US Pat. No. 10,245,659

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a top surface comprising a side portion, and a first corner portion and a second corner portion each adjacent to the side portion;
a bottom surface opposite to the top surface;
a side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a cutting edge disposed along a ridge line at an intersection between the top surface and the side surface,
wherein
the cutting edge comprises:
a main cutting edge located on the side portion;
a first sub cutting edge located on the first corner portion; and
a second sub cutting edge located on the second corner portion, the main cutting edge comprises in a side view:
a first cutting edge is connected to the first sub cutting edge;
a second cutting edge is connected to the second sub cutting edge; and
a third cutting edge having a linear shape and located between the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge,
the main cutting edge inclines with a height thereof decreasing from a portion adjacent to the first sub cutting edge to a portion adjacent to the second sub cutting edge in a side view, and
an inclination angle of the third cutting edge is greater than inclination angles of the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge in a side view.

US Pat. No. 10,245,658

CUTTING DEVICE AND CHAMFERING MACHINE COMPRISING THE SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A cutting device for use in a chamfering process of a film laminate, comprisinga rotating wheel having a rotation center; and
a cutting bite comprising a main body mounted on said rotating wheel and a cutting tip provided on said main body and provided to perform chamfering of the film laminate by rotating the rotating wheel,
wherein said cutting bite is mounted on the rotating wheel such that the central axis of said cutting tip is inclined at a first angle with respect to the tangential direction of a rotation locus of the cutting bite formed by rotating said rotating wheel, and
wherein the cutting tip is provided such that a cutting line contacting with the film laminate along the rotation direction of the rotating wheel is formed as a curved line, but a central part of the curved line has a concave shape recessed inward than both side edges.

US Pat. No. 10,245,657

TWIST DRILL AND PRODUCTION METHOD

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A production method for a twist drill comprising the following steps:milling a plurality of depressions into a circumferential surface of a blank in order to form a network of ribs, first ribs of the ribs being parallel to each other and running along an axis of the blank, while second ribs of the ribs are parallel to each other and run at an angle of inclination slanted relative to the first ribs;
milling grooves into sections of the first ribs situated between adjacent second ribs; and
forming a drilling head on an end face of the milled blank, wherein
the grooves are milled at a depth deviating by less than 10% from a depth of the depressions.

US Pat. No. 10,245,656

STEP BIT

GREENLEE TOOLS, INC., Ro...

1. A step bit comprising:a distal end and a proximal end, and a central axis defined between the distal and proximal ends around which the step bit is configured to be rotated;
a tip provided at the distal end, the tip including one or more cutting edges;
a body extending from the tip, the body including one or more flutes having a cutting edge,
a plurality of steps provided on the body from the tip to the proximal end, each step having a first land and a second land extending proximally from the first land, each first land having a length and a surface defining an outer diameter, each second land having a length and a surface defining an outer diameter, wherein in each step the outer diameter of the first land is less than the outer diameter of the second land, the lands progressively increasing in outer diameter as the steps progress from a first step at the distal end to a terminal step at a proximal end of the body, wherein in each step the length of the first land is less than the length of the second land, wherein the length of each first land is the same, and wherein the length of each second land is the same; and
a shank extending proximally from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,245,655

COLLETED BUSHING AND METHOD OF USE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A colleted bushing, comprising:a collet having a collet proximal end and a collet bore having a collet axis and collet threads formed along a section of the collet bore, and a collet bore taper located adjacent the collet proximal end, the collet including a plurality of collet fingers located adjacent the collet proximal end and configured to be inserted into a workpiece hole of a workpiece, the collet having a collet flange of a larger width than a collet diameter collectively defined by the collet fingers, the collet flange having an underside defining a planar annular surface configured to be placed in contact against a surface of the workpiece when the collet is installed in the workpiece hole and thereby preventing pivoting of the collet within the workpiece hole and maintaining perpendicularity of the collet axis relative to the surface of the workpiece;
a bushing having a bushing proximal end, a bushing bore, a bushing outer surface, and bushing threads formed along a section of the bushing outer surface; and
the bushing configured to be inserted into the collet bore and the bushing threads configured to engage the collet threads in a manner resulting in simultaneous rotational and axial movement of the bushing relative to the collet until the bushing proximal end contacts the collet bore taper causing the collet fingers to be urged radially outwardly and removably locking the collet within the workpiece hole, the bushing bore configured to receive and guide a tool.

US Pat. No. 10,245,654

TRUCK CLUTCH BRAKE CUTTER

1. A clutch brake method for removing the clutch brake of a vehicle, the clutch brake encircling a shaft having a rotational axis extending in an axial direction that is perpendicular to a radial direction, the clutch brake being generally an annular disk having a front face, a back face, an outer edge and an inner edge, the front face and the back face extending in the radial direction between the inner edge and the outer edge, the inner edge being adjacent to the shaft, the clutch brake method involving a use of a drill bit, a chisel, a drill bushing, and a main body having a tool-receiving hole, the clutch brake method comprising:mounting the main body at a first position relative to the clutch brake;
inserting the drill bushing in the tool-receiving hole of the main body;
inserting the drill bit into the drill bushing;
creating a first drilled hole by driving the drill bit in the radial direction while the drill bushing guides the drill bit through the clutch brake from the outer edge toward the inner edge;
positioning the drill bit and the drill bushing so as to provide clear access to the tool-receiving hole and the first drilled hole;
inserting the chisel into the tool-receiving hole of the main body;
driving the chisel in the radial direction through the first drilled hole;
the chisel cutting at least one of the front face and the back face upon driving the chisel through the first drilled hole;
moving the main body to a second position relative to the clutch brake;
creating a second drilled hole by driving the drill bit in the radial direction while the drill bushing guides the drill bit through the clutch brake from the outer edge toward the inner edge;
positioning the drill bit and the drill bushing so as to provide clear access to the tool-receiving hole;
inserting the chisel into the tool-receiving hole of the main body;
driving the chisel in the radial direction through the second drilled hole;
the chisel cutting at least one of the front face and the back face upon driving the chisel through the second drilled hole;
withdrawing the main body from the clutch brake; and
removing the clutch brake from the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,245,653

MODULAR TUBING NOTCHER SYSTEM

1. An improved notching system for tubular workpieces, of the type comprising a circular cutting tool having a centerline and a source of rotational power, a main body supporting and guiding the circular cutting tool in a straight line toward a tubular workpiece, this tubular workpiece having its own centerline, wherein the improvement comprises:a. a substantially linear work support rail operatively connected to the main body and supporting and aligning the centerline of the tubular workpiece with the centerline of the circular cutting tool, this work support rail having:
1. a front end slidably supporting a close quarters vise with two jaws, which clamps a corresponding front section of the tubular workpiece;
2. a center section, downstream from the front end, slidably supporting a cutoff support vise with two jaws, which clamps a corresponding center section of the tubular workpiece;
3. a tail end, downstream from the center section, slidably supporting an indexable work stop, against which butts a corresponding tail section of the tubular workpiece;
4. means for vertically moving the support rail relative to the centerline of the circular cutting tool;
5. means for horizontally moving the support rail relative to the centerline of the circular cutting tool;
6. means for rotating the support rail relative to the centerline of the circular cutting tool;
b. a feed handle affixed beneath and supporting the main body; and
c. a stand mount connecting the main body to a work support.

US Pat. No. 10,245,652

ROTATING TOOL HOLDER ASSEMBLY FOR MODULATION ASSISTED MACHINING

M4 Sciences LLC, West La...

1. A modulating tool holder for holding a rotatable tool for engaging a workpiece, the tool holder being configured for mounting to a rotatable spindle of a machine apparatus, the tool holder comprising; a proximal end, a distal end, and an axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end, a body having a centrally disposed axially extending passageway, a linear actuator capable of sinusoidal axial linear movement disposed in the axially extending passageway, the linear actuator being centrally disposed in the axial passageway along the axis of the tool holder, a bearing member located in the axially extending passageway, a fluid passageway for conducting a fluid from a position proximal of the linear actuator to a position distal of the linear actuator, wherein the fluid passageway does not permit contact between the fluid and the linear actuator, a portion of the fluid passageway extending axially though the body in a direction generally parallel to the axis of the tool holder, but being disposed radially outwardly of the linear actuator and the bearing member, and wherein the fluid passageway does not permit contact between the fluid and the bearing member, and a tool engaging member for engaging a cutting tool, wherein the linear actuator is positioned for axially moving, in a cyclic linear manner, a rotating cutting tool engaged by the tool engaging member in a cyclic manner that creates an intermittent gap between the tool and the workpiece; further comprising a plurality of fluid passageways disposed radially outwardly of the linear actuator and the bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,651

HYDRAULIC CHUCK

1. A hydraulic chuck adapted to grip at least one workpiece, comprising:a chuck body;
a fixed seat fixedly mounted to said chuck body, and having a side surface;
a rotary seat mounted to said fixed seat and rotatable relative to said fixed seat about a central axis, said rotary seat having a side surface that faces toward said side surface of said fixed seat, said side surface of said fixed seat and said side surface of said rotary seat cooperatively defining a gap therebetween that permits pressurized oil to flow therethrough;
a plurality of flexible seal members each being centered at the central axis and each having a first annular segment that is fixedly mounted to said fixed seat, a neck segment that extends from said first annular segment and through said gap, and a second annular segment that is connected to an end of said neck segment distal from said first annular segment, that is disposed adjacent to said rotary seat and that cooperated with said first annular segment and said neck segment to define at least one oil groove thereamong, said second annular segments of at least one adjacent pair of said seal members being pushed to be in contact with said rotary seat when the pressurized oil is introduced into said gap, said second annular segments of said seal members being spaced apart from said rotary seat when the pressurized oil is ceased to be introduced into said gap; and
a driving seat unit movably mounted to said rotary seat and moved by the pressurized oil for griping or releasing the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,245,650

CHUCKING DEVICE

Haimer GmbH, Igenhausen ...

1. A chucking device for a tool, said chucking device comprising:a tool receiving element;
a collet for clamping the tool, said collet being inserted into an opening in the tool receiving element;
a clamping nut for axially displacing the collet in relation to the tool receiving element; and
a pressure piece which is disposed between the clamping nut and the collet and is rotatably mounted in relation to the clamping nut, such that the pressure piece allows the collet to be axially displaced in relation to the tool receiving element by the clamping nut,
wherein the pressure piece comprises coupling elements for a torsion-proof connection to corresponding mating elements of the tool receiving element,
the pressure piece and the collet are connected by a coupling so as to be torsion-proof and detachable in such a manner that the pressure piece and the collet assume a predefined angular position in relation to each other when connected by the coupling,
one of the collet and the tool receiving element includes detent lugs for torsion-proof engagement in corresponding detent grooves of the other of the collet and the tool receiving element, the detent lugs engaging in the detent grooves by a rotational movement relative to each other, and
the detent grooves or detent lugs of the tool receiving element are positioned at the same angle relative to the mating elements of the tool receiving element as the detent lugs or detent grooves of the collet are positioned relative to the coupling elements of the pressure piece.

US Pat. No. 10,245,649

WORKPIECE CLAMPING SYSTEM FOR A MEASURING MACHINE

KLINGELNBERG AG, Zurich ...

1. A workpiece clamping system for a measuring machine, the workpiece clamping system comprising:a rotary table
disposed in a workpiece rotation axis and
comprising a chuck to accommodate a workpiece concentrically;
a rotary drive for driving the rotary table;
an upper centering tip mounted on the measuring machine in the workpiece rotation axis and mounted vertically opposed to the rotary table;
a lower centering tip mounted on the rotary table in addition to the chuck for accommodating a workpiece between the upper centering tip and the lower centering tip instead of in the chuck, the lower centering tip concentrically clamped in the chuck instead of the workpiece; and
a conveying device for conveying the lower centering tip into and from a clamping position in the chuck;
wherein the conveying device comprises conveying equipment for conveying the lower centering tip transversely relative to the workpiece rotation axis and along the workpiece rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,648

ALUMINUM ALLOY HUB LATHE FIXTURE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. An aluminum alloy hub lathe fixture, comprising: a main plate, a mounting seat, a hydraulic power clamping head, a pull rod, a sliding seat, a connecting pin, a fan-shaped clamping jaw, a sealing cover, a deflection block, a deflection shaft, a centrifugal force balance block, a centrifugal mechanism base and a spring, wherein the main plate and the mounting seat are connected together through a first screws, so that a housing of the entire fixture is formed; all parts and components are mounted in the fixture, the hydraulic power clamping head is fixed on the mounting seat through second screws, one end of the pull rod is mounted on the hydraulic power clamping head through third screws, and the other end of the pull rod is connected with the sliding seat through the connecting pin; the fan-shaped clamping jaw is fixed on the sliding seat through fourth screws, the hydraulic power clamping head drives the sliding seat and the fan-shaped clamping jaw to move forwards and backwards through the pull rod, and the deflection block, the deflection shaft, the centrifugal force balance block and the spring are all mounted on the centrifugal mechanism base, so that a centrifugal force balance system is formed; the sealing cover is mounted above the main plate through fifth screws, and the entire fixture is connected with a machine tool through sixth screws; andwherein the centrifugal force balance system is designed in such a way that under the action of centrifugal force, the centrifugal force balance block can slip towards the outer side and abut against a lower part of the deflection block, so that the deflection block deflects around the deflection shaft, and an upper part of the deflection block abuts against the sliding seat to have the effect of offsetting the centrifugal force of the sliding seat and the fan-shaped clamping jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,245,647

TOOL HOLDING FIXTURE

Franz Haimer, (DE)

1. A method for making a tool holding fixture (1) with a rotationally symmetrical holding body (3) and a sleeve (11), wherein the tool holding fixture (1) has a front clamping region (4) with a receiving opening (5) for accepting a tool shank (6) of a rotationally driven tool (2), and a rear-holding region (7) retained in a work spindle of a machine tool, comprising the steps of:forming the holding body (3) to include at least the rear-holding region (7), wherein the holding body (3) comprises metal and has a metal surface;
forming the sleeve to constitute the front clamping region (4) and at least a portion of a central region (9) of the tool holding fixture (1), wherein the sleeve comprises fiber-reinforced plastic;
roughening the metal surface of the holding body in order to improve cohesion between the sleeve and the holding body (3); and
mounting and shrinking the sleeve (11) onto the front-clamping region (4) of the holding body (3) to produce a frictional connection between the holding body (3) and the sleeve (11).

US Pat. No. 10,245,646

QUICK DETACHABLE AND ADJUSTABLE MAGNETIC SEAT FOR SLEEVE

1. A quick detachable and adjustable magnetic seat for a sleeve comprises:a magnetic device including:
a first end;
a second end; and
a first axle member;
wherein the first end is magnetic and disposed on one end of the first axle member, the second end is disposed on another end of the first axle member; and
a detachable positioning device including:
a second axle member;
a sliding seat;
a connecting end attaching to one end of the second axle member; and
a resilient quick detach device, disposed on another end of the second axle member away from the connecting end;
wherein the sliding seat is slidably disposed on an outer periphery of the second axle member, the second axle member is slidably disposed on the second end, the connecting end is slidably disposed on the first axle member; and
a spring disposed between the magnetic device and the detachable positioning device and resisting upon the sliding seat, wherein the magnetic device axially slides against the detachable positioning device and moves back to an original position after sliding against the detachable positioning device, and the detachable positioning device is removably disposed in the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,245,645

TOOL CARRIER WITH NOTCH, CUTTING INSERT AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A tool carrier for a cutting insert, the tool carrier comprising:a body;
a pocket formed in the body for accommodating a cutting tip of a cutting insert, the pocket defined by a vertical back wall and a horizontal support surface; and
a notch formed at an intersection between the vertical back wall and the horizontal support surface of the pocket,
wherein the notch has a non-planar first portion proximate the vertical back wall and formed with a radius, R1, and a planar second portion extending between the first portion and the horizontal support surface and formed at an inclination angle, A, with respect to a plane parallel to the horizontal support surface of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,245,644

CUTTING INSERT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A cutting insert including a surface involved in cutting, for which a cutting tool material composed of one of cBN based sintered body, ceramics, and cermet is used, the cutting insert comprising: a flank face; a nose R portion; a rake face having a positive rake angle; and a negative land with unequal width disposed between the rake face and the flank face, wherein a radius of the nose R portion is 0.4 mm or greater and 2.4 mm or less, an apex angle ? of the nose R portion is 30° or greater and 95° or less,a rake angle ? at a position of a bisecting plane of the apex angle of the nose R portion is 1° or greater and 10° or less,
a ridge line where the negative land with unequal width and the rake face intersect, and a ridge line where the negative land with unequal width and the flank face intersect are not parallel in plan view, and at least on one side of the negative land with respect to a boundary which is an apex of a nose R portion cutting edge, a width of the negative land with unequal width gradually decreases from the apex of the nose R portion cutting edge to a position at which the nose R portion cutting edge is connected to a linear cutting edge, and let W1 be the width of the negative land with unequal width in plan view at the apex of the nose R portion cutting edge, and W2 be the width of the negative land with unequal width in plan view at the position at which the nose R portion cutting edge is connected to the linear cutting edge, then the W1 is 0.04 mm or greater and 0.2 mm or less, and a ratio of the W1 to the W2 is 1.5 or greater, and
the ridge line where the negative land and the rake face intersect has a curved line and connects to the linear cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,245,642

METHODS FOR PRODUCING METAL POWDERS

Nanoscale Powders LLC, B...

1. A method for producing a metal powder, the method comprising:a) maintaining molten reducing metal in a sealed reaction vessel that is free of oxygen and water, the molten reducing metal comprising a Group I metal, a Group II metal, or aluminum;
b) establishing a vortex in the molten reducing metal by stirring the molten reducing metal with a bladed stirrer in the reaction vessel at a speed of about 500 rpm to about 6000 rpm;
c) introducing a metal halide into the vortex so that the molten reducing metal is in a stoichiometric excess to the metal halide, thereby producing metal particles and a salt;
d) removing unreacted reducing metal;
e) removing the salt; and
f) recovering the metal powder.

US Pat. No. 10,245,641

SUBSTRATE HOLDER, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SUBSTRATE HOLDER

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A substrate holder for use in a lithographic apparatus, the substrate holder comprising:a main body; and
a plurality of burls provided on the main body and having end surfaces to support a substrate, wherein the burls each comprise a lower portion protruding from the main body and an upper body portion above the lower body portion, wherein the lower body portions are a different material than the upper body portions, the upper body portions comprise diamond-like carbon, and the upper portions are separated from each other such that they are unconnected by diamond-like carbon to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,245,640

DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR CONSOLIDATION OF POWDER MATERIALS

GENICORE SPOLKA Z OGRANIC...

1. A method of powder materials consolidation, comprising locating a sintered powder in a die between two electrodes connected to press exerting pressure thereon, applying voltage to the electrodes through a capacitive circuit with a power supply unit closed by a high-current switch, subjecting the sintered powder to simultaneous operation of pressure in the range of 1-200 MPa and consolidation by pulses of electric current with an intensity of 1-80 kA, repeated with frequency of 0.1 Hz to 100 Hz, generated by opening and closing a high-current transistor switch connected in series to the sintered powder and discharging a battery of capacitors in a capacitive circuit charged to the voltage of 0.5-15 kV with rectangular pulses of electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,245,639

POWDER METALLURGY METHOD FOR MAKING COMPONENTS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A powder metallurgy method comprising:(a) consolidating a metallic powder into a shape;
(b) thermo-mechanically forging the shape into an article having a polycrystalline microstructure;
(c) heat treating the article to cause coarsening of the polycrystalline microstructure; and
(d) controlling the grain size homogeneity and distribution in the article formed during coarsening in step (c) by selecting the metallic powder in step (a) to include a metallic powder particle size distribution that is truncated on fine and coarse particle size sides, the selected metallic powder particle size distribution reducing abnormal grain growth such that grains of the polycrystalline microstructure coarsen and are all within an ASTM grain size number of 4-8.

US Pat. No. 10,245,638

DE-CORING VIBRATOR OR PNEUMATIC HAMMER FOR DE-CORING OF FOUNDRY CASTINGS WITH INTEGRATED SENSOR

1. A pneumatic hammer for de-coring of foundry castings; the hammer comprising:a jacket comprising:
an inner chamber;
an inlet circuit for entry of compressed air; and
an outlet circuit for exit of said compressed air;
a motion mechanism, for generating a vibratory motion under action of said compressed air;
a punch or beater, connected to said motion mechanism, for coming into contact with a casting to be subjected to de-coring, forming a first end of the hammer;
a measurement circuit for measuring an oscillation frequency of the motion mechanism;
said measurement circuit comprises:
at least one sensor for measuring the oscillation frequency of the motion mechanism;
a processing circuit, enclosed in a protection casing, for receiving electric signals transmitted by said at least one sensor; and
a communication line for conducting electric signals from and/or to said measurement circuit;
said jacket comprises a housing formed in an outer surface of the jacket, such that the housing is shaped to incorporate the protection casing of the measurement circuit, and to maintain the protection casing of the measurement circuit within an outer profile of the jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,245,637

LOW MODULUS SHOT SLEEVE FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE DIE CASTING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A shot sleeve for high temperature die casting formed from a single crystal, nickel-based alloy, the shot sleeve having a single-crystal structure with an axi-symmetrical orientation and a low modulus direction oriented to provide a higher thermal-mechanical fatigue resistance along an axial direction of the shot sleeve than in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,636

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CORE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TURBINE MEMBER IN WHICH CORE IS ACQUIRED BY SAID CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method for manufacturing a core comprising:a coating step of adding a binder to a large particle group composed of large particles, and only coating surfaces of the large particles with the binder;
a mixing step of mixing, after the coating step, the large particle group and a small particle group composed of small particles having a smaller particle size than the large particles and not coated with the binder; and
a laminate shaping step of forming, after the mixing step, a molding in which a mixture of the large and small particle groups is used,
wherein particle sizes of the large particles are equal to or more than 10 ?m and equal to or less than 50 ?m, and particle sizes of the small particles are equal to or more than 0.1 ?m and equal to or less than 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,245,635

LOW-PRESSURE MOLD FOR IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF SPOKES OF ALUMINUM WHEEL

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. A low-pressure mold for improving performance of spokes of an aluminum wheel, comprising:a top mold, a bottom mold, cooling air holes, a side mold, heat-insulation grooves and heat-preservation asbestos;
wherein the cooling air holes in the bottom mold are arranged along a circumference of the bottom mold;
the heat-insulation grooves are formed in positions, 5 mm inwards along a radial direction of the bottom mold from the cooling air holes, of a back cavity of the bottom mold, and are 8 mm from the surface of a cavity;
and the width of each heat-insulation groove is set to 8 mm along the radial direction, and the circumferential width of each heat-insulation groove is larger than the circumferential width of the corresponding spoke along the circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,245,634

HAT-SHAPED CROSS-SECTION COMPONENT MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

1. A hat-shaped cross-section component manufacturing apparatus comprising:a die that includes a forming face that presses both side portions of a metal sheet, and that includes an opening disposed between both side portions of the forming face of the die;
a punch that is disposed facing the opening of the die, wherein the punch is disposed inside the opening when a mold is closed, and wherein the punch includes a forming face that presses a central portion of the metal sheet;
a pad that is disposed inside the opening formed in the die, wherein the pad includes a forming face that presses and grips the central portion of the metal sheet against the punch when the mold is closed so as to configure a forming face corresponding to the forming face of the punch;
a holder that is disposed facing the die, wherein the holder includes a forming face that presses and grips both side portions of the metal sheet against the die when the mold is closed so as to configure a forming face corresponding to the forming face of the die; and
a pressure limiting device that limits a formed hat-shaped cross-section component with a hat-shaped cross-section profile from being pressed between the pad and the holder during demolding, wherein
the pressure limiting device limits relative movement of the holder toward a die side with respect to the punch, when the punch disposed inside the opening and the die are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,245,633

MACHINING PLATE-LIKE WORKPIECES

1. A method for machining a plate-shaped workpiece with a processing machine, the method comprising:forming a round receptacle in the plate-shaped workpiece for an insert part having a non-round outer shape; and
machining a marking adjacent the round receptacle based on an orientation at which the insert part is to be inserted into the round receptacle on a side of the plate-shaped workpiece from which the insert part is to be inserted into the round receptacle and on which the insert part is to bear,
wherein the marking is provided as a non-round depression that encircles the round receptacle,
wherein the marking is positioned outside of the non-round outer shape of the insert part, and
wherein the marking is adapted to the non-round outer shape of the insert part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,632

RESILIENTLY MOUNTED, SEGMENTED HOT FORMING TOOL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HOT FORMED AND PRESS-HARDENED STEEL COMPONENT HAVING A SHARPLY DEFINED TRANSITION REGION

BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK...

1. A method of producing a hot formed and press-hardened steel component, with strength properties that are partially different from each other, said method comprising the following steps:heating a blank made of a hardenable steel alloy in a heating station, with a first region being heated to above an austenitizing temperature, and a second region being heated to below the austenitizing temperature, and forming, between the first region and the second region, a transition region;
transferring the resulting heated blank from the heating station into a temperature control station or a hot forming and press-hardening tool, with the temperature control station or the hot forming and press-hardening tool being configured so as to be segmented and having a temperature control segment, with the temperature control segment being disposed in a region of the resulting transition region of the partially differently temperature-controlled blank;
temperature controlling the transition region before or during press hardening; and
hot forming and press hardening the heated steel blank to form the steel component including a hard region and a soft region, and an in-between transition zone, with the transition zone being smaller in terms of surface area than the transition region,
with the transition region between the first region and the second region being produced with a width between 50 mm and 200 mm, and
the transition zone between the hard region and the soft region being produced with a width between 1 mm and 50 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,631

ROLLER SET AND PIPE ELEMENTS

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. A roller set for forming regions of a pipe element having an inner and an outer surface, said roller set comprising:an inner roller engageable with said inner surface, said inner roller comprising an inner roller body, a flange extending circumferentially around said inner roller body;
an outer roller engageable with said outer surface, said outer roller comprising:
an outer roller body rotatable about a first axis, said inner roller body being rotatable about a second axis, said flange projecting transversely to said second axis and being engageable with an end of said pipe element;
a first raised feature comprising a first summit, engageable with said pipe element and extending circumferentially about said outer roller body and projecting radially from said first axis;
a second raised feature comprising a second summit, engageable with said pipe element and extending circumferentially about said outer roller body and projecting radially from said first axis, said second raised feature being positioned adjacent to said first raised feature;
a third raised feature comprising a third summit, engageable with said pipe element and extending circumferentially about said outer roller body and projecting radially from said first axis, said second raised feature being positioned between said first and third raised features; wherein
said first and third summits are arranged in spaced relation away from said second summit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,630

SMART FIXTURE DISTORTION CORRECTION SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A fixture system for correcting a distortion of a workpiece comprising:a fixture;
a sensor component operatively coupled to the fixture, the sensor component including a load cell;
a long-term storage medium; and
a controller communicatively connected with the long-term storage medium, the controller effectuating instructions comprising:
receiving, from the sensor component, a first measurement of a workpiece held by the fixture, wherein the first measurement comprises a magnitude of a process force applied to the workpiece, and a second measurement of the workpiece, wherein the second measurement comprises a magnitude of a distortion of the workpiece and a location of the distortion;
determining that the second measurement is not within a tolerance; and
responsive to the determining that the second measurement is not within the tolerance, directing a correction tool in communication with the controller to apply a first corrective force to the workpiece at the location indicated by the first measurement, wherein the magnitude of the first corrective force is based on the magnitude of the distortion indicated by the first measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,245,629

HAND TOOL FOR PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR

1. A hand tool for the paintless dent repair of a dented metal panel of a vehicle, comprising:a first curved handle bar having a first upper extremity, a first lower extremity, and a first lower portion surface on which a handgrip is located;
a u-shaped plate connected to the upper extremity of the first curved handle bar,
a u-shaped plate cover adhesively fastened to the u-shaped plate, having an outer surface;
a second curved handle bar having a second upper extremity, a second lower extremity, and a second lower portion surface on which a handgrip is located, wherein the second upper extremity is shaped in the form of a rounded smooth tip facing the outer surface of the u-shaped plate cover; and
a mechanical fastener flexibly attaching the first curved handle bar to the second curved handle bar, so as to produce a necessary pressure of the rounded smooth tip on an inside of the dented metal panel to lift up or raise a dent on said dented metal panel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,628

ULTRA-FINE WIRE FABRICATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An ultra-fine wire fabricating apparatus for producing an ultra-fine wire with improved mechanical properties, the ultra-fine wire fabricating apparatus comprising:a feeder assembly for supplying a wire;
wherein the wire is 4 mm in diameter;
wherein the feeder assembly comprises a roller unit configured to supply wire to a hollow inclined channel of a stationary die;
the stationary die is placed in a rotary die holder, the hollow inclined channel configured on an inner surface of the stationary die, the hollow inclined channel configured to receive the wire from the feeder assembly; and
wherein the rotary die holder rotates about a X-axis relative to the stationary die,
is configured to receive the wire from the hollow inclined channel of the stationary die, and the rotary motion of the rotary die holder causes torsional deformation in the wire simultaneously, to produce ultra-fine wire with improved mechanical properties;
a pick-up spool assembly operably engaged to the rotary die holder for collecting the fabricated ultra-fine wire.

US Pat. No. 10,245,627

WIDTH AND SPEED CONTROL FOR SHEET METAL DESCALER AND METHODS OF USING SAME

THE MATERIAL WORKS, LTD.,...

1. An apparatus that removes scale from sheet metal, the apparatus comprising:a descaler that receives lengths of sheet metal and removes scale from at least one surface of the length of sheet metal as the length of sheet metal is moved in a first direction through the descaler;
a supply of a scale removing medium communicating with the descaler and supplying the scale removing medium to the descaler via first and second nozzles, the first and second nozzles each having an actuator configured to rotate the respective nozzle;
first and second wheels on the descaler positioned adjacent the at least one surface of the length of sheet metal passed through the descaler, each of the first and second wheels being configured to receive the scale removing medium from the supply of scale removing medium via the rotatable nozzles, the first wheel having an axis of rotation different from the second wheel, rotation of the first wheel causing the scale removing medium received by the first wheel via the first nozzle to be propelled from the first wheel against the at least one surface across substantially an entire width of the sheet metal and rotation of the second wheel causing the scale removing medium received by the second wheel via the second nozzle to be propelled from the second wheel against the at least one surface across substantially an entire width of the sheet metal, the second wheel being spaced from the first wheel along the first direction a distance sufficient such that the scale removing medium propelled from the second wheel does not substantially interfere with the scale removing medium propelled from the first wheel, the first wheel and the second wheel being positioned adjacent opposite side edges defining the width of the sheet metal with the sheet metal centered between the first wheel and the second wheel; and
a control system in communication with the actuators of the first and second nozzles, and in communication with at least three sensors configured to detect a surface condition of the at least one surface of the sheet metal after the scale removing medium has been propelled against the at least one surface of the sheet metal by the first and second wheels, one of the at least three sensors comprising a center sensor configured to detect the surface condition of the at least one surface of the sheet metal in a center of the width of the sheet, two of the at least three sensors comprising edge sensors, one of the edge sensors being configured to detect the surface condition of the at least one surface of the sheet metal adjacent to one side edge defining the width of the sheet metal, the other of the edge sensors being configured to detect the surface condition of the at least one surface of the sheet metal adjacent to the opposite side edge defining the width of the sheet metal, the control being configured to: (a) receive signals indicative of a surface condition of the at least one surface of the sheet metal as detected by the respective sensor, (b) compare the signals received from the center sensor with each of the signals received from the edge sensors, and (c) transmit positional control signals to each of the nozzle actuators to rotate the respective nozzle relative to the wheel based upon the comparison of the signal of center signal with the signal of at least one of the edge sensors; and
wherein the control is further configured such that when the comparison of the edge sensor signal to the center sensor signal is indicative that a surface condition of the respective edge of the at least one surface of the sheet metal is more favorable than a surface condition of the center of the at least one surface of the sheet metal, the control is configured to transmit the positional control signal to the nozzle actuator to rotate the nozzle relative to the respective wheel in a manner such that a concentration of the scale removing medium propelled by the respective wheel against the at least one surface across substantially an entire width of the sheet metal moves toward the center of the sheet metal; and
wherein the control is further configured such that hen the comparison of the edge sensor signal to the center sensor signal is indicative that a surface condition of the center of the at least one surface of the sheet metal is more favorable than a surface condition of the respective edge of the at least one surface of the sheet metal, the control is configured to transmit the positional control signal to the nozzle actuator to rotate the nozzle relative to the respective wheel in a manner such that a concentration of the scale removing medium propelled by the respective wheel against the at least one surface across substantially an entire width of the sheet metal moves away from the center of the sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,626

MINE DRAINAGE REMEDIATION USING BARIUM CARBONATE DISPERSED ALKALINE SUBSTRATE

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE ST...

1. A fixed-film bioreactor for bio-remediation, or at least partial bio-remediation, of environmental media contaminated with a source of mine drainage (MD), and wherein the bioreactor is a down-flow reactor with a supernatant open to the atmosphere in order to maximize iron oxidation and to minimize iron (II) mobility in the bioreactor, said fixed-film bioreactor including:(i) a support matrix;
(ii) a barium carbonate BaCO3 alkaline substrate for removing sulphate, cation, electrical conductivity (EC) and total dissolved solids (TDS) by precipitation; and
(iii) a microbial consortium for removing nitrates and cyanide.

US Pat. No. 10,245,624

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR OPENING UP BRANCH POINT OF PIPE ASSEMBLY

Picote Solutions Oy Ltd.,...

1. A device for opening up a branch point in a pipe assembly, comprising:a rotation axle arranged to be rotatable and a tip part located at a most front portion of the device arranged to be rotatable and in connection of which there is at least one blade, as well as a centralizing system separate from the tip part and arranged to be substantially non-rotating when the tip part is rotated, and the centralizing system comprising a first disc and a second disc through which the rotation axle is arranged to pass, and a spring located between the first disc and the second disc that urges the first disc away from the second disc and positions the discs as planes perpendicular to the rotation axle;
each of the discs having numerous protrusions radially protruding from an outer edge of the discs, the protrusions being more elastic than the discs;
the blade being attached to the tip part and extending in a forward and longitudinal direction from the tip part; and each protrusion of the discs being movable between a first position wherein the protrusion is perpendicular relative to the rotation axle and a second bent position without bending said discs.

US Pat. No. 10,245,623

CONTAMINATION REMOVAL APPARATUS AND METHOD

RAVE N.P., INC., Delray ...

1. A substrate dry cleaning apparatus, comprising:a first conduit defining a first flow channel therein, the first conduit further defining a first exit aperture in fluid communication with the first flow channel;
a first electrode disposed in a vessel;
a second electrode facing the first electrode, the first flow channel disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a metal including indium, lead, bismuth, or combination thereof filling all of a gap between the first electrode and the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,622

DEVICE FOR CLEANING A MATERIAL OR STRUCTURE, E.G. A STEEL MATERIAL

SILVENT AB, Boras (SE)

1. Cleaning device for cleaning of an adjacent surface, comprising:a cleaning unit, the cleaning unit comprising:
a leading central portion configured and arranged to be relatively moved past the adjacent surface in a travel direction and to supply a pressurized medium to the adjacent surface to clean it, the leading central portion having two opposite ends;
a first arm, attached by a bendable connection to and in fluid communication with the leading central portion and configured and arranged to be relatively moved past the adjacent surface trailing the leading central portion in the travel direction, and to supply the pressurized medium to the adjacent surface to clean it; and
a second arm attached by a bendable connection to and in fluid communication with the leading central portion and configured and arranged to be relatively moved past the adjacent surface trailing the leading central portion in the travel direction, and to supply the pressurized medium to the adjacent surface to clean it;
wherein the first and second arm are joined to the opposite ends of the leading central portion to form an angle (?) in relation to each other, wherein each arm comprises at least one cleaning member, wherein said leading central portion is arranged so that said arms are torsionally stiff in relation to each other such that a rotation of one of said arms results in a similar rotation of every other arm, and
wherein said at least two arms and the leading central portion are encased in an outer profile that is arranged to absorb an impact to protect said inner profile, the outer profile having a central portion corresponding to the leading central portion and first and second end portions corresponding respectively to the first and second arms, each end portion being joined to the central portion of the outer profile to form the angle (?) in relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,245,621

SORTING INSTALLATION AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING MATERIAL FRACTIONS

Unisensor Sensorsysteme G...

1. A device for separating one or a plurality of material fractions from at least one material stream of free-flowing bulk material, the device comprising:a directing apparatus (12) by way of which the material stream is guided under the influence of gravity;
an optical scanning apparatus (16) for spectroscopic identification of at least one of composition-dependent or consistency-dependent properties of individual fragments (13) that are contained in the material stream; and
a separation apparatus (14) for mechanically separating the individual fragments that are contained in the material stream, depending on identification results of the optical scanning apparatus (16);
the directing apparatus (12) is configured as a shell surface of a downwardly widening rotational solid or truncated pyramid; and
the optical scanning apparatus (16) has
a light source (17), disposed within a base area of an axial projection of the rotational solid or truncated pyramid, that generates a light beam, and
a rotating optical deflection element (19) which is disposed so as to deflect the light beam in such a manner that the light beam intersects the material stream that is distributed across the shell surface of the directing apparatus (12) in a scanning plane below the rotational solid or truncated pyramid;
wherein a plurality of the silos which are sector-shaped silos (11a-11h) from which a plurality of material streams are routed by way of the directing apparatus (12) are disposed above the directing apparatus (12), and two or more respective selection channels (15a, 15b) that are disposed on different radii from the axis of the rotational solid or truncated pyramid are provided for each of the silos (11a-11h) below the directing apparatus (12), and
the directing apparatus has substantially vertically running separation webs for separating dissimilar material streams en route along the directing apparatus (12).

US Pat. No. 10,245,620

PARCEL SORTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Hangzhou Yameilijia Techn...

1. A parcel sorting system, comprising a parcel sorting device and a parcel collecting device, wherein the parcel sorting device is provided with a plurality of parcel checking inlets and a plurality of parcel outlets, and the parcel collecting device is located directly below the parcel sorting device; andthe plurality of parcel outlets on the parcel sorting device are respectively in communication with the parcel collecting device; the plurality of parcel outlets are respectively located at the middle and edges of the parcel sorting device; and the parcel collecting device is provided thereon with storage devices, with one storage device located at each of positions under parcel outlets, and an opening diameter of the storage device is greater than a diameter of the parcel outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,245,619

FOODSTUFF SIEVE STATION

Electrolux Professional S...

1. A foodstuff sieve station comprising a sifting assembly which is structured to receive a floury foodstuff preparation to be sifted, and to sift said floury foodstuff preparation for separating the dough balls and/or other impurities from the still-usable floury foodstuff preparation;wherein the sifting assembly comprises:
a substantially hopper-shaped, outer casing which is arranged with the upper inlet mouth of the casing faced upwards to receive the floury foodstuff preparation to be sifted;
a substantially bell-shaped, rotatable sieve member which is housed/recessed inside said substantially hopper-shaped, outer casing substantially coaxial to a given reference axis tilted to the vertical by an angle greater that 0° and lower that 90°; with the mouth of the bell-shaped sieve member faced upwards, so as to receive the floury foodstuff preparation to be sifted; and
a motor assembly which is capable of driving into rotation the bell-shaped sieve member about said reference axis;
the bell-shaped sieve member being structured/designed to prevent the dough balls and/or other impurities to freely flow through the body of the same sieve member, and being moreover internally provided with at least one inwardly protruding, substantially helical-shaped assembly that projects from the inner surface of the bell-shaped sieve member and extends along the same inner surface of the bell-shaped sieve member according to a substantially helical-shaped path substantially from the bottom of the sieve member up to the mouth of the same sieve member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,618

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a housing having a receiving space;
a vibrator unit received in the receiving space;
an elastic member having one end connecting to the vibrator unit and another end connecting to the housing for suspending the vibrator unit in the receiving space;
a first damping member arranged between the housing and the elastic member; and
a second damping member arranged between the vibrator unit and the elastic member,
a fastening member fixed to the housing and engaged with the first damping member, wherein the first damping member includes a first engaging surface in contact with the fastening member, and a first protruding portion protruding from the first engaging surface in a direction towards the fastening member; the fastening member includes a second engaging surface in contact with the first damping member, and a first recess corresponding to the first protruding portion and recessed from the second engaging surface in a direction away from the first damping member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,617

SYNTHESIS OF SURFACE-FUNCTIONALIZED POLYAMIDES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing a surface-functionalized molding (oF) having a functionalized surface (fO), comprising the steps ofi) providing a molding (F) having a surface (0) which comprises a polyamide (P), the polyamide (P) comprising diene units of the general formula (I)

in which
R1 and R2 independently of one another are selected from C1-C10 alkanediyl,
ii) contacting the surface (O) of the molding (F) provided in step i) with a dienophile-containing solution (dL) which comprises at least one dienophile, the at least one dienophile comprising at least one dienophile unit which is reactive toward the diene units (I) present in the polyamide (P), to give the surface-functionalized molding (oF) having the functionalized surface (fO).

US Pat. No. 10,245,616

GAS FLOW DEVICE FOR A SYSTEM FOR THE RADIATION TREATMENT OF SUBSTRATES

1. A system for the radiation treatment of substrates, comprising:at least one radiation source positioned above substrate holders in a chamber, which holders are to be equipped with substrates that are to be treated, and the chamber maintains a gas flow that is built up in the chamber and flows past the substrates after entering the chamber, and the gas flow does not previously flow past the at least one radiation source, the chamber having at least one gas inlet and at least one gas outlet, wherein the gas inlet and gas outlet include elements that have flow conduits that become narrower in a flow direction and then widen out again toward a downstream end, as a result of which during operation of the system, a laminar flow prevails and therefore deposits due to turbulence phenomena do not occur, and wherein the gas inlet and the gas outlet have lugs in an upper part, which hold two respective gas inlet and/or gas outlet devices together to maintain the laminar flow in a region in the upper part as well.

US Pat. No. 10,245,615

SURFACE TREATMENT

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC A...

16. A polymer composite having a functionalized surface property, the polymer composite comprising:a substrate having at least a top surface layer formed of a polymeric material having an elastic modulus of no more than 1500 MPa, the polymeric material defining a top surface plane of the polymer composite, and
particles having a functional property embedded in the top surface layer of the polymeric material by a spray mechanism in which the particles are accelerated and sprayed onto the top surface layer with a suitable velocity such that at least some of the particles are embedded completely below the top surface plane of the polymer composite, wherein
the embedded particles are present as separate entities and do not form a continuous layer on the top surface layer of the substrate, and wherein
any individual entity of the particles embedded completely below the top surface plane of the polymer composite is in a respective pocket in the polymeric material, the respective pocket formed by impact of the particle on the top surface layer of polymeric material, wherein the respective pocket is a crater or a cavity, and wherein
the respective pocket includes an open-ended channel providing direct open fluid communication between a particle embedded in the respective pocket and the top surface plane of the polymeric material, wherein the open-ended channel has a first cross-section width less than that of a diameter of a particle located within the respective pocket, the first cross-section width measured in a direction parallel to the top surface plane of the polymer composite, and wherein
any of the particles embedded completely below the top surface plane of the polymer composite in one of the respective pockets is unconnected directly through the polymeric material forming the top surface layer of the polymer composite by the open-ended channels to adjacent particles embedded completely below the top surface plane of the polymer composite in other respective pockets to thereby not be in fluid communication with the adjacent particles directly through the polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,245,614

IMPRINTER FOR CONFORMAL COATING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL SURFACES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An imprinter device comprising an array of adjacent applicators that are arranged so that longitudinal axes of each of the adjacent applicators are parallel to each other, wherein the applicators are configured to make contact with and conform to a surface of a three dimensional (3D) object, and wherein the applicators are configured to move independently of each other with respect to the surface of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,613

ADHESIVE DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH MELT ON DEMAND AT POINT OF DISPENSING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A method for dispensing adhesive with an adhesive dispensing system including a controller, a receiving device having a melting passage, and a dispensing applicator having a manifold with a manifold passage, the method comprising:supplying solid adhesive to the receiving device;
receiving, at the controller, inputs corresponding to actuations of the dispensing applicator to dispense the adhesive, levels of adhesive in the manifold passage of the manifold, and/or levels of adhesive in the melting passage of the receiving device;
rapidly melting, in response to actuation from the controller based on the inputs, the solid adhesive within the receiving device with a first heating device into a molten state within the melting passage before the melted adhesive passes through an outlet of the receiving device into the manifold;
delivering the melted adhesive directly from the receiving device into the manifold via the outlet;
applying heat energy, in response to actuation from the controller based on the inputs, with a second heating device at the manifold to maintain the melted adhesive as a liquid in the manifold passage; and
dispensing the melted adhesive from the dispensing applicator.

US Pat. No. 10,245,612

SEALANT-APPLICATOR TIPS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A sealant-applicator tip, comprising:a body, having a plane of symmetry, wherein the body comprises an inlet opening;
a head, extending from the body opposite the inlet opening, wherein the head comprises:
a first planar face, comprising a first linear edge;
a second planar face, comprising a second linear edge, wherein the first linear edge of the first planar face and the second linear edge of the second planar face lie in a virtual flat plane and are parallel to each other;
a third face, separating the first planar face from the second planar face, wherein the third face comprises a third edge, extending between the first linear edge and the second linear edge, and wherein each of the first planar face and the second planar face is oriented at an oblique angle to the third face;
a fourth face, comprising a fourth edge;
a fifth edge, shared by the first planar face and the fourth face;
a sixth edge, shared by the second planar face and the fourth face;
a seventh edge, shared by the third face and the fourth face, and
an outlet opening, formed in the third face, wherein the outlet opening is in communication with the inlet opening of the body; and
a channel, extending from the inlet opening to the outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,245,611

SLURRY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

United States Gypsum Comp...

1. A slurry distributor for use in a continuous manufacturing process, the slurry distributor comprising:an entry segment defining an inlet opening;
a shaped duct in fluid communication with the inlet opening; and
an outlet defining an outlet opening in fluid communication with the shaped duct;
wherein the shaped duct includes a parabolic guide surface adapted to redirect a flow of slurry moving from the inlet opening through the shaped duct to the outlet opening from an inlet direction to an outlet direction, and wherein a cross-sectional flow area of the outlet opening is in a range from greater than to 400% of a cross-sectional flow area of the inlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,245,610

ON-WALL SHOWER SYSTEM

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A shower mounting system comprising:a riser assembly including a riser tube extending between a lower end and an upper end, and a connector supported by the upper end of the riser tube;
a lower mount operably coupled to the lower end of the riser tube; and
an upper mount operably coupled to the connector of the riser assembly, the upper mount including a supply elbow having a rearwardly facing inlet tube configured to be fluidly coupled to a water supply pipe supported by a shower wall and defining a rotational axis, a forwardly facing outlet tube fluidly coupled to the connector of the riser assembly and defining an outlet axis, and a mounting flange including a plurality of circumferentially spaced openings configured to receive anchors, the plurality of circumferentially spaced openings including more than two elongated openings to provide for rotational adjustment of the mounting flange about the rotational axis relative to the anchors;
wherein the rotational axis is spaced apart from the outlet axis such that the outlet tube is eccentrically mounted relative to the inlet tube, thereby providing for lateral adjustment of the outlet tube as the mount flange and the supply elbow are rotated about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,609

FITMENT AND FITMENT ADAPTER FOR DISPENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A fitment assembly, comprising:a fitment for defining a rigid fluid pathway between an interior and an exterior of a container, the fitment including:
a tubular body having an upper neck portion and a lower neck portion, said lower neck portion depending from said upper neck portion, said upper neck portion including a proximal end defining a proximal opening, said lower neck portion including a distal end defining a distal opening, said tubular body defining a central bore that passes therethrough, said central bore being concentric about a central axis and passing through said proximal opening and said distal opening; and
a flange for coupling with a container, said flange extending radially outward at a junction with said upper neck portion and said lower neck portion,
wherein the lower neck portion is configured to extend into the interior of the container and wherein said lower neck portion includes a plurality of vent openings spaced apart from one another about a circumference of the lower neck portion, the vent openings passing through a thickness of the lower neck portion in a generally radial direction from an outside surface of the lower neck portion to an inner surface of the lower neck portion for permitting fluid flow therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,245,608

METHOD FOR FLOW CONTROL CALIBRATION OF HIGH-TRANSIENT SYSTEMS

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. A method of controlling a flow rate includes:selecting an operating condition defined by a flow rate set point and a pressure set point;
comparing the flow rate set point to a threshold flow rate;
executing an adaptive calibration routine if the flow rate set point is greater than or equal to the threshold flow rate, wherein the adaptive calibration routine includes:
measuring an operating pressure;
measuring a first flow rate through a first meter;
storing the operating pressure and the first flow rate;
modifying a pressure-flow table based on the operating pressure and the first flow rate; and
causing the first meter to operate at the first flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,607

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING FLUID

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. A method of dispensing a fluid, the method comprising:charging a fluid to a pressure with a prime mover having a motor and a pump, wherein a controller directs the prime mover to charge the fluid to the pressure;
cycling a downstream valve open and closed at a fixed frequency, wherein the valve is configured to cycle between fully opened and fully closed according to a variable duty-cycle;
sensing a valve-open time;
varying the valve-open time, by a controller, to maintain a desired flow rate at a downstream dispenser; and
altering the pressure generated by the prime mover, by the controller, based on the sensed valve-open time, such that the pressure is increased as the valve-open time approaches 100 percent of the frequency, and the pressure is decreased as the valve-open time approaches zero percent of the frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,245,606

TOUCH SPRAY HEAD

Globe Union Industrial Co...

1. A touch spray head being removably connected on an outlet of a faucet body and comprising:a casing including a surrounding fence, an accommodation space defined inside the surrounding fence, and a through hole formed on the surrounding fence and communicating with the accommodation space;
a fixing cylinder housed in the accommodation space of the casing and including an inlet segment communicating with the outlet of the faucet body, an outlet segment, at least one first orifice defined between the inlet segment and the outlet segment, and a receiving zone;
a water valve accommodated in the fixing cylinder and including an operation bar touched to movably turn on the water valve so that the water flows into the at least one first orifice of the fixing cylinder from the outlet of the faucet body;
a manual operation device housed in the receiving zone of the fixing cylinder and the through hole of the casing, and the manual operation device including a driving portion formed in the through hole so as to be driven by a user to actuate the operation bar of the water valve to move;
a switch valve assembly arranged on the fixing cylinder and configured to switch to water spraying mode; and
a water spray set;
wherein the switch valve assembly is pressed so as to guide the water to the water spray set from the at least one first orifice, thus producing at least two water spraying modes;
wherein the fixing cylinder includes a first trench communicating with the at least one first one orifice so as to fix the switch valve assembly in the first trench; the fixing cylinder further includes a second trench for accommodating the water spray set, wherein the second trench has a central channel and a peripheral channel communicating with the first trench; the water spray set includes a first aperture communicating with the central channel so as to spray the water out of the first aperture in the central spraying mode, and the water spray set includes multiple second apertures communicating with the peripheral channel so as to spray the water from the multiple second apertures in the peripheral spraying mode.

US Pat. No. 10,245,605

STRUCTURE OF LIQUID CONTAINER

1. A liquid container, comprising:a casing, including a bottom cover, an annular sidewall located above the bottom cover, an opening located at the sidewall by opposing to the bottom cover, and a bottle-accommodating space located between the bottom cover and the sidewall;
at least two inner bottles, removably located in the bottle-accommodating space; each of the at least two inner bottles including an inner space for accommodating a liquid, and a draft tube assembly; the draft tube assembly including a dip tube extending into the inner space by being close to an in-bottle bottom of the respective inner bottle, and an output tube connecting the dip tube by extending upward away the inner bottle from the inner space to a preset position out of the opening of the casing;
at least one pumping unit, connected with the at least two inner bottles; wherein, when the at least one pumping unit is driven, a pumping force is generated to the liquid contained in one of the at least two inner bottles so as to pump out the liquid to the output tube through the dip tube of the draft tube assembly;
a turnable selecting mechanism, rotationally assembled to the casing, co-moved with the at least one pumping unit; wherein, when the selecting mechanism is rotated, an action end of the selecting mechanism is turned to one of the at least two inner bottles, and this inner bottle corresponding to the action end is the aforesaid inner bottle to be pumped by the at least one pumping unit; and
a top cover, engaged onto the sidewall of the casing, further including a liquid outlet thereon at a location respective to a tube opening of the output tube of the draft tube assembly for the inner bottle at least corresponding to the action end;
wherein a number of the at least one pumping unit is equal to that of the at least two inner bottles, and each of the at least one pumping unit is located between the dip tube and the output tube of the draft tube assembly of the inner bottle; wherein, when the pumping unit is depressed, the pumping force is provided to the liquid of the respective inner bottle;
wherein the selecting mechanism sleeves the at least one pumping unit and is co-moved with the top cover, and the top cover is rotationally assembled onto the sidewall of the casing; wherein, when the top cover is turned, the selecting mechanism is driven to rotate the action end to select one of the inner bottles;
wherein the tube openings of the individual output tubes of the respective draft tube assemblies are located at different positions at the top cover, but the tube openings are largely located at the same level, and the liquid outlet is located at the top cover by being close to the sidewall and in correspondence with one of the tube openings.

US Pat. No. 10,245,604

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING LIQUEFIED FLUID

BREVDA INC., Austin, TX ...

1. An apparatus for dispensing a liquefied fluid comprising:a housing;
a main reservoir at least partially disposed within the housing, wherein the main reservoir is adapted to receive a substance comprising a food product;
a heating element adapted to melt the substance into liquefied fluid, and heat the main reservoir to a temperature of at least 100° F., wherein the heating element comprises at least one of a wrapping coil, a fin, a plate, a film, a sheet, or a resistance heater,
a second reservoir in fluid communication with the main reservoir;
a nozzle in fluid communication with the second reservoir, wherein the substance is dispensable from the nozzle as liquefied fluid, wherein the main reservoir has a first volume, V1, wherein the second reservoir has a second volume, V2, and wherein the first volume is larger from the second volume;
a logic element comprising a sensor adapted to selectively engage the heating element between an on and an off position; and
a volume detecting element comprising a float adapted to detect a volume of liquefied fluid within the second reservoir and communicate said volume to the logic element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,603

VOLATILIZATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF AUTOMATIC QUANTITATIVE SUPPLEMENT OF LIQUID

GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRO...

1. A volatilization device capable of automatic quantitative supplement of liquid, comprising:a vaporizer, defining an accommodation space and having an opening, an air inlet and a liquid inlet, said accommodation space being in communication with said opening, said air inlet and said liquid inlet;
a gas supply, in corresponding connection with said gas inlet, allowing said gas supply to input gas to said vaporizer so as to generate a gas flow in the accommodation space of said vaporizer; and
a liquid supply, provided with a liquid container, a controller and a press piece, said liquid container being in connection with said controller and said press piece, said controller being in corresponding connection with said liquid inlet, allowing said liquid supply to input liquid to the accommodation space of said vaporizer,
wherein said controller is operable to control the press piece to withdraw said liquid from said liquid container to the accommodation space of said liquid inlet, wherein the liquid is converted into aerosol with the gas flow generated in the accommodation space and the aerosol is ejected outward from said opening of said vaporizer; and
wherein said vaporizer comprises a reflux tube, which has an end in connection with the accommodation space of said vaporizer and an opposite end connected to said liquid container, such that an excessive amount of said liquid accumulated in the accommodation space of said vaporizer is conducted from said vaporizer back to said liquid container through said reflux tube.

US Pat. No. 10,245,602

ATOMIZER NOZZLE

Spraying Systems Manufact...

1. An atomizer nozzle (10) comprising:a nozzle body (15),
liquid connection (12) for supplying a liquid (F) to a liquid channel (19) of the nozzle body (15) that communicates downstream with an annular mixing chamber (26) of the nozzle body (15) coaxial with a nozzle axis (A);
said liquid channel (19) having a widening end section (19c) for directing liquid into said annular mixing chamber (26);
a central liquid directing part (25) supported on the nozzle axis (A) in the end section (19c) of the liquid channel (19), said central liquid directing part (25) having an outer flow directing surface that extends in a downstream direction a progressively greater distance from the nozzle axis (A) for forming a widening flow layer (FH) of liquid (F) that is directed obliquely away from the nozzle axis (A) and into the annular mixing chamber (26) adjoining the end section (19c) of the liquid channel (19);
at least one gas connection (13) for supplying pressurized gas (L) to a gas line system (28) that comprises at least one outer injection channel (29) and at least one inner injection channel (34);
said outer injection channel (29) opening at an outer injection point (30) at a radially outside location relative to the nozzle axis (A) into the annular mixing chamber (26); and
said inner injection channel (34) opening into the annular mixing chamber (26) at an inner injection point (35) at a radially inside location relative to the injection point (30) of the outer injection channel (29), and
a central gas channel (33) extending along the nozzle axis (A) radially inwardly of the angular mixing chamber (26), said central gas channel (33) being fluidically connected at one end to the at least one gas connection (13) and to the inner injection channel (34) at the other end such that a part of the supplied pressurized gas (L) flows through the central gas channel (33) to the inner injection channel (34) in a direction opposite the flow direction of the flow layer (FH) of liquid (F) into the annular mixing chamber (26) from the gas connection (13) to at least one communication opening flowing through passage openings (32).

US Pat. No. 10,245,601

DEVICE FOR APPLYING A VISCOUS MATERIAL

Atlas Copco IAS GmbH, Br...

1. Apparatus for application of a viscous material, the apparatus comprising:an application tube that has a material inlet opening at a first end and a material outlet opening at a second end, delimits an application channel, and is flexible at least over a part of its length,
a housing that accommodates the application tube and has a material feed connector for the viscous material to the application tube, and
a motor-driven eccentric that can rotate about a longitudinal center axis,
wherein the application tube is connected with the housing in an initial region that proceeds from the material inlet opening and is disposed at a distance from the housing in an end region that extends to the material outlet opening,
wherein a mounting section of the end region is mounted close to the material outlet opening, in the motor-driven eccentric,
wherein the motor-driven eccentric is configured to adjust a distance of the mounting section from the longitudinal center axis,
wherein the motor-driven eccentric has an outer body that can rotate about the longitudinal center axis,
wherein the eccentric also has an inner body accommodated in the outer body,
wherein the mounting section is mounted in the inner body via a pivot bearing, and
wherein the inner body can be moved with reference to the outer body.

US Pat. No. 10,245,600

BLOWING NOZZLE

Nex Flow Air Products Cor...

1. A nozzle for blowing pressurized gas, the nozzle comprising:an elongate nozzle body having a supply end for receiving a supply of compressed gas and a substantially parabolic blowing end for blowing compressed gas along a blowing axis, the blowing end converging at an apex coaxial with the blowing axis;
the blowing end comprising:
a central outlet for generating a core stream of gas at the apex;
at least three first outlets disposed at a first radius from the blowing axis, wherein:
the first outlets are substantially parallel to the blowing axis and surround the core stream of gas, and
the diameter of the first outlets is less than the diameter of the central outlet;
at least three second outlets disposed at a second radius from the blowing axis, wherein:
the second outlets are angled inward toward the blowing axis,
the diameter of the second outlets is less than the diameter of the first outlets, and
the second radius is greater than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,245,599

SPRAY NOZZLE

GEBERIT INTERNATIONAL AG,...

1. A spray nozzle for a sanitary article, in particular for a urinal, said spray nozzle comprising:a nozzle head which comprises a nozzle channel which extends along a center axis and has a nozzle inlet and a nozzle outlet,
a pipe section which comprises an interior with an inlet, to which a water pipe is connectable, and an outlet, and
a cover which covers the nozzle head at its front side and which is in connection with the pipe section, wherein, in the connected state, in the region of the nozzle outlet, the cover maintains an interspace through which the water is suppliable from the nozzle outlet to the sanitary article,
wherein the nozzle head is mounted in the interior,
wherein the nozzle inlet is accessible from the interior such that flushing water is able to enter into the nozzle channel from the interior and the nozzle outlet projects out of the interior,
wherein the nozzle head is secured with reference to the interior of the pipe section by means of a securing element,
wherein the securing element is a groove and tongue connection between the nozzle head and the interior;
wherein said groove and tongue connection comprises at least one part portion which, with reference to the center axis, is formed at least in part circumferential and extending along the center axis in such a manner that a rotation of the nozzle head in the fixed interior results in an axial displacement along the center axis;
wherein the nozzle head and the pipe section include alignment elements such that, in its installation position, the nozzle head is mounted in the interior so as to be non-rotatable with reference to a movement about the center axis; and
wherein said groove and tongue connection provides the alignment element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,598

LABORATORY CENTRIFUGE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME WITH A REVERSED DRIVING MOTION OF THE ROTOR DURING ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION

SIGMA LABORZENTRIFUGEN GM...

2. A method for operating a laboratory centrifuge for centrifuging a product, the laboratory centrifuge comprising a rotor which rotates around a horizontal rotational axis, the product being held at the rotor at a distance of the rotational axis, whereina) the rotor is decelerated from a reversing angular position, wherein the product is located in a twelve o'clock position and comprises an angular velocity such that a centrifugal acceleration acting upon the product is larger than a gravitational acceleration, to an angular velocity of zero for a first arrival in a resting angular position, wherein the product is located between a six o'clock position and a nine o'clock position,
b) during the deceleration the product passes a six o'clock position and the deceleration from the reversing angular position to the first arrival in the resting angular position is provided over an angle of between 180° to 270° and
c) when moving towards the resting angular position during the deceleration the rotor is rotated with a first sense of rotation and there is a subsequent reversing rotation with an opposite sense of rotation from the resting angular position into an unloading position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,597

DIMENSIONALLY CONTROLLED ‘ENGINEERED POLYMER BUBBLE’ FOR FLOTATION SEPARATION

CiDRA Corporate Services ...

1. A method comprising:receiving unexpanded polymer microspheres and an ore slurry having mineral particles in a first cell, the unexpanded polymer microspheres comprising a surface having mineral collector chemistry attached thereto with molecules for attaching the mineral particles, causing the unexpanded polymer microspheres to expand in volume into expanded microspheres having an increased sphere surface area, and providing an expanded polymer microsphere foam layer comprising the expanded polymer microspheres with attached mineral particles; and
receiving the expanded polymer microsphere foam layer in a second cell, and causing the expanded polymer microspheres to collapse in volume into collapsed polymer microspheres having a reduced sphere surface area that results in a mechanical shearing off of the attached mineral particles.

US Pat. No. 10,245,596

ELECTROSTATIC MODIFICATION REAGENT AND PROCESS FOR ENHANCING ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATION IN THE BENEFICIATION OF ORES

Cytec Technology Corp., ...

1. An electrostatic modification reagent for beneficiating a mineral substrate by electrostatic separation, wherein the mineral substrate includes a conducting mineral component and/or a non-conducting mineral component, said reagent comprising:at least one electrostatic modifier comprising an organic compound selected from the group consisting of
quaternary amines; imidazoline compounds; dithiocarbamate compounds; pyridine compounds; pyrrolidine compounds; conducting polymers; polyethyleneimines; compounds of formula (IV):
R—(CONH—O—X)n  (IV)
wherein n of formula (IV) is 1 to 3; wherein R of formula (IV) comprises from 1 to 50 carbons; and wherein each X of formula (IV) is individually selected from the group consisting of H, M, and NR?4, where M is a metal ion and each R? is individually selected from the group consisting of H, C1-C10 alkyl, C6-C10 aryl, C7-C10 aralkyl, and C10-C18 naphthylalkyl;
compounds of formula (VI):

wherein R8 of formula (VI) is selected from the group consisting of H, C1-C22 alkyl, C6-C22 aryl, C7-C10 aralkyl, and C10-C18 naphthylalkyl; and X of formula (VI) is selected from the group consisting of H, M, and NR?4, where M is a metal ion and each R? is individually selected from the group consisting of H, C1-C10 alkyl, C6-C10 aryl, C7-C10 aralkyl and C10-C18 naphthylalkyl;
and mixtures thereof;
a plurality of particles having an average specific resistivity that is greater than or equal to the specific resistivity of the non-conducting mineral component of the mineral substrate when the non-conducting mineral component is electrostatically modified; and/or
a plurality of particles having an average specific resistivity that is less than or equal to the specific resistivity of the conducting mineral component of the mineral substrate when the conducting mineral component is electrostatically modified,
wherein the electrostatic modifier and plurality of particles are present in a weight ratio of electrostatic modifier to particles of from 100:1 to 1:100.

US Pat. No. 10,245,595

CONTROLLING A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY FOR AN ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR

1. A method of controlling a high voltage power supply for an electrostatic precipitator, said high voltage power supply comprising:a transformer-rectifier set comprising a high voltage transformer, a primary side of which is connectable to an AC industrial mains net having a line frequency, and a high voltage bridge rectifier connected to a secondary side of said high voltage transformer and configured to supply a rectified high voltage to said electrostatic precipitator;
a semiconductor switch controller arranged at the primary side of said high voltage transformer and configured to control an output power level of the high voltage power supply;
firing circuitry configured to provide firing pulses to said semiconductor switch controller; and
a control unit configured to determine a firing angle of said firing pulses and to control said firing circuitry accordingly,wherein the method comprises the steps of:measuring during normal operation of said electrostatic precipitator a peak voltage value over said electrostatic precipitator in each half period of said line frequency;
storing said measured peak voltage value;
detecting the occurrence of an electrical breakdown in said electrostatic precipitator;
measuring, when a breakdown is detected, a residual voltage over the electrostatic precipitator;
determining a firing angle of a firing pulse to be provided to said semiconductor switch controller in the first half period after the occurrence of said breakdown, wherein said firing angle is determined from the latest stored measured peak voltage value and the measured residual voltage based on a predetermined relationship with said firing angle and the latest stored measured peak voltage value and the measured residual voltage; and
providing a firing pulse with the determined firing angle to said semiconductor switch controller.

US Pat. No. 10,245,594

OIL REMOVAL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An oil removal apparatus that removes oil particles contained in blow-by gas flowing through a blow-by gas passage of an internal combustion engine,the oil removal apparatus comprising:
a bipolar electrode having an anode and a cathode that extend in a flow direction of said blow-by gas;
a filter formed from a dielectric and disposed between said anode and said cathode of said bipolar electrode; and
a controller comprising at least one processor configured to control application of a voltage to said bipolar electrode, wherein
said controller controls application of said voltage to said bipolar electrode such that while said internal combustion engine is operative, a voltage application period in which said voltage is applied to said bipolar electrode and a voltage application stoppage period in which application of said voltage to said bipolar electrode is stopped are repeated alternately at predetermined periodic intervals, wherein one of the predetermined periodic intervals is a time period shorter than a time period in which the oil particles flow out of said filter after flowing into said filter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,593

AIR-FILTER ARRANGEMENT

Elfi Elektrofilter Aktieb...

1. An air filter arrangement for filtration of particles in an airflow having an airflow direction, said air filter arrangement comprising;an electrostatically charged filter;
a first ionisation device; and
a second ionisation device,
wherein said first ionisation device is arranged upstream of said electrostatically charged filter and said second ionisation device is arranged downstream of said electrostatically charged filter,
wherein said electrostatically charged filter is electrically isolated from an environment external to said electrostatically charged filter,
wherein said first ionisation device comprises a first ionisation electrode and a second ionisation electrode, and
wherein said first ionisation electrode and said second ionisation electrode of said first ionization device have mutually opposite polarities.

US Pat. No. 10,245,591

BEARING ELEMENT SUITABLE FOR SUPPORTING A GRINDING TABLE IN A ROLLER MILL

GEBR. PFEIFFER SE, Kaise...

1. A bearing element suitable for supporting a grinding table in a roller mill, comprisinga plate or disk-shaped base element,
an annular disk,
a spacer element and axial bearing segments, wherein the annular disk is disposed substantially parallel to the base element and spaced apart from the base element, and is connected at its bottom by means of an annular spacer element with the base element,
characterized in that the annular disk has means on its upper side for receiving the axial bearing segments and that the spacer element is designed as an annular strip extending in the axial direction and has a plurality of spaced-apart arches in the circumferential direction, the openings of which point towards the base element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,589

DUAL BARCODE LABELING FACILITATING AUTOMATED DECAPPING

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method of detecting a specimen collection assembly comprising:providing a specimen collection assembly comprising a specimen collection container having an open top end, a closed bottom end, a sidewall extending therebetween defining an interior adapted for receiving a specimen therein, and a first indicia disposed on at least a portion of the sidewall; a cap removably engagable with the open top end of the specimen collection container; a second indicia disposed on at least a portion of the cap; and a specimen disposed within the interior of the specimen collection container;
detecting the second indicia with the cap engaged with the open top end of the specimen collection container, wherein the cap, when engaged with the open top end of the specimen collection container, at least partially obscures the first indicia disposed on the at least a portion of the sidewall;
removing the cap from the specimen collection container; and
subsequently detecting the first indicia.

US Pat. No. 10,245,588

PROVIDING DEP MANIPULATION DEVICES AND CONTROLLABLE ELECTROWETTING DEVICES IN THE SAME MICROFLUIDIC APPARATUS

Berkeley Lights, Inc., E...

1. A process of operating a microfluidic apparatus comprising a chamber, dielectrophoresis (DEP) devices, and electrowetting (EW) devices, said process comprising:moving a micro-object from a first outer surface of a first of said DEP devices to a second outer surface of a second of said DEP devices by activating said second DEP device and thereby creating a net DEP force on said micro-object in a direction of said second DEP device; and
moving a droplet of a liquid medium from a first location to a second location in said chamber by activating a second set of said EW devices and thereby changing a wetting property of second electrowetting surfaces of said second set of EW devices,
wherein:
in said first location said droplet is disposed in part on first electrowetting surfaces of a first set of said EW devices but not on said second electrowetting surfaces of said second set of EW devices, and
in said second location said droplet is disposed in part on said second electrowetting surfaces of said second set of EW devices but not on said first electrowetting surfaces of said first set of EW devices.

US Pat. No. 10,245,587

INSTRUMENT SYSTEMS FOR INTEGRATED SAMPLE PROCESSING

10X GENOMICS, INC., Plea...

1. A system for processing samples, comprising:a microfluidic device including a plurality of channel networks configured to partition said samples into partitioned samples, wherein a channel network of said plurality of channel networks is connected to an inlet reservoir and an outlet reservoir;
an instrument configured to interface with said microfluidic device and apply a pressure differential between said inlet reservoir and said outlet reservoir to subject fluid within said channel network to movement; and
a holder configured to receive said microfluidic device; and
a rotatable body coupled to said holder, wherein said rotatable body is configured to rotate from a closed configuration to an open configuration, or vice versa,
wherein said holder is configured to (i) secure said microfluidic device and permit said instrument to interface with said microfluidic device to apply said pressure differential when said rotatable body is in said closed configuration, and (ii) permit said microfluidic device to be inserted into or removed from said holder when said rotatable body is in said open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,586

THREE-DIMENSIONAL FLUIDIC CHECK DEVICE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A monolithic three-dimensional fluidic check device comprising:a housing surrounding a fluidic flow path and having a first opening at a first end of the housing and a second opening at a second end of the housing; and
an elongated center body positioned within and extending along the fluidic flow path, wherein the elongated center body is stationary relative to a flow of fluid,
wherein the housing comprises a first plurality of fins extending from the housing into the fluidic flow path, wherein the first plurality of fins is integral to the housing,
wherein the elongated center body comprises a second plurality of fins extending from the elongated center body into the fluidic flow path, wherein the second plurality of fins is integral to the elongated center body, and
wherein each of the first plurality of fins and each of the second plurality of fins has a respective concave curvature facing the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,245,585

SPECIMEN DELIVERY APPARATUS

PARATUS DIAGNOSTICS, LLC,...

1. A specimen processing apparatus comprising:a housing having a fluid supply reservoir, a specimen receiving chamber, a specimen collection reservoir, and an actuator coupled to the fluid supply reservoir; and
a liquid flow path extending from the fluid supply reservoir to the specimen receiving chamber, and to the specimen collection reservoir,
wherein the actuator is operable to propel a liquid from the fluid supply reservoir to the specimen receiving chamber,
wherein the specimen receiving chamber comprises an inlet port, an outlet port, and a fluid flow guide disposed between the inlet port and the outlet port,
wherein the fluid supply reservoir is fluidly coupled to the inlet port and the outlet port is fluidly coupled to the specimen collection reservoir,
wherein the inlet port is aligned with a circumferential surface of the specimen receiving chamber, and
wherein the specimen receiving chamber comprises a swab shaft seal comprising one or more circular seals operable to engage and form a fluid seal against a shaft of a sample collection device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,584

DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kai...

1. A droplet ejecting apparatus, comprising:a plurality of nozzle groups each including a plurality of nozzles;
a plurality of pressure chambers each configured to supply a solution to a corresponding nozzle of a nozzle group in the plurality of nozzle groups;
a plurality of actuators each configured to cause a pressure change in a corresponding pressure chamber in the plurality of pressure chambers to control an ejection of a droplet of the solution from the corresponding nozzle; and
a solution holding container having a solution inlet for receiving solution and a solution outlet, the solution holding container being configured to supply the solution to the plurality of nozzle groups via the plurality of pressure chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,245,583

USE OF CHARGE-CONTAINING MOLECULES LINKED WITH COVALENT BONDS TO ENHANCE ACETYLENE HYDROGENATION CATALYSTS

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A composition comprising:a supported hydrogenation catalyst comprising palladium and an inorganic support selected from the group consisting of aluminas, silicas, titanias, zirconias, aluminosilicates, spinels, and combinations thereof, wherein the supported hydrogenation catalyst is capable of selectively hydrogenating highly unsaturated hydrocarbons to unsaturated hydrocarbons; and
a dopant, wherein the dopant comprises at least one component selected from the group consisting of zwitterions, ylides, betaines, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,245,580

HIGHLY ACTIVE DECOMPOSITION CATALYST FOR LOW CARBON HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION FROM SULFUR CONTAINING FUEL

University of South Carol...

1. A method for deriving a low-C hydrocarbon fuel from a sulfur containing, high-C hydrocarbon fuel, the method comprising:introducing a catalytic material to the sulfur containing, high-C hydrocarbon fuel, upon which a reaction occurs, to produce a product stream comprising a low-C hydrocarbon fuel, wherein the catalytic material comprises a zeolite comprising ion exchanged Pt, wherein the ion exchanged Pt is included in the catalytic material in a weight percent of about 0.1% to about 10% of the total weight of the catalytic material, and wherein the sulfur containing, high-C hydrocarbon fuel comprises about 200 ppm to about 3000 ppm sulfur; and
separating the low-C hydrocarbon fuel in the product stream from any remaining sulfur containing, high-C hydrocarbon fuel, and wherein the low-C hydrocarbon fuel has a sulfur content that is less than 100 ppm, wherein the low-C hydrocarbon fuel is separated from any remaining sulfur containing, high-C hydrocarbon fuel in the product stream through a condensation process.

US Pat. No. 10,245,579

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst containing an oxide 1 that is an oxide of an oxygen storage material with an oxygen release/storage function and an oxide 2 that is represented by the following formula (2):LaxM1-xM?O3-?tm (2)
where M is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ba, Sr and Ca, M? is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Fe, Co, Ni and Mn, ? is the amount of oxygen deficiency, x satisfies 0?x?1, and ? satisfies 0???1,
wherein the exhaust gas purification catalyst has pores P1-260 with a pore size of from 1 nm to 260 nm, that can be measured by a nitrogen absorption method, and
a total sum ?PV1-260 of a pore volume PV1-260 of the pores is equal to or greater than 0.79 cm3/g.

US Pat. No. 10,245,577

REMOVAL OF OZONE FROM ELECTROKINETIC DEVICES

Inspirotec, Inc., Lake B...

1. An electrokinetic air propulsion device, comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet;
a high voltage electrode and a propulsion electrode in said housing, wherein the high voltage electrode and the propulsion electrode are positioned between the inlet and the outlet and
wherein the high voltage electrode and the propulsion electrode are configured to be at different potentials to generate air flow in the housing from the inlet to the outlet; and
a shell secured to the housing and overlaying the outlet, wherein a porous support medium coated with ozone-destroying catalyst is disposed in the shell, the porous support medium having a cell density in the range 10 to 1000 cells/inch and having a size at least as large as size of the housing outlet such that the air flow from the outlet is forced through said porous support medium.

US Pat. No. 10,245,576

MAGNETIC POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITE FOR REMOVAL OF DIVALENT HEAVY METAL IONS FROM WATER

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of making a magnetic polymer nanocomposite, comprising the steps of:dissolving FeCl3 and FeCl2 separately in HCl to form an Fe(III) solution and an Fe(II) solution, respectively;
combining the Fe(III) solution and the Fe(II) solution to form a combined solution;
adding a solution of branched polyhydroxystyrene (BPHS) in methanol and a solution of ammonium hydroxide to the combined solution dropwise to form a mixture; and
stirring the mixture under nitrogen atmosphere to precipitate the magnetic polymer nanocomposite as Fe3O4 nanoparticles in a BPHS shell (Fe3O4@ BPHS).

US Pat. No. 10,245,575

HIGH TEMPERATURE PRESSURE DIGESTION VESSEL SYSTEM WITH DUAL ACTION SEAL

CEM Corporation, Matthew...

1. A vessel system for high-pressure reactions comprising:a plugged polymer cylinder reaction vessel with a pressure vent opening extending radially through the wall of said reaction vessel;
a supporting frame into which said plugged polymer cylinder vessel is received;
complementing keying structure elements on said plugged polymer cylinder vessel and on said supporting frame to limit the orientation of said plugged polymer cylinder reaction vessel in said supporting frame and said radially extending vent opening to a defined single position with respect to said supporting frame.

US Pat. No. 10,245,574

MICROWAVE REACTOR VESSEL

1. A reactor vessel constructed to be irradiated by microwaves comprising:a body, said body having an exterior wall, said body having an interior volume of suitable size to receive materials therein;
a microwave sensitized layer, said microwave sensitized layer being adjacent said exterior wall, said microwave sensitized layer having at least a first layer and a second layer, said first layer being a mixture of a carbide and a second material, wherein the carbide of the first layer of the microwave sensitized layer is present within a range between 50 to 99 percent by weight and wherein the formula for the carbide of the first layer of the microwave sensitized layer is AnCm with N and M being full integers and wherein A is selected from a group of elements consisting of Si, MG, Ti, Al, Fe, W, CR or B, said second layer being a metal film selected from one of the following: titanium, tungsten, steel or metal alloy and wherein the second layer of the microwave sensitized layer has a thickness ranging between 200 nanometers and 200 microns;
an inner layer, said inner layer being adjacent said microwave sensitized layer opposite said exterior wall, said inner layer being adjacent said interior volume;
wherein second material of the first layer of the microwave sensitized layer is selected from a group consisting of one of the following: metal oxide, ferrite or nitride and wherein the second material of the first layer of the microwave sensitized layer is present within a range between 1 to 49 percent by weight and wherein the first layer of the microwave sensitized layer is granular in form and wherein the second material has a particle size that is less than that of the carbide.

US Pat. No. 10,245,573

TOROIDAL BED REACTOR

Mortimer Technology Holdi...

1. A toroidal bed reactor apparatus for the processing of a particulate material, the apparatus comprising:a toroidal bed reactor processing chamber having one or more inlets for admitting particulate material to be processed and one or more outlets for processed particulate material;
the toroidal bed reactor processing chamber comprising an annular processing zone, a chamber head space above the annular processing zone, and a plurality of processing fluid inlets arranged in a base of said annular processing zone and configured so that, in use, jets of processing fluid pass into the annular processing zone through the plurality of processing fluid inlets to establish a spiral flow of toroidally circulating bed mass of particulate material in the annular processing zone;
wherein said one or more outlets for processed particulate material are located in the base of said annular processing zone and surrounded by said plurality of processing fluid inlets so that the spiral flow of particulate material circulates around said one or more outlets;
the toroidal bed reactor processing chamber further comprising a deflector above said one or more outlets and in the annular processing zone below the chamber head space for deflecting a portion of the spiral flow of particulate material from the toroidally circulating bed mass in the annular processing zone radially inwards from said spiral flow so that said particulate material leaves the processing chamber through said one or more outlets for processed particulate material; and
wherein said deflector for deflecting is adjustable to a deflecting condition in which the deflector comprises an obstruction extending into said spiral flow of particulate material and deflects a portion of entrained particulate material from the spiral flow radially inwards and out of the spiral flow, and adjustable from a non-deflecting condition in which the deflector does not deflect a portion of the entrained particulate material from the spiral flow radially inwards and out of the spiral flow.

US Pat. No. 10,245,572

FLUID MIXING SYSTEM

Potable Water Solutions, ...

1. A fluid mixing system, comprising:a. an upper portion, comprising an upper piping assembly and a submersible pump housed within the upper piping assembly;
b. a base portion connected to the upper portion, the base portion comprising a bottom piping assembly and one or more diffusers connected to opposing horizontal extending end portions of the bottom piping assembly, wherein the upper portion and the base portion form an inverted T configuration the upper portion being substantially vertical and the base portion being substantially horizontal; and wherein the upper portion and the base portion are configured for being installed within a fluid reservoir; and
c. a fluid path fluidly connecting the upper piping assembly and bottom piping assembly, wherein the fluid path extends from an outlet of the submersible pump to the one or more diffusers, and wherein the one or more diffusers are configured to provide a fluid outlet from the fluid path to create movement of fluid within a fluid reservoir, and wherein the one or more diffusers are positioned at a certain fixed angle relative to the bottom piping assembly and/or a horizontal surface of a bottom of the fluid reservoir which the fluid mixing system is installed wherein each of the opposing end portions of the bottom piping assembly each comprises a T pipe assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,571

SMOOTHIE MACHINE AND METHODS OF MAKING SMOOTHIES

Ugo Smoothies Incorporate...

1. A system for producing a smoothie, the system comprising, in combination:a refrigerated enclosure;
a solid food compartment for storing a solid food ingredient disposed within the enclosure;
a liquid compartment for storing a liquid ingredient;
a blender shaft disposed vertically within the enclosure and having a top end and a bottom end, wherein the blender shaft comprises a blender head at its bottom end;
a staging area supporting a cup; and
a computer system comprising a processor coupled to a memory device;
wherein the computer system:
causes the liquid ingredient to be transferred into the cup;
causes the solid food ingredient to be transferred into the cup;
causes the blender head to be lowered into the cup; and
causes the solid food ingredient and the liquid ingredient to be blended in the cup into a smoothie.

US Pat. No. 10,245,570

MULTI-CHANNEL MAGNETIC CONTROL SYSTEM

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A multi-channel magnetic control system, comprising:a plurality of channels;
a plurality of magnetic field switches disposed around each of the plurality of channels, and each magnetic field switch comprises a plurality of magnetic elements having different magnetic anisotropies; and
a control module providing an external magnetic field to change a magnetization direction of the magnetic elements of the at least one magnetic field switch, so as to generate a local magnetic field gradient in the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 10,245,569

TELESCOPING PLUNGER ASSEMBLY

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method of delivering a bone filler, the method comprising:providing a mixing and delivery device comprising:
a mixing section;
a syringe barrel coupled to the mixing section;
a plunger assembly comprising a plunger shaft having a longitudinal slot and a support sleeve positioned over the plunger shaft;
a pin member extending radially through at least one hole in the support sleeve toward the plunger shaft and engaging the longitudinal slot,
wherein when the plunger shaft moves in a first direction, the pin member translates along the longitudinal slot and drags the support sleeve in the same direction, and
wherein the pin member that extends from the support sleeve to engage the longitudinal slot prevents the plunder shaft from rotating about the axis;
mixing one or more components in the mixing section to form a bone filler; and
dispensing the bone filler from an opening in the syringe barrel by extending the plunger assembly telescopically in an axial direction through the syringe barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,568

AUTOMATED SYSTEM TO ASSOCIATE AN AGITATOR WITH A RESPECTIVE CONTAINER FOR CONTAINING FLUID AND METHOD THEREOF

1. An automated system to associate an agitator with a respective container for containing fluid, said system comprising:a plurality of agitators;
a storage area where said plurality of agitators are arranged;
a moving device for moving said agitators at least between said storage area and said container;
a control system for controlling and coordinating operations of the system;
said agitators comprising a locking mechanism for removably fixing said agitator to said respective container;
said moving device comprises:
a bearing structure; and
a grip element, which is mobile relative to said bearing structure and for picking up, releasing and moving said agitators.

US Pat. No. 10,245,567

MIXING AND DELIVERY METHOD ARRANGEMENT AND PUMP FOR SUPPLYING SMALL PARTICLES SUSPENDED IN A LIQUID TO FORM SLURRY FOR DELIVERY

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. A mixing and delivery arrangement for supplying small particles suspended in a liquid to form a slurry for delivery, the mixing and delivery arrangement comprising:a container having an open top, an inner bottom and an inner wall limiting an inner space;
a mixing and delivery pump having:
a first shaft having a first distal end and a first proximal end;
a rotor connected to the first distal end of the first shaft and arranged at the inner bottom of the inner space of the container;
a first power device connected to the first proximal end of the first shaft so that the rotor is rotatable about a first rotation axis by means of the first power device, wherein the first power device is located outside the inner space of the container;
a stator having stator blades, wherein the stator coaxially surrounding the first shaft and wherein the stator being arranged at least partly between the first distal end of the first shaft and the proximal end of the first shaft;
a pump having at least one inlet, which is located in a stator space between two stator blades of the stator, and an outlet; and
an outlet pipe having a second inlet opening connected to the outlet of the pump and a second outlet opening located outside the inner space of the container;
wherein the rotor comprises a rim member that is coaxial with the first shaft and a plurality of rotor blades extending between the first shaft and the rim member, each rotor blade being in the form of a flat elongated plate member that is tilted and/or twisted with respect to a first reference plane perpendicular to the first rotation axis of the first shaft, each rotor blade extending perpendicularly with respect to the first rotation axis of the first shaft between the first shaft and the rim member, wherein the distance between a leading edge of each rotor blade and the inner bottom of the container being smaller than the distance between a trailing edge of each rotor blade and the inner bottom of the container,
wherein the container comprises an inner space, which has the form of a cylinder or a truncated cone, wherein the inner space is axially limited at one end by the inner bottom, which is circular, and radially limited by the inner wall, and the rotor has a diameter that is between about 85% and about 95% of the diameter of the inner bottom of the container,
wherein the pump of the mixing and delivery pump is located in the stator space between two stator blades of the stator, the pump having an impeller connected to a second distal end of a second shaft having a second proximal end connected to a second power device for rotating the impeller about a second rotation axis, and wherein the pump has a pump housing for housing the impeller, wherein the inlet, which is located in a stator space between two stator blades of the stator, is provided in the pump housing in the form of an axial inlet, and wherein the outlet of the pump is provided in the pump housing in the form of a tangential outlet,
wherein the second power device is located outside the inner space of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,245,566

STATIC MIXER

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A mixing element for a static mixer configured to be installed into a tubular mixer housing, comprising:a plurality of installation bodies arranged in series along a longitudinal axis of the mixing element including
a first installation body having a first wall element extending in a direction of the longitudinal axis, a first side wall and a second side wall arranged opposite the first side wall, a deflection element arranged adjacent to the first wall element,
the deflection element having a deflection surface extending in a transverse direction to the first wall element at both sides of the wall element,
the deflection surface having a first opening at a side facing the first side wall of the first wall element, a second wall element and a third wall element arranged adjacent to the first opening,
the second and third wall elements extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis, each of the second and third wall elements having an inner wall and an outer wall extending substantially in the direction of the longitudinal axis,
each of the inner walls and outer walls including an angle between 20° and 160° with one of the first and second side walls of the first wall element,
the first opening of the deflection surface being arranged between the inner walls of the second and third wall elements, a second opening arranged outside one of the outer walls of one of the second and third wall elements,
the second opening being disposed on the deflection surface at a side facing the second side wall of the first wall element,
a first wall element of a second installation body adjoining the second and third wall elements,
the first installation body being connected to the second installation body via a common bar element; and
at least two separation elements connected to the bar element, the separation elements being located next to one another with respect to the longitudinal axis of the mixing element, and being formed as a projection extending only partially circumferentially around an inner wall of the mixer housing, each separation element of the separation elements defining a plane that is substantially perpendicular to the bar element.

US Pat. No. 10,245,565

DOUBLE WALL FLOW SHIFTER BAFFLES AND ASSOCIATED STATIC MIXER AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A flow shifter baffle for mixing a fluid flow having at least two fluid components, the flow shifter baffle comprising:a leading edge and a trailing edge, the flow shifter baffle defining a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to the fluid flow along an entire length between the leading and trailing edges and an axis perpendicular to and centered with respect to the transverse flow cross-section, with the transverse flow cross-section having an outer periphery;
a double divider wall element adjacent to the leading edge, the double divider wall element including first and second generally parallel walls that extend across an entirety of the transverse flow cross-section and define a central opening from the first wall to the second wall at the leading edge such that the axis extends through the central opening, wherein the double divider wall element is configured to divide the fluid flow into a central flow portion that flows through the central opening and first and second peripheral flow portions;
a plurality of occluding walls coupled to the double divider wall element and positioned to force movement of the first and second peripheral flow portions; and
a dividing panel adjacent to the trailing edge and extending substantially perpendicular to the transverse flow cross-section, the dividing panel defining a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and an opening extending therethrough from the first side to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,245,564

DOSING AND MIXING ARRANGEMENT FOR USE IN EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A dosing and mixing arrangement comprising:a housing including a main housing body that defines a central housing axis, the main, housing body having a length that extends along the central housing axis between first and second opposite ends of the main housing body, the housing also including an inlet adjacent the first end of the main housing body and an outlet adjacent the second end of the main housing body;
a perforated tube forming the outlet of the housing, the perforated tube defining a tube axis aligned at an angle relative to the central housing axis;
the main housing body defining an interior volume that extends between the inlet and the perforated tube, the interior volume defining a transverse cross-sectional area that is transverse relative to the central housing axis;
a baffle plate positioned within the interior volume between the perforated tube and the inlet, the baffle plate having a main plate body having a downstream side that faces toward the perforated tube and an upstream side, the main plate body defining a plurality of flow-through openings that extend through the main plate body between the upstream and downstream sides of the main plate body, the baffle plate also including a plurality of louvers positioned adjacent to the flow-through openings of the main plate body; and
wherein a first portion of exhaust gas flow through the housing is directed though the open flow area and then in a first rotational direction around the perforated tube, and wherein a second portion of the exhaust gas flow passes through the flow-through openings and is deflected in the first rotation direction about the perforated tube by the louvers.

US Pat. No. 10,245,563

DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID MIXING BODY USING VARIABLE CROSS-SECTION SWITCHBACK ARRANGEMENT

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. An aftertreatment system, comprising:a filter configured to receive an exhaust gas and substantially remove any particulate from the exhaust gas flowing through the filter;
a selective catalytic reduction system positioned downstream of the filter and configured to treat the exhaust gas flowing through the selective catalytic reduction system; and
a body mixer disposed downstream of the filter and upstream of the selective catalytic reduction system, the body mixer comprising:
a housing defining an internal volume, the housing including at least a first passageway, a second passageway, and a third passageway, the first passageway structured to receive a flow of the exhaust gas from the filter and direct the flow in a first direction towards the second passageway, the second passageway structured to redirect the flow in a second direction substantially opposite the first direction towards the third passageway, the third passageway structured to redirect the flow in a third direction substantially opposite the second direction towards the selective catalytic reduction system, the housing further comprising a first partition wall and a second partition wall positioned in the internal volume defined by the housing, the first partition wall and the second partition wall oriented so as to define the first passageway, the second passageway and the third passageway; and
an injection port disposed on a sidewall of the housing and configured to communicate an exhaust reductant into the internal volume,
wherein the first partition wall separates the first passageway from at least one of the second passageway or the third passageway,
wherein the first partition wall and the second partition wall are substantially arcuate, and
wherein a first partition wall first end of the first partition wall is in contact with a first sidewall of the housing, and wherein a second partition wall first end of the second partition wall is in contact with a second sidewall of the housing different than the first sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,245,562

PERVAPORATION MEMBRANES DERIVED FROM POLYCYCLO-OLEFINIC BLOCK COPOLYMERS

PROMERUS, LLC, Brecksvil...

1. A pervaporation membrane comprising a block copolymer of the formula (VI):(A)m-b-(B)n  (VI);
where each of m and n is an integer of at least 15;
b denotes a bond;
A and B are different from each other and independently selected from a repeat unit represented by formula (IVA), said repeat unit is derived from a monomer of formula (IV):

wherein:
denotes a place of bonding with another repeat unit;
p is an integer 0, 1 or 2;
R3, R4, R5 and R6 are the same or different and each independently of one another is selected from hydrogen, linear or branched (C1-C16)alkyl, hydroxy(C1-C16)alkyl, perfluoro(C1-C12)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl, (C6-C12)bicycloalkyl, (C7-C14)tricycloalkyl, (C6-C10)aryl, (C6-C10)aryl(C1-C3)alkyl, perfluoro(C6-C10)aryl, perfluoro(C6-C10)aryl(C1-C3)alkyl, di(C1-C2)alkylmaleimide(C3-C6)alkyl, di(C1-C2)alkylmaleimide(C2-C6)alkoxy(C1-C2)alkyl, hydroxy, (C1-C12)alkoxy, (C3-C12)cycloalkoxy, (C6-C12)bicycloalkoxy, (C7-C14)tricycloalkoxy, (C6-C10)aryloxy(C1-C3)alkyl, (C5-C10)heteroaryloxy(C1-C3)alkyl, (C6-C10)aryloxy, (C5-C10)heteroaryloxy or (C1-C6)acyloxy, where each of the aforementioned substituents are optionally substituted with halogen or hydroxy.

US Pat. No. 10,245,561

TANGENTIAL FILTER WITH A SUPPORTING ELEMENT INCLUDING A SET OF CHANNELS

1. A tangential filter for the filtration of a fluid, comprising a support element made from a porous inorganic material, said element having a tubular shape delimited by an outer surface and comprising in its inner portion a set of adjacent channels, having axes that are parallel to one another and separated from one another by walls of said porous inorganic material, wherein said channels are covered over their inner surface with a membrane separation layer intended to come into contact with said fluid to be filtered circulating in said channels, wherein, along a transverse plane perpendicular to a central axis of said tubular support element:a) said support element comprises in its central portion only inner channels that do not share a common wall with its outer surface, said inner channels having a substantially equivalent hydraulic diameter,
b) said support element additionally comprises peripheral channels, including at least two adjacent peripheral first and second channels, each of said first and second channels sharing a common wall with said outer surface,
c) a ratio Dh of:
a hydraulic diameter DhA of the first channel to
a hydraulic diameter DhB of the second channel,
 is greater than or equal to 1.1,
d) a number of peripheral second channels is greater than or equal to a number of peripheral first channels,
e) the second channel has a hydraulic diameter DhB substantially identical to a hydraulic diameter of the inner channels,
 wherein at least one inner channel does not share a common wall with a peripheral first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,560

FILTRATION AND REUSE OF SURFACTANT-CONTAINING PRODUCED WATER FOR OIL RECOVERY

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method for recovering oil from an oil bearing formation comprising:i) recovering an oil-water mixture from the oil-bearing formation;
ii) separating at least a portion of the oil from the oil-water mixture to form a produced water;
iii) adding a polymeric alkylene oxide surfactant having a Mw of less than 10000 Da to the produced water;
iv) adding a second surfactant to the produced water, wherein the second surfactant is represented by:

wherein: R3 and R4 are each independently selected from a group consisting of hydrogen and linear and branched alkyl groups having from 1 to 16 carbons; and M is selected from sodium, potassium, lithium and ammonium;
v) passing the produced water through a polymeric membrane form a permeate stream and a retentate stream; and
vi) injecting the permeate stream into the oil bearing formation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,557

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NANOPOROUS GRAPHENE MEMBRANE

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A method of manufacturing a porous graphene membrane, comprising:a first step of oxidizing a surface of multilayer graphene, wherein the multilayer graphene is placed under an environment with oxygen-based radicals for oxidation of the surface of multilayer graphene, and the surface of multilayer graphene is oxidized in a randomly dispersed form by lowering an oxidation amount so as not to completely oxidize the entire surface;
a second step of reducing the oxidized surface of the multilayer graphene to carry out reductive etching of oxidized carbon atoms in a randomly dispersed form; and
a third step of repeatedly performing a series of the first and the second steps at least twice until nanopores having diameter of 0.4 to 100 nm are formed in the multilayer graphene, wherein the number of repetitions is adjusted until nanopores penetrating the multilayer graphene are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,556

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFECTING HIGH RECOVERY DESALINATION WITH PRESSURE DRIVEN MEMBRANES

BEN GURION UNIVERSITY OF ...

1. A tapered flow desalination system comprising:a system inlet feed line coupled to a first high pressure booster pump configured to provide a high pressure feed stream to the system, wherein said first high pressure booster pump comprises an inlet and an outlet;
blocks of membrane pressure vessels arrayed in parallel, wherein the outlet of said first high pressure booster pump is coupled by means of flow lines to said blocks at first opening sides of said blocks;
a second high pressure booster pump, comprising an inlet and an outlet, coupled at said second high pressure booster pump inlet by a first bypass line parallel to said blocks, to said first high pressure booster pump outlet, wherein said second high pressure booster pump outlet and inlet are also coupled by means of flow lines to said blocks at second opening sides of said blocks and wherein said first bypass line is also coupled by means of flow lines to said blocks at said second opening sides of said blocks;
a system outlet flow line coupled to said first opening sides of said blocks by means of flow lines and coupled to said second opening sides of said blocks and to the second high pressure booster pump outlet, wherein said system outlet flow line is coupled to said second opening sides of said blocks and to said second high pressure booster pump outlet by means of a second bypass line;
wherein the first bypass line comprises a valve and wherein the second bypass line comprises a valve;
wherein at least two of the flow lines coupling between said first high pressure booster pump outlet and said first opening sides of said blocks each comprise a valve;
wherein at least two of the flow lines coupling between said second high pressure booster pump outlet and said second opening sides of said blocks each comprise a valve;
wherein at least two of the flow lines coupling between said second opening sides of said blocks and said second high pressure booster pump inlet each comprise a valve;
wherein at least two of the flow lines coupling between said first opening sides of said blocks and said system outlet flow line each comprise a valve; and
wherein said first bypass line is configured to bypass excess flow from said first high pressure booster pump outlet to the second high pressure booster pump inlet without changing said excess flow composition within said first bypass line.

US Pat. No. 10,245,555

PRODUCTION OF MULTIVALENT ION-RICH PROCESS STREAMS USING MULTI-STAGE OSMOTIC SEPARATION

Gradiant Corporation, Wo...

1. A method, comprising:transporting an aqueous feed stream containing solubilized monovalent ions and solubilized multivalent ions into an ion-selective membrane separator comprising an ion-selective membrane to produce a first permeate stream containing at least about 75% of the solubilized monovalent ions from the aqueous feed stream and a first retentate stream containing at least about 75% of the solubilized multivalent ions from the aqueous feed stream;
transporting at least a portion of the first permeate stream to a first osmotic membrane separator comprising a first osmotic membrane, such that the first permeate stream portion is transported across a first side of the first osmotic membrane;
transporting a first draw inlet stream across a second side of the first osmotic membrane;
applying a hydraulic pressure to the first side of the first osmotic membrane such that water is transported from the first permeate stream through the first osmotic membrane to the first draw inlet stream to produce a first draw product stream having a lower osmotic pressure than the first draw inlet stream;
transporting at least a portion of the first draw product stream from the second side of the first osmotic membrane to a second osmotic membrane separator comprising a second osmotic membrane, such that the first draw product stream portion is transported across a first side of the second osmotic membrane;
transporting a second draw inlet stream across a second side of the second osmotic membrane;
applying a hydraulic pressure to the first side of the second osmotic membrane such that water is transported from the first draw product stream through the second osmotic membrane to the second draw inlet stream to produce a second draw product stream having a lower osmotic pressure than the second draw inlet stream; and
combining at least a portion of the second draw product stream with at least a portion of the first retentate stream.

US Pat. No. 10,245,554

GAS PURIFIER

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A gas purifier, comprising:a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, the inlet and outlet fluidly connected through a purifier bed contained in the housing, the purifier bed comprising:
a first bed of purification media;
a second bed of purification media downstream of the first bed of purification media; and
a media-retaining, porous, gas-permeable membrane separating the first bed of purification media and the second bed of purification media, wherein the media-retaining, porous, gas-permeable membrane has a pore size to prevent particles of purification media from passing therethrough, the media-retaining, porous, gas-permeable membrane being secured at its edges to an inner surface of the housing; and
an expandable ring comprising an inner circumference, an outer circumference and a locking mechanism for expanding and retaining the ring by radial force against an inner wall of the housing when the locking mechanism is engaged,
wherein the first bed of purification media and the second bed of purification media are compositionally different and wherein the media-retaining, porous, gas-permeable membrane is secured to the inner surface of the housing at its edges by the expandable ring.

US Pat. No. 10,245,553

APPARATUS FOR DECOMPOSING LOW CONCENTRATION OF VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS BY HIGH FLOW

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. An apparatus for decomposing low-concentration volatile organic compounds, comprising:an adsorption unit configured to adsorb a volatile organic compound;
a heated air supply unit configured to supply a heated air to the adsorption unit;
an oxidation decomposing catalyst unit configured to decompose a volatile organic compound detached from the adsorption unit by a low flow with a space velocity of 30,000/hr or below;
an ozone supply unit configured to supply an ozone to the oxidation decomposing catalyst unit;
a high-flow circulation fan configured to introduce an external air into the apparatus and discharge a clean air free from the volatile organic compound so that air consistently circulates by a high flow with a space velocity of 100,000/hr or above; and
a detaching fan configured to transmit the external air to the heated air supply unit and the ozone supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,552

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. 10,245,551

MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN A POWER GENERATION PROCESS

Membrane Technology and R...

1. A process for controlling carbon dioxide exhaust from combustion of a gaseous fuel, comprising:(a) performing a combined cycle power generation process, comprising
(i) performing a combustion step by combusting a mixture comprising a gaseous fuel and an oxygen-containing gas, thereby generating a combustor exhaust stream comprising carbon dioxide and nitrogen,
(ii) routing the combustor exhaust stream as at least a portion of a working gas stream to a gas turbine, thereby generating electrical power and creating a turbine exhaust stream,
(iii) withdrawing from the gas turbine a first portion of the turbine exhaust stream at a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure;
(iv) routing the first portion of the turbine exhaust stream to a boiler, thereby generating steam and creating a first boiler exhaust stream,
(v) routing the steam to a steam turbine, thereby generating additional electrical power;
(b) routing the first boiler exhaust stream to a membrane-based carbon dioxide capture step, wherein the capture step comprises
(i) providing a first membrane having a first feed side and a first permeate side, and being selectively permeable to carbon dioxide over nitrogen and to carbon dioxide over oxygen,
(ii) passing the first boiler exhaust stream across the first feed side,
(iii) withdrawing from the first permeate side a partially concentrated carbon dioxide first permeate stream,
(iv) withdrawing from the first feed side a carbon dioxide-depleted first residue stream;
(c) routing the first residue stream to a sweep-based membrane separation step, wherein the sweep-based membrane separation step comprises
(i) providing a second membrane having a second feed side and a second permeate side, and being selectively permeable to carbon dioxide over nitrogen and to carbon dioxide over oxygen,
(ii) passing the first residue stream across the second feed side,
(iii) passing air, oxygen-enriched air, or oxygen as a sweep stream across the second permeate side,
(iv) withdrawing from the second feed side a second residue stream that is depleted in carbon dioxide compared to the feed gas,
(v) withdrawing from the second permeate side a second permeate stream comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide;
(d) passing the second permeate stream back to the power generation process;
(e) passing the second residue stream to an expander unit,
(f) withdrawing from the gas turbine a second portion of the turbine exhaust stream at approximately atmospheric pressure;
(g) routing the second portion of the turbine exhaust stream to the boiler, thereby generating steam and creating a second boiler exhaust stream; and
(h) routing the second boiler exhaust stream back to the power generation process as a recycle gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,245,550

SEPARATION METHOD AND SEPARATION DEVICE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

7. A separation device for separating a desired component from a starting material gas, which is a mixed gas containing the desired component as an object to be separated, the separation device comprising:an absorber for absorbing the desired component in the starting material gas into an absorption liquid by bringing the introduced starting material gas and the absorption liquid into contact with each other;
a regenerator for releasing the desired component from the absorption liquid having absorbed the desired component in the absorber and regenerating the absorption liquid;
a regeneration-side separator, connected to the regenerator so that a mixed fluid consisting of the desired component gas released in the regenerator and a regenerated absorbing liquid is introduced from the regenerator to the regeneration-side separator, for separating the introduced mix fluid into the desired component gas and the absorption liquid; and
a compressor for compressing the starting material gas to generate compression heat in the starting material gas, wherein:
the regenerator comprises: a regeneration unit, connected to the absorber so that the absorption liquid having absorbed the desired component in the absorber is introduced from the absorber to the regeneration unit, for releasing the desired component from the introduced absorption liquid and regenerating the absorption liquid; and a temperature controlling unit for the regenerator, connected to the compressor so that the starting material gas compressed in the compressor is introduced from the compressor to the temperature controlling unit for the regenerator, for heating the absorption liquid introduced into the regeneration unit by performing heat exchange between the introduced starting material gas and the absorption liquid introduced into the regeneration unit, and;
the absorber is connected to the temperature controlling unit for the regenerator so that the starting material gas, which has been compressed by the compressor and undergone heat exchange with the absorption liquid in the temperature controlling unit for the regenerator, is introduced into the absorber,
wherein:
the regeneration unit, connected to the absorber so that the absorption liquid having absorbed the desired component in the absorber is introduced into the regeneration unit, comprises a plurality of regeneration passages formed as microchannels for circulating the introduced absorption liquid, thereby releasing the desired component from the absorption liquid and regenerating the absorption liquid;
the temperature controlling unit for the regenerator, connected to the compressor so that the starting material gas compressed in the compressor is introduced into the temperature controlling unit for the regenerator, comprises a plurality of temperature controlling passages for the regenerator formed as microchannels for circulating the introduced starting material gas and performing heat exchange between the starting material gas and the absorption liquid circulating in the regeneration passages, thereby heating the absorption liquid circulating in the regeneration passages; and
the regenerator comprises a laminate on which a regeneration passage layer in which a plurality of the regeneration passages are arranged and a temperature controlling passage layer in which a plurality of the temperature controlling passages for the regenerator are laminated.

US Pat. No. 10,245,549

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATING OFF ELECTROLYTES FROM SYNTHESIS GASES

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method for separating off an electrolyte from a first synthesis gas and a second synthesis gas, each containing an electrolyte, said method comprising:subjecting each of the two synthesis gases to a water scrubbing in a first water scrubber column and a second water scrubber column, respectively, wherein a substantially electrolyte-free synthesis gas and a scrubbing water loaded with electrolyte are separated and obtained,
wherein at least a part of the scrubbing water that is loaded with an electrolyte separated off in the scrubbing of the first synthesis gas is used as scrubbing medium for the scrubbing of the second synthesis gas, and
wherein said electrolyte in said first and second synthesis gases is ammonia and/or hydrogen chloride.

US Pat. No. 10,245,548

INJECTION LANCE ASSEMBLY

United Conveyor Corporati...

1. An injection lance assembly which can be inserted into a port in ductwork, the lance assembly comprising;a) a tube for providing particulate flow into a fluid stream within the ductwork;
b) at least two pairs of wings which are deployable within the ductwork and may be inserted through the port with the tube; and
c) means for actuating the wings into a deployed position;whereby the lance assembly when deployed in the ductwork has a larger diameter than the port.

US Pat. No. 10,245,546

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

19. A method for reduction of particulate and contaminants from exhaust gas comprising:a) conveying unprocessed exhaust gas, at an unprocessed exhaust gas temperature, from a source (100) to a mixing tank (300), containing a system fluid, via a first gas handling system (200) having a first gas handling system flowrate, a first GHS inlet (202) in communication with the source (100), and a first GHS outlet (204) in communication with a mixing system (400), wherein the mixing system (400) mixes the unprocessed exhaust gas and the system fluid, while agitating the system fluid, wherein:
i) the mixing tank (300) has a mixing tank liquid volume of 0.1-5.0 gallons per CFM of the first gas handling system flowrate, a mixing tank gas volume of 0.013-0.667 cubic feet per CFM of the first gas handling system flowrate and at least 50% of the mixing tank liquid volume, and a mixing tank drain valve (320);
ii) the mixing system (400) includes a mixing pump (410) having a mixing pump flowrate, an inlet, and an outlet, wherein the inlet receives a mixture of both unprocessed exhaust gas from the first gas handling system (200) and system fluid of the mixing tank (300), and the outlet is in fluid communication with the mixing tank (300);
iii) the first gas handling system (200) enters the mixing tank (300) above an elevation of the system fluid and includes a submerged GHS section (220) below the elevation of the system fluid, the submerged GHS section (220) includes a submerged GHS directional change of at least 45 degrees and contains an auxiliary flow channel (240) having (a) an auxiliary flow channel inlet (242) above the elevation of the system fluid, and (b) an auxiliary flow channel outlet (244) below the elevation of the system fluid, the submerged GHS section (220) having at least one orifice (480) allowing flow of system fluid from the mixing tank (300) into the submerged GHS section (220);
iv) further including the steps of drawing unprocessed exhaust gas through at least the auxiliary flow channel (240) and drawing system fluid through the at least one orifice (480), and mixing unprocessed exhaust gas and system fluid within the mixing pump (410) via a rotating pump impeller to create a mixed system fluid and returning the mixed system fluid to the system fluid within the mixing tank (300) and thereby circulate the mixing tank liquid volume at least once every hour;
b) conveying processed exhaust gas, having at least 95% of particulate matter of sizes ranging from 0.1 ?m to 100 ?m removed from the unprocessed exhaust gas, at a processed exhaust gas temperature that is less than 75% of the unprocessed exhaust gas temperature, from the mixing tank (300) to a diffusion chamber (700) via a second gas handling system (600) having a second GHS inlet (602) in communication with the mixing tank (300), and a second GHS outlet (604) in communication with the diffusion chamber (700), the diffusion chamber (700) having a diffusion chamber volume of at least 1 cubic foot per CFM of the first gas handling system flowrate;
c) mixing the processed exhaust gas with fresh atmospheric air, having a fresh air flowrate, in the diffusion chamber (700) to create a discharge gas having a discharge gas temperature below 300 degrees Fahrenheit and less than 40% of the unprocessed exhaust gas temperature; and
d) releasing the discharge gas from the diffusion chamber (700) to the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,245,545

EMBOSSED AIR FILTER FILTRATION MEDIUM, FILTER PACK, AIR FILTER UNIT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FILTRATION MEDIUM FOR EMBOSSED AIR FILTER

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. An embossed air filter filtration medium for trapping dust in a stream of air, the embossed air filter filtration medium comprising:an air filter filtration medium having
at least one porous film including
a fibril-formable polytetrafluoroethylene,
a non-fibril-forming and non-hot-melt-processable component, and
a non-fibril-forming and hot-melt-processable component having a melting point below 320° C., and
a plurality of air-permeable support materials supporting the at least one porous film,
surfaces of both sides of the air filter filtration medium being formed by two air-permeable support materials of the plurality of air-permeable support materials, and
the air filter filtration medium being provided with a plurality of embossed projections.

US Pat. No. 10,245,544

AIR CLEANER ARRANGEMENTS; COMPONENTS; AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

10. An air cleaner assembly comprising:(a) a housing defining an interior;
(i) the housing defining a service access end with a removable access cover positioned thereover; and,
(ii) the access cover including a central projection thereon, extending into the housing interior from the access cover;
(iii) the central projection on the access cover having a sidewall portion with a serpentine shape;
(b) a filter cartridge positioned in the housing and comprising:
(i) a media pack comprising pleated media surrounding an open interior; the media having first and second ends;
(ii) a first end cap positioned on the media first end and extending completely across the first end of the media between media inner and outer perimeters; and,
(iii) a second end cap positioned on the media second end and extending at least completely across the second end of the media between media inner and outer perimeters;
(iv) a portion of one of the end caps including a radially directed surface having a serpentine shape with at least five each of alternating radially facing convex and radially facing concave portions;
(A) the radially directed surface having a serpentine shape with an outer cross dimension that is smaller than an outer cross-dimension of an outermost portion of the media pack.

US Pat. No. 10,245,543

AIR FILTER SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC., ...

1. An air filter system comprising:a tube sheet configured to separate a housing into a dirty air chamber and a clean air chamber;
a pulse collector defining a passageway that extends through the pulse collector from a filter end opening at a filter end of the pulse collector element to a tube sheet opening at a tube sheet end of the pulse collector;
an aperture in the tube sheet, wherein the tube sheet end of the pulse collector is configured for attachment to the tube sheet such that the tube sheet opening of the pulse collector is aligned with the aperture such that air passing from the dirty air chamber into the clean air chamber through the aperture passes through the passageway of the pulse collector;
a filter element attached to the filter end of the pulse collector such that air passing into the passageway of the pulse collector through the filter end opening of the pulse collector passes through an interior volume of the filter element before reaching the filter end opening, wherein the filter element comprises a filter element opening at a junction between the filter end of the pulse collector and the filter element;
a pulse generator located in the clean air chamber and positioned to deliver pulses of air into the interior volume of the filter element, the pulses of air passing through the aperture and the passageway of the pulse collector before reaching the interior volume of the filter element, wherein the pulse generator is configured to deliver the pulses of air along a pulse axis that extends from the pulse generator through the aperture in the tube sheet, the tube sheet opening in the pulse collector, and the filter end opening in the pulse collector, wherein the pulse generator comprises a pulse outlet located on the pulse axis and through which the pulses of air are delivered along the pulse axis, the pulse outlet defined by opposing walls that do not diverge with respect to the pulse axis, and wherein the pulse outlet defines a pulse outlet hydraulic diameter; and
a yoke supporting the filter element, the yoke extending away from the pulse collector along the pulse axis, wherein the yoke comprises two or more support beams aligned with the pulse axis, wherein the two or more support beams are arranged asymmetrically about the pulse axis, and wherein the filter element comprises an end cap comprising notches that align with and receive the two or more support beams when the filter element is in only one rotational orientation relative to the pulse axis;
wherein a pulse distance measured along the pulse axis from the pulse outlet to the filter element opening is 30 or more times the pulse outlet hydraulic diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,542

FOLDABLE FILTER FRAME

1. A foldable air filter including a filter media panel and a rectangular support frame surrounding and secured to the filter media panel, the frame including opposed side frame elements having a hinge joint formed near the midpoint that allows the support frame and a dirt-capturing surface of the filter media panel to fold along lateral line from a planar, extended position to a folded position, the hinge joint having a fold line in a dirtied-side attaching panel of the side frame elements, and a cut formed through a base and a clean-side attaching panel of the side frame elements, and further including a hinge locking means for temporarily securing the hinge joint in the planar, extended position, for insertion into a furnace return air duct.

US Pat. No. 10,245,541

AIR FILTER SYSTEM, AIR FILTER ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING AN AIR FILTER ELEMENT

11. A filter housing for receiving an air filter element, the filter housing comprising:a housing upper part;
a clean air connection for discharging clean air from the housing;
an annular sealing receptacle formed as an annular U-shaped groove formed into an interior wall of the filter housing, the annular groove opening in an axial direction, wherein the annular sealing receptacle includes
a cylindrical extending sealing surface extending axially from the upper housing part;
wherein the cylindrical extending sealing surface surrounds and encloses the clean air connection;
wherein the cylindrical extending sealing surface is configured to receive an annular seal of the air filter element;
a central tube is disposed in the filter housing as a continuation of the clean air connection, the central tube of the filter housing sized for being received into the air filter element during installation of the air filter element into the filter housing and to support the air filter element relative to the filter housing;
wherein the central tube is detachably installed into the filter housing or made unitary in one piece with the filter housing;
wherein the central tube has an annular collar extending radially outwardly from a radially outer side of the central tube, a radial outer side of the annular collar forming an annular projection which protrudes radially over the cylindrical extending sealing surface of the U-shaped groove formed into the interior wall of the filter housing;
the annular projection and annular sealing receptacle configured to form a form-fitting tight-fit connection with the annular seal of the air filter element during installation of the air filter element in the filter housing, by radially compressing an annular region of the annular seal to form a annular groove into which the annular projection is received.

US Pat. No. 10,245,540

INERTIAL PARTICLE SEPARATOR FOR ENGINE INLET

1. An aircraft engine having an inertial particle separator communicating with an engine inlet of the aircraft engine, the inertial particle separator comprising:an inlet duct defining an intake communicating with an environment of the engine;
an intermediate duct extending generally transversally from the inlet duct to the engine inlet, the intermediate duct communicating with the inlet duct adjacent a downstream end of the inlet duct; and
a bypass duct in fluid communication with and extending downstream from the inlet duct and intermediate duct, the bypass duct defining an outlet communicating with the environment of the engine;
wherein a wall of the intermediate duct intersects a wall of the inlet duct on an engine side of the wall of the inlet duct, the engine side of the wall of the inlet duct defining an engine-side inlet air flow line of the inertial particle separator, a wall of the bypass duct intersecting the wall of the intermediate duct closer to a central axis of the aircraft engine than an extension of the engine-side inlet air flow line into the bypass duct while a central axis of the inlet duct extends from the inlet duct into the bypass duct before intersecting an engine side of the wall of the bypass duct.

US Pat. No. 10,245,539

VIRTUAL IMPACTOR FILTER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A virtual impactor filter assembly comprising:a filter housing having a cylindrical sidewall defining an interior chamber, the filter housing including an inlet opening spaced a separation distance from an outer air flow housing that directs a flow of air having particles along a flow direction into the interior chamber of the filter housing through the inlet opening, the cylindrical sidewall including a plurality of exit openings extending therethrough;
a filter medium disposed in the interior chamber of the filter housing along an inner surface of the cylindrical sidewall, the filter medium removing particles from the flow of air having particles to provide a filtered air flow that exits the filter housing through the plurality of exit openings; and
a volume defined between the filter housing and the outer air flow housing along the flow direction to permit at least some of the flow of air to flow, via the separation distance, through the volume and pass around an exterior of the filter housing, and exit the outer air flow housing while the particles in the at least some of the flow of air pass into the interior chamber of the filter housing through the inlet opening wherein the filter housing is configured to engage with the outer air flow housing such that the filter housing is separated from the outer air flow housing along the flow direction by an air gap.

US Pat. No. 10,245,538

FILTERING PANEL FOR THE PASSIVE FILTERING OF AIR AND GASES

Anemotech S.R.L., Casei ...

1. A filtering panel configured for the passive adsorption, by natural non-forced convection, of micro particles such as atmospheric pollutants or the like, said panel comprising a first outer layer, a second outer layer and an intermediate filtering layer arranged between said first and second outer layers, said intermediate filtering layer comprising a support structure impregnated with porous active carbons, wherein said support structure of said intermediate filtering layer is composed of heat-welded polyester fibres, wherein a weight per square meter of said active carbons is equal to 50% of a weight per square meter of said support structure, and wherein said support structure has a weight of 280 g. per square meter, and an exposed surface area of said active carbons has a value up to 280,000 square meters per square meter of said intermediate filtering layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,537

MOLDED RESPIRATOR HAVING OUTER COVER WEB JOINED TO MESH

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making a filtering face-piece respirator, which method comprises:(a) providing filtering pre-form that comprises an inner cover web and a filtration layer;
(b) providing a combined structure that has a molded plastic mesh joined to an outer cover web; and
(c) inserting the filtering pre-form into the molded plastic mesh and welding the pre-form to the combined structure at least at the perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,536

FILTER HEAD AND THREADED METAL NOZZLE INSERT

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A filter head, comprising:a plastic injection molded receiving component having a receiving cavity and a threaded metal nozzle insert disposed in the receiving cavity and at least partly injected into the plastic injection molded receiving component;
the threaded metal nozzle insert defining an axis and structured as a cold extruded part;
the plastic injection molded receiving component defining an axial sealing surface surrounding an opening into the receiving cavity circumferentially to the axis and including a plurality of integral plastic ribs disposed radially to the threaded metal nozzle insert in the receiving cavity, the plurality of integral plastic ribs extending from the threaded nozzle insert along a radial direction of the axis and leading radially outward into the axial sealing surface of the plastic injection molded receiving component; and
wherein the plurality of integral plastic ribs are axially raised at a respective radially outward portion leading into the axial sealing surface of the plastic injection molded receiving component relative to a respective radially inward portion of the plurality of integral plastic ribs disposed at the threaded nozzle insert.

US Pat. No. 10,245,535

FLUID FILTER APPARATUS

1. A fluid filter apparatus for helping to purify a fluid, comprising:(a) a first surrounding sidewall including a first end portion and an opposing second end portion,
(b) a second surrounding sidewall including a primary end portion and an opposing secondary end portion, wherein said second surrounding sidewall is substantially co-axially disposed within said first surrounding sidewall, with said secondary end portion of said second surrounding sidewall being adjacent to said first end portion of said first surrounding sidewall;
(c) a third surrounding sidewall including a third end portion and an opposing fourth end portion, wherein said third surrounding sidewall is co-incident to said first surrounding sidewall forming an outer annulus as between said first and third surrounding sidewalls, wherein said third end portion of said third surrounding sidewall is adjacent to said secondary end portion of said second surrounding sidewall;
(d) a fourth surrounding sidewall including a fifth end portion and an opposing sixth end portion, said second surrounding sidewall is co-incident with said fourth surrounding sidewall forming a first environmental interior as between said second and fourth surrounding sidewalls, wherein said fifth end portion of said fourth surrounding sidewall is adjacent to said third end portion of said third surrounding sidewall, wherein a fluid communication is between said outer annulus and said first environmental interior;
(e) a domed end is adjacent to said sixth end portion of said fourth surrounding sidewall, said domed end forming a fourth environmental interior, wherein said fourth environmental interior is in fluid communication with said first environmental interior;
(f) a second environmental interior is defined as being disposed within said second surrounding sidewall;
(g) a third environmental interior is defined as being disposed within said first surrounding sidewall;
(h) a ported head body that includes a pair of opposing inlet apertures, a pair of opposing outlet apertures, an inlet chamber in fluid communication with said pair of inlet apertures, an outlet chamber in fluid communication with said pair of outlet apertures, a standpipe in fluid communication with said outlet chamber, and a diversion plate that blocks fluid communication as between said inlet and outlet chambers, wherein said second end portion of said first surrounding sidewall is adjacent to said port head body and said fourth end portion of said third surrounding sidewall is adjacent to said port head body such that a fluid communication exists as between said inlet chamber and said outer annulus, and a fluid communication exists as between said outlet chamber and said third environmental interior; and
(i) a filter media disposed within said third environmental interior, wherein operationally a dirty fluid enters therethrough said inlet aperture to said inlet chamber into said outer annulus and communicates onward to said first environmental interior therethrough to said fourth environmental interior communicating onward to said second environmental interior, the fluid further communicating into said third environmental interior, and further the fluid communicates therethrough said filter media and onward to said outlet chamber to said outlet aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,245,534

FILTER INLINE HEATER

Shaw Development, LLC, B...

1. A filter assembly for filtering aqueous urea solution comprising a housing defining an interior region and exterior region, the interior region and the exterior region being in fluid communication through a first aperture and a second aperture;a fluid filter within the housing, the filter separating the housing into
an upstream region upstream of the filter, the upstream region in fluid communication with the second aperture, and
a downstream region downstream of the filter, the downstream region in fluid communication with the first aperture;
a heater extending into the interior region of the housing;
a first hose fitting in fluid communicating with the first aperture, the first hose fitting formed of a material having a thermal conductivity of at least 16 W/(m*K);
a second hose fitting in fluid communicating with the second aperture, the second hose fitting formed of material having a thermal conductivity of at least 16 W/(m*K);
a heat bridge
formed of a conductive material having a thermal conductivity of at least 16 W/(m*K),
thermally connecting the heater to the first hose fitting, and
thermally connecting the heater to the second hose fitting; and
a first insulator
formed of a material having a thermal conductivity of at most 0.25 W/(m*K),
the first insulator at least partially covering the first hose fitting; and
a second insulator
formed of a material having a thermal conductivity of at most 0.25 W/(m*K),
the second insulator at least partially covering the second hose fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,245,533

SIMULTANEOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR FILTRATION AND WASHING AT PORE CONTROLLABLE FIBER FILTER

Jung-A Rhim, Busan (KR) ...

1. A pore adjusting filtering apparatus comprising:a cylinder having an inlet and a plurality of holes and in which a screw is rotatably installed to transfer suspended solids in wastewater;
an endless track coupled to an outer peripheral surface of the cylinder by an endless track pin and support;
a fiber yarn bundle support rod inserted into a middle hole of the endless track to be connected to the endless track;
a fiber yarn bundle, one end of which is fitted with and supported by the fiber yarn bundle support rod,
wherein the fiber yarn bundle surrounding the cylinder is rotated by a cylinder motor which is connected to horizontal axis of the cylinder;
a fiber yarn bundle support net supporting the fiber yarn bundle while being attached to an outer peripheral surface of the fiber yarn bundle,
wherein the closed fiber yarn bundle support net and fiber yarn bundle adjusts a pore of the fiber yarn bundle so that the contaminants are filtered through the plurality of holes of the cylinder when the fiber yarn bundle is located at a lower portion of the cylinder;
a cleaning support connecting a cleaning separator and the cylinder, the cleaning separator supporting the fiber yarn bundle support net when the fiber yarn bundle support net is separated from the fiber yarn bundle;
an ejector located between the cleaning separator and the cylinder, the ejector cleaning the contaminants by ejecting water to the fiber yarn bundle when the fiber yarn bundle and the fiber yarn bundle support net are separated from each other so that the fiber yarn bundle is located at an upper portion of the cylinder; and
a vibration unit horizontally vibrating the fiber yarn bundle while the ejector ejects water to the fiber yarn bundle,
wherein the fiber yarn bundle and the fiber yarn bundle support net are separated when the fiber yarn bundle is rotated to reach the cleaning separator.

US Pat. No. 10,245,532

FILTER CENTER TUBE WITH STANDPIPE AND FLOW FINS

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filter element that has a generally cylindrical configuration and that defines a longitudinal axis and a radial direction, the filter element comprising:a center tube having a length along the longitudinal axis, the center tube including:
a standpipe that defines a length along the longitudinal axis and a central flow passage that extends the majority of the length of the center tube along the longitudinal axis;
a plurality of radially extending flow fins attached to and extending from the standpipe, the flow fins spaced away axially from one another to define radial flow channels, wherein each of the fins further defines an aperture between the fin and the standpipe, the aperture together defining an outer axial flow passage that extends along the standpipe, wherein the standpipe further defines at least one radial flow passage that is in fluid communication with the outer axial flow passage and the central flow passage, wherein the standpipe and the outer axial flow passage are not in fluid communication with one another along a majority of the length of the standpipe; and
an annular filter media surrounding the center tube and the central flow passage and contacting the flow fins;
a first open end joined to the center tube disposed along the longitudinal axis, the open end including an opening allowing fluid to flow from the central flow passage to the outside of the filter element; and
a second end joined to the center tube opposite the open end disposed along the longitudinal axis, the second end including a first end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,245,531

HIGH-EFFICIENCY AUTOMATIC SELF-CLEANING STRAINER

TM Industrial Supply, Inc...

12. A method of reducing an amount of fluid used during a cleaning cycle of fluid strainer assembly, said method including:providing a body defining a chamber, the body including an inlet and outlet;
positioning a cylindrical screen within the chamber, said screen being supported by the body through which a fluid being filtered must pass, said cylindrical screen defining an internal portion;
positioning a backwash port within the internal portion of the screen, said backwash port being in fluid communication with a backwash pipe for directing fluid out of the fluid strainer assembly during a cleaning cycle, said backwash port comprising a rectangular member having an axially extending port defined by a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of parallel sidewall members, said top wall, bottom wall, and pair of sidewall members having end portions;
supplying the fluid to be filtered into the chamber;
rotating said backwash port about a central axis such that said end portions are in a close spaced proximity relationship with respect to an inner surface of said screen defining a space for the fluid being filtered to flow between said end portions and said inner surface of said screen causing a tangential flow and backflow of the fluid in order to dislodge and remove foreign material collected on the inner surface of the screen to flow into the backwash port and exit out a discharge outlet and backwash pipe; and
dimensioning the backwash port such that an area of draw is determined by equations: i) CS×1.875×1.5?A; and ii) A?CS of backwash pipe, where CS represents an internal transverse area of the backwash pipe and A represents the area of draw of the backwash port.

US Pat. No. 10,245,530

MODULAR PLANT AND PROCESS FOR LIQUID/GAS SEPARATION, IN PARTICULAR FOR LIQUID AND GASEOUS PHASES OF A CRUDE OIL

Saipem S.A., Montigny le...

1. A unitary device for liquid/gas separation of respective liquid and gaseous phases of a fluid, wherein said unitary device for liquid/gas separation comprises a single enclosure comprising a leaktight wall that withstands pressure at the sea bottom and the internal pressure of said fluid, the leaktight wall being arranged about a vertical axis of revolution, and said enclosure containing:1) a first internal pipe for delivering the multiphase fluid, the first internal pipe rising within said enclosure from a bottom end of said first internal pipe that includes or co-operates with a first orifice passing through a wall portion referred to as the end wall of the enclosure up to an open top end opening out into the top portion of the end wall of the enclosure, and continuing up to an open top end of said first internal pipe, and opening out into a top portion of the enclosure; and
2) a gas-discharge second internal pipe extending within said enclosure from an open top end to a bottom end of said second internal pipe that includes or co-operates with a second orifice passing through the end wall of the enclosure; and
3) a third orifice passing through said end wall of the enclosure coaxially around said first and second orifices in the end wall of the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,529

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS TO IMPROVE VENTING AND SPILL MITIGATION FOR TANK

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system for improving gaseous venting and mitigating fluid spills from a fluid storage vessel, comprising:a hollow member having a first end, a second end, and a body surface connecting the first end and the second end, the hollow member having at least one opening formed in the body surface;
a permeable membrane extending at least partially across the at least one opening formed in the body surface of the hollow member; and
a sealing member permitting one-way flow of fluid toward the fluid storage vessel;
wherein the membrane permits passage of a gas across the membrane to improve venting of the fluid storage vessel, the seal prevents spillback of fluid during fill operations, and the first end of the hollow member and the sealing member are configured to interface with a fill nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,528

DEVICE FOR SKIMMING A SURFACE FLUID

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A device for skimming petrochemical or chemical fluid storage tanks working by gravitation, the device presenting a central vertical axis, the petrochemical or chemical fluid having a density d2 and being covered by a surface fluid with a density d1 lower than d2, the device comprising:a buoyancy apparatus floating at an interface between the fluid with density d1 and the fluid with density d2;
a collector for collecting surface fluid to be skimmed including an opening emerging above the interface between the fluid with density d1 and the fluid with density d2, the collector being connected to the buoyancy apparatus, and a connector submerged in the fluid with density d2; and
a discharger for discharging the collected surface fluid, the discharger being connected to the connector of the collector and extending vertically in the fluid with density d2 toward the bottom of the tank, the discharger comprising at least two flexible pipes connected symmetrically to the connector, the device being maintained in the tank without a guiding post, at least one part of each flexible pipe resting on the bottom of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,245,527

SOLID-LIQUID SEPARATION DEVICE

HITACHI LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A solid-liquid separation device that performs dehydration or deoiling from an object to be treated that is a mixture of water and a solid, a mixture of oil and a solid, or a mixture of water, oil, and a solid, as the object to be treated, using a substance A capable of dissolving water and oil, the solid-liquid separation device comprising:a substance B that is circulated while generating phase change in a closed system;
a compressor that compresses the substance B;
a first heat exchanger that exchanges heat of condensation of the substance B and heat of evaporation of the substance A;
a second heat exchanger that exchanges heat of evaporation of the substance B and heat of condensation of the substance A;
a treatment tank in which the substance A is mixed with the object to be treated, the substance A having been evaporated while separated from the water or the oil in the first heat exchanger, and condensed in the second heat exchanger, wherein
the first heat exchanger is installed in a lower portion than the treatment tank in a vertical direction, and
a connection port of the first heat exchanger and a lower portion of the treatment tank are connected with a flow path; and
a third heat exchanger installed downstream of the treatment tank and upstream of the first heat exchanger in a flow path system of the substance A, and which switches a flow path of the substance B flowing into the heat exchanger 1 in an upper stream of the heat exchanger 1 to exchange heat between the substance B and the substance A, wherein
the third heat exchanger is installed in a lower portion than the treatment tank in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,526

EXTRACTOR AND RELATED METHODS

Bridgestone Corporation, ...

1. An extractor suitable for using a solvent to separate a compound from a solid or semisolid substance containing the compound, comprising:a substance inlet for introducing the substance into the extractor;
a substance outlet for removing the substance from the extractor;
a solvent inlet for introducing the solvent into the extractor;
a solvent outlet for removing the solvent from the extractor; and
a first conveying assembly including:
an inclined first conveyor for receiving the substance from the substance inlet and moving the substance through the solvent, the first conveyor including an upper end and a lower end opposite its upper end,
wherein the first convey includes an inclined first upper surface and
an inclined first lower solid surface substantially parallel to the inclined first upper surface;
wherein the first conveyor is configured to move the substance downward through the solvent along the first upper surface toward the lower end and upward through the solvent along the first lower solid surface toward the upper end,
wherein the compound comprises rubber and the solid or semisolid substance comprises guayule plant matter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,525

CLOSED-LOOP MULTI-STAGE CHILLED FILTER SYSTEM

Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., ...

1. A filtration system comprising a solvent vessel, a plurality of filter stages and the same plurality of transfer tubes wherein:each filter stage has:
a thermally insulated cylindrical side wall;
a lid that is removable from said wall;
a replaceable, elongated filter cartridge;
a support having a beveled edge that positions a base of said filter cartridge centrally in the filter stage;
an inlet port in the lid located to introduce liquid into the filter cartridge;
an inlet port located to introduce pressurized gas into the filter stage outside of the filter cartridge; and
a base with an outlet port that drains fluid from outside the filter cartridge;
the solvent vessel has:
a thermally insulated side wall;
an inlet port for introducing pressurized gas; and
an outlet tube having a first end located at a bottom region of the solvent vessel and a second end located outside the solvent vessel;
and the transfer tubes are each removably connected:
at an outlet end thereof to one of the inlet ports in one of the lids of the filter stages; and
at an inlet end thereof to either the second end of the outlet tube of the solvent vessel or the outlet port of another of said filter stages such that the solvent vessel and the filter stages are connected in series.

US Pat. No. 10,245,524

START ASSIST DEVICE FOR SWIMMERS WITH POSITIONING AND REMOVAL MECHANISM

Everlast Climbing Industr...

1. A starting assist apparatus for assisting backstroke swimmers during a start process, the apparatus comprising:a footrest operable for positioning in a pool during the start process and automatic removal from the pool after the start process, wherein the positioning in the pool corresponds with an extended position of the footrest and the automatic removal from the pool corresponds with a retracted position of the footrest;
a rotatable winding tube comprising a torsion spring configured to provide a bias force to the rotatable winding tube in a first direction corresponding with the retracted position of the footrest;
a plurality of straps coupling the footrest to the rotatable winding tube, the plurality of straps configured to simultaneously wind around the rotatable winding tube if the rotatable winding tube is rotated in the first direction, the plurality of straps configured to simultaneously unwind from the rotatable winding tube if the rotatable winding tube is rotated in the second direction, wherein:
a force applied to the rotatable winding tube in a second direction that exceeds the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction rotates the rotatable winding tube in the second direction to simultaneously unwind the plurality of straps to move the footrest to the extended position, and
the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction automatically and simultaneously winds the plurality of straps on the rotatable winding tube to move the footrest to the retracted position in an absence of the force applied to the rotatable winding tube in the second direction that exceeds the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction; and
a lock configured to allow rotation of the winding tube in the first direction to wind the plurality of straps and prevent rotation of the winding tube in the second direction to unwind the plurality of straps if the lock is in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,523

MAGNETIC BUILDING BLOCK

Shantou Xinbida Early Edu...

1. A magnetic building block, comprising:a building block front side having a center opening;
a building block back side installed on a rear end of the building block front side and having a center opening;
four notches formed on both of the rear end of the building block front side and a front end of the building block back side;
four small magnets disposed on the front end of the building block back side;
four protruding chucks disposed on both of the rear end of the building block front side and the front end of the building block back side;
an embedded paper disposed between the building block front side and the building block back side and surrounded by the notches, the small magnets and the protruding chucks;
reinforcing ribs distributed on inner walls of the building block front side and the building block back side; and
a silicone protective ring located on outer side faces of the building block front side and the building block back side,
wherein the protruding chucks and the notches on each of the front and back sides are installed such that the front and back sides each provide a protruding chuck and a notch positioned on opposite sides of each of the four small magnets, and
wherein the embedded paper has a shape conforming to a shape of the building block front side and the building block back side and has a center opening aligned with the center opening of the building block front side and the center opening of the building block back side.

US Pat. No. 10,245,522

SNOWMAN MAKER

1. A snowman maker, comprising:three sections being a lower mold section, a middle mold section, and an upper mold section, said three sections being stackable, said upper mold section is smaller than said lower and middle mold sections; said lower mold section, said middle mold section, and said upper mold section each include a top periphery and a bottom periphery, said top periphery or bottom periphery includes an opening adapted to allow a user to at least substantially fill said three sections with snow, said upper mold section includes a laterally extending upper mold bottom flange mounted to said upper mold section's bottom periphery that connects to a laterally extending middle mold top flange mounted to said middle mold section's top periphery, said middle mold section includes a laterally extending middle mold bottom flange mounted to its bottom periphery that engages a laterally extending lower mold top flange mounted to said lower mold section's top periphery, said upper, middle or lower mold section is defined by at least two mating collapsible panels that are completely pulled apart when collapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,245,521

SPEECH REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE

1. A speech remote control device for controlling a remote control car, comprising:a speech input unit provided in the speech remote control device for receiving a speech command, converting the speech command into a speech signal, and transferring the speech signal;
a speech identification unit provided in the speech remote control device and connected to the speech input unit for receiving the speech signal, and generating and transmitting an encoded message corresponding to the speech signal, wherein the speech identification unit comprises a built-in programmable and rewritable speech identification database, the speech identification database having a plurality of encoded speech messages preset and corresponding to a plurality of speech signals, respectively, and when the speech identification unit identifies one of the plurality of encoded speech messages preset in the speech identification database, the identified encoded speech message is generated and transmitted;
a motion setting unit provided in the speech remote control device and connected to the speech identification unit for receiving the identified encoded speech message, decoding the identified encoded speech message into a combination message, and transmitting the combination message, the combination message comprising a proceeding control command and a turning control command, or the combination message comprising a series of sub-combination messages, each of the sub-combination messages comprising a proceeding control command and a turning control command, the proceeding control command and the turning control command in a previous sub-combination message being different from the proceeding control command and the turning control command in a latter sub-combination message, the combination message being transmitted through the motion setting unit, wherein if the combination message is a sub-combination message, the motion setting unit automatically and sequentially transmits the sub-combination messages, the proceeding control command comprises a motor forward turning command, a motor reverse turning command, or a motor initial command, and the turning control command comprises a right turning command, a left turning command, or a turning initial command;
a transmit unit provided in the speech remote control device and connected to the motion setting unit for receiving the combination message comprising the proceeding control command and the turning control command, and transmitting the received combination message;
a receiving unit provided in the remote control car for receiving the combination message comprising the proceeding control command and the turning control command, wherein the remote control car is provided with a motor driving mechanism and a turning mechanism, and when the combination message is received by the receiving unit, the receiving unit transmits the proceeding control command and the turning control command to the motor driving mechanism and the turning mechanism, respectively, and the motor driving mechanism and the turning mechanism, based on the proceeding control command and the turning control command, drive and control the remote control car to perform a turning-proceeding motion with changing direction during proceeding, the turning-proceeding motion comprising a forward proceeding motion with left turning, a forward proceeding motion with right turning, a backward proceeding motion with left turning, or a backward proceeding motion with right turning according to a combination of a different proceeding control command and a different turning control command, and when the series of sub-combination messages are received by the receiving unit, the receiving unit sequentially transmits the series of sub-combination messages to the motor driving mechanism and the turning mechanism, and the motor driving mechanism and the turning mechanism, based on the series of sub-combination messages, drive and control the remote control car to perform a turning-at-least-one-time-proceeding motion with changing direction at least one time during proceeding, the turning-at-least-one-time-proceeding motion comprising a fast forward or backward proceeding motion, an S-turn proceeding motion, or a drifting proceeding motion; and
a sound effects generating unit electrically connected to the motion setting unit, wherein the combination message further comprises a sound effects command, the motion setting unit transmits the sound effects command, the proceeding control command, and the turning control command to the sound effects generating unit, and the sound effects generating unit performs a sound effect corresponding to the sound effects command while executing the proceeding control command and the turning control command for the proceeding motion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,520

POWERED RIDE-ON VEHICLE

Radio Flyer Inc., Chicag...

1. A powered ride-on vehicle comprising:a frame supported by a first drive wheel, a second drive wheel and at least one non-driven support wheel;
a first motor connected to the first drive wheel;
a second motor connected to the second drive wheel;
a steering wheel supported by the frame, the steering wheel having a go selector and a spin selector;
a sensor operably connected to the steering wheel to obtain an output of the angular location of the steering wheel; and,
a controller operably electrically connected to the first and second motors, the go selector, the spin selector, and the steering wheel sensor, wherein engaging the go selector and turning the steering wheel causes the vehicle to move forward, left or right, depending on the angular location of the steering wheel, and wherein engaging the spin selector and turning the steering wheel causes the vehicle to spin left or spin right, depending on the angular location of the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,519

TOY VEHICLE

1. A toy vehicle that is manually propelled by a user to move the vehicle in a desired direction comprising:A body, said body having a front end and a rear end, said body having a first pair of wheels proximate said front end, said body having a second pair of wheels proximate said rear end, said body being configured to traverse across a surface on said first pair of wheels and said second pair of wheels;
An applied force member, said applied force member being secured to said rear end of said body, said applied force member being semicircular in shape, said applied force member having an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion and said lower portion being contiguous; and
Wherein said applied force member has a first position and a second position and wherein the applied force member is moved to its second position by a user applying a force on said upper portion and said lower portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,518

TOY TOP

TOMY COMPANY, LTD., Toky...

1. A toy top comprising:a shaft portion;
a body which is rotatable relative to the shaft portion in response to an impact applied to the body; and
an attacking member movably connected to the body to move in a predetermined direction relative to the body between first and second positions,
wherein in the second position the attacking member protrudes from the body a variable protruding distance which varies according to the rotating position of the body relative to the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,517

INTERACTIVE RIDE-ON TOY APPARATUS

Pacific Cycle, LLC, Madi...

1. An interactive ride-on toy apparatus comprising:a torso;
a plurality of legs secured to the torso;
a first drive motor assembly secured to a first of the plurality of legs and to a first drive wheel;
a second drive motor assembly secured to a second of the plurality of legs and to a second drive wheel;
a motorized neck assembly coupling a head to the torso, wherein the neck assembly provides a multi-directional rotational movement of the head relative to the torso;
a rechargeable battery;
a throttle switch to provide a throttle signal;
a controller including one or more processors and one or more memory devices; and
an electrical steering position sensor configured to translate a mechanical steering input via manual rotation of the head into an electronic steering position signal that is communicated to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to receive the throttle signal and the steering position signal, and selectively actuate at least one of the drive wheel motors based on the throttle signal and the steering position signal.

US Pat. No. 10,245,516

INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM, SERVER DEVICE, INFORMATION-PROCESSING DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information-processing system comprising:memory;
at least one processor; and
an input device configured to receive an input operation performed by a user directed to playing a game and posting information displayed by a display,
the at least one processor configured to:
execute an application for playing the game;
receive and process input received from the input device during execution of the application for playing the game;
receive posting information associated with the game from a server device of a posting information sharing service;
display a screen for simultaneously displaying: (i) game information that is displayed by executing the application for playing the game on the display and (ii) the posting information that is received using the posting information sharing service that is associated with the application for playing the game;
reflect the input operation received by the input device in the posting information;
the game information includes first and second objects of the game, the first and second objects of the game being different from each other;
the posting information includes first posting information that is received using the posting information sharing service and that is specifically relevant to the first object of the game and second posting information that is received using the posting information sharing service and that is specifically relevant to the second object of the game;
the game information including the first and second objects of the game and the posting information including the first and second posting information are simultaneously displayed on the screen; and
at least one of the first or second posting information simultaneously includes a textual message relating to at least one of the first or second objects of the game and a plurality of selectable buttons respectively corresponding to a plurality of different types of input operation regarding the textual message, the different types of input operation being performed by the user and received by the input device.

US Pat. No. 10,245,515

GAME MANAGEMENT DEVICE, GAME SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game management device for managing a game, which communicates with a terminal device, and which permits a user to give an object owned by the user in the game to other user, the game management device comprising:a game information storage control unit for storing in a storage device, game information of each user, the game information storage control unit including an owned object information storage control unit for storing in a storage device, an object owned by the each user;
a priority setting unit for setting a priority for an object owned by a first user according to a first user's gift destination selecting operation of selecting a second user as a gift destination, the priority setting unit identifying an owned object already owned by the second user based on the object owned by the each user stored in the storage device, comparing the owned object already owned by the second user with the object owned by the first user to identify, among the object owned by the first user, a first object which is already owned by the second user and a second object which is not owned by the second user, the priority setting unit setting the priority based on the game information of the second user stored in the storage device including the object stored in the storage device for recommending the object owned by the first user for a gift to the second user without contacting the second user based on the identified first object and identified second object; and
a priority notification unit for transmitting to the terminal device of the first user, an information for notifying the priority set for the object owned by the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,514

PLACEHOLDER ITEMS THAT CAN BE EXCHANGED FOR AN ITEM OF VALUE BASED ON USER PERFORMANCE

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for online gaming including virtual placeholder items in an online game, wherein users can exchange the virtual placeholder items for virtual items of value based on user achievements during gameplay in the online game, wherein the users are associated with client computing platforms, wherein the users include a first user associated with a first client computing platform and a second user associated with a second client computing platform, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by computer-readable instructions to:
execute an instance of the online game, and use the instance of the online game to facilitate interaction of the users with the online game through the client computing platforms that are associated with the users;
manage inventories associated with the users in the online game, wherein the inventories include an inventory available to the second user, wherein the inventory includes a placeholder item which can be exchanged, based on user achievements in the online game, for a set of one or more virtual items of value that are usable in the online game, wherein a value of the set of one or more virtual items upon exchange is determined based on user achievements by the first user in the online game;
determine a first quantitative measure of performance achieved during gameplay in the online game, wherein the first quantitative measure of performance involved the first user; and
exchange the placeholder item for the set of one or more virtual items, such that the value of the set of one or more virtual items is increased responsive to the first quantitative measure of performance being greater than a threshold level of performance, and further such that the value of the set of one or more virtual items is decreased responsive to the first quantitative measure of performance being less than the threshold level of performance.

US Pat. No. 10,245,513

INTERFACE-BASED GAME-SPACE CONTEST GENERATION

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for facilitating generation and execution of contests for an online game, wherein the generation includes providing an administrator user interface to an administrator of the contests, and wherein the online game is configured to facilitate interaction of players with the online game and/or each other in response to commands received from client computing platforms associated with the players, the system comprising:one or more processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
provide the administrator user interface for presentation to the administrator, wherein the administrator user interface is configured to receive user inputs from the administrator that indicate:
(i) one or more performance criteria to be associated with activities performed by the players in the online game, and
(ii) one or more awards to be distributed to the players in association with the one or more contests, wherein the one or more awards include virtual items usable in the online game, and
wherein the players participate in ongoing gameplay within the online game such that the players that participate in the one or more contests continue to participate in the ongoing gameplay during the one or more contests;
determine, based on the performance criteria by the players that participated in the one or more contests, performance scores of the participating players, wherein the activities associated with the one or more performance criteria can be performed by the players in the online game without regard to their participation in the one or more contests such that the activities are performed during the one or more contests by both the players that participated in the one or more contests and by one or more players that did not participate in the one or more contests,
wherein determining the performance scores of the participating players includes monitoring the activities associated with the one or more performance criteria during the one or more contests by the players that participated in the one or more contests, and
wherein the activities associated with the one or more performance criteria that contribute to the determination of the performance scores of the participating players in the one or more contests are the same activities performed by the players to achieve one or more game objectives of the ongoing gameplay outside of the one or more contests; and
automatically distribute the awards to individual ones of the participating players in accordance with the performance scores of the individual participating players.

US Pat. No. 10,245,512

SECTIONAL TERRAIN EDITING

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computing system for sectional terrain editing comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories having stored therein instructions that, upon execution by the one or more processors, cause the computing system perform operations comprising:
sectioning terrain of at least part of a virtual area associated with a video game into a plurality of terrain sections;
maintaining a plurality of terrain data collections associated with the plurality of terrain sections, each of the plurality of terrain sections having at least one associated terrain data collection of the plurality of terrain data collections;
checking out, to a first user, a first terrain data collection of the plurality of terrain data collections associated with a first terrain section of the plurality of terrain sections for editing terrain of the first terrain section in a terrain editing interface;
checking in, from the first user, the first terrain data collection; and
saving, to the first data collection, data associated with one or more edits to the first data collection made by the first user during a time that the first data collection is checked out to the first user,
wherein, during at least part of the time that the first terrain data collection is checked out to the first user, a second terrain data collection of the plurality of terrain data collections associated with a second terrain section of the plurality of terrain sections is made available to be checked out to a second user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,511

NON TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A COMPUTER

CAPCOM CO., LTD., Chuo-K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for driving a computer to function as:a virtual space generating unit for generating a three-dimensional virtual space;
a game screen displaying unit for displaying an image as a game screen taken by a virtual camera located in the virtual space;
an object displaying unit for displaying an object including a polygon in the three-dimensional virtual space, the polygon including first and second vertexes including first and second heights respectively which indicate how high the first and second vertexes are located in the virtual space; and
a fluid displaying unit for displaying pseudo three-dimensional representation of fluid in the virtual space on the game screen;
wherein the fluid displaying unit includes
a two-dimensional data acquiring unit for acquiring two-dimensional data including a two-dimensional map by processing at least part of the surface of the three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional manner, and
a simulating unit for simulating a flow of the fluid based on the first and second heights on the two-dimensional map and displaying a simulating result on the surface of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,509

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INFERRING USER INTEREST IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF VIDEO GAME STREAMS

ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, IN...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining interest in a portion or all of a video game stream used for playback of gameplay of a video games, the method being implemented in a computer system having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions that, when executed by the one or more physical processors, cause the computer system to perform the method, the method comprising:detecting, by the computer, an occurrence of an in-game action by one or more users engaged in the gameplay of the video game, wherein the occurrence of the in-game action is indicative that an event of interest has occurred or will occur during the gameplay, wherein the video game stream used for playback of the gameplay of the video game includes a game log and a metadata track, the game log specifies at least a first event that occurred during the gameplay of the video game and information that indicates at least a first time in which the first event occurred during the gameplay, and the metadata track includes annotation content relating to the gameplay;
generating, by the computer, an inference object based on the detected occurrence, wherein the inference object comprises portions of the video game stream used in the gameplay; and
causing, by the computer, at least one of a playback of a replay clip based on the inference object, wherein the replay clip comprises at least a portion of the gameplay that has been completed, or a generation of a virtual trading card based on the inference object.

US Pat. No. 10,245,508

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE SERVICES OVER A WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A system for providing an interactive application to one or more users via a wireless communications network, the system comprising:a wireless access device coupled to a server cooperating with a wireless communication network, the wireless access device configured to receive an interactive application delivered from the server over the wireless communication network, the wireless access device corresponding to at least one user of a plurality of users interacting with the interactive application over the wireless communication network;
the wireless access device is further configured to execute the interactive application in response to a request received over the wireless communication network or a request by the user of the wireless access device, wherein the interactive application executing on the wireless access device stores state information into a cache on the wireless access device, the cached state information indicating changes in state of one or more degrees of freedom associated with the interactive application on the wireless access device, wherein each degree of freedom includes multiple states;
the wireless access device is further configured to communicate the cached state information from the wireless access device to the server;
the wireless access device is further configured to receive, responsive to a request of any one of plurality of users, a cached communication from the server to facilitate interacting with the interactive application, wherein the cached communication includes cached state information indicating changes in state of one or more degrees of freedom associated with the plurality of users interacting with the interactive application, wherein each degree of freedom includes multiple states, wherein a maximum of the one or more degrees of freedom is determined by the server based on the interactive application being a specific game to enable the server to dynamically calculate an optimal frame size, and wherein a maximum latency for a fast-paced interactive application or a slow-paced interactive application is determined by the server based on the specific game being played to enable the server to calculate an allowable frames per second to and from the server; and
the wireless access device further configured to store, in a memory of the wireless access device, the cached state information received from the server.

US Pat. No. 10,245,507

SPECTATOR MANAGEMENT AT VIEW LOCATIONS IN VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENTS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:providing a first view of a virtual environment to a first head-mounted display (HMD), the first view being associated to a first virtual character having a first view direction towards a virtual object in the virtual environment, the first view being from a first-person perspective of the first virtual character as the first virtual character is positioned at the first location, the first view direction defined from the first-person perspective of the first virtual character;
simultaneous with the providing the first view, providing a second view of the virtual environment to a second HMD, the second view being associated to a second virtual character in the virtual environment, the second view being from a first-person perspective of the second virtual character as the second virtual character is positioned at the first location;
wherein providing the second view includes rendering the first virtual character in the second view, the rendering of the first virtual character in the second view being configured to present the first virtual character as having being positioned at a second location in the virtual environment, the rendering of the first virtual character in the second view being further configured to present the first virtual character as having a second view direction that is adjusted relative to the first view direction so as to be from a first-person perspective of the first virtual character as the first virtual character is positioned at the second location, and so as to be towards the virtual object as shown in the second view.

US Pat. No. 10,245,506

VIDEO GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION

Performance Designed Prod...

1. A video game system, comprising:a console configured to transmit one or more visual or aural effects of a video game to a display screen;
a camera freely positionable in a plurality of positions in front of the display screen so that it can view the display screen, the camera having one or more sensors configured to sense motion of the camera, wherein the position of the camera is calibrated relative to the display screen when the one or more sensors detect that the camera has been moved and prior to operation of the camera, the camera configured to communicate with the console; and
a light targeting peripheral disposed on the front side of the display screen, the light targeting peripheral comprising a housing, a trigger movably coupled to the housing, and a non-visible light source, the light targeting peripheral configured to direct a non-visible light onto the display screen and to communicate with one or both of the console and the camera when the trigger is actuated by a user to move the trigger relative to the housing, the camera configured to locate a position on the display screen targeted by the light targeting peripheral upon the actuation of the trigger irrespective of a size and type of the display screen and to communicate said position to the console.

US Pat. No. 10,245,505

GENERATING CUSTOM RECORDINGS OF SKELETAL ANIMATIONS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for generating custom recordings of skeletal animations, the method comprising:storing a plurality of different animated movements for an animated game character in memory, wherein the plurality of different animated movements for the animated game character is mapped to at least a portion of a motion-captured plurality of user movements, each motion-captured plurality of user movements captured live by at least one sensor, and each stored animated movement being mapped to one or more skeletal-based game character body parts that are involved in the animated movement; and
executing instructions stored in memory, wherein execution of the instructions by a processor enables custom animation of the animated game character based on the motion-captured plurality of user movements by:
matching each of the game character body parts that is moved for each movement portion of the custom animation with a corresponding skeletal-based game character body part,
identifying that the corresponding skeletal-based game character body part matches the first set of the mapped motion-captured plurality of user movements,
determining that at least a portion of the game character body parts that are moved for the custom animation is associated with a movement of another body part of the user, wherein the other body part of the user is part of a second set of the motion-captured plurality of user movements, and
generates a custom animation based on one or more stored animated movements involving the matching skeletal-based game character body parts, wherein the generated custom animation corresponds with the first set and the second set of motion-captured plurality of user movements, the custom animation further incorporating one or more animated movements mapped to the another body part of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,504

MULTI-AXIS ROTATIONAL PUZZLE CUBE

1. A rotational puzzle cube comprising:a core unit being a hollow polyhedron and having
a first shell; and
a second shell;
the first shell and the second shell being connected together to form the core unit;
multiple first assembling plates each having an external face; and
multiple second assembling plates each having an exterior face;
multiple first operating assemblies rotatably and respectively assembled to the multiple first assembling plates of the core unit, and each one of the multiple first operating assemblies having
a first operating unit connected to the external face of a corresponding one of the multiple first assembling plates;
a snap rivet disposed within the core unit and connected to the first operating unit;
a blocking tube disposed within the core unit, and mounted around and stuck with the snap rivet of the first operating assembly;
a compression spring disposed within the core unit, mounted around the snap rivet of the first operating assembly, and having two opposite ends;
one of the two opposite ends of the compression spring abutting against the core unit; and
another one of the two opposite ends of the compression spring abutting against the blocking tube; and
multiple sliding plates assembled to the first operating unit and being slidable relative to the first operating unit; and
multiple second operating assemblies rotatably and respectively assembled to the multiple second assembling plates of the core unit, and
each one of the multiple second operating assemblies having
a second operating unit being a plate and connected to the exterior face of a corresponding one of the multiple second assembling plates;
a snap rivet disposed within the core unit and connected to the second operating unit;
a blocking tube disposed within the core unit, and mounted around and stuck with the snap rivet of the second operating assembly; and
multiple sliding plates assembled to the second operating unit and being slidable relative to the second operating unit;
each one of the multiple first operating units of the multiple first operating assemblies having
a polyhedral shell being a hollow polyhedron and having
multiple constructing plates;
an opening surrounded by the multiple constructing plates;
a connecting shank extending from an interior of the polyhedral shell and extending toward the opening of the polyhedral shell; and
multiple notches formed through the polyhedral shell and communicating with the opening; and
a guiding member disposed inside the polyhedral shell and having multiple troughs respectively aligned with the multiple notches and respectively abutting against the multiple constructing plates; wherein
the guiding member has a mounting tube mounted around the connecting shank;
the multiple troughs of the guiding member are connected to a peripheral face of the mounting tube and are disposed around the mounting tube at equi-angular intervals; and
the multiple sliding plates of each one of the first operating assemblies are respectively assembled in the multiple troughs of the guiding member and are respectively clamped by the multiple troughs and the multiple constructing plates of the polyhedral shell.

US Pat. No. 10,245,503

APPARATUS FOR PLAYING A GAME

1. An apparatus for playing a game, the apparatus comprising a three dimensional structure assembled from a plurality of interconnectable and disengageable construction elements, characterised in that each construction element is a shaped elongate body piece with two end mating faces or surfaces, each mating face having a connector to enable each construction element to connect to and disengage other like construction elements, and wherein the interconnection between two mating faces or surfaces is allowable in one orientation only and wherein the two connectors of each piece are transposed 180 degrees relative to each other, wherein the apparatus further comprises a minimum of two to four core elongate body pieces that create Celtic knotwork or weaving patterns in a three dimensional general plane, the four being; a straight (0 degrees) piece (A), a quadrant (90 degrees) piece (B), a U-bend (180 degrees) piece (C) and a loop (270 degrees) piece (D) as viewed from above, the front or side; where each piece has a side profile resembling a “stretched out half a sine wave/curve” which is stretched around each top profile in the three dimensional structure, the distance the side profile of a drop being equivalent to the diameter of the piece.

US Pat. No. 10,245,502

SHUFFLED PLAYING CARDS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A method of inspecting one or more shuffled decks of playing cards, wherein each of the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards are shuffled at random, the method comprising the steps of:associating, by a process control system having one or more processors, a shuffled card ID with the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards, wherein the shuffled card ID is unique for the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards packaged in an individual package and the shuffled card ID comprises information about a manufacture or delivery of the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards;
inspecting, by at least one of a card sensor and a camera, each card delivered by a card feeder from the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards; and
determining whether there is a defect in an arrangement of the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards, wherein the step of determining whether there is a defect in the arrangement of the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards comprises determining whether there is a special arrangement in a shuffling of the one or more shuffled decks of playing cards.

US Pat. No. 10,245,501

ADJUSTABLE BILLIARDS BRIDGE DEVICE

1. An adjustable billiards bridge device, the device comprising:a. a body having a first end and an opposing second end as well as a front side and an opposing rear side, the body having a central cue surface and the body further comprising a first body detent coupled to the front side at the first end and a second body detent coupled to the front side at the second end;
b. a first leg pivotally coupled to the first body detent on the front side at the first end of the body, the first leg having a first peripheral cue surface and the first leg configured to pivot horizontally relative to the body;
c. a second leg pivotally coupled to the second body detent on the front side at the second end of the body, the second leg having a second peripheral cue surface and the second leg configured to pivot horizontally relative to the body; and
d. a coupler positioned centrally on the body between the first end and the second end and protruding outwardly from the front side of the body in the same direction as the first body detent and the second body detent thereby blocking the first leg and second leg from rotating 360 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,245,499

TOURING BINDING TO BE FITTED TO A GLIDING BOARD

Salewa Sport AG, Herisau...

1. Front unit of a touring binding, comprising:a bearing arrangement having a bearing element, the bearing element being designed to hold a touring shoe on the front unit on a counter-bearing portion of the touring shoe so as to be pivotable about a transverse axis extending transversely to a glide board longitudinal axis;
a release path being defined on the bearing arrangement, along which path the counter-bearing portion of the touring shoe is configured to exit the bearing arrangement;
a blocking portion designed to:
block a movement of the counter-bearing portion of the touring shoe along the release path when the front unit is in a blocked state; and
allow the movement of the counter-bearing portion of the touring shoe along the release path when the front unit is in a neutral state, wherein, when moving from the neutral state into the blocked state, the blocking portion performs a rotational movement about an axis of rotation of the blocking portion, which axis extends transversely to a glide board longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,498

LIGHTWEIGHT BALL GLOVE

1. A lightweight ball glove comprising: a back portion, said back portion comprising:a first plurality of lightweight layers, said first plurality of lightweight layers comprising:
a first inner lining layer;
a first outer surface layer; and
a first soft open-cell foam layer sandwiched between the first inner lining layer and the first outer surface layer; and
a shock cord tension system located on a back surface of the first soft open-cell foam layer, said shock cord tension system comprising:
a first plurality of loops located about a finger area of said lightweight ball glove, said first plurality of loops comprising:
a loop located on an outside portion of a pointer finger-palm joint of said lightweight ball glove; and
one or more loops located at another finger-palm joint of said lightweight ball glove;
an opening on an outside portion of a pinky-palm joint of said lightweight ball glove;
a cord routed into said opening, through said plurality of loops and back out said opening; and
a cordlock about said cord outside of said opening to provide an adjustable locking mechanism for holding tension on said cord;
a palm portion, said palm portion comprising a second plurality of lightweight layers, an outer edge of said palm portion fixedly coupled with an outer edge of said back portion to form the lightweight ball glove;
a web portion, said web portion fixedly coupled between a thumb and a pointer finger of said lightweight ball glove, said web portion comprising:
a mesh formed from monofilament yarns;
a surrounding frame fixedly coupled with a side and bottom portion of said mesh, said surrounding frame comprising said first plurality of lightweight layers; and
a bridge fixedly coupled with a top of said mesh; and
a cordage for lacing together a top portion of said pointer finger, a top portion of said thumb of said lightweight ball glove, and said bridge to form said lightweight ball glove.

US Pat. No. 10,245,497

APPARATUS FOR HAND PROTECTION AND METHOD THEREOF

WOD SOLUTIONS INC, Feast...

1. Apparatus for protection of a hand having a wrist, a plurality of fingers and a plurality of knuckles, comprising:a flexible sheet having a continuous top side and a bottom flat side opposite the top side, said flexible sheet extending from a first edge to a second edge along a length thereof, said flexible sheet having a plurality of sections including a first section adjacent to said first edge, a second section adjacent to said second edge, and a third section between said first section and said second section, so that along said length from said first edge to said second edge said plurality of sections are ordered said first section, said third section, and said second section;
an adhesive material on said bottom flat side of said flexible sheet;
a backing layer on said adhesive material and subsequently removed;
said first section includes a flat area that has a plurality of finger openings planar with said flat area and arranged in sequence along a width of said flexible sheet, said width perpendicular to said length, said length from said first edge to said second edge greater than said width, said third section between said finger openings and said second section;
said second section includes a slit extending from said second edge towards said first edge which separates said second section into a plurality of anchors of substantially equal size and that are adapted for wrapping around said wrist,
each of said openings are encircled by said flexible sheet in said first section so that, when said fingers are inserted into said openings, respectively, said fingers are encircled by said flexible sheet, topmost edges of said openings are between said first edge and bottom edges of said openings, and
said flexible sheet includes a flexible sheet portion, above said topmost edges of said openings and below said first edge, that covers said knuckles after removal of at least a portion of said backing layer, said topmost edges above said third section;
length of said first section is less than combined length of said second section and said third section.

US Pat. No. 10,245,496

PIVOTING POLE VAULT CROSS BAR PIN

1. A pole vault cross bar pin, said pin being mountable to a pole vault standard and configured to at least temporarily support a portion of a cross bar, said pin comprising:a base, said base being mountable to the pole vault standard,
a support arm, said support arm being disposable between an extended position and a collapsed position, said extended position being defined as said support arm being extended laterally outward from a facing surface of the standard when said pin is mounted to the standard, and said collapsed position being defined as said support arm being disposed in an at least partially downwardly pivoted direction when said pin is mounted to the standard,
a pivoting assembly structured to maintain said support arm in said extended position at least until a downward force is exerted upon said support arm sufficient to allow said support arm to pivot downward into said collapsed position via said pivoting assembly, and
said pivoting assembly comprising a biasing device disposed in an engaging relation with a biased device, wherein said biased device is biased at least partially into an engaging relation with a detent when said support arm is disposed in said extended position, and wherein said biased device is released from said detent when said support arm is disposed into said collapsed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,495

TENNIS TRAINING DEVICE

1. Tennis training device, comprisinga support bar (5) supporting a ball (1) and swivelable between a first stop (8) and a second stop (9) at a base,
wherein the ball (1) is mounted at the free end of the support bar,characterised in thatthe ball (1) is mounted at a connecting member (20) which is releasably fixed at the free end of the support bar by a fix ng cans (20.2), whereinthe ball (1) ismounted at the connecting member (20) in such a way as to be movable in different directions bymeans of an elastic extension (1a) which protrudes in radial direction from the ball, andwhereina plate (20.3) is mounted at the connecting member (20) for supporting the ball (1).

US Pat. No. 10,245,494

TRICK BOARD TRAINING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for use with a trick board in training a trick board rider, comprising:an apparatus base;
a first upright member connected to the apparatus base and a second upright member connected to the apparatus base, the first upright member in spaced-apart relationship from the second upright member, defining a training zone there between; and
a trick board suspension member for suspending the trick board within the training zone, the trick board suspension member having a first rotation mechanism for rotating the trick board about a first axis of rotation and a second rotation mechanism for rotating the trick board about a second axis of rotation, wherein the second axis of rotation is substantially perpendicular to the first axis of rotation when the first axis of rotation is substantially parallel to the ground,
whereby the trick board can be rotated about at least one of the first and second axes of rotation while remaining suspended.

US Pat. No. 10,245,493

TEE

1. A tee for supporting a ball, the tee comprising:a base defining an x-axis;
a vertical support extending from the base; the vertical support defining a z-axis; and
a ball support assembly adjustably secured to the vertical support; the ball support assembly defining a y-axis, the ball support assembly arranged and configured to releasably support a ball and release the ball upon contact during use;
a bat path adjuster bracket connected to the ball support assembly; wherein the bat path adjuster bracket is operatively connected to the vertical support with a connector plate, the bat path adjuster bracket including a first aperture and a first arched slot, a vertical adjuster extends through the first aperture to interconnect the bat path adjuster bracket and the connector plate, a first angle adjuster extends through the first arched slot to interconnect the bat path adjuster bracket and the connector plate, the vertical adjuster allowing selective vertical adjustment along the vertical support, the first angle adjuster allowing selective rotation of the bat path adjuster bracket with respect to the connector plate within the first arched slot;
wherein the x-axis and the y-axis define an xy-plane, the x-axis and the z-axis define a xz-plane, the y-axis and the z-axis define a yz-plane;
wherein the ball support assembly is adjustable along the z-axis by moving relative to the vertical support and adjustable 0 to 90 degrees within at least one plane selected from the group consisting of the xz-plane and the yz-plane.

US Pat. No. 10,245,492

BASKETBALL SHOOTING TRAINING DEVICE

OnlyNet LLC, Richmond, V...

1. A device for improving basketball shooting form, comprising:an elongated base plate, wherein the base plate has a first end and a second end;
a lower housing assembly secured to the base plate, wherein the lower housing assembly comprises a frame having a set of opposing walls and an apron member secured above the first end of the base plate;
an optical projection device maintained at least partially within the lower housing assembly;
an upper housing assembly secured around the optical projection device;
a finger strap secured to the lower housing assembly for securing to a finger of a user; and
a wrist strap secured to the lower housing assembly for securing to a wrist of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,245,491

INFLATABLE DOJO STRUCTURE

Scherba Industries, Inc.,...

1. An inflatable device configured to be used as a martial arts training device, said inflatable device comprising an inflatable structure and a plurality of inanimate interactive devices connected to said inflatable structure, said inflatable structure including a floor that is at least partially inflatable, a plurality of inflatable columns extending upwardly from said floor and a plurality of inflatable beams connected to a top or top portion of said columns, said plurality of inanimate interactive devices located on or above said floor and said plurality of inanimate interactive devices configured to be engagable by a person located on said floor of said inflatable structure, one of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is an object in the form of a person or ninja or an inflatable in the form of a person or ninja, and at least one other of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is selected from the group consisting of a target, an inflatable target, punching or kicking target, inflatable punching or kicking target, another object in the form of a person or ninja, another inflatable in the form of a person or ninja, an object in the form of a person or ninja with a target, and an inflatable in the form of a person or ninja with a target, a plurality of different shapes of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is located on an interior of said inflatable structure, at least one of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices is located on said interior of said inflatable structure includes an object in the form of a person or ninja hanging upside-down and positioned above said floor, and at least one of said plurality of inanimate interactive devices includes an inflatable target having a disc shape or cylindrical shape and which is connected to at least one of said columns.

US Pat. No. 10,245,490

HOCKEY SKILLS TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

1. A system for hockey skills training, said system comprising:a pair of separable polymer game boards, each game board defining a respective playing surface extending between opposite front and rear ends of the game board;
a pair of nested first and second goals disposed at the rear end of each game board, the first goal having a first opening entered from the playing surface, the second goal having a second opening entered from the playing surface, each goal comprising netting extending rearwardly of the respective game board; and
at least one puck receivable into a first or second goal through the respective first or second opening;
wherein each first goal comprises an arcuate first member extending between opposite ends thereof at which the first member is attachable to a game board; and
wherein each second goal comprises a second member extending between opposite ends thereof at which the second member is attachable to the respective game board, the second member and the playing surface defining the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,245,489

AUTOMATIC BATTING TEE APPARATUS

1. An automatic batting tee apparatus comprising:a ball storage unit (300) for continuously feeding balls (B) therein for batting;
a lifting unit (100) having a tee rod (131), wherein the balls (B) discharged from the ball storage unit (300) are positioned onto an upper end of the tee rod (131) for T-batting; and
a feeding unit (200) disposed between the ball storage unit (300) and the lifting unit (100), wherein the ball storage unit (300) includes:
a hollow container (350);
a bottom plate (320) having one or more holes (322) and a guide (360) extending downward at an edge of the bottom plate, and closing a bottom of the hollow container (350);
a plurality of ribs (311 arranged at a predetermined interval around inner sides of the hollow container (350) and spaced above the bottom plate (320);
elastic members (312) disposed between the hollow container (350) and the plurality of ribs (311);
a rotary plate (330) formed in a pyramid shape with a polygonal bottom and rotatably disposed on the bottom plate (320); and
a motor (M3) for operating the rotary plate (330).

US Pat. No. 10,245,488

VIBRATION DAMPING BAT AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

MIZUNO CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A bat comprising:a handle having a proximate end and a distal end;
a barrel having a hollow portion;
a first damping section comprising a first material, the first damping section being at least partially interposed between, and in contact with, a portion of the handle and a portion of an inner wall of the barrel; and
a second damping section comprising a second material, the second damping section being at least partially interposed between, and in contact with, a portion of the handle and a portion of the inner wall of the barrel,
wherein the first damping section is located nearer the distal end of the handle than the proximate end of the handle and the second damping section is located nearer the proximate end of the handle than the first damping section, and
wherein at least a portion of the first damping section or at least a portion of the second damping section prevents the handle from directly contacting the barrel when the bat is at rest.

US Pat. No. 10,245,487

ADJUSTABLE GOLF CLUB AND SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED GOLF CLUB HEADS AND SHAFTS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body defining a ball striking surface, a crown, a sole, a hosel, a heel, and a toe; and
an adjustment member engaged with the body and having a hosel adapter, wherein the hosel adapter comprises a first rotation inhibiting structure and an off-axis bore hole; a shaft adapter with a second rotation inhibiting structure that engages the first rotation inhibiting structure, a spherical member, an off-axis bore hole, and a shaft adapter axis, the spherical member of the shaft adapter operably connected to the hosel adapter and rotatable about the shaft adapter axis, and
wherein the body and adjustment member are structured such that the adjustment member independently adjusts a specific combination of a loft angle and a face angle, with the loft angle among a first plurality of positions and the face angle among a second plurality of positions wherein in response to the independent adjustment of the loft angle and the face angle, a parameter associated with the body remains substantially unchanged within a predetermined tolerance, wherein the parameter is one of the following: the golf club head's location of a center of gravity, a face center, or a sole contact point, wherein each location is measured from a hosel origin point located at an intersection of the shaft adapter axis and an uppermost edge the shaft adapter, wherein the off-axis bore hole engagement between the hosel adapter and shaft adapter allows for independent adjustment of the loft angle or the face angle and
further wherein when the parameter is the location of a center of gravity of the golf club head, and the predetermined tolerance for the location of the center of gravity is approximately 3 mm from a reference center of gravity determined before the independent adjustment of the loft angle and the face angle, and
wherein when the parameter is a location of the face center of the golf club head, and the predetermined tolerance for the location of the face center is approximately 3 mm from a reference face center determined before the independent adjustment of the loft angle and the face angle, and
wherein when the parameter is the sole contact point, the predetermined tolerance for the location of the sole contact point is 4 mm from a reference sole contact point determined before the independent adjustment of the loft angle and the face angle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,486

GOLF BAG HAVING HUB SHOULDER STRAP CONNECTOR FOR CONVERTING FROM TWO STRAPS TO SINGLE STRAP

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf bag having dual shoulder straps that can be converted to a single shoulder strap, the bag comprising:an elongated tubular body for holding golf clubs; and
a shoulder strap assembly, the assembly comprising:
i) a first shoulder strap (A) having an upper connector webbing, a cushioned portion, and a lower connector webbing, the upper connector webbing being removably attached to the bag at a first bag attachment point, and the lower connector webbing being removably attached to the bag at a second bag attachment point;
ii) a second shoulder strap (B) having an upper connector webbing, a cushioned portion, and a lower connector webbing, the upper connector webbing being removably attached to the bag at a third bag attachment point, and the lower connector webbing being removably attached to the bag at a fourth bag attachment point;
iii) a hub connector base plate, the hub plate having a first set of diagonally opposed elevated slots so the first strap (A) can extend through the slots and the hub plate having a second set of diagonally opposed elevated slots so the second strap (B) can extend through the slots, each slot in the second set of diagonally opposed slots comprising leg segments that extend upwardly from the base plate, the leg segments connected by an upper horizontally-extending crossbar that defines a channel for strap B to be inserted therethrough, the channels being on a different plane than the base plate, where the upper crossbar has a cut-out portion for removing strap B from the slot, and wherein the straps cross over each other in the hub connector and form an X-shaped pattern when the first strap (A) is fitted over one shoulder and the second strap (B) is fitted over an opposing shoulder of a person carrying the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,245,485

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A STRESS REDUCING FEATURE WITH APERTURE

Taylor Made Golf Company ...

1. A hollow golf club having a stress reducing feature with aperture comprising:(A) a shaft (200) having a proximal end (210) and a distal end (220);
(B) a grip (300) attached to the shaft proximal end (210); and
(C) a golf club head (400) attached to the shaft distal end (220) and having:
(i) a face (500) positioned at a front portion (402) of the golf club head (400) where the golf club head (400) impacts a golf ball, and wherein the face (400) includes a top edge height (TEH) and a lower edge height (LEH);
(ii) a sole (700) positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head (400);
(iii) a crown (600) positioned at a top portion of the golf club head (400);
(iv) a skirt (800) positioned around a portion of a periphery of the golf club head (400) between the sole (700) and the crown (600), wherein the face (500), sole (700), crown (600), and skirt (800) define an outer shell that further defines a head volume, and wherein the golf club head (400) has a rear portion (404) opposite the face (500);
(v) a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis (SA) which intersects with a horizontal ground plane (GP) to define an origin point, wherein the bore is located at a heel side (406) of the golf club head (400) and receives the shaft distal end (220) for attachment to the golf club head (400), and wherein a toe side (408) of the golf club head (400) is located opposite of the heel side (406);
(vi) a center of gravity (CG) of the golf club head (400) located:
(a) vertically toward the crown (600) of the golf club head (400) from the origin point a distance Ycg;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side (408) of the golf club head (400) a distance Xcg that is generally parallel to the face (500) and the ground plane (GP); and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the rear portion (404) in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
(vii) a stress reducing feature (1000) including a sole located SRF (1300) located at least partially on the sole (700), wherein:
(a) the sole located SRF (1300) has a SSRF length (1310) between a SSRF toe-most point (1312) and a SSRF heel-most point (1316), a SSRF leading edge (1320) having a SSRF leading edge offset (1322), a SSRF trailing edge (1330), a SSRF volume, a SSRF width (1340), and a SSRF depth (1350), wherein the sole located SRF (1300) has at least one of (a) a portion of the SSRF width (1340) is at least ten percent of the Zcg distance, and (b) a portion of the SSRF depth (1350) is at least ten percent of the Ycg distance; and
(b) the sole located SRF (1300) has a SSRF aperture (1400) recessed from the sole (700) and extending through the outer shell, wherein the SSRF aperture (1400) has a SSRF aperture length (1410) between a SSRF aperture toe-most point (1412) and a SSRF aperture heel-most point (1416), and a SSRF aperture width (1440), wherein the SSRF aperture length (1410) is at least fifty percent of the Xcg distance; and
(c) the golf club head (400) has a characteristic time of at least 220 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,245,484

IRON TYPE GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a heel,
a toe,
a sole,
a top-line of the iron-type club head,
a striking face having a forward-facing ball-striking surface, a rearward-facing surface, and an ideal striking location; and
a perimeter weight surrounding the striking face;
wherein the striking face has a supported region supported by the perimeter weight and an unsupported region, with the ideal striking location lying within the unsupported region, the unsupported region having a thickness that varies in a heel-toe direction;
wherein a heel portion of the unsupported region of the striking face is located on a heel side of an imaginary vertical plane that extends perpendicularly to the ground plane and that contains an imaginary line that extends in a direction normal to the striking face at the ideal striking location when the clubhead is in the normal address position, and wherein a toe portion of the unsupported region of the face is located on a toe side of the imaginary plane;
wherein the clubhead has a relative coefficient of restitution of at least ?0.030; and
wherein the following two inequalities are satisfied:
SATOE>SAHEEL,  (1)
 and
[(?n=1NEntn3)÷N]÷[(?m=1MEmtm3)÷M]>1.20;  (2);
wherein:
SATOE is defined as the surface area of the toe portion of the unsupported region,
SAHEEL is defined as the surface area of the heel portion of the unsupported region,
En and tn are the effective Young's Modulus value and the thickness, respectively, for the nth cross-section of the toe portion of the unsupported region of the striking face,
Em and tm are the effective Young's Modulus value and the thickness, respectively, for the mth cross-section of the heel portion of the unsupported region of the striking face,
and N and M have values determined by discretizing SATOE and SAHEEL, respectively, into 1 mm×1 mm sections;
wherein a hitting region of the unsupported region of the striking face lies within an imaginary circle drawn on the ball-striking surface, with the imaginary circle having a radius of 20 mm and having a center located at the ideal striking location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,483

GOLF CLUB HEAD

BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., L...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face including a ball-striking surface;
a sole defining a bottom of the golf club head;
an attachment member;
an attachment part to which the attachment member is attachable; and
a rib formed on an internal surface of the golf club head,
wherein the rib is spaced apart from the attachment part, and
wherein the rib extends so as to wholly surround the attachment part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,482

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a sole;
a crown;
a toe;
a heel opposite the toe;
a strike face generally bounded by a face perimeter edge, the strike face comprising a geometric center that is associated with a first coefficient of restitution value;
a rear portion;
a substantially enclosed interior cavity at least partially delimited by the sole, the crown, the strike face, and the rear portion; and
at least one rib having a first portion secured to the strike face and a second portion secured to the crown, the at least one rib being structured and positioned such that a location on the strike face laterally spaced toe-ward from the geometric center by no less than 0.4 in is associated with a second coefficient of restitution value that is no less than 0.825 and greater than the first coefficient of restitution value.

US Pat. No. 10,245,481

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Acushnet Compnay, Fairha...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having a face, a sole portion, a crown portion and a skirt portion joining the face, sole portion and crown portion;
a hollow golf club interior within the body;
an exterior surface provided opposite the hollow golf club interior;
a plurality of depressions provided on a first portion of the exterior surface of the body;
wherein the plurality of depressions have a depth of about 0.5 mm to about 2 mm, have a width of about 6 mm to about 20 mm and have a minimum landing surface spacing of about 0.5 mm to about 7 mm between depressions on the exterior surface, and
wherein the first portion is provided on at least one of a sole portion or crown portion of the body and further comprises a setback from the face portion of the body, the setback being free of depressions, and wherein the setback has a width of about 6 mm to about 14 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,480

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING IMPACT-INFLUENCING BODY FEATURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball;
a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, wherein the body has a crown, a sole, a heel, a toe, and a rear opposite the face;
a channel located on the body and extending across a portion of the sole, the channel being inwardly recessed from an exterior surface of the sole, wherein the channel has a width defined in a front-to-rear direction, and wherein the width of the channel is greatest proximate the exterior surface of the sole and decreases inwardly from the exterior surface; and
an insert mounted within the channel and engaging the channel, wherein the insert has a width defined in the front-to-rear direction, and wherein the width of the insert is greatest at an outer surface of the insert and decreases inwardly from the outer surface of the insert,
wherein the body and the face combine to define an internal cavity, and wherein the channel creates a raised portion on an interior surface of the body, and
wherein the channel includes a slot extending into the internal cavity, and wherein a portion of the insert is received within the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,245,479

MULTI-MATERIAL GOLF CLUB HEAD

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head comprising:a striking face portion located at a frontal portion of said golf club head; and
a body portion attached to an aft portion of said striking face portion further comprising a crown portion and a sole portion;
wherein at least one of said crown portion or said sole portion further comprises a base layer and a lightweight cover layer;
said base layer further comprises a plurality of cutouts, and
said lightweight cover layer has an Internal Exposure Percentage of between about 25% to about 45%; and
wherein said golf club head produces a sound that has a Critical Time Tcritical of greater than about 0.01 seconds and less than about 0.02 seconds; said Critical Time Tcritical is defined as the amount of time it take said sound to oscillate from a peak amplitude Apeak to a point of 10% of said peak amplitude Apeak.

US Pat. No. 10,245,478

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A golf club head comprising:a crown portion;
a sole portion;
a face portion; and
a hosel portion,
wherein the crown portion includes a concave portion that starts from a heel-side portion of the face portion which is toward a heel side from a center of the face portion in a toe-heel direction, passes through a boundary portion of the hosel portion and the crown portion on a toe side of the hosel portion, does not pass through a heel side of the hosel portion, and extends toward a back side,
the concave portion includes a range from the face portion toward the back side where a width of the concave portion is larger than a depth of the concave portion,
the concave portion is disposed distant from a center point of the crown on a line extending between the hosel portion and an outermost toe portion of the golf club head,
the range passes on a toe side of the hosel,
the concave portion includes an edge on a side of the face portion, the edge being recessed from an upper edge of the face portion to the sole portion, and
the crown portion does not include, other than the concave portion, a concave portion extending in a face-back direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,477

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ELEVATED INTERNAL WEIGHT

Callaway Golf Company, C...

15. A hybrid-type golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole, a hosel, a heel side, a toe side, a rear side, a face portion, a return portion extending away from the face portion towards the rear side, and a hollow interior; and
a weight bar comprising a first end, a second end, a heel support section proximate the first end, a toe support section proximate the second end, a central section between the heel support section and the toe support section, and an overall mass;
wherein the face portion comprises an interior surface facing the hollow interior and an exterior striking surface,
wherein the weight bar is disposed within the hollow interior proximate the interior surface of the face,
wherein the first end of the weight bar is connected to the heel side with a brazing material, and wherein the second end of the weight bar is connected to the toe side with a brazing material,
wherein the central section bridges at least a central portion of the sole and extends towards the interior surface of the face without making contact with any portion of the face,
wherein the central section comprises at least 50% of the overall mass,
wherein the sole comprises at least one slot,
wherein the body is composed of a first material having a first density,
wherein the weight bar is composed of a second material having a second density, and
wherein the first density is lower than the second density.

US Pat. No. 10,245,476

GOLF CLUB FACE INSERT

Callaway Golf Company, C...

9. A putter comprising:a body comprising a top portion, a sole portion, a toe side, a heel side, a rear side, and a face side with a recess; and
a face insert comprising a striking plate having a first average thickness and a backing portion having a second average thickness,
wherein the face insert is disposed within the recess so that at least a portion of the striking plate is exposed,
wherein a horizontal y-axis extends in a heel side to toe side direction parallel with the face side, a vertical z-axis extends perpendicular to the y-axis from the sole portion to the top portion, and a horizontal x-axis extends perpendicular to both the y- and z-axes from the face side to the rear side,
wherein the striking plate comprises a base portion, a first set of hinge features disposed at a middle section of the striking plate, a second set of hinge features disposed at a heel side of the striking plate, and third set of hinge features disposed at a toe side of the striking plate,
wherein the first set of hinge features comprises a plurality of first hinge features, each extending towards the sole portion parallel with the z-axis,
wherein the second set of hinge features comprises a plurality of second hinge features, each extending towards the middle section at a first angle of no less than 10° and no more than 75° with respect to the y-axis,
wherein the third set of hinge features comprises a plurality of third hinge features, each extending towards the middle section at a second angle of no less than 10° and no more than 75° with respect to the y-axis,
wherein each of the hinge features of the first, second, and third pluralities of hinge features comprises a stem portion that extends from the base portion at a stem angle of no more than 90 degrees with respect to the base portion, and a tab portion that is spaced from the base portion by the stem portion and extends from the stem portion approximately parallel with the base portion without making contact with the base portion, and
wherein each tab portion is at least partially disposed over a through-hole extending through the striking plate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,475

GOLF CLUB HEAD AND GOLF CLUB

MIZUNO CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An iron golf club head comprising:a face having a ball striking surface and a back surface opposite to the ball striking surface,
a sole portion constituting a bottom portion of the iron golf club head,
an edge portion provided at the back surface and defining a cavity, the edge portion having an undercut portion,
the back surface of the face having a thick portion located at a generally center portion thereof in a direction from a toe of the golf club head toward a heel of the golf club head, a thin portion located around the thick portion, and a tapered portion located between the thick portion and the thin portion,
the thick portion having a first width which is a width in a direction from the heel of the golf club head toward the toe of the golf club head, and a second width which is a width in a direction from the sole of the golf club head toward a top of the golf club head and larger than the first width, the thick portion also having a first thickness,
wherein the thick portion extends from an upper surface the sole portion located in the undercut portion,
wherein the thick portion is connected to the sole portion via a fillet portion,
the thin portion having a second thickness smaller than the first thickness, wherein the second thickness of the thin portion is a constant thickness,
the tapered portion having a thickness reduced from a side of the thick portion toward a side of the thin portion, and
at least a part of the thick portion being located in the undercut portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,474

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING IMPACT-INFLUENCING BODY FEATURES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball,
an upper edge, a lower edge, a heel edge, and a toe edge;
a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face,
the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, a toe side, and a flange that forms a portion of the striking surface;
wherein the flange of the body and the face are welded at a joint to form an interior cavity and the upper edge, the lower edge, the heel edge, and the toe edge of the face are defined by the joint;
wherein the face has a first region having a first thickness, a second region having a second thickness, a third region having a third thickness, a fourth region having a fourth thickness, a fifth region having a fifth thickness; and
wherein the first region is positioned in a center region of the face,
wherein the center region has rectangular shape with rounded corners,
wherein the center region has a width in a range of 34 mm to 42 mm and a height within a range of 15 mm to 19 mm,
wherein the first thickness is a uniform thickness,
the second region is positioned on the toe side,
the third region is positioned on the heel side,
the fourth region is positioned between the first region and the upper edge of the face, and
the fifth region is positioned between the first region and the lower edge of the face;
wherein a toe side transitional region is positioned between toe side boundaries of the first region, the fourth region, the fifth region and a heel side boundary of the second region, wherein a heel side transitional region is positioned between heel side boundaries of the first region, the fourth region, the fifth region and a toe side boundary of the third region,
wherein the toe side transitional region and the heel side transition region have a variable thickness from boundaries with the first region, the fourth region, and the fifth region to blend into the thickness of the second and third regions, respectively,
wherein the fourth thickness has a variable thickness with a linear slope that decreases in thickness from the first thickness to the upper edge of the face at the joint and the fifth thickness has a variable thickness that that decreases with a linear slope from the first thickness to the lower edge of the face at the joint;
wherein the flange has a sixth thickness defined by a thickness at the heel edge of the joint,
wherein the sixth thickness is greater than the second thickness and the third thickness; and
wherein the flange does not extend inward beyond the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,245,473

TENNIS RACKET FRAME

DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD., ...

1. A tennis racket frame formed of a pipe having an outer surface, an inner surface, and a pair of middle surfaces each disposed between the outer surface and the inner surface, the tennis racket frame comprising:an inner thick part in which the middle surfaces are inclined with respect to a ball hitting surface such that a thickness of the pipe is gradually increased inward;
an outer thick part in which the middle surfaces are inclined with respect to the ball hitting surface such that the thickness of the pipe is gradually increased outward, and
a uniform thickness part in which the middle surfaces are parallel to the ball hitting surface.