US Pat. No. 10,457,330

ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLE FOR TRANSPORT OF GOODS MADE OF A ROTOMOULDED BODY SUPPORTED BY A MODULAR TUBULAR FRAME

Interactive Fully Electri...

1. An electrically powered motor vehicle for transport of goods, comprising:a main frame;
a front axle assembly; and
a rear axle assembly,
wherein said axle assemblies each comprise an auxiliary supporting frame and two suspension units that connect two respective wheel supports to said auxiliary supporting frame, and
wherein at least one of said axle assemblies is a motor-driven axle with steering wheels, further comprising, mounted on the respective auxiliary supporting frame, an electric motor for driving the wheels in rotation, a control unit of said motor, a transmission unit for transmission of motion from the electric motor to the wheels, and a steering device for steering the wheel supports,
wherein said main frame includes:
a front frame subassembly,
a floor-panel subassembly,
a rear frame subassembly, and
a top frame subassembly,
wherein each of said frame subassemblies comprises a lattice structure including box-section elements,
said frame subassemblies being prearranged for being preassembled separately and subsequently assembled together to form the main frame,
wherein said top frame subassembly is prearranged for incorporating the intermediate uprights of the motor vehicle that upstand from the floor panel assembly between the front frame assembly and the rear frame assembly and does not include parts that extend behind said intermediate uprights, and
wherein fixed to said intermediate uprights and to the rear frame subassembly is a transporting body for transport of goods, the transporting body comprising at least one tank-shaped bottom element that bounds a compartment, the compartment being disposed entirely behind said intermediate uprights.

US Pat. No. 10,457,328

ROAD DEPARTURE PROTECTION SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of preventing road departure for a vehicle comprising: analyzing an image from a camera, which provides a view of a driving direction for the vehicle, to recognize a roadway path by identifying a roadway edge, wherein the image analysis is performed by an electronic control unit for the vehicle;determining a predicted vehicle path with the electronic control unit; comparing the roadway path to the predicted vehicle path;
determining a vehicle roadway departure when the predicted vehicle path differs from the roadway path by a predetermined threshold;
determining at least one corrective action to return the vehicle path to the roadway path; and
sending instructions to at least one other vehicle system to provide the at least one corrective action; wherein analyzing an image from the camera to recognize a roadway path further comprises estimating a road surface roughness with one of a tire pressure monitoring sensor, an inertia measuring unit and a wheel speed sensor and the at least one corrective action further comprises changing the trajectory away from the roadway edge and further onto the roadway path prior to changing the trajectory of the vehicle to parallel with the roadway edge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,327

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF ASSISTING A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method of assisting a driver of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining a feature of a road to be travelled by a vehicle,
selecting a trajectory to be driven along the road as a first parameter, the trajectory being selected by the driver;
selecting a feedback as a second parameter, the feedback being selected by the driver, program instructions for the first and second parameters being selected on the identity of the driver or program instructions for the first and second parameters being selected on the condition of a selection made by the driver;
determining whether a current trajectory of the vehicle while travelling the road is deviating from the selected trajectory of the vehicle along the road; and
providing a feedback operation to assist a driver in guiding the vehicle nearer to the selected trajectory, the feedback operation being based on the second parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,325

OMNIDIRECTIONAL VEHICLE

DONGGUAN QIANGLE PLASTIC ...

1. An omnidirectional vehicle, comprising a chassis, wheels and wheel steering mechanisms, wherein the wheel steering mechanisms are configured between the chassis and the wheels, and are arranged to drive the wheels to rotate about a steering center shaft of each wheel with 180° or more, each of the wheel steering mechanisms comprises a swing arm, one end of the swing arm is pivotally connected to the chassis, and another end of the swing arm is connected to the wheel, the chassis is provided with an arcuate guiding groove, and the swing arm is swingable along the guiding groove, the swing arm is bent with a bending angle of 90°, and the swing arm is provided with a horizontal portion and a vertical portion that are formed in an integration; the chassis is provided with a pivotal shaft, one end of the horizontal portion is directly connected to the pivotal shaft of the chassis, and another end of the horizontal portion is connected to the vertical portion; an upper end of the vertical portion is directly connected to the guiding groove, and a lower end of the vertical portion is connected to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,321

ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. An electronic control unit that comprises a bridge having upper-stage field-effect transistors (FETs) and lower-stage FETs and driving-controls a three-phase blushless motor, via an inverter being supplied a power supply VR, by inputting a duty signal of a pulse width modulation (PWM) calculated in a micro controller unit (MCU) into a gate driving section, comprising:a reverse connection protective FET which is interposed between a battery and said power supply VR and turns-ON/OFF with a switching signal from said MCU;
a diagnostic resistor voltage-dividing circuit which is supplied said power supply VR and outputs voltage-divided voltages obtained by voltage-dividing connection point voltages of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs;
an FET-short detecting section which is supplied said power supply VR, and detects at least one-side short failure of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs based on said voltage-divided voltages and outputs an error notification; and
a detecting-section-failure diagnostic function which inputs said error notification, is included in said MCU, and detects a failure of said FET-short detecting section,
wherein said detecting-section-failure diagnostic function diagnoses said failure of said FET-short detecting section at start up and turns-OFF said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs when said failure of said FET-short detecting section is detected, and
wherein said FET-short detecting section diagnoses said short failure of said upper-stage FETs and said lower-stage FETs when said failure of said FET-short detecting section is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,457,317

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING UNIT WITH OFFSET LINK MECHANISM

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine; and
a connector device provided at a location at a water temperature sensor that is provided in a vicinity of the engine to detect a water temperature of a coolant for cooling the engine, the connector device including:
a harness, the harness having an electrical wire portion mostly covered with a sheath member, and a connector portion formed at a tip end of a portion of the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member, wherein the portion of the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member extends between the sheath member and the connector portion,
a protective member that covers an outer peripheral side of the connector portion, and has flexibility,
an abutting portion in which portions of the protective member on a sheath member side are caused to abut against each other, and
a fixing member that fixes the abutting portion to the sheath member,
wherein the electrical wire portion that is not covered with the sheath member is only covered with the protective member.

US Pat. No. 10,457,312

VEHICLE STEERING COLUMN COMPRISING A RACK WEDGE

1. Steering column comprising:an adjustable body intended to be mounted so as to be free to slide on a support intended to be fixed at a single position to a vehicle chassis, the adjustable body comprising two walls,
a tube fixed to the adjustable body, intended to be operably coupled to the steering wheel of the vehicle,
a wedge housed inside the adjustable body and mobile between an unlocked position and a locking position inside the adjustable body between the walls and at a distance from these latter,
means for driving and means for guiding the wedge, arranged with the wedge so as on the one hand to be able to drive the wedge in a simple translation movement from the unlocked position toward the locking position so that the wedge can come to bear against the adjustable body, the wedge then being in the locking position, and on the other hand to immobilize the wedge in the locking position in a fixed manner relative to some of the driving means that are adapted to be fixed relative to the chassis of the vehicle when the wedge is in the locking position,
in which the adjustable body comprises at least one guiding face against which the wedge is able to slide in guiding contact when the wedge is driven in movement between said unlocked position and said locked position,
in which the guiding face of the adjustable body includes a row of teeth, the wedge comprising a guided face including at least one row of teeth, oriented to face a corresponding row of teeth of the adjustable body guiding face and are able when the wedge is placed in the locking position to bear against the corresponding row of teeth of the guiding face,
and in which the guided face and guiding face are oriented generally parallel to each other and the guiding face row of teeth and the guided face row of teeth are oriented so that each tooth points in a direction generally parallel to their corresponding guiding face and guided face.

US Pat. No. 10,457,306

SERVER, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATING PLATFORM DWELL TIME OF TRAIN

KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH I...

8. A method of automatically calculating a dwell time of a train, the method comprising:entering, by a first train, a first station and entering, by a second train, a second station;
transmitting, by an operation control server, information on a time at which the first train enters the first station and a time at which the second station enters the second station to passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station;
capturing, by a camera of the first station and a camera of the second station, at least a portion of the first station and at least a portion of the second station in predetermined directions to acquire a first image and a second image, respectively;
capturing, by a camera installed inside the first train and a camera installed inside the second train, an interior of the first train and an interior of the second train in predetermined directions to acquire a third image and a fourth image, respectively;
determining, by the passenger detection device of the first station, passengers from the first image and the third image;
determining, by the passenger detection device of the second station, passengers from the second image and the fourth image;
calculating, by the passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station, the numbers of passengers;
transmitting, by the passenger detection devices of the first station and the second station, the calculated numbers of passengers to the operation control server;
calculating, by the operation control server, an appropriate dwell time of the first train and an appropriate dwell time of the second train using the calculated numbers of passengers;
determining, by the operation control server, whether the appropriate dwell time of the first train is equal to the appropriate dwell time of the second train; and
adjusting, by the operation control server, the second appropriate dwell time to be equal to the first appropriate dwell time.

US Pat. No. 10,457,305

TRACKSIDE RAILWAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING USE OF AT LEAST ONE TRACKSIDE COMPONENT OF A RAILWAY INSTALLATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A trackside railway apparatus, comprising:at least one sensor device configured to detect at least one use of at least one trackside component of a railway system;
a storage device for storing at least one item of use information dating from the detection of use;
a transmission device configured to wirelessly transmit the use information, independently of a time of storage of the use information, to at least one receiving device entering a transmission range; and
the apparatus being configured to detect the at least one receiving device entering a detection range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,282

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle traveling control device comprising:at least one electronic control unit configured to
specify a tracked preceding vehicle, the tracked preceding vehicle travelling in front of a host vehicle, the tracked preceding vehicle being another vehicle that the host vehicle is to set to track,
calculate, as a tracking target acceleration, a target acceleration of the host vehicle required for maintaining an inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the tracked preceding vehicle at a predetermined first target inter-vehicle distance,
select the tracking target acceleration as a final target acceleration in a case where a blinker operation is not executed, the blinker operation setting a blinker of the host vehicle in a state indicating a lane change to a passing lane,
in a case where the blinker operation is executed, select, as the final target acceleration, a first acceleration equal to or higher than the tracking target acceleration at a blinker operation time at which the blinker operation is executed, and
in a case where a specific condition is established, the specific condition being that there is a passing lane preceding vehicle travelling in front of the host vehicle on the passing lane at the blinker operation time, and it is determined that a vehicle speed of the passing lane preceding vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or lower than a vehicle speed of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time, select a second acceleration lower than the first acceleration as the final target acceleration; and
at least one actuator configured to
control drive power of the host vehicle such that an actual acceleration of the host vehicle approaches the final target acceleration,
wherein the at least one electronic control unit is configured to
select, as the first acceleration, a target acceleration of the host vehicle required for maintaining the inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the tracked preceding vehicle at a second target inter-vehicle distance less than the first target inter-vehicle distance, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or less than zero,
select the tracking target acceleration as the second acceleration, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or less than zero, and
set the second acceleration to zero, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,457,280

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE WARNING TRIANGLE

HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECT...

1. A control method of a mobile warning triangle comprising:controlling a driver to drive the mobile warning triangle to move on a road at a constant speed;
obtaining road information of the road; and
regulating a rotation speed of the driver according to the road information to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed while moving;
wherein the step of regulating a rotation speed of the driver according to the road information to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move comprises:
increasing the rotation speed of the driver directly to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move in response to the road being an uphill road; and
decreasing the rotation speed of the driver directly to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move in response to the road being a downhill road.

US Pat. No. 10,457,276

VEHICLE RUNNING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle running control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle; and
decrease a vehicle speed of said vehicle to zero to stop said vehicle after an abnormality determination time point which is a time point at which it is determined that said driver is in said abnormal state,
wherein,
said electronic control unit is configured to:
control said vehicle speed of said vehicle so as not to stop said vehicle within a stop prohibited area, wherein a curved road is defined as said stop prohibited area;
decrease said vehicle speed of said vehicle toward a first vehicle speed greater than zero after said abnormality determination time point;
perform a stop position prediction process for predicting a stop position of said vehicle in a case where said vehicle is decelerated with a constant deceleration from a state in which said vehicle speed is said first vehicle speed; and
decrease said vehicle speed of said vehicle with said constant deceleration to zero, if said predicted stop position is not within said stop prohibited area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,273

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TORQUE-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling an engine having a forced induction device, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, and an electric machine coupled to a rotary shaft of the engine, comprising:operating the engine at full load with boost from the forced induction device;
selectively opening the EGR valve during full load operation to purge condensation; and
controlling the electric machine responsive to opening the EGR valve to boost torque to the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,272

MOTIVE POWER SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS, AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A motive power system comprising:a first energy storage device;
a second energy storage device having a higher power density and a lower energy density than the first energy storage device;
an actuator that outputs motive power for driving a target load in response to power supplied from at least one of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device;
an internal combustion engine that outputs motive power for driving the target load;
an electric generator that is capable of outputting generated power by using the motive power of the internal combustion engine;
a power transmission circuit unit having a function of performing power transmission among the first energy storage device, the second energy storage device, the actuator, and the electric generator; and
a control device having a function of controlling the power transmission circuit unit, wherein
the control device is configured to have a function of executing a power generation control process and a function of executing a power supply control process,
the power generation control process being a process for controlling the power transmission circuit unit to charge at least the second energy storage device, out of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device, with the generated power of the electric generator,
the power supply control process being a process for controlling the power transmission circuit unit so that, when a state of charge of the second energy storage device is reduced to a predetermined first threshold, only the first energy storage device, out of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device, is used for a predetermined period as an energy storage device that provides power to the actuator, and
the control device is configured to control the power transmission circuit unit to execute the power supply control process in a mode in which at least the motive power of the internal combustion engine is used as motive power for driving the target load.

US Pat. No. 10,457,260

VEHICLE BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle brake control device, comprising:a vacuum booster which assists operation force inputted to a brake operating member in accordance with differential pressure between a negative pressure chamber and a variable pressure chamber when the brake operating member is operated;
a master cylinder in which hydraulic pressure corresponding to the operation force assisted by the vacuum booster is generated;
a wheel cylinder provided for a wheel in which inner hydraulic pressure increases as the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder increases; and
a brake adjusting mechanism configured to adjust the hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder even when the brake operating member is not operated,
wherein
the vehicle brake control device is applied to a vehicle in which brake force applied to the vehicle is increased by an increase in hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder,
the vehicle brake control device further comprising:
an assistance control unit which performs brake assistance processing of increasing the hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder by a target increase amount based on assistance limit pressure by allowing the brake adjusting mechanism to operate when the vacuum booster reaches assistance limit in a situation in which the brake operating member is operated; and
a target increase amount setting unit which, when determining that emergency braking is requested from an operation mode of the brake operating member, makes the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder at that point in time the assistance limit pressure and sets the target increase amount based on the assistance limit pressure,
the assistance control unit performs the brake assistance processing when it is determined that the emergency braking is requested,
wherein
the vehicle brake control device is configured such that, in a case where the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder at a point in time when the vacuum booster reaches the assistance limit predicted from the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber is made negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure, the negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure increases as the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber is higher,
the vehicle brake control device comprising:
a target hydraulic pressure setting unit which increases target hydraulic pressure as a difference obtained by subtracting the assistance limit pressure from the negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure at a point in time when it is determined that the emergency braking is requested is larger,
wherein
the target increase amount setting unit makes a difference obtained by subtracting the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder from target hydraulic pressure set by the target increase amount setting unit the target increase amount, and
the target hydraulic pressure setting unit corrects to decrease the target hydraulic pressure when the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber increases in a situation in which the brake assistance processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,255

THERMAL MANAGEMENT COMPOSITE HEAT SHIELD

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A thermal management system comprising:a shield section comprising a cylindrical first structure positioned to receive, in a radial direction, heat generated by a heat source comprising an aircraft brake, the cylindrical first structure disposed coaxial to an aircraft wheel; and
a conduction layer comprising a cylindrical second structure disposed coaxially to the cylindrical first structure and at least partially radially overlapping the cylindrical first structure, thermally coupled to the cylindrical first structure, for conducting the heat in an axial direction to a dissipation apparatus, wherein the cylindrical second structure has a radius, wherein the cylindrical second structure comprises a carbon fiber structure configured with a thermal conductivity in the axial direction greater than about 100 watts per meter-Kelvin; and
the dissipation apparatus coupled to the shield section, the heat dissipation section comprising an array of fins, the array of fins comprising longitudinal fins configured such that the longitudinal fins overlap each other on an inner radial side and such that a plurality of radially aligned airflow openings are formed on an outer radial side of each fin in the array of fins, wherein radially aligned airflow openings are not formed on the inner radial side of each fin.

US Pat. No. 10,457,236

CAPACITIVE SEAT OCCUPANCY DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A capacitive seat occupancy detection and classification system, includingan impedance measurement circuit, comprising:
a signal voltage source that is configured for providing periodic electrical measurement signals at an output port, wherein a capacitive sensor is electrically connectable to the output port for receiving the electrical measurement signals, and wherein the signal voltage source is configured to generate periodic measurement signals of N different fundamental frequencies, wherein N is a natural number of at least 3,
a sense current measurement circuit that is configured to determine complex sense currents that are being generated in the capacitive sensor by the provided periodic measurement signals of the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
a signal processing unit that is configured to:
determine a complex impedance from each of the determined sense currents with reference to a complex reference potential, and to
provide output signals that are representative of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
and
a control and evaluation unit that is configured to:
receive the output signals provided by the signal processing unit,
compare each of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies to predetermined threshold values,
based on the result of the comparing, determine a seat occupancy class for each one of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies, and to
determine a final seat occupancy class derived at least in part by a majority among the seat occupancy classes determined for each one of the complex impedances determined at one of the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
wherein N equals [(2×n)+1], with n being a natural number larger than 1 representing the number of potential resonances or electromagnetic (EM) narrowband interferences.

US Pat. No. 10,457,227

WIRING STRUCTURE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wiring structure comprising:a wiring member that is made of resin and has a wiring surface; and
an electrical wire that includes a portion routed along the wiring surface and a portion led out from the wiring member, the portion led out having an end portion to which a connector is to be attached,
wherein a positioning/fixing portion is provided integrally with the wiring member at a position in the vicinity of a lead-out position on the wiring surface of the wiring member, the electrical wire being led out from the lead-out position,
the wiring structure further comprises a band member that includes a band body portion that is wound around an outer circumferential surface of the electrical wire, and a base portion that has a lock hole through which the band body portion is inserted and that locks the band body portion, and
the positioning/fixing portion has an insertion space that is located inside walls that stand upright on the wiring surface and into which the base portion is fitted, and has a coupling member holding piece that stands upright and extends in a top-bottom direction from the wiring surface side and a slit is disposed between the coupling member holding piece and a side wall so as to make the coupling member holding piece bendable so as to pivot about the wiring surface side, and a standing end of the coupling member holding piece is provided with an anti-separation protrusion that is claw-shaped and protrudes toward the insertion space.

US Pat. No. 10,457,225

LIGHT WEIGHT ACOUSTIC TRIM PART

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. Multilayer Automotive trim part for noise attenuation comprising at least two fibrous layers and at least one air permeable intermediate film layer between the at least two fibrous layers, whereby all layers together have a variable thickness characterized in that at least for an area with a thickness between 4 and 12.5 mm the overall air flow resistance (AFRoverall) and the overall density relate as follows 1500

US Pat. No. 10,457,224

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENTAL MEMBER

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

1. A vehicle body structure including a door and an ornamental member attached to an outer surface of an outer edge portion of the door,wherein the ornamental member includes an inner member and an outer member, the inner member includes:
an attachment portion pasted to the outer surface by a pasting unit; and
an extending portion that extends from the attachment portion beyond the outer edge portion, the extending portion including a parallel surface which is parallel to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,220

FLOORBOARD STORAGE COMPARTMENT

1. A floorboard storage compartment (100) for a front passenger side floorboard of a vehicle comprising a floorboard basin (A), a floorboard left side (B), a floorboard right side (C), a firewall lower portion (D) bordering an engine compartment and a floorboard rear side (E) bordered by a passenger seat (F), wherein the floorboard storage compartment (100) comprises:a lower tray (105) comprising
a lower tray bottom outer surface (110) configured to lie on top of the floorboard basin (A) of an automobile,
a lower tray front side (115) affixed to the lower tray bottom outer surface (110) along a lower tray front side bottom edge (120) with the lower tray front side (115) configured to lie parallel against the firewall lower portion (D) of the automobile and comprising a lower tray front side height (FSH) and comprising a lower tray front side terminal edge (160),
a lower tray back edge (125) configured to extend the floorboard storage compartment (100) adjacent to the floorboard rear side (E),
a lower tray left side (130) affixed to the lower tray bottom outer surface (110) along a lower tray left bottom edge (135), with the lower tray left side (130) configured to lie adjacent to the floorboard left side (B) and comprising a lower tray left upper edge (325) comprising a lower tray left side height (LSH) at the lower tray front side (115) with the lower tray left side height (LSH) of the lower tray decreasing towards the lower tray back edge (125) such that the lower tray left side height (LSH) is less at the lower tray back edge (125),
a lower tray inner bottom surface (245) bordered by the lower tray front side (115), the lower tray left bottom edge (135), the lower tray right bottom edge (140), and the lower tray back edge (125),
an upper tray (150) configured to rest on top of an at least one separation support (230) within the lower tray (105) and comprising
an upper tray front side (155) configured to lie within one-half inch to the lower tray front side (115),
an upper tray left upper edge (335) configured to lie within and below the lower tray left upper edge (325),
an upper tray right upper edge (340) configured to lie within and below a lower tray right upper edge (330),
an upper tray back edge (175) configured to extend beyond the lower tray back edge (125),
an upper tray outer surface (180) comprising a waterproof and wear resistant material (205),
a fluid well (210) on top of the an upper tray outer surface (180) configured to retain fluid drips adjacent to the upper tray back edge (175),
a plurality of channels and grooves (215) on top of the an upper tray outer surface (180) configured to direct fluid drips into the fluid well (210),
an upper tray left side trough (220) extending below and parallel to the upper tray left upper edge (335) from the upper tray front side (155) to the upper tray back edge (175),
an upper tray right side trough (225) extending below and parallel to the upper tray right upper edge (340) from the upper tray front side (155) to the upper tray back edge (175),
an upper tray lifting portion (320) configured to lift angularly above the lower tray (105), and
an inner compartment (240) bordered within the lower tray front side (115), a lower tray left side inner surface (250), a lower tray right side inner surface (255), a lower tray inner bottom surface (245), and configured for an at least one separation support (230) to support and separate the upper tray (150) above the lower tray inner bottom surface (245) between the lower tray front side bottom edge (120) and the lower tray back edge (125).

US Pat. No. 10,457,218

CARGO FLOOR SYSTEM INCLUDING A RETRACTABLE FLOOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractable floor assembly, comprising:a floor pan including a recessed storage compartment holding a spare tire and wheel;
a guide track recessed within said floor pan and overlying said recessed storage compartment;
a retractable floor adjacent to the floor pan, said retractable floor including a plurality of bars connected together by a plurality of hinges and adapted to slide along said guide track; and
a drive mechanism displacing said retractable floor between a stowed position and a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,217

EASY STEP

1. A universal easy step configured for being mechanically associated with a surface of any one of a plurality of step systems wherein each step system defines at least one first step-element comprising a top step-surface and an opposing bottom step-surface and a plurality of step-surface-voids defining void patterns therethrough, wherein said step system further comprises a second step-element about 20 inches above said first step-element, said universal easy step comprising:an integral frame defining an open box structure comprising a top plate, a bottom plate, a right side plate and a left side plate wherein a first end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a first end of said bottom plate by said right side plate and wherein a second end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a second end of said bottom plate thereby defining said open box structure having a frame height about 7 inches to about 10 inches between said top plate and said bottom plate and wherein said bottom plate defines an attachment element aperture configured to adjustably receive an attachment element and wherein said right side plate and said left side plate are the same length so that the top plate is parallel to the bottom plate and wherein said attachment element aperture is disposed between the side plates and wherein one of said right side plate or said left side plate further defines a second attachment mechanism defining a hook feature for securing said bottom plate to said top step-surface without hardware modifications;
a first attachment element extending through said attachment element aperture and moveably associated with said attachment element aperture and wherein said first attachment element is further configured for being extended through on of said plurality of surface-voids defined by a first step-element of any one of a plurality of step systems to secure said bottom plate to the top step-surface of said first step-element without hardware modifications.

US Pat. No. 10,457,216

TIGHT BEZEL TO GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display assembly comprising:a bezel comprising a polymeric material; and
an electro-optic element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first substantially transparent substrate; and
a second substrate,
wherein the bezel is integrally molded with at least the first substantially transparent substrate, and
wherein the polymeric material comprises at least one material that reduces an effective coefficient of thermal expansion of the bezel such that the first substantially transparent substrate and the bezel have a difference in coefficient of thermal expansion of from about 5 ppm to about 50 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,214

METHOD FOR FOLDING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE EXTERIOR MIRROR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:folding in an exterior mirror of a motor vehicle having a door with a rear-mounted hinge, the exterior mirror folded in when the door is opened and when a speed at which the door is opened is less than a predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,194

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a coherent light source that emits a first coherent light beam and a second coherent light beam;
an optical device that diffuses the first coherent light beam to illuminate a first illumination zone and diffuses the second coherent light beam to illuminate a second illumination zone;
a timing control unit that individually controls incidence timing of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam on the optical device or illumination timing of the first illumination zone and the second illumination zone; and
a scanning unit that scans the optical device with at least one of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam from the coherent light source,
wherein the optical device includes a first diffusion region on which the first coherent light beam is incident, and a second diffusion region on which the second coherent light beam is incident,
the first diffusion region is capable of illuminating the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam,
the second diffusion region is capable of illuminating the second illumination zone that is at least partially different from the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam,
the first diffusion region includes a plurality of first element diffusion regions, the first element diffusion regions illuminating respective first partial regions in the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam, the first partial regions being respectively illuminated by the first element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another, and
the second diffusion region also includes a plurality of second element diffusion regions, the second element diffusion regions illuminating respective second partial regions in the second illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam, the second partial regions being respectively illuminated by the second element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,457,192

LOAD SECURING BAG FOR A PICKUP TRUCK

1. A bag defining an interior comprising:a top;
a bottom;
a first side;
a second side;
a third side;
a fourth side;
a first upper transverse retention strap secured to said top comprising:
a first upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a first spring loaded attachment hook at a first distal end;
a first length adjustment mechanism adjacent said first spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first fastener adjacent said first length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a second spring loaded attachment hook at a second distal end;
a second length adjustment mechanism adjacent said second spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second fastener adjacent said second length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap secured to said top adjacent said first upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a third spring loaded attachment hook at a third distal end;
a third length adjustment mechanism adjacent said third spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a third fastener adjacent said third length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a fourth spring loaded attachment hook at a fourth distal end;
a fourth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fourth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fourth fastener adjacent said fourth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap secured to said top, adjacent said second upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a third upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a fifth spring loaded attachment hook at a fifth distal end;
a fifth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fifth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fifth fastener adjacent said fifth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a sixth spring loaded attachment hook at a sixth distal end;
a sixth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said sixth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a sixth fastener adjacent said sixth length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper longitudinal strap secured to said top and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a first upper longitudinal strap first end comprising a seventh spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top;
a second upper longitudinal strap secured to said top, adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper longitudinal strap first end comprising an eighth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap second end;
an opening having an opening fastener disposed upon at least one side of said bag;
wherein said opening is configured to removably retain an article of luggage therein; and,
wherein said bag is configured to be removeably secured within a truck bed by securement of each of said first spring loaded attachment hook, second spring loaded attachment hook, third spring loaded attachment hook, fourth spring loaded attachment hook, fifth spring loaded attachment hook, sixth spring loaded attachment hook, seventh spring loaded attachment hook and eighth spring loaded attachment hook to a corresponding tie down anchor disposed about said truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,191

TARP COVER SYSTEM WITH SUPPORT BOW CONFIGURATION FOR REDUCING STRESS ON TARP MATERIAL

Shur-Co, LLC, Yankton, S...

1. A system comprising:a container having a top opening, opposite sides and opposite ends, the container having a pair of spaced side walls and a pair of spaced end walls extending between the side walls, at least one of the side walls defining a sidewall plane; and
a cover apparatus for selectively covering the top opening of the container, the cover apparatus having a closed condition closing the top opening and an open condition permitting access to the top opening, the cover apparatus comprising:
a roll tube movably mounted on the container and extending generally between the ends of the container and being oriented generally parallel to the side walls of the container;
a cover tarp having at least a portion rolled about the roll tube, the cover tarp being substantially completely unrolled from the roll tube and being extended across the top opening when the cover apparatus is in the closed condition, the cover tarp being substantially completely rolled about the roll tube and being retracted to one of the sides of the container when the cover apparatus is in the open condition;
at least one bow member configured to support the cover tarp in the closed condition of the cover assembly, the bow member being elongated and extending from one said side of the container to the other said side of the container across the top opening of the container; and
the bow member being positioned in a substantially vertically-oriented bow plane, the bow plane being oriented at an oblique angle to the sidewall plane of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,189

EXPANDABLE COMPACT CAMPING TRAILER

1. An expandable compact camping trailer comprising:a trailer body comprising a base with wheels and a trailer hitch connection attached thereto, walls extending upward from the base, an entry way door with a doorframe built into at least one of the walls, and a roof closing a top of the trailer body defining an interior of the trailer body;
an expandable module built into at least one of the walls of the trailer body, wherein when the expandable module is slid into the interior of the trailer body, the expandable module is positioned within a top half of a portion of the trailer body; and
a pivotable stove attached to a range pivot cylinder built into the doorframe,
wherein the pivotable stove is designed to pivot from a first position entirely within the trailer body to a second position entirely outside of the trailer body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,188

SHIPPING CONTAINER RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

1. A shipping container recreational vehicle comprising:a shipping container made of corrugated weathering steel, and forming an interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
an extension portion, the extension portion having a first non-extended position and a second extended position, and wherein the shipping container recreational vehicle has a first width of about 2.4 meters when the extension portion is in the first non-extended position, and a second width of about 5 meters when the extension portion is in the second extended position;
at least one stove coupled to the shipping container, the stove coupled to a propane line, and a compartment for storage of a propane tank, the compartment being vaportight to the interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
at least one plumbing fixture coupled to the shipping container, the at least one plumbing fixture having backflow contamination prevention, a trap, and a vent;
at least one electrical receptacle coupled to the shipping container, the at least one electrical receptacle electrical receptacle comprising a ground fault protected electrical receptacle; and
a subfloor permanently affixed to the shipping container, the subfloor comprising a chassis with a plurality of steel I-beams welded to the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,187

PIVOTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE

Harmar Mobility, LLC, Sa...

1. A pivoting system for a device mounted on a cargo platform, a cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform with a cargo support, the cargo support coupled to a structure, the cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform between a general vertical position and a general horizontal position, the pivoting system, comprising:a base coupled to the cargo support;
a frame coupled to the cargo platform;
a linkage rod extending between a proximal end and a distal end and slidably engaging with the cargo platform;
a proximal pivot pivotably coupling said proximal end of said linkage rod to said base;
said proximal pivot and the cargo pivot defining a proximal linkage having a proximal distance therebetween;
an electronic device for receiving an electric current and sending electric signals;
a device pivot pivotably coupling said electronic device to said frame;
a distal pivot pivotably coupling said distal end of said linkage rod to said electronic device;
said distal pivot and said device pivot defining a distal linkage having a distal distance therebetween; and
said proximal distance and said distal distance causing pivoting of said electronic device between the general vertical position and the general horizontal position for defining a lower general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general horizontal position and an upper general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,186

PNEUMATIC PLATFORM TOW TRUCK WITH HINGE

1. A cargo truck comprising:a chassis,
front axle with front wheels attached thereto;
rear axle with rear wheels attached thereto;
a cab mounted on a front portion of the chassis;
a cargo bed mounted on a rear portion of the chassis, said cargo bed comprising a platform having a front portion which is rigidly connected to a rear portion such that an upper surface of the rear portion extends downwardly at a fixed angle relative to an upper surface of the front portion, said fixed angle remaining constant irrespective of whether the cargo bed in a tilted position or a non-tilted position;
at least one inflatable member positioned under the front portion of the cargo bed, said inflatable member being inflatable to an inflated configuration that causes the entire platform to move to the tilted position and thereafter deflatable to a deflated position which allows the cargo bed to assume the non-tilted position;
first and second loading ramps which are stowable in stowed positions in or below a rear portion of the cargo bed and alternately extendable from said stowed positions to deployed positions wherein they extend to the ground When the cargo bed is in the tilted position, said first and second loading ramps differing in length such that the first and second loading ramps, when extended to their deployed positions, have different angles of incline from the ground to the rear portion of the cargo bed; and
at least one additional inflatable member which, when inflated, is configured to exert pressure on the first and second loading ramps when in their stowed positions so as to deter rattling or unintended movement of the loading ramps while the truck is in transit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,175

CUSHION WITH SPATIALLY VARYING LATTICE STRUCTURES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat structure configured to support an occupant, the seat structure comprising:a suspension; and
a seat cushion arranged adjacent to the suspension,
wherein the seat cushion defines a plurality of variable effective property regions, wherein at least one of the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a regular periodic lattice structure, and
wherein the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a first modulus region including a first lattice structure having a first elasticity tensor and a second modulus region including a second lattice structure having a second elasticity tensor that is different than the first elasticity tensor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,170

FLEXIBLE MOTOR VEHICLE WORK SURFACE FOR LAPTOPS AND TABLETS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A flexible motor vehicle work surface operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly comprising:a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising an integrated guide member movable within a Y-shaped slot disposed on an upper surface thereof; and
a movable horizontal surface operably coupled with the integrated guide member and deployable support structure, the movable horizontal surface having a first stored position and a plurality of deployed positions;
wherein the Y-shaped slot has a pair of forward ends and a rearward end, and wherein the deployable support structure further comprises a plurality of damper mechanisms, and wherein one each of the plurality of damper mechanisms is disposed at each of the pair of forward ends of the Y-shaped slot and the rearward end of the Y-shaped slot and each of the plurality of damper mechanisms comprises a resilient member that engages the integrated guide member at each of the pair of forward ends of the Y-shaped slot and the rearward end of the Y-shaped slot, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,457,166

VEHICLE SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion for a person to sit on;
a seat back erected at a rear end of the seat cushion;
a support leg provided on the seat cushion to support weight related to the seat cushion;
a respective slide mechanism located at each of a left side part and a right side part of the vehicle seat to move the seat cushion and the seat back along a front/back direction,
the vehicle seat having a tip-up function to rotate the seat cushion so that a front part of the seat cushion is in a higher position than a rear part of the seat cushion and a seating surface of the seat cushion and a front surface of the seat back face each other, wherein
the support leg has a right erect part, a left erect part and a connecting member,
the right erect part and the left erect part are provided on right and left sides of the seat cushion and are located so as to extend along an upward/downward direction with the seat cushion set in the seating position,
the connecting member extends along a right/left direction and connects a lower end of the right erect part and a lower end of the left erect part,
a respective leg holding member is located on a part of each of the slide mechanisms which moves along with the seat cushion and the seat back, the leg holding member being disposed to hold the connecting member of the support leg between the right erect part and the left erect part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,157

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electric motor;
a controller configured to control a torque of the electric motor, or a quantity of state corresponding to the torque; and
a torque transmitter configured to transmit the torque of the electric motor to a wheel of a vehicle, wherein
the controller includes a torque fluctuation inhibiting section configured to inhibit torque fluctuation in the electric motor, and
the torque fluctuation inhibiting section includes an execution determination section configured to determine whether or not to inhibit the torque fluctuation in the electric motor, based on a result of comparison between an estimated value of a torque fluctuation frequency in the electric motor, and one or both of transmission characteristics of the torque transmitter and vibration characteristics in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,156

VEHICLE POWER SOURCE SYSTEM AND COOLING CIRCUIT

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

1. A vehicle power source system comprising:a high-voltage battery;
a high-voltage system equipment having a DC-DC converter and a charger; and
a cooling circuit having a high-voltage battery cooling unit for cooling the high-voltage battery, a DC-DC converter cooling unit for cooling the DC-DC converter, and a charger cooling unit for cooling the charger, wherein
in the cooling circuit, the DC-DC converter cooling unit and the charger cooling unit are disposed in parallel on a downstream side of the high-voltage battery cooling unit,
the cooling circuit has a flow rate control device on an upstream side of the DC-DC converter cooling unit,
the flow rate control device is disposed between a branch portion where a flow to the DC-DC converter cooling unit and a flow to the charger cooling unit are branched off, and the DC-DC converter cooling unit, and
the flow rate control device is not disposed between the branch portion and the charger cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,150

VOLTAGE STACK-UP CONVERTER FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an isolated power converter with input terminals coupled to a power source;
a load coupled across a series combination of an output of the isolated power converter and the power source; and
a controller programmed to operate the isolated power converter such that a ratio of power delivered to the input terminals of the isolated power converter to a total power delivered to the load is less than a predetermined ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,457,146

VEHICLE INTERIOR PANEL WITH THERMAL FEEDBACK

Faurecia Interior Systems...

1. A panel for use in an interior of a vehicle, the panel comprising:an outer surface that faces the interior of the vehicle when installed in the vehicle, the outer surface having an interaction area; and
a heat transfer device in thermal communication with the interaction area,
wherein the panel is configured to communicate information about a vehicle system to an occupant of the vehicle when the occupant touches the interaction area via a perceptible temperature differential between the interaction area and an adjacent area of the outer surface, the heat transfer device being operable to provide the temperature differential,
wherein the panel is a touch panel configured to change an operating parameter of the vehicle system in response to the occupant touching the outer surface, wherein the heat transfer device operates to change the temperature of the interaction area to communicate the changed operating parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,139

FUEL CAP AND SPRING ASSEMBLY

1. A fuel tank cap comprising:a body that defines a top expanse;
a shoulder extending downwardly from said top expanse, said shoulder defining a slot therein and an interior of said body;
a biasing member having at least a portion of said biasing member positioned within said slot;
a fastening device extending through said shoulder, extending through said slot, and extending through said biasing member so as to secure said biasing member within said slot, and said fastening device extending inwardly into said interior of said body;
wherein said biasing member includes a second portion extending outwardly from said slot and into said interior of said body in a nominal, unbiased condition, and wherein said second portion of said biasing member is positioned within said slot in a biased condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,138

SELF-SEALING LIQUID BLADDERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A self-sealing liquid bladder comprising a liquid bladder having a plurality of layers defining a volume, wherein the layers include a hydrocarbon impermeable material layer that is inert to a liquid hydrocarbon and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer and that is separated from the volume by the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer, wherein the at least one sealing layer includes a plurality of shape changing structures that change geometry upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon in the bladder, wherein the plurality of shape changing structures are a plurality of fibers that include a first material that is a liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material capable of expanding upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon, wherein the liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material is selected from one or more of hydrocarbon encapsulated polymers, plant fibers, synthetic elastomers, super absorbent polymers, and polyolefins, and wherein the plurality of fibers is capable of expanding as a result of the first material absorbing the liquid hydrocarbon to a size sufficient to at least partially fill a hole in the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,137

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OPENING/CLOSING OF SHUTTER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A system for controlling opening/closing of a shutter for a vehicle, the shutter being disposed at an opening section through which outside air is introduced into a driving source housing chamber that houses a driving source of the vehicle, the system comprising:a temperature sensor that detects a temperature in the driving source housing chamber or a temperature of the driving source; and
a control device configured to provide:
an opening/closing control unit that brings the shutter into an open state when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit exceeds a predetermined threshold, and brings the shutter into a closed state when the temperature is equal to or lower than the threshold; and
a traveling state predicting unit that includes a map information acquiring section that acquires map information related to a map around the vehicle, and a path information acquiring section that acquires path information related to paths on which the vehicle travels, and predicts a traveling state of the vehicle after a lapse of a predetermined time based on the map information acquired by the map information acquiring section and the path information acquired by the path information acquiring section,
the opening/closing control unit including a threshold changing section that changes the threshold based on the traveling state of the vehicle after the lapse of the predetermined time predicted by the traveling state predicting unit,
wherein the traveling state predicting unit includes a prediction period changing section that changes a prediction period with which the traveling state of the vehicle is predicted, based on the map information and the path information, and
wherein the prediction period changing section sets the prediction period to be shorter than normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle frequently changes is made, and sets the prediction period to be longer than the normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle is monotonous is made.

US Pat. No. 10,457,125

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TEMPORARY CARGO BED COVER

Michael DelCharco, Jacks...

1. A method of sealing a cargo bed of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:a) extending a first sheet of a membrane with an adhesive layer on a first side of the membrane across a cargo bed to a first receiving surface comprising a side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed;
b) affixing the first sheet of the membrane to the first receiving surface of the cargo bed by applying pressure to a second side of the first sheet of membrane thereby adhering the adhesive layer to the first receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed;
c) extending a second sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a second receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed thereby covering at least a portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane with a portion of the second sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane;
d) applying pressure to the second side of the second sheet of membrane towards the second receiving surface thereby adhering the second sheet of membrane to the second receiving surface and also adhering a portion of the second sheet of membrane to the overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane;
e) extending a third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a third receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed, thereby covering a third portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane with a portion of the third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane; and
f) adhering a third sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane to a third receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed and to an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane by applying pressure to a second side of the second portion of membrane towards the third receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,122

VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD TO REDUCE BUFFETING AND GENERATE DOWNFORCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle flow influencing assembly, comprising:a downforce generator laterally between a window sail of a vehicle and a side mirror of the vehicle, the downforce generator aligned along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle with the window sail, the side mirror, and a mirror arm,
wherein the downforce generator extends longitudinally from a leading edge portion to a trailing edge portion, wherein the leading edge portion is disposed vertically between a vertically uppermost part of the side mirror and a vertically lowermost part of the side mirror, wherein the trailing edge portion is disposed vertically between the vertically uppermost part of the side mirror and the vertically lowermost part of the side mirror,
wherein a portion of the mirror arm extends along the longitudinal axis to a position that is forward of the leading edge portion of the downforce generator, wherein another portion of the mirror arm extends along the longitudinal axis to a position that is aft of the trailing edge portion of the downforce generator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,120

AIR OUTLET FOR ARRANGEMENT IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An air outlet, comprising:an elongated housing having a flow channel;
an outflow element crossing the flow channel and rigidly arranged on a longitudinal end of the housing;
an insert pivotably mounted with an arched outer surface on a correspondingly formed arched section of an inner wall of the housing and arranged offset to the outflow element in the longitudinal direction of the housing;
an actuating element that protrudes into the flow channel pivotably mounted on the outflow element and mechanically coupled to the insert, the actuating element protrudes with an actuating end from the outflow element and is coupled to the insert with an opposite adjusting end; and
a throttle arranged upstream in the flow channel, the throttle coupled to the adjusting end via a first universal joint and a second universal joint, the first universal joint coupled to the second universal joint with a length compensation element, the second universal joint coupled to a control rod, the throttle including a plurality of fins each arranged parallel to each other and pivotably coupled to the housing, each fin of the plurality of fins having a rotational axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, each of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod such that a rotation of the actuating element pivots each of the plurality of fins relative to the housing, with a first pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a first driver and a second pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a second driver, the control rod having a first end opposite a second end, the first end coupled to the first driver and the second end coupled to the second driver, the control rod extends along an axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, and the plurality of fins includes a first fin adjacent to a second fin, a third fin adjacent to a fourth fin, the second fin adjacent to the third fin, with the first driver coupled to the first fin and the third fin via at least one first extension arm and the second driver coupled to the second fin and the fourth fin via at least one second extension arm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,113

VEHICLE EXTREME TEMPERATURE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

12. A method of preventing excessive thermal stress exposure to an occupant of a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a system comprising:
an occupancy sensor;
an occupant body temperature sensor configured to detect a body surface temperature of the occupant;
an actuator; and,
a controller configured to receive signals from the occupancy sensor and from the occupant body surface temperature sensor;
receiving an occupant present signal from the occupancy sensor;
determining an occupant body core temperature based on a signal from the occupant body surface temperature sensor; and
activating the actuator when the determined occupant body core temperature falls outside a preset temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,112

CONFIGURABLE EVAPORATOR UNIT AIR OUTLETS FOR A SECONDARY HVAC SYSTEM

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A configurable evaporator unit for a secondary heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that provides conditioned air within a cabin portion of a vehicle, the configurable evaporator unit comprising:an evaporator compartment that includes an evaporator coil for conditioning air;
a blower assembly that houses an evaporator blower for directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit, the blower assembly including:
a front side surface, a back side surface, a top side surface, a bottom side surface, and a left or right side surface, and
a plurality of blower openings for directing conditioned air out of the blower assembly, the plurality of blower openings disposed on at least two of the front side surface, the back side surface, the top side surface, the bottom side surface, and the left or right side surface; and
a housing that houses the evaporator compartment and the blower assembly adjacent to the evaporator compartment, the housing including:
a front side, a back side, a top side, a bottom side, and a left or right side, and
a plurality of housing openings disposed on at least two of the front side, the back side, the top side, the bottom side, and the left or right side, and
wherein the conditioned air is directed from the plurality of blower openings to multiple of the plurality of housing openings, at least one of the multiple of the plurality of housing openings is blocked from directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,108

NON-LINEAR STIFFNESS ACTUATOR FOR VEHICLE SUSPENSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A non-linear stiffness actuator for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the non-linear stiffness actuator comprising:an actuator housing;
an actuator shaft configured to transmit an actuator force to the road wheel;
a primary elastic member assembly arranged between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft and configured to exert a primary elastic member force along the actuator shaft; and
a secondary elastic member assembly configured to exert a variable secondary elastic member force acting between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft, wherein the variable secondary elastic member force is configured to selectively contribute to and subtract from the primary elastic member force to thereby facilitate the non-linear stiffness of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,106

DEVICE FOR LEVEL ADJUSTMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

18. A level adjustment device for a vehicle, comprising:a screw drive that includes:
an adapter sleeve that axially supports a spindle that includes a flange, wherein the flange is directed radially inwards towards the spindle, wherein the adapter sleeve is configured to decouple to a cylinder utilizing an elastic element; and
a nut configured to move up and down in an axial direction on the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,089

METHOD OF MARKING A SOLID STATE MATERIAL, AND SOLID STATE MATERIALS MARKED ACCORDING TO SUCH A METHOD

Master Dynamic Limited, ...

17. An article formed from solid state material having a non-optically detectable identifiable mark on the outer surface of the article, wherein said mark includes a plurality of recesses extending into said article from the outer surface of the article and wherein the maximum width of the etched portions of is less than 200 nm such that the identifiable mark is non-optically detectable in the visible light spectrum and is viewable in the ultra-violet (UV) spectrum and wherein said mark is viewable in the ultra-violet spectrum irrespective of the distribution or uniformity of the etched potions in relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,079

INK, INKJET RECORDING METHOD, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

17. An image forming apparatus comprising:a recording medium;
an applying device configured to apply an ink to the recording medium to form an image; and
a rolling-up device configured to roll up the recording medium in a roll form to form an image recorded matter;
wherein the recording medium is continuous paper,
wherein the ink includes an organic solvent and a coloring material,
wherein the image recorded matter has a tackiness power of from 80 to 110 nN.

US Pat. No. 10,457,078

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PRODUCT USING PERMEABLE MEDIUM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A manufacturing method, comprising:an image printing step of forming an image by inkjet printing on a permeable medium based on a processing data;
a cutting step of cutting the permeable medium into parts in shapes based on the processing data after the image is printed on the permeable medium by inkjet printing in the image printing step; and
an assembling step of assembling the parts into a product,
wherein the image printing step using an ink for image printing, and the ink containing a heat-producible composition that generates heat when being irradiated with ultraviolet light and a solvent, and the ink is able to be dried and fixed after the solvent is vaporized from the ink heated by the heat generated by the heat-producible composition when being irradiated with the ultraviolet light,
by an irradiation of the ultraviolet light, the solvent is vaporized to an extent that the image printed on the permeable medium does not smear, and a maximum energy of the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is an energy which does not cause the ink to be burned, and
the image printing step uses an ink for image printing selected from latex inks, solvent-diluted UV-curable inks, and water-soluble UV-curable dye inks, wherein a temperature range of the ink irradiated by the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is 60° C.˜170° C.

US Pat. No. 10,457,073

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:a reaction liquid adhesion step of ejecting from an ink jet head, a reaction liquid in the form of liquid droplets containing an aggregating agent which aggregates a color ink composition so as to adhere the reaction liquid to a recording region of a recording medium which is a non-absorptive recording medium or a low-absorptive recording medium; and
a color ink adhesion step of ejecting the color ink composition in the form of liquid droplets from an ink jet head so as to adhere the color ink composition to the recording region of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is adhered,
wherein in the reaction liquid adhesion step, while ejecting the liquid droplets, the ink jet head is scanned a plurality of times so as to be moved relatively with respect to the recording medium;
an adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after a single scan by the ink jet head relative to the recording medium is 0.1 to 2 mg/inch2; and
a total adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after the ink jet head is scanned the plurality of times is 1 to 4 mg/inch2.

US Pat. No. 10,457,072

PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING SYSTEM, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRINTED MATTER

1. A processing object reforming apparatus comprising:a plasma processing unit that acidifies at least a surface of a processing object comprising paper or film, the processing object having a polymer upon its surface, by processing the surface of the processing object by using plasma, causing a chemical reaction between polymers, disposed at the surface, and the plasma; and
a control unit that controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with a plasma energy amount based on a type of material that is included at the surface of the processing object;
wherein the plasma processing unit comprises at least one discharge electrode that generates the plasma, and
the control unit controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with the plasma energy amount by adjusting a voltage value of a voltage pulse to be applied to the at least one discharge electrode or adjusting the number of the discharge electrodes to which the voltage pulse is to be applied.

US Pat. No. 10,457,071

OBJECT HOLDER WITH PNEUMATIC CLAMPING FRAME FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining at least one object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a moving frame configured to traverse a support member positioned substantially parallel to a plane formed by at least one print head of the direct-to-object print system;
at least one collapsible membrane configured to be retained within the moving frame, wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is at least partially filled with a plurality of granules, and further wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is configured to collapse at least partially around the at least one object when a volume of air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane; and
at least one inflatable bladder associated with at least one interior surface of the moving frame, wherein the at least one inflatable bladder is configured to be inflated to retain the at least one collapsible membrane within the moving frame when air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,070

SYSTEM FOR TREATING THE SURFACES OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECTS PRIOR TO PRINTING THE SURFACES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object surface treatment system comprising:an applicator;
a supply of a chemical operatively connected to the applicator;
a pump pneumatically connected between the supply of the chemical and the applicator;
a chamber having walls to form an interior volume, the chamber having a support within the interior volume of the chamber for supporting an object placed within the interior volume of the chamber and a lid configured to close the chamber;
a flexible member mounted to the lid of the chamber;
a vacuum source operatively connected to the interior volume of the chamber;
a plurality of actuators, one of the actuators being operatively connected to the applicator and another of the actuators being operatively connected to the lid; and
a controller operatively connected to the pump, the plurality of actuators, and the vacuum source, the controller being configured to operate the one actuator to move the applicator to a surface of the flexible member, to operate the pump to supply the chemical from the supply to the applicator for application to the surface of the flexible member, to operate the other actuator to move the lid to close the chamber, to operate the vacuum source to produce a vacuum within the interior volume of the chamber and move a portion of the surface of the flexible member into engagement with a surface of the object on the support within the interior volume of the chamber, to cease operation of the vacuum source to enable the flexible member to return to a position adjacent the lid, and to operate the other actuator to remove the lid from the chamber to enable removal of the object from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,068

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRAPPING PROCESS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING TRAPPING PROCESS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a storage configured to store image data; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to execute:
receiving image data configured such that a plurality of pixel arrays each including a plurality of pixels are arranged in a main scanning direction, the plurality of pixel arrays being aligned in a sub scanning direction which is perpendicular to the main scanning direction;
setting a determination area having a particular number of pixels within a particular area of three lines or more in the sub scanning direction and three pixels or more in the main scanning direction;
sequentially selecting a plurality of pixels within the determination area as color determination pixels;
determining whether a color determination pixel of the selected color determination pixels has a chromatic color;
determining black pixels including:
determining whether a first pixel adjacent to the color determination pixel is black; and
determining whether a second pixel apart from the color determination pixel with one or more intermediate pixels therebetween is black;
determining execution of trapping processes including:
determining that a first trapping process to add a color component of the color determination pixel to the first pixel is to be executed when the controller determines that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color and the first pixel is black; and
determining that a second trapping process to add the color component of the color determination pixel to the second pixel is to be executed when it is determined that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color, the second pixel is black, and the intermediate pixels located between the color determination pixel and the second pixel are black;
executing trapping processes including:
executing the first trapping process on a pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed; and
executing the second trapping process on a pixel on which the second trapping process is determined to be executed;
restricting execution of trapping processes including:
restricting execution of the second trapping process on the pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed,
wherein a position of the second pixel within the determination area varies depending on the color determination pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,065

LIQUID CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid container configured to be mounted to a carriage that reciprocates in an X direction, the liquid container comprising:an upper wall and a bottom wall opposed to each other in a Z direction that intersects with the X direction;
a first side wall and a second side wall opposed to each other in a Y direction that intersects with the X direction and the Z direction;
a third side wall and a fourth side wall opposed to each other in the X direction;
a liquid supply port provided in the bottom wall;
a first chamber provided on a +Z direction side that is an upper wall side in the Z direction;
a second chamber provided on a ?Z direction side that is a bottom wall side in the Z direction;
a partition wall configured to part the first chamber from the second chamber; and
a connecting hole configured to connect the first chamber with the second chamber, wherein
the second chamber is connected with the liquid supply port,
the first chamber is connected with the liquid supply port via the connecting hole and the second chamber,
the second chamber includes a return flow path that is turned back along the X direction,
a liquid contained in the first chamber is flowed from the connecting hole through the return flow path to the liquid supply port, and
the return flow path includes a first flow path in which the liquid flows from the third side wall toward the fourth side wall, and a second flow path in which the liquid flows from the fourth side wall toward the third side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,064

LIQUID CONSUMPTION APPARATUS HAVING CARTRIDGE, CARTRIDGE ATTACHMENT SECTION PROVIDED WITH TANK, AND CONSUMING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid consumption apparatus comprising: a first cartridge; a second cartridge; a cartridge attachment section; and a consuming device,each of the first cartridge and the second cartridge being a cartridge which comprises:
a first storage chamber storing a liquid; and
a supply portion configured to supply the liquid stored in the first storage chamber,
the cartridge attachment section comprising:
a connecting portion configured to be connected with and disconnected from the supply portion of a selected one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge; and
a tank having a second storage chamber configured to store the liquid supplied from the first storage chamber through the supply portion and the connecting portion connected with the supply portion,
the consuming device being configured to consume the liquid stored in the second storage chamber;
the supply portion of a cartridge and the connecting portion being connected together in a case where the cartridge is inserted into the cartridge attachment section in an inserting direction that is parallel to a first direction,
the supply portion of the cartridge and the connecting portion being separated from each other in a case where the cartridge is detached from the cartridge attachment section in a detaching direction that is opposite to the inserting direction,
the first cartridge comprising a wall defining both of a first base part and a first protruding part, the first protruding part protruding in the inserting direction from part of the first base part that is defined in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the first storage chamber of the first cartridge extending over insides of both of the first base part and the first protruding part,
the second cartridge comprising a wall defining at least the first base part, the first storage chamber of the second cartridge being provided in an inside of the at least the first base part,
in a case where the wall of the second cartridge defines both of the first base part and the first protruding part, the first protruding part of the second cartridge having a protruding amount smaller than that of the first protruding part of the first cartridge,
the first storage chamber of the second cartridge having an internal volume smaller than that of the first storage chamber of the first cartridge,
the tank comprising a wall defining a second base part and a second protruding part, the second protruding part protruding in the detaching direction from part of the second base part that is defined in the second direction,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of either one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of the first cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,061

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND PRESSURE-REGULATING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects a liquid from a nozzle;
a liquid supply path which is designed to supply the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
a pressure-regulating mechanism which is designed to regulate a pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid ejecting head, the pressure-regulating mechanism including:
an on-off valve which is provided in the liquid supply path and is configured to switch to an open state in which an upstream-side liquid supply path and a downstream-side liquid supply path communicate and switch to a closed state in which the upstream-side liquid supply path and the downstream-side liquid supply path do not communicate in a case where an upstream side of the on-off valve in the liquid supply path is the upstream-side liquid supply path and a downstream side of the on-off valve in the liquid supply path is the downstream-side liquid supply path; and
a valve opening/closing mechanism which is designed to switch the on-off valve to the open state and the closed state;
a filter provided in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a liquid storage portion for alleviating liquid pressure fluctuations, the liquid storage portion being provided at a position closer to the on-off valve than the filter in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a pressurizing mechanism which is designed to pressurize the liquid in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a liquid discharge path which is designed to discharge the liquid from the liquid ejecting head, the liquid discharge path forming a liquid circulation path in cooperation with the liquid ejecting head and the liquid supply path, and
a control unit which controls driving of the valve opening/closing mechanism and the pressurizing mechanism,
wherein a pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid ejecting head is regulated by controlling the driving of the opening/closing mechanism in a state where the liquid in the upstream-side liquid supply path is in a pressurized state by driving the pressurizing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,457,058

LIQUID SUPPLY VALVE, FLOW CHANNEL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USING LIQUID SUPPLY VALVE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head;
a first flow channel in which liquid is flowed to the liquid ejecting head;
a second flow channel in which liquid is flowed from a liquid container; and
a liquid supply valve in which a first connection port and a second connection port are provided, the first connection port connecting with the first flow channel, and the second connection port connecting with the second flow channel;
wherein the liquid supply valve is formed so as to be able to (i) be in a first state in which the first connection port and the second connection port communicate with each other, in a case where the liquid is supplied to the liquid ejecting head from the liquid container, (ii) be in a second state in which the first connection port and the second connection port are disconnected, in a case where the liquid supply valve attaches to the liquid ejecting head or detaches from the liquid ejecting head, and (iii) be in a third state in which the first connection port and the second connection port are disconnected, and the first connection port and an air release port communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,054

PREVENTING DETERIORATION IN AESTHETIC APPEARANCE OF A PRINTED RESULT WITHOUT REDUCTION OF PRINTING SPEED

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a printing processing program for executing steps on a computing device, said computing device included in an operating terminal for operating a printer comprising a thermal line head that includes a plurality of heat generation elements and is configured to form dots on respective print lines divided by print resolution on a fed print-receiving medium, and an energizing device configured to selectively control drive of said plurality of heat generation elements according to print data,said steps comprising:
a dot pattern generation step for generating a binarized dot pattern including on-dots to be printed and off dots not to be printed corresponding to said print data;
a line specification step for determining whether or not an on-dot ratio represented by the number of on-dots/(the number of on-dots+the number of off-dots), or the number of on-dots, is equal to or greater than a threshold value for each print line in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step, and for specifying at least one print lines equal to or greater than said threshold value;
a labeling step for separately identifying a plurality of dot groups such that the on-dots adjacent to each other form one dot group in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step;
a dot group specification step for specifying at least one first dot groups including said at least one print lines specified in said line specification step among the plurality of groups identified in said labeling step; and
a density reduction process step for executing a predetermined density reduction process of making a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in said first dot groups specified in said dot group specification step lower than a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in at least one second dot groups other than the first dot groups.

US Pat. No. 10,457,047

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A PLURALITY OF INKJET PRINT MODULES

MOUVENT AG, Solothurn (C...

1. Mounting assembly for mounting a plurality of inkjet print modules in an adjoining relationship along a longitudinal direction of the mounting assembly, comprisinga) a linear guide extending in the longitudinal direction for supporting the plurality of modules such that the modules are movable along the linear guide;
b) for each of the plurality of modules a carrier for mounting an inkjet print head including an array of nozzles formed on a nozzle face on a nozzle face side of the print module, wherein the carriers are supported on the linear guide such that they are movable along the linear guide;
c) wherein at least one of the carriers comprises a first adjustment mechanism for adjusting a distance of the carriers of two adjoining modules of the plurality of modules, the first adjustment mechanism comprising a first control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the distance;
d) wherein at least one of the carriers further comprises a second adjustment mechanism for adjusting an angle position of the inkjet print head mounted to the carrier with respect to an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the second adjustment mechanism comprising a second control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the angle position;
wherein the operating sections of the control members of the first and of the second adjustment mechanism are accessible from the nozzle face side of the print module.

US Pat. No. 10,457,045

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENTS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a plurality of piezoelectric elements disposed on an element-disposed surface of a flow-passage defining member so as to be arranged in a first direction;
a protective cover disposed on the element-disposed surface so as to cover the plurality of piezoelectric elements and including a top wall portion opposed to the plurality of piezoelectric elements and two side wall portions connected respectively to opposite end portions of the top wall portion in a second direction parallel to the element-disposed surface and orthogonal to the first direction;
a plurality of wires drawn respectively from the plurality of piezoelectric elements to an outside of the protective cover in the second direction and extending on an outer surface of the top wall portion of the protective cover, the plurality of wires comprising (a) a plurality of first wires extending toward a first side of the protective cover in the second direction and (b) a plurality of second wires extending toward a second side, opposite to the first side of the protective cover in the second direction, the plurality of first wires comprising a plurality of lower portions extending on the element-disposed surface of the flow-passage defining member and a plurality of upper portions extending on the outer surface of the top portion of the protective cover;
a plurality of terminals disposed on the outer surface of the top wall portion and connected respectively to the plurality of wires; and
a driver electrically connected to the plurality of terminals,
wherein a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of upper portions of two of the plurality of first wires is larger than a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of lower portions of the two of the plurality of first wires.

US Pat. No. 10,457,044

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid from a discharge port; and
a sealing member with which a surround of each of the plurality of recording element substrates is filled,
wherein each of the plurality of recording element substrates includes a recessed portion on an end surface that faces a neighboring recording element substrate, and in the recessed portion, a gap between neighboring recording element substrates is wider than a gap between element surfaces on which the energy generating element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,457,043

PIEZOELECTRIC PRINT HEAD AND PIEZOELECTRIC INK JET PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric print head, comprising:a piezoelectric element;
a nozzle that ejects liquid when the piezoelectric element is driven;
a switch that switches between supply and non-supply of a driving signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the piezoelectric element;
a history-information memory that holds history information indicating history of ON or OFF of the switch; and
a switch-operation stop controller that stops a switch operation that causes the switch to be turned OFF from ON or to be turned ON from OFF, in accordance with the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,457,039

PRINTHEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a plurality of print elements, a drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of print elements, a logic circuit configured to receive input data for driving the plurality of print elements in synchronism with a clock, and a detection circuit configured to detect whether the input data input to the logic circuit includes an error and output a result of the detection;
an output unit configured to output the data to the printhead in synchronism with the clock;
an input unit configured to input a result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead and output from the printhead;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the clock based on the result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead input by the input unit; and
a control unit configured to control the output by the output unit by using the clock adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,036

METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMAL EXPANSION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:forming a part using additive manufacturing;
measuring a first size of the part at a first temperature;
bringing the part to a second temperature, different than the first temperature;
measuring a second size of the part at the second temperature;
comparing the first size to the second size to calculate a coefficient of thermal expansion;
bringing the part to the first temperature; and
trimming the part using a tool path that compensates for the coefficient of thermal expansion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,024

COMPOSITE MATERIAL WITH COATING MATERIAL

MEHLER TEXNOLOGIES GMBH, ...

1. A composite material comprising a carrier material, wherein:the carrier material is coated on a first surface with a first coating material and on a second surface with a second coating material,
the composite material has links of coating material which run from the first surface of the carrier material to the second surface of the carrier material,
a starting area of the links, which starts from the first surface of the carrier material, accounts for 1% to 70% of the area of the first surface, and
45 to 95% of the first surface of the carrier material is coated by the first coating material, and/or 45 to 95% of the second surface of the carrier material is coated by the second coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,017

METHOD OF FORMING A LAYERED COMPOSITE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite fiber layer that couples to another composite fiber layer, the composite fiber layer comprising:a main body including a plurality of composite fibers; and
a plurality of layer-securing pins secured to the main body, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are separate and distinct from one another, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are configured to mechanically connect the main body to the other composite fiber layer, wherein each of the plurality of layer-securing pins comprises:
an annular ring; and
a plurality of legs extending from the annular ring, wherein the annular ring is exposed through an outer surface of the main body, and wherein the plurality of legs extend into the main body, wherein the annular ring adhesively bonds via curing to another annular ring of the other composite fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,015

MESH MATERIAL FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING SAME

Tru-View LLC, Wichita, K...

1. A method of fabricating a hunting blind, the method comprising:weaving polyester yarn into a mesh fabric having a plurality of apertures;
coating both sides of the mesh fabric with acrylic;
drying the acrylic-coated fabric;
coating both sides of the acrylic-coated fabric with a mixture of silicone and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA);
drying the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric;
printing a camouflage pattern on a first side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric and printing a dark color on a second side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric with a heat transfer printing process;
cutting the printed fabric into a suitable size for the hunting blind; and
assembling the cut fabric into the hunting blind.

US Pat. No. 10,457,013

COMPOSITE SHEET AND CARGO CONTAINER COMPRISING SAME

1. A non-rigid composite sheet comprising in order(i) a first component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a first woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a first polymeric layer
(ii) a second component having an areal weight of from 120 to 430 gsm comprising a paper positioned adjacent to the first fabric of the first component and the second fabric of the third component, the paper further comprising aramid fibers, a polymeric binder and mica, and
(iii) a third component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a second woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a second polymeric layer, the second fabric of the third component being adjacent to the paper of the second component,
wherein
(a) the yarns of the first and second fabrics comprise aromatic polyamide, aromatic copolyamide, glass fiber or carbon fiber, and
(b) the polymer of the first polymeric layer of the first component and second polymeric layer of the third component is polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylenenaphthalate, polyacrylonitrile, fluoropolymer, polyimide, polketone, polyimide, polysulfone, polyarylene sulfide, liquid crystal polymer, polycarbonate or an ionomer,
wherein the polymeric binder of the paper is present in an amount of from 45-60 weight percent based on the combined weight of aramid fiber plus binder present in the paper.

US Pat. No. 10,457,011

COMPOSITE COLUMNAR STRUCTURE HAVING CO-BONDED REINFORCEMENT AND FABRICATION METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a strut, comprising:fabricating a composite laminate core;
fabricating a sleeve reinforcement;
assembling the sleeve reinforcement encircled over the composite laminate core, the sleeve reinforcement comprising a plurality of corrugation ridges that are inwardly facing relative to the composite laminate core and that are parallel to each other along a longitudinal orientation, and wherein the plurality of corrugation ridges is pressed into and depresses portions of the composite laminate core; and
fabricating an outer skin over the sleeve reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,457,009

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure comprising:partition walls defining a plurality of hexagonal cells which possess a hexagonal shape, extend from one end face to an other end face and become through channels for fluid,
wherein the partition walls are constituted by combining:
standard partition walls having a partition wall thickness in a range smaller than ±10% to an average partition wall thickness of the partition walls,
wide partition walls having a partition wall thickness of +10% or more to the average partition wall thickness, and
narrow partition walls having a partition wall thickness of ?10% or less to the average partition wall thickness, and
a non-standard partition wall ratio is in a range of 10% to 30% which is a ratio occupied by a subtotal number of non-standard partition walls obtained by adding the wide partition walls and the narrow partition walls to a total number of the partition walls which is obtained by adding the numbers of the standard partition walls, the wide partition walls and the narrow partition walls.

US Pat. No. 10,457,007

MULTI-STEP BEAD FORMER

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. An apparatus for forming a tire bead, the apparatus comprising:a rotatable bead former having a front portion and a back portion, the rotatable bead former comprising:
a first step comprising a first diameter, the first step having at least a first bead-engaging surface circumnavigating an axis and configured to receive a first tire bead;
a second step located closer to the back portion than the first step, the second step comprising a second diameter different than the first diameter, the second step having a second bead-engaging surface circumnavigating the axis and configured to receive a second tire bead; and
a first bore extending from a back surface of the bead former in a direction towards the front portion to a location located beneath the first step, the bore being offset relative to a rotational axis of the rotatable bead former.

US Pat. No. 10,457,000

FLOW AID FOR INFUSION STRUCTURE, INFUSION STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FLOW AID AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING FIBRE MATERIAL WITH RESIN

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A flow aid for an infusion structure for infiltrating fibre material with resin to produce a fibre composite component, comprising:a resin-impermeable upper layer comprising an areal expanse;
a lower layer comprising an areal expanse, the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer being joined together in a peripheral region of the flow aid and providing a flow space between the two layers, and the lower layer comprises at least one outlet for discharging resin out of the flow aid into an interior of the infusion structure; and
an inlet for feeding the resin into the flow space, wherein the inlet opens into a central longitudinal channel which leads to transverse channels branching off therefrom,
wherein the transverse channels are formed by at least one connection point between the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer, and
wherein the at least one connection point is provided such that the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer are kept apart from one another at a defined distance which varies over an extent of the flow aid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,999

POSITIONING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING A SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, AND SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A positioning system, comprising:a semifinished product;
a processing plant configured to process the semifinished product;
a supporting element on which the semifinished product is disposed;
at least one positioning means that extends vertically from the supporting element; and
a positioning member configured to position the semifinished product on the at least one positioning means of the processing plant, wherein
the positioning member is connectable to the semifinished product and has at least one arranging element that contacts the positioning means.

US Pat. No. 10,456,998

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A PLASTIC PROFILE

1. A method for the production of a curved plastic profile (10) having a continuous reinforcement (11) from strands (13) or woven fabrics, wherein a mold (20, 34, 34) is moved counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10), and the plastic profile (10) herein is retained by at least one holding means that, when viewed in the production direction (19), is positioned ahead of the mold (20, 34, 34), comprising forming the mold (20, 34, 34) from at least two mold parts (14, 15, 29, 30, 32, 33) that in relation to the cross section of the plastic profile (10) are split and that are moved in a temporally offset manner counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,995

LAYING UNIT, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A laying unit for producing a fiber composite component, comprising:a drive device which is formed for magnetic cooperation with a running face, wherein the running face provides a magnetic field and/or is ferromagnetic, to advance the laying unit on the running face,
wherein the drive device comprises at least one ferromagnetic mass element which holds the laying unit on the running face during cooperation with the running face providing a magnetic field and/or which drives the laying unit in a predetermined advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,988

JOINING STRUCTURE OF RESIN MEMBER FOR VEHICLE BODY AND STUD BOLT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining structure of a resin member for a vehicle body and a stud bolt, comprising:a resin member for a vehicle body that structures a portion of a vehicle body;
a stud bolt that is made of metal and is structured to include a shaft portion at which a male screw portion is formed, and a flange portion that is plate-shaped and is provided integrally with the shaft portion at one end portion of the shaft portion; and
a resin member for mounting that includes:
a flange-adjacent portion, which is covered by the flange portion and is adjacent to a surface of the flange portion which surface is at a side opposite the shaft portion; and
an extending portion, which is continuous with the flange-adjacent portion and extends-out from a peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view, the resin member being formed of a resin through which ultraviolet rays can be transmitted and is provided integrally with the flange portion, and a mounting surface portion, which is provided at a side opposite the stud bolt, of the resin member for mounting being joined via an ultraviolet curable adhesive to the resin member for a vehicle body, and at least one of concave portions and convex portions being provided at a portion, which structures the flange-adjacent portion, of the mounting surface portion,
wherein a spherical concave portion, which is spherical and covers a range that overlaps at least the flange portion as seen in a plan view and whose peak portion is positioned at a position overlapping the shaft portion as seen in a plan view, is formed at the mounting surface portion, and a plurality of hemispherical convex portions, which are hemispherical and are convex toward a side of the resin member for a vehicle body, are provided at a position of the spherical concave portion which position overlaps the peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,456,985

FRICTION STIR WELDING OF THERMOPLASTICS

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for manufacturing components, the method comprising:joining a first edge of a thermoplastic-containing first component part and a second edge of a thermoplastic-containing second component part to one another without any overlap; and
connecting the first edge and the second edge by friction stir welding, the friction stir welding including rubbing a rotating friction stir welding pin against at least one metal object, wherein the at least one metal object is incorporated into the first and/or the second component part in a form of one or more wires, fragments, balls, a foil and/or a metal sheet,
wherein, prior to joining, the method comprises driving the metal object into the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part, and/or applying the metal object in a form of a metal layer to the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,977

PRINTING HEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTED ARTICLE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

9. A method of printing an article, comprising:depositing a textured layer of a printing material on a receiving surface, the textured layer including features protruding from a main surface of the textured layer for interlocking with a subsequent layer, wherein depositing the textured layer comprises laterally moving a printing head including a nozzle and a texturing member across the receiving surface, the nozzle comprising an outlet shaped to form the features for interlocking with the subsequent layer; and
depositing the subsequent layer on the receiving surface, wherein the subsequent layer interlocks with the features protruding from the main surface of the textured layer,
wherein the texturing member defines the outlet to have a polygonal outline comprising a plurality of corners having an angle less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,976

METHODS TO IDENTIFY ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

Fisher Controls Internati...

1. A method of manufacturing a part, comprising:layering a first set of layers of a first material via an additive manufacturing technique, the first material having a first density; and
layering a second set of layers of the first material via the additive manufacturing technique, the second set of layers to form a void embedded internally in the part, the void forming a first indicium, wherein the first indicium aligns with a second indicium on an external surface of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,967

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding machine having a safety door that can be opened and closed, comprising:a door driving unit configured to open and close the safety door;
a presence detector configured to detect whether or not an operator or object is present within a door operating space of the safety door, or within a predetermined vicinal area of the safety door including the door operating space; and
a controller configured to control the door driving unit with a reference control amount in order to perform a closing operation of the safety door,
wherein during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the vicinal area outside of the door operating space, the controller causes a control amount that controls the door driving unit to decrease from the reference control amount and performs the closing operation of the safety door, and
during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the door operating space, the controller temporarily stops the closing operation of the safety door.

US Pat. No. 10,456,960

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREMENTALLY FORMING A COMPOSITE PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for incrementally forming a composite part, the system comprising:a forming mandrel that includes a forming surface, wherein a surface profile of the forming surface corresponds to a surface profile of the composite part, and further wherein the forming surface is configured to receive a ply of composite material; and
a forming machine including:
(i) a forming bladder that defines an internal volume, wherein a length of the forming surface is greater than a corresponding length of the forming bladder;
(ii) a pressure-regulating device configured to regulate a pressure within the internal volume; and
(iii) a positioning device, wherein the positioning device includes a linear guide that extends along the length of the forming surface, and further wherein the positioning device is configured to operatively translate the forming bladder along the linear guide to selectively position the forming bladder relative to the forming surface at a plurality of selected locations spaced-apart along the length of the forming surface;
wherein the forming bladder is configured to be inflated to a forming pressure and to selectively and operatively press the ply of composite material against the forming surface at each of the plurality of selected locations to conform corresponding portions of the ply of composite material to the surface profile of the forming surface and at least partially define the composite part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,941

DUAL KNIFE FOOD CUTTER

1. A dual knife food cutter apparatus configurable into a cutting configuration and a storage configuration, the dual knife food cutter apparatus comprising:a first blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a first handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the second blade;
a second blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a second handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the first blade;
wherein in the cutting configuration, the inside edge of the first blade abuts the inside edge of the second blade, the cutting edge of the first blade and the cutting edge of the second blade form a substantially contiguous combined cutting edge; and
wherein in the storage configuration, the cutting edge of the first blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the second blade and the cutting edge of the second blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,456,940

NOTCHING TOOL, USE AND METHOD

1. A notching tool for notching a workpiece, the notching tool comprising a notching punch and a die comprising an inner surface,the notching punch comprising:
a first punch portion with a punch plane, the punch plane being intended to hit the workpiece in a notching operation; and
a second punch portion protruding from the punch plane in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the punch plane, the second punch portion being intended to contact the inner surface of the die when the notching punch hits the workpiece;
the first punch portion having a height hfp;
the second punch portion having a height hsp and a yield shear strength Tsp;
the workpiece having opposing outer surfaces, an edge having a height h, a Poisson's ratio v, an ultimate shear strength Tuss, and a notching section which takes up a surface Snotch in the workpiece and has a lateral surface Slat;
the notching operation requiring a force Fshear to remove the notching section from the workpiece, and
the height of the second punch portion of the punch hsp is greater than h,
wherein the second punch portion has an effective surface Ssp which is greater than Ssp-min, wherein

wherein
xp is the distance between the edge of the workpiece and a projection of a center of mass of the first punch portion onto one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece as measured over the one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece, and
x is the distance between a integration parameter ds and the edge of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,939

CELL CUTTING DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DEVICES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A cell cutting device for cutting a mother substrate for display devices that includes a plurality of cells, the cell cutting device comprising:a fixing unit configured to have the mother substrate fixed thereto during a cutting process, and configured to move the mother substrate in a first direction during the cutting process;
a cutter configured to cut the mother substrate in a second direction that is a cutting direction of the mother substrate, the cutter facing a first surface of the mother substrate during the cutting process;
a cutter driving unit fixed to the cutter, the cutter driving unit being configured to drive the cutter during the cutting process;
a buffer member arranged facing a second surface of the mother substrate, opposite the first surface, the buffer member being positioned to correspond to the cutter during the cutting process; and
a support member arranged on an opposite side of the buffer member from the second surface of the mother substrate such that the buffer member is interposed between the second surface of the mother substrate and the support member during the cutting process, wherein:
a portion of the support member that faces the buffer member has a width in the first direction that is smaller than a width of the mother substrate in the first direction, and
the buffer member has a width in the cutting direction that is equal to or greater than a width of the cutter in the cutting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,938

SHEATH AND KNIFE SEPARATION CONTROL STRUCTURE

1. A sheath (10) and knife (20) separation control structure, comprising:a sheath (10) formed of a first sheath shell (11) and a second sheath shell (12), said sheath (10) comprising a knife blade accommodation chamber (14) and a stop block (16);
a knife (20) comprising a knife blade (21) accommodated in said knife blade accommodation chamber (14) of said sheath (10) and a stop portion (23) stoppable by said stop block (16) of said sheath (10); and
a clamping control unit (3) comprising a clamp (30) pivotally connected to said sheath (10), a first clamping portion (35) and a second clamping portion (36), said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) being adapted for clamping said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10) so that said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) is stopped against said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) to lock said knife (20) to said sheath (10), wherein said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) is movable to push away said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) for allowing separation of said knife (20) from said sheath (10) when said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) of said clamping control unit (3) are unclamped from said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,935

SHAVING APPARATUS AND SHAVING APPARATUS HEAD

HYBRID RAZOR LTD, (IL)

1. A shaving apparatus head in an upright state comprising:a body;
a rotary cutter mounted to the body so as to be rotatable about a rotational axis, the rotary cutter comprising cutting edges that collectively define a reference cylinder about the rotational axis; and
a blade mounted to the body and having a top surface defining a first reference plane that intersects the reference cylinder and divides the reference cylinder into two portions that are located on opposite sides of the first reference plane, the blade positioned so that a user's hairs are sheared between a cutting edge of the blade and the cutting edges of the rotary cutter when the rotary cutter is rotating about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,933

ELECTRIC SHAVER WITH IMAGING CAPABILITY

May Patents Ltd., Hod-Ha...

1. A display device for use with a cable concurrently carrying a (Direct Current) DC power signal and a video data, the display device comprising:a LAN connector for connecting to the cable;
a video display component for displaying the video data;
a receiver coupled between the LAN connector and the video display component for receiving the video data from the cable via the LAN connector;
a processor for executing software, the processor is coupled between the receiver and the display component for processing the video data; and
a single enclosure housing the LAN connector, the display component, the processor, and the receiver,
wherein the video display component, the processor, and the receiver are coupled to the LAN connector for being powered only from the DC power signal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,925

GRIPPER FINGER AND GRIPPER

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A finger for a gripper, comprising:an optical fiber,
a longitudinal body, means for attaching the body to an actuator and two longitudinal claws at the end opposite to the means for attachment, the claws being spaced apart so that there is an elongated gap between the claws, and
a groove on the surface of the finger for accommodating the optical fiber, wherein the optical fiber extends partially into the elongated gap.

US Pat. No. 10,456,914

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A WORK OFFSET

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving an indication to determine a work offset for a robot operating in a work environment, wherein the work offset describes a location and an angular orientation of a working plane of the work environment relative to a base plane of the robot;
in response to the indication, identifying the working plane within the work environment;
controlling an arm of the robot to cause the arm of the robot to reach a threshold distance from three points of the working plane based on sensor data from a proximity sensor on the arm of the robot;
determining three respective positions of the robot when the arm of the robot is within the threshold distance of the three points of the working plane;
based on the three respective positions of the robot, determining respective point locations of the three points of the working plane relative to the base plane; and
determining the location and angular orientation of the working plane relative to the base plane based on the determined respective point locations of the three points of the working plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,910

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS COMPRISING PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND METHODS OF TEACHING THEREWITH

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An educational system comprising:at least one robotic device having at least five degrees of freedom and motors for moving the robotic device in at least five axes; and
programmable controllers configured to interact with the robotic device, each of the programmable controllers comprising:
a microcontroller;
a memory device;
an interface for remotely accessing the programmable controller; and
means for interfacing with an external microcontroller of another of the programmable controllers;
wherein a first of the programmable controllers is a programmable robotic controller comprising means for controlling movement of the robotic device in the five axes, the programmable robotic controller comprising means for monitoring and controlling axis positions of the robotic device using feedback obtained from the robotic device, the means for monitoring and controlling the axis positions of the robotic device comprising at least one diode functionally connected to current sensing lines of the motors of the robotic device, means for monitoring commutator switching of the motors while the motors are in operation; and means for determining distance of movement of the robotic device based on the commutator switching.

US Pat. No. 10,456,902

HANDLE GRIP AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

M.J. Huner LLC, Chicago,...

1. A handle grip comprisinga handle;
at least two lengths of cording circumscribing the handle forming at least one space between the at least two lengths of cording;
a woven layer; and
a liquid hardener permeating the woven layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,896

COMPACT PULLEY PULLER

1. A compact pulley puller comprisinga cylinder having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a hollow interior, and an internal diameter;
a piston having a circular periphery, a piston diameter that is less than the internal diameter of the hollow cylinder, a first piston side and a second piston side opposite the first piston side, the first piston side being between the second piston side and the first end of the cylinder, and the second piston side being between the first piston side and the second end of the cylinder, and the piston being disposed and moveable lineraly within the hollow interior of the cylinder; and a seal at the circular periphery of the piston and extending to the cylinder;
a first gland at the first end of the cylinder, the first gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a first central aperture, the first central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a second gland at the second end of the cylinder, the second gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a second central aperture, the second central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a plurality of ports in the cylinder extending to the hollow interior of the cylinder, including a first port adjacent to the first gland, and a second port adjacent to the second gland;
a rod having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a first half and a second half, the first half of the rod projecting from the first piston side and the second half of the rod projecting from the second piston side, and the first end of the rod extending through the first central aperture of the first gland, and the second end of the rod extending through the second central aperture of the second gland, the rod being concentric with the cylinder; and
a first hub clamp attached to the exterior side of the first gland, the first hub clamp including a first sleeve having a proximal end attached to the exterior side of the first gland and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the first sleeve being concentric with the first central aperture, a first flange at the distal end of the sleeve, the first flange having a proximal side and a distal side opposite the proximal side of the first flange, the proximal side of the first flange being between the distal side of the first flange and the exterior side of the first gland, and a first sleeve aperture extending through a portion of the first sleeve, and a first flange aperture extending through a portion of the first flange in alignment with the first sleeve aperture, and the first end of the rod being linearly movable between the exterior side of the first gland and the distal side of first flange of the first hub clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,456,882

FIXTURE FOR THIN-WALLED WORKPIECE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A fixture for a thin-walled workpiece, comprising two clamping devices, each of the two clamping devices further comprising:a metal carrier, further including:
a carrying portion, having a carrying surface; and
a supporting portion, located on the carrying portion, having a stair portion at a top thereof, the stair portion having a plane surface and a standing surface having a slope; and
a clamper, further including:
a metal clamping portion, having an end formed as an inclined surface, the inclined surface having another slope identical to the slope of the standing surface; and
a damping portion, having at least two elastic layers and at least one metal layer laminated in an interlacing arrangement and having the same slope as the inclined surface, one of the at least two elastic layers being connected with the inclined surface of the metal clamping portion, each of the at least one elastic layer being made of an elastic non-metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,867

MICRO-FORGING BY A GENERATIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A method for the additive manufacture of components by depositing material layers by layer-by-layer joining of powder particles to one another and/or to an already produced pre-product or substrate, via selective interaction of the powder particles with a high-energy beam, comprising the steps of:for smoothing a surface of the component being produced running crosswise to the deposited material layers in between the deposition of two layers of the component, the complete edge region of the last layer introduced, which runs along a surface of the component being produced, is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the build-up direction of the layers, and/or at least one edge region of a surface of the component is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the normal line of the surface,
wherein the laser shock peening or the ultrasonic impact treatment in between the deposition of two layers of the component takes place exclusively in the edge region of a surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,858

WELDING HEAD FOR FRICTION STIR WELDING

ESAB AB, Gothenburg (SE)...

1. A friction stir welding head, comprising:a head housing that extends from a top end to an open bottom end and defines a bore extending between the top end and the open bottom end;
an axle that is coaxial with and rotatable within the bore, the axle being laterally secured within the head housing and axially movable with respect to the head housing, the axle including an engagement end that extends beyond the open bottom end of the head housing and supports a friction stir welding tool that is configured to rotate with the axle to effectuate friction stir welding operations; and
a load cell that is disposed beneath the open bottom end of the head housing and configured to generate load signals in response to axial movement of the axle, the load cell including an inner ring and an outer ring, the inner ring being fixedly coupled to the axle and movably coupled to the outer ring via a flexible portion, wherein relative movement of the inner ring with respect to the outer ring causes the load cell to generate the load signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,849

COMPOSITE COMPONENT HAVING ANGLED BRAZE JOINT, COUPON BRAZING METHOD AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

General Electric Company,...

1. A composite component comprising:a metal alloy component including a main body, the main body having:
a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a slot extending at least partially through the wall, the slot including an angled main body interface in the wall;
a coupon coupled with the slot, the coupon having an angled coupon interface complementing the angled main body interface, wherein the coupon has a larger diameter (LD) spanning the slot across the outer surface of the main body; and a smaller diameter (SD) spanning the slot across an inner surface of the main body, wherein the LD is defined by:
LD=((2*Z)/tan ?)+SD
wherein Z=a thickness of the wall and ?=an angle of the angled main body interface and the angled coupon interface, as measured from a plane coincident with the outer surface of the main body; and
a braze joint coupling the coupon to the main body at the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,456,848

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE ASSEMBLY

1. A reciprocating saw blade assembly, comprising:a drive blade comprising a tang on a first end of the drive blade configured to removably couple to a powered reciprocating saw tool, a second end opposite the first end, and a cutting edge comprising a plurality of teeth and extending at least partially between the first end and the second end; and
a plurality of side blades positionally coupled to the drive blade and each comprising a first end proximate and offset from the first end of the drive blade such that the tang of the drive blade is exposed and protrudes longitudinally away from the plurality of side blades, a second end opposite the first end, and a cutting edge comprising a plurality of teeth and extending at least partially between the first end of the respective plurality of side blades and the second end of the respective plurality of side blades, wherein at least one of the plurality of side blades is positionally coupled to a first side of the drive blade and at least one of the plurality of side blades is positionally coupled to a second side of the drive blade opposite the first side of the drive blade, and wherein the drive blade is coupled to the plurality of side blades with at least two rivets, each of the at least two rivets extending through the drive blade and the plurality of side blades; and
a plurality of spacers positioned between each pair of adjacent blades of the drive blade and the plurality of side blades, wherein each of the plurality of spacers are coupled to one of the at least two rivets.

US Pat. No. 10,456,847

CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting tool comprising:an insert comprising:
a first surface,
a second surface, and
a cutting edge located at an intersection of the first surface and the second surface; and
a holder extending from a front tip to a rear tip and being capable of rotating about a rotational axis, and comprising:
a pocket comprising:
a placement portion where the insert is positioned; and
a recessed portion positioned further forward in the rotational direction than the placement portion;
a first inflow port that opens within the holder;
an outflow port positioned at the pocket,
a first flow path positioned in the interior of the holder and extending from the first inflow port to the outflow port; and
a second flow path extending from the outflow port to the recessed portion, wherein a direction of the second flow path intersects the recessed portion,whereinthe recessed portion comprises:
a first portion having a curved surface shape positioned at an inner side of the holder, and
a second portion having a cylindrical shape positioned outside of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,838

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL NANOPARTICLES

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method for preparing a metal nanoparticle, the method comprising:forming a solution comprising a solvent, a metal salt which provides a metal ion or an atomic group ion comprising the metal ion in the solvent, one or more surfactants which form micelles in the solvent, an amino acid, and a halide; and
forming the metal nanoparticle by adding a reducing agent to the solution,
wherein the metal nanoparticle comprises one or more bowl shaped particles comprising one or more metals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,833

SHRINKABLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES

Desktop Metals, Inc., Bu...

1. A method comprising:providing a support structure;
fabricating an object from a build material on the support structure, wherein the object has a net shape based on a computerized model, wherein the build material includes a powdered material for forming a final part and a binder system including one or more binders, wherein the one or more binders resist deformation of the object during a fabrication, a debinding, and a sintering of the object into the final part, and wherein the support structure is configured to match a shrinkage of the object during at least one of the debinding and the sintering, wherein providing the support structure includes fabricating a substrate for the object from a second material having at least one of a debind shrinkage rate and a sintering shrinkage rate matching the build material; and
wherein the substrate includes two or more independent substrate plates coupled by a number of tie bars that move the independent substrate plates together at a rate corresponding to a shrinkage of the object during at least one of debind and sintering.

US Pat. No. 10,456,831

DETECTION OF BLOCKAGE IN INTERNAL PASSAGES OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

18. A method of inspecting an article formed by investment casting using a ceramic inner core, comprising the steps of:receiving the article with the ceramic inner core removed, the article having a first and a second passage formed by the ceramic inner core;
moving a first filler material into the first passage, and moving a second filler material into the second passage; and
inspecting the article for a presence of an apparent residual core within said first passage and said second passage, and identifying a location of the apparent residual core from said core based upon an identification of whether the location of the apparent residual core is in the first or second filler materials; and
wherein said first filler material has a different atomic weight than said second filler material, and wherein said different atomic weights are both greater than an atomic weight of the component material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,830

MULTI-SHOT CASTING

United Technologies Corpo...

15. A casting mold and casting apparatus combination comprising:a casting mold (280; 398) comprising:
a part-forming cavity (292, 294, 296) having a lower end and an upper end; and
at least one overflow passageway (302, 304, 310; 302-2; 304-2; 310-2) having an apex (314; 314-2) at a level between the upper end and the lower end; and
a casting apparatus, the casting apparatus having:
a first ingot feeder (804);
a first induction melter (808) positioned to receive an ingot from the first ingot feeder;
a first actuator (809) for rotating the first induction melter from a charging orientation to a pouring orientation for pouring into the part-forming cavity;
a second ingot feeder (804);
a second induction melter (808) positioned to receive an ingot from the second ingot feeder; and
a second actuator (809) for rotating the second induction melter from a charging orientation to a pouring orientation for pouring into the part-forming cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,456,823

BOND FIXTURE COMPOSITE SPLICE FAIRING ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A bond fixture comprising:a frame that defines a chamber for receiving a component;
at least one bladder assembly mounted to the frame and extending into the chamber to apply a pressure to an adjacent surface of the component;
a caul assembly separate from the frame and from the at least one bladder, the caul assembly being positionable about the component and receivable adjacent an interior surface of the at least one bladder assembly within the chamber, wherein the caul assembly includes a heater operable to heat a localized portion of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,820

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED MEMBER

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a molded member by carrying out multi-stage drawing on a base metal sheet, the molded member comprising: a tubular body; and a flange formed at an end portion of the tubular body,wherein the multi-stage drawing comprises:
preliminary drawing for forming a preliminary body having a body element from the base metal sheet;
at least one compression drawing performed after the preliminary drawing using a mold, the mold comprising: a die having a pushing hole; a punch for being inserted into the inside of the body element to push the body element into the pushing hole; and a compressing device that applies a compressive force along a depth direction of the body element to a circumferential wall of the body element, the at least one compression drawing forming the tubular body by drawing the body element while applying the compressive force to the body element; and
at least one finishing ironing performed after the at least one compression drawing;
wherein the compressing device comprises a lifter pad, the lifter pad comprising: a pad portion which is disposed at an outer circumferential position of the punch so as to face the die, and on which a lower end of the circumferential wall of the body element is placed; and an urging portion, the urging portion being configured to support the pad portion from below and enable a supporting force for supporting the pad portion to be adjusted;
wherein the at least one compression drawing is performed without the pad portion machos arriving at a bottom dead center;
wherein the supporting force acts upon the body element as the compressive force when performing the compression drawing of the body element; and
wherein in the at least one finishing ironing process, an ironing ratio Y is defined by the following equation:

in which:
cre represents clearance of a mold used for the finishing ironing; and
tre represents an average thickness of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing; and
a ratio X of a curvature radius r of a shoulder portion of a die of the mold used for the finishing ironing to the average thickness tre of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing is defined as:
X=r/tre; and
wherein the ironing ratio Y is determined so as to satisfy the following equation with respect to the ratio X:
0

US Pat. No. 10,456,815

INJECTOR NEEDLE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Bluebonnet Foods, L.P., ...

1. A food injection needle cleaning system, comprising:a fluid tank containing a fluid substance;
a pump coupled to the fluid tank;
at least one chamber comprising at least one tubular bore passing through the at least one chamber and a fluid substance inlet in fluid flow communication with the at least one tubular bore and the pump;
a needle receiver movably engageable with a first opening of the at least one tubular bore;
at least one first compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that a press member bears upon the at least one first compressible member;
at least one substantially incompressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one first compressible annular member bears upon the at least one substantially incompressible annular member; the at least one substantially incompressible annular member having a fluid substance opening in fluid flow communication with the fluid substance inlet of the at least one chamber;
at least one second compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one substantially incompressible annular member bears upon the at least one second compressible annular member;
an end cap having a waste opening passing therethrough, the end cap sealing a second opening of the at least one tubular bore of the at least one chamber; and
each of the at least one first compressible annular member, the at least one substantially incompressible annular member, the at least one second compressible annular member and the waste opening have inner diameters configured to accept a food injection needle therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,811

LIM WEIGHT SORTER

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor comprising:a conveyor belt advancing along a carryway path in a direction of belt travel, the conveyor belt having a plurality of electrically conductive rollers rotatable in a lateral direction transverse to the direction of belt travel;
a linear stator adjacent to the conveyor belt in a roller-activation zone extending along the carryway path from a zone entrance to a zone exit;
wherein each of the electrically conductive rollers, acting as a rotor, forms with the linear stator a constant-torque linear-induction motor that rotates the rollers in the lateral direction in the roller-activation zone so that objects conveyed on the conveyor belt are propelled by the rotation of the rollers to exit the roller-activation zone with a speed parallel to the lateral direction that is inversely proportional to the weights of the objects;
a sensor sensing the conveyed objects and making measurements of their lateral acceleration, lateral speed, or lateral displacement along the carryway downstream of the zone entrance of the roller-activation zone for conversion of the measurements into object weights.

US Pat. No. 10,456,808

SELECTIVE DEPOSITION OF METALS, METAL OXIDES, AND DIELECTRICS

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A method for selectively depositing a dielectric material on a dielectric surface of a substrate relative to a metal surface of the same substrate, the method comprising:at least one deposition cycle comprising alternately and sequentially contacting the substrate with a precursor and a reactant, and
wherein the metal surface is treated to inhibit deposition of the dielectric material thereon prior to the at least one deposition cycle, and
wherein the dielectric material is selectively deposited on the dielectric surface relative to the metal surface with a selectivity of at least 80%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,802

ATOMIZING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MITSUBIHSHI-ELECT...

1. An atomizing apparatus that forms a solution into a mist, said atomizing apparatus comprising:a container that accommodates said solution;
a mist generator that forms said solution into a mist;
an inner hollow structure that is located in said container and has a hollow inside;
a gas supplying unit that is located in said container and supplies a gas into a gas supply space being a space enclosed by an inner surface of said container and an outer surface of said inner hollow structure; and
a connecting portion that connects said hollow of said inner hollow structure and said gas supply space,
wherein a speed of the gas output from the connecting portion into said hollow of said inner hollow structure is faster than a speed of the carrier gas output from the gas supplying unit into said gas supply space,
the gas supplying unit includes a single gas supply port through which the gas enters into the gas supply space, and
wherein a dimension between an inner wall surface of said container and an outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said connecting portion is smaller than a dimension between the inner wall surface of said container and the outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said gas supplying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,791

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTACTLESS OPTICALLY-INDUCED DIELECTROPHORESIS FOR SEPARATION OF CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS

Ace Medical Technology Co...

1. A method for performing contactless optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) for separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the method comprising the steps of:(1) obtaining blood with suspected CTCs;
(2) adding at least one fluorescent antibody that binds to the CTCs into the blood to form stained blood;
(3) injecting the stained blood with the at least one fluorescent antibody into a sample receiving member of an ODEP device wherein the ODEP device includes a first conductive glass and a second conductive glass, the first conductive glass includes a transverse main channel and a longitudinal micro channel joining the main channel at a cell separation zone, and the first conductive glass includes a first hole and a second hole aligned with two ends of the main channel respectively, a third hole aligned with one end of the microchannel that is distal to the cell separation zone, the sample receiving member disposed on and aligned with the first hole, an exhaust discharge member disposed on and aligned with the second hole, a target collection member disposed on and aligned with the third hole, and a controller including an optical projection device and an image fetch device;
(4) performing fluorescent image identification by immunofluorescent microscopic observation using the optical projection device and the image fetch device to identify and distinguish the CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody from pseudo positive target cells that have fluorescent expression and lack cell nuclei;
(5) trapping the identified CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody in the ODEP device by creating an image pattern by projecting a light image and then generating an ODEP force;
(6) separating the trapped CTCs from other non-CTCs at the cell separation zone;
(7) collecting the trapped CTCs in the target collection member; and
(8) obtaining the collected CTCs from the target collection member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,787

REAGENT COMPONENT DISPENSING CAPS FOR REAGENT CONTAINERS USED IN AUTOMATED CLINICAL ANALYZERS

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A device for storing reagent components in an automated clinical analyzer, comprising:a container lid, said container lid comprising,
a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal central axis, the cylindrical wall defining a lumen,
a first opening to the lumen at a first end of the cylindrical wall,
a second opening to the lumen at a second end of the cylindrical wall
a portion of the lumen defining a reagent chamber 62 configured to store one or more reagents,
wherein the cylindrical wall further comprises internal threads 30 extending from the first end 20 to the second end 22 of the cylindrical wall;
a cylindrical member 40 positioned within the lumen and confined between and shorter than the distance between the first and second ends, said cylindrical member 40 comprising external threads 50 configured to operatively engage the internal threads 30 of said cylindrical wall and thereby to move the cylindrical member along the central longitudinal axis within the lumen, and wherein said engagement between the internal threads 30 and said external threads 50 form a gas-tight seal between the first opening of the lumen and the reagent chamber 62;
a breakable seal 60 positioned at the second end 22 of cylindrical wall extending across the second opening of the lumen, wherein the reagent chamber 62 is bounded by the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical member 40 and the breakable seal 60; and
an attachment structure 75 joined to the second end of the cylindrical wall, the attachment structure 75 including an engagement portion shaped for receiving a mating engagement portion of a container 72 at an opening of the container 72 and retaining the cylindrical wall and the breakable seal 60 in a fixed position against the container 72 such that the breakable seal 60 seals the opening of the container 72.

US Pat. No. 10,456,786

SEPTUMS AND RELATED METHODS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A septum comprising:a first surface;
a membrane coupled to at least a portion of the first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
ribs extending between the membrane and the second surface, the first surface spaced apart from the second surface by the ribs, each rib having a first end coupled to the membrane and a second end extending between a first edge of the second surface and a second edge of the second surface, a height of each rib defined between the membrane and the second surface, the ribs and the membrane to form a seal prior to penetration by a probe, wherein the second end is curved and has a parabolic cross-sectional shape having a vertex, and wherein the vertex is in a plane, and the first edge of the second surface and the second edge of the second surface are in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,782

DENSITY PHASE SEPARATION DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A separation assembly for enabling separation of a fluid sample into first and second phases, comprising:a collection container having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween, the collection container defining a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end; and
a mechanical separator comprising a separator body having a through-hole defined therein and a sealing perimeter defined on an exterior surface of the separator body, the separator body adapted to transition from a first initial position in which the through-hole is oriented in an open position for allowing fluid to pass therethrough, to a second sealing position in which the through-hole is oriented in a closed position for preventing fluid from being received therethrough, upon applied centrifugal force,
wherein, in the second sealing position, the sealing perimeter sealingly engages a portion of the sidewall of the collection container to prevent fluid from passing between the mechanical separator and the sidewall and to prevent fluid from passing through the through-hole, and
wherein the sealing perimeter has a first diameter in a direction parallel to a through-axis of the through-hole, and a second diameter in a direction perpendicular to the through-axis of the through-hole, and the first diameter is less than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,780

ENERGY EFFICIENT HUMIDIFICATION-DEHUMIDIFICATION DESALINATION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

1. A humidification-dehumidification desalination system, comprising:a humidifier, including
a housing having a sloped roof, a fluid inlet, and a fluid outlet,
at least one thermal element for heating a fluid to be purified arranged within the housing, the at least one thermal element having a surface sloped at a pre-determined angle, and
at least one fluid tray disposed within the housing, the at least one fluid tray being configured to contain the fluid to be purified and having a floor incorporating a perforated plate therein, wherein the perforated plate is in fluid communication with an air supply; and
a dehumidifier, wherein
the surface of the at least one thermal element, sloped at the pre-determined angle, is optically aligned with at least one solar energy concentrator,
the fluid inlet is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one thermal element, and
the at least one thermal element is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one fluid tray at a pre-determined temperature, the pre-determined temperature of the fluid to be purified being above an initial temperature of the fluid to be purified.

US Pat. No. 10,456,779

PIPETTE TIP HAVING A STRAIGHT PIPE SECTION WITH INNER PROTRUSION AND PIPETTING METHOD FOR A LIQUID INCLUDING CELLS

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A pipette tip comprising:a main body section; and
a straight pipe section connected to the main body section and disposed at a leading end of the pipette tip,
wherein the main body section includes a first taper section whose diameter is reduced toward the straight pipe section and a second taper section connected to the first taper section,
wherein an inner diameter of the straight pipe section is greater than or equal to 0.8 mm and less than or equal to 1.5 mm,
a length of the straight pipe section is 5 mm to 15 mm inclusive,
a protrusion is disposed on an inner wall of the straight pipe section, and
the protrusion makes a narrowest inner diameter of the straight pipe section to be 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,778

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR VERIFYING DISPENSING OF A FLUID FROM A PIPETTE

bioMerieux, Inc., Durham...

1. A computer system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory comprising computer readable program code embodied therein that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
aspirating a gas into a pipette tip attached to a pipette in electronic communication with the processor and subsequently aspirating a liquid into the pipette tip;
collecting pressure data while dispensing fluid from the pipette tip attached to the pipette in electronic communication with the processor, wherein the pressure data includes a plurality of pressure values measured at an internal portion of the pipette and taken over a given time interval, wherein the plurality of pressure values includes a maximum pressure value and a minimum pressure value, and wherein the gas and liquid are aspirated into the pipette tip prior to collecting the pressure data while dispensing the fluid from the pipette tip;
estimating a pressure range value between the maximum pressure value and the minimum pressure value;
responsive to the pressure range value being greater than or equal to a first threshold, determining that the fluid included a liquid, or
responsive to the pressure range value being less than the first threshold, determining that the fluid did not include a liquid; and
responsive to a pressure area ratio being greater than a second threshold, determining that the fluid included a sufficient amount of the liquid, or
responsive to the pressure area ratio being less than or equal the second threshold, determining that the fluid did not include a sufficient amount of the liquid,
wherein the pressure area ratio corresponds to a pressure data curve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,768

ALUMINUM OXIDE FORMING HEAT TRANSFER TUBE FOR THERMAL CRACKING

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A heat transfer tube comprising,a carburization-resistant alloy comprising a) 25 to 55 wt. % nickel; b) 18 to 24 wt. % chromium; c) 4 to 7 wt. % aluminum; d) iron; and e) at least one strengthening mechanism component, the weight percents being based on the total weight of the alloy, wherein the strengthening mechanism includes one or more of:
(i) carbides strengthening mechanisms comprising 1.0 to 2.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from titanium, zirconium, hafnium, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and 0.4 to 0.6 wt. % carbon;
(ii) gamma prime (??) strengthening mechanisms comprising Ni3Al and less than 0.15 wt. % carbon;
(iii) solid solution strengthening mechanisms comprising 2.0 to 4.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon; and
(iv) oxide dispersoid strengthening mechanisms comprising 0.1 to 1.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, scandium, praseodymium, neodymium and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,456,762

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND CONVEYING A ROAD APPLICATION MIXTURE AND THE METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Juneau County, a Wisconsi...

1. A system comprising:a hopper for containing a solid;
a pump for pumping a liquid;
an auger casing having an auger casing interior and an auger casing exterior, said auger casing having a liquid inlet for introducing an amount of said liquid into said auger casing interior from said pump and a solid inlet for introducing an amount of said solid into said auger casing interior from said hopper, said auger casing also having an auger casing discharge; and
an auger enclosed within and completely surrounded by said auger casing; said auger mixing and conveying said liquid and said solid within said auger casing wherein said auger has a first flight section and a second flight section, said amount of said liquid entering said auger casing interior through said liquid inlet, said liquid inlet being located at a start of said second flight, wherein said first flight section has a first flight section pitch and said second flight section has a second flight section pitch, wherein said second flight second pitch is greater than said first flight section pitch, whereby said solid is conveyed at a faster rate of speed in said second flight section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,761

MIXER-CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A MIXER-CONTAINER INCLUDING A TELESCOPIC SHAFT

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A method for assembling a mixer-container intended for receiving a biopharmaceutical fluid for mixing, wherein:a container is provided having a flexible wall defining an inner space suitable for filling with biopharmaceutical fluid, the container comprising:
a mixing device comprising at least one shaft having an adjustable length along a main axis, and
at least one first bearing attached to the wall, the shaft extending at least into the inner space from the first bearing,
a rigid outer containment device for the container is provided,
a drive motor located outside the container is provided, the motor being suitable for rotating the shaft of the mixing device,
the container is placed in the rigid outer containment device, the rigid outer containment device comprising a bottom wall and a peripheral wall defining a housing adapted to receive the container, the flexible wall of the container being arranged on the bottom wall of the rigid outer containment device, and
the length of the shaft along the main axis is adjusted to position the shaft facing the motor to enable the motor to rotate the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,757

IN-LINE CARBONATION SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for carbonating a liquid comprising:a pump having an inlet aperture and an outlet aperture, wherein when the pump is activated, the pump can circulate the liquid from the inlet aperture to the outlet aperture;
a fitting assembly comprising:
a carbonation inlet;
a fluid inlet;
a fluid outlet; and
a carbonating stone configured to introduce carbon dioxide gas from a carbon dioxide source to the liquid, wherein said carbonating stone has a pore diameter configured to inhibit the over carbonation of the liquid by allowing for the pressure to the carbonation stone to be set at a final desired carbonation level of the liquid; and
a first hose, wherein said first hose fluidly connects the outlet aperture of said pump to the fluid inlet of said fitting assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,753

POROUS HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A porous hollow-fiber membrane comprising a fluororesin-based polymer, whereinthe porous hollow-fiber membrane has a columnar texture oriented in a longitudinal direction of the porous hollow-fiber membrane,
a stress at 5% elongation (F5 value) in the longitudinal direction at 80° C. is 6.9 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 121° C. is 5.2 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 25° C. is 12 MPa or more, and
a loss modulus (E?)-temperature curve obtained in a dynamic viscoelasticity test (temperature dependency test) has a peak and the temperature at the peak is from 68 to 80° C.

US Pat. No. 10,456,752

COMPOSITION FOR CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method for separating CO2, comprising:feeding a gas mixture that contains at least CO2 and water vapor on a surface side of a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
separating CO2 from said gas mixture through the other surface side of said gas separation membrane, wherein
the CO2 gas separation membrane comprises a separation-functional layer containing a composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
a supporting layer including a porous membrane, wherein
the composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal carbonate, an alkali metal bicarbonate, and an alkali metal hydroxide;
a crosslinked polymer in which a polymer having a carboxyl group has been crosslinked; and
a non-crosslinked polymer obtained by polymerization of one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of vinyl acetate, acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, and a derivative thereof,
wherein the non-crosslinked polymer content is 2 wt % to 90 wt % based on the total amount of the crosslinked polymer and the non-crosslinked polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,741

COMPRESSED GAS DRYER WITH ENERGY HARVESTING, AND METHOD

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

9. A method of drying a compressed gas comprising:conveying incoming compressed gas through a precooler in a drying system so as to initially reduce a temperature of the compressed gas, the precooler having an integrated construction which includes a first heat exchanger and a second heat exchanger disposed on opposite sides of a wall of the integrated construction;
passing the compressed gas from the precooler through a conduit to a cooler;
conveying the compressed gas through a cooler in the drying system so as to subsequently reduce the temperature of the compressed gas;
draining liquid condensed from the compressed gas by way of the reductions in temperature from a liquid drain outlet of a fluid conduit that conveys the compressed gas through the precooler and the cooler; and
passing the condensed liquid through the first heat exchanger of the precooler such that the initial reduction in temperature occurs by way of a direct exchange of heat between the condensed liquid and the incoming compressed gas.

US Pat. No. 10,456,733

APPARATUS AND CALCULATING METHOD OF PH

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

8. A calculating method of pH of water at a predetermined position outside a ship having a scrubber, comprising:measuring a pH value of washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard;
measuring a pH value of washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber; and
calculating the pH value of the water at the predetermined position outboard, based on a dilution ratio which shows a ratio by which the washing water discharged to outboard is diluted at the predetermined position outboard, the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard, and the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,726

DEMISTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for eliminating mist generated in a machine tool installation having a booth enclosing said machine tool installation and provided with one or more access door panels which are opened for loading and unloading parts therein but closed during a cycle of machining of said parts comprising:connecting a blower to said booth by an exhaust duct system and operating said blower with a drive motor so as to continuously draw a flow of air into said booth from any opening in said booth during machining of parts and also drawing air out of said booth and into said exhaust duct system to create a partial vacuum in said booth sufficient to prevent the escape of air containing mist from said booth as a result of spraying cutting fluid on said parts into air surrounding said booth;
providing a remote demister apparatus including one or more filters connected to said exhaust duct system receiving said air flow drawn out of said booth and passing said air flow through said one or more filters in said remote demister apparatus and thereafter exhausting said air flow through an outlet;
installing a cyclonic separator in said exhaust duct system at a point adjacent said machine tool installation booth, directing said air flow drawn out of said booth into and through said cyclonic separator so as to remove a substantial portion of mist contained in said air drawn out of said booth prior to entering said remote demister apparatus; and
increasing the power to said blower drive motor so as to counteract any effects resulting from any increase in air pressure in said booth which increase in air pressure would reduce the vacuum level therein and reduce an inflow of air into said booth through openings therein which could otherwise increase the possibility of leakage of mist containing air out of said booth and into said air surrounding said booth generating an electronic signal when any of said access panel doors are about to begin to be opened, and transmitting signals to a VFD controller associated with said blower drive motor to cause a corresponding increase in blower drive motor power to in turn increase the rate of air flow drawn from said booth as long as any of said panel doors are open; wherein a sensor is included detecting a blockage in one or more of said filters and increasing the power to said blower drive motor corresponding to a degree of blockage of said one or more filters.

US Pat. No. 10,456,725

FILTER FRAME FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A filter frame for an image forming apparatus, comprising:a rectangular base part including a rectangular opening, defining a rectangular outer shape, and including a plurality of engaging holes formed each side thereof;
an extension portion extending outward from each of the sides of the rectangular base part, and including a plurality of engagement projections corresponding to the plurality of engaging holes;
a termination portion formed at an end of the extension portion and including a bent portion; and
a hinge configured to couple each of the extension portions with the rectangular base part,
wherein the rectangular base part, each of the extension portions, each of the termination portions, and each of the hinges are formed integrally,
wherein the rectangular base part allow a dust proof filter having a rectangular plate-like shape to be placed thereon,
wherein each of the extension portions is turned about each of the hinges and bent at right angle to the rectangular base part, and then each of the extension portions is engaged with each of the sides of the rectangular base part so as to clamp the dust proof filter, and
wherein each of the termination portions is elastically deformed and fixed to an inner wall of each side of a duct.

US Pat. No. 10,456,719

FLUID FILTER WITH REPLACEABLE FILTER INSERT

1. A replaceable filter insert for use in a fluid filter having a filter housing and a cover, the filter housing having a central standpipe connected thereto arranged to receive the filter insert thereon, the standpipe having on a free side facing the cover an end piece that is axially displaceable relative to the standpipe, the end piece being preloaded by a force acting in an upward direction of expulsion, the end piece, when in its expelled position, being locked by a locking device that prevents it from being pushed further down the standpipe after a limited extent, and a connection of the cover to the filter housing then being prevented, the locking device being formed by locking tabs that form a part of the standpipe or the end piece, the locking tabs being preloaded by a force acting in the radial outward locking direction, and each locking tab, with its respective locking surface, preventing the end piece in its upward expelled position from being axially pushed down relative to the standpipe, wherein the locking tabs are capable of being moved in the radial inward direction into their unlocking position, and wherein, in order to form a filter circumvention valve, an end face of the end piece is fashioned as a valve body, the filter insert comprising:a hollow cylindrical filter material body,
two end plates enclosing said filter material body at its ends,
at least one protruding member movable with the filter insert, wherein the at least one protruding member comprises a plurality of ribs protruding radially inward in the unlocking direction of the locking tabs,
a cover-side one of the end plates of the filter insert having a central opening that forms a valve seat for the valve body in order to form a filter circumvention valve, and
the filter insert being configured to be placed onto the central standpipe connected to the filter housing, and the protruding member on the filter insert, when the filter insert is placed onto the standpipe, configured to actuate the locking device in the radial inward unlocking direction and allowing a complete placing of the filter insert,
wherein when the filter insert is placed onto the standpipe, the protruding member is brought into engagement with the locking device, wherein the locking tabs are moved radially inward in the unlocking direction by the protruding member, enabling a pushing down of the end piece on the standpipe,
wherein at least one of the protruding member and an additional guide element situated on the filter insert, is configured to interact with positioning guide elements situated on an outer circumference of the end piece or the standpipe, such that when the filter insert is placed onto the standpipe, the protruding member is force-guided in the circumferential direction, into a position suitable for engagement with the locking tab, and
wherein the at least one protruding member directly engages the locking tabs and urges the locking tabs inwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,713

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR COALESCER

1. A system comprising:an AC type of electrostatic coalescer comprising electrodes; and
a power supply system for the AC type of coalescer, the power supply system comprising:
a first transformer having a primary winding with first and second primary terminals and a secondary winding with first and second secondary terminals, where the first and second secondary terminals are connected to the electrodes of the coalescer;
a controllable transformer having a primary side for connection to an AC power source and a secondary side connected to first and second nodes, where the second node is connected to the second primary terminal of the first transformer;
a resonant control circuit connected between the first node and the second node;
a control system for controlling the controllable transformer; and
a capacitor connected between the first node and the first primary terminal of the first transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,712

RECOVERING A HYDROCARBON FLUID

R3 Oil, LLC, San Antonio...

1. A hydrocarbon recovery system, comprising:a sensor assembly comprising a sensor antenna configured to transmit a plurality of wave energy pulses of ultrasonic energy and electromagnetic energy through a waste fluid in a direction away from the sensor antenna, the waste fluid comprising a mixture of a hydrocarbon fluid and a non-hydrocarbon fluid in a hydraulic fracturing fluid recovered from a hydraulic fracturing operation, the sensor assembly configured to stratify the waste fluid into the hydrocarbon fluid in a hydrocarbon fluid layer and into the non-hydrocarbon fluid in a non-hydrocarbon fluid layer based on transmitting the plurality of wave energy pulses through the waste fluid at a first wavelength that reflects back from a first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer toward a top surface of the waste fluid and a second wavelength that reflects back from a second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer toward the top surface of the waste fluid, such that the hydrocarbon fluid layer and the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer are further separated, the sensor antenna further configured to receive a plurality of reflected wave energy pulses transmitted through the waste fluid in a direction toward the sensor antenna, the sensor assembly further configured to determine a level difference between the first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the hydrocarbon fluid and the second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the non-hydrocarbon fluid based, at least in part, on the plurality of reflected wave energy pulses, and generate a signal based on the determined level difference; and
a hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly communicably coupled to the sensor assembly to receive the generated signal, the hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly configured to operate, based at least in part on the generated signal, to circulate a portion of the hydrocarbon fluid in the hydrocarbon fluid layer from the waste fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,711

LIQUID-LIQUID MASS TRANSFER PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Merichem Company, Housto...

1. A fiber bundle liquid-liquid contactor comprising:a vessel comprising:
a first inlet;
a second inlet;
a mixing zone arranged in the vessel to receive a first liquid from the first inlet and a second liquid from the second inlet, wherein the mixing zone comprises an inductor fluidically coupled to the second inlet for the second liquid; and
an extraction zone comprising a fiber bundle arranged in the vessel to receive the first liquid and the second liquid from the mixing zone,
wherein the inductor comprises:
a reducer body with a flow path therein and fluidically coupled to the second inlet;
a first reducer cone disposed on the reducer body such that the flow path disposed in the reducer body extends through the first reducer cone; and
a second reducer cone, wherein the second reducer cone is spaced apart from an outlet of the first reducer cone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,699

MODULAR ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

SHENZHEN BELL CREATIVE SC...

11. A system, comprising:a plurality of assembly modules, at least one of the assembly modules comprising at least one connection interface; and
one or more connectors, each connector configured to mechanically and electrically connect two of the plurality of assembly modules via the connection interface of one of the two assembly modules,
wherein the plurality of assembly modules include at least:
a control module comprising:
a communication unit configured to obtain a set of host instructions from one or more hosts, and
a processor configured to generate a set of operation instructions for each assembly module based on at least the set of host instructions; and
an actuation module comprising:
a set of propellers, and
a motor configured to drive the set of propellers based on at least the set of operation instructions for the actuation module generated by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,698

TOY VEHICLE WITH NOVEL DRIVE-TRAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY

Goldlok Holdings (Guangdo...

1. A toy vehicle comprising:(a) a chassis;
(b) an electric motor mounted on the chassis, the electric motor having a first shaft and a second shaft;
(c) a first motor gear connected to the first shaft of the electric motor such that the first motor gear rotates when the first shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(d) a first drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first motor gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side drive gear rotates when the first motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side drive gear connected to the first motor-side drive gear such that the first wheel-side drive gear rotates when the first motor-side drive gear rotates;
(e) a first protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side protective gear rotates when the first wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side protective gear connected to the first motor-side protective gear such that the first wheel-side protective gear rotates when the first motor-side protective gear rotates;
(f) a first wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the first wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a first left wheel;
(ii) a first right wheel; and
(iii) a first output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel such that at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel rotates when the first output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the first wheel-side protective gear such that the first output gear rotates when the first wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(g) a second motor gear connected to the second shaft of the electric motor such that the second motor gear rotates when the second shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(h) a second drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second motor gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side drive gear rotates when the second motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side drive gear connected to the second motor-side drive gear such that the second wheel-side drive gear rotates when the second motor-side drive gear rotates;
(i) a second protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side protective gear rotates when the second wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side protective gear connected to the second motor-side protective gear such that the second wheel-side protective gear rotates when the second motor-side protective gear rotates;
(j) a second wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the second wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a second left wheel;
(ii) a second right wheel; and
(iii) a second output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel such that at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel rotates when the second output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the second wheel-side protective gear such that the second output gear rotates when the second wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(k) a mode-selector switch configured to move the second motor-side drive gear and the second wheel-side drive gear such that: (i) in a first mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor-side protective gear; and
(l) a mode-selector lever configured to contact the first drive-gear assembly and at least one of the mode-selector switch and second drive-gear assembly and further configured to move the first motor-side drive gear and the first wheel-side drive gear according to the mode-selector-switch position such that: (i) in the first mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor-side protective gear.

US Pat. No. 10,456,697

TOY TRACK SYSTEM

NICE GREAT TECHNOLOGY LIM...

1. A toy track structure comprising:a first tube section including a connection end and a free end, wherein the free end includes a guide having a funnel portion, with a larger end pointing away from the connection end of the first tube section, for channeling a toy car moving into the free end of the first tube section; and
a connection module having coupling means for establishing endwise connection of the connection end of the first tube section to the connection module, wherein the funnel portion includes
a frusto-conical section extending around part of the free end of the first tube section, and
a receiving tray extending around part of the free end of the first tube section and joined to the frusto-conical section so that the frusto-conical section and the receiving tray extend around all of the free end of the first tube section, wherein the receiving tray includes
two slanted flat side walls respectively joined to the frusto-conical section,
a flattened end surface located between and joined to the two slanted flat side walls, and
a tongue extending from underneath the flattened end surface, outwardly from the free end of the first tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,686

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTIVE TUNING OF GAME EVENTS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor;
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer system to perform operations comprising:
defining an in-game event requiring accumulation of a pre-defined set of virtual object types by a target player account in a virtual game, the set of virtual object types having respective drop rates, each drop rate indicating a rate at which objects of the corresponding type become available for accumulation during the in-game event;
causing presentation on a client device associated with the target player account of the virtual in-game event, each virtual object type in the set becoming available at the corresponding drop rate;
during the in-game event, determining one or more player-specific accumulation parameters based at least in part on a comparison between a reference gameplay metric and a corresponding gameplay metric for the target player account in the virtual game, the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters including a respective modified drop rate for one or more of the object types in the set, each modified drop rate being different from the drop rate previously employed in the in-game event for the corresponding virtual object type; and
thereafter, causing presentation on the client device of the virtual in-game event in accordance with the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters, the one or more virtual object types becoming available for accumulation at the respective modified drop rate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,682

AUGMENTATION OF A GAMING CONTROLLER VIA PROJECTION SYSTEM OF AN AUTONOMOUS PERSONAL COMPANION

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method of projection, comprising:tracking within a reference system by an autonomous personal companion a current position and orientation of a gaming controller used for controlling game play of a gaming application played by a user, wherein the autonomous personal companion is configured to provide services to the user;
receiving information related to the gaming application from a gaming console supporting the game play;
generating content based on the information related to the gaming application;
moving the autonomous personal companion to a location having a direct line of sight to the current position and orientation of the gaming controller; and
projecting the content from the autonomous personal companion to a surface of the gaming controller.

US Pat. No. 10,456,680

DETERMINING PLAY OF THE GAME BASED ON GAMEPLAY EVENTS

Blizzard Entertainment, I...

1. A method comprising:receiving data representing a plurality of events that took place during a match of a game, wherein each event of the plurality of events is tagged with a respective timestamp representing when that event took place during the match, wherein the match includes a start time and an end time;
for each event of the plurality of events, generating a plurality of scores for the event, wherein each score of the plurality of scores is related to a respective play category of a plurality of play categories and is generated using a respective set of criteria associated with the respective play category;
wherein the plurality of events includes a particular event
wherein the plurality of play categories includes a first play category and a second play category that is different from the first play category;
wherein generating the plurality of scores for the particular event includes:
generating a first score associated with the first play category for the particular event using a first set of criteria associated with the first play category, and
generating a second score associated with the second play category for the particular event using a second set of criteria associated with the second play category;
wherein the first set of criteria is different from the second set of criteria and the first score is different than the second score;
selecting, as a play of the game, a video clip of the match based on scores generated for events that occur in a time window covered by the video clip;
providing a mechanism by which the video clip selected as the play of the game may be played after the end time of the match;
wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,456,678

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AN ONLINE CARD GAME BETWEEN USER TERMINALS

NHN Corporation, Seongna...

1. A method of implementing an online card game between a first user terminal and a second user terminal in communication with a computer, the method comprising the steps of:A) selecting, among a plurality of cards that are mutually exclusive, a first set of cards different from each other as a plurality of open cards and a second set of cards different from each other and excluding the first set as a plurality of hidden cards for the first user terminal, wherein the first terminal comprises a screen configured to display an open card area having a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns and a hidden card area;
B) transmitting, from the computer to the first user terminal, a first card identifier information of the open cards, a first location information of the open cards, a second card identifier information of the hidden cards, and a second location information of the hidden cards, the first location information including a column number and a row number of a corresponding open card in the open card area;
C) causing the screen to display an intermediate rating for each column of the open card area when one of the hidden cards in the hidden card area is moved to the open card area by user operation to change a location information of the one of the hidden cards, such that a card identifier information of the one of the hidden cards becomes one of the first card identifier information of the open cards, the intermediate rating being based on a first combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards arranged in a same column of the open card area;
D) determining a rating of each column of the open card area when a number of rows for each column in the open card area reaches a first predetermined value, each rating being based on a second combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards in a same column of the open card area;
E) performing the steps of A, B, C, and D for the second user terminal comprising a screen, wherein the first user terminal and the second user terminal are assigned with different cards;
F) comparing the rating of each column of the first user terminal to the rating of each corresponding column of the second user terminal; and
G) generating a report illustrating win or lose of the online card game between the first user terminal and the second user terminal based on a compared result for each column.

US Pat. No. 10,456,672

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING PARTICIPATION IN A GAME SESSION

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:at a first electronic client device having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors:
executing a game application;
establishing a network session between the game application, a remote server associated with the game application, and a media device, wherein the media device is configured to transmit output from the network session to an output device, wherein the output from the network session includes gameplay content rendered by the remote server; and
causing to be presented to users of one or more second electronic client devices on which the game application is not executing and/or installed a session identifier, wherein:
the session identifier is associated with the network session and identifies (i) the network session and (ii) a game controller configuration to facilitate joining of the network session by the one or more second electronic client devices; and
the game controller configuration is implementable on each of the one or more second electronic client devices for enabling the users of the one or more second electronic client devices to interact with the network session.

US Pat. No. 10,456,670

HANDHELD GAME CONTROLLER ASSEMBLY

DEXIN CORPORATION, New T...

1. A handheld game controller assembly adapted to combine with a portable electronic device, comprising:a game controller, having a pair of holding portions, and a transversal portion arranged between the pair of holding portions, wherein the transversal portion is formed with a concave portion thereon;
a receiving receptacle, fixed and arranged in the concave portion of the transversal portion, wherein the receiving receptacle includes a base plate and a pair of side boards, the base plate is fixed on the transversal portion, the pair of side boards are respectively arranged at two sides of the base plate, and an inserting slot is formed between the base plate and the pair of side boards;
an external retaining device, having a plugging unit removably engaged and fixed in the receiving receptacle, and a clipping unit connected to the plugging unit to clip a portable electronic device thereon, wherein the plugging unit has a shape corresponding to the shape of the inserting slot; and
a detecting switch being arranged adjacent to the concave portion, wherein the detecting switch is activated when the plugging unit of the external retaining device is inserted in the receiving receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,663

ENTERTAINMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

Winsor Concepts, St. Pau...

1. An entertainment method comprising:shaking a master die comprising multiple master designations and a token designation and a plurality of scoring dice each having multiple reference designations corresponding to the multiple master designations of the master die, and having a score value associated with each reference designation;
accumulating turn points when a reference designation shown by at least one shaken scoring die corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die;
forfeiting turn points when no reference designation of the shaken scoring dice corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die; and
collecting a first scoring token when the shaken master die shows the token designation, wherein the scoring token has an assigned value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,662

SYLLABIC ROULETTE GAME WITH SOLMIZATION, AND METHOD

CG TECHNOLOGY, L.P., New...

1. A roulette apparatus comprising:a roulette wheel comprising a plurality of radially inward sphere-receiving sectors, each sphere-receiving sector comprising a pressure-sensitive switch that activates a tone-provision circuit, when the pressure-sensitive switch is actuated;
a plurality of radially outward sphere-launching rings to launch a plurality of spheres, each sphere causing a respective auditory tone to be generated, when each sphere rests in a respective sphere-receiving sector and actuates a respective pressure-sensitive switch; and
a jackpot controller to play a musical scale generated by a combination of pressure sensitive switches actuated by the plurality of spheres, in response to determining that the musical scale is a winning musical scale.

US Pat. No. 10,456,655

RACK FOR STORING FREE WEIGHT PLATES FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

1. A weight lifting storage system comprising:a plurality of cylindrical free weight plates for weight lifting, each of said cylindrical free weight plates having an outer diameter with a peripheral edge, each of said peripheral edges having a first portion, a second portion and a third portion, with each of said cylindrical free weight plates being of like diameter; and
a rack for storing each of said cylindrical free weight plates in a single stack with all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned and disposed horizontally, said rack comprising:
a planar base having a front edge and an oppositely disposed rear edge, said planar base being sized to support only a single stack of said cylindrical free weight plates thereon with each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned along a vertical axis;
a set of wheels disposed on said planar base, such that said rack is movable on said wheels, said set of wheels including a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels, said front wheels being located adjacent said front edge and spaced apart from each other by a first distance, said rear wheels being located adjacent said rear edge and between said rear edge and first and second spaced apart uprights, said rear wheels being spaced apart from each other by a second distance, greater than said first distance, said front wheels being located closer to said vertical axis than said rear wheels;
a handle disposed on said planar base for use by a user to move said rack to a desired position; and
said first and second spaced apart uprights disposed adjacent said rear edge and extending upward generally vertically on said planar base, said first and second spaced apart uprights being configured to receive said first and second portions, respectively, but not said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack, with said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being located between said first and second portions and facing said front edge, whereupon all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack are supported on said rack in a stable configuration centered on said vertical axis but with said third portions being unconstrained by any upright to enable each of said plurality of cylindrical free weight plates to be removed from said single stack across said front edge.

US Pat. No. 10,456,654

MULTIFUNCTIONAL BASEBALL PITCHING APPARATUS

1. A multifunctional baseball pitching apparatus, comprising a base, a housing, a ball-feeding wheel, an inner seat, a hitting rod, a driving device, and an adjusting device; the housing being fixed to the base, an outer surface of the housing being concavely formed with a ball passage, the housing having a launching opening passing through inner and outer surfaces of the housing, an upper end of the launching opening being in communication with a distal end of the ball passage; the ball-feeding wheel being pivotally connected to the base and exposed at the distal end of the ball passage; the inner seat being fixed to the base and located in the housing; the hitting rod being pivotally connected to and located in the inner seat, a front end of the hitting rod having a hitting portion located in the launching opening; the driving device being disposed on the inner seat, the driving device driving the ball-feeding wheel and the hitting rod to turn; the adjusting device being mounted to the housing and located below the hitting rod, the adjusting device being adjustable and elastically leaning against the hitting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,456,649

TARGET TRAINING APPARATUS

Ningbo Ying Kun Sporting ...

1. A target training apparatus, comprising:an axle shaft comprising a shaft member and two assembly disks arranged at two ends of the shaft member; the assembly disk is defined of a central location for connecting to the shaft member; a surrounding of the central location includes three pivotal attachment holes pivotally attached onto the three rebounding portions respectively one by one;
three rebounding portions respectively connected to the axle shaft and capable of rotating relative to the axle shaft in order to adjust an angle among each one of the rebounding portions;
each one of the rebounding portions configured to be positioned onto the axle shaft after positions thereof are set completely, wherein the assembly disk includes a plurality of positioning holes arranged corresponding to any one of the pivotal attachment holes and spaced apart from each other at an equal distance in order to allow each one of the rebounding portions to use an insertion pin for installing into one of the positioning holes for positioning thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,456,648

SWING PRACTICE APPARATUS

1. A swing practice apparatus comprising:a base portion that makes a contact on a ground;
a winding roller having an attaching mechanism;
a trajectory wire, one end of which is connected to the attaching mechanism of the winding roller, and the other end of which is connected to a bracing structure;
a standing pole that extends upward vertically from the base portion;
a horizontal arm that is elongated between a first base side and a third base side and is arranged to be perpendicular to the standing pole;
a pair of horizontal arm wire guide pulleys, having grooves, attached side by side at a middle of the horizontal arm, to receive the trajectory wire in the grooves;
a hinged arm that is rotatable at one end by a hinge at a middle of the horizontal arm;
a hinged arm wire guide pulley attached at an end of the hinged arm opposite to the middle of the horizontal arm;
a trajectory wire hole formed at the end of the hinged arm where the hinged arm wire guide pulley is positioned, wherein the trajectory wire hole is adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire;
a trajectory pipe, one end of which is connected to the hinged arm at the trajectory wire hole, and the other end is extended toward a pitcher side and has a peak hole at its terminal end adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire; and
a ball suspended to a suspension ring, wherein the suspension ring is slidable along the trajectory wire and the trajectory pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,644

BASKETBALL NET COVER

1. A basketball net assembly comprising:a basketball net;
a sheet of fabric attached to the basketball net, having a top end, a bottom end, a first edge, and a second edge, wherein the top end corresponding to a first radius and the bottom end corresponding to a second radius, at the top end a plurality of openings are positioned a predetermined distance from one another and are of a predetermined length, wherein when the first edge and the second edge are secured together a frustum of a cone is formed when the top edge has a first circumference and the bottom edge has a second circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,456,642

SLIP-PROOF GRIP SLEEVE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A slip-proof grip sleeve comprising:a lining tube; and
a slip-proof strip mounted on an outer periphery of the lining tube, wherein the slip-proof strip includes an inner face and an outer face opposite to the inner face, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a rear end and a front end opposite to the rear end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a gripping portion between the rear end and the front end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a first folding portion adjacent to the rear end and a second folding portion at a side of the first folding portion adjacent to the gripping portion, wherein each of a thickness of the first folding portion and a thickness of the second folding portion is smaller than a thickness of the gripping portion, wherein the first folding portion is folded in a direction toward the inner face, wherein the first folding portion and the second folding portion overlap with each other wherein skiving the inner face of the slip-proof strip at a location adjacent to the rear end of the slip-proof strip forms the first folding portion and the second folding portion such that the thickness of the strip reduces along the first folding portion and the second folding portion from the gripping portion to the rear end at a constant rate in the direction towards the rear end, and wherein the rear end of the strip is located entirely at a longitudinal end of the lining tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,637

PUTTER-TYPE GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprises:a main body comprising a blade member extending in a heel-to-toe direction and having a striking wall defining a substantially planar striking surface, and a central elongate member in communication with, and extending rearwardly from, the blade member, the central elongate member having an upper surface;
wherein:
the main body is formed of plural discrete components including a sole portion comprising a first material and a top portion comprising a second material different from the first material, the sole portion being recessed in its entirety from the upper surface of the central elongate member;
the upper surface of the central elongate member comprises at least one generally square-shaped alignment element; and
the first material comprises a first density and the second material comprises a second density that is less than the first density.

US Pat. No. 10,456,612

PORTABLE EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body;
a top strap partially housed in a top ratchet assembly attached to a top portion of the body;
a bottom strap partially housed in a bottom ratchet assembly attached to a bottom portion of the body;
an integrated connector directly and permanently attached to the body, and extending approximately 90 degrees from a side surface of the body;
a top plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a top surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the top portion of the body, the top plate having a first surface area;
a bottom plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a bottom surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the bottom portion of the body, the bottom plate having a second surface area greater than the first surface area of the top plate; and
a first connector being elongated, cylindrical, and removably and collinearly attachable to a free end of the integrated connector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,608

SAFETY APPARATUS FOR ARRESTING A FALL OF A WORKER

Garlock Safety Systems In...

1. Safety apparatus for placement on a surface comprising, in combination: a frame including first and second frame sides each having first and second ends, with the first ends of the first and second frame sides including first mobility elements providing mobility on the surface; a front assembly including second mobility elements providing mobility on the surface, with the front assembly moveably connected to the second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the front assembly moveable between an actuated position and a transport position, with the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the transport portion being above the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the actuated position; a weight pan connected between the first and second frame sides and between the first and second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the weight pan positioned on the surface in the actuated position and positioned above the surface in the transport position; and a safety cable connection operably connected to the weight pan configured to connect to a safety cable connected to a worker.

US Pat. No. 10,456,596

PARTICLE THERAPY SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A particle therapy system that divides an irradiation object into a plurality of dose sections and sequentially irradiates the plurality of dose sections with a particle beam, comprising:an accelerator that accelerates the particle beam;
an irradiation apparatus that irradiates a target with the particle beam accelerated by the accelerator;
a fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus; and
a control system that controls the accelerator, the irradiation apparatus and the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus,
wherein the control system is configured to control the accelerator and the irradiation apparatus to perform both a first irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is not stopped when moving to a next dose section of the plurality of dose section and a second irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section of the plurality of dose section, and
wherein the control system is configured to control the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus to acquire a fluoroscopic X-ray image at the time of irradiation, and, when irradiation control of the particle beam is performed based on the acquired fluoroscopic X-ray image, the irradiation is performed by the second irradiation method in which the irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,594

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BRACHYTHERAPY FEATURING TRACKING VIA SHAPE-SENSING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A brachytherapy method, comprising:implanting an applicator having at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel in soft tissue adjacent a target region to be irradiated;
generating a high resolution planning image of the target region including the applicator, the high resolution planning image for use in determining a three-dimensional treatment plan; and
tracking a position of the applicator relative to the target region and the treatment plan,
wherein tracking the position includes measuring, exclusively via a shape-sensing optic fiber, a location and shape of the at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,587

TERMINAL CONNECTOR INSERTION TOOL AID

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method of connecting an implantable lead to an implantable medical device, the implantable lead including a flexible body having a distal end, and a proximal end having a connector configured to plug into a connection port of the implantable medical device, the method comprising:removeably securing the proximal end of the implantable lead within a lumen of an insertion tool including a proximal end and a distal end and having a first portion comprising a first material including radial projections and a second portion comprising a second material configured to frictionally engage the implantable lead, the first portion at least partially arranged circumferentially about the second portion at or adjacent to the distal end of the insertion tool;
grasping an exterior portion of the insertion tool;
applying longitudinal force, along the length of the implantable lead, to the insertion tool while grasping the exterior portion of the insertion tool;
inserting the connector into a connection port of the implantable medical device, wherein applying longitudinal force to the insertion tool overcomes a resistance between the connector and the connection port; and
removing the insertion tool from the implantable lead after the connector is plugged into the connection port of the implantable medical device by splitting the insertion tool into two or more pieces along the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,583

CUSTOMIZED PRIMING BY NEUROMODULATION DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A neuromodulation system, comprising:neuromodulation generator circuitry configured to use electrodes of an electrode arrangement to generate neuromodulation fields including:
a therapeutic neuromodulation field to produce a therapeutic effect in therapy-targeted neural tissue; and
a priming field to produce a priming effect in priming-targeted neural tissue, wherein the priming effect causes a change in sensitization of the priming-targeted neural tissue to the therapeutic neuromodulation field; and
a controller configured to initiate a default priming program, to receive testing program configuration instructions including therapeutic neuromodulation field-setting parameters for a testing program, and to determine a custom priming program to replace the default priming program in response to the testing program configuration instructions, wherein the default priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a default priming field distributed in a region where the electrode arrangement is placed, the custom priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a custom priming field with specific correspondence to the therapeutic neuromodulation field to be produced by the testing program, and the custom priming field is a subset of the default priming field.

US Pat. No. 10,456,580

MANAGING THERAPY DELIVERY BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL MARKERS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:monitoring, by one or more processors, a fill cycle of a bladder of a patient, the fill cycle starting after completion of a first voiding event and ending at the completion of a second voiding event;
determining, by the one or more processors and based on one or more physiological markers associated with the fill cycle, a first phase including and following the start of the fill cycle and a second phase of the fill cycle immediately following the first phase, wherein the second phase is determined to include delivery of neurostimulation therapy configured to inhibit contraction of a bladder of the patient; and
controlling, by the one or more processors, a medical device to deliver the neurostimulation therapy to the patient during the second phase of the fill cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,572

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

B. Braun Melsungen AG, M...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:a catheter hub having a chamber therein, the catheter hub having a distal end and a proximal end, the catheter hub being connectable at the proximal end of the catheter hub to a device for infusion or withdrawal of fluids to or from the chamber within the catheter hub;
a hollow tubular catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, the hollow tubular catheter being connected at the proximal end of the hollow tubular catheter to the distal end of the catheter hub, an interior of the hollow tubular catheter opening into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a needle having a sharpened needle tip, in a ready position the needle extending through the chamber in the catheter hub and the hollow tubular catheter with the needle tip extending beyond the distal end of the hollow tubular catheter;
a hollow flexible extension tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the flexible extension tube being connected at the distal end of the flexible extension tube to the catheter hub between the proximal and distal ends of the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube opening at the distal end of the flexible extension tube into the chamber within the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube connectable at the proximal end of the flexible extension tube to a device for infusing fluid through a passage into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a valve assembly disposed within the chamber of the catheter hub, the valve assembly comprising:
a first valve member preventing a flow of fluid through the chamber to or from the proximal end of the catheter hub, the first valve member being a two-way valve and openable to permit the flow of fluid through the chamber in the catheter hub in both a proximal direction and a distal direction; and
a second valve member being resilient and flexible for moving between closing and opening positions, the second valve member closing the distal end of the flexible extension tube to close fluid flow through the passage of the extension tube and openable by pressurized fluid within the flexible extension tube to permit fluid flow through the passage of the flexible extension tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,570

GRAFT-PORT HEMODIALYSIS SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS

PROVIFLO, LLC, Clinton, ...

1. An implantable port device for establishing access to a blood vessel of a patient, the device comprising:a tapered seat configured to receive a tip of an access tube, the seat having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a conical surface extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion;
a guide configured to engage the tip of the access tube and to assist in directing the tip of the access tube toward the seat; and
an interface surface configured to engage (i) the blood vessel of the patient or (ii) a vascular access catheter, the interface surface having an aperture in fluid communication with the distal end of the seat;
wherein the conical surface includes a taper angle having a value within a range from about 0.5 degrees to about 4.0 degrees; and
wherein the proximal portion of the seat is configured to receive the tip of the access tube therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,569

METHOD OF PRODUCING TRANSDERMAL ABSORPTION SHEET FOR MEDICAL USE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A method of producing a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use comprising, in this order:a filtration step of carrying out sterile filtration on a base liquid not containing a drug;
a base liquid feeding step of feeding the base liquid to a surface of a mold having needle-like recessed portions, tip ends of which are filled with a drug solution, the needle-like recessed portions being formed on the surface, while leaving a space between the drug solution and the base liquid;
a drying step of drying the drug solution and the base liquid, wherein an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid is increased by 30% by weight or more from an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid in the base liquid feeding step;
a base liquid moving step of moving the base liquid into each of the needle-like recessed portions of the mold in a state in which the average concentration of the solid contents is 75% by weight or less due to the drying step; and
a peeling-off step of peeling off a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use formed by drying the drug solution and the base liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,568

METHOD OF TREATING INFECTIONS, DISEASES OR DISORDERS OF NAIL UNIT

HALLUX, INC., Laguna Hil...

1. A method for treating a disease of a nail unit, comprising:inserting a cannula between the nail plate and the nail bed into in a nail unit with a visible disease, the cannula inserted at a position between a lateral nail fold and a longitudinal midline of the nail plate;
after said inserting, depositing through the cannula a composition comprising an active agent such that the composition aligns with or extends proximally beyond the visible disease.

US Pat. No. 10,456,551

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AMBIENT SOUND THERAPY USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. An ambient therapy recording and playback system comprising:a rectangular array of microphones comprising four independent multi-directional matched microphones and each of said matched microphones are independent of any other microphone and positioned symmetrically about a center point of the rectangular array and each microphone positioned at one of the four corners of the array thereby having a built in sound pickup time delay between matched microphones based on a size of a sound space of a recording area;
a recording system having four independent recording channels, where each of said independent matched microphones are connected to its own channel of four independent recording channels and where each of the independent recording channels is coupled to and receives an independent microphone signal from one of the four independent multidirectional matched microphones, where the independent microphone signal is independent of any other microphone signal for thereby independently receiving sounds independently captured by each matched microphone, and further having an electronic storage having stored an independent electronic recording of each independent matched microphones independently captured sound where the electronic recording of each independent matched microphone's independently captured sound is recorded independent of any other independent matched microphone's independently captured sound thereby having an established recording as an audio sound bed; and,
where the audio sound bed contains a naturally occurring transient audio event,
where the recording system has a musical composition stored and has a musical overlay function that overlays the naturally occurring transient audio event with a matching musically composed audio event from the musical composition establishing an audio program.

US Pat. No. 10,456,549

RESPIRATION SYSTEM AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM THEREFOR FOR REDUCING CONTAMINATIONS

1. A respiration system comprising:a respirator comprising a respirator housing having a respirator housing interior space;
at least two connector systems, each of said two connector systems comprising a connector structure having a connector structure outer surface portion, a first connector structure end portion and a second connector structure end portion;
a breathing system detachably coupled with the respirator by the at least two connector systems, the breathing system comprising an expiratory branch and an inspiratory branch, said at least two connector systems being formed separate from said expiratory branch and said inspiratory branch, said breathing system comprising a breathing system housing having a breathing system housing interior space, said respirator housing and said breathing system housing defining a gap, said respirator housing having a respirator housing opening and a respirator housing outer surface, said connector structure extending from a position located in said respirator housing interior space through said respirator housing opening to another position located in said breathing system housing interior space, wherein said connector structure bridges said gap, said connector structure outer surface portion extending continuously, without interruption from said respirator housing interior space to said breathing system housing interior space, said second connector structure end portion being located in said breathing system housing interior space at a spaced location from said respirator housing outer surface, wherein said second connector structure end portion is located outside of said respirator housing outer surface, said first connector structure end portion being located in said respirator housing interior space;
a controllable gas inlet to admit gas from the respirator into the breathing system via one of the at least two connector systems;
a controllable gas outlet to draw off gas from the breathing system into the respirator via another one of the at least two connector systems;
valves controlling the controllable gas inlet and the controllable gas outlet such that only a unidirectional volume flow, by which the direction of migration of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants through the respective connector system is affected, prevails in each corresponding connector structure, so that collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on the connector systems is essentially reduced, wherein gas flows only into the breathing system via the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the gas does not flow back into the respirator during operation of the respirator, wherein no bacteria or viruses present in the breathing system enters the one of the at least two connector systems associated with the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the bacteria or viruses, which enter the breathing system from expired fluid, enter only one of the connector systems arranged in the respirator from the breathing system via the gas outlet such that the bacteria or viruses remain in the respirator; and
a sensor wherein at least one of the at least two connector systems is coupled with the sensor such that due to the unidirectional volume flow through the respective connector system, collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on a measuring line of the coupled sensor or on the coupled sensor itself is essentially prevented from occurring, the measuring line being connected to the connector structure outer surface portion within the respirator housing interior space such that the measuring line is directed away from the unidirectional volume flow.

US Pat. No. 10,456,538

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF A PULMONARY SURFACTANT BY ATOMIZATION

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A...

1. A system configured to deliver an atomized medicament to a spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the system comprising:a flexible catheter sized such that a distal end portion thereof is provided in the retro-pharyngeal region of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the flexible catheter including at least a first channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a flow of liquid medicament, and at least one second channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a pressurized flow of gas;
a first pump connected to a first end of the first channel, that creates a low pressure which pushes a column of liquid medicament toward a second end of the first channel;
a second pump connected to a first end of each said at least one second channel, that creates the pressurized flow of gas;
so that when the column of liquid medicament and the pressurized flow of gas meet in the pharyngeal cavity, the column of liquid medicament is broken into a plurality of particles by the pressurized flow of gas, causing atomization of the liquid medicament and the atomized medicament to be delivered into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's lungs;
a controller that controls at least the first pump; and
a pressure sensor, connected to the first channel, that measures a value indicative of pressure in the pharyngeal cavity of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, such value being used by the controller to determine whether the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate is in an inspiration or in an expiration phase,
wherein the first pump is selectively activated by the controller only during the inspiration phase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,533

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PROTECTING CATHETER TIPS AND STEREOTACTIC FIXTURES FOR MICROCATHETERS

Alcyone Lifesciences, Inc...

1. A method of inserting a catheter into a patient, comprising:registering a stereotactic system to the patient;
inserting the catheter having a tip protection device disposed over a distal tip thereof into a working channel of the stereotactic system until a depth stop on the tip protection device prevents further insertion, the tip protection device comprising an elongate body having a central lumen extending longitudinally therethrough configured to slidably receive the catheter, the tip protection device further including a locking mechanism comprising a set screw configured to intersect the central lumen, wherein the locking mechanism of the tip protection device is engaged with a portion of the catheter in the central lumen during insertion to hold the catheter in a fixed longitudinal position with respect to the tip protection device and, thereby, to prevent the catheter from advancing longitudinally any of distally and proximally in the tip protection device;
releasing the locking mechanism of the tip protection and advancing the catheter distally into the patient; and
engaging a locking mechanism of the stereotactic system with the tip protection device by tightening a set screw of the stereotactic system such that the set screw contacts an outer surface of the body of the tip protection device while the catheter is located within the central lumen of the tip protection device, thereby engaging the tip protection device onto the catheter to maintain a fixed longitudinal position between the catheter and the stereotactic system.

US Pat. No. 10,456,532

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An injection device for administering a drug, the injection device comprising:a cartridge holder adapted to receive a drug cartridge;
a hollow injection needle having a proximal tip adapted to pierce a septum of the cartridge so as to establish a fluid communication between the cartridge and the needle; and
a cap arrangeable over the cartridge holder in a manner to cover the needle, wherein, in an initial state, the cartridge is arranged within the cartridge holder with the septum axially spaced from the proximal tip of the needle, wherein the cap is adapted to move the needle relative to the septum for piercing the septum on movement of the cap relative to the cartridge holder,
wherein one or more lateral apertures are arranged in the cartridge holder, and the cap comprises one or more internal longitudinal ribs adapted to protrude through the lateral apertures to frictionally clamp and fix the drug cartridge in an axial position within the cartridge holder, and
wherein movement of the cap in a distal direction takes along the cartridge until the cartridge hits a stop within the cartridge holder, wherein continued motion of the cap in the distal direction overcomes friction between the internal longitudinal ribs and the cartridge allowing complete removal of the cap from the cartridge holder.

US Pat. No. 10,456,516

DIALYSIS MACHINE

Quanta Dialysis Technolog...

1. A disposable dialysis cartridge for use in a hemodialysis machine having a dialyser, the cartridge comprising:at least an isolated dialysate flowpath at least partly formed on a surface of the cartridge and configured for delivering a flow of dialysate solution through a dialyser, the dialysate flow path including:
a sterile water inlet which admits sterile water onto the cartridge from a dialysis machine;
a first mixing pump having a pump chamber which receives a predetermined volume of sterile water, and
a dispenser which dispenses into the pump chamber a predetermined volume of a first dialysate solution base,
wherein the first mixing pump is operable to form a homogeneous mixture of sterile water and first dialysate solution base and pump the homogeneous mixture out of the pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,490

METHOD OF STERILIZING AN OBJECT WITH ATOMIC NITROGEN FROM A NITROGEN PLASMA

Societe Pour La Conceptio...

1. A method of sterilizing an object with atomic nitrogen from a nitrogen plasma, the method comprising at least:positioning the object in a sterilization chamber;
conditioning the object present in the sterilization chamber, wherein the conditioning includes
a first stage of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber, during which a first concentration of atomic nitrogen in the sterilization chamber is imposed,
a suction stage performed after the first injection stage, during which the sterilization chamber is evacuated,
a stage of injecting molecular nitrogen into the sterilization chamber that is performed after the suction stage, and
a second stage of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber that is performed after the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen, during which a second concentration of atomic nitrogen is imposed in the sterilization chamber; and wherein the injected atomic nitrogen comes from or is part of a nitrogen plasma generated by a plasma generator from a nitrogen stream, and wherein said nitrogen stream is injected into the sterilization chamber with the plasma generator being switched off during the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen, and
sterilizing the object, performed after the conditioning, comprising injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber, during which step a concentration of atomic nitrogen in the sterilization chamber is imposed that is greater than the first and second concentrations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,468

FRACTIONATED RADIOTHERAPY AND CHEMOTHERAPY WITH AN OXYGEN THERAPEUTIC

NuvOx Pharma LLC, Tucson...

1. A method of sensitizing a mammal to multi-fraction radiotherapy or chemotherapy, comprisingconcomitantly or up to 120 minutes prior to each fraction of radiation therapy or concomitantly with chemotherapy, administering a water emulsion of perfluoropentane to the mammal, wherein the perfluoropentane emulsion comprises a phospholipid, a viscosity modifier, a fluorosurfactant, and about 1% to 5% w/vol of perfluoropentane; and
simultaneously administering to said mammal carbogen or supplemental oxygen,wherein the perfluoropentane emulsion is administered at a dosage in the range from about 0.05 cc/kg to about 0.3 cc/kg.

US Pat. No. 10,456,463

VACCINES COMPRISING CHOLESTEROL AND CPG AS SOLE ADJUVANT-CARRIER MOLECULES

Zoetis Belgium S.A, Brus...

1. A vaccine comprising one or more antigens and an adjuvant, the adjuvant consisting of one or more isolated immunostimulatory oligonucleotides and cholesterol admixed together, and wherein the one or more isolated immunostimulatory oligonucleotides comprises a modified internucleotide linkage or a modified nucleoside base and wherein said adjuvant consisting of one or more isolated immunostimulatory oligonucleotides and cholesterol admixed together is the sole adjuvant in the vaccine.

US Pat. No. 10,456,407

COMBINATION THERAPY FOR TREATING CANCER

Epizyme, Inc., Cambridge...

1. A method for treating renal cancer in a patient in need thereof comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of an EZH2 inhibitor and one or more tyrosine kinase inhibitors;wherein the EZH2 inhibitor is GSK-126 having the following formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;ora compound of Formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;wherein:R701 is H, F, OR707, NHR707, —(C?C)—(CH2)n7—R708, phenyl, 5- or 6-membered heteroaryl, C3-8 cycloalkyl, or 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl containing 1-3 heteroatoms, wherein the phenyl, 5- or 6-membered heteroaryl, C3-8 cycloalkyl or 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl each independently is optionally substituted with one or more groups selected from halo, C1-3 alkyl, OH, O—C1-6 alkyl, NH—C1-6 alkyl, and, C1-3 alkyl substituted with C3-8 cycloalkyl or 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl containing 1-3 heteroatoms, wherein each of the O—C1-6 alkyl and NH—C1-6 alkyl is optionally substituted with hydroxyl, O—C1-3 alkyl or NH—C1-3 alkyl, each of the O—C1-3 alkyl and NH—C1-3 alkyl being optionally further substituted with O—C1-3 alkyl or NH—C1-3 alkyl;
each of R702 and R703, independently is H, halo, C1-4 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxyl or C6-C10 aryloxy, each optionally substituted with one or more halo;
each of R704 and R705, independently is C1-4 alkyl;
R706 is cyclohexyl substituted by N(C1-4 alkyl)2 wherein one or both of the C1-4 alkyl is substituted with C1-6 alkoxy; or R706 is tetrahydropyranyl;
R707 is C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more groups selected from hydroxyl, C1-4 alkoxy, amino, mono- or di-C1-4 alkylamino, C3-8 cycloalkyl, and 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl containing 1-3 heteroatoms, wherein the C3-8 cycloalkyl or 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl each independently is further optionally substituted with C1-3 alkyl;
R708 is C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more groups selected from OH, halo, and C1-4 alkoxy, 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl containing 1-3 heteroatoms, or O—C1-6 alkyl, wherein the 4-7 membered heterocycloalkyl can be optionally further substituted with OH or C1-6 alkyl; and
n7 is 0, 1 or 2.

US Pat. No. 10,456,395

SUBSTITUTED DIPYRIDO[1,2-A:1?,2?-D]PYRAZINES FOR TREATING VIRAL INFECTIONS

Gilead Sciences, Inc., F...

1. A compound having a Formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein:
L is —C(Ra)2—;
X is —CHR2—;
W is —CHR3—;
Z is —CHR4—;
each Ra is independently hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy or C1-4alkyl;
R1 is phenyl, substituted with one, two or three halogens;
R2 is hydrogen or C1-3alkyl;
R3 is hydrogen or C1-3alkyl;
R4 is hydrogen or C1-3alkyl;
R5 is hydrogen, C1-3alkyl or C1-3haloalkyl;
Y1 is hydrogen, C1-3alkyl or C1-3haloalkyl; and
Y2 is hydrogen, C1-3alkyl or C1-3haloalkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,456,394

TETRAHYDROQUINOLINE SUBSTITUTED HYDROXAMIC ACIDS AS SELECTIVE HISTONE DEACETYLASE 6 INHIBITORS

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A compound having Formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
represents a single or double bond;
n=0, 1, or 2;
R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, hydroxyl, trifluoromethyl, cyano, —NRaRb, —C(O)NRaRb, acetyl, C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkenyl, C1-C6 alkynyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C1-C6 haloalkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or C5-C6 heterocyclyl;
Ra and Rb are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, or these groups may be joined to form a 3-7 membered heterocycyl;
A is CRcRd or C?O;
B is CRcRd when represents a single bond or CRc when represents a double bond;
D is CRcRd, C?O, NRe, O, S, S?O when represents a single bond or CRc or N when represents a double bond;
Rc and Rd are independently hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, or are joined together to form a 3-6 membered cycloalkyl;
Re is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6 alkyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or C5-C6 heterocycloalkyl; and
R3 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6 alkyl; in the case where one of R3 or R4 is a hydrogen atom, and the other group is alkyl, a chiral center is generated which may be of the R or S configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,393

TREATING PAIN IN PATIENTS WITH HEPATIC IMPAIRMENT

Persion Pharmaceuticals L...

1. A method of treating pain in a patient having mild or moderate hepatic impairment, the method comprising:administering to the patient having mild or moderate hepatic impairment a starting dose of an oral dosage unit having hydrocodone bitartrate as the only active ingredient, wherein the starting dose is not adjusted relative to a patient without hepatic impairment;
wherein the dosage unit comprises an immediate release component and an extended release component; and
wherein the dosage unit provides a release profile of hydrocodone such that:
the average hydrocodone AUC0-inf per 20 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate dosed to subjects suffering from mild hepatic impairment is in the range of about 316 ng*h/mL to about 564 ng*h/mL; and
the average hydrocodone AUC0-inf per 20 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate dosed to subjects suffering from moderate hepatic impairment is in the range of about 352 ng*h/mL to about 666 ng*h/mL.