US Pat. No. 10,710,478

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A ROTATABLE CHILD SAFETY SEAT

1. A child car safety seat comprising:a seat base comprising;
a first seat belt attachment pathway configured to receive at least a portion of an automobile seat belt when the child car safety seat is in a rearward-facing configuration;
a first end configured to be positioned adjacent an automobile seat back in the rearward-facing configuration:
a second end configured to be positioned adjacent a front end of an automobile seat bottom in the rearward-facing configuration; and
a longitudinal axis extending from the first end to the second end and comprising a center of the longitudinal axis for the seat base;
a seat shell rotatable with respect to the seat base about a vertical rotation axis, the seat shell comprising:
a second seat belt attachment pathway provided along a back side of a seat back of the seat shell and configured to receive at least a portion of the automobile seat belt when the child car safety seat is in a forward-facing configuration;
wherein the vertical rotation axis is offset from the center of the longitudinal axis towards the second end of the seat base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,477

DEVICE FOR TILTING AND SWIVELING SEAT OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A device for tilting and swiveling a seat of a vehicle, comprising:a seat cushion frame and a seat back frame integrally connected with each other;
a fixing plate mounted on a fixed rail mounted at a floor panel;
a rotating plate stacked and mounted on the fixing plate to be rotatable;
a first side bracket mounted at both sides at a front end portion of the rotating plate;
a second side bracket having a guide aperture formed to be inclined downwardly toward the front to allow a guide pipe formed at both sides of a lower end of the seat back frame to be inserted into the guide aperture to be moved, and being mounted at both sides at a rear end portion of the rotating plate; and
a tilting drive device installed between the seat cushion frame and the first side bracket, and raising or lowering a front end portion of the seat cushion frame.

US Pat. No. 10,710,476

RELEASING LEVER FOR SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A releasing lever for a sliding device,the releasing lever being used for the sliding device that slidably supports a seat and has a movable rail and a fixed rail,
the releasing lever being a lever member to switch between a state where the movable rail is not allowed to slide relative to the fixed rail and a state where the movable rail is allowed to slide, the releasing lever being configured to pivot around an intermediate portion in a longitudinal direction of the releasing lever when the releasing lever switches the states,
the releasing lever comprising:
a first protrusion formed in the intermediate portion, on a first end in a width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, wherein the first protrusion protrudes in an abutting direction substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and the width direction; and
a second protrusion formed in a position offset from the first protrusion toward a second end in the width direction, wherein the second protrusion protrudes in the abutting direction,
wherein the first protrusion and the second protrusion contact an inside wall surface of the movable rail at least when the releasing lever pivots.

US Pat. No. 10,710,475

SEAT RAIL FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A seat rail for a vehicle, the seat rail comprising:a locking mounting bracket being fixed on a moving rail and having a pair of bracket flanges provided thereon, the bracket flanges being spaced apart from each other in forward/rearward directions of the vehicle; and
a release lever being combined with the pair of bracket flanges therebetween so as to be elastically rotated by a lever shaft and a lever spring,
wherein the lever shaft is integrally combined with each of the bracket flanges by passing through the bracket flanges such that the lever shaft cannot move in forward/backward and leftward/rightward directions during a manipulation of the release lever,
wherein the lever spring is combined with the lever shaft such that a first end and a second end of the lever spring are supported by the locking mounting bracket and the release lever, respectively when the lever spring is wound on the lever shaft, and
wherein the release lever includes
an insertion hole into which the second end of the lever spring is inserted,
and a fixing hole which the second end of the lever spring is held in and fixed to, the insertion hole and the fixing hole being connected to each other by a connection hole.

US Pat. No. 10,710,474

PASSENGER SUPPORT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A passenger support comprisinga foundation frame configured to be coupled to a floor of a vehicle, the foundation frame including a lower track coupled to the floor in a fixed position relative to the floor and an upper track movable back and forth relative to the lower track,
a vehicle seat coupled to the upper track to move therewith between a slid-back configuration, a slid-forward configuration, and an easy-entry configuration,
a latch unit coupled to the upper track to move therewith and relative thereto and configured to allow selective movement of the vehicle seat between the slid-back configuration, the slid-forward configuration, and the easy-entry configuration,
wherein the latch unit includes a comfort latch unit movable between a comfort latch engaged position in which the upper track is blocked from moving relative to the lower track and a comfort latch disengaged position in which the upper track is freed to move relative to the lower track to allow the vehicle seat to move between the slid-back configuration, the slid-forward configuration, and the easy-entry configuration and an easy-entry latch unit movable between an easy-entry latch engaged position in which the vehicle seat is movable between the slid-back configuration and the slid-forward configuration when the comfort latch unit is in the comfort latch disengaged position and an easy-entry latch disengaged position in which the vehicle seat is movable to the easy-entry configuration when the comfort latch is in the comfort latch disengaged position,
wherein the easy-entry latch unit is coupled to an actuator that causes both the easy-entry latch unit and the comfort latch unit to move from the engaged positions to the disengaged positions at same time.

US Pat. No. 10,710,473

APPARATUS INCLUDING A STORAGE AND SEATING MODULE PROVIDING ENHANCED VERSATILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a track;
a carriage displaceable along said track, said carriage including a plurality of locking pin receivers;
a storage and seating module including a plurality of locking pins; and
a swivel connecting said storage and seating module to said carriage, whereby said storage and seating module may be selectively oriented in a first position or a second position on said carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,710,472

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a pair of side frames;
a connecting member connecting the pair of side frames;
a plastic cover member fixed on an upper side of each side frame; and
a cushion pad laid over the connecting member and the cover member,
wherein the cover member includes an inner fixing portion fixed to an upper side of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,471

METHOD AND FOAM DIE FOR MANUFACTURING SEAT CUSHION MATERIAL

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for manufacturing a seat cushion material, the method comprising:providing a back layer part having a back side surface and an opposite inner surface:
attaching the back side surface of the back layer part to an upper die having an upper cavity with an upper cavity surface, the upper cavity surface corresponding to a back surface of the seat cushion material, the attaching being performed in such a manner that the back side surface of the back layer part is brought into contact with the upper cavity surface;
adding resin foam raw material to a lower die having a lower cavity with a lower cavity surface, the lower cavity surface corresponding to a seating surface of the seat cushion material;
after the attaching, closing the upper and lower dies to enclose the upper and lower cavities therebetween;
foaming the resin foam raw material to form a front layer part, the foaming being performed so as to integrate the front layer part with the back layer part and to provide the front layer part with a seating surface corresponding to the seating surface of the seat cushion material, the back layer part having a higher rigidity and a lower density than the front layer part,
wherein the lower cavity surface of the lower die is provided with a plurality of protrusions which are brought into contact with the inner surface of the back layer part and press the back layer part against the upper cavity surface of the upper die when the upper and lower dies are closed, the foaming producing the seat cushion material; and
demolding the seat cushion material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,469

AUTOMOTIVE DUAL VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM

1. A dual voltage power supply comprising at least one battery with multiple battery modules, comprisinga first set of switches for connecting the battery modules in series to thereby provide a first voltage to a first circuit, when the first set of switches are closed, and to disconnect the series connection when the first set of switches are open;
at least one connection tap being connected to a first battery module of the multiple battery modules to provide its voltage to a second circuit operating at a lower voltage than the first circuit, the first battery module being connected in parallel by a second set of switches to other battery modules of the multiple battery modules, the other battery modules being connected in parallel to each other and to the first battery module, when the second set of switches is closed and are not connected in parallel in when the second set of switches is open,
wherein at least one of the multiple battery modules supplies at least one first DC/DC converter;
wherein the first DC/DC converter has an output connectable to the first circuit for supplying the first circuit,
wherein at least one capacitor is connected in parallel to the output of the first DC/DC converter,
wherein a controller controls the first set of switches and the second set of switches to either connect at least some of the battery modules in series or in parallel, and
wherein the controller is configured to monitor the voltage at the capacitor and configured to close the first set of switches and open the second set of switches in case the voltage at the capacitor drops below a predefined value and vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,710,468

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle power supply device comprising:a first conductive path electrically connected to a conductive path on an input side that serves as a power pathway from a first power supply;
a second conductive path that is electrically connected to the conductive path on the input side and branches off as a path different from the first conductive path, and is electrically connected to a conductive path on an output side;
a third conductive path that is electrically connected to the second conductive path and the conductive path on the output side;
a first voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down the voltage applied to the first conductive path and applying an output voltage to a conductive path on a second power supply side connected to the second power supply;
a second voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the third conductive path and applying an output voltage to the conductive path on the second power supply side, and a discharging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the conductive path on the second power supply side and applying an output voltage to the third conductive path; and
a control unit that performs at least a quick charging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the charging operation, and a charging/discharging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the discharging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,466

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of positioning an electric vehicle relative to a charging point, comprising:receiving at the vehicle, a global positioning system (GPS) signal and a GPS correction signal;
correcting the GPS signal using the GPS correction signal;
positioning the vehicle relative to the charging point using the GPS signal; and
responsive to the vehicle being within a threshold vicinity of the charging point, docking the vehicle at the charging point using the GPS correction signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,465

POSITIONING SYSTEM OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE IN RELATION TO A RECHARGING STATION

ALSTOM Transport Technolo...

1. Positioning system for positioning a vehicle equipped with an electrical energy storage means in a predetermined recharging position with respect to a pad of a ground recharging station, the pad being electrically connected to an electrical power source and the vehicle carrying a shoe gear, the shoe gear being electrically connected to the electrical energy storage means and, once the vehicle is in the predetermined recharging position, being movable to come into an electrical contact with the pad, wherein the positioning system comprises:on one side among the ground recharging station and the vehicle, a generation module for generating a magnetic field, a characteristic quantity of which is a function of a position with respect to a reference point associated with the generation module;
on the other side, a measuring module of the magnetic field, the measuring module being designed to measure the characteristic quantity and compare it with a reference value in order to control the movement of the vehicle and stop the vehicle at a predetermined relative position with respect to the reference point, the predetermined relative position corresponding to the predetermined recharging position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,464

ELECTRICAL DIFFERENTIAL MOTOR ASSEMBLY WITH TORQUE VECTORING

1. A motor vehicle drive train assembly comprising:an axial flux induction motor including a stator, a first rotor and a second rotor, the stator, the first rotor and the second rotor being concentric with a motor center axis, the stator being axially between the first rotor and the second rotor and including a first axial side facing the first rotor and a second axial side opposite the first axial side facing the second rotor, the first rotor being axially spaced from the first axial side of the stator by a first air gap, the second rotor being axially spaced from the second axial side of the stator by a second air gap, the axial flux induction motor being configured such that the first rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a first rotational speed to drive a first drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the first rotor while the second rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a second rotational speed that is greater than the first rotational speed to drive a second drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,463

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for an electric vehicle, the electric vehicle including a motor that generates a driving torque and a controller that controls the motor, the controller configured to:determine whether an initial start operation of a vehicle has been performed by a driver, the initial start operation being not performed with an accelerator operation;
calculate a disturbance torque estimated value necessary for maintaining a vehicle stop state corresponding to a disturbance acting on the vehicle;
perform a control such that the driving torque of the motor converges to the disturbance torque estimated value when the vehicle is determined to be just before stop of the vehicle during running or determined to have undergone the initial start operation; and
increase, when the initial start operation is determined to have been performed, the responsiveness of the driving torque of the motor compared with a responsiveness of the driving torque just before the stop of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,462

DRIVING DEVICE

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

1. A driving device comprising:a driving source;
a driven portion which is driven by the driving source and propels a transport apparatus;
a first one-way power transmission unit which is provided on a power transmission path between the driving source and the driven portion, which becomes in an engaged state when rotational power in one direction of the driving source side is input to the driven portion side and becomes in a disengaged state when rotational power in the other direction of the driving source side is input to the driven portion side, and which becomes in a disengaged state when rotational power in one direction of the driven portion side is input to the driving source side and becomes in an engaged state when rotational power in the other direction of the driven portion side is input to the driving source side;
a connection/disconnection unit which is provided in parallel with the first one-way power transmission unit on the power transmission path, and which sets the power transmission path to an interrupted state or a connection-permitted state by being activated or deactivated; and
a second one-way power transmission unit which is provided in parallel with the first one-way power transmission unit and in series with the connection/disconnection unit on the power transmission path, which becomes in a disengaged state when rotational power in one direction of the driving source side is input to the driven portion side and becomes in an engaged state when rotational power in the other direction of the driving source side is input to the driven portion side, and which becomes in an engaged state when rotational power in one direction of the driven portion side is input to the driving source side and becomes in a disengaged state when rotational power in the other direction of the driven portion side is input to the driving source side, wherein
the driving source includes a first electric motor driving a left wheel of a vehicle and a second electric motor driving a right wheel of the vehicle,
a first transmission is provided on a power transmission path between the first electric motor and the left wheel,
a second transmission is provided on a power transmission path between the second electric motor and the right wheel,
each of the first and second transmissions is constituted by first to third rotation elements,
the first electric motor is connected to the first rotation element of the first transmission,
the second electric motor is connected to the first rotation element of the second transmission,
the left wheel is connected to the second rotation element of the first transmission,
the right wheel is connected to the second rotation element of the second transmission,
the third rotation element of the first transmission and the third rotation element of the second transmission are connected to each other, and
the first one-way power transmission unit, the connection/disconnection unit, and the second one-way power transmission unit are arranged in the third rotation elements connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,710,461

ABSORBING POWER DOWN ENERGY OF AN EXTERNAL MOTOR DEVICE IN A POWER GENERATION VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electrical system for a vehicle comprising:a traction battery;
a switch configured to in a first position permit current to flow one-way from the traction battery to an auxiliary device remote from the vehicle, and in a second position permit current to flow one-way from the auxiliary device to the traction battery, wherein the switch is a hand switch including a plurality of contacts, a hot wire, and a neutral wire, wherein the contacts are connected to the hot wire and the neutral wire when in the first position, and wherein the contacts are not connected to the hot wire in the second position; and
a controller configured to toggle the switch between the first and second positions.

US Pat. No. 10,710,460

DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION OF ACTUAL CHARGING CAPACITY

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An energy management device for configuring a charging profile at a charging control appliance for charging a battery of an electric vehicle at a charging station, wherein the charging profile is configured by taking into account a planned time of use of the electric vehicle, a desired charge state of the battery, and a predefined value for a maximum receivable charging power of the electric vehicle, wherein the energy management device is further coupled to a measuring unit which is designed to measure an actual charging power delivered to the electric vehicle by the charging station and, independently or as a result of a request from the energy management device, to transmit the actual charging power to the energy management device, and wherein the energy management device is designed to use a value of the actual charging power for a corresponding reconfiguration of the charging profile;wherein transmitting of the actual charging power to the energy management device is only carried out if a value of the actual charging power has changed by a predetermined amount with respect to a most recently transmitted value.

US Pat. No. 10,710,459

METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING AT LEAST ONE POWER SUPPLY PROCEDURE FROM AT LEAST ONE POWER SUPPLY UNIT TO AT LEAST ONE TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE TO BE SUPPLIED WITH POWER

VOLKSWAGEN AG, (DE) KUKA...

8. A power supply unit for carrying out at least one power supply operation to supply power to a transportation vehicle, the power supply unit comprising:at least one power supply interface having a plurality of optically detectable features;
at least one communications device configured to communicate with a transportation vehicle-side communications device of the transportation vehicle to receive, from the transportation vehicle, position coordinates determined using the optically detectable features and indicative of a position of a transportation vehicle-side power supply interface relative to the power supply unit; and
at least one robot configured to, based on the received position coordinates, move the at least one power supply interface to the transportation vehicle-side power supply interface of the transportation vehicle to connect the power supply unit interface to the transportation vehicle-side power supply interface to supply power to the transportation vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,458

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A CONTROL PANEL MODULE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A control panel module for a motor vehicle having a steering column in a passenger compartment, comprising:a housing;
a central part;
at least one operator control element, each arranged on a side of a recess for arranging the control panel module and the steering column of the motor vehicle, and at least one of rotatable about a first rotational axis and movable at least along a predetermined movement direction;
an actuator device configured to respectively move the at least one operator control element;
a control device configured to move, by actuating the actuator device, the at least one operator control element out of the housing of the control panel module, in response to at least one enable signal, into an enable position in which the passenger compartment is maximized and, in response to at least one position signal, out of the enable position and into a position of use corresponding to the position signal; and
a flexible, transparent cover panel holding the at least one operator control element on the central part of the control panel module as a wing element pivotable about a second rotational axis, the flexible, transparent cover panel being held in a flexible fashion in the central part, and the second rotational axis being oriented in a virtual fashion, freely in space.

US Pat. No. 10,710,457

GESTURE AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A vehicle comprising:a plurality of devices; and
a human-machine interface for a facial expression-based and/or gesture-based actuation of the plurality of devices, wherein the human-machine interface comprises:
a first camera for recording a first occupant of the vehicle,
a second camera for recording a second occupant of the vehicle, and
a control unit connected to the first and second cameras, the control unit configured to extract a first facial expression and a first hand motion performed by the first occupant from image sequences captured by the first camera and to combine the extracted first facial expression and the extracted first hand motion of the first occupant to determine a first function to be actuated by a first device of the plurality of devices, the control unit further configured to extract a second facial expression and a second hand motion performed by the second occupant from image sequences captured by the second camera and to combine the extracted second facial expression and the extracted second hand motion of the second occupant to determine a second function to be actuated by a second device of the plurality of devices, the control unit further configured to actuate the first and second functions simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,710,456

MOBILE DEVICE MONITORING DURING VEHICLE OPERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an antenna system including one or more phased array antennas, configured to
scan an interior space of the vehicle to detect a wireless energy emitted from a nomadic device within the vehicle, and
identify the nomadic device to be at a driver seat area in the vehicle using the wireless energy; and
a controller configured to
responsive to the wireless energy, received via the antenna system, exceeding a magnitude and duration indicative of a cellular connection from the nomadic device at the driver seat area, verify if the nomadic device is connected to the vehicle through a local connection via a local protocol, and
responsive to verifying the nomadic device is disconnected from the vehicle via the local protocol while the vehicle is in motion, operate a powertrain to limit a speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,455

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE IGNITION USING BIOMETRIC DATA

Automotive Coalition For ...

1. A system for controlling ignition of a vehicle, the system comprising:a measurement window for measuring a biometric characteristic of a vehicle driver, the measurement window comprising a capacitive sensor on a touchpad, the capacitive sensor capable of detecting the finger of the vehicle driver;
a haptic actuator coupled to the touchpad; and
a controller coupled to the measurement window and the haptic actuator and configured to:
provide a signal to the vehicle driver indicative of whether placement of the finger on the measurement window is correct, wherein the signal comprises haptic feedback to correct the placement of the finger on the measurement window, and further wherein the haptic feedback comprises movement to physically nudge the finger of the vehicle driver in a particular direction so as to physically move the finger of the vehicle driver relative to the measurement window, whereby to correct the placement of the finger on the measurement window for an accurate biometric measurement;
when the placement of the finger is correct, receive a measurement from the measurement window of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver;
determine whether the measurement of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver meets a pre-determined threshold; and
control starting the vehicle based on the measurement of the biometric characteristic of the vehicle driver.

US Pat. No. 10,710,454

DISCONNECTABLE AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A PLANETARY DIFFERENTIAL

1. An axle assembly comprising:an housing assembly;
an input pinion mounted to the housing assembly for rotation about a first axis;
a ring gear mounted to the housing assembly for rotation about a second axis that is not parallel to the first axis;
a differential assembly having an internal gear, a planet carrier, a plurality of planet gears, and a sun gear, the internal gear being coupled to the ring gear for rotation therewith, the planet carrier having a carrier body and a plurality of carrier pins that are fixedly coupled to the carrier body, each of the planet gears being iournally mounted on a corresponding one of the carrier pins, at least a first portion of the planet gears being meshed with the internal gear, at least a second portion of the planet gears being meshed with the sun gear;
a first output member;
a second output member coupled to the sun gear for rotation therewith; and
a clutch that is operable for selectively coupling the first output member to the carrier body;
wherein the clutch comprises a coupling member that is axially slidably mounted on the first output member; and
wherein the carrier body has a first set of external teeth, wherein the first output member has a second set of external teeth, and wherein the coupling member has at least one set of internal teeth that are engageable to the first and second sets of external teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,710,453

PUMPLESS TRANSFER CASE FOR DISCONNECT AXLES

MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERI...

1. A transfer case for use in a four-wheel drive motor vehicle having a powertrain and first and second drivelines, the transfer case comprising:a housing defining an internal cavity;
a first shaft rotatably supported in said internal cavity of said housing for rotation about a first rotary axis and configured to interconnect the powertrain to the first driveline for transmitting drive torque to a first set of wheels to establish a two-wheel drive mode;
a second shaft rotatably supported in said internal cavity of said housing for rotation about a second rotary axis and configured for connection to the second driveline;
a transfer assembly drivingly coupled to said second shaft and including a first transfer component rotatably supported on said first shaft, a second transfer component fixed for rotation with said second shaft, and a third transfer component rotatively connecting said first transfer component for rotation with said second transfer component;
a transfer clutch selectively operable in a released mode to uncouple said first transfer component from said first shaft and in an engaged mode to couple said first transfer component to said first shaft for transmitting drive torque through said transfer assembly and said second shaft to the second driveline for driving a second set of wheels and establishing a four-wheel drive mode;
a first rotary seal disposed between said housing and said first transfer component for delineating said internal cavity into a first lubricant sump associated with said first axis and a second lubricant sump associated with said second axis;
and a second rotary seal disposed between said housing and first transfer component for further delineating said internal cavity to define a third lubricant sump associated with said first rotary axis;
wherein said first rotary axis is offset and elevated relative to said second rotary axis such that said first lubricant sump is elevated relative to said second lubricant sump, wherein said transfer clutch is located within said first lubricant sump and said transfer assembly is located within said second lubricant sump, and wherein said third lubricant sump is axially offset relative to said first lubricant sump and is elevated relative to said second lubricant sump.

US Pat. No. 10,710,452

FUEL LID STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel lid structure comprising:a lid box constituting a fuel opening portion of a vehicle body;
a lid hinge that is made of resin and is pivotable with respect to the lid box;
a fuel lid body pivotably attached to the lid box via the lid hinge; and
an alerting unit configured to alert a replenishment worker to a body of the replenishment worker hitting the fuel lid body in an open state by at least one of imparting of a sense of resistance and emission of a sound, the alerting unit including:
an engaging portion provided at the lid hinge;
an engaged portion provided at the lid box and engageable with the engaging portion;
a first sensor provided at the lid hinge;
a second sensor provided at the lid box; and
a warning sound generation mechanism configured to emit a warning sound upon contact between the first sensor and the second sensor;
wherein:
the engaging portion and the engaged portion are configured to engage in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by a predetermined angle set to be smaller than a maximum open angle and to impart the sense of resistance by disengagement in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by more than the predetermined angle; and
the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed so as to come into contact with each other in a case where the fuel lid body is opened by a maximum open angle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,451

TANK CLOSURE

1. A closure component for a tank of a motor vehicle for closing a filler neck gas- and fluid-tight, the closure component comprising: a closure fastened to a flap, the flap being fastened to a vehicle body of the motor vehicle such that the flap and the closure are movable into an open position or a closed position, the closure including a seal, which causes the closure to close against the filler neck, wherein a size or shape of the seal is electromechanically or pneumatically adjustable with the aid of an actuator, such that the seal is adjusted between an open state in which the closure is movable from the closed position to the open position and a closed state in which the closure is inhibited from moving from the closed position to the open position, and wherein a retaining ring is disposed on an inner wall of the filler neck, such that the retaining ring projects into an interior of the filler neck, wherein the closure is inserted through the retaining ring when the closure is moved from the open position to the closed position, such that the retaining ring surrounds at least a portion of the closure when the closure is in the closed position, and wherein the retaining ring blocks the closure from moving from the closed position to the open position when the seal is in the closed state and wherein the closure is freely movable from the closed position to the open position when the seal is in the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,710,450

AIR FLAP ARRANGEMENT HAVING A POSITION SENSING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An air flap arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a housing having an air passage opening,
at least two air flaps movably mounted on the housing, and
a force- and motion-transmitting motion drive coupled to the at least two air flaps,
wherein the at least two air flaps are coupled by at least one of a transmission and linkage for mutual movement, and wherein the at least two air flaps are movable between a closed position, and a passage position, which is different from the closed position, in which passage position the cross-sectional area of the air passage opening through which air can flow is greater than the closed position,
wherein the air flap arrangement has a plurality of sensors, wherein at least a first sensor of the plurality of sensors is associated with a first air flap of the at least two air flaps mounted on the housing, and a second sensor of the plurality of sensors is associated with a second air flap of the at least two air flaps, such that one position out of the closed position and passage position of the first and second air flaps is a detectable position and can be detected by the respectively associated first and second sensor, while the respective other position cannot be detected by the first and second sensor,
wherein the first and second sensors are formed by a first switch and a second switch respectively, said switches being in an operational state of closed when the air flap associated with the respective switch is in the detectable position, and being in an operational state of open when the air flap associated with the respective switch is not in the detectable position,
wherein the first switch comprises at least one first section of the first air flap, and the second switch comprises at least one second section of the second air flap,
wherein the first and second sections are electrically conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,710,449

HYBRID DRIVETRAIN

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A geartrain for a powertrain system, wherein the geartrain is disposed to transfer mechanical power between an internal combustion engine, an electric machine and a driveline, the geartrain comprising:a flywheel, a torque converter, an off-axis mechanical connection, a disconnect clutch, and a transmission gearbox;
wherein:
the off-axis mechanical connection is disposed within a housing of the geartrain and includes a first element rotatably coupled to a second element;
the torque converter includes a pump, a turbine and a pump hub,
the flywheel is coupled to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and coupled to the pump of the torque converter,
the transmission gearbox includes an input member,
the pump hub is coupled to the first element of the off-axis mechanical connection,
the second element of the off-axis mechanical connection is coupled to a rotor of the electric machine,
the turbine of the torque converter is coupled to the input member of the transmission gearbox,
the disconnect clutch is arranged to couple the pump of the torque converter and the pump hub, and
the flywheel is coupled to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and is coupled to the pump of the torque converter via activation of the disconnect clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,710,448

HYBRID MODULE FOR A DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A hybrid module for a drivetrain of a motor vehicle comprising:a rotor element arranged to be driven by an electric machine;
a separating clutch comprising a first pressure plate and a first counterplate; and
a clutch device comprising a first clutch and a second clutch, wherein
the separating clutch is arranged within the rotor element;
the clutch device includes a second pressure plate and the first counterplate;
the first counterplate comprises a first face for receiving a torque from the separating clutch and a second face for transmitting the torque to the first clutch; and,
the first counterplate is connected to the rotor element.

US Pat. No. 10,710,447

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A drive system of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first motor-generator;
a power transmission path including a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path connected with each other in series;
a power division mechanism connected to the internal combustion engine to divide a power generated by the internal combustion engine to the first motor-generator and the first power transmission path;
a second motor-generator connected to the second power transmission path;
a one-way clutch interposed between an output shaft in the first power transmission path and an input shaft in the second power transmission path so that the output shaft and the input shaft integrally rotate in a locked state and the output shaft relatively rotates in relation to the input shaft in an unlocked state;
a mode change mechanism provided in the first power transmission path to change a drive mode from an EV mode in which the hybrid vehicle is driven by a power of the second motor-generator with the internal combustion engine stopped to a HV mode in which the hybrid vehicle is driven by the power of the second motor-generator and the power generated by the internal combustion engine through a start mode in which the internal combustion engine is started; and
an electronic control unit including a microprocessor and a memory and configured to perform controlling the internal combustion engine, the first motor-generator, the second motor-generator and the mode change mechanism, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to perform
the controlling including controlling the first motor-generator so as to reduce a reaction force acting on the first motor-generator, at a time at which a state of the one-way clutch changes from the unlocked state to the locked state, when the drive mode is changed from the start mode to the HV mode by the mode change mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,710,446

ENGINE STARTING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An engine starting system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine; and
an automatic transmission that is connected to an output side of the engine,
wherein the automatic transmission comprises
an input member to which a torque is delivered from the engine,
an output member that delivers the torque to drive wheels,
a planetary gear set that is adapted to perform a differential action among rotary elements including: a carrier that supports a pinion gear in a rotatable and revolvable manner; a first gear that is engaged with the pinion gear; and a second gear that has a different pitch diameter from that of the first gear and that is also engaged with the pinion gear, and
at least one engagement device in which a torque transmitting capacity is changed in accordance with an engagement force applied thereto, and which is engaged and disengaged to change a torque transmission route between the input member and the output member,
the automatic transmission is brought into a neutral stage in which a torque transmission between the input member and the output member is interrupted by disengaging the engagement device,
a first rotary element as one of the rotary elements serves as a free rotary element that is rotated by the torque delivered thereto without being subjected to a reaction torque during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a second rotary element as another one of the rotary elements serves as an input rotary element to which the torque is delivered from the input member during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a third rotary element as still another one of the rotary elements serves as a control rotary element whose rotational speed is changed by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of any of the disengaged engagement devices during propulsion in the neutral stage,
the engine starting system comprises a controller that controls the engine and the engagement device,
the controller is configured to
determine a satisfaction of a condition to crank the engine during propulsion in the neutral stage, and
apply the torque to the input rotary element connected to the engine in a cranking direction using an inertial force of the free rotary element as a reaction force, by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of a first engagement device connected to the control rotary element to reduce the rotational speed of the control rotary element in a condition where the control rotary element is rotated in an opposite direction to the cranking direction and the input rotary element is stopped, upon satisfaction of the condition to crank the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,710,445

POWERTRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A powertrain apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element, wherein the first rotation element is engaged with the second rotation element and the second rotation element is engaged with the third rotation element;
a first motor-generator directly connected to the first rotation element of the planetary gear set, wherein an engine of the vehicle is connected to the first rotation element through the first motor-generator;
a second motor-generator directly connected to the third rotation element of the planetary gear-set;
a first clutch directly connected to the first rotation element and a first drive gear;
a second clutch directly connected to the second rotation element and a second drive gear; and
an output shaft having a first driven gear and a second driven gear engaged with the first drive gear and the second drive gear, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,710,444

HYBRID DRIVE FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A hybrid drive for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine which has a crankshaft;
an electric motor;
a characteristic converter;
a multi-gear ratio vehicle transmission; and
a further electric motor connected between the characteristic converter and the vehicle transmission, wherein:
the electric motor is coupled to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine by way of an automatically shifting transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,710,443

MULTI-RING DISC MOTOR

1. A multi-ring disc motor comprising:a stator base including a cavity formed therein,
a first axial hole arranged at a center of a bottom of the cavity,
a plurality of first concentric circular ribs of different sizes disposed about the first axial hole, the first circular ribs having a common center,
a plurality of first circular grooves defined by each of the first circular ribs respectively;
a plurality of stator rings disposed on each of the first circular grooves respectively, and
a plurality of coils disposed on the stator rings;
a rotor base having a sleeve formed at a center of a base body thereof,
a second axial hole penetrating a center of the sleeve,
a first positioning part formed on a wall of the second axial hole,
a plurality of second concentric circular ribs of different sizes disposed about the second axial hole, the second circular ribs having a common center,
a plurality of second circular grooves defined by each of the second circular ribs respectively; and
a plurality of permanent magnets respectively disposed on an outer wall of each of the second circular ribs;
a cover covering an opening of the cavity of the stator base, the cover being fastened with the stator base, and a third axial hole formed at a center of the cover; and
a shaft passing through the third axial hole of the cover, the second axial hole of the rotor base, and the first axial hole of the stator base, the shaft having a second positioning part connected to and positioned by the first positioning part on the wall of the second axial hole of the rotor base;
wherein the rotor base and the stator base are aligned and connected with each other, the first circular ribs of the stator base and the stator rings being mounted in the second circular grooves of the rotor base respectively, and the second circular ribs of the rotor base and the permanent magnets mounted thereon being received in the first circular grooves of the stator base respectively; the permanent magnets on each of the second circular ribs of the rotor base thereby correspond in position to the coils on the stator rings in each of the first circular grooves of the stator base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,442

THERMAL KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A transmission system selectively coupled to an engine crankshaft of an internal combustion engine arranged on a vehicle, the transmission system comprising:a waste heat recovery (WHR) system that selectively circulates a WHR fluid in the transmission system;
a brake assembly that selectively couples a transmission output shaft to a drive axle, the brake assembly configured to operate in a braking mode that retards relative rotation between the transmission output shaft and the drive axle while generating heat; and
a phase-change thermal heat storage system having a phase-change material disposed therein, wherein the phase-change material is configured to change phase during the braking mode, the WHR system collecting braking heat to be used at a later time in the form of driveline power.

US Pat. No. 10,710,441

VEHICLE PROTECTIVE COVERING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A collapsible protective vehicle covering system, comprising:a collapsible protective vehicle covering assembly including:
a shroud comprising a bottom surface and a top surface, wherein the shroud is configured to removably cover a first and a second collapsible mount assembly;
the first and the second collapsible mount assemblies each comprising
at least one mounting point having a surface configured to rest against a vehicle body,
a collapsible horizontal bar,
a first and a second vertical support,
a first strap and a second strap each extending perpendicular to the horizontal bar and between the first and the second vertical supports;
wherein each of the first and the second collapsible mount assemblies is structured and arranged for placement adjacent a vehicle and further structured and arranged to support said shroud both above and around a vehicle-top and top-sides of said vehicle;
wherein said bottom surface faces toward the vehicle; and
wherein said top surface faces away from the vehicle; and
the first and second collapsible mount assemblies supports the shroud above the vehicle;
wherein the first collapsible mount assembly is disposed on a hood of the vehicle body and the second collapsible mount assembly is disposed on the trunk of the vehicle body when the collapsible protective vehicle covering system is in a mounted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,710,440

GLASS RUN SEAL COMPRISING CORNER MOLDINGS WITH INTEGRATED WINDOW SPACERS

1. A glass run seal, comprising:a glass run seal molding having a substantially c-shaped cross section channel comprising a base, and an inner sidewall and an opposed outer sidewall attached to and extending outwardly away from the base, the glass run seal molding extending along a length and comprising:
a top portion that extends substantially horizontally;
a first side portion and a second side portion disposed opposite the first side portion that extend downwardly away from the top portion;
a first corner portion attached to the top portion and to the first side portion, the first corner portion comprising a first rib attached to and protruding outwardly away from the base, the first rib extending horizontally; and
a second corner portion attached to the top portion and to the second side portion, the second corner portion comprising a second rib attached to and protruding outwardly away from the base, the second rib extending horizontally; wherein
the first side portion, first corner portion, top portion, second corner portion and second side portion are configured to sealingly receive a selectively movable window having a corresponding first side edge, first corner edge, top edge, second corner edge and second side edge, and the first rib and the second rib are configured to provide hard stop first contact between the top edge of the selectively movable window and the base when the selectively movable window is moved to a closed position, and provide a predetermined gap between the base and the top edge of the selectively movable window along a predetermined length the base in the top portion when the selectively movable window is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,439

GLASS RUN CHANNEL WITH INTEGRAL LEAP SEAL PORTION FOR ENGAGING WINDOW MOLDING

1. A vehicle door assembly comprising:a window frame;
a window molding mounted adjacent the window frame; and
a glass run channel mounted inside the window frame,
wherein a gap is formed between the window frame and the window molding so as to form a passage between an interior of a vehicle door and an occupant compartment of the vehicle, and
wherein the glass run channel includes a leap seal portion which extends from the window frame across the gap to contact the window molding so as to seal the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,710,438

METHOD FOR APPLYING SEALING PROFILES, BY WAY OF AN ADHESIVE-BONDING LAYER, TO VEHICLE BODIES OR THE PARTS THEREOF

TESLA GROHMANN AUTOMATION...

1. A method for applying sealing profiles to a vehicle body or a part of the vehicle body of a vehicle by an adhesive-bonding layer using an application apparatus, comprising the steps of:drawing a sealing profile wound up onto a roll from an unwinding unit of the application apparatus,
passing the sealing profile through a buffer of the application apparatus after the sealing profile is drawn off from the unwinding unit, the buffer compensating for fluctuations between inflow and outflow speeds of the sealing profile,
as the sealing profile passes through the buffer, inspecting the sealing profile and directly detecting defects and discontinuities using an optical inspection system configured for direct detection of the defects and the discontinuities of the sealing profile as the sealing profile passes through the buffer, wherein the defects are portions of the sealing profile that are unsuitable for processing and the discontinuities are profile ends that are joined to one another,
severing a portion of the sealing profile with a defect detected by the optical inspection system from the sealing profile,
rolling the sealing profile onto the vehicle body or the part of the vehicle body along an application line provided for application purposes by an application roller of an application head, the rolled sealing profile adhering to the vehicle body or the part of the vehicle body by the adhesive-bonding layer, wherein the step of severing the portion of the sealing profile with the detected defect is performed before the step of rolling the sealing profile onto the vehicle body or the part of the vehicle body, and
rolling a portion of the sealing profile with a discontinuity detected by the inspection system onto the vehicle body or a part of the vehicle body in a specific manner along the application line such that the discontinuity is located on the vehicle body or the part of the vehicle body at a previously defined position along the application line.

US Pat. No. 10,710,437

ADJUSTABLE FIXTURE FOR A COVER PLATE OF A PICKUP TRUCK

Ningbo Motorman E-commerc...

1. An adjustable fixture for a cover plate of a pickup truck, comprising:a mounting seat, wherein a rear portion of said mounting seat is provided with a fastening block, wherein said fastening block is provided with a mounting hole, wherein the head of said mounting seat is provided with a fixture block, wherein the lower end of said mounting seat is provided with a horizontal sliding slot, and wherein the lengthwise direction of said horizontal sliding slot is parallel to the lengthwise direction of said mounting seat;
a sliding seat, which is engaged in and slidable in said horizontal sliding slot, wherein said sliding seat is provided with a first elongated slot that is vertically arranged with respect to said horizontal sliding slot; and
a sliding block, which is engaged in and slidable in said sliding seat, wherein the sliding direction of said sliding block is vertical to the sliding direction of said sliding seat, wherein a quick-detachable component passes through said first elongated slot and is connected with said sliding block, wherein a tension spring is provided between said sliding block and said sliding seat, wherein said tension spring makes said sliding block have an upward movement tendency, wherein the upper end plane of said sliding block extends rearwards so as to form a connection part, and wherein an end of said connection part bends upwards so as to form a clamping part.

US Pat. No. 10,710,436

MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING A VEHICLE PART THAT CAN BE DISPLACED RELATIVE TO THE VEHICLE STRUCTURE

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A motor vehicle having a vehicle structure anda vehicle part that can be displaced relative to the vehicle structure with the aid of at least one drive cable that is provided with a plastics injection molded section for joining the drive cable to the vehicle part,
characterized by a load reduction device that comprises at least one coupling member which allows a relative movement between the displaceable vehicle part and the drive cable in the case of an acceleration of the vehicle part relative to the vehicle structure and which interacts with a catch device during the relative movement,
the catch device absorbing or discharging at least part of the kinetic energy resulting from the acceleration, and
wherein the catch device comprises deformation elements that are deformed and/or destroyed by the coupling member during the relative movement between the vehicle part and the drive cable.

US Pat. No. 10,710,435

SHADING DEVICE FOR A PANE OR A GLASS ROOF REGION OF A VEHICLE INTERIOR

1. A shading device for a window of a vehicle interior, said shading device comprising:a flexible shading structure mounted for movement between a rest position in which said shading structure is stowed in a receiving region in a compact configuration and a shading position in which said shading structure spans a vehicle window, said shading structure having a front end region, said front end region being a leading portion of said shading structure when moved from the rest position to the shading position;
a dimensionally stable pull-out profile connected to said front end region of said shading structure, said pull-out profile extending along a substantial part of a width of said shading structure, said pull-out profile being positioned in a passage of said receiving region in the rest position of said shading structure; and
elastically resilient damping elements respectively disposed on opposite longitudinally-extending walls of said passage, said damping elements being configured as elastomeric lugs, said elastomeric lugs being disposed to flank said pull-out profile in the rest position of said shading structure and protruding freely toward a center of said passage, said elastomeric lugs being disposed in supportive engagement with said pull-out profile in the rest position of said shading structure to maintain said pull-out profile at a distance from said walls of said passage in the rest position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,434

LAMINATED GLASS

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A laminated glass comprising:a first glass plate;
a second glass plate;
an intermediate film located between the first glass plate and the second glass plate, and configured to be bonded to the first glass plate and the second glass plate; and
at least one high reflection surface between a surface of the first glass plate on an outer side of the laminated glass anda surface of the second glass plate on an outer side of the laminated glass,wherein the surfaces of the first glass plate and the second glass plate are high reflection surfaces,
wherein each of the high reflection surfaces has optical reflectance of 1% or more with respect to an incident angle of a visible light from a light source, and
wherein a portion arranged between adjacent high reflection surfaces of the high reflection surfaces has a wedge angle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,433

AC-SYSTEM WITH VERY HIGH COOLING CAPACITY

Hanon Systems, Daejeon (...

1. A system for climatizing the air of a passenger compartment and for the heat exchange with drive components of a motor vehicle, comprisinga coolant circuit and
a refrigerant circuit with a compressor, a refrigerant-air heat exchanger operated as condenser/gas cooler, at least one expansion element, at least one heat exchanger, operated as evaporator, for conditioning an air-mass flow to be supplied to the passenger compartment, which is implemented as refrigerant-air heat exchanger, as well as at least one heat exchanger, operated as evaporator, which is implemented as a first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger and is disposed within the coolant circuit for the heat transfer from the coolant to the refrigerant,
wherein the refrigerant circuit comprises a heat exchanger, operated as condenser/gas cooler, which is implemented as a second refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger and is disposed within the coolant circuit for the heat transfer from the refrigerant to the coolant, and
wherein that the coolant circuit has a coolant therein and further comprises a first heat exchanger which cools a battery, a second heat exchanger which exchanges heat from an electric drive motor to the coolant, a coolant pump, and a coolant-air heat exchanger for conditioning an air-mass flow to be supplied to the passenger compartment, wherein the first heat exchanger is disposed in the direction of flow of the coolant between the first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger and the coolant pump,
and wherein the second heat exchanger is disposed in the direction of flow of the coolant between the second refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger and the coolant-air heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,710,432

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner mounted to a vehicle having an idle stop controller, the idle stop controller performing an idle stop control that stops an engine when the engine comes into an idle state, the vehicle air conditioner comprising:a compressor that is operated by the engine, the compressor drawing a refrigerant and discharging the refrigerant;
a radiator that dissipates heat of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a pressure reducer that decompresses and expands the refrigerant, which flows to the pressure reducer after dissipating the heat in the radiator;
a cooling heat exchanger that cools an air, which is blown into a vehicle compartment, by using the refrigerant, which flows to the cooling heat exchanger after being decompressed and expanded in the pressure reducer;
a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the cooling heat exchanger;
a controller configured to output a request to the idle stop controller when the engine is operated, the request prohibits the idle stop control until the temperature of the cooling heat exchanger falls to a temperature that enables the cooling heat exchanger to cool the air and a required cooling time elapses; and
an insolation amount detector detecting an insolation amount, wherein
the prohibition request output part extends the required cooling time as the insolation amount increases, and
the controller stops outputting the request to the idle stop controller when a limit time elapses, even before the required cooling time elapses.

US Pat. No. 10,710,431

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A METAL HYDRIDE AIR CONDITIONER AND A METHOD THEREOF

THERMAX LIMITED, Maharas...

1. A control system (500) for a metal hydride air conditioner, said system comprising:a plurality of sensors (504) configured to periodically sense temperature of an exhaust gas at an outlet of each of a plurality of reactors of said hydride air conditioner and generate a current outlet temperature value at each of pre-defined time intervals for each of said reactors;
a memory (506) configured to store a pre-set outlet temperature value for each of said reactors and a pre-set half cycle time value for each of said reactors;
a time counter (508), configured to increase a current time count value at each of the pre-defined time intervals immediately after switching on of said metal hydride air conditioner; and
a controller (502) cooperating with said plurality of sensors (504), said memory (506), and said time counter (508), and configured to:
a read said pre-set outlet temperature value and said pre-set half cycle time value from said memory,
iteratively receive said current outlet temperature value, and said current time count value, and
control at least one actuator (514 or 516) associated with each of said reactors based on said current outlet temperature value, said pre-set outlet temperature value, said pre-set half cycle time value, and said current time count value to alter said current outlet temperature for each of said reactors, as required.

US Pat. No. 10,710,430

COOLING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR COOLING INTERIOR VOLUMES OF CARGO TRAILERS

RSC Industries Inc., Tro...

1. A system for controlling a temperature within an interior volume of a cargo trailer, comprising:a fluid distribution assembly including:
a spray nozzle assembly configured to channel a flow of cryogenic cooling fluid into the interior volume of the cargo trailer; and
a control valve coupled to the spray nozzle assembly for selectively channeling the flow of cryogenic cooling fluid through the spray nozzle assembly; and
a monitoring system operatively coupled to the fluid distribution assembly for controlling the flow of cryogenic cooling fluid into the interior volume, the monitoring system comprising:
a temperature sensor configured to sense an ambient temperature within the interior volume; and
a processor programmed to:
initiate a cooling operation including channeling the flow of cryogenic cooling fluid into the interior volume upon detecting a sensed ambient temperature within the interior volume received from the temperature sensor to be less than a predefined temperature;
determine a flow rate of cryogenic cooling fluid based on a predefined rate of cooling and the sensed ambient temperature within the interior volume, and operate the fluid distribution assembly to channel the flow of cryogenic cooling fluid into the interior volume at the determined flow rate;
monitor the ambient temperature within the interior volume during operation of the fluid distribution assembly and determine an actual rate of cooling as a function of changes in the ambient temperature within the interior volume over a predefined period of time; and
operate the control valve to adjust the flow rate of cryogenic cooling fluid to reduce a difference between the actual rate of cooling and the predefined rate of cooling;
wherein the cargo trailer includes a cargo access door movable between an open position and a closed position, the monitoring system includes a position sensor configured to sense a position of the cargo access door, the processor is programmed to receive a signal from the position sensor indicating the cargo access door is in the closed position and initiate the cooling operation with the cargo access door in the closed position;
wherein the processor is programmed to discontinue the cooling operation upon detecting the cargo access door being moved to the open position; and
wherein the monitoring system includes a plurality of oxygen sensors configured to sense an oxygen level within the interior volume and transmit signals indicating the sensed oxygen level to the processor, the processor is programmed to:
determine a current level of oxygen within the interior volume upon detecting the cargo access door being moved to the open position and provide a notification signal associated with the sensed oxygen level to an operator via a display device upon determining the current level of oxygen is below a predefined level of oxygen.

US Pat. No. 10,710,429

VEHICLE CABIN ODOR DETECTION AND AMELIORATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a chemical sensor;
a spectrograph; and
an environmental control system configured to:
generate a spectrum, with the spectrograph, of chemical components of a volatilome in air inside a cabin of the vehicle;
provide an identifier of the volatilome to an occupant of the vehicle;
receive feedback regarding the provided identifier of the volatilome;
classify the volatilome based on the spectrum, measurements from the chemical sensor, and the feedback regarding the provided identifier of the volatilome; and
apply, based on the classification, a mitigation strategy to affect a composition of the air in the cabin of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,428

ROTARY SHAFT ASSEMBLY WITH NESTED SHAFT

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A rotary shaft assembly for a door, the rotary shaft assembly, together with the door, disposed in a fluid passage through which a fluid flows, the rotary shaft assembly comprising:an outer shaft defining a first passage therein; and
a nested shaft defining a second passage therein, located inside the outer shaft, and rotatably supported within the first passage of the outer shaft, wherein
the outer shaft has an outer opening formed on a circumferential wall of the outer shaft,
the nested shaft has:
a nested opening formed on a circumferential wall of the nested shaft; and
an open end at one longitudinal side of the nested shaft along a longitudinal direction of the nested shaft,
the nested shaft and the outer shaft are configure to be rotatable with respect to each other about a common axis such that a relative rotation angle between the outer shaft and the nested shaft varies between a first angle and a second angle,
when the relative rotation angle is the first angle, (i) the nested opening overlaps with the outer opening and takes the fluid into the second passage from the fluid passage through the outer opening and (ii) the open end discharges the fluid from the second passage, and
when the relative rotation angle is the second angle, the outer opening and the nested opening are offset from each other and block a flow of the fluid from the fluid passage to the second passage.

US Pat. No. 10,710,427

HIGH FLOW RATE DUCTWORK FOR A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

Thor Tech, Inc., Elkhart...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising a supply duct assembly, the supply duct assembly comprising a conditioned air receiving sleeve, a tapered duct connector, and a supply duct, wherein:the conditioned air receiving sleeve is positioned in an infra-ceiling space of the recreational vehicle;
the conditioned air receiving sleeve further comprises a conditioned air opening occupying at least a majority of a top side of the conditioned air receiving sleeve, lateral sleeve walls defining a sleeve height hS, a conditioned air passage occupying a lateral sleeve wall of the conditioned air receiving sleeve, and a return air opening occupying at least a majority of a bottom side of the conditioned air receiving sleeve;
the tapered duct connector comprises a connector inlet coupled to the conditioned air passage on the lateral sleeve wall of the conditioned air receiving sleeve and a connector outlet coupled to the supply duct, to fluidly couple the conditioned air receiving sleeve to the supply duct;
the connector inlet and the connector outlet of the tapered duct connector are directionally offset by approximately 90 degrees;
the tapered duct connector comprises a transitional duct width that decreases from the connector outlet to the connector inlet and a transitional duct height increases from the connector outlet to the connector inlet;
the respective magnitudes of decreasing transitional duct width and increasing transitional duct height are such that the connector inlet comprises a cross-sectional flow area that is at least approximately 20% larger than a cross-sectional flow area of the connector outlet;
the conditioned air receiving sleeve, the tapered duct connector, and the supply duct contain a conditioned air passage that extends from the conditioned air opening of the conditioned air receiving sleeve, through the conditioned air receiving sleeve and the tapered duct connector, and into the supply duct without contacting structural components in the infra-ceiling space of the recreational vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,426

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:in a case main unit of an air conditioning unit,
an air channel provided in an interior of the case main unit,
an aspirator installed on an external surface of the case main unit, wherein
in the case main unit, inside an evaporator installation portion, a heater core installation portion, and an air-mixing damper installation portion are located sequentially from an upstream side of an airflow circulating in the air channel,
an evaporator, a heater core, and an air-mixing damper are installed inside the evaporator installation portion, the heater core installation portion, and the air-mixing damper installation portion, respectively,
in a downstream side of the evaporator, a flow-volume ratio between an airflow that is circulated toward the heater core and an airflow that bypasses the heater core is adjusted by a rotation of the air-mixing damper,
an air-mixing region which mixes the airflow circulated toward the heater core and the airflow bypassed the heater core and which adjusts the mixed airflow to a predetermined temperature is located downstream of the air-mixing damper, on the air channel,
a mode switching damper is provided on the downstream side of the air-mixing region in the air channel,
the case main unit is provided with a boss portion that protrudes direclty from the air-mixing region or an operating region of the mode-switching damper and directly communicates with the air-mixing region or the operating region of the mode-switching damper and that protrudes and opens diagonally outward so as to face an air-circulation direction,
the boss portion is disposed so as to diagonally face the air-circulation direction at an angle ? equal to or less than 60° toward the air-circulation direction, when the air-circulation direction is the direction of 0° in a region where an opening of the boss portion protrudes directly, and
an air introducing unit of the aspirator is installed by being diagonally inserted into the boss portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,425

VEHICLE CABIN AIR CONDITIONING AND BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. A method of cooling a vehicle battery, comprising:directing coolant flow to a proportional control valve;
operating the proportional control valve to direct at least a portion of coolant flow into a chiller;
adjusting a flow rate of the coolant flow into the chiller in response to battery temperature exceeding a predetermined battery threshold temperature; and
wherein
the proportional control valve directs coolant through a bypass path line,
an evaporator temperature is compared with a predetermined threshold evaporator temperature,
the proportional control valve adjusts the flow rate responsive to an actual evaporator temperature in an air conditioning loop of the vehicle being greater than the predetermined threshold evaporator temperature to increase cooling to a vehicle cabin, and
the proportional control valve adjusts the flow rate responsive to an actual evaporator temperature in an air conditioning loop of the vehicle being less than the predetermined threshold evaporator temperature to direct coolant flow into the chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,710,424

HVAC UNIT PLACEMENT CONFIGURATION FOR A VEHICLE

BYTON LIMITED, Hong Kong...

1. A vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a front compartment at a front end of the vehicle;
a cabin compartment to house a user;
a dashboard situated within the cabin compartment, the dashboard includes an instrumentation display for the user;
a vehicle body containing a dashwall separating the front compartment from the cabin compartment; and
a heat ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) unit situated in the front compartment separated from the cabin compartment by the dashwall, wherein the HVAC unit provides heat, ventilation, and air conditioning to the user in the cabin compartment, wherein the HVAC is separated from the dashboard by the dashwall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,423

JOINING A SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY TO A COMPOSITE TRAILER STRUCTURE

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo vehicle comprising:a composite floor assembly configured to support cargo;
at least one wheel assembly configured to transport the cargo on the composite floor assembly;
a suspension assembly associated with the at least one wheel assembly, wherein the suspension assembly comprises a left air bag and a right air bag; and
an intermediate adapter assembly permanently coupled to the composite floor assembly and removably coupled to the suspension assembly, wherein the adapter assembly comprises a left front frame member that rests upon the left air bag of the suspension assembly and a right front frame member that rests upon the right air bag of the suspension assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,710,422

AMPHIBIOUS PUMPING VEHICLE

Nuhn Industries Ltd., Se...

1. An amphibious pumping vehicle comprising:a floatable vehicle body;
ground engaging propulsion structure;
a fluid pump for pumping liquid manure;
a plurality of fluid nozzles comprising a first fluid nozzle and at least one second fluid nozzle connected by a fluid conduit to the fluid pump;
a power source configured to provide power to both the ground engaging propulsion structure and the fluid pump; and,
remote control structure configured to control the ground engaging propulsion structure and a flow of fluid from the plurality of fluid nozzles such that the vehicle is remotely controllable by an operator remote from the vehicle when the vehicle is ground engaging and when the vehicle is floating.

US Pat. No. 10,710,421

TOWED IMPLEMENT WITH HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE HITCH

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A towed implement for use with a work machine, comprising:a main frame including a pivot hole and at least one hitch mounting hole;
a hitch frame coupled with the main frame, the hitch frame including a towed end and being pivotable relative to the main frame about a pivot axis at the pivot hole, the hitch frame further including a chamber having an interior periphery with a plurality of notches spaced about the interior periphery; and
a height adjustment arrangement associated with each of the main frame and the hitch frame for adjusting a height of the hitch frame, the height adjustment arrangement including a stop key positioned within the chamber of the hitch frame, the stop key having a hole arranged for receiving a fastener associated with the at least one hitch mounting hole, a cam surface, and at least one tooth extending from the cam surface, each the tooth being received in a corresponding one of the plurality of notches of the interior periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,710,420

JACKKNIFE PREVENTION DEVICE

1. A jackknife prevention device installed adjacent a trailer hitch of a vehicle comprising:a base plate mounted at the trailer hitch of the vehicle adjacent to a ball mount of the trailer hitch;
a first arm pivotally associated with the base plate at a proximal end of the first arm, the first arm including a bumper portion extending perpendicular to the first arm at a distal end of the first arm beyond an edge of the base plate, the first arm pivotable between a first position and second position;
a second arm pivotally associated with the base plate at a proximal end of the second arm, the second arm including a bumper portion extending perpendicular to the second arm at a distal end of the second arm beyond the edge of the base plate, the second arm extending in a direction that is divergent from a direction of the first arm, the second arm pivotable between a first position and a second position;
wherein in the first position the first arm and second arm are releasably engaged with the base plate to maintain the first arm and second arm such that the first arm and second arm are parallel to a back bumper of the vehicle; and
wherein in the second position the first arm and second arm are releasably engaged with the base plate such that the first arm and second arm are retained at an angle between parallel and perpendicular to the back bumper of the vehicle, and wherein the bumper portion extending perpendicular to the first arm and the bumper portion extending perpendicular to the second arm contact sides of a trailer tongue mounted on the trailer hitch of the vehicle when the vehicle is turned in relation to the trailer tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,710,419

SENSING ASSEMBLY FOR DETECTION OF TEMPERATURE OF TIRE

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

1. A sensing assembly, for detecting a temperature of a tire of a vehicle, the sensing assembly comprising:a fender comprising an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface of the fender defining one or more cavities; and
at least one contactless temperature sensor seated within each of the one or more cavities, the at least one contactless temperature sensor configured to detect the temperature of the tire of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,418

METHOD FOR WIRELESS OPTIMIZATION OF WHEEL MONITORING IN A VEHICLE, A WHEEL MONITORING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND ELECTRONIC WHEEL UNIT AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR A WHEEL MONITORING SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for a radio-oriented optimization of wheel monitoring in a vehicle equipped with vehicle wheels, wherein the monitoring of at least one of the vehicle wheels is prompted by an electronic wheel unit arranged on a relevant vehicle wheel capturing at least one wheel operating parameter of the vehicle wheel, and radio signals containing information about the at least one captured wheel operating parameter being transmitted for a respective wheel rotational position of the vehicle wheel, stipulated by the electronic wheel unit, wherein the radio signals are received and evaluated by a control device of the vehicle,wherein the radio-oriented optimization of the wheel monitoring is prompted during operation of the vehicle by the electronic wheel unit being used to transmit multiple radio signals for different wheel rotational positions of the vehicle wheel, wherein the multiple radio signals are received by the control device and rated in respect of their respective radio signal strength, wherein the control device is used to transmit an optimization radio signal to the electronic wheel unit, wherein the optimization radio signal comprises optimization information formed on the basis of rating of the multiple radio signals, and wherein the electronic wheel unit is used to receive the optimization radio signal, and the optimization information contained therein is taken into consideration for the stipulation of the wheel rotational position of the vehicle wheel for radio signals that are subsequently to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 10,710,417

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING THE PRESSURE OF A TIRE WHEEL

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A control circuit for controlling a pressure of a tire wheel comprising a rim, an inner tube that encloses a first volume, a tire fixed to the rim that encloses the inner tube and a second volume external to the inner tube, the control circuit comprising:a controlled pressure line, connectable to a compressor;
a first line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the first volume for introducing air inside the first volume;
a second line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the second volume for introducing air inside the second volume;
a first spool valve, which is a three way-two positions valve, having a first position in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the first line, and a second position, in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the second line, wherein the first spool valve is configured to switch from the first position to the second position if a pressure in the first volume exceeds a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,416

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:a tread having a pair of crown main grooves formed respectively on both sides of a tire equator such that the crown main grooves are extending continuously in a tire circumferential direction, a pair of shoulder main grooves formed on tire axially outer sides of the crown main grooves such that the shoulder main grooves are extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction, a crown land section formed between the crown main grooves such that the pair of crown main grooves is sandwiching the crown land section, a pair of middle land sections formed between the crown main grooves and the shoulder main grooves such that each of the middle land sections is sandwiched between a respective one of the crown main grooves and a respective one of the shoulder main grooves, and a pair of shoulder land sections formed on tire axially outer sides of the shoulder main grooves,
wherein each of the middle land sections comprises a plurality of middle blocks and a plurality of middle inclined lateral grooves such that the middle inclined lateral grooves are inclining relative to a tire axial direction and connecting the respective one of the crown main grooves and the respective one of the shoulder main grooves, each of the shoulder land sections comprises a plurality of shoulder blocks and a plurality of shoulder inclined lateral grooves such that the shoulder inclined lateral grooves are inclining relative to the tire axial direction and connecting a respective one of the shoulder main grooves and a respective one of tread edges of the tread, each of the middle inclined lateral grooves is positioned adjacent to a respective one of the shoulder blocks such that each of the middle inclined lateral grooves and the respective one of the shoulder blocks are sandwiching the shoulder main groove and overlapping in the tire circumferential direction and have a ratio Lov/Lmg in a range of from 0.7 to 1.0, where Lov represents a tire circumferential overlapping length Lov, and Lmg represents a tire circumferential length Lmg of the middle inclined lateral grooves, the plurality of middle inclined lateral grooves includes a plurality of first middle inclined lateral grooves and a plurality of second middle inclined lateral grooves formed alternately in the tire circumferential direction, each of the first middle inclined lateral grooves has a first groove communicating with the respective one of the crown main grooves and a second groove communicating with the respective one of the shoulder main grooves and having a groove width which is smaller than a groove width of the first groove, each of the second middle inclined lateral grooves has a third groove communicating with the respective one of the shoulder main grooves and a fourth groove communicating with the respective one of the crown main grooves and having a groove width which is smaller than a groove width of the third groove, the plurality of first middle inclined lateral grooves and the plurality of second middle inclined lateral grooves are formed alternately in the tire circumferential direction such that the first and second middle inclined lateral grooves are formed in pairs, that the middle inclined lateral grooves have first step groove borders and first straight groove borders formed in the first middle inclined lateral grooves and second step groove borders and second straight groove borders formed in the second middle inclined lateral grooves, and that the second step groove borders face the first step groove borders in the pairs, and each of the middle land sections comprises a plurality of first middle slots and a plurality of second middle slots formed alternately such that each of the first middle slots is connected to a respective one of the shoulder main grooves and formed adjacent to the second groove of an adjacent one of the first middle inclined lateral grooves and that each of the second middle slots is connected to a respective one of the crown main grooves and formed adjacent to the fourth groove of an adjacent one of the second middle inclined lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,710,415

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated mounting direction to a vehicle, the tread portion comprising an outboard tread edge to be located on an outboard side of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle, and an inboard tread edge to be located on an outboard side of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
the tread portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending outboard shoulder main groove on the side of the outboard tread edge, a circumferentially and continuously extending outboard crown main groove disposed between the outboard shoulder main groove and a tire equator, and an outboard middle land portion disposed between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard crown main groove; and
the outboard middle land portion being provided with a plurality of first outboard middle lug grooves extending from the outboard crown main groove and terminating within the outboard middle land portion, and a plurality of second outboard middle lug grooves extending from the outboard shoulder main groove and terminating within the outboard middle land portion, wherein the second outboard middle lug grooves are larger in length than the first outboard middle lug grooves in a tire axial direction,
wherein the first outboard middle lug grooves and the second outboard middle lug grooves are inclined in the same direction with one another with respect to a tire axial direction; and the outboard middle land portion is provided with a third outboard middle sipe extending from one of the first outboard middle lug grooves to the outboard shoulder main groove.

US Pat. No. 10,710,414

TIRE COMPRISING AN IMPROVED TREAD

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire adapted to be mounted on a mounting rim of a wheel of a vehicle and having a predetermined direction of mounting on the vehicle, comprising a tread that extends between an outer axial edge and an inner axial edge, the inner axial edge being the edge intended to be mounted on the body side of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle in said predetermined direction of mounting;wherein the tread comprises a plurality of central ribs and two side ribs, the side ribs being positioned on either side of said plurality of central ribs, the ribs being separated by circumferential grooves each comprising two side walls;
wherein each central rib is delimited axially by an outer border and by an inner border, each border being formed by a side wall of a circumferential groove, the inner border being axially closer to the inner axial edge of the tread than the outer border, the axial distance, over the tread surface in the new state, between the outer border and the inner border defining the axial width (LC) of the central rib;
wherein the side ribs are made entirely from a first rubber composition, this first rubber composition comprising at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler, optionally including a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage of greater than or equal to 0% and less than or equal to 50% of the weight of all of the reinforcing filler;
wherein at least an axially outermost one of the central ribs comprises a portion made from at least one second rubber composition, this at least one second rubber composition comprising at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler comprising a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage of greater than or equal to 50% and less than or equal to 100% of the weight of all of the reinforcing filler, said portion extending from the outer border of at least the axially outermost central rib axially in the direction of the inner axial edge of the tread, the axial width of said portion being, over the entire radial depth of at least the axially outermost central rib, greater than or equal to 20% and less than or equal to 50% of the axial width LC of at least the axially outermost central rib; and
wherein said first rubber composition has a tan ?0 value which is greater than the tan ?0 value of said at least one second rubber composition, where tan ?0 denotes the tan ? value measured at a temperature of 0° C. and under a stress of 0.7 mPa.

US Pat. No. 10,710,413

PROTECTIVE CROWN REINFORCEMENT FOR AIRCRAFT TIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. Aircraft tire comprising:a tread adapted to come into contact with a ground;
a protective reinforcement, radially on an inside of the tread;
the protective reinforcement having a cylindrical structure having as its axis of revolution an axis of rotation of the tire, extending axially from a first axial end as far as a second axial end over an axial width L and extending radially from a radially interior first face as far as a radially exterior second face over a mean radial thickness T;
the protective reinforcement comprising reinforcers coated in an elastomer compound, having a diameter D and having a path in a circumferential direction of the tire;
the protective reinforcement being radially on an outside of a working reinforcement;
the working reinforcement comprising at least two radially superposed working layers made up of reinforcers having a zigzag path in the circumferential direction of the tire,
wherein the protective reinforcement has a mean radial thickness T at least equal to two times a diameter D of a said reinforcer, wherein the protective reinforcement comprises respectively on its radially interior face and on its radially exterior face parts made of elastomeric compound having an axial width W at least equal to the diameter D of a said reinforcer, wherein the path in the circumferential direction of the tire of any said reinforcer of the protective reinforcement, in the circumferential direction of the tire, varies radially between the radially interior first face and the radially exterior second face, in such a way that paths of the reinforcers of the protective reinforcement constitutes a three-dimensional lattice and
wherein the protective reinforcement comprises a first family of reinforcers each having a path, in the circumferential direction of the tire, that is contained in a circumferential plane and a second family of reinforcers each having a path, in the circumferential direction of the tire, that follows a zigzag curve,
wherein the radially interior face of the protective reinforcement is a portion of an innermost surface of an innermost layer of the reinforcers and the radially exterior face of the protective reinforcement is a portion of an outermost surface of outermost layer of the reinforcers.

US Pat. No. 10,710,412

WHEEL

1. A wheel comprising:a hub including a central opening, a radially inner wall disposed at a distance from said central opening and a radially outer wall disposed at a distance from said radially inner wall, said hub having a space defined between said radially inner wall and said radially outer wall;
a ring engaged to said hub and enclosing the space, said ring including a plurality of flanges disposed in said space between said radially inner wall and said radially outer wall, each of said flanges separated from another of said flanges by a gap; and
an exterior cover surrounding at least part of said hub and said ring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,411

TENSION-BASED NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

7. A non-pneumatic tire comprising:an inner ring having an axis of rotation;
a deformable outer ring;
a web extending between the inner ring and the deformable outer ring, wherein the web defines a plurality of openings; and
a pair of sidewalls disposed at opposite ends of the non-pneumatic tire, the sidewalls defining an exterior surface of the non-pneumatic tire and covering the web to close the openings at a respective end of the non-pneumatic tire, each of the sidewalls extending radially from the inner ring to the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,406

ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE AXLE INCLUDING A DIFFERENTIAL

1. An assembly designed to be mounted at an end portion of an axle of a vehicle, the axle comprising a differential carrier housing which contains a differential, two drive shafts and two wheel hubs, wherein each drive shaft has one end connected to the differential and a second end configured to be connected to at least one wheel of the vehicle via a wheel hub, the assembly comprising:a cover configured to be mounted at the end portion of the axle;
a stop fastened to the cover so as to face one end face of one drive shaft of the two drive shafts in a mounted position, the stop configured to be elastically compressible in the axial direction between:
the cover and an end of the drive shaft; or
between the cover and an intermediate piece in the axle, the intermediate piece connected to an end of the drive shaft and axially located between said one end face of the one drive shaft and said stop;wherein the stop comprises:a first part having a first cross-section S1, the first part being configured to absorb in compression axial movements of the one drive shaft; and
a second part having a second cross-section S2 smaller than the first cross-section S1, the second part configured to provide a substantially point contact with the one end face of the one drive shaft or the intermediate piece.

US Pat. No. 10,710,405

TELESCOPING AXLE INSERT WITH CONTOURED INNER END FOR AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A telescoping axle arrangement for an agricultural applicator having a frame supported above a ground surface by a ground engaging wheel operatively connected to the frame by the telescoping axle arrangement, the telescoping axle arrangement having:first and second slidingly engaging axle elements adapted for operative connection between the frame and the wheel, for sliding extension and retraction along a longitudinal axis of the axle;
the first axle element having a tubular portion and the second axle element being configured for sliding engagement within the tubular portion of the first axle element with the second axle element having an inner end thereof adapted for insertion into the first axle element;
the tubular portion of the first axle element defining a generally tubular cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the axle, and also having an obstruction extending into the interior of the tubular cross section and limiting insertion of the inner end of the second axle element into the first axle element along the longitudinal axis of the axle;
the obstruction and inner end of the second axle element being contoured such that the inner end of the second axle element extends at least partly past the obstruction in the first axle element when the second axle element is inserted at a maximum allowed depth into the first axle element.

US Pat. No. 10,710,403

WORK AID FOR A HAIRDRESSER

Efalock Professional Tool...

1. A work aid for a hairdresser, comprising a mobile frame on which a seat surface or at least one storage surface is arranged, wherein the mobile frame comprises at least one castor being arranged rotatably in a fork head, the at least one castor being arranged on an axle that is arranged insertably with a first end portion on a first fork-shaped receptacle on the fork head and with a second end portion on a second fork-shaped receptacle on the fork head, wherein the first fork-shaped receptacle and the second fork-shaped receptacle grip around the axle on the respective first end portion and the second end portion by more than half the circumference of the axle, and wherein the first fork-shaped receptacle and the second fork-shaped receptacle each comprises two receiving projections which are formed resiliently in sections.

US Pat. No. 10,710,402

ROBOTIC WHEEL GRIPPER WITH A TPM SENSOR

International Wheel and T...

1. A robotic wheel gripper unit configured for gripping and transporting a wheel to a predetermined position; comprising:a selectively moveable arm; and
a gripper tool that is connected to a first end of the moveable arm;
wherein the gripper tool further comprises a plurality of gripper fingers carried on platforms and configured for selectively engaging a portion of a wheel; and wherein the gripper tool further comprises at least one sensor mounted to at least one of the platforms and configured to detect a location of a predetermined element on the wheel, wherein the sensor is configured to locate a tire pressure monitor system valve stem on the wheel and further wherein the sensor is operatively connected to a controller that records the position of the tire pressure monitor system valve stem with respect to a fixed position such that the gripper tool may position the wheel on an assembly conveyor in a predetermined position to locate the tire pressure monitor system valve stem at a predetermined orientation during an assembly operation with a tire.

US Pat. No. 10,710,401

WHEEL APPARATUS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a wheel for a vehicle, the wheel having a groove disposed on an annular wall adjacent a drop well, the groove extending radially away from the drop well; and
a rigid ring positioned in the groove, the ring to bear stress imparted by a tire coupled to the wheel, the ring defining a first surface to receive a portion of the tire, the ring further defining a curved surface extending from the first surface toward a second surface of the drop well to engage a tire bead of the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,710,399

VEHICLE WHEEL HAVING A CONNECTION BETWEEN A WHEEL RIM AND A WHEEL DISC AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A method for the production of a vehicle wheel, the wheel including a wheel rim and a wheel disc configured to be connected to an inner side of the wheel rim, comprising:guiding a connecting element through a through-hole formed in a tire seat area of the wheel rim into a corresponding opening formed in the wheel disc,
connecting the wheel disc to the wheel rim with the connecting element, and
finishing, after said connecting, a portion of the connecting element that projects beyond a contour of the tire seat on an outer side of the rim such that a contour of the connecting element is adapted to match the contour of the tire seat on the outer side of the rim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,398

BICYCLE WHEEL HUB, A BICYCLE WHEEL, A BICYCLE, A METHOD OF MAKING A BICYCLE WHEEL AND A METHOD OF MAKING A BICYCLE

XTREME CARBON PTY LTD, C...

1. A method for making a bicycle wheel, the method comprising the steps of:selecting a plurality of values for a plurality of parameters for the bicycle wheel;
selecting another plurality of values for another plurality of parameters for the bicycle wheel using a pre-stressed cable strand model of the bicycle wheel; and
assembling a plurality of bicycle wheel components in accordance with the plurality of values for the plurality of parameters and the other plurality of values for the other plurality of parameters
wherein the bicycle wheel comprises:
a bicycle wheel hub, a rim, a first plurality of spokes attached the bicycle wheel hub and the rim and a second plurality of spokes attached to the bicycle wheel hub and the rim, wherein, the first plurality of spokes and the second plurality of spokes are on opposite sides of the bicycle wheel hub, and an angle between the first plurality of spokes and the second plurality of spokes is no more than 7 degrees;
wherein a radial force component of each of the first plurality of spokes and the second plurality of spokes acting on the hub is greater than 5 times that of a lateral force component of each of the first plurality of spokes and the second plurality of spokes acting on the hub shell.

US Pat. No. 10,710,397

LINE DRAWING TOOL

TJM DESIGN CORPORATION, ...

1. A line drawing tool comprising:a body;
a reel that is rotatably provided in the body and that includes flanges on two ends of a thread winding shaft;
a thread that is wound around the thread winding shaft and that is drawn out to outside of the body with powder that is enclosed in the body being adhered to the thread; and
a clearance that is formed between the flanges of the reel and the body, the clearance being provided to allow the powder that accumulates between the body and the flanges to escape, wherein
a width of the clearance in an axial direction between the body and each flange increases from an axial center of the thread winding shaft towards an outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,710,396

POCKET SHEET PROTECTOR AND BOOKLET THEREOF

LIHIT LAB., INC., Osaka-...

1. A pocket sheet protector comprising:a main body portion formed by overlapping a rectangular first sheet and a rectangular second sheet, and having a top side, a first side, a second side, and a bottom side;
a first welding line formed to extend in parallel with the second side in a vicinity of the second side, and configured to divide the main body portion into an accommodating section on the first side, and a binding margin on the second side by welding the first sheet and the second sheet;
a second welding line configured to seal the bottom side;
a first notched portion in which a corner where the first side and the bottom side intersect is cut out;
a second notched portion in which a corner where the second side and the bottom side intersect is cut out; and
hinge lines formed respectively in the vicinity of the first side, in the vicinity of the first welding line, and in the vicinity of the second welding line of the main body portion;
wherein the second notched portion extends closer to the accommodating section than the first welding line, and cuts out a lower end of the first welding line and an end of the second welding line;
said hinge lines are formed by linear slits in the first sheet and the second sheet;
one of said hinge lines extends parallel to the bottom side along the bottom side from an upper end of the second notched portion; and
said hinge lines facilitate the deformation of the first sheet and the second sheet when an accommodated object is inserted into the accommodating section, and facilitate the insertion of the accommodated object.

US Pat. No. 10,710,395

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ITEM AUTHENTICATION AND CUSTOMIZATION

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERV...

1. A method of making an authenticatable label, comprising:providing a substrate with a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
applying a printing to the first side of a substrate;
applying a taggant to the second side of the substrate, wherein the taggant emits luminescence in response to illumination by an excitation signal, wherein the printing applied to the first side of the substrate in a first region is of a transmissivity that is different than the transmissivity of the printing applied to a second region of the first side of the substrate with respect to the luminescence emitted by the taggant on the second side of the substrate, such that the luminescence in response to the excitation signal passing through the printing in the first and second regions on the first side of the substrate corresponds to a first pre-determined computer readable image;
applying an adhesive to the second side of the substrate, wherein following application of the adhesive to the second side of the substrate at least a portion of the taggant migrates into the adhesive; and
attaching the substrate to a backing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,394

SECURE ITEM COMPRISING A REVEALING SCREEN AND A COMBINED IMAGE

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS, ...

1. A secure item comprising a revealing raster and a combined image,the combined image being composed of a plurality of interlaced images,
each interlaced image and the revealing raster being composed of a plurality of elements,
the revealing raster making it possible, when it is superposed with the combined image, to observe different revealed images by displacing the revealing raster with respect to the combined image and/or by changing an angle of observation a, the revealed images each comprising a certain proportion of each interlaced image, and
the elements being composed of one or more micropatterns,
the micropatterns belonging to different interlaced images being different through their colors, hues, opacities, saturations or luminescences or brightnesses.

US Pat. No. 10,710,393

MANUFACTURING OF A SECURITY DOCUMENT

AGFA NV, Mortsel (BE)

1. A variable repeat pattern generated from a raster image by a raster image processor, the variable repeat pattern comprising:a plurality of image objects each including a plurality of segments; wherein
at least one of the plurality of segments is translated according to a gray value or an averaged gray value determined from pixels at a position area in the variable repeat pattern relative to the raster image;
the plurality of image objects are arranged in a lattice pattern;
the lattice pattern is selected from the group consisting of a rectangular lattice, a parallelogrammic lattice, an equilateral triangular lattice, a rhombic lattice, a square lattice, and a hexagonal lattice;
the variable repeat pattern is rendered from a document including the raster image by the raster image processor in a prepress workflow system; and
the pattern is for printing on an offset press, a toner-based printer, or an inkjet printer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,392

DIFFRACTIVE SECURITY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A diffractive security device comprising at least a first diffractive structure defined in a carrier layer,the first diffractive structure being an on-axis diffractive zone plate structure of a continuously curved surface configured such that when the device is illuminated by on-axis light a first diffraction pattern generated by the first diffractive structure can be viewed from at least a first side of the device at substantially all viewing angles, the first diffraction pattern exhibiting a reference point or reference line relative to which other features of the first diffraction pattern appear to move when the viewing angle is changed;
wherein the device has an array of first regions in the form of indicia, a respective portion of the first diffractive structure being present within each of the indicia to exhibit a respective portion of the first diffractive pattern, the first regions being spatially separated from one another by one or more non-diffractive regions of the device; and
upon changing the viewing angle in a continuous sense, features of the first diffraction pattern appear to move from one first region to the next so as to highlight and/or reveal different indicia of the array.

US Pat. No. 10,710,391

METHOD FOR DETECTING THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A PHYSICAL CREDENTIAL IN 3D SPACE FOR ID AUTHENTICITY

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving a first image of a credential in a first orientation;
receiving a second image of the credential in a second orientation;
determining a type of the credential based on at least one of the first image and the second image;
determining a secure feature of the credential based on the determined type of the credential;
determining an optical characteristic of the secure feature based on light reflected from the secure feature in both the first image and the second image;
determining an expected optical characteristic of the secure feature based on known properties of the secure feature, the first orientation, and the second orientation; and
determining the credential is authentic when the determined optical characteristic of the secure feature matches the expected optical characteristic of the secure feature, otherwise determining the credential is inauthentic,wherein determining the optical characteristic of the secure feature comprises determining a movement of a glare of the light reflected from the secure feature.

US Pat. No. 10,710,390

MAGNETICALLY BOUND MEDIUM WITH REATTACHABLE PAGES

1. A magnetic notebook, comprising:a cover including a cylindrical channel along a spine of the cover;
a magnetic tube assembly housed within the cylindrical channel, including:
a tubular enclosure;
a diametrically magnetized cylinder housed within the tubular enclosure, the diametrically magnetized cylinder including a plurality of spacers in-between a plurality of diametrically magnetized cylindrical magnets;
a tubular spine clamp, with an elongated opening along a length of the tubular spine clamp, configured to snuggly receive the tubular enclosure within the elongated opening and engage with the cylindrical channel of the cover; and
a hinge mount including a cavity for receiving the tubular enclosure; and
a plurality of reattachable sheets of paper, each of the plurality of reattachable sheets of paper including a metallic strip configured to magnetically register with a surface of the magnetic tube assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,710,389

CAN IMPRINTING DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A can imprinting device configured to dispose ink on a plurality of can bodies, the can imprinting device comprising:a blanket wheel comprising:
a plurality of blanket segments; and
a plurality of blankets, each blanket affixed to one of the plurality of blanket segments and each blanket having a printing surface configured to contact one can body of the plurality of can bodies, at least two of the printing surfaces including:
a first part having a first outer surface, the first outer surface defining a first raised portion and a first recessed portion, the first raised portion configured to form a positive image on a can body of the plurality of can bodies, the first raised portion of one of the at least two blankets being different in form from the first raised portion of another of the at least two blankets; and
a second part having a second outer surface, the second outer surface defining a second raised portion and a second recessed portion, the second recessed portion configured to form a negative image on the can body, the negative image being inverse to the positive image,
wherein each of the plurality of blankets is configured such that a total length of the first outer surface and the second outer surface of each blanket is greater than a circumferential length of the can body such that the second recessed portion defined by the second outer surface overlaps the first raised portion defined by the first outer surface;
a first ink station, the first ink station comprising a first printing plate configured to contact the first part of each blanket; and
a second ink station, the second ink station comprising a second printing plate configured to contact the second part of each blanket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,387

PRINTER INCLUDING A CONTAINER FOR A ROLL BODY IN WHICH A BELT-SHAPED PRINT MEDIUM IS WOUND

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a frame including a first opening formed in a surface thereof,
a container configured to receive a roll body in which a belt-shaped print medium is wound,
a cover configured to open and close an opening of the container, and
a body case provided outside the frame the body case including a first protrusion protruding from a surface of the body case toward the first opening in the frame, and
wherein the frame forms a portion of the container,
wherein the first opening and the first protrusion are provided within an interior of the body case, and
wherein a contour of an end surface of the first protrusion matches a contour along the surface of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,710,386

REMOVABLE PRINTHEAD

1. A printhead mounting assembly, comprising:a printhead having a longitudinal axis, a top face and a bottom face;
one or more support posts mechanically coupled to the top face of the printhead at a predetermined distance along the longitudinal axis;
a support bracket having a longitudinal axis, a top face and a bottom face;
wherein the bracket includes one or more openings located at a distance matching the predetermined distance between the support posts, and is configured to support the printhead in a mounted position when the support posts are inserted through the openings from the bottom face of the bracket; and
one or more retention clips configured to engage with the one or more support posts to affix the printhead to the support bracket coupled to a printer when the printhead is in the mounted position, and to disengage to release the printhead from the support bracket;
wherein at least one of the one or more retention clips include a locking assembly configured to secure the at least one of the one or more retention clips being engaged with the one or more support posts, further the securing of the at least one of the one or more retention clips is performed by placing a top part of the at least one of the retention clips over the support posts.

US Pat. No. 10,710,384

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a first conveyor configured to nip and convey a sheet along a conveying direction;
a platen disposed downstream of the first conveyor with respect to the conveying direction;
a recording head disposed opposite to the platen and including nozzles that eject ink droplets;
a plurality of second conveyors disposed downstream of the platen with respect to the conveying direction and space apart from each other with respect to a width direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, and wherein the plurality of second conveyors is configured to nip and convey the sheet along the conveying direction;
a support member disposed downstream of the platen with respect to the conveying direction and comprises a plurality of first ribs that support the sheet conveyed by the plurality of the second conveyors, wherein the plurality of first ribs are spaced apart from each other with respect to the width direction: and
a first contact member comprising a first contact portion extending toward the support member and that contacts the sheet at a position downstream of nip points of the plurality of second conveyor, wherein the first contact portion is disposed between two of the first ribs with respect to the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,383

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a roller pair configured to nip a sheet therebetween and transport the sheet in a transport direction;
a support member provided downstream of a nip point of the roller pair in the transport direction and having ribs configured to support a lower surface of the sheet, the ribs being arranged in a width direction orthogonal to the transport direction and spaced apart from each other in the width direction, each of the ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and
abutment portions provided downstream of the nip point in the transport direction and positioned between the ribs in the width direction, the abutment portions being elastically urged to press an upper surface of the sheet,
wherein the support member has a center point in the width direction,
wherein the abutment portions include a first abutment portion and a second abutment portion which is positioned further from the center point of the support member than the first abutment portion in the width direction, and
wherein an urging force urging the first abutment portion is greater than an urging force urging the second abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,382

PRINTING APPARATUS

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeder that feeds a medium in a feeding direction;
a head that at least includes a nozzle row in which a plurality of nozzles are located side by side in the feeding direction and that is movable in a scanning direction;
an irradiator that radiates light onto a region longer in the feeding direction than the nozzle row and that is movable in the scanning direction together with the head; and
a controller that causes, in alternating fashion:
the head to move in the scanning direction and concurrently the nozzles to discharge ink while causing the irradiator to radiate the light; and
the feeder to feed the medium in the feeding direction; wherein
the controller is capable of dividing the nozzle row into an upstream-side nozzle row and a downstream-side nozzle row located on a downstream side in the feeding direction from the upstream-side nozzle row, and individually controlling discharge of ink from the nozzles of each of the upstream-side nozzle row and the downstream-side nozzle row;
the controller is capable of dividing the irradiator into an upstream-side irradiator, an intermediate irradiator adjacent to the upstream-side irradiator on a downstream side in the feeding direction, and a printless region irradiator adjacent to the intermediate irradiator on a downstream side in the feeding direction, and individually controlling lighting and extinguishing of each of the irradiators defined by the division;
the upstream-side irradiator overlaps a range of the upstream-side nozzle row in the feeding direction;
the intermediate irradiator overlaps a range of the downstream-side nozzle row in the feeding direction;
the printless region irradiator is located farther on a downstream side in the feeding direction than the downstream-side nozzle row without overlapping the range of the downstream-side nozzle row in the feeding direction; and
the controller performs, in alternating fashion, an operation and control to cause the feeder to feed the medium in the feeding direction and to cause the head to move in the scanning direction and concurrently cause the nozzles of the upstream-side nozzle row and the downstream-side nozzle row to discharge ink while having the upstream-side irradiator lit, the intermediate irradiator extinguished, and the printless region irradiator lit.

US Pat. No. 10,710,381

INKJET PRINTER

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:an inkjet head for a printing operation by way of discharging an ink drop onto a medium;
a heater for heating up the medium after the printing operation;
a second heater for further heating up the medium after the medium is heated up by the heater;
a frame to which the second heater is fixed; and
a wound roll holder for holding a wound roll that is the medium, being wound like a roll after the printing operation,
wherein
an axial direction of the wound roll is represented as a right-and-left direction, and a direction perpendicular to a vertical direction and the right-and-left direction is represented as a front-and-back direction,
the wound roll is placed at a position lower than the heater, and
the second heater is movable in relation to the frame, between a first position and a second position,
the first position is a position where the second heater is placed at a location of a lower side of the heater and a front side of the wound roll, and
the second position is a position where the second heater is placed at a location of an upper side of the wound roll.

US Pat. No. 10,710,380

CURL RESISTANT WEB HANDLING SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A dryer of a printing system including:a stationary roller to cure ink on a printed side of a web of a print medium;
drying rollers to automatically engage the web to convey the web during a printing operation and to automatically disengage from the web upon stopping of the printing operation;
first set dancer rollers to engage the web and expand the web upon stopping of the printing operation; and
a deflection roller to contact the web between the stationary roller and the first set dancer rollers, wherein the deflection roller is higher in elevation relative to the stationary roller to prevent the stationary roller from contacting the web after the drying rollers have disengaged the web.

US Pat. No. 10,710,379

PRINTER, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTER, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printer comprising:a print head that performs printing on a print medium of a conveyance object having the print medium and a member other than a print medium, the print medium and the member other than the print medium having mutually different colors included in respective regions at least on one side of each of the print medium and the member other than the print medium, or having mutually different levels of color brightness in respective regions at least on one side of each of the print medium and the member other than the print medium;
a detector configured to detect a color or a color brightness of the conveyance object at a detection position; and
a processor,
wherein, when there is a change in the color or the color brightness as a first detection result detected by the detector after conveyance of the conveyance object, as compared with the color or the color brightness as a second detection result detected by the detector before conveyance of the conveyance object, the processor updates a held value indicating a value of the color or the color brightness of the conveyance object after conveyance, and the processor does not update the held value when there is no change, and then, the processor determines, in response to a print instruction and based on a new second detection result detected by the detector before new conveyance, whether there is a change in a detection value obtained by detecting a color or a color brightness of a conveyance object before the new conveyance, as compared with the held value updated according to the first detection result or a previous held value that has not been updated, and the processor regards that there is no remaining amount of the print medium and stops printing when determining that there is no change.

US Pat. No. 10,710,378

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR APPLYING IMAGES OVER A CONTOURED AXIALLY SYMMETRIC OBJECT

LSINC Corporation, Hunts...

1. In conjunction with an ink delivery system capable of drawing ink from a plurality of ink reservoirs and delivering a color image to a plurality of inkjet printing heads to produce a printed image on a media object surface, said ink delivery system controlled by a computer system capable of receiving user control inputs, a direct-to-object printing system capable of printing on the surface of media object having an axially symmetrical, contoured exterior surface, comprising:a. a print job profile including information to graduate ink amounts to compensate for printing an image on said contoured exterior and object geometries representing the exterior dimensions of said media object, said print job profile adapted for providing information to said computer system;
b. a movable carriage assembly supported by said printing system for holding said media object in rotational relation thereof, wherein said movable carriage is adapted to rotate and convey said media object during rotation laterally along its symmetrical axis within said printing system at a constant velocity;
c. at least one movable ink jet assembly holding an ink jet printing head coupled to said ink delivery system for receiving ink from said reservoirs, said assembly capable of tilting said printing head such that the portion of said ink jet printing head expressing ink maintains a substantially normal nozzle spray orientation to the surface contours of said object as said media object moves laterally past said ink jet printing head continuously for printing thereupon, and wherein said ink jet assembly is further adapted to move said ink jet printing head responsive to the slope of said surface contours along and parallel to said symmetrical axis of said media object such that the relative lateral velocity of said ink jet print head along the contoured surface of said media object remains constant relative to said contoured surface and independent of said lateral movement velocity of said media object as it moves past said inkjet print head; and
d. responsive to data held by said print job profile, a motion control system electrically connected to said ink jet assembly for controlling said same.

US Pat. No. 10,710,377

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN IMAGE ON AN ARTICLE

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system for printing images on an object, the system comprising:a housing;
a rod driven by a first motor;
an object rotating subsystem positioned about the rod and arranged for reciprocal movement, the object rotating subsystem comprising:
a spindle; and,
a second motor operatively connected to the spindle, the second motor being configured to rotate the object in a first rotational direction and/or a second rotational direction;
a vacuum source operatively connected to the spindle;
a plurality of printheads configured to eject solid ink drops;
a forced air heater having a heating element and a positive air source;
a temperature sensor, the temperature sensor being configured to generate a signal indicative of a temperature of the surface of the object; and,
an electrical power source;
a first variable switch operatively connected between the electrical power source and the heating element;
a second variable switch operatively connected between the electrical power source and the positive air source;
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of printheads, the first motor, the second motor, the temperature sensor, and the forced air heater, the controller being configured to operate the first motor to move the object rotating subsystem to and from a position opposite the plurality of printheads, to operate the second motor to rotate an object on the spindle at the position opposite the plurality of printheads, to operate the forced air heater to direct heated air onto the surface of the object as the object rotates at the position opposite the plurality of printheads and to operate the first variable switch and the second variable switch using the signal generated by the temperature sensor to regulate the operation of the forced air heater, and to operate the plurality of printheads to eject a first marking material onto the heated surface of the object as the object rotates in the first and/or second rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,376

INKJET POSITION ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING EQUIPMENT

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. An inkjet position adjustment method, adapted to print a color three-dimensional object, the inkjet position adjustment method comprising:obtaining a three-dimensional digital model and performing a slicing processing on the three-dimensional digital model to generate a layer object having a cross-sectional contour;
obtaining a normal direction of an object surface corresponding to the layer object from the three-dimensional digital model;
obtaining a surface tilt degree of the object surface corresponding to the layer object from the three-dimensional digital model and calculating an inner-shift amount corresponding to the layer object according to the surface tilt degree corresponding to the layer object when the normal direction points to a negative direction of a first axis, wherein the first axis is perpendicular to a horizontal plane, and the negative direction of the first axis points below the horizontal plane;
obtaining an inkjet region of the layer object according to the inner-shift amount and the cross-sectional contour; and
controlling an inkjet module to inject ink on the layer object along the cross-sectional contour according to the inkjet region after controlling a print module to print the layer object.

US Pat. No. 10,710,375

REGION-OF-INTEREST BASED PRINT QUALITY OPTIMIZATION

1. A method for print settings control, the method comprising:dividing an image to be printed on print media into one or more regions of interest (ROI);
analyzing the one or more ROIs to determine one or more printing requirements for the one or more ROIs;
based upon the one or more printing requirements, setting individual strobe signals; and
transmitting the set individual strobe signals simultaneouslyto a thermal printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,710,374

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS, PRINTER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CURED PRODUCT

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A discharge head, comprising:an individual liquid chamber comprising a circulation channel in which a curable ink is circulatable; and
a nozzle from which the curable ink is dischargeable,wherein:the circulation channel comprises a fluid resistance part that separates a circulation liquid chamber from a circulation common liquid chamber;
the circulation channel comprises a nozzle channel through which the curable ink circulates in a direction parallel to a flow of the curable ink through the nozzle;
the nozzle channel is adjacent to the circulation liquid chamber through which the curable ink circulates in a direction perpendicular to the flow of the curable ink through the nozzle; and
the nozzle is located at a boundary of the nozzle channel and the circulation liquid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,710,373

SUPPLY APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A supply apparatus, comprising:tanks each having a casing, the casing including a frame and films having rigidity lower than that of the frame, the frame having a front wall, a rear wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, a left wall and a right wall, one of the films being welded to at least a part of the left wall, another of the films being welded to at least a part of the right wall, the casing having a liquid storage chamber at least a part of which is defined by the films and an inlet through which liquid is supplied to the liquid storage chamber;
a binder configured to hold the tanks in a state of being arranged in a left-right direction; and
a positioning part configured to position two tanks at an interval in the left-right direction, the two tanks being included in the tanks and disposed adjacent to each other in the left-right direction,
wherein the positioning part is disposed between the two tanks in the left-right direction and in contact with the frame of each of the two tanks.

US Pat. No. 10,710,372

WIPING NOZZLES OF FLUID EJECTION DIES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A non-transitory machine readable medium storing instruction executable by a processing resource to:direct a printing device to:
eject a droplet in a first direction from an opening in a die nozzle toward a location of an absorbent wipe material; and
wipe the opening concurrently with the droplet being ejected from the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,710,371

INKJET PRINTHEAD CAP HAVING LATCHING SYSTEM

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a carriage assembly having positioning structures; and
a printhead cap within the carriage assembly,
wherein the carriage assembly is shaped to connect to a printhead structure,
wherein the positioning structures engage with corresponding structures of the printhead structure when the carriage assembly is connected to the printhead structure,
wherein the printhead structure comprises nozzles adapted to eject liquid ink,
wherein the printhead cap is positioned within the carriage assembly to cover the nozzles when the carriage assembly is connected to the printhead structure, and
wherein the corresponding structures of the printhead structure comprise slots, and wherein the positioning structures comprise wheels positioned to engage the slots when the carriage assembly is connected to the printhead structure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,369

MOLDED FLUID FLOW STRUCTURE WITH SAW CUT CHANNEL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A micro-device structure comprising:a plurality of micro-devices;
a molded body of molded plastic or epoxy in which the plurality of micro-devices are embedded; and
conductors coupled to the micro-devices, the conductors formed in an insulating layer disposed on the molded body.

US Pat. No. 10,710,368

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection units, each provided with an ejection opening for ejecting ink, are arrayed in a first direction;
a wiping unit configured to wipe the ejection opening surface by moving toward a second direction crossing the first direction, the wiping unit having a plurality of wiping members which are arrayed in the first direction; and
a moving unit configured to move the wiping unit in the second direction,
wherein a longitudinal direction of each of the wiping members is inclined with respect to a downstream edge of the ejection opening surface and is substantially in parallel with an upstream edge of at least one of the ejection units,
wherein the ejection units of the plurality of the ejection units are arrayed to have a first overlapping area where, as viewed in the second direction, edges of adjacent ejection units overlap each other, and
wherein the wiping members of the plurality of wiping members are arrayed to have a second overlapping area where, as viewed in the second direction, edges of adjacent wiping members overlap each other, the second overlapping area including the first overlapping area therein.

US Pat. No. 10,710,367

PRINTHEAD HAVING TWO ADHESIVES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printhead assembly comprising:an oxygen-sensitive component;
a first plate and a second plate;
an effective amount of a first adhesive component on a first surface portion of the first plate and a first surface portion of the second plate for adhesively bonding the first and second plates together; and
an effective amount of a second adhesive component on the first surface portion of the first plate and the first surface portion of the second plate, spaced an offset distance from the first adhesive component for enabling the oxygen-sensitive component to be contained by the first adhesive component,
wherein the second adhesive component possesses an oxygen-migration rate that is less than an oxygen-migration rate for the first adhesive component.

US Pat. No. 10,710,366

JET HOLE PLATE, LIQUID JET HEAD, AND LIQUID JET RECORDING APPARATUS

SII Printek Inc., Chiba ...

1. A jet hole plate for use in a liquid jet head, the jet hole plate comprising:a metal substrate provided with a plurality of jet holes,
wherein the metal substrate comprises a first principal surface, on which outlet edges of the jet holes are provided, and an opposite second principal surface,
wherein the metal substrate comprises smaller crystal grain size regions having an average crystal grain size that is smaller than the crystal grain size of surrounding regions adjacent to the smaller crystal grain size regions, the smaller crystal grain size regions including the outlet edges of the jet holes, and
wherein a size of the smaller crystal grain size regions increases from the second principal surface toward the outlet edges of the jet holes in the first principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,365

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 orifice,
(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 including at least one metal material selected from the group consisting of iridium, ruthenium, and a material containing at least either one of iridium and ruthenium; and
(b) a unit for causing an electrochemical reaction, with the second protection layer as one electrode and an ink-mediated conduction site as another electrode, to elute at least a portion of the second protection layer in the ink for removal of a kogation; 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 pigment, a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment, and a chelating agent, which is at least either one of an alkanolamine having two or more hydroxy groups and a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound having two or more to four or less carboxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,710,364

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:an actuator configured to drive a pressure chamber comprising liquid and communicating with a nozzle in which a meniscus of the liquid is formed; and
a controller configured to apply an acceleration pulse for accelerating vibration of the meniscus to the actuator after applying a discharge pulse for discharging the liquid in the pressure chamber from the nozzle;
wherein the controller applies the acceleration pulse to the actuator after applying a cancellation pulse for suppressing vibration of the meniscus.

US Pat. No. 10,710,363

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH INK EJECTION TIMING CORRECTING FUNCTION

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for printing on a print medium conveyed by a plurality of rollers remaining in contact with the print medium during printing by an inkjet head, comprising:the inkjet head, configured to print an image on the print medium being conveyed to the inkjet head by the plurality of rollers that remain in contact with the print medium during printing by the inkjet head ejecting an ink to the print medium;
an encoder roller configured to rotate in synchronization with the print medium being conveyed;
an encoder configured to output a pulse signal depending on a rotation angle of the encoder roller; and
a controller configured to control an ejection timing of the ink by the inkjet head in a printing operation, based on the pulse signal outputted from the encoder,
wherein the controller is configured to
perform an off-center information obtaining processing of driving the inkjet head to print a test pattern including dots arranged in a conveyance direction of the print medium and calculating an off-center information of the encoder roller based on positions of the dots in the printed test pattern,
wherein off-centering of any of the plurality of rollers during printing of the test pattern changes the positions of the dots in the printed test pattern, and off-centering of the encoder roller during printing of the test pattern changes the positions of the dots in the printed test pattern, and
in the printing operation, correct the ejection timing of the ink by the inkjet head determined based on the pulse signal outputted from the encoder, by i) determining inter-dot distance data representing distances between adjacent dots in the test pattern, ii) determining rotation frequency components of the encoder roller and the plurality of rollers, iii) extracting the rotation frequency component of the encoder roller from the rotation frequency components of the plurality of rollers, and iv) calculating the off-center information from the extracted the rotation frequency component of the encoder roller.

US Pat. No. 10,710,362

DROPLET DEPOSITION HEAD AND METHOD OF PROVIDING ADJUSTMENT DATA THEREFOR

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A method of providing adjustment data for a droplet deposition head comprising a plurality of fluid chambers with respective actuator elements, the method comprising:collecting test data by:
operating the droplet deposition head using a set of test waveforms at a plurality of test frequencies distributed over a test range, the set of test waveforms comprising a basic drive waveform and a number of adjusted drive waveforms, each adjusted drive waveform corresponding to the basic drive waveform with a waveform parameter adjusted by a respective amount, the waveform parameter being a continuous variable; and
recording a recorded volume (volr) and a recorded velocity (velr) of droplets ejected by the droplet deposition head, each recorded value (volr, velr) being represented within the test data; and
determining adjustment values for a plurality of adjustment frequencies distributed over at least a portion of the test range, each adjustment value corresponding to an amount of adjustment for the waveform parameter that, based on the test data, is configured to result in adjusted values for droplet volume (vola) and droplet velocity (vela) substantially equal to corresponding targeted values for droplet volume (volT) and droplet velocity (velT); and
outputting a set of adjustment data representing:
the adjustment values; and
the plurality of adjustment frequencies associated with the adjustment values.

US Pat. No. 10,710,361

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a discharge opening through which a liquid is discharged;
a base that includes a surface in which a heat generating element that generates heat to discharge the liquid through the discharge opening is provided;
a first electrode that covers the heat generating element;
a flow passage through which the liquid flows from a supply port that supplies the liquid, through the surface of the first electrode, and towards a collection port that collects the liquid; and
a second electrode provided inside the flow passage, the second electrode together with the first electrode forming an electric field in the liquid,
wherein the second electrode is provided downstream of the first electrode in a flow direction of the liquid flowing towards the collection port from the supply port.

US Pat. No. 10,710,360

DEVICE THAT IS CONFIGURED TO HANDLE FOIL FOR USE IN A PRINTING PROCESS

Vinnovation Holding B.V.,...

1. A device comprising:a foil input unit carrying at least one foil web having reference marks, the foil input unit arranged upstream of a printing area of a printing press;
rotatable shafts and bars arranged upstream and downstream of the printing area, respectively, for directing at least one foil web in a form of unused foil web to the printing press, and retrieving at least one foil web in a form of used foil web from the printing press;
wherein at least one of the bars arranged upstream of the printing area comprises a direct foil supply bar;
a controlling arrangement controlling operation of the device;
a motor driving the direct foil supply bar and in communication with the controlling arrangement; and
a web tension feedback unit that detects at least one characteristic related to foil web tension during operation of the device, wherein the web tension feedback unit is in communication with the controlling arrangement;
wherein the controlling arrangement receives and processes information from the web tension feedback unit about the detected characteristic and compares the information to a reference;
wherein the web tension feedback unit comprises a visual inspection unit visually inspecting at least a portion of the reference marks on at least one foil web; and
wherein the controlling arrangement temporarily adjusts motion of the direct foil supply bar in case the information, that includes longitudinal positions of the visually inspected reference marks, appears to deviate from the reference, that represents reference longitudinal positions, which results in adjusting positioning of the foil web in a longitudinal direction during a time that the foil web is allowed to run free in the printing area of the printing press.

US Pat. No. 10,710,359

SCREEN PRINTING DEVICE AND SCREEN PRINTING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A screen printing method, comprising:adopting a printing head to rub against a screen plate to print ink onto a substrate for silk screen printing, wherein the screen plate includes a conductive mesh; and
applying voltage to the conductive mesh in the screen printing process; and
further comprising: applying positive voltage or negative voltage to the conductive mesh in a process of placing the substrate on a bearing table and/or in a process of separating the substrate from the bearing table,
wherein voltages with different polarities are respectively applied to the conductive mesh at different moments.

US Pat. No. 10,710,358

PHOTOMASK PELLICLE GLUE RESIDUE REMOVAL

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for cleaning glue residue from a photomask, the apparatus comprising:a chamber body defining a first volume therein;
a pedestal disposed within the first volume and capable of supporting the photomask; and
an ablation apparatus within the first volume, the ablation apparatus comprising:
a sidewall surrounding a second volume;
a laser source configured to emit a laser beam through the second volume for ablating a glue residue from the photomask, wherein the laser source comprises:
a pulsed laser source configured to generate electromagnetic energy of the laser beam at a wavelength in a range of between about 100 nm and about 400 nm:
a transparent window disposed in a propagation path of the electromagnetic energy; and
a lens disposed within and normal to the propagation path of the electromagnetic energy and between the pulsed laser source and the transparent window, the lens positioned to focus the electromagnetic energy at a focal point, the focal point positioned along a central axis of the second volume and opposite the transparent window.

US Pat. No. 10,710,357

CLAMPING ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A clamping assembly for a component associated with an engine, the clamping assembly comprising:a first support member;
a second support member pivotally coupled to the first support member via a pivot point, wherein the first and second support members define an internal space therebetween for receiving a portion of the component;
a first insert adapted to contact an inner surface of the first support member and the portion of the component;
a second insert adapted to contact an inner surface of the second support member and the portion of the component;
a recess provided within the second insert, the recess adapted to contact and align with a corresponding projection of the portion of the component,
wherein the second insert includes an inner surface and an outer surface, and
wherein the recess extends at least part way along and intersects the inner surface and the outer surface; and
a handle extending from the first support member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,356

APPARATUS FOR POINT OF SERVICE MANUFACTURE OF CUSTOM CRANIAL REMODELING DEVICES

CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. Apparatus to provide point of service manufacture of a custom cranial remodeling device for correction of cranial deformity of a subject's head, said apparatus comprising:image capture apparatus disposed at a physical location to capture a three-dimensional image of said subject's head and to generate a three-dimensional digital data file of a head;
a three-dimensional digital data file representative of said subject's head generated by said image capture apparatus;
an additive manufacture device located at said physical location;
a processor,
a non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity and computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to automatically calculate contour lines for said custom cranial remodeling device, said device file comprising said contour lines;
a subject device file for said subject's head, said subject device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines;
said subject device file generated by said processor executing said computer executable instructions to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file, said subject device file comprising said shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity for said subject, said subject device file provided to said additive manufacture device; and
said additive manufacture device comprising apparatus to receive and utilize said subject device file to manufacture said custom cranial remodeling device at said physical location, said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines.

US Pat. No. 10,710,355

METHOD OF SLICING PRINTING COLOR 3D OBJECT WITH POSITION ERROR CORRECTION

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A method of slicing printing a color 3D (three-dimensional) object used in a color 3D printing system, the color 3D printing system comprising a powder-paving module, a color jet printing module, and a laser module, the method comprising:a) executing a slicing process on the color 3D object to obtain a plurality of layers of slice objects;
b) analyzing the plurality of layers of the slice objects and generating sintering control data and color control data corresponding to the plurality of layers of the slice objects;
c) controlling the powder-paving module to pave a layer of powder;
d) according to the sintering control data, controlling the laser module to sinter the layer of powder for generating a slice physical model;
e) according to the color control data, controlling the color jet printing module to color the slice physical model being generated to complete printing one layer of the slice object;
f) repeating Step c) to Step e) until printing of the plurality of the slice objects is completed; and
g) retrieving a first pattern as a correction pattern to execute a correction procedure;
wherein the correction procedure comprises:
h1) controlling the color jet printing module to print a printed correction pattern on a printing platform according to the correction pattern;
h2) controlling the laser module to project a projected correction pattern on the printed correction pattern, wherein the projected correction pattern and the printed correction pattern are the same;
h3) executing deformation correction on a galvanometer module on the laser module according to an offset between the printed correction pattern and the projected correction pattern for correcting a printing margin or a printing datum mark of the laser module; and
h4) correcting an error between a printing position of the color jet printing module and a projection position of the laser module according to the offset for correcting a projected margin, or a projected datum mark of the color jet printing module, wherein the printed correction pattern printed by the color jet printing module after correction and the projected correction pattern projected by the laser module after correction overlap completely.

US Pat. No. 10,710,354

DATA DRIVEN FRAMEWORK FOR OPTIMIZING ARTIFICIAL ORGAN PRINTING AND SCAFFOLD SELECTION FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating a personalized scaffold for an individual, the method comprising:acquiring images of an anatomy of interest corresponding to an intended scaffold location;
acquiring test results related to the anatomy of interest;
generating one or more functional specifications based on the images and test results;
selecting one or more scaffold parameters based on the one or more functional specifications;
generating one or more printer parameters using a mapping between the one or more functional specifications and printer parameters corresponding to a three-dimensional printer;
using the three-dimensional printer to generate a final scaffold using the one or more scaffold parameters and the one or more printer parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,710,353

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LASER PREHEATING IN CONNECTION WITH FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A method for additive manufacturing, the method comprising:heating, via a first laser, a first target area on a part under construction via a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine;
heating, via a second laser having a wavelength different than the first laser, the first target area at the same time the first target area is heated by the first laser;
extruding, from a first nozzle of the FDM machine, a first polymer onto the first target area;
controlling, via an electronic control unit, an applied power of the first laser, an applied power of the second laser, and an extrusion rate of the first nozzle to achieve a desired characteristic in the part under construction;
monitoring, via a temperature sensing apparatus and along an optical path coaxial with the first laser, thermal information for the part under construction, wherein the thermal information consists of the local temperature of the first target area as it is being heated; and
recording, via the electronic control unit, the thermal information to create a thermal history of the entire volume of the part under construction,
wherein the first target area is heated, by the first laser and the second laser and prior to the extruding the first polymer onto the first target area, to a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the first polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,352

STRUCTURAL PRE-CURED REPAIR PATCH FOR REPAIR TO HIGHLY LOADED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for reworking an article, comprising:forming a patch over an area of a composite structure requiring rework, the forming comprising:
placing a first film-adhesive over the area of the composite structure requiring rework, wherein the first film-adhesive extends over a first surface area of the composite structure including beyond an entirety of the area requiring rework,
placing a first pre-cured ply stack over the first film-adhesive, wherein the first pre-cured ply stack extends over a second surface area of the composite structure;
placing a second film-adhesive over the first pre-cured ply stack, wherein the second film-adhesive extends over a third surface area of the composite structure; and
placing a second pre-cured ply stack over the second film-adhesive, wherein the second pre-cured ply stack extends over a fourth surface area of the composite structure,
wherein the first surface area is larger than the second surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,710,351

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY MANUFACTURING OPTICAL DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A method for continuously manufacturing an optical display device, the method comprising:feeding and transferring an optical film, wherein the optical film includes a release film which is extended in a longitudinal direction, and a plurality of sheet pieces of a polarization film which are arranged in the longitudinal direction and includes an adhesive layer, wherein the sheet pieces of the polarization film are adhered to the release film through the adhesive layer so that the sheet pieces of the polarization film are peeled from the release film, wherein the feeding and transferring is conducted by a feeding unit;
peeling the sheet pieces of the polarization film from the release film by folding back inwardly the release film of the optical film fed by the feeding unit, wherein the peeling is conducted by a peeling unit;
winding the release film from which the sheet pieces of the polarization film are peeled by the peeling unit, wherein the winding is conducted by a winding unit;
laminating on a panel the sheet pieces of the polarization film peeled from the release film, while transferring the polarized film on the panel, wherein the laminating is conducted by a laminating unit; and
controlling at least one of the feeding unit, the winding unit, and the laminating unit by a controlling unit such that a peeling point at which the sheet pieces of the polarization film are peeled from the release film, is positioned at a target peeling position, wherein the target peeling position is at a predetermined distance spaced apart from a front end of the peeling unit toward the laminating unit;
wherein a rear end of a first sheet piece of the plurality of sheet pieces and a front end of a second sheet piece of the plurality of sheet pieces, which are connected to each other by adhesion to the adhesive layer are adjacent to each other with a slit line formed there between and separated from each other between completion of the peeling when the first sheet piece is completely peeled from the release film and completion of the laminating when the first sheet piece is completely laminated,
wherein the first sheet piece is positioned downstream in a feeding direction, and
wherein the laminating unit, the feeding unit, and the winding unit are controlled to have V3

US Pat. No. 10,710,349

THERMOPLASTIC ADHESIVE FILM, BONDING METHOD AND BONDED BODY

AICELLO CORPORATION, Toy...

1. A thermoplastic adhesive film comprising,a resin composition (D) comprising:
a thermoplastic olefin elastomer resin(A);
an acid-modified polypropylene resin (B);
a crystal nucleating agent (C); and
a polypropylene resin (E),
satisfying a weight ratio [(A)/(E)] of the thermoplastic olefin elastomer resin (A) and the polypropylene resin (E) being from 100/0 to 10/90 (provided that (A)+(E)=100),
containing the acid-modified polypropylene resin (B) in an amount of from 20 to 500 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of a total weight of (A) and (E), and
a ratio of the acid-modified polypropylene resin (B) is 16.6 wt % or more based on the total weight of the resin composition (D),
wherein the resin composition (D) has a viscosity increase initiation temperature T1 when being cooled from a molten state of 180° C. at a strain of 1%, a share rate of 100 s?1 and a cooling rate of 3° C./min and a softening initiation temperature T2 when being pulled at a strain of 1% and a temperature rising rate of 10° C./min while applying oscillation having a frequency from 1 to 100 Hz, satisfying the following Equation (1):
(T1/T2)?0.90  Equation (1).

US Pat. No. 10,710,348

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO INCREASE FIRE RESISTANCE AND FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A multi-ply composite fuselage comprising:an innermost ply forming an inner skin of the multi-ply composite fuselage;
an outermost ply forming an outer skin of the multi-ply composite fuselage; and
a single fire-resistant ply located between the innermost ply and the outermost ply, the single fire-resistant ply including an epoxy-based resin and a first additive mixed evenly throughout the epoxy-based resin, the first additive to increase a flammability resistance of the multi-ply composite fuselage, wherein the single fire-resistant ply is the only ply of the multi-ply composite fuselage that includes the first additive, and wherein no ply of the multi-ply composite fuselage other than the single fire-resistant ply includes a fire-retardant additive.

US Pat. No. 10,710,347

INSULATING VARNISH AND INSULATION LAMINATE

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A folded insulation laminate comprising:a base laminate comprising pressboard and having at least one side coated with a layer of an insulating varnish, the insulating varnish comprising a basecoat and an added lubricant;
wherein the basecoat is a polyester-imide or epoxy varnish, the added lubricant is an amide wax dispersion in a proportion by weight of 2% to 25%, the insulating varnish is cured, and an average thickness of the insulating varnish layer lies in a range from 2 ?m to 15 ?m; and
wherein the folded insulation laminate includes a number of sections shaped complimentary to boundary surfaces of a winding slot of a motor to define a receptacle having an open outer side to receive a winding.

US Pat. No. 10,710,346

DECORATIVE SHEETS, METHODS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND DECORATIVE MATERIALS

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A decorative sheet comprising:a thermoplastic resin substrate layer;
a pattern layer;
a transparent thermoplastic resin layer; and
a surface protective layer, wherein the surface protective layer comprises an UV-curable resin, wherein a test result of a scratch resistance test according to European standard EN16094 for an outermost surface of the surface protective layer is 3 or more;
which are disposed at least in this order, and
an overall thickness is in a range of 40 ?m or more and less than 500 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,710,345

WATERPROOF AND WATER VAPOR PERMEABLE LAMINATE

1. A laminate, comprising:a first functional layer comprising a first water vapor permeable membrane;
a second functional layer comprising a second water vapor permeable membrane; and
a water vapor permeable intermediate textile layer arranged in between the first water vapor permeable membrane and the second water vapor permeable membrane and attached to the first and second functional layers in a water vapor permeable manner;
the intermediate textile layer being hydrophobic,
wherein the intermediate textile layer comprises a hydrophobic coating comprising at least one of a fluoropolymer, a silicone, a polyurethane, a polyolefin, or particles,
wherein the laminate is waterproof and water vapor permeable, and
wherein at least one of the first water vapor permeable membrane and the second water vapor permeable membrane comprises a monolithic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,344

WELDABLE, FULLY ADHERED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE SYSTEM FOR BLINDSIDE WATERPROOFING APPLICATIONS

CARLISLE CONSTRUCTION MAT...

1. A membrane system, comprising:a thermoplastic polymer membrane;
a waterproof, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim disposed within the thermoplastic polymer membrane, the waterproof and non-wicking, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim having a uniform construction across the thermoplastic polymer membrane to the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane; and
a layer of adhesive applied to a center portion of the thermoplastic polymer membrane but not applied to the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane such that the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane can be thermally welded to an adjacent thermoplastic polymer membrane without fasteners passing through the waterproof and non-wicking, puncture resistant reinforcing scrim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,343

COEXTRUDED POLYMER FILM CONFIGURED FOR SUCCESSIVE IRREVERSIBLE DELAMINATION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A film comprising:a co-extruded stack of polymer layers, the polymer layers being organized into layer packets, each layer packet comprising a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer, the second layer being disposed between the first layer and the third layer;
a packet interface between first and third layers of adjacent layer packets, the packet interface exhibiting a first peel force of 1 g/inch or greater; and
layer interfaces between adjacent first and second layers and adjacent second and third layers, the layer interfaces exhibiting a second peel force that is greater than the first peel force,
wherein the first layer has a first composition comprising a semi-crystalline polyester;
the second layer has a second composition different from the first composition and comprises a copolyester or styrenic block copolymer; and
the third layer has a third composition different from the first and second compositions and comprises a blend of olefin and styrenic block copolymer,
wherein the layer packets are separately irreversibly peelable from a remainder of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,341

SHAPED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Petroceramics S.p.A., Mi...

1. Shaped composite material comprising an inner layer of CCM C/SiC/Si material comprising short and disorderly filaments, essentially consisting of carbon, and respective outer layers of C/SiC/Si material having a fabric structure, wherein the outer layers of C/SiC/Si material have outer friction surfaces, and wherein the shaped composite material has the following characteristics:flexural strength XY45° 60-90 MPa
flexural strength XY90° 120-170 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,710,340

OBSCURATION HAVING SUPERIOR STRENGTH AND OPTICAL QUALITY FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE LAMINATE

AGP America S.A., Panama...

1. An automotive laminated windshield, wherein at least one portion of the windshield serves as a window for at least one camera, said windshield comprises:two glass layers;
two plastic interlayers, first and second plastic interlayers, disposed between said two glass layers and serving to bond glass layers to each other;
at least one obscuration for said at least one portion of the windshield serving as a camera window; and
a black enamel frit band separated from and spaced from said at least one obscuration;
wherein said at least one obscuration is printed onto said second plastic interlayer which is cut to size the at least one portion of the windshield serving as a camera window, such that at least one machine vision parameter selected from the group consisting of fracture strength, distortion and MFTis improved in said at least one portion of the windshield serving as a camera window.

US Pat. No. 10,710,339

HEATING GLAZING UNIT

AGC GLASS EUROPE, Louvai...

1. A laminated motor vehicle glass panel comprising:first and second glass sheets united by a thermoplastic interlayer sheet;
a system of conductive layers applied to a first face of the first glass sheet, wherein the first glass sheet has a reflection which is not greater than 8% on a second side of the first glass sheet opposite the first side of the first glass sheet when the first glass sheet is 4 mm thick;
an opaque masking strip, in contact with the first glass sheet on an edge of the first glass sheet, forming an interference optical system for at least partially neutralizing overall reflection on the first side of the first glass sheet, the opaque masking strip including an assembly of layers including (a) a first absorbent/reflective layer, (b) a second absorbent/reflective layer located between the first face of the first glass sheet and the first absorbent/reflective layer, and (c) plural dielectric layers, wherein at least part of the opaque masking strip is covered by the system of conductive layers, and wherein a thickness of the second absorbent/reflective layer is between a third and a tenth of a thickness of the first absorbent/reflective layer; and
electrical supply busbars in contact with the system of conductive layers where the at least part of the opaque masking strip is covered by the system of conductive layers,
wherein the assembly of layers of the opaque masking strip absorb visible radiation and is formed by cathode sputtering such that visible light transmission through the opaque masking strip is at most 1%,
wherein the second absorbent/reflective layer is made of metal or based on a metal compound, and the second absorbent/reflective layer comprises (1) a metal from a selected metal group, the selected metal group consisting of: W, Cr, Ta, Nb, Zr, Ti, Nb, Mo, V, Hf and NiCr, CoCr, ZrCr, NbCr and NiCrW, and stainless steels, (2) an alloy of metals from the selected metal group, (3) a partially nitrided compound of at least one metal from the selected metal group, (4) a completely nitrided compound of metal from the selected metal group, (5) a partially nitrided compound of at least one alloy including a metal from the selected metal group, or (6) a completely nitrided compound of at least one alloy including a metal from the selected metal group.

US Pat. No. 10,710,337

METAL AND/OR CERAMIC MICROLATTICE STRUCTURE AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD

1. Metal and/or ceramic microlattice structure (1), comprising an alternation of first layers (C1) and of second layers (C2) in a first direction (D1) of the structure;each first layer (C1) comprising a plurality of first tubes (2.1) each extending in a plane parallel to a first reference plane (P1) defined by said first direction (D1) of the structure as well as by a second direction (D2) orthogonal to the first;each second layer (C2) comprising a plurality of second tubes (2.2) each extending in a plane parallel to a second reference plane (P2) defined by said first direction (D1) of the structure as well as by a third direction (D3) orthogonal to the first and distinct from the second;each first tube (2.1) defining, in said second direction (D2), an alternation of first and second loops (4 a, 4 b) open, respectively, in a first heading (S1) of the first direction, and in a second heading (S2) of the first direction opposite to the first;each second tube (2.2) defining, in said third direction (D3), an alternation of third and fourth loops (4 c, 4 d) open, respectively, in the first heading (S1) of the first direction, and in the second heading (S2) of the first direction;the first and second layers being interlocking with each other in such a way that through each first open loop (4 a) of each first tube (2.1) of any given first layer (C1), one of the fourth open loops (4 d) of one of the second tubes (2.2) of the second layer (C2) directly consecutive to said first given layer in the second heading (S2) of the first direction passes, the two loops in question (4 a, 4 d) being rigidly connected to each other at their respective loop bottoms in such a way as to form a first microlattice node (8.1);and in such a way that through each second open loop (4 b) of each first tube (2.1) of said first given layer (C1), one of the third open loops (4 c) of one of the second tubes (2.2) of the second layer (C2) directly consecutive to said first given layer in the first heading (S1) of the first direction passes, the two loops in question (4 b, 4 c) being rigidly connected to each other at their respective loop bottoms in such a way as to form a second microlattice node (8.2).

US Pat. No. 10,710,335

PLATE-TYPE COMPONENT WITH AN OUTER MEMBRANE

wedi GmbH, Emsdetten (DE...

1. A method of forming a sheet component (100; 100?), the method comprising the steps of:formatting and providing a supporting body (1) and a prefabricated cover ply (3, 3?);
applying a polymer mortar (PCC adhesive) and uniformly distributing the polymer mortar to form an adhesive layer (2, 2?);
laying the prefabricated cover ply (3, 3?) onto the still viscid adhesive layer (2, 2?); and
curing the adhesive present in the sheet component (100; 100?) such that a composite, of the cover ply (3, 3?) layer and the adhesive (2, 2?) layer, is produced;
wherein the prefabricated cover ply (3, 3?) has an air transmission rate of between 6.0 l/dm2/min and 21.0 l/dm2/min;
wherein, after laying the cover ply (3, 3?) onto the still viscid adhesive layer (2, 2?), a pressurized membrane of a membrane press applies a molding pressure to the sheet component (100; 100?) such that gases, that evolve during the curing of the adhesive layer (2, 2?), are capable of passing through pores or mesh of the produced composite;
wherein the produced composite forms a barrier about any uncured particles of adhesive that remain in the sheet component (100; 100?); and
wherein a whole-areal bond of the cover ply (3, 3?) layer to the adhesive (2, 2?) layer is formed, without bubbling underneath the cover ply (3, 3?), such that the cover ply (3, 3?) layer in the sheet component (100; 100?), whether in the cured composite state, with the adhesive (2, 2?) layer, or in the uncured state, is water and gas impervious.

US Pat. No. 10,710,334

HIGH-STRENGTH WIND-RESISTANT SKID-RESISTANT WATERPROOF UNDERLAYMENT

HANGZHOU EVERGREEN WATERP...

18. A method of installing an underlayment on a roof, the method comprising:affixing a bottom surface of the underlayment to a roof structure;
laying one or more tiles on a top surface of the underlayment;
wherein the underlayment comprises:
a first non-woven fabric layer, a first film layer, a first asphalt layer, a cloth felt layer comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a second asphalt layer, a second non-woven fabric layer, a second film layer and a third non-woven fabric layer; wherein:
the cloth felt layer is disposed between the first asphalt layer and the second asphalt layer via hot-pressing at least the first asphalt layer on the first surface and the second asphalt layer on the second surface;
the first non-woven fabric layer, the first film layer, the first asphalt layer, the cloth felt layer, the second asphalt layer, the second non-woven fabric layer, the second film layer and the third non-woven fabric layer are laminated as one piece; and
the first film layer and the second film layer comprise elastic film layers, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,710,333

HEAT TRANSPORT STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A thermal transport structure comprising:at least two fixing portions; and
a thermally conductive portion between the fixing portions,
wherein the thermal transport structure has a resilience against bending of not more than 40 N/cm in a case where a distance between the fixing portions is shortened and the thermally conductive portion is compressed by 10% in length,
wherein the fixing portions and the thermally conductive portion are provided with at least two thermally conductive sheets,
wherein the thermally conductive sheets each is a graphite sheet or a graphite composite sheet obtained by covering, by a covering layer, at least a part of (i) a surface and (ii) an edge of the graphite sheet, and
wherein the graphite sheet has a thermal conductivity in a plane direction of not less than 900 W/m·K.

US Pat. No. 10,710,332

HEAT-INSULATION SHEET, ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HEAT-INSULATION SHEET

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulation sheet, comprising:in a state in which unwoven fabric fibers impregnated with a silica aerosol solution are placed between films, converting the silica aerosol solution to a gel to form a composite layer including the unwoven fabric fibers, and a silica xerogel that is located in a spatial volume in the unwoven fabric fibers; and
applying a pressure to the composite layer together with the films to form, on a first surface of the composite layer, a first silica xerogel layer including the silica xerogel, and to form, on a second surface of the composite layer a second silica xerogel layer including the silica xerogel, the second surface being located on the side opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,331

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of producing a vehicle interior component, the method comprising:forming a through hole in a board base of the vehicle interior component to extend through the board base in a direction from a first surface of the board base to a second surface of the board base with openings in the first surface of the board base and the second surface of the board base;
bonding a skin to the first surface of the board base;
holding a cross head of a composite tool against a section of the skin covering the through hole of the board base, wherein the composite tool including a shaft having an cross section with a contour corresponding to a contour of a mounting hole of a component mounting portion to be formed and the cross head including four blades protruding from an end surface of the shaft;
moving the composite tool in a direction from the first surface of the board base to the second surface of the board base until the cross head of the composite tool penetrates the section of the skin and the section is divided into the flaps; and
moving the composite tool until the shaft is inserted into the through hole and the flaps are folded along the inner peripheral wall of the through hole toward the opening of the through hole in the second surface of the board base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,330

METHOD OF USING A STERILIZATION WRAP SYSTEM

1. A sterilization wrap system comprising:an exterior panel comprising a permeable nonwoven material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the exterior panel having a first level of translucence; and
an interior panel comprising a permeable nonwoven material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the interior panel having a second level of translucence that is higher than the first level of translucence of the exterior panel, wherein the level of translucence of the interior panel falls within a range between transparent and opaque, wherein the interior panel includes a plurality of bond points and the bond points define discrete locations having higher translucence than locations on the permeable nonwoven material of the interior panel that are not bond points,
wherein the higher level of translucence of the interior panel compared to the exterior panel facilitates post-sterilization detection of breaches of the exterior panel when looking for light passing from the exterior panel of the wrap system through the interior panel of the wrap system after the wrap system is removed from a product that has been subjected to a sterilization cycle, wherein the difference in translucence as expressed in terms of light transmittance between the interior panel and the exterior panel is at least 15 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,710,329

HEAT PROTECTION PRODUCT

Zipper-Technik GmbH, Neu...

1. A heat protection product comprisinga felt layer comprising polysulfonamide fibers having a felt layer first side and a felt layer second side; and
a textile layer comprising inorganic fibers having a first side connected to the felt layer second side, and an opposite second side, wherein
said textile layer is bonded to a metal layer on at least the second side that is not in contact with the felt layer,
the felt layer first side is an outer layer of the heat protection product, and wherein
the felt layer first side defines a cold side (Tu) and an opposite outer side of the product defines a hot side (To),
the product exhibits 25% or less of the loss of insulating properties of a comparative product with layers of felt and textile respectively having the same or greater thickness as the respective felt layer and textile layer of the heat protection product but with the polysulfonamide fibers replaced with non-polysulfonamide fibers when exposed to the same temperature between 200° C. and 300° C. on the hot side (To) for the same duration, and
the reduction in insulation is measured by a change in the difference between a measured surface temperature at the hot side (To) and a measured surface temperature at the cold side (Tu).

US Pat. No. 10,710,328

WHEELED TRAILER SANDWICH STRUCTURE INCLUDING GROOVED OUTER SHEET

CellTech Metals, Inc., S...

22. A wheeled trailer sandwich structure comprising:outer metallic face sheets;
a metallic core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys therein, the core sheet affixed between the outer face sheets to create the wheeled trailer sandwich structure; and
a first of the outer face sheets including at least one elongated groove which inwardly projects toward a second of the outer face sheets, the groove including tapered sides spanned by a substantially flat bottom, the bottom having a lateral width at least three times greater than a depth.

US Pat. No. 10,710,327

METHODS FOR MAKING COMPOSITE PARTS FROM STACKED PARTIALLY CURED SUBLAMINATE UNITS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a composite article, comprising:(a) applying adhesive on surfaces of a plurality of sublaminate units, each sublaminate unit comprising a multiplicity of plies, each ply comprising fibers impregnated with resin which has been initially cured to an initial cure stage of 30% to 50% of full cure;
(b) arranging the plurality of sublaminate units in a stack;
(c) pressing the stack of sublaminate units against a surface of a forming tool;
(d) heating the stack of sublaminate units to an intermediate temperature above a glass transition temperature of the resin for a time interval sufficient to intermediately cure the resin to an intermediate cure stage of 50% to 70% of full cure while the stack is in contact with the surface of the forming tool to form a composite laminate having a contour defined by the surface of the forming tool; and
(e) finally curing the resin in the composite laminate at a final temperature higher than the intermediate temperature to a final cure stage,
wherein steps (c) and (d) are performed concurrently during a time interval,
further comprising drilling an index hole in each sublaminate unit of the plurality of sublaminate units prior to step (a), wherein step (b) comprises passing a pin through the index hole in each sublaminate unit of the plurality of sublaminate units.

US Pat. No. 10,710,325

TUBULAR PROTECTOR ASSEMBLY

1. A tubular protector assembly for handling a tubular comprising:a cylindrical sleeve having an inner diameter configured to be disposed around an outer diameter of the tubular;
a plurality of layers of carbon fiber-based tape configured to be interposed between the outer diameter of the tubular and the inner diameter of the cylindrical sleeve; and
the cylindrical sleeve including:
a cage having a plurality of radially extending ridges interconnected with a plurality of axially extending ridges,
a plurality of open cells formed within the cage, and
each of the plurality of open cells including a multilayer cellular structural member therein, the multilayer cellular structural member having an outer-facing external steel plate, an internal plastic filament plate, an internal middle steel plate, and an inner-facing internal steel plate concentrically engaged theretogether.

US Pat. No. 10,710,324

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE, AND HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A manufacturing method of a honeycomb structure forming die comprising:a linear slit forming step of forming, in a kneaded material discharging surface of a die substrate, a plurality of linear slits which are straight from one end to the other end on the kneaded material discharging surface;
a slit sealing material disposing step of disposing a slit sealing material in parts of the plurality of linear slits; and
a back hole forming step of forming back holes to introduce a kneaded material, in a kneaded material introducing surface of the die substrate which is present on a side opposite to the kneaded material discharging surface,
wherein in the linear slit forming step, among the plurality of linear slits, the parts of the plurality of linear slits in which the slit sealing material is scheduled to be disposed are firstly formed,
then, the slit sealing material disposing step is performed to the parts of the plurality of linear slits, and
then, the residual linear slits other than the parts of the plurality of linear slits are formed after the slit sealing material disposing step.

US Pat. No. 10,710,323

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING NOISE REDUCER ELEMENTS TO TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A process for applying noise reducing elements to tyres for vehicle wheels, comprising:arranging at least one stack of noise reducing elements;
extracting said noise reducing elements one at a time from said at least one stack;
feeding, in succession, said noise reducing elements extracted from the stack according to a set path;
picking up said noise reducing elements from said set path; and
applying said noise reducing elements to a radially inner surface of at least one tyre for vehicle wheels,wherein extracting said noise reducing elements one at a time comprises:retaining a first noise reducing element placed at a base of said at least one stack;
lifting remaining noise reducing elements of said at least one stack with respect to said first noise reducing element;
moving away the first noise reducing element according to the set path; and
lowering the remaining noise reducing elements of said at least one stack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,321

ROTOR BLADE MOLD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR FORMING ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for forming a rotor blade, the system comprising:a mold comprising an inner surface having an inner contour corresponding to an exterior surface of the rotor blade;
a shell substrate disposed on the inner surface of the mold, the shell substrate comprising a seamless outer skin layer comprising a first outer skin layer integral with a second outer skin layer; and
a hollow core disposed atop the shell substrate, the hollow core comprising a permanent portion that remains a part of the rotor blade when formed and a removable portion that is removed from the rotor blade when formed, the permanent portion surrounding the removable portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,320

CONTROLLING APPLICATION OF FORCES TO DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF OBJECT SURFACE USING FLEXIBLE WALL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of controlling application of forces to a first portion and a second portion of a surface of an object, the method comprising:sealing a flexible wall against a back support, the object disposed in a sealed space between the flexible wall and the back support, wherein a contact member is disposed inside the sealed space and is supported by a positioning device, operable to move the contact member relative to the flexible wall;
applying a first force to the first portion of the surface using the flexible wall; andapplying a second force to the second portion of the surface using the flexible wall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,319

CONTROLLING APPLICATION OF FORCES TO DIFFERENT PORTIONS OF OBJECT SURFACE USING BLADDER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of controlling application of forces to a first portion and a second portion of a surface of an object, the method comprising:applying a first force to the first portion of the surface of the object, the first force being applied using a bladder formed by a flexible wall, wherein a contact member is disposed inside the bladder; and
applying a second force to the second portion of the surface of the object, the second force being applied using the bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,710,318

HIGH SPEED COMPOSITE LAYUP VIA MULTIPLE MACHINES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:laying up a multi-layer laminate of fiber reinforced material onto a surface, by:
feeding a tape of fiber reinforced material to tape cutters which cut the tape into pieces;
picking up pieces of the fiber reinforced material via pick-and-place devices at each of multiple lamination units that are in sequence in a direction of travel of the surface; and
placing the pieces of fiber reinforced material via the pick-and-place devices to form a laminate as the surface changes position relative to the lamination units and multiple pieces are laid-up concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,710,317

COMPOSITE ROTATABLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AXIAL-FLOW COMPRESSOR

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A composite turbomachine comprising:a spool comprised of fiber and resin; and
a plurality of blade assemblies, each one of the plurality of blade assemblies comprising:
a blade having a tip, a root, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the blade mounted to a base at the root; and
a forward tang and an aft tang extending from the base, the forward tang extending forward of the leading edge proximate the root and the aft tang extending aft of the trailing edge proximate the root,
wherein the plurality of blade assemblies are arranged circumferentially around the spool at a first axial location,
wherein each blade assembly of the plurality of blade assemblies interlocks with an adjacent blade assembly of the plurality of blade assemblies and is retained in position by a first band overwrapping the forward tangs and a second band overwrapping the aft tangs so as to form a first stage,
wherein the first band extends axially beyond the forward tangs and the second band extends axially beyond the aft tangs, and
wherein an outer layer of abradable material is disposed on a first radially outer surface of the first band and on a second radially outer surface of the second band.

US Pat. No. 10,710,316

VACUUM KNIFE TOOL

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A vacuum-assisted cutting tool, comprising:a core portion having one or more core flange apertures extending through a core flange, the core portion also having an insert extending from the core flange to a top surface of the insert; and
a knife portion having a knife edge extending around and beyond the insert such that the knife edge is spaced apart from the insert to allow for fluid transmission between the knife portion and the core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,315

METHOD THAT FORMS PATTERN ON FABRIC MEMBER AND FIXES PATTERN ON TRIM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system that attaches a fabric member to a trim while forming a pattern in the fabric member, the system comprising:a first mold having a predetermined location where a trim having trim grooves can be placed;
a compression jig configured to be disposed on a fabric member having a predetermined shape, wherein the compression jig includes pattern protrusions to form a pattern in the fabric member and fixing protrusions to fix the fabric member to the trim, the first mold and the compression jig being arranged so that the fabric member can be placed on the trim at the predetermined location; and
a second mold having injection blades that protrude at predetermined locations of a molding side of the second mold and are configured to partially press the fabric member to fix the fabric member to the trim by inserting the fabric member into the trim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,314

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SETTING A PRESS-IN ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for setting a press-in element into a workpiece formed of plastic or fiber composite material, the method comprising the steps of:fixing the workpiece;
introducing a hole into the workpiece;
positioning a press-in element over the hole introduced into the workpiece by a press-in unit; and
pressing the press-in element into the hole by actuating the press-in unit such that a plunger of the press-in unit, with the press-in element accommodated on or in the plunger, is fed in a feed direction toward the hole, wherein
the method is carried out via a single device that combines the preceding steps wherein the press-in element is held on or in the plunger of the press-in unit by an elastic element until the press-in element is pressed into the hole such that the press-in element is retained on or in the plunger of the press-in unit against action of inertia and shear forces.

US Pat. No. 10,710,313

NEAR-FIELD MICROWAVE HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A microwave heating system comprising:a variable-frequency microwave source characterized by a center frequency and a usable bandwidth about said center frequency;
a waveguide with an input side connected to said source and an output side terminating in a launch structure, said launch structure comprising a rectangular horn having a first and a second lateral dimension, with at least one of said first and second lateral dimensions being larger than the wavelength of the microwave energy at the frequency being applied;
a compliant, microwave-attenuating structure around the periphery of said launch structure to sealably engage the surface of a workpiece, said workpiece having at least one polymer component to be cured; and,
a means for pressing said workpiece against said microwave-attenuating structure so that substantially all of said polymer component to be cured lies within one wavelength of said launch structure at the frequency being applied, and said compliant microwave-attenuatinq structure is compressed against said workpiece sufficiently to effectively attenuate microwave leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,710,312

INDUCTION WELDABLE PIPE CONNECTOR HAVING THERMALLY INSULATED INDUCTION WELDABLE SOCKET MOUTH RIMS

HULIOT AGRICULTURAL COOPE...

1. An induction weldable pipe connector for use with a plastic pipe, the plastic pipe having a pipe end, an external peripheral pipe surface, an internal peripheral pipe surface, and an annular pipe end face, the induction weldable pipe connector comprising:(a) a tubular induction weldable mounting having an induction weldable mounting centerline and an opposite pair of induction weldable sockets, said induction weldable mounting including:i) a thermoplastic solder lining having an external solder lining surface, an internal solder lining surface and an opposite pair of annular solder lining rims, and
ii) a solid ferromagnetic metal susceptor sleeve entirely peripherally enveloping said solder lining, said susceptor sleeve having an external susceptor sleeve surface, an internal susceptor sleeve surface and an opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces, said internal susceptor sleeve surface being in intimate contact with said external solder lining surface,
said solder lining extending beyond said susceptor sleeve along said induction weldable mounting centerline such that said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims are lateral to said opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces and extend radially outward with respect to said induction weldable mounting centerline for covering said opposite pair of annular susceptor sleeve end faces;(b) a tubular cover mounted on said induction weldable mounting for peripherally enveloping same and having an opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims lateral to said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims and thermally insulated from said opposite pair of susceptor sleeve end faces by said opposite pair of annular solder lining rims; and(c) a tubular pipe tang mounted inside said induction weldable mounting for destining an induction weldable socket of said opposite pair of induction weldable sockets as an induction weldable pipe socket,the arrangement being such that said solder lining has an internal solder lining surface diameter requiring a forced sliding insertion of the pipe end into said induction weldable pipe socket,
said pipe tang being dimensioned for sealing against the internal peripheral pipe surface and said opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims being dimensioned for sealing against the external peripheral pipe surface on said sliding insertion of the pipe end into said induction weldable pipe socket,
whereupon, on application of electromagnetic induction energy to the induction weldable pipe connector, said susceptor sleeve melts said solder lining, said melted solder lining being entrapped by said susceptor sleeve, said pipe tang and said opposite pair of annular induction weldable socket mouth rims thereby forming a welded sealed joint with the pipe end.

US Pat. No. 10,710,311

SERVO-DRIVEN ULTRASONIC WELDING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WELDING TO A THIN PART WITHOUT READ-THROUGH

Dukane IAS, LLC, St. Cha...

1. An ultrasonic welding method for joining a first thermoplastic part and a second thermoplastic part without causing visible read-through on an exposed surface of the second part, comprising:arranging the first part on an inner surface of the second part, the inner surface being opposite the exposed surface, the first part having an interface portion contacting the inner surface;
causing a horn of an ultrasonic welding stack to be pressed against the first part by applying ultrasonic energy oscillating at a frequency in a range of 45-70 kHz through the horn, to thereby join the first part and the second part together, the horn having at least one protruding distal portion configured to penetrate through the first part as the ultrasonic energy is imparted through the horn, the at least one protruding distal portion having a length longer than a thickness of the first part, wherein a collapse distance of a weld formed at the interface portion is less than the thickness of the first part, to avoid read-through effects on the exposed surface of the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,710,310

MULTIPOINT CONTROLLERS FOR POWER DELIVERY TO MULTIPLE PROBES IN ULTRASONIC WELDING SYSTEMS

Dukane IAS, LLC, St. Cha...

1. A system for providing power to more than one ultrasonic welding probe from M power supplies, the system comprising:N multipoint units, each of the N multipoint units including:
a housing,
a plurality of analog or digital inputs configured to carry distance information regarding probe distance of a plurality of ultrasonic welding probes,
a dedicated high voltage input connector connectable via a high voltage cable to a dedicated high voltage output connector of one of the M power supplies,
at least one Ethernet port, and
a microcontroller, configured to
direct power from the dedicated high voltage input connector to a corresponding one of the plurality of ultrasonic welding probes, and
sample the distance information of the plurality of ultrasonic welding probes at a rate of at least once per millisecond; and
a base housing the M power supplies, wherein M and N are both integers greater than or equal to 1,
each of the N multipoint units being interconnected by Ethernet to form a network having as components the N multipoint units and the M power supplies such that (i) each of the N multipoint units is paired with a different one of the M power supplies in the network, avoiding interference between any of the N multipoint units and any of the M power supplies and (ii) a first one of the N multipoint units is paired with a first one of the M power supplies in the network, the microcontroller of the first one of the N multipoint units being configured to:
receive a signal from the first one of the M power supplies via the network, the signal indicating that the first one of the M power supplies is providing power to the dedicated high voltage input connector of the first one of the N multipoint units,
detect a power level at the dedicated high voltage input connector of the first one of the N multipoint units, and
responsive to the detected power level being below a threshold, generate an error signal for the first one of the M power supplies to stop providing power.

US Pat. No. 10,710,309

SONIC LABEL WELDING UNIT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MULTI-LAYERED CARE LABEL

AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INF...

1. A sonic label welding device for welding multiple labels together using ultrasonic welding, comprising:a digital controls main menu screen comprising touch screen buttons that are utilized to go to specific screens and the touch screen buttons include one or more of the following: a registration button, a cut to length button, a printer screen button, and a timer button;
an anvil;
a head;
a converter;
a sonic horn; and
a power supply; and
wherein the power supply delivers an electrical signal, the converter converts the electrical signal into a mechanical vibration, and the sonic horn applies the high frequency, mechanical vibration to the multiple labels to be welded together.

US Pat. No. 10,710,308

HEATING AND COOLING OF EXTRUSION TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Autodesk, Inc., San Rafa...

1. A three dimensional (3D) printer system comprising:a build platform;
a carriage configured to hold different manufacturing tools, including an extrusion tool;
a rack configured to hold the different manufacturing tools, including the extrusion tool, when not mounted on the carriage;
a heating device associated with the extrusion tool;
a 3D motion system coupled with the carriage and configured to move the carriage between the rack and a build space associated with the build platform, and to move the carriage within the build space associated with the build platform;
one or more computer storage media having instructions stored thereon; and
one or more data processing apparatus configured to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising
identifying a first point in a manufacturing process when the extrusion tool will be mounted on the carriage and in position to extrude material in the build space,
determining a second point, which precedes the first point in the manufacturing process, when the extrusion tool will be located on the rack, wherein a time between the second point and the first point in the manufacturing process is determined in accordance with the material to be extruded by the extrusion tool, and
triggering the heating device to begin pre-heating the extrusion tool at the second point before mounting of the extrusion tool to the carriage by the 3D motion system, such that the material in the extrusion tool is melted by the first point in the manufacturing process;
wherein the heating device is integrated with the extrusion tool, the system comprises a cooling device associated with the extrusion tool, and the one or more data processing apparatus are configured to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising triggering the cooling device to reduce a temperature of the extrusion tool when the extrusion tool is relocated on the rack after use of the extrusion tool in the manufacturing process;
wherein the one or more data processing apparatus are configured to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising:
identifying a third point after the first point in the manufacturing process when use of the extrusion tool will end and the extrusion tool will be relocated on the rack;
determining a fourth point, which succeeds the third point in the manufacturing process, when the extrusion tool will be relocated on the rack, wherein a time between the third point and the fourth point in the manufacturing process is determined in accordance with the material extruded by the extrusion tool and the temperature of the extrusion tool during the material extrusion; and
operating the cooling device until the fourth point in the manufacturing process to reduce the temperature of the extrusion tool;
wherein the one or more data processing apparatus are configured to execute the instructions to determine the fourth point by performing operations comprising repeatedly recalculating a cooling equation using actively collected temperature measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,710,307

TEMPERATURE CONTROL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus, comprising:a platform;
a dispenser to dispense successive layers of feed material on the platform;
a heat source above the platform, the heat source configured to deliver energy to a first region of a topmost layer of the successive layers of feed material to pre-heat and/or heat-treat the first region;
an energy source to emit a beam of energy to impinge a second region of the topmost layer, the second region smaller than the first region;
a sensor system to measure temperatures of the topmost layer of feed material in at least a region outside a melt pool and to measure a dimension of the melt pool; and
a controller configured to
operate the heat source to heat the topmost layer of feed material based on the measured temperatures, and
operate the energy source to cause the beam to fuse feed material in the topmost layer by generating the melt pool from feed material in the second region and positioning the beam to impinge the topmost layer in a first area having a generally planar top surface such that the melt pool extends into the topmost layer and has an upper surface coplanar with a surrounding second area of the top surface of the topmost layer with beam intensity based on the measured dimension and the measured temperatures of the region outside the melt pool.

US Pat. No. 10,710,306

SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A method of separating an additively manufactured article from a support structure, the method comprising:heating an interface layer coupling an article constructed by layer wise addition of layers on the interface layer; and
cooling the interface layer such that the interface layer fractures, wherein cooling the interface layer includes cooling the interface layer to a temperature that is below a ductile-to brittle transition temperature of a material forming the interface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,305

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a carrier and a rigid stationary build plate, said build plate comprising a fixed semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface and a feed surface separate from said build surface, with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said feed surface in fluid contact with a polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filing said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build segment,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, with a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto and said build plate away from one another solely in the Z (vertical) direction to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said top zone, wherein:
said filling step is carried out by forcing said polymerizable liquid into said build region under pressure, and
said advancing step or steps is/are carried out at a cumulative rate of at least 0.1 to 1000 microns per second; and/or
said pressure is sufficient to increase the rate of said advancing step(s) at least 2 times as compared to the maximum rate of repetition of said advancing steps in the absence of said pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,304

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORK PIECE WITH PROCESS TEMPERATURE CONTROL

SLM Solutions Group AG, ...

1. An apparatus for producing a three-dimensional work piece, the apparatus comprising:a process chamber accommodating a carrier for receiving a raw material powder,
an irradiation device for selectively irradiating electromagnetic or particle radiation onto the raw material powder applied onto the carrier in order to produce the work piece from said raw material powder by an additive layer construction method, the irradiation device comprising at least one radiation source and at least one optical unit with a plurality of optical elements;
a heat transfer arrangement configured to transfer heat generated by a heat source to the at least one optical unit of the irradiation device; and
a control unit configured to control the heat transfer arrangement so as to adjust a temperature of the at least one optical unit of the irradiation device, wherein the heat transfer arrangement comprises a heat transfer circuit in which a heat transfer fluid circulates and which is configured to be thermally coupled to the heat source and to the at least one optical unit of the irradiation device so as to transfer the heat generated by the heat source to the at least one optical unit of the irradiation device,
wherein the heat transfer arrangement is further configured to transfer cooling energy generated by a cooling energy source to the at least one optical unit of the irradiation device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,303

TECHNIQUES FOR BUILD PLATFORM PART RELEASE IN ADDITIVE FABRICATION AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Formlabs, Inc., Somervil...

1. An additive fabrication device configured to form layers of material on a build surface, the additive fabrication device comprising:a build platform comprising:
a rigid structure;
a flexible layer attached to the rigid structure, wherein some, but not all, portions of the flexible layer are attached to the rigid structure, and wherein a surface of the flexible layer forms the build surface on which the additive fabrication device is configured to form layers of material; and
at least one first mechanism configured to be actuated to apply a force to the flexible surface, thereby deforming at least part of the flexible surface away from the rigid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,302

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED SUCCESSIVE THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

R3 PRINTING, INC., Wilmi...

1. A print area, for accepting and subsequently ejecting an object printed thereon by a 3-dimensional printer, the print area comprising:a build plane;
a replenishing mechanism located below the build plane and a holding bracket, the replenishing mechanism having a vertical actuator having a top end, a lift platform connected to the top end, and the holding bracket having a perimeter, wherein the holding bracket is positioned directly beneath the build plane and wherein the perimeter defines an outer boundary of the build plane;
a plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms contained within the holding bracket, each build platform having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of walls extending therebetween,
wherein the top surface is configured to adhere to the object and is even with the build plane,
wherein the holding bracket is sized to accommodate the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms, and
wherein the replenishing mechanism is capable of lifting each build platform above the build plane via the vertical actuator exerting an upward force on the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms; and
a push mechanism, having a horizontal actuator attached to a plow, where the plow is located proximately to the holding bracket,
wherein the horizontal actuator is configured to provide sufficient force to eject one of the plurality of vertically-stacked build platforms raised above the build plane beyond the perimeter of the holding bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,301

MATERIAL SETS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A material set, comprising:a powder bed material, comprising composite particles including glass beads coated with polyamide-12 polymer, wherein the composite particles have an average particle size from 20 ?m to 200 ?m, wherein the polyamide-12 polymer includes greater than 80 meq/g carboxylic end groups and less than 40 meq/g amino end groups; and
a fusing agent comprising an energy absorber capable of absorbing electromagnetic radiation to produce heat.

US Pat. No. 10,710,299

STEREOLITHOGRAPHY 3D PRINTING METHOD FOR MULTIPLE LIGHT MODULES

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A stereolithography 3D printing method for multiple light modules, the stereolithography 3D printing method for multiple light modules being applied to a stereolithography 3D printer comprising a first light module and a second light module, the stereolithography 3D printing method for multiple light modules comprising following steps of:a) retrieving a plurality of slice images respectively corresponding to a plurality of layers of 3D object data, and a plurality of offsets respectively corresponding to the plurality of layers of the 3D object data, wherein one of the offsets has the same value as another of the offsets, and one of the offsets has a different value from another of the offsets;
b) selecting one of the slice images;
c) adjusting a first light irradiation range of the first light module and a second light irradiation range of the second light module according to the offset corresponding to the same layer as the selected slice image, wherein there is no overlapping light irradiation in an axis direction between the adjusted first light irradiation range and the adjusted second light irradiation range;
d) moving the first light module and second light module along the axis direction, and controlling the first light module to irradiate based on the adjusted first light irradiation range and the second light module to irradiate based on the adjusted second light irradiation range for manufacturing the layer of a physical slice model according to the selected slice image; and
e) executing the steps b) to the step d) repeatedly until all of the physical slice models corresponding to the 3D object data are manufactured.

US Pat. No. 10,710,297

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTER AND OPERATING METHOD FOR THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A three-dimensional printer comprising:a plurality of print heads installed to be movable horizontally and inject color photocurable chemical inks, respectively;
a stage on which the color photocurable chemical inks injected from the plurality of print heads are stacked, wherein the plurality of print heads each comprise a head chip injecting a respective color photocurable chemical ink; and
a light source moveable with respect to the stage, and
wherein the head chip comprises:
an ink chamber to contain the respective color photocurable chemical ink,
a heater inside the head chip to apply heat to the respective color photocurable chemical ink in the ink chamber to generate a bubble inside the ink chamber, and
a nozzle to infect the respective color chemical ink responsive to an increase in an internal pressure of the ink chamber occurring when the bubble is generated inside the ink chamber while the heater applies heat to the respective color chemical ink,
wherein the light source horizontally moves together with the plurality of print heads along the stage to irradiate light to the respective color photocurable chemical ink injected from the nozzle and stacked on the stage,
the plurality of print heads and the light source are installed to be movable horizontally in a first direction, and
the stage is installed to be movable horizontally in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and the stage is installed to be movable upward and downward.

US Pat. No. 10,710,296

FORMATION OF THREE DIMENTIONAL OBJECTS INCLUDING MAGNETIC MATERIAL

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An article comprising:a plurality of layers of a first polymeric material; and
at least one layer of a second polymeric material comprising a magnetic material, wherein the at least one layer of the second polymeric material is disposed on at least one layer of the first polymeric material, and wherein particles of the magnetic material in the at least one layer of the second polymeric material is magnetically aligned, after the disposition, by a pair of magnetic plates with opposing polarities.

US Pat. No. 10,710,295

PROTECTIVE COVERING FOR WOOD PRODUCTS

Intertape Polymer Corp., ...

1. A protective covering comprising:a woven scrim comprising:
a first edge parallel with a warp direction and a second edge opposite the first edge;
a first edge band proximate the first edge and a second edge band proximate the second edge; each of the first edge band and the second edge band comprising a plurality of weft tapes and a plurality of high-shrinkage warp tapes; wherein each of the first edge band and the second edge band has a width, said each width being juxtaposed to the first edge and the second edge, respectively;
a continuous central portion of greater width than that of the first and the second edge bands, the continuous central portion positioned in between the first and the second edge bands, the continuous central portion comprising a plurality of non high-shrinkage warp tape and non high-shrinkage weft tape, so that the continuous central portion has a shrinkage that is less than a shrinkage of the first and the second edge band such that the first and the second edge bands are configured for constriction about a load upon application of heat; and
a coating on at least one major surface of the woven scrim.

US Pat. No. 10,710,294

SCREEN PROTECTOR INSTALLATION MACHINE

ZAGG Intellectual Propert...

1. A screen protector installation machine configured to install a screen protector on a mobile device, the machine comprising:a base comprising an impression configured to receive and secure the mobile device;
a lid coupled to the base and closable over the base;
the lid having an open position, a closed position over the base, and an intermediate position over and spaced-apart from the base;
an opening in the lid, the lid configured to carry a screen protector laminate across the opening and over the impression when the lid is in the closed position, the lid configured to receive and secure a web of the laminate carrying a screen protector and a backing with a tab;
a pair of rails carried by the base on opposite sides of the impression and having a leading end and a trailing end, the trailing end declining towards the base;
a pair of tracks carried by the lid on opposite sides of the opening;
a first slider carried by the lid and slidable along the pair of tracks, and comprising a first handle and a spool, the spool having a slot configured to receive the tab of the screen protector laminate, the first slider sliding from an initial position to a subsequent position at the trailing end of the pair of rails;
the spool being rotatable as the first slider slides configured to wind the backing of the laminate around the spool and remove the backing from the screen protector as the first slider slides from the initial position to the subsequent position;
a pair of wheels coupled to the first slider and riding on the pair of rails of the base when the lid is in the intermediate position, the pair of wheels declining on the trailing end of the pair of rails to allow the lid to move from the intermediate position to the closed position; and
a second slider carried by the lid and slidable back and forth along the pair of tracks, and comprising a second handle and a roller, the roller configured to abut to the web of the laminate and press the screen protector against the mobile device as the second slider slides back and forth while the lid is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,293

COMPOSITE ARTICLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A composite article assembly method, the composite article assembly method comprising the steps of:axially aligning web-based first and second thermoformed workpieces within an assembly station along an assembly alignment axis;
directing the first and second workpieces toward one another within the assembly station along the assembly alignment axis; and
assembling the first and second workpieces along the assembly alignment axis within the assembly station thereby forming a composite article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,292

SKIN-EQUIPPED HOLLOW MOLDED ARTICLE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A skin-equipped hollow molded article, comprising:a hollow molded article main body made of a thermoplastic and having a first molded body part including a front surface wall, a second molded body part including a back surface wall, and an outer side wall surface of the front surface wall jointly formed with an outer side wall surface of the back surface wall; and
skins integrally bonded to the respective front and back surface walls, wherein:
a first skin bonded to the front surface wall is a napped-type skin;
a second skin bonded to the back surface wall having a thickness smaller than a thickness of the first skin;
wherein the outer side wall surface of the front surface wall to which the first skin is bonded protrudes outward more than the outer side wall surface of the back surface wall to which the second skin is bonded in a parting line formed on an outer side wall surface of the hollow molded article main body with the first molded body part and the second molded body part being integrally formed by fusion; and
wherein the outer side wall surface of the front surface wall is provided with a cut surface formed along the parting line for deburring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,291

FRONT PLATE FOR ONBOARD LCD DEVICE

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A front panel for on-board liquid crystal displays, having a layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) on at least one side of a layer containing a resin (A) comprising a polycarbonate resin (a1), and further having a hard coat layer having irregularities on the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B), wherein the front panel satisfies the following conditions (i) to (iv):(i) the thickness of the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) is 10 to 250 ?m, and the total thickness of the layer containing a resin (A) comprising a polycarbonate resin (a1) and the layer containing a high hardness resin composition (B) is 100 to 3,000 ?m;
(ii) the high hardness resin composition (B) consists of any one of the following resin compositions (B1) to (B3):
Resin composition (B1)
A copolymer resin comprising a (meth)acrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) represented by the following general formula (1), and an aliphatic vinyl constituent unit (b) represented by the following general formula (2), wherein the total ratio of the methacrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) and the aliphatic vinyl constituent unit (b) is 90 to 100 mol % of all constituent units of the copolymer resin, and the ratio of the (meth)acrylic acid ester constituent unit (a) is 65 to 80 mol % of all constituent units of the copolymer resin:

 wherein R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 is an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms

 wherein R3 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R4 is a cyclohexyl group optionally having a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
Resin composition (B2)
A resin composition comprising 55 to 10% by mass of a resin (C) containing a vinyl monomer, and 45 to 90% by mass of a styrene-unsaturated dicarboxylic acid copolymer (D), wherein the styrene-unsaturated dicarboxylic acid copolymer (D) comprises 50 to 80% by mass of a styrene monomer unit (d1), 10 to 30% by mass of an unsaturated dicarboxylic anhydride monomer unit (d2), and 5 to 30% by mass of a vinyl monomer unit (d3); and
Resin composition (B3)
A resin composition comprising 95 to 45% by mass of a polycarbonate resin (E) and 5 to 55% by mass of a (meth)acrylate copolymer (F), wherein the (meth)acrylate copolymer (F) comprises an aromatic (meth)acrylate unit (f1) and a methacrylic acid ester monomer unit (f2) at a mass ratio (f1/f2) of 10 to 50/40 to 90, the weight average molecular weight of the polycarbonate resin (E) is 37,000 to 71,000, and the weight average molecular weight of the (meth)acrylate copolymer (F) is 5,000 to 30,000;
(iii) the retardation of the front panel is 3,000 nm or more; and
(iv) the standard deviation of the second derivative of the irregular shape of the hard coat layer having irregularities is 0.1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,710,290

MOLD PLATEN, MOLD CLAMPING DEVICE, INJECTION MOLDING DEVICE

U-MHI PLATECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A mold platen, comprising:a mold plate to which a mold is attached;
a rear-surface plate provided opposite to the mold plate;
coupling portions configured to be coupled to respective tie rods at four corners of the mold plate and the rear-surface plate;
a cylindrical rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and is located at a center part of the mold plate and the rear-surface plate;
a diagonal reinforcing rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and is configured to connect the cylindrical rib and each of the coupling portions; and
a longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and extends from the cylindrical rib toward a position between the adjacent coupling portions, wherein
a dimension L2 of a part of the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib connected with the rear-surface plate is equal to or lower than 1/2 of a dimension L1 of a part of the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib connected with the mold plate, or the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib is connected with the mold plate and the cylindrical rib but is not connected with the rear-surface plate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,289

CASING COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A CASING COMPONENT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A manufacturing method, comprising:forming a metal layer on a base film by vacuum vapor depositioning under a specific temperature condition and a specific pressure condition so that the metal layer comprising a metal material has a frost-column shape,
wherein the frost-column shape of the metal layer corresponds to a restriction structure that suppresses stretchability of the metal layer;
forming a plurality of fine cracks in the metal layer by biaxially stretching the base film;
forming a decorating film including the metal layer;
forming a transfer film by adhering a carrier film to the decorating film; and
forming a molding part so that the decorating film is transferred from the transfer film to a molding resin by one of an in-mold molding method or a hot stamping method.

US Pat. No. 10,710,288

MOLDED PRODUCT, ELECTRICAL PRODUCT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED PRODUCT

NISSHA CO., LTD., Kyoto-...

1. A molded product comprising:a molded article that includes a main body made of resin and a standing wall made of resin, the standing wall integrally standing up from an end portion of the main body;
a decorative sheet that includes a base film and a conductive circuit layer, the base film continuously covering from a main body front surface of the main body to a wall front surface of the standing wall, the conductive circuit layer being disposed between the base film and a molded article front surface of the molded article, the decorative sheet being integrated with the molded article to implement a decoration; and
a flexible printed circuit board disposed between the molded article and the conductive circuit layer, the flexible printed circuit board being partially embedded into and integrated with the standing wall, the flexible printed circuit board being electrically connected to the conductive circuit layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,286

IN-MOLD CARPET LAMINATION

NYX, INC., Livonia, MI (...

1. A process for fabricating a molded carpet laminate, comprising:supporting a carpet layer in a molding tool that has first and second mold dies that define a mold cavity there between, at least one of the first or second mold dies being moveable such that the mold tool has a closed position, a partially closed position, and an open position relative to the mold cavity, and the carpet layer has a working side and a finish side, the finish side facing the first mold die, wherein the supporting of the carpet layer includes supporting the carpet layer on one or more eccentric pins in the molding tools, each of the eccentric pins including first and second offset pin sections;
with the carpet layer in the molding tool and the mold tool in the open position, moving the first and second mold dies from the open position to the partially closed position;
in the partially closed position, injecting a heated polymer material into the mold cavity against the working side of the carpet layer, the heated polymer material incompletely filling the mold cavity on the working side of the carpet layer;
moving the first and second mold dies from the partially closed position to the closed position to spread the heated polymer material and fill the mold cavity on the working side of the carpet layer to form a molded polymer wall, the molded polymer wall adhering to the working side of the carpet layer to form a molded carpet laminate; and
moving the first and second mold dies from the closed position and cooling the molded carpet laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,285

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING FIBER-REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE ARTICLE

CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD....

1. A molding system for preparing an injection-molded article, comprising:a molding machine;
a mold disposed on the molding machine and having a mold cavity for being filled with a molding resin;
a processing module configured to generate a mixed anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin in the mold cavity based on a molding condition for the molding machine, wherein the mixed anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin is generated by taking into consideration an extension rate distribution and a shear rate distribution of the molding resin; and
a controller coupled to the processing module and configured to control the molding machine with the molding condition using the generated extension rate distribution and the generated shear rate distribution of the molding resin to perform an actual molding process for preparing the injection-molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,284

EXPANSION DEVICE AND MOLDING SYSTEM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An expansion device, comprising:an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a thermally expandable sheet placed on a placing unit with light;
a conveyance unit configured to reciprocably convey the irradiation unit between a first position and a second position;
an exhaust fan fixed to a housing and configured to discharge air from the housing; and
an air supply fan which is movable with the irradiation unit and configured to supply outside air into the housing,
wherein the exhaust fan is provided at a position where air can be discharged from an area of the second position when the irradiation unit is returned from the first position to the second position after being moved from the second position toward the first position.