pulsating stream of fluid;
the impeller comprising
a plurality of radial spaced vanes positioned to cause the impeller to rotate by the stream of pressurized fluid, wherein the plurality of vanes is configured to intermittently block the discharge port as the impeller rotates to generate the pulsating stream of fluid; and
a cavity formed between each vane of the plurality of vanes, wherein each cavity having an opening and a closed bottom to fill the respective cavity with a volume of the pressurized fluid at the supply aperture and to discharge the volume of pressurized fluid back through the opening at the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,555

WATER JET DEVICE FOR ROTARY MASSAGE

1. A water jet device for rotary massage, comprising:a seat (1) including at least one outlet (10) and a cavity (11);
a cover (2) including an inlet (20);
a separating member (3) including at least one inclined water ejection port (30) communicating with the inlet (20);
a rotary shaft (4);
an impeller (5) including a plurality of water channels (50) formed between blades of the impellers (5);
a rotor (6) including a plurality of curved grooves (60) formed on an outer surface;. and
a track assembly (7) including an annular rail (71) having ascending and descending sections formed on a bottom of the cavity (11), and a plurality of sliders (72) formed on an underside of the impeller (5);
wherein the impeller (5) is disposed in the cavity (11) and mounted between the rotor (6) and the separating member (3) via the rotary shaft (4);
wherein the rotor (6) is disposed in the outlet (10) below the impeller (5);
wherein water flowing through the water ejection port (30) rotates the impeller (5) and further rotates the rotor (6), thereby spraying the water out of the curved grooves (60) in water particles of annular pattern;
wherein the sliders (72) are configured to move along the annular rail (71); and
wherein rotation of the impeller (5) and the ascending and descending of the sliders (72) along the annular rail (71) fluctuate the water flowing through the impeller (5), and the water flows through the rotor (6), thereby forming intermittent annular water sprays.

US Pat. No. 10,166,554

INJECTOR

Score (Europe) Limited, ...

1. A valve injector comprising:a body defining a fluid conduit;
the fluid conduit accommodating first, second and third checks;
the first check being disposed within the fluid conduit towards a first end of the injector;
the second check being disposed towards a second end of the injector, distally from the first end; and
the third check being located between the first and second check;
wherein each check is biased against a respective first, second, and third seat located in the fluid conduit by a respective first, second, and third biasing member, blocking a respective orifice in the seat and thereby preventing flow through the fluid conduit;
wherein the first, second, and third biasing members are first, second, and third biasing springs;
wherein a bias force of each of the first, second, and third biasing member is such that the bias force is overcomeable by the application of a predetermined pressure in a first direction against the bias force on the respective first, second, and third check whereby each respective check is moved away from the first seat, the second seat, and the third seat, respectively and the orifice of the respective seat is unblocked, wherein upon removal of the pressure, each respective check is operable to return into a position blocking the orifice in the respective seat;
wherein the body comprises:
a fourth seat located in the fluid conduit longitudinally spaced from the third seat; and a fourth biasing member; wherein the fourth biasing member is defined by a second end of a first body section;
wherein, in one mode of operation, the third check is biased against the fourth seat by the fourth biasing member in a direction opposite the bias force of the third biasing member, whereby the third check is retained between the third and fourth biasing members and is biased against the third and the fourth seats thereby blocking respective orifices in the third and the fourth seats, the one mode of operation being a locked mode where the injector cannot be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit;
wherein in a second mode of operation, the fourth biasing member is axially spaced from a position in which the fourth biasing member biases the third check against the fourth seat, while the third biasing member biases the third check against the third seat, whereby the third check is axially spaced from the fourth seat and the orifice of the fourth seat is unblocked;
the second mode of operation of the injector being a working mode in which the injector can be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit; and
the bias force of each of the first, second and third biasing member can be overcome by application of a predetermined pressure in the first direction on the respective first, second, and third check whereby the respective check is moved away from respective seat and the orifice of the seat is unblocked whereby fluid can pass through the fluid conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,553

DIVERTER VALVE ASSEMBLY

Xiamen Lota International...

1. A diverter valve assembly that selectively controls a flow of water supplied to the diverter valve assembly, comprising:a valve body having a water inlet port, a first outlet port and a second outlet port, each of said ports disposed radially around the valve body, and an internal chamber in fluid communication with each of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port;
a valve core rotatably positioned with the internal chamber of the valve body, the valve core configured to control the direction of water flow within the diverter valve assembly, the valve core including (i) a center plug having a partition and a passageway that allows water to flow into the center plug; (ii) a valve stem extending from an end of the valve core to a position outside of the internal chamber; and (iii) an elastic cup seal coupled to the partition of the center plug, wherein water that flows into the center plug through the passageway exerts pressure on the elastic cup seal; and
a rotation knob coupled to the valve stem, the elastic cup seal configured to block water flow when fully engaged with any of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,552

VALVE FOR DRAINING OFF GAS FROM A CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A valve for draining off gas from a centrifugal separator, said valve comprising:a valve body having a central axis around which said valve may be rotated;
a cavity arranged at a radial distance from said central axis and comprising a valve ball and a valve seat;
at least one drain channel extending from said valve seat of the cavity to an outside of said valve body; and
at least one gas intake extending from the outside of said valve body to said cavity,
wherein said valve ball is in a relaxed state within said cavity and is arranged to float on a liquid surface present within the cavity, and the valve ball is movable in said cavity in the radial direction from the central axis from a closed position, in which the hall rests against the valve seat and blocks gas in the cavity from entering said at least one drain channel, to an open position, in which the valve ball is at a longer radial distance from the central axis compared to the closed position, and in which open position said valve ball does not block said valve seat and allows gas in said cavity to drain from said valve via said drain channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,551

CENTRIFUGE MACHINE HAVING AN IMPROVED DISCHARGE SYSTEM

FLOWERSEP, La Farlede (F...

1. A centrifugal machine comprising:a discharge system;
a bowl rotating about an axis, the bowl being delimited by an outer wall enclosing a volume;
the discharge system comprising:
at least one collecting chamber occupying a portion of a volume of the bowl,
at least one port in front of each collecting chamber through a wall of the bowl,
a piston displaceable in a cell of the bowl wall between each port and the collecting chamber respectively, and
a displacement device to displace the piston, the displacement device being non-rotatable;
wherein each piston includes a solid section and a transverse aperture; and
wherein the port is positioned offset in relation to the collecting chamber, and the transverse aperture is alternately aligned with the port and with the collecting chamber in radial directions relative to the axis through movement of the piston caused by the displacement device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,549

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SELECTION AND/OR PROCESSING OF PARTICLES, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE SELECTIVE AND/OR OPTIMISED LYSIS OF CELLS

Menarini Silicon Biosyste...

1. A method for selecting and processing of first particles sensitive to the application of an external stimulus and lysing at least one selected first particle, comprising the steps of:a) providing an array of electrodes, each electrode having dimensions comparable to or smaller than those of said first particles and each electrode being a selectable electrode;
b) selectively energizing said array of electrodes to apply to all of said electrodes a first pattern of voltages to generate a first field of force having first points of stable equilibrium each positioned at a first position, wherein the first particles are attracted towards the first points of stable equilibrium and are situated at the first position;
c) applying to all of said electrodes of said array a second pattern of voltages, different from the first pattern of voltages, to generate a second field of force having at least one second point of stable equilibrium positioned at a second position in a gap between at least two adjacent electrodes in proximity of the at least one selected first particle to be lysed; wherein the at least one selected first particle to be lysed is attracted to the at least one second point of stable equilibrium and shifted to the second position, and wherein:
i) said second field of force applies, only at the second position at which at least one second point of stable equilibrium is generated, a stimulus to lyse the at least one selected first particle to be lysed and said second field of force being designed such that at least one first particle that is not selected to be lysed remains at the first position;
ii) said first pattern of voltages and said second pattern of voltages are applied in a time sequence to the same said electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,548

DUST COLLECTION ASSEMBLY, AIR PURIFICATION DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A dust collection assembly, comprising:a first annular ring having a first outer ring and a plurality of first blades disposed in an inner surface of the first outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the first annular ring has a first electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with one of a positive pole and a negative pole of a power source;
a second annular ring having a second outer ring and a plurality of second blades disposed in an inner surface of the second outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the second annular ring is disposed below the first annular ring, the plurality of second blades and the plurality of first blades are arranged to be staggered in the circumferential direction, and the second annular ring has a second electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with the other one of the positive pole and the negative pole of the power source;
an insulation spacing assembly disposed between the first annular ring and the second annular ring and spacing the first annular ring and the second annular ring apart; and
an air guide configured to have an annular shape and fitted over the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring, wherein the air guide is connected with the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring by means of a snap, and an external diameter of an upper end of the air guide is larger than an external diameter of an lower end of the air guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,546

REDUCED MASS PLATES FOR REFINERS AND DISPERSERS

Andritz Inc., Glens Fall...

1. A plate segment configured to be mounted on a disc of a disperser or refiner of comminuted cellulosic material, the plate segment comprising:a front face including disperser teeth or refining bars;
a back face opposing the front face, the back face including a raised post surrounding a hole configured to receive a fastener a raised plate positioning section;
lateral sides extending between the front face and the back face; and
a radially outer side and a radially inner side extending between the lateral sides, wherein the radially inner side comprises a contact edge;
wherein the back face lacks raised structures along the lateral aides,
wherein the raised post and raised plate positioning section each have contact surfaces, wherein the contact surfaces and the contact edge are aligned in a common contact plane, and wherein the back face is not configured to abut a disc of a disperser or a refiner of comminuted cellulosic material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,545

VALVE-MANIFOLD LABORATORY GLASSWARE WITH ELECTRICALLY MOTORIZED MOVEABLE-GATE VALVES FOR CHEMICAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

1. An article of laboratory glassware for directing a flow of chemical materials, the article of laboratory glassware comprising:a glass manifold having a plurality of first ports and at least one second port and a plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of stopcock housings having an inlet port and an outlet port for carrying the flow of and controlling the flow of chemical materials, wherein one of the inlet port or the outlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected to one of the plurality of first ports;
a plurality of rotating plugs, each of the plurality of rotating plugs associated with one of the plurality of stopcock housings and rotationally fitted into the associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings;
a plurality of electrically-operated motors, each of the plurality of electrically-operated motors associated with one of the plurality of rotating plugs and its associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of rotating plugs further comprising a longitudinally-movable gate, the longitudinally-movable gate movable to a position determined by its associated one of the plurality of electrically-operated motor,
wherein the inlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected with one end of one of a plurality of hollow glass tubes, and
wherein another end of each of the plurality of hollow glass tubes is connected to one of a plurality of first ground glass joints,
wherein the longitudinally-movable gate of each of the plurality of rotating plugs define an area for carrying the flow of the chemical materials, and
wherein the at least one second port of the glass manifold is terminated to at least one of a second ground glass joint.

US Pat. No. 10,166,544

UNIT FOR MAKING AVAILABLE A FLUID FOR A BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING SUCH A UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A unit for making available a fluid for a biochemical analysis device, the unit comprising:a lid element;
a bottom element with at least one bottom recess, wherein the at least one bottom recess is arranged lying opposite the lid element;
a film which, at least in an area of the at least one bottom recess, is arranged between the lid element and the bottom element; and
at least one fluid bag with a force introduction surface via which a force is introduced into the at least one fluid bag,
wherein the at least one fluid bag is arranged folded in the at least one bottom recess and/or is arranged in the at least one bottom recess in such a way that, in a rest state of the film, without pressure acting on the film, the force introduction surface and a main plane of extent of the film are oriented in different directions,
wherein the film is pressed against the force introduction surface when pressure acts on the film in the direction of the at least one bottom recess, so as to introduce the force into the at least one fluid bag, and
wherein the at least one fluid bag has at least one closure seam that opens when the force is introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,166,543

CELL CAPTURING CARTRIDGE

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. A cell capturing cartridge comprising:a lower substrate having one side, the another side disposed opposite to the one side, and an upper surface connecting the one side to the another side;
a structure provided on the upper surface of the lower substrate and having a first side surface facing the one surface of the lower substrate and a second side surface disposed opposite to the first side surface and having a width greater than that of the first side surface; and
an upper substrate provided on the structure,
wherein the structure comprises:
first structures arranged in a first direction parallel to the one side of the lower substrate; and
a second structure that is offset from one of the first structures in the first direction, and
the first structures are disposed closer to the one side of the lower substrate than the second structure,
wherein the structure comprises a capturing part recessed from the first side surface to the second side surface thereof,
wherein the capturing part comprises:
a first portion disposed adjacent to the first side surface; and
a second portion connected to the first portion
wherein a width of the second portion is greater than a width of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,542

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR MICROFLUIDIC CRYSTALLIZATION BASED ON GRADIENT MIXING

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first layer;
a plurality of first channels and a plurality of vacuum chambers both arranged in the first layer, wherein the plurality of vacuum chambers are each coupled to at least one of the plurality of first channels;
a membrane biased to a closed position, the membrane having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface of the membrane is coupled to the first layer;
a second layer coupled to the second surface of the membrane;
a plurality of wells and a plurality of second channels both arranged in the second layer, wherein the plurality of wells are each coupled to at least one of the plurality of second channels;
a plurality of barrier walls disposed in the plurality of second channels, wherein each of the plurality of barrier walls is arranged opposite to one of the plurality of vacuum chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,541

CENTRIFUGAL MICROFLUIDIC PLATFORM FOR AUTOMATED MEDIA EXCHANGE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A microfluidic device, comprising:a substrate configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the substrate having formed therein a media exchange module, the media exchange module comprising:
a sample chamber having a cell retainer which retains one or more cells within the sample chamber during rotation of the substrate;
a first waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a first channel, the first channel forming a first capillary valve having a first burst frequency, the first waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber;
a first media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a second channel, the second channel forming a second capillary valve having a second burst frequency which is greater than the first burst frequency;
a second waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a third channel, the third channel forming a third capillary valve having a third burst frequency which is greater than the second burst frequency, the second waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber and wherein the first waste chamber and the second waste chamber are located at substantially the same radial distance from the axis of rotation; and
a second media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a fourth channel, the fourth channel forming a fourth capillary valve having a fourth burst frequency which is greater than the third burst frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,166,540

GAS EVACUATION SYSTEM FOR NANOFLUIDIC BIOSENSOR

Abionic SA, Epalinges (C...

1. A nanofluidic biosensor system comprising:a bottom substrate and a top substrate;
arranged along a flow direction of the biosensor system between the bottom substrate and the top substrate, (i) an input lateral aperture, (ii) a nanoslit having a functionalized area, and then (iii) at least one of an output lateral aperture and an internal reservoir; and
a gas evacuation subsystem located at at least one of the output lateral aperture and the internal reservoir, along the flow direction located between the nanoslit and an external environment of the biosensor downstream of the nanoslit,
wherein the gas evacuation subsystem evacuates trapped air from the nanofluidic biosensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,539

MULTIPLEXER FOR CONTROLLING FLUID IN MICROFLUIDICS CHIP AND MICROFLUIDICS CHIP ASSEMBLY

SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARC...

1. A multiplexer for controlling a fluid in a microchannel by controlling pneumatic pressure in the microchannel in a microfluidics chip, the multiplexer comprising:a first pneumatic channel; and
a second pneumatic channel forming a cross point which is in communication with the first pneumatic channel,
wherein the cross point is in communication with the microchannel of the microfluidics chip, and
wherein a predetermined pneumatic pressure is configured to be provided to the microchannel by a combination of pneumatic pressing, channel closing, or channel opening to the first and second pneumatic channels.

US Pat. No. 10,166,537

PARTICLE EXTRUSION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method of making helically formed extrudate particles for use in catalysis, comprising the steps:providing an extruder with a die, the die comprising a plurality of channels extending from an inlet to an outlet, wherein from the inlet to the outlet each channel comprises a first section with a helical bore with a non-circular cross-section, and a second section with a cylindrical bore which has a diameter equal or greater than that of the first section, wherein the second section is at least twice as long as a diameter of the first section;
preparing a starting mixture for extrusion;
feeding the starting mixture through the die of the extruder; and
separating extruded material from the die of the extruder to provide the helically formed extrudate particles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,536

METHOD OF MAKING AND SEPARATING A PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE FROM BUTENE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A fluidized-bed method of cracking butene to form propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fluidized-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, and
separating the propylene and ethylene from the product stream with a stripping column,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,535

METHOD OF TREATING BUTENE TO FORM PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of treating butene to form a mixture of propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst is present in the fixed-bed reactor as particles having a diameter of 0.5-1.0 mm packed in the fixed-bed reactor,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,533

METHODS FOR PRODUCING BORYLATED ARENES

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A process for preparing a borylated aromatic compound comprising contacting an aromatic substrate with a catalytic cobalt complex and a borylation reagent under conditions effective to form the borylated aromatic compound,wherein the borylated aromatic compound comprises a boronic acid or a boronic acid derivative covalently bound to a carbon atom of an aromatic ring,
wherein the catalytic cobalt complex comprises a complex defined by the formula below

wherein
Z is, independently for each occurrence, a halide, a C1-C6 alkyl group, or an aryl group,
n is 2,
R5 is, individually for each occurrence, a halogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, —C(?O)R8, a nitrile group, a C1-C6 alkyl group, an aryl group, or a C1-C6 haloalkyl group,
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4,
R6 is selected from one of the following:

R7 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen or a C1-C6 alkyl group, and
R8 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, or a C1-C6 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,166,532

HIGH MESO-SURFACE AREA AND HIGH ACID SITE DENSITY PENTASIL ZEOLITE FOR USE IN XYLENE CONVERSION

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,166,529

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF VARIOUS CARBON ALLOTROPES BASED MAGNETIC ADSORBENTS WITH HIGH MAGNETIZATION

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

1. A method for producing carbon allotrope-coated magnetic particles comprising:providing a magnetic metal-containing precursor;
heating the magnetic metal-containing precursor in a furnace to form a plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles;
collecting the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles from the furnace;
treating the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with sonic energy in a sonication reactor to de-agglomerate the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles; and
after the treating of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with the sonic energy, removing the carbon-coated magnetic particles from the sonication reactor, and then contacting each of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with carbon allotropes in a vessel,
for a time sufficient so as to obtain a plurality of individual carbon allotrope-coated carbon-coated magnetic particles having a magnetization from 20 emu/g to 140 emu/g and surface area from 200 m2/g to 1000 m2/g,
wherein the carbon allotropes are selected from the group consisting of graphene, graphene oxide, graphite, graphite oxide, carbon fiber, activated carbon, and carbon nanotubes, and
wherein the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles and the carbon allotropes are independent from each other and do not interact with each other until they are contacted with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,166,528

AMMONIA REMOVAL IN FRESHWATER AND SALTWATER SYSTEMS

University of South Flori...

1. A method for producing an ammonia removal agent for water environments, comprising:obtaining a tectosilicate compound wherein the tectosilicate compound is chabazite;
functionalizing the tectosilicate compound, comprising soaking the tectosilicate compound in a synthetic freshwater solution for 24 hours and removing ions from the tectosilicate compound that have a lower ion selectivity than ammonium ions wherein the synthetic freshwater solution consists of:
0.075 g/L of sodium;
0.00312 g/L of potassium;
0.024 g/L of magnesium;
0.193 g/L of chloride
0.043 g/L of calcium;
0.0048 g/L of bicarbonate;
0.096 g/L of sulfate; and
0.310 g/L of alkalinity;
washing the functionalized tectosilicate compound in deionized water; and
drying the functionalized tectosilicate compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,527

SURFACE MODIFICATION OF POROUS BASE SUPPORTS

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. A separating material for affinity chromatography based on a hydroxyl-containing porous base support, to a surface of which porous base support grafted are polymer chains by covalent bonding via OH groups present on the surface of the base support, comprisinga) a porous base support, which base support has been produced from a medium containing silica, which base support has first been coated with zirconia or titanium oxide, and which base support has been treated with a tri- or more functional epoxide,
b) two or more grafted polymer chains having been initiated from one hydroxyl group present on the surface of the base support, and
c) each grafted polymer chain has multiple reactive groups which are suitable for coupling affinity ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,166,526

REACTOR

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A reactor in which a catalyst to accelerate reaction of a reactant is allowed to act on a reaction fluid having a reactant, the reactor comprising:a partition that defines a layered space between a plurality of heat transfer walls into a plurality of reaction flow passages in a parallel form, through which the reaction fluid flows; and
a plurality of catalyst structures, each having the catalyst and being respectively loaded in each of the plurality of reaction flow passages;
wherein each of the plurality of catalyst structures includes a main body made of a thin plate material on which the catalyst is supported, the partition has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of reaction flow passages to communicate with each other, and the communicating portion is arranged in a location closer to inlet side branch points than to outlet side branch points of the reaction flow passages within a range where the reaction fluid branches to flow, and
wherein the main body of each of the plurality of catalyst structures divides the reaction flow passage along the flow direction of the reaction fluid and defines a plurality of partial flow passages in parallel, and the main body has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of partial flow passages to communicate with each other in correspondence with the communicating portion of the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,525

MICROWAVE IRRADIATING AND HEATING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A microwave irradiating and heating device comprising:a reaction furnace having an opening and for containing a sample material to be irradiated with a microwave passed through the opening and to be heated;
a microwave irradiating source for emitting the microwave, the microwave irradiating source being disposed outside the reaction furnace;
a spheroidal mirror for reflecting the microwave emitted from the microwave irradiating source toward the opening of the reaction furnace, the spheroidal mirror being disposed above the reaction furnace;
a lid provided for the opening of the reaction furnace, at least a portion of the lid to which the microwave is irradiated being made from dielectric to transmit the microwave reflected on the spheroidal mirror into the reaction furnace; and
a rugged portion for reflecting irregularly the microwave reflected within the reaction furnace, the rugged portion being provided on a surface, among formed surfaces of the lid, facing the interior space of the reaction furnace in an area other than the portion to which the microwave is irradiated, wherein
the microwave irradiating source and the spheroidal mirror are disposed so that an angle of incidence of the reflected microwave, reflected on the spheroidal mirror and irradiated at the portion of the lid made from the dielectric, matches a Brewster angle of the dielectric.

US Pat. No. 10,166,524

METHANE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PROCESS USING A SUPERSONIC FLOW REACTOR

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. An apparatus for producing acetylene from a feed stream comprising methane comprising:a supersonic reactor for receiving the methane feed stream and heating the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
a reactor shell of the supersonic reactor for defining a reactor chamber wherein the reaction chamber operates at a temperature from about 1200° C. to about 4000° C.;
a combustion zone of the supersonic reactor for combusting a fuel source to provide a high temperature carrier gas passing through the reactor space at supersonic speeds to heat and accelerate the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
the reactor shell comprising an inner shell and an outer shell with one or more channels between the inner shell and the outer shell where the inner shell is constructed of a material having a thermal conductivity of between about 300 and about 450 W/m-K for conducting heat from the reactor chamber and having a melting temperature of between about 500° C. and about 2000° C.; the material being at least copper chrome, or copper chrome zinc, or copper chrome niobium, or copper zirconium or copper silver zirconium; or mixtures thereof; and
one or more sensors positioned within the channel and electronically connected to one or more of a display, a monitoring system and a control system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,523

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A BODY OF POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND MATERIAL DURING LEACHING

Element Six Limited, Cou...

1. A method of processing a body of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) material having a non-diamond phase comprising a diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides, the method comprising:locating the body of PCD material to be processed in a support formed of or coated with a polyketone based plastics material;
forming a sealing closure between the body PCD material and the support to separate a region of the body of PCD material to be treated from a region not to be treated;
inserting the body of PCD material and support into a leaching vessel, the leaching vessel containing an amount of leaching mixture;
leaching an amount of the diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides from the PCD material by exposing at least a portion of the PCD material to the leaching mixture; wherein,
the leaching mixture comprises nitric acid diluted in water, the nitric acid comprising between around 2 to 5 wt % in the nitric acid and water mixture, and one or more additional mineral acids.

US Pat. No. 10,166,522

SYSTEM FOR MIXING FLUIDS BY COALESCENCE OF MULTIPLE EMULSIONS

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

12. A method of sample analysis, comprising:obtaining an emulsion including a plurality of outer droplets disposed in a liquid carrier phase and each encapsulating at least one inner droplet, wherein the outer droplets are sample-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one reagent-containing droplet or wherein the outer droplets are reagent-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one sample-containing droplet; and
heating the emulsion to induce fusion of the outer droplets with the at least one inner droplet to form fused droplets that combine sample and reagent to create assay mixtures for performing an assay.

US Pat. No. 10,166,521

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR CONVERSION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TO CARBON MONIXIDE

CCP Technology GmbH, (DE...

1. An apparatus for converting carbon dioxide CO2 into carbon monoxide CO comprising:a hydrocarbon converter for decomposing a hydrocarbon containing fluid into carbon and hydrogen, wherein the hydrocarbon converter comprises at least one process chamber having at least one inlet for a hydrocarbon containing fluid and at least one outlet for carbon and hydrogen, and wherein the hydrocarbon converter comprises at least one unit for introducing energy into the process chamber, the energy consisting at least partially of heat, wherein the at least one unit for introducing energy into the process chamber is designed in such a way that it can generate, at least locally, temperatures above 1000° C.;
a CO2 converter for converting CO2 into CO, the CO2 converter comprising at least one further process chamber having at least one inlet for CO2 adapted to introduce CO2 from an external CO2 source into the CO2 converter, at least one inlet for carbon and hydrogen, and at least one outlet, wherein the inlet for carbon and hydrogen is directly connected to the at least one outlet of the hydrocarbon converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,519

METHODS AND FUEL PROCESSING APPARATUSES FOR UPGRADING A PYROLYSIS OIL STREAM AND A HYDROCARBON STREAM

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A method of upgrading a pyrolysis oil stream and a hydrocarbon stream in a fluid catalytic cracking unit including a reaction zone, the method comprising the steps of:generating the pyrolysis oil stream in a fast pyrolysis process and wherein the pyrolysis stream is immiscible with the hydrocarbon stream;
providing the pyrolysis oil stream, at a temperature less than or equal to about 80° C., through a pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream through a hydrocarbon feed line separate from the pyrolysis oil feed line, wherein the pyrolysis oil feed line includes a pyrolysis oil outlet and wherein pyrolysis oil deposits form in the pyrolysis oil feed line adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet;
introducing the pyrolysis oil stream from the pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream from the hydrocarbon feed line into the reaction zone;
catalytically cracking the pyrolysis oil stream and the hydrocarbon stream in the presence of a particulate cracking catalyst in the reaction zone; and
during catalytic cracking, removing pyrolysis oil deposits in the pyrolysis oil feed line upstream of the reaction zone adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet with a cleaning head disposed in the pyrolysis oil feed line wherein the cleaning head is a rotating auger, a wire brush head, or a ram head.

US Pat. No. 10,166,518

MULTI-HEATER METHOD FOR GROWING HIGH QUALITY DIAMOND

SUNSET PEAK INTERNATIONAL...

1. A method of growing a diamond in a reaction cell containing a carbon source, a solvent metal, and a diamond seed crystal, the method comprising:preparing a high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) apparatus to enclose a reaction cell and subjecting the reaction cell to an isostatic pressure ranging from 5 to 7.5 GPa and a temperature ranging from 1200 to 1700 degree C.;
surrounding the reaction cell with a main heater, a first sub-heater and a second sub-heater, with the first sub-heater located at a top end of the main heater and the second sub-heater located at a bottom end of the main heater, with the main heater, first sub-heater and second sub-heater being powered from a first power supply;
surrounding the main heater, the first sub-heater and the second sub-heater with heat insulators;
controlling the main heater, the first sub-heater and the second sub-heater to melt the solvent metal and to create a predetermined temperature gradient from a high near the carbon source to a low at the diamond seed crystal;
allowing both the carbon source to dissolve in the molten solvent metal and the diamond seed crystal to grow to an initiation size for a predetermined time period;
controlling a second independent heater, which is configured as a ring heater disposed around the reaction cell to adjust the predetermined temperature gradient after elapsed of the predetermined time period, with the ring heater being powered from a second power supply; and
allowing the dissolved carbon in the molten solvent metal to deposit on the diamond seed crystal to obtain diamond at a controllable growth rate and with a controllable amount of inclusions.

US Pat. No. 10,166,517

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCTION OF A GRANULAR UREA PRODUCT

Casale SA, Lugano (CH)

7. Equipment for carrying out a process according to claim 1, comprising at least:a first environment;
means adapted to feed at least a first flow of droplets of fresh urea melt and cooling air to said first environment, to cause the formation of solid starting particles,
means to feed at least a second flow of larger droplets of urea melt to said first environment, the droplets of said second flow being larger than droplets of said first flow,
a second environment in communication with the first environment and means for feeding particles formed in the first environment and droplets of urea and fluidizing air to said second environment for granulation of said solid particles under a fluidized-bed state;
wherein the means feeding said first flow of droplets being adapted to deliver droplets with a diameter equal to or less than 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,166,516

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AGITATING MECHANISM

JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A., M...

1. A control method for an agitating mechanism, comprising:an electrical current obtaining step of receiving a load current detected by a current detecting apparatus when the agitating mechanism is rotating along a specific direction;
a trigger determination step of determining whether the rotation of the agitating mechanism meets a preset trigger condition based on the load current; and
a rotation control step of controlling the agitating mechanism to rotate in a direction opposite from the specific direction when the trigger condition is met,
wherein the trigger determination step comprises a torque calculation step of calculating a load torque based on the load current, the trigger condition is that the load torque is continuously less than a preset torque threshold within a preset time duration, the preset torque threshold is less than a rated maximum output torque of the agitating mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,515

METHOD OF PREPARING AN EMULSION, A DEVICE FOR PREPARING SAID EMULSION, AND A VEHICLE

OCRI B.V., Amsterdam (NL...

1. A method of preparing an emulsion comprising a first liquid and a second liquid, by dispersing the first liquid into the second liquid, comprising:passing the first liquid through an injection nozzle (108) to create a spray of droplets of the first liquid injected in a chamber containing the second liquid in a plurality of injections to form the emulsion; and
providing a free path length for the spray of droplets of the first liquid from the nozzle that is larger than a penetration depth of the spray of droplets of the first liquid in the second liquid,
such that:
Q is at least 225 m2/s2, where Q is equal to the square of the speed of the droplets of the first liquid, the speed being the exit speed of the first liquid from the nozzle in air under standard temperature (20° C.) and ambient air pressure (1 atm); and
W is at least 250 kg*m/N*s2, where W is sg*Q*d divided by St, with sg being the specific gravity of the first liquid in kg/m3, d being the mean Sauter droplet diameter in meter of the spray leaving the injection nozzle in air, and St is the surface tension of the first liquid in Newton/meter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,513

SPACER FOR A MEMBRANE MODULE

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNI...

1. A spacer for a membrane module, the spacer comprising:a plurality of first filaments defining a plurality of fluid flow channels, in use the plurality of fluid flow channels being adjacent a membrane of the membrane module; and
a plurality of second filaments provided on the plurality of first filaments and extending into the fluid flow channels, the second filaments moveable relative to the first filaments in response to an external stimulus during flow of fluid in the fluid flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,166,512

METHOD FOR CLEANING CERAMIC FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for cleaning a ceramic filter, comprising:reducing a pressure of a space on a secondary side of an uncleaned ceramic filter containing fouling substances, while supplying a cleaning medium to a space on a primary side of the uncleaned ceramic filter, thereby passing the cleaning medium through the uncleaned ceramic filter, so that the uncleaned ceramic filter is cleaned by removing the fouling substances,
wherein a temperature of the cleaning medium is from 25 to 450° C., and the pressure in the secondary side space is from 0.03 to 50 kPa.

US Pat. No. 10,166,511

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A HOLLOW FIBER MODULE, AND HOLLOW FIBER MODULE

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A method for producing a hollow fiber module (1, 1?), comprising:inserting a hollow fiber bundle (3) into a module housing (2, 2?) that has an end closed by a cap (17) that defines a removable sprue cover (18, 18?, 18?);
filling a fluid first component (27) via a first inflow (26) and into an intermediate space arranged between the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) and the cap (17) to form a spacer, the fluid first component (27) being formed from a material that can assume a solid state and being filled so that the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) project into the first component (27);
introducing a fluid curable second component (4) upstream of the first component (27), directed away from the cap (17), via a second inflow (28);
curing the second component (4) to form a sealing layer (9) that embeds the hollow fiber bundle (3) and seals the hollow fiber bundle (3) with respect to an adjacent module housing wall (29, 29?);
applying a rotary pulling movement to the cap (17) and thereby severing the hollow fibers (5) in a boundary layer formed by the first component (27) and the second component (4); and
removing from the module housing (2, 2?) an assembly that includes: the cap (17), the first component (27) that has been solidified to form a plug (30), and the hollow fiber ends (6) embedded in the plug (30) and projecting out of the end face (10) of the layer (9) formed by the second component (4).

US Pat. No. 10,166,510

BATCH PRESSURE-DRIVEN MEMBRANE SEPARATION WITH CLOSED-FLOW LOOP AND RESERVOIR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for batch pressure-driven membrane separation, comprising:a) pumping a feed of at least one of (i) a source liquid including a solvent with a dissolved impurity and (ii) a retentate of the source liquid into a substantially closed loop through a liquid-separation module, wherein the liquid-separation module comprises a membrane that passes at least partially purified solvent as filtrate to a permeate side of the membrane while diverting at least a portion of the impurity in a retentate on a retentate side of the membrane;
b) extracting the purified solvent from the permeate side of the membrane;
c) pumping the retentate as feed component from the liquid-separation module to or through a pressurized reservoir with a variable volume for the feed component;
d) recirculating the retentate as feed component via steps (a)-(e) and reducing the volume for the feed in the pressurized reservoir, in the conduits and in the liquid-separation module and increasing the pressure applied to the feed in the reservoir over time to balance against an increasing difference in osmotic pressure across the membrane as the feed increases in osmotic pressure; and
e) after a plurality of iterations through the above steps, discharging a concentrated impurity stream from the liquid-separation module and supplying new source liquid to the substantially closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,166,509

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR FEED FORWARD CONTROL OF DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A diesel exhaust fluid delivery system, the system comprising:a dosing valve controllable to deliver a diesel exhaust fluid to a diesel exhaust system;
a pressure adjustment component controllable to adjust a system pressure of the diesel exhaust system;
a pressure sensor positioned to sense the system pressure of the diesel exhaust fluid delivery system; and
an electronic controller, electrically coupled to the dosing valve, the pressure adjustment component and the pressure sensor, and configured to
determine an operating pressure;
receive the system pressure from the pressure sensor;
determine a dosing request;
determine a pressure disturbance based on the dosing request;
determine a control request based on the system pressure and the operating pressure;
determine a feed forward control value based on the pressure disturbance;
generate an adjusted control request by adding the control request and the feed forward control value;
control the dosing valve based on the dosing request; and
control the pressure adjustment component based on the adjusted control request.

US Pat. No. 10,166,508

REACTIVE COMPONENT REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE USE THEREOF

Phyre Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A system for reducing the concentration of one or more reactive component(s) in a vapor phase fluid prior to contacting thereof with fuel, wherein said system reduces the concentration of reactive component(s) in said vapor phase fluid below the concentration at which auto-ignition may occur when said vapor phase fluid is contacted with fuel, said system comprising:a fuel container,
a fluid treating zone comprising:
at least one inlet,
at least one outlet, and
a reaction zone, wherein said reaction zone provides conditions suitable to deactivate said one or more reactive component(s) when contacted therewith,
an independent source of fuel vapor, and
a flame arrestor,
wherein only the outlet of said fluid treating zone is in fluid communication with the fuel, such that the inlet(s) of said fluid treating zone has/have no communication with the fuel, and
wherein said fluid treating zone is within said container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,507

PROCESS FOR HYDROCHLORIC ACID MEDIATION

Fuel Tech, Inc., Warrenv...

1. A process for reducing the chloride content in a gas stream to reduce the amount of chlorides in it, comprising: introducing a copper bearing chloride remediator composition in aqueous form into contact with combustion gases within a defined introduction zone under conditions effective for HCl emissions control; and passing the gases from the introduction zone to a particulate recovery device to provide a reduced chloride gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,506

HYDROGEN GENERATION ASSEMBLIES AND HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICES

Element 1 Corp., Bend, O...

1. A hydrogen purification device, comprising:first and second end frames including:
an input port configured to receive a mixed gas stream containing hydrogen gas and other gases;
an output port configured to receive a permeate stream containing at least one of a greater concentration of hydrogen gas and a lower concentration of the other gases than the mixed gas stream; and
a byproduct port configured to receive a byproduct stream containing at least a substantial portion of the other gases;
at least one hydrogen-selective membrane disposed between and secured to the first and second end frames, the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane having a feed side and a permeate side, at least part of the permeate stream being formed from the portion of the mixed gas stream that passes from the feed side to the permeate side, with the remaining portion of the mixed gas stream, which remains on the feed side, forming at least part of the byproduct stream;
at least one microscreen structure configured to support the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane; and
a plurality of frames disposed between the first and second end frames and the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and secured to the first and second end frames, wherein each frame of the plurality of frames includes a perimeter shell defining an open region, the plurality of frames including at least one permeate frame disposed between the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and the second end frame, the at least one permeate frame further includes:
an output conduit formed on the perimeter shell and configured to receive the at least part of the permeate stream from the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane, and
at least one membrane support structure that spans at least a substantial portion of the open region of the at least one permeate frame and that is configured to support the at least one microscreen structure, the at least one membrane support structure being free from perforations,
wherein the at least one microscreen structure is disposed between the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and the at least one permeate frame, wherein the at least one microscreen structure includes generally opposed surfaces configured to provide support to the permeate side, and a plurality of fluid passages extending between the opposed surfaces, and wherein the at least one microscreen structure is not fitted within an open region of a frame of the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,166,504

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESORPTION OF ACID GAS FROM AN ABSORPTION LIQUID

Compact Carbon Capture AS...

1. A system for desorption of acid gas (1) from an acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) having a steam part (3) and a process part (4), wherein the steam part (3) is arranged to indirectly the heat acid rich absorption liquid (2) in the process part (4) and the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are separated to prevent intermixing of fluids in the steam part (3) with fluids in the process part (4),the system (1) comprising a desorption cylinder (9) which is adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and a stationary support stand (19) for supporting the desorption cylinder (9), and means for rotating (18) the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are integrated in the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein, in use, steam is supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) is supplied to the process part (4),
wherein the process part (4) comprises a desorption chamber (12) provided with a stripper unit (33) having an integrated reboiler (52) that, in use, is arranged to receive steam supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) supplied to the process part (4) to thereby indirectly heat the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2),
wherein the process part (4) is provided with means for discharging an acid gas lean absorption fluid (7) and having means for removing acid gas rich vapour (8),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with means for discharging condensate (6),
wherein the stationary stand (19) is provided with a first stationary shaft (21a) and a second stationary shaft (21b) which are coaxial with the axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and where the first stationary shaft (21a) and the second stationary shaft (21b) extend into the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with a steam supply conduit (16) and a condensate outlet conduit (37) arranged along the first stationary shaft (21a), and
wherein the process part (4) is provided with a supply conduit (55) for supplying acid gas rich absorption liquid (2), and a lean absorption liquid outlet conduit (54) arranged along the second stationary shaft (21b).

US Pat. No. 10,166,503

WATER CONTROL IN NON-AQUEOUS ACID GAS RECOVERY SYSTEMS

Research Triangle Institu...

17. A process for regulating water content and removing acid gases from a water-containing gas stream using a non-aqueous solvent (NAS) absorption liquid, wherein the NAS absorption liquid has a solubility of less than about 10 g of water per 100 g of NAS which comprises:(a) treating the gas stream in an absorption zone with the NAS absorption liquid under a first set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate to obtain an acid gas-depleted treated gas stream and an acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid;
(b) directing the acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid to a regeneration zone under a second set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate and regenerating the loaded NAS absorption liquid to expel a portion of the acid gases and obtain a regenerated NAS absorption liquid;
(c) directing the regenerated NAS absorption liquid to step a); and
(d) controlling the first and second set of conditions such that the temperature for the first set of controlled conditions is greater than 30° C. and less than 57° C. so as to (i) balance the water content entering the process in the water-rich gas stream with the water content leaving the process and
(e) remove acid gases from the water-rich gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,502

SINGLE COMPRESSION SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR CAPTURING CARBON DIOXIDE

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

14. A single compression system for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from a flue gas stream containing CO2; said system comprising:i. a first blower adapted to receive the flue gas stream and pressurize said flue gas stream to generate a pressurized flue gas stream with elevated temperature;
ii. a first heat exchanger adapted to receive said pressurized flue gas stream and thermic fluid and transfer heat from said pressurized flue gas stream to said thermic fluid to obtain heated thermic fluid and a cooled pressurized flue gas stream;
iii. an adsorber adapted to receive said cooled pressurized flue gas stream, fluidized cool and lean capture media and cooled lean capture media emerging from a third heat exchanger, said capture media adapted to adsorb CO2 to generate a rich capture media and a stream of flue gas devoid of CO2;
iv. a second heat exchanger adapted to receive said rich capture media and heat said rich capture media to near a predefined regeneration temperature, to obtain a heated rich capture media;
v. a desorber adapted to receive said heated rich capture media and further heat said heated rich capture media to desorb CO2 to generate a hot and lean capture media and CO2 gas;
vi. a thermic fluid circulating system adapted to circulate said thermic fluid through said first heat exchanger, said desorber and said second heat exchanger, said thermic fluid circulating system including a thermic fluid storage tank and a pump; and
vii. a third heat exchanger adapted to cool said hot and lean capture media to generate cooled lean capture media for the adsorption in said adsorber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,501

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator comprising a housing foamed by a diffuser shell provided with a gas discharge port, and a closure shell, a cylindrical filter disposed inside the housing, a first combustion chamber and a second combustion chamber arranged inside the cylindrical filter,the cylindrical filter being disposed such that an outer circumferential surface is spaced apart from the gas discharge port, a first annular end surface is abutted against a top plate of the diffuser shell, and a second annular end surface is abutted against a bottom plate of the closure shell,
the first combustion chamber being a space on the outer side of an ignition device chamber provided with an ignition device for a first-b gas generating agent filled inside the first combustion chamber, and the second combustion chamber being filled with a second gas generating agent,
the ignition device chamber being a space filled with a first-a gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical first holder, a first igniter and a first cup member provided with a plurality of first communication holes penetrating a circumference wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical first holder being fixed to a first hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the first igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical first holder, and the first cup member being press-fitted to an inner side of the cylindrical first holder from an opening of the first cup member,
the second combustion chamber being a space filled with the second gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical second holder, a second igniter and a second cup member provided with a plurality of second communication holes penetrating a circumferential wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical second holder being fixed to a second hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the second igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical second holder, the second cup member being press-fitted to an outer side of the cylindrical second holder from an opening of the second cup member, and a surface of the circumferential wall including the plurality of the second communication holes being covered with a cover member from the outside,
further, a support member for the cylindrical filter being disposed on a bottom surface of the closure shell,
the support member including a bottom surface provided with holes corresponding to the first hole and the second hole formed in a bottom plate of the closure shell, and an outer circumferential wall provided vertically from an outer circumference of the bottom surface,
part of the outer circumferential wall of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the first holder and the cylindrical filter,
the bottom surface of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the bottom plate of the closure shell and an annular end surface of the opening of the second cup member press-fitted to the cylindrical second holder,
the outer circumferential wall of the support member being abutted against an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical filter on the side of the second annular end surface so that a corner portion formed by the bottom surface and the outer circumferential wall of the support member is abutted against an abutting portion between the second annular end surface of the cylindrical filter and the bottom plate of the closure shell,
when the second igniter is actuated and the second gas generating agent in the second combustion chamber is ignited and burned to raise an internal pressure, a combustion gas flowing out between the second communication holes and the cover member in a direction of the bottom plate of the closure shell.

US Pat. No. 10,166,500

EXHAUST GAS TREATING DEVICE, TEMPERATURE RAISING METHOD OF CATALYST, REGENERATION METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE, AND ASH REMOVING METHOD

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. An exhaust gas treating device comprising:a honeycomb structure having porous partition walls defining a plurality of cells extending from a first end face which is one end face to a second end face which is the other end face;
a can member which stores the honeycomb structure and has an inlet and an outlet for an exhaust gas; and
an opening/closing valve disposed in the outlet of the can member to open and close the outlet,
wherein the honeycomb structure comprises an inner honeycomb structure body including a honeycomb substrate having porous inner partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an inner inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face to an inner outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face and a circumferential wall disposed at a circumference of the honeycomb substrate, an outer honeycomb structure body disposed at a position which surrounds a part of a circumference of the inner honeycomb structure body and is away from the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body, the outer honeycomb structure body has porous outer partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an outer inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face to an outer outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face, and plugging portions arranged in parts of the cells,
the can member comprises an inflow tube which fits with an end portion of the inner honeycomb structure body on the side of the inner inflow end face and in which the inlet is formed, and a barrel portion which is continuous with the inflow tube,
in the barrel portion, a first outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position between the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body and the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body, and a second outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position which faces the second end face of the honeycomb structure, and
the honeycomb structure is stored in the can member in a state of having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the second end face and the can member and having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body and the can member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,499

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A FLUID FILTER

1. A filter assembly for a fluid filter comprising:a plurality of filter units assembled in series, and each of the filter units comprising:
a connecting member;
an input member disposed on a bottom surface of the connecting member and including a plurality of input pipes which are each provided with an input passage, and a separating portion which is disposed in each of the input pipes to divide the input passage into an upper input chamber and a lower input chamber, each of the separating portions including an input hole in communication with the upper and lower input chambers; and
an output member fixed on a top surface of the input member and including a plurality of output protrusions to seal the upper input chambers, each of the output protrusions including an output hole in communication with the upper input chamber, each of the output holes and a corresponding one of the input holes being staggered at 180 degrees to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,498

GAS-EVACUATING FILTER

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A filter for fluid systems, comprising:a vessel defining an inner chamber and having an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the inner chamber;
a filter cartridge positioned within the inner chamber of the vessel; and
a tubular assembly having an upper end including a tube inlet, a lower end, an inner cavity extending between the tube inlet and the lower end, an interlocking section for engaging a portion of the outlet, a flow path extending between the tube inlet to the outlet when the tubular assembly is engaged with the outlet, and a solid sidewall extending between the lower end and the upper end, the tubular assembly positioned within the filter cartridge and the inner chamber of the vessel so as to force at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow along the solid sidewall toward the upper end, through the tube inlet into the inner cavity, and through the tubular assembly flow path before exiting the outlet and forcing gas trapped in the vessel to be discharged from the vessel,
wherein the tubular assembly includes one or more apertures that permit at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow into the inner cavity of the tubular assembly through the one or more apertures and exit the outlet without first entering the tube inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,497

PLUNGER PUMPING ARRANGEMENT FOR A HOLLOW FIBER FILTER

Repligen Corporation, Wa...

23. A fluid filtration system, comprising:first and second process vessels;
a first filter housing having a first end in fluid communication with the first process vessel;
a second filter housing having a first end in fluid communication with the second process vessel;
a first plunger pump coupled to a second end of the first filter housing;
a second plunger pump coupled to a second end of the second filter housing;
a first actuator having a first movable plunger;
a second actuator having a second movable plunger;
wherein the first plunger pump includes a housing having a rigid portion and a flexible portion, the flexible portion having a plunger-engaging portion for coupling to the first movable plunger of the first actuator, the flexible portion being selectively deformable so that the flexible portion moves with respect to the rigid portion in response to movement of the first movable plunger by the first actuator, deformation of the flexible portion generating reciprocating vacuum and pressure to move fluid between the first plunger pump and the first process vessel;
wherein the second plunger pump includes a housing having a rigid portion and a flexible portion, the flexible portion having a plunger-engaging portion for coupling to the second movable plunger of the second actuator, the flexible portion being selectively deformable so that the flexible portion moves with respect to the rigid portion in response to movement of the second movable plunger by the second actuator, deformation of the flexible portion generating reciprocating vacuum and pressure to move fluid between the second plunger pump and the second process vessel; and
a controller in communication with the actuator for simultaneously actuating the first and second plunger pumps to cycle fluid between the first and second plunger pumps and the first and second process vessels.

US Pat. No. 10,166,496

FILTER DEVICE AND FILTER ELEMENT PROVIDED THEREFOR

1. A filter element for a filter device, comprising:a filter medium surrounding an inner filter cavity, having an unfiltered side on an inner surface of said filter medium and having a filtered side on an outer surface of said filter medium;
a water separation device spaced radially outwardly from said outer surface of said filter medium;
an adapter part;
a separating region between said water separation device and said filter medium;
at least one water passage extending from said separating region;
a fluid passage extending from said inner filter cavity of said filter medium and being separated from said water passage maintaining separation of flows in said fluid passage and said water passage; and
an end cap on a lower end of said filter medium and containing said fluid passage and said water passage, said end cap including a circular peripheral edge and an annular body on said peripheral edge, said annular body having first and second inner annular jacket surfaces separated from one another and extending in an axial direction, said first inner annular jacket surface adjoining a hydrophobic screen forming said water separation device and surrounding said outer surface of said filter medium at a radial distance forming said separating region, said second inner annular jacket surface being sealed in fluid-tight contact with a peripheral edge part of said adapter part, said end cap including a pipe section forming said fluid passage of said end cap and extending from an end cap bottom axially upwardly into said inner filter cavity and axially downwardly to sealingly engage an inner pipe located in said adapter part, said end cap bottom forming a support for said filter medium and defining a main plane of said end cap, said adapter part having a sleeve body with a lower end openable in a direction of a water collecting space of the filter housing and with a top end transitioning into said edge part projecting axially upwardly and sealed to said second inner annular jacket surface via a ring washer extending in a radial plane, said end cap bottom having gaps being aligned with said separating region and forming said water passage for passage of water from said separating region into a water channel between said end cap bottom and said ring washer, said water channel continuing along an inside of said sleeve body in a direction of the water collecting space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,495

FILTER CARTRIDGE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A filter cartridge for filtering a liquid, comprising:a filter medium disposed within the filter cartridge, the filter medium for removing contaminants from the liquid;
a radio frequency identification, RFID, tag positioned on the filter cartridge, wherein the RFID tag is configured to detect liquid leaking from a crack in the filter cartridge;
a compressed cellulose foam positioned over the RFID tag on the filter cartridge;
an impermeable material positioned over the cellulose foam on the filter cartridge at an outer surface of the filter cartridge, the impermeable material defining a passage that extends through the impermeable material to the cellulose foam, the passage configured such that the liquid leaking is flowable through the passage to the cellulose foam, the compressed cellulose foam configured for wicking the liquid leaking from the passage to the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 10,166,494

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMEDIATION OF OIL-CONTAMINATED SAND

1. A method for remediation of oil-contaminated sand, consisting of the steps of:receiving a volume of oil-contaminated sand at a feed sieve, wherein the sieve is sized and configured to filter out coarse aggregate;
mixing a sieved volume of oil-contaminated sand with water to produce a mixture;
separating the mixture into a volume of washed sand and a volume of oily wastewater, wherein the sand separation is performed by a hydrocyclone sand separator system for at least ten minutes and results in a sand having less than 0.5% oil residue volume;
collecting the washed sand;
pumping the oily wastewater into a flocculation tank and mixing the oily wastewater with a coagulant at a speed of 50 rpm for a period of 45 minutes to separate the oily wastewater into treated water and oily sludge;
reducing the mixing speed to zero rpm;
settling the oily wastewater and coagulant mixture for three hours;
extracting and collecting the oily sludge; and
extracting and collecting the treated water.

US Pat. No. 10,166,493

MOBILE FLOCCULATION AND FRACKING WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A method for providing mobile flocculation and fluid treatment comprising the steps of:a) providing at least one tank having an inlet and an outlet at substantially opposite ends thereof,
b) providing a pump house substantially adjoining said at least one tank, at least one pump mounted in said pump house,
c) an overflow conduit in fluid communication between said at least one tank and said pump house,
d) providing a mobile platform and mounting said at least one tank and said pump house on said mobile platform,
e) pumping fluid for treatment into and through said inlet so as to flow into said at least one tank,
f) after a dwell and settling-out time of said fluid within said at least one tank whereby solids settle out of said flow in said at least one tank, said flow exiting from said outlet, and
g) in the event of fluid overflow from said at least one tank, said fluid overflow being directed through said overflow conduit into said pump house for containment within secondary containment reservoirs within the pump house, wherein secondary containment reservoirs include a first secondary containment reservoir defined by a low-rise wall extending contiguously around and sealed to a floor of said pump house, and a secondary containment reservoir within said first secondary containment reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,166,492

BUBBLE REMOVING UNIT AND SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Semes Co., Ltd., Chungch...

1. A bubble removing unit comprising:a body having an inner space, through which a liquid can flow;
a liquid introducing pipe through which the liquid can be supplied to the body;
a liquid discharging pipe through which the liquid, from which bubbles are removed, can be discharged from the body;
a bubble discharging pipe through which the bubbles can be discharged from the inner space; and
a rod-shaped bar situated in the inner space and a length of which extends in a lengthwise direction of the body,
wherein a variable cross-section part situated between the liquid introducing pipe and the liquid discharging pipe and a cross-section of which varies along the lengthwise direction of the body is provided in the inner space of the body; and
wherein the bar has a spiral groove on an outer surface thereof in contact with the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,166,491

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a chamber capable of being pressurized;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within said chamber;
a collection vial;
a removable sleeve disposed in said chamber having an opening at one end for receiving solid carbon dioxide, and a tapered portion opposite the open end adapted to receive said collection vial;
a first heating element adapted for heating said chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in said sleeve for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide; and
a vent valve for permitting gaseous carbon dioxide to exit said chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,490

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a first chamber capable of being pressurized having an opening for receiving solid carbon dioxide;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within the chamber;
a first heating element adapted for heating the first chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in the first chamber for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a valve for permitting liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds to exit the first chamber; and
a separator for receiving liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds exiting from the first chamber through said valve, and for separating the extracted organic compounds from the liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a support having an interior portion adapted for receiving and holding said first chamber, and an exterior portion;
an axle attached to the exterior portion of said support;
a rotary bearing adapted to receive said axle; and
a stand adapted for supporting said rotary bearing into which said axle is inserted;
whereby said support bearing said first chamber is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,489

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEATING AND MANIPULATING FLUIDS

Phoenix Caliente, LLC, , ...

1. A method of removing water from a mixture, comprising:providing a first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger having first and second fluid paths there through;
providing a closed-loop heating subsystem comprising:
a primary heat source,
a fluid pump, and
a fluid reservoir
all configured and arranged to heat a fluid to less than an atmospheric boiling point of the fluid and to circulate the fluid through the first fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
providing an evaporation subsystem comprising:
a tank configured to operate at a pressure less than atmospheric pressure and configured to separate a mixture into its liquid and vapor phases, and
a second fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
pumping a first water containing mixture through the second heat exchanger to heat the first mixture to a first temperature;
transferring heat from the closed-loop heating fluid to a second mixture in the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger to heat the second mixture to a second temperature greater than the first temperature;
separating the second mixture heated to the second temperature into its liquid and vapor phases in the tank;
extracting at least a portion of the vapor from the tank;
pumping at least a first portion of the liquid phase from the tank through the second heat exchanger to transfer heat from the liquid phase to the first mixture;
mixing at least a second portion of the liquid phase from the tank with the first mixture heated in the second heat exchanger to create the second mixture; and
pumping the second mixture through the second fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,488

DEVICE CAPABLE OF ENABLING BALLOON TO STAND UP

1. A device capable of enabling a balloon to stand up, comprising:a balloon; and
a base stand including a hollow semi-circular stand body having an upward-facing opening, the stand body having a first prop and at least a couple of fixing plates integrally connected and provided therein, the first prop being vertically provided, in an upward-facing manner, in a central position on a bottom-most edge surface in an inner portion of the stand body, a fastening groove being provided on a lateral side of an axial hole, the two fixing plates being provided on an inner edge surface of the stand body and lateral to the first prop, a gap being provided between the two fixing plates so as to form a clamping groove.

US Pat. No. 10,166,487

FLIGHT CAPABLE IMITATION BALLOON WHICH MIMICS THE MOVEMENTS OF A HELIUM-FILLED BALLOON

1. A flight capable imitation balloon which mimics the movements of a helium-filled balloon comprising: a body portion, a substantially pyramidal member, an exhaust assembly, a fan assembly, a motor, a drive shaft, two fans, a plurality of air intake vents, a plurality of horizontal exhaust vents, a plurality of vertical exhaust vents, a cable, a control unit, a power source, and a power switch; wherein said body portion is semi-spherical, with a substantially hemispherical northern half and semi-hemispherical southern half; wherein said semi-hemispherical southern half has a non-tapered top and tapered bottom; wherein the northern half and the southern half are detachable above an equator of the semi-spherical body portion; wherein the substantially pyramidal member contains a USB connector and connects to the tapered end of said southern half; wherein the plurality of air intake vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half; wherein the plurality of horizontal exhaust vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half, below said air intake vents; wherein the plurality of vertical exhaust vents are substantially parallel to said tapered end of said southern half; wherein said fan assembly is attached to an inside surface of a lower half, below said air intake vents; wherein said two fans are contained within said fan assembly, substantially perpendicular to said tapered end; wherein said fans provide enough lifting capacity to lift said body portion; wherein said two fans are a top fan and a bottom fan; wherein said exhaust assembly is attached to the inside of said lower half, below said fan assembly; wherein a plurality of tubes run from said exhaust assembly to said exhaust vents; wherein said exhaust assembly conducts air; wherein said motor is attached to said exhaust assembly; wherein said drive shaft connects said motor and said fans; wherein said motor provides power to rotate said drive shaft and said fans; wherein said motor is attached to the USB connector of said pyramidal member; wherein said cable has a first end and a second end; wherein both ends of said cable are USB connections; wherein one end of said cable attaches to said control unit and said second end connects to said USB connection located in said pyramidal member; wherein the power source is located in said control unit; wherein the power switch is located on said control unit; wherein activating said power switch causes the fans to activate; wherein said fans draw in air from said air intake vents; wherein air is drawn through said fans and exits said body portion through said horizontal exhaust vents and said vertical exhaust vents; wherein air exiting said vertical exhaust vents lifts said body portion; wherein air exiting said horizontal exhaust vents stabilizes said body portion; wherein said counter-rotating fans stabilize said body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,486

SELF-RIGHTING MODEL VEHICLE

TRAXXAS LP, McKinney, TX...

1. A method for self-righting an inverted remote controlled model vehicle, the method comprising:determining a current pitch angle and a current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle;
accelerating or decelerating a mass on the model vehicle based on the current pitch angle and the current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle to create a rocking motion by the model vehicle;
terminating the self-righting process when the model vehicle is upright; and
wherein a model vehicle body contacts ground and provides a fulcrum for the rocking motion by the model vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,485

DUMP TRAILER AMUSEMENT RIDE

Diggerland USA, LLC, Wes...

1. An amusement ride providing the sensation of riding a tilting dump trailer body to ride passengers, comprising:a vehicle trailer frame with wheels connected thereto;
a stationary support structure supporting said frame and suspending said wheels in midair;
a pivoting dump trailer body mounted to one end of said frame, modified with an opening in a sidewall of said body to permit ingress and egress of ride passengers to said body's interior compartment;
an amusement ride seat mounted within said body's interior compartment;
a passenger restraint on said seat;
a hydraulic cylinder connected between said frame and the end of said body opposing said frame-mounted end;
an electrically powered hydraulic pump connected to said hydraulic cylinder;
a non-automobile based, stationary electric power supply powering said hydraulic pump; and
a passenger access platform situated adjacent said opening, with a floor substantially even with the floor of said body's interior compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,484

BUCKET SPLASH DUMPER

1. A bucket splash dumper comprising:a. a bucket suspended from a post, wherein the post includes a water conduit;
b. a bucket pivot, wherein the bucket is mounted to the bucket pivot, wherein the bucket pivot is held by a pair of arms, namely a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are connected to the post, wherein the bucket has an empty state and a tipping state;
c. an initial center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is empty;
d. a dumping center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is tipping, wherein the dumping center of gravity of the bucket is higher than the initial center of gravity;
e. a water outlet configured to spray water into the bucket, wherein the bucket begins at the empty state and is filled with water until the bucket is at the tipping state;
f. a travel line for a center of gravity of the bucket, wherein as the bucket is filled with the water, the center of gravity rises; and
g. a pool, wherein the pool has an inflatable ring at an upper edge of the pool and a pool cavity defined by the inflatable ring, wherein the pool has a pool outlet connected to an outlet line, wherein the outlet line delivers water to a water pump, wherein the water pump delivers water to a pressurized water line, wherein the pressurized water line is connected to the water conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,483

TRAPDOOR DROP AMUSEMENT MECHANISM

WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIE...

1. An apparatus for initiating descent into a slide ride, comprising:a slide segment for receiving a rider;
a platform movable between a first position and a second position, the platform in the first position being configured such that the rider is capable of being positioned upon the platform, the platform in the second position being configured such that the rider descends into the slide segment after having been positioned upon the platform when the platform is in the first position; and
a control device configured to apply a force to the platform to move the platform from the second position to the first position, wherein the force and gravity are the only forces necessary to move the platform from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,482

METHOD OF OPERATING SCREEN BASEBALL SYSTEM

REALYAGU ZONE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of operating a screen baseball system, the method comprising:(a) registering a personal rank of a user by a computer;
(b) displaying a pitching motion on a screen and starting a pitching action according to a selected pitch type;
(c) performing a simulation along a trajectory of a batted ball, which is obtained by receiving and converting batting detection data of a batter among users, and displaying an image on the screen by the computer;
(d) photographing a batting image of the batter and storing the batting image in a database by a camera such that the batting image is utilized for a user training program and a character development program; and
(e) transmitting simulation information and batting image data, which are displayed, to a game shop, in which another user is positioned, in real time by a game server to play a game on line if the another user is positioned in a remote place,
wherein the method includes monitoring and controlling steps (a) to (e), and the step (b) comprises previously storing an adjustment value for a specific pitch into an embedded memory device of a pitching machine section by considering that each shop has a different revolution of pitching machine and a different distance between the pitching machine and a batter box.

US Pat. No. 10,166,481

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING OF GAME CHARACTERS

Guangzhou Aijiuyou Inform...

1. A computer-implemented method for sharing of game characters, comprising:coupling a game management system to a first platform server and a second platform server;
receiving, from the first platform server, user information that is used to log in the first platform server, wherein the user information comprises a username and a password;
generating, by the game management system, a uniform identifier,
assigning, by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the username that is associated with the user information,
transmitting, via the first platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to a game server;
creating, by the game server, a game character based upon the uniform identifier;
receiving, from the second platform server, the user information, wherein the second platform server is separated from the first platform server;
generating, by the second platform server, a second token based on the received user information;
identifying, by the game management system, the uniform identifier associated with the user information based on the second token;
transmitting, via the second platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the game server; and
retrieving, by the game server, the game character based upon the uniform identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,166,480

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a registered user information holding unit configured to hold user information about users registered in the information processing apparatus;
a communication unit which, upon receipt of a connection request from a device, is configured to connect the device with the information processing apparatus;
a login controller which, upon receipt by the communication unit of the connection request from the device, is configured to determine whether or not to allow a user to log in through the use of the user information held in the registered user information holding unit; and
an application startup unit configured to start an application,
wherein the login controller includes a storage unit configured to store information identifying a plurality of users, one of which who logged in before another user, such one being a primary user and the other user being a secondary user who logged in while the primary user was logged in, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the primary user, starts the application, because the primary user logged in before the secondary user, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the secondary user, does not start the application, because the secondary user logged in after the primary user, and
the secondary user, when logged in after the primary user and while the application has not been started, is permitted to delete saved data of the application.

US Pat. No. 10,166,479

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE PROVISION OF TIME-BASED AWARDS IN AN ONLINE GAME

ELECTRONICS ARTS INC., R...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing awards for participating in a time-based task in a virtual space to be executed on a computer having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions that, when executed by the one or more physical processors, program the computer to perform the method, the method comprising:executing an instance of a virtual space;
implementing the instance of the virtual space to facilitate participation by one or more users within the virtual space by determining view information that facilitates presentation of views of a virtual topography of the virtual space to the one or more users by one or more client computing platforms, wherein the virtual space is configured to facilitate interaction of a user's virtual entity with the virtual topography of the virtual space, virtual objects within the virtual topography of the virtual space, non-player characters within the virtual topography of the virtual space, and/or virtual entities of other users within the virtual topography of the virtual space by performing operations in the virtual space in response to commands received over a network from the client computing platforms associated with the individual virtual entities of the one or more users, wherein the users include a first user, and the first user controls a first virtual entity to perform actions in the virtual space;
determining whether the first user has participated in a first task;
making a second task performable by the first virtual entity in response to the user participating in the first task, wherein the second task is a predefined goal for the first virtual entity to complete by performing virtual actions within the virtual space;
determining the user has participated in the second task;
determining an amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task;
determining a second award from a plurality of potential awards for the user as an award for participating in the second task, wherein individual ones of the plurality of potential awards have an associated value to the user, and wherein the second award is determined based on the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task, such that as the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task increases, the associated value to the user of the second award for participating in the second task decreases; and
distributing the second award to the user within the virtual space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,478

PREDICTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first user skill profile data set including information indicative of a plurality of first user skill parameter values respectively corresponding to a first user's competency with respect to a physical activity related skill parameter;
receiving a training video game data set including information indicative of: (i) identities of a plurality of training video games, and (ii) for each given training video game of the plurality of training video games, an indication of a set of respectively associated skill parameter(s) that the given training video game helps to develop in players of the given training video game;
receiving a competitive event data set including information indicative of: (i) an identity of a first competitive event in which the first user is scheduled to participate, with the first competitive event including a set of physical activity(ies), and (ii) a plurality of first competitive event skill parameter values respectively corresponding to relative amounts of skill parameters that are considered necessary for a user to complete the set of physical activity(ies) included in the first competitive event; and
selecting, by machine logic based rules, a subset of recommended training video games of the plurality of training video games based, at least in part upon all of the following: (i) the first user skill profile data set, (ii) the training video game data set, and (iii) the competitive event data set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,477

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An image processing device comprising:a detecting section configured to obtain an image of a player's actual environment imaged by an imaging device, and detect a player's face included in the obtained image, wherein a group of imaged player faces is transmitted to a portable device of a user who is prompted to select one of the player faces and a virtual mask to display over the selected player face;
a control section configured to calculate a position in which to display the virtual mask according to a position in which the selected player face is detected; and
a generating section configured to:
generate a display image displaying the virtual mask in the position calculated by the control section in the obtained image such that the virtual mask is superimposed on the selected player's face and is synchronized with the selected player's facial movements and expressions, and
display the generated display image on a display device, wherein said mask is displayed in accordance with a size and orientation of the selected player's face and reflects the facial expressions of the selected player's face, wherein:
the detecting section further detects an angle of rotation of an orientation of the selected player's face, and
the control section makes the generating section produce a display image that includes the image of the virtual mask rotated by a larger angle of rotation than the angle of rotation of the selected player's face detected by the detecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,476

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more computer readable storage media;
computer program instructions;
said computer program instructions being stored on said one or more computer readable storage media;
said computer program instructions comprising instructions to:
receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said computer program instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said computer program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said computer program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,475

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product comprising one or more computer readable storage media and program instructions stored on said one or more computer readable storage media, said program instructions comprising instructions to:receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,474

MULTI-PLAYER GAMING SYSTEM WITH REFLECTIVE DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A gaming system comprising:an electronic display device facing a display direction;
game-logic circuitry configured to direct the electronic display device to display a plurality of views of a three-dimensional (3D) object related to a game being conducted by the game-logic circuitry, each of the views showing the 3D object from a different viewpoint; and
a plurality of reflectors proximate the electronic display device along the display direction, each reflector being directed toward a respective one of a plurality of positions disposed around the electronic display device, each reflector being configured to reflect one of the views of the 3D object toward the respective position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,473

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE AUGMENTED REALITY AND REMOTE GAMEPLAY FOR TRADITIONAL TRADING CARD GAMES

1. A computer-implemented method to deliver enhanced augmented reality gameplay experience for Trading Card Games, the computer-implemented method includes:scanning one or more relevant cards prior to a gaming session;
identifying a Game Component depicted in a physical card of the one or more relevant cards by scanning one of an identification barcode and Identity Markers on the physical card;
transmitting a unique serial number encoded in one of the identification barcode and interpreted from the Identity Markers to a database maintained at a Gaming Server;
associating the unique serial number with the scanned physical card and the database;
setting up a gaming session with a plurality of Gamers through a user interface, wherein the gaming session is conducted by one of face-to-face environment and remotely among geographically dispersed Gamers;
scanning one or more relevant cards and identifying the game component represented by the relevant cards;
retrieving a pre-defined sequence of animated movements of a 3D model of the game component from the database by the game server using the unique serial number or identification barcode or the Identity Markers or image processing of image in the relevant cards;
superimposing the sequence of animated movements onto the image of the trading card as captured by the camera of the gaming device, thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card so that the game component appears to be alive;
capturing one or more actions taken on the game components by the Gamer by a plurality of Input Parameters;
detecting information on the actions captured and subsequently sending the information to the gaming server through the data network;
generating Outcome Parameters by logically matching the one or more actions taken with the cards in play against one or more actions and cards in play by the opposing Gamer;
superimposing the actions of the Outcome Parameters thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card to display the consequence of the Gamers one or more actions; and
completing the gaming session until the end is reached, the end is defined by the rules of the TCGs being played.

US Pat. No. 10,166,472

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A REACTION TIME FOR A RESPONSE AND SYNCHRONIZING USER INTERFACE(S) WITH CONTENT BEING RENDERED

Shazam Investments Ltd., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a sample of ambient content of a computing device, wherein the sample of ambient content from the computing device includes a timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
determining a position identification of the sample of ambient content into an indexed recording to which the sample of ambient content matches, wherein determining the position identification comprises identifying an offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken;
based on the position identification, a processor executing instructions stored in memory for synchronizing display of content on a user interface of the computing device to the indexed recording; and
computing a reaction time from an indexed event occurring in the indexed recording to a reaction signal, the reaction signal generated by the computing device and indicative of a user's response to the indexed event, and wherein computing the reaction time comprises:
determining an elapsed time between the reaction signal and the timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
adding the offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken to the elapsed time to determine a show offset; and
subtracting a time of the indexed event occurring from the show offset to determine the reaction time.

US Pat. No. 10,166,471

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING AN APPLICATION ON A TABLET

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:communicating, by a client device, with a hosting service a selection of an online application;
receiving, by the client device, streaming video content from execution of the online application on a server of the hosting service, for rendering at a user interface of the client device;
receiving, by the client device, program code for a configuration of a virtual controller used for interacting with the streaming video content from the hosting service, the program code being specific for the online application, wherein the program code includes user specific adjustments to the configuration defined for the online application from a previous configuration session;
executing, by the client device, the program code of the virtual controller, the execution causing an interactive image of the virtual controller to be rendered at the user interface, the interactive image of the virtual controller identifying controls of the virtual controller that are specific for the client device;
receiving, by the client device, user input via the controls provided by the virtual controller to communicate functionality that parallels functionality of buttons of a physical game controller, the user input being interpreted based on the user specific adjustments, the user input provided to control aspects of the online application being executed by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,470

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL WORLD LAYER

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:providing a base virtual world having base virtual world functionality and having a list of base virtual world users;
coupling a first virtual world layer to the base virtual world, the first virtual world layer having first virtual world layer functionality not provided by the base virtual world and having a list of first virtual world layer users;
coupling a second virtual world layer to the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer having second virtual world layer functionality not provided by the first virtual world layer and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of second virtual world layer users;
coupling a third virtual world layer to the second virtual world layer, the third virtual world layer having third virtual world layer functionality not provided by the second virtual world layer, not provided by the first virtual world layer, and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of third virtual world layer users; and
providing access to at least a portion of each of the base virtual world functionality, the first virtual world layer functionality, the second virtual world layer functionality, and the third virtual world layer functionality via the third virtual world layer, wherein the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer, and the third virtual world layer are each registered as users of the base virtual world via the list of base virtual world users, wherein the base virtual world is added to a registration list of each of the first, second, and third virtual world layers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,469

PERSISTENT GAME SESSIONS WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:executing a multiplayer gaming application on a first terminal, the first terminal being associated with a first user;
accessing a game object stored on a content management server that contains data representing a state of a previously adjourned session of the multiplayer gaming application;
determining, from the game object, a connection attribute of a second terminal associated with a second user;
hosting, by the first terminal, a session of the gaming application between the first terminal and the second terminal via a connection facilitated by the connection attribute;
updating the game object; and
sending data of the updated game object to the content management server reflecting an updated state of the session.

US Pat. No. 10,166,468

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system in which a server communicates with a plurality of information processing apparatuses via a network, and a plurality of users of the information processing apparatuses competes in a tournament,the server configured to:
accept a competition request from an information processing apparatus associated with a first user, the competition request including at least a part of competition history information for the first user participating in the tournament including a plurality of rounds, the competition history information including information about other users who competed with the first user in one or more completed rounds of the tournament; and
based on at least a part of the competition history information included in the request, decide an opponent for a next round of the tournament,
the information processing apparatus comprises one or more processors configured to:
store, in storage, the competition history information for the first user;
transmit the competition request to the server;
responsive to the competition request, receive from the server information related to the opponent decided by the server for the next round of the tournament;
transmit at least a part of the stored competition history information to another information processing apparatus associated with the opponent decided by the server;
receive, from the other information processing apparatus, at least a part of competition history information associated with the opponent decided by the server; and
perform processing concerning the next round of the competition against the opponent decided by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,467

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DATA STRUCTURE OF GAME DATA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing device for processing game data including a startup file and a program file, the game data being created by:authoring an image file of plain text data lacking compression, encryption and hash values, the image file being formed as one file having a data structure including a plurality of files in a game data region of the image file that are each assigned one or a plurality of blocks and including metadata of each file, the data structure being obtained by adding to a metadata region of the image file metadata including a signature attached to each of the plurality of blocks constituting the image file;
compressing the image file;
writing to the metadata region a compression table indicating relation between file blocks before and after compression; and
adding encryption and hash values to secure the game data,
the information processing device comprising a microprocessor with a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, the microprocessor including:
a first mount processing section mounting, at a first mount point, a package file including the image file and using metadata of the package file to recognize as a single file the image file including the plurality of files in the game data region; and
a second mount processing section mounting, at a second mount point for executing a game using the game data, the recognized image file and using the metadata of the image file to recognize the game data region of the image file and thereby access the plurality of files.

US Pat. No. 10,166,466

FEEDBACK FOR ENHANCED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An electronic game feedback system, comprising:a wearable haptic feedback device including a plurality of haptic elements configured to provide haptic feedback to a user; and
a processing circuit configured to:
provide a display on a display device to the user associated with an electronic game, the display device being a non-wearable display device, the electronic game associated with a virtual primary object controlled by the user and a virtual distal secondary object, wherein the virtual primary object and the virtual distal secondary object are provided within a virtual environment of the electronic game, and wherein the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object are generated by the processing circuit absent considerations regarding a surrounding real world environment such that the presence of the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object is disjointed from physical objects within the surrounding real world environment;
receive first positional data regarding the virtual primary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
receive second data regarding the virtual distal secondary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
generate an alert based on the first position data and the second data; and
control operation of the wearable haptic feedback device to provide the alert via haptic feedback to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,464

PUZZLE

AGATSUMA CO., LTD., Toky...

1. A puzzle comprising:a housing main body;
three puzzle shafts secured relative to the housing main body, wherein each of the three puzzle shafts is fixed so as not to rotate around a shaft center thereof,
a plurality of pieces rotatably mounted on each of the three puzzle shafts so as to rotate around the shaft center, wherein puzzle patterns are provided on an outer periphery of each of the plurality of pieces, wherein each of the plurality of pieces includes a ratchet pawl; and
a ratchet mechanism configured with ratchet teeth formed on an outer periphery of each of the three puzzle shafts, wherein the ratchet pawl on each of the plurality of pieces is elastically configured to engage the ratchet teeth,
wherein the housing main body has two moving member main bodies disposed alongside the shafts used as right and left grip parts which are connected respectively to each of two outer puzzle shafts of the three puzzle shafts so as to move the two outer puzzle shafts in an outer direction orthogonal to a longitudinal extent of the three puzzle shafts,
wherein each of the two moving member main bodies is formed substantially with a shell shape, has a back face side that is hollow, and a front face side with finger-hooking recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,166,463

PIE GAME AND METHOD FOR PLAYING THE SAME

1. A method for playing a pie game of chance and strategy, said method comprising the steps of:providing a pie game that includes:
a plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a first subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon, and a second subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon;
a plurality of pans configured to be distributed to players of said pie game, each of said plurality of pans configured to hold a portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces therein such that, when said pan is circumferentially filled with said portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a complete circular pie is formed in said pan, and each of said plurality of pans comprising a circular body portion with an upturned peripheral rim for retaining said sector-shaped game pieces in said pan;
a plurality of action cards, each of said plurality of action cards having indicia designating a particular action printed thereon, said particular actions printed on respective ones of said plurality of action cards comprising at least three of the following actions: (i) passing said pans of said players to the right, (ii) replacing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia with one or more corresponding said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia, (iii) switching one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon with another said player, (iv) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to all said players except the one holding said action card, (v) preventing said player holding said action card from receiving said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia, (vi) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to said player holding said action card, (vii) discarding one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable and/or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon into a discard pile, and (viii) taking one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another said player; and
at least one die, said at least one die configured to determine an action taken by one or more of said players of said pie game when said at least one die is rolled by one of said players;
distributing one of said plurality of pans to each of said players;
arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon in a first pile on a playing surface; arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon in a second pile on said playing surface together with said plurality of action cards;
rolling said at least one die to determine an action taken by one or more of said players, and based upon said rolling of said at least one die, carrying out said action by performing one or more of the following: (i) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players, (ii) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to one or more of said players, (iii) replacing one pan of said plurality of pans held by one of said players with another pan of said plurality of pans held by another of said players, (iv) allowing one of said players to take one of said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another of said players, and (v) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players and having said one or more of said players roll again; and
upon one or more of said players completely filling one or more said pans held by said one or more of said players with a collection of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces having the same type of favorable pie indicia printed thereon, declaring said one or more said players to be the winner or winners of said pie game.

US Pat. No. 10,166,462

METHOD OF PLAYING A GAME TICKET WITH A FOLDING ACTION

Pollard Banknote Limited,...

1. A method for playing a game on a game ticket comprising:forming a game ticket by:
supplying a ticket substrate having a front surface and a rear surface;
defining a first surface portion on the front surface and a second surface portion on the rear surface;
printing a first game play area on the first surface portion on the front surface of the ticket substrate;
printing a second game play area on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate;
printing on said first game play area first game play symbols;
printing on said second game play area second game play symbols;
applying on each of said first and second game play areas a scratch-off material covering at least a part of each of the first and second game play areas and at least some of the first and second game play symbols thereon;
printing game play information related to said game on the front surface of the substrate;
arranging the second game play area printed on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate such that the ticket substrate can be folded about a fold line across the ticket substrate from a first position in which the second game play area is on the rear of the substrate separated from the first game play area to a second juxtaposed position in which the second game play area and the second game play symbols are moved to bring the second game play area into a juxtaposed position with the first game play area and the game play information;
supplying the game ticket to a player;
the player, when the second game play area is in the first position separated from the first game play area, playing a first game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the first game play area using the first game symbols and said game play information;
the player folding the ticket substrate from the first position to the second juxtaposed position;
the player, when the ticket substrate is in the juxtaposed position, playing a second game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the second game play area using the second game play symbols and said game play information.

US Pat. No. 10,166,460

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A BOWLING CENTRE

QUBICAAMF EUROPE SPA, Bo...

1. A process for managing a bowling center comprising:obtaining a photograph of at least one bowler of a game;
displaying the photograph of the at least one bowler of the game as a background on a scoring screen behind a score for the game; and
providing a routine, which is run automatically, enabling a centralized management system to validate the at least one photograph before making it available at the score screen or the monitor.