US Pat. No. 10,479,537

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for producing packages of infusion products, said packages comprising a bag filled with a dosed quantity of an infusion product, a tag, and a length of thread attached to opposite ends to said bag and respectively said tag, said apparatus comprising:a winding group configured to wind said length of thread around said bag after said bag has been filled, said winding group comprising,
a rotating carousel rotatable around a rotation axis, and
at least one winding unit positioned on said rotating carousel and brought into rotation by said rotating carousel between an inlet station and a release station, said bag being received at said inlet station with said tag attached thereto by said length of thread and having said length of thread wound thereabout in said at least one winding unit before release at said release station,
wherein said at least one winding unit comprises,
a rotatable structure, and
a first gripping element and a second gripping element, which are configured to be activated independently and to withhold said bag either individually or jointly,
a third gripping element carried by said carousel and associated to said rotating structure, said third gripping element being configured to withhold said tag,
wherein said carousel rotates in a continuous motion,
wherein said winding unit is further configured to move said first and said second gripping elements outwardly and inwardly in relation to said structure and to cause said second gripping element to grip and withhold said bag individually while said first gripping element is distanced from said bag, or to cause said second and said first gripping elements to jointly grip and withhold said bag, thereby enabling a gripping passage from the second gripping element to the first gripping element or vice versa, or to cause said first gripping element to grip and withhold said bag individually while said second gripping element is distanced from said bag.

US Pat. No. 10,479,535

DEPLOYMENT AND AIMING DEVICE

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A deployment and aiming device of an instrument comprising:a first support,
a second support intended to receive the instrument,
at least one mandrel positioned around the first support, each of the at least one mandrel being rotationally mobile relative to the first support about a mandrel axis (ZN) intersecting said mandrel,
at least one linear element, each of the at least one linear element engaging with at least one of the at least one mandrel, each of the at least one linear element having a first and a second end,
wherein the first end of the at least one linear element is fixed in the at least one mandrel with which it engages at a fixing point, and wherein the second end of the at least one linear element is linked to the second support, such that a rotation of said at least one mandrel about its axis (ZN) generates a displacement of the fixing point,
and wherein each of the at least one mandrel is eccentric about the mandrel axis (ZN) intersecting said at least one mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,530

AIRCRAFT HIGH-LIFT DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST ONE DIFFERENTIATED COUPLING SYSTEM

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. An aircraft high-lift device, comprising:a kinematic chain connected to flaps, the kinematic chain comprising a plurality of shafts connected to one another by non-differentiated coupling systems; and
at least one differentiated coupling system that differs from the non-differentiated coupling systems,
wherein the differentiated coupling system is configured to be coupled to an adapter and comprises at least one poka-yoke feature, and
wherein the adapter is configured to connect the differentiated coupling system to an external drive.

US Pat. No. 10,479,520

COMPOSITE STRUCTURE ASSEMBLY HAVING AN INTERCONNECTED LAYERED CORE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite structure assembly, comprising:a composite core including a first cell layer having a plurality of first cells and a second cell layer having a plurality of second cells, wherein the first cell layer is adjacent to the second cell layer, and wherein the plurality of first cells are fluidly interconnected with the plurality of second cells; and
a plurality of connecting beams that connect the first cell layer to the second cell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,519

NACELLE SHORT INLET FOR FAN BLADE REMOVAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A fan assembly for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a fan including a plurality of fan blades, each fan blade extending radially outwardly from a fan hub to a blade tip, the plurality of blade tips defining a fan diameter;
a nacelle surrounding the fan and defining a fan inlet upstream of the fan, relative to an airflow direction into the fan, the nacelle having a forwardmost edge defining an inlet length from the forwardmost edge to a leading edge of a fan blade of the plurality of fan blades, a ratio of inlet length to fan diameter between 0.20 and 0.45; and
a nacelle inner surface defining a nacelle flowpath, the nacelle flowpath having a convex throat portion and a diffusion portion between the throat portion and the leading edge of the fan blade at a topmost portion of the nacelle, the throat portion having a minimum throat radius measured from a fan central axis greater than a blade tip radius measured relative to the fan central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,509

VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A ventilation system for a wide-bodied aircraft with a pressurization cabin, the ventilation system comprising:a compressor apparatus with a heat exchanger for drawing air in from an input reservoir and for generating an excess pressure in at least one output reservoir,
several air outlets in the pressurization cabin which are connected to the at least one output reservoir of the compressor apparatus,
at least one suction air intake pipe in the pressurization cabin,
a static volume flow control member for adjusting a volume flow through at least one of the air outlets,
wherein the static volume flow control member comprises:
an admission orifice plate with a predetermined internal cross-section in a pipe section, wherein the admission orifice plate with the predetermined internal cross-section is a perforated plate which stands substantially transversally to an air stream in the pipe section,
an electronic memory coupled to the admission orifice plate for storing orifice plate parameters, the orifice plate parameters are indicative of the non-changeable internal cross-section of the orifice plate for the air flowing through it, and
a transmission device coupled to the admission orifice plate for transmitting the orifice plate parameters from the electronic memory to an external receiver device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,503

SUSPENDED LOAD STABILITY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Vita Inclinata Technologi...

1. A load stability system apparatus for stabilizing a load suspended via a cable from above, the apparatus comprising:a center module comprising:
an attachment point for the cable, configured to allow rotation of the cable relative to the apparatus such that a twist or rotational motion of the cable is decoupled from an orientation of the apparatus and the apparatus in operation is orientable to any direction around an upright axis between the cable and the load;
an attachment point for the load, configured to suspend the load in operation below the load stability system apparatus;
a tensile structural element along the upright axis between the attachment point for the cable and the attachment point for the load,
wherein an upper surface of the tensile structural element is coupled to the attachment point for the cable and a lower surface of the tensile structural element is coupled to the attachment point for the load; and
a thruster mounting structure connected to the tensile structural element, configured to mount an even number of thrusters to the center module in a fixed position,
wherein the fixed position comprises pairs of thrusters arranged on opposite sides of the center module across the upright axis, aligned in parallel and facing a common direction;
a power supply;
a sensor array comprising:
an inertial measurement system;
an orientation measurement system; and
an absolute position measurement system;
a wireless transceiver;
a thruster controller;
two or more thrusters connected to the thruster mounting structure and controlled by the thruster controller; and
a processor operably connected to the sensor array, the wireless transceiver, and the thruster controller;
wherein the processor is configured to:
determine a motion of the load, the motion including any of a pendulum awing, a conical pendulum swing, and a twisting or rotational motion, based on the sensor array measurement systems;
orient the apparatus to a thrust application vector, by controlling thrust provided by the at least one of the thrusters in the pairs of thrusters mounted on opposite sides of the center module, such that the common direction that at least one of the pairs of thrusters faces coincides with the thrust application vector; and
apply thrust along the thrust application vector to autonomously counteract the motion of the load, by controlling at least the pair of thrusters aligned with the thrust application vector.

US Pat. No. 10,479,501

PAYLOAD ORIENTATION CONTROL AND STABILIZATION

1. A balloon payload stabilization system comprising:a balloon envelope; and
a gondola suspended beneath the balloon envelope, the gondola including:
a housing unit coupled to one or more rotational stabilization devices, wherein the one or more rotational stabilization devices are configured to stabilize the gondola around at least a first axis of rotation relative to an orientation of the balloon payload stabilization system; and
a powered gimbal including a payload, wherein the powered gimbal is mechanically coupled to the housing unit and is configured to rotate around one or more axes relative to the orientation of the balloon payload stabilization system to position the payload;
wherein the payload, when positioned in a first position by the powered gimbal, is stably maintained in the first position via rotation around at least the first axis by the one or more rotational stabilization devices.

US Pat. No. 10,479,500

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH DETACHABLE COMPUTING DEVICE

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:an airframe comprising:
a plurality of arms movable between a stowed configuration and a flight-ready configuration;
a plurality of rotors, each coupled to a respective one of the plurality of arms;
at least one motor coupled to the plurality of rotors; and
a control management system;
a cradle coupled to the airframe for receiving a computing device, the cradle being adjustable to accommodate a plurality of different computing devices; and
a connector configured to connect the control management system to the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,492

ROTOR AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH SUCH A ROTOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A rotor designed to contribute at least in part to the lift and/or to the propulsion of an aircraft, the rotor comprising a hub and at least three lift assemblies that are movable together in rotation about an axis of rotation of the rotor, each lift assembly comprising a root and a lift member that extends in the span direction from the root towards an end, the root being attached to the hub by a mobility and retention member and being secured to the lift member, each mobility and retention member conferring on each lift assembly a degree of freedom to move relative to the hub about at least a lead-lag axis and a pitch axis, each lift assembly being positioned circumferentially between two adjacent lift assemblies, each lift assembly being connected to the two adjacent lift assemblies respectively by a first damper and by a second damper, and for each lift assembly:a first plane contains the lead-lag axis and is orthogonal to the pitch axis of the lift assembly;
the first damper is hinged to the lift assembly at least about a first axis parallel to the lead-lag axis of the lift assembly;
the second damper is hinged to the lift assembly at least about a second axis parallel to the lead-lag axis of the lift assembly;
the first axis is situated in a volume lying between the first plane of the lift assembly and the axis of rotation, the second axis being positioned outside the volume; and
the root includes a shackle fastened to the mobility and retention member and a fitting fastened to the lift assembly between the shackle and the end, the fitting comprising two L-shaped plates, each L-shaped plate presenting an orifice through which the second axis passes, the two L-shaped plates hold between them an intermediate connection member, and the intermediate member including a fork connected to a pitch rod and at least one orifice through which the first axis passes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,474

FRICTION STIR WELDED WINGTIP TORQUE BOX

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A wingtip torque box comprising:an upper monolithic clamshell comprising an upper front spar, an upper rear spar, and an upper skin portion extending between the upper front spar and the upper rear spar;
a lower monolithic clamshell comprising a lower front spar, a lower rear spar, and a lower skin portion extending between the lower front spar and the lower rear spar,
wherein the upper monolithic clamshell and the lower monolithic clamshell form a cavity,
wherein the cavity is a continuous cavity that extends between a wing end and a tip end of the wingtip torque box, providing access through the wingtip torque box between the wing end and the tip end,
wherein the upper front spar is friction stir welded to the lower front spar at a front friction stir welded joint, and
wherein the upper rear spar is friction stir welded to the lower rear spar at a rear friction stir welded joint.

US Pat. No. 10,479,470

ROTARY VANE STEERING GEAR

1. A rotary vane steering gear comprisinga rotary vane hydraulic actuator that has a body divided into a movable part that creates the rotor and a stationary part that creates a stator where both parts together confine the internal hydraulic space in the shape of a toroid with a rotation axis (X-X), and
a rudder stock placed in the rotation axis (X-X), whereinthe body is divided by plane (A-A) that crosses a space perpendicularly to the rotation axis (X-X) and in case of a space of circular toroid shape—by plane (A-A) that crosses the space perpendicularly to the rotation axis (X-X) and a center point of a circle delimiting the space, into the rotor and the stator bound by two thrust rings and that are fastened concentrically on both opposite sides of hydraulic space each to the respective edge of one body part and that overlap the other body part radially, to create in conjunction with the both body parts two concentric slewing bearings that keep the rotor and the stator in one axial and radial position to each other and enable the rotor to rotate in relation to the stator around the rotation axis (X-X).

US Pat. No. 10,479,462

LIFE VEST WITH RESCUE HANDLE

Swimways Corporation, Vi...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a swim assist vest having a back portion; and
a handle assembly including a rescue handle and a base, the handle assembly coupled in a fixed position to the back portion of the swim assist vest such that a weight of a wearer is supported when the rescue handle is pulled,
the back portion of the swim assist vest includes at least a portion formed of an inner layer of fabric, an outer layer of fabric and a flotation panel, at least a portion of the rescue handle being disposed exterior to an outer surface of the back portion of the swim assist vest, the base being disposed such that a portion of an inner surface of the back portion is disposed between the base and the outer surface of the back portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,461

SURF WAKE FORMING SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SUBTABS

1. A system for forming asymmetric surf wakes behind a wakeboat including a hull having a port side, a starboard side, an inside, an outside, a stern, a roll axis, a pitch axis, and a yaw axis, the hull being configured to float in water with a waterline on the outside of the hull, the hull when moving forward in the water creating a wake with a left quiet region and a right quiet region, the system comprising:a yaw detector configured to measure the rotation of the hull about its yaw axis;
a primary left trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the port side of the stern for rotation about a first tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary left actuator mounted between the hull and the primary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary left trim tab around the first tab axis of the primary left trim tab from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull,
a secondary left trim tab pivotally supported by the primary left trim tab for rotation about a second tab axis that is non-parallel to the first tab axis, and configured to rotate from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position that rotates the stern of the hull in a starboard direction to enlarge the right quiet region;
a secondary left actuator mounted between the primary left trim tab and the secondary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary left trim tab to enlarge the right quiet region and create at least one surf right configuration;
a primary right trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the starboard side of the stern for rotation about a third tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary right actuator mounted between the hull and the primary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary right trim tab around the third tab axis from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull;
a secondary right trim tab pivotally supported by the primary right trim tab for rotation about a fourth tab axis that is non-parallel to the third tab axis, and configured to rotate from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position that rotates the stern of the hull in a port direction to enlarge the left quiet region; and
a secondary right actuator mounted between the primary right trim tab and the secondary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary right trim tab to enlarge the left quiet region and create at least one surf left configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,479,459

STABILIZING WATER DIFFUSER SYSTEM FOR WATER SPORTS BOARD, WATER SPORTS BOARD WITH WATER DIFFUSER SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Mink Surf LLC, Waianae, ...

19. A water diffuser for a water sports board comprising:a base, a vertical member, and a front edge;
the base having a front end and back end;
the vertical member extending from the base to a distal end;
the front edge extending from the front end of the base to the distal end of the vertical member;
the front edge comprising a first slope between the front end and the vertical member and a second slope along the vertical member, wherein the second slope is steeper than the first slope so as to define a concave contour,
wherein the water diffuser is configured to modulate a turbulent water flow caused by a fin system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,458

INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD

Twitch LLC, Steamboat Sp...

1. An inflatable paddle board, comprising:an inflatable stand-up board chamber;
stacked sidewalls to form a rail around at least a portion of a side of the inflatable stand-up board chamber; and
a tent covering between the inflatable stand-up board chamber and the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,479,455

PERFORMING GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS USING UNMANNED TOW VESSELS

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of unmanned tow vessels, including:
a first unmanned tow vessel that is configured to tow one or more vibratory source elements but not any streamers; and
a second unmanned tow vessel that is configured to tow one or more vibratory source elements and one or more streamers;
wherein the plurality of unmanned tow vessels are configured to:
traverse a first sail path in a first formation, wherein the first formation includes a first ordering of the plurality of unmanned tow vessels;
while traversing the first sail path in the first formation, actuate at least one vibratory source element within the system and collect first data via at least one streamer within the system;
turn toward a subsequent sail path, wherein both the first and second unmanned tow vessels turn toward the subsequent sail path using substantially similar turning radii;
traverse the subsequent sail path in a second formation, wherein the second formation includes a second, different ordering of the plurality of unmanned tow vessels; and
while traversing the subsequent sail path in the second formation, actuate at least one vibratory source element within the system and collect second data via at least one streamer within the system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,454

FOLDABLE WATERCRAFT CHAIR

1. An attachable watercraft chair, comprising:a frame assembly including a seat frame, a backrest frame and a footrest frame;
wherein the footrest frame is movably connected to the seat frame and the backrest frame is movably connected to the seat frame opposite of the footrest frame;
a covering over the frame assembly adapted to receive the body of a user;
a plurality of fasteners attached to the backrest frame configured to secure the watercraft chair to a side of a watercraft;
wherein the plurality of fasteners comprises at least one fastener configured to be placed underwater and at least one fastener configured to be placed above water;
the plurality of fasteners is attached to the backrest frame by a plurality of adjustable arms comprised of a first arm slidably receivable into a second arm with sufficient frictional resistance to maintain a stable position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,453

RESCUE DEVICE FOR CONTAINERS OF DAMAGED CONTAINER SHIPS

Tractebel Overdick GmbH, ...

1. Rescue device for containers (7) with container corners (9) loaded on a damaged ship (110), comprising:at least two crane rails (20, 21) arranged parallel to one another;
a support (20, 21, 22) comprising:
at least one locking mechanism (204,205);
wherein the support is temporarily fastened in a releasable manner by means of the at least one locking mechanism at the containers corners (9) of at least one of the containers (7) fastened on the deck of the damaged ship;
a crane stand (27) with at least four diagonal supports (26) mounted on the crane stand, the at least four diagonal supports are mounted on at least four crane feet (24), which are arranged on one of the crane rails (20, 21)
a crane (50) arranged on the support (20, 21, 22), the crane (50) comprising:
a front support arm (51);
a load cable guided over the front arm support, the load cable section leading away from the support arm (51) is connected to a container (7) to be unloaded, and the length of which can be changed
wherein the at least one locking mechanism of the support is located opposite the crane;
a bolt (271) located on the crane stand and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the at least two crane rails; and
a fork piece (80) of the crane, fitted onto the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,479,452

TOW BODY ARRANGEMENT FOR A TOWABLE DEVICE IN A SONAR SYSTEM

GEOSPECTRUM TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A towable device for towing behind a watercraft comprising:a bridle having a front for connecting to a first tow cable and back for connecting to a second tow cable;
a tow body rotatably coupled to the bridle at a single pivot connection between the front and back of the bridle, the tow body rotatable about the single pivot point relative to the bridle between a recovery position in line with the front of the bridle and the back of the bridle and an approximately vertical position in use.

US Pat. No. 10,479,451

RETRACTABLE ANCHOR FIXTURES

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A retractable anchor fixture for accessories, the retractable anchor fixture being adapted for being movably disposed in a surface aperture in a surface, the retractable anchor fixture comprising:a fixture body;
a fixture base extending from the fixture body, the fixture base including a stopper portion adapted for abutting an edge of the surface aperture;
a first aperture defined by the fixture body, the first aperture being adapted to receive therethrough a portion of an anchor for anchoring a first accessory to the anchor fixture; and
an anchor chamber defined by the fixture body and communicating with the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,479,446

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE

Newer Commuter, LLC, Bur...

1. A propulsion device for a bicycle, comprising:a mounting assembly for releasably coupling the propulsion device to the bicycle;
a motor;
a power source operably coupled to and selectively providing power to the motor;
a gear assembly coupled to the motor; and
two frictional drive components coupled to the gear assembly, the two frictional drive components being movable between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, wherein in the engaged configuration the two frictional drive components are frictionally engaged with a side of a wheel of the bicycle such that the wheel is arranged between the two frictional drive components and in the disengaged configuration the two frictional drive components are disengaged from the wheel,
wherein:
when the power source provides power to the motor, the motor drives the gear assembly: (i) to move the two frictional drive components into the engaged configuration, and (ii) to rotate at least one of the two frictional drive components such that rotation of the at least one frictional drive component rotates the wheel of the bicycle, and
the gear assembly comprises:
a gear housing;
a planetary gear assembly coupled to the gear housing and including a ring gear, a sun gear, and a plurality of planet gears; and
one or more drive gears coupled to the at least one of the two frictional drive components, wherein the one or more drive gears are coupled to the planetary gear assembly through the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,479,444

CRANK DRIVE APPARATUS FOR POWER ASSISTED BICYCLE

DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.,...

1. A power transmission apparatus configured to drive a wheel of a vehicle, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a shaft extending along an axial direction;
a propelling plate disposed on and rotating with the shaft, wherein the propelling plate has a first surface and at least one first block, the first block is disposed on the first surface, and the first block has a propelling surface;
a first driven plate disposed on the shaft and capable of moving along the axial direction of the shaft, wherein the first driven plate has:
a second surface opposite to the first surface; and
at least one second block disposed on the second surface, wherein the second block has a driven surface, and the driven surface is at least partially opposite to the propelling surface;
a sensor device disposed outside the shaft and close to the first driven plate, wherein the sensor device detects a distance between the sensor device and the second surface;
a second driven plate disposed on the shaft and at a side of the first driven plate opposite to the propelling plate, wherein the second driven plate is fixed relative to the shaft in the axial direction of the shaft, and coupled to the wheel, when driven by the first driven plate, the second driven plate rotates around the shaft; and
a resilient member disposed between the first driven plate and the second driven plate and being compressed to provide a restoring force to move the first driven plate toward the propelling plate;
wherein when the propelling plate does not rotate around the axial direction of the shaft, the restoring force compels the first driven plate to move toward the propelling plate along the axial direction of the shaft to reveal a first distance between the sensor device and the second surface;
wherein when the propelling plate rotates around the axial direction of the shaft, the propelling surface compels the driven surface to make the first driven plate correspondingly rotate and simultaneously move away from the propelling plate along the axial direction of the shaft to reveal a second distance between the sensor device and the second surface, the first distance is different from the second distance, the second driven plate driven by the first driven plate so that the second driven plate rotates to drive the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,439

PUMP-ACTION RIDE-ALONG VEHICLE

1. A pump-action ride-along vehicle comprising:a body providing a frame;
a pumper arm pivotably connected to the frame at a pivot point;
a steering arm having one end thereof connected to the pumper arm through a universal joint and having another end thereof connected to a steering mechanism arranged to control a direction of travel of the ride-along vehicle;
a chain assembly connected to an end of the pumper arm, wherein the chain assembly comprises a chain connected to the pumper arm at one end of the chain and rigidly connected to the frame at an opposite end of the chain wherein the chain assembly further comprises a chain mount for rigidly connecting the chain to the frame, a fulcrum pivotably connected to the frame, a chain guide mounted on the fulcrum, and a spring biasing the fulcrum to provide tension to the chain;
a sprocket arranged on an axle and engaging the chain, wherein said sprocket is configured to cause rotation of the axle in response to actuation of the pumper arm and corresponding movement of the chain; and
one or more wheels arranged on the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,438

BICYCLE BRAKE AND SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake and shift operating device comprising:a base member including a grip portion and a mounting portion being configured to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar;
a brake lever pivotally connected to the base member at a pivot axis, the brake lever including an inward facing surface and an outward facing surface, the inward facing surface facing toward a center plane which perpendicularly extends from a center portion of the bicycle handlebar with respect to a longitudinal direction of the bicycle handlebar when the base member is mounted on the bicycle handlebar;
a first shift switch including a slot and a first operating portion mounted on the inward facing surface of the brake lever, the first shift switch being arranged to electrically control a shifting device, the first operating portion being adjustably arranged in upward and downward directions transverse to an opening direction of the slot in a state where the bicycle brake and shift operating device is mounted to the bicycle handlebar; and
a second shift switch at least partially disposed on the outward facing surface of the brake lever, the second shift switch arranged to electrically control one of the shifting device and an additional shifting device, the second shift switch includes an operating portion at least partially disposed on an outward facing surface of the brake lever, a switching portion disposed completely within the brake lever and coupled to a rearward side of the brake lever, the operating portion being movably mounted to a housing of the switching portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,426

CRAWLER

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A crawler comprising:an endless belt-shaped elastic body;
a main cord layer that is disposed within the elastic body, that is configured by a plurality of main cords extending along an elastic body peripheral direction and arranged side-by-side in an elastic body width direction, and that is formed with an overlapping portion where both end sides of the main cord layer in the elastic body peripheral direction overlap one another in an elastic body thickness direction; and
a stretching and contracting portion that is formed at the overlapping portion of the main cords, and is capable of stretching and contracting more in the elastic body peripheral direction than other portions of the main cords, wherein:
the stretching and contracting portion includes a curved portion where the main cords are curved with an amplitude in the elastic body width direction as viewed along the elastic body thickness direction,
one end side of each main cord is superimposed on another end side of the main cord from an elastic body outer peripheral side,
stretching and contracting portions are formed on the one end side and the other end side of each main cord,
an amplitude and a wavelength of the stretching and contracting portions on the one end side are different from an amplitude and a wavelength of the stretching and contracting portions on the other end side, and
the stretching and contracting portions formed on the one end side stretch in the elastic body peripheral direction, and the stretching and contracting portions formed on the other end side contract in the elastic body peripheral direction when the overlapping portion of the main cords are entrained around a drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,418

CARGO SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES, SUCH AS AUTONOMOUS DELIVERY VEHICLES

UDELV INC., Burlingame, ...

1. A cargo pod for use with an autonomous vehicle, the cargo pod comprising:a framework at least partially defining a cargo space;
first and second horizontal doors operably coupled to the framework, wherein each of the horizontal doors are individually movable relative to the cargo space along a first axis; and
first and second vertical doors operably coupled to the framework, wherein each of the vertical doors are individually movable relative to the cargo space along a second axis, different than the first axis, and wherein—
the first and second vertical doors and the first and second horizontal doors together define an aperture that provides access to the cargo space, and
the first and second vertical doors and the first and second horizontal doors are movable to vary the position and size of the aperture relative to the cargo space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,417

TRUCK TAILGATE AND BUMPER ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bed pillar;
a tailgate pivotally engaging the bed pillar; and
a bumper including a body secured to the bed pillar, a lever pivotally mounted to the body and having a pad, and a spring biasing the pad into contact with the tailgate in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,415

VEHICULAR PANEL STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular panel structure comprising:an inner panel disposed on an inner side of a vehicle;
an outer panel disposed on an outer side of the inner panel, having a linear expansion coefficient different from a linear expansion coefficient of the inner panel, and having an adhesive surface joined by an adhesive to an adhesive surface of the inner panel; and
an affixed member affixed to a part of the adhesive surface of the inner panel or the adhesive surface of the outer panel, the affixed member being configured to adhere less to the adhesive than to the adhesive surface of the inner panel or the adhesive surface of the outer panel to which the affixed member is affixed, wherein:
the inner panel and the outer panel constitute a door of the vehicle; and
the affixed member is disposed in a lower end portion of the door in an up-down direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,413

VEHICLE FLOOR AND SUBASSEMBLIES THEREOF

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A sill assembly for a vehicle comprising:an energy-absorbing region that is elongated in a fore-aft direction and includes an inboard subregion and an outboard subregion, wherein the outboard subregion is arranged outboard of and proximate to the inboard subregion; and
a force-spreading region that is elongated in the fore-aft direction and is arranged outboard of and proximate to the energy-absorbing region and spreads force from outboard loading to the energy-absorbing region,
wherein in along the fore-aft direction, the force-spreading region has greater inboard compressive strength than the outboard subregion, and the outboard subregion has greater inboard compressive strength than the inboard subregion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,406

MOTOR VEHICLE ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING A FRONT END MODULE, A FRONT SUSPENSION AND A SORB STRUCTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle assembly, comprising:a front end module;
a front suspension; and
a small offset rigid barrier (SORB) structure connecting said front end module and said front suspension, said SORB structure including a cross member, a first crush horn carried on said cross member, a second crush horn carried on said cross member, a first support bracket extending between said first crush horn and said cross member outboard and laterally outside of said first crush horn and a second support bracket extending between said second crush horn and said cross member outboard and laterally outside of said second crush horn.

US Pat. No. 10,479,402

METHOD FOR SUPPLYING AN INDUCTIVE LOAD

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A method for supplying power to an inductive load comprising:an H-bridge switching structure coupled to a positive power supply and to an electrical ground and including a first, a second, a third and a fourth switch that are distributed over two branches of the H-bridge, said four switches being positioned with respect to said inductive load such that closing a first pair of switches formed by the first and third switches allows a current to flow through the inductive load in a forward direction, and that closing a second pair of switches, comprising the second and fourth switches, allows a current to flow through the inductive load in a reverse direction,
current measurement means designed to measure a current through each switch,the power supply method comprising:a) supplying power to the inductive load for a first given duration by way of the first pair of switches or of the second pair of switches,
b) reducing an accumulated current in the inductive load after the step of supplying power to the inductive load, for a second given duration, by closing a third pair of switches formed by the second and third switches, or by closing a fourth pair of switches, formed by the first and fourth switches,the method further comprising upon detection of an anomaly by way of the current measurement means during step a) or step b):c) identifying the switch out of the four switches that caused the circuit break,
d) identifying whether the anomaly was detected during step a) or step b),
if the anomaly is detected in step a):
h) performing step b) with another pair of switches for a third duration,
i) identifying the origin of the anomaly,
if the anomaly is detected in step b):
j) identifying the origin of the anomaly.

US Pat. No. 10,479,401

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FRICTION IN A POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A steering system comprising:a steering gear;
a sensor operative to measure acceleration of the steering gear during a change in the steering angle and to generate a sensor signal representing structure-borne noise associated with said steering gear; and
a control unit operative to compare the sensor signal with a threshold value and to detect a fault state if the sensor signal is larger than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,400

USE OF THE POWER STEERING TO COMPENSATE FOR THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS INTRODUCED BY A LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A power steering system comprising:a first wheel and a second wheel coupled to each other;
a limited slip differential coupling the first wheel and the second wheel, the limited slip differential being configured to transmit a driving torque to the first wheel and to the second wheel, the limited slip differential being configured to automatically activate a blocking mode in response to (i) a loss of synchronism between the first wheel and the second wheel or (ii) a loss of adhesion of either the first wheel or the second wheel, the blocking mode being a mode of the limited slip differential that transfers a majority of the driving torque to a slowest spinning wheel of the first wheel and the second wheel;
a steering mechanism configured to manipulate the first wheel and the second wheel such that a steering angle of each of the first wheel and the second wheel is changed;
an assist motor in communication with the steering mechanism; and
a processor controlling the assist motor, the processor being configured to:
determine an assist setpoint based on forces induced on the steering mechanism by the blocking mode of the limited slip differential,
apply the determined assist setpoint to the assist motor such that the assist motor counteracts the forces induced on the steering mechanism,
generate corrective anti-feedbacks that oppose disturbing force components caused by changes in the transfer of the majority of the driving torque between the first wheel and the second wheel, the generated corrective anti-feedbacks including a derivative component calculated by multiplying a value of a time derivative of a steering wheel torque exerted on the steering mechanism at a steering wheel by a derivative gain,
generate return corrective components that, when the steering wheel is rotated so as to form a non-zero steering wheel angle relative to a central position corresponding to a straight-line trajectory, forces a return of the steering wheel to the central position, the generated return corrective components counteracting the disturbing force components, which reduce a self-aligning torque of the first and second wheels,
determine and set a return setpoint by multiplying an angular deviation by an open-loop return gain, the angular deviation being defined as a difference between an instantaneous angular position of the steering wheel and a central angular position of the steering wheel, and
define a return angular speed setpoint of the steering wheel, and adapt, in real time, the determined assist setpoint applied to the assist motor so that an actual return angular speed of the steering wheel follows the return angular speed setpoint of the steering wheel, wherein the return speed setpoint increases, in absolute value, with an angular deviation defined as the difference between the instantaneous angular position of the steering wheel and the central angular position of the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,399

REDUNDANT GEAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE STEERING COLUMN AND METHOD

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A redundant gear assembly for a steering column comprising:a gear operatively coupled to a steering column component;
a first set of gear teeth on the gear;
a second set of gear teeth on the gear;
a first motor driving a first gear input component, the first gear input component in meshed engagement with the first set of gear teeth to provide a first steering assist torque that is representative of a desired steering assist torque in a primary operating mode of the redundant gear assembly; and
a second motor driving a second gear input component, the second gear input component in meshed engagement with the second set of gear teeth to provide a second steering assist torque in a redundant operating mode of the redundant gear assembly, the second motor not driving the second gear input component in the primary operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,479,397

RADIALLY PRELOADED RACK BEARING

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A rack and pinion steering system comprising:a housing;
a rack supported by the housing;
a pinion gear meshed to the rack; and
a radially preloaded rack bearing supported and preloaded to the housing and preloaded to the rack, wherein the rack is constructed and arranged to move along a first centerline and the rack bearing extends along a second centerline that traverses the first centerline, wherein the rack bearing is preloaded axially against the rack and preloaded radially against the housing with respect to the second centerline, and wherein the rack bearing includes first and second semi-cylindrical segments co-projecting radially outward from the rack and with respect to the first centerline and being spaced and biased radially outward from one-another with respect to the second centerline, wherein the rack bearing includes an axially extending hinge portion attached to the first and second semi-cylindrical segments.

US Pat. No. 10,479,396

STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering system comprising:an upper jacket movable in an axial direction, the upper jacket including a first axial end and a second axial end, the first axial end being connected with a steering member;
a lower jacket fitted to the second axial end of the upper jacket;
a first toothed member secured to the upper jacket, the first toothed member being configured to move together with the upper jacket, the first toothed member including first teeth arranged in the axial direction;
a second toothed member including second teeth configured to mesh with the first teeth, the second toothed member being configured to change its position between a meshing position where the first teeth mesh with the second teeth and a meshing releasing position where the first teeth do not mesh with the second teeth;
a facing member configured to move together with the upper jacket, the facing member facing, from the first axial end, the second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position;
a rupturable member supported by the lower jacket, the rupturable member being disposed through the second toothed member, the rupturable member being rupturable by an impact received by the second toothed member from the first toothed member or the facing member and transmitted to the rupturable member; and
an impact absorbing member configured to deform so as to absorb an impact received by the second toothed member, wherein
the second toothed member located at the meshing position receives an impact from the first toothed member so as to collide against the impact absorbing member after rupture of the rupturable member and deform the impact absorbing member, and
the second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position receives an impact from the facing member so as to cause rupture of the rupturable member and deformation of the impact absorbing member to occur concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,479,394

STEERING DEVICE OF VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A steering device of a vehicle, the steering device comprising:a column housing supported on a vehicle body;
a column tube supported to be movable in an axial direction with respect to the column housing and configured to accommodate a steering shaft; and
a telescopic mechanism configured to drive the column tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction,
wherein the column tube includes
an outer tube configured to accommodate the steering shaft and support the steering shaft to be rotatable around an axis of the steering shaft, and
an inner tube accommodated in the outer tube and configured to hold the outer tube at a predetermined position in a normal state, and
the column tube is configured to allow a relative movement of the outer tube with respect to the inner tube in the axial direction when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is applied to the steering shaft, and
the telescopic mechanism includes
a holding member supported by the inner tube, and
a driving mechanism connected to the holding member and supported by the column housing to drive the holding member in the axial direction, and
the telescopic mechanism is configured to drive the inner tube and the outer tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction by the driving mechanism,
the outer tube has an opening that allows the holding member to move in the axial direction, and the holding member is inserted through the opening to be connected to the driving mechanism, and
the holding member is inserted through one side of the inner tube and is supported by another side of the inner tube to be connected to the driving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,479,393

STEERING DEVICE OF VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A steering device of a vehicle, the steering device comprising:a column housing supported by a vehicle body;
a column tube supported to be movable with respect to the column housing in an axial direction; and
a pressing mechanism interposed between the column tube and the column housing to press the column tube,
wherein the pressing mechanism includes:
an abutment member that abuts against an outer surface of the column tube;
a biasing member that is interposed between the abutment member and the column housing so as to bias the abutment member in a biasing direction toward the column tube; and
a shim member that is interposed between the biasing member and the abutment member and includes a supporting portion that abuts against the biasing member, and a pressing portion that abuts against the abutment member in a region of the shim member that is offset from the supporting portion of the shim member in a direction perpendicular to the biasing direction,
wherein the abutment member includes a disc portion that abuts against the outer surface of the column tube and a shaft portion that extends from a center of the disc portion, and the shim member includes a small outer diameter portion that abuts against the disc portion and constitutes the pressing portion, and a large outer diameter portion that abuts against the biasing member and constitutes the supporting portion, and
wherein the shim member includes a first member that constitutes the supporting portion, and a second member that constitutes the pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,383

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LEVEL CROSSING

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A system for controlling a level crossing between a railway track and a road, the system comprising:at least one first couple of transmitter devices and at least one second couple of transmitter devices located in proximity of a level crossing area on a first side of the railway track;
at least one first couple of receiver devices and at least one second couple of receiver devices located in proximity of the level crossing area on a second side of the railway track opposite to the first side where the transmitter devices are located,
the first couple of transmitter devices and receiver devices being located on a first side of the road and the second couple of transmitter devices and receiver devices being located on a second side of the road opposite to the first side where the first couples of transmitter devices and receiver devices are located, and
a control unit arranged to send and receive signals from said couples of transmitter device and receiver devices so as to detect the presence of a train in correspondence of the level crossing area,
wherein
each couple of transmitter devices is arranged to transmit towards the couples of receiver devices a first beam going from a first transmitter device towards a corresponding first receiver device of the couple of receiver devices located on the same side of the road where the couple of transmitter devices is located, and a second beam going respectively from a second transmitter device towards an opposite second receiver device of the couple of receiver devices located on the side of the road opposite to the side where the couple of transmitter devices is located, and
the control unit is arranged to activate the sending of at least one second beam and to send a warning message and/or close bars of the level crossing upon interruption of at least one first beam due to the presence of the train on the railway track,
wherein for each couple of transmitter devices:
the control unit is arranged to send to the first transmitter device a first activation signal so that said first transmitter device start sending the first beam;
the associated first receiver device is arranged to send to the control unit a first alarm signal upon interruption of the corresponding first beam, so that the control unit sends to at least one second transmitter device a second activation signal and sends a warning message and/or closes bars of the level crossing;
the second transmitter device is arranged to send the second beam towards the associated second receiver device upon reception of said second activation signal;
the second receiver device is arranged to send to the control unit a second alarm signal upon interruption of the corresponding second beam, so that the control unit is informed of a further approach of the train into the level crossing area.

US Pat. No. 10,479,377

DRIVE ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND CENTER

DENSON CORPORATION, Kari...

1. A drive assistance system comprising:an onboard device that is mounted on a vehicle performing automatic driving based on sensing information detected by a sensor of the vehicle, wherein each of a plurality of vehicles performing automatic driving includes the onboard device and the sensor; and
a center that communicates with the onboard device,
wherein:
the onboard device includes a sensing information acquisition portion that acquires the sensing information detected by the sensor;
either the onboard device or the center includes an evaluation portion that evaluates a detection performance of the sensor based on the sensing information acquired by the sensing information acquisition portion;
the center includes a region specification portion that specifies a decrease region where the detection performance of the sensor decreases based on the detection performance of the sensors and positions at which the sensing information has been detected by each of the sensors; and
the onboard device stops the automatic driving when the vehicle is located in the decrease region specified by the region specification portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,372

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive a current yaw rate value, a current steering angle value, and a current lateral acceleration value detected by a detection device;
an estimator configured to obtain an estimated lateral acceleration value of lateral acceleration estimation model information on the basis of the received current yaw rate value and current steering angle value;
a determiner configured to determine that the current lateral acceleration value is abnormal when the received current lateral acceleration value is not equal to the estimated lateral acceleration value of the lateral acceleration estimation model information; and
a controller configured to receive the current yaw rate value, the current steering angle value, and the current lateral acceleration value, deliver an estimation command to the estimator, and deliver a determination command to the determiner.

US Pat. No. 10,479,369

ENHANCED DRIVER ATTENTION MODULE FOR DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, K...

1. Method for use in a driving assistance system (100) of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:receiving (S210), by a driver attention module of the driving assistance system (100), information from at least one input source, the information comprising at least one indicator indicating a current attention of a driver of the motor vehicle, the at least one input source comprising an electronic device, and wherein information about a current use, by the driver, of the electronic device is transmitted to the driver attention module (110), the information about the current use of the electronic device comprising frequency of use and duration of use, and wherein the current use reduces a degree of attention;
deciding (S220), based on the current attention, whether the driving assistance system is to interfere in a current driving operation of the motor vehicle; and
triggering (S230) a signal, by the driver attention module (110), based on the decision.

US Pat. No. 10,479,358

IN-LANE DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-lane driving assist apparatus for a vehicle, the in-lane driving assist apparatus comprising a processor configured to:perform a lane keep assist control including controlling a steering assist torque of a steering mechanism in order to maintain a traveling position of a vehicle near a target traveling line;
perform a lane departure suppression control including controlling the steering assist torque of the steering mechanism in order to avoid the vehicle departing out of a traveling lane, the steering assist torque including a torque component that orients the vehicle in a direction parallel to the traveling lane;
when an angle between a vehicle direction and the direction parallel to the traveling lane is above a predetermined angle value during the lane keep assist control, perform the lane departure suppression control instead of performing the lane keep assist control; and
when the angle between the vehicle direction and the direction parallel to the traveling lane is the predetermined angle value or less, perform the lane keep assist control instead of performing the lane departure suppression control.

US Pat. No. 10,479,351

DOWNSHIFT CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID DCT VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A downshift control method for a dual clutch transmission for a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle travels on a slope having equal to or more than a predetermined reference gradient for a downshift;
releasing, by the controller, a release-side clutch by reducing a torque thereof when the controller determines that the vehicle travels on the slope having equal to or more than the reference gradient;
comparing, by the controller, a motor speed with a desired shift stage input shaft speed when the release of the release-side clutch is completed in the step of releasing the release-side clutch by reducing the torque;
increasing, by the controller, a motor torque in a forward direction when the motor speed is lower than or equal to the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the comparing step;
increasing, by the controller, the motor torque in a negative direction when the motor speed is determined to exceed the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the comparing step;
checking, by the controller, whether the motor speed is synchronized with the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the step of increasing the motor torque in the forward direction or in the step of increasing the motor torque in the negative direction when gear engagement in the desired shift stage is completed; and
completing, by the controller, gear shifting by controlling a torque of an engagement-side clutch and the torque of the release-side clutch when the motor speed is synchronized with the desired shift stage input shaft speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,345

METHOD OF DECOUPLING INPUT AND OUTPUT TORQUE FOR ENGINE SPEED CONTROL AND HYBRID POWERTRAIN UTILIZING SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of decoupling output torque from input torque during engine speed control of a hybrid powertrain for a vehicle, the method comprising:determining via a controller a virtual output torque required on an output member of a multi-mode transmission given a virtual input torque for engine speed control commanded on an input member of the multi-mode transmission in a selected mode of the multi-mode transmission such that rotational speed of the output member is unchanged to prevent undesired torque variation at the output member; and
wherein the determining of the virtual output torque is via a first stored transfer function relating virtual output torque to virtual input torque, and the first stored transfer function is based on modeled physical dynamics of a driveline of the vehicle for the selected mode of the multi-mode transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,479,339

FLARE-TYPE BRAKE LINE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of sealing a flare-type brake line assembly including (a) a brake tube having a flare with a first sealing surface, (b) a brake component having a port with a second sealing surface and (c) a tube nut, comprising:treating at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to provide a first coefficient of friction between said brake tube and said brake component greater than a second coefficient of friction between said tube nut and said brake tube by (a) applying a material selected from a group of materials consisting of a paint, an adhesive, or a glue, to said at least one sealing surface or (b) roughening at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to increase said first coefficient of friction above said second coefficient of friction while maintaining sufficient sealing robustness between said brake tube and said brake component to prevent high pressure brake fluid from leaking between said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface when the first sealing surface is against the second sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,338

HYDRAULIC UNIT FOR A SLIP CONTROLLER OF A HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic unit for a slip controller of a hydraulic vehicle brake system, comprising:a hydraulic block;
a hydraulic pump positioned in the hydraulic block;
an electric motor configured to drive the hydraulic pump and positioned on a first side of the hydraulic block;
a plurality of solenoid valves for a slip controller positioned on a second side of the hydraulic block, each solenoid valve having a respective electromagnet that protrudes from the second side of the hydraulic block;
an electronic control unit configured to regulate the plurality of solenoid valves and the electric motor, and including a rotation angle sensor configured to sense a rotation angle of the electric motor; and
a further plurality of solenoid valves on a third side of the hydraulic block that is opposite the second side, wherein:
the electronic control unit further includes a circuit board having control electronics, the circuit board being positioned beyond a side of the electromagnets that faces away from the second side of the hydraulic block;
the circuit board intersects a first side plane defined by the first side of the hydraulic block in such a way that a portion of the circuit board protrudes beyond the first side plane; and the rotation angle sensor is positioned on the portion of the circuit board that protrudes beyond the first side plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,335

VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM WITH ABS EMULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle braking system comprising:a wheel cylinder;
a brake pedal;
a master cylinder configured to receive an input from the brake pedal;
a master cylinder circuit connected to the master cylinder;
a primary braking unit including a first electrically-actuated pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder and operable to generate a braking force at the wheel cylinder in a primary mode of operation, decoupled from the master cylinder circuit;
a secondary braking unit including a second electrically-actuated pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder and operable to generate a braking force at the wheel cylinder in a secondary mode of operation;
a plurality of valves configured to transition between open and closed positions to provide anti-lock braking at the wheel cylinder upon loss of traction during braking in the primary mode of operation; and
a controller programmed to actuate the plurality of valves and further programmed to actuate the second electrically-actuated pressure generating unit upon loss of traction in the primary mode of operation to generate pulsations within the master cylinder circuit to provide a feedback force at the brake pedal indicative of the anti-lock braking.

US Pat. No. 10,479,333

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATION ACCOMMODATING TRAIN CROSSINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
access a train schedule to determine active train crossings along an original route, based on a predicted vehicle-arrival time at a given crossing;
determine that a driver identity has an avoidance parameter associated therewith;
determine a new route avoiding active train crossings, if possible, responsive to the avoidance parameter and determination of at least one active train crossing along the original route; and
engage active train-crossing safety controls when a vehicle approaches within a threshold distance of an active train crossing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,329

LIQUID INTRODUCTION SYSTEMS FOR CONVEYOR SYSTEM

STEPHENSON TECHNOLOGIES I...

7. A conveyor system, comprising:an endless belt mounted in a longitudinal direction through a service line, the endless belt having an upper transport portion adapted to move a wheeled structure through a service line, and a lower return portion;
a support deck positioned below the upper transport portion of the endless belt to support the endless belt, wherein the support deck includes a wear plate positioned in direct engagement with the endless belt, wherein the wear plate includes a plurality of wear plate flooder apertures;
a belt rinsing system including a rinsing system conduit arrangement connectable to a source of rinsing system liquid, and at least one belt rinsing arrangement, wherein each of the at least one belt rinsing arrangement includes
a rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture in the support deck, over which the upper transport portion of the endless belt travels during operation; and
at least one rinsing system outlet from the rinsing system conduit arrangement positioned proximate to the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture and positioned to eject rinsing system liquid onto the endless belt upstream from a downstream edge of the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture in order to capture at least some of the ejected liquid through the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture; and
a flooder system including a flooder system conduit arrangement connectable to a source of flooder system liquid, and at least one belt flooding member, wherein each of the at least one belt flooding member includes at least one flooding system outlet from the flooding system conduit arrangement positioned underneath the endless belt and positioned to eject flooding system liquid between the endless belt and the wear plate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,328

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING THE INTERIOR OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a plurality of sensors each sensing a different property of an interior of the vehicle, the plurality of sensors including all of a visible light camera, an infrared (IR) camera, and an electrochemical sensor;
a controller coupled to the plurality of interior sensors and programmed to—
receive a first output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
receive a second output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors after receiving the first output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
for each sensor of the plurality of sensors—
calculate a change value that is a change between the first output and the second output for the each sensor; and
when the change value meets a threshold condition corresponding to the each sensor, invoke cleaning of the interior;
calculate an aggregate change as one of a sum and a weighted sum of the change values for the plurality of sensors;
compare the aggregate change to an aggregate threshold condition; and
when the aggregate change between the first outputs and the second outputs exceeds the aggregate threshold condition and the change value for each of the sensors of the plurality of sensors does not meet the threshold corresponding to the each sensor, invoke cleaning of the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,479,326

MOTORIZED WINDSHIELD SCOURER

1. An apparatus comprisinga first windshield scouring device;
wherein the first windshield scouring device includes
a first appendage;
a first scouring attachment; and
a first rod;
wherein the first rod is configured to exert a varying amount of pressure on the first scouring attachment when the first scouring attachment is pressing against a windshield;
wherein the first appendage is configured to cause rotation of the first scouring attachment in response to a motor, when the first scouring attachment is pressed against the windshield;
wherein the first rod has a bottom, and wherein the first rod exerts the varying amount of pressure on the first scouring attachment by the bottom of the first rod indirectly pressing on the first scouring attachment; and
wherein the first scouring attachment includes
a flexible backing;
a nylon material attached to a foam mat material attached to the flexible backing;
and a sponge like material covered by a vinyl coated mesh material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,325

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR A WIPER BEARING OF A WINDSCREEN WIPER SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fastening arrangement (10) comprising:a wiper bearing (11) of a windscreen wiper system of a vehicle, the wiper bearing (11) having
a bearing element (13) having a planar first side (28);
a bearing section (13a) which protrudes vertically from the first side (28) of the bearing element (13) for guiding a wiper shaft (12);
one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) which are arranged on the bearing section (13a) and respectively comprise a gripping surface which is arranged parallel to a surface of the first side (28) of the bearing element (13), wherein the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) are spaced from the first side (28) of the bearing element (13); and
engagement means (20); and
a fastening body (40) having a through-recess (21) with a contour, such that the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) may be passed through the through-recess (21), and by rotating the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) the fastening body (40) is retained between the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) and the bearing element (13), the fastening body (40) further including a guide recess (24), wherein the engagement means (20) are configured to be received in the guide recess (24) when the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) is passed through the through-recess (21).

US Pat. No. 10,479,323

VEHICLE WIPER DEVICE AND VEHICLE WIPER DEVICE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle wiper device comprising:a first motor that includes a first output shaft, that rotates the first output shaft to rotate a wiper arm back and forth about a pivot point of the wiper arm, and that causes a wiper blade coupled to a leading end portion of the wiper arm to perform a back and forth wiping operation between two return positions provided at different positions to each other on a windshield;
a second motor that includes a second output shaft and that rotates the second output shaft to change a position of a wiping range of the windshield by the wiper blade; and
a controller that controls rotation of the second motor when a command to operate the second motor has been input during the wiping operation of the wiper blade so as to start operation of the second motor when the wiper blade performing the wiping operation is positioned within a predetermined range in the vicinity of one of the two return positions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,322

WIPER CONTROL MECHANISM

International Business Ma...

1. A system to prevent melting of refreezable-meltable snow deposited on an ambient-facing surface of a window positioned on a vehicle, the system comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to collect a plurality of parameters; and
at least one processor configured to:
predict the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow based on the plurality of parameters; and
actuate a blower to cool the window to a temperature based on the prediction of the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow that prevents the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow.

US Pat. No. 10,479,321

METHOD FOR OPERATING A RADIO-BASED MONITORING SYSTEM OF A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE AND MONITORING SYSTEM AND TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING UNIT FOR THE MONITORING SYSTEM

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A wireless-based monitoring system for monitoring a transportation vehicle, wherein the monitoring system comprises:a central control unit; and
a plurality of mobile, portable tag units each including its own position sensor apparatus and its own distance measuring apparatus,
wherein the tag units are held in the transportation vehicle by respective retention devices, each retention device respectively having a mechanical encoding through which a spatial orientation of the held tag unit is specified,
wherein the spatial orientation of the held tag unit is characteristic of the installation position of the retention device in the transportation vehicle,
wherein each tag unit determines its spatial orientation and, thereby, its characteristic position in the transportation vehicle by its own position sensor apparatus, and transmits the characteristic position via wireless connection to the central control unit,
wherein, in a monitoring mode of the monitoring system, each tag unit, by its own distance measuring apparatus, repeatedly captures a distance from at least one predetermined object and signals the distance via wireless connection to the central control unit, and
wherein, the central control unit determines a respective object position of the at least one object based on the respective characteristic position of one or more of the plurality of tag units and the distances transmitted, and controls at least one predetermined transportation vehicle security function based on the determined object position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,319

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A safety system comprising:a self-driving vehicle configured to transport a rider;
a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the self-driving vehicle;
a seat coupled to the self-driving vehicle;
a seat belt configured to alternatively have a buckled state and an unbuckled state, wherein in the buckled state the seat belt is configured to secure the rider in the seat and in the unbuckled state the seat belt is configured to enable the rider to exit the seat;
a smoke detection system coupled to the self-driving vehicle and configured to detect smoke inside a cabin of the self-driving vehicle; and
at least one processor and at least one memory having program instructions that when executed by the at least one processor are configured to cause the vehicle management system to switch the seat belt from the buckled state to the unbuckled state in response to the smoke detection system detecting the smoke inside the self-driving vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,318

WEBBING PULL-IN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing pull-in device comprising:a pull-in body at which a webbing can be pulled in due to the pull-in body being operated;
a first rotating body that is rotated at a time of an emergency of a vehicle; a second rotating body that, by being rotated, operates the pull-in body; and
a connecting member that connects the first rotating body and the second rotating body, and that, by being taken up onto the first rotating body at a time when the first rotating body is rotated, transmits rotational force of the first rotating body to the second rotating body,
wherein the connecting member is fixed to the first rotating body so as to be wound around the first rotating body at the emergency time of the vehicle, the second rotating body is directly connected to the pull-in body, and
the first and second rotating bodies are configured to remain stationary with respect to each other during the emergency time of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,317

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEAT BELT WRAP

1. A seat shoulder belt wrap comprisingan elongated fabric having a longitudinal axis comprising
an inside surface,
an outside surface,
a first side edge,
a second side edge,
an upper end edge,
a lower end edge;
a plurality of spaced apart first hook and loop fastening elements affixed to the inside surface in proximity to the first side edge;
a plurality of spaced apart second hook and loop fastening elements affixed to the inside surface in proximity to the second side edge, each second fastening element positioned across from a corresponding first fastening element and configured to mate with the corresponding first fastening element when the fabric is folded lengthwise; such the plurality of first and second spaced apart first hook and loop fastening elements are configured to permit the elongated fabric to compress in proximity to a shoulder strap retraction housing; and
an upper elongated foam stopper element affixed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elongated fabric, in proximity to the upper end edge of the fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,479,309

STEERING WHEEL UNIT

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A steering wheel unit comprising;a steering wheel body,
an airbag housing accommodated in a hub region of the steering wheel body wherein an airbag is accommodated,
first positioning units operating between the steering wheel body and the airbag housing, which the first positioning units position the airbag housing on the steering wheel body in an axial direction,
second positioning units operating between the steering wheel body and the airbag housing, the second positioning units position the airbag housing on the steering wheel body in a radial plane,
at least one of the second positioning units includes at least one positioning element extending in the axial direction including at least one contact surface having a surface perpendicular to the axial direction, and an opposing contact surface for the contact surface, and
the positioning element includes at least one positioning section including the contact surface, the positioning section is elastically deformable perpendicular to the axial direction, and a rigid movement-limiting section disposed on a side of the positioning section facing away from the contact surface and disposed spaced from the positioning section,
wherein the positioning element including the positioning section and the rigid movement-limiting section extends from a bottom of the airbag housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,299

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONSUMER OF A LOW-VOLTAGE ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for controlling a consumer of a low-voltage on-board electrical system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:providing a high-current consumer of the low-voltage on-board electrical system, and providing a further consumer of the low-voltage on-board electrical system; and
reducing a current consumption of the further consumer by an amount that corresponds to a current consumption of the high-current consumer, when it is identified that the high-current consumer is connected, wherein the further consumer, whose current value is reduced, is a PWM cooling fan, wherein the PWM cooling fan is driven in a differentiated manner by a pulse width modulation such that a current consumption is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,479,288

RELEASABLE VEHICULAR CAMERA MOUNT

MotoCrane, LLC, Minneapo...

1. A vehicular mounting apparatus comprising:a central support hub comprising:
a central base; and,
a turntable supported by the central base and configured for unlimited rotation with respect to the central frame, the turntable comprising:
a first tower socket adapted to releasably couple to a central boom, wherein the first tower socket comprises a drive member adapted to impart rotation to the central boom; and,
a second tower socket adapted to releasably couple to the central boom, wherein the second tower socket comprises an electrical coupler adapted to provide electrical power and signals to the central boom;
a plurality of support members configured to couple at a proximal end to the central base, and configured to radially extend from the central base in a common plane, each of the support members comprising:
a support leg configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to the central base;
a support ankle configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to a distal end of the support leg; and,
a foot configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to a distal end of the support ankle, the foot adapted to releasably couple to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,285

LID ASSEMBLIES FOR STORAGE CONTAINERS INCLUDING VIBRATION DAMPING SUBSTRATES

Dee Zee, Inc., Des Moine...

1. A lid assembly for a storage container, comprising:an outer panel comprising an inner facing surface;
a reinforcement panel extending parallel to the outer panel and comprising an out-facing surface in opposition to the inner facing surface of the outer panel, the reinforcement panel being unopenably attached in parallel to the outer panel with the outer panel in both open and closed positions;
a first vibration damping substrate affixed to the inner facing surface of the outer panel and not affixed to the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel or any structure between the first vibration damping substrate and the outfacing surface of the reinforcement panel; and
a second vibration damping substrate affixed to the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel opposite from the first vibration damping substrate such that a cross-section of the lid assembly taken perpendicular to a plane of the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel extends through both the first vibration damping substrate and the second vibration damping substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,284

LOAD-BEARING SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING CARGO FROM A VEHICLE

1. A load-bearing system configured to rotatably support heavy cargo loads supported from a vehicle, the system configured for attachment to a frame of the vehicle, the system comprising:a pivot platform coupled to the frame of the vehicle and comprising first and second swing arms pivotably mounted to the pivot platform, each swing arm in the first and second swing arms comprising a first end coupled to the pivot platform and a second end coupled to a mounting platform, the mounting platform rotatably mounted to the second ends of the first and second swing arms, the mounting platform configured to permit attachment thereto of one or more cargo carriers that are configured to support cargo thereon or therein; and
a locking assembly coupled to the frame of the vehicle and comprising a lever pivotably mounted to a plurality of linkage arms, the locking assembly configured to detachably couple to the mounting platform;
wherein the lever of the locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a first position to lock the mounting platform into a first position against the vehicle, wherein the lever of the locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a second position to unlock the mounting platform and permit rotation of the mounting platform away from the vehicle so as to expose the portion of the vehicle blocked by the mounting platform when in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,282

ACCESSORY MOUNT FOR A VEHICLE

1. An accessory mount for attaching to a vehicle through an existing opening in the vehicle comprising:a monolithic body having opposing body ends and a first mounting surface forming a first plane and a second mounting surface forming a second plane, the first plane transverse to the second plane, the second mounting surface having an opening formed therein;
a side plate attached to each of the opposing body ends of said monolithic body;
a shaped clamp having opposing clamp ends, said shaped clamp adapted to be inserted through the opening in the second mounting surface and into the existing opening in the vehicle, whereby said shaped clamp is capable of being positioned to span the existing opening in the vehicle; and
a fastener attached to said shaped clamp between the opposing clamp ends,
whereby said shaped clamp is capable of being inserted into the existing opening in the vehicle and positioned so as to attach the accessory mount to the vehicle with said fastener through the existing opening in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,280

MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a body;
at least one luggage compartment opening arranged at a rear of the body;
at least one tailgate arranged pivotably on the body and in a closed position closes the luggage compartment opening and in an open position at least partially opens the luggage compartment opening;
at least one cover attached to a vehicle portion of the motor vehicle adjacent to the luggage compartment opening and which is made of a flexible material and is configured and arranged such that, in the open position of the tailgate or by pivoting of the tailgate into the open position, the cover can be transferred from a compact rest state in which the cover is arranged on the vehicle portion, into an extended function state in which the cover is connected to the tailgate, and at least partially surrounds a space between the tailgate and the luggage compartment opening; and
at least one flexible rod which is guided in a cavity on a vehicle structure of the motor vehicle so as to be movable between a retracted state and an extended state, and at least one receiver arranged on the tailgate to which a free end of the rod can be fixed, wherein at least one stop is arranged on the vehicle structure which cooperates with the other end portion of the rod such that the rod cannot be withdrawn completely from the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,479,277

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ANTENNA

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly, comprising:a housing defining a bottom side exterior surface, an interior, and an open side, the bottom side exterior surface extending from adjacent the open side and having a mounting area thereon, wherein the housing includes a plurality of apertures extending from the bottom side exterior surface to the interior;
a control module coupled within the interior of the housing;
at least one of a mirror and a display coupled with the open side of the housing;
a communication module including:
an antenna electrically coupled with the control module; and
an antenna housing partially enclosing the antenna and coupled with the housing along the mounting area of the bottom side exterior surface, wherein the antenna housing includes a plurality of retaining features coupled therewith and engaging with respective housing apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,479,276

CLOAKING DEVICES CONSTRUCTED FROM REFLECTION BOUNDARIES, HALF-MIRRORS AND MULTIBAND DICHROIC COLOR FILTERS AND VEHICLES COMPRISING THE SAME

1. A cloaking device comprising:an object-side, an image-side, a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side, and a cloaked region (CR) between the object-side and the image-side;
an object-side CR reflection boundary, an object-side half-mirror, and an object-side multiband dichroic color filter, wherein the object-side half-mirror and the object-side multiband dichroic color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the object-side CR reflection boundary; and
an image-side CR reflection boundary, an image-side half-mirror, and an image-side multiband dichroic color filter, wherein the image-side half-mirror and the image-side multiband dichroic color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the image-side CR reflection boundary;
wherein light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the CR propagates via at least two optical paths to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device such that the light from the object appears to pass through the CR.

US Pat. No. 10,479,274

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vehicle surround monitoring device comprising:a controller configured to:
receive, from a sensing unit, information about (i) a moving object disposed within a first distance from a vehicle and (ii) movement of the moving object;
obtain motion characteristics of the moving object based on the movement of the moving object detected by the sensing unit, the motion characteristics of the moving object including speed of the moving object and a moving direction of the moving object;
determine a first visual image associated with the moving object based on the motion characteristics of the moving object, wherein a size and a shape of the first visual image are associated with the motion characteristics of the moving object; and
provide the first visual image to a display unit for displaying,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
determine a predicted movement area of the moving object based on the motion characteristics of the moving object, and
control the display unit to display, along with an image indicating the predicted movement area of the moving object, an image indicating a predicted route of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,273

METHOD FOR PREVENTING OR REDUCING COLLISION DAMAGE TO A PARKED VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for reducing a likelihood and/or severity of damage to a parked vehicle caused by a collision with an approaching vehicle performing a parking operation, comprising:by the parked vehicle,
operating a system on-board the parked vehicle to detect the approaching vehicle;
determining a risk of collision between the parked vehicle and the approaching vehicle;
transmitting at least one of an off-board audible and an off-board visible warning signal perceptible to a driver of the approaching vehicle if the risk of collision is sufficiently high;
operating the system to monitor whether the approaching vehicle reacts to the warning signal;
if the approaching vehicle does not react to the warning signal, moving the parked vehicle away from the approaching vehicle to prevent a distance between the parked vehicle and the approaching vehicle from falling below a minimum distance; and
after completion of the maneuver, estimating an extent of damage avoided by the movement of the parked vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,272

VEHICLE DRIVER NOTIFICATION ASSEMBLY

1. A notification system configured to be positioned on a dashboard of a vehicle to notify a driver when they may proceed driving forward, said notification system comprising:a housing;
a control circuit being mounted in said housing;
a transmitter being electrically coupled to said control circuit and being mounted in said housing, said transmitter transmitting each signal received by said control circuit;
a sensor array mounted on said housing, said sensor array being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said sensor array being configured to detect parameters indicating when a vehicle may proceed forward, said parameters including when a mass in front of the vehicle moves away from the vehicle or when said sensor array receives a proceed signal from a requisite traffic signaling device, said sensor array being configured to detect a mass moving forward of a vehicle, said sensor array including a radar, said radar being electrically coupled to said control circuit and directed forward of the vehicle, said radar detecting said mass being positioned within a detection range, said control circuit receiving a first input when said radar detects said mass and a second input when said radar detects said mass moving away from said sensor array, said sensor array identifying requisite traffic signaling devices, said sensor array including a camera, said camera being configured to intermittently image structures forward of the vehicle and compare a plurality of captured images of traffic signaling devices against a plurality of stored images of traffic signaling devices, said control circuit receiving a third input from said sensor array when one or more of said captured images matches one or more of said stored images of a traffic signaling device signaling to proceed;
an alert including at least one of a light emitter or sound emitter being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said alert being turned on to provide an emission detectable by a person when said sensor array detects said parameters indicating the vehicle may proceed forward, said alert further includes a haptic feedback unit being configured to be mounted in the vehicle, said haptic feedback unit being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said haptic feedback unit being configured to be positioned on a driver's seat or a steering wheel of the vehicle;
a power supply being mounted on said housing, said power supply being electrically coupled to said control circuit; and
a selection switch being mounted on said housing, said selection switch being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said selection switch being actuated to selectively and discretely turn on or off each of said light emitter, said sound emitter, and said haptic feedback unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,271

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE NOTIFICATION METHOD

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle notification device comprising:a plurality of vibrators independently disposed in a seat;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of signal data that are different in a combination of an initial frequency and a target frequency; and
a signal generator configured to randomly extract one of the pieces of signal data stored in the storage unit by the number of the vibrators and to generate a plurality of sweep signals corresponding to the number of the vibrators, each of the sweep signals being generated by changing a frequency from the initial frequency to the target frequency of the extracted piece of signal data in cycles, wherein
a plurality of notification vibrations whose frequencies change in different frequency ranges are outputted from a plurality of positions of the seat by outputting the sweep signals generated by the signal generator, individually from the vibrators.

US Pat. No. 10,479,270

ILLUMINATED VEHICLE CUP HOLDER WITH GRATING FILM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle cup holder, comprising:a console substrate defining a cup well;
a lamp cavity defined by the console substrate and positioned below the cup well;
a film positioned between the cup well and the lamp cavity, wherein the film has an interior surface proximate the lamp cavity and defines at least one first grating on the interior surface; and
more than one light source positioned within the lamp cavity in a vertically stacked configuration and configured to emit light onto the film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,268

SIDE-MOUNTED DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR VEHICLES HAVING A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES DISPOSED ON A COMMON CARRIER AND AN OPTICAL UNIT ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES

1. A side-mounted direction indicator for vehicles comprising:a first lighting unit having a first light source for generating a side-mounted direction indicating function;
a second lighting unit having a second light source for generating an additional lighting function; and
an optical unit associated with and assigned to both of the first light source and the second light source, such that the optical unit is a same optical unit shared by the first light source and the second light source,
wherein the first light source and the second light source are arranged on a common carrier,
wherein the second lighting unit is configured as a visual light-emitting informational lighting device, and
wherein the second light source is adapted to be switched on or switched off as a function of a signal of the vehicle that triggers a non-lighting function of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,266

MULTIFUNCTION LAMP UNIT AND REAR VIEW DEVICE THEREWITH

1. A rear view device for a vehicle, comprising:a multifunctional lamp unit, comprising:
a side turn indicator comprising a housing for at least one light conductor with at least one illuminant;
a projection unit;
at least one clear lens;
wherein the at least one light conductor comprises a first light conductor and a second light conductor,
wherein at least one light coupling area is provided in the location of at least one of a first end of the first light conductor facing an installation space in the housing and a first end of the second light conductor extending along a region of at least one light foil extending along at least a part of the at least one clear lens,
wherein each of the first light conductor and the second light conductor is enclosed by the housing and the at least one clear lens; and
at least one casing part providing at least one opening or at least one window for light emitted by the multifunctional lamp unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,265

AUXILIARY BRAKE LIGHT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

1. An auxiliary brake light system for a vehicle, comprising:a left light module for being mounted on a back of the vehicle and having a right part extending upwards and a left part;
a right light module for being mounted on the back of the vehicle and having a left part extending upwards and a right part; and
a middle light bar for being mounted on the back of the vehicle above the left light module and the right light module and having a left part extending downwards and a right part extending downwards;
wherein the left part of the middle light bar and the right part of the left light module are separated from each other and opposite to each other;
the right part of the middle light bar and the left part of the right light module are separated from each other and opposite to each other;
the middle light bar further has a middle part that is connected between a top of the left part of the middle light bar and a top of the right part of the middle light bar;
the left part of the left light module and the right part of the right light module are mounted at a same height;
the left part of the left light module is connected to a bottom of the right part of the left light module and parallel to the middle part of the middle light bar, and the right part of the right light module is connected to a bottom of the left part of the right light module and parallel to the middle part of the middle light bar;
the left part of the middle light bar inclines straight to the right part of the left light module, and the right part of the middle light bar inclines straight to the left part of the right light module;
a slope of the left part of the middle light bar is opposite to a slope of the right part of the middle light bar;
the left light module further comprises a third part extending upwards;
the left part of the left light module has a left terminal and a right terminal that are respectively connected to a bottom of the third part of the left light module and the bottom of the right part of the left light module;
a slope of the third part of the left light module is opposite to a slope of the right part of the left light module;
the right light module further comprises a third part extending upwards;
the right part of the right light module has a right terminal and a left terminal that are respectively connected to a bottom of the third part of the right light module and the bottom of the left part of the right light module; and
a slope of the third part of the right light module is opposite to a slope of the left part of the right light module.

US Pat. No. 10,479,262

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REPLICATING VEHICULAR ILLUMINATION

International Research In...

1. A system comprising:a first detector configured to sense light emitted by a first light of a vehicle, wherein the first detector is configured and positioned to directly receive the first light emitted by the vehicle;
a second detector being separate from the first detector and positioned to sense background light;
at least one electrical component configured to compare the sensed background light and the sensed first light to determine a lighting state of the first light from among a plurality of different lighting states;
a communications system configured to wirelessly communicate the determined lighting state to a lighting system attached to one of a helmet and clothing of a motorcycle driver or a towed apparatus; and
a remote light of the lighting system being configured to replicate the determined lighting state of the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,479,258

MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. An apparatus comprising:a motor vehicle;
an individual mobility apparatus; and
an auxiliary stowage compartment accessible from the outside of the motor vehicle that is adapted to receive the individual mobility apparatus, wherein the auxiliary stowage compartment includes a charging station for charging a battery of a compact scooter during travel, and wherein the charging station is configured to transmit a state of charge of the battery of the compact scooter to an instrument of the motor vehicle, and wherein the instrument indicates the state of charge of the compact scooter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,255

AGGREGATE DELIVERY UNITY

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An aggregate delivery unit comprising:a modular container for housing aggregate, the modular container having a body with a lower portion and an upper portion;
a mobile chassis for accommodating said modular container; and
a cradle having a frame to accommodate said modular container thereon and coupled to at least one weight measurement device, the at least one weight measuring device disposed between said mobile chassis and said cradle, the cradle comprising a valve gate for controllably releasing aggregate within said modular container through an opening adjacent said valve gate,
the modular container comprising: a fill port for filling the modular container with aggregate, the fill port being coupled to the body through the lower portion; and an opening at an upper portion of the modular container for filling the modular container with the aggregate in conjunction with or alternatively to the fill port.

US Pat. No. 10,479,249

SEAT ADJUSTER

1. A seat adjuster, comprising:a brake which acts between a fixed part and an adjustable part and by which the adjustable part is adapted to be blocked in different positions on the fixed part and is adapted to be released by a release element thereof,
an adjustment element which acts on the release element, for selectively adjusting the adjustable part in two opposite directions, and
a locking element which automatically engages and interlockingly locks the adjustable part to the fixed part when the adjustment element is not actuated and automatically disengages when the adjustment element is actuated,
wherein the disengagement of the locking element and the adjustment of the adjustable part is adapted to be effected by moving the adjustment element out of a neutral position in one of the two directions,
wherein the locking element has a toothed segment for meshing with a toothed ring coupled to the adjustable part and is guided on the fixed part in such a way that the locking element is adapted to be moved in a radial direction of the toothed ring between a locking position, in which the locking element meshes with the toothed ring, and a release position, in which the locking element is moved away from the toothed ring,
wherein the brake is a clamp roll freewheel brake and the release element thereof forms the toothed ring and is in engagement with the adjustable part such that a relative rotation of the release element and the adjustable part is possible only within a limited play,
wherein the adjustment element is provided with a radially movable slide which has another toothed segment for engagement with the toothed ring, and
wherein the adjustment element and the slide are in engagement with one another via complementary cams and notches such that a torque that is transferred from the adjustment element onto the slide causes a radial movement of the slide for establishing the engagement with the toothed ring.

US Pat. No. 10,479,247

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:an elastic support body including:
a seat pad; and
a structural molded foam body integrated into a lower surface of the seat pad; and
an adjacent member subjacent to the seat pad and the structural molded foam body,
wherein a gap is provided between the elastic support body and the adjacent member and the gap extends from an outer surface toward an inner area of the seat in which a frame material is provided,
wherein the structural molded foam body has a protruding portion which protrudes downwardly between the adjacent member and the frame material and is configured to block the gap,
wherein the structural molded foam body is harder and has a lower density compared to the seat pad.

US Pat. No. 10,479,238

BACKREST WITH INTEGRATED UPPER BODY SUPPORT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat part and a backrest part, the backrest part comprising a left portion and a right portion as seen in the seating direction of an occupant of the vehicle seat,
wherein,
in a height direction of the backrest part, starting from an upper end of the backrest part, a first recess is arranged on the left portion so as to extend as far as a first distance, and a second recess is arranged on the right portion so as to extend as far as a second distance, the first and the second recesses being mutually spaced and being continuous from a front border surface as far as a rear border surface of the backrest part, and the first distance being of a larger value than that of the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,479,236

CHILD SAFETY SEAT HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE SEAT BOARD

WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS C...

1. A child safety seat for seating a child in a vehicle, comprising:a shell having a seat portion and a backrest; and
a seat board connected with the shell, the seat board being disposed on the seat portion so that a child placed in the child safety seat sits on the seat board, the seat board being slidable relative to the shell toward or away from the backrest for adjustment between a plurality of positions, the child safety seat having a rear facing configuration of installation on a vehicle seat in which the seat board is settable to any of the positions and has a forward end in abuttal contact against a seatback of the vehicle seat, the child safety seat being configured to receive a child in a sitting position with a back of the child resting against the backrest in each of the positions of the seat board;
wherein a front surface of the backrest extending upward from the seat board to a top of the backrest is exposed in each of the positions of the seat board for receiving and supporting the back of the child sitting on the seat board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,234

ACTUATOR FOR AN OCCUPANT SUPPORT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom and move relative to the seat bottom,
a seatback-motion controller arranged to extend between and interconnect the seat back and the seat bottom, the seatback-motion controller including a rotation-control unit coupled to the seat back to move relative to the seat back and change between a blocked arrangement in which movement of the seat back relative to the seat bottom is blocked and a freed arrangement in which movement of the seat back relative to the seat bottom is permitted, a trigger gear coupled to the rotation-control unit to move relative to the rotation control-unit between a first position in which the rotation-control unit is blocked from changing from the blocked arrangement to the freed arrangement, a second position in which the trigger gear has rotated in a first direction to cause the rotation-control unit to change to the freed arrangement, and a third position in which the trigger gear rotates further in the first direction to allow the rotation-control unit to change to the blocked arrangement, and a trigger-gear actuator coupled to the trigger gear to move the trigger gear between the first, second, and third positions,
wherein the trigger-gear actuator includes a shape-memory alloy wire coupled to the trigger gear to move the trigger gear in response to changes in length of the shape-memory alloy wire between a first length associated with the first position, a relatively smaller second length associated with the second position, and a relatively smaller third length associated with the third position, a power supply coupled to the shape-memory alloy wire and configured to selectively provide power to the shape-memory alloy wire, and a control system coupled to the power supply and configured to apply varying amounts of power from the power supply to the shape-memory alloy wire to cause the shape-memory alloy wire to change between the first, second, and third lengths in response to receipt of an input to the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,230

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat for a vehicle, the vehicle seat comprising:a seat frame that serves as at least a portion of a skeletal structure of the seat;
a fixed bracket that is configured to be fixed on an indoor wall of the vehicle, the fixed bracket including a connection part having a connection surface that is substantially orthogonal to a seat width direction and extending in a substantially vertical direction;
a link member in which a first end of the link member is swingably connected with the connection part and a second end of the link member is connected with the seat frame, the link member being swingable in a direction substantially parallel to the connection surface and about a swinging center axis that is oriented parallel to the seat width direction; and
a regulation part that includes a first part which extends upward in the substantially vertical direction from the connection part and a second part which extends from the first part in a direction substantially parallel with the swinging center axis, the second part having an edge portion being configured to regulate, by abutting on the link member in a seat front-and-rear direction, that the link member swings beyond a preset swinging range.

US Pat. No. 10,479,207

ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE OF WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An arrangement structure of a wheel drive system comprising:a tire wheel; and
a drive unit for driving the tire wheel,
wherein the tire wheel includes a brake part arranged in a hollow space of the tire wheel,
the drive unit includes a motor and an inverter for driving the motor,
the inverter includes a power module for supplying power to the motor, and a bus bar which transmits power supplied from an outside of the tire wheel to the power module, and
the bus bar is arranged between the brake part and the power module.

US Pat. No. 10,479,206

METHOD FOR SWITCHING AN OPERATING STATE OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE AND DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN OPERATING STATE OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for switching from a freewheeling operating state of an electric machine having three phase terminals to a short-circuit operating state, the method comprising:providing a first switching element with a first freewheeling diode between a first phase terminal of the electric machine and a node;
providing a second switching element with a second freewheeling diode between a second phase terminal of the electric machine and the node;
providing a third switching element with a third freewheeling diode between a third phase terminal of the electric machine and the node;
receiving a request for switching the operating state of the electric machine from the freewheeling operating state to the short-circuit operating state;
closing the third switching element and the second switching element at least partly successively at points in time predefined depending on a drive parameter of the electric machine, or closing the second switching element simultaneously with the third switching element to
transition from the freewheeling operating state to a partial-phase short circuit operating state having only two phase terminals conductively connected to one another, and
closing the first switching element at a point in time predefined depending on the drive parameter of the electric machine to transition from the partial-phase short circuit operating state to the short circuit operating state having each of the three phase terminals conductively connected to each other,
wherein the drive parameter of the electric machine is a value or a profile of an electrical voltage of the electric machine or a rotor angle of the rotor of the electric machine or another parameter on the basis of which a value or a profile of an electrical voltage of the electric machine or the rotor angle of the rotor of the electric machine can be deduced.

US Pat. No. 10,479,204

FAILURE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FAILURE

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

1. A failure determination apparatus comprising:an electricity storage;
a state sensor to detect a state of the electricity storage;
a data accumulator to accumulate data including time-series states of the electricity storage acquired by the state sensor as accumulated data; and
a controller to determine, based on the accumulated data, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage or the state sensor, wherein
the electricity storage comprises a plurality of electricity storage cells,
the state sensor detects equalizing time required to equalize storage capacity among the electricity storage cells as the data,
the data accumulator detects a total value of the equalizing time as the accumulated data,
the controller determines, based on the total value, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage and the state sensor, and
the controller determines that a failure occurs in the plurality of electricity storage cells if the total value of the equalizing time is lower than an equalization time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,203

VEHICLE EQUIPMENT

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. Vehicle equipment comprising a protrusion unit provided near at least one side among four sides forming an outer rim of a rectangular display having a touch panel, the protrusion unit being provided such that a long side of the protrusion unit is substantially in parallel with the one side,wherein a button is provided at at least one of both ends of the protrusion unit in an extending direction of the long side, the button being capable of accepting an input in the extending direction of the long side of the protrusion unit,
wherein upon acceptance of an input, the button outputs an instruction for starting a sound collection for voice recognition, and
wherein the vehicle component further comprises a control unit for starting a sound collection for voice recognition, wherein
when the button provided at the end nearer to the driving seat accepts an input while a moving body to which the vehicle equipment is attached is moving, the control unit starts the sound collection for voice recognition and limits a screen input operation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,202

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle display system comprising:a display device configured to display on a window of a vehicle a first image and a second image which is an inverted image of the first image;
a position acquiring unit configured to acquire a position of a target person present outside the vehicle; and
a display controller configured to control the display device to alternately display the first image and the second image on the window based on the position of the target person,
wherein the display controller stops displaying the one of the first image and the second image based on determining that the target person is aware of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,195

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A fuel supply device adapted to supply a fuel to a fuel tank, comprising:a filler neck provided to include a fuel supply port, which is adapted to receive a fueling gun, and configured to form part of a fuel passage from the fuel supply port, wherein the fuel passage is adapted to supply fuel to the fuel tank, and wherein the filler neck comprises a filler neck main body, which includes an internal passage that forms part of the fuel passage, and a fuel vapor port, which is branched off from the filler neck main body to communicate with the internal passage of the filler neck main body;
a fuel vapor pipe connected with the fuel vapor port and adapted to supply a fuel vapor in the fuel tank to the internal passage of the filler neck main body; and
a buffer member at least partly placed between the filler neck main body and the fuel vapor port in a neighborhood of a branch portion where the fuel vapor port is branched off from the filler neck main body, wherein
the buffer member includes a main body portion and a cover portion that is engaged with the main body portion,
in a state in which the main body portion and the cover portion are engaged with each other, a through hole is formed between the main body portion and the cover portion, and
the fuel vapor port is inserted in the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,479,194

OVER FENDER AIR GUIDE AND SNORKEL PROTECTION

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

1. An air intake system for supplying air to a snorkel of a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a wheel well, a wheel disposed in the wheel well, a first body panel defining a side of an engine compartment of the vehicle, and a second body panel attached to the first body panel and located above and defining the wheel well, the air intake system comprising:a first air intake vent having a first opening and a snorkel located underneath the second body panel defining a first air pathway to the snorkel; and
a scoop disposed in the first air intake vent, wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel and wherein the scoop comprises:
a base portion attached to a body component defining a back wall of the lower air intake vent;
a longitudinally transverse portion extending forward from the base portion; and
a laterally transverse portion extending from an upper edge of the base portion and an upper edge of the longitudinally transverse portion; and
wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,186

HYBRID CAR IN P0- OR P1-CONFIGURATION

1. A method for controlling a vehicle with a parallel hybrid system that includes at least a combustion engine and an electrical machine in at least one of a P0- and P1 configuration with a clutch for connecting the combustion engine's output shaft with at least one drive shaft, wherein the method comprises:determining a power demand (Pd),
decoupling the combustion engine from the at least one drive shaft when the power demand (Pd) is below a first threshold P1,
coupling the combustion engine with the at least one drive shaft when the power demand (Pd) is above the first threshold P1,
shutting off the combustion engine and providing power to the at least one drive shaft by providing electrical power to the electrical machine to drive the vehicle, when the power demand (Pd) is between said first threshold P1, and a second threshold P2, wherein said second threshold P2 is greater than the first threshold P1, i.e. P1

US Pat. No. 10,479,181

CONNECTING CLUTCH FOR A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN HAVING A TORQUE SENSOR

1. A clutch for a hybrid drive train of a motor vehicle, comprising:a first connection part that is connectable in a rotationally fixed fashion to an output shaft of an internal combustion engine, and
a second connection part that is connectable in a rotationally fixed fashion to a shaft of at least one of a transmission or a rotor of an electric drive engine,
said first connection part and said second connection part are connected to each other in a closed position of the clutch in a torque transmitting manner, while in an opened position of the clutch the connection parts are arranged interrupting a flow of torque, and a clutch actuating system, comprising:
a ramp mechanism switching the clutch between the opened and the closed position, with the ramp mechanism being effectively connected via planetary gearing to the connection parts,
the first connection part comprises two guiding sections connected in a rotationally fixed fashion via a torque storage device, and
the torque storage device is arranged such that the guiding sections at least in a closed position are spring-elastically pre-stressed in reference to each other in a direction of rotation,
the torque storage device comprises a mechanical spring unit,
the mechanical spring unit comprises several mechanical spring elements which cooperate such that the mechanical spring elements successively elastically engage or disengage over a range of an angle of rotation,
a first one of the spring elements is a pressure spring, and
a second one of the spring elements is a leaf spring or a leaf spring package.

US Pat. No. 10,479,173

WINDOW ASSEMBLY, AND VEHICLE DOOR AND VEHICLE FEATURING THE WINDOW ASSEMBLY

1. Window assembly for a window opening of a motor vehicle having a front-rear direction and a vertical direction, comprising:a door frame member having an outer surface, a front pillar, and a rear pillar that is spaced apart from the front pillar along the front-rear direction;
a movable window pane having a guiding section, a window section including an outer window surface and an inner window surface, and a front end face facing to a front and being interposed between the outer window surface and the inner window surface;
a window guiding profile fastened to the front pillar, and having a sealing portion being configured to seal or support the window pane;
wherein the window guiding profile includes a first guiding portion configured to guide the window pane only at the inner window surface, or at the inner window surface and the front end face;
wherein the first guiding portion includes a sealing portion being configured to seal or to support the window pane exclusively at the inner window surface, or a the front end face, or simultaneously at the inner window surface and at the front end face;
wherein the first guiding portion includes a supporting lip being configured to engage the inner window surface, and wherein the first guiding portion includes an intermediate sealing member being configured to engage the front end face; and
wherein the window guiding profile further includes a second guiding portion being configured to guide the window pane at the window outer surface and at the window inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,169

CONTROL MODULE FOR AN ELECTRIC APPLIANCE

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A control module for an electric appliance comprising:a printed circuit board, on which are mounted electrical and electronic components, and
at least one power electronic component,
wherein the power electronic component is separate from the printed circuit board and is held relative thereto using at least one electrical link member fixed onto the printed circuit board and linked to one of the terminals of the power electronic component,
wherein the power electronic component is mounted on a substrate extending substantially in the plane of the printed circuit board, the latter being separated from said substrate by a slit, and
wherein a first electrical link member is linked electrically to a first terminal of the power electronic component, a second link member being linked electrically to a second terminal of the power electronic component, the first link member and the second linked member being linked mechanically to one another via an electrically insulating fitting, said fitting being fixed onto the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,168

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLANT FLOW THROUGH A HEATER CORE OF A VEHICLE TO INCREASE AN ENGINE AUTO-STOP PERIOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:a start-stop module configured to automatically stop an engine of a vehicle;
a bypass valve control module configured to adjust a bypass valve to a bypass position in response to the engine being automatically stopped, wherein adjusting the bypass valve to the bypass position causes engine coolant to bypass a heater core of the vehicle while allowing engine coolant to circulate through the engine; and
a flapper valve control module configured to control a flapper valve to adjust an amount of airflow from an evaporator of the vehicle to a cabin of the vehicle through the heater core.

US Pat. No. 10,479,163

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A THERMAL COMFORT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR RIDE SHARE VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a thermal comfort control system for vehicles comprising:providing a plurality of occupant seats in a vehicle cabin;
controlling a set temperature within the vehicle cabin by a multi-function control panel using a cabin comfort control system configured to adjust a plurality of HVAC functions; and
adjusting at least one thermal comfort parameter at a number of the plurality of occupant seats using at least one seat comfort control system,
wherein adjusting the at least one thermal comfort parameter causes the cabin comfort control system to automatically adjust the set temperature of the vehicle cabin either by decreasing or increasing the set temperature within the vehicle cabin in accordance with the at least one thermal comfort parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,156

FORGED PORTAL HUB MOUNTING BODY

Super ATV, LLC, Madison,...

1. A portal hub assembly comprising:a portal box;
an input opening in said portal box configured to receive an input shaft;
an output opening in said portal box configured to receive an output shaft, wherein said output opening is vertically displaced from said input opening;
a mounting assembly removably attachable to a side of said portal box, wherein said mounting assembly comprises a mounting body forged as a unitary body having a deformed grain structure due to forging, wherein one side of said mounting body includes a plurality of elongated ribs that are unitarily forged with said mounting body, and wherein the one side of said mounting body defines a generally flat partition;
a bracket system comprising at least one mounting bracket adapted to receive a component from a particular vehicle model suspension system, wherein the at least one mounting bracket defines a mounting body surface that abuts the generally flat partition; and
wherein said bracket system is selectively affixed to said mounting body to configure said mounting assembly to receive the component from the particular vehicle model suspension system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,152

COMPENSATION FOR TRAILER COUPLER HEIGHT IN AUTOMATIC HITCH OPERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle hitch assistance system, comprising:a brake system; and
a controller:
acquiring position data for a coupler of a trailer;
deriving a vehicle path to align a hitch ball of the vehicle with the coupler including an end of the vehicle path compensating for a determined change in the position of the coupler in a driving direction based on the position data related to a vertical position of the coupler by relating the change in position of the coupler in a vertical direction to the change in a position of the coupler in the driving direction as a matter of rotation about an axis; and
controlling the brake system to stop the vehicle at the end of the path.

US Pat. No. 10,479,151

TRAILER COUPLING COMPRISING A SENSOR

Westfalia-Automotive GmbH...

1. A trailer coupling for a motor vehicle comprising a coupling arm for attaching a trailer or for carrying a load carrier, and comprising at least one sensor for detecting a deformation, caused by a load engaged on a bearing element of the trailer coupling, whereby at least one recess for the at least one sensor is provided on the bearing element, whereby the at least one sensor is provided for measuring a distance of reference surfaces of the at least one recess, wherein the reference surfaces move toward or away from one another during the deformation of the bearing element and extend in a transverse manner to a support section of the bearing element, which deforms during the application of stress by the load or is free from the flow of forces as a result of the support section of the bearing element, which is transferred from the support section by the load engaged on the bearing element.

US Pat. No. 10,479,150

WHEEL VALVE ASSEMBLY AND THE TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM MADE THEREWITH

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A wheel valve assembly comprising:a body portion coupled with a cover portion;
a diaphragm disposed between said body portion and said cover portion;
a first biasing member disposed between said cover portion and said diaphragm;
a control cavity defined by said body portion and said diaphragm;
a cover cavity defined by said cover portion and said diaphragm;
at least one control port defined by said body portion and in fluid communication with said control cavity;
a tire port defined by said body portion and in selective fluid communication with said control cavity;
a radially extending first conduit disposed in said body portion, wherein said first conduit is in fluid communication with said control cavity;
an axially extending second conduit disposed in said body portion, wherein said second conduit is in fluid communication with said first conduit;
an axially extending third conduit disposed in said cover portion, wherein said third conduit is in fluid communication with said second conduit;
a radially extending fourth conduit disposed in said cover portion, wherein said fourth conduit is in fluid communication with said third conduit and said cover cavity; and
an equalization valve assembly disposed in said second conduit, wherein said equalization valve assembly comprises:
a housing defining a first aperture and a second aperture;
a spring cage fully disposed within said housing, wherein said spring cage includes an end defining one or more spring cage apertures, wherein the one or more spring cage apertures are fully disposed within said housing and wherein the one or more spring cage apertures permit fluid communication between the first aperture and the second aperture;
a ball at least partially disposed within said spring cage and sealingly biased against the one or more spring cage apertures therethrough; and
a second biasing member engaged between a surface of said spring cage and said ball.

US Pat. No. 10,479,147

METHOD FOR ASSISTING WITH INFLATING THE TIRES OF A VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A self-adaptive method for assisting in the inflation of tires of a vehicle, the vehicle being stationary in an immobilization mode, the method comprising:continuously measuring at least a pressure of each tire by way of a wheel unit associated with each tire,
transmitting signals on a state of the tires via a wireless link between each wheel unit and a central unit, the central unit continuously analyzing these signals and then transmitting information in relation to the state of the tires to an information module, a pressure variation above a predetermined threshold of a tire associated with each wheel unit and detected by the wheel unit giving rise to transmission of a signal to the central unit, these signals being transmitted by each wheel unit through frequency-shift keying between two first predetermined frequencies defining, between them, a first frequency band, wherein, when the vehicle is stationary in an immobilization mode, each wheel unit is reprogrammed such that each wheel unit transmits, to the central unit, a first frequency-shift keyed signal with the first frequency band and a second frequency-shift keyed signal with a second frequency band wider than the first band.

US Pat. No. 10,479,145

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a pair of beads each including a core;
a carcass extended, along inner sides of a tread and sidewalls, on and between one of the beads and the other of the beads;
chafers, one in each bead, which are intended to be brought into contact with a normal rim;
an inner liner disposed inward of the carcass in an axial direction;
an insulation disposed between the carcass and the inner liner in the axial direction, and cushion layers, one in each bead;
wherein the chafers include bottom surfaces that are intended to be brought into contact with the rim in respective bead portions inward of the respective cores in a radial direction,
wherein the insulation includes insulation lower portions disposed between the respective cores and the respective bottom surfaces of the chafers in the radial direction,
wherein the inner liner includes inner liner lower portions disposed between the respective cores and the respective bottom surfaces of the chafers in the radial direction,
wherein the inner liner is formed of crosslinked rubber, the insulation is formed of a crosslinked rubber, and a compressive elastic modulus E? of the insulation rubber is less than a compressive elastic modulus E? of the inner liner rubber;
wherein the cushion layers are formed of soft crosslinked rubber,
wherein the cushion layers are layered inward of the respective cores in the radial direction and outward of the respective insulation lower portions in the radial direction,
wherein a compressive elastic modulus E? of the cushion layer rubber is less than each of the compressive elastic modulus E? of the insulation rubber and the compressive elastic modulus E? of the inner liner rubber; and
wherein in portions that are inward of the respective cores in the radial direction, a thickness L? of each cushion layer is greater than a thickness L? of each insulation lower portion,
wherein the thickness L? of each insulation lower portion is greater than a thickness L? of each inner liner lower portion, the thicknesses L? and L? being measured along a straight line L2 passing through the central position in the axial direction of the respective core bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,143

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

20. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion;
a pair of sidewall portions each extending inwardly in a tire radial direction from both end portions of the tread portion;
a bead portion formed on an inside of each of the sidewall portions in the tire radial direction;
a plurality of shoulder blocks arranged in the tire circumferential direction with first pitches on at least one of the end portions of the tread portion;
a plurality of side protectors protruding outwardly in a tire axial direction on at least one of the sidewall portions which is located on a side of the shoulder blocks;
a recessed portion between a pair of side protectors adjacent in the tire circumferential direction;
the side protectors being arranged in the tire circumferential direction with second pitches larger than the first pitches; and
each of the side protectors being provided with one first groove extending inwardly in the tire radial direction from a side of the tread portion and terminating within the side protector and a pair of second grooves extending outwardly in the tire radial direction from a side of the bead portion and terminating within the side protector and provided on both sides in the tire circumferential direction of the first groove, wherein an overlap length in the tire radial direction between an inner end of the first groove and an outer end of the second groove is not less than 0.09 times and not greater than 0.43 times a maximum width of the side, protectors in the tire radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,142

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion bound with an intended tire rotational direction, and provided with a plurality of main grooves extending continuously in a tire circumferential direction,
wherein the intended tire rotation direction is indicated in a sidewall portion of the tire,
wherein the main grooves include a crown main groove, a pair of middle main grooves extending on both sides of the crown main groove, and a pair of shoulder main grooves extending on both outer sides of the middle main grooves, wherein
each of the middle main grooves has, in its top view, a zigzag configuration in which first oblique segments and second oblique segments are alternately arranged, wherein
the first oblique segments inclined outwardly in the tire axial direction toward the opposite direction to the intended tire rotational direction, and
the second oblique segments inclined oppositely to the first oblique segments, and having a circumferential length less than the first oblique segments,
wherein middle land regions defined between the middle main grooves and the shoulder main grooves are provided with a plurality of middle transverse grooves connecting between the middle main grooves and the shoulder main grooves, wherein
the middle transverse grooves inclined to the same direction as the first oblique segments, or alternatively, extending in parallel with the tire axial direction,
each of the middle transverse grooves has a depth less than the middle main grooves, and
the axially inner end of each of the middle transverse grooves is connected to one of the second oblique segments so as to include at least an axially outwardly protruding outside corner portion of the middle main groove, and
wherein grooves disposed in the tread portion and extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction are said crown main groove which is a straight groove, said pair of middle main grooves which are said zigzag grooves, and said pair of shoulder main grooves which are straight grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,479,141

FORCE FINGER

MONAHAN PRODUCTS, LLC, R...

1. A child stroller comprising:a wheel assembly including:
a wheel disposed on a wheel mount;
a wheel bushing including a bore;
a pivot pin including an upper end portion including a sloped side that is sloped relative to a side of a lower portion of the pivot pin, the pivot pin extending from an upper portion of the wheel mount and into the bore of the wheel bushing; and
a force finger disposed in an upper end of the bore and at least partially surrounding and frictionally engaging the sloped side of the upper end portion of the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,479,137

VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a sub air chamber member as a Helmholtz resonator located in a tire air chamber and on an outer peripheral surface of a well portion, the sub air chamber member including
an upper surface member disposed inside the tire air chamber,
a lower surface member disposed on an outer peripheral surface side of the well portion, and
a plurality of bridge sections formed by causing the upper surface member and the lower surface member to strike on and get joined to each other, wherein
an end-to-end distance of an opening part of a certain one of the bridge sections opening on an upper surface of the upper surface member is set longer than a distance to an end portion of an opening part of a different one of the bridge sections adjacent to the certain bridge section and
wherein the sub air chamber member includes beads which are formed by rendering the lower surface member partially recessed toward the upper surface member, the beads extending in a width direction of the vehicle wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,135

OMNI-DIRECTIONAL WHEEL FOR POOL VACUUM HEAD

1. An omni-directional wheel comprising:a plurality of substantially identical interlocking frames;
each frame comprising a hub rotatable around a common axis;
a plurality of lower supports extending radially around the hub;
a plurality of upper supports coupled to the hub extending radially around the common axis, the upper supports and the lower supports in a circumferentially staggered relationship around the common axis wherein the upper supports are elevated relative to the lower supports when the common axis is vertically oriented; and
a plurality of rollers retained by the lower supports and the upper supports, the rollers oriented normal to the common axis and held in a radially staggered relationship around the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,122

PRINTING HEAD NOZZLE EVALUATION

XJET LTD., Rehovot (IL)

1. A method of selecting nozzles for printing a multi-layered line of metallic material, the method comprising:printing a first plurality of test marks using a plurality of nozzles and according to a set of parameters; printing a second plurality of test marks using the plurality of nozzles and according to the set of parameters;
inspecting the first and second pluralities of test marks to determine whether test marks printed by a particular nozzle of the plurality nozzles are identical in appearance; identifying a set of test marks from the first and second pluralities of test marks that were printed by a particular nozzle and that are not identical in appearance;
identifying the nozzle that printed the identified set of test marks; excluding the identified nozzle from the plurality of nozzles to generate a set of conforming nozzles; and using the set of conforming nozzles to print the multi-layered line of metallic material, wherein each nozzle in the set of conforming nozzles deposits metallic material to form a metallic layer within the multi-layered line of metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,101

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A page wide type liquid ejection head comprising a plurality of element substrates being arranged in the liquid ejection head, each of the element substrates having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, a pressure chamber equipped in the inside thereof with an energy generating element which generates energy for ejecting liquid, a chamber supply flow path for supplying liquid to the pressure chamber and a chamber recovery flow path for recovering liquid from the pressure chamber, the liquid ejection head comprising:in an element substrate supply flow path for supplying liquid to the element substrates, a filter chamber having a filter for catching foreign objects contained in liquid, in operation, the filter being arranged to intersect a vertical direction, the liquid being driven to flow upwardly from below relative to the filter to pass through the filter; and
a negative pressure control unit arranged at an upstream side relative to the element substrate and a downstream side relative to the filter chamber so as to maintain the liquid pressure at the downstream side relative to the negative pressure control unit within a predetermined range,
wherein the negative pressure control unit has a sub tank arranged above the filter chamber, and
wherein the filter is located at an upstream side of the element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,098

TANK AND LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank configured to be installed in a liquid consuming apparatus having a liquid consuming unit and be connected to the liquid consuming unit such that liquid flows between the tank and the liquid consuming unit, the tank comprising:a casing having a bottom wall, a rear wall, and a side wall in a usable posture of the tank, the side wall extending in a direction intersecting with the bottom wall, the rear wall extending in a direction intersecting the bottom wall and the side wall;
a storage chamber provided in the casing and configured to store the liquid; and
a communication port provided in the storage chamber to let the liquid flow out to an outside of the tank from an opening through the rear wall,
wherein the storage chamber includes:
a first space extending along the bottom wall from the communication port; and
a second space connected to the first space in a vicinity of the communication port and extending along the side wall and the rear wall from the communication port, and
in a state that the liquid is stored at least in the first space and the second space, a first pressure loss when the liquid stored in the storage chamber flows to the communication port via the first space is equal to a second pressure loss when the liquid stored in the storage chamber flows to the communication port along the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,096

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTRODUCING A CARTRIDGE

1. A device for introducing and maintaining of a cartridge in an inkjet printer of the CIJ type, comprising:a first support, delimited by two lateral sides, a back side and a front opening, this first support able to contain a cartridge and the back side being provided with a fluidic connector;
a second support, called the cartridge support, against which the cartridge can be maintained, this second support able to be actuated in rotation about a first axis of a rotation extending between the two lateral sides of the first support, between a position for loading and for unloading the cartridge, and a position for connecting the cartridge to said fluidic connector, said second support being, in said position for connecting, contained within the first support and comprising at least an opening which come opposite, or in contact, with said fluidic connector of the back side of said first support; and
an actuator of the second support in the rotation about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,095

LIQUID CARTRIDGE HAVING CHAMBER AND SET OF THE LIQUID CARTRIDGES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a liquid chamber configured to store liquid;
a liquid supply portion having a front end part formed with a liquid supply hole through which the liquid is configured to flow out from the liquid chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front wall and a rear wall away from the front wall in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture;
a lower-side sub front wall at which the liquid supply portion is provided, the lower-side sub front wall facing frontward and being positioned closer to the front wall in the frontward direction than to the rear wall, the lower-side sub front wall being positioned downward relative to the front wall;
an upper wall positioned between the front wall and the rear wall and extending in a direction parallel with both of the frontward direction and the rearward direction;
a bottom wall extending between the lower-side sub front wall and the rear wall;
a sub bottom wall extending between the front wall and the lower-side sub front wall in the frontward direction, the sub bottom wall positioned upward relative to the liquid supply portion;
a pair of side walls each connecting the front wall, the sub bottom wall, the lower-side sub front wall, and the bottom wall, each of the pair of side walls extending frontward, rearward, upward, and downward in the upright posture; and
an IC board configured to electrically contact with a contact provided in a cartridge-attachment section into which the liquid cartridge is inserted frontward,
the front wall being positioned frontward relative to a front end part of the liquid supply hole,
the front wall having a length in an upward direction longer than a length of the lower-side sub front wall in the upward direction in the upright posture, the upward direction being opposite to the gravitational direction,
wherein the liquid chamber includes a first space and a second space in communication with each other,
the first space being defined by inner surfaces of the front wall, the sub bottom wall, and portions of the pair of side walls that extend from the front wall in the rearward direction to a position where the sub bottom wall is connected with the lower-side sub front wall,
the second space being defined by inner surfaces of the lower-side sub front wall, the bottom wall, the rear wall, and portions of the pair of side walls that extend from the rear wall in the frontward direction to a position where the bottom wall is connected with the lower-side sub front wall,
the second space being positioned rearward relative to the first space, and
wherein the first space and the second space have dimensions in a left-right direction perpendicular to the frontward direction and the gravitational direction in the upright posture,
the dimensions of the first space and the second space in the left-right direction being the same as a dimension of an inner surface of the front wall in the left-right direction, and
wherein the IC board is positioned upward relative to the upper wall, the IC board in its entirety being overlapped with the second space in the gravitational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,094

ENERGY EFFICIENT PRINTHEADS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead comprising:a substrate with channels to direct ink toward a plurality of nozzles of the printhead; and
a passivation layer on the substrate, the passivation layer including a first thin film of a first dielectric material and a second thin film of a second dielectric material, wherein the first thin film is in direct contact with the second thin film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,092

WASTE LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A waste liquid container configured to be attachably and detachably mounted in a mounting portion including a discharge portion configured to discharge waste liquid flown from a liquid ejecting head, and an apparatus-side connection terminal located at a position lower than the discharge portion, the waste liquid container comprising:a first container portion including a waste liquid introduction portion in an upper portion of the first container portion, the waste liquid introduction portion being configured to enable the waste liquid discharged from the discharge portion to be introduced in a state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion;
a second container portion disposed below the first container portion in a vertical direction and communicating with the first container portion in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion; and
a container-side connection terminal electrically connected to the apparatus-side connection terminal in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion,
wherein, in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion, in a plan view from above, the second container portion is formed to be larger than the first container portion, and in the second container portion, the container-side connection terminal is disposed at a position not overlapping with the first container portion in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,080

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE WITH INK FEEDHOLE BRIDGE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A fluid ejection device comprising:a substrate with a fluid slot formed therein;
a chamber layer formed on the substrate defining a plurality of fluid chamber pairs, each chamber pair comprising a first chamber on a first side of the fluid slot and a second chamber on a second side of the fluid slot;
a thin-film layer between the substrate and chamber layer and extending across the fluid slot, the thin-film layer to define for each chamber pair, an ink feedhole (IFH) between the fluid slot and the chamber layer, each IFH being separate from each other IFH and distinctly defined by the thin-film layer; and,
an IFH bridge that extends over the slot and runs along a side of the IFH from the first chamber to the second chamber of each chamber pair, the IFH bridge comprising an extension of the thin-film layer, an extension of a primer layer disposed between the thin-film layer and chamber layer, and an extension of the chamber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,077

HEAD MODULE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A head module configured to be removably attached to a liquid jetting apparatus along an attaching direction, comprising:a head having:
an inlet;
a plurality of nozzles configured to jet a liquid inflowed thereto via the inlet; and
a plurality of driving elements configured to impart a jetting energy to the liquid in the plurality of nozzles, respectively, the plurality of nozzles being aligned in a row in a longitudinal direction of a nozzle surface which is orthogonal to the attaching direction;
at least one driver IC configured to drive the plurality of driving elements;
a heat spreader thermally making contact with the at least one driver IC;
a flexible substrate connected to the at least one driver IC; and
a rigid substrate connected to the flexible substrate and having rigidity higher than that of the flexible substrate,
wherein in the attaching direction, the at least one driver IC is arranged between the head and the heat spreader;
the rigid substrate and the head are arranged side by side in the attaching direction;
the rigid substrate and the heat spreader are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction; and
the rigid substrate has a thickness along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,070

SCREEN PRINTING ADAPTER DEVICE

Livingston Systems, LLC, ...

1. A screen printing adapter device, comprising:a body configured as an accessory to a printing board having a tag printing surface;
a collar edge of the body shaped to fit fully around a perimeter of the tag printing surface of the printing board; and
a shoulder edge of the body shaped to fit adjacent and conform to a shoulder edge of the printing board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,054

PATTERNED COMPOSITE PRODUCT

Acell Industries Limited,...

1. A method for forming a composite product having a patterned surface, the method comprising:providing a substrate having a substantially open-celled structure;
providing a sheet comprising curable material;
providing a printed patterned sheet;
then applying the sheet comprising curable material and the printed patterned sheet to a surface of the substrate; and
applying pressure to cause the sheet comprising curable material to pass into the surface of the substrate and at least substantially through the thickness of the printed patterned sheet in order to form the composite product.

US Pat. No. 10,479,047

FOAM COMPOSITE SHEET

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A foam composite sheet consisting of a polyolefin resin foam sheet and a metallic thin film provided on at least one surface of the foam sheet, wherein the foam sheet has closed cells and the metallic thin film is formed of aluminum and optionally one or more materials selected from the group consisting of copper, silver, nickel, titanium, stainless steel, a nickel-copper alloy, aluminum oxide, zinc oxide, and titanium nitride in an amount of deposition of 10 to 115.2 ?g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,479,045

MICROLAYER COEXTRUSION OF ELECTRICAL END PRODUCTS

1. An extruded thin layer polymer product comprising a wire substrate coated with a polymer extrusion consisting of tens to thousands of annular polymeric layers wherein one or more of said polymeric layers has been filled with electrical conductive particles, wherein the electrical conductive particles form an electrical conducting network in the one or more of polymeric layers through alignment of the conductive filler particles along the direction of the extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,037

STIFFNESS ENHANCED TREAD ELEMENT

1. A method of forming a pneumatic radial tire comprising the steps of:(A) providing a radial green tire carcass comprising a crown region and pair of sidewalls;
(B) forming a green tire tread by simultaneously extruding a tread cap formed of a first material and a single tread base formed of a second material having a stiffness of at least 1000 kPa more than the stiffness of the first material, and wherein the second material has a G?@10% which is within the range of 1,500 kPa to 8,000 kPa as measured at 100° C. and 1 Hz;
wherein step (B) comprises the step of: providing the green tire tread with: (1) a first portion having a first strip of the second material extending from the tread base into the tread cap; and, (2) a second portion having a second strip of the second material extending from the tread base into the tread cap;
(C) applying the green tire tread to the crown region of the radial green tire carcass to form a green tire; and,
(D) vulcanizing the radial green tire to form a pneumatic radial cured tire that comprises a tread having: (1) a first shoulder tread element comprising the first strip extending from the tread base into the tread cap; and, (2) a second shoulder tread element comprising the second strip extending from the tread base into the tread cap, wherein the tread cap includes circumferential tread grooves and extends from a first shoulder of the tire to a second shoulder of the tire, wherein the circumferential tread grooves are encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the tread base extends from the first shoulder of the tire to the second shoulder of the tire, wherein the cured tire includes a first tread element having a first strip of the second material that extends from the tread base through the tread cap to an outer ground contacting surface of the tread, wherein the first tread element is located on the first shoulder of the tire; and wherein the first strip is not encompassed by any circumferential tread groove, and wherein the first strip is encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the cured tire includes a second tread element having a second strip of the second material that extends from the tread base through the tread cap to an outer ground contacting surface of the tread, wherein the second tread element is located on the second shoulder of the tire; wherein the second strip is not encompassed by any circumferential tread groove, and wherein the second strip is encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the only strips of the second material which extend from the tread base through the tread cap to the outer ground contacting surface of the tread are located on the first shoulder and the second shoulder of the tire, and wherein the tread is formed by simultaneously extruding the tread cap and the tread base to include the strips.

US Pat. No. 10,479,030

METHOD FOR APPLYING FIBRE MATERIAL ON A VERTICAL SURFACE OF A WEB OF A WIND TURBINE BLADE

1. A method for applying fibre material on a vertical surface to form a web of a wind turbine blade, the method comprising:positioning a vertical surface in a mould for a wind turbine blade at a position corresponding to a position of a web of the blade;
spraying an adhesive on the vertical surface;
applying fibre material on the sprayed surface directly in the mould during layout of fibre material in the mould;
spraying additional adhesive on the fibre material for another layer of fibre material;
applying another layer of fibre material on the sprayed fibre material; and
injecting the fibre material on the vertical surface and in the mould with a resin during a resin injection process for the mould.

US Pat. No. 10,479,027

EDGE BANDING MACHINE CAPABLE OF REDUCING PROCESSING ERROR

OAV EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS, ...

1. An edge banding machine which is capable of reducing processing error and adapted for processing a workpiece, the edge banding machine comprising:a base having a slide installation seat, the slide installation seat having an first outer wall and an second outer wall which are arranged parallel to each other, the slide installation seat having a feed inlet end and a feed outlet end;
a slide rail movably disposed on the slide installation seat from the feed inlet end to the feed outlet end;
a positioning pressing wheel set being spacedly disposed above the slide rail and pressing the workpiece toward the slide rail in such a way that the workpiece can be moved between the slide rail and the positioning pressing wheel set and moved along with the slide rail;
a pre-milling mechanism fixed to the second outer wall and located close to the feed inlet end and far from the feed outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,479,026

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONNECTING PROFILE PARTS

Rotox Besitz-und Verwaltu...

1. A method for connecting a first plastic profile part (2) to a second plastic profile part (2), comprising:bringing into contact a front edge of the first profile part (2) and a heating surface (34) of a heating element (36) in a joining direction in order to start to melt the first profile part (2) in its welding area before it is joined to the second profile part (2),
moving, from a resting position to a working position relative to the first profile part (2) and relative to the heating element (36), a delimiting element (7), said delimiting element (7) comprising at least one contact element (21) and a molded part (22), both of which are movable relative to each other and movable relative to the first profile part (2), keeping at least a profiled section (26) of the molded part (22) in contact with the heating surface (34) of the heating element (36) and keeping the contact element (21) in contact with a profile surface (9) of the first profile part (2) as the welding area of the first profile part (2) is melted; and
before the first profile part (2) is compressed for joining to the second profile part, moving the contact element (21)—together with the molded part (22)—of the delimiting element (7) in the direction of its working position so that the profiled section (26) of the delimiting element (7) extends beyond the front edge (4) of the first profile part (2) to create a holding plane (37).

US Pat. No. 10,479,017

SEQUENTIAL JOINT BEHAVIOR SHEET USING PHOTO DEFORMATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOLDING AND UNFOLDING THEREOF

1. A sequential joint sheet using photo deformation, comprising:at least three rigid parts that are of a rigid state;
a first joint part joining two of the rigid parts that are adjacent to each other; and
a second joint part joining two of the rigid parts that are adjacent to each other and spaced apart from the first joint part,
wherein the first and second joint parts have a first state in which the adjacent rigid parts joined by the first and second joint parts are parallel to each other, and a second state in which a folding behavior occurs along the first and second joint parts wherein one rigid part performs a folding behavior with respect to the other rigid part of the two adjacent rigid parts between the first and second joint parts, the second state being reached when light is absorbed, and
print patterns having different degrees of transparency are formed on a transparent high-molecular-weight polymer in the first and second joint parts, and thus a folding behavior is sequentially performed at the first and second joint parts due to different times taken to reach the second state through radiation of light according to the degrees of transparency of the first and second joint parts when the transparent high-molecular-weight polymer is exposed to uniform light distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,479,012

MEMBERS FOR SEALING, BAFFLING, OR REINFORCING

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. An article comprising:a. a carrier formed as a linear flat substrate, including a first surface and opposing second surface;
b. an activatable material disposed adjacent a first terminating end of the carrier and contacting only the first surface of the carrier prior to and post activation of the activatable material, leaving a portion of the first surface free of contact with any activatable material;
c. a plurality of carrier extensions extending upward from the first surface of the carrier at an angle that is skew in relation to the carrier, each extension extending partially into and substantially surrounded by the activatable material;
d. a pen clip extending from a second terminating end of the carrier that directly opposes the first terminating end of the carrier, the pen clip being integrally formed with the carrier for affixing the article to a vehicle structure, the pen clip adapted to receive a portion of the vehicle structure, and the pen clip being free of any contact with the activatable material prior to or post activation of the activatable material;
wherein the article is adapted to provide sealing, baffling, or reinforcement within the vehicle structure, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of carrier extensions has a length differing from the other plurality of carrier extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,009

CO-INJECTION OF MOLDED PARTS FOR WEIGHT REDUCTION

Magna Exteriors Inc., Co...

1. A thermoplastic component for a motor vehicle, comprising:an outer surface layer of a co-injection moldable first material having a class A forming surface and no blowing agent and that is paintable material, wherein said first material is a thermoplastic olefin,
a core of co-injection moldable second material induced with at least about 3 wt % of chemical blowing agent for decreasing density of the core material, wherein the core is less dense than the outer surface layer, wherein said second material is a thermoplastic olefin,
wherein weight of the thermoplastic component is reduced by at least about 5 percent,
wherein the core is fully encapsulated by the outer surface layer;
wherein the thermoplastic component comprises a wallstock defined as a combination of the core and the outer surface layer, and the wall stock is from about 3 to 4 millimeters thick,
wherein thickness of the outer surface layer varies at predetermined locations of the thermoplastic component, and
wherein when the thermoplastic component is devoid of the core the thickness of the outer surface layer is about 0.3 to 3.0 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,479,008

APPARATUS AND TECHNIQUES FOR COATING PIPELINE FIELD JOINTS

Subsea 7 Limited, Sutton...

28. An injection moulding apparatus for coating a field joint of a pipeline, the apparatus comprising:a mould tool positionable around the field joint to define a mould cavity;
first and second pumping chambers communicating with the mould tool, each chamber being reciprocally expansible in an induction stroke for drawing molten polymer into that chamber from a melt supply and reciprocally contractible in a compression stroke for driving molten polymer out of that chamber into the mould cavity in use; and
first and second injection valves, each of those injection valves being associated with a respective one of the pumping chambers and being interposed in a flow path between that pumping chamber and an injection gate of the mould tool with which both of the pumping chambers communicate via the respective associated injection valves;
wherein expansion of one of said chambers is synchronised with contraction of the other of said chambers such that the induction stroke of one of said chambers coincides with the compression stroke of the other of said chambers; and
the apparatus is arranged for sequential injection of shots of molten polymer into the mould cavity through the shared injection gate, those shots being output in alternation from the first and second pumping chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,002

MOLDING TOOLS AND METHOD WITH GRIP-ENHANCING STRUCTURE

OLBRICH GMBH, Bocholt (D...

1. A press-molding apparatus for forming a press-molded trim component that has an edge and an edge portion adjacent to the edge, said press-molding apparatus comprising:a first mold tool that has a first molding surface, and a second mold tool that has a second molding surface;
wherein the first and second mold tools are movable relative to one another to bring the first and second mold tools into a closed position with the first and second molding surfaces juxtaposed facing one another with a mold cavity formed and bounded therebetween, the mold cavity terminates and is bounded at a mold cavity end where the first and second mold tools meet one another, the mold cavity includes an end portion that terminates at and extends from the mold cavity end, and the first and second mold tools are configured and adapted to press-mold the trim component in the mold cavity with the edge portion of the trim component received in the end portion of the mold cavity; and
wherein a selected portion of the first molding surface of the first mold tool bounding the end portion of the mold cavity has a grip-enhancing structure configured and adapted to provide, on the edge portion of the trim component, an increased grip in comparison to an adjacent portion of the first molding surface adjacent to the grip-enhancing structure, to prevent or counteract retraction of the edge of the trim component away from the mold cavity end during the press-molding of the trim component in the mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,998

PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATION AND RECOVERY OF WASTE CARPET COMPONENTS

AquafilSLO d.o.o., (SI)

1. A process for separation and recovery of waste carpet components, wherein waste carpets comprise a face fiber material, a backing material and an adhesive coating which includes latex and filler, said process comprising:shredding of waste carpets in a shredding machine, the shredding producing a shredded waste carpets;
washing of the shredded waste carpets that have been shredded in the shredding with a liquid washing agent in a high friction washer without reducing a size of the shredded waste carpets, wherein due to the action of high friction forces and the liquid washing agent, at least some of the adhesive coating is decoupled from the face fiber material and backing material;
removing at least some of the adhesive coating from the high friction washer during washing through a washing sieve within the high friction washer, the removing producing a first remaining material;
fine wet grinding of the first remaining material obtained from the washing in a wet granulator to reduce the size of the face fiber material and the backing material, the fine wet grinding producing a second remaining material; and
separating the second remaining material obtained in the fine wet grinding in a centrifuge into face fiber and backing material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,995

PRESSING DEVICE

SYSTEM S.P.A., Fiorano M...

1. A pressing device for pressing ceramic particles into a ceramic item, the pressing device comprising:a lower presser (10), provided with a pressing surface (10a) facing upwards;
an upper presser (11), provided with a pressing surface (11a) facing downwards; at least one of the two pressers is movable towards and away relative to the other in order to perform pressing of a layer (L) of ceramic particles;
a pressing space (V), which is delimited inferiorly and superiorly by the lower presser (10) and the upper presser (11);
a lower belt (2), movable along a forward direction (Y) and comprising an active portion (3) which is disposed at least partially between the upper presser (11) and the lower presser (10);
an upper belt (4), movable along the forward direction (Y) and comprising an active portion (5), which is disposed at least partially between the lower belt (2) and the upper presser (11); wherein the pressing device is configured to regularly cycle between a closed position and an open position; in the closed position one or both of the two pressers are moved towards the other so that a portion of the layer (L) of ceramic particles is pressed between (a) the active portion (5) of the upper belt (4) and (b) the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2); in the open position one or both of the two pressers are moved away from the other so that the layer (L) of ceramic particles can be borne by the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2) and carried in the forward direction; wherein the pressing device comprises side barriers (13,14,15) which are arranged so that the layer (L) is laterally sealed between the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2) and the active portion (5) of the upper belt (4) within the pressing space (V) in the closed position but not in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,980

CUTTER HEAD FOR PERSONAL CARE APPLIANCES

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A tool head for a personal care appliance, including a plurality of tooling rotors rotatably supported about rotor axes and a drive train for rotatably driving said tooling rotors from a motor, wherein the tooling rotors are separately displaceably supported to elastically dive along their axes of rotation into a retracted position against a biasing force provided by biasing devices onto said tooling rotors, said biasing devices being configured to allow for a diving travel of at least about ¼ of a diameter of a tooling rotor,wherein said drive train includes:
an input crank element having connection means for connecting to a drive shaft, said input crank element being rotatably supported about a first crank rotation axis, wherein a first crank connecting pin is attached to said input crank element at a position eccentric to said first crank rotation axis, said input crank element having a first crank lever arm (h) defined by a distance between said first crank connecting pin and said first crank rotation axis;
a transmitter element configured to be driven by said input crank element; and
a plurality of output crank elements configured to be driven by said transmitter element to rotate about said rotor axis, said output crank elements being rotatably supported about second crank rotation axes and second crank connecting pins being attached to each of said output crank elements at a position eccentric to a respective one of said second crank rotation axes, wherein said output crank elements each have a second crank lever arm (h) defined by a distance between said second crank connecting pins and said respective one of said second crank rotation axes,
wherein said first and second crank rotation axes are parallel to each other and said first and second crank lever arms (h) have substantially a same lever length.

US Pat. No. 10,478,978

ELECTRIC KNIFE

1. An electric knife including a knife body forming a handle housing an electric motor and a blade holder received in the handle, carrying a blade and maneuvered by the motor via a device for transforming rotary movement of the motor into alternating movement of the blade holder; wherein the knife body includes a fixed shaft perpendicular to the blade on which the blade holder is mounted and which is positioned so that the blade holder is moved in rotation and to-and-fro relative to said fixed shaft by said motor to impart an oscillatory movement to the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,976

HANDLE AND KNIFE HAVING THE SAME

NEXTORCH INDUSTRIES CO., ...

1. A handle, comprising:a handle body, a locating portion is provided on the handle body; and
a handle clamp, the handle clamp comprising a first clamping arm, a second clamping arm and a connecting portion, the connecting portion is provided between the first clamping arm and the second clamping arm, and the first clamping arm is movably provided on the handle body and enables the handle clamp to retract and extend between a retracted position and an extended position,
wherein the first clamping arm is movable along a longitudinal axis of the handle body and transferrable between the retracted position and the extended position;
a first fitting portion and a second fitting portion are provided on the first clamping arm, the first fitting portion is closer to the connecting portion relative to the second fitting portion, when the first fitting portion matches with the locating portion, the handle clamp is located at the retracted position, and when the second fitting portion matches with the locating portion, the handle clamp is located at the extended position;
wherein the handle body comprises a first side plate and a second side plate, opposite to each other, the first side plate is provided with an avoidance channel running through an internal surface of the first side plate and an external surface of the first side plate, the locating portion is provided in the avoidance channel, the locating portion comprises a cantilever and a bulge provided on the cantilever, the bulge protruding inwardly, the first clamping arm penetrates through the first side plate and the second side plate, and the bulge abuts against the first clamping arm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,971

SPHERICAL ROBOT HAVING A DRIVING MECHANISM FOR INDICATING AMOUNT OF STORED ELECTRIC POWER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A robot, comprising:a spherical body, including:
a spherical-band-shaped main casing where a first side portion of a sphere and a second side portion opposing the first side portion have been removed,
a first spherical cap corresponding to the first side portion, and
a second spherical cap corresponding to the second side portion;
a shaft linking the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap;
a display attached to the shaft via an arm and displays at least a part of a face of the robot;
a first driving mechanism that causes the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap to be rotated by a rotation of the shaft;
a second driving mechanism, independent from the first driving mechanism, that causes the main casing to be rotated, the main casing being centered on the shaft;
an electric power source that is charged by electric power from an external charger, and supplies the electric power to the first driving mechanism and the second driving mechanism; and
a control circuit, when an amount of electric power of the electric power source remaining is lower than or equal to a predetermined value while the electric power source is disconnected from the charger, controls the second driving mechanism to stop a rotation of the main casing and controls the first driving mechanism to switch a rotational direction of the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap, thereby causing the display to be reciprocally moved in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,962

ROBOT BASE STAND

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot base stand comprising:a first support table configured to mount a robot thereon;
the robot fixed to the first support table;
a second support table configured to place thereon objects to be handled by the robot; and
a relative distance adjusting mechanism that adjusts a relative distance between the first support table and the second support table wherein the relative distance adjusting mechanism is configured to permit selection of one distance from a plurality of relative distances preset in accordance with types of the robot, wherein each of the preset distances is marked by an indicia indicative of the type of robot to be mounted to the first support table, wherein the relative distance adjusting mechanism includes:
a plurality of first connecting portions that is provided in the first support table, extends in the direction of relative distance adjustment between the first support table and the second support table, and is spaced from each other in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the direction of relative distance adjustment;
a plurality of second connecting portions that is provided in the second support table, extends in the direction of relative distance adjustment, and is spaced from each other in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the direction of relative distance adjustment; and
a plurality of fixing parts for fixing the first connecting portions and the second connecting portions to each other, wherein the plurality of first connecting portions has an arm-like shape projecting toward the second support table, is displaceable horizontally with respect to the second support table in the direction of the relative distance adjustment, and is fixed with respect to the second support table at a position that is determined by the selected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,960

HANDHELD MACHINE TOOL HAVING A SPINDLE-LOCKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A handheld machine tool, comprising:a tool housing, in which a drive motor is situated for driving a drive element equipped with at least one clamping surface, to which a spindle-locking device is assigned that is equipped with a blocking element and at least one spindle cylinder, the at least one spindle cylinder being clampable in the spindle-lock operation of spindle-locking device radially between the at least one clamping surface and the blocking element within a plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the machine tool to prevent the drive element from rotating relative to the tool housing; and
a positioning element assigned to the spindle-locking device is situated at least in sections on the at least one clamping surface of the drive element, the positioning element being situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface,
wherein the positioning element is configured to impinge on the at least one spindle cylinder in a direction of the blocking element,
wherein the positioning element projects beyond the at least one clamping surface at least in regions in the direction of blocking element, thereby forming a maximal projection on the clamping surface when viewed in a circumferential direction of the drive element,
wherein the positioning element is situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface within a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,959

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a gear housing with a gear for transmitting a torque, generated by a drive motor, to a spindle that rotates about a rotation axis and defines an axial direction; and
a housing-side interface element, the gear housing being exchangeably connectable to a tool attachment via the housing-side interface element in such a way that a torque is transmitted from the spindle to an input spindle of the tool attachment, the housing-side interface element including a flange ring that is connected to the gear housing in a torsionally stiff manner, and the housing-side interface element corresponding to a tool attachment-side interface element which includes a fastening ring that is rotatably supported on the tool attachment, the fastening ring being brought into engagement with the flange ring by a coupled rotatory and axial relative movement of the fastening ring with respect to the flange ring in such a way that the fastening ring and the flange ring together form a bayonet-type connector,
wherein the flange ring has at least one beveled undercut that extends in a circumferential direction of the flange ring and has a variable slope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,955

TOOL FOR RELEASABLY RETAINING A RAILWAY SPIKE

1. A tool for releasably holding a fastener, the tool comprising:a handle defining a handle axis; and
a tool head connected to an end of the handle, the tool head having a channel for receiving a fastener, the tool head comprising:
a first flat wall, a second flat wall, and a third flat wall, each of the first and second flat walls connected to and extending perpendicularly away from the third flat wall and parallel to the handle axis to define the channel, the channel defining a longitudinal channel axis,
a spring disposed along a length of an inner surface of the first flat wall, the length being parallel to the longitudinal channel axis, the spring received in a first notch at a first end of the inner surface and in a second notch at a second end of the inner surface, the spring configured to engage and hold the fastener against the second flat wall, and
a lip disposed along a longitudinal length of the second flat wall, the longitudinal length being parallel to the longitudinal channel axis, the lip extending perpendicularly away from the second flat wall and toward the first flat wall to define a distal portion of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,953

VALVE CORE REMOVAL TOOL

Diversitech Corporation, ...

20. A valve core removal tool comprising:an elongated shaft comprising a proximal end, and a distal end, the elongated shaft extending along a longitudinal axis thereof between the proximal end and the distal end;
a shoulder stop positioned at the distal end;
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the elongated shaft; and
a valve core gripper diametrically lesser than the shoulder stop and monolithically extending from the shoulder stop, the valve core gripper comprising:
a first leg comprising:
a first fixed end coupled to the shoulder stop;
a first recess formed in the first leg adjacent the first fixed end of the first leg; and
a first distal free end, the first leg defining a first valve core engaging surface; and
a second leg spaced apart from the first leg and comprising:
a second fixed end coupled to the shoulder stop;
a second recess formed in the second leg adjacent the second fixed end of the second leg; and
a second distal free end, the second leg defining a second valve core engaging surface spaced apart from the first valve core engaging surface,
wherein at least one of the first leg and the second leg is movable relative to the other of the first leg and the second leg between a first position defining a first distance between the first valve core engaging surface and the second valve core engaging surface, and a second position defining a second distance between the first valve core engaging surface and the second valve core engaging surface that is greater than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,947

STRAIGHT EDGE CLAMP

AFFINITY TOOL WORKS, LLC,...

1. A straight edge clamp comprising; an elongated body having a longitudinal centerline, a clamping head assembly and an end stop assembly; said elongated body has opposed edges, a top and a bottom, a main channel formed in said bottom, said clamping head assembly and said end stop assembly are mounted within said main channel a spaced distance from one another; said end stop assembly has a movable first jaw which is movable with respect to said clamping head assembly, from an unlocked position to a locked position; said clamping head assembly has a second jaw which is movable with respect to said first jaw from a released position to a clamped position; whereby said bottom of said elongated body is adapted to be positioned against a work surface having sides and said clamping head assembly and said end stop assembly are adapted to be positioned against said sides, said second jaw is moved to said clamped position and said first jaw is moved to said locked position to clamp said straight edge clamp to said work surface;said end stop assembly includes at least one clamp pad mounted adjacent said first jaw, said first jaw being moveable with respect to said at least one clamp pad to move said clamp pad into engagement with said elongated body to said locked position;
said main channel has sidewalls, said first jaw being moveable with respect to said at least one clamp pad to move said at least one clamp pad into engagement with at least one of said sidewalls to said locked position;
said first jaw includes at least one side wall extending at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal center line of said elongated body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,944

METHOD FOR RECYCLING ABRASIVE USED FOR HIGH PRESSURE WATERJET CUTTING FROM CUTTING SLUDGE AND AN EQUIPMENT FOR APPLICATION OF THIS METHOD

PTV, spol. s r. o., Host...

1. A method for recycling abrasive material used for high pressure waterjet cutting from cutting sludge is characterised by conveying the cutting sludge to a vibrating separator separating smaller and larger particles from the abrasive, then depositing of the abrasive into a water-permeable container (17); after displacing of excess water, putting a wet screened recycled abrasive (A) into a storage tank (1) for the wet screened recycled abrasive, conveying of the wet screened recycled abrasive by a screw conveyor (3) to a drying oven (4) which is heated by heating elements (6), aerated by a heated air (E); regulating a temperature in the oven by switching off and on said heating elements (6) and conveying an intensity of batching of the wet screened recycled abrasive (A) by the screw conveyor (3); conveying particles of a dry abrasive (C) through an outlet (B) for a dry recycled abrasive from the drying oven (4) to an output of vibrating separator (8), passing the dried abrasive material (C) from a vibrating separator (8) through a screen and putting into a storage container or a bulk bag (9) for the dry recycled abrasive (C).

US Pat. No. 10,478,943

GRINDER, COVER AND COVER SET

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A grinder, comprising:a motor;
a housing that houses the motor;
a spindle that protrudes downward from the housing, is configured to be driven by the motor, and thereby rotated;
a first cover that is provided in a circumferential direction of the spindle, is fixed to the housing, and is configured to at least partially cover a tool accessory, which is mounted on the spindle, from above; and
a second cover that is detachably mounted on the first cover,
wherein:
the first cover has a bottom opening that extends at least partially along a first arc of a circle,
the second cover, when mounted on the first cover in a first orientation, covers at least a segment of the bottom opening, the segment being defined by a second arc of the circle and a chord of the circle,
the second cover is configured such that when the tool accessory is mounted on the spindle, a front-most portion of the second cover is located rearward of a front-most portion of the tool accessory,
the second cover is mountable on the first cover in the first orientation and in a second orientation;
an area of the tool accessory covered by the first and second covers is greater when the second cover is mounted in the first orientation than when the second cover is mounted in the second orientation,
when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the second orientation, an outer surface of an upper part of the first cover faces an inner surface of the second cover and the second cover is housed on the outer-surface side of the upper part of the first cover,
when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the first orientation, the inner surface of the second cover faces the inner surface of the first cover and a space that houses the tool accessory between the inner surface of the second cover and the inner surface of the first cover is formed, and thereby the tool accessory is at least partially covered from below,
the first cover includes a substantially semicircular upper wall part having a connection part extending partially around an axis of the spindle for connecting the first cover to the housing,
the second cover includes a substantially semicircular upper wall part having a cutout, and
the cutout extends along the connection part when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,937

ACOUSTIC EMISSION MONITORING AND ENDPOINT FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A chemical mechanical polishing apparatus, comprising:a platen to support a polishing pad; and
an in-situ acoustic monitoring system to generate a signal, the in-situ acoustic monitoring system including an acoustic emission sensor supported by the platen and an acoustic waveguide positioned to extend through the polishing pad such that the acoustic waveguide has a first end coupled to the acoustic emission sensor and a second end in a groove in the polishing pad so that the acoustic emission sensor receives acoustic signals that propagate through slurry in the groove in the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,478,930

TOOL ATTACHMENT AND TOOL SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

21. A tool attachment, comprising:an attachment housing;
a fastening interface situated on the attachment housing for detachable fastening on a handheld power tool, the fastening interface having a locking unit which, (i) in a locked state, locks the tool attachment for operation on the handheld power tool, and (ii) in an unlocked state, enables a removal of the tool attachment from the handheld power tool;
a drive unit situated in the attachment housing for driving a tool receptacle of the tool attachment; and
a first angle position setting unit for setting a predefined angle position of the tool attachment on the handheld power tool, wherein the first angle position setting unit is configured to be operable to enable a change of the predefined angle position of the drive unit in relation to the fastening interface,
wherein the first angle position setting unit is operated by a combined and simultaneous longitudinal and rotational movement of the attachment housing in relation to the fastening interface to change the predefined angle position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,929

ENERGY SOURCE SUPPLY SYSTEMS, ENERGY SOURCE SUPPLY DEVICES, AND RELATED METHODS

A3 LABS LLC, Oakland, CA...

1. An energy source supply appliance comprising:an appliance energy source supply system comprising:
an appliance energy source supply subsystem comprising a pressure regulator, a first thermal control device, and a second thermal control device;
wherein:
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured to receive a hydrogen fuel energy source and to make available the hydrogen fuel energy source to a receiver vehicle;
the receiver vehicle comprises a drive system configured to use the hydrogen fuel energy source received by the receiver vehicle to motively power the receiver vehicle;
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured so that the hydrogen fuel energy source is received by the pressure regulator before the hydrogen fuel energy source is made available to the receiver vehicle;
the pressure regulator is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to limit the hydrogen fuel energy source to a predetermined pressure when the pressure regulator receives the hydrogen fuel energy source;
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured so that the hydrogen fuel energy source is selectively received by one of the first thermal control device or the second thermal control device before the hydrogen fuel energy source is made available to the receiver vehicle and after the hydrogen fuel energy source is received by the pressure regulator;
the first thermal control device is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to cause a first temperature reduction of the hydrogen fuel energy source when the first thermal control device receives the hydrogen fuel energy source;
the second thermal control device is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to cause a second temperature reduction of the hydrogen fuel energy source when the second thermal control device receives the hydrogen fuel energy source; and
the first temperature reduction is different than the second temperature reduction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,922

WIRE-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wire based additive manufacturing system, comprising:a base movable in a feed direction;
at least one welding laser;
at least a first cutting laser and a second cutting laser;
at least a first wire feed member feeding a first wire onto the base as the base moves in the feed direction; and
at least a second wire feed member feeding a second wire onto the base and parallel to the first wire as the base moves in the feed direction;
wherein the at least one welding laser is energized to fuse the first wire to the second wire, the first cutting laser is energized to cut the first wire and the second cutting laser is energized to cut the second wire to complete a wire layer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,919

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALUMINUM JOINED BODY

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

1. A method for producing an aluminum joined body comprising:a step of forming a flare joint by using a first aluminum member and a second aluminum member; and
a step of performing laser welding by irradiating a groove of the flare joint between the first aluminum member and the second aluminum member with a laser beam having a beam diameter of 0.8 to 3.5 mm while feeding a filler material to the groove, the filler material being made of an aluminum alloy containing, in percent by mass, 1.0% to 3.0% of Mg, 0.50% to 1.0% of Mn, 0.05% to 0.20% of Cr, and 0.05% to 0.20% of Ti, with the balance being aluminum and incidental impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,478,914

METHOD FOR BUTT WELDING, BUTT WELDED JOINT, AND OUTSIDE JOINT MEMBER FOR CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A method of manufacturing an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint, the method comprising:bringing a solid shaft-shaped end portion of a cup member and a solid shaft-shaped end portion of a shaft member into abutment against each other; and
radiating a high energy intensity beam from a radially outer side to perform butt welding, wherein
the shaft member has a joining end surface and a recess formed on a radially inner side of the joining end surface of the shaft member,
the cup member has a joining end surface protruding toward a radially inner side with respect to an inner diameter of the joining end surface of the shaft member and a protruding portion provided on a radially inner side with respect to the joining end surface of the cup member,
the shaft member is formed by upset forging,
the cup member is formed by forging,
the joining end surface and the protruding portion of the cup member are formed by performing turning on only an annular region of an end surface of the cup member, and
the butt welding is performed by bringing the joining end surface of the cup member and the joining end surface of the shaft member into abutment against each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,913

METHOD FOR RESISTING WELDING OF A FIRST COMPONENT TO A SECOND COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for resistance welding a first component to a second component, the method comprising:inserting at least a connecting region of the second component into an opening of the first component by an insertion distance along an insertion direction;
welding the first component to the second component while inserting at least the connecting region of the second component into the opening of the first component by the insertion distance; and
limiting the insertion of the connecting region into the opening to the insertion distance, with an adjustable mechanical external distance limiter spaced apart from the first and the second component in a direction perpendicular to the insertion direction, without contacting the first component or the second component with the adjustable mechanical external distance limiter, wherein:
an internal dimension of the opening and an external dimension of the connecting region are configured similar to a press fit with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,907

CIRCULAR SAW BENCH INCLUDING A WORK PIECE FEEDING APPARATUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus used with a power tool, the power tool having a work table with a work piece support surface for supporting a work piece, the apparatus comprising:a guide slidably mounted to the work table to slide in an infeed direction relative to the work piece support surface;
a work piece support carried by said guide, said work piece support having a clamping device and a work piece sliding fence, said clamping device operatively mounted to said work piece sliding fence in both a clamping position and an unclamping position,
said clamping device including:
a lower clamping element having a work piece contacting element and a vertical shaft, said work piece contacting element connected to the vertical shaft for movement therewith and configured and arranged relative to the work piece support surface to be situated at least at a height of the work piece support surface, wherein the lower clamping element is adjustable to adjust a vertical position of said work piece contacting element relative to the work piece support surface of the work table, and
an upper clamping element slidably supported on the vertical shaft for vertical adjustment relative to the work piece contacting element to press the work piece against the work piece contacting element; and
said work piece sliding fence arranged relative to the work piece contacting element to contact the work piece when the work piece is clamped against the work piece contacting element and the clamping device is connected to the work piece sliding fence,
wherein said upper clamping element is arranged in a position overlapping the guide in relation to the work piece support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,906

DUPLEX SAW

1. A duplex saw, comprising a machine head assembly of which a top portion is mounted with a cutting working platform, a base, a rotating disk, and a machine head rotating seat positioned between the machine head assembly and the rotating disk and hinged with the machine head assembly and the rotating disk respectively, wherein the machine head assembly comprises a motor, a machine frame, a gear box body, a transmission mechanism and a saw blade, the motor is fixed on the machine frame, the transmission mechanism is provided in the gear box body and constitutes a gear box assembly, a gear shaft of the motor drives the transmission mechanism to be rotated, the saw blade is fixed on an output shaft of the transmission mechanism, the output shaft and the gear shaft of the motor are parallel to each other;wherein the gear box body is provided thereon with a rotating sleeve connected to a handle, the machine frame is provided thereon with a rotating seat, so that upon operation of the handle the rotating sleeve rotates relative to the rotating seat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,903

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL PLATE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for manufacturing a metal plate, wherein the metal plate includes a machining subject surface in at least one of a front surface and a rear surface of the metal plate in a thickness-wise direction, the machining subject surface is machined in a state in which the metal plate is held by a chuck in the thickness-wise direction, and the metal plate includes a first holding portion designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction and a second holding portion located at a position separated from the first holding portion and designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction, the method comprising:performing reference surface machining that machines a surface of the second holding portion that is to be held by the chuck into a predetermined shape in a state in which the first holding portion is held by the chuck;
after performing the reference surface machining, releasing the first holding portion from the chuck and holding the second holding portion with the chuck; and
machining the machining subject surface of the metal plate in a state in which the second holding portion is held by the chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,478,897

SHEET METAL SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS JOINING INCREMENTAL FORMING AND DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A sheet metal system having incremental forming and direct metal deposition, including: a retractable and extendable incremental forming tool supported together with a direct metal deposition tool by a tool holding head;a plate;
a groove created in the plate, in a first stage to a first groove depth;
the direct metal deposition tool temporarily positioned within the groove;
a material deposited by the direct metal deposition tool onto a surface within the groove creating a rib defining a first height rib extending through the first groove depth, the rib directly connected for an entire length of the first height rib to a vertical wall defined by the groove, the first height rib oriented transverse to the vertical wall;
the groove when modified in a second stage has a second groove depth greater than the first groove depth; and
an additional amount of the material deposited onto the first height rib after the second stage creates a second height rib extending through the second groove depth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,894

CARBON AS AN AIDE FOR DUCTILE NANOCELLULAR FOAM

United Technologies Corpo...

10. A method of fabricating an article, the method comprising:providing a dispersion of nanowires in a first carrier fluid;
combining the dispersion with a solution including at least one alloy element in a second carrier fluid;
removing the first carrier fluid and the second carrier fluid to provide an arrangement of dry, loose nanowires including the at least one alloy element;
prior to the bonding, forming the dry, loose nanowires into a geometry of an end-use article
depositing the arrangement of nanowires into a mold;
compressing said arrangement of nanowires in said mold to consolidate said nanowires;
placing said assembly into a furnace; and
after the compression step, bonding in a furnace in the presence of carbon, the arrangement of nanowires together into a unitary cellular structure, introducing the carbon by a gas containing carbon into the furnace, wherein said bonding is done in an environment having the gas containing carbon that reacts with the nanowires to alter the composition of the nanowires and the surfaces of the nanowires that are in contact with each other to permanently bond together at nodes, such that cores of the nanowires remain solid and support the unitary cellular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,888

METHOD OF FASTENING A RIVET ELEMENT AND CORRESPONDING FASTENING SYSTEM THEREFOR

1. A method of fastening a rivet element (10) to a workpiece (12) which has a preshaped hole (26) provided for a reception of a rivet section (32) of the rivet element (10) and which is made planar at least in a region around the preshaped hole (26),wherein, prior to the fastening process, the workpiece (12) is positioned at a well-defined spacing (D) from a contact surface (18) of a die (14) by means of at least one movably and/or elastically configured spacer (16) of the die (14) for a reshaping of the rivet section (32), so that a gap (30) is formed between a wall (28) of the hole (26) and a punch (24) of the die (14), which is provided for the reshaping of the rivet section (32), the workpiece (12) only being moved toward the contact surface (18) after the start of the reshaping of the rivet section (32), and wherein the rivet section (32) is introduced into the gap (30) in a course of the fastening process and is reshaped by the punch (24) in order to engage behind the workpiece (12) in the region of the hole (26), wherein the spacer (16) is moved from a first position into a second position during the fastening process, the spacer (16) being substantially fully displaced into an inner region of the die (14) in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,882

CONDUIT MARKING DEVICE

1. A conduit marking device comprising:a measuring handle for a conduit bender, and
an integral measuring scale;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a hollow metal tube;
wherein the measuring handle comprises one or more slots located longitudinally along a side of the measuring handle;
wherein the integral measuring scale comprises a set of markings oriented longitudinally on the side of the measuring handle;
wherein the markings comprising the integral measuring scale are predictably spaced and serve as reference points for a linear measurement;
wherein the integral measuring scale is adjacent to the one or more slots;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a measuring handle threaded end to facilitate coupling of the measuring handle to a conduit bending head;
wherein the measuring handle threaded end is a male thread;
wherein the measuring handle couples to the conduit bending head by screwing the measuring handle threaded end into a handle attachment point on the conduit bending head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,879

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die;
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,877

DIE FOR DRAWING METAL WIRE ROD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A metal wire rod drawing die with a die hole formed therein for inserting a metal wire rod, the die being characterized in that the die hole comprises an approach section tapered in a direction in which the metal wire rod is inserted and a bearing section having a constant inner diameter located at a subsequent stage to the approach section; and where Ra1 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to an area reduction rate of 30% in an axial direction of the die hole, Ra2 represents a surface roughness of the inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to the area reduction rate of 30% in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the die hole, and Ra3 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the bearing section of the die hole in the axial direction of the die hole, the Ra1, the Ra2, and the Ra3 satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula:0. 14 ?m>Ra2>Ra1>Ra3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,872

METHOD AND STATION FOR TREATMENT OF A TRANSPORT CONTAINER MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL FOR THE ATMOSPHERIC STORAGE AND CONVEYANCE OF SUBSTRATES

PFEIFFER VACUUM, Annecy ...

1. A method for treatment of a plastic transport box for conveyance and atmospheric storage of substrates including walls bounding a volume intended for storage of substrates, the method comprising:at least one plasma treatment, selected to remove contaminating molecules from at least one interior wall of the transport box via chemical action or mechanical action, the at least one plasma treatment comprising applying a plasma of a treatment gas at a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals,
wherein, in the at least one plasma treatment, at least the interior wall of the transport box is heated to a temperature in a range from above 50° C. to less than 100° C.; and
a non-plasma treatment in which at least the interior wall of the transport box is subjected to combined action of a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals and heating to a temperature above 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,478,865

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING REGIONS HAVING DIFFERENT SOLID ADDITIVE LEVELS

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of filaments and a plurality of solid additives, the fibrous structure further comprising:(a) a continuous network region, wherein the solid additives are present in the continuous network region at a first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method; and
(b) a plurality of discrete zones, wherein the solid additives are present in one or more of the discrete zones at a second average weight % different from the first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method.

US Pat. No. 10,478,862

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A sorting apparatus comprising:a source of individual products to be sorted;
a conveyor for moving the individual products along a given path of travel, and into an inspection station;
a plurality of selectively energizable illuminators located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when energized, individually emit electromagnetic radiation which is directed towards, and reflected from, transmitted by or absorbed by the respective products passing through the inspection station;
a plurality of selectively operable electromagnetic radiation detection devices which are located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when selectively rendered operable, captures the electromagnetic radiation reflected from or transmitted by the individual products passing through the inspection station, and forms an interrogation signal of the electromagnetic radiation which is captured, and wherein the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices each form an interrogation signal;
a controller coupled in controlling relation relative to each of the plurality of illuminators and electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and wherein the interrogation signal of each of the electromagnetic radiation detection device is delivered to the controller, and wherein the controller selectively energizes individual illuminators, and electromagnetic radiation detection devices in a predetermined sequence so as generate multiple interrogation signals which are received by the controller, and which are combined into a multiple aspect image, in real-time, and which has a multiple of characteristics and gradients of the measured characteristics, and wherein the multiple aspect image which is formed allows the controller to identify individual products in the inspection station having a predetermined feature; and
a product ejector coupled to the controller and which, when actuated by the controller, removes individual products from the inspection station having features identified by the controller from the multiple aspect image.

US Pat. No. 10,478,860

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE FLEXIBLE CLASSIFICATION OF POLYCRYSTALLINE SILICON FRAGMENTS

WACKER CHEMIE AG, Munich...

16. A method for the flexible classification of crushed polysilicon comprising:first classifying the crushed polysilicon with a mechanical screening system comprising at least one screen having fine holes, removing fine polysilicon fragments through the holes, and leaving a residual polysilicon component on the mechanical screening system; and
classifying the residual polysilicon component from the mechanical screening system into a plurality of fractions of different fragment sizes by an optoelectronic sorting system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,858

PIEZOELECTRIC ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND PROCESS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A piezoelectric micromechanical ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) comprising:a multilayer stack disposed on a substrate and including:
an anchor structure disposed over the substrate;
a piezoelectric layer stack disposed over the anchor structure
an acoustic coupling medium disposed above the piezoelectric layer stack; and
a mechanical layer disposed proximate to the piezoelectric layer stack; wherein:
the piezoelectric layer stack is disposed over a cavity;
the mechanical layer seals the cavity and, together with the piezoelectric layer stack, is supported by the anchor structure and forms a membrane over the cavity, the membrane being configured to undergo one or both of flexural motion and vibration when the PMUT receives or transmits ultrasonic signals; and
the PMUT is configured to receive or transmit ultrasonic signals through the coupling medium.

US Pat. No. 10,478,855

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a base having accommodating space;
a vibrating unit; and
an elastic member fixing and suspending the vibrating unit in the accommodating space;
wherein the vibrating unit comprises a first side wall and a second side wall oppositely arranged along a direction intersecting with a vibrating direction of the vibrating unit, the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member spaced from each other and arranged by stacking,
wherein the first elastic member comprises a first fixing arm fixed on the first side wall, two first elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the first fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two first connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two first elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, the two first connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the second side wall;
the second elastic member comprises a second fixing arm fixed on the second side wall and located between the second side wall and the first connecting arm, two second elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the second fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two second connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two second elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, wherein the two connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the first side wall, and the first fixing arm is located between the first side wall and the second connecting arm;
the linear vibration motor further comprises:
a first stopper, and
at least two second stoppers,
wherein the first stopper is fixed at a side of the first fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit and/or a side of the second fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit;
at least two second stoppers are respectively fixed on the first connecting arm and/or the second connecting arm adjacent to the first stopper, and are located at two opposite sides of the first stopper in a direction intersecting with the vibrating direction of the vibrating unit;
for the first stopper and the second stopper located at the same side of the vibrating unit, the first stopper and the second stopper are spaced from each other and an orthographic projection of the first stopper along the vibrating direction at least partially falls into the second stopper, a distance between the first stopper and the adjacent second stopper is not larger than the an effective elastic displacement of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,849

NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING DEVICE AND NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A nozzle auto-cleaning device, comprising a base and a cleaning piece feeding unit disposed on the base,the base having a bearing surface on which the cleaning piece feeding unit is disposed,
the cleaning piece feeding unit being configured to transport a cleaning piece installed inside the nozzle auto-cleaning device along a first direction intersected with the bearing surface so that a first portion of the cleaning piece is protruded in a direction away from the bearing surface and inserted into a nozzle,
the base being configured to move along at least one direction of the first direction, a second direction, and a third direction, the second direction and the third direction being intersected in a plane of the bearing surface, so as to drive the first portion of the cleaning piece to move inside the nozzle, wherein
the cleaning piece feeding unit comprises at least two clamping parts which are sequentially arrange along the first direction, each of the at least two clamping parts is configured to be switched between a clamping, state and a releasing state, and
the at least two clamping parts comprise at least one movable clamping part which is configured to be movable along the first direction so that the cleaning piece is transported in a direction away from the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,845

REMOTELY ACTIVATED DISPENSER

Delaware Capital Formatio...

1. An apparatus for dispensing chemical solutions, comprising:a dispenser, comprising:
a shut-off valve having a closed position and an opened position,
a linkage including at least one rigid link having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is operatively coupled to the shut-off valve; and
at least one rocker arm rotatable about a pivot axis, wherein the second end of the at least one rigid link is coupled to the at least one rocker arm;
a nozzle assembly including an actuator; and
a flexible link including a first end coupled to the actuator of the nozzle assembly and a second end operatively coupled to the at least one rocker arm,
wherein manipulation of the actuator operates to rotate the at least one rocker arm via the flexible link and move the first rigid link to shift the shut-off valve between the closed and opened positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,837

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SHOWERHEAD

WATER PIK, INC., Fort Co...

1. A method of assembling a showerhead comprising:connecting together two or more flow directing plates to create an engine for the showerhead;
placing the engine within a spray head a number of degrees out of phase from an operational orientation;
rotating the engine the number of degrees into the operational orientation; and
connecting the engine to the spray head by a fastener received through a back wall of an outer housing of the spray head, wherein connecting the engine to the spray head further comprises:
aligning a keyed washer with a corresponding keyed protrusion on the engine; and
inserting the fastener through the keyed washer and the back wall of the spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,835

NOZZLE FOR WET GAS SCRUBBER

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A nozzle comprising,a ceramic nozzle assembly comprising an inlet at one end of a cylindrical portion, an outlet at one end of a conical portion, wherein the cylindrical portion transitioning to the conical portion at an end of the cylindrical portion distal from the inlet, wherein the conical portion transitioning to the cylindrical portion at an end of the conical portion distal from the outlet; and
a ceramic vane assembly within the cylindrical portion, wherein the vane assembly comprising a central vane support located substantially concentrically within the cylindrical portion, and a plurality of angled vanes extending from the central vane support to an inner wall of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the ceramic nozzle assembly and the ceramic vane assembly are manufactured such that the two assemblies comprise a single piece of ceramic,
wherein the central vane support is rounded at ends proximate to the inlet and the outlet and perpendicular to a fluid flow through the nozzle;
wherein the cylindrical portion has an axial dimension of L1 and the conical portion has an axial dimension of L2, wherein the ratio of L1:L2 is 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,831

BIOLUMINESCENT TORNADO MAKER SYSTEM

20. A bioluminescent tornado maker, comprising:a transparent vessel;
a liquid disposed within the transparent vessel, wherein the liquid comprises salt water and bioluminescent organisms;
an impeller in contact with the liquid such that a rotation of the impeller causes a flow of the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a disturbance that causes the bioluminescent organisms to emit a visible light; and
an air pump coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the air pump creates air bubbles in the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid is a rotational flow;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a visible vortex within the transparent vessel;
a base sealingly coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the impeller is mounted in the base;
an electric motor mounted within the base, the electric motor coupled to the impeller such that the electric motor rotates the impeller when energized;
wherein the visible vortex comprises the air bubbles created by the air pump;
wherein the air pump is mounted within the base.

US Pat. No. 10,478,823

GYRATORY CRUSHER HYDRAULIC PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A method of controlling the hydraulic pressure in a gyratory crusher hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a pressure relief valve having a hydraulic fluid vestibule fluidly connected to a hydraulic fluid space of a gyratory crusher, a logic element for dumping hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid space and which includes a plunger having a first plunger surface fluidly connected to the hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic fluid vestibule, and a second plunger surface arranged opposite the first plunger surface, and at least one first control pipe which fluidly connects the second plunger surface to the hydraulic fluid vestibule, the method comprising:restricting the flow of hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid vestibule to the second plunger surface to make the time (TC) it takes for the logic element to switch from an open position to a closed position exceed the time (TF) it takes for a closed side setting position of the gyratory crusher to make one full round.

US Pat. No. 10,478,820

REAGENT WELL HAVING A RETENTION FEATURE FOR RETAINING A LYOPHILIZED REAGENT

Gen-Probe Incorporated, ...

1. An article for performing a reaction comprising:a reagent well including a side wall, a bottom wall, and an open upper end defined by a top surface;
a lyophilized reagent disposed within the reagent well; and
a retention feature that is not integral with the reagent well, the retention feature comprising a fingered collar fixed to the side wall at or proximal to the open upper end and comprising one or more flexible fingers extending into the well, wherein each of the one of more fingers extends toward an axial center of the well, wherein the retention feature is inserted into the open upper end of the well and fixed to the side wall above the lyophilized reagent, wherein the retention feature defines an opening that is smaller than the diameter of the lyophilized reagent, such that the retention feature retains the lyophilized reagent within the reagent well, and wherein the opening is sized to permit an end of a pipette tip to be inserted into the well.