US Pat. No. 10,166,839

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM RELATING TO AIR CONDITIONER OPERATING LOAD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle display system comprising:a display arranged in a cabin of a vehicle and configured to display settings of a plurality of setting items of an air conditioner, the plurality of setting items including multiple setting items that influence a load state of the air conditioner; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
calculate a plurality of index values, each of the plurality of index values indicating a level of an operating load of the air conditioner for one of the multiple setting items,
display, on the display, a value calculated based on the plurality of index values and the settings of the multiple setting items, and
not display, on the display, the value calculated based on the plurality of index values and the settings of the multiple setting items when a defroster item of the multiple items is set so that air blows out from the air outlet of the defroster.

US Pat. No. 10,166,838

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner which cools air to be blown into a vehicle interior by using a refrigeration cycle with an evaporator evaporating refrigerant, the vehicle air conditioner comprising:a refrigerant flow-rate control portion controlling a flow rate of the refrigerant flowing into the evaporator;
a dew-point temperature detection portion detecting a dew-point temperature of air flowing into the evaporator;
an evaporator temperature determination portion determining a target refrigerant-evaporation temperature that is a target temperature of the evaporator; and
a determination portion determining whether the dew-point temperature detected by the dew-point temperature detection portion is equal to or less than the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature, wherein
the refrigerant flow-rate control portion reduces the flow rate of the refrigerant flowing into the evaporator, when the determination portion determines that the dew-point temperature detected by the dew-point temperature detection portion is equal to or less than the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature,
the evaporator temperature determination portion determines the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature based on at least a physical quantity in correlation to a dehumidification load of the vehicle interior, and
the evaporator temperature determination portion determines the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature to be lower in accordance with an increase in ratio of introduction of inside air to outside air, introduced into the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,837

IDLE REDUCTION SYSTEM

IDLESAVER LLC, Rockwall,...

1. An idle reduction system for use with a vehicle including an interior, an engine and an HVAC, the system comprising:a device via which a selected vehicle interior temperature range is input;
an auxiliary air conditioner;
an auxiliary heater;
a controller that operates one of the auxiliary air conditioner and the auxiliary heater and thereby maintains the vehicle interior temperature in the selected temperature range; and
a main unit separate from a dash of the vehicle, the main unit including the controller and a relay controlled by the controller, the relay being electrically connected between an ignition switch and a battery for starting the engine, wherein the relay is positioned inside the main unit, and
wherein the controller causes the engine to start and thereby causes the vehicle HVAC to operate when the one of the auxiliary air conditioner and the auxiliary heater does not maintain the vehicle interior temperature in the selected temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,166,835

BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A battery cooling system for a vehicle, comprising:an air conditioning device including a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, and a first expansion valve connected through a refrigerant line and circulating a refrigerant;
a cooler including an electric device radiator and a first water pump connected with a cooling line and circulating coolant to cool a motor and an electric device;
a battery module in which the coolant circulated therein through an operation of a second water pump provided on a battery cooling line, connected with the cooling line through the battery cooling line; and
a chiller connected with the refrigerant line through a connection line, provided on the battery cooling line, and controlling a temperature of the coolant by heat-exchanging the coolant and the refrigerant selectively introduced thereinto,
wherein a first valve, which selectively connects the cooling line and the battery cooling line, is provided on the battery cooling line between the radiator and the chiller, and a second valve, which selectively connects the cooling line and the battery cooling line, is provided on the cooling line between the radiator and the battery module,
wherein a reservoir tank is provided on the cooling line between the radiator and the second valve, and
wherein the reservoir tank is connected with the first branch line through a degassing line.

US Pat. No. 10,166,834

HEATING SYSTEM OF HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heating system of a hybrid vehicle comprising:a cooling water line connected to an engine of the vehicle;
a plurality of heat exchangers provided at the cooling water line such that cooling water flows through the heat exchangers, the plurality of heat exchangers being arranged within an air conditioning duct, through which air flows;
a plurality of thermoelectric elements each attached, at a first surface thereof, to each of the plurality of heat exchangers while being exposed, at a second surface thereof, to air flowing through the air conditioning duct such that the second surface functions as a heating surface; and
a controller for controlling start or stop of the engine, to maintain a cooling water temperature between an upper limit temperature and a lower limit temperature while controlling operation of the plurality of thermoelectric elements such that a temperature measured at an outlet of the air conditioning duct satisfies a target temperature,
wherein the controller performs a primary temperature determination for determining whether or not a temperature of discharge air supplied to a passenger compartment is lower than the target temperature,
wherein, when it is determined through the primary temperature determination that the temperature of the discharge air supplied to the passenger compartment is lower than the target temperature, the controller increases a number of operated thermoelectric elements among the plurality of thermoelectric elements, and the controller executes the primary temperature determination again, and
wherein, when it is determined through the primary temperature determination that the temperature of the discharge air supplied to the passenger compartment is not lower than the target temperature, the controller reduces the number of operated thermoelectric elements among the plurality of thermoelectric elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,833

ACTIVELY ADJUSTABLE WHEEL SUSPENSION FOR THE WHEELS OF AN AXLE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. An actively adjustable wheel suspension for a wheel of an axle of a motor vehicle, comprisinga first rotary actuator operatively connected to the wheel and supported on a body of the motor vehicle, said first rotary actuator including a torsion bar and at least one strut which is provided for torque support, with the first rotary actuator and the torsion bar being oriented in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and with the at least one strut being oriented in a vehicle transverse direction; and
a control unit configured to activate the first rotary actuator for active adjustment,
wherein the at least one strut of the first rotary actuator is designed in the shape of a housing, with the control unit being integrated in the at least one strut.

US Pat. No. 10,166,832

PERFORMANCE-VARIABLE BUSHINGS AS WELL AS GAS SPRING AND DAMPER ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING SAME

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. A performance-variable bushing assembly dimensioned for securement between an end member of an associated gas spring assembly and a damper element of an associated damper assembly, said bushing assembly comprising:an inner support element including an element wall with an outside surface and inside surface at least partially defining a passage through said inner support element, said element wall including a flange wall portion extending outwardly from along said outside surface toward an outer peripheral edge;
an outer support element spaced radially outward and coextensive with at least a portion of said inner support element;
an elastomeric connecting element extending between and operatively connecting said inner and outer support elements such that a substantially fluid-tight seal is formed therebetween, said elastomeric connecting element at least partially formed from one of an electrorheological elastomeric material and a magnetorheological elastomeric material; and,
a variation-inducing element operatively associated with at least said elastomeric connecting element and selectively operable to vary values of one or more physical properties within predetermined ranges of values corresponding to said one or more physical properties.

US Pat. No. 10,166,831

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE HEIGHT OF A VEHICLE BODY

1. A device for adjusting a height of a vehicle body, comprising a movement thread adapted to be arranged between the vehicle body and a wheel carrier, with two thread parts that are rotatable relative to each other and are formed from a spindle and a spindle nut, a locking device bridging the movement thread in at least two axial positions with a positive lock, including a locking sleeve with locking stops arranged over a circumference at different axial positions, the locking sleeve has a modular construction formed from a stack including at least one locking element containing locking stops and groove sections and at least one intermediate element containing exclusively groove sections.

US Pat. No. 10,166,830

GAS SPRING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, MOTOR VEHICLE WITH SUCH A GAS SPRING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A gas spring system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a gas pressure generation unit having a gas feed chamber, an energy gas chamber, and a diaphragm that separates the gas feed chamber from the energy gas chamber, the gas pressure generation unit being operated by a gas pressure, the gas pressure being an energy gas pressure of an energy gas for a motor vehicle drive;
at least one gas pressure receiver in fluid connection with the gas pressure generation unit;
a first controllable valve element configured to admit a second gas into a first chamber; and
a second controllable valve element configured to discharge the second gas from the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,829

STRUT MOUNT BEARING UNIT

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A strut mount and bearing assembly for connecting a wheel strut unit with a vehicle body, the strut unit including a shock absorber with a shaft extending along a central shock absorber axis and a suspension spring having a load centerline, the assembly comprising:a strut mount having upper and lower ends, a central bore extending generally between the upper and lower ends and a generally annular upper race surface disposed between the upper and lower ends and extending circumferentially about the bore, the upper end being configured to fixedly connect with the vehicle body and having a generally flat attachment surface extending substantially perpendicularly to the centerline and disposeable against a surface of the vehicle body, the central bore being configured to receive an upper end of the shock absorber shaft and having a centerline extending generally collinearly with the shock absorber axis;
a generally annular, first bearing race disposed on or provided by the upper race surface of the strut mount and having a central axis, the bearing race axis being generally coaxial or parallel with the spring load centerline;
a spring seat movably coupled with the strut mount and having an upper end with a generally annular lower race surface and a lower end with a generally circular engagement surface contactable by an upper end of the suspension spring, the engagement surface having a center and a diameter;
a generally annular, second bearing race disposed on or provided by the lower race surface of the spring seat and arranged facing generally toward and spaced axially from the first bearing race; and
a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the first and second bearing races so as to form a bearing;
wherein the strut mount and the spring seat are sized and configured such that a ratio of the diameter of the spring engagement surface to an axial distance between the upper attachment surface and the engagement surface center is greater than two (2); and
wherein one of:
the second bearing race has a diameter larger than a diameter of the first bearing race and is disposed at least partially circumferentially about the first bearing race; and
the first bearing race has a diameter larger than a diameter of the second bearing race and is disposed at least partially circumferentially about the second bearing race.

US Pat. No. 10,166,828

SUSPENSION DEVICE FOR AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A suspension device for an amphibious vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a cylinder body and a piston disposed slidably inside the cylinder body, the piston defining a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber inside the cylinder body;
an accumulator connected to the first hydraulic chamber of the hydraulic cylinder; and
a pressure system configured to selectively perform supply of a working fluid to one of the first hydraulic chamber or the second hydraulic chamber of the hydraulic cylinder and discharge of the working fluid from the other one of the first hydraulic chamber or the second hydraulic chamber,
wherein the pressure system includes:
a pump configured to discharge the working fluid;
a first control valve disposed in a first flow path extending between the pump and the first hydraulic chamber, the first control valve being configured to control supply of the working fluid from the pump to the first hydraulic chamber;
a pilot check valve disposed in a portion of the first flow path which extends between the first hydraulic chamber and the first control valve, the pilot check valve being configured to open and close the first flow path in accordance with a pilot pressure; and
a second control valve disposed in a pilot flow path extending between the pump and the pilot check valve, the second control valve being configured to control supply of the pilot pressure to the pilot check valve, and
wherein the accumulator is directly connected to the first hydraulic chamber without passing through the first flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,166,827

MULTI-FUNCTION HITCH ACCESSORY RETAINING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A hitch accessory retaining device, comprising:a hitch pin, comprising:
a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is configured to be inserted completely through a hitch receiver and an accessory shank, wherein the accessory shank has an aperture;
a first shank portion and a second shank portion, wherein the second shank portion comprises a smaller diameter than the first shank portion, such that a shoulder is formed between the first shank portion and the second shank portion; and
a biasing mechanism configured to bias a hollow engagement pin outwardly, wherein the hollow engagement pin comprises a retaining lip;
wherein when the hollow engagement pin aligns with the accessory shank aperture thereby engaging the accessory shank aperture, the hollow engagement pin is depressable and the accessory shank insertable into a hitch receiver until the hollow engagement pin aligns with a receiver aperture, wherein when the hollow engagement pin aligns with the receiver aperture, the hollow engagement pin is actuated to an extended position and engages the receiver aperture; and
wherein the second end of the hitch pin is configured to extend through the hollow engagement pin such that the shoulder prevents the hollow engagement pin from fully retracting when the hitch retaining device is installed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,826

UNIVERSAL HITCH ADAPTER AND SYSTEM

1. An aircraft tractor comprising:a front end and a rear end opposite the front end;
an aircraft tractor hitch; and
a universal hitch adapter system including:
at least one force sensor disposed between one of the front end and the rear end and the aircraft tractor hitch;
at least one input operable to receive force measurements from the at least one force sensor;
a memory storing information for each of a plurality of aircrafts thereon;
a user input interface operable to receive a user's selection of the information for one of the plurality of aircrafts stored in the memory; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the at least one input, the memory, and the user input interface and operably configured to determine, based on the user's selection of the information for the one of the plurality of aircrafts, at least one shear pin breaking force threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,825

JOINT STRUCTURE FOR AN AIR VALVE

Lung-Kuo Hsu, Erlin Town...

1. A joint comprising:a body having an inlet segment, an outlet segment, and an air channel defined between the inlet segment and the outlet segment, wherein the outlet segment has a connection orifice;
at least one locking block fixed in the outlet segment of the body, with each of the at least one locking block having a tooth formed on an inner side thereof, with each locking block having a driving portion arranged on an outer side thereof, wherein the tooth is controlled to move between a first position and a second position, wherein between the first position and the second position is defined a reverse driving travel path obliquely extending to the inlet segment, wherein the first position is located in the air channel, wherein the second position is located outside the air channel, wherein each locking block also has a coupling shaft formed on one side thereof and secured in the connection orifice to produce the reverse driving travel path, wherein the reverse driving travel path of the tooth of each locking block is arcuate, wherein the driving portion and the coupling shaft are on opposite sides of the tooth, wherein the tooth is close to the air channel, the driving portion is adjacent to the inlet segment, and the coupling shaft is proximate to the outlet segment; and
at least one resilient element urging the tooth of each locking block to move to the first position, and wherein when controlling the driving portion, each of the at least one resilient element is pressed so that the tooth moves to the second position along the reverse driving travel path.

US Pat. No. 10,166,824

INDIRECT TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM

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

1. An indirect tire pressure monitoring system comprising an estimated internal pressure transmitter that calculates and transmits an estimated internal pressure of a tire when a vehicle is travelling based on a wheel speed, a measured internal pressure of the tire at halt, and a measured temperature of the tire at halt,wherein the estimated internal pressure transmitter comprises a CPU and a memory, and
wherein a map data that is based on a vehicle speed and a wheel speed is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,166,823

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A tire air pressure monitoring system for a vehicle, the tire air pressure monitoring system comprising:a detector configured to detect tire air pressures of tires of the vehicle; and
a processing device,
wherein the processing device is configured to
output a first notification that is an alarm representing a reduced tire air pressure state based on at least one of the tire air pressures less than or equal to a first threshold,
detect a predetermined opportunity at which the tires can be filled with air, and
output a second notification, differently from the first notification, based on a detection of the predetermined opportunity and at least one of the tire air pressures less than or equal to a second threshold but greater than the first threshold, the second threshold being greater than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,821

SMALL TRAILER TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Equalaire Systems, Inc., ...

15. A tire inflation system for a trailer capable of being pulled by a non-class 8 vehicle, the trailer comprising an axle and a pneumatic tire mounted at each end of the axle, but without air brakes, the system comprising:a first rotary fluid connection mounted at a first end of the trailer axle and in sealed fluid communication with a first pneumatic tire mounted at the first end of the trailer axle;
a second rotary fluid connection mounted at a second end of the trailer axle and in sealed fluid communication with a second pneumatic tire mounted at the second end of the trailer axle; and
a fluid connector configured for sealed connection to an external fluid pressure source external to the trailer and the vehicle, the first rotary fluid connection and the second rotary fluid connection being in sealed fluid communication with the fluid connector such that fluid flowing into the fluid connector from the external fluid pressure source may flow substantially simultaneously into the first and second pneumatic tires.

US Pat. No. 10,166,820

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a plurality of polygonal shallow grooves, formed on a surface of a land portion of a tread surface, for constructing closed loops, wherein the plurality of polygonal shallow grooves formed on one of the land portions have internal regions which are independent of each other, andwherein the depth of the polygonal shallow groove is smaller than the depth of a sipe formed on the surface of the land portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,819

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a carcass layer;
a belt layer disposed outward of the carcass layer in a tire radial direction;
a tread rubber disposed outward of the belt layer in the tire radial direction; at least three circumferential main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction; and
a plurality of land portions partitioned by the circumferential main grooves,
the belt layer being formed by laminating a pair of cross belts having belt angles, as an absolute value, of not less than 10° and not greater than 45° and of mutually opposite signs, and a circumferential reinforcing layer having a belt angle within a range of ±5° with respect to the tire circumferential direction,
when viewed as a cross-section from a tire meridian direction, when a wear end surface WE of the circumferential main grooves is drawn, a distance Dcc from the circumferential reinforcing layer to the wear end surface WE along a tire equatorial plane and a distance De from an end portion of the circumferential reinforcing layer to the wear end surface WE having a relationship such that De/Dcc?0.94,
a diameter Ya at a highest position of the carcass layer and a diameter Yd of the carcass layer at a position of the end portion of the circumferential reinforcing layer having a relationship such that 0.95?Yd/Ya?1.02,
a distance Gcc from a tread profile to a tire inner circumferential surface along the tire equatorial plane and a distance Gsh from a tread edge to the tire inner circumferential surface having a relationship such that 1.20?Gsh/Gcc,
the land portion located furthest out in a tire width direction being referred to as a shoulder land portion, a diameter D1 of the a tread profile along the tire equatorial plane, a diameter D2 of the tread profile at an edge portion of the shoulder land portion inward in the tire width direction, and a diameter D3 of the tread profile at an end portion of the circumferential reinforcing layer having a relationship such that D1>D2, D1>D3, and 0?(D2?D3)/(D1?D3)?0.85, and
the circumferential reinforcing layer terminating inward in the tire width direction of an outermost circumferential main groove in the tire width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,818

SNOW TIRE TREAD COMPRISING INCISIONS AND CAVITIES

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A tread for a snow tire comprising:a plurality of blocks separated by grooves, wherein the blocks are provided with sipe incisions dividing into several parts from a certain depth onwards, referred to as complex sipes, each complex sipe having, when viewed in cross section, a rectilinear first part extending radially from the tread surface of the tread, and a second part extending the first part and comprising at least two branches each having an end,
cavities, each cavity extending between the branches of a complex sipe, each cavity comprising a bottom wall which, in a radial direction, is entirely situated closer to the ends of the branches than to the rectilinear first part,
wherein the cavities and the grooves of the tread are configured so that the tread has a voids surface ratio at the end of wear greater than or equal to 35%, and wherein the distance (D) between two branches of two adjacent complex sipes is at least equal to 2 mm;
wherein each of the complex sipes extends between opposite ends that are spaced from the grooves that separate the blocks; and
wherein each of the complex sipes includes a volume of rubber that is positioned in the second part and is located above the cavity and wherein ends of the volume of rubber is attached to the block.

US Pat. No. 10,166,817

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:a carcass extending across a pair of bead portions;
an inclined belt which is disposed on the tire radial outer side of a crown portion of the carcass and includes inclined belt layers each having cords extending as being inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction; and
an inner liner disposed on the inside of the carcass, wherein:
the inner liner has a thickness of 1.5 mm or more at least in part of a side portion of the tire;
the inclined belt layers include at least one inclined belt layer that has cords inclined at an inclination angle of 35° or more with respect to the tire circumferential direction,
the pneumatic tire has a section width SW and an outer diameter OD which satisfy the following relationships when an internal pressure of the pneumatic tire is 250 kPa or higher;
when the section width SW of the pneumatic tire is less than 165 mm, SW/OD is 0.26 or less, and
when the section width SW of the pneumatic tire is 165 mm or larger, the outer diameter OD satisfies OD?2.135×SW+282.3,
a rubber composition forming the inner liner has an air permeability coefficient of 1.0×10?14 cc-cm/(cm2-s-cm-Hg) ore more and 6.5×10?10 cc-cm/(cm2-s-cm-Hg) or less,
the rubber composition forming the inner liner has a dynamic storage elastic modulus E? at ?40° C. of 500 MPa or higher and 8000 MPa or lower,
the rubber composition forming the inner liner has a loss tangent (tan ?) of 0.1 or more and 0.3 or less,
a tread rubber of the pneumatic tire has a dynamic storage elastic modulus E? at 30° C. in a range of 6.0 MPa to 12.0 MPa, and
the tread rubber has a loss tangent (tan ?) at 60° C. within a range of 0.05 to 0.15.

US Pat. No. 10,166,816

SOUND SOURCE DEVICE OF HORN

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A sound source device of a horn mounted on a vehicle, comprising:a diaphragm;
a movable iron core connected to the diaphragm through a support point; and
a coil into which a driving signal is inputted and which drives the movable iron core, the driving signal including a first signal component of a first frequency which resonates with the diaphragm, and a second signal component of a second frequency which resonates with the movable iron core and has a chord relationship with the first frequency, wherein
the support point is provided at a position eccentric from a center of the diaphragm, and
the movable iron core is structured so that a gravity center of the movable iron core is displaced further in an eccentric direction of the support point than the support point.

US Pat. No. 10,166,815

TIRE LAMINATE, INNER LINER MATERIAL FOR TIRE, AND PNEUMATIC TIRE

THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., ...

1. A laminate for a tire comprising a film of a thermoplastic resin composition and a layer of a rubber composition laminated on the film, wherein the rubber composition comprises(a) at least one rubber component,
(b) a condensate of a compound represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 are independently selected from hydrogen, hydroxyl group, alkyl groups having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, —O—R6 (wherein R6 is an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms), and —R7—O—R8 (wherein R7 is an alkylene group having 1 to 7 carbon atoms, and R8 is an alkyl group having 1 to 7 carbon atoms, with the proviso that the sum of the carbon atoms of R7 and R8 is 2 to 8), with formaldehyde,(c) at least one methylene donor, and
(d) a vulcanizing agent,wherein condensate (b) is present in an amount of 0.5 to 20 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the total amount of at least one rubber component (a),at least one methylene donor (c) is present in an amount of 0.25 to 200 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the total amount of at least one rubber component (a),
the weight ratio of at least one methylene donor (c) and condensate (b) is 0.5:1 to 10:1, and
at least one rubber component (a) comprises a nitrile rubber containing a carboxyl group in at least one site of side chains and terminals thereof, in an amount of 4 to 40 parts by weight based on the total amount of at least one rubber component (a).

US Pat. No. 10,166,812

AXLE ASSEMBLY

1. An axle assembly comprising:an axle housing;
a shaft received in the axle housing;
a shaft bearing supporting the shaft for rotation relative to the housing about an axle shaft axis, the shaft bearing having an inner race, which is received on and directly engaged to the shaft, and an outer race that is received on and directly engaged to the axle housing;
a differential assembly having an output member that is non-rotatably coupled to the shaft; and
an annular band, which is fixedly coupled to the shaft at a location along the axle shaft axis between the inner race and the output member; and
a secondary retainer that is disposed along the axle shaft axis between the annular band and the output member and is configured to limit movement of the annular band along the axle shaft axis in a direction toward the output member;
wherein the secondary retainer comprises a retaining ring that is received into a circumferentially extending slot formed in the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,811

SECURITY DEVICES

1. A combination comprising:a document having an image applied thereto;
a security device affixed to a surface of the document and comprising:
a first layer applied to the image, the layer comprising a first portion and a second portion in communication with a first image area of the image and a second image area of the image, respectively; and
the first layer comprising a coating composition comprising fully exfoliated single sheets of graphene; and
wherein
the first portion comprises a first detectable property comprising:
a first value correlated with the fully exfoliated single sheets of graphene; and
a first X-ray diffraction pattern and a first electrical conductivity;
the second portion comprises a second detectable property comprising:
a second value correlated with the fully exfoliated single sheets of graphene; and
a second X-ray diffraction pattern and a second electrical conductivity;
the first detectable property and the second detectable property are not equal; and
together create a distinctive signature; and
an electrical or electronic component conductively coupled to the security device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,810

OPTICALLY VARIABLE MAGNETIC SECURITY THREADS AND STRIPES

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security thread or stripe comprising:i) an optically variable layer imparting a different color impression at different viewing angles and being made of an optically variable composition comprising optically variable pigment particles;
ii) a magnetic code made of a magnetic composition comprising pigment particles, one or more infrared transparent dyes and/or one or more infrared transparent pigments, said pigment particles comprising a magnetic core having a shape of a sphere surrounded by a layer made of one or more inorganic materials, and
iii) a non-metallized substrate,
wherein the magnetic code has a color matching the color impression of the optically variable layer at one viewing angle,
wherein the optically variable layer and the magnetic code are jointly visible from one side of the security thread or stripe, and
wherein the pigment particles comprise the magnetic core surrounded by a first layer made of one or more inorganic materials and a second layer made of one or more inorganic materials, wherein at least one of the first layer and second layer is made of one or more inorganic materials being metals and wherein the second layer is not made of a same material as the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,809

OPTICALLY VARIABLE DEVICES, THEIR PRODUCTION AND USE

Bank of Canada, (CA)

1. An optically variable device, the device comprising:a control element or layer comprising a magnetic material that is permanently or temporarily magnetic, such that a magnetic field emanates from the material;
one or more responsive optical element(s);
the control element or layer and the responsive optical element(s) moveable in the device relative to one another upon application of an external influence upon the device, to change the distance of separation of the control element or layer from the responsive optical element(s), and therefore to change the strength of the magnetic field impinging upon the responsive optical element(s) from the magnetic material of the control element or layer;
the relative movement and/or the change of the strength of the magnetic field impinging upon the responsive optical element(s), causing a change of perceivable or detectable optical properties of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,805

COATED PRINT MEDIA AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method of forming a coated print media comprising:(a) providing an aqueous starting slurry containing unground precipitated calcium carbonate particles and unground zeolite particles, wherein said zeolite is selected from the group consisting of Zeolite A, Zeolite X, and combination thereof;
(b) subjecting the starting slurry to grinding in a milling device to reduce the average particle size of precipitated calcium carbonate and zeolite, whereby grinding unground particles of precipitated calcium carbonate and zeolite produces co-milled particles which take on the form of aggregates, and the viscosity of the slurry increases as grinding continues;
(c) when the average particle size starts to increase with more grinding, adding a dispersant in an amount up to about 1% by weight based on the total weight of the slurry to lower the viscosity to a level sufficient for maintaining a consistent decrease in particle size;
(d) preparing an aqueous coating composition which comprises said co-milled particles of precipitated calcium carbonate and zeolite and at least one binder;
(e) applying said coating composition onto at least one surface of a media substrate; and
(f) drying said coating composition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,804

PRINTABLE RECORDING MEDIA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printable recording medium comprising:a) a substrate;
b) and a coating layer including a mixture of:
i) a first polymer comprising an ethylene-vinyl alcohol co-polymer with a crystallization temperature that is above 150° C.; and
ii) a second polymer comprising:
ethylene residues;
ethyl acrylate residues or acrylic ester residues; and
maleic anhydride residues;
wherein the amount of first polymer in the mixture is about 50% to about 95% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,166,802

STAMP-FACE PLATEMAKING DEVICE, MEDIUM HOLDER, AND MEDIUM HOLDER MANUFACTURING METHOD

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A stamp-face platemaking device capable of performing platemaking of a stamp face on stamp face materials of various sizes, the stamp-face platemaking device comprising:a plate insertion portion;
a single sensor configured to detect at least two positions from among: a position of a top end portion of a medium holder on a sensor scanning line in an inserting direction, a position of one pattern end portion of a printing pattern printed on the medium holder on the sensor scanning line, and a position of the other pattern end portion of the printing pattern printed on the medium holder on the sensor scanning line, when the medium holder is inserted into the plate insertion portion, wherein the medium holder includes: a stamp face material capable of being made nonporous by being heated, and a holding unit configured to hold the stamp face material and provided with, at a side end portion thereof, the printing pattern that varies in accordance with a size of the held stamp face material;
a processor configured to set the size of the held stamp face material based on a distance between at least two of the positions detected by the sensor;
a platemaking unit configured to perform platemaking of the stamp face by heating the held stamp face material within the size of the stamp face material set by the processor; and
a memory configured to store an image for platemaking;
wherein the processor is configured to read the image for platemaking from the memory, and to determine whether a size of the image for platemaking is the same size as the set size of the stamp face material; and
wherein the processor is configured to conduct the platemaking on the stamp face material when the size of the image for platemaking is determined to be the same size as the set size of the stamp face material, and the processor is configured not to conduct the platemaking on the stamp face material and to notify of a size mismatch when the size of the image for platemaking is determined not to be the same size as the set size of the stamp face material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,801

SINGLE PASS IMAGING USING RAPIDLY ADDRESSABLE LASER LAMINATION

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A system for transferring a marking material from a ribbon to a substrate, the system comprising:a ribbon take-up device;
a ribbon supply source that supplies the ribbon to the ribbon take-up device such that the ribbon is moved in a process direction;
a pressure roll located between the ribbon supply source and the ribbon take-up device in the process direction, the pressure roll being configured to apply pressure to the ribbon at a pressure location when the ribbon is positioned between the pressure roll and the substrate; and
a laser beam source that directs a laser beam through the pressure roll and onto the ribbon at the pressure location such that a marking portion of the ribbon is heated by the laser beam and transferred to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,166,800

RIBBON CASSETTE INCLUDING INK RIBBON, FIRST SPOOL, AND SECOND SPOOL

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A ribbon cassette comprising:a box like case;
an ink ribbon accommodated in an interior of the case;
a first spool having a hollow cylindrical shape and rotatably supported in the case, one end portion of the ink ribbon being wound over the first spool;
a second spool having a hollow cylindrical shape and rotatably supported in the case, another end portion of the ink ribbon being connected to the second spool;
a rotating member disposed in an interior of the first spool and engaged with a first inner surface which is a part of an inner surface of the first spool;
a clutch spring comprising a coil like annular part attached to the rotating member, and an extension part extending from the annular part; and
an engaging part provided in the case and positioned on a locus of rotation of the extension part,
wherein the first spool has a specific protruding portion provided at a second inner surface which is another part of the inner surface of the first spool and is positioned at a different position from a position of the first inner surface with respect to a first direction which is an extending direction of a rotation axis of the first spool, the specific protruding portion protruding in a second direction crossing the rotation axis of the first spool, and
wherein the case has a case-hole positioned closer to the second inner surface than to the first inner surface, the case-hole having a portion overlapped in the first direction with an entire circular region surrounded by a path of rotation of a tip end portion in the second direction of the specific protruding portion, the case-hole being in communication with the interior of the first spool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,799

SERVICE STATIONS FOR HANDHELD FLUID JET APPARATUSES

1. A service station for servicing a handheld jet dispensing apparatus comprising a fluid jet cartridge carrying a composition and a camera for capturing an image of a surface, the service station comprising:a body having a docking portion that is sized to receive the jet dispensing apparatus;
a servicing portion located adjacent the docking portion, the servicing portion configured to receive a replaceable servicing cassette and to position the servicing cassette for interaction with nozzles of the fluid jet cartridge of the jet dispensing apparatus for a cartridge servicing operation; and
an actuator configured to move the servicing cassette during the cartridge servicing operation relative to the fluid jet cartridge of the handheld jet dispensing apparatus with the handheld jet dispensing apparatus in the docking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,798

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MOVING METHOD OF MEDIUM SUPPORT PORTION

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a medium support portion which supports a medium, and is configured to move between a set position and a printing start position along a movement direction, the set position being a position where the medium is set to the medium support portion and the printing start position being a position where printing starts on the medium that is supported by the medium support portion;
a printing unit which is configured to print an image on the medium that is supported by the medium support portion while the medium support portion moves from the printing start position to the set position;
a housing portion which accommodates the printing unit, and includes an opening portion through which the medium support portion passes when the medium support portion moves between the set position and the printing start position; and
a cover portion which is capable of covering the opening portion,
wherein the cover portion covers the opening portion when the medium support portion enters inside the opening portion and is located at the printing start position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,797

PRINTER WHICH SETS A PRINT AREA BASED ON A SCANNED IMAGE OF A MATERIAL ON WHICH PRINTING IS TO BE PERFORMED, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTER, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printer comprising:a processor;
a print head configured to perform printing on a material in accordance with input print data; and
a scanner configured to acquire an image of the material on which the print data is to be printed,
wherein the processor is configured to:
detect at least one line extending in a first direction on the material from the image acquired by the scanner when the printer moves in a moving direction in which the scanner is on a leading side of the print head, and
set a print area along the first direction based on the detected at least one line on the material, and
wherein the print head prints the print data on the material in the print area set by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,795

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge which is configured to be mounted in a tape printing apparatus, comprising:a cartridge case,
a tape-shaped member which comprises a mount tape and a printing tape releasably stuck to the mount tape, and is contained in the cartridge case,
an ink ribbon which is contained in the cartridge case,
a roller which is contained rotatably in the cartridge case, is configured to feed the tape-shaped member outside the cartridge case by rotation, and is movable to a tape feeding upstream side in association with a retracting of the tape-shaped member into the cartridge case,
a retracting prevention part which is cantilevered by the cartridge case on the tape feeding upstream side from the roller so as to be elastically bent by receiving a tension of the fed tape-shaped member, and holds the tape-shaped member together with the roller moved to the tape feeding upstream side in association with the retracting of the tape-shaped member into the cartridge case, and
a ribbon guide part which is provided in the retracting prevention part in a direction in which the retracting prevention part is bent by the tension of the tape-shaped member, and is configured to guide the ink ribbon fed between the ribbon guide part and the retracting prevention part,
wherein the retracting prevention part comprises:
a tape holding part which holds the tape-shaped member together with the roller, and
an upstream base end provided at a base end of the tape holding part on the tape feeding upstream side of the tape holding part, and in a position of being overlapped with the ribbon guide part when viewed from the bending direction,
wherein a height of the tape holding part is larger than a height of the upstream base end.

US Pat. No. 10,166,794

PRINTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a sheet conveyer unit configured to convey a sheet;
a printer unit configured to discharge ink and print an image on the sheet being conveyed in a conveying direction by the sheet conveyer unit; and
a controller configured to control the printer unit and the sheet conveyer unit according to a print job,
wherein the sheet conveyer unit comprises a first roller unit disposed at an upstream position from the printer unit with regard to the conveying direction and a second roller unit disposed at a downstream position from the printer unit with regard to the conveying direction;
wherein a first conveyer path, in which the sheet conveyed by at least one of the first roller unit and the second roller unit in the conveying direction with the image printed thereon by the printer unit travels, and a second conveyer path, in which the sheet conveyed by the second roller unit in a reverse direction travels to be inverted and is guided to return to the first conveyer path, are formed in the sheet conveyer unit;
wherein the controller is configured to execute:
a first-face printing process, in which the image is printed by the printer unit according to the print job on a first face of the sheet being conveyed in the first conveyer path in the conveying direction;
a switchback process, in which the sheet after the first-face printing process is conveyed by the second roller unit through the second conveyer path to be returned to the first conveyer path;
a second-face printing process, in which the image is printed by the printer unit according to the print job on a second face of the sheet returned to the first conveyer path;
an ink amount determining process comparing a discharged ink amount, the discharged ink amount being an amount of ink having been discharged at a contact area on the first face of the sheet in the first-face printing process, to a threshold amount A, the contact area being an area in the sheet to contact the first roller unit during the second-face printing process; and
a second-face print setting process, in which,
based on a comparison in the ink amount determining process that the discharged ink amount at the contact area is equal to or larger than the threshold amount A, the controller sets a rotation speed of the first roller unit for conveying the sheet in at least a part of the second-face printing process at a first rotation speed, and
based on a comparison in the ink amount determining process that the discharged ink amount at the contact area is smaller than the threshold amount A, the controller sets the rotation speed of the first roller unit in the second-face printing process at a second rotation speed higher than the first rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,793

SERIAL-TYPE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A serial-type recording apparatus, comprising:a casing including a conveyance path configured to guide a sheet in a conveyance direction;
a feed tray configured to load sheets;
a feed roller configured to feed each sheet loaded on the feed tray to the conveyance path;
a conveyance roller pair provided in the conveyance path and configured to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction while nipping the sheet;
a carriage provided in the conveyance path at a position downstream of the conveyance roller pair in the conveyance direction and configured to move in a direction intersecting with the conveyance direction;
a recording head carried on the carriage;
a sheet sensor provided in the conveyance path at a position upstream of the conveyance roller pair in the conveyance direction and configured to detect whether or not the sheet is present;
a first motor configured to drive the feed roller;
a second motor configured to drive the conveyance roller pair;
a third motor configured to drive the carriage;
a controller configured to control the first motor, the second motor, and the third motor to execute continuous recording processing in which, before completion of image recording on a first sheet fed before a second sheet, the second sheet is fed from the feed tray; and
a memory storing a first current limit value and a second current limit value larger than the first current limit value, of the first motor,
wherein the controller is configured to:
drive the second motor to perform intermittent conveyance of the first sheet;
drive the third motor to perform one-pass image recording on the first sheet by use of the recording head while moving the carriage, at least in a state where the first sheet is stopped;
perform the intermittent conveyance and the one-pass image recording alternately and repeatedly to complete the image recording on the first sheet;
set the first current limit value in the first motor and drive the first motor having the first current limit value to feed the second sheet from the feed tray before completion of the image recording on the first sheet;
determine whether feed failure of the second sheet occurs or not based on a detection signal from the sheet sensor; and
set the second current limit value in the first motor and drive the first motor having the second current limit value to refeed the second sheet from the feed tray, on condition that driving of the second motor has completed a last intermittent conveyance of the first sheet and the feed failure of the second sheet has been determined.

US Pat. No. 10,166,792

METHOD FOR REDUCING BANDING EFFECTS

DURST PHOTOTECHNIK DIGITA...

1. Method for reducing banding effects in images, in particular gloss banding effects, by means of a printer that works with a printing module, a hardening unit, and a medium feeder, the method comprising the following steps:providing, during a printing scan of the printing module, printed lines extending in a print scan direction and having a first line width, whose ends forming a line margin define a printing texture, and
during a hardening scan of the hardening unit, hardening the printed lines to form hardened lines with a second line width, whose ends forming the line margin define a wet/dry texture,
wherein a printed line of a printing scan partially, but not completely overlaps with a hardened line of a hardening scan in the print scan direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,791

PRINT MEDIA CUTTERS FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print media cutter for a printing apparatus, comprising:an active cutting wheel to reciprocate across a print medium; and
a driving arrangement to drive the active cutting wheel in rotation during displacement of the cutter in a first direction, and to be disengaged from the active cutting wheel during displacement of the cutter in a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the driving arrangement comprises a one-way clutch to selectively engage or disengage one element of the driving arrangement with respect to another element of the driving arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,166,790

DYNAMIC PRINT MEDIA WEIGHT DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A printing device comprising:a flexible member positioned in a print media pathway, which is deflected by a moving sheet to be printed;
a sensor system which outputs signals in response to a detected deflection of the flexible member, the output signals comprising a pulse;
a weight output component which outputs a weight-related value for the sheet based on the output signal; and
an adjustment component which adjusts a setting of the printing device based on the weight-related value further comprising a calibration component which receives signals output by the sensor system in response to a detected deflection of the flexible member for a plurality of known sheet weights and calibrates the weight output component based thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,166,789

PRINTING DEVICE

CUSTOM S.P.A., Fontevivo...

1. A printing device comprising:a path for supplying a paper towards an outlet of a printed document;
a print head for printing on the paper that advances along said path;
an alteration in said path for promoting a rise of the paper if the normal advancing of the paper is obstructed;
a sensor arranged along said path for detecting non-raised paper on said path;
a controller for interrupting said print head if said sensor no longer detects paper along said path.

US Pat. No. 10,166,788

DETERMINING INSUFFICIENT SUCTION FORCE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printing system comprising:a printing zone comprising a platen;
a drive to move a medium through the printing zone;
a suction force generator to generate a suction force to hold down the medium onto the platen while the drive moves the medium through the printing zone;
a sensor to monitor the movement of the medium through the printing zone in a medium advance direction; and
a controller to determine that the suction force generated by the suction source generator is insufficient based on an output of the sensor and at least one of:
an amount of ink or toner consumed by the printing system;
distance by which the medium has been moved through the printing zone by the drive upon loading the medium into the printing system; and
a type of the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,166,786

DEVICE INCLUDING MOVABLE HEAD AND HEAD CONTROL METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A device comprising:a head to perform an operation on an object, upon the object being conveyed in a conveyance direction;
a head moving device to move the head in a width direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction;
a position detector to detect a position of the object in the width direction, upon the object being conveyed;
a speed detector to detect a moving speed of the object in the width direction, upon the object being conveyed;
a position predictor to predict a width position of the object, upon the object being conveyed, after elapse of a time period, based on the position detected by the position detector and the moving speed generated detected by the speed detector;
a speed calculator to calculate a travel speed of the head in the width direction to cause the head to arrive at the width position obtained after the elapse of the time period; and
a head travel controller to control the head moving device to move the head at the travel speed calculated by the speed calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,784

PHOTOTHERMAL CONVERSION IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A photothermal conversion image generating device that generates a photothermal conversion image for forming a three-dimensional image by causing a thermally expandable sheet to expand, the device comprising:a processor that allocates, based on at least one of a pre-expansion or post-expansion line width and an expansion height of a line in the three-dimensional image, an image for forming said line to either a front surface of the thermally expandable sheet or a rear surface of the thermally expandable sheet, the processor causing the image so allocated to be printed on the allocated front or rear surface of the thermally expandable sheet,
wherein the line in the three-dimensional image is a protruding line that will protrude after the thermally expandable sheet has expanded, and the processor performs said allocation based on the post-expansion line width of the protruding line.

US Pat. No. 10,166,783

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a conveyor that conveys a recording medium;
an ejector that performs an ejection operation of ejecting a color material that forms an image and an overcoat material onto the recording medium;
a fixing unit that fixes the overcoat material ejected onto the recording medium by the ejector, thereby forming an overcoat on the recording medium;
a reversing unit that reverses the recording medium; and
a hardware processor that causes the fixing unit to form the overcoat on one side of the recording medium being conveyed by the conveyor after causing the ejector to perform the ejection operation on the one side of the recording medium being conveyed by the conveyor at a predetermined ejection position, causes the reversing unit to remove the recording medium from the conveyor downstream of the fixing unit and reverse the recording medium with the overcoat formed on the one side, causes the reversing unit to place the reversed recording medium on the conveyor upstream of the ejector, and causes the fixing unit to form the overcoat on other side of the recording medium opposite to the one side after causing the ejector to perform the ejection operation on the other side at the predetermined ejection position“.

US Pat. No. 10,166,782

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus configured to perform a printing operation using a printing unit that includes a first printing portion provided with an ejection port row in which a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink is arranged in a predetermined direction and a second printing portion provided with an ejection port row in which a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink is arranged in the predetermined direction, the first printing portion and the second printing portion being arranged to be separated from each other in a crossing direction with respect to the predetermined direction, the printing apparatus comprising:a scanning unit configured to relatively scan a print medium in the crossing direction by the printing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the printing operation in such a manner that images are formed in a first area where printing is performed using the first printing portion without using the second printing portion, a second area where printing is performed using both of the first printing portion and the second printing portion, and a third area where printing is performed using the second printing portion without using the first printing portion by scanning each of a front surface and a back surface of the print medium by the scanning unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the printing operation in such a manner that a position of the second area on the front surface of the print medium in the crossing direction and a position of the second area on the back surface of the print medium in the crossing direction are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,781

BOTTLING PLANT WITH AN INFORMATION-ADDING STATION CONFIGURED TO ADD INFORMATION ON THE OUTER SURFACE OF A BOTTLE OR CONTAINER

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A method of printing bottles or similar containers on an outer surface thereof using a container printing arrangement, said method comprising:moving containers on rotatable container supports of a container conveyor past at least one printing station, said at least one printing station comprising: at least one print head, a conveyor arrangement, and transfer elements;
moving, with said conveyor arrangement, said transfer elements from said at least one print head to a printing region, which transfer elements each comprise a first resilient layer and a second resilient layer which supports said first resilient layer;
receiving, from said at least one print head, a print image onto a transfer surface of said first resilient layer;
moving said container conveyor synchronously with said conveyor arrangement, at least in the printing region, and thereby moving each container into contact with a corresponding one of said transfer elements throughout the transfer of a print image onto each container; and
rotating each of said container supports, and thus each container supported thereby, to roll each container on and with said transfer surface, essentially without slip, and thereby transferring a complete print image onto and about an outer surface of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,780

LIQUID ACCOMMODATING BODY, LIQUID FILLING METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid accommodating body comprising:a liquid accommodating chamber that accommodates a liquid;
a pouring port through which the liquid is poured into the liquid accommodating chamber;
a visual recognition portion through which a surface of the liquid accommodated in the liquid accommodating chamber is visually recognized and which is provided on a side wall forming the liquid accommodating chamber;
a partition wall that partitions the liquid accommodating chamber into a pouring port side liquid accommodating chamber into which the liquid is poured through the pouring port and a visual recognition portion side liquid accommodating chamber including the visual recognition portion in a direction intersecting a gravity direction;
a liquid communication portion which is provided between the partition wall and a bottom wall forming the liquid accommodating chamber and through which the pouring port side liquid accommodating chamber and the visual recognition portion side liquid accommodating chamber communicate with each other; and
an upper communication portion extending through the partition wall at a position closer to the pouring port than the liquid communication portion in the gravity direction and through which the pouring port side liquid accommodating chamber and the visual recognition portion side liquid accommodating chamber communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,779

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID-DISCHARGE-HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid-discharge-head substrate having a substrate, an energy-generating element, and a pad, the energy-generating element and the pad being provided on the substrate, the pad being electrically connected to the energy-generating element, the liquid-discharge-head substrate causing liquid to be discharged by causing the energy-generating element to supply energy to the liquid, the method comprising:providing the substrate having the energy-generating element and the pad, the pad having a heating resistor layer, a first wiring layer, a second wiring layer, and a contact-probe receiving section, the contact-probe receiving section having a Vickers hardness that is higher than a Vickers hardness of the second wiring layer;
performing an electrical inspection by bringing a contact probe into contact with the second wiring layer in the pad;
bringing the contact probe into contact with the contact-probe receiving section after the electrical inspection; and
forming, after performing the electrical inspection, a barrier metal layer and bump section,
wherein the barrier metal layer is formed by depositing titanium tungsten to a predetermined thickness over a part of a surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,166,778

REMOVING SEGMENT OF A METAL CONDUCTOR WHILE FORMING PRINTHEADS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A method of forming a printhead, comprising:forming first and second resistors over a first dielectric;
forming a first portion of a second dielectric over the first and second resistors and a second portion of the second dielectric over an exposed inclined surface of the first dielectric in a region between the first and second resistors;
forming a metal conductor over the first and second portions of the second dielectric; and
removing an inclined segment of the metal conductor from an inclined surface of the second portion of the second dielectric to expose the inclined surface of the second portion of the second dielectric.

US Pat. No. 10,166,777

METHOD OF FORMING PIEZO DRIVER ELECTRODES

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A method for forming piezoelectric transducers for inkjet printheads, comprising:forming at least one piezoelectric layer on a substrate;
forming a plurality of first electrodes by depositing, via a printhead, a jettable conductive material as jet droplets on an exposed surface of the at least one piezoelectric layer;
dicing the at least one piezoelectric layer to form a plurality of individual piezoelectric elements from the at least one piezoelectric layer, wherein the dicing of the at least one piezoelectric layer is performed after the depositing of the jettable conductive material, and wherein a dicing blade used for performing the dicing does not contact the jettable conductive material when forming the plurality of individual piezoelectric elements; and
forming a plurality of second electrodes by depositing, via the printhead, a second jettable conductive material as jet droplets on a second exposed surface of each of the plurality of individual piezoelectric elements, wherein each of the plurality of individual piezoelectric elements is disposed between a pair of the first and second electrodes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,166,776

MOLDED FLUID FLOW STRUCTURE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid flow structure, comprising:a fluid dispensing micro device comprising a tapered fluid port to feed fluid to the micro device; and
a monolithic molding comprising a tapered channel defined in the molding through which fluid may flow directly into the micro device, the channel being fluidically coupled to the fluid port,
wherein the micro device is embedded in the molding,
wherein the micro device is a printhead die having a thickness less than or equal to 650 ?m, and
wherein the channel is wider than the fluid port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,774

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of nozzles to discharge liquid;
a plurality of individual liquid chambers communicated with the plurality of nozzles;
a circulation channel communicated with the plurality of individual liquid chambers;
a circulation common liquid chamber communicated with the circulation channel;
a common liquid chamber to supply the liquid to the plurality of individual liquid chambers,
the common liquid chamber including:
a first portion disposed side by side with the circulation common liquid chamber in an in-plane direction; and
a second portion having a width greater than a width of the first portion in the in-plane direction; and
a vibration damping member being recoverably deformable and constituting a wall surface of the second portion of the common liquid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,772

LIQUID-DISCHARGING-HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID-DISCHARGING-HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid-discharging-head substrate comprising:a base;
an insulation layer formed on a surface of the base and having a surface along the surface of the base;
a heating resistor element formed on the surface of the insulation layer;
a wiring formed inside of the insulation layer; and
an electrode formed inside of the insulation layer and connecting the heating resistor element and the wiring,
wherein the insulation layer includes a first opening portion including a first opening formed on the surface of the insulation layer, a second opening having a smaller opening area than an opening area of the first opening, and a surface connecting the first opening and the second opening, and a second opening portion extending from the second opening toward a back surface of the insulation layer,
wherein the electrode is formed in the second opening portion, and a surface of the electrode is located closer to the back surface of the insulation layer than the surface of the insulation layer, and
wherein a surface of the heating resistor element is in contact with the surface of the insulation layer, with the surface connecting the first opening and the second opening and, with the surface of the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,771

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection method comprising:ejecting liquid from an ejection opening; and
using a liquid ejection head including a heating surface configured to heat the liquid and the ejection opening corresponding to the heating surface, by heating the liquid with the heating surface to produce a bubble communicating with air through the ejection opening such that at least a part of the heating surface is exposed to the air through the ejection opening,
wherein the liquid is heated with the heating surface for 0.5 microseconds or shorter to produce a bubble communicating with the air through the ejection opening such that at least a part of the heating surface is exposed to the air through the ejection opening, in order to eject the liquid from the ejection opening.

US Pat. No. 10,166,770

ADDRESSING PIGMENT SETTLING DEFECTS IN TIJ BY USING NATURAL CONVECTION TO STIR THE INK

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. An apparatus comprising:a print head body having a slot to receive fluid from a fluid source;
a series of nozzles along the slot;
a heating device proximate to the slot; and
a controller to actuate the heating device to heat fluid so as to produce convection flow within and along the slot, wherein the heating device heats the fluid so as to produce convection flow along the slot without forming bubbles in the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,166,768

INK JET HEAD DRIVE DEVICE

Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kai...

1. An ink jet head drive device, comprising:an actuator configured to change a pressure on a liquid in a pressure chamber by changing a volume of the pressure chamber in response to a drive signal;
a nozzle plate including a nozzle connected to the pressure chamber and through which the liquid contained in the pressure chamber is ejected when an ejection pulse is supplied to the actuator; and
a drive circuit configured to output the drive signal to the actuator as a drive waveform having a first pulse group and a second pulse group following the first pulse group when at least three consecutive ejection pulses are included in the drive waveform, wherein
all ejection pulses in the first pulse group have a first voltage amplitude,
all ejection pulses in the second pulse group have a second voltage amplitude that is smaller than the first voltage amplitude, and
the second voltage amplitude, when supplied to the actuator, causes a droplet ejected by a last ejection pulse in the second pulse group to travel at a speed that is equal to or higher than a speed of a droplet ejected by a first ejection pulse in the first pulse group.

US Pat. No. 10,166,767

DRIVE WAVEFORM GENERATING DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A drive waveform generating device, comprising:a plurality of waveform generating units, each of the plurality of waveform generating units being configured to generate and apply a droplet discharging drive waveform to a corresponding one of a plurality of pressure generators respectively provided corresponding to a plurality of nozzles of a liquid discharge head, each of the plurality of waveform generating units including:
a detector, configured to detect a type of droplet dischargable from at least one nozzle adjacent to a target nozzle, the type of droplet including a relatively small droplet or a relatively large droplet; and
a waveform generator, configured to apply the droplet discharging drive waveform to be applied to one pressure generator, corresponding to the target nozzle, in accordance with the type of droplet detected by the detector,
the droplet discharging drive waveform in accordance with the relatively small droplet including a single pulse and the droplet discharging drive waveform in accordance with the relatively large droplet including a plurality of pulses, and
the droplet discharging drive waveform in accordance with the relatively small droplet being of a phase different from a phase the droplet discharging drive waveform in accordance with the relatively large droplet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,766

HEAD DRIVING DEVICE, LIQUID-EJECTION HEAD UNIT, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A head driving device that drives a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head including a plurality of nozzles and a plurality of pressure generating devices provided respectively corresponding to the nozzles, the head driving device comprising:a plurality of driving-waveform correcting units provided respectively corresponding to the pressure generating devices, each of the plurality of driving-waveform correcting units being configured to correct driving waveform data that defines ejection characteristics of liquid to be ejected from the corresponding nozzle based on interference patterns expressing variations in the ejection characteristics caused by an interference occurring in the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,765

MEANS FOR HIGHER SPEED INKJET PRINTING

1. An inkjet pagewidth printer for printing on a print medium and comprising:a printhead assembly including a first nozzle array and a second nozzle array, each nozzle array having a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle array being configured to deposit droplets of ink on the print medium such that the two nozzle arrays both deposit droplets of ink in an overlapping transition region of the print medium, wherein, for each nozzle array, the plurality of nozzles includes a number of nozzles disposed to deposit droplets of ink within the overlapping transition region; and
a print firing controller coupled to both nozzle arrays and configured to generate print firing signals for each nozzle array, wherein the print firing signals for each of the number of nozzles in the first nozzle array are generated utilizing a first halftone mask and a first feathering function and wherein the print firing signals for each of the number of nozzles in the second nozzle array are generated utilizing a second halftone mask and a second feathering function, the second halftone mask being substantially uncorrelated with the first halftone mask, to achieve a desired print density of the droplets of ink, and wherein the print firing controller is further configured to generate the print firing signals for the first and second nozzle arrays to match and correct nozzle array colors.

US Pat. No. 10,166,764

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:printing elements which are divided into a plurality of groups;
shift registers configured to receive print data based on a clock signal wherein each of the shift registers corresponds to each of the plurality of groups;
data latch circuits configured to latch, based on a latch signal, the print data which have been received by the shift registers, and output print data signals;
a selection circuit configured to output selection signals, wherein the selection signals are assigned for each group so that one printing element is selected from each of the plurality of groups;
delay circuits configured to delay a heat enable signal, wherein each of the delay circuits delays the heat enable signal by a predetermined time;
operation result latch circuits configured to latch, based on either the heat enable signal or the heat enable signal delayed by the delay circuits, a result of a logical operation of the selection signals output from the selection circuit and the print data signals output from the data latch circuits; and
driving circuits configured to drive the printing elements in accordance with the operation result latched by the operation result latch circuits and the heat enable signal delayed by the delay circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,166,763

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a plurality of print element arrays that comprise a plurality of printing elements that are arranged in arrays and that are used for discharging ink, the plurality of print element arrays being placed side by side in a direction crossing the direction of the print element arrays;
a relative movement unit configured to cause relative movement between the plurality of print element arrays and a print medium that faces the plurality of print element arrays in the crossing direction; and
a drive unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements of the plurality of print element arrays by time-divisional driving in which the drive timing differs for each specified number of printing elements in a specified drive sequence, wherein
the plurality of printing elements of a specified print element array from among the plurality of print element arrays that discharges a specified type of ink are arranged so as to take on relative displacement amounts in the crossing direction according to a first drive sequence for the specified print element array in the time-divisional driving,
the drive unit drives the plurality of printing elements of the specified print element array by the time-divisional driving to which the first drive sequence is applied so that dots are arranged in a linear shape based on image data that indicates a pixel array in the array direction that is formed in a specified area of a print medium, and
the drive unit drives, by the time-divisional driving, the plurality of printing elements of a different print element array other than the specified print element array of the plurality of print element arrays so that dots based on image data that indicates a pixel array in the array direction that is formed in the specified area are printed in positions displaced by relative displacement amounts in the crossing direction according to drive timing between the plurality of printing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,762

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH NOZZLES DISCHARGING INKS EACH HAVING BRIGHTNESS, METHOD FOR FORMING IMAGE WITH INKS EACH HAVING BRIGHTNESS, AND PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a medium based on image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a head unit that moves in a predetermined scanning direction and on which a first nozzle which discharges first ink including a black color material and having a brightness, a second nozzle which discharges second ink having a brightness that is higher than the brightness of the first ink, and a third nozzle which discharges third ink having a brightness that is higher than the brightness of the first ink are arrayed in the scanning direction, the first, second and third inks having achromatic color, the brightness of the second ink being different from the brightness of the third ink; and
a control portion that performs image forming processing which forms the image on the medium by discharging ink from the head unit and thus forming dot array while moving the head unit in the scanning direction,
wherein the control portion performs a conversion process which sets a type and an amount of the ink which is discharged from the head unit according to color data included in the image data and which sets to use all of the first ink, the second ink, and the third ink for the darkest point of the color data.

US Pat. No. 10,166,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CORRECTING METHOD WITH CORRECTION TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPROVEMENT OF DEFECTIVE IMAGES

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an inkjet head having a plurality of nozzles each ejecting a droplet;
an image abnormality detecting device configured to detect abnormality of an image caused by abnormality of a nozzle of the plurality of nozzles from the image recorded on a recording medium by the inkjet head; and
a correcting device configured to perform correction of lowering visibility of a missing portion by making a part of the plurality of nozzles non-ejectable and by compensating for the missing portion in the recorded image caused by the non-ejection by recording from another nozzle based on a detection result by the image abnormality detecting device, wherein:
the correcting device includes:
a plural non-ejection correcting device configured to perform a plural non-ejection correction by making two or more of the nozzles non-ejectable with respect to one abnormal nozzle; and
a single non-ejection correcting device configured to perform a single non-ejection correction by making one abnormal nozzle non-ejectable with respect to the one abnormal nozzle, and
wherein a controller of the image forming apparatus is configured to determine whether the one abnormal nozzle is specified,
in response to the one abnormal nozzle is specified, the single non-ejection correction is performed by the single non-ejection correcting device,
in response to the one abnormal nozzle is not specified, the plural non-ejection correction is performed by the plural non-ejection correcting device, and after the plural non-ejection correction is performed that carries out correction by making a nozzle group belonging to a nozzle range corresponding to a region including the abnormality detected by the image abnormality detecting device and including the abnormal nozzle non-ejectable by the plural non-ejection correcting device, the single non-ejection correction is performed which carries out correction by making the abnormal nozzle non-ejectable by the single non-ejection correcting device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,760

DROPLET EJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS, DROPLET EJECTION CONTROL METHOD, AND DROPLET EJECTION APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A droplet ejection control apparatus that controls a droplet ejection apparatus including a head in which a plurality of nozzles are aligned in a predetermined direction to perform overlap printing in which printing is duplicated in a predetermined region using first and second nozzle row groups of the nozzles, the droplet ejection control apparatus comprising:a control unit that sets an amount of droplets that are ejected relative to a predetermined dot position in the predetermined region by one of the first and second nozzle row groups, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, to a value corresponding to the predetermined condition based on print control data while the print control data indicates superimposition printing, in which printing at a dot position is performed using both the first and second nozzle row groups, at the predetermined dot position in the predetermined region, and while the other one of the first and second nozzle row groups includes a nozzle that corresponds to the predetermined dot position in the predetermined region and is incapable of normally ejecting droplets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,759

METHOD OF CLEANING OF A PRINTED BAND OF FLEXIBLE MATERIAL, AS WELL AS AN APPARATUS THEREFOR

Boers Holding B.V., Nijk...

1. A method for cleaning a printed band of flexible material, the band having two opposing side faces running between longitudinal edges, the method comprising the steps of:contacting at least one side face of the band with a cleaning liquid, thereby wetting the side face;
removing printing ink from the band by contacting the wetted side face with a cleaning organ, yielding a cleaned band of flexible material; and
removing cleaning liquid from the cleaned band of flexible material using a pair of wiper blades comprising a lower wiper blade disposed over the band and a higher wiper blade disposed under the band, wherein the wiper blades
protrude to beyond the longitudinal edges of the band, by feeding
the band upwardly at a non-vertical angle of at least 20° to horizontal between the wiper blades, the non-vertical feed angle causing one of the side faces to be an upper side face and the other of the side faces to be a lower side face, with the wiper blades
arranged in a direction of transport of the band at a distance of at least 1 cm from one another such that the band is first fed along the lower wiper blade so as to wipe the upper side face and subsequently fed along the higher wiper blade so as to wipe the lower side face for the removal of the cleaning liquid from the band.

US Pat. No. 10,166,758

ANILOX ROLL FOR FORMING ALIGNMENT FILM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An anilox roll having a liquid carrying capacity, comprising:a support; and
a liquid transfer layer on an outer surface of the support, the liquid transfer layer comprising a plurality of liquid transfer cells for carrying a liquid;
wherein the liquid carrying capacity of the anilox roll is adjustable;
wherein an area of the outer surface of the support is adjustable, the area of the outer surface being correlated to the liquid carrying capacity of the anilox roll;
wherein the support comprises: an inner roller, an outer roller mounted surrounding the outer roller, and a plurality of spacer posts for mounting the outer roller to the inner roller, and configured to adjust a spacing between the inner roller and the outer roller, thereby adjusting the area of the outer surface of the support; and
wherein each of the plurality of spacer posts having one terminal coupled to the inner roller and another terminal coupled to the outer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,757

INKING UNIT OF A PRINTING MACHINE

1. An inking system of a printing press, comprising:an impression cylinder for guiding a printing substrate;
an ink-transfer roller that includes a cylinder mandrel, on which a cylinder sleeve is concentrically displaceable, the cylinder sleeve having a compressed air supply opening therein, and a plurality of openings in a circumferential surface thereof that are in communication with the compressed air supply opening;
bearing blocks, in which corresponding ends of the ink-transfer roller are mountable and which are displaceable independently of each other relative to the impression cylinder so that the ink-transfer roller is positionable against the impression cylinder or any other ink-transfer roller, a bearing block being detachable from a first end of the ink-transfer roller and displaceable relative thereto so that the cylinder sleeve is mountable to and removable from the cylinder mandrel via the first end of the ink-transfer roller;
a cylinder sleeve stop barrier located on the cylinder mandrel at a second end of the ink-transfer roller; and
a stop device that contacts the cylinder sleeve being mounted on the cylinder mandrel before the cylinder sleeve contacts the cylinder sleeve stop barrier,
the stop device including
(a) a controllably positionable stop element and a force-providing element, the stop element being (i) positionable so as to contact the cylinder sleeve being mounted and (ii) controllably decelerated by the force-providing element so as to bring the contacted cylinder sleeve to a controlled stop against the cylinder sleeve stop barrier, and
(b) a compressed air supply line and a compressed air outlet that are integral to the controllably positionable stop element so as to travel with the stop element as it is positioned, the compressed air outlet being connectable to the compressed air supply opening of the cylinder sleeve to provide the compressed air to the plurality of openings in the circumferential surface thereof for the mounting of a second cylinder sleeve on the mounted and stopped cylinder sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,756

TEMPERATURE CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE OF A FUNCTIONAL PARTS OF A PRINTING MACHINE, AND PRINTING SYSTEM COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE PRINTING MACHINE AND A TEMPERATURE CONTROL ASSEMBLY

1. A temperature control assembly (101) for controlling the temperature of functional parts (208; 209; 213; 223; 224; 227d; 231; 232) of a printing machine (201), wherein the temperature control assembly (101) comprises a plurality of assembly-side temperature control subcircuits (126k), the temperature of which is to be individually controlled, each having a temperature control fluid outlet (107k) and a temperature control fluid inlet (111k), to each of which, in order to form a respective temperature control circuit (127k), an external temperature control subcircuit (109k) that controls the temperature of one or more functional parts as loads (Vx) can be connected by means of releasable connections, and which on the feed side, for the temperature control of said subcircuit, is or can be thermally and/or fluidically coupled via respective removal points (102k) to a common feed line (123) and on the return-line side via respective return points (103k) to a common fluid return (124), and wherein the temperature control assembly (101) is configured as a structurally independent assembly, comprising the assembly-side temperature control subcircuits (126k) thereof and the feed and return (123; 124) and a temperature control device (132) that controls the temperature of the temperature control fluid to be supplied to the feed, on or in a single-part or multi-part frame (105) of the temperature control assembly (101), wherein the temperature control device (132) is provided in the fluid flow between the last return point (103k) and the first removal point (102k), characterized in that a line section (123.1) of the feed line (123), which extends at least over the length from the first removal point (1021) to the last downstream removal point (102k) of the assembly-side temperature control subcircuits (126k), has an average line cross-section (A123.1) which, in the case of a number n of temperature control fluid outlets (107k), corresponds to more than n times the average line cross-section (A123.2) of a supply line section (123.2) arranged in the feed (123) downstream of the temperature control device (132) and upstream of said line section (123.1), and/or corresponds to more than n times a free line cross-section (A102k) present at the respective or largest removal point (102k).

US Pat. No. 10,166,755

PLANOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE PRECURSOR, METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME, AND PRINTING METHOD USING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A planographic printing plate precursor comprising:a support;
an image recording layer formed on the support; and
a water-soluble compound having a molecular weight in a range of 60 to 300 and a solubility of 10 g/L or greater in water at 20° C.,
wherein a content of the water-soluble compound per unit area in a first region on the image recording layer side from an end portion of the planographic printing plate precursor to a portion inside the end portion by 5 mm is greater than a content of the water-soluble compound per unit area in a second region other than the first region by an amount of 50 mg/m2 or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,166,754

POLYMERIC GRAVURE PRINTING FORM AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING THE SAME WITH CURABLE COMPOSITION HAVING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL URETHANE

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

15. A curable multifunctional urethane composition for use as a printing surface in a printing form comprising:a) 30 to 95 wt % of at least one multifunctional urethane having two or more reactive groups;
b) 0.1 to 10 wt % of at least one initiator;
c) 0 to 40 wt % of one or more reactive diluents having two or more reactive groups;
d) 0 to 20 wt % of one or more monofunctional diluents;
e) 0 to 20 wt % of one or more monomers;
f) 0 to 35 wt % of one or more auxiliary resin modifying compounds; wherein the total of the reactive diluents, monofunctional diluents, monomers, and auxiliary resin modifying compounds is no more than 40 wt % of the curable composition;
g) 0 to 55 wt % of particulate filler selected from nanoparticles, microparticles, and combinations thereof; and
optionally, up to 10 wt % total of one or more of additives independently selected from adhesion promotors, slip agents, flow and leveling agents, wetting agents, plasticizers, flexibilizing agents, stabilizers, antioxidants, or dispersants;
wherein the wt % is based on the total of the solid components in the curable composition; wherein the curable composition has a reactive group equivalent weight of the at least one multifunctional urethane and the one or more reactive diluents and, is 250 to 450 g/equivalent,
wherein the curable composition forms a cured layer that has a hardness of at least 30 megaPascals on a supporting substrate, the layer having an exterior surface capable of forming cells to carry ink thereby creating the printing surface, and wherein the initiator is a photoinitiator, and is not an organic epoxide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,753

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path, and wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that is uncured; and
while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path, delivering a ring of curing energy that intersects at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line, and wherein the ring of the curing energy is delivered by at least one galvanometer mirror-positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,752

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:applying a photopolymer resin to a non-resin component while pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery assembly using a feed mechanism, and wherein:
the continuous flexible line comprises the non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that comprises at least some of the photopolymer resin, applied to the non-resin component, and
the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
depositing, via the delivery assembly, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path;
delivering curing energy to at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line, deposited along the print path;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the photopolymer-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to selectively translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide; and
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the photopolymer-resin component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,751

METHOD FOR ENHANCED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method for manufacturing a three dimensional part through at least two distinct manufacturing processes, the method comprising:laying down a plurality of distinct material layers layered one on top of another, through an additive manufacturing process which forms a first manufacturing method;
forming a three dimensional part from the plurality of distinct material layers using the additive manufacturing process, the additive manufacturing process encompassing laying down a first layer of material and performing a heating operation to solidify all or portions of the layer of material, and then forming one or more additional material layers in a similar fashion;
laser peening at least one of a selected subquantity of the plurality of distinct material layers before laying down a subsequent one of the plurality of distinct material layers, to impart improved hardness to at least one of the selected subquantity of the plurality of distinct material layers; and
bonding a new, different quantity of material to the laid down one of the material layers by a High Velocity Laser Accelerated Deposition (HVLAD) process forming a second manufacturing method, to form a new, different material layer, to a previously laid down one of the plurality of distinct material layers, the HVLAD formed new, different layer of material having a differing electrical conductance from the plurality of layers formed using the additive manufacturing process.

US Pat. No. 10,166,750

STRUCTURE FOR DELIVERING PIPE FUSION MACHINE

Brocato Construction Comp...

1. A structure for delivering a pipe fusion machine, the structure comprising:a base;
a container mounted on the base;
a hose station including a frame provided on the container, and a valve manifold assembly supported on the frame;
a swing arm mounted on the base for pivot action between a stowed position and an extended position;
wherein the swing arm includes a first beam mounted on the base for pivot action relative to the base, a second beam mounted on the first beam for pivot action relative to the first beam, and a mounting platform mounted on the second beam for pivot action relative to the second beam; and
a plurality of pipe fusion jaws provided on the mounting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,166,748

MULTI-STAGE DEBULK AND COMPACTION OF THICK COMPOSITE REPAIR LAMINATES

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the uncured ply stacks comprises fewer than ten uncured plies.

US Pat. No. 10,166,747

RESIN MULTILAYER SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A resin multilayer substrate comprising:a plurality of insulating base materials in sheet form that are stacked in a stacking direction and integrated together by thermocompression bonding, the stacking direction being a direction connecting a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, each of the plurality of insulating base materials including a thermoplastic resin as a main material and including a main surface on the first side and a main surface on the second side; wherein
the plurality of insulating base materials include a first insulating base material including a first conductor pattern provided on the main surface on the first side, and a second insulating base material including a second conductor pattern provided on the main surface on the first side;
the second insulating base material, an intermediate resin material layer with no conductor pattern, and the first insulating base material are stacked in this order from the second side to the first side;
the intermediate resin material layer includes an intermediate region with a surface on the second side that is in contact with the main surface on the first side of the second insulating base material, and an end region with a surface on the second side that is in contact with a surface on the first side of the second conductor pattern;
a surface on the first side of the intermediate resin material layer is in contact with the main surface on the second side of the first insulating base material;
when seen in plan view, the first conductor pattern extends over the intermediate region and the end region; and
the first conductor pattern is displaced so as to be elevated towards the first side in a region in which the first conductor pattern overlaps the end region of the intermediate resin material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,746

RESILIENT PAD COMPOSITE AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME WITHOUT A DIE

Applied FT Composite Solu...

1. A method of making a composite structure for use as resilient cushion comprising:(a) providing on a surface at least one sheet of resilient material of defined thickness having opposing sides;
(b) applying an adhesive to either or both sides of the sheet of resilient material;
(c) providing a first cutter having a surface and a plurality of cutting elements extending from the surface in a predetermined pattern;
(d) pressing the first cutter into the sheet of resilient material, thereby forming a cut sheet of resilient material comprising a plurality of resilient elements having defined height and width;
(e) withdrawing the cutter from the cut sheet of resilient material;
(f) providing at least one sheet of reinforcing material having a defined thickness;
(g) pressing a second cutter into the sheet of reinforcing material, thereby forming a cut sheet of reinforcing material comprising a plurality of reinforcing elements and a lattice of reinforcing material;
(h) withdrawing the cutter from the cut sheet of reinforcing material;
(i) separating the lattice of reinforcing material from the reinforcing elements, whereby the lattice of reinforcing material is left with a plurality of holes through the reinforcing material where the reinforcing elements used to be;
(j) placing the cut sheet of resilient material adjacent to the lattice of reinforcing material, and aligning the cut sheet of resilient material so that the plurality of resilient elements are positioned adjacent to the plurality of holes in the lattice of reinforcing material;
(k) pushing the resilient elements out of the cut sheet of resilient material, whereby the plurality of resilient elements are pushed into the plurality of holes in the lattice of reinforcing material, thereby forming a resilient material assembly comprising the plurality of resilient elements at least partially surrounded by at least one lattice of reinforcing material;
(l) placing the resilient material assembly next to a heat platen, if the adhesive in step (b) is heat-activated adhesive material that is applied to a side of the resilient material of step (a);
(m) placing a first sheet of fabric or mesh substrate onto either side of the resilient material assembly, wherein steps (l) and (m) are optionally reversible in order; and
(n) pressing the first sheet of fabric or mesh substrate or the resilient assembly with the heat platen to activate the adhesive on the plurality of resilient elements, whereby the first sheet of fabric or mesh substrate adheres to the plurality of resilient elements thereby forming a first composite structure, wherein the height of the plurality of resilient elements is level with or less than the thickness of the lattice of reinforcing material of the resilient material assembly, such that the resilient elements do not stand proud of the lattice of reinforcing material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,744

GLASS/METAL LAMINATED STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING LAMINATED STRUCTURES

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A laminated structure comprising:a metal sheet comprising stainless steel and including a first face and a second face with a thickness of from about 0.5 mm to about 2 mm extending between the first face and the second face;
a first chemically strengthened glass sheet including a thickness of less than or equal to about 1.1 mm, wherein the first chemically strengthened glass sheet comprises an acid-etched glass sheet selected from the group consisting of aluminosilicate glass and alkali-aluminoborosilicate glass; and
a first interlayer attaching the first chemically strengthened glass sheet to the first face of the metal sheet, the first interlayer comprising an ionomer and having a thickness from about 0.1 mm to about 0.89 mm,
wherein, when the laminate is placed on a 1 inch thick flexible foam support and the first chemically strengthened glass sheet is impacted with a 535 g ball, the laminate exhibits impact energy of from 4.34 Joules to 7.49 Joules.

US Pat. No. 10,166,743

CELLULAR GLASS CORROSION UNDER INSULATION SYSTEM

Owens Corning Intellectua...

15. A cellular glass corrosion under insulation system for an outer surface of a pipe comprising:a first insulation layer surrounding the outer surface of the pipe, wherein the first insulation layer has an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the first insulation layer comprises cellular glass;
a first annular space between the outer surface of the pipe and the inner surface of the first insulation layer;
a first foam filling the first annular space configured to limit water intrusion into the annular space and attenuate sound;
a second insulation layer surrounding the outer surface of the first insulation layer, wherein the second insulation layer has an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the second insulation layer comprises cellular glass;
a second annular space between the outer surface of the first insulation layer and the inner surface of the second insulation layer; and
a second foam filling the second annular space configured to limit water intrusion into the annular space and attenuate sound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,741

SILICON STEEL COMPOSITE FOR LOW DENOMINATION COIN

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. An alloy comprising:steel;
manganese present in an amount from 0.01 wt. % to 0.3 wt. %, based on a total weight of the alloy; and
silicon in an amount such that the alloy has an electrical conductivity from 2% International Annealed Copper Standard (IACS) to 6% IACS measured in accordance with ASTM E1004-09 (2009).

US Pat. No. 10,166,739

DECORATION PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DECORATION PANEL

Yamaha Fine Technologies ...

1. A decoration panel, comprising:a non-planar outer layer having a through hole formed thereon and a first curvature, and wherein the through hole is opened to a front side and a back side of the outer layer;
a decoration layer arranged on the back side of the outer layer with an approximately uniform layer thickness, wherein the decoration layer includes an inlay pattern portion which is part of the decoration layer, and which has a second curvature to enter the through hole from the back side of the outer layer; and
a non-planar inner layer arranged on a surface of the decoration layer on a side opposite to a surface which is in contact with the outer layer and having an approximately uniform layer thickness, and a third curvature,
wherein the third curvature of the inner layer matches the first curvature of the outer layer, the inner layer has a surface convexly curved in a direction towards the front side of the outer layer from the back side of the outer layer along a layer thickness direction of the outer layer in a region within the through hole as seen from the layer thickness direction of the outer layer, and the convex curvature of the surface of the inner layer corresponds to the second curvature of the inlay pattern portion,
wherein the inner layer is formed of a material different from that of the decoration layer,
wherein the outer layer includes natural wood, the inner layer includes natural wood, and the decoration layer is formed of a material which is different from that of the outer layer,
wherein the decoration panel further comprises a molded resin layer arranged on a surface of the inner layer on a side opposite to a surface which is in contact with the decoration layer, and
wherein the molded resin layer is formed by injection pressure, and wherein the injection pressure which forms the molded resin layer also produces the third curvature of the inner layer and the second curvature of the inlay pattern portion of the decoration layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,737

LOAD FLOOR HAVING SOUND ABSORPTION AND INSULATION PERFORMANCES FOR VEHICLE

DAESOL AUSYS CO., LTD., ...

1. A load floor having sound absorption and insulation performances for a vehicle, comprising:a honeycomb structure manufactured in a sheet form;
two glass mesh mats respectively installed on both side surfaces of the honeycomb structure;
polyurethane sheets formed of a hard material and respectively provided to overlap the glass mesh mats, wherein at least one of the polyurethane sheets comprises punched holes having a predetermined gap; and
two wall papers respectively provided to overlap the polyurethane sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,735

PRESS MACHINE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A press machine comprising:a frame;
a press shaft configured to move upward and downward relative to the frame;
a lower mold support attached to the frame so that the lower mold support can rotate about a first axis line and configured to support a lower mold in a corresponding manner to an upper mold attached to a lower end part of the press shaft;
a lower mold support rotating means configured to rotate the lower mold support about the first axis line;
a scrap shooter disposed at a position toward which the lower mold support rotates and configured to receive a scrap to be fallen from the lower mold when the lower mold support is rotated by the lower mold support rotating means to tilt the lower mold downward; and
a link member one end part of which is coupled to the lower mold support so that the link member can rotate about a second axis line,
wherein one end side of the scrap shooter is coupled to the other end part of the link member so that the scrap shooter can rotate about a third axis line, and the other end side of the scrap shooter is coupled to the frame or another support member so that the scrap shooter can rotate about a fourth axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,166,731

METHOD FOR MODIFYING POWER OF LIGHT ADJUSTABLE LENS

RxSight, Inc., Aliso Vie...

1. A method for post-operatively adjusting the refractive power of a light adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) in a human eye, the method comprising:providing a light adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) in a human eye, the light adjustable intraocular lens comprising photo-polymerizable macromers in a first polymer matrix, and a refraction-change zone having a radius;
providing an ultraviolet (UV) light source to generate an ultraviolet light;
irradiating the generated ultraviolet light with a light delivery system onto the light adjustable intraocular lens with a center wavelength and with a spatial irradiance profile to photo-polymerize said photo-polymerizable macromers to change a dioptric power of the human eye by changing a refraction of the light adjustable intraocular lens over said refraction-change zone, thereby
causing a wavefront sag to be within 28% of its maximum over an ultraviolet spectrum, wherein the wavefront sag is calculated from the equation: Sag=?(Dioptric Power)*y2/2, where y is the radius of the refraction-change zone of the intraocular lens, and ? (Dioptric Power) is the change in dioptric power from pre-irradiation to post irradiation, measured in units of 1/length; and
locking-in the light adjustable intraocular lens by applying a lock-in radiation to photo-polymerize macromers that were not polymerized by the irradiating,
wherein the irradiating includes irradiating the light adjustable lens to change its dioptric power to adjust at least one of a myopic power, a hyperopic power, an astigmatism and a spherical aberration, and a higher order aberration of the human eye,
wherein the ultraviolet light is irradiated with an average irradiance in a range of 1 mW/cm2 to 50 mW/cm2,
wherein the irradiated ultraviolet light has a center peak wavelength in a range of 366 nm to 381 nm, and
wherein providing the light adjustable lens further comprises providing the light adjustable lens with an ultraviolet absorber dispersed in the first polymer matrix and an ultraviolet-absorbing back-layer formed in conjunction with a back surface of the light adjustable lens, the ultraviolet-absorbing back-layer having an optical density sufficiently high to reduce an irradiance of a transmitted portion of the lock-in radiation, transmitted by the light adjustable lens, to below an exposure limit of a human retina.

US Pat. No. 10,166,730

CONTACT LENS MANUFACTURING METHOD

DAYSOFT LIMITED, Blantyr...

1. A method for the manufacture of a contact lens, the method comprisingproviding a first, concave, mould-half having a first concave mould surface to correspond with a convex surface of the contact lens wherein the first concave mould surface has an optical zone which corresponds with an optical zone of the contact lens;
providing a second, convex, mould-half having a second convex mould surface to correspond with a concave surface of the contact lens, said second mould half configured to engage with the first mould-half to define a first, pre-cure, mould cavity therebetween, which mould cavity is defined by the first, concave, mould surface and second, convex, mould surface, said first and second mould surfaces having respective curvatures to correspond with a pre-determined lens power/curvature and wherein the first or second mould surface is defined by an annular ridge formed on the respective mould half;
disposing into the mould cavity a curable lens-forming fluid composition;
curing said composition to form a pre-hydrated lens; and
separating the first and second mould halves,wherein the engagement between the mould halves is unconstrained such that there is no dimensional change prevented by the nature of the engagement of the mould halves, and at least the first mould half is sufficiently pliable or flexible such that during the curing of said composition the first mould half flexes such as to define between the first and second mould surfaces a second, post-cure, mould cavity, which second post-cure mould cavity defines a smaller volume than said first pre-cure mould cavity and whereby during curing the curvature of the optical zone of the first mould surface is allowed to change under force of polymerization.

US Pat. No. 10,166,729

DEVICE FOR CONSOLIDATING A PREFORM

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A device for consolidating a thermoplastic preform, comprising:a heating element for heating the preform; and
a consolidation element for exposing the preform to pressure and for cooling the preform,
wherein, to consolidate the preform, the heating element and consolidation element are arranged and are movable relative to each other in such a way that the preform is exposed to pressure and cooled by the consolidation element after being heated by the heating element,
wherein the consolidation element comprises at least two adjacent consolidation rollers,
wherein the heating element and the consolidation rollers are configured and arranged to be moved along the preform in such a way that the preform is heated region by region by the heating element, and subsequently pressurized and cooled by the consolidation rollers,
wherein the consolidation rollers are configured and arranged to be guided along the preform by a web guide,
wherein the web guide comprises a guide groove and a guide arm, at least one of the heating element and the two consolidation rollers being arranged on the guide arm,
wherein a shape of the guide groove corresponds to a shape of the preform and enables guiding the consolidation rollers along the shape of the preform,
wherein the guide arm comprises a connecting part having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end opposing the first longitudinal end, the heating element and the two consolidation rollers being attached to the first and second longitudinal ends, respectively, thereby being spaced apart from each other,
wherein the guide arm further comprises a guide part joined to the connecting part at a right angle to form a single part, and the consolidation rollers are mounted at a first longitudinal end of the guide part facing the connecting part,
wherein the guide part is, at a second longitudinal end facing away from the connecting part, hinged in the guide groove, and
wherein the heating element is pivotably secured to the connecting part so that the heating element can pivot around a longitudinal axis of the heating element, so that the preform is radiated at various angles, and can thus be heated at varying intensities.

US Pat. No. 10,166,728

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SPOKE UNIT

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

1. A method for manufacturing a spoke unit having at least three spokes, comprising:providing a mandrel for molding a spoke unit, the mandrel including supporting portions equal in number to the number of the spokes;
winding a continuous fiber reinforced plastic around the mandrel; and
molding the spoke unit by curing the continuous fiber reinforced plastic,
wherein the winding includes
leading the continuous fiber reinforced plastic from the supporting portion corresponding to a first one of the spokes to the supporting portion corresponding to a second one of the spokes along a front surface of the mandrel, the second one of the spokes being disposed opposite to the first one of the spokes, and
leading the continuous fiber reinforced plastic from the supporting portion corresponding to the second one of the spokes to the supporting portion corresponding to the first one of the spokes along a back surface of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,726

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

FRIPP DESIGN LIMITED, Sh...

1. A method of producing a three-dimensional component, comprising the steps of:providing a bath of a fluid first material;
dispensing a fluid second material in said bath in a pattern defined by a digital record, contact between the first and second fluid materials converting one of said materials to a solid in the vicinity thereof; and
removing the solid component from said bath when complete,
wherein one of said first and second materials comprises at least one of a cross-linked and actively cross-linking polymer and the other of said first and second materials comprises a catalyst, the catalyst causing an acceleration of the cross-linking to convert the material to a solid,wherein the catalyst comprises platinum and/or rhodium.

US Pat. No. 10,166,725

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING ADHESION REDUCTION USING PHOTOINHIBITION

HOLO, INC., Oakland, CA ...

1. A system for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:a vat capable of holding a liquid comprising a photoactive resin, wherein the vat includes a window;
a build plate configured and arranged to move relative to the vat during printing of the 3D object on the build plate;
one or more light sources configured and arranged with respect to the window to direct a first light and a second light through the window into the liquid, wherein the first light has a first wavelength that is configured to induce photoinhibition in the photoactive resin, and wherein the second light has a second wavelength that is configured to induce photoinitiation in the photoactive resin, wherein the second wavelength is different than the first wavelength; and
a controller that is programed to (a) direct the one or more light sources to expose the liquid to the first light and second light at a first set of intensities and exposure times to yield (i) a first photoinhibition layer having a first thickness and (ii) a first photoinitiation layer, and (b) direct the one or more light sources to expose the liquid to the first light and second light at a second set of intensities and exposure times to yield (i) a second photoinhibition layer having a second thickness and (ii) a second photoinitiation layer, wherein the first set of intensities and exposure times and the second set of intensities and exposure times are selected such that the first thickness is different than the second thickness, thereby printing at least a portion of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,166,724

METHOD FOR PROVIDING SPACERS

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for providing spacers on a construction component to be adhered, the method comprising:placing a planar formation on the construction component to be adhered, wherein the planar formation comprises passages, wherein the planar formation comprises fibers, wherein the fibers are fluoropolymer fibers; and
introducing a curable liquid into the passages of the planar formation so that the liquid forms spacers on the construction component to be adhered after curing and peeling off of the planar formation, the spacers ensuring a predetermined bond gap thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,722

METHOD FOR MAKING A COATED FABRIC

FABRICOAT INDUSTRIAL CORP...

1. A method for making a coated fabric, comprising the steps of:applying a coating solution of a resin in an organic solvent on a non-stretchable and releasable substrate web at a coating station of a running route to form a coating layer on the non-stretchable and releasable substrate web;
laminating a base fabric to the coating layer on the non-stretchable and releasable substrate web at a laminating station downstream of the coating station to form a laminate, in which the base fabric overlies the coating layer on the non-stretchable and releasable substrate web;
guiding the laminate along the running route to pass through at least one tank containing water at an immersing station downstream of the laminating station to immerse the laminate in water such that the coating layer is solidified and the organic solvent contained in the coating layer is replaced by water; and
guiding the laminate coming out of the tank to a drying station downstream of the immersing station to remove water from the coating layer by drying so as to leave micropores in the coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,720

MULTILAYER WIRING BOARD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE MULTILAYER WIRING BOARD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method for a multilayer wiring board, the manufacturing method comprising:forming a groove on a surface of a first thermoplastic resin board;
forming a modified layer made of resin having a melting point lower than a melting point of resin constituting the first thermoplastic resin board, by applying light to a region of the surface of the first thermoplastic resin board other than a region around the groove;
filling the groove of the first thermoplastic resin board with conductive material having fluidity; and
bonding a second thermoplastic resin board to the surface of the first thermoplastic resin board, on which the modified layer is formed, by thermocompression bonding,
wherein a width in plan view of the region around the groove between the groove and the region of the surface of the first thermoplastic resin board other than the region around the groove is 10 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 10,166,718

APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A three-dimensional fabrication apparatus comprising:a fabrication chamber in which powder is layered to form a powder layer, the powder of the powder layer is bonded together to form a layered fabrication object, and another layered fabrication object is laminated on the layered fabrication object;
a supply chamber to retain the powder to be supplied to the fabrication chamber;
a flattening unit to flatten the powder while transferring and supplying the powder from the supply chamber to the fabrication chamber in a transfer direction and generating a powder heap downstream in the transfer direction from the flattened powder; and
a powder collector disposed downstream in the transfer direction from the flattening unit,
the powder collector movable with movement of the flattening unit and arranged to collect a portion of the powder from the powder heap generated by the flattening unit downstream in the transfer direction from the flattened powder,
the powder collector including:
a body container to contain the powder inside;
a collection port disposed in contact with the powder heap to introduce the powder collected from the heap to the body container; and
a discharge port to discharge the powder contained in the body container,
wherein, when the flattening unit transfers and supplies the powder, the powder collector collects the portion of the powder from the collection port and contains the portion of the powder in the body container,
wherein, when the flattening unit returns to the supply chamber, the powder collector discharges and supplies the powder from the body container to the supply chamber through the discharge port, and
wherein the powder collector further comprises plural transfer screws disposed in the body container and arranged one after another in a direction perpendicular to the transfer direction, to transfer the collected powder from the collection port to the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,716

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MEDICAL DEVICE FOR EXTERNAL APPLICATION TO THE HEAD OF A PATIENT

CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a custom protective device configured to be removably and externally affixed to a peripheral scalp portion of a patient's head, said peripheral scalp portion overlying a depressed portion of said patient's head where a portion of the cranium of said patient has been removed, and said peripheral scalp portion defined by a portion of said scalp extending outward about the entire periphery of said depressed portion by a predetermined distance on said scalp surrounding said depressed portion, the method comprising:providing an apparatus to capture a plurality of digital images of a plurality of portions of the external surface of said head;
processing said plurality of digital images to generate a three dimensional digital image of the external surface of said scalp of said patient's head, said three dimensional image representing at least said peripheral scalp portion and said depressed portion;
processing said three dimensional digital image to identify said peripheral scalp portion and said depressed portion represented by said three dimensional digital image;
generating a three dimensional digital image file of said identified peripheral scalp portion and depressed portion;
processing said three dimensional digital image file to determine one or more of a size, a shape, a contour, and a positional alignment for said custom device with respect to said patient's head;
generating a device data file from said processed three dimensional digital image file; and
utilizing said device data file to fabricate said custom device for said patient, said custom device further configured to cover said peripheral scalp portion and said depressed portion upon said affixing until said removed cranium portion is replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,166,713

MOULD WITH A MOVABLE BOTTOM AND HORIZONTAL JOINT PLANE

Sidel Participations, Oc...

1. A mold (12) for manufacturing, starting from a parison (3), of a container (2) having a body (4) and a bottom (6), the bottom (6) provided with a peripheral base (8) that extends essentially perpendicular to the body (4) from a lower end (7) of the base (8), said mold (12) comprising:a wall (14) having an inner surface (15) that extends along a central axis (X), that determines an impression of the body (4) of the container (2), and that delimits a cavity (17), with the inner surface (15) ending, at a lower end, in an opening (20), the wall (14) defining, beyond the cavity (17), a recessed reserve (21) emptying into the cavity (17) via the opening (20); and
a mold bottom (16) that can move in relation to the wall (14) between an extended position, in which the mold bottom (16) is separated from the opening (20), and a retracted position, in which the mold bottom (16) is fitted into the recessed reserve (21), with the bottom having an upper surface (27) that defines a base surface (28) with the impression of the peripheral base (8) of the container (2) and that extends perpendicular to the opening (20), wherein,
the wall (14) has a counterbore (24) that delimits a top of the recessed reserve (21) and that extends on a level with and around the opening (20), the counterbore (24) being essentially perpendicular to the central axis (X), and
the upper surface (27) of the mold bottom (16) defines a peripheral face (30) that extends in the lengthening of the base surface (28) around the base surface (28) perpendicular to the counterbore (24), and
in the retracted position, an upper surface of the peripheral face (30) is located opposite a lower surface of the counterbore (24) to thereby jointly define a peripheral parting line (31) that extends essentially perpendicular to the central axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,166,712

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING CONTAINERS

1. A method for fabricating a plurality of containers, comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of preforms each defining a cavity, each preform being disposed at a distance from at least one other preform;
injecting a volume of an incompressible fluid into the cavity of each of the preforms so as to induce the plurality of preforms to expand into the plurality of containers;
constraining expansion of the containers by bringing an abutting portion of the surface of each of the containers into abutment with an abutting portion of the surface of at least one other container during the injecting step.

US Pat. No. 10,166,711

METHOD OF FORMING COMPOSITE HANDLE

1. A method of forming an elongated composite element, said method comprising:providing an elongated tubular member having an outer wall and inner cavity that extends along the length of said elongated tubular member and between opposite wall portions of said outer wall of said elongated tubular member;
establishing a plurality of holes through said outer wall of said elongated tubular member;
providing a polymeric resin that comprises a curable material that, when uncured, comprises a fluid material and that, when cured, comprises a substantially rigid material;
extruding uncured polymeric resin along said elongated tubular member, whereby said uncured polymeric resin flows at least partially through said holes and is disposed within said inner cavity and at an outer surface of said outer wall of said elongated tubular member; and
curing said polymeric resin to form said composite element whereby said cured polymeric resin limits flexing of said at least one elongated tubular member and said elongated composite element.

US Pat. No. 10,166,708

METHOD FOR DEMOULDING A COMPOSITE MATERIAL WITH AN ORGANIC MATRIX

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An injection tooling for injecting a polymer resin into a fiber preform for fabricating a part in the form of a body of revolution out of composite material, the part having an internal cavity with back-draft, wherein, in order to enable said part to be unmolded after said polymer resin has been injected and polymerized, the tooling includes, arranged at least in said internal cavity, firstly a sectorized ring made up of at least three mutually touching inserts including one forming a keystone, the sectorized ring having an outside surface that matches said internal cavity with back-draft and an inside surface that presents natural draft, and secondly a conical drum secured to said inside surface of said sectorized ring to support it and that is withdrawn, once separated from said sectorized ring, relying on said natural draft created by said inside surface of said sectorized ring.

US Pat. No. 10,166,707

RFID DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

SECURITAG ASSEMBLY GROUP ...

1. An RFID device comprising:a first housing formed by a first injection molding process;
an antenna module, arranged in the first housing, the antenna module comprising a base material, and an antenna film formed on a surface of the base material; and
a second housing formed to couple to the first housing by a second injection molding process, wherein the antenna module is encapsulated between the first and second housings, wherein the antenna film comprises:
an antenna layer, configured to have a first side and a second side, the antenna layer comprising a base layer having a first surface on the first side and a second surface on the second side, and a metal layer formed on the first surface, the second surface or both first and second surfaces of the base layer;
an RFID chip coupled to the antenna layer;
a protection layer, formed on the first side of the antenna layer and covering the RFID chip; and
an adhesive layer, formed on the second side of the antenna layer, wherein when the antenna film is arranged on a surface of the base material, the adhesive layer is arranged between the antenna layer and the surface of base material and is stuck on the surface of the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,706

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PLASTIC VEHICLE PART

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for producing a plastic vehicle attachment part comprising the steps of:laying in an injection mold a polymeric film having an opaque or semi-opaque imprint or a color pigmentation,
back injecting the polymeric film with an optically transparent polymeric covering part,
spraying a polymeric carrier part on at least a part of a surface of the polymeric covering part that faces away from the polymeric film, and
applying a protective layer at least on the polymeric film.

US Pat. No. 10,166,705

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOUSING STRUCTURE AND HOUSING STRUCTURE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A method of manufacturing a housing structure that includes an electronic unit including a first circuit portion and a second circuit portion protruding from the first circuit portion, and a housing in which the electronic unit is housed, the electronic unit and the housing being integral with each other, the method comprising:preparing a mold for insert molding in which the electronic unit is housed, the mold including an upper wall surface facing an upper surface of the second circuit portion and side wall surfaces facing side surfaces of the second circuit portion, the mold being configured such that a flow resistance of a resin flowing through a space between each of the side surfaces of the second circuit portion and the corresponding side wall surface is lower than a flow resistance of the resin flowing through a space between the upper surface of the second circuit portion and the upper wall surface;
placing the electronic unit in the mold; and
injecting the resin into the mold in which the electronic unit has been placed, wherein
the second circuit portion is supported, as a cantilever portion, by the first circuit portion, and
the second circuit portion is not in contact with an inner wall surface of the mold in a state where the electronic unit is placed in the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,704

METHOD OF MAKING A LAMINATED TRIM COMPONENT AT A PAIR OF SPACED FIRST AND SECOND MOLDING STATIONS

Global IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A method of making a laminated trim component at a pair of spaced first and second molding stations, the method comprising:providing a natural fiber, plastic composite sheet having inner and outer surfaces;
heating the composite sheet to a first softening temperature, wherein the composite sheet is stretchable when heated to the first softening temperature;
providing a laminated sheet overlying the outer surface of the composite sheet, the laminated sheet having a support layer with inner and outer surfaces and a plastic cushioning layer laminated to the support layer at the inner surface of the support layer;
heating the laminated sheet to a second softening temperature, wherein the laminated sheet is stretchable when heated to the second softening temperature;
pressing the composite sheet against the laminated sheet after the steps of providing and the steps of heating to bond the plastic cushioning layer to the plastic composite sheet at the first molding station, wherein the step of pressing compresses a portion of the laminated sheet spaced inwardly from an outer periphery of the laminated sheet to locally compact and thin the cushioning layer at the portion to form a compressed portion of the cushioning layer, and wherein interior portions of the sheets stretch during the step of pressing while remaining intact;
transferring the bonded sheets to the second molding station; and
molding a plastic compatible with the plastic of the composite sheet around the composite sheet to form at least one component at the inner surface of the composite sheet at the second molding station wherein a plurality of plastic edge components are formed about a periphery of the composite sheet during the step of molding and wherein the method further comprises folding the laminated sheet at the compressed portion of the cushioning layer and bonding outer peripheral portions of the folded laminated sheet to the plastic edge components.

US Pat. No. 10,166,700

METHODS FOR DETERMINING MOLD REPLACEMENT TIMING IN SLUSH MOLD PROCESSING

1. A method for determining when to replace a degraded slush mold with a non-degraded slush mold, the method comprising:monitoring a sample media while repeatedly contacting a surface of the sample media with an abrasive material to determine the number of contactings required to reduce a grain height of the surface of the sample media to a threshold grain height, wherein:
the repeated contactings of the abrasive material with the surface of the sample media reduces the grain height of the sample media;
the surface of the sample media comprises a material substantially identical to the material of at least a portion of a forming surface of the non-degraded slush mold; and
the grain height of the surface of the sample media prior to contactings with the abrasive material is about equal to the grain height of the forming surface of the non-degraded slush mold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,699

GRAVIMETRIC BLENDER WITH POWER HOPPER COVER

1. A gravimetric blender for receiving separate portions of individual granular resin materials, weighing the separate portions of individual granular resin materials according to a recipe, and mixing the weighed separate portions of individual granular resin materials into a homogenous granular resin material blend for subsequent molding or extrusion into finished plastic parts, comprising:a) a frame;
b) at least one resin material storage hopper at the top of the frame and connected thereto, including a vertically movable hopper cover;
c) a weigh bin connected to the frame and located below the hopper, adapted for downward discharge of bin contents after the contents have been weighed therein;
d) at least one load cell connecting the frame and the weigh bin, for sensing weight of contents of the weigh bin;
e) a mixer connected to the frame, below the hopper, for mixing contents of the weigh bin after those contents fall downwardly from the weigh bin to the mixer;
f) a vertically oriented tubular member for guiding vertical movement of the hopper cover therealong between positions at which the cover contacts and thereby closes the hopper and at which the cover is spaced from and above the hopper so that the hopper is open; and
g) a pair of horizontally spaced pneumatically powered piston-cylinder combinations positioned on either side of the guide and being connected to the frame and to the hopper cover with the cylinders of the piston-cylinder combinations being mounted on an upper surface of the hopper cover, for moving the hopper cover vertically up and down along the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,697

INSULATED FLYING TABLE CONCRETE FORM, ELECTRICALLY HEATED FLYING TABLE CONCRETE FORM AND METHOD OF ACCELERATING CONCRETE CURING USING SAME

1. A method comprising:placing a quantity of plastic concrete on a horizontal concrete forming deck comprising:
a first concrete forming panel having a first primary surface adapted for forming and contacting plastic concrete and a second primary surface opposite the first primary surface, wherein the first concrete forming panel comprises wood, plywood, high density overlay (HDO) plywood, plastic, fiberglass board, resin board or metal;
a first layer of insulating material contacting and substantially covering the second primary surface of the first concrete forming panel, wherein the first layer of insulating material has an R-value of greater than 4; and
a second panel contacting and substantially covering the first layer of insulating material, the second panel having a primary surface opposite the first layer of insulating material; and
a plurality of deck support members extending transversely with respect to the primary surface of the second panel;
substantially covering the quantity of plastic concrete with a second layer of insulating material; and
leaving the second layer of insulating material on the quantity of plastic concrete for a time sufficient for the quantity of plastic concrete to at least partially cure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,695

PROCESS FOR SPLITTING A SEGMENT OF WOOD

1. A process for splitting a segment of wood, consisting of the steps of:providing a wood supporting apparatus, wherein the wood supporting apparatus consists of a base member and a vertical support member, wherein the base member includes an upper surface and a bottom surface, wherein the upper surface is planar, wherein the bottom surface is planar, wherein the base member includes a square outer peripheral geometry, wherein the vertical support member is being positioned in alignment with a central axis of the base member, wherein the vertical support member extends upwardly from the upper surface of the base member for rotatably supporting a segment of wood, wherein the vertical support member consists of a cylindrical portion and an upper a frusto-conical portion, wherein the frusto-conical portion is positioned above the cylindrical portion, wherein the frusto-conical portion terminates with a planar top that rotatably supports the segment of wood in a spaced apart relationship from the upper surface of the base member, and wherein the planar top tip of the vertical support member, the upper surface of the base member, and the bottom surface of the base member are parallel to one another;
providing a wood splitting device, wherein the wood splitting device consists of a frame member having an I-beam vertical support disposed generally perpendicularly to the ground, a ground engaging support foot having a top surface positioned orthogonal to the I-beam vertical support, a power-operated reciprocating arm connected to the frame member, a splitting wedge connected to the power-operated reciprocating arm, wherein the splitting wedge is translatable along a substantially vertical splitting axis;
placing the bottom surface of the base member of the wood supporting apparatus onto the top surface of the ground engaging support foot;
placing a segment of wood onto the vertical support member of the wood supporting apparatus;
rotating the segment of wood about the vertical support member to a first position;
splitting the segment of wood into two segments with the splitting wedge of the wood splitting device;
placing one of the two split segments of wood onto the vertical support member of the wood supporting apparatus;
rotating the split segment of wood about the vertical support member to a second position; and
splitting the previously split segment of wood into two segments with the splitting wedge of the wood splitting device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,694

RECOVERY OF WOOD ACETYLATION FLUID

Tricoya Technologies Ltd....

1. A system comprising a wood acetylation plant and an acetic anhydride production plant, wherein the acetic anhydride production plant comprises a unit for the production of acetic anhydride from ketene and acetic acid and, downstream thereof, an acetic anhydride distillation unit for distilling off acetic acid from a product stream produced in the unit for the production of acetic anhydride, wherein the wood acetylation plant comprises a wood acetylation unit comprising an inlet and an outlet for acetylation fluid, wherein the outlet for acetylation fluid is in fluid communication with an inlet of the acetic anhydride distillation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,691

HAND-GUIDED POWER TOOL WITH A GUIDE BAR

6. A hand-guided power tool comprising:a housing;
a sprocket wheel cover mounted on the housing;
an oil supply device;
a guide bar secured between the housing and the sprocket wheel cover;
the guide bar comprising a guide groove for a saw chain;
the guide bar comprising a guide slot extending in a direction of a longitudinal center axis of the guide bar and configured to guide the guide bar on a first guide element for slidable movement of the guide bar relative to the housing in a longitudinal direction of the guide bar;
the guide bar comprising a first exterior side facing the housing and a second exterior side facing the sprocket wheel cover, wherein the first exterior side is positioned in a first plane and wherein the second exterior side is positioned in a second plane;
the guide bar comprising an oil supply opening extending from the second exterior side into the guide groove, wherein the oil supply opening is fluidically connected by an oil supply channel with the oil supply device, and wherein the oil supply channel comprises a channel section, wherein the channel section is configured as a part separate from the guide bar and extends at least from the first plane to the second plane;
wherein the oil supply channel comprises a receptacle and wherein the channel section of the oil supply channel is embodied at least partially by an extension that projects into the receptacle, wherein the extension is pulled out of the receptacle when the sprocket wheel cover is removed from the housing, and wherein the extension and the receptacle are sealed relative to each other by a seal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,689

TURRET PUNCH

1. A hand-held turret punch comprising:a first body having a first pivotal hole, a first function end formed at a distal end thereof, a first rail portion formed between the first pivotal hole and the first function end, each of two sides of the first rail portion having a first side and a second side which is parallel to the first side and faces the first side with a distance located therebetween, a third side formed between the first and second sides on each side of the first rail portion, a fourth side formed at an end of the first rail portion and being perpendicular to each of the first sides;
a second body having a second pivotal hole which is located corresponding to the first pivotal hole, a control portion formed at a distal end of the second body and being a protrusion;
a third body connected to the first body and having a second function end on a first end thereof, the second function end located corresponding to the first function end, a second rail portion formed in a second end of the third body, the first rail portion slidably engaged with the second rail portion, the second rail portion having inner portions each having a fifth side and a sixth side, the fifth sides slidably engaged with the first sides, the sixth sides slidably engaged with the second sides, a seventh side defined in each of the inner portions of the second rail portion and slidably engaged with the third sides, an eighth side formed at the second rail portion and slidably engaged with the fourth side, the second rail portion having a second control recess with which a portion with the second recess is accommodated, a third control recess defined in the second rail portion and communicating with the second control recess, the control portion being accommodated in the third control recess, when the second body is pivoted about the first pivotal hole, the control portion pushing the third control recess to linearly move the second rail portion along the first rail portion so as to move the second function end of the third body close to or away from the first function end;
a pin extending through the first and second pivotal holes to pivotably connect the first body to the second body;
a first resilient member located between the first and second bodies to resiliently bias the first and second bodies, and
at least one function member located corresponding to the first function end of the first body, when a handle of the first body and a handle of the second body are pushed, the control portion of the second body controls and drives the second rail portion of the third body to move linearly along the first rail portion of the first body, so that the at least one function member located corresponding to the first function end is linearly engaged with the first function end to punch a straight hole.

US Pat. No. 10,166,686

PORTABLE, SELF-CONTAINED, READY-TO-USE, STERILE ENCLOSURE FOR FILLING STERILE PRODUCTS

1. A non-sterile assembly adapted to be sterilized and used for filling sterile product, comprising:a. a deflated sealed enclosure consisting of a perimeter surface and a non-sterile inside space,
b. at least one empty container and a respective lid or closure, located in the non-sterile inside space of the sealed enclosure,
c. a plurality of gloves contiguous with the perimeter surface of the enclosure and protruding as an extension of the perimeter surface of the enclosure towards the inside space of the enclosure,
d. a plurality of lengths of tubing, the lengths of tubing configured to transfer sterile material into the inside space of the enclosure, penetrating from the outside of the enclosure to the inside space of the enclosure, said lengths of tubing attached and sealed to the perimeter surface of the enclosure at respective points of penetration,
e. a sterilizing filter attached to a distal end of each respective length of said tubing located on the outside of the enclosure, said sterilizing filters configured to maintain sterility of respective internal lumen of the tubing following sterilization and for sterile connection of said lengths of tubing to product supply lines and air supply lines external to the assembly,
f. at least one filling device located in the inside space of the sealed enclosure, said at least one filling device configured to transfer sterile product into said at least one container within the inside space of the enclosure,
g. microbiological growth media plates or broth tubes, included in the inside space, configured to test the microbiological quality of the inside space of the sealed enclosure,
h. whereby the deflated sealed enclosure, with the at least one empty container and respective lid or closure, the at least one filling device, and the microbiological growth media plates or broth tubes located in the non-sterile inside space, is configured to be folded and packed into a shipping box and is configured to be inflated after shipping,
i. wherein the non-sterile assembly is adapted to be sterilized using gamma irradiation prior to reaching an end user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,685

OUTPUT DEVICE AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

KOSMEK LTD., Hyogo (JP)

1. An output device comprising:an operating rod (22) inserted into a housing (1) so as to be movable in an axial direction of the operating rod (22), the operating rod (22) being configured to be moved in the axial direction by an external force in the axial direction applied to an end portion of the operating rod (22);
a force multiplier (5) provided between the housing (1) and the operating rod (22), the force multiplier (5) being configured to assist movement of the operating rod (22) in the axial direction; and
an output rod (21) configured to be moved by the operating rod (22) in a direction crossing the axial direction of the operating rod (22), wherein
the force multiplier (5) includes:
an engagement member (51);
an engagement recess (52) provided on an outer periphery of the operating rod (22) and configured to receive the engagement member (51) in a fitted manner, the engagement recess (52) having a cam surface (52a) configured to make engagement with the engagement member (51);
an engagement member supporter (53) configured to allow movement of the engagement member (51) in a radial direction of the operating rod (22) and to restrict movement of the engagement member (51) in the axial direction of the operating rod (22);
a pressing member (54) configured to be biased by a spring (55) thereby to press the engagement member (51), the pressing member (54) having a force-multiplying surface (54a) configured to make engagement with the engagement member (51);
a guide member (35) provided at a base-side portion of the output rod (21); and
a cam groove (38) provided in the operating rod (22) so as to be directly or indirectly make engagement with the guide member (35), the cam groove (38) having a driving groove portion (40) extending so that a distance from an axis of the operating rod (22) increases toward one of opposite axial ends of the operating rod (22).

US Pat. No. 10,166,684

INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INCLUDING A PARALLEL KINEMATIC MANIPULATOR

ABB Research Ltd., Zuric...

1. An industrial robot including a manipulator for movement of an object in space, where the manipulator comprises:a movable platform arranged for carrying the object,
a first arm arranged for influencing the platform in a first direction and including a first inner arm part rotatable about a first axis, a first outer arm part pivotally connected to the first inner arm part and to the platform, and a first actuator including a first drive shaft for actuating the first arm parts, and the first inner arm part is directly mounted on the first drive shaft,
a second arm arranged for influencing the platform in a second direction and including a second inner arm part rotatable about a second axis, a second outer arm part pivotally connected to the second inner arm part and to the platform, and a second actuator including a second drive shaft for actuating the second arm parts, and the second inner arm part is directly mounted on the second drive shaft,
a third arm arranged for influencing the platform in a third direction and including a third inner arm part rotatable about a third axis, a third outer arm part pivotally connected to the third inner arm part and to the platform, and a third actuator including a third drive shaft for actuating the third arm parts, wherein the rotation axes of the first, second and third inner arm parts are parallel,
a hollow part operatively connected to the third drive shaft via a transmission unit, and
a support member extending through said hollow part and arranged to rigidly support at least one of the first and second actuators, and the hollow part is arranged rotatable about the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,682

SYSTEM FOR RELEASABLY ATTACHING A DISPOSABLE DEVICE TO A DURABLE DEVICE

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A system for releasably attaching a steerable disposable multi-linked device to a durable device, the system comprising:a disposable portion;
a durable portion; and
a connecting member connecting the disposable portion and the durable portion, wherein the connecting member defines an opening extending from a first end of the connecting member toward a second end of the connecting member, wherein the opening tapers from the first end of the connecting member toward the second end of the connecting member,
wherein, the disposable portion comprises:
a steerable multi-linked device, comprising:
a first multi-linked mechanism comprising:
a first link comprising a flange, wherein the opening of the connecting member is configured to capture the flange,
a plurality of intermediate links, wherein a first one of the intermediate links is movably coupled to the first link, and
a second link movably coupled to a second one of the intermediate links; and
a second multi-linked mechanism,
wherein the second multi-linked mechanism is configured to surround at least a portion of the first multi-linked mechanism,
wherein, the durable portion comprises:
an axial member which defines an opening therethrough, and
a feeder mechanism configured to advance, retract or advance and retract the second multi-linked mechanism relative to the feeder mechanism, and through the opening of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,680

AUTONOMOUS ROBOT USING DATA CAPTURED FROM A LIVING SUBJECT

1. An autonomous robot system comprising:a robot comprising a robotic skeleton designed to simulate similar actions as performed by a living subject;
a first set of sensors, coupled to the robotic skeleton, wherein the first set of sensors periodically gathering a first set of sensor data from the first set of sensors to capture motions of the robotic skeleton wherein motions of the robotic skeleton are resultant to control signals received by effectors present near or on the robotic skeleton; and
a processing system coupled to the robot, the processing system configured to:
receive a second set of sensor data, the second set of sensor data generated from a sensor apparatus worn by the living subject,
process the second set of sensor data to transmit control signals to the effectors, wherein the control signals move the effectors to simulate actions performed by the living subject,
gather the first set of sensor data based on movement of the effectors, wherein the first set of sensor data generated by the effectors is substantially similar to the second set of sensor data generated from the sensor apparatus worn by the living subject, and
iteratively, perform a predictive analysis, on the first set of sensor data, to learn a capability of generating actions that are spontaneous and adaptive to an immediate environment of the robot, as well as its ongoing interactions with living or inanimate elements that surround it, wherein the processing system further receives and processes sensor data resulting from the spontaneous and adaptive actions of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,166,679

MOVEMENT ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A movement assistance device, comprising:a back plate to be fitted onto a back of a wearer;
a back frame having an elongated shape and supported by a rotating shaft so as to be rotatable in a plane parallel to the back plate, the back frame including two first frame portions that rotate independently from each other, the rotating shaft being fixed to the back plate;
a side frame rotatably supported by a rotating shaft and extends from the back frame toward a vicinity of a side waist of the wearer, the side frame including two second frame portions that rotate independently from each other, each of the two second frame portions being supported by a respective one of the two first frame portions, the rotating shaft being fixed to the back frame and parallel to a longitudinal direction of the back frame;
a thigh holding portion to be fitted onto an anterior thigh of the wearer; and
a drive portion connected to each of the side frame and the thigh holding portion, the drive portion being configured to generate a force that increases an angle between the side frame and the thigh holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,678

SURGICAL ROBOT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A surgical robot comprising:a robot body on which a medical instrument is mounted;
an operation handle configured to input a control information of the robot body;
a control processor configured to control the robot body based on the control information input to the operation handle;
an input side abnormality detecting switch configured to detect an abnormality of an operator;
an output side abnormality detecting sensor configured to detect an abnormality of a surgery state with the medical instrument; and
an alarm configured to perform an abnormality countermeasure action if a detection value from the output side abnormality detecting sensor exceeds a threshold value,
wherein the surgical robot is configured so that the threshold value is set to a first value if the abnormality of the operator is detected by the input side abnormality detecting switch, and is set to a second value, different from the first value, if the input side abnormality detecting switch does not detect the abnormality of the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,677

STATE PREDICTION SYSTEM

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

6. A state prediction method executed by at least one processor according to program instructions stored in a memory coupled to the processor, the method comprising:a first trajectory generation step for generating a reference trajectory based on a current state of an object, in accordance with a first model, the reference trajectory representing a transition mode of a probability density distribution of a future state of the object;
a second trajectory generation step for generating a plurality of candidate trajectories based on the current state and a plurality of candidate states of the object, in accordance with a second model, the plurality of candidate trajectories each representing a transition mode of a probability density distribution from the current state to each of the plurality of candidate states of the object;
a trajectory specification step for evaluating a degree of approximation of each of the plurality of candidate trajectories generated in the second trajectory generation step to the reference trajectory generated in the first trajectory generation step, for specifying as a first candidate trajectory, a candidate trajectory having the degree of approximation being in a specified rank or higher over a first specification period, and for specifying as a second candidate trajectory, another candidate trajectory which is from a last time point of being the first candidate trajectory to before elapse of a second specification period; and
outputting the first candidate trajectory and the second candidate trajectory to a control device of a robot, and controlling operation of the robot based on the first candidate trajectory and the second candidate trajectory,
wherein the trajectory specification step includes a step of specifying as the first candidate trajectory, a candidate trajectory having the degree of approximation being in a specified rank or higher over the first specification period and the degree of approximation being equal to or more than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,675

TRAINABLE MODULAR ROBOTIC APPARATUS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A robotic apparatus operable to conduct one or more assigned physical tasks, the robotic apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer-readable instructions stored thereon, the computer-readable instructions being configured to cause, when executed by the at least one processor, a first controller of the robotic apparatus to:
produce an output signal based on a sensory input comprising an environmental characteristic and a learning process of the first controller, the first controller being configured to be coupled to a first robotic body of a plurality of robotic bodies via a first type of interface, the first robotic body including a first set of one or more degrees of freedom;
initialize a trajectory of the first robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies based on the output signal;
receive a teaching signal in response to the initialized trajectory that teaches a target trajectory;
update the learning process of the first controller based on the received teaching signal; and
implement an adjusted trajectory for the first robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies based on the updated learning process of the first controller;
store the adjusted trajectory in one or more trained robotic configurations; and
transfer the stored one or more trained robotic configurations to a second controller on a second robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies via a second type of interface, the second robotic body including a second set of one or more degrees of freedom distinct from the first set of one or more degrees of freedom, the second type of interface being different from the first type of interface, the one or more trained robotic configurations comprising the updated learning process of the first controller;
wherein the transfer of the stored one or more trained robotic configurations to the second controller is configured to:
enable an implementation of the adjusted trajectory on the second robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies via the transfer, the implementation of the adjusted trajectory on the second robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies being based on the transferred one or more trained robotic configurations; and
enable the second controller of the second robotic body of the plurality of robotic bodies to update the updated learning process for use by one or more other controllers other than the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,673

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT AND METHOD THEREOF

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A portable apparatus for controlling a robot, including:an orientation sensor structured to measure orientation of said portable apparatus;
a human machine interface (HMI) device structured to detect two-dimensional manual motion relative to said HMI device; and
a processing unit structured to receive a first signal representing said measured orientation of said portable apparatus and a second signal representing said detected two-dimensional manual motion relative to said HMI device and controlling a part of said robot to move in a direction corresponding to a combination of said measured orientation of said portable apparatus and a direction of said detected two-dimensional manual motion relative to said HMI device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,672

MAGNETIC ROBOT CRAWLER

DEEP TREKKER INC., Kitch...

1. A magnetic robot crawler comprises:a vehicle body;
a plurality of drive wheel assemblies;
a plurality of gearmotors;
each of the plurality of drive wheel assemblies comprise a tubular housing, a tubular drive shaft, a wheel, an annular cavity, an internal shaft, and a semi-annular magnet;
the plurality of drive wheel assemblies being peripherally and externally mounted to the vehicle body;
the plurality of gearmotors being mounted within the vehicle body;
the tubular housing being laterally connected to the vehicle body;
the tubular drive shaft being concentrically and rotatably mounted within the tubular housing;
the wheel being concentrically and rotatably mounted about the tubular housing;
the wheel and tubular drive shaft being magnetically coupled to each other;
the internal shaft concentrically traversing from the tubular drive shaft into the wheel;
the internal shaft being mounted to the tubular housing;
the annular cavity concentrically and laterally traversing into the wheel, opposite the vehicle body;
the semi-annular magnet being positioned within the annular cavity;
the semi-annular magnet being terminally mounted to the internal shaft; and
each of the plurality of gearmotors being torsionally coupled to the tubular drive shaft of a corresponding wheel assembly from the plurality of drive wheel assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,166,670

TOOL BIT HOLDER

1. A tool bit holder (10), for holding tool bits for a hand tool, wherein:the tool bit holder (10) has an extension along an x-axis, along a y-axis being perpendicular to the x-axis, and along a z-axis being perpendicular to the x-axis and y-axis, wherein the tool bit holder (10) comprises an at least partially arc-shaped main surface (12),
the arc-shaped part (13) of the main surface (12) at least partially transitions between the y-axis to the z-axis,
the main surface (12) is provided with an elongated slit (11) extending at least along its arc-shaped part (13) essentially along the x- and y-axis,
the slit (11) is provided with an inner and an outer section (16, 17),
the outer section (17) is level with the main surface (12) and the inner section (16) is wider than the outer section (17), whereby the outer section (17) is adapted to receive a waist (3) of a tool bit (1) according the standard ISO 1173:2001, Form E,
the main surface (12) comprises a front part (14) having an extension essentially in the x-y-plane transitioning to a bottom part (15) extending essentially in the x-z-plane,
the transition between the front part (14) and the bottom part (15) comprises the arch-shaped part, and
the slit (11) extends downwards along the y-axis past the arc-shaped part (13) and comprises holding means for securing the bit in the tool bit holder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,669

EXTENDABLE AND RETRACTABLE WRENCH

1. An extendable and retractable wrench having two jaws relatively movable to clamp and turn a workpiece, comprising: an extendable and retractable handle assembly for the wrench including an outer tube assembly and an inner tube assembly slidably connected together with one of the assemblies connected to the wrench, said wrench having jaws being moveable relative to one another in the range of ½? to at least 2? to loosen and tighten clean-out plugs, said outer tube assembly and inner tube assembly each having separable portions at a common plane to divide each tube assembly into two sub-assemblies to further reduce the length of the handle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,668

POWER DRIVEN SCREWDRIVER

16. The screwdriver of claim 1, wherein the cover is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the motor housing section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,667

STAPLING DEVICE

1. Stapling device, which extends in a longitudinal direction from a front region (12) to a rear region (14), having a lower part (20) that has a set-down, surface (18) on its underside (16), having an anvil leg (32) that carries an anvil plate (30) in the front region (12), which anvil leg is mounted in the front region (12) so as to pivot in restricted manner relative to the lower part (20) about a first pivot axle (34), having a staple magazine (38) that is mounted on a bearing block (36) in the rear region (14), so as to pivot about a second pivot axle (40), relative to the anvil leg (32), in restricted manner, having a driver leg (48) that is mounted so as to pivot about the second pivot axle (40) in restricted manner, relative to the anvil leg (32) and relative to the staple magazine (38), which driver leg has a driver (46) for guiding staples through a gap (44) at the front end (42) of the staple magazine (38) and for pressing the staples down against the anvil plate (30), and having at least one lever (56, 56?) that extends in the longitudinal direction, which lever is mounted on the lower part (20) in the rear region (14), by means of a first bearing (58), and on the anvil leg (32) by means of a second bearing (60) between the front region (12) and the rear region (14), wherein one of the bearings (58, 60) is a third pivot axle (66) and the other bearing is a floating bearing, and wherein the at least one lever (56, 56?) is coupled with the driver leg (48), at its front end (68) that faces the front region (12), in such a manner that a movement of the front end (68) toward the anvil leg (32) results in a movement of the driver (46) toward the anvil plate (30).

US Pat. No. 10,166,665

DISCONNECTION TOOL FOR QUICK-DISCONNECT COUPLINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A tool comprising:a handle having first and second forks defining a gap therebetween, the forks having upper surfaces and opposing parallel ledges that step down from the upper surfaces adjacent to the gap;
first and second convexly shaped contact elements disposed adjacent the first and second forks, respectively, on opposite sides of the gap and mounted to the handle for movement relative thereto toward and away from the gap; and
an elastic element urging at least one of the contact elements into the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,166,664

FASTENER REMOVAL TOOL AND METHOD OF USING SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A tool for removing a fastener head from a fastener, wherein the fastener head protrudes from a structural surface through which the fastener is installed, said tool comprising:a body comprising an alignment surface configured to couple substantially flush against the structural surface proximate the fastener head;
a blade coupled to said body for movement in a first direction generally parallel to said alignment surface, said blade comprising a tip configured to sever the fastener head from the fastener as said blade is moved from a first blade position to a second blade position;
a force transfer member coupled to said body for movement parallel to a longitudinal axis of said force transfer member, said longitudinal axis is oriented at an acute angle with respect to the first direction, said force transfer member is configured to move said blade from the first blade position to the second blade position in response to an impulse received by said force transfer member; and
at least one biasing member coupled to said blade, said at least one biasing member configured to bias said blade towards the first blade position with respect to said body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,663

SELF-FLEXING SOCKET AND RELATED TOOLS AND TOOL KIT AND METHODS OF USE

13. A fuel injector tool kit comprising:a self-flexing socket tool comprising:
an upper socket linkage, an intermediate connecting linkage, and a lower socket linkage coupled substantially in series and having two pivot points therebetween, the upper socket linkage comprising an upper socket body having at least one upper linkage connection tab pivotally engaged with an upper end of the intermediate connecting linkage, and the lower socket linkage comprising a lower socket body having at least one lower linkage connection tab pivotally engaged with a lower end of the intermediate connecting linkage; and
a spring member fixedly coupled to the lower socket linkage and slidably coupled to the upper socket linkage by passing the spring member through a slotted channel formed externally on the upper socket linkage offset from and substantially parallel to the at least one upper linkage connection tab, wherein the spring member biases the upper socket, intermediate connecting, and lower socket linkages into a substantially aligned first operable configuration, and further wherein the spring member may be selectively actuated to shift the upper socket, intermediate connecting, and lower socket linkages into a substantially curved second operable configuration; and
an injector seal removal tool comprising:
a handle portion; and
a working portion connected to the handle portion, the working portion comprising an angled tip terminating distally in a curved cut-out so as to form opposite leading edges at the intersections of the angled tip and the curved cut-out.

US Pat. No. 10,166,662

HOSE CLAMP SUPPORT TOOL

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A hose clamp support tool comprising:a rotational driver having a nose and a drive output extending from the nose along a central drive axis;
a collar attached to the nose of the rotational driver and including an annular flange portion concentric with the central drive axis, wherein the annular flange portion defines a plurality of apertures angularly spaced about the central drive axis relative to each other, and extending through the annular flange portion along the central drive axis;
wherein the drive output of the rotational driver is rotatable about the central drive axis relative to the nose and the collar, and wherein the collar is not rotatable about the central drive axis relative to the nose of the rotational driver;
a drive extension including a driven socket end connected to the drive output of the rotational driver, and a screw socket end configured for engaging a head of a screw of a hose clamp;
a support structure directly supported by the collar and slideably moveable relative to the drive extension along the central drive axis, wherein the support structure includes a positioning pin extending along the central drive axis and slideably disposed within one of the plurality of apertures;
wherein the support structure includes a cylindrical portion having a central bore concentric with the central drive axis, with the drive extension extending through the central bore of the cylindrical portion, and with the cylindrical portion rotatably supporting the drive extension for rotation of the drive extension about the central drive axis;
wherein the support structure includes a hood disposed at a distal end of the support structure, and operable to engage the hose clamp, such that the hose clamp is secured between the hood of the support structure and the screw socket end of the drive extension during installation and removal operations; and
a biasing device operable to bias the support structure along the central drive axis relative to the drive extension, and toward the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,166,657

IMPACT SOCKET

Lowell Corporation, W. B...

1. An impact socket, comprising:a socket body having a first end and an opposing second end, the socket body defining a first fastener driving structure at the second end; and
a collar assembly carried by the socket body, the collar assembly defining a second fastener driving structure;
wherein the collar assembly comprises a support sleeve and a base sleeve that define a chamber configured to constrain movement of a securing mechanism relative to the socket body, the securing mechanism configured to selectively secure the collar assembly to the socket body when the collar assembly is disposed in at least one of a first position relative to the second end of socket body and a second position relative to the second end of socket body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,656

HOLD-DOWN CLAMPING APPARATUS

IMAGINE TF, LLC, Los Gat...

1. A hold-down clamping apparatus for securing sheet material for processing the sheet material having opposed edges to be held in place, comprising:a plurality of hold-down clamps arranged as first parts of opposed clamping assemblies at opposed edges of a sheet material, each hold-down clamp having a body with a top lip and a downwardly depending rectangular guide beam, and a central screw disposed within the body, the top lip having a size retaining the sheet material; and
a sheet material support plate arranged as second parts of the opposed clamping assemblies and having a guide beam slots in vertical alignment with the guide beam and corresponding to a rectangular cross-sectional shape of the guide beam and a central screw hole extending adjacent to the guide beam slots and in vertical alignment with the guide beam slots, the central screw threadable within the central screw hole, whereby for each clamping assembly the guide beam is insertable within the guide beam slots until the top lip of the hold-down clamp rests upon the sheet material disposed on the sheet material support plate, the central screw of each hold-down clamp being threaded into the central screw hole when the guide beam is disposed in the guide beam slots and the top lip rests upon the sheet material thereby holding down opposed edges of the sheet material upon which the top lip rests and preventing twisting of the hold-down clamp of each clamping assembly; and
wherein each sheet material support plate further comprises a pair of plate members with spaced apart rectangular blocks forming the guide beam slots between the pair of plate members.

US Pat. No. 10,166,652

SUBSTRATE POLISHING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF

KNJ CO., LTD., Asan-si (...

1. A substrate polishing system for polishing a substrate, of which an upper edge and a lower edge are polished, comprising:a table, on which a substrate is secured;
a spindle provided at the upper portion of a side surface of the table;
a polishing wheel formed in the shape of a cylinder and having a rotating shaft mounted perpendicularly to the substrate so as to polish the substrate with a side surface thereof while rotating by the spindle; and
a Z axis driver for moving the polishing wheel in the vertical direction during the polishing of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,166,651

VIBRATORY FINISHING APPARATUS, FIXTURES AND METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. Vibratory finishing apparatus comprising:a receptacle to receive abrasive media that is moved or vibrated within the receptacle, the receptacle including a sidewall;
a first fixture to support an object within the receptacle and move the object relative to the receptacle in at least a first direction; and
a first guide positioned in the receptacle and connected to the sidewall, the first guide being pivotable, relative to the receptacle to rotate between static orientations, about an axis that extends in a vertical direction along the sidewall when the vibratory apparatus is in use, the first guide configured to direct the media moved within the receptacle toward a predetermined part of the object while the first guide is being held in one of the static orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,166,650

CHEMICAL-MECHANICAL PLANARIZATION SYSTEM

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) system comprising:a platen;
a pad disposed on the platen;
a polish head configured to hold a wafer against the pad;
a rotating mechanism configured to rotate at least one of the platen and the polish head;
a light source configured to provide incident light to an end-point layer on the wafer; and
a detector configured to detect intensity increase due to absorption of the incident light by the end-point layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,649

MACHINING APPARATUS FOR WORKPIECE

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A machining apparatus for a workpiece which inserts a workpiece into a holding hole of a carrier arranged on a lower turn table, holds the workpiece, moves down an upper turn table to a fixed position to sandwich the carrier holding the workpiece between the upper turn table and the lower turn table, and simultaneously machines both sides of the workpiece while rotating the upper turn table and the lower turn table around a rotational axis, respectively, the apparatus comprising:an upper turn table support mechanism which supports the upper turn table from above to be vertically movable by a cylinder extending along a rotational axis direction of the upper turn table;
a horizontal plate fixed to the cylinder so that a main surface thereof becomes perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cylinder;
at least three displacement sensors which measure height positions of a surface of the horizontal plate when the upper turn table has moved down to the fixed position; and
a control apparatus configured to calculate a relative height position of the upper turn table and an angle formed between the rotational axis of the upper turn table and the longitudinal axis of the cylinder from the height positions of the surface of the horizontal plate measured by the displacement sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,166,648

FINISHING BELT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FINISHING A WORKPIECE

1. A finishing belt device for finishing a peripheral surface of a workpiece, comprising:a finishing belt including a rear side and an active side;
a pressure apparatus including a pressure roller configured to apply a pressing force to the rear side such that, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, the active side is pressed against the peripheral surface in a linear contact region at a level of the pressing force; and
a pressure roller support on which the pressure roller is arranged as a first pressure roller and another pressure roller is arranged as a second pressure roller, such that, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, the active side of the finishing belt is pressed against the peripheral surface of the workpiece in two spaced-apart linear contact regions via the first and second pressure rollers,
wherein the pressure roller support is held on a main support so as to be rotatable about a pivot axis
wherein, when viewed in the running direction of the finishing belt, a first deflection roller is configured to act between the first and second pressure rollers and space the finishing belt apart from the peripheral surface to be finished at the level of the deflection roller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,647

POLISHING APPARATUS AND POLISHING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus for polishing a notch portion of a substrate, the polishing apparatus comprising:a rotary holding mechanism configured to hold the substrate and rotate the substrate, the rotary holding mechanism including a holding stage having an upper surface configured to hold the substrate thereon;
a polishing head configured to bring a polishing tape into sliding contact with the notch portion of the substrate to polish the notch portion;
a tape supplying and recovering mechanism configured to supply the polishing tape to the polishing head and recover the polishing tape from the polishing head;
an X-axis moving mechanism configured to move the polishing head and the tape supplying and recovering mechanism in an X-axis direction, which is parallel with the upper surface of the holding stage;
a Y-axis moving mechanism configured to move the polishing head and the tape supplying and recovering mechanism in a Y-axis direction, which is perpendicular to the X-axis direction and parallel with the upper surface of the holding stage;
a tension sensor configured to measure a tension of the polishing tape; and
a monitoring unit configured to monitor the tension of the polishing tape based on an output signal of the tension sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,645

CENTERLESS GRINDING MACHINE

KOYO MACHINE INDUSTRIES C...

1. A centerless grinding machine for centerless grinding of a periphery of a work by means of a grinding wheel rotationally driven while rotationally supporting the work with a regulating wheel and a blade, comprising:a dressing means for performing a dressing process of the grinding wheel and a dressing process of the regulating wheel,
wherein the dressing means comprises a single dressing unit disposed between and at a lower position than the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel,
wherein the dressing unit includes a dresser vertically movable between a standby position and a dressing position, and
wherein the dresser is moved in a longitudinal axial direction relative to the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel so as to dress the grinding wheel and the regulating wheel at the dressing position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,643

METHOD FOR MAKING SAFE THE USE OF AT LEAST ONE HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for making safe the use of a hand-held power tool, comprising:receiving, with a processor of an electronic safety device, an application-specific characteristic quantity from a machine sensor of the hand-held power tool configured to measure the application-specific characteristic quantity, application-specific characteristic quantity relating to at least one of a state of the hand-held power tool and a state of a working environment of the hand-held power tool;
receiving, with the processor of the electronic safety device, an identifier of the hand-held power tool from the hand-held power tool;
retrieving, with the processor of the electronic safety device, reference data assigned to the identifier from an appliance database;
comparing the application-specific characteristic quantity with the reference data; and
outputting, with an output device of the electronic safety device, at least one item of safety information using to the user in response to the comparison of the application-specific characteristic quantity with the reference data indicating infringement of a safety criterion,
wherein the electronic safety device has a fastener configured to fasten the electronic safety device to an extremity of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,642

DRIVE APPARATUS COMPRISING MECHANICAL VIBRATION SUPPRESSION FUNCTION, AND SYSTEM COMPRISING MECHANICAL VIBRATION SUPPRESSION FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A drive apparatus including a mechanical vibration suppression function, the drive apparatus comprising:a damper side linear motor including a stationary portion and a movable portion, the stationary portion being fixed to a machine base;
a drive side linear motor including a stationary portion and a movable portion, the stationary portion being fixed to the movable portion of the damper side linear motor;
a first detection unit that detects a first position that is a position of the movable portion of the drive side linear motor in relation to the machine base;
a second detection unit that detects a second position that is a position of the movable portion of the damper side linear motor in relation to the machine base;
a third detection unit that detects a third position that is a position of the movable portion of the drive side linear motor in relation to the movable portion of the damper side linear motor;
a drive side control unit that controls the drive side linear motor, based on the first position detected by way of the first detection unit and the third position detected by way of the third detection unit; and
a damper side control unit that controls the damper side linear motor, based on the second position detected by way of the second detection unit, thereby causing the damper side linear motor to function as a damper,
wherein adjustment of a response band of the damper side control unit is allowed in accordance with a command frequency band provided to the drive side control unit or a response band of the drive side control unit, and
wherein the adjustment is performed by adjusting a parameter used by the damper side control unit to control the damper side linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,641

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFORMING ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS TO CONTOURS OF CURVED SURFACES

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An automated processing system for use on a surface having a contour, the automated system comprising:an elongated flexible component having a first portion and a second portion;
an actuatable component movable between a first position and a second position and having a first portion and a second portion;
a first bracket having a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion of the first bracket, wherein the first portion of the actuatable component is connected to the first portion of the first bracket, and the first portion of the elongated flexible component is generally fixedly connected to the second portion of the first bracket for movement with and flexure with respect to the first bracket;
a second bracket having a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion of the second bracket, wherein: the second portion of the actuatable component is connected to the first portion of the second bracket; the second portion of the elongated flexible component is generally fixedly connected to the second portion of the second bracket for movement with and flexure with respect to the second bracket; the actuatable component is configured to induce relative movement between the first bracket and the second bracket upon the actuatable component moving between the first position and the second position; and the elongated flexible component is configured to flex into a contour upon the relative movement between the first bracket and the second bracket;
an actuator that selectively moves the actuatable component between the first position and the second position; and
at least one end effector operably connected to the elongated flexible component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,640

RECONFIGURABLE FLEXIBLE RAIL METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for performing at least a first operation and a second operation on a workpiece, the second operation being different from the first operation, the method comprising:attaching a flexible vacuum rail to a surface of a work piece, wherein a multi-axis carriage is coupled to the flexible vacuum rail;
coupling a first tool module to the multi-axis carriage, wherein the first tool module comprises a first tool-module frame, a first reaction unit on a first side of the first tool-module frame, a first pressure unit on a second side of the first tool-module frame, opposite the first side, and a first tool, removably connected to the first tool-module frame, wherein the first tool is configured to perform the first operation;
moving the multi-axis carriage along the flexible vacuum rail to a first location on the work piece;
performing the first operation with the first tool at the first location;
removing the first tool module from the multi-axis carriage after performing the first operation;
installing a second tool module to the multi-axis carriage, wherein the second tool module comprises a second tool-module frame, a second reaction unit on a first side of the second tool-module frame, a second pressure unit on a second side of the second tool-module frame, opposite the first side, and a second tool, removably connected to the second tool-module frame, wherein the second tool is configured to perform the second operation; and
performing the second operation with the second tool at the first location or at a second location, different from the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,638

ASSEMBLING DEVICE OF WHEEL HUB UNIT

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. An assembling device of a wheel hub unit, comprising:a bearing setting unit configured to set a bearing unit including an inner ring, an outer ring, a plurality of tapered rollers rollably arranged between an inner ring raceway formed on an outer peripheral surface of the inner ring and an outer ring raceway formed on an inner peripheral surface of the outer ring, and a stepped part which is formed on an outer end part of the inner ring in an axial direction and with which end surfaces of the tapered rollers in the axial direction are in contact, such that the bearing unit is coaxial with respect to a hub cylindrical part provided at an end part of a hub main body in the axial direction and can be moved toward the hub cylindrical part;
a rotational drive source configured to transmit rotational force around an axis to the bearing unit set in the bearing setting unit; and
an inner-ring press-fitting unit configured to externally fit the inner ring of the bearing unit to which the rotational force around the axis has been transmitted, to the hub cylindrical part; wherein
the bearing setting unit includes:
a circular holding part configured to hold the outer ring of the bearing unit from an outer periphery;
a circular driven member which is arranged coaxially around the hub main body and to which the rotational force is transmitted from the rotational drive source; and
a rotational force-transmitting part which is connected between the driven member and the holding part and configured to transmit the rotational force, transmitted to the driven member, to the holding part; and
the holding part includes a plurality of divided holding members being spaced apart from one another in an opening state and holding the outer ring of the bearing unit from the outer periphery in a closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,636

COMPOSITE HARD-SURFACE MATERIAL AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

SEED TECHNOLOGIES CORP., ...

1. A method for preparing a composite hard-face material, comprising:dispersedly fixing a plurality of hard-alloy sheets on a surface of a metal matrix; and
overlay welding the hard-alloy sheets and the metal matrix using a solder, to obtain the composite hard-face material,
wherein the solder comprises nickel-based alloy powder, tungsten carbide particles, and boron nitride powder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,635

WELDING DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACTIVE HEATING DEVICE FOR HEATING THE WORKPIECE

STIWA Holding GmbH, Attn...

1. Welding device (1), in particular a laser welding device, for welding workpieces (3), comprising at least one welding head (2), in particular a laser welding head, which is directed onto a working area (4) when in the working position, and at least one heating device (5) acting on the working area (4) in order to heat up the workpiece (3), in particular before and/or after the welding operation, wherein the welding device (1) comprises at least two adjacently disposed welding stations or welding lines which can be set up with workpieces (3) or workpiece parts to be welded by means of at least one workpiece carrier (23) and the at least one heating device (5, 22) is configured so that the workpieces (3) or workpiece parts can be heated by the heating device (5, 22) in timed cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,634

LASER CLADDING USING FLEXIBLE CORD OF HARDFACING MATERIAL WITH DIAMOND

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method of hardfacing a component, comprising:generating a laser beam and directing the laser beam to an area of a wear surface of the component;
feeding a flexible cord of a cladding material into the laser beam to melt the flexible cord and produce a bead of the cladding material on the wear surface, wherein the flexible cord includes an inner metal wire surrounded by an agglomerate of abrasion and wear-resistant material that contains diamond particles; and
moving the laser beam and the flexible cord along the wear surface to produce a cladding layer over the wear surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,633

LASER BEAM MACHINE FOR THERMALLY TREATING WORKPIECES WITH A CABLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM HAVING A FITTED DEFLECTION UNIT

Messer Cutting Systems Gm...

1. A laser beam emitting machine comprising:a laser head emitting a laser beam onto a workpiece that is to be treated,
a movement unit spatially moving the laser head, movement unit having a linearly moving machine portal on which a transverse carriage is supported such that said carriage can be moved transversely, and the laser head being mounted on said carriage,
a flexible fiber cable with a minimum permissible bending radius, said fiber cable transmitting the laser beam to the laser head and entering therein at an inlet point on an upper laser head end thereof, and
a cable guidance system guiding the fiber cable at least over a portion of a length thereof,
wherein the cable guidance system has a deflection unit that is mounted on the laser head and that predetermines a rigid deflection curve that extends above the inlet point and adjacent to the inlet point, and guides the fiber cable to the inlet point, and has a radius that is greater than the minimum permissible bending radius of the fiber cable.

US Pat. No. 10,166,632

IN-SITU LASER BEAM POSITION AND SPOT SIZE SENSOR AND HIGH SPEED SCANNER CALIBRATION, WAFER DEBONDING METHOD

International Business Ma...

1. A method for aligning a scan laser beam on a wafer, comprising;scanning, along a laser scan line, a scan laser beam generated from a laser scanning system across at least one laser beam sensor outside the wafer, the at least one laser beam sensor being adjacent to one of opposing edges of the wafer;
picking up, at a first position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a first optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a second position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a second optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a third position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a third optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the first position to a first electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the second position to a second electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the third position to a third electrical pulse;
determining, using at least one processor, a spot size of the scan laser beam based on a laser scan speed and a temporal width of the first electrical pulse; and
determining, using at least one processor, a position of the scan laser beam based on a time difference between the second and third electrical pulses,
wherein positions of the second optical slit and the third optical slit relative to the wafer are known to the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,631

LASER PROCESSING HEAD APPARATUS WITH CAMERA MONITOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRONIC COR...

1. A laser processing head apparatus with a camera monitor, comprising:a laser beam reflection mirror that reflects and deflects a laser beam for processing and changes an advancing direction of the laser beam for processing;
a condensing lens that collects a reflected laser beam for processing, which has been reflected by the laser beam reflection mirror, to a processing point of a processing material;
a camera that is disposed on an opposite side of the laser beam reflection mirror to the condensing lens and on the same axis as an optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an imaging optical system that is disposed between the camera and the laser beam reflection mirror and on the same axis as the optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an illumination optical system that is disposed on an imaging optical system side of the laser beam reflection mirror;
a light source for illumination that generates an illumination light which passes through the illumination optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror and irradiates the processing point; and
an optical filter that is disposed on a laser beam reflection mirror side of the imaging optical system, wherein
the reflected laser beam for processing generates processing point-emitted light including plasma by irradiating the processing point, or is reflected at the processing point and becomes a processing point-reflected laser beam, and the illumination light is reflected at the processing point and becomes illumination light for imaging,
the light source for illumination includes a near-infrared laser diode which generates a near-infrared laser beam of which upper limit value is a wavelength of the laser beam for processing,
an optical path of the illumination light and an imaging optical path, which is an optical path of the illumination light for imaging, are different optical paths that contact with each other,
the illumination light is directly guided to a laser optical path for processing, which is an optical path of the laser beam for processing, or
guided to the laser optical path for processing via an illumination light reflection mirror, which is disposed on a part of the imaging optical path between the imaging optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror, and which reflects the illumination light generated by the light source for illumination toward the laser beam reflection mirror,
the illumination light reflection mirror is a total-reflection mirror or a metal mirror,
the laser beam reflection mirror reflects 99% or more of the laser beam for processing, and transmits 80% or more of the illumination light and the illumination light for imaging, and
out of the processing point-emitted light, the processing point-reflected laser beam and the illumination light for imaging, which have passed through the condensing lens and the laser beam reflection mirror and are directed to the camera respectively, the optical filter blocks transmission of the processing point-emitted light and the processing point-reflected laser beam, and transmits the illumination light for imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,166,630

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE FOR MONITORING A JOINT SEAM, JOINING HEAD AND LASER WELDING HEAD WITH SAME

PRECITEC KG, Gaggenau-Ba...

1. An optical measuring device for monitoring a joining region in a workpiece, comprising:at least one light-section device with a first light source, which casts a light fan in a direction of the workpiece in order to create a triangulation light line within the joining region on the workpiece, the triangulation light line intersecting a joint seam in the joining region;
a first optical sensor with a first observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the triangulation light line projected onto the joint seam;
a second optical sensor with a second observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the joint seam, with the second observation beam path being coaxially coupled into the first observation beam path and with the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor using a common objective lens;
at least one first illumination module for homogeneous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a first angle to an optical axis of the common objective lens;
at least one second illumination module for homogenous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a second angle, larger than the first angle, to the optical axis of the objective lens; and
a control device, which, as a result of different actuation of the at least one first illumination module and of the at least one second illumination module at different periods of time, alternates between a dark-field and a bright-field illumination or sets a ratio of the intensities of the bright-field illumination and the dark-field illumination with respect to one another,
wherein a readout rate of the first optical sensor is greater than 1 kHz and a readout rate of the second optical sensor is less than 500 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,166,627

ALUMINUM ALLOY TO STEEL WELDING PROCESS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of spot welding a steel workpiece to an aluminum alloy workpiece, the method comprising:providing a stack-up that includes a steel workpiece and an aluminum alloy workpiece, the steel workpiece and the aluminum alloy workpiece overlapping to provide a faying interface;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece with a steel welding electrode;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece with an aluminum alloy welding electrode;
passing an electrical current between the steel and aluminum alloy welding electrodes and through the stack-up to initiate a molten aluminum alloy weld pool within the aluminum alloy workpiece and at the faying interface, the electrical current having a greater current density in the steel workpiece than in the aluminum alloy workpiece; and
ceasing passage of the electrical current at which time a contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece is greater in surface area than a contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece, the contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode having a surface area that is greater than the contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode by a ratio of 1.5:1 to 16:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,626

METHOD FOR THE NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION OF COMPONENTS OR COMPONENT REGIONS AND NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for non-releasably connecting components or component regions, wherein two connection faces are partially welded to each other and are bonded with an adhesive layer, the method comprising:forming a welding base on one of the connection faces;
forming a spacer on one of the connection faces at a location spaced from the welding base, wherein the welding base projects above the spacer, and wherein the steps of forming the welding base and the spacer are performed by pressing protrusions out of the associated connection face;
applying the adhesive layer on one of the connection faces,
moving the connection faces toward each other to press the welding base against the connection face that does not include the welding base, and
supplying welding current through the welding base to melt the welding base until the spacer stops the connection faces from moving toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,625

TORCH FOR TUNGSTEN INERT GAS WELDING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A torch for tungsten inert gas welding, comprising:a housing,
an electrode holder disposed in the housing,
an electrode unit held in the housing and made of a metal, and
a cooling device configured to cool the electrode unit, by which a liquid cooling medium can be conducted into the electrode holder and conducted out of the electrode holder again,
wherein the cooling device comprises at least one electrically conductive separating wall disposed within a shell of the electrode holder for forming cooling channels, at least the at least one electrically conductive separating wall being electrically connected to the electrode unit,
wherein an insulating layer is disposed between the housing and the electrode holder, and
wherein the at least one electrically conductive separating wall comprises at least one clearance, through which the cooling channels are connected to one another, so that the liquid cooling medium can flow into the electrode holder and in a direction of the electrode unit through at least one cooling channel and away from the electrode unit and out of the electrode holder through at least one other cooling channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,624

HYBRID WELDING SUPPLY

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A power source for an implement performing a welding or cutting operation comprising:an engine component including a field-controlled generator, the engine component being switchable between an on condition and an off condition;
a rectifier electrically connected to the field-controlled generator, wherein the rectifier converts alternating current provided by the field-controlled generator into a direct current;
at least one battery, wherein:
the engine component and at least one battery are electrically connected to a chopper bus,
the chopper bus is connected across the rectifier, and
a voltage droop of the chopper bus is controlled by field control of the field-controlled generator;
a charging chopper electrically connected to the field-controlled generator and the at least one battery, wherein the charging chopper provides a selected power to the at least one battery;
a battery boost converter electrically connecting the at least one battery to the chopper bus;
an auxiliary power converter being electrically connected to the chopper bus, the auxiliary power converter including a DC to DC converter;
a controller in communication with the field-controlled generator, auxiliary power converter and the battery boost converter, wherein the controller selectively varies power output from the engine component, and the at least one battery via the chopper bus and battery boost converter, to provide power sufficient to perform the operation; and
a user interface for receiving a welding output preset, wherein the user interface is powered, when the engine component is in the off condition, by the at least one battery through the battery boost converter, the chopper bus, and the DC to DC converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,622

AUTOMATIC WELDING METHOD AND APPARATUS

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

7. A welding system for automatically controlling welding, the welding system comprising:a heat-source that generates a welding-arc;
a wire feed for feeding wire to a wire interaction position, the wire interaction position being a position where the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc; and
a control system comprising: a pre-programmed robot control system, a control system interface, and a camera configured to record the wire interaction position and communicate the recording to the control system interface, wherein:
the control system is configured to:
set at least one welding parameter having an adjustable magnitude and direction;
set a stable wire interaction position with a defined tolerance, the stable wire interaction position being a position where the wire fed by the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc so as to produce a weld having pre-defined qualities;
define a number of zones with respect to the stable wire interaction position, a first zone being defined based on a diameter of the wire;
monitor whether the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding; and
alter automatically the at least one welding parameter having the adjustable magnitude and direction to return the wire interaction position to within the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position if the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding;
the alteration of the magnitude and direction of the at least one welding parameter is dependent on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in; and
the at least one welding parameter comprises at least a feed rate adjusted in accordance with a pre-programmed algorithm based on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in.

US Pat. No. 10,166,621

WELDING DEVICE AND WELDING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A welding device which performs butt welding of tubes, comprising:a rotary member of a circular-arc shape to which a welding torch is mounted, the rotary member including external teeth;
a gear train that meshes with the rotary member and rotates the rotary member around a center axis of the tubes;
a table supporting the rotary member and the gear train;
a first movement mechanism that moves the table in a first direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes, the first movement mechanism including a first movement mechanism slide block to which the table is fastened, a first movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the first movement mechanism slide block, and a first motor which rotates the first movement mechanism screw shaft;
a second movement mechanism that moves the first movement mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes and the first direction, the second movement mechanism including a second movement mechanism slide block to which the first movement mechanism is fastened, a second movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the second movement mechanism slide block, and a second motor which rotates the second movement mechanism screw shaft;
a third movement mechanism that moves the second movement mechanism along the center axis of the tubes, the third movement mechanism including a third movement mechanism slide block to which the second movement mechanism is fastened, a third movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the third movement mechanism slide block, and a third motor which rotates the third movement mechanism screw shaft; and
a clamp mechanism that secures the third movement mechanism to the tube,
wherein the first movement mechanism, the second movement mechanism, and the third movement mechanism are disposed between the table and the clamp mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,620

SLAG REMOVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Slag Rebel LLC, San Anto...

1. A slag removal device comprising:a lower member having a cavity in a first end;
an upper structure having a first opening extending therethrough, the upper structure configured to attach to the first end of the lower member such that the first opening through the upper structure is aligned with the cavity in the lower member, wherein the upper structure comprises:
an upper member configured to be secured to the lower member;
a collar configured to be inserted into the upper member, the collar having a first end, the first end of the collar having a first diameter, the first diameter being less than an interior diameter of the upper member; and
a tube configured to be inserted into the collar, the tube having a first end, the first end of the tube having a second diameter, the second diameter being greater than an interior diameter of the collar; and
a piston configured to be inserted into the first opening of the upper structure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,618

HEAT STOP FOR BRAZING OR SOLDERING

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:a metal block having an interior space and a joint element, the joint element defined between a trench in an outer surface of the metal block and a hole extending from the outer surface of the metal block to the interior space, the trench configured to reduce dissipation, throughout the metal block, of heat applied to the joint element, the hole configured to receive a metal tube; and
the metal tube joined to the metal block at the hole, wherein the trench is filled with an epoxy compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,617

ELECTRODES FOR AND METHODS OF ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for electrical discharge machining, the electrode defining a length direction, a width direction, and a height direction, the electrode comprising:a head end;
a tip end;
a shaft extending from the head end to the tip end; and
a central plane defined through the head end, shaft, and tip end,
wherein the shaft is recessed along the width direction toward the central plane such that both the head end and the tip end are wider than the shaft, and
wherein the electrode is configured to discharge electricity to machine a component and
wherein the tip end has a height, and wherein the ratio of the height of the tip end to a slot depth for the component is within a range of 0.05 to 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,166,616

BAND SAW MACHINE WITH STARTING CUTTING POSITION CONTROL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

TERA AUTOTECH CORPORATION...

1. A band saw machine with starting cutting position control, for cutting a workpiece, the band saw machine comprising:a working platform, comprising a reference plane for placing the workpiece, and a fixing member disposed on the reference plane and for fixing the workpiece;
a cutting machine, comprising a driving wheel, a driven wheel, a band saw wound on the driving wheel and the driven wheel, and a motor that electrically drives the driving wheel, the band saw comprising a starting cutting tooth and a processing cutting tooth that are sequentially arranged, wherein a positioning sensor disposed at the driven wheel, and a sensed element disposed at the band saw and adjacent to the starting cutting tooth, the position of the sensed element is detected by the positioning sensor to confirm the position of the starting cutting tooth;
a vertical displacement member, connected to the working platform and the cutting machine, causing the cutting machine to move vertically;
a height sensor, disposed at the cutting machine, for detecting a starting cutting point of the workpiece farthest from the reference plane; and
a central processor, electrically connected to the height sensor, the vertical displacement element and the motor, the central processor receiving information of a position of the starting cutting point and controlling a displacement speed of the vertical displacement element and a first rotational speed of the motor to allow the starting cutting tooth to first cut at the starting cutting point.

US Pat. No. 10,166,615

SLIP DETECTOR

Marvel Manufacturing Comp...

1. A method of moving a workpiece on a table by gripping the workpiece with a vise, the workpiece being cut when brought along the table to a saw, the method comprising the steps of:gripping the workpiece with the vise,
moving the workpiece some move distance X along the table to the saw,
measuring the amount of slip distance Y occurring between the vise and the workpiece, and
moving the workpiece an additional distance Y equal to the measured slip distance Y so the total distance traveled by the workpiece along the table is equal to the move distance X plus the measured slip distance Y.

US Pat. No. 10,166,613

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MACHINING LONGITUDINAL EDGES OF METAL WORKPIECES

1. A method for machining a longitudinal edge of an elongated metal workpiece (2) with a circumferential milling cutter (1) rotatable about a rotation axis and having at least one spiral cutting edge, the method comprising:contacting a longitudinal machining surface (B) of the workpiece (2) by the at least one cutting edge (z) of the milling cutter (1) with a plurality of teeth simultaneously;
providing relative movement between the workpiece (2) and the milling cutter in the direction of the rotation axis of the milling cutter (1);
wherein the plurality of teeth contact the machining surface (B) simultaneously with identical tooth spacings (as) in a direction of the relative movement;
engaging the plurality of teeth (z), with the machining surface (B) over a cylindrical effective length (l) of the milling cutter (1) during machining of the workpiece (2) during the relative movement, wherein each of the plurality of teeth (z) has an identical cutting depth (t); and
removing chips (s) is effected between adjacent teeth having the tooth spacing (as) simultaneously with the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 10,166,611

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on said base material,said coating including a hard layer,
said hard layer including a plurality of crystal grains having a sodium chloride-type crystal structure, wherein
when crystal orientation of each of said plurality of crystal grains is analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction system for a cross section of said hard layer that is parallel to a normal direction of a surface of said base material to measure an angle of intersection between a normal direction to (001) plane that is a crystal plane of said crystal grain and the normal direction to the surface of said base material, a proportion A of said crystal grains having said angle of intersection of 0 degree or more to less than 20 degrees is 50% or more,
boundaries of said crystal grains include CSL boundaries and general boundaries,
the length of ?3 grain boundaries of said CSL boundaries is 50% or more of the length of ?3-29 grain boundaries that is a total of respective lengths of ?3 grain boundaries, ?7 grain boundaries, ?11 grain boundaries, ?17 grain boundaries, ?19 grain boundaries, ?21 grain boundaries, ?23 grain boundaries, and ?29 grain boundaries included in said CSL boundaries and is 1% or more and 30% or less of the total length of all boundaries that is a sum of the length of said ?3-29 grain boundaries and the length of said general boundaries,
said crystal grain has a layered structure in which a first layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlxTi1-x and a second layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlyTi1-y (where x?y) are alternately stacked, and
a total thickness of said first layer and said second layer adjacent to each other is 3 nm or more and 30 nm or less,
when the composition of the first layer is nitride, the composition of the second layer is also nitride, and
when the composition of the first layer is carbonitride, the composition of the second layer is also carbonitride.

US Pat. No. 10,166,608

WOOD-DRILL ADAPTER SYSTEMS

1. A wood-drill adapter system comprising:a wood-drill adapter assembly comprising;
a core-bit-blank comprising;
a hollow-tubular body including;
a hole;
a cap comprising;
a cap-plate; and
a threaded-coupler;
an adapter-insert comprising;
an upper-disc comprising;
an upper-face;
an lower-face;
an outer-circumference; and
an upper-aperture;
a tubular-body comprising;
an outside-circumference;
an inside-circumference;
an upper-rim; and
a lower-rim;
a lower-disc comprising;
an upper-surface;
a lower-surface;
an external-circumference; and
an internal-circumference;
a set-screw-receiver; and
a set-screw;
wherein said wood-drill adapter system comprises said wood-drill adapter assembly in functional combination;
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly comprises said core-bit-blank, said adapter-insert, and said set-screw in functional combination;
wherein said core-bit-blank comprises said hollow-tubular body, and said cap in functional combination;
wherein said hollow-tubular-body includes said hole;
wherein said cap comprises said cap-plate, and said threaded-coupler in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert comprises said upper-disc, said tubular-body, said lower-disc, and said set-screw-receiver functional combination;
wherein said an upper-disc comprises and is defined by said upper-face, said lower-face, said outer-circumference, and said upper-aperture in functional combination;
wherein said tubular-body comprises said outside-circumference, said inside-circumference, said upper-rim, and said lower-rim in functional combination;
wherein said lower-disc comprises said upper-surface, said lower-surface, said external-circumference, and said internal-circumference in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert is affixed within said hollow-tubular body in an end opposite said cap;
wherein said lower-face of said upper-disc is fixedly arranged to said upper-rim of said tubular-body;
wherein said outside-circumference of said tubular-body is fixedly arranged adjacent to said internal-circumference of said lower-disc;
wherein said set-screw-receiver is affixed to said outside-circumference of said tubular-body;
wherein said set-screw-receiver of said adapter-insert and said hole of said hollow-tubular body are aligned and arranged to allow a user to insert said set-screw to secure a wood-boring tool into said wood-drill adapter assembly;
wherein said threaded-coupler of said cap of said hollow-tubular body is structured and arranged to accept a drive-shank such that said user may thread said drive-shank into said threaded-coupler such that said wood-drill adapter assembly is able to be rotated by a coring-rotary-tool; and
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly is useful for allowing said user to use said coring-rotary-tool typically used for concrete drilling/coring to drill a circular-opening in a wooden-material using said wood-boring tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,606

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a top surface having a polygonal shape in a top view, and comprising a first corner portion with an acute angle ?1 and a second corner portion with an obtuse angle ?2;
a bottom surface;
a side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a top cutting edge disposed along a ridge line at an intersection between the top surface and the side surface, and comprising:
a first corner cutting edge located in the first corner portion;
a first major cutting edge adjacent to the first corner cutting edge;
a second corner cutting edge located in the second corner portion; and
a second major cutting edge adjacent to the second corner cutting edge;
wherein the top surface further comprises:
a first breaker protrusion comprising a first part protruding toward the first corner portion and a second part facing the first major cutting edge in a top view; and
a second breaker protrusion comprising a third part protruding toward the second corner portion and a fourth part facing the second major cutting edge in the top view,
wherein a minimum value of a first gap W1 between the first part and the first corner cutting edge is larger than a minimum value of a second gap W2 between the third part and the second corner cutting edge in the top view, and
wherein a third gap W3 between the second part and the first major cutting edge increases from the first corner portion toward the second corner portion, and a fourth gap W4 between the fourth part and the second major cutting edge decreases from the second corner portion toward the first corner portion in the top view,
the third gap W3 increases at a constant ratio, and the fourth gap W4 decreases at a constant ratio in the top view.

US Pat. No. 10,166,603

METAL 3D PRINTER

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A metal 3D printer adapted for laminate-molding a three-dimensional object, the metal 3D printer comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of side walls to form a molding chamber;
a recoater head reciprocating between a first position and a second position in a direction of a horizontal U axis in the lower part of the molding chamber and having a total length greater than that of an irradiation region extending in a direction perpendicular to the U axis to form a powder layer of a metal;
a laser irradiation device irradiating the irradiation region in the powder layer with a laser beam to form a sintered layer; and
an inert gas supply device circulating an inert gas through the molding chamber to remove fumes generated in the irradiation region from the molding chamber,
wherein the inert gas supply device comprises:
a first suction port disposed on one of the side walls facing each other in the direction of the U axis, which is closer to the first position than the second position;
a first blowout port disposed on a side of the recoater head to face the first suction port; and
a second blowout port disposed to face the first suction port across the irradiation region.

US Pat. No. 10,166,602

NANOMETRIC COPPER FORMULATIONS

P.V. NANO CELL LTD., Mig...

1. A method of producing a formulation containing single-crystal metallic copper particles, the method comprising the steps of:(a) adding a borohydride, as an incremental addition, to cupric ions in an acidic aqueous medium, in a presence of a first dispersant, to reduce said cupric ions and to produce said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a first dispersion, until a pH of said aqueous medium rises to at most 7; and
(b) providing said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a product dispersion,wherein said product dispersion contains particulate matter including nanometric metallic copper particles, at least 10% of said particulate matter being single-crystal metallic copper particles, said particulate matter having an average secondary particle size (d50) within a range of 20 to 200 nanometers (nm), said nanometric metallic copper particles being at least partially covered by at least one dispersant,wherein a concentration ratio of crystalline cuprous oxide to said nanometric metallic copper particles, within said particulate matter, is at most 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,166,601

DIE CAST TIP COVER AND METHOD OF MANAGING RADIAL DEFLECTION OF DIE CAST TIP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A die casting plunger tip assembly comprising:a first portion having a closed end defining an outer face; and
a tip cover disposed on the outer face of the closed end and attached to the closed end only by a clearance fit or an interference fit; the tip cover having a monolithic body comprising:
an integrally formed support structure extending from an inner surface of the tip cover toward the closed end, the support structure being positioned in contact with the outer face of the closed end;
wherein a cavity is formed between the outer face of the closed end and the tip cover.

US Pat. No. 10,166,600

FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A formed body manufacturing method for manufacturing a formed body such that molten metal is led out from a molten metal surface of the molten metal held in a holding furnace and is passed through a shape defining member configured to define a sectional shape of the formed body, the formed body manufacturing method comprising:measuring a surface temperature of the formed body formed such that the molten metal that has passed through the shape defining member solidifies;
adjusting a height of a coating material spray nozzle based on a result of the measurement of the surface temperature of the formed body so that the surface temperature of the formed body to which a heat dissipation coating material is blown becomes a solidifying point of the molten metal or less; and
spraying the heat dissipation coating material to a surface of the formed body from the coating material spray nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,599

COATED CASTING CORES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

20. A casting core assembly comprising:a metallic core;
a ceramic core having a compartment in which the portion of the metallic core is received; and
a ceramic coating at least partially covering the metallic core and the ceramic core,
the ceramic coating having an average thickness of 0.5 mil to 1.5 mil and covering essentially all of the exposed portions of both the metallic core and the ceramic core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,598

PRECISION-CASTING CORE, PRECISION-CASTING CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND PRECISION-CASTING MOLD

MITSUBISH HEAVY INDUSTRIE...

2. A precision-casting mold used to manufacture cast metal, comprising:a precision-casting core obtained by forming a coating layer of two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters on a surface of a sintered precision-casting core body mainly including silica particles having a shape corresponding to a cavity inside the cast metal; and
an outer mold corresponding to the shape of the outer peripheral surface of the cast metal, wherein
the two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters comprise silica sol and silica fume having larger particle diameters than the silica sol, the silica fume consisting of spherical particles, and
the silica sol and the silica fume have a weight ratio of 1:1 to 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,597

CAMSHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD AND GEAR SHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD

1. A camshaft-manufacturing method, comprising:preparing a plurality of split dies including recessed cam accommodation portions provided on side surfaces and rib accommodation portions formed in the recessed cam accommodation portions, configuring a split die group by butting side surfaces of the split dies, and forming a plurality of cam accommodation portions including the recessed cam accommodation portions between each adjacent pair of the split dies, in order to prepare the split die group;
preparing a cam including a through-hole, a cam body which is smaller than each of the cam accommodation portions, and ribs which are provided on both sides in a thickness direction of the cam body and configured to be fitted into the rib accommodation portions, and a hollow shaft, and arranging the cam and the shaft so that the cam body is accommodated in the cam accommodation portions, the ribs are fitted in the rib accommodation portions, and the hollow shaft is inserted into the through-hole of the cam, in order to prepare processing; and
introducing pressurized fluid into a hollow portion of the hollow shaft and performing hydroform processing, and fixing the cam to the hollow shaft by expanding the hollow shaft, in order to perform the processing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,596

FORGING APPARATUS WITH FORGING RAMS GUIDED IN THE DIRECTION OF STROKE AND ACCOMMODATING FORGING TOOLS

GFM-GmbH, Steyr (AT)

1. A forging apparatus, comprising:(a) first and second forging rams guided in a stroke direction and comprising a first abutment and a second abutment, respectively;
(b) first and second forging tools accommodated in the first and second forging rams, respectively;
(c) first and second shafts having a first shaft axis and a second shaft axis, respectively;
(d) first and second lifting drives driven by the first and second shafts, respectively, and supported on the first and second abutments, respectively, the first and second abutments being held in contact on the first and second lifting drives, respectively;
(e) a frame; and
(f) first and second support bearings disposed on the frame;
wherein the first shaft comprises first and second drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the first shaft axis, and cooperating with the first abutment;
wherein the second shaft comprises third and fourth drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the second shaft axis, and cooperating with the second abutment;
wherein the first shaft is rotatably guided between first and second bearing shells, wherein the first bearing shell is arranged in the first abutment and the second bearing shell is arranged opposite of the first bearing shell in the first support bearing supported in the stroke direction on the frame;
wherein the second shaft is rotatably guided between third and fourth bearing shells, and the third bearing shell is arranged in the second abutment and the fourth bearing shell is arranged opposite of the third bearing shell in the second support bearing supported in the stroke direction; and
wherein the first support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the first shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction and the second support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the second shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,595

ROLLING TOOL

1. A rolling tool for the roller finishing of bearing surfaces of a crankshaft which is pivotable around a crankshaft axis, the rolling tool comprising:a finishing roller head; and
a support roller head;
wherein the finishing roller head comprises a finishing roller head frame, a finishing roller head housing, a roller finishing roller, a pressure roller, and a roller cage;
wherein the roller finishing roller and the pressure roller are mounted in the finishing roller head housing;
wherein the roller finishing roller is guided on all sides by the roller cage;
wherein the support roller head comprises a support roller frame, a support roller housing, and two supporting rollers;
wherein the two support rollers are mounted in the support roller housing and are operable to support the crankshaft against a rolling force acting on the crankshaft through the roller finishing roller;
wherein both (i) the finishing roller head housing is mounted in the finishing roller head frame such that the finishing roller head housing is pivotable around a first pivot axis that is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to a tangent on a working side of the roller finishing roller and (ii) the support roller housing is mounted in the support roller frame such that the support roller housing is pivotable around a second pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to the first pivot axis, and around a third pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and perpendicular to the first pivot axis; and
wherein the first pivot axis is defined by a secant passing through the crankshaft and being a distance of less than 10 millimeters from the tangent on the working side of the roller finishing roller.