US Pat. No. 10,596,769

BAGGING PROCESS AND MANDREL FOR FABRICATION OF ELONGATED COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, configured for fabrication of laminate plies into a structure, such that the apparatus comprises:a mandrel;
a female mold that comprises:
a support to a first laminate ply; and
a cavity recessed within a surface of the female mold and configured to receive the mandrel, such that the mandrel comprises a single continuous elongated collapsible open cell foam carrier that comprises:
a size that contacts and compresses the first laminate ply against walls of the cavity; and
a firmness sufficient to support a pressure applied by a placement of a radius filler against the mandrel; and
a support to a second laminate ply that encloses the mandrel within the cavity;
a first vacuum bag configured to form a first vacuum chamber configured to enclose said single continuous elongated collapsible open cell foam carrier;
a breather ply that encloses the first vacuum bag;
located within the cavity, a second vacuum bag that encloses the breather ply and the first vacuum bag; and
an outer vacuum bag, attached to the female mold, such that the outer vacuum bag:
encloses the cavity; and
forms a second vacuum chamber between the outer vacuum bag and the second vacuum bag.

US Pat. No. 10,596,768

METHOD OF PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A method for producing a fiber composite component, the method comprising the steps of:a) producing a semi-finished composite product with the sub-steps:
i) providing a core layer comprising a plurality of cavities;
ii) covering a first outer face of the core layer with a first layer-shaped semi-finished product, which comprises continuous fibers being pre-impregnated with a first duroplastic matrix material; and
iii) applying a first molding compound to a first predetermined deposit area of a front face of the first semi-finished product, the front face facing away from the core layer, wherein the first molding compound comprises a second long-fiber-reinforced duroplastic matrix material; and
b) extruded reshaping of the semi-finished composite product to a fiber composite component, wherein the extruded reshaping is performed at an operating temperature, and wherein the first and the second matrix material are configured such that the flowability of the second matrix material during the extruded reshaping is higher than the flowability of the first matrix material.

US Pat. No. 10,596,767

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANCHOR RODS FROM A FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL, AND ANCHOR ROD

1. A method for producing anchor rods from a fiber composite material, the method comprising:a solidifying step, in which a strand of a curable matrix material with embedded fibers is conveyed, on a single, endless-circulating UV-light permeable conveyor belt having an uninterrupted depression, to a UV illumination device and solidified by an irradiation with UV light, the depression molding a correspondingly shaped surface profiling on the outer surface of the strand; and
a curing step, in which the solidified strand is further conveyed into an annealing device and cured by heating the solidified strand to an annealing temperature,
wherein a section of the cured strand forms an anchor rod.

US Pat. No. 10,596,765

METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL DISPENSER HAVING ANNULAR SEALS AND METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL CONTAINER THEREFOR

1. A method of making an aerosol container, said method comprising:providing a polymeric outer container having a closed end bottom and an open neck longitudinally opposed thereto, a valve and a product delivery device, said valve and said product delivery device being complementary to said open neck,
disposing said product delivery device in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck,
disposing said valve at least partially in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck and said product delivery device,
spinning said valve relative to said product delivery device to weld said valve to said product delivery device at a product delivery device spin weld,
charging said outer container with propellant, and
spinning said valve relative to said outer container to weld said valve to said outer container at an outer container spin weld, thereby sealing said propellant therein,
wherein said valve has a product delivery device protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface on said product delivery device and an outer container protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface in said outer container, said product delivery device spin weld and said outer container spin weld being formed at said respective protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,764

LYMPHATIC CHANNELING MEDICAL GARMENT

Farrow Innovations LLC, ...

8. A medical garment comprising:an outer compression fabric, and
at least one inner semicompressible element secured to the outer compression fabric configured to urged against a limb of a patient by the outer compression fabric, the at least one inner semicompressible element having multiple fingers configured to project over the limb of the patient and to regionally direct edema out of the limb:
the at least one semicompressible element being made of at least one of foam, spacer fabric, polymer, and silicone.

US Pat. No. 10,596,763

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH ARRAY OF ENERGY SOURCES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:a platform having a top surface;
one or more printheads supported configured to dispense successive layers of feed material;
a first support;
a first actuator coupled to at least one of the platform and the first support and configured to create relative motion therebetween along a first axis such that the first support scans across the platform;
a first plurality of individually addressable first energy sources supported on the first support above the platform, the first energy sources arranged in an array that extends at least along a second axis parallel to the top surface of the platform and perpendicular to the first axis and configured to emit radiation toward the platform; and
a second support that is fixed stationary relative to platform;
a second plurality of individually addressable second energy sources supported on the second support above the platform and configured to emit radiation toward the platform; and
a controller configured to
cause the printheads to dispense a layer of feed material;
cause the first actuator to create relative motion between the first support and the platform such that the first energy sources scan across the platform, and
operate the first and second energy sources to apply energy to a selected region of the layer of feed material on the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,596,762

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS INCLUDING CHANNELS

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:defining, by a computing device, a digital representation of an inclined channel at least partially within a component, including an angle ?, based on a formula ?=2 tan?1 [tan(?/2)/sin(?)], the angle ?, and the angle ?, wherein the inclined channel defines a longitudinal axis inclined at the angle ? relative to a build direction of the component, wherein the digital representation of the inclined channel includes a gabled roof configured to collapse into an arched roof, wherein the angle ? is a predetermined interior angle of the gabled roof measured in a plane substantially parallel to the build direction, and wherein the angle ? is an interior angle of the gabled roof in a plane substantially normal to the inclined longitudinal axis;
controlling, by the computing device, based on the digital representation, an additive manufacturing tool to deposit a material along the build direction to fabricate the component including the inclined channel having a geometry at least partially defined by the angles ?, ?, and ?; and
heating or curing the component to collapse the gabled roof of the inclined channel to form the arched roof.

US Pat. No. 10,596,761

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR 3-D PRINTING OF 3-D OBJECT MODELS IN INTERACTIVE CONTENT ITEMS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. An apparatus for printing three-dimensional prototypes of objects, the apparatus comprising:a network interface in communication with a client device, and a processor executing a resource server, the network interface is configured to:
provide, to the client device, a representation of a three-dimensional object for display on the client device; and
receive a request for a three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object for printing a three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on a three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device; and
the resource server is configured to:
responsive to receipt of the request, generate the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object with an identifier embedded on a visible surface of the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object, the identifier comprising a coupon code or a promotion code; and
provide the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object to the client device for printing the three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on the three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,760

SUPPLYING BUILD MATERIAL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. Apparatus for supplying build material to a three-dimensional printing system, comprising:a build material supply module;
a build material delivery system to deliver build material to the build material supply module;
a distribution mechanism to distribute build material within the supply module; and
a rotatable vane to move a portion of build material from the build material supply module to a feed position, the vane comprising a build material support section and a build material return section, wherein the build material return section extends from an edge of the build material support section of the vane to a spindle with an axis of rotation of the vane that is on a central longitudinal axis of the build material supply module,
the vane arranged having a common surface that extends over the build material support section and build material return section such that, as the build material support section is moved to the feed position, excess build material may slide down from the build material support section on the common surface to the build material return section and return to the build material supply module, thereby leaving a predeterminable quantity of build material on the build material support section.

US Pat. No. 10,596,759

EXTRUSION ASSEMBLY FOR AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

CHROMALOX, INC., Pittsbu...

1. An extrusion assembly for an additive manufacturing system, the extrusion assembly comprising:an extrusion die;
a compacted core material;
a channel extending through the compacted core material and comprising an inlet and an outlet, the outlet in fluid communication with the extrusion die;
a heating element extending along the channel for melting a filament material received through the inlet such that the filament material can be extruded through the extrusion die;
a temperature sensor positioned within the compacted core material, adjacent to the channel between the extrusion die and the heating element;
wherein the compacted core material holds the temperature sensor in contact against the channel at the outlet; and
a sheath enclosing the compacted core material, the channel, the heating element, and the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,596,758

GAS PHASE INTEGRATED MULTIMATERIAL PRINTHEAD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

OBSIDIAN ADVANCED MANUFAC...

1. A method for the additive manufacturing of a 3D object, the method comprising:heating a feedstock material within a printhead to at least 5% of a melting point of the feedstock material;
creating, within the printhead, a plasma proximate to the feedstock material in order to sputter the feedstock material to produce a physical vapor; and
directing the physical vapor from the printhead onto a target to produce a first layer of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,757

THREE DIMENSIONAL MINERALIZATION PRINTER

Northeastern University, ...

1. A system for three-dimensional printing and mineralizing a polymer, the system comprising:a three-dimensional printer unit with a syringe extruder;
a fluid delivery system operatively coupled to the three-dimensional printer unit; and
a control unit operatively coupled to the three-dimensional printer unit and fluid delivery system, the control unit configured to:
cause the three-dimensional printer unit to print a portion of a three-dimensional polymer object;
cause the fluid delivery system to flush the portion of the three-dimensional polymer object with a fluid to mineralize the portion of the three-dimensional polymer object; and
cause the three-dimensional printer unit to print a subsequent portion of the three-dimensional polymer object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,756

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A three-dimensional shaping apparatus comprising:a supply unit configured to supply a powder to form supplied powder;
a leveling unit configured to level a surface of the supplied powder in a first direction to form a powder layer;
an ejection unit configured to eject a shaping liquid to at least one position on a surface of the powder layer, the at least one position corresponding to a shaping target, to form at least one dot;
a controller configured to,
control the supply unit, the leveling unit, and the ejection unit to repeat a set of processes of sequentially (a) supplying the powder, (b) forming the powder layer, and (c) ejecting the shaping liquid to shape a three-dimensional shaped object corresponding to the shaping target,
receive a stop signal indicating a stop an operation of the set of processes,
stop the set of processes in response to reception of the stop signal such that a last iteration of the set of processes formed an outermost powder layer,
receive a resume signal indicating a resumption of the operation, and
in response to reception of the resume signal after the reception of the stop signal, control the supply unit, the leveling unit, and the ejection unit such that prior to resumption of the set of processes, the set of processes are performed out of order by ejecting the shaping liquid onto a part of a dot region on a surface of the outermost powder layer prior to forming a next powder layer on the outermost powder layer, the dot region being formed by at least one dot formed at the outermost powder layer, and then resuming the set of processes, the part of the dot region being less than a entirety of the dot region.

US Pat. No. 10,596,755

METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a carrier and a build plate, said build plate comprising a semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said build surface in fluid communication by way of the semipermeable member with a source of polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filling said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build surface,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, while forming or maintaining a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, wherein the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto away from said build surface on said build plate to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said build surface while concurrently filling said subsequent build region with polymerizable liquid as in step (b),
(e) continuing and/or repeating steps (c) and (d) to continuously produce in a layerless manner a subsequent polymerized region adhered to a previous polymerized region until the continued or repeated deposition of polymerized regions adhered to one another forms said three-dimensional object;
wherein said build plate is stationary and further comprising heating or cooling said polymerizable liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,596,754

REAL TIME INSPECTION AND CORRECTION TECHNIQUES FOR DIRECT WRITING SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:operating a direct writing device configured to deposit material on a substrate through a tip to provide a portion of a product according to initial parameter values;
receiving a hyperspectral image frame comprising a plurality of spectral images of the deposited material and the tip;
processing the received hyperspectral image frame to determine a characteristic of the deposited material, wherein the characteristic comprises at least one of width or height of the deposited material, and wherein the at least one of the width or height is determined by comparing the deposited material shown within the image to the tip;
comparing the determined characteristic with a target characteristic, wherein the comparing comprises comparing the measured at least one of width and height with a predetermined target value stored in a dimensional database;
determining at least one corrective parameter value to conform the determined characteristic to the target characteristic;
updating at least one of the initial parameter values with the corrective parameter values; and
operating the direct writing device to deposit additional material on the substrate according to the corrective parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,596,753

GRADIENT PRINTING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional structural component onto a base, the method comprising:receiving a set of predetermined thicknesses for the three-dimensional structural component;
wherein the set of predetermined thicknesses has a first thickness corresponding to a first position of the base and a second thickness corresponding to a second position of the base, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness;
instructing a printing device to print a set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component using the set of predetermined thicknesses, the set of layers comprising at least a first layer and a second layer;
printing the first layer of the three-dimensional structural component directly onto the base using the set of predetermined thicknesses;
wherein printing the first layer includes printing the first layer to have the first thickness at the first position of the base and wherein printing the first layer includes printing the first layer to have the second thickness at the second position of the base;
printing the second layer of the three-dimensional structural component directly onto the first layer using the set of predetermined thicknesses;
wherein printing the second layer includes printing the second layer to have the first thickness at the first position of the base and wherein printing the second layer includes printing the second layer to have the second thickness at the second position of the base;
wherein a separation distance between the base and a printhead assembly of the printing device remains constant during the step of printing the first layer;
wherein the set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component has a combined thickness at the second position of the base that is less than the separation distance; and
wherein the set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component has a combined thickness at the first position of the base that is greater than the separation distance.

US Pat. No. 10,596,752

TRANSFER APPARATUS

TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI K...

2. A transfer apparatus for transferring a fine transfer pattern formed on a mold to a resin coated on a substrate installed in a substrate installation part, comprising:a transfer roller configured to support the mold and carry out transferring with movement of the transfer roller; and
a transfer roller guide part configured to guide the transfer roller when the mold is pressed against the resin coated on the substrate installed in the substrate installation part by the movement of the transfer roller, wherein:
the transfer roller guide part is an inclined member inclined integrally with the substrate installation part; and
the inclined member is formed along a moving direction of the transfer roller and also formed so as to extend from the substrate installation part in the moving direction of the transfer roller and protrude obliquely to the moving direction at a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,751

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BELL SOCKETED PLASTIC PIPES

MCWANE, INC., Birmingham...

1. A method of making a plastic pipe, the method comprising:arranging a pair of annular rings about a mandrel having an outer diameter,
heating a first plastic pipe having an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel,
inserting the mandrel into the first plastic pipe thereby forming a bell socket in an end of the first plastic pipe, the bell socket including an annular cavity formed by and about the pair of annular rings,
removing the mandrel from the bell socket while leaving the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity of the bell socket,
removing a first annular ring of the pair of annular rings from the annular cavity after removing the mandrel from the bell socket, while leaving a second annular ring of the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity, and
replacing the first annular ring of the pair of annular rings with a gasket including a restraining member having a radially inward-extending tooth,
wherein an inner diameter of the gasket measured from a tip of the tooth is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,750

BOW SPREADER

Pearl Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A bow spreader bar for laterally stressing a web drawn therepast and which web is unwound from a supply roll, processed in a processing stage, and then rewound onto a take-up roll, the bow spreader bar comprising:an elongated arcuate member having first and second axial ends, and having a profile that defines a rounded surface on a convex face of the elongated arcuate member;
an axial support member extending from a first rotary support member and a second rotary support member and on which the first and second ends of the elongated arcuate member are supported;
a first actuator coupled to one end of said axial support member for controllably rotating said axial support member and said elongated arcuate member to adjust a pitch angle thereof;
a second linear actuator mounted on said axial support member and having a rod extending therefrom to a center of said elongated arcuate member and configured to adjust the radial position of the center of the elongated arcuate member relative to the axial support member;
a remote controller arrangement having a remote transmitter component distant from said bow spreader bar and a receiver component mounted on said bow spreader bar and coupled with said first and second actuators and adapted to permit an operator to adjust said pitch angle and said radial position from a location remote from the bow spreader bar.

US Pat. No. 10,596,749

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC

1. A method for using a perforated fabric in a paint roller manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto a portion of a perforated paint roller cover fabric material having a plurality of perforations through which adhesive may flow, and into the plurality of perforations and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving a portion of the coated paint roller fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,748

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC IN-LINE WITH A MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. A method for coating a fabric in a manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric stretching device to hold a portion of a paint roller cover fabric material taut while the paint roller fabric material is in motion;
while the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material is taut, using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material, and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving from the fabric-coating applicator a portion of the coated fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,747

APPARATUS FOR THERMOFORMING PLASTIC CONTAINERS

MONDINI S.R.L., Brescia ...

1. An apparatus for thermoforming plastic containers comprising:a pickup station (24);
a feeder (25) for feeding flat sheets (8) of thermoformable plastic material to the pickup station (24);
at least one thermoforming device (3) in turn comprising a shaped mould (4) and a closing element (5), the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) being movable relative to each other at least between a home position in which they are away from one another, and a forming position in which they are near to each other for, in use, clamping a flat sheet (8) between them; the closing element (5) comprising a resting surface (16) that is facing the shaped mould (4) at least when they are in the forming position; and being equipped with suction means designed to retain on the resting surface (16) at least one of said flat sheets (8) at least when the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) are in the home position;
one or more heating elements (6) for heating the closing element (5);
a transferring device (26) for transferring the flat sheets (8) from the pickup station (24) to the closing element (5);
an extracting device (9) for extracting the thermoformed container (2) from the shaped mould (4); and
an electronic unit (10) for controlling and checking operation of the apparatus (1);characterised in that said feeder (25) comprises:at least one support (50) for a reel (51) of a web (52) of said thermoformable plastic material;
unwinding means (53) for unwinding said reel (51) of web (52), designed, in use, to feed the web (52) along a sliding path extending from the at least one support (50) to the pickup station (24); and
a cutting device (54) for cutting the web (52) positioned along the sliding path for dividing the web (52) into a plurality of pieces, each of which corresponds to one flat sheet (8) to be fed to the pickup station (24).

US Pat. No. 10,596,746

HOUSE WRAP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

11. A house wrap comprises:a membrane having a beginning, an end, a first side extending between the beginning and the end, and a second side, opposite of the first side, the second side extending between the beginning and the end, and the beginning, the first side, the end and the second side defining a perimeter, the perimeter defining a surface area of the membrane, and the surface area of the membrane comprises a top surface and a bottom surface, opposite of the top surface; and
a pattern of a plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands adhered to the top surface of the membrane and raised above the top surface of the membrane, each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprising a polymer strand extending between the first side of the membrane and the second side of the membrane, at a first angle, such that an initial portion of the polymer strand nearest to the first side of the membrane is at a distance from the end of the membrane greater than a portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane, and the portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane forms a local minima, reversing direction of the polymer strand back toward the first side of the membrane at a second angle in a direction away from the local minima, whereby the polymer strand of each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands appears wavy, and each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands are offset one from the other by an offset starting distance such that each of the wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands intersect with each of the other wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands at intersection points, each of the intersection points being defined by the crossing of the polymer strand of one of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands and the polymer strand of another of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, whereby the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands form the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, and wherein the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprises a bridge defined by a length of a portion of the polymer strand raised above the top surface of the membrane wherein a water drainage channel is provided by a gap between the bridge of the polymer strand and the top surface of the membrane, and wherein the bridge is formed by depositing a water soluble substance on the top surface of the membrane prior to depositing a portion of the polymer strand over the water soluble substance, and the gap is formed, in situ, when water dissolves the water soluble substance before, during or after installation of the house wrap on the wall of a house.

US Pat. No. 10,596,745

MOULD FOR FORMING HOLLOW ARTICLES FROM PARISONS

KHS Corpoplast GmbH, Ham...

1. A device comprising a mold carrier configured to receive mold sections for forming a hollow container from a parison through the introduction of a gaseous or liquid pressurized medium under pressure into the parison,wherein the mold carrier is divided into a first part for holding a first section of the mold and a second part for folding a second section of the mold,
wherein the first part is supported such that it is rotatable about an axis of rotation such that the first part and the second part are transitionable between an open position and a closed position relative to each other,
wherein the first part is connected to a first end of a first toggle lever such that the first toggle lever is rotatable about a first toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein the second part is connected to a first end of a second toggle lever such that the second toggle lever is rotatable about a second toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a second end of the first toggle lever and a second end of the second toggle lever are connected to one another and to an actuating mechanism such that the first toggle lever, second toggle lever and the actuating mechanism are rotatable about a common connection axis that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a knee lever is formed by the first toggle lever, the second toggle lever and the common connection axis,
wherein, in the closed position, the first and second toggle levers are located shortly before a dead center position of the knee lever, and the actuating mechanism exerts an elastic force on the common connection axis in a direction towards the dead center position, and
wherein the actuating mechanism further comprises a secondary toggle lever, which acts on the first and second toggle levers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,744

METHOD FOR WELDING A HEAT SHIELD DURING MANUFACTURING OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A method for welding a heat shield during manufacturing of a vehicle tank, or a filler pipe, the tank or the pipe being made from a thermoplastic material, the heat shield including: a reinforcement layer made from a thermoplastic material which is weldable to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe; and a heat shielding material which differs from the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer and which is configured to decrease transfer of heat through the reinforcement layer to the vehicle tank or filler pipe; the method comprising:heating the heat shield to bring the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer in a molten state;
placing the heated heat shield in a mold;
bringing into the mold the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe in a molten state;
welding the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer being in a molten state to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe being in a molten state, by blow molding the vehicle tank or filler pipe in the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,596,743

METHOD OF PRODUCING MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT AND PREFORM HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT

NISSHA PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A method of producing a molded article having a conductive circuit comprising:a process of forming the conductive circuit layer on a preform using an ink having stretchability;
blow molding the preform to obtain the molded article having the conductive circuit; and
a process of installing an electronic component on the preform or on the molded article having a conductive circuit to be electrically connected to the conductive circuit layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,742

MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR FILLER TUBE

Sumitomo Riko Company Lim...

1. A manufacturing process for forming a filler tube from a workpiece, the filler tube to be welded to a fuel tank at an opening thereof, the filler tube being made of thermoplastic resin,the filler tube comprising:
a body with a cylinder shape;
a flange elongating outward radially from the body at an end thereof, the flange having an end face to be welded to the fuel tank; and
a locking portion disposed on the body on an outer peripheral side thereof;
the workpiece for forming the filler tube, the workpiece comprising:
a preformed body;
a to-be-molded portion with a cylindrical shape configured to be flare molded into the flange; and
a preformed locking portion;
the manufacturing process using an outer peripheral mold, and an inner peripheral mold;
the outer peripheral mold comprising:
a counter-welding-face forming portion capable of supporting the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face thereof, and capable of forming a counter-welding face in the flange; and
a to-be-locked portion locking with respect to the preformed locking portion of the workpiece in an axial direction thereof;
the inner peripheral mold insertable at least into the to-be-molded portion of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold comprising:
a welding-face forming portion capable of forming a welding face in the flange;
the manufacturing process comprising:
arranging the workpiece onto the outer peripheral mold to axially lock the to-be-locked portion with respect to the preformed locking portion and to support the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face of the outer peripheral mold, the outer peripheral mold being set at a predetermined temperature;
inserting the inner peripheral mold into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold being set at a higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold;
forming the flange from the to-be molded portion via flare molding by relatively moving the outer peripheral mold and the inner peripheral mold in an axial direction thereof such that the counter-welding-face forming portion and the welding-face forming portion clamp the to-be-molded portion therebetween in the axial direction; and
warming the to-be-molded portion at a predetermined location where the inner peripheral mold is inserted into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side thereof for a predetermined period of time with the inner peripheral mold being set at the higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold, wherein:
after the predetermined time, the flange is formed via flare molding.

US Pat. No. 10,596,741

BLOWN FILM EXTRUSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE

1. A blown film extrusion device comprising:a blow head configured to extrude blown film; and
an adjustable thermal insulation structure directly adjacent to at least a portion of an outer sidewall of the blow head to provide selective thermal insulation of the blow head in relation to ambient air, the adjustable thermal insulating structure comprising:
at least one insulating air gap chamber thermally contacting the blow head configured to extrude the blown film; and
at least one flap, movably mounted between an insulation position closing the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air and a cooling position opening the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air, heat transfer from the blow head being completely controllable by controlling access of ambient air into the insulating air gap chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,596,740

CO-EXTRUSION HEAD FOR CO-EXTRUDING COMPLEX RUBBER PROFILE SECTION FOR MANUFACTURING A TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A head for the co-extrusion of a complex rubber profiled element for manufacturing a tire, the head being configured to be mounted on a cylindrical-roller co-extrusion machine and comprising a lower wall of cylindrical profile extending radially lengthwise in a longitudinal direction about a central axis and extending rectilinearly widthwise in a transverse direction parallel to the central axis and perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, wherein the head comprises, from upstream to downstream of the lower wall, and in the longitudinal direction:a) a first extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, the first extrusion duct being divided into a plurality of sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
b) a first profiling blade defining a first shaping profile that is discontinuous in the transverse direction and situated radially beyond the lower wall intermittently in the transverse direction;
c) a second extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, the second extrusion duct being divided into a plurality of sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
d) a second profiling blade defining a second shaping profile that is discontinuous in the transverse direction and situated radially beyond the lower wall intermittently in the transverse direction, the second profiling blade including at least one third extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, wherein at least one outlet of the at least one third extrusion duct is situated in a continuation of the longitudinal direction of a divider dividing the first extrusion duct into the plurality of sub-ducts thereof in the transverse direction, creating a discontinuity in the first shaping profile of the first profiling blade in the transverse direction and dividing the second extrusion duct into the plurality of sub-ducts thereof in the transverse direction; and
e) a third profiling blade defining a final shaping profile situated radially beyond the lower wall, the final shaping profile having no discontinuity in the transverse direction, and comprising a projecting tooth in front of and next to each outlet of the at least one third extrusion duct in the transverse direction, each projecting tooth extending radially inwards without reaching the lower wall.

US Pat. No. 10,596,739

MOLDED BODY

RIKEN TECHNOS CORPORATION...

1. A molded body comprising: a resin substrate, wherein the substrate has a three-dimensional shape,wherein a part or all of a surface of the substrate is coated with a hard coat,
wherein the hard coat comprises, from a surface layer side, a first hard coat layer and a second hard coat layer,
wherein the first hard coat is formed of a coating material comprising:
(A) 100 parts by mass of a polyfunctional (meth)acrylate;
(B) 0.01 to 7 parts by mass of a water-repelling agent; and
(C) 0.01 to 10 parts by mass of a silane coupling agent, and containing no inorganic particles, and
wherein the second hard coat is formed of a coating material comprising:
(A) 100 parts by mass of the polyfunctional (meth)acrylate; and
(D) 50 to 300 parts by mass of inorganic fine particles having an average particle size of 1 to 300 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,596,738

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING THE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for manufacturing a component assembly for a motor vehicle, wherein the component assembly comprises a base body for an instrument panel of the motor vehicle and at least one functional component, the method comprising:molding the at least one functional component to the base body during the manufacture of the component assembly; and
producing the component assembly using a gas external pressure process,
wherein external gas pressure is applied to a planar region of the base body around the at least one functional component during manufacture of the component assembly, and
wherein the planar region of the base body is arranged on a rear side of the base body facing away from a visible side of the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,737

MOLDED ARTICLE AND MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A molded article made of a resin material containing cellulose fibers,wherein the molded article has a surface portion that is in a range satisfying TF?0.1×T,
where T is a thickness of the molded article, and
TF is a thickness of the surface portion, which is a distance from a surface of the molded article,
the molded article satisfies DF?1.1×D,
where D is an average cellulose concentration of the overall molded article, and
DF is an average cellulose concentration of the surface portion,
the molded article has a weld line from a junction point of a resin flow during injection molding,
the molded article has a weld portion that is in a range satisfying TW?0.1×T,
where TW is the thickness of the weld portion, which is a distance from the weld line,
the molded article satisfies DW?1.1×D,
where DW is an average cellulose concentration of the weld portion, and
the molded article has fiber entanglement portions wherein cellulose fibers partially protruding from both sides of the weld line are entangled with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,596,736

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING A COMPOUND STRUCTURE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:an enclosure comprising:
a first metal section defining:
an end portion of the enclosure; and
an interface surface having a pore with an opening size less than one millimeter;
a second metal section defining a rear portion and side portions of the enclosure; and
a radio-frequency (RF) transparent section including an RF transparent material positioned at least partially within a gap between the first metal section and the second metal section and at least partially filling the pore; and
an antenna positioned within the enclosure and configured to pass RF signals through the RF transparent section.

US Pat. No. 10,596,735

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE PREFORM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for producing a fiber composite preform, the apparatus comprising:a lower mold; and
a molding unit configured to mold a preform by pressing a fiber composite placed on a surface of the lower mold while the molding unit is deformed in accordance with a shape of the surface of the lower mold;
wherein the molding unit includes a box-shaped pressing body having an inner space therein and having a plurality of gas flow holes at a bottom surface thereof and a pressing part provided at a lower side of the pressing body and configured to press and mold the fiber composite while the pressing part is deformed in accordance with the shape of the surface of the lower mold, wherein the pressing part includes:
a pressing sheet made of a flexible material and of which an end is provided at the lower side of the pressing body, the pressing sheet coming into contact with the fiber composite;
a plurality of molding balls filled in the pressing sheet; and
a tension adjusting roller provided in the pressing body and to which the end of the pressing sheet is coupled to be rolled up, the tension adjusting roller configured to function to maintain constant tension of the pressing sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,734

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEALS ON ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTOR COMPONENTS

1. A method for producing seals on faces of electrochemical reactor components configured to be stacked in order to form an electrochemical reactor, each of the electrochemical reactor components being in the form of a plate and having a respective first face and an opposing respective second face, each of the first faces being designed to receive a respective first seal and each of the second faces being designed to receive a respective second seal, the method comprising:shaping the respective first seal on the respective first face of each of the electrochemical reactor components, each of the shaped first seals being at least partially polymerized;
depositing the respective second seal on the respective second face of each of the electrochemical reactor components having the respective shaped and at least partially polymerized first seal on the respective first face;
shaping the second seals by compressing a first stack formed from the electrochemical reactor components, each having the respective shaped and at least partially polymerized first seal on the respective first face and the respective deposited second seal on the respective second face, alternating with molding plates, each of the molding plates having:
a respective bearing face that, as a result of the compressing of the first stack, is pressed against the first face of a respective one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack and comprising a respective groove designed to receive, without deforming, the respective first seal previously formed on the first face of said respective one of the electrochemical components of the first stack, and
a respective molding face that, as a result of the compressing of the first stack, is pressed against the second face of a respective another one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack and having a respective molding surface for shaping the respective second seal deposited on the second face of said respective another one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack; and
at least partially polymerizing each of the second seals.

US Pat. No. 10,596,733

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING MANDRELS WITH VOIDS FOR EXPANSION CONTROL DURING CURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a mold structure having a first end, a second end, and a hollow portion located between the first end of the mold structure and the second end of the mold structure;
a first plate associated with the first end of the mold structure, wherein the first plate has a first number of openings;
a second plate associated with the second end of the mold structure, wherein the second plate has a second number of openings;
a number of heat shrink members comprised of a thermoplastic material inserted through the first number of openings of the first plate and the second number of openings of the second plate such that the number of heat shrink members is suspended between the first plate and the second plate and positioned within the hollow portion of the mold structure to create a number of voids in an elastomeric mandrel that is formed within the hollow portion of the mold structure, wherein a configuration of the first number of openings, a configuration of the second number of openings, and diameters of the number of heat shrink members are selected such that outward expansion of the elastomeric mandrel is substantially equal to inward expansion of the elastomeric mandrel during a subsequent heating of the elastomeric mandrel; and
a number of rigid members inserted into the number of heat shrink members to support the number of heat shrink members.

US Pat. No. 10,596,732

STAMPING PRESS LINE STATION APPARATUS AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An apparatus for a stamping press line station, comprising:a template including (a) a contact pad retainer, (b) a sprue in communication with said contact pad retainer and (c) an integral contact pad molded in place and self-attached to the template by a section of said integral contact pad captured by said contact pad retainer, wherein said template including said contact pad retainer and said sprue is of unitary construction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,731

STENCIL PLATE FOR TIRE, TIRE VULCANIZATION MOLD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF TIRE USING THE SAME

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A stencil plate for a tire to be attached to an attachment concave part provided to be recessed on a side molding surface of a tire vulcanization mold by using a male screw to form a convex mark on an outer surface of a side section of the tire, comprising:a bulge part with a tapered shape receiving a head part of the male screw and to be fitted to a tapered countersunk part of an attachment hole provided in the attachment concave part,
a through hole provided at a tip end of the bulge part, through which a shaft part of the male screw pierces, and
a protrusion provided in the bulge part, protruding to an outer side with respect to a tapered outer peripheral surface of the bulge part and abutting on a countersunk surface of the countersunk part.

US Pat. No. 10,596,730

HYBRID LAY-UP MOLD

Ascent Aerospace, LLC, S...

1. A method for manufacturing a hybrid lay-up mold, comprising:(a) providing an iron-nickel alloy eggcrate structure;
(b) creating an iron-nickel alloy interim working surface overlaying the eggcrate structure, the working surface comprising a plurality of abutting thin sheets of an iron-nickel alloy, the abutments creating a plurality of seams;
(c) tack welding the plurality of abutting thin sheets to the eggcrate structure;
(d) welding some of the adjacent abutting sheets of the plurality of abutting sheets together at their seams to define a unitary vacuum tight interim working surface;
(e) applying a carbon fiber (CF) composite material atop the interim working surface;
(f) vacuum bagging and sealing the CF composite material to the interim working surface;
(g) bonding the CF composite material to the interim working surface; and
(h) thereafter machining the CF composite material overlay to its final dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,729

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLEXIBLE MOLD WITH PERIPHERAL STIFFENER, AND MOLD RESULTING FROM SAID METHOD

1. A food mold (1),comprising a food mold body (2) made of a mold body material, having one or more cells (3) with flexible wall,
said one or more cells (3) being limited by a bottom (3a) and being open on a common access face (4),
the common access face (4) itself having a peripheral rim (5) extending radially outward from an inner edge (5d) marking a boundary with the cell or cells (3) and to a free outer edge (5c),
the peripheral rim (5) having a top main face (5a) and being provided with a peripheral stiffening element (10) in the form of a continuous annular reinforcement (100),wherein:the peripheral stiffening element (10) is entirely embedded in the mold body material,
around the peripheral stiffening element (10), the mold body material has no through passages free or blocked between the peripheral stiffening element (10) and an outer surface of the mold body material, and
the peripheral stiffening element (10) is edged externally, in at least two opposing gripping zones (11, 12) of the peripheral rim (5), by a peripheral strip (11a, 12a) of material forming the food mold body, said peripheral strip (11a, 12a) producing an increase in width of the gripping zones (11, 12) and exhibiting a greater flexibility than that of the peripheral stiffening element (10).

US Pat. No. 10,596,727

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A DENSIFIED POLYMER POWDER, AND PROCESS OF MELT PROCESSING A DENSIFIED POLYMER POWDER

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A process for manufacturing a densified polycarbonate powder, comprising:compressing a polymer feed comprising an interfacial polycarbonate that has a bulk density of less than or equal to 240 kg/m3 in a roll compactor comprising at least two compaction rolls at a temperature of less than or equal to 130° C. to obtain a densified polymer material, wherein a gap between the two rolls is 0.5 to 10 mm, wherein the compaction rolls operate at a speed of 3 to 30 rpm, wherein an applied pressure of the roll compactor is 0.5 to 5 MPa, wherein the polymer feed has a water content of less than or equal to 1 wt %; and
milling the densified polymer material to obtain the densified polycarbonate powder,
wherein a bulk density of the densified polycarbonate powder is greater than or equal to 250 kg/m3.

US Pat. No. 10,596,726

METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method of additive manufacturing comprising,(i) providing a material comprised of a prepolymer and filler, the filler having a product of the iodine number in mg/g multiplied by the oil absorption number in ccs/100 grams of at least 6,000,
(ii) dispensing, in air, said material through a nozzle to form an extrudate deposited on a base,
(iii) moving the base, nozzle or combination thereof while dispensing the material so that there is horizontal displacement between the base and nozzle in a predetermined pattern to form an initial layer of the material on the base, and
(iv) repeating steps (ii) and (iii) to form a successive layer of the material adhered on the initial layer to form an additive manufactured part.

US Pat. No. 10,596,725

WET TABLE SAW CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for supporting a saw, comprising:a pan comprising at least four sides and a drain in a bottom of the pan;
a frame positioned on the pan;
a first tray coupled to a first side of the pan, wherein the first tray is capable of being moved in and out from the first side of the pan;
a second tray coupled to a second side of the pan, wherein the second tray is capable of being moved in and out from the second side of the pan;
a third tray coupled to a third side of the pan, wherein the third tray is capable of being moved in and out from the third side of the pan;
a fourth tray coupled to a fourth side of the pan, wherein the fourth tray is capable of being moved in and out from the fourth side of the pan;
at least one flat tray positioned on the frame, wherein the at least one flat tray is configured to support a saw; and
a hood apparatus coupled to the frame, wherein the hood apparatus is positioned at least partially above a position of the saw when the saw is placed on the at least one flat tray, and wherein the hood apparatus comprises:
a hood arm brace attached to the frame;
a hood frame attached to the hood arm brace;
a fixed top shield coupled to the hood frame;
a top shield extension coupled to the fixed top shield, wherein the top shield extension is capable of being moved in and out from an end of the fixed top shield; and
a plurality of curtains coupled to the fixed top shield and the top shield extension, wherein the curtains hang downwards from the fixed top shield and the top shield extension on at least three sides of the hood apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,596,724

WORKPIECE HOLDER AND METHOD FOR SLICING WORKPIECE

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

5. A method for slicing a workpiece, comprising pressing a workpiece made of a columnar single crystal held by a workpiece holder against a wire row of a wire saw to slice the workpiece with the use of the wire saw comprising the wire row formed by winding a wire which reciprocatively travels in an axial direction around a plurality of grooved rollers,wherein the workpiece holder comprises:
a workpiece plate which is bonded and fixed to the workpiece through a pad plate; and
a holder main body which supports the workpiece plate from a surface of the workpiece plate, the surface being an opposite side of another surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed,
assuming that, of radial directions of the workpieces, a direction parallel to the surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed is an x axis direction and a direction vertical to the surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed is a y axis direction, the workpiece plate is bonded and fixed to the workpiece so as to correct a deviation of a crystal orientation axis of the workpiece in the x axis direction,
the workpiece holder has a function to adjust a tilt in the y axis direction of the workpiece held by the workpiece plate by tilting the workpiece plate in the y axis direction and to enable fixing the workpiece plate and the workpiece to the holder main body at the adjusted tilt,
the workpiece plate has a protruding portion, which protrudes toward an outer side of the workpiece plate in a longitudinal direction and has a curved tip portion, on the surface thereof on the opposite side of another surface thereof on which the workpiece is held,
the holder main body has a receiving portion which sandwiches the curved tip portion of the protruding portion from upper and lower sides, the receiving portion sandwiches the curved tip portion of the protruding portion from the upper and lower sides by two forward-and-backward movable pieces, and each of the two movable pieces is formed into a tapered shape having a tilt on a surface thereof which comes into contact with the curved tip portion of the protruding portion, and
the workpiece holder being configured to tilt the workpiece plate in the y axis direction by adjusting a positional relationship of the two movable pieces, which sandwich the curved tip portion of the protruding portion, by each forward or backward movement, to adjust a tilt of the workpiece in the y axis direction, and to fix the workpiece at this position,
the workpiece plate is bonded and fixed to the workpiece so as to correct a deviation of the crystal orientation axis of the workpiece in the x axis direction at the time of holding the workpiece by the workpiece holder,
a tilt in the y axis direction of the workpiece held by the workpiece plate is adjusted by tilting the workpiece plate bonded and fixed to the workpiece in the y axis direction, and the workpiece is held by the workpiece holder by fixing the workpiece plate and the workpiece to the holder main body at the adjusted tilt, and
the workpiece fixed by adjusting the tilt is disposed to the wire saw through the workpiece holder, and the workpiece is pressed against the wire row to slice the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,596,723

CUTTING TOOL HOLDING DEVICE

EVERPADS CO., LTD., Taic...

1. A cutting tool holding device, which is for holding a cutting tool, the cutting tool holding device comprising:a base comprising:
a body;
a storage hole disposed in the body, the storage hole comprising:
an inner wall; and
an opening hole located on the inner wall; and
a non-circular channel disposed in the body and communicated with the storage hole via the opening hole, the non-circular channel having an axis;
a holder disposed on the base, and comprising:
a disposing portion for the cutting tool to connect; and
a connecting shaft portion connected to the disposing portion, the connecting shaft portion for inserting into the storage hole, and the connecting shaft portion comprising:
a shaft body accommodated in the storage hole; and
at least one positioning portion being concave on the shaft body and corresponding to the opening hole; and
a limiting set disposed in the non-circular channel, and comprising:
an abutting member accommodated in the non-circular channel and a cross-sectional shape of the abutting member corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel, wherein the cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel is ellipse, the abutting member is cylindroid, and the abutting member comprises:
a first end surface;
a second end surface opposite to the first end surface;
a stepping portion connected to the first end surface; and
an inclined plane connected between the stepping portion and the second end surface; and
a bolt passed through the abutting member;
wherein the abutting member is moved to the opening hole along the axis by rotating the bolt so as to push the positioning portion and abut the shaft body, and the positioning portion comprises an abutting surface, the abutting surface is inclined from a side of the shaft body to the other side of the shaft body, and the abutting surface is abutted by the inclined plane.

US Pat. No. 10,596,721

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CERAMIC HONEYCOMB BODY

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of manufacturing a porous ceramic segmented honeycomb body comprising axial channels extending from a first end face to a second end face, the method comprising:moving at least two porous ceramic honeycomb segments axially past an applicator;
applying adhesive from the applicator to at least one peripheral axial surface of the at least two honeycomb segments as the at least two porous ceramic honeycomb segments are moved axial past the applicator, the at least one peripheral axial surface comprising a surface disposed between the at least two honeycomb segments; and
moving the at least two honeycomb segments axially through a tapered chamber from a first end to a second end narrower than the first end to simultaneously press a first portion of the at least two honeycomb segments together as the at least two honeycomb segments are moved axially toward the second end of the tapered chamber while applying the adhesive to a second portion of the at least two honeycomb segments, the second portion being axially spaced from the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,719

TREATMENT OF WOOD

1. A method for heat treatment of wood comprising the steps ofplacing said wood in an airtight tank,
pressurising said airtight tank to a predefined pressure from 5-27 bar to establish a pressurised environment for said wood,
heating said wood to a predefined temperature from 140° C. to 215° C. by dielectric heating,wherein the step of pressurising and the step of heating is performed simultaneously, orwherein the step of pressurising is carried out prior to the step of heating,wherein the predefined pressure during heating prevents water present in the wood from evaporating at the predefined temperature, and wherein the heating is performed without adding any fluid to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,596,718

HANDHELD MORTISE FORMING DEVICE

1. A handheld mortise forming devicecomprising:
a base unit including a first support extending parallel to a first axis and including a first working end and a second working end opposite to the first working end;
a first sidewall connected to the first support, with the first sidewall having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end;
a second sidewall connected to the first support;
two connecting units, with one of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the first sidewall, with another of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the second sidewall;
a second support extending parallel to the first axis and connected to the two connecting units, with the second support rotatable relative to the first and second sidewalls and including an abutting face movable between a position adjacent to the first end of the first sidewall and another position adjacent to the second end of the first sidewall.; and
a clamping unit including a pressing member located on a side of the second support adjacent to the abutting face, with the pressing member adapted to clamp lumber, with the pressing member jointly rotatable with the second support and switchable between the first working end and the second working end,
with the first and second working ends located on two opposite ends of the first support along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, with the first sidewall including a first sliding track extending parallel to the second axis, with the second sidewall including a second sliding track extending parallel to the first sliding track, with one of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the first sliding track, with another of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the second sliding track, with the second support slideably connected to the two connecting units to thereby move toward or away from the first support, with the second support slideable between the first working end and the second working end, with the clamping unit further including a clamping member disposed between the first and second working ends of the first support, and with the clamping member adapted to clamp the lumber,
with the first sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the first sidewall, with the second sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the second sidewall, with each of the two connecting units including a sliding member and at least one pin, with the sliding member including a base portion and at least one through-hole extending through the base portion, with the base portion of one of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the first sidewall, with the base portion of the other of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the second sidewall, with the at least one pin of one of the two connecting units removably extending through the first sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of one of the two connecting units, with the at least one pin of another of the two connecting units removably extending through the second sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of another of the two connecting units, and
with each sliding member including a first extension disposed on the base portion thereof and extending toward the second support, with the first extension including a sliding slot extending through two opposite surfaces of the first extension and extending parallel to the base portion, with the second support including a fixing groove in a face thereof opposite to the abutting face, with each of the two connecting units including a fixing member removably mounted in the fixing groove of the second support and removably and slideably extending through the sliding slot of one of the sliding members.

US Pat. No. 10,596,717

METHODS OF CUTTING FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE WORKPIECES WITH A PURE WATERJET

Flow International Corpor...

1. A method of trimming a fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece, the method comprising:providing the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in a post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state in which fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece extends beyond a final component profile thereof; and thereafter
generating a pure waterjet via a cutting head in liquid phase unladened with solid particles at an operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi;
directing the pure waterjet to pass through the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in the post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state; and
moving at least one of the cutting head and the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece relative to the other at a cutting speed along a predetermined path while maintaining the operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi such that the pure waterjet trims the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece to the final component profile wherein the cutting speed is selected to produce an edge of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece with a predetermined surface roughness having at least one of an Ra value of about 22 ±5 microns and an Rz value of 128 ±20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,596,716

GENERATING A GUIDANCE INDICATOR AND INDICATOR SIGNAL

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method comprising:generating a guidance indicator relating to a portion of a user;
generating a marker representing a portion of a portable personal care device for performing a portable personal care treatment;
presenting the guidance indicator on a representation of the portion of the user;
presenting the marker representing the portion of the portable personal care device on the representation of the portion of the user;
determining a position of the portion of the portable personal care device relative to the portion of the user, said determining based on a signal indicative of the position of the portion of the portable personal care device; and
generating an indication signal when it is determined that at least a portion of the portable personal care device is in a defined position relative to the guidance indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,715

BLADE SET AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A stationary blade for a blade set of a hair cutting appliance, said blade set being arranged to be moved through hair in a moving direction to cut said hair, said stationary blade comprising:a substantially planar first wall portion, arranged to serve as a skin facing wall portion, comprising:
a first wall portion first surface,
a first wall portion second surface facing away from the first wall portion first surface, and
a first toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the first toothed leading edge at least partially extends in a transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar second wall portion, opposite the first wall portion, comprising:
a second wall portion first surface,
a second wall portion second surface facing away from the second wall portion first surface, and
a second toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the second toothed leading edge at least partially extends in the transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in the longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar intermediate wall portion comprising:
a intermediate wall portion first surface, and
an opposing intermediate wall portion second surface, said intermediate wall portion being positioned between the first wall portion and the second wall portion,
wherein the first wall portion first surface faces said intermediate wall portion first surface and the second wall portion first surface faces the intermediate wall portion second surface, the intermediate wall portion further comprising:
a centrally located opening extending between the intermediate wall portion first surface and the intermediate wall portion second surface, said centrally located opening defining a guide slot between the first wall portion and the second wall portion, the guide slot configured to:
contain a movable blade of said blade set, wherein the tips of the first toothed leading edge, the tips of the second toothed leading edge and the intermediate wall portion define a plurality of teeth,
wherein each of the tips of the first toothed leading edge comprises a first smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the first wall portion second surface towards the first wall portion first surface through a first edge rounding radius (Rt1), and
each of the tips of the second toothed leading edge comprises a second smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the second wall portion second surface towards the second wall portion first surface through a second edge rounding radius (Rt2), wherein a ratio between the first edge rounding radius (Rt1) and the second edge rounding radius (Rt2) is at least 1.5:1.

US Pat. No. 10,596,714

ELECTRIC SHAVER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electric shaver comprising:a. a handle, and
b. a shaver head including at least one cutter unit including a cutter element and a shear foil,
c. wherein said shaver head is connected to said handle by a support structure comprising at least one link arm, said support structure providing for a swivel axis and a tilting axis about which said shaver head can swivel or tilt relative to said handle,
d. wherein said cutter element is drivable by a drive unit in an oscillating manner along a cutter oscillation axis, said drive unit including an elongated drive transmitter coupled to said cutter element,
e. wherein said elongated drive transmitter is coupled to said cutter element by a pivot joint providing for a pair of pivot axes extending perpendicular to each other and transverse to a longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter to allow said cutter element multiaxial pivoting relative to said elongated drive transmitter, and
f. wherein said pivot joint is mounted to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element fixedly in the direction of said cutter oscillation axis and displaceably in directions perpendicular thereto to allow for displacement of said pivot joint relative to said cutter element in a first direction transverse to the cutter oscillation axis and to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter and relative to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element in a second direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter, wherein said elongated drive transmitter includes a shaft rotatable in an oscillating manner and extending from said handle into said shaver head, wherein a rigid drive pin is rigidly attached to a crank arm rigidly fixed to said shaft to execute an oscillating driving movement, said drive pin being connected to the cutter element by means of said pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,596,713

ACTUATED SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR IN SITU GAP INSPECTION ROBOTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:a robot configured to navigate within a gap of a machine, the gap being defined by opposed surfaces within the machine; and
a sensor module connected to the robot, the sensor module including:
a mounting interface attached to the robot;
at least one arm operatively connected to the mounting interface and having a first joint and a second joint, wherein the at least one arm includes a length adjustment mechanism that adjusts a length of the at least one arm between the first joint and the second joint;
a sensor head operatively connected to the at least one arm at the first joint; and
a first actuator operatively connected to the at least one arm for moving the sensor head around the first joint and perpendicularly against one of the opposed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,596,712

BRAKE TRIGGERING DEVICE FOR A ROBOT ARM

QUANTA STORAGE INC., Tao...

1. A brake triggering device for a robot arm, the brake triggering device comprising:a brake disk, a central shaft hole being formed on the brake disk, a pivot holder being disposed at an end of the brake disk, a plurality of positioning pins protruding from the brake disk and surrounding the central shaft hole, and at least one restoring spring sleeving at least one of the plurality of positioning pins;
an engaging plate, a plurality of through holes being formed on the engaging plate for allowing the plurality of positioning pins to slide through the plurality of through holes respectively, the at least one restoring spring being positioned between the engaging plate and the brake disk, and a plurality of engaging blocks protruding from the engaging plate;
a controlling plate formed in a ring shape, a pivot being disposed at an end of the controlling plate and disposed in the pivot holder, another end of the controlling plate opposite to the end of the controlling plate being a movable end to be pivoted around the pivot and above the engaging plate, and two pressing protrusions protruding from two sides of the controlling plate and positioned above the engaging plate respectively; and
a solenoid disposed above the movable end of the controlling plate for pushing or releasing the movable end;
wherein the solenoid actuates the movable end of the controlling plate to pivot the controlling plate around the pivot for driving the two pressing protrusions at the two sides of the controlling plate to push the engaging plate against the at least one restoring spring or to separate from the engaging plate, so as to lower or lift the plurality of engaging blocks on the engaging plate respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,596,711

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC VACUUM PRESSURE IN AN ARTICULATED ARM END EFFECTOR

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A system for providing dynamic vacuum control to an end effector of an articulated arm, said system comprising:(i) a first air source for providing a positive air pressure;
(ii) a second air source for providing a negative air pressure; and
(iii) a multi-stage ejector coupled at a first end thereof to the first air source for receiving the positive air pressure and coupled at a second opposite end thereof to the second air source tier receiving the negative air pressure, wherein the first air source and the second air source are thereby provided to the multi-stage ejector that automatically selects between a first vacuum source that uses the first air source to provide a first vacuum pressure with a first maximum air flow rate and a second vacuum source that uses the second air source to provide a second vacuum pressure with a second maximum air flow rate responsive to a change in air pressure at an exit of the multi-stage ejector without using an independently actuatable valve, wherein the first vacuum pressure is at least about 90,000 Pascals below atmospheric, and said second vacuum pressure is no more than about 50,000 Pascals below atmospheric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,710

LINEAR ROBOT ARM WITH MULTIPLE END EFFECTORS

Persimmon Technologies Co...

1. A substrate transport apparatus comprising:a support structure;
an upper fork with spaced paddles;
a first scara arm rotatably mounted to the support structure, where the first scara arm is configured to drive the upper fork along a straight linear path between a retracted position and an extended position;
second and third scara arms rotatably mounted to the support structure, where the second and third scara arms are configured to be driven together;
a first lower paddle connected to the second scara arm, where the second scara arm is configured to drive the first lower paddle; and
a second lower paddle connected to the third scara arm, where the third scara arm is configured to drive the second lower paddle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,709

SELF-CONTAINED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOL RESPONSIVE TO LOCALLY STORED HISTORICAL DATA

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A modular tool, comprising:an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver a modular tool coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in modular tool and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function, the end-effector further including a memory having historical data about at least one previous function performed by the end-effector; and
a local controller disposed in the modular tool and enabled to control the end-effector in response to the historical data;
wherein:
at least one local controller is further enabled to receive an electronic start signal from a master control system that causes the at least one local controller to initiate the manufacturing function; and
the at least one local controller is further enabled to send an electronic finish signal to the master control system or to at least one other local controller indicating that manufacturing function is accomplished and enabled to send data about the historical data with the electronic finish signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,708

INTERACTION DEVICE AND INTERACTION METHOD THEREOF

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An interaction device comprising a processor and a memory storing at least one instruction to be executed by the processor, wherein the at least one instruction is configured to:perform a participation action state classifying corresponding to classifying a participation action state for each of the plurality of participants based on an external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a participation degree calculating corresponding to calculating a participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants based on the external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a role classifying corresponding to classifying a role for each of a plurality of participants based on both of the participation action state for each of the plurality of participants and the participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants; and
perform an action adjusting corresponding to performing different interaction operations for each of the plurality of participants based on the role for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the role is any one of an active participant, a addressee, a side-participant, and a bystander,
wherein the role of each of the plurality of participants is determined in order of the active participant, the addressee, the side-participant and the bystander in descending order of the participation degree value corresponding to each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state indicates a subsequent expected order of interaction for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state is any one of a Grab state, a Release state, a Wait state and a Keep state,
wherein the Grab state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently fetch the order of interaction,
wherein the Release state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently hand over the order of interaction to another participant,
wherein the Wait state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently wait for the order of interaction, and
wherein the Keep state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently keep the order of interaction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,707

ARTICLE TRANSFER DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An article transfer device comprising:at least one robot configured to perform a workpiece picking operation with respect to a conveyor for transferring a plurality of workpieces;
a camera configured to sequentially capture images of the workpieces on the conveyor; and
a computer comprising a processor, wherein the computer is configured to execute:
a workpiece identification process which performs workpiece detection in the images captured by the camera;
a workpiece information storage process which stores workpiece information about a position and an angle of each detected workpiece in a storage device, when the workpiece detection is performed in the workpiece identification process;
an identical workpiece determination process which compares the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a newly captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, with the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a previously captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, to determine whether one or more of the detected workpieces that are identical to the detected workpieces in the previously captured image exist in the newly captured image;
a determination process which performs, for at least one detected workpiece determined as an identical one in the identical workpiece determination process, a first determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the newly captured image and a predetermined model, and a second determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the previously captured image and the predetermined model;
a workpiece information selection process which performs selection to store in the storage device only one of the workpiece information of the newly captured image and the workpiece information of the previously captured image, wherein the degree of match of the workpiece information which is to be stored is higher than the degree of match of the workpiece information which is not to be stored;
wherein the computer is further configured to execute:
an interference area setting process which sets an interference area for each of the detected workpieces in each of the images; and
an interference determination process which determines whether or not the interference area of the each detected workpiece interferes with a contour of another detected workpiece; and
wherein the robot does not perform the workpiece picking operation for detected workpieces to which interference is determined by the interference determination process.

US Pat. No. 10,596,706

MECHANISM-PARAMETER-CALIBRATION METHOD FOR ROBOTIC ARM SYSTEM

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A mechanism-parametric-calibration method for a robotic arm system, wherein the robotic arm system comprises a robotic arm and a measuring instrument, and the mechanism-parametric-calibration method comprises:controlling, according to n mechanism parameter sets, the robotic arm performing n actions so that an end of the robotic arm moves toward n corresponding predictive positioning-points;
determining a predictive relative-displacement equation of each two of the n predictive positioning-points;
sensing, using the measuring instrument, three-dimensional measured positioning-points corresponding to the end of the robotic arm after the robotic arm performs each of the n actions;
determining, according to the n three-dimensional measured positioning-points, a measured relative-displacement moved by the end of the robotic arm when the robotic arm performs each two of the n actions;
deriving an optimization equation corresponding to the robotic arm from the predictive relative-displacement equations and the measured relative-displacements;
obtaining, by the optimization equation, a set of mechanism parametric deviations of the robotic arm; and
calibrating, by the set of mechanism parametric deviations, the n mechanism parameter sets of the robotic arm;
wherein the optimization equation for a specific status of the robotic arm is presented as:
andwherein ?Mi,j is the measured relative-displacement, G(Si,Sj,?S(rConfig)) is the predictive relative-displacement equation, Si and Sj are the mechanism parameter sets, ?S(rConfig) is the set of mechanism parametric deviations related to the specific status of the robotic arm, and ?S??S(rConfig); and
wherein when an ambient temperature of the robotic arm changes or a stress variation on the robotic arm exceeds a predetermined range, re-obtaining the set of mechanism parametric deviations corresponding to a current robot configuration of the robotic arm by the optimization equation;
wherein the factors causing the change of the stress variation of the robotic arm comprise hand systems, positioning regions, gravity directions, and payloads; and
wherein when the robotic arm has NHS hand systems, NPR positioning regions, NMD mounting directions, NPL payloads, and NAT ambient temperatures, the total number N of sets of mechanism parametric deviations ?S(rConfig) for each robot configurations is obtain by the following equation:
N=NHS×NPR×NMD×NPL×NAT.

US Pat. No. 10,596,705

MOBILE ROBOT WITH COLLISION ANTICIPATION

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A mobile robot (1) having energizable and steerable running gear (2) and at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) mounted on the energizable and steerable running gear (2), a proximity sensor system comprising a plurality of proximity sensors, said proximity sensor system configured for sensing obstacles (29) in the surroundings of the robot (1) and a navigation path controller (32), responsive to said proximity sensor system sensed obstacles (29) and to destination location coordinate data and current location coordinate data, for calculating a route (34) on which the energizable and steerable running gear (2) is able to travel from said current location to said destination location past the sensed obstacles (29) without any collisions occurring, characterised in that the navigation path controller (32) is adapted to transmit, prior to energizing said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1), information relating to the calculated route (34) to a robot navigation controller (31) for each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), and wherein the robot navigation controller (31.1, 31.2, 31.3) is responsive to said proximity sensor system and to said calculated route (34), for examining the calculated route (34) for a risk of collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) and responsive to examining the calculated route (34) for a risk of collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and a current position of each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), said robot navigation controller (31.1, 31.2, 31.3) configured for determining that there is a risk of a collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and a current position of each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34), and responsive to said determination, for calculating a permissible position for each of the robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) with reference to the sensed obstacles (29) as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34) and for causing said at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) to move into said permissible position as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34).

US Pat. No. 10,596,704

GENERATE, SIMULATE, AND EXECUTE A REUSABLE ROBOTICS SOLUTION RECIPE TO EXECUTE A ROBOTIC SOLUTION

Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. A computer implemented method to generate, simulate, and execute a reusable robotic solution recipe for executing a robotic solution, the method comprising:at a web user interface of a software framework, receiving a selection of one or more hardware components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
at the web user interface of the software framework, displaying one or more software components as suggestion corresponding to the selected one or more hardware components;
receiving a selection of a software component from the displayed one more software components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
deploying the reusable robotic solution recipe to a hardware-vendor agnostic controller;
the hardware-vendor agnostic controller executing the reusable robotic solution recipe to:
determine one or more hardware component configuration and environment component configuration of the environment for executing the robotic solution;
invoke a model descriptor file to determine defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment data configuration of one or more of a simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components defined to execute the robotic solution, the simulated hardware component is a simulation of the one or more hardware components;
based on the determined and the defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment component configuration, initiating execution of the robotic solution;
determine whether a real-time sensor data received from a sensor at the one or more of the simulated hardware component and the one or more hardware components matches with one of a hardware and environment related constraint condition defined at the reusable robotic solution recipe;
determine an execution instruction based on the matched condition; and
send the determined execution instruction to the simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components for executing the robotic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,596,703

PARAMETRIC GENERATION OF INTERLOCKING JOINTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:obtaining a virtual model of an object that is to be assembled by securing a first element and a second element to each other, the virtual model specifying pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, the pre-cut physical characteristics including:
first pre-cut dimensions of the first element and one or more first physical properties of a material of the first element; and
second pre-cut dimensions of the second element and one or more second physical properties of a material of the second element;
determining, using the virtual model and for each of the first element and the second element, cut dimensions that indicate a manner in which the element is to be altered such that the altered first element and the altered second element include interlockable features that are capable of interlocking with each other, including:
selecting, from a set of element cutting options, one or more element cutting options that correspond to the pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, wherein each cutting option correlates cut dimensions with pre-cut physical characteristics of a set of pre-cut elements;
determining, using the virtual model and the one or more element cutting options, multiple candidate cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
selecting, from the multiple candidate cut dimensions, particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element based on (i) a physical characteristic of the element after being altered using each of the multiple cut dimensions and (ii) one or more criteria for the physical characteristic of the element;
generating data that indicates the particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
providing the data that indicates the particular cut dimensions to one or more computers that are associated with fabricating or assembling the object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,702

RECONFIGURABLE MOBILE CABLE ROBOT

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE TEC...

1. A method for defining an optimal configuration of a reconfigurable set of cable of a cable robot, said method comprising steps of:obtaining a material layout of the cable robot, the cable robot comprising:
a platform supporting an effector;
a plurality of cables, each connected on one end to an attachment point on the platform and extending from this attachment point to an anchoring point attached to a supporting structure, said anchoring points being contained in more than one plane;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of driving cables whose ends are connected to a winch;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of reconfigurable cables, whose anchoring points are movable relative to the supporting structure;
wherein the supporting structure is beared by a set of independent mobile bases comprising anchorings to fix said mobile bases to the ground;
obtaining a targeted trajectory of the effector, discretized in segments of suitable length;
obtaining external forces wrench applied to the platform in each point of the aforesaid the discretized trajectory;
obtaining a discrete set of starting configurations, of the reconfigurable set;
analyzing, for each starting configuration, an ability to reach all the segments of the targeted trajectory under static equilibrium conditions according to the applied external forces and to the obtained material layout, and to eliminate the less promising starting configurations;
determining among remaining configurations, dominant configurations covering the targeted trajectory and including other configurations;
gathering nondominant configurations according to their coverage by dominant configurations;
seeking for singular segments covered by only one dominant configuration, and eliminate configurations comprised in the dominant solutions which do not cover the singular segments;
determining among the configurations remaining after seeking singular segments, a minimal combination of configurations covering the whole of the segments obtained at the targeted trajectory obtaining step;
generating a trajectory program integrating configuration changes determined at the step of determining the minimal combination of configurations, and transmitting the trajectory program to a control unit of the cable robot in order to carry out the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,596,701

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED SCANNING MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for operating a robotic system, the method comprising:receiving imaging data representing a pickup area including a target object;
determining an initial pose of the target object based on the imaging data;
calculating a confidence measure associated with the initial pose, wherein the confidence measure is indicative of a likelihood of the initial pose being accurate;
deriving, based on the confidence measure, an approach location and at least one scanning location, the approach location defining a location for an end-effector of a robotic arm to contact and grip the target object, the scanning location defining a location for the end-effector to present one or more surfaces of the target object before one or more corresponding object scanners so as to scan one or more object identifiers,
deriving, based on the derived approached location and the scanning location, a motion plan, wherein the motion plan includes commands, settings, or a combination thereof, for operating the robotic arm and the end-effector to execute a task based on (1) picking up the target object from a start location, (2) transferring the target object to a task location, and (3) presenting the one or more object identifiers to the one or more object scanners located between the start location and the task location; and
implementing the motion plan for operating one or more actuation devices to execute the task;
wherein deriving the approach location and the at least one scanning location and deriving the motion plan include:
calculating a set of available approach locations about the start location for the target object, wherein the set of available approach locations represents positions for placing the end-effector to grip the target object without disturbing other objects;
calculating a candidate plan for each available approach location in the set of available approach locations, wherein the candidate plan includes a candidate scanning location;
calculating a performance metric for each candidate plan, wherein the performance metric corresponds to a throughput rate associated with a distance traversed by the target object, an estimated transfer duration, a number of commands or setting changes, a completion rate associated with the corresponding available approach location, or a combination thereof for placing the target object at the task location; and
selectively calculating the approach location and the scanning location according to the corresponding performance metric and/or a scanning metric, wherein:
the scanning metric corresponds to a likelihood of at least one of the object identifiers remaining uncovered by the end-effector regardless of whether or not the initial pose is accurate, and
the approach location is an available approach location in the set corresponding to the highest performance metric and/or the highest scanning metric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,700

SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION, REGISTRATION, AND TRAINING METHODS

Carbon Robotics, Inc., S...

1. A method for manipulating a multi-link robotic arm, the method comprising:at a first time, recording a first optical image through an optical sensor arranged proximal a distal end of the robotic arm proximal an end effector;
detecting a global reference feature in a first position in the first optical image;
in response to detecting the global reference feature in the first optical image, virtually locating a preplanned trajectory relative to the first position of the global reference feature in the first optical image, the preplanned trajectory defining an object keypoint representing an estimated location of a target object within range of the end effector;
driving a set of actuators within the robotic arm to move the end effector along the preplanned trajectory, virtually located relative to the global reference feature, toward the object keypoint;
at a second time succeeding the first time, recording a second optical image through the optical sensor;
detecting an object feature in a second position in the second optical image, the object feature representing the target object;
in response to detecting the object feature in the second optical image, virtually aligning the object keypoint of the preplanned trajectory to the object feature based on the second position of the object feature in the second optical image; and
driving the set of actuators to move the end effector along the preplanned trajectory, virtually aligned to the object feature, toward the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,699

PARALLEL MECHANISM MASTICATOR AND CHEWING APPARATUS

1. A masticator and chewing apparatus comprising:a) a parallel mechanism;
b) a frame of the apparatus;
c) an upper denture attached to a stationary platform;
d) a lower denture attached to a moving platform;
e) one or more rotary cranks configured to be synchronously driven by a motor via a transmission;
f) three passive ball-jointed rods jointed to the frame of the apparatus; and
g) three driving ball-jointed rods jointed to the rotary cranks;
wherein the moving platform is supported and driven in mandibular motion by the ball-jointed rods;
wherein the phase angle, radii and location of said rotary cranks relative to the frame, the location of the passive-rod ends relative to the frame, and the lengths of the ball-jointed rods are adjustable and are configured to be adjusted such as to simulate a prescribed motion between said dentures.

US Pat. No. 10,596,698

MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE, ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MACHINE LEARNING METHOD

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A machine learning device for use with, and configured to perform reinforcement learning with respect to a robot control system,the robot control system comprising:
an illumination means that irradiates a surface to be inspected of an object to be inspected with illumination light;
an imaging means that images the surface to be inspected;
a robot that includes a robot hand;
a control unit that, while moving the robot hand gripping the object to be inspected or the imaging means, along a movement route including a plurality of imaging points set on the surface to be inspected so that the surface to be inspected is entirely covered by a plurality of images imaged by the imaging means, causes the imaging means to image the imaging points set on the surface to be inspected; and
a flaw inspection unit that detects a flaw on the surface to be inspected on the basis of the image obtained by imaging the surface to be inspected by the imaging means,
the machine learning device comprising:
an action information output unit that outputs action information including adjustment information of the imaging region including the imaging points, to the control unit;
a state information acquisition unit that acquires state information from the control unit and the flaw inspection unit resulting from a number N of images, obtained by imaging the surface to be inspected by the imaging means by moving the robot hand gripping the object to be inspected or the imaging means by the control unit, based on the action information, the state information including the number N and flaw detection information, the flaw detection information including a flaw detection position of the surface to be inspected, detected by the flaw inspection unit, with respect to each of a plurality of objects to be inspected prepared in advance;
a reward output unit that outputs a reward value in the reinforcement learning based on the number N and the flaw detection information including the flaw detection positions included in the state information; and
a value function updating unit that updates an action value function based on the reward value, the state information, and the action information.

US Pat. No. 10,596,697

ROBOT ASSEMBLING SYSTEM AND ROBOT ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. A robot assembling system, comprising:a first assembling workstation configured to assemble a contact of a connector assembly and a light guide pipe of the connector assembly to form a contact subassembly;
a second assembling workstation configured to assemble the contact subassembly and a cage to form the connector assembly, the connector assembly including:
the cage having a middle vertical partition plate and a plurality of horizontal partition plates connected to each side of the middle vertical partition plate, the middle vertical partition plate and the horizontal partition plates dividing an inner space of the cage into a plurality of chambers;
the contact mounted in one of the chambers of the cage; and
the light guide pipe mounted on the contact and extending into a space defined between the horizontal partition plates; and
a robot configured to transmit the cage, the light guide pipe, the contact, or the contact subassembly between the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation and configured to assist an assembling operation at the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,695

REPLACING A FIRST ROBOT WITH A SECOND ROBOT DURING PERFORMANCE OF A TASK BY THE FIRST ROBOT

X DEVELOPMENT LLC, Mount...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, comprising:identifying a robot task of a user;
selecting a first robot to perform the robot task;
identifying a computing device of the user that is located remote from the first robot;
establishing a first session between the computing device and the first robot to perform the robot task, wherein during the first session:
the computing device displays a first robot video feed, the first robot video feed being transmitted to the computing device from the first robot, and being a feed from a first robot camera of the first robot;
during the first session, determining a need for the first robot to perform an alternative task;
selecting a second robot to perform the robot task in response to determining the need for the first robot to perform the alternative task;
directing the second robot to navigate to a location proximal to the first robot;
determining that the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot;
in response to determining the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot:
replacing the first session with a second session between the computing device and the second robot to perform the robot task, wherein during the second session:
the first robot video feed is replaced by a second robot video feed, the second robot video feed being transmitted to the computing device from the second robot, and being from a second robot camera of the second robot; and
in response to determining the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot:
directing the first robot to a second location to perform the alternative task.

US Pat. No. 10,596,694

APPARATUS WITH HAND GRIP AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING HAND GRIP

TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC, ...

1. A method of mounting a hand grip, the method comprising:placing the hand grip formed of wood in a recess of a handle formed of a malleable metal, wherein the hand grip comprises a base surface, a top surface opposite the base surface, a first end wall surface, and a second end wall surface opposite the first end wall surface, and wherein the first end wall surface and the second end wall surface taper the hand grip from the base surface to the top surface; and
after placing the hand grip in the recess, deforming at least a portion of a first end wall of the recess such that at least malleable metal of the first end wall directly engages the first end wall surface of the hand grip and prevents removal of the hand grip from the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,596,693

POWER TOOL WITH DETACHABLE AUXILIARY HANDLE

1. A power tool and auxiliary handle combination, wherein the auxiliary handle is releasably engaged to a handle mounting shank on the power tool by a quick-connect mechanism, when the auxiliary handle is detached from the power tool with the quick-connect mechanism, it could be used as a quick-connect hand tool; the auxiliary handle has a hole, and the quick-connect mechanism has a quick-connect shank which extends into the hole; the quick-connect mechanism is separable from the auxiliary handle and the quick-connect shank can then be inserted in the power tool chuck as quick bit change device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,692

TOOL COMBINATION

1. A tool combination comprising:a body having a left portion and a right portion, the left portion and the right portion being symmetric to each other relative to a vertical plane, the body having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion and the bottom portion being symmetric to each other relative to a horizontal plane, the vertical plane intersecting the horizontal plane at an axis of the body;
the left portion and the right portion respectively having a left recess and a right recess which is symmetric to the left recess, the left recess having a left space defined in a front portion thereof, the right recess having a right space defined in a front portion thereof, the left space being symmetric to the right space, two left holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the left recess, two right holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the right recess, the front portion of each of the left recess and the right recess communicating with a front recessed area defined in a front end of the body; wherein a middle portion of the left recess having at least one left clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the right recess having at least one right clip groove formed therein, and
the top portion and the bottom portion respectively having a top recess and a bottom recess which is symmetric to the top recess, the top recess having a top space defined in a rear portion thereof, the bottom recess having a bottom space defined in a rear portion thereof, the top space being symmetric to the bottom space, two top holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the top recess, two bottom holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the bottom recess, the rear portion of each of the top recess and the bottom recess communicating with a rear recessed area defied in a rear end of the body, the left recess, the right recess, the top recess and the bottom recess being identical, the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space being identical; wherein, a middle portion of the top recess having at least one top clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the bottom recess having at least one bottom clip groove formed therein; and wherein, the at least one left clip groove, the at least one right clip groove, the at least one top clip groove and the at least one bottom clip groove respectively clipping a handle of at least one screwdriver bit, and the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space respectively receiving a function end of the at least one screwdriver bit.

US Pat. No. 10,596,691

DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THEM TO ASSEMBLE TWO OR MORE WORKPIECES TO EACH OTHER

1. A device configured to attach two workpieces to each other, the device comprising:a base comprising a planar member configured to engage a planar surface of a first workpiece, the base further comprising a second member coupled to the planar member, the second member configured to engage a first planar surface of a second workpiece positioned adjacent to the first workpiece, the second member further configured to receive an attachment device;
a first handle coupled to the base, in which the first handle comprises a first internal valve configured to fluidically couple to an external pressure source, in which the first handle further comprises a first plunger configured to actuate the first internal valve to an open position after movement of the first plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the first internal valve after release of the first plunger to the first position, wherein in the open position the first internal valve permits air pressure to build in the device;
a second handle coupled to the base, in which the second handle comprises a second internal valve configured to fluidically couple to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle to the second position of the first internal valve, in which the second handle further comprises a second plunger configured to actuate the second internal valve to an open position after movement of the second plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the second internal valve after release of the second plunger to the first position, wherein the second internal valve is configured to fluidically couple to the attachment device when the second plunger is moved to the second position to actuate the attachment device and cause the attachment device to insert a first fastener into the first and second workpieces to hold them together, wherein, after insertion of the first fastener into the first and second workpieces, the second plunger is configured to be released to permit movement of the second plunger from the second position to the first position to permit air pressure to build up again in the device, when the first plunger remains in the second position, before a second movement of the second plunger from the first position to the second position causes the attachment device to insert a second fastener into the first and second workpieces; and
a pneumatic cylinder coupled to the planar member of the base and fluidically coupled to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle from the first position to the second position, the pneumatic cylinder configured to engage a second planar surface of the second workpiece when the first plunger is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,690

DRIVING TOOL FOR DRIVING FASTENING MEANS INTO A WORKPIECE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A driving tool for driving fastening means into a workpiece by driving-in cycles, comprising:an actuator unit for driving the fastening means into the workpiece, wherein the actuator unit includes a working cylinder with an associated working piston connected to a driving punch, wherein the working piston is movable linearly along the working cylinder to move the driving punch during each driving-in cycle;
a triggering assembly for triggering each driving-in cycle of the actuator unit, the triggering assembly having a manually actuatable trigger lever, a workpiece contact element that is actuatable by placing the driving tool onto the workpiece, and a trigger valve with a valve piston movable between a non-actuating position that does not trigger movement of the working piston and an actuating position that triggers application of a working pressure to a driving volume of the working cylinder to move the working piston;
wherein each individual sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of the trigger lever causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position in order to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a single shot mode of the driving tool,
wherein, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each individual actuation of the workpiece contact element causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a bump firing mode of the driving tool,
a resetting assembly for resetting the driving tool from the bump firing mode to the single shot mode, wherein the resetting assembly includes a control volume that is coupled by a fluid path to the working cylinder, wherein the resetting assembly is activated in the bump firing mode by movement of the working piston and the driving punch during each driving-in cycle so that the fluid path from the working cylinder to the control volume applies the working pressure to the control volume, wherein the resetting assembly is configured such that, after a delay time starting from activation of the resetting assembly and determined by a pressure in the control volume falling below a limit value due to venting of air from the control volume, the resetting assembly automatically causes switching of the driving tool from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode by preventing actuation of the workpiece contact element from moving the valve piston to the actuating position so long as the trigger lever remains continuously actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,596,689

ENGINE SERVICING SYSTEM

15. An engine servicing system for compressing valve springs on an assembled engine, said system comprising:a motorcycle having an engine, said engine having a cylinder head, an intake valve and an exhaust valve;
a mount being selectively coupled to said cylinder head, said mount comprising:
a first plate having a first surface, a second surface and a perimeter edge extending therebetween, said perimeter edge having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a front side and a back side, said first plate having a pair of first apertures extending through said first surface and said second surface, each of said first apertures being positioned closer to said first lateral side than said second lateral side, each of said first apertures being spaced apart from each other and being aligned with each other, said first plate having a second aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said second aperture being centrally positioned between each of said first apertures, said second aperture being positioned closer to said first apertures than said second lateral side, said first plate having a third aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said third aperture being aligned with said second aperture, said third aperture being positioned closer to said second lateral side than said second aperture, said third aperture being elongated between said first lateral side and said second lateral side such that said third aperture has an ovoid shape,
a second plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said second plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said second plate having a fourth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface, said second plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said second plate being positioned closer to said second aperture in said first plate than said third aperture in said first plate, and
a third plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge of said third plate being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said third plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said third plate having a fifth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface of said third plate, said third plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said third plate being positioned between said third aperture on said first plate and said second lateral side, said third plate being perpendicular to said second plate and positioned in spaced relationship parallel to and aligned with said second plate;
a plurality of bolts, each of said bolts extending through said mount and engaging said cylinder head at predetermined points on said cylinder head to retain said mount on said cylinder head; and
a compression unit being removably coupled to said mount wherein said compression unit is configured to be manipulated, said compression unit engaging each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve such that said compression unit selectively compresses each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve thereby facilitating each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve to be serviced while said engine is mounted in said motorcycle without removing said cylinder head from said engine, said compression unit comprising:
a rod, said rod being extended perpendicularly through said second plate and said third plate wherein said rod is rotatable relative to each of said second plate and said third plate, said rod having a primary end, a secondary end, and an outer surface extending therebetween, said outer surface having a plurality of intersecting sides adjacent to said primary end wherein said plurality of intersecting sides is configured to be engaged by a wrench to facilitate rotation of said rod, and
a fourth plate, said fourth plate having a first end and a second end, said fourth plate being coupled to said rod having said rod being oriented perpendicular to a line extending through said first end and said second end of said fourth plate wherein said fourth plate is pivoted by rotation of said rod relative to said second plate and said third plate, said first end of said fourth plate and said second end of said fourth plate being positioned on opposite sides of said rod wherein the first end and the second end are configured to simultaneously engage a respective one of the intake valve and the exhaust valve.

US Pat. No. 10,596,688

NON-METALLIC SPLINE ADAPTER EXTRACTOR

1. An extractor for removing a spline adapter from a housing, the extractor comprising:a crown element configured for contact with the housing;
a drive rod that extends primarily in a longitudinal direction so as to define a drive rod length, wherein the drive rod defines a blind bore that threadingly receives the crown element; and
a mandrel that defines a mandrel length that extends from a fixed diameter base portion to an adjustable diameter head portion so as to be less than the drive rod length, wherein the mandrel threadingly receives the drive rod and defines a plurality of slots extending in the longitudinal direction so as to permit radial compression of the head portion, wherein the drive rod is adapted to extend through the mandrel and the spline adapter such that the crown element contacts a contact area of the housing to bias the mandrel and the spline adapter in a direction away from the contact area as the drive rod is threaded through the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,687

TORQUE SOCKET HAVING LOCKING AND RELEASING FUNCTION

1. A torque socket having locking and releasing function, comprising:a shaft rod, radially formed with a flange, wherein two sides of said flange are respectively and axially extended with an insertion tenon allowing a rotation tool to be connected and a core shaft axially formed with a shaft hole, an outer circumference of said core shaft is radially formed with at least one cut groove communicated with said shaft hole, and radially formed with a first friction surface;
a shaft cylinder, having two axial sides thereof respectively formed with a shaft slot allowing said core shaft to be received and a sleeve tube formed with a sleeve slot, wherein said sleeve slot is served to allow a drive head to be inserted, a second friction surface being in contact with said first friction surface is radially formed inside said shaft slot; and
a locking and releasing mechanism, including:
a first elastic member, sleeved on said sleeve tube and abutted against one end of said sleeve tube;
a slide sleeve, formed with a tube slot sleeved with said shaft cylinder and an outer side of said flange, wherein an opening at one side of said tube slot is formed with an accommodation chamber allowing said first elastic member to be accommodated and abutted against, said sleeve tube is radially formed with a positioning hole allowing a positioning ball to be received, and an inner circumference of said slide sleeve is respectively formed with a stopping wall and a ball chamber corresponding to locations of said positioning ball during two elastic sliding strokes, and
a fasten ring, fastened at another end of said sleeve tube for preventing said slide sleeve from being released from said sleeve tube;
when said positioning ball is pressed by stopping wall, a part of said positioning ball is exposed in said sleeve slot, so that a sleeve rod of said drive head is unable to be inserted or said positioning ball is buckled in a buckle slot of said sleeve rod; when said slide sleeve is elastically slid at an outer side of said shaft cylinder, said ball chamber is served to allow a part of said positioning ball to be accommodated, thereby allowing said sleeve rod to be inserted into or released from said sleeve slot.

US Pat. No. 10,596,686

PNEUMATIC IMPULSE WRENCH WITH POWER CONTROL UNIT

ATLAS COPCO INDUSTRIAL TE...

1. A pneumatic impulse wrench comprising:a housing with an impulse unit powered by a motor;
a pressure air inlet passage;
an exhaust air outlet passage located in the housing and connected to the motor;
a motor power controlling valve mechanism located in the exhaust air outlet passage for control of exhaust air flow from the motor;
a control pressure passage extending between the air inlet passage and the valve mechanism for communicating actual air inlet pressure to the valve mechanism; and
an operating mode shifting valve which is provided in the housing and which is shiftable between (i) an open position to allow communication through the control pressure passage to set the pneumatic impulse wrench in an automatic valve mechanism operating mode in which the valve mechanism automatically controls the exhaust air flow from the motor in response to an actual torque load on the motor, and (ii) a closed position to block communication through the control pressure passage to set the pneumatic impulse wrench in a manual valve mechanism operating mode in which the valve mechanism is configured to be manually adjusted and set in a fixed position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,685

ENGAGING PORTION FOR A HAND TOOL

1. A hand tool comprising:a body being a cylindrical body and having a mounting portion defined in a first end thereof, the mounting portion being a hexagonal recess which includes six side faces, each side face having a function portion formed on a central portion thereof, the function portion connected between two contact faces of each side face, six curved recess defined alternatively between the side faces, each function portion including two consecutive recesses, each recess being a V-shaped recess with two equal inclined sides, a first angle defined between the two equal inclined sides of each recess and the first angle being 90 degrees, a peak point formed between the two consecutive recesses of each side face, the peak point of each side face being located on the same plane with the contact faces, a first length being defined between two respective outer ends of the two contact faces of each side face, a second length being defined between two respective contact points of the two recesses and the two contact faces;
the mounting hole being defined by an imaginary hexagonal column which includes an axis and six sides, each side of the imaginary hexagonal column located corresponding to each contact face, a length of each side being defined as a third length, the first length being 0.5 to 0.65 of the third length, an imaginary perpendicular line that is perpendicular to the axis, the peak point located on the perpendicular line, a center of each curved recess located on a connection line passing through the axis and one of six corners of the imaginary hexagonal column, and
a length between any two facing sides of the imaginary hexagonal column being defined as a fourth length, the first length being 0.035 to 0.045 of the fourth length.

US Pat. No. 10,596,684

EXPANDABLE TORQUE TOOL

ToolTech, LLC, Phoenix, ...

1. An apparatus for engaging and rotating a workpiece, comprising:a body having a cavity with a central longitudinal cavity axis disposed at a center of the cavity;
the cavity having a plurality of receptacles, each of the receptacles having a partly cylindrical receptacle surface and an opening facing inward toward the cavity axis, each of the receptacles having a central longitudinal receptacle axis that is parallel to and offset from the cavity axis and disposed at a center of each partly cylindrical receptacle surface;
a plurality of jaws, each of the jaws having a cam portion within a corresponding one of the receptacles and a workpiece engaging portion protruding from the cavity and located exterior of the body;
each of the cam portions having a partly cylindrical cam portion outer surface that is received in engagement with the respective partly cylindrical receptacle surface within one of the receptacles, each of the cam portions having a pair of flat flanks that protrude inward from the opening of one of the receptacles toward the cavity axis, each flank of the respective pairs of flanks intersecting each other at an inner corner that is radially inward from the cam portion outer surface relative to the cavity axis, each of the flanks of each of the cam portions abutting a corresponding one of the flanks of another of the cam portions;
each of the engaging portions having an outer surface configured to engage a hole within the workpiece; and wherein
rotation of the body relative to the jaws causes the partly cylindrical receptacle surfaces to rotate relative to the corresponding cam portion outer surfaces, the inner corners of the flank pairs to move outward from the cavity axis, and the outer surfaces of the engaging portions to move from a contracted position to an expanded position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,683

FIXTURE DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURE OF AERONAUTICAL STRUCTURES AND A METHOD FOR APPLYING THE DEVICE

1. A jig for holding a first structural aeronautical article in mutual position relative to a second structural aeronautical article, the jig comprising:a plurality of elongated first level connection bars having a first predetermined length and comprising a first end and a second end, each of the first ends and the second ends operatively connected to the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, respectively, such that the first level connection bars are in between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article;
a plurality of second level connection bars having a second predetermined length, each having first and second ends; and
couplers that are releasably coupled into apertures of the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, and to the first and second ends of the first and second level connection bars, wherein first ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of the second structural aeronautical article and second ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of a third structural aeronautical article, such that the second level connection bars are in between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article,
wherein:
a first fixed distance between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article is determined by the first predetermined length of the plurality of elongated first level connection bars; and
a second fixed distance between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article is determined by the second predetermined length of the plurality of second level connection bars.

US Pat. No. 10,596,682

CLAMP ASSEMBLY

Sherwood Manufacturing Co...

1. A clamp adapter for use with a lever operated quick connect clamp having two spaced apart clamping arms comprisinga body having an upper section dimensioned to be slidably received between the clamping arms and a base having a width greater than the spacing between the clamping arms,
a first fastener threadably attached to said body and dimensioned to abut against the clamping arms so that said upper section of said body is entrapped between said fastener and said base,
a rod slidably positioned in a bore in said body, and
a second fastener threadably mounted in a hole in said body, said hole intersecting and open to said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,596,681

ABRASIVE ARTICLE AND METHOD OF FORMING

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article comprising:a substrate comprising an elongated body;
a tacking layer overlying the substrate;
a first type of abrasive particle overlying and in contact with the tacking layer, wherein the tacking layer comprises a plated material, wherein the tacking layer has a thickness of not greater than about 10 microns, and wherein the tacking layer comprises an average thickness of at least 11% and not greater than 30% of an average particle size of the first type of abrasive particle; and
a bonding layer overlying the first type of abrasive particle and the tacking layer,
wherein the abrasive article comprises a ratio C/ttl of at least about 2 and not greater than about 25, where C represents the concentration of abrasive particles in particles per mm of substrate and ttl represents the tacking layer thickness in percent of the average abrasive particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,596,680

HAND GRINDER AND METHOD OF COUPLING GRINDING DISC OF HAND GRINDER

1. A hand grinder comprising:a grinder main body;
a coupler comprising:
a power transfer member coupled to a rotary shaft of a grinder main body; and
a main body provided between the grinder main body and power transfer member;
a grinding disc comprising:
a grinding stone having a hollow disc plate; and
a coupling portion provided at a central portion of the grinding stone and detachably coupled to the coupler;
a plurality of hook steps that are radially arranged along an outer circumference of an upper end portion of the power transfer member;
a plurality of coupling pieces that are radially arranged on an inner circumference of a central portion of the coupling portion;
a stopper that protrudes upward from an upper surface of the coupling pieces, wherein the stopper contacts the hook steps during coupling of the grinding disc to prevent idling of the power transfer member coupled to the coupling portion and simultaneously, during driving of the grinder main body, to transfer rotation power applied through the rotary shaft to the grinding disc; and
wherein, when the grinding disc is assembled such that the hook steps pass between the coupling pieces and the main body is rotated, a lower surface of the hook steps is placed on an upper surface of the coupling pieces and the grinding disc is fixed to the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,596,679

ELECTRIC TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric tool comprising:a motor having a rotary shaft;
an inverter circuit which has a plurality of switching elements, performs a switching operation, and controls driving of the motor;
a controller which controls an ON/OFF operation of the plurality of switching elements; and
a circuit substrate in which the plurality of switching elements are loaded,
wherein a partition plate formed of an insulating material is interposed between the plurality of switching elements,
wherein each of the plurality of switching elements has a rear surface which is connected to a heat radiation member and a front surface which is opposite to the rear surface,
wherein the plurality of switching elements are disposed in a manner that three switching elements and other three switching elements are respectively arranged in lines in an axial direction of the rotary shaft with the front surfaces of the three switching elements facing to the front surfaces of the other three switching elements, and
wherein the partition plate is positioned between the three switching elements and the other three switching elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,678

SHEET GLASS TOOL

1. A sheet glass tool comprising a number of abrasive grains each having a grain size of 2 ?m or more and 150 ?m or less and anchored to an anchoring layer formed at a tool tip, whereina coolant flow channel is formed between a first abrasive grain and a second abrasive grain that are adjacent to each other,
65% or more of the surface area of each individual abrasive grain is covered with a brazing material used to form the anchoring layer,
the anchoring layer is formed in a manner such that the thickness thereof is thick in a region in close proximity to the abrasive grains and thinner than the region in close proximity to the abrasive grains in a region spaced apart from the abrasive grains so as to climb up the abrasive grains,andwhen viewed in a flow channel direction of the coolant flow channel, the conditional expression [1] described below is satisfied:
S1/S?0.45  [1],
where S is an area of a region enclosed by a first imaginary line that passes through an apex of the first abrasive grain and extends in a thickness direction of the anchoring layer, a second imaginary line that passes through an apex of the second abrasive grain and extends in the thickness direction of the anchoring layer, a third imaginary line that connects the apex of the first abrasive grain and the apex of the second abrasive grain, and a fourth imaginary line that connects a bottom of the first abrasive grain and a bottom of the second abrasive grain, and S1 is an area of a region corresponding to the coolant flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,677

MACHINE TOOL CONTROL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF OBTAINING WORKPIECE ORIGIN AND WORKPIECE ORIGIN SETTING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool control system, comprising:a machine tool configured to machine an ingot according to a machining program;
an imaging apparatus placed at a predetermined position in the machine tool and configured to take an image of the ingot by a stereo system;
a three-dimensional coordinate computing unit configured to
calculate three-dimensional coordinates of the ingot based on the image of the ingot taken by the imaging apparatus, and
calculate, from the three-dimensional coordinates of the ingot, three-dimensional coordinates of a specified machining start point on the ingot;
a coordinate converting unit configured to
convert the three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot, that are calculated by the three-dimensional coordinate computing unit, into coordinates in a machine coordinate system for the machine tool, and
set the converted three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot, as a workpiece origin, into the machining program for the machine tool;
a touch probe configured to contact each of end faces and a top face of the ingot; and
a workpiece origin updating unit configured to
obtain, in response to the touch probe contacting the ingot, positional coordinates of each of the end faces and the top face of the ingot in the machine coordinate system,
calculate further three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot from the obtained positional coordinates, and
set the further three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point, as the workpiece origin, into the machining program for the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,596,676

TOOL EXCHANGE METHOD AND TOOL EXCHANGE DEVICE

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A tool changing method for a machine tool configured to change a tool, via a changing arm, between a machining space and a tool storage space, the tool changing method comprising:an image capturing step of capturing an image of the tool with an image capturing device;
an operation parameter determining step of determining an operation parameter for the changing arm for the time of tool change by the changing arm, based on mass of the tool and position of the center of gravity of the tool relative to a tool holder which holds the tool, the mass and the position of the center of gravity being calculated from the image of the tool captured by the image capturing device; and
a tool changing step of changing the tool via the changing arm operated based on the operation parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,596,675

WORK-TOOL CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

OTL Dynamics LLC, Vashon...

1. A work-tool control system, the system comprising:a display device configured to:
wirelessly receive a first leveling status from a positioning device configured to:
couple with a first work-tool via a first work-tool device coupling portion having a first holding orientation axis relative to a first work-tool working-axis;
receive an indication of coupling with the first work-tool;
detect a first leveling status of the positioning device; and
wirelessly communicate the detected first leveling status of the positioning device;
display a first work-tool working-axis leveling status based on the first leveling status;
receive cut parameters;
receive a cut-start indication;
determine a first work-tool leveling status difference based on cut parameters and a second leveling status of the positioning device;
present a leveling status correction indicator;
determine that a third leveling status is within cut parameters;
send a cut-start signal to the positioning device operable to actuate the first work-tool;
determine a work-tool cut completion; and
send a cut-end signal to the positioning device operable to de-actuate the first work-tool.

US Pat. No. 10,596,674

IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTER APPARATUS

Power Box AG, Zug (CH)

1. A power tool comprising:a housing and a base, said housing mounted to be moveable with respect to and spaced from the base, said housing including a motor, connected to rotate a tool holder for a cutting tool, said tool holder located at or adjacent to the base and said housing connected to the base by at least one extendable assembly, said cutting tool provided to be movable through an aperture in the base to contact with and perform work on a workpiece located on the side of the base opposing the side at which the housing is located and said base locatable with a work surface or a guide plate component to act as a guide for the tool via at least one engagement means provided on the power tool and which is movable between a first, engaging, position and a second release position, said engagement means including a gripping portion which is provided with an internal threaded formation to receive a shaft with which a locating head is formed or attached, said locating head provided to be received in an aperture or passage formed on the guide plate or worksurface and the shaft passes through an aperture in the base and into the internal threaded formation of the gripping portion which is located on the opposite side of the base from the locating head wherein the shaft is formed as two parts, a first part in threaded engagement with said internal threaded formation and a second part in which said locating head is formed and said second part is in threaded engagement with the first part and the locating head is movable to a selected one of a number of positions by rotation of the said gripping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,673

MODULAR PRESSURE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Elijah Tooling, Inc., De...

1. A modular vice system for securing a part, comprising:an adjustable vise having a manually operated drive screw for advancing and retracting a pusher member, wherein at least one end of the drive screw is configured to receive a drive tool for turning the drive screw;
a fixed vise comprising:
a force measuring system; and
one or more apertures passing through the adjustable vise, whereby the adjustable vise may be releasably attached to a fixture plate;
one or more apertures passing through the fixed vise, whereby the fixed vise may be releasably attached to the fixture plate;
wherein the part is retained between the adjustable vise and the fixed vise; and
wherein the force measuring system determines a force applied to the part from the adjustable vise and the fixed vise.

US Pat. No. 10,596,672

TOOL TURRET

SAUTER FEINMECHANIK GMBH,...

1. A tool turret, comprising:a turret housing;
a turret head rotatable about a rotational axis relative to said turret housing by a drive;
first and second toothed rims being coaxial to said rotational axis and being fixedly connected to said turret head and said turret housing, respectively;
a locking part being movable axially relative to said turret housing and said turret head along said rotational axis, having a set of locking teeth oriented toward said first and second toothed rims and being movable between unlocked and locked positions, in the locked position teeth of said toothed rims being engaged with said locking teeth in a form-fitting connection;
a pressure fluid control activating movement of said locking part between the unlocked and locked positions; and
a frictional lock forming a frictional locking connection between said turret head and said turret housing in the locked position in addition to connection of said teeth of said first and second toothed rims with said locking teeth of said locking part, said frictional lock including a chamber between said turret housing and said turret head, said chamber being fillable with a pressure fluid, lying outside of the connection of said teeth of said first and second toothed rims with said locking teeth of said locking part and having a pressure effective surface arranged between said turret housing and said turret head that produces said frictional locking upon fluid pressure being applied to said chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,596,671

MILLING FIXTURE FOR FORGED WHEEL

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A milling fixture for a forged wheel, comprising a bottom plate, a connecting plate, a positioning base, a plurality of pressure claws, an end face ring, a plurality of pressure claw pads, a plurality of bidirectional threaded rods, a plurality of compression nuts, a linear bearing, a positioning rod, a spring, a base, an expansion sleeve, a pressure plate, a plurality of tightening bolts and a limiting screw, wherein the connecting plate is installed on a milling machine table through the bottom plate, the linear bearing is installed on the connecting plate through the positioning base, a small diameter end of the positioning rod penetrates through the spring and the linear bearing, and the limiting screw is installed on a side wall of the linear bearing and is connected with the positioning rod to limit a position of the positioning rod in the linear bearing; under the coaction of the spring and an external force, the positioning rod is configured to move in the linear bearing and is inserted into a wheel valve hole; the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods are uniformly installed on the bottom plate, one end of each of the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods penetrate through the plurality of pressure claws, the plurality of compression nuts are installed at another end of each of the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods, the plurality of pressure claws are sandwiched between the plurality of compression nuts and the connecting plate, the plurality of pressure claw pads are installed on the plurality of pressure claws and fasten the plurality of compression nuts, and the plurality of pressure claws compress a wheel lip through the plurality of pressure claw pads; the base is installed on the bottom plate, an upper end surface and an inner wall tapered surface of the expansion sleeve are respectively connected with the pressure plate and an outer tapered surface of the base through the plurality of tightening bolts, eight gaps are uniformly distributed on a side wall of the expansion sleeve, the pressure plate compresses the expansion sleeve to move down during the process of screwing down the plurality of tightening bolts, and a diameter of the expansion sleeve gradually increases through a fit of the inner wall tapered surface of the expansion sleeve and the outer tapered surface of the base, and the expansion sleeve expands a center hole of a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,670

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THERMAL STABILITY

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A thermal stability control system for a machine tool which comprises a machine cooling sub-system adapted with a tank for storing cooling fluid and at least a cooling loop for cooling the machine tool, the control system further comprising:a cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system arranged to have a condenser, an evaporator, and a directional valve, wherein the condenser or the evaporator is mounted inside the tank;
a heater mounted inside the tank for heating the cooling fluid; and
a micro controller connected electrically to the machine cooling sub-system, the cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system and the heater individually;
wherein the micro controller is arranged to control the machine cooling sub-system, the cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system and the heater according to a relationship and operational data of the machine tool, and the micro controller is configured to control the following steps:
receiving a real-time load and a revolution of the machine tool, and a temperature of the cooling fluid flowing out the at least a cooling loop;
deciding whether the temperature of the cooling fluid is not greater than a default temperature, if yes, turns on the heater and optionally further activates the directional valve to enable the condenser to be an additional heater to warm up the cooling fluid in the tank, if not, changes the driving frequency of an inverter duty motor according to the relationship and releases the directional valve to enable the evaporator to cool down the cooling fluid in the tank; and
re-deciding whether the temperature of the cooling fluid is not greater than the default temperature and an elapsed time thereof exceeds a default period of time, if yes, turns on the heater and further activates the directional vale to enable the condenser to be the additional heater to warm up the cooling fluid in the tank, if not, goes back to the above deciding step.

US Pat. No. 10,596,669

MACHINING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machining system comprising a machine tool, a machine tool controller that controls the machine tool, an auxiliary device that assists the machine tool, and an auxiliary device controller that controls the auxiliary device, the machine tool and the auxiliary device working cooperatively for machining, the machining system comprising:a signal management unit that receives a first signal and a second signal, the first signal indicating information about the machine tool as a criterion used for determining whether the machine tool and the auxiliary device are operable or inoperable, the second signal indicating information about the auxiliary device as a criterion used for determining whether the machine tool and the auxiliary device are operable or inoperable, wherein
the signal management unit outputs a third signal to the machine tool controller and the auxiliary device controller, the third signal independently indicating an operable state or an inoperable state of the machine tool based on the first signal and an operable state or an inoperable state of the auxiliary device based on the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,668

METHOD FOR FABRICATING VACUUM FIXTURING USING GRANULAR MEDIA

Technical Tooling L.L.C.,...

8. A vacuum tool assembly for use in machining parts, the vacuum tool assembly comprising:a vacuum tool comprising:
a tool frame defining a perimeter of the vacuum tool, the tool frame including a cavity;
a first porous granular material positioned at least partially within the cavity and comprising:
a binding material; and
an abrasive granular material suspended in the binding material;
a first vacuum port in fluid communication with the first porous granular material and configured to facilitate passage of a vacuum pressure through the first porous granular material; and
a first physical seal surrounding at least a portion of the first porous granular material; and
a vacuum tooling fixture connected to the vacuum tool, the vacuum tooling fixture comprising:
a part holder comprising:
a second porous granular material; and
a second physical seal surrounding at least a portion of the second porous granular material; and
a second vacuum port in fluid communication with the second porous granular material and configured to facilitate passage of a vacuum pressure through the second porous granular material,
wherein the second porous granular material and the second physical seal are sized and shaped to mate with a part to be machined, wherein the second physical seal is configured to contact the part, and wherein contact between the second physical seal and the part forms a vacuum seal between the second physical seal and the part when vacuum pressure is passed through the second porous granular material.

US Pat. No. 10,596,667

COUPLING MEMBERS AND PIPE MACHINING APPARATUSES INCLUDING COUPLING MEMBERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC....

1. A pipe machining apparatus comprising:a first section including a first portion of a frame and a first portion of a tool carrier;
a second section including a second portion of the frame and a second portion of the tool carrier, wherein the first section and the second section are adapted to be coupled together, and, with the first and second sections coupled together, the tool carrier is adapted to move relative to the frame;
a tool support coupled to one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier and adapted to support a tool for movement with the tool carrier relative to the frame; and
a coupling member adapted to couple the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier, the coupling member including a shaft adapted to engage the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier and an engagement member coupled to the shaft and rotatable relative to the shaft and the tool support between a coupled condition, in which the engagement member couples the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier, and an uncoupled condition, in which the engagement member does not couple the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,596,666

COUPLING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A SPINDLE APPARATUS OF A MACHINE TOOL

SAUER GMBH, Stipshausen ...

1. A system for use with a spindle apparatus of a machine tool, comprising:an energy transmission unit having a transmitter coil unit for contact-free transmission of electrical energy to a receiver coil unit of a tool interface unit, the tool interface unit including:
the receiver coil unit;
an electrical load; and
a tool interface portion configured to be received by a tool support of a work spindle of the spindle apparatus; and
the system further comprising:
a coupling interface unit having an interface body element configured to be releasably attached to the spindle apparatus,
wherein the coupling interface unit includes a second coupling element configured to be releasably coupled to a first coupling element of the energy transmission unit; and
wherein the coupling interface unit has an electrically, hydraulically, or pneumatically controllable locking mechanism for unlocking and locking the releasable connection between the first and second coupling elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,665

STRIP CLADDING HEADS HAVING INDEPENDENT STRIP PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS AND STRIP CLADDING SYSTEMS WITH STRIP CLADDING HEADS HAVING INDEPENDENT STRIP PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A cladding head for a strip cladding system, comprising:a first contact jaw comprising first and second contacts to deliver welding power to a first cladding strip that is driven between the first and second contacts;
a first finger coupled to the first contact on a first end of the first finger, and coupled to a pivot;
a first spring coupled to a second end of the first finger opposite the first end and configured to bias the second end of the finger toward a support structure to bias the first contact toward the second contact via the pivot;
a first contact pressure adjuster, positioned on an opposite side of the support structure from the second end of the finger, and configured to set a first pressure applied by the first and second contacts to the first cladding strip via the spring when the first cladding strip has any of at least three incremental strip widths;
a second contact jaw comprising third and fourth contacts configured to deliver the welding power to a second cladding strip that is driven between the third and fourth contacts;
a second contact pressure adjuster configured to set a second pressure applied by the third and fourth contacts to the second cladding strip when the second cladding strip has a first one of the at least three incremental widths or a second one of the at least three incremental widths;
a third contact jaw comprising fifth and sixth contacts configured to deliver the welding power to the cladding strip that is driven between the fifth and sixth contacts;
a third contact pressure adjuster configured to set a third pressure applied by the fifth and sixth contacts to a third cladding strip when the third cladding strip has the first one of the at least three incremental widths,
wherein the first, second, and third contact jaws are configured to selectively provide symmetrical contact with the cladding strip across a width of the third cladding strip, the three incremental strip widths corresponding to ones of the first, second, and third contact jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,596,664

ROBOT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A robot comprising:a flange configured so that a welding torch is to be attached thereto and configured to rotate about a T axis;
a wrist arm configured to rotate about a B axis substantially perpendicular to the T axis and configured to support the flange;
a forearm configured to support the wrist arm and including bifurcated portions;
a first arm configured to support the forearm at a base end of the forearm such that the forearm rotates about an R axis substantially perpendicular to the B axis, the first arm being supported at a base end portion of the first arm so as to rotate about a U axis substantially perpendicular to the R axis;
a cable that is a feeding route of a welding wire and is routed along the R axis, the welding wire being fed to the welding torch; and
a feeder provided between the bifurcated portions of the forearm at a position closer to the base end of the forearm than to a tip end of the forearm opposite to the base end, the position being between the base end of the forearm and the tip end of the forearm so as to intersect with the R axis and rotate together with the forearm, and configured to feed the welding wire, wherein
the feeder includes a body and a driving source, the body includes a feeding mechanism for the welding wire, and the driving source is configured to drive the feeding mechanism,
the B axis and the R axis both extend within a plane,
the U axis is located at a first distance from the plane in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane when the U axis and the plane are oriented in parallel to each other,
the wrist arm has a length from the B axis to a tip end of the wrist arm that is less than the first distance,
the welding torch is to be directly attached to the flange supported by the tip end of the wrist arm,
the body is disposed to extend parallel to the R axis between the bifurcated portions, and
the driving source is provided to extend non-parallel to the R axis, the driving source is provided to extend parallel to an outline of the bifurcated portions and below the bifurcated portions of the forearm when viewed in a direction parallel to the B axis, and the driving source is provided so as to abut the body and not to protrude from the forearm when viewed in a direction parallel to the T axis.

US Pat. No. 10,596,663

HIGH-PRECISION LASER MACHINING METHOD FOR SAPPHIRE SUBMICRON-ORDER SECTION

Beijing University of Tec...

1. A method for high precision laser processing of sapphire having a submicron order section plane, comprising:step 1, projecting a laser beam into the sapphire and focusing the laser beam on a bottom surface of the sapphire, wherein the sapphire has a capacity for transmittance of the laser at an incident wavelength of the laser beam;
step 2, putting the sapphire and a sapphire clamping device that holds the sapphire into a container comprising a chemical etching solution, wherein the sapphire is positioned such that a top surface of the sapphire is flush with the chemical etching solution and the bottom surface of the sapphire is above a bottom of the container, and a sheet having a transmittance to the incident wavelength and only transmitting the incident wavelength is placed on the top surface of the sapphire;
step 3, irradiating the sapphire in step 2 with the laser beam having a picosecond-order pulse width, wherein before the irradiating the sapphire, step 3 further comprises: setting power for the laser beam based on a threshold of a self-focusing effect of the sapphire, calculating an amount of lost energy of the laser beam caused by absorption of the sapphire during laser incident, compensating the preset power of the laser beam based on the calculated amount of the lost energy based on a transient Fourier heat conduction theory, controlling the power of the laser beam that is focused on the bottom surface of the sapphire above a threshold that induces a phase transition or an electronic state removal of the sapphire, the laser beam excites the self-focusing effect of the sapphire wherein the self-focusing effect is nonlinear, and generating an phase transition point or an electronic state removal point having a line width that is less than a diameter of the focused laser beam;
step 4, elevating focal points of the laser beam to guide the phase transition point or the electronic state removal point extending from the bottom surface of the sapphire to the top surface of the sapphire along an incident direction of the laser beam, thereby forming a trace of phase transition points or electronic state removal points;
step 5, measuring a line width of the trace, calculating an irradiation point of the laser beam required for completing a laser processing path based on a length of the laser processing path, the line width and a horizontal overlapping rate of the trace;
step 6, based on a frequency of the laser beam and a number of laser pulses at a single irradiation point, setting a moving speed of the laser beam, wherein the moving speed of the laser beam is controlled such that only after all pulses in the preset number of the laser pulses are injected into the single irradiation point, the laser beam moves to a next point;
step 7, using the phase transition point or the electronic state removal point obtained in step 3 as a starting point for the laser processing path, writing a computer program based on the processing power of the laser beam determined in step 3 and parameters obtained in step 4, 5, 6;
step 8, irradiating the sapphire along with the laser processing path based on step 1-7;
step 9, after irradiation, removing the container having the sapphire therein from the irradiation path and letting the sapphire standing undisturbed in the container until the sapphire is separated along the laser processing path.

US Pat. No. 10,596,662

ADAPTIVE MELTING BEAM CONFIGURATION FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing (AM) system comprising:a process chamber for additively manufacturing a component, the process chamber at least partially housing a plurality of distinct melting beam scanners, each of the distinct melting beam scanners configured to emit a melting beam, wherein each of the distinct melting beam scanners is independently physically movable within a corresponding region of the process chamber, wherein each region of the process chamber corresponding with one of the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners abuts a neighboring region of the process chamber corresponding with another one of the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners; and
a control system coupled with the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners, the control system configured to control movement of at least one of the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners within the corresponding region based upon a geometry of the component,
wherein in response to data describing the geometry of the component indicating the component is out of range of one of the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners, the control system is configured to move the one of the plurality of distinct melting beam scanners to a location within range of the component for additively manufacturing a portion of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,596,661

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING LASER SHOCK PEENING OR WARM LASER SHOCK PEENING DURING SELECTIVE LASER MELTING

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. A method for manufacturing an object comprising the steps of:forming layers by adding successive layers of powder material to form the object by selective laser melting (SLM) of the powder material to form solidified material;
providing a multilayered solid state confining layer to the solidified material; and
inducing plastic deformation and residual stress by a laser beam into the solidified material of the successive layers after the step of providing, to improve mechanical properties and a fatigue resistance of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,660

POROUS STRUCTURES PRODUCED BY ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional structure by additive layer manufacturing, the three-dimensional structure corresponding to a three-dimensional computer-generated model constructed of unit cells, the method comprising:depositing a first layer of a material selected from the group consisting of metal, ceramic, glass, and combinations thereof onto a substrate;
scanning the first layer of the material deposited with a high energy beam of an additive layer manufacturing machine to melt or partially melt the first layer of the material according to the computer-generated model; and
depositing onto the first layer and scanning successive layers of the material with the high energy beam at predetermined locations according to the computer-generated model to form portions of a first segment corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model, a second segment corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model, and a third segment attached to an end of the second segment of the three-dimensional structure and corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model until the first segment is formed either (i) overlapping the second segment and underlapping the third segment or (ii) overlapping and underlapping the second segment, respectively,
wherein each of the portions formed of the first, the second, and the third segments are flat and linear,
wherein the first segment is a section of a first curvilinear or rectilinear portion of the three-dimensional structure and the second and the third segments are sections of a second curvilinear or rectilinear portion of the three-dimensional structure, and
wherein a barb corresponding to a barbed geometry of the computer-generated model transversely extends from each of at least some of the curvilinear or rectilinear portions of the three-dimensional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,596,659

CONVEYOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH SPEED MATERIAL SHEET PROCESSING

Amada America, Inc., Bue...

1. A conveyor system for rapidly moving and simultaneously processing material sheets through a plurality of processing stations, the conveyor system comprising:a chain member that moves in an endless loop;
a drive shaft that engages and drives the chain member;
a plurality of skids that are attached to portions of the chain member, such that to form a conveyor having a plurality of noncontiguous skid sections for supporting material sheets, the noncontiguous skid sections moving with the chain member in the endless loop;
a plurality of chain covers that are attached to same portions of the chain member extending within the plurality of skid sections, the chain covers protecting the chain member from the processing stations' operations, and moving with the chain member and with the skid sections in the endless loop;
wherein the plurality of noncontiguous skids sections are arranged such that some of the skid sections are in operational positions at the top of the conveyor while the remaining skid sections are in standby and staggered positions at the bottom of the conveyor;
wherein the conveyor indexes through the plurality of processing stations, such that, after each indexing, the conveyor has one skid section that is in operational position associated with each of the plurality of processing stations;
thus allowing each of the plurality of processing stations to operate simultaneously on the associated skid section, during each time period when the conveyor is stopped, after each indexing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,658

FRICTION STIR WELDING TOOL AND RELATED METHODS

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC, ...

1. A method of using a friction stir weld tool to form a friction stir weld on a workpiece that includes a first metal piece and a second metal piece,the tool comprising:
a support body having a longitudinal axis, an outer surface centered on the axis, and a distal end having a distal face centered on the axis and extending to a distal face perimeter,
a pin extending from the distal face along the axis, and
a scroll pattern in the distal face,
the tool being made of a metal alloy comprising: iron, chromium, at least 1 weight percent carbon, and at least 6 weight percent vanadium,
the tool having a typical Rockwell C hardness below 65,
the method comprising:
placing the tool in contact with the workpiece, and
rotating the tool about the axis while the tool contacts the workpiece to form a friction stir weld between the first metal piece and the second metal piece
wherein the first metal piece is an aluminum base and the second metal piece is an aluminum cover, and the workpiece is an enclosure that includes the cover placed over the base,
the base comprising:
a horizontal bottom and a base cavity defined by the bottom and vertical base sidewalls at a base perimeter,
an outer sidewall surface extending along the base perimeter that includes a shoulder, an upper sidewall surface above the shoulder, and a lower sidewall surface below the shoulder, the shoulder comprising a lower portion of the upper sidewall surface connecting to a horizontal shoulder surface at an interior shoulder corner, the horizontal shoulder surface extending horizontally from the interior shoulder corner to an exterior shoulder corner, and an upper portion of the lower sidewall surface extending vertically from the exterior shoulder corner;
and the cover is located over the base to enclose the base cavity, the cover including a horizontal top portion extending over the base and a lip at a cover perimeter, the lip extending in a vertical direction relative to the horizontal top portion, the lip including a lower lip portion that contacts the shoulder to form a joint when the cover is installed over the base.

US Pat. No. 10,596,657

FRICTION STIR WELDING APPARATUS, FRICTION STIR WELDING CONTROL DEVICE, AND FRICTION STIR WELDING METHOD

Hitachi Power Solutions C...

12. A friction stir welding control device connected to a friction stir welding apparatus which includes a friction stir welding tool that is held by an apparatus main body and welds a plurality of members to each other by friction stir, a gradual cooling device that gradually cools a weld site of the members welded by the friction stir welding tool, a gradual cooling device welding direction movement driver that is provided to the apparatus main body and moves the gradual cooling device in a welding direction, and a temperature measurement device that measures a welding temperature of the weld site, the friction stir welding control device comprising:a target temperature storage that stores a target temperature to be set for the weld site; and
a heat amount calculator that calculates an amount of heat to be applied to the weld site based on the target temperature, wherein
the gradual cooling device is controlled to move vertically relative to the friction stir welding tool,
the heat amount calculator controls the gradual cooling device so that the welding temperature has zero deviation from the target temperature, and
the gradual cooling device welding direction movement driver is controlled to move the gradual cooling device to change a distance from the gradual cooling device to the friction stir welding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,596,656

PRESSURE WELDING DEVICE AND PRESSURE WELDING METHOD

KUKA INDUSTRIES GMBH, Au...

1. A pressure welding device with a plasticization device and with an upsetting device, the pressure welding device comprising:a mounting for the components to be welded together;
a machine frame;
a machine head;
an upsetting head wherein the machine head and the upsetting head are movable relative to one another along a machine axis, the mounting has a component mount mounted moveably at the machine frame between the machine head and the upsetting head; and
an adjusting device for adaptation to different component dimensions, including component length, wherein the upsetting device comprises an upsetting drive with two or more parallel drive units, which are arranged extending along a machine axis on both sides of the machine axis, and said upsetting drive is arranged between the machine head and the upsetting head and acts by pulling, wherein the adjusting device comprises a controllable and variable-length coupling device between the component mount and the upsetting head.

US Pat. No. 10,596,655

MAGNETIC PULSE ACTUATION ARRANGEMENT FOR DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

8. A method for actuating a downhole tool comprising:creating a magnetic pulse;
coupling the magnetic pulse to a workpiece;
moving the workpiece with the pulse, the workpiece causing deformation of a chamber;
moving another component in a direction other than a direction of the magnetic pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,596,654

METAL POWDER PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Matsuura Machinery Corpor...

1. In metal powder processing equipment in which metal powder is sequentially laminated on a table inside a chamber, and laser beam melting or electron beam melting and shaping by a cutting tool subsequent to the melting are performed, with the cutting tool held by a tool holder connected with a main shaft, the improvement comprising:an arrangement which generates plural air flows to a side cutting surface of the cutting tool along a longitudinal direction of the cutting tool, which rotates along a central rotational axis of the cutting tool and which flows the air in the longitudinal direction of the cutting tool to scatter unmolded powder remaining at the time of melting and cut powder generated by cutting, the arrangement being provided at the main shaft for the cutting tool,
the arrangement including:
plural air flow pass holes formed in the main shaft between a portion of a center of rotation at a rear end of the main shaft and a portion deviated from the center of rotation at a leading end of the main shaft, and
plural jet exits at outlet ends of the air pass holes at the portion deviated from the center of rotation at the leading end of the main shaft, the jet exits angled inwardly relative to the center rotational axis along which the rotating cutting surface of the cutting tool along a longitudinal direction of the cutting tool rotates in such a manner that the air flow in a state of rotation follows a slanting direction relative to the center rotational axis from the jet exits at the outlet ends of the air flow pass holes and directed in a direction inwardly toward the cutting tool for colliding with the side cutting surface along the longitudinal direction of the cutting tool, with the jet exits formed at a leading end surface of the main shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,596,653

CUTTING WATER TABLE AND METHODS OF USE

1. A metal cutting water table comprising:a vessel comprising a primary water volume located beneath a plurality of support rails, wherein the support rails are secured to the vessel in parallel alignment along a common support plane, wherein the vessel additionally comprises a secondary water volume beneath the primary water volume, and wherein the primary water volume and the secondary water volume are hydraulically linked by a plurality of water conduits;
a true bottom below a false bottom, wherein the false bottom extends parallel with the common support plane;
an air volume bearing upon the secondary water volume to support a predetermined surface level for the primary water volume;
an air control conduit for controlling additions and reductions of air in the air volume;
a pressure relief conduit opening into the air volume; and
a rupture disc closing the pressure relief conduit, wherein the rupture disc ruptures to open the pressure relief conduit at a pressure differential across the rupture disc that is equal to or exceeding a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,596,652

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL LEVEL MONITORING IN AN ENGINE-DRIVEN GENERATOR

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An engine-driven welding generator comprising:an engine;
a generator configured to be driven by the engine;
a fuel tank configured to supply fuel to the engine; and
a fuel level monitoring system comprising:
a memory configured to store a fuel usage map comprising a list of generator outputs or engine outputs, each generator output or engine output being correlated with a fuel usage rate;
a clock;
a fuel sensor configured to measure a remaining fuel level in the fuel tank and store the remaining fuel level in the memory with a corresponding timestamp determined by the clock; and
a processor configured to:
determine a rate of fuel usage using the fuel usage map and an output of the generator or the engine, and
calculate a remaining run time of the engine based on the remaining fuel level and the rate of fuel usage.

US Pat. No. 10,596,651

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO COMMUNICATE VIA A WELDING ARC

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type power supply, comprising:a power converter configured to output welding power to sustain a welding-type arc at a welding-type torch;
a weld monitor circuit configured to:
monitor one or more aspects of a weld being performed using the welding-type arc and the welding-type torch; and
select an audio message based on the one or more aspects;
an arc modulator configured to modify the welding-type arc to output the selected audio message as a plasma speaker; and
a storage device configured to store the audio message;
wherein the storage device is configured to store the audio message as digital audio data, the arc modulator configured to convert the digital audio data to an audio signal and to modify the welding-type arc to output the audio message.

US Pat. No. 10,596,650

HELMET-INTEGRATED WELD TRAVEL SPEED SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system, comprising:a sensor system disposed on a welding helmet and configured to detect a first position of a first marking on a welding torch relative to the welding helmet, and to detect a second position of a second marking on a workpiece relative to the welding helmet; and
a processing system configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to the workpiece based at least in part on detection of the first and second positions of the first and second markings relative to the welding helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,649

HEAT TRANSFER DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A SOLDERED CONNECTION OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

PINK GMBH THERMOSYSTEME, ...

1. A heat transfer device for thermal coupling of a component to be soldered with a heat source or a heat sink in a soldering machine, comprising:a heat source or a heat sink, and
at least one base plate, said base plate being in thermally conductive contact at least with the heat source or the heat sink,
said base plate comprising at least two contact units having respective contact surfaces, said contact surfaces being thermally contactable to the component, said contact units being designed in such a way that relative distances between the contact surfaces and the surface of the base plate facing the component are changeable,
wherein the distance between the base plate and the component is changeable,
said contact units being movable wherein said relative distances between the contact surfaces and the surface of the base plate facing the component are changeable depending on a change in the contact pressure with which the base plate is pressed against the component caused by a change in the distance between the base plate and the component,
said contact units being repositionable in recesses that are provided in the base plate, said contact units are repositionable into a retracted position in which the contact surfaces of the contact units are flush with the surface of the base plate facing the component, and
wherein a respective contact unit comprises a thermally conductive sleeve, closed on one side, whose closed end face faces the component to be soldered, and a spring is housed in said sleeve, the spring is thermally in contact with said sleeve, where a thermally conductive stud is held in an interior of the spring at its free end that protrudes from said sleeve, said stud being thermally connected to the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,596,648

INTERNAL THREAD CHASE

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A method of chasing threads of a female threaded coupling comprising:providing a thread chase having a drive with a shaft and an input, the shaft having a drive cross-section, a cage having a body and an opening with a cross-section complementary to the cross-section of the drive, and a slot extending radially from the opening so as to communicate the opening with an external periphery of the cage, and a chase block having cutting teeth adapted to engage undamaged threads of the female threaded coupling and repair or recut damaged threads of the female threaded coupling, the chase block further including a rear face opposite the cutting teeth, wherein the rear face has a cross-sectional area larger than a cross-sectional area of the slot to prevent the chase block from moving completely through the slot;
inserting the cage into female threaded coupling;
inserting the drive through the opening, thereby causing the chase block to move radially outward within the slot to cause the cutting teeth to engage the threads of the female threaded coupling;
rotating the thread chase within the threads in a rotational direction that causes the thread chase to move axially relative to the female threaded coupling; and
continuing to rotate the thread chase so as to chase the threads of the female threaded coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,596,647

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THREADED HOLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for producing a threaded hole in a workpiece with a thread tapping tool bit, which has a main cutting edge at its drill bit tip and a thread profile that trails in a thread tapping direction with at least one thread cutting tooth, comprising:in a thread tapping stroke, the main cutting edge produces a core hole, and, at the same time, the thread profile forms an internal thread at the inner wall of the core hole until a target thread depth is reached, and, is conducted with a thread tapping advance in the thread tapping direction and at a thread tapping rotational speed of the thread tapping tool bit synchronized with it, wherein, after the thread tapping stroke, an oppositely directed reversing stroke is produced, in which the thread tapping tool bit is withdrawn out from the threaded hole in a reversing direction, and, is conducted with an opposite reversing advance, wherein the thread profile has at least one broaching cutting edge, and when the reversing stroke is carried out, a broached groove is produced by the broaching cutting edge, through which the thread cutting tooth is withdrawn out from the threaded hole in a load-free manner, without removal of material, in that, between the thread tapping stroke and the reversing stroke, a groove-forming step is produced, in which the thread tapping stroke is prolonged in the thread tapping direction by a groove-forming stroke, and, this is conducted for forming a peripheral groove without thread pitch that adjoins the internal thread, in which the thread profile can rotate without advance in a load-free manner, and, in the groove-forming step, the thread tapping drill bit is moved in the thread tapping direction beyond the target thread depth until it reaches a target hole depth, and, is moved with a groove-forming advance and at a groove-forming rotational speed that are not synchronized with each other, and/or are different from the thread tapping advance and from the thread tapping rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,646

SAWBENCHING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

20. A sawbenching method for reworking a sawblade to flatten the sawblade, the method comprising:placing a sawblade on a support surface of an anvil;
checking the sawblade for any unevenness;
noting a location of an unevenness;
accessing a sawbenching assembly, the sawbenching assembly comprising an articulated tool arm and a hammer assembly,
the articulated tool arm comprising a tool arm support, and a scissors linkage arm having first and second ends, the first end pivotally connected to the tool arm support for rotation about a first axis, and the second end movable generally vertically, and
the hammer assembly pivotally connected to the second end of the scissors linkage arm for rotation about a second axis and for generally vertical movement with the second end of the scissors linkage arm, the hammer assembly having a user-actuated hammer with an impact surface positionable at chosen positions on the sawblade by three-dimensional user manipulation of the hammer assembly supported by the articulated tool arm;
positioning the user-actuated hammer at the noted location on the sawblade by manipulation of the articulated tool arm with a weight of the hammer assembly being at least partially supported by the articulated tool arm;
actuating the user-actuated hammer causing the user-actuated hammer to strike the sawblade at the noted location;
rechecking the sawblade at the noted location for any improvement in the unevenness; and
repeating the positioning, actuating and rechecking as needed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,645

SAWING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SAWING MACHINE

9. A sawing machine comprising:a sawing tool (3),
an electrical sawing tool drive having a frequency converter for driving the sawing tool (3),
a sawing feed device having an electrical feed drive, the sawing feed device adapted to move the driven sawing tool (3) at a constant or varying feed rate relative to a workpiece (2) to be sawn, and
a machine controller operatively connected to the sawing tool drive and the sawing feed device, the machine controller being configured to use a constant or varying working feed rate during cutting of the workpiece (2), wherein, for a first cut in the workpiece (2), the machine controller uses a constant or varying initial working feed rate defined in advance that corresponds to a workpiece geometry, a workpiece material, and the sawing tool (3),
wherein the frequency converter is configured such that, during the first cut, the frequency converter transmits an instantaneous value of a physical variable to the machine controller, said value corresponding to a torque transmitted by the sawing tool drive to the sawing tool (3), the machine controller continuously evaluating said value as an instantaneous torque value (6), the physical variable is an active current emitted by the frequency converter to a motor of the sawing tool drive,
the machine controller is further configured such that it continuously evaluates the value that corresponds to the instantaneous torque value (6) received from the frequency converter, determines a maximum torque value of the first cut, and defines a maximum torque value (8) for subsequent cuts based thereon,
and, for all the subsequent cuts in the same workpiece (2), the machine controller is configured to regulate the working feed rate using the instantaneous torque value (6) as a regulating variable, such that the instantaneous torque value (6) is kept constant and is as close as possible to the defined maximum torque value (8).

US Pat. No. 10,596,644

PANEL SAW AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A method of operating a vertical panel saw comprising the following steps:(A) providing a vertical panel saw comprising: a framework supporting a set of railings, the set of railings are held in a parallel and spaced-apart orientation to one another and to the framework to create an cutting space located between and separating the railings apart and the railings are further beveled; a carriage having at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges, at least one pair of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges are beveled and removably engages the set of railings to movably locate the carriage between the set of railings to allow the carriage to move along the railings, the carriage further configured to removably receive a cutting tool, wherein a combination of the cutting tool and the carriage moves in and out of contact with the set of railings through a pair of openings, wherein each railing of the set of railings comprises an outer railing bracket and an inner railing bracket, wherein said outer and inner railing brackets are two separate L-brackets fastened together to form a space for receiving the carriage, a length of the outer railing bracket is greater than a length of the inner railing bracket by a distance that is greater than a length of the carriage side edge to form one opening of the pair of openings, each opening from the pair of openings is located along a side of a respective railing to allow the one pair of the at least two pairs of carriage side edges to be moved out of contact with the set of railings while alternately allowing a remaining pair of opposing carriage side edges to removably engage the set of railings in a manner that lets the carriage move along the set of railings, a direction of a movement of the carriage along the set of railings being perpendicular to a direction of a movement of the carriage in or out of the set of railings, the carriage and set of railings being configured to provide an removable engagement of the at least one pair of beveled carriage side edges with the set of railings that allows the carriage to be self-centering within the set of railings, wherein the combination of the cutting tool and the carriage when in removable contact with the set of railings places a cutting portion of the cutting tool within the cutting space;
(B) moving the one pair of beveled carriage side edges of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges through the pair of openings;
(C) engaging one pair of beveled carriage side edges of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges with the set of railings wherein each engaging beveled carriage side edge has a beveled portion that contacts a respective beveled portion of a respective railing of the set of railings permitting the carriage to be self-centering within the set of railings.

US Pat. No. 10,596,643

SINGLE SHEAR FOR CUTTING AND CONVEYING MULTIPLE ROLLED SECTIONS

1. A method of cutting and conveying rolling wires or bars using a shear, the shear for cutting and simultaneously conveying the wires or bars and comprising:i) a mobile diverter comprising at least two channels in each of which one of the wires or bars can slide;
ii) counter-rotating knives acting on the wires or bars, thus producing one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar; and
iii) a conveying device for conveying the one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar, comprising
at least two pairs of output channels for conveying the one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar, and
at least one pair of mobile elements that are independent of each other and synchronized with each other and with the mobile diverter so as to separately manage each segment of said one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar and insert each segment in a respective output channel of said at least two pairs of output channels,
wherein the mobile diverter is configured to take:
a first conveying position at which the wires or bars are conveyed in a first pair of the at least two pairs of output channels;
a second conveying position at which the wires or bars are conveyed in a second pair of the at least two pairs of output channels;
and an intermediate cutting position, between the first conveying position and the second conveying position, at which the wires or bars come into contact with the counter-rotating knives;
and wherein a first mobile element of said at least one pair of mobile elements is positioned at an entrance of a first central output channel of said first pair of said at least two pairs of output channels, and a second mobile element of said at least one pair of mobile elements is positioned at an entrance of a second central output channel of said second pair of said at least two pairs of output channels, said second central output channel being adjacent to the first central output channel;
the method comprising the following sequence of steps:
a) providing the mobile diverter in said first conveying position, and simultaneously lowering said first mobile element up to a total opening of said first central output channel and raising said second mobile element up to a total closing of said second central output channel;
b) moving the mobile diverter in a first direction towards the intermediate cutting position, and simultaneously raising the first mobile element up to a partial closure of the first central output channel and lowering the second mobile element up to a partial opening of the second central output channel;
c) moving the mobile diverter in said first direction up to reaching said second conveying position, and simultaneously raising the first mobile element up to a total closure of the first central output channel and lowering the second mobile element up to a total opening of the second central output channel;
d) moving the mobile diverter in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, towards the intermediate cutting position, and simultaneously lowering the first mobile element up to a partial opening of the first central output channel and raising the second mobile element up to a partial closure of the second central output channel;
e) moving the mobile diverter in said second direction up to reaching said first conveying position;
f) repeating steps a)-e).

US Pat. No. 10,596,642

TOOL AND TOOL HOLDER ASSEMBLY

Gemini Precision Machinin...

1. An assembly comprising:a tool having an elongated body with a socket;
a tool holder having a body with a first bore configured to receive at least a portion of the elongated body, and a second bore substantially transverse to the first bore; and
an impinging member including a body having an end with a curved surface;
wherein in an assembled state, a portion of the elongated body of the tool is positioned within the first bore of the body of the tool holder such that the socket and the second bore are substantially aligned, and the body of the impinging member is positioned within the second bore with the curved surface pressed against the elongated body in the socket at a predetermined torque; and
wherein the impinging member includes an extension extending radially from the body of the impinging member, and the elongated body of the tool includes a groove extending from the socket, the extension sitting in the groove in the assembled state to ensure that the predetermined torque is met.

US Pat. No. 10,596,641

DRILL STRUCTURE

TCT GLOBAL LIMITED, Hong...

1. A drill structure comprisinga shank part; and
a flute part disposed at one end of said shank part, wherein a chisel edge is formed on a front end of said flute part, and two drill blades with tilt directions toward said shank part are symmetrically formed on two sides of said chisel edge; two helical cutting edges are respectively formed spirally on an outer surface of said flute part from outer edges of said drill blades to form two helical grooves; two said drill blades have a common edge at said chisel edge, and wherein each of said drill blades includes
a primary relief surface having a cutting edge, a first connecting edge and a first chamfering edge, wherein said cutting edge and said first connecting edge are respectively extended from two opposite ends of said common edge; another end of said cutting edge and another end of said first connecting edge, which are far away from said common edge, are joined with said first chamfering edge, wherein the first chamfering edge is shaped as a linear line;
a secondary relief surface having a knife-back edge, a second connecting edge, a second chamfering edge, and an outer edge of said secondary relief surface, wherein said second connecting edge is joined with said first connecting edge; one end of said second chamfering edge is connected with said second connecting edge and said first chamfering edge of said primary relief surface; another end of said second chamfering edge is connected with said outer edge of said secondary relief surface; and
an assist relief surface extended from said first chamfering edge with linear line shape of said primary relief surface and said second chamfering edge of said secondary relief surface and tilted toward said shank part, said assist relief surface includes an assist cutting edge, only said assist cutting edge touches a drilled hole wall to reduce friction and overheating;
wherein said two drill blades converge by the primary relief surfaces thereof at said chisel edge as a linear line, but the convergence of both the primary and secondary relief surfaces at the chisel edge is precluded.

US Pat. No. 10,596,640

DEVICE FOR DRILLING HOLES IN THE AXIAL AND RADIAL DIRECTION OF A BLADE ROOT OF A WIND TURBINE

Kooyen Holding B.V., Den...

1. A device (1) for drilling holes in the axial and radial direction of a blade root of a wind turbine, wherein the device (1) comprises:a first base (2), which is to be stationary positioned on the ground;
a second base (3), which is moveably mounted to the first base (2) and movable along a first direction (D);
first drive means for positioning the second base (3) along the first direction (D);
a rotary arm (4), which is pivotally mounted to the second base (3) around a main axis (5),
second drive means for rotating the rotary arm (4) around the main axis (5);
wherein the rotary arm (4) comprises a guide track (7) which extends from a first outer end (4-1) to a second outer end (4-2) of the rotary arm (4) thereby passing the main axis (5);
first drilling means (8) moveably arranged on the guide track (7), comprising a first drilling tool (8-1) for drilling radial holes in a second direction (8-2), which second direction (8-2) is perpendicular to the main axis (5) and
third drive means for positioning the first drilling means (8) along the guide track (7);
second drilling means (9) mounted on the rotary arm (4), comprising a second drilling tool (9-1) for drilling radial holes in a third direction (9-2), which third direction (9-2) is parallel to the main axis (5);
wherein the rotary arm (4) comprises a recess (10), wherein the second drilling means (9) are accommodated in the recess (10) and at least partially moveably arranged on the guide track (7) and which device (1) comprises fourth driving means for positioning the second drilling means (9) along the guide track (7), wherein an imaginary plane defined by the second and third direction (8-2;9-2) includes the main axis (5).

US Pat. No. 10,596,638

LATHE PROVIDED WITH ECCENTRICITY ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

O-M LTD., Osaka-shi, Osa...

1. A lathe provided with an eccentricity adjustment mechanism, the lathe being provided with a workpiece-fixing device on a turntable controlled for rotation or controlled for indexing, and a workpiece fixed by the workpiece-fixing device and rotated or indexed on the turntable being processed using a movement-controlled processing tool, wherein the lathe is characterized in being provided with an eccentricity adjustment mechanism that is provided so as to be capable of moving the turntable in the radial direction with respect to the rotation center and provided so as to be capable of adjusting the eccentricity of the workpiece; an axial-direction-movement part that moves in the axial direction being provided on a center shaft of the turntable; a pair of linear motion guide units being provided in an engaging part of the center part of the turntable and the axial-direction-movement part of the center shaft; one of the pair of linear motion guide units being in inclined state and, due to the axial-direction-movement part of the center shaft being moved in the axial direction, the turntable moving in the radial direction by the radial pressing force generated by the linear motion guide unit being inclined, and the eccentricity of the workpiece being adjusted;each of the linear motion guide unit comprises a slide rail and a slide guide, the slide rail is provided to one side represented by either the axial-direction-movement part provided to the center shaft or an engagement-receiving part provided at the center part of the turntable to which the axial-direction-movement part is engaged so as to be capable of moving in the vertical direction, which is the axial direction; and the slide guide with which the slide rail is slidably engaged is provided to the other represented side; and each of the linear motion guide units, which comprises the slide rail and the slide guide, is provided in the engaging part of the center shaft and the turntable; at least one of the linear motion guide units is provided in an inclined state, and, due to the axial-direction-movement part being moved in the axial direction, the radial pressing force is generated in the engagement-receiving part, and the turntable moves radially to become eccentric by an amount that corresponds to the movement stroke of the axial-direction-movement part, and
each of the linear motion guide units is provided at respective individual engaging parts of the axial-direction-movement part of the center shaft and the engagement-receiving part of the center part of the turntable; the pair of linear guide portions comprising one linear motion guide unit and another linear motion guide unit, the one linear motion guide unit, which is provided to the workpiece setting table, is disposed in an inclined state with respect to the other linear motion guide unit, which is vertically provided to the table base, so as to be inclined further radially outward higher up.

US Pat. No. 10,596,637

TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A tool, comprising:a substrate of a cemented carbide; and
a cutting edge tip of a cubic boron nitride sintered body joined to the substrate, wherein
the cutting edge tip has a thickness covering an upper surface to a lower surface of the substrate,
the cubic boron nitride sintered body contains 50 volume % or more and 95 volume % or less of cubic boron nitride and 5 volume % or more and 50 volume % or less of a binder phase,
the cubic boron nitride has an average grain size of 1.0 ?m or more and 6.0 ?m or less,
a joint surface of the cutting edge tip and the substrate contains a curved area,
the curved area contains a curve with a radius of curvature of 50 ?m or more and 1.0 mm or less,
the curved area is formed so as to include an undulating portion comprising a plurality of concave portions and a plurality of convex portions, and
the plurality of concave portions and the plurality of convex portions are arranged in an alternating manner, such that a respective concave portion of the plurality of concave portions is adjacent to a respective convex portion of the plurality of convex portions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,636

COATED CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A coated cutting tool comprising a substrate and a coating layer formed on a surface of the substrate, the coating layer including an alternating laminate structure in which two or more compound layers of each of two or three or more kinds, each kind having a different composition, are laminated in an alternating manner, wherein:the alternating laminate structure is constituted by:
a compound layer containing a compound having a composition represented by formula (1) below:
(TixM1-x)N  (1)wherein M denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W, Al and Si, x denotes an atomic ratio of Ti based on a total of Ti and an element denoted by M, and x satisfies 0.57?x?0.91; anda compound layer containing a compound having a composition represented by formula (2) below:
(TiyM1-y)N  (2)wherein M denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W, Al and Si, y denotes an atomic ratio of Ti based on a total of Ti and an element denoted by M, and y satisfies 0.61?x?0.95;an absolute value of a difference between an amount of a specific metal element contained in a first compound layer which constitutes the alternating laminate structure relative to an amount of all the metal elements contained therein and an amount of the specific metal element contained in another compound layer which is adjacent to the first compound layer and which constitutes the alternating laminate structure relative to an amount of all the metal elements contained therein, is more than 0 atom % and less than 5 atom %, wherein the specific metal element is each of Ti and one element denoted by M contained in the first compound layer and the other compound layer; and
an average thickness of each of the compound layers is from 1 nm or more to 50 nm or less, and an average thickness of the alternating laminate structure is from 1.5 ?m or more to 15.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,596,635

CUTTING INSERT FOR BACK TURNING

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Fu...

1. A cutting insert for back turning, comprising:a flank facing a first direction;
a first end face connected to the flank and facing a direction opposite to the first direction;
a first face connected to the flank and the first end face, and including a rake face;
a first ridgeline connecting the flank and the first face so that an angle with the first direction increases as a distance from the first end face increases, when viewed from the first face side;
a second ridgeline connecting the first end face and the first face; and
a chip breaker formed at the first face between the first ridgeline and the second ridgeline, wherein
a nose portion connected to the second ridgeline, a first cutting edge connected to the nose portion, and a second cutting edge connected to the first cutting edge are formed on the first ridgeline, and
a chip breaker wall face, of the chip breaker, facing the first direction includes: when viewed from the first face side, a first wall face portion configured so that a ridgeline connecting a top portion of the chip breaker and the first wall face portion is a straight line; and a second wall face portion connected to the first wall face portion on the first cutting edge side and configured so that the ridgeline connecting the top portion of the chip breaker and the second wall face portion is closer to the second cutting edge side than the straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,596,634

CUTTING TOOL WITH A NOZZLE WITH A COOLANT CHANNEL

SECO TOOLS AB, Fagersta ...

1. A tool comprising:a holder body;
a cutting insert; and
a nozzle, said nozzle having a single through hole arranged to receive a fastening member, said nozzle having a forward end, a rear end and a bottom face, said through hole extending between the bottom face and an opposite top face, two internal coolant channels provided in the nozzle and extending from a first opening to a second opening, said first opening connecting to a coolant supply conduit in the holder body, said second opening serving as exit for the coolant at the forward end, wherein the two internal coolant channels and the first opening are spaced from the through hole, wherein the two internal coolant channels extend at opposite sides of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,596,633

SHAPED CUTTING TOOL

Consolidated Nuclear Secu...

1. A cutting tool having a longitudinal axis for cutting off a finished part from a rotating workpiece, the rotating workpiece having a central axis, a trailing end, a leading end, and a working portion disposed between the trailing end and the leading end, the cutting tool comprising:a shank portion extending along the longitudinal axis, the shank portion including a rear side configured to be secured to a tool holder and a front side;
a cutting portion disposed adjacent the front side of the shank portion, the cutting portion comprising:
a first cutting edge including a proximal end and a distal end operable to remove the trailing end of the workpiece, the first cutting edge including a first sub-edge extending from the proximal end to the distal end and a straight second sub-edge at the distal end extending in a direction traversing the longitudinal axis, wherein both the proximal end and the distal end are located on an axis extending in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis;
a second cutting edge in the form of a pointed tip is operable to remove the working portion of the workpiece after the first cutting edge removes the trailing end of the workpiece, wherein a plane that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis intersects the second cutting edge and the first cutting edge extends a distance from the plane; and
a curved shaping edge extending from the proximal end of the first cutting edge to the second cutting edge such that the finished part is one of a sphere and an oval.

US Pat. No. 10,596,632

METHOD FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF METAL NANOPARTICLES IN AQUEOUS ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT THE USE OF SHAPE DIRECTING AGENTS

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALI...

1. A method for producing metal nanoparticles having [100] or [111] facets comprising the steps of:a) providing a solution comprising water, metal seed growth nanoparticles, a metal salt comprising the same metal as the metal seed growth nanoparticles, and a reducing agent;
b) heating the solution to between 95 and 130° C. at a rate of between 1° C./min and 5° C./min, under a pressure of between 1 and 5 atm, while maintaining the solution under a reduced oxygen atmosphere and wherein the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the solution is less than the concentration of oxygen in an oxygen saturated solution,
providing that the solution does not comprise an organic solvent or a shape-directing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,596,631

METHOD OF FORMING A COMPOSITE COMPONENT USING POST-COMPACTION DIMENSIONAL CHANGE

GKN Sinter Metals, LLC, ...

1. A method of forming a composite component, the method comprising the sequential steps of:compacting a powder metal in a tool and die set using a compaction press to form a powder metal compact whereby, during compaction, a temperature of the powder metal used to form the powder metal compact increases relative to ambient temperature due to deformation of the powder metal during compacting;
ejecting the powder metal compact from the tool and die set;
positioning the powder metal compact relative to another part while the temperature of the powder metal compact is still above ambient temperature; and
prior to sintering, cooling the powder metal compact, thereby resulting in dimensional shrinkage of the powder metal compact to form an interference fit between the powder metal compact and the other part thereby forming the composite component.

US Pat. No. 10,596,630

THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEPOSITION DEVICE AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEPOSITION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A three-dimensional deposition device which forms a three-dimensional object by depositing a formed layer on a base unit, comprising:a deposition chamber;
a powder supply unit which supplies a powder material into the deposition chamber;
a light irradiation unit which irradiates the powder material with a light beam and sinters or melts and solidifies at least a part of the powder material irradiated with the light beam to form the formed layer;
a machining unit which includes a tool and performs a machining operation on the formed layer by the tool;
a shape measurement unit which measures a surface shape of the formed layer; and
a controller which controls an operation of at least one of the powder supply unit, the light irradiation unit, and the machining unit, wherein,
the powder supply unit injects the powder material toward the base unit,
the light irradiation unit irradiates the powder material feeding from the powder supply unit toward the base unit with a light beam, melts the powder material, and solidifies the melted powder material on the base unit, and
at least one of the powder supply unit and the machining unit is accommodated in an accommodation chamber, and the deposition chamber and the accommodation chamber are connected by a bellows, and
wherein, the controller
controls an operation of at least one of the powder supply unit, the light irradiation unit and the machining unit in response to a measurement result of the surface shape of the formed layer obtained by the shape measurement unit, and
determines whether the machining operation for the formed layer is needed based on the measurement result of the surface shape, performs the machining operation by the machining unit in accordance with a determination result, and forms the formed layer on a surface of the formed layer subjected to the machining operation by the powder supply unit and the light irradiation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,596,629

SYSTEM FOR INCREASING THE BULK DENSITY OF METAL POWDER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for increasing a bulk density of a metal powder, formed of a metal material, the apparatus comprising:a sealed chamber;
a nozzle, coupled to an inert gas source and configured to discharge a cold spray mixture of raw metal particles and inert gas into the sealed chamber;
a target, housed within the sealed chamber and configured to receive an impact of the cold spray mixture in a manner causing plastic deformation of the raw metal particles into generally flattened metal particles; and
a target temperature control mechanism, configured to control a temperature of the target and to cool the target in a manner, preventing bonding of the raw metal particles to the target upon impact of the raw metal particles with the target.

US Pat. No. 10,596,628

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING NANOCRYSTALLINE ALLOY ARTICLES USING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Veloxint Corporation, Fr...

1. A method of manufacturing a metal alloy article, comprising:disposing a plurality of nanocrystalline metal particles and a binder, the nanocrystalline metal particles having an average particle size of greater than about 1 ?m;
selectively binding the nanocrystalline metal particles together to form a green body;
vaporizing the binder at a first temperature; and
sintering the green body at a second temperature such that the nanocrystalline metal particles remain solid throughout the sintering to form the metal alloy article,
wherein the second temperature is different than the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,596,627

METHOD OF INSTALLING A FIXTURE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method of installing a mounting fixture in or on a structure of an aircraft or spacecraft, the method comprising:arranging an apparatus in, on or adjacent the structure;
pre-treating a surface region of the structure by ablation using the apparatus; and
forming the mounting fixture in situ on the structure at the pre-treated surface region using the apparatus based on a digital model of the mounting fixture,
wherein the mounting fixture is installed by connecting the mounting fixture to the structure at the pre-treated surface region as the mounting fixture is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,626

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

SEURAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A manufacturing method, comprising the steps of:providing a powdered material;
providing an energy source that produces an energy beam;
directing the energy beam from the energy source toward an energy beam patterning unit to form a two-dimensional patterned energy beam;
directing the two-dimensional patterned energy beam against the powdered material to form a part having a manipulation point;
moving the part using a manipulator device to engage the manipulation point; and
in response to the manipulation point comprising a hole or cavity, removing the manipulation point by filling the hole or cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,596,624

CAST-IRON CYLINDRICAL MEMBER AND COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

TPR CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cast-iron cylindrical member having an outer peripheral surface,the outer peripheral surface of the cast-iron cylindrical member being made up of a casted surface and having a plurality of projections (P) formed integrally with the casted surface, wherein:
(A) the plurality of projections (P) have an average height equal to or larger than 0.20 mm and smaller than 0.50 mm;
(B) a total number of the plurality of projections (P) per cm2 of the outer peripheral surface is equal to or larger than 61 and equal to or smaller than 180;
(C) the plurality of projections (P) comprise a projection (Pn) having a constricted shape;
(D) a ratio of a number of the projections (Pn) having the constricted shape to a number of the plurality of projections (P) present on the outer peripheral surface is equal to or larger than 50%;
(E) a value S expressed by:
S=H2×N×NP  Expression (1)
 is equal to or larger than 310; and
(F1) a bonding strength F (Al) obtained when the outer peripheral surface of the cast-iron cylindrical member is cast-in inserted with an aluminum alloy exceeds a value Fb expressed by:
Fb=1.325×H2×N?0.75,  Expression (2)
in Expression (1) and Expression (2), S is a bonding strength index, H is the average height (mm) of the plurality of projections (P), N is a total number (number/cm2) of the plurality of projections (P) per cm2 of the outer peripheral surface, NP is a ratio (%) of the number of projections (Pn) having the constricted shape to the number of the plurality of projections (P) present on the outer peripheral surface, and Fb is a boundary bonding strength (MPa).

US Pat. No. 10,596,623

LOW-PRESSURE CASTING SECONDARY PRESSURE PROCESS FOR ALUMINUM WHEEL

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A low-pressure casting secondary pressure process for an aluminum wheel, comprising low-pressure filling and secondary pressurization, a holding pressure is delayed for a period of time after a mold cavity is full of molten aluminum alloy under the low-pressure filling process, and the mold cavity is closed after a rim is completely solidified under low pressure feeding; wherein five center extrusion rods at corresponding positions of a wheel center of the aluminum wheel move down to apply mechanical pressure for secondary pressure feeding of the aluminum wheel to realize sequential solidification, until a forming process of crystallization and solidification of a casting is completed;a low pressure holding delay stage should be set after the mold cavity is full of the molten aluminum alloy and before a center sprue spreader is lowered to seal the low pressure in a holding furnace, in which the pressure holding time is between 10 and 20 seconds;
the center sprue spreader is in clearance fit with a center sprue with a clearance distance of 0 to 2 mm; the clearance fit surface of the center sprue spreader and the center sprue is a tapered surface, and in order to facilitate de-molding, a tapered angle is between 0° and 5°;
before the center extrusion rods move down, a water cooling holding delay stage is set, and the delayed water cooling holding time is between 10 and 20 seconds;
a lowering stage of the center extrusion rods is divided into first low speed and then high speed, the lowering speed at the low-speed stage of the lowering process of the center extrusion rods is 0 to 0.2 mm/s, the lowering speed at the high-speed stage of the lowering process of the center extrusion rods is 0.5 to 0.8 mm/s, and the cross section diameters of the center extrusion rods are 50 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,596,622

SLIDES AND EXPENDABLE CORES FOR HIGH PRESSURE DIE CAST CLOSED DECK ENGINE BLOCK

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A cylinder bore and water jacket slide for high pressure die casting of at least one closed deck engine block having at least one cylinder, the slide comprising: at least one mandrel for forming each engine cylinder; a tool steel portion having an inner surface and an outer surface that forms a water jacket surrounding each cylinder, the tool steel portion including at least one tool steel relief having an inner relief surface; and at least one expendable salt core located in the at least one tool steel relief, the at least one salt core having an inner surface and an outer surface with an aperture extending through the inner surface to the outer surface; wherein the outer surface and inner surface of the at least one salt core are coextensive with the inner surface and outer surface of the at least one tool steel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,621

METHOD OF MAKING COMPLEX INTERNAL PASSAGES IN TURBINE AIRFOILS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of making a composite core comprises:creating a first core insert comprising the steps of:
creating a first laminate master pattern;
forming a first flexible mold around the first laminate master pattern;
removing the first laminate master pattern from the first flexible mold;
pouring a refractory metal slurry into the first flexible mold; and
sintering the refractory metal slurry to form the first core insert; and
creating a composite core comprising the steps of:
creating a second laminate master pattern;
forming a second flexible mold around the second laminate master pattern;
removing the second laminate master pattern from the second flexible mold;
inserting the first core insert into the second flexible mold;
pouring a second slurry into the second flexible mold around the first core insert; and
sintering the second slurry to form the composite core with the first core insert.

US Pat. No. 10,596,620

MOLD FOR PRODUCING CAST PARTS

1. A mold for production of cast parts, comprising:two mold parts
wherein at least one of the mold parts of the two mold parts is movable relative to the other to transform an open position into a closed position,
wherein in the closed position the mold parts define a mold cavity fillable with liquid casting compound, and in their open position the mold parts enable removal of a cast part which has solidified by at least partial cooling, and
a locking device,
wherein the mold parts are lockable in the closed position by the locking device configured to join the two mold parts so as to be releasable, and
wherein the mold parts are swingable around predeterminable axes in accordance with a casting program which is adjustable as to shape, time sequence and regions of the mold cavity which are to be wetted,
wherein the two mold parts are respectively mold plates,
wherein at least one of the two mold parts is movable with respect to the mold part from the open position into the closed position in an essentially straight line along a movement direction which is essentially perpendicular to planes of said mold plates, wherewith in the closed position the locking device which joins the two mold plates so as to be releasable brings about the locking of the mold plates in a pressed-together state such that a locking pressure is maintained while the mold plates are in their closed position,
wherein the locking device includes a gas pressure spring configured to store energy to maintain a closing pressure which presses the mold plates together after the mold plates are closed and pressed together in a direction essentially perpendicular to the midplane of the mold plates,
wherein the locking device further has
a locking sleeve at one of the mold plates,
a tension sleeve at the other mold plate, the tension sleeve is essentially aligned with the locking sleeve, and
a movable tension bolt configured to interact with the locking sleeve and the tension sleeve,
wherein the tension bolt is movable essentially in the movement direction perpendicular to the planes of the mold plates, and is axially mounted in a locking receptacle provided at one of the mold plates, with the movement of the tension bolt being subject to the action of closing pressure from the gas pressure spring,
wherein the mold is part of a mold apparatus,
wherein the mold apparatus is configured to automatically swing the two mold parts around the predeterminable axes, and
wherein the tension sleeve houses the gas pressure spring and an entirety of the tension sleeve is provided outside of said other mold plate when the mold plates are in the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,619

TUBE END SEALING METHOD

SHOALS TUBULAR PRODUCTS, ...

1. A method for closing open ends of aluminum tubes, the method comprising:spin-closing the tube end by contacting a tooling member to the tube end while the tooling member is spinning;
forming a concavity in the tube end by forcing a protrusion into the tube end;
brazing the tube end to fill the concavity with aluminum alloy braze.

US Pat. No. 10,596,618

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HEAT SINK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing a heat sink having a substrate and a heat radiating film formed on a surface of the substrate, comprising:a first step of casting a substrate by injecting molten metal into a cavity of molding dies; and
a second step of applying a heat radiating coating to a surface of the substrate to be coated through spraying or dropping in a period from when the molding dies are opened after the casting until when a temperature of the substrate that has been cast becomes lower than a deposition temperature that is a temperature necessary to deposit the heat radiating coating on the substrate,
wherein the heat radiating coating is applied to the surface of the substrate to be coated while the substrate is left in a part of the molding dies immediately after the molding dies are opened, and the surface of the substrate to be coated is thus exposed, and
wherein the heat radiating coating is baked by heat of the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,596,617

BLANKING DIE AND METHOD OF BLANKING SHEET METAL THEREWITH

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

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising:movably supporting the ejecting mechanism, comprising raising the ejecting mechanism and lowering the ejecting mechanism, the ejecting mechanism from a storage position in the cavity in which the ejecting mechanism is stored to an ejection position above the cavity when the ejecting mechanism is needed to eject the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector, the ejecting mechanism being lowered from the ejection position to the storage position when the ejecting mechanism has ejected the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,596,616

FOLDING TOOL, FOLDING METHOD AND FOLDING DEVICE

KUKA SYSTEMS GMBH, Augsb...

1. A folding tool for bend folding a workpiece in multiple steps, the folding tool comprising:a plurality of driven folding elements, which can be fed to a common folding point, the plurality of driven folding elements comprising three or more folding elements arranged one above another, wherein at least one folding element performs a pivoting motion; and
a common drive, wherein the plurality of driven folding elements are driven by the common drive, wherein the common drive comprises a rotating drive shaft connected to a transmission for drive transmission to the folding elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,615

BENDING PRESS AND/OR FEEDING DEVICE FOR A BENDING PRESS WITH A BENDING TOOL TRANSFER DEVICE

32. A bending tool transfer device for moving a bending tool, the bending tool transfer device comprising:a guide part designed to be inserted in a rail of a tool holder having an inner profile;
a releasable coupling for connecting a bending tool, the releasable coupling comprising an active area and a mechanical gripper;
a drive for moving the transfer device along a longitudinal extension of the rail;
a shuttle configured to be displaceable along the longitudinal extension of the rail via the drive; and
an actuator configured to operate the releasable coupling between a releasing state and a coupling state;
wherein the active area of the releasable coupling lies at least partially at a height of the guide part;
wherein the releasable coupling is disposed on the shuttle; and
wherein the actuator is disposed in or on the shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,614

PUNCH AND DIE HOLDING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SWANSTROM TOOLS USA INC.,...

1. A punch and die holding apparatus comprising:a die block including a main body having
a bottom die plate defining a die recess and forming a die clamp,
a top die plate defining a guide tube cavity, the bottom die plate and top die plate defining a punch receiving gap,
a die plate clamping bolt engaged with the bottom die plate and top die plate, and
a plurality of gap opening stops engaged with the bottom die plate and top die plate;
a punch holder, at least partially disposed within the guide tube cavity, having
a guide tube forming a first cylinder having a first end, a second end, and a wall extending between the first end and second end,
a collet chuck at least partially inserted within the guide tube, the collet chuck defining a second cylinder having a first end, a second end, and a wall extending between the first end and second end, and an inner diameter and an outer diameter,
a collet inserted within the collet chuck, the collet forming a first end and a second end and an inner bore and outer diameter, and
a punch having a first end comprising a stem, a second end comprising a punch protrusion, and a central portion, the punch stem configured to be inserted into the second end of the collet, wherein the punch is within the collet, the punch stem is within the second end of the collet, and the second end of the collet is in contact with the punch stem around a circumference of the punch stem;
a collet closing bolt located at the collet first end wherein the second end of the collet is configured to tighten around the punch stem by turning the collet closing bolt at the collet first end; and
a die received within the die recess.

US Pat. No. 10,596,613

PRODUCING METHOD, PRODUCING APPARATUS AND PRODUCING EQUIPMENT LINE OF PRESS FORMED PRODUCT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing a press formed product from a starting material,the press formed product comprising a top panel part, vertical wall parts respectively extending from both ends of the top panel part, and ridge line parts between the vertical wall parts and the top panel part, and including a shape-changing part in a part of the ridge line parts,
the producing method comprising:
a preparation step of preparing a metal sheet as the starting material; and
a press working step of performing press working on the starting material by using a punch, a pad arranged opposed to a front end surface of the punch, and a die capable of receiving the pad,
the press working step including:
during a time period from when pushing-in of the starting material into the die by the punch is started or immediately thereafter until the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die reaches a predetermined distance short of a bottom dead point for the pushing-in, holding the pad at a position distant from the punch by the predetermined distance;
when the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die reaches the predetermined distance short of the bottom dead point, receiving the pad in the die; and
continuing the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die and the pad to the bottom dead point, so as to form the top panel part, the ridge line parts, and the vertical wall parts;
wherein, in the press working step, the top panel part and the ridge line parts are formed, and predetermined regions, having a predetermined height from the top panel part, of regions formed into the vertical wall parts are also formed,
the producing method further comprises a second press working step of performing press working on an intermediate formed product obtained in the press working step, and
in the second press working step, the vertical wall parts are formed from excessive regions of the regions formed into the vertical wall parts except for the predetermined regions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,612

METAL ROOF PANEL WITH DEFORMATION RESISTANT RIB AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of manufacturing a metal roof panel including the steps of:A. inserting a panel of sheet metal into a roll machine;
B. passing said sheet metal through a first roller set of said roll machine to form sheet metal post-first roller;
C. passing said sheet metal post-first roller through a second roller set of said roll machine to form sheet metal post-second roller;
D. passing said sheet metal post-second roller through a third roller set of said roll machine to form sheet metal post-third roller; and
E. passing said sheet metal post-third roller through at least one subsequent roller of said roll machine wherein said panel of sheet metal is transformed into a metal roof panel having a profile including:
i. a plurality of bilateral ribs having upwardly angled sides that each transition into an indentation, with both indentations transitioning into a central flat apex extending from one of said indentations to the other of said indentations and having a width of approximately ??, wherein said ribs run substantially parallel to the slope of the roof, and wherein the angle formed between one of said upwardly angled sides and said central flat apex is approximately 126°; and
ii. a plurality of channels each positioned between two of said ribs, each channel including at least one raised surface and at least one lower surface, said raised surface having a height of approximately ??, wherein the angle formed between one of said upwardly angled sides and said central flat apex is approximately 54°, and wherein said at least one raised surface and at least one lower surface are each substantially planar and parallel to said central flat apex.

US Pat. No. 10,596,611

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRESS-FORMED PRODUCT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing an intermediate formed product, the intermediate formed product to be further processed into a press-formed product,the production method comprising:
placing a blank metal plate in such a way that the blank metal plate extends off opposite sides of a vertex of a first punch;
causing the blank plate to undergo bend forming by using the first punch, a pad, and a first die in such a way that concave ridges, a concave area, and areas of concave-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the concave ridges are formed in the blank plate to produce an initial intermediate formed product; and
causing the initial intermediate formed product to undergo draw forming by using a second punch, a second die, and a blank holder in such a way that convex ridges, a convex area, areas of convex-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the convex ridges, and second ridges located opposite the concave and convex ridges are formed in the initial intermediate formed product to form the intermediate formed product, the second ridges being part of vertical wall sections having the concave-correspondence vertical wall areas adjacent to the concave ridges and the convex-correspondence vertical wall areas adjacent to the convex ridges.

US Pat. No. 10,596,610

STRADDLE-TYPE STEEL SECTION PROCESSING DEVICE OF MULTIPLE SADDLES

COSEN MECHATRONICS CO., L...

1. A steel section processing device of multiple saddles, comprising:a machine unit, including:
a crossbeam, having an end surface; and
a base, having a first end and a second end, the second end disposed opposite the first end in an X-axis direction;
a Z-axis direction processing unit, mounted on the crossbeam to slide in a Y-axis direction;
a pair of Y-axis direction processing units, arranged respectively at two sides of the Z-axis direction processing unit to slide in the Y-axis direction, each Y-axis direction processing unit comprising:
a side saddle mounted on the end surface of the crossbeam to slide in the Y-axis direction,
a side positioning seat mounted on the side saddle to slide in the X-axis direction, and
a side sliding seat mounted on the side positioning seat to slide in the Z-axis direction; and
a Y-axis direction guiderail unit, extending in the Y-axis direction disposed at a position between the end surface of the crossbeam and the Y-axis direction processing units.

US Pat. No. 10,596,609

SPRINGBACK COMPENSATION METHOD FOR ON-LINE REAL-TIME METAL SHEET ROLL BENDING

1. A springback compensation method for the on-line real-time metal sheet roll bending which is used to compensatingly bend a continuous metal sheet of multiple sections having different materials or different thicknesses to predetermined standard angles respectively, wherein the springback compensation method comprises:(a) using multiple rollers to bend the continuous metal sheet of the multiple sections having different materials or different thicknesses respectively;
(b) using a first position sensor to individually measure springback angles of the multiple sections of the bent metal sheet, and feeding back to a programmable logic controller;
(c) using the programmable controller to control a bending roller to compensatingly bend the multiple sections of the bent metal sheet respectively;
(d) using a second position sensor to individually measure compensated angles of the multiple sections of the bent metal sheet; and
(e) comparing a difference between the compensated angles and the predetermined standard angles of the multiple sections of the bent metal sheet after compensating bending.

US Pat. No. 10,596,608

WIDTH SETTING ON A FINISHING TRAIN

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GE...

1. A metal rolling method comprising:rolling a metal strip in a finishing train, wherein the metal strip is comprised of a plurality of sections along the metal strip and wherein the finishing train has multiple rolling stands through which the metal strip passes in succession;
detecting an actual width (b0) and an actual temperature (T0) of each of the sections of the metal strip before each section enters the finishing train;
deriving an actual width (b) from the detected actual width (b0) for each section of the metal strip;
deriving an actual temperature (T) from the detected actual temperature (T0) for each section of the metal strip;
associating each derived actual width (b) with an initial target width (b0*);
associating each derived actual temperature (T) with a target temperature (T*);
path-tracking the sections of the metal strip during passage of the metal strip through the finishing train;
associating a width control unit with each of the rolling stands, except the last rolling stand in the succession of the plurality of rolling stands;
ascertaining, with each width control unit that is associated with a rolling stand of the rolling stands, a target width (b*) of each section of the strip after said each section is rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, and associating the target width (b*) with said each section of the metal strip, the ascertaining being based on all of said initial target width (b0*) before the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a target tension (Z1*) desired in the metal strip before a rolling in said rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a target tension (Z2*) desired in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target temperature (T*) associated with said each section of the rolling strip and parameters (P) of the rolling procedure performed in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, said each target width (b*) ascertained by said each control unit after the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and associating the target width (b*) with said each section of the metal strip;
ascertaining, with said each width control unit, an actual width (b) for said each section of the metal strip after the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and associating the actual width (b) with said each section of the metal strip on the basis of all of the actual width (b) of said each section of metal strip before the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target tension (Z1*) of the metal strip, which is corrected by an upstream additional target value (?Z1*), which is desired in the metal strip before the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, correcting the target tension (Z2*) by a downstream additional target value (?Z2*), which is desired in the metal strip after said each rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the actual temperature (T) associated with the section of the metal strip, and the parameters (P) of the rolling procedure performed in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit;
using said each width control unit to ascertain the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) on the basis of the target tension (Z2*) desired in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target temperature (T*) and the actual temperature (T) of said each section of the metal strip rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a difference (?b) between the target width (b*) and the actual width (b) of a section of the metal strip which is located at a predetermined point after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, and the parameters (P) of the rolling procedure;
using said each width control unit to ascertain the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) such that the actual width (b) of the rolled section of the metal strip rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit approximates the target width (b*) of the rolled section; and
using said each width control unit to supply the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) to an associated tension regulator, which sets an actual tension prevailing in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and the actual tension corresponds to the target tension (Z2*) corrected by the downstream additional target value (?Z2*).

US Pat. No. 10,596,605

METHOD AND APPARATUS, INCLUDING HOSE REEL, FOR CLEANING AN OIL AND GAS WELL RISER ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE TOOLS SIMULTANEOUSLY

TRI-STATE ENVIRONMENTAL, ...

1. A method of cleaning a larger diameter tubular member that has an inside surface and two opposing end portions that are open, the method comprising the steps of;a) placing a fitting on one end portion of the tubular member, the fitting covering the open end of the tubular member, said fitting having a drain opening;
b) inserting a cleaning tool into the larger diameter tubular member, wherein said cleaning tool cleans the inside surface of a larger diameter tubular member;
c) removing fluid from the cleaning operations of steps “a” and “b” via the drain opening;
d) wherein the fluid removed in step “c” has a temperature between 100 and 220° F.;
e) filtering the fluid removed in step “c” through a filter that is downstream of the drain opening of step “c”;
f) transmitting the fluid to a first holding tank;
g) transmitting the fluid to a first heat exchanger;
h) transmitting the fluid to a second heat exchanger that employs a refrigerant; and
i) returning the fluid to the cleaning tool of step “b” after step “h”.

US Pat. No. 10,596,604

METHODS AND APPARATUS USING MULTISTAGE ULTRASONIC LENS CLEANING FOR IMPROVED WATER REMOVAL

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method to operate upon a fluid droplet on a surface, the method comprising:generating a first signal including a first frequency within a first frequency band to be coupled with an ultrasonic transducer mechanically coupled with the surface;
activating the ultrasonic transducer at the first frequency by coupling the first signal with the ultrasonic transducer;
reducing the fluid droplet using the first frequency of the first signal;
generating a second signal including a second frequency within a second frequency band to be coupled with the ultrasonic transducer mechanically coupled with the surface, the second frequency band being different than the first frequency band;
activating the ultrasonic transducer at the second frequency by coupling the second signal with the ultrasonic transducer;
reducing the fluid droplet using the second frequency of the second signal;
sensing a current transient of the ultrasonic transducer;
determining when to deactivate the ultrasonic transducer based on sensing the current transient of the ultrasonic transducer; and
deactivating the ultrasonic transducer when it is determined to deactivate the ultrasonic transducer based on sensing the current transient of the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,603

METHOD OF PRODUCING GLUTEN FREE OATS

General Mills, Inc., Min...

1. A method of producing gluten-free oats from a combination of grains comprising:optically analyzing the combination of grains employing ratios of wavelengths; and
separating the oats from the combination of grains to establish a supply of oats having a gluten level below 20 ppm based on the optical analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,596,602

DELIVERY AND ROUTING MANAGEMENT BASED ON MULTI-IDENTIFIER LABELS

PATHOVER, INC., San Fran...

1. A system for delivery and routing management based on multi-identifier labels, the system comprising:a communication network interface that receives a plurality of orders over a communication network, each order associated with a different delivery destination;
memory that updates a master picking list, wherein an entry corresponding to each of the received orders is added to the master picking list;
a processor that executes instructions stored in memory, wherein execution of the instructions by the processor:
filters the master picking list to identify a batch of orders designated for delivery within a specified time period, selects one or more drivers to be assigned to deliver the batch of orders based on a number of the orders in the batch and the different delivery destination associated with each order in the batch,
generates a route for each selected driver based on the different delivery destination associated with each order in the batch, the generated route including a plurality of stops in a sequence, and
assigns a different primary visual indicator to each generated route, wherein each assigned primary visual indicator is configured to be readable by human visual inspection and is further associated with a set of sequential indicators each corresponding to where an associated one of the stops appears within the sequence of the associated route, the set of sequential indicators including non-alphanumerical indicators; and
a printer that prints a static label for each order in the batch, wherein each static label depicts at least the primary visual indicator assigned to the associated route and the sequential indicator that identifies where the associated stop appears within the sequence of the associated route, and
wherein the communication network interface transmits a notification to a driver device of each selected driver, the respective notification including at least the primary visual indicator assigned to the route generated for the respective driver, wherein labels printed for the route include the same primary visual indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,601

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR SORTING POULTRY MEAT WITH WOODEN BREAST MYOPATHY

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of sorting poultry meat, the steps of the method comprising:(a) placing a boneless poultry breast fillet on a conveyor;
(b) acquiring digital images of the fillet as the conveyor moves the fillet, and transmitting the images to a controller;
(c) a using the digital images transmitted to the controller to calculate physical characteristics of the fillet;
(d) directing the fillet to an end of the conveyor so that the fillet proceeds off an end of the conveyor;
(e) using the controller to make a decision regarding whether the fillet has WB myopathy based on:
(i) a position of a fillet centroid calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on whether a distance between a reference point and the centroid of the fillet exceeds a predetermined minimum threshold distance; or,
(ii) a bending energy of the fillet calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on a magnitude of bending energy calculated for the fillet; or,
(iii) a bend angle of the fillet calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on a magnitude of the bend angle calculated for the fillet; or,
(iv) a three dimensional image evaluated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller (at least in part) based on the presence or absence of bulges in the images of the fillet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,600

TECHNOLOGIES FOR MATERIAL SEPARATION

AMERICAN BIOCARBON, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:drying a first material via a dryer;
feeding the first material from the dryer into a lifter;
lifting the first material via the lifter;
blowing an air onto the first material via an air knife as the first material is output from the lifter such that the first material is separated into at least a second material and a third material; and
receiving the second material via a conveyor and the third material via a suction duct.

US Pat. No. 10,596,599

MATERIAL SEPARATORS

1. A material separator comprising:a supporting frame;
a screening surface mounted at an incline on the supporting frame, the screening surface comprising a plurality of fixed bars that are attached to the frame in a manner to resist upward movement, and a plurality of shift bars that are attached to the frame at their upper and lower ends, in a manner to allow upward movement;
a shift bar actuator, positioned between the upper and lower ends of the shift bars, the shift bar actuator being configured to impart movement to the shift bars; and
a deck bar support member, fixedly mounted to the frame and extending generally parallel to the shift bar actuator;
wherein the shift bar actuator is pivotably mounted on the deck bar support member, and the deck bar support member and shift bar actuator are positioned closer to the upper ends of the shift bars than the lower ends of the shift bars.

US Pat. No. 10,596,598

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR WAFER LEVEL FRONT FACE ATTACHMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound transducer, comprising:a piezoelectric layer;
a matching layer for acoustic impedance matching, one surface of the matching layer electrically coupled to a top surface of the piezoelectric layer and another surface of the matching layer forming a signal pad within a front face of the ultrasound transducer; and
a base package electrically coupled to a bottom surface of the piezoelectric layer, the base package extending horizontally and laterally to form a back face of the ultrasound transducer parallel to the front face of the ultrasound transducer, and extending vertically relative to the back face of the ultrasound transducer to form a ground pad within the front face of the ultrasound transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,597

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCERS AND OTHER COMPONENTS

Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc., ...

1. An ultrasonic transducer assembly comprising:a transducer array comprising a number of spaced transducer elements;
at least one printed circuit including a plurality of trace layers, each layer having a plurality of conductive traces therein that are electrically coupled to a corresponding transducer element, wherein the conductive traces in any single trace layer at a point where the traces are coupled to the transducer elements are spaced farther apart than a distance between adjacent transducer elements in the transducer array; and
a plurality of interconnections, each interconnection electrically coupling a conductive trace of the printed circuit to a corresponding transducer element.

US Pat. No. 10,596,596

VIBRATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration device, comprising:a housing having accommodating space,
a vibrator accommodated in the accommodating space,
a stator accommodated in the accommodating space, and
an elastic member, the elastic member is configured to suspend the vibrator in the accommodating space,
wherein the elastic member comprises two elastic plate components disposed at two opposite sides of the vibrator, one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein each elastic plate component comprises at least two V-shaped elastic plates arranged parallel to each other in a direction perpendicular to the vibrating direction, and each V-shaped elastic plate comprises a first fixing portion fixedly connected with the housing, a second fixing portion fixedly connected with the vibrator, and a V-shaped elastic arm connecting the first fixing portion with the second fixing portion, the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion are arranged opposite to and spaced from each other to form an opening end, and the opening ends of the two V-shaped elastic plates are arranged toward opposite directions;
wherein a deformation path of each V-shaped elastic plate is out of a vibration path of the vibrator, and a deformation state of each V-shaped elastic plate is consistent.

US Pat. No. 10,596,595

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell having accommodating space;
a driving device accommodated in the accommodating space;
a vibrator; and
an elastic component elastically supporting the vibrator;
wherein the elastic component comprises a first fixing portion, a second fixing portion and a deforming portion; the first fixing portion is connected with the shell, the second fixing portion is connected with the vibrator, and the deforming portion connects the first fixing portion with the second fixing portion;
the deforming portion comprises at least two elastic arms and a bending portion; the bending portion is shaped in an arc structure and connects two adjacent elastic arms; the deforming portion comprises at least two bending portions, opening directions of adjacent two bending portions are opposite to each other; a damping member is arranged at an inner surface of the bending portion close to the two adjacent elastic arms.

US Pat. No. 10,596,594

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor comprising:a housing with side walls and a bottom plate connecting to the side walls;
a vibration unit accommodated in the housing, the vibration unit including a first surface opposite to the side wall and extending along a vibration direction of the vibration unit, and a second surface connecting the first surface;
a driving device fixed on the bottom plate;
an elastic member elastically supporting the vibration unit in the housing, the elastic member including a first fixed section, extension sections extending from two sides of the first fixed section and surrounding the second surface and a second fixed section connecting to the extension section and fixed on the side wall away from one side of the first fixed section; wherein
the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member opposite to the first elastic member; the first elastic member and the second elastic member are respectively fixed on two first surfaces of the vibration unit; wherein the second elastic member is disposed underneath the first elastic member in a direction perpendicular to the vibration direction and located between the first elastic member and the bottom plate, and orthographic projections of the first elastic member and the second elastic member on the bottom plate are crossed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,593

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell,
wherein the vibrator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, the stator comprises a coil, the magnetic circuit unit comprises a yoke having an accommodating cavity, a magnet accommodated in and fixed to the accommodating cavity, the coil is fixed to the shell and is surrounding the magnet the yoke comprises a bottom wall and a side wall bending and extending along the bottom wall, the bottom wall and the side wall together form the accommodating cavity, the magnet is fixed on the bottom wall, and the magnet is spaced from the side wall to form a magnetic gap, and the coil is inserted into the magnetic gap,
wherein the elastic member comprises a first fixing portion fixedly connected with the shell, a first elastic arm and a second elastic arm bending and extending from two opposite ends of the first fixing portion, a second fixing portion extending from an end of the first elastic arm in a direction away from a geometric center of the first fixing portion, and a third fixing portion extending from an end of the second elastic arm in a direction away from the geometric center of the first fixing portion; both the second fixing portion and the third fixing portion are fixedly connected with the yoke.

US Pat. No. 10,596,592

METHOD FOR COATING A SUBSTRATE AND ALSO A COATING SYSTEM

SUSS MICROTEC LITHOGRAPHY...

1. A method for coating a substrate with a coating material, said method having the following steps:a) Providing said substrate,
b) Attaching said coating material to an upper side of said substrate, and
c) Generating a gas flow with an outflow device that is directed from an underside of said substrate to said upper side of said substrate, wherein said gas flow generates a negative pressure that prevents a bead of said coating material forming on an edge of said upper side of said substrate or a previously existing bead is removed by means of said gas flow, wherein the gas flow that is generated by the outflow device is guided partly past the side of the substrate without impinging on the upper side of the substrate such that the bead on the upper side of the substrate is removed or prevented due entirely to the negative pressure that is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,596,591

MATERIAL DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Red Devil Inc., Tulsa, O...

1. A material dispensing system comprising:a housing having a configuration capable of receiving a packaging containing a material therein;
at least one nozzle tip associated with said housing, said nozzle tip including a receiving end, and a dispensing end;
at least one piercing projection having a configuration capable of piercing the packaging and allowing the material in the packaging to be dispensed from said nozzle tip, said piercing projection including a piercing end, an exterior side, and an interior side defining at least one channel in said interior side and along a longitudinal axis of said piercing projection, said channel being in fluid communication with a hollow interior of said dispensing end; and
a packaging compression assembly having a configuration capable of compressing the packaging toward said piercing projection,
wherein said receiving end of said nozzle tip including an annular wall parallel with a longitudinal axis of said nozzle tip, said annular wall including a plurality of radially arranged internal ribs extending out therefrom and located between said annular wall and said exterior side of said piercing projection.

US Pat. No. 10,596,590

FLOW RESTRICTOR

DFUND LIMITED, Auckland ...

1. An apparatus for dispensing a viscous fluid, said apparatus comprising:a cartridge configured to be received in a dispensing mechanism, said cartridge containing the viscous fluid and comprising an outlet structure through which said viscous fluid can be expressed under application of an external pressure from said dispensing mechanism;
a nozzle engageable with the outlet structure of said cartridge;
wherein the openable or opened outlet structure is adapted to provide on opening an outlet aperture having a size of area A;
and wherein the nozzle has or is adapted to be cut to provide a nozzle outlet of area B, area B being greater than or equal to area A;
wherein there are steps, grooves, notches or other markings or profile features on an outer surface of the outlet structure to:
indicate the various positions at which the cutting plane can be located to achieve the desired outlet aperture size; and/or
assist in the accurate cutting or removal of material from the outlet structure in a plane located at a particular position;
wherein the nozzle converges towards the nozzle outlet;
wherein the nozzle is conical and has a smallest diameter at the nozzle outlet; and
wherein at least one of an inner surface or the outer surface of said outlet structure comprises a series of one or two or more concentric cylindrical protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,589

HOLD DOWN DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SECURING MOVABLE VEHICLE PANELS DURING PROCESSING

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. A device for securing a movable panel relative to a vehicle body, the device comprising:a housing defining a bore and a slot;
a plunger including a shaft and a clamp extending radially outward from the shaft, the shaft extending through the bore and coupled to the housing for relative axial and rotational movement;
a handle fixedly coupled to the shaft and extending through the slot; and
a spring biasing the clamp toward the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,588

ADHESIVE MELTER HAVING PUMP MOUNTED INTO HEATED HOUSING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An adhesive melter subassembly, comprising:a heated housing defining an elongate bore;
a pump including a pump body having an elongate body portion shaped for insertion into the elongate bore of the heated housing, an upper seal portion abutting a top surface of said heated housing and preventing adhesive leakage from the elongate bore during operation of said pump, and an actuation section outside of the elongate bore when the elongate body portion is inserted into the elongate bore;
a heated reservoir comprising one or more fins and being configured to heat adhesive pellets, wherein the heated reservoir is in fluid communication with the pump body via a flow path under the heated reservoir and the pump such that pump body receives melted adhesive from the heated reservoir;
a heating element configured to generate heat energy for adhesive in the pump;
a subassembly cover covering and at least partially insulating the heated housing, the pump, and the heated reservoir; and
a top end of a cyclone separator unit extending out of the subassembly cover, the cyclone separator unit configured to receive the adhesive pellets from a fill system.

US Pat. No. 10,596,587

PRIMER DEVICE AND APPLICATION SYSTEM APPLYING THE DEVICE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A primer device including a brush in order to apply a primer, the primer device comprising:a Methyl Ethyl Ketone tank configured to store a Methyl Ethyl Ketone solution and having a brush inlet formed on an upper surface thereon to receive the brush therein,
wherein the Methyl Ethyl Ketone tank includes a washing unit configured to apply pressure to both sides of the brush such that remaining Methyl Ethyl Ketone solution is returned therein,
wherein the washing unit includes a pressing member to extract the Methyl Ethyl Ketone solution by applying pressure to opposing sides of the brush at an upper side of the brush inlet,
wherein the pressing member includes:
a pair of operating members that reciprocate in a center direction of the brush inlet;
a pair of connection portions connected to the pair of operating members; and
a pair of rollers connected to the connection portion and configured to transmit pressure from the pair of operating members into the brush,
wherein each of the pair of rollers is formed in a cylindrical shape, and
wherein the pair of rollers are configured to be rotated in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the pair of operating members reciprocate when the brush is compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,586

DEVICE FOR RECOVERING ENERGY FROM EXHAUST AIR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An energy recovery device for recovering energy from exhaust air which flows through a discharge line, the device comprising:a heat exchanger device including a first heat exchanger unit, a second heat exchanger unit, and a heat pump, wherein:
the first heat exchanger unit and the second heat exchanger unit are arranged along an exhaust air flow direction of the discharge line with the second heat exchanger unit being downstream of the first heat exchanger unit, such that the exhaust air flows from the discharge line through the first heat exchanger unit and the second heat exchanger unit and exists from an outlet of the second heat exchanger unit.
a high-temperature side of the heat pump is connected to the first heat exchanger unit and the heat pump is arranged at a low-temperature side of the exhaust air flow direction downstream of the first heat exchanger unit; and
a low-temperature side of the heat pump is connected to the second heat exchanger unit, a first portion of heat being removed from the exhaust air in the first heat exchanger to the high-temperature side of the heat pump, a second portion of heat being removed from the exhaust air in the second heat exchanger to the low-temperature side of the heat pump.