US Pat. No. 10,391,774

TANK ARRANGEABLE IN LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank comprising:a liquid storing chamber which is configured to store liquid to be consumed in a liquid consuming apparatus;
a first wall expanding in a horizontal direction and in a direction having a vector component in an up-down direction, the liquid stored in the liquid storing chamber being visible, through the first wall, from outside of the liquid storing chamber;
a second wall including a supply port located above the first wall and being configured to supply the liquid to the liquid storing chamber therethrough;
a third wall defining a bottom of the liquid storing chamber; and
a fourth wall arranged in the liquid storing chamber,
wherein a first gap is formed between one of the first and second walls and at least a part of a first end in a first direction, of the fourth wall, which is located closely to the one of the first and second walls, the first direction being parallel to the first wall and parallel to the horizontal direction,
a second gap is formed between the third wall and at least a part of a second end in the first direction, of the fourth wall, which is located closely to the third wall, and
the first gap is formed over an entire area in the first direction of the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,773

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that has a nozzle configured to eject a liquid in a liquid ejecting direction and a plurality of surfaces including a nozzle surface in which the nozzle opens and a side surface that intersects the nozzle surface;
a wiping unit including a first wiping unit for wiping the nozzle surface in a wiping direction that the nozzle surface and the side surface extend and a second wiping unit for wiping the side surface in the wiping direction, the second wiping unit having a contact surface with a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being closer to the side surface than the second portion;
a moving mechanism configured to relatively move the wiping unit and the liquid ejecting head; and
a cleaning member including a cleaning section for cleaning the first wiping unit and the second wiping unit, wherein the cleaning section includes a cleaning surface that comes into contact with the contact surface when the cleaning section cleans the second wiping unit, and
wherein the cleaning surface is inclined to the contact surface as viewed from the liquid ejecting direction, the cleaning surface being configured to contact the first portion following the cleaning surface contacting the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,772

SILICON SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A silicon substrate processing method comprising:providing a silicon substrate with a sacrificial layer formed in a form of an island on a front surface thereof, the front surface being a surface on a side where a flow path of an ejection port for ejecting liquid is to be formed, the sacrificial layer having a higher etching rate than the silicon substrate;
forming a mask layer on a back surface of the silicon substrate, the back surface being a surface opposite from the front surface, the mask layer being a layer that does not include an opening at a portion of the back surface opposite from the sacrificial layer;
forming a non-penetrating hole from an opening on the back surface of the silicon substrate; and
forming a beam on the back surface side by performing anisotropic etching on the silicon substrate in which the non-penetrating hole is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,771

PRINT BAR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print bar, comprising:a reference element to align the print bar with a mounting structure of a printer;a flat elongate sheet metal portion with constant height whose length is larger than its width and whose width is larger than its height; anda plurality of plastic members detachably mounted to a mounting surface of the flat elongate sheet metal portion, the plurality of plastic members being spaced apart from each other in the length direction,
wherein the flat elongate sheet metal portion is a first flat elongate sheet metal portion and the print bar further comprises a second flat elongate sheet metal portion with constant height whose length is larger than its width and whose width is larger than its height, wherein the length directions of the first and the second sheet metal portions are parallel and where the width directions of the first and the second sheet metal portions are perpendicular.

US Pat. No. 10,391,770

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE UNIT, AND DEVICE OF DISCHARGING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge head comprisinga flow path substrate including an individual liquid chamber communicating with a nozzle of discharging liquid; and
a holding substrate joined to the flow path substrate by an adhesive bond and having an opening communicating with the individual liquid chamber, wherein
the opening of the holding substrate has a wall surface crossing relative to a joining surface between the flow path substrate and the holding substrate,
an uneven portion is provided on the wall surface of the opening of the holding substrate, the uneven portion extending along a first direction that is parallel with the joining surface of the holding substrate and being arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
a part of the adhesive bond adheres to the uneven portion on the wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,769

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid in a pressure chamber by a piezoelectric device,the piezoelectric device including
a vibration plate,
a piezoelectric layer containing lead,
a first electrode provided between the vibration plate and the piezoelectric layer, and
a second electrode provided on a side opposite to a side of the first electrode as viewed from the piezoelectric layer, wherein
the piezoelectric layer is preferentially oriented in a (100) plane,
a lattice constant c defined by a crystal plane of the piezoelectric layer parallel to a film surface of the piezoelectric layer and a lattice constant a defined by a crystal plane perpendicular to the film surface satisfy 0.9945?c/a?1.012, and
a thickness of the piezoelectric device is twice or more a thickness t (t<5 ?m) of the piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,768

PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING DROPLET JETTING DEVICES

1. A process of manufacturing droplet jetting devices comprising:bonding together a nozzle wafer defining nozzles of the jetting devices, a membrane wafer carrying, on a membrane, actuators for generating pressure waves in a liquid in pressure chambers that are connected to the nozzles, and a distribution wafer forming a distribution layer that defines supply lines for supplying the liquid to the pressure chambers from a liquid reservoir formed on a side of the distribution layer opposite to the membrane wafer; and
dicing the bonded wafers,
wherein the distribution layer has a thickness larger than a thickness of each of the membrane wafer and the nozzle wafer, and a restrictor for controlling an inertance of the supply lines is formed through the distribution layer in a direction normal to the plane of the distribution layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,767

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page-wide type, comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an ejection port array including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting a liquid, each ejection port communicating with a pressure chamber including therein a recording element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid, and a liquid supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a flow path member on which the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged,
wherein the flow path member includes a plurality of common supply flow paths that are provided adjacently to each other as running along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head for supplying a liquid to the plurality of recording element substrates, and a plurality of individual supply flow paths that connect the liquid supply path of each recording element substrate to the common supply flow paths, and
the plurality of individual supply flow paths include portions running obliquely to a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, as viewed from an ejection port array surface having the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 10,391,766

PRINTER AND METHOD TO ACTIVATE PRINT NOZZLES

1. A method to active print nozzles of an inkjet printer including a print head having print nozzles and respective actuators associated with each of the print nozzles, the method comprising:generating, by an actuator of the respective actuators, one or more conveying pulses to eject respective droplets of ink from the respective print nozzle;
determining a time interval between two conveying pulses of the one or more conveying pulses of one of the print nozzles;
selectively activating the actuator with one or more intermediate pulses based on the determined time interval, the one or more intermediate pulses having an amplitude and/or a duration that is less than an amplitude and/or a duration of the one or more conveying pulses, wherein the one or more intermediate pulses are configured such that no ink is ejected from the respective print nozzle with the one or more intermediate pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,391,764

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate on which a plurality of print elements and a plurality of drive elements configured to drive the plurality of print elements are integrated, comprising:a plurality of function circuits configured to execute a plurality of functions necessary to execute a print operation;
a data discrimination circuit configured to receive a data signal from an outside, discriminate a type of data included in the received data signal, and transfer the received data signal to a corresponding function circuit of the plurality of function circuits in accordance with a result of the discrimination;
an error detection circuit configured to receive the data signal and detect whether a transfer error occurs in the received data signal; and
a control circuit configured to control to reflect a detection result of the error detection circuit in a latch signal received from the outside and a reset signal received from the outside and, in accordance with the functions executed by the plurality of function circuits, cause some function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to latch the transferred data signal by the latch signal on which the detection result is reflected and cause remaining function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to reset the transferred data signal by the reset signal in which the detection result is reflected.

US Pat. No. 10,391,763

INKJET PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATES

MEYER BURGER (NETHERLANDS...

1. An inkjet printing system configured to inkjet patterns of liquid material on substrates that each have a length and a width or, alternatively, a diameter, wherein each substrate includes at least two substrate reference marks that are spaced from each other at a distance which is larger than at least half of the length, the width or the diameter of the substrate, the inkjet printing system including:at least one chuck on which a substrate can be placed, each chuck having a length and a width or, alternatively, a diameter and including at least two visual chuck reference marks that are spaced apart from each other at a distance which is larger than at least half of the length, the width or the diameter of the chuck;
at least one inkjet printing head that includes at least one nozzle that is configured to discharge liquid when the nozzle is fired by a control signal;
a printing motion assembly that supports at least one of the at least one chuck and the at least one inkjet printing head so that a two dimensional printing area on the at least one chuck can be covered with liquid discharged by the at least one printing head; and
an electronic controller assembly configured to produce control signals to fire the at least one nozzle and configured to control the printing motion assembly for positioning the at least one printing head relative to the at least one chuck so that the positioning variation with which the liquid is deposited relative to the chuck is less than a first threshold value,wherein:each reference mark of the at least one chuck is associated with an associated camera that is directed to the associated chuck reference mark, each camera having a two dimensional matrix of camera pixels, each pixel having a pixel coordinate;
each chuck includes a placement area extending within a boundary; and
when a substrate has been placed in or on the placement area of a said chuck, each camera that is associated with a chuck reference mark is also associated with an associated substrate reference mark in that an image taken with a said camera includes an associated chuck reference mark and an associated substrate reference mark, and
the controller assembly is configured:
to control the at least two cameras to take a set of images each instance a substrate has been placed on that chuck, wherein each camera takes a single image of the set of images, wherein each single image of the set of images includes an associated chuck reference mark and an associated substrate reference mark;
to determine, for each set of images, the position of the chuck relative to the at least two cameras by detecting, for each image of the set of images, the position of a said chuck reference mark with respect to the camera pixel coordinates of a said associated camera;
to determine, for each set of images, the position of the substrate relative to the at least two cameras by detecting, for each image of the set of images, the position of a said substrate reference mark with respect to the camera pixel coordinates of a said associated camera; and
to use these two position determinations to calculate, for each set of images, the substrate position relative to the chuck reference marks and thus relative to the chuck with an accuracy of less than a second threshold value and, based on that relative position, subsequently time the firing of the at least one nozzle of the at least one printing head and control the movement of the printing motion assembly so that the liquid discharged by the inkjet printing head is positioned on the substrate with a positioning variation which is less than the sum of the first and the second threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,391,762

PAGE WIDE ARRAY PRINTER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A page-wide array printer for printing on a substrate an image made of columns of image data such that the first column of each image is positioned at a same predetermined position on a substrate, the printer comprising:a print bar along which a plurality of nozzles is provided, the nozzles dynamically adjustable in relation to a width of a substrate such that which of the nozzles is positioned over a lateral position of the substrate is adjustable; and
a controller to:
select a nozzle among a subset of the nozzles according to a rule to randomly select the nozzle among the subset of nozzles when the controller periodically dynamically adjusts the nozzles such that a first data column of the image is input to the selected nozzle;
transmit the image data to be printed to the print bar such that the first data column of the image is input to the selected nozzle and separate data columns of the image are input respectively to adjacent nozzles of the selected nozzle to enable the nozzles to collectively print the image; and
position the print bar and the substrate relative to each other such that the selected nozzle is laterally positioned in alignment with the predetermined position on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,761

PRINTING ASSEMBLY FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT INKJET PRINTING

1. An inkjet printing assembly configured for direct inkjet printing and for indirect inkjet printing, the assembly comprising:a transport path for transporting a print medium;
a control unit for selecting the print medium, wherein the print medium is selectable from a group comprising a recording medium and an intermediate medium;
an inkjet print station arranged along the transport path for providing droplets of a liquid on the print medium;
a transfer station, the transfer station being configured for transferring the droplets of the liquid from the print medium to a recording medium, if the print medium is an intermediate medium; and
a recording medium output station for receiving the recording medium,
wherein the inkjet printing assembly is further configured to perform both indirect and direct inkjet printing, and
wherein the inkjet print station is configured to provide droplets of ink on both the recording medium and the intermediate medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,760

METHOD FOR THE CONTROL OF THE ROTATIONAL SPEED FOR A DRIVE DEVICE OF A PRINTING ROLL

1. A method for the control of rotational speed for a drive device of a printing roll with a resilient printing sleeve of a flexo printing press comprising the following steps: adjusting a first adjusting value such that in a crimping situation the printing roll is moved towards a counter printing roll and a printing gap lying in between the printing roller and the counter printing roller is decreased after banding of the resilient printing sleeve at the printing medium;subsequently crimping of the resilient printing sleeve occurs during an alteration of the first adjusting value to a second adjusting value,
determination of a first rotational speed (V1) of the printing roll in a simulated neutral gear condition without an active drive device with the first adjusting value,
determination of a second rotational speed (V2) of the printing roll in the simulated neutral gear condition without an active drive device with the second adjusting value,
generation of a control curve of the rotational speed related to the first adjusting value and the second adjusting value on the basis of the determination steps, controlling of the rotational speed of the printing roll with an active drive device based on the control curve wherein the crimping leads to a variation of the rotational speed of the printing roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,759

ROTOGRAVURE PRINTING SYSTEM AND THE PREPARATION AND USE THEREOF

Paramount International S...

1. A method of operating a rotogravure printing system comprising a machine provided with at least one rotatable shaft and an end plate for transfer of shaft rotation to a cylinder sleeve,which system further comprises a first rotogravure cylinder sleeve having a first base and a first gravure at a printing surface comprising a first outside layer package deposited over the first base and a second rotogravure cylinder sleeve having a second base and a second gravure at a printing surface comprising a second outside layer package deposited over the second base,
said first base and second base being of the same size while said first printing surface and said second printing surface are of different outside diameter sizes,
each first and second base contains aluminum or aluminum alloy,
each first and second outside layer package comprises at least one high-velocity thermally sprayed copper or copper alloy layer, and each layer of the first layer package and the second layer package has a hardness greater than the base, and
said rotogravure cylinder sleeves are to be rotated by means of the at least one shaft and an end plate coupled thereto,
which method comprises:
(a) assembling the end plate and the first rotogravure cylinder sleeve, which end plate is provided with at least one contact surface that is designed for contact with a mating contact surface defined at an inner side of each of the cylinder sleeves,
(b) mounting the end plate and the first rotogravure cylinder sleeve onto the shaft;
(c) carrying out a first printing operation, comprising the step of rotating the at least one shaft, and therewith the first rotogravure cylinder, so as to print the substrate in accordance with the gravure of the first rotogravure cylinder sleeve, and thereafter,
(d) disassembling the end plate and the first rotogravure cylinder sleeve,
(e) assembling the end plate with the second rotogravure cylinder sleeve, and
(f) carrying out a second printing operation with the gravure of the second rotogravure cylinder sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,391,758

SUSTAINABLE LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE

AGFA NV, Mortsel (BE)

1. A method of preparing a lithographic printing plate comprising the steps of:jetting liquid droplets onto a lithographic support to define a printing area that corresponds to a raster image; and
curing the jetted liquid droplets on the lithographic support to define a plurality of cured drops as the printing area; wherein
the raster image includes a section having a tone-value from 90% to 100%;
after the step of curing, the jetted liquid droplets in a portion of the printing area that corresponds to the section having the tone-value from 90% to 100% do not contact each other at a top of the jetted liquid droplets; and
when the section of the raster image has a tone-value of 100%, the portion of the printing area has a tone-value of no more than 98%.

US Pat. No. 10,391,757

DEVICE FOR FACILITATING REPETITIVE MANUFACTURE OF PARTS HAVING PRECISIONALLY POSITIONED COMPONENTS WITH A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer that enables repetitive manufacture of three-dimensionally printed objects having precisely positioned parts comprising:a support member configured to support a three-dimensional object to be formed by a three-dimensional object printer;
at least one positioning member mounted to the support member, the at least one positioning member being configured to hold a component at a predetermined position with reference to the support member and the at least one positioning member having a first positioning member mounted to the support member, the first positioning member being configured to hold a first optical lens at a first predetermined position with reference to the support member, and a second positioning member mounted to the support member, the second positioning member being configured to hold a second optical lens at a second predetermined position with reference to the support member, a distance between the first predetermined position and the second predetermined position corresponds to a focal length between the first optical lens and the second optical lens;
at least one printhead configured to eject drops of material towards the support member;
an actuator operatively connected to the at least one printhead; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one printhead and the actuator, the controller being configured to operate the actuator to move the at least one printhead over the support member and to operate the printhead to eject drops of material towards the support member to form the three-dimensional object about the first optical lens held by the first positioning member of the at least one positioning member and the second optical lens held by the second positioning member of the at least one positioning member to incorporate the first optical lens and the second optical lens within the three-dimensional object without adhering the three-dimensional object to the first positioning member and the second positioning member of the at least one positioning member after the three-dimensional object is formed about the first optical lens and the second optical lens.

US Pat. No. 10,391,756

PORTABLE 3D PRINTER

1. A portable 3D printer system comprising an upper surface plate (1) having a moving motor at an upper end of the portable 3D printer system and a lower surface plate (4) having an electronic circuit at a lower end of the portable 3D printer system with respect to a vertical support plate (2) provided with an up and down moving plate (3), comprising:a first rectangular support plate (12) which is formed on one end of the upper surface plate (1);
a second rectangular support plate (28) which is provided on an upper end of the vertical support plate (2);
a third rectangular support plate (29) which is provided on a lower end of the vertical support plate (2);
a fourth rectangular support plate (41) which is formed on one end of the lower surface plate (4);
an up and down rotation shaft (24) which is provided vertically on a middle of the vertical support plate (2);
the up and down moving plate (3) which moves up and down by the up and down rotation shaft (24);
a fifth rectangular support plate (31) which is provided on the up and down moving plate (3);
a sixth rectangular support plate (32) which is provided on one end of the fifth rectangular support plate (31), said sixth rectangular support plate (32) configured to be rotated upward on a rotation base shaft (33);
an upper surface protruding plate (11) which is protruding from the center of the first rectangular support plate (12);
an upper surface support (27) having a groove formed in the center of the second rectangular support plate (28) into which the upper surface protruding plate (11) is inserted;
a rotary shaft (6) which is provided so that the upper surface protruding plate (11) inserted between the upper surface support (27) rotates with respect to the upper surface support (27) on a rotation axis;
a lower surface protrusion (42) which is protruding from the middle of the fourth rectangular support plate (41);
a lower surface support (26), on a center of which a groove is formed so that the lower surface protrusion (42) is inserted; and
a rotation base shaft (7) which is provided such that the lower surface support (26) rotates with respect to the lower surface protruding portion (42) on a second rotation axis,
wherein, when the portable 3D printer system is in use, the upper surface plate (1) is rotated at the upper end of the vertical support (2) so that the first rectangular support plate (12) and the second rectangular support plate (28) are engaged with each other and thus are stably fixed at an inner angle of 90°, and the lower surface plate (4) is rotated at the lower end of the vertical support plate (2) so that the third rectangular support plate (29) and the fourth rectangular support plate (41) are engaged with each other and thus are stably fixed at an inner angle of 90°, and
when the portable 3D printer system is in a carry position, the portable 3D printer system is configured in a way such that the vertical support plate (2) and the up and down moving plate (3), and the upper surface plate (1) and the lower surface plate (4) are folded so that the upper surface plate (1) and the vertical support plate (2) are folded between the lower surface plate (4) and the up and down moving plate (3).

US Pat. No. 10,391,755

SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION MATERIAL SET, METHOD OF FABRICATING SOLID FREEFORM OBJECT, METHOD OF FABRICATING DENTAL PROSTHESIS, AND DEVICE FOR FABRICATING SOLID FREEFORM OBJECT

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A method of fabricating a solid freeform object, the method comprising:forming a layer of a material A comprising a polymerization initiator A, a polymerizable compound A, and at least one of an organic particle and an inorganic particle;
applying a material B comprising a polymerizable compound B to a predetermined area of the layer of material A such that a layer of a cured product of the material A and the material B is obtained; and
repeating the forming of the material A and the applying of the material B,
wherein both the material A and the material B are liquid, and
wherein a volume average particle diameter of the at least one of the organic particle and the inorganic particle of the material A is less than 1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,754

FORMING APPARATUS AND FORMING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A forming apparatus for forming a three-dimensional object, comprising:a discharge head that discharges a forming material;
a forming platform disposed at a position so as to face the discharge head, the forming platform being a member in a form of a table that supports the three-dimensional object currently formed;
a first direction scan driver that drives the discharge head to perform a first direction scan in which the discharge head, while discharging the forming material, moves relative to the forming platform in a first direction previously set; and
a material-accumulating direction driver that moves at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head in a material-accumulating direction to change a head-platform distance between the discharge head and the forming platform, the material-accumulating direction being a direction in which the forming material discharged from the discharge head is accumulated in layers,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head during the first direction scan so as to increase the head-platform distance;
wherein the forming apparatus further comprising:
a data storage which stores slice data, and
the slice data representing a cross-sectional shape of the three-dimensional object to be formed,
the data storage being capable of storing a plurality of pieces of the slice data that respectively represent cross-sectional shapes at different positions in the three-dimensional object in the material-accumulating direction,
the first direction scan driver being configured to drive the discharge head to perform a plurality of the first direction scans at the same position in the three-dimensional object currently formed based on a respective one of the pieces of the slice data,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head so as to increase the head-platform distance at least at any one of timings during the plurality of the first direction scans performed at the same position based on one of the pieces of the slice data.

US Pat. No. 10,391,753

METHODS AND KEYWAY SUPPORTS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

16. A method for fabricating an object, comprising:(a) irradiating a layer of powder in a powder bed to form a fused region;
(b) providing a subsequent layer of powder over the powder bed by passing a recoater arm over the powder bed from a first side of the powder bed;
(c) repeating steps (a) and (b) until the object and at least one support structure is formed in the powder bed, wherein the at least one support structure and the object have a first orientation, wherein the object comprises a cavity having an outlet, and wherein the at least one support structure is positioned within the cavity;
(d) rotating the support structure to a second orientation, wherein the rotating the support structure comprises rotating the support structure approximately 90 degrees; and
(e) removing the support structure from the object by passing the support structure through the outlet of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,391,752

FILM STRIPPING DEVICE AND FILM STRIPPING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A film stripping device, comprising:a bearing platform, including a bearing surface; the bearing surface being configured to bear a plurality of film layers which include a film to be stripped off; the film to be stripped off being a film in the plurality of film layers away from the bearing surface;
an absorbing member, disposed above the bearing platform, including a plurality of first absorbing holes, and being configured to absorb the film to be stripped off, wherein the absorbing member is an absorbing member capable of rotating on an axis; and
at least two gas paths,
wherein the plurality of first absorbing holes are divided into at least two groups; each group of first absorbing holes are connected with one gas path; the gas paths are configured to provide negative pressure for each group of first absorbing holes; and the first absorbing holes belonging to one group and the first absorbing holes belonging to the other group are alternately arranged along an axial direction of the absorbing member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,751

SPATIAL REFERENCE FILM IN CORE-STIFFENED COMPOSITE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A core-stiffened composite product comprising:an interior core formed of a plurality of core components, each core component formed of a separate honeycomb structure, the core components being individually segmented and spaced apart;
layers of composite laminates sandwiched together about the interior core; and
at least one layer of adhesive film containing a visual target;
wherein the visual target is configured to be spatially scanned by an automated tracking system to produce a dimensionally corrected reference volume to collate successive layers of film as applied to the interior core, the visual target positioned to assure an as-designed alignment of each applied layer of laminate onto the interior core to minimize cumulative tolerance build-ups during a laminate layering process;
wherein the at least one layer of adhesive film remains within the completed core-stiffened composite product; and
wherein the core-stiffened composite product further includes exterior surfaces formed of layers of composite laminates, and the layers of composite laminates covering the adhesive film.

US Pat. No. 10,391,750

COVER WINDOW PLATE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LT...

1. A cover window plate comprising:a polymer substrate film;
an organic-inorganic hybrid hard coating layer on at least one surface of the polymer substrate film,
wherein the plate has a pencil hardness of 4H or more under a load of 1 kg,
wherein the plate has a deflected amount of ?1.0 mm (reverse curls) to +1.0 mm (normal curls), which is measured at room temperature (25° C.) with being placed so that the hard coating layer faces a top, after leaving the plate at 60° C. and 90% RH.

US Pat. No. 10,391,747

SWELLING TAPE COMPRISING POLYURETHANE FILM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

SEIL HITEC CO., LTD., Ch...

1. A method for manufacturing a swelling tape, comprising:(1) coating a first carrier film with a liquid urethane resin, that is composed of a chain of organic units of the following Chemical Formula 1 joined by urethane links as a result of reaction between a liquid polyol and an isocyanate, followed by thermally drying to form a base layer on the first carrier film;
(2) applying an adhesive to a second carrier film to form an adhesive layer on the second carrier film;
(3) laminating the base layer of step (1) with the adhesive layer of step (2), winding the laminated structure and then incubating the structure at 40° C. to 65° C. for 24 hours to 96 hours;
(4) removing the first carrier film;
(5) forming a release layer on a second surface of the urethane base layer; and
(6) removing the second carrier film,
wherein the Chemical Formula 1 is:

US Pat. No. 10,391,746

FLEXIBLE GLASS LAMINATE STRUCTURES FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A flexible glass laminate structure comprising:a flexible glass layer comprising a flexible glass substrate having a thickness of no more than 0.3 mm; and
a property control layer laminated to the flexible glass layer;
wherein the property control layer has an effective stiffness to unit area weight ratio of between about 0.03 Nm3/kg and about 0.4 Nm3/kg; and
wherein a neutral axis of the flexible glass laminate structure is located outside the flexible glass layer when the flexible glass layer is in a compressive bend configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,741

LAMINATED CORE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING SHEET METAL PARTS TO FORM A LAMINATED CORE

voestalpine Stahl GmbH, ...

1. A method for connecting sheet metal parts to form a laminated core, comprising:separating sheet metal parts from a sheet metal strip having an at least regional curable polymer adhesive layer;
positioning the sheet metal parts one above the other, with adhesive-coated sides toward one another;
providing a mixture including water and a thermoplastic and/or cross-linkable adhesion promoter on at least one of the adhesive layers facing one another;
drying mixture; and
after drying the mixture, connecting the sheet metal parts to form a laminated core under pressure in a materially bonded fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,740

ADAPTIVE MATERIAL ARTICLE SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An adaptive material garment system comprising:an inner article in the form of a shirt, the inner article comprised of a first adaptive material that changes from a first physical state to a second physical state in response to a moisture stimulus, the inner article having a first air permeability in the first physical state and a second air permeability in the second physical state, the second air permeability greater than the first air permeability, the inner article having a first denier per yarn; and
an outer article configured to be layered over the inner article, the outer article comprising:
a first layer in the form of a shirt having an anterior portion and an opposite posterior portion, the first layer having a first layer inner surface and an opposite first layer outer surface, the first layer comprised of a second adaptive material that changes from a first physical state to a second physical state in response to the moisture stimulus, the first layer having a first air permeability in the first physical state and a second air permeability in the second physical state, the second air permeability greater than the first air permeability, the first layer having a second denier per yarn that is greater than the first denier per yarn; and
a second layer formed of a wind-resistant material having a plurality of apertures, the second layer extending across at least a part of the anterior portion of the first layer and having a second layer inner surface and an opposite second layer outer surface, and at least an inferior edge having a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion extending between the first portion and the second portion, the second layer inner surface adjacent to the first layer outer surface, wherein the first portion and the second portion of the inferior edge of the second layer are coupled to the first layer, and wherein the third portion of the inferior edge of the second layer is uncoupled from the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,739

BI-COMPONENT FIBER AND FABRICS MADE THEREFROM

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A bi-component fiber comprising:from 5 to 95 percent by weight of a first component comprising at least one or more first polymers, based on the total weight of the bi-component fiber;
from 5 to 95 percent by weight of a second component comprising at least an ethylene-based polymer composition, based on the total weight of the bicomponent fiber, wherein said ethylene-based polymer composition comprises;
at least 70 percent by weight of the units derived from ethylene; and
less than 30 percent by weight of units derived from one or more ?-olefin comonomers; and
wherein said ethylene-based polymer composition is characterized by having a Comonomer Distribution Constant in the range of from 135 to 200, a vinyl unsaturation of less than 0.1 vinyls per one thousand carbon atoms present in the backbone of the ethylene-based polymer composition; a zero shear viscosity ratio (ZSVR) in the range from 1.3 to less than 2; a density in the range of 0.920 to 0.970 g/cm3, a melt index (I2) in the range of from 10 to 40 g/10 minutes, a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) in the range of from 1.8 to 3.0, a molecular weight distribution (Mz/Mw) in the range of from less than 2, and;wherein said bi-component fiber has a denier per filament in the range of from 0.5 to 10 g/9000 m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,738

VACUUM HEAT-INSULATION MATERIAL

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A vacuum heat-insulation material, comprising:at least one first fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape;
at least one second fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape that is disposed directly on one surface of the at least one first fiber member and that is thinner than the at least one first fiber member, the one surface of the at least one first fiber member extending in a longitudinal direction of the at least one first fiber member; and
at least one shell material that surrounds the at least one first fiber member and the at least one second fiber member,
wherein the at least one second fiber member is larger in a surface direction than the at least one first fiber member such that a portion of the at least one second fiber member extends beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction,
the shell material is disposed on an upper surface and a lower surface of the portion of the at least one second fiber member extending beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction, and
the at least one first fiber member includes at least two first fiber members, and the at least one second fiber member is placed between said at least two first fiber members.

US Pat. No. 10,391,737

LIGHTWEIGHT FLEXIBLE THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR FIRE PROTECTION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A thermal protection system for protecting a region from a heat source, the thermal protection system comprising:a first layer comprising a porous flexible refractory textile, the first layer being configured to be directly exposed to the heat source;
a second layer joined to the first layer and comprising a flexible insulator material and/or a flexible intumescent material, the second layer being configured to manage heat absorption through decomposition, phase transformation, charring, and/or sublimation of the second layer in response to heat from the heat source; and
a third layer joined to the second layer and configured to be disposed proximate to the region, the third layer comprising a flexible non-porous film,
wherein the second layer is disposed between the first layer and the third layer, and
wherein the thermal protection system includes no more than one metallic layer and no more than one textile layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,736

BREATHABLE AND WATERPROOF COMPOSITE FABRIC AND A METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A breathable and waterproof composite fabric, comprising:a fabric sheet having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to said first surface, and a plurality of micropores extending through said first and second surfaces; and
a first waterproof plastic film made of a nonporous material and having an outer surface, an inner surface that is opposite to said outer surface and that is bonded to said first surface of said fabric sheet, and a plurality of first hollow protrusions protruding from said outer surface in a direction opposite to said fabric sheet, each of said first hollow protrusions defining a first channel that extends through said inner and outer surfaces and that has an inner open end at said inner surface, and an outer open end distal from said inner and outer surfaces, said first channel extending curvedly from said inner open end to said outer open end wherein said inner open end and said outer open end face in different directions that are traverse to each other,
wherein each of said first hollow protrusions includes an extending tab that extends from said outer open end and that is movable to cover or uncover said outer open end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,735

USE OF FIBROUS VEILS TO REDUCE CORE CRUSH IN HONEYCOMB SANDWICH STRUCTURES

HEXCEL CORPORATION, Dubl...

1. An uncured sandwich structure in which a core comprising a honeycomb having a honeycomb perimeter is sandwiched between a first face sheet and a second face sheet, said honeycomb including a primary section and a chamfer section located adjacent to said primary section, said chamfer section having an interior border and an exterior border that coincides with said honeycomb perimeter, said chamfer section having a thickness that decreases from said interior border to said exterior border such that said chamfer section is subject to crushing during curing of said uncured sandwich structure, said uncured sandwich structure comprising:A) a core comprising a honeycomb having a first edge, a second edge and a perimeter wherein the distance between said first edge and second edge defines the thickness of said honeycomb, said honeycomb comprising a plurality of cells that are defined by walls which extend between said first and second edges in a thickness direction, said honeycomb comprising:
a) a primary section having a primary section perimeter that defines a primary section area of said honeycomb;
b) a chamfer section located adjacent to said primary section, said chamfer section having an exterior border and an interior border that defines a chamfer section area wherein said exterior border coincides with the perimeter of said honeycomb and said interior border coincides with said primary section perimeter, said chamfer section having a chamfer section width defined by the distance between said exterior border and said interior border and wherein the thickness of said honeycomb in said chamfer section decreases from said interior border to said exterior border;
B) an uncured first face sheet located adjacent to the first edge of said honeycomb, said uncured first face sheet comprising a first inner layer located nearest to the first edge of said honeycomb and a first outer layer, said first inner layer and said first outer layer each comprising a fibrous layer that has an areal weight of 80-600 grams per square meter and uncured resin, said uncured first face sheet covering both said primary section area and said chamfer section area;
C) an uncured second face sheet located adjacent to the second edge of said honeycomb, said uncured second face sheet comprising a second inner layer located nearest to the second edge of said honeycomb and a second outer layer, said second inner layer and said second outer layer each comprising a fibrous layer layer that has an areal weight of 80-600 grams per square meter and uncured resin, said uncured second face sheet covering both said primary section area and said chamfer section area; and
D) a first friction-promoting layer located between said first inner layer and said first outer layer, said first friction promoting layer comprising a first fibrous veil and a first resin binder wherein said first friction-promoting layer provides a reduction in the crushing of said core during curing of said uncured sandwich structure, wherein said first friction promoting layer covers substantially all of said chamfer section area and up to 50 percent of the primary section area and wherein the first friction promoting layer has an areal weight of 2 to 20 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,734

COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANEL WITH DIFFERENTIAL RESIN LAYERS

1. A composite panel, comprising:a core layer having a lattice based on a repeating geometric shape;
a first reinforcement layer adhered to a first surface of the core layer using a resin formulation;
a second reinforcement layer adhered to an opposing surface of the core layer using the resin formulation;
wherein the first reinforcement layer and the second reinforcement layer are adhered to the core layer by
constructing a panel layup assembly upon a mold, the panel layup assembly including
a first prepreg layer comprising the resin formulation and the first reinforcement layer, wherein the first prepreg layer comprises a first layer of the resin formulation upon a first outer surface of the first prepreg layer, and a second layer of the resin formulation upon an opposing outer surface of the first prepreg layer, wherein
the first layer of the resin formulation is thinner than the second layer of the resin formulation, and
the first layer of the resin formulation is presented toward the mold,
the core layer, wherein the second layer of the resin formulation directly abuts a first outer surface of the core layer, and
a second prepreg layer comprising the resin formulation and the second reinforcement layer, wherein
the second prepreg layer comprises a first layer of the resin formulation upon a first outer surface of the second prepreg layer, and a second layer of the resin formulation upon an opposing outer surface of the second prepreg layer, wherein
the first layer of the resin formulation is thinner than the second layer of the resin formulation, and
the second layer of the resin formulation directly abuts a second outer surface of the core layer, and
curing the composite panel within the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,733

METHOD FOR MAKING FLUID FILLED UNITS

Automated Packaging Syste...

1. A method of forming dunnage units from a preformed web, the process comprising:providing the preformed web, wherein the preformed web includes a plurality of pouch defining seals between top and bottom layers that define a plurality of pouches, wherein the preformed web includes a pocket bounded by the top and bottom layers, an inflation edge of the web, and ends of the pouch defining seals, wherein the preformed web includes an inflation side line of perforations, a spaced apart opposite side line of perforations, and a gap forming area between the inflation side line of perforations and the opposite side line of perforations, wherein the inflation side line of perforations, the opposite side line of perforations, and the gap forming area extend in a direction that is transverse to the inflation edge of the web, the inflation side line of perforations extends between said inflation edge of said preformed web and said gap forming area, the opposite side line of perforations extends between an opposite seal of said preformed web and said gap forming area;
inserting a guide pin into the pocket of the preformed web after the web is formed;
feeding the preformed web of pouches along a path of travel to and through an inflation station;
sequentially inflating the pouches, wherein inflating the pouches causes edges of the gap forming area to spread apart and form a gap between a portion of the pouch being inflated and a portion of an adjacent pouch;
passing each inflated pouch to and through a sealing station that forms an inflation seal across the pouch defining seals to convert each inflated pouch into a dunnage unit; and
cutting the pocket of the web open with a knife after the guide pin is inserted into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,391,732

LABEL PRODUCING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A label producing apparatus comprising:a feeder configured to feed a label tape;
a movable blade configured to advance and retreat with respect to a tape feeding path and cut said label tape fed by said feeder;
a driving roller disposed to a downstream side of said movable blade on said tape feeding path and configured to contact and discharge said label tape;
a driven roller configured to advance and retreat with respect to said tape feeding path;
a motor configured to rotate in one direction and generate a driving force;
a driving force transmission mechanism configured to perform a switching operation between a transmission state where said driving force of said motor is transmitted to said driving roller and an interruption state where the transmission of said driving force to said driving roller is interrupted, and wherein said driving force transmission mechanism includes:
a driving part configured to receive said driving force of said motor;
a driven part connected to said driving roller; and
a friction transmission part configured to transmit said driving force by a frictional force between said driving part and said driven part;
an actuating member rotatably supported; and
a coordination adjusting mechanism configured to adjust an advancing and retreating operation of said driven roller to said driving roller, an advancing and retreating operation of said movable blade to said tape feeding path, and said switching operation of said driving force transmission mechanism into a desired mutually coordinated-mode, these operations being performed by said driving force of said motor in accordance with a rotation of said motor in said one direction, wherein said coordination adjusting mechanism includes a lock mechanism configured to lock said driven part into said interruption state and release a locking to said driven part into said transmission state where rotation of said driven part is allowed, and wherein said lock mechanism includes:
a locking piece configured to lock with a groove located on an outer circumference of said driven part; and
an arm part disposed to said actuating member and configured to be in contact with said locking piece.

US Pat. No. 10,391,731

PRESS MACHINE AND METHOD FOR USING PRESS MACHINE

KOMATSU INDUSTRIES CORPOR...

1. A press machine comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of function programs for changing a mode of pressing;
a connection unit including a plurality of connection terminals and configured to receive a connector, wherein the connector is disconnected during operation of the press machine, wherein, when the connector is connected to the connection unit prior to operation of the press machine, a first of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory, when the connector is connected to the connection unit a state change from the first of the plurality of function programs to a second of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory, and after the connector is disconnected, the second of the plurality of function programs is stored in memory and executed during operation of the press machine; and
a controller configured to execute at least one function program among the plurality of function programs stored in the memory, in accordance with a combination of the plurality of connection terminals of the connection unit which are each in one of a conductive state and a non-conductive state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,730

PULSE MOTOR SYSTEM, PULSE MOTOR SYSTEM CONTROLLER, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING A PROGRAM

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

2. A pulse motor system controller for a pulse motor system, the system including:a slider that makes a linear reciprocating motion for a presswork to process a work piece;
a pulse motor configured to drive the slider in a linear reciprocating manner;
an encoder disposed at the pulse motor;
a speed feedback signal generator that generates a speed feedback signal by obtaining a positional signal based on an output signal from the encoder and differentiating the positional signal;
a setting unit that sets an operating condition including a condition of a position and a speed of the slider, a pulse condition corresponding to the operating condition, and an optimal deviation threshold based on the workpiece to be processed and the operating condition;
a linear encoder disposed externally;
a slider position detector that detects a position of the slider based on an output signal from the linear encoder;
a command pulse generator;
an encoder pulse counter;
a command pulse counter;
a difference calculator;
a pulse condition changing unit; and
a pulse motor controller,
wherein the pulse motor system controller performs:
a first step of, by the encoder pulse counter, constantly counting a number of pulses output from the encoder;
a second step of, by the command pulse counter, counting a number of pulses generated by the command pulse generator;
a third step of, by the difference calculator, calculating a difference between the number of pulses that has been constantly counted by the command pulse counter and the number of pulses that has been counted, when the slider is making the linear reciprocating motion, by the encoder pulse counter;
a fourth step of, by the pulse condition changing unit, changing the condition such that speed/acceleration of the pulse motor increases when a difference value between the deviation threshold and the difference calculated by the difference calculator is smaller than a predetermined range, and the speed/acceleration of the pulse motor decreases when the difference value is greater than the predetermined range, and setting optimal speed and acceleration without causing a step-out phenomenon; and
a fifth step of, by the pulse motor controller, controlling the pulse motor at the optimal speed and acceleration without causing the step-out phenomenon based on a position of the slider detected by the slider position detector, a position of the slider that has been set, the pulse condition that has been changed, and the speed feedback signal generated by the speed feedback signal generator.

US Pat. No. 10,391,729

SERVO PRESS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

6. A control method for a servo press including:a slide configured to move up and down; a servomotor configured to drive the slide up and down; an encoder disposed at the servomotor; a first slide position detection unit configured to detect a position of the slide based on position change of the slide calculated based on an output signal from the encoder, the output signal corresponding to motion of the servomotor; a setting unit configured to set a positional condition of the slide; a sensing element disposed at a stop position of the slide; a second slide position detection unit configured to detect the position of the slide based on an output signal from the sensing element; a signal detection unit configured to detect a signal from the sensing element; and a servomotor control unit configured to control the servomotor based on the position of the slide detected by one of the first slide position detection unit and the second slide position detection unit, and based on the position of the slide that has been set, the method comprising:
a first step of performing semi-closed loop control of the servomotor, by the servomotor control unit, based on information detected by the first slide position detection unit disposed at the servomotor, before the signal detection unit detects the signal from the sensing element;
a second step of detecting, by the signal detection unit, a signal from the sensing element disposed at a stop position of the slide; and
a third step of shifting from the semi-closed loop control of the servomotor, by the servomotor control unit, based on information detected by the first slide position detection unit disposed at the servomotor, to full-closed loop control of the servomotor to move the slide to a target stop position, by the servomotor control unit,
wherein the third step is performed when the signal detection unit detects the signal from the sensing element disposed at the stop position of the slide, based on information detected by the second slide position detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,728

ROTARY FAN PRESS WITH AUGER

Prime Solution Inc., Ost...

1. A liquid extraction assembly for extracting liquid from a mass comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet;
the housing further including a path between the inlet and the outlet;
the housing being configured to have the mass forced into the inlet to move the mass from the inlet to the outlet;
the housing including a pair of rotating screens adjacent the path, the path being defined in an area between the rotating screens;
each of the rotating screens including a plurality of openings located at the path;
wherein pressure from mass forced into the inlet presses the mass against the openings of the rotating screens to thereby force at least a portion of liquid in the mass to pass through the openings of the rotating screens;
the housing having at least one stirring arm extending into the path between the inlet and the outlet, the at least one stirring arm stirring the mass in the path; and
wherein at least a majority of the at least one stirring arm is located in the path between the rotating screens.

US Pat. No. 10,391,727

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a substrate;
a light source having an optical axis, a light source bottom portion and a light source upper portion opposite to the light source bottom portion in the optical axis, the light source being provided on the substrate at the light source bottom portion; and
a covering member having a bottom surface and a top portion opposite to the bottom surface in the optical axis and provided on the substrate at the bottom surface to cover the light source, the covering member having a recess portion on the top portion above the light source and around the optical axis, the covering member being within the substrate when viewed along the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,726

COMPOSITE LAYER, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME, AND COMPOSITE LAYER LAMINATION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A composite layer, comprising:a resin core comprising a plurality of guide protrusions protruding along an edge of the resin core wherein the guide protrusions are spaced apart at a predetermined distance from each other and a plurality of guide notches formed between the plurality of the guide protrusions; and
a reinforcing fiber wound around the resin core via the plurality of guide notches that function as a guide for the reinforcing fiber,
wherein the reinforcing fiber is impregnated into the resin core when the resin core is melted by heat or a solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,724

METHOD OF FORMING PRE-FORM CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE MOLD AND METHOD OF FORMING A CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE COMPONENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of forming a pre-form ceramic matrix composite mold for a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) component comprising:providing pieces of CMC remnant scrap material;
randomly arranging the pieces of CMC remnant scrap material relative to one another;
debulking the pieces of CMC remnant scrap material into a rigidized shape, the rigidized shape having gaps between adjacent pieces of CMC remnant scrap material of about 10 microns and about 10 mm and a gap spacing between about 50 microns and about 50 mm; and
forming the rigidized shape into a mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,723

ROTARY COMPACTION TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An end effector comprising:a rotary actuator that is rotatable about an axis;
a force transfer system that is rotatably connected to the rotary actuator in which the force transfer system is rotatable by the rotary actuator; and
a flexible membrane connected to the rotary actuator in which the flexible membrane does not rotate and the flexible membrane has an engagement surface that is configured to contact a multilayer material and the force transfer system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,722

METHOD OF PRODUCING AEROFOILS

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND, (...

1. A method of producing a composite material aerofoil, the method comprising:a. providing a mold having a three-dimensional shape of an aerofoil to be molded, the mold having a front edge, a trailing edge and upper and lower surfaces that extend from the front edge to the trailing edge;
b. providing a first layer having an adhesive side and a non-adhesive side over the mold, the first layer thereby having a front edge and a trailing edge, the first layer extending beyond the trailing edge of the aerofoil mold with the adhesive side facing the mold;
c. laying composite precursor material over the non-adhesive side of the first layer, the composite material thereby having a front edge and a trailing edge;
d. laying a moldable sheet over the composite precursor material on the mold, such that there is a snug fit of the moldable sheet to the composite precursor material, thereby generating a molding assembly;
e. curing the molding assembly from step d;
f. removing at least the moldable sheet and mold to provide a finished composite material aerofoil.

US Pat. No. 10,391,721

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING A PLY OF MATERIAL OF A COMPOSITE COMPONENT ALONG AN ARCUATE SURFACE

BOMBARDIER INC., Dorval ...

1. A device for positioning a ply of material of a composite component along an arcuate surface, the ply comprising two end portions and a plurality of fiber tows extending longitudinally between the two end portions, the arcuate surface having a curved edge and a planar surface extending from the curved edge, the device comprising:two curving units, each curving unit being disposed at opposed ends of the arcuate surface and including:
a clamp adapted to clamp an end portion of the ply when a first longitudinal edge portion of the ply is placed along the curved edge; and
a base supporting the clamp, the base being rotatable about a pivot axis normal to the base between a first position and a second position, wherein rotation about the pivot axis is operative to cause:
rotating of the two opposed end portions of the ply, each about the corresponding pivot axis normal to the ply;
sliding of at least some of the plurality of fiber tows relative to each other; and
substantial aligning of the plurality of fiber tows in a curved direction along the arcuate surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,720

METHOD FOR MAKING A SLIP RESISTANT MAT

Cintas Corporate Services...

1. A method of making a slip resistant mat having a slip resistant pattern on a backing of the mat, the method comprising the steps of:forming a model platen with a replica of the slip resistant pattern;
forming a screen mold with the model platen in which the screen mold has a negative of the slip resistant pattern formed by the replica of the slip resistant pattern; and
forming the slip resistant mat with the screen mold in which the negative of the slip resistant pattern forms the slip resistant pattern on the backing of the mat.

US Pat. No. 10,391,719

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A ROLLER BLIND

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

1. A method of manufacturing a blind including a roller and a fabric, the fabric being formed by overlapped layers of fabric, the method comprising:helically winding elongated fabric about a drum to form the overlapped layers of fabric;
attaching adjacent layers of the overlapped layers of fabric together at attachment lines spaced along an axis of the drum to define a cell between adjacent attachment lines;
attaching the roller to a top end of the fabric;
winding the fabric including the overlapped layers of fabric about the roller; and
heat treating the blind to set a wound shape into the elongated fabric;
wherein a first adjacent layer of the overlapped layers of fabric forms a front surface of a first cell and a rear surface of an adjacent second cell.

US Pat. No. 10,391,718

INFLATABLE ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR OR BLADDERS FOR USE IN INFLATABLE ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE

Reebok International Limi...

1. An inflatable article of footwear, comprising:an inflatable bladder, said inflatable bladder comprising:
(a) a first film having a first side and a second side, wherein said first side of said first film has an area that is texturized and corresponds in shape to an inflatable bladder configuration;
(b) a second film adhered to said first film such that said texturized area is positioned between said first film and said second film, but said first film and said second film are not adhered in said texturized area, thereby forming at least one inflatable compartment corresponding in shape to said inflatable bladder configuration and having a sealed peripheral edge; and
(c) an inflation device and a deflation device coupled to said inflatable compartment at an opening through at least one of said first or second films and along a conduit formed between said first and second films, such that said inflation device and said deflation device are located within said sealed peripheral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,391,717

PACKAGE AND HEAT SEALING DEVICE

GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, Wi...

1. A device for heat sealing a package comprising:a support boss plate having a boss with a face with one or more cavities for receiving a package and one or more gaskets secured to the face and surrounding at least a portion of the one or more cavities, wherein the gasket and at least the portion of the face on which the one or more gaskets is secured is non-flat, and
a heater plate having a heater with a face and one or more heating flanges mateable with the one or more gaskets on the support boss, wherein the one or more heating flanges are non-flat;
wherein upon mating of the support boss with the heater and an application of a downward directional force and heat, a package may be sealed with a non-linear seal along the downward directional force.

US Pat. No. 10,391,716

ARTICULATING VACUUM PLATE SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Grotown VI, LLC, Grand R...

1. A method of forming a three dimensional article comprising:providing a first vacuum plate and a second vacuum plate arranged in a first mode in which the first vacuum plate and the second vacuum plate are configured to cooperatively form a generally planar, two dimensional surface, each vacuum plate including a plurality of vacuum ports and an internal vacuum chamber, each vacuum chamber of each vacuum plate being separate and independent from the other vacuum chamber, each vacuum plate being in fluid communication with a vacuum source;
loading a film on the first and second vacuum plates with the first and second vacuum plates in the first mode, so that the film is adjacent the two dimensional surface and so that the film is in a generally planar, two dimensional form;
applying a vacuum through the plurality of vacuum ports to draw the film toward the two dimensional surface;
articulating the first and second vacuum plates so that the plates cooperatively transition to a second mode in which the film transitions from the generally planar, two dimensional form to a three dimensional form;
moving the film on the first and second vacuum plates relative to a contoured mold having a three dimensional net shape; and
engaging the film against the contoured mold to configure the film into the three dimensional net shape,
wherein the contoured mold is in the form of a hood disposed adjacent the first and second vacuum plates when in the first mode,
wherein the first and second vacuum plates move into at least a portion of the hood during the moving step.

US Pat. No. 10,391,715

MODIFIED SONOTRODE ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN THE ULTRASONIC SEALING OF PACKAGES

Edison Welding Institute,...

1. An ultrasonic welding system, comprising:(a) a rotary sonotrode, wherein the rotary sonotrode includes a body and wherein the body includes:
(i) a first horizontal side, wherein the first horizontal side includes a first antinode;
(ii) a second horizontal side, wherein the second horizontal side includes a second antinode;
(iii) a first vertical side, wherein the first vertical side includes a first node;
(iv) a second vertical side, wherein the second vertical side includes a second node; and
(v) a middle region, an upper region, and a lower region, wherein the length of the middle region is greater than the length of the upper region and greater than the length of the lower region; and
(b) at least one ultrasonic transducer, wherein the at least one ultrasonic transducer is transversely aligned with the rotary sonotrode; and
(c) at least one input tool disposed between the rotary sonotrode and the transducer, wherein the at least one input tool includes a node and is an integral part of the transducer or is a component separate from the transducer, wherein the input tool is connected to the rotary sonotrode at the middle region thereof on either the first vertical side or the second vertical side, and wherein the connection point between the input tool and the sonotrode is located a predetermined distance away from the node of the sonotrode and a predetermined distance away from the node of the input tool.

US Pat. No. 10,391,714

SUPPORTS FOR SINTERING ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

MARKFORGED, INC., Watert...

1. A method of reducing distortion in an additively manufactured part, comprising:depositing successive layers of a composite to form a shrinking platform, wherein the composite includes metal particles embedded in a first matrix;
depositing successive layers of the composite to form shrinking supports upon the shrinking platform;
depositing successive layers of the composite to from a part upon the shrinking platform and shrinking supports;
forming an interior structure in at least one of the shrinking platform, the shrinking supports, and the part, wherein the interior structure is comprised of a plurality of chambers having interconnections therebetween;
forming, from the shrinking platform, the sintering supports, and the part, a portable assembly in a green state, wherein the shrinking supports are configured to prevent the part from distorting due to gravitational force during a sintering process; and
debinding, in a debinding chamber, the first matrix in the portable assembly to form a portable assembly in a brown state, wherein debinding the first matrix includes penetrating a fluid debinder into the interior structure of the at least one of the shrinking platform, the shrinking supports, and the part to debind the first matrix from within the interior structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,713

3D PRINTER

1. A method for forming an object having a three-dimensional target shape, comprising:a) providing a build powder, a support powder and a binder; wherein said build powder is wettable by said binder and said support powder is not wettable by the binder;
b) dispensing said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers of build powder patterned with support powder that collectively form the three-dimensional shape in build powder;
c) after said dispensing of said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers, applying the binder to at least the build powder, thereby forming said object, made of build powder and binder;
d) separating said object from said support powder; and
e) wherein said step of dispensing said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers is performed by an apparatus for making three-dimensional physical objects, comprising:
i) a frame;
ii) a container;
iii) a first support powder pourer, at least partially filled with support powder and a second support powder pourer, at least partially filled with support powder and a build powder pourer at least partially filled with build powder, each of said pourers having a dispensing opening and a dispensing plug, controllably covering said dispensing opening; and
iv) wherein said opening of said first support powder pourer is larger than said opening of said second support powder pourer, so that said first support powder pourer can pour support powder more quickly than said second support powder pourer and said second support powder pourer can dispense a finer line of support powder than said first support powder pourer; and
v) a pourer-movement and dispensing plug-actuating assembly supported by said frame over said container, and including a movement element that is selectively attachable to said build powder pourer and alternately to said support powder pourer and also capable to controllably move an attached pourer in three orthogonal dimensions and to control said dispensing plug; and;
vi) a computing assembly, including an input for receiving a target three-dimensional shape, and controlling said pourer-movement and dispensing plug-actuating assembly to move said pourers and selectively open said plugs, thereby causing powder to be poured into said container, and to thereby create in said container a sequence of layers of build powder patterned with support powder that collectively form said target shape in build powder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED CLEANING OF PARTS PRODUCED BY A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system for removing support material from parts made by a three-dimensional object printer comprising:a receptacle having a device for securing a part within the receptacle;
a fluid directing nozzle pneumatically connected to a pressurized source of fluid;
a plurality of actuators, which are operatively connected to the device securing the part and the fluid directing nozzle;
an articulated arm mounted at one end to a base and having at least two arm segments and a sensor at each joint connecting the at least two arm segments, the sensors being configured to generate positional data for three orthogonal axis with respect to a reference datum associated with the articulated arm, the positional data corresponding to a single position at an end of the arm segment in the at least two arm segments that is most distal from the base of the articulated arm; and
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of actuators, the sensors at each joint of the articulated arm, and the pressurized source of fluid, the controller being configured to identify at least three positions on the part within the receptacle with reference to the positional data generated by the sensors at each joint of the articulated arm that correspond to at least three different locations on the part where the end of the arm segment most distal from the base has touched the part and to correlate the at least three identified positions on the part secured within the receptacle with structural data for the part that was used by the three-dimensional object printer to make the part, to operate the actuators in the plurality of actuators to move the fluid directing nozzle, the device securing the part, or both to position the fluid directing nozzle towards an area of the part in which support material is located with reference to the structural data for the part after the structural data used to make the part has been correlated to the positional data for the three identified positions on the part within the receptacle, to operate the source of pressurized fluid to direct pressurized fluid through the fluid directing nozzle at the support material on the part, and continuing to operate the actuators to position the fluid directing nozzle opposite other areas of the part with reference to the structural data used to make the part that has been correlated to the positional data for the three identified positions and to operate the source of pressurized fluid to remove support material from the other areas of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,711

FABRICATION OF THREE DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS WITH MULTIPLE OPERATING MODES

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. In a method of forming a solid polymer body portion of a three-dimensional object from a polymerizable liquid by the process of continuous liquid interface printing, the body portion having a plurality of contiguous segments, and the process including advancing a carrier for the object away from a build surface while irradiating a build region between the carrier and build surface in a pattern of advancing and irradiating defined by an operating mode, the improvement comprising:changing operating modes at least once during the formation of said body portion for different contiguous segments of said body portion,
wherein one of said operating modes is reciprocal advancing with intermittent exposure, and
wherein another one of said operating modes is selected from the group consisting of:
(a) continuous advancing with continuous exposure;
(b) continuous advancing with intermittent exposure; and
(c) step-wise advancing with intermittent exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,710

DEPOSITION OF NON-UNIFORM NON-OVERLAPPING CURVILINEAR SEGMENTS OF ANISOTROPIC FILAMENT TO FORM NON-UNIFORM LAYERS

Arevo, Inc., Milpitas, C...

1. An article of manufacture comprising:a first layer DL[n] comprised of non-overlapping curvilinear segments of anisotropic filament, wherein the first layer DL[n] is bounded by a first surface z=s(x,y,n) and a second surface z=s(x,y,n+1);
wherein s(u,v,n+1)?s(x,y,n)?constant for all x,y, wherein s(u,v,n+1) is a point on the second surface that intersects a vector that is normal to the first surface at s(x,y,n); and
wherein n is an integer, x and u are real numbers in the domain x,u: [xS

US Pat. No. 10,391,709

3D OBJECT DATA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory storage medium storing instructions executable on the processor to:
receive object data representing a model of a three-dimensional (3D) object, the object data comprising object model data and object property data;
determine a continuous region of the 3D object having a common property specification;
determine, within the continuous region, a set of contiguous sub-regions, wherein determining the set of contiguous sub-regions comprises determining 3D polytopes of different sizes, each 3D polytope of the 3D polytopes representing a respective sub-region of the contiguous sub-regions;
map the object data to a print material coverage representation;
generate a rasterized representation of a plane of at least a portion of the model represented by the print material coverage representation; and
carry out halftoning of the rasterized representation to generate control data for production of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,391,707

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING LASER AND DISPENSER ON COMMON SUPPORT

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising:a platen having a top surface to support an object being manufactured;
a support structure;
a dispenser to deliver a plurality of successive layers of a powder on the platen, the dispenser configured to deliver the powder on the platen simultaneously in a linear region that extends and is elongated along a first axis;
an actuator coupled to the support structure to move the support structure along a second axis parallel to the top surface and perpendicular to the first axis; and
an energy source configured to fuse at least a portion of the powder on the platen;
wherein the dispenser and energy source are secured to the support structure such that the dispenser and energy source move as a single unit with the support structure over the platen along the second axis and such that the linear region sweeps along the second axis to deposit the powder along a swath over the platen to form a layer of powder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,706

POLYMER SPRAY DEPOSITION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A method of creating a three-dimensional object, comprising:generating a spray from a fluid by stretching the fluid between two diverging surfaces into a fluid filament until the fluid filament breaks into a plurality of droplets and forms the spray;
entraining the spray in a carrier gas flow in a first direction;
directing the carrier gas flow toward a target surface through a multi-nozzle array by generating a cross flow of air in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
repeatedly applying the carrier gas flow on a target surface to form the three-dimensional object by controlling the direction of the carrier gas flow toward the target surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,705

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a structure onto a base component, comprising:providing a nozzle in a first position near the base component, the nozzle being configured to extrude material in a first direction perpendicular to the base component;
extruding a first portion of material in a continuous flow through the nozzle in the first direction onto the base component, wherein the first portion of material spreads radially outwardly in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction when the first portion of material contacts the base component;
forming a first portion of the structure including the extruded first portion of material;
moving the nozzle away from the first portion of material in a third direction that is opposite the first direction to a second position;
extruding a second portion of material in a continuous flow through the nozzle in the first direction onto the first portion of the structure, wherein the second portion of material spreads radially outwardly in the second direction when the second portion of material contacts the first portion of the structure;
forming a second portion of the structure including the extruded second portion of material;
wherein the first portion of the structure has a first cross-sectional area perpendicular to the first direction and the second portion of the structure has a second cross-sectional area perpendicular to the first direction; and wherein the first cross-sectional area is different from the second cross-sectional area;
further comprising varying a rate at which the nozzle is withdrawn from the base component during material extrusion to control a radial outflow rate of extruded material and thereby control the first cross-sectional area and the second cross sectional area, wherein the first cross-sectional area of the first portion of the structure corresponds to a first withdrawal rate of the nozzle and wherein the second cross-sectional area of the second portion of the structure corresponds to a second withdrawal rate of the nozzle that is different from the first withdrawal rate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,703

NANOSCALE FIBER FILMS, COMPOSITES, AND METHODS FOR ALIGNMENT OF NANOSCALE FIBERS BY MECHANICAL STRETCHING

Florida State University ...

1. An article comprising:a sheet comprising a network of nanoscale fibers and a matrix material, wherein the matrix material comprises a resin,
wherein the network has been mechanically stretched to align at least a portion of the nanoscale fibers, and
wherein the network has (i) a Young's modulus ranging from about 5 GPa to about 25 GPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment or greater than 25 GPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment, and (ii) a tensile strength (a) ranging from about 200 MPa to about 668 MPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment, or (b) greater than 668 MPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,391,702

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT FABRICATION USING THERMOFORMING

Free Form Factory, Inc., ...

1. A method of forming a jet-pump powered personal watercraft, the method comprising:producing a top deck mold for a first component of the personal watercraft, the top deck mold including a plurality of features for assimilation into the first component, the plurality of features of the top deck mold including a foot tray feature, a bulkhead/firewall feature, a gunwales feature, an engine bay opening feature, and a first bond rail feature;
inserting a first thermoplastic material into a heater;
draping the heated first thermoplastic material over the top deck mold;
drawing the heated first thermoplastic material into or over the top deck mold using a vacuum, the heated first thermoplastic material assimilating the features of the top deck mold to produce the first component;
allowing the first component to cool;
extracting the first component from the top deck mold;
producing a bottom hull mold for a second component of the personal watercraft, the bottom hull mold including a plurality of features for assimilation into the second component, the plurality of features of the bottom hull mold including a mid-rocker feature, a convex groove feature running longitudinally along the bottom hull mold and parallel to a center line of the bottom hull mold, a pump cavity feature, and a second bond rail feature having a shape complementary of the first bond rail;
inserting a second thermoplastic material into the heater;
draping the heated second thermoplastic material over the bottom hull mold;
drawing the heated second thermoplastic material into or over the bottom hull mold using a vacuum to produce the second component;
allowing the second component to cool;
extracting the second component from the bottom hull mold;
trimming excess material from the first component;
trimming excess material from the second component; and
coupling the first bond rail of the first component to the second bond rail of the second component to form the personal watercraft.

US Pat. No. 10,391,701

MOLD BOTTOM WITH WIDE AIR VENTS FOR THE FORMING OF A CONTAINER

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A mold bottom (20) for a mold (1) for manufacture, by blow molding or stretch blow molding of a parison (3) made of plastic material, of a container (2) that has a bottom (8) with a peripheral seat (9), the mold bottom (20) comprising:a bottom unit (21) that has a molding face (22) in relief bearing the impression of at least a part of the bottom (8) of the container (2), a pressure-release air vent (26) being formed within the unit (21) and emptying out, via an inner opening (27), on the molding face (22) and, via an outer opening (28), into a pipe (29, 30) for exposure to air; and
an insert (34) that is provided with a projection (35) housed in the air vent (26) and that has a terminal face (36) bearing the impression of at least one part of the seat (9) of the container (2),
wherein the insert (34) is provided with an inner circuit (37) for heat regulation of the projection (35),
wherein the insert (34) is mounted to move, in relation to the bottom unit (21), between:
a retracted position in which the terminal face (36) of the projection (35) is separated from the inner opening (27) and permits the inner opening to communicate with the pipe (29, 30) for exposure to air, and
a deployed position in which the terminal face (36) extends in the vicinity of the inner opening (27),
and wherein in the deployed position, the terminal face (36) of the projection (35) extends into the extension of the molding face (22).

US Pat. No. 10,391,700

RECYCLABLE PLASTIC STRUCTURAL ARTICLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A foam core system for use with an extrusion blow molding machine which forms an elongated plastic parison which can be blow molded into a hollow shell the shape of a mold cavity, the system comprising:a mold formed by a pair of mold halves defining an internal cavity with at least one of the mold halves provided with at least two groups of hollow pins which can be removably inserted into the mold cavity with each of the at least two groups connected to separate manifolds;
a pressure sensor in communication with the hollow shell;
a source of expanded plastic bead;
a reservoir for pressurized expanded plastic bead with an inlet coupled to the source of expanded plastic bead by a reservoir inlet valve and an outlet connected to a fill gun supply valve;
at least one bead fill gun attached to a mold half to cut a hole in a hollow shell formed within the mold cavity and to selectively coupling the mold cavity to the source of pressurized expanded plastic bead via the fill gun supply valve;
each of separate manifolds for the at least two groups of hollow pins, is also coupled to at least three valves connected to a source pressurized gas, an at least partially vaporized heating medium and a vent; and
a system controller in communication blow molding machine to sequentially operate and control the at least three valves and the fill gun to blow the shell, to insert the hollow pins, cutting at least one fill port in the plastic shell while maintaining the mold cavity pressurized above atmospheric pressure, controlling the hollow shell pressure above atmospheric pressure while filing the mold with bead so as to maintain the expandable polymer beads in a compressed state, to heat the bead sequentially in a plurality of zones, to cool the bead sequentially in a plurality of zones by introducing pressurized gas sequentially through the at least two groups of hollow pins until the bead is cooled, to signal the blow molding machine to expel the completed article and to refill the a reservoir for pressurized expanded plastic bead.

US Pat. No. 10,391,698

METHOD FOR FORMING A CONTAINER BY MOVING THE HANDLE DURING BLOWING

DT Inventions, Houston, ...

1. A method for forming a blown container from a preform, comprising:placing the preform in a blow mold, the preform comprising:
an expandable main body having an interior cavity, and
a handle attached to an exterior wall of the main body at two attachment points; and
blowing the preform to form the blown container,
wherein, when placing the preform in the blow mold, the handle is disposed in an initial position, and
wherein, while blowing the preform, the handle is moved to a final position different from the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,697

CONTROLLED PRESSURE ENCLOSURE

Addex, Inc., Newark, NY ...

1. An apparatus for cooling, the apparatus comprising:at least one enclosure comprising a cavity with operational extents further defined by a molten film cavity portion and a cooling element cavity portion, the cavity operable for receiving at least a portion of cooling gas from at least one cooling element, wherein the at least one enclosure is operable to maintain a predetermined pressure differential between an inside surface and an outside surface of the molten film cavity portion, the at least one enclosure further comprising at least one port maintaining a variable exhaust device operable for moving a portion of cooling gas from the cavity through the at least one port to a surrounding atmosphere to maintain the predetermined pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,391,696

HIGH PERFORMANCE COOLING ELEMENT

Addex, Inc., Newark, NY ...

1. An apparatus for cooling, the apparatus comprising:at least one divergent cooling element for receiving a flow of a molten film tube, the at least one divergent cooling element comprising a divergent cooling interface operable for expelling a cooling gas (i) in a path opposing the flow of the molten film tube toward a first exit gap defined by the flow of the molten film tube and a first exit tip, and (ii) in a path with the flow of the molten film tube toward a second exit gap defined by the flow of the molten film tube and a second exit tip, wherein at least one of the first exit gap and the second exit gap define a minimum gap between the divergent cooling interface and the flow of the molten film tube, and wherein at least one of the first exit tip and the second exit tip is closer to the flow of the molten film tube than any other portion of the divergent cooling interface, and wherein a distance between the first exit tip and the flow of the molten film tube is progressively reduced toward an end of the first exit tip, and a distance between the second exit tip and the flow of the molten film tube is progressively reduced toward an end of the second exit tip; and
wherein the divergent cooling interface comprises a cooling gas deflector for directing expelled cooling gas along the path opposing the flow of the molten film tube and along the path with the flow of the molten film tube.

US Pat. No. 10,391,695

RETRACTING EXTRUDER BARREL WITH COOLING FEATURES

1. A barrel for use in an additive manufacturing machine comprising:a sleeve extending along a longitudinal axis;
a conduit extending along the longitudinal axis through the sleeve, the conduit being movable relative to the sleeve along the longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position;
a nozzle fluidly connected to the conduit, wherein the conduit provides a path for a material to flow through, the nozzle being movable with the conduit relative to the sleeve between the first position and the second position, wherein said first position comprises a closed position and the second position comprises an open position;
a spring located in the sleeve opposite the nozzle, the spring biasing the conduit toward the first position in a direction toward the spring; and
a nozzle tip of the nozzle having a first diameter that is less than a second diameter of the nozzle, wherein a first force generated from the material flow from the conduit interacts with the diameter differential between the first and second diameters is greater than a biasing force generated by the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,391,693

DISTRIBUTION OF DRIVING PRESSURE ABOUT A FILAMENT'S CIRCUMFERENCE IN AN EXTRUSION DEVICE

WobbleWorks, Inc., Wilmi...

1. An extrusion device comprising:a housing configured to fit in a user's hand and shaped to allow manipulation of the housing like a pen, the housing having an outlet and an aperture for introduction of a filament into the housing;
a motor disposed within the housing, the motor comprising a rotor and a motor passage extending through the motor along a central axis of the motor to permit movement of the filament through the motor along the axis;
a driver operatively coupled with the motor via a gear train such that the driver is rotated about the axis of the motor by operation of the motor, the driver having a driver passage extending through the driver along the axis of the motor, the axis of the motor extending through the driver passage and the motor passage, the driver comprising a filament-engaging member positioned in the driver passage and configured to engage the filament extending through the driver passage such that rotation of the driver moves the filament along the axis relative to the driver, the driver positioned such that a first direction of rotation of the driver urges the filament along the axis toward the outlet; and
a heater configured to melt the filament and disposed between the driver and the outlet to receive the filament from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,391,692

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system including a plurality of inspection apparatuses for inspecting molded article quality, the injection molding system comprising:a unit that transports a molded article molded by an injection molding machine;
a molded article containment unit that is provided for each of types of post-treatment operations needed for the molded article;
a transport destination designation unit that selects and designates the molded article containment unit to contain the molded article on the basis of a combination of inspection results from the plurality of inspection apparatuses;
a molded article sorting and transport unit that sorts and transports the molded article into the molded article containment unit designated by the transport destination designation unit;
an insert article inspection apparatus that inspects an insert article to be inserted into a mold; and
a unit that inserts the insert article into the mold, wherein
the transport destination designation unit selects and designates the molded article containment unit to contain the molded article on the basis of inspection results from the plurality of inspection apparatuses and the insert article inspection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,391,691

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DEMOLDING ANNULAR ELASTOMER MOLDINGS FROM A MOLD CORE

1. A method for demolding annular elastomeric molded parts from a mold core (1) of an injection mold which has the mold core (1) and outer mold jaws and in which the molded parts (9, 19) are produced parallel to one another in a series of annular mold cavities (5) of the mold core (1), comprising the steps of:after removal of the outer mold jaws, the mold core (1), which contains the produced elastomeric molded parts (9, 19), which are open rings, on the surface thereof, is set at such a high rotational speed about the longitudinal axis (12) thereof that the internal diameter of the elastomeric molded parts (9, 19) is increased because of centrifugal force to such an extent that the open ring molded parts (9, 19) are released from the mold cavities (5) and can be removed from the mold core (1) in an axial direction (10) relative to the mold core, parallel to said longitudinal axis while still rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,391,690

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. An injection molding apparatus, configured to receive injection-molding melt to solidify the injection-molding melt into an injection molded part, wherein the injection molding apparatus comprises:a fixed mold component, wherein an injection port and a transmission runner connected with the injection port are formed in the fixed mold component, and the injection port is configured to be connected to a material injection apparatus, to receive the injection-molding melt injected by the material injection apparatus;
a movable mold component, wherein the movable mold component cooperates with the fixed mold component to mold the injection molded part, a molding groove is formed on a top portion of the movable mold component, the molding groove runs through the top portion of the movable mold component, and is connected with the transmission runner, and the molding groove comprises a first side and a second side that are provided opposite to each other;
a first positive electrode component, wherein the first positive electrode component is located on the first side of the molding groove; and
a first negative electrode component, wherein the first negative electrode component is located on the second side of the molding groove, to correspond to the first positive electrode component, so as to cooperate with the first positive electrode component to form an electric field between the first side and the second side of the molding groove, and further to perform electric field excitation on the injection-molding melt that flows into the molding groove through the transmission runner, wherein at least one of the first positive electrode component or the first negative electrode component is insulated from the fixed mold component and the movable mold component,
wherein:
the first positive electrode component is disposed in the fixed mold component,
the first negative electrode component is disposed in the movable mold component,
a direction of the electric field formed between the first side and the second side of the molding groove is perpendicular to a flowing direction of the injection-molding melt that flows into the molding groove,
the first side of the molding groove is a side that is of the molding groove and that is away from the movable mold component in a direction from the movable mold component to the fixed mold component,
the second side of the molding groove is a side that is of the molding groove and that is away from the fixed mold component in the direction from the movable mold component to the fixed mold component, wherein the movable mold component is grounded,
the fixed mold component is provided with an accommodation groove, wherein the accommodation groove runs through a bottom wall of the fixed mold component, and corresponds to the molding groove,
the injection molding apparatus further comprises a first insulation structure and a second insulation structure,
the first positive electrode component is accommodated in the accommodation groove,
the first insulation structure is disposed between the first positive electrode component and an inner wall of the accommodation groove to insulate the first positive electrode component from the fixed mold component, and
the second insulation structure is disposed in the movable mold component and encircles a peripheral wall of the molding groove so that the peripheral wall of the molding groove is insulated from the movable mold component to centralize electric field lines of the electric field in the molding groove.

US Pat. No. 10,391,689

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE-INTEGRATED GASKET

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a substrate-integrated gasket, comprising:providing a metal mold including a plurality of split molds, wherein adjacent split molds collectively define cavities that are configured for receipt of an injection molded rubber material;
providing a plurality of fiber substrates that are each constructed by a pulp fiber having cellulose as a main component between the adjacent split molds;
forming gasket bodies that are constructed by the rubber material by injecting the rubber material into the cavities between the split molds, the rubber material being impregnated into the fiber substrates at the cavities;
removing the fiber substrates including the impregnated rubber material from the metal mold; and
removing portions of the fiber substrates that are not impregnated by the rubber material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,688

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING BOTTOM LABELS AND WRAPAROUND LABELS INTO AN INJECTION MOULD AND DEVICE, SUITABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE, FOR PRODUCING INJECTION-MOULDED PARTS PROVIDED WITH BOTTOM LABELS AND WRAPAROUND LABELS

1. A method for transferring a bottom label (2) and a wraparound label (3) into an injection mold (4) for producing an injection molded part provided with the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3), in particular in the form of a container, in that the bottom label (2) is arranged on the end side (10) of an insert die (1) and the wraparound label (3) on the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1), and the insert die (1) equipped with both the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3) is introduced into a mold cavity of a molding tool (4), after which the bottom label (2) is deposited on the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4) and the wraparound label (3) is deposited on the lateral surface (4b) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4) in order to back-mold them with a plastics material, characterized by the following steps:providing an insert die (1), the end side (10) of which has a central portion (l0a) and a circumferential portion (10b) adjoining the central portion (10a) radially on the outside, the central portion (10a) protruding further in the direction of the free end of the insert die (1) in the axial direction of the latter than the circumferential portion (10b), such that the cross-section of the insert die (1) narrows in the direction of its free end, at least in the circumferential portion (10b) of its end side (10); applying the bottom label (2) both to the central portion (10a) and to the circumferential portion (10b) of the end side (10) of the insert die (1) and applying the wraparound label (3) to the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) such that the wraparound label (3) projects beyond the end, facing the end side (10) of the insert die (1), of the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) in the direction of the free end thereof;
introducing the insert die (1) equipped with the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3) into the mold cavity of the molding tool (4); detaching the wraparound label (3) from the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) and applying the same at least to the lateral surface (4b) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4);
detaching the bottom label (2) from the end side (10) of the insert die (1) and applying the same to the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4), the peripheral region (2a) of the bottom label (2) being turned down from the circumferential portion (10b) of the end side (10) of the insert die (1) onto the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4), such that it internally overlaps the edge (3a), facing it, of the wraparound label (3); and
extracting the insert die (1) from the mold cavity of the molding tool (4).

US Pat. No. 10,391,687

DEEP DRAWN MICROCELLULARLY FOAMED POLYMERIC CONTAINERS MADE VIA SOLID-STATE GAS IMPREGNATION THERMOFORMING

Dart Container Corporatio...

1. A method for forming a thermoplastic material into a desired shape, the method comprising:increasing the degree of crystallinity of the thermoplastic material by infusing the thermoplastic material with a gas for a period of time,
wherein the thermoplastic material:
includes a core arranged between independent surface layers; and
has a threshold degree of crystallinity above which bubbles will not nucleate when the gas-infused thermoplastic material is heated to its glass-transition-temperature, and
wherein the increase in the degree of crystallinity of the thermoplastic material results in the degree of crystallinity of each of the surface layers being greater than the degree of crystallinity of the core;
allowing, for a period of time, some of the gas infused into the thermoplastic material to migrate out of the gas-infused thermoplastic material;
nucleating bubbles in the gas-infused thermoplastic material from the infused gas, after the period of time for the migration of some of the infused gas out of the thermoplastic material has occurred, by heating the gas-infused thermoplastic material to a heating temperature that is at least the glass-transition-temperature of the gas-infused thermoplastic material;
holding, for a period of time, the heating temperature to cause the bubbles to grow in size, thereby forming a mostly foamed thermoplastic material in which 70-98% of foaming has completed; and
thermoforming the mostly foamed thermoplastic material into the desired shape, the thermoforming comprising heating to above the glass-transition temperature after a degas time during which a concentration of the gas in the mostly foamed thermoplastic material decreases,
wherein the degas time occurs at room temperature after the holding time and prior to the thermoforming, and
wherein the thermoforming occurs when 40-95% of the infused gas remains in the mostly foamed thermoplastic material such that during the thermoforming, the remaining gas in the mostly foamed thermoplastic material acts as a lubricant between polymer chains of the mostly foamed thermoplastic material and increases formability of the mostly foamed thermoplastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,686

MOLD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED FOAM BODY, AND MOLDED FOAM BODY

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A manufacturing method for manufacturing a molded foam body including a molded body main body formed from a foamable synthetic resin, and a non-woven fabric reinforcement member disposed across at least a portion of an outer face of the molded body main body and integrated with the molded body main body, the manufacturing method comprising:providing a mold including at least two molding molds, the at least two molding molds being shaped so as to be capable of forming a cavity surrounded by the molding molds by fastening the molding molds together and forming a parting line by joining mating faces of each of the molding molds together at an inner face of the cavity;
a non-woven fabric reinforcement member placement process, in which the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is disposed across a cavity inner face of at least one molding mold prior to fastening the mold, and due to such disposition, the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is disposed so as to be adjacent to at least a portion of the parting line inside the cavity;
fixing a seal member to one mating face of the mating faces so that the seal member protrudes from the one mating face to another mating face side, so that a seal is made between the mating faces by the seal member pressing against the other mating face during mold fastening;
forming a region of the mold between the mating faces from the cavity inner face to the seal member to form a region for trapping the non-woven fabric reinforcement member;
forming a recessed step portion facing inside the cavity on the mating face of the molding mold that is opposite to the molding mold at which the reinforcement member is disposed, wherein the recessed step portion is formed corresponding to a size of the non-woven fabric reinforcement member, and is shaped such that the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is able to escape inside the recessed step portion in a case in which the non-woven fabric reinforcement member enters between the mating faces during mold fastening;
forming the cavity surrounded by the molding molds by fastening the molding molds together, and forming the parting line by joining mating faces of each of the molding molds together at an inner face of the cavity; and
a foam molding process, in which after the non-woven fabric reinforcement member placement process, the foamable synthetic resin is foamed inside the cavity,
wherein the seal member is disposed more to an opposite side from a cavity side than the recessed step portion, and
wherein a basis weight of the non-woven fabric is from 0.05 kg/m2 to 0.1 kg/m2 and a projection height T of the seal member from the one mating face is from 0.2 mm to 0.8 mm, or the basis weight of the non-woven fabric is from 0.1 kg/m2 to 0.2 kg/m2 and the projection height T is from 0.8 mm to 1.5 mm prior to mold fastening.

US Pat. No. 10,391,685

CONNECTION ELEMENT FOR FORMING THE MALE PORTION OF AN AUTOMATIC FASTENER

APLIX, Paris (FR)

1. A method for manufacturing a sheet comprising a base strip and at least one fastening element made from one side of the strip, said fastening element comprising a stem part and a head part protruding laterally from the stem, comprising the steps in which:a preform sheet comprising said base strip and at least one preform element made from said one side of the strip, said preform element comprising a preform stem part and a preform head part protruding laterally from said preform stem part is passed into an interstice formed between a support surface and a pressing surface, wherein said preform head part protrudes laterally in a machine direction, more on a first machine direction side than on a second machine direction side, wherein said first machine direction side is opposite from said second machine direction side;
said preform element being passed into said interstice such that said at least one preform element is deformed to obtain thus said sheet comprising said base strip and said at least one fastening element made from one side of the strip, said fastening element comprising a stem part and a head part protruding laterally from the stem in said machine direction, more on said second machine direction side than on said first machine direction side.

US Pat. No. 10,391,684

CAULS AND METHODS OF USING CAULS TO PRODUCE COMPOSITE ARTICLES

Spintech, LLC, Xenia, OH...

1. A method of using a caul to produce a composite article, comprisingpositioning one or more fiber layers between a cure mold surface and the caul,
wherein the caul is in a rigid state, and the caul comprises a reinforcement material and polymer, and the rigid state is defined by a storage modulus from about 1 gigapascals (GPa) to about 5 GPa,
wherein the reinforcement material comprises one or more elastic fibers, and
wherein the polymer comprises one or more shape memory polymers;
covering the cure mold surface, the caul, and the one or more fiber layers with a sealed barrier;
applying a pressure gradient across the sealed barrier to compact the one or more fiber layers,
wherein the one or more fiber layers are impregnated with uncured or partially cured resin selected from the group consisting of organic polymer resin, inorganic polymer resin, thermoplastic resin, thermoset resin, and combinations thereof, before applying the pressure gradient, after applying the pressure gradient, or both; and
curing the resin impregnated fiber layers at a temperature of greater than or equal to 120° F. and less than or equal to 425° F. to produce the composite article,
wherein the curing temperature transitions the caul from the rigid state to an elastomeric state, and the elastomeric state is defined by a storage modulus from about 1 megapascals (MPa) to 10 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,391,683

METHOD TO GENBERATE AN ULTRA-STRETCHABLE ELECTRICAL AND HEAT CONDUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method to generate a stretchable conductor, comprising:placing a conductor wire on one side of a substrate according to a predetermined pattern by securing a dissolvable filament for temporary maintenance of placement of the conductor wire on the substrate;
placing the filament-secured substrate in a mold;
pouring a moldable medium on to the mold on top of the filament-secured substrate;
crosslinking the moldable medium thereby allowing the conductor wire to adhere to the moldable medium;
dissolving the dissolvable filament; and
removing the substrate from the moldable medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,682

APPARATUS FOR THERMAL PROCESSING OF FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING ELEMENTS

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

1. An apparatus for thermally processing a relief image printing element, wherein the relief image printing element comprises at least one photopolymer layer, and wherein the relief image printing element is selectively exposed to actinic radiation to crosslink portions of the at least one photopolymer layer, while portions of the at least one photopolymer layer are not exposed to actinic radiation and are not crosslinked, the apparatus comprising:a) means for supporting the relief image printing element;
b) heating means for melting or softening non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer;
c) at least one rotatable roll that is capable of bringing a blotting material into contact with the at least one photopolymer layer to remove the melted or softened non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer, wherein a nip is formed between the means for supporting the relief image printing element and the at least one rotatable roll, wherein as the at least one rotatable roll rotates against the printing element, melted or softened non-crosslinked portions of the at least one photopolymer layer are transferred from the printing element to the blotting material;
d) a scraping means arranged adjacent to the at least one rotatable roll, for removing non-crosslinked photopolymer remaining on a surface of the at least one rotatable roll after step a).

US Pat. No. 10,391,681

MOULDING PROCESS

PIXSWEET B.V., (NL)

1. A method of forming a molded item, said method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a mold former comprising an indentation having an inner surface and a bottom face and made of plastics and manufactured by a 3-dimensional printing process, said mold former being shaped to form a mold having:
a series of holes extending between the inner surface and the bottom face of the mold former indentation,
(b) forming the mold in said mold former from a plastics material, wherein the mold has an indentation corresponding to a desired shape of said molded item;
(c) positioning an elongate member in and extending out of said mold such that a first end of the elongate member is received within said mold indentation and a second opposite end of said member is located outside said indentation;
(d) introducing a volume of liquid into said indentation receiving said first end of said elongate member;
(e) positioning a cover over said mold including said mold indentation receiving said first end of said elongate member and sealing the cover to the mold; and
(f) causing said liquid in said covered mold indentation receiving said first end of said elongate member to solidify about said first end of said elongate member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,679

PERFORATED MEMBRANES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for forming a perforated membrane comprising:providing a mold having at least a first set of a plurality of rods extending to at least a first height from a base of the mold;
introducing a curable material into the mold in an amount such that a height of the curable material from the base of the mold is less than or equal to the first height so that the first set of the plurality of rods are within the curable material and extend to or past the height of the curable material in the mold;
curing the curable material;
dissolving the first set of the plurality of rods to thereby form perforations in the cured material;
reintroducing a second set of plurality of rods into the perforations in the cured material, thereafter coating a surface of the cured material with a hydrophobic material, and thereafter removing the reintroduced the second set of plurality of rods from the cured material; and
removing the cured material having the perforations from the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,678

METHOD FOR MODIFYING SURFACE OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL, METHOD FOR BONDING COMPOSITE MATERIAL, COMPOSITE MATERIAL, AND BONDED STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A composite material modification method comprising:irradiating a surface of a composite material with a laser to expose and fluff a reinforcing base member of the composite material to the surface of the composite material, the composite material comprising the reinforcing base member that is impregnated with a resin.

US Pat. No. 10,391,677

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PULSED-POWER RECYCLING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS WITH REINFORCEMENTS AND MATRIX

1. A device for recycling composite materials comprising reinforcements and a matrix, wherein the device comprises:two metal rails, wherein the rails are parallel, or have areas of different spacing in order to receive different lengths of materials to be recycled;
a current generator connected to the two metal rails such that a short circuit is formed when the composite material is stretched between the two metal rails and a current is applied by the current generator; and
a mechanical system configured to automatically unrolling a roll of the composite material onto the two metal rails,
wherein said generator being configured to outputting at least one current pulse of a power of equal to or greater than one MW between the two rails, so as to allow for the reinforcements of the composite material to be separated from the matrix of the composite material,
wherein the mechanical system further comprises:
a supply roll configured for receiving the composite material after it has passed through the two metal rails, wherein the supply roll is mounted between two vertical guides and wherein the supply roll can move in a vertical direction between an upper position and a lower position,
a receiving roll configured for receiving the composite material after passing the supply roll; and
a geared motor that operates to wind the composite material onto the receiving roll, wherein
the supply roll is driven toward the upper position as the geared motor operates to wind the composite material onto the receiving roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,675

CONVERTIBLE RECYCLING APPARATUS FOR SYNTHETIC RESIN MATERIALS

MILLCO PRODUCT SOLUTIONS ...

1. A convertible plastics processor apparatus for recycling material comprises,a single stage pulverizer having a housing defining an enclosure,
a first multi-blade set on a rotating support disk in said enclosure in communication with a drive motor,
a second fixed multi-blade bed set mounted in said enclosure effacing said first blade set,
a top material inlet portal and dual oppositely disposed ducted vacuum top material outlet openings in said enclosure,
a centrifugal separator in communication with said ducted vacuum outlets and a source of vacuum,
a classifier in communication with said centrifugal separator,
cooling system on said enclosure and a remote source of cooling media in communication therewith,
said single stage shredder, grinder, pulverizer and said drive motor movable from a first vertical infeed position to a second horizontal product infeed position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,674

DRIVE SHAFT WITH INSERTION DEVICE FOR GUIDING COOLING WATER

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A drive shaft for a machine tool which is connectable to a drilling tool, comprising:a cavity, wherein the cavity substantially extends over an entire length of the drive shaft and along a rotational axis of the drive shaft and wherein the cavity contains an inflow opening through which water is feedable along the drive shaft into the drilling tool; and
an insertion device disposed in the cavity, wherein the water is guidable through the insertion device to cool the drive shaft first in a first direction and then in a second direction, wherein the water has direct contact with an inner wall of the cavity at least in the first direction;
wherein the machine tool is a core drill and wherein the drilling tool is a core bit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,673

WIRE SAWING APPARATUS

SK SILTRON CO., LTD., Gy...

1. A wire sawing apparatus, comprising:a wire configured to cut an ingot;
an ingot conveyor unit configured to convey the ingot to the wire;
a nozzle configured to supply slurry to the wire; and
a dispersed slurry blocking unit disposed above and beside the ingot that is sawn by the wire and configured to absorb at least some of the slurry dispersed from a lateral surface of the ingot to be cut by the wire, the dispersed slurry blocking unit including a mesh structure that absorbs the dispersed slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,391,672

DRILLING TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A drilling tool for performing drilling and/or percussive work on materials, the drilling tool comprising: a fastening region; and a working region, the working region having a working body and at least one cutting element projecting axially and/or radially in relation to the working body, the at least one cutting element having a leading face portion with respect to a direction of rotation about a longitudinal axis of the drilling tool and a trailing face portion opposite to the leading face, the at least one cutting element having between the leading face portion and the trailing face portion at least one first cutting edge and at least one second cutting edge, wherein the at least one second cutting edge is configured to serve as a replacement cutting edge and/or as an auxiliary cutting edge, and wherein the at least one second cutting edge is set back in relation to the at least one first cutting edge of the drilling tool, axially along the longitudinal axis of the drilling tool, in a direction towards the fastening region, and wherein up to 70% of a maximum extent of the at least one second cutting edge is disposed parallel to the at least one first cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,391,671

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A NON-DENSE SINTERED CERAMIC MOLDED BODY HAVING AT LEAST TWO LAYERS

1. A process for producing a non-dense sintered ceramic molded body for dental purposes having at least two layers comprisingcontacting and pressing, in a mold for a blank for forming a dental restoration, at least a first powdery ceramic material forming a first layer with at least a second powdery ceramic material forming at least a second layer, thereby producing a molded body;
wherein said at least first powdery ceramic material has a presintering temperature T1 that is higher than a presintering temperature TS of said at least second powdery ceramic material;
the course of a curve of shrinkage S1 of said at least first powdery ceramic material differs from the course of a curve of shrinkage S2 of said at least second powdery material, wherein curve of shrinkage S1 is shifted towards higher temperatures as compared to curve of shrinkage S2; and
presintering the molded body by subjecting the layers to a common temperature treatment at the presintering temperature TS which is in a range from 850° C. to 1250° C. and that is lower than the presintering temperature T1 which is in a range of from 900° C. to 1300° C. and that is at least equal to presintering temperature T3 which is within a range of from 850° C. to 1200° C., to cause sintering that remains in a stage of sintering that has not proceeded to the theoretical density, with the molded body showing no distortions that are due to sintering distortion after completion of presintering the molded body;
wherein the at least first powdery ceramic material having the curve of shrinkage S1 is admixed with at least one component material that has the presintering temperature T3 and has a curve of shrinkage S3 which component material has a grain size smaller than the at least first powdery ceramic material, with the admixed materials having a curve of shrinkage that is between the curves of shrinkage S1 and S3 in the presintering temperature TS range from 850° C. to 1250° C.,
and wherein the at least second powdery ceramic material contains yttrium stabilized zirconia that exhibits a more intense coloring than the first powdery ceramic material; and
wherein the at least one component material is admixed with the at least first powdery ceramic material in proportions within a range of 25 to 50 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,391,670

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED INTEGRATED CASTING CORE STRUCTURE WITH CERAMIC SHELL

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of fabricating a ceramic casting mold comprising:forming a ceramic core-shell mold using an additive manufacturing process, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a first ceramic material;
connecting at least one wax component to the ceramic core-shell mold, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a core portion and a shell portion and at least one first cavity between the core portion and the shell portion;
coating at least a portion of the ceramic core-shell mold and the at least one wax component with a second ceramic material; and
removing the at least one wax component to form at least a second cavity in fluid communication with the at least one first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,668

FIREWOOD PROCESSORS

LAITILAN RAUTARAKENNE OY,...

1. A firewood processor, comprisinga saw, arranged to cut and separate a log from wood,
means for feeding wood for the saw,
a splitting chute, arranged to receive at least a part of the log,
a splitting wedge arranged to split the log, of which at least part is arranged in the splitting chute, into pieces,
a pressure plate arranged to support the log while splitting the log, and
a press for moving the pressure plate relative to the splitting wedge in such a way that the log or another log arranged in between the pressure plate and the splitting wedge is configured to be split by said movement, wherein
the splitting wedge is arranged to split the log, of which at least part is arranged in the splitting chute, into at least one intermediate split log and at least one firewood-ready piece, the firewood processor further comprising:
a returning plate configured to return the intermediate split log back to the splitting chute for further splitting,
a protector configured to be in an open position and a closed position, and
a protector position sensor configured to detect a position of the protector, wherein
in the closed position, the protector is arranged to limit an interior of the firewood processor and arranged to protect a user from moving parts of the firewood processor; and
in the open position, the protector is arranged to allow the user to handle at least one of the wood, the log, and the intermediate split log, and
the firewood processor is, after splitting the log, without a user-given control signal or user-given control signals from a controller, and only when the protector is in the closed position, configured to automatically return the intermediate split log, using the returning plate, to the splitting chute.

US Pat. No. 10,391,667

PORTABLE POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool system, comprising:at least one portable power tool including:
at least one workpiece contact unit having at least one workpiece contact surface,
at least one power driven drive unit having at least one drive axis, and
at least one handle unit having at least one main handle,
wherein the main handle has at least one maximum distance point that, as viewed along a direction that is at least substantially perpendicular to the at least one workpiece contact surface, has a maximum distance of less than 150 mm in relation to the at least one workpiece contact surface; and
at least one energy storage unit configured to store power and configured such that, when arranged on the portable power tool, as viewed along the direction that is at least substantially perpendicular to the at least one workpiece contact surface, is disposed at least substantially entirely above a center of gravity axis of the portable power tool, wherein the at least one drive axis is coplanar with and intersects an axis of a main extent of the at least one main handle, and the at least one drive axis is located forwardly of the at least one main handle and above the at least one workpiece contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,666

MACHINING DEVICE FOR MACHINING A WORKPIECE BY MEANS OF AT LEAST ONE FLUID JET

MICROWATERJET AG, Aarwan...

1. A machining device for machining a workpiece by means of at least one fluid jet, comprisinga workpiece support for supporting the workpiece, and
a catch basin for dissipating the energy of the at least one fluid jet after its penetration of the workpiece, wherein
the catch basin is arranged in a self-supporting manner in relation to the workpiece support in order to avoid the transmission of vibrations from the catch basin to the workpiece support, and
wherein the catch basin includes side walls, which extend vertically from a bottom of the catch basin beyond a level at which the workpiece support is located such that the workpiece is located within the catch basin, below an uppermost surface of said side walls, thereby allowing the catch basin to be filled with water up to the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,391,665

PRECISION DRYWALL PUNCH

1. An apparatus comprising:a support block assembly having a thickness and at least one primary surface, the at least one primary surface defining a perimeter of the support block assembly, the support block assembly comprising:
a first portion defining the at least one primary surface;
a second portion defining at least one secondary surface, the at least one secondary surface being oriented so as to face the at least one primary surface of the first portion;
one or more retractable mechanisms; and
one or more cutting blades coupled to the support block assembly in at least one location and extending away from the at least one primary surface, the one or more cutting blades being arranged in a closed plane orientation defining an area within the closed plane orientation, and each of the one or more cutting blades being coupled to the support block assembly such that the one or more cutting blades extend away from the at least one primary surface at an inset distance relative to the perimeter of the support block assembly;
wherein the second portion of the support block assembly is directly coupled exclusively and only to the one or more retractable mechanisms such that the second portion is configured to move relative to and independent of the one or more cutting blades; the second portion of the support block assembly defines an area larger than the area of the closed plane orientation of the one or more cutting blades and comprises a plurality of slots arranged in an orientation identical to that of the one or more cutting blades, such that the second portion of the block assembly can extend and retract relative to the cutting blades without physically engaging the blades; and
wherein the retractable mechanisms are springs.

US Pat. No. 10,391,664

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING BAGS

1. A device for production of bags that consist mostly of paper, comprising:a perforation device that cross perforates a material web,
a tube formation device that forms a tube from the material web,
a first separation device including a first roll pair and a second roll pair that separates individual tube sections along perforation lines, with an upper layer of the separated tube section protruding beyond a lower layer thereof at a trailing edge of the separated tube section, including after the separated tube section has left the first separation device,
a device that forms a bottom on a leading end of the separated tube section by folding over a leading flap which is a part of the lower layer and which protrudes beyond the upper layer, and
a second separation device that tears off along perforation lines an individual material section from the tube section,
the second separation device including a first roll pair and a second roll pair, and (i) being spaced from the first separation device in a transport direction (z) of the tube, with which the material section is torn off when the tube section has left the first separation device, and operating independently of the first separation device, and (ii) including a removal device that removes the material section,
(iii) with rolls of the second separation device second roll pair, which is located downstream of the second separation device first roll pair in the direction of transport (z) of the tube sections, being operated with a peripheral speed that corresponds to a transport speed of the tube sections, and with the material section being grasped by the second separation device first roll pair, with one of the rolls thereof being a needle roll, which is to grasp only the material section of the upper layer, and which is operated, at least at a moment of grasping of the material section, with a reduced peripheral speed relative to the transport speed of the tube sections, or
(iv) with the second separation device first roll pair having a roll gap, and the second separation device second roll pair having a roll gap, and the second separation device first roll pair roll gap is to grasp only the material section of the upper layer, while the second separation device second roll pair provides for accelerated further transport of the bag,
wherein to effect the separation of the material section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,663

ROLL FOR ROTARY CUTTER AND ROTARY CUTTER

NIPPON TUNGSTEN CO., LTD....

1. A rotary cutter comprising a cutter roll and an anvil roll, the cutter roll comprising:a barrel portion having a circumferential surface and a pair of end surfaces located respectively at opposite ends of the circumferential surface;
a pair of shafts connected to the barrel portion and having an axis that coincides with an axis of the circumferential surface;
a cutting blade located on the circumferential surface, the cutting blade having a cutting shape; and
a pair of guide rings located respectively at opposite ends of the circumferential surface in a longitudinal direction, the anvil roll comprising:
a barrel portion having a circumferential surface that receives the cutting blade and a pair of end surfaces located respectively at opposite ends of the circumferential surface; and
a pair of shafts connected to the barrel portion and having an axis that coincides with an axis of the circumferential surface, at least one of the cutter roll and the anvil roll comprising:
a pair of first depressions located respectively at the pair of end surfaces of the barrel portion and each having a ring shape extending around the shaft, the pair of first depressions each having a depth direction that is parallel to the axis of the shaft;
a pair of first bearings located respectively in the pair of first depressions and each being in contact with the shaft of the first depressions, the pair of first bearings not contacting an outer wall that forms the circumferential surface; and
a pair of first bearing boxes located on an outside of the pair of first depressions and having support portions to be in contact with a support frame or a pressure mechanism, the pair of first bearing boxes supporting the respective first bearings.

US Pat. No. 10,391,662

ADJUSTABLE CONVERTING ARRANGEMENT FOR A FLAT SUBSTRATE, CASSETTE, UNIT AND MACHINE PROVIDED THEREWITH

BOBST MEX SA, (CH)

1. A converting arrangement for a flat substrate, said converting arrangement comprising:a first cylindrical, rotary, converting tool and a second, cylindrical, rotary, converting tool, the first tool cooperating with the second tool to convert the substrate;
a first lateral bearing and a second lateral bearing, each of the first lateral bearing and the second lateral bearing being located toward a respective end of the first tool and holding the first tool for rotation;
a third lateral bearing and a fourth lateral bearing, each of the third lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing being located toward a respective end of the second tool and holding the second tool for rotation; and
horizontal adjustment spacers each having an inclined face and each horizontal adjustment spacer being horizontally and vertically slidable along an inclined face thereof, without rotation of the horizontal adjustment spacer, to adjust vertically each respective gap between the first lateral bearing and the third lateral bearing and between the second lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing to adjust a radial gap between the first tool and the second tool; wherein
the horizontal adjustment spacers comprise two of the horizontal adjustment spacers which are inserted between the first lateral bearing and the third lateral bearing and two of the horizontal adjustment spacers which are inserted between the second lateral bearing and the fourth lateral bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,661

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BREAKING OUT A PLANAR WORKPIECE FROM A MATERIAL SHEET

1. Device for breaking out a workpiece (3) from a material sheet (2) through an opening (4) of a die (1) by means of a breakout tool (5), wherein the die (1) has a plug-in unit (22), wherein a breakout module (9.1-9.4) is insertable into the plug-in unit (22),wherein the breakout module (9.1-9.4) is composed of an insert (10) and of a module lobe (11) having a bearing face (12) for receiving the workpiece (3) after breaking out,
wherein the insert (10) has a surface (16) and a shearing edge (17),
wherein the shearing edge (17) faces toward the bearing face (12) and an offcut surface extending from the shearing edge (17) to the bearing face (12) and defining an offcut length (18), and
wherein the offcut length has a height (h) from the surface (16) to the bearing face (12) of 0.8 mm to 1.8 mm, and
wherein the module lobe (11) is at least partially resilient.

US Pat. No. 10,391,660

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CUTTING OR PERFORATING A WEB MATERIAL

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A system for processing a web of material, the system comprising:a traveling body carrying a web;
a cutting loop and a trigger loop, said web of material disposed between said cutting loop and said trigger loop;
said trigger loop inductively cooperating with said cutting loop in a web alteration zone to generate an electrical current in said cutting loop and heat said cutting loop; and
said cutting loop contacting said web of material in said web alteration zone to alter said web of material from a first condition of said web to a second condition of said web.

US Pat. No. 10,391,659

CUTTING MACHINE FOR WINDOW COVERING

NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO.,...

1. A cutting machine for window coverings, comprising:a worktable, which has a first abutting member and a series of first extending graduation marks provided on a table surface thereof, wherein the first abutting member projects from the table surface; the series of first extending graduation marks are provided along a longitudinal axis of the table surface, and a scale value thereof decreases from an end thereof near the first abutting member to another end away from the first abutting member;
a first cutting device, which is movably provided on the worktable, and is slidable along the longitudinal axis of the table surface, wherein the first cutting device is adapted to cut slats of a window covering;
a caliper, which is adapted to mark a length of the slats for locating the cutting device on the worktable, wherein the caliper comprises a first internal gauge point and a first external gauge point; when the caliper is fixed on a predetermined position on the worktable, the scale value of the series of first extending graduation marks pointed by the internal gauge point is greater than the scale value of the series of first extending graduation marks pointed by the external gauge point.

US Pat. No. 10,391,658

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPIRALLY SLICING MEAT

SF Investments, Inc., Wi...

1. A method for spirally slicing a meat product, comprising:rotating the meat product about a first axis on a turntable with a support apparatus;
stabilizing the rotating the meat product along an outer surface of the meat product with a stabilizer apparatus comprising a paddle constructed of a flexible material coupled with and extending from an arm; and
spirally slicing the meat product in a direction generally transverse to the first axis with a cutting assembly having a knife blade configured transverse to the first axis,
wherein the paddle is placed adjacent to the knife blade on the same side of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,391,657

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ELASTIC DEACTIVATION IN A LAMINATE

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A method for operating a system having a blade roll unit revolving in a first direction about a first axis and carrying a compression blade thereon, having an anvil roll unit revolving in a second direction about a second axis and carrying a working anvil surface that faces away from the second axis and that is sloped toward the second axis from a higher leading end to a lower trailing end, and having servo motors configured to rotatably drive the blade roll unit in the first direction and the anvil roll unit in the second direction, the method comprising:operating the servo motors to control the rotational positioning of the blade roll unit relative to the anvil roll unit, so as to control positioning of the compression blade relative to the working anvil surface, and thereby control a force applied onto the working anvil surface by the compression blade as the compression blade and the working anvil surface rotate past each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,656

NON-SLIP RULER FOR QUILTING

1. A measuring device, comprising:a substantially rigid translucent base with a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a translucent removable coating layer comprising at least one constituent and which is applied to the bottom surface of the substantially rigid translucent base while the at least one constituent is in liquid form;
wherein the translucent removable coating layer resists movement of fabric when in contact with the fabric, the translucent removable coating layer is substantially flexible, the translucent removable coating layer comprises a plurality of removable sections which are configured to be selectively removable, and the liquid form of the translucent removable coating layer is configured to cure at room temperature under ambient lighting.

US Pat. No. 10,391,653

SAFETY RAZOR AND BLADE UNIT FOR SAFETY RAZOR

BEIERSDORF AG, Hamburg (...

1. A blade unit for a safety razor, wherein the unit comprises:a connecting structure configured to fix the blade unit to a handle;
a blade housing comprising a plurality of blades having respective cutting edges lying in a shaving plane and being arranged to exert a cutting action when moved across a user's skin in a shaving direction; and
a rear portion arranged next to the plurality of blades in the shaving direction, comprising
a non-flexible concave back portion fixedly connected to a supporting structure for the blade housing, said non-flexible concave back portion arcuately bending away from the shaving plane, and
a convex lubricating pad arranged on and being supported by the non-flexible concave back portion and which extends up to a rear edge of the rear portion of the blade unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,652

BLADE SUPPORT FOR MULTI-BLADE RAZOR CARTIRDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor blade unit comprising:a housing having a plurality of spaced apart support members, each support member having at least four pegs in a zig-zag arrangement with immediate adjacent pegs offset from each other the support members;
a guard arranged at a front portion of the housing;
a cap arranged at a rear portion of the housing;
a plurality of blades each comprising a sharp top edge and a bottom portion having opposing front and back sides and being arranged essentially in parallel between the guard and the cap, wherein only a single peg on each of the respective support members supports the front of each blade and only a single peg on each of the respective support members supports the back of each blade.

US Pat. No. 10,391,651

RAZOR BLADE, RAZOR HEAD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

BIC-VIOLEX SA, Anixi (GR...

1. A razor head comprising:a housing having a top face defining a shaving window, and an opposed stopping face, the housing further comprising at least one guide,
at least one integrally formed rigid razor blade freely mounted in the housing, and including;
a cutting edge portion extending along a cutting edge portion axis, and having a cutting edge portion dimension and a straight cutting edge accessible through the shaving window,
a guided portion extending along a guided portion axis, and a bent portion intermediate the cutting edge portion and the guided portion, and
a cantilever dimension;
the cantilever dimension being a distance that is constant when measured from the straight cutting edge to the guided portion axis, the cantilever dimension being between 1.1 millimeters and 1.8 millimeters, and
the cutting edge portion dimension being measured from an endmost extent of the straight cutting edge, along the cutting edge portion axis, to the bent portion, the cutting edge portion dimension being between 0.4 millimeters and 1.0 millimeter,
wherein the guided portion cooperates with the guide so that the at least one integrally formed rigid razor blade is independently translatable, under the effect of shaving forces applied to the blade during shaving, with respect to the housing along a sliding direction parallel to the guided portion axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,650

HAIR GROOMING APPLIANCE

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...

1. A handheld electric shaver comprising:a head having at least one outer cutter defining a skin-contacting plane of the shaver, and a head axis oriented substantially perpendicular to the skin-contacting plane of the shaver, the head including at least one inner cutter moveable relative to the outer cutter in operation of the shaver; and
a handle onto which the head is detachably mountable, the handle having a motor, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and defining a drive shaft axis, and a receptacle configured to receive at least a portion of the head therein upon mounting the head on the handle such that the drive shaft protrudes into the receptacle for operative connection with the at least one inner cutter of the head, the handle and the head being configured relative to each other such that the head is insertable into the receptacle along an insertion direction wherein the insertion direction is substantially parallel to the head axis and oblique relative to the drive shaft axis, wherein at least one of the handle and the head has a guide rail having at least two surfaces, wherein the other of the at least one of the handle and the head has a corresponding channel for slidably receiving the guide rail within the channel such that the two surfaces extend along the insertion direction within the channel to guide the head into the receptacle along the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,649

PORTABLE SHAVING APPARATUS

1. A portable shaving apparatus comprising:a central component having opposing ends, a first top end comprising a removable shaving device and a second bottom end having an exposed cavity;
a first removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component; and
a second removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component and when in a closed position, said apparatus is designed to look like a cosmetic container.

US Pat. No. 10,391,648

SHAVING AND GROOMING APPARATUS

Daniel Lawrence Roth, Ne...

1. A trimmer blade assembly for a shaving and grooming apparatus comprising:(a) a stationary lower blade comprising a plurality of teeth where each of the plurality of teeth is curved and are in pressure contact with a plurality of curved teeth having curved tips of a moving upper blade, the stationary lower blade having a cutting area with a thickest section of at least one of the plurality of curved teeth of the stationary lower blade being in the range of 0.1-0.5 mm thick, wherein the stationary lower blade is thin enough to provide enough flexibility to create a counter force against the moving upper blade; and
(b) the moving upper blade comprising the plurality of curved teeth, wherein a radius of the curved tips of at least some of the plurality of curved teeth of the moving upper blade is less than a radius of the curved tips of at least some of the plurality curved teeth of the stationary lower blade in order to cause contact between the moving upper blade and the stationary lower blade, the stationary lower blade being mechanically supported by the moving upper blade so that the stationary lower blade is in pressure contact with the moving upper blade and a width of at least some of the plurality of curved teeth in the moving upper blade being chosen to be wider than a cutting slot in the stationary lower blade so as to prevent interference, thereby improving cutting efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,391,646

HAIR CLIPPERS WITH FLEXING ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE BLADES

1. A flex hair clipper with both powered hair cutting length adjustment as well as flexing compliance, comprising:a main hair clipper housing 110 having a reciprocating blade drive motor 116 driving a reciprocating cutter blade 113; tap switches 21 and 22 and a thumb wheel located on said main hair clipper housing; said reciprocating cutter blade 113 located within an exterior blade set module 140 located outside of said main hair clipper housing 110;
said reciprocating cutter blade 113 reciprocating in a direction transverse to an adjustable comb plate 114 which is adjacent thereto and also located within said exterior blade set module 140;
a power source being one of a battery 135 within said main hair clipper housing 110 and an AC driven corded power source;
said power source powering an electronic step driver module 160 within said main hair clipper housing, said electronic step driver module 160 being in communication with said tap switches and said wheel, an adjustable stepper motor 145 located in said blade set module 140, said adjustable stepper motor 145 being in communication with said electronic step driver module 160 and in communication with said adjustable comb plate 114, wherein respective user manual manipulation of said tap switches and said thumb wheel allow for said electronic step driver module 160 to drive said adjustable stepper motor 145 which adjusts a position of said adjustable comb plate 114 relative to said driven reciprocating cutter blade 113;
said adjustable comb plate 114 and said reciprocating cutting blade being located adjacent to each other and in the same plane;
a flexible compliant coupling 120 connecting said main hair clipper housing 110 to said exterior blade set module 140;
said exterior blade set module 140 comprising said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 being flexibly coupled by said flexible compliant coupling 120 to said main hair clipper housing 110 for adjusting automatically to the contours of a client's head to reduce the possibility of said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 from getting stuck in respective hairs of a head of a client of the user of said flex hair clipper and to reduce the possibility of cuts and irritation to a respective scalp of the client of the user,
said flexible compliant coupling 120 coupled to said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing permitting tilting and linear axial movement in any variable direction between said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing 110;
said flexible compliant coupling 120 resisting any relative rotational movement between said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing 110; wherein a resistance of said flexible compliant coupling 120 insuring control of said exterior blade set module 140 by keeping a cutting edge of said reciprocating cutting blade 113 aligned with a top surface of said main hair clipper housing 110 except for tilting;
said flexible compliant coupling 120 also rotationally resisting a driving torque of said reciprocating blade drive motor 116 driving said reciprocating cutter blade 113 adjacent to said adjustable comb plate 114 of said exterior blade set module 140; and,
said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 in said exterior blade set module tilting a predetermined amount in any direction when contacting respective scalp contours while a user conducts a hair cutting process by the user grasping said main hair clipper housing 110.

US Pat. No. 10,391,644

ROBOT WITH A FORCE MEASURING DEVICE

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A robot, comprising:a robot controller designed and configured to execute a robot program;
a robot arm with at least three joints which are connected by links; and
a plurality of drives corresponding to each of the at least three joints, wherein each drive is configured to adjust one of the joints allocated to the drive, and which can be actuated in an automated manner in accordance with the robot program or in a manual drive mode by the robot controller in order to automatically adjust the associated joint;
at least a first one of the links comprising:
a force measuring device configured to measure a force on the first link in a predetermined direction,
a first structural component which is connected to the joint of the robot arm that is mounted in the kinematic joint chain of the robot arm directly upstream from the first link,
a second structural component which is connected to the joint of the robot arm that is mounted in the kinematic joint chain of the robot arm directly downstream from the first link, and
a bearing arrangement connecting the first structural component to the second structural component and which is configured to rigidly connect the first structural component to the second structural component, leaving only one degree of freedom,
wherein the one degree of freedom of the bearing is configured to permit mobility only in the direction in which the force measuring device is configured to measure the force.

US Pat. No. 10,391,643

ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a cylindrical housing;
a core member having a first member and a second member disposed within the cylindrical housing, the core member having an outer circumferential surface;
an external cylinder member that places the core member inside;
a flat cable sandwiched by the first member and the second member and wound around the outer circumferential surface of the core member;
a housing portion located between the core member and the external cylinder member and housing the flat cable;
a first fixing portion that fixes the flat cable to the core member; and
a second guide portion located between the housing portion and the first fixing portion and regulating a width direction of the flat cable,
wherein a length in the width direction regulated by the second guide portion is shorter than a length in the width direction regulated by the housing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,642

BALANCER DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A balancer device which is provided at a robot including a robot arm, and an arm support section to which a base end portion of the robot arm is mounted via a bearing member having a first axis extending horizontally as a center axis in such a manner that the robot arm is rotatable, the balancer device including a gas spring mechanism which causes the robot arm to generate balance torque around the first axis in a direction opposite to torque around the first axis which is generated by a gravitational force applied to the robot arm, between a first angular position and a second angular position which is greater in inclination with respect to a vertical direction than the first angular position is, and a conversion mechanism,wherein a first end portion of the balancer device is coupled to a first fastening section which is independent of the robot arm in such a manner that the balancer device is rotatable around a second axis extending horizontally,
wherein a second end portion of the balancer device is coupled to a second fastening section provided at the robot arm in such a manner that the balancer device is rotatable around a third axis extending horizontally,
wherein a spacing formed between the second axis and the third axis in a state in which the robot arm is at the second angular position is greater than a spacing formed between the second axis and the third axis in a state in which the robot arm is at the first angular position,
wherein the gas spring mechanism includes:
a cylinder having an opening at a first end portion thereof and extending from the first end portion toward the second fastening section, a second end portion of the cylinder being closed,
a piston that is slidable with respect to an inner wall surface of the cylinder, the piston comparting an inner space of the cylinder into a first space closer to the second end portion of the cylinder and a second space closer to the first end portion of the cylinder,
a working fluid provided in the first space, and
a piston rod having a first end portion coupled to the piston, the piston rod extending from a spatial position at which the piston rod is coupled to the piston to a location that is outside the cylinder, through the opening of the cylinder, and the gas spring mechanism is contracted to compress the working fluid,
wherein the conversion mechanism includes:
a first coupling member that couples the cylinder to the first fastening section; and
a second coupling member that couples a second end portion of the piston rod to the second fastening section,
wherein the conversion mechanism contracts the gas spring mechanism according to a rotation of the robot arm from the first angular position toward the second angular position, and
wherein the balance torque is generated by a reactive force generated by compression of the working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,641

COMBINATION TYPE LINK ACTUATION DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A combination type link actuation device having two link actuation devices combined with each other, whereineach link actuation device comprises: a proximal end side link hub; a distal end side link hub; and three link mechanisms aligned in a circumferential direction, the three link mechanisms connecting the proximal end side link hub with the distal end side link hub such that an orientation of the distal end side link hub is changed relative to the proximal end side link hub,
each link mechanism includes: a proximal side end link member having one end that is rotatably connected to the proximal end side link hub; a distal side end link member having one end rotatably connected to the distal end side link hub; and an intermediate link member having opposite ends that are rotatably connected to other ends of the proximal side end link member and the distal side end link member,
two or more link mechanisms among the three link mechanisms have an orientation controlling actuator therein, the orientation controlling actuator to change an orientation of the distal end side link hub relative to the proximal end side link hub, and
at least one separation angle among a plurality of separation angles, in the circumferential direction, of the three link mechanisms is greater than 120°, and the respective link mechanisms with the separation angle greater than 120° in the two link actuation devices are disposed to oppose each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,640

ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A robot comprising:a robot arm;
a plurality of stages of hands including a first hand and a second hand that are provided at a tip of the robot arm;
a first direct drive motor in which a rotation axis is defined at the tip of the robot arm, the first direct drive motor coupling the first hand to the tip of the robot arm such that the first hand is rotatable about the rotation axis; and
a second direct drive motor that couples the second hand to the first hand such that the second hand is rotatable about the rotation axis, wherein
the first direct drive motor includes a first rotor and a first stator,
the second direct drive motor includes a second rotor and a second stator,
one of the first rotor and the first stator is fixed to the first hand and the other is fixed to the robot arm, and
one of the second rotor and the second stator is fixed to the first hand and the other is fixed to the second hand.

US Pat. No. 10,391,639

TRANSFER TOOL AND ROBOT

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A transfer tool comprising:a substantially strip-shaped frame;
a wrist-side slider to be attached to a wrist of a robot, provided on one side of the frame in a thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along a longitudinal direction of the frame;
a workpiece-side slider provided on another side of the frame in the thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along the longitudinal direction of the frame;
a distal-end swing shaft attached to the workpiece-side slider;
wherein the distal-end swing shaft includes:
a workpiece support section supported by the workpiece-side slider in a manner capable of swinging around an axis line extending in a width direction of the frame, the workpiece support section supporting a workpiece; and
an actuator attached to the workpiece-side slider, the actuator causing the workpiece support section to swing; and
wherein the actuator includes:
a motor fixed to the workpiece-side slider; and
a pair of gears that transmits driving force of the motor to the workpiece support section; and
at least one of the gears is formed into a fan shape where teeth are provided correspondingly with a swing angle range of the workpiece support section around the axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,638

MOBILE ROBOT PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING FOR HOUSEHOLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot, comprising:a processor connected to a memory; and
a drive system commandable by the processor to reach a multiplicity of accessible locations within a living structure;
the processor executing a plurality of routines including:
a navigation routine which commands the drive system to move the mobile robot about the living structure; and
a mission pre-planning routine that identifies a target completion time based on an occupancy schedule of the living structure and launches the mobile robot autonomously based on the occupancy schedule of the living structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,637

SELF-PROPELLED ROBOT

MIRAIKIKAI, INC., Kurash...

1. A self-propelled robot that self-travels on a structure having a flat surface to perform operation on the flat surface of the structure, the self-propelled robot, comprising:a robot main body in which a moving unit for the self-travel is provided; and
a controller that controls movement of the robot main body,
wherein the moving unit includes:
one of a wheel and a crawler, the one of the wheel and the crawler running on the flat surface; and
a driving unit that drives the one of the wheel and the crawler, and
the controller has a function of controlling activation of the moving unit such that a rotation plane direction of the one of the wheel and the crawler is substantially orthogonal to an inclination direction of the flat surface when the self-propelled robot is caused to stand still on the flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,636

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A PERSISTENT COMPANION DEVICE

SQN VENTURE INCOME FUND, ...

1. A method comprising:recording, utilizing a telecommunications-enabled robotic device adapted to persist in an environment of a user, an environment using one or more sensors and a camera located in the robotic device, the robotic device including a first segment housing the sensors and camera, a second segment, and a third segment, the first, second and third segments independently rotatable with respect to each other, wherein an end of the first segment facing a first end of the second segment has a generally circular periphery;
identifying a location of one or more persons in the environment based on at least one sensory input recorded by the sensors or camera;
performing a first rotation of at least one of the second segment and the third segment to aim the camera and sensors at the one or more persons;
executing a social interaction operation performing a second rotation of at least one of the second segment and the third segment in combination with a natural language interaction and electronic display screen graphics, wherein the social interaction operation is generated based on the data recorded by the sensors and camera;
executing an instruction to photograph the one or more persons according to a first parameter and via the social interaction; and
changing the mode of operation from the first mode of operation to a second mode of operation based, at least in part, on the first parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,635

POSITIONING A ROBOT

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A positioning device for a robot having an end effector, the positioning device comprising:a base;
a flange adapted to couple with the robot, wherein the flange is connected to the base by a kinematic system comprising at least two joints;
the flange adjustable relative to the base by the kinematic system from a first position to a second position spaced apart from the first position; and
an orientation means for reorienting the flange from a first orientation in the first position into a second orientation in the second position as a result of the adjustment from the first position into the second position;
wherein the kinematic system comprises three rotary joints arranged in series connecting the base and the flange, the three rotary joints connecting the base and the flange having parallel axes of rotation wherein a four-bar guide mechanism is formed by the orientation means;
the four-bar guide mechanism comprising the serially arranged rotary joints of the kinematic system and one virtual point of rotation that is stationary relative to the base, with parallel axes or rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,634

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A HUMAN BODY USING SUPERNUMERARY ARTIFICIAL LIMBS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:a base structure configured to couple with a human body, the base structure including a sensor that obtains a measurement regarding a load of the human body;
at least one supernumerary artificial limb having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the supernumerary artificial limb being coupled to the base structure; and
a processor operatively coupled with the sensor, the processor configured to receive the measurement from the sensor, determine a position of the supernumerary artificial limb and/or a torque exerted by the supernumerary artificial limb based on the measurement regarding the load, generate a control signal based on the determined position and/or torque, and send the control signal to the at least one supernumerary artificial limb in order to change the position of the supernumerary artificial limb and/or the torque exerted by the supernumerary artificial limb based on the control signal, wherein the processor is configured to determine the position of the supernumerary artificial limb by:
(i) determining a plurality of possible positions for the supernumerary artificial limb such that, for each possible position in the plurality of possible positions, a distal end of the supernumerary artificial limb would contact a surface of an environment if the supernumerary artificial limb were moved into that possible position, and selecting a position from the plurality of possible positions; or
(ii) determining, for each position in a plurality of possible positions for the supernumerary artificial limb, an amount of support provided to a center of mass of the human body by the position of the supernumerary artificial limb and a position of a limb of the human body, and selecting the position associated with the largest amount of support.

US Pat. No. 10,391,633

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INVENTORYING OBJECTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a computing system, a first request from a user device to establish a current state of an area as a default configuration for the area;
in response to the first request, transmitting, by the computing system to a first robotic device, instructions to obtain a first set of sensor data representative of the area, wherein the first robotic device is navigating the area;
responsive to receiving the first set of sensor data representative of the area, determining, by the computing system, a first map that represents the area in the default configuration, wherein the default configuration indicates respective positions of objects in the area when the first robotic device obtained the first set of sensor data;
receiving, at the computing system, a second request from the user device to restore a state of the area to the default configuration;
in response to the second request, transmitting, by the computing system to a second robotic device, instructions to obtain a second set of sensor data representative of the area;
responsive to receiving the second set of sensor data representative of the area, determining, by the computing system, a second map that represents the area in a second configuration, wherein the second configuration indicates respective positions of objects in the area when the second robotic device obtained the second set of sensor data;
performing, by the computing system, a comparison between the first map and the second map;
based on the comparison, identifying, by the computing system, a change in position of an object in the area in the second configuration relative to the default configuration; and
transmitting, by the computing system, instructions to the second robotic device to adjust a position of the object according to the default configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,632

GENERATING A ROBOT CONTROL POLICY FROM DEMONSTRATIONS COLLECTED VIA KINESTHETIC TEACHING OF A ROBOT

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, comprising:determining a total spatial length of a group of data points, the group of data points generated based on sensor data from one or more sensors of a robot during physical manipulation of the robot, the physical manipulation being by a user to traverse a reference point of the robot from an initial point to a target point;
generating a potential gradient based on the total spatial length, wherein generating the potential gradient based on the total spatial length comprises:
calculating the potential gradient as a function of the total spatial length, an average damping of the group of data points, and a total time of the group of data points;
assigning the potential gradient to each of the data points of the group of data points;
generating a control policy that regulates both robot motion and robot interaction with an environment, wherein generating the control policy comprises using the data points with the assigned potential gradient in learning a potential function for use in the control policy, the potential function having a global minimum based on the target point; and
controlling the robot or an additional robot based on the control policy.

US Pat. No. 10,391,631

MODULAR ROBOT WITH SMART DEVICE

1. A robot that processes instructions independently and in conjunction with a wearable smart device, the robot comprising:a sensor device configured to detect environmental data of an environment of the robot;
an input/output port for sending and receiving data to and from the wearable smart device including a presence or a lack of presence of a user within a home; and
a processor coupled to the input/output port and the sensor device, the processor being configured to:
obtain, from the sensor device, the environmental data of the environment of the robot,
obtain, from the wearable smart device and by a sensor of the wearable smart device, the data including the presence or the lack of presence of the user within the home,
determine a powered state of a remotely controllable smart device within the home of the user,
determine that the lack of presence of the user within the home has occurred over a predetermined amount of time based on the data and the environmental data,
determine a first action that includes changing the powered state of the remotely controllable smart device based on the lack of presence of the user within the home over the predetermined amount of time,
change the powered state of the remotely controllable smart device within the home of the user,
determine that the wearable smart device is to control a second action of the robot,
receive, from the wearable smart device, a request for processing assistance,
perform the request for processing assistance,
receive, from the wearable smart device, an instruction to perform the second action, and
perform a processing job to achieve the second action, or delegate the processing job to achieve the second action.

US Pat. No. 10,391,630

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING OCCLUSION DETECTION

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, comprising:a machine vision sensor system comprising a camera;
an indicator light;
at least one processor; and
a memory comprising computer readable program code stored in a non-transitory medium, the computer readable program code comprising a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) application and a behavioral control application, wherein, when executed by the at least one processor, the computer readable program code causes the at least one processor to:
capture images of the operating environment of the mobile robot using the machine vision sensor system;
detect a presence of an occlusion obstructing a portion of a field of view of the camera based on the images captured using the machine vision sensor system; and
illuminate the indicator light responsive to detection of the presence of the occlusion obstructing the portion of the field of view of the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,391,629

AIR PUMP APPARATUS USING ELECTRIC ACTUATOR AND AIR PUMP SYSTEM

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An air pump system comprising:an air pump apparatus comprising:
an air cylinder comprising a built-in piston, and a first chamber and a second chamber which are separated by the piston, the first chamber and the second chamber each comprising a single inlet and outlet port that both sucks and evacuates air;
an electric actuator; and
an electric motor;
wherein the electric actuator moves the piston linearly and relatively to the air cylinder, using the electric motor as a drive source, and wherein
air under negative pressure or positive pressure generated by the electric actuator causing the piston to move linearly is used to operate a pneumatic device connected to the inlet and outlet port; and
an actuator of at least one axis configured to move the pneumatic device in at least one-axis direction, using a second electric motor as a drive source.

US Pat. No. 10,391,628

TRAINABLE MODULAR ROBOTIC APPARATUS AND METHODS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A modular robotic apparatus body, comprising:a first movable element and a second movable element; and
an electrical interface configured to effectuate movement of the first and the second movable elements separately based on one or more inputs from a control apparatus when the control apparatus is mated to the modular robotic apparatus body;
wherein the control apparatus is configured to receive feedback signals configured to train the body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,627

ARM SUPPORTING EXOSKELETON WITH A VARIABLE FORCE GENERATOR

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An arm supporting exoskeleton comprising an arm link mechanism, the arm link mechanism comprising:a proximal link;
a distal link, configured to rotate relative to the proximal link around a first rotational axis;
an arm coupler, attached to the distal link and configured to couple an upper arm of a person to the distal link; and
a variable force generator, comprising a first spring and a second spring, configured to create a torque between the proximal link and the distal link, and is configured to generate at least a first stiffness rate and a second stiffness rate, wherein:
when the variable force generator is in a first force mode, the variable force generator generates the first stiffness rate defined by the first spring that supports the upper arm of the person against gravity forces and,
when the variable force generator is in second force mode, the variable force generator generates the second stiffness rate defined by the first spring and the second spring that supports the upper arm of the person against the gravity forces.

US Pat. No. 10,391,626

EXOSKELTON TO BE WORN ON THE FRONT AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN EXOSKELETON

ROBOTIQUES 3 DIMENSIONS, ...

1. An exoskeleton for the lower limbs, comprising:two articulated legs arranged to be coupled to the lower limbs of a user;
a connecting member which is provided between upper end portions of the legs on which it is articulated and which can be positioned in the area of the pelvis of the user; and
actuation means for actuating the articulated legs according to the movements of the user,
wherein the connecting member is articulated by way of first articulations comprising horizontal transverse axes arranged parallel or substantially parallel to one another, the transverse axes permitting flexion/extension of the corresponding leg, and sagittal axes, each arranged horizontal and perpendicular to the transverse axes, the sagittal axes permitting passive abduction/adduction of the user's hips,
wherein the connecting member is wholly situated in front of the upper end portions of the articulated legs in the direction of walking and is arranged to support a load in forward overhang with regard to the articulated legs,
wherein the legs each comprise a thigh and a shank which are connected by a knee joint arranged to permit flexion/extension of the thigh and of the shank, the thighs being connected at a top to the connecting member by the first articulations in the area of the hip, and
wherein the actuation means comprise actuating motors in the area of the thighs, in order to actuate the knee joints, and in the area of the connecting member, in order to actuate the first articulations in the area of the hip, said actuation means being controlled in a calculated and continuously verified manner in order to take up said forward overhang uniquely or substantially in the area of the pelvis of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,391,625

WORKBENCH WITH DOCKABLE STORAGE CART

Shanghai Cartec Industria...

1. An apparatus comprising a workbench and a dockable cart, the apparatus comp rising:a workbench frame including a first storage space and a docking area; and
a holding member coupled to the workbench frame, the holding member to support the dockable cart using the workbench frame,
wherein the dockable cart includes a cart frame having a second storage space and a support element,
wherein the dockable cart is moveable between a docked position where the support element is engaged with the holding member to dock the dockable cart with the workbench frame including lifting the dockable cart, and an undocked position where the dockable cart is separated from the workbench, and
wherein at least one of the holding member or the support element includes a ramp configured to lift the dockable cart as the dockable cart is positioned into the docked position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,624

POWER TOOL

POSITEC POWER TOOLS (SUZH...

1. A power tool, comprising:a housing;
a motor arranged in the housing, the motor being configured to output a rotary force;
an output shaft having a through hole configured to receive a first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits, and the output shaft is configured to drive the first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits rotating, the rotary force output from the motor is transmittable to the output shaft;
a cartridge arranged in the housing, the cartridge comprising a plurality of tool chambers configured to receive the plurality of tool bits;
a connecting shaft configured to move between a working status wherein the connecting shaft is coupled with the first tool bit of a plurality of tool bits in a first tool chamber of the plurality of tool chambers which the connecting shaft passing through, and a release status wherein the connecting shaft is separated from the first tool chamber of the plurality of tool chambers;
a restrictor arranged between the housing and the connecting shaft, the restrictor being configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
a slider coupled with the housing, the restrictor and the connecting shaft,
wherein
the slider is configured to move along an axial direction of the connecting shaft to cause the restrictor to be moved from the first position to the second position,
the restrictor is configured to limit the movement of the connecting shaft in a direction away from the output shaft if the restrictor is in the first position, and
the restrictor is configured to allow the connecting shaft to move in a direction away from the output shaft so that the connecting shaft is located at the release status if the restrictor is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,623

POWER TOOL

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A power tool comprising:a frame;
a motor;
a rotor rotatable relative to the frame by the motor and capable of manipulating a tool;
a transmission for transmitting power between the motor and the rotor, the transmission comprising:
at least two internally driven annulus gears, including a primary annulus gear and a secondary annulus gear,
an externally driven sun gear,
a planet carrier, and
at least one planet wheel carried by the planet carrier and arranged to transfer torque between the sun gear and one of the annulus gears; wherein each annulus gear, the sun gear and the planet carrier are rotatable concentrically around a central axis, each planet wheel rotatable epicyclically around the central axis, and each planet wheel comprising at least two concentrically joined gear wheels; and
a gear change structure allowing shifting between at least a first and a second configuration, the planet carrier being locked rotationally or partly locked rotationally to the frame in the first configuration and the planet carrier being released from rotational limitations of the frame in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,622

COMMUNICATION ADAPTER ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND WORKING MACHINE

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A communication adapter attachment device provided in a working machine, the adapter attachment device comprising:a communication adapter configured to wirelessly communicate data with an external device and including
a first protrusion protruding from a first side,
a second protrusion protruding from a second side, the second side located opposite to the first side,
a connector engaging protrusion, and
an adapter-side interface;
an adapter housing portion configured to receive the communication adapter and including an opening through which the communication adapter is attached and detached, and a claw portion configured to engage the connector engaging protrusion; and
a cap including a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion configured to engage the first protrusion and the second protrusion respectively, and a cap-side interface,
the cap-side interface configured to enable viewing of the adapter-side interface and/or an input operation to the adapter-side interface from outside of the working machine, in a state in which the communication adapter is accommodated in the adapter housing portion and that the opening is closed with the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,391,621

HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A handheld power tool comprising:a tool receptacle for accommodating a tool on a working axis;
an electric motor;
a pneumatic percussion mechanism having an exciter moved back-and-forth by the motor periodically in parallel to the working axis;
a striker movable on the working axis and coupled via a pneumatic spring to the exciter; and
an anvil situated movably on the working axis and downstream from the striker in the percussion direction;
the anvil having a cylindrical anvil section having a diameter and multiple longitudinal channels extending over an entire length and distributed around a circumference of the cylindrical anvil section, a cross-sectional area of the anvil section being at most 5% less than a circular area defined by the diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,620

BASE MECHANISM AND ROLLER MECHANISM OF FLOOR NAILING GUN

TAIZHOU DAJIANG IND. CO.,...

1. A base mechanism of a floor nailing gun, comprising:a base fixedly connected to a bottom of a main body of a floor nailing gun, wherein the base has a first end portion, an opposite, second end portion, a first side and an opposite, second side defined such that the first end portion and second end portion are located between the first side and the second side;
at least one adjustment roller assembly pivotally connected to the first end portion of the base, wherein each adjustment roller assembly comprises at least one adjustment roller having a point in contact with an upper surface of a floor board, and a moving direction longitudinally along the floor board, when the at least one adjustment roller is in operation, and the moving direction of the at least one adjustment roller is from the first side to the second side of the base, or vice versa; and,
at least one positioning roller having an axis and being rotatable around said axis, wherein the at least one positioning roller is installed on at least one of the first side and the second side of the first or second end portions of the base using a bracket such that the axis of the at least one positioning roller is mutually perpendicular to an axial lead of the main body of the floor nailing gun;
wherein the base rotates about a rotation axis of the adjustment roller assembly; and
wherein when the device is in operation, the at least one positioning roller contacts a flange of the floor board due to the rotation of the base, and the positioning roller rotates along the flange of the floor board.

US Pat. No. 10,391,619

ACCESSORY FOR A FASTENING GUN

QUICK GRIP STAPLES (HK) L...

1. An accessory for a fastening gun for discharging staples and wherein each staple comprises a crown and a leg on each side of the crown, the accessory comprising:a magazine assembly with a feed end and a discharge end and configured to support a series of staples in a pre-discharge orientation and with a feed mechanism for feeding the staples from the feed end to the discharge end;
a staple drive member, the staple drive member defining first and second opposed generally flat surfaces wherein said first generally flat surface is directed toward said magazine assembly, said staple drive member further having a head with a crown-engaging surface, the head including beveled edges opposite the crown-engaging surface and wherein said beveled edges connect said first and second opposed generally flat surfaces in a direction that is aligned with the legs of each staple in said magazine assembly and wherein an acute angle is formed between said beveled edges and said second opposed generally flat surface, and a shank extending from the head so that the staple driver member has a generally T-shaped appearance, said shank having a longitudinal axis in the direction of movement of said staple drive member and wherein said head is perpendicular to said longitudinal axis; and
a drive member guide assembly including a guide plate, the guide plate fastened to an elongate outer guide member of the magazine assembly and a cover plate that is fastened to the guide plate, an inner surface of the cover plate and the guide plate defining an internal passage in which the head of the drive member can be displaced towards and away from a workpiece and the cover plate and guide plate being configured so that the internal passage also defines a guide path for the staples, once they are fed from a staple guide assembly;
wherein the drive member guide assembly is mounted on the magazine assembly and configured so that a staple drive member is mounted in the drive member guide assembly to be driven and retracted along a predetermined path with respect to the magazine assembly, so that, when driven, the staple drive member can engage a staple to drive legs of the staple into respective components, the drive member guide assembly being configured for mounting on the fastening gun with the staple drive member connected to a piston of the fastening gun.

US Pat. No. 10,391,618

PULL-OUT TESTER FOR A SETTING TOOL

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A setting tool, comprising a housing, a device which sets a setting bolt into a setting object when activated and which has a driving ram and a means for driving the driving ram, a switch which actuates the device, and,a pull-out tester which comprises
a retaining part for retaining the setting bolt,
an elastic element,
at least one transmission part for transmission of a pull-out force acting on the setting bolt onto the elastic element, wherein exceeding of a pull-out test force acting on the setting bolt detaches a connection between the setting bolt and the pull-out tester due to deformation of the elastic element.

US Pat. No. 10,391,617

CANOPY REMOVAL AND STORAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A canopy support system for removing a canopy from and installing the canopy onto a truck, where the truck is on a surface and comprises a truck bed and the canopy defines first and second sides, the canopy support system comprising:a plurality of receivers supported by canopy;
first and second lifting mechanisms, where each lifting mechanism comprises
forward and rear legs, where at least one of the forward and rear legs defines an upper portion and a lower portion,
a pivot supported by the forward and rear legs;
a pivot assembly rotatably supported by the forward and rear legs, where the pivot assembly rotates about the pivot and comprises first and second projections adapted to engage the receivers supported by the canopy;
an arm attached to the pivot;
a gas strut connected between the arm and one of the front leg and the rear leg such that rotation of the pivot assembly between first and second orientations acts on the arm to compress the gas strut; and
a lever arm mechanism comprising a handle movable between first and second positions, where the lever arm mechanism is mechanically connected between the upper portion and the lower portion such that, when the handle is moved between the first and second positions, the lever arm mechanism displaces the upper portion relative to the lower portion such that the pivot assembly moves between first and second distances, respectively, above the surface, where the first distance is lower than the second distance; wherein
with the handles of the first and second lifting mechanisms in the first positions, the first and second lifting mechanisms are arranged such that the first and second projections of the pivot assembly of the first lifting assembly each engage one of the receivers supported by the first side of the canopy and the first and second projections of the pivot assembly of the second lifting assembly each engage one of the receivers supported by the second side of the canopy;
with the pivot assembly of the first lifting assembly engaging the first side of the canopy, the handle of the lever arm mechanism of the first lifting assembly is displaced from the first position to the second position to lift the first side of the canopy off of the truck bed;
with the pivot assembly of the second lifting assembly engaging the second side of the canopy, the handle of the lever arm mechanism of the second lifting assembly is displaced from the first position to the second position to lift the second side of the canopy off of the truck bed; and
when the pivot assemblies are engaged with the canopy and are rotated between the first and second orientations, compression of the gas struts inhibits rotation of the canopy as the pivot assemblies rotate between the first and second orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,391,616

TOOL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Jore Corporation, Ronan,...

1. A tool connector assembly for transmission of off-axis torque from a power tool, the assembly comprising:a first drive shaft having a first end configured to be secured within a power tool and a second end defining a ball portion having a circular cross-sectional shape;
a second drive shaft having a first end defining a cup-shaped cavity configured to receive the ball portion such that the ball portion is moveable against a spherical surface of the cup-shaped cavity for moveably coupling the first drive shaft to the second drive shaft, the second drive shaft further having a second end defining an internal cavity configured to receive a tool bit; and
a hub collar received on the second drive shaft and rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the second drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,391,615

ROTATABLE FASTENING DEVICE

KABO TOOL COMPANY, Taich...

1. A rotatable fastening device connected between a driving tool and a rotatable member, the rotatable fastening device comprising:a rotatable base rotating along an axis, and the rotatable base having a driving end and a fastening end, the driving end removably connected to the driving tool, and the fastening end removably connected with and driving the rotatable member; and
an impact member removably connected to an outside of the rotatable base, and the impact member having at least one gravity unit projected outwardly therefrom, the gravity unit driven by the rotatable base to rotate around the axis for generating a tangent impact force;
wherein the rotatable base has at least two engaged seats, and the two engaged seats are equidistantly and symmetrically surround the axis, the impact member has two engaged units that are corresponding to and engaged with the two engaged seats.

US Pat. No. 10,391,614

LOCKING PLIERS

1. A locking pliers comprising:a fixed handle having an adjusting device disposed on one end;
a fixed jaw is rigidly retained in an opposing end of the fixed handle;
a moveable jaw is pivotally retained in substantially the opposing end of the fixed handle;
at least one power link is pivotally engaged with said moveable jaw;
a moveable handle;
a toggle link having a first end and a second end, said first end of said toggle link is in contact with an end of said adjusting device, said second end of said toggle link is pivotally engaged with said at least one power link, said toggle link is pivotally engaged with said moveable handle; and
a curved link having one end pivotally engaged with said moveable handle and an opposing end pivotally engaged with said at least one power link.

US Pat. No. 10,391,613

PROTECTIVE LEACHING MASK ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF USE

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

1. A protective leaching mask assembly sized and configured for covering a superabrasive element including a superabrasive table, a rear face, and a side surface, the protective leaching mask assembly comprising:a protective mask being chemically resistant to a leaching agent, the protective mask including:
a base portion having an inner surface adjacent to the rear face of the superabrasive element and an outer surface spaced from the inner surface of the base portion; and
at least one sidewall extending from the base portion and defining an opening, the at least one sidewall including:
an inner surface adjacent to a selected portion of the side surface of the superabrasive element; and
an outer surface spaced from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall; and
a binding member in contact with at least a portion of the outer surface of the at least one sidewall and not in contact with the outer surface of the base portion, the binding member configured to compress the inner surface of the at least one sidewall against a selected portion of the side surface of the superabrasive element;
wherein the binding member is chemically resistant to hydrofluoric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,611

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CUTTING A GOOD TO BE CUT BY MEANS OF A FLUID

UHDE HIGH PRESSURE TECHNO...

1. A device for cutting a cuttable material with the aid of a fluid, the device comprising:an outlet nozzle;
a pressure-generating unit, wherein the outlet nozzle is fluidically connected to the pressure-generating unit via a fluid line, wherein the pressure-generating unit pressurizes the fluid in the fluid line;
a switching valve; and
a pulsation damper for damping pressure fluctuations from the fluid line, wherein depending on a switching position of the switching valve the pulsation damper is couplable to the fluid line and uncouplable from the fluid line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,610

CORE CONFIGURATION FOR IN-SITU ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION MONITORING SYSTEM

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing, comprising:a support for a polishing pad having a polishing surface; and
an electromagnetic induction monitoring system to generate a magnetic field to monitor a substrate being polished by the polishing pad, the electromagnetic induction monitoring system comprising a core and a coil wound around a portion of the core, the core including
a back portion,
a center post extending from the back portion in a first direction normal to the polishing surface, the center post having a first width in a second direction parallel to the polishing surface, and
an annular rim extending from the back portion in parallel with the center post and surrounding and spaced apart from the center post by a gap, the annular rim having a second width in the second direction and the gap having a third width in the second direction,
wherein the third width is less than the first width, and a surface area of a top surface of the annular rim is at least two times greater than a surface area of a top surface of the center post.

US Pat. No. 10,391,609

MODULAR CONTACT ASSEMBLY FOR ROTATING MACHINE TOOL

OptiPro Systems, LLC, On...

1. For a machine tool comprising a housing, a rotating spindle mounted in the housing, and an electrical device mounted in the rotating spindle, a contact assembly comprising:a) a mounting plate joinable to the housing by movement of the plate into an attached position on the housing;
b) a first brush assembly joined to the mounting plate and comprising a first conductive brush movable with respect to the mounting plate and a second conductive brush movable with respect to the mounting plate;
c) a first electrical contact disposed in the mounting plate and in electrical communication with the first conductive brush;
d) a second electrical contact disposed in the mounting plate and in electrical communication with the second conductive brush;
e) an actuator joined to the mounting plate and operable to move the first conductive brush into electrical contact with a first rotating electrical contact ring in electrical communication with the electrical device, and operable to move the second conductive brush into electrical contact with a second rotating electrical contact ring in electrical communication with the electrical device, when the mounting plate is in the attached position; and
f) a first energy supply connection disposed in the mounting plate and in communication with the actuator;
wherein when the mounting plate is moved from a detached position to the attached position and is joined to the housing of the machine tool, the first electrical contact disposed in the mounting plate is electrically connected with a first mating electrical contact disposed in the housing of the machine tool, the second electrical contact disposed in the mounting plate is electrically connected with a second mating electrical contact disposed in the housing of the machine tool, and the first energy supply connection disposed in the mounting plate is connected to a first mating energy supply connection disposed in the housing of the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,391,608

BACKSIDE POLISHER WITH DRY FRONTSIDE DESIGN AND METHOD USING THE SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A wafer polishing apparatus, comprising:a polishing module that includes a bearing surface configured to deliver gas to a gap between the bearing surface and a first surface of a wafer, such that the polishing module applies air pressure to the first surface of the wafer while performing a polishing process on a second surface of the wafer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,607

SINGLE-WAFER PROCESSING METHOD OF POLISHING ONE SIDE OF SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER AND SINGLE-WAFER PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR POLISHING ONE SIDE OF SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER

SUMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A single-wafer processing method of polishing one side of a semiconductor wafer, comprising:(a) pressing the semiconductor wafer held by a polishing head against a polishing plate, such that the semiconductor wafer is polished; and
(b) a shifting process comprising:
(i) transferring the semiconductor wafer held by the polishing head from the polishing plate to a tray outside the polishing plate;
(ii) then detaching the semiconductor wafer from the polishing head;
(iii) placing the semiconductor wafer on the tray,
(iv) moving a relative position of the semiconductor wafer placed and the polishing head in a rotation direction of the polishing head; and
(v) then holding the semiconductor wafer placed with the polishing head,
wherein:
the (a) pressing is performed a plurality of N times, where N is an integer of 2 or more, and the (b) shifting process is performed (N?1) times between each of the (N?1) times of (a) pressings, and
wherein the rotation direction to move the relative position is by (360/N) degrees in each of the (b) shifting processes.

US Pat. No. 10,391,605

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING POROUS ADVANCED POLISHING PADS USING AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A polishing article, comprising:a first polishing element formed of a plurality of sequentially formed layers, wherein the plurality of sequentially formed layers comprise:
a first layer, comprising:
a first pattern of porosity-forming agent containing regions that are disposed on a surface on which the first layer is formed; and
a first structural material containing region, wherein the first structural material containing region is disposed on the surface and between adjacently positioned porosity-forming agent containing regions of the first pattern; and
a second layer disposed on a surface of the first layer, the second layer comprising:
a second pattern of porosity-forming agent containing regions that are disposed on the surface of the first layer; and
a second structural material containing region, wherein the second structural material containing region is disposed on the surface of the first layer and between adjacently positioned porosity-forming agent containing regions of the second pattern, and wherein the first and the second structural material containing regions each comprise a material that is formed from a first resin precursor component, a second resin precursor component, and a first curing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,604

METHOD OF PROCESSING THIN LAYER

SK HYNIX INC., Icheon (K...

1. A method of processing a thin layer, comprising:providing a substrate having a processing target layer into a polishing module of a thin layer processing apparatus;
performing chemical mechanical polishing on the processing target layer using a polishing pad accommodating a polishing slurry in the polishing module; and
cleaning the substrate by having the processing target layer being in contact with the polishing pad using a cleaning slurry including an abrasive in the polishing module,
wherein while the cleaning process is performed, the cleaning slurry is applied to the polishing pad through a slurry dispenser of the polishing module.

US Pat. No. 10,391,603

POLISHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus for polishing a surface to be polished of an polishing object by sliding the surface to be polished and a polishing member relative to each other, comprising:a pressing unit that presses a back surface of the surface to be polished of the polishing object such that the surface to be polished is pressed against the polishing member;
a retainer member that is arranged on an outer side of the pressing unit and presses the polishing member;
a storage unit that stores information concerning a condition for preventing the polishing object from slipping out, the condition being defined by use of information concerning a pressing force of the retainer member; and
a control unit that acquires information concerning a force of friction between the surface to be polished of the polishing object and the polishing member or information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member, and executes control for adapting to the condition for preventing the slipping-out by using the acquired information concerning the force of friction or the acquired information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,602

METHOD FOR MULTIPLE CUTOFF MACHINING OF RARE EARTH MAGNET

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for multiple cutoff machining a rare earth magnet block, using a multiple blade assembly comprising a plurality of cutoff abrasive blades coaxially mounted on a rotating shaft at axially spaced apart positions, each said blade comprising a core in the form of a thin disk or thin doughnut disk and a peripheral cutting part on an outer peripheral rim of the core, said method comprising the step of rotating the cutoff abrasive blades to cutoff machine the magnet block into pieces,said method further comprising the steps of:
cutoff machining the magnet block with using the multiple blade assembly by first machining operation started from the upper surface of the magnet block downward to form cutoff grooves in the magnet block,
interrupting the machining operation before the magnet block is cut into pieces,
turning the magnet block upside down,
placing the magnet block such that the cutoff grooves formed before and after the upside-down turning may be vertically aligned with each other, and
cutoff machining the magnet block with using the multiple blade assembly by second machining operation restarted from the upper surface of the upside-down magnet block downward to form cutoff grooves in the magnet block until the cutoff grooves formed before and after the upside-down turning merge with each other, thereby cutting the magnet block into pieces, wherein in both of the first and second machining operations, respectively one multiple blade assembly is used.

US Pat. No. 10,391,601

POSITION MEASURING DEVICE FOR USE ON A MACHINE TOOL

DECKEL MAHO Pfronten GmbH...

1. A position measuring device for use on a machine tool, comprising:a scale section having a scale that is scannable by way of a scanner device and serves to detect a position of a first component of the machine tool in relation to a second component of the machine tool that is movable in relation to the first component when the scale section is arranged on the first component and the scanner device is arranged on the second component, and
at least one holding element that extends in a direction of the scale of the scale section and as a constituent of an indirect attachment indirectly attaches the scale section to a fixed point section of the first component of the machine tool,
wherein a material of the at least one holding element has a thermal expansion coefficient that is less than a thermal expansion coefficient of a material of the first component of the machine tool, and
wherein the at least one holding element is attachable at one end in the direction of the scale to the scale section and at the other end in the direction of the scale to the fixed point section of the first component, so that the position of the scale section relative to the fixed point section of the first component remains substantially unchanged in case of a thermal expansion of the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,391,600

FLEXIBLE FIXTURING

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A method for orienting a workpiece on an assembly line to prepare the workpiece for an operation, said method comprising:positioning a flexible fixture on the assembly line, wherein the flexible fixture has a base and at least one adjustable component being moveable relative to the base;
positioning a workpiece on the flexible fixture;
detecting a first orientation of the workpiece relative to the flexible fixture with a detection device and transmitting the detected first orientation from the detection device to a calibrator;
determining a difference between the detected first orientation of the workpiece and a predetermined fixture orientation with the calibrator and transmitting instructions from the calibrator to the flexible fixture to move the workpiece from the detected first orientation to the predetermined fixture orientation with the at least one adjustable component of the flexible fixture based on the determined difference; and
moving the workpiece with the at least one adjustable component from the detected first orientation to the predetermined fixture orientation and fixedly holding the workpiece in the predetermined fixture orientation with the adjustable component;
wherein the detection device is an image capturing device, and wherein detecting the first orientation of the workpiece includes recording at least one image of the workpiece and the flexible fixture with the image capturing device;
wherein detecting the first orientation of the workpiece further includes identifying at least one first angle between the workpiece and the base of the flexible fixture when the workpiece is positioned in the first position, and wherein determining a difference between the detected first orientation of the workpiece and the predetermined fixture orientation includes determining a difference between the at least one identified first angle and at least one fixture angle defined between the workpiece and the base when the workpiece is positioned in the fixture orientation; and
further including calculating movements of the at least one adjustable component of the flexible fixture with the calibrator that will position the workpiece in the predetermined fixture orientation based on the determined differences between the orientation and location of the workpiece in the first orientation and the fixture orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,599

ELECTRIC POWER TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric power tool comprising:a motor;
a main switch configured to be manually operated by a user of the electric power tool for switching the motor between driving and stopping,
a mode change switch configured to be manually operated by the user; and
a control unit configured to drive the motor in one of a plurality of driving modes having different rotational speeds,
wherein the control unit is configured to switch the operation mode in accordance with operation of the mode change switch by the user even during motor driving,
wherein when a load on the motor is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, the control unit is configured to keep on driving the motor without performing the switching of the operation mode even if the mode change switch is operated during motor driving.

US Pat. No. 10,391,598

HAND-HELD POWER-TOOL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power-tool device, comprising:at least one coupling device having at least one contact receiving region, the at least one coupling device configured to couple an optional additional module to at least one energy supply unit, the at least one contact receiving region defining an opening that has (i) at least one receiving opening portion and (ii) at least one dirt removal opening portion,
wherein the at least one receiving opening portion is configured to receive a corresponding contact element of the optional additional module and wherein the at least one dirt removal opening portion is configured to permit dirt to pass directly out of the contact receiving region when the optional additional module is in a coupled state with the at least one energy supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,597

LASER WORKSTATION WITH ENDLESS LOOP CONVEYOR AND COORDINATED ACCESS DOORS

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A laser processing unit, comprising:a workpiece loading station;
a workpiece unloading station;
a laser workstation including a laser robot operable to perform a laser operation on a workpiece;
wherein the laser workstation is located between the workpiece loading station and the workpiece unloading station;
a flexible endless loop extending from the workpiece loading station through the laser workstation and configured to deliver the workpiece from the workpiece loading station to the laser workstation;
a first stationary wall section separating the laser workstation from the workpiece loading station at a proximal side of the laser workstation;
a second stationary wall section offset from the first stationary wall section at a distal side of the laser workstation opposite the proximal side;
a first movable door mounted on the first stationary wall section and movable between an open position and a closed position, and configured to form a laser light-tight seal with the first stationary wall section;
a second movable door mounted on the second stationary wall section and movable between an open position and a closed position, and configured to form a laser light-tight seal with the second stationary wall section; and
a seal projection attached to the flexible endless loop for concurrent movement with the workpiece, wherein the seal projection forms a laser light-tight seal with the first movable door when the workpiece is located in the workpiece loading station and the first movable door is in its closed position, and forms a laser light-tight seal with the second movable door when the workpiece is located in the laser workstation and the second movable door is in its closed position, and wherein the seal projection is configured as an upwardly-facing channel for receiving a lower edge of the first movable door within said channel and subsequently receiving a lower edge of the second movable door within said channel wherein the flexible endless loop comprises a driven belt having an upper belt portion and a lower belt portion and the belt revolves during operation of the laser processing unit,
the laser processing unit further comprising a plurality of further seal projections attached to the belt for concurrent movement with the workpiece, and
during a revolution of the belt, each of the seal projections is moved by the upper belt portion to form respective laser light-tight seals with the first movable door and subsequently with the second movable door, and is recirculated by the lower belt portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,596

TOOL CHANGING METHOD AND TOOL CHANGER

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A tool changing method for a machine tool configured to change a tool by a changing arm between a machining space and a tool storage space that are separated by a partition, the tool changing method comprising:an image capturing step of capturing an image of the tool inside the tool storage space with an image capturing device, which includes an imaging device and a light source;
a calculating step of calculating a length of the tool based on the image captured in the image capturing step;
a control parameter determining step of determining a control parameter for a mechanical operation occurring with a tool change, based on the length of the tool; and
a tool changing step of changing the tool between the machining space and the tool storage space by carrying out the mechanical operation occurring with the tool change based on the control parameter; wherein
the imaging device is oriented within the tool storage space such that during the image capturing step, a longitudinal axis of the imaging device intersects a partition shutter, which opens and closes with respect to the partition, and
the light source is oriented within the tool storage space such that light emanating from the light source is directed upon a reflective surface of the shutter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,595

FLOATING TYPE MACHINING PLATFORM AND FLOATING TYPE MACHINING SYSTEM

NOPORVIS CO., LTD., Kaoh...

1. A floating type machining platform, comprising:a base;
a holding platform configured to hold a workpiece;
a first elastic module connected between the base and the holding platform along a first axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the first axis relative to the base;
a second elastic module connected between the base and the holding platform along a second axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the second axis relative to the base; and
a third elastic module is connected between the base and the holding platform along a third axis for allowing the holding platform to move along and rotate around the third axis relative to the base;
wherein the first axis and the second axis are different horizontal axes, and the third axis is a vertical axis;
wherein the first elastic module comprises a first spring connected between the base and a first side of the holding platform, and a second spring connected between the base and a second side of the holding platform, the second side is opposite to the first side;
wherein the second elastic module comprises a third spring connected between the base and a third side of the holding platform, and a fourth spring connected between the base and a fourth side of the holding platform, the fourth side is opposite to the third side;
wherein the third elastic module comprises a fifth spring connected between the base and a fifth side of the holding platform, the fifth side is adjacent to the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side;
wherein the floating type machining platform further comprises a cover connected to the base and covering a sixth side of the holding platform, the sixth side is opposite to the fifth side, the third elastic module further comprises a sixth spring connected between the cover and the sixth side of the holding platform, the holding platform does not contact the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,391,594

NOZZLE STATION INSTALLATION DEVICE

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A nozzle station installation system comprising:multiple nozzle stations that hold multiple suction nozzles that are used in an electronic component mounter;
multiple reference bases; and
an intermediate base provided on each of the multiple reference bases to be attachable and detachable and on which the multiple nozzle stations are respectively capable of being placed,
wherein positioning sections configured to position the intermediate base are provided on each of the multiple reference bases at common positions,
wherein a positioning and fixing device that positions and fixes the multiple nozzle stations to be attachable and detachable is provided on each of the multiple intermediate bases,
wherein a 2D code is disposed on each of the multiple nozzle stations in a fixed positional relationship with the positioning sections,
wherein a seating detection sensor that detects seating of the nozzle station placed on the intermediate base is provided on each of the multiple reference bases in a common position, and the seating detection sensor includes multiple switches and is capable of recognizing the nozzle station that is placed on the intermediate base based on an operation state of the multiple switches, and
wherein the nozzle station installation system includes at least two types of intermediate bases on which different types of the nozzle stations are placed, and in the nozzle stations that are placed on the two types of intermediate bases, the 2D code is disposed at positions which are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,593

MASS PRODUCTION OF INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICAL DEVICES

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of selecting a medical device for implantation in a patient, the method comprising:maintaining an inventory of medical devices that includes a plurality of medical devices configured to replicate a portion of the anatomy of patients within an identified patient population in at least a first dimension, wherein the plurality of medical devices includes a first medical device, a second medical device, and a plurality of intermediate medical devices, the first medical device having a first value for the first dimension that is equal to an established minimum value for the first dimension, the second medical device having a second value for the first dimension that is equal to an established maximum value for the first dimension, each of the plurality of intermediate medical devices having a value for the first dimension that is greater than one of the first value of the first medical device and the value of another of the plurality of intermediate medical devices by no more than an acceptable tolerance within the identified patient population for the first dimension and that is less than one of the second value of the second medical device and the value of another of the plurality of intermediate medical devices by no more than the acceptable tolerance;
receiving a request from a surgeon for a medical device to be implanted in a target patient to replicate a portion of the anatomy of the target patient in at least a first target dimension that corresponds to the first dimension of the portion of the anatomy of the patients within the identified patient population, wherein the request includes a measurement of the first target dimension;
referencing the measurement of the first target dimension against a database that includes values for the first dimension for the plurality of medical devices; and
selecting from the plurality of medical devices a preferred medical device for implantation in the patient that has a value for the first dimension that most closely matches the measurement of the first target dimension from the request.

US Pat. No. 10,391,592

MANUFACTURING OF HOLEMAKING TOOLS

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A process for producing a tool having a main body which extends in a longitudinal direction, at least one blade for machining a workpiece, and at least one flute associated with the at least one blade, the process comprising:grinding a coated body having a base coating disposed therein in a manner that removes the base coating in a region of the coated body, wherein grinding the coated body comprises one of:
a) providing the coated body having at least one preformed blade and at least one preformed flute, each of the preformed blade and the preformed flute having the base coating disposed thereon, and then grinding the at least one preformed blade in a manner that removes the base coating in a region of the at least one preformed blade including a clearance face of the at least one preformed blade and a flute wall of the at least one preformed flute to form at least one ground blade and at least one ground flute; or
b) grinding the coated body in a manner which substantially concurrently 1) forms at least one ground blade having a clearance face and at least one ground flute having a flute wall; and 2) removes the base coating in the region of the at least one ground blade the clearance face of the at least one ground blade, and the flute wall of the at least one ground flute; and
providing a second coating to the at least one ground blade.

US Pat. No. 10,391,591

JIG FOR FIREARM LOWER RECEIVER MANUFACTURE

80 Percent Arms Inc., Ga...

1. A machining tool assembly for machining portions of a blank to form a firearm lower receiver, the blank having a top surface and a buffer tube, the machining tool assembly comprising:a pair of side plates, the blank disposed between the pair of side plates;
a top plate coupled with the pair of side plates, the top plate including an access aperture formed therein, the access aperture being aligned with the top surface of the blank; and
an adjustable alignment mechanism, the adjustable alignment mechanism being adjustably extendable from a lower surface of the top plate and adapted to contact and align the top surface of the blank with the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,589

FLUX APPLYING DEVICE

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A flux applying device for applying flux to a surface of solder, the flux applying device comprising:a flux tank where the flux is applied to the surface of the solder by dipping the solder into the flux;
a load applying member being provided at a upstream side of the flux tank, when a side into which the solder enters is set to be the upstream side and a side out of which the solder is discharged is set to be a downstream side;
a constant speed conveyor system that conveys the solder at a predetermined speed, the constant speed conveyor system being provided at a downstream side of the flux tank, the solder to which the flux is applied by the flux tank being pulled up vertically in relation to a liquid surface of the flux, wherein the constant speed conveyor system includes a winder, and further an interlayer paper sheet supplying roller that supplies an interlayer paper sheet when winding the solder by the winder;
a dryer that dries the solder to which the flux is applied, the dryer being provided at the downstream side of the flux tank;
a cooler that cools the dried solder;
a conveying speed measurement sensor that measures a conveying speed of the solder; and
a control system that controls the conveying speed of the solder,
wherein the load applying member acts together with the constant speed conveyor system to apply tension to the solder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,588

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SCRIBING BRITTLE MATERIAL FOLLOWED BY CHEMICAL ETCHING

ROFIN-SINAR TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A method of laser processing a transparent material, comprising the steps of:a laser source configured to provide a laser beam comprising bursts of laser pulses;
one or more focusing elements configured to externally focus said laser beam relative to the transparent material to form a beam waist at a location external to said transparent material while avoiding the formation of an external plasma channel;
the laser beam and said one or more focusing elements are configured to produce sufficient energy density within said transparent material to form a continuous laser filament therein;
means for varying a relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material;
a control and processing unit operatively coupled to said means for varying said relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material;
said control and processing unit is configured to control said relative position between said laser beam and said transparent material for the formation of an array of continuous laser filaments within said transparent material;
said array of continuous laser filaments extending continuously from a first surface of said transparent material to a second surface of said transparent material; and,
selectively wet or dry etching said array of continuous laser filaments for releasing the closed form.

US Pat. No. 10,391,587

LASER THERMAL COMBINATION REMANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DAMAGED METAL PART

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, (CN)...

1. A method for repairing groove damage in a surface of a metal component, said method comprising the steps of:dividing the groove into multiple depths;
using laser shock peening (LSP) with laser cladding (wC) LSPwC to treat a bottom surface layer of the groove, remove surface impurities, and refine surface grains in the bottom surface layer;
using laser cladding to form a cladding coating with a given thickness in the groove;
treating each layer by LSPwC first and then laser cladding, until the groove is completely filled by a cladding coating which extends over a top surface of metallic component;
mechanically processing to remove the cladding coating higher than the top surface of metallic component;
grinding and polishing the top surface of the cladding coating; and
overlapping LSP the top surface of the cladding coating,
wherein after the cladding coating is solidified, LSPwC is used to treat a top surface of the cladding coating,
a preset cladding powder is applied to the top surface of cladding coating, and a fiber laser used to complete a second laser cladding coating, and
the depth is completely filled by the cladding coating to higher than the top surface of metallic component,
wherein the top surface of the cladding coating is ground and polished by sandpaper to insure a surface roughness of the cladding coating is less than 0.4 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,391,586

METHOD FOR LASER-MARKING OF ANODIZED ALUMINUM

Coherent, Inc., , CA (US)...

1. A method of marking a workpiece of aluminum covered by an anodically formed, corrosion resistant aluminum oxide layer, comprising:irradiating the aluminum, through the oxide-layer, with repeated bursts of two or more optical pulses while scanning the bursts of pulses over the workpiece surface, each location on the workpiece that is irradiated receiving at least one burst of consecutive optical pulses, the temporal separation of consecutive pulses in the bursts thereof being less than about 25 nanoseconds, the repetition frequency of the bursts being at least about 400 kilohertz, and the fluence level of an individual pulse in a burst on the workpiece surface is less than about 0.1 Joules per square centimeter in order to mark the workpiece without compromising the corrosion resistance of the aluminum oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,585

ACOUSTO-OPTIC DEFLECTOR APPLICATIONS IN LASER PROCESSING OF DIELECTRIC OR OTHER MATERIALS

ELECTRO SCIENTIFIC INDUST...

1. A system comprising:an acousto-optic deflector (AOD) subsystem including:
a first AOD arranged to receive a laser beam input to the AOD subsystem, wherein the first AOD is operative to generate an acoustic waveform therein sufficient to diffract the input laser beam in a first direction and thereby output a first diffracted laser beam when driven by a first radio frequency (RF) signal;
a second AOD arranged to receive the first diffracted beam, wherein the second AOD is operative to generate an acoustic waveform therein sufficient to diffract the first diffracted laser beam in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction when driven by a second RF signal and thereby output a second diffracted laser beam from the AOD subsystem;
a computer coupled to the first AOD and the second AOD and operative to execute machine-readable instructions to control an operation of the first AOD and the second AOD; and
a non-transitory machine-readable medium coupled to the computer, the machine-readable medium having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the computer, cause at least one selected from the group consisting of the first AOD and the second AOD to generate therein a chirped acoustic waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,391,584

ULTRASONIC BONDING JIG, ULTRASONIC BONDING METHOD, AND BONDING STRUCTURE

NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD., To...

1. An ultrasonic bonding jig comprising:a plurality of protrusions; and
a planar portion arranged among the plurality of protrusions at base ends of the plurality of protrusions, wherein
the planar portion has a flat surface that covers a continuous area between the base ends of the protrusions,
the plurality of protrusions have side surfaces that are tapered, at least one of the side surfaces being aligned in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which another of the side surfaces is aligned,
an inclination of a tangent of the side surface directly adjacent to a distal end of each of the plurality of protrusions, with respect to the planar portion, is larger than an inclination of a tangent of the side surface directly adjacent to the base end of each of the plurality of protrusions, with respect to the planar portion, the inclination varying in uncurved stages between the distal end and the planar portion of each of the plurality of protrusions, and
the side surfaces directly adjacent to the distal end of each of the plurality of protrusions are aligned perpendicular with respect to the planar portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,583

INDUCTION WELDING PROCESS FOR VARIABLE DIAMETER PIPES AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID PROCESS

GH Electrotermia, S.A., ...

1. A device for induction welding of variable diameter pipes, comprising:at least two inductors placed in symmetry in relation to an axial axis of the pipe to be welded,
an oscillator connected to each inductor, and
a mechanical system connected to each inductor,
wherein:
the inductors are configured in such a way that they comprise an area with a smaller diameter, an area with a bigger diameter, and an intermediate area, and
the mechanical system force each inductor to make contact with the pipe by a corresponding degree in relation to the diameter of the pipe in each position,
so that the position of the inductors in relation to the pipe changes radially as the diameter of the section of the pipe to be welded also changes.

US Pat. No. 10,391,582

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF WELDING A WORKPIECE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:while electrodes are continually engaged with a workpiece, sequentially performing operations of
concurrently applying to the workpiece, via the electrodes, a force and current to break through surface contaminants and check resistance without welding,
responsive to the resistance falling within a predetermined range, decreasing the force and increasing the current according to a weld profile selected according to the resistance to weld the workpiece to form a welded workpiece, and
increasing the force and decreasing the current to forge/heat treat the welded workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,391,581

JOINING APPARATUS FOR PANEL SHEETS AND JOINING METHOD FOR PANEL SHEETS USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A joining apparatus for panel sheets which joins different types of panel sheets, comprising:an element punching device configured to store and supply elements according to a specification of a panel sheet and insert the element into a first panel sheet among different types of panel sheets; and
a welding device configured to resistively weld a part of the first panel sheet into which the element is inserted by the element punching device,
wherein the element punching device includes:
an element supply unit configured to store and supply the element; and
a punching unit configured to insert the element supplied from the element supply unit toward a second panel sheet, and
wherein the element supply unit includes:
a housing fixed between a pair of fixing brackets;
an accommodating box for individual specifications disposed at an upper part of the housing to distinguish and store the elements by individual specifications; and
a supply block in which a supply aperture which arranges the elements supplied from the accommodating box by individual specifications in the panel sheet is formed below the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,580

INTEGRATED CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A cable management system for a manufacturing apparatus comprising:a housing having a front panel and a rear panel;
a first recessed pocket integrated into a front bezel of the front panel;
a second recessed pocket integrated into a rear bezel of the rear panel;
a first cable management hook movably mounted to the first recessed pocket and having a shape complementary to the first recessed pocket so as to be configured to move between an open position external to a shape of the front bezel and a closed position that is integrated with the shape of the front bezel; and
a second cable management hook movably mounted to the second recessed pocket and having a shape complementary to the second recessed pocket so as to be configured to move between an open position external to a shape of the rear bezel and a closed position that is integrated with the shape of the rear bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,391,579

VENTILATED VIBRATING ELECTRODE HOLDER

HUYS INDUSTRIES LIMITED, ...

1. An electrode holder for a consumable welding material electrode, said electrode holder comprising:a handle by which an operator grasps said electrode holder;
said handle being made of an electrical insulator;
an electrode seat for a consumable welding material electrode rod, said electrode seat being mounted to said handle;
said electrode holder has a housing, said housing having a shape defining said handle;
an electrically conductive member mounted to said handle, said electrically conductive member having a first end at which to receive power from an electrical power source, and a second end in electrically conductive connection with said electrode seat, in use, said electrically conductive member being operable to carry electrical current from said power source to melt the electrode rod;
a vibration source mounted to said handle, said vibration source being operable to vibrate said electrode seat relative to said handle;
said vibration source being mounted within said housing, said vibration source includes an exciter; and said exciter includes a rotating eccentric;
said electrically conductive member is a beam;
said rotating eccentric is mounted to a shaft beside said beam; and
said beam conducts both electricity and vibration to said electrode seat.

US Pat. No. 10,391,578

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:cyclically alternating a forward feeding period and a reverse feeding period as to a feeding rate of a welding wire, to generate short-circuiting periods and arc periods;
performing shifting to the arc period by reducing a welding current, in response to a detection of a constriction of a droplet formed on the welding wire during the short-circuiting period,
changing sensitivity of the detection of constriction according to a waveform parameter of the feeding rate,
wherein the constriction of the droplet is detected when one of a voltage increasing value and a voltage differential value of a welding voltage reaches a voltage threshold,
the sensitivity is defined by the voltage threshold and is changed by changing the voltage threshold,
wherein the waveform parameter of feeding rate is at least one or more of an amplitude, a cycle and a forward/reverse ratio, which is a ratio between the forward feeding period and the reverse feeding period of a waveform of the feeding rate,
wherein the feeding rate of the welding wire is controlled by controlling a feeding motor based on a control signal generated by adjusting a predetermined average feeding-rate setting signal with an amplitude fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the amplitude of the feeding rate, a cycle fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the cycle of the feeding rate, and a forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the ratio between the forward feeding period and the reverse feeding period of the feeding rate,
wherein the sensitivity is determined so that:
the sensitivity decreases as the amplitude fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the amplitude fine-adjustment value decreases;
the sensitivity decreases as the cycle fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the cycle fine-adjustment value decreases; and
the sensitivity decreases as the forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value decreases.