US Pat. No. 10,654,372

CONTROLLING POWER TO A UTILITY VEHICLE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

20. A method of controlling power delivery to loads of a utility vehicle, the method comprising:while a solid-state switch is closed to carry low current from a lithium battery to a set of low power loads of the utility vehicle and while the lithium battery has a normal state of charge state, closing an electro-mechanical contactor to provide a set of high current paths between the lithium battery and an electric motor of the utility vehicle;
while the solid-state switch is still closed to continue carrying low current from the lithium battery to the set of low power loads of the utility vehicle and while the lithium battery continues to have the normal state of charge state, opening the electro-mechanical contactor to no longer provide the set of high current paths between the lithium battery and the electric motor of the utility vehicle; and
after opening the electro-mechanical contactor and in response to a transition of the lithium battery from the normal state of charge state to a low state of charge state, opening the solid-state switch to prevent further discharging of the lithium battery.

US Pat. No. 10,654,371

CHARGING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A charging apparatus for an electric vehicle, the charging apparatus comprising:a motor configured to generate a power to drive the electric vehicle;
an inverter configured to supply a power to the motor;
an alternating current (AC) power input stage configured to receive an AC input power from one of a single-phase AC power or a multi-phase AC power;
a power factor corrector having a single three-leg half bridge circuit configured to receive the AC input power through the AC power input stage;
a link capacitor configured to be charged through at least one of combinations of the power factor corrector, the motor, and the inverter;
a switch network including a first switch and a second switch, wherein the first switch is configured to connect an AC power input line or a neutral line of the AC power input stage to the power factor corrector, and the second switch is configured to selectively connect the AC power input stage to the power factor corrector, the link capacitor, the motor, or the inverter; and
a controller configured to control the power factor corrector and the switch network based on a condition of the AC input power received through the AC power input stage.

US Pat. No. 10,654,370

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FLEXIBLE DC FAST CHARGING OF AN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An electrified vehicle comprising:a reconfigurable energy storage system configured to receive a charging current while the electrified vehicle is charging, the reconfigurable energy storage system comprising a first rechargeable energy storage device and a second rechargeable energy storage device; and
an inverter selectively and electrically connected to the reconfigurable energy storage system, the inverter being configured to receive a direct current power from the reconfigurable energy storage system while the electric vehicle is moving, and generate a multi-phase alternating current from the direct current power to propel the electrified vehicle, wherein:
the first rechargeable energy storage device and the second rechargeable energy storage device are connected in series while the electrified vehicle is charging;
the first rechargeable energy storage device and the second rechargeable energy storage device are charged with the charging current while the electrified vehicle is charging;
the first rechargeable energy storage device and the second rechargeable energy storage device are connected in parallel while the electrified vehicle is moving; and
the direct current power is transferred from the reconfigurable energy storage system to the inverter while the electrified vehicle is moving.

US Pat. No. 10,654,369

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESSORY TO INCREASE POWER SUPPLY AND REDUCE FUEL REQUIREMENTS

HYLIION INC., Cedar Park...

1. An apparatus for use in a tractor-trailer vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a first electric motor-generator;
a first wheel coupled with the first electric motor-generator to provide, in a first mode of operation, a motive rotational force at the first wheel to supplement the primary motive forces, and to provide, in a second mode of operation, a regenerative braking force;
an energy store from which energy is supplied to power the first electric motor-generator in the first mode of operation and to which energy is supplied by regenerative braking in the second mode of operation; and
a controller in communication with the first electric motor-generator, the controller to:
receive sensor inputs from a plurality of different types of sensors, compare the plurality of sensor inputs to predetermined, corresponding threshold values, and
control the first electric motor-generator to select one of the first mode of operation, the second mode of operation, or a third mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,368

ADAPTIVE EV PEDAL STROKE

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. An vehicle control system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle control unit configured to control a flow of power from a battery of the vehicle to an electric motor of the vehicle;
a variable input control in electrical communication with the vehicle control unit and configured to receive inputs transitioning the variable input control among multiple control positions, each one of the control positions corresponding to a different amount of power being supplied to the electric motor by the battery; and
a storage device configured to store an amount of power supplied to the electric motor at a given time; and
wherein the vehicle control unit is further configured to send signals to adjust the amount of power delivered from the battery to the electric motor for one or more of the control positions to obtain a control position located within a central range of the variable input control, the control position corresponding to an average amount of power stored in the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,654,367

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front room disposed at a front part of the vehicle in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a fuel cell stack disposed in the front room, the fuel cell stack including multiple cells stacked in the longitudinal direction;
a bumper reinforcement disposed at a front part of the front room in the longitudinal direction;
a buffer member disposed within a range between a front end of the fuel cell stack and the bumper reinforcement in the longitudinal direction; and
an auxiliary-device component disposed between the bumper reinforcement and the buffer member, wherein
at least a part of the buffer member overlaps with the bumper reinforcement, as viewed from a direction along the longitudinal direction,
the buffer member includes a first buffer portion and a second buffer portion, the second buffer portion having a lower durable load in the longitudinal direction than a durable load of the first buffer portion in the longitudinal direction,
the first buffer portion and the second buffer portion are arranged adjacent to each other, and
the first buffer portion is disposed within a range corresponding to an outline of the bumper reinforcement, as viewed from the direction along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,366

METHOD FOR MANAGING THE CHARGE STATE OF A TRACTION BATTERY OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. A method for managing a state of charge of a battery including an activation of a float-charge phase of the battery, wherein the battery is intermittently charged with a view to maintaining the state of charge of the battery above a predetermined target state of charge value, the method comprising:determining whether critical conditions of use of the battery preventing the state of charge of the battery from being maintained above the predetermined target state of charge value are detected, the determining including estimating a maximum charging power to supply to the battery based on current driving conditions of a vehicle and electrical energy supplied by the battery to power an on-board low-voltage electrical system of the vehicle, and comparing the estimated maximum charging power with a predefined power threshold of the critical conditions of use of the battery;
increasing the predetermined target state of charge value, when the critical conditions of use of the battery are detected;
maintaining the state of charge of the battery above the predetermined target state of charge value by activating the battery float-charge phase; and
maintaining the predetermined target state of charge value at a constant value, when the critical conditions of use of the battery are not detected,
wherein the estimating of the maximum charging power is based on a maximum mechanical power of the internal combustion engine, a maximum battery charging power, a power consumed by a DC/DC converter for the low-voltage electrical system of the vehicle to be supplied from energy taken on the battery, a mechanical power for traction, and an efficiency of an electrical machine.

US Pat. No. 10,654,365

BIFURCATED BALANCED ELECTROMAGNETIC RESONATOR

Aptiv Technologies Limite...

1. A bifurcated electromagnetic resonator, comprising:a first coil;
a second coil, wherein the first coil is disposed within and surrounded by the second coil and wherein the first coil is connected in series and is co-planar with the second coil; and
a matching network comprising passive electronic components, wherein said matching network is connected in series with and intermediate to the first coil and the second coil and wherein a first inductance value of the first coil is substantially equal to a second inductance value of the second coil.

US Pat. No. 10,654,364

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A system comprising:a first charging pad electrically connected to a first system, the first charging pad being configured to transmit an energy by an electromagnetic field;
a second charging pad electrically connected to a second system, the second charging pad configured to receive at least a portion of the energy from the first charging pad;
an electronic compass configured to provide alignment data of the first and second charging pads; and
a PLC (power line communications) connection configured to communicate data between the first system and the second system, wherein the PLC connection is configured to use the electromagnetic field between the first charging pad and the second charging pad to communicate the data between the first system and the second system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,363

RECHARGING INSTALLATION FOR THE ELECTRIC CONDUCTION RECHARGING OF A VEHICLE

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

12. An installation for electric conduction recharging, comprising:an on board device, provided on board a vehicle equipped with an electric energy storage means, the on-board device being electrically connected to the electric energy storage means and equipped with two electric contacts consisting of a first phase contact and a first neutral contact; and
a ground device, provided on the ground, configured to cooperate with the on board device, the ground device being connected to an electric power source and equipped with two electric contacts consisting of a second phase contact and a second neutral contact, each of the electric contacts of the ground device being able to make contact with a corresponding one of the electric contacts of the on board device,
the on board device and the ground device being configured to apply an electric recharging power delivered by the electric power source to the electric energy storage means,
the first neutral contact being electrically connected to a chassis of the vehicle, and
the second neutral contact of the ground device being electrically connected to a ground connection; and
a ground connection controlling means for checking, during operational application of the electric recharging power to the electric energy storage means, that i) the first neutral contact of the on board device is in electrical contact with the second neutral contact of the ground device and ii) that the first phase contact of the on board device is in electric contact with the second phase contact of the ground device,
the ground connection controlling means including:
a transmitter, equipped with one of the ground device and the on board device, that applies an electric test signal to an electric circuit including the first and second phase contacts and the first and second neutral contacts, and
a receiver, equipped with the other of the ground device and the on board device, that receives the electric test signal only when an effective contact exists between the first and second phase contacts and an effective contact between the first and second neutral contacts, and that transmits a signal of reception of the electric test signal towards the transmitter,
wherein the ground device disconnects itself from the electric power source when the electric test signal transmitted by the transmitter is not received by the receiver, or when the signal of reception of the electric test signal transmitted by the receiver is either not received by the transmitter or is indicative of a break of the electric contact between the first and second neutral contacts or the first and second phase contacts,
wherein the on board device includes a connection between the first phase contact and the first neutral contact, consisting of a wave trap circuit in series with a primary of a first transformer, a secondary of said first transformer connected to the receiver, and
wherein the ground device includes a connection between the second phase contact and the second neutral contact, consisting of a wave trap circuit in series with a primary of a second transformer, a secondary of said second transformer connected to the transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,654,362

TRAVELING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when traveling, the traveling apparatus comprising:a front wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the front wheel;
a rear wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the rear wheel;
a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by changing relative positions of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member by the user's force of operation, wherein the user's force of operation includes changing a magnitude and/or angle of force on at least one of a handlebar or a step of the traveling apparatus thereby causing a change in the relative positions; wherein the user's force of operation includes changing a user's weight on at least one of a handlebar or a step of the traveling apparatus;
a command accept unit configured to accept a command for traveling forward or backward from the user; and
a control unit configured to, while the command accept unit accepts the command for traveling forward, control the driving unit to drive the traveling apparatus to travel forward based on a forward target speed associated with the wheel base length in such a way that the greater the wheel base length, the greater the forward target speed becomes, and while the command accept unit accepts the command for traveling backward, control the driving unit to drive the traveling apparatus to travel backward based on a backward target speed associated with the wheel base length.

US Pat. No. 10,654,361

ACCELERATOR PEDAL FOR VEHICLE WHICH HAS HYSTERESIS

KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. An accelerator pedal for a vehicle, the accelerator pedal comprising:a housing;
a cylindrical hinge which is connected to the housing;
a main pedal arm which is coupled to one side of the hinge and rotates in a first direction in contact with a first action point of the one side of the hinge when a predetermined force is applied, wherein the first action point is located in a region within an outer circumference of the one side of the hinge in which friction occurs by contacting the main pedal arm and the hinge;
an auxiliary pedal arm which is coupled to another side of the hinge and rotates in a second direction in contact with a second action point of the other side of the hinge by an elastic force when the force applied to the main pedal arm is removed, wherein the second action point is located in a region within an outer circumference of the other side of the hinge in which friction occurs by contacting the auxiliary pedal arm and the hinge; and
a spring which is coupled to a bottom of one end of the auxiliary pedal arm and applies the elastic force to the auxiliary pedal arm;
wherein the main pedal arm comprises a receiving recess formed in a lower portion thereof fixed to the housing, and wherein the main pedal arm comprises through-holes to which the hinge is inserted and coupled and which are formed on both sides of the receiving recess; and
wherein the auxiliary pedal arm is inserted into the receiving recess, wherein an insertion recess to which the spring is inserted and coupled is formed in a lower portion of one end of the auxiliary pedal arm, and wherein a contact surface which has a predetermined curvature so as to come in contact with the outer circumference of the other side of the hinge is formed in an upper portion of the other end of the auxiliary pedal arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,360

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A four-wheel drive vehicle switchable between a four-wheel drive mode and a two-wheel drive mode, the four-wheel drive mode transmitting a drive force from a drive source to both a pair of main drive wheels and a pair of auxiliary drive wheels, the two-wheel drive mode transmitting the drive force to only the pair of main drive wheels, the four-wheel drive vehicle comprising:a propeller shaft that transmits the drive force to the pair of auxiliary drive wheels in the four-wheel drive mode;
a dog clutch including a pair of meshable members that are rotatable relative to each other, the dog clutch selectively interrupting transmission of the drive force from the drive source to the propeller shaft;
a first multi-plate clutch that selectively interrupts transmission of the drive force from the propeller shaft to a first auxiliary drive wheel of the pair of auxiliary drive wheels;
a second multi-plate clutch that selectively interrupts transmission of the drive force from the propeller shaft to a second auxiliary drive wheel of the pair of auxiliary drive wheels;
a first piston that axially presses the first multi-plate clutch;
a second piston that axially presses the second multi-plate clutch;
a hydraulic circuit including a hydraulic pump and a plurality of control valves, the hydraulic circuit supplying, through the plurality of control valves, hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump to first and second cylinder chambers that are provided respectively for the first and second pistons; and
a control device that controls the dog clutch and the hydraulic circuit, wherein
during travel of the four-wheel drive vehicle in the two-wheel drive mode, the control device stops rotation of the propeller shaft by disengaging the dog clutch, the first multi-plate clutch, and the second multi-plate clutch,
during a transition from the two-wheel drive mode to the four-wheel drive mode, the control device increases a speed of the rotation of the propeller shaft by using torque transmitted from the first auxiliary drive wheel through the first multi-plate clutch so as to achieve rotational synchronization between the pair of meshable members, and brings the pair of meshable members into mesh with each other after the rotational synchronization is achieved, and
during the transition, the control device keeps the second multi-plate clutch from transmitting torque that increases the speed of the rotation of the propeller shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,654,359

FINAL TRANSMISSION FOR AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL MOTOR VEHICLES

CARRARO S.p.A., Campodar...

1. A final transmission for agricultural and industrial motor vehicles, comprising:a differential assembly comprising a support structure and a differential that transmits an incoming motion to an intermediate transmission shaft;
a transfer unit comprising a final shaft that receives the motion of said intermediate transmission shaft and transmits it to a respective driving wheel;
a toothed output wheel integral to said intermediate transmission shaft which engages respectively with an internally toothed crown wheel integral to said final shaft and with an intermediate toothed wheel, wherein said intermediate toothed wheel is coaxial with said toothed crown wheel; and
at least one toothed support wheel which engages with said internally toothed crown wheel and with said intermediate toothed wheel, said toothed support wheel and said intermediate toothed wheel being rotatably supported on said support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,358

TRANSMISSION FOR AN ELECTRIC OR HYBRID DRIVE MECHANISM

DTI Group B.V., Eindhove...

1. A transmission for an electric drive mechanism, said transmission having an input which can be connected to an electromotor/generator, and an output which can be connected to a load, said transmission comprisesa first planetary gear set including three rotational members, of which a first rotational member is formed by a sun gear that is directly connected to the input, a second rotational member is formed by a carrier that is directly connected to the output and on which planet gears are present, and a third rotational member is formed by an annulus gear that is connected to a first brake,
a second planetary gear set including three rotational members, of which a first rotational member is directly connected to the input, a second rotational member is directly connected to the output, and a third rotational member is connected to a second brake,
and a clutch between two out of the three rotational members of one of the first planetary gear set and the second planetary gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,654,357

VEHICLE COMPARTMENT LOWER PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle compartment lower portion structure, comprising:a cylindrical hydrogen tank housed under a floor tunnel which is disposed at a center in a vehicle width direction of a floor panel so as to extend along a vehicle front-back direction and protrude upward along a height direction, the hydrogen tank including a casing having a load bearing property;
a seat cross member disposed on a side of the hydrogen tank so as to extend along the vehicle width direction; and
a seat pipe joined to the seat cross member and disposed so as to extend along the vehicle width direction,
wherein the seat pipe and the seat cross member are arranged within a height of the hydrogen tank in a vehicle height direction, and also respectively located above and below a lateral end point of the hydrogen tank, the lateral end point being the most outwardly protruded point in the vehicle width direction of the hydrogen tank.

US Pat. No. 10,654,356

TANK COVER, IN PARTICULAR AN SCR CLOSURE

REUTTER GMBH, Leutenbach...

1. Tank cover for mounting on a filler neck of a container, comprising a grip cap, a threaded part and a locking mechanism which is provided between the grip cap and the threaded part, the locking mechanism being formed by latching noses and by elastically deformable latching lugs interacting therewith, the latching lugs being integrally formed on either of the threaded part or grip cap and the latching noses being integrally formed on either of the grip cap or the threaded part, respectively, characterized in that the latching lugs are formed on or in the vicinity of a thread turn of the threaded part, wherein the latching noses comprise an entraining surface extending in parallel with the central longitudinal axis of the grip cap and running obliquely to the circumferential and radial direction, and an entraining surface extending in parallel with the central longitudinal axis of the grip cap and running in the radial direction, and in that the latching lugs comprise corresponding noses which project in the radial direction and comprise an entraining surface extending in parallel with the central longitudinal axis of the threaded part and running obliquely to the circumferential and radial direction, and an entraining surface extending in parallel with the central longitudinal axis of the threaded part and running in the radial direction, the oblique entraining surfaces of the latching lugs and latching noses interacting when the tank cover is rotated in the closing direction, and the entraining surfaces of the latching lugs and latching noses running in the radial direction interacting when the tank cover is rotated counter to the closing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,355

NOZZLE FOR FILLING A FUEL TANK, COMPRISING A LIQUID-VAPOUR SEPARATOR HAVING TWO POSITIONS

PLASTIC OMNIUM ADVANCED I...

1. A filler neck of a fuel tank comprising:a receiving pipe to receive a filling nozzle; and
a liquid-vapor separator, comprising a hollow body into which a single vapor flow inlet pipe from the fuel tank, a drainage pipe flowing into the receiving pipe, and a vapor outlet pipe open, the hollow body including separating means allowing extraction of droplets present in the vapor flow such that they flow into the drainage pipe;
wherein the separating means comprises at least one wall movable between a first and a second configuration such that:
in the first configuration, the movable wall is disposed substantially vertically and together with walls of the hollow body forms a path in which the vapor flow passing from the inlet pipe to the outlet pipe is forced to circulate along said movable wall so that fuel droplets contained in the vapor are deposited on the movable wall and flow by gravity to the receiving pipe; and
in the second configuration, the movable wall is arranged to define a passage in which the vapor flow circulates from the inlet pipe to the outlet pipe along a path avoiding all or part of the path taken by the vapors when the movable wall is in the first configuration, a cross-section of the passage being arranged such that load loss suffered by the vapor flow circulating in the hollow body between the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe is strictly smaller than that suffered by a same vapor flow when the movable wall is in the first configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,654,354

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. A hydraulic system of a utility vehicle including a tractor vehicle and a trailer, comprising:an auxiliary drive;
a hydraulic pump; and
a first valve arrangement;
wherein, in an operating mode, the auxiliary drive is supplied with hydraulic energy by the hydraulic pump via the first valve arrangement;
wherein, in addition to the auxiliary drive, the hydraulic pump supplies at least one further hydraulically operated system with hydraulic energy;
wherein the hydraulic pump is arranged on the tractor vehicle, and wherein the auxiliary drive is arranged on the trailer, which is able to be coupled to the tractor vehicle;
wherein two auxiliary drives are arranged on in each case one wheel suspension of the trailer;
wherein a second valve arrangement is arranged on the trailer and designed for setting the running direction of the auxiliary drive; and
wherein the first and second valve arrangements are configured either for supplying the two auxiliary drives with equal hydraulic energy, or are configured for supplying one of the drives with more hydraulic energy than the other auxiliary drive according to journey and state of movement of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,353

VEHICLE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle operated by a driver comprising:an engine;
drive wheels;
a first rotating machine;
a transmission mechanism including;
a plurality of rotating elements including a first rotating element coupled to the engine, a second rotating element coupled to the first rotating machine, and a third rotating element coupled to the drive wheels such that the third rotating element is able to transmit torque to the drive wheels,
a first engagement mechanism configured to selectively couple two rotating elements of the plurality of rotating elements, and
a second engagement mechanism configured to selectively couple two rotating elements of the plurality of rotating elements; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the engine, the first rotating machine, the first engagement mechanism, and the second engagement mechanism,
the electronic control unit configured to set a low mode by controlling the first engagement mechanism to an engaged state, and controlling the second engagement mechanism to a released state, the low mode is a mode in which a torque proportion is equal to a first predetermined value, the torque proportion being a proportion of torque transmitted to the third rotating element to torque output from the engine;
the electronic control unit configured to set a high mode by controlling the second engagement mechanism to an engaged state, and controlling the first engagement mechanism to a released state, the high mode is a mode in which the torque proportion is equal to a second predetermined value that is smaller than the first predetermined value,
the electronic control unit configured to set a direct-coupling mode by controlling the first engagement mechanism and the second engagement mechanism to the engaged state, the direct-coupling mode is a mode in which differential operation of the plurality of rotating elements is restricted,
the electronic control unit configured to perform first switching control when there is a request for switching from the low mode to the high mode, the first switching control including
i) releasing the first engagement mechanism,
ii) controlling the engine to a first predetermined rotational speed,
iii) controlling a rotational speed of the first rotating machine such that a difference between an input rotational speed and an output rotational speed of the second engagement mechanism becomes equal to or smaller than a first permissible value, and
iv) switching the second engagement mechanism to the engaged state, when the difference between the input rotational speed and the output rotational speed of the second engagement mechanism is equal to or smaller than the first permissible value; and
the electronic control unit configured to perform second switching control when there is a request for switching from the high mode to the low mode, the second switching control including
v) releasing the second engagement mechanism,
vi) controlling the engine to a second predetermined rotational speed,
vii) controlling the rotational speed of the first rotating machine such that a difference between an input rotational speed and an output rotational speed of the first engagement mechanism becomes equal to or smaller than a second permissible value, and
viii) switching the first engagement mechanism to the engaged state, when the difference between the input rotational speed and the output rotational speed of the first engagement mechanism is equal to or smaller than the second permissible value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,352

ENGINE MOUNT EMBEDDED WITH DAMPER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine mount which couples an engine to a vehicle body, comprising:a housing which defines a body of the engine mount;
a main rubber body installed within the housing and defines a space portion that accommodates a fluid that flows through a nozzle plate;
a core inserted into and fixed to the main rubber body;
a fixing bolt coupled to the core;
a lower support bracket into which the fixing bolt is inserted, wherein the lower support bracket is coupled to the vehicle body; and
a damper disposed at a lower side of the core and installed in the lower support bracket to allow the fixing bolt to penetrate the damper,
wherein the damper includes
a base formed in a flat plate shape and penetrated by the fixing bolt;
a washer coupled to an upper side of the base and having an upper plate and a body that extends downward from the upper plate; and
a base rubber body attached to a surface of the base, and
wherein a washer rubber body is attached to an outer circumferential surface of the body of the washer and a bottom surface of the upper plate of the washer, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,654,351

ROLL ROD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A roll rod for a vehicle comprising:a bracket including a front insulator, which is connected to a power train, installed on one end portion; and a rear insulator assembly installed on another end portion of the bracket,
wherein the rear insulator assembly comprises a rear insulator disposed on an inner side of a rear mounting portion defined on the another end portion of the bracket, and a core penetrating the rear insulator and fastened to a vehicle body,
wherein at least one side portion of side portions of the rear insulator, which are disposed on both sides of a center portion of the rear insulator, comprises an inclined portion tapered toward an outside of the rear insulator, and
wherein the at least one side portion comprises a void configured as an empty space on front and rear sides of the at least side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,350

AUTOMATIC VEHICLE SUNSHADE SYSTEM

1. An automatically deploying sunshade system for a vehicle comprising:a) a canopy having an outer perimeter and a reflective upper surface;
b) a canopy enclosure for retaining the canopy when in a stored orientation said canopy enclosure comprising:
i) a top portion;
ii) a bottom portion; and
iii) a perimeter gap when the canopy is in a deployed orientation;
wherein the canopy is deployed from the perimeter gap;
c) a hub; and
d) a plurality of support members having a connected end connected to the hub and an extended end that extends out toward the outer perimeter of the canopy and is attached to the canopy;
wherein the plurality of support members are segmented flexible rods comprising:
a plurality of elongated supports;
an elastic tether extending within and coupling together the plurality of elongated supports;
wherein the plurality of support members are flexible and are coiled around the hub when the canopy is in said stored orientation within the canopy enclosure;
wherein the plurality of support members have stored energy when coiled around the hub and wherein the plurality of support members automatically uncoil from the hub to deploy the canopy to a deployed orientation; and
e) a motor coupled to the hub to turn the hub and retract the canopy and support members from a deployed orientation to a stored orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,349

SEALING STRUCTURE FOR AUTOMOBILE DOOR

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A sealing structure for an automobile door, the automobile door comprising:a roll sash which extends in a longitudinal direction, the roll sash being roll-formed, the roll sash including a projection on an inner-cabin side surface of an upper end periphery thereof;
a press sash which extends upwardly from a door belt line and turns in the longitudinal direction, the press sash being press-molded, the press sash including an upper end periphery, the upper end periphery being free from a projection on an inner-cabin side surface thereof;
the press sash being joined to the roll sash to form an upper part of a door sash;
a decorative molding which extends in the longitudinal direction, the decorative molding configured to cover the upper end periphery of the roll sash and the upper end periphery of the press sash from an exterior of the automobile; and
a weather strip which includes:
a hollow seal member and an outer seal lip which are configured to make elastic contact with a door opening edge of an automobile body when the automobile door is in a closed position;
an installation base member configured to operably couple to an outer circumferential edge on an upper side of the door sash, the installation base member including an outer-cabin side end;
a rib-shaped protrusion which extends outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile relative to the outer-cabin side end, the outer-cabin side end and the rib-shaped protrusion configured to clasp the projection of the roll sash therebetween; and
an upper part protrusion which extends outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile relative to the rib-shaped protrusion, the upper part protrusion configured to make close contact with an upper part of the decorative molding.

US Pat. No. 10,654,348

LID OF A VEHICLE ROOF HAVING AN INSERT FOR A MOULDED PLASTIC PORTION

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A lid member of a vehicle roof, comprising:a plate-like lid body having an inner and an outer large face, to which a moulded plastic portion has been moulded,
the moulded plastic portion configured to receive an insert which is embodied as a hollow body, and which rests against the inner large face of the lid body,
wherein the insert has an abutment flange, which limits a hollow space opening and which is provided with a circumferential sealing rib, which is integral with the insert as a simile piece, and which rests against the inner large face of the lid body.

US Pat. No. 10,654,347

HEMMING STRUCTURE FOR HYBRID-TYPE DOOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A structure for a door, comprising:an inner panel; and
an outer panel made of different material from the inner panel,
wherein an end portion of the inner panel is hemmed by an end portion of the outer panel with the end portion of the inner panel and the end portion of the outer panel being brought into contact with each other,
wherein the inner panel and the outer panel are configured to be brought into contact with each other to form an inner contact area and an outer contact area, a sealer is applied to the inner contact area only among the inner contact area and the outer contact area, and corresponding portions of the inner panel and the outer panel at the outer contact area are directly in face to face contact with each other,
wherein the sealer comprises a first sealer that is curable at a first curing temperature and a second sealer that is curable at a second curing temperature, and
wherein the first sealer is applied to form a first layer and the second sealer are applied to form a second layer, and the first layer and the second layer are adjacent to each other in a horizontal direction along the inner contact area.

US Pat. No. 10,654,346

FOLDING/RETRACTABLE PICKUP TRUCK BOX COVER

PERAGON ENTERPRISES, INC....

1. A retractable cover system for covering a pickup truck box, the retractable cover system comprising:a first rail including a first track portion with a first cutout;
a second rail including a second track portion with a second cutout;
a first lateral guide surface positioned on the first rail;
a second lateral guide surface positioned on the second rail;
a plurality of panels extending between a first side and a second side and pivotally attached to one another at a plurality of pivots;
at least one first roller attached to the first side of the plurality of panels, the at least one first roller laterally positioned to ride along the first track portion and pass through the first cutout;
at least one second roller attached to the second side of the plurality of panels, the at least one second roller laterally positioned to ride along the second track portion and pass through the second cutout;
a plurality of third rollers attached to the first side of the plurality of panels, the plurality of third rollers laterally positioned to ride along the first track portion but not pass through the first cutout, wherein one of the third rollers extends outwards from the first side of the plurality of panels further than the remaining third rollers and laterally engages the first lateral guide surface to laterally guide the plurality of panels;
a plurality of fourth rollers attached to the second side of the plurality of panels, the plurality of fourth rollers laterally positioned to ride along the second track portion but not pass through the second cutout, wherein one of the fourth rollers extends outwards from the second side of the plurality of panels further than the remaining fourth rollers and laterally engages the second lateral guide surface to laterally guide the plurality of panels;
a first ramp continuing from the cutout in the first rail;
a second ramp continuing from the cutout in the second rail;
a first jacking screw threadingly engaged with the first ramp and adapted for engagement with a first side wall of the pickup truck box; and
a second jacking screw threadingly engaged with the second ramp and adapted for engagement with a second side wall of the pickup truck box;
wherein the ramps are initially positioned outwardly out of alignment with the rollers and are adjustable for aligning the ramps with the plurality of third and fourth rollers; and
wherein the first jacking screw bends the first ramp inwardly to align with first corresponding rollers of the plurality of third rollers when turned, and wherein the second jacking screw bends the second ramp inwardly to align with second corresponding rollers of the plurality of fourth rollers when turned.

US Pat. No. 10,654,345

OPENING/CLOSING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBA Corporation, Gun...

1. An opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle configured to open and close an opening/closing body, the opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a guide rail configured to movably support the opening/closing body;
a driving apparatus installed on the opening/closing body;
a cable guide installed along the guide rail;
a first cable wound or let out by the driving apparatus and having a tip fixed to one side of the cable guide in a longitudinal direction of the cable guide;
a second cable wound or let out by the driving apparatus and having a tip fixed to the other side of the cable guide in the longitudinal direction of the cable guide; and
a cable holding groove configured in the cable guide and configured to hold the first cable and the second cable,
wherein a cross-sectional shape of the cable holding groove in a direction crossing the longitudinal direction of the cable guide is an arc shape configured to be in surface contact with the first cable and the second cable.

US Pat. No. 10,654,344

MOTORIZED DOORS AND RELATED METHODS

Girard Guard, LLC, San C...

1. A motorized door assembly for a recreational vehicle, comprising:a housing having a housing body with four sidewalls defining a housing opening for accessing a housing cavity, the housing cavity being sized and shaped to accommodate one or more components therein;
a frame comprising four frame sides and a flange fitted over the housing opening with the four frame sides positioned snugly against or adjacent the four sidewalls of the housing;
a door having an exterior surface and an interior surface facing the housing cavity when the door is in a door closed position, said door being rotatable relative to the housing about a door pivot axis, the door covering the housing opening and concealing the housing cavity in the door closed position and revealing the housing cavity in a door open position;
a motor comprising a motor head fixed to the housing and a motor adapter rotatably coupled to the motor head about a motor rotation axis, the motor rotation axis and the door pivot axis being offset from one another; and
an arm coupled to the door and the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,654,343

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE DOOR GLASS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A wireless power transfer system for a vehicle door glass, wirelessly supplying power to a plurality of electric loads provided on the vehicle door glass, the wireless power transfer system comprising:a power transmitter including:
a first converter configured for converting DC power of a battery into AC power;
a transmitting coil configured for wirelessly transmitting the AC power received from the first converter;
a transmitter controller configured for controlling a power level to be output from the first converter;
a board on which the first converter, the transmitting coil, and the transmitter controller are mounted; and
a power receiver including:
a receiving coil configured for wirelessly receiving the AC power from the transmitting coil;
a second converter connected to the receiving coil;
a receiver controller configured for controlling a power level to be output from the second converter; and
a body on which the receiving coil, the second converter, and the receiver controller are mounted,
wherein the board of the power transmitter is mounted on a vehicle door,
wherein the body of the power receiver is mounted on the door glass, and
wherein the body has a coupler which is coupled to a bottom end portion of the door glass.

US Pat. No. 10,654,342

PROTECTIVE WINDSCREEN ARRANGEMENT

1. A shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement for a vehicle cab, the shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement comprises:a transparent polymer windscreen having a height and a width, and
a metal frame comprising:
an inner portion at least partially extending on an inside of the transparent polymer windscreen and being curved along a surface facing the transparent polymer windscreen, the inner portion is configured to receive screws for fixating the transparent polymer windscreen,
an outer portion, at least partially extending on an outside of the transparent polymer windscreen, wherein
the transparent polymer windscreen comprises through holes adapted to receive fixating screws for fixating the transparent polymer windscreen to the inner portion of the metal frame,
the outer portion overlaps the transparent polymer windscreen with at least 0.5% of the height (Hw) of the transparent polymer windscreen,
the through holes having a cross sectional area being at least 1.5 times larger than the cross sectional area of the screws, enabling movement between the inner portion and the transparent polymer windscreen, and
wherein the shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement further comprises an additional transparent polymer windscreen placed on the outside of the transparent polymer windscreen,
the shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement further comprising:
a spacer configured to be placed in-between the transparent polymer windscreen and the additional transparent polymer windscreen interconnecting edge portions thereof, such that an enclosed space is formed between the transparent polymer windscreen, the additional transparent polymer windscreen and the spacer, and
wherein the spacer comprises a desiccant for removing moisture present in the enclosed space.

US Pat. No. 10,654,341

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PASSAGE OF REFRIGERANT THROUGH EUTECTIC PLATES AND AN EVAPORATOR OF A REFRIGERATION SYSTEM FOR A CONTAINER OF A VEHICLE

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A system comprising:a mode module configured to determine whether to operate in an engine mode or a battery mode based on a plurality of parameters;
an engine module configured to, while operating in the engine mode, (i) run a compressor of a vehicle at a first speed, and (ii) permit passage of refrigerant through eutectic plates independent of the temperature within a temperature controlled container of the vehicle; and
a battery module configured to, while operating in the battery mode and based on the temperature within the temperature controlled container of the vehicle, (i) run the compressor at a second speed, and (ii) prevent passage of the refrigerant through the eutectic plates,
wherein the second speed is less than or equal to the first speed,
wherein, while operating in the engine mode, a battery of the vehicle is charged using power received from at least one of a first electrical source driven by an engine of the vehicle or of a second electrical source driven by a solar panel, wherein the first electrical source is an alternator or a generator, and
wherein, while operating in the battery mode, the battery is not being charged from either the first electrical source or a shore power source.

US Pat. No. 10,654,340

AIR-CONDITIONING DEVICE

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An air-conditioning device comprising:a heating cycle configured to circulate heating medium through a heater core, the heater core being configured to heat blown air;
an auxiliary heating device configured to heat the heating medium by an electric heater;
a refrigeration cycle configured to circulate cooling medium discharged from a compressor through a condenser, the condenser being configured to heat the heating medium;
refrigeration cycle control means configured to operate the refrigeration cycle such that temperature of the heating medium reaches target heating-medium temperature;
an auxiliary heating device control means configured to operate the auxiliary heating device such that the temperature of the heating medium reaches the target heating-medium temperature;
switching means configured to stop the operation of the refrigeration cycle in a state in which the temperature of the heating medium is equal to or higher than a threshold value;
target-heating-medium-temperature calculating means configured to calculate the target heating-medium temperature based on target blowout temperature of blown air, the target blowout temperature being set based on operating condition; and
target-cooling-medium-temperature calculating means configured to calculate target cooling medium temperature based on the target heating-medium temperature, wherein
the refrigeration cycle control means is configured to control the operation of the refrigeration cycle such that temperature of the cooling medium discharged from the compressor approaches the target cooling medium temperature, and
the auxiliary heating device control means is configured to control the operation of the auxiliary heating device such that the temperature of the heating medium approaches the target heating-medium temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,654,339

METHOD OF PAIRING A SENSOR NODE FOR A TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION SYSTEM USING AN ASSISTING DEVICE, AN ASSISTING DEVICE FOR PAIRING A SENSOR NODE AND A PAIRING SYSTEM FOR A TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A method of pairing a sensor node for a transport refrigeration system with a coordinator node using an assisting device in a communication network, the method comprising:the assisting device obtaining identification information of the sensor node;
the assisting device connecting with the coordinator node;
the assisting device transmitting the identification information of the sensor node to the coordinator node for the coordinator node to pair with the sensor node;
the assisting device receiving pairing status of the sensor node and the coordinator node in response to transmitting the identification information of the sensor node to the coordinator node; and
the assisting device indicating the pairing status.

US Pat. No. 10,654,338

AIR MIXING DAMPER ARRANGEMENT

MAHLE International GmbH,...

6. A method of controlling an air mixing damper arrangement, the method comprising:providing a first cooled air damper and a second heated air damper, the first damper having a first shaft having a first center of rotation and the second damper having a second shaft having a second center of rotation, the first center of rotation and the second center of rotation being identical, the first damper and the second damper being individually rotatable about a respective center of rotation,
actuating the first damper and the second damper by a cam plate, the first damper having a lever having a pin having a top level shape and a bottom level shape, the second damper having a lever having a first pin and a second pin, the first pin having a shape cooperating with the bottom level shape of the first damper,
wherein the cam plate has a first groove having a first top level tier and having a second bottom level tier,
wherein the cam has a second groove with one tier,
wherein an arrangement of the damper is such that the top level shape of the pin of the first damper is movable in the top level tier of the first groove, the bottom level shape of the pin of the first damper is movable in the bottom level tier of the first groove, the first pin of the second damper is movable in the bottom level tier of the first groove and the second pin of the second damper is movable in the second groove such that in a first angular range of rotation of the cam plate both the first damper and the second damper are actuated and in a second angular range of rotation of the cam plate only the first damper is actuated while the second damper is at least almost at rest,
wherein the top level tier of the first groove extends through the full actuation angle of the cam plate of both the first angular range and the second angular range of rotation of the cam plate such that the top level shape of the pin of the first damper is always located within the top level tier of the first groove,
wherein the bottom level tier of the first groove extends only partly through the full actuation angle of the cam plate and through the first angular range of rotation of the cam plate such that the bottom level shape of the pin of the first damper is only partly located within the bottom level tier of the first groove through the first angular range of rotation of the cam plate and partly located out of the bottom level tier of the first groove with respect to the actuation angle of the cam plate and through the second angular range of rotation of the cam plate,
wherein the bottom level tier of the first groove extends only partly through the full actuation angle of the cam plate and through the first angular range of rotation of the cam plate such that the first pin of the second damper is only partly located within the bottom level tier of the first groove through the first angular range of rotation of the cam plate and partly located out of the bottom level tier of the first groove with respect to the actuation angle of the cam plate through the second angular range of rotation of the cam plate,
wherein the second groove extends only partly through the full actuation angle of the cam plate through the second angular range of the cam plate such that the second pin of the second damper is only partly located within the second groove through the second angular range of the cam plate and partly located out of the second groove with respect to the actuation angle of the cam plate through the first angular range of the cam plate, and
wherein the first pin of the second damper undergoes a transition from a movement of the first pin within the first groove to a movement outside of the first groove or from a movement of the first pin outside of the first groove to within the first groove and the second pin of the second damper undergoes a transition from a movement of the second pin outside of the second groove to within the second groove and from a movement of the second pin within the second groove to a movement outside of the second groove, wherein the transitions for the first pin and the second pin happens at almost the same actuation angle of the cam plate at the transition from the first angular range of the cam plate to the second angular range of the cam plate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,337

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF AN ACCESSORY POWERED BY AN AUXILIARY POWER UNIT

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A method for controlling an accessory powered by an auxiliary power unit of a vehicle, the method comprising:a control module determining when a primary power source of a vehicle is deactivated;
the control module determining when an auxiliary power unit is activated after deactivation of the primary power source;
the control module automatically controlling the accessory powered by the auxiliary power unit when the control module determines that the primary power source is deactivated and the auxiliary power unit is activated,
wherein the accessory is at least one of a cabin accessory and a vehicle accessory located within a cabin of the vehicle, and
wherein the control module automatically controlling the accessory powered by the auxiliary power unit includes at least one of automatically activating the accessory and automatically managing the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,654,336

HEATING SYSTEM, ELECTRIC OR HYBRID VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH A HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEATING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A heating system for an electric or hybrid vehicle, to which a high-voltage accumulator is connected, the system comprising:a first refrigerating circuit and a coolant circuit, said coolant circuit having a heating circuit, to which a heating heat exchanger is connected, for air-conditioning an interior of the vehicle, and having a cooling circuit to which a cooler and a heat source are connected, wherein the first refrigerating circuit has an air-conditioning evaporator for air-conditioning the interior, and a first condenser, by which the first refrigerating circuit is thermally coupled to the coolant circuit, for discharging heat from the first refrigerating circuit; and
a separate, second refrigerating circuit which is hydraulically separated from the first refrigerating circuit, which has a second condenser and which by way of the second condenser is thermally coupled to the coolant circuit, for discharging heat from the second refrigerating circuit, wherein
at least one of the first and second refrigerating circuits has a chiller for discharging heat from the coolant circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,335

THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A thermal energy storage system for a vehicle comprising:a tank external to the vehicle configured to receive liquid from the vehicle;
a heater included with the tank, the heater is configured to warm the liquid within the tank; and
a pump configured to pump the liquid out of a propulsion system of the vehicle and into the tank when the propulsion system is off to allow the liquid to be warmed by the heater in the tank, circulate the warmed liquid about a passenger cabin of the vehicle where heat radiates from the liquid to heat the passenger cabin while the propulsion system is off, and pump the liquid back into the propulsion system just prior to a cold start.

US Pat. No. 10,654,334

VEHICLE HVAC SYSTEM

Calsonic Kansei North Ame...

11. An HVAC system for a vehicle, comprising:a heater disposed in a housing, the heater including:
a controller disposed at a lower end thereof; and
a plurality of coils extending substantially upward from the controller; and
a divider disposed on at least one coil;
wherein first and second compartments are defined on opposing sides of the divider; and
wherein the first and second compartments are configured to receive separate streams of air at different temperatures.

US Pat. No. 10,654,333

TRAJECTORY-BASED CHASSIS CONTROL

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling an active chassis of a motor vehicle as a function of road elevation profile data which lie within a prognosis of a trajectory of a motor vehicle, comprising:the prognosis of the trajectory is calculated by a dynamic mathematical model at least on the basis of steering angle data of a steering angle sensor of the motor vehicle, and the prognosis is assigned to street elevation profile data detected by at least one environment sensor, wherein based on the prognosis, at least one actuator of the active chassis is controlled, and wherein the prognosis of the trajectory is then used exclusively to control the active chassis when the trajectory lies in an area that was classified as navigable based on environmental data detected by at least one environment detector,
wherein the environmental data are used in order to recognize a driving lane on which the vehicle is currently traveling,
wherein a surface profile of the driving lane on which the vehicle is currently traveling is classified by currently detected environmental data,
wherein a classification of a surface profiles of the driving lane on which the vehicle is currently traveling and knowledge about the lane being traveled on is used to determine a respective trajectory by a validation index regarding suitability of the driving lane for controlling the active chassis, and
wherein a value of the validation index is zero or one, wherein zero designates a position of the prognosis of the trajectory outside from a navigable area, and one designates the position is on the navigable area.

US Pat. No. 10,654,332

AUTOMATIC TILTING VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An automatic tilting vehicle that comprisesleft and right front wheels,
a rear wheel,
a vehicle body,
a vehicle tilting device that is configured to tilt the automatic tilting vehicle in a lateral direction,
a detection device that detects a tilt angle of the automatic tilting vehicle and
a control device configured to control the vehicle tilting device;
wherein
the left and right front wheels and the vehicle tilting device are suspended from the vehicle body by one front wheel suspension and the ar wheel is suspended from the vehicle body by a rear wheel suspension;
the control device is configured to calculate a target tilt angle of the automatic tilting vehicle to a turning inner side so that a resultant force of gravity and a centrifugal force acting on a center of gravity when turning is directed to a predetermined position between grounding points of the left and right front wheels as seen in a longitudinal direction of the automatic tilting vehicle and to control the vehicle tilting device so that the tilt angle of the automatic tilting vehicle conforms to the target tilt angle;
the control device is configured to tilt the automatic tilting vehicle in the lateral direction by the vehicle tilting device, to swingingly vibrate the automatic tilting vehicle in the lateral direction by tilting the automatic tilting vehicle by the vehicle tilting device and releasing the tilting of the automatic tilting vehicle when the automatic tilting vehicle is not traveling, to obtain a resonance period of swinging vibration of the automatic tilting vehicle based on a change in the tilt angle of the automatic tilting vehicle detected by the detection device, and to estimate a height of the center of gravity of the automatic tilting vehicle based on the resonance period; and
the control device is configured to correct the target tilt angle such that a perpendicular passing through the estimated height of the center of gravity passes within a range of a triangle formed by connecting grounding points of the left and right front wheels and a grounding point of the rear wheel when the perpendicular passes outside the range of the triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,331

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a front wheel-side suspension device comprising:
a front wheel-side spring disposed between a body of a vehicle and a front wheel; and
a front wheel-side support member supporting one end of the front wheel-side spring, the front wheel-side support member being configured to move toward another one end of the front wheel-side spring to change a length of the front wheel-side spring;
a rear wheel-side suspension device comprising:
a rear wheel-side spring disposed between the body and a rear wheel; and
a rear wheel-side support member supporting one end of the rear wheel-side spring, the rear wheel-side support member being configured to move toward another one end of the rear wheel-side spring to change a length of the rear wheel-side spring;
a weight estimation unit configured to estimate a weight applied to the vehicle based on a length of the rear wheel-side suspension device and a movement amount of the rear wheel-side support member; and
a control unit configured to determine a rear wheel-side target movement amount representing a target movement amount for the rear wheel-side support member based on a predetermined interrelation between the weight and the rear wheel-side target movement amount so that, when the weight applied to the vehicle is less than a predetermined weight, the rear wheel-side target movement amount increases as the weight increases, and, when the weight is equal to or larger than the predetermined weight, the rear wheel-side target movement amount reaches an upper limit value, and to control the movement amount of the rear wheel-side support member and a movement amount of the front wheel-side support member so that a rear wheel-side actual movement amount representing an actual movement amount of the rear wheel-side support member reaches the rear wheel-side target movement amount,
wherein the control unit is configured to determine the rear wheel-side target movement amount based on a predetermined temporary value for the weight,
wherein the weight estimation unit is configured to increase the temporary value, even when the rear wheel-side actual movement amount has reached the rear wheel-side target movement amount, when an actual length representing an actual length of the rear wheel-side suspension device does not reach a target length,
wherein the control unit is configured to decrease the target length, even when the weight estimation unit has increased the temporary value, when the rear wheel-side target movement amount that is set anew and that corresponds to the temporary value that is set anew has reached the upper limit value,
wherein the weight estimation unit is configured to estimate the temporary value as the weight when the actual length has finally reached the target length, and
where the control unit is configured to decrease, when the weight estimated by the weight estimation unit is equal to or larger than the predetermined weight, the movement amount of the front wheel-side support member as the estimated weight increases.

US Pat. No. 10,654,330

SUSPENSION BRACKET FOR A UTILITY VEHICLE

Club Car, LLC, Evans, GA...

1. An apparatus comprising:a utility cart suspension bracket having a material composition and thickness to carry suspension loads of a utility cart, the suspension bracket including a plurality of U-bolt through holes in which a U-bolt can be inserted, the U-bolt through holes sized to secure the suspension bracket to an axle of the utility cart, the suspension bracket also including a center pin aperture into which a spring pin can be inserted as well as an upturned lateral suspension link attachment flange having a structural configuration sufficient to withstand lateral suspension link loads of the utility cart.

US Pat. No. 10,654,329

AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An amphibious vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a flap supported at a lower portion in a traveling direction of the vehicle body to be capable of swing in a direction in which an upper edge portion approaches and separates from the vehicle body;
a support column which has a fluid actuator capable of expanding and contracting in accordance with a pressure of a working fluid supplied to a cylinder chamber, is connected to the flap in at least a first end portion in a longitudinal direction, and performs adjustment of a swinging angle of the flap by expansion and contraction of the fluid actuator;
a power source which supplies the working fluid to the cylinder chamber;
a safety valve which communicates with the cylinder chamber, and opens when an internal pressure of the cylinder chamber becomes greater than a predetermined pressure to be able to discharge the working fluid in the cylinder chamber, wherein
the flap has a first flap supported by the vehicle body, and
a second flap supported by the first flap,
in a deployed state of the flap, an angle formed by the second flap with respect to the horizontal plane is equal to or larger than an angle formed by the first flap with respect to the horizontal plane,
the support column includes
a first support column which adjusts a swinging angle of the first flap with respect to the vehicle body, and
a second support column which adjusts a swinging angle of the second flap with respect to the first flap, and
the safety valve communicates with a cylinder chamber of the second support column.

US Pat. No. 10,654,328

TOW HITCH

AL-KO INTERNATIONAL PTY L...

1. A tow hitch comprising,a housing having a generally hemispherical socket for receiving a tow ball, a handle mountable on the housing having a rod member slidably projecting into the housing and arranged for moving a locking element within the housing between an engaged position at which it holds the tow ball within the socket and a disengaged position where the tow ball is free to move into and out of the socket, a catch member movable between a holding position wherein it secures the handle against sliding and an open position where the handle is free to slide, a lock arranged to lock the locking element in the engaged position when the lock is locked, and to free the locking element for moving to the disengaged position when the lock is unlocked, and
wherein the lock is arranged to project into and engage an aperture in the locking element when it is locked and to move out of engagement with the aperture when it is unlocked.

US Pat. No. 10,654,327

RECEIVER PIN LOCKING DEVICE

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A receiver pin lock for insertion into first and second sized opposed engaging apertures of first and second hitch receivers, the receiver pin lock comprising:a stem;
a lock member attached with the stem, the lock member preventing removal of the stem from either of the first and second hitch receivers; and
first and second stepped portions extending from opposite ends of the stem, wherein the stem operatively engages the first sized engaging apertures of the first hitch receiver and the first and second stepped portions operatively and directly engage the second sized engaging apertures of the second hitch receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,654,326

TOW COUPLING

AERO-TECH PTY LTD., Nuna...

1. A tow coupling for fitting to an axially extending ball coupling mountable to a vehicle such that the axis of the ball coupling is upright with a ball of the ball coupling uppermost, the tow coupling having:an engagement part for engagement with the tow ball,
a load coupling for coupling to a load to be towed, and
a tow element interconnecting the engagement part and the load coupling and pivotally connected to the engagement part and to the load coupling,
latching means for latching the engagement part in said engagement with the tow ball,
said latching means for latching the engagement part in said engagement with the tow ball whereby to substantially confine movement of the coupling part when engaged with the tow ball to movement about said axis,
interconnections between the load coupling and the tow element and between the engagement part and the tow element permitting pivoting, about transverse axes, between the load coupling and the tow element and between the engagement part and the tow element, and
a positioning structure for positioning the tow element in a settable pivotal position with respect to the engagement part such that, when the engagement part is coupled to interconnect said vehicle and load, the pivotal position of the interconnection between the tow element and the load coupling is settable in the upright direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,325

FORAGE COMPACTOR

Agromatic Incorporated, ...

1. A forage compactor comprising:a frame;
a riser connected to said frame;
a journal connected to said riser;
a shaft surrounded by said journal; and
a plurality of wheels oriented along said shaft, said plurality of wheels comprising a first wheel, a second wheel and a third wheel, said first wheel being adjacent to said second wheel and said third wheel being adjacent to said second wheel, wherein:
said first wheel has a first wheel primary compaction zone with a first wheel primary compaction zone center point, said first wheel further having a first wheel first side and a first wheel second side, said first wheel first side having a first wheel first side outer end separated from said first wheel primary compaction zone center point by a first distance, said first wheel having a first wheel first side outer wall portion and a first wheel first side inner wall portion, said first wheel first side inner wall portion having a first wheel first side outer end face and a first wheel recess with a first wheel recess face;
said second wheel having a second wheel primary compaction zone with a second wheel primary compaction zone center point, said second wheel further having a second wheel first side and a second wheel second side, said second wheel first side having a second wheel first side outer end that is separated from said second wheel primary compaction zone center point by said first distance, said second wheel second side having a second wheel second side outer end that is separated from said second wheel primary compaction zone center point by a second distance, said second wheel having a second wheel first side outer wall portion and a second wheel first side inner wall portion, said second wheel first side inner wall portion having a second wheel first side outer end face and a second wheel recess with a second wheel recess face; and
said third wheel has a third wheel primary compaction zone with a third wheel primary compaction zone center point, said third wheel further having a third wheel first side and a third wheel second side, said third wheel second side having a third wheel second side outer end separated from said third wheel primary compaction zone center point by a third distance that is the same as said second distance,
wherein:
a first gap is present and spans between said first wheel first side outer end and said second wheel first side outer end;
a second gap is present and spans between said second wheel second side outer end and said third wheel second side outer end;
said second gap is narrower than said first gap;
a first wheel separation distance is between said first wheel primary compaction zone center point and said second wheel primary compaction zone center point;
a second wheel separation distance is between said second wheel primary compaction zone center point and said third wheel primary compaction zone center point;
said first wheel separation distance is the same as said second wheel separation distance,
said first wheel first side outer end face opposes and is separated from said second wheel first side outer end face by an outer end face distance to provide clearance for said riser;
said first wheel recess face opposes and is separated from said second wheel recess face by a recess face distance to provide clearance for said journal; and
said recess face distance is greater than said outer end face distance.

US Pat. No. 10,654,324

AIRLESS FLEXIBLE TIRE WITH TORQUE REDUCING TRACK PATTERN

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. An airless flexible tire for covering a wheel having a number of annularly spaced and outwardly extending tire supports, the airless flexible tire comprising:a circular belt having an inner face, an outer face, and left and right sidewalls between the inner face and outer face;
a plurality of annularly spaced drive lugs extending inwardly from the inner face of the circular belt and each configured to align with and engage one of the tire supports on the wheel so as to form a plurality of annularly-spaced, rigid, high torque points on the airless flexible tire; and
a plurality of annularly spaced traction lugs extending outwardly from the outer face of the circular belt, the traction lugs being annularly offset from the drive lugs so as to be positioned between the tire supports to form a plurality of annularly-spaced flexible sections on the airless flexible tire that deflect radially inwardly when the traction lugs engage a ground surface, each traction lug having an effective height corresponding to an amount the airless flexible tire deflects radially inwardly such that a rolling radius of the wheel is at least partially equalized so as to reduce an amount of torque generated at the high torque points,
wherein the traction lugs are grouped such that each group includes:
a central traction lug annularly spaced equidistant from adjacent drive lugs; and
two offset traction lugs annularly spaced on either side of the central traction lug, each traction lug having a distal surface,
wherein the distal surface of each offset traction lug is angled towards the nearest drive lug so as to be substantially level with the ground surface when the distal surface is in contact with the ground surface at the bottom of a tire rotation and the airless flexible tire is deflected inward.

US Pat. No. 10,654,323

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UNIQUELY IDENTIFYING TYRES FOR WHEELS OF VEHICLES AS PART OF VEHICLE WHEEL MAINTENANCE PROCESSES

SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT S.R.L.,...

1. A process for maintenance of vehicle wheels, the process comprising:mounting a wheel for vehicles on a support of an apparatus for maintenance of vehicle wheels, said wheel comprising a rim and a tyre; and
uniquely identifying the tyre by:
creating a digital code for uniquely identifying said tyre; and
creating, using a marking system, at least one marking on the surface of a side wall of the tyre of said wheel, corresponding to the digital code previously created,
wherein the digital code also comprises at least one piece of information relating to the wheel maintenance process.

US Pat. No. 10,654,322

TIRE COMPRISING A CARCASS REINFORCEMENT MADE UP OF TWO LAYERS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire with a radial carcass reinforcement and having an inflation pressure of which is greater than or equal to 6 bar, said tire comprising:a crown reinforcement that is capped radially by a tread, said tread being connected to two beads, each of said beads comprising a bead wire, by two sidewalls, said carcass reinforcement being made up of two layers of textile reinforcing elements, a first layer of carcass reinforcement being turned up around the bead wire in each of the beads, the ends of said first layer of carcass reinforcement being radially on the outside of the radially outermost point of the bead wire in each bead and the second layer of carcass reinforcement extending from one bead to the other without any turnup around the bead wire in each of the beads, its ends being axially on the outside of the axially outermost point of the bead wire in each bead, said tire comprising in each sidewall a first filling element, axially on the inside of the exterior surface of a sidewall and axially on the outside of the turnup of the first layer of carcass reinforcement, and made of a rubber compound having a secant elastic modulus under tension at 10% elongation of Mj, each bead comprising a second filling element made of a rubber compound having a secant elastic modulus under tension at 10% elongation of Mt, extending the bead wire core radially towards the outside, wherein each of the layers of carcass reinforcement has a breaking force per unit width higher than 2250 daN/dm, wherein the minimum strength per unit width, measured for an elongation of less than 10%, of the second layer of carcass reinforcement is strictly greater than a value equal to 20% of the minimum strength per unit width, measured for an elongation of less than 10%, of the first layer of carcass reinforcement, wherein the reinforcing elements of the two layers of carcass reinforcement have a thread count of less than 750 tex, wherein the elongation of the reinforcing elements of the second layer of carcass reinforcement is greater than 4% under a force of 20 daN and wherein the secant elastic modulus values under tension at 10% elongation, Mt, Mj, satisfy the relationship Mt/Mj?1, and
wherein, in a meridian plane, in each bead, the tire comprises a layer of reinforcing elements made of aromatic polyamide in contact with said first layer of carcass reinforcement over the entire length thereof, at least a part being radially on the inside of the bead wire and of which the ends are radially on the outside of the geometric center of the bead wire and wherein said first layer of carcass reinforcement is interposed between the bead wire and the layer of reinforcing elements made of aromatic polyamide.

US Pat. No. 10,654,321

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with:
a pair of crown main grooves disposed one on each side of the tire equator, and extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction,
a plurality of center axial grooves connecting between a pair of the crown main grooves, and
a plurality of center blocks divided by a pair of the crown main grooves and the center axial grooves,
wherein:
the center blocks include a siped center block,
the siped center block has a first block side wall and a second block side wall respectively extending along the pair of the crown main grooves, and is provided with a first sipe extending from the first block side wall to the second block side wall,
in the top view of the siped center block, each of the first block side wall and the second block side wall is substantially V shaped to have a vertex protruding outwardly of the siped center block, and the first sipe has a wavy configuration at least partially of its length, and
one end in the tire axial direction of the first sipe is positioned on one side in the tire circumferential direction of the vertex of the first block side wall, whereas the other end in the tire axial direction of the first sipe is positioned on the other side in the tire circumferential direction of the vertex of the second block side wall,
wherein:
the first sipe comprises:
a first portion including said one end;
a second portion including said other end; and
a third portion extending from the first portion to the second portion,
the third portion is straight and inclined at an angle 01 with respect to the tire axial direction,
the first portion has said wavy configuration extending in the tire axial direction from one end of the third portion while oscillating in the tire circumferential direction,
the second portion has said wavy configuration extending in the tire axial direction from the other end of the third portion while oscillating in the tire circumferential direction, and
said wavy configuration is a zigzag configuration having zigzag segments, wherein each zigzag segment is straight and is shorter than the third portion, and an axial length of the third portion is in a range of 0.20 times to 0.35 times a maximum axial width of said siped center block, and
wherein:
the siped center block is made up of two regions subdivided by the first sipe, each region provided with a second sipe whose both ends are terminated within the region,
the second sipe protrudes from the extent in the tire axial direction of the third portion of said first sipe toward both sides thereof in the tire axial direction,
each of said first block side wall and said second block side wall is provided with a slot denting in the tire axial direction and having a width in the tire circumferential direction which is constant in the tire axial direction,
the slot of said first block side wall and the slot of said second block side wall are positioned so as to include the vertexes thereof within said widths of the respective slots,
each of the slots has a sloping surface extending radially inwardly from the block's tread while inclining at an angle of from 10 to 20 degrees with respect to a radial direction of the tire,
said one end and the other end of said first sipe are connected to the slot of the first block side wall and the slot of the second block side wall, respectively, and
said wavy configuration has a peak-to-peak amplitude less than said widths of the slots in the tire circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,320

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire, comprising:a tread having a crown main groove continuously extending in a tire circumferential direction, and a plurality of shoulder main grooves continuously extending in the tire circumferential direction on tire axial direction outer sides of the crown main groove, respectively,
wherein the crown main groove has a plurality of crown long side portions inclined to one side in an inclination direction with respect to the tire circumferential direction and a plurality of crown short side portions inclined in an opposite direction with respect to the inclination direction of the crown long side portions such that each crown short side portion has a length which is shorter than a length of each crown long side portion and that the crown long side portions and short side portions are alternately formed in a zigzag shape extending in the tire circumferential direction, the plurality of shoulder main grooves has a plurality of shoulder long side portions inclined to one side in an inclination direction with respect to the tire circumferential direction and a plurality of shoulder short side portions inclined in an opposite direction with respect to the inclination direction of the shoulder long side portions such that each shoulder short side portion has a length which is shorter than a length of each shoulder long side portion and that the shoulder long side portions and short side portions are alternately formed in a zigzag shape extending in the tire circumferential direction, and the crown main groove and shoulder main grooves are formed such that a crown long-short ratio La/Lb is in a range of 1.17 to 1.27 and larger than a shoulder long-short ratio Lc/Ld in a range of 1.01 to 1.11, where La is a length of each crown long side portion, Lb is a length of each crown short side portion, Lc is a length of each shoulder long side portion, and Ld is a length of each shoulder short side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,319

MOTORCYCLE TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A motorcycle tire comprising:a tread portion having a tread face,
a pair of sidewall portions,
a pair of bead portions,
a carcass extending between the bead portions through the tread portion and the sidewall portions, and
a tread reinforcing layer disposed radially outside the carcass in the tread portion, and having a developed axial width (Wa) of not less than 75% of a developed tread width (TWe) between tread edges of the tread face, each measured along the tread face in a tire meridian section,whereinthe tread reinforcing layer is made up of a first halved reinforcing layer disposed on one side of the tire equator, and a second halved reinforcing layer disposed on the other side of the tire equator,
the first halved reinforcing layer is composed of a helically-wound first strip of parallel reinforcing cords coated with topping rubber,
the second halved reinforcing layer is composed of a helically-wound second strip of parallel reinforcing cords coated with topping rubber,
the reinforcing cords of the first strip include an axially inside first reinforcing cord and an axially outside second reinforcing cord disposed axially outside the axially inside first reinforcing cord,
the reinforcing cords of the second strip include an axially inside first reinforcing cord and an axially outside second reinforcing cord disposed axially outside the axially inside first reinforcing cord,
in each of the first strip and the second strip, an initial elongation percentage a2 of the axially outside second reinforcing cord is greater than an initial elongation percentage a1 of the axially inside first reinforcing cord, wherein the initial elongation percentage of a reinforcing cord is an elongation of the cord in terms of a percentage when a load applied to the cord is increased from 2.5N to 49N,
the first strip and second strip are helically wound from the tire equator to the respective edges of the tread reinforcing layer,
in each of the first halved reinforcing layer and the second halved reinforcing layer, the first reinforcing cord and the second reinforcing cord are alternately arranged from the tire equator to the respective edges of the tread reinforcing layer, and
the winding pitch P of the helically-wound first and second strips is larger in a central part and axially outer shoulder parts of the tread reinforcing layer than in middle parts of the tread reinforcing layer between the central part and the shoulder parts.

US Pat. No. 10,654,318

NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE

KUMHO TIRE CO., INC., Gw...

1. A non-pneumatic tire comprising:a band part including an inner band and an outer band, wherein the outer band is separated from the inner band and surrounds an outer peripheral surface of the inner band; and
a spoke part including a plurality of first spokes, wherein the first spokes are arranged in a circumferential direction between the inner band and the outer band and connect the inner band and the outer band,
wherein the first spokes include:
a first inclined portion inclined from an outer peripheral surface of the inner band toward the outer band;
a second inclined portion inclined from an end portion of the first inclined portion toward the outer band in a direction crossing with an inclined direction of the first inclined portion;
a third inclined portion inclined from an end portion of the second inclined portion toward the outer band in a direction crossing with an inclined direction of the second inclined portion; and
a fourth inclined portion extending from an end portion of the third inclined portion in a direction crossing with an inclined direction of the third inclined portion and having an end portion in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the outer band,
wherein the thicknesses of the first to the fourth inclined portion are sequentially increased or decreased in an order of the first inclined portion, the second inclined portion, the third inclined portion, and the fourth inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,317

TIRE INCLUDING AN OUTER SIDEWALL THAT COMPRISES AN INCOMPATIBLE POLYMER

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire provided with an external sidewall, said external sidewall comprising at least one elastomeric composition based on:(a) an elastomeric matrix comprising at least one diene elastomer,
(b) a crosslinking system,
(c) at least one polymer incompatible with the elastomeric matrix, and
(d) carbon black,
wherein the content of carbon black ranges from 10 to 70 phr,
wherein the at least one diene elastomer is selected from the group consisting of polybutadienes, synthetic polyisoprenes, natural rubber, butadiene copolymers, isoprene copolymers, butadiene/styrene copolymers, isoprene/butadiene copolymers, isoprene/styrene copolymers, isoprene/butadiene/styrene copolymers, and mixtures thereof,
wherein the content of the at least one diene elastomer ranges from 70 to 100 phr,
wherein the at least one incompatible polymer is selected from the group consisting of polybutenes, and
wherein the content of the at least one incompatible polymer ranges from 5 to 15 phr.

US Pat. No. 10,654,316

PNEUMATIC TIRE AND CROSSLINKED RUBBER COMPOSITION

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A crosslinked rubber composition comprising two or more kinds of rubber components and a filler and having a volume of a low density region of 35% or more during elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of a void portion 7.5% or less during elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a filler distribution D represented by the following formula (I) of 2.0 or lessD=(A1/B1)/(A0/B0)  (I)
wherein in the formula (I),
A1 represents a volume fraction of a rubber component A in a filler gel,
B1 represents a volume fraction of a rubber component B in a filler gel,
A0 represents a volume fraction of a rubber component A after rubber component A is subjected to a step of compounding component A and component B,
B0 represents a volume fraction of a rubber component B after rubber component B is subjected to a step of compounding component A and component B,
wherein the low density region is a region where a deviation in density in the crosslinked rubber composition is generated by an applied stress and the deviation disappears by a release of the stress, and an original uniform density distribution is recovered, and
the region has a density of 0.1 to 0.8 times the density of a crosslinked rubber composition before the elongation by the applied stress of 1.5 MPa,
wherein the void portion is a region where an inner structure of the crosslinked rubber composition is broken and the region has a density of 0 to 0.1 times the density of a crosslinked rubber composition before the elongation by the applied stress of 3.0 MPa,
wherein the filler comprises silica, and
wherein the two or more kinds of rubber components comprises rubber component A and rubber component B and wherein at least one rubber component of the two or more rubber components comprises a conjugated diene compound.

US Pat. No. 10,654,315

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT TABLE BASE WITH TRANSPORT MECHANISM

GF Health Products, Inc.,...

1. A table comprising:a base;
a table frame;
a table top having a perimeter;
at least one leg; and
a transport mechanism having a plurality of casters and being operable under operation of gravity between a grounded position and a transport position as said table top is lifted anywhere about said perimeter, wherein:
in said grounded position, said table is supported by said at least one leg; and
in said transport position, said table is supported by said plurality of casters; said transport position is a low transport position and said transport mechanism further has a high transport position, said transport mechanism has a first piece and a second piece; said first piece has a rod; and said second piece has a first slot and a second slot, said rod entering said first slot when said transport mechanism is in said low transport position, and said rod entering said second slot when said transport mechanism is in said high transport position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,314

BICYCLE HUB ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A bicycle hub assembly comprising:a hub axle having a first end, a second end opposite to the first end in an axial direction parallel to a rotational center axis of the bicycle hub assembly and an axle threaded portion formed on at least one of the first end and the second end;
a hub body rotatably supported around the hub axle with respect to the rotational center axis;
a bearing unit configured to rotatably support the hub body around the hub axle with respect to the rotational center axis and including an outer race, an inner race and a plurality of rolling members disposed between the outer race and the inner race, the inner race having a first torque-transmitting portion and a bearing threaded portion configured to threadedly engage with the axle threaded portion of the hub axle;
a lock member configured to prevent the inner race of the bearing unit from rotating relative to the hub axle, with an end face of the lock member being in direct contact with an end face of the inner race of the bearing unit in a fully assembled state where the bearing unit and the lock member are mounted to the hub axle, the lock member having a first tool-engagement portion and a lock-member threaded portion configured to threadedly engage with the axle threaded portion; and
a tool engagement member configured to rotate the inner race of the bearing unit relative to the hub axle in a state where the inner race is fully threaded onto the hub axle and having a second tool-engagement portion and a second torque-transmitting portion configured to engage with the first torque-transmitting portion of the inner race.

US Pat. No. 10,654,313

WHEEL COVER UNIT FOR REAR WHEELS OF TRUCKS OR BUSES

1. A wheel cover unit for rear wheels of trucks or buses, comprising: a wheel cover, two attaching members and a cover, the wheel cover being provided with an inner concave portion having a central hole, an inner edge of the central hole being vertically and backwardly provided with a hole ring having two corresponding pairs of slots, two pairs of lock tabs being extended from the two pairs of slots respectively to the central hole, each of the attaching members being provided with a connecting element and an engaging element, the connecting element being formed with a connecting portion and the engaging element being formed with two connecting pieces, each of the connecting pieces being locked with the lock tab by a screwed element, the connecting element being connected to the engaging element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,312

WHEEL COVER UNIT FOR FRONT WHEELS OF TRUCKS OR BUSES

1. A wheel cover unit for front wheels of trucks or buses, comprising: a wheel cover, two attaching members and a cover, the wheel cover being provided with an outer convex platform having a central hole, a periphery of the central hole being annularly provided with a plurality of nut convex covers, an inner edge of the central hole being vertically and backwardly provided with a hole ring having two corresponding pairs of slots, two pairs of lock tabs being extended from the two pairs of slots respectively to the central hole, each of the attaching members being provided with a connecting portion and two connecting pieces, the connecting portion being locked with the bolt of the wheel, and the connecting piece being locked with the lock tab by a screwed element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,311

CENTER LOCK SIMULATED CAP ASSEMBLY FOR AN AUTOMOBILE WHEEL

Design Infini, Inc., Cor...

1. An automobile wheel, comprising:an outer rim;
a hub defined generally at the center of the automobile wheel, the hub having a recessed outer surface and a plurality of lug hole openings arranged around a center hub opening;
a base component removably couplable to the hub to cover the center hub opening, the base component having an upper cylindrical portion with a first outer threaded surface that is configured to extend outward from the hub when the base component is coupled to the hub;
a lug hole cover having a center opening configured to fit over the upper cylindrical portion of the base component to cover the plurality of lug hole openings of the hub; and
a center cap with an inner threaded surface configured to threadably couple to the base component so that the inner threaded surface of the center cap threads onto the outer threaded surface of the base component to thereby retain the lug hole cover against the hub,
wherein the lug hole cover extends over and conceals the recessed outer surface of the hub,
wherein at least a portion of the lug hole cover is configured to be interposed between the center cap and the base component while directly contacting the center cap and the base component, when the center cap, the base component and the lug hole cover are coupled together.

US Pat. No. 10,654,310

SYNTHETIC CLAY COMPOSITION CONTAINING HOLLOW SPHERE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

MCA CO., LTD., Daejeon (...

1. A synthetic clay composition comprising:hollow glass spheres; and
a liquid material comprising glycerin capable of being kneaded together with the hollow glass spheres;
wherein the clay composition is water soluble and has a density range of from greater than 0 g/cm3 to 0.6 g/cm3, with a density change of 10% or less before and after a drying test;
wherein the hollow glass spheres are present in an amount of about 50 to about 95% by weight based on a total weight of the composition; and
wherein the glycerin is present in an amount of about 4 to about 50% by weight based on a total weight of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,654,309

PORTABLE DOCUMENT HOLDER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A portable document holder, said portable document holder comprising a contacting surface, said contacting surface reversibly and repeatedly attaching to a physically separate flat surface, orsaid contacting surface reversibly and repeatedly attaching to a physically separate curved surface,
said physically separate flat surface and said physically separate curved surface each not comprising part of said portable document holder,
said portable document holder comprising a bottommost holder layer and an uppermost holder layer,
said bottommost holder layer comprising an anterior bottommost holder layer surface and a posterior bottommost holder layer surface, and
said uppermost holder layer comprising an anterior uppermost holder layer surface and a posterior uppermost holder layer surface,
said uppermost holder layer and said lowermost holder layer being congruently aligned with each other,
said contacting surface comprising a contacting flexible layer and reversibly repeatedly attaching components, and
said portable card holder further comprising magnetic components, and each said magnetic component being partially covered by said contacting flexible layer, and
said contacting flexible layer and each said reversibly repeatedly attaching component contacting said physically separate curved surface or said physically separate flat surface,
said portable document holder comprising tangible document compartments wherein said tangible document compartments are in lateral alignment with remaining said tangible document compartments,
said portable document holder further comprising magnet component attaching devices, and each said magnetic component adhering to a corresponding single said magnet component attaching device,
said magnetic component attaching devices adhering to said posterior uppermost holder layer surface, and
said magnetic components inserting into said lowermost holder layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,308

UNISOMETRIC REFLECTION DISPLAY, INFORMATION HOLDER USING UNISOMETRIC REFLECTION DISPLAY

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A unisometric reflection display having a light transmissivity and including reflectors in a reflector holding layer of a thin film form, comprising:the reflector holding layer being planar and being divided, along a direction of the plane of the reflector holding layer, into a plurality of sections,
each of the sections including a plurality of the reflectors, each of which is inclined in a fixed direction and at a fixed inclination angle with respect to the plane direction, and
the direction and inclination angles of the reflectors within any one of the sections are the same, and the direction is the same from section to section, but the inclination angles of the reflectors vary section to section.

US Pat. No. 10,654,307

ROTOGRAVURE PRINTING PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING OPTICALLY VARIABLE SECURITY FEATURES

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A process for manufacturing an optically variable security feature comprising a region based on a single cured ink comprising a cholesteric liquid crystal polymer, said region having at least two, preferably at least three, patterns exhibiting, at at least one viewing angle, a different CIE (1976) color index parameter and/or a different position of the selective reflection band, said process comprising the steps of:a. applying on a substrate, by a rotogravure process with the use of a gravure cylinder having at least two, preferably at least three, different engravings, a single cholesteric liquid crystal precursor composition,
b. heating the applied composition to bring said composition to a cholesteric liquid crystal state, and
c. curing the composition so as to form the region based on a single cured ink comprising a cholesteric liquid crystal polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,306

CONGRATULATORY CARD THAT DISPENSES CONFETTI

1. A congratulatory card that dispenses, confetti, the card is comprised ofa tissue paper having a first and a second side;
a confetti paper that is placed on a central portion of the first side of the tissue paper;
a rectangular card that is placed on top of the confetti paper and the first side of the tissue paper, wherein each corner of the rectangular card touches a side of the tissue paper, and wherein areas of the tissue paper that are not covered by the rectangular card are folded over the rectangular card;
a double sided tape, a first side of the double sided tape is placed over and attached to the folded over tissue paper and a second side of the double sided tape is covered with a film until it is ready for attachment to a wall or ceiling;
a ribbon that is placed transversely on the second side of the tissue paper;
and a sticker that secures that ribbon on the second side of the tissue paper so that when the ribbon is pulled the second side of the tissue paper is ripped open, thereby releasing the confetti paper to an environment.

US Pat. No. 10,654,305

SHEET BUNDLE BINDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING SHEET BUNDLE BINDING APPARATUS

Canon Finetech Nisca Inc....

1. A sheet binding apparatus, comprising:a sheet placement portion on which sheets are placed;
a conveyance portion which conveys a sheet to the sheet placement portion by conveying the sheet in a conveyance direction, the sheet conveyed by the conveyance portion being placed on the sheet placement portion;
a pair of alignment members configured to align, in a sheet width direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction, the sheets placed on the sheet placement portion, by sandwiching the sheets;
a binding member configured to bind the sheets aligned by the pair of alignment members by deforming the sheets without using a staple; and
a separating member configured to apply a rotational force to the sheets, which have been bound by the binding member and have adhered to the binding member, to separate the sheets and the binding member from each other, the separating member applying the rotational force to the sheets by moving in the conveyance direction, the separating member contacting an upstream edge of the sheets in the conveyance direction when applying the rotational force to the sheets,
wherein the pair of alignment members and the separating member are constructed by different members.

US Pat. No. 10,654,304

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PANEL ELEMENT

SANWA SCREEN CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a panel element including a transparent sheet having a front side printed, comprising:a process of printing a first printed layer formed of an ink that does not transmit light on the front side of the transparent sheet;
a process of superimposing and printing a second printed layer on an upper surface of the first printed layer to form a laminated printed layer;
a process of printing a third printed layer formed of an ink that does not absorb laser light on a back side of the transparent sheet;
an attachment process of attaching the transparent sheet having the laminated printed layer to a resin substrate constituting the panel element; and
a process of irradiating the laminated printed layer with laser light on a front side thereof to remove a part of the laminated printed layer and to form a hole portion having a vertical end face in the laminated printed layer, at a position corresponding to the third printed layer of the transparent sheet after the attachment process.

US Pat. No. 10,654,303

ADDITIVES TO LITHO INKS TO ELIMINATE INK FEEDBACK

SUN CHEMICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A radiation-curable web-offset lithographic ink composition, comprising:a colorant;
a varnish; and
a water-soluble alkoxylated modified rosin, wherein the modified rosin is 10% to 70% alkoxylated;
wherein the modified rosin is present in an amount of from at or about 0.1% to at or about 10% by weight of the ink composition;
wherein the ink is a lithographic ink; and
wherein the ink is energy-curable; and
wherein the ink is suitable for use in a lithographic system wherein the printing plate is continuously treated with an aqueous fountain solution.

US Pat. No. 10,654,302

STAMPING DEVICE AND STAMPING INSERT, ESPECIALLY AS A REPLACEMENT PART FOR A STAMPING DEVICE

TRODAT GMBH, Wels (AT)

1. A stamp comprising at least one stamping component and one stamping insert, wherein the stamping component is formed of a top part and a bottom part with a cushion-receiving element, wherein the stamping insert is connected so as to move synchronously via a reversing mechanism having a slide track in the bottom part via a shaft or trunnion to the top part, wherein in a resting position a text plate mounted on the stamping insert abuts against an ink pad soaked with ink in the cushion receiving element, and that in a stamping process for producing a stamp imprint in a stamping position the stamping insert with the text plate can be shifted by the reversing mechanism into the stamping position, wherein the stamping component comprises an interchange position for inserting, during use, the stamping insert, wherein the slide track of the reversing mechanism in the bottom part comprises an exchange channel, wherein the top part comprises a receiving channel for the shaft or trunnions, respectively such that in the interchange position the receiving channel substantially aligns with the exchange channel, and wherein the stamping insert, comprising a text plate carrier and/or a mounted band unit or date unit, is positioned to be replaceable with the shaft or the trunnions or stub shafts, respectively together.

US Pat. No. 10,654,301

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a first head unit;
a second head unit disposed adjacent to the first head unit in a first direction, the second head unit located on a first side of the first head unit in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a metal cover,
the first head unit and the second head unit each comprising:
a unit body comprising an actuator configured to cause ejection of liquid from a plurality of nozzles; and
a first driver disposed on the first side of the unit body in the second direction, the first driver being configured to drive the actuator,
the metal cover comprising:
a first metal member disposed on the first side of the first head unit and the second head unit in the second direction; and
an intermediate metal member disposed on the first side of the first head unit in the second direction and disposed on a second side of the second head unit in the second direction, the first side and the second side being opposite sides in the second direction,
the first metal member and the intermediate metal member being formed integrally with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,654,300

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS WITH LIQUID IN PRESSURE CHAMBER IN LIQUID EJECTION HEAD BEING CIRCULATED BETWEEN PRESSURE CHAMBER AND OUTSIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head which communicates with an ejection orifice for ejecting a liquid therethrough and which is provided with a pressure chamber having, in the inside thereof, an energy-generating element configured to generate an energy to be utilized for the ejection of the liquid;
a transfer body onto which the liquid is ejected through the liquid ejection head to form an image;
a pressing unit which presses a recording medium against the transfer body to transfer an image formed on the transfer body onto the recording medium; and
a heating unit for heating the transfer body during a period from the ejection of the liquid through the liquid ejection head and until the pressing of the recording medium by means of the pressing unit,
wherein the liquid in the pressure chamber in the liquid ejection head is circulated between the pressure chamber and the outside of the pressure chamber,
wherein the liquid ejection head includes: (1) an ejection orifice part that allows the ejection orifice and the pressure chamber to communicate with each other; (2) an inflow path through which a liquid can be flowed into the pressure chamber from the outside; and (3) an outflow path through which a liquid can be flowed outside from the pressure chamber, and
wherein the height H in ?m of the pressure chamber as measured on the upstream side of the direction of the flow of the liquid relative to a part at which the pressure chamber communicates with the ejection orifice part, the length P in ?m of the ejection orifice part as measured in the direction of the ejection of the liquid, and the length W in ?m of the ejection orifice part as measured in the direction of the flow of the liquid satisfy the relationship represented by the formula: H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7.

US Pat. No. 10,654,299

LOW-PARTICLE GAS ENCLOSURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Kateeva, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A system comprising:a gas enclosure assembly to contain a gas;
a printing system disposed within the gas enclosure assembly, the printing system comprising:
a printhead assembly comprising at least one printhead;
a substrate support apparatus;
a housing defining an interior; and
a service bundle comprising a plurality of lines held together in a bundle and routed through the interior of the housing, the plurality of lines being operatively connected to the printing system and configured to provide at least one of optical, electrical, mechanical, and fluidic function to the printing system; and
an exhaust system fluidically coupled with the housing, the exhaust system comprising an inlet and an outlet to exhaust gas from the housing and away from the substrate support apparatus;
wherein the printhead assembly is moveably mounted to move across the substrate support apparatus, and the service bundle is movable in response to motion of the printhead assembly across the substrate support apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,654,298

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having a first shaft and a second shaft on the cartridge installation portion, the tape cartridge comprising:a printing tape that is wound on a tape core;
a platen roller in which the first shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion; and
a guided portion which is guided by the second shaft when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion;
wherein when seen from an attaching direction of the tape cartridge,
the guided portion is disposed at an opposite side of the tape core with respect to the platen roller, and
the guided portion is recessed on an outer peripheral surface of a cartridge casing that forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,654,297

LOADING TOOL FOR LOADING NEW WEB MEDIA IN A ROLL PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING...

1. A web printing system, comprising:an input roller for supplying a web of print medium along a transport path to a print surface positioned higher than the input roller when in use;
a turn element positioned between the input roller and the print surface, the turn element defining a curve in the transport path;
a loading tool pivotable between a first position for loading a leading edge portion of the web onto the loading tool and a second position, wherein in the second position an end portion of the loading tool extends above the turn element when in use, the loading tool comprising:
an arm pivotably mounted on a frame of the printing system and wherein the end portion of the loading tool comprises a beam element protruding from the arm in a pivoting direction towards the print surface, wherein in the second position the beam element is positioned with respect to the turn element, such that an S-shaped curve is formed in the web held on the loading tool directing a portion of the web underneath the beam element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,296

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a frame:
a thermal head configured to perform printing on a printing medium;
a head holder holding the thermal head and fixed to the frame;
a platen roller opposed to the thermal head and configured to convey the printing medium in a predetermined conveyance direction with the printing medium nipped by and between the platen roller and thermal head;
a first support shaft fixed to the frame;
a roller holder rotatably supporting the platen roller, pivotally supported by the first support shaft, and including a first contact portion contactable with the head holder;
a moving mechanism configured to move the roller holder between a pressing position at which the platen roller is located close to the thermal head and a retracted position at which the platen roller is located away from the thermal head; and
a biasing member configured to bias the roller holder in an inclined direction that is inclined with respect to a first direction toward a second direction side, the first direction being a direction which is substantially orthogonal to the conveyance direction and in which the platen roller faces the thermal head, the second direction being opposite to the conveyance direction,
wherein the roller holder is configured such that, in a state in which the roller holder is located at the pressing position, the platen roller is held in contact with the thermal head while receiving a biasing force in the first direction from the biasing member, and the first contact portion is held in contact with the head holder in the second direction while receiving a biasing force in the second direction from the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,295

MEDIUM SUPPORT UNITS, PRINTING APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR ATTACHING AND DETACHING FRICTION MEMBER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium support unit which supports a medium while printing is performed on the medium by a printing apparatus, the medium support unit comprising:a support member having a support surface that supports the medium;
a frame which is detachably attached to the support member; and
a friction member which has a static friction coefficient to the medium higher than that of the support surface, the friction member being attached to the frame so as to cover the support surface when the frame is attached to the support member; and
a low swelling member that is disposed between the friction member and the support surface, and is less likely to swell than the friction member, wherein the friction member and the low swelling member are adhered to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,654,294

PRINTING APPARATUS

FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED...

1. A printing apparatus having a pillar shape, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing mechanism including
a print head configured to perform printing on a recording sheet;
a feed roller configured to convey the recording sheet toward the print head; and
a platen roller configured to convey the recording sheet fed by the feed roller;
a motor; and
a gear box configured to transmit a rotation of the motor to the feed roller and the platen roller, the gear box including
an output gear configured to output the rotation of the motor;
a platen gear attached to the platen roller and meshing with the output gear to transmit the rotation of the motor output by the output gear to the platen roller;
a drive gear connected to the feed roller and configured to rotate the feed roller; and
a one-way gear meshing with the output gear and the drive gear to transmit the rotation of the motor output by the output gear to the drive gear,
wherein the printing mechanism, the gear box, and the motor are arranged in order from a first side of the printing apparatus toward a second side of the printing apparatus in a longitudinal direction of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,654,293

RADIAL LIFT MECHANISM FOR PRINT ENGINE HAVING MULTIPLE PRINTHEADS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A print engine comprising:a media support chassis defining a curved media feed path;
a maintenance chassis mounted on the media support chassis, the maintenance chassis having a curvature corresponding to the curved media path and comprising:
a plurality of maintenance modules fixedly mounted between sidewalls of the maintenance chassis, the maintenance modules being aligned along the media feed path; and
a plurality of guide rails extending radially upwards from the maintenance chassis, each maintenance module having respective parallel first and second guide rails associated therewith at opposite ends thereof;
a plurality of print module carriers, each print module carrier being slidingly received on respective parallel first and second guide rails;
a plurality of print modules, each print module being releasably engaged with a respective one of the print module carriers; and
a lift mechanism for radially raising and lowering the plurality of print module carriers relative to the maintenance chassis between a maintenance position a printing position,
wherein each print module carrier comprises a sleeve for receiving a respective print module and a pair of mounting arms extending laterally from the sleeve, and wherein each mounting arm comprises a slider bracket for sliding engagement with a respective guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,654,292

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a conveyance path in which a medium is conveyed;
a liquid discharge head to discharge liquid onto the medium conveyed in the conveyance path;
an ejection tray to which the medium is ejected; and
a drying device to dry the medium,
wherein the conveyance path includes a first bending portion to bend the medium, with a liquid-applied surface of the medium facing inward,
the ejection tray includes a second bending portion to bend the medium, with the liquid-applied surface of the medium facing inward,
a curvature of the medium bent by the first bending portion is greater than a curvature of the medium bent by the second bending portion, and
the drying device dries the medium conveyed in the first bending portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,291

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a support member including a curved surface configured to support a recording medium conveyed in a predetermined conveyance direction;
a discharging head configured to discharge liquid from a nozzle of a nozzle surface disposed in a position facing the support member to print an image on the recording medium supported by the curved surface;
an irradiation section including
a housing and
a light emitting section accommodated inside the housing and configured to irradiate light for curing the liquid, the irradiation section being configured to irradiate the recording medium supported by the curved surface with light emitted from the light emitting section via an irradiation port defined by the housing; and
a light-shielding plate disposed between the discharging head and the irradiation section in the conveyance direction, wherein
the housing is disposed in a position farther from the curved surface than a virtual tangent plane that passes through a portion of the nozzle surface being farthest from the irradiation port and that contacts a lower end of the light-shielding plate,
a gap between the light-shielding plate and the support member is wider than a gap between the discharging head and the support member, and
the nozzle surface and the irradiation port are not parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,654,290

LIQUID DISPENSING AMOUNT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid dispensing amount control apparatus comprising:at least one nozzle; and
at least one heating device,
wherein the heating device is configured to heat a position of liquid dispensed from the nozzle to form a droplet,
the at least one heating device is at least one light irradiation device, wherein the light irradiation device is configured to shine a light on the position of liquid dispensed from the nozzle to form the droplet,
the light irradiation device comprises a light source, a controller, and an adjuster,
wherein the light source is configured to emit the light;
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the position of the dispensed liquid where the light shines to form the droplet based on an amount of the liquid required for the droplet; and
wherein the adjuster is configured to adjust the light emitted from the light source to shine on the calculated position of the dispensed liquid,
the adjuster is an angle conversion device, and
the angle conversion device is a piezoelectric ceramic control element, wherein one end of the piezoelectric ceramic control system is fixedly connected with one end of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,654,288

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:a step of recording an image on a recording medium having a first surface and a second surface, by ejecting an aqueous ink from a recording head; and
after the recording step, a step of discharging the recording medium while placing the first surface or the second surface on which the image has been recorded last on a gravitationally lower side,
wherein the aqueous ink has a first viscosity ?1 (mPa·s) of 5.0 mPa·s or more and an evaporated ink, which is obtained by evaporating 20% by mass of the aqueous ink, has a second viscosity ?2 (mPa·s), with a difference ?2 ??1 (mPa·s) being 4.0 mPa·s or more.

US Pat. No. 10,654,287

PRINT QUALITY SETUP USING BANKS IN PARALLEL

1. A printer, comprising:a set of printhead banks, wherein each of printhead banks in the set of printhead banks is operable to independently print an identical pattern with a different print quality on a media;
a processor operable to:
generate a strobe signal for each of the printhead banks in the set of printhead banks based on a quality factor, wherein the quality factor determines the print quality for each of the identical patterns on the media; and
transmit a corresponding strobe signal and data signal to a corresponding printhead bank of the set of printhead banks, wherein each of the set of printhead banks prints a set of identical patterns, each with different print quality, on the media.

US Pat. No. 10,654,286

CONFIGURABLE ERROR HIDING

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A droplet deposition apparatus comprising:at least one droplet deposition head having a plurality of nozzles arranged in at least one row, the droplet deposition head configured to print an image;
an interface for receiving a half-toned image to be printed, the image comprising a plurality of pixels; and
at least one processor configured to:
receive data indicating that a nozzle in a row is faulty;
identify each pixel of the image that is assigned to be printed by the faulty nozzle;
determine a pixel color density for each identified pixel;
determine a total number of sub-droplets required to provide the determined pixel color density for each identified pixel;
determine the maximum number of sub-droplets SDmax ejectable by at least one neighboring nozzle located in the vicinity of the faulty nozzle;
select, using a lookup table, a mask value for the neighboring nozzle, each mask value specifying zero or more sub-droplets to be printed for each identified pixel by the neighboring nozzle instead of the faulty nozzle, wherein the mask value for each identified pixel is less than or equal to the maximum number of sub-droplets SDmax of the neighboring nozzle;
generate a mask for the image comprising the selected mask values for the neighboring nozzle; and
operate the droplet deposition head to eject zero or more sub-droplets from the neighboring nozzle according to the generated mask, such that the determined pixel color density for each identified pixel assigned to the faulty nozzle is provided by the at least one neighboring nozzle,
wherein:
the droplet deposition apparatus further comprises at least a first row of nozzles, a second row of nozzles located below the first row, and a third row of nozzles located below the second row;
the faulty nozzle is located in the second row and is incapable of ejecting fluid; and
the at least one processor is further configured to:
determine a maximum number of sub-droplets SDmax ejectable by a first neighboring nozzle located in the vicinity of the faulty nozzle in the first row, and a second neighboring nozzle located in the vicinity of the faulty nozzle in the third row; and
select, using the lookup table, a mask value for each of the first and second neighboring nozzles, each mask value specifying zero or more sub-droplets to be printed for each identified pixel by each of the first and second neighboring nozzles, wherein the mask values for each identified pixel are selected is less than or equal to the maximum number of sub-droplets SDmax of the first and second neighboring nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,654,285

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTOL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing control apparatus configured to control printing using a print head provided with, on different head chips, a plurality of nozzle groups including a first nozzle group and a second nozzle group configured to eject ink of a same color, with at least a portion of a formation range of each of the nozzle groups corresponding to ink of the same color and formed on the different head chips overlapping each other, and the different head chips being disposed in a direction that crosses an alignment direction of nozzles of each of the nozzle groups, the printing control apparatus comprisinga halftone processing unit configured to generate halftone data specifying a presence or absence of dots per pixel serving as data to drive the nozzle groups based on image data,
the halftone processing unit being further configured to generate first halftone data to drive the first nozzle group and second halftone data to drive the second nozzle group in an uncorrelated manner.

US Pat. No. 10,654,284

FLUID STORAGE DEVICE WITH MULTI-POSITION SEAL ASSEMBLY

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid storage device comprising:a fluid reservoir to store fluid comprising:
a free fluid chamber; and
an overflow chamber in fluid communication with the free fluid chamber; and
a seal assembly moveable between a first position, an intermediate position, and a second position, wherein the seal assembly comprises:
a refill port cover to move from the first position where the refill port cover is disposed over and covers a refill port of the free fluid chamber, to the second position to open the refill port; and
an air vent cover to move from the first position where the air vent cover exposes an air vent of the overflow chamber to the second position to seal the air vent.

US Pat. No. 10,654,283

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to eject ink;
an ink tank configured to contain the ink;
an ink flow path plate having a supply flow path for guiding ink to be supplied from the ink tank to the print head, and a collection flow path for guiding ink to be collected from the print head to the ink tank and provided below the ink tank in a gravitational direction;
an atmosphere communication plate provided above the ink tank in the gravitational direction and having an atmosphere communication flow path for communicating the ink tank with atmosphere;
a first functional component provided above the ink flow path plate in the gravitational direction to act on at least one of the supply flow path and the collection flow path; and
a second functional component provided below the atmosphere communication plate in the gravitational direction to act on the atmosphere communication flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,654,282

LIQUID SUPPLYING SYSTEM HAVING SENSOR FOR SENSING LIQUID LEVEL IN TANK STORING LIQUID FOR SUPPLYING TO HEAD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid supplying system comprising:a cartridge comprising:
a first storage chamber configured to store liquid therein; and
a first air communicating portion allowing the first storage chamber to communicate with an atmosphere;
a tank to which the cartridge is connectable, the tank comprising:
a second storage chamber configured to store the liquid therein;
an inlet opening through which the liquid stored in the first storage chamber of the cartridge connected to the tank is flowed into the second storage chamber;
an outlet opening through which the liquid stored in the second storage chamber is discharged; and
a second air communicating portion allowing the second storage chamber to be communicated with the atmosphere; and
a detecting portion configured to detect that the liquid stored in the second storage chamber becomes a predetermined level in a vertical direction,
wherein the second storage chamber comprises:
a first portion;
a second portion positioned below the first portion and having a horizontal cross-sectional area greater than a horizontal cross-sectional area of the first portion; and
a third portion positioned above the first portion and having a horizontal cross-sectional area greater than a horizontal cross-sectional area of the first portion,
wherein the outlet opening is in communication with the second portion, and
wherein the detecting portion is configured to detect the level of liquid stored in the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,281

LIQUID CARTRIDGE HAVING MOVABLE MEMBER AND CONTACT MEMBER, AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a cartridge body accommodating a reservoir configured to store liquid therein, the cartridge body comprising an upper wall positioned above the reservoir in a height direction;
a liquid-supply part provided on the cartridge body and extending in a frontward direction to allow the liquid stored in the reservoir to flow out therefrom in the frontward direction;
a movable member movably supported by the cartridge body and pivotable about a first pivot axis extending in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the height direction and the frontward direction, the movable member including an arm portion extending away from the first pivot axis rearwardly, the arm portion having a free end portion positioned upward relative to the upper wall; and
a contact member movably supported by the cartridge body, the contact member having a contact portion configured to contact the movable member to restrict pivotal movement of the movable member, the contact member being pivotable about a second pivot axis extending in the height direction to move the contact portion away from the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,280

PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system comprising:a bulk ink assembly to receive a bulk ink supply;
a printhead assembly including nozzles to eject ink drops, a collapsible container to supply ink to the nozzles, and a sensor to provide a sensor signal indicating an amount of ink within the collapsible container;
a valve to supply ink to the collapsible container from the bulk ink assembly in response to a control signal; and
a controller to provide the control signal based on the sensor signal, to regulate the amount of ink in the collapsible container, and to provide an out of ink signal based on the sensor signal indicating the bulk ink supply is effectively empty.

US Pat. No. 10,654,279

INK TANK AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink tank for an ink jet recording apparatus, the ink tank comprising:an ink storage bag storing an ink therein, the ink storage bag having a side wall portion and being configured to cause the side wall portion to shrink as the ink flows out, wherein
the side wall portion is not configured to shrink into a predetermined shape,
the ink tank has no mechanism for adjusting a pressure in the ink storage bag,
the ink storage bag is made from a polyolefin resin,
the ink is an aqueous ink containing a coloring material and a resin, and
the resin contained in the ink has a glass transition temperature higher than a glass transition temperature of the polyolefin resin constituting the ink storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,654,278

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head which ejects ink onto a recording medium;
a supply unit which supplies liquid to the recording head;
a supply path which connects the supply unit and the recording head to each other and through which the liquid passes to be supplied from the supply unit to the recording head; and
a circulation path which connects the recording head and the supply unit to each other and through which the liquid passes to return from the recording head to the supply unit,
wherein
the supply path is provided with a supply coupling which is capable of disconnecting and connecting the supply path,
the circulation path is provided with a circulation coupling which is capable of disconnecting and connecting the circulation path, and
such part of the supply path as is located on an upstream side with respect to the supply coupling and such part of the circulation path as is located on a downstream side with respect to the circulation coupling are connected to each other by a bypass path which is switchable between a communicating state and a cut-off state.

US Pat. No. 10,654,277

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a discharging head configured to discharge a liquid onto a recording medium;
a movement unit configured to move the recording medium in a prescribed direction relative to the discharging head;
a drum shaped support member that is disposed at a position of facing the discharging head and is configured to support the recording medium;
a light-emitting unit that is disposed downstream in the prescribed direction from the discharging head and is configured to emit light for curing the liquid;
a first opposing unit disposed between the discharging head and the light-emitting unit in the prescribed direction;
a second opposing unit disposed downstream of the discharging head in the prescribed direction; and
an optically transparent member that is disposed between the first opposing unit and the second opposing unit in the prescribed direction and is configured to cover the light-emitting unit from the support member, wherein
the optically transparent member is provided between the light-emitting unit and an opening defined between a support-member-side end of the first opposing unit and a support-member-side end of the second opposing unit,
light emitted from the light-emitting unit is radiated from the opening onto the recording medium after transmitting through the optically transparent member, and
a distance from the opening to the optically transparent member is greater than or equal to 40% of a width of the opening in the prescribed direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,276

INK-JET PRINTING DEVICE AND INK-JET PRINTING METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An ink-jet printing device comprising:at least one nozzle configured to discharge an ink droplet onto a recording medium conveyed in a conveyance direction; and
a control unit to control flushing operation of said nozzle, wherein
cutting positions at which cutting is performed are regularly disposed on said recording medium,
a finishing region in which printing is performed and an unnecessary region other than said finishing region are disposed on a cut sheet extending between said cutting positions adjacent to each other on said recording medium,
said unnecessary region includes candidate regions used to perform said flushing operation and having a width in a direction orthogonal to said conveyance direction,
said candidate regions are disposed at a plurality of places separated from each other in said conveyance direction of said cut sheet,
said control unit comprises:
a flushing pattern setting unit setting a flushing pattern that is a discharge pattern of ink droplets when the flushing operation is performed toward said unnecessary region on each cut sheet; and
a flushing region setting unit dividing the flushing pattern that is set by said flushing pattern setting unit into a plurality of divided flushing patterns, and
said control unit controls said nozzle to perform said flushing operation in said candidate regions at the plurality of places in said conveyance direction of said cut sheet so that said plurality of divided flushing patterns are printed in said candidate regions at the plurality of places.

US Pat. No. 10,654,275

DUAL REGULATOR PRINT MODULE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid injection module comprising:a fluid ejection die comprising
nozzle orifices on a front face of the die;
a first fluid passage extending through the die from a back face of the die;
a second fluid passage extending through the die from the back face of the die;
a microchannel extending from the first fluid passage to the second fluid passage proximate the nozzle orifices to circulate fluid from the first fluid passage to the second fluid passage;
a die carrier on the back face of the die, the die carrier comprising:
a third fluid passage extending through the die carrier;
a fourth fluid passage extending through the die carrier; and
a bypass fluid passage extending from the third fluid passage to the fourth fluid passage and connected to the first fluid passage and the second fluid passage; and
at least one pressure regulator to induce pressure differential driven fluid flow across the microchannel and across the bypass fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,654,274

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE METHOD FOR THE SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit that performs printing on a target by ejecting liquid from a plurality of nozzles;
a liquid supply channel configured to supply the liquid which is stored in a liquid supply source toward the liquid ejecting unit;
a maintenance section that performs maintenance processing of causing the liquid to be discharged from the nozzles; and
a controller that performs the following prior to performing the printing on the target,
based on print information related to the printing, determines whether the printing satisfies a setting condition, the setting condition comprising that a staying time of the liquid staying in a liquid path, including the liquid supply channel and a channel extending from the liquid supply channel to the nozzles, during printing is to be longer than a predetermined threshold time
in a case where the setting condition is satisfied, sets a first discharge amount of the liquid to be discharged during the maintenance processing,
in a case where the setting condition is not satisfied, sets a second discharge amount of the liquid to be discharged during the maintenance processing, the first discharge amount is greater than the second discharge amount, and
causes the maintenance section to perform the maintenance processing based on the determined first discharge amount or second discharge amount.

US Pat. No. 10,654,273

INK JET HEAD AND INK JET PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An ink jet head, comprising:a nozzle plate substrate having a nozzle for ejecting ink toward a recording medium; and
an oil repellent film on a surface of the nozzle plate substrate, the surface facing the recording medium, wherein
the oil repellent film comprises a fluorine compound having a first end and a second end, the first end comprising a perfluoroalkyl group with 3 to 5 carbon atoms per each molecule of the fluorine compound, and
a ratio of a density of CF2 groups in the oil repellent film with respect to a density of CF3 groups in the oil repellent film is between 1.5 and 4.0 as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,272

VALVED MICRONOZZLE ARRAY FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE MEMS APPLICATION

Universal Display Corpora...

1. A device comprising:a micronozzle array formed from monolithic silicon and configured for use at 200-400° C. having a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles including an integrated plug valve that allows flow from the nozzle to be attenuated separately from each other nozzle of the plurality of nozzles, wherein each of the plurality of nozzles includes:
a microchannel, formed from the monolithic silicon, having a first channel portion and a second channel portion, wherein the first channel portion is narrower than the second channel portion, wherein the first channel portion forms an aperture of the nozzle that is configured to eject vapor from the microchannel; and
a stem, formed from the monolithic silicon that includes the integrated plug valve is suspended in the microchannel to attenuate the flow from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,271

HEAD CHIP, LIQUID JET HEAD AND LIQUID JET RECORDING DEVICE

SII PRINTEK INC., Chiba ...

1. A head chip adapted to jet liquid comprising:an actuator plate having a plurality of ejection grooves each filled with the liquid;
a nozzle plate having a plurality of nozzle holes individually communicated with the plurality of ejection grooves; and
a cover plate having a through hole through which the liquid flows into and/or from the ejection groove, and a wall part adapted to cover the ejection groove,
wherein a flow channel of the liquid in a part adapted to communicate the through hole and the ejection groove with each other includes
a principal flow channel section, and
an expanded flow channel section provided to the wall part, and adapted to increase a cross-sectional area of the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,654,270

PRINTHEAD COMPRISING A THIN FILM PASSIVATION LAYER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printhead comprising:a silicon nitride layer;
a thin film passivation layer deposited onto the silicon nitride layer, wherein the thin film passivation layer is an atomic layer deposition thin film layer;
an adhesion layer deposited onto the thin film passivation layer deposited onto the silicon nitride layer; and
a fluidics layer formed on the adhesion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,269

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a liquid ejection unit having an element substrate including an energy-generating element that applies energy for ejecting liquid;
a liquid supplying unit that is fluidically connected to the liquid ejection unit, and that supplies liquid supplied from a printer main body to the element substrate of the liquid ejection unit;
a first electric wiring board electrically connected to the element substrate and being provided independently from the liquid ejection unit and the liquid supplying unit; and
a second electric wiring board on which an integrated circuit element is mounted, the second electric wiring board being electrically connected to the first electric wiring board and being provided independently from the liquid ejection unit and the liquid supplying unit, wherein
an electric signal is supplied to the integrated circuit element mounted on the second electric wiring board through the first electric wiring board, the electric signal is processed by the integrated circuit element, and the electric signal is supplied to the energy-generating element through the second electric wiring board and the first electric wiring board.

US Pat. No. 10,654,268

MODIFYING FIRING PARAMETERS FOR PRINTHEADS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable storage medium comprising instructions that upon execution cause a controller to:receive impedance sensor values from an impedance sensor in a printhead;
determine whether the impedance sensor values correlate to a production of an effective drive bubble for the printhead; and
issue a command to modify a firing parameter for a fluid ejector of the printhead based on the impedance sensor values.

US Pat. No. 10,654,267

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus, comprising:a liquid discharging head having an actuator, a nozzle-formed surface on which a nozzle opens and discharging liquid from the nozzle by activating the actuator; and
an activation pulse generation circuit that generates an activation pulse for activating the actuator, wherein
the nozzle-formed surface has a liquid repellent film formed thereon,
the activation pulse includes a first pull-in component that pulls a meniscus in the nozzle from an initial position of the meniscus toward an upstream side with respect to a discharge direction, a first push-out component that pushes, toward a downstream side with respect to the discharge direction, the meniscus that has been pulled, a second pull-in component that pulls, toward the upstream side again, the meniscus that has been pushed, and a second push-out component that pushes, toward the downstream side again, at least a portion of the meniscus that has been pulled again, and
the actuator corresponding to the nozzle that discharges a special-type liquid among liquids to be discharged by the liquid discharging head is activated by the activation pulse, the special-type liquid being a type of liquid that relatively tends to cause repellency of the liquid repellent film to deteriorate,
wherein the actuator corresponding to the nozzle that discharges other liquids is activated by the activation pulse or another activation pulse until a predetermined pulse-switching condition is satisfied and, after the predetermined pulse-switching condition is satisfied, the actuator is exclusively activated by the activation pulse, and
wherein a sweeping mechanism that sweeps the nozzle-formed surface is provided, wherein the pulse-switching condition is a predetermined number of wipes to be performed on the nozzle-formed surface by the sweeping mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,654,266

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a plurality of driving elements that cause a liquid to be ejected from a nozzle by fluctuating a pressure;
a sealing body that forms a first space for accommodating the plurality of driving elements;
a case member that forms a second space for surrounding the sealing body;
a circuit substrate that drives the driving elements and is provided in the second space;
an atmosphere vent that is formed in the case member and through which the second space communicates with atmosphere;
a communication hole that is formed in the sealing body and through which the first space communicates with the second space; and
a moisture absorbent that is provided in the second space and is not provided in the first space.

US Pat. No. 10,654,265

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a tank in which a liquid is stored;
a print head that comprises an ejection port surface on which an ejection port is formed and a pressure chamber, the ejection port ejecting the liquid, the liquid being supplied from the tank through the pressure chamber in which a printing element for generating energy used for ejecting the liquid is disposed;
a cap mechanism that caps the ejection port surface of the print head;
a timer unit that acquires time information on time during which the ejection port surface is capped;
a supply flow path for supplying the liquid from the tank to the print head;
a recovery flow path for recovering the liquid from the print head to the tank;
a circulation unit configured to circulate the liquid in a circulation path including the tank, the supply flow path, the pressure chamber, and the recovery flow path, wherein the circulation unit circulates the liquid through the circulation path in response to the time indicated by the time information acquired by the timer unit exceeding a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,264

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Finetech Nisca Inc....

1. A printing system comprising a printing apparatus configured to perform printing on a print medium and a printing control apparatus configured to create image data used for printing by the printing apparatus,wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
(1) a print head in which a plurality of printing elements are arrayed;
(2) a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium to a print area facing the print head in a conveying direction intersecting with an array direction of the printing elements; and
(3) a control unit configured to set a conveying speed of the conveying unit,
wherein the printing control apparatus comprises an acquisition unit configured to acquire a maximum concurrent drive number in the printing elements based on the image data, an inclination adjustment value used for adjusting an inclination of a print position of the print head with respect to the conveying direction, and a maximum value and minimum value of an array direction adjustment value used for adjusting a print position of the print head in the array direction, and
wherein the control unit of the printing apparatus sets the conveying speed of the conveying unit based on the maximum concurrent drive number acquired by the acquisition unit of the printing control apparatus and performs printing based on the image data transmitted from the printing control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,654,263

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A method for controlling a liquid ejecting device, comprising:determining a first temperature value according to a first sensor signal on a first signal line;
determining a second temperature value according to a second sensor signal on a second signal line, the first and second signal lines being among a plurality of signal lines of a wiring connection body connecting a liquid ejecting device to a control board, the first signal line being on a first end side of the wiring connection body and the second signal line being on a second end side of the wiring connection body;
detecting a connection fault between the wiring connection body and a wiring connector based on at least one of the determined first temperature value and second temperature value; and
preventing the liquid ejecting device from ejecting liquid when the connection fault is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,654,262

PLATE CYLINDER AND PLATE MOUNTING DEVICE

SHOWA ALUMINUM CAN CORPOR...

1. A plate cylinder comprising:a cylindrical plate-mounting surface on which a cylindrical printing plate is capable of being fitted from a front end side and mounted,
a plate fixing member mounting surface having a flat surface arranged on an outer circumferential surface of the plate cylinder and bordered by the cylindrical plate-mounting surface, and
a front stopper provided at an end portion of the front end side, wherein the front stopper includes a stopper main body and an operation permissible hole,
wherein the front stopper is configured using the operation permissible hole to regulate a rotation of the stopper main body to switch the front stopper between a protruding orientation in which at least a portion of the stopper is positioned so as to protrude to an outside of the plate fixing member mounting surface in a radial direction and to come into contact with a circular plane surface end portion of the fitted cylindrical printing plate, and
a retracted orientation in which an entire stopper is positioned to an inside of the plate fixing member mounting surface in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,261

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING A PLURALITY OF OBJECTS FOR MULTI-SIDED PROCESSING

1. A positioning system for positioning a plurality of rotatable objects, comprising:a base plate configured to be positioned on a support surface of a processing machine, the base plate defining a plurality of alignment members for aligning the base plate to the support surface;
at least three elongate cylindrical members arranged in parallel to one another and rotatably supported in alignment with the base plate, the cylindrical members configured to support the plurality of rotatable objects, the at least three elongate cylindrical members including a first pair of adjacent cylindrical members and a second pair of adjacent cylindrical members, wherein the first pair of adjacent cylindrical members is configured to support first rotatable objects of the plurality of rotatable objects and to align the first rotatable objects along a first position line extending axially between the first pair of adjacent cylindrical members, and wherein the second pair of adjacent cylindrical members configured to support second rotatable objects of the plurality of rotatable objects and to align the second rotatable objects along a second position line extending axially between the second pair of adjacent cylindrical members;
a rotation mechanism configured to cooperate with the cylindrical members and rotate the cylindrical members in synchrony so as to rotate the plurality of rotatable objects in synchrony; and
a rotational control mechanism configured to cooperate with the rotation mechanism to control rotation of the cylindrical members.

US Pat. No. 10,654,260

STEREOLITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A stereo lithography apparatus, comprising:a base;
a lifting rail arranged upright on the base;
a slider arranged on the lifting rail and being movable along the lifting rail;
a forming, a position hole and at least an adjusting groove being defined on the forming pedestal;
a nut assembly connected with the slider by a plurality of screw bolts, one of the screw bolts being inserted through the position hole and connected with the slider, each of the other screw bolts being inserted through corresponding adjusting groove and connected with the slider; and
a screw rod arranged upright on the base and engaged with the nut assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,654,259

CONDUCTIVE DIAMOND APPLICATION METHOD

Global Circuit Innovation...

1. A method, comprising:preparing a surface to receive a 3D printed layer, comprising one or more of:
texturing the surface, the texturing performed in order to not adversely impact regularity of the surface and limit variations in height from surface of conductive diamonds; and
chemically treating the surface to reduce films or coatings that may impact adhesion between the surface and a conductive layer, without degrading the conductive layer;
3D printing, by a 3D printer, the conductive layer comprising a plurality of overlaid layers of conductive material to the surface; and
3D printing, by the 3D printer, the conductive diamonds to the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,258

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing apparatus, comprising:a printing module, comprising:
a melting nozzle, configured to melt a first forming material having a first color and a second forming material having a second color; and
a feeding module, configured to feed the first forming material and the second forming material to the melting nozzle in a filament-extruding period; and
a controller, coupled to the printing module, and configured to: determine a first pulling-back amount and a second pulling-back amount according to a first feeding-in ratio of the first forming material and a second feeding-in ratio of the second forming material in a filament-extruding suspending period of the printing module; control the feeding module to pull pack the first forming material according to the first pulling-back amount along a direction which is departing from the melting nozzle in the filament-extruding suspending period, and control the feeding module to pull pack the second forming material according to the second pulling-back amount along the direction which is departing from the melting nozzle in the same filament-extruding suspending period, wherein a ratio of the first feeding-in ratio and the second feeding-in ratio satisfies a preset ratio,
wherein the first feeding-in ratio is a ratio of the feeding-in amount of the first forming material to an overall feeding-in amount of the melting nozzle and the second feeding-in amount is a ratio of the feeding-in amount of the second forming material to the overall feeding-in amount of the melting nozzle,
wherein the printing module moves from a printing end location to a printing start location in the filament-extruding suspending period, and the melting nozzle stops extruding the third forming material in the filament-extruding suspending period,
wherein the controller obtains a second reference range and a third reference range according to a first reference value and a second reference value; the second reference range is between 0 and the second reference value; the third reference range is between the second reference value and the first reference value, and the first reference value is greater than the second reference value;
wherein if the first feeding-in ratio is the same as the second feeding-in ratio, the controller directly sets the first pulling-back amount and the second pulling-back amount as the second reference value; and
wherein if the first feeding-in ratio is different from the second feeding-in ratio, the controller calculates the first pulling-back amount according to the first feeding-in ratio by using an interpolation method and one of the second reference range and the third reference range, and calculates the second pulling-back amount according to the second feeding-in ratio by using the interpolation method and the other one of the second reference range and the third reference range.

US Pat. No. 10,654,257

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE ABSORPTION CABLE

Seiji Kagawa, Koshigaya-...

1. An electromagnetic wave absorption cable comprising at least one conductor wire, at least one inner insulating sheath surrounding each conductor wire, and an electromagnetic-wave-absorbing tape spirally wound around each or all of said inner insulating sheaths;said electromagnetic-wave-absorbing tape being constituted by two electromagnetic-wave-absorbing films which are laterally partially overlapped;
each electromagnetic-wave-absorbing film comprising a plastic film, and a single- or multi-layer, thin metal film formed on at least one surface of said plastic film, said thin metal film being provided with large numbers of substantially parallel, intermittent, linear scratches with irregular widths and intervals in plural directions;
the linear scratches in each electromagnetic-wave-absorbing film having an acute crossing angle ?s in a range of 30-90°;
the linear scratches in one electromagnetic-wave-absorbing film and the linear scratches in the other electromagnetic-wave-absorbing film being crossing each other; and
the total (D2+D3) of the longitudinal width D2 of an overlapped portion of said electromagnetic-wave-absorbing films and the longitudinal width D3 of an overlapped portion of said electromagnetic-wave-absorbing tape being 30-70% of the longitudinal width D of said electromagnetic-wave-absorbing tape.

US Pat. No. 10,654,256

CREATION OF A TRANSPARENT POLYMER WINDOW WITH A FIELD OF LENSES IN A SECURITY PAPER SUBSTRATE

KBA-NotaSys SA, Lausanne...

1. A system comprising:a transparent film,
a security paper substrate having an opening,
a device designed to fill the opening in the security paper substrate with a transparent polymer material,
wherein the opening is closed at one end by the transparent film that is laminated onto a first side of the security paper substrate,
wherein the device comprises:
an application system including:
a first cylinder supporting the first side of the security paper substrate,
at least a first application unit cooperating with a second side of the security paper substrate, opposite to the first side, to apply the transparent polymer material into the opening while the security paper substrate is being supported by the first cylinder, and
a second cylinder located downstream of the first cylinder, which second cylinder cooperates with the second side of the security paper substrate and carries on its circumference a lens replicating medium designed to replicate a field of lenses into the transparent polymer material applied in the opening in such a way as to form lenses on the second side of the security paper substrate in register with the opening,
wherein the transparent polymer material is a UV-curable polymer material,
wherein the device further comprises a UV-curing unit cooperating with the second cylinder in order to cure the UV-curable polymer material from the first side of the security paper substrate, through the transparent film,
whereby the device functions to fill the opening in the security paper substrate with the transparent polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,255

ELASTOMERIC LAMINATE WITH ACTIVATION THICKNESS

1. A method for forming a hybrid gathered elastomeric laminate comprising the steps:providing an activated zero strain laminate;
providing a second layer;
elongating one of the activated zero strain laminate and the second layer to form a strained layer such that the strained layer comprises a greater strain than a nonstrained layer, the nonstrained layer comprising the other of the activated zero strain laminate and the second layer; and
joining the activated zero strain laminate to the second layer, such that the activated zero strain laminate and the second layer are joined at one or more bonding sites;
wherein the activated zero strain laminate comprises a pre-SELFed coverstock material comprising SELF-specific land areas and deformed areas prior to being joined to an elastomeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,254

PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING HIGH QUALITY COMPOSITE MATERIALS USING AN ISO-STATIC HIGH PRESSURE REACTOR

Mahavadi Management and T...

1. A process for bonding composite materials within a high-pressure isostatic reactor by applying variable profiles of temperature and pressure to said composite materials comprising the following steps:a) precutting two or more constituent materials, wherein one or more of the constituent materials is a flexible constituent material and one or more of the constituent materials is a rigid constituent material;
b) stacking said constituent materials in patterns of layering and orientation along with a suitable bonding material such that the constituent materials and the bonding material form a composite stock;
c) applying one or more additives to the composite stock;
d) sealing the composite stock within a composite pouch;
e) placing the composite pouch in the isostatic high pressure reactor;
f) distributing pressure and temperature at a first level uniformly over a surface of the composite pouch by using a mixture of hydraulic fluids and heat transfer oils;
g) subjecting the composite stock within the high-pressure isostatic reactor to a pressure-hammering process constituting a series of individual temperature and pressure variations over a period of time, including varying temperature within the isostatic reactor within a range bounded by a lower point of 35 degrees centigrade to an upper point of upto 120 degrees centigrade, and alternating pressure up-and-down within the isostatic reactor within a range bounded by a lower point of 0 bars to an upper limit of upto 100 bars, each individual variation lasting for an interval of time ranging between 2 minutes and 10 minutes, and the pressure-hammering process lasting for said period of time ranging between 15 minutes and 120 minutes;
h) increasing pressure to a final value required to achieve optimum bonding of the composite stock and uniform temperature throughout all surfaces of the constituent materials within the composite stock, and maintaining pressure at said final value for a specific time period when the uniform temperature reaches a limit, wherein the specific time period is determined based on the thickness of the composite stock, the number of constituent materials and a rate of heat transfer between the constituent materials and the mixture of hydraulic fluids and heat transfer oils;
i) reducing temperature of the composite stock while maintaining pressure at the first level specified in step (f) in order to ensure optimum bonding of the constituent materials within the composite stock and the formation of a bonded composite material;
j) removing the composite pouch from the isostatic high pressure chamber and cleaning said composite pouch; and
k) retaining the composite pouch such that the composite pouch becomes an integral part of the bonded composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,253

MULTI-LAYER CARDBOARD MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MULTI-LAYER CARDBOARD MATERIAL

MAYR-MELNHOF KARTON AG, ...

1. A multi-layer cardboard material comprising:at least one first fibrous-material layer, which comprises a cellulose-containing base material; and
at least one second fibrous-material layer including a mixture of cellulose-containing material and fine material particles,
wherein a material of origin for the fine material particles is coco peat and the fine material particles have a particle size of less than 0.5 mm and more than 0.3 mm, and
wherein a length-to-width ratio of more than 50% of the fine material particles is 0.7:1 to 1:0.7.

US Pat. No. 10,654,252

MULTI-LAYER ANTI-FOG COMPOSITIONS AND PROCESSES FOR MAKING SAME

CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CO...

1. A multi-layer anti-fog composition, comprising:an anti-fog layer comprising from 60 to 74 wt % cellulose acetate and from 5 to 40 wt % of a plasticizer comprising tris-chloropropyl phosphate, and having opposing major planar surfaces;
a protective layer comprising polycarbonate having opposing major planar surfaces oriented substantially coplanar, at least in part, to the anti-fog layer forming a multi-layered anti-fog composition, the protective layer being configured to define an air gap between the anti-fog layer and the protective layer and; and
a connector extending through the multi-layered anti-fog composition; wherein the connector has the same composition as the protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,251

ULTRATHIN BARRIER LAMINATES AND DEVICES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An article comprising:a thermoplastic polymer skin layer having opposite first and second major surfaces;
a barrier stack coated on the first major surface of the thermoplastic polymer skin layer, the thermoplastic polymer skin layer and the barrier stack forming an integral protective layer, the integral protective layer having a thickness no greater than about 0.5 mil (12.7 microns); and
a removable carrier film having a major surface releasably attached to the second major surface of the thermoplastic polymer skin layer, the removable carrier film being configured to support the integral protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,250

INTERMEDIATE FILM FOR LAMINATED GLASS, LAMINATED GLASS, AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass, comprising an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a thermoplastic resin and an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, a content of the ultraviolet ray shielding agent in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a thermoplastic resin, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and a heat shielding compound, the second resin layer containing both of metal-doped tungsten oxide particles and at least one compound among a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound and an anthracyanine compound as the heat shielding compound, a content of the at least one compound in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or less,the first resin layer containing or not containing a heat shielding compound, a content in % by weight of the heat shielding compound in the first resin layer being smaller than a content in % by weight of the heat shielding compound in the second resin layer by 0.05% by weight or more, and
the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,248

CONDUCTIVE STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

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

1. A conductive structure comprising:a first hafnium oxide layer including a hafnium oxide;
a metal layer provided on the first hafnium oxide layer; and
a second hafnium oxide layer including a hafnium oxide provided on the metal layer,
wherein the second hafnium oxide layer further includes a dopant selected from the group consisting of Nb, Zr, Ta, La, V, Zn, B, Si, Al, In and Sn,
wherein the conductive structure has mean light transmittance of 80% or greater for light with a wavelength of 550 nm, and
wherein the conductive structure satisfies Mathematical Formulas 1-6:

wherein, in Mathematical Formula 1, Deff is a degree of dispersion of a mean refractive index of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer calculated by Mathematical Formulae 2 and 3, keff_dielectric is a mean extinction coefficient of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer calculated by Mathematical Formula 4, d is a total thickness of the first hafnium oxide layer, the second hafnium oxide layer and the metal layer, and keff_metal is a mean extinction coefficient of the first hafnium oxide layer, the second hafnium oxide layer and the metal layer calculated by Mathematical Formula 5;
in Mathematical Formula 2, neff_550 is a mean refractive index of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer calculated by Mathematical Formula 3 for light with a wavelength of 550 nm, neff_450 is a mean refractive index of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer calculated by Mathematical Formula 3 in light with a wavelength of 450 nm, and neff_380 is a mean refractive index of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer calculated by Mathematical Formula 3 for light with a wavelength of 380 nm;
in Mathematical Formulae 3 and 4, n1 is a refractive index of the first hafnium oxide layer, n2 is a refractive index of the second hafnium oxide layer, k1 is an extinction coefficient of the first hafnium oxide layer, k2 is an extinction coefficient of the second hafnium oxide layer, f1 is a thickness ratio of the first hafnium oxide layer with respect to the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer, and f2 is a thickness ratio of the second hafnium oxide layer with respect to the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer;
in Mathematical Formulae 5 and 6, n3 is a mean refractive index (neff_dielectric) of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer, n4 is a refractive index of the metal layer, k3 is a mean extinction coefficient (keff_dielectric) of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer, k4 is an extinction coefficient of the metal layer, f3 is a thickness ratio of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer with respect to the conductive structure, and f4 is a thickness ratio of the metal layer with respect to the conductive structure; and
the mean extinction coefficient (keff_dielectric) of the first hafnium oxide layer and the second hafnium oxide layer, and the mean extinction coefficient (keff_metal) of the first hafnium oxide layer, the second hafnium oxide layer and the metal layer are values each measured for light with a wavelength of 380 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,247

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE SUPPRESSION SHEET

DUPONT TEIJIN ADVANCED PA...

1. An electromagnetic wave suppression sheet comprising:an absorption layer which has a surface resistivity of 100?/? or more and which includes a conductive substance and an insulating material having a dielectric loss tangent of 0.01 or more at 20° C. and a frequency of 60 Hz in a state where the conductive substance and the insulating material are in direct contact with each other; and
a contact layer which is formed on a surface opposite to a surface of the absorption layer to be irradiated with an electromagnetic wave and in which a surface in contact with the absorption layer has a surface resistivity of 20?/? or more.

US Pat. No. 10,654,246

COMPOSITE ARTICLE AND METHODS THEREFOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of forming a composite article to have a primary composite structure and an integral secondary composite structure that extends out of a plane defined by a continuous reinforcement material within the primary composite structure, the method comprising:laying-up first plies consisting of individual non-woven fibers or fiber tows via an automated fiber placement machine to construct the primary composite structure, the first plies containing the continuous reinforcement material and extending from a first zone that will define the primary composite structure into a second zone that will define the secondary composite structure;
during laying-up of the first plies, interleaving additional plies consisting of individual non-woven fibers or fiber tows via an automated fiber placement machine with the first plies within the second zone but not the first zone so that the second zone contains both the first and additional plies, the additional plies originating within a build-up zone between the first and second zones and extending there from into the second zone, the first and additional plies both terminating in a manner that ends of the first and additional plies define an end surface; and then
deforming the build-up zone and the interleaved first and additional plies therein at the end surface to orient the second zone and form the secondary composite structure into a flange that extends out of the plane defined by the continuous reinforcement material of the first plies.

US Pat. No. 10,654,245

DECORATIVE SHEET AND DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A decorative sheet with a laminated structure comprising an convex area portion formed of a cured product of an ionizing radiation curable resin composition on a base material sheet, whereinthe total area of the convex area portion constitutes 90% or less of the area of the whole surface of the decorative sheet,
the convex area portion defined by one surface laminated on the base material sheet and another surface having a height, at a highest part of the convex area portion from the one surface laminated on the base material sheet, being 10 ?m or more, and
the cured product of an ionizing radiation curable resin has a Martens hardness of 10 to 120 N/mm2 under a temperature of 25° C. and a relative humidity of 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,654,244

LAMINATED MULTI-PLY TISSUE PRODUCTS WITH IMPROVED SOFTNESS AND PLY BONDING

GPCP IP Holdings LLC, At...

1. A multi-ply tissue product comprising;a first tissue ply comprising a pattern of microembossments having less than about 16 embossments per square inch, the microembossments each comprising a base and a tip;
a second tissue ply bonded to the first tissue ply; and
an adhesive applied to the tips of the microembossments and configured to achieve a bond area of less than about .0015 inches/sq. inch.

US Pat. No. 10,654,243

HONEYCOMB SANDWICH SHEET OR PANEL, BASED ON POLYPROPYLENE, WITH A CENTRAL THERMOFORMED FILM

1. A process for preparing a honeycomb sandwich sheet or panel comprising the following steps:a) contemporaneously extruding at least three multilayer films (10,11,12) starting from a polymer or from a polymer compound containing a mineral filler, said three multilayer films comprising a bottom outer film (10), an inner or central film (11), and a top outer film (12);
b) thermoforming said inner or central film (11); and
c) coupling said bottom and top outer films (10,12) to said inner or central thermoformed film (11) by thermowelding,
wherein said thermoforming of the inner or central film (11) is performed contemporaneously and at a same location by applying a positive or a negative pressure both on an upper outer side and on a lower outer side of the inner or central film (11) to produce the inner or central film with a constant thickness, and
wherein the coupling step begins contemporaneously for the bottom and top outer films and the inner or central film (10,11,12).

US Pat. No. 10,654,242

WRAPPED PART ASSEMBLY WITH EDGE/CORNER DEFINING INSERTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly comprising:a substrate having a base edge;
an insert including a contour defining edge, having a reduced radius compared to the base edge, attached to the substrate with the contour defining edge aligned with the base edge;
a spacer attached to the insert and spaced from the substrate; and
a cover wrapped over the insert and the substrate, wherein the cover is wrapped directly around the insert edge to define a covered corner.

US Pat. No. 10,654,241

PAPER MATERIAL FOR FIBROUS CASING, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND FIBROUS CASING

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. A paper material for fibrous casing to be used as a food packaging material in heat processing of a foodstuff, wherein:the paper material is formed by papermaking using a pulp slurry;
a content of pulp in the paper material is no less than 50% by mass;
one face is a gloss face and another face is a matte face; and
the paper material is used as an innermost layer of the fibrous casing to be in contact with the foodstuff; and
as measured by Bristow's method with a contact time of 20 seconds,
an amount of water absorption of the gloss face is no less than 20 ml/m2 and no greater than 40 ml/m2; and
an amount of water absorption of the matte face is no less than 10 ml/m2 and no greater than 35 ml/m2,
the amount of water absorption of the gloss face being greater than the amount of water absorption of the matte face.

US Pat. No. 10,654,240

BINDING UNIT, SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THEM

CANON FINETECH NISCA INC....

1. A sheet processing device having a binding unit that applies water to a crimping range of sheets and then crimps the sheets, the sheet processing device comprising:a processing tray on which sheets are placed;
a pair of pressure teeth that crimp the sheets placed on the processing tray at a crimping position with the sheets interposed therebetween;
a water application member that applies water to the sheets before crimping by the pressure teeth; and
a control unit that controls the pressure teeth and the water application member, wherein
the control unit allows selection of whether to perform crimping by the pressure teeth after applying water to the sheets by the water application member or to perform crimping by the pressure teeth without applying water to the sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,654,239

EMBOSSED MULTILAYERED CELLULOSE PRODUCT AND MEANS FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

SOFIDEL S.P.A., Porcari,...

1. A cellulose product comprising:at least a first ply of embossed cellulose material and a second ply of embossed cellulose material, glued together, wherein the first ply comprises a first ply base material, a first series of embossing protuberances, a second series of micro-embossing protuberances and a third series of protuberances, each of the first series of embossing protuberances, each of the second series of micro-embossing protuberances and each of the third series of protuberances projecting from one side of the first ply base material in a direction of the second ply of embossed cellulose material, the first series of embossing protuberances comprising a first height and a top surface to which a glue is applied which bonds the first ply and the second ply to one another, the second series of micro-embossing protuberances having a second height lower than the first height, the third series of micro-embossing protuberances having a third height lower than the second height, wherein the second ply comprises a second ply base material, a fourth series of embossing protuberances, a fifth series of micro-embossing protuberances and a sixth series of micro-embossing protuberances, each of the fourth series of embossing protuberances, each of the fifth series of micro-embossing protuberances and each of the sixth series of micro-embossing protuberances projecting from one side of the second ply base material in a direction of the first ply of embossed cellulose material, the fourth series of embossing protuberances having a fourth height, the fifth series of micro-embossing protuberances having a fifth height lower than the fourth height, the sixth series of micro-embossing protuberances having a sixth height lower than the fifth height, wherein the embossing protuberances of the first series are distributed over areas of the first ply, where the micro-embossing protuberances of the second series and the micro-embossing protuberances of the third series are absent, wherein the embossing protuberances of the fourth series are distributed over areas of the second ply, where the micro-embossing protuberances of the fifth series and the micro-embossing protuberances of the sixth series are absent, wherein the first series of embossing protuberances and the fourth series of embossing protuberances are nested together, wherein the micro-embossing protuberances of the second series and the micro-embossing protuberances of the third series are distributed alternately, wherein the micro-embossing protuberances of the fifth series and the micro-embossing protuberances of the sixth series are distributed alternately.

US Pat. No. 10,654,238

DEVICE FOR FORMING A PERIPHERAL EDGE OF A CUP BLANK MADE OF PAPER MATERIAL

MICHAEL HOERAUF MASCHINEN...

1. A device for forming a peripheral edge of a cup blank made of deformable material, comprising at least one forming tool, wherein the at least one forming tool is arranged on a tool carrier which is arranged so as to be rotatable about a rotation axis, wherein the rotation axis coincides with a longitudinal centre axis of the cup blank inserted into the device, wherein the at least one forming tool and the tool carrier are configured and arranged so as to travel with respect to a profile, deviating from a circular shape, of the peripheral edge of the cup blank;wherein the at least one forming tool has at least one protrusion arranged on the tool carrier, said at least one protrusion projecting in a direction parallel to the rotation axis in the direction of the peripheral edge of the cup blank and having a radial component with respect to the rotation axis, such that when the tool carrier is rotated, the at least one protrusion passes over and touches from above an annular area in which the peripheral edge of the cup blank is arranged;
wherein the tool carrier is configured as a rotatable disc, the at least one protrusion being arranged on a side of said tool carrier that faces the peripheral edge of the cup blank; and
wherein the rotatable disc is a flat disc having a flat surface and the at least one protrusion projects from the flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,237

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A COMPRESSION ROLLER COLUMN IN A TABLETING MACHINE

Korsch AG, Berlin (DE)

1. A tableting machine comprising at least one compression roller column, the tableting machine being configured to allow for an exchange or differential placement of said at least one compression roller column in dependence upon a desired machine configuration, the tableting machine further comprising a system for identifying a compression roller column in the tableting machine having a machine processor, the system comprising: a plug-in connection having a receiving socket and a plug; said plug having at least one embedded controller; said embedded controller being configured to exchange data with the machine processor of the tableting machine via said plug-in connection; said plug and said receiving socket being arranged on the tableting machine; and, said plug being configured to connect to said receiving socket, wherein said embedded controller includes a memory chip for storing and using data and a processor for evaluating the data; wherein said memory chip of said plug is configured to store and use data comprising identification and characterization data of said at least one compression roller column and wherein the data is evaluated by said processor in said plug to identify whether a correct one of said at least one compression roller columns is present at a correct site; and, wherein said plug and said receiving socket comprise a plurality of modules including a first module for data transmission configured to transmit said data on said at least one compression roller column, a second module for signaling lines configured to transmit signals regarding a displacement sensor or strain gauge and a third module for high-current contacts for controlling a motor of said at least one compression roller column.

US Pat. No. 10,654,236

BALING PRESS AND METHOD OF PRESSING AND TYING BALES IN A BALING PRESS

BOLLEGRAAF PATENTS AND BR...

1. A baling press comprising:a bale pressing channel;
a ram reciprocally movable in the bale pressing channel for pressing material in the bale pressing channel, said ram having a pressing face pressing in a pressing direction into said bale pressing channel and at least one slot in said pressing face;
at least one first string feeding structure for feeding first string material along a first feeding path on a first side of the bale pressing channel;
at least one second string feeding structure for feeding second string material along a second feeding path on a second side of the bale pressing channel opposite of said first side of the bale pressing channel;
a tying assembly on said first side of the bale pressing channel, said tying assembly comprising:
a connector for connecting sections of the first string material fed along said first feeding path and of the second string material fed along said second feeding path to each other;
a cutter for cutting off string material from said sections tied to each other; and
at least one loop supply member for forming a loop of the second string material across the bale pressing channel to said first side of said bale pressing channel and a loop of the first string material at said first side, said loop supply member having a hook adjacent to a free end for catching said second string material on said second side of said bale pressing channel and for catching said first string material on said first side of said bale pressing channel, and being suspended on said first side of said bale pressing channel and movable between an extended position in which the loop supply member projects through said slot from said first side across said bale pressing channel to said second side of said bale pressing channel and a retracted position on said first side of said bale pressing channel;
a feeding chute communicating with a pressing chamber area of the bale pressing channel via a feed passage forming a downstream end of the feeding chute, said loop supply member being located on a side of said feed passage; being downstream in said pressing direction from said feed passage;
a prepress valve which, in closed position, closes off the feed passage from the feeding chute to the bale pressing channel; and
a slot clearing assembly having a slot clearing member movable between an extended position in which the slot clearing member projects through said slot and across said bale pressing channel and a retracted position on one side of said bale pressing channel, said feed passage being located on a side of said slot clearing assembly, being downstream in said pressing direction from said slot clearing assembly;
wherein said bale pressing channel is open for discharging cleared material on a side of the bale pressing channel opposite of a location of the slot clearing member in its retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,235

METHOD FOR REMOVING LIQUID FROM A SLURRY

IOGEN Energy Corporation,...

1. A method of removing liquid from a slurry by a press having an inlet, a deliquefying section, a plug formation section, a discharge section, an outlet, and a restriction cone rigidly attached to a conveyance member that is mounted axially in the press for advancing material therethrough, the method comprising:(i) pressurizing the slurry and feeding the pressurized slurry into the inlet of the press;
(ii) advancing the pressurized slurry through the deliquefying section of the press, thereby removing liquid from the slurry to produce a partially deliquefied slurry and a pressate stream of liquid pressed from the slurry;
(iii) advancing the partially deliquefied slurry to the plug formation section of the press using the conveyance member and compacting the partially deliquefied slurry into an annular space between the conveyance member and a surrounding shell to form an annular plug of material;
(iv) advancing the annular plug of material through the annular space, past the restriction cone, to the discharge section of the press;
(v) removing additional liquid from the annular plug of material by operating the press so that a pressure in the discharge section of the press is greater than a pressure of the pressate stream by at least 2 psi, thereby producing a plug of material having a reduced liquid content; and
(vi) removing the plug of material having the reduced liquid content, or segments thereof, through the outlet of the press.

US Pat. No. 10,654,234

TIRE BUILDING DRUM

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire building drum used to build a large green tire, comprising:a cylindrical drum main body having an outer peripheral surface, a diameter of the cylindrical drum main body being capable of being increased and reduced; and
a coating formed on the outer peripheral surface of the drum main body, wherein
the coating includes a silicon layer defining a surface of the coating, and
the silicon layer has a surface roughness (Ra) of 10 ?m or greater,
wherein the coating includes a sprayed ceramic layer having a porous structure and impregnated with part of the silicon layer,
wherein the coating includes a sprayed stainless steel layer having a surface roughness (Ra) of 16 ?m or greater and fixedly adhering to the outer peripheral surface of the drum main body which is roughened, and
the sprayed ceramic layer is formed on the sprayed stainless steel layer,
wherein a thickness dimension of the silicon layer is within a range of 10 to 20 ?m,
a thickness dimension of the sprayed ceramic layer is within a range of 40 to 60 ?m, and
a thickness dimension of the sprayed stainless steel layer is within a range of 80 to 120 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,654,233

TRANSFER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A TIRE COMPONENT

VMI HOLLAND B.V., (NL)

1. A transfer device for transferring an at least partially ferromagnetic tire component, wherein the transfer device comprises a first transfer member and a second transfer member which are movable relative to each other into a first transfer state on opposite sides of a first transfer plane (P1), wherein the first transfer member comprises a plurality of first magnetic field sources that form a first magnetic field array for retaining the tire component to the first transfer member with a first magnetic attraction force (F1), wherein the second transfer member comprises a plurality of second magnetic field sources that form a second magnetic field array for retaining the tire component to the second transfer member with a second magnetic attraction force (F2), wherein in the first transfer state the second magnetic attraction force (F2) at the first transfer plane (P1) is larger than the first magnetic attraction force (F1) at the first transfer plane (P1) to transfer the tire component from the first transfer member to the second transfer member, wherein in the first transfer state the second magnetic field array is at least partially offset with respect to the first magnetic field array.

US Pat. No. 10,654,232

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING AN OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING AT LEAST ONE FUNCTIONAL REGION, AS WELL AS USE OF THE DEVICE

BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG STIFTU...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical element having at least one functional region that is formed to provide a predetermined optical property, the method comprising:forming a three-dimensional structure of the optical element using a 3D-printer such that the three-dimensional structure has at least one microfluidic cavity for receiving a functional substance;
filling the at least one microfluidic cavity with the functional substance to form the at least one functional region with the predetermined optical property; and
hardening and/or drying the functional substance.

US Pat. No. 10,654,231

SEALANT COMPOSITION

Trydel Research Pty Ltd, ...

1. A sealant composition comprising a liquid carrier, latex in an amount between about 0.5 to about 6.0% by weight of the composition, a polysaccharide suspending agent and a particulate material with a particle size of less than 300 ?m, wherein the polysaccharide suspending agent is not xanthan gum and wherein the particulate material comprises a distribution of particle sizes of (i) about 0.5% to about 5% from about 10 ?M to about 38 ?m; (ii) about 4% to about 12% from about 38 ?m to about 75 ?m; (iii) about 35% to about 60% from about 75 ?m to about 150 ?m; (iv) about 20% to about 45% from about 150 ?m to about 200 ?m; and (v) about 5% to about 18% from about 200 ?m to about 250 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,654,230

METHODS OF FORMING A CORED COMPOSITE LAMINATE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a cored composite laminate, which comprises at least a first layer of compressible material and a second layer of compressible material, the method comprising:forming a first recess in a first coupling surface of the first layer of compressible material;
forming a second recess in a second coupling surface of the second layer of compressible material so that when the first layer of compressible material and the second layer of compressible material are coupled, the first recess and the second recess form a cavity through the cored composite laminate; and
disposing a shape memory alloy member in the cavity, so that when the first layer of compressible material, the second layer of compressible material of the cored composite laminate, and the shape memory alloy member are heated during curing, the shape memory alloy member supports inner walls of the cavity through the cored composite laminate, and wherein the shape memory alloy member is malleable in a martensite phase so as to effect passage and removal of the shape memory alloy member through one or more curved paths, defined by the cavity through the cored composite laminate after the cored composite laminate has been cooled post-curing.

US Pat. No. 10,654,229

APPARATUS FOR FORMING FUSELAGE STRINGERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for fabricating a composite stiffener, the apparatus comprising:a tool having first and second tool surfaces;
a mold cavity adapted to form a composite charge, the composite charge having first and second sides, the second side opposite the first side;
a forming bladder for forcing the composite charge into the mold cavity, the forming bladder configured to inflate by internal pressurization, wherein inflation of the forming bladder forces the composite charge into the mold cavity;
first and second pinch bladders respectively on opposite sides of the forming bladder, the forming bladder interposed between the first pinch bladder and the second pinch bladder, the first and second pinch bladders adapted to contact and pinch the first and second sides of the composite charge against the first and second tool surfaces while the composite charge is being forced into the mold cavity; and
a pressurizing system operatively connected to the forming bladder, the first pinch bladder, and the second pinch bladder, wherein the pressurizing system is configured to separately pressurize the forming bladder, the first pinch bladder, and the second pinch bladder, wherein:
first pressurization of the first pinch bladder prevents movement of the first side of the composite charge;
second pressurization of the second pinch bladder allows slippage of the second side of the composite charge over the tool toward the mold cavity, the second pressurization different than the first pressurization; and
third pressurization of the forming bladder forces the composite charge into the mold cavity, the third pressurization different than the second pressurization, and different than the first pressurization.

US Pat. No. 10,654,228

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING A PART BY AUTOMATED FIBER PLACEMENT

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method of forming a part, the method comprising:applying first fiber tows according to a pattern to form a first ply of a set of plies; and
applying second fiber tows according to the pattern to form a second ply of the set of plies, wherein the first ply and the second ply have a same orientation, the second ply overlying the first ply, wherein the pattern of the second ply is shifted relative to the pattern of the first ply by an offset distance based on a period of the first fiber tows and a number of plies having the pattern in the set of plies, and wherein the offset distance is calculated by dividing a period length of the period by the number of plies having the pattern in the set of plies.

US Pat. No. 10,654,227

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE AND RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A method of manufacturing an elongated resin molded article having a hollow structure, the method comprising:molding a resin material on an outer peripheral surface of an elongated elastic core, the elastic core comprising a composite of an elastic body and a continuous yarn, and the continuous yarn being braided on the elastic body so that a tilting angle of the continuous yarn in relation to an axial direction of the elastic body is set to be an angle of repose or greater than the angle of repose and so that the tilting angle of the continuous yarn is offset from an axis of a lengthwise direction of the elastic body;
exerting tensile force on the elastic core in the lengthwise direction of the elastic core, whereby the braided continuous yarn transmits the tensile force in the lengthwise direction of the elastic core and results in a cross sectional area and diameter of the elastic core being reduced so as to facilitate extraction of the elastic core from the molded resin material; and
extracting the elastic core having the reduced cross sectional area and reduced diameter from the molded resin material in a lengthwise direction of the molded resin material so as to obtain the elongated resin molded article having the hollow structure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,226

GAS TANK AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GAS TANK

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A gas tank comprising:a liner having a hollow cylindrical shape; and
a fiber-reinforced resin layer formed external to the liner and including a fiber bundle impregnated with resin, wherein the fiber-reinforced resin layer includes:
a first layer formed on an outer circumference of the liner and including a first fiber bundle; and
a second layer formed external to the first layer and including a second fiber bundle, wherein
the first layer includes an inner layer and an external layer, the inner layer being closer than the external layer to the liner, the external layer being external to the inner layer, and the external layer including a layer having a spaced-apart section in which the first fiber bundle is wound in such a manner that adjacent portions of the first fiber bundle are spaced apart,
the second layer includes an overlapped section in which the second fiber bundle is wound in such a manner that portions of the second fiber bundle adjacent in a direction parallel to a center axis of the liner overlap each other, and
the overlapped section of the second layer gets into the spaced-apart section of the external layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,225

METHOD AND A THERMOPLASTIC BLADE

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A fabrication method for fabricating a blade, the method comprising the following steps:fabricating subassemblies out of thermoplastic composite materials;
placing the subassemblies in an assembly mold;
locally arranging a plurality of assembly films, each assembly film being interposed between two distinct subassemblies that are to be assembled together; and
assembling the subassemblies together in the assembly mold by exerting pressure on the subassemblies and by locally heating each assembly film by electromagnetic induction in application of a cycle for applying heat and pressure;
wherein each subassembly comprises an internal arrangement and at least one external arrangement joined to the internal arrangement, the external arrangement of one subassembly being for adhesively bonding to an external arrangement of another subassembly, each internal arrangement comprising a stack of plies referred to as “intermediate” layers, each intermediate layer comprising reinforcing fibers impregnated with a semicrystalline thermoplastic matrix, each external arrangement comprising at least one ply referred to as a “surface” layer, each surface layer comprising reinforcing fibers impregnated with an alloy of a semicrystalline thermoplastic polymer and an amorphous thermoplastic polymer, each assembly film comprising an amorphous thermoplastic material and a ferromagnetic member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,224

RECIPROCATING SEALER FOR WEB CONVERTERS

Delta Industrial Services...

1. A device, comprising:a first plate assembly including a first base, a first seal plate, and a first servo motor to provide a linear motion of the first seal plate with respect to the first base;
a second plate assembly including a second base and a second seal plate; and a second servo motor to provide a linear motion of the second seal plate with respect to the second base;
at least one plate assembly motor linked to the first base of the first plate assembly and the second base of the second plate assembly to provide a linear motion of the first and second plate assemblies, which includes their respective base, seal plate and servo motor, toward each other to perform a sealing operation and away from each other;
a controller connected to the at least one plate assembly motor and to the first and second servo motors to coordinate the motion of the first and second seal plates to perform the sealing operation on a web while traveling with the web;
at least one tie arm connected to the first base wherein a first eccentric cam is used to influence the at least one tie arm connected to the first base; and
at least one tie arm connected to the second base wherein a second eccentric cam is used to influence the at least one tie arm connected to the second base,
wherein the plate assembly motor is linked to the first and second eccentric cams using a drive shaft to rotate the first and second eccentric cams and provide the linear motion of the first and second plate assemblies toward each other to perform the sealing operation and away from each other, and
wherein at least one of the first plate assembly or the second plate assembly includes at least one air cylinder to regulate a pressure of the seal operation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,223

CURING SHIELD

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.,...

1. A method for bonding parts, the method comprising:fixing a base of a clip of a curing shield to a first surface of a first part, the curing shield including a pad fixed to the clip, the clip having the base and a spine fixed to and extending away from the base and terminating at a distal end, the pad extending along at least a portion of a length of the spine between the base and the distal end;
applying adhesive along a faying surface of one of the first part and a second part; and
assembling the second part to the first part along the faying surface so that the distal end of the clip extends toward the second surface and the curing shield defines a pocket adjacent the faying surface at least partly enclosed by the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,654,222

MANUFACTURING METHOD AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR SINGLE-SIDED METAL-CLAD LAMINATE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of manufacturing a single-sided metal-clad laminate, the method comprising:laminating a metal foil on a first thermoplastic resin layer formed on a first surface of a heat-resistant film;
laminating a protective material on a second thermoplastic resin layer formed on a second surface of the heat-resistant film having no metal foil laminated thereon, wherein the laminating of the protective material comprises thermocompression bonding;
peeling the protective material such that a single-sided metal-clad laminate comprising an adhesive sheet having the first and second thermoplastic resin layers on the heat-resistant film is formed,
prior to the themocompression bonding, heating the adhesive sheet at a temperature of from 300° C. to 550° C., and
wherein the peeling is conducted such that a peeled protective material and the single-sided metal-clad laminate prior to the peeling form an angle (?) of greater than 0° and smaller than 90°.

US Pat. No. 10,654,221

METHOD OF JOINING METAL, PLASTIC MEMBER, AND CARBON FIBER REINFORCED PLASTIC MEMBER

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method of joining a carbon fiber reinforced plastic member and a plastic member by overlaying a carbon fiber reinforced plastic member and a plastic member and joining them by firing a laser beam from the plastic member side, comprising:overlaying said plastic member and glass through which the laser beam will pass, on said carbon fiber reinforced plastic member, in that order,
firing said laser beam of a laser output of 2 to 4 kW from said plastic member side through said glass at a joining location where said carbon fiber reinforced plastic member and said plastic member are overlaid to join them at a joining speed of 0.5 m to 5.0 m/min, and
blowing away and dispersing vaporized components ejected from the plastic member due to the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,654,220

MULTI-MATERIAL THREE DIMENSIONAL MODELS

Autodesk, Inc., San Rafa...

1. A method comprising:specifying two or more different data format representations, wherein at least a first of the two or more different data format representations is a continuous data format representation selected to represent a first property of an object to be manufactured, and at least a second of the two or more different data format representations is a discretized data format representation selected to represent a second property of the object to be manufactured, wherein the first property and the second property are different from each other;
producing a three dimensional model of the object within a three dimensional space using the two or more different data format representations, wherein at least the first and the second of the two or more different data format representations overlap with each other in all three dimensions in at least a portion of the three dimensional space; and
using at least one common access method into the three dimensional model of the object to obtain data from both the first of the two or more different data format representations and the second of the two or more different data format representations, within the portion of the three dimensional space, wherein the obtained data is provided to manufacture the object using one or more manufacturing processes.

US Pat. No. 10,654,218

CARTRIDGE FEEDER FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A sealed dispenser of fluid material for additive manufacturing of articles by layer formation of dispensed material comprising:a housing with a sealed detachable cartridge and heated plenum dispensing fluid material from a pair of nozzles, the nozzles movable in the Z-direction;
a table supporting an article for additive layer manufacturing movable in the X-Y direction below the nozzles and enclosed in a sealed variable volume, expandable wall container adjacent to the housing with a sealed entrance between the container and the housing for said nozzles, the article formed by X,Y,Z motion of the nozzles and the table.

US Pat. No. 10,654,217

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An imprint lithography method, comprising:applying a force to a side of an imprint template;
assessing the force applied to the imprint template by means of a force sensor; and
determining whether the force applied to the imprint template is sufficient to achieve a desired curvature of the imprint template.

US Pat. No. 10,654,216

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography system comprising:a chuck configured to retain an imprint lithography template or substrate such that an air cavity is defined between the retained template or substrate and the chuck;
a pressurized gas supply source and an associated pressure valve in fluid communication with the air cavity for supplying pressurized gas to the air cavity;
a vacuum supply source and an associated vacuum valve in fluid communication with the air cavity for applying vacuum to the air cavity;
an impedance valve located between the air cavity and the pressurized gas supply and vacuum supply sources and in fluid communication with each of the air cavity, the pressurized gas supply source, and the vacuum supply source that modulates an amount of gas pressure or vacuum supplied or applied to the air cavity from the pressurized gas supply source or vacuum supply source, respectively;
an air cavity sensor for sensing the amount of pressure or vacuum in the air cavity and providing an air cavity sensor input corresponding thereto;
a valve sensor for sensing an amount of pressure or vacuum at the pressure valve or vacuum valve location and providing a valve sensor input corresponding thereto; and
a controller that controls the pressure valve and the vacuum valve and that receives the air cavity and valve sensor inputs and based thereon provides an output to the impedance valve, wherein providing the output the impedance valve increases or decreases the amount of gas pressure supplied or vacuum applied to the air cavity such that the gas pressure or vacuum pressure in the cavity is modulated to reduce pressure wave oscillations within the air cavity, and
wherein the controller is further configured to alter the air cavity pressure from a first steady state to a second steady state and maintain the first steady state or second steady state or both by simultaneously supplying and dynamically balancing both pressure and vacuum to the air cavity through the impedance valve.

US Pat. No. 10,654,215

MOLDING DIE DEVICE AND MOLDING METHOD

Kyoraku Co., Ltd., Kyoto...

1. A molding die device for bringing a resin sheet into close contact with a pair of dies by vacuum suction from a cavity surface to perform molding processing, wherein the respective dies have a cavity, the molding die device comprising:pinch-off portions formed to protrude at positions abutting each other from a periphery of a cavity surface of each of the cavities,
an outer frame portion formed integrally with an outer peripheral portion of the respective pinch-off portions of the dies arranged to face each other,
a recessed portion is formed at a position of one of the dies, the position facing the outer frame portion of the other die, the recessed portion being capable of housing the outer frame portion of the other die, and
the outer frame portion is formed to protrude more than the pinch-off portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,214

TRIM PARTS FORMING METHOD AND TOOLS

FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUST...

1. A method for manufacturing first and second trim parts of a vehicle in a forming mold, the first trim part having a first thickness and the second trim part having a second thickness different from the first thickness, wherein the forming mold includes a front tool and a back tool that are adjustable according to settings, wherein the front tool includes a front fixed part of the forming mold and a front movable insert of the forming mold, the front movable insert of the forming mold being movable with respect to the front fixed part along a main direction, and wherein the back tool includes a back fixed part of the forming mold and a back movable insert of the forming mold, the back movable insert of the forming mold being movable with respect to the back fixed part along the main direction, the method comprising the following steps:adjusting the settings of the forming mold to first values, wherein the settings include one or more settings selected from: a front final position of the front movable insert of the forming mold along the main direction with respect to the front fixed part, a back final position of the back movable insert of the forming mold along the main direction with respect to the back fixed part, and a size of a gap between the front movable insert of the forming mold and the back movable insert of the forming mold when the forming mold is closed;
introducing the first trim part between the front tool and the back tool of the forming mold;
closing the forming mold, the first values of the settings being chosen such that, when the forming mold is closed, the front movable insert of the forming mold has a first front final position along the main direction with respect to the front fixed part and the back movable insert of the forming mold has a first back final position along the main direction with respect to the back fixed part;
adjusting the settings of the forming mold to second values different from the first values;
introducing the second trim part between the front tool and the back tool of the forming mold;
closing the forming mold, the second values of the settings being chosen such that, when the forming mold is closed, the front movable insert of the forming mold has a second front final position along the main direction with respect to the front fixed part different from the first front final position, and the back movable insert of the forming mold has a second back final position along the main direction with respect to the back fixed part, different from the first back final position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,213

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING CONTAINERS

1. An apparatus for fabricating a container from a preform using a liquid as a forming medium injected into a cavity of the preform, the apparatus comprising:a source of the liquid;
an injection head having a nozzle in fluid communication with the source of the liquid, with a substantially vertically oriented longitudinal axis of the injection head defined through the nozzle;
an expansion zone defined adjacent to the nozzle and having a circumferentially symmetrical shape about the longitudinal axis, the expansion zone configured to accommodate the preform with the preform in fluid communication with the nozzle and being expanded by injecting of the liquid into the preform, and the expansion of the preform taking place by free blowing of the preform while stationary in the expansion zone; and
a plurality of infrared-emitting, elements disposed circumferentially and symmetrically about the expansion zone and disposed with each of the elements extending along a respective axis thereof which is arranged either parallel to and about the longitudinal axis or about a rotational center of the expansion zone and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, each of the infrared-emitting elements being oriented to direct infrared radiation into the expansion zone.

US Pat. No. 10,654,212

LIQUID BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID BLOW MOLDING METHOD

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A liquid blow molding method for liquid blow molding a preform into a container in a blow mold and supplying a liquid that has been pressurized to a predetermined pressure into the preform, the preform having been formed in a bottomed tubular shape, the liquid blow molding method comprising:using a liquid blow molding apparatus comprising a support pin disposed in the blow mold to
support a bottom of the preform by the support pin by contacting a head of the support pin and the bottom of the preform at a time of a molding process when the preform is stretched in an axial direction of the preform and displace the support pin downward in accordance with deformation of the preform caused by liquid blow molding, wherein
the support pin includes the head configured to support the bottom of the preform from an outer side of the preform and a shaft that is connected to the head and that is displaceable upward and downward in the axial direction of the preform,
the support pin is configured to define a gap between the head and the bottom of the preform, the head and the preform spaced from each other when the preform is in a most ascended position where the preform is placed in the blow mold and the support pin is displaced most upward prior to stretching the preform and the support pin is configured to support the bottom of the preform when the preform is stretched by an amount of the gap in the axial direction, and
the gap and a below-neck length that is an axial length from a lower surface of a neck ring to an end of the bottom of the preform satisfy the following formula (A):
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US Pat. No. 10,654,211

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BULKED CONTINUOUS FILAMENT

Aladdin Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament, the method comprising:(A) washing a plurality of flakes comprising recycled PET;
(B) providing a PET crystallizer;
(C) after the step of washing the plurality of flakes comprising recycled PET, passing at least a portion of the plurality of flakes comprising recycled PET through the PET crystallizer to at least partially dry a surface of the plurality of flakes comprising recycled PET;
(D) providing an expanded surface area extruder, wherein the expanded surface area extruder defines an expanded surface area extruder inlet and an expanded surface area extruder outlet and comprises:
a plurality of satellite screws, each of the plurality of satellite screws being at least partially housed within a respective extruder barrel and mounted to rotate about its respective central axis; and
a satellite screw extruder support system that is adapted to orbitally rotate each of the plurality of satellite screws about a main axis as each of the plurality of satellite screws rotate about its respective central axis, the main axis being substantially parallel to each respective central axis;
(E) providing a pressure regulation system configured to reduce a pressure within at least a portion of the expanded surface area extruder below about 25 mbar;
(F) providing a spinning machine defining a spinning machine inlet, wherein the spinning machine inlet is operatively coupled to the expanded surface area extruder outlet;
(G) using the pressure regulation system to reduce the pressure within the at least a portion of the expanded surface area extruder below about 25 mbar;
(H) after passing the plurality of flakes comprising recycled PET through the PET crystallizer, passing the plurality of flakes comprising PET flakes through the expanded surface area extruder via the expanded surface area extruder inlet to at least partially melt the plurality of flakes to form a polymer melt such that at least a portion of the polymer melt passes through each the respective satellite screw; and
(I) substantially immediately after passing the plurality of flakes through the expanded surface area extruder, using the spinning machine to form the polymer melt into bulked continuous carpet filament.

US Pat. No. 10,654,210

PLANETARY ROLLER EXTRUDER

1. A planetary roller extruder comprising:a housing comprising an internal housing toothing;
a central spindle being disposed in said housing and comprising an external central spindle toothing;
a plurality of planetary spindles being disposed about said central spindle and in said housing;
each of said planetary spindles comprising an external planetary spindle toothing configured to mesh with said internal housing toothing and said external central spindle toothing;
a drive being configured to rotate said central spindle;
said drive comprising a drive journal being connected to said central spindle to permit transmission of driving force from said drive to said central spindle;
said drive journal comprising a bore; and
said bore comprising internal projections configured to engage with said external central spindle toothing to secure said central spindle to said drive journal by a screw-type connection.

US Pat. No. 10,654,209

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING RUBBER-COATED METAL WIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method for producing metal wire by sheathing a wire with an elastomer compound from an extruder comprising:feeding a sheathing die, via a feed canal through which the wire is made to pass;
measuring a speed of the wire to determine a measured speed Vm;
controlling a temperature of a downstream end of the sheathing die so that the temperature is varied for a predetermined duration and independent of other parts of the sheathing die when the measured speed Vm at which the wire is moving is other than a pre-established nominal speed Vn.

US Pat. No. 10,654,208

ASSEMBLY FIXTURE WITH ANISOTROPIC THERMAL PROPERTIES

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A method, comprising:heating a composite material into a viscous form, wherein the composite material comprises a thermoplastic and a plurality of reinforcement fibers, wherein the plurality of reinforcement fibers is randomly arranged within the thermoplastic;
extruding a plurality of strands of the composite material, wherein extruding the plurality of strands causes the plurality of reinforcement fibers within each strand to align; and
arranging the plurality of strands of the composite material to form an assembly fixture, wherein the assembly fixture comprises an anisotropic thermal expansion property, and wherein the anisotropic thermal expansion property is based on an orientation of the plurality of reinforcement fibers within the assembly fixture;
wherein the anisotropic thermal expansion property of the assembly fixture comprises a low coefficient of thermal expansion for a length dimension of the assembly fixture; and
wherein the length dimension of the assembly fixture comprises a smaller coefficient of thermal expansion than a length dimension of the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,207

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE AND THE MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

NISSEI PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL...

1. A molding method of an injection molding machine, comprising the following steps:providing a mold consisting of a fixed mold and a movable mold clamped by a mold clamping apparatus with a predetermined mold clamping force,
filling the mold with injected resin by an injection apparatus with a predetermined injection pressure to perform a molding operation,
clamping the mold to provide at least a natural compression of the resin due to an elastic recovery of the mold in accordance with a solidification of the resin in the mold,
providing a non-contact-type distance measurement sensor between an outer face of the fixed mold and an outer face of the movable mold, said non-contact-type distance measurement sensor includes a projection section provided at one of the fixed mold and the movable mold and a reflecting section provided at the other, said non-contact-type distance measurement sensor detects a measurement distance showing a physical amount corresponding to a change angle wherein the measurement distance obtained from the non-contact-type distance measurement sensor is used to detect the change angle between the outer face of the fixed mold and the outer face of the movable mold,
utilizing the non-contact-type distance measurement sensor to achieve a specific mold status in advance during the injection filling in which an interval of an inner portion in a parting plane direction of a parting gap between the fixed mold and the movable mold is larger than an interval of an outer edge portion and the interval of the outer edge portion is equal to or smaller than a predetermined size including zero,
setting a molding injection pressure by which a non-defective product can be molded,
setting a molding mold clamping force by which a non-defective product can be molded,
during a production, applying the molding mold clamping force to clamp the mold wherein resin is injected and filled into the clamped mold by the molding injection pressure, and
removing a molded piece after a passage of a predetermined cooling time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,206

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding machine comprising:a moving platen connected to a rear platen via a toggle link and configured to be moved closer to and away from a stationary platen;
a guide rod support provided between the rear platen and the moving platen, and configured to support a guide rod configured to guide a cross head of the toggle link;
a safety rod fixed to the moving platen and extending toward the guide rod support;
a mold opening/closing motor that moves the cross head;
a driven pulley that transmits force of the mold opening/closing motor to the cross head and is disposed at an opposite side of the rear platen from the moving platen; and
a safety latch provided on the guide rod support and configured to restrict movement of the moving platen by engagement with the safety rod,
wherein a length of the safety rod is such that the safety rod does not protrude on an opposite side of the driven pulley from the moving platen when the moving platen moves towards the rear platen, wherein the guide rod support has an extended portion extending toward the rear platen, and the rear platen has an extended portion extending toward the guide rod support, the extended portion of the guide rod support being coupled to the extended portion of the rear platen via a pin, such that the extended portion of the guide rod support is movable relative to the rear platen along an axis defined by the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,654,205

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND SYSTEM

CAP-THIN MOLDS INC., Mis...

1. A mold apparatus for producing a molded article by injection molding, the mold apparatus comprising:a) a base plate for mounting to a platen of an injection molding machine;
b) a core plate movably coupled to the base plate and axially translatable relative to the base plate between a plate advanced position and a plate retracted position;
c) a core second portion mounted to the core plate for forming a portion of a mold cavity for receiving injection molding material to form the molded article;
d) a lead screw rotatably supported by, and axially fixed relative to, the base plate; and
e) a lead nut coupled to the lead screw and rotationally fixed relative to the core plate, the lead nut translatable in response to rotation of the lead screw between a first abutment surface and a second abutment surface, each of the first and second abutment surfaces fixed with respect to the core plate, the lead nut alternately bearing against the first abutment surface for moving the core plate to the plate advanced position and the second abutment surface for moving the core plate to the plate retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,204

METHOD FOR FORMING ENCAPSULATION ASSEMBLY, AND VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for forming an encapsulation assembly, comprising:providing a reinforcement component;
forming a primer layer covering a surface of the reinforcement component;
performing a heating treatment on the reinforcement component after the primer layer is formed, to elevate a temperature of the reinforcement component; and
injecting a gasket material in a mold onto the surface of the reinforcement component with elevated temperature to form a gasket;
wherein providing a reinforcement component comprises providing the reinforcement component which has an antirust layer formed thereon; and forming a primer layer covering the surface of the reinforcement component comprises forming the primer layer after forming the antirust layer on the reinforcement component so that the primer layer covers the surface of the reinforcement component which has the antirust layer formed thereon, the primer layer being formed between, and in contact with, the antirust layer and the gasket; wherein the antirust layer comprises epoxy resin;
wherein forming a primer material on the surface of the reinforcement component comprises:
forming a primer material with a water-base solvent which comprises chlorinated polyolefin or polyolefinsilicane; or
forming a primer material with a solvent-base solvent which comprises polyurethane and/or a precursor of polyurethane.

US Pat. No. 10,654,203

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING A MEDIUM

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A method for producing an apparatus for dispensing a medium, the apparatus including a cartridge in which a piston is movably receivable, the cartridge including a cartridge body and a cartridge cover together forming a cartridge housing, the method comprising:providing a first part in a mold of a molding device, the first part being the piston; and
molding a second part different from the first part in the mold of the molding device, the first part being a part of the mold for the second part and the second part being the cartridge cover.

US Pat. No. 10,654,202

RESIN MOLDING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A resin molding in which two types of substrates are connected to each other on the end surfaces thereof,wherein the resin molding has a connection part constituted of a thin part provided from the one substrate to the other substrate with a boundary defined by the end surfaces,
wherein the density of the one substrate in the connection part is higher than the density of a base part, the base part being a region of the one substrate excluding the connection part,
wherein the one substrate is a plate-like substrate comprising reinforcing fibers and a first thermoplastic resin binding the reinforcing fibers to each other,
wherein the other substrate is an injection-molded member connected along the plate face direction of the one substrate from an end surface of the one substrate, and
wherein the reinforcing fibers are plant fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,654,201

COMPOSITE RESIN MOLDED BODY, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CASING MEMBER USING SAME

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A composite resin molded body comprising:a base compound resin; and
a molten-kneaded mixture which contains an organic fibrous filler and a dispersing agent,
wherein the organic fibrous filler is a compound in which cellulose is contained, and has a content of at least 5 mass % and at most 70 mass % in the composite resin molded body,
a proportion T of the organic fibrous filler carbonized in the composite resin molded body is represented by Formula (1),
T=PC/(PC+PUC)  (1),
when PC is set as a height of a peak derived from a carbonyl group in an IR spectrum obtained by analyzing any place of the composite resin molded body with a FT-IR method, and PUC is set as a height of a peak derived from an ether group in the same IR spectrum, and
the proportion T is equal to or less than 0.1,
wherein a fiber diameter of D90 is equal to or more than 5 ?m and a fiber diameter of D10 is equal to or less than 500 nm in fiber diameter distribution of the organic fibrous filler.

US Pat. No. 10,654,200

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A BIOCOMPATIBLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

S.M. Scienzia Machinale S...

1. A system for making a biocompatible three-dimensional heart valve, the system comprising:at least one delivery unit configured to deliver at least one biocompatible fluid substance towards a mold having a mold surface to obtain a coating layer of predetermined thickness configured for coating the mold surface, the biocompatible fluid substance having a plurality of particles;
a handling unit configured to provide a relative movement with at least three degrees of freedom between the mold and the delivery unit, wherein the mold is coated with the at least one biocompatible fluid substance that is delivered to obtain a three-dimensional heart valve having a surface corresponding to the mold surface;
a single suction and blowing device configured to generate a suction or blowing current, wherein the suction or blowing current removes from the mold any surplus particles of the biocompatible fluid substance supplied by the delivery unit; and
a counter-mold that is adapted to press the coating layer deposited on the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,199

INDUCTION HEATING CELLS WITH CAULS OVER MANDRELS METHODS OF USING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

20. An induction heating cell for processing a composite layup comprising a planar portion and a non-planar portion, extending away from the planar portion, the induction heating cell comprising:a die, configured to receive the composite layup;
an induction heater, configured to inductively heat the composite layup;
a caul, configured to position over and conform to the non-planar portion of the composite layup;
a mandrel, configured to position over the caul, wherein a difference between a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the caul and a CTE of the composite layup is less than a difference between the CTE of the mandrel and the CTE of the caul; and
a bladder, configured to position over the mandrel and the planar portion of the composite layup.

US Pat. No. 10,654,198

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A three-dimensional image forming system comprising:a conveyance path along which a heat-expandable sheet is conveyable;
a heater which heats the heat-expandable sheet by irradiating the heat-expandable sheet with light; and
a computer comprising a processor and a memory, the computer being configured to:
perform control to increase a temperature of surroundings of the heater to a heating temperature higher than a predetermined preheat temperature, and then to decrease the temperature of the surroundings of the heater to the preheat temperature, and thereafter, perform control to cause the heat-expandable sheet to be conveyed along the conveyance path;
perform control to form a three-dimensional image by causing the heat-expandable sheet to be conveyed and causing the heater to perform light irradiation; and
upon completion of the formation of the three-dimensional image, perform control to cause the heater to stop the light irradiation to decrease the temperature of the surroundings of the heater which has increased to a formation temperature higher than the preheat temperature by the light irradiation during the formation of the three-dimensional image,
wherein, in response to placement of a next heat-expandable sheet being detected before the temperature of the surroundings of the heater decreases to a predetermined end temperature lower than the preheat temperature, formation of a next three-dimensional image is continuously performed.

US Pat. No. 10,654,197

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLEANING A MOLDING SURFACE OF A REUSABLE LENS MOLD

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. Apparatus for cleaning a molding surface of a reusable lens mold for molding soft contact lenses, the apparatus comprising:at least one full cone nozzle for generating a jet of deionized water having a circular full cone spray pattern having a uniform distribution of the volume flow of deionized water, wherein the shape of a cone having a circular base,
a positioning device for arranging the reusable lens mold relative to the full cone nozzle such that the molding surface of the reusable lens mold is exposed to the jet of deionized water.

US Pat. No. 10,654,196

MOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOS CERAMIC SCINTILLATOR USING THE SAME

NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A mold for manufacturing a GOS ceramic scintillator, comprising:a female outer sleeve having a cavity disposed inside;
a plurality of female blocks disposed inside the cavity, the plurality of female blocks being put together to form a composite structure having a vertical through hole; and
a male upper pressing head and a male lower pressing head, each of the male upper pressing head and the male lower pressing head having a shape consistent with a shape of the vertical through hole,
wherein an outer wall of the composite structure is pressed against an inner wall of the female outer sleeve, a contact face between said outer wall and said inner wall being angled relative to vertical; and
wherein the GOS ceramic scintillator is capable of withstanding a pressure of 100-200 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,654,194

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PREFORM FOR COMPOSITE MATERIALS

1. A method for manufacturing a preform having a non-developable shape comprising a plurality of superposed reinforcing layers of fibers to form a part made of composite materials having a final shape comprising a final global radius of curvature about a longitudinal axis and curved segments forming folding radii connecting substantially straight segments in at least one longitudinal section, the method comprising:depositing successive layers on a surface of a draping tool giving an initial shape substantially of revolution having an initial global radius of curvature about the longitudinal axis, the initial shape including an open contour about the longitudinal axis; and
deploying the preform by increasing the initial global radius of curvature up to the final global radius of curvature in order to close the folding radii of the curved segments.