US Pat. No. 10,213,808

SHAKING UNIT AND METHOD FOR THE PNEUMATIC EXCITATION OF A SHAKING UNIT

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A shaking unit for the generation of one-dimensional oscillating movements of a machine part mass, comprising:a coupling part for mechanical coupling to said machine part mass;
a counter mass having a pair of sides which is coupled resiliently to said coupling part and to said machine part mass; and
a drive system which acts in a sprung manner between said coupling part and said counter mass, said coupling part surrounding said counter mass as a frame, and said counter mass is arranged therein so as to oscillate back and forth, wherein said drive system includes a pair of gas springs arranged on both sides of said counter mass so that said counter mass is pneumatically excited and a pneumatic excitation acts directly on said gas springs.

US Pat. No. 10,213,807

COATING AND CURING DRYING SYSTEM

Atmosphere Control Soluti...

1. A drying and curing system for drying and curing a water-based coating applied to an article of manufacture comprising:(a) an enclosable and sealable booth having an interior for housing the article of manufacture;
(b) an external air source for blowing air into the booth;
(c) means for raising the temperature of the air before entry into the booth;
(d) means for lowering the temperature of the air before entry into the booth;
(e) means for raising the humidity of the air before entry into the booth;
(f) means for lowering the humidity of the air before entry into the booth;
(g) means for raising the temperature of the air within the booth;
(h) means for lowering the temperature of the air within the booth;
(i) means for lowering the temperature of the air to lower the temperature of the article;
(j) means for raising the temperature of the air and lowering the humidity in the booth until the coating is dry; and
(k) means for raising the humidity within the booth until the coating is cured.

US Pat. No. 10,213,806

MELTER FOR SUPPLYING LIQUID ADHESIVE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A melter for melting substantially solid adhesive particulate and supplying liquid adhesive, the melter comprising:a tank having an inlet opening for receiving the substantially solid adhesive particulate;
a heating device coupled to said tank, the heating device configured to heat the substantially solid adhesive particulate, said heating device having at least one passageway for the liquid adhesive;
at least one pump for conveying the liquid adhesive; and
a filling device for filling the tank with the substantially solid adhesive particulate, said filling device being arranged to feed the substantially solid adhesive particulate through the inlet opening of said tank,
wherein the filling device has a filling passageway and a filling valve with a movable valve body which is arranged in the filling passageway and which is adjustable from a closed position in which a free cross-section of the filling passageway is substantially closed by the valve body and an open position in which the free cross-section of the filling passageway is substantially open.

US Pat. No. 10,213,805

WIDE PATTERN NOZZLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A device for applying a plurality of threads of a fluid to a moving web-like substrate, having a plurality of outlet openings for the threads of fluid, wherein each outlet opening is disposed between a pair of flow openings, through which a flow fluid flows in order to achieve thread oscillation, characterized in that the outlet openings and the flow openings are disposed along a common curve,wherein each outlet opening and each flow opening are bound by a plurality of fingers, each finger having a free end,
wherein the free end of each finger is disposed on the common curve, and
wherein a cross section of the flow openings increases toward the edge.

US Pat. No. 10,213,804

FLUID APPLICATION DEVICE HAVING A MODULAR CONTACT NOZZLE WITH A FLUIDIC OSCILLATOR

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A fluid application device for applying a fluid to a strand of material in a contact-type application in a non-linear manner, the device comprising:an applicator head; and
a nozzle assembly fluidically coupled to the applicator head, the nozzle assembly comprising:
a first conduit configured to receive a first fluid from the applicator head;
an application conduit including a first branch and a second branch fluidically connected with the first conduit and configured to receive the first fluid from the first conduit;
an orifice downstream from and fluidically connected to the application conduit, the orifice configured to receive the first fluid from the first branch and the second branch and discharge the first fluid for application onto a strand of material; and
a guide slot extending from the orifice, the guide slot configured to receive the strand of material,
wherein the first branch and the second branch extend in converging directions relative to one another in a direction toward the orifice such that discharge of the first fluid from the first branch and the second branch causes the first fluid to fluctuate during application onto the strand of material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,803

DESTRATIFICATION AEROSOL GENERATOR

1. A destratification aerosol generator for use in an enclosure, comprising:at least one ultrasonic transducer;
at least one transducer chamber;
at least one outlet tube, said at least one ultrasonic transducer is disposed in said at least one transducer chamber, said at least one outlet tube is disposed adjacent said at least one transducer chamber, said at least one outlet tube communicates with said at least one transducer chamber, wherein said at least one ultrasonic transducer generating an aerosol; and
at least one air blowing device forcing air through said at least one outlet tube directly into the enclosure, air from said at least one air blowing device moving the aerosol out of said at least one transducer chamber and outward through said at least one outlet tube; and
at least one second air blowing device blowing air downward directly toward a floor of the enclosure, wherein air from said at least one second air blowing device is forced upward by contact with the floor of the enclosure, the aerosol in the enclosure is carried with upward moving air, said at least one second air blowing device is operated during a period of time when said at least one air blowing device is operated.

US Pat. No. 10,213,802

PRESSURE REGULATOR IN A ROTATIONALLY DRIVEN SPRINKLER NOZZLE HOUSING ASSEMBLY

1. A sprinkler assembly comprising:a riser in fluid communication with a water supply including a flow path for water provided to the sprinkler assembly from the water supply;
a nozzle assembly rotatably mounted on the riser and in fluid communication with the riser, the nozzle assembly including:
a center flow passage in fluid communication with the flow path of the riser;
a nozzle mounted in the nozzle assembly and in fluid communication with the center flow passage, the nozzle configured to direct water out of the nozzle assembly; and
a pressure regulator provided in the nozzle assembly and configured to maintain a desired pressure at an inlet area of the nozzle; and
a throttling valve provided in the nozzle assembly and operably connected to the pressure regulator to selectively reduce flow to the nozzle when pressure at an inlet of the nozzle exceeds a reference pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,801

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPRAY PAINTING EXTERNAL WALLS OF BUILDING

Elid Technology Internati...

1. A spray painting system for spray painting external walls of building, the system comprising:a gondola for hanging on a motor driven pulley system, wherein the motor driven pulley system comprises a pair of rails and a set of motors located at roof-top end of the pulley system; wherein the pair of rails are disposed in a horizontal plane on the roof-top, and the hanging gondola is disposed in a vertical plane in parallel to an external wall; thereby, when the set of motors drives the pulley system along the pair of rails in the horizontal plane, the gondola operationally traverses in the vertical plane along the pair of rails along a linear distance of the rails for a painting process to be carried out; wherein the gondola comprises a controlling motor of the pulley system that hoists and lowers the gondola in parallel to the external wall of the building to be painted, wherein the controlling motor is located within the gondola;
a six-axis robotic arm, coupled with a 3D camera, and a spray nozzle on its end effector, the six-axis robotic arm is seated on the gondola for carrying out spray painting on the external walls;
wherein the 3D camera mounted on the robotic arm operationally scans a wall area to be painted; and
a software program adapted for receiving the scanned results from the 3D camera and calculating the trajectory path of the spray painting's motion for the robotic arm.

US Pat. No. 10,213,800

SPRAY HEAD

SHIN TAI SPURT WATER OF T...

1. A spray head comprising:a main body, a central shaft, a securing ring, a spout and a knob, wherein:
the main body has a handle and a chamber, the chamber provided with a connecting opening allowing the central shaft to be inserted thereof, an inner sidewall of the connecting opening provided with a first threaded portion and a stepped edge;
the central shaft has an assembly portion, a connecting section and a sleeve all as a single piece, the assembly portion protruding from a side of the connecting section opposite the sleeve and having a threaded aperture at a center position, the sleeve further including a center aperture extending towards the assembly portion without connecting to the threaded aperture, and an end of the center aperture having more than one outlet through the assembly portion;
a disk body is disposed between the connecting section and the sleeve, the central shaft entering into the main body through the connecting opening, and the sleeve inserted into the chamber and engaging with the stepped edge such that the connecting section extends out of the chamber, an outer edge of the connecting section extending out of the chamber provided with a second threaded portion for engaging with the spout;
an outer portion of the securing ring is provided with a third thread portion engaging with the first threaded portion when the central shaft is inserted into the main body, such that the disk body is sandwiched between the securing ring and the stepped edge to secure the central shaft in the main body; an inner portion of the securing ring supports the central shaft and allows the connecting section and the assembly portion to protrude thereof;
the spout is provided with an outer shell and an inner tube, and the inner tube has a fourth thread portion, wherein by engaging the fourth thread portion and the second threaded portion, the spout is able to engage with the connecting section of the central shaft, a front end of the inner tube having an enlarged stepped section connected to a cone; and
the knob has a stopper, and an end of the stopper has a screw, the screw of the knob inserted from the cone of the spout and engaging with the threaded aperture of the inner tube of the central shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,213,799

MULTI-USE PORTABLE HAND-HELD SPRAYER

1. A multi-use portable hand-held sprayer comprising:(a) a housing having an upper portion and a lower portion with side walls, including an interior portion having rail slots configured to accept rails running along said side walls, an open bottom portion with an open slot located in said bottom portion and a nozzle extension tube receiver opening including a nozzle tube connection ratchet in said upper portion, and further including a nozzle release switch;
(b) a frame including frame rails integral to said frame configured to slide into said rail slots located on said interior portion of said housing, having a motor assembly mounted thereon, including a pump assembly mounted on said frame wherein said pump includes a fluid source tube attached thereto, a battery compartment housing a battery, fluid flow tubes extending from said pump to a fluid flow control valve and to said nozzle extension tube, and an on/off switch; and
(c) an external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube having an upper portion having a threaded nozzle accepting section and a lower portion having an extension tube insertion section which engages with said nozzle extension tube receiver opening located on said housing, further including an extension tube insertion slot, wherein an external removeable replaceable nozzle is attached to said extension tube upper portion;
wherein said frame is inserted into the open bottom of housing and said external removeable replaceable extension tube lower portion insertion section is attached to said external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube receiver opening, whereby when fluid is available from said fluid source tube, the on/off switch is turned on to activate the motor powered by the battery which actuates the pump causing fluid to flow through said fluid flow tubes and said fluid flow control valve, through said nozzle extension tube, out through said nozzle and further wherein said external removeable replaceable nozzle extension tube and said external removeable replaceable nozzle is configured to be readily removed and replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,213,798

PARTLY DISPOSABLE PLUG AND SPRAY SYSTEM FOR A TWO COMPONENT ADHESIVE

STRONGBOND B.V., Dinxper...

1. A system for a two component adhesive comprising:a first disposable container, and
a second disposable container, each container capable of withstanding a pressure of 10 kPa-1000 kPa, and
each container (100) comprising an outer wall (52), and wherein
the first disposable container comprises a first adhesive component,
the second disposable container comprises a second adhesive component, and each container comprises a disposable inner flexible vessel comprising the adhesive component for shielding the adhesive component from air and for pressurizing the adhesive component, a tube providing the first adhesive component to a spray gun, a tube providing the second adhesive component to the spray gun, a pressure regulator for each container, a pressure monitor for each container, and a valve for each container.

US Pat. No. 10,213,797

ELECTROSTATIC POWDER FEEDER

Powder Motion Labs, LLC, ...

1. A powder feeder, the feeder comprising:a body including a cavity, the cavity shaped and sized to hold a supply of powder particles;
a powder landing surface disposed within the body but below the cavity such that gravity acting upon the powder particles within the cavity causes the powder particles to fall upon the powder landing surface and create a pile of powder particles on the powder landing surface;
a voltage supply in electrical communication with an electrode and the powder landing surface, the electrode and powder landing surface having a space between them;
an insulator disposed between the electrode and the powder landing surface;
the voltage supply producing an alternating current electric potential between the electrode and the powder landing surface that creates an alternating electric field within the space;
an aperture located in or proximate to the powder landing surface; and
the electric field created within the space causing the powder particles falling onto the powder landing surface to develop an electrical surface charge and be subject to an electrostatic force that causes the powder particles to initially oscillate between pile and insulator and then after that initial oscillation exit through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,213,796

FLUID DISCHARGING SYSTEM

1. A fluid discharging system comprising a pump and a discharge spray head comprising at least one nozzle, through which the fluid to be discharged emerges, the pump comprising a stator and a rotor that is mounted in a chamber of the stator and is rotatable with respect to the stator around a rotation axis and is axially displaceable along the axis, wherein the axial displacement of the rotor in a first axial direction is configured so that it brings about a pump filling function in which a fluid is drawn through an inlet into the stator chamber, and in an opposite, a second axial direction is configured so that it brings about a discharge function in which the fluid in the chamber is expelled from an outlet of the pump, wherein the outlet of the pump is arranged in the rotor and the discharge spray head is connected fluidically to the outlet of the pump and is arranged at or adjacently to an axial outlet end of the rotor, wherein the discharge spray head is configured so that it discharges the fluid at least in part in a radial direction surrounding the rotation axis, wherein the fluid comprises at least one surfactant, wherein the rotor comprises a first and a second axial extension of different diameters that are mounted in corresponding first and second chamber segments of the stator chamber, and first and second seals that are mounted in the stator housing and sealingly surround the first and the second axial rotor extension, wherein the rotor extensions comprise fluid delivery conduits that, in combination with the respective sealing rings, serve as valves that open and close a connection respectively between the inlet of the pump and the chamber segments, and between the chamber segments and the outlet of the pump, as a function of the angular displacement of the pump rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,795

FLUID DISPENSING APPARATUS AND METHODS UTILIZING A RESILIENT NOZZLE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A nozzle for a fluid dispensing apparatus configured to dispense fluid, the fluid dispensing apparatus including a valve stem having a valve tip and being moveable in upstream and downstream directions, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle body including a fluid chamber terminating in a discharge outlet configured to discharge fluid from the fluid chamber when the valve stem moves in the downstream direction;
an annular valve seat located at the nozzle body upstream from the discharge outlet and configured to contact the valve tip when the valve stem moves in the downstream direction; and
a resilient annular portion that extends from the nozzle body in the upstream direction so as to define a portion of the fluid chamber, the resilient annular portion being adjacent to the annular valve seat,
the resilient annular portion being positioned to deflect radially outwards and form a sealing engagement with the valve tip before the valve tip contacts the valve seat, as the valve stem moves in the downstream direction,
wherein the fluid is discharged from the fluid chamber by separating from the discharge outlet when the valve stem contacts the annular valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,213,794

CYCLONE SEPARATOR WITH FLOW ALTERING BAFFLES

Van Tongeren America LLC,...

1. A cyclone separator, comprising:a cyclone separator wall having a bottom edge, said cyclone separator wall defining a cyclone central vertical axis;
a hopper wall having a top edge defining a horizontal radius, said top edge being connected to said bottom edge of said cyclone separator wall and having a bottom edge connected to a dip leg, said hopper wall defining a vertical axis and an interior space, and said dip leg providing a path through which particles may fall in order to exit said interior space;
a baffle arrangement inside said interior space, said baffle arrangement comprising a first plurality of baffles defining spaces between the baffles through which particles may flow through the interior space to the dip leg, each of said baffles having a wall thickness and a vertical height, wherein the vertical height is at least five times the wall thickness, and wherein each of said baffles extends for at least half of the horizontal distance between said hopper wall and said vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,793

CYCLONIC SEPARATION APPARATUS

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A cyclonic separation apparatus comprising:an outer wall;
an inner wall; and
a cyclonic chamber defined between the outer wall and inner wall,
wherein the outer wall and the inner wall each comprise a curved section and a flat section, and the inner wall and the outer wall are concentrically arranged such that during use a fluid moving around the cyclonic chamber flows between a curved passage and a flat passage of the cyclonic chamber, and
wherein the cyclonic separation apparatus comprises a fluid inlet, the fluid inlet being positioned on the flat section of the inner wall such that fluid admitted into the cyclonic chamber flows through the curved passage before flowing through the flat passage.

US Pat. No. 10,213,792

MODULAR FLOORSTANDING CENTRIFUGE

Thermo Electron LED GmbH,...

1. A modular floorstanding centrifuge, comprising:a floor plate;
a wall module mounted on said floor plate and comprising two side wall elements attached to opposing edge regions of said floor plate and further comprising a ceiling element joined directly to said side wall elements; and
a guard ring module mounted on and above said wall module and comprising a guard ring attached to at least one of a ceiling element and/or at least one side wall element of said guard ring module, wherein said ceiling element and said at least one side wall element of said guard ring module are joined together and are distinct from said ceiling element and said two side wall elements of said wall module, said at least one side wall element of said guard ring module being mounted on said ceiling element of said wall module such that said at least one side wall element of said guard ring module is attached to an edge region of said ceiling element of said underlying wall module.

US Pat. No. 10,213,791

SCREW CENTRIFUGE WITH AUXILIARY OUTER SCREW FLIGHT FOR WET MECHANICAL SEPARATION OF SOLIDS

Andritz Technology and As...

1. A screw centrifuge for wet mechanical separation of solids according to density comprising:a drum (11) with a cylindrical portion (11a), two tapered end portions (11b, 11c) and respective discharge openings (14,15) for separated material as settleable solids (16), floating solids (17) and separating liquid (18), and at least one nozzle (19) defining another discharge opening for discharging the separating liquid (18);
a rotating shaft (12) in the drum with at least one infeed opening (22) for infeed of the solids to be separated, and two screw flights working in opposite directions (13,13?,13?,23,23?);
a baffle disc (20) arranged on the shaft and axially positioned between the at least one infeed opening (22) for the substances to be separated and the discharge opening (14) for the settleable solids (16) defining a heavy fraction side of the baffle disc (20) in the drum (11);
wherein the at least one nozzle (19) for discharging the separating liquid (18) is on the heavy fraction side of the baffle disc (20), and
wherein an outer flight (13?,13?) of the screw for the settleable solids (16) surrounds an inner flight (23,23?) of the screw for the floating solids (17), the inner and outer flights (13,13?,13?,23,23?) work in opposite directions, and the screw for the floating solids (17) is a multi-channel screw.

US Pat. No. 10,213,790

METHOD FOR PROCESSING ASH FROM WASTE INCINERATION PLANTS BY MEANS OF WET CLASSIFICATION

1. A method for processing ash from waste incineration plants by wet classification comprising:mixing ash with liquid in a mixing hopper;
screening a coarse fraction from the ash;
feeding the ash as a feed flow to a first classifying stage which comprises an upflow classifier and an upstream hydrocyclone installation;
separating the feed flow in the first classifying stage into a good fraction free of harmful substances and a residual fraction contaminated with harmful substances;
drawing off the residual fraction as a suspension on an upper side of a fluidized bed contained in the upflow classifier;
drawing off the good fraction on an underside of the fluidized bed;
dewatering the good fraction by means of a screening device;
feeding a pass-through fraction of the dewatered good fraction in the screening device back into the upstream hydrocyclone installation;
separating, in the upstream hydrocyclone installation, at least one material flow containing substantially only particles which are smaller than a separation particle size of the screening process as a cyclone overflow; and
separating the cyclone overflow in a second classifying stage into a fine particle mineral fraction with a grain spectrum between 20 ?m and 250 ?m and a fine particle residue contaminated with harmful substances, wherein the fine particle residue has a grain size upper limit between 20 ?m and 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,213,789

CRUSHING/BLASTING DEVICE, MILLING METHOD, CEREAL FLOUR, FOOD PRODUCT, AND ADHESIVE

Kato Biomass Technology C...

1. A milling device, comprising:a rotatable screw in an outer periphery of which spiral grooves are formed wherein the grooves of the screw comprise a bottom surface, two lateral surfaces rising at given angles from the bottom surface, and a lateral surface rising at a given angle from at least one of the two lateral surfaces;
a barrel surrounding the portion of the screw where the spiral grooves are formed and in an inner periphery of which a spiral groove is formed;
a loader for loading cereal grains into a space between the screw and the barrel;
a compressor attached to a distal end of the barrel and accumulating and pressurizing in a nearly airtight state the cereal grains ground in the space and fed therein as the screw rotates; and
a discharge port provided in a front face of the compressor and blasting the cereal grains fed in and pressurized by way of rotation of the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,213,788

METHOD FOR PROCESSING WHOLE HEMP STALKS TO FORM DRY HEMP PRODUCT COMPRISING CANNABINOID OIL

1. A method for processing hemp to form a dry hemp product including cannabinoid oil, comprising:cutting hemp plants, which are growing in a field, between about 85 days and about 120 days after seeding of the hemp plants, such that the hemp plants include at least one of leaves and flower buds but are free of seed;
drying the hemp plants to a prescribed moisture content of about 5% to about 15%, by leaving the hemp plants in the field to air dry;
and, in a processing facility, to which the hemp plants are transported after drying:
shaking the hemp plants to shear said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds from stalks of the hemp plants so as to form separated stalks and said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds which are not deformed;
and screening the separated stalks and said at least one of the leaves and the flower buds so as to be separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,213,787

DUAL WEDGE CLAMP ANGLES BLADE CUTTER SYSTEM

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. A cutter head assembly for a fiber roving chopper, the cutter head assembly comprising:a cylindrical blade cartridge extending axially between a cartridge first end and a cartridge second end, the cylindrical blade cartridge comprising:
a first body having a base at the cartridge first end and a finger extending from the base toward the cartridge second end, the finger having a first surface angled with respect to a central axis of the cylindrical blade cartridge; and
a second body having a second surface that is angled with respect to the central axis, wherein the second body is configured to receive and mate with the finger of the first body such that the second surface opposes the first surface and is parallel to the first surface; and
a blade extending between the cartridge first end and the cartridge second end and disposed between the first surface of the first body and the second surface of the second body.

US Pat. No. 10,213,786

PAPER SHREDDER CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Aurora Office Equipment C...

1. A shredder cutting assembly, comprising:an arbor;
a plurality of spaced-apart cutting blades disposed on the arbor;
a rigid frame set apart from and parallel to the arbor; and
a plurality of braces coupling the arbor to the frame, each of the braces being disposed as a spacer adjacent to a respective pair of the plurality of spaced-apart cutting blades,
wherein the plurality of braces support the arbor,
wherein each of the plurality of braces has a positioning device that is disposed parallel to the arbor and that restricts translational motion in the arbor when in contact with an adjacent brace, and
wherein the rigid frame and the plurality of braces cooperate to strengthen the arbor, while allowing rotation of the arbor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,784

INERTION FUNNEL

1. An inertion funnel comprising:a hollow ring having an outer wall and an inner wall, the inner wall having a top end and a bottom end, the top end having a larger diameter than the bottom end and the wall sloping from the top end to the bottom end to create an inner opening, the bottom end forming a downward opening structured to allow a flow of gas around a circumference of the hollow ring and through the downward opening;
a connection point having a cylindrical wall with a first end and a second end, the first end of the cylindrical wall having an opening on the outer wall and the second end of the cylindrical wall having an opening structured to receive a hose input, the connection point structured to allow introduction of gas through the hose input into a cavity formed between the inner wall and the outer wall; and
a plurality of output apertures to the cavity formed between the inner wall and the outer wall and distributed around the inner wall of the hollow ring, the output apertures structured to direct the flow of gas from the inner wall of the hollow ring to a vessel below the downward opening of the inertion funnel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,783

NUCLEIC ACID EXTRACTING DEVICE

Delta Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A nucleic acid extracting device, comprising:a lower module, having a sample reservoir, an elution reservoir, and a nucleic acid capturing chamber, wherein a sample is received in the sample reservoir, and an elution is received in the elution reservoir;
a material for capturing nucleic acid, disposed in the nucleic acid capturing chamber; and
an upper module, having a sample channel that communicates with the sample reservoir, and an elution channel that communicates with the elution reservoir, wherein the nucleic acid capturing chamber communicates with the sample channel and the elution channel;
a flexible buffer member disposed between the upper module and the lower module to form an annular rib;
wherein the sample enters the nucleic acid capturing chamber via the sample channel, a nucleic acid in the sample is absorbed by the material, and the elution enters the nucleic acid capturing chamber via the elution channel to wash the nucleic acid out of the nucleic acid capturing chamber;
wherein the upper module further has a bottom surface facing toward the lower module, and an annular guide portion protruding from the bottom surface and facing toward the nucleic acid capturing chamber, wherein the elution channel communicates the elution reservoir with the guide portion, the annular rib surrounds the guide portion with a gap formed therebetween, and the height of the guide portion relative to the bottom surface exceeds the height of the rib relative to the bottom surface;
wherein the sample channel communicates the sample reservoir with the guide portion, and an inner surface of the guide portion forms a plurality of recesses corresponding to the sample channel and the elution channel respectively, wherein each of the recesses forms a bottom and two sidewalls on opposite sides of the bottom to fluidly isolate the recesses from each other, and the width of the bottom exceeds the widths of the sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,213,782

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES

The Board of Trustees of ...

7. A method for manipulating droplets in a microfluidics system, the method comprising:delivering a plurality of aqueous droplets and a first fluid along a main fluid flow path of a main microchannel, wherein one or more of the aqueous droplets has a first volume;
delivering a second fluid along a side flow path defined by intersecting first and second microchannels, the first and second microchannels forming an angle therebetween and intersecting with one another at an opening in the main microchannel; and
altering the first volume of the one or more aqueous droplets as respective aqueous droplets move along the main fluid flow path and pass the opening in the main microchannel, wherein after passing the opening, the one or more aqueous droplets continue along the main fluid flow path in the first fluid and have a second volume that is less than or greater than the first volume.

US Pat. No. 10,213,781

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ORIENTING INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS, IN PARTICULAR FILTER ELEMENTS, DURING THE TRANSFER THEREOF FURTHER PROCESSING

HEKUMA GMBH, Eching (DE)...

1. Device for aligning single elements (4) especially filter elements, arranged in receiving pockets (3) of a transfer element (2), comprisinga position recognition apparatus which determines the alignment of the single elements (4) in the receiving pockets (3),
an ejecting device (5) for ejecting the single elements (4) recognized as incorrect from the associated receiving pockets (3),
a turning element (6) for turning the ejected single elements (4),
a blowing and sucking element (5, 8) for re-inserting the turned single elements (4) into the receiving pockets (3), and a control element for controlling the working steps following one another, wherein
the turning element has at least one turning member (6) rotatable by 180°, which has bores and recesses (6.1) for receiving a single element (4) to be turned,
wherein the at least one turning member is formed as a turning cylinder (6) having diametrically extending receiving bores and recesses (6.1), and
wherein the turning cylinder (6) is rotatable in a bearing bore of a stationary sleeve (7) or of a block (70).

US Pat. No. 10,213,780

MULTIVALENCE SEMICONDUCTOR PHOTOCATALYTIC MATERIALS

Nitto Denko Corporation, ...

1. A heterogeneous material comprising:a p-type semiconductor comprising a first metal oxide compound and a second metal oxide compound, wherein the first metal oxide compound and the second metal oxide compound have different oxidation states of the same metal, and wherein the p-type semiconductor has a p-type valence band;
a first n-type semiconductor having an n-type valence band which is deeper than the p-type valence band, wherein the first n-type semiconductor is in ionic charge communication with the p-type semiconductor, and wherein the n-type semiconductor comprises 90 to 99.999 wt % of the heterogeneous material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,779

PHOTOCATALYTIC FILTER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR REACTIVATING THE SAME

SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photocatalytic filter, the method including:dispersing a photocatalytic material;
coating a support with the dispersed photocatalytic material;
drying the coated support; and
sintering the dried support to provide a catalyst portion of the photocatalytic filter;
wherein the catalyst portion has a height between 8 to 10 mm,
wherein the photocatalytic filter includes cells formed in the catalyst portion and provides an air flow path in a direction facing UV LED for photocatalytic activation,
wherein a frame between the cells has a thickness of 0.3 to 1.2 mm, and each of the cells has a width of 2 to 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,213,778

CATALYTIC CONVERTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING EXHAUST EMISSION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An improved catalytic converter comprising:a housing; and
two catalyst substrates disposed inside the housing;
wherein the catalyst substrates are separated inside the housing,
wherein the catalyst substrates have a different radius and a different volume,
wherein the two catalyst substrates comprise a first catalyst substrate adjacent to an inlet side of the housing and a second catalyst substrate adjacent to an outlet side of the housing,
wherein one of the two catalyst substrates has two zones having different amounts of catalyst,
wherein the first catalyst substrate comprises a first zone located on a first side of the first catalyst substrate and a second zone located on a second side of the first catalyst substrate,
wherein the first zone and the second zones are comprised of catalysts having different noble metal contents, and
wherein the first zone has a higher noble metal content than the second zone, and the second zone has a higher noble metal content than the second catalyst substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,777

METAL COMPLEX AND SUPPORTED METAL COMPLEX HAVING DISILOXANE AS LIGAND, METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREFOR, AND SUPPORTED METAL CATALYST PREPARED BY USING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A metal complex represented by the following Formula (1):wherein M represents palladium or platinum; L represents a ligand selected from an olefin compound and a phosphine compound; n represents an integer of 1 to 2 showing the number of the ligand; and each of R1 to R4 independently represents an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,213,776

STA-20, A NOVEL MOLECULAR SIEVE FRAMEWORK TYPE, METHODS OF PREPARATION AND USE

Johnson Matthey Public Li...


US Pat. No. 10,213,775

PASSIVE NOX ADSORBER

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An exhaust system for a lean burn engine comprising a NOx absorber catalyst for treating an exhaust gas from a lean burn engine and an emissions control device, the NOx absorber catalyst comprising:a first region comprising an oxygen storage material effective for protecting the molecular sieve catalyst by preventing the molecular sieve catalyst from becoming deactivated to NOx storage when exposed to rich exhaust gas conditions, and wherein the first region does not comprise platinum; and
a second region comprising a molecular sieve catalyst comprising a noble metal and a molecular sieve, wherein the molecular sieve contains the noble metal, and wherein the noble metal comprises palladium; and
a substrate having an inlet end and an outlet end;
wherein the second region is disposed at the outlet end of the substrate and the first region is disposed upstream of the second region at the inlet end of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,771

SCM-11 MOLECULAR SIEVE, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME AND USE THEREOF

SHANGHAI RESEARCH INSTITU...

17. A process for producing an SCM-11 molecular sieve, comprising:a step of contacting, under multiple step crystallization conditions, a first oxide source,
a second oxide source, an organic template, a fluorine source, and water, to obtain a molecular sieve, and optionally,
a step of calcining the obtained molecular sieve,
wherein the first oxide source is a silicon source, the second oxide source is a combination of the germanium source and the aluminum source,
wherein the multiple step crystallization conditions comprise crystallizating at 80-110 degrees Celsius for 8 hours to 2 days, and then at 120-160 degrees Celsius for 1-10 days, and
wherein the organic template is selected from a compound represented by the following formula (A), a quaternary ammonium salt thereof, and a quaternary ammonium hydroxide thereof,

wherein R1 and R2 are identical to or different from each other, each independently representing a C1-2 alkyl, and
a molar ratio of the first oxide source (as the first oxide), the second oxide source (as the second oxide), the organic template, the fluorine source (as F), and water is 1:(0.001-?):(0.1-1.0):(0.1-1.0):(4-40).

US Pat. No. 10,213,770

PROMOTED IRON CATALYSTS SUPPORTED ON CARBON NANOTUBES FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS

University of Saskatchewa...

1. A catalyst for use in the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction comprising the formula (I):Cu—K—Mo—Fe  (I)
wherein
Cu is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 0.75 wt %;
K is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 1.5 wt %;
Mo is present in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 3 wt %; and
Fe is present in an amount of about 10 wt % to about 40 wt %; and
the remainder consisting essentially of a catalyst support, wherein the catalyst support is multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) having a surface area of at least about 220 m2/g; and
the Cu, K, Mo and Fe are deposited on the support by impregnation using an incipient wetness impregnation method wherein the order of deposition is (1) Fe and Cu, (2) K, and (3) Mo, with a drying step in between each deposition, and at least about 80% of the iron particles are located inside the carbon nanotubes
wherein the catalyst provides an activity of about 2.0 to about 5.6 mg hydrocarbons (HC/gFe/h, a CO conversion of greater than about 94% and a C5+ selectivity in the range of about 61 to about 76% in a Fischer-Tropsch reaction performed at a temperature in the range of about 270-285° C., a pressure in the range of about 2.2 to about 2.7 MPa, a H2/CO ratio of about 1 to about 2 and a gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) of about 3900 to about 7800 h?1.

US Pat. No. 10,213,769

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HYDROCARBON DEHYDROGENATION CATALYST USING SPONGE-TYPE SUPPORT

HEESUNG CATALYSTS CORPORA...

1. A method of preparing a catalyst for dehydrogenating paraffin having 9 to 13 carbon atoms, comprising:providing a sponge-type alpha alumina support having meso/macro pores that are connected to each other;
thermally treating the support at 800 to 1200° C. for 2 to 10 hr in an air atmosphere;
diluting platinum, tin and lithium with a volume of deionized water that corresponds to a total pore volume of the support to create a diluted solution;
adding a volume of alumina sol equal to 2% of the volume of deionized water to the diluted solution;
impregnating the platinum, the tin and the lithium of the diluted solution onto the support through incipient wetness impregnation, such that the platinum, tin and lithium are dispersed in the support so as to form a loaded support; and
firing the loaded support at 500 to 900° C. for 2 to 10 hr in an air atmosphere to form the catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,213,767

CATALYST FOR PURIFYING THE EXHAUST GASES OF DIESEL ENGINES

1. Catalyst that comprises a carrier body with a length L, which extends between a first end face ‘a’ and a second end face ‘b’, anddifferently composed, catalytically-active material zones A, B, and C arranged on the carrier body, wherein
material zone A contains platinum or platinum and palladium with a weight ratio Pt:Pd of ?1 and, starting from end face ‘a’ or starting from end face ‘b’, extends along 70 to 100% of the length L, and
material zone B contains palladium or platinum and palladium and, starting from end face ‘b’, extends along a portion of the length L, and
material zone C contains SCR-active material and, starting from end face ‘a’, extends along a portion of the length L,
wherein material zone C is arranged above material zone A.

US Pat. No. 10,213,766

METHODS OF PREPARING A CATALYST

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A method comprising:a) drying a support material comprising silica at temperature in the range of from about 150° C. to about 220° C. to form a dried support;
b) contacting the dried support with methanol to form a slurried support, wherein the methanol is dry methanol;
c) subsequent to b), cooling the slurried support to a temperature of less than about 60° C. to form a cooled slurried support;
d) subsequent to c), contacting the cooled slurried support with a titanium alkoxide to form a titanated support;
e) subsequent to d), adding water to the titanated support, in an amount ranging from about 0.1 to about 10 moles of water per mole of titanium, to produce hydrated titanated support; and
f) thermally treating the hydrated titanated support by heating to a temperature of equal to or greater than about 150° C. for a time period of from about 5 hours to about 30 hours to remove the methanol and water and yield a dried titanated support.

US Pat. No. 10,213,764

NANOSTRUCTURED SAND, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING NANOSTRUCTURED SAND, PROCESS FOR SEPARATING A POLLUTANT-WATER MIXTURE WITH THE NANOSTRUCTURED SAND AND FURTHER USES

UTE MARGITTA SCHNEIDER, ...

1. A nanostructured sand comprising one or more sand grains, wherein at least part of the sand grains has a diameter in the range of 0.1 mm to 10 mm and at least part of the sand grains exhibits a surface that is at least partially structured with one or more silicon-based nanoparticles, and the silicon-based nanoparticle(s) is/are composed of inorganic silicon-based nanoparticles which do not comprise any salts and have a particle diameter of 1 to 900 nm, with the proviso that the nanostructured sand is free of silicone and free of phosphate and free of organic compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,213,762

SILANE MIXTURES

AFFYMETRIX, INC., Carlsb...

1. A method of preparing an array of monomers or polymers comprising:providing a substrate including a silica surface or other silicon oxide-containing surface thereon;
contacting the silica or the other silicon oxide-containing surface of the substrate with a silanation composition comprising a mixture of a first compound and a second compound such that the first and the second compounds are covalently attached to the surface to form a silanation coating;
the first compound comprising a trialkoxy silyl group and a functional group, wherein said functional group is capable of supporting polymer synthesis and is selected from the group consisting of hydroxyl, amino and carboxyl; the first compound being selected from the group consisting of N-(3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl)-4-hydroxybutyrarnide; N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane; 3-((2 hydroxyethyl)methylamino)propyl-trimethoxysilane; N-(2-hydroxy-ethyl)-N,N-bis(trimethoxy-silylpropyl)-amine; 1,2-bis((2-hydroxyethyl)-(3 trimethoxysilylpropyl)aminoethane; 3-acetoxy-propyltrimethoxysilane; (trimethoxysilyloxy)-(C3-C12-alkyl)-(triethoxysilane); and 3-glycidoxypropyltriethoxysilane; and
the second compound comprising a trialkoxy silyl group and wherein the second compound in the mixture does not include the functional group of the first compound; the second compound being selected from the group consisting of 1,2-bis(trimethoxysilyl)-ethane; 1,3-bis(trimethoxysilyl)propane; 1,6-bis(trimethoxysilyl)hexane; 3-(N,N-dimethyl-amino)-propyl-trimethoxysilane; and N,N-bis(3-trimethoxysilylpropyl)-methylamine;
wherein the molar ratio of the first compound to the second compound in the mixture ranges from about 1:50 to 1:500;
and wherein the mixture of the first and second compounds in the silanation coating imparts increased hydrolytic stability to the coating;
protecting the functional group capable of supporting polymer synthesis of the first compound with a protecting group or reacting the functional group capable of supporting polymer synthesis of the first compound with a compound having a reactive group protected by a protecting group to provide the first compound of the silanation coating protected with the protecting group;
removing the protecting group of the first compound in selected regions of the silanation coating to provide an exposed functional or reactive group;
reacting said exposed functional or reactive group with the monomer or the polymer whereby the monomer or the polymer is coupled to the exposed group; and
repeating the steps of removing and reacting to produce the array of monomers or polymers.

US Pat. No. 10,213,760

CATALYTIC REACTORS COMPRISING DISTRIBUTED TEMPERATURE SENSORS

CompactGTL Limited, Lond...

1. A catalytic reactor comprisinga plurality of first flow channels including a catalyst for a first reaction;
a plurality of second flow channels arranged alternately with the first flow channels;
adjacent first and second flow channels being separated by a divider plate; and
a fibre optic cable distributed temperature sensor provided within the one or more first flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,213,759

AUXILIARY REACTOR FOR BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATION

SPINCHEM AB, Umea (SE)

12. A method for performing, by means of at least one solid reaction member(s), a biological or chemical transformation, or physical or chemical trapping from, or release of agents to, a fluidic media, comprising the steps of:a) providing the reactor arrangement according to claim 8;
b) adding at least one solid reaction member to a confinement of said flow distributor;
c) adding the fluidic media to the main reactor and the auxiliary reactor of the reactor arrangement; and
d) activating the means for rotating and/or oscillating the device;
whereby the biological or chemical transformation, or physical or chemical trapping from, or release of agents to, the fluidic media is initiated.

US Pat. No. 10,213,758

POLYMER AND DISPERSION

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A polymer consisting of a structure of Formula 1 or Formula 2:
wherein R1 is a C2-18 alkylene group or a C6-18 arylene group,
R2 is a C1-18 alkyl group, and
R3 is a functional group of Formula 3:

each of X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, and X6, being the same or different, is H or methyl;
each of p, q, and r, being the same or different, is an integer of 1 to 60;
R4 is —C2H4—, —C3H6—,
each of m and n, being the same or different, is an integer of 0 to 50, andm+n?0.

US Pat. No. 10,213,756

MAGNETIC DISC COUPLER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A blending appliance, comprising:a housing having a support base with a jar receiving area disposed above the support base;
a blender jar having a base portion and a receptacle portion;
an upper magnetic coupler disposed in the base portion of the blender jar;
a lower magnetic coupler disposed in the support base of the housing, wherein the upper and lower magnetic couplers are coupled to one another by a magnetic coupling when the blender jar is received in the jar receiving area, and further wherein rotation of the lower magnetic coupler rotates the upper magnetic coupler as magnetically coupled thereto; and
a mechanical brake mechanism configured to stop rotation of the upper magnetic coupler when the blender jar is removed from the jar receiving area by imparting frictional contact on the upper magnetic coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,213,755

WELLSITE MIXER SENSING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method of mixing a wellsite fluid, the method comprising:selectively passing components of the wellsite fluid into a tank at a wellsite;
disposing a mixer in the mixing tank, the mixer comprising a shaft, a paddle, and a mixer sensing assembly, the mixer sensing assembly having a fluid interface and a mixing sensor;
forming a mixture by moving the components about the tank with the mixer such that the fluid interface of the mixer sensing assembly is in the path of the fluid and the mixer is movable thereby;
determining fluid parameters of the wellsite fluid by measuring a strain on the mixer with the mixer sensor; and
adjusting an amount of at least one of the components based on the measured strain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,754

MIXING APPARATUS

Challenging Innovation Li...

1. Apparatus for mixing contents of a receptacle, the apparatus comprising:a rotary shaft equipped at a proximal end with a connection for removable attachment to a means of providing rotation, the rotary shaft having a mixing element fixedly connected at a distal end of said shaft opposite to said proximal end,
the mixing element comprising at least two arms at the distal most end of said shaft, a corkscrew neck on said shaft and a collar on said shaft positioned in between said at least two arms and said corkscrew neck,
wherein said at least two arms are configured in a first partially-open resting position and are moveable to a second fully-open operative position and
said mixing element further comprises a blade positioned across said shaft more proximally than said corkscrew neck.

US Pat. No. 10,213,753

HIGH-CAPACITY POLYMER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PREPARING POLYMERIC MIXTURES

UGSI Chemical Feed, Inc.,...

1. A system for preparing a polymeric mixture comprising:a containment device configured to distribute dry polymeric materials;
a receiving chamber in fluid communication with the containment device;
a wetting bowl connected to the receiving chamber;
a dispersing channel in fluid communication with the wetting bowl; and
a mixing chamber connected to the dispersing channel, the mixing chamber comprising: (i) a first end comprising an opening; (ii) a second end located opposite the first end; (iii) a mechanical mixing device positioned between the first end and the second end; (iv) at least one water inlet port formed through a body of the mixing chamber between the first end and the mechanical mixing device; (v) at least one discharge port formed through a body of the mixing chamber between the second end and the water inlet port; and (vi) a funnel-shaped distribution apparatus extending from the first end of the mixing chamber to the mechanical mixing device, wherein a portion of an outside diameter of the funnel-shaped distribution apparatus decreases from the first end of the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,213,752

SYSTEM, METHOD AND CAPSULES FOR PRODUCING SPARKLING DRINKS

SO SPARK LTD., Herzeliya...

1. A method for producing sparkling drinks, the method comprising:providing pressure chamber and a pressure-sealable bottle-feeding pipe connectable to a bottle;
attaching a bottle filled with liquid to the pressure sealable bottle-feeding pipe in a pressure sealed manner;
placing a substance that includes sodium bicarbonate in the chamber;
pressure sealing the chamber; and
providing heat to the substance to heat the substance to a temperature in the range of 150-400 degrees Celsius to thermally decompose the sodium bicarbonate to release carbon dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,213,751

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A LIQUID MIXTURE

FormulaNow, LLC, Fargo, ...

1. A mixing apparatus comprising:a first recess configured to accept a cartridge comprising an internal puncture unit;
a puncturing system comprising:
a nozzle configured to puncture a lid of the cartridge when positioned in the first recess and further configured to provide liquid to the internal puncture unit of the cartridge; and
a mechanism configured to move the nozzle between a plurality of positions with respect to the cartridge including a first position in which the nozzle punctures the lid and a second position in which the nozzle and the internal puncture unit are moved toward a second membrane such that the internal puncture unit punctures the second membrane, wherein the mechanism includes an upper closure piece and a lower closure piece operatively coupled to one another to deform the cartridge when the cartridge is positioned within the first recess and the upper closure piece is closed on the lower closure piece to further aid the internal puncture in puncturing the second membrane;
a second recess configured to receive a receptacle to receive a mixture including the liquid from beneath the cartridges;
an interface module comprising a removable memory device that stores information about mixtures dispensed by the mixing apparatus; and
a processor operatively coupled to the interface module and configured to write the information about the mixtures dispensed by the mixing apparatus to the removable memory device, and wherein the removable memory device is configured to be communicatively coupled to another computer for downloading the information about the mixtures dispensed by the mixing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,213,750

HYDROPHILICALLY MODIFIED FLUORINATED MEMBRANE (I)

Pall Corporation, Port W...

1. A composite hydrophilic porous membrane comprising a porous fluoropolymer support and a coating comprising a polymer having one or more perfluoroalkylthio pendant groups attached to the backbone of the polymer whose repeat unit is of the formula:
wherein * indicates the point of attachment of the perfluoroalkylthio pendant group.

US Pat. No. 10,213,749

SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A separation membrane structure comprising;a porous support including through-holes which connect a first end surface and a second end surface,
a first glass seal configured to cover the first end surface, and
a separation membrane formed on an inner surface of the through-holes,
the first glass seal having a first seal body part and a first extension part, the first seal body part disposed on the first end surface, the first extension part connected to the first seal body part and disposed on the inner surface of the through-holes,
the separation membrane having a first connection part, at least a part of the first connection part disposed on the first extension part of the first glass seal, and
a first thickness of the first connection part being less than or equal to 10 microns, greater than a center thickness at a longitudinal center of the separation membrane, and less than or equal to 3.2 times the center thickness at the longitudinal center of the separation membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,213,747

MEMBRANES FOR GAS SEPARATION

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A membrane comprising:a support layer; and
a selective polymer layer disposed on the support layer, the selective polymer layer comprising an oxidatively stable carrier dispersed within a hydrophilic polymer matrix,
wherein the oxidatively stable carrier is selected from the group consisting of a quaternary ammonium hydroxide-containing polymer, a quaternary ammonium fluoride-containing polymer, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,213,746

SELECTIVE INTERFACIAL MITIGATION OF GRAPHENE DEFECTS

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method comprising:disposing a first reactant on a first side of a two-dimensional material including defects;
disposing a second reactant on a second side of the two-dimensional material such that the first reactant and second reactant undergo a polymerization reaction and form polymer regions filling the defects; and
after the polymerization reaction forms the polymer regions, adhering the polymer regions to a support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,745

HOLLOW FIBER CARTRIDGES AND COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION

Refine Technology, LLC, ...

1. A hollow fiber filter cartridge comprising:1) multiple hollow fibers prearranged in a unit cluster, in a geometric arrangement selected from a the group consisting of a hexagon, a square, a rectangle, a triangle, a polygon, a circle and an oval, wherein unit clusters are combined and symmetrically expanded by bonding of adjacent unit clusters to each other in the form of the unit cluster pattern, thereby forming bundles that are made of specifically arranged unit clusters, and wherein the cartridge comprises end cap openings into which the bundles are fitted, such that the fibers of the unit clusters, the bundles, and the end cap openings are in the same geometric arrangement, the geometric arrangement being selected from the group consisting of a hexagon, a square, a rectangle, a triangle, a polygon, a circle and an oval; wherein the hollow fibers are parallel to each other, wherein there is spacing between adjacent fibers in a unit cluster or bundle, each bundle comprising a first bundle end and a second bundle end, said fibers in each unit cluster within the bundle optionally pretwisted by rotation along the long axis of the, fibers,
2) a housing shell, said shell comprising a first end and a second end, each end comprising an opening,
3) a first shell end cap, said cap covering the opening in the first end of the housing shell, said cap comprising a plurality of openings, and
4) a second shell end cap, said cap covering the opening in the second end of the housing shell, said cap comprising a plurality of openings,
wherein the bundles are aligned in parallel within the housing shell,
wherein a segment of each bundle is fitted into an opening in the first shell end cap and is sealed against said opening by means of a potting agent, and
wherein a second segment of each bundle is fitted into an opening in the second shell end cap and is sealed against said opening by means of a potting agent (or fixative).

US Pat. No. 10,213,744

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WATER TREATMENT

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A water treatment system for producing water for irrigation, the system comprising:an electrodialysis apparatus including one or more monovalent ion selective membranes and having an inlet fluidly connectable to a source of water to be treated having a concentration of dissolved salts of between 500 mg/L and 5,000 mg/L, a diluate outlet, and a concentrate outlet;
a nanofiltration apparatus positioned downstream of the electrodialysis apparatus and having an inlet fluidly connectable to the diluate outlet of the electrodialysis apparatus, a permeate outlet, and a retentate outlet;
an irrigation distribution system fluidly connectable to the retentate outlet of the nanofiltration apparatus and with the diluate outlet of the electrodialysis apparatus;
a diverting system including a valve configured to vary an amount of diluate from the electrodialysis apparatus directed to the irrigation distribution system and an amount of diluate from the electrodialysis apparatus directed to the nanofiltration apparatus; and
a second diverting system including a second valve and configured to vary an amount of permeate from the nanofiltration apparatus directed to the electrodialysis apparatus as concentrate makeup through a conduit providing direct fluidic communication between the second valve and an inlet of a concentrating compartment of the electrodialysis apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,213,743

PROCESS FOR PREPARING MEMBRANES

Fujifilm Manufacturing Eu...

1. A process for preparing an ion-exchange membrane having a textured surface profile comprising the steps (i) and (ii):(i) applying a radiation-curable composition to a membrane in a patternwise manner; and
(ii) irradiating and thereby curing the radiation-curable composition present on the membrane;
wherein the radiation-curable composition comprises:
a) 10 to 65 wt % of curable ionic compound(s) comprising one ethylenically unsaturated group;
b) 3 to 60 wt % of crosslinking agent(s) comprising at least two ethylenically unsaturated groups and having a number average molecular weight below 800;
c) 0 to 70 wt % of inert solvent(s);
d) 0 to 10 wt % of free-radical initiator(s); and
e) 0.5 to 25 wt % of thickening agent(s) comprising an inorganic filler in a form which has a BET surface area greater than 50 m2/g.

US Pat. No. 10,213,742

MICRO FLOW FILTRATION SYSTEM AND FLOW FILTRATION METHOD

Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., ...

1. A micro flow filtration system, wherein the system (100) comprises a fluid circuitry (3) and first reservoir (1) outside of the circuitry (3) suitable for containing a fluid, the fluid circuitry (3) comprising:a tangential flow filtration module (10) (TFF-module) having a feed inlet (18), a retentate outlet (19), a permeate outlet (20) and a semipermeable membrane (21) capable of separating the fluid sample into a retentate stream and a permeate stream upon passage of the fluid sample into the tangential flow filtration module (10) through the feed inlet,
a second reservoir (2) integrated into the fluid circuitry (3) having a reservoir inlet (11) and reservoir outlet (12) both in connection to the circuitry (3),
a pump (5) for creating and driving a fluid flow of the fluid sample through the fluid circuitry (3) and the tangential flow filtration module (10),
a plurality of conduits (14) forming the fluid circuitry, through which a fluid stream of the fluid sample is conducted, together with the second reservoir (2), the TFF-module (10) and the pump (5);whereinthe volume of the outside first reservoir (1) is significantly larger than the volume of the second reservoir (2);
the first reservoir (1) outside of the circuitry (3) is connected to the circuitry (3) via connection conduit (31) wherein the connection conduit (31) only allows that the fluid flows unidirectionally out of the first reservoir (1) into the circuitry (3), wherein the connection conduit (31) comprises a back-pressure valve so that fluid is prevented from flowing back from the circuitry (3) into the first reservoir (1);
the concentration of the fluid in the first reservoir (1) is constant; and
the micro flow filtration system has a concentration factor of at least 100.

US Pat. No. 10,213,741

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst for an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas purification catalyst being disposed in an exhaust gas passage of the engine and comprising:a substrate;
a catalyst layer formed on a surface of the substrate; and
a catalyst component supported on the catalyst layer,
wherein the catalyst layer comprises:
a first catalyst layer exposed to an exhaust gas flow; and
a second catalyst layer formed between the first catalyst layer and the substrate,
wherein a second catalyst upstream layer formed on an upstream side of the second catalyst layer with respect to the exhaust gas flow includes at least one precious metal of palladium and platinum, as well as an oxygen storage material as the catalyst component,
wherein a first catalyst downstream layer formed on a downstream side of the first catalyst layer with respect to the exhaust gas flow includes the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum, as well as the oxygen storage material as the catalyst component,
wherein an amount of the oxygen storage material in the first catalyst downstream layer is larger than an amount of the oxygen storage material in the second catalyst upstream layer,
wherein a density of the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum supported on the second catalyst upstream layer is higher than a density of the at least one precious metal of the palladium and the platinum supported on the first catalyst downstream layer, and
wherein the exhaust gas purification catalyst further comprising a connecting portion that connects a second catalyst downstream layer formed on a downstream side of the second catalyst layer and a first catalyst upstream layer formed on an upstream side of the first catalyst layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,740

DEVICE, PROCESS, AND CATALYST INTENDED FOR DESULFURIZATION AND DEMERCAPTANIZATION OF GASEOUS HYDROCARBONS

START-CATALYST LLC, Mosc...

1. A device for desulfurization and demercaptanization of a gaseous hydrocarbon medium, comprising:a catalytic reactor containing an organic solvent of a catalyst for H2S oxidation and RSH oxidation into sulfur and disulfides respectively,
a sulfur-separating unit,
a means for withdrawing a sulfur solution from the reactor into the sulfur-separating unit,
at least one means for supplying into the reactor a gas to be purified and an oxygen-containing gas,
a means for outputting a purified gas from the reactor,
wherein the sulfur-separating unit comprises a means for sulfur extraction,
wherein a reactor design and a catalyst composition provide for at least a 99.99% conversion of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans into sulfur and disulfides, and
wherein the catalyst comprises mixed-ligand complexes of transition metals, the mixed-ligand complexes comprising cupric chloride and an amide,
wherein the catalyst comprises a metal to amine ratio of at most 40 percent metal by weight and at least 60 percent amine by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,213,739

DUST REMOVAL AND DESULFURIZATION OF FCC EXHAUST GAS

Jiangnan Environmental Pr...

1. An apparatus for using ammonia to treat fluid catalytic cracking tail-gas, the apparatus comprising:a flow-through heat-exchanger in thermal communication with a flow that includes the tail-gas, the heat exchanger including a liquid coolant that is materially isolated from the flow;
downstream, along the flow, from the heat-exchanger, a dust-removal vessel that includes a washing-liquid spray layer configured to spray washing liquid against the flow to remove dust from the flow;
downstream from the dust-removal vessel, a sulfur dioxide absorption vessel that supports a liquid circuit configured to:
provide an ammonia-bearing liquid to a sprayer that is directed against the flow; and
recirculate the liquid, after passing through the sprayer, to the sprayer; and
a denitrification system configured to remove nitrogen oxides from the flow, the denitrification system disposed upstream along the flow, from the heat exchanger, and upstream from the dust-removal vessel;
the dust-removal vessel further comprising, transverse to the flow:
a demister,
first sprayers in a first washing-liquid spray layer; and,
below the first layer, second sprayers in a second washing-liquid spray layer;
wherein the sprayers are configured to direct washing-liquid against the flow.

US Pat. No. 10,213,738

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE SERVICE LIFE AND/OR CATALYTIC ACTIVITY OF AN SCR CATALYST AND CONTROL OF MULTIPLE EMISSIONS

1. A method for controlling the selenium speciation in a flue gas generated from the combustion of at least one biomass-based fuel and/or in a gas phase of at least one piece of emission control equipment where a flue gas stream in the at least one piece of emission control equipment is generated from the combustion of at least one biomass-based fuel, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing at least one biomass-based fuel to a furnace, or boiler;
(b) subjecting the at least one biomass-based fuel to a staged combustion process, wherein the staged combustion process produces gaseous selenium and/or gaseous selenium compounds;
(c) providing at least one metal-bearing compound to a combustion zone or flue gas stream of the furnace, or boiler, prior to entry of the flue gas into an SCR at a point that is both prior to entry of the flue gas into an SCR as well as after a point that where the majority of one or more selenium and/or selenium compounds are converted and/or oxidized into selenium (VI) ions; and
(d) permitting the at least one metal-bearing compound to react with any selenium and/or selenium compounds present in the combustion zone, flue gas, and/or the gas phase of at least one piece of emission control equipment,
wherein the at least one metal-bearing compound is provided in an amount that permits the control of the selenium speciation in one or more of the combustion zone, flue gas, and/or one or more gas phases present in the at least one piece of emission control equipment thereby resulting in a reduction in the amount, or concentration, of selenium (VI) ions emitted from, or contained in the combustion zone, the flue gas and/or from any one or more gas phases present in the at least one piece of emission control equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,213,737

RAIL MOUNTING DESICCANT UNIT

Mohan Instrumentation Ser...

1. Apparatus for absorbing humidity inside an electrical enclosure and indicating absorption of said humidity, comprising:a housing for a desiccant,
said housing being configured for attachment to a rail inside said electrical enclosure; and
said housing comprising:
a transparent window;
a channel configured for receiving a bolt; and
a clamp mechanism at a base of said channel for securing said housing onto said rail.

US Pat. No. 10,213,736

METHOD FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A carbon dioxide separation method comprising the steps of:feeding a mixed gas that contains at least carbon dioxide and water vapor to a carbon dioxide separation membrane that contains a hydrophilic resin and a carbon dioxide carrier;
separating, from the mixed gas, a permeation gas that contains the carbon dioxide by use of the carbon dioxide separation membrane;
adjusting temperature of gas which contacts the carbon dioxide separation membrane so that a temperature difference between the mixed gas fed to the carbon dioxide separation membrane and the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane is not lower than 0° C. and not higher than 20° C.; and
adjusting pressure of the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane,
the pressure of the permeation gas which has permeated the carbon dioxide separation membrane and water vapor partial pressure in the mixed gas fed to the carbon dioxide separation membrane satisfying the following formula (1):
2.5 kPaA<(pressure of permeation gas)<(water vapor partial pressure in mixed gas)   (1).

US Pat. No. 10,213,735

CATALYTIC LAYER AND USE THEREOF IN OXYGEN-PERMEABLE MEMBRANES

Consejo Superior de Inves...

1. A catalytic activation layer in an oxygen-permeable membrane, wherein the catalytic activation layer comprises at least one porous structure formed by particles of ceramic oxides, said particles linked to each other, conducting oxygen ions and electronic carriers, coated with nanoparticles made of a catalyst which has a composition with the following formula:A1-x-yBxCyOR whereinA is selected from Ti, Zr, Hf, lanthanide metals and combinations thereof;
B and C are metals selected from Al, Ga, Y, Sc, B, Nb, Ta, V, Mo, W, Re, Mn, Sn, Pr, Sm, Tb, Yb, Lu and combinations thereof;
A must always be different from B,
0.01?x?0.5;
0?y?0.3; and
wherein R represents the molar content of oxygen, which is determined by the molar composition of the remaining metal elements of the composition;and wherein said catalytic activation layer has a thickness comprised between 5 and 100 ?m, a porosity comprised between 10 and 60% and pores with an average size comprised between 0.1 and 5 ?m and a content of supported catalyst on the porous structure between 0.5 and 10% by weight of the porous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,733

GAS DENITRATION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

BEIJING BOYUAN HENGSHENG ...

1. A process for removing NO from a mixed gas, comprising:a. oxidizing NO in the mixed gas using an oxidizing agent to produce NO2;
b. removing NO2 in the mixed gas by absorption using a denitration agent to obtain a NO2-enriched denitration agent and a NO2-removed mixed gas; and
c. treating the NO2-enriched denitration agent to obtain a NO2-lean denitration agent and using the NO2-lean denitration agent as the dentritration agent in step b, and
wherein said denitration agent is a hydroxide or carbonate solution containing Li, Na, K, Mg, Ca, or mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,213,732

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF A FLUE GAS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for treatment of a flue gas, the method comprising:feeding the flue gas and a lean solvent to an absorber;
reacting the flue gas with the lean solvent within the absorber to generate a clean flue gas and a rich solvent;
feeding the clean flue gas from the absorber and water from a source, to a wash tower to separate a stripped portion of the lean solvent from the clean flue gas to generate a washed clean flue gas and a mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent; and
treating at least a portion of the mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent by:
separating a water phase portion from a solvent phase portion of at least the portion of the mixture of the water and the stripped portion of the lean solvent via a decanter within a separation system; and
feeding the water phase portion from the decanter to a distillation device within the separation system via a bypass path; and separating at least a portion of the water from the water phase portion via the distillation device to generate a solvent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,731

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS REMOVAL OF CARBON DIOXIDE VAPORS FROM GASES

Sustainable Energy Soluti...

1. A method for removing a carbon dioxide vapor from a carrier gas comprising:cooling the carrier gas by direct contact with a liquid mixture causing a portion of the carbon dioxide vapor to desublimate as a solid product into the liquid mixture, resulting in warming of the liquid mixture;
separating the solid product and the liquid mixture;
cooling the liquid mixture; and
recycling the liquid mixture to cool the carrier gas.

US Pat. No. 10,213,730

PROCESS FOR ACID GAS TREATMENT AND POWER GENERATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system, comprising:an acid gas treatment unit operable to treat an acid gas stream comprising hydrogen sulfide, the acid gas treatment unit comprising:
a fuel reactor operable to receive the acid gas stream and calcium oxide, the fuel reactor further operable to react the hydrogen sulfide with the calcium oxide to produce calcium sulfide and a first gas stream comprising water vapor and carbon dioxide;
an oxidizer reactor operable to receive the calcium sulfide and a first air stream, the oxidizer reactor further operable to produce calcium sulfate and an oxygen-lean second air stream, the oxygen-lean air stream comprising no more than 15% by weight oxygen: and
a calciner reactor operable to receive the oxygen-lean second air stream and calcium carbonate, the calciner reactor further operable to produce the calcium oxide and a second gas stream, the second gas stream comprising carbon dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,213,729

HYDROCARBON GAS DECARBONATION METHOD

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of decarbonating a hydrocarbon gas by washing with an absorbent solution, wherein the following stages are carried out:a) contacting the gas with the absorbent solution so as to obtain a CO2-depleted gas and a CO2-laden absorbent solution,
b?) expanding the CO2-laden absorbent solution to obtain a gas containing a major part of light hydrocarbons co-absorbed by the absorbent solution,
b) heating and expanding the expanded CO2-laden absorbent solution from step b?) at a predetermined pressure and temperature so as to release a hydrocarbon-containing gaseous fraction and to obtain a hydrocarbon-depleted absorbent solution, the temperature and the pressure providing the gaseous fraction comprising at least 50% of the hydrocarbons contained in the CO2-laden absorbent solution and at most 35% of the CO2 contained in the CO2-laden absorbent solution,
c) thermally regenerating the hydrocarbon-depleted absorbent solution by stripping or distillation so as to release a CO2-rich gaseous effluent and to obtain a regenerated absorbent solution.

US Pat. No. 10,213,728

METHOD FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GAS FLOW, IN PARTICULAR FROM A FLUE GAS FLOW, AND SEPARATING DEVICE FOR SEPARATING CARBON DIOXIDE FROM A GAS FLOW, IN PARTICULAR FROM A FLUE GAS FLOW

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

9. A separating device for separating off carbon dioxide from a gas stream, comprisingan absorber for separating off carbon dioxide from the gas stream by a scrubbing medium, and
a desorber that is flow-coupled to the absorber for liberating carbon dioxide that is absorbed in the scrubbing medium,
a cooling device flow-connected to the desorber to form a condensate,
a purification device, comprising a reverse osmosis plant, wherein the purification device is flow-connected to the cooling device,
wherein the purification device is equipped and constructed to remove degradation products from the condensate formed in the cooling device by reverse osmosis, and
a recirculation line and a feed line, wherein the reverse osmosis purification device for recirculating purified condensate is flow-coupled via the recirculation line to the feed line of the desorber.

US Pat. No. 10,213,727

CO2 RECOVERY DEVICE AND CO2 RECOVERY METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A CO2 recovery method comprising:a CO2 absorption process of bringing a gas to be treated into contact with a CO2 absorption liquid, thereby causing CO2 contained in the gas to be treated to be absorbed by the CO2 absorption liquid; and
a CO2 absorption liquid regeneration process of heating the CO2 absorption liquid, which has absorbed CO2, in a CO2 absorption liquid regeneration tower, to release CO2 from the CO2 absorption liquid to regenerate the CO2 absorption liquid,
wherein the CO2 absorption liquid regeneration process includes measuring a liquid surface level of the CO2 absorption liquid in a second storage part which is to be supplied from the CO2 absorption liquid regeneration tower to the CO2 absorption tower, and controlling the liquid surface level of the CO2 absorption liquid between a first storage part and the second storage part on the basis of the measured liquid surface level.

US Pat. No. 10,213,726

CO2 RECOVERY UNIT AND CO2 RECOVERY METHOD

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A CO2 recovery unit comprising:a CO2 absorber in which a gas containing CO2 contacts a CO2-absorbing solution that absorbs the CO2 in the gas;
a CO2-absorbing solution regenerator that heats the CO2-absorbing solution that has absorbed the CO2, releases the CO2 from the CO2-absorbing solution, and regenerates the CO2-absorbing solution; and
at least one of:
a CO2 recovery rate controller that controls a difference between an actual measured value and a target value of a recovery rate of the CO2 to be within a predetermined range by changing, based on the actual measured value and the target value of the CO2 recovery rate, a circulation amount of the CO2-absorbing solution to be supplied to the CO2 absorber and a supply amount of saturated steam to be supplied to a regeneration heater of the CO2-absorbing solution regenerator; and
a CO2 recovery amount controller that controls a difference between an actual measured value and a target value of a recovery amount of CO2 to be within a predetermined range by changing, based on the actual measured value and the target value of the CO2 recovery amount, the circulation amount of the CO2-absorbing solution to be supplied to the CO2 absorber and the supply amount of the saturated steam to be supplied to the regeneration heater of the CO2-absorbing solution regenerator;
wherein the CO2 recovery rate controller controls the CO2 recovery rate through a proportional calculation and an integration calculation based on the difference between the actual measured value and the target value of the CO2 recovery rate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,725

DIAGNOSTIC BREATHER DRYER

Des-Case Corporation, Go...

1. A breather for a reservoir, said breather comprising:a housing;
a first opening in the housing configured to be in fluid communication with air outside of the reservoir;
a second opening in the housing configured to be in fluid communication with air inside of the reservoir;
desiccant positioned within the housing such that air passing through the breather from the outside to the inside of the reservoir must pass through the desiccant;
a first humidity sensor positioned within the housing, wherein the first humidity sensor is operable to provide a first humidity signal indicative of a first humidity level adjacent the first humidity sensor and the first humidity sensor is substantially surrounded by the desiccant;
a second humidity sensor positioned within the housing, wherein the second humidity sensor is operable to provide a second humidity signal indicative of a second humidity level adjacent the second humidity sensor and the second humidity sensor is positioned within the housing such that air passing through the breather from the inside of the reservoir to the desiccant must pass by the second humidity sensor; and
a controller electrically connected to the first humidity sensor and the second humidity sensor, wherein the controller is operable to determine an end of life condition of the breather as a function of the first humidity signal received from the first humidity sensor and the second humidity signal received from the second humidity sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,724

FLUID FILTER APPARATUS HAVING FILTER MEDIA WOUND ABOUT A WINDING FRAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

1. A filter element defining a longitudinal axis and first and second axial ends of the filter element, the filter element comprising:a winding frame defining a frame axis, extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the filter element, and first and second oppositely facing axial ends of the winding frame disposed at opposite ends of the winding frame along the frame axis;
the winding frame having a length, width and thickness thereof, with the length extending substantially along the frame axis between the first and second axial ends of the winding frame, the width extending substantially orthogonally to the frame axis, and the thickness extending substantially orthogonally to both the frame axis and the width of the winding frame;
a length of fluted filter media wound about the winding frame with the flutes of the fluted filter media oriented substantially longitudinally to the frame axis, to thereby provide for filtration of a flow of fluid passing substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis through the filter element;
wherein the winding frame has a substantially smooth, non-corrugated outer peripheral surface and is a rigid structure formed of elongated segments, joined so as to surround non-circular empty spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,213,723

FILTER ELEMENT HAVING A FILTER BELLOWS

1. A filter element for fluids, comprising:a filter bellows made of a sheet of filter medium, the filter medium sheet folded in into zig-zag pleats, each pleat having:
a first pleat fold edge arranged on a prefiltration surface of the filter bellows; and
an opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on an opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows;
each pleat having:
a first pleat end edge extending from the first pleat fold edge on the prefiltration surface, to the opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on the post filtration surface;
a second pleat end edge extending from the first pleat fold edge on the prefiltration surface, to the opposite second pleat fold edge arranged on the post filtration surface, the first and second pleat end edges arranged at opposites ends of the pleat fold edges of the pleat;
wherein the first pleat end edges of the pleats form a first end surface extending from the prefiltration surface to the opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows on the first pleat end edges;
wherein the second pleat end edges of the pleats form an opposing second end surface of the filter bellows, extending from the prefiltration surface to the opposite post filtration surface of the filter bellows on the second pleat end edges;
wherein a first group of side-by-side pleats have the first pleat end edges extending obliquely to the first fold edge or to the second fold edge such that, the first group of side-by-side pleats have the first pleat end edge on the first end surface of the filter bellows that has a different length relative to a length of the second pleat end edge on the second end surface of the filter bellows;
wherein the pleat end edges of adjacent pleats are directly sealed onto each other by at least one trace of a sealant in the form of a support glue bead between the pleat end edges of adjacent pleats;
wherein the first group of side-by-side pleats at the first end surface of the filter bellows has first pleat end edges running oblique to the second pleat end edges of the first group of side-by-side pleats such that the first end surface twists or deflects along it length from end to end, such that the prefiltation surface at the second portion of pleats has a different pleat fold edge length than a pleat fold edge length of same respective pleats at the post filtration surface of the filter bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,213,721

AIR FILTER ARRANGEMENT

1. An air filter arrangement comprising:an open rectangular frame comprised of four frame sides joined together and defining a frame opening;
an air filter element comprised of a pleated sheet of porous material said pleats together making up said air filter element able to be expanded by pulling said pleats apart to respective end of said frame to fill said frame opening;
a magnetic element attached to each pleat at an end of said air filter element magnetically attracted to a respective one of said pair of opposite frame sides to hold said air filter element in an expanded state drawn across said frame opening;
a filter element lattice restraint held within said frame opening on one side of said expanded air filter element and secured therein;
a slot defined on one side of each of said frame four sides receiving perimeter edges of said lattice restraint with said air filter element spaced outside said slot to minimize contact therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,213,719

CAM LOCK SYSTEM FOR RECIPROCATING AIR COMPRESSOR INLET FILTER

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

6. A method of retaining an air filter element within an air intake filter housing, the method comprising:providing an annular filter housing for enclosing the air filter element;
providing a filter end cap sized to close an open end of the filter housing, the filter end cap comprising an opening therein so as to allow a mechanical element disposed within an interior of the filter housing to extend therethrough;
inserting the air filter element into the filter housing;
enclosing the open end of the filter housing with the filter end cap;
connecting a cam lock device to the mechanical element, wherein the cam lock device comprises:
a clevis rod having a first end and a second end, the clevis rod connected on the second end thereof to the mechanical element bolt disposed within the interior of the filter housing;
a cam lever; and
a filter clamp coupled to the cam lever and having a cam surface thereon, the filter clamp pivotally connected to the first end of the clevis rod such that rotation of the cam lever and filter clamp in a first direction provides a clamping force to secure the filter end cap upon the open end of the filter housing;
wherein the filter clamp comprises two flat surfaces, a first flat surface of the two flat surfaces corresponding to an open condition of the cam lock device when the cam lever and filter clamp are rotated in the first direction, and a second flat surface of the two flat surfaces corresponding to a closed condition of the cam lock device when the cam lever and filter clamp are rotated in a second direction;
a spring carrier disposed at the second end of the clevis rod;
a spring disposed on the clevis rod and restrained between the spring carrier and a washer disposed on the clevis rod; and
wherein the cam surface engages the washer and pivotal movement of the cam handle and filter clamp causes compression of the spring via the washer to apply clamping force to the filter end cap to removably secure the filter end cap on the open end of the filter housing and to secure the air filter element within the enclosed filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,718

AIR INTAKE WATER SEPARATOR

CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, IN...

1. An air intake duct comprising:a plurality of louvers forming an air inlet to a housing, each louver including:
an inlet section, and
an angled section, the angled section inclined with respect to the inlet section;
the housing positioned downstream of the plurality of louvers in an air flow direction, the housing including a drain configured to permit separated water from an intake air passing through the plurality of louvers and into the housing to be drained from the housing;
a ramp configured to guide separated water out of the plurality of louvers; and
an inner inlet duct that provides the intake air to a component, the inner inlet duct extending into an internal volume defined by the housing and positioned downstream of the plurality of louvers in the air flow direction, the inlet duct extending above the drain by a distance thereby forming a well in the housing between a top of the inner inlet duct and the drain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,717

DEVICE FOR INTRODUCING A FLUID MEDIUM INTO A CONTAINER

Linde Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A device for introducing a fluid medium into a container, comprising:a container for receiving the medium,
a pipeline for introducing the medium into an interior of the container, the pipeline having a pipeline portion, which is arranged in the interior of the container, and having a hollow-cylindrical casing, which extends along a cylinder axis of the pipeline portion,
the casing having on a downwardly facing underside an opening for introducing the fluid medium into the interior of the container,
the opening having two first edge portions that extend along the cylinder axis and two arcuate second edge portions that lie opposite one another, the arcuate second edge portions connecting the two first edge portions to one another,
a plate-shaped baffle element that is fixed to the casing being arranged underneath the opening, so that fluid medium emerging from the opening strikes the baffle element,characterizedin that at least one plate-shaped first directing element for guiding the fluid medium is provided, the at least one first directing element extending perpendicularly to the cylinder axis and proceeding from an upper side of the baffle element that is facing the opening and projecting through that opening into the interior of the pipeline portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,715

FLUID FILTER WITH LOCALIZED FLOW ATTACHMENT

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. An outer cap for an exterior of a fluid filter housing, the outer cap comprising:a stem configured to communicate a fluid to be filtered to the fluid filter housing, configured to communicate the fluid out of the fluid filter housing, and configured to localize fluid flow both into and out of the outer cap;
a flow separator configured to maintain separate flow channels for the fluid flowing into and out of the outer cap, the stem and flow separator formed within the outer cap such that the combination of the stem, flow separator, and outer cap are formed as a single component;
a seal structure disposed about an outer surface of the stem, the seal structure configured to substantially prevent or confine leakage from the stem; and
an endplate sealingly engaged with an outer annular surface of the flow separator, the endplate configured to engage a filter cartridge within the fluid filter housing,
wherein the outer cap is configured to attach to the fluid filter housing, the fluid filter housing is configured to contain the filter cartridge, and at least a portion of the fluid filter housing is configured to contact the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,213,714

FILTER HEATER ARRANGEMENT

GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCE...

1. A filter heater arranged to enclose a filter, the filter heater comprising:two similar body part halves, each body part half comprising:
a resistive heater disposed on an inside thereof and configured to heat the filter, and
a protruding handle on one side thereof,
wherein the protruding handles are kept together by a spring mechanism such that pinching the protruding handles towards each other will force the sides of the two body part halves opposite the protruding handles open away from each other, and wherein the filter is to be disposed therein between the two body part halves and when releasing the protruding handles, the two body part halves close together, thereby encompassing the filter therein.

US Pat. No. 10,213,713

FILTER CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH MEANS FOR DRAINING WATER AND A RELATIVE FILTER GROUP

UFI FILTERS S.P.A., Port...

1. A filter cartridge (30) for filtering fuel comprising: a filter wall (31) having a tubular conformation, a first support plate (32) fixed to an end of the filter wall (31) and a second support plate (33) fixed to the opposite end of the filter wall, a support core (40, 61, 81) coaxially inserted internally of the filter wall (31) and provided with radial openings (44, 66, 88) for passage of the fuel, the support core (40, 61, 81) comprising, at an end thereof, a housing seating (100, 101, 102) of a hydrophobic wall (50, 70, 90) having a tubular shape which is positioned coaxially internally of the core, the hydrophobic wall (50, 70, 90) comprising a support shank (51, 71, 91), configured to be housed in the housing seating (100, 101, 102) and provided with at least a portion (55,75, 95) of a bypass conduit which enables placing an internal volume of the filter wall (31) in fluid communication with an outlet hole (320) arranged in the first support plate (32), wherein the housing seating (100, 101, 102) comprises at least an annular abutment (46, 64, 84) which defines an internal hole (460, 640, 840) for housing a vertical portion (512, 713, 913) of the support shank (51, 71, 91).

US Pat. No. 10,213,712

LIQUID FILTER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A liquid filter assembly defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction about the axial direction, the liquid filter assembly comprising:a filter medium extending along the axial direction between a first end and a second end, the filter medium defining an interior passage to receive liquid passed through the filter medium;
a housing disposed about the filter medium from a closed end to an inlet end, the closed end being positioned proximate the first end of the filter medium, the inlet end being positioned proximate the second end of the filter medium, the housing defining a liquid inlet at the inlet end;
a manifold including a first protrusion extending toward the filter medium along the axial direction, the first protrusion defining a liquid outlet in fluid communication with the interior passage;
a first end cap disposed radially inward from the housing at the first end, the first end cap being in engagement with the filter medium and the filter housing;
a second end cap disposed radially inward from the housing at the second end, the second end cap being in sealed engagement with the filter medium and the manifold, the second end cap defining a passage extending along the axial direction from the interior passage to the liquid outlet; and
a first interlocking ring fixed to the housing to engage a second interlocking ring fixed to the manifold, each of the first interlocking ring and the second interlocking ring including a locking finger, each locking finger including a base extending along the axial direction and a platform extending from the base along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,711

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR REMOVING HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT HYDROCARBONS FROM LIQUIFIED PROPANE GAS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter assembly for removing high molecular weight hydrocarbons having greater than 16 carbon atoms from liquefied propane gas, the filter assembly comprising:a first filter housing having an inlet and an outlet, the first filter housing containing a quantity of activated carbon having a first total functional adsorption capacity for removing high molecular weight hydrocarbons from the liquefied propane gas, the activated carbon having a surface area of at least about 500 m2/g and an average pore size of at least 20 Angstroms; and
a second filter housing having an inlet and an outlet, the second filter housing containing a quantity of a nonwoven web having a second total functional capacity for removing the high molecular weight hydrocarbons from the liquefied propane gas, wherein the non-woven web is formed of nanofibers and has a pore size of less than about 25 microns, and wherein the nanofibers are formed from polymers selected from the group consisting of nylon, polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyvinyalchohol, and polysulfone/poly(N-vinyl lactam) alloy;
at least one conduit for connecting the outlet of the first filter housing to the inlet of the second filter housing;
wherein said second total functional adsorption capacity of said quantity of a nonwoven web is no more than 10 percent of said first total functional adsorption capacity of said quantity of activated carbon, and wherein the quantity of a nonwoven web demonstrates at least a 25 percent increase in resistance to a flow of the liquefied propane gas upon or before reaching said second total functional adsorption capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,213,710

FILTER ASSEMBLY

NTF Holding B.V., Maassl...

1. Filter assembly for a liquid medium comprising a filter housing made-up from a first and a second housing part, each of the housing parts having a first and second end wall respectively, and each of the housing parts having a circumferential wall, which surrounding the first and second end wall, respectively, the filter housing having an internal space defined by the end walls and extending to the circumferential walls;wherein the first and second housing parts in combination surround a first, a second and a third layer of filter material located in the internal space;
wherein one of the first and second housing parts of the filter assembly further has an outlet, while the other of the first and second housing parts further has an inlet for the medium;
wherein within this the internal space is located a spacer element with an open structure and upstanding ribs between which chambers are defined, interconnected via cut-outs in the ribs;
in which respective end edges of the ribs define a first and a second end plane, which first end plane defines a first abutment plane for the first layer of filter material and which second end plane defines a second abutment plane for the second layer of filter material;
a fluid passage being provided through the spacer element and the first and second layers of filter material, crossing respective main planes thereof;
wherein the first layer of filter material is lying between the first abutment plane and the first end wall;
wherein the second layer of filter material is lying between the second abutment plane and the second end wall;
wherein the third layer of filter material is lying between the second layer of filter material and the second end wall;
wherein a space between the third layer of filter material and the second end wall, and the chambers in the spacer element, are in connection with the outlet of the filter assembly;
wherein a space between the first layer of filter material and the first end wall is connected to the inlet of the filter assembly;
wherein the spacer element extends across the entire internal space of the filter housing;
wherein the respective second and third layers of filter material each constitute a discrete, independent layer of which the respective end edges are sealingly interconnected; and
wherein the second and third layers extend, together with the spacer element, across the entire internal space of the filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,709

FILTER ELEMENT AND HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT WITH SUCH A FILTER ELEMENT

RT-FILTERTECHNIK GMBH, F...

1. A filter element, comprising:a tubular and pleated filter medium having a central longitudinal axis;
first filter pleats having a first pleat height;
second filter pleats having a second pleat height 85 to 95 percent of said first pleat height, said first and second pleats being arranged in an alternating sequence providing a greater effective filtering surface than if said pleated filter medium had filter pleats having a uniform pleat height of said first pleat height, providing a corresponding flow-through of a fluid to be filtered resulting in an overall lower surface load to said filter medium and providing a lower flow-through velocity of fluid during filtration, thereby resulting in a reduced static charge of said filter medium during filter element operation; and
planar sections of said filter pleats each extending in a plane containing an entire length of said central longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,708

FORMULATIONS OF HOMOPOLYMERS BASED ON ALKYL ACRYLATES USED AS ANTIFOAMING AGENTS IN HEAVY AND SUPER-HEAVY CRUDE OILS

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A process for inhibiting or reducing foam formation comprising the step of feeding crude oil containing natural gas or volatile compounds and having a density of 10 to 40° API to a gas-liquid separation apparatus at a temperature of 50 to 120° , and adding an antifoaming agent formulation in an amount of 100 to 1500 ppm to reduce foam formation by at least 20% by volume relative to the crude oil without the antifoaming agent, said antifoaming agent formulation consisting of an alkyl acrylate homopolymer of formula (1) having a molecular weight of 1,000 to 180,000 Daltons dispersed in an organic solvent and substantially in the absence of water
where:
R1 and R2 are independent radicals where
R1 is selected from the group consisting of H (hydrogen) and CH3 (methyl);
R2 is selected from the group consisting of CH3 (methyl), C2H5 (ethyl), C4H9 (n-butyl, isobutyl),
C6H13 (n-hexyl, iso-hexyl), C8H17 (2-ethyl-hexyl) C8H17 (n-octyl), C10H21 (n-decyl, iso-decyl),
C12H25 (n-dodecyl), C18H37 (n-octadecyl), C8H9O (2-phenoxyethyl), C3H7O (2-methoxyethyl), and C5H11O2 (2-(2-methoxyethoxy)-ethyl); and
x is an integer number from 2 to 900.

US Pat. No. 10,213,707

CONTINUOUS PROCESS FOR PURIFICATION OF STEVIOL GLYCOSIDES FROM STEVIA LEAVES USING SIMULATED MOVING BED CHROMATOGRAPHY

Orochem Technologies, Inc...

1. A continuous process for the purification of steviol glycosides in a crude steviol glycoside extract comprising Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside C, stevioside, other steviol glycosides, water, tri-terpenes, sterols, flavonoids, volatile oils, pigments, gums, proteins, carotenoids, chlorophyll, vitamins, phospholipids, saccharides, solid insolubles and salts, said process comprising:a) passing the crude steviol glycoside extract to a first filtration zone comprising a microfiltration filter having a pore size of less than about 0.2 ?m to remove at least a portion of the solid insolubles to provide a filtered steviol glycoside extract;
b) passing the filtered steviol glycoside extract and a first mobile phase desorbent stream consisting of water to a first swing bed simulated moving bed zone comprising a plurality of first swing adsorbent beds containing a hydrophobic resin selective adsorbent to adsorb Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside C, stevioside, and other steviol glycosides to provide a first swing bed extract stream comprising Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside C, stevioside, water, and other steviol glycosides and a first group of impurities including proteins, vitamins, phospholipids, saccharides, and salts, and to provide a primary first swing bed raffinate stream comprising Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside C, stevioside, water, and other steviol glycosides and a secondary first swing bed raffinate comprising water, tri-terpenes, sterols, flavonoids, carotenoids chlorophyll, volatile oils, pigments, and gums and combining at least a portion of the primary first swing bed raffinate with the first swing bed extract stream wherein the hydrophobic resin selective adsorbent comprises an aromatic non-polar copolymer of styrene-divinyl benzene resin;
c) passing the first swing bed extract stream to a first nanofiltration zone to remove at least a portion of water from the first swing bed extract stream to provide a first nano retentate stream and a first nano permeate stream comprising water;
d) passing the first nano retentate stream and a second mobile phase desorbent comprising water to a second swing bed simulated moving bed zone comprising a plurality of second swing adsorbent beds which are disposed in pairs wherein a first second swing adsorbent bed in each pair contains a strongly acidic cation exchange resin and a second second swing adsorbent bed in each pair contains a weakly basic anion exchange resin, said plurality of second swing adsorbent beds in the second swing bed simulated moving bed zone being divided into an adsorption/desorption zone wherein each pair of second swing adsorbent beds is disposed in serial fluid communication and a regeneration zone wherein a first pair of second swing adsorbent beds is in serial communication and a second pair of second swing adsorbent beds comprise a regeneration zone cation bed and a regeneration zone anion bed, wherein the first nano retentate stream and a second mobile phase desorbent are intermittently passed to the adsorption/desorption zone to adsorb salts, pigment and proteins from the first nano retentate stream to provide a second swing bed elute stream comprising steviol glycosides, water, phospholipids, and saccharides, and on desorption with the second mobile phase desorbent provide a second swing bed raffinate stream comprising water, proteins, pigments and salts, and the regeneration zone comprises simultaneously passing a second swing bed water wash stream to the first pair of second swing adsorbent beds in the regeneration zone and simultaneously and sequentially passing a basic wash stream, the second swing bed water wash stream, an acid wash stream, and the second swing bed water wash stream to condition the regeneration zone cation bed, and simultaneously and sequentially passing the basic wash stream and the second swing bed water wash stream to condition the regeneration zone anion bed to regenerate the regeneration zone and provide a second swing bed waste water stream which is admixed with the second swing bed raffinate stream;
e) passing the second swing bed elute stream and a third mobile phase desorbent stream comprising water to a polishing bed simulated moving bed zone, said polishing bed simulated moving bed zone comprising a plurality of polishing bed adsorbent beds containing a hydrophobic interaction resin selective for first eluting a polishing zone total raffinate stream comprising saccharides and phospholipids, and to provide a polishing bed extract stream comprising steviol glycosides, said polishing bed extract stream comprising water and an enhanced amount of steviol glycosides relative to the amount of steviol glycosides in the crude steviol glycosides;
f) passing the polishing bed extract stream to a second nanofiltration zone to remove at least a portion of water from the polishing bed extract stream to provide a second nano retentate stream and a second nano permeate stream comprising water; and,
g) passing the second nano retentate stream to a drying zone to remove the water and provide a solid steviol glycoside product comprising Rebaudioside A, Rebaudioside C and Stevioside and having a sweet steviol glycoside concentration greater than about 95% (w/w) on an anhydrous basis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,706

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFICATION OF ACRYLIC ACID

Sulzer Chemtech AG, Wint...

1. An apparatus (10) for the purification of a crude acrylic acid composition containing maleic anhydride as an impurity being configured for carrying out a melt crystallization process comprising the steps of:(a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue containing at least 3.5% by weight maleic anhydride,
(b) adding a solvent (26) which is capable of dissolving maleic anhydride to the first residue in an amount that the weight ratio of the solvent to the maleic anhydride is 0.3 or more to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue, and
(c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage and/or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the ratio-adjusted residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue,
wherein the apparatus (10) comprises:
a first melt crystallization section (12) for (a) carrying out at least one dynamic melt crystallization stage (14, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d) with the crude acrylic acid composition to prepare a first purified acrylic acid composition and a first residue, wherein the first melt crystallization section (12) has an inlet for the crude acrylic acid composition, an outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and an outlet for the first residue, wherein the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition and the outlet for the first residue may be the same,
means (26) for (b) adding a solvent to the first residue and for adjusting a predetermined weight ratio of the solvent to the first residue to prepare a ratio-adjusted residue and
a second melt crystallization section (16) for (c) carrying out at least one further dynamic melt crystallization stage or at least one static melt crystallization stage (18, 18a, 18b) with the first residue to prepare a second purified acrylic acid composition and a second residue, wherein the second melt crystallization section (16) has an inlet being arranged downstream of the means (26) for introducing the solvent to the first residue and the inlet being in fluid communication with the outlet for the first purified acrylic acid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,705

PROCESS FOR RECOVERING PROCESSING LIQUIDS FROM STREAMS CONTAINING ALKALINE EARTH METAL SALTS

CCR Technologies, Ltd., ...

1. A process for recovering a processing liquid from a feed stream comprising said processing liquid, water, at least one component less volatile than said processing liquid, and at least one alkaline earth metal cation, said process comprising:introducing said feed stream into a first heating zone to volatilize said water to produce a vapor stream and a residuum stream, said vapor stream comprising water and any vaporized portion of said processing liquid, said residuum stream containing processing liquid, at least some of said less volatile component, and any solids originally present in said feed stream or formed in said first heating zone;
recovering and treating said vapor stream to produce purified processing liquid;
passing at least a portion of said residuum stream through a second heating zone to produce a heated recycle stream;
introducing said heated recycle stream into said first heating zone;
introducing at least one precipitant into said first heating zone, said precipitant comprising an anion which reacts with said cation to form a substantially water-insoluble precipitate of said alkaline earth metal cation; and
removing at least some of said solids including at least some of said precipitate from said first heating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,213,703

VIEWING INSTRUMENT FOR A TOY GUN

1. A viewing instrument for a toy, comprising:an optical module having a first light pathway for conveying visible light reflected from an object to an eye of a user viewing the object;
a thermal radiation detecting module having a thermal radiation detector adapted to detect thermal radiation emitted from the object being viewed to thereby generate one or more signals;
an aiming module having at least one visible light-emitting member electrically connected with the thermal radiation detecting module for receiving the one or more generated signals;
wherein the at least one visible light-emitting member of the aiming module is adapted to emit light of at least a first color in response to a first generated signal of the one or more generated signals, and to emit light of at least a second color in response to a second generated signal of the one or more generated signals, the emitted light of at least the first or the second color is arranged to pass through a mark-carrying filter provided in front of the at least one visible light-emitting member, such that a visible mark having a shape corresponds to the mark carried by the filter and comprising the respective color is projected along the first light pathway to the eye of the user to indicate information based on the detected thermal radiation of the object being viewed.

US Pat. No. 10,213,702

TOY RACETRACK WITH MOVEABLE LOOP PORTION

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy racetrack comprising:a toy vehicle launch section;
a support tower positioned a distance away from said toy vehicle launch section;
a loop track section pivotably mounted to said support tower for movement between a first position in which the loop track section does not engage the toy vehicle launch section and a second position in which the loop track section forms a continuous track portion at an exit end of said toy vehicle launch section; and
a target flag pivotably mounted to said support tower, said target flag having a first position in which said target flag is in alignment with the exit end of said toy vehicle launch section when said loop track section is in said first loop track section position,
wherein said target flag is mechanically linked to said loop track section, wherein movement of said target flag away from said first target flag position causes movement of said loop track section towards said second loop track section position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,701

PASSENGER RESTRAINT FOR UPRIGHT, STRADDLE-TYPE SEATING IN AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE VEHICLE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A vehicle for use in an amusement park ride with upright, straddle-type passenger seating, comprising:a vehicle body with a base and a center pedestal portion extending upward from an upper surface of the base;
a seat assembly including a seat pan mounted on the center pedestal portion between a front end and a rear end of the vehicle body, wherein a passenger seated on the seat pan straddles the center pedestal portion with a left leg on a left side of the center pedestal portion and a right leg on a right side of the center pedestal portion; and
a passenger restraint system comprising a lap bar assembly and a lap bar pivotal mount element pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a rotation axis passing through the vehicle body between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body,
wherein the lap bar assembly comprises a lap bar, a left side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and a right side leg shield coupled to the lap bar pivotal mount element at a first end and to the lap bar at a second end, and
wherein the lap bar, the left side leg shield, and the right side leg shield rotate about the rotation axis as a unitary member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,700

EMERGENCY-EGRESS, ZIP-LINE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of operating a zip line, the method comprising:providing a track line suspended between an upper location and a lower location corresponding thereto;
providing a support separate from yet proximate the track line, proximate the upper tower;
providing a first trolley having weight and comprising a roller operably connected to run along the track line;
providing a second trolley similarly configured and connected between the first trolley and the upper tower;
unloading the weight of the first and second trolleys from the track line, while remaining operably connected thereto, by the support vertically supporting the first and second trolleys;
suspending a first rider from the first trolley and a second rider from the second trolley;
releasing sequentially the first trolley and the second trolley from the support to engage (load) separately, and then descend simultaneously along, the track line toward the lower tower.

US Pat. No. 10,213,699

ZIP TRACK AND SYSTEM

Ropes Courses, Inc., All...

1. A zip track system comprising:a fixed beam zip track connected at one end to a structure, and at another end, to another structure;
the fixed beam zip track having a puck support and a wheel support;
a member that is movably disposed within and displaced along the fixed beam zip track;
the member also movably disposed within a challenge course integrally connected to the fixed beam zip track;
the member having a puck that may slide above the puck support;
the member having a rotating member that may roll above the wheel support;
the rotating member being disposed on the member downwardly from the puck;
wherein a vertical distance between the puck support and the wheel support may increase such that the puck is in frictional contact with the puck support and the rotating member is not contacting the wheel support.

US Pat. No. 10,213,698

DECISION MAKING SYSTEM FOR A USER TO MANAGE A SPORTS TEAM PLAYING A VIRTUAL GAME OVER A MEDIA FEED TO EVALUATE THEIR DECISION MAKING PERFORMANCE

SPORTS MAXIMIZATION INC.,...

1. A decision making system for a user to manage a sports team playing a virtual game, wherein the virtual game represents a real sports game received from a media feed, the decision making system comprising:a user database for storing information about users;
a sports database for storing information related to each sport, including each game move for each sport, rules and regulations associated with each sport, and updated real-time statistics of each team and each player playing the sport;
a decision model module coupled with the sports database, which determines possible game moves from the current on-field state of the real game, further the decision model module calculates a score based on the probability of winning the sports game after each possible game move using statistical information of teams and players, and rules and regulations; and
a processing unit coupled with the user database, the sports database, and the decision model module, wherein the processing unit automatically processes a data stream of the real sports game received from the media feed to automatically extract and automatically display both the game moves and the current on-field situation of the real sports game, said processing unit comprising:
a game data module to display the current state of the virtual game automatically extracted from the real sports game received from the media feed, wherein the current state indicates the current on-field situation of the real sports game;
a game move module to display at least two game moves allowing the user to select at least one of the game moves to manage the sports team in the current state of the virtual game, wherein the game moves are extracted from the decision model module on processing of the media feed by the processing unit;
a score module to display the score associated with the user's selected game move in the game move module, wherein the score provides the user with feedback on their decision making ability to manage the virtual game concurrent to the real sports game, wherein the score is based on the probability of winning the sports game after each possible game move.

US Pat. No. 10,213,697

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTI-SOURCE ARRAY PROCESSING

FUNKITRON, INC., Boxford...

1. A system for multi-source array processing, comprising:a memory device, configured according to a logical table, said logical table including:
a first plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality m of logical rows and a plurality l of logical columns;
a second plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality of n logical rows and a plurality l? of logical columns equal in number to the plurality l of logical columns, each cell of the second plurality of logical cells corresponding to at least one cell of the first plurality of logical cells, and the second plurality of logical cells associated with a first direction;
a third plurality of logical cells, arranged in a plurality of o logical rows and a plurality l? of logical columns equal in number to the plurality l of logical columns, each cell of the third plurality of logical cells corresponding to at least one cell of the first plurality of logical cells, and the third plurality of logical cells associated with a second direction different from the first direction; and
a processor configured to replace the contents of a cell of the first plurality of logical cells with the contents of a cell of either (i) the second plurality of logical cells, or (ii) the third plurality of logical cells, and iteratively shift the contents of at least one other cell of the first plurality of logical cells in respectively (i) the first direction, or (ii) the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,696

ADAPTATION OF GAMING APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPANTS

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first device comprising a processor and a memory, a selection associated with a gaming application, the selection requesting interaction, via a voice channel, between the first device and a second device, the first device associated with a first participant of the gaming application, and the second device associated with a second participant of the gaming application;
retrieving, by the first device, a profile associated with the first participant, wherein the profile comprises information of the first participant determined by a background check associated with the first participant of the gaming application;
determining, by the first device, from the profile, that the first participant is associated with criminal activity; and
in response to determining that the first participant is associated with criminal activity, disabling, by the first device, an ability of the first device to establish the voice channel between the first device and the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,695

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING GAMING DATA

Koplar Interactive System...

1. A method comprising:receiving, using a receiver of a mobile electronic device, a content signal from a signal source device;
detecting, using a processor of the mobile electronic device, a trigger in the content signal that is received;
continuing play of a gaming application on a display of the mobile electronic device responsive to detection of the trigger using gaming data stored in the mobile electronic device; and
receiving user input on the mobile electronic device during presentation of the gaming application to allow a user of the mobile electronic device to play the gaming application that is enhanced by the gaming data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,694

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium including computer program instructions, which when executed by an information processing system comprising one or more physical processors, cause the information processing system to:store a plurality of game media in association with information corresponding to each of the plurality of game media, the information including at least a first parameter having a first value when the game media is in a first state and a second value when the game media is in a second state;
receive a user instruction to combine at least a first game medium with a second game medium;
change the first value of the second game medium of the first state by a first amount after combining the first game medium and second game medium and change the second value of the second game medium of the second state by a second amount, which is different from the first amount, after combining the first game medium and the second game medium; and
execute a game according to the first value when the second game medium is used in the game in the first state and according to the second value when the second game medium is used in the game in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,213,693

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AWARDING TROPHIES

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A computer-implemented method for assigning one or more trophies to a user, comprising:emulating a game in response to a request from a client device;
detecting a trophy trigger during emulation of the game by comparing a current program counter value to a predetermined program counter value and comparing a stored instruction in an instruction storage location to a predetermined instruction value when the current program counter value matches the predetermined program counter value;
performing one or more additional checks for validity before assigning the one or more trophies, wherein performing the one or more additional checks includes checking for recognition of a particular string within a frame image, API call, or frame image; and
assigning the one or more trophies to a user account that is associated with the user when the current program counter value matches the predetermined program counter value and the instruction in the instruction storage location matches the predetermined instruction value.

US Pat. No. 10,213,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOY RECOGNITION

1. A system for recognizing real-world toy objects from one or more images, the system comprising a model creation system and a recognition system:wherein the model creation system comprises one or more processors and a training database and wherein the training database is configured to store annotated digital images, each annotated digital image depicting a real-world toy object and being annotated with an object identifier identifying the depicted real-world toy object;
wherein the model creation system is configured to:
train a convolutional classification model based on at least a subset of the annotated digital images to predict a matching object identifier when the convolutional classification model is presented with a digital image of a real-world toy object, wherein the recognition system comprises an image capturing device and one or more processors and wherein the recognition system is configured to:
capture at least one image of a real-world toy object;
use the trained convolutional classification model to predict a matching object identifier from the captured image;
obtain, based on the predicted object identifier, stored information including connectivity information indicative of how the real-world toy object can be detachably connected to toy construction elements of a toy construction system; and
insert a virtual toy object corresponding to the recognized physical toy object into a virtual world as a virtual construction element attached to a virtual construction model.

US Pat. No. 10,213,691

SCHEMES FOR USING AUDIO UPDATES TO LINK REAL-LIFE EVENTS TO GAME EVENTS AFTER RELEASE OF THE GAME

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for retrieving and presenting event responses, the system comprising:a dynamic event response storage, comprising a computer memory device, adapted to store event responses;
an event response update module adapted to update the event responses in the dynamic event response storage; and
an event processing module implemented on a processor and adapted to:
receive an event generated in a computer simulated game on a computer system in response to changes in a game state during play of the computer simulated game;
select at least one event response from the dynamic event response storage based on the event; and
present, in the computer simulated game on the computer system, an audio track of the at least one event response to a user, wherein the audio track comprises spoken commentary of the event generated in the computer simulated game and the spoken commentary references a real world event occurring after a software program for implementing the computer simulated game has been released; and
wherein the at least one event response is updated in the dynamic event response storage after the real world event and before the event generated in the computer simulated game.

US Pat. No. 10,213,690

DETERMINING REAL-WORLD EFFECTS FROM GAMES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method, comprising:performing, by one or more computing devices:
receiving, from a user device, user input to modify a game object;
modifying the game object in response to the user input according to an object model that specifies characteristics of a physical object;
generating performance data corresponding to the modified game object responsive to game play using the modified game object; and
providing the performance data to at least the user device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,688

SOCIAL AND PROCEDURAL EFFECTS FOR COMPUTER-GENERATED ENVIRONMENTS

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMEN...

1. A method comprising:providing, by a processor, a data signal configured for an output device, wherein the data signal encodes a first game for play in a simulated three-dimensional (3D) environment by a first user;
controlling a characteristic parameter of a 3D object or character included in the simulated 3D environment based on an event in a second game played by a second user not in synchrony with the first game, wherein the second game is independent of the first game prior to the event, and the event includes an interaction between an avatar of the second user and at least one of a non-player character or avatar operated in the second game.

US Pat. No. 10,213,687

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM IS STORED

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon a program for causing a terminal having a processor to execute steps comprising:transmitting, using the processor, terminal information representing a type of the terminal to a server,
acquiring program identification information from a user for identifying a program selected by a user utilizing a touch screen of the terminal;
transmitting, using the processor, the program identification information to the server,
receiving, from the server, image information,
wherein the received image information comprises a superimposed image formed by superimposing a plurality of operating images at fixed positions over a program image according to received arrangement information, and
wherein the received image information is determined based upon the transmitted terminal information and transmitted program identification information; and
displaying the image information on a display screen of the terminal, and
providing input to the program using the plurality of operating images,
wherein each operating image is a graphic symbol, and touch operations performed on the graphic symbols are converted into input signals from a game controller originally used to control the program.

US Pat. No. 10,213,686

MODELING COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS USING AN INTERCONNECTED SYSTEM OF SIMULATION LAYERS

Daybreak Game Company LLC...

1. A method of communicating data relating to a computer implemented virtual environment between an online game server system having a game engine and a rule engine and a game client system, the virtual environment having a layer of cells of data corresponding to a variable, the method comprising:altering, with the online game server system, a datum in a first cell of a layer according to data in cells adjacent to the first cell;
sending the altered datum from the online game server system to the game client system;
resolving, with the game client system, the altered datum into at least two cells corresponding to the first cell; and
displaying, with the game client system, the at least two cells.

US Pat. No. 10,213,685

SEPARABLE URL GAMING SYSTEM

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A system for enabling an original network to leverage resources of a supplementary network while substantially maintaining an architecture of the original network, comprising:an initial network having an original architecture, wherein the initial network has original functionality resources, the initial network comprising an initial network server and one or more initial network processors; and
an auxiliary network connecting to the original architecture of the initial network and in operative association with the initial network, and wherein the auxiliary network comprises (i) an auxiliary network server including enhanced functionality resources and (ii) a locator server for assigning directions to each of the enhanced functionality resources;
wherein the initial network leverages the enhanced functionality resources of the auxiliary network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,684

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AND AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING A FORCE FOR MOVING A MOVEABLE ELEMENT LOCATED IN REAL TIME

STARBREEZE PARIS, Paris ...

1. A device for generating and automatically controlling a displacement force of a mobile entity of which the position and the orientation are determined in real time, the device comprising:displacement means for generating (535) at least one displacement force, said displacement means being controllable to generate a force in several different directions;
reception means (505, 520) for receiving a radio-frequency signal;
emission means (515) for emitting an electromagnetic signal, said electromagnetic signal being emitted in response to an activation signal, said emitted electromagnetic signal enabling a determination of a real-time location of a mobile entity comprising said device; and
control means (510) connected to said reception means and to said emission means, said control means being configured to
control said displacement means to generate in response to control information from a received radio-frequency signal from a remote entity via said reception means, and
generate the activation signal in response to synchronization information from a received radio-frequency signal from the remote entity via said reception means.

US Pat. No. 10,213,683

GAME CONTROLLER CALIBRATION AND GAME SYSTEM USING GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game system comprising:a main body apparatus; and
a game controller,
the game controller including:
an analog stick,
a memory configured to store correction parameter information including a first manufacturing process correction parameter value determined in a manufacturing process in connection with the analog stick, a first user correction parameter value determined in accordance with an operation by a user onto the analog stick in connection with the analog stick, and a first model adjustment value corresponding to a model of the game controller in connection with the analog stick, and
a first control circuit configured to transmit the correction parameter information stored in the memory to the main body apparatus,
the main body apparatus including a second control circuit, wherein
the second control circuit is configured to:
select any of the first manufacturing process correction parameter value and the first user correction parameter value included in the transmitted correction parameter information as a first correction parameter value, and
perform game processing based on the first correction parameter value, the first model adjustment value, and input data from the analog stick.

US Pat. No. 10,213,682

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNIQUELY IDENTIFYING PHYSICAL TRADING CARDS AND INCORPORATING TRADING CARD GAME ITEMS IN A VIDEO GAME

ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, IN...

1. A method of facilitating a printing of trading cards for use with a video game, the method being implemented in a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed by the one or more physical processors, cause the computer system to perform the method, the method comprising:obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a first trading card that is unique to the first trading card and information related to a second portion of the first trading card that is common to a set of trading cards;
obtaining, by the computer system, information related to a first portion of a second trading card that is unique to the second trading card, wherein the second trading card further comprises a second portion that is common to the set of trading cards, and corresponds to the second portion of the first trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the first trading card to a printing system;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card to the printing system;
providing, by the computer system, an indication to the printing system that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card;
providing, by the computer system, the information related to the first portion of the second trading card to the printing system;
wherein the first trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the first trading card and the information related to the second portion of the first trading card; and
wherein the second trading card is printed based on the information related to the first portion of the second trading card, the information related to the second portion of the first trading card, and the indication that the information related to the second portion of the first trading card is to be used to print a corresponding second portion of the second trading card.

US Pat. No. 10,213,681

COUNTING AND SCORING DEVICE

1. A counting and scoring device comprising:a housing having an interior and an exterior, a horizontal base, substantially vertical front and rear walls, and a substantially flat upper surface, said walls being coextensive with said base and with the upper surface, and a central vertical partition dividing the interior of the housing into a right and a left chamber, said partition having an upper opening and a lower opening in vertical alignment along a median of said partition;
lateral extensions projecting from each side of the front and rear walls defining a viewing window with the upper surface on each side of the housing;
a right wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the right chamber and a left wheel rotatably and vertically mounted within the left chamber, said right wheel and said left wheel having a plurality of flat outer surfaces on which to exhibit indicia;
said right wheel and said left wheel further comprising:
a segmented raised rim about an outer edge to form a turning surface, an inward facing wall having a plurality of depressions, said depressions being substantially in the shape of a segment of a sphere, arranged in a circle and oriented so that there is one depression corresponding to each flat outer surface of the wheel, an outward facing hub portion, and a central opening through the inward facing wall in communication with the outward facing hub portion;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said right wheel being dimensioned to accept a threaded bolt such that the right wheel can rotate thereon;
the central opening in the outward facing hub portion of said left wheel being dimensioned to accept a hexagonal nut such that the hexagonal nut cannot rotate therewithin;
said threaded bolt being dimensioned to extend through the right wheel, the lower opening in the central partition, and the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut;
a compression spring and two ball bearings dimensioned to be contained within the upper opening in the partition, one ball bearing situated on each side of the compression spring, such that the compression spring urges the ball bearings outward on each side of the partition to cooperate with the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels; and
a chamber within a lower portion of the housing;whereby when the threaded bolt is extended through the hub portion of the right wheel, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the right wheel, the lower opening in the partition, the central opening in the inward facing wall of the left wheel and the hub portion of the left wheel to cooperate with the hexagonal nut the right wheel and the left wheel are rotatably and vertically maintained in spaced relation to the partition and the ball bearings are disposed within the depressions in the inward facing walls of the wheels so that when the wheels are rotated the ball bearings are moved from one depression to the next, a clicking sound is heard, and the corresponding indicia is centered in the viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,213,680

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PUZZLE

Boulding Blocks LLC, Den...

1. A multi-dimensional spatial assembly, comprising: a cube structure comprising eight reversibly detachable pieces, with four of a first set of said eight pieces being identical to each other and with four of a second set of said eight pieces being identical to each other, said first set comprising pieces having only two substantially planar protrusions oriented in a first direction and only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in a second direction, and wherein said second set comprises pieces having only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in said first direction and only three substantially planar protrusions oriented in said second direction, wherein said first direction is perpendicular to said second direction; and wherein said substantially planar protrusions are adapted to be selectively received in recesses between said substantially planar protrusions and wherein said substantially planar protrusions of said first set and said second set are identical in length, height, and width; and wherein said pieces are components of a modular system that are combinable to form one of a chair, table, night stand, couch and bench.

US Pat. No. 10,213,679

SIMULATED INDIRECT FIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An indirect fire simulation system, the system comprising:a plurality of communication devices, each communication device associated with a separate player, wherein each communication device includes a location services device for determining some location indicia of the communication device and a mechanism for communicating the location indicia to a network, the location indicia providing a location of the communication device;
a game server communicating with the network for relaying the location indicia of each communication device to the plurality of communication devices;
wherein each communication device includes a mechanism for determining a directional orientation of the communication device when creating a targeting solution of a simulated indirect fire weapon;
wherein a shooting communication device targeting the targeted player having a targeted communication device receives location indicia of the targeted communication device;
wherein the shooting communication device aims and fires the simulated indirect fire weapon without having a direct line of sight between the communication device and a targeted player;
wherein each communication device includes a display providing a location of a targeted communication device;
wherein the targeting solution is obtained by aligning an aiming vector over the targeted communication device shown on the display; and
a processor for determining if a simulated indirect targeting of another player by a simulated indirect fire weapon is a hit or miss based on the location indicia of a shooting communication device, the location indicia of the targeted communication device of the targeted player received from the game server, and the directional orientation of the shooting communication device;
the processor determining a hit or miss of the targeting of another player and providing immediate feedback of a hit or miss to a shooting player of the shooting communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,678

DETACHABLE TRACKED UNIT FOR POWERING SNOWBOARDS

1. An apparatus for powering a snowboard comprising:at least one power unit housed in a central box, each at least one power unit comprising at least one power transmission link;
a front bottom plate and a separate rear bottom plate disposed along an axis of the longitudinal length of a snowboard, wherein the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate each comprise a plurality of holes, wherein at least one of the plurality of holes in each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate matches at least one attachment hole in a snowboard for boot attachment fixtures, wherein further each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate are sandwiched between a bottom of one boot attachment fixture and a top surface of the snowboard when the boot attachment fixures are fastened via conventional methods to the snowboard;
an intermediate plate disposed in a position on top of the front bottom plate and the rear botttom plate, wherein the intermediate plate is slidingly coupled to each of the front bottom plate and the rear bottom plate in a direction substantially parallel to said axis; and
at least one tracked unit disposed on a side of the snowboard, each tracked unit comprising a power connector driving a power shaft, wherein the power connector is linked to at least one power transmission link,
wherein each at least one power unit provides power to the power shaft of each at least one tracked unit via at least one power transmission link and power connector to propel the snowboard,
wherein the central box comprises a main body slidingly coupled to the intermediate plate in a direction substantially transverse to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,677

MOUTHGUARD WITH FLAVORED RESIN EMBEDDED WITHIN THE MOUTHGUARD

1. A mouthguard comprising:a. a right exterior sidewall and a right interior sidewall on opposite sides of a right supporting base, a middle exterior wall and a middle interior wall having a middle supporting base between the middle exterior wall and the middle interior wall, and a left exterior sidewall and a left interior sidewall on either side of a left supporting base;
b. an extension portion incorporated into the middle exterior wall, the extension portion having a front surface, the extension portion having three spaced apart breathing openings, each respective breathing opening extending from the front surface of the extension portion to the middle interior wall;
c. three right spaced apart breathing openings, one right breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the right of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one right breathing opening located at the right exterior sidewall and extending from the right exterior sidewall to the right interior sidewall, and one right breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and right exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and right interior sidewall;
d. three left spaced apart breathing openings, one left breathing opening located at the middle exterior wall and to the left of the extension portion and extending from the middle exterior wall to the middle interior wall, one left breathing opening located at the left exterior sidewall and extending from the left exterior sidewall to the left interior sidewall, and one left breathing opening at the intersection of the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall and extending from the middle exterior wall and left exterior sidewall to the middle interior wall and left interior sidewall; and
e. a flavored resin embedded within the right supporting base, the middle supporting base and the left supporting base.

US Pat. No. 10,213,676

AUDIO AND VISUAL/TOUCH GOLF TRAINING DEVICE AND TRAINING METHOD USING GOLF TRAINING DEVICE

MN Sport Products, LLC, ...

1. A golf training device with audio and visual/touch cues for independent golf swing training in an absence of a golf instructor comprising:a tube having a first end and a second end and an outer surface;
a hand grip disposed at least in part about said outer surface of said tube;
a sliding mass disposed slidingly within said tube, said sliding mass comprising a chamfer on at least one end of said sliding mass;
a ball holding rod having a ball hold rod first end and a ball hold rod second end;
a bushing disposed on said ball hold rod first end to mechanically couple said ball hold rod first end to said second end of said tube, an outer diameter of said bushing comprising a male thread corresponding to a female thread disposed in said second end of said tube;
a ball mechanically coupled to said second end of said ball holding rod;
a club head stem extending into a club head, said club head stem mechanically coupled to said first end of said tube to rigidly affix said club head to said tube; and
wherein said ball holding rod comprises a first ball holding rod bend of about 80 degrees near where said ball holding rod couples to said tube and a second ball holding rod bend of about 70 degrees near said ball, and about an 80 degree to 90 degree angle between two planes defined by each of said first ball holding rod bend and said second ball holding rod bend.

US Pat. No. 10,213,675

GOLF SWING TRAINING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A golf swing training aid comprising:a shaft with grip at one end thereof;
a weight formed inside the non-grip end of said shaft to weight said non-grip end beyond the weight provided by the shaft;
a base with flexible tail that extends out a distance from said base;
wherein the non-tail end of said base is releasable attached to the non-grip end of said shaft in a manner such that, when the said training aid is swung to the top of a backswing, the base with flexible tail drapes over the non-grip end of said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,213,674

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge proximate an end of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes a first slideable portion slideably engageable on a first track inside the elongated portion and a second slideable portion slideably engageable on a second track inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,673

CONVERTIBLE GOLF ALIGNMENT AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. A golf device comprising:an elongated portion;
a sub elongated portion recessed in the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion includes a hollow portion and has a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width;
a hinge securing a first end of the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion, wherein the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form a 90 degree angle at the hinge between two ends of the elongated portion; and
an arch portion slideably engageable in a lengthwise direction of the length of the sub elongated portion inside the sub elongated portion, wherein the arch portion includes an arch slide slideably engageable on a track inside the sub elongated portion, and wherein a second end of the sub elongated portion includes a stop, wherein the arch portion, when the sub elongated portion and the elongated portion form the 90 degree angle at the hinge and when a slideable end of the arch portion reaches the second end of the sub elongated portion, creates a radius with a length from the hinge to the arch portion wherein the arch portion is made from a flexible material such that the arch portion, and wherein at least a portion of the arch portion is immovably secured to a first end of the elongated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,672

COMPUTERIZED TRAINING PUNCHING BAG

1. An electronic punching bag comprising:(a) an elongate bag formed of resilient material;
(b) a microprocessor disposed in an interior of the electronic punching bag or at a periphery of the electronic punching bag; and
(c) a display screen extending around more than half of the periphery of the electronic punching bag and configured to receive signals from the microprocessor, the signals causing the display screen to display visual signals, the display screen forming an exterior face of the electronic punching bag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,671

IPROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONIC SPORTS TARGET SYSTEM

1. A programmable electronic sports target system, comprising:a goal having a net secured thereto;
one or more target devices mounted to a back surface of the net;
each of the one or more target devices being constructed of an inflatable material forming a cavity with an enclosure flap folded over the cavity;
each of the one or more target devices having a programmable module disposed within the cavity and covered by the enclosure flap for controlling and operating the one or more target devices;
a remote control system containing a computer and a database connected to each programmable module to receive target sensor data from the programmable module of each of the one or more target devices for analyzing the data and for transmitting operational control data to the programmable module for operational control of the one or more target devices having the programmable module disposed therein; and
target application software downloaded to a user's mobile communications device to receive target sensor data from the one or more target devices and to transmit operational control data to the one or more target devices.

US Pat. No. 10,213,670

SPORT GOAL TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A training apparatus, comprising:a panel that forms an obstruction proximate an entrance plane of a goal frame, the panel defines one or more aperture that permit an object to through the entrance plane of the goal;
a rotary assembly coupled to the panel, the rotary assembly having an axis of rotation and at least one arm that rotates about the axis of rotation; and
one or more door in operable communication with the at least one arm, the one or more door located proximate a respective aperture of the one or more apertures and is moveable between a closed position to prevent passage of the object through the respective aperture and an open position to permit passage of the object through the respective aperture;
wherein the panel is a first panel and a second panel coupled together, and the one or more aperture is a first plurality of apertures formed on the first panel, and a second plurality of apertures formed in the second panel and corresponding to the first plurality of apertures which permit passes of an object therethrough, wherein the one or more door is disposed between the first panel and the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,669

HOLDING APPARATUS FOR A NET OF A TABLE-TENNIS TABLE

KETTLER International, In...

1. A table tennis table net holding device, comprising:a first holding unit and a second holding unit configured to connect to opposite sides of of a table tennis table, wherein the table tennis table comprises a first playing surface leaf and a second playing surface leaf and wherein the first holding unit and the second holding unit are connected to a table tennis net; wherein the first holding unit comprises:
a body,
a table tennis net support post connected to the body,
two recesses defined by the body,
a first contact portion which rests on an upper surface of the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf with the table tennis table in the horizontal playing position,
an opening defined by the body and connected to the two recesses, and
blocking means slidably connected to the body of the first holding unit, wherein the blocking means comprises:
a guide portion slidingly supported and guided in the body within the two recesses,
a gripping portion projecting out of a plane of the guide portion, the gripping portion arranged within the opening, wherein a rear surface of the gripping portion and the opening have an approximately comparable curvature such that the blocking means can be pulled sufficiently away from the fir playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf to be transferred from a blocking position in which the blocking means abuts against an under surfaces of the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf to a stowing position, in which the blocking means does not project under either the the first playing surface leaf and the second playing surface leaf relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,213,668

GOLF CLUB SHAFT

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club shaft comprising a plurality of fiber reinforced layers, a tip end and a butt end,a shaft length is defined as Ls, a distance between the butt end of the shaft and a center of gravity of the shaft is defined as Lg, and a ratio of the distance Lg to the shaft length Ls is defined as a ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft, the ratio of the center of gravity of the shaft is equal to or less than 47%,
the shaft length Ls is equal to or less than 991 mm,
a forward flex is defined as F1 (mm) and a backward flex is defined as F2 (mm), a flex point ratio C1 of the shaft calculated by the following formula (1) is equal to or less than 39%:
C1=[F2/(F1+F2)]×100  (1),
wherein the fiber reinforced layers include a tip partial layer,
the tip partial layer includes a high-elastic tip-partial layer having a fiber elastic modulus of equal to or greater than 33 (t/mm2), and
the high-elastic tip-partial layer is a straight layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,667

COLLAPSIBLE TRANSPORT CARRIAGE

MS-Trade GmbH, Ismaning ...

1. A three-wheeled transport carriage for a golf bag, comprising:a first elongated frame part having an end region thereof,
a second elongated frame part having an end region and a free end region, the end region of the second frame part attached to the end region of the first frame part, wherein the second frame part can be pivoted relative to the first frame part, and
a front wheel, two rear wheels, two axle beams, and two guide rods, each rear wheel rotatably mounted to a corresponding one of the axle beams,
wherein a pivotal connection between each axle beam and an end region of a corresponding one of the first and second frame parts is formed by a guide rod,
wherein at the free end region of the second frame part, the front wheel is pivotally attached via a wheel holding bracket with a pivot axis by which a plane of the front wheel is pivotable about approximately 90°,
wherein the rear wheels are hinged in a pivotal manner to end regions of an elongated cross-member in a hinge region between the first and second frame parts such that their rotational axes can be pivoted from a position approximately in elongation of the cross-member to a position approximately perpendicular to the cross-member, and vice versa,
wherein the rear wheels are hinged to the cross-member in a pivotal manner about approximately 90° by the axle beams, and
wherein when the first and second frame parts are pivoted relative to each other, each axle beam is pivoted via the corresponding guide rod about approximately 90° relative to the cross-member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,666

GOLF SHAFT

BREAKTHROUGH GOLF TECHNOL...

1. A putter shaft (100), comprising:a shaft distal end (110), a shaft proximal end (120), a shaft outer diameter, a shaft length (130) of no more than 38?, and a shaft mass of at least 100 grams, wherein each point along the shaft length (130) has (i) a shaft flexural rigidity, and (ii) a shaft torsional rigidity;
the shaft (100) having a butt portion (1000) joined to a tip portion (2000) by a coupler (3000);
the butt portion (1000) having a butt portion distal end (1010), a butt portion proximal end (1020), a butt portion length (1030), a butt portion sidewall (1040) having a butt portion sidewall thickness (1050), a butt portion inner diameter (1060), and a butt portion outer diameter (1070);
the tip portion (2000) having a tip portion distal end (2010), a tip portion proximal end (2020), a tip portion length (2030) that is no more than 65% of the butt portion length (1030), a tip portion sidewall (2040) having a tip portion sidewall thickness (2050), a tip portion inner diameter (2060), and a tip portion outer diameter (2070), wherein the tip portion outer diameter (2070) of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is at least 25% less than the butt portion outer diameter (1070) of a portion of the butt portion (1000);
the coupler (3000) having a coupler distal end (3010), a coupler proximal end (3020), a coupler length (3030), a coupler sidewall (3040) having a coupler sidewall thickness (3050), a coupler inner diameter (3060), and a coupler outer diameter (3070);
the butt portion (1000) formed of a non-metallic butt portion material having a butt material density, a butt portion mass that is 35-75% of the shaft mass, a butt portion elastic modulus, a butt portion shear modulus, and each point along the butt portion length (1030) having (i) a butt portion area moment of inertia, (ii) a butt portion polar moment of inertia, (iii) a butt portion flexural rigidity, and (iv) a butt portion torsional rigidity;
the tip portion (2000) formed of a metallic tip portion material having a tip material density that is at least 15% greater than the butt material density, a tip portion elastic modulus, and a tip portion shear modulus, and each point along the tip portion length (2030) having (i) a tip portion area moment of inertia, (ii) a tip portion polar moment of inertia, (iii) a tip portion flexural rigidity, and (iv) a tip portion torsional rigidity, wherein the tip portion flexural rigidity of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is less than the butt portion flexural rigidity of a portion of the butt portion (1000), and the tip portion torsional rigidity of a portion of the tip portion (2000) is less than the butt portion torsional rigidity of a portion of the butt portion (1000);
wherein a reinforced region (2500) is located between a first point located 5? from the shaft proximal end (120) and a second point located 24? from the shaft proximal end (120), and:
(a) in a first portion of the reinforced region (2500) the shaft flexural rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum tip portion flexural rigidity and less than 100 N*m2, and the shaft torsional rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum tip portion torsional rigidity and less than 100 N*m2; and
(b) in a second portion of the reinforced region (2500) the shaft flexural rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum butt portion flexural rigidity and is greater than 120 N*m2, and the shaft torsional rigidity is at least 50% greater than a minimum butt portion torsional rigidity and is greater than 120 N*m2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,665

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ADJUSTABLE WEIGHT

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face at a front portion of the club head;
a crown and a sole extending back from the ball striking face, the crown meeting the sole at a heel side, a toe side, and an aft portion of the club head, wherein the ball-striking face, the crown, and the sole define a hollow interior volume of the club head;
a hosel extending up from the heel side of the front portion of the club head;
a first disc port through the club head; and
a first disc seated in, and enclosing, the port;
wherein the first disc has a post and a slot on opposed surfaces, the post being complementary to the slot so that the first disc may be stacked with a second disc having a second slot shaped similarly to the slot; and
wherein the first disc comprises: a main, disc-shaped body with the slot on one surface and the post on a second surface opposed to the surface; a threaded surface about the disc-shaped body; and a flange extending outwards radially past the threaded surface, wherein the flange provides a stopping point when the first disc is screwed into the first port.

US Pat. No. 10,213,664

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A hybrid-type golf club head comprising:a face having a front surface and an inner surface;
a crown;
a sole comprising an elongated groove; and
an interior cavity,
wherein each of the face and the sole is composed of a metal alloy material,
wherein the sole has a thickness of 0.030 to 0.50 inch,
wherein the groove comprises a groove opening disposed proximate to the face and extending approximately parallel with the face in a toe-to-heel direction, at least one negative draft wall, and a depth that varies as the groove extends from a heel side to a toe side,
wherein the groove opening comprises a toe-side portion having a first front-to-back width, a heel-side portion having a second front-to-back width, a central portion having a third front-to-back width connecting the toe-side portion to the heel-side portion, and an axis that is angled with respect to a ground plane,
wherein the first and second front-to-back widths are greater than the third front-to-back width,
wherein the groove opening is spaced 0.100 inch to 1.00 inch away from the front surface of the face,
wherein the groove has a wall thickness of between 0.010 inch and 0.200 inch, and
wherein the groove increases a ball speed of a golf ball upon impact with the face.

US Pat. No. 10,213,663

CG HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY BY CONFORMAL WEIGHTING

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a base structure comprising a striking face and a skeletal support structure extending away from the striking face;
a crown composed of a lightweight material; and
a sole composed of the lightweight material,
wherein the skeletal support structure comprises at least one shallow weight port,
wherein at least one of the crown and the sole comprises a protrusion extending from an internal surface,
wherein the protrusion at least partially fills the at least one shallow weight port, further comprising at least one conformal weight made from metal and is able to be moved to another port, and wherein the at least one conformal weight is secured within the at least one shallow weight port by the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,662

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING STIFFENING MEMBERS AND VARIABLE FACE THICKNESS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a striking face section, a sole section extending from a lower edge of the striking face section, a return section extending from an upper edge of the striking face section, an upper opening, and an aft end opposite the striking face section, the return section disposed between the striking face section and the upper opening;
a crown section affixed to the body to close the upper opening and define a hollow body interior; and
a stiffening member disposed within the hollow body interior and extending from the return section to the sole section, the stiffening member comprising an upper end connected to the return section and a lower end connected to the sole section,
wherein the striking face section comprises an interior surface facing the hollow interior, a geometric center, a face boundary, a central thickness region having a first thickness, a first intermediate thickness region having a second thickness, and a second intermediate thickness region having a third thickness,
wherein the face boundary comprises the upper and lower edges of the striking face section,
wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness and less than the third thickness,
wherein the first thickness ranges from 0.100 inch to 0.150 inch,
wherein the second thickness ranges from 0.020 inch to 0.100 inch,
wherein the third thickness ranges from 0.130 inch to 0.170 inch,
wherein no portion of the stiffening member is spaced further than 0.500 inch from the interior surface along a vertical plane extending perpendicular to the striking face section, and
wherein no portion of the stiffening member makes contact with the striking face section during impact with a golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,213,661

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH TUBES CONNECTING CROWN TO ELONGATED PROTRUSION

Callaway Golf Company, C...

20. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole section, a crown section, a hollow interior, a front section having an opening in communication with the hollow interior, and an elongated protrusion extending from a heel side of the body to a toe side of the body within the hollow interior, the elongated protrusion extending upward from the sole section towards the front section;
a face component positioned over the opening, the face component comprising a striking plate portion and a return portion extending substantially perpendicular to the striking plate portion; and
a plurality of tubes,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises a base section and an extension section,
wherein the extension section extends above an internal surface of the sole section and toward the striking plate portion without making contact with the striking plate portion,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is disposed within the hollow interior and extends from the crown section to connect with the extension section of the elongated protrusion,
wherein the elongated protrusion comprises at least 20% of an overall mass of the body,
wherein the golf club head has a volume ranging from 100 cubic centimeters to 300 cubic centimeters, a mass ranging from 135 grams to 200 grams, and a characteristic time of no more than 257 microseconds,
wherein the face component is welded to the body,
wherein the plurality of tubes ranges from two tubes to eight tubes,
wherein each of the plurality of tubes is positioned rearward from an interior surface of the striking plate portion a distance ranging from 2 millimeters to 11 millimeters, and
wherein the striking plate portion comprises a variable thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,213,660

GOLF CLUB WITH AERODYNAMIC FEATURES ON CLUB FACE

Cobra Golf Incorporated, ...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball-striking face comprising a milled surface;
a crown extending back from the face when the club head is at address;
a sole extending back from the face to meet the crown;
a hosel extending upwards from a heel side of the club head; and
a plurality of aerodynamic features disposed on the face, each aerodynamic feature defining an indentation or protrusion relative to an adjacent portion of the face, having a relief measurable along an axis orthogonal to the face, and having an arc shape when viewed from an axis orthogonal to the face, all of the plurality of arc-shaped aerodynamic features on the entire face are positioned concentrically about a center point of the face, wherein when the golf club head is swung, the plurality of aerodynamic features disrupt air flow over the club head away from the center point, thereby reducing drag.

US Pat. No. 10,213,659

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion with a crown portion, and a bottom portion, the crown portion having an opening,
a cover portion configured to couple to the crown portion to cover the opening, the cover portion including a plurality of layer portions comprising a first layer portion including a first material, a second layer portion including a second material, and a third layer portion disposed between the first layer portion and the second layer portion and including a third material,
wherein the first material and the second material are more rigid than the third material and
wherein the third material includes an elastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,658

RACKET CROSS-STRING WEAVING ASSISTANT

1. A collection of parallel hollow longitudinal guides, each having a longitudinal opening on one side, with cross-string guides woven around the hollow longitudinal guides to facilitate the placement and pulling of cross-strings through the main strings during the racket stringing process wherein one or both ends of each cross-string guide contains a loop which is used for connecting the racket string to the cross-string guide while pulling the racket string through the main strings.

US Pat. No. 10,213,657

GOLF BALL RETRIEVER

Dynamic Brands, LLC, Ric...

1. A golf ball retriever, comprising:a handle;
a ball grabbing head, wherein the ball grabbing head comprises a body and the body has a width, an inner surface of the body and a plurality of inwardly protruding fingers on the inner surface, wherein the plurality of inwardly protruding fingers each has an innermost portion, the plurality of innermost portions defining a circular opening having a diameter dimensioned for receiving and retaining a golf ball between the innermost portion of each of the inwardly protruding fingers by frictional contact, wherein the inwardly protruding fingers extend inwardly toward a center of the circular opening and are within the width of the body; and
a rubber liner on the plurality of inwardly protruding fingers of the ball grabbing head.

US Pat. No. 10,213,656

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED CORE WITH THERMOPLASTIC OUTER LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising:a multi-layered core including i) an inner core comprising a metal material, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, a specific gravity (SGinner), and an outer surface hardness (Hcenter surface) and a center hardness (Hcenter material), the Hcenter surface being the same or less than the Hcenter material to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient;
ii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset material, the intermediate layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.050 to about 0.400 inches, and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of IC) and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of IC), the Houter surface of IC being greater than the Hinner surface of IC to provide a positive hardness gradient; and
iii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 0.750 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter), and an outer surface hardness ((Houter surface of OC) of 40 to 85 Shore C and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of OC) of 42 to 87Shore C, the Houter surface of OC being the same or less than the Hinner surface of OC to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient, wherein the SGinner is greater than the SGouter, and the volume of the outer core layer is greater than the volume of each of the inner core and intermediate core layers; and
a cover having at least one layer disposed about the multi-layered core.

US Pat. No. 10,213,655

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a spherical core, at least one inner cover covering the spherical core and an outermost cover covering the inner cover, whereinthe golf ball has a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R40) ranging from 65.50% to 99.0% at a deformation amount of 7%, and a rebound equivalence energy ratio (R50) ranging from 20.0% to 70.0% at a deformation amount of 19%, in a compression test, with a measurement temperature of ?70° C. and a compression speed of 30 mm/min, applying a load to the golf ball along a radial direction of the golf ball,
the inner cover is formed from a first resin composition having a bending stiffness in a range from 500 kgf/cm2 to 6000 kgf/cm2, and
the outermost cover is formed from a second resin composition having a slab hardness in a range from 10 to 45 in Shore D hardness, andwherein(i) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator,
(b) the co-crosslinking agent containing
(b11) a powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m, a volume ratio (V6-300) of a particles having a particle size in a range from 6 ?m to 300 ?m of 60% or more, and a volume ratio (V0-200) of a particles having a particle size of 200 ?m or less of 75% or more, or
(b12) a powder of an ?,(?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof having a mode particle size of larger than 10 ?m but at most 50 ?m and a specific surface area ranging from 0.1 m2/g, to 1.5 m2/g, and
the formed spherical core includes particles originating from (b11) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof or (b12) the powder of an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid having 3 to 8 carbon atoms and/or a metal salt thereof; or
(ii) the spherical core is formed from a rubber composition that contains (a) a base rubber, (b) a co-crosslinking agent, and (c) a crosslinking initiator, and the formed spherical core additionally includes a crosslinked rubber powder having a hardness ranging from 15 to 65 in Shore C hardness and a volume average particle size ranging from 200 ?m to 800 ?m; or
(iii) the first resin composition contains an ionomer resin and an organically modified layered silicate in an amount ranging from 20 parts by mass to 60 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts by mass of the ionomer resin.

US Pat. No. 10,213,654

GOLF BALLS HAVING MULTI-LAYERED FOAM CORES WITH STRUCTURAL INSERTS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and a cover, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core comprising a foam composition having a geometric center and outer surface, the inner core having a specific gravity (SGinner core) and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core center being greater than the Hinner core surface to provide a negative or zero hardness gradient across the inner core; and
ii) a non-continuous outer core layer, the outer core layer having a specific gravity (SGouter core) and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC), wherein the SGinner core>SGouter core and the Hinner core center is in the range of about 13 to about 55 Shore C and the Houter surface of OC is in the range of about 68 to about 94 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,653

DOT GEOMETRY FOR A GOLF BALL SURFACE

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
a cover layer disposed over the core, the cover layer having a thickness ranging from 0.010 inch to 0.100 inch, the cover layer having a plurality of multi-faceted polygons defined by a plurality of lattice members, each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons having a protrusion extending upward from a center of each multi-faceted polygon, wherein the protrusion represents an increase in a ball radius greater than 0.0005 inch from a minimum ball radius, wherein the minimum ball radius is a lowest surface point of each multi-faceted polygon of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons;
wherein the each of the plurality of multi-faceted polygons is either a hexagon or a pentagon;
wherein each of the plurality of lattice members has an apex;
wherein the golf ball has a diameter of at least 1.68 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,213,652

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of an equal number of first domains and second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the dimple pattern within the first domain is different from the dimple pattern within the second domain;
a majority of the dimples are spherical dimples having a circular plan shape and a cross-sectional profile defined by a spherical function;
each spherical dimple has an edge angle of from 13° to 19°;
the dimples cover greater than 70% of the outer surface of the golf ball; and
the number of dimples on the outer surface of the golf ball is greater than 140 and less than 260.

US Pat. No. 10,213,651

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of eight first domains and six second domains, and wherein:the first domain is defined by three irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain is defined by four irregular segments and the dimples arranged therein are positioned in a pattern having four-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain consists of perimeter dimples and interior dimples, wherein the perimeter dimples of the second domain are positioned adjacent to the four irregular segments defining the second domain and include dimples having at least two different diameters, and wherein all of the perimeter dimples of the second domain satisfy a diameter relationship such that:
if xdimple 1>xdimple 2
then ddimple 1 where dimple 1 and dimple 2 are any two perimeter dimples of the second domain positioned adjacent to a common irregular segment, d is the dimple diameter, and x is the distance from the center of the dimple to the midpoint of a reference line connecting the endpoints of the common irregular segment.

US Pat. No. 10,213,650

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein none of the dimples overlap, and wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of twenty first domains and twelve second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has five-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the second domain comprises a maximum diameter dimple and a minimum diameter dimple, the maximum diameter and the minimum diameter being different;
the number of different dimple diameters on the outer surface, D, is related to the total number of dimples on the outer surface, N, such that
if N<252, then D?4;
if N=252, then D?3;
if 252 if N?362, then D?6;
the plurality of dimples consists of a plurality of perimeter dimples and a plurality of interior dimples, wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples is located directly adjacent to a border segment of the first domain or a border segment of the second domain, and wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples has at least two nearest neighbor dimples that are located in a domain other than the domain of that perimeter dimple; and
at least one perimeter dimple in each domain is a same diameter dimple with respect to at least one of its nearest neighbor dimples located in a different domain.

US Pat. No. 10,213,649

CLIMBING ROPE PROTECTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Peak Performance Leadersh...

1. A device for protecting a climbing rope comprising:a flexible sheath comprising a first edge, a second edge generally opposing the first edge, a first end, a second end generally opposing the first end, and a handle positioned proximate the first end;
a sheath connector assembly attached at the second end of the flexible sheath, the sheath connector assembly comprising at least one strap and a ring, the strap being securely attached to the sheath so as to form a loop that passes through the ring; and
a primary rope connector assembly attached to the sheath connector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,213,648

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING POWER OUTPUT OF EXERCISE

Raver Development, Inc., ...

1. A portable exercise tracking system for measuring the power output of a plurality of motions by a user, said system comprising:a wireless central mass unit worn by said user, wherein said central mass unit comprises a first 3-axis accelerometer, a first 3-axis gyroscope, a first 3-axis magnetometer, a first computational unit, a first memory, and a first radio circuit, said central mass unit being adapted to:
receive a plurality of mass data comprising a first mass data;
in response to detecting a first motion associated with said plurality of motions by said user, measure a first plurality of motion data associated with said first motion wherein said first plurality of motion data comprises a first acceleration data; a first rotational rate data; and a first magnetic field data;
calculate a first power output data as a function of said first plurality of motion data and said first mass data; and
transmit said first power output data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,647

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving first data from a first transducer;
comparing, at a processor, the first data to a template, wherein at least a first parameter of the template identifies a particular resonance frequency; and
determining whether a first user is in possession of an object based on the comparison of the first data to the template to the one or more parameters of the template.

US Pat. No. 10,213,646

SYSTEM FOR LOCATING A GOLF BALL

1. A system for locating a ball including a conventional smartphone including an integrated navigation system having a display and configured to communicate with a global positioning system (GPS) and indicate its position on the display, the ball having an assigned identification, the system further comprising:an outer casing defining the ball, a core inside the outer casing, an electronic device integrated into the core, and an energy source integrated into the core and which supplies power to the electronic device, the electronic device including at least one receiver that receives signals, microelectronics for evaluating and forwarding the signals received by the at least one receiver, and a communications unit that transmits signals;
a radio device configured for short-range wireless communication with the electronic device in the ball to enable reception, via the radio device, of signals transmitted by the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball directly from the communications unit of the electronic device in the ball, the microelectronics in the electronic device and the radio device being wirelessly coupled to one another to enable the radio device to switch the electronic device on and off automatically by generating a radio signal; and
the smartphone further including:
a microprocessor that recognizes and evaluates the signals received by the radio device to derive location data about the ball, the display displaying actual location of the ball based on the location data derived by the microprocessor; and
a retrievable software program loaded in the smartphone and that when retrieved by the microprocessor, provides the location data about the ball visually and/or audibly to enable tracking and analysis of location and distances of the ball, and
wherein the smartphone recognizes the identification assigned to the ball and provides the location data about only the ball having the recognized identification.

US Pat. No. 10,213,645

MOTION ATTRIBUTES RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHODS

SWINGBYTE, INC., Chicago...

1. A motion attribute recognition system comprising:a pre-processing component configured to receive a data stream including motion data and to output action exemplars comprising:
an orientation matrix conversion process configured to transform raw motion data into a quaternion suitable to measure the distance between two rotations by comparing the quaternion of a one rotation with the quaternion of the other rotation;
a spatial alignment process configured to align the starting plane of the motion data; and
a temporal segmentation process configured to locate the actual segment of the motion data within the data stream;
a non-parametric classification recognition component in communication with the pre-processing component comprising:
a database of stored action exemplars searchable to and configured to output motion attributes from a query comprising the motion data;
a database search engine configured to search the database of action exemplars for comparison with a received action exemplar from the pre-processing component; and
a non-parametric classification recognition process configured to receive action exemplars from the pre-processing component and the database search engine and to output attributes of the action exemplar received from the pre-processing component; and
a parametric classification recognition component in communication with the pre-processing component comprising:
one or more support vector machines wherein each support vector machine is configured to find one of the presence and absence of an attribute in an action exemplar received from the pre-processing component; and
a parametric classification recognition process configured to receive an action exemplar from the pre-processing component and to query the one or more support vector machines for the presence of an attribute in the action exemplar and to output one of the presence and absence of an attribute in the action exemplar;
a display; and
an user interface in communication with the database and the display and configured to receive the motion data, to query the database with the motion data, to receive attributes from the database in response to the query, and to output attribute information on the display in order to present a virtual coach.

US Pat. No. 10,213,644

ELLIPTICAL TRAINER

OMA METAL INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. An elliptical trainer, comprising:a frame having a first end and a second end;
a rocker-rod mechanism hingedly connected to the first end of the frame;
a pedal mechanism hingedly connected to the second end of the frame through a transmission mechanism;
an adjustment mechanism comprising an adjustment table, one end of the adjustment table being rotatably connected to the frame, the pedal mechanism being slidably connected to the adjustment table, the adjustment mechanism adjusting a position of the pedal mechanism relative to the frame;
a link, two ends of which are connected to the rocker-rod mechanism and the pedal mechanism respectively so that the rocker-rod mechanism is linked with the pedal mechanism;
wherein the transmission mechanism comprises a turntable and a flywheel respectively rotatably connected to the second end of the frame, a rotation shaft of the flywheel is connected to the turntable through a belt; and
a resistance adjustment mechanism, provided on the flywheel, configured to change a rotation resistance of the flywheel;
the resistance adjustment mechanism comprises a clip board sleeved on the rotation shaft of the flywheel and rotatably connected to the rotation shaft, a tension pulley is provided on the clip board, the tension pulley adjusting the tension of the belt to change the resistance to the rotation of the flywheel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,643

ADJUSTMENT BRACKET STRUCTURE FOR FRONT UPRIGHT OF EXERCISE BICYCLE

XIAMEN DMASTER HEALTH TEC...

1. An adjustment bracket structure for a front upright of an exercise bicycle, comprising a bicycle frame and the front upright, whereina supporting component which extends towards the front upright is fixed to the bicycle frame,
the lower end of the front upright is pivoted to the supporting component through a rotary shaft, a bracket component capable of being clamped on the supporting component is arranged on the front upright,
a plurality of bracket parts matched with the bracket component are arranged on the supporting component in the swinging direction of the front upright,
the bracket parts are a plurality of positioning tooth grooves formed in the supporting component in the swinging direction of the front upright,
the bracket component is a U-shaped component,
two side pieces of the U-shaped component are positioned on the two sides of the front upright through rotating points respectively,
the lower ends of the two side pieces or the lower end of one side piece are/is clamped in the positioning tooth grooves, and
a handle is arranged on the outer side of a middle piece of the U-shaped component.

US Pat. No. 10,213,642

TERRAIN BELT FOR USE WITH A TREADMILL

1. A terrain belt for use with a treadmill, the terrain belt comprising:a treadmill belt;
a plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions adhered to the treadmill belt and arranged and configured in a seemingly random order to create a sensation of a rocky terrain when walked or run upon by a user, wherein each of the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions comprises a glass bead covered by a silicone compound; and
one or more layers of the silicone compound covering the treadmill belt and the plurality of terrain-simulating protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,213,641

EXERCISE MACHINE HANDLE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame having at least one track, a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the frame includes a central longitudinal axis and wherein the frame has a longitudinal axis;
a carriage movably connected to the at least one track, the carriage including a first end and a second end opposite of the first end;
wherein the carriage is adapted to be movable along a portion of the longitudinal axis;
at least one spring connected to the carriage, wherein the at least one spring provides a resistance force to the carriage;
a first platform connected to or near the first end of the frame, wherein the first platform has an upper surface;
a first stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the first platform, wherein the first stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
a second stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the first stationary handle extends between a first end of the first platform and a second end of the first platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends between the first end of the first platform and the second end of the first platform;
a second platform connected to or near the second end of the frame, wherein the second platform has an upper surface;
a third stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle extends upwardly from near a first side of the second platform, wherein the third stationary handle comprises a loop structure; and
a fourth stationary handle extending upwardly from the upper surface of the second platform, wherein the second stationary handle extends upwardly from near a second side of the second platform, wherein the fourth stationary handle comprises a loop structure;
wherein the upper surfaces of the carriage, the first platform and the second platform are all on a common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,213,640

ANATOMICAL YOGA HAND GRIP AND TRAINER FOR RELIEVING WRIST STRAIN

Chris St. Jeor, Salt Lak...

1. A yoga training device for relieving wrist strain, the yoga training device comprising:a distal leg for engaging a ground surface;
a proximal leg for engaging a ground surface; and
an ergonomic handgrip extending between the distal leg and the proximal leg, the ergonomic handgrip having a distal end disposed a first height above a ground surface, a proximal end disposed a second height above the ground surface, a bulbous portion, and a narrow, annular distal neck recessed and configured to support the index finger and thumb of a user, wherein the bulbous portion extends generally horizontally and laterally to one lateral side of the yoga training device when the distal and proximal legs are positioned on a ground surface such that the bulbous portion is configured to support the palm of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,213,639

ADAPTIVE RESISTANCE EXERTING EXERCISE APPARATUS

Cybex International, Inc....

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a weight stack comprised of one or more individual bodies of weight,
a flexible elongated cable having a downstream portion that is connected to a manifold that is connected to both a user selectable number of the one or more individual bodies of weight and to a second resistance device, the one or more individual bodies of weight exerting a first resistance and the second resistance device exerting a second resistance,
a manually movable actuating device interconnected to a proximal end of the flexible elongated cable, the manually movable actuating device being manually movable by the user to exert an exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power through the flexible elongated cable to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable and the manifold, the manifold pulling via the flexible elongated cable directly against a weight of the one or more individual bodies of weight and against the second resistance device,
wherein the second resistance exerted by the second resistance device increasing non-linearly with an increase in the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted on the manually movable actuating device by the user,
wherein the second force resistance device comprises a wheel having a drivably rotatable axle interconnected to one or more blades that forcibly engage against air on rotation of the drivably rotatable axle, the wheel being interconnected to the downstream portion of the flexible elongated cable in an arrangement wherein the drivably rotatable axle of the wheel is rotatably driven by the exercise speed, velocity, force, energy or power exerted by the user on the manually movable actuating device.

US Pat. No. 10,213,638

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device for a person exercising on a support surface, comprising:a rigid elongated cylindrical bar having two opposing ends;
a weight having a cylindrical aperture therethrough sized to allow traversing of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar therethrough; and
at least two weight stops adapted for fixing with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar;
whereby with the rigid elongated cylindrical bar traversing the cylindrical aperture of the weight and the at least two weight stops fixed to the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on opposing sides of the weight, the person exercises by moving the rigid elongate cylindrical bar to unimpededly slide the weight between the at least two weight stops where the weight is configured to directly contact each of the at least two weight stops during use of the exercise device, wherein
each of the at least two weight stops are adjustable along the length of the rigid elongated cylindrical bar on both sides of the weight.

US Pat. No. 10,213,637

WEARABLE AND DETACHABLE EXERCISE ACCESSORY

1. A hand-held exercise device comprising:an elongate body comprising at least three strands of one or more elastic materials, wherein the at least three strands are braided together, and wherein the one or more elastic materials has a spring constant in Hooke's Law of between 5 N/m to 15 N/m; and
a first end and a second end;
a first grip on the first end and a second grip on the second end, both of the first and second ends comprising the same materials as the elongate body, wherein a length between a centroid of the first grip to a centroid of the second grip as measured along a longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device is one of five inches to ten inches or eleven inches to twenty-one inches;
a first free end on the first end and a second free end on the second end comprising the same materials as the elongate body; and
a latching mechanism comprising a first magnet and a second magnet, wherein
the first magnet is configured to be detachably connected to the second magnet,
the first magnet is secured to the first free end on the first end and is secured at a first distance that is at least half an inch from the first grip at a point where the first free end connects to the first grip,
the second magnet is secured to the second free end on the second end and is secured at a second distance that is at least half an inch from the second grip at a point where the second free end connects to the second grip,
the first and second magnet comprise a smaller physical volume than the first and the second grips such that the first and second magnets are not obstructing a human user from holding the first and the second grips in the human user's hand or the first grip in one hand and the second grip against at least one flat surface,
a length between the first magnet and the second magnet, as measured along the longitudinal axis of the elongate body without any measurable elongation of the hand-held exercise device, is one of six inches to eleven inches or twelve inches to twenty-two inches, and the first and second magnets are further configured so that the human user is capable of engaging and disengaging the first and second magnets by applying a force with only one hand,
wherein the hand-held exercise device has a Young's modulus of between 3.5×104 N/m2 to 1.4×105 N/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,213,634

FIRE BARRIER BLANKET

1. A fire resistant system comprisinga flexible blanket sized to be deployable on or over an edifice having a top and a side, or a part of the edifice thereof;
wherein the blanket is flame retardant and heat resistant;
wherein the blanket consists of a plurality of aromatic polyamide (aramid) fibers knitted or woven into a fabric;
wherein the blanket fabric has a plurality of vent openings of small size to freely pass air from one side of the blanket fabric to the other;
wherein the plurality of vent openings have a cross dimensions between 1/64 inch and 1/16 inch;
wherein the plurality of vent openings are uniformly distributed over the blanket at between 50 and 150 openings per square inch of the blanket fabric; and
wherein the blanket has an edge configured to be pulled for deploying the blanket on or over the edifice.

US Pat. No. 10,213,633

STORED ENERGY FOR FAILSAFE VALVE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An actuator for a vent or valve comprising:a motor that controls the operation of the vent, where the vent has an open position and a closed position and is biased toward the closed position; and
a switching regulator coupled to a power supply with an input voltage and the motor where the switching regulator provides a first constant voltage to the motor when the vent changes from the closed position to the open position and a second constant voltage that maintains the vent in an open position and the first constant voltage is greater than then the second constant voltage,
where the changing of the first constant voltage to the second constant voltage is in response to a timer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,632

SAFETY ANCHOR

QBM DISTRIBUTORS LIMITED,...

1. A safety anchor, comprising:a base, being fixable to a roof structure;
an absorber, being comprised of a first end portion, a second end portion, and a central portion between said first end portion and said second end portion;
a housing having a primary axis and containing said absorber within said housing; and
an absorber fixing means on an opposed side of said base to said housing so as to secure said absorber to said base,
wherein said first end portion attaches to said base,
wherein said second end portion attaches to said housing,
wherein said central portion is comprised of a helix with an absorber axis, said absorber axis being at an oblique angle to said primary axis, and
wherein said first end portion of said absorber extends through an opening in said base along said primary axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,631

LINEMAN HARNESS ADAPTER SYSTEM

1. A lineman safety harness adapter system, the system comprising a first harness adapter, and a harness having a belt, a back ring associated with the belt, a left ring connected to a left side of the belt, and a right ring connected to a right side of the belt, the first harness adapter having a first strap having a first top end, a first bottom end, and a first harness loop at the first bottom end, the first harness loop being configured to receive a first locking element, a second strap having a second top end, a second bottom end, and a second harness loop at the second bottom end, the second harness loop being configured to receive a second locking element, a third strap having a third top end, a third bottom end, and a back loop at the third bottom end, the back loop being configured to receive a third locking element; wherein the first strap, the second strap, and the third strap join at the first top end, the second top end, and the third top end into a single first top loop configured to receive a fourth locking element, wherein the first strap extends through the back ring and the first harness loop connects to the left ring; wherein the second strap extends through the back ring and the second harness loop connects to the right ring; and wherein the back loop is attached to the back ring.

US Pat. No. 10,213,630

METHOD FOR THE CONTROL OF THE BREATHING GAS SUPPLY

1. A device for emergency oxygen supply in an air vehicle, comprising:a gas storage device including at least one of (i) an oxygen storage device, (ii) a breathing gas storage device, or (iii) an oxygen generator;
a pressure-conduit which receives at least one of oxygen or breathing gas from the gas storage device and which provides the at least one of the oxygen or breathing gas to one or more breathing masks;
an on/off valve with which the pressure conduit can be opened or blocked; and
control and regulation electronics configured to:
receive a cabin pressure value from a pressure sensor;
determine a maximum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
determine a minimum mass flow based on the cabin pressure value;
receive an actual mass flow from a mass flow meter;
compare the actual mass flow to the maximum mass flow and the minimum mass flow;
responsive to the actual mass flow exceeding the maximum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to block the pressure conduit; and
responsive to the actual mass flow falling below the minimum mass flow, cause the on/off valve to open the pressure conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,213,629

END OF SERVICE LIFE INDICATOR FOR A RESPIRATOR

Honeywell International I...

1. A device, comprising:a cartridge containing a filter material;
an insert extending through at least a portion of the filter material having a first path with a first opening located on a side of the insert configured to provide a sample of air that is representative of a saturation of the filter material and a second path with a second opening configured to provide a filtered sample of the air throughout a service life of the cartridge, wherein the first path and the second path extend longitudinally along the insert;
a sensor for sensing a saturation level of filter material; and
a controller that compares a saturation level of a sample of air that is representative of the saturation of the filter material and the filtered sample of the air to determine signal drift is associated with the sensor, wherein the filtered sample of air is used to compensate for the signal drift associated with the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,213,628

BELAY BRAKING SYSTEM

The United States of Amer...

1. A user-controllable braking system, the braking system consisting of:a descent tether connectable to a support and configurable for descending a user;
a rigid body configured to be connectable between the descent tether and the user for enabling control of the descent by the user;
a single pulley positioned on the rigid body, the descent tether positionable around the pulley;
a first brake member yieldably positioned on the rigid body adjacent a first side of the pulley;
a second brake member yieldably positioned on the rigid body adjacent a second side of the pulley;
a first bias member operatively associated with the first brake member to bias the first brake member away from the pulley;
a second bias member operatively associated with the second brake member to bias the second brake member away from the pulley;
a first lever pivotally connected to the rigid body and operable to bear against the first brake member to controllably overcome the first bias member and controllably bear the first brake member against a first portion of the descent tether;
a second lever pivotally connected to the rigid body and operable to bear against the second brake member to controllably overcome the second bias member and controllably bear the second brake member against a second portion of the descent tether; and
a line couples to the first lever and the second lever,
wherein operation of the first and second levers by the user enables the user to controllably bear the first and second brake members against the first and second portions of the descent tether positioned around the pulley to provide a braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,213,626

TREATMENT DELIVERY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

1. An apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles, comprising:a positively charged particle tomography imaging system; and
a treatment delivery control system configured to control a plurality of sub-systems of a cancer therapy system, said plurality of sub-systems comprising:
an accelerator system;
an extraction system;
a beam transport line configured to transport the positively charged particles;
an irradiation nozzle; and
a gantry,
wherein a charged particle beam path sequentially passes through: at least part of an injector system, said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle, and at least part of said gantry,
wherein said tomography imaging system uses all of said accelerator system, said extraction system, said beam transport line, said irradiation nozzle; and said gantry, said tomography imaging system used to generate a proton tomography image of the tumor for use in subsequent treatment of the tumor using said cancer therapy system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,625

PROTON IRRADIATION USING SPOT SCANNING

Varian Medical Systems Pa...

1. A method for irradiating a target comprising the steps of:generating a proton beam using a cyclotron, said proton beam being comprised of a set of protons;
providing a first information to an energy selection system, said first information comprising a depth of said target;
selecting an energy level for said set of protons using said energy selection system based on said first information;
routing said proton beam from said cyclotron through a beam transfer line to a scanning system, said scanning system comprises a magnet structure and an ionization chamber;
providing a second information to said scanning system, said second information comprising a pair of transversal coordinates and target dose;
guiding said proton beam using said magnet structure to a location on said target determined by said second information, said magnet structure comprises a bidirectional magnet with two pairs of coils one for x direction and one for y direction; and
irradiating said target with said proton beam,
wherein said magnet structure comprises a magnet power supply powering said magnet structure, said magnet power supply being controlled based on an energy of said proton beam and a beam position at a target of said proton beam.

US Pat. No. 10,213,624

GUIDED CHARGED PARTICLE IMAGING/TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for imaging a tumor of a patient and treating the tumor with positively charged particles, comprising the steps of:transporting the positively charged particles from a synchrotron, along a beam transport line, and through an exit nozzle system to a treatment beam path;
imaging the tumor using an imaging system, said step of imaging the tumor further comprising the steps of:
rotating a rotatable ring around a longitudinal axis of the patient;
rotating said imaging system around the patient using rotation of said rotatable ring; and
translating, through relative motion of the patient and said imaging system mounted to said rotatable ring, said imaging system past the tumor; and
controlling the treatment beam path using image data from said imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,213,623

MONITORING A PATIENT'S POSITION USING A PLANNING IMAGE AND SUBSEQUENT THERMAL IMAGING

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A computer-implemented method for treatment of a patient by at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery, the method comprising executing, on at least one processor of at least one computer, steps of:acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image data describing a digital planning image of an anatomical body part of a body of the patient;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, planning image alignment data describing a relative position between the anatomical body part and a predetermined reference position at the point in time when the planning image data was generated;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal reference image data describing a thermal reference image of the anatomical body part;
acquiring, by the at least one processor, thermal imaging device reference position data describing a relative position between a thermal imaging device used for taking the thermal reference image and the predetermined reference position;
determining, by the at least one processor and based on the planning image data and the planning image alignment data and the thermal reference image data and the thermal imaging device reference position data, image projection data describing a projection of the image representation of at least the anatomical body part described by the planning image data onto the image representation of the anatomical body part described by the thermal reference image data;
determining treatment control data describing a command for controlling a treatment device usable for at least one of radiotherapy or radiosurgery based on the image projection data.

US Pat. No. 10,213,622

REAL-TIME QUANTIFICATION OF SKIN BURNS IN EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION THERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for monitoring radiation therapy, comprising:an imaging device configured to scan an area of interest for tissue undergoing radiation therapy to collect one or more images of the tissue; and
an interpretation module configured to receive the one or more images of the tissue to determine a burn status, including a measurement of a burn of the tissue, and provide adjustments for a radiation treatment plan in accordance with the burn status.

US Pat. No. 10,213,621

TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION IN RADIOTHERAPY USING SECTIONING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for radiation therapy treatment using a radiation delivery device, the method comprising:providing a patient model, dosimetric constraints, delivery motion constraints, and delivery coordinate space of the radiation delivery device, wherein the delivery coordinate space is represented as a mesh with vertices connected by edges, where the vertices correspond to directions of a beam eye view (BEV) of the radiation delivery device, where each BEV has corresponding area elements resulting from beam collimation;
constructing BEV region connectivity manifolds from the patient model, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery coordinate space, and existing beam trajectories, wherein each of the BEV region connectivity manifolds represents connections between contiguous 2D target regions, wherein each of the 2D target regions is defined at each of the vertices of the delivery coordinate space;
selecting beam trajectories based on region connectedness information in the BEV region connectivity manifolds, the dosimetric constraints, the delivery motion constraints, and the existing beam trajectories; and
delivering radiation using the radiation delivery device in accordance with the selected beam trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,213,619

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING CIRCADIAN INPUT

Progressive Lighting and ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing; and
a light system configured to emit polychromatic light from the housing, the emitted polychromatic light comprising an output spectrum having a spectral region with a wavelength between 435-488 nanometers (nm); and
the light system being further configured to attenuate the entire area of the spectral region between 435-488 nm more than any other region of the output spectrum, for regulating melatonin production in a human exposed to the emitted polychromatic light.

US Pat. No. 10,213,618

LIGHT THERAPY PLATFORM COMBINATION MASK

1. A phototherapy device comprising:a wearable therapeutic lamp platform including a plurality of radiant lamps configured to emit radiant energy at three or more wavelengths, and a reflective wall including a plurality of radiant energy communication areas aligned with the radiant lamps and disposed to communicate the radiant energy through all or part of the plurality of radiant energy communication areas to a first user treatment area and a second user treatment area associated with a user's facial region, the plurality of radiant lamps completely recessed from an external reflective surface of the reflective wall which is directed towards the first and second user treatment areas, and the plurality of radiant lamps further disposed to provide a first radiant therapy treatment session emitting radiant energy at a first set of two or more wavelengths to the first user treatment area, and a second treatment session emitting radiant energy at a second set of two or more wavelengths distinct from the first set of two or more wavelengths, and the reflective wall further formed to disperse the radiant energy reflected from the first user treatment area and second user treatment area back to the first user treatment area and second user treatment area; and
a frame adapted to support the therapeutic lamp platform on the user and adapted to position the therapeutic lamp platform on the user, the frame positioning the reflective wall towards the first and second user treatment areas and spacing the reflective wall from the first and second user treatment areas, the reflective wall covering a complete nose of the user and the reflective wall spaced from the complete nose of the user to provide ventilation and clearance between the reflective wall and the complete nose of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,213,617

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTOGENETIC THERAPY

Circuit Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A method for preventing hypertension, comprising:a. implanting an optical applicator and coupling it to at least one tissue structure such that it can deliver photons to at least one branch of the renal nerve plexus that has been genetically modified to have light sensitive protein;
b. implanting an implantable light source and intercoupled implantable power supply and coupling each to at least one tissue structure, the implantable light source being configured to deliver photons as an input to the optical applicator when the implantable light source is drawing power from the implantable power supply; and
c. implanting an implantable controller and coupling it to at least one tissue structure, the implantable controller configured to cause the implantable light source to chronically direct enough illumination to the light sensitive protein through the implantable light source and implantable optical applicator to at least partially inhibit action potential transmission within the at least one branch of the renal nerve plexus.

US Pat. No. 10,213,616

LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE

Sun LifeLight, Inc., Bev...

1. A light therapy device, comprising:a first set of one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) providing blue spectrum wavelength light;
a second set of one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs) providing cyan spectrum wavelength light, wherein the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs are configured to stimulate intrinsically photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cell (ipRGC) receptors;
a casing to house circuitry to illuminate the first and second set of LEDs;
a mount utilized to secure the light therapy device in an area of or directly to a consumer device;
a processor of the light therapy device to receive, over a computer network and from an application executing on a computing device, one or more user commands indicating
at least one of a selected blue wavelength the light therapy device should output the blue spectrum wavelength light during operation and a selected cyan wavelength the light therapy device should output the cyan spectrum wavelength light during operation,
an intensity of the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs during operation,
a dosage delivery indicating at least a time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of the one or more LEDs are to be illuminated during operation, and
an automatic shutoff indicating at least one of a selected time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs should be off and a maximum amount of time the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs should be operational,
wherein the first set of one or more LEDs and the second set of one or more LEDs are operational according to the dosage delivery and the automatic shutoff is overridden when the time period indicated by the dosage delivery conflicts with the automatic shutoff, and
the processor configured to illuminate the first set of one or more LEDs that provide the blue spectrum wavelength light and the second set of one or more LEDs that provide the cyan spectrum wavelength light based on the one or more user commands received from the application executing on the computing device over the computer network.

US Pat. No. 10,213,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROMAGNETIC STIMULATION OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A system comprising:a probe comprising:
a fixture configured to conform to an exposed portion of a patient's central nervous system without penetrating the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system; and
a plurality of microcoils arranged on the fixture, each having a geometric shape to focus a magnetic field to a depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system to activate conduction in one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system,
wherein the plurality of microcoils are configured to generate a time-varying magnetic field to activate conduction in the one or more neurons at the depth within the exposed portion of the patient's central nervous system via electromagnetic induction in response to an applied current, and
a mounting apparatus to attach the probe to a stereotactic device attached to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,213,614

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLD PLASMA THERAPY

U.S. Patent Innovations, ...

1. A device for the treatment of target tissue comprising:a housing comprising:
a main body having a first port for admitting an elongated electrode and a second port for admitting a gas;
a neck extending from a distal end of said main body, said neck being narrower than said main body and having within it a channel having an exit away from said main body; and
a discharge area within said main body between said neck and said second port;
an elongated electrode extending through said first port and having a proximal end outside of said main body and a distal end in said discharge area within said main body;
a ring electrode outside said neck surrounding said channel;
wherein said elongated electrode and said ring electrode are configured to connect to a secondary high-voltage resonant transformer; and
wherein said elongated wire and said ring electrode are configured to excite a gas flowing into said housing through said second port, through said housing, and out said exit into a cold plasma state by RF electrical energy.