US Pat. No. 10,967,519

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF SPILLS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A robot, comprising:an actuator configured to move the robot between a plurality of locations;
a spill detector comprising at least one optical imaging device configured to capture a plurality of images of a scene comprising a spill while the robot is either stationary or traveling between the plurality of locations; and
a processor configured to execute computer readable instructions to,
identify the spill in at least a respective number of images of the plurality of images if the respective number of images are equal to or more than a predetermined number threshold of images of the scene, and
receive an action command based at least in part on an identification of the spill and a confidence measure associated with the identification of the spill, the confidence measure being calculated by statistical method.

US Pat. No. 10,967,518

PRODUCTION SYSTEM FOR THE AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY OF VEHICLE COMPONENTS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PRODUCTION SYSTEM

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A production system for automated assembly of vehicle components, in particular for automated assembly of structural components of an aircraft or spacecraft, the production system comprising:vehicle components comprising status sensors, each status sensor configured to determine status data of a respective vehicle component with which each status sensor is associated;
positioner units, each of which is configured to grip at least one vehicle component at mounting points and move the at least one vehicle component into an assembly position;
a position-measurement system configured to determine the assembly position of each vehicle component;
force sensors configured to determine at least one of reaction forces and moments of each vehicle component at the mounting points in the assembly position; and
a computer-based control system in data communication with the status sensors of the vehicle components, the positioner units, the position-measurement system, and the force sensors, the computer-based control system being configured to control the positioner units based on the status data determined by each status sensor, the assembly position of each vehicle component determined by the position-measurement system, and the reaction forces and/or moments of the each vehicle component determined by the force sensors;
wherein the computer-based control system comprises a multi-agent system including positioner agents, the computer based-control system being configured to actively control each positioner unit via an associated positioner agent, and vehicle-component agents, the computer-based control system being configured to actively control each vehicle component via an associated vehicle-component agent.

US Pat. No. 10,967,517

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION FOR CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:holding a value of each of parameters in a parameter set related to a measurement apparatus that measures a three-dimensional shape, based on a first image of a predetermined object captured by the measurement apparatus;
holding a plurality of first deviation maps by using each of the parameters by changing a value of a parameter of interest in the parameter set from the value of each of the parameters by a value smaller than a predetermined value;
acquiring respective correlations between each of the first deviation maps and a second deviation map, and the second deviation map being generated based on the first image and a second image of the predetermined object captured at timing later than timing at which the first image is captured; and
outputting one or more parameters corresponding to the first deviation maps in descending order of the correlations with the second deviation map.

US Pat. No. 10,967,516

COMPONENT INSERTION DEVICE, COMPONENT INSERTION METHOD AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A component insertion device for inserting a specific part of a workpiece into a flexible printed circuit connector having a slot in an elongated straight shape, the specific part of the workpiece has a flat plate shape to be fitted into the slot, comprising:a robot; and
a controller for controlling operations of the robot,
wherein the robot has:
a gripper having a pair of claws configured to clamp the workpiece in a state where the specific part is protruded to outside; and
a force sensor configured to detect a contact reaction force received by the workpiece from a periphery of the slot of the receiving part via the gripper,
the pair of claws has specific shapes for bending or flexing at least the specific part of the workpiece such that an effective thickness dimension at a tip end surface of the workpiece increases when approaching each other to clamp the workpiece, and
the controller comprises a processor configured to:
perform a processing of making the pair of claws approach each other and clamp the workpiece in the state where the specific part is protruded to the outside while the pair of claws bend or flex the specific part such that the effective thickness dimension at the tip end surface does not exceed a width of the slot; and
perform with the robot a processing of inserting the specific part of the workpiece clamped by the pair of claws into the slot of the flexible printed circuit connector along an insertion direction perpendicular to the tip end surface, which is formed by the specific part, by a compliance control based on an output of the force sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,515

APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING ROBOTS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

DAEGU GYEONGBUK INSTITUTE...

1. An apparatus for remotely controlling field robots, comprising:an interface unit configured to receive information about the field robots including a first field robot and a second field robot, operation modes including a monopoly mode, a following mode, an object mode and a reproduction mode, and operation command signals for the first field robot, the second field robot, and an object of work;
a work command generator configured to generate work command signals corresponding to the operation modes and the operation command signals, wherein when the following mode is selected, the work command generator is configured to generate a work command signal for controlling the first field robot, and when the object mode is selected, the work command generator is configured to generate a work command signal for controlling an operation of the object of work that is asymmetrically executed;
an autonomous command generator configured to generate autonomous operation command signals corresponding to the operation modes and the work command signals, wherein when the following mode is selected, the autonomous command generator is configured to generate an autonomous operation command signal for controlling the second field robot to follow the first field robot or symmetrically operate to the first field robot, and when the object mode is selected, the autonomous command generator is configured to generate an autonomous operation command signal for controlling the first field robot and the second field robot to induce the operation of the object of work that is asymmetrically executed;
a communication unit configured to transmit the autonomous operation command signals to the first field robot or the second field robot; and
a storage unit configured to store the work command signals, the autonomous operation command signals, and work performance information supplied from the first field robot and the second field robot, wherein
when the reproduction mode is selected, and one of the work command signals is selected as a signal to be repeatedly executed, the autonomous command generator is configured to extract one of the autonomous operation command signals corresponding to the one of the work command signals from the storage unit, and
when the reproduction mode is selected, information about the work command signal to be repeatedly executed and information about a number of repetitions to be repeatedly executed are received by the interface unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,514

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO MONITOR ROBOT MECHANICAL CONDITION

ABB Schweiz Ag, Baden (C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a robot having a component structured to be subject to relative mechanical movement during operation of the robot;
a sensor coupled with the robot configured to detect an operating condition of the component;
a diagnostic device configured to receive a measurement from the sensor and including a memory having a training data, the diagnostic device configured to distinguish between a change in health of the robot and change in operation of the robot and having computer based instructions structured to:
compute a principal component analysis of the measurement from the sensor to provide an operation data;
determine a common subspace between the training data and the operation data; and
utilize a classifier trained on the training data and applied on the operation data in the common subspace.

US Pat. No. 10,967,513

TORCH CABLE INTERFERENCE EVALUATION INFORMATION OUTPUT DEVICE FOR WELDING ROBOT, EVALUATION INFORMATION OUTPUT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. An evaluation information output device comprising a processor and a memory, the processor configured to:obtain posture information indicating a posture to be taken by a welding robot, on the basis of teaching information for teaching an operation to the welding robot;
generate evaluation information indicating a degree of bend of a torch cable, which is caused by the torch cable contacting an arm of the welding robot, by using the posture information, the torch cable being included in a welding tool attached to an end of the arm and extending in a direction away from a welding torch of the welding tool, the generating evaluation information including
calculating change information indicating a position of the torch cable and an extension direction of the torch cable when the welding robot changes the posture, by using reference information indicating a position of the torch cable and an extension direction of the torch cable when the welding robot takes a reference posture and by using the obtained posture information, and
calculating the evaluation information by using the calculated change information and area information indicating an area occupied by the arm; and
output the evaluation information.

US Pat. No. 10,967,512

MOVING ROBOT AND CONTROLLING METHOD

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A system comprising:an autonomous cleaner which travels in a cleaning area, the autonomous cleaner including a controller that generates a map of the cleaning area, and manages a movement of the autonomous cleaner based on the map; and
a terminal which receives the map, sets at least one virtual wall in the map, and transmits information associated with the virtual wall to the autonomous cleaner,
wherein the terminal
sets an attribute related to controlling an operation of the autonomous cleaner with respect to a location associated with the virtual wall,
sets a level of a plurality of levels,
activates a virtual wall of the set level, and
deactivates a virtual wall of another level, of the plurality of levels, that differs from the set level, and
wherein the autonomous cleaner divides a travelable area based on the virtual wall, performs cleaning while traveling in the cleaning area, and performs a specified operation according to the attribute assigned to the virtual wall when reaching the location associated with the virtual wall.

US Pat. No. 10,967,511

TIME-OPTIMAL TRAJECTORIES FOR ROBOTIC TRANSFER DEVICES

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A method for loading and unloading a substrate at a substrate holding station of a substrate holding apparatus, the method comprising:providing the substrate holding apparatus with a load port opening through which substrates are loaded and unloaded from the substrate holding apparatus;
providing a drive section with at least one motor or transmission having a max available torque generating a max available acceleration;
providing a robotic manipulator with a substrate holder, the robotic manipulator having a transport path for accessing the substrates loaded through the load port opening and connected with the substrate holding station, the transport path including at least one path segment;
providing a robotic manipulator controller operably coupled to the drive section;
generating, with the robotic manipulator controller, a forward max available acceleration trajectory of the robotic manipulator along the at least one path segment from a start point of the at least one path segment towards an end point of the at least one path segment, the generated forward max available acceleration trajectory being defined by the max available torque;
generating, with the robotic manipulator controller, a reverse max available acceleration trajectory of the robotic manipulator along the at least one path segment from the end point of the at least one path segment towards the start point of the at least one path segment, the reverse max available acceleration trajectory being defined by the max available torque, wherein the at least one path segment, the end point of the at least one path segment and the start point of the at least one path segment are all common to the generation of the forward max available acceleration trajectory and the generation of the reverse max available acceleration trajectory; and
combining, with the robotic manipulator controller, the forward and reverse max available acceleration trajectories to obtain a complete max available acceleration trajectory, where the forward and reverse max available acceleration trajectories of the at least one path segment are blended together with a smoothing bridge joining the forward and reverse max available acceleration trajectories in a position-velocity reference frame with substantially no discontinuity between the forward and reverse max available acceleration trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,967,510

ROBOT ARM PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A robot arm processing system, comprising:a robot arm for providing a mechanical holding force;
a processing module disposed on the robot arm for processing a workpiece; and
a control module connected to the processing module for outputting an anti-vibration signal according to a reaction force of the workpiece to counteract the reaction force of the workpiece;
wherein, the processing module comprises a feeder unit and a pre-pressing unit, the feeder unit comprises a tool and a driver for driving the tool to process the workpiece, the pre-pressing unit connects between the robot arm and the feeder unit, the pre-pressing unit comprises a holding platform for holding the feeder unit and a plurality of pre-pressing rods, and the mechanical holding force is applied to the workpiece through the plurality of pre-pressing rods,
wherein the control module determines a posture of the holding platform according to a displacement of a geometric center of the holding platform, when it is detected that the pre-pressing rods have same length with respect to the workpiece, the geometric center of the holding platform has a first coordinate value, and when it is detected that the pre-pressing rods have different lengths with respect to the workpiece, the geometric center of the holding platform has a second coordinate value different from the first coordinate value,
wherein a hardness of the pre-pressing rod is greater than a hardness of the robot arm, and the mechanical holding force is greater than the reaction force of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,967,509

ENHANCING ROBOT LEARNING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:storing first data in a cache for a robot, wherein the first data was generated using a first machine learning model;
after storing the first data, identifying a second machine learning model for the robot;
generating second data corresponding to at least a particular portion of the first data in the cache, wherein the second data is generated using the second machine learning model;
adding the second data to the cache for the robot; and
removing at least the particular portion of the first data from the cache for the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,508

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC ROBOT CONFIGURATION FOR ENHANCED DIGITAL EXPERIENCES

DMAI, INC., Los Angeles,...

1. A method, implemented on a machine having at least one processor, storage, and a communication platform capable of connecting to a network for configuring an animatronic device, comprising:selecting a first topic of a task oriented conversation determined with respect to a user engaged in a dialogue in a dialogue scene with the animatronic device;
generating a configuration to be used by the animatronic device to engage the user in the task oriented conversation on the first topic;
obtaining information indicative of performance of the user exhibited in the dialogue, wherein the information includes content of the task oriented conversation on the first topic and observation of the user during the dialogue;
assessing effectiveness of the configuration in engaging the user on the first topic of the task oriented conversation based on the information;
selecting, in accordance with the assessed effectiveness, a second topic of a non-task oriented conversation based on at least one of the observation and performance of the user and what is present in the dialogue scene; and
adjusting the configuration to generate an updated configuration for the animatronic device to use to initiate the non-task oriented conversation on the second topic in order to continue to engage the user in the dialogue.

US Pat. No. 10,967,507

POSITIONING A ROBOT SENSOR FOR OBJECT CLASSIFICATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

18. A method comprising:receiving, from a first sensor on a robot, first sensor data indicative of an environment of the robot;
identifying, based on the first sensor data, an object of an object type in the environment of the robot;
selecting, based on the object type, a classifier that takes sensor data from a predetermined pose relative to the object as input, wherein the classifier comprises a machine learned model trained based on sensor data representing objects of the object type captured from the predetermined pose;
causing the robot to position a second sensor on the robot at the predetermined pose relative to the object;
receiving, from the second sensor, second sensor data indicative of the object while the second sensor is positioned at the predetermined pose relative to the object; and
determining, by inputting the second sensor data into the classifier, a property of the object,
wherein the classifier is a manipulability classifier that is configured to output whether the object is manipulatable by the robot, and wherein the method further comprises:
when the manipulability classifier indicates that the object is manipulatable by the robot, controlling the robot to manipulate the object; and
when the manipulability classifier indicates that the object is not manipulatable by the robot, controlling the robot to leave the environment without touching the object.

US Pat. No. 10,967,506

DETERMINING A VIRTUAL REPRESENTATION OF AN ENVIRONMENT BY PROJECTING TEXTURE PATTERNS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a computing device comprising a processor, a first depth image using first sensor data captured by a first stereo camera located at a first position in an environment, wherein the first depth image comprises first depth values associated with respective pixels;
determining, by the computing device, a second depth image using second sensor data captured by a second stereo camera located at a second position in the environment, wherein the second depth image comprises second depth values associate with respective pixels;
determining a distance between the first position and the second position; and
determining, based on the determined distance, an output including a virtual representation of the environment, wherein the virtual representation of the environment integrates the first depth values of the first depth image and the second depth values of the second depth image and includes a depth measurement indicative of a distance to at least one object in the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,967,505

DETERMINING ROBOT INERTIAL PROPERTIES

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, by a robot management system operating a real-world robot, a plurality of ranges of dynamic motion for the real-world robot, each range of dynamic motion for the real-world robot comprising a respective plurality of joint physical parameter measurements;
receiving, by the robot management system, a current estimate for a set of one or more inertial properties of the real-world robot used by a virtual robot dynamic model to simulate interactions of the real-world robot with an environment;
for each range of dynamic motion of the plurality of ranges of dynamic motion for the real-world robot:
determining, by the robot management system and using the virtual robot dynamic model and in accordance with the current estimate of the set of one or more inertial properties for the range of dynamic motion of the plurality of ranges of dynamic motion for the real-world robot, a respective plurality of simulated joint physical parameter values corresponding to each of the plurality of joint physical parameter measurements for the range of dynamic motion; and
adjusting, by the robot management system, the current estimate of the set of one or more inertial properties to generate an updated estimate of the set of one or more inertial properties utilized by the virtual robot dynamic model for the range of dynamic motion to reduce a difference between the determined plurality of simulated joint physical parameter values and the corresponding plurality of joint physical parameter measurements; and
providing, by the robot management system and to the virtual robot dynamic model for the plurality of ranges of dynamic motion, the updated estimate of the set of one or more inertial properties.

US Pat. No. 10,967,504

CONTINUUM ROBOTS WITH MULTI-SCALE MOTION THROUGH EQUILIBRIUM MODULATION

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A continuum robot comprising:a control disk;
a bendable, rigid central backbone fixedly coupled to a center of the control disk;
a first secondary backbone fixedly coupled the control disk at a defined distance from the center of the control disk, wherein the first secondary backbone is rigid, bendable, and hollow, wherein linear movement of the first secondary backbone relative to a base of the continuum robot causes a bending movement of the central backbone; and
an equilibrium modulating wire slidably positioned inside the first secondary backbone.

US Pat. No. 10,967,503

ROBOT WITH MULTIPLE COUPLING TRANSMISSION UNITS WITH A LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN

fruitcore robotics GmbH, ...

1. A robot, comprising:a base;
a pivot arm, which is articulated on the base and is pivotable about a rotational axis, wherein a mount for a support arm is provided at a first free end of the pivot arm;
at least one drive unit for driving the pivot arm, and
a plurality of link elements for transmitting the movement of the at least one drive unit to the pivot arm and the support arm;
wherein a first drive unit is coupled to a first four-bar linkage, wherein one end of a first link element in the form of a crank is coupled in a rotationally fixed manner to a first drive shaft which is mounted in the base and connected to the first drive unit such that the first link element can rotate, in such a way that the pivot arm is pivoted about the rotational axis,
a second end of the first link element being coupled to a first end of a second link element as a coupling and a second end of the second link element is coupled to a first end of a third link element as a swing arm, a second end of the third link element in turn being arranged in a fixed position relative to the base or on the base, the first, second, and third link elements forming the first four-bar linkage, and
wherein a second four-bar linkage is coupled to the first four-bar linkage such that the second four-bar linkage comprises a fourth link element corresponding to the third link element of the first four-bar linkage, a first end of the fourth link element corresponding to the second end of the third link element, and a second end of the fourth link element being coupled to a first end of a fifth link element, which serves as a coupling, the fifth link element having a second end opposite the first four-bar linkage coupled to a second free end of the pivot arm;
wherein the pivot arm constitutes a rocker in which the second free end of the pivot arm is provided at a first side of the rocker, the fifth link element of the second four-bar linkage is arranged at the second free end of the pivot arm, and the first free end of the pivot arm is arranged on a second side of the rocker at which the mount is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,967,502

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. A coordinate positioning machine comprising:a structure moveable within a working volume of the machine;
a hexapod metrology arrangement for measuring a position of the structure within the working volume; and
a non-hexapod drive arrangement for moving the structure around the working volume, wherein
the moveable structure carries an operational tool with the metrology and drive arrangements also coupled to the moveable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,501

GUIDE PLACEMENT BY A ROBOTIC DEVICE

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a controller that is associated with one or more robotic devices, task data for constructing an end product using one or more parts, the task data specifying a manipulation of the one or more parts that is to occur within a worksite;
identifying, by the controller and based on the task data, a dynamically formable jig for facilitating the specified manipulation of the one or more parts that is to occur within the worksite; and
dynamically forming, by the controller, the identified jig for facilitating the specified manipulation of the one or more parts that is to occur within the worksite, comprising:
identifying one or more work surfaces that (a) the one or more robotic devices are capable of creating using guide end effectors that are available to the one or more robotic devices at the worksite, and (b) are associated with the identified, dynamically formable jig,
selecting a particular set of the guide end effectors that (a) are available to the one or more robotic devices at the worksite, and (b) are usable to create the identified, one or more work surfaces, and
operating the one or more robotic devices to position the particular set of the guide end effectors to dynamically form the identified jig.

US Pat. No. 10,967,500

MOTION CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ROBOT, AND ROBOT WITH THE SAME

UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP, Sh...

1. A computer-implemented motion control method for a servo of a robot, comprising executing on a processor the steps of:obtaining a first rotational angle P1 of an output shaft of the servo currently at and a first time T1 for the output shaft of the servo to perform one rotation;
obtaining a second rotational angle P2 for the output shaft of the servo to reach and a second time T2 for the output shaft of the servo to rotate from the first rotational angle P1 to the second rotational angle P2;
calculating a motion curve B(t) of the output shaft of the servo based on the first rotational angle P1, the second rotational angle P2, the first time T1, and the second time T2, wherein the motion curve B(t) indicates every reached rotational angle of the output shaft of the servo during the second time T2; the slope of each point on the motion curve B(t) has the same sign as a first slope K1, where the first slope K1 is the slope of uniform motion determined based on the second rotational angle P2, the first rotational angle P1, the second time T2, and the first time T1; and an absolute value of the slope of the motion curve B(t) at a start rotation phase and an end rotation phase of the servo is less than an absolute value of the first slope K1; and
controlling the servo to rotate according to the motion curve B(t);
wherein the step of calculating the motion curve B(t) of the output shaft of the servo based on the first rotational angle P1, the second rotational angle P2, the first time T1, and the second time T2 comprises:
setting an angle threshold Y based on the first rotational angle P1 and the second rotational angle P2;
determining a third rotational angle P3 based on a sum of the first rotational angle P1 and the angle threshold Y, and determining a fourth rotational angle P4 based on a difference between the second rotational angle P2 and the angle threshold;
determining a first number N of the motion curve B(t) through dividing the second time T2 by the first time T1, wherein the first number N is a total rotation number for the output shaft of the servo to rotate from the first rotational angle P1 to the second rotational angle P2; and
calculating the motion curve B(t) of the output shaft of the servo based on the first rotational angle P1, the second rotational angle P2, the third rotational angle P3, the fourth rotational angle P4, and the first number N through the following formula:
andwherein the step of setting the angle threshold Y based on the first rotational angle P1 and the second rotational angle P2 comprises:
calculating a difference between the second rotational angle P2 and the first rotational angle P1; and
setting the angle threshold Y, wherein the angle threshold Y is not greater than 10% of the difference.

US Pat. No. 10,967,499

TILT BIN FOR USE IN A TILT BIN STORAGE SYSTEM

Huliot Storage Solutions ...

1. A tilt bin for use in a tilt bin storage system having at least one tilt bin compartment, the tilt bin comprising:(a) an open-topped generally cuboid shaped tilt bin shell having:
a tilt bin shell front surface,
a tilt bin shell back surface,
a tilt bin shell bottom surface,
a tilt bin shell left side surface, and
a tilt bin shell right side surface,
wherein said tilt bin shell left side surface and said tilt bin shell right side surface each have a leading outward directed sideway protrusion towards said tilt bin shell front surface and a trailing outward directed sideway stopper towards said tilt bin shell back surface for engaging complementary features located on opposite sides in a tilt bin compartment of the tilt bin storage system's at least one tilt bin compartment,
wherein said tilt bin shell front surface has a spaced apart upright pair of a left side slit and a right side slit correspondingly adjacent said tilt bin shell left side surface and said tilt bin shell right side surface,
said left side slit and said right side slit bound a central major tilt bin shell front surface section in said tilt bin shell front surface section;
said left side slit and said right side slit bound a lateral pair of minor tilt bin shell front surface sections correspondingly located adjacent said tilt bin shell left side surface and said tilt bin shell right side surface;
(b) a discrete tilt bin handle that includes:
a tilt bin handle front surface,
a tilt bin handle back surface,
a tilt bin handle left side surface, and
a tilt bin handle right side surface,
said tilt bin handle left side surface and said tilt bin handle right side surface each include an upright groove,
wherein said discrete tilt bin handle can engage said tilt bin shell front surface upon the downward sliding of said discrete tilt bin handle into said left side slit and said right side slit,
said tilt bin handle left side surface and said tilt bin handle right side surface are slidingly received by said lateral pair of minor tilt bin shell front surface sections in their corresponding upright grooves,
said tilt bin handle front surface having a downwardly directed grip section co-extensive with said tilt bin shell front surface and forwardly protruding therefrom for enabling a manual tilting of the tilt bin in a tilt bin compartment between an upright closed position and a tilted forward open position; and
(c) a securing arrangement for securing said discrete tilt bin handle on said open-topped generally cuboid shaped tilt bin shell on said downward sliding of said discrete tilt bin handle on said tilt bin shell front surface,
said securing arrangement comprising at least one slot located in said central major tilt bin shell front surface section, and at least one corresponding protrusion on said tilt bin handle back surface such that said at least one protrusion can snap fit into said at least one slot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,498

DISPLAY STRUCTURE FOR WRENCH

1. A display structure for a wrench comprising:a body having a handle which includes a top face and a bottom face, the top face and the bottom face being a flat face or a curved and protruded face, the top face and the bottom face being a mirror surface or a matte surface, the handle having at least one display area which is a recessed area in which at least two embossed areas and at least one blank area are formed, the at least one blank area located between the at least two embossed areas, a top of each of the at least two embossed areas being not higher than the top face and the bottom face of the body, the at least one blank area located at a central portion of the at least one display area, a top of the at least one blank area being lower than the top of each of the at least two embossed areas, and the top face and the bottom face of the body, at least one display portion being formed within the at least one display area, a color of the at least one display portion being different from that of the body, the at least one display portion having a colored area formed on a top thereof, the color area of the at least one display portion being in flush with or being higher than the top face and the bottom face of the body, the colored area being formed by way of painting, transfer-printing, printing, applying fluorescent agent or laser carving, the at least one display portion being in a form of characters, logos, digits or patterns, the top of the at least one display portion being higher than the top of each of the at least two embossed areas.

US Pat. No. 10,967,497

MULTIPURPOSE DRYWALL INSTALLATION AND FRAMING TOOL

1. A multipurpose construction device comprising:a one-piece frame comprised of a substantially solid rigid body, wherein the frame is further comprised of:
a base having first and second segments defined by a longitudinal axis that is parallel to a ground surface, the first and second segments of the base having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to each other, the first and second segments of the base having a predefined length and a predefined width, wherein the base further includes a first axis of rotation located substantially at a point where the first and second segments of the base are joined for allowing the multipurpose construction device to rotate upward and downward at the first axis of rotation;
the first segment of the base is configured to project upward at a predefined first angle relative to longitudinal axis;
the second segment of the base is configured to project upward at a predefined second angle relative to the longitudinal axis, wherein the predefined angle of the second segment of the base is larger than the predefined angle of the first segment of the base;
a plurality of vertical support members affixed perpendicular to the top surface of the base, the vertical support members having a predefined height and a predefined width, wherein the predefined width of the vertical support members being substantially the same as the predefined width of the base, and wherein the width of the vertical support members are aligned with the width of the base;
an uppermost member having first and second segments, each of the segments of the uppermost member having a top surface area and a bottom surface area opposite to each other, wherein the bottom surface area of the uppermost member is affixed to top surfaces of the vertical support members forming a plurality of holding units disposed below the uppermost member, wherein the second segment of the uppermost member is configured to project downward at a third predefined angle relative to the longitudinal axis to form a palm support area;
a work surface area disposed on the top surface area of the first segment of the uppermost member;
a kicker area comprised of a vertical segment having a predefined height and a horizontal segment, wherein a bottom portion of the vertical segment is affixed to a top end point of the second segment of the base, the horizontal segment is affixed to a top portion of the vertical segment and configured to extend forwardly at a preselected length, wherein the horizontal segment is disposed substantially parallel to the ground and the vertical segment is disposed perpendicular to the horizontal segment forming a multifunctional hook-like mechanism, whereby the hook-like mechanism allows the multipurpose construction device to be secured to a pouch, pocket, or belt;
an open holding unit disposed between the kicker area and the palm support area and further disposed above the top surface of the second segment of the base; and
a horizontal lip projecting forwardly on a front portion of the first segment of the base at a preselected length, the horizontal lip further having a top surface area and a tapered tip configured to be inserted beneath a construction panel, whereby the construction panel is lifted upward by applying pressure to the kicker via a user's foot, thereby enabling the multipurpose device to pivot upward at the first axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,496

IMPACT TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. An impact tool comprising:a motor;
a spindle rotated by the motor and extending in a forward and rearward direction;
a hammer that is positioned radially outside of the spindle;
balls disposed between the spindle and the hammer; and
an anvil struck by the hammer and located in front of the hammer, wherein:
a grease supply path is formed in the spindle to supply grease to an inner peripheral portion of the hammer,
the motor includes a stator, a rotor rotated inside the stator, and a planetary gear meshing with a pinion fixed in front of the rotor,
the spindle has a bottomed hole in which the pinion is disposed, and
the grease communicates from the bottomed hole to the grease supply path.

US Pat. No. 10,967,495

POWER TOOL

Webster Technologies Limi...

1. A power tool, comprising:an impact tool having a head end;
a body, comprising:
a first flange, comprising:
a first engagement land, and
a first engagement edge;
a first actuator configured to move the body along an operational axis between
an impact position at which the body is operable to transfer impact energy to the head end of the impact tool, and
a retracted position spaced apart from the impact position along the operational axis;
the first actuator, comprising:
a first actuator rotational axis, and
a first engagement element offset from, and rotatable around, the first actuator rotational axis,
the first engagement element and the first flange being arranged relative to each such that:
at the impact position, the first engagement element is operable to engage with the first flange engagement edge, and as the first engagement element rotates around the first actuator rotational axis, the first engagement element
travels along the first flange engagement land; and
simultaneously urges the body in a direction away from the impact position toward the retracted position; and
at the retracted position the first engagement element is operable to move past the first flange engagement edge to disengage the body from the first engagement element, permitting the body to move on an impact stroke to the impact position,
wherein the body is further operable to travel along the operational axis between the impact position; and
a rest position spaced apart from the impact position in a direction away from the retracted position along the operational axis, and
at the rest position, the first engagement element is spaced apart from the first flange such that, as the first engagement element rotates about the first rotational axis, the body is not engageable by the first engagement element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,494

HAMMER WITH LINEARLY ADJUSTABLE CLAW

1. A hammer with a linearly moveable claw assembly, said hammer including a handle, a neck, a hammer head and a claw assembly, wherein:the neck of the hammer having a first end and an opposite second end, the handle being attached to the first end and the hammer head being attached to the second end;
the claw assembly including a claw body from which a curved two-prong claw extends, the claw body containing a guide and locking mechanism, the guide including a bar parallel to the neck and attached to the neck extending between the hammer head and handle, the locking mechanism comprising a bar clamp within the claw body, said bar clamp including a sleeve having an aperture through which the bar extends and a leaf spring that protrudes laterally, externally from the claw assembly, the bar clamp being moveable from a released position to an engaged position, in the released position the bar clamp disengaging the bar, and in the engaged position said bar clamp frictionally engaging the bar and resisting movement of the bar clamp relative to the bar, the guide slidingly engaging the neck, and the locking mechanism controllably securing the claw assembly at a position along the neck, the claw assembly having a flanged channel for guiding linear motion of the claw assembly relative to the hammer head; and
the claw assembly being linearly moveable between the first end and second end of the neck.

US Pat. No. 10,967,493

BINDING MEMBER REMOVAL APPARATUS

PFU LIMITED, Ishikawa (J...

1. A binding member removal apparatus comprising:a remover configured to remove a binding member that binds a bound medium from the bound medium;
an image capturer configured to capture an image in which a portion of the bound medium appears;
a driver configured to move the remover; and
a controller configured to control the driver such that the remover is disposed at a predetermined position with respect to the binding member, on the basis of the image, wherein
the remover includes:
a first supporter;
a second supporter configured to be supported by the first supporter so as to be able to rotate about a rotation axis that is parallel to a normal direction of the bound medium;
a removal claw configured to be supported by the second supporter so as to be able to move; and
a removal claw driver configured to drive the removal claw with respect to the second supporter, and
the image capturer is fixed to the second supporter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,492

STAPLE GUN WITH AUTOMATIC DEPTH ADJUSTMENT

1. A staple gun comprising:a housing defining an interior cavity;
a wall provided on the housing; said wall defining an aperture therein;
a stapling mechanism provided in the interior cavity of the housing; said stapling mechanism being adapted to deliver a staple through the aperture and over a stack of one or more cables resting on a surface; wherein the stapling mechanism includes:
a hammer that is movable in one of a first direction and a second direction relative to the wall; said hammer being adapted to strike the staple and drive the same into the surface when moving in the second direction;
a resilient bumper spaced a distance inwardly from an interior surface of the wall; wherein the bumper is contacted by the hammer and stops movement of the hammer in the second direction during the strike of the hammer on the staple; and
a spacer extending downwardly from the wall of the housing in a location forwardly of the aperture and generally centrally between a left side and a right side of the wall; said spacer being adapted to rest upon an uppermost cable of the stack of one or more cables.

US Pat. No. 10,967,491

DRIVER

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. A driver comprising:an impactor configured to move from a first position toward a second position to hit a stopper;
a pressure chamber to be filled with gas for moving the impactor from the first position toward the second position; and
a control mechanism configured to move the impactor from the second position toward the first position, wherein
the control mechanism comprises:
a motor configured to move the impactor; and
a controller configured to control the motor,
the controller is configured to set (1) a nailing mode in which the impactor hits the stopper and (2) a maintenance mode in which the impactor does not hit the stopper,
the control mechanism is configured to control the impactor to stop at a standby position between the second position and the first position,
in the nailing mode, the control mechanism is configured to control a continuous series of actions of the impactor, the continuous series of actions including (1) moving the impactor from the standby position toward the first position, (2) moving the impactor from the second position to the standby position after the impactor is moved from the first position toward the second position by the gas in the pressure chamber, and (3) stopping the impactor at the standby position, and
in the maintenance mode, the control mechanism is configured to stop the impactor at an adjustment position closer to the second position than the standby position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,490

CONCRETE FORM STRIPPING TOOL

1. A tool for removing, from a set concrete wall, a concrete form of a type having an engagable structure comprising:(a) a lever arm having two ends, comprising a form engagement portion positioned near one end of said lever arm and a grasping portion to be grasped by a user during use of the tool, said grasping portion positioned at the other end of said lever arm;
(b) at least one engagement member, said engagement member being configured to mate with said engagable structure on said concrete form, said engagement member comprising an engagement member mounting portion and an engagement end, said engagement member being secured to said form engagement portion of said lever arm at the engagement member mounting portion of said engagement member; and
(c) a pivoting member mounted on said lever arm proximate said engagement portion, said pivoting member defining a pivot point around which said lever arm may rotate, said engagement member extending, in the direction from said engagement member mounting portion to said engagement end, toward said pivot point, said pivot point being positioned with respect to said engagement member whereby rotation of the lever arm about said pivot point will apply force through said engagement member to said engagable structure tending to move said engagable structure and said concrete form away from said set concrete wall when the engagement portion of said lever arm is moved with respect to said set concrete wall and said engagement member is in engagement with said engagable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,489

POWER TOOL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A power tool communication system comprising:an external device including a first controller including a first electronic processor and a first memory, wherein the first controller is configured to
set, based on a first received input at a user interface of the external device, a work light duration parameter value,
set, based on a second received input at the user interface of the external device, a work light brightness parameter value, and
transmit, via wireless communication to a power tool, configuration data including the work light duration parameter value and the work light brightness parameter value;
the power tool including
a housing having a handle and a device receiving portion, wherein the device receiving portion is configured to receive and couple to a battery pack,
a brushless direct current (DC) motor within the housing and having a rotor and a stator,
a trigger configured to be actuated to activate the brushless DC motor,
a work light,
a wireless communication circuit configured to wirelessly communicate with the external device to receive the configuration data, and
a second controller including a second electronic processor and a second memory, the second controller coupled to the wireless communication circuit to receive the configuration data and configured to
control a work light duration of the work light based on the work light duration parameter value, and
control a work light brightness of the work light based on the work light brightness parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,967,488

ADVANCED HOLDING APPARATUS

GRIP HOLDINGS LLC, Brand...

1. An advanced holding apparatus comprising:at least one screw bit body;
an attachment body;
the at least one screw bit body comprising a plurality of laterally-bracing sidewalls, a first base, and a second base:
each of the plurality of laterally-bracing sidewalls comprising a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a bracing surface, and at Last one engagement cavity;
the plurality of laterally-bracing sidewalls being radially positioned about a rotation axis of the at least one screw bit body;
the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge being positioned opposite to each other across the bracing surface;
the at least one engagement cavity extending normal and into the bracing surface;
the at least one engagement cavity extending into the at least one screw bit body from the first base towards the second base;
the at least one engagement cavity being positioned offset from the first lateral edge by a first distance;
the at least one engagement cavity being positioned offset from the second lateral edge by a second distance;
wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance or wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance;
an entire cross-section of the at least one engagement cavity being parallel to the first base and the second base;
the attachment body being centrally positioned around and along the rotation axis;
the attachment body being connected adjacent to the second base;
and the entire cross-section of the at least one engagement cavity being concave along a direction from the first lateral edge to the second lateral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,967,487

THREADED MEMBER TIGHTENING TOOL AND COUNTING APPARATUS

NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD., T...

1. A threaded member tightening tool comprising:a tool body having an engaging element fitting unit to which a threaded member engaging element is to be fitted, and an electric motor rotationally driving the engaging element fitting unit;
a forward-reverse rotation switching unit for switching a direction of rotation of the engaging element fitting unit by the electric motor between a forward direction and a reverse direction;
a computing unit switchable between a counting mode in which the computing unit counts a number of threaded members tightened with a threaded member engaging element fitted to the engaging element fitting unit and rotated by the electric motor and holds the counted number as a count value and a count return mode for returning the count value to a one-preceding count value; and
a mode switching unit for switching the computing unit from the counting mode to the count return mode;
wherein the computing unit returns the count value to a one-preceding count value in response to the engaging element fitting unit having been driven in the reverse direction with the computing unit having been switched to the count return mode, and the computing unit does not change the count value in response to the engaging element fitting unit having been driven in the reverse direction with the computing unit remaining in the counting mode and not having been switched to the count return mode.

US Pat. No. 10,967,486

ARCHITECTURAL PANEL ASSEMBLY AND TOOLS

Axiom Construction and Co...

1. An architectural panel assembly configured to be attached to a building surface, the architectural panel assembly comprising:a first outer panel having a first face panel having a plurality of first side panels extending therefrom;
a first frame member attached to the first outer panel;
the first frame member adjacent an inner surface of the first face panel;
the first frame member adjacent a first side panel of the plurality of first side panels;
the first frame member comprising surfaces defining a receiving channel extending parallel to the first face panel;
a second outer panel having a second face panel having a plurality of second side panels extending therefrom;
a second frame member attached to the second outer panel;
the second frame member adjacent an inner surface of the second face panel;
the first frame member adjacent a second side panel of the plurality of second side panels;
the first frame member comprising surfaces defining an engagement protrusion extending parallel to the face panel; and
the receiving channel configured to receive the engagement protrusion;
wherein each of the first frame member and second frame member is reversible in that each of the first frame member and the second frame member comprises a first lateral side comprising the surfaces defining the engagement protrusion; and
the opposing lateral side of each of the first frame member and second frame member comprises the surfaces defining the receiving channel configured to receive the engagement protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,485

CLAMPING APPARATUS

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A clamp device configured to clamp a workpiece by a rotatable clamp arm, comprising:a clamp body;
a driving unit provided on the clamp body;
a rotating shaft configured to rotate together with the clamp arm in an integrated manner under operation of the driving unit;
a detection target made of metal and provided on the rotating shaft so as to extend around an axis of the rotating shaft; and
one proximity sensor disposed so as to face the detection target and configured to generate an eddy current in the detection target and detect magnetic loss;
wherein the detection target is formed so that an area of a sensor facing part of the detection target that faces a detector surface of the proximity sensor changes with rotation of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,484

COATED ABRASIVES HAVING A BLEND OF ABRASIVE PARTICLES AND INCREASED TEAR RESISTANCE

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. A coated abrasive article comprising:a backing material;
an abrasive layer disposed on the backing material, wherein the abrasive layer comprises a blend of abrasive particles comprising:
a first plurality of abrasive particles; and
a second plurality of abrasive particles;
wherein the first plurality of abrasive particles comprise exploded ceramic abrasive particles and the second plurality of abrasive particles comprise crushed fusion abrasive particles; and
wherein the backing material comprises a fibrous mixture of a plurality of cellulosic fibers and a plurality of synthetic fibers, and wherein the backing material comprises a ratio of a tear strength in the machine direction to a tear strength in the cross direction (MDstrength:CDstrength) that is at least 1:1.05.

US Pat. No. 10,967,483

SLURRY DISTRIBUTION DEVICE FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing, comprising:a rotatable platen having a surface to support a polishing pad;
a motor to rotate the platen;
a carrier head to hold a substrate in contact with the polishing pad; and
a polishing liquid distribution system, the polishing liquid distribution system including
a dispenser positioned to deliver a polishing liquid at a dispensing position onto a polishing surface of the polishing pad such that when the motor rotates the platen the polishing liquid is carried on the polishing surface from the dispensing position in a direction of rotation of the platen across a first region to a second region below the carrier head, and
a first barrier comprising a first solid body positioned relative to the dispensing position in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the platen such that the first solid body is before the dispensing position and configured to block used polishing liquid from the second region below the carrier head from reaching the dispensing position when being carried by rotation of the platen.

US Pat. No. 10,967,482

FABRICATION OF POLISHING PAD BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ONTO MOLD

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of fabricating a polishing pad using an additive manufacturing system, the method comprising:placing onto a support a film having a plurality of recesses formed in an upper surface thereof to define a plurality of integral projections from a continuous bottom portion of the film;
depositing onto the film on the support a first plurality of successive layers by droplet ejection to form a polishing layer of the polishing pad, and wherein depositing the first plurality of successive layers includes
dispensing a first plurality of first layers from the first plurality of successive layers by, for each respective first layer of the first plurality of first layers,
ejecting droplets of polishing layer precursor into the recesses between the projections to form the respective first layer, and
curing the respective first layer before depositing a subsequent first layer, and
dispensing a second plurality of second layers from the first plurality of successive layers over the first plurality of first layers by, for each respective second layer of the second plurality of second layers,
ejecting droplets of the polishing layer precursor to form the respective second layer, each respective second layer spanning the projections and the recesses, and
curing the respective second layer before depositing a subsequent second layer; and
removing the polishing layer from the film, the polishing layer having a surface having grooves corresponding to the plurality of integral projections, partitions separating the grooves, and a lower portion spanning and supporting the partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,481

CMP LAYER BASED ON POROUS CERIUM OXIDE AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

Hubei Dinghui Microelectr...

1. A CMP (chemical mechanical polishing) layer based on a macroporous cerium oxide, formed by mixing and curing a polyurethane prepolymer, a crosslinking agent and the macroporous cerium oxide:wherein ordered pores in the macroporous cerium oxide contain abrasive grains, a crystal form of the macroporous cerium oxide in the CMP layer is single crystal particles agglomerated together.

US Pat. No. 10,967,480

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

18. An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) comprising:a platen;
a wafer carrier retaining a semiconductor wafer during a polishing operation;
a dresser head retaining a conditioning disk configured to condition a polishing pad disposed on the platen during the polishing operation; and
a laser scanner configured to scan a surface of the conditioning disk to clean a surface of the condition disk and to generate a plurality of signals during the polishing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,479

CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) pad, comprising:a polishing layer having a front surface with protruding asperities while a back surface being planar;
a film electrode attached to the back surface of the polishing layer and isolated from the front surface of the polishing layer; and
an insulating layer covering sidewall and bottom surfaces of the film electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,967,478

CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

8. A method comprising:removing a workpiece from a polishing platform, the polishing platform comprising a platen, a polishing pad, and an electric field element, the electric field element interposed between the platen and the polishing pad;
after removing the workpiece from the polishing platform, evacuating a polishing slurry from the polishing pad, the polishing slurry comprising charged particles;
after evacuating the polishing slurry, applying a first voltage to the electric field element; and
after applying the first voltage to the electric field element, rinsing the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,967,477

SURFACE TREATING APPARATUS

1. A surface treating apparatus for treating an inner surface of a bore containing a shaft, the apparatus comprising:a) a body connectable to a drive apparatus and configured to movably and laterally receive a shaft extending through a bore;
b) at least one surface treating member connected to and movable with the body relative to the shaft, the at least one surface treating member sized to be inserted within an annular gap formed between the shaft and an inner surface of the bore and to bear against the inner surface of the bore when the shaft is received by the body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,476

WHEEL BURR REMOVING DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel burr removing device, comprising a left brush system, a synchronous clamping drive system, and a right brush system, wherein:in the left brush system a lower bottom plate is fixed below a frame; a left carriage is installed above the lower bottom plate via a first guide rail; a first left rack is fixed on a left side of the left carriage; a first left servo motor is fixed below the lower bottom plate, and a first left gear is installed at an output end of the first left servo motor thereof; the first left gear is engaged with the first left rack; a left lifting plate is installed on a right side of the left carriage via a second guide rail; a second left rack is fixed on the right side of the left carriage; a second left servo motor is fixed on a right side of the left lifting plate, and a second left gear is fixed at an output end of the second left servo motor; the second left gear is engaged with the second left rack; four first guide sleeves are fixed on a top plate of the left lifting plate; four first guide posts are fixed below a floating rack, each of the four first guide posts are matched with a respective one of the four first guide sleeves; four first springs are provided, each of the four first springs is sleeved on a respective one of the four first guide posts and arranged above a respective one of the four first guide sleeves; a third left servo motor is fixed on a side of the floating rack, and an output end of the third left servo motor is connected with a side of a turnover plate; a fourth left servo motor is fixed below the turnover plate; a first left bearing seat is fixed above the turnover plate; a first left shaft is installed inside the first left bearing seat via a first bearing; an output end of the fourth left servo motor is connected with a lower part of the first left shaft; and a tapered brush is fixed above the first left shaft;
in the synchronous clamping drive system: an upper bottom plate is fixed above the frame; an upper gear is fixed in a middle above the upper bottom plate; a left sliding plate is installed above the upper bottom plate via a third guide rail; the two second left bearing seats are fixed above the left sliding plate; two second left shafts are provided, each of the two second left shafts is installed inside a respective one of the two second left bearing seats via a second bearings; two V shaped rollers are provided, and one of the two V-shaped rollers is fixed above the two second left shafts; two first right bearing seats are fixed above a right sliding plate; two first right shafts are provided, each of the two first right shafts is installed inside a respective one of the two first right bearing seats via a third bearings; the other one of the two V-shaped rollers is fixed above the two first right shafts; a first right servo motor is fixed below the right sliding plate, and an output end of the first right servo motor is connected with one of the two first right shafts; a cylinder is fixed on a side of the frame, and an output end of the cylinder is connected with the right sliding plate; two upper racks are fixed below the left sliding plate and the right sliding plate respectively, and the two upper racks are engaged with the upper gear at the same time; and
in the right brush system: a plurality of first brush bundles are provided, each of the first brush bundles is installed on a side of respective one of a plurality of fixed blocks; a plurality of second springs are provided, each of the second springs is installed inside a respective one of the fixed blocks and arranged at a bottom of a respective one of the first brush bundles; the fixed blocks are distributed uniformly in a circumferential direction; two third springs are provided, one end of one of the two third springs is connected with an inner side of one of the fixed blocks and the other end of the one of the two third springs is connected with a fixed ring, one end of another one of the two third springs is connected with an inner side of another one of the fixed blocks opposite to the one of the fixed blocks and the other end of the another one of the two third springs is connected with the fixed ring; two tapered blocks are fixed inside the respective fixed blocks and arranged below the two third springs; a tapered heads is arranged below the two tapered blocks, and a tapered surface of the tapered head is matched with a lower tapered surfaces of each of the two tapered blocks; four second guide posts are fixed below the fixed blocks, and each of the four second guide posts is matched with a respective one of four holes in a sliding block four fourth springs are provided, each of the four fourth springs is sleeved outside a respective one of the four second guide posts and arranged below the fixed blocks; the sliding block is installed at an upper end of an upper flat plate of a second right shaft via a fourth guide rail; four second brush bundles are installed on a side of the upper flat plate of the second right shaft; four fifth springs are arranged at a bottom of the four second brush bundles; an upper end of a cylinder rod is connected with the tapered head, and a lower end of the cylinder rod is connected with a piston; a cylinder sleeve is matched with the cylinder rod and fixed at an upper center position of the second right shaft; the piston is matched with a hole in the upper center of the second right shaft; the cylinder rod, the cylinder sleeve, the piston and the hole in the upper center of the second right shaft together form a self-made cylinder; the second right shaft is installed inside a second right bearing seat via a fourth bearing; the second right bearing seat is installed inside a right holder; a second right servo motor is fixed on a side of the right holder, and an output end of the second right servo motor is connected with the second right bearing seat; a third right servo motor is fixed at a bottom of the second right bearing seat, and an output end of the third right servo motor is connected with a lower part of the second right shaft; a right lifting plate is fixed below the right holder; the right lifting plate is installed on a left side of a right carriage via a fifth guide rail; a first right rack is fixed on the left side of the right carriage; a fifth right servo motor is fixed on a left side of the right lifting plate, and a first right gear is installed at the output end of the fifth right servo motor; the first right gear is engaged with the first right rack; a fourth right servo motor is fixed at a bottom of the lower bottom plate, and a second right gear is fixed at an output end of the fourth right servo motor; a second right rack is fixed on a right side of the right carriage; and the second right gear is engaged with the right carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,967,475

POLISHING METHOD FOR OPTICAL ELEMENTS

1. A partially surface-contacted polishing method for spherical or planar optical elements, comprising steps of:1) forming a polishing device (100) by pressing a polishing disc connecting rod (11) into a polishing disc fixing port (21) hollowed at a top of a cylinder polishing disc base (2), and fixing with screws (4), in such a manner that no interval exists;
2) sticking a polishing film (3) on an arc-portion at a bottom of the cylinder polishing disc base (2) with a binding agent, and trimming a curvature radius of the polishing film (3) after the binding agent is solidified;
3) during trimming, installing the polishing device (100) on a work piece shaft of a numerical-controlled device, and installing a trimming grinding wheel (5) on a tool shaft of the numerical-controlled device; trimming the polishing film (3) by point-contacting between the trimming grinding wheel (5) and the polishing film (3), in such a manner that the curvature radius of the polishing film (3) is identical to curvature radius of the spherical or the planar optical element in value; and
4) installing the polishing device (100) on the tool shaft of the numerical-controlled device, and installing an unprocessed optical element (6) on the work piece shaft of the numerical-controlled device during polishing, firstly inputting surface forming parameters of the unprocessed optical element (6) and size parameters of the polishing device (100) into a processing software, and generating a numerical-controlling file, so as to precisely position the polishing device (100) and the unprocessed optical element (6) by the numerical-controlled device, in such a manner that a curvature center of the polishing film (3) coincides with a curvature center of the unprocessed optical element (6) at any processing position; a surface of the polishing device (100) forms ring-surface-contact with a surface of the unprocessed optical element (6) for polishing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,474

SERVO CONTROLLER FOR DETERMINING AN ESTIMATED POSITION DEVIATION AND COMPENSATING A POSITION DEVIATION WITH THE ESTIMATED POSITION DEVIATION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A servo controller which controls a machine tool that turns a workpiece by cooperative operation of a plurality of axes, the servo controller comprising:an oscillation command generating unit that generates an oscillation command for causing the workpiece and the tool to relatively oscillate;
a position deviation estimating unit that estimates an estimated position deviation from a moving command for causing the workpiece and the tool to relatively move;
a first subtractor that determines a position deviation based on the moving command;
an adder that applies the oscillation command to the position deviation;
a second subtractor that deducts the estimated position deviation from a position deviation to which the oscillation command is applied; and
a learning control unit that calculates a compensation amount from a position deviation based on the moving command after deducting the estimated position deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,473

SPINDLE NOSE WITH MEASURING FUNCTION

pro-micron GmbH, Kaufbeu...

1. A spindle nose for a tool spindle of a machine tool, wherein the spindle nose has:a longitudinal axis and a receiving end at which a conical receiving area opens, where the conical receiving area tapers conically away from the receiving end in the direction of the longitudinal axis and is adapted to receive a tool shaft cone therein;
wherein the conical receiving area is surrounded by a circumferential wall which forms a circumferential contact edge at the receiving end;
wherein the circumferential contact edge has flat contact surfaces on which contact surfaces of the tool shaft cone are adapted to rest when the tool is clamped in the tool spindle;
wherein the circumferential wall of the spindle nose defines receiving bores therein in the form of blind bores which lead perpendicularly to the flat contact surfaces and which end below the flat contact surfaces;
wherein the circumferential contact edge is divided into at least four segments with the same angle, and at least one receiving bore is formed in each of the at least four segments such that two receiving bores formed in the aforementioned manner lie diametrically opposite each other in each segment;
wherein a sensor is arranged in each of the receiving bores and is sensitive to forces and/or deformations in the direction of the extension of the associated receiving bore, and which changes a value of a measurement; and
wherein an analyzing device is provided in which the sensors make a contribution with different mathematical signs in the event of the forces and/or the deformations acting in the direction of the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,472

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE

Hammill Manufacturing Com...

1. A position detecting device comprising:a clamp body;
a piston rod having an upper end extending outwardly from a mounting base positioned on an upper portion of said clamp body, and a lower end terminating in a lower section of said clamp body, said piston lower end including a plurality of cutouts, wherein said plurality of cutouts comprises a first guide section, a second guide section, and a third guide section;
an antenna tube having a proximal end extending through said piston rod;
a first microswitch attached to a distal end of an antenna, said first microswitch having a first pin operatively associated with the first guide section, wherein said first microswitch is unactuated when said piston rod is in a first position of the first microswitch and said first microswitch is actuated when said piston rod is in a second position of the first microswitch and a first RF signal is transmitted through said antenna, said antenna is positioned within said antenna tube;
a second microswitch attached to said distal end of said antenna, said second microswitch having a second pin operatively associated with said second guide section, wherein said second microswitch is unactuated when said piston rod is in a first position of the second microswitch and said second microswitch is actuated when said piston rod is in a second position of the second microswitch and a second RF signal is transmitted through said antenna;
a third microswitch attached to said distal end of said antenna, said third microswitch having a third pin operatively associated with said third guide section, wherein said third microswitch is unactuated when said piston rod is in a first position of the third microswitch and said third microswitch is actuated when said piston rod is in a second position of the third microswitch and a third RF signal is transmitted through said antenna positioned; and
a clamp arm securable to said piston rod;
wherein a displacement between said clamp arm and said clamp body causes a movement of said piston rod, wherein the first microswitch is actuated according to the movement of said first pin, wherein the first pin is actuated by the movement of the first guide section of the piston rod, wherein the second and third microswitches are actuated in the same manner as the first microswitch.

US Pat. No. 10,967,471

CHUCK DEVICE

Big Daishowa Co., Ltd., ...

1. A chuck device configured to be attached to a spindle of a machine tool for gripping a cutting tool, wherein:inside the chuck device, there are provided a passage in which a working fluid flows and a discharge opening provided at a leading end opening of the passage through which the working fluid is discharged toward to the cutting tool; and
a discharging direction of the working fluid from the discharge opening is set opposite to a rotational direction of the cutting tool and set with a tilt of an angle ? calculated by a following formula to a tangential direction of a rotation trajectory of the center of the discharge opening relative to a direction of an axis of the cutting tool,
?=sin?1((n×Dc×?)/(12×105×?5P))  [Formula 1]
n: rotational speed of chuck device (min?1)
Dc: diameter of virtual circle defined by rotation trajectory of center of discharge opening (mm)
P: working fluid pressure at discharge opening (MPa)
?: circular constant.

US Pat. No. 10,967,470

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool, comprising:a tool holder which includes a tool and a key groove;
a spindle drive unit which includes a spindle key that can be fitted into the key groove of the tool holder and a spindle and which removably holds the tool holder;
a tool exchanger which includes a grip key that can be fitted into the key groove of the tool holder and a grip that holds the tool holder at a fixed position with respect to the spindle;
a numerical controller which controls the tool exchanger so as to fit and remove the tool holder with respect to the spindle; and
a load threshold value storage unit which stores a threshold value for a load applied to the spindle,
wherein the numerical controller controls the spindle drive unit such that when the tool holder held by the grip is fitted to the spindle, in a state where at least the key groove of the tool holder is inserted in the spindle key, the spindle is rotated to press the spindle key to the key groove of the tool holder so as to determine a phase of the tool holder with respect to the spindle, and
wherein when the phase of the tool holder is determined, the numerical controller determines, based on the load applied to the spindle and the threshold value for the load stored in the load threshold value storage unit, whether or not the determination of the phase of the tool holder is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,967,469

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FIXTURE FORM-CLOSURE DETERMINATION FOR PART MANUFACTURING WITH THE AID OF A DIGITAL COMPUTER

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A method for fixture form-closure determination for part manufacturing with the aid of a digital computer, comprising steps of:retrieving a part model and a constraint volume for a part to be manufactured, the part model and the constraint volume comprising geometric representations of the part respectively defining the boundary of the part and a region defined about the boundary of the part;
identifying locations on the boundary of the part against which to contact a plurality of fixture elements that are affixed to a base plate;
defining candidate fixturable locations within a wrench coordinate system and corresponding to the identified locations on the boundary of the part, each candidate fixturable location comprising both a position and a unit inward surface normal relative to an origin of the wrench coordinate system;
assigning a point contact force along the unit inward surface normal from the position of each candidate fixturable location;
mapping an applied force along each of the point contact forces to a wrench, each wrench comprising the applied force and a cross product of the applied force with the position of the point contact force;
mapping each of the wrenches to a bin, each bin comprising a point space;
sorting each of the wrenches by the bin to which the wrench is mapped and retaining the furthest points in the point space in each bin as extreme points;
constructing a wrench matrix comprising vector columns corresponding to the extreme points retained in the bins of a plurality of the wrenches;
combining a plurality of the extreme points from the bins exclusive of the wrench matrix as a potential configuration that comprises the candidate fixturable locations comprised in the positions of the point contact forces mapped to the wrenches comprised in the combination of the extreme points;
testing containment of the origin within a convex hull implicitly-defined from the combination of the extreme points by solving for linear independence of the vector columns comprised in the wrench matrix, and establishing the form closure of the potential configuration upon implicit inclusion of the origin within the convex hull; and
using the established form closure to synthesize a fixture layout for the part,
wherein the steps are performed by a suitably-programmed computer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,468

MACHINE FOR GLUING A WORKPIECE TO A SUPPORT ELEMENT PRIOR TO MACHINING OPERATIONS AND A METHOD FOR THE SAME

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. A machine for gluing a ring-shaped workpiece prior to machining operations, the machine comprising:a support assembly adapted to receive a removable support element having a top surface for receiving the ring-shaped workpiece;
a glue dispenser system adapted to apply a predefined amount of glue on a face of at least one of the ring-shaped workpiece and the support element;
a gripper assembly for placing the ring-shaped workpiece on the support element;
an illuminating system adapted to illuminate the applied glue with ultraviolet light, this illuminating system including:
at least one inner lighting element for radially illuminating an inner radial face of the ring-shaped workpiece with ultraviolet light, and
at least one outer lighting element for radially illuminating an outer radial face of the ring-shaped workpiece with ultraviolet light.

US Pat. No. 10,967,467

WIRE TWISTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of manufacturing a safety wire twisting system, comprising:attaching a fastening body to a shaft;
configuring the fastening body to be rotatable about the axis of the shaft;
configuring the fastening body to in incorporate at least one aperture acting as an insertion point for safety wire to be inserted;
positioning at least one cam-locking lever within the fastening body;
configuring first and second slots on either side of the cam-locking lever; and
attaching a torque provider to the fastening body to provide rotation;
determining a desired threshold of resistance to torque from the safety wire through the fastening body; and
configuring and adjusting a compression nut and lock nut to match with the desired threshold of resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,967,465

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BAFFLE BOLT REPAIR

1. A bolt repair platform for repairing a bolt disposed in an internal support structure of a nuclear reactor vessel, comprising:a frame; and
a tool module comprising
a tool having a first end configured to rotationally engage a bolt and a second end,
a motor-driven rotary driver movably mounted on the frame, wherein the rotary driver defines a distal end thereof that is configured to retain the second end of the tool so that, when actuated, the rotary driver rotationally drives the tool, and
an actuator operatively disposed between the rotary driver and the frame so that actuation of the actuator moves the rotary driver among a plurality of positions of the rotary driver with respect to the frame,
wherein the frame is removably disposed on the structure, and the rotary driver is movable with respect to the frame so that, at each of the plurality of positions of the rotary driver, the first end of the tool is capable of engagement with a respective bolt disposed in the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,464

SOLDER ALLOY, SOLDER PASTE, AND SOLDER JOINT

SENJU METAL INDUSTRY CO.,...

1. A solder alloy having an alloy composition consisting of, in mass %:Ag: 1% to 4%;
Cu: 0.5% to 0.8%;
Bi: 4.9% or more and 5.5% or less;
Sb: more than 1.5% and 5.5% or less;
Ni: 0.01% or more and less than 0.1%;
Co: more than 0.001% and 0.1% or less; and
the balance being Sn,
wherein the alloy composition satisfies the following relationships (1) to (3):
0.020% ?Ni+Co?0.105%   (1)
9.1%?Sb+Bi?10.4%   (2)
4.05×10?3?(Ni+Co)/(Bi+Sb)?1.00×10?2   (3), and
wherein Ni, Co, Bi, and Sb each represent a content (mass %) thereof in the solder alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,967,463

SN WHISKER GROWTH MITIGATION USING NIO SUBLAYERS

The University of Toledo,...

1. An electronic device comprising:a substrate;
a first metal layer on the substrate, wherein the first metal layer is not Ni;
a semiconductor layer comprising NiO directly on the first metal layer; and
a second metal layer directly on the semiconductor layer;
wherein the first metal layer or the second metal layer comprises Sn.

US Pat. No. 10,967,462

FOIL DEPOSITION ONTO AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED SUBSTRATE

1. A method of additive manufacturing a part with dissimilar materials, the method comprising:(a) applying a sheet of material onto a build platform;
(b) depositing a layer of build powder on the sheet of material;
(c) melting selected portions of the layer of build powder;
(d) rotating a first roller to release the sheet of material;
(e) pivoting at least a portion of a frame so that a second roller is moved in a lateral direction away from the first roller with a portion of the sheet of material attached to the second roller, thereby extending the sheet of material across the layer of build powder;
(f) melting selected portions of the sheet of material;
(g) removing the sheet of material; and
(h) repeating steps (b) through (g) one or more times to form the part.

US Pat. No. 10,967,461

INDUCTION HEATING COIL

Koyo Thermo Systems Co., ...

1. An induction heating coil comprising:a coil configured to heat a treatment target by induction;
a power supply configured to supply power to the coil; and
a first cooling medium passage configured to supply a cooling medium to the coil for cooling the coil; and
a second cooling medium passage configured to supply a treatment target cooling medium for cooling the treatment target induction-heated by the coil,
wherein the first cooling medium passage includes a coil side first passage formed in the coil,
the second cooling medium passage includes a coil side second passage formed in the coil,
the coil side first passage is arranged inwardly in a radial direction of the coil with respect to the coil side second passage,
the coil, the coil side first passage and the coil side second passage are formed in one piece using a single member of unified structure,
the coil includes an upper end surface and a lower end surface as end surfaces facing each other in a thickness direction of the coil,
the coil side first passage includes an arch section,
the arch section is formed in a U shape that advances to one side of the upper end surface and the lower end surface and then advances to an other side along a circumferential direction of the coil,
the coil side second passage is arranged so as to surround the coil side first passage,
the induction heating coil further comprises a spray nozzle configured to spray the treatment target cooling medium to the treatment target and to be connected to the coil side second passage and to be opened to an inner circumferential surface of the coil, and
the injection nozzle is arranged so as to avoid the coil side first passage by passing through a portion of the coil surrounded by the U shape of the arch section.

US Pat. No. 10,967,460

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PART BY MELTING POWDER, THE POWDER PARTICLES REACHING THE BATH IN A COLD STATE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a part having a shape, the method comprising:a) supplying a material in the form of powder particles forming a powder beam;
b) heating a first quantity of said powder to a temperature higher than a melting temperature of the powder with the help of a high energy beam, and forming, at a surface of a support, a first pool comprising the melted powder and a portion of the support;
c) heating a second quantity of said powder to a temperature higher than the melting temperature with the help of said high energy beam, and forming, at the surface of the support, a second pool comprising the melted powder and a portion of the support downstream from the first pool;
d) repeating step c) until a first layer of said part is formed on said support;
e) heating an [n]th quantity of said powder to a temperature higher than the melting temperature with the help of a high energy beam, and forming an [n]th pool comprising in part the melted powder above a portion of said first layer;
f) heating an [n+1]th quantity of said powder to a temperature higher than the melting temperature with the help of said high energy beam, and forming an [n+1]th pool comprising in part the melted powder downstream from said [n]th pool above a portion of said first layer;
g) repeating step f) so as to form a second layer of said part above said first layer; and
h) repeating steps e) to g) for each layer situated above an already-formed layer until the shape for said part has been reconstituted;
wherein the powder beam and the high energy beam are substantially coaxial during steps b) through h) to form each layer so that an angle between an axis of the powder beam and an axis of the high energy beam is equal to or less than 20° and wherein the powder particles reach each of the pools during steps b) through h) at a temperature that is cold relative to the temperature of said pool, and
wherein each of said pools has a shape defined by ?<90°, Happ/eapp<1, and HZR/Happ?0.6, where ? designates the angle between a top surface of said pool and a working plane, Happ designates an apparent height of a fillet that corresponds to the portion of the pool above the working plane, eapp designates a width of the fillet, and HZR designates a height of a remelted zone, the working plane being defined as the plane containing the surface on which said layers are being formed.

US Pat. No. 10,967,459

CUSTOMIZABLE POWDER BED CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH DIRECT METAL LASER MELTING SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A customizable powder bed containment system for use with a direct metal laser melting (DMLM) system, said customizable powder bed containment system comprising:a plurality of interlinkable containment walls mechanically coupleable on a build plate of the DMLM system, each interlinkable containment wall of said plurality of interlinkable containment walls further mechanically coupleable to another interlinkable containment wall of said plurality of interlinkable containment walls, wherein a first interlinkable containment wall of said plurality of interlinkable container walls defines a cavity therein; and
at least one actuator mechanically coupled to said first interlinkable containment wall and positioned within the cavity of said first interlinkable containment wall, said at least one actuator operable to selectively raise said first interlinkable containment wall axially relative to a build surface of the build plate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,458

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER HAVING A THROUGH HOLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A method for manufacturing a workpiece member having a through hole, the method comprising:radiating a laser beam to the workpiece member to form, on the workpiece member, a pilot hole having a smaller inner diameter than the through hole
detecting light from the workpiece member by a light detection unit;
determining whether an intensity of light detected by the light detection unit is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold value;
modulating a spatial light phase of the laser beam that is radiated onto the workpiece member in response to determining that the intensity of the light detected by the light detection unit is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold value; and
radiating the laser beam having the modulated spatial light phase to an edge part of the pilot hole to form the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,967,457

LASER BEAM IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A laser beam irradiation apparatus comprising:a laser source configured to emit light;
a collimator configured to collimate the emitted light;
a scanner configured to adjust the collimated light to change an irradiation direction thereof;
a first dichroic mirror configured to reflect the adjusted light;
a first lens part configured to focus the reflected light to irradiate a laser beam on a sealing part;
a camera configured to receive visible light that is incident on the first lens part and passes through the first dichroic mirror;
a heat sensing part configured to receive infrared (IR) light that is incident on the first lens part and passes through the first dichroic mirror; and
a control part configured to control a moving direction and an intensity of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,967,456

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BONDING MASK

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An apparatus for bonding a mask, the mask comprising a metal mask and a mask frame, the metal mask and the mask frame being welded to a bonding area of the mask, the apparatus being disposed on a side of the metal mask far away from the mask frame, the apparatus comprising:a body;
a pressing unit disposed on the body, the pressing unit having a gas outlet for spraying pressing gas toward the bonding area of the mask,
wherein the pressing unit comprises a fixed outlet cylinder and a movable outlet cylinder, the movable outlet cylinder is disposed in the fixed outlet cylinder and configured to expand and contract along an axis of the fixed outlet cylinder, and the movable outlet cylinder comprises a first sub-outlet on an end of the movable outlet cylinder;
a driving portion, a driving end of the driving portion being connected to the movable outlet cylinder; and
a detecting portion connected the driving portion, and configured to detect flatness of the bonding area between the metal mask and the mask frame, and control, according to information concerning the flatness, the driving portion to adjust a distance between the first sub-outlet and the bonding area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,455

VEHICULAR DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE AND WELDING METHOD FOR THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

4. A welding method for a vehicular differential device including a differential case and a ring gear, the welding method comprising:forming, by welding, a welded portion positioned on an abutting surface where the differential case and the ring gear are in contact with each other, the welded portion joining the differential case and the ring gear for integral rotation of the differential case and the ring gear around a rotation axis of the vehicular differential device and the welded portion including a plurality of welding surfaces positioned at predetermined intervals along a circumferential direction around the rotation axis, wherein:
at least one of the differential case and the ring gear has a plurality of recessed portions where the differential case and the ring gear do not abut against each other along the circumferential direction around the rotation axis in the abutting surface; and
the welding surface is positioned on the abutting surface between the differential case and the ring gear other than the plurality of recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,454

CAPACITIVE DISCHARGE WELDING SYSTEM

1. A capacitive discharge welding system, comprising:(a) at least one capacitive discharge-based power supply, wherein the capacitive discharge-based power supply is adapted to provide alternate polarity pulses from a first weld to a subsequent weld;
(b) at least one iron core transformer used for alternating current resistance welding, wherein the at least one iron core transformer is adapted to receive electrical discharges from the capacitive discharge-based power supply, and wherein the iron-core transformer includes 128 sets of windings ratios having values ranging from 75:1 up to 1625:1 and having maximum step changes of about 5%;
(c) a polarity switching network,
(i) wherein the polarity switching network includes at least two sets of silicon-controlled rectifiers, and
(ii) wherein the at least two sets of silicon-controlled rectifiers are arranged in pairs for facilitating current flow in alternate directions; and
(d) a pair of engageable properly biased shunt diodes, wherein the pair of engageable properly biased shunt diodes are operative to shunt a reflected current, and wherein shunting the reflected current protects the silicon-controlled rectifiers when the system is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,967,453

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

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A non-releasable connection between first and second components, the first and second components each having a connection face, a weld base and a spacer are provided on the first connection face, the spacer has a height T1 and the weld base has a height of T2 that is greater than T1, the first and second components are welded to each other by resistance welding the welding base until the weld base is melted and the spacer contacts the second connection face to define a space having a thickness T1, an adhesive layer disposed in the space,wherein the connection faces are spaced apart from each other by the spacer, and wherein the spacer is arranged as a separate element on the first connection face.

US Pat. No. 10,967,452

DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE DEPTH OF A WELD SEAM IN REAL TIME

1. A device for measuring the depth of a weld seam in real time during the welding or joining of a workpiece by means of radiation, comprising: its measuring light source, the light of which is coupled by a beam splitter into a reference arm and a measuring arm;an optical waveguide in the measuring arm;
a collimator module having at least one collimation lens for collimating a measuring light beam, which is fed to the collimator module via the optical waveguide in the measuring attn, and for imaging the measuring light beam, which is reflected from a workpiece to be processed, on an exit/entry surface of the optical waveguide;
a coupling element for coupling the measuring light beam into the beam path of a processing beam;
a focusing lens for the joint focusing of the measuring light beam and the processing beam on the workpiece and for the collimating of the reflected measuring light beam; and
an analysis unit for determining the depth of a weld seam, into which the measuring light reflected from the workpiece is guided with a superimposed, reflected light from the reference arm;
wherein the collimator module comprises means for setting the axial focal position of the measuring light beam, means for setting the lateral focal position of the measuring light beam, and a field lens, which is arranged between the exit/entry surface of the optical waveguide and the collimation lens and defines the beam widening of the measuring light beam and therefore the focus diameter of the measuring light beam,
wherein the exit/entry surface of the optical waveguide has an angle of inclination in relation to the perpendicular to a fiber axis, and
wherein the exit/entry surface of the optical waveguide is displaceable with an accuracy of ?10 ?m in relation to the optical axis of the collimating lens for the lateral setting of the focal position of the measuring light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,967,451

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL HOT-START WELD CURRENT FOR ARC IGNITION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type power supply, comprising:a power converter to output welding-type current;
a temperature monitor to determine a temperature of an electrode based on a thermal model that models temperature change in the electrode over time; and
a current controller to control the power converter based on the temperature of the electrode, wherein the controlling comprises:
setting the output welding-type current to hot-start weld current before arc ignition, wherein the setting comprises:
determining an initial value for the hot-start weld current based on the temperature of the electrode; and
adjusting the value of the hot-start weld current until arc ignition based on elapsed time following a previous weld; and
switching the output welding-type current to a steady-state current after an arc ignites.

US Pat. No. 10,967,450

SLICING SIC MATERIAL BY WIRE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method of yielding a thinner product wafer from a thicker base SiC wafer cut from a SiC ingot, the method comprising:supporting the base SiC wafer with a support substrate;
while the base SiC wafer is supported by the support substrate, cutting through the base SiC wafer in a direction parallel to a first main surface of the base SiC wafer using a wire as part of a wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) process, to separate the product wafer from the base SiC wafer, the product wafer being attached to the support substrate when cut from the base SiC wafer, wherein the WEDM process comprises applying a dielectric liquid between the wire and the base SiC wafer and moving the wire in a direction transverse to a side face of the base SiC wafer as the wire cuts through the base SiC wafer; and
rotating the base SiC wafer as the wire cuts through the base SiC wafer during the WEDM process.

US Pat. No. 10,967,449

ROTARY TOOL

Guehring KG, Albstadt (D...

1. A rotary tool for cutting large inside diameters at the outer circumference of which at least one cutting edge is arranged, comprising a support structure which indirectly or directly supports the at least one cutting edge, and comprising a chucking portion for coupling to a tool holder, wherein the support structure widens in an umbrella-type manner or jaw-type manner starting from a coupling portion adjacent to the chucking portion and is radially stiffened by a stiffening structure, wherein the stiffening structure is arranged radially inside the support structure that widens in an umbrella-type manner or jaw-type manner and wherein the stiffening structure is arranged axially offset to the coupling portion, wherein a material of the support structure comprises a fiber-reinforced plastic composite including a matrix system comprising embedded fibers and the fiber-reinforced plastic composite has a thermal expansion coefficient of less than 5 ppm/K in at least one direction transversely to an axis of rotation of the rotary tool.

US Pat. No. 10,967,448

ROTARY TOOL

Guehring KG, Albstadt (D...

1. A rotary tool for cutting large inside diameters at the outer circumference of which at least one cutting edge is arranged, comprising a support structure which includes a supporting area which indirectly or directly supports the cutting edge, and comprising a chucking portion for coupling to a tool holder, wherein the support structure is designed in light-weight construction and the area of the support structure indirectly or directly supporting the cutting edge is limited with respect to thermal expansion by a corset structure, wherein the corset structure has a thermal expansion coefficient of less than 10E-6 1/K within the temperature range from 0 to 100° C., wherein the corset structure is arranged radially inside the support structure and is connected to the support structure, and wherein the corset structure predetermines a thermal expansion of the area of the support structure supporting the cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,967,447

METAL WIRE, SAW WIRE, CUTTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING METAL WIRE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A metal wire containing tungsten, whereina tungsten content of the metal wire is at least 90 wt %,
a tensile strength of the metal wire is at least 4000 MPa,
an elastic modulus of the metal wire is at least 350 GPa and at most 450 GPa,
a diameter of the metal wire is at most 60 ?m, and
an average crystal grain size of the metal wire in a cross-section orthogonal to an axis of the metal wire is at most 0.20 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,967,446

APPARATUS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING A PLANAR MEMBER FROM PLANAR SECTIONS

BARON INVESTMENTS, LLC, ...

1. A layer for a tool body wherein the layer comprises a plurality of metal sections secured into fixed positions relative to each other to form the layer, wherein the layer is configured to form part of the tool body, and wherein adjacent sections of the plurality of metal sections are separated from each other by a gap, and wherein at least first and second metal sections of the plurality of the metal sections are positioned in the layer as a function of a material property characteristic and secured to a second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,445

DYNAMIC SAW LUBRICATION SYSTEM

Precision Automation, Inc...

1. A method of lubricating a circular saw blade of an up-cut saw, the up-cut saw including a traveling arm to which the circular saw blade is mounted, a table, a nozzle connected to the table by a sliding joint, and a mechanical linkage having a first end pivotably coupled to the traveling arm coaxial to a rotation axis of the circular saw blade, and the mechanical linkage having a second end connected to the nozzle, the method comprising:pivoting the traveling arm such that the rotation axis of the circular saw blade travels along an arcuate path and the nozzle travels parallel to a path defined by the sliding joint; and
applying lubricant with the nozzle to a periphery of the circular saw blade.

US Pat. No. 10,967,444

SHEAR BLADE FOR A CUTTING TOOL

LUKAS Hydraulik GmbH, Er...

1. A shear blade for a portable hydraulic cutting tool comprising:a blade body having an assembly region and a cutting region;
a cutting edge in the cutting region;
a contact surface for an additional shear blade located on one side of the cutting edge and an outside surface located on another side of the cutting edge, the outside surface acting on a material to be cut;
the cutting region having a recess for receiving a cutting insert;
wherein the recess is configured so that the cutting insert is insertable into the recess at a first acute angle with respect to the contact surface of the shear blade;
wherein a first surface section of the outside surface extends from the cutting edge in a direction orthogonal to the contact surface or at a second acute angle ? with respect to the direction orthogonal to the contact surface;
a second surface section joins one end of the first surface section and is oriented at a third acute angle ? with respect to the direction orthogonal to the contact surface;
a third surface section joins one end of the second surface section and is oriented at a fourth angle ? with respect to the direction orthogonal to the contact surface;
the second angle ? being smaller than the third angle ? and the third angle ? being smaller than the fourth angle ?.

US Pat. No. 10,967,443

TOOL WITH LINEAR DRIVE MECHANISM, DUAL SPEED GEARBOX AND ELASTOMERIC CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A linear drive mechanism for a compact lightweight tool with a linear actuated work implement, comprising:a. a tool housing;
b. a roller screw disposed inside said tool housing and configured to convert rotary motion from an electric motor to linear movement;
c. a work implement linked to said linear movement of said roller screw;
d. a primary motor with a pinion gear;
e. a self-adjusting, multiple speed gearbox disposed between said primary motor and said roller screw, said multiple speed gearbox includes a carrier ring coaxially aligned with said pinion gear, said carrier ring includes three inner planet gears that mesh with said pinion gear, said gearbox also includes an outer ring gear that meshes with said inner planet gears;
f. a secondary motor coupled to said outer ring gear that causes said outer ring gear to rotate in the opposite direction of said planet gears thereby counteracting the ratio mechanical advantage of said planet gears when said secondary motor is activated;
g. a brake assembly configured to selectively stop rotation of said outer ring gear;
h. a torque adjustment system configured to automatically detect changes in force exerted on said work implement and activate said brake assembly to stop rotation of said outer ring gear; and
i. an electricity source connected to said primary motor and said secondary motor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,442

TOOL HEAD

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A tool head comprising:a first frame having a first arm and a second arm extending from a base to a distal end, wherein a distal end portion of the first arm comprises a plurality of prongs separated by at least one gap, the first frame including a first tool;
a second frame hingedly coupled to the first arm,
wherein the second frame is configured to rotate between a closed-frame position and an open-frame position, wherein the second frame extends from the first arm to the second arm in the closed-frame position to enclose an operating zone between the first arm and the second arm, wherein the second frame extends away from the second arm in the open-frame position to provide access to the operating zone; and
a trip lever hingedly coupled to the first arm and configured to rotate between an open-lever position and a closed-lever position, wherein the trip lever is coupled to the first arm at an exterior surface of the distal end portion of the first arm, such that the trip lever is outside the at least one gap in both the open-lever position and the closed-lever position, wherein the trip lever extends from the first arm toward the second arm in the closed-lever position, wherein the trip lever is positioned outside of the operating zone in the open-lever position, wherein the first arm has a first surface facing the operating zone, wherein the trip lever does not extend past the first surface into the operating zone when the trip lever is in the open-lever position, such that the trip lever is not disposed between the first arm and the second arm of the first frame when the trip lever is in the open-lever position, wherein the trip lever is in the open-lever position when the second frame is in the closed-frame position and the trip lever is in the closed-lever position when the second frame is in the open-frame position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,441

DRILLING SYSTEM AND MODULAR DRILLING HEAD FOR DEEP HOLE DRILLING

1. A drilling system comprising a generally cylindrical body member having an outer surface, a replaceable cutting head mounted to the front end of the body member having a central cutting system with first and second cutting edges extending from the rotational axis of the cutting head, and first and second side cutting inserts disposed outwardly from the central cutting system, the side cutting inserts each having a cutting edge extending from adjacent the first and second cutting edges of the central cutting system to cut the major diameter of a hole, wherein the side cutting inserts are indexable and have first and second opposed cutting edges and first and second sides extending between the first and second cutting edges forming first and second margins, with one cutting edge and one margin exposed when the side inserts are mounted in pockets formed adjacent the central cutting system in the cutting head, each exposed margin having a length that extends beyond the entire outer edge of the pocket, each having a parallel margin plane that engages the hole on entry of each side cutting insert, during the drilling cut cycle, and during the breakout on through hole applications or an interrupted cut.

US Pat. No. 10,967,440

MODIFIED DRILL GUIDE SYSTEM

KREG ENTERPRISES, INC., ...

1. A drilling guide system, comprising:a guide assembly;
the guide assembly having a lower wall at a lower end;
the guide assembly having an upper wall at an upper end;
the guide assembly having sidewalls at opposing sides;
the guide assembly having a drilling face at a forward side;
the guide assembly having a rear wall at a rear side;
the guide assembly having a first drill guide therein;
wherein the first drill guide intersects with the drilling face at an angle;
the guide assembly having a main body formed of a first material;
the guide assembly having a grip layer positioned on the drilling face;
wherein the grip layer is formed of a second material;
wherein the second material of the grip layer has a higher coefficient of friction than the first material of the main body;
wherein when the drilling face of the guide assembly is placed on a surface of a workpiece, the grip layer helps to hold the guide assembly in place on the workpiece;
wherein the grip layer includes an aperture where a drill bit intersects the drilling face of the guide assembly; and
wherein the grip layer is flush with the drilling face.

US Pat. No. 10,967,439

ELECTRICAL TOOLS

FUZHOU BOE OPTOELECTRONIC...

1. An electrical tool comprising:a cutter bit assembly,
a driving mechanism for providing a power to the cutter bit assembly, and
a flexible transmission mechanism, which is connected at one end thereof to the driving mechanism and connected at the other end thereof to the cutter bit assembly; the flexible transmission mechanism is twistable and bendable, and is configured to transmit the power provided by the driving mechanism to the cutter bit assembly,
wherein the flexible transmission mechanism comprises a flexible transmission piece having a plurality of rigid support portions and a flexible connecting piece, and each two adjacent rigid support portions are connected by the flexible connecting piece to achieve an adjustment of torsion and bending between the two adjacent rigid support portions, and
wherein the flexible connecting piece is a flexible cord, and the plurality of rigid support portions are a plurality of rigid balls with a through hole on each of the rigid balls, wherein the rigid balls are mounted on the flexible cord sequentially and successively and are bonded with the flexible cord.

US Pat. No. 10,967,438

SEALED COLLET

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A collet having a rotational axis, said collet comprising:an axially rearward end and an axially forward end;
a nose portion;
a body portion having an outer surface formed at a taper angle with respect to the rotational axis for engaging a chuck of a tool holder, and an inner surface for engaging a shank of a tool;
a plurality of slots extending from the inner surface to the outer surface; and
a plurality of coolant channels disposed within the collet between the plurality of longitudinally extending slots and extending entirely from the axially rearward end to the axially forward end of the collet,
wherein the collet defines a shank engagement zone extending from the axially forward end and a tool holder engagement zone extending from the axially rearward end, the shank engagement zone overlapping the tool holder engagement zone to define an intermediary zone,
wherein the plurality of slots comprises:
at least one first slot extending a first length from the axial forward end to within the intermediary zone;
at least one second slot extending a second length from the axial rearward end to at least the tool holder engagement zone such that the at least one second slot does not intersect the at least one first slot; and
at least one third slot extending a third length from within the tool holder engagement zone to within the intermediary zone such that the at least one third slot circumferentially overlaps the at least one first slot and the at least one second slot;
wherein the first length, the second length, and the third length are less than a total length of the collet;
wherein the at least one first slot, the at least one second slot, and the at least one third slot extend helically around the central longitudinal axis;
wherein an individual one of the at least one first slot defines a helical path extending from the axial forward end extending toward the axial rearward end; and
wherein an individual one of the at least one second slot lies within the helical path defined by the at least one first slot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,437

TOOL HOLDER AND CLAMPING SYSTEM

FRANZ HAIMER MASCHINENBAU...

1. A tool holder comprising:a main part;
a deformable receiving portion for clamping a tool, the deformable receiving portion having a back region relative to a receiving opening in the main part, the back region extending to an end of the deformable receiving portion and having a larger inner diameter compared to an inner diameter of a front region of the deformable receiving portion; and
at least one blocking element formed integrally with the deformable receiving portion, the at least one blocking element disposed in the back region as a projection extending along an interior surface of the back region;
wherein the at least one blocking element axially extends over a partial inner circumference of the back region of the deformable receiving portion such that the at least one blocking element does not extend along an entire interior surface of the back region from a first end to a second end of the back region, the at least one blocking element configured and arranged for engaging with a corresponding counter element disposed on a shank of the tool to form a connection between the tool and the tool holder thereby preventing axial slippage of the tool from the deformable receiving portion, wherein interior surfaces of the back region radially adjacent the at least one blocking element do not contact exterior surfaces of the tool when the tool is engaged within the tool holder.

US Pat. No. 10,967,436

UNIVERSAL ROTATING CHUCK APPARATUS

Navarro IP, LLC, Geronim...

1. A computer-controlled device for machining a plurality of workpieces of varying size comprising:a chuck positioned along a rotational axis and comprising a head and a plurality of protrusions that extend from the head and move inward and outward relative to the rotational axis;
an inner shaft attached to the plurality of protrusions and driven by a first motor;
an outer shaft attached to the head of the chuck and selectively coupled to the inner shaft, the outer shaft receiving torque from a second motor; and
a first gear receiving torque from the first motor and a second gear coupled to the inner shaft and selectively aligned to the first gear,
wherein rotation of the inner shaft positions the plurality of protrusions within the head of the chuck, wherein the position of the plurality of protrusions is programmable to a specific distance from the rotational axis to compress against and rotate the plurality of workpieces with varying levels of force, wherein the outer shaft rotates the chuck when the outer shaft is coupled to the inner shaft, and wherein the first gear is aligned with and transfers torque to the second gear when the outer shaft is de-coupled from the inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,435

POWER TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A machine tool having a tool receiving device which is movable around an output shaft axis,wherein said tool receiving device comprises a torque transmission region and a holding device, wherein said holding device is adapted to hold a tool device in such a manner on the machine tool that the output shaft axis and a tool rotating axis are substantially coincident,
wherein the holding device forms an integral part of the tool receiving device or is permanently attached to the tool receiving device,
wherein the holding device comprises at least one hook device,
wherein said torque transmission region has at least two output area regions that are spaced from the output shaft axis, that face toward the output shaft axis, and are for transmitting a driving force to the tool device, each output area region having a plurality of surface points,
wherein tangent planes to the surface points are inclined relative to an axial plane which includes the output shaft axis,
wherein said tangent planes are inclined relative to a radial plane extending perpendicular to the output shaft axis, and
wherein a normal to one of the tangent planes is oriented in a radial direction toward the output shaft axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,434

BORING HEAD WITH AN ELECTRONIC UNIT

1. A boring head with an electronic unit integrated in the boring head, the electronic unit comprising:a control unit,
a display being connected to the control unit, for displaying information concerning the status of the boring head to a user, and
a compartment for a power source to supply the control unit and the display with electric power, and
at least one button being operatively connected to the control unit, in order to enable the user to influence the control unit,
wherein the electronic unit as a whole is designed as a compact subassembly of the boring head, and
wherein the button covers the compartment for the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,967,433

CUTTING TOOL

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A cutting tool comprising a substrate and a coating that coats the substrate,the coating including an ?-alumina layer provided on the substrate,
the ?-alumina layer including crystal grains of ?-alumina,
the ?-alumina layer including a lower portion and an upper portion,
the lower portion being a region sandwiched between an imaginary plane A and an imaginary plane B, the imaginary plane A being an imaginary plane which passes through a point 0.2 ?m away in a direction of thickness from a first interface located on a side of the substrate and is parallel to the first interface, the imaginary plane B being an imaginary plane which passes through a point 1.3 ?m further away from the imaginary plane A in the direction of thickness and is parallel to the first interface,
the upper portion being a region sandwiched between an imaginary plane C and an imaginary plane D, the imaginary plane C being an imaginary plane which passes through a point 0.5 ?m away in the direction of thickness from a second interface opposite to the side of the substrate and is parallel to the second interface, the imaginary plane D being an imaginary plane which passes through a point 1 ?m further away from the imaginary plane C in the direction of thickness and is parallel to the second interface,
the first interface being parallel to the second interface,
when a cross section of the ?-alumina layer obtained when cut along a plane including a normal to the second interface is subjected to an electron backscattering diffraction image analysis using a field emission scanning microscope to determine a crystal orientation of each of the crystal grains of ?-alumina and a color map is created based thereon,
then, in the color map,
the upper portion being occupied in area at a ratio of 50% or more by crystal grains of ?-alumina having a (006) plane with a normal thereto having a direction within ±15° with respect to a direction of the normal to the second interface,
the lower portion being occupied in area at a ratio of 5% or more and less than 50% by crystal grains of ?-alumina having a (012) plane, a (104) plane, a (110) plane, a (113) plane, a (116) plane, a (300) plane, a (214) plane and a (006) plane each with a normal thereto having a direction within ±15° with respect to the direction of the normal to the second interface,
the ?-alumina layer having a thickness of 3 ?m or more and 20 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,967,432

METHODS OF CONTROLLING NANOWIRE MORPHOLOGY

Cambrios Film Solutions C...

1. A coating solution comprising a plurality of silver nanostructures, wherein:more than 80% of the silver nanostructures with aspect ratios of at least 3 are less than about 25 nm in diameter, and
the silver nanostructures with aspect ratios of at least 3 have a mean length of about 12-20 ?m and a standard deviation of about 6-8 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,967,431

METAL POWDER, METHOD OF PRODUCING ADDITIVELY-MANUFACTURED ARTICLE, AND ADDITIVELY-MANUFACTURED ARTICLE

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An additively-manufactured article made from a copper alloy,the copper alloy comprising:
not less than 0.2 mass % and not more than 1.3 mass % of aluminum; and
a balance including copper and an incidental impurity,
the additively-manufactured article having a relative density of not less than 96% and not more than 100% with respect to a theoretical density of the copper alloy, and
the additively-manufactured article having an electrical conductivity of not less than 30% IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard),
wherein the copper alloy is in the form of particles having an average particle size of not smaller than 5 ?m and not more than 200 ?m, and
wherein the aluminum is present in the copper alloy as a chemical element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,430

METHOD FOR HEAT TREATING A PREFORM MADE OF TITANIUM ALLOY POWDER

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method for obtaining a part comprising heat treating a powder part preform of the part to be obtained, the powder part preform comprising a titanium-based alloy, wherein the method comprises performing heat treatment of the powder part preform in a furnace at a predetermined temperature, wherein the powder part preform is on a holder during the heat treatment,wherein the holder comprises a titanium-based alloy having a titanium content greater than or equal to 45% by weight,
wherein a material of the holder has a melting temperature higher than the predetermined temperature of the heat treatment such that mechanical properties and shape of said holder are unaffected by said predetermined temperature during said heat treatment, and
wherein an anti-diffusion barrier is arranged between the powder part preform and the holder in order to prevent welding of the powder part preform to the holder during said heat treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,967,429

LIFTING AND REMOVAL DEVICE FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

1. A method of removing a build plate and an additive manufactured part built on the build plate out of an additive manufacturing machine, the method comprising the steps of:attaching a mounting bracket of an attachment device to a lifting device of a lift trolley;
rolling or sliding a frame of the lift trolley in a direction toward the build plate until lifting arms of the attachment device are reaching into the additive manufacturing machine below the build plate;
sliding the lifting arms toward or away from each other until edges of the build plate are vertically aligned with at least a portion of a channel of each of the lifting arms, each channel being formed along a length of one of the lifting arms;
raising the lifting device vertically so that the lifting arms engage with and raise the build plate and the additive manufactured part upward and off of a surface of the additive manufacturing machine; and
rolling or sliding the frame of the lift trolley in a direction away from the additive manufacturing machine so as to carry the build plate and the additive manufactured part out of the additive manufacturing machine.

US Pat. No. 10,967,427

POWER-OPERATED MOLD CLAMPING SYSTEM FOR EXOTHERMIC REACTION WELDING

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A mold clamping system for exothermic reaction welding adapted to be power-operated by a power device, the system comprising:a housing having a front wall with an arcuate shaped guide slot;
a first member adapted to support a first mold portion;
a second member adapted to support a second mold portion, said first member and said second member being pivotally coupled together by a pivot axle extending through said front wall and coupled to said housing forming a fixed pivot axis for said first member and second member; and
a drive mechanism, adapted to be coupled to a power device, coupled to said first and second members and capable of moving said first and second members between a first position, in which said first and second mold portions are spaced apart, and a second position, in which said first and second mold portions are engaged, upon actuation of the power device in a first and a second direction, respectively, said drive mechanism having a threaded drive screw and a traveling threaded nut within said housing, a first link in said housing and having a first end pivotally coupled to said traveling threaded nut and a second end pivotally coupled to said first member by a first pivot bolt extending through said guide slot, and a second link in said housing and having a first end coupled to said traveling threaded nut and a second end pivotally coupled to said second member by a second pivot bolt extending through said guide slot, wherein said guide slot guides said first and second pivot bolts in an arcuate path.

US Pat. No. 10,967,426

INJECTION DEVICE OF LIGHT METAL INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE AND INJECTION CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. An injection control method of an injection device of light metal injection molding machine, a molding cycle is carried out repeatedly such that a molded article is obtained, in the molding cycle, a melt of a light metal material in a supply unit is supplied into an injection unit through a communication passage, a plunger included in the injection unit is retracted and the melt of a predetermined volume in the injection unit is measured, the communication passage is closed, and the plunger is advanced to inject the melt in the injection unit into a mold device through an injection nozzle included in the injection unit, whereinat a frequency of once for every cycle or every plural cycles in the repeated molding cycles, in the duration after the melt is injected and before the melt is measured, the plunger is advanced under a pressure at which the melt in the injection unit does not come out from the injection nozzle and at least part of the melt in the injection unit is flowed back into the supply unit through the communication passage that is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,967,425

CONTINUOUS STEEL CASTING METHOD

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A continuous steel casting method, the method including producing a strand, the producing of the strand including pouring molten steel into a mold of a continuous casting machine and withdrawing a solidified shell from the mold, the solidified shell being a solidified portion of the molten steel,the method comprising applying a static magnetic field to at least a portion of a region of the strand, the strand being in the continuous casting machine, the region being a region where a solid fraction fs at a thickness-wise middle position of the strand is in a range of formula (1) below, the static magnetic field having a magnetic field strength of greater than or equal to 0.15 T and being in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the strand is withdrawn, the static magnetic field being applied at an application time ratio of greater than or equal to 10%, the application time ratio being defined by formula (2) below.

US Pat. No. 10,967,424

CASTING MOLD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CAST PART

Marelli Cabin Comfort Jap...

4. A manufacturing method of a cast part for molding the cast part by filling molten metal from a filling port into an internal space of casting mold in which a structure to be cast is installed, wherein,the casting mold has a molding wall portion forming the internal space,
the structure has an extending portion and a pair of end portions serving as fixed portions, the pair of end portions being supported by the molding wall portion, the extending portion extending between the pair of end portions,
the extending portion is formed to have a spiral shape and so as to form a gap in a direction of a center line of the spiral shape,
the pair of end portions extend from both ends of the extending portion in a direction towards the molding wall portion so as to be substantially in parallel with each other and so as to be substantially perpendicular with respect to the center line,
a gap-portion filling port is provided so as to face the gap positioned at a central portion in the center line direction, and
the manufacturing method comprising
a filling step of filling the molten metal into the spiral interior of the extending portion through the gap-portion filling port.

US Pat. No. 10,967,422

PROPERTY ADJUSTING SYSTEM AND PROPERTY ADJUSTING METHOD FOR KNEADED SAND

SINTOKOGIO, LTD., Nagoya...

1. A kneaded sand property adjusting system comprising:a batch kneading device;
a kneaded sand property measuring instrument that measures a property of the kneaded sand being kneaded;
a water injection device that injects water into the kneading device;
a kneaded sand storage hopper that stores the kneaded sand discharged from the kneading device;
a molding device that performs molding by using the kneaded sand discharged from and conveyed from the kneaded sand storage hopper as molding sand;
a control device that controls water injection by controlling the water injection device until the property of the kneaded sand in the kneading device meets a kneaded sand target property;
a kneaded sand amount measuring instrument that measures the amount of the kneaded sand stored in the kneaded sand storage hopper; and
a molding sand property measuring instrument that measures the property of the molding sand to be loaded into the molding device;
wherein the control device comprises:
a storage unit that stores a batch number of each kneaded batch and the kneaded sand property measured by the kneaded sand property measuring instrument in each kneaded batch in association with each other;
a molding sand batch number calculation unit that calculates the batch number of the kneaded batch that corresponds to the molding sand whose property is being measured by the molding sand property measuring instrument on the basis of the amount of the kneaded sand measured by the kneaded sand amount measuring instrument; and
a correcting unit that associates the molding sand property measured by the molding sand property measuring instrument with the kneaded sand property stored in the storage unit on the basis of the batch number that was calculated and corrects the kneaded sand target property on the basis of the values of the properties.

US Pat. No. 10,967,421

METHOD OF REUSING CORE SAND

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

4. A method of reusing core sand comprising:crushing a core used for casting, the core including water glass as a binder, the water glass including water-soluble water glass and water-insoluble water glass;
heating the core such that a ratio of a mass of the water-soluble water glass to a mass of the core sand and the water glass after heating the core is adjusted to be 0.2% or lower, the core being crushing;
after heating the core, detaching the water glass from the core sand; and
separating and collecting the core sand from a mixture of the water glass and the core sand, the water glass being detached from the core sand.

US Pat. No. 10,967,420

METHOD AND MOLD TOOL OR CORE TOOL FOR PRODUCING MOLDS OR CORES

SOPLAIN GMBH

1. A method for producing molds or cores for foundry purposes by means of adapting the specific electrical resistance of the material of the tool insert to the specific electrical resistance of a mixture consisting of at least one molding material, in particular, foundry sand, and at least one inorganic water-containing binder that can be cured by means of heat, which has an electrical conductivity of at least 5·10-3 S/m, wherein:at least one tool insert made of an electrically conductive material for holding the mixture is introduced into an electrically non-conductive housing, wherein the electrical conductivity of the material at an operating temperature between 150 and 180° C. at least approximately corresponds to the specific electrical conductivity of the mixture at a temperature between approximately 100° C. to 130° C.,
electrical energy and heat is supplied to the tool insert via electrodes that are arranged in parallel in/on the housing, leading to the curing of the mixture,
wherein the housing is made of at least two housing parts, which are movable together or apart from each other at the beginning and upon completion of the cycle process of the mold or core production and form a direct contact surface when moved together,
wherein holes for ejection pins are provided within the tool, belonging to at least one electrode as well as to at least one part of the housing for removing the sand core,
wherein both the tool as well as the electrodes as well as at least one part of the housing are porous and/or ventilation slits are present for the escape of water vapor or gases, and
wherein the mold(s) or the core(s) are pressed out of the tool and removed by means of ejection pins after curing of the mixture and moving apart the housing parts,
characterized in that a material is used for tool inserts which has the following characteristics:
(1) it comprises a sintered solid body, which has a Mohs hardness of more than 4, wherein
(2) the specific electrical resistance of the material is between 0.5 ohmmeters and 200 ohmmeters at an operating temperature of 150° C. to 180° C., and,
(3) the heat conductivity is at least 0.56 W/(m*K).

US Pat. No. 10,967,419

LOCKBOLT COLLAR FEEDER FOR SWAGING TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A lockbolt collar feeder for a swaging tool, comprising:a linear actuator configured to be coupled to the swaging tool;
a positioning arm coupled to an end of the linear actuator and configured to rotate about an axis of the linear actuator as the linear actuator extends from a retracted position to an extended position;
a resilient holder coupled to a distal end of the positioning arm and configured to releasably receive and releasably retain a collar to be positioned onto a lockbolt;
wherein when the linear actuator is retracted the positioning arm rotates to a first collar-loading position in which the resilient holder is adjacent to and aligned with a collar dispensing mechanism to receive the collar from the collar dispensing mechanism, and
when the linear actuator is extended the positioning arm is biased to rotate about the axis of the linear actuator to a second collar-installing position in which the resilient holder is distal to and in approximate alignment with the end of the swaging tool to facilitate positioning the collar onto the lockbolt; and retraction of the linear actuator after positioning the collar onto the lockbolt causes the resilient holder to release from the collar positioned on the lockbolt, and causes the positioning arm to return to the first collar-loading position, thereby moving the resilient holder away from the end of the swaging tool for preventing interference with operation of the swaging tool.

US Pat. No. 10,967,418

SHAPING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A SPINDLE PRESS, AND METHOD FOR SHAPING WORKPIECES

22. A method for the forming process of a workpiece with a spindle press, the spindle forging press comprising a slide and a processing head, having several different forging processing tools, that is guided in a movable manner along a movement axis (MS) for forging at least one workpiece, the processing head being formed on or attached to the slide, the method comprising the following steps:a) transferring a lower die of a rotary table into a second working position of at least two second working positions, located laterally outside a cross-sectional area (Q) of a processing head, by rotating the rotary table about its axis of rotation (MD);
b) inserting a workpiece into the lower die located in the second working position of the at least two second working positions;
c) rotating the rotary table about its axis of rotation (MD) such that the workpiece is transferred from the second working position into at least one first working position;
d) activating the processing head for the forming processing of the workpiece;
e) optionally rotating the rotary table about its axis of rotation (MD) and transferring the workpiece into a further first working position;
f) transferring the workpiece into the second working position, or into a further second working position of the at least two second working positions located laterally outside the cross-sectional area of the processing head; and
g) removing the workpiece from the lower die located in the second or further second working position, wherein
h) forming operations which require comparatively high forming forces are carried out in the region of a slide center, and forming operations with comparatively low forming forces are carried out in regions further away from the slide center, wherein the lower dies arranged, with respect to the axis of rotation (MD), in a manner offset through an angle of 120 degrees with respect to one another, and a lower die fitted with a workpiece is transferred, starting from the second working position for the forming processing of the workpiece, successively into a plurality of first working positions that are arranged, with respect to the axis of rotation (MD), in a manner offset through an angle of 60 degrees with respect to one another, and
passing the workpiece through four first working positions that are arranged in an offset manner with respect to one another is in accordance with a movement pattern, according to which, starting from the second working position, by rotating the rotary table, the workpiece receptacle is rotated through +60 degrees, +180 degrees or ?180 degrees, ?120 degrees and +60 degrees, and is subsequently transferred back into the second working position for removing the workpiece by rotation through an angle of ?180 degrees or +180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,967,417

KEY BLANK STACK

KABA ILCO CORP., Rocky M...

1. A packaging assembly for shipment of key blanks, comprising:a set of key blanks each having two faces spaced-apart by a thickness and defining a head portion and a blade portion; and
a sleeve having first and second pairs of opposed walls circumscribing a key blank compartment in which the blade portions of the key blanks are releasably engaged, the sleeve holding the set of key blanks into a stack along a stacking direction parallel to the first pair of opposed walls, the key blanks in the stack serially aligned in a coplanar relationship along the stacking direction to have one of the two faces of each of the key blanks facing one of two faces of an adjacent one of the key blanks, wherein walls of the first pair of opposed walls are concave relative to an exterior of the compartment when the blade portions are not received in the compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,967,416

LINEAR CONVEYOR FOR TRANSFERRING WORKPIECES BETWEEN TWO CONSECUTIVE POSITIONS IN A THROUGHPUT DIRECTION

1. Linear conveyor for transferring workpieces between two consecutive positions in a throughput direction, comprising:at least one axis, each of which extends in the throughput direction and is disposed such that it may be linearly displaced along the throughput direction relative to a base,
a slide which may be displaced on and along each axis,
a carrier element attached to each slide for accommodating one said workpiece,
wherein each axis is telescopic and comprises at least two axis elements which may be displaced relative to each other in the direction of extension of the respective axis, with the at least two axis elements including a first axis element which is displaceable relative to the base, and a second axis element which is displaceable relative to the first axis element and on which the slide is displaceably disposed, and
a coupling for positive coupling of movements of the first axis element, second axis element and slide with each other, constructed in such a way that when the first axis element is moved relative to the base the second axis element is moved relative to first axis element and the slide is moved relative to the second axis element in the same direction of displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,967,415

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SHAPING SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A part forming system that comprises:a die;
a field shaper that comprises a first half and a second half configured to join together and form a cavity configured to receive and retain the die covered by a workpiece, such that each half of the field shaper respectively comprises a relief that comprises a recess from an end of each half toward a center of the field shaper; and
a main coil configured to:
generate a magnetic field;
receive the field shaper; and
bend, relative to a longitudinal axis, the workpiece to form a part that comprises a desired shape.

US Pat. No. 10,967,414

FORMING DEVICE

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

15. A forming device that expands a metal pipe material to form a metal pipe, the device comprising:a die that has an upper die and a lower die, the upper die and the lower die are movable to form the metal pipe;
an electrode configured to supply, to the metal pipe material, energization that heats the metal pipe material;
a gas supply part configured to supply, into the metal pipe material when the electrode supplies the energization to the metal pipe material, a gas that expands the metal pipe material; and
a die movement suppressing part configured to suppress, when the electrode supplies the energization to the metal pipe material, movement of the die that is caused by an electromagnetic force.

US Pat. No. 10,967,413

FORMING DEVICE

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A forming device comprising:a first electrode that, when a metal pipe material is inserted between the first electrode and a second electrode, is movable toward the second electrode in a manner that causes the metal pipe material to come into contact with the first electrode and the second electrode;
a conductor configured to electrically connect the second electrode with a power supply in a manner that, when the metal pipe material comes into the contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, permits the first electrode to receive electric power from the power supply via the second electrode and the metal pipe material; and
a first die that, when the metal pipe material is inserted between the first die and a second die, is movable toward the second die in a manner that causes the metal pipe material to come into contact with the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the second die is moveable by an amount that is smaller than an amount that the first die is moveable.

US Pat. No. 10,967,412

END CLOSURE WITH COINED PANEL RADIUS AND REFORM STEP

Stolle Machinery Company,...

11. A tool assembly to reform a can end shell having a central panel portion, a first panel radius around the central panel portion, a chamfer extending from the first panel radius, a second panel radius around the chamfer, a panel wall extending from the second panel radius, a countersink formed at the end of the panel wall, and a chuckwall extending upwardly from the countersink, the tooling assembly comprising:a coining tool assembly including:
a coining tool having an angled section structured to form a coined section in the first panel radius around at least a portion of the circumference of the central panel portion during a coining operation; and
a reforming tool assembly including:
a reforming tool having a reforming section structured to form a step in the chamfer during a reforming operation and a first elongated portion structured to be seated in the countersink; and
a reforming support assembly structured to support the can end shell during the reforming operation and to form a raised portion in the central panel portion adjacent to the first panel radius during the reforming operation,
wherein the coining tool assembly further includes a coining support assembly structured to support the can end shell during the coining operation,
wherein the coining support assembly includes an upper coining support tool and a lower coining support tool, wherein the upper coining support tool is structured to be disposed beside the coining tool, wherein the upper coining support tool includes a first planar portion and the lower coining support tool includes a second planar portion, and wherein the first planar portion is structured to abut against a portion of the central panel portion opposite the second planar portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,411

CAN BODYMAKER

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A can bodymaker with a ram which carries a punch for forming a can from a cup, the can bodymaker comprising:a disc feed being adapted to feed a metal disc directly into a channel of the bodymaker, wherein the metal disc is unlubricated, the disc feed comprising:
a vacuum feed for separating metal discs, and
a flighted belt for pushing the discs along;
a blankholder;
a locator for positioning the disc centrally to the blankholder; and
a draw pad for clamping the disc against a draw die,
wherein the blankholder is adapted to move towards a redraw die and thus, together with the redraw die, form the disc into a cup and to clamp the cup against the redraw die thereby allowing the cup to be picked up by the punch on the ram and carried through the redraw die and at least one ironing die for forming a can body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,410

COOLING DEVICE AND COOLING METHOD

POSCO, Pohang-si (KR)

1. A cooling device comprising:a base frame connected to an external cooling fluid supplying line and disposed to spray a coolant to a material which is heated in a heating furnace and then passes through a rolling mill; and
a nozzle assembly disposed on the base frame and spraying a cooling fluid to a plurality of zones, divided in a width direction of the material, in any pattern to significantly reduce a temperature deviation in the width direction of the material,
wherein the nozzle assembly includes:
a housing in which the cooling fluid is stored;
the plurality of nozzles provided to protrude to the inside of the housing and having through holes formed in a length direction to spray the cooling fluid to the outside;
a plurality of masks disposed on the plurality of group nozzles to open and close each of the group nozzles; and
a plurality of actuators disposed on the housing and separately moving the plurality of masks in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,409

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COOLING A ROLL

SMS GROUP GMBH, Duesseld...

8. A rolling stand comprising: a roll; and a device for cooling the roll, wherein the device for cooling the roll includes a cooling shell formed as a circular section for covering a surface region of the roll, and a bearing located in an edge region of the circular section and formed as a pivot joint provided with a rotational axis extending perpendicular to the cooling shell for pivoting the cooling shell about the rotational axis,wherein the bearing has a degree of freedom in a radial direction (r) with respect to the cooling shell, and the cooling shell is positioned on an outer circumference of the roll and is supported on the bearing to provide uniform displacement of the cooling shell relative to the roll in the radial direction (r).

US Pat. No. 10,967,408

PRESSURIZED CONDUIT RODDER

WESCO DISTRIBUTION, INC.,...

1. Apparatus to be moved through an underground conduit comprising a rodder assembly, said rodder assembly including a unitary tubular hose having a generally cylindrical outer surface and a generally cylindrical inner surface forming a single wall between said surfaces, a chamber formed within said inner surface and extending for a length, said chamber being adapted to receive fluid under pressure, a plurality of rods circumferentially spaced in said wall for substantially the entire length of said hose, and means to discharge fluid from said hose rearwardly against the conduit to propel the apparatus through the conduit and to maintain said hose properly positioned in the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,407

CONDITIONING CHAMBER COMPONENT

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An apparatus for conditioning a component of a processing chamber, comprising:a tank for holding a megasonic conditioning solution;
a mount for holding the component immersed in a megasonic conditioning solution, when the tank is filled with the megasonic conditioning solution;
a megasonic conditioning solution inlet system for delivering the megasonic conditioning solution to the tank, wherein at least part of the megasonic conditioning solution inlet is under where the component is held in the megasonic conditioning solution;
a megasonic transducer head, comprising:
at least one megasonic transducer; and
housing positioned between the at least one megasonic transducer and the megasonic conditioning solution, where the megasonic transducer head has a length and wherein the at least one megasonic transducer provides megasonic energy to the megasonic conditioning solution through the housing, wherein the megasonic energy is delivered to the component via the megasonic conditioning solution, and wherein the housing encloses the at least one megasonic transducer;
a megasonic conditioning solution drain system for draining the megasonic conditioning solution from the tank at a location above where the component is held in the megasonic conditioning solution;
an actuator for moving the megasonic transducer head across the tank above where the component is held in the megasonic conditioning solution, wherein the actuator is on a first side of the tank;
a support track on a second side of the tank opposite from the first side of the tank;
a ball in contact with the support track; and
a socket housing in contact with the ball, wherein a first end of the length of the megasonic transducer head is connected to the actuator and a second end of the length of the megasonic transducer head is connected to the socket housing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,406

BACKFLUSH DEVICE FOR FILTERS OF A SAMPLING SYSTEM

JCT ANALYSENTECHNIK GMBH,...

1. A backflush device for filters of a sampling system, the backflush device having a connecting element which defines, within a body of the connecting element, a first portion of a retrieval line, and the retrieval line includes a second portion external to the body that communicates with the first portion and that includes a filter end that is connectable to a filter and the connecting element having at least one backflush line ending in the retrieval line, and having a check valve arranged at or in the backflush line, wherein the check valve is connectable to a pressure line for a pressurized flush medium such that in the case of an open check valve the backflush line may be flowed through by the flush medium in a backflush direction oriented towards the retrieval line, and wherein the backflush line ends in the retrieval line at an obtuse angle, observed in the direction of the backflush direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,405

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT SORTING

United States Postal Serv...

1. A high throughput sorting system, comprising:a first sorting section parallel to a second sorting section, the first sorting section and the second sorting section comprising a plurality of cells, each cell including a platform, the platform comprising a pair of doors configured to:
support an item when the pair of doors are in a closed configuration, and
deposit the item from the cell when the pair of doors are in an open configuration;
a plurality of chutes, each chute extending below the first sorting section and the second sorting section, the plurality of chutes configured to receive items deposited through the plurality of cells and to transport the items to a plurality of sorting destinations;
a first inductor positioned to feed the item into one of the plurality of cells in the first sorting section;
a database configured to record a sorting destination for the item and associate the sorting destination with the one of the plurality of cells containing the item; and
a controller configured to open the one of the plurality of cells containing the item when positioned over one of the plurality of chutes corresponding to the sorting destination of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,967,404

XRF ANALYZER FOR IDENTIFYING A PLURALITY OF SOLID OBJECTS, A SORTING SYSTEM AND A SORTING METHOD THEREOF

SOREQ NUCLEAR RESEARCH CE...

1. A XRF analyzer comprising:an emitter assembly adapted for emitting at least one X-ray or Gamma-ray excitation beam having a spatial intensity distribution for irradiating simultaneously a plurality of solid objects;
an X-ray detector measuring secondary radiation emitted by the plurality of objects and generating signals indicative of spatial intensity distribution of detected X-ray data on the plurality of objects; and
a signal processor in communication with the detector for receiving and processing the detected response X-ray signals to identify a presence of a marking composition at least on one surface of each object of the plurality of solid objects.

US Pat. No. 10,967,403

SCREENING APPARATUS

1. A screening apparatus that comprisesa vibrating screen assembly that includes a screen and a vibrating mechanism operable on the screen to cause vibration of the screen, the screen having a feed end and a discharge end;
at least one shield member, in the form of a mat, positioned on the screen so that vibration of the screen is imparted to the, or each, mat
the, or each, mat covering part of the screen between the feed end of the screen and a position intermediate the feed and discharge ends of the screen, such that particulate material for screening by the screen can be fed on to the, or each, mat; and
an adjustment mechanism engaged with the, or each, mat to adjust a position of a discharge end of the, or each, mat relative to the discharge end of the screen, the adjustment mechanism including a support structure and a roller assembly mounted on the support structure and engaged with opposite sides of the, or each, mat so that operation of the roller assembly results in displacement of the, or each, mat, the roller assembly being configured so that the, or each, mat can be extended or retracted by the roller assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,402

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING MATERIALS USING A SCREEN BED AND VACUUM

TAV HOLDINGS, INC., Atla...

1. A method for separating a mixture from a waste steam having a first material, a second material, and a third material, comprising: mechanically separating the mixture using a screening bed to recover the second material, wherein the second material is a solid and the screening bed includes rails and a plurality of shafts that have bearings configured to work with glide elements so as to allow the shaft to move along the rails; and transferring the second material to an expansion chamber, wherein the expansion chamber is in gaseous communication with the screening bed; whereby heavy materials are separated from lighter materials by allowing the mixture to pass over the screening bed having a series of rotatable shafts with agitators adjustably and/or non-adjustably connected along a pair of rails.

US Pat. No. 10,967,401

INJECTION MOLDED SCREENING APPARATUSES AND METHODS

DERRICK CORPORATION, Buf...

1. A method of fabricating a screen assembly, comprising:laser welding a screen element of a first material to a subgrid of a second material;
attaching multiple subgrids together to form the screen assembly;
wherein the first material and the second material are different materials; and
wherein the first material and the second material are fused together at laser weld locations.

US Pat. No. 10,967,400

MICROFABRICATED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER HAVING INDIVIDUAL CELLS WITH ELECTRICALLY ISOLATED ELECTRODE SECTIONS

Butterfly Network, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an ultrasonic transducer substrate having a membrane, a bottom electrode, and a plurality of cavities disposed between the membrane and the bottom electrode, each of the plurality of cavities corresponding to an individual transducer cell, wherein:
portions of the bottom electrode corresponding to each individual transducer cell are electrically isolated from one another; and
each portion of the bottom electrode corresponding to each individual transducer cell further comprising a first bottom electrode portion and a second bottom electrode portion, the first and second bottom electrode portions electrically isolated from one another;
first trench isolation regions disposed within the bottom electrode and configured to electrically isolate each individual transducer cell from one another; and
second trench isolation regions disposed within the bottom electrode and configured to electrically isolate the first and second bottom electrode portions of an individual transducer cell from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,967,399

FLUOROCARBON RELEASE COATING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An organofluorine coating on a major surface of a substrate, wherein the organofluorine coating has a surface composition of about 5 at % to 15 at % oxygen and about 30 at % to 50 at % fluorine; wherein the major surface of the substrate comprises protruding or recessed structures with a density of about 10 structures per mm2 to about 10,000 structures per mm2, and wherein the coating overlies and conforms to the structures.

US Pat. No. 10,967,397

CAULK DISPENSING ASSEMBLY

1. A caulk dispensing assembly, configured to dispense caulk in a consistent manner; the caulk dispensing assembly comprising:a bottom plate, further comprising a pair of bottom plate rails and bottom plate slot with a bottom plate slot tab;
a caulk tube further comprising a caulk tube tip and a caulk tube hanging tab; wherein the caulk tube hanging tab is arranged around the bottom plate slot tab;
a top plate, arranged between the pair of bottom plate rails;
wherein sliding the top plate between the pair of bottom plate rails compresses the caulk tube causing caulk to be dispensed from the caulk tube tip in a consistent manner.

US Pat. No. 10,967,396

SYSTEMS FOR DISPENSING A SUBSTANCE ON A SURFACE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for dispensing a substance in a form of a bead on a surface in a progression direction along a path, the system comprising:a dispenser configured to dispense the bead on the surface, the dispenser comprising:
a leading edge,
a contact portion, comprising two contact points with the surface, and
a trailing edge that extends between the two contact points and terminates therein;
first means for moving the dispenser along a virtual travel plane, while maintaining the contact portion in communication with the surface, wherein the virtual travel plane is parallel to the path and passes through the two contact points;
second means for monitoring a leading portion of the bead and for generating a signal responsive to at least one characteristic of the leading portion,
wherein:
the leading portion of the bead is located ahead of a portion of the leading edge in the progression direction along the path,
the leading portion of the bead comprises a leading surface that comprises a forward-most point in the progression direction along the path,
the leading surface comprises a first lateral-most point in a first virtual plane along the virtual travel plane, and
the second means generates the signal responsive to a distance between the first lateral-most point and a location on the dispenser; and
third means for controlling, responsive to the signal generated by the second means, at least one of a speed of the dispenser along the path or a flow rate of the substance to the dispenser to provide a substantially uniform cross-sectional shape of the bead along the path.

US Pat. No. 10,967,395

IRRIGATION CONTROLLER WITH ROBUST GROUND PATH

Hunter Industries, Inc., ...

1. A pedestal for an electronic landscape controller, the pedestal comprising:a frame having a hollow interior sized and shaped to receive one or more electronic components and an opening into the hollow interior;
a door supportable by the frame and movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, the door being sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the opening when in the closed configuration, the door having a hollow interior, an upper drain hole for water to enter the hollow interior, and a lower drain hole for the water to exit the door and the pedestal;
a receptacle formed in the frame at a location above the hollow interior and configured to receive at least a portion of a control panel, the receptacle having a plurality of side walls, a bottom wall, and an upward opening;
a space formed outside the receptacle and between a sidewall of the plurality of sidewalls of the receptacle and the door at least when the door is in the closed configuration; and
a drip trough, at least a portion of the drip trough being disposed relative to the space to route the water entering the space to the upper drain hole in the door.

US Pat. No. 10,967,394

FLUID ATOMIZER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A fluid atomizer comprising:an inner member having an axis and defining an interior first-fluid flowpath extending from an upstream end of said inner member to a downstream end of said inner member along said axis;
an upstream outer member positioned radially outward from a portion of said inner member proximate the upstream end of said inner member, said upstream outer member defining a second-fluid supply conduit; and
a downstream outer member positioned radially inward from a portion of the upstream outer member and radially outward from a portion of said inner member, the downstream outer member extending axially from said upstream outer member to the downstream end of said inner member,
said inner member, upstream outer member, and downstream outer member defining a second-fluid flowpath extending from the second-fluid supply conduit to the downstream end of said inner member, the second-fluid flowpath comprising:
a conduit extending from an entry plenum in fluid communication with the second-fluid supply conduit to an exit plenum spaced circumferentially from and axially downstream of said entry plenum;
an annulus downstream from and in fluid communication with said exit plenum; and
a discharge plenum downstream from and in fluid communication with said annulus, the annulus extending axially between the inner member and the downstream outer member from the exit plenum to the discharge plenum.

US Pat. No. 10,967,393

MULTIHEAD SPRAY GUN SYSTEM

BOSS SPRAY TECHNOLOGIES I...

1. A spray system comprising:(a) a first chemical storage tank and second chemical storage tank, each with an associated pump;
(b) a spray machine which receives the output of the first chemical pump and the second chemical pump and produces a pressurized first and second chemical flows;
(c) a fluid block defining a first chemical fluid passageway which connects a first chemical inlet receiving the first chemical flow from the spray machine, passing through a first chemical spool valve to two first chemical outlets, and second chemical fluid passageway which connects a second chemical inlet receiving the second chemical flow from the spray machine, passing through a second chemical spool valve, to two second chemical outlets;
(d) a first hose which connects to one first chemical outlet and one second chemical outlet at one end, and a first spray gun at a distal end;
(e) a second hose which connects to the other first chemical outlet and the other second chemical outlet at a proximal end, and second spray gun at a distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,967,392

HOSE END SPRAYER WITH TRIGGER OPERATED BALL VALVE

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A hose-end sprayer, comprising:a carrier fluid inlet connection;
a carrier fluid flow control valve downstream of the carrier fluid inlet connection;
a lever that rotates the carrier fluid flow control valve, the lever and carrier fluid flow control valve being biased into a closed position by a spring;
a carrier fluid flow path that is linear along a first axis; and
a turret valve downstream of the carrier fluid flow control valve having an end wall and a side wall and a first flow passage extending through said end wall that is collinear with the carrier fluid flow path in a first configuration,
wherein the turret valve rotates about a third axis which is parallel to the first axis and vertically offset from the first axis, and
wherein the turret valve further comprises a first chemical vent passage extending through said side wall, said first chemical vent passage being oriented perpendicular to the first axis and connected between the first flow passage and a chemical source.

US Pat. No. 10,967,391

PRESSURE REGULATOR IN A ROTATIONALLY DRIVEN SPRINKLER NOZZLE HOUSING ASSEMBLY

1. A sprinkler assembly comprising:a riser in fluid communication with a water supply including a flow path for water provided to the sprinkler assembly from the water supply;
a nozzle assembly rotatably mounted on the riser and in fluid communication with the riser, the nozzle assembly including:
a center flow passage in fluid communication with the flow path of the riser;
a nozzle mounted in the nozzle assembly and in fluid communication with the center flow passage, the nozzle configured to direct water out of the nozzle assembly; and
a pressure regulator responsive to pressure in the nozzle assembly upstream from the nozzle; and
a throttling valve operably connected to the pressure regulator to selectively reduce flow to the nozzle when pressure upstream of the nozzle exceeds a reference pressure,
wherein the pressure regulator is provided coaxially with a central axis of the sprinkler assembly, and
the pressure regulator further comprises:
a reference pressure chamber configured to maintain the reference pressure related to a desired pressure;
a pressure responsive member movably mounted in the reference pressure chamber;
a biasing member, positioned in the reference pressure chamber and configured to apply a predetermined biasing force on the pressure responsive member; and
a movable member secured to the nozzle assembly and movable into the reference pressure chamber to modify the biasing force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,390

EFFICIENT SHOWERHEAD WITH PURGE OUTLET

Evolve Technologies, LLC,...

11. A showerhead water flow controller comprising:a main body comprising a water source supply inlet, a purge outlet and a showerhead outlet separate from the purge outlet; and
a first water valve controlled by water temperature and coupled between and controlling water flow between the water source supply inlet and the purge outlet, the first water valve comprising a thermal actuator within the first water valve configured to purge water from the water source supply inlet through the purge outlet instead of through the showerhead outlet and then to close the first water valve and stop a majority of water flow from the water source supply inlet to the purge outlet when the thermal actuator is heated up to a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,967,389

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY BALANCING A CENTRIFUGE

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

18. A centrifuge rotor assembly comprising:a chamber assembly having a central axis and configured to receive at least a portion of a processing chamber of a fluid circuit;
a bearing support configured to receive a portion of an umbilicus fluidly connected to the processing chamber;
a counterweight positioned substantially diametrically opposed to the bearing support with respect to the chamber assembly; and
an electric drive configured to rotate the bearing support and the counterweight about the central axis at a plurality of different rotational speeds, wherein
the bearing support and the counterweight are configured to remain substantially diametrically opposed to each other with respect to the chamber assembly during rotation of the bearing support and the counterweight about the central axis,
the counterweight is automatically movable along a counterweight support with respect to the bearing support between a radially innermost position and a radially outermost position during rotation of the bearing support and the counterweight about the central axis,
the position of the counterweight depends at least in part on the rotational speed at which the bearing support and the counterweight are rotated about the central axis, and
the counterweight is movable along a non-linear path defined by the counterweight support when moving between the radially innermost position and the radially outermost position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,388

CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR HAVING A LIQUID OUTLET CHAMBER WITH A ROTATING MEMBER

ALFDEX AB, Landskrona (S...

1. A centrifugal separator configured for separating a liquid phase from crankcase gases of an internal combustion engine, the centrifugal separator comprising:a separation chamber;
a rotor shaft extending through the separation chamber;
a rotor connected to the rotor shaft inside the separation chamber;
an inlet for crankcase gases;
a gas outlet;
a liquid outlet for separated liquid phase;
a liquid outlet chamber having an upper wall and a lower wall;
a check valve; and
a rotating member,
wherein the liquid outlet chamber forms an individual chamber and is arranged in fluid communication with the separation chamber via a liquid passage,
wherein the rotating member is connected to the rotor shaft and is arranged inside the liquid outlet chamber between the upper wall and lower wall of the liquid outlet chamber, and
wherein the liquid outlet forms an outlet of the liquid outlet chamber, the check valve being arranged in the liquid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,967,387

CONTINUOUS WHOLE-CHIP 3-DIMENSIONAL DEP CELL SORTER AND RELATED FABRICATION METHOD

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of fabricating multi-layer polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic structures, the method comprising:a) compressing a first uncured PDMS gel between a positive mold and a stamping having a plate with a modulus substantially larger than that of PDMS and a thin layer of cured PDMS on a side of the plate that faces the positive mold;
b) curing the first uncured PDMS gel to form a second cured PDMS layer;
c) releasing the second cured PDMS layer from the positive mold, the second cured PDMS layer having a mold interface surface that was engaged with the positive mold prior to release;
d) transferring the second cured PDMS layer to a receiving surface;
e) bonding portions of the mold interface surface of the second cured PDMS layer to the receiving surface;
f) releasing the second cured PDMS layer from the thin layer of cured PDMS of the stamping;
g) repeating steps a) through f) for one or more additional PDMS layers to form part of a three-dimensional dielectrophoretic sorting device, wherein:
the PDMS layers are layered on top of one another to form an electrically insulating layer,
one of the PDMS layers is a first sub-layer of the electrically insulating layer and has a first passage,
another of the PDMS layers is a second sub-layer of the electrically insulating layer and has a second passage,
the first passage and the second passage follow a common path within a DEP-separation region of the electrically insulating layer and are in direct fluid communication with one another within the DEP-separation region,
the first passage and the second passage each have a different cross-sectional width perpendicular to the common path and perpendicular to a normal of the electrically insulating layer, and
the first passage diverges from the second passage in a post-DEP-separation region, the post-DEP-separation region located downstream of the DEP-separation region; and
h) interposing the electrically insulating layer between a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,386

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR PRODUCING TITANIUM COBBLES

METALDO CO., LTD., Osaka...

1. A method of producing titanium cobbles for use for at least one of a titanium ingot raw material, a superalloy, an additive material for an aluminum alloy, or an additive material for steel, the titanium cobbles being titanium-containing particles, each containing 50% by mass or more of metal titanium, and having a maximum size of 50 mm or smaller and an aspect ratio of 5 or lower, the aspect ratio being obtained by dividing the maximum size by a minimum size, the method comprising:a preparation step of preparing a scrap material containing 50% by mass or more of metal titanium;
a first crushing step of roughly crushing the scrap material using a first crusher;
a second crushing step of crushing the scrap material, which has been roughly crushed in the first crushing step, using a second crusher;
a dust collection step of collecting fine dust of the scrap material generated in the second crushing step;
a first classification step of classifying products obtained by crushing the scrap material, which have been generated in the second crushing step, into medium particles with particle sizes of 3 mm or larger and 50 mm or smaller, large particles with particle sizes larger than 50 mm, and small particles with particle sizes smaller than 3 mm;
a collection step of collecting the fine dust, which has been collected in the dust collection step, and the small particles;
a second magnetic separation step of removing a magnetic particle from an aggregate of the fine dust and the small particles; and
a second classification step of classifying the aggregate into at least two or more types of particles,wherein:time after rough crushing of the scrap material with the first crusher until the scrap material is introduced into the second crusher is two minutes or longer, and
time from when the scrap material is introduced into the first crusher until when the titanium cobbles are obtained is 40 minutes or shorter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,385

METHOD FOR MAKING A SHELL PLATE

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. A method for making a shell plate configured to be mounted to a shell of a grinding mill for grinding ore comprising the steps of:providing a mould for moulding a shell plate;
adding polyurethane into the mould for forming a second portion of a continuous body, wherein the polyurethane is in such a state that it is arranged to react in the mould and form a connection with a material of a first portion of the continuous body; and
adding material into the mould for forming the first portion of the continuous body such that the polyurethane is arranged to react in the mould with the material for forming the continuous body,
wherein the first portion comprises a fixing surface configured to fix the continuous body to a shell of a grinding mill, the second portion comprising a wear surface disposed in an opposite direction to the fixing surface of the first portion facing toward an interior of the grinding mill,
whereby the wear surface of the second portion is made of polyurethane, the first portion is made of rubber, and 40-80% of the shell plate is made of polyurethane.

US Pat. No. 10,967,384

GRINDING MILL

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. An open-ended grinding mill comprising:a drum comprising a cylindrical shell, wherein a longitudinal axis of the drum is arranged in a substantially horizontal position in a use position of the open-ended grinding mill, wherein the drum comprises a first end at a feed end of the cylindrical shell and a second end at a discharge end of the cylindrical shell,
a bearing supporting the drum at the second end of the drum, and
a support structure to connect the drum to the bearing,
wherein the support structure provides a wall external to the cylindrical shell, whereby the cylindrical shell and the support structure provide a double-wall structure separating the bearing from an inside of the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,967,383

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETACHING AN ADHERING CHARGE FROM THE INNER SIDE OF A GRINDING PIPE OF A TUBE MILL

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for detaching a frozen charge from an inner wall of a grinding tube of a tube mill, said method comprising:operating a motor of a drive system in a first mode to rotate the grinding tube for grinding:
operating the motor of the drive system in a second mode for removing the frozen charge from the inner wall of the grinding tube such that operation of the motor to effect a rotational movement of the grinding tube is repeatedly disturbed by a disturbance signal to cause a repeated disturbance within a variable time interval; and
shortening the time interval of the repeated disturbance.

US Pat. No. 10,967,382

VERTICAL ROLLER MILL

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A vertical roller mill comprising:a housing;
a chute that supplies materials to be grinded to a center portion of the housing;
a grinder that is provided below the chute and grinds the materials to be grinded, the grinder including a table and a roller that is rolled on the table;
an exhaust pipe that is provided above the grinder;
a transport mechanism that forms an air flow for transporting, to the exhaust pipe, grinded materials obtained by grinding the materials to be grinded by the grinder;
a flow-constricting flow path provided between the grinder and the exhaust pipe and narrows a flow path area for the air flow, the flow-constricting flow path is formed between a first flow-constricting ring provided in the center portion of the housing and a second flow-constricting ring provided to protrude from the housing toward the center portion of the housing; and
an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a dimension of a gap between first flow-constricting ring and the second flow-constricting ring.

US Pat. No. 10,967,381

TRANSMISSION FOR AN ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD ROLLER MILL, AND ANIMAL FEED AND FOOD ROLLER MILL HAVING SAID TRANSMISSION

1. A feed and foodstuff roller mill comprising at least two rotatably mounted rollers,wherein a first of said two rotatably mounted rollers is fixedly mounted and a second of said two rotatably mounted rollers is movably mounted, comprising a transmission with
a bearing housing in which:
a first output shaft for driving said first roller, and
a second output shaft for driving said second roller are accommodated, wherein
the first output shaft is coupled to said first roller and the second output shaft is coupled to said second roller; and
the first output shaft and the second output shaft are operatively connected to one another by means of a torque transmitting arrangement,
wherein an input shaft is also accommodated in the transmission,
wherein the input shaft is coupled to a drive,
wherein the input shaft and the first output shaft are arranged perpendicular to one another and the first output shaft and the second output shaft are arranged parallel to one another,
the input shaft and the first output shaft are operatively connected to one another by means of a bevel gearwheel pair,
an axes of the input shaft, an axis of the first output shaft and an axis of the second output shaft lie in a common plane; and
an intersection point of the axis of the input shaft with the axis of the first output shaft is arranged between the bevel gearwheel and the torque transmitting arrangement of the first output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,380

HEAVY DUTY MATERIAL PROCESSOR

1. A material processor comprising:a first jaw with a first material-processing surface feature; and
a second jaw with a second material-processing surface feature,
wherein the first and second jaws are pivotally connected such that at least one of the jaws is pivotally movable relative to the other jaw,
wherein the first jaw comprises:
a first jaw body with a blade seat surface,
a blade seated on the blade seat surface, the blade defining at least a portion of the first material-processing surface feature,
a wedge block having (a) a first wedge surface that engages a surface of the first jaw body, and (b) a second wedge surface that engages a surface of the blade, and
a fastener that mounts the wedge block to the first jaw, the fastener applying a force to the wedge block in a force-applying direction that is angled relative to one of the first and second wedge surfaces such that (1) the force urges the blade into engagement with blade seat surface in the force-applying direction, and (2) the force urges, via the first and second wedge surfaces, the blade into engagement with the blade seat surface in a direction different from the force-applying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,379

INCUBATOR STAND AND INCUBATOR DOCKING SYSTEM

Planer Limited, Sanbury ...

1. An incubator stand for holding a plurality of incubators in a stacked arrangement, the incubator stand comprising:a stand base;
a shaft upstanding from the stand base;
a plurality of incubator bases rotatably received on the shaft, each incubator base forming a support for or forming part of an incubator;
a stop coupled to the shaft and configured to limit angular displacement of each incubator base about the shaft, so that each incubator base can be pivoted out from a stack of said incubator bases to access an in use incubator associated therewith without causing the stack to topple; and
a fluid-supply conduit which extends from the stand base;
wherein each incubator base is a caddy for releasably receiving an incubator thereon;
each caddy includes a fluid inlet port and a fluid outlet port in fluid communication with the fluid-supply conduit, and which are fluid-tightly releasably engagable with corresponding incubator ports on said incubator from the caddy;
further comprising a fluid shut-off valve at or adjacent to the fluid inlet port and/or fluid outlet port, and a closure activation element which operates the fluid shut-off valve on release of the said incubator from the caddy.

US Pat. No. 10,967,378

SAMPLE COLLECTION KIT AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING PLANT SAMPLES, IN PARTICULAR ALGAE SAMPLES

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. A sample collection kit which is configured for collecting plant samples, comprising:at least one sample container which is configured for receiving plant samples,
a sensor arrangement with several sensors with which sample data can be captured,
a data-recording device which is configured for recording sample data,
a tool arrangement with collection tools which are configured for harvesting of the plant samples, and with processing tools which are configured for processing of the plant samples,
a device arrangement with auxiliary devices which can be used in collecting, transporting and processing of the plant samples,
a container device which is configured to receive the tool arrangement and the device arrangement in a state isolated from surroundings thereof, wherein the container device is provided with a charging interface via which electrically operated auxillary devices of the device arrangement can be supplied with electric charging current, and
identification markings which contain identification data and are applied to the at least one sample container, the collection tools and the processing tools.

US Pat. No. 10,967,377

MULTI-WELL PLATE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A multi-well plate comprising:a top portion placed in a horizontal direction;
a bottom portion opposing the top portion in a direction crossing the horizontal direction; and
a plurality of wells of which each is formed so as to be recessed from the top portion toward the bottom portion, wherein
the plurality of wells are horizontally arranged in a matrix with a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,
each of the wells has an opening formed at the top portion, and a peripheral wall extending from a periphery of the opening to the bottom portion,
at least two of the plurality of wells respectively include marks of which each contains at least one symbol, and
each of the marks is placed on a corresponding one of the peripheral walls adjacent an opening and on an inner surface of the corresponding one of the peripheral walls.

US Pat. No. 10,967,376

DETERMINISTIC LATERAL DISPLACEMENT ARRAYS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A particle condenser comprising:a channel having a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a channel length;
a first condenser portion comprising:
an entry port and an exit port; and
a first array of pillars disposed between the entry port and the exit port of the first condenser portion along the channel length, the first array of pillars operative to drive a first material particle and a second material particle towards the first sidewall; and
a second condenser portion comprising:
an entry port and an exit port, the entry port of the second condenser portion arranged with the exit port of the first condenser portion such that the first material particle and the second material particle flow from the exit port of the first condenser portion into the entry port of the second condenser portion; and
a second array of pillars disposed between the entry port and the exit port of the second condenser portion along the channel length, the second array of pillars operative to drive the first material particle towards the first sidewall;
wherein the first array of pillars comprises:
a first pair of pillars and a second pair of pillars;
the first pair of pillars comprises a first pillar and a second pillar; and
the second pair of pillars comprises a third pillar and a fourth pillar;
wherein the first pillar and the second pillar have a first diameter of D0 length;
wherein the first pillar has a central axis and the second pillar has a central axis, the central axis of the first pillar and the central axis of the second pillar define a first line having a length Dy that is substantially perpendicular to the first sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,967,375

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES WITH MULTIPLE INLETS AND OUTLETS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a nanoscale deterministic lateral displacement array comprising alternating rows of inward displacement pillars and outward displacement pillars wherein the alternating rows are connected and formed between and in fluid communication with an inlet bus and an outlet bus;
a global inlet in fluid communication with the inlet bus;
a global outlet in fluid communication with the outlet bus;
first local inlets formed on a first side of the alternating rows adjacent the inlet bus; and
first local outlets formed on a second side of the alternating rows opposite the first side and adjacent to the outlet bus, wherein the nanoscale deterministic display array laterally displaces particles of interest comprised within a sample fluid supplied from the global inlet the global inlet into streams of buffer fluid supplied from the first local inlets that direct the particles of interest to the first local outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,967,374

METHODS OF ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES USING A FLUIDIC CARTRIDGE

CytoChip Inc., Irvine, C...

1. A method for analyzing biological samples, comprising:receiving a fluid sample into a cartridge device, which comprises:
a fluidic chamber;
at least one microfluidic channel in fluid communication with the fluidic chamber; and
a venting port configured to apply a pneumatic force to the fluidic chamber;
inserting the cartridge device into a reader device to perform measurements, wherein the cartridge device is positioned in a vertical or tilted position such that at least a portion of the fluid sample inside the fluidic chamber is pulled by gravity in a direction away from the venting port or towards the bottom of the fluidic chamber; and
receiving at least two fluid samples in the fluidic chamber and generating air bubbles in the mixture of the two fluid samples to accelerate mixing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,373

ELECTRO-FLUIDIC FLOW PROBE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for testing a nanochannel in a wafer, the method comprising:connecting a first electro-fluidic flow probe to a first north fluidic port of a north microchannel, the first electro-fluidic flow probe comprising a body portion for receiving a fluid electrolyte from a first fluid source, a first inlet including a tube for receiving the fluid electrolyte extending from the first inlet to an outlet through an electro-fluidic bias tee, and a second inlet, the first inlet of the electro-fluidic bias tee being connected to a switch and in communication with the first fluid source through the switch, the first inlet configured to alternate between receiving the fluid electrolyte from the first fluid source through the switch and receiving air pressure from an air pressure source through the switch, the tube being both in direct contact with the electro-fluidic bias tee and distinct from the electro-fluidic bias tee;
connecting a second electro-fluidic flow probe to a first south fluidic port of a south microchannel, wherein the north microchannel is coupled to the south microchannel through the nanochannel;
filling the north microchannel with an electrical potential, wherein the electrical potential is delivered from the first electro-fluidic flow probe to the first north fluidic port and into the north microchannel;
filling the south microchannel with an electrical potential, wherein the electrical potential is delivered from the second electro-fluidic flow probe to the first south fluidic port and into the south microchannel;
measuring a current via the fluid electrolyte between the first electro-fluidic flow probe and the second electro-fluidic flow probe via the nanochannel to determine that the nanochannel is functional.

US Pat. No. 10,967,372

ELECTRO-FLUIDIC FLOW PROBE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An electro-fluidic flow probe, comprising:a body portion including an electro-fluidic bias tee for receiving a fluid electrolyte from a fluid source and an electrical connection for providing an electrical potential to the fluid electrolyte;
a first inlet including a tube for receiving the fluid electrolyte extending from the first inlet to an outlet through the electro-fluidic bias tee, the first inlet of the electro-fluidic bias tee being connected to a switch and in communication with the fluid source through the switch, the first inlet configured to alternate between receiving the fluid electrolyte from the fluid source through the switch and receiving air pressure from an air pressure source through the switch, the tube being both in direct contact with the electro-fluidic bias tee and distinct from the electro-fluidic bias tee; and
a second inlet including the electrical connection having a wire that extends from the second inlet to the outlet through the electro-fluidic bias tee and the tube, the electrical connection being in electrical communication with a device under test, wherein the device under test is embedded in a wafer, wherein the tube comprises a first portion and a second portion, and wherein the first portion is free of the wire and the second portion contains the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,967,371

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLOW IN A MICROFLUIDIC ARRANGEMENT, AND A MICROFLUIDIC ARRANGEMENT

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVAT...

1. A method of controlling flow in a microfluidic arrangement, whereinthe microfluidic arrangement comprises: a first liquid held predominantly by surface tension in a shape defining a microfluidic pattern on a surface of a substrate, the microfluidic pattern comprising at least an elongate conduit and a first reservoir; and a second liquid in direct contact with the first liquid and covering the microfluidic pattern, the second liquid being immiscible with the first liquid and denser than the first liquid;
the method comprises driving flow of liquid through the elongate conduit into the first reservoir; and
the microfluidic pattern and the depth and density of the second liquid are such that the first reservoir grows in volume during the flow of liquid into the first reservoir, without either of the size and shape of an area of contact between the first reservoir and the substrate changing, until an upper portion of the first reservoir detaches from a lower portion of the first reservoir due to buoyancy and rises upwards through the second liquid, thereby allowing the first reservoir to continue to receive liquid from the flow of liquid without any change in the size and shape of the area of contact between the first reservoir and the substrate,
wherein the microfluidic pattern further comprises a second reservoir, the second reservoir being integrally connected with the elongate conduit; and
wherein a difference in Laplace pressure between the second reservoir and the first reservoir at least partially drives the flow of liquid through the conduit into the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,967,370

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Roche Molecular Systems, ...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:at least one flow channel connecting an inlet opening with an outlet opening; and
an array of wells in fluid communication with said flow channel;
wherein said flow channel comprises:
an inlet portion comprising a hydrophilic surface at said inlet opening,
an outlet portion at said outlet opening, and
a middle portion between said inlet portion and said outlet portion;
wherein said middle portion comprises a first portion of said array of wells and comprises a hydrophilic surface;
wherein the outlet portion comprises:
a second portion of said array of wells,
a transition area provided between said middle portion and said outlet opening that includes at least a portion of said second portion of said array of wells, which transition area comprises a hydrophobic surface,
a hydrophilic outlet area provided between said transition area and said outlet opening that comprises a hydrophilic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,369

PILLAR STRUCTURE FOR BIOCHIP

MBD CO., LTD., Suwon-si ...

1. A pillar structure for a biochip, which forms a biochip for analyzing a sample together with a well plate that receives a culture solution, the pillar structure comprising:a substrate which has a plate-shaped structure; and
pillar members, each of which has one side detachably coupled to the substrate and the other side on which the sample is to be disposed,
wherein each of the pillar members includes a coupling portion to be coupled to the substrate, the coupling portion is fitted with multiple fitting portions from among a plurality of fitting portions arranged on the substrate at predetermined intervals and the multiple fitting portions include four fitting protrusions arranged at intervals around an outer circumferential surface of the coupling portion so that a range of the coupling portion, which is exposed to light, is prevented from being reduced after the pillar members are coupled to the substrate, and
wherein the pillar members are configured to allow light penetration for measuring the sample by a microscope.

US Pat. No. 10,967,368

METHOD FOR REDUCING CLINICAL FALSE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES IN THE DETECTION OF SARS-COV-2

1. A method for reducing clinical false positives and negatives in the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in suspected patients employing the steps of:(a) mixing in a single sample container samples of collected saliva and nasopharyngeal secretions to form mixed samples;
(b) adding universal transport medium to the mixed samples in said single sample container to form treated mixed samples;
(c) transporting at a temperature above 0° C. the single sample container having the treated mixed samples to a remote location;
(d) treating at such remote location the treated mixed sample to deactivate live viral content;
(e) digesting the proteins found in the deactivated treated mixed sample to form a digested mixed sample;
(f) separating of each of the peptides in the digested mixed sample,
(g) ionization of the separated peptides by mass spectroscopy; and
(h) comparison of peptide patterns obtained by mass spectroscopy to known SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid peptides associated with SARS-CoV-2.

US Pat. No. 10,967,366

METHOD FOR PRODUCING EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING CATALYST AND EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING CATALYST

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing an exhaust gas purifying catalyst having fine composite metal particles containing Rh and Pd, comprising:preparing a starting material solution containing a homogenous mixture of Rh and Pd, in which an atomic percentage of Pd to a total of Rh and Pd (=(number of Pd atoms/(total number of Rh and Pd atoms))×100) is 1 atomic % to 15 atomic %;
allowing the prepared starting material solution to react with a neutralizer by a super agitation reactor having a rotation number of 1,000 rpm to 40,000 rpm, to generate fine composite metal particles in which Rh and Pd are homogeneously dispersed; and
mixing the fine composite metal particles with a powder carrier to obtain the exhaust gas purifying catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,967,365

FUNCTIONALIZED ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES FOR PHOTOCATALYTIC WATER SPLITTING

1. A process for the preparation of a photocatalyst composition, wherein said process comprises:(i). refluxing KOH in methanol at 60° C. for 30 minutes to obtain a refluxed KOH solution, adding, drop wise, a dissolved solution of zinc acetate, prepared by adding Zn(OAc)2.2H2O in methanol with stirring at a room temperature of 25° C., to the refluxed KOH solution maintained at 60° C. to obtain an alkaline zinc acetate solution; and
(ii). Oil in-situ adding a conjugated organic moiety to the alkaline zinc acetate solution of (i) to obtain the photocatalyst composition, the photocatalyst composition consisting of:
95-97 wt % zinc oxide nanoparticles;
2-4 wt % conjugated organic moiety; and
1 wt % co-catalyst,
wherein the conjugated organic moiety is a perylene.

US Pat. No. 10,967,364

CATALYSTS AND METHODS FOR FORMING ALKENYL AND ALKYL SUBSTITUTED ARENES

University of Virginia Pa...

1. A method of making a substituted arene, comprising reacting an arene and olefin with a catalyst and an oxidant, with the proviso that the method is performed in the absence of CO, wherein the catalyst is:
wherein A1 and A2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a halogen and an acetate group; and R21, R22, R23, and R24 are each independently selected from an olefin:
wherein the oxidant is a copper(II) salt, iodate, periodate, nitrogen dioxide, silver salt, peroxide, dioxygen, air, or a combination thereof;
wherein the arene is benzene or naphthalene, wherein the arene is optionally substituted with 1-4 substituents selected from the group consisting of halo, methyl, carboxylate, nitro, and alkoxy;
wherein the olefin is:
andR is hydrogen, a halide, an alkyl, an alkenyl, a carbocycle group, a heterocyclo, an aryl, or a heteroaryl;
to form a product, wherein the product is

US Pat. No. 10,967,362

CATALYST FOR PURIFICATION OF EXHAUST GAS FROM INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR PURIFICATION OF EXHAUST GAS USING THE CATALYST

UMICORE SHOKUBAI JAPAN CO...

1. A catalyst for purification of exhaust gas containing a phosphorus compound comprising: a lower catalyst layer containing at least one of noble metal provided on a refractory three-dimensional structure; and an upper catalyst layer at an inflow side of exhaust gas and an upper catalyst layer at an outflow side of exhaust gas provided on a surface of the lower catalyst layer, wherein;the upper catalyst layer at the inflow side and the upper catalyst layer at the outflow side having different concentrations of noble metal,
an intermediate zone with a length of 3 to 23% of the overall length of the refractory three-dimensional structure provided between the upper catalyst layer at the inflow side and the upper catalyst layer at the outflow side, and
the intermediate zone starting from a position 10 to 38% from an end face of the catalyst at the inflow side of exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,967,361

CARBON DOPED TIN DISULPHIDE AND METHODS FOR SYNTHESIZING THE SAME

ACADEMIA SINICA, Taipei ...

1. A photocatalyst, comprisinga carbon doped tin sulfide, which is represented by formula I
C—SnSx  (I),
wherein 1.5?x?2.

US Pat. No. 10,967,355

CONTINUOUS ACOUSTIC CHEMICAL MICROREACTOR

Resodyn Corporation, But...

1. A continuous acoustic chemical microreactor system comprising:a continuous process vessel configured to oscillate along an oscillation axis, the continuous process vessel including:
a reactant inlet configured to receive one or more reactants into the continuous process vessel;
an elongated tube coupled at a first end to the reactant inlet and configured to receive the reactants from the reactant inlet, wherein the elongated tube has an inner surface having a hydraulic diameter of less than 2.5 cm; and
a product outlet coupled to a second end of the elongated tube and configured to discharge a product of a chemical reaction among the reactants from the continuous process vessel; and
an acoustic agitator coupled to the continuous process vessel and configured to agitate the continuous process vessel along the oscillation axis at a frequency greater than 10 Hz and less than 100 Hz such that the inner surface of the elongated tube accelerates the one or more reactants in alternating upward and downward directions along the oscillation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,354

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BIO-DIESEL AND REACTOR

LOUISIANA ECO GREEN, Gol...

1. A reactor comprising:a substantially fluid tight tank comprising an interior and an exterior;
a heat transfer media positioned within said tank;
a plurality of reaction lines positioned within said tank, wherein said plurality of reaction lines are in thermal communication with said heat transfer media and wherein said plurality of reaction lines are in fluid communication with one another and with said exterior of said tank;
a manifold configured to regulate fluid communication between said plurality of reaction lines, wherein said manifold is configured to selectively allow fluid exiting a first of said plurality of reaction lines to flow to a second of said plurality of reaction lines or to divert fluid exiting said first of said plurality of reaction lines away from said second of said plurality of reaction lines, wherein said manifold is configured to divert a fluid having a density and exiting said first of said plurality of reaction lines out of said reactor if the density of the fluid has fallen by at least about 1 pound per cubic foot;
at least one heater in thermal communication with said heat transfer media; and
at least one pump configured to drive reactant fluids through at least one of said plurality of reaction lines.

US Pat. No. 10,967,353

FLUID REGULATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

United EE, LLC, Chicago,...

1. A fluid regulation apparatus comprising:an impeller located within an interior volume of a flow component;
a motor operatively connected to the impeller via an impeller shaft to rotate the impeller;
an electronic controller to affect operation of the motor by analyzing a condition detected by a sensor operatively connected to the electronic controller;
a regulator outlet aperture;
a feeder stem to direct a gas expelled from the flow component; and
a distributor operatively connected to the feeder stem to distribute the gas received from the feeder stem.

US Pat. No. 10,967,352

MICROFLUIDIC LIQUID-LIQUID CONTACTOR

Triad National Security, ...

1. An assembly, comprising:a first liquid guide having an inlet, an outlet, and a liquid-conducting layer comprising a porous member, the porous member comprising a first material, the first liquid guide further comprising one or more solid members arranged with the porous member in a stacked arrangement, the liquid-conducting layer extending between the inlet and the outlet; and
a second liquid guide having an inlet, an outlet, and a liquid-conducting layer comprising a second material that is different from the first material, the liquid-conducting layer extending between the inlet and the outlet;
wherein at least a portion of the liquid-conducting layer of the second liquid guide overlaps the liquid-conducting layer of the first liquid guide such that, when a first liquid is present in the liquid-conducting layer of the first liquid guide and a second liquid is present in the liquid-conducting layer of the second liquid guide, the second liquid contacts the first liquid along the portion of the liquid-conducting layer of the second liquid guide that overlaps the liquid-conducting layer of the first liquid guide.

US Pat. No. 10,967,350

FLUIDIZED BED GAS DISTRIBUTOR, REACTOR USING FLUIDIZED BED GAS DISTRIBUTOR, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PARA-XYLENE AND CO-PRODUCING LIGHT OLEFINS

DALIAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMI...

1. A fluidized bed gas distributor, comprising a first distributor and a second distributor, wherein the first distributor is located at the bottom of the fluidized bed, and the second distributor is located in at least one region of the gas flow downstream from the first distributor;wherein, the second distributor comprises an intake pipe, a microporous pipe and an intake ring pipe;
wherein one end of the microporous pipe is connected with the intake ring pipe, and the other end is closed; and
wherein the side and end faces of the microporous pipe have a uniform microporous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,349

MACHINE AND METHODS FOR TRANSFORMING BIOMASS AND/OR WASTE PLASTICS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER REACTION

1. A machine for transforming a selected polymeric material into a plurality of reaction products via supercritical water reaction, comprising:an extruder having an inlet and a downstream outlet, wherein the downstream outlet is coincident with the longitudinal axis of the extruder;
a steam generator fluidically connected to a downstream inlet manifold;
a tubular reactor having an interior space fluidically connected to an inlet end and an outlet end, wherein the inlet end of the tubular reactor is fluidically connected to both (i) the outlet of the extruder, and the inlet manifold, and wherein the outlet end of the tubular reactor is fluidically connected to;
a first downstream chamber; and further comprising,
a ram centrally positioned within the tubular reactor, wherein the ram is movable back and forth within and along the longitudinal axis of the tubular reactor to thereby increase or decrease the volume of the interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,967,348

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR CARBONACEOUS GRAINS AND METHOD THEREFOR

NIPPON ELECTRODE CO., LTD...

1. A heat treatment method for carbonaceous grains, using a heat treatment apparatus comprising:a furnace body, comprising a cylindrical furnace shell lined with refractory:
a columnar upper electrode and a tubular lower electrode that are disposed, in the furnace body, above and below along a central axis of the furnace body; and
a conductive tubular structure in the furnace body, being electrically connected to an upper end of the lower electrode in a manner of surrounding the upper electrode,
wherein the tubular lower electrode is disposed to face the columnar upper electrode with a predetermined distance in a vertical direction,
the heat treatment method comprising step of setting, to be equal to or less than 70%, a rate of change between electrical resistivity of grains at a time of light filling in which filling is performed only by an own weight of the carbonaceous grains and electrical resistivity of grains at a time of applying a predetermined load after tap filling of the carbonaceous grains, the rate of change being defined as (1-tap filling/light filling)×100.

US Pat. No. 10,967,347

CHUTE TYPE MONOMER DISPENSER

LG Chem, Ltd.

1. A chute type monomer dispenser comprising:a chute dispenser installed to be slanted in a direction of a polymerization apparatus, the chute dispenser configured to inject a monomer to the polymerization apparatus through an injection pipe;
an injection portion having an opening at an upper portion of the chute dispenser; and
an injector configured to inject an initiator and a foaming agent to the injection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,345

MULTIPLE MODULAR SYSTEM FOR THE FORMATION OF PARTICLES IN POWDER AND MICROCAPSULE FORM FOR DIFFERENT PROCESSES

PREMEX S.A.S., Antioquia...

1. A tower of a multiple modular system type, for the formation of powders, comprising:a tower comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion and lower portion being arranged to permit a flow of air within the tower from the upper portion into the lower portion;
an upper portion component disposed in the upper portion, the upper portion component comprising a first interchangeable head selected from the group consisting of a disk spray unit, a nozzle spray unit, a dual fluid spray unit and a temperature spray unit, the upper portion adapted to operate, with the first interchangeable head installed, with at least one collector of a plurality of collector types, the upper portion further adapted to be modified by replacement of the first interchangeable head with a second interchangeable head of a different type from the first interchangeable head, the second interchangeable head selected from the group consisting of a disk spray unit, a nozzle spray unit, a dual fluid spray unit and a temperature spray unit, wherein the upper portion being further adapted to operate, with the second interchangeable head installed, with any at least one collector of said plurality of collector types; and
a lower portion component disposed in the lower portion, the lower portion component comprising a first interchangeable collector selected from said plurality of collector types, wherein the lower portion being adapted to operate, with the first selected interchangeable collector is adapted to operate installed, with any at least one of a disk spray unit, a nozzle spray unit, a dual fluid spray unit, and a temperature spray unit, the lower portion adapted to be modified by replacement of the first interchangeable collector with a second interchangeable collector of a different type from the first interchangeable collector, the second interchangeable collector selected from said plurality of collector types, the lower portion being further adapted to operate, with the second interchangeable collector installed, with at least one of a disk spray unit, a nozzle spray unit, a dual fluid spray unit, and a temperature spray unit;
wherein said upper portion component includes a piece having a “z”-shaped profile, and said first interchangeable head and said second interchangeable head include corresponding plates that fit into said piece having a “z”-shaped profile, allowing the assembly at the upper part of said upper portion component of a diffuser housing and of said first and second interchangeable heads by means of welded plates;
and wherein said lower portion component has a lower cone to which said first interchangeable collector or said second interchangeable collector may be coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,967,344

MAGNETIC STIRRER

Hans Heidolph GmbH, Kelh...

1. A magnetic stirrer comprising:a magnetic drive and a placement surface for a laboratory vessel; said laboratory vessel, containing therein a substance to be stirred, wherein the magnetic drive is configured to generate a magnetic field varying such that a magnetic stirring element positioned in the laboratory vessel can thereby be driven to make a stirring movement to stir the substance;
a heating apparatus that is configured to heat the placement surface to heat the substance; and
a display apparatus comprising an illumination element controllable to transmit light; said display apparatus configured to display a respective temperature state of the placement surface, to control the illumination element to transmit light having respectively different illumination characteristics for the display of different temperature states of the placement surface and/or of different heating states of the heating apparatus, and to control the illumination element to transmit pulsing light of different pulse frequencies for a combined display of a switched off state of the heating apparatus and of different hot states of the placement surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,343

SPRAY CONFIGURATIONS FOR DUAL CHAMBER MIXING DEVICES

UNL HOLDINGS LLC, New Yo...

1. A treatment apparatus for a mixing device having a concentric barrel configuration, the treatment apparatus comprising:a manifold including an input end and an output end, a first fluid bore and a second fluid bore being formed into the input end of the manifold;
a substantially tubular outer conduit body having a manifold end and a nozzle end, the manifold end being connected to the output end of the manifold, the outer conduit body including:
a plurality of outer nozzles disposed in an annular pattern at the nozzle end of the outer conduit body opposite the manifold;
a plurality of outer fluid conduits disposed within the outer conduit body, each of the outer fluid conduits being in fluid communication with both the second fluid bore and one of the plurality of outer nozzles;
at least one outer conduit passage formed within the outer conduit body, the at least one outer conduit passage being in fluid communication with both the first fluid bore and at least one of the plurality of outer nozzles;
wherein the first fluid bore and the at least one outer conduit passage define at least a portion of a first fluid pathway formed between the input end of the manifold and one of the plurality of outer nozzles, and the second fluid bore and each of the plurality of outer fluid conduits define at least a portion of a second fluid pathway formed between the input end of the manifold and one of the plurality of outer nozzles, the first fluid pathway and the second fluid pathway being distinct fluid pathways, the plurality of outer fluid conduits and the at least one outer conduit passage terminating at the outer nozzles disposed at the nozzle end of the outer conduit body such that mixing of fluid from the first fluid pathway and fluid from the second fluid pathway is initiated at the plurality of outer nozzles and occurs upon expulsion of the fluids from the treatment apparatus; and
wherein a recess is formed within and coaxial with the tubular outer conduit body, the recess being configured to receive at least a portion of the mixing device, the recess comprising an opening at the nozzle end of the outer conduit body to receive the concentric barrel configuration of the mixing device, the recess comprising an opening at the nozzle end of the outer conduit body to receive the concentric barrel configuration of the mixing device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,342

SYSTEM FOR MAKING A COSMETIC PRODUCT BY MIXING COMPONENTS FROM SEVERAL SINGLE-USE PACKAGING UNITS

SEB SA, Ecully (FR)

1. A system for production of a cosmetic product including:at least one first single-use packaging unit (13) including a preset quantity of a first phase of the cosmetic product;
at least one second single-use packaging unit (14) that is linkable to at least one first single-use packaging unit, the at least one second single-use packaging unit (14) including a preset quantity of a second phase of the cosmetic product,
the at least one first single-use packaging unit being linkable in fluid communication with the at least one second single-use packaging unit,
wherein the first phase of the cosmetic product within the at least one first single-use packaging unit (13) is comprised of ingredients different from ingredients that comprise the second phase of the cosmetic product within the at least one second single-use packaging unit (13),
wherein, prior to mixing, said first phase of the cosmetic product in the at least one first single-use packaging unit (14) is physically separated from and free of contact with said second phase of the cosmetic product in the at least one second single-use packaging unit (14); and
a machine (15) that, with the at least one first single-use packaging unit linked in fluid communication with the at least one second single-use packaging unit, is configured to automatically bring the first phase of the cosmetic product and the second phase of the cosmetic product into contact with each other and mix said preset quantity of said first phase of the cosmetic product and said preset quantity of said second phase of the cosmetic product together to provide the cosmetic product (10) in a form directly consumable by an end consumer,
the machine including a housing defining an interior space of the machine,
the machine also including a mixer (2, 7, 16) located within the interior space of the machine,
the mixer (2, 7, 16) comprising a motorized device that, with the at least one first single-use packaging unit linked in fluid communication with the at least one second single-use packaging unit, is configured to automatically mix said preset quantity of said first phase of the cosmetic product and said preset quantity of said second phase of the cosmetic product to end up with the cosmetic product (10) in the form directly consumable by the end consumer,
wherein said mixing is done in an automatic manner and during the mixing neither the first phase of the cosmetic product nor the second phase of the cosmetic product are in direct contact with any part (2, 7, 16) of said mixer which is not single use, thus avoiding dirtying said mixer,
wherein the at least one first single-use packaging unit (13) is comprised of a first capsule defining a first capsule compartment with the preset quantity of the first phase of the cosmetic product, and the at least one second single-use packaging unit (14) is comprised of a second capsule defining a second capsule compartment with the preset quantity of the second phase of the cosmetic product, and
wherein the first capsule is insertable by the end consumer into the interior of the housing and the second capsule is insertable by the end consumer into the interior of the housing for the mixing to be done in the automatic manner where during the mixing neither the first phase of the cosmetic product from the first capsule compartment nor the second phase of the cosmetic product from the second capsule compartment are in direct contact with any part of said mixer which is not single use.

US Pat. No. 10,967,341

MIXING DEVICE

TECAN TRADING AG, Manned...

1. A mixing apparatus, comprising:a drive unit (1) having a drive (10) and a shaft (11) which is pivotable about a pivot axis (A) and is operatively connected to the drive (10),
a pivot receptacle (2) which is arranged on the shaft (11),
at least one holder (3) for standing reagent tubes or perforable ampoules (7), and
a retaining element (4),
wherein the pivot axis (A) is aligned substantially horizontally,
wherein the pivot receptacle (2) comprises a base (20) on which first and second receptacles (21, 22) are provided, which extend away from the base (20) and into which the at least one holder (3) for standing reagent tubes or perforable ampules (7) is inserted, and on which third receptacles (25) are provided on the side of the first and second receptacles (21, 22), with which the retaining element (4) is arranged at least in the region between the first and second receptacles (21, 22) spaced apart from the base (20) in a fixed or removable manner
wherein each holder (3) comprises a plurality of container receptacles (32) arranged along its longitudinal axis (L) and formed between its two ends (30, 31),
characterized in that the retaining element (4) comprises a perforated plate having holes, wherein the holes are arranged so that they are aligned with the container receptacles (32) formed in the holder (3), and in that the internal dimensions of the holes are smaller than the internal dimensions of the container receptacles (32).

US Pat. No. 10,967,340

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IN-LINE INJECTION OF FLOCCULENT AGENT INTO A FLUID FLOW OF MATURE FINE TAILINGS

Suncor Energy Inc., Calg...

1. A method of inline-injection of a flocculating agent into fine tailings flowing through a pipeline in order to promote flocculation of the fine tailings, the method comprising:providing a fluid flow of the fine tailings to be treated along a channel fluidly connected to the pipeline;
providing a source of the flocculating agent; and
introducing the flocculating agent inside the fluid flow of the fine tailings via a plurality of injection outlets disposed co-annularly about the fluid flow of the fine tailings and each having an orifice smaller than the channel, thereby dispersing the flocculating agent into the fluid flow for flocculating the fine tailings.

US Pat. No. 10,967,339

STATIC MIXER

VME PROCESS, INC., Tyler...

1. A method for static mixing a multiphase fluid, the method comprising:passing a fluid through a reduction cone, wherein the fluid comprises a multiphase fluid;
increasing a velocity of the fluid as the fluid flows through the reduction cone, wherein the fluid has an increased velocity after increasing the velocity of the fluid;
directing the fluid onto an expansion cone downstream of the reduction cone;
maintaining the increased velocity with the expansion cone;
distributing the fluid over the expansion cone;
and
mixing the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,967,337

AGGREGATE ATTRITION SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS

Superior Industries, Inc....

1. An attrition mill, comprising:a tank, said tank having a sidewall defining an interior volume, said sidewall positioned between a lid and a bottom surface of said tank;
an inlet in fluid communication with said interior volume;
an outlet in fluid communication with said interior volume, said outlet vertically displaced from said inlet;
a motor;
a shaft assembly, said shaft assembly comprising:
a shaft, said shaft being removably coupled to said motor, said shaft being operably coupled to said motor for rotation of said shaft about a vertical axis, said shaft extending along the vertical axis through an opening in the lid toward the bottom surface and terminating at an end spaced apart from the bottom surface, wherein the lid supports the shaft for rotation about the vertical axis and the end is free of support for rotation about the vertical axis;
a first propeller, said first propeller comprising a first axial core having a first axially extending outer wall, said first propeller comprising a first plurality of propeller blades mounted to said first axial core, said first propeller removably mounted to said shaft, said first propeller disposed at a first height;
a second propeller disposed at a second height along said shaft, said second height being higher than said first height;
a first spacer disposed between said first propeller and said second propeller, said first spacer removably covering a first portion of said shaft, said first spacer abutting said first axial core of said first propeller; and
a second spacer disposed between said second propeller and said opening, said second spacer removably covering a second portion of said shaft, wherein at least one of said spacers at least partially supports at least one of said propellers
an access opening in said sidewall of said tank;
an access door displaceably mounted to said tank, said access door having a first position in which said access opening is covered by said access door, said access door having a second position in which said access opening is not covered by said access door, wherein said access opening is sized such that at least one of said first and second propellers is removable from said tank through said access opening.

US Pat. No. 10,967,336

METHOD FOR PRODUCING EMULSION

Japan Agency for Marine-E...

1. A device for preparation of an emulsion comprising:a heating device into which water flows continuously or intermittently to obtain heated and pressurized water or a water-insoluble substance to be emulsified flows continuously or intermittently to obtain a heated and pressurized water-insoluble substance;
a first flow merger in which under pressure, the heated and pressurized water obtained by the heating device continuously or intermittently merges with a water-insoluble substance to be emulsified or the heated and pressurized water-insoluble substance to be emulsified obtained by the heating device continuously or intermittently merges with water;
a mixing apparatus into which the liquid merged by the first flow merger flows and the water-insoluble substance is dissolved in the water while maintaining at a temperature and pressure approximately at the vapor-liquid critical point of water;
a second flow merger in which the water-insoluble substance dissolved in water flowing out from the mixing apparatus merges with a surfactant at a temperature and pressure approximately at the vapor-liquid critical point of water; and
a cooling device into which the liquids merged by the second flow merger flows and a mixture of the dissolved material and surfactant is cooled to obtain an emulsion in which the water-insoluble substance is emulsified in water or an emulsion in which water is emulsified in the water-insoluble substance; and
the heating device, the first flow merger, the mixing apparatus, the second flow merger and the cooling device connect each other in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,967,335

WATER CONTAINER WITH AN OZONE DIFFUSER

CREATRIX SOLUTIONS LLC, ...

1. A water container with an ozone diffuser comprises:an aeration chamber;
an ozone generator coupler;
a distribution hub;
a plurality of porous tubes;
a degassing unit;
the distribution hub being mounted within the aeration chamber;
the plurality of porous tubes being distributed within the aeration chamber;
the ozone generator coupler and the degassing unit being positioned external to the aeration chamber;
the ozone generator coupler being in fluid communication with the distribution hub;
the distribution hub being in fluid communication with the plurality of porous tubes; and
the aeration chamber being in fluid communication with the degassing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,334

MIXING DEVICE AND AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A mixing device for mixing exhaust gas from a combustion engine of a vehicle with a solution for lowering a content of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas, comprising:a casing with an exhaust inlet, an exhaust outlet, and a corner region, wherein an exhaust gas flow is divertable in the corner region toward the exhaust outlet and wherein the corner region has an opening for a dosing unit; and
a flow guide disposed within the casing, wherein the flow guide is configured to divide a total of the exhaust gas flow into a first exhaust gas stream and a second exhaust gas stream and wherein an entirety of the flow guide is disposed upstream of the opening for the dosing unit;
wherein a gap for the second exhaust gas stream is formed between the flow guide and a side wall of the casing, wherein the opening for the dosing unit is disposed in the side wall, wherein a downstream end region of the flow guide is disposed upstream of the opening for the dosing unit, and wherein the second exhaust stream is accelerated in the gap and flows toward the opening for the dosing unit and therefore toward a location where the urea solution is injected into the mixing device and the second exhaust stream washes over the side wall in which the opening for the dosing unit is located;
wherein the casing has a bend in which the exhaust gas flow is divertable from the exhaust inlet toward the corner region and wherein an upstream end region of the flow guide reaches into the bend;
and wherein the flow guide has a rear edge in the upstream end region which is formed as a curved line which is oriented toward the opening for the dosing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,333

ENTHALPY EXCHANGER ELEMENT, ENTHALPY EXCHANGER COMPRISING SUCH ELEMENTS AND METHOD FOR THEIR PRODUCTION

Zehnder Group Internation...

22. An enthalpy exchanger, comprising:at least three air-permeable sheet elements (1); and
a predetermined three-dimensional corrugation pattern (5, 5, . . . ), wherein a first polymer film (3) is laminated to a first side (1a) of the sheet elements (1) and/or a second polymer film (4) is laminated to a second side (1b) of the sheet elements (1), both polymer films (3, 4) having water vapor transmission characteristics, wherein at least three laminated sheet elements exhibiting the three-dimensional corrugation pattern are stacked onto and fixed to each other with each of their respective corrugation patterns in parallel orientation to form parallel fluid paths.

US Pat. No. 10,967,332

FILTER DEVICE

Pall Corporation, Port W...

1. A method for producing a filter device for stabilising a liquid, the filter device having at least one filter unit, the at least one filter unit comprising an integrated stabiliser and at least one filter element,the method including forming the at least one filter element by reactive spinning of a first precursor, and a third precursor; and optionally a second precursor, in a reactive spinning step;
wherein the integrated stabiliser of the at least one filter unit is formed during the reactive spinning step by radically polymerizing the first precursor in the presence of an activator;
wherein the first precursor comprises polyvinylpyrrolidone, and the third precursor comprises polysulfone, polyether sulfone and/or polyvinylidene fluoride.

US Pat. No. 10,967,330

CENTRAL TUBE COMPONENT OF FILTER ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

1. A manufacturing method for a central tube assembly for a filter cartridge, comprising:bending a filtering membrane towards a raw-water side to form a first membrane layer and a second membrane layer, connecting an input-water filtering net with a first half-tube, then arranging the input-water filtering net connected with the first half-tube between the first membrane layer and the second membrane layer and adjacent to a bending position of the filtering membrane;
connecting a produced-water filtering net with a second half-tube, arranging the second half-tube adjacent to the first half-tube and outside of a bending of the filtering membrane, connecting an upper end of the first half-tube with an upper end of the second half-tube, and connecting a lower end of the first half-tube with a lower end of the second half-tube;
coiling the produced-water filtering net, the first membrane layer and the second membrane layer on the first half-tube and the second half-tube in a same direction to fix the first half-tube with the second half-tube;
coating glue on a lower surface of an upper-end cover and on an upper surface of a lower-end cover; and
fitting the upper-end cover over upper ends of the first half-tube and the second half-tube, pressing an upper end of the filtering membrane by the upper-end cover to form a sealing glue layer, fitting the lower-end cover over lower ends of the first half-tube and the second half-tube, pressing a lower end of the filtering membrane by the lower-end cover to form a sealing glue layer, thereby obtaining the central tube assembly wherein the two ends of the first half-tube each are provided with a first pre-mounting portion beyond the filtering membrane, the two ends of the second half-tube each are provided with a second pre-mounting portion beyond the filtering membrane, the first pre-mounting portion and the second pre-mounting portion are connected before the filtering membrane is coiled, and the first pre-mounting portion and the second pre-mounting portion are cut off after the filtering membrane completes coiling.