US Pat. No. 10,456,927

HANDLING ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM

Guosong Ge, Jinhua, Zhej...

1. A handling robot control system comprises a base;an air balance cavity set in the base;
an air pump fixedly arranged at the middle of the air balance cavity;
air valves symmetrically disposed in two sides of the end walls of the air balance cavity;
pistons symmetrically disposed in two sides of the air balance cavity,
wherein piston rods are fixedly set at the middle of lower end faces of the pistons,
wherein lower end faces of the piston rods penetrate through the base and extend into the outer space and are fixedly connected with a support block, and one end face, which is close to the air pump, of the support block is rotationally connected with a rotating shaft,
wherein a scroll wheel is fixedly set on the rotating shaft;
a fixed block fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the base,
wherein a first transmission cavity is set in the fixed block,
wherein a driving motor is fixedly disposed in the first transmission cavity;
wherein a first bevel gear is fixedly arranged on a lower end face of an output shaft in the driving motor,
wherein a second bevel gear is engaged with and set on the one end face of the first bevel gear;
wherein a rotating rod penetrates through and is set on the second bevel gear;
connection cavities with the opening towards outside are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first transmission cavity,
wherein the two end faces of the rotating rod respectively penetrate through the first transmission cavity and stretch into the connection cavities and are fixedly connected with couplings respectively;
wherein one end, away from the first transmission cavity, of the coupling, is fixedly connected with a connecting shaft;
spring grooves symmetrically set in two sides of the base on an upper side of the fixed block,
wherein a slider is set in the spring groove;
a compression spring fixedly arranged on an upper end face of the slider,
wherein the other end of the compression spring is fixedly connected to an upper end face of the spring groove;
wherein a connection rod is fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the slider,
wherein a connection block is fixedly connected to a lower end face of the connection rod;
wherein a communicated cavity with an opening facing downwards is set in the connection block,
wherein communicated first slots are symmetrically disposed in the connection block;
wherein one end, away from the coupling, of the connecting shaft, penetrates through the first slot and the cavity and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
a first gear fixedly set on the connecting shaft,
wherein a second gear is engaged with and is set on a lower end face of the first gear;
a second slot which communicates with two sides arranged on a lower side of the first slot,
wherein one end, close to the fixed block, of the rotating shaft, penetrates through the second slot and the second gear and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
first grooves with upward openings symmetrically disposed in the two sides of an upper end face of the base,
wherein a first fixed rod is fixedly set between two end walls of the first grooves;
a first rotating handle rotationally connected to the first fixed rod;
a first sliding groove arranged between the first grooves;
a first slide rail fixedly set on a lower end wall of the first sliding groove,
wherein first sliders in slide fit are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first slide rail,
wherein a second rotating handle is rotationally connected to the first slider;
a guide chute communicated with the one side of the first sliding groove;
a sliding groove communicated with the one side of the guide chute;
a first slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the one side;
a second slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the other side,
wherein a mesh gear driven by a motor is engaged between the one end face of the second slide rack and the other end face of the second slide rack;
the driving motor is operated to drive the first bevel gear to rotate, and the second bevel gear drives the rotating rod to rotate, and through the transmission of the coupling and the connecting shaft, the first gear is rotated, so that the second gear drives the scroll wheel to rotate, thereby driving the device to move to the position where the cargoes need to be carried.

US Pat. No. 10,456,926

ROBOTICALLY ASSISTED POWER LINE AERIAL DIVERTER MOUNTING TOOL

1. A robotically assisted power line aerial diverter mounting tool comprising:a mounting plate;
a robot-attachment assembly;
an intermediary connection mechanism;
a mounting receptacle;
an extension member;
a diverter-manipulation assembly;
the robot-attachment assembly being mounted onto the mounting plate;
the intermediary connection mechanism being mounted onto the mounting plate, opposite to the robot-attachment assembly;
the mounting receptacle traversing into the intermediary connection mechanism, normal to the mounting plate;
a first end of the extension member engaging into the mounting receptacle;
the diverter-manipulation assembly being mounted onto a second end of the extension member, opposite to the mounting receptacle; and
the diverter-manipulation assembly being a hook.

US Pat. No. 10,456,925

GRIPPER FINGER AND GRIPPER

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A finger for a gripper, comprising:an optical fiber,
a longitudinal body, means for attaching the body to an actuator and two longitudinal claws at the end opposite to the means for attachment, the claws being spaced apart so that there is an elongated gap between the claws, and
a groove on the surface of the finger for accommodating the optical fiber, wherein the optical fiber extends partially into the elongated gap.

US Pat. No. 10,456,924

COORDINATED, COMPLEMENTARY WATER ENVIRONMENT MOBILE ROBOTS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A two-part, selectively dockable robotic system providing counterbalanced stabilization during performance of an operation on an underwater target structure, comprising:a first underwater robotic vehicle sized and shaped to at least partially surround the underwater target structure;
a second underwater robotic vehicle sized and shaped to at least partially surround the underwater target structure and be at least partially orientated in a position opposite the first underwater robotic vehicle;
complementary docking mechanisms supported by the first and second underwater robotic vehicles and arranged so the first and second underwater robotic vehicles can selectively couple to each other with the underwater target structure disposed at least partially between the first and second underwater robotic vehicles;
a tool that exerts a first force against the underwater target structure in a first direction, the tool being supported by one of the first and second underwater robotic vehicles; and
a stabilization module that exerts a second force against the underwater target structure in a second direction to at least partially counteract the first force, the stabilization module being supported by the other of the first and second underwater robotic vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,456,923

SENSOR AND ROBOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sensor comprising:first and second support portions configured to be relatively displaceable with respect to each other;
a first displacement measuring unit configured to measure displacement between the first support portion and the second support portion and is an incremental type; and
a second displacement measuring unit configured to measure displacement between the first support portion and the second support portion and is not the incremental type,
wherein the second displacement measuring unit comprises:
a magnetic-flux generating source supported by one of the first support portion and the second support portion; and
a magnetoelectric transducer supported by another of the first support portion and the second support portion,
wherein the first displacement measuring unit comprises:
a scale supported by one of the first support portion and the second support portion; and
a head supported by another of the first support portion and the second support portion, and
wherein the scale, the head, the magnetoelectric transducer, and the magnetic-flux generating source are disposed such that the scale and the head oppose each other and are interposed between the magnetoelectric transducer and the magnetic-flux generating source.

US Pat. No. 10,456,922

INTERACTIVE MOBILE PLATFORM CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A robot intelligent platform, comprising a processor configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:establish a first wireless link with a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal is configured with a lightweight software, the lightweight software being provided within a client app installed on the mobile terminal, and the mobile terminal is configured to receive a user instruction via the lightweight software, the lightweight software being configured to convert the user instruction into a control command;
establish a second wireless link with a household robot configured to automatically clean a room of a household;
receive, via the first wireless link, the control command from the mobile terminal;
transcode the control command to output an executable command for execution by the household robot to automatically clean the room; and
transmit, via the second wireless link, the executable command to the household robot;
wherein the processor is further configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:
communicate, over a third wireless link, with a cloud platform;
receive, from the cloud platform, over the third wireless link, user behavior habit information; and
generate the executable command according to the user behavior habit information; and, wherein
the user habit behavior information is generated by the cloud platform via the user instruction transmitted from the mobile terminal to the cloud platform, wherein the generation of the user habit behavior information by the cloud platform comprises: deep learning the user instruction to obtain the user behavior habit information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,921

INDUSTRIAL-ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An industrial-robot control device comprising:a microphone attached to an industrial robot; and
a processor comprising a controller and a specific sound detector, the processor configured to:
detect, by the specific sound detector, a specific sound from a sound picked up by the microphone; and
activate the industrial robot from a stopped state to an operation state when the specific sound is detected by the specific-sound detector and changing the industrial robot from the operation state to a stopped state when the specific sound is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,920

PROXIMITY ROBOT BLADE DETECTION AND AUTO RETRACTION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A system to process semiconductor wafers, the system comprising:an end effector adapted to handle a semiconductor wafer, the end effector being capable of moving in a first direction;
a proximity sensor attached to the end effector, the proximity sensor outputting a first sensor signal if a distance between the end effector and an object separated from the end effector in the first direction is less than or equal to a first predetermined distance; and
a controller to move the end effector in the first direction, the controller being responsive to the first sensor signal to slow a movement of the end effector in the first direction,
wherein the proximity sensor further outputs a second sensor signal if the distance between the end effector and the object in the first direction is less than or equal to a second predetermined distance, the second predetermined distance being less than the first predetermined distance, and
wherein the controller is responsive to the second sensor signal to stop movement of the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,919

MANIPULATOR ARRANGEMENT AND MOVEMENT DEVICE

AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH, ...

1. A movement device being a centrifuge, a medical centrifuge or a training centrifuge, the movement device comprising:a carrier element;
at least one fixing device for accommodating, laying on and/or fixing a human or animal body, said at least one fixing device disposed on said carrier element being disposed rotatably around a main axis;
a manipulator configuration being suitable for contact and/or invasive examination or treatment of the human or animal body under an influence of permanently increased and/or changing acceleration, wherein said manipulator configuration having a functional head, wherein the increased and/or the changing acceleration being defined as a state of acceleration in which said manipulator configuration experiences increased or changing acceleration forces, and as a result of movement and as a result of a change in the movement, the acceleration forces act on said manipulator configuration and on said functional head, and the acceleration forces diverging from acceleration forces of surroundings; and
said manipulator configuration further containing a base and drive devices and at least one of said drive devices is a force-limited drive device having a pressure valve, wherein said functional head being movable relative to said base along a plurality of degrees of freedom movable by said drive devices, wherein a position and/or a contact force of said functional head touching the body is variable with respect to the body under an influence of the increased and/or changing acceleration, wherein a contact force is systemically limited, whereby inadvertent injuries to the body due to said functional head and/or said manipulator configuration are prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,456,918

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a model acquiring unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional shape model of a target object;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the three-dimensional shape model;
a setting unit configured to set a first orientation of the three-dimensional shape model of the target object and a second orientation of the three-dimensional shape model of the target object that is different from the first orientation on the basis of the three-dimensional shape model displayed in the display unit;
a storage unit configured to store a transformation parameter that transforms the first orientation into the second orientation; and
a unit configured to calculate a first position and orientation of the target object by associating the three-dimensional shape model with an imaged target object,
to transform the associated three-dimensional shape model using the transformation parameter, and
to calculate a second position and orientation of the target object by associating the transformed three-dimensional shape model with the imaged target object,
to determine the position and orientation of the target object based on the first position and orientation and second position and orientation of the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,456,917

ROBOT SYSTEM INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF ROBOTS, ROBOT CONTROLLER AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

FANUC CORPORARATION, Yam...

1. A robot system including a leading robot and a following robot, the robot system being configured to teach coordinated control in which the leading robot gripping a first workpiece and the following robot gripping a second workpiece are independently moved to a predetermined position, and then, the following robot is operated while following a motion of the leading robot and while maintaining a relative position/orientation between the first and second workpieces, the robot system comprising:a first detecting section configured to detect a first gripping misalignment of a taught position/orientation of the leading robot relative to a predetermined first position/orientation;
a first correcting section configured to correct the position/orientation of the leading robot based on the first gripping misalignment;
a second detecting section configured to detect a second gripping misalignment of a taught position/orientation of the following robot relative to a predetermined second position/orientation; and
a second correcting section configured to correct the position/orientation of the following robot based on at least the second gripping misalignment,
wherein, when the coordinated control is carried out, a teaching point of the following robot is calculated based on both the position/orientation of the leading robot corrected by the first correcting section and the position/orientation of the following robot corrected by the second correcting section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,916

DETERMINATION OF ROBOTIC STEP PATH

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a computing device, a reference step path comprising a reference capture point trajectory, the reference capture point trajectory comprising:
a set of spatial points on a surface that define respective target touchdown locations feasible for feet of a robot in view of physical capabilities and a current state of the robot while maintaining a stable center of pressure (CoP) of the robot; and
timing information regarding when to place the feet of the robot at the respective target touchdown locations, and how long each foot is to stay at the respective target touchdown location;
generating, by the computing device, a plurality of potential step paths and a respective potential capture point trajectory for each of the plurality of potential step paths, each respective potential capture point trajectory comprising a corresponding set of spatial points on the surface that define respective target touchdown locations for the feet of the robot;
for each given potential step path of the plurality of potential step paths, determining, by the computing device, an error value based on:
a difference between the reference capture point trajectory of the reference step path and the respective potential capture point trajectory of the given potential step path; and
a step path weight value corresponding to a particular stepping behavior of the robot;
selecting, by the computing device, a particular potential step path of the plurality of potential step paths wherein the error value of the particular potential step path satisfies a threshold error value, the threshold error value indicating a satisfactory level of deviation between the reference capture point trajectory and the particular potential step path; and
instructing, by the computing device, movement of one of the feet of the robot toward a touchdown location of the particular potential step path.

US Pat. No. 10,456,915

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED SCANNING MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for operating a robotic system, the method comprising:receiving imaging data representing a pickup area including a target object;
determining an initial pose of the target object based on the imaging data;
calculating a confidence measure associated with the initial pose, wherein the confidence measure is indicative of a likelihood of the initial pose being accurate;
deriving, based on the confidence measure, an approach location and at least one scanning location, the approach location defining a location for the end-effector to contact and grip the target object, the scanning location defining a location for the end-effector to present one or more surfaces of the target object before one or more corresponding object scanners so as to scan the one or more object identifiers;
deriving, based on the derived approached location and the scanning location, a motion plan,
wherein the motion plan includes commands, settings, or a combination thereof, for operating a robotic arm and an end-effector to execute a task based on (1) picking up the target object from a start location, (2) transferring the target object to a task location, and (3) presenting one or more object identifiers to one or more object scanners located between the start location and the task location,
wherein deriving the motion plan includes:
comparing the confidence measure to a sufficiency threshold,
selectively calculating the approach location and the scanning location according to a performance metric and/or a scanning metric, based on an outcome of the comparison, wherein the scanning metric corresponds to a likelihood of at least one of the object identifiers remaining uncovered by the end-effector regardless of whether or not the initial pose is accurate; and
implementing the motion plan for operating one or more actuation devices to execute the task;
wherein:
deriving the approach location and the scanning location includes prioritizing the scanning metric before the performance metric when the confidence measure fails to satisfy the sufficiency threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,456,914

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A WORK OFFSET

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving an indication to determine a work offset for a robot operating in a work environment, wherein the work offset describes a location and an angular orientation of a working plane of the work environment relative to a base plane of the robot;
in response to the indication, identifying the working plane within the work environment;
controlling an arm of the robot to cause the arm of the robot to reach a threshold distance from three points of the working plane based on sensor data from a proximity sensor on the arm of the robot;
determining three respective positions of the robot when the arm of the robot is within the threshold distance of the three points of the working plane;
based on the three respective positions of the robot, determining respective point locations of the three points of the working plane relative to the base plane; and
determining the location and angular orientation of the working plane relative to the base plane based on the determined respective point locations of the three points of the working plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,913

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A ROBOT MOVEMENT OF A ROBOT ON THE BASIS OF A SECOND TRAJECTORY

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for controlling a robot movement of a robot on a basis of a second trajectory, the method comprising:a) calculating a viscosity volume model for modeling a first working environment of the robot, wherein the viscosity volume model comprises first spatial regions with first different viscosities, the first spatial regions are determined on a basis of first characteristics of the robot and of the first working environment;
b) defining a first trajectory for the robot;
c) exciting a simulated liquid in the viscosity volume model to move along the first trajectory, wherein the excited liquid has a flow;
d) detecting a liquid element in the excited simulated liquid at a start of the first trajectory;
e) detecting a covered path of the liquid element in the excited simulated liquid in the viscosity volume model, wherein a flow direction of the excited simulated liquid through the first spatial regions is determined;
f) storing the covered path as the second trajectory; and
g) controlling the robot movement on the basis of the second trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,456,912

DYNAMIC MULTI-OBJECTIVE TASK ALLOCATION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A dynamic multi-objective task allocation system within a robotic network to assign one or more tasks in real-time as the tasks are detected, the dynamic multi-objective task allocation system comprising:a sensing device including circuitry configured to
detect a trigger event, the trigger event being associated with a task to be performed, and
transmit a broadcast signal to a designated robotic network, the robotic network including one or more robots, the broadcast signal including information associated with the task to be performed, the information including the trigger event, the type of task to be performed, and a location where the task is to be performed;
a distribution robot within the robotic network, the distribution robot including circuitry configured to
receive the broadcast signal from the sensing device,
perform a self-assessment associated with performing the task and assign itself a self-assessment score,
transmit, to one or more receiving robots within the robotic network, a request for submission of an assessment score of each one of the one or more robots, the assessment score being a self-generated score generated at each receiving robot and reflecting a score of each receiving robot's ability to perform the task, the assessment score based on a quality metric, a distance metric, and a workload metric,
receive one or more submissions from the one or more receiving robots, the one or more submissions including the assessment score,
compare the received one or more assessment scores with the self-assessment score, and
select a robot to perform the task based on the lowest received assessment score from among the self-score and the one or more assessment scores.

US Pat. No. 10,456,910

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS COMPRISING PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND METHODS OF TEACHING THEREWITH

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An educational system comprising:at least one robotic device having at least five degrees of freedom and motors for moving the robotic device in at least five axes; and
programmable controllers configured to interact with the robotic device, each of the programmable controllers comprising:
a microcontroller;
a memory device;
an interface for remotely accessing the programmable controller; and
means for interfacing with an external microcontroller of another of the programmable controllers;
wherein a first of the programmable controllers is a programmable robotic controller comprising means for controlling movement of the robotic device in the five axes, the programmable robotic controller comprising means for monitoring and controlling axis positions of the robotic device using feedback obtained from the robotic device, the means for monitoring and controlling the axis positions of the robotic device comprising at least one diode functionally connected to current sensing lines of the motors of the robotic device, means for monitoring commutator switching of the motors while the motors are in operation; and means for determining distance of movement of the robotic device based on the commutator switching.

US Pat. No. 10,456,909

MULTI-JOINT INDUSTRIAL ROBOT-BISPIR

Foshan Huashu Robotics Co...

1. A Multi-joint Industrial Robot, comprisingan upper arm (2) having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a first motor (5) arranged at the second end of the upper arm (2) and having a first output shaft (51);
a lower arm (3) having a third end rotationally connected to the second end of the upper arm (2) through the first output shaft (51) and a fourth end opposite the third end; and
a wrist (8), rotationally connected to the fourth end of the lower arm (3) through a transverse spindle (121), wherein the upper arm (2) and the wrist (8) are arranged on opposite sides of the lower arm (3) along an axial direction of the first output shaft (51); and
a first arm wire jacket (62) having a fifth end arranged at a first side of the upper arm (2) where the lower arm (3) rotates, and a sixth end connected to a second side of the upper arm (2) opposite the first side so that the first arm wire jacket (62) strides over the lower arm (3) and the upper arm (2) or is connected to a hole (9) arranged at the first side of the upper arm (2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,908

MULTI-AXIAL INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

Comau S.p.A., Grugliasco...

1. A multi-axial industrial SCARA robot comprising:a base structure;
a first arm pivotally connected to the base structure about a first axis of rotation;
a second arm pivotally connected to said first arm about a second axis of rotation parallel to said first axis; and
a head carried by a shaft distal end which is mounted on said second arm;
a drive connected to the shaft, the drive selectively operable to move the shaft and head in at least one of a first movement of translation along a third axis or in a second movement of rotation about said third axis, said third axis being parallel to said first and second axes;
wherein said first arm is constituted by at least one first element and one second element, which can be removably fixed together; and
wherein said first element is pre-arranged for being mounted on said base structure and said second element is pre-arranged for receiving said second arm,
said robot being characterized in that:
said base structure further comprises:
a main body having a first wall and a second wall positioned transverse to said first wall, the main body defining an internal cavity operable to house a motor for actuating said first arm and a plurality of connectors operable to connect equipment of said robot to external supply sources, the first wall and the second wall defining a first opening and a second opening, respectively, in communication with the internal cavity, the main body first or second wall operable to selectively and alternatively be mounted to an external supporting structure;
a plate having one or more plate connectors operable to be connected to said main body connectors, said plate configured for selective and alternate orientation to one or the other of the first or the second wall that is not connected to the external support structure to close said internal cavity with respect to the outside environment while allowing access for connection of the external supply sources to the one or more plate connectors; and
at least one of said first and second elements is pre-arranged for being mounted in two different orientations with respect to said base structure and/or to said second arm, where one orientation is upside down with respect to the other operable to maintain the second arm in a normal condition wherein the head is oriented to face in a downward direction regardless of whether the first or the second elements are in the upside down orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,907

ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot arm comprising mounting interface portions at both ends of a long resin arm body,wherein each of the mounting interface portions is provided with: a connecting section that is formed of resin and that is connected to the arm body; and a metal member that is formed of a flat plate-like member or a washer-like member and that is embedded in the resin that forms the connecting section, and that forms a mounting surface; and
the metal member is provided with at least one through-hole that penetrates therethrough in a thickness direction of the flat plate-like member or the washer-like member and through which a mounting screw passes and is embedded in the resin while exposing the mounting surface and a seating surface, for the mounting screw, around the at least one through-hole, the seating surface being located at an opposite side from the mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,906

MECHANICAL TOWER CLIMBER FOR OPERATIONS ON CELL TOWERS

ETAK Systems, LLC, Hunte...

1. A mechanical tower climber system for performing operations on a cell tower, the mechanical tower climber system comprising:a body;
a plurality of robotic arms connected to the body and being rotatable or moveable with respect to the body, each of the robotic arms comprising one or more robotic hands, each of the robotic hands comprising a plurality of robotic digits that mimic human fingers;
a wireless interface configured to receive commands from a remote operator; and
a processing device configured to control actions of the body, robotic arms, robotic hands, and robotic digits based on the commands to enable the body, robotic arms, robotic hands, and robotic digits to climb the cell tower install and/or manipulate cell site components associated with the cell tower.

US Pat. No. 10,456,905

MODULAR ROBOTICS SYSTEM BASED ON IOT

CUBROID, INC., Bucheon-s...

1. An Internet of Things based modular robotics system, the system comprising: a master block for receiving input of a program edited by a user and a predetermined program, and for executing the program edited by the user and the predetermined program, and which is provided with a function button for changing from a program mode that is a mode for executing the program edited by the user to an automatic mode that is a mode for executing the predetermined program; a slave block that is electrically connected to the master block to receive information from the master block to execute operation of the slave block, or to transmit information to the master block; and a connecting block that mutually connects the master block and the slave block, or mutually connects a plurality of slave blocks,wherein the slave block has, on an exterior surface of the slave block, an execution button for executing communication connection of the master block and the slave block, and the execution button executes operation of the slave block when pressed by external force in a case where the master block is being executed in the automatic mode.

US Pat. No. 10,456,904

RETRIEVABLE DROPPED REACHER DEVICE

1. A reacher device that allows a user to retrieve it from a dropped surface upon which it has fallen comprising:an elongated shaft having a longitudinal axis and a proximal end and a distal end;
said elongated shaft including a jaw assembly located at its distal end and a handle assembly located at its proximal end;
said jaw assembly including a pair of jaws that are spaced apart in a resting mode and spaced adjacent each other in a fully actuated mode;
said handle assembly including a trigger communicating with said jaw assembly and configured to move said jaws from said resting mode toward said fully actuated mode upon movement of said trigger toward a user, said handle assembly including a pistol grip extending downwardly from said longitudinal axis of said elongated shaft and said trigger is spaced in front of said pistol grip; and
retrieval pivot means attached to said handle assembly, said retrieval pivot means including at least one fulcrum surface configured to contact a dropped surface from which said reacher device is to be retrieved, said at least one fulcrum surface contacting said dropped surface on both sides of said handle assembly to thereby stabilize said handle assembly against side-to-side movement and configured to pivot said distal end of said reacher device upwardly to a position where it can be grasped by a user upon depression of said handle assembly toward said dropped surface, said retrieval pivot means including an inverted, generally U-shaped assembly including an elongated base member having first and second ends, said base member being attached to the top of said handle assembly in a configuration to provide contact between its outer surface and a dropped surface, said first and second ends of said base member extending beyond said handle assembly, and first and second side members extending downwardly from said first and second ends of said base member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,903

MULTI-POINT CUSTOM POSITION GRIP MODIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A grip enhancement system for a tool grip having a circumference, the grip enhancement system comprising a plurality of meniscus-shaped inserts of at least two different sizes, a first of the plurality of meniscus-shaped inserts positioned on the circumference of the tool grip and a second of the plurality of meniscus shaped inserts positioned on the first meniscus-shaped insert, the first meniscus-shaped insert defining an axis at its thickest point and the second meniscus shaped insert creating a second, different, axis at a thickest point of the first and second meniscus-shaped inserts combined.

US Pat. No. 10,456,902

HANDLE GRIP AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

M.J. Huner LLC, Chicago,...

1. A handle grip comprisinga handle;
at least two lengths of cording circumscribing the handle forming at least one space between the at least two lengths of cording;
a woven layer; and
a liquid hardener permeating the woven layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,901

TORQUE DRIVING TOOL

WILLIAM TOOLS CO., LTD., ...

1. A torque driving tool, including:a main body, having an axial direction;
a working portion, disposed on one of two ends of the main body for being assembled to a driving bit;
a grip portion, disposed on one of the two ends of the main body opposite to the working portion, selectively rotatable relative to the main body, having at least one receiving groove;
at least one receiving device, each said receiving device including a cover and a receiving portion which is for at least one said driving bit to be received therein, the cover being pivoted to the grip portion, the receiving portion being swingably pivoted to the cover;
wherein the receiving portion includes a plurality of receiving members, said receiving members are respectively for at least one said driving bit to be received therein, two sides of one of two of said receiving members neighboring to each other respectively have a protrusion, two sides of the other of the two of said receiving members neighboring to each other respectively have a slide groove, and the two protrusions are respectively rotatably and slidably arranged within the two slide grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,456,900

QUICK-TURN DRIVING TOOL

1. A driving tool comprising:a body including a first rod extending along a first axis, and a second rod extending along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, with the first rod including a driving end and an operating end spaced from the driving end along the first axis, with the first rod including an insertion hole extending from the operating end along the first axis, and at least one receiving slot extending along a radial direction perpendicular to the first axis, with one end of the at least one receiving slot interconnected with the insertion hole, with another end of the at least one receiving slot connected to an outer periphery of the first rod, with the second rod mounted between the driving end and the operating end of the first rod; and
an auxiliary handle including a connection slot disposed at one end thereof and mounted on the operating end of the body along the first axis, with the auxiliary handle including an engaging recess extending around an inner periphery of the connection slot, with the auxiliary handle further including an adjusting member and at least one engaging member, with the adjusting member threadedly engaged in the insertion hole, with the adjusting member formed as a monolithic element including an integral cone portion disposed at one end thereof and movable in relation to the first rod along the first axis by threads disposed at another end thereof and threadably engaged in the insertion hole, with the integral cone portion having an outer periphery of a decreasing size with increasing spacing from the threads, with the at least one engaging member received in the receiving slot, with one end of the at least one engaging member abutted against the outer periphery of the cone portion, with another end of the at least one engaging member engaged in the engaging recess, and with the auxiliary handle freely rotatable relative to the first rod about the first axis,
with the first rod further including a through hole disposed between the driving end and the operating end and extending along the radial direction perpendicular to the first axis, with the second rod inserted through the through hole, and with the second rod movable in relation to the first rod along the second axis,
with a channel disposed between the insertion hole and the through hole and extending along the first axis, with one end of the channel interconnected with the insertion hole, with another end of the channel interconnected with the through hole, with the second rod including a plurality of positioning recesses, with the body further including a positioning member and an elastic member, with the positioning member and the elastic member received in the channel, with the positioning member disposed adjacent to the second rod, with one end of the elastic member abutting against the positioning member, with another end of the elastic member abutting against the adjusting member, and with the elastic member abutting against the positioning member to cause the positioning member to engage in one of the plurality of positioning recesses of the second rod.

US Pat. No. 10,456,899

METHOD FOR SETTING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a handheld power tool according to at least one operating parameter, comprising:recording a first characteristic variable using an external sensor unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
transmitting the first characteristic variable to an external data processing unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
processing the first characteristic variable using the external data processing unit into at least one first parameter output;
transmitting the at least one first parameter output from the external data processing unit to an internal control unit of the power tool;
calculating at least one operating parameter of the handheld power tool using the internal control unit based on the at least one first parameter output;
setting the at least one operating parameter on the power tool; and
operating the power tool according to the at least one operating parameter that is based on the first characteristic variable,
wherein the first characteristic variable is an ambient characteristic variable, and
wherein the ambient characteristic variable is at least one of a temperature characteristic variable and an atmospheric humidity characteristic variable.

US Pat. No. 10,456,898

DAMPING DEVICE FOR A PERCUSSION DEVICE, PERCUSSION DEVICE AND ROCK DRILLING MACHINE

Epiroc Rock Drills Aktieb...

1. Damping device for a percussion device of a hydraulic rock drilling machine (1) with a striking direction (R), including a damping piston (5) for action in an axial direction against a tool to be driven by the percussion device, wherein the damping piston (5) exhibits a first piston portion (6), which is received in a first damping chamber (7) and a second piston portion (8), which is received in a second damping chamber (9), said first and second damping chambers being defined adjacent to each other,wherein:
in operation, in a normal striking position for said percussion device, the damping piston (5) is set against a fixed stop (19, 22) against movements in the striking direction,
a damping slot (10) is established between the first (7) and the second (9) damping chamber in all axial positions of the damping piston, said damping slot arranged to provide direct fluid communication between the adjacent first and second damping chambers, and
the first damping chamber (7) is pressurized with a hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,456,897

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ACTUATION OF A GAS-POWERED FIXING TOOL AND THE CORRESPONDING DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method for controlling electronic ignition of a gas-powered fastener-driving tool, the method comprising:detecting a first mechanical event at a first point in time;
detecting a second mechanical event at a second point in time; and
after detecting the second mechanical event, if a time elapsed between the first and second points in time exceeds a first predetermined time period, generating a control signal to trigger ignition of a fuel/air mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,456,896

COMPACT PULLEY PULLER

1. A compact pulley puller comprisinga cylinder having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a hollow interior, and an internal diameter;
a piston having a circular periphery, a piston diameter that is less than the internal diameter of the hollow cylinder, a first piston side and a second piston side opposite the first piston side, the first piston side being between the second piston side and the first end of the cylinder, and the second piston side being between the first piston side and the second end of the cylinder, and the piston being disposed and moveable lineraly within the hollow interior of the cylinder; and a seal at the circular periphery of the piston and extending to the cylinder;
a first gland at the first end of the cylinder, the first gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a first central aperture, the first central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a second gland at the second end of the cylinder, the second gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a second central aperture, the second central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a plurality of ports in the cylinder extending to the hollow interior of the cylinder, including a first port adjacent to the first gland, and a second port adjacent to the second gland;
a rod having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a first half and a second half, the first half of the rod projecting from the first piston side and the second half of the rod projecting from the second piston side, and the first end of the rod extending through the first central aperture of the first gland, and the second end of the rod extending through the second central aperture of the second gland, the rod being concentric with the cylinder; and
a first hub clamp attached to the exterior side of the first gland, the first hub clamp including a first sleeve having a proximal end attached to the exterior side of the first gland and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the first sleeve being concentric with the first central aperture, a first flange at the distal end of the sleeve, the first flange having a proximal side and a distal side opposite the proximal side of the first flange, the proximal side of the first flange being between the distal side of the first flange and the exterior side of the first gland, and a first sleeve aperture extending through a portion of the first sleeve, and a first flange aperture extending through a portion of the first flange in alignment with the first sleeve aperture, and the first end of the rod being linearly movable between the exterior side of the first gland and the distal side of first flange of the first hub clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,456,895

RATCHET TOOLS

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A ratchet tool comprising:a handle extending along a handle axis and housing a motor;
a head coupled to the handle at a first end of the handle, the head supporting an output shaft driven by the motor to rotate about an output axis, the output axis being substantially perpendicular to the handle axis;
wherein the head includes an input bevel gear that rotates about the handle axis and an output bevel gear that rotates about the output axis;
a gear reduction set located in the handle, adjacent and coupled to the motor;
a speed-sensitive clutch located in the handle and coupled to the gear reduction set;
a ratchet mechanism located in the handle between the speed-sensitive clutch and the input bevel gear in the head, wherein the ratchet mechanism includes a pawl and a toothed wheel both located in the handle, the toothed wheel being configured to rotate about a ratchet axis that is parallel to the handle axis, the ratchet mechanism configured to restrict rotation of the output shaft in a first direction and to allow rotation of the output shaft in a second direction opposite the first direction;
wherein the speed-sensitive clutch is coupled between the gear reduction set and the toothed wheel of the ratchet mechanism;
wherein at motor speeds below a predetermined speed the speed-sensitive clutch disconnects the motor and the gear reduction set from the output shaft so that rotation of the output shaft is not subject to resistance from the gear reduction set, and at motor speeds above the predetermined speed the output shaft is driven by the motor; and
a direction control configured to switch the first direction associated with the ratchet mechanism between a clockwise and a counterclockwise direction, the direction control being coupled to the handle and spaced apart from the head along the handle axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,894

TOOL FOR REMOVING COLLARS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a tool having a collet over a collar secured to a stud on a gas turbine engine system;
driving said collet to rotate and remove said collar from said stud;
wherein said collet includes a plurality of collet fingers and said collet fingers being driven between a released and a secured position, with said collet fingers being in said released position when initially placed over said collar, and then driven to said secured position prior to said collet fingers being driven to rotate and remove said collar;
wherein said collet fingers move with a piston within a housing and hydraulic fluid drives said piston to move said collet fingers to a relaxed position at which they define the released position, and a spring operating in opposition to said hydraulic fluid to drive said piston and said collet fingers to said secured position; and
wherein a single trigger is actuated to supply said hydraulic fluid to drive said piston, then to release the hydraulic fluid to allow said spring to move said piston and then to actuate a motor to drive said collet fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,456,893

CLUTCH WRENCH DEVICE

1. A clutch wrench device comprising:an elongated body including:
an elongated center portion;
a handle portion;
wherein said handle portion at located on a proximal end of said body; and
a head portion located on a distal end of said body, comprising:
a head encasement;
wherein said head encasement is formed having a round central opening therethrough; and
wherein said head encasement is formed having a notch within an inner surface forming said central opening;
a race member;
wherein said race member is formed having a ring-shape having an interior surface and an outer surface and is adapted to fit within said round central opening;
wherein said outer surface of said race member is adapted to include a keyway for holding a key;
an engagement member including:
an outer circumference having a circular shape and adapted to engage with and rotate with a sprag member;
an inner circumference having a polygonal shape adapted to releasably connect with a polygonal head of a bolt member;
a sprag member;
wherein said sprag member is formed having a ring-shape and is adapted to fit and rotate within said race member; and
wherein said sprag member includes a plurality of spaced sprags adapted to pivot and to lock against of said interior surface of said race member and against said outer circumference of said engagement member, such that said sprag member is adapted to frictionally grip to said race member when rotated in one direction, and move freely when turned in an opposing direction; and
a key;
wherein said key is adapted to have a rectangular shape to fit within said keyway of said outer surface of said race member and align with and fit within said notch in said inner surface of said central opening of said head encasement to lock and prevent rotation of said race member in relation to said head encasement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,892

MANHOLE COVER LIFTING TOOL

Manup Key Limited, (GB)

1. A manhole cover lifting tool, the tool comprising an elongate body and a shaft which is arranged to slide relative to the body, the tool further comprising coupling means for slidably coupling the shaft with the body and means disposed on the shaft for detachably coupling the shaft with a manhole cover, wherein the shaft is restricted to slide through a pre-defined range along the body characterised wherein the coupling means comprises a pin, which extends substantially transverse to the shaft, and a first and second elongate channel formed within the body and wherein the pin is arranged to extend through an aperture formed within a proximal region of the shaft and the first and second channels, such that the shaft is permitted to slide relative to the body through a distance corresponding to a length of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,456,891

GRINDING WHEEL

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A grinding wheel comprising a plurality of vitrified bonded grindstone chips arranged on an outer periphery of an annular base metal thereof, the grinding wheel being configured to grind a workpiece with the use of the grindstone chips while rotating the annular base metal,wherein each of the vitrified bonded grindstone chips is configured in such a manner that:
in a rectangular parallelepiped comprising:
a rectangular grinding surface that is placed on an opposite side of the annular base metal and grinds the workpiece; and
four side surfaces adjacent to the grinding surface,
four ridge portions, each of which is provided between the side surfaces, are C-chamfered;
the rectangular grinding surface comprises a plurality of long sides and a plurality of short sides;
each long side is longer than each short side;
each long side of the grinding surface is arranged along the outer periphery of the annular base metal; and
each of the four ridge portions is C-chamfered in a range that is ? or more of a length of each short side of the grinding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,890

ABRASIVE ARTICLE HAVING SHAPED SEGMENTS

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article, comprising:a body; and
a plurality of Z-shaped abrasive segments extending axially from a face of the body,
wherein at least one of the Z-shaped segments comprises a plurality of outer peripheral serrations formed in an outer circumferential wall of the at least one Z-shaped segment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,889

SHEAR CUTTER WITH IMPROVED WEAR RESISTANCE OF WC—CO SUBSTRATE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A method of forming a cutting element comprising:sintering together a plurality of metal carbide grains and a metal binder to form a substrate;
forming at least two binder gradients in the substrate; and
mounting an abrasive layer to the substrate at an interface,
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients comprises forming a binder gradient in a first region extending from the interface to a depth of the substrate wherein the amount of binder material decreases along at least one direction of the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a first binder gradient, and
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients further comprises forming a binder gradient in a second region from the first region toward the opposite end of the substrate, wherein the second region comprises a radial binder gradient and a constant binder concentration along the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a second binder gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,888

ABRASIVE MATERIAL AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF ABRASIVE MATERIAL

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. An abrasive material comprising a substrate and an abrasive layer laminated on a front face side of the substrate, whereinthe abrasive layer comprises a binder comprising an inorganic substance as a principal component, and abrasive particles dispersed in the binder,
a front face of the abrasive layer comprises a plurality of regions provided through dividing by grooves,
a part of the abrasive particles projects from a surface of the binder, and
a maximum peak height (Rp) on the front face of the abrasive layer is no less than 2.5 ?m and no greater than 70 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,887

VALVE GRINDING TOOL

JEFFRO, INC., Jacksonvil...

1. A valve grinding system comprising:a coupling, a threaded sleeve, an alignment tube, a rotary tool, and a grinding disk assembly,
the rotary tool including a motor, threaded collar and a chuck coupled to the motor;
the grinding disk assembly including an abrasive disk attached to a shank, the shank being retained in the chuck of the rotary tool;
the coupling including a first end, a second end and a coupling central channel extending from the first end of the coupling to the second end of the coupling, the first end of the coupling being open and including internal threads for connecting to a rotary tool, the second end of the coupling being open and opposite to the first end of the coupling; and
the alignment tube including a first end, a second end and an alignment tube channel extending from the first end of the alignment tube to the second end of the alignment tube and having a central alignment tube longitudinal axis, the first end of the alignment tube being open and including internal threads for connecting to the threaded sleeve;
the threaded sleeve including a central channel, and the threaded sleeve coupling the second end of the coupling to the first end of the alignment tube, a distance between the second end of the coupling and the first end of the alignment tube being adjustable by threadedly receiving a portion of the threaded sleeve in one of the central channel of the coupling and the channel of the alignment tube, and the central channel of the threaded sleeve having a central longitudinal axis; and
the second end of the alignment tube and the central channel of the alignment tube being sized to receive an end of a stem of a valve to be ground, and the alignment tube channel being sized to receive the abrasive disk attached to the shank of the grinding disk assembly, the valve grinding system being separate from the valve and the stem of a valve to be ground.

US Pat. No. 10,456,886

POROUS CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of forming a porous polishing pad, comprising:depositing a plurality of composite layers with a 3D printer to reach a target thickness, wherein depositing the plurality of composite layers comprises:
dispensing one or more droplets of a curable resin precursor composition onto a support;
dispensing one or more droplets of a porosity-forming composition onto the support, wherein at least one component of the porosity-forming composition is removable to form pores in the porous polishing pad; and
exposing the dispensed one or more droplets of the curable resin precursor composition and the dispensed one or more droplets of the porosity-forming composition to at least one of an annealing process, a rinsing process, or both to remove the at least one component of the porosity-forming composition to form the pores in the porous polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,885

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A REFERENCING ELEMENT TO AN OPTICAL LENS MEMBER

Essilor International, C...

1. A method for providing a referencing element to an optical lens member, the method comprising:measuring a first optical surface of an optical lens member, the optical lens member comprising the first optical surface comprising a surface design associated with a first reference system including translational and rotational parameters and a second optical surface to be manufactured, the first and second optical surfaces being connected by an external periphery surface,
determining the first reference system, wherein the first reference system is determined according to the shape and orientation of the first optical surface, wherein the first reference system is unique to the first optical surface; and
adding a referencing element to the optical lens member, wherein the referencing element identifies the first reference system, the referencing element comprising at least a sub-surface element located between the first and second optical surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,884

LINER SYSTEM FOR A MILL SHELL

Polycorp Ltd., Elora, On...

1. A liner system for installation in a rotatable mill shell having an inner side and an opposed outer side, the liner system comprising:at least one lifter bar comprising:
a body thereof;
a channel plate secured to the body and defining a channel axis;
the channel plate comprising a central portion aligned with the channel axis and at least one lateral extension extending transversely from the central portion in relation to the channel axis;
the channel plate additionally comprising at least one outer arm and a cavity that is at least partially defined by said at least one outer arm;
at least one insert element positioned between said at least one lateral extension and the inner side of the mill shell, for resisting outward movement of said at least one lateral extension toward the inner side;
at least one attachment assembly comprising:
a fixing washer at least partially positioned in the cavity and engaged with said at least one outer arm, said at least one outer arm being formed to resist movement of the fixing washer outwardly, toward the inner side of the mill shell;
a bolt defining a bolt axis and extending between inner and outer ends, the bolt comprising a head at the inner end engageable with the fixing washer, the bolt being positionable in a predetermined position relative to the mill shell in which the bolt axis is substantially aligned with the channel axis, with the inner end engaged with the fixing washer and the outer end positioned outside the mill shell;
a nut threadably engageable with the bolt at the bolt's outer end;
an outer washer between the nut and the outer side of the mill shell, and engageable with the outer side of the mill shell when the nut is tightened to subject the bolt to tension, to urge the head outwardly toward the inner side of the mill shell, securing the lifter bar inside the mill shell; and
said at least one insert element being configured to maintain the bolt in the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,883

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDED TOOLS

SHAPER TOOLS, INC., San ...

1. A system to position a working member of a tool, comprising:a base coupled to the tool;
a computing device comprising one or more processors;
a sensor communicatively coupled to the computing device;
a motor controlled by the computing device;
the computing device configured to:
identify, via the sensor, a first value of a parameter indicative of an amount of force exerted by a portion of the base towards a working surface;
instruct the motor to extend the working member towards the working surface;
identify, via the sensor with the working member in contact with the working surface, a second value of the parameter;
compare the first value of the parameter with the second value of the parameter to identify a difference between the first value and the second value; and
determine a z-axis position of the working member relative to the working surface based on the difference between the first value and the second value being greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,456,882

FIXTURE FOR THIN-WALLED WORKPIECE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A fixture for a thin-walled workpiece, comprising two clamping devices, each of the two clamping devices further comprising:a metal carrier, further including:
a carrying portion, having a carrying surface; and
a supporting portion, located on the carrying portion, having a stair portion at a top thereof, the stair portion having a plane surface and a standing surface having a slope; and
a clamper, further including:
a metal clamping portion, having an end formed as an inclined surface, the inclined surface having another slope identical to the slope of the standing surface; and
a damping portion, having at least two elastic layers and at least one metal layer laminated in an interlacing arrangement and having the same slope as the inclined surface, one of the at least two elastic layers being connected with the inclined surface of the metal clamping portion, each of the at least one elastic layer being made of an elastic non-metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,881

MACHINE TOOL

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A machine tool, comprising a machine base, two guide rails and a movable main structure, the movable main structure slidably disposed on the machine base via the two guide rails, each of the two guide rails having a plurality of bearing surfaces facing and configured to guide the movable main structure, the machine tool having an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis perpendicular to one another, the Z-axis substantially parallel to an axis of a chuck of the machine tool, and the Y-axis substantially parallel to a sliding direction of the movable main structure with respect to the machine base;wherein normal directions of the plurality of bearing surfaces of the two guide rails are not parallel to the X-axis, the Y-axis, the Z-axis of the machine tool, and a reference line that passes through the two guide rails.

US Pat. No. 10,456,879

REAR SHOCK TRAM GAUGE

1. A device for measuring a distance between an upper shock mount and a lower shock mount of a motorcycle comprising:a. a rod comprising measurement scales;
b. a slider configured to be positioned on the rod, wherein the slider is used for determining measurement information of the motorcycle;
c. a cap positioned on the rod, wherein the cap further comprises a lower shock mount adapter configured to fit on/in a lower shock system of the motorcycle, wherein the cap is mounted to the lower shock system of the motorcycle using the lower shock mount adapter and sliding the slider to align a crown nut adapter with an upper shock mount of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,878

EQUIPMENT CABINET AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Ortronics, Inc., New Lon...

1. An equipment cabinet, comprising:a frame structure, the frame structure including a top frame assembly and a bottom frame assembly;
a chimney assembly, the chimney assembly including a first section and a second section that define a passage therethrough, the first section of the chimney assembly including a vertical guide defining a vertical channel formed in the first section and extending along a height of the first section;
a nut slidably disposed within the vertical channel formed in the first section; and
a fastener configured to mate with the nut of the first section to: (i) attach the nut within the vertical channel, and (ii) maintain a position of the second section relative to the first section;
wherein the first section of the chimney assembly is mountable to the top frame assembly of the frame structure;
wherein the second section is slidably movable relative to the first section to extend the passage formed by the first and second sections of the chimney assembly; and
wherein the nut is configured and dimensioned so that loosening the fastener with respect to the nut allows movement of the second section of the chimney assembly via movement of the nut within the vertical channel while the nut remains mounted to the fastener, and tightening the fastener with respect to the nut engages the nut within the vertical channel to prevent movement of the second section of the chimney assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,877

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUTTING A PREFORM INTENDED FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A TURBOMACHINE PART

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A cutting system of a preform comprising visually identifiable weaving threads, the preform being usable to produce a turbomachine part, the system comprising:a cutting machine of the preform;
a memory, in which a reference preform image having a reference weaving thread layout and a pre-calculated cutting contour of the preform are recorded;
an imaging device of the preform; and
a processing unit, configured to control the cutting machine and the imaging device for execution of the following steps:
taking an image of the preform;
detecting intersections of the visually identifiable weaving threads in the taken image;
superimposing the taken image and the reference preform image and calculating a deviation between the detected intersections and intersections of the reference weaving threads present in the reference preform image;
correcting the cutting contour as a function of the deviation, and saving the corrected cutting contour in the memory; and
cutting the preform according to the corrected cutting contour.

US Pat. No. 10,456,876

MOBILE PIPE CUTTING STATION

1. A self-contained mobile pipe-cutting station, the station comprising an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) container including: a pipe cutting room comprising a first exterior door for egress to an ambient environment at a first end and an interior door at a second end, respectively, of the pipe cutting room and an at least one ISO portal door for egress to the ambient environment on the first end; a temperature controlled clean room separated from the pipe cutting room with a steel wall with the interior door therethrough, the pipe cutting room housing a plurality of components therein including: a rail system extending substantially a length of the pipe cutting room, and slidably mounted on a ceiling of the pipe cutting room, a powered hoist and a powered trolley moveably mounted on the rail system, a pipe conveyor mounted on a floor and aligned with the rail system to provide a hallway between the first exterior door and the interior door, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) pipe cutter and a powered exterior conveyor, the powered exterior conveyor removably housed in the hallway and for locating outside the ISO container, the clean room housing a plurality of components therein including: a CNC pipe cutter electrical control box which is in electrical communication with the CNC pipe cutter, a computer which is in electronic communication with the CNC pipe cutter and includes a data management system, a heating and air conditioning unit, a dust extraction duct in fluid communication with the pipe cutting room, and a dust and fume collector removably housed in the clean room for locating outside the ISO container and in fluid communication with the dust extraction duct.

US Pat. No. 10,456,875

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING LASER PROCESSING SYSTEMS

UNIVERSAL LASER SYSTEMS, ...

1. A system for dispensing laser energy by one or more laser energy sources, the system comprising:a laser energy credit transferring component configured to—
communicate with a laser energy source, wherein the laser energy source is configured for producing and dispensing laser energy;
receive a request from the laser energy source for laser energy; and
transfer laser energy credits to the laser energy source, wherein the laser energy credits enable—
the laser energy source to dispense a corresponding amount of laser energy to provide a laser beam for processing materials via a material processor, and
a user of the material processor to directly control a rate at which the laser energy source dispenses the laser energy to provide the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,456,873

WELDING WIRE FOR GAS PROTECTIVE WELDING OF REDUCED ACTIVATION MARTENSITIC/FERRITIC STEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hefei Institutes of Physi...

1. A welding wire for gas protective welding of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, comprising of: a welding wire having chemical components of weight percentages (wt %) of C: 0.10˜0.15, Cr: 8.0˜9.0, W: 1.0˜1.6, V: 0.15˜0.25, Ta: 0.10˜0.17, Mn: 0.50˜0.70, Si: 0˜0.05, N: 0˜0.02, O, Ni, Cu, Al, and Co: 0˜0.01 respectively, P, S, Ag, Mo, and Nb: 0˜0.005 respectively, and balance of Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,872

LEAD-FREE SOLDER ALLOY, ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

TAMURA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A lead-free solder alloy consisting of:2% by weight or more and 4% by weight or less of Ag;
0.5% by weight or more and 0.7% by weight or less of Cu;
3% by weight or more and 5% by weight or less of Sb;
0.01% by weight or more and 0.03% by weight or less of Ni; and Sn.

US Pat. No. 10,456,869

LASER PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING PREPROCESSING CONTROLLER AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing device having a laser oscillator, a storage unit configured to store a processing program and processing conditions including an output condition of the laser oscillator, and a controller configured to issue a command to perform laser processing in accordance with the processing program, the laser processing device being configured to perform laser processing by irradiating a workpiece with a laser beam from the laser oscillator, the laser processing device comprising:a light quantity measuring unit configured to measure the light quantity of light reflected or emitted from a processing point irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator;
a first storage unit configured to store high output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include an irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the workpiece is melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a second storage unit configured to store low output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include the irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the work piece is not melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a preprocessing controller which performs the following sequence steps:
issues a first command to perform preprocessing of a the workpiece under the high output conditions, issues a second command to irradiate the workpiece with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a third command to measure a first light quantity measured by the light quantity measuring unit after the workpiece is irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a fourth command of whether to start the laser processing, based on the measured first light quantity, and the laser processing including at least one of piercing, cutting, welding, or marking of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,868

PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE DIFFERING WORKPIECES

Trodat GmbH, Wels (AT)

1. A processing system, comprising at least one processing area, one control area), and one input area, wherein via an input and/or display element a user enters a text and/or graphics in an operating software installed therein, which text and/or graphics are passed to a control software running in the control area, wherein into the input area and/or the control area a database is integrated, in which data of the blanks or workpieces to be processed are stored, wherein the control area and/or the input area are designed for the automatic identification of the workpiece stored in the database by detection of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,867

MICRO-FORGING BY A GENERATIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A method for the additive manufacture of components by depositing material layers by layer-by-layer joining of powder particles to one another and/or to an already produced pre-product or substrate, via selective interaction of the powder particles with a high-energy beam, comprising the steps of:for smoothing a surface of the component being produced running crosswise to the deposited material layers in between the deposition of two layers of the component, the complete edge region of the last layer introduced, which runs along a surface of the component being produced, is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the build-up direction of the layers, and/or at least one edge region of a surface of the component is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the normal line of the surface,
wherein the laser shock peening or the ultrasonic impact treatment in between the deposition of two layers of the component takes place exclusively in the edge region of a surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,866

PROCESS FOR LASER-ASSISTED TOOL BUILD AND REPAIR

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A process for building a tool, the tool shaped to define a forming surface, which is configured for forming a shaped product having a desired shape, the process for building the tool comprising:providing a support body fabricated from a first material;
machining a portion of the first material from the support body so as to define a first portion of the forming surface of the tool; and
depositing onto the support body a feature defining a second portion of the forming surface of the tool, comprising:
depositing a layer of a second material onto the first material of the support body;
depositing a layer of a third material onto the layer of the second material; and
depositing a layer of a fourth material onto the layer of the third material, the layer of the fourth material defining the second portion of the forming surface of the tool, wherein the first material, the second material, and the third material have different material properties.

US Pat. No. 10,456,865

WELDING METHOD AND WELDING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A welding method comprising:overlapping a plurality of welding objects constituted by at least one aluminum alloy; and
emitting, from a thickness direction of the overlapped welding objects, laser light to a surface of one of the welding objects to join together the welding objects by making a weld that includes a plurality of nuggets formed along a closed curve on the welding objects, each of the nuggets being formed by scanning the laser light along a spiral-shaped path at a position that the nugget is to be formed, wherein:
the surface is arranged during the emitting of the laser light in a direction having a nonzero vertical component,
a ratio of a diameter of each of the nuggets to a pitch dimension between ones of the nuggets that are adjacent to each other is larger than ½ and no more than 1,
a ratio of the diameter of each of the nuggets to a thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects is no more than 3, and
the thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects corresponds to a total value of thicknesses of the overlapped plurality of welding objects and a thickness of a gap between the welding objects.

US Pat. No. 10,456,864

LASER PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING FUNCTION OF CLEANING LASER OPTICAL PATH

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing system comprising:a laser oscillator configured to oscillate a laser beam;
a laser optical path comprising at least one of a pipe or bellows connecting the laser oscillator to a laser processing head, the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path guides the laser beam from the laser oscillator through a laser gas medium contained in the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the optical path to the laser processing head for emission-towards an object to be processed;
an impure gas absorbent integrated into the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path, the impure gas absorbent including material for absorbing an impure gas present in the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path, the impure gas influences propagation of the laser beam in the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path; and
a shutter that is configured to expose the impure gas absorbent in the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path to absorb the impure gas in the at least one of the pipe or the bellows of the laser optical path
a numerical value calculator configured to control the shutter to open and close.

US Pat. No. 10,456,863

SUCTION METHOD, SUCTION DEVICE, LASER PROCESSING METHOD, AND LASER PROCESSING DEVICE

FUKUI PREFECTURAL GOVERNM...

1. A suction method of depressurizing a predetermined range of a surface of a target by depressurizing a pressure reduction chamber communicating with a suction port arranged a predetermined operating distance apart from the target installed in an open system, and sucking a gas from the suction port, wherein:a pressure of an inside of the pressure reduction chamber is set equal to or less than a critical pressure at which a speed of the gas sucked from the suction port is brought into a critical state;
a jet speed of the gas in a jetting port from which the gas is jetted toward the target is set more than a Mach number of 0.2, the Mach number being obtained by dividing a jet speed of the gas by a sound speed when the gas jetted from the jetting port is in a steady and stationary state;
the gas is jetted from the jetting port and is sucked by the suction port;
a swirl flow is formed so as to surround the suction port between the surface of the target and the suction port; and
thus a pressure of a central region of the swirl flow from the suction port to the surface of the target is reduced to the critical pressure or less and suction is performed,
wherein the jetting port is arranged with respect to the suction port so as to satisfy Formula 1 and Formula 2 below, by using the equivalent circular diameter D which is the diameter where the area is equivalent in a case where the shape of the suction port is approximated as a circle, a distance r between centers of the suction port and the jetting port and an angle ?h formed by a straight line connecting the center of the jetting port and the center of the suction port and a velocity vector of the gas jetted from the jetting port, when the suction port and the jetting port are projected on a reference plane that is a tangent plane at a center of the plane formed by the suction port:

US Pat. No. 10,456,862

PLATE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PLATE PROCESSING METHOD

MURATA MACHINERY, LTD., ...

1. A plate processing system comprising:a first processing device including a laser head that moves relatively with respect to a plate-shaped workpiece in a first processing region to cut the workpiece;
a support device including a plurality of arms that support the workpiece in the first processing region;
a transfer device including a carriage and workpiece holders that hold and transfer the workpiece supported by the support device;
a second processing device including a processing tool that moves in a direction intersecting a transfer direction of the workpiece in a second processing region and processes the workpiece, the second processing region being located in a portion of a transfer path of the workpiece transferred by the transfer device; and
a palette disposed in the first processing region and including a plurality of upper ends that support a lower surface of the workpiece; wherein
the support device separates the workpiece from the plurality of upper ends of the palette;
the transfer device holds the workpiece with the workpiece holders when the laser head cuts the workpiece;
the transfer device transfers the workpiece, which has been separated from the plurality of upper ends of the palette by the support device, to the second processing device after the laser head cuts the workpiece; and
the second processing device includes a frame including an opening through which the workpiece, the support device, and a portion of the transfer device pass.

US Pat. No. 10,456,861

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MULTI-BEAM DIRECT ENGRAVING OF ELASTOMERIC PRINTING PLATES AND SLEEVES

Esko-Graphics Imaging Gmb...

1. A method of laser engraving a printing plate or a printing sleeve, the method comprising:emitting from a laser source an incident laser beam with sufficient power output to directly engrave an elastomeric printing plate or sleeve positioned on an imaging drum of a drum imager or on a flat bed of a flatbed imager, the drum or sleeve of the drum imager being rotatable around a longitudinal axis, and having a longitudinal direction defined by the axis of rotation and a transverse direction defined along the circumference of the drum, the flatbed imager having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the plate or sleeve having an outer surface and an elastomeric body;
splitting the laser beam by one or more beam splitters to create a plurality of split beams;
simultaneously modulating the plurality of split beams using a plurality of optical-beam modulators to create one or more modulated beams from each split beam, each respective optical-beam modulator controlled according to a respective portion of imaging data; and
simultaneously focusing the one or more modulated beams to create one or more focused modulated beams, the focused modulated beams focused at a plurality of depths from the outer surface of the printing plate or sleeve, each focused modulated beam having an intensity;
wherein each focused modulated beam has a focal spot with a focal size, and at least two respective focal spots of two respective focused modulated beams are at different locations on the outer surface of the printing plate or sleeve, have a different intensity, and are focused at different respective depth levels in the body of the printing plate or sleeve, such that the outer surface of the printing plate or sleeve is simultaneously engraved by the plurality of modulated beams of different respective focal spot sizes on the outer surface; and
wherein the focused modulated beams build a row along the longitudinal direction of the printing plate or sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,860

LASER BEAM MACHINE AND CALCULATION DEVICE FOR LASER BEAM MACHINE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A laser beam machine that irradiates a workpiece with one laser beam to perform laser machining, the laser beam machine comprising:a plurality of laser modules to generate beams, the laser modules having identification numbers representing an order of generating beams;
a light condenser to condense the beams generated from the laser modules to output the one laser beam;
a plurality of driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules, respectively;
calculation circuitry to receive a machining condition and to calculate a driving condition for each of the laser modules according to the machining condition; and
power-supply control circuitry to cause the driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules in accordance with the driving condition, wherein
the calculation circuitry sets an order of power supply to the laser modules to an order of the identification numbers and rearranges the identification numbers assigned to the laser modules in ascending order of integrated laser-output times of the beams generated by the laser modules to reduce differences in the integrated laser-output times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,859

LASER BEAM IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A laser beam irradiation apparatus comprising:a laser source configured to emit light;
a collimator configured to collimate the emitted light;
a scanner configured to adjust the collimated light to change an irradiation direction thereof;
a first lens part configured to focus the adjusted light to irradiate a laser beam on a sealing part;
a camera configured to receive visible light passing through the scanner;
a heat sensing part configured to receive infrared (IR) light passing through the scanner; and
a control part configured to control a moving direction and an intensity of the laser beam,
wherein:
the moving direction follows a rotation motion;
the circumference of a path of the rotation motion is divided into a plurality of segments, each segment subtending the same angle of the rotation motion; and
the control part comprises a laser driver and is configured to vary an amount of power applied to produce the laser beam by the laser source in order to vary the intensity of the laser beam to be different in each of the plurality of segments independently of the motion of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,456,858

WELDING HEAD FOR FRICTION STIR WELDING

ESAB AB, Gothenburg (SE)...

1. A friction stir welding head, comprising:a head housing that extends from a top end to an open bottom end and defines a bore extending between the top end and the open bottom end;
an axle that is coaxial with and rotatable within the bore, the axle being laterally secured within the head housing and axially movable with respect to the head housing, the axle including an engagement end that extends beyond the open bottom end of the head housing and supports a friction stir welding tool that is configured to rotate with the axle to effectuate friction stir welding operations; and
a load cell that is disposed beneath the open bottom end of the head housing and configured to generate load signals in response to axial movement of the axle, the load cell including an inner ring and an outer ring, the inner ring being fixedly coupled to the axle and movably coupled to the outer ring via a flexible portion, wherein relative movement of the inner ring with respect to the outer ring causes the load cell to generate the load signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,857

ELECTRON BEAM MELTING AND CUTTING COMPOSITE 3D PRINTING APPARATUS

Yuanmeng Precision Techno...

1. An electron beam melting and cutting composite 3D printing apparatus, comprising:a box defining a cavity in a vacuum state, the cavity containing a cutting structure, a first Y-direction guide rail, a Y-direction movable platform movably connected to the first Y-direction guide rail and movable along the first Y-direction guide rail, and a second Y-direction guide rail parallel to the first Y-direction guide rail and located above the first Y-direction guide rail, wherein the Y-direction movable platform is provided thereon with a Z-direction movable platform that is movable up and down with respect to the Y-direction movable platform and configured for metal powder to be spread thereon;
an electron beam gun mounted on the box and configured to emit an electron beam into the cavity to melt the metal powder spread on the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the cutting structure comprises a cutting head configured for cutting a structural component formed by the melted metal powder on the Z-direction movable platform;
a three-axis movable structure in the cavity and configured for driving the cutting head to move in space, wherein the three-axis movable structure comprises a Y-direction movable rod, an X-direction movable block, and a Z-direction movable head, wherein the Y-direction movable rod is movably connected to the second Y-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with an X-direction guide rail extending in the X direction, wherein the X-direction movable block is movably connected to the X-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with a Z-direction guide rail extending in the Z direction, wherein the Z-direction movable head is movably connected to the Z-direction guide rail, and wherein the cutting head is connected to the Z-direction movable head; and
a shielding case arranged in the cavity between the electron beam gun and the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the shielding case defines a through-cavity between an upper opening and a lower opening of the shielding case, wherein the upper opening of the shielding case is aligned with the electron beam gun, and the lower opening of the shielding case is aligned with the Z-direction movable platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,856

WELDING ELECTRODE CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A cutting tool capable of dressing a weld face of a first welding electrode so that the weld face of the first welding electrode has a first weld face geometry, and dressing a weld face of a second welding electrode so that the weld face of the second welding electrode has a second weld face geometry, the first weld face geometry and the second weld face geometry being asymmetric, and wherein the first weld face geometry consists of a domed base weld face surface and the second weld face geometry consists of a domed base weld face surface and a series of upstanding circular ridges that project outwardly from the domed base weld face surface of the second weld face geometry, the cutting tool comprising:a body having a first end and a second end that are spaced apart along a central axis of the body, the first end of the body having a first opening and the second end of the body having a second opening; and
a cutting member within the body, the cutting member having one or more cutting flutes, each of the one or more cutting flutes extending inwardly from an interior surface of the body and comprising a cutting blade that has first and second shearing surfaces that are axially spaced apart along the central axis of the body, the one or more cutting flutes establishing a first cutting socket and a second cutting socket, the first cutting socket being defined by the first shearing surfaces(s) of the cutting blade(s) and being accessible through the first opening of the body, and the second cutting socket being defined by the second shearing surface(s) of the cutting blade(s) and being accessible through the second opening of the body, the first cutting socket being constructed to cut the first weld face geometry into the weld face of the first welding electrode and the second cutting socket being constructed to cut the second weld face geometry into the weld face of the second welding electrode when the weld face of the first welding electrode is received in the first cutting socket and the weld face of the second welding electrode is received in the second cutting socket, and the cutting tool is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,456,855

CONSUMABLE CARTRIDGE FOR A PLASMA ARC CUTTING SYSTEM

Hypertherm, Inc., Hanove...

1. A metallic frame for a replaceable, unitary cartridge configured for installation into a plasma arc cutting torch, the metallic frame comprising:a first end connected to a nozzle, and a second end configured to mate with an electrode, the metallic frame surrounding and inseparably securing the electrode in electrical isolation from the metallic frame and the nozzle;
a set of flow passages built into the metallic frame, the set of flow passages fluidly connecting an internal surface of the metallic frame and an external surface of the metallic frame, the set of flow passages radially offset to impart a swirling fluid flow pattern to gases flowing therethrough; and
a plasma gas exit orifice for constricting exiting plasma gas, the plasma gas exit orifice included within, or in direct physical communication with, the nozzle, wherein the set of flow passages is oriented toward the plasma gas exit orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,456,854

GRANULAR WELDING FLUX DELIVERY DEVICES AND STRIP CLADDING SYSTEMS WITH GRANULAR WELDING FLUX DELIVERY DEVICES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A granular welding flux delivery device, comprising:a hopper having an intake opening to receive granular welding flux, a chute, and an output opening to output the granular welding flux to an electroslag strip cladding process, a submerged arc welding process, or a submerged arc strip cladding process;
a chute divider positioned within the chute to reduce an intake rate of granular material through the intake opening by reducing a cross-section of the chute based on a dimension of the chute divider; and
an adjustable output cover attached to the chute proximate to the output opening to extend or retract a length of the chute by adjusting a location of the output opening along the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,456,853

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:alternating feeding of a welding wire between forward feeding and reverse feeding periodically according to a feeding rate pattern, the feeding rate pattern including a forward feeding amplitude, a reverse feeding amplitude, a forward feeding period and a reverse feeding period, the feeding rate pattern being stored in association with an average feeding rate setting value;
generating short-circuiting periods and arc periods to perform welding;
automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern; and
overwriting the feeding rate pattern, stored in association with the average feeding rate setting value, with the automatically-corrected feeding rate pattern upon completion of the welding,
wherein the automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern comprises:
detecting, by an encoder in a feeding motor that feeds the welding wire, a feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating an average feeding rate of the welding wire based on the detected feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating a difference between the calculated average feeding rate and the average feeding rate setting value; and
changing at least one of the forward feeding amplitude, the reverse feeding amplitude, the forward feeding period or the reverse feeding period based on the calculated difference, so that the calculated average feeding rate equals the average feeding rate setting value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,852

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:cyclically alternating, in feeding of a welding wire, forward feeding and reverse feeding as to a feeding rate, to generate short-circuiting periods and arc periods,
during the arc period, flowing a second welding current smaller than a first welding current after flowing the first welding current,
detecting a phase of the feeding rate upon shifting to the short-circuiting period from the arc period, and
changing at least one of an amount of the first welding current or a length of a conduction period of the first welding current according to the detected phase of the feeding rate, without changing a cycle length of the forward feeding and reverse feeding as to the feeding rate, based on the change in the at least one of the amount of the first welding current or the length of the conduction period of the first welding current.

US Pat. No. 10,456,851

WELDING SYSTEM WITH POTTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:an input circuit disposed to receive input power and to provide intermediate power;
a power circuit, having a power control input and at least one switch responsive to the control input, and wherein the power circuit is disposed to receive intermediate power and provide welding type output power;
a controller, having a set point input and a control output, wherein the control output is connected to the power control input;
wherein a first subset of components from at least one of the power circuit, input circuit and controller are disposed on a first circuit board; wherein the adhesive is a different material from the potting compound, and wherein the power circuit further includes a second subset of components; and
a potting barrier affixed to the first circuit board using at least an adhesive, and wherein the first subset of components are mounted on the circuit board within the potting barrier; and
potting compound in the entire area within the potting barrier and on the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,456,850

JOINING OF DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A method for joining dissimilar materials, comprising:providing a first part formed of an aluminum material and including a notch;
disposing a second part formed of a steel material along the first part; and
joining the first part to the second part by applying a filler material along an interface between the first part and the second part, wherein the step of applying the filler material begins by disposing the filler material in the notch and ends by disposing filler material in the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,456,849

COMPOSITE COMPONENT HAVING ANGLED BRAZE JOINT, COUPON BRAZING METHOD AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

General Electric Company,...

1. A composite component comprising:a metal alloy component including a main body, the main body having:
a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a slot extending at least partially through the wall, the slot including an angled main body interface in the wall;
a coupon coupled with the slot, the coupon having an angled coupon interface complementing the angled main body interface, wherein the coupon has a larger diameter (LD) spanning the slot across the outer surface of the main body; and a smaller diameter (SD) spanning the slot across an inner surface of the main body, wherein the LD is defined by:
LD=((2*Z)/tan ?)+SD
wherein Z=a thickness of the wall and ?=an angle of the angled main body interface and the angled coupon interface, as measured from a plane coincident with the outer surface of the main body; and
a braze joint coupling the coupon to the main body at the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,456,848

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE ASSEMBLY

1. A reciprocating saw blade assembly, comprising:a drive blade comprising a tang on a first end of the drive blade configured to removably couple to a powered reciprocating saw tool, a second end opposite the first end, and a cutting edge comprising a plurality of teeth and extending at least partially between the first end and the second end; and
a plurality of side blades positionally coupled to the drive blade and each comprising a first end proximate and offset from the first end of the drive blade such that the tang of the drive blade is exposed and protrudes longitudinally away from the plurality of side blades, a second end opposite the first end, and a cutting edge comprising a plurality of teeth and extending at least partially between the first end of the respective plurality of side blades and the second end of the respective plurality of side blades, wherein at least one of the plurality of side blades is positionally coupled to a first side of the drive blade and at least one of the plurality of side blades is positionally coupled to a second side of the drive blade opposite the first side of the drive blade, and wherein the drive blade is coupled to the plurality of side blades with at least two rivets, each of the at least two rivets extending through the drive blade and the plurality of side blades; and
a plurality of spacers positioned between each pair of adjacent blades of the drive blade and the plurality of side blades, wherein each of the plurality of spacers are coupled to one of the at least two rivets.

US Pat. No. 10,456,847

CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting tool comprising:an insert comprising:
a first surface,
a second surface, and
a cutting edge located at an intersection of the first surface and the second surface; and
a holder extending from a front tip to a rear tip and being capable of rotating about a rotational axis, and comprising:
a pocket comprising:
a placement portion where the insert is positioned; and
a recessed portion positioned further forward in the rotational direction than the placement portion;
a first inflow port that opens within the holder;
an outflow port positioned at the pocket,
a first flow path positioned in the interior of the holder and extending from the first inflow port to the outflow port; and
a second flow path extending from the outflow port to the recessed portion, wherein a direction of the second flow path intersects the recessed portion,whereinthe recessed portion comprises:
a first portion having a curved surface shape positioned at an inner side of the holder, and
a second portion having a cylindrical shape positioned outside of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,846

ROTARY TOOL FOR LOWER RECEIVER MANUFACTURING

80 Percent Arms Inc., Ga...

1. A rotary tool comprising:an adapter having a flared collar portion and a shaft portion, the flared collar portion including internal threads configured to be engaged with collet threads of a rotary power tool collet, the shaft portion of the adapter having a major diameter, and the internal threads having a internal diameter, the internal diameter being greater than the major diameter of the adapter; and
a milling tool having a cutter head and a shaft, the shaft engaged with the adapter by a thermal fit, the cutter head having a minor diameter less than the major diameter; and
wherein an overall length of the rotary tool is configured to be greater than a distance between a top surface of a buffer tower of a firearm lower receiver and a bottom of a trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver such that the rotary tool can be coupled with the rotary power tool and the rotary power tool avoids the buffer tower when used to mill the trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,845

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:an upper surface comprising a first side part;
a lower surface comprising a second side part;
a side surface located between the upper surface and the lower surface;
an upper edge being located at the first side part and comprising a first upper edge and a second upper edge; and
a lower edge being located at the second side part and comprising a first lower edge and a second lower edge;
wherein a central axis is an imaginary line through a center of the upper surface and a center of the lower surface,
wherein the first lower edge is located below the second upper edge and the second lower edge is located below the first upper edge,
wherein the side surface comprises
a first surface extending downward from the second upper edge,
a second surface extending upward from the first lower edge,
a third surface extending downward from the first upper edge, and
a fourth surface extending upward from the second lower edge,
wherein the first surface and the fourth surface are located along the central axis,
wherein the second surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the lower surface toward the upper surface, and
wherein the third surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the upper surface toward the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,844

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool, comprising:a tool body that is made of a tungsten carbide cemented carbide or a titanium carbonitride cermet; and
a hard coating layer that is deposited on a surface of the tool body,
wherein the hard coating layer has a lower layer that is formed on the surface of the tool body and an upper layer that is formed on the lower layer,
(a) the lower layer is made of a Ti compound layer, which has an average total layer thickness of 3 to 20 ?m, and is composed of two or more of a TiC layer, a TiN layer, a TiCN layer, a TiCO layer, and a TiCNO layer, the Ti compound layer including at least one TiCN layer,
(b) the upper layer is made of an Al2O3 layer, which has an average layer thickness of 2 to 20 ?m and has an ?-type crystal structure in a chemically deposited state,
(c) regarding Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, in a coincidence grain boundary distribution graph showing ratios of coincidence grain boundaries formed of the respective constituent atom-sharing lattice point type, to the whole coincidence grain boundary length in the range of ?3 to ?29, a highest peak is present in ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29, and a distribution ratio of ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29 is 70% or more, when electron beams are irradiated to the individual crystal grains in a measurement range of a polished cross-section by using a field-emission-type scanning electron microscope and an electron beam backward scattering diffraction device to measure an orientation of a normal line of each of crystal lattice planes having a corundum hexagonal crystal lattice, a crystal orientation relationship between the adjacent crystal lattices is calculated based on the measurement result, a distribution of lattice points (referred to as “constituent atom-sharing lattice points”) where each of constituent atoms of a crystal lattice interface shares one constituent atom between the crystal lattices is calculated, and distribution ratios of individuals of ?N+1 are calculated when ?N+1 represents the constituent atom-sharing lattice point type in which there are N lattice points sharing no constituent atoms between the constituent atom-sharing lattice points (here, N is any even number equal to or more than 2 in the corundum hexagonal close-packed crystal structure, but in a case where the upper limit of N is 28 from the viewpoint of distribution frequency, even numbers 4, 8, 14, 24, and 26 do not exist), and
(d) a ratio of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 continuing from an interface between the lower layer and the upper layer to an outermost surface of the upper layer is 60% or more of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 distributed in the Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, and
wherein an outermost surface layer of the lower layer (a) is made of a TiCN layer having a layer thickness of at least 500 nm or more and contains oxygen only in a depth region with a depth of up to 500 nm from an interface between the TiCN layer and the upper layer, except for oxygen as inevitable impurities, and an average content of the oxygen contained in the depth region is 1 to 3 atom % of a total content of Ti, C, N, and O contained in the depth region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,843

VIBRATING CUTTER TOOL CIRCULAR CUTTING JIG

1. An apparatus for cutting an approximately circular large hole in a sheet of material, comprising; a cutting tool which employs a flat cutting blade, a pivot post which is attached in the center of a portion of the sheet of material which is going to be cut out, an adjustable sliding arm connected at one end to the pivot post, the adjustable sliding arm being connected at the other end to a blade holder, the blade holder having an elongated slot passing through the body of the blade holder, the long direction of the slot being approximately perpendicular to the direction in which the adjustable sliding arm can be adjusted, the blade holder having provision to fasten the cutting blade into the slot such that the flat of the cutting blade is approximately parallel to the long direction of the slot, and the pivot post allowing the blade holder with cutting blade to rotate in approximately a circle at the end of the adjustable sliding arm, thereby defining the circular portion of the sheet of material which is cut out.

US Pat. No. 10,456,842

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL IN WHICH HARD COATING LAYER EXHIBITS EXCELLENT CHIPPING RESISTANCE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprises:a tool body that is made of any of tungsten carbide-based cemented carbide, titanium carbonitride-based cermet, and a cubic boron nitride-based ultrahigh-pressure sintered body; and
a hard coating layer that is provided on a surface of the tool body, wherein
(a) the hard coating layer includes at least a layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride of Ti and Al, the layer being formed to an average layer thickness of 1 ?m to 20 ?m in a chemical vapor deposition method, and in a case where the layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1?xAlx)(CyN1?y), where x is an amount (atomic ratio) of Al in a total amount of Ti and Al, y is an amount (atomic ratio) of C in a total amount of C and N, and Xavg is an average of x which satisfies 0.60?Xavg?0.95 and Yavg is an average of y which satisfies 0?Yavg?0.005,
(b) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least a phase of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(c) regarding the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride, in a case where crystal orientations of individual crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure in the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride in a longitudinal sectional direction of the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride are analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction apparatus, when an inclined angle frequency distribution is obtained by measuring inclined angles of normal lines of {111} planes which are crystal planes of the crystal grains with respect to a normal direction of the surface of the tool body, dividing inclined angles in a range of 0 degrees to 45 degrees with respect to the normal direction among the measured inclined angles into intervals of 0.25 degrees, and aggregating frequencies in the respective divisions, a highest peak is present in an inclined angle division in a range of 0 degrees to 10 degrees, and a sum of frequencies that are present in the range of 0 degrees to 10 degrees has a proportion of 45% or higher of a total of the frequencies in the inclined angle frequency distribution,
(d) regarding the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride, in a case where the layer is observed in the longitudinal sectional direction, a columnar structure in which an average grain width W of the individual crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure in the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride is 0.1 ?m to 2.0 ?m and an average aspect ratio A thereof is 2 to 10 is included, and
(e) in the individual crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure in the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride, a periodic compositional variation of x in Ti and Al in the (Ti1?xAlx)(CyN1?y) is present along one orientation among equivalent crystal orientations expressed by <001> of the crystal grains, x varies periodically and a difference ?x between an average of maximum values of x and an average of minimum values of x is 0.03 to 0.25.

US Pat. No. 10,456,841

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL IN WHICH HARD COATING LAYERS EXHIBITS EXCELLENT CHIPPING RESISTANCE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising:a tool body, wherein
a hard coating layer is formed on a surface of the tool body made of any of tungsten carbide-based cemented carbide, titanium carbonitride-based cermet, and a cubic boron nitride-based ultrahigh-pressure sintered body,
(a) the hard coating layer includes at least a layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride of Ti and Al, having an average layer thickness of 1 to 20 ?m,
(b) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least a phase of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(c) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least an upper layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure, and a lower layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is not present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(d) in a case where the upper layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-xAlx)(CyN1-y), an average amount Xavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Yavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Xavg and Yavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0.70?Xavg?0.95 and 0?Yavg?0.005, and
(e) in a case where the lower layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-uAlu)(CvN1-v), an average amount Uavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Vavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Uavg and Vavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0?Uavg<0.70 and 0?Vavg?0.005.

US Pat. No. 10,456,840

PIPE CUTTING TOOL AND METHODS FOR USE

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An apparatus for cutting a pipe, the apparatus comprising:(a) a base comprising a pipe support having at least one set of lower rollers;
(b) an upper frame supporting a cutting apparatus and at least one upper roller, the upper frame being moveable relative to the base between an open position in which the pipe may be inserted between the at least one set of lower rollers and the at least one upper roller, and a clamping position in which the pipe is in contact with the at least one set of lower rollers and the at least one upper roller;
(c) the cutting apparatus comprising a grooving member configured to provide an annular groove on an outer surface of the pipe, a cutting member configured to cut off a section of the pipe, and a chamfering member configured to provide a chamfer on the outer surface of the pipe between a location of the annular groove and a location of the cut in the pipe;
(d) a drive motor drivingly connected to at least one roller of the at least one set of lower rollers; and,
(e) an actuator operatively connected to the drive motor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,839

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTATIONAL POSITION TRACKING OF BRAKE LATHE ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY

Hunter Engineering Compan...

1. A method of resurfacing a brake disc of a vehicle brake rotor assembly, the method comprising:providing an on-vehicle brake lathe system having a lathe body with a driving motor, at least one cutting head operably attached to the lathe body, an adapter, a rotatable drive shaft driven by the motor for rotation about a lathe axis of rotation, and an alignment mechanism coupling the adapter to the drive shaft;
attaching the adapter of the on-vehicle brake lathe system to the vehicle brake assembly coaxial with a brake rotor assembly axis of rotation;
generating a runout measurement signal indicative of an orientation of said lathe axis of rotation with respect to said brake rotor assembly axis of rotation;
generating at least one orientation measurement signal indicative of a current rotational position about said lathe axis of rotation for a first rotationally adjustable disc having non-parallel faces, one of the faces being non-orthogonal to said lathe axis of rotation to define a slant surface contained within said alignment mechanism;
identifying, from said runout measurement signal and said orientation signal, an amount of change in a phase and/or an inclination required to align said lathe axis of rotation to said brake rotor assembly axis of rotation to within an acceptable runout tolerance;
generating electronically at least one control signal in response to said identified amount of change in said phase and/or inclination of the lathe axis of rotation using a microprocessor operatively coupled to the alignment mechanism;
altering the rotational position of said slant surface about said lathe axis of rotation within said alignment mechanism in response to said at least one control signal to achieve said required change in said phase and/or inclination of said lathe axis of rotation; and
rotationally driving said drive shaft, said alignment mechanism, and said adapter to rotate the vehicle brake assembly with respect to the at least one cutting head to resurface the brake disc of the vehicle brake rotor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,838

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL NANOPARTICLES

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

1. A method for preparing a metal nanoparticle, the method comprising:forming a solution comprising a solvent, a metal salt which provides a metal ion or an atomic group ion comprising the metal ion in the solvent, one or more surfactants which form micelles in the solvent, an amino acid, and a halide; and
forming the metal nanoparticle by adding a reducing agent to the solution,
wherein the metal nanoparticle comprises one or more bowl shaped particles comprising one or more metals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,837

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MONODISPERSE SPHERICAL GRANULES

1. A method for producing monodisperse spherical granules, comprising the steps of:heating dispersible chemically active material that contains at least one rare-earth metal;
melting the material in a pot to form a melt;
covering an outer surface of a die made of a high-melting metal selected from the group consisting of molybdenum, tungsten and tantalum with a film of a material that contains an oxide of said at least one rare-earth metal;
bubbling helium through the melt to remove insoluble particles from the melt;
flowing the melt through the die to form a laminar jet;
disintegrating the jet under an action of perturbations applied with a set frequency to form a flow of monodisperse drops;
collecting monodisperse granules formed via coalescence of said monodisperse drops;
wherein an amplitude of the perturbations applied to the jet is selected according to the equation:
Ui=U[1?c(1?ni/N)],
where U is a maximum value of the jet perturbation amplitude;
c is a non-dimensional factor with a value within the range of 0.3 ni—0, 1 . . . N is an ordinal number of a drop; and N is a quantity of coalesced drops; and is selected such that the mean square deviation of granule diameters of said monodisperse granules from a set value does not exceed 2%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,835

METHOD OF ATTACHING A PROJECTION TO A THIN WALLED COMPONENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of attaching a projection to a thin walled component, the thin walled component having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the method comprising the steps of:(i) providing a thin walled component;
(ii) identifying a first position on the first surface of the thin walled component;
(iii) identifying a second position on the second surface, wherein the first position and the second position are coincident with one another on the first surface and the second surface of the thin walled component;
(iv) building a hollow thin walled lattice structure on the second surface at the second position using a liquid metal deposition process, the lattice structure being centered on the second position; and
(v) building a projection on the first surface at the first position using a liquid metal deposition process,
wherein steps (i)-(v) are sequentially performed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,833

SHRINKABLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES

Desktop Metals, Inc., Bu...

1. A method comprising:providing a support structure;
fabricating an object from a build material on the support structure, wherein the object has a net shape based on a computerized model, wherein the build material includes a powdered material for forming a final part and a binder system including one or more binders, wherein the one or more binders resist deformation of the object during a fabrication, a debinding, and a sintering of the object into the final part, and wherein the support structure is configured to match a shrinkage of the object during at least one of the debinding and the sintering, wherein providing the support structure includes fabricating a substrate for the object from a second material having at least one of a debind shrinkage rate and a sintering shrinkage rate matching the build material; and
wherein the substrate includes two or more independent substrate plates coupled by a number of tie bars that move the independent substrate plates together at a rate corresponding to a shrinkage of the object during at least one of debind and sintering.

US Pat. No. 10,456,832

TUNDISH OUTLET MODIFIER

VESUVIUS USA CORPORATION,...

1. A block for controlling flow from a refractory vessel, comprising:a) a base disposed around a casting channel having a primary axis, the base having a base upper surface and a base lower surface, the base upper surface having a base upper surface circumference;
b) a wall extending from the circumference of the upper surface of the base, the wall having a wall upper surface;
wherein, from:
a) a first design feature, wherein the wall comprises a circumferential external surface having a top and a bottom, and wherein the block further comprises a wall circumferential lip extending radially outwardly from the circumferential external surface of the wall;
b) a second design feature, wherein the wall comprises a circumferential internal surface having a top and a bottom, and wherein the block further comprises an internal fin extending inwardly from the circumferential inner surface of the wall;
c) a third design feature, wherein the wall comprises a circumferential internal surface having a top and a bottom, wherein the wall circumferential internal surface comprises a plurality of steps, and wherein the wall circumferential internal surface has a radius with respect to the casting channel primary axis that decreases towards the bottom of the wall circumferential internal surface;
d) a fourth design feature, wherein the wall comprises a circumferential external surface having a top and a bottom, wherein the wall comprises a circumferential internal surface having a top and a bottom, wherein the wall comprises at least one entrance flow opening extending from the wall circumferential external surface to the wall circumferential internal surface;
e) a fifth design feature, wherein the wall comprises a plurality of barriers extending upwardly from the circumference of the base upper surface, and wherein each barrier is circumferentially adjacent on each side to another barrier to form a pair;
the block comprises a design feature selected from the group consisting of:
the third design feature, wherein the plurality of steps is located at a level above the level of the upper surface of the base;
the fourth design feature, wherein the at least one entrance flow opening extends upwardly to the wall upper surface, wherein the at least one entrance flow opening comprises a major axis in a horizontal plane, and wherein the block further comprises at least one deflector extending upwardly from the base upper surface and disposed between the at least one entrance flow opening and the primary axis of the casting channel; and
the fifth design feature, wherein each pair of circumferentially adjacent barriers defines an entrance flow opening, and wherein each entrance flow opening comprises a central vertical plane, wherein the block comprises at least one deflector extending upwardly from the base upper surface and disposed between an entrance flow opening and the primary casting axis of the casting channel, and wherein the at least one deflector comprises an angled facet in a facet plane facing the central plane of the entrance flow opening, wherein the central vertical plane of the entrance flow opening intersects the facet plane of the deflector, and wherein the intersection of the central vertical plane of the entrance flow opening with the facet plane has an angle from and including 91 degrees to and including 179 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,831

DETECTION OF BLOCKAGE IN INTERNAL PASSAGES OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

18. A method of inspecting an article formed by investment casting using a ceramic inner core, comprising the steps of:receiving the article with the ceramic inner core removed, the article having a first and a second passage formed by the ceramic inner core;
moving a first filler material into the first passage, and moving a second filler material into the second passage; and
inspecting the article for a presence of an apparent residual core within said first passage and said second passage, and identifying a location of the apparent residual core from said core based upon an identification of whether the location of the apparent residual core is in the first or second filler materials; and
wherein said first filler material has a different atomic weight than said second filler material, and wherein said different atomic weights are both greater than an atomic weight of the component material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,830

MULTI-SHOT CASTING

United Technologies Corpo...

15. A casting mold and casting apparatus combination comprising:a casting mold (280; 398) comprising:
a part-forming cavity (292, 294, 296) having a lower end and an upper end; and
at least one overflow passageway (302, 304, 310; 302-2; 304-2; 310-2) having an apex (314; 314-2) at a level between the upper end and the lower end; and
a casting apparatus, the casting apparatus having:
a first ingot feeder (804);
a first induction melter (808) positioned to receive an ingot from the first ingot feeder;
a first actuator (809) for rotating the first induction melter from a charging orientation to a pouring orientation for pouring into the part-forming cavity;
a second ingot feeder (804);
a second induction melter (808) positioned to receive an ingot from the second ingot feeder; and
a second actuator (809) for rotating the second induction melter from a charging orientation to a pouring orientation for pouring into the part-forming cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,456,828

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FORGED CRANKSHAFT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing a forged crankshaft including journals serving as a center of rotation, pins decentered from the journals, crank arms connecting the journals and the pins, and counterweights integrated with some or all of the crank arms, the method comprising:a first preforming step of decreasing sectional areas of portions of a billet to be formed into the pins and cross-sectional areas of portions of the billet to be formed into the journals, thereby forming flat portions;
a second preforming step of pressing an initial blank obtained by the first preforming step by a first pair of dies with a width direction of the flat portions set as a pressing direction to obtain an intermediate blank, in which portions to be formed into the crank arms incorporating the counterweights are thicker than a finished size, and portions to be formed into the counterweights integrated with the crank arms are thicker than a finished size;
a final preforming step of pressing the portions of the intermediate blank to be formed into the crank arms incorporating the counterweights and the portions of the intermediate blank to be formed into the counterweights integrated with the crank arms from an axial direction of the intermediate blank and pressing the intermediate blank from a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the intermediate blank to form the intermediate blank into a crankshaft shape, wherein:
the first pair of dies includes web processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the crank arms incorporating the counterweights and the portions to be formed into the counterweights integrated with the crank arms, pin processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the pins, and journal processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the journals;
each of the web processing portions provided in one of the first pair of dies includes an arm processing part to come into contact with a portion to be formed into the crank arm and a weight processing part to come into contact with a portion to be formed into the counterweight;
the arm processing part and the weight processing part form a recessed portion, where the arm processing part is located in a bottom side of the recessed portion and the weight processing part is located in an open side of the recessed portion;
a width of an open side of the weight processing part becomes greater with increasing distance from the bottom of the recessed portion;
in the second preforming step, the pin processing portions and the journal processing portions press the flat portions; and
while the flat portions are pressed, the portions to be formed into the crank arms incorporating the counterweights and the portions to be formed into the counterweights integrated with the crank arms are pushed into the bottom sides of the web processing portions and are deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,827

INTERCHANGEABLE DIE TRANSFER STATION, JOINING TOOL SYSTEM AND JOINING METHOD

NEWFREY LLC, New Britain...

1. A transfer station for temporarily storing an interchangeable die defining a longitudinal axis and including a die head and a die shank, and wherein the interchangeable die can be taken out of the transfer station by a joining tool to carry out a joining operation which uses the interchangeable die and can be returned to the transfer station again once the joining operation has been carried out, said transfer station comprising:a base;
a die receptacle located on the base and open in a radial direction transverse to the longitudinal axis and into which the interchangeable die can be inserted in the radial direction transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis;
a rotating device operable for rotating the die relative to the base for presentation to and engagement with the joining tool; and
a U-shaped portion located in the base and partially around the receptacle; and the U-shaped portion is rotatable in relation to the base between a transfer position, wherein the U shaped portion is open in the radial direction and a locked position, wherein the U-shaped portion closes the receptacle in the radial direction; and in the transfer position the interchangeable die is insertable into the die receptacle, and in the locked position the die is held securely in the transfer station.

US Pat. No. 10,456,826

TAPE FEED APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A SELF-PIERCING RIVET MACHINE

Newfrey LLC, New Britain...

1. A tape feed apparatus for a self-piercing rivet machine comprising:a supply reel, a receiver assembly, and an exhaust reel;
a tape path extending in a forward direction from the supply reel, through the receiver, and to the exhaust reel, and the tape path extending in a reverse direction from the exhaust reel, through the receiver, and to the supply reel;
a tape extending along the tape path, the tape having rivet apertures designed to carry self-piercing rivets and a rivet positioning aperture corresponding to each rivet aperture;
the receiver assembly being coupled to an end of a self-piercing rivet spindle to receive self-piercing rivets carried by the tape along the tape path below a self-piercing rivet punch of the spindle;
the receiver assembly including a reverse locking pawl designed to permit movement of the tape along the tape path in the forward direction and to bring a lead self-piercing rivet into a position of alignment with the self-piercing rivet punch by engaging the corresponding rivet positioning aperture of the tape to stop movement of the tape in the reverse direction as the lead self-piercing rivet in the rivet apertures comes into the position of alignment with the self-piercing rivet punch from the reverse direction; and
a two-directional tape indexing system designed to move the tape in the forward direction causing the lead self-piercing rivet to move into an overalignment position on the tape path in which the lead self-piercing rivet is beyond the position of alignment with the self-piercing rivet punch in the forward direction, and to move the tape in the reverse direction causing the lead self-piercing rivet to move from the overalignment position into the position of alignment with the self-piercing rivet punch from the reverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,825

METHOD FOR PRESS-ROLLING A TIMEPIECE MAINSPRING

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for press-rolling a mainspring, from a wire having an eye with a first curvature pre-formed in a first operation, comprising:using a roller press comprising a first support and guide means to exert a force on said wire in a first contact area of the wire, the first contact area being located between a second and a third contact area of said wire with a second and a third support and guide means, respectively, in a second operation to wind, beyond said eye, an accumulation area with a second curvature opposite to the first curvature of said eye, said first contact area being on a first side of the wire and the second and third contact areas being on a second side of the wire opposite to said first side, and
advancing the wire and, during the advance of said wire, gradually moving the position of said first contact area in a direction toward said second and third contact areas, to vary a press-rolling diameter from a first minimum value to a second maximum value at a neck junction between said accumulation area and said eye;
wherein said first contact area is located between the second and third contact areas in a longitudinal direction of said wire.

US Pat. No. 10,456,824

SAFETY POWER ASSIST FOR MANUAL PRESS

BTM Company LLC, Marysvi...

1. A press comprising:(a) a tool including a punch;
(b) a frame;
(c) a manual actuator;
(d) the tool being operably moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the frame due to movement of the manual actuator;
(e) a switch;
(f) an abutment surface;
(g) an automatically powered actuator coupled to the punch;
(h) a biasing member being compressible when the manual actuator is moved in an operating condition which causes the abutment surface to activate the switch, and the switch activation then operably causing the automatically powered actuator to advance the punch; and
(i) the manual actuator being adapted for reverse movement to retract the tool even after the biasing member has been partially compressed to an intermediate position which is insufficient to cause activation of the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,456,823

BOND FIXTURE COMPOSITE SPLICE FAIRING ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A bond fixture comprising:a frame that defines a chamber for receiving a component;
at least one bladder assembly mounted to the frame and extending into the chamber to apply a pressure to an adjacent surface of the component;
a caul assembly separate from the frame and from the at least one bladder, the caul assembly being positionable about the component and receivable adjacent an interior surface of the at least one bladder assembly within the chamber, wherein the caul assembly includes a heater operable to heat a localized portion of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,822

TANDEM WATER SPOT COOLING DEVICE FOR TOP DIE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. A tandem water spot cooling device for a top die, comprising:a spot cooling device main body, a lower sealing plate, an outer-ring circular track, an inner-ring serpentine passage, outer-ring flow dividing baffles, inner-ring flow dividing baffles, outer-ring through holes, inner-ring through holes, bolt hole reservation positions, stripper rod reservation positions, and water inlet and outlet connection through holes, wherein the spot cooling device main body is a steel disc, and comprises the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage which are connected together end to end, respectively; the outer-ring through holes and the outer-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the outer-ring circular track, and the outer-ring through holes are connected to cooling holes in a top die of a die; the inner-ring through holes and the inner-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the inner-ring serpentine passage, and the inner-ring through holes are connected to the cooling holes in the top die of the die; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the stripper rod reservation positions at an inner side of the inner-ring serpentine passage; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the bolt hole reservation positions; the lower sealing plate is disposed below the spot cooling device main body, and the spot cooling device main body and the lower sealing plate are configured to encircle the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage to form closed ducts; and the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage of the tandem water spot cooling device for the top die are connected to the water inlet and outlet connection through holes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,456,821

FINE BLANKING CAM DIE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN INC., C...

1. A method of fine blanking a slug from a workpiece, the method comprising:positioning a fine blanking cam die between a moveable ram and a base of a press;
positioning a sheet metal workpiece between an axially moveable punch and laterally moveable cam dies;
advancing the punch toward the workpiece and partially piercing the workpiece as the punch travels into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness;
translating at least one of the cam dies toward the slug to decrease a clearance between the cam dies and the punch after the punch has traveled into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness such that the cam dies apply a side force to the slug material being formed as the punch continues to travel through the workpiece; and
advancing the punch through the workpiece to separate the slug from the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,820

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED MEMBER

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a molded member by carrying out multi-stage drawing on a base metal sheet, the molded member comprising: a tubular body; and a flange formed at an end portion of the tubular body,wherein the multi-stage drawing comprises:
preliminary drawing for forming a preliminary body having a body element from the base metal sheet;
at least one compression drawing performed after the preliminary drawing using a mold, the mold comprising: a die having a pushing hole; a punch for being inserted into the inside of the body element to push the body element into the pushing hole; and a compressing device that applies a compressive force along a depth direction of the body element to a circumferential wall of the body element, the at least one compression drawing forming the tubular body by drawing the body element while applying the compressive force to the body element; and
at least one finishing ironing performed after the at least one compression drawing;
wherein the compressing device comprises a lifter pad, the lifter pad comprising: a pad portion which is disposed at an outer circumferential position of the punch so as to face the die, and on which a lower end of the circumferential wall of the body element is placed; and an urging portion, the urging portion being configured to support the pad portion from below and enable a supporting force for supporting the pad portion to be adjusted;
wherein the at least one compression drawing is performed without the pad portion machos arriving at a bottom dead center;
wherein the supporting force acts upon the body element as the compressive force when performing the compression drawing of the body element; and
wherein in the at least one finishing ironing process, an ironing ratio Y is defined by the following equation:

in which:
cre represents clearance of a mold used for the finishing ironing; and
tre represents an average thickness of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing; and
a ratio X of a curvature radius r of a shoulder portion of a die of the mold used for the finishing ironing to the average thickness tre of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing is defined as:
X=r/tre; and
wherein the ironing ratio Y is determined so as to satisfy the following equation with respect to the ratio X:
0

US Pat. No. 10,456,819

MEMORY INTERFACE CONFIGURABLE FOR ASYNCHRONOUS AND SYNCHRONOUS OPERATION AND FOR ACCESSING STORAGE FROM ANY CLOCK DOMAIN

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A system comprising:a memory controller; and
a memory device coupled to and external to the memory controller, the memory device comprising:
a storage array having dual configurability to support both synchronous and asynchronous modes of operation; and
a control logic including a control signal multiplexer coupled to a chain of registers, wherein the control signal multiplexer is configured to selectively forward a clock signal or an asynchronous control signal to the chain of registers depending on a selected mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,818

SIMPLE PRE-CONTROL OF A WEDGE-TYPE ROLL-GAP ADJUSTMENT OF A ROUGHING STAND

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GE...

1. An operating method for a rolling mill processing in succession a plurality of flat items of metal rolling stock, the method comprising:feeding a first flat item of the plurality of flat items through a plurality of roll stands of the rolling mill via a first feed path;
roughing down the first flat item in at least one stand of the plurality of roll stands during at least one roughing pass with a first value of a wedge setting then finish-rolling the roughed down first flat item in finishing passes;
registering a first thickness wedge produced for the first flat item after the finish-rolling of the first flat item;
comparing the first thickness wedge of the first flat item with a first target wedge, and determining a deviation of the first thickness wedge from the first target wedge;
based on the deviation and on the first value of the wedge setting, determining a new value of the wedge setting for the at least one roughing pass;
adjusting the wedge setting in the course of the at least one roughing pass in accordance with the new value of the wedge setting for a next flat item of the plurality of flat items to be rolled next, so that the next flat item is roughed down in the at least one roughing pass with the new value of the wedge setting; and
during the roughing down of the plurality of flat item in one of the roll stands, placing lateral guides and/or edgers against the flat items in front or upstream of and/or behind or downstream of the roll stand, such that the lateral guides and/or edgers exert transverse forces on the respective flat items of rolling stock for preventing a saber-type formation in the rolling stock in the course of roughing down;
wherein the adjusting of the wedge setting is such that the wedge setting is proportional to the thickness wedge existing in the finish-rolled respective flat item.

US Pat. No. 10,456,815

INJECTOR NEEDLE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Bluebonnet Foods, L.P., ...

1. A food injection needle cleaning system, comprising:a fluid tank containing a fluid substance;
a pump coupled to the fluid tank;
at least one chamber comprising at least one tubular bore passing through the at least one chamber and a fluid substance inlet in fluid flow communication with the at least one tubular bore and the pump;
a needle receiver movably engageable with a first opening of the at least one tubular bore;
at least one first compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that a press member bears upon the at least one first compressible member;
at least one substantially incompressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one first compressible annular member bears upon the at least one substantially incompressible annular member; the at least one substantially incompressible annular member having a fluid substance opening in fluid flow communication with the fluid substance inlet of the at least one chamber;
at least one second compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one substantially incompressible annular member bears upon the at least one second compressible annular member;
an end cap having a waste opening passing therethrough, the end cap sealing a second opening of the at least one tubular bore of the at least one chamber; and
each of the at least one first compressible annular member, the at least one substantially incompressible annular member, the at least one second compressible annular member and the waste opening have inner diameters configured to accept a food injection needle therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,814

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors, a sensor of the plurality of the sensors including a sensor pad, a well structure defining a well array having a plurality of wells, a well of the plurality of wells disposed over each sensor of the sensor array and providing an opening to the sensor pad, a lid attached over the sensor array and the well structure and including a fluid port, a space defined between the lid and the well structure, the method comprising:applying a treatment solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a first period between 30 seconds and 30 minutes, the treatment solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad, the treatment solution including an organo-silicon compound, an organic acid and an organic solvent, the organic solvent has a normal boiling point in a range of 36° C. to 345° C.;
applying a basic solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a second period between 20 seconds and 15 minutes, the basic solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad; and
applying a rinse solution through the fluid port the rinse solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,812

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WASHING MEAT AND/OR PRODUCE

1. An apparatus for washing meat or produce, the apparatus comprising:a container having an interior volume defined by a wall and a base, said container having an opening at an upper end thereof;
a pipe having an outlet opening to said interior volume of said container, said pipe having an inlet exterior of said container, said outlet of said pipe opening adjacent to said base such that a flow of fluid through said pipe is directed toward or adjacent to said base; and
a handle affixed to or formed with said container on the wall of said container, said handle being hollow and having one end adjacent to the opening of said container and communicating with the interior volume of said container and having an opposite end positioned above said pipe and communicating with the interior volume of said container, the flow of fluid directed by said pipe flowing into the opposite end of said handle, through said handle and outwardly of the one end of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,811

LIM WEIGHT SORTER

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor comprising:a conveyor belt advancing along a carryway path in a direction of belt travel, the conveyor belt having a plurality of electrically conductive rollers rotatable in a lateral direction transverse to the direction of belt travel;
a linear stator adjacent to the conveyor belt in a roller-activation zone extending along the carryway path from a zone entrance to a zone exit;
wherein each of the electrically conductive rollers, acting as a rotor, forms with the linear stator a constant-torque linear-induction motor that rotates the rollers in the lateral direction in the roller-activation zone so that objects conveyed on the conveyor belt are propelled by the rotation of the rollers to exit the roller-activation zone with a speed parallel to the lateral direction that is inversely proportional to the weights of the objects;
a sensor sensing the conveyed objects and making measurements of their lateral acceleration, lateral speed, or lateral displacement along the carryway downstream of the zone entrance of the roller-activation zone for conversion of the measurements into object weights.

US Pat. No. 10,456,810

INFLATION-ACTIVATED SEPARATOR SCREEN

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. A method of forming a screen, the method comprising:bending a first end of a first hem crimp over an adjacent first portion of the first hem crimp to form a first U-shaped bend;
bending the first U-shaped bend by an angle to form a hemming end portion;
positioning a first edge of a mesh portion proximate a vertex of the angle;
bending the hemming end portion over an adjacent second portion of the first hem crimp to form a second U-shaped bend and to secure the first edge of the mesh portion therebetween the hemming end portion and the adjacent second portion of the first hem crimp; and
bending the second U-shaped bend over and onto the first U-shaped bend to form a third U-shaped bend, such that the first edge of the mesh portion is at least one of hemmed and crimped to the first hem crimp.

US Pat. No. 10,456,809

VIBRATING SCREEN FOR AN INLET HOPPER OF A CONVEYOR

1. A vibrating screen in combination with an inlet hopper of a conveyor for screening particulate material fed into the inlet hopper, the inlet hopper comprising:side walls which define upper edges of the inlet hopper, the upper edges being disposed around a periphery of the inlet hopper and delimiting an inlet opening at or adjacent a top of the inlet hopper;
the side walls having upper portions which locate the upper edges at respective tops of the upper portions;
the side walls further including inner shoulders extending inwardly from the upper portions of the side walls at locations spaced below the upper edges, the inner shoulders defining upper support surfaces and terminating at edges spaced inwardly from the upper portions that delimit an opening sized smaller than the inlet opening;
the vibrating screen comprising:
a screen spanning longitudinally between first and second screen ends and laterally between opposing screen sides which join the first and second screen ends, the screen having openings sized to receive at least individual particles of the particulate material therethrough;
a mounting assembly arranged for removably mounting to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
a suspension system resiliently supporting the screen on the mounting assembly such that the screen spans across at least a portion of the inlet opening;
a vibrating device arranged for vibrating the screen relative to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
the mounting assembly comprising a frame removably supported on the inner shoulders of the side walls of the inlet hopper;
the frame defining a bottom surface along a periphery of the frame that is disposed in removable contact with the upper support surfaces of the inner shoulders;
an inner side of the frame defined inwardly of the bottom surface delimiting an opening through which the particulate material can pass from the screen to the inlet hopper; and
an outer side of the frame defined outwardly of the bottom surface and opposite to the inner side being sized and shaped in a manner substantially matching the upper portions of the side walls of the inlet hopper so that the outer side of the frame is substantially disposed in removable contact with the upper portions of the side walls to resist movement of the frame relative to the inlet hopper when the screen is vibrating.

US Pat. No. 10,456,807

BEAD-APEX ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. A bead-apex assembly system, comprising:a bead forming system;
an apex application system; and
a supporting assembly; and
a separation system, the separation system including at least a first gripping element and a second gripping element configured to grip respective annular bead rings formed on a bead former of the bead forming system,
wherein the supporting assembly is located at least partially between the separation system and the apex application system,
wherein the supporting assembly includes a rotatable arm coupled to a chuck, wherein the chuck that is separate from, and movable relative to, the bead former of the bead forming system and the first and second gripping elements of the separation system,
wherein the first gripping element is movable axially relative to the second gripping element such that it is configured to space the respective annular bead rings in an axial direction such that they are positioned for receipt by the supporting assembly, and
wherein the supporting assembly includes at least two chucks for moving the respective annular bead rings from the separation system to the apex application system.

US Pat. No. 10,456,806

LUMINESCENT APPLICATION AND REMOVAL TOOLS

PRC-DeSoto International,...

1. A luminescent tool for applying or removing a sealant or an adhesive comprising:at least one end comprising a surface structured and arranged to contact the sealant or adhesive, and a polymeric material with a luminescent material disposed therein; and
a load-bearing portion comprising the polymeric material with the luminescent material disposed therein,
wherein the luminescent tool comprises a spatula, scraper, spreader, or smoother;
the luminescent material comprises from 0.01 to 30 weight percent of the total weight of the polymeric material and the luminescent material;
the polymeric material has a tensile strength of greater than 10,000 psi;
the polymeric material has a modulus of greater than 5,000 MPa; and
the polymeric material comprises a continuous matrix, and the luminescent material is dispersed in the continuous polymeric matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,456,805

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID

Fishman Corporation, Hop...

1. A handheld apparatus, comprising:a housing, wherein the housing includes a motor, and wherein the motor is configured to be operatively connected to a power supply;
wherein the motor is further configured to be operatively connected to a drive rod, wherein the drive rod is configured to engage a piston of a fluid cartridge; and
wherein the housing of the handheld apparatus further includes a controller having an on-board microprocessor configured to be operatively connected to the power supply, the controller configured to wirelessly receive a control signal upon activation of a power source, wherein the controller is configured to generate a drive signal to the motor to generate a positive and a negative pressure within the fluid cartridge based upon the control signal, wherein the drive signal is based upon receiving a cartridge volume value and a drive rod forward velocity value from the control signal, wherein the control signal, when received, is configured to:
generate, without requiring user action, the positive pressure within the fluid cartridge by adjusting, via the motor, the drive rod and piston in a first direction relative to the fluid cartridge to dispense fluid in the fluid cartridge via a nozzle, and
generate, without requiring user action, the negative pressure within the fluid cartridge by adjusting, via the motor, the drive rod and piston in a second direction relative to the fluid cartridge to draw fluid into the fluid cartridge via the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,804

APPLICATION DEVICE

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. An application device for multicomponent materials, including multicomponent adhesives or multicomponent sealants, comprising:at least two cartridge receiving devices for receiving exchangeable cartridges containing material components to be mixed;
an expulsion device for expelling the material components from the cartridges; and
a mixing device for mixing the material components, wherein the mixing device includes a rotary mixer which is configured to be driven via a drive shaft said drive shaft having at least one flexible portion having a first end and a second end, wherein
the drive shaft is, at least in some sections, twisted and/or is twistable, and
a (maximum) torsion angle measures at least 1°.

US Pat. No. 10,456,803

METHODS OF REMOVING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE FROM AN APPLICATOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of removing a glutinous substance from an applicator, the method comprising:removing an actuator and a plunger, extending from the actuator, from the applicator before the glutinous substance has solidified;
allowing the glutinous substance to solidify inside the applicator, such that the glutinous substance that has solidified comprises a first sealant plug, located inside a first body portion of the applicator, a second sealant plug, integral with the first sealant plug and located partially inside a second body portion of the applicator, and a third sealant plug, integral with the first sealant plug and located inside an end-effector interface, extending from a base portion of the first body portion;
detaching a side cover from the base portion of the first body portion to expose the first sealant plug;
severing the first sealant plug from the second sealant plug at a first junction between the first body portion and the second body portion;
severing the first sealant plug from the third sealant plug at a second junction between the base portion of the first body portion and the end-effector interface;
detaching a tip portion of the applicator from the second body portion to expose a portion of the second sealant plug;
extracting the second sealant plug from the second body portion by pulling the portion of the second sealant plug, exposed by detaching the tip portion from the second body portion away from the second body portion in a direction along the second body portion;
separating the first sealant plug from the base portion of the first body portion; and
extracting the third sealant plug from the end-effector interface of the first body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,802

ATOMIZING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MITSUBIHSHI-ELECT...

1. An atomizing apparatus that forms a solution into a mist, said atomizing apparatus comprising:a container that accommodates said solution;
a mist generator that forms said solution into a mist;
an inner hollow structure that is located in said container and has a hollow inside;
a gas supplying unit that is located in said container and supplies a gas into a gas supply space being a space enclosed by an inner surface of said container and an outer surface of said inner hollow structure; and
a connecting portion that connects said hollow of said inner hollow structure and said gas supply space,
wherein a speed of the gas output from the connecting portion into said hollow of said inner hollow structure is faster than a speed of the carrier gas output from the gas supplying unit into said gas supply space,
the gas supplying unit includes a single gas supply port through which the gas enters into the gas supply space, and
wherein a dimension between an inner wall surface of said container and an outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said connecting portion is smaller than a dimension between the inner wall surface of said container and the outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said gas supplying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,800

CONFIGURABLE COMPUTING ARRAY COMPRISING CONFIGURABLE COMPUTING ELEMENTS

HangZhou HaiCun Informati...

1. A configurable computing array, comprising:at least an array of configurable logic elements including a configurable logic element for selectively realizing a logic function from a logic library; and
at least an array of configurable computing elements including first and second configurable computing elements, wherein said first configurable computing element comprises at least a first memory for storing at least a first portion of a first look-up table (LUT) for a first math function; and, said second configurable computing element comprises at least a second memory for storing at least a second portion of a second LUT for a second math function;
whereby said configurable computing array realizes a third math function by programming said configurable logic elements and said configurable computing elements, wherein said third math function is a combination of at least said first and second math functions;
wherein each of said first and second math functions includes more operations than arithmetic operations included in said logic library.

US Pat. No. 10,456,799

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser device comprising: a reservoir (10) containing fluid; a dispenser head (20) that is provided with a dispenser orifice (21); dispenser means (30) for dispensing at least a fraction of said fluid through said dispenser orifice (21); and passage means (40) for connecting said reservoir (10) to said dispenser orifice (21) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said passage means (40) including a hollow needle (41) that penetrates into said reservoir (10) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said needle (41) being fastened in a needle support (60) that is itself fastened in said dispenser head (20); the dispenser device being characterized in that said needle support (60) includes blocking means (65, 66) that, in the rest position, co-operate with said reservoir (10) so as to prevent it from moving axially relative to said head (20).

US Pat. No. 10,456,798

SPRAYER DEVICE WITH AEROSOL FUNCTIONALITY (“FLAIROSOL”)

Dispensing Technologies B...

1. A method of dispensing a liquid from a device, comprising:providing a liquid within an inner container that is surrounded by an outer container, with a space between the outer surface of the inner container and the inner surface of the outer container;
providing a pressure chamber within the inner container, the pressure chamber separated from an outlet nozzle by an outlet valve, the outlet valve normally locked in a closed position by a locking mechanism;
drawing liquid from the inner container into a piston chamber and pumping it under pressure into the pressure chamber until the liquid is at a pressure greater than or equal to a minimum pressure sufficient to open the outlet valve, the piston chamber having a larger volume than the pressure chamber; and
releasing the valve locking mechanism so that the liquid can open the outlet valve and exit via the outlet nozzle;
wherein the space is open to the atmosphere, and as the liquid exits from the outlet channel, air enters into the space and causes the inner container to shrink.

US Pat. No. 10,456,797

PORTABLE SPRAY APPARATUS HAVING A CARRIER FRAME

1. A portable spray apparatus comprising:a carrier frame defining an upward direction;
a blower;
a supply vessel for holding a medium to be applied by the spray apparatus;
an upper unit including said supply vessel and being configured to be held on said carrier frame;
a lower unit having said blower and being configured to be held on said carrier frame;
said upper and lower units being disposed in said upward direction at a distance (z) from each other;
said distance (z) being selected so as to form a movement gap between said upper unit and said lower unit;
a damping stop fixed on said upper unit and configured to delimit said movement gap and dampen an elastic deflection of said upper unit by a contact engaging of said damping stop on said lower unit;
said damping stop having a free end and being so mounted on said upper unit so as to cause said free end to come into contact with said lower unit after overcoming a spacing (b);
said damping stop being arranged such that:
in a first state, wherein said upper unit is not deflected out relative to said lower unit, said damping stop is only in contact with said upper unit; and,
in a second state, wherein said upper unit is deflected out relative to said lower unit and said spacing (b) has been overcome, said damping stop is in contact with said lower unit and said damping stop acts to dampen via elastic deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,796

SPRAY NOZZLE FOR ATTEMPERATORS AND ATTEMPERATOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A spray nozzle operable to spray cooling water into a steam transfer pipe and installed in an attemperator including the steam transfer pipe, the spray nozzle comprising:a fixed pipe coupled at a first end to an outer surface of the steam transfer pipe and open at a second end; and
a first support protruding from an outer circumferential surface of the spray nozzle toward an inner circumferential surface of the fixed pipe, to space the spray nozzle and the fixed pipe apart from each other, wherein
the spray nozzle is disposed in the fixed pipe so as to be coupled to the second end of the fixed pipe and projected through the first end in order to spray the cooling water into the steam transfer pipe by way of the fixed pipe, and
the first support has an annular shape including first and second surfaces each of which is parallel to the other and communicates with the outer circumferential surface of the spray nozzle, the first surface being disposed outward radially with respect to a center axis of the steam transfer pipe and residing radially inside the outer surface of the steam transfer pipe, the second surface being disposed inward radially with respect to the first surface and residing radially inside an inner surface of the steam transfer pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,795

NOZZLE ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND NOZZLE ADJUSTMENT METHOD

HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, ...

1. A nozzle adjustment device, comprising:an adjustment sheet;
a spray pipe positioning unit, comprising spray pipe positioning holes symmetrical in pairs disposed on the adjustment sheet and two spray pipe positioning bolts for being inserted into the spray pipe positioning holes; and
a nozzle positioning unit, comprising a nozzle positioning hole disposed at the center of the adjustment sheet and an angle fixing portion homocentrically disposed on a periphery of the nozzle positioning hole, wherein the angle fixing portion is a rotating disc structure capable of homocentrically rotating relative to the adjustment sheet, angle auxiliary scales are disposed on an edge of the angle fixing portion and the adjustment sheet at corresponding positions, two symmetrical angle positioning holes and two symmetrical angle positioning bolts are further disposed on the angle fixing portion, and when the angle positioning bolts are inserted into the angle positioning holes and are forced tight, an angle of the angle positioning portion relative to the adjustment sheet is fixed at a preset angle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,794

SHOWER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A shower assembly comprising:an inlet port for receiving water from a water source at a source flow rate;
a reservoir for receiving the water from the water source through the inlet port;
a plurality of first outlets configured to continuously pass water from the reservoir; and
a plurality of second outlets configured to selectively pass water from the reservoir simultaneously with water being passed from the plurality of first outlets;
wherein a portion of the reservoir associated with the second plurality of outlets is configured to accumulate water such that when water is simultaneously released from the plurality of first outlets and the plurality of second outlets, the total collective flow rate of all water exiting the reservoir exceeds the source flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,793

CARTRIDGES AND DISPENSER DEVICES FOR JETS OF WATER INCORPORATING SUCH CARTRIDGES

NIKLES TEC ITALIA S.r.l.,...

1. A cartridge to be housed in a cartridge seat made in a device body of a dispenser device for jets of water, comprising:a cartridge body, comprising a first compartment and a second compartment, said second compartment being separated from said first compartment by a watertight separation septum, the cartridge body comprising an entry aperture for the entry of a flow of water into the first compartment and at least one exit aperture opening toward the outside environment for the exit of the flow of water from the first compartment;
a generator housed in said first compartment, said generator being suitable for being driven by a flow of water which crosses said first compartment from the entry aperture to the at least one exit aperture; and
at least one electronic device housed in said second compartment suitable for generating a secondary effect perceivable by a user, said electronic device being powered electrically by the generator, the second compartment being separated from the external environment by a separation element suitable for allowing transmission of said secondary effect towards the outside environment, wherein
the cartridge body comprises a cylindrical shape with a cartridge axis (X),
the entry aperture and the separation element are provided at opposite ends of the cartridge body along the cartridge axis (X),
the first compartment is superposed on the second compartment along the cartridge axis (X), and
the at least one exit aperture of the water is directed radially with respect to the cartridge axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,456,791

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTACTLESS OPTICALLY-INDUCED DIELECTROPHORESIS FOR SEPARATION OF CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS

Ace Medical Technology Co...

1. A method for performing contactless optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) for separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the method comprising the steps of:(1) obtaining blood with suspected CTCs;
(2) adding at least one fluorescent antibody that binds to the CTCs into the blood to form stained blood;
(3) injecting the stained blood with the at least one fluorescent antibody into a sample receiving member of an ODEP device wherein the ODEP device includes a first conductive glass and a second conductive glass, the first conductive glass includes a transverse main channel and a longitudinal micro channel joining the main channel at a cell separation zone, and the first conductive glass includes a first hole and a second hole aligned with two ends of the main channel respectively, a third hole aligned with one end of the microchannel that is distal to the cell separation zone, the sample receiving member disposed on and aligned with the first hole, an exhaust discharge member disposed on and aligned with the second hole, a target collection member disposed on and aligned with the third hole, and a controller including an optical projection device and an image fetch device;
(4) performing fluorescent image identification by immunofluorescent microscopic observation using the optical projection device and the image fetch device to identify and distinguish the CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody from pseudo positive target cells that have fluorescent expression and lack cell nuclei;
(5) trapping the identified CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody in the ODEP device by creating an image pattern by projecting a light image and then generating an ODEP force;
(6) separating the trapped CTCs from other non-CTCs at the cell separation zone;
(7) collecting the trapped CTCs in the target collection member; and
(8) obtaining the collected CTCs from the target collection member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,790

MACHINE FOR TREATING INFECTIOUS WASTE, IN PARTICULAR MEDICAL WASTE

TESALYS, Lyons (FR)

1. A machine for treating waste, comprising:a waste loading receptacle for loading waste, comprising walls defining the waste loading receptacle,
a shredding assembly for shredding said waste, including a shredder, and a pusher making it possible to push the waste toward the shredder, the pusher including a plate and an actuator for actuating the plate in the receptacle;
the receptacle has a constant cross-section between a waste loading opening and a communication opening with the shredder, the waste loading opening being an upper opening; and
the plate is translatable in the waste loading receptacle, parallel to the axis along which the receptacle has said constant cross-section, the plate having an edge wall and having dimensions such that only an interstice exists between the edge wall of the plate and the walls defining said waste loading receptacle; the plate is movable between a withdrawn position, where the plate is able to be freed from said waste loading opening, and an end-of-travel position, where the plate is situated adjacent said communication opening;
the machine comprises a sealing gasket within the waste loading receptacle movable between a retracted position and a sealing position;
wherein in the retracted position, the sealing gasket does not hinder the mobility of the plate in the waste loading receptacle, and in the sealing position, the sealing gasket fills the interstice and produces, in said end-of-travel position of the plate, sealing between the plate and the walls of said receptacle;
wherein, in the withdrawn position, the pusher is completely housed in a cover of the machine, the cover being movable between a position covering the waste loading opening, in which the cover closes the opening, and a retracted position, in which the cover does not hinder the loading of waste in said receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,789

PIPETTE WASH

DOUGLAS SCIENTIFIC, LLC, ...

1. A method of washing an array of pipette tips comprising:providing a dispensing jet system including the array of pipette tips;
lowering the array of pipette tips into a wash basin comprising an array of flush ports, the wash basin positioned on a shiftable wash valve plate comprising an array of valves, the shiftable wash valve plate enabled to work with a vacuum source to control vacuum timing;
generating a vacuum and shifting the wash valve plate such that the residual biological material in the array of pipette tips is evacuated through the array of flush ports and the array of valves; and
running a wash cycle comprising:
raising the array of pipette tips from the wash basin;
filling the wash basin with a primary wash fluid;
lowering the array of pipette tips into the wash basin;
running a pipette tip cleansing cycle using dispensing pipette piston cycles of the dispensing jet system to aspirate and dispense the wash fluid in the pipette tips; and
generating a vacuum such that the primary wash fluid in the array of pipette tips and the wash basin is evacuated through the array of flush ports; and
positioning a vacuum conduit above the wash basin, the vacuum conduit coupled to a vacuum source to remove vapors from above the wash basin during the wash cycle and/or after the wash cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,788

APPARATUS FOR DISRUPTION OF CELL AND TISSUE SAMPLES IN MULTI-WELL PLATES

1. An apparatus for disrupting substances contained in multi-well plates, said apparatus comprising:a housing;
one or more guide rod attached to said housing;
one or more box holder attached to one or more guide rod slider, wherein each of said one or more guide rod slider are movably attached to the one or more guide rod;
one or more compression spring each located on one of said one or more guide rod, wherein each of said one or more compression spring on the guide rod is located in-between said housing and said box holder;
an electric motor;
a ring having one or more circumferential tooth, wherein said ring is configured to be spun by said electric motor; and
at least one wedge located on each of said one or more box holder, wherein said wedge and said one or more box holders configured to being continuously spring biased by said one or more compression springs into engagement with the one or more circumferential tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,456,787

REAGENT COMPONENT DISPENSING CAPS FOR REAGENT CONTAINERS USED IN AUTOMATED CLINICAL ANALYZERS

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A device for storing reagent components in an automated clinical analyzer, comprising:a container lid, said container lid comprising,
a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal central axis, the cylindrical wall defining a lumen,
a first opening to the lumen at a first end of the cylindrical wall,
a second opening to the lumen at a second end of the cylindrical wall
a portion of the lumen defining a reagent chamber 62 configured to store one or more reagents,
wherein the cylindrical wall further comprises internal threads 30 extending from the first end 20 to the second end 22 of the cylindrical wall;
a cylindrical member 40 positioned within the lumen and confined between and shorter than the distance between the first and second ends, said cylindrical member 40 comprising external threads 50 configured to operatively engage the internal threads 30 of said cylindrical wall and thereby to move the cylindrical member along the central longitudinal axis within the lumen, and wherein said engagement between the internal threads 30 and said external threads 50 form a gas-tight seal between the first opening of the lumen and the reagent chamber 62;
a breakable seal 60 positioned at the second end 22 of cylindrical wall extending across the second opening of the lumen, wherein the reagent chamber 62 is bounded by the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical member 40 and the breakable seal 60; and
an attachment structure 75 joined to the second end of the cylindrical wall, the attachment structure 75 including an engagement portion shaped for receiving a mating engagement portion of a container 72 at an opening of the container 72 and retaining the cylindrical wall and the breakable seal 60 in a fixed position against the container 72 such that the breakable seal 60 seals the opening of the container 72.

US Pat. No. 10,456,786

SEPTUMS AND RELATED METHODS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A septum comprising:a first surface;
a membrane coupled to at least a portion of the first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
ribs extending between the membrane and the second surface, the first surface spaced apart from the second surface by the ribs, each rib having a first end coupled to the membrane and a second end extending between a first edge of the second surface and a second edge of the second surface, a height of each rib defined between the membrane and the second surface, the ribs and the membrane to form a seal prior to penetration by a probe, wherein the second end is curved and has a parabolic cross-sectional shape having a vertex, and wherein the vertex is in a plane, and the first edge of the second surface and the second edge of the second surface are in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,784

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES

OPKO Diagnostics, LLC, W...

1. A device comprising:a first component comprising a first channel formed in a first material and including at least a first port, the first channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension greater than 200 microns, wherein the first material has a water vapor permeability of less than about 5.0 g·mm/m2·d;
a second component comprising a second channel formed in a second material and including at least a second port, the second channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension less than 200 microns, wherein the first material is different from the second material;
a fluidic connector that can be connected to the first and second components, the fluid connector comprising a fluid path including a fluid path inlet and a fluid path outlet, wherein upon connection, the fluid path inlet fluidically connects to the first port and the fluid path outlet fluidically connects to the second port to allow fluid communication between the first and second channels,
wherein the first and second channels are not in fluid communication with one another absent connection via the fluidic connector,
wherein the first and second components are substantially planar and lie on top of one another, and
wherein both the first port and the second port are accessible from a top surface of the first component or the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,783

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Click Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a sample input module enclosed by the housing, the sample input module defining a sample input volume that receives an input sample;
a solid control organism within the sample input volume, the solid control organism being nonpathogenic to humans and being rehydrated and mixed with the input sample when the input sample is conveyed from the sample input volume;
an amplification module coupled within the housing and configured to receive the input sample, the amplification module defining a reaction volume and including a heater, the amplification module configured to amplify a control nucleic acid within the control organism to produce a control amplicon along with amplification of a target nucleic acid within the input sample to produce a target amplicon;
a reagent formulated to produce a first signal indicating a presence of the target amplicon and a second signal indicating a presence of the control amplicon; and
a detection module that receives an output produced by the amplification module including the target amplicon and the control amplicon, the detection module including a first detection surface and a second detection surface, the first detection surface configured to interact with the target amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the first signal is produced from the first detection surface, the second detection surface configured to interact with the control amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the second signal is produced from the second detection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,782

DENSITY PHASE SEPARATION DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A separation assembly for enabling separation of a fluid sample into first and second phases, comprising:a collection container having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween, the collection container defining a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end; and
a mechanical separator comprising a separator body having a through-hole defined therein and a sealing perimeter defined on an exterior surface of the separator body, the separator body adapted to transition from a first initial position in which the through-hole is oriented in an open position for allowing fluid to pass therethrough, to a second sealing position in which the through-hole is oriented in a closed position for preventing fluid from being received therethrough, upon applied centrifugal force,
wherein, in the second sealing position, the sealing perimeter sealingly engages a portion of the sidewall of the collection container to prevent fluid from passing between the mechanical separator and the sidewall and to prevent fluid from passing through the through-hole, and
wherein the sealing perimeter has a first diameter in a direction parallel to a through-axis of the through-hole, and a second diameter in a direction perpendicular to the through-axis of the through-hole, and the first diameter is less than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,781

FLUID INSPECTION DEVICE

SKYLA CORPORATION HSINCHU...

1. A fluid inspection device, comprising:at least one channel including a top channel surface and a bottom channel surface, wherein a first spacing is formed therebetween;
at least one chamber communicating with the at least one channel from which a fluid flows into the at least one chamber and including a top chamber surface, a bottom chamber surface and a fluid-filling area, the fluid-filling area is a portion of the at least one chamber filling with the fluid communicating with the at least one channel, wherein a second spacing is formed between the top chamber surface of at least a portion of the fluid-filling area and the bottom chamber surface corresponding to the at least a portion of the fluid-filling area; and
a through opening communicating with the at least one chamber and an outside of the fluid inspection device,
the second spacing of the at least one chamber is smaller than the first spacing of the at least one channel,
wherein the top chamber surface comprises a top sub surface, a top protruding surface and a first join surface connecting the top sub surface and the top protruding surface, and a first step is formed between the top protruding surface and the first join surface,
the bottom chamber surface comprises a bottom sub surface, a bottom protruding surface and a second joint surface connecting the bottom sub surface and the bottom protruding surface, and a second step is formed between the bottom protruding surface and the second join surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,780

ENERGY EFFICIENT HUMIDIFICATION-DEHUMIDIFICATION DESALINATION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

1. A humidification-dehumidification desalination system, comprising:a humidifier, including
a housing having a sloped roof, a fluid inlet, and a fluid outlet,
at least one thermal element for heating a fluid to be purified arranged within the housing, the at least one thermal element having a surface sloped at a pre-determined angle, and
at least one fluid tray disposed within the housing, the at least one fluid tray being configured to contain the fluid to be purified and having a floor incorporating a perforated plate therein, wherein the perforated plate is in fluid communication with an air supply; and
a dehumidifier, wherein
the surface of the at least one thermal element, sloped at the pre-determined angle, is optically aligned with at least one solar energy concentrator,
the fluid inlet is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one thermal element, and
the at least one thermal element is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one fluid tray at a pre-determined temperature, the pre-determined temperature of the fluid to be purified being above an initial temperature of the fluid to be purified.

US Pat. No. 10,456,779

PIPETTE TIP HAVING A STRAIGHT PIPE SECTION WITH INNER PROTRUSION AND PIPETTING METHOD FOR A LIQUID INCLUDING CELLS

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A pipette tip comprising:a main body section; and
a straight pipe section connected to the main body section and disposed at a leading end of the pipette tip,
wherein the main body section includes a first taper section whose diameter is reduced toward the straight pipe section and a second taper section connected to the first taper section,
wherein an inner diameter of the straight pipe section is greater than or equal to 0.8 mm and less than or equal to 1.5 mm,
a length of the straight pipe section is 5 mm to 15 mm inclusive,
a protrusion is disposed on an inner wall of the straight pipe section, and
the protrusion makes a narrowest inner diameter of the straight pipe section to be 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,778

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR VERIFYING DISPENSING OF A FLUID FROM A PIPETTE

bioMerieux, Inc., Durham...

1. A computer system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory comprising computer readable program code embodied therein that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
aspirating a gas into a pipette tip attached to a pipette in electronic communication with the processor and subsequently aspirating a liquid into the pipette tip;
collecting pressure data while dispensing fluid from the pipette tip attached to the pipette in electronic communication with the processor, wherein the pressure data includes a plurality of pressure values measured at an internal portion of the pipette and taken over a given time interval, wherein the plurality of pressure values includes a maximum pressure value and a minimum pressure value, and wherein the gas and liquid are aspirated into the pipette tip prior to collecting the pressure data while dispensing the fluid from the pipette tip;
estimating a pressure range value between the maximum pressure value and the minimum pressure value;
responsive to the pressure range value being greater than or equal to a first threshold, determining that the fluid included a liquid, or
responsive to the pressure range value being less than the first threshold, determining that the fluid did not include a liquid; and
responsive to a pressure area ratio being greater than a second threshold, determining that the fluid included a sufficient amount of the liquid, or
responsive to the pressure area ratio being less than or equal the second threshold, determining that the fluid did not include a sufficient amount of the liquid,
wherein the pressure area ratio corresponds to a pressure data curve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,777

PRESSURE TRANSMISSION LIQUID FOR CELLULAR ANALYZER, CELLULAR ANALYZER AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING A LIQUID CELLULAR SAMPLE

ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATI...

1. A system for transferring a liquid cellular sample for analysis by a cellular analyzer comprising:a pipetting module having a pipetting tip, the pipetting module comprising a fluid sample conduit configured for receiving fluid samples aspirated through the pipetting tip;
an automated positioning device configured for positioning the pipetting module;
a vessel for receiving a liquid cellular sample to be analyzed;
a capacitive liquid level sensor configured for detecting the liquid level of a liquid cellular sample received within the vessel;
a reservoir comprising a pressure transmission liquid comprising an aqueous solution of at least one substance, wherein the aqueous solution has an osmolarity of 150 mOsm/l to 600 mOsm/l, and has an electrical conductivity of not more than 2 mS/cm;
a pressure transmission liquid conduit fluidically connecting the fluid sample conduit of the pipetting tip with the pressure transmission liquid reservoir; and
a pump coupled with the pressure transmission liquid conduit and configured to generate a pressure transmission liquid flow directed to the reservoir to aspirate a liquid cellular sample into the fluid sample conduit, and to generate a pressure transmission liquid flow direct to the pipetting tip to dispense liquid cellular sample from the pipetting tip.

US Pat. No. 10,456,776

METHOD OF FABRICATING A PHOTOCATALYST FOR WATER SPLITTING

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of fabricating a photocatalyst for water splitting, comprising the steps of:providing a first semiconductor in nanoparticle form;
mixing a first solution including an organic solvent with a second solution including an organic solvent to provide an electrospinning sol-gel, the first solution including a polymer and the second solution including a zinc salt;
adding the first semiconductor in nanoparticle form to the electrospinning sol-gel to provide a colloidal solution;
stirring the colloidal solution for a first period of time;
electrospinning the colloidal solution after the first period of time to provide an electrospun nanofiber mat;
drying the nanofiber mat under vacuum for a second period of time; and
calcinating the nanofiber mat to provide the photocatalyst for water splitting, wherein the photocatalyst for water splitting includes nanofibers of a second semiconductor doped with the nanoparticles of the first semiconductor, the first semiconductor including a narrow band gap semiconductor selected from the group consisting of ZnS, CdS, CuO, CuS, and In2O3, the second semiconductor including zinc oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,456,774

BIOTEMPLATED PEROVSKITE NANOMATERIALS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method of making a perovskite nanomaterial comprising:combining an aqueous solution of a biotemplate having affinity for a metal ion and an inorganic precursor of a perovskite material to form an aqueous mixture, and
reacting the inorganic precursor and the biotemplate to form the perovskite nanomaterial,
wherein the perovskite comprises strontium titanate, or bismuth ferrite.

US Pat. No. 10,456,773

NANOSTRUCTURED TITANIA CATALYST WITH STABILIZED ACIDITY AND PROCESS THEREOF

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A nanostructured titania catalyst with stabilized acidity comprising titanium dioxide nanocrystals having crystalline/amorphous phase containing hydrogen titanate and a hydrogen titanate/anatase combination,wherein said catalyst is obtained by a process including a sol-gel method step to obtain hydrogen titanate nanocrystals, a hydrotreatment step of the hydrogen titanate nanocrystals to obtain titanium dioxide nanotubes, and thermal activation step to convert at least a portion of the resulting titanium dioxide nanotubes to titanium dioxide nanocrystals,
wherein said thermal activation step is at a temperature of 100-350° C. and said catalyst comprises titanium dioxide nanocrystals having crystalline/amorphous phase containing 95-100 wt % of hydrogen titanate and further containing combination of 96 wt % of hydrogen titanate and 4 wt % of anatase; or
wherein said thermal activation step is at a temperature of 350-600° C. and said catalyst comprises titanium dioxide nanocrystals having crystalline/amorphous phase containing 20-33 wt % of hydrogen titanate and further containing combination of 22 wt % of hydrogen titanate and 78 wt % of anatase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,771

OIL ABSORBENT PAD

Darryl Bossaer, Calgary ...

1. An oil absorbent pad for cleaning oil on a surface comprising:an oil absorbent body having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the body being formed from fibres recovered from recycled tires and substantially separated from rubber of the recycled tires, the fibres being formed into the body by carding in a mill and internally bonded within the body sufficiently to retain the fibres and form a nonwoven fabric having a wicking structure, such that the body is structurally sound independent of any sheathing or additional layers; and
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface is an outermost surface of the oil absorbent pad, the fibres that form the outermost surface being unencumbered by any overlying layer; and
the fibres that are spaced from the outermost surface are in fluid communication with the outermost surface of the oil absorbent pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,768

ALUMINUM OXIDE FORMING HEAT TRANSFER TUBE FOR THERMAL CRACKING

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A heat transfer tube comprising,a carburization-resistant alloy comprising a) 25 to 55 wt. % nickel; b) 18 to 24 wt. % chromium; c) 4 to 7 wt. % aluminum; d) iron; and e) at least one strengthening mechanism component, the weight percents being based on the total weight of the alloy, wherein the strengthening mechanism includes one or more of:
(i) carbides strengthening mechanisms comprising 1.0 to 2.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from titanium, zirconium, hafnium, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and 0.4 to 0.6 wt. % carbon;
(ii) gamma prime (??) strengthening mechanisms comprising Ni3Al and less than 0.15 wt. % carbon;
(iii) solid solution strengthening mechanisms comprising 2.0 to 4.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon; and
(iv) oxide dispersoid strengthening mechanisms comprising 0.1 to 1.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, scandium, praseodymium, neodymium and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,456,767

CYTOMETRIC MECHANISM, CELL CULTURE DEVICE COMPRISING SAME, AND CYTOMETRIC METHOD

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A cell culture device comprising:an expansion culture mechanism including an expansion culture container to receive cells to be cultured from a cell supply and a cell culture solution from a cell culture solution supply to culture and proliferate the cells, and to receive cell separation solution from a cell separation solution supply to separate the proliferated cells, the expansion culture mechanism further including a sample introduction unit to collect the separated cells; and
a cytometric mechanism including
a circulation flow path coupled with the expansion culture mechanism and through which a cell suspension including the cells separated by the expansion culture mechanism is made to flow from the sample introduction unit to the circulation flow path, the circulation flow path forming a closed circulation loop;
a pump coupled with the circulation flow path to drive the cell suspension which is in the circulation flow path around the closed circulation loop;
a measurement unit disposed in the circulation flow path, the measurement unit including
a flow cell through which the cell suspension is made to flow;
a light source that is disposed so as to be orthogonal to the flow direction of the cell suspension flowing through the flow cell;
a transmittance detector that is disposed so as to face the light source with the flow cell therebetween and is disposed on the optical axis of the irradiation light from the light source;
a forward scattered light detector that is disposed on the transmittance detector side and is disposed at a predetermined angle with respect to the optical axis of the irradiation light according to a particle diameter of the viable cells; and
a side scattered light detector that is disposed so as to be orthogonal to the flow direction of the cell suspension and the optical axis of the irradiation light; and
a control unit having a memory and a control processor programmed to
control the light source to irradiate, with irradiation light from the light source, the cell suspension flowing through the circulation flow path, and to calculate at least a cell survival rate in the cell suspension based on forward scattered light intensity and transmittance and side scattered light intensity which are obtained by the irradiation,
store a calibration curve database that stores, in advance, a first calibration curve indicating the relationship between a viable cell concentration of viable cells and the forward scattered light intensity, a second calibration curve indicating the relationship between a dead cell concentration and the transmittance, and a third calibration curve indicating the relationship between a cell survival rate and the side scattered light intensity;
compute the viable cell concentration in the cell suspension based on the forward scattered light intensity measured by the forward scattered light detector and the first calibration curve,
compute the dead cell concentration based on the transmittance measured by the transmittance detector and the second calibration curve,
correct the third calibration curve based on the computed viable cell concentration and the computed dead cell concentration, and
compute the cell survival rate in the cell suspension based on the corrected third calibration curve and the side scattered light intensity measured by the side scattered light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,765

INJECTION DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR INJECTING A HYDROCARBON FEEDSTOCK INTO A REFINING UNIT

TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE, ...

1. An injection device configured to atomize a liquid into droplets using a gas, the injection device comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second axially opposite the first end, wherein the body includes a gas inlet orifice at the first end, an atomized-liquid outlet orifice at the second end, an inner cavity extending axially from the gas inlet orifice to the atomized-liquid outlet orifice, and a liquid inlet orifice extending radially through the body from a radially outer surface of the body to the inner cavity,
a gas injection assembly extending axially through the inner cavity of the body, wherein the gas injection assembly includes a tube, a rod element coaxially disposed within the tube, and a gas flow path radially positioned between the rod element and the tube, wherein the gas flow path is configured to flow the gas axially through the gas injection assembly from the gas inlet orifice to a gas outlet orifice positioned within the inner cavity, wherein
a radially inner surface of the body defines a converging constriction having a throat disposed along the inner cavity and axially positioned between the gas outlet orifice of the gas injection assembly and the atomized-liquid outlet orifice,
a liquid flow path is radially positioned between the gas injection assembly and the body, and wherein the liquid flow path is configured to flow the liquid axially through the inner cavity from the liquid inlet orifice to the converging constriction, and
the gas outlet orifice extends axially from the gas flow path of the gas injection assembly and is configured to direct a stream of the gas axially toward the throat of the converging constriction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,764

CATALYST BED CONFIGURATION FOR OLEFIN PRODUCTION

Borealis AG, Vienna (AT)...

1. A catalyst bed configuration for conversion of ethene and n-butene to propene comprisingat least one main catalyst bed comprising
a) at least one first catalyst component comprising a metathesis catalyst, and
b) at least one second catalyst component comprising a catalyst for double bond isomerisation, whereby the first and second catalyst are admixed with each other, and
at least one catalyst pre-bed arranged upstream of the at least one main catalyst bed consisting of at least one compound selected from the group of alkaline earth oxides,
wherein
the mass ratio of the at least one catalyst pre-bed and the at least one main catalyst bed is between 1:2 and 1.5:1, wherein a mass ratio of 1:1.6 of catalyst pre-bed and main catalyst bed in case of magnesium oxide as catalyst pre-bed and a mixture of magnesium oxide and tungsten oxide on a silica carrier in a ratio of 7:1 as main catalyst bed for the disproportion of pentene is disclaimed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,763

CARBONATED WATER PRODUCING APPARATUS, REFRIGERATOR HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A carbonated water producing apparatus comprising:a carbonated water producing unit including a cylinder configured to store carbon dioxide and configured to supply the carbon dioxide to a container;
a microphone configured to obtain sound generated in the carbonated water producing unit;
a user interface unit configured to display information related to carbonated water production; and
a controller configured to obtain the sound generated when carbon dioxide is supplied from the cylinder to the container by driving the microphone when the carbonated water producing unit operates, and configured to display a message which requests that the cylinder that stores the carbon dioxide be replaced on the user interface unit when an intensity of a signal passing through a filter is less than a predetermined reference value;
wherein the carbonated water producing unit includes an interrupter configured to interrupt a supply of the carbon dioxide, and
wherein the controller operates the microphone when the interrupter operates.

US Pat. No. 10,456,762

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND CONVEYING A ROAD APPLICATION MIXTURE AND THE METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Juneau County, a Wisconsi...

1. A system comprising:a hopper for containing a solid;
a pump for pumping a liquid;
an auger casing having an auger casing interior and an auger casing exterior, said auger casing having a liquid inlet for introducing an amount of said liquid into said auger casing interior from said pump and a solid inlet for introducing an amount of said solid into said auger casing interior from said hopper, said auger casing also having an auger casing discharge; and
an auger enclosed within and completely surrounded by said auger casing; said auger mixing and conveying said liquid and said solid within said auger casing wherein said auger has a first flight section and a second flight section, said amount of said liquid entering said auger casing interior through said liquid inlet, said liquid inlet being located at a start of said second flight, wherein said first flight section has a first flight section pitch and said second flight section has a second flight section pitch, wherein said second flight second pitch is greater than said first flight section pitch, whereby said solid is conveyed at a faster rate of speed in said second flight section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,761

MIXER-CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A MIXER-CONTAINER INCLUDING A TELESCOPIC SHAFT

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A method for assembling a mixer-container intended for receiving a biopharmaceutical fluid for mixing, wherein:a container is provided having a flexible wall defining an inner space suitable for filling with biopharmaceutical fluid, the container comprising:
a mixing device comprising at least one shaft having an adjustable length along a main axis, and
at least one first bearing attached to the wall, the shaft extending at least into the inner space from the first bearing,
a rigid outer containment device for the container is provided,
a drive motor located outside the container is provided, the motor being suitable for rotating the shaft of the mixing device,
the container is placed in the rigid outer containment device, the rigid outer containment device comprising a bottom wall and a peripheral wall defining a housing adapted to receive the container, the flexible wall of the container being arranged on the bottom wall of the rigid outer containment device, and
the length of the shaft along the main axis is adjusted to position the shaft facing the motor to enable the motor to rotate the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,760

CONTROL OF VIBRATORY/OSCILLATORY MIXERS

Resodyn Corporation, But...

1. A method for controlling a system for mixing one or more materials contained in a mixing vessel, the system including a resonant acoustic mixer operative to vibrate the mixing vessel in an oscillatory motion, the method comprising:determining, by a sensor, a current value of an operating parameter of the system caused by a drive signal waveform;
receiving, by a controller, the current value of the operating parameter from the sensor;
determining, by the controller, a total energy absorbed by the one or more materials based on the received current value of the operating parameter, wherein the operating parameter comprises one of a displacement amplitude, velocity amplitude, acceleration amplitude, and jerk amplitude of the oscillatory motion of the system;
determining, by the controller, a second value for the operating parameter based on the total energy absorbed by the one or more materials; and
changing, by the controller, the current value of the operating parameter to the second value by adjusting the drive signal waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,759

PAINT MAKER AND MIXING DEVICE

Crayola LLC, Easton, PA ...

1. A paint-making device comprising:a base;
a paint pot shaking component coupled with the base, the paint pot shaking component comprising:
a handle;
a slide crankshaft coupled with the handle;
a slide crankshaft joint coupled with and radially offset from the slide crankshaft; and
a slide crank arm coupled with and generally perpendicular to the slide crankshaft joint; and
a paint pot harness mount pivotably coupled with the slide crank arm, wherein the paint pot shaking component is effective to repetitively rotate the paint pot harness mount with respect to the slide crank arm about a pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,456,758

MIXING SHAFT

1. A mixing shaft comprising a tool holder and a mixing blade (3),wherein the tool holder has a recess in which a portion of the mixing blade (3) is fixed, wherein there is provided a clamping part (11) fitted into the recess for fixing the mixing blade portion in the recess,
wherein the clamping part (11), the recess and the mixing blade portion are of such a configuration that a force-locking connection of the mixing blade (3) in the recess is implemented by means of the clamping part,
wherein the recess has a first and a second recess portion,
wherein the mixing blade portion is arranged in the first recess portion and the clamping part (11) is arranged at least partially in the second recess portion,
wherein the tool holder has an axis of rotation and the mixing shaft (1) is adapted to be rotated about the axis of rotation,
wherein the second recess portion is arranged in the axial direction beside the first recess portion,
characterised in that
the clamping part (11) is supported both at the mixing blade portion and also at a wall of the second recess portion,
wherein both the clamping part (11) and also either the mixing blade portion or the wall of the second recess portion have mutually corresponding wedge surfaces (13), or the clamping part (11) is of a two-part structure and the two parts of the clamping part (25, 26) have mutually corresponding wedge surfaces (27).

US Pat. No. 10,456,757

IN-LINE CARBONATION SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for carbonating a liquid comprising:a pump having an inlet aperture and an outlet aperture, wherein when the pump is activated, the pump can circulate the liquid from the inlet aperture to the outlet aperture;
a fitting assembly comprising:
a carbonation inlet;
a fluid inlet;
a fluid outlet; and
a carbonating stone configured to introduce carbon dioxide gas from a carbon dioxide source to the liquid, wherein said carbonating stone has a pore diameter configured to inhibit the over carbonation of the liquid by allowing for the pressure to the carbonation stone to be set at a final desired carbonation level of the liquid; and
a first hose, wherein said first hose fluidly connects the outlet aperture of said pump to the fluid inlet of said fitting assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,756

SOLID CHEMISTRY ENCLOSURE WITH SAFETY LOCK FOR DISPENSING APPLICATIONS

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

11. A method for obtaining a product chemistry from a hazardous solid product, comprising:providing a sealed capsule containing the hazardous solid product;
installing the sealed capsule into a cavity in a turbulent flow dispenser;
rotating a portion of the capsule to open perforations in the capsule;
introducing fluid through the capsule perforations to erode the solid product and produce a solution from the solid product and the fluid; and
locking the rotatable portion of the capsule against accidental rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,755

POLYANILINE MEMBRANES FORMED BY PHASE INVERSION FOR FORWARD OSMOSIS APPLICATIONS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A forward osmosis membrane, wherein the membrane consists essentially of a porous support material and a polymer layer; the polymer layer comprises a skin layer and a sublayer; the skin layer comprises a plurality of pores; the sublayer comprises a plurality of macrovoids; the polymer layer is polyaniline and a dopant, wherein the dopant is an camphor sulfonic acid; and the thickness of the polymer layer is from 20 ?m to 120 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,754

HIGH PERFORMANCE MEMBRANES FOR WATER RECLAMATION USING POLYMERIC AND NANOMATERIALS

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CA...

1. A water permeable membrane comprising:a porous support; and
a composite layer disposed over the porous support, the composite layer including graphene oxide dispersed within a polymer matrix, wherein the polymer matrix is a cross-linked poly(styrene sulfonic acid-(PSSA)-co styrene-co-methyl styrene) copolymer-polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) blend.

US Pat. No. 10,456,753

POROUS HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A porous hollow-fiber membrane comprising a fluororesin-based polymer, whereinthe porous hollow-fiber membrane has a columnar texture oriented in a longitudinal direction of the porous hollow-fiber membrane,
a stress at 5% elongation (F5 value) in the longitudinal direction at 80° C. is 6.9 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 121° C. is 5.2 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 25° C. is 12 MPa or more, and
a loss modulus (E?)-temperature curve obtained in a dynamic viscoelasticity test (temperature dependency test) has a peak and the temperature at the peak is from 68 to 80° C.

US Pat. No. 10,456,752

COMPOSITION FOR CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method for separating CO2, comprising:feeding a gas mixture that contains at least CO2 and water vapor on a surface side of a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
separating CO2 from said gas mixture through the other surface side of said gas separation membrane, wherein
the CO2 gas separation membrane comprises a separation-functional layer containing a composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
a supporting layer including a porous membrane, wherein
the composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal carbonate, an alkali metal bicarbonate, and an alkali metal hydroxide;
a crosslinked polymer in which a polymer having a carboxyl group has been crosslinked; and
a non-crosslinked polymer obtained by polymerization of one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of vinyl acetate, acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, and a derivative thereof,
wherein the non-crosslinked polymer content is 2 wt % to 90 wt % based on the total amount of the crosslinked polymer and the non-crosslinked polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,751

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HOLLOW FIBER CARBON MEMBRANE AND SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A method of producing a hollow fiber carbon membrane, the method comprising:a preparation step of preparing a precursor made of an organic polymer compound in the form of a hollow fiber;
a preheating step of heating the precursor to a temperature of 150° C. to 400° C. in an atmosphere containing an oxygen gas; and
a carbonization step of heating the precursor which has been subjected to the preheating step to a temperature of 450° C. to 850° C., thereby carbonizing the precursor;
wherein the carbonization step comprises heating the precursor in the presence of a hydrocarbon gas which may contain a nitrogen atom and which has from 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and the hydrocarbon gas is supplied from an external source.

US Pat. No. 10,456,750

MEMBRANE CARTRIDGE SYSTEM

1. A cartridge element comprising a bundle of hollow fiber type membranes aligned in a cylindrical cartridge tube, tube sheets at each end of the membrane bundle, and end caps at each end of the cartridge tube, whereinthe cartridge tube has a wall thickness of 0.5 to 10 mm and comprises at least one fluid inlet or fluid outlet opening arranged between the end caps,
the end caps are made of a polymeric material
the end caps are permanently fixed to the cartridge element,
the tube sheets comprise a potting resin and are permanently fixed to the cartridge element, and
at least one end cap is partially slid onto or into the cartridge tube, said end cap comprises a cylindrical section with an inner diameter which is wider than an outer diameter of the cartridge tube or a cylindrical section with an outer diameter which is narrower than an inner diameter of the cartridge tube, and said cylindrical section of the end cap comprises spacers that center the cap onto or into the cartridge tube and leave space between the cartridge tube and the cylindrical section of the end cap which can be filled with said potting resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,749

SYSTEM FOR THE REMOVAL OF HEAT STABLE AMINE SALTS FROM AN AMINE ABSORBENT

General Electric Technolo...

1. A carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system using an amine absorbent for absorption of CO2 from a gas stream, the CO2 capture system comprising a subsystem for removal of heat stable amine salts from a slipstream comprising the amine absorbent, the subsystem comprising:a residual CO2 removal unit in liquid connection with, and configured to receive, the slipstream containing heat stable amine salts from a CO2-lean amine absorbent stream of the CO2 capture system, and operative for separating residual CO2 from the CO2-lean amine absorbent stream; and
an amine reclaimer in liquid connection with, and configured to receive, the slipstream containing heat stable amine salts and having a reduced concentration of CO2 from the residual CO2 removal unit, operative for separating heat stable amine salts from the slipstream, and configured to return the slipstream separated from heat stable amine salts to the CO2-lean amine absorbent stream.

US Pat. No. 10,456,748

VARIABLE DRAIN FLOW RESTRICTOR

Ecowater Systems LLC, Wo...

1. A proportioning valve for a reverse osmosis system comprising:a cylindrical housing having an internal cavity with a product water inlet proximate one end of said housing;
a reject water inlet downstream of said product water inlet but not in fluid communication with said product water inlet;
a reject water outlet downstream of said reject water inlet, and in fluid communication with said reject water inlet for at least a portion of the operation of said valve;
a slider within said housing responsive on a first end to pressure provided by said product water inlet and on a second end responsive to pressure provided by a reverse pressure mechanism designed to partially counter said pressure provided by said product water, said slider having an axial length and a groove having a depth varying along the axial length of said slider, and extending axially along the axial length of said slider, and exposed to said reject water inlet, said groove slidably exposed to said reject water outlet when said slider moves and said groove is placed in fluid communication with said reject water outlet; and
at least one o-ring seal in circumferential contact with said second end of said slider and in slidable contact with sidewalls of said internal cavity, to keep reject water from entering a portion of said internal cavity that houses said reverse pressure mechanism throughout operation of said proportioning valve
wherein reject water is more restricted from flowing through the reject water outlet as water pressure increases in the product water inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,456,747

HYDROCARBON REVERSE OSMOSIS MEMBRANES AND SEPARATIONS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A membrane structure comprising a first membrane layer and a second membrane layer, the first membrane layer having a pore volume of at least 0.2 cm3/g of pores with a median pore size of at least 20 nm, the second membrane layer comprising a porous carbon layer having a BET surface area of at least about 100 m2/g, the second membrane layer having a pore size distribution comprising a smallest substantial pore size peak having a median pore size of about 3.0 Angstroms to about 50 Angstroms.

US Pat. No. 10,456,745

METHODS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF A SORBENT COMPOSITION HAVING A CATALYST COMPONENT

ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC...

1. A method for the manufacture of a sorbent composition comprising the step of:dispersing an ancillary catalyst component with a powdered activated carbon sorbent, the powered activated carbon sorbent having a surface area of at least about 350 m2/g, a pore volume of at least about 0.20 cc/g, and a median particle size of not greater than about 30 ?m,
wherein the ancillary catalyst component comprises a metal salt having a metal and an anion, where the metal is selected from the group consisting of Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn, and the anion is selected from the group of a chloride, a sulfate, a carbonate, and a nitrate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,744

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CAPTURING AND STORING CARBON DIOXIDE

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A method of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, said method comprising:providing a dissolution reactor;
mixing materials including magnesium or calcium with one or more acids and catechol to form a magnesium or calcium-rich solvent in said dissolution reactor;
providing a combined biocatalyst and carbonation reactor in fluid communication with said dissolution reactor;
generating carbonate ions by reacting a gas including carbon dioxide with a biocatalyst in said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor;
providing the solvent to said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor; and
reacting said solvent with said carbonate ions to form magnesium or calcium carbonates in said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,743

EXHAUST-GAS TREATMENT EQUIPMENT AND GAS-CAPTURE-MATERIAL DETERIORATION-STATE ESTIMATING METHOD

Hitachi Chemical Company,...

1. An exhaust-gas treatment equipment comprising:a reaction container filled with a gas capture material that captures a particular gas component, the reactor container emitting gas obtained by removing the particular gas component from supplied gas by reaction of the supplied gas with the gas capture material;
a temperature measuring element disposed in the reaction container, the temperature measuring element measuring a temperature of the gas capture material in the reaction container;
a moving unit that freely moves the temperature measuring element in a direction that is parallel to a flow of the supplied gas flowing in the reaction container; and
a control unit that estimates a deterioration state of the gas capture material using temperatures of the gas capture material at a plurality of different positions in the reaction container, the temperatures being measured by the temperature measuring element when the temperature measuring element is moved by means of the moving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,741

COMPRESSED GAS DRYER WITH ENERGY HARVESTING, AND METHOD

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

9. A method of drying a compressed gas comprising:conveying incoming compressed gas through a precooler in a drying system so as to initially reduce a temperature of the compressed gas, the precooler having an integrated construction which includes a first heat exchanger and a second heat exchanger disposed on opposite sides of a wall of the integrated construction;
passing the compressed gas from the precooler through a conduit to a cooler;
conveying the compressed gas through a cooler in the drying system so as to subsequently reduce the temperature of the compressed gas;
draining liquid condensed from the compressed gas by way of the reductions in temperature from a liquid drain outlet of a fluid conduit that conveys the compressed gas through the precooler and the cooler; and
passing the condensed liquid through the first heat exchanger of the precooler such that the initial reduction in temperature occurs by way of a direct exchange of heat between the condensed liquid and the incoming compressed gas.

US Pat. No. 10,456,740

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED COLUMN OPERATION IN OFFSHORE ENVIRONMENTS

Bechtel Hydrocarbon Techn...

1. A co-current contact system for operating an absorption column in offshore environments, which comprises:a solvent regeneration unit having a rich amine input opening in fluid communication with a rich amine output line connected to the absorption column and a lean amine output line in fluid communication with a lean amine input opening in the absorption column;
a static mixer having a static mixer input opening in fluid communication with the lean amine output line, a treated gas input opening in fluid communication with a treated gas output line connected to the absorption column, and a static mixer output line; and
a separator having a separator input opening in fluid communication with the static mixer output line, a separator liquid output line and a separator vapor output line.

US Pat. No. 10,456,739

CAPTURE AND RELEASE OF ACID GASSES USING TUNABLE ORGANIC SOLVENTS WITH BINDING ORGANIC LIQUIDS

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. A method for capturing an acid gas from a stream containing said acid gas the method comprising the step of contacting the stream with a gas selective capture sorbent comprising a 1-BEIPADIP-2-BOL that reversibly binds an acid gas under a first set of conditions and releases said acid gas under a second set of conditions, whereby the acid gas binds to the gas selective capture sorbent to form a bound solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,456,737

ABSORBING LIQUID, METHOD FOR PREPARING ABSORBING LIQUID, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING CO2 OR H2S OR BOTH

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An absorbing liquid which absorbs CO2 or H2S or both contained in a gas, the absorbing liquid comprising:1) at least one tertiary-monoamine main agent selected from the group consisting of N-methyldiethanolamine, N-ethyldiethanolamine, N-butyldiethanolamine, 4-dimethylamino-1-butanol, 2-dimethylaminoethanol, 2-diethylaminoethanol, 2-di-n-butylaminoethanol, N-ethyl-N-methylethanolamine, 3-dimethylamino-1-propanol, and 2-dimethylamino-2-methyl-1-propanol;
2) at least one secondary-diamine first additive selected from the group consisting of piperazine, 2-methylpiperazine, 2,3-dimethylpiperazine, 2,5-dimethylpiperazine, N,N?-dimethylethanediamine, N,N?-dimethylpropanediamine, N,N?-diethylethylenediamine, N,N?-diethylpropanediamine, N,N?-diisopropylethylenediamine, and N,N?-ditertiarybutylethanediamine; and
3) at least one secondary-monoamine secondary additive selected from the group consisting of 2-ethylaminoethanol, 2-n-propylaminoethanol, 2-n-butylaminoethanol, 2-n-pentylaminoethanol, 2-isopropylaminoethanol, 2-sec-butylaminoethanol, and 2-isobutylaminoethanol;
wherein a concentration of the secondary-diamine is within a range of 0.05 to 0.5 in terms of an additive concentration index represented by Expression (I) in a case of measuring the acid dissociation index at 20° C. using water as a solvent:
Additive concentration index=[secondary-diamine acid dissociation index (pKa)/tertiary-monoamine acid dissociation index (pKa)]index ratio×[secondary-diamine molar concentration (mol/L)/tertiary-monoamine molar concentration (mol/L)]molar ratio; and  (I)
wherein the weight ratio of the secondary monoamine is within a range of 0.05 to 0.55 with respect to the total sum of the tertiary monoamine and the secondary diamine.

US Pat. No. 10,456,736

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF AIR

Paloza LLC, Los Altos, C...

1. An apparatus for the removal of contaminants from the environmental space air, said apparatus consisting ofa. an air transferring device with intake and output ports, such that when the device is operated, the intake port collects environmental space air which is transferred to the output port;
b. a vessel fitted with sealed intake and output ports, containing an absorbent liquid medium configured to remove said contaminants by dissolution, physical entrapment, or chemical reaction,
said absorbent liquid medium comprising water and glycerin,
and said vessel optionally having one or more ports for addition and/or removal of the liquid medium;
c. one or more conduits for transferring air from the output port of the air transferring device to the intake port of the vessel containing the absorbent liquid medium, said conduits positioned so that the air from the output port of the air transferring device enters the intake port of the vessel below the level of the absorbent liquid medium contained in the vessel, said air being introduced without a diffusing device attached to the conduit entering the intake port, and then passes through the medium becoming purified air; and
d. a means for the release of the purified air from the vessel to the environmental space, wherein said means is
one or more conduits leading from above the absorbent liquid medium in the vessel to the environmental space, or
one or more openings in the vessel, above the absorbent liquid medium in the vessel, to the environmental space.

US Pat. No. 10,456,735

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOVING HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM AN AMMONIA STREAM

Bechtel Hydrocarbon Techn...

1. A method for removing hydrogen sulfide from an ammonia stream, which comprises:scrubbing an ammonia vapor stream in a water wash to remove hydrogen sulfide and produce a scrubbed ammonia vapor stream;
scrubbing the scrubbed ammonia vapor stream in a caustic wash to remove residual containments and produce a double scrubbed ammonia vapor stream;
introducing only the scrubbed ammonia vapor stream or the double scrubbed ammonia vapor stream into at least one of a compressor, a refrigeration unit and an ammonia absorber for producing at least one of an anhydrous liquid ammonia stream and an aqueous ammonia stream; and
removing hydrogen sulfide from the ammonia vapor stream, the scrubbed ammonia vapor stream, the double scrubbed ammonia vapor stream, the anhydrous liquid ammonia stream and the aqueous ammonia stream using one of a respective adsorbent bed and a respective vessel with a liquid scavenger.

US Pat. No. 10,456,734

CO2 RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RECOVERING CO2

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A CO2 recovery system comprising:a CO2 absorber that brings a CO2-containing flue gas with a CO2 absorbent and removes CO2 from the CO2-containing flue gas;
an absorbent regenerator that separates CO2 from a rich solution which has absorbed CO2 and regenerates the CO2 absorbent as a lean solution;
a rich solution supply line that supplies the rich solution from a bottom of the CO2 absorber to a rich solution supply portion on a top side of the absorbent regenerator;
a lean solution supply line that supplies the lean solution from a bottom of the absorbent regenerator to a lean solution supply portion of the CO2 absorber;
a rich/lean solution heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the rich solution and the lean solution, provided at an intersection between the rich solution supply line and the lean solution supply line;
a first dividing portion that divides a part of the rich solution as a first divided rich solution, provided at a downstream side of the rich/lean solution heat exchanger in the rich solution supply line;
a first rich solution dividing line that is divided from the first dividing portion and connected to a first supply position on a side wall positioned lower than the rich solution supply portion on the top side of the absorbent regenerator, and supplies the first divided rich solution to the first supply position of the absorbent regenerator to which the first divided rich solution is introduced therefrom and CO2 absorbent which has released a part or a large part of CO2 from the rich solution falls as a semi-lean solution from the top side of the absorbent regenerator;
a first rich solution heat exchanger that preheats the first divided rich solution, provided in the first rich solution dividing line; and
a first flow rate control device that controls a flow rate of the first divided rich solution such that the rich solution is preheated to a predetermined temperature in the first rich solution heat exchanger, provided between the first dividing portion and the first rich solution heat exchanger in the first rich solution dividing line,
wherein the first rich solution dividing line directly supplies rich solution to the first rich solution heat exchanger and the first rich solution heat exchanger directly supplies a heated rich solution to the first supply position of the absorbent regenerator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,733

APPARATUS AND CALCULATING METHOD OF PH

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

8. A calculating method of pH of water at a predetermined position outside a ship having a scrubber, comprising:measuring a pH value of washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard;
measuring a pH value of washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber; and
calculating the pH value of the water at the predetermined position outboard, based on a dilution ratio which shows a ratio by which the washing water discharged to outboard is diluted at the predetermined position outboard, the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard, and the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,732

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ADSORPTION PHASE OF A GAS GENERATOR AND A GAS GENERATOR APPLYING SUCH A METHOD

ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAA...

16. A gas generator comprising:at least one vessel, comprising: an inlet and an outlet for allowing a flow of gas therethrough and an adsorbent material capable of selectively adsorbing a first gaseous component form a gaseous mixture and allowing an outlet gas flow mainly comprising a second gaseous component to flow through said outlet;
means for providing an inlet gas flow at the inlet of said vessel;wherein the device further comprises:a flow meter positioned at the outlet of the vessel for measuring the volume of the second gaseous component;
means for determining the concentration of said second gaseous component, positioned at the outlet of the vessel;
a controller unit connected to the flow meter and to the means for determining the concentration of said second gaseous component, said controller being configured to receive measured values of the volume of the second gaseous component and of the measured concentration;
said controller unit further comprises a processing unit being provided with an algorithm configured to:
calculate the capacity of the vessel, whereby the capacity is the maximum volume of the second gaseous component per unit of time that can be delivered at a current operating condition and at a set value of the concentration,
compare the measured volume of the second gaseous component with the calculated capacity,
compare the determined concentration of said second gaseous component with a set value, and:said controller unit being further programmed to maintain the inlet gas flow for a predetermined time interval, ?s, when said measured concentration is equal to or higher than a set value, and when said measured volume of the second gaseous component is lower than the calculated capacity, and to subject the vessel to a regenerating cycle after said predetermined time interval, ?s.

US Pat. No. 10,456,731

CO2 CONCENTRATION REDUCING DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A device for separating and removing CO2 from a gas containing CO2, the device comprising:a magnetic body;
a plurality of CO2 adsorbent particles that are formed on the magnet body
an adsorbent container which contains the magnetic body; and
a heating unit which heats the plurality of CO2 adsorbent particles by an induction heating.

US Pat. No. 10,456,730

PROCESS FOR PURIFYING (HYDRO) FLUOROPROPENES CONTAMINATED WITH HALOGENATED ETHANE

MEXICHEM FLUOR S.A. DE C....

1. A process of purifying a tetrafluoropropene composition comprising: contacting the composition with an adsorbent, the composition composition at least one tetrafluoropropene and an impurity comprising 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (134a), the adsorbent comprising pores having openings which have a size across their largest dimension of about 6 ? or less, so as to remove at least a portion of the 134a from the composition.