US Pat. No. 10,363,846

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle seat;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable electromagnetic coils individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the vehicle seat, the electromagnetic coils to generate electromagnetic fields when activated;
a plurality of air bladders disposed within the vehicle seat;
at least some of the electromagnetic coils are respectively positioned against at least some of the bladders; and
a controller to individually activate a subset of the electromagnetic coils to deliver electromagnetic energy to the anatomical locations of the person corresponding to the respective locations within the vehicle seat of the activated electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,844

ADJUSTABLE DAMPING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An adjustable damping system for a vehicle seat for damping vibrations of a seat-part-side upper part relative to a body-side lower part in at least one spatial direction (X, Y, Z), at least one damping element, arranged between the seat-part-side upper part and the body-side lower part and adjustable by an adjustment device, being provided for the damping,wherein at least one relative movement variable and a change in the relative movement variable of the seat-part-side upper part relative to the body-side lower part can be determined by a sensor device, and a first damping force of the damping element can be adjusted by the adjustment device as a function of the at least one relative movement variable and a frequency of the change in the relative movement variable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,843

MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A multipurpose vehicle comprising:a driving section; and
a carriage disposed behind the driving section,
wherein the driving section includes:
a driver seat; and
a passenger seat disposed side by side with the driver seat,
wherein the passenger seat includes a seat portion and a backrest portion,
wherein the seat portion is forwardly pivotable about a front lower portion,
wherein the backrest portion is forwardly pivotable about a lower portion,
wherein a front gate board stands on a front end of a floor board forming the carriage and includes a movable front gate board that is positioned behind the passenger seat and is forwardly pivotable,
wherein an extended loading space is formed with the seat portion and the backrest portion of the passenger seat pivoted forward and the movable front gate board pivoted to be placed over the backrest portion,
wherein a step portion is formed on a back surface of the backrest portion,
wherein when the backrest portion forwardly pivots to be in a horizontal state, and an upper surface of the movable front gate board and the back surface of the backrest portion are flush with each other, and
wherein a lock mechanism that is able to maintain a horizontal direction position and a vertical direction position is provided near the backrest portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,842

VEHICLE ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE SEAT BASE

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile-seat base including a seat-support frame that supports a juvenile seat and is adapted to lie in an installed position on a seat bottom and seat back of a passenger seat provided with a seat bight formed at a junction between the seat bottom and seat back,
the juvenile-seat base also including a restorative frame tether mounted to the seat-support frame for pivotable movement about a high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis that is arranged to intercept and extend through a portion of the juvenile seat that is mounted on the seat-support frame and the restorative frame tether is arranged to extend downwardly from the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis toward the seat bottom of the passenger seat when the seat-support frame lies in the installed position on the passenger seat, and
wherein the restorative frame tether is configured to provide means for mating with an underside of a passenger-seat lap belt associated with the passenger seat to establish an actual belt path of the passenger-seat lap belt while the passenger-seat belt remains in a relatively lower low-elevation position in close proximity to the seat bight and below and in spaced-apart relation to the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis and for yieldably returning the seat-support frame automatically to the installed position on the seat bottom and seat back of the passenger seat owing to pivotable movement of the restorative frame tether about the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis after movement of the seat-support frame from the installed position to a temporary displaced position on the passenger seat during exposure of the passenger seat to external forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,841

VEHICLE SEAT ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat bottom; and
an adjustment assembly operably coupled with the seat and including a linear actuator, the linear actuator configured to release a recliner mechanism when moved in a first direction and configured to release a track assembly when moved in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,840

SPACER HAVING A TOLERANCE ABSORPTION MECHANISM

Toyota Boshoku America, I...

1. An assembly comprising:a first vehicle seat component;
a second vehicle seat component that can pivot relative to the first vehicle seat component;
a fastener including a shank and a shoulder to secure the first vehicle seat component and second first vehicle seat component together; and
a spacer to absorb radial vibrations, wherein the spacer includes a body, an opening having a longitudinal axis, and at least one flexible leaflet, wherein the body includes a smaller diameter portion and a large diameter portion, and the at least one flexible leaflet is located between the smaller diameter portion of the body and the shoulder of the fastener to absorb axial vibrations, wherein the body and the at least one leaflet are integral and monolithic to define a single component, wherein the opening of the spacer includes a first portion having a cylindrical inner surface that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and having a constant diameter and a second portion angled with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,839

SEAT SLIDE ADJUSTER

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., A...

1. A seat slide adjuster for adjusting a position of a seat in a front-rear direction, comprising:a lower rail;
an upper rail that is slidably provided to the lower rail and used to connect to a seat frame of the seat; and
a locking mechanism that locks the upper rail to the lower rail at an appropriate slide position,
wherein the lower rail comprises locking tooth parts on both sides in a longitudinal direction that protrude downward in a comb shape, and
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a locking plate that corresponds to the locking tooth parts located on both sides of the lower rail in the longitudinal direction that includes an engaged portion that engages with the locking tooth parts formed in two rows;
a locking mechanism support member supported on the upper rail side and including a locking plate spring for elastically supporting the locking plate so as to allow the engaged portion of the locking plate to engage with the locking tooth parts; and
at least one wedge structure that includes a plurality of wedge portions, wherein the at least one wedge structure (1) is disposed at a position adjacent to a longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate along a longitudinal direction of the upper rail, (2) is elastically supported by a wedge spring provided to the locking mechanism support member, and (3) makes contact with the longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate to press the locking plate inward during locking.

US Pat. No. 10,363,838

QUICK ADJUST POWER ADJUSTER

Magna Seating Inc., Auro...

1. A power adjuster for adjusting the position of a first track relative to a second track of a seat track assembly comprising:a lead screw adapted to be fixedly secured to said first track;
a drive assembly operatively coupled to said first track and selectively coupled to said lead screw;
a driven assembly supported by said second track, said driven assembly operatively coupled to said lead screw and selectively coupled to said drive assembly; and
a release mechanism coupled to said first track and operable between a locked condition coupling said driven assembly to said drive assembly and said first track wherein said driven assembly and said drive assembly move longitudinally along said lead screw with said first track relative to said second track and an unlocked condition wherein said driven assembly is decoupled from said first track and said drive assembly, wherein said driven assembly is in a manual operation mode to allow said first track to move longitudinally fore and aft along said second track with the actuation of said drive assembly and is retained along said lead screw during movement of said first track relative to said second track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,837

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIC SEAT

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A method for controlling a motor-driven seat comprising a motor, the method comprising:detecting a motor drive signal of the motor-driven seat;
when the motor drive signal is detected, determining whether a previous driving of the motor was forcibly terminated or normally terminated;
when it is determined that the previous driving was forcibly terminated, operating the motor to produce a predetermined maximum output; and
when it is determined that the previous driving was normally terminated, repeating turning-on and turning-off of the motor such that the motor produces a normal output that is less than the predetermined maximum output.

US Pat. No. 10,363,836

SEATBACK FASTENING STRUCTURE, SEATBACK, AND FASTENING COMPONENT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

4. A seatback configured to be secured to a body of a vehicle to which at least one body bracket is fastened, the seatback comprising:at least one seat bracket configured to be fastened to a vertical upper portion of a back frame forming a framework of the seatback, the at least one seat bracket comprising:
a base portion configured to cover a receiving surface of the at least one body bracket facing the seatback, the base portion comprising a bolt inserting hole configured to be in communication with a bolt inserting hole of the receiving surface while the base portion covers the receiving surface;
a retaining portion configured to retain an upper surface of the at least one body bracket from vertically above, the upper surface extending from a vertical upper end of the receiving surface toward the body;
a first side wall configured to abut on a first lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the first lateral surface extending from a first end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body; and
a second side wall configured to abut on a second lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the second lateral surface extending from a second end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,835

RAILROAD SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A railroad system comprising a first vehicle and a second vehicle electrically connected to a power line, wherein:the first vehicle includes:
a drive part,
an inverter configured to drive the drive part by acquiring power from the power line,
an electric storage device configured to selectively supply power to the power line and accumulate power from the power line, and
a control part configured to control feasibility of charge or discharge of the electric storage device based on a detection value of a distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from an allowable state to a prohibited state being a first set value, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from the prohibited state to the allowable state being a second set value, and the first set value being larger than the second set value,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is larger than the first set value, the control part prohibits charge and discharge of the electric storage device,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is smaller than the second set value, the control part allows charge and discharge of the electric storage device, and
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is between the first set value and the second set value, the control part maintains a feasible state of charge or discharge of the electric storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,834

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH HIGH VOLTAGE MODULE HAVING HIGH AND LOW VOLTAGE SECTIONS HAVING A COMMON GROUND

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle having an electric traction motor, comprising:a high voltage module having a low voltage section and a high voltage section, the high voltage section electrically connected to the electric traction motor and providing electric power to the electric traction motor, the high voltage section also electrically connected to a high voltage direct current supply;
the low voltage section and the high voltage section having a common ground and the low voltage section and the high voltage section are not electrically isolated from each other by an isolation barrier between the low voltage section and the high voltage section;
the low voltage section including a power over fiber receive module and a first optical data module;
a low voltage direct current supply electrically connected to a power over fiber transmit module, the power over fiber transmit module optically coupled by a power over fiber cable to the power over fiber receive module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module; and
an electronic motor control unit powered by the low voltage direct current supply and electrically connected to the low voltage direct current supply, the electronic motor control unit including a second optical data module, the second optical data module of the electronic motor control unit optically coupled by an optical fiber data bus cable to the first optical data module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module.

US Pat. No. 10,363,833

INDUCTIVE CHARGING ACTIVE SUSPENSION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing processor-executable instructions,
wherein the processor is programmed to
determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server, including a predicted quality of charge based on prior charges at a charging station,
adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process,
determine an actual charging height used during the inductive charging process, wherein the actual charging height is based on the height of the inductive pick-up when receiving a highest efficiency charge from a charging station; and
store the actual charging height in the memory and relate the actual charging height in the memory to a unique identifier of the charging station stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,363,832

VEHICLE PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle parking control device comprising:a vehicle electronic control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle electronic control unit being configured to:
specify a target position as a target at a time when the vehicle is stopped, the target position being an installation position of a power supplying pad for electric power supply by way of magnetism;
set a predetermined range that includes the target position, wherein the predetermined range is a range that is greater than a charging capable range within which a power supplying pad and a power receiving pad are capable of being magnetically coupled;
determine whether or not a reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range, the reference position being a mounted position of the power receiving pad;
estimate an inclination state in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
estimate a state of charge of a battery; and
switch between creep torque characteristics of the vehicle, in response to determining that a predetermined condition that the reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range and an estimated state of charge of the battery is less than a predetermined value is satisfied,
wherein the creep torque characteristics are switched so as to increase a creep torque in response to an estimated vehicular inclination state of an upward slope and to decrease the creep torque in response to the estimated vehicular inclination state of a flat or downward slope.

US Pat. No. 10,363,831

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical power system comprising:a first electrical power converter that is configured to perform a first electrical power conversion between an electrical power storage apparatus and a load;
a second electrical power converter that is configured to perform a second electrical power conversion between the electrical power storage apparatus and the load;
a first controller that is configured to periodically generate a first command signal and a second command signal at a first cycle, to control the first electrical power converter such that a first electrical current based on the first command signal flows through by the first electrical power conversion, and to periodically transmit the second command signal to a second controller via a communication line at a second cycle that is longer than the first cycle; and
the second controller is configured to receive the second command signal transmitted by the first controller, to perform a predetermined signal processing on the received second command signal, and to control the second electrical power converter such that a second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through by the second electrical power conversion,
the first controller being configured to adjust the generated first command signal to allow at least one of shortage and excess of the second electrical current that actually flows by the second electrical power conversion to be canceled by the first electrical current, after generating the first command signal and the second command signal,
at least one of the first controller and the second controller being configured to determine whether or not the generated first command signal reaches a first upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the first command signal,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal is smaller than the first upper limit value,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on a second upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the second command signal, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal reaches the first upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,830

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a fuel cell stack that is disposed in a motor compartment provided in a front section of the vehicle and that generates electric power by an electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a rear section of the vehicle and in which the fuel gas is stored; and
a fuel feeding pipe that provides a connection between the fuel cell stack and the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel feeding pipe has an elastic pipe portion that is secured at one end thereof to the fuel cell stack and at the other end thereof to a body-side mounting portion, and
wherein the other end of the elastic pipe portion and the body-side mounting portion are coupled to each other with a securing mechanism configured such that the other end of the elastic pipe portion is disengaged and separated from the body-side mounting portion when the fuel cell stack moves relatively away from the body-side mounting portion in response to application of a predetermined load, the securing mechanism including a pipe-side coupling member fastened to a surface of the elastic pipe portion with bolts that extend through the pipe-side coupling member to the surface of the elastic pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,829

PORTABLE AND CONVERTIBLE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A portable battery power supply comprising:a body having an outer shell defining an inner volume having at least one rechargeable energy storage cell disposed therein;
a mechanical interconnection disposed in the outer shell of the body comprising at least one fixed mechanical engagement point and at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
a primary power output bus disposed in the outer shell of the body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell, the primary power output bus being configured to cooperatively interconnect the portable battery power supply to an external electronic circuit to supply at least one high current output and at least one low current output thereto;
at least one power output receptacle disposed in the outer body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell;
an electromechanical switch electrically interconnected between the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell and the primary power output bus and at least one power output, and mechanically interconnected with the at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
wherein the electromechanical switch has at least two switchable positions:
a first switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is withdrawn within the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is interrupted,
a second switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is extended out of the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is uninterrupted, and
a primary power output bus interconnection circuit interconnected between the primary power output bus and the rechargeable energy storage cell such that when the primary output bus is engaged with the external electronic circuit the at least one low current output is connected through the external electronic circuit when the electromechanical switch is disposed in any one of the first or second switchable positions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,827

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to receive a supply of power from a charging stand provided outside of the vehicle, the charging stand being configured to perform fee-charging on the supply of power to the vehicle in accordance with a fee-charging system based on a use time of the charging stand, the vehicle comprising:an electrical storage device configured to perform external charging using the power supplied from the charging stand;
a notifier configured to execute a notification to a user;
a communication device configured to acquire information relating to the fee-charging system of the charging stand; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
predict an amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where the external charging is performed, in accordance with a state of the electrical storage device,
predict cost performance of the external charging based on a ratio of the predicted amount of charging power to the predicted use time, and the information relating to the fee-charging system, and
control the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,826

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UAV BATTERY EXCHANGE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method for changing a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), said method comprising:supporting the UAV on a UAV landing area of a station, wherein said UAV is coupled to a first battery configured to power the UAV;
removing the first battery from the UAV with aid of a battery replacement member; and
moving, within a battery storage section, a holding station configured to store a second battery capable of powering the UAV upon being coupled to the UAV, wherein the holding station is moved simultaneously while the first battery is being removed with aid of the battery replacement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,825

METHOD, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AWAKENING

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A battery management system, comprising:a wake-up module, configured to generate a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in one of a dormant and a power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and
a power management module, configured to conduct a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,824

VEHICLE JUMPSTARTING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle jumpstarting system comprising:a cable with keyed connectors provided at distal ends that are able to connect a donor vehicle to a recipient vehicle in order to jump start a battery of the recipient vehicle;
wherein the recipient vehicle and the donor vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port, an engine compartment left battery port, and a trunk battery port;
wherein the cable is further defined with a cable harness that is able to connect the recipient vehicle to the donor vehicle via the engine compartment right battery port, the engine compartment left battery port, or the trunk battery port;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle are each further defined as including a vehicle battery;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port fuse, an engine compartment left battery port fuse, and a trunk battery port fuse;
wherein the vehicle battery of both the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle is further defined with a battery port positive contact and a battery port negative contact;
wherein the cable is further defined to include an outer cable cover, which is able to insulate and protect a positive conductor and a negative conductor;
wherein the positive conductor and the negative conductor are each electrically insulated from each other;
wherein the cable is further defined with a first cable connector, a second cable connector, a first collar, second collar, and a cable fuse;
wherein the positive conductor connects to the first cable connector positive contact, and the first cable connector positive contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the positive conductor is also connected to the second cable connector positive contact;
wherein the second cable connector positive contact is affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein a cable fuse is routed through either the positive conductor or the negative conductor to provide over-current protection;
wherein the first collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the first cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations;
wherein the second collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the second cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,823

POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an onboard energy storage device;
an onboard power conversion device configured to be electrically coupled to an external power source for receiving electrical power therefrom; and
at least one drive system electrically coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device,
wherein the at least one drive system comprises a traction drive system and a power take-off (PTO) drive system, the traction drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of the apparatus, and the PTO drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of at least one implement in association with the PTO drive system,
wherein the onboard energy storage device provides electrical power to the at least one drive system and the onboard power conversion device provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system simultaneously, depending on a state of charge of the onboard energy storage device,
and wherein the onboard power conversion device concurrently provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system and to the onboard energy storage device;the apparatus further comprising:a DC bus coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device; and
a traction switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the traction drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the traction switch is opened to disable the traction drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the traction switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the traction drive system via the DC bus and the traction switch; and
a PTO switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the PTO drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the PTO switch is opened to disable the PTO drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the PTO switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the PTO drive system via the DC bus and the PTO switch; and
wherein an internal combustion engine is absent from the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,822

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A braking control method for an all-wheel drive (AWD) eco-friendly vehicle which distributes and transmits a driving force of a vehicle driving source to front wheels and rear wheels based on a controlled power distribution ratio, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a total braking force based on a brake signal that corresponds to manipulation of a brake pedal;
calculating, by the controller, a front wheel braking force and a rear wheel braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
calculating, by the controller, a regenerative braking force and a frictional braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
determining, by the controller, a range of a power distribution ratio of the front wheels to the rear wheels during braking of the vehicle using the calculated front wheel braking force, rear wheel braking force, and regenerative braking force;
determining, by the controller, a power distribution ratio RAWD of the front wheels to the rear wheels based on a vehicle driving condition, within the determined range of the power distribution ratio; and
adjusting, by the controller, distribution of the power to the front wheels and the rear wheels to be the determined power distribution ratio RAWD such that the regenerative braking force is distributed to the front wheels and rear wheels based on the power distribution ratio RAWD,
wherein a front wheel regenerative braking force and a rear wheel regenerative braking force are calculated from the regenerative braking force and the determined power distribution ratio RAWD, and
wherein a frictional braking device of the front wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the front wheel braking force and the front wheel regenerative braking force, and a frictional braking device of the rear wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the rear wheel braking force and the rear wheel regenerative braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,363,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a regenerative braking execution when shifting gears in a vehicle during regenerative braking, the method comprising:a first process of deciding whether motor torque is in a constant power mode:
a second process of deciding whether the motor torque is in a constant torque mode; and
a third process of deciding whether a mode of the motor torque is converted into the constant torque mode from the constant power mode,
wherein an amount of regenerative braking is determined based on a decided result of the first to third processes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,820

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO A TAILGATE THROUGH CAPACITIVE COUPLERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a receiving circuit in a tailgate of the vehicle configured to receive power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a first set of plates electrically coupled to the transmitting circuit, the first set of plates disposed in a frame that receives the tailgate; and
a second set of plates electrically coupled to the receiving circuit, the second set of plates disposed in-side the tailgate, the second set of plates aligned to the first set of plates when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,819

METER CLUSTER ASSEMBLY

1. A meter cluster assembly, comprising:a meter cluster body including
a wall defining an open space,
a trench on a proximal edge of the wall, the trench having a discontinuous channel along a length of the trench,
at least one tab attachment location at predetermined positions not in the discontinuous channel,
a lip disposed on an aspect of the proximal edge of the wall, adjacent to a portion of the trench,
a tactile feature disposed on a visible surface of the lip,
a clip disposed on a hidden surface of the lip, opposite the tactile feature; and
a bezel including
a finished surface projecting radially from a visible aspect,
a plurality of fins projecting radially from a hidden aspect, and
at least one tab projecting from the hidden aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,818

DISPLAY UNIT FOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A display unit for a vehicle, comprising:an electronic display configured to display information for an occupant of the vehicle;
a light guide configured as a light pipe, having a thickness, situated adjacent to a portion of a displaying face of the display, and configured to guide light from the portion of the displaying face of the display representing a part of the information displayed on the display from a first location at the display through the thickness of the light guide, by internal reflection, to a predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display; and
a further light guide configured as a light pipe including at least one optical fiber situated adjacent to a further portion of the displaying face of the display and configured to guide light from the further portion of the displaying face of the display representing at least another part of the information to a further predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display, the further predetermined location being different from the predetermined location;
wherein a display end of the light guide is provided at a distance from the electronic display, the distance based on a dimension of the light guide, the light guided from the portion of the displaying face of the display by the light guide being displayed at the display end of the light guide closer in view than the information displayed on the display outside of the portion of the displaying face of the display situated adjacent to the light guide, such that the displayed information appears three dimensional; and
wherein the light guide includes a surface provided parallel and adjacent to the portion of the displaying face of the display, the light guide further including a first portion and a second portion, a thickness of the first portion extending from the surface in a direction perpendicular to the surface being smaller than a thickness of the second portion from the surface in the direction perpendicular to the display surface of the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,363,817

SELF-LOADING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including:
commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle;
determining whether a response was received from a first follow vehicle located behind the host vehicle; and
commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area as a result of receiving the response from the first follow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,816

PEDAL UNIT AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A pedal unit comprising:an accelerator pedal rotatable about a first pivot axis;
a brake pedal rotatable about a second pivot axis;
a first bracket including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface and that supports the accelerator pedal adjacent to the first surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the first pivot axis, and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the second surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a second bracket including a second plate including a third surface opposing the second surface and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the third surface of the second plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a connector held by the first plate and the second plate, and that rotatably supports the brake pedal in a state in which the brake pedal is disposed between the second surface of the first bracket and the third surface of the second bracket; and
a shaft held by the first bracket and rotatably supporting the accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,815

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a multi-axle drive device,wherein the multi-axle drive device comprises:
a synchronizing clutch present in an operative connection between a first output shaft and a connecting shaft; and
at least one separating clutch present in an operative connection between the connecting shaft and a second output shaft,
wherein the synchronizing clutch and the separating clutch are disengaged in a first operating state and are engaged in a second operating state, the method comprising:
at least partially engaging the synchronizing clutch when a shifting variable exceeds a first shifting threshold during the first operating state, such that the synchronizing clutch is shifted out of a disengaged position in a direction of its engagement, and
engaging the separating clutch only when the shifting variable exceeds a second shifting threshold,
wherein the second shifting threshold is greater than the first shifting threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,814

TRANSFER CASE WITH OIL DISTRIBUTION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A hub for a transfer case, the hub comprising:an outer annular member;
an inner annular member within and rotatable relative to the outer annular member in a limited range of motion between a first position and a second position relative to the outer annular member; and
a spring coupled to the outer annular member and the inner annular member, the spring normally biasing the inner annular member into the first position;
wherein the hub forms a closed valve when the inner annular member is in the first position, and the hub forms an open valve when the inner annular member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,812

VAPOUR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND VAPOUR CONTROL METHOD

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A vapour recovery system for recovering vapour coming from a vehicle tank comprising:a valve configured for being positionable in a closed position, an open position creating a passageway with a first size, and one or more intermediate positions each creating a passageway with a size which is smaller than said first size;
an actuator configured for operating said valve;
an electronic controller configured for controlling said actuator to position said valve in a sequence of positions over time, wherein said sequence comprises at least one of said one or more intermediate positions during a time period, said time period being larger than 1 second;
wherein the valve is arranged in a line of the vapour recovery system between a vapour outlet of the vehicle tank and the atmosphere;
wherein the actuator is a stepper-motor based linear actuator;
wherein the controlling comprises selecting at least one intermediate position of said one or more intermediate positions, the selection consisting in selecting a number of steps to be set from a predetermined reference position; and
wherein the controller is configured to:
in response to a positive detection of a refuelling event, position the valve in the open position;
monitor a level of liquid in the vehicle tank and, in response to the level reaching a predetermined threshold level, position the valve in the closed position; and
then reopen the valve by positioning the valve in an intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,811

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLLED ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active grille shutter system comprising:a number of vanes angularly displaceable between an open position, a closed position, a first commanded position between the open position and the closed position, and a second commanded position between the first commanded position and the closed position;
a motor having a variable hold current applied thereto for maintaining the vanes in the first commanded position and the second commanded position; and
a controller configured to adjust the amount of hold current being applied to the motor, wherein when the vanes are in one of the first commanded position and the second commanded position, the controller increases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with increasing vehicle speed and decreases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with decreasing vehicle speed and when the vanes are in the first commanded position at a given vehicle speed a first amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the first commanded position and when the vanes are in the second commanded position at the given vehicle speed a second amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the second commanded position, wherein the second amount of hold current is greater than the first amount of hold current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,810

AIR INTAKE GRILLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. An air intake grille assembly of a vehicle operable in forward and backward directions of travel across a surface comprising:a frame defining an opening; and
a plurality of louvers extending laterally across the opening, at least one of the plurality of louvers being defined by opposed top and bottom surfaces and having a double curve shape defining first and second curve portions, the top surface terminates at a forward-facing surface and at a backward-facing surface, and the first and second curve portions each have a different radius of curvature, wherein
the first curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the forward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers, and the second curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the backward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers,
the first curve portion extends from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the second curve portion extends from the backward-facing surface to the first curved portion, and
the top surface extends along the first curve portion and is convex from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the top surface extends along the second curve portion and is concave from the backward-facing surface to the first curve portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,809

RADIATOR SCREEN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A radiator screen device for a construction machine, an agricultural machine, or an industrial vehicle, each having a vehicle body and a radiator, comprising:a screen to filter dust contained in cooling air flowing toward the radiator, and that includes a front surface and a rear surface;
a dust removing member disposed upstream of the radiator with respect to a flowing direction of the cooling air and movable relative to the screen, and disposed in contact with the front surface of the screen to remove dust attached to the front surface of the screen; and
a frame body that surrounds the dust removing member,
wherein the dust removing member comprises a wire that has a zigzag shape so as to be placed in contact with the surface of the screen,
wherein the front surface of the screen is disposed upstream of the rear surface of the screen with respect to the flowing direction of the cooling air,
wherein the frame body is brought into contact with the dust removing member to regulate a movable range of the dust removing member within the frame body, and
wherein the dust removing member and the screen are supported by the vehicle body, and wherein one of the dust removing member and the screen is vibrated vertically relative to the other of the dust removing member and the screen by vibration of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,808

WHEEL DRIVE MOTOR AND IN-WHEEL MOTOR DRIVE ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wheel drive motor, comprising:a motor shaft, for outputting drive force to rotate a wheel, extending in an axial direction and including a large diameter portion located at a central part in the axial direction and a small diameter portion located on a first side in the axial direction, the small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion,
a bearing rotatably supporting the small diameter portion, and
a rotor secured to an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion and facing a stator,
an end member that is fixedly attached to the large diameter portion, projects from the end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction, and covers an end face of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction, wherein
an end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction projects over an end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction toward a side having the small diameter portion, and
further wherein the end member is positioned to be coaxial with the motor shaft at an attachment position on the large diameter portion, and
the end member includes an outer circumferential fitting surface that fits with a radially inner part of the end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,807

CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device that is adapted for a vehicle drive system in which a first engagement device and a rotating electrical machine are provided in a power transfer path connecting an internal combustion engine to wheels and that performs start assist control for the internal combustion engine, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit that:
executes, when the first engagement device is in a disengaged state, a first start assist process that brings the first engagement device into slip engagement at a first engagement pressure while increasing a torque generated by the rotating electrical machine; and
executes, when the first start assist process fails to start the internal combustion engine, a second start assist process that increases an engagement pressure of the first engagement device to a second engagement pressure higher than the first engagement pressure while increasing the torque generated by the rotating electrical machine, wherein
the second engagement pressure is determined on the basis of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine in the first start assist process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,806

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the input shafts;
a plurality of driving gears with one driving gear disposed on one input shaft;
an output shaft configured to transfer the power from the input shafts;
one or more linked gears rotatable at a different speed relative to the output shaft, wherein the linked gears include a plurality of gear parts, the gear parts being configured to mesh with the driving gears on the input shafts;
an output unit coupled on the output shaft and configured to transmit the power to front wheels of the vehicle;
a clutch disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with one of the linked gears and the output unit so as to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle via the power output by the output unit;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and
an intermediate shaft and first and second gears fixed on the intermediate shaft, wherein one of the first and second gears is configured to mesh with one of the driving gears, the first motor generator includes an output terminal directly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears for power transmission, or the output terminal of the first motor generator is indirectly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears via an intermediate idler for power transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,363,805

HANDLING STRUT

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A handling strut for a vehicle, the handling strut formed of at least two strut members; a first strut member for connection to a powertrain and a second strut member for connection to a structural member of the vehicle; wherein one of said strut members comprises a bushing and the other strut member comprises a shaft arranged to extend through an aperture in the bushing; wherein the aperture through the bushing is wider than the shaft, a predetermined air gap is provided between the shaft and the bushing, and the first strut member is decoupled from the second strut member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,804

VEHICLE ELECTRICALLY DRIVING ASSEMBLY

Jing-Jin Electric Technol...

1. A vehicle electrically driving assembly, connected to vehicle axle half shafts of a vehicle, whereinthe vehicle electrically driving assembly comprises: an electric motor, a speed reducer, an electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch and a differential;
the speed reducer is provided with multiple stages of gears, an input shaft and an intermediate shaft;
the differential is connected between the vehicle axle half shafts;
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is installed on the intermediate shaft of the speed reducer; and
when the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is in engagement, a driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the vehicle axle half shafts via the speed reducer and the electromagnetic law clutch, to provide the driving force to the vehicle;
the speed reducer comprises: a first stage driving gear, a first stage driven gear, a second stage driving gear and a second stage driven gear, and the gears of the same stage are in engagement; and
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch comprises: a fixed face tooth, a movable face tooth, a solenoid assembly and a return elastic assembly, and when the solenoid assembly is powered off, the return elastic assembly drives the movable face tooth to reset, the return elastic assembly is a spring, an elastic sheet, a diaphragm spring or a spring assembly, and the spring assembly comprises several springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,803

ENCAPSULATION ASSEMBLY AND FORMING METHOD THEREOF, AND VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for forming an encapsulation assembly, comprising:forming a trim which comprises a decoration section and a connection section, the connection section being disposed at an edge of the trim and having a penetration structure; and
forming a gasket, by injection molding, which comprises a fixing section covering the connection section of the trim, wherein a part of the fixing section is filled into the penetration structure of the connection section during the injection molding,
wherein forming the trim comprises forming a hole structure in the connection section so as to form the penetration structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,802

MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a body;
two side pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body;
two rear pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body, and
a roof adjustable between a closed position and an opened position, said roof including a front roof part which is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, and a rear roof part which is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, said rear roof part forming in the opened position of the roof a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,801

TONNEAU COVER ACCESS PANEL

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A rear cover access panel system for a vehicle having a cargo area structure with at least one opening, comprising:at least one attachment portion selectively operably coupled to the vehicle;
a pivotal portion pivotally coupled to the at least one attachment portion;
a cover attached to the pivotal portion where pivoting the pivotal portion allows the cover to move between a closed position covering the opening of the vehicle and a first open position partially uncovering the opening of the vehicle; and
at least one latch mechanism operably coupled to the at least one attachment portion, said at least one latch mechanism operably selectively releases the at least one attachment portion from the vehicle to allow further uncovering of the opening as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,363,799

COACH DOOR OF VEHICLE OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE REGARDLESS OF ORDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A coach door of a vehicle openable/closable regardless of an order, which includes a front door in which a hinge axis connected to a vehicle body is installed at a front end and a rear door in which the hinge axis connected to the vehicle body is installed at a rear end, comprising:a hinge assembly having a first hinge hinged to a vehicle body, a second hinge hinged to the first hinge and engaged with a rear end of a rear door, an opening start device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the outside of the vehicle at an early stage of opening of the rear door, and a closing end device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the inside of the vehicle at a last stage of closing of the rear door; and
a guide unit configured to guide a front end of the rear door to move the front end of the rear door in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the initial stage of opening of the rear door and the last stage of closing of the rear door.

US Pat. No. 10,363,798

INSERT FOR A MULTI-PART VEHICLE DOOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An insert for a vehicle door having one part of the door that is separable from another part of the door, the insert comprising:a body having a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end and through the center of mass of the body, an opening at the first end, and an inner surface that defines a cavity extending from the opening toward the second end, the inner surface having a first portion and an opposing second portion wherein the distance from the first portion to the axis decreases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end, and the distance from the second portion to the axis increases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,797

VEHICLE HEATER

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A vehicle heater, comprising:a pipe having a plurality of chambers;
each chamber having a ceramic heating element arranged therein;
a contact plate configured for electrical contact, the contact plate having a front side contacting the heating elements and a rear side facing an upper side of the chambers or an underside of the chambers; and
an intermediate wall separating at least two of the chambers, the intermediate wall extending from the upper side to the underside of the chambers, wherein the contact plate has a slit in which the intermediate wall is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,363,796

CONTROL MODULE ACTIVATION OF VEHICLES IN A KEY-OFF STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle at a location in a key-off state including:
a battery;
a communication module; and
an infotainment unit to activate and present media responsive to the communication module receiving an activation signal; and
a remote processor to:
determine a charge level of the battery;
identify a parking duration for the location; and
send the activation signal responsive to the charge level being greater than a threshold associated with the parking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,795

CHILLER-ACCUMULATOR SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE WITH A FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A chiller system for a vehicle engine having a forced induction arrangement, the chiller system comprising:an intercooler configured to cool compressed charge air received from a turbocharger or a supercharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit fluidly coupled to the intercooler, the low temperature cooling circuit circulating a coolant to provide cooling to the intercooler and including a low temperature radiator configured to cool the coolant, a chiller-accumulator loop having a combined chiller-accumulator, a chiller bypass line bypassing the chiller-accumulator, and a charging valve configured to selectively provide coolant to at least one of the chiller-accumulator loop and the chiller bypass line; and
an air conditioner circuit circulating a refrigerant and having a primary circuit and a bypass circuit, the primary circuit being separate from the low temperature cooling circuit and including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the bypass circuit including a conduit that bypasses the evaporator, and a chiller shut off valve configured to selectively prevent refrigerant from flowing through the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller-accumulator is thermally coupled to the chiller-accumulator loop and the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller shut off valve is configured to be controlled to be selectively opened to provide refrigerant to the chiller-accumulator to further cool the coolant in the chiller-accumulator loop after the coolant is cooled by the low temperature radiator, thereby providing increased cooling to the intercooler and the compressed charge air to increase engine performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,794

AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for optimally controlling an air-conditioning system of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a heater heat quantity for each operation amount of an air-conditioning blower after an engine of the vehicle is started under a maximum heating condition of the air-conditioning system and the air-conditioning system is turned on according to current vehicle state information and air-conditioning information;
determining a lost heat quantity discharged outside the vehicle during a current air-conditioning mode, the lost heat quantity being determined for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
determining an effective heating energy for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower by calculating a difference between the heater heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower and the lost heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
calculating the optimum operation amount of the air-conditioning blower where a maximum amount of the effective heating energy is obtained for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower; and
controlling operation of the air-conditioning blower according to the determined optimum operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,793

HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND TEMPERATURE REGULATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH HOUSING

1. A vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
an air conditioning system that guides a temperature-regulated air current through a duct and into the passenger compartment; and
a housing located at a predetermined position within the passenger compartment, wherein the housing is adapted to accommodate an electronic device having a temperature, wherein the housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet through which the temperature-regulated air current from the duct passes, wherein the temperature of the electronic device is regulated exclusively by guiding the air current from the duct around the electronic device; and
wherein the air current exiting the duct strikes the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,791

AXLE UNIT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

SAF-HOLLAND GMBH, Bessen...

1. An axle assembly for commercial vehicles, comprising:a linkage element having a first end and a second end;
a first axle element, wherein the linkage element extends between the first axle element and a vehicle frame, the linkage element is pivotably coupled to the vehicle frame at the first end and coupled to the first axle element near the second end; and
a second axle element, wherein the first and second axle elements are pivotably supported from the vehicle frame by the linkage element;
wherein the first axle element extends mainly along a tube axle and is fixed on a first side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the second axle element is at least partially rotationally symmetric around a stub axle and is fixed at a second side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the tube axle and the stub axle are spaced one from the other in an area of the linkage element;
wherein a supporting section is provided, which is configured as an integral one-piece part with the linkage element, so that a suspension element is supported in a way that a first surface of the suspension element is overlapped or intersected at least in parts by at least one of the tube axle and the stub axle;
wherein both the first axle element and the second axle element are directly and materially bonded to the linkage element;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a vertical distance v;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a horizontal distance h; and
wherein the ratio of the horizontal distance h to the vertical distance v is in the range of about 0 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,789

TOP MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING HAVING INTEGRAL ANTI-VIBRATION FEATURE

The Pullman Company, Mil...

9. A suspension mount for coupling a first component and a second component of a vehicle, the suspension mount comprising:a housing including a bore and a first shoulder, the housing adapted to be coupled to the first component of the vehicle;
an elastomeric bushing including a bore adapted to receive the second component of the vehicle, the elastomeric bushing including a first portion, a spaced apart ring portion, and a web portion interconnecting the ring portion and the first portion, wherein the ring portion, the web portion and the first portion are integrally formed with one another; and
a cap including a peripheral portion having a second shoulder, wherein the elastomeric bushing is positioned within the housing with the ring portion being engaged with the first shoulder, the first shoulder cooperating with the second shoulder to trap the ring portion between the housing and the cap and provide a seal and vibration isolator therebetween, wherein the first portion of the elastomeric bushing includes a conically shaped outer surface and the cap includes a complimentarily shaped surface in engagement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,363,788

VIBRATION DAMPER FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vibration damper for a vehicle, comprising:a wheel carrier, made of metal, that rotatably receives a wheel;
a damper tube arrangement, made at least in part of fiber-reinforced plastic, which is fixedly connected to the wheel carrier, wherein the damper tube arrangement outside of the wheel carrier forms a damper fluid volume;
a piston guided in the damper tube arrangement, the piston having a piston rod, wherein the piston rod is connectable to a body of the vehicle;
wherein the damper tube arrangement is open at an end face so that the damper fluid volume transitions directly into a wheel carrier fluid volume within the wheel carrier so that
fluid in the wheel carrier fluid volume is in direct contact with the metal of the wheel carrier in order to transfer heat; and
a base valve, separate from the piston, disposed within the wheel carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.

US Pat. No. 10,363,783

TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY, VEHICLE WHEEL BALANCER, COMBINATION TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND WHEEL BALANCER, METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TIRE SENSOR TO A VEHICLE PART, AND METHOD FOR BALANCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ITIRE, LLC, Rock Hill, S...

1. A combination vehicle tire sensor assembly and in-tire wheel balancer adapted for residing inside a pneumatic tire mounted on a wheel rim of a motor vehicle, said combination comprising:a flexible mounting cable secured to said sensor assembly, and adapted for extending circumferentially within an annular space formed between the tire and wheel rim;
a counterweight secured to said mounting cable a spaced distance from said sensor assembly; and
a substantially hollow balancer belt adjacent said sensor assembly and counterweight, and defining a circumferentially-extending exterior groove designed for receiving and locating said mounting cable, and a circumferentially-extending interior cavity adapted for containing a wheel-balancing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,782

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire defining an axial direction and an axial outermost point measured in said axial direction, an imaginary baseline (BL) which contacts the outer end of a rim radius of a standard rim corresponding to the pneumatic vehicle tire dimensions, and having a nominal tire cross-section height (H) measured from the baseline (BL) of at most 100 mm, the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a tread having a lateral side;
a ply structure;
a bead core;
a radial carcass having a bead region in which said radial carcass extends around said bead core from axially inside to axially outside and with a turned-back portion that is guided so as to extend back up to underneath said ply structure to form an overlapping region between said turned-back portion and said ply structure;
a wing rubber extending from said lateral side of said tread in the direction of said bead region;
a rim protection rubber extending from said bead region in the direction of said wing rubber;
at least said wing rubber, said rim protection rubber, and a sidewall rubber component conjointly defining a sidewall having a radially outer portion;
said wing rubber having a radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component that adjoins said wing rubber in a covered region in the direction toward said bead region;
said sidewall rubber component having a first tapered end section in said covered region of the sidewall rubber component and said sidewall rubber component extending from the first tapered end section thereof down to an end surface of the rim protection rubber;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component being tapered in the direction of said tread;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component having an end that is at a distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said wing rubber being the only sidewall region rubber element that extends to said tread and said wing rubber being in direct contact with said turned-back portion of said carcass in said radially outer portion of said sidewall that is radially above the distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said distance (h2) being between 45% and 70% of said cross-section height (H);
said radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component extending in the direction toward said bead region so as to cause said radial inner end section to be present at said axial outermost point of said tire; and
said rim protection rubber extending radially beneath the bead core and terminating at a position axially inward of an axially inner surface of said bead core,
wherein said pneumatic vehicle tire has an axially outermost tire surface defined by a combination of said wing rubber and said sidewall rubber component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,781

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated installing direction to a vehicle to define an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge;
the tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves comprising an outboard shoulder main groove, an outboard middle main groove, an inboard shoulder main groove and an inboard middle main groove to define an outboard middle portion between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, an inboard middle portion between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, and a central portion between the outboard middle main groove and the inboard middle main groove;
the central portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central sipe;
the outboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves extending between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, a plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent outboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of outboard middle lateral sipes extending from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the outboard middle circumferential sipes;
the inboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves extending between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, a plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent inboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of inboard middle lateral sipes extending from the inboard shoulder main groove or the inboard middle main groove toward the inboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the inboard middle circumferential sipes; and
the number of the inboard middle lateral sipes being greater than the number of the outboard middle lateral sipes,
wherein the number of the plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves, the number of plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes, and no sipe that extends from the outboard middle main groove is provided on the outboard middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,780

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion provided on each side of the tire equator with a crown circumferential groove, a shoulder circumferential groove disposed axially outside the crown circumferential groove, and shoulder lateral grooves extending between the shoulder circumferential groove and the adjacent tread edge,
the tread portion further provided with crown lateral grooves extending straight between the crown circumferential grooves,
said crown circumferential groove and said shoulder circumferential groove each being a zigzag groove made up of alternately arranged first groove segments and second groove segments,
wherein
each of the first groove segments has a crank shape made up of a shorter central part extending in a direction and two longer parts on both sides of the central part and extending in a different direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to one tire axial direction, and
each of the second groove segments has a straight shape inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the other tire axial direction,whereina zigzag pitch length Ps of said shoulder circumferential groove is less than a zigzag pitch length Pc of said crown circumferential groove, wherein the zigzag pitch length is the total circumferential length of one first groove segment and one second groove segment,
both ends of each of the crown lateral grooves are respectively connected to one of the second groove segments of one of the crown circumferential grooves and one of the second groove segments of the other crown circumferential groove,
the second groove segments to which the crown lateral grooves are connected are inclined with respect to the tire axial direction to one tire circumferential direction, whereas the crown lateral grooves are inclined at an angle ?c with respect to the tire axial direction to the other tire circumferential direction,
the shoulder lateral grooves each extend at an angle ?s with respect to the tire axial direction which is less than the angle ?c of the crown lateral grooves, and
the number Ns of the shoulder lateral grooves on each side of the tire equator is more than the number Nc of the crown lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,779

HEAVY DUTY PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

16. A heavy duty pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves so that the tread portion consists of nine land portions separated by the main grooves;
the nine land portions comprising a shoulder land portion having a tread edge, a first middle land portion adjacent to the shoulder land portion, a second middle land portion adjacent to the first middle land portion, a third middle land portion adjacent to the second middle land portion, and a central land portion adjacent to the third middle land portion;
the shoulder land portion being formed into a circumferentially continuous rib;
the first middle land portion being formed into a row of first middle blocks separated by a plurality of first middle lateral grooves;
the second middle land portion being formed into a row of second middle blocks separated by a plurality of second middle lateral grooves;
each first middle block having a circumferential length greater than that of each second middle block;
the third land portion being provided with a plurality of third middle lateral grooves to form a plurality of third middle blocks;
the central land portion being provided with a plurality of central lateral grooves to form a plurality of central blocks, and
circumferential lengths L4 of the plurality of central blocks being equal to or more than circumferential lengths L3 of the plurality of third middle blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,363,778

TIRE HAVING A SOFTENED CARCASS REINFORCEMENT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, havinga radial carcass reinforcement comprising a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction,
said crown reinforcement itself being capped radially with a tread, said tread being joined to two beads by way of two sidewalls,
the radial carcass reinforcement additionally comprises, in each shoulder, an axially outer end of a layer of additional reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially,
wherein said axially outer end of said layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially is axially outside said at least two working crown layers, and
at least one additional protective layer is axially interposed between the layers of additional reinforcing elements, an axially inner end of each respective additional reinforcing layer that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially being axially in line with an axially outer end of the at least one additional protective layer, of reinforcing elements
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 0.85 mm, and wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter less than 0.16 mm, and
wherein the crown reinforcement, which is supplemented radially on the outside by the at least one additional layer, the reinforcing elements being oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,363,776

WHEEL ROTATED BY LOAD APPLIED TO AXLE REMAINING STATIONARY AT ECCENTRIC POSITION

1. A wheel rotated by a load applied to an axle mounted on a rotation body always remaining stationary at an eccentric position of the wheel spaced apart from the center of the wheel by a given distance, the wheel comprising: a plurality of pressure elastic bodies or leaf springs mounted on the inner periphery of an outer rim of the wheel to apply a given pressure to the outer periphery of the rotation body fitted to the axle to which the load is applied; a load frame connected to a fixed frame by means of a hinge shaft in such a manner as to be movable upward and downward; a power wheel mounted on the fixed frame in such a manner as to be fixedly mounted on the fixed frame to allow the wheel mounted on the axle mounted on the load frame to contactedly operate engagedly therewith; a pressure elastic body connected between the upper portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; a tension elastic body connected between the lower portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; and a control roller for allowing the center of the rotation body fitted to the axle to be spaced apart from the center of the wheel by the given distance, whereby the control roller controls the outer rim of the wheel to allow the center of the wheel to be spaced apart from the center of the rotation body by the given distance so that the axle always remains stationary at the eccentric position of the wheel and the drive shaft fixedly mounted on the power wheel engagedly operating with the wheel rotating by the load kept applied to axle mounted on the rotation body is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,363,775

VEHICLE WHEEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A vehicle wheel for motor vehicles, the vehicle wheel comprising:a wheel-rim ring having an opening;
a main member positioned at least partially in the opening of the wheel-rim ring, wherein the main member has an attachment region with receptacles for attachment to a vehicle, wherein the main member comprises spokes, wherein the main member is connected to the wheel-rim ring; and
a covering shell for at least partially covering the main member, wherein the main member is free from the covering shell at least in the attachment region with the receptacles, wherein the covering shell comprises spokes, wherein the spokes of the covering shell at least partially cover the spokes of the main member, wherein the spokes of the covering shell have radially outer ends and radially inner ends, wherein the covering shell directly contacts the main member and directly contacts the wheel-rim ring, wherein the covering shell is connected directly to the main member and directly to the wheel-rim ring via welding or brazing,
wherein the covering shell, the main member and the wheel-rim are produced from sheet steel,
wherein the covering shell and the main member together bear an operating load, wherein the covering shell bears a smaller portion of the operating load than the main member,
wherein either
the covering shell comprises a radially inner ring-shaped region that connects the radially inner ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the main member in the inner ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the outer ends of the spokes each are connected to the wheel-rim ring, or
the covering shell comprises a radially outer ring-shaped region that connects the radially outer ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the wheel-rim ring in the outer ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the spokes taper in a radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,774

TUBELESS SPOKED WHEEL STRUCTURE

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

1. A tubeless spoked wheel structure comprisinga tubeless spoked wheel including a rim and a tire defining an air space, and wire spokes connecting the rim and a hub to integrate the wheel, the air space sealed to maintain a pressure of the tire, wherein
the rim includes an annular raised portion arranged around the entirety of a centerline of the rim in a vehicle width direction, the annular raised portion having a bore with an internal thread that is arranged along the annular raised portion and is not in communication with the air space, the annular raised portion protruding radially inwardly to have a height corresponding to a length of the internal thread,
each spoke includes
a spoke head arranged at a distal end nearer to the rim, and
an external thread arranged at a basal end nearer to the hub,
the rim and the distal end of each spoke are connected with a connection including
a connecting member having an outer periphery including an external thread that is screwed into the internal thread,
each internal thread in the rim extends parallel to a radial direction of the rim, the connecting member is connected to the internal thread parallel to the radial direction of the rim,
the connecting member has a hollow for receiving the spoke head of the spoke that is engaged rotatably about a central axis of the connecting member, the connecting member is screwed into the internal thread, and
the external thread arranged at the basal end of each spoke is screwed in a nipple assembled with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,363,773

ACCESSORY HOLDER FOR A PAINT TRAY CARRIER

1. An accessory holder in combination with a painting extension pole and a paint tray assembly in which the paint tray assembly includes (i) a paint tray having a perimeter wall arranged to be supported on a level supporting surface, a paint well supported within the perimeter wall, and a ramp supported within the perimeter wall so as to extend laterally away from the paint well at an upward slope, and (ii) a carrier releasably attached to the paint tray having a base engaged below a portion of the paint tray, a post extending upwardly from the base, and a clip secured to the post so as to clamp said portion of the paint tray between the clip and the base of the carrier, the accessory holder comprising:a first clip portion releasably clamped onto the post of the carrier;
a second clip portion releasably clamping the painting extension pole therein; and
an accessory hook extending laterally outwardly from the second clip portion having an open top end when the holder is supported on the post of the carrier;
the accessory hook comprising a base member extending horizontally outwardly from the second clip portion and a leg member extending vertically upwardly from the base member so as to define a rectangular shaped gap between the leg member and the second clip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,772

TURKEY FAN FAVORITE

1. A device for spreading a turkey's tail feathers in a fan-like display utilizing a four and three quarter inch wide and five and a half inches tall U shaped device used to fully hold open a turkey's tail feathers and attaching two rubber clips to the opposing outside quill at base of the feathers on opposite sides of the fan-like display, that are attached to the turkey's rear body mass and attaching a center clip to the turkey's center vertical feather quill at the base of middle feather to fully spread open and extend tail in a quality fan like position and using locking clips attached to the feather quills and remaining unseen from front of tail while utilizing a hole made into the device at the top center to hang on a wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,770

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PRINTED SECURITY FEATURES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:printing an image to a target;
printing an image-wise security feature to a target with a clear material transferred from a mass transfer panel of a thermal transfer sheet, wherein the security feature is provided with a separate printing technique than the image and provides a visual effect that is distinct and distinguishable from the image; and
providing a uniform top coat above at least the image, wherein the target is disposed on a re-transferable film that comprises the top coat, and wherein the image and image-wise security features are printed to the re-transferable film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,769

TRANSACTION CARD HAVING FEATURES FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM WALLET

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, comprising:printing a card board containing a plurality of card blanks, wherein each card blank on the card board is printed with information common to all of the cards;
cutting individual card blanks from the printed card board, each card blank including a first surface and an opposing, substantially parallel second surface spaced from the first surface by a thickness of the card blank;
machining a feature along a first region of at least one of the first and second surfaces such that the machined feature deviates from a smooth, flat surface of the card and is configured for tactile engagement to facilitate removal of the card from a pocket of a card-carrying case; and
machining a portion of the card to a thinner thickness than remaining portions of the card to facilitate insertion of the card into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,767

METHOD FOR MARKING A FEATURE SUBSTANCE, SECURITY FEATURE, DOCUMENT OF VALUE AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING SAID DOCUMENT

1. A method for marking a feature substance, present in pulverized form, with at least one marker, with the feature substance being suitable for authentication of value documents, comprising the step of mixing the feature substance with a small quantity of the marker present in form of particles, the small quantity of the marker lying in a range of 0.1 to 10 wt. % based on a total weight of the marked feature substance, so that macroscopic detectability and identifiability of the feature substance is not influenced by the marker and the marker is detectable in a value document having a security feature containing the marked feature substance by means of a spatially resolving analytical method which is adapted to resolve down to a single-particle level;wherein the feature substance is a luminescent feature substance and the marker is a luminescent marker;
wherein an emission of the luminescent marker occurs in another spectral wavelength region compared to the emission of the marked luminescent feature substance, or
wherein the luminescent marker is excitable in another spectral wavelength region than the marked luminescent feature substance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,766

INFORMATION ITEM FORMING MACHINE WITH VISUAL INSPECTION UNIT AND METHOD FOR FORMING AND SORTING INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

1. An apparatus for forming and sorting informational items having product information printed thereon, the apparatus comprising:at least one folding unit to form a folded article from a sheet of paper having information printed thereon;
a conveyor belt to transport the folded article away from the folding unit;
a camera disposed adjacent the conveyor belt and downstream from the folding unit, the camera to capture an image of the folded article as the folded article passes by the camera on the conveyor belt;
a controller operatively coupled to the camera and to receive and process the image of the folded article to determine whether the folded article has a satisfactory configuration; and
a diverter assembly disposed adjacent to the conveyor belt and downstream from the camera, the diverter assembly operatively coupled to the controller to cause the folded article to move off of the conveyor belt in response to the controller determining that the configuration of the folded article fails to satisfy at least one predetermined criteria, wherein the diverter assembly comprises a pusher or piston disposed adjacent the conveyor belt to impact the folded article and eject the folded article from the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,363,765

ADAPTIVE FILTER AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN ADAPTIVE FILTER

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A method of iterative determination of an offset filter coefficient of an adaptive filter using resources sharing comprising:adjusting a filter coefficient to form the offset filter coefficient in an iterative procedure comprising:
determining a determined filter coefficient from the filter coefficient by sharing a shared resource, configured to execute an adaptive convergence algorithm on the filter coefficient and at least one other filter coefficient, and wherein a sharing factor equals a number of filter coefficients of the at least one other filter coefficient plus one;
determining an offset, based on a monitored change of the determined filter coefficient and the sharing factor; and
adding the offset to the determined filter coefficient, at a first time period, if the determined filter coefficient, has not reached a steady state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,764

PORTABLE PRINTER AND METHODS

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A printer, comprising:A housing having at least a pair of exit openings readily accessible from outside of the printer, and a pair of front bumpers and a pair of rear bumpers disposed at top corners of the housing and which extend outwardly to contact a surface if the printer falls, and the housing has a door with a lower portion with a converging throat,
a support mounted on the housing,
a print head mounted on the support and capable of printing on a web of record members,
an ink ribbon cartridge received on the support,
a label roll holder having at least a pair of holding members that are engageable with a supply roll;
a sensor system mounted on one of the at least a pair of holding members; and
a movably mounted guide for the web, the guide being movable between an open position and a closed guiding position, the guide being spring-urged to the open position to enable the ink ribbon cartridge to be received on the support, and the ink ribbon cartridge being engageable with the guide to the move the guide toward the closed position against the spring-urging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,763

COVER PIECE AND MEDIUM STORAGE CASSETTE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cover piece to be removably attached to a medium storage cassette including a medium storage section for storing a medium, and an operation unit provided in a recess and configured to lock and unlock the medium storage section to and from an apparatus main body, the cover piece comprising:a main portion configured to enter the recess in the medium storage cassette so as to cover the recess;
a sliding portion configured to slide so as to switch between a first state in which the sliding portion sticks out from the main portion and the main portion is locked to the recess, and a second state in which the main portion is unlocked and allowed to enter the recess and be removed from the recess; and
an opening for receiving a key member,
wherein the sliding portion switches the first state to the second state, when the key member is inserted in the opening,
wherein the key member unmovable from the opening, and the cover piece is detachable together with the key member from the recess, when the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,762

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit that ejects a liquid to a medium;
a main body in which the liquid ejecting unit is accommodated;
a liquid storage unit including at least one liquid container for storing the liquid and located on a front side of the apparatus;
an operation panel through which operations are inputted, the operation panel being located on the front side of the apparatus and configured to be retracted and pivoted upward; and
a stretchable medium output tray located on the front side of the apparatus, to receive the medium discharged,
wherein the liquid storage unit and the medium output tray are both protruding forward with respect to the operation panel, when the operation panel and the medium output tray are retracted in the main body,
wherein a front face of the liquid storage unit and a forward end portion of the medium output tray are flush with each other in a depth direction of the liquid ejecting apparatus, when the medium output tray is accommodated in the main body,
wherein the liquid container includes a liquid inlet port through which the liquid can be received from a liquid supply container, and
wherein the liquid inlet port is located between a front face of the liquid storage unit and a front face of the operation panel, in a depth direction of the apparatus, when the operation panel is retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,760

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFOR

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising:a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order;
a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component; and
a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass,
wherein the controller is configured to schedule one-sided printed sheets for a first pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component and two-sided printed sheets for a second pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component by using the duplex printing loop and to determine a distance between subsequent sheets guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component such that a location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by printed sides of two-sided printed sheets at most a maximum number of times before the location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by an unprinted side of a one-sided printed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,759

CUTTING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cutting mechanism comprising:a cutter blade that is configured to cut a medium;
a cutter unit to which the cutter blade is attached;
a pinion gear that is rotatably attached to the cutter unit, and
a rack gear that is configured to mesh with the pinion gear,
wherein the pinion gear and the rack gear are helical gears with inclined teeth, and
wherein the cutter unit moves while the pinion gear is rotated in a state of meshing the pinion gear and the rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,758

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a roller pair configured to nip a sheet therebetween and transport the sheet in a transport direction;
a recording section provided downstream of a nip point of the roller pair in the transport direction and including nozzles that discharge ink droplets;
a support member provided below the recording section and having ribs configured to support a lower surface of the sheet, the ribs being arranged in a width direction orthogonal to the transport direction and spaced apart from each other in the width direction, each of the ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and
abutment portions provided downstream of the nip point in the transport direction and positioned between the ribs in the width direction, the abutment portions being elastically urged to press an upper surface of the sheet, and lower ends of the abutment portions being positioned lower than upper ends of the ribs,
wherein the support member has a center point in the width direction,
wherein the abutment portions includes a first abutment portion and a second abutment portion which is positioned further from the center point of the support member than the first abutment portion in the width direction, and
wherein an urging force urging the first abutment portion is greater than urging force urging the second abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,757

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a pressing member configured to press a fold line formed in a sheet, the pressing member including:
an axis extending along a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the sheet,
a spiral shaped projection portion configured to contact with the fold line and to rotate about the axis, and
a contact portion comprising an impact absorbing member separate from the spiral shaped projection portion, adjacent to a portion of the spiral shaped projection portion, and configured to contact with the fold line, the contact portion extending from the spiral shaped projection portion toward an upstream side of a rotational direction of the pressing member,
wherein the spiral shaped projection portion presses the fold line at a contact position, and
wherein the contact position changes in the direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the sheet in accordance with rotation of the spiral shaped projection portion in a single direction about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-SKEWING SUBSTRATES AND LATERALLY REGISTERING IMAGES ON THE SUBSTRATES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer comprising:a mechanical de-skewing device configured to identify only an amount of skew in an incoming substrate and to remove only the identified amount of skew from the incoming substrate to de-skew the substrate before the incoming substrate enters a print zone; and
an electronic lateral registration system configured to identify only a lateral position of the de-skewed substrate in the print zone and send image data only to inkjets that correspond to a width of the de-skewed substrate at the identified lateral position of the de-skewed substrate before the de-skewed substrate enters the print zone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,755

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BASE MATERIAL

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A base material processing apparatus comprising:a transport mechanism for transporting an elongated strip-shaped base material in a longitudinal direction thereof along a transport path formed by a plurality of rollers;
a processing part for processing said base material in a processing position lying on said transport path;
a force detection part for detecting a force applied in an axial direction of a rotation shaft of a sensing roller, said sensing roller being at least one of said plurality of rollers;
a meandering prediction part for predicting meandering of said base material to output meandering prediction information, based on the force applied in the axial direction of the rotation shaft of said sensing roller; and
a meandering correction part for correcting a widthwise position of said base material relative to said processing part, based on said meandering prediction information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,754

INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing machine comprising:an inkjet head;
an ink cartridge that is disposed at a position lower than that of the inkjet head, and holds ink therein;
an ink route that connects the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a branch route with one end connected to a branching point on the ink route and the other end connected to a joining point on the ink route, the joining point being on an inkjet head side viewed from the branching point;
a pump that is disposed on the branch route, and used to send ink from the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a valve that is disposed on a direct route which is a route between the branching point and the joining point, and opens and closes a channel for a fluid within the direct route; and
a controller configured
(i) to close the valve and drive the pump in initial filling of the inkjet head with ink,
(ii) to stop the pump and open the valve on or after a time point when a tip of ink introduced into the ink route reaches a prescribed position on an inkjet head side viewed from the joining point,
(iii) to close the valve after the ink in the ink route flows backward to move the air in the direct route into the ink cartridge, and
(iv) to drive the pump to fill the inkjet head with ink.

US Pat. No. 10,363,753

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUSES

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid; and
a supply device that supplies the liquid from a liquid supply source to the liquid ejecting head, the supply device including:
a first liquid supplying flow path that supplies the liquid toward the liquid ejecting head;
a pump that is provided in the first liquid supplying flow path and feeds the liquid to a downstream side where the liquid ejecting head is located;
a second liquid supplying flow path having one end connected to an upstream connecting portion located on an upstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and the other end connected to a downstream connecting portion located on a downstream side relative to the pump, the second liquid supplying flow path together with the first liquid supplying flow path forms a circulation flow path in which the liquid circulates;
a pressure control valve disposed in the second liquid supplying flow path;
a buffer in which a volume of a storage chamber that stores the liquid varies by displacement of a flexible member; and
a pressure applying section that applies pressure to the flexible member from an outside of the storage chamber, wherein
the buffer is disposed at least one of a position on a downstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and a position that is closer to the downstream connecting portion than the pressure control valve is in the second liquid supplying flow path, and
the pressure control valve opens when a pressure in the buffer becomes a predetermined pressure or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,363,752

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber fluidly communicating with a nozzle configured to discharge liquid through the nozzle;
a capacity change member configured to change a capacity of the liquid chamber;
an inflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown into the liquid chamber;
an outflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown out from the liquid chamber;
a first flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the inflow path;
a second flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the outflow path; and
a controller configured to control the capacity change member, the first flow-path resistance change member, and the second flow-path resistance change member,
wherein the controller is configured to perform a first operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path is larger than the flow-path resistance of the inflow path while the flow-path resistance of the inflow path and the flow-path resistance of the outflow path increase by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber increases by controlling the capacity change member so as to fill the liquid in the liquid chamber, and
after the controller performs the first operation, the controller is configured to perform a second operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path remains increased and the flow-path resistance of the inflow path increases by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber decreases by controlling the capacity change portion so as to discharge the liquid from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,751

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INQUIRY PROCESS TO INQUIRE WHETHER INK HAS BEEN INJECTED INTO INK CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank having a set of an ink chamber and an inlet;
a recording assembly including a recording head and configured to eject the ink stored in the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet;
a cover movable between a covering position covering the inlet to restrict ink from being injected into the ink chamber through the inlet and an exposing position exposing the inlet to an outside to allow ink to be injected into the ink chamber through the inlet;
a cover sensor configured to detect a position of the cover;
a memory configured to store:
a first threshold value; and
a count value updated in a direction approaching the first threshold value in accordance with ejection of the ink from the recording assembly;
a display;
an operation interface; and
a controller configured to control the recording head and the display,
the controller being configured to:
perform, in response to the detection through the cover sensor that the cover has been moved to the exposing position and then moved to the covering position, a first determination process to determine whether a quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber at a time the cover is moved to the exposing position is less than a residual ink threshold;
perform, in response to the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is not less than the residual ink threshold, a second determination process to determine whether an exposing time during which the cover has been in the exposing position is not less than a first time period;
perform, based on the determination in the second determination process that the exposing time is not less than the first time period, an inquiry process to display an inquiry screen on the display and to receive one of a first operation and a second operation through the operation interface, the inquiry screen inquiring whether ink has been injected into the ink chamber;
perform, based on the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is less than the residual ink threshold, the inquiry process without performing the second determination process; and
perform, in response to the receipt of the first operation in the inquiry process, an initialization process to initialize the count value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,750

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION AND INTERFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid;
a supply portion including a supply hole through which the printing fluid is configured to flow out of the storage chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front surface at which the supply portion is provided;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface;
an upper surface disposed upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward opposite to the gravitational direction in the upright posture;
a locking surface disposed at the upper surface and facing rearward;
one protrusion positioned at the upper surface and having a detection surface extending in the frontward direction, the one protrusion having one specific portion;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface, the locking surface, the electrical interface, and the one protrusion being arranged in a recited order in the frontward direction in the upright posture, the one protrusion, the electrical interface, and the locking surface being arranged upward in a recited order in the upright posture; and
another protrusion positioned at the upper surface and disposed rearward relative to the electrical interface,
the another protrusion having another specific portion, the one protrusion and the another protrusion defining a plurality of imaginary planes each of which passes through the one protrusion and the another protrusion, each of the plurality of imaginary planes extending in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the gravitational direction and the frontward direction in the upright posture,
the plurality of imaginary planes including a specific imaginary plane defined by the one specific portion and the another specific portion, the specific imaginary plane being positioned higher than any other imaginary plane between the one protrusion and the another protrusion,
an entire part of the electrical interface being positioned downward relative to the specific imaginary plane in the gravitational direction in the upright posture such that a gap is formed between the entire part of the electrical interface and the specific imaginary plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,748

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid; and
a liquid storage section configured to store the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head,
the liquid storage section comprising:
a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head,
a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid, the liquid filling inlet being configured for opening and closing,
an interlocking mechanism having a male portion that interlocks with a female portion to thereby seal the liquid filling inlet, and
a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, the storage tank having a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,363,746

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejection head that includes a member having an ejection port and a flow path communicating with the ejection port and a substrate having an energy generating element configured to eject a liquid supplied from the flow path through the ejection port, the method comprising:a step of providing a positive photosensitive resin layer on a substrate;
a step of heat-treating the positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate;
a step of forming a mold material having a pattern of the flow path by subjecting the heat-treated positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate to exposure and development;
a step of covering the mold material on the substrate with a negative photosensitive resin layer for forming the member;
a step of forming the ejection port communicating with the mold material by subjecting the negative photosensitive resin layer covering the mold material to i-line irradiation and development treatment; and
a step of forming the flow path communicating with the ejection port by removing the mold material from the substrate,
wherein the positive photosensitive resin layer includes a light absorbing agent that is nonvolatile at a temperature of the heat treatment of the positive photosensitive resin layer, and
the light absorbing agent has “a light absorbance (a1) at a wavelength of 365 nm” and “an average light absorbance (a2) in a wavelength range of 280 nm or more to 330 nm or less”, and an absorbance ratio A is 1.0 or less where the absorbance ratio A is a ratio a2/a1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,744

FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle row A comprising nozzles A arranged along the first direction from a first end nozzle of the nozzle row A in a first direction towards a second end nozzle of the nozzle row A in the first direction;
a nozzle row B comprising nozzles B arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles B is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, respectively;
a nozzle row C comprising nozzles C arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles C is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in the second direction, respectively;
a nozzle row D comprising nozzles D arranged along the first direction from a third end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction towards a fourth end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction;
a nozzle row E comprising nozzles E arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles E is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively; and
a nozzle row F comprising nozzles F arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles F is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively,
a controller configured to control ejections of fluid from the nozzles A, the nozzles B, the nozzles C, the nozzles D, the nozzles E and the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle row B is positioned between the nozzle row A and the nozzle row D in the second direction,
wherein the nozzle row D is positioned between the nozzle row B and the nozzle row E in the second direction,
wherein the nozzles A of the nozzle row A are arranged into a nozzle group A1 and a nozzle group A2,
wherein the nozzle group A1 comprises some of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A2 comprises others of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A1 is positioned between the nozzle group A2 and the center of the nozzle row A in the first direction,
wherein the nozzles B of the nozzle row B are arranged into a nozzle group B1,
wherein the nozzle group B1 comprises some of the nozzles B,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group B1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles C of the nozzle row C are arranged into a nozzle group C, wherein the nozzle group C comprises some of the nozzles C,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group C are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles D of the nozzle row D are arranged into a nozzle group D2,
wherein the nozzle group D2 of the nozzle row D comprises some of the nozzles D,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group D2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles E of the nozzle row E are arranged into a nozzle group E1 and a nozzle group E2,
wherein the nozzle group E1 comprises some of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group E2 comprises others of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group E1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group E2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles F of the nozzle row F are arranged into a nozzle group F,
wherein the nozzle group F comprises some of the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group C and the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the controller is configured to control:
the nozzle group A1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A1;
the nozzle group A2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A2;
the nozzle group B1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate B1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles B comprising the nozzle group B1;
the nozzle group C to eject fluid at an average usage rate C that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles C comprising the nozzle group C;
the nozzle group D2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate D2 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles D comprising the nozzle group D2;
the nozzle group E1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E1;
the nozzle group E2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E2; and
the nozzle group F to eject fluid at an average usage rate F that is an average of usage rates of the some of the nozzles F comprising the nozzle group F,
wherein the average usage rate A2 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate B1 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate C is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate D2 is smaller than the average usage rate E2,
wherein the average usage rate E1 is smaller than the average usage rate E2, and
wherein the average usage rate F is smaller than the average usage rate E2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,743

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD HAVING NOZZLE WITH ELECTROSTATIC PROPENSITY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a nozzle plate that includes a nozzle forming surface to which a nozzle section through which liquid is ejected is open, the nozzle section forming a hole through the nozzle plate to allow the liquid to be ejected,
wherein an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle section due to contact with the liquid is lower than an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle forming surface due to contact with the liquid,
wherein the nozzle section includes a first region on an upstream side within the nozzle plate and a second region on a downstream side within the nozzle plate in an ejection direction of the liquid, the first region having a larger cross section than the second region,
wherein both a liquid repellent film containing fluorine and a base film extend from the nozzle forming surface into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate such that an amount of fluorine per unit area decreases in an order of the nozzle forming surface, the second region, and the first region, and
wherein the base film extends further into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate than the liquid repellent film and also extends only partially through the nozzle section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,742

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from nozzles; and
a liquid supply path which includes a liquid flow path unit and supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the flow path unit includes a liquid chamber partly formed by a flexible member, a displacing member connected to the flexible member and displaced with the flexible member, a guide portion guiding the displacing member in a displacing direction of the flexible member, and a displacement detecting unit which detects a displacement of the flexible member,
wherein the displacing member includes a first guided portion which protrudes inside the liquid chamber along the displacing direction and a second guided portion which protrudes on a side opposite to the liquid chamber,
wherein the guide portion guides the first guided portion of the displacing member,
wherein the displacement detecting unit detects the displacement of the flexible member by detecting a displacement of the second guided portion, and
wherein the flexible member closes the liquid supply path when the flexible member is displaced in a direction in which a volume of the liquid chamber is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,739

RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING HEAD VOLTAGE SETTING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A recording device performing recording operation by supplying drive voltage to a recording head having predetermined nozzle capacity, comprising:a head voltage control unit of setting target voltage of head voltage used to perform the recording operation by driving the recording head;
a DC voltage generating unit generating drive voltage which increases over a plurality of stages, while giving a feedback at each stage, until the head voltage becomes the target voltage which is set by the head voltage control unit; and
a smoothing capacitor connected between an output unit of the DC voltage generating unit and the recording head and having capacity which is twice or more as large as capacity of all of nozzles of the recording head driven at the same timing,
wherein, when increasing output voltage of the DC voltage generating unit, the output voltage is increased over a predetermined time at each of the plurality of stages until the target voltage is reached, and
wherein an inrush current peak at each of the plurality of stages is less than an inrush current peak when the output voltage is directly increased to the target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,738

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, HEAD UNIT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:an ejecting section that comprises a piezoelectric element that is displaced corresponding to a change in potential of a drive signal, a pressure chamber that changes in internal volume corresponding to the displacement of the piezoelectric element, and a nozzle that communicates with the pressure chamber, and can eject a liquid contained in the pressure chamber corresponding to a change in the internal volume of the pressure chamber; and
a detection section that can detect residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section after the piezoelectric element has been displaced,
the detection section detecting the residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section in either or both of a first period and a second period and in a third period when the drive signal having a drive waveform is supplied to the piezoelectric element, the drive waveform being set to a first potential in the first period, set to a second potential in the second period that follows the first period, and set to a third potential in the third period that follows the second period,
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period being smaller than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the first period, and
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the third period being larger than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,363,737

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD WITH CONNECTION MECHANISM FOR A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a pair of connectors configured to connect to each other;
a flexible circuit on which one of the connectors is mounted;
a circuit board on which another one of the connectors is mounted;
a driver element that generates a driving force for ejecting liquid from a nozzle in response to an electric signal that is supplied from the flexible circuit to the circuit board via the pair of connectors; and
a locking mechanism that is configured to take (i) a first state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is locked while the pair of connectors are connected, and (ii) a second state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is not locked while the pair of connectors are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,363,694

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PLATE-INTEGRATED GASKET

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of manufacturing a plate-integrated gasket that includes a plate having an upper major surface and a lower major surface, and a gasket main body made of a rubber material formed on the upper major surface thereof, the method comprising the steps of:forming a plurality of discrete potting portions made of the rubber material on the upper major surface of the plate at predetermined intervals along a peripheral edge of the plate at locations that correspond to a location at which the gasket main body will be formed on the upper major surface of the plate;
after forming the plurality of discrete potting portions on the plate, placing the plate in a metal mold that includes a pair of split molds that collectively define a cavity that is configured for receipt of the rubber material that forms the gasket main body, pinching the plate such that an inner surface of one of the pair of split molds that faces the upper major surface of the plate contacts the discrete potting portions and an inner surface of the other of the pair of split molds that faces the lower major surface of the plate contacts the peripheral edge of the plate, and clamping the mold; and
after clamping the mold, providing the rubber material in a liquid form into the cavity and then curing the rubber material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,653

ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR A HAND TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. An attachment device for use with a hand tool having a handle portion with a distal end, the attachment device comprising:a connection member having a connection point; and
a receiver including a flexible annular wall extending axially from the connection member to define a central channel having an open end, the receiver configured to receive at least a portion of the handle portion within the central channel via the open end, and wherein the receiver includes a split extending axially along the length of the annular wall to allow the annular wall to disconnect from itself, and wherein the receiver is adjustable between a secured configuration, in which ends of the annular wall are coupled to one another, and a disconnected configuration, in which the ends of the annular wall are not coupled to one another so the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion, and
wherein the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion when the receiver is in the disconnected configuration, and wherein the receiver allows the handle portion to be axially inserted into the central channel while restricting the removal of the handle portion therefrom when the receiver is in the secured configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,646

MANUFACTURING FIXTURE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED PROCESS HAVING A REST PAD FORCE SENSOR WITH CLOSED LOOP FEEDBACK

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A manufacturing fixture assembly configured to hold a component in a fixed position during manufacturing comprising:at least one rest pad configured to support, at least in part, the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a sensor associated with the at least one rest pad and configured to sense a force exerted on the at least one rest pad by the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a clamping component configured to rigidly hold the component onto the at least one rest pad in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a force monitoring system configured to receive a signal from the sensor indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad before and during the manufacturing of the component held in the fixed position, wherein the force monitoring system is configured to determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises at least one of the following determinations: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within a predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range; and
an output device configured to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
wherein the force monitoring system includes a controller configured to:
receive the signal indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises the following: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range,
control the output device to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine a remedial action for control of the clamping component when the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is outside the predetermined range, and
control the clamping component based on the determined remedial action so the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,363,584

METHODS FOR REMOVING BARRIER COATINGS, BONDCOAT AND OXIDE LAYERS FROM CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of removing a bond coat from an article, the article comprising a ceramic matrix composite substrate and a bond coat comprising elemental silicon and silica disposed on the ceramic matrix composite substrate, said method comprising: contacting the article with a solution comprising at least 5 weight percent of at least one hydroxide for a sufficient time necessary for said at least one hydroxide to react with the bond coat and remove the bond coat from said ceramic matrix composite substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,579

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING USABLE CROP FROM INTERMIXED DEBRIS

Crary Industries, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for separating usable crop from intermixed debris, the apparatus comprising:a movable support;
a conveying system on the movable support configured to convey usable crop in a processing path from an upstream input location to a downstream output location;
at least a first separating system on the movable support configured to cause separation of debris intermixed with usable crop in a first manner as usable crop is conveyed in the processing path;
a vacuum system on the movable support downstream of the first separating system and configured to generate a low pressure volume which causes additional debris intermixed with the usable crop to be drawn away from the usable crop by vacuum; and
a collection container on the movable support configured to accumulate debris drawn away from the conveying usable crop,
wherein the movable support, conveying system, at least first separating system, vacuum system, and collection container define a unit that can be advanced over an underlying surface through the movable support to relocate the apparatus,
wherein the apparatus further comprises an evacuating system on the movable support, the evacuating system configured to create a low pressure volume in a space in the collection container.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,531

BEVERAGE PRODUCING SYSTEM COMPRISING A DISPOSABLE CONTAINER

1. A beverage preparation system for providing hot or cold beverages comprising:a beverage dispenser having at least one electromagnet and a control unit for controlling said electromagnet;
at least one disposable container for beverage ingredients which are adapted for being replaceable and insertable into the beverage dispenser, wherein the disposable container includes a reservoir and a dispensing means having an anchor which is arranged to be movable between an open position and a closed position on the dispensing means, and
wherein the anchor is moveable between the open position and the closed position by a magnetic field generated by the at least one electromagnet,
wherein the anchor is arranged on the dispensing means and the anchor opens the dispensing means when in the open position for a continuous through flow of beverage ingredients out of the reservoir and through the dispensing means, and
wherein the disposable container includes an unmovable counter anchor for the anchor whereby magnetic field lines flow in a bundled arrangement and orientate over a front face of the counter anchor in a longitudinal direction of the anchor, and
wherein the counter anchor is fixed within the dispensing means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,530

WIRELESS BLENDING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPO...

1. A blending device comprising:a blender base comprising a housing, a motor having a drive shaft, at least one sensor, and a wireless controller disposed within the housing and operatively communicating via a wireless signal, and wherein the at least one sensor is disposed within or on the housing; and
a container operatively coupled to the blender base, wherein the container is coupled with a blade assembly comprising a splined coupler that is operatively driven by the drive shaft, and
wherein the at least one sensor measures a weight of an ingredient added to the container when the container is coupled to the blender base, and
wherein the wireless controller operatively sends, receives, or sends and receives the wireless signal to or from a wireless device according to a communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,363,529

METHOD OF MIXING CROSSLINKING BLENDS IN TOTES FOR USE TO CROSSLINK POLYMER MODIFIED ASPHALTS

1. A method of mixing a crosslinking blend in a portable tote for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalts comprising the steps of providing a portable tote, said tote comprising a rigid tank having a top portion, a bottom portion and a sidewall, defining a tank interior, and having an air mixing system fixedly attached to the tank, said air mixing system containing a hollow wand partially disposed in the interior of the tank, said wand having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end exiting the tank but fixedly attached to tank, said tote further comprising a bottom frame supporting said tank, said bottom frame configured to be lifted by a fork lift, said distal end of said wand having at least one accumulator plate positioned thereon, said accumulator plate positioned adjacent the interior bottom portion; said tank having stored therein a crosslinking blend suitable for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalt;said method further comprising the steps of attaching a pulsed gas controller to said proximal end of said wand; attaching a source of compressed gas to said controller; activating said controller to thereby cause mixing of said crosslinking blend by pulsing gases out of the accumulator into the crosslinking blend for a sufficient period of time; discharging said crosslinking blend from the interior of said tank, and removing said controller from said wand, thereby leaving said wand attached to said tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,528

MIXING AND THAWING DEVICE

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A mixing and thawing device (1), comprising:a rocker drive (2) having a substructure (4) and a rocker plate (5) that is configured for pivoting relative to the substructure (4) about a rocker axis (6) at a programmable frequency and a programmable angle;
a bag holder (3) having a base part (8) and a lid part (9) that enclose a holding space (10) for holding a bag (7), the holding space (10) being a heat-insulating closed chamber, the base part (8) of the bag holder (3) being fastened securely to the rocker plate (5);
a heating element (11) being arranged in the base part (8)
a first intermediate space (14) arranged between the bag (7) and the base part (8);
a second intermediate space (15) arranged between the bag (7) and the lid part (9) and in fluidic communication with the first intermediate space; and
at least one flow generator (16) for generating a circulating fluid flow (17) through the first and second intermediate spaces (14, 15) and on opposite sides of the bag (7).

US Pat. No. 10,363,526

ENTRY MIXING ELEMENTS AND RELATED STATIC MIXERS AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An entry mixing element for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element having a central axis aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element comprising:an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis; and
a planar front panel comprising an upper front panel portion and a lower front panel portion, the planar front panel being arranged at a leading edge of the entry dividing wall and extending generally transverse to the central axis,
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into a first fluid flow portion and a second fluid flow portion, each of the first and second fluid flow portions containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component,
wherein the planar front panel and the entry dividing wall define an upper fluid gate in a first quadrant of the planar front panel through which the first fluid flow portion is directed, and define a lower fluid gate in a second quadrant of the planar front panel through which the second fluid flow portion is directed,
wherein the upper front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the lower fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines an upper fluid slot that extends from the upper fluid gate,
wherein the lower front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the upper fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines a lower fluid slot that extends from the lower fluid gate, and
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,363,525

FILTRATION MODULE

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A filtration module comprising:a stack of at least two spacers, wherein at least one spacer in the stack comprises a first outer plate and a second outer plate and at least one internal permeate channel arranged in between the first outer plate and second outer plate such that the first outer plate and second outer plate form two of the walls that define said at least one internal permeate channel, each outer plate having a first pair of edges extending in a first direction and a second pair of edges extending in a second direction, and wherein said at least one internal permeate channel extends in the first direction;
a porous or perforated area formed in each outer plate, the porous or perforated area being spaced from the first pair of edges; and
a filtration membrane on each porous or perforated area such that liquid transferred across the membrane is transported through the pores or perforations to said at least one internal permeate channel, each filtration membrane having a first pair of edges extending in the first direction and a second pair of edges extending in the second direction, the filtration membrane being spaced from the first pair of edges of the outer plate, and
wherein the spacers of the stack are separated by separate elongated distance-pieces that have a first surface contacting a first spacer and a second surface opposite the first surface contacting a second spacer, thereby forming a filtrate channel between the first spacer and the second spacer, and
wherein the filtrate channel extends in a direction other than the direction of the internal permeate channels.

US Pat. No. 10,363,523

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for installation in a vessel,comprising:
a seawater introduction pipe configured to introduce, via a pump interposed therein, unprocessed seawater;
an electrolyzed alkaline water generator which is connected to the seawater introduction pipe and includes a cathode and an anode, the electrolyzed alkaline water generator being configured to electrolyze the unprocessed seawater introduced therein by the seawater introduction pipe through application of a voltage across the cathode and the anode so as to generate electrolyzed alkaline water from the unprocessed seawater;
an exhaust gas absorption tower, exhaust gas being introduced into, and exhausted from, the exhaust gas absorption tower;
an electrolyzed alkaline water supply line through which the electrolyzed alkaline water is supplied from the electrolyzed alkaline water generator to the exhaust gas absorption tower; and
a spray nozzle connected with the electrolyzed alkaline water supply line to receive the electrolyzed alkaline water and being provided inside the exhaust gas absorption tower, the exhaust gas purifying apparatus being configured to spray the electrolyzed alkaline water through the spray nozzle to purify the exhaust gas through gas-liquid contact between the sprayed electrolyzed alkaline water and the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas absorption tower.

US Pat. No. 10,363,522

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IONaer International Ariz...

1. A method of removing contaminants from air, the method comprising the steps of:(a) activating an ion generator to generate more negative ions than positive ions, wherein the ion generator comprises: (i) a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of a control system, (ii) an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet, (iii) a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode, and (iv) an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen;
(b) operating a fan to move air past the ion generator so the air acquires negative ions; and
(c) passing the air with acquired negative ions through an ozone removal catalyst at least partially surrounding the ion generator to remove ozone from the air.

US Pat. No. 10,363,521

FILTER DEVICE, CONTROL VALVE COMPRISING THE FILTER DEVICE, AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMI...

1. A filter device disposed in a moist fluid passage of a system, the filter device comprising:a fluid introducing path via which a fluid that flows in the moist fluid passage is introduced into a filter room from an area below the filter room;
a filter including a filter member permeating the fluid introduced from the fluid introducing path into the filter room and removing foreign matter in the introduced fluid, wherein the filter is located in the filter room;
at least one of:
a first water pooling portion, which is disposed at a first position lower than the filter member on a sidewall side of a bottom of the filter room and on a periphery of the filter, or
a second water pooling portion, which is disposed at a second position lower than the filter member of the filter; and
a fluid discharge path via which a fluid that passed the filter is discharged,
wherein a gap size between the filter and a sidewall of the filter room is configured to allow at least one of a first water level of first water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the first water pooling portion, or a second water level of second water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the second water pooling portion, to reach a level higher than a lower end surface of the filter member, the lower end surface of the filter member is located opposite to an upper end of the filter, and the upper end of the filter is connected to the fluid discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,520

DRYING CARTRIDGE FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A gas drying device comprisinga two-piece housing comprising a fixed portion and a detachable portion;
a threaded male connector built into the fixed portion, the threaded male connector having a female restraining nut operable to restrain the fixed portion against the wall of an electric box when the threaded mail connector is inserted into a knockout formed in a wall of the box;
a gasket positioned between the restraining nut and the wall of the box;
a molecular sieve contained within the two-piece housing so that openings in the sieve are open to the ambient atmosphere within the two-piece housing when the housing is closed; and
a volume of desiccant contained within the molecular sieve, wherein at least a portion of the detachable portion comprises a window allowing viewing of the molecular sieve without detaching it from the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,519

AQUEOUS ALKANOLAMINE COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR THE SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GASEOUS MIXTURES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process for selectively removing hydrogen sulfide from a gas mixture comprising hydrogen sulfide comprising the step of contacting the gaseous mixture with a lean aqueous alkanolamine solution that excludes an acid or acid-forming material characterized as a strong acid that includes an organic or inorganic acid having a pKa of 8 or less and that consists of:(i) an amino compound with the formula:
R1R2NCH2CH(OH)CH2OH
wherein R1 and R2 independently represent methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isopropyl groups,
(ii) bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methylamine,
(iii) water,
and
(iv) optionally an additive that is one or more of a physical solvent, an antifoaming agent, an antioxidant; a corrosion inhibitor, a film former, a chelating agent, or a pH adjuster, provided that the additive is not the acid or an acid-forming material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,518

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEBOTTLENECK AN INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT WITH SOUR GAS INJECTION

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for increasing oil production in an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a. a series of a first, second and third oil-gas separators in sequence for separating an oil-gas mixture into oil and gas phases at decreasing pressures;
b. a crude stabilizer for receiving an oil phase from the third oil-gas separator and forming a stabilized crude and an overhead gas stream;
c. a low-pressure compressor for compressing the overhead gas stream combined with the gas phase from the third oil-gas separator to form a medium pressure stream;
d. a first hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane to remove hydrogen sulfide from the medium pressure stream combined with the gas phase from the second oil-gas separator to form a first permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide and a first retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and enriched in hydrocarbon gases;
e. a medium-pressure amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the first retentate stream to form a medium pressure stream depleted in H2S and a low-pressure acid-gas stream enriched in H2S;
f. a medium-pressure compressor for compressing the medium pressure stream depleted in H2S to form a high-pressure stream;
g. a high-pressure amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the high-pressure stream combined with the gas phase from the first oil-gas separator to form a sweet gas stream depleted in H2S and a low-pressure acid stream enriched in H2S;
h. a Claus unit for generating sulfur from the acid-gas streams enriched in H2S that are generated from the medium-pressure and high-pressure amine plants;
i. a permeate compressor for compressing the first permeate stream to form a compressed first permeate stream, and
j. piping for delivering the compressed first permeate stream to a plant comprising a sour gas injection unit for injecting the compressed first permeate stream into a subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,453

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING ATHLETIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE

New Balance Athletics, In...

1. A system for monitoring athletic performance and physiological characteristics of a user, the system comprising:(a) a first sensing unit adapted to monitor at least one performance characteristic of the user, the first sensing unit adapted to be attachable to a shoe of the user and comprising:
at least one motion sensor adapted to gather motion data relating to a movement of a foot of the user;
a first processor for processing the motion data to determine the at least one performance characteristic of the user, wherein the processor is adapted to:
(i) process angular velocity data from the motion sensor to determine a processed value indicative of a first performance characteristic of the user, the first performance characteristic comprising a foot strike location of the foot of the user upon striking a ground surface;
(ii) compare the processed value to a range of predetermined comparison values, the range of predetermined comparison values comprising a first range of values indicative of a heel strike, a second range of values indicative of a midfoot strike, and a third range of values indicative of a forefoot strike; and
(iii) determine, based on the comparison, the first performance characteristic;
a periodic trigger adapted to initiate and terminate processing of angular velocity data by the processor during a window of time corresponding to a portion of a foot strike event; and
a transmitter for transmitting a first data package representative of the first performance characteristic to a remote receiver, wherein the first data package comprises an indication of which of the heel strike, the midfoot strike, and the forefoot strike has occurred; and
(b) a second sensing unit adapted to monitor a plurality of physiological metrics of the user, the second sensing unit adapted to be at least one of incorporated into an item of apparel of the user and attached to a portion of the user and comprising:
a first physiological sensor adapted to gather first physiological data relating to at least one function of a heart of the user;
a second physiological sensor adapted to gather second physiological data relating to at least one of a temperature and a perspiration level of the user;
a second processor for processing the first physiological data and the second physiological data to determine at least one physiological characteristic of the user; and
a transmitter for transmitting a second data package representative of the at least one physiological characteristic to the remote receiver;
wherein the remote receiver is adapted to identify a relationship between the at least one performance characteristic and the at least one physiological characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,363,449

EXERCISE DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Campbelle Limited, Timar...

1. An exercise device, including:i. an elongate support element;
ii. a pivot adjustably positioned at an intermediate point along the length of the elongate support element, wherein the position of the pivot along the length of the elongate support element is adjustable in order to adjust a level of assistance or resistance provided by the device;
iii. one or more lower body supports mounted on the elongate support element on a first side of the pivot; and
iv. one or more upper body supports mounted on the elongate support element on a second side of the pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,363,401

SINUS DILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A surgical system for dilating a region of a patient's nasal sinus system, the system comprising:a first sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle defining a front end opposite a back end;
a rigid probe extending distally from the front end of the handle, the rigid probe defining:
a rigid proximal end at the front end of the handle,
a rigid distal tip opposite the proximal end,
a rigid curved segment between the proximal end and the distal tip;
a balloon having a distal end, the balloon being secured over the rigid probe adjacent the distal tip, wherein a distance between the distal end of the balloon and the distal tip is invariable;
an inflation path fluidly connected to an interior of the balloon;
wherein a curvature and a longitudinal location of the curved segment is configured to locate the balloon within one of a frontal sinus, a maxillary sinus, and a sphenoid sinus following insertion of the distal tip through a naris of the patient;
a connector associated with the handle and configured to be electronically coupled to an image guidance system of the type to allow for a display of a position of the first sinus dilation instrument within the patient relative to a pre-operative image of the patient's anatomy; and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the first sinus dilation instrument and corresponding with a region of the patient's sinus system that the first sinus dilation instrument is configured to access and treat with the balloon, the instrument identification selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a spheroid sinus instrument; and
a second sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle,
a rigid probe extending from the handle and forming a curved segment,
a balloon secured over the rigid probe adjacent a distal tip thereof and fluidly connected to an inflation path,
a connector configured to be electronically coupled to the image guidance system, and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the second sinus dilation instrument and selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a sphenoid sinus instrument;
wherein the instrument identification of the first sinus dilation instrument is different from the instrument identification of the second sinus dilation instrument;
and further wherein the electronic identifier device of the first sinus dilation instrument is separate from the electronic identifier device of the second sinus dilation instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,343

TISSUE-BASED DRAIN MANIFOLDS

LifeCell Corporation, Ma...

1. A tissue-based drain manifold, comprising partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue that has been formed into a sheet, tube, or column and eithera. micro-machined to contain grooves, channels, or holes; and crosslinked; or
b. micronized, reformed into thin strips, rolled to form tubes, and crosslinked; and a biocompatible or bioresorbable synthetic component in the form of an inner conduit surrounded by the partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue in the manifold and an exterior conduit surrounding at least a portion of the partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue in the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,342

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY CANNULA

INSULET CORPORATION, Act...

1. A wearable fluid delivery device, comprising:a chamber containing a fluid to be delivered into a body of a patient; and
a cannula in fluid connection with the chamber, the cannula comprising an exterior surface, an inner surface, a lumen and a distal end extending into the patient, wherein the cannula comprises a first material and a second material mixed with the first material, the second material disposed in discrete regions of the cannula, the second material comprising at least one of a hydrophilic material, an anti-microbial material, an anti-inflammatory material, and an anti-thombogenic material, wherein a first coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the first coating comprising an anti-inflammatory agent, wherein a second coating at least partially covers the interior surface of the cannula, the second coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material,
wherein the second coating covers less than an entire length of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating covers less than an entire length of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein the second coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the inner surface of the cannula,
wherein the first coating coats less than an entire perimeter of the exterior surface of the cannula,
wherein a third coating at least partially covers the exterior surface of the cannula, the third coating comprising at least one of the hydrophilic material, the anti-microbial material, the anti-inflammatory material, and the anti-thombogenic material, wherein the first and second coatings comprise different materials,
wherein the third coating is disposed in a concentration gradient throughout the first coating.

US Pat. No. 10,363,329

DISINFECTION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

13. A method for disinfecting an area, the method comprising:determining whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system to perform a disinfection process inside the area has been met;
activating the disinfection system to perform the disinfection process inside the area in response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met;
wherein the disinfection system comprises far ultraviolet radiation;
wherein the area is located within a vehicle; and
configuring a sensor system to determine whether pathogens and impurities are present in the area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,272

RAR SELECTIVE AGONISTS IN COMBINATION WITH IMMUNE MODULATORS FOR CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY

Io Therapeutics, Inc., A...

1. A method of potentiating chimeric antigen receptor-modified immune cells (CAR-MIC) cancer immunotherapy comprising administering at least one differentiating retinoic acid receptor (RAR) active agent, wherein the differentiating RAR active agent is a RAR? agonist, to a cancer patient who is receiving, has received, or is scheduled to receive, CAR-MIC, wherein the RAR? agonist is a CYP26 metabolism-resistant, RAR? selective agonist having a structure of general formula (I)
wherein R1 is H or C1-6 alky, R2 and R3 are independently H or F, and R4 is a halogen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,252

TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER USING HEDGEHOG PATHWAY INHIBITORS

HEDGEPATH PHARMACEUTICALS...

1. A method for treating prostate cancer in a subject that has undergone androgen deprivation therapy, is concurrently undergoing androgen deprivation therapy, or both, comprising orally administering a composition comprising a solid dispersion of a Hedgehog pathway (HhP) inhibitor and a polycarboxylic acid polymer, to the subject, wherein the HhP inhibitor comprises itraconazole, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, prodrug, stereoisomer, or active metabolite thereof, and wherein: (a) the composition is orally administered in an effective amount to achieve a plasma trough level of at least about 1,000 ng/mL of the HhP inhibitor, or (b) the composition is orally administered at a dose in the range of 100 mg to 600 mg HhP inhibitor per day.

US Pat. No. 10,363,250

FOLATE RECEPTOR BINDING CONJUGATES OF ANTIFOLATES

Endocyte, Inc., West Laf...

1. A method for treating a population of cancer cells in a patient, the method comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a conjugate of formula ALDm, wherein A is an antifolate of the formula:
wherein:
(1) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Glu; or
(2) X?OCH3, R?H, and Y?Glu; or
(3) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Valine; or
(4) X?OH, R?H, and Y=Suberate; or
(5) X?OH, R?CH3, and Y=Glu;
m is 1 to 3;
D is an independently selected drug; and;
L is a linker comprising at least one releasable linker;
wherein the cancer cells overexpress a folate receptor, and wherein the cancer is chosen from carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, melanoma, mesothelioma, Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, leukemia, or myeloma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,230

6-SHOGAOL DERIVATIVES AND ACTIVITIES THEREOF

North Carolina Agricultur...

1. A compound having a structure of the formula:
wherein:
m is an integer between 0 and 4;
R1 is —H, halogen, halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkoxy, —COOH, or halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is —H, halogen, —OH, halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkoxy, —COOH, or halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkyl; and
R3 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of —H, —OH, amino, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 alkylamino, and C1-C4 alkoxy, subject to the proviso that (a) when R1 and R2 are each H, (i) R3 is selected from hydroxyl and C1-C4 alkoxy and R4 is selected from OH and C2-C4 alkoxy or (ii) R3 is C1-C4 alkoxy and R4 is selected from —OH and C1-C4 alkoxy; and (b) when R4 is —H, R3 is —H, R2 is —CF3, and R1 is —F;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,226

PLATELET MEMBRANE-COATED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

North Carolina State Univ...

1. A platelet membrane-coated nanovehicle, comprisinga) an inner core comprising a drug delivery matrix, wherein the drug delivery matrix comprises an antineoplastic therapeutic agent; and
b) an outer shell platelet membrane coating the inner core, wherein the outer shell platelet membrane further comprises tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) and endogenous P-selectin protein.

US Pat. No. 10,363,200

TABLET SPLITTING APPARATUS

TOSHO, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A tablet splitting apparatus comprising:a guide having a groove passage for guiding a falling tablet;
a catcher for holding a tablet moving downward through the groove passage at a mid-portion of the groove passage; and
a splitting mechanism for splitting a tablet held by the catcher;
wherein the splitting mechanism comprises a pair of blades for splitting the tablet received by the catcher, and a pair of blade shifters that allow the blades to be attached thereto at predetermined positions,
a housing is further provided in which the guide, the catcher, and the splitting mechanism are accommodated,
the housing comprises an opening allowing the guide and the blades to move therethrough, and a support detachably fixing the guide at a supporting position in the housing,
the support and the guide each comprise a sliding portion for fixing the guide, and the support and the guide are in a slidable contact with each other at the sliding portions while the guide is supported at the supporting position,
the guide disposed at the supporting position is slid along the sliding portion of the support so as to be detachable from the supporting position through the opening,
the blades and the blade shifters each comprise a sliding portion at which each of the blades is attached to a corresponding one of the blade shifters or at which each of the blade shifters allows a corresponding one of the blades to be attached thereto, and the blades and the blade shifters are in a slidable contact with each other at the sliding portions for attaching the blades while the blades are attached to the respective predetermined positions, and
the blades attached to the respective predetermined positions of the blade shifters are slid along the sliding portions of the blade shifters so as to be detachable from the blade shifters through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,199

SYRINGE ADAPTER

1. A syringe adapter for connecting a dosing syringe to a container for taking up a fluid comprising:a fluid delivery channel for creating a flow connection between the inside of the container and the inside of the dosing syringe,
at least one ventilation channel for creating an air connection between the inside of the container and the container surroundings,
wherein in at least one of the channels a non-return valve is arranged which in an open position enables the passage of media and in a closed position closes the channel,
wherein a main adapter body on the one hand and the at least one non-return valve on the other hand are made at least partly from different plastic materials,
wherein the at least one non-return valve comprises an anti-drip valve which is arranged in the fluid delivery channel, which opens with the application of negative pressure to a syringe-side end of the fluid delivery channel, and which otherwise closes, and
further comprising at least one additional non-return valve which comprises a normally closed ventilation valve which is arranged in the ventilation channel, and which opens with the application of negative pressure to a container-side end of the ventilation channel
wherein the anti-drip valve comprises a duckbill valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,196

VIBRATOR APPARATUS FOR USE IN PHYSICAL TREATMENT

1. A vibrator apparatus in a vibration device for physical treatment usage comprising:a coil which is configured to rigidly attach to a member of the vibration device, the coil being configured to receive electric signals from a signal unit, and
a permanent magnet suspended by springy elements which are configured to attach to said member and is movable relative to the member,
wherein the coil and the permanent magnet are co-axially aligned, and wherein the permanent magnet is linearly and coaxially mutually movable relative to the coil between extreme positions being farthest away from the coil and between extreme positions being closest to the coil upon application of said electric signals to the coil, and
an actual distance of movement for the permanent magnet, relative to the coil, is less than axial length of the coil,
wherein the springy elements which provide tensioning and suspension of the permanent magnet relative to said member are provided by using a pair of springs located at a distance from a respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet, wherein a central part of each spring is configured to be rigidly connected to the member,
wherein from each central part there extends a spring material face which at its radially outer edge region is rigidly linked to said respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet, and
wherein the spring material face at its outer edge region is fixedly linked to the respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet at least at three locations having a space therebetween by respective spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,363,181

PATIENT POSITION DETECTION FOR PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient support apparatus comprisinga patient support structure configured to support a patient, the patient support structure having a head end and a foot end spaced apart in a longitudinal dimension of the patient support structure, the patient support structure having a head section that is configured to support a torso of a patient and that is movable between a raised position for supporting the patient in a sitting up position and a lowered position for supporting the patient in a lying down position,
a set of user inputs configured to receive input from a caregiver to initiate the movement of the head section between the raised and lowered positions,
a graphical user interface (GUI) supported by the patient support structure, and
control circuitry coupled to the GUI, the GUI being controlled by the control circuitry to display information indicating, when the patient is lying down on the patient support structure about midway between opposite sides of the patient support structure, that the patient is improperly positioned on the patient support structure in the longitudinal dimension of the patient support structure due to being shifted too far towards the head end or too far towards the foot end for the movement of the head section toward the raised position, wherein the information indicating that the patient is improperly positioned includes all three of the following: (i) a text box with a message conveying the information, (ii) a pictorial representation of a patient lying on the patient support surface too close to the at least one of the head end and foot end, and (iii) a hip position icon that is color coded.

US Pat. No. 10,363,170

APPARATUS FOR CORNEAL CROSSLINKING

Novartis AG, (CH)

1. An apparatus for corneal crosslinking, the apparatus comprising:a source of laser radiation having an energy and a pulse rate sufficient for creating photodisruption in a human cornea;
a scanner device configured to scan the laser radiation;
a control computer configured to control the scanner device;
a fluence reduction component selected to reduce the fluence of the laser radiation below a threshold at which corneal photodisruption occurs and at a level sufficient to activate a photosensitizer, wherein the fluence reduction component is, in response to an instruction from the control computer, configured to be alternatively moved to a first position out of a beam path of the laser radiation and moved to a second position into the beam path of the laser radiation, the fluence reduction component comprising a lens arrangement; and
the control computer further programmed to:
allow for the laser radiation having the energy and the pulse rate sufficient for creating photodisruption by moving the fluence reduction component to a first position out of the beam path of the laser radiation;
control the scanner device to create in the cornea, with the laser radiation, at least one incision for the introduction of or application of the photosensitizer into or onto the cornea; and
reduce the fluence of the laser radiation to the level sufficient to activate the photosensitizer for corneal crosslinking by moving the fluence reduction component to a second position into the beam path of the laser radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,165

INDEPENDENT SURGICAL CENTER

DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE, Lo...

1. A self-powered surgical system for a surgical procedure, comprising:a surgical tray;
a plurality of handheld instruments;
a power source in at least one of the surgical tray and a handheld instrument;
and a processing unit;
wherein the processing unit is configured to execute program instructions, the program instructions including instructions for:
detecting power from the at least one power source;
directing power to the plurality of handheld instruments from the at least one power source;
wirelessly detect identification information from at least one of the plurality of handheld instruments;
establishing communication with each of the plurality of handheld instruments; and
transmit an initial configuration setting to at least one of the plurality of handheld instruments based on the identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,157

TORQUE GENERATING POUCH AND RELATED METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a. a material pouch defining a volume of space, the material pouch comprising a flexible portion and having a first surface and a second surface;
b. the material pouch having a first position, in which the material pouch is bent along the flexible portion and the first surface contacts the second surface at an interface;
c. wherein, when the material pouch is in the first position, an increase in pressure to the space creates a force between the first surface and the second surface; and
d. wherein the material pouch transitions from the first position to a second position in response to the force between the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,156

GASTRIC TUBES HAVING TETHERED PLUGS AND METHODS OF USE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A gastric tube for use in a bariatric procedure, the gastric tube comprising:an elongate tube having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the elongate tube defining a lumen along a length thereof, the proximal end portion defining an opening in communication with the lumen, the elongate tube including:
a blunt tip formed on the distal end portion; and
an outer surface that extends between the proximal and distal end portions and defines a side opening in communication with the lumen, the side opening configured and dimensioned for at least one of aspiration or irrigation;
a balloon supported on the elongate tube and configured to receive an inflation medium to inflate the balloon; and
a cannulated plug coupled to the elongate tube, the cannulated plug including:
a proximal end configured for connection to a vacuum source; and
a distal end configured for removable receipt in the opening of the proximal end portion of the elongate tube to control a flow of one of aspiration or irrigation through the lumen, wherein the cannulated plug tapers between the proximal end and the distal end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,154

STENT DESIGNS FOR USE WITH ONE OR MORE TRIGGER WIRES

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A prosthesis comprising:a graft having a first end, a second end, a first edge at the first end, and a second edge at the second end, each of the first and second graft edges at the ends of the graft;
an expandable stent attached to the graft at one of the ends of the graft, and having a first end, a second end, and a plurality of apices at the second end, each apex having a surface;
a suture bore disposed through the surface of each of the plurality of apices of the second end of the stent, the suture bore disposed inwardly of an edge of the graft;
an imaging bore disposed through the surface of each of the plurality of apices of the second end of the stent, the imaging bore disposed directly axially adjacent the suture bore;
an imaging element disposed in each imaging bore;
wherein each imaging element is aligned with one of the first and second edges of the graft such that the location of the imaging element corresponds with the edge of the graft with which it is aligned and provides exact imaging of the edge of the graft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,152

HELICAL HYBRID STENT

Medinol Ltd., Tel Aviv (...

1. A stent comprising:a helical main stent component having a tubular structure extending from a first end to a second end, the helical main stent component having a first side band and a second side band, wherein the first and second side bands are coextensive and wherein each of the first side band and the second side band has an undulating pattern and forms a plurality of helical windings;
a polymer material interconnecting the plurality of the helical windings, wherein the polymer material extends in gaps between the plurality of helical windings; and
a drug included with at least one of the group consisting of the helical main stent component and the polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,128

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROSTHETIC REHABILITATION OF THE RETINA

1. A device for prosthetic vision rehabilitation, the device comprising:a scleral explant with a shape that is suitable for being in contact with at least one portion of the sclera of an eye;
at least one inducer arranged on the scleral explant, and
an insulating layer arranged on the at least one inducer, the at least one inducer constructed and arranged to create an electromagnetic field for neuronal stimulation of ganglionic neurons of the eye, the insulating layer galvanically insulating the at least one inducer from an excitation zone where the ganglionic neurons are located.

US Pat. No. 10,363,127

MESH POUCH FOR MEDICAL IMPLANT AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

SURGICAL INNOVATION ASSOC...

1. A mesh pouch for holding a surgical implant within a patient's body, the mesh pouch comprising:a mesh wall that defines an enclosure having an opening at an end of the enclosure;
a drawstring configured to close the opening when drawn so as to prevent the surgical implant from leaving the enclosure; and
a mesh tab extending from the mesh wall, the mesh tab providing a surface for suturing the mesh pouch to an inner surface of the patient's body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,118

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING COLOR IMAGES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A system for generating focused color image data of an object, the system comprising:a polychromatic light source that produces light comprising a first range of wavelengths, a second range of wavelengths, and a third range of wavelengths;
an optics system optically coupled to the polychromatic light source and operable to focus each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths to a corresponding plurality of respective focal lengths;
a detector configured to collect color intensity data for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths at each corresponding plurality of respective focal lengths, the detector comprising first pixels sensitive to the first range of wavelength, second pixels sensitive to the second range of wavelengths, and third pixels sensitive to the third range of wavelengths; and
a processor configured to, for a location in the color intensity data:
determine, for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths, a focal length for which the respective range of wavelengths is focused relative to an object at the location in the color intensity data; and
combine the color intensity data for each of the first, second, and third ranges of wavelengths at the determined focal length, thereby generating focused color image data for the location in the color intensity data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,114

AIMING AND STATUS INDICATOR SYSTEM FOR SURGICAL LIGHTHEADS AND CAMERAS

American Sterilizer Compa...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a support assembly;
a control unit for controlling operation of the lighting system; and
an accessory device mounted to the support assembly, the accessory device having an aiming and status indicator system comprising a plurality of marker lights mounted to the accessory device, each marker light providing a respective marker indicator beam aimed onto a work area to provide a respective marker indicator pattern on the work area, wherein the marker indicator patterns simultaneously indicate: (i) a geometric center that corresponds to a boresight of the accessory device for aiming the accessory device; and (ii) an operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,113

ADJUSTABLE CONTAINMENT SHIELD

1. An adjustable containment shield operable to mount on an output housing of a surgical instrument, the containment shield comprising:a substantially transparent body including:
a distal face;
a proximal face opposite the distal face;
a generally consistent thickness defined between the distal face and the proximal face such that the body is pliable and resilient;
a mounting hole defined in the body and operable to engage the output housing of the surgical instrument;
a plurality of folds configured to allow the containment shield to move from a retracted position to an expanded position;
the body further comprises an outer edge and a plurality of facets defined on the proximal face, each facet bounded by respective folds and the outer edge;
at least one facet is configured to pivot relative to the mounting hole such that the containment shield moves from the retracted position to the expanded position; and
when mounted on the output housing of the surgical instrument, the distal face is at an acute angle with respect to a longitudinal axis through the mounting hole and facing toward a patient engagement end of the surgical instrument while the proximal face is at an obtuse angle with respect to the longitudinal axis and facing toward a housing side of the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,108

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending along a substantial portion of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, the selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal score line disposed below the pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table;
said pleat having a closed position and an unclosed position wherein said pleat covers said single longitudinal score line when in said closed position; and wherein said pleat is adapted to be opened when said pleat is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal score line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion;
wherein the single longitudinal score line comprises a serration; and
wherein at least a portion of the drape is substantially transmissive to a radiographic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,105

VIBRATION ACTUATOR SUITABLE FOR USE IN MAGNETIC FIELD ENVIRONMENT AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator in which a vibration element and a driven element are in contact with each other, with relative movement being effected between the driven element and the vibration element,the vibration element comprising:
an elastic body of which a main ingredient comprises a material which is electrically insulating, dielectric, or semi-conductive, said elastic body being in contact with the driven element; and
an electromechanical energy conversion element that is joined to said elastic body, said electromechanical energy conversion element comprising:
a piezoelectric body;
a first electrode that is provided on a surface of said piezoelectric body, through which surface said piezoelectric body is joined to said elastic body, said first electrode having a first gap to form an open loop structure;
at least two second electrodes that are provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body;
at least one third electrode that is provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body; and
at least one conduction path that electrically connects said first electrode and said at least one third electrode,
wherein a second gap is formed between said at least two second electrodes, and
wherein when viewed in a direction along which the vibration element is pressed against the driven element, a width of the first gap is narrower than a width of the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,363,088

ELECTROSURGICAL TOOL INCLUDING A NON-LINEAR RESISTANCE MATERIAL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a housing;an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing;an end effector at a distal end of the elongate shaft, the end effector including a pair of jaws configured to grasp tissue therebetween, the pair of jaws including at least one electrode formed of a non-linear resistance material;
an actuator coupled to the housing and configured to be actuated to deliver electrical energy to the at least one electrode upon actuation of the actuator;
wherein when the electrical energy is delivered with a voltage below a predetermined threshold voltage the electrical energy is transmitted through the tissue grasped by the end effector to heat the tissue, and when the electrical energy is delivered with the voltage at or above the predetermined threshold voltage the electrical energy heats the at least one electrode to heat the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,087

TISSUE RESECTION DEVICE

Apollo Endosurgery US, In...

1. An apparatus for resecting a target area of mucosal tissue comprising:an elongate member having proximal and distal sections wherein said distal section includes first and second guides, each a separate tube and each having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinally extending slot along said guide and ending proximal of said distal end, at least one of said distal ends of said first and second guides having an outward bias relative to the other of said distal ends, and said slots defining a path; and
a resection member having first and second proximal ends and a distal end wherein said first and second proximal ends extend within interiors of said first and second guides, respectively, and said distal end extends between said first and second guides of said elongate member such that said distal end of said resection member may traverse said path defined by said slots of said first and second guides,
wherein distal advancement of said first and second proximal ends of said resection member within said first and second guides causes at least one of said first and second guides to be moved against said outward bias and be brought closer to the other of said first and second guides.

US Pat. No. 10,363,086

POWER MONITORING CIRCUITRY AND METHOD FOR REDUCING LEAKAGE CURRENT IN RF GENERATORS

Medtronic Advanced Energy...

1. An electrosurgical unit comprising:a power source configured to produce direct current;
a radiofrequency (RF) waveform generator configured to convert the direct current (DC) into an RF signal;
a voltage sensor configured to measure a DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator;
a current sensor configured to measure an output alternating current (AC) current feedback; and
a processor configured to:
estimate output AC voltage feedback based at least upon the measured DC input voltage and the measured output AC current feedback, the estimated output AC voltage feedback is not based at least in part on measurement of the output AC voltage feedback; and
output a control signal to control the DC input voltage to the RF waveform generator, the control signal based at least upon the estimated output AC voltage feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,363,084

INTERDIGITATION OF WAVEFORMS FOR DUAL-OUTPUT ELECTROSURGICAL GENERATORS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical generator, comprising:a power supply configured to output DC energy;
a plurality of RF amplifiers coupled to the power supply, each of the plurality of RF amplifiers being configured to convert DC energy from the power supply into an RF waveform, thereby generating a plurality of RF waveforms;
a plurality of pairs of output terminals, each pair including an active terminal and a return terminal, each of the pairs of output terminals is independently connected to one of the plurality of RF amplifiers and is configured to independently connect to an electrosurgical instrument of a plurality of electrosurgical instruments; and
a controller coupled to the power supply and the plurality of RF amplifiers and configured to control the plurality of RF amplifiers to interdigitate the RF waveforms generated by the plurality of RF amplifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,363,068

INSTRUMENT FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY DELIVERING A PERCUTANEOUS REVISION IMPLANT

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

14. A delivery instrument comprising:a monolithic outer sleeve comprising an inner surface defining a passageway, the outer sleeve having a pair of hinge pins extending outwardly from an outer surface of the outer sleeve;
an inner shaft disposed in the passageway such that an outer surface of the inner shaft is engageable with the inner surface, a distal end of the inner shaft comprising a threaded portion; and
a translator comprising a cylindrical wall defining a cavity, the outer sleeve being disposed in the cavity, the translator comprising first and second extension pieces extending from the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical wall having a pair of apertures, the hinge pins each being disposed in one of the apertures such that the translator is pivotable relative to the outer sleeve about the hinge pins.

US Pat. No. 10,363,062

ATHERECTOMY CATHETERS AND NON-CONTACT ACTUATION MECHANISM FOR CATHETERS

Avinger, Inc., Redwood C...

1. An atherectomy catheter comprising:an elongate catheter shaft;
a deflectable distal tip coupled to the elongate shaft at a hinge;
a rotatable cutter proximal to the distal tip;
a cutter drive shaft configured to rotate the rotatable cutter wherein the drive shaft is hollow, and wherein an optical fiber for optical coherence tomography imaging extends within the drive shaft;
a pull shaft positioned radially inwards of the elongate catheter shaft and concentric with the drive shaft; and
a pull-wire eccentric with the drive shaft and having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end coupled to the distal tip at a location distal to the hinge and the proximal end coupled to a distal end of the pull shaft at a location proximal of the hinge such that the pull-wire axially spans the hinge, wherein the pull shaft is configured to proximally pull the pull-wire to deflect the distal tip at the hinge, thereby exposing the rotatable cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,041

IMPLANTABLE NERVE GUIDANCE CONDUITS HAVING POLYMER FIBER GUIDANCE CHANNEL

THE TRUSTEES OF THE STEVE...

1. A nerve guidance conduit for promoting regeneration of a severed nerve, comprising:a fibrous tube, said fibrous tube defining a lumen within said fibrous tube, and said fibrous tube having a longitudinal axis, an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end, a second end opposite said first end along said longitudinal axis, and a first length from said first end of said fibrous tube to said second end of said fibrous tube;
a plurality of individual tubular members of a spiral cross-sectional shape positioned entirely within said lumen of said fibrous tube, each tubular member of said plurality of tubular members being porous and having a respective outer wall, a respective inner wall, a respective internal guidance channel defined by said respective inner wall, a respective longitudinal axis in substantially parallel alignment with said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, a respective first end, a respective second end opposite said respective first end along said respective longitudinal axis, and a respective second length from said respective first end to said respective second end, said respective second length being less than said first length of said fibrous tube, a first one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a first portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube and a second one of said plurality of tubular members bordering a second portion of said inner surface of said fibrous tube in close proximity to said first tubular member such that said first and second tubular members cooperate with each other and with said inner surface of said fibrous tube to define at least one peripheral guidance channel external of said first and second tubular members but internal of said fibrous tube;
a first plurality of nanofibers randomly distributed on said outer surface of said fibrous tube;
a second plurality of nanofibers arranged on said inner surface of said fibrous tube substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube;
a third plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective inner wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube; and
a fourth plurality of nanofibers arranged on said respective outer wall of at least one of said plurality of tubular members substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said fibrous tube, wherein at least some of said fourth plurality of nanofibers are situated in said at least one peripheral guidance channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,033

ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument for use with a robotic surgical system including a drive assembly, said surgical instrument comprising:a mounting portion configured to be attached to the robotic surgical system;
a shaft extending from said mounting portion;
an end effector extending from said shaft;
a first transmission comprising a first drive element configured to be driven by the drive assembly to apply a first control motion to said end effector; and
a second transmission, comprising:
a second drive element configured to be driven by the drive assembly to apply a second control motion to said end effector when said second drive element is in a first position and to apply a third control motion to said end effector when said second drive element is in a second position; and
a shifting element configured to operably interface with said second drive element, wherein said shifting element is configured to selectively switch said second drive element between said first position and said second position, and wherein said first transmission and said second transmission are operable independent of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,019

BIOPSY NEEDLE, BIOPSY NEEDLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS FOR BIOPSY

Secretary, Department of ...

1. A biopsy needle to pierce a biopsy region and extract a tissue sample, the biopsy needle comprising:a primary needle section formed as a hollow tube, wherein the primary needle section comprises a first end and a second end; and
a converging section arcuately converging from a wall of the hollow tube of the first end to form a piercing tip, wherein the converging section comprises a first cutting edge and a second cutting edge that converge arcuately for piercing the biopsy region, and wherein the converging section comprises an opening on a lateral wall extending from the wall of the primary needle section to the piercing tip, the opening having a third cutting edge for cutting the tissue sample under application of a negative pressure,
wherein the opening is inclined at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 15 degrees to a central axis of the biopsy needle, and wherein the first cutting edge is inclined to a transverse axis of the biopsy needle at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 30 degrees, and the second edge is inclined to the transverse axis of the biopsy needle at a predetermined angle ? ranging from an angle greater than 0 degrees to an angle of 30 degrees, and
wherein a surface of at least one of the first cutting edge, the second cutting edge, and the third cutting edge is curved, and wherein the converging section includes a curvature defined by a radius R, the radius R being in a range of 5-15 times of an outer diameter of the primary needle section to provide an in-plane bend that spans across the opening, the in-plane bend extending below the opening from the piercing tip to the wall of the primary needle section, whereby the piercing tip is positioned above the central axis of the biopsy needle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,016

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, ULTRASONIC PROBE, ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:a piezoelectric body;
a vibrating plate having [111]-oriented single crystal silicon as a vibrating material laminated on the piezoelectric body; and
a support substrate bonded to the vibrating plate,
wherein the support substrate includes a hollow portion at a position overlapped with the piezoelectric body in a plan view in a thickness direction of the support substrate, and
wherein the vibrating plate has a two-end fixed supported beam structure forming a bridge and has two openings formed along an edge of the hollow portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,005

METHOD AND X-RAY APPARATUS FOR INTERFEROMETRIC 2D X-RAY IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for interferometric 2D x-ray imaging with a Talbot-Lau interferometer, which comprises the steps of:using the Talbot-Lau interferometer having at least one phase grating and an analysis grating for producing 2D images of an object to be examined using a phase stepping method;
producing an interference pattern with a period at intervals by the phase grating in accordance with a Lau condition, the interference pattern being read in temporal succession as readout data with an aid of the analysis grating and a pixelated detector disposed downstream in a beam direction at at least three phase positions within at least one period of the interference pattern;
producing a readout data record from the readout data for each readout time and phase position and a readout interval data record is produced within a time interval;
carrying out a stepwise readout of the pixelated detector continuously at a multiplicity of the phase positions of the interference pattern;
extracting time sequences of readout interval data records which overlap in time from readout data records; and
calculating at least one result image data record from at least one of an absorption image, a phase-contrast image or a dark-field image from each of the readout interval data records.

US Pat. No. 10,362,968

BIOIMPEDANCE CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENT

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE HO...

1. An apparatus for measuring the circumference of a limb of an individual comprising:two or more magnetic strips, each of which, during use of the apparatus, surrounds the limb and each of which, along its length, comprises magnetic coding of length information;
a magnetic read head for each magnetic strip for reading the magnetic coding of length information from the strip;
at least two current-injecting electrodes for injecting current at a plurality of frequencies, and at least two voltage-measuring electrodes for measuring resulting voltage between the at least two current-injecting electrodes;
at least one of a pre-amplifier and a low pass filter for processing a signal received from the at least two voltage-measuring electrodes;
an A/D converter for converting the signal from the at least one of the pre-amplifier and the low-pass filter;
a digital signal processing unit for calculating at least one of impedance, resistance, and reactance at the plurality of the frequencies of injected current based on the converted signal received from the A/D converter, wherein the digital signal processing unit is configured to receive a single circumference measurement determined from a plurality of circumference measurements received from the magnetic strips;
a tensioning assembly for setting the tension of the two or more magnetic strips; and
a tension sensor for each magnetic strip;
wherein the apparatus is configured to measure the circumference of the limb in a plurality of cross-sectional areas simultaneously for determining the plurality of circumference measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,960

MULTI POINT TREATMENT PROBES AND METHODS OF USING THEREOF

Renal Dynamics Ltd., Roa...

1. A system of intrabody treatment, comprising:a multi point probe transported by a catheter to a lumen of a body of a treated patient, the multi point probe having at least two transmission points; and
a processor configured to:
select a transmission pattern including for each of the at least two transmission points, a respective signal of a plurality of radio frequency transmission signals, said transmission pattern forms at least one interaction between the respective signals from the at least two transmission points, the at least one interaction defines at least one hot spot at the treatment location; and
control delivery of the respective signals from the transmission points;wherein the processor determines a timing for each of said respective signals.

US Pat. No. 10,362,959

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING THE PROXIMITY OF AN ELECTRODE TO TISSUE IN A BODY

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A system for assessing the proximity of an electrode to a tissue in a body, comprising:a tissue sensing circuit configured to resolve a detected impedance into first and second components of a complex impedance between said electrode and said tissue, said tissue sensing circuit including a tissue sensing signal source configured to generate an excitation signal to be applied to said tissue and a complex impedance sensor coupled to said tissue sensing signal source and configured to measure a response signal and output said first and second components of said complex impedance; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to execute a computer program for assessing said proximity that is configured to:
(i) acquire a plurality of values for said first and second components of said complex impedance from said tissue sensing circuit between said electrode and said tissue as said electrode moves in the body and to calculate a respective electrical coupling index (ECI) for each of said plurality of values of said first and second components of said complex impedance;
(ii) process plural values of said electrical coupling index to determine a respective proximity of said electrode to said tissue as said electrode moves in the body, wherein said ECU, based on said ECI, is configured to determine whether said electrode is deemed not to be in contact with said tissue with said electrode being no more than a predetermined distance from said tissue wherein said predetermined distance is a positive, non-zero distance, said ECU, based on said ECI, being further configured to determine whether said electrode is deemed not to be in contact with said tissue with said electrode being beyond said predetermined distance from said tissue
said ECU being further configured to generate a signal representative of an indicator of proximity between said electrode and said tissue and to transmit said generated signal to at least one of (i) an application and (ii) a device other than said tissue sensing circuit and said proximity assessing program, for control of said at least one of said application and said device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,948

MULTI-VECTOR SENSING IN CARDIAC DEVICES WITH DETECTION COMBINATIONS

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A cardiac rhythm management device comprising at least first and second input nodes to define a least a first sensing vector and operational circuitry for analyzing cardiac signals on at least two data streams, the operational circuitry being configured to:receive a signal from the first sensing vector;
in a first data stream, apply a first filtering criteria to the signal from the first sensing vector;
in a second data stream, apply a second filtering criteria different from the first filtering criteria applied to the signal from the first sensing vector;
combine the first and second data streams together to create a series of combined sample points for the cardiac signal each having an amplitude determined at least partly from each of the first and second data streams;
detect cardiac events in the series of combined sample points; and
calculate a cardiac rate using the detected cardiac events.

US Pat. No. 10,362,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an image signal acquisition unit that acquires an image signal obtained by imaging an observation target in a living body;
an original image generation unit that generates an original image in which the observation target is drawn in color based on the image signal;
a reduced original image generation unit that generates a reduced original image by performing processing for reducing at least one of a color or a contrast on the original image;
a structure region image generation unit that generates a structure region image in which one or more structure regions are extracted from the acquired image signal;
a feature amount calculation unit that calculates a shape feature amount of the structure region based on the structure region image;
a color assignment unit that assigns a color corresponding to the feature amount to the structure region; and
an image combining unit that generates a composite image by superimposing the reduced original image and the structure region image subjected to the color assignment,
wherein the structure region image generation unit generates a first structure region image showing a first structure region and a second structure region image showing a second structure region,
wherein the reduced original image generation unit generates a first reduced original image and a second reduced original image, and
wherein the image combining unit generates, as the composite image, a first composite image obtained by combining the first structure region image and the first reduced original image and a second composite image obtained by combining the second structure region image and the second reduced original image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,911

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) a hand vacuum cleaner comprising a suction motor and fan assembly and at least one energy storage member, the suction motor and fan assembly having a suction motor axis of rotation;
(b) a surface cleaning head having a front end, a rear end, a dirt air inlet and a cleaning head air outlet; and,
(c) a rigid air flow conduit extending between the cleaning head air outlet and a hand vacuum cleaner air inlet, the rigid air flow conduit having a longitudinally extending conduit axis, the rigid air flow conduit is moveable between a storage position and an in-use floor cleaning position in which the rigid air flow conduit extends at an angle to the vertical,
wherein at least one supplemental energy storage member is provided with the surface cleaning head or the rigid air flow conduit,
and wherein the hand vacuum cleaner is removably mounted to an upstream end of the rigid air flow conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,877

CUSHION WITH SUPPORTING FRAME FOR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE

EDRA S.P.A., Perignano d...

1. A cushion for upholstered furniture for leaning or sitting such as beds, sofas or armchairs, including a cushion element, constituted by an upholstery of soft material stuffed in a flabby covering, the cushion element being configured so that two opposite main sides are defined that are peripherally joined by connection sides, comprising:an elongated fixed frame arranged so as to define in the cushion element an upper section located above the fixed frame;
at least two movable frames housed within the same cushion element in correspondence of the upper section, with each of the movable frames being hinged, independently from the other, to the fixed frame according to at least one hinge axis substantially parallel to a direction of elongation of the fixed frame, and arranged to take different positions, each of which is provided to determine a desired orientation of at least one portion of the upper section of the cushion element;
movement control means associated with the hinge axes, adapted to determine an amount of deformation action needed to rotate the at least one movable frame, so as to maintain a stable position when a deformation action is applied that is lower than a certain predetermined amount; and
connecting members for connecting the cushion element to an external structure;
wherein the fixed frame extends horizontally at a vertically intermediate level of the cushion element so as to define a lower section of the cushion element located below the fixed frame, the lower section being devoid of rigid frame elements.

US Pat. No. 10,362,867

PILLOW RACK

1. A foldable rack for storing pillows comprising:(a) a first frame member and a second frame member, the first and second frame members each being generally planar and defined by a first end, a second end, and opposite lateral sides connecting the first end and the second end, the first and second frame members having an upper portion and a lower portion defined by a central axis;
(b) a plurality of rods extending between the first end and the second end of the first and second frame members;
(c) a plurality of hubs, each hub of the plurality of hubs being disposed on an associated rod of the plurality of rods at the central axis of both the first and second frame members, each hub having an axial bore formed therethrough, the axial bores being in registry with each other, wherein the hubs of the first and second frame members abut one another and form a stable substantially continuous sleeve with a substantially continuous bore; and
(d) an elongated pin extending through the axial bores of each hub thereby rotatably joining the first frame member to the second frame member at the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,362,859

ORAL CARE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care system comprising:a toothbrush defining a longitudinal axis and including a head and a handle coupled to the head;
a reservoir disposed in the toothbrush, the reservoir containing an oral care material;
an applicator disposed in the toothbrush in fluid communication with the reservoir, the applicator operable to dispense the oral care material from the reservoir;
a cover movably mounted on the toothbrush, the cover movable from a closed position covering the applicator to an open position exposing the applicator;
wherein the cover remains attached to the toothbrush between the closed and open positions.

US Pat. No. 10,362,832

DECOUPLED FOOT STABILIZER SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:an upper defining an interior and including a lower periphery;
a base portion including an outer periphery, wherein the lower periphery of upper is attached to the outer periphery of the base portion;
a sole structure engaged with the base portion;
a bootie disposed within the interior of the upper;
a plurality of strap members extending between the upper and the bootie and extending from the base portion toward a top of the upper; and
an attachment structure engaging the bootie and the plurality of strap members with the base portion, wherein the attachment structure includes an attachment area located inside the outer periphery of the base portion, and wherein the bootie and the plurality of strap members are decoupled from the outer periphery of the base portion at least along a lateral side and a medial side of a midfoot region of the article of footwear.

US Pat. No. 10,362,826

HAT AND HAT BRIM LENGTH ADJUSTING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A hat, comprising a hat body and a hat brim, wherein the hat brim is retractable in length; the hat further comprises an adjustment unit and a detection unit; wherein the detection unit is configured to detect relations between a position of the sun and a position of a wearer's face in real time, so as to provide information for adjusting the length of the hat brim to the adjustment unit; andthe adjustment unit is configured to adjust the length of the hat brim according to the information provided by the detection unit,
the detection unit comprises a sun angle detector and a sun direction detector;
the sun direction detector is configured to detect directions of the sun relative to the wearer's face, including three cases in which the sun is in front of the wearer's face, right-above the wearer's face or in back of the wearer's face; and
when the sun is detected in front of the wearer's face, the sun angle detector is configured to detect an angle ? between a direction of a line connecting the position of the sun with a lower jaw of the wearer and a direction of an extension line of the hat brim,
the detection unit further comprises a calculation module and one or both of a ranging module and an information input module;
the ranging module is configured to measure a vertical length A of the wearer's face;
the information input module is configured to be used to input the vertical length A of the wearer's face; and
the calculation module is configured to calculate a length L of the hat brim at that time according to the angle ? and the vertical length A of the wearer's face as either measured by the ranging module or (ii) inputted by the information input module, wherein L=A×cot ?.

US Pat. No. 10,362,816

EXPANDABLE HEADBAND

1. An expandable headband comprising:an elongated, pleated, expandible cover having two opposing ends, a front edge and a rear edge;
means for securing the cover whereby the cover is adapted to rest atop a wearer's crown to form a headband;
an extendable support rod integral with the front edge of the cover that allows a wearer to grasp the front edge and expand the cover to form a visor;
an elongated channel on the front edge of said cover, said channel receiving said support rod;
a pair of buttons attached to said cover, each of said buttons having a central passageway aligned with said channel, a portion of said rod slidably received within each of said passageways to allow the rod to deploy and retract concomitant with expansion of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,362,797

STEVIA COMPOSITION

PureCircle Sdn Bhd, Kual...

1. A process for producing a steviol glycoside composition comprising about 84% rebaudioside A and about 16% rebaudioside B, comprising the steps of:providing a stevia sweetener comprising rebaudioside A having a carbohydrate residue at a C19 position;
providing an alkaline aqueous solution free of any co-solvents;
hydrolyzing the C19 carbohydrate residue of rebaudioside A to form rebaudioside B by dispersing the stevia sweetener in the alkaline aqueous solution and incubating for about 2 hours at about 50° C. to form a mixture;
cooling the mixture to about 10-30° C.;
adjusting the pH of the mixture with an acid to about pH 3.0-5.0 to obtain a precipitate;
separating the precipitate and washing it with water; and
drying the washed precipitate to obtain the steviol glycoside composition, wherein the steviol glycoside composition has decreased bitterness or decreased aftertaste in comparison to the stevia sweetener.

US Pat. No. 10,362,793

MUNG BEAN PROTEIN COMPOSITION

FUJI OIL HOLDINGS INC., ...

1. A method of producing a mung bean protein powder composition having a measurement value according to the Folin-Denis method of 1.39% by weight or less in terms of gallic acid on a dry matter basis, the method comprising:extracting mung bean protein from the mung bean of which 90% or more of husk is removed;
heat-treating a solution comprising the mung bean protein at 120° C. to 160° C. for 2 seconds to 60 minutes; and
spray drying the heat-treated solution.

US Pat. No. 10,362,792

APPARATUS FOR STUFFING CONFECTIONS

1. An apparatus for stuffing a confection with a stuffing material, said apparatus comprising:a base member,
an enclosure connected to said base member having a hollow interior and disposed and dimensioned to receive a confection in the hollow interior,
a cap assembly disposed in a communicating relation with the hollow interior of said enclosure,
said cap assembly structured to retain the stuffing material therein, and
an injection member comprising an injection piston movable relative to said cap assembly in a driving relation to the stuffing material,
wherein the confection is positioned in the hollow interior, and the injection piston is moved towards the confection, through the cap assembly, forcing the stuffing material into the confection.

US Pat. No. 10,362,791

AIR DRYING PLANT AND METHOD FOR AIR DRYING CUT-UP FOOD

1. An air-drying plant for air drying cut-up food, includinga conveyor (10) for cut-up food (1) defining a conveying surface (11) and a conveyance direction
a plurality of blowing conduits (20) including blowing openings (21) channeling a treated airflow with a temperature comprised between 4° C. and 60° C. and a controlled humidity;
characterized in that:
the conveyor includes air treatment segments (12) the conveying surfaces (11) of which are facing and adjacent to said blowing openings (21) of at least one of said plurality of blowing conduits (20), said treated airflow being directed against said conveying surface (11) of the air treatment segments (12) at a speed of treatment, directly affecting the cut-up food (1) in a downward direction or in a upward direction through the conveyor, the conveyor being perforated;
the conveyor (10) also includes idle segments (13) intercalated between said air treatment segments (12), the conveying surface (11) of which is not facing the blowing openings (21), nor is it subjected to an airflow directed against said conveying surface (11), and
said drying plant comprising a plurality of said idle segments (13) intercalated between a plurality of air treatment segments (12) along the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,362,790

TRANSFER APPARATUS FOR DOUGH PIECES

1. A transfer apparatus for transferring a dough piece from a first processing station to a second processing station, comprising:a rotating dropping roller that is configured to release the dough piece from the first processing station, and
a scraper that is associated with the dropping roller and that is configured to support the dough piece released from the dropping roller, and
an oiling device that is associated with the dropping roller and that is configured to apply oil onto an outside surface of the dropping roller;
wherein the oiling device comprises at least one oiling pipe which extends at a distance parallel to the rotational axis of the dropping roller and which has oil outlet openings distributed across an axial length thereof; and
wherein the oiling pipe is arranged above the dropping roller with oil being delivered unpressurized via the oil outlet openings and dripping by gravity onto the dropping roller.

US Pat. No. 10,362,779

FOWL DECOY MOVEMENT SIMULATOR

1. A decoy support for supporting a wild fowl decoy, the decoy support comprising:a ground support comprising a ground engaging portion and an upstanding linear post extending along an axis thereof from the ground engaging portion;
a decoy support member movably guided by the upstanding linear post between a raised position and a lowered position;
a compression spring coaxial with the upstanding linear post, the compression spring resiliently biasing the decoy support member towards the raised position;
a powered actuator coupled to the decoy support member to selectively compress the compression spring to lower the decoy support member vertically along the axis of the upstanding linear post while simultaneously rotating the decoy support member around the axis of the upstanding linear post; and
a communications system having a receiver coupled to the powered actuator and a remote transmitter in communication with the receiver in a wired or wireless fashion, wherein signals transmitted from the remote transmitter to the receiver cause the powered actuator to selectively compress the compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,362,778

SYSTEM AND DEVICE TO PREVENT WILDFIRE DAMAGE

1. A wildlife damage prevention system comprising:an inflatable device;
a base unit coupled to and disposed below the inflatable device, the base unit including a light disposed and configured to selectively internally illuminate the inflatable device; and
one or more sensor devices associated with the base unit and configured to detect a presence of wildlife and transmit a signal to the base unit indicating the presence of wildlife, the one or more sensor devices are separate from the base unit, base unit being configured to inflate the inflatable device and to turn on the light to internally illuminate the inflatable device to scare off wildlife upon receiving the signal indicating the presence of wildlife,
wherein the one or more sensor devices are spatially distributed within a geographic vicinity of the inflatable device and the base unit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,776

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A SPRAY SYSTEM

1. A spray system, comprising:a first frame adaptable to a service vehicle;
a second frame connected to the first frame;
a spray head frame connected with the second frame;
a motion inducer mounted to the spray head frame;
a registration plate coupled with the motion inducer;
first and second nozzles coupled with the registration plate;
a first flow control unit mounted on the second frame, the first flow control unit fluidly coupled to a fluid source and to the first and second nozzles to deliver a fluid from the fluid source to the first and second nozzles when the first flow control unit is in an on position and cease the delivery of the fluid when the first flow control unit is in an off position; and
the motion inducer induces a motion to the registration plate during the delivery of fluid to the first and second nozzles by the first flow control unit to create droplet separation as the fluid exits the first and second nozzles, wherein the first flow control unit is isolated from the motion produced by the motion inducer due to its mounting on the second frame.