US Pat. No. 10,688,803

INKJET RECORDING METHOD

KAO CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An ink-jet printing method of printing characters or images with a water-based ink comprising a rutile-type titanium oxide and a polymer dispersant using an ink-jet printing apparatus, in which the polymer dispersant comprises a constitutional unit derived from at least one anionic group-containing monomer selected from the group consisting of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, maleic acid and a sulfonic group-containing vinyl monomer in an amount of not less than 72% by mass;a weight-average molecular weight of the polymer dispersant is not less than 3,000 and not more than 50,000;
a content of the polymer dispersant in the water-based ink is not less than 1% by mass and not more than 7% by mass on the basis of the titanium oxide; and
the ink-jet printing apparatus is equipped with a dispersing means for dispersing the titanium oxide in the water-based ink,
said method comprising the following steps 1 and 2:
Step 1: redispersing the water-based ink by the dispersing means; and
Step 2: ejecting the water-based ink redispersed in the step 1 onto a printing medium to print characters or images on the printing medium;
wherein an acid value of the polymer dispersant is not less than 350 mgKOH/g and not more than 1000 mgKOH/g, and
wherein an average primary particle size of the rutile-type titanium oxide is not less than 100 nm and not more than 600 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,802

DIAPHRAGM PUMP, PUMP UNIT, AND INKJET PRINTER

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A diaphragm pump, comprising:a diaphragm;
a camshaft, including a cam for driving the diaphragm; and
a housing that rotatably supports the camshaft,
wherein the camshaft comprises: a supported portion to be supported by the housing;
the housing comprises:
a supporting groove portion with a circular shape for supporting the supported portion, and
a passage opening for passing the supported portion to the supporting groove portion in a direction orthogonal to an extending direction of the camshaft;
wherein a shape of an outer edge of a cross section of the supported portion orthogonal to the extending direction is a shape of an outer edge of a circle in which a part of the outer edge is missing; and
a width of the passing opening at a coupling portion of the supporting groove portion and the passing opening is greater than or equal to a minimum width of the supported portion in the orthogonal direction and smaller than a maximum width of the supported portion in the orthogonal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,801

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS WITH TANK INCLUDING NOTIFICATION FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a tank forming an ink chamber and including an injection inlet;
a recording head configured to discharge ink from the ink chamber;
an alarm configured to indicate a prompt to inject ink into the ink chamber; and
a controller configured to control operation of the recording head and the alarm, wherein the controller is configured to:
decide whether ink injection into the ink chamber via the injection inlet has been performed after execution of an initial process, the initial process corresponding to filling a flow path from the ink chamber to the recording head with ink; and
based on decision whether or not the ink injection into the ink chamber has been performed after execution of the initial process, change timing for giving the alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,800

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid discharge device comprising:an installation case configured to receive a cartridge, the cartridge comprising:
a first liquid chamber storing a liquid;
a first flow path, one end of the first flow path communicated with the first liquid chamber, the other end of the first flow path communicated with the outside of the cartridge; and
a second flow path, one end of the second flow path communicated with the first liquid chamber, the other end of the second flow path communicated with the outside of the cartridge;
a tank comprising:
a second liquid chamber;
a third flow path, one end of the third flow path communicated with the outside, the other end of the third flow path communicated with the second liquid chamber, at least one of the first flow path and the third flow path configured to communicate with the first liquid chamber of the cartridge installed in the installation case and the second liquid chamber;
a fourth flow path, one end of the fourth flow path below the other end of the third flow path and communicated with the second liquid chamber; and
a fifth flow path, one end of the fifth flow path communicated with the second liquid chamber, the other end of the fifth flow path communicated with the outside;
a head communicated with the other end of the fourth flow path;
a liquid level sensor;
an alarm; and
a controller configured to:
receive, from the liquid level sensor, a first signal in a case a position of a liquid level in the second liquid chamber is equal to or higher than a predetermined position;
receive, from the liquid level sensor, a second signal in a case the position of the liquid level in the second liquid chamber is lower than the predetermined position;
based on receiving the second signal after receiving the first signal, operate the alarm;
determine that the cartridge is installed in the installation case;
based on determining that the cartridge is installed in the installation case; cancel the operation of the alarm; and
based on determining that a first elapsed time from a time when it is determined that the cartridge is installed in the installation case reaches a predetermined time and the second signal is received from the liquid level sensor without receiving the first signal, operate the alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,799

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid discharge device comprising:an installation case configured to receive a cartridge, the cartridge comprising:
a first liquid chamber storing a liquid;
a first flow path; one end of the first flow path communicated with the first liquid chamber, the other end of the first flow path communicated with the outside of the cartridge; and
a second flow path, one end of the second flow path communicated with the first liquid chamber, the other end of the second flow path communicated with the outside of the cartridge;
a tank comprising:
a second liquid chamber;
a third flow path, one end of the third flow path communicated with the outside, the other end of the third flow path communicated with the second liquid chamber, at least one of the first flow path and the third flow path configured to communicate with the first liquid chamber of the cartridge installed in the installation case and the second liquid chamber;
a fourth flow path; one end of the fourth flow path being below the other end of the third flow path and communicated with the second liquid chamber; and
a fifth flow path, one end of the fifth flow path communicated with the second liquid chamber, the other end of the fifth flow path communicated with the outside;
a head communicated with the other end of the fourth flow path;
a liquid level sensor; and
a controller configured to:
receive, from the liquid level sensor, a first signal in a case a position of a liquid level in the second liquid chamber is equal to or higher than a predetermined position;
receive, from the liquid level sensor, a second signal in a case the position of the liquid level in the second liquid chamber is lower than the predetermined position;
receive a discharge instruction to discharge a liquid through the head and update a first count value with a value equivalent to an amount of the liquid instructed to be discharged by the discharge instruction after receiving the second signal;
in a case the first count value reaches a first threshold, prohibit a liquid discharge through the head;
determine that the cartridge is installed in the installation case;
based on determining that the cartridge is installed in the installation case, cancel the prohibition of the liquid discharge through the head; and
based on determining that a first elapsed time from a time when it is determined that the cartridge is installed in the installation case reaches a predetermined time and the second signal is received from the liquid level sensor without receiving the first signal, prohibit the liquid discharge through the head.

US Pat. No. 10,688,798

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid tank including a liquid storing chamber in which a liquid is stored and an inlet through which the liquid is poured into the liquid storing chamber;
an image recorder configured to eject the liquid supplied from the liquid storing chamber, so as to record an image on a recording medium;
a liquid bottle configured to be attachable to and removable from the liquid tank and storing the liquid therein, the liquid bottle being configured such that, in a state in which the liquid bottle is attached to the liquid tank, the liquid is poured into the liquid storing chamber through the inlet independently of a liquid supply from the liquid tank to the image recorder that arises from a liquid ejection from the image recorder,
a remaining-amount detecting sensor configured to output a detection signal for determining a liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle;
a notifying device configured to notify a user of information;
a storage configured to store the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle; and
a controller configured to control the image recorder and the notifying device,
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle based on the detection signal output from the remaining-amount detecting sensor, in the state in which the liquid bottle is attached to the liquid tank;
store, in the storage, the determined liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle; and
control the notifying device based on the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle stored in the storage to notify the user of remaining-amount information relating to the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle, as the information,
wherein the liquid tank is provided with a liquid-bottle detecting sensor configured to detect that the liquid bottle is attached to the liquid tank, and
wherein the controller is configured to, when the liquid-bottle detecting sensor detects that the liquid bottle is attached to the liquid tank, start the determination of the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,797

AGITATING INK IN A CARTRIDGE

1. An ink cartridge for a printer, the cartridge including a cartridge shell defining at least one volume of the cartridge, an aperture formed in a wall of the cartridge shell, the aperture being hermetically sealed, a pigmented fluid ink and a magnetic stirrer disposed within the at least one volume and movable with respect to the cartridge shell, wherein both the aperture and the magnetic stirrer are disposed in a lower portion of the cartridge, and wherein said aperture extends through a protuberance formed in said lower portion of said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,688,796

LIQUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING MOVABLE MEMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section such that the liquid cartridge is in an upright posture, comprising:a casing comprising:
a liquid chamber storing liquid therein; and
a liquid passage extending in a first direction crossing a gravitational direction from a liquid chamber in the upright posture of the liquid cartridge;
a movable member having a light blocking portion configured to block or attenuate light emitted from the cartridge-attachment section and traveling in a widthwise direction crossing the first direction and the gravitational direction in the upright posture, the light blocking portion in the upright posture being configured to move between a first position and a second position, the second position being closer to the liquid chamber than the first position is to the liquid chamber in the gravitational direction; and
a circuit board having a plurality of electrodes;
wherein the plurality of the electrodes of the circuit board is positioned upward relative to the light blocking portion in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,795

PRINTING-FLUID CONTAINING DEVICE AND ADAPTOR

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing-fluid containing device configured to be inserted into a cartridge attachment section in an insertion direction to be detachably attached to the cartridge attachment section, the printing-fluid containing device comprising:a printing-fluid cartridge; and
an adaptor, to which the printing-fluid cartridge is configured to be detachably assembled,
the printing-fluid cartridge comprising:
a casing configured to store printing-fluid therein, the casing having a leading end and a trailing end in the insertion direction, the casing having a front wall constituting the leading end of the casing, a rear wall constituting the trailing end of the casing, and a top wall constituting a top end of the casing and extending between top edges of the front wall and the rear wall, the top wall of the casing having an upper surface facing upward in a state where the printing-fluid cartridge is assembled with the adaptor;
a supply portion provided at the front wall of the casing; and
a detection portion provided at the top wall of the casing, the detection portion including a light accessible portion configured to be accessed by light emitted from an outside of the printing-fluid cartridge, the light accessible portion being disposed at a position further upward than the upper surface of the top wall of the casing, the adaptor comprising:
an adaptor body having a leading end and a trailing end in the insertion direction, the adaptor body having a top wall constituting a top end of the adaptor body, the top wall of the adaptor body having an upper surface that faces upward in a state where the adaptor is assembled with the printing-fluid cartridge;
an electrical interface disposed on the upper surface of the top wall of the adaptor body and electrically connectable to an electric contact provided at the cartridge attachment section; and
a light attenuation portion disposed at the upper surface of the top wall of the adaptor body, the light attenuation portion being configured to attenuate light emitted from a first optical sensor in a state where the adaptor is attached to the cartridge attachment section, the first optical sensor being different from a second optical sensor that is configured to emit light toward the light accessible portion, the light attenuation portion being disposed at a position that is closer to the trailing end of the adaptor body than the electrical interface is to the trailing end of the adaptor body in the insertion direction, a top edge of the light attenuation portion being positioned further upward than the electrical interface,
wherein in the case where the adaptor is assembled with the printing-fluid cartridge, the top wall of the casing of the printing-fluid cartridge is positioned opposite to the top wall of the adaptor body, the adaptor body of the adaptor is engaged with the casing of the printing-fluid cartridge at the top wall of the casing of the printing-fluid cartridge, the light accessible portion is disposed at a position further upward than the upper surface of the top wall of the adaptor body in the assembled state, and the light accessible portion is disposed at a position that is further upward of the electrical interface and that is closer to the trailing end of the casing than the electrical interface is to the trailing end of the casing in the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,794

LIQUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING LIGHT BLOCKING PORTION

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section comprising:a casing comprising:
a liquid chamber storing liquid therein;
a liquid passage extending in a first direction crossing a gravitational direction from a liquid chamber in an upright posture of the liquid cartridge; and
a top surface facing upward; and
a light blocking portion protruding upward relative to the top surface, the light blocking portion being at an original state when no external force is applied to the light blocking portion, the light blocking portion at the original state being configured to block or attenuate light emitted from the cartridge-attachment section and traveling in a widthwise direction crossing the first direction and the gravitational direction in the upright posture, each part of the light blocking portion being located at its original position relative to the casing when the light blocking portion is at the original state, the light blocking portion being configured such that when an external force is applied to part of the light blocking portion, the part of the light blocking portion to which the external force is applied is moved to a position different from its original position relative to the casing, and when the external force is removed from the part of the light blocking portion, the part of the light blocking portion is moved back to the original position to an extent that the light blocking portion can block or attenuate the light,
wherein the casing has a front-end portion and a rear-end portion, the first direction being directed from the rear-end portion to the front-end portion, the rear-end portion being rearward of the front-end portion in the first direction; and
wherein the liquid cartridge further comprises a circuit board positioned at the top surface rearward relative to the light blocking portion in the first direction, the circuit board being configured to contact with an electrical contact provided at the cartridge-attachment section.

US Pat. No. 10,688,793

FLUIDIC DISPENSING APPARATUS AND FLUID DISPENSING CARTRIDGE THEREFOR

FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.,...

1. A fluid dispensing cartridge, comprising:a housing body having a proximal end wall, a distal end wall, a fluid chamber, and a hollow throat portion, the fluid chamber being in fluid communication with the hollow throat portion, and the distal end wall providing a distal termination of the hollow throat portion;
a fluid jetting chip located on, and attached to, the distal end wall; and,
wherein the hollow throat portion includes a fluid channel, the fluid channel having an interior wall that has a plurality of elongate protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,688,792

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND LIQUID SUPPLY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a recording element substrate including an ejection orifice for ejecting liquid, a pressure chamber provided with an energy generating element for generating energy used to eject liquid, a liquid supply path for supplying liquid to the pressure chamber, and a liquid collecting path for collecting liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein the liquid supply path, the pressure chamber, and the liquid collecting path of the recording element substrate constitute a part of a circulation path in which liquid flows in the order as listed,
a flow resistance RIn of a flow path including the liquid supply path at a supply side is greater than a flow resistance ROut of a flow path including the liquid collecting path at a collection side, and
wherein, when a capillary force of a portion of the ejection orifice at the time of liquid ejection is represented by PNoz, a pressure of the flow path at the supply side is represented by PIn, a differential pressure between the capillary force PNoz and the pressure of the flow path at the supply side PIn is represented by ?Pin, a pressure of the flow path at the collection side is represented by POut, and a differential pressure between the capillary force PNoz and the pressure of the flow path at the collection side POut is represented by ?POut, a relationship of 0.8?(?PIn/RIn)/(?POut/ROut)?1.2 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,688,791

PRINTER CLEAN SYSTEM

TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., L...

1. A printer clean system, comprising:a base having a first accommodation groove and a second accommodation groove, wherein the first accommodation groove is disposed adjacent to the second accommodation groove;
an ink stack assembly disposed on the first accommodation groove;
a scraper assembly disposed on the second accommodation groove;
a power transmission device penetrated through the first accommodation groove and the second accommodation groove and connected with the ink stack assembly and the scraper assembly; and
a driving device connected with the power transmission device for driving the power transmission device,
wherein when the power transmission device is rotated to a first angle, the ink stack assembly is brought to an ink stack clean position by the power transmission device, and the scraper assembly is brought to a scraper return position by the power transmission device, when the power transmission device is rotated to a second angle, the ink stack assembly is brought to an ink stack return position by the power transmission device, and the scraper assembly is brought to a scraper clean position by the power transmission device, and when the power transmission device is rotated to a third angle, the ink stack assembly is brought to the ink stack return position by the power transmission device, and the scraper assembly is brought to the scraper return position by the power transmission device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,790

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS PERFORMING CONTROL BASED ON EVAPORATION AMOUNT OF WATER CONTENT IN LIQUID

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:a liquid jetting head including a nozzle;
a supply channel connected to the liquid jetting head to supply liquid to the nozzle;
a cap configured to cover the nozzle;
a discharging section configured to cause the liquid to be discharged from the nozzle;
a switching mechanism configured to perform switching of a state of the cap between a capping state in which the cap is in contact with the liquid jetting head to cover the nozzle and an uncapping state in which the cap is apart from the liquid jetting head; and
a controller configured to perform:
a first discharge operation in which the controller controls the discharging section to cause the liquid to be discharged from the nozzle, based on both of a supply evaporation rate and a cap evaporation rate, the supply evaporation rate relating to an evaporation rate of a water content in the liquid inside the supply channel, and the cap evaporation rate being an evaporation rate of the water content in the liquid discharged into the cap and remaining in the cap; and
a second discharge operation in which the controller controls the discharging section to cause the liquid to be discharged from the nozzle, based on either one of the supply evaporation rate and the cap evaporation rate,
wherein the controller is configured to select one of the first discharge operation and the second discharge operation in response to whether a certain condition is satisfied or not.

US Pat. No. 10,688,789

INKJET PRINTING DEVICE

WIHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. An inkjet printing device, comprising:a spray head, a liquid supply tank, a first liquid storage tank, a second liquid storage tank, a first buffer tank, and a second buffer tank,
wherein the spray head and the first liquid storage tank communicate with each other through a first pipeline,
the spray head and the second liquid storage tank communicate with each other through a second pipeline,
the first liquid storage tank and the liquid supply tank communicate with each other through a third pipeline,
the liquid supply tank communicates with the first buffer tank through a fifth pipeline,
the second liquid storage tank communicates with the second buffer tank through a fourth pipeline,
the second buffer tank comprises a second connection pipe, and the second buffer tank is pressurized through the second connection pipe so that a pressure in the second liquid storage tank is greater than a pressure in the first liquid storage tank to make a chemical solution in the spray head to flow back into the first liquid storage tank or the liquid supply tank to remove a residue of the chemical solution at the spray head when the inkjet printing device stops printing.

US Pat. No. 10,688,788

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of print element substrates each comprising:
an ejection opening forming member comprising an ejection opening row in which ejection openings for ejecting a liquid are arranged in a first direction; and
a silicon substrate having print elements for generating energy for ejecting a liquid, a first common supply passage extending in the first direction for supplying a liquid to the print elements, and a first common collection passage extending in the first direction for collecting a liquid not ejected from the ejection openings; and
a support member formed of a resin material for supporting the plurality of print element substrates, the support member comprising:
a plurality of supply communication openings for supplying a liquid to the first common supply passage of the plurality of print element substrates;
a plurality of collection communication openings for collecting a liquid from the first common collection passage of the plurality of print element substrates;
a second common supply passage extending along a longitudinal direction of the support member for supplying a liquid to the plurality of supply communication openings; and
a second common collection passage extending along the longitudinal direction for collecting a liquid from the plurality of collection communication openings,
wherein the ejection forming member, the silicon substrate, and the support member are arranged in the order as listed along a second direction crossing a surface on which the print elements are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,688,787

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:(A) using an ink jet recording apparatus having:
(a) a recording head equipped with
(i) a heater placed in an ink flow path that communicates with an ejection office,
(ii) a first protection layer placed at a position corresponding to the heater and blocking a contact between the heater and an ink in the ink flow path, and
(iii) a second protection layer placed at a position corresponding to the heater and to be brought into contact with the ink and made of a metal material, and
(b) a unit for applying a voltage, with the second protection layer as a cathode and an ink-mediated conduction site as an anode; and
(B) ejecting the ink from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium,
wherein the ink comprises an aqueous ink comprising a component having an anionic group and a soluble metal ion having a standard electrode potential of more than 0 V and having a content (ppm) of the metal ion of 0.1 ppm or more to 15.0 ppm or less based on a total mass of the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,688,786

MEMS DEVICES AND METHODS OF FABRICATION THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) device comprising:a bottom layer disposed over a substrate;
an inner material layer disposed on the bottom layer;
a top layer disposed on the inner material layer; and
a moving element disposed on the top layer, wherein the inner material layer comprises an alloy of at least two metals, and wherein the top and bottom layers comprise the alloy and nitrogen, and wherein the top layer, the inner material layer, and the bottom layer form a hinge supporting the moving element, and wherein a top surface of the top layer contacts a center point of a bottom surface of the moving element.

US Pat. No. 10,688,784

HEAD UNIT CONTROL CIRCUIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A head unit control circuit that controls a head unit, and is provided outside the head unit, the head unit including:an ejecting section that includes a piezoelectric element, and can eject a liquid corresponding to displacement of the piezoelectric element, the piezoelectric element being displaced corresponding to a change in potential of a drive signal when the drive signal has been supplied to the piezoelectric element;
a determination circuit that performs a determination process that determines whether or not the piezoelectric element has a predetermined electrical storage capability based on a signal detected from the ejecting section, and outputs a signal that represents a result of the determination process; and
an ejection limit circuit that stops the supply of the drive signal to the piezoelectric element and limits the ejection of the liquid from the ejection section when the result of the determination process is negative,
the head unit control circuit supplying an instruction signal, a first designation signal, and a second designation signal to the head unit, the instruction signal instructing the head unit to execute the determination process,
the determination circuit executing the determination process during a determination period in which the first designation signal is set to a high level, the second designation signal is set to a low level, and the instruction signal is supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,688,783

DISCHARGING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A discharging apparatus comprising:a discharging unit that includes a liquid chamber which stores a liquid intermittently supplied from a liquid supply source and a nozzle which discharges the liquid stored in the liquid chamber;
a pressure detection unit that detects a pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid chamber; and
a control unit that controls the discharging unit based on a detection result from the pressure detection unit,
wherein the control unit limits liquid discharging by the discharging unit in a case where the pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid chamber does not fall within an allowable pressure range,
wherein the discharging unit includes
a gas chamber capable of storing a gas,
a moving body that is disposed so as to partition the gas chamber into a first gas chamber and a second gas chamber and moves according to a pressure difference between the first gas chamber and the second gas chamber,
a first switching valve that is switched between an open state where the first gas chamber is connected to outside air and a supply state where the first gas chamber is connected to a gas supply source, and
a second switching valve that is switched between the open state where the second gas chamber is connected to the outside air and the supply state where the second gas chamber is connected to the gas supply source, and
the moving body is disposed at a closed position for closing the nozzle when the first switching valve is switched to the open state and the second switching valve is switched to the supply state, and is disposed at an open position for connecting the liquid chamber to the outside air via the nozzle when the first switching valve is switched to the supply state and the second switching valve is switched to the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,688,782

LIQUID JET HEAD AND LIQUID JET RECORDING DEVICE

SII PRINTEK INC., Chiba ...

1. A liquid jet head comprising:a liquid jet section from which liquid is jetted;
an electronic control section electrically connected to the liquid jet section;
a main protective member adapted to cover a periphery of the electronic control section;
a connection section attached to the electronic control section and adapted to electrically connect an outside of the liquid jet head and the electronic control section to each other;
a connection section protective member configured so as to make a state transition between a protection state of covering the connection section and an exposure state of exposing the connection section,
wherein the connection section protective member includes:
a back plate a lower end of which has contact with the main protective member,
a front plate opposed to the back plate across the connection section, and disposed so that a lower end of the front plate has a gap with the main protective member, and
an upper plate adapted to connect an upper end of the front plate and an upper end of the back plate to each other; and
wherein an electric cable adapted to electrically connect the connection section and the outside to each other is adapted to be inserted in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,688,781

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a platen configured to support a medium;
a head having a nozzle surface in which a plurality of nozzles are opened;
a carriage carrying the head and configured to move along the nozzle surface in a first direction and a second direction being opposite to the first direction, such that the nozzle surface faces the platen, the carriage including an end in the first direction;
a sensor carried on the carriage at a position in the first direction between the head and the end of the carriage where the sensor is capable of facing the platen and the medium supported by the platen, the sensor being configured to detect the medium;
a memory configured to store distance information about a distance in the first direction between the nozzles and the sensor; and
a controller configured to control, based on printing data, the head and the carriage to execute a printing pass in which liquid droplets are discharged from the nozzles to the medium supported by the platen during movement of the carriage,
wherein before a certain printing pass being the printing pass corresponding to one pass to be executed, starts,
the controller is configured to obtain, based on the printing data and the distance information, a first distance value in the first direction between the sensor and a most downstream nozzle of the nozzles to be used in the certain printing pass and positioned at a most downstream side in a case that the carriage moves in one of the first direction and the second direction,
the controller is configured to obtain, based on the printing data, a second distance value in the first direction between an end of the medium and a close landing position in the first direction, the end of the medium being an end which is included in ends in the first direction of the medium and above which the most downstream nozzle passes first in the certain printing pass, the close landing position being a position which is included in landing positions on which liquid droplets land from the most downstream nozzle and is closest to the end in the first direction of the medium, and
the controller is configured to continue the certain printing pass without stopping the movement of the carriage, in a case that the controller has determined that the second distance value is larger than the first distance value, and in a case that the controller has determined, based on an output result of the sensor, that the medium is supported by the platen in a case that the carriage moves in one of the first direction and the second direction to start the certain printing pass.

US Pat. No. 10,688,780

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AUTOMATIC IMAGE PRINTING METHOD, AND AUTOMATIC PRINTING APPARATUS NOZZLE

ROBOPRINT CO., LTD., Gye...

1. A nozzle for an automatic printing apparatus provided in the automatic printing apparatus for automatically printing an image on a target surface of a structure, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle tip including an ejection hole for ejecting ink;
a main body part configured to fix the nozzle tip to a predetermined position, the main body part including an inlet passage, through which ink is introduced, that is configured to communicate with the ejection hole and a compressed air passage for compressed air to be supplied so that the compressed air is ejected around the nozzle tip; and
a piezoelectric part disposed in the main body part and configured to cause closing and opening of the ejection hole to be repeated by repeating elongation and contraction according to an applied voltage as the piezoelectric part extends into the ejection hole so that the ink is ejected through the ejection hole.

US Pat. No. 10,688,779

SCREEN PRINTING APPARATUS AND SCREEN PRINTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A screen printing apparatus that performs printing paste on a board via a mask positioned at a printing-job performing position and causes a moving mechanism to position a used mask at a mask shelter position such that it is possible to pick up the mask positioned at the mask shelter position from a mask picking-up opening, the apparatus comprising:an inspection region setter that sets an inspection region in an inspection plane that intersects with a moving path of the mask until the mask positioned at the printing job performing position moves to the mask shelter position by the moving mechanism; and
an operation stop controller that stops an operation of a predetermined operating mechanism in a case of detecting an inserted object inserted from the mask picking-up opening which crosses the inspection region,
the inspection region setter being configured to exclude a passing region of the mask from the inspection region in a configuration in which the mask, to be positioned at the mask shelter position, passes over the inspection plane from the printing-job performing position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,778

PRINTER AND SUBSTRATE COOLER FOR PRESERVING THE FLATNESS OF SUBSTRATES PRINTED IN INK PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An imaging system comprising:at least one marking material device configured to form images on substrates;
a media transport system configured to move the substrates past the at least one marking material device to form with the at least one marking material device images on the substrates;
a first dryer configured to dry the substrates after the at least one marking material device has formed images on the substrates; and
a substrate cooler configured to receive the substrates after the substrates have been dried by the dryer, the substrate cooler comprising:
a plurality of rollers;
at least one actuator operatively connected to the plurality of rollers;
a controller operatively connected to the least one actuator, the controller being configured to operate the at least one actuator to move the rollers relative to one another to vary a length of a path along which the substrates move through the substrate cooler and to regulate a speed at which the rollers rotate with reference to a temperature to which the substrates were exposed in the dryer;
a cooling system having:
a fluid source;
a pump operatively connected to the fluid source and to the rollers;
a heat exchanger operatively connected to the rollers and to the fluid source; and
the controller is also operatively connected to the pump, the controller being further configured to operate the pump to circulate fluid through the rollers, the heat exchanger, and the fluid source to absorb heat from the rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,777

PLATE CYLINDER

SHOWA ALUMINUM CAN CORPOR...

1. A plate cylinder to be attached to a rotationally driven plate driving shaft and configured to mount a cylindrical printing plate thereon from a tip end side of the plate cylinder, the plate cylinder comprising:a plate cylinder main body having a plate mounting surface on which the printing plate is to be mounted;
a flat portion formed into a flat surface positioned radially inner than the plate mounting surface on an outer peripheral surface of the plate cylinder main body along an axial direction;
the outer peripheral surface of the plate cylinder main body includes the plate mounting surface and the flat portion formed as a single surface;
a plurality of hole portions formed in the flat portion side by side in the axial direction in a separated state, wherein the plurality of hole portions are through-holes; and
a plurality of plate contacting members configured to closely contact the printing plate to the plate mounting surface, wherein the plurality of plate contacting members are positioned in the flat portion and move along with a plurality of eccentric cams provided on a rotating shaft,
wherein a plate contacting member of the plate contacting members is fitted in a hole portion of the plurality of hole portions from an inner side of the plate cylinder so as to be movable radially inward and outward of the plate cylinder, and
wherein when the plate contacting member is moved radially outward of the plate cylinder, the plate contacting member having a plate contact surface that is arranged to come into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the printing plate, and when the plate contacting member is moved radially inward of the plate cylinder, the plate contacting member becomes approximately parallel to the surface of the flat portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,776

WEB-FED PRINTING MACHINE INCLUDING PROCESSING MODULES AND CARRIER MODULES

Gallus Druckmaschinen Gmb...

1. A web-fed printing machine for printing on a substrate web being transported through the web-fed printing machine in a machine direction and processed, the machine comprising:a machine frame;
a plurality of processing modules;
carrier modules each fixing a respective one of said processing modules to said machine frame;
each of said carrier modules including two mutually parallel longitudinal beams extending in the machine direction and two mutually parallel crossbars oriented at right angles to said longitudinal beams, said two crossbars interconnecting said two longitudinal beams;
each respective one of said processing modules being supported by said crossbars of at least one of said carrier modules;
said processing modules having upper surfaces and cutouts formed in said upper surfaces for being hooked into crossbar stubs of said carrier modules, said cutouts being complementary to said crossbar stubs; and
said longitudinal beams being supported by said machine frame.

US Pat. No. 10,688,775

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CONTAINMENT BLADDERS

RESPONSE TECHNOLOGIES, LL...

1. A method of manufacturing a seamless, non-wicking containment bladder, comprising:providing yarn materials;
coating the yarn materials with a precursor protective coating;
loading the yarn materials into an additive manufacturing machine; and
depositing the yarn materials in pre-selected amounts and locations to form a desired 3D structure that is seamless, the step of depositing including forming different coating levels at different locations on the containment bladder by depositing a first type of yarn in a body of the containment bladder and reinforcing the first type of yarn with a second type of yarn at one or more of corners of the containment bladder and attachment points on the containment bladder,
wherein the precursor protective coating includes polyvinylidene fluoride.

US Pat. No. 10,688,774

PROCESSING OBJECT PART DATA FOR A THREE-DIMENSIONSAL OBJECT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus arranged to preprocess object data for the manufacture of a three-dimensional object, the apparatus comprising:a data interface arranged to receive object data representative of the three-dimensional object for manufacture, the object data representing at least a first and a second object part, the first object part being associated with a first production material composition and the second object part being associated with a second production material composition, the first and the second object parts being arranged such that they are separated by a contiguous interface;
a structural modifier arranged to modify said object data by modulating the contiguous interface between the first and the second object parts, said modulating comprising modulating data defining at least one of the first and the second object parts such that a portion of at least one of the first and second production material compositions extends into object space occupied by a respective one of the second and first object parts; and
a deposit controller to communicate with a deposit mechanism to manufacture the three-dimensional object based on the modulated contiguous interface between the first and the second object parts.

US Pat. No. 10,688,773

CURE CONFIRMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method for confirming complete curing of a marking material, comprising:scanning an object to determine a profile of the object via an optical scanner, wherein the object has a curved surface;
determining a sequence of operation of a two-dimensional array of a plurality of printheads and an amount of marking material to eject from each printhead from the plurality of printheads based on the profile of the object that is scanned;
moving the object vertically parallel to a plane of the two-dimensional array of the plurality of printheads to eject the marking material by the plurality of printheads onto the object, wherein the marking material emits volatile organic compounds (VOC) during a curing process;
moving the object vertically parallel to the plane in front of a curing light source;
curing the marking material via the curing light source;
moving the object vertically parallel to the plane in front of a curing confirmation system;
mechanically moving flexible seals out of the curing confirmation system towards the object, wherein the flexible seals contact a surface of the object; and
determining whether the curing of the marking material is complete based on an amount of the VOC emitted by the marking material.

US Pat. No. 10,688,772

GENERATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus for generating a three-dimensional object, the apparatus comprising:a build material distributor to provide layers of build material;
an agent distributor to selectively deliver a liquid, light absorbing coalescing agent on layered build material;
a light source to apply light energy to layered build material; and
a controller configured to:
control the agent distributor to selectively deliver the coalescing agent on a portion of a first layer of build material on a support member or previous layer;
in a first coalescing stage for the first layer, control the light source to apply light energy to the first layer to generate heat to melt the portion of the first layer where the coalescing agent was delivered;
control the build material distributor to provide a second layer of the build material on the first layer; and
in a second coalescing stage for the first layer, before delivering the coalescing agent on the second layer, control the light source to apply light energy to the first layer through the second layer to re-melt a portion of the first layer where the coalescing agent was delivered.

US Pat. No. 10,688,771

3D PRINTING WITH VARIABLE VOXEL SIZES BASED ON OPTICAL FILTER

University of Southern Ca...

1. A stereolithography apparatus comprising:a light source for providing a first light beam with a first wavelength and a first beam dimension and a second light beam with a second wavelength and a second beam dimension;
a multi-translucent optical filter in optical communication with the light source, the multi-translucent optical filter allowing the first light beam with the first wavelength to pass through with a third beam dimension and allowing the second light beam with the second wavelength to pass through with a fourth beam dimension substantially different from the third beam dimension, the multi-translucent optical filter including a grating layer having an aperture portion and a grating portion, the aperture portion configured to allow the second light beam to pass through with the fourth beam dimension, the grating portion configured to prevent the second light beam from passing through outside of the fourth beam dimension, the grating layer configured to allow the first light beam to pass through with the third beam dimension substantially similar to the first beam dimension, and
a liquid tank of photocurable resin, the photocurable resin including a surface upon which the first light beam and the second light beam are to be projected.

US Pat. No. 10,688,769

FILM-REMOVING DEVICE

Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectr...

1. A film-removing device, comprising:a load-bearing platform comprising a load-bearing surface;
a film-removing roller, provided at a side of the load-bearing platform where the load-bearing surface is located, a central axis of the film-removing roller being parallel to the load-bearing surface of the load-bearing platform; and
a rotation driver, connected to the film-removing roller, and configured to drive the film-removing roller to rotate around a central line parallel to the central axis of the film-removing roller, such that an edge of the film-removing roller facing the load-bearing surface moves within the load-bearing surface of the load-bearing platform.

US Pat. No. 10,688,768

GLASS AND POLYMER FILM ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of forming a glass and polymer film assembly, comprising the steps of:providing a first film comprising an oriented first polymer layer and a glass layer releasably bonded to the first polymer layer;
providing a glass sheet having a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface, the glass sheet having a thickness less than about 1 mm;
applying the first film directly to the first major surface of the glass sheet such that the first polymer layer contacts the first major surface of the glass sheet, wherein the glass sheet is at a temperature above a bonding temperature of the first polymer layer during the step of applying the first film;
allowing the first polymer layer to permanently bond to the first major surface of the glass sheet, wherein the first polymer layer remains oriented after being bonded to the glass sheet and
removing the glass layer from the first polymer layer after the first polymer layer has been permanently bonded to the first major surface of the glass sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,688,767

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PUNCHED COMPONENT AND PUNCHED COMPONENT PRODUCED THEREBY

CCL Design GmbH, Solinge...

1. A method for manufacturing a punched component, comprising the steps:a) laminating a polymer film onto a surface of a metal sheet, wherein a cold-flowable pressure-sensitive adhesive is provided between the polymer film and the metal sheet; and
b) punching the laminated metal sheet to produce the punched component, wherein the punching step comprises punching the metal sheet, adhesive, and polymer film, in this order, and comprises use of a stamp and a corresponding die configured with a gap between the stamp and the die so that during punching a portion of the metal sheet is sheared off the laminated sheet and a cut-side edge is formed on the sheared off portion, and wherein a portion of the polymer film and a portion of the cold-flowable pressure-sensitive adhesive are drawn over the cut-side edge during punching.

US Pat. No. 10,688,766

FABRICATION OF COMPOSITE LAMINATES HAVING THIN INTERLAYERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a composite laminate, comprising:forming a stack including first and second fiber beds and an interlayer between the fiber beds, the interlayer including an insoluble thermoplastic component having a coating thereon, the coating being a soluble thermoplastic component, the insoluble thermoplastic component being insoluble in a matrix resin of the first and second fiber beds, the soluble thermoplastic component being soluble in the matrix resin of the first and second fiber beds, a first insoluble film and a first soluble thermoplastic film being deposited as a first bi-component film on the first fiber bed, a second insoluble film and a second soluble thermoplastic film being deposited as a second bi-component film on the second fiber bed, the first bi-component film including first through-holes that penetrate through the first insoluble film and the first soluble thermoplastic film, and the second bi-component film including second through-holes that penetrate through the second insoluble film and the second soluble thermoplastic film;
impregnating the first and second fiber beds with the matrix resin via the first and second through-holes in the first and second bi-component films prior to forming the stack; and
dissolving the soluble thermoplastic component into the matrix resin of the first and second fiber beds to reduce a thickness of the interlayer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,765

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A MULTILAYER LAMINATE

BOREALIS AG, Vienna (AT)...

1. A process for producing a multilayer laminate which comprises at least one substrate element and at least one polymeric layer element,wherein the polymeric layer element comprises a polymer composition comprising:
(a) a polymer, wherein said polymer (a) optionally bears functional group(s) containing units; and
(b) silane group(s) containing units;
and wherein the process comprises the steps of:
(i) an assembling step to arrange the at least one substrate element and the at least one polymeric layer element in form of a multilayer assembly;
(ii) a heating step to heat up the multilayer assembly optionally in a chamber at evacuating conditions;
(iii) a pressing step to build and keep pressure on the multilayer assembly at the heated conditions for the lamination of the assembly to occur; and
(iv) a recovering step to cool and remove the obtained multilayer laminate for later use;
wherein the pressing step (iii) is started when the at least one polymeric layer element reaches a temperature which is 3 to 13° C. higher than the melting temperature of the polymer (a) of said polymeric layer element; and
wherein the duration of the pressing step (iii) is from 0.5 to 10 minutes;
wherein the polymer (a) has
a melting temperature, Tm, of 100° C. or less, and
a melt flow rate, MFR2, of less than 20 g/10 min (according to ISO 1133 at 190° C. and at a load of 2.16 kg); and
wherein no crosslinking agent selected from peroxide or silane condensation catalyst (SCC), which is selected from the SCC group of carboxylates of tin, zinc, iron, lead or cobalt or aromatic organic sulphonic acids, is introduced to the polymer (a) of the polymer composition before or during the lamination process.

US Pat. No. 10,688,764

CARD SUBSTRATE LAMINATING DEVICE

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

7. A method of laminating a card substrate comprising:feeding a card substrate along a processing path using a transport mechanism; and
transferring a portion of a transfer layer of a transfer ribbon to a surface of the card substrate using a transfer roller comprising steps of:
heating the transfer roller from an ambient temperature to a laminating temperature within 40 seconds;
pressing the portion of the transfer layer against the surface of the card substrate using the transfer roller while the transfer roller is at a temperature that is greater than or equal to the laminating temperature;
rotating the transfer roller about a central axis at least two times during the pressing step; and
removing a carrier layer of the transfer ribbon from the portion of the transfer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,762

LAMINATE FOR AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR MATERIAL

ZEON CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. A laminate for automotive interior material, comprising:a vinyl chloride resin layer containing an additive wherein the additive comprises a plasticizer; and
wherein the vinyl chloride resin layer has holes formed by sewing,
a tape disposed on one side in a thickness direction of the vinyl chloride resin layer,
wherein the tape comprises a substrate having a porous structure, and an adhesive layer, and the tape is provided at a position covering the holes,
wherein the adhesive layer is positioned between the vinyl chloride resin layer and the substrate, and
wherein the substrate is made of non-woven fabric having a weight per unit area of 20 g/m2 to 100 g/m2 to allow the additive contained in the vinyl chloride resin layer to pass through the tape, thereby providing higher surface quality and improved appearance of the vinyl chloride resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,761

SILICONE-COATED FABRIC

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A silicone-coated fabric comprising:a synthetic fiber woven fabric,
a silicone-containing resin coated on one surface of the synthetic fiber woven fabric, and
a thermoplastic resin adhering to a non-silicone coated surface of the synthetic fiber woven fabric, which is not coated with the silicone-containing resin, the synthetic fiber woven fabric being between the silicone-containing resin and the thermoplastic resin,
wherein the adhesive strength between the non-silicone coated surface and the thermoplastic resin is 0.01 to 100 N/cm and the thermoplastic resin has an adhering area of 1 to 45% on the non-silicone coated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,688,760

RAIL INTERIOR COMPLIANT THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A fire-retardant composite comprising:(a) a porous core material comprising a first thermoplastic polymer comprising polyethylene terephthalate, a fire-retardant polypropylene, a polycarbonate, a polyimide, a polyethersulfone, a polyurethane, or a poly(phenylene ether)/styrene blend, or a blend thereof;
(b) a first fire-retardant laminate disposed on a first side of the porous core, the first fire-retardant laminate comprising at least one ply, the ply comprising:
(i) at least 15 wt. %, based on the total weight of the ply, of a second thermoplastic polymer comprising a polypropylene, a polycarbonate, or a polyimide, or a blend thereof;
(ii) 4 to 10 wt. %, based on the total weight of the ply, a fire-retardant composition comprising a metal oxide and a nitrogen-phosphorous compound;
(iii) 50 to 80 wt. %, based on the total weight of the ply, of fibers; and
(iv) 0.01 to 2 wt. %, based on the total weight of the ply, of a coupling agent;
(c) a second laminate disposed on a side opposite the first side of the core, wherein the second laminate is the same or different than the first fire-retardant laminate; and
(d) at least one adherent layer contacting at least a portion of the surface of the porous core material and at least a portion of the surface of at least one of the laminates;
wherein the fire-retardant composite has a four minute smoke density, Ds, of less than about 300 as measured by ISO 5659-2 on a 75×75×18 mm thick composite.

US Pat. No. 10,688,759

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL LAMINATE

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A production method for an optical laminate, the production method comprising:a thin glass production step of producing a thin glass having a thickness of 100 ?m or less; and
a lamination step of laminating an optical film on one surface, or each of both surfaces, of the thin glass,
wherein the thin glass production step and the lamination step are performed in an integrated line,
wherein, in the lamination step, an adhesive is applied onto the optical film to form an application layer, and then the thin glass and the optical film are bonded to each other through intermediation of the application layer, and
wherein the lamination step comprises bonding the optical film onto the thin glass under a state in which the thin glass is supported according to (i) or (ii):
(i) the thin glass is supported by a conveyor belt at a position which is opposite to a position at which a roller laminates the optical film to the thin glass, such that when the thin glass is supported by the conveyor belt, a gap between the conveyor belt and the roller is from 50% to 99% with respect to a total thickness of the thin glass, the application layer of the adhesive, and the optical film
(ii) the thin glass is supported by a support roller at a position which is opposite to a position at which a counter roll laminates the optical film to the thin glass, such that an angle ? formed by a point at which the thin glass starts to run on the support roll, an axial center of the support roll, and a point at which the thin glass separates from the support roll is 30° to 220°, and such that an angle ? formed by the point at which the thin glass starts to run on the support roll, the axial center of the support roll, and a point at which the thin glass is laminated to the optical film is 10% to 90% of the angle ?.

US Pat. No. 10,688,758

LAMINATED GLASS INTERMEDIATE FILM AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An intermediate film for laminated glass having a layered structure including only three layers, comprising:a first layer containing a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer;
a second layer containing a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer and being positioned on a first surface of the first layer; and
a third layer containing a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer and being positioned on a second surface that is an opposite side of the first surface of the first layer,
wherein a degree of acetalization, a degree of acetylation, and a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin contained in the first layer are values which satisfy both of configuration A) and configuration B) below:
A) in a phase diagram of three values including a degree of acetalization, a degree of acetylation, and a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin contained in the first layer, the values of the degree of acetalization, the degree of acetylation, and the hydroxy group content each fall within a region surrounded by a line including four straight lines connecting a first coordinate of degree of acetalization:degree of acetylation:hydroxy group content=70 mol %:30 mol %:0 mol %, a second coordinate of degree of acetalization:degree of acetylation:hydroxy group content=34 mol %:30 mol %:36 mol %, a third coordinate of degree of acetalization:degree of acetylation:hydroxy group content=94 mol %:0 mol %:6 mol %, and a fourth coordinate of degree of acetalization:degree of acetylation:hydroxy group content=100 mol %:0 mol %:0 mol % in the stated order, and
B) a degree of acetylation of the polyvinyl acetal resin contained in the first layer is less than 8 mol %; and
a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer is smaller than a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the second layer;
a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer is smaller than a hydroxy group content of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the third layer;
wherein the plasticizer in the first layer, the plasticizer in the second layer and the plasticizer in the third layer are each represented by Formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 each represent a C5-10 organic group, R3 represents an ethylene group, isopropylene group or n-propylene group, and p represents an integer of 3 to 10,
the amount of the plasticizer in the second layer for 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the second layer is smaller than the amount of the plasticizer in the first layer for 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer, and
the amount of the plasticizer in the third layer for 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the third layer is smaller than the amount of the plasticizer in the first layer for 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer, and
wherein a ratio of a thickness of the first layer to a total thickness of the second layer and the third layer is not more than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,688,757

LAMINATED VEHICLE WINDSHIELD WITH INTERNAL LUMINOUS SIGN(S)

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A laminated vehicle windshield including one or more internal luminous signs, comprising:a first curved glazing with a first main face, which first main face is intended to be on an exterior side of the vehicle, and an opposite second main face;
a second curved glazing with a third main face and an opposite fourth main face, which fourth main face is intended to be on an interior side of the vehicle, at least one of the first and second curved glazings being made of mineral glass,said first and second curved glazings being connected together via the second and third main faces by a lamination interlayer made of a thermoformable and thermoplastic polymeric material, said lamination interlayer including a first bonding main face toward a side of the second main face and a second bonding main face toward a side of the third main face;a first peripheral layer forming an interior masking layer made of opaque material, which is between the second bonding face and the third main face or that is on the fourth main face, said interior masking layer being discontinuous and comprising one or more first discontinuities, the one or more first discontinuities forming a first sign, made up of one or more symbols and/or letters;
a second peripheral layer forming an exterior masking layer made of opaque material, between the first bonding face and the second main face, facing the interior masking layer and the one or more first discontinuities; and
a first radiation source for the first sign,wherein the first radiation source includes a first curved organic-light-emitting-diode (OLED) device between the second and third main faces configured to emit a first emission in the visible spectrum to illuminate the first sign.

US Pat. No. 10,688,756

FOLDABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE ASSEMBLIES AND COVER ELEMENTS FOR THE SAME

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A cover element for a foldable electronic device, comprising:a foldable glass element comprising a thickness from about 25 ?m to about 200 ?m the glass element further comprising:
(a) a first primary surface,
(b) a second primary surface, and
(c) a compressive stress region extending from the first primary surface of the glass element to a first depth in the glass element, the region defined by a stress ?I of at least about 100 MPa in compression at the first primary surface of the glass element; and
a polymeric layer comprising a thickness from about 10 ?m to about 100 ?m and disposed over the first primary surface of the glass element,
wherein the glass element is characterized by a stress profile such that when the glass element is bent to a target bend radius of from 1 mm to 20 mm, with the center of curvature on the side of the second primary surface so as to induce a bending stress ?B at the first primary surface in tension, 0??I+?B<400 MPa (in tension), and
wherein the cover element comprises an ability to withstand a pen drop height of at least 1.5 times that of a control pen drop height of the cover element without the layer, wherein the pen drop heights are measured according to a Drop Test 1, with the layer disposed on the side of the glass element facing the pen.

US Pat. No. 10,688,755

STEEL SHEET FOR A FUEL TANK

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A steel sheet for a fuel tank, comprising:a base metal as a base material;
a Zn—Ni alloy plated layer having a deposition amount of 5 g/m2 or more placed on one surface of the base metal; and
an inorganic chromate-free chemical conversion coating film placed over the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer on the one surface, wherein
the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer has cracks starting from an interface between the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer and the inorganic chromate-free chemical conversion coating film and reaching an interface between the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer and the base metal, and
a water contact angle on a surface of the inorganic chromate-free chemical conversion coating film is more than or equal to 50 degrees, and wherein
a surface opposite to the one surface has neither the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer nor the inorganic chromate-free chemical conversion coating film, wherein
a total deposition amount of Zn and Ni on the surface having neither the Zn—Ni alloy plated layer nor the inorganic chromate-free chemical conversion coating film is 0.01 to 0.5 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,688,754

MULTIFUNCTIONAL CONTACT CLEAR FILLED PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE COATED SUBSTRATES

POLYMERIC CONVERTING LLC,...

1. A method of making a contact clear, durable heat resistant single ply low cost packaging or labeling substrate from a clear heat resistant polymer film selected from the group consisting of polyethylene terephthalate and cellulose said method consisting of:(a) positioning a single acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive layer on a bottom surface of said heat resistant polymer film and drying said adhesive layer to form a dry coating matrix on said heat resistant polymer film, wherein the single acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive layer comprises an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive and from 5-15 wt % of a solid filler selected from the group consisting of alumina trihydrate, clay, and starch, based on weight of the dry coating matrix, where the solid filler is effective to result in an increase in shear strength and reduction in cold flow, creep or ooze properties of said pressure sensitive adhesive layer; and
(b) positioning a print receiving layer on a top surface of said clear heat resistant polymer film and
(c) positioning a release liner on a bottom side of said clear heat resistant polymer film.

US Pat. No. 10,688,752

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A composite comprising a sandwich structure comprising at least two carbon fiber surface layers attached to a central layer of rigid foam including a thermosetting epoxy resin, a thermoplastic resin additive and a polymerizable monomer wherein the layer of foam is at least 1.5 times the combined thickness of the two surface layers and the composite has a density of from 0.1 to 2.0 gram/cc.

US Pat. No. 10,688,751

FOAM STRUCTURAL MATERIAL, RESIN PANEL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A RESIN PANEL

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A foam structural material comprising:a first core material having a first portion of a linear groove part being formed along an edge of the first core material, and
a reinforcing material having a first side fitted to the first portion of the linear groove part,
wherein the first portion of the linear groove part includes a first engagement plane,
the first engagement plane has one or a plurality of projections formed on a part of the first engagement plane along a longitudinal direction thereof and on a side of a top surface of the first core material, and is engaged with the reinforcing material,
the plurality of the projections has a width smaller than a width of the first engagement plane in a direction along the top surface of the first core material and perpendicular to an extending direction of the linear groove part, and is configured to press the reinforcing material when the first engagement plane is engaged with the reinforcing material.

US Pat. No. 10,688,750

BONDING STRUCTURE OF E CHUCK TO ALUMINUM BASE CONFIGURATION

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A bonding layer structure, comprising:a first body having an aperture therethrough;
a second body having an aperture therethrough;
a bonding layer disposed between the first body and the second body;
an opening formed through the bonding material layer, wherein the opening has a diameter substantially greater than a width of the aperture through the second body;
a plug disposed adjacent the aperture through the first body;
a seal disposed within the opening of the bonding layer; and
a ring disposed between the plug and the seal, wherein a surface of the ring defines a sealing surface for the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,688,749

PANEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PANEL

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A panel for cladding a ceiling or wall in a cabin, comprising:a board being laminated on both sides with a cover layer,
the cover layer being made of fibrous material or fabric, the cover layer being impregnated with resin or a thermoplastic material, and being cured under the effects of pressure and temperature,
said board having at least one core with a honeycomb structure formed by a plurality of walls,
said walls and said cover layer being equally compressed or bent in a pre-defined region of the board by between 5% and 50% such that sound insulation of the panel is increased, wherein the pre-defined region of the board is defined by compressed portions of both the walls and the cover layer and the equally compressed portions of both the walls and the cover are bordered by uncompressed regions of the board, wherein a thickness of the compressed or bent pre-defined region is less than a thickness of the uncompressed regions of the board.

US Pat. No. 10,688,748

TECHNIQUES TO MOLD PARTS WITH INJECTION-FORMED APERTURE IN GATE AREA

MILACRON LLC, Cincinnati...

1. A multilayer plastic container comprising:a first end portion, a second end portion, and a sidewall portion that extends between the first end portion and the second end portion,
the first end portion having a shoulder portion, an aperture, and an annular rim disposed between the shoulder portion and the aperture, wherein the annular rim and the wall of the aperture define an annular recess therebetween within an outer surface of the first end portion, wherein the annular rim defines a sealing surface facing away from the second end portion that is configured to receive an external seal for sealing the aperture and the annular recess;
the second end portion having an annular flange with a sealing surface facing away from the first end portion that is configured to receive an external seal for sealing the second end portion of the container,
wherein each of the first end portion, the second end portion, and the sidewall portion have
an outer layer comprising a first polymeric material,
an inner layer comprising the first polymeric material, and
an interior layer comprising a second polymeric material different from the first polymeric material, the interior layer being disposed between the outer layer and the inner layer,
wherein the interior layer extends into and terminates within each of the first end portion and the second end portion, and extends throughout the sidewall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,747

AUTOMATIC CLEANER AND PRESSING DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An automatic cleaner for a pressing device having a pressing unit that can reciprocate between a pressing position for pressing a workpiece and an apart position apart from the pressing position, the automatic cleaner comprising:a separating structure configured to separate the workpiece from the pressing unit;
a cleaning member; and
a drive mechanism configured to move the separating structure and the cleaning member back and forth, relative to the pressing unit, in accordance with movement of the pressing unit, wherein
the drive mechanism is configured to make the separating structure drop the workpiece, after being worked, from the pressing unit, and to make the cleaning member clean the pressing unit, in accordance with the movement of the pressing unit,
wherein
the drive mechanism includes:
a biasing member; and
a movable member biased by the biasing member toward the pressing unit, the movable member being moved back and forth, relative to the pressing unit, in accordance with the movement of the pressing unit,
the pressing unit includes a pressing unit side inclined surface that is inclined with respect to a direction of the reciprocating movement of the pressing unit, and
by sliding the pressing unit side inclined surface and a part of the movable member on each other, in accordance with the movement of the pressing unit, the movable member is moved back and forth relative to the pressing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,746

ROSIN PRESS

Mosman Machinery Company,...

1. A compression device for extracting materials from plant matter, comprising:a press having:
first and second plates disposed in a spaced relationship;
a stationary platen mounted to the first plate, the stationary platen further including at least one heating element;
a first movable platen disposed proximate to the second plate when the press is in an open configuration, the first movable platen including at least one heating element;
a second movable platen disposed between the first movable platen and the stationary platen, the second movable platen including at least one heating element; and
an actuator connected to the first movable platen and configured to advance the first moveable platen toward the stationary platen; and
a stand suspending the press, wherein the stand connects to the press via a rotary coupling configured to permit the press to rotate between:
a first orientation where compression surfaces of the platens are disposed in a horizontal orientation; and
a second orientation where the compression surfaces of the platens are disposed in a vertical orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,688,745

WINDING METHOD AND WINDING DEVICE FOR BEAD FILLER FOR TIRE

FUJI SEIKO CO., LTD., (J...

1. A winding method for a bead filler for a tire including winding a rubber strip of a predetermined length in an annular shape and joining opposite ends of the rubber strip to each other,wherein, the rubber strip has a flattened triangular cross section,
a thickest section of the rubber strip corresponds to a base portion and a thinnest section of the rubber strip corresponds to a top portion, and
prior to the opposite ends of the rubber strip contacting one another, in at least one of the opposite ends of the rubber strip, the top portion is extended without an extension of the base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,744

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR BUILDING TYRES

PIRELLI TYRE, S.P.A., Mi...

12. A process for building tyres comprising using a plurality of forming drums, wherein each forming drum is capable of carrying a tyre being processed, and a first work station comprising a first and a second working location, wherein the process for building tyres further comprises:submitting a first forming drum to a first process working in the first working location of the first work station;
transferring the first forming drum from the first working location to a first intermediate transfer location of the first work station and a second forming drum to the first work station wherein transferring comprises:
picking up, by a primary handling device, the second forming drum from an entry location of the first work station;
picking up the first forming drum from the first working location;
transferring and releasing the second forming drum to the first working location,
wherein at least one of:
the first forming drum is transferred, by translation and by a first grip member carried by a first support structure of an intermediate handling device, from the first working location to the first intermediate transfer location and released in the first intermediate transfer location to the primary handling device before being transferred and released by the primary handling device to an exit location of the first work station; or
the second forming drum is transferred by the primary handling device to the first intermediate transfer location and released in the first intermediate transfer location to the first support structure of the intermediate handling device before being transferred, by translation, and released by the first intermediate handling device to the first working location;
transferring and releasing, by the primary handling device, the first forming drum to the exit location before the first forming drum is transferred from the first work station to a second work station, wherein the second work station is configured for carrying out a second process working on the tyre being processed;
submitting a third forming drum to a third process working in the second working location of the first work station; and
transferring the third forming drum from the second working location to a second intermediate transfer location of the first work station and a fourth forming drum to the first work station, wherein transferring comprises:
picking up, by the primary handling device, the fourth forming drum from the entry location;
transferring and releasing, by the primary handling device, the fourth forming drum to a second support structure of the intermediate handling device at the second intermediate transfer location, the second support structure configured to translate independently from the first support structure;
picking up, by the primary handling device, the third forming drum at the second working location of the first work station; and
translating, relative to the second working location, the second support structure to transfer the fourth forming drum from the second intermediate transfer location to the second working location; and
releasing, by the second support structure, the fourth forming drum to the second working location.

US Pat. No. 10,688,742

OPERATION OF A TIRE VULCANIZATION SYSTEM

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of operating a tire vulcanization system during a curing cycle in which a tire is vulcanized in a mold for a predetermined duration under pressure, the tire vulcanization system including an axially movable plate and a stationary plate connected by a bladder disposed inside a tire to be vulcanized and at least partially delineating a cavity in which a heating medium circulates, with a fan and a heater being immersed in the heating medium and the heater having one or more heating elements that provide energy to the heating medium traversing thereover, the method comprising:providing data, for a current curing cycle, that includes at least a bladder exchange surface area S for a tire being vulcanized, a temperature differential ?T between the bladder and the heating medium, and a coefficient of exchange by forced convection h;
detecting a heating medium temperature in the cavity during the current curing cycle;
on the basis of the detected heating medium temperature, calculating a thermal flux ? that traverses the bladder during a subsequent curing cycle as a function of at least the bladder exchange surface area S and the temperature differential;
comparing the calculated thermal flux with a required thermal flux to be realized upon commencement of the subsequent curing cycle; and
adjusting the heating medium temperature in the cavity when a comparison between the calculated thermal flux and the required thermal flux indicates a non-equivalence therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,688,741

REGULATING TEMPERATURE DURING TIRE VULCANIZATION

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire vulcanizing system for regulating a temperature of a heating medium, comprising an axially movable plate and a stationary plate connected by a bladder disposed inside a tire to be vulcanized and at least partially delineating a cavity in which a heating medium circulates, with a fan and a heater being immersed in the heating medium and the heater having one or more heating elements that provide energy to the heating medium traversing thereover before egress along an exit path,wherein at least one temperature sensor is disposed along the exit path and mounted on or near the stationary plate immediately proximate an egress from which the fan delivers the heating medium to the exit path, the at least one temperature sensor being configured to detect a temperature of the heating medium in the cavity and to generate one or more temperature signals indicative of detected heating medium temperature in the cavity; and
wherein a monitoring system is provided and is configured to receive the one or more temperature signals and to send one or more commands to adjust the heating medium temperature in the cavity during a curing cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,740

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER RIBBON

Fujikura Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical fiber ribbon where adjacent optical fibers are intermittently connected in a length direction, the method comprising:feeding the optical fibers along the length direction;
intermittently applying a resin in the length direction by:
rotating, between adjacent ones of the optical fibers, a rotating member having a recess, and
blocking the resin with a peripheral edge part of the rotating member where the recess is not formed; and
increasing strength of a connection part formed by the resin applied to the optical fibers by setting a moving speed, in the length direction, of the peripheral edge part at a position where the peripheral edge part blocks the resin between the optical fibers, to be slower than a feeding speed of the optical fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,739

SPECTACLE LENS MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

Tokai Optical Co., Ltd., ...

1. A spectacle lens manufacturing system comprising:a lens mold including a rear lens mold having a front surface that defines a rear surface of a spectacle lens, the rear lens mold including a rear lens mold base body, and a side peripheral lens mold having an inner surface that is formed in accordance with a side periphery of the spectacle lens;
a lens material filling means configured to fill the lens mold with a lens material; and
a three-dimensional printer configured to form only a surface addition portion on an existing front surface of the rear lens mold base body,
wherein the front surface of the rear lens mold is the front surface of the rear lens mold base body to which the surface addition portion is added,
wherein a part, including at least a portion of the inner surface of the side peripheral lens mold, is formed by the three-dimensional printer or fluid resin discharge means configured to discharge a curable fluid resin, and
wherein the surface addition portion is located only in an area inside the side peripheral lens mold on the front surface of the rear lens mold base body.

US Pat. No. 10,688,738

WIND TURBINE BLADES

1. A method of making a wind turbine blade, the method comprising:providing a plurality of strips, each strip made by a pultrusion process comprising:
drawing fibres and resin through a pultrusion die in a process direction to form a pultruded strip; and
applying a resin-free, infusion-promoting layer to a surface of the pultruded strip down-stream from the die in the process direction,
placing the plurality of strips in a wind turbine blade mould tool to form a stack having at least one infusion-promoting layer between two pultruded strips, wherein each infusion-promoting layer remains substantially resin-free when the plurality of strips is placed in the wind turbine blade mould tool;
infusing resin into the wind turbine blade mould tool such that the resin infiltrates around the stack and between the pultruded strips via each infusion-promoting layer; and
curing the resin to form the wind turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,688,737

METHOD FOR FORMING FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMER COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for forming a fiber-reinforced polymer component, the method comprising:impregnating a first fiber tow with a polymerizable liquid contained within a reservoir to form a first impregnated fiber tow;
positioning the first impregnated fiber tow within a build region of the reservoir, the build region having a shape and size corresponding to a cross-section of the fiber-reinforced polymer component;
irradiating the build region of the reservoir to form a polymerized solid from the polymerizable liquid within the build region, the polymerized solid encasing a portion of the first fiber tow to form at least a portion of the fiber-reinforced polymer component; and,
adjusting at least one of a shape, a size, or a position of the build region as the cross-section of the fiber-reinforced polymer component changes.

US Pat. No. 10,688,736

COMPOSITE MATERIALS MOLDING METHOD, AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method of molding a composite materials to be joined to a skin having a panel shape inclined at a first inclination angle with respect to an XZ plane from a Z-axis in a Y-direction in a three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate system, the method comprising:a shaping process of shaping a laminate having fiber sheets laminated over one another, by bending the laminate in an X-direction and the Y-direction such that a cross sectional shape of the laminate becomes the same along a Z-direction; and
a molding process of: mounting the laminate that has been shaped, onto a mold material having a change in shape from the Z-axis in the Y-direction; impregnating a resin material into the laminate while adjusting an amount of the resin material filled therein; and molding the composite materials that have not cured into a shape having a first inclined surface inclined at the first inclination angle with respect to the XZ plane from the Z-axis in the Y-direction, such that the composite materials that have cured have the panel shape of the skin, wherein
the mold material has a first inclination molding surface that molds the first inclined surface and serves as a joint surface to the skin, and a second inclination molding surface that molds a surface of the composite materials, the surface being opposite to the first inclined surface, into a second inclined surface having a second inclination angle smaller than the first inclination angle, and
the difference between the first inclination angle and the second inclination angle is substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 10,688,735

MOLDING DEVICE FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF COMPOSITE COMPONENTS FROM LIQUID POLYMER RESIN BY HIGH-PRESSURE INJECTION

Arkema France, Colombes ...

1. A molding device (1) for the manufacture of structured or semistructured composite components comprising a polymer resin (50) and a fibrous substrate (51), wherein said molding device comprises:a mold (2) comprising a bottom and a lateral surface (5),
a movable part (10) able to move along the lateral surface of the mold, forming a cavity (7) bounded by a compression surface (14) of said movable part (1), the bottom of said mold (2), and lateral surface (5) of said mold (2), wherein the movable part (10) further comprises a punch (11) able to move along the lateral surface of the mold, and an injection head (20), said injection head being provided with a wall defining an injection column communicating with the cavity by an opening,wherein the movable part (10) comprises a vacuum-drawing channel (23) opening into a chamber (42), said chamber located above the cavity and communicating with said cavity (7).

US Pat. No. 10,688,734

DISCONTINUOUS FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Toray Industries, Inc., ...

1. A discontinuous fiber-reinforced composite material comprising a discontinuous reinforcing fiber aggregate of discontinuous reinforcing fibers having a number average fiber length of 3 to 100 mm and a matrix resin, the discontinuous reinforcing fiber aggregate including a plurality of discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles having a predetermined number of unidirectionally-bundled single yarns of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber,wherein each of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles has a cut surface inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to an orientation direction of the single yarns and the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles have different fiber bundle lengths,
wherein the shorter a discontinuous fiber bundle length, which is defined as a distance between both ends along the orientation of the single yarns is, the smaller a tip angle defined as an acute angle at an end of a two-dimensional plane projection of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle is, wherein a number average acute angle (A) and a number average acute angle (B) satisfy formulae (1) and (2), wherein the number average acute angle (A) is defined as a number average of the tip angle of each discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle belonging to classification (1) of discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles having a discontinuous fiber bundle length of more than a number average discontinuous fiber bundle length (L) of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles included in the discontinuous reinforcing fiber aggregate and wherein the number average acute angle (B) is defined as a number average of the tip angle of each discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle belonging to classification (2) of discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles having a discontinuous fiber bundle length of the number average discontinuous fiber bundle length (L) or less:
Number average acute angle (A)>Number average acute angle (B)×1.3;   Formula (1);
Number average acute angle (B)<60°  Formula (2).

US Pat. No. 10,688,733

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A three-dimensional printing apparatus, comprising:a material feed cartridge for containing a powdered base material;
a workpiece support for supporting the powdered base material thereon;
a laser for supplying laser energy to the powdered base material;
an imaging device for capturing an image of the workpiece support;
a controller for receiving image data from the imaging device; and
an optics assembly coupled to the controller and adapted to receive instructions therefrom, the optics assembly comprising:
a shape-controlling mechanism including a lens support having a plurality of gear teeth for rotating a lens;
a polarization mechanism; and
an intensity controlling mechanism configured to adjust an intensity of the laser energy supplied from the laser to the powdered base material, wherein the intensity controlling mechanism includes a polarization sensitive element and a plurality of gears that facilitate rotation of the polarization sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 10,688,732

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING DEVICE

Young Optics Inc., Hsinc...

1. A three dimensional printing device, comprising:a plane, for putting a first photocured material and a second photocured material;
a projector, configured to emit a light to cure the first photocured material and the second photocured material;
at least one movable partition, disposed on the plane, and configured to separate the first photocured material and the second photocured material;
a driving mechanism, configured to drive the at least one movable partition to move on the plane; and
two outermost walls, fixed on the plane, wherein the at least one movable partition is located between the two outermost walls and configured to move relative to one of the two outermost walls.

US Pat. No. 10,688,731

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BONDING STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A system comprising:a first object having
an energy-assisted bonding (EAB) mechanism along a surface of the first object, the EAB mechanism including a heat-activatable adhesive layer and a carbon-filled (CF) sheet material, the CF sheet material extending alongside the adhesive layer or through the adhesive layer, the CF sheet material being electrically conductive for resistive heating, and
a mounting face;
a coupling actuator having an actuator body with a mating face that is sized and shaped to engage the mounting face of the first object;
a power source;
at least one electrode operably coupled to the power source and attached to the actuator body, wherein the at least one electrode approaches the EAB mechanism as the actuator body approaches the first object; and
a control sub-system operably coupled to the coupling actuator and the power source, the control sub-system configured to:
control the coupling actuator to drive the actuator body and the at least one electrode toward the first object such that the at least one electrode engages the CF sheet material, wherein the mating face of the actuator body and the mounting face of the first object engage each other, the coupling actuator configured to apply pressure to the EAB mechanism along the surface of the first object; and
control the power source to apply a current to the at least one electrode and through the CF sheet material, thereby generating thermal energy through resistive heating that activates the adhesive layer for bonding to a second object.

US Pat. No. 10,688,730

PROCESS FOR PREPARING CONSTRUCTION ARTICLES WITH CURED PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVES

Firestone Building Produc...

1. A process for forming a construction composite, the process comprising:i. providing a construction article having an adhesive coating layer of a curable pressure-sensitive adhesive; and
ii. subjecting the curable pressure-sensitive adhesive to UV radiation, where the amount of UV radiation imparted to an upper surface of the adhesive coating layer is from about 75 to about 125 millijoule/cm2, and where at least 60% of the radiation rays contributing to this power have an intensity of at least 200 milliWatts/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,688,729

MACHINE FOR SEALING PLASTIC PROFILED ELEMENTS

Graf Synergy S.r.l., Non...

1. Machine (1) for sealing plastic profiled elements, comprising:at least a base frame (6);
at least a pair of retention members (7, 8), adapted to retain respective plastic profiled elements (P) having respective areas to seal (Z) with a first main edge (2a), a second main edge (3a), a first lateral edge (4a) and a second lateral edge (5a);
at least a heat-sealing element with heated plate (11), mounted on said base frame (6) and having two faces opposite one another on which said areas to seal (Z) are placeable in contact;
sliding assemblies (9, 10) of said retention members (7, 8), which are placed between said base frame (6) and said retention members (7, 8) and are adapted to shift said profiled elements (P) between a position of reciprocal moving away and a position of reciprocal moving close in which said heated areas to seal (Z) are joined together;
removing assemblies (13, 14) mounted on said base frame (6) and adapted to remove material from said areas to seal (Z) at least at said first lateral edges (4a);
lateral containment means (23, 24), which are mounted on said base frame (6) and adapted to abut on said areas to seal (Z) at said first lateral edges (4a) for the containment of a lateral sealing bead (S);
wherein said lateral containment means (23, 24) comprise:
at least a V-shaped element (23) having two sides (25) arranged in a V pattern which are adapted to abut on at least a portion of respective first lateral faces (4) of said profiled elements (P), and
at least a support body (24) of said V-shaped element (23) which is mounted on said base frame (6) in a movable manner at least along a direction of tracking (B) for the abutment of said V-shaped element (23) on said first lateral faces (4) of the profiled elements (P); and
wherein said V-shaped element (23) is mounted on said support body (24) such that no stiff coupling between said V-shaped elements (23) and said support body (24) occurs, by using yielding holding elements (36), said yielding holding elements (36) comprise:
at least a loose mechanical coupling assembly (37, 38) between said V-shaped element (23) and said support body (24), and
at least a dampening assembly (39, 40) placed between said V-shaped element (23) and said support body (24).

US Pat. No. 10,688,728

FOAM HEATING SYSTEM

Worthen Industries, Nash...

1. A method of foam assembly comprising the steps of:conveying a piece of foam along a conveyor;
heating a top surface of the piece of foam using a heater;
applying a quantity of adhesive with an adhesive applicator directly to the heated top surface of the piece of foam to improve wet tack of the adhesive and increase bond strength;
wherein the adhesive applicator applies a high solids adhesive having 60% or greater solids content; and
adhering the top surface of the foam piece to a second foam piece before the adhesive has dried.

US Pat. No. 10,688,727

CONTROL DATA BASED ON SUB-REGIONS WITH NON-VARIABLE OBJECT PROPERTIES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method performed by a system comprising a processor, comprising:receiving data representing a three-dimensional (3D) model object, the data comprising object model data and object property data;
identifying, for a location within the 3D model object, a first sub-region in the location, wherein a first object property in the first sub-region is non-variable;
identifying, for the location, a second sub-region in the location, wherein a second object property in the second sub-region is non-variable;
determining a first data set associated with the first sub-region, wherein members of the first data set comprise alternative volume coverage representations resulting in the first object property that is non-variable in the first sub-region and another object property that is variable in the first sub-region;
determining a second data set associated with the second sub-region, wherein members of the second data set comprise alternative volume coverage representations resulting in the second object property that is non-variable in the second sub-region and another object property that is variable in the second sub-region;
determining whether a common member exists in the first and second data sets;
in response to determining that the common member exists in the first and second data sets, using the common member to derive print material data for the location;
in response to determining that the common member does not exist in the first and second data sets, combining the members of the first and second data sets to derive the print material data for the location; and
generating control data for producing a 3D object according to the print material data by an additive manufacturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,688,725

3D PRINTER AND METHOD FOR LIMITING MATERIAL ACCRETION

ATUM HOLDING B.V., Gouda...

1. A method of controlling a 3D printer for printing a product, comprising:providing a model of the product;
compensating the model for inherent accretion resulting in printing material during printing from passage and diffusion of an excitation; and
generating layers for printing in the printing material for the 3D printer on the basis of the compensated model,
wherein compensating of the model comprises reducing the model in a direction of the inherent accretion linked to a radiation direction of the excitation by a dimension corresponding to a degree of inherent accretion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,724

SETTING PROPERTIES OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method comprising:obtaining data representing a three-dimensional object to be printed, the data comprising sub-volumes representing the three-dimensional object;
identifying a characteristic for the three-dimensional object to be printed;
identifying from the data, a positional component of a sub-volume within the three-dimensional object; and
based on the identified characteristic and the identified positional component, setting property data for the sub-volume to be used in printing the three-dimensional object, wherein the identified characteristic and the identified positional component are a function of the property data.

US Pat. No. 10,688,723

POWDER SPREADER HAVING AUTOMATIC POWDER RECOVERY

1. A paving apparatus for automatically recycling powder, configured to spread powder and recycle the powder in a three-dimensional (3D) printer, comprising:a paving unit including a platform, a shifter disposed on the platform, and a powder spreader assembled on the shifter and configured to pave the powder on the platform, wherein the platform includes a working hole configured to provide a laser emitter for processing a shaped object, and at least one recycling hole configured to recycle the powder;
a powder collecting unit disposed below the platform, wherein the powder collecting unit includes a body, a working tank disposed on the body and corresponding to the working hole for receiving the shaped object, and at least one recycling tank disposed on the body and corresponding to the at least one recycling hole; and
a moving unit including a base and a lifting mechanism, wherein the lifting mechanism is disposed on the base and configured to drive the body to lift or lower, so that the powder collecting unit and the platform are assembled or separated.

US Pat. No. 10,688,722

SKILLFUL THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

VELO3D, INC., Campbell, ...

1. A method for printing a three-dimensional object, comprising:(I) providing at least one controller configured to:
(a) direct an energy source to generate an energy beam that irradiates an exposed surface of a material bed comprising a pre-transformed material at a first position using an energy beam during a first time period of at least one tenth of a millisecond, to transform the pre-transformed material at the first position to a transformed material to form a first tile as part of the three-dimensional object, which first position is along a path-of-tiles, wherein during the first time period, the energy beam is stationary or substantially stationary;
(b) direct a guidance system to translate the energy beam to a second position of the exposed surface along the path-of-tiles, which second position is different from the first position, wherein the energy beam is translated during an intermission without transforming the pre-transformed material along the path-of-tiles;
(c) direct the guidance system to direct the energy beam to irradiate the exposed surface of the material bed at the second position with the energy beam at the second position during a second time period of at least one tenth of a millisecond, to transform the pre-transformed material at the second position to the transformed material to form a second tile as part of the three-dimensional object, wherein during the second time period, the energy beam is stationary or substantially stationary; and
(II) using the at least one controller to form the first tile and the second tile as part of the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,688,721

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM WITH SLIDING THERMAL ISOLATOR

STRATASYS, INC., Eden Pr...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a chamber comprising at least first and second side walls connected with a bottom wall and a top wall;
a central deformable insulator having a first edge and a second edge;
a print head carriage movably retained within the central deformable insulator and configured to move one or more print heads within a build plane of the build chamber; and
a first dynamic thermal barrier and a second dynamic thermal barrier, each dynamic thermal barrier having a length between a proximal edge and a distal edge, wherein the proximal edge is configured to be secured to the first edge of the central deformable insulator and the second edge is configured to be slidably retained to the build chamber such that as the print head carriage moves laterally the first and second dynamic thermal barriers each move with the print head carriage and retain their length and are configured to flex and move in a non-planar path.

US Pat. No. 10,688,720

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printing apparatus, comprising:a body;
a platform, disposed in the body;
a control module;
a print head module, assembled to the body, electrically connected with the control module and controlled by the control module to move in the body and form a 3-D object on the platform; and
a sensing module, assembled to the print head module to move along with the print head module in the body, electrically connected with the control module and comprising a probe and a pressing member movably assembled to the print head module along an axial direction that refers to a long axis of the probe, wherein
the probe is movably sleeved in the pressing member along the axial direction and moves along the pressing member,
the control module drives the print head module to move and causes a part of the body to hit the pressing member along the axial direction, thereby driving the probe to protrude from the print head module to form a first state, and
in the first state, the control module drives the print head module to move and causes the probe to contact the platform, thereby determining a surface state of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,688,719

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AND DISPENSING MATERIAL DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. A system for additive manufacturing, comprising:a nozzle configured to translate along a first axis, a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, and a third axis orthogonal to the first and second axes, wherein the nozzle is operably coupled to:
an extruder having an outlet and including a screw disposed within a barrel; and
a pump having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being coupled to the extruder, and the outlet being in fluid communication with the nozzle; and
a controller that causes a speed of the pump with respect to a speed of the screw to adjust and thereby apply a target pressure at the outlet of the extruder, wherein the controller is programmed to change the target pressure from a first target pressure stored in a memory of the controller to a second target pressure stored in the memory of the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,688,717

ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTER CONTROLLING LAYER TOPOGRAPHY USING AEROSOL APPLICATOR

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printer comprising:an intermediate transfer surface;
build and support material development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer layers of build material and support material to said intermediate transfer surface;
a platen positioned to repeatedly contact said intermediate transfer surface, said platen moves relative to said intermediate transfer surface, said intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of said build material and said support material to said platen each time said platen contacts one of said layers on said intermediate transfer surface to successively form a freestanding stack of said layers on said platen;
a sensor positioned to generate a topographic measurement of depressions in said layer on said platen; and
an aerosol applicator positioned to propel said build material and said support material on to said layer on said platen,
said aerosol applicator controls said build material and said support material being propelled, based on said topographic measurement from said sensor, to adjust amount and location of said build material and said support material propelled on to said layer, to control flatness of surface topology of said layers in said freestanding stack on said platen.

US Pat. No. 10,688,716

CONSOLIDATING A BUILD MATERIAL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

7. An additive manufacturing machine, comprising:a layering device to layer unconsolidated powdered build material;
a binder;
a first dispenser to dispense the binder;
a coalescing agent;
a second dispenser to dispense the coalescing agent;
a coalescence modifier agent;
a third dispenser to dispense the coalescence modifier agent;
a light source to apply light energy to build material; and
a controller to execute instructions to:
cause the layering device to form a layer of unconsolidated powdered build material;
cause the first dispenser to dispense the binder on to unconsolidated powdered build material in the layer to form consolidated build material;
cause the second dispenser to dispense the coalescing agent on to consolidated powdered build material in the layer;
cause the third dispenser to dispense the coalescence modifier agent on to consolidated powdered build material in the layer; and
cause the light source to apply light energy to build material with coalescing agent in the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,715

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:dispensing by inkjet technology at least one type of non-hardened building material in a configured pattern to form a non-hardened layer of the object;
hardening said at least one non-hardened building material by curing, thereby forming a hardened layer of the object; and
repeating said dispensing and said hardening at least once to sequentially form a plurality of layers;
wherein for at least one layer of said plurality of layers, said curing is initiated at least t seconds after commencement of curing of a layer immediately preceding said at least one layer, wherein said t is longer than an overall time required for a formation of said layer, inclusive of both said dispensing and said curing of said at least one layer of said layers, wherein for any layer of said at least one layer, there is a delay between a time at which said layer is dispensed and a time at which said curing of said layer begins, during which no radiation is applied to said at least one layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,714

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FABRICATING ELASTOMER-BASED ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND DEVICES FORMED THEREBY

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method of fabricating an elastomer-based strain-sensing electronic device, the method comprising:printing a first quantity of a first liquid material on a fabric substrate that comprises fibers, the first liquid material being printed with a three-dimensional printer, the three-dimensional printer directly printing the first liquid material onto the fabric substrate so that a portion of the first liquid material infiltrates a surface region of the fabric substrate as a result of the first liquid material wicking through some of the fibers of the fabric substrate;
at least partially curing the first quantity of the first liquid material to form a solid matrix of an elastomer-based composite that comprises the matrix and the fabric substrate, wherein infiltration of the fabric substrate is such that the elastomer-based composite cannot be removed from the fabric substrate without tearing the elastomer-based composite or the fabric substrate;
printing a second liquid material on the elastomer-based composite with the three-dimensional printer to form a first film on the elastomer-based composite;
printing an additional quantity of the first liquid material on the film with the three-dimensional printer to form an elastomer-based film on the first film;
wherein the elastomer-based composite, the first film, and the elastomer-based film are elastically-deformable electrical components of the elastomer-based strain-sensing electronic device and elastically deform when the elastomer-based strain-sensing electronic device experiences strain of at least 50%, and either:
the elastomer-based strain-sensing electronic device is a capacitor, the first film is a dielectric and an insulator of the capacitor, and the elastomer-based composite and the elastomer-based film are electrically conductive and are electrodes of the capacitor; or
the elastomer-based strain-sensing electronic device is a resistor, the first film is electrically conductive and a resistive element of the resistor, and the elastomer-based composite and the elastomer-based film are dielectrics and encapsulate the first film.

US Pat. No. 10,688,713

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REHABILITATING, REPAIRING, AND REPLACING MANHOLES AND CONNECTED SEWER LINES

Resinating LLC, Dallas, ...

1. A method of improving a sewer system comprising the steps of:inserting a compressed liner into said sewer system, said compressed liner having a first edge and a second edge;
expanding said liner to be adjacent to a surface of said sewer system;
connecting said first edge of said expanded liner to said second edge of said expanded liner by bonding said first edge to said second edge; and
injecting a bonding elastomer between said expanded liner and said surface of said sewer system to connect said expanded liner to said surface of said sewer system.

US Pat. No. 10,688,712

APPLICATOR FOR APPLYING PROTECTIVE COVERINGS TO ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYS

Alpha Comm Enterprises, L...

1. An applicator kit for applying a protective film to an electronic device, the applicator kit comprising:a squeegee with a slot:
a base having an upper surface comprising:
a first pocket conforming to the back side of said electronic device such that a screen of said electronic device is coplanar with said upper surface;
a screen protector adapted to be received within the slot comprising:
a plurality of protective layers including the protective film, said plurality of protective layers separably adhered to one another and having an upper tab, a lower tab, and a conformal portion that conforms to the shape of said screen;
wherein said upper tab is affixed to said base's upper surface, and
wherein said upper tab is separated from said conformal portion by one or more kiss cuts in said protective layers, wherein said kiss cuts are adapted to cause said upper tab to separate from said conformal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,711

HEAT BLANKET ASSEMBLY FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE CHARGE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A blanket assembly for glide forming a composite charge onto a forming mandrel, the forming mandrel having opposing mandrel side surfaces interconnected by a mandrel top portion, the blanket assembly comprising:an upper heating blanket and a lower heating blanket configured to have a composite charge slidable therebetween;
a heating element included with at least one of the upper heating blanket and the lower heating blanket for heating the composite charge;
a pair of wedge elements positionable between the lower heating blanket and the opposing mandrel side surfaces and each including a tapered section and having a wedge element top side configured to support the composite charge and the blanket assembly when mounted on the forming mandrel, the wedge element top sides being downwardly inclined from a tapered section forward end to a tapered section aft end, the wedge element top sides configured to be approximately parallel with each other and approximately parallel to a level tangent to an uppermost point of the mandrel top portion when the blanket assembly is viewed in transverse cross section; and
the upper heating blanket configured to exert a blanket forming pressure onto the composite charge for progressively forming the composite charge and lower heating blanket against the mandrel side surfaces and the wedge element top sides in a manner to induce in each of laterally opposite sides of the composite charge a Z-shaped contour having a laterally-outwardly-moving slipping zone located along a juncture of each mandrel side surface with the wedge element top side, and within which composite plies of the composite charge interlaminarly slip relative to one another during translation of the blanket assembly along the forming mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,688,710

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMOFORMING DENTAL ALIGNERS

SmileDirectClub LLC, Nas...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of assemblies each configured to support a dental mold and a material;
a heating system configured to heat the material;
a forming system configured to form a chamber encompassing the dental mold and at least a portion of the heated material, and to cause the heated material to form over the dental mold; and
a conveyor system configured to move the plurality of assemblies from a loading area to the heating system, from the heating system to the forming system, and from the forming system to an unloading area, wherein at least one of the heating system, forming system and conveyor system is configured to be controlled based on a characteristic of the material.

US Pat. No. 10,688,709

PINCH-FORMED BLOW MOLDED BRACKET OFF THE PARTING LINE

1. A method of manufacturing a hollow molded plastic component, comprising the steps of:providing a mold having at least two mold halves that, when closed together, meet at a parting line and defining a mold cavity:
the mold cavity defining an outer surface of the hollow molded plastic component;
the mold cavity defining at least one undercut feature or lug integrally formed on the outer surface of the hollow molded plastic component;
the mold cavity defining a bracket formed on a parting line of the mold and extending radially outwardly at the parting line away from the hollow molded plastic component;
blow molding the hollow molded component in the mold cavity, the hollow molded component, the at least one undercut feature or lug and the bracket all formed in the mold in the blow molding step at the same time, all blow molded together at the same time in the same mold, forming together in one blow molding step a one piece singular blow molded plastic component;
opening the at least two mold halves;
at least partially removing the one piece singular blow molded plastic component from the mold;
rotating the bracket about the parting line to lockably engage the bracket with the at least one undercut feature or lug to lockable secure the bracket onto the outer surface of the hollow molded plastic component;
wherein the rotating step is practiced before the hollow molded plastic component has cooled;
wherein, after the rotating step, the method includes cooling the hollow molded plastic component to complete the securing of the bracket onto the at least one undercut feature or lug.

US Pat. No. 10,688,708

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRESSURE CONTAINER COMPRISING IN-MOLD LABEL AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE

1. A method of manufacturing a pressure container comprising an in-mold label and a three-dimensional (3D) portion, the method comprising:heating molds formed with a 3D groove, the 3D groove having a first shape corresponding to the 3D portion to be formed on a surface of the pressure container;
separating the molds;
attaching a label including a printing layer to internal surfaces of the molds to allow at least a portion of the label to cover the 3D groove, the printing layer having a second shape corresponding to the 3D portion, wherein the attaching the label includes aligning the printing layer with the 3D groove to match the first and second shapes;
positioning a pre-form of the pressure container in a cavity of the molds;
closing the molds and expanding the pre-form to be attached to the label by injecting air into the pre-form at a pressure in a specific range through a first route;
three-dimensionally deforming the printing layer of the label and a portion of the expanded pre-form attached to the printing layer to correspond to the 3D groove of the molds using the pressure of the injected air;
injecting cooling air into the pre-form through a second route in the pre-form that is expanded and deformed to be the pressure container, while the molds are being heated; and
separating the molds and detaching the pressure container with the 3D portion and the printing layer of the label deformed to correspond to the 3D portion from the molds,
wherein the expanding the pre-form including:
injecting air at a first pressure into the pre-form to initially expand the pre-form; and
injecting air at a second pressure greater than the first pressure into the pre-form to further expand the pre-form after the label is attached to the expanded pre-form, and
wherein the pre-form includes an inlet through which external air is injected therein, the inlet facing bottoms of the molds.

US Pat. No. 10,688,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING FLUTED BOARD AND SCRAP RECYCLING PROCESS THEREFOR

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A board forming system for forming a fluted polymer board, the system comprising:a feeder configured to receive polymer, melt the polymer, and feed the molten polymer through the board forming system;
an extruder configured to receive the molten polymer and extrude board stock lengthwise in an extrusion direction, the board stock having a width transverse to the extrusion direction and defining a plurality of flutes extending in the extrusion direction and spaced apart from one another along the width, the board stock including a board portion and a scrap portion along the width, each of the board and scrap portions defining at least one of the plurality of flutes; and
a recycling system configured to separate the scrap portion of the board stock from the board portion along a separation line extending lengthwise of the board stock and return the separated scrap portion along a return path to the feeder, the recycling system including a hole forming machine positioned along the return path and configured to form holes in the scrap portion before the scrap portion is returned to the feeder.

US Pat. No. 10,688,706

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure forming die comprising:a first die which is disposed on an upstream side in an extruding direction of a kneaded material of a forming raw material and in which a central region on the side of a kneaded material discharging surface has a convex region projecting toward a downstream side in the extruding direction; and
a ring-shaped second die which is disposed on the downstream side of the first die and which possesses a shape complementary to the convex region,
wherein in the central region of the first die, first kneaded material introducing holes and latticed first slits communicating with the first kneaded material introducing holes are formed,
in a circumferential region surrounding the central region of the first die, the first kneaded material introducing holes are formed to pass through the circumferential region of the first die, and
in the ring-shaped second die, there are formed second kneaded material introducing holes into which the kneaded material discharged from the first kneaded material introducing holes formed in the circumferential region of the first die is introduced, and latticed second slits communicating with the second kneaded material introducing holes,
the honeycomb structure forming die having a clearance region to extrude the kneaded material into a ring shape, between an outer peripheral surface of the convex region of the first die and an inner peripheral surface of the ring-shaped second die,
the honeycomb structure forming die further comprising a reticulated member interposed between the first die and the second die, wherein the reticulated member has a cavity region corresponding to the convex region of the first die,
wherein movement of the kneaded material is performed between the first kneaded material introducing hole and the second kneaded material introducing hole through meshes of the reticulated member.

US Pat. No. 10,688,705

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING A CAPPED VARIEGATED STRUCTURE

CPG International LLC, S...

1. A system for making a capped extruded structure with variegated appearance comprising:a first extruder configured to extrude a substrate;
a second extruder for extruding a primary cap layer;
a third extruder for extruding a pin stripe cap layer;
a cap layer die having a face, a first opening sized and configured to receive the substrate, the first opening passing through the face, a primary cap layer opening adjacent the first opening and passing through the face, the primary cap layer opening sized and configured to apply a primary cap layer onto the substrate, and a plurality of pin stripe openings adjacent the primary cap layer opening, the plurality of pin stripe openings passing through the face, the plurality of pin stripe openings sized and positioned to apply pin stripe cap material onto the primary cap layer, the cap layer die aligned with the first extruder and configured to receive the substrate, the primary cap layer opening connected to the second extruder and the plurality of pin stripe openings connected to the third extruder; and
a die plate connected to the cap layer die and adjacent to the face of the cap layer die, the die plate having a single opening aligned with the first opening, primary cap layer opening and pin stripe openings in the cap layer die such that the substrate, primary cap layer and pin stripe layer must pass through the single opening after exiting the cap layer die, the substrate, primary cap layer and pin stripe layer to form a capped extruded structure having a cap layer with stripes in the cap layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,704

MOLD CLAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD

The Japan Steel Works, Lt...

1. A mold clamping device that moves, with an actuator, at least a second platen among first, second, and third platens provided on a base via a tie bar, and closes and opens first and second molds provided on the second and third platens, respectively, the mold clamping device comprising:servo motor(s) for the molds provided in at least one or both of the respective molds; and
digital mold opening/closing position detection means provided on the base and detecting a mold position of the second platen, wherein
one or both of the servo motors for the first and second molds are configured to be driven in synchronization with a digital mold opening/closing position signal from the digital mold opening/closing position detection means.

US Pat. No. 10,688,703

INJECTION MOLD INSERT

Injection Mold Consulting...

1. In a molding machine that directs a melt stream of molten molding material toward a mold cavity, an improved flow path construct that operates to equalize temperature variations in said melt stream, said improved flow path construct comprising:a material flow channel through which said melt stream flows when progressing toward said mold cavity, said material flow channel having an inner surface, an unrestricted section and a restricted section, wherein said unrestricted section has a first cross-sectional flow area and said restricted section has a reduced second cross-sectional flow area;
said restricted section of said material flow channel progresses along a straight central axis between a first end and an opposite second end, wherein a plurality of fins extend into said material flow channel from said inner surface, wherein said plurality of fins are identical and are symmetrically disposed around said straight central axis;
wherein each of said plurality of fins has a base affixed to said inner surface and a top surface facing said straight central axis, said plurality of fins defining an open central channel around said straight central axis, whereby said melt stream passing through said restricted section flows through said open central channel and between said fins;
a first conical section interposed within said material flow channel between said unrestricted section and said first end of said restricted section, wherein said first conical section has a taper that widens from said unrestricted section to said first end of said restricted section; and
a second conical section interposed within said material flow channel between said second end of said restricted section and said unrestricted section, wherein said second conical section has a taper that narrows from said second end of said restricted section to said unrestricted section.

US Pat. No. 10,688,702

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY FABRICATED WITH LIQUID OPTICAL MATERIAL

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method of fabricating an optical assembly, the method comprising:positioning an optical structure between a first portion of a mold tool and a second portion of the mold tool;
providing a transparent liquid optical material into a first cavity of the mold tool and into a second cavity of the mold tool while the optical structure is positioned between the first portion of the mold tool and the second portion of the mold tool, wherein the first cavity is defined by the first portion of the mold tool and the second cavity is defined by the second portion of the mold tool; and
curing the transparent liquid optical material to form the optical assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,700

MOLDING TOOL AND METHOD FOR FORMING AND BACK-INJECTING A BENDABLE SHEET

FAURECIA INNENRAUM SYSTEM...

1. A molding tool for forming and back-injecting a bendable sheet comprising:a mold, comprising a first mold half and a second mold half, wherein the first mold half is arranged opposite the second mold half forming a cavity for receiving the bendable sheet and a melt; and
at least one pin for holding the bendable sheet against the second mold half, wherein the at least one pin is elastically mounted to or in the first mold half and points towards the second mold half; and
wherein the at least one pin is retractable into the first mold half in response to a force exerted on the at least one pin by a pressure of the injected melt during back injecting the bendable sheet; and
wherein the at least one pin includes a tiltably mounted head.

US Pat. No. 10,688,699

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system comprising:a plurality of injection devices configured to inject a molding material into a mold having a corresponding plurality of cavities;
a controller for controlling the plurality of injection devices to mold a plurality of molded parts through injection of the molding material into each of the corresponding plurality of cavities in one cycle; wherein the controller includes: a determining unit configured to determine quality of the plurality of molded parts molded at the plurality of cavities; and
a control unit configured to allow, in a case where a molded part of the plurality of molded parts is judged to be defective, injection to a cavity of the plurality of cavities where the molded part is judged to be defective while preventing injection to a cavity of the plurality of cavities where a molded part of the plurality of molded parts is judged to be good.

US Pat. No. 10,688,698

METHOD OF MOLDING FOAM ARTICLES

LIFOAM INDUSTRIES, LLC, ...

1. A method of making a molded foam article comprising,introducing foam particles into a mold, wherein the mold is pre-heated to a first temperature above the glass transition temperature of the foam particles before the foam particles are introduced into the mold,
subjecting the particle filled mold to a vacuum while cooling the mold from the first temperature to a second temperature within 15° C. of the glass transition temperature of the foam particles, to fuse and stabilize the molded foam particles, and
removing the molded foam article from the mold,
wherein the foam particles comprise homopolymers, graft polymers, or copolymers of polylactic acid, and
wherein no steam or other heating medium is passed through the mold while the foam particles are in the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,688,697

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A drape forming apparatus for use in forming a composite structure, said apparatus comprising:a forming tool comprising an upper forming surface and at least one side forming surface that extends from said upper forming surface, said forming tool configured to receive at least one layer of composite material extending over said upper forming surface;
a flange forming device comprising:
a standoff positioned a distance from the forming tool such that a gap is defined between the standoff and the forming tool; and
a tray coupled to the standoff and extending across the gap towards the forming tool when in a first operating position, said tray coplanarly aligned with said upper forming surface for supporting a flange portion of the at least one layer of composite material when in the first operating position, said tray rotatable from the first operating position to a second operating position in which said tray is misaligned from said upper forming surface;
a pneumatic actuator extending between said standoff and said tray, said pneumatic actuator configured to control a rate of rotation of said tray from the first operating position to the second operating position; and
a pressurized bladder configured to extend over said forming tool and said tray, said pressurized bladder configured to induce a first force against said tray such that said tray rotates about a pivot line from the first operating position to the second operating position, wherein the flange portion is withdrawn from said tray and is draped over said at least one side forming surface when the tray is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,688,696

RESILIENT CORES WITH CONVECTION BARRIERS PARTICULARLY FOR INFLATABLE BODIES AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

Cascade Designs, Inc., S...

1. A method of creating a resilient core of material integrated into an envelope of an inflatable body, comprising the steps of:positioning a slab between first and second platens;
compressing the slab with the platens with sufficient force to generate a predetermined coefficient of friction between the slab and platens;
after compressing the slab with the platens, moving the first platen in a direction parallel to the second platen thereby causing the slab to undergo shearing deformation;
after moving the first platen in a direction parallel to the second platen, perforating the slab with die elements to create oblique openings in the slab, wherein the oblique openings reduce a weight of the slab, and mitigate convective heat transfer through the slab when compressed, wherein the first platen includes a first set of holes for receiving the die elements and a second platen includes a second set of holes for receiving the die elements, wherein the first set of holes is not aligned with the second set of holes to allow the slab to be fully perforated by the die elements until after the first platen is moved in the direction parallel to the second platen, wherein the perforated slab forms the resilient core of material;
withdrawing the die elements from the perforated slab;
removing the perforated slab from between the platens; and
integrating the perforated slab into the envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,688,695

SYNTHESIS OF EFFECTIVE CARBON NANOREINFORCEMENTS FOR STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS

University of Houston Sys...

1. A method of synthesizing carbon nano-reinforcement material, the method comprising:a. obtaining fullerene soot with less than 10% by weight of fullerene; and
b. subjecting the soot to mechanical milling for between 0.5 and 50 hours to obtained a milled product; and
c. combining the milled product with at least one liquid polymer matrix to form a complex and hardening the complex to form a reinforced structure; and
wherein the elongation at break of the polymer structure reinforced with soot is at least 40% greater than a hardened polymer structure that has not been reinforced with soot.

US Pat. No. 10,688,694

AUTOMATED FABRICATION OF LAYER-BY-LAYER TISSUE ENGINEERED COMPLEX TUBES

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES,...

1. A method for producing a multilayered construct comprising the steps of:(a) dipping a template into a pre-polymerized solution comprising gelatin, a photo-initiator and alginate or salts or derivatives thereof, wherein the gelatin is chemically functionalized to be reactive to polymerization or cross-linking in the presence of free radicals, and wherein the amount of gelatin in the pre-polymerized solution is in the range of 1-20% w/v;
(b) exposing the pre-polymerized solution attached to the template to a wavelength of light, thereby stimulating the photo-initiator and causing the gelatin to polymerize or cross-link; and
(c) depositing a polymer fiber layer on the template at an equal or opposite angle to a naturally occurring fiber angle, wherein the template is rotated and moved up and down while depositing the polymer fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,693

REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC PRODUCTS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A reinforced thermoplastic product comprising:a cylindrical shaped main body formed via centrifugal casting a reactive thermoplastic resin within a mold, the cylindrical shaped main body having a hollow interior and a wall that is formed via polymerization of the reactive thermoplastic resin, the wall having an inner diameter and an outer diameter that define a wall thickness measured radially between the inner and outer diameter; and
a pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet positioned within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body, the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet extending at least partially along an axial length of the cylindrical shaped main body and extending circumferentially around the cylindrical shaped main body so as to form a reinforcing layer within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body, the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet including:
a plurality of fiber bundles that are oriented along a first direction and a second direction, the second direction having an angled orientation relative to the first direction; and
a polymerized thermoplastic material that is saturated within the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet such that the polymerized thermoplastic material fully impregnates each fiber bundle of the plurality of fiber bundles;
wherein the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet is positioned within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body so that a gap exists between opposing axial ends of the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet and opposing axial ends of the cylindrical shaped main body.

US Pat. No. 10,688,692

CONTROL OF SURFACE PROPERTIES OF PRINTED THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES

ORBOTECH LTD., Yavne (IL...

14. A method for fabrication, comprising:providing a substrate having an upper surface with pattern of one or more recesses formed therein;
coating the one or more recesses with a thin-film layer;
injecting droplets of a fluid into the one or more coated recesses, wherein the fluid hardens within the one or more coated recesses to form a solid piece having a shape defined by the one or more recesses; and
removing the substrate from the solid piece, while the thin-film layer remains as an outer surface of the solid piece after removing the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,688,691

FOAMING AND PUNCHING TOOL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FOAMED PRODUCTS

1. A foaming and punching tool for producing foamed products made of integral foam, comprising a lower mold and a circumferential top piece present at an upper side thereof, which forms a groove together with said lower mold that faces a mold cavity, and an upper mold,wherein in a first closed condition said upper mold, due to spacers, penetrates into the mold cavity only to such an extent that the groove can receive foaming material, and
in a second closed condition said upper mold penetrated deeper into the mold cavity after said spacers have been removed and optionally replaced by thinner spacers, and can remove material present in the groove by punching on its way into a latter condition.

US Pat. No. 10,688,690

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN MOLDED BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing a fiber-reinforced resin molded body, comprising:a first step of storing a fiber-reinforced resin molded body precursor containing thermoplastic resin as matrix resin and also containing a conductive fibrous material in the matrix resin into a heating furnace with heating apparatuses while holding the fiber-reinforced resin molded body precursor at opposite sides thereof using a pair of holding tools that also function as electrodes, and actuating the heating apparatuses while supplying current to the fiber-reinforced resin molded body precursor from the electrodes, thereby softening the fiber-reinforced resin molded body precursor; and
a second step of transferring the softened fiber-reinforced resin molded body precursor to a molding die using the holding tools, and molding a fiber-reinforced resin molded body in the molding die.

US Pat. No. 10,688,689

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PREFORMS

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. An apparatus for the production of preforms from fiber-reinforced plastic, comprising:a feed arrangement for the continuous feed of a fiber fabric, and
a transverse deformation arrangement with a draping apparatus for the deformation of the fed fiber fabric to form a predefined nominal profile,
wherein the draping apparatus comprises a mold core and a first roller arrangement, for the cross-sectional fixing of the fiber fabric,
wherein the first roller arrangement comprises a roller,
wherein the draping apparatus is configured to receive the fiber fabric draped on the mold core and the draping apparatus is adjustable for a variation of a cross section of the nominal profile,
wherein the mold core comprises a first mold core part and a second mold core part,
wherein, for the variation of the nominal profile, the first mold core part and the second mold core part are adjustable relative to one another, and
wherein the mold core and the first roller arrangement are configured such that the fiber fabric travels between the mold core and the first roller arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,688,688

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A THERMOPLASTIC GRANULATE MATERIAL

IPCO Germany GmbH, Fellb...

1. A method of producing a thermoplastic granulate material from several starting materials, comprising at least two materials selected form the group consisting of plastic powder, plastic granulate, additives, plasticizers, color materials, color pigments, lubricants, fillers, additives, and mixtures thereof, said method comprising the following steps:selecting starting materials and dosing said starting materials in a preselected mixing ratio;
feeding said starting materials into at least one mixer;
mixing said starting materials within at least one mixer while heating or and cooling a mixture produced therein yield a pourable intermediate substrate material
dispersing said intermediate substrate material onto a press;
treating said intermediate substrate material within said press thermally and mechanically to yield a thermoplastic web-shaped dimensionally stable body; and
comminuting said thermoplastic web-shaped dimensionally stable body to yield a thermoplastic granulate material;
wherein a plurality of different intermediate substrate materials are produced within said at least one mixer and differ at least with respect to one characteristic selected from the group consisting of color, mechanical characteristics, and chemical characteristics;
wherein at least two different intermediate substrate materials are dispersed onto said press; and
wherein said at least two different intermediate substrate materials are dispersed at least in two layers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,687

VOLUMETRIC CONCRETE MIXING SYSTEM, EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD

1. A hopper for a cement-based mixture comprising:a chute extending along a longitudinal axis, the chute comprising an inlet end and an opposite outlet end, wherein the inlet end is positioned above the outlet end such that the chute is oriented substantially vertically, and wherein the outlet end comprises a ball-valve for controlling discharge of the cement-based mixture from the chute;
a bracket configured to couple the chute to a discharge chute of an auger mixer;
a rotatable shaft disposed within the chute along the longitudinal axis;
an auger coupled to the rotatable shaft; and
at least one paddle coupled to the rotatable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,688,686

SIMULTANEOUS CEMENT ENHANCEMENT AND CARBON DIOXIDE UTILIZATION BY MOUNTING A CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE SYSTEM ONBOARD A CONCRETE MIXER VEHICLE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A vehicle CO2 capture and utilization system comprising a concrete mixer vehicle and a vehicle exhaust capture system; wherein:the concrete mixer vehicle comprises a vehicle exhaust and a mixer tank;
the vehicle exhaust capture system is located onboard the concrete mixer vehicle;
the vehicle exhaust capture system comprises one or more fluid pathways that fluidly couple the vehicle exhaust and the mixer tank; and
an auxiliary exhaust capture system that comprises one or more fluid pathways fluidly coupled to a pump exhaust of a concrete pump.

US Pat. No. 10,688,685

FORMWORK FOR PROVIDING A CONCRETE FOUNDATION PLINTH WITH EXPOSED HORIZONTAL REINFORCING BARS, PLINTH PROVIDED WITH SUCH FORMWORK, AND STRUCTURE COMPRISING SUCH PLINTH

1. A formwork for providing a plinth with concrete frame and with exposed horizontal reinforcing bars, comprising a base the shape of which in plan view corresponds to said concrete frame, each side of said base being provided with inner and outer lateral containment walls which extend vertically from said base to make a casting chamber for said concrete, said inner walls comprising a plurality of openings for the insertion from above of a plurality of longitudinal reinforcing bars, at least one of said outer walls being provided with a plurality of openings for the insertion by transverse sliding of a plurality of transverse reinforcing bars, said openings being provided with inflatable elements which are configured to transition from a deflated configuration, in which said bars can freely slide in said openings, to an inflated configuration, in which said bars are locked in position and said chamber is watertight in order to prevent concrete from coming out during casting.

US Pat. No. 10,688,684

CORE PULLER DEVICE FOR A BLOCK MACHINE, BLOCK MACHINE AND METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF SHAPED STONES

REKERS GMBH MASCHINEN-UND...

1. A core puller device for a block machine having at least one core puller, comprising:the at least one core puller configured to be inserted into and retracted from a stone mould of the block machine via a sliding facility of the core puller device,
wherein an operative connection between the sliding facility and the at least one core puller is configured to be neutralized at least temporarily during at least a packing operation,
wherein the sliding facility has a core puller accommodation that is configured such that the core puller accommodation at least partially surrounds at least one end of a core puller with a clearance, and
wherein the clearance is (i) provided between the sliding facility and the at least one core puller and (ii) formed so that the core puller at least partially surrounded at the at least one end by the core puller accommodation is configured to vibrate with the stone mould of the block machine during the packing operation while being inserted into the stone mould.

US Pat. No. 10,688,683

METHOD OF REINFORCED CEMENTITIOUS CONSTRUCTION BY HIGH SPEED EXTRUSION PRINTING AND APPARATUS FOR USING SAME

Armatron Systems, LLC, S...

1. A full architectural-scale, slip-form molding apparatus, comprising:a slip-form printing reinforced concrete construction system comprising:
a cementitious material pump nozzle that dispenses cementitious material;
an external reinforcing containment sleeve;
wherein the containment sleeve is a flexible sheet of material;
a brick mold coupled to the pump nozzle that moves with the pump nozzle, wherein the brick mold is configured for receiving the cementitious material from the pump nozzle to extrude a slip-form printed brick having a slip-form printed brick shape;
wherein the external reinforcing containment sleeve is configured around the extruded slip-form printed brick;
wherein the external reinforcing containment sleeve moves through the brick mold as the cementitious material is dispensed from the pump nozzle into the brick mold to extrude an external containment sleeve reinforced slip-form printed brick.

US Pat. No. 10,688,682

DEBARKING CHAIN HAVING BENT LINKS

Peerless Chain Company, ...

1. A debarking chain configured for attachment to a debarking drum of a flail-type debarking machine; the debarking chain comprising:a plurality of interconnected chain links including two end links and a plurality of intermediate links that interconnect with each other and the respective end links in series so that each of the end links are interconnected only with a single intermediate link; the debarking chain having first and second ends; each chain link being a continuous strand of chain material surrounding and defining a central opening through which the continuous strand of chain material of any adjacent, interconnected chain link passes;
the plurality of interconnected chain links including at least two bent links; wherein each of the bent links have first and second opposing end sections spaced apart from one another by first and second side sections of the continuous strand of chain material; wherein each of the first and second opposing end sections reside generally within a plane; the first end section residing generally within a first plane and the second end section residing generally within a section plane; wherein each of the respective bent links is bent proximate both of the respective side sections such that the first plane resides at a bend angle with respect to the second plane of from about 5 to about 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,688,680

STAPLE-REFILL

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A staple-refill comprising:a casing in which a plurality of sheet-type connected staples are stacked and accommodated;
a staple inserting port which is provided in the casing and through which the sheet-type connected staples are inserted in the casing in an insertion direction;
a staple discharge portion which is provided in the casing and from which the sheet-type connected staples in the casing are discharged;
a cover member which covers the sheet-type connected staples in the casing from a side of the staple inserting port;
a guide boss formed in the cover member;
a guide portion which is provided in the casing and extending in the insertion direction, the guide boss being engaged with the guide portion to guide the cover member in the insertion direction; and
a notch portion provided at a side of the casing which includes the staple discharge portion, the notch portion having an edge continuous with and extending from an edge of the staple inserting port in the insertion direction,
wherein the cover member is disposed in the casing such that the notch portion does not overlap with the cover member as seen in the insertion direction,
wherein the staple inserting port is provided at one of two surfaces of the casing which are perpendicular to the insertion direction,
wherein the staple discharge portion is provided at another surface of the casing including the insertion direction and a width direction in which each of staples of the sheet-type connected staples extends,
wherein the notch portion is provided between the staple discharge portion and the staple inserting port in the insertion direction, and
wherein the casing includes a wall defining the other of said two surfaces perpendicular to the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,679

DRIVING MODULE WITH IMPROVED MAGAZINE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener driving module comprising:a driving apparatus including a driving drive having a driving punch displaceable in a driving direction to respectively exert a driving forces on each of a plurality of fasteners received from one of two fastener belt rolls, each fastener belt roll including a plurality of fasteners interconnected by a connection mechanism to form a fastener belt that is rolled up to form the fastener belt roll;
a mounting portion configured to mount the driving apparatus to a workpiece bridge; and
a magazine connectable to the driving apparatus, the magazine including first and second fastener belt roll holders that are each configured to hold one of the two fastener belt rolls, the magazine having an exit portion through which the fastener belts can sequentially move out of the magazine, wherein the first and second fastener belt roll holders are each positionable to a dispensing position at which fasteners from the fastener belt roll held by that fastener belt roll holder are dispensable to the driving apparatus, wherein the first fastener belt roll holder is positionable in a first reserve position while the second fastener belt roll holder is positioned in the dispensing position, and wherein the second fastener belt roll holder is positionable in a second different reserve position while the first belt roll holder is positioned in the dispensing position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,678

METHOD AND STATION FOR CONVERTING A FLAT SUBSTRATE

BOBST MEX SA, (CH)

1. A method for converting a flat substrate in a converting station comprising a rotary cutting unit having an upper rotary cutting tool and a lower rotary cutting tool and at least one rotary deformation unit, the at least one rotary deformation unit being positioned upstream of the rotary cutting unit in a direction of movement of the flat substrate, the at least one rotary deformation unit having an upper rotary deformation tool, a lower rotary deformation tool, configured to cooperate with the upper rotary deformation tool, a first sleeve and a second sleeve, each of the first sleeve and the second sleeve configured to be positioned on one of the upper rotary deformation tool and the lower rotary deformation tool, the method comprising:determining conversion parameters of the flat substrate, the conversion parameters including a deformation layout and a cutting layout;
choosing one of the first sleeve and the second sleeve, each of the first sleeve and the second sleeve carrying a form configured to deform the flat substrate based on the deformation layout, the first sleeve having at least one of a diameter and a length different from the second sleeve;
accessing the mandrel;
mounting the sleeve on a mandrel in the rotary deformation unit;
choosing the upper rotary cutting tool and the lower rotary cutting tool based on the cutting layout;
mounting the upper rotary cutting tool and the lower rotary cutting tool in the rotary cutting unit;
adjusting at least one height of bearings of at least one of the upper rotary deformation tool and the lower rotary deformation tool so that the flat substrate is kept horizontal upstream of the rotary cutting unit; and
starting conversion of the flat substrate with the at least one rotary deformation unit and the rotary cutting unit,
wherein the upper rotary cutting tool is different from the upper rotary deformation tool, and the lower rotary cutting tool is different from the lower rotary deformation tool.

US Pat. No. 10,688,677

CUTTING TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A cutting tool comprising:a housing having a blade opening;
an annular blade at least partially extending through the blade opening;
a biasing member including a securing portion, an engaging portion, and a semi-circular body portion in between the securing portion and the engaging portion, the securing portion securing the biasing member to the housing within the housing, the semi-circular body portion defining a plane that bisects the entire length of the semi-circular portion, the engaging portion biasing the blade perpendicularly with respect to the plane, and the engaging portion extending away from the body portion; and
an arcuate first rail and an arcuate second rail arranged within the housing, and wherein the blade comprises an annular cutting portion having a first side and a second side that is opposite the first side, a first shoulder on the first side and facing the first rail and a second shoulder on the second side and facing the second rail, a first axle extending outwardly from the first shoulder and a second axle extending outwardly from the second shoulder, and wherein the biasing member biases the blade such that the first axle is engaged against the first rail and the housing, and the second axle is engaged against the second rail and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,688,676

CUTTING CHANNEL GUIDE

1. A cutting assist device, comprising:at least a first cutting board, the first cutting board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
a cutting channel open to the first side of the first cutting board, the cutting channel configured to allow a portion of a cutting device to be accommodated in the channel while a material placed on the first side is cut by the cutting device;
wherein the first cutting board includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end and wherein there is at least one receiving hole formed at the second end; and
further comprising a second cutting board, the second cutting board including at least one pin protruding from an end of the second cutting board, the at least one pin configured to engage the at least one receiving hole to attach the second cutting board to the first cutting board.

US Pat. No. 10,688,675

PERSONAL CARE BOTTLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of manufacturing a personal care bottle comprising:molding a fluid reservoir defining a chamber and having a fluid port at a proximal end;
injection molding a gripping sleeve having a locking tab configured to engage a handle body;
inserting a distal end of the fluid reservoir into the gripping sleeve; and
joining the gripping sleeve to the fluid reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,688,674

PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT HANDLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

11. A personal care product, comprising:a handle having an elongated gripping portion, the handle having a handle resting plane, wherein
the handle has an end first portion and a first docking magnet positioned within the first end portion for docking and holding the personal care product on a personal care product stand,
the first docking magnet having an axis of polarity that intersects the handle resting plane at an included angle of 15 degrees to 35 degrees, and
the first end portion comprises a personal care product stand contact area and an alignment member positioned within the personal care product stand contact area; and a shaving razor cartridge is coupled to a second end portion of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,673

OSCILLATORY LINEAR ACTUATOR, HAIR CUTTING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OSCILLATORY LINEAR ACTUATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An oscillatory linear actuator comprising:an electromagnetic core block including an electromagnet; and
a magnetic block that holds a permanent magnet so that the permanent magnet faces the electromagnet with a predetermined space in between,
wherein the electromagnetic core block integrally includes:
a core and a coil bobbin that form the electromagnet; and
a base that holds the core and the coil bobbin,
wherein the magnetic block includes:
the permanent magnet; and
a frame that holds the permanent magnet to allow the permanent magnet to oscillate freely and holds the electromagnetic core block,
wherein the frame has a guide portion that guides the electromagnetic core block to adjust a positional relation of the permanent magnet and the electromagnet, and
wherein the base is fixed to the frame inside the guide portion,
wherein the core has a first lug that protrudes in a first direction intersecting with a guide direction in which the guide portion guides the electromagnetic core block, and
wherein the base has:
a second lug that protrudes in the first direction intersecting with the guide direction to be engaged with the first lug and limit movement of the core in the guide direction; and
an engaging path that extends in a second direction intersecting with the guide direction and the first direction, and allows the first lug to move in the second direction to guide the first lug to an engagement position at which the first lug engages with the second lug.

US Pat. No. 10,688,672

FOLDING KNIFE ASSEMBLY

1. A folding knife assembly which is operable with a single hand, said assembly comprising:a blade system having a fixed blade member and a movable blade member, said fixed blade member comprises a fixed blade interface and said movable blade member comprises a movable blade interface,
said blade system disposable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein said fixed blade member and said moveable blade member operatively engage one another while said blade system is disposed in said open configuration,
a positioning system structured to facilitate disposition of said blade system between said open configuration, wherein said fixed blade member and said movable blade member are disposed in a substantially planar arrangement relative to one another, and said closed configuration, wherein said fixed blade member and said movable blade member are disposed in a substantially overlying arrangement relative to one another, and
said positioning system disposable between an expanded orientation and a collapsed orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,688,671

TWO WHEELED ROBOT WITH ENHANCED CLIMBING FEATURES

ReconRobotics, Inc., Edi...

1. A surveillance robot comprising:a pair of axially aligned tires, the tires having a maximum radius;
a housing extending between the wheels, the housing having a radius that is less than the maximum radius of the wheels and containing a transmitter, a receiver, a power supply, a drive system including at least one drive motor connecting to the wheels, the wheels rotatable in a forward direction by the at least one drive motor, thereby moving the surveillance robot in a forward direction, and a video camera connected to the transmitter;
a tail extending rearwardly from a central position on the housing;
wherein each of the tires has a main portion having a radius of approximately 1.0 inches to approximately 2.0 inches, the main portion having a circular outer periphery with a plurality of elastomeric paddles fixed onto and spaced circumferentially on the circular outer periphery and extending radially outward therefrom, each paddle having an arcuate shape that curves toward the forward direction of rotation, each of the paddles extending a radial distance of approximately 1.0 inch to approximately 2.0 inches from the circular outer periphery, and wherein the ratio of the radial length of each paddle to the radius of the tire is between approximately 1:1 and approximately 1:4.

US Pat. No. 10,688,670

PALM-TYPE MECHANICAL GRIPPER WITH VARIABLE-POSITION AND ROTATABLE FINGERS AND DUAL-DRIVE CRANK-SLIDER PARALLEL MECHANISM

JIANGNAN UNIVERSITY, Wux...

1. A palm-type mechanical gripper with variable-position and rotatable fingers and a dual-drive crank-slider parallel mechanism, whereintwo ends of a linear guide rail are fixed by two guide rail supports installed on a base plate, two ends of an installation plate are respectively fixed on the two guide rail supports, the installation plate is provided with a series of holes located at different positions and used for connection with a robot body, sizes of the series of holes correspond to a size of the robot body, and the series of holes located at different positions are beneficial to adjustment and connection so as to adapt to gravity centers of different grasped objects;
a linear bearing penetrates through the linear guide rail to move, a movable base is fixed on the linear bearing, a hinge shaft is fixed on the movable base with a first nut, a bearing is installed on the hinge shaft, a shaft shoulder face of the hinge shaft contacts with an inner ring of the bearing, a rotatable base is installed on an outer ring of the bearing, and an axial gravity generated by a grasped object is transmitted by the rotatable base to the outer ring of the bearing;
a first wear washer is disposed between a rotatable guide rod and the bearing, a second wear washer is disposed between the first nut and the rotatable guide rod;
the first nut is tightened on the hinge shaft, so that an axial movement of the bearing, the first and second wear washers, and the rotatable guide rod is limited;
a thread length ensures the presence of an axial clearance, so that a relative rotation of the bearing and the rotatable guide rod is ensured;
a cotter pin is provided to prevent the first nut from getting loose after the first nut is tightened;
a lead screw stepping motor in a crank-slider mechanism conducts control in cooperation with a stepping motor with a worm speed reducer used to drive a crank to rotate, so that a dual-drive parallel mechanism is formed;
a lead screw nut structure of the lead screw stepping motor and the worm speed reducer of the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer have a self-locking effect so that the lead screw stepping motor and the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer are powered off in a grasping process to save energy;
the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer having a higher power than the lead screw stepping motor is used as a drive power for grasping objects;
the lead screw stepping motor is fixed on the rotatable base, a guide column coplanar and parallel with a lead screw of the lead screw stepping motor is fixed on the rotatable base with a second nut, a threaded end of the guide column is provided with a section of cylindrical face and is assembled in a corresponding hole in the rotatable base in a small clearance and small interference fit manner;
a lead screw nut and a flange linear bearing are correspondingly installed on a vertical face of an L-shaped driving connecting rod, a kidney-shaped groove is formed in a horizontal face of the driving connecting rod and has a width in clearance fit with a diameter of a section of cylindrical face at a threaded end of a short finger holder, the short finger holder is located at a position of the kidney-shaped groove of the driving connecting rod, capable of rotating by an angle with respect to the driving connecting rod and fixed on the driving connecting rod with a third nut, a first plate spring curved finger is installed on the short finger holder and provided with a fingertip curved part used to grasp an object in a pinching manner, and a middle curved part is used to grasp the object in a wrapping manner;
two layers of kidney-shaped grooves with different widths are coaxially milled in each of a plurality of grooved cranks and used to adjust an eccentricity of the crank, a cylindrical face of a crank-connecting rod pin is in running clearance fit with a hole in the driving connecting rod and has a diameter in clearance fit with a width of a wide kidney-shaped groove in the corresponding grooved crank, a corresponding narrow kidney-shaped groove has a width slightly greater than a thread diameter of the crank-connecting rod pin, a shaft shoulder face of a thread root part of the crank-connecting rod pin and a step face between the corresponding wide and narrow kidney-shaped grooves are tightly pressed together by fastening a fourth nut, and an axis clearance for the driving connecting rod to rotate in the crank-connecting rod pin is ensured;
one end of a driving grooved crank is sleeved with a driving shaft, fastened on a flat face at one end of the driving shaft with a screw and used to transmit rotation torque of the driving shaft;
the grooved crank, a long sleeve, two mounted bearings, a short sleeve and a gear are installed on the driving shaft, a flat cylindrical section at an end of the driving shaft is inserted into a hole of a driving shaft of the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer in a clearance fit manner, the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer transmits torque to the driving shaft through the flat cylindrical section, and a flat key on the driving shaft transmits the torque to the gear;
an axial position of the gear is adjusted by regulating axis sizes of the long sleeve and the short sleeve;
a first mounted bearing is fixed on a gear cover plate, and the axial gravity generated by the grasped object is transmitted by a shaft shoulder face of the driving shaft to an inner ring of the first mounted bearing on the gear cover plate so as to be borne by the inner ring;
a second mounted bearing coaxial with the first mounted bearing on the gear cover plate is fixed on the base plate;
the gear cover plate and the base plate are connected into an integrated structure through two guide studs, two ends of each guide stud are provided with cylindrical faces in clearance fit with corresponding holes, and are then fastened with nuts, instead of the guide studs directly having a thread connection with the base plate and the gear cover plate;
a driven shaft is supported by the two mounted bearings and a small mounted bearings, the two mounted bearings and the small mounted bearing are respectively fixed on the gear cover plate and the base plate;
in an axial direction, a shaft shoulder face of the driven shaft, a thick sleeve, a taper-hole gear, a taper sleeve and a flat round nut form a rotating body;
the gear is engaged with the taper-hole gear, the taper sleeve is disposed in a hole of the taper-hole gear, and by tightening the flat round nut, the torque is transmitted to the driven shaft under a wedge effect of a conical contact face;
an end of a driven grooved crank is sleeved with the driven shaft and fastened on a flat face at one end of the driven shaft with a screw, and rotation torque of the driven shaft is then transmitted to the driven grooved crank;
the taper-hole gear and the taper sleeve are configured to be separated by reversely unscrewing the flat round nut, and then a phase angle between the driving grooved crank and the driven grooved crank is adjusted, the driving grooved crank and the driven grooved crank are symmetrical or asymmetrical in a horizontal direction;
the palm-type mechanical gripper with the variable-position and rotatable fingers and the dual-drive crank-slider parallel mechanism is provided with a driving crank-slider mechanism on a left side and a driven crank-slider mechanism on a right side, wherein the rotatable guide rod is located on the right side and is, together with a driven connecting rod on the right side, equivalent to a variable-length connecting rod of the driven crank-slider mechanism;a simultaneous power transmission of the driving grooved crank and the driven grooved crank ensures that under a guidance of the flange linear bearing of the driven connecting rod on the right side, the rotatable guide rod is capable of both rotating and moving without getting stuck;a long finger holder has a width in clearance fit with a width of a wide kidney-shaped groove in the base plate, and a threaded section of the long finger holder penetrates through a narrow kidney-shaped groove in the base plate and is fixed with a fifth nut so that a position of the long finger holder can be adjusted in the wide and narrow kidney-shaped grooves in the base plate, and a second plate spring curved finger is installed on the long finger holder;
a kidney-shaped groove is formed in a horizontal face of the driving connecting rod on the right side and has a width in clearance fit with a diameter of a section of cylindrical face at a threaded end of a medium finger holder;
the medium finger holder is located at a position of the kidney-shaped groove in the driven connecting rod on the right side, capable of rotating by an angle with respect to the driven connecting rod, and fixed on the driven connecting rod with a sixth nut, and a third plate spring curved finger is installed on the medium finger holder; and
the first, second, and third plate spring curved fingers are completely identical in structure and size, planes of the short finger holder, the medium finger holder and the long finger holder are coplanar, and the three plate spring curved fingers are installed on the planes.

US Pat. No. 10,688,669

WIRELESS QUICK CHANGE END EFFECTOR SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A ROBOT

Fetch Robotics, Inc., Sa...

1. A quick change end effector system for use with a robot, comprising:a quick change end effector configured for application to a task to be completed by a robot, the quick change end effector further comprising an end effector magnet, the quick change end effector further comprising an end effector sensor, the end effector magnet comprising a permanent magnet;
a communications element configured to communicate with the end effector;
and a robotic manipulator configured to lock to the end effector, the robotic manipulator further configured to use the end effector to complete the task, the robotic manipulator comprising a manipulator magnet, the manipulator magnet being configured to magnetically attract the end effector magnet, thereby locking the manipulator to the quick change end effector, wherein the manipulator magnet is not free to move relative to the manipulator, the robotic manipulator further comprising a manipulator sensor, the manipulator sensor and the end effector sensor being configured to sense their mutual distance from each other, the manipulator sensor and the end effector sensor thereby ensuring locking of the quick change end effector into a-connection with the manipulator by ensuring that the distance between the manipulator sensor and the end effector sensor is minimized,
wherein upon disengagement of the magnetic attraction locking the manipulator to the quick change end effector, the quick change end effector can be removed from the manipulator.

US Pat. No. 10,688,668

PALM-TYPE MECHANICAL GRIPPER WITH VARIABLE-POSITION AND ROTATABLE FINGERS AND CRANK-ROCKER-SLIDER PARALLEL MECHANISM

JIANGNAN UNIVERSITY, Wux...

1. A shape adjustable mechanical gripper with variable-position and rotatable fingers and a crank-rocker-slider parallel mechanism, whereintwo ends of a linear guide rail are fixed by two guide rail supports installed on a base plate, two ends of an installation plate are respectively fixed on the two guide rail supports, the installation plate is provided with a series of holes located at different positions and used for a connection with a robot body, sizes of the series of holes correspond to a size of the robot body, and the series of holes located at different positions are beneficial to adjustment and connection;
a linear bearing penetrates through the linear guide rail to move, a movable base is fixed on the linear bearing, and a hinge shaft is fixed on the movable base with a first nut;
a lead screw nut is fixed on the movable base, and a lead screw stepping motor is fixed on the base plate and drives, through the lead screw nut, the movable base to drive the linear bearing to linearly move on the linear guide rail;the hinge shaft penetrates through holes in a driven rocker and in a driving rocker, wear washers are respectively arranged on a left side and a right side of the driven rocker, and the driven rocker and the driving rocker rotate on the hinge shaft in opposite directions;two layers of kidney-shaped grooves with different widths are coaxially milled on a horizontal face of the driving rocker, the driving rocker is connected with a connecting rod on a left side in a hinged manner through a hinge pin, a guide cylindrical face of the hinge pin has a diameter in clearance fit with a width of a wide kidney-shaped groove of the driving rocker, and after being tightened with a second nut, the hinge pin is integrated with the driving rocker;
the connecting rod has a thickness clearance and is capable of rotating in the hinge pin with respect to the driving rocker;
after the hinge pin is moved and then fixed with the second nut, a working length of the driving rocker is manually adjusted;
an end of the connecting rod is connected with a grooved crank in a hinged manner through a hinge pin, two layers of kidney-shaped grooves with different widths are also coaxially milled on the grooved crank, and similar to a connecting principle of the driving rocker and the connecting rod, a working eccentricity of the grooved crank is manually adjusted;
one end of a driving grooved crank is sleeved with a driving shaft, fastened on a flat face at one end of the driving shaft with a screw and used to transmit rotation torque of the driving shaft;
the grooved crank, a long sleeve, two mounted bearings, a short sleeve and a driving gear are installed on the driving shaft, a flat cylindrical section at an end of the driving shaft is inserted into a hole of a driving shaft of a stepping motor with the worm speed reducer in a clearance fit manner, the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer transmits torque to the driving shaft through the flat cylindrical section, and the torque is then transmitted by a flat key on the driving shaft to the driving gear;
an axial position of the driving gear is adjusted by regulating axis sizes of the long sleeve and the short sleeve;
a first mounted bearing is fixed on a gear cover plate, and an axial gravity generated by a grasped object is transmitted by a shaft shoulder face of the driving shaft to an inner ring of the first mounted bearing on the gear cover plate so as to be borne by the inner ring;
a second mounted bearing coaxial with the mounted bearing on the gear cover plate is fixed on the base plate;
the gear cover plate and the base plate are connected into an integrated structure through two guide studs, and two ends of each guide stud are provided with cylindrical faces in clearance fit with corresponding holes, and are then fastened with nuts, instead of the guide studs directly having thread connection with the base plate and the gear cover plate;
a driven shaft is supported by the two mounted bearings and a small mounted bearing, the two mounted bearings and the small mounted bearings are respectively fixed on the gear cover plate and the base plate, and in an axial direction, a shaft shoulder face of the driven shaft, a thick sleeve, a taper-hole gear, a taper sleeve and a flat round nut form a rotating body;
the driving gear is engaged with the taper-hole gear, the taper sleeve is disposed in a hole of the taper-hole gear, and by tightening the flat round nut, the torque is transmitted to the driven shaft under a wedge effect of a conical contact face;
an end of a driven grooved crank is sleeved with the driven shaft and fastened on a flat face at one end of the driven shaft with a screw, and rotation torque of the driven shaft is then transmitted to the driven grooved crank;
the taper-hole gear and the taper sleeve are separated by reversely unscrewing the flat round nut, and then a phase angle between the driving grooved crank and the driven grooved crank is adjusted, namely, the driving grooved crank and the driven grooved crank are symmetrical or asymmetrical in a horizontal direction;
a kidney-shaped groove is formed in the connecting rod and has a width in clearance fit with a diameter of a section of cylindrical face at a threaded end of a short finger holder, and the short finger holder is located at a position of the kidney-shaped groove of the connecting rod, capable of rotating by an angle with respect to the connecting rod and is fixed on the connecting rod with a third nut;
a first plate spring curved finger is installed on the short finger holder and provided with a fingertip curved part used to grasp an object in a pinching manner and a middle curved part used to grasp the object in a wrapping manner;
a long finger holder has a width in clearance fit with a width of a wide kidney-shaped groove in the base plate, and a threaded section of the long finger holder penetrates through a narrow kidney-shaped groove in the base plate and is fixed with a fourth nut so that a position of the long finger holder can be adjusted in the wide and narrow kidney-shaped grooves in the base plate, and the long finger holder is also provided with a second plate spring curved finger;
the shape adjustable mechanical gripper with the crank-rocker-slider parallel mechanism is provided with a driving crank-rocker-slider mechanism on a left side and a driven crank-rocker-slider mechanism on a right side;
the short finger holder is installed on the connecting rod on the left side, the medium finger holder is correspondingly installed on a connecting rod on the right side, and the first, second, and third plate spring curved fingers on the short finger holder, the medium finger holder and the long finger holder are completely identical in structure and size;
for a structure of the mechanical gripper, planes of the short finger holder, the medium finger holder, and the long finger holder are coplanar, wherein the three plate spring curved fingers are installed on the planes;
the short finger holder and the medium finger holder are respectively installed on the driving rocker and the driven rocker;
the narrow kidney-shaped groove of the driving rocker has a width in clearance fit with the diameter of the section of cylindrical face at the threaded end of the short finger holder, the short finger holder is located at a position of the driving rocker, capable of rotating by an angle with respect to the driving rocker and fixed on the driving rocker with a fifth nut;
the medium finger holder is installed on the driven rocker;
as the driving connecting rod is higher than the driving rocker in position and the driven connecting rod is higher than the driven rocker in position, after the short finger holder is installed on the driving rocker and the medium finger holder is installed on the driven rocker, installation faces of the three plate spring curved fingers need to be supported by thick cushion blocks to make sure that the planes of the short finger holder, the medium finger holder and the long finger holder are coplanar, wherein the three plate spring curved fingers are installed on the planes;
the lead screw stepping motor is used to control positions of sliders in the crank-rocker- slider mechanisms and conducts control in cooperation with the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer used to drive cranks to rotate, so that a dual-drive parallel mechanism is formed;
a lead screw nut structure of the lead screw stepping motor and the worm speed reducer of the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer have a self-locking effect so that the two stepping motors can be powered off in a grasping process to save energy; and
the stepping motor with the worm speed reducer has a higher power than the lead screw stepping motor and is mainly used to drive a clamped object.

US Pat. No. 10,688,667

CONTINUOUS SLIP RECOVERY

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A method for mitigating slip of a robot appendage, comprising:determining, by a control system, a first appendage position of a robot appendage;
determining, by the control system, a first filter position for the robot appendage;
determining a first distance between the first appendage position and the first filter position;
determining, based on the first distance, a first force to apply to the robot appendage;
causing one or more actuators to apply the first force to the robot appendage;
determining that the first distance is greater than a threshold distance;
responsive to determining that the first distance is greater than the threshold distance, adjusting the first filter position to a second filter position spaced from the first appendage position by the threshold distance;
after determining the first appendage position, determining a second appendage position of the appendage;
determining a second distance between the second appendage position and the second filter position;
determining, based on the second distance, a second force to apply to the robot appendage, wherein the second force is different than the first force; and
causing the one or more actuators to apply the second force to the robot appendage.

US Pat. No. 10,688,666

EDUCATIONAL TOY AND PANEL USED FOR THE SAME

ICON CORP., Yokohama (JP...

1. An educational toy that causes a movable object of self-running type to move on a moving path, comprisinga plurality of command panels, each command panel including a picture pattern representing command information readable by a reading module provided in the movable object,
wherein,
the moving path is configured by arranging, in an arbitrary sequence, a part or all of the plurality of command panels arbitrarily selected by a player, and
the movable object sequentially reads, using the reading module, the command information respectively included in each command panel of the plurality of command panels over which the movable object passes, while moving on the moving path, and sequentially performs a series of actions corresponding to the command information being read, and
wherein,
the movable object is provided with a movement function, a light flashing function and a sound reproduction function, and
the picture pattern representing the command information included in the command panel is shown on a front surface of the command panel.

US Pat. No. 10,688,665

ROBOT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

HITACHI LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A robot system comprising:a mechanism unit that manipulates an article to be manipulated;
a shape measurement unit that measures a shape of an object;
a basic operation storage unit that stores basic operation representing basic operation of the mechanism unit;
an operation method calculation unit that deforms the stored basic operation to calculate an operation method on the basis of the shape of the object measured by the shape measurement unit; and
a control unit that executes a control of the mechanism unit on the basis of the operation method calculated by the operation method calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,664

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR THE MODEL-BASED CALIBRATION OF A ROBOT IN A WORKING SPACE

Peter Kovacs, Berlin (DE...

1. A system for model-based calibration of a mechanism having a base and at least one segment, said at least one segment being movably connected to the base via at least one joint, said system comprising at least a device and a computing unit, said device comprising at least a first functional operation group and a second functional operation group, wherein the first and second functional operation group each compriseat least one laser emitter, said laser emitter emitting an individual laser beam or a bundle of individual laser beams or any general radiation pattern, and each further comprise
at least one sensor, said sensor having a two-dimensional light receiving surface,
wherein said sensor and laser emitter are arranged spatially separate from each other, wherein when the sensor and laser emitter and the position and orientation of said mechanism segment are arranged such that said radiation pattern is incident on the light receiving surface of the sensor, a projected radiation pattern is formed on said surface,
said sensor further being embodied to monitor the position of said projected radiation pattern on the light receiving surface,
wherein said sensor is embodied to transmit such position information to the computing unit, said computing unit being embodied to determine calibration parameters for said model of the mechanism on the basis of said position information,
wherein the laser emitter or the sensor of the first functional operation group is arranged on the segment of the mechanism and is rigidly connected to the laser emitter or the sensor of the second functional operational group, and wherein the laser emitter or the sensor of the first and second functional operation groups not arranged on the segment are arranged fixed with respect to the base of the mechanism, wherein either lasers or sensors from two functional operations groups at the segment may be identical or alternatively lasers or sensors not arranged on the segment may be identical, giving a minimum number of all physically different lasers plus all physically different sensors of all functional operation groups which equals at least three.

US Pat. No. 10,688,663

AUTOMATION OF AIRFOIL PRESSURE TAPS FOR TESTING HOLES OF AN AIRFOIL

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. An air flow pressure tap system comprises:a rotatable plate having a first side and a second side, each of the first side and the second side comprising a mounting plate configured to anchor an airfoil for pressure tapping;
a robotic station comprising:
a robotic arm configured to execute an airflow inspection of an aircraft part, the robotic arm comprising:
a base portion anchoring the robotic arm to the robotic station; and
a translatable portion extending from and movable with respect to the base portion;
a vision system mounted on the translatable portion of robotic arm, the vision system configured to sense a pattern of holes in the airfoil; and
a pressure tapper mounted on the translatable portion of the robotic arm and configured to test individual holes in the pattern of holes in the airfoil;
an operator station accessible to a human operator, wherein the rotatable plate is secured such that rotation of the rotatable plate moves the mounting plates between the robotic station and the operator station;
a valve system located proximate the rotatable plate, the valve system configured to provide air flow to the rotatable plate;
an airflow system configured to provide air flow to the valve system; and
a controller in communication with the operator station, the robotic station, the mounting plate, the airflow system, and the valve system, the controller comprising one or more processors and computer-readable memory encoded with instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to:
detect the pattern of holes in the airfoil with the vision system; and
find a first hole in the pattern of holes to pressure tap by comparing the pattern of holes to a pre-loaded program associated with the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,688,662

ROBOT NAVIGATION IN CONTEXT OF OBSTACLE TRAFFIC INCLUDING MOVEMENT OF GROUPS

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A system for improving navigation of robots in a space with a plurality of moving or movable obstacles, comprising:a traffic analysis unit including a traffic sensor sensing movement of obstacles in the space, wherein the traffic analysis unit further includes a processor running a flow module that processes output from the traffic sensor to generate traffic analysis results including density values for the obstacles in the space and motion information for the obstacles in the space; and
in the space, a robot comprising a controller communicating with the traffic analysis unit to receive the traffic analysis results and running a navigation module to select a navigation route between a current location of the robot and a target location in the space based on the traffic analysis results,
wherein the space is configured such that the obstacles have unregulated flow patterns in at least one area of the space and the navigation route passes through the at least one area of the space between the current and target locations,
wherein the robot comprises a mobile robot or driverless vehicle in wireless communications with the traffic analysis assembly to periodically receive the traffic analysis results,
wherein the navigation module selects the navigation route from a set of two or more potential routes by processing the traffic analysis results in conjunction with a set of navigation constraints,
wherein the motion information comprises direction and speed of individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles, and
wherein the set of navigation constraints include the robot traveling in a direction matching the direction of the individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles or include the navigation module not selecting any of the potential routes as the navigation route that are in a direction for the robot that is opposite the direction of the individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles.

US Pat. No. 10,688,660

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SCHEDULING WELDING OPERATIONS FOR A WELDING ROBOT

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method of scheduling welding operations, comprising:identifying a plurality of candidate seams on a welding object in a three-dimensional model for the welding object based on intersection lines between geometrical bodies contained in the welding object;
determining weld seams from the candidate seams, wherein hidden intersection lines are removed from the identified intersection lines based on an overlapping relationship among the identified intersection lines, the hidden intersection lines being inaccessible hidden seams covered by surfaces of the welding object;
determining a welding sequence based on the weld seams, welding parameters and welding process requirements;
generating an operation procedure for a welding robot based on another three-dimensional model for the welding robot, the welding sequence, robot path parameters and the welding parameters to schedule the welding operations of the welding object.

US Pat. No. 10,688,659

ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A controller controlling a robot including a base, a first arm that is coupled to the base and is rotated around a first rotation axis, a second arm that is rotated around a second rotation axis in a direction different from the first rotation axis, a first inertia sensor that is installed at the first arm, a first drive source that rotates the first arm through a first angular velocity command, and a first angle sensor that detects a rotation angle of the first drive source, comprising:a processor that is configured to feed back a first correction component, which is derived from a first angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis obtained from the first inertia sensor and a second angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis obtained from the first angle sensor, and controls the first drive source,
wherein the first angular velocity is ?A1, which is an angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis,
the second angular velocity is ?A1m, which is obtained by dividing an angular velocity ?m1 of the first drive source that is calculated on the basis of a frequency of a pulse signal input from the first angle sensor by a reduction ratio between a motor of the first drive source and the first arm, and
the first correction component is obtained by taking a difference ?A1s between ?A1 and ?A1m, and multiplying the difference ?A1s by a gain Ka that is a predetermined factor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,658

METHOD OF CONTROLLING HOLDING APPARATUS, HOLDING APPARATUS, AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling a holding apparatus configured to hold a target object by plural fingers in plural relative postures, the method comprising:obtaining, on a basis of a relative posture when holding the target object among the plural relative postures, and a holding force when holding the target object, an amount of movement of the target object by deformation of the fingers when the target object is held; and
controlling a position of the target object, on a basis of the amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,688,657

ADAPTIVE PREDICTOR APPARATUS AND METHODS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A robotic system for maneuvering a robot along a path to avoid objects along the path, comprising:a memory having computer readable instructions stored thereon; and
at least one processing device configurable to execute the computer readable instructions to,
associate, during a learning phase, movement of the robot towards a target location based on an association developed between an action tag and a sensory context, the action tag corresponding to an input signal received by the robot, the sensory context corresponding to data collected by at least one sensor on the robot, and
generate, during an operation phase, an output signal configured to cause the robot to perform a desired action in absence of a contemporaneous input signal, the operation phase being different from the learning phase, the output signal being a combination of first and second signals each including a number of channels, the output signal including a number of channels fewer than the number of channels in each of the first and second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,688,656

DEVICES WITH LOW MELTING POINT ALLOY FOR CONTROL OF DEVICE FLEXIBILITY

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A continuum device/manipulator comprising:a first flexible tube;
a second flexible tube disposed within an inner opening of the first flexible tube;
a low melting point (LMP) alloy disposed between the first flexible tube and the second flexible tube; and
a temperature adjustment element comprising a helical spring, the temperature adjustment element being configured to apply heating to temperatures above a melting point of the LMP alloy or cooling to temperatures below the melting point of the LMP alloy to change a phase of the LMP alloy, wherein changing the phase of the LMP alloy controls a flexibility of the continuum device/manipulator by changing the LMP alloy between a liquid state and a solid state, the helical spring being coiled around the second flexible tube;
a plurality of wires comprising at least three wires and electrically connected to the helical spring to form electrically controllable segments between electrical connections of the plurality of wires to the helical spring, each wire of the plurality of wires being electrically connected to the helical spring at a different location on the helical spring; and
a controller configured to control a temperature of the temperature adjustment element at each segment by selectively energizing the wires of the plurality of wires;
wherein the helical spring, the plurality of wires, and the electrical connections between the plurality of wires are disposed between the first flexible tube and the second flexible tube and are embedded within and surrounded by the LMP alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,688,655

MEDICAL OBSERVATION APPARATUS, MEDICAL OBSERVATION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical observation apparatus comprising:an imaging sensor configured to image a target object in a magnified manner;
a support configured to support the imaging sensor, the support including
a plurality of arms,
a first joint that connects two of the arms with each other and relatively rotates the two arms about a first rotation axis in accordance with given power,
a second joint that connects two of the arms with each other and relatively rotates the two arms about a second rotation axis in accordance with given power,
a first motor that gives the power to the first joint, and
a second motor that gives the power to the second joint; and
circuitry configured to control a rotational speed of the first motor in accordance with a first speed profile until the rotational speed reaches a first predetermined operational speed, and control a rotational speed of the second motor in accordance with a second speed profile that is different from the first speed profile until the rotational speed reaches a second predetermined operational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,654

EXOSKELETON DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING ANTI-RADIATION PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY, Na...

1. An exoskeleton device for supporting anti-radiation protective clothing, comprising:a shoulder mechanism worn on a shoulder, wherein the shoulder mechanism comprises a pair of back support rods, a fixed transverse rod and a guide member arranged between the back support rods, and a pair of flexible straps fixed to the back support rods, wherein the guide member is located below the fixed transverse rod, left and right ends of the fixed transverse rod are respectively fixed to the back support rods at left and right sides, and left and right ends of the guide member are respectively slidably sleeved on the back support rods at left and right sides;
a waist mechanism worn on a waist, wherein the waist mechanism comprises waist support rods, a flexible waist strap installed on the waist support rods, and two straight cylindrical tension springs with a first of a first straight cylindrical tension spring being fixed to a left or a right side of the waist support rods and a first end of a second straight cylindrical tension spring being fixed to an opposite side, wherein the back support rods are respectively fixed to front ends of the waist support rods through two middle-convex drum-shaped springs, the guide member is fixed to front ends of the waist support rods through two first spherical hinges, the two first spherical hinges are disposed vertically and located between the two middle-convex drum-shaped springs and second ends of the straight cylindrical tension springs are respectively connected to an upper end of one of the two first spherical hinges located above the straight cylindrical tension springs through a steel rope; and
a leg mechanism worn on a leg, wherein the leg mechanism comprises straight thigh support rods and automatic switching devices, the straight thigh support rods are arranged at upper ends of the automatic switching devices and the automatic switching devices are arranged between the straight thigh support rods and straight calf support rods, the leg mechanism further comprises fasteners arranged on upper ends of the automatic switching devices, joint bearings arranged on the lower ends of the fasteners, bearing supports arranged at lower ends of the joint bearings, sliding members arranged at lower ends of the bearing supports, sliding bearings arranged in the sliding members, upper hinges and lower hinges respectively hingedly connected to the fasteners and the sliding members compression springs arranged between the upper hinges and the lower hinges and spring compression rods passing through the upper hinges, the compression springs, and the lower hinges in sequence, lower ends of the straight thigh support rods and upper ends of the joint bearings are fixedly connected through upper thread rods, the upper thread rods penetrate through holes in the fasteners, lower ends of the joint bearings are rotatably installed on the bearing supports, rod caps are arranged at upper ends of the spring compression rods and nuts are installed on lower ends of the spring compression rods, the upper hinges and the lower hinges are limited between the rod caps and the nuts of the spring compression rods; for the straight calf support rods arranged at the lower ends of the bearing supports, the straight calf support rods pass through insides of the sliding bearings, upper ends of the straight calf support rods are fixed in countersunk through holes of bases of the bearing supports by lower thread rods; straight sliding support rods are arranged inside the straight calf support rods and slide up and down in the straight calf support rods, two corresponding installation holes are respectively formed in upper ends of the straight sliding support rods and upper ends of the sliding member, upper pin shafts and lower pin shafts are inserted into the two installation holes to fix the straight sliding support rods and the sliding member, and the sliding bearings are limited between the upper pin shafts and the lower pin shafts; sliding slots are formed in sides of the straight calf support rods, the upper pin shafts and the lower pin shafts penetrate the installation holes of the sliding members, the sliding slots and the straight sliding support rods in sequence, and slide up and down in the sliding slots.

US Pat. No. 10,688,653

WEARABLE INTELLIGENT EXOSKELETON SEAT APPARATUS

1. A wearable intelligent exoskeleton seat apparatus comprising a thigh mechanism, a knee joint mechanism and a shank mechanism, wherein the knee joint mechanism is fixedly coupled to the shank mechanism and the thigh mechanism respectively; the knee joint mechanism comprises a knee joint support rod, a motor frame, a motor, a movable base, a flexible spring piece, ratchet teeth, a ratchet tooth shaft, a ratchet wheel, a ratchet wheel shaft and a shank connecting base; the knee joint support rod is fixedly connected with the thigh mechanism; the motor is mounted on an upper end of the knee joint support rod through the motor frame; the ratchet teeth is rotatably mounted to the knee joint support rod via the ratchet tooth shaft; the ratchet wheel is rotabaly mounted to the knee joint support rod via the ratchet wheel shaft; the ratchet teeth and the ratchet wheel are mounted directly opposite to each other; the movable base is sleeved on a drive shaft of the motor; one end of the flexible spring piece is fixedly connected with the movable base and the other end thereof is fixedly connected with the ratchet teeth; the ratchet wheel and the shank connecting base are fixedly locked by a bolt; and the shank connecting base is fixedly connected with the shank mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,688,652

ROBOT CLEANER, REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:an environment information detecting unit configured to obtain environment information regarding at least a portion of a cleaning area;
a first communication unit configured to transmit and receive data to and from a different device positioned within the cleaning area;
a control unit configured to generate a control command regarding the different device in order to adjust the obtained first environment information; and
a second communication unit configured to transmit and receive data to and from a terminal device,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
receive, at the first communication unit, second environmental information from the different device;
determine whether the second environmental information, received at the first communication unit, is outside the preset range;
when the second environmental information is determined to be outside the preset range, control the second communication unit to transmit the second environmental information to the terminal device through an SNS server;
receive, at the second communication unit and through the SNS server, a control message regarding the different device;
provide, based on the received control signal, a control command regarding the different device; and
control the first communication unit to transmit, to the different device, the control command regarding the different device,
an obstacle detecting unit configured to detect an obstacle of the cleaning area using at least one sensor; and
a position recognizing unit configured to recognize a position of the robot cleaner using at least one sensor,
wherein the control unit generates a cleaning map regarding the cleaning area on the basis of information regarding the obstacle detected by the obstacle detecting unit and information regarding the position recognized by the position recognizing unit,
wherein the environment information detecting unit comprises an air sensor configured to sense dust in the air or a material included in the air,
an air purifying unit configured to deodorize or sterilize sucked air,
wherein the control unit purifies the sucked air using the air purifying unit on the basis of pollution information sensed by the air sensor;
a storage unit configured to store position information regarding the different device,
wherein the control unit recognizes environment information of a position corresponding to the position information of the different device, as environment information detected by the different device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,651

POSITION MARKING APPARATUS

1. A position marking apparatus, comprising:a wheel drum;
a rod rotatably coupled to the wheel drum from a distal end of the rod;
a flange plate mounted to an outside of the wheel drum; and
an ink cartridge housed within a pocket formed within the wheel drum.

US Pat. No. 10,688,650

CHAIN STORAGE SYSTEM

18. A method for storing a chain, the method comprising steps of:providing a chain storage system including a main body having an outer surface and an inner surface with an elongate channel formed therethrough, the elongate channel having a first end and a second end, a first holder fixedly attached to the main body and spaced apart from the first end of the elongate channel, and a second holder selectively movably disposed in the elongate channel between the first end and the second end, the first holder and the second holder together configured to receive and secure a chain to the main body, wherein the main body further has an elongate raised portion on the inner surface, and an elongate recessed portion on the outer surface, the elongate recessed portion disposed opposite the elongate raised portion, the elongate channel formed through the elongate raised portion to the elongate recessed portion, and the main body also has a rectilinear hole formed therethrough from the elongate raised portion to the elongate recessed portion, the rectilinear hole spaced apart from the first end of the elongate channel, wherein the first holder includes a first roller and a first shaft, the first shaft disposed through the first roller and through the rectilinear hole of the main body, and the first shaft connecting the first roller to the main body, the first shaft having a first shaft head with a first rectilinear portion and a first base portion, the first shaft threadably attached to a first knob disposed adjacent to the first roller, and upon tightening of the first knob the first holder is fixedly attached to the main body, and the first rectilinear portion is disposed within the rectilinear hole, thereby militating against a rotation of the first shaft during the tightening or a loosening of the first knob, and the first base portion has a first perimeter edge that circumscribes the first rectilinear portion of the first shaft, the first base portion disposed adjacent to the outer surface of the main body inside of the elongate recessed portion, wherein the second holder includes a second roller and a second shaft, the second shaft disposed through the second roller and through the elongate channel, the second shaft having a second shaft head with a second rectilinear portion and a second base portion, the second rectilinear portion disposed within the elongate channel and militating against a rotation of the second shaft but permitting movement of the second shaft along the elongate channel, and the second base portion having a perimeter edge that circumscribes the second rectilinear portion, the second base portion disposed adjacent the outer surface of the main body and inside of the elongate recessed portion, and the second shaft threadably attached to a second knob disposed adjacent to the second roller, and upon a loosening of the second knob the second roller is movable between the first end and the second end of the elongate channel, and upon a tightening of the second knob the second roller is not movable between the first end and the second end of the elongate channel, whereby the second holder is selectively movable relative to the first holder to accommodate different lengths of the chain;
providing the chain having a first portion and a second portion;
disposing the first portion of the chain on the first holder;
disposing the second portion of the chain on the second holder;
moving the second holder in the elongate channel until the chain is pulled taut between the first holder and the second holder;
selectively affixing the second holder to the main body to thereby secure the chain.

US Pat. No. 10,688,649

IMPLEMENT HANDLE GRIP HAVING AN IMPROVED HANDLE ENGAGING MECHANISM

Martinez Tool Company, In...

1. A handle grip for placement on a handle body of a gripping section of a handle, the handle body of the gripping section of the handle having at least a first engaging surface and a second engaging surface, said handle grip comprising:a tubular grip sleeve having one or more walls defining an interior channel through said grip sleeve between an upper end and a lower end thereof, said tubular grip sleeve sized and configured to substantially surround the handle body of the gripping section of the handle when the gripping section of the handle is positioned in said interior channel of said grip sleeve;
grip securing means for securing said grip sleeve to the handle body of the gripping section of the handle, said grip securing means comprising a first locking member having an engaging surface, said first locking member positioned in said interior channel of said grip sleeve so as to dispose said engaging surface of said first locking member substantially adjacent the first engaging surface of the handle body of the handle when the gripping section thereof is positioned in said interior channel of said grip sleeve, the first engaging surface of the handle body having a grip engaging pattern with one or more engaging elements; and
one or more engaging members on said engaging surface of said first locking member, each of said engaging members sized and configured to engage at least one of said engaging elements of said grip engaging pattern so as to securely attach said grip sleeve to the handle when said grip sleeve is positioned on the gripping section of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,648

MULTI-COMPONENT QUICK ASSEMBLY HANDLE

MONAHAN PARTNERS, INC., ...

1. A multi-component quick assembly handle, which includes: a first tubular member (12) made of a permanently deformable material and having a first end (14) of said first tubular member formed with a predetermined first diameter (x) and connecting to a second end (16) of said first tubular member of a smaller second diameter (x??a), said second end (16) having at least one open surface (13) of said first tubular member extending through the second end (16) and a first pin (15) operably disposed in said second end (16) in said first tubular member biased to normally extend outside said open surface (13) and capable of being depressed toward an interior of said second end (16); a second tubular member (18) made of a formed material having a first end (20) of said second tubular member with a predetermined third diameter (x) and connecting a second end (22) of said second tubular member having a larger fourth diameter (x+?b) and an inner fifth diameter (y) slightly larger than second diameter (x-Aa) of said first tubular member to complementary receive by way of a friction fit said second end (16) of said first tubular member (12), said second end(22) having an open surface (27) of said second tubular member extending through the second end (22) of said second tubular member, and wherein when said first pin (15) is depressed, said second ends (16) and (22) can be connected and said respective open surfaces (13) and (27) can be coaxially aligned and said first pin (15) released to a relaxed position and thereby lock said tubular members (12) and (18) in a relatively friction fit fixed position yet permitting separability thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,688,647

LAWN AND GARDEN TOOL WITH BOOM HAVING ADJUSTABLE LENGTH AND DETACHABLE BOOM SECTIONS

THE TORO COMPANY, Bloomi...

1. A lawn and garden tool comprising:a handle;
a tool head;
an adjustable length boom extending between the handle and the tool head, wherein the boom comprises: a first boom section comprising a first end connected to the handle; and a second boom section comprising a first end connected to the tool head, and further wherein a second end of either the first or second boom section is telescopically received within a second end of the other of the first or second boom section; and
a connector assembly adapted to secure the first boom section to the second boom section, wherein the connector assembly comprises:
a lock positioned at or near the second end of one or both of the first and second boom sections, wherein the lock is adapted to selectively lock the first boom section relative to the second boom section at any one of a plurality of telescopic locations; and
a latch attached to either the first or second boom section, wherein the latch comprises an engagement member engageable with a channel disposed in the other of the first or second boom sections, wherein when the engagement member is engaged with the channel, the first or second boom section is translatable outwardly from the other of the first or second boom section until the engagement member engages a receiver positioned in the channel, and wherein the engagement member is selectively radially disengageable from the receiver to allow separation of the first boom section from the second boom section.

US Pat. No. 10,688,646

METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED HAND-HELD DEVICE AND HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED HAND-HELD DEVICE

GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH, Rems...

1. A method comprising:providing a hand-held device comprising a hydraulic pump, a moving part, a fixed part and a return valve, comprising a valve seat, a valve piston configured to seat within the valve seat or be displaced from the valve seat upon being acted upon by hydraulic medium, and a valve chamber between the valve piston and the valve seat, wherein the valve piston includes a partial piston surface and a total piston surface which is greater than the partial piston surface, wherein the partial piston surface is configured to seat within the valve seat in a closure state of the return valve and the valve piston and thereby the partial piston surface is configured to be displaced from the valve seat in an open state of the return valve;
displacing the moving part into a working position by filling a hydraulic chamber of the hand-held device with hydraulic medium from a storage chamber to build-up hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic chamber using the hydraulic pump, wherein the moving part is configured to be automatically moved from the working position into an end position by displacing the valve piston and thereby the partial piston surface from the valve seat to the open state by the hydraulic medium acting on the partial piston surface of the valve piston when a predefined working pressure is reached to open a return opening for the hydraulic medium to flow back into the storage chamber; and
displacing the valve piston from the valve seat prior to reaching the predefined working pressure by filling the valve chamber with hydraulic medium at a selected hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic chamber which is less than the predefined working pressure and thereby opening the return opening for the hydraulic medium to flow back into the storage chamber, wherein the hydraulic medium flowing back into the storage chamber acts upon the total piston surface of the valve piston thereby holding the return valve in the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,688,645

UNIVERSAL SLOTTED WRENCH COMBINATION TOOL

GadgetGenius GP, Bedford...

1. A tool comprising:an ergonomic handle with a hexagonal cross-section, a tang with a hexagonal cross-section shaped for human grasping, and an implement all positioned along a linear axis, and a slotted region;
the slotted region positioned within the handle and defined by at least two walls and a palate, each of the two walls extend orthogonally from the axis and comprise comprising a row of teeth, each row including at least two teeth;
the teeth of each row arrayed according to a path, the paths being non-perpendicular and non-parallel to each other;
the tang positioned between the handle and the implement;
each of the tang, the handle, and the implement have a cross-sectional diameter, wherein the cross sectional diameter of the handle where it adjoins the tang is greater than the cross sectional diameter of the tang where it adjoins the handle;
the palate comprising an at least partially solid mass engaged to each of the walls;
wherein at least one portion of the palate has a different frictional coefficient than at least one other portion of the palate;
wherein the palate is sloped relative to said linear axis with an angle of between 5° to 90°; and
wherein the handle further comprises an outer layer constructed out of a material forming a greater frictional interaction with a human hand than a material the handle is constructed out of.

US Pat. No. 10,688,644

POWER TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A power tool, comprising:a motor having a rotation axis, the rotation axis extending in a direction crossing a working axis, the working axis defining a front-rear direction of the power tool;
a housing that houses the motor;
a battery mounting part provided to the housing and configured such that at least one battery can be removably mounted thereto; and
a battery protection part provided to an outer surface portion of the housing,
wherein:
the battery mounting part (1) is configured such that one end portion of the at least one battery is mounted to the battery mounting part and an opposite end portion of the at least one battery in the extending direction of the rotation axis is exposed from the battery mounting part and (2) is located on an opposite side of the motor from the working axis;
the battery protection part (1) is configured to protect at least one corner region of the opposite end portion of the at least one battery against external force when the one end portion is mounted to the battery mounting part and (2) includes a front protection part and a rear protection part;
the front protection part and the rear protection part are spaced and on opposite sides of the battery mounting part in the front-rear direction; and
the front protection part faces a front surface of the at least one battery and the rear protection part faces a rear surface of the at least one battery when the at least one battery is mounted to the battery mounting part.

US Pat. No. 10,688,643

STAPLE INSERTION DEVICE

Source All Media, Inc, C...

1. A staple insertion device comprising:a staple drive chamber formed between a backing plate and a jam plate;
a staple reservoir extending from the backing plate of the staple drive chamber to a staple reservoir terminal plate, the staple reservoir being configured to receive and hold a plurality of staples;
a staple feed mechanism operatively connected to the staple reservoir and configured to feed the plurality of staples from the staple reservoir into the staple drive chamber through the backing plate; and
a staple drive member vertically oriented with respect to the staple drive chamber and configured to advance downwardly through the staple drive chamber such that, when a staple is positioned in the staple drive chamber, the staple drive member drives the staple downwardly out of the staple drive chamber,
wherein the jam plate is removably attached to the backing plate, thereby allowing the jam plate to be removed from the backing plate to remove jammed staples from the staple drive chamber, and wherein the staple reservoir comprises a pair of vertically spaced-apart rails extending from the terminal plate to the backing plate and a pair of horizontally spaced-apart rails extending from the terminal plate to the backing plate, the staple feed mechanism rides along the pair of vertically spaced-apart rails, and the pair of horizontally spaced-apart rails are configured to receive the plurality of staples by inserting the plurality of staples over an uppermost of the pair of vertically spaced-apart rails and between the horizontally spaced-apart rails.

US Pat. No. 10,688,642

HANDHELD FASTENER INSTALLATION GUIDE

OMG, Inc., Agawam, MA (U...

1. A guide for advancing and installing a fastener via an elongate securing member, comprising:an elongate track extending longitudinally from a rear end to a front end, the track comprising a substantially central elongate rail defining an advancement surface; and
an advancement member engaged with and being longitudinally reciprocable along the track; wherein
the advancement member includes a pawl extending from a rear edge to a front edge extending into the track, the pawl being maintained in a pivoting relationship relative to the advancement member about a substantially laterally extending axis, and the advancement member includes a stop proximate the rear edge of the pawl, the stop defining a rotational extent of the pawl in a single rotational direction, and
the rail defines a substantially flat portion that transitions to a front cliff via an intermediate ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,688,641

DRIVING TOOL FOR DRIVING FASTENING MEANS INTO A WORKPIECE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A driving tool for driving a fastener into a workpiece, the driving tool comprising:a trigger lever, which is configured to be actuated manually;
a workpiece contact element, which is configured to be actuated by placing the driving tool onto the workpiece, wherein
the driving tool is operable in a single shot mode, in which each individual sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of the trigger lever triggers a driving-in cycle, and
the driving tool is further operable in a bump firing mode, in which, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each individual actuation of the workpiece contact element triggers a driving-in cycle;
a resetting assembly, by means of which the driving tool is configured to be reset from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode in an automatic, time-controlled resetting operation; and,
a signaling assembly, which is configured to emit a feedback signal to the user before, after or during the automatic, time-controlled resetting operation;
wherein, the resetting assembly is configured to be activated in the bump firing mode and, after a delay time starting from the activation, transfer the driving tool from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode;
wherein the signaling assembly and the driving tool are operable pneumatically,
wherein the feedback signal that is configured to be emitted by the signaling assembly is a haptic signal at the trigger lever,
wherein the signaling assembly has a feeling element that is movable relative to the trigger lever in order to produce the haptic feedback signal,
wherein the trigger lever includes a through opening through which the feeling element moves in order to project forwardly of a front surface of the trigger lever to produce the haptic feedback signal;
wherein the resetting assembly further comprises a resetting element, which is adjustable into a resetting position for the resetting of the driving tool into the single shot mode, and the adjustment of the resetting element into the resetting position is triggered by generation of the feedback signal.

US Pat. No. 10,688,640

MAGAZINE FOR A FASTENER TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A magazine for a fastener tool comprising:a first guideway for heads of fastener elements of a first type in a first band, the first guideway extending in a direction (A) and being configured to position tips of the fastener elements of the first type near a front edge of the magazine extending substantially parallel to the direction (A);
a second guideway for heads of fastener elements of a second type in a second band, the fastener elements of the first type having a different length from that of the fastener elements of the second type, the second guideway being substantially parallel and spaced apart from the first guideway, the second guideway being configured to position tips of the fastener elements of the second type near the front edge of the magazine; and
a poka-yoke configured to prevent inserting of the fastener elements of the second type in the first guideway;
wherein the poka-yoke comprises a member mounted on a return mechanism in a housing of the magazine, the member being configured to locate the fastener elements of the first type and of the second type.

US Pat. No. 10,688,639

FRONT FINAL GEAR ASSEMBLY TO PROPSHAFT CLIPPING STRUCTURE AND INSTALLATION METHOD

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

1. A system for arranging an associated circlip inside an associated bore, the system including a tool to insert the circlip inside the bore and to expand the circlip from a first diameter to a second diameter larger than the first diameter, and a spacer to secure the circlip to have the second diameter when the circlip is arranged inside the bore, the tool comprising:a cylindrical circlip-accepting portion;
a circumferential channel in an outer surface of the circlip-accepting portion, wherein the channel is configured such that the associated circlip can be selectively secured in the channel while having the first diameter;
a plurality of legs arranged in the channel and including circlip-contacting surfaces, the legs being selectively moveable between a retracted position, wherein the circlip-contacting surfaces are arranged radially inside the outer surface of the circlip-accepting portion, and an extended position, wherein the circlip-contacting surfaces are arranged radially outside the outer surface of the circlip-accepting portion; and
an actuator for actuating the tool to move the legs between the retracted position wherein the circlip arranged in the channel has the first diameter and can be inserted inside the bore, and the extended position to expand the circlip to have the second diameter such that the circlip is not arranged in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,688,638

BIT PULLER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A bit puller comprising:an inner element with a longitudinal axis and having
a central shaft,
a base, said base having external threads, and,
an engagement mechanism internal to the inner element adapted to engage a drill bit wherein rotation of a grip on the inner element about the longitudinal axis engages the engagement mechanism on the drill bit and wherein the engagement mechanism comprises a concentric cavity in the central shaft of the inner element to receive the drill bit, said central shaft having slits allowing the cavity to contract to engage the drill bit on an inner wall;
an outer element concentric with the inner element and having
a foot portion for engaging a work piece, and
internal threads adapted to engage the external threads of the base wherein rotation of said inner element with respect to the outer element withdraws the inner element along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,637

METHOD AND TOOL FOR REMOVING A TAPERED SLEEVE BOLT FROM A COMPONENT

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A tapered sleeve bolt assembly comprising:a sleeve having a top and a bottom and having a tapered bore extending along a longitudinal axis between the top and the bottom, the sleeve having a flange at the top, the sleeve being configured to be received in an opening in a component and having a lateral dimension at the bottom sized to allow insertion of the sleeve into and removal of the sleeve from the opening;
a bolt received in the tapered bore, the bolt having a top and a bottom with a head at the top and a threaded end at the bottom, the threaded end extending below the bottom of the sleeve for receiving a nut to secure the tapered sleeve bolt assembly to the component, the bolt having an extraction shoulder accessible from above the bolt configured to be engaged by a tapered sleeve bolt removal tool for extracting the tapered sleeve bolt assembly, wherein the bolt includes a cavity located on an outer peripheral surface of the head of the bolt below the extraction shoulder configured to receive a bolt engagement feature of the tapered sleeve bolt removal tool; and
a stop sleeve coupled to the threaded end of the bolt for removing the sleeve from the component, the stop sleeve having a stop shoulder configured to abut against the bottom of the sleeve, the stop sleeve having a lateral dimension less than or equal to the lateral dimension of the sleeve to allow the stop sleeve to be removed through the opening in the component with the bolt and the sleeve by the tapered sleeve bolt removal tool.

US Pat. No. 10,688,636

DEVICE FOR UNFASTENING PIPE FASTENERS

1. A device for unfastening fasteners, comprising:an operation device, a cable unit and a working unit, the cable unit connected between the operation device and the working unit, the operation device having a first part, a second part and a pivot, the first and second parts being pivotably connected to each other at two respective middle portions thereof by the pivot, the first part including a first handle and a first extension respectively formed on two ends thereof, the second part including a second handle and a second extension respectively formed on two ends thereof, the first extension including a first hole, the second extension having a second hole;
the cable unit having a cable and a sheath through which the cable extends, a first end of the cable extending beyond a first end of the sheath and connected to the operation device, a second end of the cable extending beyond a second end of the sheath and connected to the working unit, the first end of the cable extending through the second hole and the first hole and connected to an end piece which contacts against the first extension, the first end of the sheath is connected with an insertion which includes a first segment and a second segment which is axially connected to the first segment, the first segment contacting the second extension, the second segment extending through the second hole and secured by a positioning member;
wherein, the first extension includes a first slot which communicates with the first hole, the second extension includes a second slot which communicates with the second hole, the cable passes through the first hole via the first slot, the cable passes through the second hole via the second slot, a width of the second slot is smaller than an outer diameter of the second segment, the operation device includes a stop member which is mounted to the first extension to stop the cable from disengaging from the first hole via the first slot; and
wherein the stop member includes a first side portion, a second side portion and a first connection portion, a room is defined in the stop member and receives a portion of the first extension, the first side portion faces the second side portion, the first connection portion is connected between the first and second side portions, the first side portion includes a first notch and a first recess defined in an inside thereof, the second side portion includes a second notch and a second recess defined in an inside thereof, the first notch is located corresponding to the second notch, the first recess is located corresponding to the second recess, the first and second notches communicate with a front side of the room, the first and second recesses communicate with a rear side of the room, the cable enters into the room via the first and second notches, the end piece enters into the first and second recesses and contacts against the first extension, a first transverse portion extends laterally from the first side portion and includes a first engaging portion on a distal end thereof which extends toward and contacts outside of the second side portion so as to connect the first and second side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,688,635

TORQUE WRENCH

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A torque wrench comprising:a head configured to rotate a fastener about a rotational axis;
a handle operable to rotate the head about the rotational axis;
a primary beam that couples the head and the handle for co-rotation about the rotational axis, the primary beam including a first end adjacent the head and a second end adjacent the handle;
a secondary beam coupled to the head for rotation with the head about the rotational axis and the secondary beam movable relative to the primary beam and the handle; and
a torque adjustment mechanism comprising a rack gear and operable to move the primary beam relative to the secondary beam to adjust a torque setting, the torque adjustment mechanism including a thumb adjustment wheel that a user rotates about a first axis to adjust the torque setting by moving the second end of the primary beam relative to the handle along a second axis that is offset from the first axis; and
a torque setting indicator that displays the torque setting to a user, wherein the rack gear linearly moves the torque setting indicator in response to rotation of the thumb adjustment wheel about the first axis and rotation of the thumb adjustment wheel about the first axis rotates the gear to move the primary beam along the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,634

GEARLESS SPRING WASHER HIGH TORQUE DEVICE

ECA Medical Instruments, ...

1. A disposable torque limiting device comprising:a generally hollow cylindrical body with a partially closed distal end;
an upper shank formed inside the partially closed distal end of the cylindrical body; a circumferential rim formed on the inside of the partially closed dial end;
an upper torque-limiting interface formed on the inside of the partially closed distal end having a axial bore;
a lower shank component comprising a proximal end, a distal end, a drive shaft extending from the distal end a drive socket connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a lower torque-limiting interface disposed on the proximal end;
wherein the lower shank component is rotatable within the cylindrical body and the upper shank component and the lower shank component are aligned along an axis in the direction of the axial bore, the lower shank component is rotatable with in the cylindrical body and the drive socket with the first torque-limiting interface in contact with the second torque-limiting interface;
a Multiple Belleville Washer Assembly “MBWA” is placed above the lower shank on at least partially around a tool shaft configured to apply compressive force along the axis to compress the first torque-limiting interface against the second torque-limiting interface;
a tool collar with a flange extending radially, a front on one side of the flange, a square leg formed on the opposite of the flange and a shaped channel there through rotatably fit into the circumferential rim;
the tool shaft has a threaded back portion and a front end having a tool channel therein;
catches formed on the tool shaft configured to mate with the shaped channel whereby the tool shaft can be inserted through the tool collar and restrict rotation within the shaped channel;
a threaded retaining member configure to engage the threaded back portion;
wherein the tool shaft and threaded retaining member cooperate to apply a predetermined force to the lower and upper shanks via affixation of the tool shaft through the tool collar, the axial bore, the drive socket and the MBWA and affixing the retaining member thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,688,633

FABRICATION METHOD OF A HOLDING SLEEVE

TIEN-I INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A fabrication method of a holding sleeve, including the following sequential steps:providing a first sleeve which is substantially tubular and formed with at least one through hole and a stepped shoulder portion, wherein the at least one through hole is disposed between a distal end of the first sleeve and the stepped shoulder portion, the distal end is nearer the at least one through hole than the stepped shoulder portion;
disposing at least one blocking member in each of the at least one through hole;
disposing an elastic member around the first sleeve, wherein the elastic member is a coil spring, one end of the elastic member is abutted against the stepped shoulder portion of the first sleeve, without being depressed, while an other end of the elastic member statically interferentially corresponds to the blocking member in a radial direction of the first sleeve so as to prevent disengagement of the at least one blocking member from the at least one through hole, and wherein as viewed in the radial direction of the first sleeve, without being depressed, two diametric portions of adjacent endmost coils of the coil spring statically at least partially overlap the at least one blocking member; and
disposing a second sleeve around the first sleeve, wherein the elastic member is compressed between and abutted against the stepped shoulder portion and the second sleeve, the second sleeve is controllably movable relative to the first sleeve, and the at least one blocking member is abutted by the second sleeve so as to control movement of the at least one blocking member within the respective at least one through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,688,632

STOP WRENCHES AND ADAPTORS FOR STOP VALVES

1. A stop wrench comprising:a handle receiver comprising an outer wall and a back plate, wherein the handle receiver is configured to receive a handle of a first stop valve within the outer wall, wherein the handle abuts the back plate when fully in the handle receiver;
a base attached to the handle receiver and extending from the back plate, wherein the base is configured to be rotated via a tool, and wherein rotation of the base rotates the handle receiver, which in turn rotates the handle to open or close the first stop valve; and
a first hole configured to receive a stem adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,631

RATCHET MECHANISM FOR TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A driving tool comprising:a body;
a workpiece engagement surface coupled to the body;
a ratchet mechanism supported by the body and coupled to the workpiece engagement surface, the ratchet mechanism comprising:
a gear structure coupled to the workpiece engagement surface, the gear structure comprising a plurality of gear teeth; and
a pawl structure comprising a pawl body and a plurality of pawl teeth;
wherein the pawl body comprises a central trunk coupled at a first end to a base and coupled at a second end to at least two pawl arms extending from the pawl body, with one pawl arm extending in a clockwise direction and the other extending in a counterclockwise direction;
wherein the base has a width greater than a width of the central trunk;
wherein at least one pawl tooth is located on each pawl arm;
wherein the pawl teeth extend radially outward and away from the workpiece engagement surface, and the gear teeth extend radially inward toward the workpiece engagement surface;
a plurality of spring joints, wherein one of the spring joints is located between each pawl arm and the pawl body in a direction from the body toward the workpiece engagement surface;
wherein the pawl body, the pawl teeth, and the plurality of spring joints are all formed from a single integral piece of metal material;
wherein an elasticity of the metal material within each of the spring joints allows the pawl body to flex away from the gear teeth such that the pawl teeth rotate past the gear teeth when the body is rotated in a first rotational direction; and
wherein the elasticity of the metal material within each of the spring joints biases the pawl teeth into engagement with the gear teeth such that the pawl teeth are rotationally fixed relative to the gear teeth in a second rotational direction allowing a torque applied to the body in the second rotational direction to translate through the ratchet mechanism to the workpiece engagement surface.

US Pat. No. 10,688,630

RATCHET, RATCHET ACCESSORY, AND KIT INCLUDING THE SAME

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A socket accessory comprising:a first portion comprising a first end and a first aperture located at the first end, the first aperture configured to receive a tool head;
a second portion comprising a second end and a second aperture located at the second end, the second aperture configured to receive and to engage a workpiece;
a longitudinal axis extending from the first end to the second end;
a wall portion located between and transitioning from the second portion to the first portion;
a tipping point disposed between the first portion and the second portion; and
a center of mass defined at a location closer to the first end than the second end such that, when the tool accessory is rested on a surface with the longitudinal axis oriented in a horizontal direction, the center of mass causes the socket accessory to tip at the tipping point and to rest on a portion of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,629

TORQUE WRENCH HAVING SELF-ADJUSTING ADAPTER

TYM LABS, L.L.C., Saddle...

1. A torque wrench comprising:an input end configured to receive a torsional input;
an output end configured to deliver a torsional output;
a driver at the output end and having a with a plurality of arcuate slots formed in the surface;
a plurality of clamps each including a post that rides within a corresponding one of the plurality of arcuate slots and each being moveable by rotation of the driver to radially engage a fastener to which the torsional output is to be delivered; and
a guide having a plurality of channels extending in a radial direction, wherein the guide includes a radially central region adapted to receive the fastener so that each of the plurality of channels is aligned with the fastener when the torsional output is being delivered, and wherein each of the plurality of channels is configured to guide a corresponding one of the plurality of clamps into engagement with the fastener,
whereby the plurality of clamps may radially engage a range of different sized fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,688,628

FIXING STRUCTURE

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A fixing structure comprising:a base;
a supporting assembly coupled to the base;
a top cover rotationally coupled to the supporting assembly; and
a limiting structure arranged on the supporting assembly for limiting a rotation angle of the top cover relative to the base;
wherein the supporting assembly comprises a main body and a protruding portion; the main body is coupled to the base; the protruding portion is perpendicularly coupled to the main body;
the limiting structure is arranged on the protruding portion; a mounting hole is defined in the protruding portion; the top cover is rotationally coupled to the supporting assembly through the mounting hole;
wherein the limiting structure comprises a lever assembly and a limiting assembly; the lever assembly is movably coupled to the supporting assembly; the lever assembly cooperates with the limiting assembly; the lever assembly controls the limiting assembly to move along a first direction to limit a movement of the top cover relative to the base;
wherein the lever assembly comprises a head portion and an operating portion; the operating portion is perpendicularly coupled to the head portion; an end of the operating portion is wedge-shaped;
wherein the limiting assembly comprises a connecting portion and a limiting portion; the connecting portion comprises a first pressing block, a second pressing block, and a resilient member; the first pressing block is fixed to the protruding portion; the resilient member is coupled between the first pressing block and the second pressing block; the limiting portion is arranged on the second pressing block.

US Pat. No. 10,688,626

SENSOR FOR POWER CLAMP

1. An assembly comprising a clamping head and a detection unit for detection of end positions of the clamping head, the clamping head comprising a space and an opening and the detection unit comprising end switches or positioners comprising micro-switches, inductive switches, pneumatic switches or sensors, which are integrated into the space of the clamping head that is accessible through the opening, and are attached to a retainer that forms a cover for the opening, as a detection cassette comprising a housing and a plug connection on the housing that is exchangeable as a whole, and wherein the retainer is connected with at least one flexible sensor carrier,wherein the at least one flexible sensor carrier is connected with the retainer and mounted so as to pivot about a pivot axis of the retainer, and wherein the pivot axis is oriented parallel to a dimensional reference surface of the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,625

ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An abrasive article comprising a plurality of layers in the following order:a backing;
an abrasive layer;
a primer layer comprising clay particles, wherein the clay particles are agglomerated and form a layer; and
a supersize coat comprising a metal salt of a long-chain fatty acid.

US Pat. No. 10,688,624

ELECTRONIC DEVICE STRUCTURE FORMED FROM POROUS METAL BONDED TO PLASTIC

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A structure for an electronic device, comprising:a metal having a surface defining pores therein;
an adhesive partially filling the pores such that a portion of the surface between the pores is free from the adhesive; and
a plastic defining:
first portions abutting the metal along the portion of the surface between the pores; and
second portions extending into the pores and abutting the adhesive, wherein:
the adhesive is bonded to the metal;
the adhesive is bonded to the plastic;
the plastic is bonded to the metal;
a first bond strength between the plastic and the metal is less than a second bond strength between the plastic and the adhesive; and
the first bond strength is less than a third bond strength between the metal and the adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,688,623

SLURRY DISPERSION SYSTEM WITH REAL TIME CONTROL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A slurry dispersion system, comprising:a slurry source system configured to provide an undiluted slurry and including a filter configured to filter the undiluted slurry;
a reactor connected to the slurry source system, wherein the reactor is configured to mix the undiluted slurry with at least one chemical to obtain and transport a mixed slurry;
a slurry supply system connected to the reactor, wherein the slurry supply system is configured to store the mixed slurry transported from the reactor and to output the mixed slurry for a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process;
an in-line analyzer connected to the slurry source system, wherein the in-line analyzer is configured to:
measure parameters that include a large particle count (LPC) value and an abrasive concentration value of a sampled slurry sampled from the undiluted slurry;
in response to the LPC value being greater than a first predetermined threshold, determine whether the abrasive concentration value of the sampled slurry meets a predetermined specification range; and
in response to determining that the abrasive concentration value does not meet the predetermined specification range, generate a first indication signal; and
a controller electrically connected to the in-line analyzer and the filter of the slurry source system, wherein the controller is configured to receive the first indication signal, to generate a first control signal based on the first indication signal, and to transmit the first control signal to the filter to control operation of the filter to stop filtering the undiluted slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,688,622

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a processing part configured to process a substrate;
a transporting part configured to transport a substrate before processing to the processing part; and
a cleaning part configured to clean a processed substrate, wherein
the cleaning part has a first cleaning unit and a second cleaning unit that are vertically arranged in two stages;
the first cleaning unit and the second cleaning unit each have a plurality of cleaning modules that are arranged in series; and
the transporting part has
a cover extending in an arrangement direction of the plurality of cleaning modules and formed with a carry-in port at one end thereof,
a slide stage disposed inside the cover and configured to transport a substrate before processing along the arrangement direction of the plurality of cleaning modules, and
an exhaust duct provided at the opposite side to the carry-in port of the cover and configured to evacuate inside the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,688,621

LOW-DEFECT-POROUS POLISHING PAD

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A polishing pad suitable for polishing or planarizing at least one of semiconductor, optical and magnetic substrates with a polishing fluid and relative motion between the polishing pad and the at least one of semiconductor, optical and magnetic substrates, the polishing pad comprising the following:a polishing layer having an open-cell polymeric matrix, a polishing surface and a thickness, the open-cell polymeric matrix having vertical pores and open channels interconnecting the vertical pores;
a plurality of grooves in the polishing layer, the grooves having an average width measured adjacent a polishing surface, the plurality of grooves having a debris removal dwell time where a point on the at least one of semiconductor, optical and magnetic substrates rotated at a fixed rate passes over the width of the plurality of grooves, the grooves having a width measured at the polishing surface; and
a plurality of projecting land areas being pillows within the plurality of grooves, the pillows being buttressed with a tapered support structure that extends outward and downward from a top of the pillows, the pillows having a frusta or non-pointed top that forms the polishing surface from the polymer matrix containing the vertical pores, the pillows having a width measured at the polishing surface and a polishing dwell time where a point on the at least one of semiconductor, optical and magnetic substrates rotated at the fixed rate passes over the plurality of projecting land areas adjacent the plurality of grooves, the pillows having an average width less than an average width of the plurality of grooves for decreasing polishing dwell time of the pillows and increasing the debris removal dwell time of the groove areas to a value greater than the polishing dwell time.

US Pat. No. 10,688,620

POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

33. A polishing method for polishing between a polishing pad and a polishing object disposed opposed to the polishing pad by a polishing system, the polishing system comprising a polishing apparatus comprising a polishing table for holding the polishing pad, a holding section for holding the polishing object, a swing arm for holding the holding section, an arm drive section for swinging the swing arm around a rotation center of the swing arm, an arm torque detection section that detects arm torque applied to the swing arm around the rotation center, and a control section that controls polishing; and an end point detection section that detects a polishing end point indicating the end of polishing based on the arm torque detected by the arm torque detection section, the method comprising:holding the polishing pad to the polishing table;
holding, by the swing arm, a holding section that holds the polishing object;
swinging, by the arm drive section, the swing arm around the rotation center of the swing arm;
detecting the arm torque applied to the swing arm around the rotation center; and
detecting the polishing end point indicating the end of polishing based on the detected arm torque.

US Pat. No. 10,688,619

ABRASION ARRANGEMENT FOR SANDING HEAD

1. An abrasion arrangement configured for surface treatment with constant velocity at a surface, where the abrasion arrangement comprises at least a sanding head, wherein the sanding head is connected to at least an abrasion pressure comprising at least an abrasive pressure cylinder with an absolute encoder, where the abrasion pressure is further connected to at least a tilt device which is further connected to a structural construction comprising a horizontal arm and an horizontal actuator further comprising drive means, and where at least the horizontal arm is even further connected to a vertical arm with drive means.

US Pat. No. 10,688,618

INTEGRAL PART WEAR INDICATOR SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method of polishing a stator segment, the method comprising:subjecting the stator segment to a polishing process; the stator segment comprising:
a plurality of airfoils;
a first mock airfoil formed on a first end of the stator;
a second mock airfoil formed on a second end of the stator;
removing the first mock airfoil and the second mock airfoil in response to a completion of the polishing process.